Every year for the last 5 years we have gone away as a family on a villa holiday somewhere in either Spain or Cyprus. Mum, Dad, Brother, Sister, myself and any other halves that us children might have had during the time. It's something I look forward to every year, as family mean everything to me and living a face-paced busy lifestyle, I don't get t spend as much time with them as I would like. So going away for a week or two, where we can all relax and spend time together is priceless. This year we headed off to Menorca in Spain for 2 weeks for a villa holiday in beach the town of Binibeca Vell.
How infuriating is it when you have been clothes shopping to find that you are actually a size small in one brand, a size medium in another and even a large on the odd occasion? Well that example is actually me. How can I span from a size small to large…I just don’t get it. Well there is now a solution to this problem in the form of an app which helps you with these odd sizing issues and it’s called EyeFitU. EyeFitU was developed to address the lack of uniformity in fashion, one which I’m supporting via their #OneSizeFitsNone campaign.
If you are looking for the perfect after work, summer roof terrace bar in the heart of Canary Wharf, then look no further than that of ROKA. Start the night at the restaurant where you'll be served some of the best contemporary Japanese robatayaki cuisine in London, then head up to the Japanese garden inspired roof terrace and sample 3 fantastic cocktails mixed using Suntory Chita single grain whisky.
I find myself wearing fitness gear more and more these days, maybe I'm just getting lazy in my old age or fitness, gym or athleisure clothing has finally become trending amongst those who live a busy life. Of course, it's the latter...with brands like Under Armour, Adidas and BAA Clothing leading the way in stylish sports wear, which you can wear to the gym as well as during everyday life.
Flying over the Parque Natural da Ria Formosa at 1000 feet as we cruise in to land at Faro airport I can't help noticing that the landscape has a resemblance of a beautiful archipelago full of wildlife. A good sign of things to come on my short break to Pine Cliffs Hotel, Resort & Spa which is located just outside of Albufeira on the Argarve in southern Portugal. I have a saying when choosing locations around the world to travel to which is "if it's good enough for dolphins then it's good enough for me". Okay so I may have just made that up about 10 seconds ago but it rings true on this occasion as on the first day during sunrise (which is about 06:30 in June) I headed to the beach where a number of people spotted a pod of dolphins in the shallow waters.
Accessorising an outfit has always been a way of adding extra personality and can be done perfectly by selecting a pair of stylish frames from David Clulow opticians. These incredible, tortoiseshell coloured eyewear are from Oliver Peoples latest collection and are extremely versatile. There are so many decisions that you need to make when choosing the perfect glasses for yourself and it can be very overwhelming. Different face shapes suit certain frame shapes, large frames, small frames, do they fit correctly on your nose etc are amongst some of the most common questions asked. Often it is good to bring a friend along when choosing the right glasses for you or of course you can always go into David Clulow opticians and discuss everything with one of their style experts.
Athleisure is a massive growth area in men's fashion right now, with major brands bringing out complete ranges based on this lifestyle choice. As a man who wears a lot of sportswear, we are still a long way off the women's fashion led sportswear in terms of design options, but with brands like BAA Clothing launching new ranges, we now have a lot more choice when wanting to look great in the gym to coffee shop.
If you follow me on Instagram, last week you would have been inundated with stories of my trip away to Barnsley House in The Cotswolds. A beautiful hotel and spa retreat in the British countryside. So far this year for me it has basically been just a lot of working and sticking around London. So I organised a lovely weekend away to Barnsley House as I just really needed to get away, relax and take some time out. Barnsley in the Cotswolds is only a 2 hour drive from London and it feels like you are in a different, mystical world...a truly relaxing place.
I have been a major car fanatic all of my life and growing up near Brands Hatch in Kent only fuelled my petrol loving instincts. So when I was old enough to join my father working at one of the most incredible, historical and technical race tracks in the UK, I jumped at the chance. Although Brands Hatch no longer hosts the Formula 1 it certainly has history as a great race track, just look back at 1976 Lauda V Hunt British Grand Prix which was drama packed and after the race finished had my favourite F1 driver interviews by James Hunt. In fact for those of you who haven't watched that race, here are the highlights below.
Casual tailoring is a type of men's style that seems to be more tolerated in terms of a style choice these days. Traditionally, I would turn my nose up at wearing a suit with trainers. Even wearing gym trainers with your suit when hitting the gym prior to work was a little too much of a fashion faux pas for my traditional sartorial sense of style. Well times are changing slightly and mixing casual clothing such as a t-shirt or trainers with formal suits is becoming quite mainstream with NEXT menswear running collections dedicated to the design or styling of 'modern tailoring' or 'sports tailoring' as you may also hear it referred to.
Being a fashion blogger and in front of camera pretty much every single day makes you much more conscious of your teeth and smile, which is why I was extremely excited to be reviewing this Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Deep Clean electric toothbrush. To complete my independent review of this electric toothbrush I’m going to visit a dental hygienist before I start using the Philips Sonicare to get a report on how my dental care is prior to using the product. I’ll then use the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Deep Clean electric toothbrush for 21 days before heading back to the dental hygienist for a final comparison report.
I'm so proud to reveal my collaboration with French Connection for Spring/Summer 2017. I was challenged to shop in the French Connection store on Oxford Street, London to style 4 completely different looks that I would class as smart or occasion wear. Well here they are, all styled with only 10 pieces of French Connection clothing to give you in insight in how you can use a piece of menswear such as a shirt and style it in a completely different way, yet still looking your sartorial best.
Men’s grooming has been and still is in a boom period, there are now many men’s grooming products on the market and with established brands launching men’s ranges and new brands launching completely new ranges. It is becoming increasing difficult to decide which products to use and which brands offer the highest quality results for fair prices. I’ve been reviewing men’s grooming products for a few years mainly working directly with the brands that make the products to give my feedback pre or post launch. Many of my favourite grooming brands are on sale at MR PORTER, your one-stop online resource for the best men’s grooming products. Recently I have been shopping at MR PORTER to trial a number of men’s grooming products and I wanted to share my Top 4 favourites with you.
Recently I teamed up with my favourite opticians and eyewear specialists David Clulow to bring you an insight into why eye-wear and eye-care are so important to me. I've been wearing glasses since I was about 10 years old and I still recall my first pair that I wore in primary school. Gold rimmed, rectangular in shape with squared edges and to add a touch of youth, on each arm there was a hologram of transformers (my favourite cartoon at the time)!
As per the title of this blog post, sometimes don't you just want to get up and go, no faffing around, no worrying about what to wear. Today was one of those days in which I didn't have much time in the morning, yet I still had to face the world and the general public. So I could just throw on a pair of jogging bottoms and t-shirt, which I would normally do if I was staying at home. I had to at least look semi respectable!
Lqd is an Australian brand developed by men for mankind. Free from all nasties with high quality active ingredients that are totally irritant free. They launched into the US last year and are just launching in the UK and are about to launch in Harrods in June. Their brand ethos is about a holistic approach to skin care. In essence, looking after your body and mind as well as your skin.
As I live in London, it is not often I get the chance to stay in a London hotel for the weekend, so when I spent a night in The Wellesley Knightsbridge it was a very special occasion. The Wellesley Knightsbridge is a Luxury Collection Hotel located at 11 Knightsbridge, only a minutes walk from Hyde Park Corner Underground Station which is on the Piccadilly Line. Or arrive in style by taking advantage of the hotels Rolls-Royce drop-off service.
When I'm heading off to the pub on a Sunday afternoon for a roast dinner, I like to go cool, comfortable and casual whilst still looking stylish. You never know who you are going to meet and first impressions are extremely important. Lightweight jackets are the focus for this outfit of the week as they are essential when dressing for spring.
Over the last few years there has been a massive boom in fair-weather cyclists that use peddle power to get around their local amenities - of which I'm one of them. I live in Clapham which is one of those places in London that has everything you'll need in for everyday life and although in Zone 2 of the London Underground pay zone, it feels like it has it's own village feel to it.
I'm incredibly proud to be a part of this collaboration to showcase the Spring/Summer 2017 shoe collection by Goodwin Smith. Their new SS17 collection includes some classic formal shoes, suede Chelsea boots, beautiful brogues and some on-trend trainers. When I first looked at the Goodwin Smith collection that I would be styling with my very own wardrobe I noticed how diverse it was, from formal office shoes to casual trainers and everything in-between. This is why I tried to style my clothing to be very formal then gradually transitioning into smart-causal then casual looks, whilst attempting to showcase the shoes with some bold socks.