ADDING TO MY SUMMER WARDROBE

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With the summer sales already in full swing, now is the perfect time to pick up some new pieces to add to your summer wardrobe.

With a holiday booked  for the end of September, I have been on the look out for some items to take with me which will not only look good whilst I’m away, but will also stand the test of time.

This year I have tried to focus more on what I have been buying. Rather then spend money on seasonal clothes and styles, the goal is to have a wardrobe of staple pieces that can be mixed and matched to create a variety of looks; whether for day or night. So, instead of trying to keep up with current trends, I have been looking at more timeless pieces that never go out of style. I don’t think I have done too bad so far – you’ll have to let me know what you think about my most recent purchases in the comments!

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Valentino Camo Slide.  I had been wanting these for a while so when I saw a 25% off code at END, I finally bought them. I know you might be thinking even when discounted, they are still quite an extravagant purchase, however I know I will get loads of wear out of them and can see myself loving these well after the ‘sliders’ trend is over. I went for the black and grey camouflage printed pair as they will go with almost anything – I love how subtle the camo print is!

All Saints Half Sleeve Shirt. I would describe my style as casual at the best of times. I feel much more comfortable in a pair of jean and a t-shirt over a shirt and trousers any  day! Truth be told I don’t actually own that many shirts, especially ‘summer’ ones so when I saw this half-sleeve shirt in the All Saints sale I knew it would be the perfect addition to my wardrobe. It’s perfect for those summer evenings where you still want to make a bit of effort, but keep cool at the same time. I really like the ecru, neutral colour which I think will look good with a pair of black cropped chinos or smart shorts.

ASOS Cropped Smart Trousers. I decided to buy a new pair of cropped trousers as mine are looking a bit old (and tight!) now. I don’t know what it is about ASOS sizing but I constantly have to order two sizes of everything to make sure they fit. I kept the size bigger than I would usually go for, so would definitely take it into consideration if you’re thinking about buying a pair. As for the fit, they’re skinny but feel quite relaxed. They also show just the right amount of ankle and will sit nicely above my footwear of choice. I’m thinking about pairing these with a crisp white shirt and my Common Projects for a simple smart casual look.

Converse x Comme des Garçons Play All Star High. Like the Valentino slides I have had my eyes on these for sometime but they were always out of stock! Luckily, I had signed up for restock alerts on Dover Street Market months ago so when I got an email notification about them being back in stock I immediately bought both the high and low pairs –  undecided about which one I would keep. Turns out I liked both pairs, so I have ended up keeping them both – one to wear and one to keep for best. I haven’t worn the high tops yet so I’m going to save these to take away with me.

It’s still a while before I go away and I have my eyes on a few other tings, but for the time being I’m happy with my purchases and can’t wait to start putting them together. What do you think about my latest pick ups? What’s your go to outfit this summer?

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LPU | July – Acne, Wood Wood & Nike Huarache

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We’re already a good way in to August(!) so thought it was about time to share with you some of my Latest Pick Ups (LPU) from the last month!

I wasn’t really expecting to buy anything from my recent Copenhagen trip, I only had hand luggage and that was pretty full on the way out but I somehow managed to cram some more in on the way back. I’ve wanted the Acne Studios College Face Sweat for some time now, it even featured on one of my old ‘wishlist’ posts. With Acne being slightly cheaper in Copenhagen I couldn’t resist buying it. The exchange rate was quite decent while we were there so it worked out at around £110 compared to the £140 RRP in the UK! I also picked up a pair of the ‘Konrad’ boxer briefs in the neutral ‘putty’ colour.

My second Copenhagen purchase was the shirt from Copenhagen-based Wood Wood. Although I was left slightly disappointed with the flagship store,  I checked out Samsøe & Samsøe and purchased this from there instead.

Lastly, I got my hands on the reissue of the White/Sport Turquoise-University Gold Huarache from Nike. I don’t really own that many white or colourful shoes so these are a welcome addition to my collection and match the colour of the tattoos on my legs so will look good with shorts in the warmer weather.

What do you think of my purchases?

LPU | June

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(Photo credit: gloryfades.co)

It’s been a while since I last did a post featuring any new products I have recently picked up or have been using so here’s a quick update.

I know, another Aēsop haul, but, it was much needed. Starting with Shine, this product is a lightweight hair oil designed to hydrate dry, frizzy hair. This product is perfect for me as my hair is quite thick and course so it just gives that extra bit of nourishment, post shampoo. The screw on lid comes complete with a pipette so it’s easy to control the amount of product you use, and with only 2 to 3 drops recommend per use, this product should last a long time. Although it is marketed as a hair oil there is nothing stopping you rubbing some through your beard to give it that extra shine. My second pick up was the Fine Fabric Care solution in collaboration with A.P.C. I ended up buying this from the Prince Street store in New York after a disaster with a bottle of coke during my visit to the Statue of Liberty! I wouldn’t really hand wash anything usually (as it’s too much effort), however I’m planning to decant some of this into a travel-sized container for future trips incase I ever need it again! Lastly, I have recently swapped my Amazing Face Cleanser for the Fabulous Face Cleanser as its designed for more sensitive skin and I prefer the scent for the summer.

I have started using Marvis Whitening Mint toothpaste in place of my usual Colgate. I was first introduced to Marvis a few years ago when I received a sample of the Strong Mint variety and was immediately attracted to the vintage-style design. At the end of the day, toothpaste is toothpaste, and aslong as it contains fluoride and keeps my teeth clean and fresh, I’m happy, so this is a bit of a unnecessary purchase. However Mankind offer a value triple pack which will keep your teeth sparkling for a few months. At the same time as purchasing the toothpaste I also picked up this handy Marvis toothbrush with bristle cover which I plan to take to Copenhagen with me mid-July, as I only have hand-luggage so will be leaving my electric one at safely at home.

The P.F Candle Co Teakwood & Tabacco soy candle was also a New York purchase and looks great sat alongside the brown glass apothecary style bottles from Aēsop in my bathroom. (The scent is amazing too).


Aēsop Shine, Aēsop Fabulous Face Cleanser and Marvis Whitening Mint Toothpaste are available now at Mankind where you can earn ‘Man Points’ to spend against future purchases. Don’t forget to use my Referral Code: MK22832326.


Have you tried any new products you would recommend lately?

LPU | Navy is the New Black

Summer has barely started here in the UK, but in the world of menswear it’s almost at it’s end with Summer sales happening across the web to make room for Autumn and Winter.  I’m not complaining though, everyone loves a bargain.

It’s no secret as to how much I love (over-looking their delivery charge) the End Clothing web store with its combination of well known, independent and higher-end brands, so when I saw that “Sale” email notification pop-up on my phone, I quickly stopped whatever I was doing in the hope of picking up a bargain or two. And from there it was all downhill.

So what did I pick up in the sales?

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Starting with the A.P.C Liverpool Tee in Marine, this was reduced from £75.00 to £49.00. I have always stayed well away from stripes, preferring a less ‘busy’ shirt, however, I really like this! The all-over striped design is finished off nicely with an appliqué patch in the lower right hand corner and has a nod to both the navy and nautical trends of summer. If the t-shirt wasn’t navy enough I also purchased the Adidas X Pharrell Superstar ‘Supercolour’ in Night Navy at £45 reduced from £67 (not pictured).

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From Size? I picked up these New Balance 577 – Made in England in Grey/Navy. I had previously considered getting these a couple of months ago but not getting on with both the 574 and 373 models, I had decided that New Balance just weren’t for me. Seeing these reduced from £90 to £50 I decided to give them one last shot and turns out these ones fit perfectly. They’re also made in England, which is pretty cool!

I have combined the A.P.C tee and the New Balance with the Nudie Tight Long John jeans in Indigo, that I won over on Instagram, to create a casual summer look which is perfect for those days out exploring the city, followed by food and a few beers.

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(photo credit: gloryfades.co)

Have you picked up anything in the sales? What do you think of my purchases?