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New Kronaby Sweden Connected Watch Collection. Wearing Kronaby's Sekel Role Gold Watch With Silver Dial and Brown Leather Strap, Zara Jacquard Sweatshirt and Velvet Trousers, ASOS Lace Up Shoes In Black Leather With Creeper Sole shoes. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.New Kronaby Sweden Connected Watch Collection. Wearing Kronaby's Sekel Role Gold Watch With Silver Dial and Brown Leather Strap, Zara Jacquard Sweatshirt and Velvet Trousers, ASOS Lace Up Shoes In Black Leather With Creeper Sole shoes. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

For any young professional, productivity and time management can be a tough thing to tackle. With latest innovations and advancements in tech, our minds are being constantly bombarded with information. So, it doesn’t take much to get distracted from your daily tasks. Instagram, WhatsApp and other platforms offer a quick ride down the rabbit hole. *spends days writing this blog post, oops* Whilst very few of us can really nail their time management skills, I thought I’d give you guys some tips on how to be more productive for the week ahead. Are you ready? *say yes*

Here are my 5 ways of increasing productivity and time efficiency:

  1. Catch some sleep – first and foremost, establish a healthy sleep routine. Habits such as eating, sleeping and waking up at the same time each day signal the body when it’s time to work, play and rest. So, with my busy lifestyle, I have to keep these 3 things consistent in order to make my day as productive and efficient as possible.
  2. Set daily goals – prioritise your tasks according to time commitment and priority level. I usually have my tasks written on my notepad. Also, I use Momentum for Chrome to set that one main task I have to achieve on the day.
  3. Take breaks – sitting at the desk for a long period of time is not good for your body. Therefore, I often leave my desk and go make myself some tea or have a little gossip sesh with my colleagues in the kitchen. *sorry not sorry*
  4. Shut down distractions – my phone is the biggest productivity drainer of all time! Quite often, I check my Instagram and WhatsApp every five-to-ten minutes which is really really bad. *cries* So, when it’s time to work, I turn my “Do Not Disturb” feature on and check my phone once I achieve at least one of my daily tasks. Also, I set my Kronaby watch to only notify me when there’s an important email coming in or when a close friend calls/texts me.
  5. Make minor daily decisions – a thousand tiny decisions add up to your day to day life. So, jump on your day ahead by taking care of simple tasks first. I always plan my outfits the evening before and prepare my weekly lunches in advance.

New Kronaby Sweden Connected Watch Collection. Wearing Kronaby's Sekel Role Gold Watch With Silver Dial and Brown Leather Strap, Zara Jacquard Sweatshirt and Velvet Trousers, ASOS Lace Up Shoes In Black Leather With Creeper Sole shoes. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.New Kronaby Sweden Connected Watch Collection. Wearing Kronaby's Sekel Role Gold Watch With Silver Dial and Brown Leather Strap, Zara Jacquard Sweatshirt and Velvet Trousers, ASOS Lace Up Shoes In Black Leather With Creeper Sole shoes. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.New Kronaby Sweden Connected Watch Collection. Wearing Kronaby's Sekel Role Gold Watch With Silver Dial and Brown Leather Strap, Zara Jacquard Sweatshirt and Velvet Trousers, ASOS Lace Up Shoes In Black Leather With Creeper Sole shoes. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.New Kronaby Sweden Connected Watch Collection. Wearing Kronaby's Sekel Role Gold Watch With Silver Dial and Brown Leather Strap, Zara Jacquard Sweatshirt and Velvet Trousers, ASOS Lace Up Shoes In Black Leather With Creeper Sole shoes. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

Introducing… The Next Generation of Connected Watches!

Back in July, I introduced you to Kronaby Sweden connected watches. These watches proved to increase my productivity, whilst making me look at least a hundred times more stylish. *style icon over here, whoop whoop* I use Kronaby watch to monitor my daily steps and have my email notifications set as a top priority because you never know what opportunity comes my way at the very last minute! *patiently waits*

Since I’m the #1 fan of Kronaby, they reached out to me asking if I would like to be one of the first influencers to try their next generation of watches. Obviously, I said yasss! *d’oh* With the new and improved sunray brushed sterling silver-plated dial and the solid rose gold frame, this new Kronaby watch is already making waves in the watchmaking industry. The new Sekel range is a major step up from its predecessors as it feels much more firm and precise. This might be the perfect gift for your modern dad or even yourself. #TreatYoSelf

As an avid location scout, I enjoy trying new things and experiencing unfamiliar places. So, the “Remember this spot” feature on my Kronaby watch makes my life a better place because I can save my current location by pressing the GeoTag button on my watch. It comes in extremely handy when I’m cycling about and see something worth coming back to. *content game strong*

Do you own a Kronaby connected watch? What is your favourite feature?

New Kronaby Sweden Connected Watch Collection. Wearing Kronaby's Sekel Role Gold Watch With Silver Dial and Brown Leather Strap, Zara Jacquard Sweatshirt and Velvet Trousers, ASOS Lace Up Shoes In Black Leather With Creeper Sole shoes. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.New Kronaby Sweden Connected Watch Collection. Wearing Kronaby's Sekel Role Gold Watch With Silver Dial and Brown Leather Strap, Zara Jacquard Sweatshirt and Velvet Trousers, ASOS Lace Up Shoes In Black Leather With Creeper Sole shoes. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.New Kronaby Sweden Connected Watch Collection. Wearing Kronaby's Sekel Role Gold Watch With Silver Dial and Brown Leather Strap, Zara Jacquard Sweatshirt and Velvet Trousers, ASOS Lace Up Shoes In Black Leather With Creeper Sole shoes. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

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Sekel Role Gold Watch With Silver Dial and Brown Leather Strap from Kronaby Sweden
Jacquard Sweatshirt from Zara
Velvet Trousers from Zara
Lace Up Shoes In Black Leather With Creeper Sole from ASOS

Thanks to Kronaby Sweden for sponsoring this post. All opinions expressed here are my own.

Special thanks to Oliver Burton (@ByOllieB) for taking these amazing pictures.
Ollie just relaunched his lifestyle and fashion blog, so make sure to check it out!

#KronabyDisrupts

Life Style

Single Speed Project

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Cycling my way through life…

I have a very detailed memory of riding a bicycle without any support for the first time. I was about six years old. My grandfather let go of my bike whilst I was cycling away thinking he was still supporting me. But once I realised I was on my own, this completely blew my mind. I felt free, liberated and one step closer to adulthood.

When I moved to Cambridge in 2010, riding a bicycle was pretty much my daily grind. I biked my way to college, the supermarket and even my local pub. *orders a pint* However, things have changed once I moved to London. The chaos of the Big Smoke kept my passion for cycling at bay. *scared to face the London traffic*

When I started my new job in August, I bought an annual Santander cycle pass. I found this program to be very convenient and easy to use. Dedicated bike lanes and traffic lights really have made cycling a safer commuting option for a money-conscious Londoner like me.

I’ve been wanting to own a bike for quite some time but never really found one to be good enough for my busy lifestyle. I mean, until I was introduced to S2P Bikes!

Inspired by the streets of London, these single speed bicycles are very light, stylish and durable. But most importantly, it only took me 30 minutes to put this bike together! *wowzers* With a strong focus on sustainability and performance, the S2P bikes are authentic and (best of all) affordable!

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My S2P in the Wild!

After almost 2 weeks on my new bike, I must admit that I’m in love. I chose the carbon black one because it offers timeless style with utmost practicality. Apart from the sleek black matte finish, the bike features the puncture resistant tyres and premium pressed brown leather saddle. Therefore, it’s perfectly made for me!

Whether it’s for my daily commute or general fitness, owning a bike is just a thousand times better. I can park my bike everywhere and there’s no time limit. *phew* It’s a peace of mind.

If you’re looking to buy your own bike, I’d strongly recommend checking S2P bikes out.  You won’t be disappointed! *thumbs up*

S2P Single Speed Project bikes. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

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Single Speed Bike in Carbon Black from S2P
Tricoloured Quilted Jacket from Zara
Dark Ink Jeans With Stretch from Next
Leather Work Boots in Brown from Next

Thanks to S2P Bikes for sponsoring this post. However, all views are my own.

Special thanks to Justina Navickaitė (@itsjustinesjournal) for taking these jaw-dropping images!
Check out Justina’s lifestyle blog here.

#S2Pbikes

Playlists

Spice and Shuffle 08

Spice and Shuffle 08 Spotify Playlist. Curated by Skirmantas Petraitis, editor of Mr. Salt and Pepper. Features songs by Loreen, Banks, Jessie Ware, SAARA, Donny Montell, BETSY, MØ, Beck, JONES and more.

Berlin, the greatest cultural extravaganza that one could imagine!

It’s been more than a week since I got back but I’m still buzzing from an incredible weekend away in Berlin! *already books flights for 2018* I was there with a few of my closest friends and heard some really cool tunes whilst I was out and about. So, I included some of them in the latest edition of “Spice and Shuffle” playlist!

My artist of the month is Sweden’s national treasure – Loreen! Even though she didn’t represent Sweden in this year’s Eurovision but her latest stuff has been playing on repeat on my Spotify throughout the year. *screams europhoooriaaah* So, this time around you can hear two of her latest songs – “Ocean Away” and “71 Charger” – both of which are insanely catchy! *just saying*

The playlist is also packed with new songs from Banks, Jessie Ware, SAARA, BETSY, MØ, Beck and JONES. Therefore, your ears are in for a treat! *yay*

So, without further ado – here’s “Spice and Shuffle 08“. I hope you like it!

Don’t forget to follow Mr. Salt and Pepper’s Spotify profile to stay up-to-date with the latest music. I’m always up for hearing new music, so please feel free to email me your suggestions!

Style Travel

Forest of Dean

Forest of Dean. Wearing NEXT Navy Wool Rich Double Breasted Jacket, Black/White Striped Crew Jumper, Dark Ink Jeans and Apron Cleat Boots in Black. Also, The University Stripe Pure Wool Scarf from Aspinal of London and KRONABY SWEDEN connected watch. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.Forest of Dean. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.Forest of Dean. Wearing NEXT Navy Wool Rich Double Breasted Jacket, Black/White Striped Crew Jumper, Dark Ink Jeans and Apron Cleat Boots in Black. Also, The University Stripe Pure Wool Scarf from Aspinal of London and KRONABY SWEDEN connected watch. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

The Royal Hunting Ground.

A couple of weekends ago, I had the opportunity to join Victoria and Ollie for a most epic weekend away from the Big Smoke. *happy dance* It didn’t take us long to decide where to go or where to get our inspiration from. So, we packed our bags, put our welly boots on and shimmied our way down to the West Country.

As you may already know, we enjoyed a six-course dinner at Tudor Farmhouse and spent a couple of nights at The Speech Hotel Hotel. On day 2, we were on a lookout for some wonderfully scenic places. Something that would be ideal for long strolls in the forest but also suitable for our autumnal fashion shoots. *unapologetic blogger comment noted*

So that day, the inseparable blogging trio (that’s us) discovered the magical Forest of Dean. Known as the oldest oak forest in England, Forest of Dean was a huge inspiration for J.R.R, Tolkien’s Middle Earth books and the Harry Potter franchise. Victoria was living her geeky book reader fantasy in the forest and I tagged along. *no major anxiety here*

Forest of Dean. Wearing NEXT Navy Wool Rich Double Breasted Jacket, Black/White Striped Crew Jumper, Dark Ink Jeans and Apron Cleat Boots in Black. Also, The University Stripe Pure Wool Scarf from Aspinal of London and KRONABY SWEDEN connected watch. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.Forest of Dean. Wearing NEXT Navy Wool Rich Double Breasted Jacket, Black/White Striped Crew Jumper, Dark Ink Jeans and Apron Cleat Boots in Black. Also, The University Stripe Pure Wool Scarf from Aspinal of London and KRONABY SWEDEN connected watch. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

Mysterious Depths.

On a chilly afternoon in the forest, I like to wear layers complemented with an oversized coat and black leather boots. In this look, I love how the pea coat gives an artistic edge to this stripey crew jumper and dark-inked jeans. Black apron cleat boots really add volume to the lower part of my body, whilst the latest connected watch easily catches everyone’s eye. *bling bling* Are you feeling this? I most certainly am!

This clothing ensemble is insanely comfortable. Therefore, if you’re looking for some smart casual layers to add to your autumn/winter wardrobe – Next has a fine selection to choose from!

Forest of Dean. Wearing NEXT Navy Wool Rich Double Breasted Jacket, Black/White Striped Crew Jumper, Dark Ink Jeans and Apron Cleat Boots in Black. Also, The University Stripe Pure Wool Scarf from Aspinal of London and KRONABY SWEDEN connected watch. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.Forest of Dean. Wearing NEXT Navy Wool Rich Double Breasted Jacket, Black/White Striped Crew Jumper, Dark Ink Jeans and Apron Cleat Boots in Black. Also, The University Stripe Pure Wool Scarf from Aspinal of London and KRONABY SWEDEN connected watch. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

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Navy Wool Rich Double Breasted Jacket from Next | Black/White Striped Crew Jumper from Next | Dark Ink Jeans With Stretch from Next | Apron Cleat Boots in Black from Next | The University Stripe Pure Wool Scarf from Aspinal of London

Events Tech

Binge Club: Stranger Things

Three UK Binge Club. Stranger Things 2. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.Last Place is My Place t-shirt from ASOS. Three UK Binge Club. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

The Upside Down.

Stranger Things. Quite possibly the most hyped show of the streaming age. Last year, I binged my way through the first series in just 72 hours. *blimey* Insane? Yes. Regretful? Not at all!

I have been counting days until I get to watch season 2 and that day has finally come. Eleven, Mike Wheeler and his ghostbuster-like squad are back and ready to fight the creatures from the Upside Down. *cancels plans for the weekend*

We have so many questions left unanswered. I’m hoping to find out how Mike is connected with the Upside Down and whether Eleven will be reunited with the crew. Ahhh, I just can’t wait! *quickly downloads the whole show on his phone*

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The Binge Club

This month, Three UK are launching the ‘Binge Club‘. It’s an online community that brings bingers together to discuss their favourite shows live. What makes Three stand out from the rest is that they allow their customers to stream content on their smartphones without using up their data allowance. You can stream music, series and TV at no extra cost. *jaw drops* So, they launched Binge Club to celebrate this life-saving feature and encourage people to consume more content on the go.

The first ever episode of Binge Club is based on the new season of “Stranger Things”. Pssst, the show is now available to stream on Netflix. *yasss* I’m super stoked to take part in this because I struggle to keep my fingers away from some serious spoiler alerts. *sorry not sorry*

The Binge Club host has just made the first announcement. Therefore, you can take part in the challenge here. The first task is to watch the first half of “Stranger Things 2” within the first 72 hours. Can you manage? I mean, really, CAN YOU MANAGE?! Once you have completed your first task, the host will then go live on Facebook to discuss the first half of the show with everyone. There’s a chance for you to share your knowledge and predict future events with other fans of the show.

So… Who’s binge-watching “Stranger Things 2” this weekend? Will you join the Binge Club?

Three UK Binge Club. Stranger Things 2. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

Check out the new and final “Stranger Things 2” trailer below. Let’s go back to the Upside Down!

Thanks to Three UK for sponsoring this post. However, all views are my own.
Buzzoole#GoBinge