There's a sense of laid back ease that comes with wearing a bomber jacket. In its inception, it was made as a leisure/practical form of dressing, to keep pilots warm as they flew across the skies, but now we've adopted this style and styled it up a bit. From prints, to embroidered silk, bomber jackets are everywhere it seems lately. Add some spunk to your style and pick one that perfectly embodies your sense of style!
I've never been a morning person. I struggle to get my day going and I almost always wake up grouchy until my first cup of coffee. Because I lean towards starting my days slowly, I've learned that the most effective way to get my day started is to have everything I need ready to go from the night before, this includes not only picking out my clothes, but preparing my gym bag as well.
The first thing I accomplish everyday is a workout. A morning workout starts my day feeling accomplished and sets the tone for the rest of the day. I've learned to speed up the process to get my ass in gear by always having my gym bag packed with the following three items. I know all I have to do is grab my bag and I can head out the door without thinking twice. So regardless if I forget my headphones or some other menial item, I always have my essentials for a good workout.
SMALL HAND TOWEL
If you're not using a gym towel at the gym, then you're a bit of a slob. Kidding, but not really. Think of all of the sweat and skin particles on the benches and equipment at the gym, it is a clean freaks worst nightmare! I make sure to always have at least a few Lululemon Small Towels that are lightweight, and extra absorbent at my disposal in my gym bag. Some people may think they don't need a towel if they're not really sweating, but thats not really the only function these towels provide. This microfibre small towel not only is great to wipe your hands after a set, but look great while doing so as well.
DOPP KIT WITH GROOMING ESSENTIALS
I've had a Topo Designs Dopp Kit for quite a while now. I've used it to store cables when traveling to even now to hold my grooming and shower essentials for the gym. While it may seem silly to have a smaller bag within a bag, it really is advisable to protect your clothes from any accidental product spills when lugging your bag around town. It is the perfect size to avoid over packing with unnecessary products to the gym as its compact size forces to you cut back what to pack. I keep my dopp kit rather simply filled: moisturiser, shampoo, soap, a comb and some hair paste.
REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE
Water is essential to any sort of physical activity. Instead of drinking from the water fountains like a kid, or adding more unnecessary waste by using disposable water bottles, get yourself a durable BPA free glass water bottle that will help in more ways than one. This specific H20m Water Bottle has a silicone sleeve that makes it very tactile and easy to grip, avoiding condensation and any accidental spills by it slipping out of your hands.
Its happened to us all, we set our keys down in their usual spot, and then someone in the house comes and moves them, causing us to frantically look all over for our keys when we need them, making us late to whatever appointment we were off to! Thanks to Tile, this hopefully will be a problem of the past for everyone. These small devices are built with a bluetooth tracker, small speaker and come with a companion app. Tile's range of devices make finding our mistaken items a quick and easy task.
Recently Tile released the Tile Slim, a compact and slim tracker with a minuscule thickness of 2.4mm, thats practically only the size of two credit cards stacked together! Tile Slim's small size makes it easy to throw into your wallet. Because Tile uses other users devices as a crowdsourcing way of location identification, if you ever lose your wallet, hopefully one of the already 4.5 million users will help you find your prized possession if they come within range of your Tile! With a recent launch in Australia, Tile will hopefully help you in that age old pickle of a problem of loosing your keys or wallet.
I've been using the Tile Slim & Tile Mate recently to find my keys and wallet when I misplace them in the house. I simply open up the Tile app and ping my device to locate it by sound, luckily so far I have not lost them, so as long as they've been within range of my phone I've quickly been able to pinpoint their location. If you are outside of the range, the app will show you a green ring that acts as a status indicator if you get close to your device, simply retrace your steps and hopefully become reunited with your Tile.
Compatible with iOS & Android phones, the range of Tile devices make it a perfect purchase to those who constantly set things down and quickly forget where they've placed them. Pairing the Tile devices was quick, clocking in at less than a minute each. I've even started clipping on my Tile Mate to my drone in case it ever fails to come back to me.
In Australia, Tile Slim and Tile Mate are available at JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman, The Good Guys and select Bunnings Warehouse stores nationally. For international purchases make sure to head to Tile's website to find out where you can buy them, and trust me they're worth the purchase!
To me, a martini after dinner is the epitome of being an adult. Lately, I've trying to perfect the art of making a perfect Espresso Martini at home. Since I am not a fan of desserts, the espresso martini is the closest to a rich & indulgent treat after my meals.
This drink works as a perfect cocktail party drink or as a nightcap after a long day. The trick to this cocktail is to use freshly made espresso to create that perfect frothy foam on top that espresso martinis are known for. Below is my recipe for the best espresso martini. If slinging drinks isn't your thing, try out Melbourne Martini's 'Espresso Martini' that does all the prep work for you, leaving you just the simple task of shaking & serving.
1.5 shots of vodka
1 shot of Kahlua
1 shot of freshly made espresso
Chill your martini glass by filling it with ice and water while you prepare your drink. Pour the vodka & Kahlua in a cocktail shaker without ice. Brew your espresso and add to the shaker. Add the ice (it minimizes the hot coffee from melting the ice as much than if you were to have poured it over). Shake vigorously. Empty martini glass. Finally, pour the contents into your glass using a strainer to achieve that rich & creamy froth. Enjoy!
If you've been following my Instagram, you may have noticed I'm currently in the stage of growing out my hair. Can I admit something to you guys? The process has been hell! I feel like I constantly look like a wild child with unkempt hair. As any other guy would do, I have been depending on hats to somewhat put me together. Long has the hat been every guys go-to style piece that is truly effortless in making you look more put together.
Whether you are taming unruly hair, or simply like the look of a hat, today's style picks can benefit every guy out there. I picked five hats that span every look and style there possibly is out there in order to rock this easy & rocker cool look. Trust me, next time you feel you need that extra oomph in an outfit, reach for one of these hats.