A Stylish Italian Escape

Murano Island – Venice, Italy. Floral shirt and sunglasses by Asos, shorts by River Island.

“I am on annual leave”. This is the message you will get if you try to email me this week.

An Italian escape had been in the pipe for some months now. Among several Italian places, it was decided that the ‘cities’ of Murano, Venice & Burano were to be the main destinations.

35 degrees Celsius is the average temperature you get there. This meant that shorts, sunglasses, short sleeves & light shirts are to become my best friends. Not to forget the large quantities of water needed in order to ‘survive’ the days!

My first destination was Murano. To go to there from Venice one has to take a boat (less than 20mn).

Murano, famous for its glass.

Murano, island, northeastern Italy in the Venice Lagoon (Laguna Veneta), is renowned for its long tradition of glass-making. I was told that the island experienced its major development after 1291, when glass furnaces were moved there from Venice.

It was just a delight to spend hours walking around the canals and get a glimpse at the glass shops. A fascinating place!

Like Venice, Murano is formed of seven islands in turn connected by bridges and its Grand Canal that runs through them.
One of Murano’s, and many, glass shops!
The famous Barovier & Toso brand: Luxury Lighting (Murano Glass Since 1295).

Another must see is the the Museum of Glass which was founded by Antonio Colleoni and Vincenzo Zanetti in 1861. Inside you can admire vases, bowls, sculptures and especially the majestic chandeliers.

Venice

Venice is located in the northeast coast of Italy. It is protected from the Adriatic Sea by a long strip of land composed by the Venice Lido, the Cavallino-Treporti Lido and the Jesolo Lido.

The Canal Grande, the main water way of the city to which 150 smaller canals (called “rii”) are connected to.
Linen shirt by M&S. Sunglasses by Asos. Sling bag by Tumi.
This Tumi sling bag quickly became my best ally: wallet, water bottle, camera and bits and bobs did all fit in it.
View from Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute
It is estimated that there are around 400 gondolas in Venice. They are made of 280 hand-made pieces using eight types of wood (lime, oak, mahogany, walnut, cherry, fir, larch and elm). The process takes about two months; in 2013, the cost of a gondola was about £35K.
Light brown Sid skinny stretch utility shorts by River Island.
The “Piazza San Marco” is the unique square in Venice. Considered by many as the most beautiful square of the world because of its many decorations in the Renaissance arcades and in the buildings surrounding it.
St Mark’s Campanile, Colonne di San Marco e San teodoro, lPalazzo Ducale.

Burano, known for its lace its unique and colorful houses.

Less than 20 minutes away from Murano (by boat), the picturesque Burano is known for its brightly colored fishermen’s houses and its casual eateries serving seafood from the lagoon. 

It just seems to be the paradise here. One can really appreciates the tranquility and the calmness of this island.

Pursuing the shores you will arrive to center of the Island: Galuppi Square; here neighbourly ladies invite the most curious visitors to come into their shops to admire the lace working.

Many international magazines include Burano among the top 10 most colorful cities in the world.
Floral shirt, shorts and sunglasses by Asos.
A closer look at some of the Burano fisherman houses.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About The “Do The Unthinkable Plan” (But Were Afraid to Ask)

It has now been 4 weeks since I have enrolled the “Do The Unthinkable Plan” by Muscle Food!! (I am actually at Day 29 and there are 90!).

How am I doing so far? Well, I have been loving it!

They claim it can be “life changing” and I cannot agree more.

So, what is this program about?

My personal goal was to find a perfect recipe to get in shape for the summer.

Do The Unthinkable™ is a program created by musclefood to transform your body and makes it easier to lose weight/get ripped or simply eat good, healthy food without the fuss. You meals are being prepared for you, so YOU don’t have to.

In their own words: “Getting in shape relies on eating the right meals!”.

There, you will find a combination of meals & snacks – and when to eat them – alongside a workout program.

It can sound a bit overwhelming but it’s all worth it. And don’t forget that preparation is key.

Step 1: Getting ready

Choosing the food from MuscleFood to get 6 meals a day is the easiest part!

Basically, you get ready to eat every three hours: 3 meals + 3 snacks!

Below my selection for the first week (Monday to Friday).

Step 2: The routine

Where the real sweat starts!

As your food is sorted – from morning to evening – you don’t have to think about what you eat. Basically you just eat what you have ordered! This is simple.

But this doesn’t stop there, you have now the workouts and the planning that goes with it.

In order to help you, every journey has a video (between 23 to 30 minutes). So, you can’t go wrong.

Just commit to do it!

That’s definitely the toughest part as you (I did) go out of your comfort zone. That said, I was up for the challenge and I never gave up.

How much does this cost?

It will cost between £60 to £79 per week. Respectively for 5 days (30 meal times) or for 7 days (42 meal times).

You do the maths: it’s from £1,88 to £2 per meal time.

The first noticeable results:

Even though it’s only been a month, I can say that only after 10 days I could already feel some changes operating. Not only did I feel better: since you only eat what you need, you never feel blotted. Also shape-wise it felt more tensed and getting into shape.

I am now hooked and I can’t wait to be at Day 90! On that day I will do a “After” photo that I will share alongside the “before” ! Yes, I will be getting out of my comfort zone.

Don’t waste any more time and have a go!

You won’t regret it!

All info regarding The Unthinkable Plan >> www.musclefood.com

A typical day

Let me share with you what a typical day looks like (6 meal times):

Basically, it looks like the following @ 7.30am: breakfast time, @10.30am: snack, @1.30pm: lunch, @4.30pm:snack, @7.30pm: evening meal and then @ 10.30pm: the last snack of the day.

A typical Meal (lunch)

The plan offers many varieties of meals: some of them just require to be heated (pictured below) however you can choose to do a bit of cook and then can follow a recipe – all proved in the plan.

Fell in love with those snacks 😉

They are yummy! And I am now almost addicted to them! As they are: High Protein / GMO Free / Gluten Free / Vegetarian / Wheat Free / No Added Sugar / Soy Free / All Natural / High in Fibre.
You can shop them from www.musclefood.com or from www.theproteinballco.com

One last thing!

Are cheat meals/days allowed?

A cheat meal is a single meal that veers from your planned diet pattern (while a cheat day allows for free food choices for an entire day).

Of course you can! They are actually recommended.

I, myself, have been craving for a beer (missed the taste of a great beer), so I decided to go for an alcohol-free beer as an all-natural alternative to my sports drinks.

In fact, alcohol-free beer is a natural isotonic and the perfect natural choice for pre and post workout (we’ve been told).

Made from four natural ingredients: barley, hops, yeast and water, St Peter’s Without® is a great fitness thirst-quencher, providing ultimate hydration and electrolyte replacements after exercise, as well giving your body back the vital salts and minerals that it releases during activity. They are 100% natural, vegan-friendly and contain fewer calories than an average beer.  And they taste yummy (tried last weekend!).

What’s next?

See you in 60 days!

All info regarding The Unthinkable Plan >> www.musclefood.com

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.

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!

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

The New UNDONE Basecamp Watch Timepiece

UNDONE, the watch brand democratizing custom luxury timepieces, is excited to release their new, highly-anticipated model, the Basecamp. At StylePilot we couldn’t be more excited to try it on.

In their own words, it is “a modern, high-performance tool watch with on-trend vintage aesthetics, the Basecamp is now the brand’s most durable custom watch in the collection”.

“We’ve been producing top-quality, great looking, customizable watches at UNDONE since 2014” Michael Young, UNDONE Co-Founder. But the Basecamp is really the first of its kind in terms of its utilitarian caliber. We took two years to develop this timepiece and every single detail and complication was considered to make this watch stand out in terms of both form and function.”

So what is so special about the Basecamp watch?

THE DESIGN

Ultra-Domed Crystal

Today, watch crystals are mostly flat. Basecamp’s 3mm crystal is patently arched for a real, retro look. The desired shape took the UNDONE team two years to develop in the lab using LEXAN™, a polycarbonate thermoplastic found in headlamps and motorcycle helmets with 250 times the impact strength of glass.

The connoisseur will notice that one of the most prominent features is the highly-visible orange hour-hand, which is a tribute to one of the founder’s favorite watch brands, Rolex, and their famous Rolex Explorer II. Watch aficionados will also notice the nod to Blancpain’s 50 Fathom ‘sterile’ bezel — the Basecamp featuring that same beloved and uncommon triangle hour pointer.

Exceptionally Legible
Unlike most watches, Basecamp boasts three drastically different hands, so the hour, minute, and second are immediately distinguishable. Importantly, the hour hand is the eye-catching hue of vivid orange – striking, and symbolic of safety.

WHAT ELSE?

MAKE IT PERSONAL.

With a philosophy that luxury lies in boutique, tailor-made products in small quantities, the Basecamp, like all other models, is made-to-order at UNDONE facilities for each customer. There’s not only a choice between case materials like stainless steel, black PVD, rose gold and gold, but also bezel function types and a personalized display caseback.

Because you can.
Staying true to UNDONE philosophy – that individuality matters – Basecamp is yours to customize. Your wrist, your story. Time on your terms.

4 Case Options
Basecamp’s 316L stainless steel case comes in four options: silver; gold; rose gold; and matte black. Except the silver case, all the others are thinly vacuum-coated using PVD, for softened shine and heightened hardiness.

3 New Straps
While compatible with any 20mm watch bands, Basecamp comes with a new and exclusive NATO strap selection in orange, olive green, and black, in two different coatings. “NATO” is a nickname for the “G10” strap first issued to British soldiers in 1973 – waterproof, fail-safe and easy-to-change.

2 Bezel Choices
The choice is between a vintage, understated ‘sterile’ bezel displaying just one lumed pointer to indicate the hour, or the more conventional ‘graduated’ bezel for accurate minute-by-minute measurement (available in May 2019).

SPECIFICATIONS

Weight

Tool watches should be light and compact, and in no way clumsy or cumbersome – they are designed to fuse effortlessly with an explorer’s physique, so they never have to be taken off during a journey. Weighing in at just 66 grams, Basecamp ticks all the boxes (and scales).

Dimensions

Perfect for everyday wear, indoors or outdoors, office, off-site… Sans crown guards, Basecamp has slimmed down to smarten up for all sorts of occasions. At 40mm in diameter and 15mm thick, Basecamp sits snugly on any wrist. Lug-to-lug length is 48mm and lug width is 20mm, allowing easy exchange with all UNDONE 20mm straps.

Movement

Basecamp is driven by one of the most reliable and robust workhorse in the industry – the Seiko Instrument Inc. NH35a automatic movement. The Japanese are known for precision and efficiency. The watch fuels up by wrist motion, but can also be wound manually via the crown; fully wound, it’s armed with a 42-hour power reserve.

The Basecamp has just been released today!

From £220 RRP for the Basecamp Standard watch.

Shop here >>


Nike – Engineered Fleece Meets Engineered Knit

The huge Nike fans that we are at StylePilot have been lucky enough to try on their launched tech fleece. First thing we love is that there’s no need to be at the gym to wear it. It’s just great to have a smart item of casual wear.

This Season’s Take On Tech Pack

Nike’s Tech Fleece collection reimagines classic sportswear silhouettes by pairing Nike Tech Fleece with Nike Tech Knit for the first time. 

The collection’s classic crew and hoodie each feature a Tech Fleece body constructed of a pliable, lightweight layer plush foam situated between soft cotton jersey that traps air to provide warmth, breathability, insulation and articulation. 

Ergonomic zones are engineered into the fabric for flexibility and enhanced ventilation. High-use areas are subtly reinforced and core regions strategically knit for structural warmth.

This is engineered for warmth and designed to respond to its wearer’s environment and activity level while introducing a new, progressive aesthetic.

What About Those?

The Nike Roshe Two Flyknit – picture below and above – are a perfect fit. They are available in Black, White, Volt and Dark Grey.

Mesh is incorporated for breathability. Minimal seams and built-in stretch offer maximum comfort.

Shop Nike >>

And don’t forget the 10 things to know about Nike’s redesigned Nike+ Training Club App

Angel Champagne, An Entirely Unique Experience

What is it that is so special about this new luxurious Champagne?

Angel’s Brut Champagne has an enticing and sensual nose with notes of fresh almonds, vanilla and honeysuckle, red peach skin and even a hint of liquorice root. Very attractive on the palate, with slowly dancing and caressing bubbles. Creamy yet vibrant with lots of personality and energy. A fresh, luxurious and elegant cuvée.

Blending

Angel is a much admired, selected cuvée containing only the most exquisite and richest pressings from Premier Cru harvested grapes. With the aid of their highly acclaimed oenologists, each year the wine of the vintage is skilfully blended with some of the sacred reserve wines from years gone by. This ensures greater levels of consistency which enables the finish, after assemblage, to become more delicate and complex in its nature.

Ageing

After perfecting the blend, the wine is bottled, sealed and stored approximately 100 feet underground. Specifically, designed cellars dug deep beneath the chalky substrate create the perfect conditions for protecting our delicate cuvées. Complex and time consuming methods adopted over hundreds of years by true artisans and time served craftsmen owe much to our celebrated wines. The non-vintage brut ages on average 30 months, whilst the rosé takes 36 months and the vintage cuvées age over 7-8 years.

Remuage

When the ageing ends the process of Remuage, or riddling, begins. It’s the process of turning each day the bottles one quarter turn so the sediment from the second fermentation migrates down into the neck of the bottle. Some Champagnes now undergo mechanical riddling. Angel Champagne however prides itself on using the time-honoured methods of hand turning in its pursuit for perfection.

Dégorgement

Is a term attributed to the method in which the sediment collected in the neck of the bottle is removed with minimum loss of wine after Remuage is complete. The process involves freezing the neck of the bottle and removing the resulting plug of ice that contains the sediment.

Dosage

Following Remuage and Dégorgement each bottle is given the addition of liqueur-de-dosage, a mixture of wine and fine sugar cane. Each Champagne’s liqueur-de-dosage is a sacred recipe and closely guarded secret often passed down from generation to generation. This unique aged liqueur-de-dosage is precisely what gives Angel Champagne its superb taste and in fact, it’s very soul.

Finishing

Finally, Angel’s skilled artisans apply the final touches, with each precious bottle delicately hand finished. A special black matt paint, gently cloaks our Non-Vintage Brut Champagne and a warm tactile white matt coats each bottle of our Rosé. Finally, a more traditional dark green glass encases and encapsulates our most precious Vintage Champagne’s.
When the bottles are ready, Angel’s dedicated craftsmen apply a four-piece label set. Each set includes our unique motif, embossed in highly polished pewter for both our Non-Vintage Brut and Rosé cuvées and in Black Pewter for our Vintages.

Non-Vintage Brut 750ml RRP £100,00

There can never be any mistaking the undeniably distinctive aesthetic of each and every bottle of Angel Champagne.

Where can I buy one? Just click here >>

www.drinkaware.co.uk

Nike Pro Hypercompression Tights

At StylePilot we are massive fans of Nike, and it’s always with great excitement to try out their latest garments. As spring has just started, what a better occasion than testing the Nike Pro Hypercompression tights.

To transform into the best you ever you have to train fast. Pick your sport, speed is the determining factor between success and failure.

Speed can be broken into different components – detection, reaction, acceleration, linear speed, change fo direction, agility, endurance. No matter what type of training you are training faster to become the best you ever.

The breathable Nike Pro Hypercompression Men’s Training Tights give you compressive support and freedom of movement during your toughest workouts.

Control vibration

Silicon-injected Hypercompression technology at the calves and quads offers targeted support, helping to reduce muscle vibration during high-intensity training.

Zero distraction: dry and lightweight stretch woven fabrication does not take on moisture.

Stay cool

Smooth, warp-knit mesh panels in high-heat zones enhance airflow where you need it most, helping you stay cool when your workout heats up.

Ventilation: breathable stretch mesh allows for heat to escape.

Move freely

The tights’ woven fabric offers four-way stretch, giving you the natural mobility you need for lifting, cardio or plyometric drills.

Zoned compression: injected silicon provides lockdown in strategic muscle groups for a coiled and compact feel.

More details: Dri-FIT Technology helps keep you dry and comfortable. Elastic waistband for a comfortable fit | Elastic waistband for a comfortable fit | Flat seams feel smooth against your skin | Fabric: Body: Dri-FIT 84% polyester/16% elastane. Mesh/mesh lining: Dri-FIT 77% polyester/23% elastane | Machine wash

Tips on how to put your compression garments on

Those are designed to be tight fitting and as such you should take care when putting them on to prevent damage to any part of the item. We would recommend taking your time and don’t force larger limbs through small openings whilst the materials used compression clothing do possess excellent elasticity qualities. Be especially careful with the clothing gripping areas which are always slightly less stretchy. It is often easier to progressively pull the clothing into place rather than try and get it on in a single movement. Enjoy 😉

Sunglasses by Superdry | Top by Decathlon | Shorts, tights and Flyknit shoes by Nike.

Shop your Nike tights here.

And don’t forget the 10 things to know about Nike’s redesigned Nike+ Training Club App