My Summer Rotation

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With summer rapidly approaching its finally time to unbox those shoes you’ve had stored away since the end of last summer – the warmer, dryer weather means you no longer need to worry about the wet weather ruining you’re favourite footwear.

If you’ve been thinking about investing in a new pair for the summer, now is the time to start thinking about what you want out of your footwear.

A good starting point is thinking about what you will use them for. Are you looking for something for everyday wear or something more premium that you will wear less frequently. If you’re paying a lot of money for something, you are going to want to make sure it lasts, so also think about quality – A leather shoe is going to stand the test of time against a canvas-style shoe.

Depending on the use, you may want to consider the colour. For me, I always go for black or white or a combination of the two as you can never go wrong with neutrals.

Whether you are looking to invest in premium footwear or are just after a new summer beater I have put this quick list together to show you what my favourite pairs are for this summer. You’ll have to let me know what you think in the comments!

01. Nike Air Max 97 OG ‘Silver Bullet’

Earlier this year, Nike announced it was reissuing the OG Nike Air Max 97 as a limited release in Italy. Fast forward a few months and Nike confirmed a wider release, seeing it  sell out immediately. Love them or hate them the Air Max 97 is back for 2017, the infamous silhouette from Nike is also celebrating it’s 20th anniversary so expect further colour options through the year. Personally, I love the OG Air Max 97 and I’m praying for a triple black version!

02. Converse X Comme des Garçon Play CT 70

I have been waiting for the COMME des GARÇONS PLAY and Converse collection to restock forever. They were on one of my first ever wish lists when I first started this blog, so it’s been a while! At the time I had the first collaboration between the brands so didn’t feel the need to pick them up straight away. When I saw that Dover Street Market had restocked them a couple of weeks ago I had to get both the high and low versions and can see these being my everyday pairs this summer!

03. Nike Mayfly Woven

The Nike Mayfly Woven is another of those pairs that you either love or hate. I bought these last year for my trip to Thailand, but haven’t worn them since then. Back in a fresh set of colourways this year, the Mayfly Woven is the perfect casual summer shoe for 2017.

The woven perforation detailing along the suede uppers are great for keeping cool and the leather laces and details to the heel adds a more luxe feel to the shoe, making them a great transition between day and night. I’m looking forward to wearing these a lot more this year so lets hope the weather holds out.

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04. Common Projects Original Achilles Low

Famed for their sleek silhouette, minimal branding and premium price tag, the white Achilles low is probably the most iconic of the Common Projects designs. I’ve wanted them for so long but could never justify the price tag. Lucky for me I got them £100 cheaper in the sales after Christmas and have been saving them for the warmer months.

With luxury Italian leather covering them inside and out, it’s clear the see why they have  so much hype around them. The quality and craftsmanship on these are unreal and the size and style code gold stamp is just the right amount of detail. From first wear you can really tell they are going to last for years to come, I’m really glad I took the plunge!

05. Nike Air Max 95 Ultra Essential

Another pair of Nikes… This time its the Air Max 95 silhouette. This updated version of the original shoe features a no-sew upper which makes them feel a lot more streamlined compared to the originals which are on the chunky side. I’m really enjoying the revival of some of the other ‘less popular’ models Nike are bringing out this year.

So there you have it. My top 5 pairs I will be wearing this summer. What are your favourite pair? What will you be wearing this summer?

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BARBER PRO Mask Review

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The world’s first sheet mask range developed specifically for men


Unless you have been living under a rock this past year, you will know that masking is big news for both men and woman. We’ve all seen those videos of that pore-unblocking black mask and the increasing amount of masks available on the market. However, due to the popularity the market is now saturated with various types of masks and sheet masks all claiming to do something different. It’s hard to know which one to choose. Every now and again a brand stands out from the rest. I recently came across these BARBER PRO masks and after trialling them out for myself I thought I would share with you my thoughts!

So firstly who are BARBER PRO?  BARBER PRO are a multi-award winning British brand with a focus on innovation in men’s grooming. The BARBER PRO range is the World’s First Sheet Mask Range developed specifically for Men and is made up of 5 different masks.

As I’m 30 in two weeks I thought it would be best to try both the Sheet Mask and Under Eye Mask for there anti-ageing properties, so here it goes:

GENTLEMENS SHEET MASK Rejuvenating & Hydrating with Anti-Ageing Collagen

What it says: ‘This self-foaming mask bubbles to create a micro massage that cleanses the skin of impurities and blackheads. Utilising Activated Charcoal and a rich AHA complex created from Lime, Lemon, Apple, Orange and Grapefruit, this detoxifying mask is also suitable for acne prone skin.’

Does it work? I applied this mask to freshly cleansed dry skin. The first thing I noticed about this mask when taking it out of its packaging was how wet it was. It was a little tricky to unfold, but once unfolded it was easy to place on my face. The eyes, nose and mouth holes fitted perfectly, however it did feel like it was sliding down my face at times. It wasn’t a big deal though, I just changed positions and laid back watching TV as it got to work. When it says that the mask is ‘self-foaming’, they aren’t kidding. A couple of minutes into application and my face was covered in a rich lather. It did tickle at times but I put it down to the bubbles being formed and massaging the skin, it wasn’t unpleasant!

I left it on for around 13 minutes, when I could see the bubbles starting to disappear,  before removing it. After washing my face with water my skin looked brighter and really fresh. My skin felt like it had just been deep cleaned and was left feeling hydrated, which is good news for someone with naturally dry skin.

A day later and I’m still feeling impressed with the results. My skin still feels hydrated and there has been no irritation or break outs, so an all round thumbs up from me. Next up…

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UNDER EYE MASK with Activated Charcoal & Volcanic Ash

What it says: ‘Hydrogel under eye patch with Acivated Charcoal, Volcanic Ash and Marine Based Collagen combat fine lines, wrinkles and reduce the appearance of dark circles. Natural extracts from Soybean, Aloe Vera & Vitamin E calm and sooth tired, puffy eyes while increasing elasticity and firmness.’

Does it work? Each pouch of the Under Eye Mask contains 3 pairs of disposable strips which peel off a plastic liner. The eye patches are basically a sticker which you apply below each eye around your orbital bone. Unlike the Sheet Face mask, these are mess free which means they are really easy to apply and you can continue your everyday life whilst they are in situ. They are also super comfortable so you won’t even know they’re there after a few minutes. After 10 minutes or so I did start to feel a warming sensation where they were applied. After the recommended 30 minutes, I removed the patches.

The skin around my eyes felt a lot tighter and the warming feeling stayed for the next hour or so, so it must have been doing something. It will be interesting to see if there are any noticeable differences after using all 3 pairs.

I purchased both masks from a salon wholesalers but you can shop the full range online here.

Have you tried any of the BARBER PRO range? What’s your go to mask at the moment?

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Yeezy Season 4 Calabasas Boxy Crewneck

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Despite its debut last September, the Yeezy Season 4 apparel and footwear collection  has finally started to roll out over the past couple of weeks. Featuring the usual range of premium crewnecks, trackpants, and outerwear, the latest offerings from the Kanye West and adidas collaboration also feature a new white/cream version of the Yeezy Boost 350 V2.

Along with the Boost 350 V2, the only other piece in the collection which caught my eye was the Boxy ‘Calabasas’ Crewneck – a nod to the singer and designers L.A residence.  The crewneck also ties nicely in to the recent Calabasas collection which dropped earlier this year and comprised of throwback sweaters, sweatpants and an all-new 80’s inspired Powerphase Adidas sneaker.

For me, the Boost 350 and Calabasas Crewneck were the two standout pieces from the collection, which I hoped to add to my wardrobe.

As with all the previous releases I had signed up to various raffles and had tried to bag my pair of the Boost 350 V2 on the official adidas website on the day but had no luck! I had almost given up on getting them when I received a notification that both the Yeezy Boost 350 and Yeezy Season 4 apparel had just dropped on Selfridges. Annoyingly the Boost’s sold out during the checkout process but I ended up getting the Calabasas Crewneck I wanted so it wasn’t a complete failure.

When it arrived, the first thing I noticed was how heavy it was. Made from French terry, the crewneck feels premium yet hard wearing. In terms of fit, for me it fits true to size despite it’s oversized fit. I’m a medium and I ordered a medium. Featuring drop shoulders and rib knit crewneck collar, cuffs, and hem, the crewneck sits well and looks great paired with a pair of blue ripped jeans.

What do you think of my latest pick up? Did you manage to get the Yeezy 350 Boosts? Any tips?

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Hand Heroes

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The constant change in temperature can play havoc with our skin. If you are anything like me and suffer with dry skin, one thing that always feels dry first are our hands. As I spend a lot of my day exposed to the elements, the cold weather and wind and rain can leave my skin and in particular, my hands feeling dry and rough. In fact, if I don’t look after my hands, they get so dry to the point that my skin cracks and bleeds, which is not fun. Luckily, over the years I’ve come to learn which products work best for me.

When it comes to hand creams I look for three things; It has to do the job, be super hydrating and absorb quickly – I really don’t like any type of skincare product that just sits there or feels greasy or tacky.

I always make sure I have the Vanilla & Orange Peel Hand Cream from Grown Alchemist on hand during the colder days. Not only does it do everything I need it too, it also smells amazing. I’m currently working my way through a 300ml bottle which I keep on my desk,  but it’s also available in the Amenity Kit which I featured many moons ago here, if you do fancy giving some of the other Grown Alchemist products a try.

Next up is the Aesop Resurrection Aromitique Hand Balm which I have just repurchased. Much like the one from Grown Alchemist, the formula is nice and thick and absorbs fast into the skin leaving your hands smooth and hydrated. The handy tube means that its something you can keep on your office drawer or in the car for when you need it.

The Resurrection hand care range from Aesop also features a Hand Wash and a sanitising Rinse-Free Hand Wash which is great for on the go in the classic Mediterranean scent. I honestly don’t think there is a Aesop product that I don’t like.

So there you have it. What are your favourite products for looking after your hands?

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SS17 Inspiration

It’s been forever since I’ve done one of these type of posts! I don’t really know why I haven’t as I spend hours online and scrolling through instagram! Anyway, this is what has caught my eye lately. As you can probably tell I’m dreaming about warmer days and can’t wait for some REAL sun. After the last couple of months, I really feel like I need a week by a pool somewhere to just relax with a mojito in hand. As always, comfort is key for me –  I like to keep it casual. You will most likely find me wearing a mixture of classic sports and streetwear brands or a pair of ripped blue jeans with a classic white t-shirt.

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