Lifestyle

Desk Essentials

June 19, 2017

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The desk is where I spend most of my time. How much of that time I spend productively is questionable, but nonetheless I’m at it by 9am most mornings. And I’ll only feel ready to open up my laptop when I have a clean desk. Things come and go in order to keep things fresh, but for the most part, I keep it the same.

My desk was a DIY job courtesy of Bunker snr (Happy Father’s Day to all the dad’s out there yesterday) and we just painted it white. At the minute I can’t justify a lot of money on a desk. When I do, I’ll be shooting Dan Marc a message – but alas, a dream for a future workspace.

So starting with what triggers most content ideas is my reading material. On the right of my desk is a print read or two for when I lack inspiration – currently it’s TMRW magazine and MR PORTER post. When I’m struggling for a turn of phrase, I find having a couple magazines nearby handy. On the other side, I keep my Moleskine notebook for jotting down ideas that come and go before I have a chance to write it down and my Bellroy passport holder that I take with me everywhere.

To be productive, it’s important to enjoy being in your workspace.

Next is stationery. Currently I have it down to a few items that are contained in my HAY ‘Uu’ organiser. Keeping it HAY themed I also have one of their laptop brushes. Some might call this unneeded, but there’s something about starting the day with a clean keyboard that sits well with me.

I think I’ve shared this with you before that to be productive, it’s important to enjoy being in your workspace. So having a candle burning while I’m working helps with this. At the minute I’m using a new candle from Hudson & Co. It’s one of those that still smells ace even when it’s not burning.

The last few bits that complete the make up of my desk are: a watch, my iPhone that probably hinders my workflow more than helps, and then some hand cream. I’m really interested to learn how everyone else stays organised to prevent wishing for extra hours in the day.

Fashion

Suit Style

June 14, 2017

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Well yet again I’m starting a post talking about how much I enjoy travelling within England and how Leicester is the ideal launch pad to do so. This time round I headed to Liverpool.

The city is somewhere I’ve been a couple times now. Liverpool has so much history and heritage, but something that resonates more with me, is its modern design. For my shoot with River Island – where I wanted to express a modern style and how casually you can wear a suit – I felt Liverpool was the perfect architecture equivalent.

Sharp lines and clean facades around the Docks, not forgetting the inclusion of the sun, casted shadows were around to experiment with. Following recent trends in my photography (scroll through my Instagram and you’ll see what I mean), I couldn’t of asked for a better backdrop.

River Island has introduced a whole new line of suiting this summer. New fabrics and fits while keeping quality in mind.

Menswear is changing. Style is becoming more casual, less prescriptive and men are being given free reign. This includes being able to wear a suit as casually (or smart) as you like. I went for the former to share how I enjoy wearing suits in the day. The River Island suit I was wearing was even given praise by a Scouse gentleman as we were shooting near 92 Degrees on the corner of Hope and Hardman Street. That’s enough for me!

River Island have revamped their suiting options. It’s offering versatility in how a suit can be worn. My outfit consisted of a navy textured blazer and trousers combination, a grey ribbed t-shirt and then white trainers – something everyone seems to be wearing recently.

A boxy fit on the shoulders and a baggier trouser made this look quite distant from evening and occasion wear. I think features like the woven fabric, wider trouser leg and broader shoulder help this, but tweaking the latter two would change the look entirely.

This is of course just one way of wearing a suit, my way of wearing a suit. I take comfort in the fact that this blog is a place to document my style and not to dictate others. If you’re able to take inspiration, I’m of course even happier. Let us know what your thoughts are when it comes to tailoring.

Photography by Natalie Jade Reading

This post is sponsored by River Island. However, my views on casual tailoring and my new found love for Liverpool is my own.

Lifestyle

Working collaboratively

June 5, 2017

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Though I may share the occasional moan and tweet about how much time I spend on trains, I always choose a day out over a day at the desk. I met up with Mat (I know what you’re thinking… again?) and Jake Millers in Sheffield last week as they were doing some commission work in the city. I took it as a chance to tag along and take some photos of my own.

This past month I’ve been fortunate enough to work on a few sponsored projects. It is great, but they all come with deliverables. I find it amazing that I get to work on projects with brands, but you have to think: messaging, photos, words and ensuring you get everything spot on. Having this pressure does allow for extra focus, but sometimes – like this day in Sheffield – it’s nice to have ultimate freedom, take photos without having to ‘think’ and make the link after.

We visited The Botanical Gardens that we’d seen so much through Haarkon, enjoyed some good coffee at Upshot Espresso that I missed on my first trip to the city earlier on in the year and then the well-stocked La Biblioteka.

I take comfort in the fact that I can call Mat and Jake fellow creative’s, friends and feel safe in the knowledge that working together really does produce the best results.

Surrounding yourself with good people and taking on new ideas allows you to push your own creative input. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Jake and Mat on a couple of occasions now and they really do have ‘that’ eye when it comes to photos.

Discussions of community and supporting one another is something that quite a few people have been talking about recently. I’ve been fortunate enough to meet some good people through the job that I do and one of the things I enjoy is when we can come together to help each other out and improve our content. Within the group I’ve been able to become a part of, we all support each other and ignore negativity. It’s not about trying to be friends with everyone, but connecting with those that you respect and share common ground with.

Next on the list for me is LFWM. I’m heading down to London for Fashion Week on Friday and I’m sure they’ll be plenty of familiar faces around. If you’re there, make sure you get in touch! It’s a great chance to connect and collaborate with people I’ve shared conversations with online.