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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.

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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*

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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.

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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.

Life

Movember: Men’s Health Talk

Movember: Men’s Health Talk. Written by Peter Minkoff. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

Love dressing up as Freddie Mercury for Halloween? Then you’re in luck because all of November is dedicated to bearded men! Yes, that’s right. During the wonderful month of Movember, you get the chance to grow a beard or a fab-looking moustache – all for a good cause. So, put away your shaving foam and razor – it’s time to get a little bit hairy!

However, Movember isn’t just about bearded men celebrating their unique facial hair. It’s about raising awareness of men’s health and wellbeing. Therefore, here are a few things we all need to know.

The meaning behind Movember

Although having a month dedicated just to growing facial hair sounds like a lot of fun, but things aren’t as simple as that. The idea was founded on a couple of very important issues that just needed a way to get into the public eye. Organising an event with a silly name such as “Movember” sounded like the best idea ever. But, once you start exploring the intentions behind it, you’ll realise there’s so much more to it.

The issue of men’s health has become quite problematic because men, in general, don’t like to discuss their health problems. They also don’t like visiting the doctor either. That’s why lots of them are left untreated and ultimately die – they were too afraid or lazy to schedule an appointment.

That’s the essence of Movember: raising the awareness of men’s health and wellbeing, including three of the most talked-about ones: testicular cancer, prostate cancer and depression.

Movember: Men’s Health Talk. Written by Peter Minkoff. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.Movember: Men’s Health Talk. Written by Peter Minkoff. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

Testicular cancer

Testicular cancer is one of the most serious threats a modern man is facing at the moment. The biggest problems aren’t the dangers that come with it, but the fact that most men don’t pay enough attention to early signs. Something similar is also happening to millions of women around the world who don’t seem to care enough about the breast cancer. So, this issue has been gaining lots of attention and the current situation is, luckily, much better than it was just a decade or two ago. But, what about the men?

This kind of cancer, as the very name suggests, attacks your testicles and presents itself as a lump followed by swelling and strong pain. Should you feel these or other signs, react immediately and visit your doctor because only early detection gives you a fighting chance of survival.

Prostate cancer

This is another major threat to any man’s health and something we all need to take quite seriously. However, unlike testicular cancer, this one isn’t as easy to detect and the chances of you noticing something’s wrong early on aren’t that big. What you can feel is the pain in your prostate or a feeling of discomfort, but months can pass before you see a doctor. By that time, it may be too late, and the process of metastasis could already be attacking other parts of your body.

Regular check-ups are the best way to go and talking to your physician about the state of your prostate is crucial. Only by continually monitoring your own health will you be able to notice changes as soon as they occur. 

Depression

Mental health is one of the problems even the most open of men don’t like to discuss. It’s the issue some Movember fans focus on the most. Depression and other mental issues go undetected and unnoticed for quite some time, often too long, which is why the suicide rate in men today seems to be higher than ever.

The reason for this outcome isn’t just the way men feel, but the fact that some of them are unable to express their emotions adequately. That’s why we need to encourage them to open up and talk about what bothers them. Only this way we will be able to make a difference in the world of men’s health.

Movember: Men’s Health Talk. Written by Peter Minkoff. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

Movember may technically be just one month long, but its effects are quite amazing and can last throughout the year. Helping men realise their problems and starting to tackle them definitely is one of the best things we can do. So, grow a mo and save a bro today!

Thanks to Peter Minkoff for guest-writing this blog post. Check out his previous post here.

Life Style Tech

Smart About Time

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