It’s been quite a few weeks now since my Made by Zen products arrived and well, let’s just say, a lot in my life has changed since then too. Some of them major, some of them minor. But, just before lockdown I decided to myself that I needed a bit more ‘me time’, I needed to stress less about the small stuff and just remember to take a moment. Turns out I really did need my zen and I for sure have found it.
With the ease of lockdown meaning we can spend a little more time outside… and the bars, pubs and restaurants are slowly getting back to the new normal… now is a better time than ever to wear those summer outfits you thought you were taking on holiday. Maybe you’ve got a wardrobe full of guilty online orders you made throughout the 3 month of lockdown madness. You know what, the weather has actually been pretty decent for us luckily too so we can’t complain too much, let’s get out and wear it!
March 30th, the day the UK went into Lockdown. No work, no shopping, no seeing family or friends. We were in the peak of a global pandemic and we’re still in it…
For some people this was a nightmare, for others it gave them an open window (not literally of course) to a world of creativity they always had but lost. Over the years I found that I had fallen in to the dark whole that is… well, the same as everybody else. My photography and content became lack lustre, I lost the personality I once had in photos and to be honest, I just stopped enjoying it. I became the same as the 100 million other content creators or “influencers” on social media, I blended in to the background and I hated that.
It seems for us Brits that summer started early this year with all of this nice weather we’ve had recently. It’s been nice to enjoy it whilst we’re on lockdown, could you imagine if it rained everyday? ugh! It’s a good job too that the sun has got its hat on because Burton menswear summer collection is popping this year! Printed shirts, chino shorts, and trilby hats fill their range offering you with a whole catalogue of summer wear to stand out in a crowd.
Now we all know Burton Menswear is known for it gorgeous suits and I am going to show you my summer take on one I tried recently… I am in love!
Introducing you to Northskull London. A jewellery line that is simply stunning but not simple in design. Northskull London offer a range of beautifully crafted jewellery that I am telling you is nothing less than outstanding. You won’t find any cheap materials used here, this is pure luxury and that’s obvious just by looking at it.
Northskull London are understated in design with a distinctive strong look. I am in love with their pieces!
Teeth, the smallest things on your face that have the biggest impact. Personally teeth and eyes are the first things I notice on people and I think they do a lot for first impressions, just one of the many reasons they should be taken care of. Teeth are so important and a beautiful smile can help you in a range of different situations.
I often like to use teeth whitening kits but until recently I haven’t actually been able to find one that I’m particularly fond of and to be honest with you actually works. Then I came across Smileo.
Still in 2020 not all men feel comfortable to talk about grooming regimes and even worse they don’t know what products are available to them or how to use them. I spent years selling mens grooming products and one particular question kept cropping up… “How exactly do you use beard oil?”
I understand not all men are as confident as others when it comes to buying new grooming products, more often than not its due to a misunderstanding and overcomplicated directions for use, so here is my simple step-by-step guide to help you understand how to apply beard oil.
Ok, we’re all at home right now trying to think of things to do to keep ourselves occupied and fill a day’s schedule. If you’re anything like me you’ll probably have been doing that in pyjamas, gym clothes or loungewear. Now, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that and lets be fair, this is the time for us to relax and not take the days for granted, but have you found yourself leaning towards online shopping… and updating an already full wardrobe? I bet you have!
We might not be able to wear new clothes anywhere nice (for now) but we can at least try to look good sometimes at home too. You might have a zoom call with your friends & family and want to look the part, or you might just want to buy new clothes and dress up for the sake of your sanity and why not? if it makes you feel good, do it!
Well I was kindly asked to try some of Burton Menswear superb spring/summer collection and I’d like to talk you through a couple of smart-casual summer looks I put together and then put on hold for the day’s we can socialise on city rooftops with a DJ, sunshine, friends and a glass (or two) of Aperol!! – So here goes;
I have a an obsession… and that obsession is with plants. The word ‘obsession’ has a negative connotation, I can assure you this is a healthy obsession and one I’d like to share with you.
What started with just a single plant purchased from Ikea over time, with some love and care grew into a jungle. House plant’s have become like everything else, a bit of a trend and because of their growing popularity you can now buy an abundance of different plants from all over the world right in your local shop.
They’re nice to look at and great for the mind if you look after them right. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve killed loads over the years by over watering, under watering or leaving them out to burn in the sun, but once you get the basics right, trust me, its easy to look after them.
House plants (as cheesy as it sounds) turns your house into a home and I want to show you 5 of the most stunning (trendiest) and easiest plants to grow in your home (and where to buy them).
Remember that little thing called time? Well, my guess is you might have a bit more of it right now, so much so that you might not even know what to do with it. There might have been a number of things you’ve been putting off for a while, you know one of those “I’ll do it later” moments. Well, here is a short list of ways to be productive and even learn something new. A little self-improvement can go a long way.
Just recently I was asked very kindly to collaborate with a really British clothing brand, Raging Bull. Now, if you know me at all, you’ll know I love been British and even more so I love British products. So this was a collaboration I was really looking forward to.
So… everything’s a little up in the air at the moment. We have already seen bars, restaurants and gyms close and you may have been asked to work from home. To some this might be seen as a dream come true, to others this could mean a slippery slide into an un-productive and lazy lifestyle. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
I’ll be honest it probably wasn’t the best choice of restaurant for somebody who recently committed to vegetarianism (and a previous lover of all things meat) but, that been said… they catered to my new meat-free adventure and pleasently surprised me!
This was my second time visiting Santorini and it blew me away just as much as the first time.
I can only really describe this place like something you’d see on a postcard, only in real life it’s even better looking. Santorini is a truly stunning place and here are a few things we got up to in the short 24 hours we had there.
How else can I put this? – Burton Menswear have created possibly one of the most stunning ranges, the 1904 Collection. This collection is made up of classic styled three-piece suits, Sharp blazers, prints, chinos and T-shirts. They are an invention of modern favourites but with eye catching attention to detail which is sure to turn heads this season. The quality is incredible and the fit superb. In my opinion the style and classic look to some of the pieces rival a collection from Reiss, but without the hefty price tag.
Don’t believe me? – Then just look at this absolutely drop dead blumming amazing three-piece Suit that I was kindly given.
It doesn’t matter the season when you’re wearing stripes. Whatever the weather, wherever your location Burton Menswear will have you covered.
I was never the biggest fan of a striped or patterned shirt a year ago… I always thought they were a bit too much, too busy, to much colour, but you know what… that was last year! Now i’m obsessed and have a wardrobe that resembles a painter’s palette.
So, whats better than a Dakota Deluxe in Leeds right now..? How about a brand new Dakota In Manchester? That’s what!
I’ve previously rated the Leeds Dakota Deluxe as one of my favourite hotels to date so when I was asked for a little stop over at the brand new Dakota in Manchester I jumped at the chance… and obviously, with the precedent already set at the Leeds hotel, I was ready to compare and critique! ( You win with this one Dakota Manchester).