Pearly Whites

I get quite a bit of blogger mail, and a lot of it doesn't make the mark to be put up on the blog - I only ever want to share products I fully endorse with you lot. Last week I took delivery of a rather posh package, inside a black box emblazoned with Bruzzoni

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The Christmas Sweater

If there’s one thing I love about this time of year, it’s that it is acceptable to wear an ugly Christmas sweater every day of the week. I have probably too many to count and they range from the alpine knit to the holycoveredinhowmanysnowmen?! You can imaging how keen I was to work with BoohooMAN when they recently got in touch and asked if they could send me my very own Boohoo festive knit!

I got to pick from their pretty extensive collection and simply had to go for an all-time classic the ‘Merry Christmas ya filthy animal’ knit.

BoohooMAN christmas sweater | Sam Squire UK Male fashion & lifestyle blogger

If you don’t know why that line is so iconic then you either missed out on a chunk of childhood, or you’re in your childhood now, which is pretty depressing.

Every Christmas day we all don our best festive knits and compete for the crown, I must say I am feeling preeeeetty confident in my choice this year, the Home Alone classic has got to be a winner, right?

BoohooMAN christmas jumper | Sam Squire UK male fashion & lifestyle blogger

I am really impressed with my BoohooMAN Christmas sweater, it’s pretty well made and isn't too heavy either, sometimes it can feel like you’re wearing a whole duvet when you’re in a thick knit. The prices are great too, ranging from around £8 to the higher end which is still only £10 more. They offer a huge range, from the classy alpine style, to comedic knits, too…it’s amazing the puns you can create with some wool and knitting needles!

Unfortunately the jumper I got is now out of stock, however for you Potterheads, they stock a quirky ‘Merry Christmas ya filthy muggle’ variant which I'm sure is just as popular, you can pick this up for just a tenner here, or browse the full collection of jumpers here.

What ugly knit will you be rocking this Holiday Season? Let me know in the comments below!

Guest: Beard Styles for Gentlemen

We’re in a world where your style and fashion choices get noticed on nearly a daily basis. Depending on your social activity, work schedule, and just how often you go outside, it has become a normal part of our day to day. You can’t tell me you’ve never noticed anything about someone’s choice in fashion. Either way we’re here to talk about bearded gentleman and some of the great styles that suit them well. These styles may not suit you specifically, but you might
find something you like. Of course a beard could just go with anything, but what about styles that really make a great beard stand out?

Beard styles for men | Sam Squire UK male fashion blogger

The Lumbersexual This niche style goes great with a beard. It’s almost required to be a lumbersexual. Typically found with plaid clothing, jeans, and sometimes straps to hold your pants up. The lumbersexual is a great look to sport time to time. Now that we’re currently in the winter months it makes it the perfect time to find you some suitable clothing and give this style a try. You may just spark a hidden flame In your “special other” that you didn’t know where there before.

Some other features to note about this style:

  • The hair is usually a mid-length to shorter cut.
  • Pairs well with lean or muscular guys.
  • Plaid is the key element of the look.
  • Ripped jeans are a plus.

The Hipster

There’s some back and forth discussion about the hipster look. Some people don’t like the look, but from what I’ve found its typically because of the way some guys try to pull it off. They tend to make it a “I’m better than you” look which often is a part of their attitude and personality. There’s a couple key features to help pull this look off. A great pair of sunglasses or even clear glasses paired with a fit button up shirt, dressy vest, khaki pants, and even a fedora if you can pull it off.

Beard styles for men | Sam Squire UK male fashion & lifestyle blogger

The look changes to keep up with latest trends. Here’s the more exact definition of hipster: “a person who follows the latest trends and fashions, especially those regarded as being outside the cultural mainstream.” Another key aspect of being hipster is maintaining your body hair . You’ll always noticed a very clean appearance in this style. Nice sharp hair lines, beard lines, and if shirtless a great manscaped appearance.

It’s All Business
As we see beards become more mainstream you’ll see them more frequently in the work place. Finally, businesses are starting to loosen up a little with requiring men to shave their facial hair. With this moving trend, we’re going to see a lot more business fashion with bearded gentleman. One of my favorite looks is a well-fitting dark suit, only a watch accessory, and a beard that’s ponytailed down. This does require a longer beard, but it’s one of my most favorite bearded styles.

What’s Your Favorite?
There’s of course many more styles out there to choose from. Which ones are your favorite to see guys with beards wearing? I hope you enjoyed this article and please share you thoughts with a comment below. I’d love to see what some of you think and your own personal favorite styles.

This article was written by contributor Wesley who is the owner of iManscape, a website about men, beards, and manscaping.check out his website or Facebook here

2016 Gift Guide

I don’t want to alarm you, but Christmas is officially less than a month away! I have had a few people asking what I would recommend for the man in their lives so I thought I would put together my official gift guide of Squire Endorsed products for 2016! Have a browse and if you see something that inspires you, click the link to shop the product.

For the techie
The techie in your life can never get enough tech, especially when it comes to clever phone protection and the latest releases!

You might remember a few years back case maker Mophie hit the scene with their game-changing phone charger case, well now they’re back with a brand new product. Their smart ‘Hold Force’ case (seen in main article image) comes equipped with a stylish magnet on the back to hold their cool new accessories, choose between a charging battery, folio case or card wallet. Prices start from £34.95 for the case - click here to browse.

New Macbook pro Touchbar | Christmas Gift Guide for Him | Sam Squire UK Male fashion Blogger

No doubt your techie keeps up with the latest tech news, Apple launched their new MacBook Pro a couple of weeks back complete with a cool new touch bar, which allows you to take control, send emojis, edit videos and revolutionise how you use your Mac. This is one of my top suggestions for the generous lot among us, I recommend the 13” in slick space grey available from PC World for £1,749 - check it out here.

For the subscriber
For the indecisive guy, the gift of a subscription box is great, whether style or comfort, there are loads out there!

With men’s grooming more popular than ever before, Toppbox set out to deliver (quite literally) a grooming solution to suit most men. Their monthly boxes allow for modern men to try out some of the latest and best products plus, their ‘give a gift’ option makes it super simple to send one as a present! Buy one month for £18 or 3 months for less than £50 - check it out here.

Enclothed Subscription | Christmas Gift Guide for Him | Sam Squire UK Male fashion Blogger

Finding the right style can be pretty tough, Enclothed is a fantastic option for guys that aren't sure what to buy. The online personal shopper subscription takes the stress out of shopping with a handpicked curated collection from your very own stylish. Gift vouchers are available for any amount of cash you want to spend. This is one of my favourite gifting options as he’s likely to end up with something he’ll really like. Take a look at this here.

For the headbanger
From speakers to music streaming, why not give the gift of sound this Christmas!

Ever since it launched, I have been a huge fan of Apple Music, the subscription service allows access to Apple’s huge database of over 40 million songs! Apple has launched a cool way to gift music and you can buy the recipient either 3 months for £27.97 or a full year for £99! Take a look here.

Amazon Echo | Christmas Gift Guide for Him | Sam Squire UK Male fashion Blogger

Echo probably needs no introduction, especially with the amount of TV coverage this smart speaker has had. The 360º speaker allows for deep immersive music to be streamed from the likes of Spotify, it isn't just a speaker though…ask it a question and you’ll get an answer, hear traffic and weather reports and even control your light switches, Echo is sure to transform your home! Available from Currys PC World here.

For the dreamer
Give the gift of sleep with my top tips for dreamy gifts!

Eve Sleep Pillow | Christmas Gift Guide for Him | Sam Squire UK Male fashion Blogger

A good night’s sleep seems like a money can’t buy kind of gift, which it was until now. eve Sleep has produced what might just be the ultimate pillow, The Pillow is made from high-quality memory foam to offer more support than feather or fibre for a comfortable, peaceful sleep. Available here for £59/pillow.

For the modern man
More and more men care about how they look, why not check this ultimate kit out...

Mankind christmas collection | Christmas Gift Guide for Him | Sam Squire UK Male fashion Blogger

Loads of guys look after their skin now, the well-groomed, clean look is definitely here to stay and modern men’s site Mankind has a great Christmas gift out this year. Their Christmas collection is full of some of their top selling products including products from Elemis, Men-U and Foreo. With a total value of £300, this is a total steal and is available for £100! Browse it here.

For the gym junkie
Gym-goers always appreciate a gift that goes along with their pastime, whether it’s new tights or some at-home gym equipment, it’s definitely a good shout!

Bjorn Borg is maybe one of the most famous sportswear brands, with more and more gym junkies wearing tights now these training tights are certain to go down well, these quality sweat-busting tights act as a second skin in the winter which is perfect for runs and outside exercise, plus the reflective tape on the back adds some extra safety! Available for £31.50 here.

Withings Body Cardio | Christmas Gift Guide for Him | Sam Squire UK Male fashion Blogger

When working out, tracking progress is such an important step. Withings new Body Cardio scales will help you track every inch of progress. With heart rate sensors, plus sensors that measure water and fat mass all feeding into the dedicated mobile app, there won’t be an inch of weight loss that will be missed. Available for £119.95 here.

I hope my mammoth gift guide helps you to buy the man in your life exactly what he wants, if you have any questions, suggestions or Christmas cheer to spread...drop a comment below!

#THREE - Formally Autumn

It’s time for the third and final outfit from my #THREE campaign with Topman, we launched this a few weeks back to celebrate a crazy, amazing, inspiring and awesome three years of this very blog! We wanted to go out on a dapper note and this three-piece certainly hits all the right trends.

I love a three-piece suit, it’s always something when I was younger I never thought suited me, I found myself a bit too lanky and tall for them, but I think after those awkward teenage years, I have grown into my height and I am finally venturing into new style territory. You won’t find many suits on my blog, there are loads of great bloggers out there that do dapper great and do it often, but over here you’ll find me more actual and highstreet, Tom Ford is great but let’s be achievable!

Topman Suit | Sam Squire UK male fashion & lifestyle blogger

I love this light blue wool-rich suit from Topman, it’s got a nice thick quality to it, so those horrible creases you pick up throughout a day in the office are pretty much non-existent. Wool-rich suits are great for late autumn, headed into winter as they definitely add a bit of warmth to your suit, especially if you go for that extra layer and add a waistcoat!

The fine lines and detailing on the suit are so nice, I am usually a black suit kind of guy, I don’t often venture too far when it comes to suits but when putting this campaign together with the guys over at Topman, we decided to try something new and I have to say, this is now my absolute go-to suit!

Topman Suit | Sam Squire UK Male fashion & lifestyle blogger

I also decided to try a different fit, usually, I opt for a slim fit suit, nothing too tight but nothing too loose (loose fitting looks so weird on me). This time, I picked an ultra-skinny fit suit and I am a big fan of the fit, the only annoying thing is it rides up my legs when I sit down and gets all bunched up on my legs when I go to stand up, but all in all it’s a really comfortable suit, it’s such a good price too, especially got the quality you get! It’s a great suit for dressing up or down depending on the occasion.

I always think you can’t go wrong with a white shirt, no matter the colour of the suit, if you’ve got a white shirt then you’re set. This white stretch-skinny shirt is such a nice fit, but it isn't too tight and will definitely stretch with you as you over-indulge at a festive dinner party! Topman has a great selection of white shirts so if a skinny fit isn't for you, click here and have a browse of their other white shirts!

Topman Suit | Sam Squire UK male fashion & lifestyle blogger

I paired the suit with some snake-effect leather shoes, light blue/grey suits are great because you can wear brown or black shoes with them, some people don’t like black and grey together but I think it works really well. These are actually on sale at the minute and are currently the comfiest smart shoes I own, the genuine leather is so soft and they’ve got an even softer leather lining inside too - again these aren't something I would usually opt for but I am wearing them all the time, I think they look great with this suit as a finishing piece.

As it was chilly, I also chucked on my wool mix longline bomber that I featured in my last post, it's perfect for keeping warm on a cold day, check it out here!

As this is the final part of the Topman X Sam Squire #THREE campaign, this is your last chance to win £100 to spend at Topman, click here to find out how to win!

Got to give full props to my sister for taking these shots, I love them! Check out her blog, The Stylinguist!

Say it with a Letterbox Gift!

So something new dropped through the door this week from a company called Letterbox Gifts - they’re actually a pretty awesome company and I love the concept of what they do.

letterboxgiftshop.com | Gift ideas for men | Sam squire uk male fashion blogger

You head to their website letterboxgiftshop.com and pick the gift you want to send someone - these are all set up in boxes that can be posted…because missing a parcel delivery is possibly the most irritating thing on earth! So, there’s a few different boxes you can pick from including the Mother’s Day box, The Tea box and The Signature box, the one I received was The Gentleman’s Box.

The quality of gifts inside is nice, it’s like a little hamper of quality products for men. So, what do you get> Let have a little looky, ey...

letterboxgiftshop.com | Sam squire uk male fashion blogger

Betty & Dodge – English Oak ‘Man Cave’ Key Ring.
Bath House – Cuban Cedar & Lime Wash Bar.
Men’s Society – Handsome Hand Cream.
Willie’s Cacao – Colombian Gold Chocolate Bar.
Fellows Essential Gentleman – Autumn Warmth Beard Oil.

It’s a nice little collection of stuff and it’s all quite traditional and rustic looking. It’s great for a little birthday gift for the man who has everything. The great thing with the service is that you can also have a custom printed message sent to the recipient - this box itself costs £23.95, I’d say that’s a relatively fair amount for the quality of the products that the box contains.

letterboxgiftshop.com | Sam squire uk male fashion blogger

Okay, so my reviews are always honest and there’s a little something I picked up on which I’m not a fan of - the Bath House Cuban Cedar & Lime Wash Bar smells great and is a weighty piece of soap…however, on the ingredients section of the bar it clearly says that the product is not suitable for use by nut allergy sufferers. I myself am horribly allergic to nuts and wouldn't have thought twice about using it as you wouldn't expect a bar of soap to carry a warning like that. I personally would like to see this detailed on letterboxgiftshop.com as you probably don't want to really be sending someone a product that could give them an allergic reaction!

Today’s blog photo’s were taken on the Canon G7 X - a super-powerful point-and-shoot! Click here to buy it from Currys!

Burgundy

The Bank Holiday seems so so far away now doesn’t it? Bank Holiday Monday was actually a relatively nice day so I headed to a seriously nice spot to do some spring style shooting. I haven’t done loads of personal style posts lately purely because they take a bit of time to sort and organise…time I don’t have due to some big projects I am working on right now. 

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In This Month’s…Men’s Fitness

Welcome to a brand new segment!! As you know I struck up a deal with magazine.co.uk and they kindly hit me up with a few 12 month magazine subscriptions…how kind are they?! Each month I get these mags so I thought ‘Heck, Sam what a fantastic opportunity to write about, create more blog content and NEVER run out of ideas’ so, in today’s blog post I’ll be telling you three things you’ll find in Men’s Fitness the Summer Edition. 

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Spring Wishlist - Topman

So a couple weeks ago I showed you my Wishlist from New Look…which I am still waiting to purchase from (my local branch is poor!) and I thought today I would share with you the top 4 things I literally need in my life from Topman, maybe it’ll even inspire your spring wardrobe! 

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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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