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.


Picture this, 24 hours in one of Europe’s most exciting cities, epic activities, epic accommodation and one epic device to finish it off. Here’s how I spent 24 epic (and rather tiring) hours in London with HP and their super portable HP Pavilion x2 laptop. 

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Pre #FuelMySummer - Six Summer Suitcase (e)Ssentials

I don’t know about you BUT the weather lately in the UK (also known as summer…it doesn't tend to hang around long!) has really given me some summery vibes. As you know, my HUGE blog series #FuelMySummer, which…FYI isn't going to be daily, so there will be a couple of months of non-daily (but still effing amazing) content starting next-actual-week!!! I’ll be kicking things off in Squire style by giving something away…that something is pretty bloody epic and is going to fuel your summer in a very stylish way indeed…enough of that.

I thought I would put together a quick guide to Six Summer Suitcase Ssentials (essentials, but y’know…alliteration and all that) - check out the below list and make sure you have all of these items ready to pack for your sunshine getaway!

Men's Summer Essentials | Go Pro | Scaramouche & Fandango | Vision Express | Ray Ban | Flash Lenses | David Gandy Swim Shorts | Sam Squire UK Male Fashion & Lifestyle Blogger

1. Shoes Glorious Shoes…

What’s a suitcase without a few pairs of stylish and occasion-appropriate shoes - from a beachy flip flop to a sophisticated boat shoe you need to be packing multiple shoes to make sure you’re set for any situation…you can’t wear a trainer on the beach and a flip flop in a bar sounds foot-stompingly painful (in a stylish and literal sense). Don’t forget your espadrille, too…leave the Birkenstock’s where they belong - the bin. (One hopes a ‘croc’ doesn't even come in to the equation).

2. Hair

From days in the pool to laying on the beach, your hair really takes a battering - well, it would if you didn't whack some Scaramouche & Fandango Shampoo in your bag! It cleans deep and leaves your hair super fresh - perfect for if you're headed out exploring for an evening!

3. Face

After a day in the sun and of course after having a shower (probably with S&F’s Shower Gel) you want to slap on some Scaramouche Hydrator to keep your face fresh for the evening ahead…a flakey nose shouldn’t be on anyone’s agenda! Click here to shop Scaramouche!

4. Picture Perfect

Wherever you’re planning on going, you no doubt want to document the whole thing…Kodak wind-up cameras simply aren't acceptable, who even has the time to get film developed these days? Not this guy! I am pretty much in love with my £98 GoPro Hero - this camera is in their brand new camera line-up, it shoots HD, takes pics and is fully water proof and dirt proof…this is really going to come in handy this summer!

5. Sartorial Shorts

A drawstring swimmer is perfect for around the private pool, but if you’re headed out and about, with the chance of a dip in the sea - make sure you’re looking super dapper and naturally stylish with a pair of tailored swim shorts - I know I have mentioned them before BUT David Gandy’s M&S collection is literally everything you need…I have rather excitingly been sent a pair by the lovely folks at Marks’ and the quality is amazing…full post on these coming soon. Make sure to click here to shop the collection 

6. Getting Some Shade

You know what they say…only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun. Something I will of course be adhering to, we all know that is the best tanning time. Whilst you’re (responsibly) tanning yourself you don't want to be getting all that sun and glare in your eyes…it’s actually super bad for them! Currently EXCLUSIVE to Vision Express, the Ray-Ban Flash Lens New Wayfarer are a really cool matte Wayfarer with literally the sickest lenses you have seen, they’re bright, colourful and vibrant flash lenses - you HAVE to check these out…only £99, too!! Eyes peeled for a post on these very soon!!

I hope this helps you pack wisely…and remember, if you’re packing your suitcase…roll, don't fold! 

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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