About Me

Instagram

Contact

Life

Saturn Return

Saturn Return. Snapped by Glyn Davidson. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

… or otherwise known as, the most life-changing years of my entire existence!

Last weekend, I turned 27 years old. It was both a nerve-wracking and exciting time for me as I was patiently waiting to turn this age for years. Why, you might be asking? Well, I’ve just entered my Saturn return phase! *ermmm, Saturn what?!* From now until my 31st birthday, I’ll be going through some changes that may or may not be that life-changing.

Saturn Return is an astrological phenomenon, best known for shaking up your entire existence. It’s the moment when Saturn completes its orbit around the sun, landing in the same spot it was in when you were born. The whole process takes about 29 and a half years to complete but the influence of it is considered to begin when you turn 27. *yikes* However, Saturn return will not take you into a new era of maturity with a snap of a finger. From your job to your relationships – everything in your life will be tested. So, be prepared… I mean, who am I kidding??? We are all doomed! *hides under the bed*

Whilst it can be a stressful thing to go through but all these experiences can lead you to be a stronger and happier person. I’m so so excited to see what is coming my way in the next 4 years. Hopefully, it’s going to be a fun ride!

Saturn Return. Snapped by Glyn Davidson. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.Saturn Return. Snapped by Glyn Davidson. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

I’m no life expert (actually, the opposite) but I want to share some insights of what I’ve learned so far and what I expect to do during my Saturn return phase. Are you ready?!

So, here are my 27 things I’ve learned in my 20s so far and hoping to implement on my Saturn return *puts on a kettle* :

  1. You will make a lot of mistakes. But remember to use those bad experience to your advantage and learn from them.
  2. Surround yourself with people who lift you up, not drag you down.
  3. Take your time to find your tribe. Then nurture them with your presence.
  4. When it comes to your job… Be patient and work hard.
  5. Play harder than #TeamBritain at the World Cup.
  6. Live life on a budget. You may not be able to save a lot of money in one monthly paycheck but putting some money aside each month can go a long way. Have you heard of Monzo?!
  7. Love yourself. Never let anyone judge you for the way you look or the way you act. Therefore, show them the door!
  8. Treat yourself at least once a week. Whether it’s a Starbucks or street food market on a Friday, make that little investment to your overall happiness.
  9. Ask a lot of questions. Being curious is the way forward to success.
  10. The best advice I have ever received: never take yourself too seriously.
  11. Don’t lie.
  12. Be honest.
  13. Known fact: life goes faster as you get older. Therefore, be spontaneous and be present in your life.
  14. Have a laugh, see point 10 again. Thank God I have a good sense of humour, people around me literally die… and live longer too! *giggles*
  15. Life is too short for bad jobs, bad relationships and bad circumstances. You’re in charge of your own destiny!
  16. Dream BIG!
  17. If you want something – don’t be afraid to ask for it, but make sure you are ready to give something back. Because… No one likes a user abuser. *wink wink nudge nudge*
  18. Sometimes, silence is the best policy.
  19. Gossiping is a really bad habit.
  20. Go on a lot of dates! They may go nowhere or may go ALL THE WAY… But most importantly, have fun and don’t overthink things.
  21. Explore the person you want to be and just go for it!
  22. Think about life. Take a deep breath. *ommm*
  23. Everything happens for a reason.
  24. Staying in on a Friday night might be the best decision you’ve made all week.
  25. That one special person might be closer than you think. Look around.
  26. Age is just a number.
  27. Never chase a trend. Be one!

Thanks to Glyn Davidson (@glynif) for taking these pictures. Check out his company website here.

Style

Made for Life

Case Station Custome-made iPhone Snap Case and Apple Watch Strap. Wearing Zara Sequinned Biker Jacket. Snapped by Victoria Ambrosino (@Philorose). Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.Case Station Custome-made iPhone Snap Case and Apple Watch Strap. Wearing Zara Sequinned Biker Jacket. Snapped by Victoria Ambrosino (@Philorose). Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.Case Station Custome-made iPhone Snap Case and Apple Watch Strap. Wearing Zara Sequinned Biker Jacket. Snapped by Victoria Ambrosino (@Philorose). Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.Case Station Custome-made iPhone Snap Case and Apple Watch Strap. Wearing Zara Sequinned Biker Jacket. Snapped by Victoria Ambrosino (@Philorose). Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

Smartphones and even smarter accessories.

About 7 years ago, I bought my first ever smartphone – the iPhone 4. *feels extremely nostalgic and old* The minute I opened that box, my shiny new device was paired with the best accessories one could find. From ultra slim transparent rubber bumpers to hard concrete-like covers, my precious iPhone was, is and will always be wrapped in the most trendy case out there. So, for a style-conscious individual like me, it’s an on-going journey to find the product that ticks all the right boxes.

Back in August, I introduced you to Case Station. Without a doubt, they produce the most durable and scratch-resistant smartphone cases in the market. You can choose from hundreds of designs or create your own using their built-in design studio. Therefore, the possibilities here are endless!

Just in time for Christmas, I had the opportunity to check out their new personalised Apple Watch straps. As an avid content creator, I decided to play around and create a unique design that showcases my own personal style. So, I picked images inspired by my London Fashion Week look shot way back in March and made some potential Mr. Salt and Pepper merch! *grows his empire, one design at a time*

Case Station currently runs an Apple Watch giveaway! One lucky winner will win the latest Apple Watch Series 3 and two personalised straps. So, click here to enter!

Case Station Custome-made iPhone Snap Case and Apple Watch Strap. Wearing Zara Sequinned Biker Jacket. Snapped by Victoria Ambrosino (@Philorose). Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.Case Station Custome-made iPhone Snap Case and Apple Watch Strap. Wearing Zara Sequinned Biker Jacket. Snapped by Victoria Ambrosino (@Philorose). Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.Case Station Custome-made iPhone Snap Case and Apple Watch Strap. Wearing Zara Sequinned Biker Jacket. Snapped by Victoria Ambrosino (@Philorose). Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

The most wonderful time of the year!

I’m not going to hide this… December is my favourite month of the year. Simply because A) it’s Christmas, and B) IT’S MY BIRTHDAY MONTH!!! *does a quirky birthday dance routine* As a true Sagittarian rebel, I embraced my free spirit by wearing a sequinned biker jacket that features multiple bolts of lightning and edgy buzzwords like “crash” or (even better) “burn“. I mean, can you get any more punk rock than that?! I don’t think so! The reds, greys and blacks of the jacket really compliment my custom-made smartphone case and Apple Watch strap. They surely stand out in this rather dark ensemble.

Don’t get me wrong –  I do love a colourful look every now and then. But those of you who have followed me for the last couple of months know that I like to gravitate towards the dark and moody tones whenever I can. I think that living in London does play a big part in my ever-changing style, especially in the colder months of the year.

What do you guys think? Would you wear this look?

Case Station Custome-made iPhone Snap Case and Apple Watch Strap. Wearing Zara Sequinned Biker Jacket. Snapped by Victoria Ambrosino (@Philorose). Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.Case Station Custome-made iPhone Snap Case and Apple Watch Strap. Wearing Zara Sequinned Biker Jacket. Snapped by Victoria Ambrosino (@Philorose). Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.Case Station Custome-made iPhone Snap Case and Apple Watch Strap. Wearing Zara Sequinned Biker Jacket. Snapped by Victoria Ambrosino (@Philorose). Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

SHOP

Custome-made iPhone Snap Case and Apple Watch Strap from Case Station
Sequinned Biker Jacket from Zara

Thanks to Case Station for sponsoring this pose. All views expressed here are my own.

Special thanks to Victoria Ambrosino (@Philorose) for taking these amazing pictures.

#CaseStation #CaseStationUK #CaseStationUSA

Food & Drink

Hello Gallo

Wine and pizza party on the rooftop with Gabriele Gzimailaite (@Gabrielegz) and Justina Navickaite (@itsjustinejournal). Gallo Family Vineyards. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.Pinot Grigio. Gallo Family Vineyards. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.Pinot Grigio. Gallo Family Vineyards. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

When it’s time for wine, say hello to Gallo!

I absolutely love spending time on the rooftop. After a long day, I get super excited to come home to my own personal oasis with a glass of wine. Here I can share the excitement and joy with people that matter to me the most.

Last week, I invited Gabriele (@gabrielegz) and Justina (@itsjustinesjournal) over for a wine and pizza chillout. The weather was good enough for us to just sit outside and enjoy a bottle of smooth and aromatic Merlot. It was so great to pair the wine with two loaded pizzas… Because those are two of my favourite things in the world! *duh*

Gabriele, Justina and I haven’t seen each other for ages. Therefore, I was so excited to come home and catch up. The smooth and aromatic taste of Gallo’s Merlot really set the mood for the evening, especially with added mouth-watering hints of black fruits and raspberry. *yummm*

Launched in 1933, Gallo Family Vineyards combines four generations of winemaking expertise from the world’s largest family-owned winery to always deliver great-tasting wines and for everyday prices.If you haven’t had a chance to check out Gallo Family Vineyards wines yet, you can find them in most supermarkets. For a full list of stockists, click here.

Merlot. Gallo Family Vineyards. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.Merlot. Gallo Family Vineyards. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.Merlot. Gallo Family Vineyards. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

This post was sponsored by Gallo Family Vineyards.

#HelloGallo #HelloFrontDoor

Style

Festive Gift Giver

Gifts for Him from Jack Wills. Shot by Victoria Ambrosino @philorose in Richmond. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.Gifts for Him from Jack Wills. Shot by Victoria Ambrosino @philorose in Richmond. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

On a mittened-hand with stocking fillers.

Without a doubt, Christmas is my favourite holiday of the year. Once Black Friday sales are over, I can’t help it but get all super excited for the festive season. Even though I love receiving gifts (like everyone else does), I love gift-giving even more! *avoids maxing out his credit card limit*

Growing up, my family encouraged me to invest more time in crafting a meaningful gift for people I care about rather than just spending a lot of money. Therefore, I opted for things like personal drawings, knitted bracelets and handmade ceramic bowls… Even though I wasn’t good at arts and crafts. *oops* The sentiment was always there but luckily my gifting abilities have improved a lot since then.

With any gifting opportunity, I try my best to find something that is very practical and high quality… Because it’s not just the thought that counts. I often spend a good day putting together my gift ideas. So, if you’re not a savvy gift-giver then don’t worry – I got your back. *on a mission to save your Christmas this year*

Jack Wills has launched a fine selection of Christmas gifts for him. Whether it’s for your brother or dad or your latest crush, there are some really cool items that are currently on offer. So, scroll down to see my picks and start ticking off that festive shopping list!

Oh, and by the way, have you seen my Jack Wills swimwear post shot in Miami?! *feeling nostalgic*

Gifts for Him from Jack Wills. Shot by Victoria Ambrosino @philorose in Richmond. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.Gifts for Him from Jack Wills. Shot by Victoria Ambrosino @philorose in Richmond. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.Richmond. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.Gifts for Him from Jack Wills. Shot by Victoria Ambrosino @philorose in Richmond. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.Gifts for Him from Jack Wills. Shot by Victoria Ambrosino @philorose in Richmond. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

Team brunch in Richmond.

Last week, I spent my Sunday afternoon with Victoria (@Philorose) and Ollie (@ByOllieB) in Richmond. *dream team alertBrunch at The Ivy Cafe was compulsory, followed by several shoots around the area (including this post). Funnily enough, after living in London for over 6 years, I never had the opportunity to experience Richmond in all of its glory… Up until now! Therefore, you are definitely going to see me there on a regular basis. *plans to relocate and live his true suburban housewife fantasy*

TEAM UPDATE: We finally started planning our adventures for 2018! It involves international travelling and some epic brand collaborations. So, watch this space for some further updates! *come through new year*

Continue Reading

Grooming Style

The Man Tan

James Read Hydra Tan Mist gradual tan. Wearing boohooMAN Muscle Fit Colour Block Knitted T-shirt, Next, Dark Ink Jeans With Stretch and Converse boots. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.James Read Hydra Tan Mist gradual tan. Wearing boohooMAN Muscle Fit Colour Block Knitted T-shirt, Next, Dark Ink Jeans With Stretch and Converse boots. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.James Read Hydra Tan Mist gradual tan. Wearing boohooMAN Muscle Fit Colour Block Knitted T-shirt, Next, Dark Ink Jeans With Stretch and Converse boots. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

… or otherwise known as, an ode to my complicated relationship with tanning.

I’m going to be brutally honest here… I’m not a fan of tanning. There, I said it! *mic drops* As someone who suffers from psoriasis, a little bit of UV light helps to keep my skin condition at bay but there’s a thin line where things can go the other way around! *taken from a chapter of my psoriasis diary*

Ever since I moved to London, I became more conscious about my skin. I established a daily skincare regiment and started to avoid things that irritate it. So, I decided to spend less time in the sun but look at ways of getting that healthy summer glow. With latest advancements in the skincare industry, there are so many tanning products out there that cater to women… But what about men?!

Recently, I have been introduced to James Read’s Hydra Tan Mist. Made specifically for men, this lightweight mist is a great alternative to traditional tanning and it’s way better! I spray my Hydra Tan Mist before I go to work or several hours before an event as it takes roughly 2-3 hours to develop. Each application gradually builds a deeper natural tan, allowing me to take control of my skin colour. *feels finally in control of his life*

The mist is transparent and has a light but masculine scent, which makes it a perfect companion to my regular aftershave. There’s no fake tan smell and (most importantly) no ruined white shirts!

After using Hydra Tan Mist for over a week, I saw some outstanding results. My skin tone looks more natural because it gradually develops over time. Therefore, James Read’s Hydra Tan Mist is a great product for a beauty-conscious man on the go.

How to apply?

  • Hold the nozzle at arm’s length from the face.
  • Spray evenly in downward motions, working it from left to right.
  • Lift chin. Spray the neck and under the chin area.
  • Remember to spray the back of your neck as well.
  • Allow 1-2 minutes to dry.
  • Apply post-shave for a cooling effect or pre-shave for a spray and go tan.

James Read Hydra Tan Mist gradual tan. Wearing boohooMAN Muscle Fit Colour Block Knitted T-shirt, Next, Dark Ink Jeans With Stretch and Converse boots. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.James Read Hydra Tan Mist gradual tan. Wearing boohooMAN Muscle Fit Colour Block Knitted T-shirt, Next, Dark Ink Jeans With Stretch and Converse boots. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.James Read Hydra Tan Mist gradual tan. Wearing boohooMAN Muscle Fit Colour Block Knitted T-shirt, Next, Dark Ink Jeans With Stretch and Converse boots. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

SHOP

Hydra Tan Mist from James Read
Muscle Fit Colour Block Knitted T-shirt from boohooMAN
Dark Ink Jeans With Stretch from Next

This post is sponsored by James Read Tan. However, all opinions expressed here are my own.