Maplin Launches Free Smart Home Consultation Service

Maplin Launches Free Smart Home Consultation Service

Smart technology is growing at a rapid rate with more than 4 million Brits owning a Smart Home device and one in five are expected to buy an Amazon Echo or Smart surveillance product in the next six months. Yet despite growing popularity, research from Maplin has revealed that people are still confused about Smart technology, with more than half admitting they do not fully understand it.

Maplin Launches Free Smart Home Consultation Service

In response to this, Maplin has launched the first ever free service dedicated to providing people across the UK with helpful, at-home impartial, expert advice on using and setting up Smart technology in their home. Whether its deciding between Amazon Echo or Google Home as your first foray into Smart, or looking for ways to save money on bills or simply being able to remotely keep an eye on your pets at home, Maplin Smart Home surveyors will provide a detailed and bespoke home evaluation, personal to everyone’s needs.

Maplin Launches Free Smart Home Consultation Service

The Free Smart Home Survey service has now launched nationwide and offers people a free home visit with a Maplin Smart Home surveyor to discuss your needs and the different types of products available. The surveyors will also provide a free Wi-fi health check to ascertain whether your home is ready for smart technology and if necessary give advice on networking solutions. Following this, the surveyor provides a bespoke report listing the Smart Home products that would be suitable based on the needs outlined and should any of the products be purchased, Maplin also offer an installation service to ensure customers are fully set up and working.

Maplin Launches Free Smart Home Consultation Service

Next week a Maplin surveyor will be conducting a Smart Home consultation at our Founder Craig Landale’s home in London. Craig is staying optimistic and hoping introducing smart tech will be useful and not just a fad. He comments; “I’ve never been overly interested in smart tech in the past. I wonder if I would fail to use it after the initial excitement is over after a week or so. Just like Siri on the iPhone; I simply don’t use it and can never think of something to ask him, and he never understands my Yorkshire accent. That’s another thing about Amazon Echo for example, how easy is it to learn what to ask it, what can they do? Is it easy to install? I’m a Millennial whose job is online so I consider myself tech savvy, and If I’m not sure about this I can imagine the average guy is even more confused than me. However, I’m working with Maplin to get educated and have an aim to make my life easier at home through smart products whilst saving money on my bills, so I’m going into this with an open mind and see if it works. Let’s see if I can be converted, let’s see if it will actually make my life easier.”

Maplin Launches Free Smart Home Consultation Service

Appointments can be booked in Maplin stores nationwide or online at

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5 Ways to Layer On-Trend for AW17

5 Ways to Layer On-Trend for AW17

As cooler weather sets in, you know the drill: Layer up to stay warm without looking or feeling uncomfortable and awkward. The rules, thus far, typically involve starting with a button-down, adding a quarter-zip or a V-neck sweater preferably with a finer knit, and matching that with a pair of structured trousers and either a blazer or a more substantial coat. Or, for a more casual option, there’s always the Grunge-influenced combination: Start with a T-shirt and jeans, throw a flannel or over-shirt on top, and go with a shearling-trimmed denim jacket.

But, as plenty of runway presentations reveal, layering doesn’t have to be an either-or scenario. Rather, designers have started changing up the rules.

5 Ways to Layer On-Trend for AW17

Reversed and Untucked

When you stick with traditional layering, you keep each piece visible, tuck in the loose ends, and streamline your overall silhouette. Yet, both AW17 and SS18 presentations at Paris Fashion Week indicate a total reversal: Excluding your trousers, the longest garment becomes the base – a button-down with longer shirttail hems, for instance – and a shorter, cropped garment goes on top – usually, a sweater or buttoned vest hitting the hips. At the same time, those longer, looser shirt-tails hang right over your preferably skinny and structured trousers, adding a third contrast. Playing up the seemingly out-of-sync ratio are contrasting prints: As one common theme, a plaid or check patterned shirt clashes against a bold, striped sweater.

5 Ways to Layer On-Trend for AW17

In (Contrasting) Threes 

Layering, by default, is purely practical: You’ve got to hold onto body heat when it’s cool, and adjust when the temperature goes up. That being said, there’s a difference between layering for the outdoors – for instance, with moisture-wicking base garments, a fleece mid layer, and a waterproof shell jacket – and doing it partially for style, and that aspect comes down to colours, patterns, and textures.

Here, what’s considered the rule of three comes into play: When you’re starting with a mock neck or button-down shirt, introducing a sweater and finishing it off with a shearling bomber or pea coat, no two pieces should be the same shade. Match, yes they should, for everyday use, but that goes more along the lines of balancing your greys, navy, and blacks with light shades, pops of colour, and statement prints.

Or, if you’re not finding that precise balance point, runway trends point to an amalgamation of pattern-clashing and uneven layers: Cobble a floral print, checks, and stripes together just because you can.

5 Ways to Layer On-Trend for AW17

Uneven Monochrome 

As another alternative, diverge from the “Which colour?” decision entirely, pinpointing your sights on monochrome. Y-3’s AW17 show exemplifies the notion that layering doesn’t always come down to colours and prints and, instead, can distinguish itself through uneven lengths and asymmetrical silhouettes.

In line with long-standing streetwear concepts and the more-recent jumpsuit phenomenon, this trend isn’t simply taking the template and painting it a single shade. That’s too easy. Rather, in further using Y-3’s example, opt for pieces of different lengths and cuts – thinner or even jogger pants, a longer billowing jacket, and a shirt or two with either a cropped length and loose fit or a longer hem. The result essentially resembles the male equivalent of a women’s handkerchief skirt from the mid-2000s.

5 Ways to Layer On-Trend for AW17

Double jackets 

Who says you just have to wear one? Cold weather doesn’t always call for a cumbersome puffer, especially when you’ll end up looking like George Costanza and his fur-trimmed Gore-Tex number. Appearing like you’re heading off to the Antarctic doesn’t work when you’re walking around the city all day, so, to be pragmatic and far more stylish, just layer your jackets.

But, there’s also a method to this. It’s not as simple as picking two from your closet and putting them on. The result, in that case, makes you resemble Bender from The Breakfast Club. Instead, factor in the contrasts – where the hems fall, the materials used, and how the collars overlap. Keep it short with a silk souvenir jacket under your shearling-trimmed suede bomber, or dress down your camel coat with a structured and partially-buttoned denim work jacket underneath.

5 Ways to Layer On-Trend for AW17

Large, Baggy Sweaters

As a kid, you might’ve had a relative hand you a long, chunky cable knit sweater with a mock neck, and after you protested its obviously large size, you simply got told, “You’ll grow into it.” This time around, however, there’s no waiting for this garment to eventually fit. As J.W. Anderson’s AW17 runway showed, oversized, baggy sweaters, preferably with a visible knit, are the key to staying warm. Yes, the cut clearly gives it a youthful quality, but simultaneously, it acts as a layer: A piece that overlaps with trousers or jeans and can additionally be tossed over any lighter, fitted shirt underneath.

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Win a DAKS Store Voucher

Win a DAKS Store Voucher

This week we’ve partnered with the brand DAKS which has always been synonymous with British heritage, style and elegance. Together, we’re offing one of our MenswearStyle readers the chance to win a £300 to spend in their flagship store located on London’s Old Bond Street. Originally founded in 1894 by Simeon Simpson, DAKS has since become one of the UK’s most quintessentially British luxury labels, specialising in fine tailoring and accessories for both men and women, whilst continuing to uphold the values of quality, reliability and innovation first established over 100 years ago. These values remain unchanged and are paramount to the brand’s identity, as does their desire to create much loved classic pieces.

Win a DAKS Store Voucher

For their Autumn/Winter 2017 collection, DAKS has drawn inspiration from three iconic landscapes in Britain; the city, the country and the Scottish islands. The fabrics that make up this collection have been sourced and developed through exclusive collaborations with some of the finest cloth mills in Europe. Prince of Wales, houndstooth, herringbone and pinstripes are presented in tones of grey melange, rusty brown, and hues of blue and navy, while wintery floral prints bring some light to the collection with tones of dusty pink and red. The theme is a celebration of all things British. The landscapes are a key focus for the imagery and colours used throughout the collection, but at its heart is the heritage of the British textile industry and the classic look that is associated with it.

Win a DAKS Store Voucher

How to Enter 

To be in with a chance of winning this exclusive prize to win a £300 DAKS store voucher, simply enter your name and email address in the below form before completing the optional extra entry methods which will boost your chances of being the randomly picked winner. You have until midnight on the 16th November 2017 to get your entries in and we will announce the winner in the below form within 24 hours and contact the lucky individual directly. Good luck everyone!

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Introducing Proverb Skincare For Men

Introducing Proverb Skincare For Men

A man’s grooming kit should be a state of constant flux. Evolving like the very skin he lives in, constantly striving for peak perfection. At MenswearStyle we’re constantly on the lookout for new and innovative skincare brands that work in simpatico with healthy lifestyles, that comes from an eco-friendly core and is designed to inspire men to feel better about their skin, body and mindset through being lifefuelled. Introducing Proverb, a new skincare range for men whose founders hail from the elite worlds of professional rugby, rowing, and skincare; who live and breathe the philosophy, you ‘get out what you put in.’

Introducing Proverb Skincare For Men

Proverb takes the understanding and efficacy of elite sports nutrition and applies it to your skin. They have managed to galvanise clean, active, natural and organic ingredients such as proteins, anti-oxidants and enzymes, formulated for lab proven results; making Proverb the first male skincare brand to be awarded EWG (Environmental Working Group) certification.

Introducing Proverb Skincare For Men

“When I started out in women’s skincare over 10 years ago it was always a source of amusement amongst my professional sports peers and those that knew me. Since then I have had a vision to make it ‘OK’ for men to care about their skin and how they look and feel. The goal is for Proverb to become the most trusted and desirable ‘clean’ male skincare brand that takes a truly integrated approach to healthy skin, body and mindset driven by my desire to see things differently”Luke Sherriff, former Pro athlete & Co-Founder.

Introducing Proverb Skincare For Men

Products from the range include everything a man needs in his grooming kit survival guide. Cleanse & Shave Nutrient Mud, Hydration Pro Moisturiser, Oil Balance Pro Moisturiser, Skin Definition Facial Scrub, Skin Resistance Training Supplements and a Strengthening Skin Serum. What I love most about this brand is how accessible it is for the man on the move. All the products are available in volumes of 100ml or under which makes it a blessing for anyone travelling internationally and wants to maintain a consistently good grooming regime, without the need or rigmarole of checking in luggage. The name is also a welcome relief from its more derivative contemporaries who seem to cling onto voguish laddish idioms that they believe resembles modern masculinity – MAN MOIST, BRUT FACE, GRILL CLEAN – need I go on.

Introducing Proverb Skincare For Men

The packaging is inoffensive, borderline nondescript. But it’s main USP is that it’s not only a product backed by science, but it’s been championed and conceived by athletes. People such as Brand Ambassador, Thom Evans, who leads the brand’s launch campaign. A model and ex rugby pro, Thom trains hard, loves sport, eats clean and is passionate and excited about life – he is the epitome of lifefuelled.

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Watch a Healthy Bam Margera Shred Through the Streets of Spain

Things haven’t been easy for Bam Margera in recent years, with the Jackass OG battling bulimia and alcohol addiction following the death of his close friend Ryan Dunn in 2011. After stepping away from the limelight, Bam is now back doing what he does best: tearing up the streets on a skateboard.

Now approaching his 40s, Bam is perhaps less of a daredevil than he was in his early ’00s heyday, yet he still shows flashes of the shredder that blew up skating and captured the imaginations of kids throughout America and beyond. Joined by friends old and new, he explains how he managed to get back on the board and recapture some of the old magic.

Watch above, and then check out adidas and Magenta team riders skating the streets of Paris below.

Magic Mushrooms Can “Reboot” Brain to Treat Depression


Yet another study has turned up interesting therapeutic benefits of psychedelics — this time suggesting magic mushrooms may effectively “reboot” the brains of people with depression.

Imperial College London researchers used psilocybin — the psychoactive compound that occurs naturally in magic mushrooms – to treat 19 patients diagnosed with depression. Monitoring their brain function before and after the treatment, the researches saw changes in brain activity associated with lasting reductions in depressive symptoms.

Dr Robin Carhart-Harris, head of psychedelic research at Imperial, told The Guardian: “We have shown for the first time clear changes in brain activity in depressed people treated with psilocybin after failing to respond to conventional treatments.

“Several of our patients described feeling ‘reset’ after the treatment and often used computer analogies. For example, one said he felt like his brain had been ‘defragged’ like a computer hard drive, and another said he felt ‘rebooted’.

“Psilocybin may be giving these individuals the temporary ‘kick start’ they need to break out of their depressive states and these imaging results do tentatively support a ‘reset’ analogy. Similar brain effects to these have been seen with electroconvulsive therapy.”

Psychedelics have continuously shown promising results in the treatment of depression and addictions in clinical trials over the last decade, 50 years after the LSD counter culture explosion in the 1960s.

Scientists stress that people should not begin to self-medicate, and that further research is needed before definite conclusions can be deduced.

In other news, Palace is opening a skate park this winter.

This Doernbecher Nike Air VaporMax Arrives In Seattle Seahawks Colorway

Brand: Nike

Model: Air VaporMaxw

Key Features: Flyknit upper, Flywire cables, full-length Air unit.

Release Date: TBA

Price: TBA

Buy: TBA

Editor’s Notes: Now in its 14th edition, the Doernbecher Freestyle program continues to raise money for the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital by giving kids the chance to designer their very own sneakers.

This VaporMax was designed by Andrew Merydith, who is 15-years-old and currently battling cystic fibrosis. The shoe arrives in a striking lime, blue and purple color palette, taking inspiration from Andrew’s favorite football team, the Seattle Seahawks.

Nike has yet to respond to Highsnobiety’s request for comments on the leak, but stay posted for more releases from this year’s Doernbecher collection as they emerge.

Now peep the returning Vandal High Supreme “Doc Brown.”

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Netflix Is Still Killing It in the Streaming Game

Despite the rise of Amazon and Hulu, Netflix is still killing it in the streaming game. The company recently revealed that it had surpassed its own estimates in the last quarter.

Netflix gained 5.3 million new total subscribers, compared to the anticipated 4.5 million. 850,000 of those came from the U.S., with the other 4.45 million coming from international markets.

The company also exceeded its expected revenue, bringing in $2.98 billion compared to the estimated $2.97 billion.

Ummm yeah

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One of the reasons for the continued success is Netflix’s recent investment in original content.

At the end of last year, we reported that the streaming service was planning to spend an incredible six billion on twenty original shows, and that’s not to mention original movies like Burning Sands, Okja and most recently, Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories.

In other movie news, Twitter is freaking out about the Black Panther trailer.

The KAWS BFF Vinyl Open Edition is Releasing Tomorrow

KAWS’ popular BFF Vinyl Open Edition has a release date as confirmed by MoMA Design Store’s account on Instagram. Coming in two colorways, both will be available on Wednesday, October 18.

The Companion’s blue colorway will be available exclusively on the MoMA Design Store’s website and the museum’s two New York City stores, while the black companion will be released on alongside a reissue of select Companion figures.

The Brooklyn-based artist also took to instagram to announce that the KAWS BFF is on the cover of the MoMA Design Store’s fall catalogue.

Guaranteed to be gone before you know it, if you want one you better be fast.

In related news, KAWS and Uniqlo are releasing another Peanuts collection.

Here’s What Chinese Rapper After Journey (艾福杰尼) Is Wearing Right Now

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Name: After Journey (艾福杰尼)

Occupation: Rapper

Location: Shanghai, China

Brands: OCCUPY, Gucci, UNDEFEATED x Nike & Rolex

Here, we’re spotlighting Chinese rapper After Journey, who recently caught the spotlight thanks to his appearance on the country’s popular The Rap of China TV show.