September 2016

Life on Mars

In this monthly column, I’m going to write from a male’s perspective about the many and varied happenings in the world of fashion.

At no point will I tell you how to dress. I’ll just bring you the wonderful, colourful people who live and breathe fashion and style.

Josh Thompson I will be covering male grooming, hair and skincare, fragrance, fashion, tips on style, and people who I think dress exceptionally well.

On a personal note, I do like to get dressed up and look smart when I have an event or night out - but I also love nothing more than my comfy chilling out clothes!



Instagram Icons

This month’s section takes a slightly different turn, as I usually showcase the eye catching, talented people from Instagram whose dress and style are outstanding and fabulous.

I'm going to highlight three profiles I believe will bring eclectic, awe-inspiring photos and happiness to your Instagram feed.

Jacob Riglin

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Jacob is a young photographer and explorer from LA and his Insta feed is on fire! There’s no other way to put it than your life will be better if you follow this guy. His shots are outstanding. The feed is a plethora of colour and high focus snaps taken in the most beautiful surroundings, the mix of close up action shots and wide angle landscape pictures really make this guy’s feed rather cool.

This has helped him gain a massive 330k followers and he gets thousands of likes on each photo. So trust me on this one - give the follow button a click - you wont regret it.

Pinpoint the look:

  • High resolution.
  • Large bold photos and scenes.
  • Action and dangerous photos.
  • Colour, colour and more colour.

Anthony Bogdan

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Anthony is a self-proclaimed fashion lover, blogger and YouTuber, creating a successful Insta page amassing 138k avid fans.

Whilst Jacob uses colour to explode his photos into your vision, Anthony uses grayscale photos to project an air of class and sophistication. Personally this grayscale style feed suits me very well. In fact I love it. It just works so well.

He also has a great mix of work-based photos including runway and fashion shots which blend seamlessly with his family life, by incorporating his childhood pets and close family members. This gives his page a really unique and authentic feel to it.

Pinpoint the look:

  • Grayscale.
  • Family life/work mix.
  • Leather, hats and check.
  • Beard game strong.

Jeoffrey Romano

Jeffrey romanoI was toying with the idea of whether or not to feature this guy as it might have caused me far too much emotional pain. Why? He lives, works and plays in Milan - a place I've just returned from, which is absolutely stunning. So talk about having the holiday blues rubbed in your face!

Jeoffrey is a digital PR and Social Media Manager, based between Naples and Milan, a truly breathtaking part of the world. His Insta feed fully reflects this. Once that follow button has been clicked, you will get treated daily to a classic feast of European style architecture and scenery, which epitomises ‘La Dolce Vita’.

His style is a healthy variety between high-end signature images of Italian fashion and wealth; complemented by stripped-back, chilled-out, beach-vibe shots. Whichever style you prefer, one way or another I think you’re going to be envious of this guy. I know I am!

Pinpoint the look:

  • European style.
  • Chilled-out, relaxed and played back.
  • Sophistication in the best possible way.
  • Just a really cool guy’s life.

Real Men Read

Real men read

Recently I have rediscovered my love for reading, which I think this has been brought on strangely by the leaps forward in social media. I found that I would spend and eventually waste hours after hours browsing social media. So I thought to myself that I would create a place in my column to share with you which book(s) I'm currently reading.

My thinking behind this was instead of wasting 30 to 60 minutes a day on Facebook and other social media, I could instead, spend that time reading about stuff I'm actually interested and have a passion for, learning new styles, tips and tricks.


This month’s read contains the same naughty word repeated - and this is no exaggeration - hundreds of times.

The book is called “The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**K: How to Stop Spending Time You Don't Have with People You Don't Like Doing Things You Don't Want to Do”. It’s written by Sarah Knight, and I found it very amusing.

It is (a parody) based on the works of Marie Kondo, who wrote about “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying: A simple, effective way to banish clutter forever”, in which she gives simple instructions to declutter your house and home to improve your life.

This novel is much the same but contains simple instructions to declutter your life from problems and emotions that you don't need to waste (more) time on. I wouldn't go as far to say it’s a self-help book, but it’s certainly along those lines, albeit irreverent. And VERY sweary! The fact it contains words your mother probably wouldn't like you to use at the table sort of distracts you from that.

It further explains how to ‘rid yourself of unwanted obligations, shame, and guilt - and give your f*cks instead to people and things that make you happy’. Pretty sound advice!

Any book which states on its front cover “ How to stop spending time you don't have doing things you don't want to do with people you don't like” is surely worth a read?!

Product Picks

This part of my column I'm going to share a product every month that I find particularly useful and use day to day. It may vary month in month out between new technology, fragrance, skincare and hair care.

This month’s product pretty much saved my life. Well okay, slightly melodramatic I know; it didn't actually save my life but it did make me smell nice!

For my recent adventure to Milan I needed to travel light. This meant hand luggage only, which is an absolute pleasure, allowing you to sweep through the airport, straight past the check-in desk queues. However, my #FirstWorldProblems started with the strict rules on what you can and cannot carry onboard, particularly when it comes to toiletries.

I found it straightforward enough to buy those adorable little bottles now that Boots chemist has an entire travel-size toiletries’ section. The penny dropped, and my dilemma started when I realised I couldn't take my full sized bottles of Chanel and Dior aftershave.

So like a well-scented - or should that be ‘Heaven-s(c)ent’?! - superhero, Twist & Spritz came to my rescue. They have created a cleverly designed spray bottle which you plug into the pip underneath your aftershave bottle, to extract the contents into the Twist and Spritz bottle. This leaves you good to go and all set to safely (and legally) carry in your hand luggage.

I paid £8 from The Perfume Shop. The contents lasted the entire time I was in Milan, and I still have about half left.


Look of the month

Look of the month

This part of the column is to sign off at the end of the month with a picture of one my favourite outfits I've worn in the last few weeks.

  • Hat: Adidas Originals.
  • Zip up: All Saints.
  • T- shirt: Levis.
  • Jeans: Hera London.
  • Shoes: Nike SB runs.

I hope you find these tips, characters and products I’ve shown you to be useful and you’ve enjoyed this month’s read.

See you next month for my latest transmission from Life On Mars.

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