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!

John Lewis: Autumn

As you guys know from a couple of blog posts ago, I am a real big fan of John Lewis’ AW16 collection. Autumn seems to be well and truly here, leaves are falling and I am sat snug in a jumper by a radiator as I write this post.

The folks over at John Lewis got in touch and let me know about a couple of new launches over on their site and I wanted to share them with you. John Lewis seems to be positioning themselves in a slightly different way with some of the new brands they are bringing on board, if you read my Harvey Nichols blog post, I would say that John Lewis has definitely taken a leaf out of their book!

Libertine Libertine are the latest new brand to launch with John Lewis, their autumn//winter 2016 collections feature earthy colours and textured layered looks.

Libertine Libertine | John lewis Menswear | Sam Squire UK Male fashion blogger

Some of my favourites from the collection are the Libertine Libertine Logo Sweater which would be great for chucking on for a really casual look, the Turbo Affect Wool Mac Overcoat which I think would finish off a suit on a chilly or damp autumnal morning perfectly, and finally the Bruce Hunter Shirt which is a really nice asphalt coloured shirt, great for completing a casual, laid back look.

Libertine Libertine | John lewis Menswear | Sam Squire UK Male fashion blogger

The Libertine Libertine prices are definitely higher end and the John Lewis collection ranges from £50 for a top up to £255 for the Turbo overcoat, but they are a luxury brand and you definitely get what you pay for when it comes to a quality brand like this.

I would say the collection is well worth checking out and there are some great staple pieces for the season ahead. Click here to have a browse of the collection! Don’t forget to let me know what you pick up from the range!!

An Autumnal Affair

Can you believe how quickly autumn has crept up on us? Honestly, it feels like spring was just a few weeks ago, and this up and down weather certainly doesn't help when deciding what to wear for the day. I tend to update my wardrobe with some key pieces each season to make sure that I have all the latest trends to mix and match throughout the season.

Samsoe Samsoe | John Lewis | Sam Squire UK male fashion blogger

This autumn I have been checking out John Lewis, I am sure I don’t need to do any introduction for the UK’s most famous department store, but I have been seriously impressed by the effort they have put into their menswear collections, adding new brands and making sure they’re on the very top of the seasonal trends.

One of their latest additions comes in the form of Scandinavian brand Samsøe & Samsøe. The luxury brand offers some chunky knit jumpers, smart-casual shirts and easy to wear jackets make for a fantastically versatile collection, I especially like the Shields Jacket, a black jacket with really cool gold zip detailing. It’s the type of jacket that you could wear during the day for a really casual look, or dress up with a shirt and smart shoes in the evening for a comfortable yet smart night out.

Samsoe Samsoe | John Lewis | Sam Squire UK male fashion blogger
Samsoe Samsoe | John Lewis | Sam Squire UK male fashion blogger

The fall collection is perfect for updating your wardrobe, with lots of earthy, neutral tones that you’ll definitely want to wrap up in as the cooler mornings - I love a flannel shirt, their Liam flannel shirt comes in a pearl blue colour, a great colour for layering, like the Kronos crew, team these with a pair of black jeans and some Chelsea style boots and you’ve got yourself a really good look.

I’ve got to say I am really impressed with John Lewis, they’ve got a great collection together with Samsøe & Samsøe and I’ll certainly be picking myself up some items from the collection if you want to shop the full range, click here and take a look! Let me know what you think in the comments below.