22 June 2017

Pride in London and WCRS celebrate love in all its forms in ‘Love Happens Here’ campaign

WHAT Pride in London and WCRS celebrate love in all its forms in ‘Love Happens Here’ campaign
WHEN  22nd June 2017
WHERE  Online

This Pride season marks 50 years since Parliament first voted to start legalising homosexuality. Across the UK, Prides will be marching with a message of hope, acceptance, activism and love. Ahead of the London parade on 8th July, Pride in London and WCRS have launched a multi-media campaign, celebrating love in all its forms.

The ‘Love Happens Here’ campaign will play out in two phases; ‘Hate’ and ‘Love’. The first phase draws attention to the rising problem of anti-LGBT+ hate crime in the London with Guerrilla-style fly-postering across the city, a covert take-over of Wi-Fi networks, statistic led taxi-tops and an event, which all tell stories aimed to raise awareness of the ongoing prevalence of prejudice.

On the 23rd June, the second ‘Love’ phase of the campaign will launch, which sees the stories of hate crime replaced with ones of love, showing London that ‘Love Happens Here’. 
Every year thousands of families and friendships are broken apart due to a lack of understanding and tolerance towards the LGBT+ community. Pride’s message is a positive and inclusive rallying cry to everyone that it’s never too late to reconcile. 

To highlight this and celebrate the upcoming Pride season, Pride in London and Channel 4 have also partnered together in an industry first on a series of LGBT+ programming. From the 24th June, four LGBT+ themed adverts – created by WCRS and directed by Fred Scott at Pulse Films – will be aired during every Channel 4 programme, each representing different parts of the community. One of the adverts will also run as a 90” across cinema during the campaign period.  

The multi-media campaign will also see OOH sites across the city (including fly-posters, large format OOH and the London Underground kindly donated by Jack Agency, Outdoor Plus, Clear Channel, 8 Outdoor, Kong Outdoor, Primesight, Media Circus, Ocean Outdoor, Outdoor Plus, Urban Vision, ECNLive, STORM, Verifone and Exterion) filled with stories of love, sourced from diverse members of the LGBT+ community. Each story has been beautifully illustrated in posters created by more than 30 illustrators and artists, who donated their time for free to the campaign. These ‘Love Happens Here’ prints will also be available from the Tate as part of their Queer Britain season. 

All the stories featured in the OOH come from members of the community who have shared their stories on Pride in London’s interactive map: http://bit.ly/2tNaOVo

To mark the start of the festival, Ocean Outdoor have also partnered with Pride in London for a love domination at Westfield Stratford on Saturday 24th June.  The ‘Love Happens Here’ campaign will also go global with interactive DOOH sites in New York at locations in Times Square, and sites wishing people a great World Pride in Madrid at Gatwick & Stansted airports.

To spread the love even further, Pride in London is calling on Londoners to contribute to the campaign by sharing their own stories of love, using this website: http://lovehappenshere.london/ 

15 June 2017

Father's Day Gift Guide 2017

WHAT Father's Day Gifts
WHEN  15th June 2017
WHERE  Online

Father’s Day is going to be here before you know it, and it’s time to start thinking of presents. Ahead of Father’s Day, which is on Sunday, June 18, 2017, I have handpicked a selection of fashion items and grooming goodies for the dads that deserve a treat. 

This is the ideal time to show him just how much you care. I know that every dad is different so I have put together a handy guide to ensure your dad will feel extra special this Father’s Day. Whether you can’t pull him away from the football or he loves to look smart, here are the gifts guaranteed to make his day. This is an awesome gift for any father with great style. Honing in on grooming products and fragrances, there are plenty of items that any father would love. 

Carven - L’eau Intense 100ml Eau de Toilette Spray £50 - CARVEN PARFUMS is now introducing a new perfume into its men’s fragrance range with a scent as intriguing as its name: As refreshing as mint leaf-infused water, yet brimming with intensely spicy and woody notes; L’EAU INTENSE is the perfect example of an olfactive oxymoron. To celebrate the launch into illustrated from Carven for fathers day limited edition bottles with the iconic Carven with a pink tie and a message.

Only The Brave EDT 200ml – ONLY £39.99 (offer runs now to 18th June)
Paco Rabanne Invictus EDT 50ml – ONLY £29.99 (offer runs now to 14th June)

Florentine Iris is a masculine fragrance by Ermenegildo Zegna. A fresh transparent woody iris and clean musk fragrance rendered in the razor-sharply tailored style of the Essenze line. Perfectly suited for the office or a day of fun in the sun, Fiorentine Iris is extremely wearable. I absolutely adore this fragrance. This is a must have for father's day. 

Available at boots for £24.00

One. And You're Done. 

It's skincare just the way you want it. LAB SERIES PRO LS All-in-One Face Treatment offers four essential skincare benefits in one simple step: Soothing, Moisturising, Repairing, Mattifying. This is one of the best products I HAVE ever used and i'm sure every father would LOVE this. Must have.

Available at boots for £12.50

Experience a thorough cleanse with the Lab Series Pro All in One Cleansing Gel; a daily face wash that seeks to purify the complexion. Forming a powerful foaming lather upon contact with water, the cleansing formula is effortless to apply and rinses away quickly. Without disturbing skin’s pH, the gel effectively cleanses the face, whilst maintaining a healthy moisture level. Dead skin cells and impurities are eliminated, leaving pores effectively purified.

Available at boots for £170.00

Sleek and powerful, the Clarisonic Alpha Fit is a facial cleansing brush designed for men's skin. It removes oil, sweat, and dirt for a closer shave, cleaner beard, and smooth healthy-looking skin. Alpha Fit has two varying levels of sonic speed to customise your gentle cleansing experience to address your specific skin concerns. Setting one delivers 60 seconds daily cleansing for clean-shaven faces and setting two offers 80 seconds power cleansing for beards or more cleansing power post workout. This powerful sonic cleanse manages shaving irritation and reduces ingrown hairs. 

Glamglow flashmud brightening £39.00

 Flashmud™ is a multi-sensorial quick results brightening treatment. Powerful & innovative multi-brightening complexes help to create the brightest, lightest & luminous perfect skin. The teaoxi technology in flashmud™ is white birch leaf. It delivers natural betulin, betulinic acid & ellagic acid to create an improved color balanced skin tone. 

Tan Weave loafers £39.00

Every man should own at least one pair of interesting footwear and you can't go wrong with fashionable weave loafers, especially if they carry a summer-inspired vibe, like this suede style enhanced with overlays and front stitching. 

Father's Day Ideal Weekend bag from Jacamo £25.00

Classic shape, perfect colour, ideal size and unisex design are all the amazing points, making this attractive and eye-catching. Use for everyday life and also overnight stays. The protective studs on the bottom makes it cleaner and durable.

8 June 2017

My Interview with Glamour Magazine

WHAT My interview with Glamour Magazine 
WHEN  8th June 2017
WHERE  Online

I was invited to Glamour HQ in London to do an interview with the delightful and gorgeous Alessandra Steinherr (Beauty Editor of Glamour Magazine). We laughed, we talked, we kissed and of course spoke about 'AFRO' hair. Alessandra is one of the most down-to-earth person i've actually meet. She welcomed me with open arms and made me at ease. Alessandra has been a beauty journalist for over 16 years and there's one area she always wanted to know about which was 'Afro Hair' so Dark 'n' Lovely challenged Alessandra to become an Afro hair expert in just a few weeks.

All of you know me for my hair styles from an Afro to a High Top but most don't know my hair regime, what products I use and the big question 'How long it takes'.  Check out my interview with Alessandra on Episode 4 below:

6 June 2017

Made in Global

WHAT Made in Global 
WHEN  6th June 2017 
WHERE  Online

" MADE IN GLOBAL because we couldn’t find the products we wanted, designed the way that we wanted, at a feel-good price. We looked for the unicorn: elegant, minimalist accessories, devoid of logos and excess, and made from really good leather leather shaped into cool, contemporary silhouettes. We knew that there must be others like us – independent thinkers who wanted the best craftsmanship and design that would blend seamlessly with individual style" 

In a refined colour palette, MADE IN GLOBAL products are flawlessly crafted from the softest, most carefully selected skins in Florence’s best factories. Upholding generations of craftsmanship tradition, these factories have experience creating for the world’s oldest luxury houses. Our utility-focused designs are functional modern classics that go beyond seasons and trends, defined by bold shapes, clean lines, hand-polished hardware and subtle detailing. You will always find the right piece for your lifestyle, aesthetic, location or destination - or just to elevate your everyday.

" MADE IN GLOBAL as it reflects our story as founders. From our hometowns in England and Argentina, we moved to the capital cities, London and Buenos Aires. Serendipitously, we met in Rio de Janeiro and had the luck to live in Brazil before our journey took us to Miami and New York, where we worked in media, and then back to London again where MADE IN GLOBAL is also based." 

4 June 2017

My Collaboration with Lavazza coffee during the LC:M

WHAT My Collaboration with Lavazza coffee during the LC:M
WHERE  Online

I'm excited to share with you my personal experience with lavazza during LC:M. As you all heard I was collaborating with Lavazza and Matthew Miller. Last week, I was running a competition via all social media to win Front Row tickets to Matthew Miller Spring and Summer '16 show. The Matthew Miller showcase took place on Saturday 11th June, day 2 of LC:M where I met the winner of the competition.

The Experience

On Saturday, the lovely team from Lavazza and I met at British Fashion Council Venue: 180 Strand, London, WC2R 1EA.  Where everyone descended upon our capital once more like the fashionable plague that it is, bringing with it the usual swarms of street-style peacocks, stylish celebrities and infuriatingly attractive models. I was then taken backstage and given an full access wrist band - which was beyond exciting. 

The Winner (Nadine Corbin)

After backstage and a change of outfit, I was delighted to meet this young tailor who drew my attention on Twitter. Not only was she a fan but one of the sweetest girl I have ever met. A true joy. After chatting to her and her husband, I escorted them into the press lounge when we had a sip of Lavazza coffee then moved onto the fashion show.

The Show

I absolutely loved Matthew Miller SS17 show, it had inspiration of the youth, culture that blends satirical graphics with dusted, soft-suiting for Matthew Miller‘s explosive Spring/Summer 2017. The collection reminded me of influnces from Kurt Cobain and the 90s grunge scene to create a lived-in, highly textured and effortlessly cool.  Pretty boys. Handsome boys. They were to be seen everywhere at Matthew Miller. Long hair, short hair, skinny bodies. Even female models were part of this menswear show. Check out my favourite looks below:

The Interview

After his successful SS17 show,  I had a chance to catchup with the talented designer Matthew Miller to pick his brains in fashion, tips, and where he manages to get his energy from. Let me know your thoughts :) hope you like it fashionistas.

I have to be honest, this collaboration with Lavazza has been one of the best collaborations in my five years of blogging. I would personally like to thank the team from Focus PR and Lavazza for such a fun experience during LC:M 

For more infomation on Matthew Miller head to www.matthewmillermenswear.com

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1 June 2017

Acqua di Parma launches fifth men's fragrance

WHAT Acqua di Parma launches fifth men's fragrance
WHEN  1st June 2017
WHERE  Online

Discover Acqua di Parma’s new mens cologne Colonia Club – the fifth scent for men from the luxury Itallian LVMH owned fragrance and beauty brand. 

The refined cologne is set to make a low key debut this week with a limited preview at Bloomingdale's 59th Street flagship in Manhattan and in Canada's Holt Renfrew, before becoming available at other international retail outlets in November.

Source: http://www.buro247.com/me/beauty/mens/acqua-di-parma-launches-fifth-mens-fragrance.html

Packaged in a rounded glass bottle in a deep emerald-green, the fragrance hits note of lemon, petitgrain, bergamot, mandarin, mint and neroli. The heart of the juice contains lavender, galbanol and geranium, and the drydown is composed of Haitian vetiver, musk and an ambergris accord.

Source: http://www.buro247.com/me/beauty/mens/acqua-di-parma-launches-fifth-mens-fragrance.html

8 May 2017

Philips Avance Collection Centrifugal Juicer

WHAT Philips Avance Collection Centrifugal Juicer
WHEN  8th May 2017 
WHERE  Online

Designed to separate the juice from the pulp, leaving you with a smooth, clear drink.  What I love the most about it is the #HealthyHabitSwap focuses on the everyday benefits of juicing and starting new habits, so we can make healthy habits for life. 

Philips juicers allow juicing to be a convenient healthy habit that young professionals and families can fit into a busy lifestyle, and the Philips Avance Collection Centrifugal Juicer features unique Fiberboost technology, allowing for 50% more fibres in your glass for a more wholesome juice.

This is the best jucier our family has had! The previous juciers we've got are much cheaper than this one. So you get what you pay for. I would reccomand this jucier for people who just started jucing, so you have an idea on how a good jucier functions(I started jucing with a jucier that wans't good at all and I thought it was good).

 I opened the box today and was very impressed with the quality of the materials that were used to manufacture this juicer. The plastic canopy is heavy duty and the cutter with foil filter is of the highest quality.

I am drinking juices every morning without fail. Get to Aldi to get your fresh fruit and veg, find some basic recipes and you're away. I highly recommend trying oranges and mint juice, anything with beetroot or carrots in and coriander works so amazingly well in the juicer and I've only had it a month.

New Globe Traveller

WHAT New Globe Traveller
WHEN  8th May 2017 
WHERE  Online

World’s first range of eco-friendly luxury products made from upcyled materials, where every purchase means a scholarship for an underprivileged child New Globe Traveller is creating the world's first range of high-quality handmade products made from upcyled leather and tyre tubes. 

 The world’s first One for One, One to One business model, where not only is a child’s education supported for a year on every premium purchase, but a meaningful connection is formed between the buyer and the child through the exchange of photographs and online updates.

The products are designed in the UK and manufactured by one of India’s pioneering upcycling companies. Humankind dumps 2.12 billion tonnes of waste each year and New Globe Traveller are determined to be part of the solution. 

Their approach is set to challenge the preconception that ethical products must be lacking in style or quality. Each luxury bag is hand-made from high quality leather pieces that are sourced from leading leather factories.

The project launches on Kickstarter  with New Globe Traveller asking conscious consumers to “join a league of new heroes” by investing in products that are both luxurious and ethical.  www.newglobetraveller.com   

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