Winter Whites

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During winter you can usually find me bundled up under layers of dark clothing, trying to hibernate from the cold. I don’t know if I have mentioned it before, but I HATE winter. My body was definitely designed for warmer climes.

Rather than let it get me down I’m taking a different approach this year and introducing some colour into my winter wardrobe to lift my mood. Although some people may argue that white isn’t an actual colour, white is big news this winter.

Although wearing white during winter comes with its fair share of challenges, there are also huge benefits to the white trend. Wearing white is an instant mood lifter; leaving you feeling refreshed and feeling ready to take on the day ahead.

White is an all-time classic colour that is never going to go out of style and not going anywhere anytime soon. So, why not start building your wardrobe up with classic pieces so that you can wear white all year round.

Trends from this years aw16 runway showcased varying tones, from a crisp snow white to luxe cream so now is the perfect time to stock up on those essential items. While you might think that white is unflattering, It’s all about how you wear it. Combining  a mix of different shades of white, ecru and even beige through multiple layers and textures has been seen time and time again to create a sleek classic look.

With that in mind I thought I would share with you some of my recent favourites I have picked up.

The first item was actually featured on my Ultimate Christmas Wishlist blog post from earlier on in December. My brother must have read it as he bought me this A.P.C Oh L’Amour Tee which I featured. Constructed from 100% cotton jersey with a high quality print to the chest, this t-shirt is the ultimate white shirt! I love it!

Next up is another pair of Adidas Stan Smiths . Stan Smiths have always been a favourite of mine and I’ve had a few pairs over the last couple of years, but never a crisp all white pair. I’m trying to save them for dry days at the moment but we will see how that works out. If it has anything to do with lola (my pug) they won’t be white for very long!

The final item is some Classic Calvin Klein Boxers because who doesn’t like fresh underwear and these Calvin Klein’s never go out of style.

What do you think of the white trend? Will you be wearing white? You can shop the look below:
Screen Shot 2017-01-14 at 10.09.39.png Saint Laurent Slim Jean | Vans California Old Skool |Maison Kitsuné Palais Royal Tee | Norse Projects Niels Towelling Tee | Nike Legacy Jogger | A.P.C Bros Crew Sweat | Oliver Spencer Envelope Tee | Adidas X by O Hoody | Maison Kitsuné Palais Royal Crew Sweat | Common Projects Original Achilles Low 

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LPU | H&M, Nike Air Max 1, iPhone 6S

It feels like forever since I last posted something. Juggling a full time job, social life and my current Netflix obsession leaves little time for anything else (how good is Narcos by the way?). I also recently upgraded to the new iPhone 6S and ended up without a phone for ten whole days. It’s scary how much technology has become part of our everyday lives.

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Anyway, with a new phone in tow, I headed to Manchester this past weekend. Manchester is one of my favourite cities in the UK, bursting with architecture, all the shops you need and of course, a great night life. Between the copious amount of alcohol that was consumed I managed to pick up a few new bits along the way. A relatively modest ‘haul’, considering it was payday weekend; due to this John Elliot + Co crew not being in my size. Sad face.

The items I did pick up leads me to this post; my latest pick ups. So here’s a few things I have recently purchased, as always let me know what you think:

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First up, are these Nike Air Max 1 in Black/Bone. I had a similar pair last year, but regrettably sold them, so these are more of a repurchase then a new purchase. I’m a big fan of the Air Max 1 silhouette and this black and white colour way with the gum sole perfectly matches my entire wardrobe. Whilst my previous pair started to look a bit tatty after a few wears due to the suede upper, this newer version features a leather upper so should stay looking good for a lot longer.

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Next up, a couple of items from H&M. As mentioned on another post, H&M have really stepped up their basics ‘divided’ range in the last couple of months with a heavy focus on key trends and in particular ‘streetwear’. I picked up these Twill Joggers in Black. Featuring an elasticated waist with long drawstrings, tapered elasticated legs and an inside zip at the hems, they have that Fear of God look to them but without the price tag. At £19.99 these are an absolute steal.

The olive green shirt is also from H&M, and features a dropped back hem and raw edge details. At £12.99, this is also really affordable and can be used to layer up.

Finally, the ‘sand’ coloured sweater is another eBay bargain much like the Fruit of the Loom hoody I featured in the ‘Back to Basics‘ post.  This time the brand is Gildan and cost me just £6.10. I bought it in a medium, which is slightly oversized on me, however the bottom hem is quite tight so I may repurchase this in a large or cut the elasticated hem off to give it a more loose raw edge look.. What do you think of these purchases?


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London Collections Men SS16 | Highlights

Friday June 12th saw the start of the London Collections: Men’s showcase. The event plays host to some of the best British menswear designers around, showcasing emerging talent as well as collections from established brands. Whilst the dust may have settled on the runway until the next event, here is a round up of my personal favourites from the  Spring/Summer 2016 shows.


day one.

Starting with day one, my highlight from the day was from Universal Works. Renowned for their quality and premium materials, the collection from Universal Works is primarily made up of Navy and Tan coloured pieces. Whilst the collection doesn’t necessarily scream Spring or Summer at first glance, it is very wearable, and features tailored shorts, a bomber jacket for those warmer days and loose-fitting chinos, perfect for bridging the daytime to night time gap. Whether the collection is worn as a whole or as just individual pieces, Universal Works have showcased a timeless collection featuring garments which you can wear for years to come.

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day two.

For day two I couldn’t pick between YMC and Soulland so have featured both instead! First, YMC. The large collection from YMC had a bit of something for everyone really, didn’t it? Combining a mix of military-inspired pieces through to streetwear and nautical-inspired everyday wear, the collection takes influences from the past and combines them with the minimalist feel YMC is known for. Suede swim caps, drop waist boiler suits and malleable jackets, this collection was about texture, materials and premium quality to confirm YMC as a leader in menswear.

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Next up, we have Copenhagen-based Soulland. This collection was a lot more casual and worked really well together. It featured many items for everyday wear including various jackets, tailored shorts and denim, I especially like the cream varsity-style bomber jacket. Again, not entirely ‘summer inspired’ but overall, a good collection.

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day three.

Margaret Howell (Men’s) is by far my favourite of all the shows during LCM. Once again following the military green, tan, white trends you can tell a lot of effort and thought has gone into what works well together, the result being a collection of layer up on layer of timeless pieces. The below looks are my favourite from the show. The combination between oversized tailoring and more casual pieces such as the parkas and rain jackets are a great contrast and show how diverse some of these pieces can be.

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What were your favourite shows at LCM?

Topman Selvedge Denim

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We’ve used long-lasting, heavyweight denim that can be worn every day – in fact, the jeans will look better with every wear, as they take on a unique, personalised fit.


Following trend, Topman LTD have recently collaborated with specialist Japanese denim mill ‘Kurabo’ on a 3 piece 12oz premium selvedge denim collection. The denim collection comprises of two pairs of slim-fitting jeans; one in a raw indigo finish and the other in a more washed finish, and a raw denim jacket.

Japanese Selvedge denim has become increasingly popular lately as consumers look towards better crafted garments and premium materials. Selvedge denim is named after the method in which the jeans have been produced and comes from the word ‘self-edge’  which refers to the clean finished edges of the fabric, easily identifiable by looking inside the denim at the seams. Selvedge denim is long-lasting and durable and is designed to look better with age, many wearers choose not to wash their denim for at least 6 months after which they have taken on the custom fit and personality of their owner.

Photographed on location at Alexandra Road Estate, Swiss Cottage, the Topman LTD Selvedge collection complements its urban surrounding depicting the true ‘made to last’ value of Selvedge denim. A behind the scenes video of the shoot can be viewed below:


Not renowned for the quality of their clothes, it will be interesting to see how these Topman jeans compare to other readily available brands on the market. Priced at £75 for the jeans and £85 for the jacket, they won’t break the bank and are excellent value for a pair of Japanese Selvedge jeans.

Would you buy Selvedge denim at Topman?

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?