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.

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.

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


New Year’s (Sports) Resolutions

According to one commonly cited statistic only 8% of everyone actually keep their New Year’s resolutions! So, for all the good intentions only a tiny fraction of us keep our resolutions.
Let’s keep it simple and let’s keep the resolution list short!

For now let’s focus on sport: a healthy body for a healthy mind! And before we hit the gym, let’s look out for the best sport gear!

Lucky us, for this season SuperdrySport has thought of it all. Their range focuses on the finer details and product technicalities whilst continuing the brand’s celebration of self-expression and empowerment.

Bionic Compression Half Zip Top | Was £74.99 now £37.50 RRP

We really like that their SS19 range blurs the boundaries between sportswear and casualwear. The direct result is that they brought a stand-out collection designed to take athleisure to a new level.

The Active Sport range for men is an amalgamation of both indoor and outdoor training product, giving medium-impact support using lightweight and stretch materials to keep wearers comfortable and cool.

Colours & Fabrics

A palette of strong red, navy, white and grey is forefront with an injection of mono camo across hero items such as the Gym Tech Stretch Jogger and Ziphood, made with thermal properties to ensure ultimate comfort. Retro styling is modernised with tape and mesh detailing, providing an offering that’s comfortable enough to train in as well as kick back in.

Sport 021 Joggers | Was £59.99 now £41.99 RRP

Menswear’s tank tops in shades of olive and light grey are balanced with fluorescent orange cagoules, all with high visibility reflective detailing.

StylePilot essentials

Japan Breakers Utility Jacket | Was £139.99 now £97.99 RRP

Gym Tech Stretch Track Top | £59.99 RRP

Active Training Shorts | Was £29.99 now £20.99 RRP

Gym Sport Runner Leggings | Was £39.99 now £20.00 RRP

Technical notes

This range is functional yet sleek incorporating lightweight, seamless compression fabrics detailed with subtle reflective panels. Waterproof and wind resistant components mean whatever the weather conditions, this collection – let’s hope – will help conquer fitness goals.

Must have accessories

Super Steel Bottle | £14.99 RRP

XL Sports Barrel Bag | £44.99 RRP

Super Freesprint Weave Trainers | £64.99 RRP

Have a great active 2019 year! And be one of those 8%! ;- )

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Shop the SuperdrySport range

Superdry AW18 Winter Jackets

It’s this time of the year (again), winter is coming so you’d better prepare yourself and get ready! There’s no better place than Superdry to find a f-great selection of winter jackets.
In Superdry’s own words: “Featuring a multitude of styles and complementary fits, made to look both fresh yet be functional and keep you warm, Superdry has a jacket that will make you feel #InYourElement”.

This season Superdry is offering four main collections:

The Classic Parkas

Get out and embrace the elements with ultimate warmth and protection with Superdry’s classic Parkas.

Rookie Heavy Weather Parka Jacket

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This season the parka has undergone several industrial iterations to bring you the latest in style and technical features including plush detachable faux fur trimmed hoods, clean multi pocket styling and multiple different fabrication options from wax to tweed.

The Down Collection

You’ll want to style your whole outfit around one of the options from Superdry’s Down collection.

Premium Ultimate Down Parka Jacket

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Go for oversized shapes in unexpected reds or turn heads on the street with the classic, longer line shape in olive, graphite or navy. With 90/10 premium duck down filling certified by the Responsible Down Standard these are jackets that’ll provide fantastic insulation when the temperature drops.

The Windcheaters and Windbombers

If you’re looking for practicality, Superdry’s Windcheaters and Windbombers can be layered up or down.

Microfibre SD-Wind Bomber Jacket

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Those feature innovative design details such as multi-layer zips combined with top quality fabrics, next level padding and craftsmanship to create an iconic style. With the extended range including the Windattacker and Windtrekker styles, inspired by the challenges of the great outdoors, the latest collection has something for everyone.

The Quilted Jackets
Last but certainly not least, Superdry has made sure functionality gets a style upgrade with their quilted jackets.

Down Radar Mix Quilted Jacket

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Featuring streamlined, lightweight padding in a quilted design, zip front pockets and single to triple zip front fastenings. Fuji jackets are versatile mid-weight layers for when you need some extra warmth on a cold day. Men’s Quilt Fade and Twill Print options add something a little different to your wardrobe.

The StylePilot’s top 3!

The Orange Everest Bomber Jacket

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The Khaki Camo Everest Bomber Jacket

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Chinook Jacket

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Whatever the weather and wherever you are this winter, live everyday #InYourElement.

>> Shop All Superdry Winter Jackets here

Olly Murs x River Island Collaboration

This November, River Island debuts an exclusive collaboration with multi-platinum selling artist Olly Murs, combining affordable luxury with contemporary wardrobe staples. Olly Murs x River Island channels Murs’ flair for understated cool in to a fourteen-piece collection of premium tops, trousers, outerwear and tailoring; realising his creative vision through luxe textures and rich colour, underpinned by bold geometric print.

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In Olly’s own words: “I have always loved clothes, but for me to do a fashion collaboration, it had to be authentic and River Island seemed like the perfect fit. The brand has always been close to my heart and my earliest memories of payday shopping with my mates at the local store in Essex make this collaboration all the more personal to me. I was fully immersed in the design process to ensure that every piece was true to my style. I have loved every minute of it and I can’t wait to share the collection with my fans.”

Elegant day-to-night dressing and is core to the smart-casual aesthetic of the range. The bronze Harrington jackets and single-breasted dinner jacket are lightly structured, cut from butter-soft velvet and just as easily paired with a premium cotton tee or a fitted turtleneck. The slim fit and narrow notch lapels of the check single breasted suit is complimented by modern styling, teaming trainers with a lightweight knit.

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Luxurious, fine gauge knitwear is a signature Olly Murs look. Block panel crew-neck knits in icy blue and rich brown are statement pieces in the range, offset by the understated elegance of the merino wool polos in the range in black and mustard, an essential weekend look when layered with the ice blue overcoat tailored trousers in houndstooth, black or check.

Arresting prints offset the muted chic of the other separates in the range. Two unique styles in bold chevron and geometric print in icy blue and cool grey are applied to louche viscose shirts. The voluminous drape of the shirting compliments the sharp, clean lines of tailored trousers, completing the look with crisp white trainers or tie-bar leather loafers.

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Olly Murs x River Island is available at riverisland.com and in selected stores.

#RIxOllyMurs

‘My Playground, My Rules’ by SuperdrySport

Winter is coming so don’t give up training! And if you’re about to start then think of a new gear! A bit of news here: SuperdrySport product has been split into three capsules this season: Core, Active and Performance, ensuring that it has your active-wear wardrobe covered for whatever pace you set yourself.

In Superdry’s own words: “This AW18, SuperdrySport invite you to a world where self-expression and uniqueness is celebrated, inclusion is a norm. No longer are minorities being silenced, empowerment is key and it is ok to be different. SuperdrySport is about creating your own playground and creating your own rules.”

Never afraid of bending or breaking rules, SuperdrySport lets you set or twist the boundaries. Play outside the lines with SuperdrySport.

About those three capsules collection

Each series, with the second to follow for SS19, will centre around a community who take a different approach to sport as a way to showcase and hero the SuperdrySport collections.

The ‘Core’ Collection

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Men’s (and women’s) ‘Core’ collection works bold blocked and linear logos in a monochrome colour palette to create strong athleisure undertones. Woven overlay mixes and gym tech pique fabrics are finished with slick coated zips. Made to be worn oversized, reflective design details ensure night visibility fusing urban styling with practicality.

The ‘Active’ Collection

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SuperdrySport’s AW18 ‘Active’ range encapsulates your essential go-to gym product. Sweat-wicking and ventilated materials allow quick drying and breathable separates ideal for both indoor and outdoor training. Fluo brights and neons give an energy injection: women’s mesh panel leggings in block colours and sci-fi graphics give a tough yet feminine edge. 3D print techniques can be seen across the menswear collection with key product including a thermal winter training zip hood and pant, ideal for those icy early morning runs.

The ‘Performance’ Collection

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The introduction of compression fabrics will ensure SuperdrySport’s ‘Performance’ wear has your back during high energy exercise. Training, goal orientated product includes lightweight layers, heat reflecting patterns and waterproof/windproof lamination. Bonded and taped seams ensure maximum movement, support and comfort.

Combining both style and performance, our latest collection of Superdry sportswear will ensure that you continue to smash your fitness goals. With styles for any workout, from a sweaty gym session or taking on a HIIT circuit in the park, our new season range will not disappoint. Comfort is key, so be sure to keep an eye out for innovative design details such as four way stretch technology, moisture wicking fabrics and mesh panelling. With new styles arriving weekly, you will always be workout ready.

At StylePilot we fell for the Orange & Black gears. Here is our top 5 below!

Gym Tech Stretch Track Top

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RRP £59.99

Active Ombre T-Shirt

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RRP £29.99

Superdry Sport Volley Swim Shorts

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Superfly Hybrid Hi Trainers

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RRP £64.99

XL Sports Barrel Bag

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WHERE CAN I SHOP?

At Superdry.com

UK Store locator

Back To School: Stay Focused with Superdry

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Here we go! We are at this time of the year when many of us are already thinking of ‘going back’!

This is getting even more real if you are a student. So, can anyone give you something to look forward to for the new term ahead? Well, trust us, Superdry has got it all covered for you!

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Not convinced?

This season is all about core styles that are sure to impress from day one. From versatile windcheaters for puffas to ready-for-anything multi-pocket backpacks, Superdry has the gear to see students through the year.

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The perfect mix of both quality and on-point style, Superdry’s new term product is ready for whatever the year has ahead.

At StylePilot, we’ve made a selection of ‘five hot items’ for the new term. See our selection below:

Item # 1

Superdry Rivine Stripe Hood RRP @ £49.99

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As with all products, Superdry sources the absolute best-quality fabrics for maximum comfort and longevity.

Item # 2

Superdry Camo Blur Montana RRP @ £39.99

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Item # 3

Superdry Orange Label Twill Cap RRP @ £14.99

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Item # 4

Superdry V Tri Colour Crew RRP @ £44.99

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Item # 5

Superdry New Military Parka RRP @ £99.99

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All jackets (and bags) feature intuitive pockets. Also they are fully quilted linings and double layer zip fastenings make them light enough for lingering summer days as well as crisp autumn and winter nights.

Shop at Superdry and browse the full products range