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Visit The Real Life Quality Street® + Filtered Snaps

Salman Dean Quality Street
Sharing a tin, tub or carton of Quality Street® is a much loved Christmas tradition, as everyone searches for their favourites amongst the brightly coloured wrappers to enjoy the delicious sweets inside. But did you know you can use the Quality Street® wrappers to create the perfect Christmas selfie and festive snaps? Here's how to capture your colourful Quality Street® snaps in 3 easy steps:

STEP 1. 

Enjoy a box of Quality Street® with family and friends, just make sure you keep hold of your favourite coloured wrappers (you’ll need to select a chocolate with a cellophane wrapper, rather than foil).

Salman Dean Quality Street
STEP 2. 

Hold the cellophane sweet wrapper over the camera lens on your phone to create a handy homemade colourful filter.

Salman Dean Quality Street

Strike a pose for your Quality Street® inspired Christmas photos and share them using the hashtag #QuailtyStreet

Salman Dean Quality Street
Also for one night only, Quality Street® will be coming to life at Westfield’s Southern Terrace with a unique multi-sensory experience, free for everyone to enjoy.

Imagine a world where the streets glow, wrappers fall like snow from the sky, Christmas music rings out and delicious Quality Street® sweets are on hand to enjoy. Put Thursday 3rd December in your diary to pay a visit to Quality Street® for an evening of festive fun.


Pay a visit to Quality Street®, the place where favourites meet – bringing family and friends together


Westfield White City, Ariel Way, London, W12 7GF – the Wood Lane entrance by Next.


4:30pm – 10pm on Thursday 3rd December

This post contains PR samples.

Discover Kenya In 10 photos

Discover Kenya In 10 Photo's
If you're a follower of my blog then you'll know I recently spent 5 weeks in Kenya. I travelled quite extensively and got to see so many things including non-touristy stuff. Kenya itself is so diverse and unique that sometimes you feel like you're in a different place altogether. I've tried to include as many different pictures as I can to summarise this beautiful country. I don't claim to be the best photographer in the world but here's Kenya in 10 photos!

Great Rift Valley
As soon as you leave the hustle and bustle of Nairobi you're met with the most amazing views. Simply driving around Kenya is a sight to see. The lack of buildings in rural areas, the greenery and bumpy roads all add to the feel. This particular view is of the Great Rift Valley.

Mt Kenya Safari Club Plants
Kenya is surprisingly green and lush. When traveling one of the first giveaways that makes you feel like you're in a foreign land is the plants. They are so unusual and beautiful. Maybe it's just me but they really did stand out. This photo was taken at Mount Kenya Safari Club which has the freshest air ever. So clean and unpolluted.

Southern Sun Mayfair Breakfast
Kenyan tea and coffee is known around the world to be the best and is their biggest export. Many of you drink it every day and don't realise it with places like Starbucks and McDonalds sourcing their tea and coffee from Kenya. 

Safari Salman Dean
The people of Kenya are what make it so special, they're friendly, welcoming and inquisitive. The fellow pictured with me is John who was our game driver while on safari.

Mombasa Beach Clothing
No matter where you are in Kenya you will see an abundance of colourful clothing being sold. From vibrant kitenge's (dresses) to traditional leso's, which is basically a cloth that can be tied many ways. Ironically black is my aesthetic but when you're in a sunny country like Kenya you can't help but appreciate colour.

Salman Dean Star Fish
The coastal side of Kenya is known to have the bluest water, especially Diani which is in the south coast. With the water being from the Indian Ocean it is of course warm also. I was scared to touch the starfish at first but upon feeling it my fear disappeared. It basically just feels like a rock.

Salman Dean Mombasa
These cool tide pools are a miracle from nature. They form on the beach every day when the tide goes out. Sometimes you'll find little crabs and creatures inside. Although it's not that common because under the sun these little pools warm up really fast.


Going on safari and camping is much more glamorous than you would think. Each tent is massive and has running water and electricity, some even have wifi! Every night when you come back from dinner your tent has been attended to by the staff. They add hot water bottles in your bed to make sure you stay warm during the night and they even turn on a mosquito vape to make sure those buggers don't come near you.

Salman Dean Lake Nivasha
This particular photo was taken at Lake Nivasha where you are guaranteed to see lots of happy hippos! It's also every bird watchers dream as there so hundreds of species in the area. Overall it's a picturesque place for anyone who loves nature.

Salman Dean Lion Safari
Last but not least, I couldn't do a post on Kenya and not go into detail about the wildlife. If you ever get the chance in your life to go on safari it's the most amazing thing ever! In Kenya however once you leave the city and are driving through the more rural areas don't be surprised if you see a monkey, ostrich or even an elephant crossing the road. One of my stand out moments on safari was watching a cheetah feeding her cubs. When infants cheetah's can only drink blood so it was quite the scene to see it smeared all over their faces.


8 Useful Tools, Apps & Websites For Bloggers

I have to admit i'm not particularly good at juggling my personal life and the blog at the same time. I focus really hard on one and end up neglecting the other. However recently I've been using some useful tools and apps which have made things so much easier! Some of these apps are directly linked to blogging although others can be used for pretty much anything else.

Hemingway Editor

If writing isn't your strong point then this tool will be your new best friend. The Hemingway Editor app highlights long, complex sentences and common errors; if you see a yellow sentence, shorten or split it. If you see a red highlight, your sentence is so dense and complicated that your readers will get lost trying to follow its logic. It also highlights when you can use a shorter word in place. Personally I can become very repetitive when writing. When I copy and paste my article in the Hemingway Editor it flags up all the areas I can improve hopefully making it easier for you guys to read. I mean at the end of the day it is a computer algorithm so don't take it to heart if all of your work is highlighted. As long as its easy to read you'll be fine.

This is a really useful tool with the potential to do anything. Ifttt connects with various social media platforms and other tools that allow you to set automated actions. For example every time I post a picture on Instagram it automatically posts to my Twitter (without an ugly link) and to Pinterest. You can set it to save Instagram pictures you like to your Dropbox as well as any screen shots you take. There are so many ways you could go with, it's definitely worth playing around with.


I'm sure everyone has experienced an overwhelming crazy inbox with random emails from things you subscribed to years ago. UnrollMe scans through your email and brings up a list of things you are subscribed to. You can then go through and remove any unwanted subscriptions. I'm sure we've all ticked that dreadful box and been spammed with loads of crazy emails. Groupon is the worst for me! Not only does this help declutter your inbox but it's fast too. I would recommend you do this every few months. It makes things so much more efficient in the long run.


What kind of post would this be if I didn't mention Hootsuite. If you don't already know Hootsuite is a tool that helps you schedule social media posts. Scheduled posts aren't really my style however it is really handy when you need to post a link to one of your blog posts. With my busy lifestyle I always used to forget to push my blog posts via social media. There's no point in writing amazing content if it isn't reaching people. Also what I've recently started doing is pushing old posts by scheduling them in. Its a great way of reviving older content. 


Similar to Hootsuite, Queue+ schedules posts however it's only for Tumblr. I'm a massive fan of Tumblr and I'm obsessed! Not only with the amazing inspiration but also growing my own following. The main way to do that with Tumblr is consistent posting. Queue+ goes through who you follow and allows you to select what you want to repost and automatically schedules the best time to repost it. That way it looks like you are reposting throughout the day. A really useful tool overall and I've noticed my followers are going up slowly.


If you're a blogger then you need to be all over Bloglovin. If you don't already know it's a blogroll feed that allows you to follow people and be followed. When you follow someone their posts will appear in your feed. Similar to Instagram but instead of it being a photo it's a blog post. This is a great way to raise awareness of your blog and get traffic. For me personally it's also about keeping up to date with my favourite blogs and staying inspired to write better content. I have the app on my phone which makes it easy for me to do some light reading of my favourite bloggers before bed!


Facetune is a popular photo editing app that I use for everything! The app is meant to be used to edit blemishes and and dark circles but I don't use it for that. I'm not a fan of using it on my face as I think that overly airbrushed look can look quite contrived however I'm not shy to get rid of a blemish or two either haha. Sometimes there can be specks of dust or unwanted marks that you want to edit out which is what I mainly use it for. Also I'm obsessed with the whitening feature it can really make a picture look 10 times cleaner. The app does cost £2.99 but it's worth it especially for how much you'll use it.


I feel like everyone uses Dropbox or a similar cloud service these days. I obviously use it to back up really import things but I also find it easy to transfer pictures with. Especially when I want to Instagram something I just use the Dropbox app on my phone and I can download the image I want in seconds. I also use Dropbox to share images and files with brands that I'm working with when the file sizes are to large to attach in an email.

Well thats it guys. If you know of any other apps or tools that make blogging easy for you, please comment below! I would love to find more ways to make things easier.


Play Me I'm Yours

Photography by Devan Trammel

White Double Collar Shirt - Burton
Brown Textured Heritage Suit - Topman
Black Formal Shoes - River Island (similar here)

Hey guys! Hope you are all well. With temperatures dropping I've been looking for the perfect winter suit and I found this beaut at Topman. A three-piece suit makes the ultimate sartorial statement this season. Including a waistcoat in your suit is not only super flattering, it’s also seriously suave (plus it will add a much needed layer as the temperature drops). Made from a warm wool material I thought this would be a great investment. My ASOS camel overcoat that I've previously featured went really well with it. Also can I just say how amazing is this location. This was shot in the Canary Wharf roof gardens.


How To Wear All Black

I've been wanting to do this post for a while now but i've actually been too scared to write it. I really hope I nail it for you guys. Now I don't wear all black all the time but when I do it's because I can't be bothered and it's easy. I guess it does make a statement but it can also go horribly wrong thats why I think some people avoid it. When styled poorly your outfit can look flat but when done properly it can look effortless. 


Darbaar Restaurant By Abdul Yaseen Launch

Daarbar Restaurant By Abdul Yaseen
Last week me and my blogging buddy Charlotte were invited to the launch of the much anticipated Indian restaurant, Darbaar. Located within five minutes from both Shoreditch and Liverpool Street Station, it's a great place to come after work. Darbaar has a separate bar area which is a plush and welcoming setting where guests are able to enjoy a spiced-infused cocktail list and lighter sharing dishes. The food at Darbaar takes inspiration from the many diverse regions of India and the cooking with traditional clay ovens and large charcoal Robata grill on display will lend a sense of theatre to the restaurant. 

The interior is a breath-taking modern day interpretation of the palaces in ancient India. Midnight blue, gold and copper tones are used dramatically throughout the space, with striking chandeliers, ornate mirrors and exquisite drapes coupled with cutting edge furniture and an ultra-modern open kitchen. Darbaar's restaurant includes an interactive grill seating area, a private dining room and a bespoke chef’s table for up to 10 people.

The restaurant has been opened up by Abdul Yaseen who is an award-winning chef and a modern Indian food connoisseur with a reputation for excellence both in the UK and overseas. Moving from Jaipur to London fifteen years ago, he was part of the founding team of iconic London Restaurant, Cinnamon Club. He then went on to become Head Chef at Cinnamon Kitchen and Anise where he played an instrumental part in building the Cinnamon brand.

Signature dishes include Nawabi Slow Roasted Leg of Lamb, Keralan Shrimp Cocktail and Kid Goat Biryani. Also their dessert is amazing, my particular favourite was the spiced carrot cake. Overall it's a beautiful space which can be a perfect setting for a first date or if it's your birthday then you can dine privately and even have a cocktail party.

Location: Darbaar, 1 Snowden Street, Broadgate West, London, EC2A 2DQ
Daarbar Restaurant By Abdul Yaseen
Salman Dean At Daarbar RestaurantDaarbar Restaurant Private Dining  Daarbar Restaurant Table


Forever Layered

Black Stretch Skinny Jeans - River Island
Black Work Boots - ASOS (similar here)

Hey guys, I hope you're enjoying more fashion posts from me. It's such a struggle to fit them in around working life but anything for you guys! 

The days are getting shorter and the weather is forever moody in London. Therefore I've been sticking to layers recently because it can quickly become cold and then mild again. I must admit this particular look is a bit random but I love it. I don't know if you've noticed but turtlenecks are my thing. So here I've paired a stone coloured one underneath a purple wash shirt. I thought it would look really cool with the jacket, which it does. Recently I've been playing around more with smart casual simply because I think it's fun.

As always thank you for stopping by and comment below if you would like to see a particular post from me. I'm always struggling to think of good topics to talk about so help a brother out!


An Evening At The Sons of London Launch

Last week I attended the launch of the new luxury men’s shoe brand, Sons of London. Set in a edgy tunnel in Shoreditch which created a perfect mood for the event. The brand has launched with a definitive men’s shoe collection which is comprised of five distinguished styles. From Oxfords to Chelsea Boots, each shoe combines timeless design and the finest craftsmanship.

Sons of London are meticulously handcrafted, down to the last stitch, and are essential for the modern gent. Each shoe is cut from the finest full-grain Tuscan leather and hand sculpted by artisans in Italy’s Le Marche region. Each pair undergoes 150 steps in its making, under the care of a team of 16 master craftspeople in a second-generation family-owned factory. How crazy is that?

Overall it was a great night with amazing music. I got to speak to the founder of Sons of London himself, Sepand Oboudiyat. As a former city professional he saw a gap in the market and started up his own brand. I also got to try on the shoes and I must admit I'm in love with them. Each style is offered in a range of colours, and priced between £180 and £200.


Earthy Autumn

Black Overcoat - River Island
620 Trainers  - New Balance

I'm so happy we are well into AW15 because it means we get to play around with what we wear. I mean don't get me wrong, I hate the cold and shorter days although wearing layers gives you different options. For example I paired this thin funnel neck sweater underneath this flowy viscose shirt. The mid-pink and khaki colours seem to work well together. The highlight of this whole outfit though are these pleated trousers with belt detailing. Pleats are going to be massive this season and even next. I particularly love the structuring of the trousers from oversized to skinny. I think you can also tell that it' has impeccable quality (everything from Zara always is). I paired my New Balance shoes with this outfit for a more casual unconventional look. Would you have done the same?


The Balmain x H&M Disaster

Writing a moany post isn't really in my nature but I'm sorry I have to talk about this topic. Unless you've been living under a rock you'll be aware the Balmain x H&M collection came out on Thursday. Advertising for the collection begun months ago with celebrity models behind it such as Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid and Jourdan Dunn. The collection was only available in selected H&M stores so I knew if I wanted any pieces I'd have to queue up early. I woke up at 4am the day of the launch and while on my way to the Oxford Street store I see on Twitter that people had been camping there all night. My heart literally dropped but I was still determined to try and get something. Upon arrival the queue was snaked around the block and already crazy.


Scary Has Never Looked So Good

Photography by Charlotte Clarke

Black Work Boots - ASOS (similar here)

With Halloween last week I thought I'd post something a little haunting. Found this eerie looking church right behind where I work which was perfect for this look. The pony sweater I wore feels so soft and amazing, its from Topman's AAA collection. The collection is inspired by rock with hip-hop influences to create a contemporary look. I decided to wear a turtle neck underneath to make the outfit a little more edgy. Paired with my leather knee patch trousers and black work boots I felt a little rock and roll. Would you dare to wear an all black look like this?


Top 10 Tips on Writing Your Dissertation

Writing your dissertation can be a pretty painful experience, especially for some more than others. I am going to do a more detailed post later on but in the mean time I thought I would go through some personal tips of what I learnt when writing my own dissertation. Looking back in hindsight I wish I had known what I know now, back then. I guess it doesn't really matter because I still got a first but I'm sure I would have had less stress! These tips are fairly generic so it doesn't matter what topic or type of research you have chosen to do. 

1. Your supervisor should be your best friend. If you feel your supervisor isn't helpful or have any concerns talk to someone in your department about it. I'm sure they won't have any problems addressing the issue or swapping your supervisor. Your supervisor is someone you need to be able to look to for guidance and be able to lean on.

2. Write sooner. The sooner you start writing the better your dissertation will be as you'll have more time to research and edit/ redraft. Many people try to start with the introduction but if you're stuck then start somewhere else. I think it's best to start with the literature review. It's the foundation of your dissertation.

3. Comparisons will drive you crazy. Don't ask others how far they have got along with their dissertation. Some people are naturally faster at writing (I'm not) or have chosen topics with a lot of research surrounding it. Put your blinkers on and keep writing.

4. Instead of procrastinating move onto the next part. I did this and it saved me. I got stuck on certain sections and instead of letting it get to me I simply skipped it and returned to it later. I always believe you procrastinate until you have better clarity on the situation. Don't you agree?

5. Lots of research. You may be thinking duh? But the hardest part I found was the actual reading compared to the writing. The more you know about your topic the easier it will be to write and make conclusions (using evidence to support you of course!)

6. Break up the dissertation and its sections to make it more digestible. You can do this by looking at the value of marks that are appointed to each section. This will help you identify where you need to allocate more words and time. For example my literature review was worth the same marks as my analysis however by the end I spent too much time on my lit review and didn't have enough time to spend on the analysis.

7. Get it written down. Your first draft will never be perfect but it's better you get something written down. Think of the dissertation as jigsaw puzzle, the more you write and research the more easy it will be to piece relevant bits together. Your markers want to see you using evidence that link up with theories.

8. Reference correctly from the beginning. Referencing was the bane of my life however it's important because it will be too time consuming to go back to correct references. Get it right the first time.

9. Back up your work. I used dropbox but you can use any cloud service so that you know your work is safe. The last thing you want is work being lost or any setbacks.

10. Seek feedback regularly. It's crucial you do this because it allows you to make revisions quickly and fill in the gaps in any areas you may have overlooked. I was fortunate enough to have a weekly meeting with my supervisor. It makes a world of a difference!


Here are some books that will help throughout the dissertation plus they are good references, especially for your methodology. I wish you the best of luck. You can do it!

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