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First impressions: Crep Protect

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Words & Photo: @oliverinstead

This past Friday, I got to experience the Russell Howard: Round the World gig at Manchester Arena thanks to scotts Menswear, who very generously put out a spread in our own Prime Suite with a private balcony and open bar and everything… but that’s not all : the scotts team also gifted me with a range of Crep Protect products, so now I’ll spill all my initial thoughts! Continue Reading

Chit-chats Fashion

My Christmas wishlist • w/ Manière De Voir

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Words & Photo: @oliverinstead

Since my return from Vienna last month, I’ve been coping with some health condition that led to quite an emotional strain… hence why I’ve been MIA on the blogosphere but hey, it’s December! Translation : ain’t nobody got time for medical complications in Dec so I’m back today in a festive mood + with a Christmas wishlist of my own whilst introducing to you my new favourite brand, Manière De Voir! Continue Reading

Chit-chats Fashion Lifestyle

Five gifts to consider this winter: for him

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Words & Photo: @oliverinstead

The winter is just around the corner and apart from the cold, the following months generally bring tons of gift shopping, wrapping and giving. In fact, Christmas is less than two months away and Thanksgiving is even closer (for those who might be reading from the States) so I have put together a list of five items I always find myself circling back to when I’m stuck for gift ideas.

 

one Perfume & toiletries

Although this can be a thoughtful gift, it is also slightly risk because everyone has a nasal preference but whatever scent he fancies, I’m sure you’ll be able to find something in L’Occitane‘s collection of Eau De Toilettes for men.

 

two Footwear

Since mankind has only created so many styles of footwear for us men, it’s not difficult to guess what someone is into in this department. However, if you’re really unsure then the general rule of thumb is that everyone could do with a pair of classic trainers in their shoedrobe…

Then it’s just a case of figuring out his shoe size, good luck! 😉

 

three Accessories

In a similar vein to footwear, accessories is also a safe option because it’s not as obvious as a Christmas jumper or onesie but can still have that expensive feel – it’s all about that box that they come in. Give him something mininal, i.e. a silver cuff bangle then you won’t have to experience that “Oh… Thanks but this is too out-there for my style” situation.

 

four Books / Magazines

If he is not into his fashion then proceed to ask yourself, does he have a fav author, series of books or magazine that he reads religiously (not in a ‘bible’ kinda sense)? If so, then I suggest getting him an annual subscription or a collection of said books/magazines.

This is a relatively risk and fuss-free gift idea for two reasons : 1) it’s pretty much tailor-made for him 2) many magazine or newspaper subscriptions come in e-edition nowadays, which brings us to…

 

five Gadgets

This category will open up a whole new scope for your gift-hunting mission; Kindles, tablets, cameras, MP3 players are just some of the gifts I have both given and happily received in the past. BUT, if your budget doesn’t permit this level of luxury then consider an accessory like a laptop case or camera bag that will complement his existing gadgets… the possibility is endless.

 

Follow this guide and I’m sure your hubs, bae, dad, son or bro will be a very happy man this festive season but remember always, it’s the thought that counts and on that note, happy gift shopping and I will see you in the next post.

 

Oliver ❤

Fashion Outfits

#thebootbrigade • w/ Kurt Geiger

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Words: @oliverinstead • Photos: David

A confession real quick : Kurt Geiger is a brand that I adore but only ever shop at when I’m prepared to splurge, which I rarely am as I like to save my money for other things too, i.e. travel. So when the footwear retailer invited me to participate in #thebootsbrigade social campaign, I wasted no time in jumping onto the project. Continue Reading

Fashion Outfits

Tailored trousers & trainers • w/ Scotts Menswear

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Words: @oliverinstead • Photos: David

It’s no secret that suit and tie aren’t my thing. I don’t feel fully myself in them. I’m convinced that I look like a clown when dressed head to toe in tailoring. However, that doesn’t stop me from experimenting with some elements of tailoring in my outfits now and again, which is exactly what I’ve done for this post with a little help from Scotts Menswear. Continue Reading