8 May 2016

My Summer Essentials

I don't know if anybody has noticed but the weather outside is certainly starting to change.

And with this change of weather I've been spurred on to get the back garden of our house looking nice and making sure it is baby friendly so when the Summer does hit I have time to sit back and relax in it, spending some lovely quality time with my little family rather than working through the summer getting it all sorted. 

It's been a slog though - I've had ten hour days at work and then home to put in maybe three to four more hours building decking, re-building fences and trying to sort out my weed ridden grass but it's all coming together nicely now and I'm getting quite excited about the warmer weather arriving.

And so with all of this sun and time spent thinking of the sun I decided to put together a little post about my summer essentials and my must have summer accessories. 

Here it is...

The first thing I wanted to show you is an item I will be wearing not only to protect my eyes from the the sun but also as an accessory to help keep me looking super stylish too. 

I was sent these amazing Lacoste L710s Sunglasses from the people over at Discounted Sunglasses 

In typical Lacoste style they totally stand out even though the design is really quite simple and un-fussy.

The detail on the inside of the arms is a really nice contrast against the main black colour of the glasses, and of course they wouldn't be Lacoste without the ever famous crocodile logo.

I'm not a massive fan of multi coloured frames so I would normally go for an all black style but I think the white arms work really well with the black - I like it.

One thing I love about this pair is that they go with most outfit types - sporty, casual and even a sharp suit - they are the perfect all round accessory and personally, I think they would be perfect to take with you to a day at the races.

As part of my job I do a lot of driving and the glare of the sun often becomes a big problem for me and I find myself squinting quite a lot trying to focus on the road - which is probably the reason I have quite a few wrinkle under my eyes - but since I started taking these glasses to work it hasn't been a problem at all - they block out the sun perfectly. 

Discounted Sunglasses have some amazing deals on their website, this Lacoste pair are a real bargain costing less than £50 - they are definitely going to be my "go to" place for sunglasses in the future. 

Next up is a summer essential I think every guy should own - a nice, smart Ralph Lauren polo.

When dressing for summer it's all about looking fresh, and with a white polo you certainly do that, and the perfect place to "get your Ralphy on" is at House of Fraser

One of the things I like about Ralph Lauren is that even though they may cost a little bit more than other polo t-shirt, they always keep their shape and are a trend which will never die.
They are so universal too, I've worn them for playing sports in, to attend small social gatherings and even for bigger events where the dress code is a little smarter. 

Ralph Lauren have always been one of those big popular names in fashion - I've certainly worn them for a long time - since I was a teenager in fact.

I'm a younger brother which was always good on the fashion front because I was always given my older brothers hand me downs and he always bought fashionable clothes.

No complaints from me. 

With all this sunshine talk I've made sure my shorts are out, ready and waiting - if the sun's out then also are my legs.
I love wearing shorts, and to be honest, it doesn't even have to be that warm for me to pull them on.

Last summer I fell in love with these shorts from Next and I'm sure they'll be getting plenty of use this summer too. 

They fit so well and whilst they are short they are not too short.
I have big thighs but these don't hug them too much which I find so uncomfortable, and also with them being a plane pastle colour they go with most t-shirts and light colored trainers. 

So that's shades, t-shirts, shorts and now let me tell you about the footwear I will be wearing a lot this summer. 

It's all about New Balance.

Just look at these - they are the 580 Elite Edition Solarized.

I remember growing up, New Balance was one of the top make trainers around, but then they sort of whittled out of fashion a little bit...well out of the fashion I followed anyway - back then I was more of a Stan Smith and Nike Air Force guy.
I had a nice little collection going actually, but them I got old and realised I had to stop dressing like Eminem and more like the Dad (young Dad!) that I was.

And fortunately, a few years ago, New Balance suddenly shot back onto the trainer scene in a big way, and now are one of the "must have" trainer brands.

Well they are in my opinion anyway. 

These trainers are quite plain really but I think the colours work well together, and not only do they look great and feel comfortable on but they even glow in the dark! 


I'm 33 yers old and I have glow in the dark trainers - seems like I didn't grow up all that much after all.

But do you know what, I don't care because they look amazing. 

What are your summer essentials?


Products were sent to me for review, all opinion are my own

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