Summer Ideas

Wimbledon. A time for strawberries, champagne and lots of tennis balls. Day 3 came to a close yesterday and, other than Andy Murray still in the tournament, the big news for us Brits was that an unknown British qualifier – Marcus Willis – was beaten by Roger Federer. The 25 year old had got through six round of qualifying plus the first ‘proper’ round and, until yesterday, had only earned £220 in prize money. Getting through to the second round of Wimbledon smashed that with him taking home a pot of £50,000 and seeing his world ranking rise from 772 to around 416. A pretty amazing few days for him then! Wimbledon typically represents a ‘summery’ event for the British – though this year seems to have seen even more of a washed out start to the summer than normal. Even Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis called last week’s festival the ‘muddiest ever’. With the clouds hopefully starting to finally clear, we have put together a list of some great summer gear to get us looking forward to some proper sunshine!

Edifier Rave:

This nifty speaker is perfect for those suffering from a bit of wanderlust. Producing strong, clear, music it produces 36 watts of amazing sound for wherever you want to take it. Perfectly at home for any BBQ’s over the summer, or any road trips to the seaside. We love that the battery lasts for up to 8 hours, and it is simple to connect to any device using Bluetooth. A must have for when we plan those days out or lazy summer BBQ’s!

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STM Grace Deluxe Sleeve:

Now this is when for us girls who need to carry around our tech – but don’t want to stick to the usual black bags. With fab summery colours, and beautifully soft lining that surrounds your laptop (seriously – it’s so soft), this is a staple for me whenever I take my laptop with me. There are 4 colours to choose from (all such cheerful colourways it is hard to choose just one), and room in the front pouch for a phone, cards, pens or a charger it is simply ideal.

stm grace deluxe sleeve merched coral dove lowres

Manfrotto TwistGrip:


It is 75% of all photos are now taken on a phone. Yep, you read that right. 75%. It is astonishing, and why the TwistGrip and PIXI are on this list. No one likes a shaky, out of focus photo – and this nifty clamp makes sure you get the best photos using your phone. There are several things to note – first, it is one of those products that is extremely satisfying to use. The top and bottom section both flip round to form the grip itself – and you need a degree of self control to avoid constantly doing this! It is small, and when not in it’s grip shape – super easy to store because of its lightweight properties and slim shape. Second – it is a universal smartphone clamp, so should you change your phone over time you can be sure it will fit the new one. Lastly, it is very secure. Twist the dial to expand to fit your phone, and then twist again to lock the phone in place. There is a cold shoe attachment on the top to fit a microphone, LED or similar on top and a tripod attachment on the bottom. Which leads us onto:

Manfrotto PIXI:

This tripod is the perfect mini tripod. Not just a one trick pony, it can be used as either a sturdy support for CSC cameras, or a phone with the TwistGrip or with the legs together it turns into a handy grip for any selfies, or video recording. There is a ball head included so that you can be sure you get the best angle for the photo you are after. We can wholeheartedly recommend the TwistGrip/PIXI combination for getting sharp, fantastic photos from your smartphone.


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