Surrey Life Loves: Our top 5 local buys for August
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From Redhill-raised Katie Melua’s latest single, to eco-friendly Horny Pants
Clothing: When you can buy garments that are not only made from eco-friendly material but also help raise money for endangered species of wildlife – it’s a win-win in our eyes. Horny Pants are the brainchild of Keri Whinney who, while
on a safari holiday in South Africa in 2018, learnt about the sad reality that, due to poaching, the white rhino will likely be extinct within five years. The range of underwear for the eco-conscious man are made from bamboo, a much less resource-hungry crop which doesn’t require fertiliser to grow so is kinder to the environment. It produces a breathable, antibacterial and thermo material, which will keep him warm in winter and cool in summer. Horny Pants come in a range of colours and cost £25 each with a percentage from every sale donated to Wildlife Conservation.
Music: Singer Katie Melua, who grew up in Redhill, is back with not one but two new singles – A Love Like That and Airtime
For A Love Like That, Katie is accompanied by drummer Emre Ramazanoglu, flautist Jack Pinter while Airtime was co-composed with her long-time collaborators, bassist Tim Harries and guitarist Luke Potashnick. Both tracks were produced by Leo Abrahams and also feature the Georgian Philharmonic Orchestra.
The singles are the first to be taken from 35-year-old Melua’s forthcoming studio album Album No 8, due out in October.
Available to download from iTunes.
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Parasol: Add a burst of vibrant colour to any outdoor space, with an East London Parasol. Marrying gorgeous fabrics and hand crafts from across India and Indonesia these decadent garden parasols will be the talking point at any garden party this summer.
The William Morris collection is new this year and there are matching tablecloths and napkins available. Prices from £320.
Beauty product: Did you know getting your daily boost of Magnesium is vital for your health and wellbeing yet up to 80 per cent of us are deficient in it?
This wonderfully-whipped body butter from NEOM is not only packed with shea butter, coconut oil and newly added mango seed butter to nourish and soften the skin, but the perfect amount of magnesium too so it nourishes your skin and boosts your wellbeing in one fell swoop. There are four different fragrances to choose from but we love the Great Day with mint and mandarin. £36/200ml from Neom, High Street, Guildford.
Collection: Watts Gallery Artists’ Village has launched a new collection of wares produced by participants of Watts Gallery Trust’s Art for All Community Learning Programme. The Limner Collection, which includes sketchpads, a children’s apron, scarf, tea towels and gift wrap is either handmade or decorated with designs created by the programme’s participants, inspired by the work of GF and Mary Watts. The collection is a continuation of the social enterprise Mary founded with the
local community and is available from the gallery gift shop and online at shop.wattsgallery.org.uk