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My London route

May 10, 2017

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Jacket Paul Smith T-shirt Norse Projects Trousers Initial Fashion Trainers Dune London Socks Form&Thread Watch Timex

It’s becoming a weekly thing now. I’ll head down to London for midday and my day begins. Not living in the city means when I come down I make sure I’m productive. I try and fit in three meetings and maybe an hour or so to take some photos before getting dinner with friends and then back up to Leicester.

London gives me that release and feeling of progression. I’ll spend time behind the desk discussing potential work and then when I’m in London I feel like I’m being pro-active about what I’ve been talking about on email.

For meetings I’ll often suggest somewhere central like Soho. I like the small side streets and the shops you find in the area. I’ve also grown to love how busy Soho is. And although I’ve passed through quite a lot now, I still confuse Berwick with Brewer Street!

And because there’s just so much going on, there are a lot of cafes to choose from – result! My favourite one of late is TAP Coffee on Wardour Street. I’d suggest heading over away from peak times, as it does get quite busy, with the best light being at the front of the café. I think Mat was appreciative of the nice light coming though the large windows that face the street as we discussed current and future projects. Buckets is my go-to when it comes to talking work and TAP played host to our chats for a good hour.

While I’m in London I need somewhere central as a base and a uniform that suits both meetings and something that lends itself to the possibility of photos later in the day

Neighbouring Soho is Mayfair, which is probably quite the opposite. Quieter and cleaner in terms of design, Mayfair is an ideal location to take photos. We headed on over to the Gagosian to capture some detail shots of my outfit and Dune London trainers.

This outfit is perfect for a day in London. Kind of smart and more importantly, comfortable. I go for trousers and trainers most days and my enjoyment for wearing navy has even reached my footwear now. I think Dune London saw me coming for their suede Tyler trainers. A really easy trainer to style that will be getting a lot of wear this season.

Keeping things navy I styled my Dune London trainers with triple twisted socks from Form&Thread, trousers from Initial Fashion and then a utility jacket from PS by Paul Smith. Not forgetting my staple Norse Projects long sleeve. Although basic, details from the socks and stitching in the jacket made this all-navy look far from plain.

While in London, the way I dress needs to be suitable for both meetings and social affairs, which is why I find myself varying the trouser trainer combination so much. I enjoy putting outfits together for the city because the next day its loungewear central behind the desk until I leave the house.

There’s so much of the city I’m yet to see, but Soho and Mayfair will always be two of my favourite go-to locations when I’m need of a productive day.

Photography by Matthew Pike

This post is sponsored by Dune London. However, all the views expressed about London and my addiction to coffee are my own.

Fashion

Casual days

April 27, 2017

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What keeps me motivated while behind the desk and working on my own for large periods is the prospect of being able to travel to create content and consider it work. While in Oxford I found this as an opportunity to talk about the days away from my laptop and what I wear when having some downtime. Although I’ve learned to embrace Leicester as a place to shoot content when needs be, it’s also nice to be able to go somewhere different and completely new.

Sometimes a new backdrop and a different location makes me consider things differently. It can be anything from new angles to perspectives, or the colours I want to include. With Oxford being Oxford, there wasn’t much escape from limestone and history, not that I’m complaining. I wanted to embrace it rather than try and make Oxford sit in-line with my normal posts. If I did that, then what would be the point of travelling to somewhere new?

The starting point of this project was to select items from the French Connection Man spring summer range that allowed me to feel freed of work and ready for a day in a new city. I picked up a short sleeve t-shirt, with textured cotton and navy striped sleeves.

Casual daywear can, at times, make you feel a little plain Jane. But for me, extra nods of colour and material consideration can elevate a basic piece into something that can be worn alone.

What you wear for certain situations can help separate work and time off. If I’m wearing a t-shirt and straight navy cotton chinos I feel a little more at ease than if I was in London for the day. I’d normally start planning what to wear the night before and make sure it had to work. Whereas an outfit like this makes me feel relaxed and ready to switch off.

I’ll be sharing what I got up to in Oxford soon, including a couple of amazing stores we managed to find. Do you have two uniforms, one for work and one for out of office hours?

Photography by Natalie Jade Reading

This post has been sponsored by French Connection. However, all the views expressed are my own.

Fashion

Kew Gardens

April 14, 2017

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Spring, is that you? It’s been a long time since we could say it’s actually warm outside (in our heads) while stepping out the house. When this happened a couple weeks ago, Kew Gardens was the destination for Joe and myself.

All the way in zone three, Kew Gardens turns plant fans into plant obsessed and Londoners into green space enthusiasts. Though my enjoyment of layering is a fond one, sitting outside and enjoying a drink or two in a beer garden cannot be passed up and en route to Kew, that’s exactly what we did with no coat or umbrella in sight.

The aim of the shoot was to play around with the light. Inside the Palm House, shadows were appearing and disappearing throughout the afternoon and gave us that natural light that as bloggers and photographers, we crave.

Embracing spring with open arms, I was wearing a short sleeve Sunspel camp collar shirt. This style of shirt – also called Cuban and revere – is what I’ll be wearing all spring and summer. MR PORTER says that tropical prints are going to be trending everywhere and if I wasn’t sticking to a navy palette, I’d be reaching for my floral and palm tree prints. Regardless, subtle or print, a camp collar is a shirt style you should consider investing in.

It’s great to keep an eye on ‘trends’, but your main focus should be on your own personal style. I’m confident enough to say I’ve found mine, but dressing doesn’t have to be monotonous.

I don’t think I’m alone when I say that I don’t like wearing shorts. When the weather allows, I opt for trousers, specifically pleated. These AMI slim trousers are light and airy enough in warmer temperatures and I’ll make it my mission to find more trousers like this. Its no surprise MR PORTER includes them in the key trends for spring. I tried something different by tucking in a Marwood pocket square in my back pocket to break up my navy shades. Not everything has to be used for its normal convention.

Then keeping it classic I turned to Converse to keep me moving while walking around Kew Gardens and a jacket from H&M when late afternoon brought with it cooler weather. I’m enjoying being able to tick off new places. First it was Tate and now Kew. I want to go again because of the amount I didn’t get to see!

Joe talks about styling pink and light jackets over on his blog. He’s the cooler one of this double act we’ve managed to form this year.

This post is created in association with MR PORTER. However, all the views expressed are my own.