Wishlist 004 | H&M Divided

H&M’s Divided line continues to go from strength to strength. In recent times the basic line has gone from everyday basics to embracing quality, design and the seasons key trends; all whilst remaining one of the high streets most accessible and affordable stores.

For Autumn/Winter 2015 H&M’s Divided line have taken inspiration from the current streetwear trend with a collection of elongated t-shirts, ripped denim, raw edge knitted jumpers and oversized sweaters with drop shoulders.

I have put together a wishlist of some of my favourite items currently available at hm.com all of which you could wear individually or as a base if you are looking to layer up in these colder months. This selection of 5 items comes to just over £50 which is an absolute steal and all of which could give some of the leading streetwear brands a run for their money. Let me know what you think.
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Long T-shirt £6.99hmprod-3

Sweatshirt £19.99hmprod-4

Striped T-shirt £7.99hmprod-5

Knitted Jumper £12.99

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Long T-shirt £6.99

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Wishlist 002: July

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Its that time of the month again when my payday wishlist starts to begin, if only payday came more than once a month! Those couple of (okay, one) days of sun last week must signal that summer has finally arrived here in the UK, so what better way to celebrate than to treat yourself to these shirts from Maison Kitsunè and Norse Projects. I would most likely buy both of these a size larger than I needed to give that oversized look, worn with a pair of slim fitting jeans or shorts. I like how the logo on the Kitsunè t-shirt really stands out, a hint of colour for my heavily monotone wardrobe. Which leads me on to this College Face Crew Sweat from Acne Studios.

If there’s one thing you can never have too many of, it’s shoes. These adidas Ultra Boost runners offer both comfort and stability. The lightweight build and seamless Primeknit breathable upper make these perfect for the summer. Although at £130, they are quite steep.

Finally, after loosing (and finding) my keys recently, I think its about time to invest in this key lanyard from Tanner Goods.

What’s on your wishlist?

SS15 | Aether

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AETHER Apparel have released a number of new items just in time for the Spring/Summer season. The new selection of products include a light weight duty jacket in the Bowery, the Welded Fleece Pant, which is a take on the casual joggers with welded seams and increased comfort and finally the Velocity sweatshirt, which offers the comfort of a sweatshirt but with the style of a city jacket.

The LA-based brands focus and passion for craftsmanship alongside design and technology is reflected in this latest collection, using ultrasonic sound waves to fuse fabrics together rather than the typical sewn seams. This new approach ‘reduces the garments overall weight, improves its water resistance, and makes it incredibly comfortable to wear’ much what you would want from a brand which is designed to serve the active.

What do you think of Aether’s latest releases?

5 Things | Travel Planning

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So it’s officially Spring, and with three trips already booked for this year it’s time to come out of hibernation and start planning those impending trips away. I like to try and be as organised as I can to avoid that helpless tourist look and so that I don’t waste anytime whilst I am there. With that in mind I thought I would share with you some of my best travel tips for when booking and planning a trip.

1. Check your passport. 

It’s important to check the expiry date on your passport as some country’s require a certain period of time left on your passport to enter the country. Requiring a new passport can also be a lengthy process so take this into consideration when booking a trip. The same goes for visa restrictions and vaccinations. The more remote the destination, the more chances you will need some sort of vaccination.

2. Set yourself a budget. 

I admit it, this is one of my downfalls. I used to have a buy now, worry later attitude when it came to planning a trip, however I have set myself clear, realistic budgets this year in hoping to squeeze in as many breaks away as I can. In short, budget and stick to it.

3. Shop around.

Package holidays are always an option if you’re looking for a quick break but if you are looking to create your own unique trip its a good idea to shop around. Airline prices can dramatically fluctuate. Sign up to airline and hotel mailing lists, or follow on social media. When an airline announces its summer or winter timetable, the quicker you book, the cheaper the seats tend to be. You could also book accommodation through AirBnB, it tends to be a lot cheaper than staying in a hotel .

4. Research. 

It’s important to do your research before you arrive. Tailor your trip to suit you. Create a destination inspiration board over on Pinterest, like my one below, to pin all the things you want to see and do, and for places to eat or stay. Use it as your personal travel guide!

If you prefer a travel guide in book form, I would recommend the Wallpaper City Guides by Phaidon. They are full of useful information, are beautifully presented and are a great reference for discovering new places.

5. Insurance, Travel Money & Phone.

– You should always travel with insurance. It’s that simple.

– When changing currency don’t order on a whim, wait until you can find the best rate.The exchange rate changes daily and it also varies on where you purchase it from. Or if you don’t like the idea of carrying a lot of money I would recommend speaking to your bank about the cheapest and safest way to use a credit or debit card abroad. Halifax offer the fixed rate ‘Clarity Card’ which will not incur those transaction fees on any international purchases. Also make sure your bank is aware that you will be leaving the country as they tend to put a hold on your card for any suspicious transactions.

– If you plan on using your mobile (cell) phone abroad, make sure you know what charges you will incur. It’s never fun realising you have been charged £20 to upload one photo to instagram.

Travel can be stressful, the key is organisation. What are your key travel tips?


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Aesop Skincare Essentials

Aesop have fast become one of my favourite grooming brands over the past couple of months. The first thing you would probably notice about the unisex range of products is the packaging. Encased in tinted brown containers with black and cream ingredient labels, the products look almost medicinal, but would look great in any bathroom. Founded in 1987 in Melbourne, Australia, Aesop have been committed to using both botanical extracts and man-made ingredients in order to create the best products they can.

I use Aesop products as I find the more ‘natural’ ingredients such as chamomile, primrose and lavender to be very calming for my skin. Like anybody else, my skin is prone to break outs too but I follow this simple routine in order to keep it as healthy as I can as the key to healthy skin is maintaining a good skincare routine.

FullSizeRender-1Using warm water, I start off by using the Aesop Amazing Face Cleanser £33. All you need is half of a teaspoon-sized amount to produce a rich, foamy lather. Twice a week I will also mix in half a teaspoon of the Tea Tree Leaf Facial Exfoliant £27, usually on a Monday and Friday, as these are my busiest days at work. The Tea Tree Leaf Facial Exfoliant is great. The product comes as a powder of Aloe Vera, Walnut Shell and Tea Tree Leaf which is designed to be mixed with your preferred facial cleanser, so you can control how much you use.

FullSizeRenderOnce towel dried, I apply Primrose Facial Hydrating Cream £33. As this product is quite rich and thick, only a small amount is needed. Not only does it smell great, it dries really fast leaving my face hydrated… my skin can’t get enough! I tend to skip the toner part during the colder months as I find it dries out my skin too much and leaves it more irritated. I never thought I would be the type to use a ‘face pack’ however I have introduced the Aesop Chamomile Concentrate Anti-Blemish Masque £33 once a week (or as needed) in to my routine. As well as minimising the signs of blemishes the concentrated formula leaves the skin feeling fresh and revitalised and is really worth those extra ten minutes it adds on to your routine.

Aesop can be purchased at Mankind here where you can earn ‘Man Points’ to spend against future purchases. Don’t forget to use my Referral Code: MK22832326.

Have you used any Aesop products? What are your thoughts?