Summer is well and truly on its way.
It’s the season that always seems to sneak up on you, teasing you with a warm day here and there, before the sun finally takes his hat off for good.
If you’re feeling a little unprepared, here are some tips on how to get sun-ready:
Add some colour
Nothing makes you feel more summery than a splash of colour. Whether it’s your clothes, hair, nails or even beach umbrella or backyard BBQ – add some colour!
This cute lemongrass-coloured portable weber BBQ will brighten up the first backyard feasts of the season. If you’re counting on your nails to do the work, we love Chanel’s Le Vernis burnt orange nail colour in Holiday.
Give the beautiful sunshine and clear blue sky something to bounce off.
Tan up or embrace the paste
Whether you’re naturally pale or a tanned goddess, it’s time to get those legs out. We’re all clinging onto the last days where we can hide our pins away under tights, leggings and jeans, but sooner or later you’ll have to get them out.
If you prefer a bit of colour on your legs, stock up on your favourite fake tans and get cracking. Vita Liberata have created an organic self-tan that stays on for up to three weeks, and will fade naturally without any streaks of patches.
If you’re pale and happy, make sure you slap on plenty of sunscreen to protect them.
Out with the scarves and gloves, in with the hats and sunglasses! Some accessories have a shorter shelf life in Britain, so make the most of them now. Mirrored sunglasses are still big in 2014, and we love this pair of white Illesteva shades with orange-mirrored lenses, from Net-a-Porter. Necklaces and bracelets also come into their own during summer, when they’re no longer buried under winter layers.
Get your reading list sorted
There's nothing like sitting outside in the sun, soaking up a good book. If you're looking for inspiration, check out the recently announced longlist for the 2014 Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction. The annual prize celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women's writing around the world.
With judges including Caitlin Moran and BBC journalist Sophie Raworth, you can count on some quality reading time this summer.
Words: Michelle Fowler, Photos: REX, Net-a-Porter