Gifts for Him – The Ultimate Shortlist

Dear hardworking fashionistas, we have gathered for you a special selection of gift ideas that we trust will match your taste for Father’s day or any other occasion where ‘Gifts for him’ raise your stress levels. Also, preventing you from rushing to the high street – double stress releaved.

Fathers Day Gift Ideas: #1: The Classic Wallet
We love everything about this smooth and versatile leather case wallet. With six slots for your cards and one for cash, your pocket is just asking for this Italian beauty. On sale for a great Father’s day deal from Bloomingdales for £39.55.

Fathers Day Gift Ideas: #2: The Classic Shirt

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We have said it before, once you go tailored, you can’t go back. This Mereen white shirt beats the price of many high street City Professional equivalents while offering high long lasting quality and ostentatious customization options (Did you say embroidery?).

For a great deal of £55.30, these iron-free shirts are a classy option for any of your favorite men.

Fathers Day Gift Ideas: #3: The Classic Parfume

As we like to keep up with the current trends of our favorite brands, we bring to you the new fruity-spicy freshness to complement the sexy, woody notes of Dior Homme’s identity in the Dior Homme Sport. An effortlessly chic and long lasting scent: it can be yours for £78.10 today.

Fathers Day Gift Ideas: #4: The Classic Watch

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This Tommy Hilfiger beauty shouts style and luxurious finish with its gorgeous iconic rose gold plated steel case and brown crocodile embossed leather strap. £147 on MenKind from Tommy Hilfiger.

Fathers Day Gift Ideas: #5: The Classic Bag

If you go on as many holidays and business trips as we do, you’d know the importance of comfort and practicality. This Barbour Leather Travel Explorer Bag from Harrods costing £295 explores the style and panache of the leather as well as the space for some shirts and books, just the right size for the overhead compartments.

Next time, you need a little guide for the gifts shopping for your favourite men, we’ve got your covered.

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Hello Karen Millen Holiday Season – Island Hopping Unleashed

Corporate warriors, entrepreneurial wizards, social enterprise adventurists  – we know you have had enough. You have been craving sunshine, light fabrics, heat, cold drinks, late dinners and we wouldn’t blame you. That’s why we partnered up yet again with one of our favorite brands to deliver for you the Karen Millen Holiday Season (and unleash that island hopper you have always been hiding).

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The Holiday Destination

Whether you’re a city lover, countryside fan, seaside enthusiast or enjoy the perfect balance, picking that summer destination is an escape worth planning for. In the last couple of years, we have been fortunate enough to explore various locations and discover our adventurous side through:

  • Thailand island snorkeling
  • Croatia boat sailing
  • Italian Riviera browsing
  • Greek islands hopping
  • Hong Kong rooftops exploring
  • Avignon hills climbing
  • Bulgarian coast wakeboarding
  • Cambodia tuk-tuk riding
  • Even Newquay scone hunting

So in case your busy minds are still requiring any help with picking this summer’s getaway destination, you can count on us.

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Not everyone has officially opened the sea, sand and sun season,  but Karen Millen has and it is running a #HolidayCompetition for a three night stay for two at a luxury hotel in Mykonos,  plus another treat: your Karen Millen Holiday wardrobe sorted with a £500 gift card (which you can enter here).

So hidden adventurers, your time has come.

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The Holiday Outfit

As time is precious and planning holiday outfits may not be on your priority list, we put together our favorite looks from Karen Millen’s latest collection – the Holiday Shop.

#1: The White Dress

Nothing says holiday like a Midi white dress with a ladylike cut and a beautiful texture ( On sale and yours for £120!)

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#2: The Lace Dress

Think late nights, warm summer evenings, strong wine and a stunning  embroidered lace – Yours for £225.

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This is a sponsored post by Karen Millen and this affects in no way how we feel about holidays, long summer evenings, lace dresses or island hopping. Now explore your inner adventurer with the Holiday Shop

 

Unlock your Inner Tailor – The Shirt Experience

It has been nearly 2 years since our first Tailor Store review on a made-to-measure shirt and we’re excited to have partnered with the brand again to share with you The Shirt Experience (with a discount!)

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Whether you are a corporate warrior,  startup enthusiast or office wear is your statement weekend look, quality shirts are a necessity we can’t afford to ignore. If you have bought as many plain white shirts from high street brands as we have, you would have encountered poor fits, obscure fabrics and hours of ironing time – a trilogy we’d rather avoid. Let’s just say once you go tailored, you can’t go back.

 

Here are the 5 things that got us impressed (and we don’t get impressed easily).

  1. Our nearly 2 year-old Tailor Store shirt has been worn 25+ times and still looks as good as new –  with colours, fit and fabric unchanged.
  2.  The customisation options are endless – cuffs, buttons, sleeves, collars – you can go as conservative or as quirky as you wish.
  3. Embroidery. What’s more ostentatious than putting your initials on organic cotton fabric?  (We can think of a couple alternatives)
  4. The finish feels and looks luxurious (Male & Female shirts start from £49 pounds, so that can even beat the high street)
  5. If something doesn’t fit right, Tailor Store will give you another go to re-design and re-order at no additional cost. And we thought we give generous second chances. 

The Order

Just 3 weeks ago, we put our creative hats on, unleashed the inner tailor we’ve be hiding, took the measuring tape and choose a wrinkle-free (we’re saving the planet by not ironing, right?), caucel fabric shirt in white, with a contrast collar and cuff.

The Reveal

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The Verdict

It’s a beautifully made shirt which we’d proudly take on office walks, client meetings and important presentations. We might keep it in the ‘special’ corner of our wardrobes and that’s because the cut, the fit, the structure and the finish are luxuriously done. It has been a delightful Shirt Experience and we’d encourage you to discover your inner tailor.

Final Thoughts

Tailor Store now offers the full range of tailored clothing – from suits and shirt to chinos and accessories. The brand beats the price of many high street City Professional equivalents with one little difference – it’s done in ‘One size – Yours’. If you’re after high quality fabrics, one size doesn’t fit all approach and you want to put your personal stamp – we’ve got you covered.

As promised, we’re pleased to share with you a discount code which gives 15% off to all new customers on one custom made shirt: Spring17

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This post was written in collaboration with the Tailor Store. This affects in no way what we thought of their service and products. Now challenge your inner tailor and design your next shirt. 

Karen Millen Dresses: The Spring Edit

You cannot deny it – spring has arrived, your wardrobe needs an upgrade and there isn’t a better time to go for pop up colours, light fabrics and embrace the fact that summer is just around the corner. Here are 5 Karen Millen Dresses that will boost your bright colour credentials on another level. 

 

The Spring Dress Edit 1: Coloured Texture Day Dress

We love the rich royal blue, the structured cut and the detail. Yours for £160 from Karen Millen.

The Spring Dress Edit 2: Shawl Collar Pleated Dress

We have already seen that dress all throughout the office and it has been a hit amongst bloggers too. It’s undoubtedly elegant, effortlessly chic and can be yours for £190 from Karen Millen.

The Spring Dress Edit 3: Floral-Print Minidress

As much as we care about your office wardrobe, we want to ensure you have a fun dress for your holidays too. This beauty will soon be a sold out because first, tropical prints, but also it’s currently on sale for £110.

The Spring Dress Edit 4: Lily Print Dress

Office based or not, the Lily Print Dress brings us such Spring/ Summer vibes that we’d happily book yet another holiday. Yours for £145.

The  Spring Dress Edit 5: Yellow Scuba Pencil Dress

It’s not a true Spring Edit unless you add another bold coloured pencil dress to your collection. It’s a classic Karen Millen cut and we all know how those dresses fit. Yours for £170.

What makes it all even better? Until 17th May, Karen Millen are running a promo campaign where you can win £1000 and a styling session!

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The Investment Edit: 5 Men Suits for the Long Run

We don’t spend Thousand pounds on a suit everyday, but when we do – we make sure it’s in true Warren Buffet fashion – it’s a stable long-term investment.

The Investment Edit 1: Pal Zileri

This Pal Zileri midnight blue wool suit sends us some serious Italian vibes and if you miss the British twist, just have a look at Matthew Goode’s SS17 ad campaign.

In case you’re truly international, you can just focus on those lightly padded shoulders, notched lapels and chest pocket – we’ve got you covered.

So if you’re after an elegant and contemporary piece at a short proximity of your fabulous location – Pal Zileri is in Harrods and Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge and there is a flagship store on New Bond Street.

 

The Investment Edit 2: Armani Collezioni

We love everything about this Armani Collezioni grey wool suit – it’s textured, with button-embellished cuffs,  all the pockets you can ask for and also a true beauty. Your wardrobe is just asking for it.

The Investment Edit 3: Pal Zileri

Another Italian beauty – a traditional cut and checked Pal Zileri dark grey and light grey wool suit for your dapper wardrobe.

The Investment Edit 4: Hugo Boss

We don’t need to introduce  Hugo Boss to you, but that blue wool suit in pin-dot jacquard finish needs your attention.

The Investment Edit 5: Armani Collezioni

We like leaving the best for last and this navy wool suit is our absolute winner – it’s sharp, sleek and says the story you don’t even have to tell.

 

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Utopia for Realists Review – Bolder, Better, Brighter

As 2016 received the rubber stamp for the ‘worst year ever’ due to political disasters, rise of populism, ever wider inequality, many of you might be searching for an alternative offering a positive, better and brighter vision for our working lives, economic status and overall future. Utopia for Realists
can certainly cover that need for you.

Utopia for Realists by Rutger Bregman will attract your eye if you’ve recently walked past a bookshop. Its bold orange colour sets the tone for the book: a set of non-conformist ideas based on hard evidence. It offers a visionary but practical approach to utopian concepts such as Universal Basic Income (UBI), a 15-hour working week and free-movement world and asks the bigger question of ‘Can we build a better society by painting a picture of the kind of world we want to live in?’

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Bregman is a young (28!) journalist and historian with a particular interest in economics and a flare for creating page turning bestsellers. For any avid Freakonomics followers enjoying a good economic case study, his book outlines the specific policies that constitute a utopia:

  • UBI: Bregman argues that the cost of poverty is excruciating for government budgets and UBI is economically a rational thing to do. As he outlines study after study proving hard evidence that giving money with no strings attached does lead to significant improvements to poverty levels and unemployment, one may ask why the UK government hasn’t run a trial run (Political storms aside).
  • The working week: In the spirit of the good old utility of happiness argument, Bregman suggests that in the advent of robots and artificial intelligence ‘taking our jobs’, it only make sense for us to be working fewer hours and spend more time proactively seeking leisure. With 37% of respondents in a UK study admitting that their job was meaningless, Bregman’s argument for a 15-hour working week challenges many traditional views on workers bargaining power, the work life balance and indirectly, the consumerism model we have been working towards in the last century or two.
  • Free borders is probably the most utopian concept from Bregman’s realism. He argues that borders create exorbitantly greater inequality compared to any inequalities created by gender, race or socio-economic status inside one country and they hinder our common economic progress. As international trade has pushed many underdeveloped countries beyond the poverty level, Bregman argues that the net benefit of a borderless world is worth $65 trillion and we’re yet to tap into it.

But what about politics?

Even if you do not follow the UK political scene closely, you might be able to relate to Bregman’s argument that the Left has spent decades focusing on being ‘against’, whether that’s against war, capitalism, homophobia, climate change, but without offering a viable or convincing alternative. Bregman has drawn evidence from liberal thinkers, yet he seems to promote ideas of what we would traditionally call socialist. Bregman believes that the successful formula for a stronger Left is applying neoliberal rhetoric to a pragmatic social structure.

For an inspiration on implementing utopian ideas into practice, Bregman’s arguments are convincing and show a breadth of knowledge, research and evidence. Yet, none of what Bregman says has to be utopian, if realists become truly inspired to make a change.

Get a copy of Utopia for Realists: And How We Can Get There, £11.89

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Co-author Chantal Foyer – Read her Q&A to find out more.

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