H&M HOMEWARE HAUL!

If you follow me over on Twitter you may have noticed that after a few months of trying, we finally bought a house last week! Whilst we aren’t expecting to get into the property for a while yet, that doesn’t stop me from planning what our future house is going to look like. I have always loved interior design so I’m really looking forward to styling our place. I have collected so much homeware over the past couple of years and that doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon. When it comes to homewares, H&M is one of my favourite destinations. I always find myself checking the ‘new arrivals’ section every couple of days to see if anything has been added! Let me know what you think about my latest delivery in the comments!

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01. Patterned duvet cover 02. Mahogany concrete candle 03. Metal candlestick 04. Metal wire basket 05. Christmas decorations

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06.  Jacquard-weave bath mat 07. Velvet cushion cover 08. Storage basket 09. Velvet cushion cover 10. Wooden chopping board

I’m really excited to move in and hope I can share the journey on here through my posts; I hope to add a lot more home content when I can.

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INTRODUCING THE MANKIND X GQ CHRISTMAS COLLECTION

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Whether you like it or not, Christmas is already here and yes I just said the C word. It might still be another couple of months away yet, but its never too early to start thinking about what you are going to get for your nearest and dearest.

Building on last years Christmas box, this year Mankind have outdone themselves by teaming up with GQ to bring you the Christmas Collection. The Mankind Christmas Collection: GQ Edition is the perfect gift for the modern man, featuring 12 full-size products along with a 6-month GQ subscription, it really is the ultimate gift this year.

Priced at £100, the collection contains over £400 worth of products from brands such as Clinique, Lab Series, Argentum and Omorovicza, all packaged neatly in a elegant branded box. The full list of products can be seen below:

01. Omorovicza Moor Cream Cleanser (150ml)

02. Argentum la potion infinie Anti-Age Cream (70ml)

03. Clinique For Men Face Scrub (100ml)

04. men-ü Clay (100ml)

05. The Refinery Eye Gel (15ml)

06. Lab Series Skincare For Men Pro LS All-In-One Face Treatment (100ml)

07. Jack Black Beard Lube Conditioning Shave (177ml)

08. Gentlemen’s Tonic Savile Row Razor – Faux Ivory

09. Marvis Classic Strong Mint Toothpaste (1 x 75ml)

10. Korres Men Magnesium & Wheat Proteins Anti Hair Loss Shampoo (250ml)

11. Anthony Exfoliating and Cleansing Bar (198g)

12. Rituals The Ritual of Samurai Hand Lotion (70ml)

So far this year I’ve been really impressed with Anthony Skincare and Omorovicza – the Instant Perfection Serum from Omorovicza is a life saver, so I’m looking forward to trying out some of their different products from this box. That’s the good thing about these sort of collections, as well as familiar brands, it’s a great way to try out some other brands too. Rituals and Argentum are completely new brands to me so it will be interesting to see how these go. At £147 to buy on it’s own, you can’t help but have high expectations of the Argentum la potion infinie Anti-Age Cream!

Amongst the products its good to see products from well known and loved brands such as Clinique and Lab Series in there too – staples in my bathroom for years. The box contains a bit of everything; from cleansers and eye gel to shampoo and toothpaste, it has all of your grooming needs covered and at a fraction of the cost.

Whether you are buying it for a loved one or treating yourself, the Mankind Christmas Collection: GQ Edition is sure to not disappoint. Let me know your thoughts!

Is the Mankind Christmas Collection on your wishlist this year? What are your favourite products?

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This post is in collaboration with Mankind. You can buy the Christmas Collection here.


 

AUGUST FAVOURITES & NEW SEASON PURCHASES!

With the end of August, we also say goodbye to summer and welcome in the autumn months – This year is really flying by! I know I’m being quite optimistic with my selection of favourites this month but I’m not ready to leave summer behind just yet. I’m hoping we can still wear shorts for another month yet! In this post I have rounded up my favourite purchases from the past month along with some new releases for the upcoming seasons. Let me know what you think!

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On the back of the success of the Calabasas drop from Yeezy Season 4, the launch of Yeezy Season 5 expands on Kanye Wests Calabases line and features a whole host of  socks, sweatpants and hooded sweatshirts paying homage to the designers Californian  residence. One piece that caught my eye was the Calabasas Sports Tee, which I managed to pick up from END clothing.

I went for a size M as I had previously bought the Calabasas crew neck last season in the same size, however this thing is very oversized and I probably could have gotten away with a smaller size. The garment itself is heavy, and definitely feels luxurious compared to a everyday t-shirt. On too the design and the shirt features a ‘Cali SPORT’ slogan to the chest on a relatively plain shirt. As mentioned the shape is very oversized and has drop shoulders to emphasise it.

Next on the list is another tee, but this time it’s from French brand Drôle de Monsieur. The relatively new brand has been a favourite of the blog for some time now, having previously featured it here and here. Despite admiring the brand from a far, I have never actually purchased any of their clothes as it was hard to source in the UK. Fortunately the brand is now stocked on END also, so I decided to buy my first piece. The Not From Paris Block Tee from the infamous gender free ‘Not From Paris Madame’ line features a slogan print to the chest and is constructed from a light twill fabric, making it really lightweight to wear but soft and silky to the touch. It fits true to size with a relaxed fit making it an ideal alternative to the everyday white tee.

Staying with clothes, I picked up these raw hem jogger shorts from H&M not long ago. They are so lightweight and comfortable and I have been wearing them so much these past weeks. At £9 you really cant go wrong.

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On to footwear and my first pair comes from Vans and the latest Anaheim Factory collection. The collection pays tribute to the original Vans factory in Anaheim, California,  by borrowing details from the original designs and bringing them up to date. The Anaheim Factory Authentic 44 DX features throwback details, using the original style number and colour palette, higher glossed foxing tape, cotton laces, original drill lining weight, and a heavy 10 oz. canvas to complete the look  The silhouette has been upgraded with UltraCush sockliners making them even more comfortable.  I have been waiting for these to rerelease for some time now so knew I had to grab a pair this time around!

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Another pair I couldn’t resist was the Nike Air Max 97 in the black and white colour way. After purchasing the OG ‘silver bullet’ pair a few months back to coincide with the shoes 20th anniversary I had a feeling a host of other colours would be releasing in the near future and was hoping for a black pair. So when I saw these were releasing, I knew I had to add them to my collection.

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The last item in my favourites this month is the latest Calvin Harris album ‘Funk Wave Bounces Vol 1″. although the record was released a couple of months ago, the vinyl I pre-ordered only arrived a couple of weeks ago so I have had it on repeat (again) since it came and I can’t see myself getting bored of it for a while yet! Favourite tracks are ‘Slide’, ‘Rollin’ and “Faking it’.

I hope you enjoyed my favourites! As always let me know what you think in the comments.

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HOTEL GOTHAM, MANCHESTER

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The past couple of weeks have been weird. I don’t know if it’s something to do with the change in weather (again) or what, but I have felt SO drained and run down. No matter how much I try and pull myself out of this ‘slump’ nothing has really worked, I just haven’t had any motivation.

So, with a couple of days off and no plans I thought I would take advantage and book a night somewhere because sometimes you just need to get away!

I have wanted to check into Hotel Gotham for sometime now but it’s often very pricey so have always just left it on my ‘bucket list’ of places to go. With so many deals around at the moment, we got a great price and finally decided to book our stay.

For those who are not familiar with Hotel Gotham; Hotel Gotham is located at 100 King Street in Manchester City Centre in the old banking quarter. The hotel is home to 60 rooms from a standard Club room to the Bank Managers suite – complete with its own roll top bath.

The carefully themed interior of the hotel and rooms is reminiscent to the golden era of 1920s New York featuring leather, furs and velvet, with brass details.

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We stayed in the Executive Club room which is  a larger version of the Club room. On arrival we were greeted by the friendly ‘bell boy’ who took our luggage and directed us to the elevators (the reception is located on the 6th floor). We were welcomed by the friendly staff and given a vodka infused drink on arrival. Our room was located on the first floor where we were met with our bags.

The room itself was huge. the first thing you notice is the black and grey statement carpet which is a nod to the art deco designs of the era. The king size bed was adorned with a luxurious faux fur throw and peacock print cushions and the crisp white linen contrasted with the dark interiors and black furniture.

The bathroom boasts a rainfall shower and just like the room is a decent size. It features luxury toiletries from The White Company, on top of a gold bullion which embraces the buildings history.

On the top floor of the hotel you will find Club Brass, Hotel Gotham’s very own private members’ bar, which is also open to hotel residents. Unfortunately there was a private function being held in the main area of the bar so we were directed to a smaller area.

Regardless, we enjoyed our drinks and nibbles before heading out for the evening.

Overall, Hotel Gotham was the pick me up I needed. If you get the chance to visit or are looking for somewhere to stay for a special occasion,  I would definitely recommend it.

Check out the rest of my photos below and let me know what you think!

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Have you ever stayed at Hotel Gotham?

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FIVE REASONS WHY I LOVE SUMMER

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Hands down, summer is my favourite season. Sure, it’s nice to get wrapped up during the colder months but really, who actually likes the cold, dark days of winter? Not me.

In collaboration with Badger Ales I am here to share with you five reasons why summer is the best season!

Badger Ales have been brewed in the heart of the Dorset countryside since 1777 by independent brewers Hall and Woodhouse. They brew a range of quality beers and believe in making beer time as good as it can be. In fact, they are on a mission to show the public just how good it can be by transforming lucky Badger fans garden sheds into ultimate beer sheds!

The latest instalment is the Ultimate BBQ Shed. Costing £40,000 to create, the shed features a state of the art BBQ, tool rack, spice drawer, a fold down prep area and two beer fridges packed with Badger Ales. When it comes to sitting down to eat there is a pull out seating area with an automatic awning which all neatly folds back up when finished. Finally there is a hidden garden games box and dart board for those wanting to put their skills to the test. Check it out for yourself in the video below!

What more could you want from the Great British Summer?

01. Weather. I’m going to say it again. I hate winter.  The first of the five reasons I love summer has to be the weather. There’s nothing like a sunny day to put a smile on your face and make you feel energised. I feel so much more productive in the summer and want to make the most of my time. I love waking up early to see the sun has already risen allowing me to plan the rest of my day.

02. Food & Drink. Going back to BBQs, I don’t know what it is with British people but as soon as the sun comes out, so do the BBQs – everybody loves a BBQ! For me, whether I am abroad, dining in a restaurant or having a BBQ in the garden I love to eat outside when the weather is good – I’m sure food tastes 100% better in summer!

03. Holidays. Whilst I may not need any excuse to book a trip away, having a holiday booked during summer is a must. The weather in the UK is unpredictable at the best of times so heading somewhere you are guaranteed day long sun is my idea of heaven. Sun, beaches, day drinks. Bliss.

04. Days Out. If you haven’t booked to go away over summer, all is not lost. There are so many great places to visit in the UK; from tourist attractions to the great outdoors there is something for everyone. Go on a hike, take your dog for a walk, just go and explore – there’s literally so many options. You have to take advantage of the dry weather while it lasts! 

05. Summer Style. In the colder weather, layering up is a must. However during summer picking out an outfit couldn’t be easier. Summer is the only acceptable time to get your pale pins out in the hope of picking up a tan.  For daily wear you really can’t go wrong with a simple t-shirts and shorts combo, or if you are looking for something slightly smarter swap it for a tailored pair of shorts and crisp white shirt. Finish with a pair of sunglasses and you are summer-ready.

What’s your favourite things about summer? What do you think about the ultimate BBQ shed?


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