Menorca, Spain Travel Guide | 5 Best Beaches

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.

Menorca is part of Spains trio of islands in the Balearic Sea alongside Ibiza and Mallorca. You can fly into Mahon (the only airport in Menorca) from London in just under 2 hours making it extremely accessible for short breaks as well as those travelling with young children. 

Menorca is known to be the quieter of the 3 Balearic islands and from my experience that is true, however it has an inner beauty that I wasn't expecting. From the *instagrammable white buildings of Binibeca Vell to small beaches only accessible to those willing to climb over rocks, Menorca is full of hidden gems.

BINIBECA VELL

Situated in the south of the island, this quaint port and town is littered with a coastline of rocks. A small, sleepy town painted white with small narrow cobble streets. In the coves adjacent to the town you can find some incredible sandy beaches. Nightlife in this town is quiet, but I found the most incredible Gin Slush cocktails in a bar called BB Cocktail Bar. Head upstairs for amazing sunset views.

CALES COVES

From south of the Menorcan island all the way to the north is only 45 minutes. About 15 minutes up the coast from Binibeca is the Cales Coves. You'll have to park up your car before walking about 10 minutes to the Coves and beach area. Cales Coves are a walkers dream, exploring coves in a picturesque setting. The beach itself isn't really one to spend all day at as it is a little muddy and there are no refreshments or facilities. However don't come here for sunbathing, come for appreciation of natural beauty.

PUNTA PRIMA

This location is the furthest south and only 10 minutes from Binibeca. A more built up area with a few restaurants and bars as well as a long sandy beach perfect for families. The sea here is calm with small waves, exceptional for swimming. This is a beach you could spend all day at.

CALO BLANC

Only a short 'around the croner' drive from Binibeca Vell, this could be the worlds tiniest beach but it packs a massive punch in tranquility. Park up directly opposite the beach and walk down a steep pathway and natural steps in the cliff (unsuitable for buggies) to get to this secluded beach. The beach is probably only 3 metres wide so there is little space for sunbathing but you can lay down your towel if you get there early enough, ideally before 10am to catch the best spots. Remember a cool box of supplies as this beach has no shops. 

CALA EN TURQUETA

In the north-west of the island you'll find this medium sized beach, situated as many of the best beaches, in a national park. You can not park close to the beach, however there is a large carpark 15 minutes walk from the beach, which has simple facilities such as refreshments, toilets and a shower. This is a scenic beach with turquoise water, ideal for snorkelling, swimming and just relaxing.

CIUTADELLA DE MENORCA

If beach life is not your thing and prefer the history, culture and familiarity of a city, then head to Ciutadella. Centred around the Cathedral de Santa Maria you'll find shopping, eating and drinking here to be major attractions. Spend time sight-seeing around this city and you'll be able to view some amazing historical buildings in this old city.

The Solution to Men’s Sizing Issues

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.

I feel that I’m quite a typical shopper in this modern age, spreading my time between shopping online and shopping on the high street with an emphasis on wanting to shop as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Take my typical online shopping experience. I’ll open about 10 internet browser tabs, one for each of my favourite brands, browsing their collections trying to find an outfit or outfits in the shortest possible time. What tends to happen is I’ll end up with about 30 tabs open with all sorts of items of clothing that I love. I’ll then have a coffee, come back to it and close those tabs that I don’t actually want. Finally I’m at the point where I have a few items from different online fashion retailers and it is time to choose sizes and checkout, which is when things get tricky.

Do I…

Order everything in a small, medium and large to ensure I will get the correct size? Probably not; Just refer back to my second paragraph, where I like shopping to be quick and easy. I’m not a big fan of ordering every size because when it comes to the returns you’ll be stuck in a ridiculously busy post office sending back a big box of clothing – not a very efficient use of time in my eyes. There is another issue with buying every size and that’s financial. I mean who has the money to buy every size and you might get the refund weeks later, by that time I’ve already maxed out my overdraft and incurred penalty fees. No thanks.

Do I…

Read through each brands size guide and try to figure out exactly what size is best for me from each different fashion retailer that I’m buying from. I mean, I could do this, but that’s a massive time killer and again refer to paragraph 2. No thanks.

Do I…

Guess. Actually this is normally what I do. If I’ve had a big fry-up for breakfast that morning, I might psychologically choose a larger size than if I have had a handful of chia and pumpkin seeds!

I don’t fair much better when shopping on the high street if I’m honest. Walking from shop to shop in a fast paced, almost jog, weaving in and out of the annoying slow walkers as I’ve always got something more important to do. I’ll then hit a few shops, pick out clothes and try them on for size right? Wrong! Who else checks sizing by just holding the clothing (still on the hanger) up to their body…1,2,3,4, okay most of us! I’ll then get home and realise  that nothing fits.

If you watched my Instagram Stories yesterday, you would have seen my EyeFitU challenge, which was to find a holiday outfit using high street stores in 20 minutes and then using their app in 20 minutes. Here are my findings:

Firstly I started my journey off at Covent Garden tube station in London, set my timer for 20 minutes and away I went, briskly walking towards COS. On a busy afternoon a couple of minutes were lost already just getting to the shop. With time to make up, I found that when browsing items even in the same store the sizing between shirts & t-shirts can vary and with my stopwatch ticking there was no time to try anything on. At this point I’m doing my usual guessing sizes or buying way too much to make up for it. 12 minutes in and I have visited one retailer, then, typical there is a queue at the checkouts, not a massive queue but still took another 4 minutes of my allotted 20 to queue, pay and pack my items. With a few minutes left, I headed over to Reiss, which I browsed a few items before the 20 minutes was up…boy that went quick!

My 20 minutes using the EyeFitU app started as I entered a local coffee shop, ordered a coffee and sat down a little perspired from my 20 minute high street challenge! Time to open the app and get shopping. Please note that I already downloaded the app and inputted my measurements prior to this challenge. The first thing I did was to select my favourite few brands in the app so when searching for an outfit, these brands would show up in my search list first. From that moment on, in-between sipping my flat white coffee and feeling pretty relaxed, I just browsed quickly and easily, using the ‘My Size’ filter which just shows you products in your exact size. Within minutes I had chosen a perfect holiday outfit, gone through the checkout process and even had time to order an extra chocolate croissant.

You’ll see that in my high street outfit there is no-cohesion in the styling and the sizing was actually wrong too, out of 3 pieces, 2 didn’t fit perfectly. However with the EyeFitU outfit, the styling is much better as shopping using the EyeFitU app I didn’t have to worry about selecting the right size (as the app does that for you), I had more time to concentrate on the style choices and outfit as a whole.

EyeFitU is the perfect solution to these everyday daily shopping struggles, which you can use for referencing to get the perfect size for you across multiple fashion retailers. Or you can even shop directly from the EyeFitU app making the whole process even more seamless, time saving and stress-free. EyeFitU matches users’ profiles and measurements with the brands own size charts so shoppers can be sure of always getting the right fit.

 

Download the EyeFitU App here, free to download on iOS and Android.

Photography by Ella H

*This post was created in collaboration with EyeFitU*

Best London Rooftop Bars: Suntory Whisky Cocktails at ROKA Summer Roof Terrace

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.

Officially launching to the public on 9th June, guests will be transported to a Japanese garden adorned with hanging installations. The terrace will also celebrate the launch of The Chita Single Grain Whisky. With Chita’s official launch in the UK set for July, the ROKA Canary Wharf terrace which opened this June has an exclusive opportunity for guests to experience the smooth notes of this unique single grain whisky ahead of anyone else.

Emulating a sense of calm and tranquillity similar to that of the Chita Peninsula, the terrace at ROKA Canary Wharf is the perfect location to showcase Chita, a whisky which embodies the serenity of Japanese Whisky. The terrace will feature a menu of three bespoke Chita cocktails, perfectly refreshing for the summer months.

Here are the 3 cocktails created:

Chita Cooler, Suntory Chita Single Grain Whisky, mango, yuzu, basil, lime foam (£13.90)

Chita Cooler, Suntory Chita Single Grain Whisky, mango, yuzu, basil, lime foam (£13.90)

Tokai Highball, Suntory Chita Single Grain Whisky, coconut, cherry leaf tincture, sweet cornshoot, soda (£12.90)

Tokai Highball, Suntory Chita Single Grain Whisky, coconut, cherry leaf tincture, sweet cornshoot, soda (£12.90)

Red Gold Hook, Suntory Chita Single Grain Whisky, plum sake, red vermouth, saffron distillate,umeboshi (£13.90)

Red Gold Hook, Suntory Chita Single Grain Whisky, plum sake, red vermouth, saffron distillate,umeboshi (£13.90)

The pop-up terrace will open daily from 12pm – 12am Monday to Friday and 6pm – 12pm Saturdays. Bar food will be available throughout the pop-up from ROKA’s esteemed kitchen, served from 12pm-3pm and 5:30pm -11pm Monday – Friday and 6pm – 11pm on Saturdays. The terrace will close on 5th September.

Make a reservation here

Stylish Athleisure for Men

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. 

All 3 of the brands mentioned above offer something slightly different. For example if I'm looking for a well fitted, but not overly fitted running top, gym t-shirt or plain sports socks, I'll go straight to Under Armour. If it's comfortable and stylish running trainers I'm after, for me Adidas create the best value in terms to tech, style, comfort and price, their track/trail range is exceptionally good. If it's clean lines, trendy, athleisure I'm after then I'll always shop at BAA Clothing. Their fit is perfectly tapered, especially the zipped hooded sweatshirt and joggers. Combine all 3 and you have yourself a winning combination.

 

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Photography by Ella H

The Stylish Travel Guide To Pine Cliffs Resort | Algarve, Portugal

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.

The Pine Cliffs Hotel as you can see by the first image below is a 5-star hotel, but it is so much more than that, it's a resort, a golf course, a spa, a lifestyle and an experience. Suitable for families, couples, singletons, sun worshipers, golfers and well pretty much anyone in-between due to the variety of amenities and sprawling grounds that the resort is situated on. 

On arrival you are greeted by the most friendly, experienced hotel staff and it's immediately clear to see how and why this incredible resort has won so many prestigious awards over the last few years. Despite its size, the Pine Cliffs Resort is considered as a hidden-gem because it is away from the hustle and tourist trap of central Albufeira whilst situated along a picturesque, tranquil pine cliff and soft, quiet beach front. Take me back now....please!

You can fly to Faro airport cheaply from the UK with Monarch Airways, British Airways, Iberia or Vueling, I personally flew from London Gatwick to Faro on a return flight with Monarch costing as little as £120 *hand baggage only, checked baggage was extra ££. Once at Faro airport, you can grab a taxi or pre-order a pickup service from the Pine Cliffs Resort...which ever you choose it is only a 30 minute journey from airport to resort making it a fantastic choice for those with children. If it's a villa you are after for a larger group such as your friends or family? You can check out the latest offers at Oliver's Travels tour operator.

Are you a sports person? Is it golf that you are in to? The gym or even an early morning run along the beach? The Pine Cliffs Resort caters for you with a state of the art gymnasium, various swimming pools and a private beach, perfect for a run, which is only a short 5 minutes walk, down an escalator and along a wooden walkway. The golf course is a perfectly maintained 9-holes which features an epic par 3, 6th hole which you have to drive 197 metres over an out-of-bounds ravine in the cliffs to land on a small, narrow green. Good luck with that...remember to take an extra few golf balls if you are prone to 'shanking it' off the tee! If it's golf or tennis coaching you are after, speak to the resort and they can arrange this for you. 

If you go away for the sunny weather and like to relax, just choose a sunbed next to one of the swimming pools to soak up the sun or under a palm tree, in the shade whilst reading a book. 

When packing for a holiday abroad I always plan my outfits for the day and evening, with, of course an extra few items if I change my mind whilst out there. I love to wear a pair of tailored shorts, crisp white shirt and comfortable, airy, slip-on shoes which you can wear with no socks. An outfit that will suit going out for early cocktails during sunset through to dinner and even drinks in the late evening/early morning at the bar. So my first outfit is my day-to-night style and I'm wearing a white grandad shirt from Mr Porter, grey tailored shorts from Reiss, brown shoes from Harrys of London, a watch from Rotary and finally my favourite retro inspired sunglasses from Finlay & Co (*see below to shop the look).

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My room was on the 1st floor of the Pine Cliffs Hotel, quiet, large, light, airy and clean with everything you need in a hotel room except for an ironing board and iron. Which if needed just call down to reception or ask one of the cleaners dotted around the hallways (Translation of 'an iron please' in Portuguese is 'um ferro por favor') and they will bring one up to you.

The Pine Cliffs Hotel, a Luxury Collection Resort is positioned on an orange sandstone clifftop location surrounded by aromatic pine woods over looking the Atlantic Ocean. The grounds sit within over 72 hectares and therefore requires a large number of diverse restaurants which suit the tastes of all of their guests. Eat at the Piri Piri restaurant which is one of the finest steak houses in southern Portugal; personally I would recommend the t-bone steak or tenderloin fillet. If it is freshly caught fish you are after, head over to O Pescador or if you prefer al fresco dining and a more relaxed atmosphere try Corda Café.

It was during a lunchtime meal that I found my favourite restaurant in the complex; a healthy wellbeing place called ZEST. Fresh interior design and outdoor tables was the perfect setting for a healthy light lunch *minus the wine! Their freshly pressed juices are a must and I would also recommend the quinoa bowl with shrimp, chicken and halloumi. 

Of course I'm saving the best until last, this incredible on-site, luxurious, brand new Serenity Spa, offering the worlds best spa treatments and products such as Gentlemen's Tonic. Focusing on 'The Art of Well Being' the Serenity spa offers its guests personalised experiences to relax, treat and revitalise you.

During my first (of many) visits to the Serenity Spa, I booked in a 50 minute 'The Duet' treatment which consisted of a combination of a deep tissue massage and an express facial. The massage treatment tables were incredibly comfortable, to the point where I feel asleep on numerous occasions throughout my treatment. The beauty technicians where knowledgable, professional and exceptionally good at massages.

The Serenity Spa is much more than just treatments, they have invested heavily in state-of-the-art facilities which can be found in the Thermal Oasis, a sanctuary of relaxation and rejuvenation. 

Not enough? Then maybe the Aurum Suite is for you, designed to spoil and lavish guests in a privately hired room decorated in an opulent gold bullion designed interior. Pamper yourself and your private guests with your very own steam room, sauna, jacuzzi, double treatment room and lounge area. Heighten the experience, go all-out and celebrate a special day with champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. 

The Serenity Spa has travelled the world looking for the highest quality products and best brands of which the menswear grooming brand Gentlemen's Tonic is stocked exclusive in Portugal to the Pine Cliffs Resort. As an extension to the Serenity Spa, head up one flight of stairs and along a bit and you'll find a hair salon complete with a barbering chair, perfect for a gentlemen's wet shave. 

The guys here can not do more for you, you'll get a relaxed barbering experience straight from Mayfair to the Algarve. If it's a full on beard trim, wet shave, haircut or hot-towel facial; this is the place to be.

Of course what holiday would be complete without a final 'let's get dressed up for a big night out' night. Cocktails at sunset followed by a 3-course meal and some drinks afterwards. So my outfit for this occasion is styled for warm sunset temperatures followed by the cool Atlantic breeze that you get in the Algarve, late into the evening. 

Smart, formal is my preference, lightweight, breathable fabrics in a neutral summer palette, I've come up with this look, styled for evening wear. The trousers and blazer are both from Reiss, whereas the 100% cotton, super soft luxury shirt is from my very own Hawkins & Shepherd, the shoes are Harrys of London, the watch is Rotary and the sunglasses are the Brunswick design from Finlay & Co.

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A very special thanks to.
The Pine Cliffs Resort, Serenity Spa, Gentlemen's Tonic and The Brandman Agency.

And also to my fellow friends, editors, photographers, travel bloggers and journalists.
Carl Cunard, Toni Tran and Patrick McAleenan.

Photography either by myself (using an Olympus Pen EPL7) or Toni Tran aka Fashitect (using a Canon 5D MarkIII). 

Videography filmed & edited by myself using a DJI Mavic Pro Drone for the aerial footage.

My Eyewear Style Edit

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.

The glasses style experts at David Clulow will be able to give you expert advise to make absolute sure that you choose the perfect pair or pairs. Personally when choosing glasses or sunglasses for that matter, I also look at my style of clothing and what palettes I like to wear most. Also when will I wear these glasses? For work, watching TV, going out or a utility pair? All these questions need to be answered. If I'm buying a pair for work, I would want a solid colour such a black frame which would work well with any coloured suit. Whereas, my indoors pair would have to be more flexible and light in weight. Finally a going-out pair would be where I choose something a bit more risky, a bit more stylish to stand out from the crowd.

This outfit of the day is focusing on mixing tan tones with black and therefore I've accessorised perfectly with my Oliver People glasses and Harrys of London tan sneakers. If you imagined this outfit with a pair of green or red framed glasses, I'm pretty sure it wouldn't work as well. So getting the right pair of glasses for your own personal style is something you should take time to get right. 

Recently I collaborated on a 'day in the life of' type video with David Clulow. So make sure you head over to their website (link below) to watch the video and read my full interview discussing eyewear and style.

CLICK HERE

 

More styles available in-store, use their store finder to find the closest one to you.

 

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Photography by Ella H

*This post was created in collaboration with David Clulow*

Introducing the Men's Athleisure Sportswear Range by BAA Clothing

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.

BAA Clothing are a startup focusing on a subtle black and grey palette for men and women - it's clothing based on clean lines and great tailoring. The clothing was delivered quickly when purchased online and packaged in a luxury box which resonates with the brands clothing which is clearly tailored using amazing comfortable fabrics.

Shout, and you’ll be heard. Whisper, and you’ve captured their attention.
— BAA Clothing

In this look I've kept things in keeping with the BAA Clothing style, dark, mysterious and casual. I'm wearing their zip t-shirt, layered underneath their zip-through hooded sweatshirt. My final piece of BAA Clothing piece is their padded sweatpants. Their clothing is very fitted, using fabrics that stretch and mold to your body shape so if you are in-between sizes, choose the larger option. I'm wearing medium. To finish off this look, I'm wearing Under Armour white sports socks, Adidas trail running trainers and a black strapped Rotary watch.

As always, if you like it shop it below.  

 

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Photography by Ella H

Barnsley House | A Country Hotel & Spa | The Cotswolds

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.

Barnsley House is an incredible, romantic place which would have been amazing to have someone to have shared the experience with but on this occasion I went alone. I've backpacked around Asia and South America alone in the past, so having a few days out alone in the UK was not all that bad. In fact it gave me time to think about work, life, friends and family but most importantly dating and what I want in a relationship and my future life in general. At 36 and single, I'm always looking for that perfect relationship that is just easy and progresses naturally without having to continuously fight for it. One that you laugh all the time, you have loads in common, you get the best out of each other, your friends love her, you wake up thinking about her, you go to bed thinking about her and someone who you want to share everything with, completely open up and let them into your life, heart and soul. I actually thought I found that a couple of times in the last few years but ultimately hasn't quite worked out as planned but I'm not giving up! I also had a lot of time to think about how I'm going to improve on my menswear business Hawkins & Shepherd, so I've got some really exciting plans for the next few months, leading into AW17 starting with a new website design and new shirt designs.

On my arrival at Barnsley House, I was greeted by friendly staff who showed me to my room, which was actually a little house. I stayed in number 19, which was a split level house comprising of a jacuzzi bath on the upper mezzanine. The room was extremely spacious with everything you would ever need during a short break away. The hotel even allows dogs in certain rooms, which I only found out whilst I was there - which is a shame as Charlie (my French Bulldog) would have loved running around in the rolling hills of the Cotswolds. 

The spa has a comprehensive list of treatments both for men and women as well as the usual spa facilities such as a sauna, steam room, relaxation room and heated hydrotherapy outdoor pool. 

Eating at Barnsley House is fantastic, dine in the restaurant or order room service if you want a cosy night in. Failing that, walk 2 minutes down the road the 'The Village Pub' and enjoy some Great British gastro pub grub. 

Hyundai Tucson Premium SE 2017 Independent Review | Carl Thompson

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.

Yes chatting about F1 is a strange way to start a review of a compact SUV but for some reason writing this review brought back a lot of different driving memories from the past years. My last car was a Lotus Exige S2, so it was certainly a step up in height jumping into this compact SUV, the Hyundai Tucson Premium SE. The first thing that I did was test out how spacious this compact SUV vehicle is and I would normally expect the back seats to be a little on the crammed side. Well that is rubbish, in fact the front seats are armchair spacious, then with the front seats pushed back as far as a six foot man would have them - I then jumped into the back to see what it would be like on long journeys for the passengers. Unlike an other compact SUV I recently drove, the Hyundai Tucson was much more spacious, I think this is because they have kept things simple in the back as well as the back seats being able to recline, making for a more comfortable ride. 

However this car is far from basic and safe, the designers have jam packed in a medley of techie 'things' and the exterior design is bold, merging sharp edges with illustrious curves which certainly turns heads. 

Under the bonnet the Hyundai Tucson Premium SE (their top spec version) has a 2.0 CRDi 185PS (PS is a term used for power output) engine, 6 speed automatic or manual transmission delivering a 0-62mph result in 9.5 seconds. As a result of this the fuel consumption and emissions are a combined mpg of 43.5, CO2 emissions (g/km) of 170 and a VED band of H. Personally I test drove the automatic transmission which gave power on demand with a very small amount of delay or drag. I was impressed with the low revs when easing the SUV down the rolling hills of the Cotswolds and equally the immediate power given on the steep climbs - I suspect there is some very clever onboard software managing the engine components.

The 2.0 Tucson Premium SE comes with 19" striking alloy wheels, body coloured bumpers, chrome effect radiator grille, rear spoiler with integrated LED brake light and a twin exhaust finisher giving it a mean, angry sports finish. 

The interior is exactly what I like, it's trying hard but not too hard, it concentrate on what matters. A soft leather finish, electrical front seat adjustment, heated front seats (with a convenient button to sync up the drivers with the passengers seat temperatures) as well as lumbar support for the driver...well it is his/her car after all!

The Premium SE edition has some of the advanced, useful technology on offer to help your everyday needs. Including parking assistant which has front, back and side sensors including steering assist if you require a little help parking. The 'Smart Electric Tailgate' allows the boot to open automatically if your hands are full of shopping - just stand in the rear detection area with your smart key for 3 seconds and the boot will open automatically...smart. Heated seats are nothing new, but these also have the added ventilation for cooling air flow.  

Finally and most importantly safety are at the forefront of most choices when picking a new motor vehicle and the Hyundai Tucson has this category absolutely nailed. The Tucson is packed with advanced technologies that are simply passively waiting to help as well as actively monitoring driving conditions. Just to name a few the Tucson Premium SE model has autonomous emergency braking (AED), blind spot detection system (BSD), downhill brake control (DBC), hill-start assist control (HAC) and advanced traction cornering control (ATCC) which directs torque to the wheels with the most grip (torque vectoring), ATCC enhances cornering performance and safety of 4WD models. It also actively applies measured braking to the inside rear wheel.

Prices range from £19,705 | For the Premium SE Model I reviewed here it is £33,715 | Colour of the car in the images is Stargazing Blue | This is a honest review where all views are of Carl Thompson.

The photos in this review where taken during an amazing trip away to the beautiful, picturesque Barnsley House country retreat and spa in the Cotswolds.

 

DRONE FOOTAGE OF MY TEST DRIVE BELOW

Casual Sports Tailoring | Suits with Trainers

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.

I personally don't see this style breaching the strict dress codes of some of the larger FTSE100 or 250 companies in the heart of London...by this I mean the big banks, insurance, accountants etc. Bigger companies tend to be less lenient on breaches to their dress code 'give an inch, take a mile' springs to mind. As a 36 year old man who prior to working in the fashion industry used to work in a corporate office, I loved to dress smart or formal. Not only do you feel a sense of power, a sense of style, a sense of tradition, it also is quite easy to dress formal as you are not having to think so much about high-street fashion. Wearing suits is very much about colour or pattern combinations, get this right and you'll look great regardless on the cut and cost of your suit.

However there is a place for this type of mixing casual with formal style and I'm seeing it appear more for going out, when a suit is too much yet a blazer is perfect. I'm seeing this style be very much a spring/summer look, where the design of the blazer is tapered and the trousers are either draw-string or tailored as cropped which allows for the wearer to opt for no socks and trainers or a more casual shoe choice. 

In my outfit choice of the day, I've styled my look based on what I'm doing throughout the day. During this day I had a few meetings dotted around London, so I was walking between them, jumping on an off trains as well as having a press event in the evening at one of London's coolest rooftop bars. Firstly and most importantly, I needed to wear my most luxurious, comfortable trainers (or sneakers). There was really only one brand that comes to mind and that is Harrys of London whose shoes and trainers are at the forefront of design and only use exceptional, luxurious materials. It's this level of comfort I needed when wearing no socks and doing a lot of walking on a day where the weather is in the mid 20's. These sneakers are handmade in Italy and part of their 'Mr Jones' collection, which are designed to look just as good with tailored trousers as well as a pair of jeans. The Mr Jones offers unrivalled comfort and practicality in the form of the Harrys of London new non-skid Vibram® Wave rubber sole. Being a warm day, I then wanted to wear a lightweight suit with a roomy t-shirt, it really was just a comfort choice. When walking around, I could just take off the blazer; put it back on and I'll still look smart, casual and stylish for my event in the evening.

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Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Deep Clean Review

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 headed out to see multi award nominated dental hygienist and a Philips key opinion leader, Anna Middleton aka London Hygienist at the award winning Chelsea Dental Clinic for my pre dental check-up and to collect my new electric toothbrush, so I’m in very good hands!

My Pre Dental Hygienist Report

During my initial assessment the health of my gums were checked as well as my current oral hygiene routine assessed. The areas where I had plaque and bleeding were recorded which were mainly around my back teeth, my molars and along the gum line which is a common area often missed when brushing. As well as this I had plaque that had over time become hard. This is known as calculus on my lower front teeth with some staining. Anna removed this for me so I was then able to keep that area clean with my new routine. 

The residual plaque when left over time causes inflammation of the gums known as gingivitis and this is where the bleeding comes from. I had some bleeding around my back teeth and in between some of the teeth. Brushing only cleans 60-65% of the tooth surfaces so it's important to clean in between the teeth either with floss or little brushes and after a few days the bleeding eventually will stop and you should expect to see a full recovery in 2 weeks (usually between 4-7 days everything stops). 

A particular thing for me is the recession of the gums I have on my back teeth. This was most likely caused by previous aggressive over brushing with a manual toothbrush causing permanent and irreversible damage from scrubbing at the gums. Now while you can't get the gums back in those areas, by changing to an electric toothbrush you are preventing the risk/damage of over brushing. The brush is designed to be gentle and if you press too hard the pressure stops the brush bristles.

About the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Deep Clean Electric Toothbrush

The Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Deep Clean electric toothbrush comes in 4 different colours which are white, black, pink and rose gold. The DiamondClean Deep Clean toothbrush has a sonic brush head which vibrates at various speeds to give an exceptional clean. The AdaptiveClean brush head, cleans the hard-to-reach spots with ease. Its soft, flexible sides means you can glide the brush head around your teeth without having to worry about doing damage to your gums. To switch on this electric toothbrush simply press the power button, which you can press again to toggle through the brushing modes such as clean (everyday clean), white (removes surface stains to whiten), sensitive (gentle teeth and gums cleaning), gum care (gently massages gums) and deep clean (for an invigorating deep clean). The Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Deep Clean offers a massive 3 weeks of battery life as well as a handy illuminated battery icon to display if the battery is full, low or empty and needs re-charging. The brush also comes with a sleek and stylish carry case which also doubles up as a charging case which you can charge using a USB cable or via a standard wall plug.

Prior to using the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Deep Clean electric toothbrush, I used to use an oscillating brush head model, which of course is better than using a manual toothbrush. However during my first experience of my new sonic brush head, I could feel the positive difference immediately within the first seconds of brushing. It left me with a #SonicareFeeling which lasted throughout the day. But what is the #SonicareFeeling? Well for me it’s that fresh smooth feeling you get on the surface and in-between your teeth thatyou only normally get when a dental professional has just cleaned and polished your teeth. It’s when you have used a toothbrush that you can physically feel a positive difference and finally for me the #SonicareFeeling is about being more confident, smiling and inflicting positivity throughout the day to those around you.

The vibrations that the sonic head gives are more intense and sharp, which when I first used it was a little bit tickly but about 5-10 seconds your mouth totally gets used to the new vibrations.

Rotary/Oscillating heads are small and round, rotating in one direction and then the other, one tooth at a time to sweep plaque away. Often these heads pulsate too.

Sonic heads vibrate at certain high speeds and frequencies to break down plaque as well as agitate the toothpaste and fluid in the mouth to clean between teeth and along the gum line.

My Post Dental Hygienist Report

In my follow up appointment there was no noted areas of residual plaque or bleeding where I previously had, especially the build up on the lower front teeth. Proof  that my new dental care using the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Deep Clean routine is a winning one! 

In terms of the technique you should use when brushing: key things to remember are always let the brush do all the work. Place the head half on the tooth and half on the gum with an angle the bristles at a 45-degree angle down (for the lowers) and up (for the top teeth). Slowly work your way around the mouth in a systematic path, totalling 2minutes, twice a day, morning and night. 

 

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4 Ways to Dress Smart or for Occasions

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.

 

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Photography by Rebecca Spencer

My Men’s Grooming Top 4 Picks From MR PORTER

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.

 

LA MER, The Treatment Lotion, 150ml, £100.

Very aptly named The Treatment Lotion. After cleansing with a daily face wash, this product is the vital first step in my facial daily regime. Deeply hydrating, it comforts skin, soothes sensitivities and improves visual tone and texture. The formulation of this incredible product includes an extract from a remarkable marine algae originally found in the desert. This dormant algae has a naturally protective response system to help defend against extreme conditions and can be revived by a single drop of water. £100 for 150ml of this product is extremely good value and even with daily use it will last a long time. When applying to your face, this product initially has a smooth texture which feels like a light oil/water mix and therefore is easy to apply but what I love the most is that the shine then turns into a matte finish leaving your skin hydrated yet not shiny or wet in the slightest. To use: After cleansing, sprinkle a small amount onto fingertips or saturate a cotton pad. Press into skin. Massage outward from centre of forehead to temples, and then circle eyes gently 3 times. Sweep upwards from nose to cheekbones and from corners of the month to nose.

 

ERNO LASZLO, Phormula 3-9 Eye Repair, 15ml, £150.

Personally the most important step of my skincare regime is eye care and I think the majority of men would agree. Reducing puffiness and dark circles under the eyes is something that I would spend good money on a product that can help with this issue for many men. I’ve used many eye creams and this Phormula 3-9 eye repair from Erno Laszlo is my top pick due to the luxurious, rich, silky texture and it’s smooth finish.

It has the unique ability to hydrate and balance stressed skin. Its rich formulation of botanical oils and advance nourishing ingredients create a health dome over the skin. Phormula 3-9 deeply penetrates and saturates the skin to repair environmental damage, effectively improving tone, texture and hydration. To use: Twice daily, apply on cleansed and toned eye contour area. Using the ring finger, apply delicately around the ocular bone.

 

DR SEBAGH, Serum Repair, 20ml, £69.

As I mentioned earlier, eye care is my number one concern for my skin so in my top 4 MR PORTER men’s grooming products I have included this eye care serum formulated by Dr Sebagh. As this product is a serum, it will penetrate deep into the skin at the lower layers repairing any damage and can be used together with the above eye cream, or individually. If used with another eye cream, apply the serum first. This Dr Sebagh Serum Repair deeply moisturise and repairs your skin with this intensive treatment. Collagen levels and boosted and moisture retained for a fresher, plumper look. Use under your day or night cream, around the eyes for an instant tightening effect. To use: Apply morning and night to your perfectly cleansed face prior to moisturiser. Use any time for an instant radiant look. Shake before use.

 

ALLIES OF SKIN, 1A Overnight Mask, 50ml, £87.

Nighttime/Overnight care is as important as your daytime skincare routine. During sleep we lose a lot of hydration from our bodies and therefore from our skin. Keeping our skin hydrated during sleep time will majorly improve your skins health and look. Therefore this targeted Overnight Mask formulated by Allies of Skin is my final recommendation. In the 4 weeks I have trialled this product, it has become the first product I put in my wash-bag when packing to go travelling on holiday or for a work trip away. Not only during a nights sleep, this product protects and repairs your skin during air-conditioned flights or hotels rooms when you really need a luxury product you can trust.

Allies of Skin 1A Overnight Mask stimulates cellular renewal, regenerates and repairs skin whilst it sleeps, protects against dehydrating conditions. This leave-on mask works overnight to repair tired, stressed skin as it forms a protective shield against dehydrating heat, cabin air and pollution. It syncs with your skins sleep cycle to erase the effects of too much travel, partying, alcohol and too little sleep. Think of it as the most non-judgmental companion your skin with ever know. To use: Apply this treatment mask nightly to clean skin. For best results, use after misting face with Molecular Saviour Mist. Always use SPF the morning after.

 

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Men's Stylish Eyewear by David Clulow & Oliver Peoples

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)! 

Head over to David Clulow for my Full Interview discussing eyewear and style.

Glasses always have to be the finishing touch.
— Carl Thompson

For those of us who have grown up with glasses appreciate perfect eyesight much more than those who have known nothing other than 20/20 vision. Throughout my teenage years my eyesight deteriorated to around -4.75 in both eyes, which for those of you who can't grasp how bad that is. If you are walking past someone in the road, you wouldn't be able to recognise them until they were within a metre away from you whilst squinting profusely. Nowadays I realise much more about the importance of looking after my eyes and would love it if I could pass on some of my wisdom to anyone reading this. Technology has come on a long way and opticians tests are much more than just reading letters on a wall or reading small print of a book. David Clulow will use state of the art equipment to test the health of your eyes as well as the traditional eye test methods to work out the exact prescription for your eyes.

But what style, I mean are glasses actually stylish? Of course growing up with glasses you'll go through stages in which you love and hate them, that's natural. Our sense of style will change throughout secondary school, college, university and into our adult lifes as we experiment and find out who we are. I mean, I'm a completely different person to what I was at school and I think most people would say the same. For me, I had no choice but to wear glasses, especially at school when reading the blackboard but fast forward to the present day and now I choose to wear glasses not to mention I feel happier and more confident wearing them. Eyewear is incredibly stylish...it completes an outfit. There are so many amazing brands out there reinventing classic frame shapes, colours and styles such as my two personal favourites Oliver Peoples and Persol.

 

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Simple styling, just get up and go

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! 

On days like this I go for simple styling. I pick up my favourite, versatile black skinny jeans and casual white shirt which doesn't have to be pristinely ironed, just roll the sleeves and let the other creases drop out. I'll grab a pair of white trainers, a watch and rucksack and away I go. A white t-shirt would also work perfect for this outfit...the key is to keep it simple and use that extra 20 minutes that you saved in the morning doing something worthwhile.

 

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Photography by Rebecca Spencer

Men's Skincare by Lqd

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.  

The product range includes facial wash, shaving cream, post shave serum, facial scrub, moisturiser, eye serum and anti-blemish control and I've managed to trial them all.

Starting with the Shave & Calm, two products to use during the shaving process. The 'shave' product protects during shaving, softens hair whilst nourishes shaved skin. The Lqd post-shave product is called 'calm' which is fast acting, helps reduce redness from shaving, penetrates quickly and is moisture enriched. 

My next stage in a men's everyday grooming regime would be the facial skincare, scrub, wash and hydrate. First use the 'scrub' product a couple of times a week to remove dead skin and do-clog the skin. The product also helps renew the skin and stimulates collagen. Next, grab the 'wash' tube, which should be used as a daily face wash, this particular face wash from Lqd is deep cleansing and non foaming. Finally once your skin has been dried, use the 'hydrate' product which is a daily traditional moisturiser perfect for men due to its matte finish in appearance.

I've saved the more specialist products until last, which are 'blemish control' and 'eye restore'. I use both daily to keep my skin looking and feeling its best. The blemish 'control' product inhibits bacteria growth, opens obstructed skin pores, reduces sebum production, removes redness and stops skin drying out. Where the eye 'restore' product referred to by the brand as "botox in a bottle" helps stimulates collagen, reduces puffiness, reduces crows feet and reduces dark circles.

 

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The Wellesley Knightsbridge | Hotel Review

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.

Discover contemporary luxury and traditional glamour in the heart of London at London’s finest boutique-grand hotel, The Wellesley – a Knightsbridge hotel offering discreet and uncompromising service for the discerning traveller.
— The Wellesley Knightsbridge

On arriving at the hotel, it was clear that this gem of a hotel in Knightsbridge offers incredible luxury and impeccable service with plenty of staff on hand to take care of your every need. The reception at check-in were friendly, very knowledgable about the hotel, it's services and also the local area. 

I checked myself in to a one bedroom suite with park view at £935 for two people per night, which is not cheap but if you look at the services offered and the luxury style of the hotel, you can soon justify that price. 

If you are heading out with your partner for a black tie event in London, let The Wellesley and their Butler Service take care of you. Get your dress and suit freshly pressed or steamed to ensure you are looking pristine or even ask them for help tying your bowtie for the evening! Then turn up to the event in style with the complimentary Roll-Royce drop-off service (within a 1.5 mile radius). The next day, take advantage of their standard late checkout at 12:00 and spend that extra hour in bed or how about treat yourself with breakfast in bed.

The suite was spacious including a bathroom with a free-standing bath, double luxury wash basins and a walk in shower all in a marble interior finish. Walk along a bit further and you'll hit the living room area, which has an incredible view out towards Hyde Park. If you are a business traveller, there is a work desk with all of the office facilities available for you to get stuck straight into your emails. The guest wifi was super fast and easy to connect. If you are an international traveller then there's a mobile phone that you can take out with you around London and take advantage of free calls and data. Or if you just want to relax, put your feet up and watch a film or some TV then just slump into an incredibly comfortable sofa and pick from a large variety of free movies. Of course there is also a mini-bar, magazines and a complimentary fruit platter to enjoy during your stay. Open up some double doors and you'll arrive in the bedroom, a massive King Sized bed, plenty of storage and a bedside control system that you can control the lights throughout the whole suite from, meaning you don't have to get up and turn off the bathroom light that you forgot to turn off when getting into bed!

If you have time, I would recommend you try out their Oval Restaurant which serves Italian food, Jazz Lounge, Crystal Bar and Cigar Terrace. 

 

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Men's Outfit of the Week | SS17 Style Edit

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. 

I love lightweight jackets that you can roll the sleeves up and this suede trucker jacket by Linea of House of Fraser is perfect. Navy is simple to style and almost any colour combination will work well paired together. What I've done in this outfit is layer a simple plain grey t-shirt, black jeans, black/khaki trainers and finally a black strap Timex watch.

It's simple, casual yet stylish...if you like it, you can shop the look below.

 

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Photography by Ella H

What to Wear When Commuting Around London in Style, on a Bike!

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 it's in Zone 2 of the London Underground pay zone, it feels like it has it's own village feel to it - a perfect place to cycle around.

Centred around Clapham common you have a variety of different areas, such as 'The Nightingale Triangle' which is full of prams, coffee shops and a lot of happy estate agents. Then there is Northcote Road, the big sister to the aforementioned for young families with parents still craving a Friday night in the local bars, even if they have to be home by 9:45pm. Walk further on a little and you'll hit Clapham Junction, which is Clapham's answer to oxford street. You then have the 3 tube stations all along the Northern Line...a little greedy you might think, unless you try and get on at Clapham South, Clapham Common or Clapham North at 08:15 in the morning. Clapham North is the 'cool' part of Clapham because if you ask anyone who lives there, they will say that they live in Brixton but in reality its actually the start of Clapham High Street which is famed for Infernos! At the other end of the high-street is Clapham Common, get off the tube here for SW4 Festival or the busiest part of the common on a hot sunny day which is also the congregation area for the local homeless drunks. Clapham Old Town in my opinion is the nicest area, full of Mews, coffee shops and Clapham's best bars. Head out of the bar area and you get to Clapham South (where I live), which is the quieter part of Clapham, except on a Sunday night when Giggerlum Bar comes alive...I mean what do the people who go here do for work on a Monday morning....go there and you'll understand what I'm talking about! The final area of Clapham South is Abbeville Village, which is basically a road...I'm pretty sure by calling it a village is just a way for locals and estate agents to wack on an extra £100K to their house prices.

As a Clapham resident and someone who works from home, getting around the local area easily and quickly is best done on a bike. So recently I upgraded my rusty, old, poorly kept bike which I've had for about 10 years with a new pristine Mango Bike. I wanted a bike that I could specifically design to my own style, that would not cost a fortune and could be delivered as I don't have a car in London. At Mango Bikes, you can design your own bike from as little as £319 and you can also spread the cost in monthly payments with their finance options. Every single piece of the bike is customisable, frame, saddle, bars, rims, tyres, chain and pedals and in a variety of different colours. 

A normal day for me is having around 3-5 meetings which is really hard to dress for whilst looking respectable, yet cycling in-between these meetings. Well I've found the perfect commuting style from NEXT menswear, mixing formal and casual. In this look I'm wearing NEXT drawcord navy trousers which are tapered yet extremely comfortable due to their construction of 66% Cotton, 32% Nylon, 2% Elastane. I've mixed these formal trousers with a navy bomber jacket and simple plain t-shirt which can be untucked whilst cycling and tucked in for a more respectable style. My commuter bag of choice is my leather Made-in-Global rucksack as it is deceptively large and roomy. Finally I cycle in Rockport shoes, where style meets performance. They are all extremely lightweight and comfortable, almost trainer like. Most of the Rockport footwear style offers Vibram soles, Tru-Tech comfort technology and waterproof construction, so actually very well suited to my lifestyle. Finally I've finished off my London commuter style with an affordable fashion watch from Adexe with an interchangeable watch strap from black to tan to suit any outfit choice.

As always thank you for reading and if you like my style, you can shop it using the image links below. 

 

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Photography by Rebecca Spencer

Goodwin Smith Shoes Spring/Summer 2017 Collection Collaboration

THE GISBURN TAN

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.

THE EMBASSY PETROL BLUE

THE WHALLEY TAN

THE HEBDEN NAVY

THE HARWOOD TAN

THE WISWELL BORDO

THE MANHATTAN BLACK AND BORDO

THE MANHATTAN PETROL BLUE

THE GISBURN BORDO

THE MITTON BORDO

Goodwin Smith Shoes

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