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Dine on deceptively simple British dishes at this new neighbourhood gastropub

Just like everything else that was big in the 90s, the gastropub is undergoing a renaissance – forget fish, chips and beer (albeit not entirely) and replace the image of classic drinking fare with something a little more refined but equally delicious. The latest to swing open its doors is The Baring, a reinvented pub on the Islington/Shoreditch border that specialises in simple, sustainable food from a chef and manager who have some of London's most highly-regarded restaurants on their CVs (think Dabbous, Moro, Kerridge's Bar and Grill and Orasay).

"This quaint spot has the warm reception typical of a neighbourhood pub," says Stylist's digital entertainment writer Morgan Cormack. "The friendly service is just one of the plus points though, as the food really does speak for itself. Starters like quail shish and pig cheek with smoked eel were unexpected winners, while the charred mackerel with salmorejo and courgette is an unmissable citrusy taste of summer. The mains are made for sharing – as well as the sea bream with cockle vinaigrette and a side of grilled hispi cabbage, it was the salt marsh lamb, kofte and smoky aubergine that garnered the most head nods and sighs of approval. Each dish may seem straightforward but the attention to ingredients and flavour pairings lets each plate sing in its own right. I'll definitely be returning, not least to try the rest of this simple-yet-brilliant menu but be warned: you may never look at your local the same again after venturing here." 55 Baring St, London, N1

No need to hold the hotel towels hostage when heading to the beach on holiday – these lightweight options will squeeze into even the smallest carry-on suitcase
Mountain Warehouse / £23.99
Fun fact: this towel not only looks summer-ready, but it absorbs up to four times its own weight in water
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The Ed Hicks Way / £29.95
Out with the polka dots, in with the dashes is the sartorial summer rule we're living by with this design
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Debenhams / £18
If 'fun in the sun' was translated into a beach towel, it would be this pineapple-centric piece. Anyone for a piña colada?
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Sunny Life / £55
With a different design by Sydney artist Daimon Downey on each side, consider this your double dose of beachside art
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Dock & Bay / £28
This cheery towel dries three times quicker than cotton, plus it's made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. We like
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Ailera / £22
Weighing just 200 grams, this Turkish cotton towel doubles as a striped maxi skirt (okay, sarong) for those trips to the beach bar
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How sustainable is your perfume?

Trying to live a more sustainable lifestyle is ingrained in most of our choices by now – whether that's reducing our use of plastic when we shop or opting for reusable cotton pads when it comes to removing make-up. But had you considered the impact your perfume could be having on the planet? Armani is leading the charge with My Way Floral, a fragrance that won't only turn heads in the street, but is taking sustainability seriously. 

The floral, citrusy blend uses a host of sustainable ingredients, like vanilla that has been sourced through a responsible program designed to support local communities in Madagascar. Meanwhile Armani's innovative refill system allows you to easily top up any of the spray bottles at home, reducing carbon emissions by 60% and the use of plastic by 64%. Start spritzing.

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Make your shirt and shorts co-ord stand out from the crowd with this artisanal detail

From Alexa Chung to Monikh Dale to Nicole Ocran, the co-ord has become the unequivocal style hit of 2022 – but if there's one particular version that fashion influencers have taken to heart this summer, it's the matching shirt and shorts set. There's just one problem – everyone else has, too. Looking for a simple way to set your outfit apart, without losing the co-ord vibe? Instead of a billowing long-sleeved shirt with nonchalantly rolled-up sleeves, try teaming your shorts with a boxy, short-sleeved version embellished with embroidery for a more unique spin. Think the quirkiness of Harry Styles melded with the polished cottagecore aesthetic of Hill House Vintage's Paula Sutton and you're on the right track.

To nail the borrowed-from-the-boys fit, don't hesitate to shop Lorenz' Osteria Della Nonna shirt (£90) and Boden's holiday-ready palm design (£55) – they look particularly good when worn open over a white tank. Both Urban Threads (£35) and White Stuff (£55) feature delicate stitching, with Urban Threads' pretty pastel design also boasting matching shorts, while Free People's statement wildflower top (£140) and Damson Madder's floral terracotta shirt (£65) will speak to those whose style motto is 'go big or go home'. And if you want to extend your love affair with raffia beyond your go-to basket bag, make like fashion editor Erica Davies and put a neutral spin on florals with Toast's intricately detailed blouse (£195). Your shorts just got a whole new lease on life…

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