Tuesday, 12 April 2016

House with lights on
img src - HAM

Hi everyone,

I thought I'd do a post about something that doesn't get spoken about very often. I feel quite conscientous about this, as someone who has lived in London my whole life, I've been brought up to be quite vigilant (but with good reason). My friends and family have had their homes broken into several times, and I have been the victim of theft, muggings and even pointless property damage. Unfortunately we now live in a world where if you don't take the necessary precautions, the passing-by opportunist may take advantage. You'd be suprised how many EVIL people there are out there, and they couldn't care less whether they screw your life up or not. You may think those conniving pests might read this, chances are they've read dozens of generic tips and won't bother with the same crap. Truth is, these are the BEST. So Without further ado, here's a list of tips to deter or prevent any burglaries:

Keep a Light on Timer
Something as simple as keeping one light on is enough to make it seem like somebody is home. Don't go ahead and use the photo as an example to keep all your lights on (because the planet is going to shit and energy wasteage isn't helping). Just make sure it's at the front of the house and visible for everyone to see, it'll be enough to make someone think twice about breaking-in.

Ask a Friend to Check-In
Lend your keys to a good friend in the area who can check up every now and again to give the all clear. The burglars that have some brains actually watch houses. They watch properties they think are empty for several days, and if they see anybody leave or enter that'll scare them off. Your friend could be the person that convinces them that your house is a no-go.
    CCTV cameras

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Fake CCTV Cameras
Scare the low-lives and scumbags away and buy Fake CCTV cameras such as this. Now obviously it's preferable and effective to get a real CCTV security system but it's a lot more expensive and could be considered over-the-top. These fake ones can make an existing CCTV system seem more expansive than it is, and is a good detterent if placed outside the house. They're super easy to install and basically cost nothing. Now you could argue that they can tell the difference between real & fake easily, or if they did break-in then they would be redundant. Some of this is true, but this article here, explains how genuinely effective they are (just don't point it at the street for legal reasons explained in the article).
  
Obvious Suggestions and Wireless Burglar Alarms
Lock all the windows and doors, keep valuables out of sight, install a burglar alarm (wireless systems are more secure and easy to install, such as this), need I explain more?

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Hide Your Valuables
From observing experiences with friends, burglars tend to ransack the whole house/room with little mercey for innocent hiding places like under the bed or pillow, checking wardrobes and more. They really are just sickos, don't let them violate you and your possesions, I promise you it'll stick with you forever. The best places to hide your expensive things like cameras, laptops, jewelry are either; in your laundry basket or kitchen pots and pans. They seem to forget these places. Think of a more creative hiding place or get a safe if you prefer, but make sure it's heavy otherwise they might just take it with them!

Be Careful on Social Media
No, I'm not gonna ask you to keep your holiday photos to yourself. That's just plain unrealistic. Just don't go advertising your address or posting photos of your house online, because then you're an easy target when they see you're away in paradise.

Strong Doors
In most burglaries, criminals break into the house or flat through the door, either by forcing the lock or kicking it in. So make sure you invest in strong and secure door. 

Let a Neighbour Know
Lastly, befriend your neighbour. Let them know when you're going away and coming back , so if they see any funny business, they know to call the cavalry.

Hope you find these tips useful, if you come up with any more ideas then leave a comment in the section below. 

Peace,

Francis
HOW TO KEEP YOUR HOME SAFE - AWAY ON HOLIDAY
April 12, 2016

HOW TO KEEP YOUR HOME SAFE - AWAY ON HOLIDAY

Saturday, 9 April 2016

essential menswear
essential menswear
essential menswear
essential menswear
essential menswear
          Zara Jacket, Hooded Sweatshirt, Stretch T-shirt & Jeans // Russell & Bromley Suede Desert Boots // M&S Reversible Belt // Ray-Bans Sunglasses // Camden Market Ring

Block colour comfortable clothing are always basic essentials on my list. I wear outfits like this again and again, due to the pure simplicity. It's comfortable, cool and takes a second to pick out the wardrobe. The triple layering means you're solid for the regular fluctuations in weather (that's England for you...). Those stretch t-shirts you can buy are great for filling out, they making you that little bit bigger... you'd be surprised. The boots from Russell & Bromley are killer, they take a while to break in but when you do, they absolutey rock. I love Suede and if you want a good pair of shoes, Russell & Bromley's can last a lifetime when looked after properly. The beauty of any of these pieces is that you can pair them with pretty much anything, but stick two colours and you'll be golden (preferably Black & White cos you know they're boss) .

Francis

BASIC ESSENTIALS
April 09, 2016

BASIC ESSENTIALS

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Hotpod yoga in Cardiff
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So the other day I tried out Hot Vinyasa Yoga in Cardiff after doing some shots for my previous post. I was  curious from hearing experiences from several friends, so decided to give it a go. I had done normal Yoga once before, but had a rather mediocre experience mainly due to the instructor talking about herself the whole time and the fact I was the only guy.  This was SO much better. 

I went to a hotpod yoga class which means that it takes place in this pop-up, inflatable, heated pod with a capacity for 20 people. The experience is rather magical, and transports you away into an immersive bubble, away from the world for a soothing yet difficult session. The fact it's only 20 people or less makes it really intimate, and as a beginner they really help you out by talking you through it when they see a new face. They practice hot  yoga in vinyasa flow... Now I don't pretend to be any expert, I have no idea what that means but it was really hard and felt like a proper workout. The hour long session felt challenging, calming, and exertive all at the same time. I was actually surprised how popular it is with men as well, but I could feel the benefits as soon as the session finished with a clear mind and exhausted muscles. I also don't think I've sweat so much in my entire life, literally felt like I had been for a bath in my clothes after leaving the pod. Sweating is great for toxin release, endorphins and more, so your hot yoga sessions target both the mind and body in 1. I'm really looking forward to going again soon and could really see myself getting into this in the future.

The classes are suited towards both men and women, first-timers and experienced yoga peeps. I'm not trying to advertise here but I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to share the experience with you guys. Hotpod yoga is a franchise that is scattered across the world, not just in England and Wales. If you fancy giving it a try, just check out the link here. If they haven't got one near you, then just try Hot Yoga, which I'm sure will be just as challenging and fun!

Francis

HOT YOGA - VINYASA FLOW
April 06, 2016

HOT YOGA - VINYASA FLOW

Friday, 1 April 2016

Zara Black and white menswear

Zara black and white menswear Black and white menswear
Zara black and white menswear
Zara black and white menswear
Jacket - Zara
Top - Zara
Shoes - Zara
Ring - Camden Market
Bangle - Gift

The personal style posts are back again. Just spent the past few days overseeing Cardiff Bay enjoying the view of the water. Although Cardiff is also a capital, it's so nice to get away from the busy life of London. The sun's finally managing to stay out for longer, and I've managed to dodge the rain the past few days so I thought I'd go out and take some photos. As you may have noticed, I'm a bit of a Zara fanatic at the moment, but I just love their minimalist styles that nobody else can quite master. I recently bought the trousers which are great because they're perfect for both lounging, going out and giving off cool-vibes. The jacket has been a staple of mine for several years now that never grows old. So light, comfortable and ideal for those transistion seasons whilst holding a sporty edge. Finally, I find that accessories are where you discover a person's attention to detail. I like to match my ring, bangle and watch together because of their silver/black finish, it's like they were born to be worn together. Corny I know, but I genuinely feel that way.

Francis  

Photos taken by: Rachel Oliver of Style Soup

MONO SHAPES
April 01, 2016

MONO SHAPES