Home or Away – Troubadour X Sunspel

OK so international travel might not be too of our agenda at the moment, or even, some might say, recommended right just now. But hey, what about a Staycation?!?! the Easter break is right around the corner and why not whisk them away to somewhere not too far from home ?

Now, if your luggage has seen better days and is looking a bit more shabby than chic. Here’s a story for you, Troubadour and Sunspel, two leading brands in contemporary British design, have worked together and are introducing a new limited-edition range of bags in a specially developed lightweight waterproof fabric.

The new technical canvas combines two inspirations: Sunspel’s long heritage of producing beautiful natural cotton fabrics and the technical performance of Troubadour bags. This means the fabric has a natural look and feel, while also being waterproof and extremely hard-wearing.

Three styles of bag have been made in the new fabric, in a limited edition of 30 pieces each: the Pathfinder Briefcase, Troubadour Tote, and Slipstream Rucksack. The deep navy fabric creates a stunning contrast with the bags’ brushed silver hardware.

“Troubadour’s clean designs, functionality and exceptional build quality speak volumes to me and I’ve personally been a customer for over 5 years, long before I first met Samuel and Abel. Sunspel and Troubadour share a great many values and we’re delighted with this collaboration with another respected and dynamic British company. The Sunspel customer loves to travel and the Troubadour customer loves timeless style – and this collection brings those elements together perfectly.

Nicholas Brooke, Sunspel CEO

All three bags are not just stylish, but comfortable. Lightweight, yet durable. Versatile, and waterproof.

Every detail has been carefully thought through – from shoulder straps engineered to eliminate pressure points, to electro-moulded panels that follow the curves of the body. They all feature the signature clean lines and performance-based design. There are super-smooth zippers, pockets for anything you need to keep handy (including a padded pocket that holds a 16-inch laptop), super-comfy shoulder straps, and handles made from vegetable-tanned Italian leather.

As bright as the Full Moon – Introducing new MOON Oral Care

MOON reimagines the traditional, decades old oral care routine, elevating it into a complete oral beauty experience, with a range of aesthetically pleasing and pioneering better-for-you products worthy of your bathroom shelf.

MOON launches in the UK with the Teeth Whitening Pen, Stain Removal Whitening Toothpaste, Activated Charcoal Whitening Toothpaste, Activated Charcoal Rinse, Clean Slide Waxed Floss, Clean Slide Waxed Flossers and Soft Bristle Toothbrush set.

The entire collection is PETA certified Cruelty Free & Vegan. Proprietary elixirs are infused into the products known to deliver function along with delicious flavours. Elixir XTM, which can be found throughout the toothpaste and mouth rinse collection, is filled with antioxidants like cleansing Black Tea and Cranberry Extract, plaque-reducing Coconut Oil, calming and healing Dead Sea Salt, and soothing Ginseng and Echinacea. The formula is also packed with Green Tea, Peppermint and Tea Tree Oils that provide an invigorating boost and fight bad breath.

Founded by branding expert Shaun Neff, Neff tapped close friend, model, someone you may have heard called errrr Kendall Jenner, to co-create one of the hero products within the collection; The Teeth Whitening Pen. As a stakeholder of MOON Jenner collaborated with Neff to incorporate some of her favourite ingredients in an innovative formula to deliver breakthrough whitening results.

And not only are MOON delivering a better experience in Oral beauty they are also delivering help to less fortunate children. MOON is proud to support the work of Operation Smile. Operation Smile has provided hundreds of thousands of safe surgeries for those born with cleft lip, cleft palate or other facial conditions. With more than three decades of expertise, Operation Smile creates solutions that deliver free surgery to people where it’s needed most. As one of the largest medical volunteer-based nonprofits, Operation Smile has mobilised thousands of medical volunteers from a wide range of medical specialties from more than 80 countries. Operation Smile engages public-private partnerships to advance health care delivery, train local medical professionals to provide surgical care for patients in their communities, donate crucial medical equipment and supplies, and increase access to surgical care so that everyone living with cleft is treated. 

Some of the hero products within the range include;

The aforementioned Kenner Jenner Teeth Whitening Pen. Co-created with Jenner, this on-the-go pen is formulated with light-reflecting pigments and carbamide peroxide to provide instant brightening and whitening over time. The bonus? A great-tasting Vanilla Mint flavour. It contains the Elixir III antioxidant blend which is crafted from Kendall’s favourite natural ingredients like soothing Lavender Oil, whitening Strawberry Extract and the healing properties of Honeysuckle Flower. Use for two weeks for optimal results.

Stain Removal Whitening (fluoride-free) toothpaste. This fluoride-free toothpaste provides instant brightening and whitening results over time with better ingredients including our proprietary Elixir XTM blend. The perfectly balanced Lunar Peppermint flavour delivers intense, long-lasting freshness while the pearlescent shimmering mica helps improve stain removal and polishing

Lastly, clean slide Floss. This no-shred floss slides easily through teeth for a clean, smooth feeling. The contoured, easy open and close grip makes this mint-flavoured floss a must have for your daily routine.

Sneaker Releases of the Week from KLEKT

KLEKT is not only one of Europe’s most established online marketplace for buying and selling authentic sneakers and streetwear, but also one of the safest. They connect Sellers with Buyers and ensure that all items are 100% authentic. They provide a safe buying and selling experience for their users.

Today they give us their top five sneakers to be found on their platform this week.

Air Jordan Nike AJ I 1 Mid ‘Milan’ (2020)

Converting  aspects of the Italian region’s history and culture, this sophisticated colorway combines various materials involves leather, suede, and canvas that completes its upper build. With a colour palette that mixes dark caramels, bone white and beige you can really identify Milan’s architecture in this sneaker. A definite addition to any collection.


Air Jordan Nike AJ I 1 Low ‘Paris’ (2020)

Jordan’s ‘City Pack’ Season hasn’t ended yet as they roll out the Air Jordan 1 Low ‘Paris’ with the colorway paying direct homage to France’s Capital. With a palette of grey, soft vanilla, white and pastel blue, it’d be a shame not to cop.

Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 ‘Flax’ (2020)

Rounding off the regional exclusive adidas Yeezy 350 boost V2 drop from last week is the “Flax”. An Asia Pacific, Africa, Middle East and India exclusive drop, this was the most popular colourway of last week’s drop, and for good reason. A perfect blend of a slightly tanned Primeknit upper accented through soft greens and a semi-translucent stripe is contrasted through the familiar Boost sole.


Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 ‘Earth’ (2020)

In keeping with Kanye’s favoured natural palette, the “Earth” iteration of the adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 makes for a subtle flex. Dropping as part of the adidas Yeezy regional release drop, the Americas were fortunate to receive this colourway. Subtle combinations of organic looking Primeknit are complimented through a semi-translucent midsole with the familiar Boost technology.

Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 ‘Tail Light’ (2020)

After a Chicago exclusive drop with the QNTM’s, Kanye is back with three new regional iterations of the 350 V2. One of the three to drop is the ‘Tail Light’ which is locked to the regions of Europe and Russia. A mixture of cool grey and a slither of the orange from the famed ‘Beluga’ arriving on the traditional stripe, this is one Yeezy that’s perfect for any sneakerhead.


Blue goes Green – COS Sustainable Denim range

A brand that never strays from philosophy and always remains true to principles is COS. Since it’s launch in 2007, it continues to offer high-quality fashion collections comprised of wardrobe staples as well as reinvented classics, in keeping with the brand ethos of modern, timeless, functional and tactile design. Inspired by the arts, COS uses traditional methods and new techniques to form understated collections made to last. Committed to both timeless design and innovation, COS collaborates with established and emerging artists, galleries and creative studios.

For this season that have just launched a new range of sustainable denim made from organic cotton. From jeans to accessories, the responsibly sourced denim is made to last; rivet-free jeans make recycling easier whilst the kids denim assortment is designed to be handed down once it has been outgrown.

For menswear, the collection includes slim, straight and wide curve workwear pieces. Double line stitching, patch pockets and turn-up detailing reinvent classic fits.

As part of this inspirational launch COS will launch a pop-up at the Coal Drops Yard store. The pop-up looks to extend the lifespan of pre-loved COS denim and provide an upcycled alternative to take the wearer through the seasons. The installation will offer tailored alterations and repairs including resewing buttons or mending rips, tears and worn hems.
In partnership with London-based denim specialists; Indigo Works, the pop-up will present a new take on classic denim pieces using crafted textile techniques and denim stitch-detailing. Repurposed patchwork from COS’ production line can be added for a bespoke take on these classic.

Which is best Electric or Manual Toothbrushes ????

You know those eternal debates which is better, IPhone or Android, PS4 or Xbox, Samsung or LG, Gas or Electric, Tom or Jerry and of course Electric or Manual, toothbrushes that is.

To assist us in answering this age old  Dilemma, we sort the wise counsel of leading celebrity dentist Dr Richard Marques of Wimpole Street Dental.

“This debate will ultimately come down to personal preference, but in my professional opinion, electric toothbrushes are far more effective because they take a lot of the work and worry out of your hands. Many modern models have variable functions so you can control the speed and intensity to suit your needs. I would say that they have the edge over manual brushes because we can’t recreate the oscillation that removes surface plaque from the teeth so effectively. Other than price point, I would say the main difference is the sonic technology used in electric toothbrushes – the oscillation of the heads. They generally have the ability to remove more plaque than manual brushes.

The key benefits of an electric toothbrush

  • Sonic technology (oscillating heads)
  • Consistency with pressure
  • Less effort to use
  • Better at removing plaque”