JAMES BAY X TOPMAN





Topman has once again aced another celebrity endorsed range. I've been very excited to see this collection, ever since I found out James was collaborating with the high street brand. The last collaboration that caught my eye was back in 2015 with Nick Grimshaw. This exciting collaboration, with one of my favourite artists, is right up my street! I've always thought James was one cool guy, with equally killer style, not to mention his music!



I've been lucky enough to see James play live, two years ago at Coachella. He performed in the late afternoon at one of the indoor stages at the festival. I always remember how hot it was, it must have been in the high 30's, yet James still didn't take off his signature hat! Always abiding by the strict rule, style over substance!


I've done my background research and found out Bay didn't just put his name to the collection, James himself has had a profound input into the sketches and ideas behind the collection. Many pieces being designed by the main man himself, whilst working alongside Topman's Creative Director.





James commented in an interview: "I've taken a lot of inspiration from performing live and the way I dress on tour." I personally think James is one cool character and I love his sense of style, I knew this collection would be killer, and it certainly didn't disappoint! James also mentioned that many of the details he focused on are based on his original drawings and sketches. It's good to know he's actually played a big part in the designing stage. 


His collection features a few classic rockstar staples. I know James is a massive fan of the Rolling Stones and this sequined bomber jacket below reminds me of a similar piece I saw Mick Jagger wearing. I definitely think their style has been an inspiration of his. Other pieces in the collection include a slim black evening suit, a range of simple logo T-shirts with James' illustrations on, and not forgetting, two pairs of classic black skinny jeans.


As you can see I just had to buy something from his collection. I was patiently waiting on Wednesday, at midnight to be one of the first to order. Annoyingly it didn't go live until 3am! I thankfully woke up at 4am, and just managed to bag my favourite piece of the capsule- this suede brown Harrington. They only had four left in stock at that time, so I count myself VERY lucky!





The jacket was the piece James himself wore to the launch party, and personally, I think it's the best piece in the thirteen item collection. I absolutely love it! The jacket 100% leather and is designed to have a classic fit with visible stitching upon the soft suede fabric. It has a black zip fastening, with two angular chest pockets either side, all with popper buttons.




Sadly this jacket is no longer online after selling out in only a few hours after the collection went live on the 17th of August. Still there's a lot more awesome pieces to check out online. To shop the capsule at Topman click here. Head across to my YouTube channel to see the short video about my jacket. Search: The Unidentified Rocker.







ROCK 'N' ROLL CHELSEA BOOTS





I've been longing for a trusty brown pair of Chelsea boots for a while now and Atom Retro has once again come to my rescue. They kindly sent me this killer pair of tan leather boots from their in-house brand Madcap, and it's safe to say they look very cool.




You’ll already know by now that a pair of Chelsea boots are a crucial wardrobe essential of mine. I’ve been craving a pair of tan boots, so when I found these beauties online, my luck was in!

Surprisingly, I’ve never owned a pair of tan leather boots. They look as though they've been transported straight from the 1960’s, with a pointed toe, wedged Cuban heel, and classic centre stitch detail. The Casbah boot is available in a range of colours, including black leather & black suede. These boots are a valued addition to my ever-growing boot collection.





I’ve paired my killer boots with a pair of Mad Cap skinny black drainpipe jeans. I can confidently say they're one of the comfiest pairs of jeans I've ever owned! The material is a mix of cotton & elastane, giving the jeans a super stretch feel. The jeans feature a traditional five pocket detail, with classic belt loops and a silver button fastening.

The most important tip to remember, when wearing a statement Chelsea boot, is to match the colours of your outfit together, from your shoes up. As you can see, I’m wearing a suede tan jacket, which mirrors the tan shade of my shoes, styled with my black jeans, and complimented with my black scarf. I’ve chosen to wear a basic grey T-shirt, just to tone the overall look down a little.




I’ve gone for a more vintage inspired look with this outfit, I discovered this awesome suede jacket at my local vintage store in Newcastle. I think the tan shade of the jacket compliments the boots so well. I’m wearing my Saint Laurent dupe printed scarf. The scarf features a horse shoe pattern, this small detail really ties the outfit together, along with a few staple pieces of jewellery and, of course, my trusty Fedora hat. I think I'm channelling some serious Western vibes with this look, and I like it!



To shop the tanned brown Chelsea boots click here.

To shop the Cavern 59 drainpipe jean click here.




THE BOMBER JACKET




The weather hasn't been playing ball recently, forcing me to layer up, yes in August! It's certainly not T-shirt weather out there. This weather has made me turn to my wardrobe for something I don't own, but really need. A bomber jacket. This is the perfect piece to own when the typical British summer is living up to its name. That being cold, warm, wet, sunny, windy, lightning- all in the space of a week.

A bomber jacket also seems to be this seasons hottest piece, with the likes of Gucci & Saint Laurent stocking an endless selection of bomber jackets online in their AW17 collections. However, if you haven't got a spare £2,500, you can always pick a bomber up for as little as £30 on the high street. A bomber jacket is the perfect piece to suit the bipolar weather we're all experiencing at the moment. As you can see, the one I've just bought looks pretty bloody cool. It's a navy blue jacket, with silver zip & feature arm pocket.




Every brand does their own take on the bomber, that originates from the classic design first worn as a military uniform. Worn back in the 50's for its functionality as a lightweight jacket, the classic bomber kept soldiers warm, and allowed them to move freely. The military bomber jacket was made to be a very versatile piece for everyone to wear and still to this day, nothing has changed. It's a timeless piece! I'm sure everyone will recognise the classic khaki green shell and bright orange lining, of one of the most famous bomber jacket in history, think Tom Cruise in Topgun!



The bomber jacket I chose is navy blue and is made from 100% cotton. The jacket also comes in khaki. It features a zip pocket detail on one arm, and two front hand warming pockets. It's a simple yet functional piece with your classic zip up front. I bought the jacket in a size small, which I think looks sweet and does the job as a lighter moveable layer.




I found the range of bomber jackets online to be truly huge! You can pick a bomber jacket up for quite a reasonable price, my bomber jacket was only £29.99. I've featured five additional favourites of mine, from various online sites ranging from a similar £30 jacket up to £114. Check my list of bombers out below.





Asos bomber: Black classic bomber.
Topman bomber: Red twist.
Asos padded bomber: Black padded.
River Island: Toggle bomber.
All Saints bomber: Burgundy twist.


Shop the New Look jacket I wore here.




PACKING FOR A LONG WEEKEND STAG DO




Finally, it's happened, the 'boys' are going international. This weekend might be a little different to the rest, as I'll most likely be drunk for 72 hours. (I'll take this opportunity to pre-apologise for the drunken Instagram live videos which are imminent.) Going away with the boys throws up the question of what to pack for the heat, clubbing and looming hangovers from hell!

We've never been away as friends before, which is quite surprising as we've all known each other since a very early age. As Olly is the first person in the group getting married, we knew it called for something special! So we're all jetting off to Portugal for his stag!




So, what to pack? Well, I can assure you hangover cures are top of the list! Nevertheless, you've got to look cool while abroad, so in this post, I'll be talking through my suitcase essentials. Fact one, we didn't actually pay for suitcases on the flight, meaning I've got to fit all my clothes into my hand luggage! That's everything you need on holiday into my 56 cm by 45 cm case! Quite a task, thankfully we're only going for a long weekend!




I'm currently staring at my TINY suitcase, packed to the brim with all my essentials. The first of my must take products are for the hair. After all, it's my biggest accessory! Maintaining my mane is top of any holiday list. Here are some of my favourite products I always have to take with me. A good shampoo & conditioner are a must, after a long day in the sun & constantly getting my hair wet with every dip in the pool. I also find a salt spray a valuable life line if you're going to let your hair dry naturally throughout the day.





My biggest must have has to be my hairspray, I couldn't live without this product, it's been the solid favourite of mine for years! I've never found another that even gets close to Got2b! A finishing touch in the evening is my go to Oil Licious serum with argan oil. This bottle of magic helps tame fly aways, plus gives your hair much-needed minerals, leaving it shiny & glossy.




I hate packing! I normally leave this job until the very last minute, but since I'm blogging about it, I've had to sort my luggage out WAY before I usually do! I need the added pressure while packing a case, it's the only thing that actually makes me do it! Family members shouting in my face telling me to hurry up, because the taxi is outside, also does the trick! So I guess having to post this today actually is a blessing in disguise! 

(I realise I have to empty some of these products into 100ml bottles, as hand luggage has some strict rules to follow.) I've never travelled with only hand luggage, so this was quite a challenge for me! I, however, this time have my bag packed and ready to go, even my cosmetics are put into a transparent plastic bag, sorted for those airport security checks.




Next up, the clothes I'm taking with me. I have four shirts all abiding by that cool holiday look, including my Zara shirt I picked up a few weeks ago, which I featured on my blog. Two t-shirts, two vest tops & two pairs of jeans. Along with the other accessories including sunglasses, bandannas and light dress scarfs. A suitcase that will last well over a week. (For my three-day stay!) I'm sorry, I just can't travel light!


Thankfully I'm only taking one pair of boots, this isn't a personal decision, it's because I physically couldn't fit anything else in my very small case! My trusty All Saints sandals have also made the cut for the beach. Suntan lotion is one of the most important things as protecting your skin while in the sun is a must! I always go for SPF 30 but mistakenly bought a 50, so there's literally no way I'm getting even the slightest of tans. Better to be safe than sorry, right?


I picked up the August edition of GQ which should keep me entertained on the flight, after all, it does have The Chief on the cover. Head across to my YouTube channel to catch my new video of me having a general chat about everything I'm taking with me!

P.S Send your hangover cures my way, I'll definitely need them!