1) Vampire Teeth Tee
Fits perfectly, has a brilliant design, fucking cheap. Plus nobody cool shops in New Look so you're not going to see anyone else wearing it. I only went in there originally because there's a Starbucks on the top floor. A real steal.
2) Silver Rucksack with built-in speakers
Chavs eat your empty crisp-packet hearts out. This rucksack is designed for small girls but also appeals to part-time party monsters. Just look at it! There's nothing more inconsiderate or horrid than a person playing their own music in public without communal consent, especially on a beach. Still, it's more of an image thing. The first thing my friend said when they saw this was - THAT IS SO JACK!
3) Washed Out - Life of Leisure
Now a roadtrip needs lots of music, indeed, something old, something new, something borrowed and nothing by Blue. This new chill out electro album by Washed Out will be a blissful hangover classic, take a listen yourself on his MySpace. With its slow loops, laidback melodies and live percussion samples, beautiful.
4) Palace Walk - Naguib Mahfouz
I'm taking quite a few racy out-of-print reads on holiday, found in the dark corners of the second hand section in Marchmant Street's bookshop Gay's The Word. Still, it's always nice to have something sophisticated and meticulously written too, so Mahfouz's Nobel Prize winning novel Palace Walk will do just fine.
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Summer scents are essential and I just love those crossover discoveries when you discover a scent designed for the opposite sex that works really well for you. DKNY Pure is just what I need in a roadtrip beach scent. Nothing too invasive, clean and gentle but seductive nevertheless.