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Shaving Tips

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Shaving Tips

Shaving is one of the essential grooming habits in every man’s life. Many of the people don’t shave their beard on their own or don’t know how to shave, and many people shave in a wrong way. You should be aware of the correct ways to groom your beard. Many youngsters hate shaving because they end up messing their beard and look. Shaving in a wrong way for a long time can be proved miserable to you. 

Here are some tips which will guide you to perform shaving in the right way to get the perfect clean face.

Prepare Your Face for Shaving

Many people skip this step and directly go for rubbing their face with a razor. It creates a harsh effect on their face which is not good for the skin. As blade creates friction when is made to rub against the skin and no protecting layer is present on the front, it will damage your face, and it can also place some cuts and rashes on your face.

To prepare your face for shaving, first, rinse your whole face with a good quality of shaving soap and warm water. It will prevent you from various rashes and cuts that may have due to the presence of excess amount of oil and dead skin cells which can resist the movement of the blade on your face. Warm water will help you in moisturizing your skin to avoid easy cuts. 

After all these things, the next step is applying shaving cream. You are advised to use only high quality of shaving cream of trusted brand otherwise there may be the possibility of a chemical reaction.
Don’t apply the shaving foam or any cream directly on the dry face as you may develop some razor rashes and burns on your face.

Invest in Good Shaving Cream

Everyone should make the right choice of shaving cream. Choose the high quality of shaving cream from the trusted brands. Never use any unbranded or cheap shaving products on your face, this may give an adverse effect on your face. 
Good shaving cream is rich and creamy but not much foam. A cream rich shaving cream will provide you with more lubrication, and the wastage of cream will be less as you will achieve excellent results in less quantity. Good shaving cream will not only provide lubrication to your face, but it also acts as a moisturiser which helps in shielding your skin from the blades of the razor. 

Remember, your facial skin is more sensitive than normal ones, and it is highly essential that you should only opt the shaving cream which has the label of “for sensitive skin only” on its pack.
Aerosols are the most common and widely used shaving cream by the men. It is advised to leave shaving cream on the face for few minutes before shaving. It will help cream to moisten your skin thoroughly and made facial hair soft which will result in a smooth shave.

Select Your Shaving Brush Wisely

Many people don’t pay attention to their shaving brush which plays a vital role in the shaving procedure. There are various types of shaving brushes present in the market which includes badger brush, bore brush, horse brush, synthetic brush and many more. Shaving brush helps you to make your shaving experience smoother and better. 

Shaving brush helps you in spreading the shaving cream to every part of the face. It also helps you to remove the presence of dead skin cells from the front which allows the razor to move better and smooth on your face. Rather than using a hand, the shaving brush helps to create more lathers as compared to rubbing your hand on the front.

Always keep in mind the type of bristles when you use the brush and that the right stiffness and softness should be present. These habits will help you to get the correct method of growing a bread.

Never Shave the Same Spot Twice

It is advisable to avoid shaving the same area twice. It said that you if you have too much shaving in the same place you may develop rashes and razor burns on your face. There is a capacity of how much pressure your skin can take. It can create skin irritation and rashes which may be bad for your skin. 

Know the Proper Technique Shaving the Lip Area

You should be careful while shaving your lip area. Also, you must avoid the lip area if you are not much comfortable in this. There are various downsides while shaving against the lip area- one is that while shaving this area there is the possibility that you can have the razor cuts which can cause bumps. It may lead you to infections and inflammation on your face or your lips if you are not careful. 

While shaving through the lip area, it is advised to adjust the proper angle between the razor and the look. You should first align it at ninety degrees and then fix it to 30 to 45 degree to shave through the face. The lip area is more sensitive than any part of the face, and even a tiny cut can lead you in great trouble. The best way to prevent any accident is advised to fill up your mouth with air to expand the skin area around the mouth which will prevent you from significant cuts. 

Shave the Neck Area Last

The neck area is more sensitive as compared to the other parts of the face. It is advisable to shave the neck area at last as to give more time and concentration on it. While shaving the neck, you have to be more careful as any tiny cut can lead to bleeding. Various sensitive nerves are present in this area, and if you cut any of them, then it can cause big damage to your body. 

Whenever you shave your neck area, first, you should tilt your head in a backward direction and pull down the lower part to stretch your skin. It will help the blade to move smoothly through your neck.

Apply the Aftershave

The shaving process can remove two layers of your facial skin. So, to provide nourishment to face, it is advisable to use aftershave lotion after you finish shaving. 

Always remember to use right aftershave lotion that is specifically for men. Don’t use the aftershave lotion having alcohol as its ingredients as it may lead to great irritation and may provide burning experience to your skin.

Bonus Points

Tips for Men with Sensitive Skin
For sensitive skin, one point should be kept in mind that before shaving, do use face scrub or face wash which will make your skin soft. You should use high quality of blades for shaving and rinse it frequently with water while shaving.

Get a Good Quality Razor

To get the real and smooth experience of shaving, use a good and high-quality razor that will not provide irritation to your skin. Many razors are harsh on your skin and have a very rough movement around your beard. The blade should be smooth, and when you place it on your beard, it should require less force to move. A good quality razor has a safety guard that prevents your skin from getting cut, and this safety guard also helps you to hold the blade more efficiently without having a fear of cuts.

More Blades Do Not Equal Better Shave

If you are thinking of using five blades cartridge, then it is a terrible idea. You should avoid using too many blades although you can use three blades for a better shave. Some blades will create more irritation, and due to the presence of more blades, the movement of the razor is restricted. The number of blades will also influence the curves that you take around the round parts of the face, and there is a possibility that you may have cut on the curves of your face.

Rinse with Cold Water

It is a vital tip to rinse your whole face with the cold water just after the shave. It will help you to rehydrate your face. It will also wipe out the remaining amount of shaving cream from your face and will make your skin soft. It also helps in detecting the location of cuts that you may have during the shave.

Grooming is not only a part of hygiene maintenance, but a well-done shave can give your face a whole new look. By following these steps, you can have a smooth and safe shaving experience without any hustle.

Guest post by Randy Gardner from trendyseekers

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Essential Tips: Footwear

Whether you’re in the market for a pair of polished Oxfords for the office, a set of solid boots for outdoor pursuits or some sandals for an escapade to warmer climes, our ultimate footwear guide will ensure you are well-shod in all situations.

LACE-UPS

The Brogue

With their distinctive punched and wingtip detailing, the brogue is one of most traditional lace-up styles in the modern man’s shoe compilation. The decorative punched details are the key to shoe’s name: they were originally perforations to allow drainage when crossing damp bogs – ‘brogue’ is derived directly from this. Sturdy, versatile and striking the perfect balance between smart and casual, the brogue makes an easy pairing with tailored trousers, denim and chinos, making it a suitable style companion to most outfits. With a marked return to heritage dressing in menswear, the brogue has become an indispensible footwear investment.

The Oxford

Developed from a short boot with side slits popular at Oxford University in the 1800s, the Oxford shoe is the most formal footwear style today. Simple and clean-cut, they feature a ‘closed lace’ design, where the bottom of the lacing panel has been stitched to the front of the shoe (the vamp). Oxfords tend to be constructed from smooth leather and feature a simple toe-cap design, although variations in suede and other materials are common. The shoe of choice for city gents on office-bound days or formal functions, the classic Oxford is best styled with tailoring.

The Derby

A more casual and multi-faceted take on the Oxford, Derby shoes feature an open-lace construction, (in contrast to Oxfords) where the bottom of the eyelet lace panels have not been stitched to front of the front of the shoe (the vamp). Suitable for wearing in both casual and dressier situations, the Derby shoe can be crafted from leather or suede and usually sports a simple clean-cut design, but can also feature a toe cap.

Best foot forward: Heavier-soled lace-ups tend to look better on well-built men. If you have a slimmer profile, opt for a less chunky construction. Extend the lifespan of your leather shoes by investing in a good wax-based shoe cream and giving them a good polish and buff once a fortnight. With suede shoes, use a quality suede brush and a waterproof protector spray to keep them in order.

BOOTS

The Hiking and Work Boot

Inspired by the footwear of explorers and working-class labourers of yesteryear, these heavy-duty designs have come to dominate the men’s boot market in recent seasons – largely due to designer’s proclivity for mountaineering gear and heritage dressing. No longer the preserve of the intrepid country rambler, this type of boot has found its way from the country to an urban setting and is ideal for tackling city pavements in challenging weather. With a lace-up front and a solid grip-sole, these study boots afford superb support for keen walkers and will also lend a rugged finish to any look. Wear them year-round with jeans and chinos, lightweight sporty jackets, textured knits and woollen peat coats.

The Chelsea Boot

Since their rise to popularity in the Sixties, Chelsea boots have earned cult status. Identified by their slip-on design featuring elasticised ankle inserts and a round or slightly pointed toe, Chelsea boots are ideal for the gent who wants to introduce a hint of rock ‘n’ roll attitude into his aesthetic. Designs are traditionally in leather or suede, with contemporary styles featuring details such as colour-pop inserts and metallic embellishments. Chelsea boots look their best when worn with slim or skinny jeans, or close-fitting trousers.

The Desert Boot

Also known as the Chukka boot, the style owes its name to the footwear worn by British troops engaged in the Western Desert Campaign during the Second World War. Typically made of suede or leather, these softly constructed boots feature a simple open-lace construction, a crepe sole and round toe. Comfortable and lightweight, Desert boots are a smart choice for the warmer months and will easily pair with all your casual apparel. Opt for a colour-pop or pastel hue to put a contemporary spin on your summer footwear.

Best foot forward: Boots are by nature are more casual than shoes, so pair them with your weekend looks unless you work in a more creative office where the dress code is more relaxed. Invest in a few pairs that will see you through the seasons: hiking and work boots will help you keep a firm footing in inclement conditions, whilst desert and Chelsea boots are an astute choice for the warmer months.

LOAFERS & MONK STRAP SHOES

The Penny Loafer

This classic style, usually crafted from leather or suede is defined by its simple slip-on design which features a cut-out detail on the front of the shoe. The smartest type of loafer, it’s easily adapted to wearing with tailored trousers and denim alike.  Opt for classic tan, black and navy colours in the cooler months, swapping for jewel-tone or pastel-hued suede designs in the summer season.

The Tassel Loafer

A more casual style than the Penny loafer, this shoe is guaranteed to lend a dash of natty charm to your aesthetic. Featuring signature tassel fringing on the front, this preppy design can trace its origins to the colleges of 1950s America. Try them with lean dark-hued denim or tweed trousers for a sophisticated nod to vintage mode.

The Driving Loafer

These softly-constructed loafers feature a heelless sole, with leather lace detailing around the upper and front and a bobble-grip sole designed to provide firm traction on the pedals of a car. An easy summer style, they can be worn with almost any casual leg wear option.

The Monk Strap Shoe

A stylish alternative to lace-ups, monk straps have a decidedly elegant edge over other traditional shoes, and strike a well-executed balance between a formal Oxford and the more casual Derby. Defined by their buckle and strap fastenings (single or double straps are the norm), these shoes evolved from the footwear worn by 11th century monks, who appreciated the hard-wearing and practical design. Simply team them with a suit in the week or with your tailored chinos and knits at the weekend and they’ll earn you instant style credibility.

Best foot forward: Loafers are a superb smarter footwear option for the warmer months. Try wearing them sockless (or with invisible socks) and roll up your chinos or jeans a few centimetres for a fresh, contemporary look.

SANDALS & SLIP-ONS

The Fisherman Sandal

Fisherman-style leather sandals, which owe their origins to the ancient coastal communities of the Mediterranean, have made a big comeback in recent seasons. Designed so that water could easily drain out (essential when working on a fishing vessel), these traditional shoes will lend a dash of heritage charm to your feet. They’re versatile too, pairing equally well with both shorts and smarter trousers.

The Modern Sandal

Designed with a solid platform and an easy slip-on, slip-off design, these are ideal for wearing in exotic lands where removing your shoes before going indoors is customary. The airy open-toed construction of these styles gives your feet a chance to breathe after being incarcerated in darkness for the best part of the year.

The Espadrille

With their jute sole, lightweight construction and breathable canvas upper, espadrilles are great for gents that want put a summery spin on their footwear, without exposing their toes. They make the perfect style partner to a striped Breton tee and tailored shorts.

The Flip-flop

Best confined to the pool, the humble flip-flop serves the wearer well in situations where water is a constant feature. Remember to pack a pair in your suitcase to wear with your favourite poolside apparel.

The Boat Shoe

This instantly recognisable style is crafted from leather or suede and sports signature lacing around the upper, and a leather lace-up front. First emerging in the 1930s with the rise of maritime pursuits amongst the leisured classes, these shoes are designed to have a firm grip on wet surfaces, making them ideal for wearing in places where water may come into the mix.

Best foot forward: Sandals were previously viewed as strictly holiday-wear only; this is no longer the case. A pair of minimalist sandals will look great worn in the city on a hot summer’s day with a pair of tailored shorts.

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How To Dress Like A Bridgerton

Have you watched the hit drama Bridgerton (yet)? Well, let’s have a closer look at the story on the most fabulous and expensive menswear drama on Netflix.

A bit of background

Bridgerton is an American streaming television period drama series created by Chris Van Dusen and produced by Shonda Rhimes. It is based on Julia Quinn’s novels set in the competitive world of Regency era London’s Ton during the season, when debutantes are presented at court.

What they wear

From a dapper Duke dressed in the finest silk… To Prince Friedrich’s double-breasted tuxedo coat worn when asking Daphne to the social ball of the season… There’s no shortage of style and sophistication, but how much would one of these looks set you back in real life?

We speak with Maximilian Ciampi, the Tailoring Director of 40 Savile Row, part of the Savile Row Company. He has over 20 years of experience working on the bespoke strip and has deconstructed the top five men’s looks from top to toe.

The Prince Friedrich

Is there anything more opulent than a royal wardrobe?

Prince Freidrich’s outfit is an accurate representation of what would have been worn by the royals of the Regency era. His double-breasted tuxedo coast, adorned with medals and show-stopping shoulder pads is a traditional royal uniform and similar to the one worn by Prince William on his wedding day. It’s likely these clothing items would be made of only the finest materials, right down to the silk gloves.

An outfit fit for a Prince would set you back an estimated £7,900.

(Uniform tail coat = £4,500; Trousers = £2,000; Silk gloves = £250; Boots = £1,150)

The Duke of Hastings

As somewhat of a rulebreaker, the Duke of Hastings was less conventional in his wardrobe choices.

When he was seen at one of the many social balls, he was often dressed more casually than the Lord’s and other people of status around him.

Perhaps on the first night when the Duke and Daphne first realised their love for one another, the Duke is seen in a velvet cutaway tailcoat, tailored trousers, a silk waistcoat encrusted with what looks like semi-precious stones as buttons and a silk scarf.

It’s estimated this look would set you back a cool £8,800.

(Tailcoat = £3,500; Waistcoat = £2,500; Trousers £2,000; Shirt £350; Scarf £450)

Colin Bridgerton

The third son of the Bridgerton

Colin Bridgerton was embroiled in a major scandal but thankfully his fashion was less controversial. This look is multi-textured layering a crisp cotton shirt, printed silk waistcoat with gold buttons and a velvet tailcoat. He has opted for a more relaxed and simple black trouser.

It was very common for people of status and wealth to opt for bright colours as can be seen with these styles.

Estimated cost £7,350.

(Tailcoat = £3,500; Waistcoat = £1,500; Trousers = £2,000, Shirt = £350)

Anthony Bridgerton

Although this is his ‘leisure’ time, he is still formally dressed which was expected of men during this era.

Head of the Bridgerton family, Anthony Bridgerton, is a very active Lord who enjoys winding down at a gentleman’s club with a scotch in hand.

He’s impeccably dressed in a green shirt, velvet cutaway tailcoat, crisp white and fitted trousers and polished brown leather boots.

To look like a Lord, it would set you back £7,350

(Cutaway tailcoat = £3,500; Shirt = £350; Trousers = £2,000; Boots = £1,500)

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Reset The New Year In Style

For most people January is a much needed time of year to detox and reset. With December notoriously known as the most unhealthy month of the year, due to the endless parade of Christmas parties, endless amounts of mince pies consumed and the alcohol-fuelled compulsory events such as New Year’s Eve.

As we’re heading into the middle of the month, we want to make sure you’re on track to hit your Dry January goals. Only a few weeks left!

Dry January

With each year gaining more and more traction, Dry January has become a staple in the calendar for millions of people. An estimated 4.2million participated in the month-long sobriety challenge last year with even more expected to take part this year. Gone are the days when it was perceived that only problem drinkers had to take an abstinence from alcohol, with the majority agreeing that the effects of alcohol impact their life to some extent.

Effects

Going cold turkey from alcohol will bring about many positive changes, some of which you may not have suspected!

Better skin

Alcohol has been proven to break down the collagen within the skin, meaning that consuming alcohol on a regular basis speeds up the ageing process. It also means you’re more likely to breakouts and the skin looking dull and tired. We bet we’re not the only one who’ve woke up the morning after  a big night and wondered why we look so terrible! The good news is that taking a break from alcohol will help reverse some of that ageing you have experienced. On top of your skin improving, your eyes will look more bright and alert. What’s there to lose?

Improved sleep

Many people have a night time tipple to help them get to sleep, but what you may not know is that drinking actually means you have a worse quality of sleep. Drinking results in a lower level of REM sleep, which is the deepest, most quality type of sleep. Hitting that dram of whisky or that glass of Merlot on the head will see you sleeping for longer at a higher quality.

Increased mood

Linked to the last point, increasing your sleep will directly increased your mood. You’ll find that you’ll be positive more of the time and have heaps of energy to do everything you did previously plus extra. You’ll realise how many hours there are in a day, rather than writing off one day a week with a hangover. It’s also important to note that alcohol is in fact a depressant so in the long term alcohol will negatively impact your mental health. After a month without alcohol, you’ll notice how much happier you are.

More money

The BBC recently published a study which showed that 55% of British people go out at least once a week for a night out, with the highest segment being the 18-30 year olds at 73%. The average night out costs £70.56 the BBC found. Over the course of a month, this means that you could potentially save over £282. This is assuming that you only go out one night a week, and doesn’t take into account the bottle of wine you had after a tough Thursday at the office.  Who wouldn’t want to have more money!?

Lose weight

Some alcohol contains a lot more calories than you may expect. A pint of Peroni contains 235 calories and that frozen Margarita you love can contain up to 400 calories. We often don’t take calories from alcohol into account within our diet, but if you’re having one heavy night a week, you could be easily consuming an additional day’s worth of calories. If you’d like to consume less calories whilst drinking, we’d opt for a slimline G&T at 64 calories or a vodka and soda at 60 calories.

Healthier eating

To speed up your weight loss and not just rely on losing those empty calories you previously consumed from alcohol, shape up your diet and watch what you’re putting in your mouth. Myfitnesspal is a great tool to monitor your food intake, and allows you to see which food group and nutrients you need to increase of a balanced diet.

Need a healthy breakfast alternative to a sausage sandwich? We’d recommend this tasty porridge which comes in a variety of flavours from Red Berry & Pumpkin to Strawberry & Peanut butter. To add extra flavour and texture, throw in some Munchy Seeds to have a healthy and filling start to the day, that will see you right through to lunch.

Alcohol alternatives

If you find yourself at a bar and don’t want to have a sign above your head saying “I’m doing dry January” by ordering a J20, then find below our best picks of non-alcoholic drinks:

Tips & Tricks

Here’s some tips to help you stay off the booze for what can seem like a very long month:

  • Remember why you’re doing dry January – if it’s for health reasons then think about how much healthier you’ll be at the end of the month.
  • Try to do Dry January with a friend so you can support each other and create sober plans.
  • Take up a new hobby to occupy your time e.g. writing, going to the gym, learn a new instrument etc.
  • Tell as many people as possible you’re going sober so people won’t tempt you with alcohol-fuelled plans.
  • Try some of the tasty no alcohol versions of drinks.

Support

There’s a lot of resources out there to help you through Dry January. We’ve listed below some of our favourites:

  • Club Soda is an online community dedicated to mindful drinking. Whether you want to never drink again, or just be moderate with your drinking, this community will help support you through your goals.
  • The Unexpected Joy of being Sober by Catherine Gray is a hilarious, eye-opening experience of one-woman’s plight to go sober. The book combines personal experience with useful tips on how to go sober(audio version also available).
  • Dry January app helps you track how many drinks you’ve skipped and how much you’ve money you’ve saved since the start of the month!

If you think you may have a serious problem with alcohol, then please consult your GP and the AA. You can find more information here: https://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk/

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Decadent Duck Meals for the Festive Season

Looking for quick and delicious meal ideas for entertaining through the busy festive period? Want fine dining dishes that are table ready in just 30 minutes? Then wow your guests with Gressingham Duck’s decadent Bistro range. 

Whether you’re hosting a Boxing Day dinner with friends, or planning a special New Year’s Eve meal for two, the Bistro range offers a luxury selection of tantalising duck classics that are the perfect stress-free choice for any festive occasion, cutting down on hours spent in the kitchen at this hectic time of year.

Really lucky at StylePilot to get to try two of them: the Confit Duck and the Duck with Orange & Maple.

The many flavours and then the amazing taste in your mouth: just yummy!

With the finest sauces for that five-star dining experience, choose from a range of tantalising meals that can be popped in the oven leaving you free to enjoy time with your family or friends.

Choose from Duck Breasts in Plum Sauce, Duck Legs in Plum Sauce, Duck Confit, Duck Legs in Cherry Hoisin Sauce, Duck A L’Orange, Duck Breasts in Orange Sauce, Duck Legs with Orange & Maple, Duck Legs with Honey & Hoisin, all the meals are perfect served with seasonal fresh veg and your favourite festive tipple! Reared free-to-roam in barns on Red Tractor assured farms in Suffolk and Norfolk, Gressingham Duck® is a unique breed that has more succulent breast meat, and less fat. The Gressingham Duck® range is available through all the major retailers including Waitrose, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons.

For more information on Gressingham Duck® visit www.gressinghamduck.co.uk


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Rumpl: A World With Better Blankets

Always excited to discover a new brand and get to know how it all started.

The Story Behind Rumpl

On a surf and ski trip through California, their founders were sleeping in a van, several miles up a dirt road near a secret hot spring. They awoke the next morning in subzero temperatures with a car that wouldn’t start. Far outside of cell reception, and confronted with an impossibly long walk into town, they decided to bundle up in their sleeping bags and drink whiskey while they waited for someone else to show up.

Minutes turned to hours, and in that time the conversation took an unexpected turn to the subject of bedding. Cozy and warm in their sleeping bags, the two acknowledged how much better the materials felt and performed than what was on their beds back home. A resolve was made to create a “sleeping bag blanket” and the idea for the first Rumpl product was born.

Returning from the trip and borrowing a sewing machine, the first Rumpl “Puffy” blankets were hand sewn in a cramped San Francisco apartment. After several months using the blankets, the two realized they had stumbled on to an idea much grander than just a sleeping bag blanket. The materials typically found in everyday blankets hadn’t evolved in hundreds of years—the entire category wasn’t utilizing any of the material innovation that was taking place in apparel, outdoor gear, and activewear. The Rumpl brand was born

Weatherproof, durable, and cozy blankets made with the same technical materials used in premium outdoor gear and activewear.

After turning to Kickstarter, getting funded in less than 24 hours, and ultimately hitting more than 10x the original campaign goal, they realized that others wanted more from an everyday blanket. Since that initial Kickstarter success, Rumpl has grown from a single home made ‘sleeping bag blanket’ to a whole line of blankets and technical comfort products that redefine the category.

3 Puffy Blankets To Choose From

Watch their founder and CEO, Wylie, explain more in the above video.

Also, Rumple has just announced a distribution agreement with Unify Brand Partnerships, a distributor in the United Kingdom known for representing pivotal brands within the lifestyle, sport and outdoor categories.

Their Value

Rumpl believes the blanket you use every day deserves the same attention to detail as a sleeping bag you might use ten times a year. In 2019, the brand completely redesigned their core line of blankets to only use 100% post-consumer recycled materials. They’re now recycling over 5 million discarded plastic bottles through their supply chain every year. 

They’re also donating 1% of all revenue to environmental non-profits, as well as being members of the freshman cohort of brands that are certified as climate neutral.


About Rumpl

In their own words: “One of our brand’s core values is to “Look To The Future Responsibly,” and consider that value in every business decision we make. In 2019, we completely redesigned our core line of blankets to use only 100% post-consumer recycled materials. We’re now recycling over 5 million discarded plastic bottles through our supply chain every year. We’re also proud to be a member of 1% For The Planet, which means we donate 1% of all revenue to environmental non-profits. And finally, we’re members of the freshman cohort of brands that are certified Climate Neutral. This means that beginning in 2020, and every year thereafter, we’ll be offsetting 100% of our company’s carbon footprint by purchasing offset credits.”

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Sunglasses For The Heat Wave

Avalan Orange Sunglasses by Layoners | T-Shirt by boohooMAN

Is it too late to buy some sunglasses in September? Definitely not!

I was lucky to try out some of the Layoners sunglasses and I was not disappointed. They are really an amazing value for money as the prices are below £50. Also, they are very comfy to wear as their frame is really light.

Lightweight frames with flexible handles and polarised lenses

All of this is included when you buy a pair!

What else?

There is a large collection to choose from.

Browse sunglasses for men


About Layoners

In their own words: ‘Straight from the runways of Milano to the streets of New York. Layoners brings the perfect mix of refined haute couture and hottest street style trends. Thick oversized frames, retro shapes and futuristic silhouettes have dominated this season, and we’re glad to feature them in our collections’.

Shop sunglasses on www.layoners.com

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My Trip to Barbados

Shirt by Luke | Sunglasses by ASOS

I love a beach vacation, especially in the middle of the winter, and I couldn’t have asked for a better escape than going to Barbados.

In numbers, Barbados is an island country in the Lesser Antilles of the West Indies. It is 34 kilometres (21 miles) in length and up to 23 km (14 miles) in width, covering an area of 432 km2 (167 squares miles). Its population is of almost 300,000 people.

My favorite spots.

Oistin Fish Market

During the daytime it might look quiet, however wait for a Friday night to eat some freshly caught fish cooked to perfection. Try some lobsters, shrimp, red snapper which are prepared on the grill and served with local favorites such as rice and peas, coleslaw, and salads.

My best evening in Barbados!

Pebbles Beach, the most popular spot according to TripAdvisor

Located in Carlisle Bay. This one seemed overrated to me. The minuses: looking to the left and you’ll see the not so pretty and massive Hilton hotel; look to the right and you’ll see the cruise ships transiting. At some point during the day the beach will be overcrowded by (cruise ship) tourists popping by for a few hours.

The pluses: the easy place to go snorkelling and watch the turtles. Magical!

Miami Beach, my (beach) hot spot!

This quickly became my preferred beach: beautiful sea & sand, good waves to both swim and bodysurf. Relaxed and not too busy (as the access isn’t obvious from the main street). Nice trees in the background – in case you’d need some shade. This beach has it all.

Sandals by Teva | Swim shorts by Luke Sport

Dover Beach, a popular spot

One can only enjoy the vibrant colours.

Saint Lucy, all the way up to the North

Here you’ll find a beautifully rugged coastline dotted with bays. The powerful waves of the Atlantic Ocean pound the cliffs creating sea caves and blowholes. This is not an area for swimming but it makes up for this with majestic views and small pools for sea-bathing.

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Bridgetown, the Capital City

Both Barbados’ capital and largest city, it’s a vibrant, vivacious place steeped in history, where its unique blend of African, American and British heritage comes alive. Bridgetown and its Garrison is a UNESCO World Heritage site, with buildings dating back to the 17th, 18th, and 19th Century.

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Useful websites: visitbarbados.org or barbados.org

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Tesei Watch by Spinnaker

Japan Automatic 3 Hands Movement with Date

Really glad at StylePilot to have received the Tesei SP-5084-11 from Spinnaker to review.

ABOUT THE COLLECTION

Updated and improved upon, the Tesei Titanium is now available as a bracelet. A host of subtle but important upgrades make this timepiece a true tribute to the spirit and ingenuity of Italian Naval legend Teseo Tesei.

What’s inside?

DIAL

True to its militaristic inspiration, the dial is designed to be efficient and effective at offering a clear cut read out of time. The hands in particular have been redesigned and upgraded with layerings of X-1 Swiss Super-LumiNova.

MATERIAL : Titanium
DIAMETER (mm) : 43
THICKNESS (mm) : 13
SHAPE : Round
COLOUR : Titanium
BEZEL : Unidirectional Bezel with Ceramic Plate


DESIGN

The Tesei case is forged out of the tensile strength but low density of Titanium. Hardened with Nitrogen and topped with a Ceramic inlaid bezel with luminous markings, every element of the design and fabrication has been carefully considered. A scratch resistant sapphire lens with anti-reflective coating makes this an effortless, durable and robust timepiece to wear for all conditions.

TYPE : Titanium Bracelet
COLOUR : Titanium
BUCKLE : Fold Over Buckle with Safety Lock and Push Button
WIDTH (mm) : 22

Powering and assuring an ever reliable performance from the Tesei, an NH35 Seiko Automatic lies at the heart of the watch.

By taking advantage of the incredible properties of Titanium, the upgraded Tesei is now a bracelet timepiece which offers a lightweight feel but with the neccessary strength to resist the conditions of a rugged wear at sea or on land.

OTHER SPECIFICATIONS

WATER RESISTANCE : 20 ATM / WARRANTY : 2 Years International


£495 RRP. Shop at www.spinnaker-watches.co.uk. Browse all Spinnaker watches.