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Summer is here! Which means festivals, beaches, ice-cream, bikinis and we can't forget SPF!

Here is ed&i's guide to a fantastic Summer.

Let's start with festivals! Besides being good fun, do you know that there are plenty of health benefits that go hand in hand coming from festivals. The positive unstructured environments encourage creativity, which in-of-itself has been found to reduce stress, negative emotions and improve flow, spontaneity, positive identity, and social networks.

After selling out four years in a row, Hidden Valley, the iconic post boxing day party returns as the first in line for the Summer's festie season in picturesque Matakana (just a breezy one-hour drive from Auckland). Welcoming a variety of popular local and international electronic music acts with Alison Wonderland headlining, this is a festie you don't want to miss.

Now, moving on to a bit of a different vibe is New Zealand's very own indie festival, Nest Fest. This is the place to catch all of your favourite live acts as well as being the one-stop to reveal all of the acts you didn't even know you loved yet. Embodying its core principles of inclusivity, self-expression and free love, you can count on Nest Fest to be a guaranteed good time.
Between these festies you may need to fill some time, so why not take a roadie to some of New Zealand's nicest coastal beaches. Imagine white sand, clear water, and world-renowned surf. Just 3 hours either side of Auckland sits Matapouri Beach and Whangapoua Beach. Both with some serious and well deserved pulling power, these beaches are perfect for tanning, swimming and showing off your cutest bikini.
While beaches and festivals are a very important aspect of the perfect summer, we can't forget about all that summer goodness in food. More specifically, ice cream! Like Giapo Kitchen says, 'normal ice cream is boring' which is why our top pick for the summer is The "Mark's Strawberry Rhubarb Mess".  It's the perfect tribute to summer, and it creates taste memories that will be hard to forget.

Now onto bikinis, swimwear trends come and go, but some last relatively longer. Among these trends, leopard print remains at the forefront of our fashion desires. In the world of fashion, leopard is a neutral. Sure, it's a bold and loud print, but it's so classic and elegant that it can be easily mixed with other prints, bright colours, or stand-alone among other essentials as well. It's a style that makes a splash in a fierce way and we have the perfect bikinis to fulfil your every leopard dream. Our personal favourite being the Dee Bikini Top paired with the Dee Bikini Bottoms.


Lastly, and most importantly, SPF. We all know just how important SPF is, no matter your skin colour or tone. We also know that no one wants to smell like a high school athletics day. So to finish our ultimate summer guide is the ed&i During - Sunscreen. Unbelievably light to the touch, it's packed with naturally hydrating botanicals to shield and protect, all while smelling like whisky cocoa and bringing your gorgeous inner glow to the surface.



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