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.

A big shout out to the British GQ editorial team, The Harley Street Hair Clinic and as always, the male blogging community:

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Keep your eyes peeled next year, as I share the developments of my FUE hair transplant.

All the best for 2017

Ed

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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”

New Autumn/Winter Grooming Product Releases

I’ve just been voted One of the 10 leading grooming bloggers in the UK by Fashion Monitor and to celebrate I wanted to share some exciting new Autumn/Winter product releases from the world of grooming. So without further ado…

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LAB SERIES MAX LS Matte Renewal Lotion

Finally! a matte moisturiser that actually works! the lightweight formula features absorbent powders to instantly mattify the T-zone to controls shine and when used over time, can actually help control oil production. If that wasn’t enough, the instant optics help diffuse imperfections to enhance the quality of the skin.

RRP £48 – Available in department stores nationwide and online at www.labseries.co.uk

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PAUL MITCHELL Scalp Care Anti-Thinning Shampoo and Conditioner 

Thinning hair can be one of the biggest concerns as men, so the clever guys over at PAUL MITCHELL have tackled the root of the problem, by creating a shampoo and conditioning preventative system that naturally helps slow down the process of thinning hair.

RRP TBC – Available from January 2017 Continue reading “New Autumn/Winter Grooming Product Releases”

Top AW16 Picks from Get The Label

I’ve picked out a few AW16 looks from Get The Label – a one stop online store for heavily discounted designer clothes, offering up to 75% off RRP.

Bewley And Ritch Mens Atlas Shirt – £19.99

I can’t believe how cheap this shirt is compared to the quality and detail. I was initially drawn to the powder blue, pink and red colour ways of the shirt, as well as unusual collar detail. The shirt is soft to the touch and really well fitted to a slimmer figure.

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