Events Food & Drink

Talisker Whisky x Oliver Sweeney

Oliver Sweeney store in Covent Garden. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

Made By the Sea

It’s London Food Month! That time of the year when I eat my body weight in oysters and premium spirits. *no regrets* It’s crazy but so worth it!

On Tuesday evening, I stopped by Oliver Sweeney’s Covent Garden branch with my friend Stuart Honey, Head of Markering at  LGBT+ event ticketing platform Outsavvy. We had the opportunity to explore Oliver Sweeney’s SS17 collection and experience their unique collaboration with Talisker – a single malt Scotch Whisky distillery.

The luxury British menswear designer Oliver Sweeney partnered with Talisker Whisky to celebrate their achievements in quality and craftsmanship. Oliver Sweeney’s CEO, Tim Cooper, wowed us by announcing the release of the “Made By the Seagift box. Designed with the adventurer in mind, their limited edition boots feature a uniquely positioned pocket to hold a small stainless steel hipflask. The boots are presented in a solid oak box alongside Talisker’s signature 10-year-old whisky bottle. Perfect for Father’s Day!

Oliver Sweeney store in Covent Garden. Talisker Scotch Whisky and Oysters by Oystermen. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.Oliver Sweeney store in Covent Garden. Oysters by Oystermen. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

An unexpected twist.

Later in the evening, we’ve been given a “How to Taste Whisky” demonstration by Talisker Whisky brand ambassador David Sinclair. Talisker’s infamous 10-year-old Scotch Whisky is known for its sea-salt flavour, which gives a smooth but smoky finish. David hinted that there was no Tabasco or spices on the tasting tables but for all the right reasons. They promised us to give an unexpected twist to this tasting experience. Intrigued!

After the presentation, we shimmied our way to three tasting tables. Each table has been paired with the finest oysters provided by Oystermen. This is a new Oyster Bar opening shortly, across the street. As you can imagine, I was like a kid in a candy store! It was really hard for me to pick just one favourite. However, the way I consume oysters has now changed forever. Who needs spices when you can enrich your pallet with a smooth 10-year old Talisker Scotch Whisky?! *becomes whisky drinker instantly*

Oliver Sweeney store in Covent Garden. Made by the Sea limited edition boots and Talisker Scotch Whisky. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

Style

Father’s Day

Father Day Gift Guide. Wearing Paradise Birds Liberty Fabric Shirt from Simon Carter, Signature Line White Ocean Watch and Anchor Bracelet from Paul Hewitt. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis. Snapped by Mervin Kaye.

Finding that perfect spot.

Last week, I met my friend Mervin Kaye. Mervin is a full-time nurse who also happens to have an impeccable eye for detail. His Instagram feed makes thousands of people from all over the world feel very inspired and happy. You know it’s something special when it makes you feel good, right? *double taps on every single post*

In the past, Mervin has worked with brands like Sony and Apple but, quite frankly, he enjoys doing his own thing on social media. We both like to experience life and hear unique stories from people who share the same passion as us. Hence we decided to collaborate!

We spent our day scouting for locations to shoot my Father’s Day-inspired look. This charming little Italian deli on Long Lane – Fine Food – was perfect for this exact moment. Reflections from large windows and buildings opposite gave me those warm tones I was looking for.

When I’m out location scouting, I look for places that speak to me. Places that give me that good feeling inside. I usually spend hours walking around London until I find the right spot.

Bellow you’ll find my last minute Father’s Day gift guide, including clothes and accessories featured in this post. *scrolls down*

Father Day Gift Guide. Wearing Paradise Birds Liberty Fabric Shirt from Simon Carter, Signature Line White Ocean Watch and Anchor Bracelet from Paul Hewitt. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis. Snapped by Mervin Kaye.Father Day Gift Guide. Wearing Paradise Birds Liberty Fabric Shirt from Simon Carter, Signature Line White Ocean Watch and Anchor Bracelet from Paul Hewitt. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis. Snapped by Mervin Kaye.

The very last-minute Father’s Day Gift Guide!

I could lie and say that I’m never late but I’m practising this thing called ‘honesty‘ and it helps… Well, not really.

With Father’s Day fast approaching (blimey, it’s THIS SUNDAYYY!), I have to come up with something quick but thoughtful. *tries to stay calm and avoid panic-shopping* 

Luckily, I’ve been introduced to some really cool brands lately that cater to men of all ages. Especially those who have successfully caught up with this millennial-mindset craze! 

So, without further distraction, here’s the list of things you should get for Father’s Day:

  • Plunge straight into paradise – for every style-conscious dad out there, plain white shirts are no longer fundamental. Hence this season, Simon Carter unveiled a versatile selection of shirts that are bursting with charm and are fully adapted to the sartorial demands of the big city. In this shoot, I’m wearing Simon Carter’s eye-catching Paradise Birds Liberty Fabric Shirt, £135.
  • May your anchor be tight – let’s be honest here, the most elegant and timeless gift you can give to your dad is a classic leather-strapped watch from Paul Hewitt (e.g. the one I’m wearing – Signature Line White Ocean Watch, €229). However, if you’re on a budget, I would recommend getting their Anchor Bracelet(€49) instead. It would most definitely compliment your dad’s arsenal of watches.
  • A journey filled with strength and poetry – my latest obsession is Terre d’Hermès perfume. I’m wearing it almost every day! The scent is based on an alchemy of wood, the hint of orange, the bitterness of grapefruit and the vivacity of pepper and fresh spices… Not to mention the fact that it lasts the whole day! From £56.
  • The ultimate defence shield – a man’s skin is constantly under attack from harsh weather, pollution and central heating. Good skincare regiment is a must! Quite recently, I’ve tried Stoer Skincare products and I cannot recommend these guys enough. Their products strengthen skin’s natural barrier, help stimulate collagen production and provide hydration for the whole day. Happy (youthful looking) days! From £24.
  • Start your day right – last but not least, we have my favourite shaving company! For this Father’s Day, Cornerstone has subscription-free packages, as well as a buffalo-leather wash bag to store all those amazing grooming essentials. Take a look at their gift sets here. From £30.

Father Day Gift Guide. Wearing Paradise Birds Liberty Fabric Shirt from Simon Carter, Signature Line White Ocean Watch and Anchor Bracelet from Paul Hewitt. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis. Snapped by Mervin Kaye.Father Day Gift Guide. Wearing Paradise Birds Liberty Fabric Shirt from Simon Carter, Signature Line White Ocean Watch and Anchor Bracelet from Paul Hewitt. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis. Snapped by Mervin Kaye.

Grooming

Start Your Day Right

Cornerstone shaving kit. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

The Cornerstone of a great day!

Growing up, I considered shaving an art form and a gateway to adulthood. I was one of those teens that didn’t have any facial hair for years… Therefore, it was more of a disastrous acne that kept creeping up on me! *yikes*

It wasn’t until my graduation that shaving became a part of my daily skincare regimen. At first, it was an uncomfortable daily chore but as time went on, I started to learn more about my skin. I became more aware of what products work on me and what I needed to do to make shaving a smooth (and comfortable) process. 

A few months ago, my friend introduced me to Cornerstone – a flexible subscription delivery service, which provides razor blades and men’s shaving supplies. Cornerstone is the first brand of its kind to revolutionise men’s morning skincare routine. Their British-blended products are paraben and alcohol-free, whilst their new German-engineered razors give a much smoother shave than ever before.

After testing Cornerstone’s new and improved razor, I can say (with confidence) that this is the product I’ll keep around! It doesn’t drag or pull my skin. The design is very stylish and comfortable to hold. The best part of this set is a little red cap for the razor. As someone who is always on the go, I like to keep my skincare products in one tiny travel bag. Therefore, a good razor protection is necessary!

This month, I teamed up with Cornerstone to give you a 5-step shaving routine. Your face is the mirror of your heart, so take a good care of it. *gives himself extra 10 minutes to shave in the morning and scrolls down*

Cornerstone Sensitive Shave Gel. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.Cornerstone Sensitive Cooling Post-Shave Balm. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

Without further ado, here are my 5 steps to start your day right!

  1. Shower – first of all, take a warm shower. This will help open your pores and soften your facial hairs. *splash splash*
  2. Exfoliate – as I mentioned previously, scrubbing the area you want to shave will reduce ingrown hairs and bumps. Use Cornerstone’s Pre-Shave Face Scrub to gently exfoliate your skin and clear the dirt from your pores. This will raise your facial hairs as high above the skin as possible, making it easier to shave and avoid razor cuts. Scrub, then wash off.
  3. Apply – take plenty amounts of Sensitive Shave Gel and apply to the shaving area. Gel’s formula is low-lather, therefore it’s easier to see areas you want to shave. Also, Ginger and Eucalyptus scent will make you want to shave – even when you don’t have to!
  4. Shave – this is my favourite part! You know what you have to do here. I would suggest you don’t shave against the grain, especially in your neck area where the skin is much more sensitive. Your facial hair grows in different directions, so use your fingertips to know the direction of your hair growth. If it feels spiky – you’re going against the grain. Shaving should be a smooth process, so if you feel that your razor drags or pulls your skin – double check and rinse blades under running hot water.
  5. Maintain – use cold water to close your pores and to remove any remaining shave gel. Towel-dry your face and apply Cornerstone’s Sensitive Cooling Post-Shave Balm to moisturise your skin and protect skin from irritation. Everyone who knows me in real life knows that I love a good post-shave balm. This mint and honey combo will make you feel refreshed and all set for the day.

Cornerstone shaving kit. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.Cornerstone New Razor with Engraved Initials. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.Cornerstone New Razor with Engraved Initials and Sensitive Cooling Shave Balm. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

SUBSCRIBE Cornerstone – use code ‘SALTPEPPER10‘ for £10 off your first box!

Thanks to Cornerstone for sponsoring this post. All views are my own.

Style

5 Style Updates for Summer

5 Style Updates for Summer by Peter Minkoff. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis. Key West, Florida.5 Style Updates for Summer by Peter Minkoff. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis. Key West, Florida.

Summer is almost around the corner and if you want to know how to upgrade your wardrobe and come up with the trendiest outfits ever, you’re at the right place. Here are five major summer trends you’ll absolutely adore in the next few months.

Floral Print On Point

Floral prints are always a good idea, especially when it comes to hot days by the pool – nothing screams summer more than florals! If you decide to incorporate such prints in your summer outfits, be sure to tone down the rest of your combo by picking some neutral shades. Hawaiian shirts are also making a huge comeback, so don’t be afraid to pull them off this summer. Old-school prints, such as pineapples, Hawaiian flowers, and hula girls are timeless and you definitely won’t make a mistake if you opt for them!

The Irresistible Military Look

When talking about pool parties and summer heat, we can say that military print is as attractive as florals. There’s something irresistible about the masculine military look that makes it so wanted. This is particularly true when it comes to army green shades. From dark olive to light khaki, each of these shades is beyond wearable and versatile. Needless to say, this colour palette in combination with military prints looks more than stunning, which is exactly why you shouldn’t skip it this summer!

5 Style Updates for Summer by Peter Minkoff. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis. South Beach, Miami, Florida.
Denim is Always a Good Idea

In case you didn’t know, denim is one of the safest options you can rely on when you don’t really know what to wear. A nice denim jacket is everything you need on a chilly summer night, so make sure to have one in your wardrobe. Washed denim is always a good choice, and you can match it with an ordinary T-shirt and stylish shorts. If you want to pull off a bit smarter outfit, button the jacket all the way up. Such a combo will inevitably bring some urban vibes to your overall look!

Upgrade Your Shirt Game

You can’t go wrong with fitted T-shirts this summer simply because these will help your biceps pop better than anything else. When looking for the appropriate fit, make sure that the sleeve starts right at the edge of your shoulder – if it rides up when you cross your elbows, you may want to go for a bigger size. Getting some tailored shirts is also a smart choice since that’s one of the best ways to find pieces that perfectly correspond to your body measures.

5 Style Updates for Summer by Peter Minkoff. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis. South Beach, Miami, Florida.5 Style Updates for Summer by Peter Minkoff. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis. South Beach, Miami, Florida.

Neon Prints as the Ultimate Fashion Statement

Last but not least, neon print is one of the most effective ways to upgrade your summer outfit and stand out from the crowd. Neon shades of pink, yellow, and green are probably among the most popular ones, so be bold and pick those for your ultimate summer party combo. If you’re up for some unusual prints, you’ll be absolutely thrilled to wear neon shades in combination with them. On the other hand, if you’re not a fan of any kind of print, you can always opt for clothing items, such as a bomber jacket, a pair of sneakers, or a fitted shirt that feature neons. You won’t make a mistake whichever piece you choose!

As you can see, there are so many ways to upgrade your summer outfits and make them much trendier and definitely more stylish. No matter which style you prefer – floral or military, neon prints or classic tailored shirts – you can be sure that you’re going to nail your perfect summer outfits thanks to our tips. Once you refresh your wardrobe by picking new clothing items, you’re halfway there!

Peter is a men’s lifestyle writer at The Beard Mag and High Street Gent magazine from the UK. Follow Peter on Twitter for more tips.

Travel

The Magic City

Miami City Guide. Ocean Drive. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.Miami City Guide. Loews Hotel in South Beach. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.Miami City Guide. Ice cream from Häagen-Dazs. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.Miami City Guide. Loews Hotel in South Beach. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.Miami City Guide. Ocean Drive. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

Salt in the air, sand in my hair.

I must admit, it’s been 2 weeks now and I’m still having some serious Miami withdrawals! My Instagram feed is heaving with holiday posts from up to this day, simply because I’m taking my time off to really set my mind up for the summer. There are some really exciting projects coming my way, so make sure you keep an eye on my blog for further announcements! *yay*

Words cannot describe how amazing my trip to Miami was. I spent my days basking in the sun, chilling on the yacht, dancing until sunrise and drowning myself in refillable Double Gulps. We took SO MANY PICTURES, I mean, way too many! This is just a handful of shots I picked from our days out in Wynwood, Jungle Island, Ocean Drive and Loews Miami Beach Hotel. You can find out more information about these places on my Miami city guide below. *scrolls down*

Miami City Guide. Wynwood Walls. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.Miami City Guide. Wynwood Walls. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis. Miami City Guide. Wynwood Walls. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.Miami City Guide. Wynwood Walls. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.Miami City Guide. Wynwood Walls. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.Miami City Guide. Wynwood Walls. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.Miami City Guide. Wynwood Walls. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

So, without further ado… Here’s my complete Miami city guide, featuring excessive amounts of fried chicken, bottomless drag brunches and out-of-this-world creatures (no, not you).

Food

  • Spring Chicken – I’ll go anywhere where they serve fried chicken… or any chicken, really. Order their new Hot and Sweet chicken sandwich with cheesy fries! Pssst… *evidence here*
  • Havana 1957 – situated in the centre of Española Way, this epic little gem is the closest thing you can get to Cuba without being in Cuba. We’ve tried their signature dish, which is a family traditional roasted chicken, served with a delicious Cuban gravy, white rice and black beans on the side – all under twenty bucks!
  • Chalán on the Beach – the perfect lunch spot. Peruvian fantasy! Order ocopa for starters, which is a very smooth and tasty sauce, used as a dressing for boiled potatoes. Otherwise, ask the waiter for daily specials!

Drink

  • The Broken Shaker – in the evening, this compact watering hole in the Freehand Hostel turns into the coolest backyard in South Beach. The cocktails there are on point, whilst resident DJs set the perfect mood for the night. Try EVERYTHING on the menu because it’s just hard to pick one!
  • Palace – bottomless drag brunches, enough said.
  • Gaythering – Miami’s answer to Circa Soho. This little venue is perfect for socialising and making new connections. There are plenty of board games available and you might get some free pizza as well. *eats his body weight in pizza*

Dance

  • Twist – the ultimate Miami gay party experience. Two levels and seven bars make this a must-visit venue in South Beach. You can have a bar crawl without even leaving the place! I spent most of my time in the smoking area, where they played Britney Spears music videos non-stop. *Mr. Salt and Pepper’s Vegas residency takes The Magic City*
  • Score – high-energy venue featuring a giant disco ball and fierce drag queens. I went there with my girl Shangela and it was a night to remember! So, add this to your nightlife itinerary.
  • Daytime Pool Party – there are plenty of those happening, especially over the weekend. The one I went to was at The Raleigh – disco beats, unicorn inflatables and sexy people. *wink wink*

Touristy Stuff

  • Pérez Art Museum Miami – in my previous post, I wrote about my experience at PAMM and it was astounding. On Saturday, visit their Science Barge and learn more about the environmental sustainability efforts in Miami. Perhaps we could apply some of that knowledge to our city?
  • Wynwood Walls – home to over 70 galleries, museums and collections. At first, it may seem as a usual hipster hangout but it gets much more exciting as you spend more time at this infamous arts district. We have SO MANY PHOTOS from Wynwood and you can see a little chunk of that in this post!
  • Jungle Island – birds, cats, monkeys and dinosaur-like creatures. We were impressed!

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