Victoria Marston outdoes herself this week with a collection of quite spectacularly non-critical things which, somehow, you'll still want to buy.
There’s something about the term ‘aperitif’ that’s just so much more acceptable than ‘drinking on an empty stomach’, and there’s something for everyone (except maybe tee-totallers) in this new range from Starlino. The rosé- and orange-wine based aperitivos are delightfully refreshing topped up with tonic and the Rosso vermouth hits the spot with just a couple of ice cubes to take the edge off. Keep the apothecary-style bottles when you’re done and fill them with fairy lights. Because who doesn’t love a fairy light?
We’ve all heard of a pack of dogs, but how about a stack of dogs? No, I thought not. Yet here it is — proof in a print that the feisty pug always comes out on top.
There are always going to be days when it’s kindest for all concerned if we hide as much of our face as possible. I find sunglasses to be the key.
This is a bag that fires tennis balls at 45mph. I understand that it’s meant for sporting purposes (apparently Jamie Murray’s a fan), but think it would be put to much better use aimed at the front door to surprise/see off new arrivals. The battery lasts for five hours, which means hours of fun for all the family (unless they’re coming through the front door).
Correct me if I’m the only one, but isn’t it fairly standard practice to have a bottle opener on your key ring (usually acquired in Las Vegas or somewhere equally charming)? Perhaps this is for when you’ve lost your keys and were meant to be somewhere (possibly Las Vegas) and the only answer is to retreat into a bottle of beer.
Speaking of beer, there are few things less pleasant than a warm one. This is where cooler bags come in. This is a nice one. There’s really not much else to say, is there?
As we seem to be on a virtual picnic, a hat is probably a good idea to protect your head from those glaring rays (but probably to stop your hair from getting really really wet, unless you’re lucky enough not to be in the UK). Even if you’re not in the UK, you can’t go wrong with a fedora. If you’re going to Henley, as the makers of the Henley Lightweight Fedora seem to assume, I believe they actually won’t let you in without one.
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