Jump in the pool

Swimwear shopping is up there with jean shopping in the list of Things We Try to Avoid. The perfect colour does not mean it’ll also be the perfect cut. And don’t even get us started on sizing, eesh. To take the pain out of perusing poolside fash, here's a round-up of your soon-to-be-fave maillots. Here comes a certain lifeguard-friendly shade, cut outs, the renaissance of the one-piece.

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Fancify your desk

Working from a kitchen table, bedroom desk or an actual proper office? If you're spending long periods of time staring at your laptop and PowerPoint presentations that never end, you might as well make your surroundings look exceptionally lovely.

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Notes on... The Staircase

Sounds like a 70s B-movie horror about a murderous flight of stairs and the uncanny number of accidents that befall those who descend them, right? It's not. But we'd probably watch that.

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The 4am Club

How often are you frustrated by the amount of sleep you got the night before? Discussions on 11pm til 7am (as if), seem to be part of our daily lexicon, and if you're aiming to create a peaceful bedroom, it's about more than just blocking out external noise and getting black-out curtains. The experts at Neptune in Edgbaston Village gave us the DL on how a soothing environment might help you achieve those elusive eight hours.

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New to Netflix

Consuming TV shows and podcasts at an alarming rate is kinda our thang. Why go outside and enjoy summer when you can watch this lovely crop of fresh newbies and unmissable sophomore efforts hitting Netflix this month? 

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Notes On... Dosa at Loaf

There’s a big difference between being a competent cook in your own home and being amongst a group of foodie strangers in Loaf's profesh kitchen. But if the idea is a bit intimidating, the reality is a delight.

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Linen Shirts

A good ol’ reliable shirt. It's a stalwart. A staple. And maybe a bit overlooked? Introduce some linen to the sitch and you’re onto a holiday season, smart-casj winner. Bonus: there’s no need to iron as the slightly worn-in look is completely intentional. Honest.

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Reppin' the peeps

One Artistic Director. One Associate Director. Two professional actors. 100 members of the public. The Rep’s production of Woyzeck is one helluva undertaking. What could possibly go wrong? We had a right good conflab with Roxana Silbert at The Rep ahead of the pioneering show about the story, the theatre and what it's like to produce a play with 100 non-professional volunteers from the community.

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Happy Feet

On any normal weekday, you’re just pleased if you’ve managed to shower and get on the bus by 8am. But this won't be an ordinary weekday. June 1 is the first day of Birmingham International Dance Festival and Morning Gloryville will have you up and raving by 7am. Leftfoot DJs, yoga and smoothies will make sober raving easy, dare we say just as the press release claims, exhilarating? The exercise is just an added bonus. So we’ll see you down the front, oui?

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Reusables

Single-use plastics and wasteful packaging is so last century. Rather than suggesting you forego your daily coffee (we’d never be that cruel), there are more environmentally-friendly, reusable replacements for every day items than ever. And they’re super cute too, so that helps.

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Notes on... The Hand & Flowers

Chances are your local pub isn't really your local pub. You probably sidestep two or three sketchy boozers in order to get to somewhere you, you know, actually feel at home in. Heartbreakingly for us, we've fallen so unconditionally in love with The Hand and Flowers, that our new favourite local is 88 miles away. It's making the stumble home difficult. 

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City Guide // Antwerp

Old buildings, ports and markets: so far, so every other European city break you’ve ever been on. But Antwerp is also big on luxey living, high fash and supercool entertainment.

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Are we coping?

Girl Code have tied their next event to Mental Health Awareness week. Topics will tackle anxiety and keeping stress at bay in the work place. Kind of a big deal. Happening this very Thursday, you can get tickets here.

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Notes on... Salcooks

We once went to a wedding where Portuguese egg custard tarts were flown in for midnight munching. At the time it struck us as potentially excessive, but by God we've been on a quest to find those joy-giving little loves,  without the need for a plane, ever since. Last week that quest came to the most glorious of ends. 

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Spring Season at The Rep

The Rep continues to support and celebrate exciting UK artists with their New & Nurtured programme. We think y'all should too. Don't miss the remaining four shows of the Spring season, that runs until June.

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Notes on... How to Survive the End of the World

We haven't read this book. Okay, that's not strictly true, we haven't finished this book, but we're admitting it to you. We're not willing to rush this one because, having had first hand experience with anxiety and depression, we can literally feel this novel doing us good as we read. And deadlines, quite frankly, are anxiety-inducing d*ckheads.  

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Caulifornia Dreamin'

No, we didn't get round to stocking our fridge this weekend either, despite the extra day. But we've got your back on din-dins tonight. It's super simple to maximise evening sun time, and there's a shopping list and everything.

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Luxe Camping, Lidl Budget

Being at one with room service is more our style than being at one with nature. But these rustic spots are light on roughing it and heavy on life-changing experiences and gosh-darned gorgeous vistas. The previously pricey Tuscany and south of France become more purse-friendly as soon as you’re under canvas, so leave the two-man tent at home. For your next temp home, think yurts, caves and gypsy caravans.

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Lilac

Millennial pink has an ice-cream-coloured contender. Embrace the lilac trend and give it two air kisses with a matching co-ord. Or if you need convincing before diving in head first, inject some parma violet goodness with a pastel accessory. We’ve got the answers for every bank account.

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