The Quest for the Perfect Tailored Suit No Longer Needs to Ruin You

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Finding the perfect three-piece suit can be a headache for many men. Will you be able to find the right match straight off of a hanger and at an affordable price at any menswear shop? Or will you have to break the bank and pay a (somewhat intimidating) visit to a tailor in order for the suit of your dreams to fit like a glove? And when comes the time to know what fits and what doesn’t, what should you be on the lookout for?

We know finding the perfect timeless suit that’ll last you years is no small feat, but here’s the good news: you don’t have to break the bank anymore for a perfectly tailored suit. Simply follow these steps from our expert, who has provided countless gentlemen with that go-to suit for all occasions.

Picking a Tailored Suit Wisely Starts with Good Fit

Every discerning gentleman deserves a suit that fits him well, and rushing to the nearest menswear shop to buy the first suit in sight is clearly not the best course of action here.

A timeless three-piece suit need not follow the latest trends. Minimalism is the key to a classic, timeless suit. A snug fit that embraces and flatters all of your manly shapes is key to looking effortlessly dashing. Since all men are different and so many factors are coming into play here from height, to chest and torso lengths, to shoulder broadness going the tailor-made route has clear benefits. “People will notice a man of style and substance with great attention to detail in the perfect suit”, says Anthony Horner, owner of Empire Outlet, a company that provides luxury tailored suits at affordable prices for the modern day gentleman.

The perfect cut will fit every body type. It will elongate the shorter man, fit the tallest amongst us to perfection, slim down and hide any unwanted bulges for the self-conscious. A good tailor will know what is best for you — and if you trust them, the results will surprise you.

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The Colour: A Matter of Choice, but Don’t Get Too Crazy

You may think of black as the go-to colour for your first suit, but it might be too formal or severe to fit any occasion. Instead, colours like navy blue, grey, and beige, as well as light checker patterns or pinstripes, are fantastic options. These timeless options allow a three-piece suit or any tailored suit to fit any occasion. Tweed has always been a material to consider over the years, but has recently seen a further surge in popularity. Today, it’s a modern essential in every gentleman’s wardrobe and a fantastic option to keep in mind.

The lining of your suit and colour of your tie is where you can get a little more creative. Don’t hesitate to use your tie as a fashion statement, which can give your neutral suit a more current or classic twist, depending on the occasion. As far as colours go, you could pick something that matches your eye colour, or even your partner’s outfit colour. Be creative; ties are a cheap way to jazz up an otherwise classic outfit!

Quality Fabric Makes All the Difference

To look dapper and comfortable, seek out a three-piece suit that’s 100% wool — a durable and breathable fabric. Suits made out of a blend of wool and 2%-5% of elastane for added comfort and ease of movement are also a great option. Beware, however, that some luxury fabrics, such as silk, will make the suit a lot more expensive and a lot less durable. Sticking to wool really is your best bet.

A suit made of exceptional fabric quality and craftsmanship will look straight and even when hanging, with perfectly symmetrical legs and sleeves. The seams should all look even and regular, with no bulging or ripples. Always put your suit to the hanging test!

Finding the suit of your dreams is easy if you follow these simple rules, especially as online tailored suit purchasing has come such a long way in latest years. You can now order fabric samples before committing to having the suit of your dreams made. And you may be surprised to know that such a beautiful, timeless, bespoke item doesn’t need to set you back any more than £200 to £300 from the best companies.

Make sure you take care of your perfectly tailored suit! In order for your it to remain beautiful and fresh for years to come, always make sure to hang it on a padded hanger. To keep it clean, treat it like a coat. Have it aired as often as possible, and dry cleaned only as needed.

Ditch the baggy boxers and embrace the jockstrap

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What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about “jockstraps”? Do you relate it to the long ago men’s underwear traditional style that used to be an integral part of sport? Or, is it what you look up to for bringing the sizzling action behind the closed doors?

Whatever your idea of the jockstrap is, the fashion underwear style is definitely one of those which keeps coming back and straight to the hearts and the underneath of the male population. After being vanished from the face of the earth being the athletic pair, the style made a comeback as a fashionable pair and continued to please the manhood for the big games as well.

If you haven’t been a jockstrap kinda-guy, you should start considering it as an option. This article will lay out a few great reasons why the exotic underwear is making a comeback, and you should get on the bandwagon.

Exceptional Support

The very first reason for which one can consider adopting the respective style is for their undying support below the belt. The first pair was made in the late 1800s for bicycle delivery boys for the sole reason- to keep their manhood in its place! Movement is not what they desired while they moved around delivering their best. This required a pair that everything stayed where it should be without causing a lot of problem (chafing or bouncing) down there. So, when you are indulging in a field trip or running a marathon, you can look up to the support of a jockstrap.

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Undie-fying Comfort

When your todger is set in a place where it should be without letting a lot of movement, no fabric in the back or sides, how do you expect someone to feel? It is but obvious that comfort will be the key underneath. Do you remember having a pair of boxer brief underwear that rode up when you walked for a while? Probably because of the seams and wrong fabric composition. However, jockstraps are better anytime in situations like this.

Spaciousness

What can be worse than a hot summer day and a sticky back with the constantly irritating layer of fabric? Well, I even hate it when a strand of hair sticks on my face when I sweat, having that irritating feeling is what I try to avoid. Hence, jockstraps come handy here as well.

Inexpensive

It comes on very hard in a man’s pocket when he steps out spending for his basic clothing. With highly expensive pieces available at brick and mortar shops, it visibly comes down when you check for online options. At Manhood Undies you have prices that’ll blow your mind in happiness and contentment because of the inexpensive prices and luxurious designs.

Style

There are two overarching distinctive types of jocks, athletic and fashionable. Here’s the pros of both of them.

Athletic jockstraps

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Feature a sturdy elastic waistband that holds

If you are the athletic types and are in love jocks, you would know that one of the most important feature to keep everything in place below the belt is the elastic waistband. More often, the feature is broad and of has the name of the brand on it. It is available to keep the place of the pair intact without promoting any movement.

Elastic leg bands for the right grip

Keeping in sync with the waistband, the leg bands too are made with elastic fabric like spandex or elastane to keep the pouch held from the lower portion of the butt and goes all the way to the waistband.

The pouch is functionally supportive

Made out of cotton, nylon or some other sporty fabric, the pouch intends to support and enhance the visibility of the manhood. The enhancement and protection were the basic features when the style was introduced to men.

The very basic intention of these features was to keep you from chafing, rashes and getting yourself hurt while indulging in sporty games or workouts.

Fashionable jockstraps

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Waistband are sometimes flimsy

Made to be flaunted while indulging in romantic affairs or personal self indulgence, the waistband of the fashionable jocks are made with lacy fabrics or shimmery textured ones that look appeal on the body. Well, you might also find broad elastic ones as well.

Leg bands are elastic

Without doubt the leg bands are made to hold the pouch in the correct place. Hence, they are majority of the times made to hold the grip of the pair together.

Pouch is designed to appeal and support

You might or might not want support when it comes to fashionable underneath. You have options of choosing fabrics to open pouches, sexy cut-outs to absolutely no support in the front. Well, made for regular days, the comfort is definitely an essential part of the style.

We know a jock isn’t for everyone, so if you’re feeling adventurous, but not wanting to expose your arse, check out all our underwear tips here.

If you do fancy a new lease of life for your balls, which style would you opt for? Do let us know in the comments below.

Exclusive offer: HIGHSTREETJOCK will give a 15% discount on the site across everything, but it can only be used once per customer.

Shop Manhood Undies here.

Our top picks:

SUKREW – a fantastic British underwear brand, for the alternative gent. Very comfy cotton blend jocks.

Jack Adams USA – Well known for their athletic underwear and use of premium materials and high quality manufacturing. Well known for their range of jockstraps.

Gregg Homme – Known for being very sexy underwear made in Canada very much a premium brand. Its a little different, as its see through and naturally enhancing.

Garcon Model – Another Canadian brand. As you will see the buzz word here is comfortable! Great materials and made for comfort. The SO:BE Jock is a great colour combination with fantastic fit.

Andrew Christian – One of the biggest men’s underwear brands in the world with a particularly big gay following. Definitely falls under the heading of a fashion jock, stripes are always a big seller.

No excuse for single use!

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Every year, half a trillion disposable cups are manufactured annually around the world; that’s 70 cups for every person on the planet. Only one in 400 of these are recycled in the UK, the rest ending up in landfill or as litter on the street or in the ocean. But things are changing: Starbucks has started charging 5p for disposable coffee cups in 35 London stores as part of a three-month trial and many coffee shops are now offering discounts for those asking for their beverage in a reusable cup.  There’s no excuse for single use.

Since 2009, Hydro Flask’s mission to save the world from the lukewarm has been successful, especially after the UK release of the Hydro Flip Coffee Flask in 2016.  Now, this popular product is available in eleven different colourways and, from spring 2018, three sizes: 12 oz [large], 16 oz [grande] and 20 oz [venti].

We were introduced to Hydro Flask a few months ago and let us tell you, not only do you get a sense of well-being from helping reduce plastic wastage, the flasks are funky, modern and fantastic at keeping your beverage warm!

Hydro Flask’s line of Coffee Flasks have been designed with the coffee drinker in mind – with TempShield double-wall vacuum insulation to keep hot drinks piping hot for up to 12 hours [6 hours with 12 oz] cold drinks icy cold for up to 24 hours.  The Flip Lid offers one-handed access to your favourite beverage.

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As with all Hydro Flask products, the bottles are BPA-free and 100% recyclable. Hydro Flasks are made from stainless steel increasing durability and diminishing the risk of tainted drinks meaning this afternoon’s green tea will never taste like this morning’s iced mocha.  The insulated bottles have a proprietary powder coating for a secure, sweat-free grip and come in plenty of bright colours.

Take a Hydro Flip Lid Coffee Flask next time you head to your local coffee shop – many cafes offer incentives when you bring your own cup [see below]. Not only are there financial and environmental benefits to using a reusable stainless steel cup, but health wins too: with plastic alternatives [such as BPA] being potentially harmful to your body.

Coffee Shop Discount
Caffe Nero Double loyalty stamps
Costa 25p off
Greggs 20p off
PAUL 25p off
Pret a Manger 50p off
Starbucks 25p off

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Hydro Flask is the award-winning leader in high-performance, insulated stainless steel beverage and food flasks. Founded in 2009 in Bend, Oregon, Hydro Flask is committed to bringing customers Unexpected Refreshment each and every time through the unique combination of temperature, taste and transport.

Shop Hydro Flask, here.

Common shaving mistakes & how to avoid them

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As avid followers, you know we’re keen on ensuring you look and feel your best for a good price. As our avid followers, you also know that you shave and have your different approach to it. The question is, is your way, the best way?

If you’ve been living under a rock for the past 6 months, you’ll have not heard of Harry’s…if you’ve been running around town, you will have.

Harry’s believe that you shouldn’t have to compromise when it comes to the products you use, so they’ve designed a grooming brand to be effective and to provide a great experience. The team of more than 600 engineers, designers, craftsmen, and chemists make Harry’s products from the finest materials and ingredients to ensure they perform as well as they possibly can.

We have to agree with what they mention in their mission statement. The craftsmanship of their razor, meant the razor glided over our skin and provided a neat shave. They’re so committed to a good shave, they’ve helped us devise these mistakes you may be encountering when shaving, and how to avoid them.

Mistake One: Poor Skin Prep
Many men and women don’t prep their skin appropriately before shaving. Splashing a few drops of water on your skin doesn’t do the trick, and over prepping can cause your skin to become irritated. Men with a bushy beard or heavy stubble do require a little more prep, but generally, prepping your skin doesn’t have to be complicated.

How to Avoid: Gentlemen, shave either during or right after a warm shower. Ladies, try to stick to shaving in the shower. The steam from the hot water allows the outer layer of your hair to soften, giving you a much cleaner and safer shave. If you have a beard, be sure to use an electric razor (set on low) to trim your hair before shaving.

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Mistake Two: Not Paying attention to Grain Pattern
If you don’t know which way your hair grows, chances are you’re irritating your skin when you shave.

How to avoid: When your hair is growing out, slide your fingers across your skin so you can physically feel which way your hair grows. When you shave, you want to first shave in the direction your hairs because the hair is still long. Your second pass should go against the grain, since the hair will be shorter, thus relieving your skin from any tugging.

Mistake Three: Too Much Pressure
Despite popular the belief that pressing down harder will give you a closer shave, it actually leads to lots of painful cuts and nicks.

How to avoid: Gently glide your razor across your skin, being careful to avoid too much pressure. Using shaving cream can help the razor move smoothly, giving you a much closer shave.

Mistake Four: Using Too Much Or Too Little Shaving Cream
Not using the appropriate amount of shaving cream can have the same irritable consequences as not prepping your skin correctly. Too much shaving cream will cause your skin to become too slimy, leading to a higher risk for cuts. On the other hand, too little shaving cream will not allow your hair to soften up, leading to a rougher shave.

How to avoid: Always use an almond sized portion of shaving cream. If the area you’re shaving is larger, then it’s okay to add a little more, but be careful not to add a lot more.

*Helpful tip: Shaving creams that also provide hydration, like Harry’s shaving gel will give you soft skin and a smooth shave.

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Mistake Five: Using Products Not Made For Shaving

Using body wash, soap, and shower gel can seem like a nice alternative when you’re out of shaving cream. However, products that are not designed especially for shaving can cause trauma to your skin and razor. Soap removes dirt and oils from your skin, contributing to a rougher shave.

How to avoid: Stick to products that are made for shaving

Mistake Six: Improperly Storing Your Razor

If you leave your razor on the shower ledge or bathroom sink, you’re accelerating the dulling process of your razor. Bacteria and excess water will quickly diminish the blade. However, leaving it in a drawer or cabinet can lead to the growth of bacteria.

How to avoid: Invest in a quality razor stand, such as this one. It’s designed especially for keeping your razor above water and bacteria, letting it dry before your next use.

Mistake Seven: Using An Old Blade

Using a dull razor is the easiest way to end up with lots of cuts and nicks, no matter how well you prep your skin.

How to avoid: You should be changing out your blades every 6-8 shaves. While that may seem like a lot of runs to the store, subscription services like Harry’s ensure you receive quality razors right to your door. You can even customize your own delivery schedule based on how often you shave, so you never have to worry about when to change out your blade again.

Try Harry’s for yourself and make practice, perfection. Start your trial for only £3.95 here.

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Does your watch match your style?

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For watch collectors, one more is never enough. It doesn’t matter if you own five watches or fifty watches, there is always another one around the bend that will catch your fancy and earn a spot in the rotation. However, for most men, even if they own some timepieces, they favour one or maybe two for everyday use.

Since we’re talking the ‘average man’, it also has to be noted that the typical gentleman doesn’t collect watches. Certainly, he wears one. But his collection – so to speak – probably consists of just one or two timepieces. Possibly a third at the most.

So for men who have the desire to own and wear just a single watch, or for collectors who have numerous and yet still favor an EDC watch, how does one begin to decide what to wear?

The answer is easier than you may think – particularly if you’ve heard of Thomas & George.

Forget all the watch ads you’ve seen in issues of Robb Report, The Rake or Forbes. Stop thinking about the watch you saw in that movie or on that celebrity. Pay no heed to popularity. James Bond might wear a Rolex Submariner and so might your boss, but unless you work as a diving instructor or plan to use its features, you’re wasting money on a timepiece that isn’t worth your attention. Should it become a part of your collection? Of course. Should it be an everyday watch? Not a chance.

An everyday watch should be reflective of your lifestyle, your career, and your personal style. If you wear suits or blazers all day, picking a watch that passes the cuff test and is simplistically elegant should be the priority. If you happen to wear a uniform and are very active in your free time, you may want something more rugged and sporty.

Ideally, we recommend that most men have at least two watches. They don’t have to be expensive, but they should be distinct styles. One should be a dress watch and the other, a casual sports watch. For most men, regardless of what they do or where they are, having both of these watches will fill their horological needs every day of the year. For that reason, we’ve broken this article up into two main categories where we’ll discuss both styles at various price points.

The Everyday Dress Watch

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Pair it elegantly with a suit at the office, a tuxedo at the symphony, a blazer at the office party or a pair of chinos and a polo shirt on the weekend. The everyday dress watch is the most versatile timepiece in your wardrobe provided it’s not hitting the water or other extreme conditions.

Ideally, you want to try and select one that is made from the metal you most often wear. If you typically wear a ring, a belt or carry a money clip made of gold, consider gold. If your choice of metal is steel, pick one with steel. Of course, this can greatly impact the price, but it doesn’t have to be the deciding factor. What’s more important than the watch, is the band. Ideally, you’re going to want a leather strap over something that’s made of metal, rubber or nylon. Save those straps for the casual watch. Now you need to figure out whether to go with a black or a brown leather strap. For most of us, our wardrobe changes between black and brown shoes and belts. Ideally, your watch will change with it. If possible, select a timepiece that you can easily switch the strap on. Then you just need a second strap. However, if you can only go with one, we recommend black.

The face, or dial, of the watch, should be simple. Index markers or Roman numerals are fine, but there isn’t usually a need to have multiple complications. The simpler the dial is, the more you can wear it with. A white or cream dial is preferable over black or another colour as it goes with anything and black dialled watches are typically reserved for evening wear.

The Kingman 43 from T&G is perfect. Here are few of our recommended watches from the fantastic Thomas & George.

The Weekender

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It comes with various straps and bands as well as in a number of styles. A weekend watch is one watch that can be worn casually or on the field. At a starting price of just £44.99, this preppy timepiece is perfect for starving students and those on modest budgets. Take a closer look at the Chesterfield Brown here.

The Casual Gent

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If you’re more of a laid back chap, who prefers a sporty attire, a material strap is the choice for you. Its versatile, stylish and you can pair it with many an outfit of your choice.

The Chesterfield is the Thomas and George version of the world famous classic watch. With this specific design it’s extremely affordable for you without reducing the quality of the watch.

The Chesterfield comes with three straps, a blue and white nano strap and two leather straps. So, whatever the occasion, your Chesterfield can accompany you on all your adventures.

The Chesterfield Nato can be seen here.

The Thomas & George brand is for the quintessential gentleman and you’ll not only see this in their marketing, but it’s in their values – it’s who they are.

Shop the Thomas & George here.

 

How to write the best, best man speech

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Even Bear Grylls reckons a best man speech is one of the hardest things a bloke can come up against. Yes, a fella who circumnavigated round the British Isles on a jet ski and drinks his own wee, thinks wedding speeches are difficult.

And despite the plethora of online templates and advice, delivering a best man speech is not getting any easier.

A decade ago you could wing it. You could Google some gags and expect granny hadn’t heard them before. You could roll out the Powerpoint and embarrass the groom with some childhood photos and guests would think you’d made an effort.

These days, not so much. The best man speech is still the most eagerly awaited but they’re often meet with good-natured groans rather than genuine laughter. They’ve become a caricature, with the traditional characteristics exaggerated to grotesque effect.

Seriously, that line about the honeymoon and the groom ‘going to Bagnor for two weeks’. Or the ‘humorous’ fake telegram from the football team saying they found the groom useless in most positions but wish the bride good luck. Cringe.

Cheesy gags and meaningless one-liners is not what a best man speech is meant to be. So here’s Speechy’s guide to writing a speech fit for a wedding in 2018. Take note comrade.

Humour

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If you can take your jokes and use them in a speech about another groom, then you’re doing something wrong. Yes, we’ll allow you a few one-liners to break the ice but other than that, you’re on your own.

Certainly take inspiration from other best man speeches, but only the good ones. Check out how others have taken the personality of their mate and used that as the basis of their humour. As Homer Simpson so sagely says ‘It’s funny because it’s true’.

Start thinking about the things that make the groom unique. Everyone’s a nut-job, so what are the traits that his friends and family will recognise as truly ‘him’.

Ask yourself lots of questions – what’s his worst habit (wearing skinny jeans), what’s his guilty pleasure (Dire Straits), what might he love more than his bride (Abduls kebabs). You get the idea. Once you have good content to play with, the comedy should flow.

Don’t be scared to take the mick, it’s how British blokes show we care. Do, however, be scared of mentioning exes, stag do tales, in jokes and anything crude (innuendo’s fine, dirty isn’t). Also don’t tell any stories that might mean your mate needs to apologise to his wife.

Find a Theme

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This is how your speech goes into the Premier League. Rather than just a trail of anecdotes, think of a way to theme your speech and tie everything together. This way you’ll capture the audience and no one will be checking their Whatsapp under the table.

So how do you think of your theme? Think about the groom’s personality traits. For example…

  • Is he a pseudo-intellectual? Use quotes from great thinkers throughout history to contrast with your mate.
  • Is he a bit of a geezer? Present the bride with an insider’s guide to understanding how his bloke-brain works.
  • Is he a football fan? Give a post-match analysis on his courtship with the bride and predict how well he’ll score as a husband

The theme doesn’t need to be overly clever to work.

Prove, don’t tell

Cut the clichés that most best men fall victim to. When it comes to ‘the nice bit’, rather than use adjectives, make sure you provide the evidence.

Don’t just say ‘he’s been there for you’, explain that he picked you up from the Hogs Head at 2am when every taxi refused to take you home. Tell everyone how he helped you get to grips with pensions and confess that you still owe him fifty quid. Highlight the real reasons he’s a top bloke and your speech will sound refreshing.

Big up the bride

In 2018 the bride needs to be more than an afterthought and you need to say more than she’s ‘made your mate happy’ and ‘looks beautiful today’. If you don’t know her well, then make an effort to do some digging. Find out about her and reflect that in your tribute to her.

Don’t feel you need to be overly gushing or pretend she’s a perfect princess. A good tribute can still be affectionately humorous.  It should reflect the sort of girl she is – even if it is a feisty Pinot-fiend with an adult-addiction to Monster Munch!

Props

Don’t bother. Most props just feel tired these days. Write a good speech and you won’t need them.

(Though one bit of kit you might need is a microphone. Check the groom has hired one if the acoustics of the venue require it. So many speeches are ruined simply because people can’t heard them).

Videos

It’s a total cop out from a delivery point of view but if you’ve got the skills and resources to invest in creating a cool video, then we’re all for it. Reconstruct moments from your past exploits together, visit the seminal locations from your teenage years, interview past teachers or ‘witnesses’ to bad behaviour.

There’s lots of good best man videos online but remember, like the traditional speech, less is often more. Even with a kickass soundtrack, you still want a duration well under ten minutes (though, in reality, that would take A LOT of filming!)

We hope this advice helps you nail it.

Speechy is the one-stop-shop for all your wedding speech needs. Whether it’s a template or a bespoke speech you’re after, Speechy can help you craft an awesome speech that will add a special moment to the wedding day. Visit speechy.co.uk.

You’re more than a cliché…

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If you’re one of these guys, who relies on the cliche of popping the question on Valentine’s Day, brace yourself because around 15,000 women will say ‘Yes’ to a marriage proposal – and 3,000 of them will accept an engagement ring they actually hate!

While researching his best-selling book on how to pick the perfect engagement ring for your partner, diamond jewellery expert Lewis Malka found that a fifth of all women were less than impressed with the ring they were expected to wear for life.

Not that it came as a surprise to Lewis. He wrote ‘The Engagement Ring’ because over the years he had been asked by so many women to make alterations to the ring their fiancé had given them. With St valentine’s Day just around the corner, Lewis says guys need to do lots of research before making a purchase.

A new, up to date edition of the book has now been published and contains a wealth of straightforward, clear advice to help people through the decision-making purchase.

Lewis, a well-known figure in Hatton Garden where his workshop is located, said:  “The book is an essential guide for people looking to buy their dream ring and goes behind the scenes in the diamond trade in an attempt to dispel the myths around engagement rings and guide purchasers on their journey.

He added, “After a house and a car, an engagement ring is often the most expensive purchase you’ll make in your life. Choosing the perfect ring doesn’t have to be complicated. It requires a basic understanding of what to look for in the diamond and its setting – and a comprehensive understanding of the person you’re asking to marry you.

“I can help you with the first bit. The second bit is down to you!”

The Proposal

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If the ring is naff and the proposal is on the most obvious day of the year, you better make the actual engagement special. How about whisking her away to a romantic city break?

It’s the ultimate Valentine’s gesture. A romantic weekend away in a chic hotel, a delicious candle-lit dinner followed by a marriage proposal. What could go wrong? The surprise could be ruined at the airport. Not intentionally of course. Hand luggage searches in security could accidentally unveil the ring.

This is where East Midlands Airport (EMA) step in. Anyone taking an engagement ring with them through security at EMA can now contact the airport in advance of their travels to obtain a ‘secret code’. When this is mentioned to security staff on arrival, the passenger carrying the ring will be directed to a separate security lane, away from the glare of travelling companions.

Matthew Quinney, East Midlands Airport’s Head of Security, says: “It would put a big damper on someone’s meticulously planned romantic trip if their big surprise was revealed even before they’ve boarded the plane. Arguably, there are more romantic places to be proposed to than in our security hall. So, out of courtesy to those who have been planning this moment for weeks or months, we have put in measures to ensure we’re not the cause of failed marriage proposals. After all, we want customers to return again and again.”

To find out the secret code, passengers should email love@eastmidlandsairport.com in advance of their travel or, alternatively, send a direct message on Twitter to @EMA_Airport.

Would you wear men’s make-up?

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With the male beauty industry quickly catching up with the female, and increasingly niche grooming products hitting the shelves (anyone for a male body hair trimmer?), is it any surprise that male makeup is already becoming the norm.

Forget Keith Richard’s rock n’ roll guyliner, or reality TV stars’ glaringly obvious fake tan; within five years men will be waking up and reaching for foundation and bronzer!

We’ve noticed over the past 5 years that ‘manscaping’ is a phrase commonly used amongst men, no matter what your preference may be. Guys now reach for fake tan, hair conditioner, hair removal kits, teeth whitening gels and most popularly moisturiser. But what do you think when it comes to men’s make-up?

We were recently contacted by MMUK who have recently launched a men’s make-up range. mensmake-up.co.uk is a site specifically designed for men, by men.

They understand the importance of modern day men to look their best every day!  Therefore, they are proud to offer the UK’s widest and best range of makeup for men products, exclusively at their online male makeup store.  Whether you’re in search of a little touch up in the form of a concealer for men, or perhaps a completely fresh and polished look with the help of a men’s foundation, you’re sure to find the product right for you online.

But let’s take one step back.

We must admit, we’re not opposed to using some concealer to cover a spot if we’re heading out for the evening, but is it something we’d discuss? No.

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Why not?

Why not talk about using basic make-up products? Why not use make-up products? If a little cover up and filling in the gaps gives you confidence, then go for it!

…it’ll save you rummaging through your girlfriend’s make-up bag!

So MMUK sent us a few products to trial, these included a concealer, an eyeliner, a powder bronzer and two moisturisers.

Whilst we’re no experts at applying make-up, this is all very new, the application of the concealer under the eyes (getting rid of those bags) was relatively easy and made a very noticeable difference!

If the eyes are the windows to the soul, then your soul is desperately sleep-deprived and agitated. The skin that surrounds your peepers is so delicate and thin that even the slightest hiccup in your sleeping schedule will show up in the form of puffiness or, worse yet, dark circles.

Puffiness is a sign of fluid retention in the tissue, a condition that is exacerbated by a diet rich in salt and alcohol. The fluid can be drained by placing two freezer-fresh metal spoons on your eyes. Dark circles, on the other hand, are usually caused by dilated blood vessels that become visible beneath translucent skin OR simply pop on some of the MMUK concealer. The concealer is perfect for hiding the sins of the weekend.

We’ve not had chance to use the eyeliner yet – maybe that’s one we’re just not ready for yet personally, but it’s been stored in the bedside cabinet for our next rocky outing.

The moisturisers have created a light and clean appearance to the skin.

What’s even better is that these products are made for OUR skin. Guys have a ticker more course skin than women, so it makes sense to apply something that works best with us.

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One thing which certainly has been apparent during the up-rise of men’s makeup is the encouragement ladies give to gents to experiment with a little bronzer for men, men’s tinted moisturiser and even guyliner, amongst others.  Instead of being perceived as a catalogue of grooming outsiders, such male makeup products are now being thrust into the heart of the industry to make men look more appealing, feel more confident and dare we say it?… Look sexier.  Women certainly know what they want in their men, and Makeup For Men UK are here to make sure the battle of the sexes firmly resides on the side of Britain’s alpha males, giving him every chance of success.

Whether it’s to feel more confident, simply hide a blemish or tide eyes, there’s absolutely no shame in purchasing male specific make-up.

Shop the full range of male grooming products here.

What we REALLY want for Christmas!

Some people are ready to go over the top to get that special someone a gift of their dreams. However, spending excessively on gifts is probably not something you can do every month and definitely not something you can afford twice a month. Now, birthday, Christmas and anniversary are occasions where the price tag doesn’t matter. Still, this doesn’t mean that a good present is necessarily an expensive one. This especially goes when gifting us guy.

So, are you after that perfect stocking filler? But getting what you want is important (or, if your just buying for yourself this Christmas) here are a few great last minute ideas.

There’s still time lads and lasses, lets go-ho-ho-ho…

A fancy travel bag

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The Christmas trend for 2017 is for luxury personalised products. In the lead up to Christmas Farrar & Tanner wish to inspire choice for premium lifestyle products that can be beautifully monogram or engrave.

Forbes and Lewis’ traditional travel bag, the Vintage Somerset Holdall encapsulates the great British weekend away with a classic worn leather appearance. A generously spacious travel holdall with two large internal pockets, the Somerset has all the space needed to pack for a long weekend in the countryside or an important business trip.

Crafted from waxy buffalo leather, this bag has a luxurious finish steeped in history. The shoulder strap is adjustable for added comfort, wile a pair of large leather handles offer an alternative mode of carry. Lined with a cotton polyester blend, this is more than just a well-crafted bag but the epitome of timeless design crafted with premium ingredients. Enjoy the very best in luxury men’s travel.

This bag measures at 50 x 35 x 22cm.

Farrar-Tanner has in house, state-of-the-art engraving and leather embossing machinery, operated by skilled and experienced staff to ensure that your product is engraved with a perfect, striking and everlasting finish.

To order engraving please check the box “Personalised Engraving’. 

  1. Select position of engraving
  2. Choose your font
  3. Enter your message.

If you head over to our Twitter page, you can WIN this bag with personalised engraving worth £260.00 NOW!

View the T&Cs here.

Watch

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Some of these gifts are situational. For example, if you know that your friend, family member or a significant other has a job interview after the holidays, you may look for the way to help them out. Buying a full suit may be too expensive even for a Christmas gift. The right watch is much more than just a timepiece; it expresses who you are. Whether you are in a bar, at work, a formal event or even at the beach, your watch should be suitable for all occasions and it was for this reason that James Derby was born.

Manufactured with the highest quality Japanese movement in a stainless steel case, with sapphire crystal quality glass and genuine leather straps, each timepiece produced represents what the brand stands for with performance, charm, excitement, heritage and prestige coming together to create unique designs.

The high level of quality and excellence required from a modern day watch is paramount, which is why they have kept their collections small so they can ensure perfection across every single watch that they produce.

Ted Baker Grooming Kit

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When it comes to immaculate style, Ted believes in taking it from the top; allow yourself a head start and the rest will surely follow. Introducing the new product range from Ted’s Grooming Room.

Infused with ingredients inspired by the ancient Ottoman Empire, this performance-led treatment regime has been authentically crafted to recreate the master barber experience. Perfected in London by Ted’s Grooming Room, these distinctive formulations honour the expertise of the traditional Turkish shave, using powerful, naturally active ingredients to transform the grooming ritual. Ted Baker’s modern design aesthetic is uniquely represented on the packaging. The traditional barbershop pole gets a luxurious update with metallic chevrons, contrasted against a pearlised base that leaps off the shelf.

Ted’s Grooming Room range includes:

FACE WASH, 150ml, £16
MOISTURISER, 75ml, £18
SHAVE GEL, 200ml, £18
HAIR & BEARD SHAMPOO, 300ml, £15
BEARD OIL, 45ml, £20
HAIR MUD, 100g, £14
COLOGNE, 200ml, £40

Chelsea Boots

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The Chelsea boot is a great one to wear when the temperature drops, but when you still need something to wear that looks good in the office. These boots are laceless, so they are much better at keeping your feet and ankles warm, and you can find many great looking Chelsea boots that integrate modern soles, so they’re also extremely comfortable as well. Chelsea boots pair well with business casual clothing like jeans and cords.

There are many Chelsea Boots, but our company of 2017-18 has got to be Samuel Windsor.

Underwear

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We hate buying it for ourselves, but all we want is manly or even funny underwear. It all depends on the particular person as well as if the gifted one (pun intended) is going to be on their own when they unwrap it. The underwear that caught our eye is AVA-J.

Gone are the days when men consider pants to be the ‘must not have’ Christmas present. That’s according to ava-j, a British internet retailer of luxury men’s underwear and Skincare products, manufactured in the UK.

Joe Goddard, Design and Operations Director at the Leeds based business says most men are now more than happy to receive such presents on Christmas morning, providing that the quality and style is top notch.

‘Men are more conscious about their appearance than ever before and that includes their pants,’ says Joe. ‘Traditionally it was only ever women who received nicely presented, stylish underwear, but we have now taken those core values of product, packaging and presentation into the male market and the reaction has been incredible, particularly from women buying for their husbands and partners.’

Sports Flask

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For the adventurers who plan to be halfway up a climbing wall, mid warrior pose in the gym or doing the downward dog in 2018, the Standard Mouth Sports Cap from drinking bottle specialist Hydro Flask allows you to simply sip, refresh and go.

The American, award-winning company, which specialises in insulated drinking bottles, has added this versatile cap to its product range. It fits onto any of Hydro Flask’s Standard Mouth drinking bottles and is interchangeable. So it doesn’t matter whether you already own the 18, 21 or 24 ounce drinking bottle. One size fits all.

The Sports Cap is insulated, just like the drinking bottle, so any liquid kept inside will stay icy fresh for up to 24 hours offering unexpected refreshment. In fact, it’s the first-ever insulated sports cap specifically designed to keep water cold, sip after sip.

Its unique handle design means it can be used one-handed.

Socks

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Traditionally the most common Christmas gifts. Accidentally, they are also a perfect low-cost option for those who approach the holiday season on a tight budget. The London Sock Exchange offers socks, those with cutting edge patterns, tartan or polka dot motifs as classic as these presents get. However, if the person you’re gifting is a renowned jokester, you can even look for a prank-gift in a form of a particularly silly pair of socks. Needless to say, wearing these at any family gathering would be a great success.

Lets wrap this up…

As you can see, there is a great choice of great gifts for you to go through. The final choice comes down to your personal preference and what you believe your friend/partner would like. Choosing a great gift is not that hard, but in some situations great simply isn’t great.

Tomorrow we’ll be posting the perfect gift for her, if you’re struggling last minute. Keep an eye out!

7 Reasons Why You’re Not Losing Weight


Trying to lose weight is one of the hardest things you could ever do. Of course, it’s not as hard as giving birth to triplets, writing a 1000-page-long dystopian/encyclopedic novel like Infinite Jest or building a successful multinational company, but it’s just as challenging. The problem with losing weight, however, is not the process of adopting new habits, but sticking to the plan. When you’re putting in a lot of hard work, a slow progress can really bring you down. Here are seven most common reasons why you’re not losing enough weight.

Cheating on Your Diet

Having a diet prescribed by a nutritionist is probably the best way to ensure weight loss as it’s created especially for your body and is the most suitable for you. All you need to do is stick to it for long enough, which is something research proves as well. Only with a thoroughly thought-out diet will you be able to achieve permanent weight loss, so stop trying to be innovative and just listen to an expert’s advice.

Balance Hormones Properly

This is another thing people forget, but scientists agree it’s quite important. While some claim hormones have nothing to do with weight, others point out how vital cortisol, thyroid, estrogen, testosterone and other hormones are when it comes to regulating weight. So, if you’re not slimming down, you might want to visit an endocrinologist who’ll explain the real connection between hormones and weight loss and why a proper balance of hormones is crucial.

Cut the Sugar

Sugar is among the most serious opponents of weight loss and some scientists even classify it as an addiction. Due to that, it’s understandable why it’s so hard to stay away from sweets, but, if you want to see real results, controlling your sugar cravings is essential. There are several ways to do it, from switching to fruits to tricking your mind with water, and you just need to find a method that works for you.

Lift, Push, Run!

Hitting the gym is arguably the best way to lose weight and ensure long-term success. Unfortunately, it’s not enough, claims a 2015 study, and you won’t do much if you rely only on standard gym exercises. Therefore, taking things to the next level is much more meaningful – investing some money in personal training with a trustworthy trainer like Gym To You, for instance, could do the trick. It will help you lose more weight in less time and continue doing so until you reach your goals.

Relax and Sleep

No matter what you’ve heard, sleeping doesn’t make you gain weight. On the contrary, it relaxes you, gives you more time to process food and prepares you for an intense morning workout session. Both sleep experts and dietitians agree that more sleep equals less weight, which is why it’s important to establish a healthy sleeping pattern. Keep in mind that your weight will decrease only after you manage to get better sleep and stop being sleep deprived.

Forget Everything

Although it’s been proven that anxiety causes weight loss, this isn’t something to look forward to. Constantly being under stress can wear you out quite quickly and you need to be mentally stable to tackle your weight problems adequately. Therefore, try to eliminate stress from your everyday life before embarking on this complex journey.

Ask for Help

When losing weight, accept all the help you can get, from supportive friends and family to medical professionals and a few other things. Among the most popular ways to lose weight permanently is turning to fat binders that prevent fat molecules from staying inside your body. That way, they help you regulate the amount of fat you consume and essentially make you skinnier. With so many of these on the market, make certain you’ve done your research before picking which ones to take. For example, millions of people worldwide opt for medical fat binders that are effective and supported by nutritionists and pharmaceutical experts as well.

Other Reasons


Some of the other reasons you can’t seem to lose weight include not drinking enough water, eating too much, skipping on protein and being physically inactive. If you take care of these issues, you’ll start seeing progress and quickly reach your desired weight.