It’s official mamas, summer is here – and whether you’re whizzing off on holiday or staying put, we’ve compiled our summer inspired wishlist to guarantee a little (more) sunshine and colour into your days. From beach must haves to stylish luggage accessories, these favourite finds are only a few clicks away.
1. Marc by Marc Jacobs Sunglasses
We’re seriously coveting this gorgeous piece of eye candy. Crafted from orange matte metal and clear acetate arms with yellow, green and teal polka dots and pink-to-gray gradient mirrored lenses, these round-framed sunnies combine all of summers gorgeous hues and are the perfect accessory whether in the city or on the beach.
Find it: Available online at net-a-porter for GBP 118 (AED 737) + GBP 20 (AED 124) shipping
2. Herbline Essentials’ Sun Screen SPF 40
Sunshine is good for us (in small doses) but only with the protection of sunscreen. Avoid slathering on any old stuff and stay SPF savvy with this award-winning all natural Ayurvedic sun screen by Herbline Essentials (a UAE homegrown brand) which combines organic ingredients that are safe for mamas and bubs alike.
Find it: Available at leading pharmacies across the UAE and at Dubai Duty Free plus online at www.herbline-essentials.com for AED 109
3. Melissa Odabash Florida Ring-Embellished Halterneck Bikini
Designed by the queen of swimwear, this bikini is on the pricey side but you can guarantee it won’t fall apart after a few chlorine encounters and is cut so beautifully that it flatters every shape – plus it’s fully lined so no more see-through moments around the pool mamas! The colour of crystal clear oceans, this gorgeous two piece is a shore thing.
Find it: Available online exclusively at net-a-porter for GBP 157 (AED 980) + GBP 20 (AED 124) shipping
4. Limited Edition Bondi Beach Print By Louisa Seton
Mama if you can’t get to the beach then the beach shall come to you. Bring summer indoors with this fun print – our current fave on the awesome online gallery site Lumitrix. You’ll find yourself staring at each detail and being instantly transported to Australia’s iconic beach – you can almost hear the lapping waves.
Find it: Available online at Lumitrix for AED 370 + GBP 14.82 (AED 92) shipping
5. Missoni Blue Printed Espadrilles
Espadrilles aren’t just for the beach anymore – apparently anyone in the fashion know is living in these canvas beauties right now. We love these because a) they’re Missoni, b) they’re awesome but mainly because c) they’re in the sale for less than half price – yes mamas you read that right!
Find it: Available online at Boutique 1 for AED 595
6. Lou Harvey Beach Bag (China Rose Blue)
The bright flowers on this fab bag just scream ‘I love summer!’. Perfect for the beach – the laminated fabric will ensure that your items are kept safe and sand free and the ideal size for mamas who are carrying for all the family (hang on, isn’t that always?!). Useful for picnics, as hand-luggage and as a fun diaper bag, this will be your seasonal go-to for any occasion.
Find it: Available online at Little Majlis for AED 360
7. Turkish Towel in Bubblegum by 2birds
This pretty alternative to the traditional towel is ideal for use on the beach, as a sarong or even as a picnic rug, play mat or tablecloth. Hand loomed from 100% cotton they become softer with every wash – the kiddos love being wrapped up in them after a swim – we’re tempted to get one in each of the delicious candy colours available.
Find it: Available online at Little Majlis for AED 130
8. Smythson Luggage Label in Blu Panama
Say goodbye to baggage reclaim angst and hello to the oh-so-stylish leather luggage label by Smythson of Bond Street, the ultimate suitcase accessory which will save you hours of guessing which black wheelie is yours and make sure that your summer holidays start and end well.
Find it: Available online at Boutique1 for AED 330