CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE 2018

Now it’s December the countdown to Christmas can officially begin! I’m usually one of those people who start there Christmas shopping in October so to be in the first week of December and haven’t bought a single gift yet is new to me. This year has just flown – I can’t actually keep up! Throw into the mix buying a house and preparing to move and you can imagine the last couple of months have been chaos… a good chaos though. I feel like I’m finally getting somewhere.

As you may have noticed during this period my blog has unfortunately been put on the  back burner a bit. I’ve posted here and there but not half as much as I would have liked too. However, I couldn’t not do my yearly gift guide. I love seeing everyone else’s (leave a link in the comments if you have one!) so hopefully someone will find mine useful too. So instead of breaking a tradition, here is my 2018 gift guide – you can find all the links below.

 

For the Sneakerhead:

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 Adidas Cleaning Drop Set | Vans Old Skool | Vans Sk8-Hi Shoes | Jason Markk Travel Shoe Cleaning Kit Men’s Society Sneaker Cleaning Set | Jason Markk Repel Spray


 

For the Trendsetter:

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Yeezy Season 5 Calabasas Sports Tee (Ash) |The North Face La Paz Down Hooded Jacket | Yeezy Season 5 Adidas Calabasas Crew Sweat (Libra) | All Saints Torny Short Sleeve Crew | mmml M1 Denim |  Off -White Long Sleeve Camouflage Tee 


For The Grooming Guru:

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ClarinsMen Grooming Essentials Gift Set | Diptyque Car Scent Diffuser | Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate Limited Edition Holiday 2017 | Kiehl’s The High Flying Gentleman Grooming Kit | L:A BRUKET No. 165 Travel Kit | Lush Cup O’ Coffee ScrubAesop Moroccan Neroli Shaving DuetThe Mankind Advent Calendar | Lab Series All in One Essentials KitMolton Brown Distinguished Treats Cracker


For the Foodie:

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Little Book of Craft Beer | The Chocolate & Gin Gift CollectionMoet & Chandon Christmas Cracker | Toast: The Cookbook | Hotel Chocolat Christmas SleeksterPrestat Espresso Martini White Chocolate Truffles


 

For the Homebody:

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 Marshall Action Speaker | Diptyque Baies Coloured Candle |  Beats Studio3 Wireless Over‑Ear Headphones |  Cereal These Islands | Black Splatter Cocktail Shaker SetH&M Santa Socks


 

…And after that, if you are still feeling uninspired, why not check out my ‘Grooming Gift Guide from last Christmas to give you some more gift ideas.

What’s on your Christmas list this year? Do you like any of my suggestions?

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AW17 Inspiration

If you’ve been following me for a while now you’ll know how much I hate the colder weather. The only good thing about this time of year is the fact you can wear multiple layers of your favourite clothes to keep you warm. As always I’m going to be keeping it causal this season, however I hope to add in some more interesting pieces with a pair of tailored joggers and a Levi’s sherpa jacket at the top of my wishlist. I also have so much time for the revival of classic Nike silhouettes such as the Air Max 95 and 97s!

What will you be wearing this season?
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YEEZY SEASON 4 CALABASAS BOXY CREWNECK

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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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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LPU | Nike Mayfly Woven, YMC, Topman & More!

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With just three weeks until my Thailand travels, shopping mode is in full swing. I literally can’t stop. Whilst I don’t want to overpack, it’s still nice to take a few new pieces with you form those days when vest and shorts just don’t cut it.

I went into Topman recently with the premise of buying a couple of throwaway white tees to take with me. I find as I get older, I tend to sway towards a more refined style, swapping colourful printed tees to simple basics. You’ll often find me in a classic plain white t-shirt over anything else. You might think a white t-shirt might be boring, but basics don’t have to be with new cuts and premium materials. Anyway, along with a couple of white tees (and a pink one), I picked up this orange oversized t-shirt. Similar in style to a shirt Bieber was photographed wearing, this tee may be one of my favourite things I have picked up this year. And I don’t like colour.

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The shirt itself is from the Topman LTD range, a more exclusive branch of the Topman line. It has a box-like fit to it, with dropped shoulders, an oversized feel and thankfully regular length rather than long line. One trend I haven’t really been able to get into. Whilst I would usually wear a medium, I chose this in a small due to the fit and it fits great.

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The next item I picked up was the Washed Black Echo Park long sleeve tee. It’s also described as ‘long line’ but I don’t really know why it’s no longer than an ordinary shirt. The front features a white text print to the right hand ‘pocket’ area, with identical design printed on the reverse. I thought this would serve me well in the evening when all the  bugs come out, or if the temperature happens to drop.

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For shorts, I picked up these YMC Drawstring Sweat Shorts in the sale on ASOS for £42. Originally the waist cord was luminous green but I switched this out to a grey tie cord, which I think looks better. The material is sweatshirt material which means they are really comfortable, just what you need for when you are travelling around.

On to footwear, my Latest Pick Up comes from Nike. I actually bought these in black and grey the day they were rereleased, but couldn’t decide on them and regrettably ended up selling them over on depop. A month or two later I wished I had kept them for my trip. After trying a couple of sites for the black pair in my size, I finally found them at Hanon. What’s even better is that they are currently reduced by 30% in the sale to just over £60. Bargain. And that was that.

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I love how these are different to everything I currently own. They’re almost part sandal and part shoe and will be ideal to take away with me to keep me cool. Away from my trip, these will look just as good worn with a pair of black ripped jeans pin rolled at the ankles.

What do you think of my LPU’s? 

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