On The Runway

I was on the look out for a cool location to shoot for my Hyundai IONIQ blog post, which is coming very soon, when I found an abandoned RAF base not too far from my house. The chipped runway remains, now surrounded by fields and was once home to the Lancaster Bomber in World War II.

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The Reality of It

Reality TV probably hasn't been bigger than it is right now, whether psycho exes sunning it up together, a relentless momager or that bloody awesome Millie-Spencer ‘this is what you’ve done to her’ slap, there’s plenty to pick from in the realms of life-stalking…and they all scoop a fair piece of the viewing figures pie!

So, what if I told you there was a place online full of pure unadulterated reality TV goodness? Yeah…I know, right?!

Hayu is the Netflix of reality tv, and after being a HUGE hit across the pond, it’s finally made its way through the departure lounge and landed on UK turf! The service costs £3.99 a month and will open you up to a ridiculous amount of reality TV, from the world-famous series including Made in Chelsea and The Kardashians, to some you might not have heard of before…Manzo’d with Children, anyone?

Hayu Reality TV | Sam Squire UK Male Fashion & Lifestyle Blogger

What’s really cool about this platform is the news stories, you’ll be updated with all the latest reality TV signings, news and gossip straight to your phone if you’ve downloaded the app. As well as this, you’ll also be able to stalk the social media accounts of your favourite reality stars from right within the app…stalking just for easier, nomsayin?

HayU reality TV | Sam Squire UK male fashion & lifestyle blogger

The guys at Hayu hit me up with my very own membership so I could check it out and I have to say I am pretty impressed with it! It streams seamlessly, it’s easy to use and there’s well over 3,000 episodes to pick from! Now, they don't yet think they’ll be creating any original content on the platform, but for UK viewers with so many US shows that have never hit British shores, you’ll be kept busy for quite a while!

HayU Reality TV | Sam Squire UK Male fashion & lifestyle blogger

One thing I do think would be nice to see is the opportunity to watch offline, because it can be super annoying if you just want to put your feet up and watch some trash telly to then run in to issues due to a poor internet connection.

If you want to check it out you can…free for 30 days! Click here to sign up for your trial.

Neutral Tones

HAPPY BANK HOLIDAY!!!! 🎉

I don’t know about you guys but that extra lay in this weekend has worked wonders. I feel like a new man! So, the weather this Bank Holiday weekend has been phenom, so warm and super sunny! Summer feels like it’s on its way which gave me the opportunity to get out and shoot some new blog pics, I’ve taken a couple of weeks off just simply because I have a few projects being worked on which I’ll share with you soon and I needed to give them all my focus!

If you know a bit about style, you’ll know how crazy crazy popular neutral tones are right now. Beige, cream, khaki…loads of earthy tones and neutral shades are exactly what you want in your outfit, and one place that has them in abundance is Topman!

Topman Neutral hoodie | Neutral trend | Sam Squire UK Male fashion blogger

I picked up this cool neutral Sand Hoodie from Topman, it’s got a really nice slouchy fit and is perfect for this super-hot trend. Speaking of super-hot…you’ll stay super cool in this hoodie this spring summer season because it’s actually really thin and light! I was pretty surprised when I first put it on, as it seemed like a pretty substantial hoodie, not something I would tend to buy this time of year due to the warmer days!

Topman Neutral hoodie | Neutral trend | Sam Squire UK Male fashion blogger

I reckon this should be a piece you pack for your holidays, if it chills off in the evenings chuck this bad boy on, not only will it keep you warm, but it will also show off your killer tan. I picked this up for a pretty reasonable £25, which I really don’t think is too bad at all for such a key wardrobe piece! You can click here to check it out!

Topman Neutral hoodie | Neutral trend | Sam Squire UK Male fashion blogger

I didn't want to go too over board with the neutrals, hence pairing it with some black Topman spray on skinny jeans, which if you read my blog often, you’ll know these are all I wear! They’ve got so many awesome styles within the spray on skinny category, worth checking out here. I was also going to wear my Yeezy Oxford Tans but they looked a bit too matchy with the hoodie, and the whole thing just didn't really work. Instead I’ve got my khaki Nike Stefan Janoski sneakers on, which I wrote about a few weeks back, they’re seriously comfortable!

What’s your summer style staple? Let me know in the comments below! ✌🏼

The Car: Hyundai Tucson

Overview of The Car: A stylish and comfortable car available with a wide variety of engines and 2 or 4 wheel drive options. Great for long journeys, chocked full of gadgets and tech that help to make it a good contender in the ever-growing SUV market.

The folks over at Hyundai UK got in touch recently and asked if I wanted to zoom around in one of their motors…naturally that got a big old yes and they sent me their super sexy SUV, the Hyundai Tucson Premium SE 2.0 CRDi 185PS.

Hyundai Tucson | SUV Review | Sam Squire UK Male blogger

The Tucson has made a bold return to the UK, with the model name last gracing an SUV in 2009 - which was then replaced by the ix35. After a few years of rest, Hyundai have brought back the Tucson better than ever to sit just below its sibling, the larger Santa Fe…it’s even pinched some of the Santa Fe’s sleek and imposing styling features.

The Tucson Premium SE model I have been driving is pretty much everything you could need in a luxury SUV right now and it certainly throws down the gauntlet when it comes to features. It boasts a huge panoramic sunroof, a simple to navigate 8” entertainment and nav system and it can even parallel park for you. It’s basically got everything you could want to use, plus just a little bit more. There’re so many cars in the Tucson's category that it needs to compete with such as the Honda CR-V and the Ford Kuga but I really think it holds its own - it’s big, it’s comfortable and the choice of manual or auto, 2 or 4 wheel drive plus 10 different paint options makes sure it’ll suit a wide variety of people…plus it’s got a really great look, the big headlights and bold lines are sure to get you noticed.

Hyundai Tucson Review | Sam Squire UK Male blogger

The convenience additions to this model come as standard, the reversing camera and front and rear sensors help you slot this beast into the tightest of spaces without scratching it, it’s got a fantastically spacious power-assisted boot which is perfect for when your hands are full, plus the lack of any lip makes it easy to slide larger items in and out! In the cabin, there’s plenty of headroom and leg room, even if you’re gangly and tall like myself, the back of the car also has plenty of room which is more than spacious enough for three additional adults, the Premium SE has heated seats throughout, even in the back which means no more moans of being cold again.

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Okay, so that’s all well and good but what’s going on under the bonnet? The model I was given has a high-powered 2.0 litre engine with an auto transmission - it’s great for long journeys and pulls the car pretty well, I was, however getting infuriated with the auto’s kick down feature which proved on many occasions to be laggy enough to deter you from overtaking, because you just don't feel confident that you’re going to get that boost of acceleration that you need. Whilst on the negatives, the dash finish should be much smoother, it feels and sounds like a cheap moulded plastic, from a car of this quality you’d expect something with a better finish. If you’re going to be having kids in the back then power sockets are a must…unfortunately whilst the Tucson is equipped with two in the front, there’s lack of any sockets in the back which to me seems like a huge oversight for a car of this calibre.

Hyundai Tucson Review | Sam Squire UK Male blogger

In general, it’s a nice car - it’s got a nice steady suspension so you don't feel like you’re bouncing your way down the road. The drive is relatively smooth and comfortable and you’ve got a host of great features and additions that are sure to impress. It’s a bit laggy when you go to pull away and that can be seriously annoying. The overall quality inside the cabin is good, whilst the dash could be better, the feel of the seats, the buttons and the touch screen display are all actually pretty good premium quality.

Would I buy it?
I definitely think I would buy the Tucson myself - overall it’s an impressive car. Prices start from £18,995 for the very base model…I would likely go for one of the higher spec models to get some of the extra gadgetry. The Premium SE model that I was given is priced at a pretty whopping £32,695 OTR and depending on the amount of cash I have, I might even opt for the slightly cheaper top of the range, fully loaded Ford Kuga Titanium X Sport.

 

#RichKids Episode 4

Y’all know tomorrow is #RichKids day and it’s another corker of an episode, you definitely don't want to miss it…as usual, my chums over at E! have given me some exclusive Episode 4 news to share with you…here 3 things to look forward to…

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Review: Beats Studio

So as you may, or may not know, it was recently my birthday. I got loads of pretty awesome things and one of my fave things I got happened to be some Beats By Dre headphones. I have seen so many mixed reviews of them, I am absolutely not an expert when it comes to sound/music and headphones, I just want something practical that will do what I want and will last for a good length of time. 

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