The Blue Line of Friendship – Linea Azzurro

Founded by two lifelong friends and retail entrepreneurs Nigel Gee and Russell Goodkind, Linea Azzurro, the London based knitwear brand specialises in Italian knitwear and accessories for both men and women. It combines the founders’ passion for design and substantial knowledge of the industry to create a timeless collection of knitwear pieces.

All pieces in the brand’s growing collection are soft, luxurious and durable. The brand’s rigorous commitment to quality means that they source premium yarns to ensure they achieve very high standards of craftsmanship in the manufacturing of their garments. Linea Azzurro pieces are the perfect building blocks for any capsule wardrobe.

The name Linea Azzurro, which translates as ‘blue line’ represents success, continuity and optimism. The designers first garment was created from a single sketch: a blue sweater with horizontal lines on the arms, this is how the brand was born. Founders Russell & Nigel had also spotted a gulf between expensive Italian cashmere and cheaper high street versions; Linea Azzurro was created with the intention of bridging this gap by offering an affordable Italian cashmere range of extreme quality.

Understanding the importance of transparency and traceability within their supply chain is integral to the brand’s ethos; their cashmere is sourced from Mongolia where the cashmere goats live freely in their natural habitat. The raw materials are then collected by herders and brought to a dehairing mill before being shipped to their artisan factory in Italy, with all yarns being meticulously quality tested at every stage of the process.

The brand’s ready-to-wear collection consists of 100% cashmere V-neck, crew neck and scoop neck jumpers. Linea Azzurro is also excited to be expanding its product offering to incorporate other yarns, which have been introduced as part of the SS21 collection.

A shot of energy for your skin – ClarinsMen Energisers

Give your skin the shot of energy it needs with the new energising duo from ClarinsMen. Full of vitality and hydration, the fresh and invigorating textures help to reset and stimulate tired and stressed skin. Studies conducted by the brand show that men’s skin needs more energy. But why? There are two main causes:

1st Cause: Richer in testosterone, men’s skin is thicker meaning that skin cells renew themselves faster, therefore their skin needs more energy in order to function optimally.

2nd Cause: Clarins Research revealed the impact a busy life can have on our mitochondria, also known as our skin cell’s ‘energy-producing factories’, that help to support efficient cell function.

The mitochondria can become damaged by oxidative stress brought on by continuous exposure to external aggressors and therefore produce less energy, which means cell function slows down and the affect on the skin is visible: loss of radiance, signs of fatigue and premature skin ageing.

Tired and stressed skin can look dull with a puffy eye area and dark circles, whereas skin that is energised is toned, hydrated and supple, whilst being protected from external aggressors and pollution. The solution?

ClarinsMen Innovation: [G-Red Complex]

Introducing a new generation ingredient complex developed by ClarinsMen using organic red ginseng extract that helps to boost energy production when mitochondrial activity has slowed down, which in turn helps to preserve the efficient functioning of skin cells even under the effects of external aggressors. This means that more energy is produced, and skin cells continue to function well. Red ginseng is known for its exceptional ability to energise and stimulate, as an adaptogen plant it helps the body to resist all kinds of aggressions, extreme temperatures and the effects of stress. It is matured for six years which increases its richness in active molecules that help to boost the skin’s energy production. This powerful plant extract is paired with organic bison grass for its energising properties, and gymnema extract which boosts the synthesis of ATP – the energising molecule required for healthy cell functions, when combined their energising and soothing properties help to stimulate the skin.

In one step this fresh, toning gel energises, hydrates and strengthens the skin whilst leaving an invisible non-oily and non-sticky finish.

An immediate refreshing effect of -2c.

Energising Eye Gel is an ultra-refreshing gel that revives the eye area by reducing dark circles and puffiness, whilst hydrating and strengthening the eye contour.

Dispensed with a cooling tri-ball applicator that massages and refreshes the delicate eye area.

Alongside the ClarinsMen [G-Red Complex], these two energising formulas are boosted with the protection of the Clarins Anti-Pollution Complex. Now in its eighth generation, the innovative Anti-Pollution Complex has continued to evolve alongside changes in our environment to incorporate the latest scientific discoveries. It is a powerful fusion of three highly- effective plant extracts that offer multi-protection against skin stresses linked to pollution, including discomfort, redness, and signs of premature ageing.

✓ Furcellaria extract has a second skin effect to help it physically protect the skin against dehydration caused by pollution ✓ Organic nipplewort extract has anti-free radical properties that help to stimulate the skin’s natural defences against environmental aggressions, indoor and atmospheric pollution

✓ Organic white horehound extract is a plant that thrives in highly-polluted soils, its extract helps to protect skin against atmospheric and indoor pollution A Plant-Powered Duo

This plant-powered new energising duo has also been formulated with the following botanical ingredients:

✓ Organic houseleek extract to help the skin resist dehydration

✓ Bamboo extract to help promote firmer skin

✓ Organic oat sugars to fight skin dryness and soothe sensitive skin, as well as providing exceptional tightening benefits

✓ Plant-based caffeine for its toning effect on the face whilst visibly reducing the look of under-eye bags

✓ Organic horse chestnut flower to help activate the skin’s micro-nutrient network for a boost in radiance Responsible Beauty

When developing our plant-powered formulas Clarins have always respected the delicate balance of nature and biodiversity. For every plant extract used, Clarins Research ensure its traceability, making sure its future is not threatened and favouring fair trade programmes. The new energising duo is formulated using five organic plant ingredients and housed in packaging formed from recycled materials with outer cards sourced from sustainably managed forests.

A SUMMER’S DREAM BY OLIVER SPENCER

Is the Falke Cream Tailored Suit by British Menswear Designer, Oliver Spencer, The suit of the summer? A great piece of versatile summer tailoring, the unlined Theobald jacket is a two-button unstructured blazer with a single vent, perfect for a smart-casual look. This unlined style has been crafted in a soft midweight Portuguese cotton and linen blend for a relaxed summer drape.

The Drawstring trouser offers a casual alternative to your everyday. This relaxed trouser is straight cut through the leg with two back pockets, a cotton drawstring through the waistband, and a button fly. The Falke fabric is a midweight, soft Portuguese cotton/linen blend, which looks great when styled with our lightweight linen jackets and blousons, or just a simple linen shirt in high summer.

From early beginnings as a self-taught tailor and shopkeeper, Oliver Spencer has built a brand around his vision: hand-crafted quality paired with stylish accents and details. In the words of British GQ, a ‘uniquely British take on relaxed style’.

Over the years the brand have endeavoured to create trusting, open and transparent relationships with a network of suppliers, in order to support workers’ rights and their welfare. It is important to them that the people making their clothes are treated with dignity, respect and care. By situating their manufacturing in the UK and Portugal they avoid many of the labour issues which are prevalent in the wider supply chain of the fashion industry, such as forced labour, unfair pay arrangements and unsafe working environments. The countries in which they produce have tight legal frameworks on the employment of garment workers, which in the majority of situations prevents issues faced in less regulated garment manufacturing countries.

Homebody: How Sleep Effects Your Mindset

As we step cautiously out of this pandemic that has caused the entire world to press pause, it can feel strange and uncertain to start living again. Eating out, shopping, hugging are all positive steps back to normality but for many, mental health has really suffered.

One of the key aspects of getting back on track for many was getting good quality sleep and it has been proven how vital a good sleep routine is for our mental health.

The NHS website says “regular poor quality sleep can have a huge effect on your health, putting you at risk of developing serious medical conditions and can affect your body, thoughts, emotions and behaviour“.

Homebody‘s hand-crafted, modern silhouettes are designed to mould to the body for a perfect fit. At Homebody they are committed to making only small amounts of clothes each season and just the amount that they need to fulfil orders, reducing the amount of clothing wastage that is reaching epidemic levels. Their premium essentials are crafted, muted, classic colourways in their exclusive, super soft Modal-Sens fabric with sun protection 50+ UPF. They source all their fibres through the Lenzing group to ensure that the wood pulp used to create those fibres comes only from sustainably harvested trees. Their Modal sens fabric is derived from Tencel Modal fibers sourced predominantly from sustainable beechwood trees. The thermostatic properties within the micro-modal fibres react to changes in temperature and regulate body heat to result in a better night’s sleep or ensured comfort throughout the day with understated sophistication

It is a known fact that if you don’t get enough sleep, it can lead to depression and to mental health problems, so here are Homebody’s  top tips for a good new sleep routine : 

1. Keep to the same bedtime routine every night.

2. Create a nice relaxing sleep environment and a cool temperature in the room.

3. Make sure your bed is super comfy.

4. Exercise everyday even if it’s just a walk around the block, this will really help with stretching the muscles and prevent stiffness.

5. Cut down on caffeine after lunchtime and try a camomile / sleepy tea at night.

6. Don’t eat too much before you go to bed.

7. Take away the electrics and no watching your Ipad/Iphone in bed and charge somewhere far from the bed.

8. A bubble bath warm shower will help relax or a short yoga/ meditation for ten minutes will help aid relaxation.

9. Write your worries down or simply say them out loud to yourself – the think only positive thoughts and add some gratitude for all the amazing things in your life

10. Most important – wear some really soft and beautiful sleepwear – like errrr, ohhh yeah,  Homebody!

TAKE YOUR GROOMING ROUTINE UP A NOTCH WITH BARBER-GRADE TOOLS

I think it’s safe to say 2020 was the year of DIY. At least when it came to grooming and hair care, we redefined simple grooming pleasures as moments of self-care and converted our kitchens, bathrooms and living rooms into our very own styling studios. We learnt new skills and experimented with tools and new styles, but now it’s time to take things up a notch. Dial up the performance and the power to clip, trim and tidy like a true professional with the Super-X Metal Series by BaByliss.

Firstly up we have the Super-X Metal Series is designed to offer barber grade grooming at home. For the Super-X Metal Series we have paired both style and substance.

Our advanced lightweight motor provides outstanding power and lithium technology offers sustained cutting performance.

The robust metal housing is both stylish and functional which gives superior handling and our precision engineered Japanese steel blades deliver smooth, effortless cutting.

Then we have the SUPER-X METAL SERIES CORDLESS HAIR CLIPPER

A high performance hair clipper delivers exceptional performance and professional results. Japanese Steel blades with a unique super sharp cutting.

It’s features includes;

Cordless Lithium Ion | 3 Hour charge |

3 Hour run time

Japanese Steel blades | 10 Comb guides 0.5 – 8 (0.8mm-25mm) Left and right ear taper guides | 5-Position taper control

Digital battery life indicator | USB charging stand | Storage pouch

Last but by no means least is the SUPER-X METAL SERIES 15 IN 1 CORDLESS MULTI TRIMMER.  A high performance multi trimmer to trim, shape and create your own style, for ultimate all over grooming. With Japanese Steel blades for a super sharp, smooth 0.2mm ultra-close finish, easy to fit magnetic heads and digital battery life indicator

It’s features include;

Cordless Lithium Ion | Waterproof | 3 Hour charge | 5 Hour run time Japanese Steel precision trimmer for an ultra-close 0.2mm finish | 6-Position stubble comb guide 1-3.5mm | 4x Beard comb guides 5, 6, 7, 8mm | 2x Body comb guides 3, 4mm | 2-Position eyebrow comb guide 3-5mm | Japanese Steel power trimmer for an ultra-close 0.2mm finish | 3x Hair comb guides 9, 12, 16mm | Detail foil shaver | Nose and ear trimmer | USB charging stand Digital battery life indicator | Storage pouch

BaByliss grooming ambassador, Jody Taylor says on the range. XD

“I love the BaByliss Super X range because the two main characteristics I look for in clippers and trimmers are performance and design, the super X range has these in abundance.

The BaByliss aesthetic is always forward thinking with so much research into product development for both consumer and professional. The X range for me feels like a hybrid.

There is a simplicity for use with the cordless clipper as the size is slightly smaller therefore easy to use and manoeuvre and the taper control system is numbered on the adjustment lever making hair easy to blend and create symmetry on both sides.

The Chrome finish has been taken from the success of the professional range, and this makes the range feel like luxury.

The head attachments for the  multi trimmer are magnetic which makes them so easy to change, and the stand looks so good on display in any bathroom.

To get the most out of the key is being consistent, having a solid grooming regime.

Staying on top of unwanted or unruly hair.

Experimenting with different beard or stubble styles throughout the year i.e. it’s easy to give yourself a fresh look by simply changing the length or shape of your beard, remember only small amounts of hair make a big difference.

We have a saying in the industry “It’s not how much you cut off it’s what you leave on.”

The blades on the Super X range are made from the highest quality Japanese steel, exactly the same as the professional range, this allows for precision cutting as close as possible. And allows the blades to smoothly cut through thick and bulky hair of all textures.

To look after your clippers make sure to use the clipper oil provided on a regular basis, always blow hair away from the blades and use the small brush to remove any excess hair.

wash clipper guards with water after use.

The multi trimmer is 100% waterproof which makes cleaning so easy as each attachment can rinsed under water.

It’s so important to keep your tools clean as this prevents debris getting into the blades and machine and always allows for a cleaner trim.

My grooming  Faux Pas

  • Dont have a chin strap beard
  • Don’t let you uni brow get out of control
  • Dont let you back hair creep out your shirt
  • Keep it tidy downstairs
  • Dont cut your side burns up into your hairline
  • Dont shave your legs unless your an olympic swimmer”