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Debenhams Mother's Day Gift Guide. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.Debenhams Mother's Day Gift Guide. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.Debenhams Mother's Day Gift Guide. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.Debenhams Mother's Day Gift Guide. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.Debenhams Mother's Day Gift Guide. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

My Best Friend!

As you can probably tell from the title of this blog post, the most important human of my existence is my dear Mother! *shocker, not really* I’ve been best friends with my Mum since day one. From building sand castles on the beach to kicking out her party guests on Saturday nights, our strong connection was always something that helped us to overcome all obstacles in life. *yasss, mama*

So, with that said… I would like to thank my Mum for putting up with me for so many years and for loving me unconditionally. You are the only one who fully understands me and knows me better than I know myself. Happy Mother’s Day! *scrolls down to see the last-minute gift guide*

Debenhams Mother's Day Gift Guide. Tiffany & Co - Eau de parfum. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.Debenhams Mother's Day Gift Guide. Kiehl's - 'Midnight Recovery' concentrate 30ml. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.Debenhams Mother's Day Gift Guide. Baylis & Harding - Sweet Mandarin Single Boxed Candle. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

This year, I’ve decided to spoil my favourite human with some very thoughtful gifts, which I found at Debenhams. From elegant fragrances to scented candles, there are so many cool things to choose from. Therefore, I selected my top picks for you to get some inspiration from. *buys all five items because they are too good to miss*

So, without further distraction, here’s the list of 5 things you SHOULD get your mum this Marvellous Mother’s Day:

  1. A dressing gown – an irresistibly soft dressing gown would make any Mum extremely happy. I got her one in a super smooth island fleece material, which feels cosy and looks elegant too. *fancy pants* From £45.
  2. A scented candle – it might be the end of long wintery nights but scented candles are always a good choice – at any time of the year. Luckily, my mum is obsessed with candles and always has one burning at home. So, I ordered a Sweet Mandarin & Grapefruit candle from Baylis & Harding. It comes in a stylish gift box, which perfectly matches her insatiable taste and lively personality. £8.
  3. A night cream – ever since I moved to London, good skincare regiment has become a vital part of my everyday life. So, when I go back home, I always bring some of my favourite skincare product for my Mum to try. Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Oil is the one because it works really well. The product replenishes the skin overnight with moisture and recovers radiance, making it smoother, softer and younger looking the following day. £33.
  4. Eau de perfum – the luxury, glamour, and sophistication of New York… in a Tiffany & Co. perfume bottle?! Yes, that’s right! We may not have breakfast at Tiffany’s but at least she’ll smell like The It Girl with this signature scent from the top jewellery brand. From £52.
  5. A handbag – last but not least, this shopper bag from Dorthy Perkins will make a perfect addition to my mum’s extensive handbag collection. I think it’s time to ditch that over-the-shoulder purse and go for something more practical. Mum, do you agree?! *hint hint* From £10.

What do you think of this last-minute Mother’s Day gift guide? Would you get any of these items for your Mum? Let me know in the comments section below!

Debenhams Mother's Day Gift Guide. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

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Thanks to Debenhams for sponsoring this post. However, all views expressed here are my own and does not reflect those of the sponsor.

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Confidence Boost

Confidence. Wearing Zara Biker Leather Jacket, Kronaby Sweden Rose Gold Watch With Silver Dial and Brown Leather Strap, Zara Brioche Stitch Sweater, Zara Checked Trousers With Zips and ASOS Lace Up Shoes In Black Leather With Creeper Sole. Snapped by Jesus Agudo. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

Sabotaged By My Inner-Saboteur.

One of my biggest regrets in life was having fear of trying. I held myself back from pursuing my dreams for so many years because I wasn’t confident enough to overcome that fear. We often get sabotaged by our inner-saboteurs and for some reason, they creep on us when we are most vulnerable.

When I moved to the UK almost 9 years ago, I somehow lost my way. I was going through a complicated relationship where I masked those negative feeling by going to parties. One party after another and I saw myself going through life like a sloth trapped in a bamboo tree. Years went by and my ambitions drifted away from me because I forgot the reason why I started it all.

It was like this until mid-2016 when I started to grab life by its balls. I realised I couldn’t change my past but I can learn from my mistakes and use that to my advantage (a.k.a. turning negatives into positives). *ding ding ding* After a while, I discovered my idols and followed their footsteps to success. I invested in my craft, spent months creating things and the rest is magic. *throws glitter in the air*

So, ask yourself… What do you really want? Go beyond the obvious one or the one that you think you want but not sure about. What gets your heart pumping and scares the crap out of you at the same time? Yes, THAT is what I’m talking about! That is your heart’s deepest desire. Take some time to go through all the reasons why you “can’t” or “shouldn’t” go there and start your journey towards it!

Wearing Zara Biker Leather Jacket, Kronaby Sweden Rose Gold Watch With Silver Dial and Brown Leather Strap, Zara Brioche Stitch Sweater, Zara Checked Trousers With Zips and ASOS Lace Up Shoes In Black Leather With Creeper Sole. Snapped by Jesus Agudo. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis. Wearing Zara Biker Leather Jacket, Kronaby Sweden Rose Gold Watch With Silver Dial and Brown Leather Strap, Zara Brioche Stitch Sweater, Zara Checked Trousers With Zips and ASOS Lace Up Shoes In Black Leather With Creeper Sole. Snapped by Jesus Agudo. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis. Wearing Zara Biker Leather Jacket, Kronaby Sweden Rose Gold Watch With Silver Dial and Brown Leather Strap, Zara Brioche Stitch Sweater, Zara Checked Trousers With Zips and ASOS Lace Up Shoes In Black Leather With Creeper Sole. Snapped by Jesus Agudo. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

Taking Control of My Self-Confidence.

Guess what? Self-confidence is not genetic and you don’t have to be reliant on others to increase it. *shook* If you believe you’re not good enough, don’t worry because that can be changed over time. So, here are my 15 daily actions to help boost your self-confidence:

  1. Groom yourself. This might seems like an obvious one but getting into a daily skincare regiment can make such a difference in a long run.
  2. Dress nicely. Try on many things and see what looks nice on you. Retail therapy also contributes to your overall wellbeing… Except for your credit card. *oops*
  3. Eat well. It all comes from within, you know!
  4. Change the way you think about yourself. All of us have a mental picture of ourselves and that determines how confident we are in ourselves. Therefore, if it’s not a good one – Facetune it! Try to find out why you see yourself that way and fix it.
  5. Think positive. And kill your inner-saboteur! *scrolls up and reads the first paragraph again*
  6. Get to know yourself. Start listening to your thoughts and write them down. Analyse everything. What are your limitations? Find ways to overcome those too.
  7. Be kind and generous. Like the saying… What goes around, comes around. So, be good to everyone, especially to yourself! *aha*
  8. Know your principles and live by them. Sometimes you have to go back to your roots to find the true meaning of life.
  9. Focus on solutions. Rather than problems.
  10. Increase your competence. It takes time to become competent in something. Therefore, study and practice every day.
  11. Set daily goals and achieve them. Start small then work your way up. I used to fail miserably by making goals that are hard to achieve. Now, I make small goals so I can achieve them quickly. That makes my life a better place!
  12. Change a habit. No, not a drastic one like quitting alcohol or cigarettes. Instead, focus on a small one and change it. For instance, I struggle to wake up in the morning for the gym. So, I set my alarm an hour early and put my phone somewhere where it forces me to get out of bed. *cancels his gym membership*
  13. Exercise. Your body is a temple, so keep building it.
  14. Always be prepared. I often find it hard to be confident when I don’t think I’ll do well in something. So, I spend some time preparing for it because life is full of tests.
  15. Keep your space tidy. This one tends to work for me really well because it’s something I can easily keep under control.

What do you think of this list? Would you follow any of these steps? Let me know in the comments!

Wearing Zara Biker Leather Jacket, Kronaby Sweden Rose Gold Watch With Silver Dial and Brown Leather Strap, Zara Brioche Stitch Sweater, Zara Checked Trousers With Zips and ASOS Lace Up Shoes In Black Leather With Creeper Sole. Snapped by Jesus Agudo. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis. Wearing Zara Biker Leather Jacket, Kronaby Sweden Rose Gold Watch With Silver Dial and Brown Leather Strap, Zara Brioche Stitch Sweater, Zara Checked Trousers With Zips and ASOS Lace Up Shoes In Black Leather With Creeper Sole. Snapped by Jesus Agudo. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis. Wearing Zara Biker Leather Jacket, Kronaby Sweden Rose Gold Watch With Silver Dial and Brown Leather Strap, Zara Brioche Stitch Sweater, Zara Checked Trousers With Zips and ASOS Lace Up Shoes In Black Leather With Creeper Sole. Snapped by Jesus Agudo. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

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 Biker Leather Jacket (similar) | Rose Gold Watch With Silver Dial and Brown Leather Strap | Brioche Stitch Sweater | Checked Trousers With ZipsLace Up Shoes In Black Leather With Creeper Sole

Thanks to Jesus Agudo (@jesusagudotm) for taking these amazing pics!

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Precision And Fluidity

John Smedley's Seaham in Ruche Red/Flannel Grey, crafted from a sumptuous fine knit Sea Island Cotton. Also wearing The Anderson Tote in Black from Aspinal of London. Shot by Mervin Kaye. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.John Smedley's Seaham in Ruche Red/Flannel Grey, crafted from a sumptuous fine knit Sea Island Cotton. Also wearing The Anderson Tote in Black from Aspinal of London. Shot by Mervin Kaye. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.John Smedley's Seaham in Ruche Red/Flannel Grey, crafted from a sumptuous fine knit Sea Island Cotton. Also wearing The Anderson Tote in Black from Aspinal of London. Shot by Mervin Kaye. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.John Smedley's Seaham in Ruche Red/Flannel Grey, crafted from a sumptuous fine knit Sea Island Cotton. Also wearing The Anderson Tote in Black from Aspinal of London. Shot by Mervin Kaye. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.John Smedley's Seaham in Ruche Red/Flannel Grey, crafted from a sumptuous fine knit Sea Island Cotton. Also wearing The Anderson Tote in Black from Aspinal of London. Shot by Mervin Kaye. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.John Smedley's Seaham in Ruche Red/Flannel Grey, crafted from a sumptuous fine knit Sea Island Cotton. Also wearing The Anderson Tote in Black from Aspinal of London. Shot by Mervin Kaye. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

Seaham in Red.

Another London Fashion Week has come to an end. *whew* It feels like it’s been just a couple of weeks since the last one but here we are again, celebrating 5 days of killer fashions from all over the world. My weekend was packed with endless burger brunches, blogger hangouts and fancy INTO lounges to name a few. Therefore, I’m super excited to finally take it easy and have some me-time for the next few days. *puts on a kettle and binge-watches YouTube videos*

In a great tradition of my own fashion week trends, I decided to wear red again! *yay* But this time, I ditched the skirt and went for a designer bag instead. *feels all grown up*

I’ve been collaborating with John Smedley for quite some time but never had a chance to showcase it on my blog… until now! Their SS18 knits have a very distinct contemporary appeal to it which perfectly compliments my existing spring/summer wardrobe.

In this shoot, I paired John Smedley’s Seaham knit with my favourite loose carrot-fit trousers and black leather shoes. Seaham knit is remarkably soft to wear on the skin because it’s made from the finest Sea Island Cotton. John Smedley has over 230 years of experience, crafting some of the best knitwear pieces in the industry. So, it was an obvious choice to go for this fashion week.

To finish off this look, I picked up my brand new tote bag from Aspinal of London. This black leather bag perfectly fits my whole life in it… and then some!

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

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Thanks to John Smedley and Aspinal of London for gifting these items. 

Photo credit: Mervin Kaye

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Truth Over Glory

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The Edwardian Paradise.

Last year, I had the opportunity to explore the idyllic Forest of Dean and see the true beauty of the British countryside. From hiking to camping, being in nature triggers my thought processes and forces answers to questions like: “what is the meaning of my life?” or “how can I make things work better for me?” – questions I struggle to answer when stuck in my daily routine.

As a savvy adventurer, I often pick up my Oyster card and go as far as it can take me. So, several weeks ago, I decided to visit Hampstead and see what else this area has to offer. I stumbled across this breathtaking Georgian arbour and terrace in the Hill Garden (pictured above). It was surprisingly quiet and empty for a Saturday afternoon. *probably because it was raining, d’uh* But that didn’t stop me from scouting around for hours and catching up with my blogger mate Ollie.

I was wearing my favourite parka from TOG24. The rugged waterproof fabric, teamed with a snug Sherpa-and-quilted lining and sandwiched with a layer of synthetic insulation which keeps out the chills. Therefore, this parka is ideal for long walks during winter months. *brrr*

TOG24 - Truth Over Glory. Outdoors Menswear. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.TOG24 - Truth Over Glory. Outdoors Menswear. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.TOG24 - Truth Over Glory. Outdoors Menswear. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.TOG24 - Truth Over Glory. Outdoors Menswear. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

Hampstead Haze.

It seems like low temperatures are going to stay in England for another month. *cries inside* So, I had no other choice but to upgrade my winter wardrobe once again with layers that can weather the cold. I usually go for a leather jacket or a thick sweater but I think it’s time to get some serious winter gear.

The other day, I popped onto TOG24 website to pick up a few pieces to keep me warm and cosy until mid-March. *because it might be the coldest one in years, yikes* Luckily, I found some pretty cool pieces. I paired up this puffy red jacket (pictured above) with my favourite denim and black boots. The jacket itself is a great long-term investment because it costs less than most comparable jackets in the market (under £100).

The textures play so well together and the way the bright jacket boosts the overall outfit is just amazing. So, if you’re looking to upgrade your wardrobe – definitely check TOG24 and indulge yourself in an extensive collection of winter clothes!

BONUS: Click ‘continue’ to see how I paired their signature gilet with my all-time favourite Kronaby watch. *click click scroll*

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60 Minutes With X

Mercedes-Benz The X-Class. #60MinutesWithX at Printworks in London. Featuring Tinie Tempah. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.Mercedes-Benz The X-Class. #60MinutesWithX at Printworks in London. Featuring Tinie Tempah. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.Mercedes-Benz The X-Class. #60MinutesWithX at Printworks in London. Featuring Tinie Tempah. Snapped by Gabriele Gzimailaite @gabrielegz. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

Pickup meets Lifestyle.

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you probably saw me having the time of my life at the Mercedes-Benz event last week… Drinks, canapés, art installations and Tinie Tempah – oh, yasss! *rewatches his insta stories all over again* I had the unique opportunity to experience the brand new Mercedes-Benz X-Class before everyone else. This was my first ever car launch event and it exceeded all of my expectations!

The Mercedes-Benz X-Class is uniquely versatile. It can be used as a rugged, all-terrain pickup but also as a vehicle, perfect for urban lifestyles. Tough and stylish… Sounds just like me, right?

The event was held in South East London’s old Printworks factory. There were a total of 6 X-Class vehicles on display. One was used as an art object, bathed in changing lights and projected from a kaleidoscope. Another X-Class was utilised as a bar assistant filled with beer and ice, whilst the blue version of the pickup was used as a DJ stand for the exhibition area! So, there was a lot to experience through the night. *scrolls down to see more*

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Everyone from our blogging community was there and we haven’t had so much fun since the Patron Tequila event last summer. Although we won’t bring this up again, okurrr?! *tries to erase memories from his drunken antics, yikes*

I can’t thank Mercedes-Benz enough for including me in this event! Check out the teaser trailer for The X-Class here:


So, what do you think about the brand new Mercedes-Benz X-Class? Let me know in the comments section below.

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