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Fashion • Lifestyle • Travel


Winter Boots

Colorado Boots by CAT
Photography by Rob Hawthorn

Hey everyone. I hope you are all doing well! Even though LC:M was three weeks ago I feel like I've just recovered from it. I'm currently sat in my warm bed writing this but the days are getting colder and colder here in London, not to mention wet too!

I've been fortunate enough to be wearing my Colorado Boots by CAT recently. I feel like CAT merge durability, practically and powerful aesthetics. They have so many different options - i'm dying to get my hands on a tan pair. I decided to style the CAT boots with an all-black outfit (read my guide on how to wear all-black here). I can't help it but black is my go to look, it's in my comfort zone. Is anyone else the same?
Colorado Boots by CAT
Colorado Boots by CAT
This post contains PR samples.


Everything You Need To Know Before You Visit Kenya

Located in East Africa, Kenya is a diverse country which offers travellers a varied experience depending on where you go. Most popularly known for its rich wildlife and excellent safari experiences. However in complete contrast the coast of Kenya is known for white sands and crystal clear waters from the Indian Ocean. Here’s everything you need to know before you go visiting so you can make the most of your trip!


Visiting Paradise Lost In Kenya

Paradise Lost is a beautiful oasis in the middle of a coffee farm close to Nairobi. I had the chance to visit this amazing place with my cousins and some friends. Paradise Lost has a labyrinth of caves eroded by the waters of the nearby Gichi River. The caves are estimated to be 2.5 million years old, based on obsidian rock artefacts from the late stone age that were discovered inside. 

It was a great day, we had a barbeque, went boat riding and attempted fishing but we didn't catch anything. There are so many other activities you can do on the site such as feeding ostriches, horse riding, camel riding, bird watching and camping. Entry only cost us 300 KES per person which is approx £2. It's a great place to go for a picnic and a nice walk on the nature trail.

Here's some footage from my visit.


An Evening At Ted's Grooming Room

Ted's Grooming Room Cheapside
Photography by Rob Hawthorn

I was recently invited to Ted's Grooming Room to try out some of their treatments and services. They have eight locations in London but I decided to go to the one in Cheapside. This one is a little different compared to the other grooming rooms as it's actually located inside the Ted Baker store.


Louis Leeman AW16 Presentation

Louis Leeman AW16 Presentation
I attended the Louis Leeman presentation during LCM  to have a look at their AW16 men’s footwear collection. It was held in the amazing Hotel Café Royal on Regent Street. Set in a winter wonderland theme they were handing out hot chocolates and marshmallows on arrival. The shoes were displayed among large trees that were dusted in snow.

The collection itself takes inspiration from the world of Alpine Gentlemen’s Clubs, with their elegance, special atmosphere and intimate mood. The inclusion of metal detailing and embellishments for the collection is meant to evoke vintage mountain boots. In complete contrast some shoes were  adorned with shining Swarovski crystals to give an iced snow effect.

What do you guys think of the concept and collection?
Louis Leeman AW16 Presentation
Louis Leeman AW16 Presentation
Louis Leeman AW16 Presentation
Louis Leeman AW16 Presentation
Louis Leeman AW16 Presentation


Baartmans and Siegel AW16 Presentation

Baartmans and Siegel AW16 Presentation

Photography by Beccy Nuthall

During London Collections: Men I attended the Baartmans and Amber Siegel AW16 presentation. This was actually one of my favourite presentations to attend. The only down side was that it was so busy and people were going right up to the models so it made it difficult to view the collection properly.

The collection was inspired by New York in the 1970's and a lot of effort when into creating a experiential presentation. The androgynous models gave plenty of New York attitude as they showcased trench-coats, bomber jackets, suits, and fur. I felt like when I went up to take pictures they gave a little extra sass. 

I loved the neutral colour palette and soft tailoring of the collection. I couldn't even choose a stand out piece if you wanted me too. I want them all. The fur lined bomber jackets were amazing but so was the striped coat. I'm not going to lie, that all fur coat was looking a little pimp like but in a glamorous way of course!


Backstage At The E. Tautz LCM AW16 Show

Patrick Grant backstage ahead of the E.Tautz show during The London Collections
I was fortunate enough to be backstage of the E. Tautz AW16 show and I got to chat to the creative director, Patrick Grant. I even asked if I could take a cheeky picture of him and he kindly complied. You may recognise Patrick from The Great British Sewing Bee TV series.


Patrick explained to me that it started off with him re-wearing some clothes he wore in the mid 80’s for a party and how he enjoyed how they felt. You know like the big pleated trouser, shirts with massive sleeves, deep arm holes, the looseness and softness to the clothes that we haven’t had in a decade and a half.


Kevin Luchmun was the guy behind the hair styling and he explained that he kept in line with the 1980's theme and used that as inspiration. He said he wanted to create big bouncy hair that was very loose while working with each models individual hair texture. 

Kevin wanted to keep the hair as natural as possible however one of the key products he ended up working with was the Thickening Tonic. Using it on wet hair while blow drying it away from the face and then working it with fingers to try and create natural texture and movement. Another product that was used on some models was the Deconstructor to create separation and give a bit of a shine to the hair.


It was so manic backstage but I loved every minute of it. Patrick was helping dress some of the models himself and the others were adding the finishing touches. Patrick even had his nephews backstage and they were running around stealing food from the models (it was adorable). 

I really respect Patrick Grant and I think he's rightfully earned his place in the industry. As well as E. Tautz he is the creative director of bespoke tailors Norton & Sons of Savile Row. Although his show for E. Tautz was over today, he still has the merchandising to do tomorrow followed by beginning his next spring collection! How crazy is that?!


Even though I was backstage and watching the show via screens there were some big names sat in the front row. The likes of David Gandy, Oliver Cheshire, Darren Kennedy and Jim Chapman were present.

Backstage of the E. Tautz LCM AW16 show.
Backstage of the E. Tautz LCM AW16 show.
Backstage of the E. Tautz LCM AW16 show.
Backstage of the E. Tautz LCM AW16 show.
Backstage of the E. Tautz LCM AW16 show.
Backstage of the E. Tautz LCM AW16 show.
Backstage of the E. Tautz LCM AW16 show.


London Showers

Photography by Rob Hawthorn

Hey guys I hope you are having a great week. I recently received this blazer from Farah. I haven't had this much fun styling something in a long time. Me and Rob thought we'd try something creative while shooting in South Bank and I'm so happy with how the pictures turned out. You can't tell but it was actually raining on us while we did this.


Photo Diary: I Miss Summer

Columbia Road Flower Market
I was going through some old pictures and started feeling nostalgic. I really miss summer 2015. I spent most of it chilling in East London. By chilling I mean eating, drinking and visiting cool places like Columbia Road Flower Market. Please hurry up and be summer already!


Luxury Custom Belts By Elliot Rhodes

Belts these days are overlooked by so many men I feel. They are more than what hold up your trousers. A perfect belt can take a somewhat bland outfit and make it standout with the right finishing touches. I was recently invited to check out the luxury belt shop Elliot Rhodes. I went to their St Christopher’s Place branch however they also have shops in Convent Garden and Chelsea. 

What makes Elliot Rhodes different is their extensive selection of belts with interchangeable buckles. Belts these days are so much more than black and brown, I mean don't get me wrong those colours are classic but Elliot Rhodes have so many different variations. They also offer various different exotic skins and leathers, with the stingray and snakeskin being my favourite!
The staff are so friendly and the process is actually quite simple and fun. I had a little consultation to identify what colour belt would match with the things in my wardrobe, the team pulled a number of options for me to try. I was torn by the options but ended up going with a tan colour ostrich belt. Now it was time to find a matching buckle. They had so many variations, from the demure stainless steel prong style to intricate hand carved brass running horses. 

Once I had selected my buckle they measured me up to make sure I get the perfect fit - c’mon who else hates that annoying excess on a belt when it’s too long? 
Photography by Rob Hawthorn

I styled my belt with my favourite brown tweed suit from Topman and a plain black turtleneck. I'm so impressed that I might head back to Elliot Rhodes soon to buy a different buckle. They are easy to swap out and change.

This post contains PR samples.


My 10 Favourite Moments of 2015

I thought I'd round up some of my favourite moments from this year just to look back and reflect. It's definitely been bumpy but I always make an effort to soak up the good memories and learn from the bad. So here are just a few stand out things from 2015.
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