What to buy this month, and why
Words Marianna Manson
Plant animals by Another Studio
If keeping all your houseplants is making you feel a bit too grown up, there is a way to inject the carefree abandon of youth back into indoor gardening. How? Hanging a little animal from them, naturally. Quirky London designers Another Studio’s plant animals have been showing up on cheese plants across the capital, with sloths, orangutans and tree frogs just some of the critters available to add to the menagerie. Made from metallic paper or brass, these cuties clip effortlessly to any kind of pot plant, and are so light they won’t weigh down the branches. The best way to bring a little wildlife into your urban jungle. From £5.95.
Poptails by LAPP
Veritable cool kids of the iced refreshment game LAPP were onto something when they introduced their summer cocktail-inspired ice pops in 2016. We were hooked on the limon colada and mojito flavours from day one, but this year’s offerings take things up a notch. There’s a tangy orange spritz with prossecco and bitters or, for the brave of heart, a punchy whiskey sour, both delicious summer coolers to enjoy at your summer BBQ, park picnic or rooftop party. Kids can choose from non-alcoholic versions packed with pineapple, passion fruit, strawberry or watermelon juice. Delish. £3.99
Leopard Print Notepad
If, like us, you’ve grown accustomed to tapping your thoughts into the notes section of your phone and find yourself pining for the proper papery smell of a fresh notepad, then get your back-to-school kicks from this leopard motif gem by & Other Stories. In handbag-friendly A5 with 60 pages of dotted paper, it’s a thing of animalistic beauty and is aching to be doodled on with a fresh set of sharpies. Plus, as all the best people will tell you (we’re looking at you, Caitlyn Moran) leopard print is really a neutral, so this bad boy coordinates with everything. £6.
SASS by Sarah Baily
Fresh off the back of compiling the PHOENIX festival guide, the editors are thinking about their festival wardrobes. For colourful metallics, hand-customized denim and shiny shiny leather pants, head down to Topshop on Oxford Circus, where Sarah Baily’s SASS range has just landed in the concessions and manages to turn heads even in the sea of body glitter and uni-tards. Our pick is the Bowie-inspired silver-fringed biker; worn with battered cut offs and wellies, you really can’t go wrong. £275.
Filmstruck Curzon Subscription
Shut down Netflix, put a halt on streaming and broaden your cinematic horizons with a new film streaming service from Turner and Warner Bros, in collaboration with Curzon cinemas. Champions of indie and documentary releases, the folks at FilmStruck Curzon have expertly curated a small but perfectly formed selection of top-notch cinema from around the globe for your viewing pleasure – think Sundance-worthy offerings divided into categories like Art House, Cult and Classic Cinema. You need never waste an hour deciding what to watch again. From £59.90 for 12 months.
Huawei P20 Smart Phone
Technology and solutions company Huawei (pronounced Wahway) has been quietly leading the telecommunications charge when it comes to connecting millions of us globally. But that looks set to change – and quick – as there’s nothing quiet about the buzz surrounding Huawei’s P20 Smartphone, out now. Partnering with former supermodel and renowned photographer Helena Christensen, Huawei’s smart offering boasts an industry gold standard Leica lense, a sure-fire way to up your ‘Gram game. For intense detail without the need for additional equipment, Huawei’s game-changer just broke down all the traditional obstacles of portrait photography in the social media age. From £259.99.
Re-Gain Recycling App
From the war on plastic straws to the 5-day veggie challenge, we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to easily implementable planet-saving initiatives, but had you ever thought about tackling the hundreds of tonnes of textiles that go to UK landfills after we’re done with them? The Re-Gain app gives you the chance to divert your old clothes from landfills, recycling 95% of cast-offs into new garments. Next time you’re planning a wardrobe cull, download the app, drop off your clothes at one of 20,000 drop off points nationwide and receive a discount code to put towards shiny new stuff from brands like SuperDry and New Balance. The hardest bit remains choosing what to chuck. Free
Framed Vinyl Service
Were you one of thousands of vinyl buffs filling their bags at Record Store Day last month? Or are you struggling to hunt down the perfect gift for the dedicated record collector in your life? Either way, this vinyl framing service from Ripping Vinyl should tick all the right muso boxes. The idea is simple: frame any Number 1 single from the years 1952 through to 1999, with a choice of sleek black and white frames. A thoughtful and offbeat way of commemorating a birthday, anniversary or as a tribute to a special first dance. £45
MyZone Heart Tracking Sports Bra
Fitness trackers worn on wrists are regular day (and night) wear for a lot of us, but when we’re working up a sweat in the gym we often want something that bit more hard-wearing. Worn around your middle, MyZone provides the most accurate heart rate tracking, but its unique software is the real game-changer. By recognizing which effort ‘zone’ you’re working in (based on BPM), the programme adapts its goals and rewards you for reaching them with points, syncing with your smartphone or even third party apps to compete with your friends even when you’re training solo. And if the idea of packing a waist belt in with all your gym gear doesn’t appeal, the new MyZone sports bra with inbuilt tracker makes tracking as integral to your work out as support. £45.