Men Style Fashion We Show You How Fri, 18 May 2018 08:02:41 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 London Marriott Hotel Regents Park – Skyline Penthouse Suite Fri, 18 May 2018 04:07:32 +0000 London Marriott Hotel Regents Park is located in North West London next to the large Regent’s Park. When I walked into reception, I noticed that London Marriott Hotel Regents Park looked very stylish. This hotel was trending an industrial style which I have noticed  a lot of hotels are using in 2018. I instantly felt a warm welcome seeing how the old interior design got a new refreshing edge, I really fell in love with the furniture in this hotel. If the prolonged winter is playing havoc with your mood, like it did with me, the London Marriott Hotel Regents Park offers a very cosy feel throughout the hotel to immediately lift it.

Skyline Penthouse Suite

Situated on the top floor The Wellington Suite offers a fantastic space and endless views over London. Set on the corner of the hotel this suite is welcoming, comfortable and inviting. The lighting scheme is deliberately subtle, with decorative wall lights. What is very refreshing to experience was the attention to detail with regards to the different high quality comfortable furnishing. There is a mix of different textiles, leathers, metals and fabrics, which results in a very high end ambiance to the suite. Trending here are bold colours such as burnt orange combined with an Asian inspired bed head. The overall patterns and colours really brighten up this suite. The round table in the suite offers a unique working space very different from the standard working desks. The overall feel good factor of this suite was why I slept well and worked hard without feeling exhausted at all. For those that use this suite as a family, there is the option of using the dedicated quality sofa bed if needed.

With the amount of personal gadgets increasing it is great to see that this suite has lots of charging points, allowing me to work anywhere around the suite. The free flowing natural light and the endless amounts of tea and coffee made my stay so inviting, that I hardly left the suite at all.


All white tiles can make a bathroom look very clinical, so I like how the Marriott Hotel Regents Park injected some warmth and individuality using different types of tiles and colours. An instant way to add a luxurious touch to a bathroom is by using some marble. Marble is hard to beat in terms of looks and longevity. The mix of natural coloured tiles make this bathroom a nice area to soak up a hard days of work. With all the mod cons one needs, this spacious bathroom ticks all the right boxes.

Swimming Pool And Dedicated Gym

Located in the leafy suburbs of Swiss Cottage, outside the London congestion charge zone, The London Marriott Hotel Regent’s Park offers a tranquil leisure club with a large heated indoor swimming pool, cardio vascular gymnasium, sauna, steam room, plus a health and beauty salon. For long term guest or locals there is the option of using a qualified personal trainer on site, to develop a training program suited to your lifestyle needs.

Breakfast & M Club Lounge

The breakfast is very convenient with a help yourself buffet breakfast in a nice setting. It’s an efficient way to start the day and when on business. I had access to the M Club lounge, which is open 24 hours 7 days a week, with complimentary food. This complimentary food consists of continental breakfast, afternoon tea, hors d’oeuvres, desserts and Grab & Go snacks which are available all day. Also for an evening welcome there is plenty of wine and beer after 5:30 pm.

The interior design of the M Club lounge is lovely, there are plenty of charging stations and working spaces to get on with a hard and relaxing day of work. The furniture is very comfortable trending a mixture of leather, fabrics and metals.


Swiss Cottage underground station (on the Jubilee line) is just a three minute walk from the Marriott Hotel Regent’s Park. I took the bus into Oxford Street and it took only 25 minutes and was a lovely way to see another part of a very leafy London. As the name suggest there is also Regent’s Park to stroll and take in the flora and fauna of what United Kingdom has to offer, including the famous Zoo. There are plenty of lovely restaurants and local shops very close by. If you are seeking for a different stay more quiet stay in London yet very accessible, this hotel offers so much to complete a wonderful stay. I talked to many returning customers who spoke very highly of the hotel. Once again my suite had views that entertained me day and night.

For those that are driving, there is free parking in the secure underground car park and there is easy access through great road links. The leisure club is an ideal stop on the way to or from the office as well as a convenient club for local residents.


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Your Summer Guide to Denim Wed, 16 May 2018 01:22:19 +0000 You might think that because it’s nearly summer, you have to say goodbye to your collection of denim. After all, surely it’s too heavy for the summer sun. Well, you can change your mind and keep those denim clothes at the front of your wardrobe because denim is actually the perfect choice for your summer style.

When it comes to men’s denim clothing, it’s an incredibly versatile style that can see you through the whole year. But how do you pull off denim in the sunshine? Here are some key styles to help give you a summer guide to wearing denim.

Choosing The Right Jeans

Jeans are a staple item in everyone’s wardrobe, but when it comes to the summer months, you might want to try something different to your usual black or blue style. The increasing temperatures and sunshine might put you off wearing jeans altogether, but by choosing the right pair you can remain both comfortable and stylish.

Looking at alternative options to your standard pair of jeans could be the winning item in your wardrobe this summer. The likes of white jeans or sand-coloured jeans are the perfect accompaniment to an afternoon of sunshine; plus, the science behind light colours keeping you cool is a bonus!

You should also consider extra detail like rips or distressed patches that can double up as extra breathing room for your legs.

Invest In Denim Shorts

Denim shorts are one of the best alternatives to jeans if it really is too hot, or if you’re on holiday. Denim shorts offer a great balance of smart casual, making it easy for you to dress smart or keep it informal. Style with a short-sleeved shirt and loafers, or stick to trainers for a casual appearance.

Men’s ripped denim shorts are a must-have for your denim collection, offering a cool and effortless look that can take you from the beach to the bar very easily. Keep it classic with a traditional blue or opt for the summer-friendly shades again like white, sand or even a lighter blue colour.

Layer With A Denim Jacket

When it comes to the British summer, it’s safe to say that we’re not always promised blazing sunshine and rising temperatures all the time. For the days when it’s on the cooler side, layering is key. This summer, opt for a denim jacket to finish off any look perfectly whether it’s a formal occasion or a casual affair.

Ideal for throwing on over a t-shirt and jeans or even a shirt, denim jackets for men are a guaranteed way to look stylish while you’re out and about. Choose embellished designs with embroidered motifs or go for a retro look with bleached denim.

Whatever your personal style, denim is perfect for any occasion and will see you through summer with no problems!


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Jumeirah Carlton Tower Knightsbridge – London City View Suite Thu, 10 May 2018 04:51:25 +0000 Knightsbridge London, is a location that I love. Trending in the latest boutiques and restaurants, it is an area that caters for both leisure or business. The shopping area is the best London can offer, and as for street style there are so many latest trends happening here.  There is no better feeling than walking on cobbled streets in the affluent location called Belgravia. Just a stone throws away there are so many luxury shops I could explore, including the famous department store Harrods. There is so much culture in London so delving into the Knightsbridge area, I could explore museums, exhibitions and galleries.

Jumeirah Carlton Tower is so accessible to all of these individual boutiques and London attractions. This hotel is all about embracing its inner and outer surroundings. This hotel caters for everyone’s lifestyle, whether I was taking an early morning swim in The Peak Health Club and Spa, having afternoon tea with live classical music or sipping a cocktail. If I didn’t want to venture out, Jumeirah Carlton Tower has three restaurants, plus private dining, so plenty of options to stay in. Whilst I was here, there was a wedding happening in the Ballroom which accommodates up to 400 guests for dinner and can host up to 700 people for a reception. The atmosphere was electrifying.


I wandered from area to area and floor to floor. The endless abundance of objects and ornaments throughout this hotel makes it a very homely feel and a place that welcomes everyone. There are plenty of zones to entertain guests which I like. The dark cabinetry throughout this area gave it an effortless flow between each area, and it is a very cosy and welcoming environment.

London City View Suite

There are 158 guests rooms and 58 suites to choose by here at Jumeirah Carlton Tower. During my stay I was pampered with the London City View Suite. My suite was very spacious with stunning views across London. I appreciated the dedicated spaces that are allocated here. I liked how I was greeted firstly by a corridor, which I could place my shoes and coat. Then to be greeted by an open lounge space for entertaining business guests, this space was very welcoming. With a continuous view of London me and my guests thoroughly enjoyed soaking up the Jumeirah Carlton Tower ambiance. There were plenty of areas to make myself comfortable. With many storage options for me to create my own zen. The furniture was of high quality and very comfortable, and the dedicated large working desk was wonderful to catch up on business. Teaming this with a Nespresso machine, I felt like I was at home with all my comforts.

The interior design was a mix of beige furnishing with dark wood features through out the suites. The clear glass tables was a clever way to create an ambiance of space, and with plenty of lighting options is why this suite had a very cosy feel to it. There was an elegance of comfort with an abundance of storage around the suite. I liked how there was a dedicated wardrobe tucked away for me to get ready, separate to where I was sleeping. It allowed me to have a clean suite throughout my stay.

The separate bedroom had very large pillows and a huge bed with more stunning views of London. The views were so great that I chose to sleep with the curtains wide open. The bed linen was lovely and the mattress was not too hard or soft, I had a fantastic sleep.

The overall feel here was a very relaxing one. The suite has two TV’s one in the bedroom and one in the lounge area. I could close the door so I had my own space and team MSF were all happy.

A view to die for.


The bathroom was large with plenty of light and the endless amount of mirrors were very much appreciated too. The all white interior gave it a clinical make, so I liked how they injected some warmth and individuality with contrasting colours. The result being a very special place to chill. I liked how I could listen to music in the bathroom, whilst getting ready for a luxury day ahead here in London.


Breakfast had ample of fresh high standard food. There was a cultural mix of wonderful delights to get me ready for a long day. The staff were very friendly and accommodating for anything I required. It was a warm welcoming area that I thoroughly enjoyed. I am a big fan of freshly cooked English breakfast, and they don’t hold back regarding dishing out extra requests. It is a breakfast experience I would host business guests too. The fresh juices were very yummy and the muffins were amazing. I made sure I took the time for breakfast. The pastries were wonderful and tasty with plenty of coffee and tea options to pair with.

The Peak Health Club and Spa

For me this is the very heart and uniqueness that Jumeirah Carlton Tower prides itself on. The very welcoming views of London, whilst swimming in the 20 metre indoor pool is just wonderful.  Floating on my back looking up peering through the glass and looking at a very blue sky is a rare site here in London. The fully equipped gym, aerobics studio, sauna, steam room was why I spent plenty of time here soaking up what I would refer to as a fantastic health club experience. There are plenty locals that reside here for this club alone. It has a brilliant energy to it and I like how I could also soak up views of London whilst exercising. It is a very unusual gym that I could not get enough of.

Cadogan Gardens

London is famous for many beautiful parks. Jumeirah Carlton Tower Knightsbridge has exclusive access to the private Cadogans Gardens. The weather was amazing during my stay, so it was wonderful to soak up this garden and knowing that not everyone could have this luxury access. Take the time to explore here and if you have children it is very safe and fenced off for them to explore. Just ask at reception for the key.


In this area of London, one can trend the latest fashion, cars and lifestyle. If you want to show off, this is the hotel and place to do so. Don’t worry there are plenty of people doing it, so you don’t have to feel intimidated. The parking is fantastic here and its a perfect location to showcase your luxury gems and super car. The luxury shop areas are literally a stones throw away and therefore I could shop until I drop, return to the hotel to rest and explore more lifestyle trends. Jumeirah Carlton Tower Knightsbridge is a classical hotel that prides itself on serving their customers in the traditional way. The hotel has many areas where I could hide away and take in ambiance, thanks for a great stay.


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How To Properly Measure For A Suit Tue, 08 May 2018 10:48:07 +0000 Whether you’re replacing a worn out suit for work or attending an event that calls for you to wear a suit, it’s important that it fits you correctly as you want to look and feel the most stylish and sophisticated you can. Taking the time to measure yourself properly before purchasing a suit will save you time and money, as well as ensure you buy the appropriate size. With more than 25 years in the tailoring biz, Marc Darcy shares some tips on getting your measurements right.

Top tip: record measurements in both inches and centimetres so you’re prepared for both options when buying.

What’s a good fitting suit?

When you’re trying on a suit, you’re looking for a fit that looks good in your natural stance. This means standing up straight with your arms relaxed at your side – you should also pop on the the kind of shoes you’ll be wearing with your suit. When you’ve got it on, you should be looking for a good fit in the following areas:


Your jacket collar should rest against your shirt collar without any significant gaps. A loose fitting jacket is easy to spot as there will be a gap at the back of your neck. A tight collar is a little more tricky to spot but not impossible – when wearing the jacket, turn from side to side in front of a mirror and look for any bunching or folding at the back of the neck.


A suit that fits your shoulders well should lie flat with the seam starting at the top of your shoulder and trace the length of it. The sleeve should begin at the point where your arm meets your shoulder. Anything that hikes up your shoulder bone or dangles down your arm is considered a poor fit.


When you’re wearing a suit jacket or blazer while standing, you should have the jacket buttoned once. This means that while you’re trying on a blazer, you should make sure that you’re able to close the jacket over your body. When you’re buttoning your jacket, you should check to see if the two sides meet neatly with a smooth finish.

In terms of length, a good suit jacket or blazer should fall past the waist and drape over the top of your bottom’s curve, anything beyond this is a poor fit. The hands can be used as a guide, which is why it’s useful posing in a relaxed stance when trying on a suit. The hem of your jacket should stop around the middle of your hand – where the fingers meet the palm.


A good rule to follow when wearing a blazer with a shirt is to have half an inch of shirt visible at the wrist – although there is no need to be too obsessive with this rule. Ensuring the seam where the cuff joins the sleeve is not showing or the jacket sleeve isn’t completely hiding the shirt will be enough.


Well-fitting trousers should have a smooth drape over the shape of your bottom and lie loosely with your underwear without pulling tight around your bum or draping down your thighs. A bad fitting trouser can be identified by either wrinkles under your bum cheeks for a fit that’s too tight or a loose, or a U-shaped sag on the back of your thighs for a pair that are too big.


A trouser break is the small wrinkle that’s caused by your trouser cuff hitting the top of your shoe. This should only be one subtle wrinkle, so too many creases indicates trousers that are too long, while no wrinkles at all means you’ve got a pair that are a little on the short side.

Measuring your body

Checking your collar

If you’re buying a shirt to go with your new suit, you’ll need to measure your neck by placing the tape around the bottom of your neck – where your collar would normally be.

Measuring your chest size

To determine your chest size, you need to measure the widest part of your torso – this is just under your arms and across the chest. When you’re measuring, it’s important you don’t hold your breath as you could end up with a blazer that’s tighter than you intended. Also, it’s important to make sure the tape measure is snug and not tight around your body. 

Determining your height

You need to measure your height to determine whether you should get a suit that is short, medium or long. This, together with your chest measurement, will tell you which suit will be best for you. For example, men under 5’7” with a chest measurement between 36 and 46 inches should opt for a short suit, while men between 5’7” and 5’11” will need a regular suit. Men who are six feet or taller will need to buy a long suit. 

Measuring your sleeve length

Most suit jackets are fitted using your chest size and height, but it can be useful measuring your sleeve length if you have different proportions. To measure your sleeve length, run the tape from the shoulder to about two inches below the wrist. 

Working out your waist size and seat

When you’re working out your waist size, you should first lean to the side to find your natural crease. You should then measure around your waist at this point, making sure to keep the tape comfortably loose by keeping two fingers between your body and the measuring tape. This will allow a little bit of extra breathing room when you sit down in your suit pants.

Finding the widest part of your hips, place the measuring tape around, again ensuring it isn’t too tight or loose.

Finding your leg length

To find your leg length, you’ll need to measure your inseam and outseam. To get the most accurate measurement, you should wear a fitted pair of pants to get the most accurate measurement and stand with your legs about a foot apart. You’ll also need to recruit somebody to help you with this measurement.

When measuring your inseam, you should start from the crotch and run the tape to the bottom of the shoe – this will ensure your pants won’t be too long or short. For your outseam, run the tape from your belt-line to the side of your foot when wearing shoes.

Once you’ve purchased a suit, you may find that you need to make slight adjustments to get that perfect fit. A professional tailor will be able to help you make alterations to any suit.

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How to Stay Alive In Your Motorcycle Crash Sun, 06 May 2018 03:47:08 +0000 Riding a bike can be fun and a fascinating adventure but when safety factors are not used, this enjoyment, before you know it, turns into a horror. I’ve come across many bikers drive at higher speeds on roads which are already crammed with cars. Most of these bikers maneuver their bikes at such higher speeds that any car driver can’t see that a bike has passed them. This sort of driving simply ends in deadly crashes. In many crashes, bikers always have a tendency to ride in other lanes when the other vehicle has shown an indication, hampering the decision of other driver. You’re answerable for your actions, as a result; you’re responsible for following the rules and laws.

Speed Limit

Despite the fact that it is exciting and sets the excitement, speed is the main reason for many crashes. Read all newspaper; you’ll find the news of speeding drivers involved in deadly crashes. Do not try any tricks on your bike. You’re not enrolled in any festival antics, but you’re responsible for driving your bike under speed limit so, do avoid ruthless driving.

Most Compact Vehicle

However this compact vehicle has terrific racing qualities, but its big drawback is that it crashes in the sightless spot area of 18 wheel trucks, cars, and Recreational vehicles easily. For the reason that protection level is quite low as compared with cars which have safety belts and safety airbags, this makes the bikers more susceptible to crashes. Take safety measures in order to not ride alongside any car or truck.

Protective Equipment

With the oncoming of any health problems, we use prevention steps in the type of vaccinations. In the same way, while riding a bike, you need to wear protective equipment because it helps to protect from powerful impact suffered from crashes. That’s the reason safety helmets are of an important priority for riders. Motorcycle drivers have to use government approved safety helmets as these prevent accidental injuries to head. Also, use eye safety goggles so that you can steer clear of getting hit by rocks or pests. Using refractive wear is preferable to wearing black color because during the night it’s not possible for any car driver to see you. At the same time, it is safer to cover yourself appropriately. E.g., safety gloves are a must in the winter months and summer season as well as shoes or boots rather than sneakers or slippers. Boot footwear specifically for motorbike riding is suitable for the safety to your feet.

Climate Conditions

It is safer to drive in summer season only if you stay continuously hydrated. In the winter seasons, getting dressed adequately can certainly help you to steer clear of hypothermia. During rainy months, avoid driving motorcycles because the rain can easily affect your driving skill. Also, when driving do have an emergency kit with you that has a whistle, important numbers, and a travel emergency first aid kit. On crossing points, stop to check out if any car or truck is getting close from any side. If not, slowly and gradually drive but don’t drive at high speeds because it could be an invitation for catastrophe. If you are a hardcore biker, you can wear any biker silver jewelry in the daytime, but wearing it at night could detract the vision of any car or truck driver due to the lights reflections on silver.


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World War II History Tours Fri, 04 May 2018 04:12:26 +0000 People choose to travel for many different reasons. Some like a week long getaway in the sun, some prefer quick, in-and-out long weekends for a swift city discovery, and some travel to experience history and culture. If you’re in the latter category and have a penchant for past events and the way they’ve shaped the present, then this article might interest you. We’re taking a trip back in time, highlighting the best cities to visit if you’re a World War II buff and want to know where some of the most crucial battles and events of that period took place.


To understand World War II is to comprehend Nazi Germany, and to figure out that is to understand the Weimar Republic. This was the German state that existed after the first World War up until 1933, before Hitler became chancellor and a new regime was established. Weimar was where this republic was founded, but more than that, it’s actually a fabulous city to visit and not as gloomy as it may sound. Finding modern accommodation is now entirely possible and the city is still beautiful, awash with life, culture, art and a number of great places to eat and drink.


The focal point of Nazi Germany, Berlin is a historical and cultural hive. The sites on offer to visit are numerous: see the Reichstag which, in 1933, was set ablaze and as a result, essentially allowed Hitler absolute power; the Holocaust Memorial is an unsettling and important reminder of the persecution of Jews which occurred during the WWII period; and the Topography of Terror is a museum dedicated to atrocities performed by the Nazis. Berlin is also a great place to experience more recent history, such as the Berlin Wall, and features dozens of different museums and points of interest.


What was once called Stalingrad, Volgograd was the site of one of the bloodiest and most intense – if not the most intense – battles of World War II – the Battle of Stalingrad. The city has since changed its name as part of the process of destalinization, but many monuments still exist to commemorate the battle and the part it played in ending the Second World War.


Ortona is an Italian coastal town which was made famous by the Battle of Ortona, also known as “Little Stalingrad” because of the ferocity of fighting between German and Canadian troops. Although the battle only lasted eight days – in comparison to the five months of the Battle of Stalingrad – it employed many brutal and close-quarter tactics similar to the Russian conflict. Nowadays, the town is a popular seaside destination with multiple historical churches, cathedrals and museums, with the Museum of the Ortona Battle being one of the most popular.

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The Williamsburg Hotel Brookyln – Steely With Style Reviewed Thu, 03 May 2018 18:32:39 +0000 It’s the first time MenStyleFashion has visited New York and I wanted to target areas where regeneration architectural trends are forming for this friendly and vibrant edgy city. New York and the USA were the trend setters regarding converted lofts and recycling of unused factories or warehouses. In where companies and individuals, bought these derelict buildings and created an urban luxury apartments and or in many cases hotels. I am a huge fan of this rustic atmospheric and creative open space way of living.

I love converted warehouse for their huge ambience of space and high ceilings with bare brick as wall of art features.

Located in prime North Brooklyn, with Manhattan just over the bridge, The Williamsburg Hotel is a brand new reconstructed replica of a warehouse inspired building turned into a luxury hotels. From the outside it blends in very well with its rustic surroundings and current constructions happening. It’s clearly an area holding onto the past by creative people and this is reflected by the latest in graffiti art all around the area. The  non cliche shopping stores, bars and cafe is a New York that one is not used too and the area of Williamsburg is a must visit here.


The Williamsburg Hotel is eight stories and 150 rooms encased in brick, glass, and Corten steel. I was greeted by a wooden door and an oasis of steel, over sized windows, teamed with endless amounts of different designs of wooden flooring throughout the hotel. The exposure of bare brick through out the hotel is fabulous and it reminded me of the Brooklyn factories of the past. An industry cultivated by hard work and the development of what makes  The Williamsburg Hotel stands at the nexus of history and history in the making.

Raising The Bar

The instant wow factor here is the bar area. The endless parquet flooring and open space here is fabulous. This timeless project using salvaged inspired materials such as bare bricks reminded me of an historical cocktail bar or a rebirth of a whiskey brewer with a luxury edge. It’s not a movie themed bar, but it has that narrative string to pull on. Bringing an outside style of Brooklyn within the interior of this hotel is why anyone of any era will appreciate this bar. As I checked in there were people from all ages and nations dining, chatting and staying here.

For me it’s the quintessential multi-use hangout for millennials too!

A relaxed vibe pervades the communal lobby bar. Thanks to soaring windows, which allow sunlight to pour over guests sipping a cocktail. The cocktails here are fabulous thanks to the creative barman called Steve. One of my favourite cocktails here was a margarita infused with fresh jalapeno’s. In the lobby bar, nooks, create intimate moments without disturbing the kinetic energy of the room.

We strive not only to meet, but to exceed our guest expectation in a gracious manner. My favourite part of the hotel, is the bar. The key part of this hotel success, that he strives in teaming up with working with the local businesses within the area, commonly known as Trans local hospitality. This is reflected within all the furniture, food and male grooming accessories throughout the hotel – George Vice President

The Queen Terrace

This Queen terrace, has a minimal interior design and for me has an art deco vibe. These earthy rooms, which balance light hued wood and colourful textiles. The leather bed head along side the wool inspired stool for me was a modern home away from home. And with industrial elements like the raw steel terrace and anodized bronze, brass inspired taps within the bathrooms, is why once again I felt I was living the lifestyle as a local person here in New York. It felt like a home apposed to a hotel stay, which is what I love. The space subtly encourages you to explore, touch, and immerse yourself in your environment at a slower pace.

In other words, the room is a respite from a world built for speed.

The memory foam mattress was very comfortable with endless amounts of oversized pillows which allowed me to observe the city sky line overlooking Manhattan.


Creating sinuous forms with these wall tiles, with a slightly rougher finish alongside smooth glossy ones, was very calming to either soak in the bath or have an open huge space for a rain shower. What I loved about this tile art was the flooring contrast of intricate floor tile patterns that gave this hotel a niche edge, resulting in a fabulous texture. Along side this was the ornate, anodized bronze, brass taps that served two purposes a luxury relaxing bath experience, very pleasing to the eye and also the high water pressure that filled my large tub in no time at all.

By maximising the space the result was the presence of a piece of oasis apposed to the standard everyday hotel bathroom experience.

The huge fluffy towels included with the classic marble and brass by Waterworks, throughout the bathroom gave it a chic feel. Along side this were the plus pocket toiletries by Apotheke, which are handmade here in Brooklyn.


There’s something to be said exploring the redevelopment of decaying buildings. In this case the inspired hotel development was an ode to the industrial era of Brooklyn. By building the hotel from scratch, this London based designer clearly appreciated materials for what they are. The Williamsburg Hotel is an example of the rich, intricate patterns of these processes which can be paired beautifully with modern interior design such as furniture and design art, capturing a new modern era of old meeting new in innovative hotel luxury and lifestyle trends. If you are wanting to experience a different urban edgy New York then this is the hotel for you, it captures the heart and soul of Brooklyn, including its local beer.


  • Room reviewed: The Queen Terrace
  • Website:
  • Address: 96 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249, USA
  • Phone: +1 718-362-8100

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Hair Loss and Erectile Dysfunction Help is Just a Call Away Wed, 02 May 2018 06:43:12 +0000 It’s the best time since antiquity to be a man. Especially for a guy who is afflicted with hair loss, and finds extra follicles on the face cloth and fewer on his head. Don’t roll those eyes — that’s a lot of men.

The balding boys are not silver-haired geezers shown in advertisements either. Approximately 25% of guys with male pattern baldness start sprinkling hair before they can purchase booze at 21. Check out the latest Hims hair kit reviews for a peek at what millennials are rushing to buy.

So, how come things are on an upswing for this silently suffering society? Two reasons:

  • Changes to telemedicine laws, and
  • Patents are expiring

Both work together to make it easier — and less expensive — to raise hair, or at least retain what you have.


Thanks to some renewed rules, nearly 80% of states authorize businesses to offer telehealth technology, which doesn’t mandate in-person visits to the physician. The same laws allow for insurance reimbursement. This is big news seeing that, until recently, insurers resisted paying for the service for years. Insurers argued the laws aren’t clear as to what counted as a telehealth visit.

Many carriers saw a rising demand and changed their tune. Insurers also saw the benefits of allowing their rural customers to access services which may have been impossible to reach. Over the past twelve months, every state, except Massachusetts and Connecticut, has changed the law regarding the delivery of telehealthcare. In most states, a person can now get a prescription merely by answering a short survey online.

Expiring Patents

As drugs fall in price when moved from exclusion distributorship to a generic form, more people pick up the over-the-counter sort. That happened to Pfizer, and their patent on Viagra expires in 2020. Several years ago, Pfizer reached a deal with drugmaker Teva Pharmaceuticals, which permitted Teva to kick off a copycat form of the erectile dysfunction drug in December.


hims is also moving in the same direction, just as other drug corporations are selling generic versions. Starting with hair products clustered around prescription medicines is making it easier and the drugs cheaper to get. For example, request a $40 pack from hims and get finasteride in tablet form. Finasteride treats male pattern hair loss

Running 4.5 stars out of five, hims reviews are helping to push the company into the stratosphere as more familiar products are sold under the hims label.

hims customers will find in their kit minoxidil, which used to be marketed solely by Johnson and Johnson as Rogaine. Not surprising, the products come in an elegant and sustainable packaging system which is a priority for millennials.

Hair loss is the starting point for the startup. Incubated in San Francisco, hims just closed on $7 million in funding from Thrive Capital and similar businesses.

If hims can offer the products for less than the cost of a physician’s visit, the better. Expect the same from other startups looking for the same opportunity, and users may be flooded by companies pushing the male equivalent of a Goop or Glossier.

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Conti di San Bonifacio Wine Resort – A Tuscan affair Tue, 01 May 2018 15:52:37 +0000 It all starts where the road ends. At the top of a hill, with views as limited as the sea at the end of one’s horizon. This horizon though, overlooking the cypress trees, beholds until it drops into the blue Tuscan waters. Which explains why the climate here is in a zone of its own. One is surrounded by hills with a Mediterranean breeze. Perfect.

Conti di San Bonifacio is a small, privately owned Tuscan Vineyard and Wine Resort Hotel, nestled in the beautiful hills of the Maremma region in Italy. The estate was purchased by owners Count & Countess, Manfredo & Sarah di San Bonifacio, in 2002. A restoration project began to renovate the old farmhouse that stood on top of the commanding hills, into the beautiful villa that stands today. In 2003, Manfredo & Sarah set to work to plant 7 hectares of vines on the estate grounds in order to achieve their dream of producing Organic Super-Tuscan Wines.

Conti di San Bonifacio now produces three hand-crafted organic wines, from a mixture of varietals planted on the estate, including Sangiovese, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, with the first harvest in 2006.

As we are introduced to the estate by manager Rafael Luiz, this splendor of magnificence is all about a boutique experience. Originally Conti di San Bonifacio Wine Resort was acquired by the Count and the Countess with the intention of having a summer residence for their family. Tones of passion and dedication were brought in to transform and old farm storehouse into a gorgeous rustic still chick villa with only three rooms. Years went by and the Counts saw the potentiality of allowing other people to make use of the property while they were away and this is how their private villa turned into a luxury destination featuring 7 unique rooms today. They are divided into 5 categories while accommodating a total of 20 people. There are no two rooms alike and they all stand in harmony with the Tuscan feel of the place. Carefully designed and decorated by Countess Sarah, all units embrace the philosophy of their creators: ultimate comfort with upscale facilities and warm and relaxing atmosphere. Acres of chestnut beams, terracotta floors, white cow skins strewn across floors, linens and unforgettable details everywhere you look. The Wine Resort was not conceived just as a luxury accommodation but as destination itself. The variety of activities at disposal provide guests the possibility of enhancing their experience to an utmost level. Maremma has a very rich story which has led to providing a different way of doing tourism. Traveler can immerge into its tradition by participating in the ancient methods of bee keeping, cheese making, distillation, butchering or wine making or satisfy their ambitions and be assisted by our Concierge to arrange for a journey in a Ferrari, a flight in a hot air balloon, a day trip on a boat or an excursion to underground grottos.

The Restaurant at Conti di San Bonifacio Wine Resort offers Tuscan cooking at its finest. “We source all of our ingredients locally, and support the practices of sustainable farming and agriculture. The cuisine we offer within the resort combines a respect of the local ingredients and traditions with an innovative twist, with a continuous search for products at zero km. We grow our own herbs on the property, press our own olive oil from our olive groves, and make our own organic wine from our vineyard. Our cooking reflects the spirit of tradition in which the raw material is enhanced by a permanent respect of natural flavours, the research of old recipes in which we inspire our new creations and the willingness of always improving ourselves.”

The farm manager, Ilario Veronesi, works closely with the highly acclaimed, Tuscan oenologist, Luca D’attoma, to ensure the vines are in top condition and producing the best quality fruit. The wine making process at Conti di San Bonifacio follows a very hands-on approach, with emphasis on hand picking and selection of grapes as well as barrel fermentation to ensure the highest quality in the finished product. Each wine is aged both in barriques and in bottle before being released to the market.

As we glance at our Vineyard Suite for the last time, we realize it is a place we want to return to. And who knows what new we might find here on a next visit.


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SuperdrySounds – A Global Stage Tue, 01 May 2018 09:57:15 +0000 As we eagerly look towards warm and long hazy days, and whispers of how we want to spend these upcoming months start to drizzle into conversation, global digital brand Superdry announces its new music focus, SuperdrySounds. A 360°, fully integrated campaign packed with a wealth of immersive experiences and activations which will keep us all entertained throughout the summer.

A multi-layered drive to find emerging music talent from around the world, SuperdrySounds will see a range of activity creating noise worldwide. This will include curating music stages and giving the best up and coming acts an opportunity to perform on a global platform this summer.

The hero artists who have been selected to headline this programme include Aaron Unknown, the UK grime star who has worked with Stormzy, Au/Ra, the US Indie singer who is Vevo’s one-to watch for 2018, Santino Le Saint, a multi-talented singer song writer from London, Ami Carmine, a UK-based DJ, Lexie Liu, the up and coming US singer, rapper and dancer, Timmy Xu, the Chinese actor and singer, and Sam Blacky, international DJ.

These chosen lead artists will appear in Superdry’s SS18 season campaign, deliver intimate gigs across the globe, champion Superdry in their music videos and lead emerging artist stages at
festivals such as Field Day in the UK and Melt! In Germany. SuperdrySounds will also be activated through various other festival partnerships globally, and have a presence in countries including Australia, at Byron Bay’s Splendour in the Grass and in Spain, at Festival de les Arts.

Superdry’s search for emerging talent has been driven by a strong desire to find and support credible, and authentic musicians, especially those who have chosen to have driven their careers
through their digital channels. The SuperdrySounds programme will include engaging experiences and events in major cities to kickstart a whole succession of activity that will continue to evolve and develop as an extension of the brand’s very much cemented roots in the fashion industry.

Santino Le Saint

Aaron Unknown

Timmy Xu

Shop the artists looks here:

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Top Five Tips For Choosing Your Pilot Jacket Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:13:34 +0000 A pilot jacket represents what a tie is to a suit. This sleek jacket has the ability to tie your whole ensemble together. In addition to this, they automatically make you look more handsome. Maybe it has something to do with the military vibe that they give off, or maybe it is just their outlying potential. Whatever the situation is, you can truly enhance your look and style with the right pilot jacket. However, before you just run out and spend a whole weeks worth of pay on your new jacket, there are five things that you need to be aware of.

A Look At The Overall Fit Of The Jacket

When it comes to any main piece of outerwear, like the pilot jacket, the fit is really important, as it can completely make or break the entire outfit. The ideal fit of your jacket should provide you with enough space to have the ability to layer over a wide range of ensembles. However, the jacket should still fit you snug enough to get your warm. When shopping for a pilot jacket many individuals will shop for a bigger fit, so that they feel like they have room to grow into the jacket, but this is a mistake, because it gives you a sack look. You want the jacket to always look its best and complement your body style.

The Shoulders Of The Jacket

Whether you are shopping for a pilot jacket or any type of jacket one crucial aspect are the shoulders. If the jacket doesn’t naturally fit your shoulder, it is just going to be saggy and look completely oversized. You really want the jacket to give you a clean, smooth look over the shoulder area.

The Torso Fit

Since these jackets tend to be more durable with a padded look, they often times provide a bulkier look that what most individuals are used to. This is why it is important to make sure that you go for a fitted look, otherwise you are going to look overwhelmed and swamped by the jacket. When the jacket is zipped up, you want it to create a flattering V-shape, so that the padded edge fits closely around your chest area. The best way to check for this look is to try the jacket on, zip it up, and perform your inspection. If you have excess material hanging one or two inches underneath the arms, you are going to want to go for a smaller size.

Examining The Collar

One of the most popular looks about the pilot jacket is the kitted collar, which was originally designed to protect wearers from higher altitudes. Most collars will extend in an upward direction, giving them a cleaner look that encompasses the neck. However, you never want to go for a jacket that has a collar that extends too fat up on your neck, as this won’t provide you with the flattering look that you are aiming for.

Exploring The Sleeves

The sleeves of a pilot jacket also have a knitted finish like the collars, which provides a bulkier and tighter fit. When shopping for your jacket, you want to make sure that each sleeve ends right at or above the wrist bone. This will provide you with a clean distinction between the main parts of the sleeves and the cuff.

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European Premiere of the BYTON Concept Car – High-tech And Lounge Appeal Tue, 17 Apr 2018 12:46:01 +0000 As part of Milan Design Week BYTON will be showcasing the BYTON Concept for the first time in Europe in a creative experiential environment covering around 600 m2 (approx. 6,500 sq ft). From April 17 to 22 visitors to the heart of Milan will experience the sight of the premium electric car that will go into mass production from 2019. It is designed to impress in form and function both on the outside and on the inside.

“We’re living in a time of transformation. Mobility is changing considerably thanks to new connectivity and autonomous driving technology. Through this, we can enable our customers to make much better use of their time in a car”, explained BYTON CEO and co-founder Carsten Breitfeld. “This brings a new freedom to the car – something that can only be truly experienced if the vehicle and above all its cabin are designed with this in mind. This is what we are doing at BYTON to meet our customers’ needs in the best way possible”.

BYTON is anticipating the needs of the digital generation with a range of high-tech elements that are always stylish. Visitors to the BYTON exhibit in Milan can experience at multiple points just how this looks, feels, and can be used – something that will quite literally appeal to all the senses.

The vehicle that will be showcased in an art gallery also gives an idea of how the cabin of the production model can be personalized. BYTON will show the wealth of options available using exhibits with different color and material combinations. These configurations can also be simulated in the online visualizer or in the BYTON augmented reality app on the smartphone.

Intelligent Car Experience in an interactive exhibition area

In another interactive exhibition area, the BYTON team will be presenting its Intelligent Car Experience. This looks at how the driver and passengers interact with the vehicle and the outside world via a range of social networks, services, and entertainment offerings. Innovative interfaces such as using gesture control or facial recognition will be explained here in various exhibits as will the BYTON Life platform, which adapts intelligently to user behavior, learns from it, and in doing so provides personalized content and assistance functions. Four BYTON Life features on display in Milan features include my HEALTH, my COMMUNICATION, my ENTERTAINMENT and my ACTIVITIES. Built-in hardware synchronizes with user’s other devices, enabling BYTON to track the user’s health status, including weight, heart rate, blood pressure; and synchronize user’s data to give fitness advice.

Brand stores as new forms of experience spaces

At the same time, the BYTON brand store concept will be making its global début. These stores will start opening from the end of 2018 onwards as new brand experience spaces in major cities in China, the US, and Europe.

“Design Week turns the whole of Milan into an international stage and source of inspiration for an entire week. It’s all about spaces in which people feel comfortable, a communicative atmosphere, and a positive lifestyle – this fits perfectly with our ethos and values. BYTON isn’t just about transforming mobility; it’s also about redefining the time we spend together – even in the car. Ultimately, for us it’s always about offering an enjoyable time and real advantages in the process. And not just in the vehicle, but also at our brand stores which we will be opening in major cities around the world. These will not only offer information on our vehicles, but also a chance for our visitors to also experience a variety of theme-based environments where BYTON is at home – including digital connectivity and autonomous driving”, said Daniel Kirchert, President and Co-Founder at BYTON in conclusion.

The Salone del Mobile and accompanying Milan Design Week attract around 300,000 visitors each year. BYTON will be presenting the BYTON Concept for the first time in Europe in the Brera Design District at the gallery Casa d’Aste Blindarte, Via Palermo 11. Following a presentation for the media and guests on April 17, the BYTON exhibit will be open for all to see from April 18 to 22.

About BYTON Concept

The new SUV will be manufactured at BYTON’s plant in Nanjing, China. Its price will start at USD $45,000. The car will be available in China towards the end of 2019, and in the U.S. and Europe in 2020.

Key features include:

  • Shared lounge experience for in-car communication, entertainment and work, with content and connection driven by the BYTON Life cloud platform
  • A single 125 x 25 cm (49 x 9.8 inch) Shared Experience Display center console, along with three additional display screen
  • Unique human-vehicle interaction incorporating voice recognition, touch control, biometric identification and hand gesture control technology
  • Incorporation of Amazon Alexa for intelligent voice control, with additional Amazon collaboration on audio and video content
  • Maximum range of 520 km (323 miles) on a single charge

Interior design is the ultimate lounge experience

  • The new SUV leverages Electric Vehicle architecture to maximize space. A flat floor and absence of a center console convey openness to all cabin occupants. Individually adjustable seats provide sofa-like comfort and luxury akin to a premium lounge
  • BYTON is equipped with multiple screens including a Shared Experience Display replacing the central console in traditional cars. Driver Tablet and two display screens on the rear-seat entertainment system integrate other content and features as part of the lounge
  • The most eye-catching feature is the Shared Experience Display: Its 125 x 25 cm (49 x 9.8 in) screen automatically adjusts brightness according to changes in light, with a unique horizontal layout enabling content shown to be shared with other passengers in the car
  • Additional features include a wooden floor, leather seats and interior color matching. Front seats can rotate 12 degrees inwards, creating a shared space where occupants can interact with each other and the Shared Experience Display, even from the rear seats

Gracie Opulanza admiring Byton

Exterior design is all about digital horsepower

  • BYTON Concept is a mid-size premium smart electric SUV, measuring 4,850 mm (15.9 ft), with a wheelbase of 2,945mm (9.6 ft) and a wheel size of 22 inches. Its exterior design reflects the SUV’s robust style and distinctive proportions, with a loping roof line and green house tapering for optimized aerodynamics
  • BYTON Concept leverages Smart Surfaces beginning with the front grill. LED lights throughout the front highlight the luminescent logo in the middle, along with connecting lines and dots that can switch to different display modes to suit different driving scenarios as well as communicate with users and pedestrians. The rear of the car also adapts the Smart Surfaces design
  • Three facial recognition cameras are embedded in the B-pillar on both sides of the car. Side-view cameras replace traditional side mirrors. BYTON Concept also includes an invisible door handle and perfectly integrated antennas  

Unique human-vehicle interaction

  • As a next generation smart device, BYTON creates new and convenient human-vehicle interactions.
  • BYTON Intuitive Access: a different method of unlocking the car. Face recognition cameras recognize the driver or passenger to unlock the door. BYTON also recognizes driver and passenger information to auto-adjust seat angles, entertainment preferences and other information according to user preferences and usage
  • User profiles auto-enabled for every BYTON. No matter which BYTON the driver sits in, his or her profile can be downloaded from the cloud to the car, making the customer feel as if every BYTON is his/her own car
  • BYTON Air Touch for advanced gesture control. This feature allows for display control via easy hand gestures at any position within the car. For example, users can caption a location with a grabbing motion in the air, and then put it into the maps function in the middle of the display to start the navigation
  • The Driver Tablet allows the driver to control the Shared Experience Display, navigation, seat adjustment and other functions. The sides of the tablet integrate few physical buttons in the car such as the volume control or buttons for changing driving modes. In collaboration with Amazon, BYTON has also integrated Alexa Voice into its in-car voice control system

BYTON Life cloud platform: personalized, seamless, connected life

BYTON Concept is designed to make technology benefit life, providing enjoyable time for people on the move. BYTON Life is the core of that experience. It is an open digital cloud platform that connects applications, data and smart devices. When integrated with innovative human-vehicle interaction, it takes the intelligent experience inside vehicle to a whole new level.

  • Four BYTON Life features on display at the European premiere in Milan include my HEALTH, my COMMUNICATION, my ENTERTAINMENT and my ACTIVITIES. Built-in hardware synchronizes with user’s other devices, enabling BYTON to track the user’s health status, including weight, heart rate, blood pressure; and synchronize user’s data to give fitness advice
  • BYTON Concept supports video and telephone conference capability, enabling users to work productively while commuting or connect with family and friends
  • Seamless switch from the outside to inside the car. BYTON Life enables music, video and other content played on one’s smartphone to continue to play in the car displays, from the time when the user has just entered the vehicle
  • Advanced AI and machine learning capabilities analyze a user’s calendar, locations, hobbies and application data to provide customized advice on what to do next, making BYTON smarter with every interaction
  • BYTON’s interconnected hardware prepares for 5G communications. The hidden antenna on the roof allows data transfer rates up to 10 Gbit/second which is hundreds of times the normal average bandwidth
  • Data security built into all features and services. BYTON has established a dedicated independent Security Lab to ensure data security whether connected to the cloud or within the vehicle. BYTON Smart Gateway with machine learning ability is an additional core technology, enabling BYTON to track the security status of the vehicle in real time, detect potential failures and threats and take auto-countermeasures

Other information: battery charge, power options und future products

  • BYTON’s production car will have two range options for endurance: a rearwheel drive model with a 71 kwh battery pack and a driving range of 400 km, or a four-wheel drive model with a 95 kwh battery pack and driving range up to 520 km (323 miles)
  • In fast charge mode, 80% of the battery is recharged in just 30 minutes
  • BYTON to include two power options: 200kW (400NM torque) single motor rear-wheel drive model and 350kW (710NM torque) dual motors four-wheel model
  • BYTON has adopted an all-new platform specifically designed for electric vehicles. In addition to the first SUV model launched in 2019, BYTON will produce its sedan and multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) on the same platform

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Oakwood Studios Singapore – Millennial Luxury City Living Tue, 17 Apr 2018 12:11:34 +0000 Since 2015 I have been experiencing the world of luxury. In 2018 the world of luxury is undergoing a transformation in which the most astute consumers have disavowed mass luxury and turned their back on following the mainstream trends of travelling. Instead, they have turned to the concept of unique, bespoke travel experiences as an expression of their inner selves.

Today people are travelling for work as well as leisure, incorporating the lifestyle they wish to choose and live. I am finding people are wanting to take their personal belongings with them and feel home away from home. Oakwood Studios in Singapore creates an urban city space for those people seeking to experience Singapore on a long or short term basis. Its location is only a stone throw away from Orchard road, the hub for luxury brands around the globe. This is an affluent area of Singapore, what I call the Mayfair of luxury accommodation and lifestyle trends. Residents and guests here are ushered into a lifestyle haven amid tranquil environment of manicured greenery surroundings and modern smart home features.


The pursuit for perfection continues to hold true to the design ethos which has now ventured into more overseas projects in Asia. From the colour scheme, the lighting and the careful curation of the space, down to pictures frames, social media digital walls and the art including a stylish piano which is available to rent and take into your suite. The reception area including its overt messages is a refreshing change to what I call accessible luxury without the intimidation factor. The outdoor area with its sharp lines and a semi industrial feel comprises a colourful seating area with a minimalist sanctuary area with a compact seating zone. It is enough for me to liaise and interact with other guests if I choose. This new millennial approach to sharing space through out the studios is an increasing trend that I like. Sharing is caring after all. In this world where our family is where one resides, it’s a concept that will increasingly command a new way of luxury stays throughout Singapore and the rest of the globe. Oakwood Studios has done a great job here.

The staff were very welcoming and very accommodating with a young fresh approach to serving their guests.

Swimming Pool

This lap pool, gymnasium, lounging corners, an alfresco dining area, including a barbecue area are just some additions to make the notion of millennial’s modern living. A brilliant location right in the heart of a prestigious area of Singapore, makes this stay a promising and irresistible one.

The roof terrace had ample seating space which was decorated with a cosy ambience in mind, combined with an infinity pool overlooking this luxury part of Singapore. The earthly palette united the decor scheme of this spacious communal area, thus creating a cosy sanctuary for all guests.

Laundry and Complimentary Parking

In this Millennial lifestyle era sharing is caring and therefore being able to park your car let alone do your washing with others is a great way to meet new people. Conversations and networking has been a key element in my success both personally and within business. This has on many occasions forced me out of my comfort zone which has resulted in me reaping many fruitful rewards, even whilst doing my laundry here at Oakwood studios.

Studio Apartment

I had two studio apartments to explore where I felt at home away from home. This clever compact usage of space combined with different types of yarn and weave structures amongst the colouful rigs as well as the lounge gave the apartment a modern spacious feel.

The kitchen was small but with the state of the art technology where clever use of space was used, made the kitchen an efficient working space. Being able to hide the sink covered with dirty dishes is a lazy way to keep the flat pristine and clean.

I liked how I could peer through a looking glass full of essentials, that being wine glasses. I liked the design plates and cutlery, combine this with a balcony which allowed me to bring outdoor space into my apartment and I had some alfresco dining close by. The balcony also allowed me to see and experience how the locals live.

The king size bed was huge and very comfortable, combine this with the flat screen TV situated on the wall and it was no wonder I rarely left the apartment. I had to see I was coming to an end of my three months travel. The natural light thanks to the ceiling to floor sliding doors was wonderful too. The studio had sharp lines and a semi homely feel along side discreet mirror storage units running along the wall. I felt this space felt a lot bigger than it actually was. Round tables have softer lines and in this case it created a more intimate and friendly atmosphere. The furniture throughout the apartments had a quiet elegance that becomes a natural extension of the interior that I would create as my own den.

The Nespresso machine and rice cooker were an added bonus to accommodate my stay. In 2018, where less is more this is a perfect example of combining a luxury stay with a minimal amount of stuff.


Keen to ensure that Oakwoods Studios residence was sympathetic to it surroundings this modern way of living is why these studios run on high capacity. The pale grey exterior and the design gives it a nostalgic and contemporary feel to the place. Singapore is a pristine city and therefore, the usage of ground to floor ceilings windows, throughout the apartments is a brilliant way to bring a tropical oasis of paradise right into my studio. The area is actually very quiet and nestled in the lush greens of central Singapore. Combined with the access to Orchard road, famous for it’s luxury shopping just around the corner, this combination is perfect to Singapore’s flourishing lifestyle market.

Waking up with this modern skyline is a reminder that Singapore is now rated one of the most sought after cities in the world for nomads, millennials to both visit, reside and explore.


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Skiing In Aspen And Jackson Hole – The Prestige Runs Wed, 11 Apr 2018 12:43:11 +0000 Shortly after touching down at Denver airport, with its jagged architectural peaks emulating the nearby Rocky Mountains, we were off in our Jeep Grand Cherokee heading west towards that very range. For over 50 years, the Rockies have laid claim to having the best snow and facilities in America and we were out to find the top resorts in the region. It’s an easy 3 hour run along the American Interstate highway system, passing Vail and Beaver Creek resorts and going through incredibly beautiful copper-coloured canyons en route.


Our first stop was Aspen, long considered to be the Grande Dame of American skiing venues. Aspen actually consists of four mountains: Aspen/Ajax, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass. Together, they boast 5,285 acres of skiable territory with some 336 trails and 46 lifts, this is one of the most extensive operations in the US. Each location has a different emphasis: Aspen/Ajax, which has been operating since 1947, is more suited to experts; double black runs and incredible views are the highlights. Buttermilk is geared more towards beginners and families, with wide, rolling trails. Snowmass is the largest, with over 3,000 acres of skiable terrain aimed at intermediate/expert skiers and snowboarders. Finally, Highlands, the locals’ favourite, boasts Highland Bowl, “Colorado’s ultimate off-piste experience”, where a short hike to the summit will provide 800 vertical metre descents down pitches as steep as 45 degrees.

All four areas are connected by frequent shuttle busses and included in one lift pass. One can easily spend a week here and never do the same run twice. We opted to ski Snowmass and Highlands and were impressed with the quality of the pistes and the excellent planning behind the lift locations. Once one is on the mountain, there are few queues and there’s a chance to get a lot of runs in during the time on the slopes.

Most of the après ski and accommodation is in the town of Aspen, which boasts some superb hotels, restaurants and bars. The long-established Jerome, in the centre of town; the Little Nell – right at the base of the Aspen lift, and the St. Regis offer luxury lodgings. At Snowmass, the Viceroy is a good option. Aspen also offers a wide range of top brand clothing and accessory shops.

Jackson Hole

From Aspen, we headed north to Wyoming and the world-renowned Jackson Hole ski area at Teton Village. A totally different scene awaited us there, more dramatic and compact…and more laid-back than Aspen. Located at the southern end of the stunning Teton range, with the longest vertical rise of any US ski area, Jackson covers some 2500 acres. In addition to the 100 passenger aerial tram, which whisks skiers to the mountain top at 3,185 metres in 9 minutes, there are two high speed gondolas and 8 quad chairlifts. Teton is geared more towards the advanced intermediate and expert skier, with half of its 133 trails designated blue or black. At the top of the aerial tram is Rendezvous Bowl, with double black steepness and open trails. Off to the right are the quad lifts, well spaced to give access to the many challenging pistes. Last season, the mountain launched the Sweetwater gondola, which offers access to several intermediate blue trails, less challenging than the narrow and vertiginous alternatives.

Because it is further north, Teton tends to have even better snowfall and more deep powder than the Colorado resorts. There are excellent trails for snow-shoeing or cross-country skiing, giving access to striking views of the Teton range.

Located some 20 minutes outside of the “frontier town” of Jackson Hole, Teton is home to one of America’s two Aman resorts, the Amangani. There is also a superb Four Seasons Hotel directly opposite the chair lift and the Terra hotel just a short distance away. For Apres-ski, many head straight to the Mangy Moose, located near the base of the tram and well-known for its margaritas and local brews. In Jackson, there are a number of excellent restaurants, including The Blue Lion, Snake River Grill and Wild Sage, but don’t miss the chance to have dinner at the Amangani: superb menu at the same prices as the town restaurants.

If you’ve had enough skiing and want some variety, several companies offer safaris to the National Elk Refuge by horse-drawn sleigh or to Yellowstone National Park by snowmobiles. It’s a two-hour high-speed run along snow-covered roads (which are closed to normal traffic) with a stop for lunch and a chance to see the famous Old Faithful Geyser (without having to cope with the huge crowds in summer).

Both Aspen and Jackson Hole resorts are easily reachable by air, with regular flights from many US cities directly to Aspen and Jackson Hole.

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Mental Health – Signs To Look Out For! Mon, 09 Apr 2018 18:06:15 +0000 It occurred to me during my journey starting MenStyleFashion that men just like us women have their melt downs let alone insecurities.  Are men just as conscious of the way they look and feel about themselves. Do they go through periods during their life of doubt about who they are. Do men suffer from depression?  The simple answer to this is yes. For me when I am working with guys, the one aspect I adore is the transformation of how they feel about themselves. My role is to make men aware of, in relation to fashion, that their personal appearances counts in every day life.

According to Josh Klapow, PhD, a clinical psychologist with the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Public Health, men are more likely than women to report fatigue and other physical symptoms of depression as their chief complaints.


Sleep problems such as insomnia, waking up very early in the morning, or excessive sleeping—are common depression symptoms.  “[Some people] sleep 12 hours a day and still feel exhausted or toss and turn and wake up every two hours,” says Dr. Cook.  Like fatigue, sleep troubles are one of the main symptoms that depressed men may discuss with their doctor, experts say.

Stomachache or Backache

Health problems such as constipation or diarrhea, as well as headaches and back pain, are common in people who are depressed.  But men often don’t realize that chronic pain and digestive disorders go hand in hand with depression, according to focus groups conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health. Norman Sussman, MD, a professor of psychiatry at the NYU Langone Medical Center, says people who are depressed do genuinely feel bad physically.

Irritability And Concentration

Instead of seeming down, men who are depressed often show signs of irritability. “If they talk about an emotional component, it could be sadness with irritability,” says Dr. Cook. Psychomotor retardation can slow down a man’s ability to process information, thereby impairing concentration on work or other tasks.

“Depression fills one with negative thoughts, almost like an intrusion,” Klapow says. “You’re slowed down and constantly thinking about negative things in your world. As a result it makes it very difficult to focus on anything.”

Anger or Hostility

Some men manifest depression by being hostile, angry, or aggressive, says. Dr. Sussman. “A man who realizes something is wrong may need to compensate by demonstrating that he is still strong or capable,” he says.  Anger and hostility are different than irritability. “Anger tends to be a stronger emotion,” Klapow says. “Irritability is a crankiness.”

“Men might be more likely to report symptoms of depression as stress. It’s not that they have more stress; it’s that it’s more socially acceptable to report it,” Klapow says. According to Dr. Cook, stress and depression can also travel a two-way street. “It’s accurate to say that feeling stressed can be an indicator of having clinical depression but also be part of the cause,” he says.

Research has shown a strong link between anxiety disorders and depression.  Men may be no more likely than women to experience anxiety—in fact, anxiety disorders are about twice as prevalent in women—but it’s often easier for men to talk about feeling anxious rather than sad, Dr. Cook says.

Substance Abuse

Substance abuse frequently accompanies depression. Research has shown that alcoholics are almost twice as likely to suffer from major depression as people without a drinking problem.  “It can happen for both men and women, but using drugs or alcohol to mask uncomfortable feelings is a strategy many men will employ instead of seeking health care,” says Dr. Cook.

 Sexual Dysfunction

Depression is a common reason for loss of desire and erectile dysfunction (ED), and it’s one symptom that men are inclined not to report. “Performance problems can come from depression and make depression worse,” Dr. Cook says.  However, ED can be the result of other medical conditions or medications (including antidepressants), and ED by itself does not signal depression.

 “I can’t count the number of people who have said, ‘I had money in the bank but the phone got shut off because I couldn’t bring myself to [pay the bill] or decide what to do and when.’ It gets overwhelming,” Dr. Cook says.

Some people naturally have a hard time making decisions, so an inability to make choices is usually worrisome only if it’s a new behavior.

Suicidal Thoughts

Women are more likely to attempt suicide, but men are more than four times as likely to die if they do attempt suicide. One reason is that men tend to choose more lethal methods. “They more often use firearms and kill themselves the first time they try,” Dr. Cook says.

Older men are at highest risk for suicide, and doctors may miss depression symptoms in this group. In fact, more than 70% of older suicide victims saw their primary care physician within the month of their death.

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