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laura bailey

photographer, model, british vogue contributing editor and friend-of-nounou tells us how she's been spending her sunny days this summer – and shares a few of her style and beauty secrets. 

and relax...

summer is my time for slowing down, whether at home, or away. this year i have relished short getaways to corsica and the south of france but also loved being in london when it’s quiet - i’m enjoying taking a kind of holiday at home too!

even though i try to keep things simple, summer life can still get fast paced between my creative projects, shoots and family, but it’s sport that keeps me sane! i’m a hardcore tennis addict and try to play most days.

i’ve learnt to counteract my adrenaline by biking everywhere, movies, books and long dog walks with my two lurchers bambi and rainey. afterwards i like to take them with me for some supper – a favourite summer destination is the chiltern firehouse garden where they are welcomed in style. we are also keen on the pelican, a local pub/restaurant and six portland road, another neighbourhood favourite. aside from my dogs, my close gang of girls (like family) are my dream dates - strakers is another beloved local where we meet. 

listening to...

my summer playlist includes boygenius (who I’m seeing play live in london late august), birdy (a new discovery) and of course my best friend, leona naess. 

for podcasts - like everyone else i’m addicted to ‘the rest is politics’ - but I also love ‘the great women artists’ and also recommend ‘the river cafe table 4’ - start with the episodes featuring two friends (and heroes) - christiane amanpour and tracey emin. 

the reading list...

my summer reading has been ambitious and diverse. my recommendations for friends includes - ‘birnham wood’ by eleanor catton, ’time shelter’ by georgi gospodinov, ’august blue’ by deborah levy and ‘the guest’ by emma cline.

today I’m deep into an advance copy of dolly alderton’s ‘good material’ and can’t wait for the september publication of ‘the fraud’ by my favourite, zadie smith. 

i’m a recent convert to substack - and recommend signing up to ‘something to say’ by abigail bergstrom (especially poignant- and practical for aspiring writers). and liz carey’s ‘i’ll make this awkward’ is simply the kind of writing that you want to share with all your best friends immediately. I love her. 

culture club...

i’m looking forward to seeing lily james and kristen scott thomas in ‘lyonesse’ in the west end come autumn and the best thing I’ve seen on stage this summer is ‘the effect’ at the national theatre. catch it whilst you can. electrifying performances by taylor russell and paapa essiedu. 

the photographers’ gallery is one of my favourite london haunts - currently showing ‘home is not a place’ by johny pitts and an evelyn hofer retrospective. 

the day trip...

i love london but am also a fan of a 24 hour change of scene - especially to the coast. hopping on the train to margate is a favourite destination - if you’ve never been, you’ll find the carl freedman gallery alone is worth the pilgrimage from the city. make sure you catch artist billy childish’s ‘looking at paintings’ which is on until 3rd September.  

margate is tiny enough to walk everywhere. wander around and you can admire the dazzling new art school dreamed up by tracey emin, as well as drift from bookstore to cafe to the turner contemporary. it’s a vintage fashion and foodie dream - (i loved angela’s and sargasso on the sea front). stay at the laidback but chic fort road hotel if you get the chance. they would prefer it if you brought your dog (my kind of place!).

style travel essentials

cat eye chanel sunnies

"i’ll be wearing these oversized shades all summer."

vintage levi cut-offs

"because you can’t go wrong with the classics."


"i now travel with more kit than party dresses – my varley tennis dress is a must." 

alex eagle travel suit

"my travel uniform. relaxed like a tracksuit but a real multitasker."

victoria beckham ‘body’ crop top 

"i’ll wear it with the alex eagle trousers to dress it up."

chanel racket holder

"tennis accessories can also be chic"

good squish scrunchie

“my favourite mood-changing hair accessory - whether at a festival, on the tennis court, or just in the bath.”

leica q camera

"an essential. plus a few disposable cameras for the kids to mess around with."

beauty cabinet

chanel 'no 19'

"a must have and a timeless classic"

skin design london 'cherry gloss peel'

"my facialist’s brand – it's my go-to before a big shoot or event."

josh wood 'miracle mask' 

"deep-conditioning moisture and shine in a bottle."

charlotte tilbury 'the feline flick' 

"for the perfect wing every time."