Let's not mess around, fashion can be and for most people is a major expense in your lives, it's fast and ever changing which means keeping up with trends is quite expensive. That's unless you invest in timeless classics, investment pieces or able to style one piece of simple clothing in different ways, meaning you'll get more use out of the garment and still appear like you have a busting wardrobe and not a busting bank balance than you actually do.
What makes a portable Bluetooth speaker stand out in a very competitive market? In my eyes it is when you combine the very best of audio technology with incredible, creative design. LG have the same outlook and have recently teamed up with popular American graffiti artist JonOne who lives and works in France to produce their latest offering. The LG JonOne Bluetooth Speaker.
Don't be fooled into thinking London's private members clubs are just for the Mayfair elite, drinking old fashioned cocktails, smoking cigars in front of an open fire whilst discussing yields on their latest property acquisitions. During my recent Friday night trip to Albert's in Kensington I was given an insight into London's finest private members club and it was not at all what I would have expected.
London Fashion Week has taken over the press this week, however there was one exception, as on Wednesday it was the guys turn to celebrate with the relaunch of Levison Wood x Clinique For Men #BehindTheFace collaboration. The evening was hosted by Levison Wood and Clinique at Annabel's private members club in Mayfair where the best of London's men's lifestyle bloggers such as Joey London, Carl Cunard, Nathan Rollinson, Charlie Irons and Carl Thompson from Hawkins & Shepherd, were in attendance alongside the gents from Made in Chelsea and male grooming journalists from exceptional publications.
Happy Friday everyone, how has your week been? I've had one of those really productive weeks posting on my blog almost every day as well as a few brand collaborations coming through, partying and meeting with my best mates. So the next couple of months on the blog are going to produce some exciting new content, in all categories Travel, Fashion, Grooming, Fitness & Tech...so make sure you check back daily.
As someone who has been involved in shirt tailoring for about 4 years, it is fair to say that I know a thing or two about fabrics and great tailoring. When asked by GANT to road test their new ‘Tech Prep’ shirt range, I had to be a part of it and as a Londoner who uses public transport on a everyday basis, I knew the perfect way to test out the new technology in their shirts. The London underground, a renowned place for hot, windy, sweaty and cold temperatures all in one journey, not to mention being in close proximity to other tube users, like I said…the perfect test!
A few years ago I was obsessed with whitening my teeth, to the point of getting them brilliant-white and even going on a few holidays to get a tan, as having a tan makes your teeth look whiter. Next came the stage of the baristas, where I was drinking coffee at least 4 or 5 cups a day, so my teeth gradually went from brilliant-white to a stained shade of yellow over this 3 year period. As a fashion blogger and getting my photo taken on most days, I was terribly conscious of how my teeth looked if I smiled on camera or if on TV or YouTube, which is when I knew I had to do something about it.
I personally love my Instagram feed right now as it really has something different to other men's fashion and lifestyle content out there in terms of ascetics. This is really helping my Instagram followers grow, getting reposted by other Instagram accounts including accounts such as New York Times Fashion and my engagement is so much better than even 3 months ago. This all translates into more brands wanting to work with myself and I would like to thank the 3 amazing photographers that I have worked with every week for the last year to help define the look and feel of my content. These are Becky, Ella & Kylie.
If you are hunting down the perfect coat this season, look no further. This camel 100% cashmere coat from Hawkins & Shepherd is an every man's wardrobe essential and a true investment coat that will be on-trend year after year. Every sartorial man should own a camel coat as it is so versatile and can be worn in a casual, smart casual and formal way. To give you some style inspiration I have worn this camel coat 5 ways. Which outfit do you prefer?
A few days ago I posted about a new menswear launch from the brand Stradivarius and styled two separate outfits from their collection. Well, I loved the collection so much, I headed back to their Oxford Street store to purchase a few items that I liked so much. I have been looking for a tan suede biker jacket as we move into spring weather and Stradivarius had the perfect one in terms of colour, quality and price. It is a perfect jacket for transitioning seasons as you can layer t-shirts and knitwear as I have done in this look as well as wearing it over the top of a plain tee for warmer days.
Maybe I wear a little too much black, but it is still cool and moody outside so I'm thinking I'll bring a but more colour to my wardrobe in spring and summer. However as we are officially still in winter, dressing in black most days is totally fine, so this outfit of the week is just that, khaki & black, which is a classic, successful colour combination palette. This is what I would typically wear on a weekend when I'm heading out of the house doing life admin stuff, to the odd work event and also meeting up with mates for a beer or two. Casual and comfortable are key aspects when dressing on weekends, so wear what you feel confident in.
I find it so odd that many of us neglect our running techniques yet it is probably the single most activity we all do to keep fit. Running comes naturally, yes, but running with the correct posture and technique doesn't. One quick look around our small group that too part in this session from GoRunRight and you'll realise that everyone runs differently, some with strengths and many with weaknesses.
As of the 1st February 2017, Stradivarius launched their menswear collection worldwide and lucky for us Londoners in-store on Oxford Street. Stradivarius are no newbies in the fashion industry as they have been around since 1994 creating fashionable on-trend clothing. Stradivarius are constantly hunting down the latest trends and after browsing their collection online and in-store I can vouch that they have absolutely nailed it.
I started Instagram and blogging about 2 years ago this month (no I'm not going to buy a big number 2 balloon and make a big deal of it!). The journey and growth has been better than I can ever had imagined but most importantly I've enjoyed every minute of it. Actually thats a lie, sometimes when you are doing a photoshoot hungover in the rain with passers by laughing at you, isn't ideal! So why did I start Instagram and why the name HawkinsAndShepherd?
The product I've been trialling for the last month is the MYZONE MZ-3. First question, what is MYZONE MZ-3? Well, it an accurate exercise tracker that helps you get the most out of your workouts. The MYZONE belt fits comfortably around your chest with the small tracker device around the sternum area. The idea is to wear the belt whenever you do any fitness activity and the belt will track your heart rate during the workout, you can then view live stats or analyse via the MYZONE app after your workout.
I posted earlier today on what to buy HER for valentines day and now here is a post to help the girls with what to buy us guys. If you are struggling with inspiration for what to buy the guy in your life for valentines day luckily for you, I have done all of the hard work for you. If your boyfriend likes to be wearing the latest fashion trends, is a gym or sports fanatic or is a gent who looks after himself through grooming products and scents, I have it all and nicely categorised for you below.
Valentines day is nearly with us and this weekend is the perfect time to start thinking about what to buy her (or yourself if you are single!). Luckily, I have done all of the hard work for you. If your girlfriend likes traditional, fashion, beauty, sexy, funny, homeware gifts or even if you want to go away for the weekend, I have it all and nicely categorised for you below.
Spring is only a month away and that suggests warmer weather right...wrong, I have lived in good ol' Blighty all my life and I know that cool days and bitter evenings can ease off and then bite back in full force unexpectedly. According to the UK weather statistics, snow fell during March in 2013, 2008, 1998, 1994 and so on. In fact statistics also state that it is more likely to snow during Easter than it is during Christmas...this just blows my mind! So the message of this blog post is to not ditch your wool, cashmere coats just yet, instead merge them into your spring wardrobe and concentrate on layering.
The title of this blog post says it all really. How many of us have already turned our backs on our water tight New Years resolutions, of course we were all going to 100% do them this year...right?! Well statistics suggest that around 30% of us will make some form of healthy eating, fitness type New Year's resolution and out of that number around 50% will admit to have failed at them. Well this year, the only resolution I made was to stay fit and healthy and I wanted to get back to my peak fitness of 2015 because 2016 was a year full of pints, pizza, burgers and that had to change.
Most days I strive to wear stylish, comfortable clothing and with more and more flexible, teleworkers, home workers and companies moving towards an open dress policy at work, this is a major growth sector in the menswear industry. When I look for clothing in this sector, I prefer to ignore the super cheap clothing and focus on something a little more mid-range as I feel that the price and quality of the materials, fabric and design are at the perfect balance.