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Gate-8: A Luggage Everyone Should Own

It’s not very often that we test luggage -as we tend to find them a bit boring- however with this one we were excited to do so. So, why did we want to try out this luggage?

Because it has it all! (Explanation below with one picture).

The Spin MATE Plus, at 40L capacity and featured here, is compliant with easyJet’s and British Airways’ hand baggage restrictions. So this makes it a very attractive piece to own.
I was really happy to brag with this new piece of luggage as it is really smooth to operate: it just slides effortlessly on floors.

3 things we really liked:

1/ The design: simple, yet elegant. Refined, yet robust.

2/ The “2-in-1”: a single bag that can become two. Its 2-in-1 design makes it the perfect bag for easyJet’s single bag policy. Travel from home-to-gate with the single bag and when on board, zip off the laptop backpack, keeping your tech and valuables close by throughout your journey.

3/ The practicality: it has it all. Several external pockets and well thought inside.

What the inside looks like

The perfect 4-wheel drive

The cabin bag designed to make your journey as hassle-free as possible. The 4-wheel, 360° spinner rotates in the palm of your hand, with no struggle to change direction.

Long story short, this luggage has been going through airports, train and tube stations not to mention on several types of pavements. And it never let me down.

Gate-8 range’s defining features include:

. Zip-off laptop bag – keep your valuables & tech to hand through the flight, travel light to your next meeting, bring onboard easyJet
. For all airlines – our luggage is sized to comply with most major airlines’ hand baggage policies (yes, we even have a bag for Ryanair), giving you the confidence you can bring it onboard
. Built to last – made from extra-durable materials that have been tested by airline crew standards, protected by a 5 year warranty.

On arrival leave the main bag in your hotel room and travel light with the zip-off backpack if you wish to.

What else?

Built to last it is protected by a 5 year warranty, this sturdy cabin bag will stay by your side for years to come.

Where to shop

Shop at www.gate8-luggage.co.uk

About GATE8

GATE8 specialise in designing the world’s most functional travel cabin bags and travel accessories. As seasoned travellers, they know the pain points and are obsessed about using clever smart design to make travel hassle-free as possible. Be it by helping one to avoid baggage check-in, keeping one tech and valuables secure or arriving with a suit that is ready-to-wear, each detail and feature has been carefully designed and tested to make one life easier, stress free and convenient.

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Original Stormtrooper Beers For The Beers Lovers

Beer lovers and film fans rejoice – Original Stormtrooper beer is about to hit the shelves, just in time for the release of the final instalment of the famous film franchise.

Expertly brewed at St Peter’s Brewery and inspired by the iconic armour designed by Shepperton Design Studio’s Andrew Ainsworth for the original film back in 1976, Original Stormtrooper Galactic Pale Ale and Lightspeed Pilsner will whet the appetite of any beer lover looking for a delicious and drinkable brew.

Officially licensed and boasting impeccable craft credentials along with eye-popping design, these two new beers are out of this world!

Looking for a hoppy, aromatic beer with bright citrus flavours? Then Galactic Pale Ale is the brew for you.

With light aromas of grapefruit, pine and herbs, earthy undertones and a soft bitterness, this easy-drinking ale truly delivers.

Or, if you prefer a classic lager with a twist, choose Lightspeed Pilsner.

Matured with specially-imported Australian Galaxy and US Millennium hops and using finest pilsner malt, this exquisitely refreshing drink is brought to life with citrus, resin and stone fruit hop aromas.

The fine prints

With an ABV of just 4.2%, Original Stormtrooper Galactic Pale Ale and Lightspeed Pilsner Lager are available in 330ml can and 500ml bottle.

What else?

To celebrate the launch, there is also a range of merchandise on offer, including beer mats, posters, glassware and gifts – great collectibles for any die-hard film fan! For more information visit

Visit and shop at www.theoriginalstormtrooper.com

Visit www.drinkaware.co.uk for the facts

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The Superdry Winter Jackets Are Here

Following the tracks of the #SDMYWAY campaign, Superdry is now helping us getting ready for the coming winter: Cosy up. Get out. Head into the rain. They have sorted it all out for us.

So, do it your way!

With the return of colder weather quickly making its way throughout Britain, well-dressed minds everywhere are already looking forward to the comfortable and much-needed wraps and layers of the season.

After months of lightweight options (and occasional summery suits), it’s time to think ahead, to finding the “hero coat” – that winter jacket we’re bound to spend most of our waking hours wearing and the one we’ll be more than happy to see in the mirror looking back at us every morning.

Here is our selection :

Leather Jackets

The leather jacket is the ultimate wardrobe staple and can be worn anywhere. Never out of style, no matter what the season, a leather jacket is the ultimate investment piece.

Pictured below, the leather jacket has immense detailing, including elbow pads, zipped cuffs and a subtle metal Superdry logo on the sleeve. 

The Endurance Moto X Leather Jacket | £274.99 RRP

Bomber Jackets

According to Superdry: “The bomber jacket has the power to take any outfit from average to who is that?” There’s no need to add anything else, is there?

Pictured below, the Everest bomber-style hooded jacket, featuring a faux fur detachable trim, bungee cord adjustable hood and a popper and single zip fastening to keep the wind out.

Everest Bomber Jacket  | £119.99 RRP

Puffer Jackets

Whether you’re looking for a puffer coat that will keep you warm yet stylish this season, or you’re after a puffer jacket that will give you that extra something.

Pictured below, the Sports puffer jacket features a fleece lining, main zip fastening, bungee cord hood and hem and ribbed cuffs.

Sports Puffer Jacket | £79.99 RRP

Waterproof Jackets

Either, a waterproof coat that will keep you dry as you hike through the rainy weather, or a lightweight waterproof jacket for everyday wear. Waterproof? Check. Breathable? Check. Stylish? Double check. 

Pictured below, this jacket is combining style with practicality, the Hydrotech waterproof parka has been crafted from a breathable tech fabric and uses coated zips and taped seams to help keep you dry and comfortable. 

Hydrotech Waterproof Parka Jacket | £149.99

Parka Coats

A classic piece to own that will help you going through the winter.

Pictured below, a coat that built to beat-the-cold featuring a four pocket popper design with fleece lining and ribbed cuffs for comfort. Both the hood and waistline feature a drawstring to adjust to suit. 

Everest Parka Jacket | £129.99

What else?

Just a last one: this really cool wool check jacket: the Hacienda Wool Check Jacket. Jus because we love it here!

Hacienda Wool Check Jacket | £119.99

Whatever the weather and wherever you are this autumn/ winter, Style it your way #SDMyWay

Explore the winter jackets and shop at www.superdry.com

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The Ace Of Spades Watch by AVI-8

The Hawker Harrier Ace of Spades refers to the Marine Attack Squadron 231 United States Marine Corps that flies the AV-8B Harrier II McDonnell Douglas evolution of the HawkerHarrier.

A bit of history

This version of the Harrier was launched in the early 1990s. U.S. Army General Norman Schwarzkopf named the Harrier / AV-8B’s as one of the most important weapons of the 1991 Gulf War. It continues to serve the needs of the Ace of Spades squadron to this day in various theatres of combat, providing close air support for ground troops and performing armed reconnaissance.

In details

Measuring 46 mm in diameter the watch is built around a sturdy well-built case featuring a flat scratch-resistant sapphire lens. A crown positioned at the 2 o’clock positioned features a start insignia in a nod to the US Air Force insignia marking its namesake aircraft.

AV-4070-03 – £305 RRP

Comprised of more than 30 unique pieces, each part of the dial has been carefully designed and laid out in keeping with inspiration provided by the Harrier.

AV-4070-01 – £290.00 RRP

The passage of seconds is marked out by a custom modified disc just below the 3 o’clock position and the 24-hour subdial has been constructed with a series of layers and indexes which have been individually facetted applied with brush and polish finishes.

This attention to detail and finishing can be found across the dial. The result is a dial that while offering a clear cut time display, presents a contemporary military industrialized look.

AV-4070-02 – £305 RRP

Bold Flieger style hour and minute hands are bold and utterly legible, allowing for a clear presentation of time and are lumed with Swiss luminous for low light visibility.

A robust but supple genuine leather strap with military-inspired stitching hugs the watch to the wrist with a fit that is durable and effortlessly wearable.

Where to buy

Visit www.avi-8-co.uk

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A Great British Porridge

Looking for a healthy, delicious and nutrient-packed breakfast to power up your morning? Then tuck into the 100% natural, instant porridges from the Great British Porridge Co. – as seen on Dragon’s Den!

As a big porridge fan I couldn’t be more delighted but to try those new additions.

Crammed with the best, ethically-sourced fruit, nuts and seeds, as well as British wholegrain oats, these naturally-delicious porridges come in three nutritious flavours: Red Berry & Pumpkin Seed, Blueberry & Banana and Strawberry & Peanut Butter.

Blueberry & Banana

Perfect as a quick breakfast at the desk, on the go or before the school run, whipping up a delicious hot and wholesome breakfast couldn’t be easier. Simply tear open the pack, add boiling water, stir and in just 60 seconds you can tuck in!

Strawberry & Peanut Butter

All Great British Porridge Co. products are suitable for vegans and those following a dairy or gluten free diet. They contain no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives

Red Berry & Pumpkin Seed

Naturally sweet, vegan, dairy and gluten free, the Great British Porridge Co’s range of delicious, 100% natural instant porridges are high in protein and fibre and full of carefully-sourced ingredients, making breakfast speedy, nutritious and delicious.

Where to buy it?

The Great British Porridge Co. is available from Sainsbury’s, Wholefoods Market, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and selected retailers nationwide.

About The Great British Porridge Co.

Made in small batches near the sea in Sussex, The Great British Porridge Co. recently appeared on Dragon’s Den and received offers from all five dragons.

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A New Way to Maintain Joints and Bones

LQ Liquid Health Joint Care

I have tried this ‘revolutionary liquid health supplement’ -as they call it- that promotes joint, cartilage and bone health, and increases flexibility and mobility. Really enjoyed this mixture of goodness including its taste.

Packaged in neat individual bottles, and designed to be taken as a daily ‘shot’, LQ Joint Care Supplements surpass the regular glucosamine-based joint health capsules and liquids already available on the market by using a combination of scientifically researched ingredients which can help joint pain sufferers maintain joint and bone health every day. 

Containing key active ingredients such as Peptan™ marine collagen (the major constituent of connective tissue in the body), hyaluronic acid (one of the main compounds of synovial fluids, the joint lubricant and ‘shock absorber’), glucosamine, chondroitin, copper, ginger, and vitamin C, LQ Joint Care has been developed specifically to stimulate joint cells (chondrocytes) and boost the vital joint compounds; collagen and aggrecan.

The unique lubricating and ‘cushioning’ properties of hyaluronic acid combined with high quality hydrolysed marine collagen (2000mg) contained in LQ Joint Care Supplements offers the ultimate in joint cell regeneration to encourage flexibility and mobility, while vitamin C (100 per cent RDA) also contributes to the protection of cells from oxidative stress.

Daily liquid supplement containing multiple active ingredients:
Containing glucosamine, collagen, vitamin C, ginger, chondroitin, copper and other vitamins
Supports joints, the function of bones and cartilage and also has antioxidant properties
More effective than 10 – 12 pills

As more people are seeking ways to stay active for longer, many are now looking beyond glucosamine capsules, to new joint care ingredients – specifically collagen peptides. The beneficial effect of Peptan™ marine collagen on joint health1 and its ability to aid in the restoration of bone mineral density2 is scientifically proven by a growing body of studies, including a placebo controlled clinical trial.

LQ Joint Care is a pleasant-tasting cherry-flavoured (with real cherry juice) 50ml liquid supplement that can be added to smoothie in the morning, or simply taken on its own. 

Disclaimers
Food supplements should be used as part of a healthy lifestyle and should not be used as a replacement for a varied and balanced diet. Do not exceed the recommended daily dose. Keep out of reach of children. If you are under medical supervision, pregnant, planning pregnancy, breastfeeding or suffer from food allergies seek professional advice before taking supplements. For allergens see ingredients highlighted in bold. Best Before End: see bottom of container. Store in a cool, dry place and avoid direct light. Tamper resistant package. Consume within 24 hours once bottle is opened.

Where can I buy it from?

LQ Joint Health is priced at £26 and available from www.boots.com

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Wear It Your Way by Superdry

Superdry has just launched a new campaign and it’s called My Way. This did throw me back to year 1969 (even if I wasn’t born) and to Sinatra’s iconic song ‘My Way’.

This made me revisit the lyrics of this old time classic. Just go to Verse 5:
For what is a man (…)
To say the things he truly feels, and not the words of one who kneels (…)
And did it my way

Meaning that of you are not living your own life, but rather the one you are told to live, then you are not living at all.

Superdry you’ve nailed it: you have to stay true to yourself. That is the only way you can truly be free. They have worked with an amazing collective of seventeen individuals brought together to express their own unique style. Follow their stories below.

In Superdry’s own words: “Whoever, wherever, whenever, however – style is never set in stone. Mixing style has been in our DNA since day one., whoever you are, wear it your way”.

Some of their stories below:

ADAM
MODEL / URBAN FARMER / LA / 2019
Adam is 33 years-old and currently lives in LA. Adam is a model first and an entrepreneur second. He has some pretty serious tattoos with his first piece being a hannya mask on his chest.
LEO
MODEL / YOGI / LA / 2019
Leo doesn’t follow any one style – he includes different cultures into his style through accessories. A very spiritual person, Leo doesn’t confine himself into a box – he’s a martial artist, yogi, dancer, model – the list goes on.

PRESLEY GERBER (left)
MODEL / SURFER / NY / LA / 2019
Presley is based in L.A. and is the son of international supermodel Cindy Crawford. Presley says that for him, family is everything and that his sister Kaia is the person he looks up to most. He’s the classic American heartthrob who loves extreme sports and adventure.

JAZZIE (center)
MODEL / BARCELONA / LDN / 2019
Jazzie was born in Barcelona but currently living in London. He lives, breathes and sleeps football. He has an incredibly calming presence and a wicked street style.

CHRIS EUBANK JR (right)
SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT BOXER / LONDON / 2019
Son of Chris Eubank Senior, Chris is a professional British boxer and 2x IBO Super middleweight world champion. He takes after his dad not only in his boxing style, but also in his fashion style. His dad’s style famously reinvented fashion for the sportsman.

SID (right)
MODEL / BOXER / LONDON / 2019
A proper London lad, Sid’s loves are old school motorcycles and boxing. You can find him in and outside the city on his CB 750 or preparing for his first boxing fight. On set, Sid was stoked to meet super middleweight champion Chris Eubank Jr.

Shop Superdry AW19 / #SDMYWAY collection

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Hand-Cooked Crisps for a Festive Snack

Whether you’re planning a party or just want to snuggle up and watch your favourite festive film, here are a couple of suggestions for some hand-cooked crisps.

Looking for yummy hand-cooked crisps in the tastiest flavours? Fairfields Farm offer a fantastic range to suit every taste including Sweet Chilli, Bacon & Tomato and Sea Salt & Aspall Cider Vinegar to name a few. For the ultimate Christmas snack, reach for Fairfields Farm Kelly Bronze Turkey, Sage and Onion Crisps that combine the festive flavours of hand-reared bronze turkey with the punchy taste of sage and onion.

If you are following a healthy eating plan and want to stay on track over the festive period, Lentil Bites are the ideal guilt-free snack. They’re just under 99 calories per bag and available in two flavours: Tomato & Herb and Jalapeño & Lime. Available from independent retailers nationwide.

‘Beery flavoured crisps’: original and great!

For those who fancy a more quirky snack, pop Ten Acre hand-cooked crisps and popcorn in your basket on your weekly shop. Available in a range of tempting flavours, these vegan-friendly, moreish snacks are available from independent retailers nationwide.

Don’t they look yummy? ;- )

Where can I buy some?

Find them at Asda and Holland & Barrett

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A Spicy and Sophisticated Fragrance Blend by Bespoke London

Cool, charming, charismatic and confident? That’s the BESPOKE LONDON man.

In BESPOKE LONDON own words: “A new fragrance range for men who appreciate all the finer things in life. Proving that smelling luxe needn’t cost the earth, the brand new fragrance range captures the essence of sophistication and embodies every type of man”.

Features
Vibrant notes of nutmeg, bergamot and saffron blend with jasmine and orange blossom, before revealing a layer of sumptuous sandalwood and vetiver accords.

Body Spray

Product Specification: Alcohol Denat. ( Alcool Denature), Butane, Isobutane, Propane, Aqua (Water, Eau), Parfum (Fragrance), Propylene Glycol (Propylene Glycolique), Benzyl Salicylate, Alpha-isomethyl Ionone, Coumarin, Limonene, Linalool.
£2.99 RRP (100ml). Shop at www.superdrug.com

Eau de parfum

Product Specification: Alcohol Denat., Aqua ( Water, eau), Parfum ( Fragrance ), Benzyl Salicylate, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Coumarin , Limonene, Linalool, Farnesol, Benzyl Benzoate.
£9.99 RRP (100ml). Shop at www.superdrug.com

Eau Fraiche

Product Specification: Alcohol Denat., Aqua ( Water, eau), Parfum ( Fragrance ), Propylene Glycol ( propylene glycolique ), Benzyl Salicylate, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Coumarin, Limonene, Linalool.
£6.99 (150ml). Shop at www.superdrug.com

Other Benefits
Perfect for day or night!

Our Opinion

We really liked the nice combination of flavours: vibrant but still delicate and not overwhelming. The body spray can be a nice addition to leave in your sports bag for occasional top ups.