how to level up your next park date
Forget sitting on your coat eating cocktail sausages, this is how you do a park hang
image Cruel Intentions, 1999, Colombia Pictures
words Rhys Thomas
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TOUCH GRASS. It’s the time of the year where you can. Where you can sit outside, feel dry little green spikes against the palms of your hands, smell some flowers, see lots of dogs, quench hot thirst with a nice cold can of whatever, see people laying down with shirts over their eyes, hear laughter and prosecco popping, and practically taste the barbecue food sizzling in the corner of the park. The park, yes, that’s where you are, it’s park season.
Being in nature is a blissful existence for many of us. Studies have shown that immersion in nature is good for our wellbeing (of course!) As well as that, parks offer us a place of sanctuary: nice aesthetic greens and flowers, places to run around, lay on the floor and more, and for those of us without access to gardens and larger greenery, they’re incredibly important parts of anywhere we call home.
Despite the ideal vibes, we can always look to maximise the feel-good factor of a park trip. Whether it is a date and you want to make things cute, considered and cosy, or just a solo trip that you want to leave you feeling especially ‘main character’ these items are hand picked to help you reach peak park. And given you’re milling about a free place soaking up rays and getting slightly dusty bums, there’s less guilt involved in spending a little money on vibes elevation.
Made from acrylic yarn, this ravey wavey colourful knitted blanket is sure to put a spring in anyone’s step. If anything, it’s giving Copacabana Beach. A real pop of colour that’ll dazzle in the sun and make the world feel brighter. Plus, you know, keep you off the muddier bits and help to have less bugs up your legs.
always wear protection
Okay less of an elevation, more of an essential. But a solid SPF for face, and another for body, that’ll keep you protected from those rays all day long without leaving things greasy and gross. The face protection is SPF 50, while the body is SPF 30.
Incense at the park is a huge, huge, huge shout (I, the writer, bring incense to the park all the time, and this specific one frequently!) it adds a smoke to the air that reminds of fires, you’ll have less flies getting on your nerves around sunset, the fragrances are great yet won’t have you coughing everywhere, because you’re outdoors. Try it!
Fun party shots, shorts for the sun, shorts for the summer, shorts for bright days, shorts for happy days. Shorts for the background of the photo of the first iced coffee and park sit of the year, shorts for carrying your keys and sunglasses and phone in (switched off), shorts for people to look at and say: ooo they’re fun shorts. These are those shorts. Also, they’re made from Japanese cotton ‘Miracle Wave’ fabric, famed for its soft, slightly crinkled texture. SHORTS!
For a bit more fire and a bit less smoke than the incense, a lovely candle can offer a real serene quality to your date ‘al parco’. The ‘jardin de la lune’ scented candle from Earl of East is hand-poured and smells of blackberry leaf, bergamot, and other fruits and florals not beginning with b. If your park is lacking in bushes of flowers, this’ll transport them to you.
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You could use this bottle to stay hydrated with water and lemon, or just a load of frozen lemons and ice that melt slowly through the day mmm, or you know, it could be a handy vessel to decant a bit of a bottle of something into so you and your date aren’t having to pass the bottle. Alternatively, pass the bottle, that’s kinda cute! And then pass this bottle with the ice and the lemon in to keep hydrated. Wellness!
If it’s sunny and it’s warm and it’s nice and all of that, why not just make every second of the day a blazing golden hour or a film set in California in 1973 by wearing these sunglasses from the Billie Eilish-approved CHRISTIANAHJONES. Tiny lenses, big statements, and UV protection for the eyes. Winning.
secure the bag
For more practical items with big fashion points thrown in, this market bag which is designed in a way that honours the classic weaving styles of Oaxaca. It is orange and green, screaming of summer, and plenty big and sturdy for all the little tins of olives and bottles of drink and books and sunscreen and glasses and candles and incense and blankets above. Ideal!
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