Summer is finally here, as “Scottish” as it may be… but it’s here, nonetheless! If you’re looking to revamp your summer wardrobe, we’ve got you covered in fabulous style – from light and bright colours to tribal trends and nautical with a twist.

Talking of all things sunshine, we’ve also got your skincare routine sorted for the warmer months, with our pick of the best sunscreens out there to keep you protected while you soak up some vitamin D.

If you’re partial to dining al fresco, get out into the garden and fire up the BBQ with some of our delicious recipe options – including chicken and veggie creations from Nick Nairn and some suggestions for the perfect wine pairings. We’ve also got some beautiful pieces in our Outdoor Living spread to ensure you can relax in the garden in style. Don’t forget to enter our competition this month – quality Edinburgh furniture retailer, Martin & Frost, are giving one reader the chance to win a beautiful outdoor dining set and relax in luxury throughout the summer months.

One of the best drinks to enjoy in the sunshine is, of course, a gin and tonic. We get the lowdown on Scotland’s thriving gin industry from Strathearn Distillery’s Tony Reeman-Clark, who’s also chairman of the Scottish Craft Distillers Association, and put the spotlight on some of Scotland’s top makers. There are also some beautiful gin cocktail recipes for you to enjoy.

Summer for a lot of people means daydreaming about lying on a beautiful beach somewhere exotic. Well, look no further than our feature on Scotland’s beaches  – we have some of the world’s most striking stretches of sand, even if the temperatures aren’t quite as hot as we might like some of the time…

If you’re in need of some stress-free time out, we highlight some of the best, head-clearing wellness retreats around the world. You can opt for a total technology switch-off, holistic dining or mindfulness and meditation – all in absolutely stunning locations.

Our cover star this issue is the legendary Elaine Paige, who reflects on 50 years of show business and some of the highlights of her glittering career – including that coveted role as Eva Perón in Evita. We also chat to Scottish illustrator Johanna Basford, whose latest black and white colouring book for adults topped the Amazon bestseller charts, selling out in just a few weeks.

Enjoy those sunny days,

Maria M. Burnett

Maria M. Barnett.

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