red Piers Atkinson baseball cap with eyes on the back viewed from behind
Fashion, Travel

OMG

When I think of LA, I think of relaxed style. So I played it pretty simple with my outfits. But, when I think of American style, one piece that stands out is the baseball cap – or snapback to use the vernacular.

I opted for a custom Piers Atkinson ‘OMG’ cap, made by the master milliner (friend and all-round nice chap) himself. I absolutely adore his work and this bad boy is one of my faves. Those sneaky eyes just make me smile… Not to mention being incredibly on-point in the fashion world at the moment.

Although I planned to get my mitts on one as soon as possible, I thought the pom-poms on the mainline version would make it hard for me to pull off with conviction; so Piers kindly made me one without. Finally I got the chance to show it off. Also wearing it back-to-front had dual benefits: it kept the sun off the back of my neck and gave me eyes in the back of my head. Literally.

 

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quilted Chanel bag with sunglasses cigarettes and magazine on a tiled background
Fashion, Travel

HUNGER

So I’m in Los Angeles. A few days of relaxation is the perfect tonic. No gin obviously.

Whilst taking in the sun, I stumbled across a fantastic bookstore with a myriad of magazines. I could have spent hours just looking at the covers alone, but I decided on just one. Hunger. Appropriate name for someone like me I guess, but let’s not go too deep into my subconscious…

Rankin’s bi-annual glossy certainly doesn’t disappoint. For me it’s the perfect mix of art, fashion and oh-so-wonderful photography; a perfect partner to Dazed and Confused. I’m hooked. Even if it means coming to LA every six months.

For this issue there’s twenty covers to chose from, each one starring some of Britain’s best talent. There’s probably something else to be said that I’m reading a magazine focusing on the UK, when I’m meant to be enjoying the LA lifestyle.

That’s enough from me, I genuinely am hungry.

3 different Nike trainers on concrete
Fashion

SNEAKER FREAK

Ah, the perpetual repetition of fashion. What is in one year, is out the next; only to resurface again at a later date. I’m currently enjoying the current renaissance of the humble trainer – or sneaker; and the best part is that I don’t even have to set foot in a gym. I shan’t even begin to hypothesise the current obsession the fashion world has with trainers; so I’ll just go with something in-between normcore and sports luxe.

Whilst Adidas’ Stan Smith may be the shoe du jour for fashionistas (either in their original form or Raf reincarnations), a constant for us men has been anything emblazoned with a Swoosh. Now Nike certainly likes to gives the consumer a lot of choice; what with limited editions, multiple colour-ways, iconic classics, not to mention fused/bonded versions of both new designs AND previous best sellers… I’m getting bamboozled even typing this out.

So here’s my three current favourites, in original production date order. Since it’s release in 1982, the Air Force 1 has become a staple for trainer aficionados. When I spotted this black velvet pair in Barneys, just had to have them. As previously mentioned I’m a sucker for anything iridescent, but I must admit, I do find them a little clumpy. However, if they are good enough for Ricardo Tisci, they are good enough for me.

The Air Max ’97 is still considered to be a cult-classic, remaining hugely popular since their first release. I have been a fan ever since, so at the moment it’s probably a nod to the 90’s and a bit of nostalgia that puts them in my Nike top 3. They take me back to my sixth form days when they were the trainer and trying to get hold of a pair was difficult to say the least. I have been buying these shoes for the last 17 years. Scary thought. Even scarier that you can also work out my age.

Changing the subject quickly, on to the newly released Lunarglide 6. As I mentioned in a previous post, they seriously are the most comfortable shoes I have ever worn. I have no clue behind the new sneaker-sciences, but whatever Nike are doing, they need to keep doing it.

 

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iridescent pouch Prada cardholder and bottle of fragrance on old bricks
Fashion

BLUE AND GREEN

OK so maybe I got it wrong, maybe summer isn’t over just yet; well for today at least. Re-awakened from my post-summer slump, I chose a fragrance to reflect todays glorious weather; and what could be better than Tom Ford’s wonderful Neroli Portofino. The perfect scent for the warmer months.

As I was dashing out to pick up some dry cleaning and buy boring essentials like shaving foam and toothpaste, I didn’t need to take much with me. So, inspired by the packaging of the fragrance I chose an iridescent mutch pouch by Comme des Garçons to carry it all. I just LOVE anything holographic or iridescent (it’s my inner magpie). The phrase ‘blue and green should never be seen’ holds no merit with me, especially as the lesser-known part of that particular saying is ‘except with another in-between’; so my green card case seemed like the obvious choice. The two colours work magically together in my opinion and we all know green is the colour for this autumn…

 

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selection of beauty products and daily essentials shot in black and white
Beauty

DAILY ESSENTIALS

Yesterday evening a friend on Instagram asked what my everyday must-have essentials were and after I replied she suggested I make a blog post out of it, the thought hadn’t even crossed my mind. Looking after yourself is paramount in all aspects of your life, so it made perfect sense to include this – et voilà.

It’s my first attempt at a flat lay (or #flatlay if you’re an Instagram fiend), and my OCD was going into overdrive with all the angles and shapes; so whilst it’s not perfect in my eyes, it’s as close as possible for the time being. Progress not perfection remember…

Firstly, for my skin, I start the day off with Clarins Gentle Refiner; a cleanser and exfoliant suitable for everyday use, as it helps minimise pores and even out skin texture. I follow this with SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, a beauty tip given to me by a Chinese friend. Apparently it speeds up the skin’s natural renewal process, so far so good. Lastly I use Dr Sebagh’s Serum Repair, as I have oily skin most moisturisers can be troublesome; even light lotions tend to give me break-outs. It was suggested to me that a good serum would be sufficient and since using this product for a couple of months, no more spots! It is also suitable for the delicate eye area thus negating the need for eye creams. That said I do suffer from eye bags and dark circles (I try to convince myself these add character), so when they are particularly puffy or I feel my eyes need a little boost I use Ultimate Eye Lift Gel by Ole Henriksen. With only a few ingredients, most notably cucumber, not only does it smell good but it’s also cool and refreshing.

Secondly, a good smile is always important, so I keep my teeth pearly white with teeth bleach and regular trips to the dentist Regenerate toothpaste at least twice a day. It’s said to rebuild the tooth enamel and whilst I don’t know the science behind the formula, it does certainly give that ‘dentist clean’ feeling.

Thirdly: Scent. I’m a sucker for most of Tom Ford’s ever-growing fragrance line, but Oud Wood has to be my number one. Strong, smoky and sexy. I mainly use it alone, due to it’s many notes, but occasionally I like to layer it with a floral perfume such as Rose Ikabena by Hermès to give it that extra twist. I even wear a spritz of scent before going to bed each night. A little bit of luxury never hurt anyone.

Lastly, the most important things I simply cannot live without: A Chanel mirror as I’m super vain and narcissistic, my battered but well-loved watch which was a present for my 21st birthday (punctuality is everything people); at least one ring, a copy of the Serenity Prayer – there is comfort in those wise words; and my most faithful appendage – my iPhone.

Thanks to the lovely ladies of Instagram who shared their must-haves and are the inspiration for this post: in alphabetical order @lornaluxe, @masteramas, @mimiettemi, @prihopkins; and @workyourstyle. Check them out and share the love.

me sat on tiled steps with hood up looking to the side and smiling
Fashion, Menswear

OVER SUMMER

I regret to inform you our British summer is over; BUT this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. We have had one of the best for years and more importantly, it also means you won’t have to see too many more pictures of me frolicking around in shorts.

This also means I get the chance to wear some of my wardrobe staples, the hooded top; and I do love a hoody (not the ASBO kind – think more wearable versions). This particular beauty is by one of my go-to brands: Balmain. The goldwork crest is absolutely incredible, and part of the luxe aesthetic which is a signature look for the brand. All this teamed with the chunky silver zips meant I had to own it. Granted it wasn’t cheap, but with Balmain you really do get what you pay for.

What better location to show it off than the architectural wonder of Hove’s Adelaide Crescent. I was in post Regency heaven. Even the salty sea breeze didn’t put me off and if all goes to plan, I shall be back living in Brighton soon. Keep your fingers crossed!

For the rest of my outfit, I wore Balmain biker jeans (another favourite of mine), Christian Louboutin studded high top trainers and an All Saints devore vest. Keeping it simple, one day at a time.

 

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view of me walking down Brighton street with graffiti in background
Fashion, Menswear

STREET STYLE

Yesterday, ‘that one friend’ and I spent the day together in Brighton. Partly for her kindly being my photographer, but more importantly to catch up and have a good gossip. I do struggle posing for photographs, as I David Gandy I am not (but I am myself and that’s all I need worry about). We stumbled across this side street by accident and fell in love with it instantly. The punchy graffiti and industrial shutter echoes the aesthetic of my outfit: street style luxe. Or rather @streetstyleluxe, which is our joint Instagram account. Have a peek and be inspired. These are my favourite shots, some are clearly staged, but I have mostly used the ones I didn’t even know were being taken. Kudos to Lorna for having such a good eye and being an avid director. I wore classic black straight leg jeans from Marc by Marc Jacobs, my current OBSESSION jumper which is Raf Simons (the colours are simply to die for), Tom Ford sunglasses and new Nike Lunarglide 6 trainers. Not only are they the most comfortable trainer I have ever worn, the cobalt blue and neon flashes made my heart skip a beat. Serious shoe porn for us guys.

 

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magazines and an iPhone on a coyote fur blanket
Fashion

LIVING IN MAGAZINES

This awful weather has scuppered my plans for a fun day out. Less strolling around some beautiful location, more sulking around the house. I’m loathed to put the heating on, so I have wrapped myself up in my coyote blanket and brewed a pot of green tea. Rock and Roll it certainly is not. Well, maybe the fur is a little….

Accompanying me on this drab day are two of my favourite magazines: Arena Homme + and LOVE. I get different things from each one: the dreamy, kooky and fun elements of Katie Grand’s biannual masterpiece; and the slick, stylish edginess I have come to adore from Homme + (my favourite men’s magazine FYI).

So I’ll leave it at that. Feet up, toasty warm, and in love with the moment.

Louboutin studded leopard iPad case on concrete
Fashion

WHAT’S INSIDE MY BAG TODAY

I’m travelling light today, so I have kept the contents of my ‘mutch’ (man-clutch, obviously) to a minimum, and seeing as the design is busy enough I decided not to complicate the contents either. My iPhone and iPad are practically appendages, so I always have them on hand whilst travelling. As is my electronic cigarette. I’ve kicked the habit for the real ones, next step, these bad boys. Keeping it around the oral area, Crème de la Mer lip balm is my preferred way to stave off dry lips, I have used it for years and it is just amazing.

Cash gets on my nerves, unless it’s HUGE piles of it, so I always opt for cards. This British Airways American Express card gives me air miles for everything I buy, so it’s a win-win situation. I like to spend and I like to travel! To keep my cards organised I chose the Chanel caviar skin card holder in black, it’s hard wearing and timeless.

Now on to the bag itself. It’s actually called the Cris iPad case, but seeing as I use the Mini, other things can easily fit inside. I even carry it without the iPad; this boy does love a mutch clutch. Originally I had planned to buy it in black with silver studs, but seeing as a Christian Louboutin clutch was never going to be particularly butch, I decided to go all out and snatch up this leopard print pony skin beauty. After weeks of serious buyer’s remorse, and doubting my decision, I’m really happy I chose this one. Believing in yourself is always the best option.

 

open bag with iPhone iPad mini chanel card holder pen and lip balm close up of studded leopard print iPad case