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Finisterre and RNLI Collaborate for Charity

Finisterre and RNLI Collaborate for Charity

Starting out in 2003, based on the coastline of England in St Agnes, Tom Kay set out to create a company that provided functional, durable and innovative items for people who love the sea. Although their head office is situated in the far south of the country, they actually have their own store in central London on Earlham Street. If you aren’t familiar with the brand, they produce great classic everyday casualwear including a variety of chinos, colourful merino layers (perfect for autumn) along with basic tees, printed swim shorts and brilliant wool socks. They sell more practical accessories for those who regularly surf and swim and are even currently researching into designing recyclable wetsuits to aid the prevention of huge amounts of wastage created by surfers every year. A very interesting idea. Their collections are extremely wearable and the company pride themselves on making quality clothes that last. They even provide their own repair service for scrapes and tears.

Finisterre and RNLI Collaborate for Charity

Most recently, Finisterre have collaborated with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution for a limited-edition capsule collection. This seems to make total sense for the brand, as not only do their style aesthetics revolve around the British coastline, but founding member, Tom Kay, acts as a volunteer crew member for this lifesaving charity. He started working for the RNLI around the same time that he set up Finisterre and its clear the importance of this charity still remains strong; “The RNLI + Finisterre means a lot to me personally, and to work with the RNLI on this limited-edition range was a big moment for us. The resulting product embodies our shared love and respect for the ocean, a seafaring heritage and the hardiness of the human spirit.”

Finisterre and RNLI Collaborate for Charity

The collection has their forthcoming season in mind as it consists of warm items such as the thick Gansey lambswool fisherman jumpers (£95) and Alpaca beanies. Both are ideal key items for the winter wardrobe. The jumpers would look great worn over a pair of chinos or with their own selvedge 13 oz denim, made from 100% organic Japanese cotton. Possibly the most dominant item in the collection is the Cromer jacket (£275). This fully waterproof outerwear piece is ideal for the wet and windy weather we will undoubtedly experience during the winter months. It also has waterproof zips to keep out the rain. Keeping environmental aspects in mind with the design, Finisterre have created their own recycled ‘engineered insulation’ for this jacket and an FC (fluoro-carbon)-free outer fabric. Remaining as sustainable as possible is another key commitment of Finisterre.

Finisterre and RNLI Collaborate for Charity

In addition to their heavy knit jumpers, there is also the versatile 100% organic cotton navy hoody and classic grey sweatshirt which will be perfect for relaxing in on a weekend, or for layering up underneath the jacket. Both come in a simple design with the ‘RNLI + Finsterre logo’ in the bottom corner. There are a small select range of accessories available in this collaboration too, which include a pompom rib stitch beanie, Alpaca blend socks, organic cotton printed tote and even an RNLI pin designed by Falmouth artist, David Doran.

Finisterre will donate 10% of all sales to the RNLI charity in support of their hard work to save lives at sea.

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10 Transitional Style Commandments

10 Transitional Style Commandments

Just as we’re settling into Summer nicely, we bring you an update on transitioning your wardrobe into autumn. Yes, we’re sorry about that, but preparation is key gentlemen. We recently sat down with Giles Farnham, the Head of River Island Style Studio to get his expert tips and ideas on a swift transition into next season.

10 Transitional Style Commandments

1. Thou Shalt Do Denim 

As the weather turns, it’s out with lightweight linens and in with more rugged attire. Our new 14oz ‘warp’ denim has a tough look, but stretches vertically to move with you, for maximum comfort. 

Recommendations: Faded Skinny Jeans / Ripped Skinny Jeans / Skinny Stretch Jeans

10 Transitional Style Commandments

2. Brave the Elements
 

It might be a touch too warm in temperate to don that shearling coat just yet, but one should be prepared for when the dark clouds inevitably draw in! A lightweight jacket will protect you from those pesky showers. 

Recommendations: Double Breasted Mac / Stone Hooded Jacket / Blue Denim Jacket 

3. Boot Up
 

Appropriate footwear wouldn’t go amiss as you trudge your way through town on your daily commute. Chunkier footwear will be much appreciated when it gets a little cooler. 

Recommendations: Leather Chukka Boots / Suede Chelsea Boots / Pointed Desert Boots

10 Transitional Style Commandments

4. Polo Perfection 

More laidback than a shirt and more grown-up than a tee, the polo is the perfect middle ground between smart and casual, try yours with a tailored Harrington jacket. 

Recommendations: Muscle Fit Polo Shirt / Knitted Polo Shirt / Ribbed Polo Shirt 

5. Knits Versus Nip 

It might not be time to dust off that chunky pullover just yet, however the nights are getting longer and come nightfall there’s a nip in the air. Arm yourself against the evening chill with a fine gauge knit or a loose crew neck. 

Recommendations: Turtle Neck Jumper / Fisherman Jumper / Open Front Cardigan

10 Transitional Style Commandments

6. Adorn Your Ankles
 

As the mercury begins to drop, those lily-white mankles are really not becoming. Cover up in style. 

Recommendations: Stripe Tube Socks / Geometric Print Socks 

7. Jersey Boys 

Sweats have enjoyed something of a renaissance in recent seasons. Easy to dress up or dress down, they’re fast becoming the laid-back essential for those fresher months when a shirt on its own won’t quite cut it. 

Recommendations: Zip Sleeve Hoodie / Stitch Sweatshirt / New York Hoodie

10 Transitional Style Commandments

8. Headgear Essentials 

Planning a late summer festival trip? Whatever the weather, a hat is essential for protection against the elements and a stylish antidote to three days without a mirror or shampoo.

Recommendations: Felt Fedora / Navy Flat Cap / Denim Baseball Cap 

9. Military Swagger 

The season-appropriate answer to chinos. The key to not looking like Melanie Blatt circa 1999 is in the fit – try a slim or tapered leg. 

Recommendations: Khaki Cargo Trousers / Navy Cargo Trouser / Black Cargo Trousers

10 Transitional Style Commandments

10. All Black Everything 

You may want to avoid exposing those crisp white crepes to the changeable weather, so invest in a slick black pair. 

Recommendations: Black Runner Trainers / Black Hi Tops / Black Lace Up Trainers
 

To book an appointment at the River Island Style Studio in Liverpool, Birmingham or London, head to riverisland.com/stylestudio

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Designer Spotlight on Raf Simons

Designer Spotlight on Raf Simons

At first glance, Raf Simons’ appearance gives away very little about his god-like reputation within the world of fashion. The Calvin Klein Creative Director’s trademark black jumper, black dress trousers and battered Adidas Stan Smiths are a good visual metaphor for his minimalist roots. However, they are in stark contrast to his eye-catching runway shows for his eponymous menswear label, or the dazzling, floral couture he designed whilst serving as Creative Director at the helm of Dior.

Designer Spotlight on Raf Simons

The 49-year-old is, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the most influential designers of his generation and is held in esteem by anyone with so much as a passing interest in fashion. All of this on its own is impressive by anyone’s standards but the unconventional route that Simons took into fashion makes his status today all the more awe-inspiring.

Designer Spotlight on Raf Simons

Growing up in the small town of Neerpelt in Belgium, Raf Simons made his first major step toward his current position when he began a course in industrial and furniture design at a college in Genk. During his studies Simons secured an internship with Belgian fashion designer Walter Van Beirendonck – in spite of having previously seen fashion as “a bit superficial” and “all glitz and glamour”. Keen to alter his intern’s perception, Beirendonck took Simons to Paris Fashion Week where he saw his first runway show – fellow Belgian Martin Margiela’s 1991 ‘all-white’ show – it was at this point, Simons says, that he knew he wanted to be a fashion designer: “I walked out of it and I thought, ‘that’s what I’m going to do’. That show is the reason I became a fashion designer.”

Designer Spotlight on Raf Simons

Four years later in 1995, Simons founded his now legendary, namesake menswear label and presented his first few collections on 8mm film. These early works caught the attention of the fashion community and earned him a spot at Paris Fashion Week in 1997. Following his debut runway show, Raf continued with his menswear label, as well as doing work for the likes of V Magazine and Ruffo Research. Shortly after, in 2000, he secured a teaching position in the fashion department at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, a position he would hold for five years until he made the biggest leap in his career thus far.

Designer Spotlight on Raf Simons

In 2005 Raf Simons was appointed Creative Director for luxury German fashion house, Jil Sander. He stayed in his role there until 2012 when he was replaced by Jil Sander herself who returned to resume her old position, leaving Raf to step down. In the months following his departure the rumour mill was working overtime with speculation about where he might end up next. That was until April of the same year when it was announced that Simons would be replacing John Galliano, following his dismissal, as Creative Director of one of the most revered fashion houses on the face of the earth, Dior.

Designer Spotlight on Raf Simons

Simons’ move to Dior thrust him, not just into the high-fashion spotlight, but also into the public eye in a way that he hadn’t been before. This introduced his work to an entirely new audience and earned him legions of new fans in the process. His first couture show at Dior was a colossal success and even had the feature film – Dior and I – made about it.

With hype around the designer growing all the time, German sportswear behemoths Adidas signed a contract with Raf to collaborate on a line of footwear. Their first joint effort was, of course, Raf’s take on his favourite Adidas silhouette, the Stan Smith. His version featured a premium leather upper, perforated ‘R’ detailing to the sides and was released season by season in a variety of interesting colours. Since then the pair have gone on to release some of the most hyped footwear in recent history, including the opinion polarising Ozweego.

Designer Spotlight on Raf Simons

After several very successful years at Dior, Simons shocked the fashion world when he announced in October 2015 that he would be leaving the legendary French fashion house. His decision resulted in him ranking as Google’s top trending fashion designer of 2016. In the years that followed Raf Simons continued with his label before it was announced in August 2016 that he was to be hired by Calvin Klein as their Chief Creative Officer. His first show with CK held at New York Fashion Week this year. Prior to this, eager fashion fanatics had their appetites whet with images of Stranger Things star, Millie Bobby Brown, modelling some of the first CK designs since Raf has been in charge.

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Is Vaping Now a Fashion Statement

Is Vaping Now a Fashion Statement

Vaping officially made the men’s fashion scene when vapes showed up on the runways – and in the audience – during New York Fashion Week about two years back. But instead of skittering off into hiding like so many of yesterday’s fashionable accessories, vaping continues to hold strong as more than just a passing trend. It’s a culture. It’s a community. It’s a lifestyle. And it shows absolutely no signs of slowing down.

Is Vaping Now a Fashion Statement

Vaping’s Impact on Society
 

One of the most obvious reasons to turn to vaping is as an alternative to cigarettes. And this appears to be happening across the UK. Statistics from the Office for National Statistics shows the number of smokers in Britain is at its lowest point since 1974, with more than one million people saying they turned to vaping to help them stop smoking. Data from 2015 noted about 17 percent of adults in the UK smoked, a decrease from the approximately 20 percent that smoked in 2010. Vapers and e-cigarette users across England, Scotland and Wales numbered 2.3 million in 2015, which accounts for about 4 percent of the population.

Is Vaping Now a Fashion Statement

When asked why they turned to vaping, about 50 percent of respondents said it was to quit smoking. Twenty-two percent said it was because it was less harmful than smoking, and 10 percent said it was because vaping was less expensive than buying cigarettes. Nine percent said they turned to vaping because it was allowed indoors. Even if giving up cigarettes is one of the foremost reasons people initially turned to vaping, vaping has moved far beyond simply serving as a substitute for smoking. For some it’s become, dare we say, a way of life.
 

The Vaping Scene
 

Since its emergence in the mid-2000s, the vaping scene has exploded. Today you can find e-juice that ranges from synthetic flavors that mimic food and drink to Black Note’s natural tobacco e-juice crafted from tobacco extract. You can likewise find vaping devices that range from a simple battery and tank to an advanced mod you can build and customise yourself. And yes, those mods can be customised to actually match your outfit, with nicotine levels selected in e-juice adjusted to match your mood. Vaping has been referred to as the new urban fashion statement, as much as a status symbol as Fabrix wooden sunglasses or a Remus Uomo suit.

Is Vaping Now a Fashion Statement

The vaping scene has also given rise to a thriving vaping community. Vaping festivals are regularly held in the UK, US, Italy, France and other areas of the world. Cloud-chasing competitions are also cropping up in local venues, and a handful of businesses across London even allow vaping on the premises. With its absence of smell and smoke, vaping is much easier to embrace than the oh-so-passe habit of smoking. And vaping additionally comes with benefits that include chemicals, no tar and no burn holes in your suit (or at least no burn holes from a carelessly dropped cigarette). Vaping has not only become an alternative to smoking, but it has become a socially acceptable alternative that doubles as a lifestyle. And don’t forget the power it wields as a sleek and savvy men’s fashion accessory – handsome both on the runway and off.

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East London Stores You Need to Visit

East London Stores You Need to Visit

Where better to shop for clothes in London than in the hippest part of the city. East London is known for its quirky markets, pubs, bars and most importantly, its great independent boutique shops. East is home to a large percentage of the city’s best menswear stores and if you’re going to be in town, then these are the ones you should be paying a visit to.

East London Stores You Need to Visit

Son Of A Stag 

Denim heads, prepare to discover your new favourite shop. Son Of A Stag, not far from Brick Lane at The Old Truman Brewery, specialises in hard-to-find Japanese and American brands. For denim and boots, there is no other store in the country that comes close to matching it. The staff are endlessly knowledgeable and even offer an alteration service. The selection of rare denim is unrivalled and includes brands which often can’t be found anywhere else in the UK. Just make sure to take your credit card, as this level of quality doesn’t come cheap.
 

Find it: Old Truman Brewery, Dray Walk, E1 6QL

East London Stores You Need to Visit

Present Stone Island Outlet 

Tucked away down a back street in Hackney’s ever-expanding luxury outlet village, Hackney Walk is the Present Stone Island outlet store. The huge retail space is stocked mostly with Stone Island and C.P. Company, although other brands, such as Woolrich, can sometimes be found on the rails. It’s a must for any Stone Island fans who happen to find themselves in London because it carries a massive selection and some unbelievably marked-down prices. 

Find it: Morning Lane, London E9 6LH

East London Stores You Need to Visit

Goodhood 

Goodhood opened its doors back in 2007 and has become a well-known name around London and beyond. The store prides itself on its curational buying style and its tendency to, as they put it, “follow the flow of culture, rather than the trends of the fashion industry”. With the new flagship store having opened in recent years, now is the perfect time to drop in and find brands such as Universal Works, Comme Des Garcons, Norse Projects, Gosha Rubchinskiy and many more. 

Find it: 151 Curtain Rd, London EC2A 3QE

East London Stores You Need to Visit

The Brokedown Palace 

An outdoor lifestyle shop, in the middle of hipster London? It doesn’t make sense. At least not until you step inside. The Brokedown Palace in Shoreditch’s popular Boxpark stocks only the coolest and highest quality outdoor gear from the likes of Pendleton, Fjällräven, Patagonia and more. In addition to clothes, you’ll also find some seriously stylish homeware and pretty much everything you might need to kit yourself out for the wilderness, or just a stroll through the east end. 

Find it: 37-41, Boxpark, Shoreditch, 2-4 Bethnal Green Rd, E1 6GY

East London Stores You Need to Visit

Hostem 

Hostem is a bit of an East London menswear institution but is still a relatively well-kept secret outside of the city. Known for its dark, deconstructed aesthetic and avant garde approach to tailoring, Hostem has built up a reputation for being the best at what it does. The store is dimly lit and moody, featuring antique furnishings and reclaimed timber fixtures. Expect to find brands such as VISVIM, Comme Des Garcons, Thom Browne and Junya Watanabe, showcased alongside work from exciting new designers. This hip boutique is a must-visit for any fashion aficionados in town. 

Find it: 28 Old Nichol St, London E2 7HR

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Designer Spotlight on Rick Owens

Designer Spotlight on Rick Owens

Rick Owens looks the sort that was not only bullied as a child, but bullied by the other children who were in turn bullied. He would be at the bottom of the bullying eco system until one day he lost the glasses, requisitioned a small pod of fellow acne riddled outcasts, formed a band, got a cool car and miraculously pulled the best looking girl in school. If you’ve seen the John Carpenter film Christine, he performed what I like to call, the Arnold Cunningham trick.

Designer Spotlight on Rick Owens

“If you don’t like Rick Owens, chances are you’ll never like him, because I’m not going to change. Big maisons have to please a lot more people than I have to. I have my niche that I cater to. I can’t imagine what they have to go through, it would kill me. A lot of cooks in the kitchen.” – Rick Owens.

Designer Spotlight on Rick Owens

During his time at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, he wore a daily uniform consisting of ‘tight black jeans, black platforms, a black T-shirt and a leather jacket’. His own label, begun in 1994, found a following selling exclusively to Charles Gallay, a pioneering Los Angeles retailer who kept Rick Owens in business for several years. 

“I went to LA to be an artist, but painting was like a priesthood, too much rigour, not sure I had the intellectual stamina to follow it through. So I got a job and learned how to make patterns all day long. I enjoyed a conventional lifestyle and was determined to do it my way, express myself, for better for worse – I can be poor, I knew how to do that. But I needed to go all the way.” – Rick Owens

Designer Spotlight on Rick Owens

“I started selling to stores, to good stores, I wasn’t stupid. When you do that people like American Vogue run into you. They saw my collections and offered to pay for my first runway show. They wanted to promote American designers but my aesthetic is so narrow, so specific. I didn’t think it would move fast, I didn’t want to do it but I thought, to hell with it, I’m 40, give it a try.” 

Owens eventually migrated from Los Angeles to Paris. He was soon coined the Godfather of ‘Brutal Chic’ and inspired by his wife and muse Michele Lamy, Owens manifested his idea of functionality through a monumental minimalism, sashaying a mythical syncopated sexuality into unique pieces. In short, a supposed expose on the decay of time passing.

Designer Spotlight on Rick Owens

“At the beginning it was hard, I’d never seen a runway before and had no way of knowing how to present my aesthetic. It took me a long time – I regret that – there were awkward shows and learning publicly. I was learning to be part of the system, schedule, deliveries and factories all at the same time. Runways were a part of that but manufacturing in Europe was hard. People often ask will I run out of ideas – it’s all there, I don’t have to find anything, it’s all inside me – I just have to figure out how to untangle it.” 

Rick Owens conceives of iridescent collections, composed of asymmetrical tunics, sarouel shorts and trousers, elongated T-shirts, signature Geobasket sneakers and frequent collaborations with Adidas. He has emerged as a powerful reimagining of masculinity, one with seemingly unimpeachable power.

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Introducing the Toc19 from Toc Watch

Introducing the Toc19 from Toc Watch

Toc Watch, or Toc, launched its first watch only 2 weeks ago and it’s already getting noticed. Toc is a small watch company based in Dublin, Ireland. It was set up in July 2016 with the sole purpose of designing and delivering vintage styled watches that express the individuality of the wearer. Toc builds watches that make a personal statement right from your wrist. Their watches tell a story about you, about your personality, your attitude, your character. Their first watch, called the Toc19, is only available on Kickstarter.com and only until August 25th with Early Bird prices currently available from €189 (£171) as part of their pre-order launch campaign. The Toc19 is a slick watch and it has already got some great impartial reviews and coverage globally. It’s not a surprise then that they’ve achieved 200% of their target after only 2 weeks.

Introducing the Toc19 from Toc Watch

The two founders, Will and Max, chose the watch business because they truly love watches and they wanted to design and build a watch that they would normally aspire to wear. Twelve months ago, they decided that it was time to channel their creativeness into a project they truly cared for. And so, Toc was born and the design of the Toc19 began. Toc keeps the design simple while still managing to introduce some bolder dial colours, withing taking their focus off delivering a quality watch.

Introducing the Toc19 from Toc Watch

The Inspiration of Toc19 

The Toc19’s minimalist design means they are subtle enough to fit in with every day wear while being elegant enough to be a serious dress watch. The design was inspired by a German vintage watch from Kano dating back to the 1930s. The watch company Kano was unfortunately destroyed during WWII but its design influence remains. This Bauhaus influence (1919-1933) is clearly seen in Toc’s simple design and in their use of a hand wound movement. Attention to detail is clear and Will and Max have left nothing to chance with the Toc19. They have spent the last 12 months ensuring quality was not overlooked when choosing its materials e.g. all Toc19 watches boast scratch resistant sapphire crystal glass casing (a material considerably tougher than Gorilla Glass). This is rarely seen on watches under £800 (€880)

Toc19 Specifications: Domed Scratch Resistant Sapphire Crystal, Stainless Steel (316L), Italian Leather, 44mm Case Diameter, Brass Dial- Brushed Sunray and Smooth Styles, Dial Colours (Crimson Red, Retro Cream, Sunray Silver, Graphite Grey, Carbon Black and Emerald Green), Hand Wound Seagull ST3621 Movement, Bits at 21.600 BPH, Water Resistance – 30m, Weight – 75g.

Introducing the Toc19 from Toc Watch

5 Year Warranty & Free Shipping 

Will and Max want to grow Toc into a strong brand delivering quality watches and so the Toc19 comes with a 5-year warranty as well as free worldwide shipping. Toc19 will be a limited-edition release of 6 different dial colours as well as various strap options. Your own unique limited-edition number will be etched into the back case of the watch which is a classy touch and sure to add value as time ticks by. They want the buyer to be inspired and pick the dial colour and strap option that suits their own unique personality. The Crimson Red and Emerald Green dial colours shows the adventurous side of the two founders where the Retro Cream shows their appreciation of heritage and the past.

Introducing the Toc19 from Toc Watch

The next 12 months for Toc 

Will and Max have great plans for Toc with a second design in the works already. They hope to release a total of 3 watches before July 2018. The duo have a fresh and honest approach to their new business, making it a part of their lifestyle and they believe it’s never too late to break free and change your story. Become part of their story now by choosing a version of their watch that shows the real you.
Their project is live on Kickstarter.com and to see more about Toc visit thetocwatch.com

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How to Get Rid Of That Dad Bod

How to Get Rid Of That Dad Bod

Ok busy dads; it’s your turn to get fit. But don’t worry you are certainly not alone. It can be very hectic managing work life with home life and being a busy parent – it’s tough doing all of this as well as taking care of number one. You may well have noticed your mid-30 spread has slowly but surely turned into a mid-40 spread and you haven’t been able to do anything about it. This change in body shape and fat percentage has been slowly creeping up over many years, and not noticing or observing and not making changes can be dangerous. However, with a few small changes here and there to your day to day living and weekly routine you can lower your body fat and increase your energy levels in no time at all.

How to Get Rid Of That Dad Bod

High-summer is fast approaching and getting rid of that ‘dad bod’ will be a boost to your self-esteem as well as the health benefits you will receive. I am not saying pack in your job or stop taking the kids to sports practice, your hectic lifestyle can stay hectic if it so wishes; but these little and often changes can fit nicely in and around your life without you breaking stride. And yes, we’ve heard all the excuses under the sun about how you’re a dad now and this is what dads are supposed to look like, wrong! Dads are kings of their castles and no excuses below are going to stop you from flying the flag high for health and happiness.

How to Get Rid Of That Dad Bod

“I’m too busy; I don’t think I can do it” 

To be honest with you, during your busy lifestyle, focusing on getting rid of your ‘dad bod’ at this stage is all down to attitude. You have to make that switch from accepting this is what you look like and feel like to wanting to look and feel better. Once you have set yourself a goal of making a change and you commit to it, you will be surprised when and where opportunities for change arise. For example, cycling to work is an easy switch to make especially if your employer is involved in the government Cyclescheme. It doesn’t affect anything around you and your working day continues as normal. Or even next time you drop your kids off at football practice, take your trainers with you. Rather than watching them in the car with the radio on, why not run, walk and jog your way around the pitch.

How to Get Rid Of That Dad Bod

“I just don’t I have the time; don’t forget I am a dad” 

Nonsense, 1 hour is 4% of your day, 4%! Plus, we don’t even expect you to work out for 1 hour every day. We’re suggesting you work out for less than that 2 or 3 times a week.
Rather than travelling to and from the gym, try short bursts of exercise at maximum effort at home or in the garden. Follow The Body Coach on social media for home workout ideas, these short bursts of exercise are at least as effective if not more so than sustained longer periods of exercise when trying to get rid of the ‘dad bod’. This technique is called high intensity interval training (HIIT), HIIT can make all the difference when looking to squeeze in that workout two or three times a week. These workouts can be done at as much intensity as you need, with your body weight as your resistance, meaning you don’t need to search for the perfect place to get motivated. Work this around your babies nap schedule, there are enough hours in the day for a 20 minute, high intensity workout, and that even includes your warm up.

How to Get Rid Of That Dad Bod

“I find exercise tedious and boring” 

Ok, I am with you on this one, but the key here is to find something you enjoy. Anything we do that is boring is because it’s mundane and doesn’t challenge us. If you join an exercise class, or a sports team then immediately you are transported into a social event with other people – if you can do it with friends then even better. Variety is the spice of life, especially when us dads start to master something. If you are going to the gym already ask your personal trainer or staff member to build a plan for you, you can guarantee there will be exercises there that you are not doing or haven’t tried yet. Your prefect ally to high intensity training in the house is the kettlebell. Not only does it allow you to fit in exercises around your busy schedule, but the use of kettlebells can get your heart rate up quicker than other types of training. They can get you burning up to 20 calories a minute, depending on what exercises you are doing and how much effort you are putting in. But the important thing here for busy dads is that this is equivalent to a cardio class or a running session, but over a shorter period of time. Adding two or three 15-20-minute kettlebell workouts to your weekly schedule will transform how you look, and just as importantly how you feel. Your sedentary lifestyle is then no more.

How to Get Rid Of That Dad Bod

“I can’t afford a gym membership” 

If you don’t want to be tied into a contract or can’t visit regularly we’d recommend Pay As U Gym. However, you don’t actually need to go to the gym to burn fat and rid yourself of the ‘dad bod’. In fact, travelling there, showering and travelling back home again is just wasting your precious time right now. While your kids are in school or nursery you can be running and burning fat on the streets or at a park. If you take on the HIIT principles of sprinting for 10 seconds then jogging for 30 seconds then you could be done in 15 minutes. But if you have more time, running or cycling is free, and if you run with a friend to push each other then that’s even better. Also, the national Parkrun schemes happen at 9am every Saturday morning around Britain. Again, this timed 5k course is free, and it allows you to push a running stroller around with you. So, while your child is asleep or enjoying the scenic ride then you could be resistance training around a beautiful park or coastline all before 10am. We recommend the Thule Glide that we’ve been trialling over the past few weeks. The lightweight (only 9.9kg) materials, aerodynamic design and large suspension wheels are unrivalled to the running buggy competition. It also has height-adjustable handles allowing for both an effortless grip and a long stride suited to us tall guys. 

How to Get Rid Of That Dad Bod

“My spare time is taken by my new baby” 

From one dad to another, trust me when I say getting to the gym for an hour or so, two or three times a week, is nearly impossible. But that’s ok; you can get creative and work around a newborn baby or toddlers. You don’t even need to rely on equipment at this stage, your own body weight along with your babies body weight will provide all the weighted resistance you need. Wear your little one in a carrier around the house or the park, take the stairs whenever possible and do some squats. Plus, placing the focus on perfecting your form during each exercise is hard enough as it is. Again, the Thule Glide running buggy mentioned above will come in handy when its your little one’s nap time. Even a 30 minute micro nap is enough jogging time to work up a sweat. 

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Is Normcore Still Relevant

Is Normcore Still Relevant

Can you think of a positive adjective to describe normcore? The trend having its moment in both streetwear and menswear circles from 2013 through 2015 embodied everything painfully retro: dated looks designers and Instagrammers alike forced on us, the worst of revived ‘90s styles, and anti-fashion that was never stylish in the first place. After all, what teen or young adult, circa 1995, truly wanted to dress like Jerry Seinfeld, Steve Jobs, or worse, his own dad? We all had far more interesting rock stars and hip-hop icons to emulate, and rave culture’s baggy, psychedelic-patterned pieces did the shapeless silhouette far better.

Is Normcore Still Relevant

Yet, a sloppy, can’t-bother vibe is exactly what oversized khakis, awkward bucket hats, polo shirts, Champion sweatshirts, and orthopedic sandals conjured. Slap some sickles and Cyrillic lettering on it, and it suddenly turns into post-Soviet fashion, but without it, normcore is, at its best, incredibly boring. So, if it’s just behind us, why bring it up now? Even though trends themselves go through 20-year cycles, hence the sudden interest in everything ‘90s, normcore bowed out for a brief moment, and has returned in an evolved form – one that’s more mature this time around, realises it’s nothing more than a gratingly ironic statement, and understands its limitations.

Is Normcore Still Relevant

Branded Streetwear Collections
 

If you look at the trajectory of American consumerist culture, universal buying power hit its peak in the early-to-mid 2000s – a gluttonous time, looking back on it, of tacky trucker hats, bedazzled trousers, overpriced homes with easy-to-obtain mortgages, and fuel-guzzling SUVs. While, maybe in a few years, this period further exemplified by 24-7 celebrity coverage might be remembered fondly, it’s the road to here – the 1990s – that’s having its moment. So, fittingly, KFC’s recent foray into fashion yearns for these glory days with a series of normcore-influenced silhouettes serving as the backdrop to logo and slogan graphics and fried chicken-based patterns. The limited line of apparel and accessories sticks with the essentials – T-shirts, sweatshirts with raglan sleeves, and patterned socks, along with buttons. More literally, Apple finally made its early ‘90s trainers available to the public. Once only sold to company employees, a style based on old running and cross-training shoes emerged over 10 years ago on eBay by accident. While trainers now, more practically, help you out with a lighter, streamlined form, the bulky design and monochrome look here remind you of a template that’s since greatly evolved.

Is Normcore Still Relevant

The “Ugly” Trainer Trend  

The Apple shoe signifies another normcore offshoot: the “Ugly” trainer trend. Whether it’s for this specific novelty piece or high-fashion versions like the Balenciaga Triple-S, sneakerheads have been pining for what can best be described as a “dad shoe”. Not to be confused with a “dad cap,” a lightweight, unstructured, five-panel design your father may have worn 20 years ago on his weekends off, a “dad shoe” looks like something you’d see in an ‘80s fitness video crossed with a clunky ‘90s casual trainer – all leather, a thick outsole, and a puffy, single-colour appearance. These days, no fitness-minded man would be caught dead in something this impractical. But, on the collectable, vintage-minded end, these normcore styles look back toward the New Balance 990 – a thicker, rubber-soled shoe – or the Nike Cortez, an all-suede, two-tone combination with a textured outsole. The results, better suited for sitting on a shelf, exaggerate the proportions and tend to incorporate more colours than the originals once had.

Is Normcore Still Relevant

Subtle Symbolism in Streetwear
 

Starting with SS17 collections, silhouettes like large bombers, wide-legged cargoes, and unstructured “dad caps”, most in a palette of browns, white, and tans, hint at normcore’s normalcy in streetwear collections, with Stampd taking a more literal approach. Yet, Steve Aoki’s latest Dim Mak Collection, titled Build Series, sees this concept as more than just a context-free admiration for all things retro. Spliced with artwork from graffiti artist David Choe and various political slogans, Build Series appears to react to the current Trump presidency, doing its own version of “Make America Great Again” with “Paradise” and “Land of The Free.” Yet, rather than the bright red hue and American flag iconography popular amongst Trump’s supporters, the other side of the United States’ supposed glory days emerges through barbed wire, guard dogs, and razor blade palm trees. However, the symbolism isn’t always as overt. 

For instance, press coverage accompanying Prada’s AW17 show of oversized, pleated pants and slouchy sweaters emphasises that these more shapeless styles represent a return to normalcy – or, more specifically, the stability of and pathway to a middle-class lifestyle the ‘90s still seemed to have. Being able to have a house and not care about what you wear have become the new “aspirational,” whether that’s mirroring former President Obama’s “dad style” – high-waist, pleated, stone wash jeans and Asics trainers, for instance – or settling into practical, comfortable fashion, such as the pieces described above or the “Officecore” styles seen in recent collections by Gosha Rubchinskiy and Vetements. Essentially, by the late ‘90s, finding yourself in a reality like that depicted in Office Space appeared to be a droning, dead-end fate; now, with fewer opportunities to get ahead, that consistency seems like a pipe dream.

Is Normcore Still Relevant

Gorpcore 

Along the same lines as athleisure, gorpcore sees apparel from traditional outdoor and camping brands being worn as casualwear. Spurred by hip-hop stars like A$AP Rocky and Drake sporting puffer jackets, gorpcore – named after the trail mix acronym for “good old raisins and peanuts,” if you didn’t get the reference – takes the same practical approach as normcore. Only, this time, that winking irony of appropriating cringingly awful 20-year-old styles gets replaced with a sense of function. And, if you’ve ever worked with outdoor gear, puffers, hoodies, fleece, and windbreakers from brands like The North Face, Arc’Teryx, Stone Island, and Patagonia essentially do double duty. While they’re not particularly on-trend, their streamlined forms are easily integrated with everyday pieces, and at the same time, their usually lightweight and packable construction comes fortified with water-resistant, windproof, and breathable properties.

Is Normcore Still Relevant

In short, you’ve got a seemingly basic jacket that keeps you dry, doesn’t feel particularly heavy, and lets your body breathe. But, the key to doing gorpcore is not looking like you’re about to go backpacking in the wilderness or camping out for the weekend. As such, one of these jackets or even a waistpack shouldn’t be paired with thick, padded gloves, a balaclava, walking boots, and shell pants. Instead, this water-repelling, warmth-retaining essential looks best in the city with no-nonsense streetwear basics – jeans or painter trousers, Converse or Vans trainers, and a sweatshirt or button-down underneath.

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The Most Expensive Jewellery Around the World

The Most Expensive Jewellery Around the World

This infographic will take you through the most expensive pieces of jewellery from around the world. The list will take you through the top 10 most expensive pieces of jewellery, the price range is from £5 million all the way to a massive £309 million. Our friends over at Berganza have drawn up this educational infographic for us to show you just how much each piece of jewellery is, where it originated from and a few key facts on each piece.

The Most Expensive Jewellery Around the World

Firstly, starting with the cheapest piece in the list. Golconda diamond ring, yet being the cheapest in this list, it is still worth a massive £5 million. The stunning pear-shaped diamond ring burst into the public consciousness at Sotheby’s magnificent jewels and jadeite autumn sale of 2011. Next in the list is Wallis Simpson’s panther bracelet, a stunning piece of jewellery that was sold at an auction in 2010 for the equivalent of $7.2 million, which accumulates to around £4.5 million. At the time of it being sold it was the most expensive bracelet to have ever been sold.

The Most Expensive Jewellery Around the World

Next in the list is Golconda diamond earrings, the Golconda mine of India was the source of many of the worlds most spectacular diamonds and these cushion-shaped stones are the perfect example. In 2011 these earrings were bought in an auction that seemed to cause quite a frenzy. They were ultimately snapped up by an anonymous bidder for a monster $9.3 million, which accumulates to around £7.1 million. Next up we have the Jadeite Necklace, an exquisite necklace that was deemed to be “doubly fortunate” due to their flawless translucence and vivid coloration. In 1997 Christie’s auctioned this piece for $9.4 million, which accumulates to around £7.2 million, a record for jadeite jewellery at the time until they sold at Sotheby‘s in Hong Kong in 2014 for $27.4 million. Another piece of jewellery on the list is the Heart of the Ocean. Famous for being in academy award winning film Titanic, although the necklace was fictional, Harry Whinstone was inspired by this film and took it upon himself to create a necklace which was sold for $20 million, which accumulates to around £15.45 million. Now we are down to the three most expensive pieces in the world. The wittelsbach Graff diamond, the wonderful piece is 31 carats (6.212 g) of flawless clarity. The stone formed part of the Austrian crown jewels and has the characteristics that remind many of the Hope diamond.

The Most Expensive Jewellery Around the World

The Graff pink, this piece has been hailed as one of the worlds most unique diamonds due to its size, quality and its unique pink coloration. It was once owned by famous jeweller Harry Winston who sold it to a private collect more than 60 years ago. It was expected to fetch between $25 million and $35 million, but ended up being sold for a whopping $46 million, making it the single most expensive stone ever auctioned. This is most definitely one of the stand out pieces in this list because of the colour, size and just overall general worth. Now here is the most expensive piece in the list, more importantly the most expensive piece of jewellery in the world. January 26th 1905 in South Africa the largest gem-quality rough diamond ever was discovered. The diamond was later bought by the British government and presented to the crown. One of the diamonds, the Cullinan rough yielded became the 530 carat Cullinan I. Today it is the centrepiece of the royal sceptre that resides in the Tower of London though it can be removed and worn as a brooch.

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