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Back Of Beyond Festival

With festival season now in full swing, and millions flocking to see their favourite artists whilst pitched up in a confined tent, abandoning their usual hygiene habits and feeling cramped among the masses; we were kindly invited to try out a smaller, more different style of festival; Back of Beyond

Having only started in 2018, and only this year extending the festival to two days rather than one, the festival has already successfully carved its space within the British festival scene after recently being nominated as “Festival of the Future”. Focusing on Dance, EDM, House and Techno, this festival is on track to rival the best.

The festival itself is based in the picturesque Hertfordshire countryside with views of the sprawling hills and towering trees  taking up a full 360°perspective. This is the perfect excuse to escape the big city. Getting to the festival couldn’t be an easier commute with trains from London running into lots of nearby stations into such as Hertford and Ware.

Unlike other smaller festivals who struggle to attract big name talent, Back of Beyond definitely did not have this problem. Renowned DJ Goldie graced the decks on Friday night and Radio One’s Dance Anthem king Danny Howard headlined on the Saturday night. Both performed a substantial 1.5 hour set and showed exactly how to get the crowd going. Aside from the two top names, lots of other recognisable artists graced the main stage including Sam Divine, Nightmares on Wax and Crazy P. 

The main pyramid stage was only one of the stages though, with seven other stages dotted around the site including a UV stage, a “Hay Days” stage and even a secret stage within a truck. If you’re lucky enough to go VIP, then there is a separate stage also within this area. There was a lot going on across the site and you could be sure to always find music that you liked. 

With ticket options varying from day passes to weekend passes you can take in as much of the action for however long you want. We’d recommend paying the extra and going VIP as you gain access to the VIP area which has not only its own stage, but also hammocks to relax in and quite possibly the best toilets we’ve ever seen at a festival.

Food-wise, the festival had 5-6 establishments that all serve top-quality food. From pizzas to Thai, burgers to crepes, you are spoilt for choice and can overindulge with the pricing being lower than the typical big festival.

Overall, if you’re looking for a smaller festival with top-name artists, picturesque surroundings and lots of different stages with quality DJ’s, then we highly recommend you checking out Back of Beyond for summer 2020. 

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boohooMAN: It’s Summer Season

Featuring heavily on our blog over the past year, boohooMAN are easily one of our favourite brands out there at the moment. With the affordable price tags and dedication to serving the most cutting edge menswear, it’s pretty easy to see why we can’t stop talking about them. Remember to enter our exclusive boohooMAN competition here.

SS19

boohooMAN have dropped their Spring Summer 19 range and it covers everything you need to keep you looking on trend this season. Whether you’re jetting off to a sunnier climate, heading out on a big night out or seeing your favourite bands at a festival, boohooMAN have every style and occasion covered. Here’s the standout collections from the brand right now.

Festival

Glastonbury, Wireless, Creamfields…the list goes on and on of all the amazing festivals to attend in the UK this summer. With festivals being one of the main times of year to show off those styles you wouldn’t usually dare to, boohooMAN have encapsulated perfectly the fun elements of the festival season.

Through a collaboration with the confectionary brand Swizzles, who produce all of your favourite childhood sweets like Love Hearts, Parma Violets and Refreshers to name a few, boohooMAN have released a unique collection that  is sure to make you stand out among the masses.

The range casts nostalgia using the Swizzles brand logos that you know and love, and brings to life the clothes in the most appropriate throwback colours.

Shop Festival here.

Quavo

The rap legend that is Quavo has teamed up with boohooMAN for an exclusive 200 piece collection. Focused around the appropriate theme of urban streetwear, the collaboration takes us through a full wardrobe from velour sets, tie dye denim and even onto accessories. Quavo leaves his unique style on every piece within the range.

Shop the Quavo collection here

Activewear

In January the brand launched their first ever activewear range. Pieces vary from tracksuits, t-shirts to hoodies, all in a sophisticated monochrome colour palette, with a cool blue bringing a splash of colour to the range. As the designs are fully technical, there’s no excuse to not be hitting the gym to gain that summer body.

Shop the activewear range.

Pride

With international pride month happening right now, this couldn’t be a more appropriate range to talk about. This is the third year boohooMAN have released a specific pride collection and this range tops all previous.

The “Love Without Limits” range encompases over 100 gender neutral pieces. Celebrating all sectors of the LGTBQ+ community, the collection covers those who want to make a bold statement as well as those looking for a more subtle approach.

Most importantly. 10% of all profits from the range will be donated to the LGBT Foundation and OutRight Action International.

Shop the Love Without Limits range.

Co-ords

Storming the season this summer as well, co-ords are back with a bang. boohooMAN have got the market covered with styles ranging from animal prints, stripes, logo and even floral.

Shop Co-ords

ABODE

The brand has just started a 12 month collaboration with one of the leading global event brands, ABODE. The partnership will see the online retailer as the lead sponsor for all ABODE events. boohooMAN have also launched the below exclusive capsule collection in line with the collaboration which is definitely worth checking out.

Shop boohooMAN x ABODE collection.

Tell us what you’re loving from boohooMAN this summer in the comments or over on our Instagram.

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The Nite Jogger by adidas

adidas has recently launched their New Nite Jogger sneakers and we were thrilled to be invited to try them on!

adidas Originals offers up new iterations of the Nite Jogger model, reinterpreting the iconic road running sneaker through another unmissable aesthetic update.

In adidas words: “The reflective silhouette returns to stake its claim as an essential for any night time creator, backed with a campaign created by a global network of artists working in their fields of expertise.”

So let’s have a closer look!

The “specs”

The new Nite Jogger sneakers feature lightweight nylon ripstop, soft mesh knit, and suede overlays. Combined, these materials offer advanced adaptability for the unrelenting grind of 24/7 creativity. Hi-vis reflective details complete the upper, adding a new dimension to the shoe’s name and establishing it as a must have in the arsenal of any creative that thrives at night.

The Nite Jogger sneaker is capped off by the message “speed of nite” written in Morse code on its outsole and tongue.

Offered in a flurry of distinct new colorways, featuring tonal greys, pastel greens, and eye-catching orange hits, the result is a striking expression of the Nite Jogger silhouette’s enduring aesthetic, presented in an exciting new context. So, it is love at first sight!

How did we style it?

Since the adidas Nite Jogger is strictly a fashion shoe and is not meant for performance (running, training, etc.) we had to take this on board before choosing on how to style it.

So, we headed south, to the London suburbs, to get those street styles shots.

The nite joggers are styled here with a sneaker suit adding ‘cool formality’ to the ‘sportiveness’ of the shoes.

Inspired by the 1980 Nite Jogger, these shoes shine bright with retro style and reflective details. The mesh and nylon ripstop upper is detailed with suede overlays. An updated Boost midsole adds responsive cushioning for all-day comfort.

Modern cushioning updates this flashy ’80s standout.

Retro Inspiration

The original 1980 Nite Jogger featured a distinctive look with a midsole insert and a fluorescent reflective heel tab and 3-Stripes.

The shoe are rounded off with a BOOST midsole and durable rubber outsole, resulting in a silhouette that is elevated for comfort and engineered for nighttime exploration.

What we liked

The concept: the rebirth of a star from the 80’s!

The look: materials, fabrics and the available colour scheme.

The feel: very comfy! (thanks to the multi layers of soles).

Our Verdict

A very nice – and must have – addition to your summer essentials!

£99.95 / $130 RRP. Shop at www.adidas.com

About adidas

Since 1949, adidas has created new athletic footwear, sport-centric fashion and accessories designed to help people harness the power of sport in their life. Every year adidas produces over 900 million sports and sports lifestyle products with independent manufacturing partners worldwide.

adidas mission is to be the best sports company in the world. Every day, adidas strives to create and sell the best sports and fitness products in the world, and to offer the best service and customer experience – and to do it all in a sustainable way. To successfully do that, adidas focuses entirely on its authentic sports brand as they connect and engage with their consumers. You can now earn an exclusive 7% commission + increases on stylish products anyone will love from running shoes, hoodies and sweatshirts, to accessories.

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The Best Swim Shorts Of The High Street

For over 100 years swimwear has dominated the fashion landscape throughout the summer months.

Swimwear is important as it takes you through a mountain of memories in your lifetime; from riding the waves, to wild swimming in a deserted lake, to hitting the hotel pool on the first day of your holiday. It’s important to make sure that the swimwear you choose both suits the situation and makes you feel confident and feeling your best. After all you want to make the best memories possible.

Men have a whole host of different swimwear options for consideration, from small briefs, to the slightly more giving trunks, to the everyman’s board shorts. With swim shorts being the most universal choice from both a suits-most-situations perspective and holding the highest preference among men, this article will be entirely focused around this classic cut.

The StyePilot team have handpicked the best swim shorts on the high street this Spring/Summer so you don’t have to go out hunting. Let us know which pair is your favourite in the comments section or on Instagram.

Thanks to our friends over at Hatherley Manor Spa for allowing us to shoot there.

Palm Tree Print Mid Length Swim Short by boohooMAN

£10.50 (usually £14 RRP). Shop at www.boohooman.com

Take the Mediterranean with you wherever you go this summer with these palm tree shorts. The dark purple base overlayed with green palm tree print means that you’re guaranteed to make a lasting impression wherever you are. The length of the shorts come comfortably above the knee, with the fabric feeling premium creating a fit that will compliment most men. Pair with a plain white tee to draw attention to the palm tree print.

Echo Racer Swim Shorts by Superdry

£29.99 RRP. Shop at www.superdry.com

These shorts are instantly recognisable as Superdry and will definitely make a statement when you rock up at the beach. The dark navy panels meshed with light blue and pink panels make a fantastic colour-block combination for this season. You’ll be very thankful for the quick dry technology when you forget to pack the towel. The shorts also come in a variety of other prints including all-over ice lolly and a palm tree pattern which are both great for when you’re heading off to brighter shores.

Sustainable Quick Dry Swim Shorts by Marks & spencer

£10 RRP. Shop at www.marksandspencer.com

These classic look swim shorts pack in a lot of features. Made from 100% recycled materials; you don’t have to feel guilty about splashing out on another pair of swim shorts this summer. If you’re planning on hitting a pool these shorts are perfect for you thanks to the chlorine resistant technology which keeps them looking and feeling in top-notch condition. Other useful features include quick dry technology as well as UPF protection against harmful rays.

Stripe Swim Short in Mid Length by boohooMAN

£11.20 (usually £14 RRP). Shop at www.boohooman.com

Every man can rock this pair of swim shorts. The classic vertical stripes in navy and white gesture towards the timeless nautical theme making these the ideal staple piece for the beach, dock or poolside. You can be sure that they will see you through the next few Spring/Summer seasons. Pair with a similar vertical striped shirt to turn up the volume.

Bardo 80’s Swim Shorts by Fila and only at Urban Outfitters

£35 RRP. Shop at www.urbanoutfitters.com

Exclusive to Urban Outfitters, these Fila 80’s colour block shorts bring a retro addition to your summer swimwear wardrobe. The bright blue, yellow, red and white collide together flawlessly creating an explosion of boldness. Every angle offers a different colour. The Fila branding guarantees a high level of quality in terms of both style and material.

Runner Swim Shorts by boohooMAN

£9.60 (usually £12 RRP). Shop at www.boohooman.com

This classic cut nods gently to the 80’s whilst remaining contemporary to today’s market. The white piping detail along the sides and bottom compliments the pale pink to create a subtle yet stylish piece. Style with a grey t-shirt to fully enhance the pink. Other colour options include a deep pink as well as pale blue.

Pink Tiger Print Swim Shorts by Topman

£18 RRP. Shop at www.topman.com

The oriental-style tiger print brings something unique to the high street selection of swim shorts this season. The intricate details mean your eyes keep picking out new elements each time you wear them.

Beach Volley Swim Shorts by Superdry

£29.99 RRP. Shopt at www.superdry.com

Simple can be king. Completely different to the prior pair of Superdry, these shorts come in one all over colour. Still following the theme of standing out; the neon lime green colour is electric and one of our favourites this season. The shorts come complete with zipper back pocket which will be a lifesaver this summer. If you’re not brave enough to choose this shade yourself the product also comes in a colour scheme from black all the way through to pink.

STYLING TIPS

With so many different styling options out there it can be overwhelming to decide what’s going to look best with your shorts. Here’s our quick styling tips to make sure you’re on trend:

  • Sliders. The hottest footwear trend from the past two years has hit the market again this season. Sliders are great to wear around the pool or on the beach and will instantly up your fashion game. Try the Tommy Hilfiger sliders we featured in our shoot.
  • Shirt. Let your shorts do the talking. Marry a plain short sleeved shirt, and style it with the buttons all open for a retro California throwback. If you aren’t confident enough to bare your torso, then a simple short sleeve tee will also work the same.
  • Accessories. If you want to style the look further so you’re not limited to just sticking to the beach or pool, finish the look off with a classic hat like this from John Lewis. Be warned that hats will only work with a classic swimwear look (think plain shorts and simple sliders).

Hatherley Manor Spa

Thanks again to the team at Hatherley Manor Spa for allowing us to shoot at their luxury Cotswolds based hideaway. If you’re looking to get away from the big city, check out the great packages that are available to detox, relax and unwind throughout the summer.

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WIN £100 to spend at boohooMAN

Summer is finally here. Time to crack open the beers, light up the BBQ and spend the long evenings relaxing with your mates.

No doubt with all this extra socialising you’re going to want to make sure you’re kitted out in the latest threads. Our friends over at boohooMAN have kindly offered one lucky reader the chance to win £100 to spend on-site.

From tees to shorts, sunglasses to dungarees, boohooMAN have you covered throughout the entire season.

Simply enter your details and follow the StylePilot Instagram page to be in with a chance of winning (T&C’s apply)*:

*T&C’s: The competition is live between the 3rd June and the 30th June. Only one entry per person is allowed and any duplicate entries will be removed. Only entrants who follow the StylePilot Instagram page will be eligible to win. Personal data will not be passed onto any third parties and your details will not be used for marketing. The winner will be chosen at random and contacted on the 1st July and will have 48 hours to respond to the congratulations email, otherwise the gift will be forfeited. The prize will be awarded by the retailer via a unique code that can be redeemed at https://www.boohoo.com. Terms and conditions are subject to change.

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March LA.B: The Spirit Of The Seventies

London store in Soho, Lexington Street

Last month, March LA.B, the French watchmaking brand whose creations are inspired by the spirit of the Seventies, has arrived in London.

StylePilot was lucky enough to take part of this new exciting chapter for the brand.

March LA.B Watches

March LA.B pays homage to the timeless elegance of vintage watches influenced by founder, Alain Marhic and Creative Director, Jerome Mage’s visions and French savoir faire.

About the brand

In their own words: “As March LA.B approaches a new era in London it will continue to create minimal, elegant and understated timepieces with balanced proportions to compliment the style of today’s urban dandy. These timepieces are refined in their simplicity and assert the philosophy that less is more”.

The brand’s mission

To design timeless styles that will transmit to future generations, following the example set by the most exceptional watches of past decades.

What do they look like?

BELZA | GRALL. £1,027 RRP.
AGENDA | FOREST. £1,113 RRP.
AM2 AUTOMATIC | GRALL. £1,069 RRP.

A Special Edition

To celebrate this landmark moment for the company, March LA.B have launched a special-edition watch in British racing green.

Named after the store’s new home on Lexington Street, the AM69 LEXINGTON encapsulates Soho’s reputation as the home of rock’n’roll and Anglo-Saxon fashion.

March LA.B London Store

The neo-retro time keeper’s first overseas store is perfectly situated in vibrant Soho, an area so iconised by March LA.B’s defining decade.

Every detail of March LA.B’s new store reflects the two passions of founder, Alain Marhic: surfing and the much-loved design from the Seventies. Designed by Frederic Forest and Clementine Giaconnia, the design is rooted in vintage inspiration where visitors are immersed in the timeless elegance of March LA.B’s timepieces. StylePilot was at the launch event and the store is definitely a must see!

The brand’s signature green reigns supreme and a smooth wave of Kvadrat fabric clothes the store in opulence. From the door handle to the drawers, the Iroko wood floor to the rosewood carpentry, the almost kinetic rhythm of colours and fabrics reflects the craftsmanship and beauty behind the watches.

Where to shop online
Visit www.march-lab.com

Where is the March LA.B shop located?

47 Lexington Street, London, W1F 9AW.

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Natural Grooming For The Millennial Male

At StylePilot we are always keen to try new products and support new initiatives. Especially when we are talking about natural products. And the demand for a natural approach is fast growing!

So, let us introduce the Green People brand to you.

In their own words: ” Green people is a range of high performance products for men packed with clinically proven natural actives. Suitable for even the most sensitive skin types, the range is certified organic and packed with the most effective natural ingredients available, from Green Seaweed and Chamomile to Tara Bush and Aloe Vera. You won’t find any skin irritating chemicals, drying alcohol, harsh foaming agents, synthetic fragrances or animal derived ingredients. All products are natural, organic, cruelty free and vegan friendly”.

Let’s have a closer look at the new grooming range from Green People for Men! Here is below what we’ve tried:

No. 1 Exfoliating Face Scrub

£13.50 RRP (100ml)

Complex, time-consuming skincare routines are a thing of the past with the Green People for Men range. Keep breakouts at bay with the No. 1 Exfoliating Face Scrub (125ml), a powerful blend of key plant actives that eliminate toxins and refine skin tone. Dead cells are buffed away by Bamboo Stem while toxins are trapped and drawn out by Bentonite Clay. The result is clearer skin without the use of harsh chemicals and no irritating artificial fragrances.

No.2 Soothing Shaving Gel

£13.50 RRP (100ml)

Smooth and soothe the skin for a perfect shave with No.2 Soothing Shaving Gel (125ml) a non irritating face wash which creates a high density natural lather with a creamy feel that lasts longer on the skin, allowing for a closer, more precise shave. Seaweed creates the perfect ‘skin slip’ feel, allowing the razor to glide over the skin with no nicks, cuts, razor burn or dragging, for a smoother daily shave.

No. 3 Cooling Moisturiser

Post-shave, apply the No. 3 Cooling Moisturiser (100ml) and feel the non-greasy formula soothe and calm the skin. Blending Shea Butter and Almond Oil, this light moisturiser replaces natural oils while anti-inflammatory Peppermint Oil and plant actives balance the flora of the skin.

£14.50 RRP (100ml)

Where can I buy those?
The Green People range is available from Ocado, Whole Foods, Planet Organic, Revital and independent natural health retailers nationwide, as well as online at www.greenpeople.co.uk.

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Nike Free Train Force Flyknit and Luke Sport Tracksuit

With the tracksuit trend going nowhere, mix and match your favourite style with the Luke vintage hoodie and a pair of Nike Free Train Force Flyknit.

Tracksuit top with funnel neck by Luke Sport | Jogger by Luke Sport | Free Train Force Flyknit shoes by Nike

It includes the zip up hooded sweatshirt, drawstring hood, the Luke Sport tape detail down each arm and the Gold embroidered lion.

Black cotton joggers with adjustable waistband.

Check below the Free Train Force Flyknit with Dual Density Foam Cushioning and Engineered Flyknit Upper.

Nike Free Train Force Flyknit shoes

Engineered Flyknit with built in flawire delivers enhanced breathability, flexibility and support.

Dual density foam under foot with softer foot and firmer in hell and forefoot contact points a 5mm offset.

They look comfy, and ‘yes’ they are!

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Raw Supremo Grooming Products: Dare To Be Different

It is just love at first sight: a refreshing packaging that makes you want to try those products. And isn’t it great to bring a bit of colours to your your bathroom shelves?

In their own words: “Raw Supremo is a neat range of grooming products created by a team who understand the lack of variety in men’s grooming products, they are bored of seeing the same old stuff in plain packaging smelling of something their Grandad’s used to splash on their skin”.

Current men’s grooming brands are typically sandalwood & vanilla scented with a limited variety. Raw Supremo has the fragrance of Coconut & Lime to break the stereotype of men’s grooming products.

StylePilot has selected a couple of products for you:

Hair Removal Wax for Men – Nook & Cranny

£14.99 RRP

Here we go: some hair removal wax for men! Will you be brave enough? ;-).

Sugar Stripease (lovin’ the name here) provides 100% natural hair removal wax that “offers an enjoyable, painless waxing experience!”. So they say!

Instructions

1. Put on a light dusting of talc to dry the skin.
2. Apply a thin film of the sugar paste in the direction of the hair growth.
3. Rub the strip onto the covered area in the direction of application.
4. Hold the skin taut and pull the strip back against the hair growth in a quick, smooth motion.
5. Remove any excess residue with a damp flannel.
(see leaflet within the pack for full directions of use).

Raw Supremo Clean Shaven Gift Set – Lose It

£14.99 RRP

Looking for a gift idea? For father’s day perhaps? You’ve got it all sorted then. This ‘Lose It’ gift set is ideal as it includes 3 products gently Fragranced with Raw Supremo’s signature Coconut & Lime fragrance: Shaving Oil, Facial Moisturiser and Shaving Cream.

Instructions:

Shaving oil, Cleano Supremo: Take a pea-sized amount and run all over your face, add a little extra to those dry and irritated areas post-shave.

Facial moisturiser, Supreme Smoother: Gently rub a pea-sized amount into your skin in circular motions. Add a little extra to dry areas.

Shaving cream, Aromo Foam: Can be used with or without a shaving brush. Simply massage into the skin with warm water and shave in the direction of the hair growth.

Facial Moisturiser 100ml – Supreme Smoother

£9.99 RRP

Supreme Smoother facial moisturiser does exactly what it says on the tin! After that close shave, your skin will thirst for moisture. The formula reduces shaving irritation whilst revealing a clean and smooth skin.

Instructions: Gently rub a pea-sized amount into your skin in circular motions. Add a little extra to dry areas.


What else?

  1. Raw Supremo is cruelty free.
  2. Made in the UK!
  3. Natural ingredients.

Shop at www.rawsupremo.co.uk