It feels quite weird to be posting a Camber Sands shoot the day after so many fatalities on the beach where we did this photo shoot a week ago...so this post is dedicated to those who have lost their lives on British beaches this year, may you all rest in peace. It really does hammer home how fragile life is and how important it is to respect life as well as living life to it's fullest. You don't have to tell me twice...watch this space!
We all have childhood memories of going to the beach. Growing up in Kent, I was lucky enough to be about an hour to most of England's south east beaches. I remember as a kid going to Whitstable beach eating cockles and ocean pinkies. Hastings was a favourite of mine because of the crazy golf course. Then there was Dymchurch where I recall spending all day in the amusement park. Camber Sands was also always one of my favourites, although there isn't too much to keep you entertained, it does have an incredible beach and sand dunes that you can roll down and play hide-n-seek in...ohhhh I wish I was young again!
It really is a David vs Goliath battle. I launched Hawkins & Shepherd 3 years ago last month focusing on extremely high quality shirts with the best cotton and handmade tailoring. I did a lot of research when launching and tested the shirt quality of what is on London's Jermyn Street and found that on many occasions the quality wasn't as great as the street name suggests and seemed like profits took over from quality. A Hawkins & Shepherd shirt will always be handmade, which means the tailoring will always be the best it can be.
Mixing smart tailoring with touches of casual wear is one of the hot trends this summer. Maybe because of business relaxing the business uniform attire, workers are looking for ways to mix the two conflicting styles together. My look is just a snippet of what could be done with this trend, as I opted for the safe plain white tee. It would be great if you could show me your tailored casual styles, just post on instagram and tag me in (@HAWKINSANDSHEPHERD) so I can check out your style!
Men's grooming is one of the largest growing sectors in the UK currently, along with tattoo cover-ups, craft beers and London-Dry gins - supposedly! Which is why I headed over to Pall Mall Barbers to get a haircut, beard trim and beard shaping. Shaving is always something I normally do stark bolluck naked at home in a poorly lit bathroom so as you can imagine, I never really do my beard justice or give it the treatment that it deserves. Having someone look at your beard (stubble in my case) and shape it based on how the facial hairs grows and your face structure can transform your look.
Now these are the sort of posts I like writing about because I get the scoff everything that I have made afterwards! This morning was spent doing British Military Fitness on Clapham Common building up a decent appetite then when home I started mixing up some protein batter for my home-made waffles topped with Oppo guilt-free ice cream...yes for brunch and don't feel guilty about it AT all, and here's why.
"Ooooooo double denim" and a scrunched up face is what I get every time I attempt this supposed fashion faux pax. But in this day and age is it really that much of a no-go style? Simply, the answer is no. I think that UK fashion has come a long way in the last 5 years but not only from the top fashion elite but also the everyday male or females who are in many ways the driving force behind trends that big brands catch on to. Are we becoming a more fashionable society due to a large number of accessible influencers on social media showing us different ways to wear everyday clothing - rather than only the high-end magazines that target the wealthy with their superbrands. I like to think so.
How many of you are still working hard on getting beach body ready for your summer holiday? Unfortunately I've pretty much done all my holidays for this year...thats except a stag do in Budapest and for those of you who have been on stag a do will know that you can't exactly class them as a relaxing holiday! So therefore I'm going to pass over to you my favourite Summer ready recipes, starting with this homemade kale pesto with chicken and spiralized courgettes. It really is so quick and simple to prepare/cook especially with my new Morphy Richards Electric Spiralizer.
We are back, for the 2nd episode of THE STYLE OFF, a 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. This months style off was sponsored by the brand M.Studio which is the own label from MenLook.com. The items we chose from the M.Studio range was a plain cream coloured jumper and a pair of chino shorts. Watch both videos and let us know who styled it better.
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.