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Tudor Farmhouse, a boutique retreat in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.Ollie Burton @ByOllieB and Victoria Ambrosino @Philorose . Tudor Farmhouse, a boutique retreat in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

The best-kept secret of the Forest of Dean.

For those who follow me on Instagram, you are fully aware that a week ago I was living my true country boy fantasy in Gloucestershire, UK. I joined forces with Ollie (@ByOllieB) and Victoria (@Philorose) to experience The Forest of Dean, spend a couple of nights in the historic landmark and taste the best local dishes. We showcased our latest fashions and collaborations, as well as got to know each other a little bit more. *squad game strong*

During our stay at The Speech House Hotel, we decided to explore the area and see what else was in store for us. Luckily, our pretty little ray of light, Victoria Ambrosino, found Tudor Farmhouse. *claps* It’s a fabulous countryside retreat located in Forest of Dean, Coleford. The place offers 20 instagrammable lofts, cottages and rooms, as well as a mouth-watering seasonal menu with a modern twist.

Right at the back, we explored The Lofts and it completely changed the way we see British country getaways. With large oak doors, high ceilings with exposed beams, the loft (pictured below) looks very spacious and cosy. Therefore, I wanted to stay here forever! *starts planning his countryside living*

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Culinary Oasis.

In the evening, we had the opportunity to try their six-course tasting menu. Tudor Farmhouse uses only the finest seasonal ingredients. Therefore, the whole menu was compiled from the fresh, organic and local produce. To enhance this whole experience, all six meals were accompanied with a flight of matching wines from all over the world. So, I was preparing myself for this moment… Since birth, pretty much. We kick started our evening with some cocktails. I opted for the Old Fashioned (pictured below). *d’oh*

During our dinner, I really enjoyed the roasted carrot, raisin, lime, nasturtium, complimented with the Royal Tokaji “The Oddity” Dry Furmint wine (pictured below). It really set the tone for dishes to follow.

The peak of this whole experience was when they brought the Roasted Gloucester Old Spot pork belly, apple purée, turnips, scallops & ginger jus with Barbera Briccotondo “Fontanafredda” wine. At that point, I was telling all of my secrets to my blogging pals. Oooh! *tries to drink more water in order to find his way back*

If you’re visiting The Forrest of Dean, I strongly recommend you to visit Tudor Farmhouse for dinner and a cosy little stay in the country house. So, I’m hoping to come back at some point very soon. Perhaps, a romantic getaway? Who knows! *hopeless romantic*

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Tudor Farmhouse

High Street, Clearwell,
Forest of Dean, Coleford
GL16 8JS

01594 833046

Travel

The Speech House

The Speech House Hotel. Forest of Dean. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.The Speech House Hotel. Forest of Dean. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

The Idyllic Forest of Dean Hotel.

I love weekend breaks with my friends. Last week, Victoria (@Philorose), Ollie (@ByOllieB) and I decided to head down to the Forest of Dean for a few days away from the noise of the big city. *rest and relaxation mood on* I don’t get to have a break like this very often, so I was super excited to be in nature and to fully restart my mindset.

We chose to stay at The Speech House Hotel,  in the heart of Forest of Dean. This iconic hotel used to be a hunting lodge back in the 17th century, and also has a Royal past. Therefore, we couldn’t say no to have some history lessons from people who have spent most of their life there. *prepares for his Life in the UK test*

Pssst, make sure to check out Victoria’s and Ollie’s blog posts as well. These go really well with a cuppa, so put a kettle on!

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The Suite.

My room (Junior Suite) was located on the second floor of the main house. *fancy* It features a king-size bedroom, sitting room and large bathroom. That was the first time in a really long time where I had some proper good night’s sleep. Perhaps I should consider the countryside living? *scared of leaving his busy city lifestyle behind, so postpones his thoughts for a later date*

The furniture is traditional and antique, with vintage wallpapers decorating the walls. At night, I was hosting home-made happy hours in my sitting room, which included a 2-hour dance routine performed by yours truly.

Breakfast was served every morning in the Verderers Court Room. Surprisingly, the court still operates to this day. *intrigued* So, scroll down to see more interesting facts about The Speech House Hotel.  *scrolls down*

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Here’s my selection of 5 things to see at The Speech House Hotel:

  1. Open Fireplace – located in the Court Room, the original fireplace remains untouched. I really enjoyed watching the flames burn, whilst sipping a cup of coffee. *orders another soy latte*
  2. Antlers – in many shapes and sizes, there are 19 of them and they are impressive. Therefore, you’re in for a treat!
  3. Paintings – The Speech House Hotel has paintings dated and registered as being circa 1690-1710! *jaw drops* I spent hours creating quirky little snapchats and storylines for each painting… Not to mention all the face-swaps, oh dear… *giggles*
  4. The Royal Spades – used by HM Queen Elizabeth and HRH Prince Phillip in April 1957. They used these spades to plant 2 oak trees across the road. So, make sure you check those trees out and make a wish. You never know, they might have the royal spell on them. *feels lucky*
  5. The Original Low Raised Court Gallery – the court still operates to this day. However, most cases are regarding tree diseases and Wild Boars, that are extremely savage!

… and there are more things to discover. So, if you’re looking to have a break from the big city chaos, then The Speech House Hotel might be your perfect escape!

Reindeer statue. Master 4 Poster Suite at The Speech House Hotel. Forest of Dean. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.The Reindeer Statue at The Speech House Hotel. Forest of Dean. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.The Speech House Hotel. Forest of Dean. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

The Speech House Hotel
Coleford, Gloucestershire
GL16 7EL

01594 822607

Style Tech

Time Flies

The Speech House. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.We are TIMEX. Wearing TIMEX Easy Reader® 40th Anniversary Special Edition, The University Stripe Pure Wool Scarf from Aspinal of London, ASOS Wool Mix Double Breasted Overcoat In Rust, NEXT Tan Colourblock Crew and Leather Work Boots in Brown. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.We are TIMEX. Wearing TIMEX Easy Reader® 40th Anniversary Special Edition, The University Stripe Pure Wool Scarf from Aspinal of London, ASOS Wool Mix Double Breasted Overcoat In Rust, NEXT Tan Colourblock Crew and Leather Work Boots in Brown. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.We are TIMEX. Wearing TIMEX Easy Reader® 40th Anniversary Special Edition, The University Stripe Pure Wool Scarf from Aspinal of London, ASOS Wool Mix Double Breasted Overcoat In Rust, NEXT Tan Colourblock Crew and Leather Work Boots in Brown. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

We Are Timex!

It’s hard to imagine my everyday life without a watch wrapped around my wrist. It is now part of my instinctive checklist before I leave the flat: phone, wallet, keys, watch! *slowly closing the front door, whilst anxiously checking every single pocket*

Officially launched in 1977, Timex is celebrating 40 years of its landmark Easy Reader® watches with a special limited edition series. *wowzers* They have dressed up the Easy Reader with a rich Horween® leather strap, in four classic and current trend-inspired styles. In this shoot, I’m wearing Easy Reader in gunmetal, brown and black tones. *Pssst, click here for the product details*

The 40th anniversary is noted on the case back, strap lining and a special hidden message which can only be seen when the INDIGLO® night-light is activated. I was always a fan of watches that lit up at night. Therefore, this is just like a cherry on top of the cake.

During the Timex event, I had the opportunity to have my initials engraved on the leather strap. So, this one might be my new favourite watch!

We are TIMEX. Wearing TIMEX Easy Reader® 40th Anniversary Special Edition watch. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.We are TIMEX. Wearing TIMEX Easy Reader® 40th Anniversary Special Edition watch. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.We are TIMEX. Reindeer Statue. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

Weekend getaway.

Once in a while, I like to leave all of my worries behind and enjoy a cheeky weekend away with my friends. Last weekend, Victoria (@philorose), Ollie (@ByOllieB) and I have decided to head up to the Forest of Dean. We opted for some wine tasting, long walks in the forest and autumn inspired content producing!

In the next week or so, I will be sharing some stories from our little countryside trip. So, make sure you keep an eye on my blog. *wink*

We are TIMEX. Wearing TIMEX Easy Reader® 40th Anniversary Special Edition, The University Stripe Pure Wool Scarf from Aspinal of London, ASOS Wool Mix Double Breasted Overcoat In Rust, NEXT Tan Colourblock Crew and Leather Work Boots in Brown. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

SHOP: Easy Reader® 40th Anniversary Special Edition from TIMEX | The University Stripe Pure Wool Scarf from Aspinal of London | Wool Mix Double Breasted Overcoat In Rust from ASOS (sold out) | Tan Colourblock Crew from NEXT | Leather Work Boots in Brown from NEXT

Many thanks to Victoria Ambrosino and Oliver Burton for taking these amazing pics!

Life

Coming Out

Coming out stories. Wearing ASOS Shower Resistant Longline Trench Coat With Belt In Stone. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

… or otherwise known as an ode to all coming out stories I’ve experienced to this day.

Back in March, I made a conscious decision to come out to you as a lifestyle blogger, which literally took me balls (and years) to come to terms with. It was a huge step forward for my overall happiness and I wouldn’t change anything! *no regrets*

Prior to that, my actual coming out moment was about 6 years ago and since today is the National Coming Out Day, I think it’s time for me open up a little bit more. So, grab some popcorn and get ready to peel another layer of Mr. Salt and Pepper away.

Once upon a time…

About 6 years ago, I moved to London seeking opportunities and overall happiness. The same year I started my degree and broke up with my girlfriend… Yes, girlfriend! *shook* FYI, I’m not going to talk about my sexuality here because it’s pretty obvious. *d’oh* However, I might talk about my previous relationships in my vlogs, which I’m planning to release in the next couple of months.*oops, cat got out of the bag, soz Kris Jenner*

Anyway, back to my coming out story. My first few years living in the Big Smoke were quite hard. A young immigrant guy moving to London to pursue his dreams… We have heard this story a thousand times before, right? But truthfully, my first 4 years here were kinda awful. At one point I was poor, homeless and crippled with anxiety… and to top it off, I was losing sight of who I really was or what I was meaning to do here. I have lost my path. This city was ready to swallow me up!

After graduating, I had gone through the darkest years of my life. I was surrounded by drains who sapped me dry and brought up all my insecurities. Crazy parties and wrong places consumed most of my time and energy, so I felt like I was going nowhere.

It was not until 2016 when I grabbed life by the balls and started making radical changes in my life.

Coming out stories. Wearing ASOS Shower Resistant Longline Trench Coat With Belt In Stone. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

Better days!

I looked back and searched for the real reason why I moved to London and re-discovered passions that were hiding in my subconsciousness for over a decade. I invested in my craft, launched my business and the rest is magic. *uses his full name as a spell*

This year, I started surrounding myself with people who lift me up and see the best in me. The work has finally brought joy to my everyday life and everything seems to be going in the right direction.

So, today I’m coming out to you as a Londoner. Someone who can proudly call this wonderful city his home. A place where my dreams are finally coming true, a place where I am living the dream. Ahhh, the Big Smoke!

SHOP: Shower Resistant Longline Trench Coat With Belt In Stone from ASOS

Grooming Style

Male Inspiration

Male Inspiration hamper from Social Network Solutions. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.Male Inspiration hamper from Social Network Solutions. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.Male Inspiration hamper from Social Network Solutions. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

Hamper full of goods!

We’re in the midst of my favourite month of this season – October. The weather is getting slightly colder, the leaves are turning red/yellow and wintery coats are finally making their first public appearance since March. *yasss but really brrr*

I think there’s no better way of preparing for the coming months than stocking my place with cosy autumnal bits. So, I was patiently waiting for my hamper to arrive… and it finally did!

This month, my seasonal hamper was full of seriously lush products. From premium scented candles to bright yellow bamboo socks, my personal style just got severely zhooshed! *lights up a candle and goes to make himself some pumpkin spice tea*

Male Inspiration hamper from Social Network Solutions.British Expedition Signature Scented Candle from Charles Farris and Tewa Bamboo iPhone Case from Kovered. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.Male Inspiration hamper from Social Network Solutions. Oxygen & Hyaluronic Boosting Moisturiser from Skincare Industries. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.Male Inspiration hamper from Social Network Solutions. Cornerstone Shaving Supplies. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

All you need is love…

… or as it appears on this t-shirt! *skips The Beatles and puts on “Panda” by Desiigner* The guys at Curartee have a fine selection of quality printed t-shirts, which are made here in the UK. The artwork I’m wearing is called “All You Need is Love” and is designed by Balazs Solti. He creates some epic animal drawings. So, make sure you check his print collection here.

The scent with an adventurous spirit.

For the past several years, my obsession with scented candles has slightly got out of hand. It all started with some generic vanilla ones but then moved onto more sophisticated scents. *poor credit card*

Founded in 1845, Charles Farris candles are wrapped in an exceptionally beautiful textured glass and hand-poured in England using only the highest quality ingredients. The scent of cloves, tobacco and mint tea quickly spread across my cosy little bedroom. Therefore, making the atmosphere calm and relaxing. *cancels his spa appointment* Their standard candles burn for approximately 50 hours and I have a special offer just for my fab readers, so…

At the checkout, use code ‘SOCIAL20‘ to get 20% off your entire order! *bam*

We have you Kovered.

When I think of a smartphone case, I think about its unique design, durability and premium feel. Luckily, brands like Kovered have not only our smartphones covered but also have our environment in mind. *suddenly goes green*

Made to minimise carbon footprint, Kovered Tewa cases provide the ultimate protection for a smartphone. A lightweight veneer, fitting shell and premium lined interior make your iPhone look super chic and premium. I’d definitely recommend checking these guys out.

Oxygen for your skin.

As you may know, daily skincare routine is my number one priority. This year alone, I have gone through tons of face masks and moisturisers trying to find that secret recipe for my eternal youth… Yet, I’m still looking and the clock is ticking! *yikes* However, my prayers have been answered.

Skincare Industries has released the Oxygen & Hyaluronic Boosting Moisturiser for men. This moisturiser promotes the optimal use of oxygen which revitalises your skin complexion, smoothes wrinkles and pretty much improves everything. Therefore, it’s perfectly designed for a man like me. Someone who leads a busy lifestyle in the Big Smoke. *starts planning the 6th anniversary of his 21st birthday*

The Cornerstone of a great day!

Say no more… Cornerstone is hands down the best shaving supplier in the UK! *makes bold statements without any regrets* With its low-lather gel and newly improved razor, Cornerstone once again finds itself at the top of the male grooming listings and I couldn’t be any happier for them. I still have my previous pack, so I’m happy to gift this one if anyone’s up for having a razor with my initial on it haha… OR maybe I have a reader with the same initials (SP) as me? Please make yourself known! *on a quest to find his shaving buddy*

Male Inspiration hamper from Social Network Solutions. All You Need Is Love T-shirt from Curartee. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.Male Inspiration hamper from Social Network Solutions. British Expedition Signature Scented Candle from Charles Farris, White/Navy Striped Gift Set from Tied Together, Bumblebee Yellow Bamboo Socks from The Swole Panda and Tewa Bamboo iPhone Case from Kovered, Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.Male Inspiration hamper from Social Network Solutions. Old Joll’s Black Pepper and Grapefruit Beard Oil from The Brighton Beard Company | The Miller’s Beard Shampoo Bar from The Brighton Beard Company | Shampoo and Conditioner from Hawkins & Brimble and Activated Charcoal Teeth Whitening Powder from Pro Teeth Whitening. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

A sophisticated trio.

Nothing screams dapper more than matching ties, sock and squares but finding those can be quite nerve-wracking. Therefore, the guys at Tied Together will hand select this sophisticated trio for you. This set of products provides a versatile look and it’s an absolute ‘must have’ for any gent. No matter the occasion, you will look sharp and sexy. Pinky promise! *scroll down for the mandatory feet shot featuring socks from Tied Together*

Save the Giant Panda!

… Speaking of socks, I also received the jolly pair of socks from Swole Panda. *yay, pandas* This Bumblebee Yellow double cylinder pair is knitted from a unique bamboo blend offering the subtle touch of stand out style. To top this joyful mix, for every bamboo sock sold – a chunk of proceeds will go to save the giant panda. I mean, how can we not show some support for pandas?! *plays “Panda” by Desiigner, again*

The remedy for a healthy hair.

My latest haircare obsession – shampoo and conditioner from Hawkins and Brimble! This revitalising set of products contain Pro-Vitamin B5 and the coconut oil, which helps awaken the senses and soothe dry scalps. As someone who suffers from psoriasis, this incredible duo feeds my scalp with the right nutrients whilst keeping flakes at bay. *does the no-flakes dance*

All about the beard care.

I’m fairly new to the beard scene. So, I might not be the best man for this sort of advice. But the only thing I know for sure – regular shampoo often strips my beard of its natural oil which leaves me with a dry and itchy facial hair. *tragedy dot com*

The Miller’s beard shampoo bar from The Brighton Beard Company is the first great step towards good beard care. Free from parabens and sulphates, this shampoo bar cleanses the beard and underneath without any irritation. *beard game strong* After cleansing, just add some Old Joll’s beard oil to make your beard look fresh all day long!

Making you smile!

Last but not least, brush your teeth with charcoals to make your teeth significantly whiter and brighter. Proven fact! Activated Charcoal Teeth Whitening Powder from Pro Teeth Whitening is 100% natural and vegan-friendly. Therefore, it’s safe and kind on enamel. I’ve been using this product for over a year now and the results are really noticeable. I no longer use the whitening feature on Facetune, which is one step closer to insta-perfection! *insert the nail polish emoji here*

Male Inspiration hamper from Social Network Solutions. Navy/White Striped socks from Tied Together. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

SHOP MY FAVOURITES:

British Expedition Signature Scented Candle from Charles Farris | White/Navy Striped Gift Set from Tied Together | Old Joll’s Black Pepper and Grapefruit Beard Oil from The Brighton Beard Company | The Miller’s Beard Shampoo Bar from The Brighton Beard Company | Shampoo and Conditioner from Hawkins & Brimble | Bumblebee Yellow Bamboo Socks from The Swole Panda | Activated Charcoal Teeth Whitening Powder from Pro Teeth Whitening | T-shirt from Curartee | Oxygen & Hyaluronic Boosting Moisturiser from Skincare Industries | Shaving Supplies from Cornerstone | Tewa Bamboo iPhone Case from Kovered

Thanks to Social Network Solutions for sending me this hamper!