5 Things To Do If Worldly Events Are Bringing You Down

Stabbings, shootings, mass killings, suicide, bombings, accidents; you name it, it’s pretty much saturated within mainstream media currently. Every news outlet or social media form we log into, at first glance we’re bombarded with worldwide devastation and corruption; loading us with feelings of fear, anxiety and helplessness.

If you’re a worldly universe admiring soul, like me, then you’re probably feeling an unsettling energy within you currently. The thought of living off-the-radar in the woods somewhere, heavenly doused in ignorance from wars, ecocides, and every other worldly tragedy, seems blissful – if only!

I’ve mustered up a small, proactive list, on how to ease our heavy souls from the current shitty politics of the world – feel free to add to the list by dropping a comment below!

1) BE STILL WITH MOTHER NATURE

I often use my weekends, or whatever free time I have from the 9-5:30 office world, to bask in green. This is so key for revitalising your energy levels and soul; you’ll feel connected to the Earth and find yourself realigning every aspect which has been suffocated by our 21st century materialistic bound lives.

Whether you choose to have a lunch stroll in a park, go to woodlands, lakes, coasts, you will feel the healing energy of Mother Nature which instantly soothes the mind.

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2) “HAVE YOU TRIED TURNING IT OFF?”

This is the one solution we stand by when it comes to faulty technology; the method of turning it off then on again to restore its life.

Of course, we’ve never really applied that same notion to ourselves; studies have shown that humans who have breaks from social media for a merely a week, have felt more content and interacted with more individuals (surprise, surprise!).

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3) AVOID THE MEDIA

The media loves bad news; for them it’s like a kid in a sweet shop. For us, however, we’re instilled with feelings of fear, shock, terror, anxiety, uncertainty, sadness, all of which have us feeling helpless.

It’s hard to not feel ignorant when avoiding the news, and if like me, you can’t avoid it due to your career – then take small breaks. A week away from the news and television will do wonders for your mind and soul; gradually increase the time away and watch your perspective change. You’ll learn more about feeling the good energy and how to harbor the bad into more positive and affirming action.

When you get into the cocoon of your home; try to not turn on the TV. Look for inspirational films and documentaries, shows that fill your life with positive energy and educate your mind…

Or you could just fill your free time with food?

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4) LIVE IN THE PRESENT

I’m constantly reminding myself of this notion, it’s effective when applied to everyday thoughts and anxieties; the past is no longer and the future hasn’t yet occurred – so what the hell are we panicking for?

I came across the work of Eckhart Tolle, Alan Watts and a few other rare souls who are brimming with positive affirmations, wisdom and mindfulness; they all follow the end goal of bettering ourselves in order to better the planet.

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5) WE’RE ALL ONE

As I write this I’m aware that I’m not alone in these thoughts of ‘the world is being tainted by evil souls,’ even if my Facebook feed is full of apathy and intolerance to others, I know some, if not many feel this way too.

Talk to friends, family and like-minded others who share your feeling of drained energy due to the world; whilst it may not solve problems, it’s good to feel like you aren’t the only one feeling trapped.

So next time you feel like the world is too much; don’t grab your duvet & hide. Grab a friend and head outdoors – the world isn’t such a nasty place when you think and act good

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British Boxers Goes Viral

It’s always a good feeling when we hear small independent companies getting recognised by the big guns. Deborah Price, Managing Director of ‘British Boxers’ has just announced that her UK-made underwear has caught the eye of Harrods and  welcomed on-board!

Formally the head of buying for a traditional luxury nightwear company based in London, British Boxers came to fruition when Debrorah’s daughter was diagnosed with lifelong disability Williams Syndrome; the realisation that she needed to be home in order to care for her daughter (more than any normal 9-5 job would allow) saw her plan new ventures.

“I’d always wanted my own business anyway, but receiving her diagnosis in the 2nd class post made the risk of losing it all minimal.

So I had the idea that making boxer shorts in Britain would be a good place to start. I know the mills, I knew the buyers, and my great, great, great grandfather had been Jem Mace – the first world heavyweight boxing champion in 1870.

His literal fight seemed to echo my metaphorical one for my child and for my business so British Boxers was born!”

As with any life-changing work news, it was shared via Business platform LinkedIn, and with so many congratulating her on her success, the story has really picked up the pace and gone viral.

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When asked what brought Deborah into the men’s underwear sector, her answer was simple and filled with so much passion,

“I love traditional nightwear and underwear – I have spent 15 years working in the nightwear and underwear sector.

My degree was in textile design, I love colour and texture and exploring new combinations and sometimes nightwear and underwear can allow you the freedom that perhaps daywear doesn’t allow.”

With British Boxers‘ first delivery all packed and ready for Harrods, set to land themselves on the shop floor very soon, we can only imagine this makes all the blood sweat and tears worth it.

 

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4 SIMPLE OFFICE STYLE UPGRADES FOR AW15

The majority of men who’ve devoted their lives to the concrete jungle will agree that this guide is the basis of their 9 to 5 ensembles. However, the 21st century style-conscious gent would also agree that office attire has a more individualistic appeal. With this ever-growing transition of style, there’s no doubt that it can be a minefield when approaching the daunting task of office attire. Will it ever be acceptable to style that shirt and sweatshirt? Will your boss look down on you? What if you don’t like wearing your suit jacket or if ties irritate you? With that being said, here are 4 key office staples for you to conquer this winter 2015.

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3 WAYS TO UPGRADE YOUR DENIM STYLE

Denim… the one fabric in fashion that’ll always be our go-to, our first port of call, our first love. It’s easy to wear, comfortable, durable, and ultimately very versatile. It’s one of those materials which grows appeal the more it’s worn and without a doubt the most popular style is the timeless t-shirt and jeans combo. You’ve probably already got it mastered, so with that being said, here’s a guide to upping your denim game.

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STYLE YOUR SUMMER IN BLACK

We’re all prepping for the warmer weather that is yet to grace the streets of London town; we’re longing for the days where we can chill around a BBQ, open terrace bars, and bust some moves at a festival. Ah, we can feel it, it’s coming.

With it being close to SS15, Men’s fashion is set to be saturated in pastels and bold colours, but what if all that washed yellow and off pink stuff really isn’t you.

Black clothing will always looks effortlessly chic; and it doesn’t even matter whether you dress up or down. Let’s be realistic you aren’t going to head out in all-black-everything on a warm Summer’s day; it just isn’t practical.

In saying this, we’re set to showcase ways to wear a few of Religion Clothing’s statement black pieces that will seamlessly transition you into spring, without breaking a sweat.

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It’s a classic timeless piece in anyone’s wardrobe, that brings an edge to your style that you may have missed. To dress this down, style with a fresh statement tee, tapered jeans and smart trainers.



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Nothing speaks Religion Clothing more than our tee’s. Available in our unique distressed washes and statement bold prints; we have a brand spanking new SS15 range for you to get your hands on #LIVEINBLACK.

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Without a doubt one of the hardest items for a man to dress and feel confident in wearing. Our latest SS15 offers a range of shorts from Jersey, Denim, to Woven.

When opting for shorts, remember to take: length, cut, and pattern into thought– and voila, your shorts can take you from a day at the office to evening at the bar.

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Our new range of footwear is perfect for those Summer days where you want to make minimal moves with your look.

From breathable flip-flops, easy-to-wear sliders, or printed slip ons. Dress your feet in black and get movin’.

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HOW TO WEAR FORMAL SHOES CASUALLY

Summer is a social season full of dates, dinners and parties, and with the warmer months slowly creeping up on us isn’t it about time you started focusing on your shoe game? In our books, neglecting your footwear is a cardinal sin, but we all know how tricky it can be striking the smart-casual balance just right, especially when it comes to what we’re putting on our feet.

Pulling off formal footwear in a casual way is easier than it looks. Formal shoes are versatile, honestly they are, you just need to know how to style them. That’s where we come in. Whether you’re going for a smart clean look look or casual contemporary, the formal shoe has got your back. From brogues to loafers, chukka boots and boat shoes, step up your formal shoe game by wearing them casually.

Brogues

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Brogues are every mans go to when it comes to formal shoes, often seen worn with a traditional suit at weddings or in the office. But there is another alternative for your trusty Oxford’s and we’re not talking about that other suit you own. Try jeans. A shoe that’s versatile and easy to wear, the brogue suits both casual and smart styles. In an array of styles, the brogue really has the potential to switch-up the style of your outfit.

Key Brogue Styles

  • Perforated
  • Wingtip
  • Derby
  • Oxford

How to Style the Brogue

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SHOP: Brogues

The brogue, traditionally worn with suits and chinos, is the ultimate formal shoe to wear casually. Swap the suit trousers for jeans and keep the wash dark to maintain an element of formality. To keep the look low key, opt for simple t-shirt and pair with a denim or casual jacket to create the ultimate off duty look, perfect for drinks down the pub.

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Loafers

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Loafers the ideal choice for comfort; they slip on and off easily, go with any outfit, and look great when styled with jeans or slim-fit trousers. The perfect shoe all year round, they are a mainstay of men’s footwear and will never go out-of-style. From the tassel loafer, to penny loafers and drivers, this style can really open up your options for smart-casual style. When styling the loafer, remember simplicity is key to wearing this formal style casually.

Leading Loafer Labels

  • Hudsoon
  • G.H. Bass & Co.
  • Russell & Bromley

How to Style the Loafer

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To style the formal loafer casually, opt for a light colour chino and pair with a shirt worn unbuttoned for the ideal Summer holiday evening look. Roll up your chinos and ditch the socks for a really casual, laid back feel.

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Chukka Boots

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The Chukka boot is a similar style to the desert boot, so named after chukka period of play in polo, the sport in which they were originally worn.

The Idle Man offer a range of  chukka boot variations in streamlined, minimal styles. They are a smart shoe that blur the lines between smart and casual meaning they are both versatile and extremely easy to wear. To style this formal shoe casually, pair with a dark wash denim jean in a slim and tapered fit.

Main Characteristics of the Chukka Boot

  • Rounded toe
  • 3 eyelets
  • Suede or leather upper
  • Thin leather (formal)or crepe sole (casual)

How to Style the Chukka Boot

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SHOP: Chukka Boots

Jeans are the ultimate way to style the formal chukka boot casually. Pin roll your jeans to reveal the ankle detail of your boots and reveal your socks. On top, it’s really up to you so if you’re feeling casual opt for a t-shirt, but if you want to smarten things up a little go down the shirt route.

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Boat Shoes

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The boat shoe was originally designed by Paul Sperry in 1935. An avid inventor and sailor, Sperry slipped and fell overboard one day when he was sailing out on long island. Inspired by the way is dog was able to cross ice without difficulty, Sperry patented the technology of carving grooves into the soles of shoes, modeled on those like the ones on his dogs paws, and designed a shoe that could be worn on boat decks without slipping.

The boat shoe is a classic and timeless style and since its inception 80 years ago has rarely been seen out of fashion. The ultimate formal shoe, the white sole and soft leather of the boat shoe means that it can be easily dressed down and is a great Summer option.

How to Tie Your Boat Shoes

There are a million and one ways you can tie the laces of your boat shoes, and most of them are a massive improvement in terms of style on the traditional bow tie. Take a look at one of the most interesting and traditional ways to tie your boat shoe laces.

How to Style the Boat Shoe

Timberland Boat Shoe
SHOP: Boat Shoes

Dress down the boat shoe and wear this formal style casually by opting for shorts and an open shirt, or go for a nautical theme and pair with a striped t-shirt for the ultimate summer look. Team with a classic pair of shades and you’re onto a winner.

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On That Note…

There’s no need to feel limited with your formal shoes; formal footwear can be the most versatile and easy to wear of the lot. Whether it’s denim, shorts or chinos, the options to mix up your formal and casual attire is simpler than you think.

HOW TO WEAR LONG SLEEVED TEES

Knowing how to wear long sleeve T-shirts can be a challenge, we’ve run through how to style them and picked out our best on offer at the moment.

Following on from our winter layering guide, we introduce you to another winter staple: the long-sleeved T-shirt a.k.a. the ideal base for any winter outfit. Don’t worry we aren’t trying to scare you into the cold weather; we’re just styling you through it. Like your everyday tee, the long-sleeve T-shirt comes in an array of colours and style variations from: crew neck, v-neck, raglan, and the popular ribbed.

Ribbed variations are the most-chosen style for men when opting for a long-sleeved option. They have fast become the focus of outfits, and can be worn alone or paired with a statement jacket, jumper or sweatshirt. When layering this tee, remember you could either go bold or subtle. To achieve a bold statement look opt for bright, stand-out colours as options, and black, white or neutral options lead to a more toned-down look.

Play with the style of the long-sleeved tee, and wear it under a graphic printed shirt, paying homage to the grunge/skater style. Suited for a more relaxed outfit, with light-wash denim. Wear to size for a smart, trim look; and up a size for a loose relaxed fit.

Printed

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Plainer

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Something Different

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SHOP: The Hundreds Long Sleeve Polo | The Hundreds Long Sleeve Rugby | Nicce Button Up Long Sleeve