Jump in the pool

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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Notes on... The Hand & Flowers

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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Luxe Camping, Lidl Budget

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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Notes on... The Wheatsheaf Inn

Notes on... The Wheatsheaf Inn

This Country is a BBC Three comedy mockumentary about rural living. We devoured the first series and now we’re patiently waiting each week for a new episode on iplayer. So irritation was our immediate response when we realised we’d stayed in the village that series is set in, only after we’d returned home. We were staying at the Wheatsheaf Inn, in the village of Northleach, where there is no visible trace of Kerry and her friends.

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AirbnB-town

AirbnB-town

You're right, B'ham's full of incred lofts and spaces to rest your head. And while breaking and entering is still a big no-no, having a good look through the medium of Airbnb is totally allowed. Here are our pick of Brum's most enviable spots to secure, whether you're staycationing or looking for somewhere to put the rellies you could really do with not having in your one-bed.

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Staying at // The Painswick

Staying at // The Painswick

When we've got three nights to max-out, you'll find us on mainland Europe, wearing an excessively large hat. For any lesser period, a final destination under 90 minutes from our door guarantees an actually pleasurable weekend. At the centre of the beaut Cotswolds village of the same name, The Painswick's our nearest and dearest escape of choice right now, and totally winter proof.

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Unlock Lisbon

Unlock Lisbon

Not short on history, Lisbon has UNESCO world heritage sites and castlesliterally around every corner. That's a 100% truth bomb. But right now, the city's having a moment as young, creative types descend to take advantage of relatively low rents and cool AF nightlife. Built on hills, which are best navigated by foot, tram or tuk tuk, maybe go foot, because if you like pastries, you’re going to get swoony over pasteis de nata. Better get climbing.

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