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Discover the River Island RI30 Anniversary Collection

Discover the River Island RI30 Anniversary Collection

Did you know that River Island was established in 1988? It is certainly worthy of applause that this London-based British brand has been going for so long and this year they celebrate a highly successful 30 years in the industry. The Lewis family, particularly Bernard Lewis, started their journey with their eponymous stores (Lewis Separates) which developed into a range of boutiques, including the well-known Chelsea Girl and Concept Man, but later finally decided on the name of River Island for their family-owned business.



Discover the River Island RI30 Anniversary Collection

There is a fascinating story behind the Lewis family, one which starts from scratch with Bernard working in his parents greengrocer’s shop at the age of nine to later selling clothing in the 1940s. His passion for business and retail grew into what is now one of the leading high street retailers in the country with his nephew, Ben, now taking the reins beside him. The River Island aspect of their business actually started as a standalone menswear store in Exeter in 1988.

Discover the River Island RI30 Anniversary Collection

It took off with a flying start that then lead to testing the waters with introducing womenswear. To celebrate their 30 years, River Island started off the year with the clever campaign ‘Labels Are for Clothes’ which heavily focused on positive people and recognised individuality and diversity. The campaign featured people of all shapes and sizes alongside gender fluid and ethically and age diverse models with the aim to reject the idea of labelling people and just label clothes. River Island appeals to such a broad spectrum of customers due to their variety of clothing and this campaign reached out even further. To continue the anniversary celebrations, on 30th August the brand launched a limited edition capsule collection.

Discover the River Island RI30 Anniversary Collection

This strong collection primarily embodies the rich heritage of River Island with 90 pieces for men, women and children. For the men, there are 18 pieces to choose from which includes clothing, accessories and footwear. With currently over 70 designers working for the brand, it has all been created in-house and you can expect to see premium party items as well as day-to-night clothing. At a first glance, it is apparent they have focused on a luxe look with baroque printed shirts and detailed jackets and embroidered hoodies; all produced in dark, high-end materials. The palette consists mainly of black, charcoal and petrol blue with hints of deep burgundy, gold and bronze.

Discover the River Island RI30 Anniversary Collection

This brings an air of sophistication, particularly with the slim-fit tailored trousers, leather Chelsea boots and a smart double-breasted black coat, which has been styled with a hoodie layered underneath for a more informal look. Two pieces which standout, and are the more pricier items in the collection, are the extremely soft cropped suede maroon bomber jacket and 100% leather black biker jacket with asymmetric zip front fastening. These two jackets will make a great statement going into the Autumn and can be worn casually with denim and a simple t-shirt during the day and then easily into the evening, for a special occasion, possibly over a pair of suit trousers and shirt underneath.

Discover the River Island RI30 Anniversary Collection

It is clear this collection is for those who want to look ‘the part’ and if you welcome a rock n’ roll vibe in your wardrobe, this will definitely appeal to you. As River Island are so well-known for their accessible price point, the pieces are all extremely reasonable and range from £25 to £250. It is this, along with trend-driven designs and quality materials that has made River Island the continuing success that it is today. Still involved in the business, Bernard Lewis says, “After thirty years, I’m proud to see River Island still standing at the forefront of the British fashion industry. 2018 heralds an exciting milestone in our company’s history and distilling the essence of River Island’s identity into clothing; the very lifeblood of the brand, is a fitting celebration of our heritage.” You can join in with the 30-year anniversary by visiting a variety of their nationwide stores or purchasing online now.

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Royal Lancaster London Hotel Review

Royal Lancaster London Hotel Review

Just last year Royal Lancaster London unveiled its brand-new design following an £80 million renovation. The prestigious hotel overlooking Hyde Park has been completely transformed both internally and externally. With the opening of its opulent new entrance, the mid-century icon reinstated its original name ‘Royal Lancaster London’. The entire frontage of the hotel has been remodelled and the exterior architecture now features a dramatic 8-metre high glazed façade revealing an impressive double-height reception space. The showpiece of the lobby is a palatial sweeping staircase made of 300 square metres of white Carrara marble which wraps around to the first floor.

Royal Lancaster London Hotel Review

The redesign of the towering 18-storey hotel encompasses the complete refurbishment of all 411 guestrooms and suites. Every guestroom has a far-reaching view across London, and the modern design emphasises these premium vistas. We instantly noticed the connection with bees and beekeeping whilst in the lobby since a lot of the interior decorations and sculptures make reference to them e.g. the giant honeycomb lighting seen across the lobby areas.

Royal Lancaster London Hotel Review

In 2009, half a million honey bees checked in to Royal Lancaster London, making it the first central London hotel to install beehives on its roof. The hotel introduced the beehives due to the sharp decline in honey bees, which is having a serious effect on food production around the world. The hotel’s ‘Bee Team’ care for the bees and collect the 140kg of honey produced every year. Guests at the hotel are treated to the honey in the hotel’s chic restaurant, Island Grill, as well as on the breakfast and dessert menus and in bespoke cocktails in Hyde Lobby Bar.

Royal Lancaster London Hotel Review

Our Room 

Upon entering the room, we were blown away by the view. We’re familiar with the cityscape seen from Primrose Hill and Parliament Hill, but this is like seeing London from a whole new perspective. It feels like you’re far removed from the city, yet the hotel is a short walk to Marble Arch. The bathroom features waterfall showers and under floor heating and the toiletries are by The White Company. At the desk in each room there’s a smart phone named ‘Handy’ with internet data for guest to use and to take with them whilst visiting the sights of London. The Paddington Bear gift for our daughter was a very nice touch too.

Royal Lancaster London Hotel Review

Hyde Lobby Bar 

The Hyde Lobby Bar is stylish and sophisticated, and is set to become one of the most exciting additions to London’s drinking and dining scene. Royal Lancaster London has been the talk of the town following its big renovation. We were excited to try a few of their delicious cocktails such as The Great Gats-bee (see what they did there?) which is a nod to the London Honey Show which they’ve hosted since 2011. We also tried The Italian Job cocktail which is themed around the famous 1968 film featuring Sir Michael Caine and three famous Mini-coopers which had scenes filmed in front of the hotel.

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How to Get in Shape Without a Gym Membership

How to Get in Shape Without a Gym Membership

When it comes to getting back in shape and taking your physique to the next level, exercise is a must. Unfortunately, while unquestionably beneficial, traditional weight training methods aren’t always that viable. They come at a cost, require specialist equipment (or a gym membership), and can soak up quite a bit of time to boot. Which is why its fortunate that this isn’t the only way to build muscle and strip fat. In fact, we can actually improve strength, promote muscle growth, and develop a lean and muscular body without any equipment at all. Enter bodyweight training.

How to Get in Shape Without a Gym Membership

What is Bodyweight Training? 

Body weight training simply describes a form of weight training where you use your own body weight as the primary form of resistance. This type of training is commonly (and undeservedly, I might add) looked down upon as an inferior form of training as it doesn’t require any fancy equipment. Moreover, it is often said to be ineffective at promoting muscle growth. Both of which is a complete and utter load of rubbish. Seriously. While bodyweight training may have some restrictions when it comes to the development strength in absolute terms (think bench press, squat, and deadlift strength), it offers a fantastic way to develop other aspects of strength and stability, while also stimulating huge amounts of muscle growth. When implemented correctly, that is. Seriously, did you know that a large portion of Michael B Jordan’s training program for black panther was designed around bodyweight training? Moreover, as an added bonus, bodyweight training is also extremely versatile. It doesn’t require any equipment, it can be performed absolutely anywhere, and it can be performed at absolutely any time.

How to Get in Shape Without a Gym Membership

What are the Benefits of Bodyweight Training? 

Body weight training requires us to master our own body as a primary form of resistance. This means mastering basic upper body and lower body exercises to promote a high level of movement quality, which can then be used to stimulate a high degree of muscle growth. In short, bodyweight training provides us with the opportunity to build functional muscle – muscle that not only looks good, but also allows us to perform at a high level instantaneously when required.
 

Upper Body Dominant Bodyweight Training 

Bodyweight training with a primary emphasis on the upper body is a fantastic way to develop upper body strength and size. Our two key exercise variations here are push ups and chin ups. Push ups provide you with the perfect means to develop upper body strength, while also promoting muscle growth of the pectorals, deltoids, and triceps. In addition to working these key muscle groups, push up variations also require shoulder stability and efficient shoulder function – which, as a result, can lead to increased shoulder health. With this, we can also use our own bodyweight to overload rowing movements, such as chin ups. By training these movements we can promote the development of the muscles of the back, with specific emphasis on the lats, traps, rhomboids, and the biceps. Like push up variations, these movements also require stability at the shoulder. As a result, by training them regularly, we can greatly improve our shoulder stability, health, and function.

How to Get in Shape Without a Gym Membership

Lower Body Dominant Bodyweight Training 

When it comes to using bodyweight exercises to build lower body muscle mass, our best bet is single leg lower body exercises. Exercises like lunges, split squats, pistol squats, and calf raises, can develop and improve hip stability strength, while enhancing global leg strength in a very big way. Not to mention that these movements also promote muscle growth of the quads, calves, and hamstrings – all of which are integral to the perfect ‘X shaped’ body we all strive for. 

Bodyweight Abdominal Training 

And finally, we will touch on ab training. Fortunately for us, bodyweight resisted core exercises offer us with one of the most effective means of training the abdominal musculature, period. This means that they are absolutely perfect for developing a strong muscular midsection. Our best bets here are planks and side planks. While quite simple in premise, these movements target both the rectus abdominus (the ‘6-pack’ muscle) and the obliques (which sit on the side of the abs), both of which collectively make up the bulk of our abdominal musculature. The focus on these movements is to create as much tension as possible by bracing your abs as hard as you can (as if you are about to be punched in the stomach) and staying as still as humanly possible.

How to Get in Shape Without a Gym Membership

Putting it All Together 

So we know that bodyweight training can have some serious benefits for muscular development, and we know what exercises offer us the most bang for our buck – but there is something else we need to mention before we finish putting it all together. Tempo. Because bodyweight training uses less load than normal weight training, we need to stress the muscle through other mechanisms. As a result, our best bet is to increase the time under tension that your muscle tissue receives each and every set. Time under tension is exactly what it sounds like – the amount of time in which the muscle is loaded under tension, which is considered a primary factor for muscle growth. With this in mind, the easiest way to increase muscle time under tension is to manipulate the tempo of the movement. This is best done by increasing the duration of the eccentric (or lowering) portion of the lift, while adding small pauses at various points during the lift.
 

The Perfect Bodyweight Program for Muscle Growth 

Taking all of the above into consideration, we have put together an example program that can be completed anywhere, and anytime. By using the above movements and their variations, and manipulating tempo effectively, we can create the optimal bodyweight training program for whole body muscle growth. This can be completed anywhere from 2-4 times per week, and offers the perfect way to get lean and muscular using nothing but your own bodyweight.
 

Close Hand Push Up (3 sets x 8 reps): 3 second eccentric, with one second pause at bottom. Come up as fast as possible. 

Chin Up (5 sets x 6 reps): 2 second pause at top. 2 second eccentric portion. 

Reverse Lunge (3 sets x 10 reps each side): 3 second eccentric portion. 

Wide Hand Push Up (3 sets x 10 reps): 4 second eccentric, with one second pause at bottom. Come up as fast as possible.  

Split Squat (3 sets x 15 reps each side): 3 second eccentric portion. 2 second pause at bottom, with knee ~1 inch from floor. 

Single leg Calf Raise (3 sets x 10 repos each side): 3 second eccentric, with one second pause at bottom. Come up as fast as possible. 

Plank (3 x 30s) and Side Plank (3 x 20s each side).

How to Get in Shape Without a Gym Membership

Takeaway Message 

Bodyweight training should never be viewed as inferior to more traditional strength training methods. In fact, by using the right exercises and adjusting the tempo appropriately, it offers one of the most effective ways to build lean and functional muscle tissue that can take your look to the next level. Additionally, considering that it requires no equipment at all, bodyweight training is the perfect option that can be completed anywhere and at any time.

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An Experts Guide to Dealing With Erectile Dysfunction

An Experts Guide to Dealing With Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction, also known as ED or impotence is a kind of sexual dysfunction in which a man is unable to achieve or maintain an erection, or he experiences regular or repeated difficulty in doing so. The dysfunction may occur during any time during sexual activity and is not solely restricted to sexual intercourse between two or more people. Despite the social stigma that surrounds the condition, inability to get or maintain an erection is a common occurrence with many people experiencing temporary ED during times of anxiety, stress or tiredness. However, Erectile dysfunction is categorised by its prolonged effect and those who find a consistent difficulty or inability to have an erection during sexual activity should seek professional medical advice, as ED ultimately affects the use of the penis in sexual intercourse.

An Experts Guide to Dealing With Erectile Dysfunction

Reasons for ED 

There are a number of potential underlying reasons ED may occur. There are two elements that comprise the creation and continuation of an erection; the physical, which stems from sensory stimulation of the penis, and the psychological, which derives from emotional invigoration e.g. erotic enticement. Each may play a factor in a person’s ability to get an erection and in many cases, it is understandably the case that sufferers of ED face increased anxiety and difficulties with self-esteem as the issue persists. This can then contribute towards psychological anxieties relating to ED, creating a negative feedback loop. Furthermore, it is important to note that ED cannot be solely attributed to a response to lack of erotic stimulation, as those who with a healthy libido can still suffer from the effects of ED. Generally speaking, if a patient never achieves an erection, the cause is likely to be physiological. If erections are sporadic in nature, it is likely (however not always) psychological. Although the reasons for ED vary from person to person, the following is a brief description of the various physical and emotional reasons a person may suffer from ED:

An Experts Guide to Dealing With Erectile Dysfunction

Physiological:

A side effect of cardiovascular disease, A symptom of diabetes, Hormonal deficiency, Neurological disorder, Issues with penile blood supply, The result of spinal cord injury, A symptom of coronary artery disease, Long exposure to bright light, Side effects of drugs, Heavy consumption of alcohol. 

Psychological:

Strain in your relationship with a partner, Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Issues with a person’s sexual orientation, Sexual unfulfillment, Low self-esteem, Fatigue.  

Treatment 

There are a variety of treatment options for those suffering from ED. A number of medicinal treatments exist, with Sildenafil (Viagra) being the most well-known. Vacuum erection devices, also known as penis pumps can also be used to draw blood into the penis to get an erection and are used just before sexual intercourse. The most invasive form of treatment for long-lasting ED is through surgery. These procedures are known as penile prostheses or penile implants involve the fitting of rods into the penis shaft.
Lifestyle changes have also been found to help with ED. Lifestyle changes that produce already positive benefits such as reducing alcohol intake, or adopting a plant-based diet have anecdotally improved erections.

An Experts Guide to Dealing With Erectile Dysfunction

Discussing ED with a partner 

The topic of dysfunction during sexual intercourse is a sensitive topic, and the feelings of all parties involved should be taken into account. Issues can arise regarding self-esteem and issues with mental health can stem from ED. Likewise, other parties may begin to feel issues of rejection, inadequacy and resentment. A conversation regarding any sexual dysfunction should be made outside of the bedroom, in a non-sexual situation and when all the parties involved are sober from any kind of alcohol or recreational drugs. Some people may find telling their partner of their feelings more approachable in the form of a hand-written note, rather than face to face. This allows time for the person to accurately address the problems they are facing, without fear of any emotional implications from the sensitivity of the topic. To effectively tackle ED, a sufferer requires a partner who is thoughtful and understanding of their dysfunction. A person is more likely to overcome any sexual dysfunction when given an open and safe space, that is free of judgement and potential derision. Likewise, a person who suffers from ED must understand any potential friction that may initially be caused.

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The Engagement Ring Trend That Will Save You Money

The Engagement Ring Trend That Will Save You Money

There’s a new engagement ring trend that will save you a ton of money if you take advantage of it: moissanite engagement rings. Moissanite is a gemstone that looks very similar to a diamond (and is similarly durable) but comes at a fraction of the cost.

The Engagement Ring Trend That Will Save You Money

Gemstone rings have been a big trend in recent years, as more people have been attracted to their unique style (and they are usually cheaper than diamond rings). We’ve seen sapphire rings, morganite rings, emerald rings and so many other gemstone rings make a big splash on the engagement ring scene lately. Moissanite is another gemstone ring that has started to trend, but for different reasons. Rather than being chosen for being different from diamonds, moissanites are popular because they’re very similar to diamonds but far less costly.

The Engagement Ring Trend That Will Save You Money

If you’ve never heard of moissanite, you’re not alone. It’s a gemstone that was only discovered in 1893 and has really only become particularly popular in recent years. Moissanite was discovered by the French scientist Henri Moissan (who ended up lending his name to his discovery). Moissan was inspecting a meteor crater in Arizona when he saw what he thought were diamonds. However, upon closer inspection, Moissan discovered that he had found an entirely new gemstone. Moissanite’s origin story has earned it the nicknames ‘space diamond’ and ‘stardust.’ While some moissanite has fallen from the stars, most of the moissanite you’ll see today is actually lab created, since real moissanite is so rare. The lab creation of moissanite is a major part of how these gems have such an attractive price tag. Moissanite can cost up to 90% less than a diamond of similar size and quality.

The Engagement Ring Trend That Will Save You Money

When you look at moissanite, it’s easy to see why Moissan thought he had found diamonds in that crater in Arizona. Moissanite is a clear white to light yellow glittering gemstone with high brilliance. So, in colour, moissanite can vary just like a diamond. Moissanites are also similarly hard when compared to a diamond, coming in at a 9.5 on the Mohs scale, just under a diamond’s 10 but above most other gemstones. The brilliance of moissanite is similar to a diamond’s, but moissanite is actually a bit more reflective and more fiery. While there are a few ways that diamonds and moissanites differ, the two gemstones have more commonalities than differences. And the major difference between the two gemstones — that excellent moissanite price tag — is one that could be hard to ignore.

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Cole Haan AW18 The Future is Here

Cole Haan AW18 The Future is Here

Cole Haan, the innovative American lifestyle brand and retailer, releases 3.ZERØGRAND – the next generation of the ZERØGRAND footwear for men and women. For Autumn/Winter 2018, Cole Haan isn’t pushing boundaries, it’s breaking them. The newest disruptor in the staid world of dress footwear, the 3.ZERØGRAND, focuses on creating a unique anatomical fit experience from heel to toe that highlights the lightweight, flexibility and cushioning that they’re known for.

Cole Haan AW18 The Future is Here

“We are thrilled to introduce the 3.ZERØGRAND,” said David Maddocks, Chief Marketing Officer & General Manager of Business Development at Cole Haan. “Since introducing the ZERØGRAND in July 2014, we’ve continued to push boundaries and create footwear that is designed and engineered for modern on-the-go people who demand stylish and versatile products that don’t sacrifice performance and comfort.”

Cole Haan AW18 The Future is Here

With breakthrough silhouettes for both men and women, all styles feature the iconic GRAND Fit Chassis that provides support, rigidity, flexibility and cushioning where the foot needs it most. Underfoot, Cole Haan’s GRAND Energy Foam provides outstanding heel-to-toe cushioning and multi-directional traction. The 3.ZERØGRAND is a boldly innovative shoe designed for boldly innovative people. It’s an ethos which Cole Haan has proudly upheld since day one. Welcome to the evolution of ZERØGRAND, a true original. The future is here in the form of the 3.ZERØGRAND.

Cole Haan AW18 The Future is Here

“Our favorite thing about the design of 3.ZERØGRAND, is that it stays true to what made the ZERØGRAND an icon – 360° design that solves the needs of our Cole Haan customers while disrupting the status quo of what’s acceptable to wear from dress to casual, work to weekend”, said Cole Haan’s Chief Creative Officer, Scott Patt. The GRAND Fit Chassis is uniquely anatomic and crafted for the functional needs of men and women. It provides hugging and contouring support from midfoot to heel, natural forefoot flexibility, and exceptional underfoot cushioning for an incredibly holistic fit experience.

Cole Haan AW18 The Future is Here

These innovative functional elements blended with supreme craftsmanship result in yet another step forward in Cole Haan’s long tradition of untraditional shoemaking. The 3.ZERØGRAND collection is available on www.colehaanstore.co.uk and in-store and online at Selfridges.

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Why Great Skin Starts From Within

Why Great Skin Starts From Within

To celebrate World Beard Day, the team at the men’s vitamins brand Vitabiotics’ Wellman, have put together a guide to keeping your skin healthy by eating right. No matter how much moisturiser or revitaliser you slather onto your face and beard, if you’re not eating right, lotions and potions will have little to no effect. If you want to improve the health of your skin it’s time to stop treating your skin as a separate entity to your body. Read on to find out more about which foods and vitamins are great for your body, beard, skin and overall health.

Why Great Skin Starts From Within

Vitamin A – Keeping your skin wrinkle free 

With each year that goes by your skin is affected by oxidative stress where the healthy skin cells are broken down, causing a loss of elasticity and leaving behind wrinkles. You can slow down this process naturally by introducing vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene into your diet. If you’re not getting enough vitamin A, your skin can become scaly and rough as too much keratin is produced. You probably won’t have to change your diet too much to get enough vitamin A as it’s present in food sources such as meat and dairy products, dark leafy greens, carrots and sweet potatoes. It should be easy to ensure your Vitamin A intake for most people, as just 28 grams provides seven times more vitamin A than you need on a daily basis.

Why Great Skin Starts From Within

Vitamin C – A natural anti-inflammatory 

Getting the right amount of Vitamin C into your diet helps keep your skin firm, acts as an anti-aging agent and can even reverse any skin damage caused by exposure to the sun. From bell peppers to broccoli and spinach, vegetables are great sources of vitamin C and all come from the polyphenolic plant molecules which act as antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. Vitamin C also plays a critical role in the production of collagen and can be found in many fruits especially citrus fruits, strawberries, blackcurrants, and kiwis. 

Vitamin E – Mother Earth’s moisturiser 

A natural moisturiser that reduces inflammation, redness, and breakouts, vitamin E is nature’s protector of your skin. You can get your vitamin E from spinach, olives, asparagus, whole grains and most seeds and nuts. If you have sunburn, make sure to get plenty of vitamin E as it can reduce the damage while also protecting your skin.

Why Great Skin Starts From Within

Caffeine – Soothe your skin and reduce puffy eyes 

You may be surprised to see caffeine on the list as coffee can dry out your skin. However, if you apply it to areas such as puffy eyes it can help to soothe the skin as it tightens up the blood cells and removes excess water from under the surface of your skin. It’s worth noting that this is only a temporary solution.

You can get the brightening benefits from caffeine-infused creams such as Wellman’s under eye serum which helps to cool and rehydrate your skin whilst reducing under-eye puffiness and dark circles from tiredness. 

Good Fats – For when you want your skin to look its best 

Essential fatty acids are needed to help keep the cellular membrane of your skin cells in the best possible condition. Having healthy cellular membranes allows each cell to maintain water so your skin will always look its best. The good fats help to make sure that your skin doesn’t lose its tone and gives a helping hand in maintaining a strong head of hair. Food sources high in omega 3s and omega 6s are the best natural essential fatty acids and can be found in almonds, sunflower seeds, and salmon.

Why Great Skin Starts From Within

Protein – Helping the robustness of your skin 

Protein is the key to a strong head of hair and a healthy beard. Battling against dryness and brittleness, protein keeps your hair healthy, thick and shiny and also encourages the regeneration of your skin. If you want to keep your beard looking at its best, you can get your protein naturally from a number of food sources including fish, poultry, red meats especially lamb and Greek yoghurt. 

Selenium – Get rid of your acne and dandruff 

Healthy grains have high concentrations of selenium which have been found to reduce acne in adults when combined with vitamin E. For those suffering from dandruff as well, selenium reduces dry scalps and can stimulate hair growth. The most notable source of selenium can be found in brown rice but if rice doesn’t take your fancy you can also find it in tuna, garlic, eggs, red meat and turkey meat.

Why Great Skin Starts From Within

Water – Flush out those unwanted toxins 

Drinking enough water is the easiest starting point for helping your skin remain at its healthiest. By flushing out the toxins, hydrating your skin and increasing your skin’s thickness and blood flow, water is the perfect companion to a healthy diet for your skin. Aside from the obvious necessity of getting water, many fruits and vegetables are made up of approximately 90% water. According to the NHS, you should aim to get at least 1.2 litres of water per day (6-8 glasses) however, if you are exercising, playing sports or if the weather’s hot, then you will want to drink more to stay hydrated. 

4 ways to keep your beard looking healthy 

As it’s World Beard Day, we thought we’d add this particular section to help you keep your beloved beard and the skin underneath it healthy. There are 4 key steps to keeping your beard in its best shape and form: 

1. Use a moisturising hair shampoo to wash your beard on a regular basis. This will prevent it from becoming brittle and the skin underneath drying out. A natural way to keep your beard soft is by adding olive oil or natural oils to it. 

2. It’s easy to forget about your skin when it’s hidden below your glorious beard however, you need to moisturise on a regular basis. If your skin dries out your body will produce extra oils which can lead to breakouts of acne. 

3. Adding the natural vitamins and minerals mentioned above to your healthy diet will help to keep your beard looking great and nourished as well as protect the skin below it. 

4. Invest in the right tools or visit your local barber to shape your beard to put the finishing touches on how you want it to look and feel.

Why Great Skin Starts From Within

Even if you’ve been blessed with a full beard or pimple-free skin, there’s still plenty you can do to keep your skin, hair, and beard looking at its best. By eating healthily and introducing the right types of food into your diet you can help fight the effects of ageing and maintain a healthy complexion, not to mention that all-important beard looking tip-top. If you’ve got your own natural ways of making your beard and skin look great we’d love to hear about them.

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8 of the Best Mens Beard Oils

8 of the Best Mens Beard Oils

As a woman who takes pride in her appearance, it’s probably no surprise to you that I too like a man who knows how to take care of himself. This can be from the obvious, such as maintaining clean hair to the smaller details, such as keeping your hands and nails in good condition. However, following a busy few days attending fashion week and trade shows, a minor detail I noticed, was beard care. From giving the continental two-kiss greeting to fellow attendees, there is something unappealing about brushing cheeks with hard bristled, prickly facial hair.
With this in mind I thought it was time for more men to make use of the great beard products out there. Here’s a list of the best ones on the market today.



8 of the Best Mens Beard Oils

The Bearded Chap Original Blend Beard Oil
 

Australia’s first ever beard oil; this product works for men with both fuller and more subtle beards. Blended with a combination of 11 base and essential oils to create a product that absorbs into the skin but doesn’t lie greasy or heavy whilst leaving your skin feeling supple and hydrated. This oil is also great if you suffer with irritated skin as it will stop the itching caused by facial hair, not only that but you’ll be left with a citrus and spicy scent too. Lastly, each bottle is handcrafted and bottled by a bearded man himself for added effect.

8 of the Best Mens Beard Oils

Portland General Store Ginger Beard Oil 

This ginger beard oil has been named by the brand as ‘cologne for the beard’. This product works to soften and tame your facial mane including those stray whiskers. The oil is made from entirely vegan and organic ingredients such as hemp seed oil, jojoba, manula oil and a number of absolutes and essentials. Hand crafted in Maine in the US you’ll be left with a supple beard with a spicy and warm aroma.

8 of the Best Mens Beard Oils

Proraso Beard Oil 

Another one of my favourites is this oil by Proraso, which will leave your skin feeling hydrated and brighter whilst absorbing into the skin for protection and calming any irritation. The great asset about this particular oil is it also prevents dandruff (yes you can get dandruff in your beard too!) With a delicate scent of cedar wood and Mediterranean citrus fruits, the key is to apply to your beard when it’s damp and gently massage it in.

8 of the Best Mens Beard Oils

Oral Oil 

Oral Oil prides itself on being made entirely of pure natural ingredients to hydrate the skin and beard whilst softening those rough hairs. This oil has a natural earthy fragrance combined from a mixture of essential and organic oils such argan, hemp seed and red raspberry seed oil to leave you with a healthy even glow. This product is the most effective when used both morning and night.

8 of the Best Mens Beard Oils

Yuli Mr Incredible 

If you’re more of a clean neck shaver, this is the product for you. If you want a smooth sharp shave, this will reduce any irritation to the skin and disinfect any cuts. Additionally it restores the balance of cell regeneration under the skin’s surface, so not only does this work on the outside, but it works deeper too. For a refreshing supple beard and face with a luxurious scent this won’t let you down.

8 of the Best Mens Beard Oils

Lucky Scruff Tea Tree 

Carefully curated, Lucky Scruff’s beard oil is made from the finest oils on the market. It won’t weigh your beard down or leaving it feeling oily, and it will help with manageability too. With a crisp and fresh scent, the bottle is also comprised of 100% recycled chipboard.

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Contrast Define Stutterheim AW18 Collection

Contrast Define Stutterheim AW18 Collection

The Autumn/Winter 2018 collection presented by Swedish premium outerwear brand, Stutterheim, is a result of wanting to go back to their roots while also showing off a never-ending curiosity to enter previously unexplored territory within the sphere of protective outerwear, as a number of new materials and styles are introduced.

Contrast Define Stutterheim AW18 Collection

In many ways, the AW18 collection is based on contrasts and opposites, offering fashionable yet functional rainwear for all kinds of wet weather and temperatures. It includes the brand’s first padded winter Parka, perfectly suited to both rainy and snowy winter days. At the other end of the scale, the classic Stockholm and Mosebacke styles are now presented in a lightweight version, along with a number of styles in a new, breathable material – all to meet the demands of markets with a warmer climate.

Contrast Define Stutterheim AW18 Collection

”This is the most functional collection Stutterheim has presented to date, but that doesn’t mean we’ve compromised on our aesthetic values and design principles.” says Founder and Creative Director Alexander Stutterheim. ”Quite the opposite, we’ve been working harder than ever to combine form and function, creating protective outerwear that can be used in the city as well as in the countryside.”

Contrast Define Stutterheim AW18 Collection

Four new seasonal colours are presented, all in muted and subtle hues. Barn Red and Green Willow are a glimpse of the traditional Sweden, representing a typical Swedish cottage surrounded by the forest, while Indigo and Camel are inspired by new traditions and cultures.

Contrast Define Stutterheim AW18 Collection

The notion of contrasts is also explored through the lens of award winning Swedish fashion photographer Elisabeth Toll, for the seasonal campaign photo shoot. Under the concept of ‘Pray For Rain’, Stutterheim invited principal dancers Nadja Sellrup and Oscar Salomonsson from the Royal Swedish Ballet to explore the relationship between melancholy and creativity through the world of dance. Inspired by the ancient rituals of rainmaking, the result is a vibrant merging of traditional rain dance and Swan Lake, where the classic artform of ballet meets contemporary design and photography.

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Everything You Need to Know About Tweed

Everything You Need to Know About Tweed

Oh, the good old Tweed! A material that has so much history behind it! It’s an ever so popular fabric with origins going back to the 19th century and today this material is still holding strong and can be seen on runways and streets during fashion week. Associated with British upper-middle class leisure wear, this material is well known for its durability, practicality and classic timeless polished look.



Everything You Need to Know About Tweed

What is Tweed Made of? 

There are a lot of variations and techniques when it comes to good old Tweed material. Generally speaking, Tweed is a wool cloth which is woven and is usually made for heavy-weight garments like coats, blazers, waistcoats, flat caps and so on. There are different types of Tweed which vary in their proportions of wool used depending on the technique applied when crafting the fabric. For example, Derby Tweed consists of 50% wool with a blend of acrylics and other fibres, Keepers Tweed is a blend of 85% wool and cotton, and the most renowned and trademarked Harris Tweed is made from 100% handwoven wool.

Everything You Need to Know About Tweed

The History of Tweed
 

Did you know that this ever so popular and fancy material was never supposed to be called Tweed? However, the is that London merchant back in 1831 misinterpreted handwriting from a supplier and recognised it as ‘Tweed’ instead of ‘Tweels’ and assumed that it was the trade-name for a material taken from the Tweed river in Scotland. The goods made from this wool fabric were advertised as Tweed ever since. Tweed is traditionally used for country clothing and is highly associated with upper-class leisure wear. The Tweed material for active outdoor enthusiasts in Victorian and Edwardian eras was like a Lycra for cyclists nowadays. Since Tweed is durable and moisture resistant, this material is very popular among hunters, golfers, shooting enthusiasts and equestrians. Can you imagine a gentleman in Victorian times strolling around their country estates without a Tweed blazer on? Probably not.

Everything You Need to Know About Tweed

Tweed Nowadays 

Nowadays, Tweed is worn more liberally than it was back in the day. Even though a sight of a gentleman wearing a Tweed blazer with plus fours and a shotgun would definitely bring some attention, nowadays it is very popular to pair Tweed with more casual solutions like simple tees and jeans. Tweed is as practical and durable as it was all those years ago, so it is not going away any time soon. There are infinite possibilities and settings to wear it no matter the weather and occasion, especially if you want to bring the smart to your casual. All in all, there definitely is a reason why this material stuck with us back in the 19th century and is still as popular as ever. Tweed’s practicality, durability and timeless look are the reason why it still has a very special place in our wardrobes today.

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