Men Style Fashion http://www.menstylefashion.com We Show You How Fri, 23 Feb 2018 09:17:57 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 Fitness Trends To Lookout For In 2018 http://www.menstylefashion.com/fitness-trends-lookout-2018/ http://www.menstylefashion.com/fitness-trends-lookout-2018/#respond Fri, 23 Feb 2018 09:17:09 +0000 http://www.menstylefashion.com/?p=72162 The turn of the year always welcomes a few new fitness fads and 2018 is no different. We expect plenty of them and plenty worth trying too.

We’re always trying to push boundaries to improve our health, fitness and general wellbeing and 2018 is going to see the return of some old favourites, the arrival of innovative new workouts and the continual rise of some of the most popular methods of exercise out there.

Here’s what you need to know about some of the more popular fitness trends this year.

Yoga

Of course, yoga has been around since ancient India but with so many styles the exercise is forever changing. This year yoga is going to be a hugely popular exercise among men and we thoroughly recommend it. Not only is it a source of relaxation, stress relief and good for your heart, it’ll also boost performance in sports such as running and cycling.

Running

Running continues to be hugely popular and it’s no real surprise. The likes of Mo Farah, Jess Ennis-Hill continue to inspire, with the likes of the London Marathon becoming more oversubscribed than ever before. This is being additionally fuelled by the likes of Adidas and Nike who are continually pushing boundaries with their products and giving the sport that “cool factor”.

Weight Loss Programmes

2018 will be the year where we really start to care about what we eat. Veganuary was a big thing last month and we’re going to see more and more publications promoting healthy eating and weight loss programmes. There is already a wealth of these out there and it’s well worth looking out for the best online reviews to make an educated decision on what’s right for you. They will help supplement your performances elsewhere and could be the difference in making that PB.

Bodyweight Training

Forget the gym, you can lift without the need of weights by simply using your own body. By using your own bodyweight as resistance training you’re effectively working out multiple muscles and you don’t need to pay a monthly subscription to do it. You need little equipment and you can do it anytime, anywhere.

Data Driven Tracking

The pros have looked for marginal gains for decades and now so are we. Fitness trackers such as Strava are making us more obsessed with time, speeds and distances than ever before. Not only that, but we’re going to be paying more attention to those dials on exercise bikes and treadmills and seek to PB almost every time we hit them.

Virtual Reality Fitness

Yes, really. 2018 is going to see the rise of virtual reality fitness in order to transform our workouts. Some studios in London are already offering this, transporting people away from a sports hall opposite Tesco in Putney to the beaches of Thailand, all via headset. We expect this may take a while to catch on, but we’d certainly give it a try. It aims to completely transport you away and ease stress even further. So we can’t really complain with that.

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Infiniti – Q60S 3.0 Sport Tech Reviewed http://www.menstylefashion.com/infiniti-q60s-3-0-sport-tech-reviewed/ http://www.menstylefashion.com/infiniti-q60s-3-0-sport-tech-reviewed/#respond Fri, 23 Feb 2018 08:10:35 +0000 http://www.menstylefashion.com/?p=72163 Infiniti is a luxury automotive manufacturer that was created over 30 years ago with an emphasis on performance, design and customer experience. A division of Nissan, this premium car brand was created to help it compete in the European and American markets driving technical innovation and design.

Industry first technology developments includes; Hydraulic Active Suspension, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Departure Prevention & Backup Collision Intervention Systems. Complimented with other driver focus features like Direct Adaptive Steering and successful history of high-performance V6 engines. Infiniti’s emblem depicts this continued development with two central lines stretching off into the horizon designed to embody the forward-thinking approach.

The Q60S 3.0 SPORT TECH is the latest incarnation of the top of the range encompassing its previous technology developments to produce a high-performance luxury sports coupe with the styling to match.

First Impressions

Instantly the styling of this model stands out with its sleek shape which includes powerful deep creases to show this a powerful sports coupe. This impressive design is helped by the latest developments in 3D manufacturing process with an Infiniti Design Centre in our own UK capital. The vibrant Sunstone Red paint brings the car to life in the flesh and attracted many admirers in the time we tested the car.

With this being the top of the range Sport Tech model, it comes with an impressive range of equipment from Communications to Safety features. Infiniti has prided itself on putting the driver and its passengers at the forefront of the driving experience with protection been a vital ingredient of this. Features in this model include the standard items we have come used to like Anti Brake System(ABS), Traction Control System (TCS), Electronic Brake for Distribution (EBD), Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). Infiniti have taken this to the next level by providing what they call the Safety Shield Pack – Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC), Distance Control Assist (DCA), Forward Collision Warning System (FCW), Predictive forward collision Warning System (PFCW), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane Departure Prevention (LDP), Blind Spot Warning (BSW) and Intervention, Around View Monitor (AVM), Backup collision intervention and finally Forward emergency braking with pedestrian detection. It does not mean you can drive without due care and attention, but the impressive range of systems not only warn you and more importantly prevent where possible.

Exterior

There were numerous occasions while spending time with the Q60S that I caught myself admiring the styling and detail of the body form. At every angle, you noticed something different and this was enhanced by the sunlight direction and the shadows that were cast over the deep dramatic creases. For me this was is one of the finest examples of how to combine sophistication with a sporting look.

The sleek design provides a low-profile body shape which is another ingredient for the sporting profile and just importantly a low drag coefficient of 0.29. This aggressive stance sitting on those 19” dark chrome alloy wheels provide the finishing touches to the overall striking presence.

From the front, you have the large grill to provide the cooling required which is supported on either side by powerful looking headlights. They wrap around the side of the car providing bright LED illumination on the road for driver’s safety. The splitter completes the view with its angler design to assist in the near zero lift aerodynamics of the vehicle.

As you move around to the rear the design lines continue with many intricate features. The rear quarters include a grill to form part of the rear diffuser that surrounds the twin exhaust system. To provide a rear boot that is flush with the main body they placed the boot lid release button as part of the near-side brake light system. This did bring a smile to my face once I realized after a few head-scratching moments.

Interior

As you slide into the driver’s seat, you find yourself in a low driving sports position with fantastic visibility. The windscreen feels like it wraps around you and you could be in the cockpit of a fighter jet. The lined leather seats provide excellent support and one of the more comfortable sports seats that I have had the pleasure to enjoy. They include a 3-mode heating setting which is warming with the current cold climate.  The rest of the interior has a premium look with a combination of carbon fibre interior, leather trim and aluminum components to provide a classy look and feel.

The center console comes with a dual screen to provide all the Infotainment and communications you would require in this high sport tech model via its INFINITI InTouch™ system. This connected system brings a wide range of services into the car from traditional Navigation to weather and stock market status. Like all the best systems it was intuitive to use once you got your bearings around the layout of the two screens. As a result, there is a limited number of traditional manual switches on the dashboard to allow clean lines as part of the continued sophisticated design. Sound quality is superb via thirteen Bose speakers with enhanced acoustics from its Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) system.

Overall the cabin is spacious for a coupe and provides seating in the rear, but not ideal for tall people due to the sloping roofline although adequate otherwise.

On The Road

Nissan has an excellent engineering pedigree, and the Infiniti Q60S is using the latest generation of the 3.0-litre twin turbo V6 producing over 400 bhp. Supported by a 7-speed automatic transmission which powers the wheels via an All-Wheel Drive (AWD) system. I was looking forward to seeing how this would fair in the current weather conditions.

The engine is impressive with little to no turbo lag and feels like a normally aspirated engine. It will rev all the way up to 7,000 RPM with effortless ease at a rapid pace. The 7-speed automatic transmission makes good use of this power and smoothly shifts between gears in standard drive mode. If this was a manual, I fear my gear changes would not be as smooth as a result of being caught napping with the swift acceleration of the engine to the red line. The power curve feels linear through the rev range which provides reassuring drive-ability of the vehicle. Helped by the Intelligent AWD system which can transfer all this power between the front and rear wheels dynamically. For me, this was the masterpiece of the overall performance as it felt like a rear wheel car which was nimble and alive, but provided the secure traction of an AWD system. This was tested in these conditions and fun to drive with all the grip you had available at your disposal.

There are five driver modes which you can pre-select from the drive selector including Snow, ECO, Standard, Sport, Sport+ and Personal. Other than the performance, traction and suspension changes between the different modes is the enhanced noise from the rear twin exhaust. They are relatively quiet compared to the power of the engine, but this increased when you went up to Sport although this could have been more. You would get a blip of noise on the downshifts with the synchronised rev matching control system.

The Q60S model comes with the Direct Adaptive Steering which is electronic versus standard mechanical. This provides a quick and precise response which also supports the light and dynamic feel of the car. For some drivers they might prefer the feedback from the road which a mechanical system provides, but otherwise this works well.

Sports cars in their nature come with an uprated suspension configuration to support the power and performance of the vehicle. The Q60S facilitates this with an advanced Dynamic Digital Suspension (SDS). The setup of the suspension is done electronically and is inline with the driver mode you select. The system will continue to monitor the driving conditions and will dynamically alter the damper settings where required. This worked well and provided a softer ride compared to other sports cars, but without losing that driver centric feel. An example of this if you were to go over a bump or pot hole the suspension would quickly react and not leave you shaken.

Road noise in the cabin was louder than I would expect in a car of this class. Changing the drive mode settings did not have an impact on this other than a louder exhaust note in the sportier selection. It just been fitted with new tyres which could have been a contributing factor, but expect it was mainly due to the run flat tyres which is not an un-common symptom.

Conclusion

No doubt this is a handsome and stylish design which stands out instantly, but it also comes with an engineering pedigree. The vast array of technical features due to continuous innovation from safety, design and performance is impressive and especially for the price point of the Q60S Sport Tech model. Compared to other Sports Coupes in this class it is effortless to drive with great performance and safety of the AWD system to in all weather conditions. It is not as driver focused as other coupes and more of a GT but makes it more useable for every day and attracted many admirers during our time together. The Q60S felt elegant and growing on me.

Spec – Q60S 3.0 SPORT TECH

  • Engine capacity : 2,997cc (Twin Turbo)
  • Fuel Type : Petrol
  • Cylinders / Valves  : Six / 24
  • Power ps : 405@6,400rpm
  • Transmission : Automatic / 7 Speed / AWD
  • 0-60mph: 5.0 seconds
  • Top speed: 155 mph
  • fuel economy combined: 30.1 mpg
  • List price: £48,325 (including optional extra Sunstone Red paint)
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Fraser Suites Singapore – 3 Bedroom Executive Penthouse Review http://www.menstylefashion.com/fraser-suites-singapore-3-bedroom-executive-penthouse-review/ http://www.menstylefashion.com/fraser-suites-singapore-3-bedroom-executive-penthouse-review/#respond Tue, 20 Feb 2018 05:55:41 +0000 http://www.menstylefashion.com/?p=71830 Singapore is a modern city that has embraced the latest technology and architecture trends from around the globe. In 2018, Sigapore is about finding out and exploring hidden luxury experiences around the city. It seems turning your apartment into a home sweet home is something that Frasers Suites has mastered in the last twenty years. Situated in an upmarket part of the city, these serviced apartments take a canny mix of colours and textures to help create a chic, cosy interior that has withstood the test of time. Celebrating twenty years Fraser Suites has hosted international clients and families around the globe on a long and short term rentals.

The area is surrounded by Singapore river which has many restaurants and coffee bars to explore. The paths are great for walking, riding and running around the city. Plenty of public transport and shopping areas around to take advantage of when ever it suits. In this part of the city, it felt spacious and it was very quiet considering I was almost in the CBD.

Services And Facilities

Fraser Suites has ample of facilities like a gym, dedicated children area, and retreat zone in where I could have endless massages thanks to electric massage chairs. I thought this was a lovely addition especially for those here on business. The retreat room has a relaxed atmosphere and there are three massage chairs with amples of magazines to just be able to zone out and rest. I spent a lot of time here whilst waiting for my Penthouse to get ready.

The outdoor swimming pool area, is located on the 6th floor is well maintained and has a lovely relaxed atmosphere to it. The lounges are very comfortable and I liked how they had a dedicated play facilities for children next to the pool. The city view is wonderful and again not so loud at all. Plenty of fluffy towels and drinks on hand to make my stay a cosy one. Most of the guests I spoke to, range from long to short term stay and were very welcoming and positive about Fraser Suits. Some guests have resided here for ten years.

Kids pool, large pool and dedicated gym

Penthouse Apartments Interior Design

Situated on the twentieth floor are the Penthouse Apartments. These three to four bedroom apartments offer all the dream amenities and features needed for a cosy and stylish stay. I stayed for one week in the three bedroom Penthouse Apartment which has a homely yet luxurious feel, with a mix of different design elements to make it a unique stay. Being well travelled, I adore neutral colours and areas that are functional and comfortable, and the overall Penthouse looked modern and chic. At Fraser Suites, they have been selective about the decorative pieces for each space, the unifying colour in this case was beige. The grouping of furniture, neutral coloured textiles both on the wall and throughout the bedrooms gave it a unified ambience. This overall gave balance to what is naturally outside in Singapore a tropical green environment.

Sense Of Place

I love the anticipation when I entered the Penthouse, for me first impression counts. The material choice matters, especially when you’re dealing with furnishing with dramatic finishes that instantly command your attention.

In entering the Penthouse the paring of materials such as marble tiles and natural inspired finishes such as wood veneer throughout the apartment gave an instant modern feel. Colours such as grey, beige, dark brown and white allowed for a furnishing scheme that created a balanced decor.

I loved the long corridor that opened into a large room. The ample storage space around the apartment is pleasing to the eye as well as functional.  The beige textiles used throughout the apartment gives a cool and warmth feel throughout the Penthouse.

Desk area in the corridor

The lounge area has a thick pile of carpet and comfortable furniture combing, textiles such as leather and cotton to give a very relaxing stay. The furniture throughout the Penthouse is of high quality and this is reflected on how pristine it stills looks after many extreme wear and tear.

The final result is a contemporary abode that’s worlds away from Singapore itself. The sense of continuity of natural colours and contemporary furniture throughout the apartment makes it very chic. This floor area 189 sqm (2,034 sq ft) feels much bigger and there were ample of areas around the apartment that I could hide away and enjoy my private oasis.

Bedrooms

The soft furnishing adds a cosy feel to the bedrooms, there are dark wood desks in the two larger bedrooms.  The bedroom is kitted out with oversized bed side lamps, a docking station and a wall art lighting feature. I had an uninterrupted night sleep, the best in months. The state of my bedroom, is the state of my mind. Each bedroom had beautiful white linen and fabrics for a divine sleep. In harsh concrete environments such as inner city living, it is important that the Penthouse is a balanced contrast to what I am seeing outside.  Therefore natural wooden objects along side, fresh green flowers that were presented in each room worked perfectly.

Master Bedroom with ensuite

Bathrooms

Bathrooms in 2018 are about crafting a soothing space where I love to linger, and create a personal place to captivate materials and finishes. I like how Fraser Suites used bigger pieces of marble stone and granite to reduce grout lines. The use of granite and black tiles throughout the bathroom combined with a designer double sink and bath added to a stylish ambience.

The main bedroom had a wonderful en suite with a large bath to soak up all the stress of a hard days work. It’s uncluttered decor paired with white and veneer finishes gave a huge sense of space. The walk in wardrobe had ample of clothing space and was nicely tucked away to create flowing energy. The second bathroom has a dedicated rain shower. This bathroom is perfectly situated in the corridor area great to be used by the guest staying in the other two bedrooms. The huge fluffy towels with gender neutral products from Malin and Goetz were the perfect detailed touches needed to reflect this luxury penthouse stay. The attention to detail here throughout the apartment reflects the passion the staff and overall company ethos prides itself serving its clients.

Personal Curation

Fraser Suites, restrained itself by selecting decorative pieces for each space to make sure that the attention is squarely focused. By using the contrast oxidised metal with soft fabric, throwing a rug and furnished linen chairs here and there is why I felt an instant cosier feel throughout the Penhouse. The choice of using massive floor to ceiling dark mirrors within the lounge area gave an illusion of an open air museum. This clever use of space and material was a subtle message of contemporary functional art. I had plenty of time for me to keep looking at my own reflection within the mirrors and being mindful of my personal fashion style. I loved playing dresses up here and so did my family.

Key Features And Services

The Key features and services of this penthouse apartment was of the highest quality, and important for me, easy to use. Fraser Suites teamed up with reliable and robust state of the art German brand, Bosch.


Expensive Modern and well-equipped kitchenette products by Bosch made my Kitchen dining experience a memorable one. Especially when entertaining my business guests it was important for me to leave a luxury impression. I liked the comprehensive home entertainment system with Bose speakers which allowed me to watch endless amounts of movies.

The kitchen comes with a Bosch coffee machine with freshly ground Illy beans from Italy. It was a coffee experience I loved and having it on demand and hearing and smelling the coffee beans was bliss.

The Bosch Microwave, Bosch Oven and Bosch Dishwasher were very quiet and easy to use.I loved the separate washing machine and dryer which was in a dedicated large room right next to the kitchen. This practical use of space meant the house keeping could work there without interrupting or let alone anyone seeing clothes drying.

There were three fridges and for those wine lovers. It was great have a refrigerated wine cooler. It is the best way to ensure your wine is stored properly. Tucked away in the room, was a personal safe which came in handy for my valuables.

Conclusion

I happened to build a nice rapport with the staff and met one in particular, who stood out. This person has been working here since the beginning, 20 years ago. I asked why she stayed so long.

Fraser Suites, is a family who value what we do as staff. They make us feel important and part of a happy family.

The Fraser Suites penthouse is a characterful sanctuary offering an environment that is home away from home. It is great place for those in need of a luxury staycation or looking for a longer term serviced apartment.

Fraser Suites is located in a fabulous area where I could walk, stroll, ride or run around the Singapore river, making it the perfect place for living in the city. There is a complementary shuttle bus throughout the day which allowed me to explore different parts of Singapore and shop till I dropped. My kids loved the pool area and the dedicated play room and play ground located on the third floor. This has been my ultimate staycation experience with my family to date.

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Wireless Speakers – Freya 2 Reviewed http://www.menstylefashion.com/wireless-speakers-freya-2-reviewed/ http://www.menstylefashion.com/wireless-speakers-freya-2-reviewed/#respond Mon, 19 Feb 2018 07:30:20 +0000 http://www.menstylefashion.com/?p=72103 Billed as the speaker that looks and sounds perfect in every room, ‘Clint Audio’s latest offering to the wireless speaker market are the Freya 2.

Freya 2 is part of the ‘Asgard’ range of wireless speakers. Named after the home of Nordic gods and goddesses, the speakers design and usability are based on the godly characteristics of toughness, endurance and power:

“Freya is a petite and propitious goddess admired for her love, beauty and especially her appreciation of music”

The Danish company’s mission is to go back to basics with design and functionality and this is certainly reflected in the robust, simple and elegant look of the Freya 2.

The front grille that wraps effortlessly around the cylindrical shape is striking and the colouring of the unit is entirely contemporary. The front grille reminds you of the exhaust on a big American truck. With this almost industrial design and varying colours you get the feeling that these speakers are both masculine and feminine.

You get the colour options of Misty Green, Dusty Rose, Olive Green, Marsala Red and Powdery Blue. Menstylefashion were also supplied with the special edition, Midnight Black with copper.

How Does It Work?

The operation buttons are located on the top.  Although there is no specific power button, once initially charged you simply hold down the play/pause button for power. Nice and simple. It’s the same with the initial connection to your device. Just hold down both volume buttons for a few seconds and you’re there.

As the speaker is searching, the front line of indicator lights shoots horizontally up from the base of the unit until a connection is made and it then lights in a solid formation. Kind of reminded me of      ’ Kit’, the car from my 2nd favourite 80’s TV series, ‘Knight Rider’ ; Voicing the words, ‘Hello Michael’ to the fully leather clad Michael Hoffman, aka ‘The Hoff’. Really cool.

Once turned on a kindly yet firm sounding female audio message tells you that its either searching for a device or that the device is now connected. Connection from your phone or device is true plug and play. You turn the Freya 2 on let your device find it and you’re effortlessly connected.  Or if you’re really technophobic, Clint audio have helpfully built in an audio jack and provided the necessary jack lead.

I share my four story town house with my family of four women all of whom have varied music tastes.  In my house, we have a couple of blue tooth speakers and our main living area has a blue tooth connection device connected to our amp and wired in speakers.

On a Sunday we try to enforce a no TV rule and listen to our local radio station playing rare disco funk to ease us in to a lazy Sunday afternoon.  On one of these Sundays I replaced my stereo speakers with two of the Freya 2 to get a true feeling of sound in a classic home environment.

The Sound

I started with Alberosie’s live version of ’International Drama’. The track goes from classical opera to Reggae in the course of a four minute track. The punchy base intermingled with the clarity and tone required for classical music and the Reggae deep and clear with bass more than evident and with no distortion. The sound is balanced and has a real depth, given the size of the device.

Singularly, the Freya 2 is clear and punchy and the bass evident.  Perfect clarity and velocity for a rowdy or quiet dinner party, depending on how much volume you need. It really was punching above its weight.

Pairing the Freya 2 is an altogether different sound. Set at the same position as my usual home speakers and at high volume the sound is balanced and clear. You can feel the bass in your ears rather than your body.  Kind of like walking in to a night club before it kicks off.

When walking round the house and in or out of range, the Freya 2 flawlessly connects or disconnects as required or reports with the audio voice that you need to reconnect your device. Our recent party guests found it easy to connect, which is ideal for when you have that annoying person who always wants to DJ….

In a busy home, these speakers really work. When used as a single unit in a teenagers or parents bedroom, even at a low to medium volume the sound fills the room yet is unobtrusive to the rest of the house. When paired together in a room you have fully functioning house party speakers.

The Freya 2’s are perfectly sized, are light and can be easily handled due to the matt paint finish. Put in a tote bag for a speaker on a beach or for a party at home the Freya 2 make the difference to any environment, both for sound quality and look.

The Freya 2 are certainly and eye catching choice for the more discerning audiophile and at a retail price of around £150.00, you’re certainly getting your money’s worth.

Specification :

Wireless Bluetooth speaker with built in battery (2600mAh) for up to eight hours depending on usage

Weight 1kg. Dimensions: Height 210 mm x diameter 100mm

7 Watt amplifier with DSP for optimum sound performance

Wireless technology supported: Bluetooth (TrueWireless)

USB port can handle up to 5v 2.4A output power

Eco save function – FREYA will go to auto standby if not used for 20 minutes

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Funky Bunny Bangkok – Bespoke Zip T-Shirts & Long Sleeves http://www.menstylefashion.com/funky-bunny-bangkok-bespoke-zip-t-shirts-long-sleeves/ http://www.menstylefashion.com/funky-bunny-bangkok-bespoke-zip-t-shirts-long-sleeves/#respond Sun, 18 Feb 2018 09:03:44 +0000 http://www.menstylefashion.com/?p=71268 Bangkok is one of most the vibrant cities in the world when it comes to trend setting fashion. In my ten years of visiting Bangkok I am always intrigued and blown away regarding new and innovative fashion items. One of my favourite markets to explore here in Bangkok is the Chatuchak market. This is the world’s largest weekend market and between its 8,000 stalls there are so many options in regards to buying lifestyle and fashion items.

Funky Bunny

There is a section that caters for fashion and whilst exploring I came across a shop called Funky Bunny, what caught my eye was the zip inspired, t-shirt and long sleeve shirt design. I am a lover of chunky zips and zips in general. As I explored the shop more and more I fell in love with the concept. I have never come across such designs as with Funky Bunny. The shirts they sell are unisex which mean they can be worn by anyone. It is the perfect travel item as it is very versatile and looks great on any occasion.

Each zip design takes roughly two hours to sew on and over all the finish is very funky. I own several items now and every time my partner or I choose to wear it, we get many comments.

In speaking both to the designer and the owner they have now many bulk orders from Dubai and Europe. As I chatted, many people were buying the items as they thought the whole concept was very different.

Create Your Own Design

At the moment there is a bulk order only option and if there is a design that I would like to create as my very own I have to order in bulk. So you can discuss with the owner your options. I just noticed a bulk order of over one thousand T-shirts were been shipped to Dubai and the design was very culturally cool.

Today I decided to opt for four items that are hugely popular. The skeleton is their best seller and it’s a real edgy t-shirt that looks fabulous with denim, chinos, shorts and leather.

The 2018 new addition is the Eagle which I can relate too. For the simple reason, as growing this brand I have had to soar alone and create my own niche as a female in a man’s world.

The reindeer I chose to get as it’s Christmas and as far as a funky item to wear during the festive season, this is one of the coolest reindeer t shirt out there. I can team this with almost anything.

Finally the long sleeve white shirt with a wolf design is a reflection of how I feel in winter. Fast, powerful and beautiful. 2017 has been one of the most adventurous years for me.

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Photoshop Altered Models – Do We Need Warnings Signs? http://www.menstylefashion.com/photoshop-altered-models-do-we-need-warnings-signs/ http://www.menstylefashion.com/photoshop-altered-models-do-we-need-warnings-signs/#comments Sun, 18 Feb 2018 04:06:32 +0000 http://www.menstylefashion.com/?p=24268 Photoshop Altered Models – Do We Need Warnings Signs?

Magazine advertisements for alcohol and cigarettes come with warning labels. Now, some groups suggest that the celebrity and fashion photos should, too. A number of researchers and government regulators want photographs of movie stars and models to come with warnings that say the photos have been extensively altered with retouching software, such as Adobe Photoshop. The idea stems from scientific research that found that vulnerable consumers, particularly children and teens, might be fooled by the photos’ convincing illusions of perfection and suffer negative physical and mental health consequences as a result.

“Children and teens are particularly vulnerable to ‘perfect’ models of adults and children their age in the media,” Carolyn Landis.

So far, the most notable calls for Photoshop warning labels have come from Europe. Legislators in France, Britain and Norway have supported government efforts to slap warning labels on photos to alert consumers when they have been digitally altered.

How to Protect the Public

But in June, an American medical association denounced the doctoring of photographs, urging advertisers to work with child and teen health experts to set limits on Photo shopping. Two Dartmouth researchers have come up with a novel solution — a software tool that would detect how much fashion and beauty photographs have been altered, assigning them a rating from one (minimally altered) to five (starkly changed).

Photoshop enhanced Model

In general, contact with fashion and beauty magazines regarding their policies on retouching photographs or their thoughts on photo warning labels are not well received.

Research indicates that there is cause for worry about how celebrities and models, who appear forever trim and blemish-free, may affect how people view their own bodies. Several studies have linked manipulated photographs to eating disorders and other health problems. But psychologists say the most effective solution to helping children and vulnerable people develop healthy and realistic body images comes not from warning labels and photo-rating systems but from active communications and awareness.

Janis Rosenberg, a clinical psychologist said parents could start by not focusing too much attention on a child’s looks or appearance.

“Children are normally not aware of physical traits until their attention is brought to it,” Rosenberg said. “People who draw too much attention to beauty, comparing their children’s physical attributes and causing a child to be overly aware of physical traits can be a great source of anxiety for a child or even, in some cases, a vulnerable adult or teenage model.”

Photoshop enhanced model
Parents may be able to spot a few warning signs if their child is becoming overly fixated on looks. Kids may start making negative comments about their appearance, compare themselves unfavourably to others or begin restricting what they eat to avoid ´getting fat.´

While parents should certainly encourage children to eat a healthy diet, avoid oversize portions and exercise regularly, Landis said they can also restrict their comments about physical appearance in the light of what is healthy, not what looks attractive or desirable.

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Numerology – Numbers Equals Your Future & Destiny http://www.menstylefashion.com/numerology-numbers-equals-your-future-destiny/ http://www.menstylefashion.com/numerology-numbers-equals-your-future-destiny/#respond Thu, 15 Feb 2018 05:45:55 +0000 http://www.menstylefashion.com/?p=72069 We travel for two reasons. The first is, of course, to discover new things and go off the beaten track in a way that, at its most extreme, is somehow transcendental. The second is more vulgar, but ultimately far more important. We travel in order to gorge ourselves to flood our sense with food and drink, music and sunshine. That’s why we demand to know which is the best place to buy food or the best place to find the finest stretch of sand.

Deep down we all desire to kick back, relax and overindulge ourselves. In this quiet time we also begin to reflect on work. What defines us and what consumes the endless amount of our personal time. We ask ourselves and begin to ponder. Where’s your spirit of adventure?

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Where’s Your Spirit Of Adventure?

I find I am asking myself this more and more. It’s when I am getting a massage that my mind begins to wonder. I start to calculate in my mind the numerology formula of what I need to change in order to create a better life for both my family and me. I reflect on my date of birth and what it means? And if in some way the numbers are significant? I am trying to decode my future and destiny through a numerology report.

Discovering how my name is significant in being in tune with my inner self. Understanding the inner skills, that are required so I make the best possible choices for life. To learn the key tools of how to unlock my mind to reach my full potential both personally and within my work place. By developing insight, self-understanding and wisdom, I found that it’s much easier to discover solutions for the problems that challenge myself.

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It’s for this reason in 2018, me and my family chose a huge life change. I understood by taking a numerologist approach, I had to create a different set of numbers that would change the course of my future destiny.

Numbers can actually guide you to greater self-knowledge by revealing hidden patterns and empowering you to make sustainable, positive choices for your life.

I am travelling around the globe because I understand what my DNA is made of and what my mind and soul need right now. I am seeking an adventurous life, because my spirit is demanding it. As the female voice for menswear since 2012,  travelling is now the key to my success.

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Real Fur Versus Faux Fur – It’s Your Choice http://www.menstylefashion.com/real-fur-biodegrades-naturally-environmentally-friendly/ http://www.menstylefashion.com/real-fur-biodegrades-naturally-environmentally-friendly/#respond Thu, 15 Feb 2018 04:30:01 +0000 http://www.menstylefashion.com/?p=55033 Lets be clear, in no way does this article condone the use of real animal fur in fashion items. This feature is simply to make you good folks aware of some of the current fashion trends and suggest ideas to enhance your wardrobe and make you feel good.

Now before you start writing letters of complaint to ‘The Times’ please note that for reference terms within this article the word ‘Fur’ applies to fake or faux fur thus leaving the professionals to gad about the countryside in the real thing.

Faux fur is back in a big way from simple embellishment to full length Harpo Marx replicas that are now completely gender neutral and should help you feel confident wearing it but sadly won’t help with your piano playing unless you are already suitably gifted or perhaps a trainee starlet in waiting.

Let’s remember ‘real’ fur as such originated and evolved from a huntsman method of keeping warm to a luxurious yet controversial symbol of luxury for those that could afford it post world war two. As the demand waxed and waned fashion houses sensibly discovered that faux fur could be fun for all concerned especially if you are bold enough a guy to want to give off the rap star vibe.

Being a Minx

As Milan catwalks showed this season and other fashion weeks joined in the trend the popularity of faux fur continues unabated with trends percolating down to high street fashion chains. Once Joe or Josephine public got a handle on the fact that no animals are harmed, the moral and ethical implications of wear ability have vanished and confidence in the style have come to the fore that making affordability not so much of an issue.

This seasons faux fur is best in full length, full fat glamour style, which although initially intimidating, can and has been investigated by the houses of Milan to a great deal of accord from the press and knowing public alike seeing more than a passing trend and encouraging gentlemen with confidence and not necessarily bulging designer wallets to take the plunge on the streets of the world’s leading cities.

Leading By Design

Houses such as Roberto Cavalli, Dolce & Gabbana and Dior Homme all exhibited full faux furs that are credible. Homage in many areas of design has been paid to the more historical aspects of fur wearing amongst men, with more than a passing nod to the current media frenzy caused by the ever popular ‘Game Of Thrones’; Dolce & Gabbana going all other world kingdoms on our asses with crowns, faux fur sweaters and full length furs over gothic style prints.

For the more traditional ‘Ice Station Zebra’ look, faux fur paneled khaki and jacket hoods had been reworked by Dior Homme to give a fresh approach to this ever popular classic, giving a more luxurious rather than utilitarian feel to the garments that dressed down other tailored items with starlet Astrid Anderssen leading the pack with a visually stunning yellow parka with blue grey fake fur hood. Whatever the take, the exciting world of faux fur can raise its head as a respected new kid of the fashion world. Long may it continue.

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How To Get The Perfect Engagement Ring For Less http://www.menstylefashion.com/get-perfect-engagement-ring-less/ http://www.menstylefashion.com/get-perfect-engagement-ring-less/#respond Wed, 14 Feb 2018 11:59:12 +0000 http://www.menstylefashion.com/?p=72059 Every man wants to sweep his bride-to-be off her feet with the perfect ring. But, if you’ve only got a limited budget to work with, then finding ‘the one’ can be quite intimidating. And, given that the average cost of a wedding is at an all-time high (Hitched), you might be better off saving that money for the big day, instead.

But, there’s no need to let money stresses overshadow your big proposal. Even if your partner has her heart set on a particular style or gemstone, there are still plenty of ways to get the ideal ring for less. Here, we’ve shared our top tips to help you find the best sparkler for your budget, without compromising on style or quality. Just read on to learn more.

Work Out Her Priorities

Before you start shopping, it’s important to figure out what your partner wants from their engagement ring: do they have any ideas in mind, and how set are they on getting the materials they want? For instance, does it need to be a diamond, or are they open to a different gemstone? Do they have their heart set on a platinum band, or are they less concerned with a pricey band than a big diamond?

It’s likely that your intended will have a few ideas in mind — she’ll have to wear it for the rest of her life, after all. So, you’ll want to have a conversation with your partner about her preferences (or you could ask her friends, if you want the proposal to be a surprise). This will help you to work out which elements of the ring you need to spend a bit more money on, and which aspects you can compromise on. For example, a diamond set in a more affordable band could skim a few hundred pounds off the overall cost of your ring, so it’s well worth investigating which elements you could substitute for less pricey materials.

Find Pre-owned Styles

It’s still possible to get top-quality diamonds and designer rings without the hefty price tags. Pre-owned jewellery is often much cheaper than brand new designs, despite often being in top condition, and they’re often undistinguishable from new styles to the untrained eye. If your fiancé has a taste for more expensive materials, then this is a great way to get the real deal for a fraction of the cost. With so many high-quality styles on offer, chances are that no one — including your bride-to-be — will ever know the difference.

When shopping for pre-owned jewellery, look for specialists who carefully inspect their stock to make sure everything is genuine and in good condition. This selection of pre-owned engagement rings from Est.1897 includes rings which come with certificates of authenticity from an independent inspector, so you can be sure of their quality and value.

Keep It In The Family

Family heirlooms are a brilliant way to propose on a budget, so it’s definitely worth asking around to see if any of your female relatives have old rings they’d be willing to pass down. Not only can this mean you don’t have to buy a new ring, but it’s also a great way to make your fiancé feel welcomed into the family. And, as vintage styles are highly sought-after at the moment, it’s a great choice if your bride prefers retro rings to modern pieces.

If you’re planning to save up and buy a ring after the wedding, then a family antique is also a good placeholder, so you’ll still have something special to propose to your partner with. Don’t worry if your heirloom doesn’t fit your bride’s ring size, as you can most rings can be resized easily and affordably at any good jewellers.

Consider Alternative Gemstones And Materials

Unless your partner has heart set on the traditional diamond set engagement rings, then a ring featuring a more unusual stone could be a more affordable alternative. Amethyst, morganite, emerald and sapphire all tend to be more affordable than diamonds, but they’re still hardwearing, highly desirable gems.  If your bride likes to stand out from the crowd, then a unique, colourful sparkler is likely to go down a treat: try choosing one in her favourite colour for a more personal touch.

The band the gems are set in can also have a dramatic effect on the overall price, so see what you could save by opting for a less popular precious metal. While gold tends to be the most popular choice for an engagement ring, rose gold is currently a budget-friendly (and highly fashionable) alternative. If your partner would prefer a white metal, then avoid pricey platinum, and instead opt for more affordable metals such as palladium, titanium, and sterling silver.

Final Thoughts

Finding the right ring can be stressful at the best of times, but there’s no need to let money worries take the sparkle out of your proposal. As long as you learn about your partner’s priorities, and investigate all of your options thoroughly, then you should have no problem finding a swoon-worthy engagement ring that won’t break the bank.

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3 Tech Trends To Expect in 2018 http://www.menstylefashion.com/3-tech-trends-expect-2018/ http://www.menstylefashion.com/3-tech-trends-expect-2018/#respond Tue, 13 Feb 2018 20:58:47 +0000 http://www.menstylefashion.com/?p=72051 Each and every year, tech savvy individuals and casual tech users alike eagerly await new developments. Of course, 2018 is no different and following events like CES many of us are looking forward to the numerous tech trends we can expect over the next twelve months. Will we have AI-powered robots by Christmas? Will Virtual Reality finally lose the high price and the wires? Will we get anything more reliable than 4G? Here are just a few tech trends that are expected in 2018.

An Artificial Intelligence Boom

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been around for several years now, and yet it has remained somewhat under-utilized. Well, that is unless you count the human-like AI robots and helpful devices created by companies like Amazon. Fortunately, in 2018 we’re expecting to finally see AI evolve due to more funding and increased incorporation. It’s thought that AI will be adopted by numerous new platforms, apps and devices to improve user experience – though the specifics are yet to come to light. Still, by the end of this year, we’re being told it’s very likely that AI will be a mainstream part of modern technology.

VR 2.0 Will Change Gaming Forever

For years now, Virtual Reality (VR) has been slowly building a reputation within the world of gaming. Google Cardboard improved smartphone-based VR experiences and PS VR ensured headsets would become a popular gaming accessory. Even the iGaming industry adopted VR tech, such as Mr Smith’s UK based online casino offering live dealer games that stream straight to VR mask-hooked mobile headsets to create authentic casino experiences. In 2018 though, the way VR is consumed will change entirely. Instead of requiring external devices, upcoming VR hardware will have the computing power built-in. The Oculus Go, Oculus Santa Cruz and the HTC Vive Focus are just some of the innovative headsets we can expect this year that are sure to help VR reach the overall goal of becoming mainstream.

Preparation For 5G

Now, unlike AI there’s no way that 5G will become mainstream by the end of 2018, unfortunately. However, we will likely see preparation for 5G networks and 5G devices this year, both of which might be out by the end of 2019 at the earliest. According to some tech forecasts, 5G could potentially be ten times more powerful than 4G and could even overshadow present home internet services. This will no doubt completely change the way we consume mobile data, and therefore the apps and streaming services available on our devices. Needless to say, developers, engineers and mobile providers are seriously going to have to buckle down in preparation.

In addition to these three tech trends, there are rumours of seamless conversation technology evolving, UI overhauls and huge amounts of data becoming available to everyday consumers. Needless to say, 2018 will be another massive year for technology and we couldn’t be more excited. We are also interested to know what you are looking most forward to this year. Are you a VR fanatic or do you just want better, more reliable mobile data? Let us know in the comments below.

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The Best Online Stores for Men http://www.menstylefashion.com/the-best-online-stores-for-men/ http://www.menstylefashion.com/the-best-online-stores-for-men/#respond Tue, 13 Feb 2018 20:33:50 +0000 http://www.menstylefashion.com/?p=72048 While some men love the thought of wiling away time browsing the high-street shops, a large portion of men will avoid this at all costs. With more and more online stores cropping up, no matter where we are in the world, we are spoilt for choice when it comes to our online shopping habits. There are online stores that specialise in just about anything from hats to customised hoodies.

With an abundance of online stores, we’ve narrowed it down to a select few to make sure you’re not toiling away hours online. Once you find your own personal favourites, you’ll have your shopping routine down to a T in no time.

The Obvious – ASOS

Although ASOS is the obvious choice, it is an excellent option for something quick and easy. With its superb refund policy, some people even purchase a few different sizes, and return those that aren’t the perfect fit. Opt for ASOS for the basics – jeans, shoes, jumpers, etc. – and for the statement pieces, take your business elsewhere.

The Punctual – Chrono24

Buying a luxury watch online can be a bit daunting: it is a large amount of money to handover online. However, this online watch store has a trusted checkout system, an SSL certificate, buyer protection and authenticity guarantee. Shoppers can get great deals on a specific make of watches – take this line of Seiko models for instance.

The Trendy – Hund Hund

Hund Hund has quickly made a name for itself in Europe. The Berlin-based label specialises in eco-fashion (for men and women) and dogs. It features a very classic style with beautifully tailored staple pieces. What makes Hund Hund stand out from the rest is its use of natural materials – a reaction to today’s fast fashion that we have become familiar with. Their trousers, knit jumpers and clean-cut shirts are all very well done.

The Designer – Farfetch

This online luxury shopping platform has really made itself known recently. Farfetch features hundreds of designers and boutiques all across the world and offers express worldwide delivery. The selection of boutiques and contemporary designers is carefully curated and claims to provide shoppers a variety of fashion that they would not find elsewhere.

The High-Fashion – Mr Porter

Mr Porter has been a serious player on the men’s online fashion scene for quite some time. It has an excellent selection of brands and a very well presented array of editorial content that will fill shoppers with inspiration.

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South Korean Food – 2018 Gangwondo Provincial Specialties http://www.menstylefashion.com/south-korean-food-2018-gangwondo-provincial-specialties/ http://www.menstylefashion.com/south-korean-food-2018-gangwondo-provincial-specialties/#respond Fri, 09 Feb 2018 03:02:49 +0000 http://www.menstylefashion.com/?p=59314 MenStyleFashion was invited by Korea Tourism Organisation (KTO London) to fly to Pyeongchang, South Korea. The purpose of this journey was to promote the ‘Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games’ and to get an insight into South Korean culture. This pre-visit to the Gangwondo Province which includes PyeongChang, Gangneung and Jeongseon was a trip I was looking forward to and this was my first visit to South Korea.

During the six days of this fabulous cultural trip, I was given many different dishes to eat, taste and experience. I am very familiar with Asian cuisines but it is the first time to South Korea so I was incredibly intrigued to see what food they had to offer. Korea leads the way in terms of a healthy diet with plenty of vegetables, both pickled and fermented, a major part of a diverse cuisine. The food is always, fresh, looks great and is a very different eating experience. South Korea is a country that knows how to grill a piece of meat. Coming from an Australian background I have to say I was very impressed when it came to Korean barbecue.

Local beer often drank in South Korea

Pork

Yummy pancakes with mixed vegetables inside

Hwanggi Baeksuk

I was served a whole chicken soup boiled with astragalus thought to be among the best medicinal herbs for vitality. The dish is supposed to enhance the body’s control over sweating and therefore considered an excellent food for maintaining stamina in summer. I would certainly opt for this during the Winter Olympics 2018.

Steamed whole chicken with local potatoes from Herbnara Farm Pyeongchang

Core Ingredients

South Korea has a very unique food culture with incredible health giving properties and you will notice some influences from both China and Japan. Therefore throughout my visit I could identify how the fusions were intertwined. For me this is why in South Korea the food options are very unique. The portions served are very small, always fresh and don’t have a very strong aroma when first served. Many dishes are always served in a hot stone bowl adding to the overall look and dining experience. They can be either hot dishes or cold.

The core ingredients generally consist of beef, chicken, pig, soy bean, soft tofu, mint, eggs, chili powder, fermented cabbage, pork slices and plenty of garlic. Also ox cheek, pork belly, grilled aubergine, rice, bean-shoots, mushrooms, potatoes, carrots and dough which is used for dumplings. One important factor I noticed whilst eating in South Korea was I never came away bloated. I always felt content and full. The cuisines are one of the healthiest food dishes I have had in Asia. For me the dishes are not complicated and I would encourage anyone to just be open and explore.

Gondeure Beoseot Bulgogi

The dish below is called gondeure beoseot bulgogi, marinated Korean beef with mushrooms and thistle leaves.

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Intercontinental Singapore Robertson Quay – Waterfront Hotel http://www.menstylefashion.com/intercontinental-singapore-robertson-quay-waterfront-hotel/ http://www.menstylefashion.com/intercontinental-singapore-robertson-quay-waterfront-hotel/#respond Tue, 06 Feb 2018 03:36:08 +0000 http://www.menstylefashion.com/?p=71787 It’s great to be back in Singapore after so many years, and one of my favourite locations in Singapore is the Singapore river. The Intercontinental Singapore Robertson Quay hotel is situated right on the waterfront in central Singapore. This water front Quay has so many restaurants and attractions to explore along the way. The walking area is fantastic and its a lovely location to capture how much Singapore has advanced over the years.

Intercontinental Singapore Robertson Quay opened in October 2017, and this newly refurbished hotel offers the latest in interior design. It’s unusual in shape as this hotel is long and narrow. Throughout the hotel there is a strong use of copper colour which gives it an earthy, rustic edge to the the interior but still modern. Historically when the traders were working on the Singapore river, copper coins were used.

My room was located on the 10th floor and the views over the city were brilliant, and it felt more like urban living than a hotel as it’s situated amongst the local residential complexes which I like. The hotel captures this urban style of living by adopting the comforts of home away from home.  Each of the 225 studios and suites featured a host of thoughtful amenities that combine modernity with elegance, whilst maintaining functional practicality.

Club Intercontinental

I had access to the Club Intercontinental lounge where I could check in as well. The decor and soft furnishing here was lovely and the colour trending here was bottle green with velvet touches. I found this lounge warm and welcoming. Again showcasing an earthy feel throughout this lounge.The Club Intercontinental is open 24 hours, I think this is fabulous especially for those experiencing jet-lag or having to work in different time zones. I enjoyed working at 5 am overlooking this fabulous city.

The Club Intercontinental offers breakfast from 6:30am, afternoon tea from 2-4pm and canapes & cocktails from 6 – 8pm. In between these times there are plenty of drinks and nibbles to indulge in. The food and service here overall is excellent and of high quality. The tea selection is plentiful and offers a new way of blending two tea bags into one tea pot.

 

Publico

On the ground floor is the restaurant area called Publico, it consists of a Deli and a restaurant. The Deli which looks very much like an American inspired diner is where breakfast is served and where during the day you come for coffee, cakes and a la carte dishes. The breakfast is a mix of buffet with some lovely a la carte options. The presentation and quality of the food was excellent. This Deli has some clever sliding walls and late afternoon a section becomes a dedicated cocktail bar, which is popular with the locals.

Publico Deli

There is also a vibrant Italian restaurant which is very popular with the local residence, so make sure you book in advance. I had to wait till 9PM before being able to be seated without reservation, luckily I have been in Spain too often to get used to late eating. The food here was fresh and delicious. The pasta is handmade in the restaurant and the pizzas out of the wood fired ovens are wonderful. There is so much to choose by it is a great place to chill, eat and take in a new way of experiencing Singapore eating right on the waterfront.

Classic Rooms

I stayed at two classic rooms which had lots of natural light coming in from the floor to the ceiling windows which overlooked the city. It was wonderful to observe how the locals lived and explore how much Singapore has changed regarding its lifestyle. The classic rooms were chic and spacious the furnishing was dominated with many dark brown leather features throughout the rooms, which gave a cosy feel to it. The leather accessories gave it a very expensive, classy touch.

The massive TV combined with bose sound bar and the endless Nespresso coffee and tea made it feel like my home. I loved staying in these rooms and just soaking up the atmosphere. The metal sliding mirror doors were used throughout the rooms and I loved this as I could close off parts of the room and not have access to the bathroom, a very clever idea as day turned into night. I could snug up on my huge cosy bed, with gorgeous bed linen. Throughout the hotel they used beautiful linen on the tables, restaurants as well as in the bathroom. It gives a classy look as well as enhancing the luxury lifestyle way of living. The endless amount of large pillows is why I slept so well and loved staying in bed.

Conclusion

The Intercontinental Singapore Robertson Quay offers the latest in hotel experiences and this is reflected in how the staff seemed very happy to work here. They were always ready to serve and go the extra mile to make my stay was a pleasant one. The staff passionate approach in taking the time to interact with the guests was warm and refreshing. Taking the time to get to know their guests and their personal needs is a credit to the hotel.

The food standard here was excellent, compromising nothing when it comes to serving the finest in beverages and food. The hotel has a very relaxed feel and during my stay even though there was a high occupancy, I felt I could always ask for anything and not felt rushed at all.

The design of the room is extremely modern and classy, I thoroughly enjoyed staying in my room. For those that want to exercise the is a long lap pool on the reception area level and a modern gym is on the ground floor level. The furnishing throughout the hotel, is modern, contemporary and very comfortable

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Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong – Pattern Play Interior Design http://www.menstylefashion.com/hotel-indigo-singapore-katong-pattern-play-interior-design/ http://www.menstylefashion.com/hotel-indigo-singapore-katong-pattern-play-interior-design/#respond Sat, 03 Feb 2018 08:02:48 +0000 http://www.menstylefashion.com/?p=71723 I have not visited Singapore for almost 10 years, so when in the region I decided to make my return. Singapore for me is the cleanest most organised Asian destinations and probably also in the world. From the moment I landed I noticed that this city state country is so pristine and full of luxury lifestyle gems. My first stay in Singapore was at the Hotel Indigo in the Katong area of Singapore, which is not a common area for most tourists visiting Singapore. The Katong area is characterised by low buildings and traditional Peranakan shop houses.

Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong is less then two years old and is housed on the site of the former Joo Chiat Police Station. This boutique hotel is interesting because it is a fusion of modern architecture whilst holding onto the conservation of the historical building. From the moment I stepped into this quirky hotel I was drawn into the unique design inspired by the Peranakan culture, the culture of Singapore’s settlers. The Perankan theme runs throughout the hotel in everything that you see, from the art murals to the Singaporean style tiles.

The entrance of Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong

Boasting many colourful tiled features the reception area is a lovely way to be welcomed as a guest. I liked how iced coffee was their welcome drink, not common at all. The seating area known as the Pavilion, is a nice introduction to modern architecture mixed with cultural pieces. Near the elevator there the beautiful decorated water storage pots.

The Peranakan theme is also reflected in all the 131 guestrooms, which are paying homage to the neighbourhood, something that all Indigo hotels around the world do. To appreciate this Hotel Indigo, I decided to walk around the local Katong area and clearly began to understand where their inspiration came from.

These are replicas of the water bottles that were used in the past. Beautiful to look at whilst waiting for the elevator.

Joo Chiat

There are plenty of cool restaurants, bars and hairdressers around here, trending the latest in food, drinks and hair styles. Do take the time to explore the Katong area along side the little alley ways, it’s truly a very edgy area. Make you taste the local dishes Singapore is famous for, chicken rice, chili crab and Laksa. The Katong neighborhood of Joo Chiat, was the first designated Heritage Town of Singapore. The area retains its colorful charm and its strong Peranakan cultural roots. Amidst modern high-rises, the two-storey shophouses that have lined the streets of Joo Chiat since the 1920s teem with life.

Restaurant – Breakfast

What a fabulous way to start the day in the cafe called Baba Chews. This cafe restaurant is located in the former Joo Chiat Police Station, a conservation building along East Coast Road. Cafe Baba Chews serves up a range of modern and traditional cuisines from the Straits of Malacca alongside a quality selection of beverages.

The interior of the cafe is again designed to reflect Katong neighbourhood’s colonial history and Peranakan heritage. It is a very welcoming and relaxing environment to eat and dine. The breakfast buffet options are healthy and cater for international clients. The a la carte menu offers a nice variety of dishes to choose by which is great. I liked how I could choose more than one option. On this occasion the roti bread with chicken was too good to knock back, I ordered two plates. The staff were very attentive and they made great coffee too. All in all it was a wonderful breakfast experience.

Double/ Twin Rooms

I was staying in an interconnecting room one with a double bed and on with a twin beds. The modern Peranakan interior design of these rooms were just so quirky and stylish. These rooms are a perfect example of patterns being successfully combined, it raises the design level to a harmonious symphony. The hotel has made it look so easy by mixing patterns with plenty of colour. Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong has used large patterns on large areas such as walls, medium scale patterns on furniture and smaller ones on accessories such as throw pillows, and bowls.

There are so many hidden practical gems within the rooms. The first being the sliding doors overlooking the the spacious spa inspired bathroom. I was overlooking another hotel. Caution to anyone staying here as I could look into the other hotel, they can clearly look into my bathroom. So if you are OK presenting yourself naked to the world then that’s up to you. I chose to put the blinds down and only the guests could see my red shoes.

The bathroom features were a fabulous experience. The use of tin bowels, cups and sinks was really great. I liked the dedicated bowl with spa amenities to be able to soak my feet in after a long day of exploring Singapore. The rain shower is fabulous and there were plenty of towels and products to cater for my luxury stay. The large chair was wonderful to be able to throw anything on it. The bathroom was very spacious and can be closed off with metal glass sliding doors so as day turns into night.

The beds were soft, cosy and perfect for a good night sleep. Another favourite part of the room was the toilet which was separate at the entrance of the room and closed off to the rest of the room. The dedicated glass cabinet with access to local luxury brand TWG tea and complimentary bottomless lollies was a real treat. What was very practical here was when I opened the glass cabinent, an automated light came on. So I could make a tea at 1 am without turning the main lights on. All the little and very colouful intricacies around the room inspired by Asia, was the perfect millennial way to start 2018 for me.

To me this is a brilliant room for some Instagram shots combining fashion, lifestyle and food all in one room.

Rooftop Pool Area

In Singapore with the heat you need a good swimming pool, with the Indigo Hotel this was located on the roof. This rooftop pool has a good length to do some laps and there are plenty of lounge chairs around the pool to chill out. There is also a gym for the fitness buffs. The views of the rooftop pool over the local neighbourhood are amazing, especially at sunrise and sunset.

Conclusion

Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong is trending the latest designs when it comes to being original. There are so many experiences here that that can only be found at this luxury boutique hotel. As every passing hour went by I just adored every part of this hotel. Hotel Indigo has been daring in regards to its interior design. By using colour, light, shape, texture and adding depth to the interior by using plenty of pattern. The result is an ambiance of serenity and an oasis of latest trends in hotel stays.

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This is Venice – Save the Budget Travel For Other Cities http://www.menstylefashion.com/venice-save-budget-travel-cities/ http://www.menstylefashion.com/venice-save-budget-travel-cities/#respond Fri, 02 Feb 2018 03:33:49 +0000 http://www.menstylefashion.com/?p=71879 Capital of Italy’s Veneto region, Venice occupies a cluster of islands connected by a maze of arched bridges, allowing its famous gondolas to glide silently underneath. Founded in the 5th century by refugees of barbarian invasion, the once-marshy lagoon proved an excellent sanctuary. To firm up their settlement, early Venetians pounded massive beams of timber meters into the soft earth, atop which wooden platforms were constructed that could bear the weight of permanent buildings. The resulting community was remarkably resistant to invasion, and over centuries, the city’s unusual foundation of wooden stakes petrified from submersion in salt water. Not only did the independent state prove very resilient, its dominance as a trading and military force in the Mediterranean brought its citizens enormous wealth.

Idyllic Opulence

That wealth resulted in some of the most opulent buildings ever created looking out on stunningly blue water. On account of this dream-like atmosphere, Venice was an early destination for the affluent to spend their leisure time. In the 18th century, Caffè Florian on the Piazza San Marco served exotic Asian teas and coffees alongside elegant cakes and fine wines from its Mediterranean neighbors. Meanwhile, the Hotel Danieli threw lavish parties for visiting nobility. Speaking of parties, there aren’t many that can top the Carnival of Venice, the annual winter festival that sees glitterati arriving by water limousine dressed in full 18th-century costume, complete with ornate masks and powdered wigs.

If you’ve ever been tempted to pull out all the stops on a holiday, the city honored with the title “La Serenissima” – the most serene – is certainly rife with opportunities to indulge. While avoiding crowds isn’t quite as easy at some of the more typical attractions, a VIP arrival via charter flight to Venice certainly sets a tone befitting of the city’s nickname. While there’s no denying its mass market appeal, the city is also full of hidden and not-so-hidden treasures that cater to a more refined aesthetic.

Elegant Accommodation

Five star hotels are aplenty and many offer carnival packages complete with period costume rental and tickets to the Il Ballo Del Doge, the world’s most exclusive masquerade ball. With the Grand Canal on its doorstep, the Palazzo Venart features everything one could dream of, including a private courtyard, stunning frescoes, elegant décor, and the aptly named Michelin star restaurant, Glam, which is a creation of celebrated chef Enrico Bartolini. In the heart of Venice’s most picturesque quarter, the Gritti Palace was restored in 2013 and offers spectacular views of Santa Maria del Giglio square from its luxury suites as well as the intimate Acqua di Parma spa.

Another recently restored (2014) Palazzo, the Aman Canal Grande represents the ultimate extravagance. Its signature rooms are distinguished by original creations from among the greatest Italian artists, including onetime occupant Tiepolo, the 18th-century painter after whom the property’s largest suite is named. Its 1,100 square feet includes a hand painted Chinese sitting room and a frescoed ceiling above the bed. Reserving the full hotel (24 rooms and suites) affords the opportunity to make exclusive use of the Canal Garden and the Piano Nobile, where the ballroom and most magnificent dining rooms are located. The hotel also offers three spa suites, a fitness studio, and rooftop terrace.

Indulgent Shopping

Few cities rank as high on the distinctiveness scale, and that’s certainly true of Venice’s fashion scene, which tends to be on the more ostentatious side of the Italian aesthetic (perfectly exemplified by local designer Emiliano Donaggio). Another of Venice’s must-visit boutiques includes Ca’ Macana, where brilliant mask makers faithfully reproduce designs from the past. Shopping on an even grander scale arrived in the newly opened T Fondaco dei Tedeschi by DFS, completely transforming the interior of a four-story 16th-century trading house into a profusion of 300 top brands and exceptional eateries.

Venice’s rich cultural history and remarkable architecture make it a ubiquitous choice for travelers with extensive palettes. It’s not a city you can really miss, but breathing in its beauty and charm through unparalleled accommodation and activities outside of the typical tourist’s agenda assures you an experience truly befitting this legendary setting.

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