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FIRENZE & PRATO STYLE DIARY – WHAT I PACKED FOR A TWO DAY CITY BREAK with ART HOTEL MUSEO

WHAT I WORE: STREET STYLE FIRENZE 'PITTI IMMAGINE UOMO 97'

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Credits: Tailored Double Breasted Pea coat Made with Italian Fabric; Abecrombie & Fitch, White cotton Long Sleeve Tee; Boohoo Man, Skinny Jeans; Forever 21 Men, Derby shoes; H&M MAN, Sunglasses from a Selection at PRADA Milano
During the first day of our press trip my outfit for day one consisted being dressed in all monochrome which is usually my signature style day to day. In true Florentine style in homage to Pitti Uomo 97 I opted for a statement tailored winter coat made from the finest Italian fabric.

I felt I blended right in doing street style pictures to capture the moment being in Firenze. I needed to feel super comfy but still smart casual as most of the day was being spent on planes, buses, trains and taxis. But, just imagine lugging round a suitcase and my weekend bag between destinations.  Honestly Italy is so full of culture, history and the local people are so warm and welcoming here for which I am so grateful.

Outfit dilema’s – I realised when I got there for the first time in my life I had under packed even though it was a short trip. Who’d have thought my blogger peers who are reading this will laugh at this. I’m known for bringing ten times the amount I need. I didn’t have a proper outfits planned for my daytime wears so I put this together last minute. I wanted something smart casual and slightly formal for evening dinner with of course a hint of classic oxford button down shirt from Polo Ralph Lauren paired with a All Saint’s Crew Neck Sweater.

All Photo Credits: Jenny Pickets Styling

I hadn’t packed enough clothes, so off Jen and I go on a little fashionista shopping trip to Gigli Shopping Mall down the road from our Hotel in a 10 minute taxi journey. I wore my comfy shoes again because I knew we would be walking around a lot! I opted for a faux suede Derby, Gibson bucks shoe by H & M which is a classic favourite.

From Pisa to Prato – here I’m wearing brands from the high street to designer which I also paired some skinny jeans and shoes with the outfit too. The first two photos are taken in Firenze Florence.

Art Hotel Museo in Prato – Such a beautiful place and I can’t thank them enough for putting us up here a couple of nights for the first part of our trip to experience local food, culture, wine and cuisine in Tuscany was a very unforgettable stay we loved it here very much.

Entrance to ART HOTEL MUSEO in Prato Italy – Street Style Italia Pitti Immagine Uomo 97

 

 

Disclosure: #AD A huge special thanks to Art Hotel Museo Italy for kindly sponsoring our stay and for the amazing hospitality in Prato – this was a paid partnership collaboration with the hotel brand. Also I would like to Thank ryanair.com for sponsoring my return flights itinerary between Pisa, Milan and London during Camera Moda Milano Men’s Fashion Week and to both companies for making this trip possible.  All Opinions Expressed will be my own and prices quoted in this article will be subject to change by the companies mentioned e.g. ryanair.com and Art Hotel Museo.

GET READY TO OUTSHINE THE FIREWORKS THIS WEEKEND: WHAT TO WEAR ON BONFIRE NIGHT

THE BEST WINTER COATS AND ACCESSORIES TO WEAR THIS WEEKEND AT GUY FAWKES NIGHT

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Hi everyone, it’s time to get your sparklers at the ready and so excited for Bonfire Night this weekend. From woolly hats to snugly scarves I wanted to show you my personal favourites to inspire your winter wardrobe.

Finding the perfect winter coat is just as hard as finding the perfect man so you might as well invest time in finding the right one.  You can never go wrong with statement wears such as a pea coat in a fitted style looks smart and refined.

If you’re wondering what else would look great to finish off the look it’s always great to have options for stylish accessories this season as there are some great selections to choose from designer luxury to the high street.

I almost forgot a great pair of wellies would be ideal in this autumn weather wherever you are this bonfire weekend you can’t go wrong with a classic pair of wellington boots from Hunter. Try teaming a pair of these boots which a statement quilted bomber jacket with fur trim lapels as worn by Fashion Influencer and Model Toby Huntington-Whitley at the Belstaff Men’s show during London Fashion Week. So here’s where you can get your hands on this exclusive must have item this season below from my Edit.

 

 

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WHAT I WORE: BELSTAFF TRAVELOGUE SS 2020 PRESENTATION

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It’s London Fashion Week Men this weekend as I managed to catch the last leg of the show schedule to attend the Belstaff  Presentation preview of the new seasons Womenswear and Menswear Collections Travelogue Spring Summer 2020. Being a Sunday and the weather very pleasant the beginning of June I was feeling inspired by preppy vibes as my weekend off duty look for today’s event. For today’s look I decided to put together a smart casual look incorporating light weight denim and a basic casual separate such as a T-shirt for a relaxed smart casual outfit. I also got to wear one of my favourite signature pinstripe blazers as my statement piece which looks great in anycase to dress up my outfit is very versatile and understated at the same time which goes with anything. I love it because it’s not your standard conventional denim, it’s denim with a twist.

Styling Credits: Joey’s outfit (Day three LFW Men’s): V neck Men’s Tee, Primark Man, Skinny fit jeans, ASOS, Boots, United Colours of Benetton, Pinstripe Denim Blazer, Polo Ralph Lauren, Sunglasses Marc by Marc Jacobs

 

Photography: Jenny Pickets Styling

AN EVENING WITH TRESOR PARIS PIIISH LONDON JEWELLERY LAUNCH

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EXCLUSIVE PRIVATE VIEW WITH TRESOR PARIS X PHIIISH LONDON COLLABORATION WITH SUMMER COCKTAILS BY THUNDER TOFFEE VODKA

Before leaving for Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week I had already put a reminder in the diary that I was due to attend an invitation to the Tresor Paris launch in collaboration with Phiiish London.  It was my first experience of coming into direct contact with the brand and what an amazing time I had during the private preview.

I have heard of Tressor Paris before by word of mouth through other Style Influencers and Bloggers so it was extremely kind of their press team to invite me down to the launch and be part of the event. I got to meet the designers Adam and Dean the faces behind the new line of Jewellery as they chatted to me about their exciting collaboration and partnership with Tressor Paris.

For those of you that are new to the brand Tressor Paris can be found in heart of London’s Jewellery district Hatton Garden just off Chancery Lane.  If you ever happen to be passing by the area do drop by and view the most exquisite pieces of jewellery on display at their flagship store.

I noticed that the brand is favoured too by an array of Celebrities and Social Media Influencers on instagram. Even more so it certainly caught my attention as I got to take home a new piece of the collection with me which was gifted by the brand.

It just happens the jewellery I received was a unisex bracelet which looks very minimal and contemporary to suit my taste. As always I say less is more. The new bracelet unveiled that evening to the press and media also comes in Rose Gold that’s 18 carat and really sophisticated too.  I just loved some of the other bracelets I tried on myself that come in black beads which are really cool to wear that roll to the movement of your wrist for ideal comfort.

Apart from the jewellery on display the hospitality included toffee flavoured vodka and sushi canapés as the press mingled with other style influencers and celebrities during the evening. I even got to catch up with my peers over drinks and find out what each other has got up to lately since Men’s Fashion Week.

Do you love jewellery as much as I do, then make sure you make Tresor Paris as part of your everyday lifestyle pieces are very versatile to dress up your work wear attire. It’s all in the eye-catching detail as the whole point of owning jewellery is to invest in classic pieces made to last and the quality is just superb. The final verdict, Lovely jewellery by very talented Designers and I hope to try allot more of the range in future to see what Phiiish London create next season.

To find out more about Tresor Paris x Phiiish London Collaboration you can follow these brands on Instagram @tresor @phiiishlondon and visit their website below

www.tresorparis.co.uk

www.phiiish.com

FROM ONE ROYAL WEDDING TO THE NEXT IT’S TIME YOU MET THE PRINCE WILLIAM OF ASIA AS HOLLYWOOD PROMOTES GROUND BREAKING DIVERSITY IN 25 YEARS

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ROYAL WEDDINGS IN 2018 OBSERVE THE LAVISH LIFESTYLE, DRAMA AND ROYAL PROTOCOL OF BEING A MODERN ROYAL FOR NEW MILLENNIALS

 

With the Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Suits Actress Megan Markle draws closer to the big day on the 20th May, I’m getting rather excited about another Royal Wedding even though it’s just fiction we can all dream of Marrying a Prince one day.

 

Yes! Warner Bros Studio’s is set to release an adaptation of the novel Crazy Rich Asian’s which observes lavish lifestyle and Royal Protocol for New Millennial’s. Take note girls in case anyone of you is keen to bag a your Prince Charming anytime soon. Sorry to disappoint you all but its official that Harry is set to Marry Megan so he is off the Market. With that said it’s time you get to know the Prince William of Asia Nick Yung who is coming to the big screens near you this summer.  A cinematic release date for the Movie ‘Crazy Rich Asian’ is set for August. Now how does that sound?

 

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I think Hollywood has come a long way to promote diversity in the film industry and it takes me back to my University days where my final year dissertation discussed Race Relations In Hollywood Cinema and the impact it has on society. I am so thrilled that even to this present day that something I wrote back then would actually become a reality and happen for real, pretty cool right! From personal experience  I’ve worked as a background artist on film and television set’s in the past and found that there are not allot of roles out there for me is disappointing as we need to earn a living too. This is why Hollywood needs to address a positive message in the film industry to work harder at promoting diversity for all.

 

Now let’s discuss the film and by the looks of the trailer it’s the first I’ve heard for a mainstream film to include an all star Asian Cast. There are some new fresh young talent on the Hollywood Scene Henry Golding who’s cast as a Prince in the movie alongside love interest Constance Wu his co-star.

The most interesting fact about Actor Henry Golding is he is actually new to Acting and comes from a TV Presenter background as a broadcast journalist is pretty impressive don’t you think.  His stints in TV includes The BBC, Discovery Chanel which are Travel shows

He also hails from England with a mixed heritage and Asian where he lived in the U.K and well traveled. Constance Wu is from Richmond Virginia and originally as an native ex-pat of South-East Asia with year’s of experience in the film business.

It’s a love story between the Wu and Golding that depicts the obstacles they face when meeting the family for the first time. It follows fictional characters of Prince Nick Yung and his girlfriend Rachel Chu, but unbeknownst to Rachel he is an heir to vast family fortune in Singapore. It’s when they both head back for a family wedding Nick’s fiancée is faced with a challenge to run the gauntlet of the family tree, past crazy ex’s and ridiculous Mother’s in Law played by Tomorrow Never Die’s Actress Michelle Yeoh.

Even all the girls in Singapore want him. They just can’t get enough of Nick and you can’t blame them really, because he’s all they could ever want in a guy strikingly handsome and not forgetting rich. I’m already excited so expect some over excessive glamour, amazing style and fashion plus the drama that comes along with the movie story plot line dna. Let’s wait and see shall we, even more so it’s taken 25 years for Hollywood to cast a whole Asian cast which is a groundbreaking for Diversity and I hope it stays that way for the future.

The Real Reason Behind Why I Started Fashion Blogging

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With all the recent media and press attention surrounding the subject of supporting great causes such as LGBT charities it’s good to know Celebrities are using their influence to make a stance campaigning against homophobic bullying. Want to know the real reason behind why I started Fashion Blogging. So, I decided to address how I felt about this in response to the British LGBT Awards 2017. When I learned of HRH the Duke of Cambridge Prince William’s great work campaigning against this topic it’s great to know that support and role models are there to look up to. I also, strongly admire the charity work of The Warwick Rowers working with the organisation Sport Allies to combat the issue of homophobia through their modelling calendar. They have grasped the international media attention to promote positive, inclusive and respectful attitudes towards people of all genders, and sexuality through the raising public awareness.

I felt it was time to shed some light on my own personal experience and how it has affected me being of a certain sexual orientation. About 3 years ago, a former friend who held a grudge against me due to envy took advantage of my good will which almost destroyed my life and the people he hurt along the way.

The worst part is I found out the reason behind what he did from people that came forward. To cut to the chase and address my main point this person chose to use social media as an act of cowardness to out my sexual orientation on a facebook status post. I was informed by another friend who had seen it and took a screen shot and immediately reported it. Like anyone in my position you would feel scared as the person meant to ruin my reputation with malicious intent and did not think clearly about his actions or consequences. Soon after, a series of prank phone calls from withheld numbers mostly in the middle of the night occurred so often with comments of a grotesque nature deemed inappropriate. I just was unable to cope with the situation and a complaint report was filed.

Unfortunately, the relevant Authorities failed to prove it was him instead they discovered it was infact acquaintances of his because he was a coward and a weak person. It disgusts me to the point I felt very let down by the Law. The worst part is he got away with it. Nothing was done. I have cut ties with those people in my life who were not good for me and moved onto better things.

For me, I realised in life you have to experience real suffering and pain in order for some good to come out of it with a positive outcome. It was time to start my life over again. The real turning point for me was gradually learning to love myself again and gain that self confidence.

So, this is how I did it. I always, knew I was a great writer and it was something I very much enjoyed including English Literature at school. Although, I always knew Fashion was my thing that would enable me to express myself and so I started blogging. I thought because of the bad experience I encountered if someone would try to ruin my reputation I could build a brand new one online and so fashion blogging helped turn my life around. The important lesson for me was to surround yourself with positive people who support you and your aspirations.

Writing has enabled me to put all my negative thoughts down on paper and channel it into something completely new and positive experiences. It was also, great to attend the Diesel ‘Make Love Not Walls’ Fashion Campaign Party! during London Fashion Week which promoted the message of Diversity and teach others about self acceptance. It meant so much to me to attend and feel I belong. If you’re reading this, I hope it’s helped some of you whether you’re feeling vulnerable, scared, lonely, and isolated, always remember to be strong because if you don’t they win.