Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Foreo Luna & Cleanser for Men

Those who know me or have seen me on the LSoD Instagam will know I don't shave. I only trim. However, with the UK now fully in the midst of winter, as the saying goes 'Winter Hates Your Face' and that also applies for me. Taking the opportunity to refresh and recharge my skin as we head into the colder part of the year, Foreo Luna & Cleanser for Men is the perfect antidote - as well as Christmas present - to rejuvenate and stimulate the skin. 

Foreo is a Swedish Innovation company, who have released the Luna for Men (£145.00) is a cleansing device that directs up to 8,000 pulses per minute using T-Sonic technology across the skin’s surface. Used in conjunction with the cleanser, the patented silicone surface cleanses deeply and gently without the abrasive rotary scouring of conventional sonic devices. Used for just one minute - so simple and quick for both a morning and evening shower - drives out impurities, while cleansing the skin deeply to help reduce the chances of shaving irritation such as razor-burn leaving the skin feeling invigorated for a fresher morning look. I hope I look it below as I really felt it afterwards! 

Finding it a super and great cleans, my skin felt fresh after taking the bulk of my beard off, as well as clearing any dry spots and areas that have been irritated by the hair. The Cleanser for Men, Daily Revitalising Gel (£30) powerful deep-cleanser derives its strength from hydrothermal minerals to drive away impurities and excess sebum while detoxifying the skin of daily pollutants. Rich in mineral nutrients, it nourishes and reinforces the skin which is great for this time of the year in particular. 

This is something I look to use on a regular and/or daily basis and although the stubble will be coming back soon, the Foreo Luna seems suitable for all areas of the face, covered in stubble or a short beard nor not. 

Monday, 30 November 2015

The Gainsborough Bath Spa

With a friend visiting from Sitges, Spain and Saturday being the first day of the Bath Christmas Market, it was the perfect opportunity to head into the famous spa city (in which I predominantly live) and soak up the start of the festive season. After a great walk around the city, admiring the beautiful Georgian architecture which I saw in a new light, the afternoon proved very, very wet. Typical. With this, I saw this a great opportunity to visit The Gainsborough Bath Spa which has been open around 5 months. Next door to the Thermae Spa and across the road from the historic and ancient Roman Baths, this new 5 star hotel was quite the sanctuary to warm up and cheekily dry off. 

We entered the front lobby, were immediately greeted by reception and followed the sign plaque to the public areas, down a slightly sterile but quite long, chic hallway - having the choice of either The Canvas Room or The Gainsborough Bar for a coffee. With a host of staff kindly offering to take our bags and coats, we plumped down in the contemporary bar area and ordered a latte and an orange juice (totalling around £9.50) which arrived with complimentary nuts and nibbles. With a number of couples having afternoon tea in The Canvas Room, the bar is perfectly placed for a quick - or longer - drink, made more enjoyable by the affable staff. I had a quick look around the dining room which features a stunning Christmas decorated light feature and is sectioned using cabinets of wine and champagne which, whilst isn't overly imaginative, really is impressive. 

Being the only hotel in the UK with a naturally heated spa - not challenging given the location - it is a shame that it is only open to residents or members. I feel they have missed a trick with some sort of package to include an experience of both the spa and hotel, for example afternoon tea and a treatment, yet I can understand this can be achieved across the road at the unrelated Thermae Spa. 

Given that Bath now has four 5 star hotels, of which I have now been to all, The Gainsborough is a welcome and pleasing addition to the city. With its central location, relaxing and welcoming atmosphere, I will no doubt return to the bar, however I am not convinced by the restaurant menu. I spotted a feature of iceberg lettuce on the websites' sample menu which to me, is lacking imagination and does not really have a place in a 5 star hotel. Additionally, the Asian fusion theme again is not revolutionary even though it does use locally sourced products. However, having not eaten here yet, I reserve judgement and given various online reviews does sound promising.

Gives & Hawkes Bespoke No. 1 Candle

Nothing would make me more happy on Christmas morning than to open a luxury candle, packaged in a very smart box with a masculine, heady fragrance. Although it is not yet December 25th, this Gieves & Hawkes bespoke No. 1 candle embodies that idea as pebble&co - bespoke fragrance and beauty designers - have collaborated with the Savile Row tailor to produce this over-sized, three wick piece.

I have been lighting it most evenings over the weekend, as the sophisticated blend of green vetiver, rich spices and delicate jasmine, curls of wood smoke and soft leather combine perfectly with the scene of a roaring fire, a warming glass of Malbec and something relaxing on Netflix. The box,  made from thick card and coloured in Gives grey, is embossed with No.1 on the lid and the Royal Warrants on the front. Whilst just the box is impressive, it is the the holder which packs a punch as it is made from a thick black glass and beautifully engraved with the same Royal Warrant details, logo and address as on the box, which makes for a striking impact. 

Discerning designers pebble&co worked closely alongside Gieves & Hawkes Creative Director, Jason Basmajian, to seamlessly bring the candle to life - creating a high quality ‘made in England’ product that embodies the scent of the iconic No.1 Savile Row flagship. I am a big fan of the tailors and particularly look forward to their show at London Collections: Men in January. 

Created in England, the candle contains natural waxes and a high concentration of the signature No. 1 fragrance, with the high quality wax blend hand-poured by some of the most experienced wax craftsmen in the world. With a burn time of around 80 hours (this is a serious candle, and rather heavy at 740g) and priced at £95 from the Gives and Hawkes flagship on Savile Row, London, W1 as well as online, this is the ideal gift for yourself or someone deserving this Christmas. 

Thursday, 26 November 2015

The Leisure Club x Original Penguin

With a heavy nod to sharp heritage sportswear from a truly American brand, Original Penguin, this is the latest collection entitled The Leisure Club. Inspired by archived designs that are sophisticated, comfortable and made from fabrics inspired by those from the 1950's and 60's, items include luxury knits, blended textures and premium trims which create a classic yet contemporary collection.

To celebrate the launch of this collection Original Penguin continued their partnership with menswear photographer and creator of 100 Beards, Jonathan Daniel Pryce and Fashion Editor of Hunger Magazine, Chris Benns. Together they’ve handpicked five outstanding creatives who are experts in their fields, busy contributing to London’s creative world - (from top) Music Producer and DJ, Pharaoh who was brought up on healthy diet of Soul & Rare grooves; ex prisoner and Author of Cell Workout fitness book, Lewis Flanders; Owner and Designer of British Menswear label Percival, Christopher Gove; London born Barber, William Hart and sneaker customizer, Adam Claridge. 

The collection is live now - I am really enjoying the sweatpants and neutral polo - from Original Penguin online and in-store.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015


Minimal, practical and progressive, Côte&Ciel have some of the best accessories around to date, with the Lagoon Spa Pouch the latest solution for travelers. As someone that travels regularly. this practical and luxurious piece combines functional elements such as an ergonomically comfortable neoprene strap, waterproof zip and transparent pop-out internal cosmetics case enabling efficient presentation of liquids at airport security. Available in two sizes, this sturdy pouch not only doubles as an essential spa accessory, but a durable and water repellent carry-on that protects its contents both inside and out. The pouches retail at £60 for the medium size and £75 for the large size, both available from the Côte&Ciel online store.

Jared Leto x Saint Laurent

Who doesn't have a certain amount of man-crush, or at least style envy for Jared Leto? Taking to the stage at the 2015 American Music Awards in LA, Jared was wearing head-to-toe Saint Laurent. Perfectly offsetting his fluro magenta hair, his black cashmere coat, cotton poplin Dylan collar shirt and stretch denim jeans look is the ideal dress casual option for an awards event that by-passes some of the formality whilst retaining rock star credentials. 

Monday, 23 November 2015

Clarks AW15

Last week, I was asked by Clarks to document my picks of the Autumn Winter 2015 collection, and how I would wear them. It is no secret that I am the Group Men's Trends Analyst - or trend forecaster - and have been for around 5 years. Based in Street, Somerset, I chose The Desert Boot in sand suede, Edward Limit in black and tan, Penton Monk in black and Balloff  in white; a style that is set to hit stores in Spring 2016. Clarks is well known for smart shoes - like my brogues and Monk shoes - but also has a superb offering of casual and dress-casual shoes that perfectly fit into an essential, capsule wardrobe. Requiring quite a bit of planning outfits each morning and shot around HQ's grounds and Street itself, I wanted to reflect my everyday wardrobe, to show that the shoes are for everyday but have every ounce of style. 

You can see the full spread, and what I have to say about each shoe here: http://blog.clarks.co.uk/

Friday, 20 November 2015

L'Estrage Hood Jacket

It has been some time since I last featured L'Estrange - in fact, it was when they first launched the ultimate hoodie - however they are back with this; the Hood Jacket. They have expanded from the hoodie to a full collection early next year, launching exclusively at key stockists including Colette, Isetan, Shop at Bluebird and Saks 5th Avenue, focusing around the transitional living space - luxe clothes that allow you to remain smart whilst on the move. 

The Hood Jacket is an evolution of The Hood for the colder months. Building on the same suit-inspired detailing, L'Estrange have added new features including a heavier-weight double layered pique, ticket pocket, double zips, and fully faced unstructured lining. Casual has never looked so luxe.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Converse x Missoni

The collaboration between Converse and Missoni has long been a highly desirable and successful one, so it is no surprise to see them coming together once again for autumn winter 2015. The Converse Deck Star Slip ’67 Missoni takes inspiration from a pair from the Italian houses catwalk show and taps itno the casual vs luxe trend that has been bubling up for a little while now. The silhouette is enhanced with a thick, chunky space-dyed elasticated cashmere upper that is ideal for the colder weather that comes with the winter months - though perhaps not for the expected snow in the UK. 

Never the less, premium satin is applied to the back of the sneakers to deliver a more elevated look while the colors reflect the darker, earthy hues of the landscape such as the mountains, rivers and forests that the artist passes on his journey. The limited-edition collection celebrates craftsmanship, authenticity and collaboration at the highest level and will be available starting Friday November 20th at a retail price of £175 from Dover Street Market.