Something for the Weekend

Words by Cameron McLauchlan

Firstly, Happy New Year to you all! Welcome to Something For The Weekend, the first of 2020! Ill be keeping it short and sweet this week as we all try to slug through the 5 weeks of January. Rather selfishly the first two items included in this weeks post are personal purchases of mine I was keen to share.

The Ultimate Sneaker Book by Simon Wood (2018)

This book was recommended by a friend of mine who shares an equally big love for sneakers/trainers as I do. Written and constructed by Simon Wood, the founder of sneaker well-known publication Sneaker Freaker, the 650+ page sneaker bible provides an unrivalled deep-dive into the vast history of sneakers. From Start to Finish.

The book features details on how some of the most iconic sneakers came to be, from the entire Nike lineage to Reebok, New Balance and Adidasmost iconic silhouettes. Tonnes of nostalgic campaigns from the 80s to present day are featured through the book, the interviews with the designers and collectors is what adds to make this book so great.

It also looks cracking on a coffee table. A must read for anyone who wants to either take a trip down memory lane, or learn more about how the global sneaker culture came to be.

Cheapest place to purchase the book brand new below:

Frederick Grove – Eternity Signet 

Item number two of my recent purchases is this silver ring from eponymous London based jewellery brand Frederick Grove.

I actually discovered Fredereick Grove on Instagram a year ago and ordered a different ring online to the one shown below, but its actually going to the showroom where you get a proper feel for what the guys there are all about.

Nestled in a tucked away corner on Brick Lane in Shoreditch (having to be buzzed in through a private gate). The showroom displays all of the jewellery in a way truly authentic the the unique aesthetic of the brand, which feels very late 1800s.

The rings and necklaces are all made on the same-site as the showroom and visible next to the till with Frederick himself assisting you where he can. If your ever wandering around the area id definitely recommend popping in.

The quality and craftsmanship in each piece is second to none with Frederick himself having a rich family heritage in Jewellery making.  Ill leave the address to the showroom below as-well his full product offering.

Frederick Grove showroom : 8, Taylor’s Yard, 170 Brick Ln, London E1 6RU

Link to the ring and entire product offering:

Comme Des Garcons x Nike Air Max 95 

Something which I am yet to purchase but hoping to this weekend  down to the fact they are these CDG Air Max 95s.

Founded by iconic Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo, Comme Des Garcons has garnered serious respect from the fashion industry and its loyal followers since its creation. The success can largely be  attributed to popularity of its diverse product lines which include CDG PLAY, CDG SHIRT, CDG Fragrance, CDG Wallet and CDG Homme. As well as ownership of its own global concept retailer Dover Street Market.

The family tree of CDG x Nike sneakers is growing quickly, with a new shoe guaranteed almost  each season. CDG have been given seemingly free rein to collaborate on any given silhouette.

Previous link ups include 2017 VaporMax, 2018 Supreme Air Force 1, 2019 Presto, 2019 Shox TL and my personal favourite the 2017 Nike Dunk High. One thing you can guarantee with a Comme Des Garcon x Nike collab is that 9 times out of 10 the result will be a complete re-structure of the given silhouette.

Whilst this Air Max 95 is a little more conservative in its make-up when compared to previous collaborations. The exposed overspill of excess material featured throughout the entire upper looks super slick. Especially in triple black.

This 95 drops this Saturday at 11am in-store and online at Dover Street Market in three different colour ways. Details and links to the other colour ways are below:

 

Thanks for reading!

5 SIMPLE WAYS TO DETOX YOUR SKIN IN THE NEW YEAR

After the overindulgence around the festive season, January is the perfect time to introduce some new skincare resolutions. Similarly, you may have considered a detox for your body, the same sentiment translates to your skincare regime too.

Practiced for centuries by cultures around the world detoxification is about resting, cleansing and nourishing the body from the inside out. The skin is the body’s largest organ and a natural detoxifier, but from time to time it needs help staying pure.

Established in 2014 and created by the award-winning Dr. Harry Singh, The Botulinum Toxin Club is the UK’s leading facial aesthetics training workshop for dentists, doctors, medics, specialists and nurses.

Today, they’re sharing: five, simple ways to get started on detoxing your skin:

1. Cleansing – to rinse away any pollution or residual product, build up and grime, use an oil–based cleanser first, then a traditional cleanser afterwards. Use alongside a fresh muslin cloth for best results.

2. Remove dead skin cells – using an exfoliator will not only boost the benefits of your cleanser but also buff away to give you a baby soft complexion and bring your skin back to life by removing dead skin cells.

3. Rejuvenate – a peel is also a great way to achieve that glow–getting effect. Picking up some acid- based exfoliating pads, which are soaked in similar alpha and beta hydroxy acids to your usual exfoliating toner, but at a higher percentage.

4. Refresh – face masks are great too and the closest you’re going to get to a spa treatment at home. With so many options out there, there really is something for every skin concern. A clay mud mask is one of the best ways to treat clogged pores.

5. Tone and Moisturise – finish with soothing toner and apply a high-quality moisturiser to help reduce the chance of developing extreme dryness or oiliness.

Bonus tip! You are what you eat (and drink!) – eating lots of fruits and vegetables and drinking at least eight glasses of water a day helps your skin flush out toxins from the inside.

Health and Wellness in Five Easy Actions

Words by Jennifer McGregor 

Your health isn’t something your primary care provider has control over. Sure, they can check your weight and blood pressure, and they can even put you on medication to control health problems. What they can’t do, however, is ensure that you make good decisions that perpetuate health. However, you can. With that being said, here are five things you can do every day to be a better you on the inside as well as the outside.

Feed Yourself Well

You already know that the food you put into your body has an impact on your weight. However, that’s not all that nutrition affects. What you eat is broken up by the body, and your food’s nutrients are routed to every system. Eating enough calcium, for example, can improve your bones and teeth. A diet rich in antioxidant foods may actually lessen your chances of cancer. Further, every bite you intake has influence over your gut microbiome, which is a tiny universe inside of you. The organisms — bacteria, fungi, viruses — that live there play a role in your overall health, from your immune system to your ability to emotionally self-regulate.

Exercise

Just as important as what you put into your body is how you work your body. Exercise is a crucial component of health, and it’s something you should prioritize every day. And if you are a senior, strength training, balance exercises, and other forms of physical fitness might even help lower your chances of being injured in a falling accident.

Keep yourself motivated by investing in some tech. Using a fitness tracker allows you to set goals and track your progress. Music is a great motivator as well and can help you power through your workout. Avoid poorly fitting traditional headphones and invest in a set of wireless earphones instead. A model like the Beats PowerBeats 3 earphones are sweat resistant and won’t fall off when you exercise. Or a set of Bose SoundSport headphones offer comfort and dynamic sound quality.

 

Keep Your Body Clean

Hygiene isn’t something you can neglect, at least if you want to prevent diseases and keep your confidence and self-esteem high. According to Solv Health, washing your skin can rinse away bad bacteria you come into contact with each day. Removing these bacteria can help prevent a number of different illnesses. You don’t necessarily have to take a full shower every day, but at the very least, wash your face each evening and your hands anytime you prepare food, touch another person, or come into contact with chemicals.

Sleep

Do you lie awake all night worrying about work or toss and turn until what feels like moments before the alarm goes off? If so, you may find that you are tired, distracted, and irritable each morning, and by the afternoon, you’re chugging coffee and eating pastries just to stay alert. Not getting enough sleep is unquestionably detrimental to your health. If you suffer from insomnia, talk to your doctor or healthcare provider about the ways you can settle in at night. A few things you can try on your own are to use up your energy during the day (see exercise above) and give yourself a predictable bedtime routine.

Laugh, Smile, and Cry

Emotions are complex. And we often fear them for reasons, including concern about social acceptance or giving off the appearance of weakness. However, when you avoid your emotions, whether positive or negative, you do your body and mind an injustice. First, when we spend so much time avoiding emotions, we put ourselves into a fierce cycle. This can cause stress, which releases adrenaline and cortisol into our bodies. While these hormones serve an important purpose, when we are exposed to them all the time, we can suffer physically and mentally. Instead of hiding behind a fake smile, learn to experience your emotions. Laugh, smile, cry, shout – whatever you need to do to digest and work through your feelings.

The above advice can set you on a positive track where your health is concerned. It is not a full listing of everything you need to live your best life, but it can get you going, and the starting point is your first step toward mastering your own health.

 

Image via Pexels

 

Shaping Your Style Identity in 2020

WORDS BY PETER MINKOFF

Fashion has never been quite so fluid as it is nowadays, and we’re tremendously grateful for that. Manly in pink? Absolutely. Animal print pants with sheer shirts? You go, bro. Suits that are no longer mundanely grey, but actually come in different powerful shades to bring out your personality? You betcha. We’re going to have a new episode of the roaring twenties on our hands in less than a month, and it’s time to bring out the big guns. Fashionable ones, that is, for the sake of creating your own style for the upcoming year.

Let’s take a look at some of the simplest, yet creative ways you can infuse your style with your own character and give it that authentic look and feel. Here are a few essential ideas to keep in mind for 2020, and how you can incorporate them into your look-book.

When it doubt, suit up

With today’s levels of suit diversity, you certainly shouldn’t restrict yourself to black, gray, or navy-blue suits. Although these classics will stand the test of time, some level of playfulness and versatility in your suit collection can make your upcoming year perfect for self-expression.

In addition to colorful varieties, think of different ways to dress your suit down, such as combining it with your sneakers, or wearing a simple t-shirt instead of a button-down. Then again, a turtleneck can be a winning choice when you want to stay warm during the upcoming colder months while you retain that sleek, sophisticated style.

Bring on the street vibes

Urban clothing is no news, since rocking athleisure has become the norm for the past several years, allowing men to introduce a sportier, more casual take on their standard wearables. Comfortable hoodies, clean white sneakers, versatile t-shirts, and tank tops, these are all absolute essentials in the wardrobe of a 2020-ready man.

The fashion world has started using gym-inspired items in their most haute collections, so even that casual Friday at the office can mean wearing something from this particular assortment. If you’re new to the practice, you can slowly develop a sporty selection of your own by getting a pair of simple sneakers that you can wear for a multitude of different occasions, whereas comfy pullovers and sweaters will be a breeze to wear and combine with everything else you own.

Purpose-driven accessories for a modern man

Too much fuss about fashion isn’t always a good idea, and you can easily pick a few go-to pieces that will add substance to your style without actually causing you any stress. That’s what 2020 will be all about – purpose and simplicity sans the stress. The easiest way to add purpose to your style and keep it classy is to rely on timeless pieces in your accessory selection.

For starters, adding a few engraved watches in your collection will help you choose a stylish timepiece for every occasion, be it a cocktail party, a Christmas dinner, or a coffee date. Get different hues to embody your mood, pastels for a more subtle look, while darker tones give you a more mysterious vibe. Add to that, find a pair of shades that fit your facial features, and you’ll have another accessory at your disposal that serves a purpose and gives you that authentic look.

Mastering effortless luxury

Not everyone has a dragon lair for a wallet, hence the need to think of your budget when you style yourself. Luckily, imagination is a priceless, invaluable asset to your style-making process, and you can rest assured that it’s more than possible to pull off a high-end look with low-cost items at your disposal.

For example, a pair of stylish leather shoes can instantly elevate your regular pair of jeans and a clean white shirt. Add a colorful pashmina into the mix, and you’ll look as if you’ve just stepped off a runway for a quick cup of java. Stick to the classics, but add a contrast piece as an accent to bring out your persona.

Diversify your palette

As we’ve already mentioned with all things pink and colorful suits, the modern man is no longer defined by his monochromes. While it’s more than recommendable to put on a sleek black tuxfrom time to time for those special occasions, there are ways to infuse your wardrobe with more vibrant hues. They can reflect your mood, add a touch of character to your style, and give you greater freedom to mix and match your pieces.

Go with your gut, but seek for inspiration among the best in the fashion world. Some of the most celebrated menswear trends include the addition of tie-dye to the mix, whereas neon and other vivid colors have also reshaped many a prominent collection.

Developing a personal style identity takes time, but it’s also a never-ending process. Let yourself explore new trends and imbue your look with fresh options, while you stay true to who you are style-wise. In the months to come, men’s fashion will become all the more versatile, and you’ll have plenty of exciting new choices to diversify your style!

Boys don’t cry ? The Modern Man-ual

Firstly, Happy New Year and welcome to 2020, how Sci-Fi does that sound???

As the saying goes,  ‘big boys don’t cry’. But in the last week, more than one in ten (13%) of men aged 18+ in the UK have had a good blub. And good on them!

We men should be encouraged to understand our feelings and express our emotions. With this in mind the second edition of the Modern Man-ual, is all about ‘The 2020 Man’.

Commissioned by menswear retailer Jacamo, the report highlights gaps in the conversation when it comes to men.. both inside and out.

Men need to be brought into modern-day discussions, to explore and normalise the topics of male body confidence, mental health and masculinity, in the hope of raising awareness and confidence amongst British men, to help them feel as good as they deserve to feel.

Dr Chris Morriss-Roberts, discussed the effect media and advertising has on self-image and body confidence.

“Traditional ideas of masculinity when it comes to the body is all about size and muscles and the beef. There was no way around it, it’s ingrained in our heads that bigger is better. But the truth is you can’t force your body to be a certain size or shape if it’s not meant to be like that. That’s a message which is important for well-being, and which doesn’t get talked about enough – that for a lot of people you’re never going to be that size, that big. It can play games in your head that your body is important and defines you. It’s taken me 25, 30 years to accept my body as it is.”

With the Female Body Positive Movement in full swing, and infact 41% of men wanting to see a similar movement for men, the report highlights a need for the conversation to expand, with 38% of those who we spoke to admitting they do not feel positive about their bodies.

When asked about what they think are the most important qualities in a man, 74% say honesty and 73% say good manners. And to add even more substance to the ‘it’s what’s on the inside that counts’ debate, 74% of men stated they do not think physical strength is key to ‘being a man’.

With the report finding that almost a quarter of men do not feel comfortable speaking about their feelings, it’s time to open the debate.

2020; the year for men to stand, be counted, celebrated, understood and get comfortable being uncomfortable.

Key findings from the Man-ual.