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House of Fraser AW16 Press Day

I was super excited to be invited to the House of Fraser AW16 Press Day, held at One Marylebone, a venue where I had previously attended the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards.

There was home featured on the first floor, and fashion on the second floor. I started of on the first floor and absolutely loved all the interiors and products from brands such as BIBA, Shabby Chic, Linea, Dickins & Jones, Casa Couture and Gray & Willow, as well as others. They were all autumnal themed and seriously dreamy.

My favourite was the Global Artisan look book as the styles resonated with my African upbringing and I loved the crafted and contemporary products, with the bright prints.

The classy Casa Couture was brilliant with refined luxury, neutral colour schemes with pale shades of blush being the primary colours, and the sophisticated scheme.

The decor in the bedroom area was so dreamy, modern and full of statement pieces by Christiane Lemieux. It had that rich, luxe feel and I loved the interesting geometric prints and the contemporary look and feel.

On the opposite spectrum was BIBA Home, with dark dramatic colours and a different style of opulence, which I was also very drawn to.

In the Home section you had the opportunity to print a design on a tote bag, which I had great fun doing! I then ventured upstairs to have a look at the Fashion range. There was a juice bar, a braiding and hair styling bar and lots of amazing clothes and accessories on show, both for men and women.

I was drawn to both the colours and the styles of these handbags (must mention that handbags are my weakness) and the colours coming in are darker shades such as maroon, navy, olive/dark greens and greys.

Great products and colours coming out in Autumn and can’t wait to spruce up my home with some of the home products when they hit the stores.

To check out House of Fraser, go to: http://www.houseoffraser.co.uk

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Father’s Day Gift Guide

Looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift? This handy guide is packed full of ideas which are sure to please the super dad in your life. If you are a bloke reading this, you may find some new products you want to try or hint to get for Fathers Day!

Food and drink lover?

Ultimate man box

Buy the ULTIMATE man box as the perfect gift for Birthday’s, Father’s Day, or just to say … I love you man!

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https://www.boroughbox.com/ultimate-man-box

Mighty Fine Honeycomb

From it’s glorious golden centre to the particular noise that it makes when cracked, this honeycomb is the bees knees.

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Peanut Butter Honeycomb Bar 50gThe range of luxury honeycomb products includes its chocolate-covered Honeycomb Dips (90g; RRP £3.50)Honeycomb Boxes (220g; RRP £7.50) and Honeycomb Bars (RRP £1.79)

 The range is available to buy in-store at Harvey Nichols nationwide and at various shops and delis, as well as online at www.mightyfine.co and www.notonthehighstreet.com.

 

GIN explorer

Gin Explorer is a monthly subscription box packed with everything a gin lover could want, delivered straight to their door! Join the journey and receive a selection of 4 different 50ml gin miniatures, each and every month direct through your door. The gins are hand selected by your personal tour guide to take you on a culinary journey; thrilling your tastebuds and awakening your senses. You’ll also learn all about the heritage and origin of the gins increasing your gin knowledge, and passion, along the way. Throughout your expedition you will be accompanied by delectable mixers and everything you need to explore, with extra treasures along the way!

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https://ginexplorer.com

Market porter discovery boxes

Choose a selection box of amazing produce to have delivered to your dad. You can choose from meat, cheese, charcuterie and chocolate. The produce is sourced from great independent British producers and delivered straight to your door.


https://www.marketporter.com

Courvoisier Célébration Sensorielle XO limited edition gift set

 

Anyone who is serious about cognac will know that aroma is key to the drinking experience. The Courvoisier Célébration Sensorielle XO limited edition gift set contains two bespoke scented candles along with a bottle of Courvoisier XO for a multi-sensory cognac experience.

The scents of the candles take you on two different Parisian journeys. The ‘Brise de Vincennes’ (‘the breeze from Vincennes’) scent draws on all the aromas which make Paris so charming in the day, whilst the second fragrance, ‘Nuit Débordante’, (‘heady night’) conjures up the glamour and intrigue of Paris after dark. For a father who loves to travel this is the ultimate cognac sensory experience.

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https://hedonism.co.uk/product#!/courvoisier-celebration-sensorielle-xo-gift-set

MONIN Syrups 

Jazz up your coffee with MONIN syrups. They’re the perfect gift for any coffee-loving dad – either on their own or as as part of a DIY coffee hamper.

There are four 250ml flavours currently available in Sainsbury’s (MONIN Caramel, Hazelnut, Vanilla and new Chocolate Cookie), rrp £3 each.

Alternatively there are a range of MONIN flavours currently onsale via the Twinings Tea website including Green Apple, Melon and Passion Fruit – ideal for budding mixologists: .

Book worm?

Mindfulness and Surfing: Reflections for Saltwater Souls  by Sam Bleakley

Mindfulness and Surfing casts a fresh perspective on this popular sport, and explores how riding the waves can be the ultimate meditation. Engaging author Sam Bleakley takes us on a soulful journey across the tideline of his personal and philosophical travels. Through lunar cycles and river surfing to the Taoism of nature, he reveals an acute awareness of what the oceans can tell us about our place in the natural world. Meditating on one of nature’s greatest elements – its salty swells, flow and peaks – he shares life lessons in mindfulness that will be relished by surfer and non-surfer alike.

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https://wordery.com/mindfulness-and-surfing-sam-bleakley-9781782403296

Movie enthusiast?

Cineworld Gift Cards

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Cineworld is offering a variety of gifting options this Father’s Day, with the perfect gift of a £25 gift card in a range of vibrant designs, or for that extra special movie lover give them the gift of cinema all year round with the Unlimited Gift Box.

For the last-minute shopper, sons and daughters can gift dads with e-Gifts which can be received straight to your inbox today!

http://www.cineworld.co.uk/shop/#/shop/categories/egift

Keen Golfer?

Golf Buddy

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Get dad out on the course this Father days with the perfect golfing gift from GolfBuddy.  No matter how dad likes to receive his distance information GolfBuddy has a product to match his game. With 3 scan modes the smart new LR5 Laser is light, quick and accurate, whilst the new CT2 is powerful, small but packed full of features or if he prefers a watch then there’s the award winning WT5. With 38,000 golf courses world wide and the only company offering on-foot mapping without charging extra fees or annual subscriptions any GolfBuddy product is sure to be a hole in one. www.gpsgolfbuddy.eu 

 

 Cleveland RTX 2.0 wedge 

This fantastic Cleveland wedge features:

  • Advanced spin technology
  • 588 RTX 2.0 Technology
  • Tour Proven Design
  • 12 Month Guarantee

STD Bounce Grind

This wedge has been designed with a standard bounce grind which is ideal across a wide range of golf courses. This versatility and forgiveness across different turf is thanks to the combination of a trailing edge grind and a moderate relief from the heel and toe. The 2 DOT’s indicate the standard bounce, while this wedge is ideal for golfers with a neutral attack angle.

Tour Proven Design

The evolution of the 588 RTX 2.0 wedges began by listening to some of worlds best golfers. Working in cooperation with elite tour staffers like Graeme McDowell, Keegan Bradley, and Hideki Matsuyama, Cleveland’s engineers were able to pinpoint the challenges players face from 125 yards and in and seek out solutions to help them score better. Throughout the entire development process, Cleveland’s tour staff tested and provided feedback to ensure that the 588 RTX 2.0 was the best wedge on tour.

588 RTX 2.0 Technology

Completing this superb wedge is the Rotex face technology. This face has evolved the way golfers can spin the ball on the greens thanks to the 15% sharper grooves and a micro milled Rotex face pattern. This provides the wedge with the maximum surface roughness that the USGA allows. Improve your short game today!

 

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http://www.onlinegolf.co.uk/clubs/wedges/cleveland-golf-588-rtx-2.0-tour-satin-wedge-277956.html).

 

 Callaway XR16 Driver 

For the Callaway Golf XR 16 Driver, the Callaway Golf R&D team worked with aerodynamics experts at Boeing to redefine what is possible with clubhead speed and aerodynamics in a golf club. This driver has been engineered to be the most forgiving head shape ever, and the specialists at Boeing made it fast with a re-engineered Speed Step.

 

 

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R.MOTO Face Technology

Next generation R.MOTO Face that is lighter and up to 19 percent thinner, this technology creates more ball speed across the entire face of the club.

Extreme Forgiveness

The clubhead has been developed to be the most forgiving shape with a larger shape and stretched out crown for more MOI. This design has a low deep centre of gravity which provides extreme forgiveness.

Callaway Golf XR 16 Driver Features:

  • R.MOTO Face Technology
  • 460cc Head Size & Extreme Forgiveness
  • Advanced Aerodynamics
  • 12 Month Guarantee & Fujikura Speeder Evolution 565 Graphite Shaft

Advanced Aerodynamics

Boeing made the XR 16 Driver fast with advanced aerodynamics and a re-engineered Speed Step Crown to save weight. This new design creates a high speed head with lower drag in the crown, and adds serious ball speeds for added distance.

http://www.onlinegolf.co.uk/clubs/drivers/callaway-golf-xr-16-driver-296317.html

Fitness lover?

iFit Duo

Introducing the first of its kind, the iFit Duo is a reversible, double-sided activity watch engineered for business and play. The activity watch features:

  • Dual face: the iFit Duo suits both a professional and active lifestyle

For the office: A traditional timepiece assembled with expert craftsmanship, the classic dial face showcases a signature, sophisticated style.

For the gym/on-the-go: Flip the watch face over to discover a bright LCD screen displaying real-time activity stats and fitness data including net calories, steps taken and distance covered.

  • On-screen notifications: Choose which calls and texts are important with discreet, on-screen notifications. iFit will also send you healthy suggestions about when to get up and move(vibration alerts), so users are constantly motivated to stay active.
  • Auto-activity detection: All workouts and activities will automatically be recorded by the Duo. State-of-the-art technology detects whenever users change activities, whether walking/sleeping/working out, so the stats that count the most are never missed.
  • Water-resistant: The Duo is water-resistant up to 50 meters, meaning users can take it for a swim and work out in the rain.
  • The iFit family: With iFit, everything you do is connected. This means that all stats—whether users are running with one of our wearables or working out on a piece of iFit ready fitness equipment—sync up to the same cloud. You can find all of your information, safe and secure, in one convenient place.

 

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RRP from £299, available now at NordicTrack.co.uk.

Kenwood Blend-XTRACT Sport

The Kenwood Blend-XTRACT Sport blends ingredients with ease to make a nutritious drink or sports supplement. The two speed settings and pulse guarantee optimum results and the two durable TitanTM moulded sports bottles, are ideal for ‘on the go’ nutrition for you and a partner.

The Blend-XTRACT Sport is perfect for health-conscious and gym junkie dads who are always on the move.

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Kenwood Blend-XTRACT Sport, (RRP: £29.99)

www.kenwoodworld.com/uk

Also available at John Lewis, £29.95

Playstation fan?

Sony Wireless Stereo Headset 2.0

Discover just how great your games can sound with the Wireless Stereo Headset 2.0 – the perfect gift for gaming Dads this Father’s Day. Hear unseen enemies and epic explosions in stunning 7.1 virtual surround sound (PS3 & PS4 only) and chat with friends via the internal microphone.

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From £68.99 (Available from retailers across the UK including Amazon.co.uk)

PlayStation® Socks

Looking for a way to spice up the tradition of sock-giving? Treat Dad to these fun Play-Station themed socks this Father’s Day – this is for the Dads!

 

From £9.99 (Available from retailers across the UK including Amazon.co.uk)

Technology lover?

Beats by Dr. Dre Mixr On-Ear Headphones

 

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http://www.qvcuk.com/Beats-by-Dr.-Dre-Mixr-On-Ear-Headphones.product.505704.html?sc=SRCH&cm_sp=VIEWPOSITION-_-1-_-505704

Smart dad?

Braun Series 3 

With the new Braun Series 3 shaver Braun is introducing MicroComb technology. It features two rows of fine, evenly spaced grooves that surround an independently moving middle trimmer. This catches and feeds more hair with every stroke, which gives you a faster shave. The difference to other shavers is noticeable, especially in the torture test of 3‐day beards.

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Braun Beard Trimmer

The BT5050 Braun beard trimmer will give you the exact length and precise contours, two fundamentals to give you the ideal look. Whether you want to achieve a designer stubble or trim your full beard, two detachable trimming combs will provide you with the flexibility you need.

The precision comb will provide you with the precision to achieve a desired look. The trimmer will also feature a long beard comb; this will give you more range to maintain a longer beard style.

The trimmer is also fully washable, for easy cleaning it can be ran under running water. Lastly, it features a charging LED light that will indicate the charging status.

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Buy from:

Tesco

Amazon

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Gillette Fusion ProShield:

Gillette Fusion ProShield Men’s Razor shields while you shave. ProShield Lubrication before and after the blades lays down a protective layer to shield from irritation. Plus, FlexBall Technology makes maximum contact* over contours and gets virtually every hair (*among Fusion razors). Gillette Fusion ProShield is Gillette’s most advanced razor. Just look for the yellow blade and handle.
Features and Benefits
  • Gillette Fusion ProShield Lubrication before and after the blades shields from irritation
  • Gillette Fusion ProShield Men’s Razor features Flexball Technology that responds to contours, getting virtually every hair
  • Five precision blades provide less tug and pull* for incredible comfort (*vs Fusion)
  • Precision Trimmer on back for accurate edging
  • Blades fit all Fusion and ProGlide handles

Gillette_Fusion_ProShield_RRP £12.00

Buy from:

Boots

ASDA

Fashion conscious dad?

Brydon Brothers: The Lauder Range

Lauder Richmond belt, £55, brydonbrothers.com (2)

Available from http://www.brydonbrothers.com/collections/shop

Versus Versace Tokyo Rubber watchSOY01 0015Available for &80 from http://uk.versace.com/versus/men/watches/1250000,en_GB,sc.html

Timex’s Expedition Scout range

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Available from http://www.hsamuel.co.uk

 

Accessory lover?

Personalised Wooden Beer Trug

 How cool does this look? Will look great on a bar or anywhere in the home.

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http://www.borngifted.co.uk/baby-gifts/product/BG-4629

Superman fan?

Superman shaped mug

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http://www.findmeagift.co.uk/gifts/shaped-superman-logo-mug.html

Fragrance lover?

dunhill London ICON Limited Edition Luxury Spray

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This stunning luxury spray comes in 30ml with 2 refills, the perfect travel companion. Refined and sophisticated, dunhill ICON is sleek, aromatic and woody, with key notes of Italian bergamot, black pepper, lavender, smoky Oud wood and Oris-leather. Available exclusively at Harrods from 2nd May and at selected department stores nationwide from 30th May 2016.
2 x 30ml EDP £60.00

 

Jimmy Choo MAN Gift Set

A striking MAN coffret launches just in time for Father’s Day. The bottle was inspired by an antique hip flask, representing traditional design imbued with an edge of rock n’ roll rebellion. Cool metallic chrome combines with sultry shades of grey. The masculine aromatic fougère contains key notes of lavender, pineapple leaf and patchouli and comes with a complimentary 100ml shower gel.

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Available nationwide from 30th May 2016.
EDT 50ml & Shower Gel 100ml £42.00

 

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The UK Blog Awards 2016 

On 29 April, the big day arrived – the UK Blog Awards 2016. Third year in its running, and this year it was at the Park Plaza Westminster, facing Big Ben and in the heart of the city.

I took the day off work, and spent most of the morning steaming with vicks as I had the start of the flu – perfect timing! In the afternoon, I headed to HOB hair salon in Stanmore, where the lovely Janki styled my hair in romantic curls, and did my make up for me.

I whole-heartedly trust Janki with all my big events, and she was by my side during my wedding week as well as the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards.

Photo credit: Janki
My lovely friend Anne met me at HOB Stanmore, after a trip from Bristol, and we both headed to mine to continue getting ready.

BMW UK kindly sent over this amazing complimentary car to pick us up and drop us home at the end of the evening- the swanky new 7 series with a very charming driver called Vasos Papanicolaou.

Photo credit: Aditi
 A big thank you to him for taking our photos and explaining all the cool things the BMW could do. We had a massage function on our individual seats and we could change the colours of the lights in the car. He did offer us champagne but we thought it would be better to behave.

We picked up Aditi from Aditi’s Pen and after a lovely drive through London, arrived at the Park Plaza, Westminster, where we met Michelle from Petite Tea Lover, Seetal from Savla Faire and Mandy.

After a bit of mingling, drinks and canapés, we sat down for the award ceremony, and took a couple of selfies.

And some decent pics….

The screen then lit up and it all commenced!

The hilarious Kate Russell was a fantastic host and she was last year’s winner for best individual digital and technology blog.

The lovely Gemma Newton, founder of the UK Blog Awards gave a fantastic welcome speech to set the scene for the evening an officially opened the awards.

As you know I was a finalist in the Food & Drink category, as well as the Lifestyle category. I didn’t win but am so pleased my friends in the blogging world did. Chris from Tiki Chris  and Kiran from The Swindon got Highly Commended. The lovely husband wife duo Eulanda  and Omo from Hey! Dip your toes in won and I am so happy for them as I absolutely love them.

After the award ceremony, it was mingling and fun. Odeon cinemas had set up a mini cinema area, complete with couches, bean bags and pop corn where they actually had short films on.

In addition, what I looked forward to the whole night, was getting into a bubble by the very talented bubble man from Bubble Inc. It was so much fun!

I had a really good night, it was lovely to glam up and be pampered for the evening and I am so proud and happy to have made it as a finalist for 2 categories. Since I started my blog its been a wonderful experience, have made so many new friends and tried so many different things. Here’s to more fun and new adventures in the future xx

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Summer holiday style

Summery days are on the way (soon) and if you are going to a hot destination for a vacation soon here is an idea on how to accessorise for day and night.

A cool pair of sunglasses is a must! Not only do they protect your eyes from the harmful rays of the sun, they look really good too. I am wearing a pair from Maui Jim called Keanae in Olive Tortoise. These sunglasses are polarised, stylish, so light and practical and the perfect accessory to spruce up any holiday look.

I am wearing a strapless dress I bought from the Masai Market in Kenya. These type of dresses are so comfortable and perfect for a hot destination. My bracelet is also from the Masai Market.

My necklace is a custom design called “Binny’s Exotic dream’ by DIWAH jewellery. They have a range available which you can choose from, or you can design your own personal piece.

This necklace is versatile for day time or evening and on one of the evenings I paired it with a little black dress from Miss Selfridge and a clutch bag from Michael Kors.

For more information on the items mentioned go to:

Jewellery: https://www.diwah.com

Sunglasses: http://uk.mauijim.com/en/shop/sunglasses

 

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Whats in my bag – Flight edition

 

I am the type of packer who relies on a list to check off (and double-check) to ensure I have taken everything I could possibly need. I like to be prepared and this time we were  taking a 17 hour flight to and from Mauritius so I decided I needed to be extra organised  as once you are on the flight you only have what is in your bag!

I also wanted a really functional but fashionable holdall for the flight itself which would be able to carry everything on my list to get me through the flight.

I chose a Mia Tui bag, which is seriously the perfect travel bag. It is so practical and comes with multiple pockets and slots so you can pack lots in an organised way so it is easy to find things.

It also has 2 pouches, 1 being a clear one you can use for toiletries, which I found so handy. The other pouch was used for holding our passports and travel documents so they were safely in one place.

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Not only was the bag perfect for the flight, it doubled up as a fantastic bag to take on excursions and to the pool & beach too! I could fit in a towel, book, camera, water, sunblock and a change of clothes without it even being over-stuffed.

It is so comfortable to carry due to its long straps and it is available in a whole range of colours. I went for the pewter one.

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I thought it would be useful to share what I packed in my bag in case you are travelling soon and need some inspiration for a packing list.

Important documents

  • Passports
  • Boarding passes
  • Return ticket information
  • Accommodation details
  • Travel insurance policy documents
  • Money
  • Bank cards

Entertainment/Electrical items

  • Macbook/Ipad
  • A good book – I read Not Working by Lisa Owens
  • Earphones
  • Notebook and pen (you never know when inspiration strikes)
  • Phone charger (our flight had a USB slot)
  • Camera

Toiletries

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Facial oil
  • Face cream
  • Hand cream
  • Lip balm
  • Deodorant
  • Perfume
  • Sudacream skin care cream – perfect for dry skin!
  • Face wipes

Medicines

  • Headache tablets
  • Plasters

Make up

  • Mascara
  • Lipstick
  • Tinted moisturiser/light foundation
  • Face powder

Accessories

  • A big scarf – it can be freezing on flights and they double up as an extra pillow
  • Sunglasses
  • Mini mirror
  • Hairbrush

Other

  • Water bottle
  • Snacks

I hope that this is useful for anyone travelling soon!

The  bag is available from  QVC (qvcuk.com) for £44.00 each and available in a range of colours including Terracotta, Pewter, Teal, Blue, Almond and Black.

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Summer Holiday look

Packing for a holiday can be stressful but if you choose clothes which are versatile enough to take you from a day look to an evening look you can mix and match and save space.

This look is inspired by stripes and bright summery colours and can take you from a day at the beach to a cocktail bar in the evening.

Holidays are best for experimenting with colour combinations, and bold bright colours are fabulous. For my look I have gone for a stripy summery dress from Jane Norman, a hat and tote bag from Peacocks and a wonderful watch from Timex #Wearitwell. The watch has a nautical theme which is perfect for ocean side trips and they have lots of amazing colour combinations available within the range too.

The dress can be spruced up even more with jewellery in the evening and a pair of heels, and flats for the day time.

A hat is ever so important for hot sunny days. I was in Mauritius where it was sometimes 36 degrees in the afternoon and intense heat.

The tote bag is perfect for day or evening and spacious enough to fit a towel, book, suncream, camera and a bottle of water. All you need on the beach!


To get this look:

Dress : http://www.janenorman.co.uk/assorted-stripe-pleated-dress?___store=default

Tote bag: http://www.peacocks.co.uk/lds-tall-tote-panels-3682ad.html

Hat: http://www.peacocks.co.uk/lds-hat-felt-floppy-tie-band-c438eb.html

Watch : https://www.timex.co.uk/watches/weekender-fairfield-tw2p91900

Items were gifted but the look and opinions are my own.