Thursday, December 18, 2014

[Lifestyle] Shinola Detroit touches down in London

When a new store has taken over the social media feed of the Londoners, we all want to know what the drama is about. We tend to forget what business existed before that. Instead we support the local community with what I call, a pop to the shop and send the seasons greetings to the new store. The first Shinola Detroit store recently opened in London, an American based brand with a passion for handcrafted leather accessories, bicycles and watches for him and for her. If it's quality products that last a life time, investing in designer goods to protect your valuables is a regret worth saving. I love the brand as the leather envelope (in my previous Article) is manufactured with quality, stylish amongst other brands, and functions to protect my Macbook from being damaged. Definitely a keeper for life, it would definitely be tough to replace a product I love. Design and processes has always been key whilst studying Architecture, the Shinola Detroit team specialises in Bikes & Watch Workshops, which has lead to over 11 stores worldwide. Have a look online or visit the London Store for an experience of it's own. 

Location: Shinola Detroit, 13 Newburgh St Soho, London, W1F 7RS
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Friday, December 12, 2014

[Lifestyle] Christmas Wrapper in the house with Barbour

Available to purchase the BARBOUR BROTTON BOOT in Brown Oily Leather from the Classic Collection 

Available to purchase the BARBOUR LOCHY EXPLORER BAG from the classic Tartan Collection 

Available to purchase the BARBOUR BEACON CHRONO WATCH from the Classic collection 

Is it already that time of year? December alone is dedicated towards the preparation of Christmas.  I can literally remember last year at the back on my mind, having prepared this year with my organised checklist to buy gifts weeks before the actual day.  It's my favourite holiday to celebrate with the family, keeping warm by the fire, having traditional food and endless alcoholic beverages. Not forgetting the giving and receiving of presents! Dodge the human traffic of panicking festive shoppers and avoid scrooges of this season. Simply buying online couldn't be simpler. If your clueless about what to buy family members, Barbour has made it much easier to shop with the Christmas Gift Guide selection, categorised for each member of the family. Whether it's new boots for your dad, a bag for your mum or a classic watch for your brother, there's a timeless classic for everyone. The British heritage with tartan check and authentic leather goods, got me in the festive mood with winter outdoors and the traditional Mulled wine definitely kept my stomach warm. I've perhaps become a wrapping professional, as it definitely helped having a sellotape assistant in house. Cheers to the christmas celebrations, to a great year and a year to come. Merry Christmas to you all and follow the #BARBOURFAMILY TREND on social media. 

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

[Lookbook] The Man Bag with Aspinal of London in NYC

There’s the reality with what we share in our lives and the real reality of what really happens as a life of a blogger. Besides looking like a mess every morning, lounging in our night clothes, my phone is always on my mind, even the first and last thing at night. We, (as in the bloggers), spend the majority of the time flogging through the wardrobe in the morning deciding what to wear, perhaps even planning two-three outfits a day. Maneuvering from A to B and then to C, generally hopping between wifi hotspots, meetings and events. It’s perhaps not so glamorous as it appears, organising a location, photographer and scheduling time to take photos, and stare at your laptop screen for hours, whilst scrolling on your social feeds, (ok I admit there is more freedom than your 9-5 office job). Especially when your travelling, we spend more time indoor than the touristy discoveries, living out a luggage, constantly tapping the keyboard and editing continuously. NYC is a great city, that is if you put down your camera, and embrace what use to be an experience, but now capturing moments and creating content is consistently on my mind. There is only a matter of time with travelling, before you depart on the next trip, but as long as I have my man bag, you are sure to be travelling in style.   Working on the go, where ever we can find a local coffee shop and a plug socket is all we need. We can perhaps complain why the bag is so heavy, weighing about approximately 15kg of equipment. My left arm in particular is perhaps more muscular than the other, lifting my office essentials around because that is how we roll. CafĂ©’s and fresh yogurt parlor’s being a popular favourite, as we love the latte Art or anything we can flatlay for our instagram snaps. Besides the laptop and camera gear being the primary gravity gainer, the spaghetti cables and the generic grooming moisturizers, diaries and wallet is just the typical products I carry. I like to invest in quality products to protect my valuables from getting scratches, such as the SHINOLA 15’’ Leather Envelope for my Laptop handcrafted by Eric Scott (thank you!) in a caramel latte beige colour. I don't know where I would be without the new Autumn/Winter Aspinal of London Large Mount Bag being my left hand man, and stylish commuting travel accessory for life. 
Location: Columbus Circle NYC 
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Friday, December 05, 2014

[Lookbook] Ways to Wear Houndstooth with Reiss NYC

The best of discovering the big Apple, is knowing there is always a place for you. Even if you try to adapt to the new city, starting off as a seed is always the tough part. It will only take time, connections and networking parties for an excuse to blend in, except the British accent of mine comes out. I may not understand the American way, so I'd prefer to live life my way. Laying here in the blossoming scrub, it's as tiring as waking up every morning finding that there is not enough day light neither assistance. Your on your own, and all you can ask for is a helping hand. Responsibilities are a big deal, from then you can grow your stem and branch out new avenues, connecting with a cultural world that is NYC. I have yet to be evolving into a big flower but O managed to squeeze in a few petals along the way in Central Park. Autumn is great for vibrant colours, earthy tones and landscape photographs as you'll probably see. Its a place for revitalising the brain with fresh air, an escape from the chaotic cityscapes and touristy people on the streets. 
[Felt Fedora, Maleo Prince of wales 3 Piece Suit, Bordeaux Sweater, Pocket Square] REISS  [Next Printed Scarf] NEXT [Birch Shoes] RUSSELL & BROMLEY 
We've all seen the typical scene in the movie, where the innocent victim is tied to the railway line. The adrenaline is pumping our hearts with time and speed as you can see the train heading towards the hopeless character. The screen blacks out. This isn't quite recreating the movie The Train Spotter, except the railway line, as named as Highline is NYC has become a tourist attraction, quite the opposite in fact. Scrubs of greenery, plants and trees, surrounded by modern silver facades and modernistic Architecture. What use to be a train line, is now a park with a 1.45 mile pathway on the lower west side of Manhattan. Monochrome is the most common palette in everyones wardrobe, especially the uniform for New Yorkers. Nicely coordinated with the concrete and metallic surroundings, the Reiss houndstooth roll neck is the barking statement of this outfit. The weather is colder than ever, so I decided to keep it warm with the layering and simply layer up the Wool Coat & Cargo Trousers.  
[Fedora, Genesis Epsom Coat, Houndstooth Roll Neck] REISS [Bag] ISSEY MIYAKE [Trousers] ARMANI EXCHANGE Black Edition [Sneakers] ALL SAINTS
If it's one place in every part of the city in every country I've been to, from London to New York, Malaysia, Chinatown makes you feel like your in Asia. Besides being surrounded by the Western culture, it's the hotspot for all thing's imported and your local Chinese Takeaway all on one street. I am glad I came across Asian cuisines like Vietnamese, Japanese, Korean to name a few, besides being fed America fast-food. I tried my first ever Ramen Noodle Soup, shocking to say and the Bakery is the best, because we inherited the ingredients from the French.
[Theodore Charcoal Jacket] REISS [Slater Jeans] REISS [Baldrick Houndstooth Scarf] REISS [Nixon Shirt] REISS [Birch Monks] Russell & Bromley   
So who let the dogs out? Houndstooth is the king of patterns to all patterns this season. From discrete puppy tooth accessories to bold sweaters, Reiss has many options to choose from. To me it brings an outfit to life, even if it is monochrome, the captivating print and wool texture has yet to evolve in the menswear fashion scene. 
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