Recommended: Melrose & Morgan; Luna Outdoor Cinema; Oliver Peoples; Royal VKB; POP!
What to do, see & buy
Charlotte Philby is a writer at The Independent with a weekly column on motherhood in The Independent Magazine. She was shortlisted for the 2013 Cudlipp award for excellence in popular journalism for her undercover investigative work, and writes for various cultural magazines.
Saturday 07 July 2012
Want to picnic like the upper crust? Londoners can at Melrose & Morgan, whose hamper is a thing of beauty: think fresh pies, hummus, posh cheese, and – to die for – Pimm's and cucumber jelly, all in a smart white cool bag. You can pimp it with their delish deli extras, but nothing can guarantee sunshine... £44.95, melroseandmorgan.com
On 19 July, Luna Outdoor Cinema starts a seasonal tour of some of the most picturesque venues in south-east England. Dirty Dancing at Rochester Castle, or The Artist at Kew Gardens, anyone? Tickets £9, thelunacinema.com
Through glasses, darkly
Why see the world through rose-tinted spectacles when you can have coral or turquoise? Invest in serious glamour shades, like this Corie model, from LA-based brand Oliver Peoples. £223, adamsimmonds.co.uk, 020-7813 1234
Light and shade
Senegalese painter Vincent Michea makes big, super-colourful pieces inspired by his hometown of Dakar. Find them at London's Jack Bell Gallery until 28 July. Guaranteed to brighten your day. Jackbellgallery.com
Bring a touch of the Provençal to your table with this classic carafe and stacking Picardie glass gift set from Royal VKB. For the full French experience, decant a crisp rosé and team with a checked tablecloth and plenty of cheese: santé! £19.95, 95percentdutch.com
We love POP! Design, Culture, Fashion 1956-1976, a colourful compendium of bright British pop culture by Geoffrey Rayner, Richard Chamberlain and Annamarie Stapleton, published by ACC. We think you will too. £35, antiquecollectorsclub.com
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