As it's the beginning of a new month it is favourites time for us! This time around you could call it a "holiday special" because we've brought all of these things along to Barcelona with us and loved them. Without further ado, let's get started.
Osprey Farpoint & Fairview
Pictured above is the women's specific Fairview in the carry on size which is the one that I use. Adam has the same size in black in the men's "Farpoint" model. Unlike other carry on bags and rucksacks these have a solid back system that is comfortable even on longer walks. They have some dividing options but not too many to loose things. I now carry my small Fairview with me whenever I go to London for work and on holidays where I don't need to pack special kit that would be taking up too much space.
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
Another his and hers item that we have are Amazon Kindles. We bought a white one and a black one at the recent Amazon Prime Day when they were quite heavily discounted. While we both absolutely love physical books it is a blessing to be able to have one tiny device that can hold hundreds of books. This again makes it perfect for (carry on) travelling.
At first, I was hesitant to go for the Paperwhite which is slightly more expensive than the standard Kindle. However, the integrated backlight is a really nice-to-have feature. I use it in low light or when we go backpacking to preserve the battery life of my head torches, Adam loves it because he often likes to read in bed when I'm already trying to sleep.
Oakley Latch Prizm
Earlier this year I bought my first pair of polarised sunglasses from Sungod. I love them but everything about them is just a bit too big for my face. Before departing for Barcelona I decided to take a look around the duty free shops at the airport to see whether I could find a better fitting pair of sunnies. The Oakley Latch was the first pair I tried on and instantly loved. The frame sits nice and tight without pressing into the side of my head and the Prizm lenses that my specific model has are an added bonus that increases clarity. My favourite aspects are the rounded shape, the tortoiseshell frame, and the fact that they don't get stuck in my often messy hair.
GAPfit Tops and Bras
And now it's time for some clothing favourites. My mum's been a long time advocate of the GAP fitness range and I finally jumped on the bandwagon myself. When I first tried the range I must have been in and out of the changing rooms half a dozen times because I couldn't decide between all the pretty colours. In the end I went for a couple of tank tops - one with a built in bra and pretty back detail, the other just a plain one, as well as a low impact bra. I've worn these for bouldering, yoga, and as everyday pieces. In Barcelona I tried washing them by hand to see how quickly they dried and I could definitely wear the items again the next morning. These are not the quickest drying but definitely the lightest weight and most comfortable travel tops I now own. Now that my local GAP has turned outlet I'll definitely be back for some more!
Fjällräven Övik Fleece Hoodie
When I was putting this post together Adam asked me to please include his favourite hoodie in the roundup. He has been wearing this every single day in place of a jacket or to snuggle up in. Fjällräven make some exceptional clothing and so far we've both been very happy with their products. This hoodie is to Adam what my Patagonia Better Sweater is to me: a perfect piece that is universal, comfortable and very easy. And if you prefer the Övik Fleece over the Better Sweater and are a woman, there's a women's version of this piece as well.
Patagonia Kupala Bikini Top
I bought this bikini top last year ahead of our Gran Canaria trip and it's since become my go-to beachwear item. I love the crossback detail which looks pretty and also adds a bit more support (not that I need it, but it does keep the bikini in place) and I also like that the lining in the cups is removable. I bought it in black so I pair it with all sorts of bottoms in fun colours but I wouldn't mind adding another more colourful top to my collection as well.
A quick note on the side, this top is currently on sale at Cotswold Outdoor so if you like it this is the time to check it out!
Slowly but steadily we've been testing our way through the LUSH solid shampoo range. In fact, we have been testing our way through LUSH products in general. The very lemon-y Montalbano shampoo has been a clear winner though. Not only has the consistency been better than some of the other shampoo bars because it has retained its shape. But the scent is also really lovely. This shampoo bar ticks all our boxes and now that we've just about run out we will definitely repurchase it.
And that's a wrap! I'd love to hear what items you've been loving recently and if you have tried any of the above.