Lucy Dunn’s summer shelfie 

From a treat-yourself washbag to a book to switch-off with, The Pool’s deputy editor picks the things she’s bought to take her through August 

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  1. As I write this, I am on holiday countdown and, this summer, I have bought a nice travel bag to take with me. Washbags are one of those things you never normally buy for yourself, but my old one is grotty, and looks grotty on my bathroom shelf, so I thought it was high time to treat myself to a new one. Dar Leone Indio travel bag, £31, Trouva
  2. I am being dragged, kicking and screaming, camping in early September. Our last trip was a disaster – it rained five minutes after arriving and didn’t stop the whole time we were there. This time, I am praying that it will be different. My husband has bought me these nice Moomin mugs as bribery. I’m easily bought. Moomin mugs, £12, Trouva
  3. I cleared out my loft this summer and found a load of old tapes and records I didn’t even know I had from my student days. They needed playing! This was a real after-work, saw-it-in-the-shop-window purchase, but I am so glad I splurged. Crosley Cruiser Pebbled Pink Vinyl Record Player, £89.00, Urban Outfitters
  4. I first tasted this at a press briefing a few weeks ago and am now obsessed. It tastes all grown-up and botanical-y – very much like gin – but it isn’t alcoholic. I haven’t given up alcohol totally, just cut down, and this summer I realised I’d had loads of weeknights where I’ve gone out after work, had a couple of drinks and felt a bit below par the next day. Also, I just can’t handle hangovers like I used to. Seedlip distilled non-alcoholic spirit 700ml, £29.99, Selfridges
  5. I am the world’s crappiest person at doing nothing, but I do understand that every so often it would be good to slow down and switch off. I am trying to do a no-internet day every weekend. That’s my aim, anyway, and I have this book to turn to every time my hands start reaching for my phone. How To Be Bored, £7.99, Oliver Bonas


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