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Mama Shelter London

Outside Mama Shelter London. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

This blog post was done in collaboration with Mama Shelter London. However, all views expressed here are my own!

What happens in Mama, stays in Mama! <3

Let’s face it. Everyone loves a little stay-cation once in a while. Last week, I had the opportunity to stay at Mama Shelter’s brand new London location. Situated just a short walk from trendy Shoreditch, Mama Shelter is known for its homely setting and edgy designs. If you’re a 90s kid like me, you’ll be in for a treat. The hotel boasts with little throwback items scattered all over the place. Think Street Fighter, Looney Tunes and X-Men, just to name a few! *oh emmm geee*

When I arrived at Mama Shelter London, I instantly fell in love with the atmosphere. It was definitely my kind of place to not only stay over for the night but also hang with friends in the back garden or grab dinner at the restaurant. *new hangout alert* But let’s talk about drinks and food a little bit later.

The thing I like about Mama Shelter London the most is the fact that their rooms start at a whopping £99! *wowsers* With nearby hotels offering less for more money, you’re definitely getting yourself a bargain here. Each suite has a large TV, sitting area and a well-lit bathroom (see a slightly frightening picture below, LOL).

Also, the hotel is just a stone throw away from 2 of my favourite gay venues – The Queen Adelaide pub and Metropolis Nightclub, which hosts some of the best weekly gay parties in London. Therefore, Mama Shelter London is a great starting point to your epic night out!

Mama Shelter London. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.
Mama Shelter London. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.
Suite (postcards and clothes rack) at Mama Shelter London. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.
Suite at Mama Shelter London. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.
Hey Mama! Magazine. Mama Shelter London. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.
Bathroom at Mama Shelter London. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

Let Mama feed you!

Ok, so let’s talk about food. Mama Shelter London is the first place I came across in the entire United Kingdom where there’s no V (vegetarian) or Ve (vegan) stated on the menu. Instead, there’s PB. At first, I was a little bit confused about what it meant but it all made sense in the end – it’s Plant-Based! It’s either you’re getting a plant-based dish or not. No grey areas, just real food!

I’ve been on a plant-based journey for 5 months now. I am sick and tired of all these potentially great vegan dishes being spoiled with dairy, which can easily be replaced with something fresh and tasty. *word*. Therefore, Mama Shelter is not about that life. They’re offering real and fresh plant-based dishes with exceptions. So, we’ve ordered Iced Seasonal Veg Crudites and Cumin Roasted Cauliflower from their Plant-Based Sharers menu. My guest and I thought that the Cumin Roasted Cauliflower was the highlight of this whole experience because of its rich flavour and combination. I also ordered a Parmigiana with cashew, rocket and sherry vinegar as a main, which literally melted in my mouth! *low key daydreams about it to this day*. Each meal on the menu is priced pretty reasonably – around £10-14. So, if you’re up for a little tasting adventure then look no further!

After dinner, we popped down to the garden to have some cocktails. Each drink on the menu is under £10, including classics and Mama’s Signature cocktails. As a huge fan of whiskey, I’ve been served a great quality Whiskey Sour (with vegan egg white) and Old Fashion. Espresso Martini also didn’t disappoint us. Ahhh, what a great night that was!

Dinning Room at Mama Shelter London. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.
Dinning room at Mama Shelter London. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.
Mama Shelter London. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.
Kitchen at Mama Shelter London. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.
Plant Based Sharers at Mama Shelter London. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.
Red Snapper Ceviche. Mama Shelter London. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

Verdict!

Mama Shelter London is not only a great hotel but also a lovely place to start your night in trendy East London. There’s a DJ to get your groove on, exceptional cocktails to excite your pallet, tasty Plant-Based dishes to feed your body and soul… And even a karaoke room – just in case you want to test your singing abilities. *sigh* Highly recommend! *thumbs up*

Mama Shelter London
437 Hackney Rd, London
E2 8PP

020 7613 6500

Style

Pråper Looks

Outside L'Oscar Hotel in London. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.
Gaston Luca Pråper Bag in Black and Ray-Ban Wings II from Sunglasses Shop. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.
Gaston Luca Pråper Backpack in Black. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.
Gaston Luca Pråper Bag in Black. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

This blog post was done in collaboration with Gaston Luga and Sunglasses Shop. However, all views expressed here my own!

A Breath of Fresh Air!

The London Fashion Week SS20 season is officially over! *whew* I’m so so (one more) SOOO glad that everything is finally back to normal. *haha yaaas*. These past couple of seasons, I wasn’t too keen on LFW because it’s just not really my scene. However, things are a little different this time around…

Many British designers are currently making big efforts to be more sustainable by focusing on upcycling and zero-waste. So, this has made me EXTREMELY HAPPY! *insert happy emoji here*. I’m so happy to know that more and more industries are leaning towards a sustainable future. A huge step forward!

So, with that said… This year, I’ve decided to spend less on fast fashion and invest more in quality, long-lasting pieces. Recently, I picked a new backpack and wallet from Gaston Luga. They are a Swedish brand that produces ace quality PU-leather backpacks and accessories. I absolutely love my new Pråper backpack. It’s durable and has that extra-secure closure, which is extremely important when carrying expensive equipment with you, everywhere. *feels confident carrying his valuables around busy London*

Also, I snagged a new pair of Ray-Bans from my all-time favourite – the Sunglasses Shop. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now, you know how much I love Sunglasses Shop. They always have the best deals on my favourite brands, so it’s my go-to destination for eyewear and accessories. These new Ray-Ban Wings II shades make the ultimate statement when prancing down the streets of Central London and wanting to hide those sassy eyerolls. *lol werk*

Oh, and BY THE WAY! Scroll down to the bottom of this blog post to discover my exclusive discount codes for both Gaston Luga and Sunglasses Shop. *yay* It’s such a perfect time to update your autumnal wardrobe with some quality bags and accessories. So, go on and treat-yo-self!

Outside L'Oscar Hotel in London. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.
Gaston Luca Pråper Bag in Black. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.
Gaston Luca Plånkan Wallet in Black. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.
Gaston Luca Plånkan Wallet in Black. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.
Gaston Luca Pråper Bag in Black and Ray-Ban Wings II from Sunglasses Shop. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.
Outside L'Oscar Hotel in London. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

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Style

Industrial Feel

Showcasing Buckley London on Great Portland Street. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.
Buckley London Axel Collection. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.
Buckley London Axel Collection. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.
Buckley London Axel Collection. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

This blog post was partly sponsored by Buckley London. However, all views expressed here are my own.

… With A Modern Edge!

I’m a huge fan of accessories that add an extra dimension to my overall look. Whether it’s leather, stainless steel or semi-precious stones, a good quality necklace or wristwear can really boost an outfit on any occasion.

The other day, I went for a long afternoon stroll down my local area in Marylebone. I popped down my favourite fitness class on Euston Road, then grabbed a nice meal on Great Portland Street, followed by a cocktail (or two *oops*) on the High Street. There’s something about Marylebone that never cease to amaze me.

When running errands, I like to dress down and wear a simple tee with denim and white trainers. I also love to bring out a few of my new favourite accessories. So, with that said, Buckley London has just launched the new Axel Collection. It incorporates hexagonal shapes combined with materials such as leather and mesh steel, in hematite and rhodium tones. I couldn’t help myself but fill up the basked with shiny bracelets, pendants and rings. *bling bling*

Buckley London Axel Collection. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.
Buckley London Axel Collection. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.
Buckley London Axel Collection. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.
Showcasing Buckley London on Great Portland Street. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

On this particular day, I paired the Axel Hexagonal Enamel Pendant complemented with Axel Hematite Mesh Bracelet and a few other accessories found on Buckley London For Him range.

As a die-hard fan of mesh cuffs and rings… Buckley London truly steals the show with its ever-growing men’s accessory line. Therefore, I cannot wait to see what they’ll bring for the upcoming autumn/winter season! *yaaas*

What do you think of this look? Would you wear any of these accessories? Let me know in the comments section below!

Art

Poster Love

Posterlounge - premium posters & high quality wall prints. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.
Posterlounge - premium posters & high quality wall prints. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.
Posterlounge - premium posters & high quality wall prints. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.
Posterlounge - premium posters & high quality wall prints. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.
Posterlounge - premium posters & high quality wall prints. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

This blog post was sponsored by Posterlounge. However, all views expressed here are my own.

Larger than life!

I’ve always considered myself as an arts-conscious individual. From breathtaking installations to timeless paintings, I’m a fan of those in-the-moment pieces that transport me to a different place.

Recently, I discovered the most amazing gallery-quality prints on Posterlounge. They pretty much have everything: wood prints, canvas prints, acrylic prints, etc etc. I always wanted to have some canvas prints in my bedroom, so I’ve ordered a few prints. *click click order bam*

As someone who likes decorating his room with art pieces that start a conversation for my guests… I wanted to get prints that celebrate the human connection. *cheeky wink* So, I picked “Baby” and “Passion” print. Both originally created by the Ukrainian painter Nelina Trubach-Moshnikova.

When I received the package, it came in a HUUUGE box! *largest one to date tho* Inside, we have 2 large prints (obvs). The detail on each print is so high quality that you could assume it’s real paintbrush even from just a metre away! *scrolls to see more*

Posterlounge - premium posters & high quality wall prints. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.
Posterlounge - premium posters & high quality wall prints. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.
Posterlounge - premium posters & high quality wall prints. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

Ok, so I’m going to be brutally honest. *oh there he goes* The print came too big. *blimey* I should’ve double-checked the measurements but that didn’t stop me from keeping the prints. Instead of framing them in my bedroom, I’ve fitted them nicely in our living room. The room is much bigger and we were actually looking for some epic prints to decorate it with. So, it worked out for us just fine. *yay*

Posterlounge gallery-quality prints are great. The quality is impeccable and prices on the website are very reasonable. You can have top-notch art at your home without breaking the bank. Therefore, I highly recommend you to check these guys out!

SHOP: Posterlounge

Events Fitness Life

Run United London

ASICS London 10k run with Virgin Sport. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

Fifty-seven minutes!

2019 has been (so far) the most life-changing year for me. I started the year by moving out of busy Fitzrovia and moving into lovely Marylebone. By moving home, I also made a conscious decision to let go of all the negativity that was surrounding me at the time and start things fresh. *yeah boy* This is by far the best decision I made since moving to London back in 2011!

In April, I had Vaser Liposculting surgery and started my journey towards plant-based living (a.k.a. vegan newbie, holla 🌱 ). So, it’s been almost 4 months and I’m feeling the best I’ve ever felt. Both my body and mind are clear, which allow me to take on new challenges in life.

A few weeks ago, I received an email from Virgin Sport. They were asking me to take part in ASICS London 10k run. As someone who has never run long distance, I was a bit hesitant at first but after a split second, my adventurous spirit was telling me to just go for it… and I did! *werk*

Prior to the run, I didn’t practise any running. However, I’m an avid cyclist, so I was relying a lot on my cycling abilities when it comes to stamina. *ermmm, okayyy*

When I was at my starting position, I honestly didn’t know what to expect but once we took off, everything seemed possible. Thanks to cheering spectators (and water showers, and water stations… and epic DJ sets haha). The time went by so fast that I honestly could have done an extra 5k. I finished at exactly 57 minutes but it would’ve been less if I didn’t need that toilet break!

After the ASICS London 10k run, I collected my medal and met my mate Ed Lemont for some poké and goss.

ASICS London medal. Virgin Sport. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.
ASICS London 10k run with Virgin Sport. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.
ASICS London 10k run with Virgin Sport. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

What’s next?!

Just a few days after my ASICS London 10k run, Virgin Sport got in touch once again. They were wondering if I’ll be up for doing half-marathon in Oxford this October. It didn’t take me long to respond. So, I’m super stoked to tell you that I’ll be doing my first half-marathon!!! *yaaas* I better start getting ready for this one because it’s like more than 21 kilometres this time. Jokes aside, this is getting real y’all!

If you’ve told me this time last year that I’ll be doing all these things in 2019, I would’ve said that you’re crazy. *haha* Therefore, I cannot wait to see what the future brings to Mr. Salt and Pepper. #WatchThisSpace