Festival Must-Haves 2017

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What are you up for this summer? Staying home? Jetting off to warmer climes? Or joining the festivals? It’s not over yet!

Ban the boohoo’s this summer by being wardrobe ready for every festival you’re off to.

We’re just ahead of Creamfields, V-festival, Bestival and many more, so now it’s vital to get your summer wardrobe in check.

With our pals at boohooMAN we’ve pulled together some of the key essentials and things to think about this festival season, to make sure you’re looking as hot as the music pumping from the speakers and sun burning down on you…

T-Shirt & Tanks

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If you can pull off basic wear in the classic way, you can pull it off in any way. A plain tee or tank MUST be part of your festival wardrobe.

Especially a white tee – it’s timeless, it’s cool, it’s causal and totally effortless.

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Print & Pattern

Besides the clean basics, you NEED to incorporate print and/or patterns into your festival wardrobe.

This season band-tees are top of the bill. SO be the headline act in your group of mates.

If you never wear colours, print or patterns for your everyday outfit, THIS is the time to be playful and try out some new things in clothing! As far as festival fashion is concerned, everything goes (since you’ll find all types of people at a festival).

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Denim Is Hot

Don’t hesitate about investing in great denim items. It’s a cool all-season essential that can be worn season after season.

If you’re unsure about what kind of wash you should go for, the mid/light-toned blue is IT. Light wash denim is totally stylish and summery, and you will find lots of inspiration for it in the recent street styles.

Black denim is also a great choice that works very well with white and other basic colours.

Jeans (Light, Loose & Raw)


Add denim jeans to the top of your “what to wear” list.

There has been a movement away from the mid-wash towards lighter washes and if you really wanna prove your style game, it’s time to switch out the skinny styles and look for something roomier.

If you’re looking for something different and attention-grapping, go for overalls or ripped, raw denim. Up its low-key vibe with a clean tee, sneakers or boots.

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Shorts

Long story short – as summer heats up – bring back your shorts. Knee-length denim options are a good way to go. Chino shorts are also ideal and can be both dressed up and down.

Still, keep in mind that festivals are a great opportunity to be a bit more playful with your fashion choices. Search for different colours or shorts with prints.

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Hoodies and Sweatshirts

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As the sun sets, you will likely need to layer up. A cotton sweatshirt is a must-have and a comfortable piece that can be tied around your waist or shoulders during the day and thrown on when required.

Opt for basics in different colours and perhaps something with print.

Keep your festival look easy and relaxed by wearing a hoodie.

Go for either a zip hoodie or a pullover, depending on what look you want. After you’ve made your choice, it’s just as easy as pulling on some cool jeans and a pair of lace-up boots or sneakers.

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Comfy Shoes


Festival or not. Shoes are necessary.

The new cult, classic, minimalistic white sneakers are totally IN and simply a must-have. Still, keep in mind that festivals can get quite messy so if it’s a pair you love, buy another in case they get super dirty.

Boots, on the other hand, are also totally EPIC for festivals and slightly more bohemian inspired.

However, ensure that you have a stylish pair of shoes (or more) and that they are comfortable and will complement most of your festival outfits.

If it rains…

At festivals in Europe, you can’t always trust the weather, so be prepared.

Luckily, dressing for showers can be stylish: Bring a cool pair of wellies, a rain jacket and an umbrella if necessary.

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How to Handle Going Bald

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When you have hair it’s easy to choose a hair style and try different things. What do you do if you’re someone who’s beginning to bald or is bald? First of all, don’t fall into the trap of thinking you’re going to look bad bald.

That’s the biggest misconception and we’re going to show you how to handle going bald. You’ll enjoy the many options you have that pairs with balding.

Bring Out the Accessories

Going bald boils down to having one less thing to work with in your overall style. You need to find something else to replace what’s missing. Accessories are the easiest and quickest option to make up for a lack of hair.

Glasses – this option can change your style a lot. Even if you don’t need a prescription glass you can use sunglasses and normal glasses just for their looks. It’s easy to get multiple pairs to match your appearance, make you look smart, or sporty glasses.

Hats – another easy option that you can match with many different styles. Pick yourself up a couple different types of hats for different occasions. Just stay away from the fedora, though, please no fedora.

Jewelry – this option isn’t as helpful as the others but does play a helping role. Usually, some light jewelry combined with a hat or glasses. The key is to make it a small additional touch and to not wear a lot of jewelry or something that stands out to much.

Facial Hair

One of the biggest things you can do for the greatest impact to pair with going bald is a beard. A beard will help you look great while going bald.

If you’re unsure what kind of beard will look good on you the best go to is your standard full beard. Give it 2 months of full growth and then trim it with a #3 hair clipper guard will usually give you a nice beard. There are many reasons to be bald with a beard and you must admit the facial hair looks great on other bald men you’ve seen.

Look at the celebrity examples out there. Plenty of examples of men with no hair and facial hair in the celebrity world.

Benefits to Being Bald

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Time and Money – Once shaving your head becomes routine you’ll no longer need to see a barber. Think of the amount of time and money you’ll save overall. Comparing the cost to shaving your head compared to trying to regrow hair through products or surgery it starts to not look so bad.

Women Like It – While going bald isn’t the best way to attract females you must admit they do love it. Women like men who are confident and being confident enough to embrace your baldness is attractive.

Masculine – When you’re bald you immediately gain this illusion of dominance. It just comes with the territory and you look more masculine. What guy wouldn’t want to appear even slightly more masculine without putting in much effort?

Before You Go!

I hope this article put a new spin on being bald for you. It’s really nothing to worry about and not something you should try to fight off. If you’ve been dealt the bald card with genetics embrace it.

Let us know what you thought about this article and maybe give some of your own tips for being bald below. Thanks for reading.

Author Bio: Wesley is the owner of iManscape.com. A site for men, beards, and manscaping. To see more from him, like this recent post on beard balm or beard oil, visit his website or like iManscape on Facebook.

How Haunted is your House?

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Interactive Quiz Launched To Shed Light On Spooky Happenings

A haunted house site has been launched to coincide with Halloween, allowing users the opportunity to discover how haunted their own house is and find scary real-life stories tailored to their region. The site contains a quiz to help visitors identify any potentially paranormal activity in their own home, as well as a geographic drop-down list to generate a haunting Halloween story based near the visitor’s location.

People looking to find an extra-special spooky story this Halloween will be able to discover real life and death accounts in their own regions of the UK, as well as investigate just how likely it is that they are living in a haunted house themselves, thanks to the launch of a new online tool.

The interactive micro-site, http://howhauntedisyourhouse.com/, has been built by the team at London property specialist, Chestertons, as part of the company’s Halloween celebrations.

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In order to investigate the paranormal potential of their own homes, visitors are invited to take a short quiz, consisting of twelve questions; including factors such as whether they hear noises that they can’t explain and if they have ever spotted odd reflections in windows or mirrors. The quiz reveals what each of the selected factors could mean, if they are indeed an indicator of something out of the norm, before providing an overall likelihood score of the house being haunted.

The interactive site also allows users to select a region of the UK to unveil a true account of one of the most haunted locations or buildings within that region. From millionaire’s manor houses that remain for sale to this day, to whole villages that come to life after dark.

The site is intended to be a fun, light-hearted tool designed to add a little more scare into Britain’s homes this Halloween.


Forgotten about a costume? Left it too late?

Fear not, take a look at this funny article from the guys at Buzz Feed, for a laugh and some inspiration! View article here.

5 Amazing Gin & Tonics you NEED to try

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If you know us, you’ll know we’re massive G&T fans – especially Dan, if he’s not stood with a prosecco in hand, we guarantee he’ll be leaning somewhere with a Gin based drink looking smug waiting for that next Gincident*.

*Gincident – an incident arising from the consumption of gin. (A term populated by us and our friends).

As you’ve noticed now and again we stumble off the high street and down those back alley’s to let you guys know little tumblers of information and lifestyle hacks we find interesting…

So when we stumbled over this amazing article from the Craft Gin Club, it was obvious we were going to share it with you. After all, sales of the favourite British classic are on the incline and we have just celebrated National Gin & Tonic week!

Aaah, gin and tonic…drink for all occasions. From an accompaniment to a summer’s day in the garden, to an after-work refresher, to a Saturday afternoon in the pub – there really is nothing better. But sometimes it’s nice to mix things up just a bit…these five simple recipes will help broaden your G&T horizons. Cheers!


Cucumber and Basil G&T

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45ml gin
40ml elderflower liqueur
Juice of ½ a lime
2 sprigs basil, plus more to garnish
½ cucumber
Tonic water

Method:

Using a vegetable peeler, slice thin ribbons of cucumber and place in a cocktail glass. From the remaining cucumber, cut off 3 chunks to muddle into the cocktail. Squeeze the lime juice into a cocktail shaker and add the gin, St Germain, basil, and cucumber chunks. Muddle the ingredients well, and then add ice.

Shake well, then pour into your glass. Top with tonic and garnish with basil.


Strawberry and Black Pepper G&T

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3 strawberries
Freshly ground black pepper
45ml Gin
Tonic water

Method:

Muddle 2 strawberries and a good twist of freshly ground black pepper in a shaker; pour into an ice-filled glass. Stir in the gin and top with tonic. Garnish with a strawberry.


Blackberry and Lemon G&T

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3 blackberries
5 fresh mint leaves
Juice of ½ lemon
15ml sugar syrup
60ml gin
Tonic water

Method:

Muddle blackberries, mint leaves, lemon juice and sugar syrup in a glass. Fill glass with ice, and add the gin. Top with tonic water, stir gently and serve. Garnish with a slice of lemon and a mint leaf.


Grapefruit and Tarragon G&T

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2 sprigs fresh tarragon, plus extra for garnish
1 tablespoon soft brown sugar
60ml fresh grapefruit juice
60ml gin
Tonic water

Method:

Muddle the tarragon and sugar in a cocktail shaker. Add a handful of ice cubes, grapefruit juice and gin and shake. Half fill a tall glass with ice cubes. Pour contents of shaker into glass. Top with tonic water. Garnish with a slice of grapefruit and a sprig of tarragon.


Chili and Lime G&T

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1 red chili
Juice of ¼ lime
45ml gin
Tonic water
Coriander leaves to garnish (optional)

Method:

Slit chili lengthwise and lightly muddle in a glass. Add ice, lime juice and gin. Top with tonic and stir gently. Garnish with coriander leaves if using.


So there you have it, here’s 5 amazing gins you should absolutely go and enjoy this weekend…

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The Excuse Generator for England Fans

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Euro 2016 is upon us. As a guy from Leicester, the city is buzzing at the moment and everyone is STILL celebrating the unprecedented win of the foxes…but will the mood come crashing down? Will England succeed? Who knows…

I think we’ve all learnt to have a realistic amount of hope and an unholy amount of pride when it comes to disappointment, but when it comes to placing your bets, or entering the office sweepstake, there’s something new that will take the edge off losing….The England Excuse Generator!

A betting site has launched an online tool which offers football fans excuses for England losing matches, missing goals and generally disappointing fans during the Euro 2016 tournament.  

An England Excuse Generator has been launched to coincide with the kick-off of Euro 2016. The site was developed by betting site, www.wincashlive.com, in order to console football fans with some tongue-in-cheek humour in the face of defeat.

The tool offers fans the opportunity to generate a completely random excuse for England’s losses, misses and general disappointments, with examples ranging from the players’ boots being too small and the balls being too bouncy; through to more ethereal influences such as gypsy curses and Murphy’s Law.

Although they may sounds rather farfetched, many of the excuses are credited to industry characters who have actually used them before when discussing previous disappointments; including Sir Alex Ferguson, Fabio Capello and Alan Hansen, among others.

The England Excuse Generator can be found via www.englandexcusegenerator.com

Ashley Faull, founder of www.WinCashLive.com, commented:

“Of course we don’t want to be in a position to have to come up with excuses to defend our team, but it’s pretty likely that we will have to at some point or another. Seeing as there’s always so much discussion around football fans and pundits, as well as managers and players, coming up with pretty creative excuses; we thought we would jump on board and help the fans out when they need a little consolation! It’s been a good laugh pulling all the excuses together and discovering what reasons have been given for various disasters and disappointments before, and we’re intrigued to see what new ones come out during this tournament.”

With all the above in mind, good luck England and fellas…keep your footy shirts on in town, non of us want to see that.

This is based on an original article written by 10 Yetis Digital and kicked into action by us.