sat looking out at the sea with brighton west pier ruins in shot
Fashion, Menswear

BLACK FRIDAY

Two blog posts in one week – whatever next? Whilst I may not be fully back in the blogging game, it’s at least a start. Progress not perfection remember! On that note, this is a rather lazy post and I therefore give you another OOTD.

Mother nature is at last being kind to us Brits with a splash of much needed sunshine. So what better way to spend one of the hottest days of the year so far by wearing all black. Wise move Samuel. In my defence, it wasn’t searingly hot AND the breeze from the sea meant I wasn’t dripping in sweat perspiring. Plus I looked pretty damn cool.

Enough blowing my own trumpet and on to the details. I wore my staple Fendi black skinny jeans, that Givenchy t-shirt, Tom Ford sunnies and some cheeky Raised By Wolves pool slides. I’m now off to wash out my filthy mouth with a big bar of soap.

 

back view of black Givenchy pervert 17 t shirt wearing all black on brighton beach in the sunshine looking to the side wearing total black outfit black raised by wolves fuck off pool slides on brighton beach looking to the side on brighton pebbled beach in summer

side view with Fendi bag bugs backpack and Funich bag bug
Fashion, Menswear

BUGGING ME

Stop the press, I’ve published a blog post.

When you have picked yourself up off the floor, please accept my apologies for a rather long absence. With a gruelling work schedule and spare time spent either organising my flat (yes I still haven’t moved in) and attempting to enjoy some vague form of social life, I simply haven’t had the chance.

That said, the other day my good friend Simon, of The Very Simon G, came to visit me and we spent the day in Brighton enjoying the elusive thing known as the British summertime. Good job too, because it lasted one whole day. You read that right, *sigh*.

In between gossiping and gushing talking about all things fashion, we managed to take a few photos of my OOTD – that’s ‘outfit of the day’ if you still don’t know. I wore a speckled blue top from COS, Fendi black cropped skinny jeans, Adidas Stan Smith shoes and accessorised with my beloved monster backpack and bag bug (both Fendi obvs.), Tom Ford ‘Campbell’ Sunglasses – as blogged about here and an Hermès CDC cuff.

A pretty good outfit even if I do say so myself and Fendi obviously also thought so too, as they kindly regrammed my Instagram post. Kudos me.

While you’re here, feel free to check out said epic account.

 

close up of navy Fendi monster eyes backpack and green bag bug back view wearing navy Fendi monster eyes backpack smiling wearing blue COS t-shirt and Tom Ford sunglasses holding Fendi monster backpack in Brighton wearing Adidas Stan Smith sneakers

smart city look wearing slim fit suit white shirt knitted tie and pink silk Hermes pocket square
Fashion, Menswear

BEING A GENTLEMAN

I was recently contacted and asked what it means to be ‘the perfect gentleman’ and it got me thinking. Apart from the sartorial side, gentlemanly behaviour is paramount – after all good manners cost nothing. The ultimate gentleman will always behave appropriately in every situation no matter what he wears, he doesn’t forget to mind his Ps and Qs and diplomacy, dignity, tact and wit are all indispensable tools. You wouldn’t catch him in a drunken bar brawl that’s for sure.

Being a gentleman comes from who you are, not what you wear and whilst most some of the time I may dress in a more casual way, I certainly can suit up when necessary. A classic, well fitting suit is a staple for any discerning dandy and if you pick the right colour and fabric, you can wear it almost anywhere – maybe not to the gym, but you get my gist.

When choosing the right suit, you have to consider comfort. If you don’t feel right in what you wear, it certainly won’t look right. Find what works for your body and go with it. Just because a certain style is in vogue at the moment doesn’t always mean it can work for you. I prefer a slim fitting suit due to my gangly frame, but that’s just my style and something I feel at ease in.

The kind folk at Burton provided me with a suit of my choice to show how I would best exemplify the perfect gentleman. I opted for classic navy as it really does go with everything and it’s thoroughly versatile, plus the fine stripe was a nice touch. Now the devil really is in the details, so I went for a white shirt from my tailor, a navy knitted tie, brown Paul Smith brogues, belt and pocket square both by Hermès and Tom Ford sunglasses. Bonus points if you spotted the bright pink socks for added panache.

Click the links for my Burton suit jacket and trousers, plus also my two other favourite suits here and here. If you are going down the traditional gentlemanly look and like me want to add a splash of colour, I would also recommend this gorgeous pink silk tie and green textured pocket square.

Just because you’ve got your hands on the right suit doesn’t mean it has to stop there, you can still channel your own gentlemanly style into a more casual look. Why not wear your suit jacket with jeans and a jumper for a more off-duty look? Pair it with a nice pair of shoes and you’re onto a winner. It’s tried and tested for a reason you know.

Now even after this, if you’re still struggling to find your inner Don Draper, then worry not. Channel your own ‘rock and roll gent’ by putting a blazer over a hoodie or t-shirt, and slip on some skinny jeans and killer boots. It really is about letting your own personality shine through.

 

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smiling wearing Tom Ford Campbell sunglasses by Brighton Royal Pavillion
Fashion

CAMPBELL

Finally good weather has hit the UK and I can now wear sunglasses a little more often without looking like a mega-douche. I don’t know about you, but I have a cyclical situation when it comes to sunglasses. I’m never really one hundred percent happy with any one pair – that was until I bought the Tom Ford ‘Campbell in black’. Purchased a few years ago and they have remained my favourite pair to date.

A new take on the classic wayfarer style with a luxe edge, these frames are recognisable but not ostentatious. Tom at his best. Whatever outfit I choose, I know that these bad boys will always work no matter what. Cost per wear, they’re worth their weight in gold. Seriously thinking of getting another pair – just in case.

What is your favourite pair of sunglasses you simply cannot live without? Do you go high street, high fashion, or high rotation?

 

profile shot wearing all black outfit and Tom Ford Campbell sunglasses in Brighton

custom Fendi made to order monster eyes clutch
Fashion

MADE TO ORDER

As most of you will already know, I absolutely adore Fendi. Having shopped there for over 20 years, it’s a brand I shall always hold close to my heart. From the beautiful leathers to the sumptuous furs, one can always expect quality and craftsmanship to the highest degree. I shan’t even start on the family legacy and Kaiser Karl’s EPIC 50 year tenure for the brand.

I will bang on about their bespoke, or ‘Made to Order’, service however. Bear with. When the New Bond Street flagship store opened in London, I was introduced to the concept. Yes I love it when I can mimsy into a shop and bag (get it?) whatever I please, but personalisation is something very special indeed – especially from a luxury house.

So rewinding the clock back a few months, I made an appointment to commission my own unique piece. If you are a regular reader then you’ll also know I am hashtag obsessed with the monster collection, so it made perfect sense to add to my #FMF (Fendi Monster Family). At least that’s what I told myself.

Having missed out on the monster eyes clutch the first time around, I decided that was going to be the design I wanted. Next came the fun part – choosing the details. Once you have chosen on the style you want, you get to select the materials; furs, leathers, exotic skins, in a myriad of colours and endless possibilities. Certain styles may only be available in particular leathers due to the nature of their design, but the freedom to sculpt your own vision was not only vast, but immensely fun. Each creation is also vetted by the house and will only be put into production if it is in keeping with the brand’s aesthetic; which makes perfect sense as Fendi are putting their name to it.

Being my first commission I went for the ‘Crayons’ leather due to it being hardwearing and brightly coloured. I did briefly toy with the idea of crocodile and python, but I am a sensible home owner now *ahem*. Blue has always been a colour I love, so I went with that for the main body of the bag and chose yellow eyes with hot pink pupils. I wasn’t done there though, I chose silver hardware and also went for the back of the bag to be olive green. That means if I’m in a more subtle mood, I can just flip it over and have a plain, more discreet clutch. So technically it’s like two bags in one – WIN!

Fast forward a few months and I got the call to say my new baby had arrived (Thanks Cheryl!) so I hopped, skipped and jumped to The Big Smoke with glee. As ever the staff were wonderfully welcoming and really made me feel unique. Champagne is offered to those who partake, but obviously I opted for sparkling water. Collection of your brainchild is an event all in itself. Then came the really special part – not only does each Made to Order piece come in its own dedicated box, but you also get a personalised dustbag and a handwritten note from Silvia Fendi herself. Now that’s amazing service.

Stay tuned on here and my Instagram for more pictures of this incredible clutch, or ‘mutch’ (man clutch) as it was fondly nicknamed.

What would be your dream Fendi bag? A pink python Peekaboo, or an Intrecciato number with your name on it?

 

selection of Fendi coloured Romano leathers for the made to order service selection of Fendi exotic python skins for the made to order service bespoke Fendi mink fur baguette in the London flagship store handwritten note from Silvia Fendi for the made to order bag service

wearing black leather Balmain biker jacket and jeans outside Brighton Pavillion
Fashion, Menswear

SPRUNG

It’s official, spring has sprung and I am loving it. Fresh blooms, sunshine and the feeling of new life emerging. Things have been good lately, even if I haven’t had the impetus to blog much. Honestly, I’ve been questioning my motives behind the whole thing. What am I trying to achieve with my blog? How is it received? Am I too old for this now? Whatever the answers are, I’m not ready to give it up just yet, nor is this a pitiful plea for attention – just stating how I feel. Honesty is the best policy remember.

Whining aside, you get to feast your eyes on an outfit post; you lucky things. I’m keeping this short and sweet, so the jacket and jeans are both Balmain, t-shirt by Givenchy, Christian Louboutin suede high-tops and Dior sunglasses. You may also notice the Anya Hindmarsh sticker on my phone case from my post ‘STUCK ON YOU‘. Shameless plug, but there you go.

So from the scenic beauty of Brighton’s Royal Pavillion, I wish you all a very happy weekend.

 

wearing black leather Balmain biker jacket and jeans outside Brighton Pavillion head and shoulders shot on the phone with Anya Hindmarch leather sticker on phone case Christian Louboutin Louis Flat Spikes hightop shoes on a cobbled street in Brighton

Anya Hindmarch sticker shop white and black leather mickey mouse hand sticker giving thumbs up sign
Fashion

STUCK ON YOU

Lately I’ve had a bad case of blogger’s block. Finding the time and enthusiasm to post has been tricky to say the least, but this morning inspiration arrived in a neat black box. Thanks Net-A-Porter.

Since first spying Anya Hindmarch’s leather stickers (a collaboration with Charlotte Stockdale of CHAOS FASHION) I was obsessed. Irreverent humour and a nostalgic nod to childhood, what’s not to love? Personalised products are practically perfect in my book.

Crafted out of embossed leather, these self-adhesive delights can be used on pretty much anything. Whether you want to pimp your PS11 with your initials, or bastardise your Birkin with your Instagram name, Anya has you covered.

My only problem was deciding on what design and where to stick said sticker. The irrational side of me wanted to buy about fifty of the things and cover a seldom used bag with them; but the sane side decided that it would probably be wiser just to get one. I was still stuck on where to put it though.

Eventually I decided to jazz up my boring black leather iPhone case. You know I’m all about having fun with fashion, so with one Mickey hand it went from drab to fab – thumbs up from me.

Visit the Anya Hindmarch Sticker Shop here.

 

flat lay with Anya Hindmarch thumbs up leather sticker on black iPhone 6 case surrounded by boxes leather thumbs up Anya Hindmarch sticker on black iPhone 6 case

head and shoulder portrait wearing black leather Balmain biker jacket and Hermes silk bandana scarf
Fashion

BANDANARAMA

The humble bandana; it’s been around for decades, but lately it’s seen a bit of a renaissance. Hermès produced a not-so-humble version, which meant I had to have one – obvi. Thick silk twill? You had me from the start. I’ve been toying how to style it for months, but bit the bullet and used it as a scarf tied at the front.

Since seeing Chiara Ferragni of ‘The Blonde Salad‘ sporting one at New York Fashion week, it cemented my view that it was a wise purchase. Slightly miffed I missed the fashion boat blogging about it so late, but it is what it is. There’s a lesson to be learnt there…

What are your thoughts about the kerchief? How would you wear one?

 

Chiara Ferragni of The Blond Salad wearing shearling coat and blue bandana red and white silk Hermes bandana scarf

navy Fendi monster backpack with red mouth on a yellow box
Fashion

IT WORKS

If you read my post ‘BE CAREFUL‘, then you’ll know that lately I have been practising the idea of positive affirmation. Well you will be pleased to know (unless you are either my parents or bank manager) that once again it has worked.

Ever since setting eyes on the Fendi monster collection, I was totally hooked. Instantly recognisable and devilishly cute, I knew I wanted a big fat piece of the pie. Proving to get my paws on said pieces proved slightly more difficult though. Cutting a long story short and with a whole lot of globe-trotting, I got my first bag bug – I couldn’t really pull off the women’s Peekaboo with conviction.

The next season meant I secured another one, although I did bypass the first menswear accessories. Buyer’s remorse, lesson learnt. After that came the next collection and I was thrilled to see a monster Peekaboo for men. FINALLY! Yet when I held one in store, it just didn’t sit right with me, I loved it, but already own so many big bags. I therefore decided to let it go, so someone else could give it a loving home. Or sell it on eBay, but whatevs.

When I first laid eyes on the monster backpacks, I knew I had to have one. Alas they sold out immediately, even Fendi couldn’t secure me one. I accepted defeat and got a cute-as-hell SS15 monster wallet from Colette. It certainly wasn’t settling, just a nice addition to my collection.

Since writing the post about creating one’s own reality I had been religiously telling myself I will get the backpack; envisioning myself with it – after all, I deserved one. Lo and behold, the opportunity to get one arose and in a colour I liked even more. Sure it may sound shallow and materialistic, but this is just an example. Happiness, love and serenity are also on my agenda FYI.

So I can now welcome a new addition to my Fendi monster family, a product of positive thinking. Long may it continue.

 

navy Fendi monster backpack with mouth open eye detail on Fendi monster backpack

descending an escalator at London Bridge looking at my phone
Fashion

WATCHED

Ever feel like you’re being watched? The thing is, you probably are. Observing the idiosyncrasies of others can be fascinating at times and ‘people watching’ is a term I hear bandied around so much, it barely even registers now – it’s practically a national pastime.

But what does it feel like to be on the receiving end? Does it make you self-conscious? Does it give you gusto? For me, it all depends on how I’m feeling at the time. If I know I look good, there’s a spring it my step and conviction in my eye; but catch me on a bad day and it’s a different story altogether.

I’ll let you be the judge on how I was feeling in these photos (taken by my insanely amazing friend Priscilla). Did I even know they were being taken?

 

looking at phone on escalator by The Shard London looking sideways on escalator in London