How to Dress this Valentine’s Day*

nightlifeThat one special day of the year, where we get to spoil our other halves is fast approaching and I imagine you’ve booked the restaurant, ordered the flowers and picked out the most appropriate card in Paperchase. But have you thought about the what to wear on the big night yet?

Well, look no further, as I give you the ultimate how to dress guide for this Valentine’s day. Inspired by the romance of Kraken Rum’s #Rumantics campaign (more details below).

Be Sophisticated

Sophistication never goes out of style. I’m not saying wear a full-on tux, but you can’t go wrong with a skinny/slim fit blazer paired with a well-cut crisp white,  mallow pink or baby blue shirt.

Opt for skinny black jeans or chinos for the perfect silhouette and keep the shoes black or brown in a classic brogue, Oxford or loafer style.

For that perfect finishing touch, add a pocket square to give that touch of sophistication.

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Topman Blue Wool Skinny Flit Blazer, £60
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Turnbull & Asser Pocket Square, Selfridges, £70
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We Are Gntlemen Oxford Shirt, £42.99
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Topman Skinny jeans, £30
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Aldo Pallini loafers, £95

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Building a Sustainable Fitness Habit with Virgin Active

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Wearing: One Endeavour / Photo: Jamie Cullen

And on day 21, his sustainable fitness habit was formed…

It’s nearly the beginning of February and in previous years, I’d have usually started a New years resolution and failed miserably. However, this is certainly not the case in 2017.

With the help of Virgin Active, I’ve kicked off 2017 feeling fitter, healthier, happier more energised and proud. How? well, it all came down to being part of Virgin Active’s 21 Day Challenge. In a nutshell, Virgin Active challenged 21 Influencers to build a sustainable fitness habit over a 21-day period – which apparently is how long it takes to form a habit. Continue reading “Building a Sustainable Fitness Habit with Virgin Active”

GQ Online Article – Thank You!

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Just a quick post from me to thank everyone for the overwhelming support, after my first article for British GQ Online went live earlier this week.

As you can imagine, with it being such a personal article and GQ Online having such a big international reach, I was a little nervous about this one! The whole idea behind the article was to help and offer guidance to any guys out there who are considering a hair transplant or coming to terms with baldness, and the kind of interaction this article has already received shows that this goal has been achieved. Continue reading “GQ Online Article – Thank You!”

Fitness Studio Review: FitMiBODY, Old Street

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Personally, when it comes to exercise I see results best when train with a personal trainer – always have and always will!

For me, the top three benefits of personal training are; Encouragement, Routine and a tailored approach towards fitness goals.

FitMiBODY, a crowd-funded fitness studio in Old Street set up by Entrepreneur, Matt Lo believes in the ethos that ‘personal training should be more accessible for everyone’. Working in top health clubs and private studios throughout his career, Matt recognised that personal training can be expensive for many and that typical fitness classes don’t provide structured programmes suited to achieving individual goals. Born out of this belief, Matt was inspired to create a change within the fitness industry and crowd funded his way to opening in February 2016 specialising in small group personal training with a maximum of 8 people per class

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The boutique studio offers a range of packages to match fitness requirements, from their specialist area of group classes through to personal training and an ‘open gym’ option to use the studio’s full facilities. For the purpose of this review, I took part in a Personal 1 on 1 package with Matt, which starts at £85 for one session / £750 for 10 sessions and £1,300 for 20 sessions. Continue reading “Fitness Studio Review: FitMiBODY, Old Street”

An Introduction to the 4th Course with Martell*

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Since visiting Cognac earlier in 2016, and learning about the process and heritage of the spirit, I’ve been eager to learn more about the actual cognac brands, in particular Martell – one of the oldest and well-known houses within the region.

At the time of the year where we’re getting friends and family together to toast the year gone by and look ahead to the new year, Martell has created ‘The 4th Course’ cognac serve, a series of food pairings designed to enhance the harmonious blend of fresh citrus and pear flavours, wood and spice notes and velvety texture of Martell VS.

Based on the after-dinner French Café Gourmand serve and playing homage to Martell’s rich cultural heritage and associations with extraordinary food, The Martell 4th Course pairs Martell Cognac with a selection of petits fours .

I was lucky enough to be introduced to the 4th course recently, during a culinary experience hosted by Martell at Malmaison London. The event was lead by Martell Brand Ambassador, Matthias Lataille, who introduced the small-intimate dinner table to the four recipes, created in partnership with Martell and Cordon Bleu trained Chef, Luiz Hara.

The simple food pairings can be prepared cold and can be prepared and left in the fridge ahead of entertaining guests, including this easy-to-follow Iberico Charcuterie & Cognac Soaked Prunes recipe:

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Old Spitalfields Market – The Perfect Destination for the Discerning Man

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If you’re familiar with East London, you’re probably familiar with Old Spitalfields Market – but have you really been acquainted? after years of living East, I thought I properly had until I took an in-depth tour of the market to truly discover what makes Old Spitalfields Market such an iconic London shopping destination.

Nestled between Liverpool Street station and Brick Lane, the historic market features a mix of internationally reconsided brands such as Chanel, Jigsaw, Bobbi Brown and Tiger, as well as a plethora of stalls offering handmade, antique and artsy goods. And for once the shopping is all done, Old Spitalfields Market offers a broad range of restaurants and bars to cater to all tastes, including Healthy, American, Seafood and Greek.

Old Spitalfields Market certainly is the perfect destination for the discerning man and here’s why…

For the Perfect Beard Trim/Wet Shave

Murdock at Hackett London Spitalfields: The gentleman’s barbershop is fused with Hackett’s stylish surroundings to create the ultimate man hub, offering wet shaves, moustache and beard trims and haircuts. They are open on Sundays and close at 7pm on weekdays, so perfect for an after-work tidy up Book here.

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For the Perfect Flat White and Cycle Gear

Rapha: The ultimate destination for the cycle and coffee enthusiasts! As well as the perfect flat white, Rapha produces premium cycle clothing and accessories, cleverly tailored from technical fabrics for style and comfort and ideal for cycling as well as the office. Check out their shirt range here, from £95.

Additionally, Rapha has just introduced the ‘Rapha Clubhouse’ – housed within the basement vault of the Rapha store, the Rapha Vault allows customers to experience Rapha’s premium clothing as it is designed to be worn, recreating customer’s riding position on a static bicycle inside a climate-controlled chamber.

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The Discerning Man’s Christmas Gift Guide for Him

Can you believe it’s nearly one month away until Christmas day! and with that it mind, it’s time to think about Christmas gifting.

Personally, I find ‘what would you like for Christmas’ one of the hardest questions of the year to answer! so, I’ve created a Christmas gift guide as a starting point for anyone facing that weirdly-strange-to-answer question and for those looking for the perfect gift for him.

The guide is broken down into sections covering fashion, fitness, drinks and grooming, with a bumper section at the end of the post! Happy Reading and let me know what you think of the items featured in the comment box below and Twitter

For the Snappy Dresser

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Chester Barrie, Camel Roll Neck – £145 from www.chesterbarrie.co.uk

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Jack Wills Friendsmas Collection Salcombe LW Flannel Check Shirt – £59.50 from www.jackwills.com/ with 25% off for The Discerning Man readers using code ‘FRIENDS25’ Continue reading “The Discerning Man’s Christmas Gift Guide for Him”