• BOOHOO MAN x PEPSI

    A few months ago I was contacted by Boohoo Man in relation to their super cool Summer ’18 collaboration with Pepsi, The Art of Football Capsule Collection.

    This range is inspired by street art all over the world and brings together the worlds of art and football. I’m becoming more and more of a big ol’ art nerd, I did go as Van Gogh for Halloween, after all. And I’m actually getting back into football for once, with a fantasy team named after my new hero, Mo Salah.

    The kind folks at Boohoo gifted me a couple of pieces to shoot and style.

    SKATER FIT LONG SLEEVE T-SHIRT

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    MOST LISTENED TO

    It’s been a hot minute since my last edition of ‘Most Listened To’. Since the last one I’ve been gallivanting around Europe and South America, here we are back in the UK, with the ability to listen to anything I want, not just things I have saved offline!

    The only rule we have in Most Listened To is that only one song per artist can be featured in the top 10. So, pour one out for the extra Sigrid and Chvrches songs we lost this week. Here is the last one.

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    The Bizarre Journey of Ginger Self-Acceptance

    Happily being ginger in the land of gingers, Ireland.

    Since I was a wee bab I’ve been a redhead, a ranga, firecrotch, carrot top, kissed by fire – ginger. I’ve heard all of these nicknames and more. The interesting thing is that people are ALWAYS so proud of themselves when they throw out a nickname associated with gingers as an insult. Like in my 23 years of having a giant quiff of ginger hair plopped on my skull that no one else I’ve EVER encountered has said it before them in that precise moment of time.

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    7 Things To Do In Verona, Italy

    Welcome to beautiful Verona, Italy! This Northern Italian city is famed for being the home of Romeo and Juliet, close location to Lake Garda and its fair share of pretty piazzas.

    In May I took an extremely impromptu trip to the city of star-crossed lovers as I was lucky enough to have a place to stay for free and Ryan Air flights came to around £40 return from London Stansted. I didn’t spend much whilst dotting around Verona either, it’s not a particularly expensive city if you don’t want it to be, and with tons of flights every weekend from the UK, it’s the perfect city for a weekend getaway.

    Here are a couple of things I’d recommend doing in the city.

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    Beard Care for the man with sensitive skin*

    Spoilers: the man is me. I’m the man with sensitive skin.

    The fine folks over at Murdock London kindly gifted me some of the products featured in this post and they’ve revolutionised my face a little bit. They’re experts in men’s grooming and I truly appreciate any help as I’m a man with ridiculously sensitive skin that likely has razor burn on it at any given point during the warmer months. And a beard that I just can’t take care of because I can barely take care of myself!

    Today I thought I’d share a couple of products which help to protect my skin and beard whilst shaving and in general daily life, life is tough enough without your facial hair reeking havoc upon your face.

    So for a bit of background, I recently decided to overhaul the shaving system I’d had in place for the best part of a decade since I began to shave my face at 13 years old. Still waiting on that growth spurt but got the facial hair pretty god damn early. The reason behind this was that my face was just getting ruined by shaving, my skin was in tatters, it was awful.

    My skin became rough to the touch every time I shaved it, I’d have days of itching and razor burn and nothing seemed to be soothing it. This began to effect my confidence as no one wants to be going out with a rash on their neck that can’t be hidden, I loved wearing shirts with collars as they’d hide it a little bit. As someone who owns about 4,000 band tees, this wasn’t the life I wanted to live!

    When I’m referring to shaving, I more so mean tidying up the lines of my facial hair and getting the runaways on the cheeks and tidying my neckline up. That’s also something I’ve changed thanks to Jonathan’s advice on Queer Eye, he’s a grooming guru. My beard began to suffer as I wasn’t taking proper care of my facial hair, I didn’t know what to do so sorta did nothing about it instead.

    In many ways I’m very lucky because I grow facial hair very quickly, I can mess around with lengths and styles because it’ll be back to normal in a couple of days. The downside of this is that my face needs constant management or I’ll become a yeti who’s facial hair joins his eyebrows in the north and chest hair in the south. And said facial hair would be extremely dry, unstyled and the poor skin beneath would be destroyed.

    I reached out on Twitter because the blogging community knows what’s UP and essentially told me to stop doing everything horrifically wrong and begin from scratch. My buddy Ryan Mules gave me some amazing recommendations, so let’s run through some of the products in my new and improved shaving and beard care routine.

    The Bluebeard’s Revenge Pre-Shave Oil

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