Men Style Fashion We Show You How Fri, 19 Jul 2019 14:43:57 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 Paschoe House Devon – Rural House Retreat Thu, 18 Jul 2019 16:05:48 +0000 Paschoe House is a luxury boutique country hotel located in a very rural area of Devon. July is a rose-tinted month with ramblers and floribundas open in the sunshine and even the weeds in neglected gardens look good. The lengthy hours of daylight also make July the month of opportunity to explore the rural parts of Devon. At Pachoe House the views are lovely and it is all about sitting outside with a glass of wine into the evening. This is a place where finding your zen is possible.


Paschoe House was renovated around two years ago and it was then decided to turn it into a hotel. This is more like a cozy luxury home with nine rooms only. So when entering the decor is stunning. The reception area is very welcoming and nicely tucked away. Every part of this house tells a story. The dining areas are spaces where people can come and enjoy and feel relaxed. The purple velvet rattan furniture is certainly all the rage on the home front and a great example to take away for your next interior design inspiration.

Paschoe House is such a special place it kind of lifts the soul. The sun rises over there and, I have to say, it’s a picture. The house is just lit up. They certainly knew where to build these places.

This is a place where one can go for many walks or grab a book and read. Did you know?

Agatha Christie must be smiling down on Devon. Last year the London Book Fair revealed data showing that crime fiction has become the most popular fiction genre in the UK. Devon landscapes are often used in novels as well as film locations.

Passion For Pattern

Throughout Paschoe House when it comes to wallpaper inspiration, this is the place. From subtle contemporary to full-on decorative fabrics, classic blue, and silver butterfly-inspired the designs are art pieces on the wall themselves.

Sensational Suite

Each of the 9 en-suite rooms at Paschoe House have been individually designed by Tabitha Amador-Christie combining style and quality. In the room, there were delicious homemade biscuits and welcoming chocolates as well as a newspaper of my choice with compliments. The room had three separate rooms with an overall size the size of 40m2. 

This is a room tucked away in what felt like me sleeping in an attic with small windows. I had a double bed in one room which was on the small side but cosy and the headboard silhouettes were striking to look at.  The bed linen was lovely and the bed overall was comfortable. A nice working desk was tucked away in the corner, which was a nice way to get stuck into work. Peeking out the tiny windows, was a nice reminder of the endless rural views on offer.

There was a  flat-screen TV, a film menu, a Nespresso machine, and mood lighting, which gave it a lovely feel at night.

The 2nd room was a separated seating area, on this occasion it was used as a bed for the children to sleep in. They had their own little oasis to enjoy they enjoyed staying here.

Bathroom With A View

The Sensational suites have a separate bath and shower and the interior design is lovely. The blue floral wallpaper in the bathroom was so relaxing. I loved how the bath was facing the window. So whilst I was soaking the natural light would appear right on my face and the cool summer breeze was amazing. The bathroom was spacious and the towels were very large and fluffy. The amenities smelt lovely and the shampoo and conditioner were a product not used before, which I liked a lot. The separate rain shower was great too and the bathroom overall was of a very high standard.


The staff were lovely and very attentive. My favourite part of the house was the lounge area, where the views were lovely. The interior design here with butterfly wallpapers was beautiful. I loved the different seating areas and the piano on display. Paschoe House is a home where guests are welcomed and can feel like they are home away from home. Devon overall is a stunning place to explore and this oasis is the perfect getaway if you are super stressed. This place has a magical feel in where I could really relax and take in this glorious summer week here in Devon. The people are warm, welcoming and friendly. I would recommend booking the house out for celebrations, business events, and weddings.


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Top Ways To Enjoy Sports Thu, 18 Jul 2019 08:45:15 +0000 Sports offer a number of great benefits – from improved health and fitness to providing a hobby that allows you to socialize and meet new people. Here are some of the top different ways to enjoy sports.

Play Sports

The most obvious way to enjoy sports is by playing them. Many people play sports recreationally and join local teams to meet like-minded people and enjoy their passion for the game. One of the main benefits of playing sports is that it provides you with regular exercise which will improve your fitness levels and overall health. Many people only think about the physical benefits of exercise, but playing sports can also have a significant effect on your mental wellbeing. This is because exercise releases ‘feel good’ endorphins which effectively boost mood and reduce feelings of stress. Playing sports is therefore a great way to relax and unwind after a busy day in the office. Some of the most popular team sports according to Sport.ONE include football, soccer, ice hockey, and baseball. Remember that most sports welcome people of all levels and abilities, so you don’t need to be an expert in that particular sport to give it a go. Learning a new sport and watching your skills develop is a rewarding process that helps improve self-confidence in many people. Achieving a sporting goal will also help motivate you to achieve other goals you set in your life.

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Try Online Betting

Online sports betting has become increasingly popular over the years and for a good reason! Long gone are the days where you would have to go into a dingy betting shop to place a bet. Due to advancements in technology, you can now bet on hundreds of sports all around the world at any time that suits you. The best part is, you don’t even need to leave the house! Online betting sites like Unibet, make it quick and easy to place bets online from the comfort of your own home. The main reason that most people get involved in sports betting is for the entertainment value. Watching a live game is fun, but it gets even more interesting when a bit of money is involved. When you place a bet on a certain team, you will support that team throughout the game and be more engaged in what’s going on. This means you can enjoy more sports games even when your team isn’t playing. What’s more, the fun doesn’t just end after you have placed a bet and watched the game. Many people who are interested in sports betting spend hours researching different teams and deciding on the most strategic bets to place, which you can learn more about from Entrepreneur. This makes sports betting an enjoyable and affordable hobby for many people.

Watch Live Games

Watching live sports games is a fun and exciting pass time for many people. It allows you to enjoy your passion for sports, support your favorite team, and is often a great way to socialize and bond with your loved ones. Going to see a game is an amazing experience where you can immerse yourself in the electric atmosphere and truly appreciate the hard work of the players. Nothing beats seeing your favorite team play, but buying tickets to games all the time can get expensive. Fortunately, advancements in technology mean you can now stream and download many sports games and watch them live from anywhere. This makes sports much more accessible to everyone.

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Camp Jeep Italy – Offroad Fun With Cherokee & Wrangler Wed, 17 Jul 2019 10:47:09 +0000 I am living in Italy right now so what a great way to arrive by train to Venezia Mestre station for what would be a fun-packed two-day event called Camp Jeep. I was handed over the keys to a white Grand Cherokee Overland model with a pre-programmed route to San Martino di Castrozza in the heart of the Italian dolomites where Camp Jeep 2019 would be held.

I have never driven a Jeep and was very curious as I see loads here in Italy. What is so special about Jeep?

This is the largest annual event in the Jeep Owners’ Group calender. Held from 12-14 July this event will attract more than 1,200 Jeep enthusiasts and will feature over 700 vehicles.

What an absolutely brilliant experience to be part of some terrifying 4WD adventures here in Italy. The off-road experience was the best I have been on for a very long time.

Grand Cherokee Overland

Driving out of Mestre it was mainly country dual carriage roads with quite a bit of traffic. The sun was out and I had the dual sunroof open. The Grand Cherokee Overland was easy to operate via the 8.4-inch central touch screen and via the steering wheel controls that were located on the front as well as at the back of the wheel. The 3.0 liter 237 bhp V6 Diesel was powerful enough for a car of this size and the 6-speed automatic gearbox handled the power smoothly via swift gear changes and propels this car in 7.9 secs from 0-60 mph.

The interior trim was dark brown coloured leathers and it gave the Grand Cherokee a luxury feel. The Harman Kardon Sound system sounded fantastic and with so much bass produced within the doors, I managed to get the side mirrors vibrating.

The final miles to San Martino di Castrozza was where I could test this car on the windy mountain roads. The overland comes with paddles and allowed for a manual override of the gearbox. However large turns are needed to get this car around hairpins and my hands lost touch of the paddles and this affected the overall driving experience. Wouldn’t recommend paddling on windy roads. But in saying that these Italians are crazy drivers at their best.

The Grand Cherokee Overland is also made for some decent offroading and different steering requirements are needed for that activity. For me, the paddles are more of a gimmick that will not be used much for this type of vehicle. Overall I was impressed with the quality and the ride and I hope to get a more detailed and longer review soon.

Camp Jeep and Jeep Gladiator Unveil

After the hotel check-in a rustic trend interior design and a quick sleep, we were whisked off to the terrain where Camp Jeep would be held. Here various old Jeep models were on display and there were various chill-out areas with massive Jeep branded pillows where enthusiastic Jeep owners could chill and talk Jeep. Which I thought was brilliant to learn about the history of Jeep.

A Jeep branded ferries wheel will provide some fun for the little ones coming along.

At Camp Jamp the Jeep Gladiator was unveiled to the European press in a show of loud music, steam, lights and wood. This 4wd pickup truck marks Jeeps return to this segment after 27 years. The Jeep Gladiator which is based upon the successful Wrangler model will be scheduled for Q2 2020 for the European market.

Were we entertained, yes we were!

Wrangler Sahara

The next day it was time for some serious offroading. I could drive the same 40 kilometres of off-road track and obstacle courses that were laid out for the Camp Jeep participants a few days later. I was going to test Jeep as we all knew best, offroading.

I started the day with the Wrangler Sahara and there was a special mild off-road trail for the Sahara and the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk. Having never driven in a Wrangler I had to take off the roof and feel the open air.  It was time to rip off the doors, windows, and anything you could think of. Almost anything can be taken off depending on the model, including the doors.

Operating a few swivels and soon the roof was packed in the back of the Wrangler Sahara. What amazed me whilst driving that although the exterior was classic and very boxy, the interior was modern, with a great central touchscreen and a powerful good sounding stereo. Yes the Wrangler interior is up to date with the latest trends. As for the exterior, there are hundreds of customisable options available via the Mopar branded accessories.

I enjoyed driving with the open roof. Jeeps can be so much fun.

The track was not too challenging for the Wrangler Sahara, as there was no need to use the low gear option on the automatic gearbox.

Grand Cherokee Trialhawk – Obstacle Course.

I somehow missed the obstacle course laid out for the Wrangler Sahara and I returned with the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trialhawk. This 8-speed auto is the toughest and most off-road focused Grand Cherokee model out there. However on the obstacle course, there was only one challenge deemed Ok for this model, it was the wooden bridge with steep ramps. With low gearing on and the  Quadra-Lift air suspension with the greatest ground clearance, I was ready to tackle the bridge. Luckily the automatic system makes it reasonably easy to tackle the steep ascend of this bridge, I would seriously burn some clutch if it was a manual model. The most difficult thing here was to keep the speed low whilst tackling the obstacle. I wish a had the Wrangler it would allow me to do some other obstacles.

Jeep Gladiator in action at the Obstacle course

Jeep Gladiator in action at the Obstacle course

Wrangler Rubicon – Serious Offroad Fun

I managed to squeeze in the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, the king of the off-roading, for which there was a difficult off-road trail. I remember the start of the track and I thought how is this Wrangler ever going to go up there. The marshall just made sure that the Wrangler Rubicon was set in low gear ratio and off I went. The track was muddy and steep with 25 to 30% gradient and it felt like no effort at all for the Wrangler. This car can tackle some serious off-road conditions and I can see where the fun in owning a Jeep comes from. Unfortunately, I did not have the time to do the obstacle course in this car. Don’t worry I am in Italy and I keep you posted on my next adventure with this car.

Thanks to Jeep for a successful pre Camp Jeep event.

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Top 5 Technology Apps for Fashion Designers Wed, 17 Jul 2019 10:21:08 +0000 Description: You need the best application for designers to succeed in the fashion world as a creator of beautiful products. This post samples only the best app.

Fashion is not a happenstance. It is a product of human imagination and creativity. Whether you want to become an underwear million whose label is a global trend, a household name in jewelry enterprise or a showbiz big shot everyone would want to see on the vogue magazine, fashion is way deeper than most people think.

Anything fashionable isn’t only alluring but also reeks of a well thought out process. Usain Bolt’s patented way of celebrating wins during races, you would agree, is a fad. It means discussions about fashion should not always be about clothing, trendy home decorations, shoes or jewelry. Walking style, hairstyle, nail polishing, too, are glamorous.

In this post, we take a stride into the world of fashion and pick out the best tech apps for fashion designers. But first, here is something to jog your mind a little.

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Understanding fashion in the digital age

If you are a fashion enthusiast who never wants to miss a moment, then you are in the right place. Fashion is like the culture of a people. A trend starts in some corner of the world and reverberates around the world. Would you then say that fashion is contagious? Well, whichever way you look at it, the digital age has changed the world of fashion in immense ways.

You don’t have to wait for days to receive a copy of the Vogue, Marie Claire or Glamour. Everything trendy becomes an instant share, thanks to the digital age. From social media, blogs to the most anticipated fashion weeks televised live around the world, fashion is now more contagious than many may have anticipated.  Think about how many people clamor for men’s suits or those who order Amee Philip’s diamond necklaces. They run into millions of people who love to be noticed!

Thus far, you may want to ask a few questions, such as:

  • How is the digital age changing the fashion world?
  • Does technology play significance in apparel design?

The truth is that most fashion trendsetters today attribute their success to technology. In part, mobile and computer applications/programs/software that make it possible to re-imagine, conceptualize and design products are the game-changers. Whether you are an aspiring designer or you are preparing to exhibit your latest creations at upcoming fashion weeks, the best tech apps for fashion designers will mark an important milestone in your quest for stardom.

But, before we narrow down to our best App picks, it is important to bear in mind the following:

  • Like a student learning how to craft a resume, it takes practice, consistency and resilience to hone your craft and fashion sense before hitting the ground running.
  • It wouldn’t be easy competing against the best fashion designers in the world. But with creativity and having a role model from which to learn, you can be at par with the likes of Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs, Valentino Garavani, Giorgio Armani and others.
  • Fashion trends should be your best bet on learning what is happening in the world of clothing, décor and jewelry. Thus, getting hooked to the latest news such as those which touch on fashion weeks, 2019 fall trending colors and design will turn your craft into something unique and with which everyone falls in love.
  • There are thousands of technology applications on app stores targeting designers like you, but only the best will move you from a novice to an expert. Find out what we have for you in the next section.

Top picks: Apps every fashion designer needs

In the interest of time, and to help you get started with your first or latest design, we did the dirty work and picked the best applications for you. Take a look.

1.    Pro.pose

Are looking for something that can help you turn ideas into sketches? Well, Pro.pose is an iPad application that will not disappoint.  With it, you don’t just create sketches about your ideas; rather, doing so inspires you into wild imagination.

Pro.pose features handy sketching tools such as marker, pen and charcoal. The good thing about using this app is that it doesn’t end with doing it yourself. You get to share your sketch board with others and make improvements based on advice they give. Pro.pose is a top app for budding designers looking to make a strong fashion statement in the real world.

2.    Fashion Design FlatSketch

You will agree that the women’s fashion world is wild and booming. But that’s not the point. If you are looking for an app that will turn your design skills into professionalism, then Fashion Design FlatSketch, by all measures, cuts ways above average. It is a simple application yet features powerful design tools.

With fashion Design FlatSketch, you can choose from more than 1000 graphic elements, sketch details of your idea and add gist to props such as belts, zippers and buttons. It is available for both iOS and Android users, and the good news as soon as you finish designing a cloth, it is exportable.


After completing a course in apparel and clothing design, you will need an app like MyPANTONE. It features intuitive tools such as eye drops to help you match colors with perfect pantones. For those who use it, MyPANTONE is a simple app yet provides you with much-needed shortcuts to being at par with top designers like Tom Ford.

4.    Rule 2

In most recommendations for top tech apps every fashion designer needs, Ruler 2 always features prominently. And if you ask why, the answer is simple. It lets you take exact measurements of your craft which you can then transfer to a calculator, save for later use or email so that everything is accessible in your cloud storage. Because Ruler 2 is very accurate and lets you take measurements larger than your screen, not to mention its metrics conversion functionality, it is all you need to ignite your fashion sense.

5.    CLO-3D

3-D graphics make designs look real, and for someone who would want to create products for fashion lovers, CLO-3D is the best bet. It helps you visualize and sketch patterns in a 3-D environment. Before exporting your design, fine-tune it real-time by choosing the best fabrics and measurements. Moreover, while you can use CLO to design a cloth from scratch, it also features an avatar that picks up readily available dresses and patterns of any shape and measurement.

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9 Fashion Trends For Men To Follow In 2019 Wed, 17 Jul 2019 10:06:00 +0000 Fashion is never static, be it for men or for women. If you are someone who likes to experiment with their looks and appearances, you are definitely going to like to keep yourself updated with the latest trends. Men’s fashion is often misunderstood. If you know things around, chances are that there are a number of things that you can achieve without a speck of doubt.

In here, we are going to be sharing some of the best fashion trends for men aligning with Gemsman that you definitely can’t do without in 2019, scroll through.

Light wash denim

This definitely does chart the list at 1 because of the kind of popularity, it is bringing along with it. It goes without saying that denim is one of the most popular trends of all times, but while women have been more inclined towards the dark-colored denim, the light and faded ones are coming to the forefront now. Owing to the fact that men are nowadays more inclined towards light colored shirts and t-shirts, it isn’t a surprise that the light wash denim are coming to the forefront with each passing day.

Vintage watches

This is a fashion trend for the rich or for the people who can afford vintage watches. They are not just an exclusive piece of accessory to the look, they have also been found to have amazing impacts on the overall personality of the individual wearing the same. These kinds of watches are chic and very amazing when paired with the correct attire. They can just take the overall look from a bare minimum to the next level within a matter of seconds.

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Sling bags

While these are still to this day very popular among women, sling bags are making an appearance in the hit list for the men’s fashion trends too. Apart from how convenient, they are to carry around, they have also been found to have a very distinct look to it which is definitely an added bonus. If you have been looking around for some addition to your existing look, adding in a faux leather sling can bring everything together. They are believed to not just be fashionable, but very practical too, which is definitely an added bonus.

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Mismatched Prints

Funky is a new trend in the fashion world and mismatched prints have escalated the overall look by several steps. These are not just an out of the box style, they have also been found to have amazing impacts on how they pair up the entire look. This is that one trend that not many are able to catch onto which is why it is important to ensure that you ease the men in your life into it. You can easily go wrong with this trend if you don’t do it the right way which is why it is best suggested to ensure that you take some time to understand the trend first.


Cropped Trousers

Yet another one the most happening men’s fashion trends have to be the cropped trousers. They are not just chic but add a very classy yet hipster vibe to the look that you just can’t miss out on. The ankles with the cropped trouser do look amazing which is yet another fashion happening that are shaking things up a bit. Not just that, pairing it up with the shoes with no socks further adds to the look even more so. Don’t go overboard with this look and try to keep it neutral and casual for that added touch.

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This is one fabric that has taken the world up by a storm and all for the right reasons. The most common trend that everyone is now following is stitching corduroy into denim and the fabrics as patches to bring out the overall look like no other. This year, the searchers for corduroy has shot up by 507% which itself should be more than enough to explain the raging trend behind the same. If you want to get your hands on the best kind, visit the thrift stores around you to get the best pieces.

Plaid Pants

While plaid shirts are an immortal kind of thing, the one type of clothing that has started creating a rage in the market as of now definitely has to be the plaid pants. These are available in different prints and colors and when paired with the plain shirts and similar coats, the same does take the lookup by a notch. The best part with the plaid pants is the fact that they tend to have a very versatile approach to them. You can dress them up or dress them down according to the kind of look and the event you are attending.

Relaxed Leg Trousers

If you follow fashion and if you keep up with the popstars, you would know how Harry Styles has been sporting those “grandpa” vibes with his relaxed leg trousers these past few months. These are the trousers which are a hit or miss. While some do dig the look, for some, it is a hard pass. It is important that you keep it very dressed down with some plain solid colored t-shirts that complement the overall look even more so. You can style it up in a number of ways as well.


Skate Wear

Last but not least definitely has to be the skatewear which has been popular a decade or so back but is coming back again. This is the type of fashion that one can mold according to their likes and dislikes. It does offer you complete free reign on the way you want to style it. It could include a loosely fitted shirt and a shirt underneath with some loose pants or even some khaki pants with a full sleeve shirt to complement the look.

Men’s fashion is continually changing. It is more than just shirts and pants. If you want to change up your style this year, you definitely do have the best ones mentioned here.

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Drop Not Shop – How Streetwear Became Luxury High Fashion Wed, 17 Jul 2019 09:57:24 +0000 Once a subculture movement, streetwear has elevated itself over the years, becoming a multifaceted phenomenon influencing modern fashion.

Today, streetwear is a progressive norm. Its immense popularity has lots of people from fashion designers to high fashion houses taking to the streets and tapping into its image-centric appeal.

Designer menswear from streetwear brands such as Heron Preston and Off-White as well as venerable houses like Louis Vuitton and Burberry has infused streetwear sensibility with a vision of exclusivity. What’s more, these storied fashion houses have turned to streetwear designers, creating symbiotic relationships that define fashion culture.

Virgil Abloh (of Off-White fame) became a champion of this new era of designers. His disruptive architectural style and high-art-meets-streetwear aesthetic gave classic logos a postmodern spin. Soon, his Off-White collections became coveted pieces — favorites among the celebrity set.

This endorsement transformed Virgil Abloh, turning his name and his brand into a global phenomenon. This ascent eventually lead to Abloh’s appointment as Louis Vuitton’s men’s artistic director.

But how did streetwear evolve from its initial niche audience to become culturally dominant?

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The Rise of Streetwear


By no means is streetwear a new phenomenon. Before rising through the ranks exponentially, streetwear personified skate and hip-hop culture. This subculture was defined by a logo-heavy aesthetic.

But streetwear is more than just a logo-dominant style. It defined youth culture. At its core, streetwear is about freedom of expression. Its inclusive nature democratizes fashion, encouraging self-expression and giving rise to an anti-establishment status.

Over the years, the streetwear movement has experienced numerous waves.

The first movement of this subgenre can be traced back to Steve Stussy, co-founder of clothing brand Stüssy and LA’s skateboarding and surf culture. Soon after, streetwear was adopted by hip-hop, giving rise to athleisure wear, defined predominantly by certain aesthetics such as sported tracksuits and high tops.

After its popularization in the ‘80s and ‘90s, streetwear became more prominent in mainstream culture, although it still maintained a presence in the fringes of high fashion.

It would take a timely collaboration between luxury giant Louis Vuitton and streetwear legend Supreme to forever change the landscape of streetwear.


The Post-Streetwear Movement

While Supreme is no stranger to collaborations, having worked with fashion brands such as Timberland, Lacoste, and Levi’s in the past, it would take a 2017 collaboration with Louis Vuitton to blur the division between streetwear and high fashion.

The partnership, unveiled during 2017’s Paris Fashion Week, broke down fashion’s long linear hierarchy.

In the past, trends would trickle down from luxury fashion houses to consumers. Streetwear’s grip on consumers resulted in the casualization of fashion. Now, trends trickle from the streets, representing a generational shift in how high fashion is perceived.

These days, every major brand participates in this trend. All major brand temples now produce limited product releases, generating seismic demand that is devoured by the masses.

But this current era of streetwear is not just about subverting fashion boundaries or deconstructing how mainstream society defines luxury. Streetwear in the post-streetwear movement is a new language. Streetwear is an inspiration. Cult brands like Stone Island, Supreme, Off-White, and BAPE (just to name a few) have become drivers of culture.


The Future of Streetwear

While the marriage of streetwear and luxury fashion may appear to be an unlikely love affair, if Virgil Abloh’s appointment to Louis Vuitton is any indication, streetwear is a new luxury.

The rise of influential social media culture (namely, Instagram) and a healthy resale market continues to drive demand. Recent collaborations such as Louis Vuitton x Supreme and Palace x Polo Ralph Lauren are molding a new story for high fashion and streetwear alike.

Without a doubt, streetwear will continue to be an expression of lifestyle, while luxury fashion (which brings to mind respected names like Gucci and Saint Laurent) will maintain its vision of exclusivity. But the collaborative collision of these two distinct fashion worlds will serve up the aspirational dream that streetwear is a lasting socio-cultural icon in the fashion world.

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A Man’s Guide to Becoming a Fashion Designer Wed, 17 Jul 2019 05:46:55 +0000 I know a lot of men think that being a fashion designer is something that is more in the realm of feminine mystique. Understandably, a lot of very creative men deny themselves the opportunity to exploit this side of their masculinity. Establishing a successful fashion design start-up is not just for the feminine, it is for the masculine side of society as well. Are you still skeptical? Well then hear me out.

I know this because I have been in the fabric branding business for more than 11 years and I’ve had the opportunity to interact with many hundreds of fashion designers from all walks of life. And no, you don’t have to be a diva to succeed in this industry you need to have very strong business acumen. Let me explain why.

Understand that becoming a successful fashion designer is not what it used to be. This is a much more competitive world, and the fashion industry, and in general has become much more cutthroat in recent years. Baby, it is all about marketing. Sure, talent is awesome, but so is the conundrum of many artists. If you can’t get out there and hustle to the public, your brilliant creations are going nowhere, period.

So, how to become a fashion designer?

It might help to enroll in some sort of program, but in my opinion, this may lead to a boatload of student debt and years of wasted time. This is especially true in academia. Unless you are guaranteed top-flight contacts in the industry, don’t bother. Instead, take a few online technical courses instead for the technical basics, or better yet, mentor with your local tailor.
However,  I am assuming at this point that you already have your designs in mind and that you’ve already developed some sort of minimal technical acumen in the field of designing clothes and accessories. Often times, you’re born with this passion.

Understand that you’re going to have to make some hefty investments, as this is not exactly a super-cheap enterprise to get into. However, there are methods of being prudent that you can employ.

If you plan on making just very limited scale production with a high price at the end, then it’s best to either sew the pieces yourself or to outsource it to local tailors. It is imperative that you shop around, as prices can vary wildly. However, if your idea requires scaling, first try to find sewing houses domestically. The closer you can keep it the home, the better. However, it might be worthwhile to outsource it from a low-cost country if you plan on doing manufacturing in volume. You have got to be careful doing this, as the potential to get screwed and lose a ton of money is great.

I cannot stress the importance of controlling costs at the production end. There are a lot of extremely talented people with promising enterprises that go under because of cost overruns. Be very careful of overhead, but be sure as hell not to skimp on quality, especially if you plan on selling the final product at a premium price.

So let’s get back to my original point. Marketing and sales. You have got to have a solid strategy from the get-go. Let me explain a few things that can be done. Needless to say, You must develop a solid online presence. The more that you learn about digital marketing and search engine optimization, the better. If you are needing help in this arena, you best be giving me a call as soon as possible. Your best bet is to first establish a solid Facebook and Instagram presence, as these venues are very visual. For instance, with Facebook you can establish a compelling business page, which can be put together in a few hours. You can then share this will all of your friends, and if you can afford it, pay for extra exposure. I want you to be extra careful here; this and Google Adwords can get VERY expensive and will drain your marketing budget really fast. You have got to establish other ways to hustle traffic that are cheaper, at least in the beginning.

You can set up some very attractive websites using WordPress, making sure to add here to all the proper rules of copy-writing and user experience layout, including value propositions and calls to action. You’ve got to get good models or props for your clothing or accessories. You have to pay special attention to lighting and presentation of your photography. Again, this is more technique than an expense.

Additionally, you must then do search engine optimization in order to get free search engine traffic, mainly from Google. I might go into further depth in another article with this, but needless to say, this will probably be one of the biggest avenues of creating low-cost traffic to your website.


How To Make Money?

This brings us to another issue, do you plan to sell business-to-business or straight to the consumer? If you can work with thinner margins, then you can really get exposure and a lot of business getting in good with purchase managers of large department stores. Of course, there are many pitfalls here. Number one, the current bankruptcy atmosphere is very high in retail right now. You have to understand that a lot of these places do not do payment on demand, and you may have to wait anywhere from 60 to 120 days to get paid for your invoice. So that means that you have to float your expenses for a number of months. Of course, you can get extremely expensive loans, called factorization financing on your outstanding invoices, but a lot of times these come at a very hefty cost. It might be best to wait for this step until you are better established.

If you are a small outfit and you don’t want to lose your tail, it might be best to just go door-to-door with various Mom-and-Pop boutique outlets. A lot of times, these places just buy a few original pieces at a time at a very high premium. These outlets are often very high in customer service, with high-cost retail,  and low volume. Chances are, you can get paid right then for product delivery. You have to be a strong salesman when you are doing this. You can employ this method as well as selling B2C online.

Now, I’m going to bring up something that’s probably going to get me into hot water with a lot of people. I want you to be very careful about doing trade shows. I understand that in the past, trade shows were mainstays of getting your product discovered with suppliers. However, from personal experience, many talented designers lose many thousands of dollars going this route. I’m not saying that this is an absolute, I’m just saying that in many cases, doing direct outreach will be much more effective, and a lot cheaper.

Anyway, if you are needing any type of fabric branding labels, consultation for digital marketing, and just overall business strategy, I want you to reach out to me before you start spending a huge amount of money and time on your vision. I care about my clients deeply, and in this highly ultra-competitive environment, I want them (and you) to succeed.

Author Information
Mary Wingo is the founder and owner of Roxwell Waterhouse, a premier fabric branding, clothing outsourcing, and marketing consultant for since 2009.


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Style Tips For Fashionable Sportswear Tue, 16 Jul 2019 07:45:31 +0000 With your busy and hectic schedule, you always demand practical and comfortable clothes to wear. However, wearing functional clothes doesn’t mean you’ll have to give up your style. More than ever, you need to come up with a completely wearable look. This is where fashionable sportswear comes into play. Since then, sportswear has made a significant transition when it comes to designs. With technological innovations, the designs have become sharper, cleaner, and more fashionable. Thus, athletic gear starts to take over almost every dress code.

If you want to give your athletic clothes a fashion spin, here are a few style tips for wearing fashionable sportswear:

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Combine Function with Fashion

You’ll create well-balanced fashionable sportswear by combining function with fashion. Find ways to incorporate your sportswear into your regular wardrobe to come up with a chic look. By mixing items of clothing such as a leather jacket, jeans, sports bra, sneakers, and other sportswear, you’ll have comfortable yet classy sportswear to wear. For instance, you can do it by using one essential item you’re comfortable with. Choose an attire you typically wear every day and replace one of the elements with sportswear. It can be a hoodie or sweat pants. Wearing these items can produce a sporty vibe without being overdressed.

If you’re looking for trendy sportswear in Australia, several sports clothing and footwear retailers like Insport offer a wide selection of options to choose from.

Keep a More Tailored Fit Down Below

If you’ve dreamt of being able to wear your sportswear in public, then keeping your outfit fitted down low can be a great fashion option. This is by way of going beyond the sporty cuts and mixing your sportswear with something that is a more tailored fit down below. Be sure to look for sweatpants that are soft and slim. When it comes to your shorts, choose something sporty, youthful, relaxed, and comfortable. This means your shorts should be the trimmed version of your sweatpants.

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Start with the Basics When in Doubt

 Being fashionable with your sportswear can be challenging for the first time. After all, most sportswear is available in beautiful and bright colors. However, if you don’t know your style yet but you really want to look good in the gym, start with the primary colors like black or grey. As you become more comfortable with wearing sportswear almost every day, you can slowly work your way toward using brighter colors for a stylish effect.

Try Creative Layering

Using athletic wear doesn’t always have to be plain or simple. Sometimes, it’s good to inject it with style and personal touch through creative layering. Even if you’re heading to the gym, you don’t have to be sporty from head to toe by wearing a tracksuit. For example, you can wear your t-shirt under a hoodie or jacket. Also, don’t forget to integrate a pop of color for a stylish look.

Put on Accessories

You can complete your fashionable sportswear look and style by adding accessories appropriately. It’s about keeping your sports vibe while putting in a touch of your personal style. For a perfect style, incorporate a classy backpack, a baseball cap, and more importantly, some pieces of jewelry. Remember, accessorizing with jewelry can add a spectacular touch to your sportswear look. While adding accessories is a style thing, make sure you’ll not overdo it.

Choose the Best Footwear

Wearing fashionable sportswear means choosing a pair of shoes that can improve your overall outfit. Despite the hard work you’ve done for the top, you also need to consider your footwear as the finishing touch. Don’t ever make your shoes an afterthought. Make sure the one you pick comes with comfort and functionality. Moreover, keep your kicks clean so you can create the kind of sportswear getup you want. If you’re going to experiment, play around with your footwear. See if you can go with high-end tops and sporty gym shoes together.

Add Contrasting Elements

Another way to get the most out of your fashionable sportswear is by adding contrasting elements. Make this style trend work by striking some balance in your athletic outfit. For example, if you wear sportswear top, then match it with something in contrast like jeans or leather shoes. This style tip usually works for both men and women who are going to work, school, and other activities.


Final Thoughts

When it comes to fashion, sportswear will be there to stay. Whether you’re walking down the streets or you’re off to the gym, dressing sporty has become a fashionable makeover nowadays. If you’re turning athletic wear into your everyday outfit, keep these styling tips in mind to create a chic look.


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Plus Size Men – Five Style Tips Mon, 15 Jul 2019 19:15:21 +0000 While being called fat is already a punch in the gut, believing that you can’t style yourself is adding salt to the injury. You are not fat or ugly you just need some senses to get out of Fashion Prison.

The only way to redeem your self-confidence is not through listening to other people but through doing something for yourself. If you want to start over the basics, here are 5 styling tips that you should never forget.

You Can Never Go Wrong with Black

Keep a lot of in the closet – they will save you from almost every single time. Having too many black clothes in your closet will never be a bad idea. You can pair it with almost any other color permissible in your clothing rack.

Black is also a color of elegance and sexiness. Black clothes, especially slightly fitting ones, can make you look slim and fit. They can be your go-to options for formal, informal, casual, or any type of event.

Sweaters are Forever

Sweaters are stapled basic clothing. Slightly loose sweaters of dark tones suit plus-size men more than the bright tones. They can make you look mysterious, sexy, and with a Steve Jobs kind of vibe.

You can pair sweaters with pants, shorts, jogger pants, cargo pants and almost anything. Wearing them with the sleeves up or down is not really a big problem, you can rock either of it for sure.

A Good Watch is A Good Catch

Ever failed to remind everyone that a good watch is a good catch. Chic watches such as watchshopping can make you look more professional and more charming compared to having none.

Not only does it add good points to your looks, but it also affirms that you are a timely person. And timeliness is surely a very attractive personality.

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Swagger Jagger

Jagger pants are great choices for on-the-go days. These pants can give you a sexy and cool vibe that can be very attractive. Apart from the additional coolness and sexiness that these pants can offer, they are also very comfortable to wear.

Why limit yourself with boring flaggy jeans when you can look better with a pair of comfortable and adventurous Jagger pants? These pants can be your best friend either in summer or winter. So, pull up the streets with both fashion and comfort.

Don’t Forget the Blazers and Plain Shirts

Denim blazers, Cardigans, Leather Jackets, or any other are wardrobe tips. These clothes can never fail to make a simple shirt and pants combination into a fashion icon.

Pull a denim jacket over your white shirt and it would be ten times more stylish. You could never go wrong with keeping at least 5 over layers that you can use every now and then to solve some fashion crisis.

The society will always keep on yammering of how we should be looking or acting. While there are things that we must follow for the community, we should never jeopardize our identities in return.

We can be beautiful and stylish anytime if we want to be one. The happiness we get from looking in the mirror is not satisfaction from someone else’s compliment but from your own effort.


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Dating an Older Woman Can Be More Than Just Trendy Mon, 15 Jul 2019 18:49:30 +0000 One of the most important things to remember in life is that you shouldn’t be dating someone simply because it is trendy. This is one of the worst things that you could do, and this doesn’t result in a real relationship. Having someone there to fill a void or loneliness within you isn’t good for you, either. You need to learn how to be happy with yourself, and your partner should be someone that inspires you and that you want to spend a lot of your time with.

If this individual is someone that is older than you, then so be it. This article is particularly geared towards younger men that are looking to date older women.

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Dating someone that is confident in herself

Older women have experienced more in their lives, and as a result of it, they tend to be more confident. They have reached a stage whereby they are happy in their own skin, and the life choices that they are making at this point in time. When you surround yourself with confident people, this tends to rub off on your own personality as well, thereby further boosting your own self-confidence.

Using online dating sites

Using online dating websites is the perfect way to start a relationship with an older woman in the first place. After all, what bars or restaurants can you possibly go to in order to find that special person, in the first place?

Life can get busy, and it can keep you from finding a partner in real life. Still, online dating is more prevalent nowadays than ever, and there are plenty of different online sites geared towards different interests.

If you are a young man that is looking to date an older woman, then taking the time to read the cougar life review at Beyond Ages will help you find the relevant dating site you should be using. Keep in mind that everyone you talk to is a real person with real emotions, and you shouldn’t act like you are doing this for the sake of trends.


Focus on compatibility

The focus, when dating, should always be on compatibility. Even if there is an age gap, you might have tremendously similar personalities that align well with one another.


Avoid the stigma or negativity

Above all, you should do your best to avoid any negativity or stigma that is associated with dating someone older. Who you choose to date is your choice, but always be true to yourself and the other individual. As this article has already mentioned countless times, dating older people should not be seen as ‘trendy.’


If you are dating someone because it is trendy, you are not in a real partnership with them. It could even be argued that you are wasting both your time and theirs, when really, you should be spending your time with a person whose company you enjoy, and that inspires you to be a better person.


While for some, it might seem like a trend, you should change your mindset around it sooner rather than later. After all, there is no reason to play around with someone’s heart.

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Bovey Castle Review – Devon Dartmoor National Park Thu, 11 Jul 2019 11:51:18 +0000 Passing through the imposing gates and down the impressive tree-lined drive, I could not help feel a delicious sense of anticipation. One that is amply rewarded by glimpses of a perfect castle set in 275 acres of the immaculate spectacular Dartmoor national park. Let me welcome you to Bovey Castle.

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Equally dramatic was driving down the wonderful road overlooking golf courses along the way. I was driving the biggest SUV in the world, the Rolls Royce, Cullinan. My heart started beating faster and faster as I drew closer to my castle. For the next few days, I was a Queen ready to take her throne at Bovey Castle.

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Grounds And Settings

Bovey Castle is a perfect setting, straight from the pages of a medieval novel, every moment is like going back in history. The interior is framed by ancient cedars, beeches, and chestnuts, with lush lawns and pastures stretching away in a sea of green. For hundreds of years it was occupied as a former manor house, it is now one of the most desirable retreats for me as long as I would like. Meanwhile outside, the extensive grounds offer a wealth of opportunities for sporting, training and team-building purposes, as well as the perfect setting for the most stunning wedding photographs.

Classical Splendour With Comfort In Abundance

Lovingly maintained, the facade is breathtaking. Inside, the decor is sumptuous stylish and perfectly in harmony with the period features. The impressive collection of paintings and exquisite antique furnishings are comfortable at home in their setting of dramatic stucco and elaborate plasterwork. There are so many areas within Bovey Castle I could set, sip tea or champagne and take in those spectacular views of Dartmoor national park.

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Bovey Castle impressive history is apparent on every level and is reaffirmed when I began to explore. I stepped into the Drawing Room onto the terrace at the back of the castle and drank in a view across acres of preserved parkland. The surroundings are grand with fresh laughter instead of hushed whispers and warm welcoming smiles instead of stiff upper lips.

Lovely Spa and swimming pool are available to all guests.

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Swimming Pool


The staff is a diverse team with plenty of energy with a very relaxed professional approach, which made my stay a super fun one.

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Dining And Garden In Perfect Harmony

The weather was perfect so the option of sitting outside was amazing. Bovey Castle is not just a feast for the eyes. The chef and local produce work closely together to ensure that the seasonal menus are designed around fruits and vegetables harvested daily. The food is complemented by excellent produce sourced from the very finest local farms and suppliers. The restaurant provides the perfect setting for sumptuous breakfast, lunches, and dinners.  Overall the staff, service, atmosphere, view, and food were amazing.

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The images below are part of the three-course dinner at Bovey’s fine dining establishment the Great Western. Which is open for dinners Tuesday to Saturday from 19:00 till 21:30 and open for Sunday lunch from 12:30 till 14:00. The food was excellent in its taste and presentation and I would certainly recommend dining here during a stay.

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Rooms With Unforgettable Views

The bedroom we stayed in was every bit as grand as the public rooms. Guests can choose from 60 rooms, each lavishly designed with their own very distinctive character.

Striking contemporary fabrics and wallpapers are combined with traditional swags and tails. The glorious window in the lounge area allowed me to fall asleep and wake up to a private view of Dartmoor national park. Whether I was sipping tea, wine or whiskey the large castle window with views over the expansive parklands, across as far as the naked eye could focus the experience was unforgettable.

Sleeping and being able to wake up to an atmosphere in where Bovey Castle was bursting with wildlife was music to my ears. The gardens are an eye-catching experience I won’t forget.

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Bathroom Soaking With A View

The bathroom was large and the perfect room to kick off my shoes, put up my feet relax and enjoy. The Victorian bath with views was like icing on the cake. There were huge fluffy towels and there was plenty of hot water to quickly fill the bath. I also enjoyed the rain shower in the mornings.

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My stay at Bovey Castle was perfect in every way. With the ample of choices to wine, dine, swim and explore the grounds is why I would return. For those that love gold and 4WD adventures, with a posh retreat then this is the place to explore and relax. The castle is an extravagance stay with a very modern relaxing ambience without feeling intimidated. I was certainly made to feel like I was the Queen at Bovey Castle.

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  • Room reviewed: Junior State Room (2 adults and 2 children)
  • Website:
  • Address: Dartmoor National Park, North Bovey TQ13 8RE, UK
  • Phone: +44 (0)1647 445000

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Rolls Royce Cullinan SUV – Diamonds Are A Lady’s Best Friend Thu, 11 Jul 2019 10:38:40 +0000 This is the first SUV ever for Rolls Royce, and after driving it for several days, I now can relate to why they named it after the Cullinan diamond.

The Cullinan Diamond was the largest gem-quality rough diamond ever found, weighing 3,106.75 carats, discovered at the Premier No. 2 mine in Cullinan, South Africa, on 26 January 1905. It was named after Thomas Cullinan, the mine’s chairman.

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The Larget SUV in the World

When I first laid my eyes on this rare not so rough cut diamond, at Rolls Royce in Goodwood in March 2019, words and thoughts instantly came to mind.  The size was impactful and this SUV was intimidating. To put it into perspective, I literally just handed back the keys of the Rolls Royce Phantom.

I was excited that finally, this was a Rolls Royce that was made for solely everyday living and driving. At that time I had just came back from the Lakes District before a Goodwood factory tour and I wondered about the practicality of driving the Cullinan in rural parts of the UK.

The size can only be compared to, well I don’t really know because there is nothing out there to compare it too. That is why driving the Cullinan was a rare treat this week.

It was a diamond creating new stories by me, this is why priceless experiences can never be measured in money terms. This is what Rolls Royce for me has historically stood for.

If I am comparing it to any Range Rover which I did, it was this moment I understood the word impressive, exclusive and gigantic regarding any SUV I had driven before. Here are some stats:

  • Length, 5,341 mm (210.3 in).
  • Width, 2,164 mm (85.2 in).
  • Height, 1,835 mm (72.2 in).
  • Kerb weight, 2,660 kg (5,864.3 lb).

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Nothing would ever prepare me for the week I have had driving the biggest SUV in the world. I started my trip driving from Oxford down to Devon. As rare as the Cullinan diamond itself, Rolls Royce is the first SUV review in where I have never drawn so much public attention and input every time I parked it. Whether I wanted to hear public feedback or not, I had people coming up and sharing their thoughts.

The public literally was curious and wanted to communicate.  Is this a real Rolls Royce? How much does this car cost? How big is it? What is it like to drive?

The Cullinan is simply such a rare and large SUV that it cannot and will not be ignored.

Amongst both female and male, there was repetitive psychological feedback that was communicated. The public was challenged by it being a Rolls Royce SUV and bemused on its sole purpose, why did they create it in the first place? Currently, the factory makes about 16 a week and there is a five-month delivery time.

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Plenty of Boot Space

The Young And The Restless

For me and it is only my opinion I concluded by other peoples commentary feedback this week. This car is aimed for a younger market who want to be seen, social media their rich lifestyle and who are not restless with parting their cash. The Cullinan is an SUV, aimed at other countries where there are big wide roads and is not as reserved as previous Rolls Royces. The Cullinan is a car with a presence, however, having the Spirit of Ecstasy on the front of the car gives it grace which makes the Cullinan like a rare diamond.

The bonnet is much shorter than the Phantom and when I drove the Phantom I loved those moments where all I could see was the Spirit of Ecstasy whilst driving ovr steep hills. This never happened in the Cullinan. If you want to be chauffeured get the Rolls Royce Phantom that has more leg space in the back. 

There is so much young cash out there, that Rolls Royce is just capturing that supply and demand. This is a car that wants to be driven. But when you drive the Cullinan,  the big game changer is much more tech is involved,  to help you keep this car scratch free and not smash your review mirrors. Again targeting the digital market.

The bigger the SUV, the bigger the SUV stories. My record traffic jam this week was 17 cars to be exact, half a mile of bliss reversing and a whole bus of waving tourist to encourage me. I loved every minute of it. It made me feel like a rare diamiond, this is why Rolls Royce is my favourite prestigious car brand. It gives me stories like no other car in the world has to date.

Rolls Royce brand is still very intimidating for others and when I get out, I do have an audience staring at me. I like to think it’s because I am a woman behind the wheel too.

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Reverse Mode On Steroids

I have never been in reverse mode so much as I have this week driving the Cullinan. I chose to go to rural Devon to the most spectacular castles, moors and seaside towns. I did not do my research with regards to how wide the roads are. I did not think I had to until I encountered overgrown hedges on most roads which dated back to more than 100 years. Yes, car anxiety was at its highest for me to date. I was driving an SUV worth over £350,000, I was reversing a whopping Kerb weight 2,660 kg (5,864.3 lb). I was not used to this, the last SUV I drove was a Maserati, 2,109 kg (4,650 lb).

The difference and comparison in driving the biggest SUV in the world are like taking on Anthony Joshua British professional heavyweight boxer, outside the boxing ring. It is a wonderful, powerful experience.

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I had to drive it in rural areas to understand its practicalities, mobilities and the technologies it has to offer. I wanted to experience the most expensive and what money has to offer in not smashing it up to let alone losing my gigantic revision mirrors. I want to experience those lorry drivers, bus drivers reactions when they saw me coming down those Devon narrow roads. Again the bigger the SUV the bigger the stories.

But most of them are gracious when they see that Spirit of Ecstasy and know they are dealing with a Rolls Royce. This is the power of the Rolls Royce brand, on most occasions where possible they reversed but on some especially the big Dutch tourist bus. I had to reverse for a while to find a part of the road to slot into, this is where I was often reminded that parking a 5,341 mm (210.3 in) car under pressure is no easy task.

I was on high adrenalin mode, loving the challenges I had to learn fast to take on this luxury wild stallion or tamed SUV depending on how I drove it.

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The Cullinan Impact From The Public

When I drove the Rolls Royce Phantom I was treated with the utmost respect both on and off the road. I felt rare, exclusive and in control on the roads. People waved to me, reversed for me and even paid for my parking ticket.

Heads would turn, people would stop and stare. The public simply could identify with its amazing history. This is why when those buying a Rolls Royce forget very fast what they paid for it. The experiences can never be bought they are like no other cars in the world.

This week was very different, the Cullinan challenged people. I was not always loved in fact on many occasions people called my Cullinan ugly. Regarding the older generations, those who love Rolls Royce historically communicated it was a disrespect to the brand itself. One British owner of many Rolls Royces came up to me whilst I was parking. He was was so upset, he looked at me in disgust, what on earth is that thing, he stormed off. He did return and I loved this feedback. he communicated to me his fears.

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He communicated that historically Rolls Royce’s were made by hand, this is not hand made! I trully emphasise his concerns and fears. Restassured the Cullinan is handmade and has the finest of qualities like any other modern Rolls Royce, the brand has not changed or been compromised in anyway.

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I thrive on these moments of organic feedback, it grounds me. On many occasions when people saw it, there was a confusion on their face, of what on earth I was driving. I was often greeted with a bemused expression.

This is why I label the Cullinan a psychological challenger. Again rare diamond standing out upsetting people along the way. I can relate to this as the Cullinan somewhat, reflects my personality and likeableness.

Just like when you first encounter me, you either love the Cullinan and me, or you don’t. We don’t care, we are cut from a very different cloth.

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Safety Features

There was nothing more thrilling to drive the Cullinan on the motorway with an effortless of no stress at all. Once on wide open roads, the Cullinan is a luxury cruiser with all the bells and whistles. The adaptive cruise control was spot on in every way. It allowed me to feel and appreciate the thick carpet whilst driving. It also gave me time to observe the finest of Charles blue leather and walnut features, I loved the interior

The head-up display was one of the best informative features on any car I have seen.  It was large, clear and very useful. The GPS instructions were as clear as that stunning Lady of Ecstasy.

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Safety Tip

The distance whilst driving on a motorway in the UK is the two-second rule. Which gives me ample of time to break in uncertain conditions.

I want to recommend that when driving the Cullinan, adopt the four-second rule. This SUV Kerb weight, is 2,660 kg (5,864.3 lb), excluding passengers, luggage and extra treats along the way.

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I wanted to test its braking power at 70mph for my own curiosity. This car is heavy so appreciate that and give yourself plenty of space between you and the other cars to be able to stop in an emergency. I had a car cut me off and I had to brake, it was awesome to feel the weight whilst emergency braking, you have to push hard on the pedal. It was more impressive than I adopted the four-second rule. The safety features in any Rolls Royce are the best in the world.

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Rear Comfort

I was driving with my kids and no matter what car I drive they are a distraction. On this occasion, they had individual screens to entertain themselves. The 5th USB port was very hard to find, especially when the online manual only talks about there being 4 USB ports. You need the 5th port to be able to watch videos that you have on a USB stick. Watch the video on our top tip to avoid any sad children. With regards to USB, the Cullinan has 4 USB C ports.

The children had a mini fridge to keep their drinks and chocolates cold. One day it was 27 degrees when we driving and we had a brilliant summer week with temperatures above 23 degrees every day. We had a sunroof so we all could enjoy this unusual British summer week. The children had buttons to close their own doors electrically which empowered them. When the sun was blaring in their face whilst trying to sleep or watch TV, they just simple closed their black curtains.

They slept well with their massage chair options. Don’t worry everyone had massage options and heated seats but this week the latter was not needed.

I sat in the back enjoyed champagne and loved closing the curtains and just appreciate what I was being chauffeured in.

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Charles Blue Interior

When I opened the Cullinan I was in ore, the Charles Blue was music to my ears. Matching my wardrobe this week. It was a fresh colour for me, the feel-good factor was second to none. The contrast of walnut dashboard etc just was the icing on the cake. It was easy to clean and we all as a family looked very posh in it.

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My husband was trending a mix of blues, pinks and everything 2019 is all about floral for men. Men you can never dress down in the Cullinan.

My husband was trending a mix of blues, pinks and everything 2019 is all about for men, floral.

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Diamonds are always my best friend and the Cullinan is a celebration for me in being able to draw in a new generation of drivers for Rolls Royce. It will be lovely to see other women continue to get into the driver’s seat of a Rolls Royce. I am still trying to work out why I think I like it so much, despite screaming the opposite at times. I do miss my Phantom the truth be told.

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Cullinan messes with your head. For some it’s ugly and for others it’s beautiful. It is a psychological challenger on all levels, that’s the thrill of driving and owning one. It, however, has another force it attracts. The Rolls Royce historians that no other cars can do for me. Those that own a Rolls Royce were keen to share their love of the Rolls Royce we rarely see on our roads today.

As I said all along. The bigger the SUV, the bigger the story.

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As I was parking the Cullinan this British, well-educated gentlemen with hair as silver as the lady of Etcasy herself.  Came up to me, his working career is as impressive as Rolls Royce itself. How many men can say and prove historically they have has worked with the most powerful and famous UK Royal female in the world.

He looked at my Cullinan and grabbed my hand, he drove me away from my castle in his bright orange MG convertible.

Nothing could ever have prepared me for an even bigger story than this Cullinan. Just think an 85-year old Rolls Royce, in its original state, and more thrilling, its first owner was a woman. Gentlemen, I appreciate the finest of cars too, and the lifestyle it brings, it is historically a proven fact. No other car brand can do this than Rolls Royce itself.

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A Man’s Ultimate Guide To Getting In Shape Thu, 11 Jul 2019 05:57:22 +0000 Getting in shape is not just about the abs or muscles; instead, it is about adopting a healthy lifestyle that allows you to live your best life. So if your thinking that hitting the gym is the ultimate solution, think again!

Whatever reason you have for getting in shape, remember that it’s all about your dedication and devotion to the cause. Don’t shy away from a challenge and most of all, always believe in yourself.

Following is our recommended list if you want to get in shape. 

Find Your Motivation 

First and foremost, you need to define your goals and stay determined to achieve them. Whether its muscle building or weight loss, anything is possible with the right attitude. Importantly, remember that getting in shape takes time. Overworking yourself over a short period and feeling sore afterward without achieving the desired results can have a major blow on your motivation level.

If you decide to join a gym, try exploring a few options before settling on a membership. Maybe even partner up with a workout buddy to give you a reason to show up consistently. Having a friendly face can enhance your comfort levels and even motivate you to stick to your routine rather than skipping workout sessions. 

In case you seem confused, intimidated or overwhelmed, hire a trainer to help you streamline your workout routine. This might be a little extra on the pocket but it will definitely allow you to feel focused on your workout because you will know exactly what to do. A trainer can customize your training routine, give you the right guidance and lend you valuable advice whenever you feel you need the extra support. 

Lastly, a great way to motivate yourself is to get the right workout clothes. Activewear will make you feel confident, and encourage you to perform your best. Always avoid wearing anything that could chafe your skin. Ensure your clothes have the right fit so that your muscles are supported and your movements are flexible. Ideally, opt for compression sportswear or activewear that are breathable and have sweat-wicking ability, such as Dri-fit, Coolmax or Supplex.  

These measures will enhance the productivity of your workout session by giving you all the motivation you need.

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Ensure A Balanced Diet

Having a balanced nutrition is as important as the hours you put in to getting in shape. This means that you need to have the three essential macronutrients, namely carbohydrates, protein and fats, and ensure that you have a pre-workout and post-workout meal in order to maximize your workout performance and help you recover after. 

Whether its fat loss, weight loss or building muscle mass, you need to maintain a calorie count. If its fat loss, you need to calculate your maintenance calories. If you are aiming to bulk up, increase your protein intake and opt for protein powder supplements. Building muscle also means stocking up on healthy fats.

Needless to add, you need to steer away from excessive junk food and binge eating. Don’t skip meals, and ensure that you divide your daily calorie intake into several small meals throughout the day. Also, choose fresh, healthy and organic food over the processed stuff you get at the supermarket. 

For carbs, try including complex carbohydrates over simple carbohydrates such as sugary drinks. This is because complex carbs allow for a steady release of energy, maintain blood glucose and are ideal for weight management. 

Some suggestions for food that should be part of your diet if you plan to stay in shape:

  • Carbs: Vegetables, fruits such as bananas and apples, whole grain breads, brown rice, sweet potato, quinoa, oats, greek and fruit yogurt, raisins. 
  • Proteins: Lean meat, grilled chicken, fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, legumes, eggs, dairy products, flax/sunflower/pumpkin seeds. 
  • Healthy fats: Avocados, nuts, olives, olive oil, chia seeds, tofu. 

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Have A Regimented Routine 

A routine is important to stay consistent and committed to your goal. In order to motivate yourself, we recommend starting slow and scaling up rather than jumping right in. One great way to get you to look forward to getting in shape is to start jogging or running in the morning or walking after dinner. This will help motivate you to achieve your long term goal.

A workout routine should be tailored to your goals and your individual needs. If you are aiming to build muscle, you have to focus on building strength in your muscles. This means weight training exercises, compound movements like squats and deadlifts and balancing your body parts training. You should carefully assess how many sets and reps you can handle, and train for a maximum of five days a week. 

If you want to shape up to lose fat, we recommended building some muscle before cutting your diet. However, if you have excessive fat, it’s best to start with a cutting diet and then moving onto building some muscle for a trimmed, defined body. 

For those wanting to tone their bodies, it is suggested that you vary your workout routine to include exercises for your arms, legs, chest, and shoulders. Consider mixing endurance and resistance training exercises that help with your cardiovascular health alongside getting you in shape. This will help in building lean muscle mass and burning fat at a faster rate. High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is a great option for those wishing to practice healthy cardio exercises. Remember to cool down for at least 5 minutes following a cardio session. 

Before beginning a workout session, remember to stretch so that you warm up and avoid the risk of muscle injury. Also, focus on your core exercises to build strength and stamina. 


Shape Up At Home

In case you are pressed for time or are running low on cash, you can always get fit at home. All you need to do is follow some basic exercise routines, stay consistent and have a balanced diet for the desired effects to kick in. 

Remember to always start with a warmup routine and proceed with a few aerobic exercises. You can do squats to help strengthen your body and proceed with some yoga poses such as a downward facing dog. Just try working on areas that you want to build up but always remember to mix up resistance training with cardio to allow the entire body to workout as well.  

If you are a beginner, we recommend starting with a 30-45 minutes workout to help you ease into the routine. You can gradually increase the duration and intensity of your workout after you feel your body can take the pressure.

Purchase a few dumbells and weights and start practicing moderate forms of weight training to build muscles. Apart from that, you can easily find great videos online that help you with carrying out different exercises such as burpees, lunges, planks, pushups, and others. Whether its strength circuit training or cardio circuit training, be sure to define your goal and stick to it. 



Getting in shape is all about your attitude towards what you want to achieve. Just remember to adopt it as a lifestyle and stick with it. 

A few suggestions to help you get into shape would be to cut down on harmful substances such as excessive alcohol consumption or smoking. Secondly, focus on improving your sleep patterns in order to help with your quality of life. And always remember to be committed to achieving your goal of getting in shape by never giving up. 


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DHT Hormones and Hair Loss – What Is The Link? Wed, 10 Jul 2019 06:00:11 +0000 Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is a hormone produced from testosterone via an enzyme. This hormone is associated with the development of male and female secondary characteristics.

What is DHT?

Almost 10% of testosterone produced by an adult each day is converted into DHT by the testes and prostate (in men) and ovaries (in women). This hormone is also responsible for the onset of puberty- development of pubic hair follicles.

The enzyme involved in the conversion of testosterone into DHT is 5- alpha-reductase. Having an excess of this enzyme leads to more DHT production.

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DHT’s Role on Hair Loss

Aside from its effect on the development of pubic hair, hair loss research at proves DHT to be a steroid that plays an influential role in hair loss. DHT reduces the proper growth patterns of the hair follicles in a process referred to as miniaturization. This means that the DHT hormone attaches itself to the dermal papilla(root) of genetically susceptible hair follicles around the body. The resulting effect is a lighter and finer hair which lacks the necessary nourishment needed for hair growth because of the blockage by the DHT hormones. Over time, these hair follicles begin to shrink.  The growing stage of the hair (anagen stage) begins to come to a halt while the resting stage (telogen) is extended. After a while, hair completely stops growing.

For reasons that are not well understood, DHT is essential for hair growth at the armpits, pubic and beard regions of the body- as high levels of androgen is needed here for proper hair growth.

Women, Too.

Women are not totally exempted from the DHT hormones. Although the rate of production of DHT is not as compared to the rate of production in male, females also have a little DHT in their system. Most people consider hair thinning as a phenomenon peculiar to only older women – tats false. Most women in their 20s and 30s also experience hair loss.

Most drugs that are dedicated to combating hair losses focus more on reduction in the rate of conversion of testosterone to DHT. It is, however, important to note that these drugs tend to be administered lesser to women compared to their male counterpart. Why?  The drug itself has other side effects which include an increased risk of sexual side effects, nausea, depression, hot flashes and even increased levels of estrogen – which could itself be a risk factor in the combat against hair thinning.


Natural Methods of Preventing Hair Loss

Apart from medications- which avoid increased production of DHT, there are other natural ways of preventing hair loss including regular intake of filtered water, proteins, and oils. Washing your scalp with green tea, use of coconut moisture, regular scalp. Massage and brushing your hair gently cannot be underrated too.

Considering the fact that DHT hormones also aide the development of male sexual characteristics such as a deep voice and strong muscles, blocking its production due to hair loss could be an entirely bad idea. Of course, DHT could be a leading cause of hair loss, blocking its production could lead to side effects such as erectile dysfunction, rash, vomiting and a lot more.

Wrapping It Up

The link between DHT and hair thinning is established, and this could be the reason for your incessant hair loss.

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Plastic Bottle – Stop Drinking Your Plastic Wed, 10 Jul 2019 05:55:04 +0000 Plastic water bottles continue to make rounds in the news for their increased environmental negative effects. So much so, that you should start considering the use of other reusable water bottle options.

Still not convinced?

Here are some things you should know about plastic water bottles, and good reasons to ditch them:

1. Where Does Your Water Come from?

Many of us are quite ignorant about where the water in these bottles come from. For several consumers, there is the assumption that bottled water is of higher quality than non-bottled variants. This is fueled by the misconception that bottled water is gotten from fresh streams of water, but that is the exception rather than the rule. Sorry to burst your bubble; but your special brand of bottled drinking water might have nothing special attached to it- other than the branding.

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2. Your Bottled Water May Not Even Be Filtered

This is the sad reality. The bottled water you drink, depicted to be of high quality, might not even be filtered. Although some manufacturers go through the additional process of filtering their water, quite a number of them do not. What does this say about you paying so much money for something that’s not worth it? Sad!

Recent studies have found bottled water to contain contaminants such as microbes, arsenic, mold, and microbes. A better option might be filtering your tap water and putting it in a stainless steel water bottles.

3. Plastic Contains Toxins that Seep into the Bottled Water

It’s pretty scary to realize that you might be putting your health at risk by the use of plastic water bottles. These bottles contain toxins that could seep into the water, especially when left to stand for a while. Water is supposed to be safe; why risk ingesting chemicals along with it?

Some of these toxins can lead to cancers, and damage to several organs such as the liver and kidney. These toxins can accumulate in your system for years, causing these negative effects over the long-term.

4. That Plastic Bottle Can Cause Fertility Problems!

Fertility issues can be caused by injudicious use of plastic water bottles. This is especially true with bottles that contain BPA. BPA had been discovered to have some negative endocrine issues because of its faux-estrogen content, which is tied to birth defects and developmental anomalies. The effects could even be long-lasting in children; inclusive of certain cancers.

5. Increased Risk of Diseases in Adults

These toxins found in plastic water bottles have been discovered to cause an increase in disease risk in adults. Increased BPA in water and consequently, in the bodies and fluids of people who drink such bottled water, leads to an increase in cardiovascular disease risk and Type 2 Diabetes risk.

BHPF, another common compound found as a component of plastic bottles also has terrible side effects. What this translates into, is that you need to avoid drinking bottled water as much as you can.

6. You Might Be Drinking Microplastics

As you drink water out of plastic water bottles, keep in mind that you are likely taking in tiny bits of plastic- now called microplastics. These substances were confirmed to be present in reputable studies, like one such study by the World Health Organization, which showed how over 90% of plastic bottle brands have plastic fibers as components of the water in them.


Wrapping It Up

Need we say more? Live a healthier life, by using less plastic water bottles, and safer options, such as stainless steel bottles.




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