Friday, 19 December 2014

Great Marlborough Street, London

(17-12-2014) Bassem
Bassem is an architectural assistant. Spotted outside the London Palladium, he wears Dr Martens shoes, H&M trousers, Zara shirt and coat, Topman sweatshirt and backpack, and a beanie from Beyond Retro down the road.
(17-12-2014) Bassem

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Coffee morning, Carnaby Street

Street Style - Matt, Carnaby Street
Matt is a Fine Art foundation student at UAL. His hat is Christys', and his scarf and coat are from House of Fraser.

Sunday, 14 December 2014


My heart may well have skipped a beat when I happened upon the Shinola store on Newburgh Street. There, in the window of this quaint shop, was one of the most beautiful bicycles I had laid eyes on. And surrounding it, a collection of handsome watches and leather accessories in brown, orange and green. I knew I had found a brand I might just fall in love with.


Originating from Detroit, USA, Shinola maintains a distinctively American quality. The premium leathers come in simple yet strong colours, and the products appear meticulously crafted, albeit still with that raw element one often finds with leather goods. More obvious indicators are the leather baseballs and basketballs, leather sleeved varsity jackets, and not to mention the American flag neatly folded atop a shelf.

Shinola iPad envelope

Although not a colour I normally take a fancying to, I was drawn to the orange leather in Shinola's collection for its bold and warming colour, especially in this wintry December. I took a particular shine to their iPad envelope - handcrafted, a classic design in supple leather, and quite simply a beautiful and practical accessory I am certain will look even better with age. (If only we all did!)

Ultimately however, my favourite colour is green, thus I also find myself leaning towards the Runwell watch with a green leather strap and black face. Recently listed by the Telegraph as one of the top 20 affordable watches to wear this season, it really is a fine timepiece. As are all the Shinola watches, I might add. Would it be too hopeful to expect one in my Christmas stocking? 
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Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Gin up!

Someone was doing their homework properly when I was invited to a gin distillery with Virgin Experience Days. A comprehensive tour complete with tastings - how could I say no to such a tantalising offer? Neither could my friends and self-proclaimed gin fiends, Maddy and Georgia, who I nominated to join me on this special trip into East London. Christmas had most definitely come early.

East London Liquor Company

East London Liquor Company certainly put the "gin" into a Virgin Experience Day (sorry, that was dreadful) by guiding liquor-lovers around their distillery, set in an old glue factory at Bow Wharf. The tour, led by founder and all-round spirit connoisseur Alex Wolport, took us through the distilling process, to bottling and labelling, and finally onto tasting the company's creations in a beautifully rustic bar, which, alongside the distillery's bottle shop, offers a choice of fine spirits from around the world. I thought it charming to meet somebody as greatly passionate as they are knowledgeable about their craft, and the finished products reflect as such.

Maddy Watkins, East London Liquor Company

For an afternoon in East London, it was a gin-lover's dream - although sipping neat gins at room temperature came with some reluctance, it has to be said! (Especially when Maddy went to compare a taster of Tanqueray No.10, and... well, her face says it all.) As the sky darkened outside and the tour came to an end, Maddy, Georgia and I grabbed the tonic and stayed on for a round of drinks. It was delightfully intimate sipping on delicious G&Ts and wearing our cosiest Christmas jumpers.

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Monday, 8 December 2014

Topman Christmas Wishlist

Blame it on too many Doctor Who Christmas Day specials, but Victorian London always conjures up images of the quintessential Christmas. So where better to shoot a Christmas collaboration with Topman than a beautiful nineteenth century neighbourhood? The addition of television aerials, block paving and a basketball hoop brings us forward to the present day, yet I still feel as though I have stumbled back in time, surrounded by these quaint cottages with handsome brickwork and painted front doors.

Topman Christmas Wishlist Roupell Street

To mark the season's festivities, Topman has enlisted four menswear bloggers to create the "ultimate Christmas wishlist", and I am very pleased to say I was selected as one of said bloggers. The four of us having each chosen five must-have items from the website, the folks at Topman have drawn up a special feature to see you through winter in style. What's more, they are offering you lovely lot the chance to win my favourite piece from the AW14 collection, details for which you can find at the end of this blog post.

Topman Christmas Wishlist Roupell Street

My must-have items for the Christmas season are very much practical choices: a warm winter coat, a colourful Christmas jumper (see it in my next blog post!), a snug roll-neck jumper, a cosy bobble hat, and the ever-versatile plain white shirt. The coat was naturally my number one item on my wishlist, a smart cut in navy herringbone and white fleck, almost as if I have already had a light dusting of snow. For my shoot, I have styled the coat with black Levi's jeans, my favourite Cuban heel boots by Jeffery West, and the softest cashmere scarf from Topman's older brother, Burton, which barely leaves my neck when I leave the house. You can preview all of mine and my fellow bloggers' must-have items by visiting the Topman website.

Topman Premium Fleck Mac

For my first ever giveaway, Topman is offering one lucky reader their very own Premium winter coat. To be in the chance of winning this wonderfully warm prize, all you need is to read the Bloggers' Christmas Hit List, then answer the following question: "Which Christmas movie taught me that roll-neck jumpers are the bee's knees?" The competition closes at 11:59pm on Friday 12th December, so get your entries in quick. Best of luck!

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