Castore – Helps you work, rest and play

We’re heading into autumn and it’s not quite as warm as we would like it to be. It’s always handy to have an extra layer around for when the sun goes in. Recent figures shows that searches for men’s sweatshirts have increased by 18.72% in the last month compared to the same period last year. Castore sportswear could have exactly what you’re looking for with a great selection of super soft and comfy tracksuits and sweatshirts perfect for training or relaxing! 

Castore’s Technical Lifestyle range takes elements of their performance wear and applies to everyday clothing. Every piece is crafted with comfort in mind and are both lightweight and breathable perfect for the warmer months. Made in Castore’s signature colour palette of black, white, grey and navy any item would fit seamlessly into any wardrobe.

With its slogan “Better Never Stops”, Castore was founded by sporting brothers Tom and Phil Beahon in 2015. Tom, 30, played football for Tranmere Rovers and Jerez in Spain and Phil, 27, played semi-professional cricket. 

The brand’s mission is to build the lightest, most durable, highest performing sportswear in the market and to achieve this they test products the hard way. All garments have been tested by elite athletes to ensure they excel at the highest level, worn for 100 consecutive days before being approved for full production.

They hold partnerships with Sir Andy Murray, McLaren, the West Indies team, and most recently, Rangers Football Club, is launching its Technical Lifestyle range. 

GREY APEX SWEATSHIRT 

This sweatshirt is stylish and simple. It is made using ultra-soft fleece which is unique and has a caron finish for a luxurious feel and touch. It is a relaxed fit so can be thrown over t-shirts as it begins to get cooler, perfect for everyday wear!  

BLUE APEX HOODY 

This hoodie is perfect for throwing on for journeys to and from the gym but can also be paired with jeans for a night with your mates. It’s made from super soft fleece and has a relaxed fit as well as adding a splash of colour to your wardrobe.  

NAVY APEX SWEATPANTS 

These sweatpants are perfect as the evenings get a bit cooler. You can throw them on after showering or getting in from the office, relaxation begins now! They have a relaxed fit and are super soft.  

BLACK AMC CORE MEN’S TRAINING HOODY 

This hoodie is made from a cotton blend that is soft, lightweight and breathable. It’s perfect for chilly morning starts or using for workout warmups. It is warm and offers insulation when you need it as well as easy to layer and relax in. 

MINT PRO TEK 1/4 ZIP 

This ¼ zip is perfect for your workouts as a light pre-and-post training layer. It is lightweight and super stretchy as well as quick-drying and comfortable. It’s great for warming up or cooling down or even wearing with jeans to the pub.  

NAVY VOLTERRA RUNNING JACKET 

This running jacket is a great addition to your wardrobe, especially as we head in autumn. It has mesh side and back vents for increased airflow as well as being made from lightweight fabric. It is water-resistant and has an adjustable hood to keep you dry.  

Your new favourite grooming brand – Charlotte Rhys

Charlotte Rhys maybe not be a name you are familiar with, just yet, but they are South Africa’s leading luxury bath, body and lifestyle brand and is rapidly establishing within the international market.

Founded in 1999 by partners Janet Rhys and Shaun McDermott, Charlotte Rhys is a premium lifestyle brand known for its offering in luxury fragrance, home, bath and body products. The brand takes pride in growing internationally as a collection with sustainability at its core. From its home in South Africa, the brand develops luxury products with a conscience. 100% endorsed by Beauty without Cruelty and The Vegan Society, the company is committed to creating products that are ‘Kind to you and Kind to Nature’.

For years, Charlotte Rhys’ fragrances have adorned elite retreats and luxury hotels across South Africa. And now, the range is available to fill UK homes with unique aromas which can be enjoyed as a single scent or layered to help elevate your wellbeing, making your home look and continuously smell divine. All the whilst products are vegan friendly, cruelty free and created with sustainable practices such as biodegradable packaging.

Hero product within the Mens range include Eau de Portugal – Charlotte Rhys’ Eau de Portugal is a fantastic find for those that love their strong, masculine fragrances.

Or the De-Stress Aftershave Balm – This multi-active balm is ideal for soothing, moisturising and toning post-shave skin. Whilst minimising irritation, it will also leave behind a rich scent of your choice, transforming the shaving routine into an uplifting experience.

Why You Should Do a Social Media Detox

The past year has redefined the meaning of ‘busy doing nothing’. Between lockdowns, cancelled holidays, and exercise limitations, people have flocked to social media to divert their attention away from the adversity that the pandemic has brought. As the good weather comes into fruition, and the UK slowly eases out of coronavirus restrictions, the future is looking brighter. Now, we should take the opportunity to reinvigorate our lives and prepare for the no restriction life ahead. How can we enjoy this time? It starts by putting down your mobile phone and watching the benefits flow in.

If you’re dragging yourself through hours of TikTok, Facebook, and Instagram every day, find out why you need to stop social media and re-join the real world.

The damage of social media

The effects of social media on our mental health is known. Our favourite apps are often fuel for anxiety, depression, and isolation. This is because the feeling of getting a notification or like can release dopamine to the brain. This drug creates a happy feeling, similar to food, drugs, or gambling. While in the short term this happy feeling may be considered positive, over the long term the need to get this dopamine fix increases. We become addicted to social media, desiring the next like or retweet. Over time, it becomes difficult to get the same satisfaction from anything else other than our phones.

The same satisfaction can be created through alternative and healthier methods, such as education, exercise, and social interactions. Although some of these aspects are limited by the current social restrictions, there are some positive virtual alternatives to social interaction. Plus, we can plan activities for when life returns to normal.

Using our time for something better

Did you know that the average Brit spends 110 minutes on social media every day? This means that every year, we spend nearly a month dedicated to our online lives. Ask yourself if you want to dedicate a full month to scrolling through Facebook. At the same time, there are a variety of better activities you could be doing.

International holidays are difficult at the moment, but we can use this time to plan a real adrenaline adventure when life returns to normal. For example, you could become a ski instructor over a four-week course. Education, exercise, and adventure are key to recreating the dopamine feeling that social media demands. With the added benefit of adrenaline, this is certainly a more productive use of your time than sitting on your phone. Even more, this is an opportunity to get away when we can travel more freely.

You can prepare yourself for this adventure by beginning an exercise regime. Some gyms do have limitations on the number of visitors but there are so many ways to exercise at home, alternatives such as yoga and running are vital for your mental health and will make giving up social media easier. Exercise releases endorphins which relieve pain and reduce anxiety. They also create a happy feeling similar to morphine, making sure that your start to summer 2021 is as positive as possible. The long-term benefits of exercise are more than that of social media.

Staying in touch

Social media cannot replace real social interactions. Currently, we can only meet up to six people or two households in an indoor setting. This isn’t ideal for the biggest social butterflies, but there are still better ways to stay in touch with the real world than a message on Facebook. Video calls with friends, although virtual, are the best alternative to seeing your friends you can’t see in person. The beauty of video calls is that it allows you to see a face, interact with your friends, and practice real verbal communication while protecting yourself, your friends, and everyone’s families. Even better: there’s no limit on group sizes.

There are also opportunities to volunteer, which can help take time away from social media antics. The Office for National Statistics has measured that Brits spend on average one hour and seven minutes a day completing unpaid work such as care or volunteering. There are opportunities across the country to help those in need, particularly during the pandemic. Shopping for elderly neighbours is one simple way to help out and makes a real difference in the world, something which is more difficult to do on social media.

While 2021 hasn’t been all too exciting, we can plan for a productive future ahead. This starts by ditching social media to help your mental and physical health, your social life, and your community. Whether you want to take on an adventurous course or volunteer for a noble cause, this summer is the best time to dedicate yourself to becoming a better version of yourself.

Reaching its Peak – Arctic Peak

Arctic Peak is a slow-fashion brand, hey,hey I don’t mean that in any way a negative manner, they take the exclusivity out of sustainability, making it accessible for everyone to care for the environment, all the while at affordable prices.

The founder, having been in the fashion industry for 30 years, saw how flawed the industry had become. For so many years, the fashion industry has put the demands of low prices and excessive consumerism before all else and at the cost of our Planet. Although the production of sustainable clothing has become more popular recently, it still remains out of reach for many due to high prices. Arctic Peak was created to allow sustainable, well-made and stylish clothing to be equally accessible for everyone, at prices that are fair.

Starting with a capsule collection of basic clothing, Arctic Peak prides itself on its 100% transparent design, production and sales process. Created with sustainable materials, ethical working conditions and the planet in mind, Arctic Peak’s vision is to give back to the planet more than it takes.

Featured centre on the website, the Climate Clock countdown represents the time needed in which we must achieve zero emissions to prevent global warming from causing irreversible damage. Arctic Peak strives to educate people about Climate Change, using the Climate Clock not to invoke fear or worry but encourage consumers to become more conscious and act accordingly.

Much more than another ‘sustainable fashion brand’, Arctic Peak deeply embeds philanthropic efforts, Planet- positive actions and raising awareness into its core. Arctic Peak has partnered with Tree Nation, pledging to plant one tree per an item purchased in order to reduce co2 emissions and work against climate change. From launch, 1% of all profit will be allocated and distributed to non-profit organisations that empowers action against Climate Change and preserving the Arctic.

Arctic Peak is also committed to reducing waste, with the vision of achieving a zero waste circular system by 2022. Arctic Peak products are made with the finest organic and recycled materials, designed to last for decades to come. Well aware that accidents occur, Arctic Peak offers free lifetime repairs to ensure products live well beyond the average expiration date.

First drop: T-shirts, Polo shirts, Sweatshirts, Sweatpants & Hoodies. Majority of items are made from the finest organic cotton; breathable, high quality and woven to last. Sweatpants and shorts are made using recycled materials and plastic bottles, reducing the amount of plastic waste on the planet. On average, each pair of sweatpants removes 14 plastic bottles from the ocean.

All garment packages, badges and trims are either recycled or sustainably sourced.

Limited release: The Peak Collection

Using the Arctic as inspiration, the Peak Collection represents the 8 countries that make up the Arctic Circle. Arctic Peak uses this range of t-shirts, sweatshirts and hoodies in vibrant colours to raise awareness about the importance of the Arctic for our planet. The Arctic circle affects every living species on Earth, acting as a virtual thermostat for our planet. Arctic ice reflects sunlight and cools our planet, however as the worlds climate rises, Arctic ice is rapidly melting and our planet is absorbing more heat resulting in temperatures rising at alarming rates.

Helping you see in the dark – Carrots by Anwar Carrots🥕

Anwar Carrots, from New Jersey, founded Peas & Carrots international in 2007, an emerging streetwear brand and creative collective.Known for his dynamic approach to aesthetic both in personal style and creative output. Anwar has become an entrepreneurial leader within the Los Angeles creatives and fashion scenes and an icon of street culture and music.

Always evolving, Anwar started an eponymous menswear label, “Carrots by Anwar Carrots” launching at the scion a/v retail gallery space in March 2015

Carrots by Anwar continues to build a legume based legacy with another high profile collaboration, with Rapper Freddie Gibbs. After notable releases with the likes of Puma, Grey Goose and Gudetama Sanrio to name a few, Summer 21 sees music veteran Freddie Gibbs enlisted to to combine his Cokane Rabbit motif with Carrots signature aesthetic in what appears to be the perfect pairing of minds.