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RETRO ACTIVITIES ENJOYING A RENAISSANCE THIS SUMMER

‘Tis the season to live out your all-American teen fantasy

24.07.2020

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Zoom parties have lost their lustre, finishing a book a mere fantasy (Must Look At Phone), and you're just one boxset away from consuming Netflix in its entirety. Sure, in March, said activities may have sparked much joy, weighted with the possibility of infinite ‘me time’. Now they, understandably, induce a level of fatigue. These social pursuits are happening in your home, where you might also be working; the boardroom a few steps away from your bed, perhaps. And so, it's time to search further afield - from investing in some vintage roller skates (très chic, plus…endorphins!) to an unforgettable, laptop-free, film experience. When plotting your next weekend exploit, take inspiration from these emerging summer trends seeped in nostalgia. 

FOR AN ALT DATE ACTIVITY THAT ISN’T JUST A WALK IN THE PARK

Try…Roller skating

We’ve come to that point in 2020, where “quarantine made me do it” is now a rebuke for just about everything. Roller skating, which has seen a huge surge in Google searches in recent months, falls under this category. Partly due to a spike in TikTok videos of fresh-faced individuals gliding freely in sunnier climes (look up: Ana Coto). The new trend is really a recycling of an old one. As the look du jour is 1970s-style skates. Think Farrah Fawcett on wheels…

Buy…Pre-order a pair of vintage-inspired Moxi Skates here or trawl eBay for hidden gems.

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IF YOU’RE SICK OF LOOKING AT YOUR TV SCREEN

Try… A drive-in cinema

Tiger King, The Last Dance, Normal People, I May Destroy You, Mrs. America. There are a million reasons to be disappointed this year, but the TV listings has not been one of them. Truly, thank you Netflix and gang, you’ve come through during these confined times. The thing is, and we don’t want to seem ungrateful, but it’s just we may need a little break. A different scene. A different screen? Cue: The drive-in cinema. Which provides a happy medium for those looking to have a night out, but still hell bent on keeping the socialising to a minimum. 

Buy… Watch film classics from Pretty Woman to Grease at the Luna Drive-In Cinema, with beautiful locations dotted around England, including Blenheim Palace and Knebworth House. (You receive portable wireless speakers to rest on your car dashboard during the screening). To find out more and book tickets click here.

TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR ANNUAL LEAVE

Try… A UK road-trip

Stressed? Can’t concentrate? Considering blocking all Instagram friends who have escaped to the French countryside, faux dramatizing they’re “having a terrible time.” Sounds like you might need a break. In fact, according to a new study, workers need to take time off every 43 days to avoid total burn out. A quick math check I assume will equal you’re more than likely to fall into this camp. For those who feel uneasy about booking a trip outside of the UK in the near future, fear not. The great road trip is enjoying a resurgence. Londoners, if you’re looking for quaint towns that are not too far away: Orford and Lavenham in Suffolk or Deal and Whitstable in Kent are picture-perfect.

Buy… A good portable speaker, for inevitable conversation droughts. In need of some summer playlist direction? Click here.

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