I almost exclusively wear black, so – in the spirit of monochrome finally being ‘in’ this season! – here are 3 of my favourite acquisitions of late…
Saint Laurent Leather Boots – Sleek mod-inspired books that should only be worn with a skinny jean or trousers. They’re perfectly made, sturdy and comfortable – the strap detail is a nice touch.
Lacoste Noir – Woody, fresh and elegant; a perfectly chic accompaniment to a classic monochrome look. I like that it’s sleek enough to throw in a bag to re-spray in the evening. That’s another thing, it’s impossible to overdo this stuff.
Zara Blazer with Faux Leather Sleeves – I love this jacket so much that I bought two (just in case!). The ‘leather’ sleeves give it a slight edge over a regular black blazer – cool for the office as well as a night out.
Are any of you guys ditching the colour this Spring/Summer?
My hair grows at an insane rate… So much so that I have to get it cut every 2-3 weeks (each time buzzing it right down to almost-nothing) or it turns into an insane triangle-shaped mess.
I also happen to live in central London where there’s no such thing as a cheap haircut.
Soooo let me introduce you to the Remington Touch Control Hair Clipper – something that’s saving me money and awkward barber-chat one trim at a time!
The Remington Touch Control Hair Clipper is the world’s first hair clipper with touch-screen technology. The advanced Touch Control Hair Clipper gives you the power to create a variety of different looks by adding texture and dimension to hair, as well as trimming, tapering and blending.
If you fancy taking the plunge and cutting your own hair like me, here are some handy tips that you can use with this trimmer:
Step 1 – The Nape of the neck: Using the short comb, set to between 3mm and 6mm, to suit your preference. Hold the hair clipper with the blade teeth pointing upwards. Start at the centre at the nape of the neck, slowly working the clipper upwards and outwards through the hair, trimming a little at a time.
Step 2 – Back of the head: With the comb set between 12mm and 18mm, repeat step 1 but cutting hair at the back of the head up towards the crown.
Step 3 – Sides of the head: Set the comb to between 3mm and 6mm to carefully trim your sideburns. Then alter the setting to 9mm and continue to cut in an upwards direction towards the top of the head.
Step 4 – Top of the head: Using the longer length comb attachment set to between 24mm and 27mm. Cut the hair on top of your head, always working from the back of the head forwards. If you want a longer style, simply use the longer length comb attachment on the longest cutting level to achieve your style of choice.
Step 5 – The finishing touches: Remove the attachment completely for an ultra-close trim around the base and sides of the neck.
The Remington HC5950 Touch Control Titanium Hair Clipper is available from Boots.
You can also buy it from the Remington site where you can get a 1/3 off with this code: TCSAVE.
Keep an eye out for these two Versace fragrances next time you’re shopping.
I’ve been switching up between the two over the past week; Eros during the day and the new Oud Noir at night.
Versace Eros is a sparkling, citrus fragrance that leaves you smelling perfectly fresh and clean. Oud Noir, on the other hand, is a heady, musky fragrance that’s equal parts floral and leather. It’s a rich combination and leaves you smelling (there’s no other word) expensive. Perfect with an open-collar shirt on a warm evening.
‘The Shining Girls’ is a gloriously creepy suspense fiction novel by Lauren Beukes.
In Depression-era Chicago, Harper Curtis finds a key to a house that opens on to other times. But it comes at a cost. He has to kill the shining girls: bright young women, burning with potential. He stalks them through their lives across different eras until, in 1989, one of his victims, Kirby Mazrachi, survives and starts hunting him back.
Working with an ex-homicide reporter who is falling for her, Kirby has to unravel an impossible mystery.
I’ve only just started reading this but I’m loving it so far. It’s a fast-paced thriller that hits the ‘Just one more chapter!’ sweet spot. Beuke manages to effortlessly weave together a crime thriller with science fiction – not a mean feat. I guess that’s why she’s a winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award (for her book ‘Zoo City’ in 2011). Some of the scenes are brilliant gory too, great for me but not for someone with a weak disposition…
Do you fancy reading this one with me? I’m giving away 5 copies of The Shining Girls to you lucky lot!
All you have to do is tweet ‘I want to win #TheShiningGirls with @ForTheYoungDude’ and I’ll pick a winner 2 weeks from now. Good luck!