THIS WEATHER CALLS FOR ONE THING, FAUX FUR



How cold is the weather right now? I'll answer that for you, IT'S BLOODY FREEZING! I mean it really is, as I was writing this post this morning I glanced over at my iPhone noticing it was still zero degree's outside and that was at 11am! By the looks of things, the cold weather is now here to stay! So with that in mind, I've decided to go all out and buy myself a very thick, very chunky faux fur coat.




I can tell you now that this coat is by far the warmest and most comfortable coat I've ever owned. It's ridiculous, it's like someone's fashioned the coat out of a large duvet or fluffy blanket! I shot this very early Friday morning in the park, it was a super cold and frosty however, this coat kept me very toasty indeed.




Worn open or buttoned up this faux fur looks so bloody cool! The large collar of the coat wraps itself around your neck and looks equally cool pointed up or folded down, it has such a nice shape to it. The coat has three large buttons which fasten at the front keeping all that valuable warmth safely locked inside.



I wore this coat with a simple white V-neck T-shirt, which is all I needed as the coat is so thick and warm to wear. The coats fabric is a synthetic fur, which has an awesome shine to it, you particularly notice this as the colour of the fur is jet black. The smooth glossy fur runs in the same direction making stroking the coat pretty hard to resist when you have it on.



I styled this coat up with some of my trademark rings and my pair of sunglasses to achieve that total 70's frontman look. I think this coat is absolutely epic! As soon as you throw this weighty faux fur over your shoulders, you feel very cool indeed. I've filmed a small look video for this coat which you can check out now by heading to my YouTube channel. This will hopefully give you a little inspiration on how to rock a faux fur yourself this winter.



I've always wanted a faux fur, its the ultimate winter rock 'n' roll piece but I have never been lucky enough to find one that I like, that's until I found this killer coat!

It's an integral item to any frontman's wardrobe, but nobody wears it better than this man. Mr Serge Pizzorno. This photograph of Serge has always stuck in the back of my mind, as he looks so bloody good in it. The sheer size of his jet black coat and the bulkiness of it just looks so unusual and cool! You can't tell where he stops and the coat begins. It's just one huge hairy thing resting on his shoulders, it looks amazing!



Following in Serge's footsteps, I decided to buy this coat and I don't regret my decision. This coat is from Zara and costs £159. I bought this coat in a medium as I thought the small may have been a little too short on the arms. Going for the size medium turned out to be a good call as the coat fitted me like a dream!

I've just checked Zara for sizes and they all seem to have sold out. Nightmare, I know! I have my fingers crossed that Zara will be on it and replenish the stock quickly, so you can also get your hands on this sweet faux fur coat. I'll leave the link below so you can keep an eye out for sizes.

To shop the faux fur coat click here.



I have, however, spotted an equally cool coat across on Asos. This coat is a touch cheaper than the Zara coat I went for, but still, in my opinion, looks just as cool. The only negative I can see is the length. It just looks a little too long for me. Still, I've added it to this post as it's well worth checking out!

Click here to view the Asos faux fur coat.




If you want to see the coat in more detail head across to my YouTube channel, where you can catch me having a chat about this killer faux fur plus the snakeskin print shirt I featured on my blog on Wednesday. Click below to watch and if you could subscribe to my channel, that would be awesome too!







SNAKESKIN




A new month calls for a new shirt and this one certainly doesn't disappoint. I've never had a snakeskin print shirt in the wardrobe before, so this shirt is a welcome addition. As soon as I spotted it, I knew I had to bring it home with me, I mean, it's right up my street!

The shirt is made from viscose which is very soft and smooth against the skin. I went for my usual size of a small, however, this is a little longer than I was expecting. I tend to wear shirts like this tucked in, so the extra length of this shirt doesn't really come across in the photographs.





This shirt cost £25.99 and looks very cool considering it's such a reasonable price. This straight flowing 100% viscose shirt looks super cool when paired with some black skinny jeans. (A classic pairing of mine with any shirt.) The long sleeves show its unusual snakeskin pattern off to its full potential and looks ace on. It has a classic button up front with two buttons on each sleeve.



Keeping an outfit monotone is something I personally think looks very rock 'n' roll, it's just the look I always seem to gravitate towards. If you could take a look inside my wardrobe you'd see for yourself, a selection of clothing with a carefully chosen colour theme running throughout.

Colour is key when it comes to choosing a new item of clothing, whatever that item may be. It has to fit in with my overall look. The colours in this shirt are a mix of an off-white, black and a cement grey, which makes the snakeskin motif very prominent. This shirt fits my wardrobe and style perfectly.




I knew the shirt would look killer underneath a black biker, that whole animal print and leather look never lets me down. Snakeskin is such an eye catching print, some people might be but off a little from wearing it, but I can assure you it always looks awesome!

I added my lightening flash Cuban boots to the outfit as this choice of shoe complemented the leather biker. I also added an understated black fur belt along with my black skinny jeans. My rings and necklaces as per usual also played a part in the look, making the overall impression a touch more personal. Not forgetting the trusty hat!




If you click the link at the bottom of my post you'll be able to see that even this shirt on the model looks slightly longer. It says online that the model is wearing a large, but in my opinion, there's no way it's large. As I said, I rooted for the small and even I felt that was a little bigger than normal, I'm pretty much the same size as the guy on Zara's website, but I'd be swallowed up by a large. If you're a similar size and build to me you'll be fine with a small, but if you're bigger I'd maybe consider a size down, even though the shirt states it's a regular fit.

Shop the shirt click here.

If you want to see this shirt in more detail you'll be able to catch it on my YouTube channel this Sunday, alongside another purchase of mine. Stay tuned.




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BEHIND THE HAIR DO




I always get asked a lot of questions about my hair, from how I style it, to which shampoo I use. So with that in mind, I thought I'd write a small post about it. The first thing you may have realised is that yes, I have had a small haircut. I don't know what it was, but I just wanted a change. Saying that, I've actually taken the plunge and had my hair cut shorter than usual. Straight away, I regretted the decision, it's not a huge difference, but still, I like my hair a little bit longer than it currently is now.




I blame it on the Bay effect, when I saw James with his new do, it did make me think a little more about the length of my hair. I however, haven't gone for such a drastic change, just somewhere in-between. Even so, it's still quite a change for me, having shoulder-length hair. After that sizable intro about my thoughts on my new do I'll begin to tell you my top hair tips. 




I'll start talking about the products I use. In this post, I'll tell you all my secrets from start to finish, including something I've NEVER let slip before, so let's go. Shampoo & conditioner are two things you have to get right. I have quite dry hair so I need a shampoo that locks in as much moisture as possible.



These two little bottles have just that and are great for my hair, in fact, the whole range of Bumble and bumble products are super great as you'll always find a product that's perfect for your individual needs.

This Surf range is great for my hair, Bumble & bumble use a blend of minerals and sea botanicals which clean and wipe out impurities. Leaving my hair feeling very soft along, but still adding texture and enhancing naturally wavy locks.




After washing my hair it's on to the heat protection spray. I don't really have a favourite of this particular product, as I feel they all do pretty much the same job. If you're going to expose your hair to any heat, it's always a good idea to defend it against hot temperatures.



After washing, conditioning and drying, comes the biggest secret of mine! I have naturally curly hair, however to give the curl more definition, I sometimes use a curling wand. There I said it, the secret is out! This gives my hair that little extra curl, without waiting the days it takes for my hair to naturally do this. It's a helping hand to achieve the style I want.



Finally the finishing touches, this involves hairspray. Believe me, I've tried them all and I've never found one even half as good as the one I'm about to share! The hairspray I've been using for years now is got2be. This is the one product I really couldn't live without! It has everything you want in a hairspray, it gives the ultimate hold, keeps any style of hair in the exact way you want it, plus it doesn't flake or dry. It really is number one!

If you've never tried this before, I couldn't recommend it more!
To shop got2be click here.



Another finishing touch I use on a daily basis is a salt spray, which helps me achieve that windblown tousled effect. It gives my hair a soft flexible wave along with giving those curls of mine that natural look. It's a great product for making your hair look thickly textured, plus it smells amazing!

Shop Bumble & bumble salt spray click here.

Another ultimate tip comes from one of the most simple items, the humble bobble. This is the saviour of my hair. Every night my hair goes up in a bobble before I go to sleep, without doing this my hair wouldn't look the same! The bobble keeps my hair in check, it also keeps the curls in my hair, it even improves the curls, but it has to be tied correctly.



I don't just tie my hair up, it has to be done in a precise way. It's all about the twist. I have to twist my hair in the way of its natural curl. After I've done this I have to get the tension right, it can't be loose, it also can't be too tight as it will hurt your head. Somewhere in-between is where you need to be, I also always secure my twisted top knot in a double or even triple loop, wrapping the bobble around itself, keeping tension on the curls wrapped in my man bun.

If you follow all these tips you'll hopefully achieve a style similar to mine, whilst improving the strength and health of your hair in the long run.  If you have any tips for longer hair I'd love to hear them, I've recently heard coconut oil is awesome for any type of hair and really want to try that out.

Watch today's new YouTube video for a more detailed look at all of these products, plus a few more and of course, some more hair tips from me.







NEW STYLE SHIRTS, BEHIND THE PHIX SHOOT






As you may have noticed on my Instagram account, last weekend I travelled down to Manchester to shoot once again with Phix clothing. This time it was all about their new range of killer shirts. If you've ever wondered what really happens BTS on a shoot, this post will let you in on all of that, plus you'll get to see a selection of their new designs up close and personal. 

I arrived in Manchester at 11:30 and headed straight to the Northern Quarter, where I met the guys. We started the shoot in a small boutique bar/café called Flok. This cosy, eclectic bar was such a cool place to start shooting the new shirts. The large leather chairs were the perfect backdrop, as we posed with our rounded sunglasses and tumblers of strong whisky (to get the day started the right way, of course.)





Getting back to the shirts, as I mentioned this is more of a sneak peek at the new range of velvet shirts & kaftans. You'll be able to see the full new collection later on tonight across on Phix Clothing's website. My two favourite pieces are obviously the animal print shirts (no surprise there) but to be honest, I'm a huge fan of them all. After finishing in Flok we headed around to one of my favourite bars in Manchester, Jimmy's.



Most of the new shirts are made from velvet except the red kaftan which I'll show you later. The animal print velvets were inspired by the patterns worn by the 70's rock 'n' roll bands. The creative styling of both Keith Richards & the T. Rex. frontman Marc Bolan. Like all Phix garments, the quality is once again top notch. All Phix garments are exclusively hand designed by their in-house team and sold only through their website.




As always, the photographs we took in the bar were very cool, but now it was time to hit the back streets of the Manchester. We braced ourselves for the cold and headed out on the streets of the Northern Quarter. 

Whilst walking around the city centre, we were asked if we were in a band, as according to the kind people of Manchester, 'We're dressed like we should be'! We get asked this everytime we head out! Saying that 50% of the Phix group actually are band members.





I think the public arrive at that conclusion because of the super cool, frontman aesthetic all Phix garments project. We took some awesome shots in the back alleys, I just can't wait to see what the finished photographs look like. However, it was so bloody cold, I couldn't wait to get back inside!





These two shirts are my favourites of the bunch. I just love the pattern on frontman of Manchester-based band Kashmere, Joey's shirt. A large golden polka dot motif covers the shirt which is made of velvet. Black buttons stretch down to the centre of the torso and as you can see this item looks absolutely killer paired with a black leather biker jacket.

In-house model Tom wears another shirt right up my street, the uber cool leopard print velvet. This shirt is awesome as the texture of the velvet really shines through, giving any outfit that extra dimension.





After shooting on the streets, we decided to go for a bite to eat and headed to Ply, which is well known for their super tasty pizzas. After our late lunch, we finished up the street shots and wandered around to Piccadilly Records. We had one more quick break this time, topping up our daily caffeine levels at Ezra, before heading to the studio.





Shooting in the studio was way warmer than the bitingly cold wind outside, so I was very grateful to be back indoors! Here's a closer look at the shirts we were wearing throughout the day, plus a shirt I'd not even seen yet, the red kaftan. The kaftan is a little different from the rest as this is made from cotton. The Kaftan was inspired by prints you'd imagine George Harrison sporting in the 60's. This busy pattern was chosen by Phix as they felt it would be perfectly at home combined with a kaftan shape. As you can see, I think they were totally right as this Kaftan looks very cool with its distinctive asymmetric print. 

I posted a small vlog about my day in Manchester on Sunday, if you've yet to watch it click the link below or head across to my YouTube channel. Don't forget to subscribe if you're new, it would be awesome to have you along on the journey!

Check out all of Phix clothing's new killer shirts by clicking below
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