With summer holidays on the horizon, many of us are putting in the extra hours at the gym, running, yoga, boxercise, PT or group outdoor fitness classes. Whatever fitness regime you are currently into, I've put together my latest men's fitness look to help you look the part as well as feel it. If you are one of those people who still wants to find love the conventional way - bars, gym or work for example, rather than Tinder or Happn, it's time you ditched that hole-ridden, was once white but now light brown t-shirt and smarten up!
Finally it is finished, my London flat is at last fully renovated to my own individual taste and style. For 6 years I have lived in this 2 bedroom flat in Clapham South without doing a single thing to it and it looked tired, dated and in dire need of an interior design make-over. Working on a budget, I couldn't change everything - so I had to pick and choose what changes would make the biggest impact and what I could get away with keeping. The last few rooms to get some love were my open-planned front room, dining room and kitchen and as you can see from the below it was a 'tad' cluttered, dark and the walls looked tired.
The Serpentine Gallery has become a bit of a bloggers dream backdrop. I'm not the first and will certainly not be the last blogger to rock up to this gallery and post the same image as every one else on Instagram! On initial viewing the structure was incredible, although not as white as it comes across on everyones images....good editing people! The early birds to this exhibition would have been able to have stood on the squares unopposed, however since so many people have been climbing the structure (fucking bloggers, spoiling it for everyone!), they've had to hire security to make sure you do not. I mean just imagine if one of the square tubes came away from the rest of the structure and it tumbled down like a Jenga puzzle, awks!
It has been a while since I've last treated myself to something other than a Deliveroo on a Sunday night. So I think it was overdue and about time that I took a break from work and got to experience one of London's top tourist attractions.
London has such amazing history, arts, architecture and events and being a Londoner I have this all on my doorstep. Despite this, as with many other Londoners, it is easy to overlook what our great city has to offer. So with the help of Burton Menswear and Virgin Experience Days, I was able to head up to The View of The Shard, drink champagne and enjoy to view until sunset.
By all accounts according to my parents, I was a bit of a whiney, crying, bad tempered little brat when I was young. One of the crackers I recall my Dad using all the time with me was "CARL, act your age and not your shoe size"...total Pete classic and I'll be using that one when I eventually have kids! Well I guess the same applies to what you wear too.
Festival season has officially started for me, as Wireless was my first of the Summer. I absolutely love festivals, from camping in inches of mud to day festivals. Although it's always better when you get invited by VO5 to join them at Wireless on the Saturday just gone...free drinks, food, music and meeting some awesome people, whats not to like. Plus a UK Garage favourite was playing (or is it officially called Old School Garage these days!), if it is - it means I'm officially 'old school' myself as I grew up in the rise of UK Garage and Aiya Napa. Yes it was Craig Davvviiiiddd playing Rewind, 7 Days and of course What's Your Flava oooooooooooo.
How do you start off your day? I always like to start the day off in a positive manner and run with that positiveness throughout the day. I'm pretty routine with my morning 'chores' and it goes something like this. I don't normally set an alarm, however I don't wake up naturally either - I have a needy French Bulldog that sleeps in the front room and whines for attention between 06:30 and 07:30 everyday without fail, so that is my alarm clock. Seriously if you want an alarm sound that is soooooo annoying, it is the whine of a French Bulldog.
I get people saying to me all the time that my 'job' - meaning blogging and instagramming, looks so much fun and they wish they could do it. Well firstly, it's not exactly a job, I mean, I would say you need to be earning at least minimum wage (don't even get me started on living wage) before you can claim it as your 'employment'. It's taken a couple of hard grafting years of networking to build up a worthwhile, engaging audience on my blog and social networks before PR companies and brands want to do business with you and don't under estimate the time and effort that takes.
London needs some cheering up as it has been quite an odd June for our nations capital. Firstly 60% of London voted to remain as part of the EU, however it was the minority 40% of London but overall country majority that ended up celebrating BREXIT. Moving on to our nations sport, England scraped through a poor qualifying group at Euro 2016 only to be humbled, out-thought and out-classed by minnows Iceland in a 2-1 defeat in the last 16 of the competition. I can safely say, the best thing about the UK right now is watching Love Island!
What do you normally do for a First Date, a 2nd or 3rd date? First dates for me are normally best kept short and done in a relatively busy, dark bar where you can hear each other talk and get to know each other. The Portobello Star Pub in Notting Hill is just that, as decent bar selling every kind of gin possible in nice big copa glasses. Move on to a second or third date...or even a date night with your girlfriend and head upstairs to join the Ginstitute masterclass.
No my fitness routine is not putting on some new adidas gear, finding the nearest brick wall and pose, although it does look like it from the images! I tend to keep myself relatively fit all year round, I'm not really one of these fitness part-timers who only keep fit during January; for the two months leading up to their next holiday; because they decided to sign-up for a 5K run or maybe some hot female instructor who you matched with on Happn works at your gym.
I know everyone works hard and think they work harder than the next person and I'm no different. I've spent my whole working life being a grafter, I would prioritise working hard, putting in the hours and building relationships ahead of academic qualifications, rightly or wrongly thats just playing to my strengths. Mix in a hectic work life with dating, spending time with friends, family, fitness classes and of course watching Love Island and you are left with frankly no time at all. On a mission to gain back as much free time as possible, I signed up to Hello Fresh.
Head over to Sunday Somewhere on Instagram and you'll find a plethora of celebrities wearing their frames or beautiful people wearing beautiful sunglasses in beautiful locations around the world. Going against this trend, I decided to take their awesome 'Valentine-Tea' round sunglasses around the grey colours of London.
Introducing THE STYLE OFF, a new YouTube collaboration with Oli from The Tailor Fitted where we both take a single item of clothing and style it to our own personal style. Watch both videos and let us know who styled it better?!! For this months Style Off we brought two trending items from Zara. A floral print bomber jacket and a striped t-shirt.
This photoshoot was done on a day about a month ago on a 30 degrees sunny day when we all thought summer had started, little did we know that it was going to be another month of rain before the sun put it's hat on again. I took Charlie out for a workout with me on Clapham Common, although I think it was a little too hot for him or maybe he just got very excited for the photoshoot with Phodography.
Well I haven't been on holiday to one of these swanky, fashionable destinations for quite some time but I know some of you are much luckier than I and maybe heading away sometime soon. So I headed out in my whitest of white outfit to the pristine white houses of Notting Hill for this shoot. Grab your girlfriend and whisk her away on a weekend away to Monaco, St Tropez or Cannes and have an evening stroll along the harbour, looking a million dollars as you pass the yachts, chatting about which one you'll buy if you won 10million on the lottery (my favourite conversation!).
Forgive me Superdry but I haven't brought any of your men's clothing since about 8 years ago (give or take a couple of years - but the point is a LONG time ago). It was when everyone seemed to be taking about Superdry and loving the big bold branded shirts, hoodies and multiple zipped jacket - which had about 12 bloody zips on it! Actually I still have my yellow Superdry hoodie and grey/orange checked Superdry shirt. It was about a month ago now when I was invited to preview their new men's collection that I realised it is time to buy back into Superdry.
I love to travel and have been fortunate enough to have visited some of the most amazing countries, cities and tiny little fishing villages in the world. I've travelled around South East Asia many times, South America, most of Europe and Africa...although there is still so much more to see. As I sit here planning my next short break to Greece, holiday to Havana and backpacking adventure - I've been researching some of the most amazing hotels in the world and here are my Top 10 (In no particular order, as that would be too tough to work out).
Summer in the UK is awesome. Yes, winter can be long and based on this current summer, it can also be a little bit unpredictable. Although when the sun has put its hat on (on weekends in particular!) there is no better place to be. As a nation, we love to party, we love music, we love fashion and thats why we love festivals. I'm heading off to Reading Festival this year and would like to share with you my Festival Fashion Must Haves.
Earlier on in the year Cadburys launched their campaign to find the next Milk Tray man. I missed this casting call, so I'm going to have to wait until the next one, but thats not going to stop me in getting in some practice early doors - so when the next casting happens, I'm ready, Milk Tray in hand and the perfect all-black outfit ready and waiting.