Suns out, taps aff, here’s a sunshine inspired Friday Finds. Hooray for Summer!

  • Fashion: Florals? For Spring? Ground breaking…

Ideal for adding a summery touch to any outfit, we’re coveting this bag by Junya Watanabe (image below). With a price tag of £308, it’s sadly a little out of reach. There are however some great, cheaper, alternatives on the market, such as this River Island Hawaiian print rucksack from ASOS – at only £25 it’s much more budget-savvy. That won’t stop us from admiring this beauty from afar though…

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Junya Watanabe bag, £308 (in the sale) from Mr Porter
  • Interiors: Quirky Dovetail

Strolling back to Marks after a good old swim, we notice Quirky Dovetail, an interiors shop based just off Balham High Road which sells a range of, mainly, shabby-chic style furniture and accessories including wardrobes, chest of drawers, chairs, consoles and mirrors. One great thing to know if that Quirky Dovetail also offer a painting service where you can take in your own shabby looking furniture which they will re-vamp for you.

We loved the tables in the windows – contemporary designs with a scandi feel and pops of colour to brighten up any home, these range from £195 and can be painted in any colour and made in different sizes.

Quirky Dovetail have also just opened a sister store, Woodlark, in Clapham Old Town, ideally situated right next door to one of our favourites Zumbura… perfect if you ask us!

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  • Food: late night Shoreditch bites

Pass all the beards, bikes and graffiti  and you’ll find Red Market, a late night food market in Shoreditch. We were heading back from an event with our friend Euan who suggested we pop by after having consumed a few too many beers. It was the perfect pit-stop for a quick sober fix before jumping on the tube. Mark and Euan opted for Mexican with Mark going for an enchilada and Euan a burrito, both of which they seemed quite disappointed in. David went for a BBQ pulled pork sandwich from Bare Bones Cue. It was tasty, nothing mind-blowing, he’d perhaps suggest going for a hot sauce to give it some oompf. We believe the winner would of been the Indian option – a good excuse to head back down and try it!

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Image courtesy of Time Out
  • Places to go: making a splash

When the sun beamed through Mark’s bedroom window, we knew we had to make the most of the amazing weather last weekend. Not wanting to venture too far in the heat, we decided to cool off in Western Europe’s largest outdoor swimming pool – Tooting Bec Lido. Just shy of 100 metres, there’s plenty of space to lie out and soak up the sun.

From its crystal-clear blue water to colourful changing room doors, the Lido certainly is inviting. At £6.45 for entry fee, we suggest getting there early to make the most of your day. We took a picnic with us on Sunday as we found the café’s prices were a little steep and there’s no re-entry. The water wasn’t exactly warm – but when it’s hot out who cares! Once you got moving, you would have thought you were taking a dip in the French Riviera…

A yearly membership is available for £125, where bathers can take advantage of all-year round bathing – we’ve heard it’s quite refreshing, but we’ll probably stick to venturing here in the summer months.

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  • Just because: No Way, no seriously, no way…

Originally, we were under the false pretence that the one-hit wonder girl group Vanilla filmed the music video for their awful song “No Way, No Way” at Tooting Bec Lido. Further research revealed that it was actually filmed at Brockwell Lido in Brixton. However, why waste a good old crappy 90s music video?

Sit back, enjoy, and don’t get fresh with me…

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