Summer Vibes

I’m currently on a plane on the way home from two epic weeks in the sun in Portugal, if you’ve never been, I highly recommend checking it out, we stayed in a pretty coastal town and the beaches and coastline were incredible....

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You've got to love a sale!

The whole saying of you can’t get something for nothing simply doesn't apply to this post. Now I love a sale as much as the next guy…maybe even more. Heck, who actually wants to pay full price when they could be knocking a few quid off? When Love the Sales got in touch, you know I jumped at the chance to work with them.

Love the Sales is an online destination for sales lovers. They collate sales from all your favourite brands in one place and cover categories such as style, grooming and homeware. It’s basically the tool you need in life to help save some serious dollar.

The folks over at Love the Sales challenged me to put together a super casual look, they call that a challenge?! I picked a couple of really cool items to style up my final look, and I have to say not only would I have saved a pretty penny, but I am chuffed with the look, too!

Love the sales | Topman | Sam Squire UK Male fashion blogger

I picked these Topman spray on skinny jeans, because as you know, they’re the only fit I wear! If I can save some money on them, then I certainly will!! I picked these ones as they’re slightly distressed with a little tear to the knees, I have been loving the ripped knee look at the minute, but have only really been able to find it in black - so I was pretty chuffed to bag these in blue!

The second item I picked up from Love the Sales was a pretty cool Jack & Jones shirt. To be completely honest, I haven't really worn Jack & Jones before and never really paid the brand much thought, but this shirt was a real find! It’s super lightweight which makes it perfect for this spring/summer season, I am a big fan! It’s also perfect for dressing up or dressing down.

With the whole look I paired my new favourite things, the Yeezy Boost 350’s in Oxford Tan - these things are like damn slippers, and whilst they weren't from Love the Sales I just had to share them!!

If you love sales, don't forget to click here to check out Love the Sales!

Pure Vintage Fun

So much more than ‘one for the girls’

This right here is the 2016 New Fiat 500. Recently the folks from Fiat got in touch and asked if they could send me a car to drive around for a week. On the proviso that there wasn't a pastel colour in sight, I agreed! Now, don't get me wrong, I was super dubious that the Fiat 500 might be deemed as slightly feminine but comfortable with my masculinity, I put it to the test over a week long period.

New Fiat 500 | Car Review | Sam Squire uk male fashion & lifestyle blogger

For 2016 the Fiat 500 has made like Jeremy Clarkson and got punchy. We’re talking redesigned headlights and brake lights, new colour and sticker options, and a naughty little turbo engine…you’re going to be seriously impressed. The model I was sent is the range-topping Fiat 500 Lounge - this came with their clever little twin cylinder engine, the TwinAir is a 900cc roughty petrol engine that has more bang for its buck than you'd imagine. I was sceptical about the power the car would have, especially when you look under the bonnet and see just how dinky that little TwinAir engine is…however thanks to a whole lotta turbo, the 500 has bags of power.

The car is extremely responsive to drive, when your right foot hits the floor it really does rocket…whilst this is a huge selling point, for me it also comes with a huge negative. Whilst the speed is great, the engine is extremely loud, initially you would just see it as part of the vintage charm…but seriously, it’s annoying. Even the loudest radio setting would struggle to cover the noise and your conversation turns into a shouting match over the loud grumbling engine.

Anyway, let’s head inside the car. I’m really impressed by the overall size and feel of the car interior, I am around 6 foot 2 in height and pretty broad across the shoulders, even though I'm tall, it doesn't feel cramped at all, plus thanks to the clever placing of the gearstick, you wont be accidentally changing great with your passengers knee…that’s a whole other car share!

New Fiat 500 | Car Review | Sam Squire uk male fashion & lifestyle blogger

There’s a simple to navigate 5” touchscreen infotainment system with full bluetooth and aux-in meaning this truly is a stylishly connected car and you can have the latest music on the go. Surprisingly there’s rear parking sensors which for such a diddy car, you wouldn't imagine would be a standard feature on the model…I guess they come in handy, buy being a dab hand at parking, I saw them as a somewhat non-necessity. Inside there’s also height-adjustable seats which help to get a nice and comfortable ride, I would say that the height adjusting lever and handbrake are not only the same shape…but also are dangerously close and numerous times instead of stopping, I ended up 2 inches closer to the roof - perhaps a slight design flaw.

New Fiat 500 | Car Review | Sam Squire UK male fashion blogger

Fiat are treating the 500 like a fashion collection, which is actually a pretty cool way to look at a car in my eyes. The ‘second skin’ is a vinyl sticker, this season they have 6 different options, the car that I was sent has the camouflage second skin…this in my eyes is surprisingly the biggest thing wrong with the car.

So, they look relatively cool these second skins, however a thought came into my mind one day…how long do they last? They’re a vinyl sticker so surely they will degrade and peel at some point? I noticed on the car I was sent which I would guess is maximum 6 months old, that many of the individual camo stickers starting to peel, personally if I was spending an additional £460 for the second skin, I’d want it to be sticking around for a pretty long time. Also, after these have peeled off, what is the next step? I’m not personally too sure, but if I bought a Fiat 500, I’d just go for a standard paint colour and avoid the stickers.

So, you’re probably thinking that this is all well and good, but let’s talk cash. For this model you’re looking at just over £13,800 basic retail, on top of that you’ve then got the stickers and any additional extras you might want to add. It’s not a cheap car, so is it worth it?

New Fiat 500 | Car Review | Sam Squire UK Male fashion & Lifestyle blogger

In my opinion it’s a great little car, it’s nippy and perfect for a small family, I’d even quite happily do a longer journey in it. The quality inside the car seems really good, the finishes are nice and whilst they’re plastic, the gloss is nice to the touch and really easily cleaned, again, perfect for having kids in the car! Outside it looks great, especially in black it gives it a really sporty, beefed up look…on the flip side if you’re looking for something cute and colourful, this is also the car for you with a huge house of colours, it’s really quite impressive!

New Fiat 500 | Car Review | Sam Squire UK Male fashion & lifestyle blogger

If you had to choose between the Fiat 500 and its rival, the Mini I’d outright say the winner is the 500, the Mini looks tired and dated with complete lack of thought, especially next to the fun, vibrant little 500 - there’s been some thought behind it, it’s an icon that’s easily adapted to suit modern times…and you’ve really got to give kudos to Fiat for that. Overall it was actually a really fun week driving around in the 500, not only is it economical and really nippy…it’s pretty comfortable and stylish, too!

You can find out more and configure your New Fiat 500 by clicking here!