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DIVE INTO SUMMER WITH THE LATEST PREMIUM SPIRIT FROM THE CÔTE D’AZUR

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Transport yourself to the Côte d’Azur with CAP Gin. Get a Taste of refinement from carefully selected botanicals expertly blended to produce premium Gin that pays homage to this iconic Jet-Set destination

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Discover the premium Gin that Celebrates everything about the Côte d’Azur Lifestyle – Le Cap Soiree

Did you know the Côte d’Azur is acclaimed for it’s timeless glamour with over 300 days of sunshine a year which boast the most iconic coastlines in the world. It makes me think of Hotel du Cap Eden Roc. Imagine this – where you can plunge into the spirit of the French Riviera through the taste of Cap Gin.

 

As far as I know, Cap Gin is made on the shores of the Mediterranean and the spirit of the Côte d’Azur reflects that of the glamorous stylish lifestyles lived in Cannes, Nice to Monaco.

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Since lockdown happened in Britain amid the Covid 19 pandemic people are still reluctant to make vacation plans as only most recently restrictions are slowly being lifted with the opening of some hotels, bars and restaurants. I’d like to hear you’re thoughts on this or are you still in favor of entertaining at home to feel safe until this situation settles a bit.

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CAP Gin Le Esprit de la Côte France

Although I’m still hesitant for making social plans, I support staying in and drinking can still be fun with great company with sumptuous cocktails to get you into the summer party spirit. I thought this period was very unusual to spend time at home with all major sporting events to music festivals cancelled it seems vacations abroad are nonexistent. So why not bring the Cote d’Azur Lifestyle to me instead.

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The Distinct CAP Gin’s formulation was produced  in collaboration with Dr David Clutton PHD a former Technical Director at Diageo who also processed the distillation of Bombay Sapphire Gin.

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This week I’m discovering and getting to know Cap Gin from the South of France that features botanicals inspired by the French Riviera with mimosa flowers, rose, and orange blossom sourced from the Provence region. Just for you guys at home, let’s get to know the Gin together and tell you what makes this brand new spirit so distinctly remarkable in taste. For me it does have the wow factor that appeals to Gin lovers alike. When the sample of the Cap Gin arrived the other day, I’m so very delighted to tell you more about it. So here’s what I was able to find out so far. Cap Gin is distilled and produced at the distillerie de Terres Rouge, Turrene in France to create the most classic and timeless cocktails

 

Cap Gin, the unique premium spirit from the Côte d’Azur has made it’s debut in The Spirits Business Gin Masters 2020, being awarded two gold medals.

 

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It’s no surprise that in it’s first year of entering the awards, the Gin won across multiple categories. Experts judges on the panel have portrayed it as floral and luxurious applauding Cap Gin as the ‘IT’ drink this summer winning gold in both the premium and London Dry Categories shows its distinction for exclusivity.

Curious and what to know what’s in it? If you love the fresh feeling of summer then this ones defiantly up your street if you love all things citrusy. Throughout history citrus has formed an integral part of the Côte d’Azur from the prestige of Menton Lemon to Fleur d’Oranger used in the perfumeries of Grasse. Cap Gin contains all of these botanicals, fruit, spices, and herbs to create flavour that is derived from this iconic region. You’ll notice the flavorsome of coriander and juniper mixed just right with natural scents found here to create this premium French Gin.

Just a bit of background into CAP Gin which was created by it’s co founder’s Andrew Campbell, James Auld, Adam Payne three friends to embody the rich culture and diverse heritage of its residents with homage to the spirit of the Côte d’Azur. The port town of Antibes can considered as a major influence with its significance of historical culture to the alluring glitterati nightlife scene.

Even the bottle reflects the clear coastal waters of the Mediterranean brought to life as the go to lifestyle brand. When tasting the gin for yourself it gives you that feeling of being there in the moment or aspire to want to go there is the idea to sell you the Côte d’Azur lifestyle in a bottle. I do love the gin’s uniquely distilled floral finished with a delicate blend of citrus is lightly refreshing to portray the lifestyle of the South of France . I can’t imagine anything more perfect than to unwind this weekend with the refreshing taste of Cap Gin.

 

 

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Cap Gin can be distinguished as classic, refined and satisfyingly refreshing – enjoy a taste of the French Riviera. Welcome to the Côte d’Azur with luxury and indulgence around every corner.

For now, we wait patiently for the end of confinement, but now instead let’s live for the weekend shall we? As we continue to live behind closed doors, but hopefully not for much longer there is elegance and style in abundance on the Côte d’Azur. So cheers, jump into the weekend with a home made Cap Gin & Tonic, Negroni’s to French 75 cocktails and make some new memories with Cap Gin.

As we wait to see what life will be like in the future. Let’s dream about the things we miss and what we will do when we are able to do so once more. Til then let thoughts of wanderlust transport you to sail away with Cap Gin the perfect match to salute the glamorous lifestyles of the Côte d’Azur aboard the super yachts. You can find out more about this premium gin just here

 

Editorial Disclaimer: As always, all opinions are my own and I will never promote something I have not personally tried out myself as I want to always give my honest feedback about a product.  I was kindly gifted a sample of CAP Gin by the Brand Rep to review #AD. Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any brand or retailer, and have not been reviewed or endorsed by any of these entities.

HOW I’M STAYING ON TOP OF MY SKINCARE ROUTINE DURING SELF ISOLATION

THE BEST MEN'S SKINCARE PRODUCTS YOU CAN RELY ON TO HOARD IN LOCKDOWN

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You would agree, when it comes to our favourite brands we swear by and pledge loyalty to as we love them too much it’s not possible to feel complete when getting our morning’s off to a good start.

Essential Men’s Grooming during lockdown to hoard in isolation at home – Get to know my current favourites

You would agree, when it comes to our favourite brands we swear by and pledge loyalty to as we love them too much it’s not possible to feel complete when getting our morning’s off to a good start.

Over the past few months we’ve all had the challenge to adapt to a new life during the Covid 19 pandemic and that includes not going to the shops as normal, but in this case it was only allowed if absolutely necessary for essentials

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For me, I count beauty and grooming products as everyday essentials even though we are used to adhering to our own personal grooming rituals at home before going out. With that said, staying in isolation for long periods of time feels like you’re putting life on hold for the moment but that doesn’t mean you should neglect daily routines and the same goes for grooming. Lucky for me, I’d stocked up on a few things which I already had before the whole country went into lockdown so I have learned at this moment in time to appreciate things allot more.

 

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A sneak peak inside my personal toiletries bag with all the essential items I often carry with me to refresh my grooming kit at home or on the go.

This whole experience of the lock down period felt a bit like the War in Britain in comparisons to shortage of food items which was a bit of a culture shock at first. Learning to go without certain items like loo roll which my household was careful to ration at the beginning felt like a luxury until hoarding of this item calmed down a bit. But, with none essential shops having to close consumer and luxury goods were not easy to get hold off even online for that matter, but we just had to make the most of what we have during this time, so here’s what’s inside my personal toiletries bag with all the essential items I often carry with me to refresh my grooming kit at home or on the go.

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In situations like staying at home my skin needs to feel refreshed and energized using the following brands which I highly recommend which are no particular order Clinique men’s or women’s to Acqua di Parma products because they just that fabulous once you try them out and work miracles for their individual uniqueness and formulated to suit various skincare types.

Clinique’s dramatically different moisturizing lotion gives my skin that extra feeling of hydration best applied when the skin is moist after a shower to feel refreshed.

When self selecting favourite brands you can’t go wrong with specialist sensitive skincare products out there in the market bearing in mind they custom to your skins condition like mine is prone to in between oily to dry skin combination. Clinique’s dramatically different moisturizing lotion gives my skin that extra feeling of hydration best applied when the skin is moist after a shower to feel refreshed. For me the skin pores open up so the lotion is easily absorbed once gently applied to the face.  Before doing this, once in the shower use the face wash to gently remove any excess oil, grime and dirt gently using hands to let it lather into the layers of skin then rinse off for a deep clean. This product works wonders as a thorough cleanser yet gentle is suitable for normal to dry skin. I love the Men’s skincare range just because Clinque is developed by dermatologist, 100 percent fragrance free and allergy tested.

For this range of Moisturiser, I use dry to combination as my skin sometimes tends to feel oily so this balances out the condition of my skin to improve its appearance.

They don’t call it dramatically different for nothing as it does exactly what it says on the tin. For outside in the garden when being confined to being at home our skin needs vitamin and sun protection from UV rays. Rain or shine Clinique’s Super Energizer SPF 40  is a great gel formula too although some prefer to use other versions in a lotion based on personal preference as it absorbs allot easier I think. I do love the hints of citrus notes in this product which helps to re-energise the skin for that extra boost to protect your skin against the outdoor elements. This one is great for hydrating tired looking skin with anti fatigue concentrate to protect against UVA/B + IR + Blue light defense in one.

And finally onto my one my other favourites let’s mention fragrance because it’s something I always like to have on and it’s always great to smell good for that final touch of luxury to complete any grooming routine. I think it was Tom Ford who said it’s essential to wear fragrance even in bed and I absolutely agree. That invigorating feeling of scented aroma in a room amongst my bed linen is just amazing I tell you from experience with spaying on fragrance favourites. Even when I travel I’ll do the same before going to bed a spruce on Colonia by Acqua di Parma for its hint of freshness on the skin. Just give these products a try I’d like to see how you get on. Just leave comment below for some feedback I’d love to hear your thoughts on your personal grooming recommendations during lock down.

 

 

Editorial Disclaimer: As always, all opinions are my own and I will never promote something I don’t personally support and believe in. The products reviewed are items which I purchased myself personally. Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any brand or retail department store, and have not been reviewed or endorsed by any of these entities.

GETTING OVER SUMMER BEACH BODY ANXIETY IN JUST 3 STEPS

THE PRESSURE TO GET BEACH BODY READY THIS SUMMER HAS BECOME THE NORM FOR MEN

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Editorial Disclaimer: A Special thank you to Sen Wellness Sanctuary for inviting me to their Wellness Center in London for  a Complimentary Yoga Session as an introduction to their Lifestyle Brand. Opinions expressed here are the authors alone, not those of any brand and have not been reviewed or approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

INSIDE BROCKET HALL A QUINTESSENTIALLY ENGLISH STATELY HOME – DAY TRIP TO P1 SUPER CAR CLUB SHOW

THE FIRST AND LEADING SUPERCAR CLUB IN THE WORLD

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A while ago now I took a Day Trip to Hertfordshire outside of London to Welwyn Garden City to visit Country Estate Brocket Hall to see the P1 International Supper Car Club for their luxury Car Show. One weekend me and friend decided to head out of London and explore the home counties as well as look at some of the cool sports cars on show at the event we attended.

One Saturday morning we got the train from Kings Cross to Hertfordhire which was about a 40 minute journey to the event and we managed to arrive just before lunch time and make the day of it exploring the scenic views within the Brocket Hall Estate during the car show.

So, here’s a bit about the car show – P1 International is The Worlds First and Leading Supercar Club founded in 2001 by founder and CEO Michael Breen, P1 pioneered the concept of a private members club offering share access to a fleet of supercars  defining the luxury car rental market. P1 have seventeen years experience in refining the concept as well as continuing to offer it’s discerning members an unrivalled experience with access to a stable of the finest and fatest supercars from Ferrari to Maserati and more.

 

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Maserati Car at the P1 Super Car Club Show at Brocket Hall

P1 International is The Worlds First and Leading Supercar Club.

So, here’s what you get. In return for annual membership the club takes care of the cost of depreciation, insurance, servicing and maintenance, leaving the members free to enjoy the cars and the club without the inconvenience and cost of ownership.

Just being here at Brocket Hall in the presence of the magnificent super sports cars reminded me of watching TopGear on television but in reality I got to actually sit inside my dream bucket list of sports car and admire their interiors but at the same time appreciate fine craftsmanship of their engines and aesthetics for real.


We enjoyed a lovely Champagne reception and canapés in the most elegant surroundings of a beautiful Country Estate


Upon arrival to Brocket Hall we enjoyed a lovely Champagne reception and canapés in the most elegant surroundings of beautiful country estate that’s named after the Brocket Family through many generations. So just thought I’d mention a bit of history about the building’s lavish Estate and Acres of land which host a golf course driving range too if you love spot of golf just like me.

 

The best part of it was driving around the grounds in a golf cart so we could admire the scenery surrounding the estate which was a lot of fun in the sunshine late afternoon before making our way back to London.

Visit England’s Finest Golf, Dining & Residential Country Estate.

It was such a thrill  to find out more about the luxury super car rental market and even more so explore the range of Super Cars from Vintage Classics to Modern and Contemporary motor cars and see how the other half live. A day out like this to experience real luxury at it’s finest had to be the highlight of my visit upon visiting Brocket Hall Country Estate.

To find out more about P1 International Super Car Club and Brocket Hall you can visit their website and social media handles below

 

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Disclaimer: My Day Trip to Brocket Hall to attend the P1 Super Car Club was gifted to me by a friend through personal invitation. As always all opinions expressed will be my own and I only promote and review brands which I am interested in that focus on Men’s Lifestyle and Luxury market.

THE DUNELM HOME CHRISTMAS COLLECTION 2019 | REVIEW

HOME DECOR INSPIRATION TO CELEBRATE THIS FESTIVE HOLIDAY SEASON

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After all it is the season of giving and about spending time with your loved ones, family and friends which means it’s time to start thinking about finding the perfect gifts come Christmas Day. Sometimes I often find  I am leaving my Christmas shopping til the last minute but this year I’m going to start early and be well organised.

Just recently I was invited to attend the Press Day for Dunelm Home Christmas Collection in London to have a preview of their new collection range from home interiors to unique Christmas gift ideas. I also got to try and sample some delicious Christmas Inspired Cocktails and sumptuous Canapé’s during the event too while I had the pleasure of browsing my favourite items to add to my Christmas Wish list.

DID YOU KNOW? 37% of people do their Christmas Shopping in November, while 12% wait until the week before Christmas!

Dunelm Home prides itself as being one of Britain’s most beloved well known brands and it’s the first time I’ve come across this retailer that produces some really fantastic products to furnish your home.

I’m feeling really inspired for Chrismas just by looking at all the wonderful things which surround me because I really love this festive time of year and the thought of dressing up the mantle piece, hanging stockings up and having a Tree and decorations to light up the room. The feeling of being elated inside with joy is how it should be during this special time of year so decorating your home in preparation for the big day can be fun too. I reminisce those days growing up as a child and putting up the tree just me, Mum, siblings and not forgetting the dogs being present would not feel complete.

All the items on display during the press day were fantastic and make ideal presents such as handmade arts and crafts including the Christmas Crackers looked quirky and fun too.

 

 

 

 

 

Top image: Christmas Lantern Decoration This image: Unique selection of Christmas Gifts on display

 

 

 

Even the advent calendars were imaginative in the form of a 3-D model village to food gift sets, board games and more i deas for present choice was a great opportunity to window shop before these items hit the shelves in the store.

With comparison to other Christmas home collections Dunelm did not disappoint as there were lots to choose from to help you decide on gift ideas to spoil your loved ones and make sure you celebrate in style at home this festive season.

 

I had the most wonderful time exploring and taking note of all the things I want to include in my Christmas Wish list so I can start my Christmas Shopping early before the big rush kicks in on the high street. It’s the beginning of October already, so the time is ticking in the countdown to Christmas before we all head off and enjoy our planned festivities for the holidays.

Feeling inspired yet?  Discover the wide range of Decor available to buy today at Dunelm, the UK’s largest homewares and soft furnishing store from accessories, bedding, ornaments, ideas for new home decor to furniture and home collections.

 

 

To find out more about Dunelm Home please visit their website and social media handles below;

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Disclaimer; Many Thanks to Dunelm Home for inviting me along to their preview of the 2019 Christmas Collection. All opinions expressed will be my own and I would never promote something I otherwise would not choose for myself or use as I want to give my honest feedback on brands I review.

A BANK HOLIDAY STAYCATION IN LONDON: MY AFTERNOON EXPLORING FIRMDALE HOTELS

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Lucky for me I know this city at the back of my hand having been based here a few years I won’t ever find myself bored as there is so much to see and do in London which boast the best bars, restaurants, hotels to fantastic nightlife. Sometimes it’s also good to have time to yourself and reflect like catching up on things like task, hobbies or friends are always great to make you laugh and experience fun things together.

What will you be up to this Bank Holiday Weekend? Nevertheless I hope you make the most it before the new season starts and we begin to see Autumn season again. I don’t think I’ve ever planned that far ahead even though its already just around the corner and we a see a shift again in our wardrobe from spring/summer to autumn/winter styles to dictate what we wear day to day can be exciting also as our favourite staples get their chance to take centre stage.

Today I took a walk from Trafalgar Square and while I was there visited the National Portrait Gallery for a moment of peace away from the Hustle and Bustle of London town just slightly after lunch time. It’s always good to walk on foot if you have the time to spare as you watch the people go by and spontaneously find new places to check out one being unique Hotels with a quiet bar as well as a luxury dining room with exquisite ambience.  After a busy morning you’d want to find somewhere to relax and unwind to spend the rest of your lazy afternoon. I’d just arrived at this Hotel on the corner of Suffolk Place on Haymarket where a friend and I decided to pop in for quick drink The Brumus Bar and Restaurant located inside the Haymarket Hotel before heading over to The Haymarket Hotel Bar later in the evening.

 

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All Photo Credits: Jenny Pickets Styling

The hotel interiors were very elegant and quirky as I noticed the Canine Doggy Pictures upholstered onto the back of the bar chairs and restaurant in a regal purple and pink fuchasia appealed to me. For all you pet lovers at home as they say a man’s best friend is also his dog so immediately I felt very at home here. I thought it had a personal touch as well as being distinctly sophisticated which stood out as a style statement. I’m really impressed from what I’ve seen so far even though it was just a brief visit I’d definitely would pop in again for the foreseeable future if I ever happen to be just passing by in the local area.