I became an influencer…

…it certainly seems easy, there are hundreds of thousands, possibly even millions of social media accounts claiming to be influencers, their high following and masses of likes makes them an attractive advertising platform but with so much fraud going undetected on Instagram...

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Chic gifts for her

Christmas is without a doubt my favourite time of the year. I love the run up, buying and wrapping the presents and treating people to cool presents.

When John Lewis got in touch to ask me if I wanted to treat a fellow blogger to some presents this Christmas, I jumped at the opportunity! I got paired up with the very lovely Becky, creator of English Mum, a blog full of travel, life hacks and recipes…if you’ve never checked out her work you definitely should!

John Lewis asked me to surprise Becky with some things I thought she might like - after a good bit of reading through her blog, I thought Becky seemed to like class, quality and convenience, things to make travelling a little bit easier. I am a big fan of a wash bag, so thought I would put together a wash bag full of goodies for Becky to get her hands on.

gift ideas for her | Sam squire UK male fashion & lifestyle blogger | John lewis

First up I gifted Becky a super chic wash bag to store all her lotions and potions in when she’s travelling. This white and rose gold Ted Baker bag jumped out at me, it’s simple but you know it’s going to be quality. I picked this up for £65 but it looks like it has now sold out, check this link to see if it comes back in stock!

When I'm on the move I am always thankful for some little travel bottles to chuck some face wash or shampoo in so I don’t have to lug massive bottles around with me. I thought Becky might like these and at £4.50 for two, I thought they were a total bargain! You can grab these here - they’re really worth it and they’re from MAC, which I believe is a pretty decent makeup brand!

Mac travel bottles | John lewis | Sam squire UK male fashion & lifetyle blogger

If there’s one thing I know about Becky from checking her out online, it’s that she LOVES Liz Earle. It would have been wrong for me not to include something from her favourite brand in the gifts I sent her! The Winter Nourishment Gift comes with a little travel size face mask and a face cloth too, which is perfect for Becky’s travelling needs! It was only £8 so sold out almost instantly, however I would recommend the £15 Cleanse and Polish gift set that also comes with 2 Liz Earle facecloths!

Nuxe giftset | John lewis | Sam Squire UK male fashion blogger

I thought I’d get Becky some more mini products that would be perfect for her upcoming trip to The States, NUXE’s ‘The Essentials’ travel kit has all of their favourite products in a little travel bag. At £13.50 this little kit offers fantastic value for money - you can check this out here.

Girls love a festive nail, don’t they? As we now know, Becky loves Liz Earle, this ‘Pure Poetry’ red colour is a great buy at £8.50 and will add a bit of festivity to her look this December. You can check out the rest of the colours in the range here.

I hope Becky loves the Christmas picks I sent her. You might have missed Christmas but John Lewis have an epic sale on at the moment, don’t miss out - shop the sale here!

Flying Solo on V Day

Flowers everywhere with gut-churning gooey eyes roaming the streets…it must be Valentine’s Day again. Don’t worry chaps, if you’re flying solo…I’ve got you covered - these top 5 tips will ensure you a have a pretty bloody epic day all to yourself with no disruption…Happy V Day, bro 👊🏼

1. Hit the gym

Nothing beats a good work out…Valentine’s Day can stick it because nothing can come between you and your fitness. Head down to your local gym and work out a muscle group, heck go get a nice fresh juice after because today is ruled by you.

2. Take it away

No-one wants to be sat in a restaurant of couples on a day like V-Day, that’s exactly what take out food is made for, Curry, Chinese, Thai, Pizza…you can have whichever you want, actually sod it - have them all, today is about YOU. 

3. Grab the lads

Get your best single mates over and get a few tins in, turn your living room into the ultimate lad pad with the best food, the best drinks and some wicked films - Palentine’s Day is all about spending time with your best pals after all, correcto?

4. Chill out

If you’re not fancying a busy one, treat yourself to a day away at a spa, there’s nothing more blokey than a spa, mate…nice massage, chill in the sauna! Plus you’ll feel so zen once you come out, you wont even need love. Bloody win-win right there. 

5. Netflix & Chill

Who said you can’t Netflix & Chill on your own? Grab yourself an awesome box set and veg right out - Making a Murderer is pretty big right now, the full season is 10 hours long so by the time it’s finished the lovin’ will be done for another year.

Just call me cupid.

The gift guide for hopeless men

There’s nothing harder than buying for a woman, let’s face it lads buying clothes is THE most terrifying thing you could possibly set out to do. Christmas is all about cheer and there’s nothing worse than a mascara-stained face of your size 8 (soon to be ex) girlfriend holding up a size 18 jumper you bought ‘because she likes the oversized look’…that’s never going to end well!

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I’ve got News

So, if you haven’t noticed from the amount of Apple adverts all over the blog, I have been working with Apple lately on some advertising and something else which I am pretty excited to tell you all about!

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Yeezy Boost 350’s - a big scam?

If your a sneaker head like my very self then you’ve probably been checking for Adidas’ Yeezy 350 Boost black colourway since midnight…only to find out they weren't being dropped until 9am this morning. 

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Very British Style

If there’s one high street shop that is the epitome of British, it’s got to be Marks & Spencer. The super-power retailer is changing its image bit-by-bit. I know they won’t mind me saying this but even just a couple of years back I would have thought of Marks & Spencer and automatically seen it as somewhere you go when you become a dad and need to start dressing like a 40-year-old businessman to be taken seriously.

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Squire Footwear Reveal

If you follow me on social media you’ll have noticed I quietly announced that I am set to launch my own range of shoes for the ultra-stylish man! I am so excited to have the opportunity to put my own style and flair in to a range of shoes that’ll be launching in just a couple of months…your feet will be super stylish this autumn! 

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Fuelling Your Summer!

So guys you might have seen a smattering of tweets and blog info regarding only the most super cool blog feature this summer has to offer and it’s called #FuelMySummer.

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NEW THING: Apple Watch

So I often get parcels and every single parcel makes me excited, however this one literally killed me with excitement. As you’ll know if you follow me on literally any social network, yesterday a very awesome box turned up that was, indeed the Apple Watch. Now I know the camp is divided, some people love it and other people have no taste (😏) but I literally own everything Apple and my wrist was feeling left out. 

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London Fundom

This weekend I headed to London….and so it seems, half of the USA did, too. I was meant to have a cool PR meeting to do with this very website however it sadly got cancelled, don't you worry when a boy from The Shire is in the city, he knows how to have a good time. This blog post is sort of just a general chat, how I got around, where I stayed and what I recommend you go and have a look at if you’re in the city any time soon! FYI I am writing this on the train, let’s excuse any spelling error or nonsensical chatter…just for today!

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magazine.co.uk - GQ July Issue

*Once a month there is a very exciting delivery at Chateau Squire, I am pretty sure I know the exact thud that GQ makes on the doormat (it’s sort of a plasticy thud if you were wondering). As something of a style God, a modest one of course, I love having a good flick through the style editorials, advertorials and even sometimes tutorials that laden the pages of possibly the world’s best men’s mag (FYI Esquire, you still hold a dear place in my heart. forever.) 

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What's In My Suitcase

So I went away at the weekend and recorded a quick 'What's in my suitcase' vlog - the lighting is a bit poor but hopefully you'l forgive me and have a watch of my first ever vlog! Don't forget to head over to YouTube to subscribe. 

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