Investing in your style

March 22, 2017

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Hat Brixton Jacket Private White V.C* T-shirt Sunspel (c/o) Trousers Oliver Spencer Trainers Common Projects (c/o)

Photography by Joe Galvin

Changes with my style began in my twenties. The oddities of my wardrobe made their way to younger family members, leaving myself with a few pieces that I often reach for in the mornings. Building on what I spoke about in my post about finding my style, once you begin to understand what you enjoy wearing, you can start investing in more premium, well-made pieces.

When I meet up with people to discuss the blog, I always express my desire to use this platform to share my belief in buying better and buying less. It’s nice to be able to buy in confidence knowing that what I do invest in now will be with me for years. The days of buying bright coloured chinos and graphic tops are for me, alas, over.

So finding that pair of denim jeans that will create some beautiful patina as you wear, the frames that you will certainly not leave in your back pocket and a grey sweatshirt that’s rewarding each time you wear it.

Removing yourself from trends and focusing on your personal style allows you to take your time with what you buy. These staples will always be there season upon season and sites like MR PORTER help by stocking brands that share the same principals as myself. And you’ll find if you only make a couple purchases every few months, overtime your wardrobe will have a collective ebb and flow where each item works well with the next.

This wander around the Barbican shows the direction I want to steer my wardrobe in. Although normcore, I enjoy this way of dressing. This Private White V.C lightweight jacket from MR PORTER, weaved to aid protection from typical rainy weather, is as bold as my colours tend to get, spring or not. Paired with my navy courtesy of Sunspel, Oliver Spencer and even the heel tab of the trainers, it’s the attention to detail and design accents that make an outfit such as this one that I’d enjoy to wear daily.

I’m not talking about the super premium, but taking a step back from all high street to include a mix of independents and respected brands that are known to last.

I’m not saying all people in their twenties need to invest heavily straight away. It’s more about thinking what suits your lifestyle and what it would benefit from first. A premium jacket, jumper, a pair of shoes… Everyone’s at different stages building up their wardrobe and my advice is to start by removing what you don’t wear. Dressing becomes easier and more satisfying, knowing that what you’re wearing makes you feel good and that when you wash it, it’ll be the same shape and feel as before.

I’d be interested in hearing what people currently have in their wardrobe and what they wear on the daily. What they are wanting your next purchase to be?


Weekday in Nottingham

March 16, 2017


Hat Brixton Jacket Realm & Empire T-shirt Kooples Trousers ASOS Trainers Converse

Photography by Natalie Jade Reading

We’re halfway through March and I have no idea where this year is going. Since September, it’s been one blur of travel, work and just taking it week by week. This approach has seen me get to March relatively unscathed, happy with how freelancing is going and feeling upbeat about what’s to come for the rest of the year.

What keeps things fresh and exciting is putting aside dates to get away from a desk and head out, however far or near. Sometimes even the shortest of trips can be just as enjoyable.

As I’ve said before, Nottingham is so close and switches things up a little from the norm. New places engage you to take in what’s around you. You’re out of your normal cycle and you’re looking down the streets away from the main road and looking up from your phone.

I headed to Cartwheel for a much-needed coffee and I’ve slowly started to put together a list of places I want to visit in New York. I said at the start of the year I wanted to travel there and although I’ll be heading out on my own, I think it’ll be such a cool experience.

The transition from walking around Nottingham, to getting work done was seamless.

Keeping things easy while being on the move is my AER backpack from One Endeavour. Their aim is to bring together the best of the independents and the AER is certainly up there. It just has a zip where there needs to be one. One for the main compartment, one on top for smaller items and then one on the front shell for easy access. It allowed me to have my camera within reach at all times and my laptop protected in a separate sleeve. The transition from walking around Nottingham, to getting work done was seamless.

When on foot and outside there was definitely a feeling of spring. This week has seen me replace heavier coats for lighter options, like this one from Realm & Empire. Worn with a simple Kooples piece, grey ASOS trousers and black Converse, it made for an easy outfit, which wasn’t eye grabbing, but certainly appropriate for a day of warmer weather.

This post is sponsored by One Endeavour. Thank you for supporting the brands that allow me to continue to create content.


Finding balance in London

March 9, 2017


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Almost every week, I find myself heading to London for meetings and each time I leave knowing a little more about the city. Whether it’s a cool coffee spot that my 10am was at, or just a nice side street that I’ve walked down to get to my next meeting, London keeps showing me more of itself. Though for all these meetings and trips to the city, I’ve forgotten parts of London that make it so great.

My routine in London consists of meetings from morning through to early evening and grabbing a quick bite to eat before heading back to Leicester. I want to upset this a little. There’s more to London than meetings and relying on coffee to get me through to the end of the day.

What helps me add more to my trips is when I’m able to stay overnight. My last stopover was with hub and this time, I wanted to make sure I found balance in my stay. I know I have work to do, but it’s also important to carve a couple hours out of the day to do something new. Located at Tower Bridge, I was able to make the most of the extra time I had in the city. Hub’s location meant that I was a short distance from anywhere. Head East, go into Soho, I had the choice of being anywhere across London in no time at all.

The room was pretty much spot on. It always comes down to the bed and I think the fact I slept through my alarm is telling. Outside the window was the second best thing about the room, the view. The Shard was there, staring right back at me (room 606 for those wanting the same view). With all the tech bits that come along with staying at the hub – controlling the lights and temperature through a phone app – I was able to enjoy a hassle free room.


Photography by Joe Galvin and Matthew Pike

With all my meetings finished up on the day of my stay, the morning was left to see friends. After a cinnamon bagel and some emails in the room, Joe and myself met up for breakfast no.2 at Grind. This is a perfect example of finding balance. We’re the first to admit we don’t hangout often and that’s because both of us are working constantly. It’s important to dedicate time to seeing friends. With the weather in London transitioning towards spring we headed east, taking a couple photos along the financial district, Leadenhall Market, Spitalfields and Brick Lane. Joe’s blog post does a good job of following us on this little walk and captures the light beautifully.

“It was a real luxury to be positioned in an area where I could work, travel to meetings and play tourist for an afternoon”

For some reason, The Tate has always escaped me and the bonus is that it’s across the bridge from hub. In both the Boiler House and Switch House there were airy spaces within and between installations. At times, I found myself appreciating the light and shadows that were being created in the space, rather than the contents in the room. The Tate made for a perfect backdrop for conversation as you find yourself going from floor to floor.

It was a real luxury to be positioned in an area where I could work, have meetings and play tourist. Being reminded of how much there is to see in London was refreshing. Soon I want to dedicate a weekend to explore without the guilt of work commitments. It’s important to appreciate where you’re visiting. Do as much as you can to get a feel for the place, even if you’re there for work. Take the scenic route, walk where you haven’t and discover something new.

This post is created in partnership with hub, but my views on London and finding balance are my own.