By Charlene Bent
Summer Fashion & Beauty Guide
Summer 2022 is bringing sexy back and the key trends paraded on the runway were wrapped in body loving silhouettes. From cut out dresses to cropped t-shirts and the celebration of skin for the first official summer of freedom since the pandemic, it is safe to say that Spring/Summer 2022 collections are here to hail the sunshine. Short, bold and flowy is all the rage. I spotted underwear-as-outerwear and 2 piece sets encouraging confidence and throwing body caution to the wind. The time has come to embrace the skin you are in and indulge in fashion that shouts body positivity from head to toe.
Colour is also high on the agenda this season and you can take pride in a rainbow combination set to brighten up any look. There is not the slightest excuse for neutrals, the shop windows are bursting with juicy style flavours, set to wet any fashion appetite.
White Stuff Linen Shirt: £65
White Stuff Lulu cardigan £45
White Stuff printed blouse: £45
There is something for everyone with these trends and Rushden Lakes is the number one destination to secure a summer wardrobe that will see you through. I scoured the fashion stores and spotted block colours, prints and volume. Plus, brands showing a newfound love for quilted bags paired with kitten-heels. From festival vibes to holiday style, there’s a wide range of must have fashion items to choose from.
Images: River Island
To pair these incredible fashion finds you need the right beauty to complete the look, House of Fraser Makeup Artists know a thing or two about what should be in your beauty bag this season, so I popped over to get some expert advice and share their highly credited tips.
Leah at Dior
recommended “Forever Skin Glow and Forever Matt foundation, there are two skin finishes, dewy or matt. Its formula is composed of an 86%* skincare base, providing long-lasting comfort, letting your skin breathe, while improving your complexion. It looks after your skin whilst you wear it. It is also nice and light and has buildable coverage so you can have it light for a more natural look or more layered for evening events. I’d also recommend that you add the Dior Addict Lip Glow to your kit this season. It has a nourishing balm and a colour reviving balm. It changes colour based on your lips natural tone which results in a nice surprise with fuller lips.”
Dior Forever Skin Glow Foundation £40
Dior Lip Glow £29.50
Jess at Benefit pulled out the big guns with the only brow and lash products you’ll need. “The Bad Gal Bang Mascara is a must, it has 36-hour wear and has special particles so that it has minimal weight whilst wearing it and its smudge proof and waterproof. We are the U.K’s number one brow brand so my next essential would be the Precisely My Brow Pencil, the U.K’s number one pencil.”
Benefit Bad Gal Mascara £19
Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil £19
Katy at M.A.C joined in on the conversation and added her two M.A.C must haves to complete your makeup bag. “You need the Honey Love Matt Lipstick and the Cork Lip Liner. The Cork is a really nice nude lip liner, it’s darker than Honey Love so it really defines the lip and Honey Love is a really nice nude.”
MAC Lip Pencil £17
MAC Matt lipstick £18.50
Summer Dining at Rushden Lakes
Image: The Terrace
What could be more fabulous than al fresco dining in the summer sun? Sipping on a glass of fizz and enjoying a refreshing salad bursting with the seasonal flavours to get your juices flowing? Anyone…?? The answer is nothing could be better. It’s what summer days are made of, socialising, fresh food and drink and rays from the beautiful sunshine. And thanks to Rushden Lakes we have all of the above at one destination. This season, indulge in the mouth-watering dishes the great restaurants have to offer. From kid friendly menus to drinks made just for grown ups, there are so many places to choose from to make this summer one to remember.
Images: Lago Lounge
Kids need constant snacks in the summer and combining food with a cute craft kit, keeps them entertained and fed. Restaurants like Wagamama, Nando’s and Lago Lounge offer colouring sheets set to keep you’re little ones busy whilst the food set to warm their hearts is freshly prepared.
Image: Magazine Heaven Cafe
Leisure In The Sun
We’re not short of fun at Rushden Lakes. This summer you can get stuck into our outdoor activities to soak up the summer sun and be at one with the ultimate destination or head over to our Leisure Terrace and choose from a range of things to do indoors.
At Canoe2 Pedalo’s and Canoe’s are available for hire. You and the family can enjoy the fresh lake breeze. If you’re visiting with a large group Katakanus are great fun for up to six people. Everybody gets a chance to paddle, making it the perfect team sport to get your whole crew working together. Book ahead or on the day by visiting Canoe2
Another great lake activity to consider for a more challenging event is Stand-Up-Paddleboarding. If you’re new to Paddleboarding, get top tips from a tutor and have a 1-hour session available from £25 and board hire from £29 for 2-hours. All the boards, equipment, wetsuits and clothing are also available for purchase. Booking is essential, head to their website
Image: 360 Play
Keen to stay out of the sun and let the kids run free? 360 is the perfect stop for state-of-the-art soft play. Featuring 360 Street, filled with creativity, you can climb to new heights with the giant two-storey play-frame and if a little park action will get them even more excited, the outdoor play area with a sand pit is just perfect for summer days like this.
Image: Rock Up
Like challenging your friends with a competitive sport? Rock Up is the exciting indoor climbing destination with climbing walls towering over 8m so you can peak and feel on top of the world.
Image: Paradise Island Adventure Golf
And if you prefer activities that keep your feet on the ground, then an incredible adventure golf experience with Paradise Island awaits. Choose from two bespoke 19-hole golf courses, each set amidst a tropical island paradise, designed around a course with twists and turns to test your golfing skills and keep score amongst your biggest competition.
Image: Flip Out
Last but not least on my list was the fabulous Flip Out. Only for the brave hearted, this trampoline park will get your blood pumping as you practice your flips, turns and summersaults on cushioned pillars that keep you bouncy and wanting more.
For more on all the summer fun at Rushden Lakes and activities not to be missed, click here!