Frankie Graddon’s summer shelfie

Deckchair reading, evening cocktails and a summer-glow shortcut – fashion and beauty editor Frankie Graddon picks the summer essentials she can’t do without

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  1. Day to day, I struggle finding time to read, so summer is when I can really indulge in a great book. I read Hot Milk on holiday in one sitting. If you haven't already, get a copy. Hot Milk by Deborah Levy, £8.99
  2. Perfume is one of my biggest extravagances and something I like to wear every day (although sometimes I do forget). During the summer, I want something fresh and joyful – Marc Jacobs Splash Cucumber ticks both of those boxes. Marc Jacobs Splash Cucumber EDT, £38
  3. I've recently rekindled my love of podcasts and have been enjoying The High Low, My Dad Wrote A Porno and the back catalogue of Desert Island Discs. On a sunny evening, I plug in and listen to them on my walk home from the Tube station. Earphones, £19.99, Happy Plugs
  4. If anything says summer to me, it's a refreshing G&T in the early evening. A nice glass, plenty of ice and a slice of cucumber. Bliss. Gin in a tin, £2, M&S
  5. I’m really not fussed about getting a tan – I’d rather sit in the shade and read a book (aka drink wine). However, I do like having a bit of bronze from the knee downwards, so often use gradual fake tanners. Anything that gives a subtle glow and a hint of summery shimmer is a thumbs-up in my book. Plus, it’s a good way of remembering to moisturise. Dove Summer Revived Shimmer Body Lotion, £3.50, Boots


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