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Vetiver Meets Grapefruit!

Recently, I had the opportunity to check out the latest and greatest from Molton Brown at one incredibly fun event! To support their latest “Vetiver & Grapefruit” collection, Molton Brown hosted a preview session at the lavish Mondrian London hotel. No one was ready for this ultimate smell and tasting experience. So, I cannot wait to tell you all about it now! *hashtag build the tension*

The fragrance expert, Virginie Danau, kicked off the night by introducing the new collection. She gave guests samples of both vetiver and grapefruit notes separately… So, they could better understand this contradictory yet fun pairing.

“Vetiver & Grapefruit has been skillfully constructed to play on contrasting aromatic materials: the warm sophistication of Haitian vetiver conflicts with the cool, tonic freshness of grapefruit resulting in a tense union. A closer look at vetiver oil reveals subtle grapefruit undertones – just enough to relieve this tension and convey a sense of effortless elegance. Enriched by the juiciness of lychee, floral accents of neroli and rose and livened up by the spice of white pepper and cardamom, the fragrance is highly addictive.” – Virginie Daniau, Fragrance Expert

I personally find this scent very innovative because it creates friction but finds a cultivating balance at the same time.

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Cocktails with a twist…

Later in the evening, we were taken next door to a cocktail making class. *oh dear, I smell trouble* We had a chance to create 4 classic cocktails but with a #BuildTheTension twist. As someone who likes to enjoy a cocktail or two… I wasn’t good at creating a decent drink for everyone. *not ashamed to admit it* Nevertheless, I had a blast! *yay*

Molton Brown is one of my favourite brands out there. Their signature fragrances, shower gels, and hand care luxuries are always my top choice for any gifting occasion. Father’s Day is just around the corner, tho! *hint hint, nudge nudge*

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Style

Crossrail Roof Garden Express

Crossrail Place Roof Garden. Wearing head to toe Mennace. Shot by Ed Lemont. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.Crossrail Place Roof Garden. Wearing head to toe Mennace. Shot by Ed Lemont. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

Mennace for days!

Denim has always been a core item in my ever-expanding wardrobe. I always get a few pairs of jeans for every season because they are just so darn comfortable! *lives his best denim fantasy*

The other day, I popped into Mennace to stock up on some of my favourites for the summer. I snatched a pair of straight cropped jeans with a side stripe and complimented it with an orange tee and leather gladiator sandals. These cropped jeans have the perfect amount of stretch, which will fit you like a glove. Therefore, the overall look is great for a chilled Saturday afternoon, filled with bottomless prosecco and cakes because why not! *no regrets*

Oh, and in case you were wondering, I shot this look at Crossrail Place Roof Garden in Canary Wharf. Ed and I were celebrating the Royal Wedding with the royal afternoon tea by the docks. I mean… you can’t get any fancier than that!

So, what do you think of this look? Would you get any of these items from Mennace? Let me know in the comments section below!

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Thanks to Ed Lemont (@discerningman) for taking these amazing pictures!

Travel

All Aboard

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Seashells and Sailors!

It’s been a week since I got back from sunny Portugal. I spent 10 days scouting around the artsy streets of Lisbon, eating my body weight in custard tarts and dancing to the cheesiest Eurovision songs. *Qélé, Qélé* Eurovision?! Yep, that’s right!

Last year, Salvador Sobral won the Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, giving Portugal the opportunity to host this fabulous event in Lisbon. I remember watching Eurovision 2002 on telly and dreaming of seeing it live one day… So, 16 years later and I see myself waving my cute Lithuanian flag in the middle of Altice Arena. Who would have thought?! *ticks off his bucket list*

Apart from Eurovision, I was visiting my friend Carlota and her twin sister Constança. They live in Sintra which is about 30 minutes drive from Lisbon. From local fish markets to stunning beaches, I got to experience the authentic side of Portugal. Therefore, I’m super stoked to share some of my tips with you guys.

Scroll down to see my picks for the Lisbon experience. All things food, drink, and places! *scrolls down*

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So, without further ado… Here’s my complete Lisbon city guide, featuring creamy custard tarts, jugs of sangria and everything else that is not related to Eurovision Song Contest. *hashtag booking his flight to Israel for 2019*

Food

  • Pastéis de Belém – the best custard tarts in town! Flaky on the outside but creamy on the inside, these treats are heavenly delicious. *yummm* However, I would advise you to go there early to avoid queues or get takeaway and enjoy them next to the Belém Tower. *note, taken*
  • The Decandente – if you’re looking for a lunch spot that won’t break the bank, this restaurant might be the one. You can get a three-course lunch for €13. You can thank me later. *wink*
  • Este Oeste Pizza Sushi Cafe – as a fan of both Italian and Japanese cuisine, I find fusion restaurants either hit or miss. *sue me* But Este Oeste is definitely a hit as it takes the best of both worlds and creates dishes worth coming back for.

Drink

  • Topo – happy hour drinks with stunning views? Yep, that’s the one!
    (p.s. Netta Barzilai from Israel shot part of her Eurovision postcard on this rooftop bar)
  • PARK – great place to start your night out in Lisbon. DJ plays some Kaytranada and some sick tunes from the “Room 2” playlist on Spotify. Therefore, you’re in for a treat. *dances like his rent is due* Oh, and, order a glass of Poncha – it’s delish!
  • Trumps – the only gay bar in Lisbon that matters. *brings his sass on* It gets pretty crowded over the weekend but drinks are very affordable and drag acts will keep you entertained until early hours the next day!

Touristy Things

  • São Jorge Castle – if there’s one touristy thing to do in Lisbon – that should be it. I spent a good few hours exploring the castle and its surroundings. STUN!
  • LxFactory – Lisbon’s answer to Wynwood. *c’mon, hipsters* Expect quirky art galleries, epic graffiti walls and sculptures that are larger than life!
  • Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT) – as a huge fan of art museums, I was a bit disappointed. Not because of the actual place but by the fact that I went there on Tuesday – when it was closed! *sad face* Nevertheless, there is always something going on, not to mention the whole building being super instagrammable. *doing it for the gram*

Outside Lisbon

  • Restaurante Toscano – fresh local fish restaurant, serving you more than just tilapia. This is a great lunch spot if you’re around Cascais and looking to indulge in a Portuguese kitchen. *enough with custard tarts*
  • Cascais Beach – salt in the air, sand in my hair. YASSS!
  • Sintra – pretty little historic town on the hill with a gorgeous castle and tons of authentic souvenir shops. Perfect day out on a Sunday? *hmmm*

Have you been to Lisbon? What do you think of this city guide? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below. 🙂

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Playlists

Spice and Shuffle 10

Spice and Shuffle 10 Spotify playlist. Brooklyn Bridge, New York City. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis

Thinking about the Big Apple…

First and foremost, I would like to apologise to y’all for not being active on my blog recently. *feels guilty* I’ve been so busy with everything that I didn’t have much time to really sit down and put together a nicely written blog post. So, I hope you can forgive me?!  I (pinky) promise to post more frequently and keep you guys up to date with all things Mr. Salt and Pepper. Perhaps it’s time for a little revamp?

Anyways… During my stay in New York, I discovered so many new songs that I was dying to share with you lot for weeks. Therefore, I packed the 10th edition of “Spice and Shuffle” playlist series with songs inspired by the Big Apple and our fast-approaching summer 2018! *summer jams are in order*

Dua Lipa and Calvin Harris are my artists of the month. Their latest collab, One Kiss, is already topping the charts all over the world and it’s my ultimate guilty pleasure. *not ashamed* I also added new songs from Friendly Fires, Miike Snow, Years & Years, Little Dragon and The Weeknd to name a few. With 35 songs, it’s the biggest “Spice and Shuffle” playlist yet! *calls for a mini celebration*

So, without further distractions – here’s “Spice and Shuffle 10“. 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

Empire City

Upper East Side, Manhattan, New York. Wearing Emporio Armani EA2041 Matte Pink/Gold Black sunglasses (via Sunglasses Shop), Burton Khaki Single Breasted Summer Mac, White Short Sleeve Feather Ant Shirt and Navy Chinos. Snapped by Renata Richards. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.Upper East Side, Manhattan, New York. Wearing Emporio Armani EA2041 Matte Pink/Gold Black sunglasses (via Sunglasses Shop), Burton Khaki Single Breasted Summer Mac, White Short Sleeve Feather Ant Shirt and Navy Chinos. Snapped by Renata Richards. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.Upper East Side, Manhattan, New York. Wearing Emporio Armani EA2041 Matte Pink/Gold Black sunglasses (via Sunglasses Shop), Burton Khaki Single Breasted Summer Mac, White Short Sleeve Feather Ant Shirt and Navy Chinos. Snapped by Renata Richards. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

New York, New York.

A few weeks ago, Renata and I flew to New York to wine, dine and have an absolute blast! *pardy non-stop* We spent 7 days scouting the Big Apple and eating our body weight in pizza on pizza, whilst having zero crust to give. *postpones beach body goals for next year*

This was my second time visiting the New York City. My first time was way back in 2011 when I was still studying in Cambridge. I was this young (and naive) 20-year-old, dreaming of living in a big city like New York. *channels his inner-Carrie Bradshaw* From tall buildings to quirky diners, every corner of this city left me inspired for years to come. Therefore, I knew that I’ll be back there one day… and I was!

However, 7 years later and I see myself constantly comparing New York to London. Even though both cities have their own charm but London’s been severely growing on me in recent years such that I can’t see myself living anywhere else but in the Big Smoke. *London boy at heart* Oh, and, I miss my cosy little bed in Fitzrovia, butter melting on my crumpets and breakfast tea brewing to the Gods!

Upper East Side, Manhattan, New York. Wearing Emporio Armani EA2041 Matte Pink/Gold Black sunglasses (via Sunglasses Shop), Burton Khaki Single Breasted Summer Mac, White Short Sleeve Feather Ant Shirt and Navy Chinos. Snapped by Renata Richards. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.Upper East Side, Manhattan, New York. Wearing Emporio Armani EA2041 Matte Pink/Gold Black sunglasses (via Sunglasses Shop), Burton Khaki Single Breasted Summer Mac, White Short Sleeve Feather Ant Shirt and Navy Chinos. Snapped by Renata Richards. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.Upper East Side, Manhattan, New York. Wearing Emporio Armani EA2041 Matte Pink/Gold Black sunglasses (via Sunglasses Shop), Burton Khaki Single Breasted Summer Mac, White Short Sleeve Feather Ant Shirt and Navy Chinos. Snapped by Renata Richards. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

Shades of Mine.

On this particular day, I was scouting about the Upper East Side in hopes of accidentally bumping into Blair Waldorf. *xoxo, Gossip Girl* I picked up my new favourite Emporio Armani sunglasses which I discovered at the Sunglasses Shop a while ago. Their new collection features a matte rose gold frame with gold mirrored lenses. My gal Victoria (@philorose) was super jel of those because her current Instagram feed is serving some serious role gold vibes. Therefore, she’s on a mission to collect as many rose gold items as possible. *hides his shades in a Philorose-free place*

To complete this shady look, I’ve decided to serve my signature London boy realness. I paired a single-breasted summer mac from Burton with a short-sleeve shirt with feather details to bring out the right colour of the jacket. I’m also stoked to finally take my favourite pair of Converse boots out for a play. You’re definitely going to see more of those babies in my summer #ootd posts. Yay!

What do you think of this look? Would you wear any of these items?

Upper East Side, Manhattan, New York. Wearing Emporio Armani EA2041 Matte Pink/Gold Black sunglasses (via Sunglasses Shop), Burton Khaki Single Breasted Summer Mac, White Short Sleeve Feather Ant Shirt and Navy Chinos. Snapped by Renata Richards. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.Upper East Side, Manhattan, New York. Wearing Emporio Armani EA2041 Matte Pink/Gold Black sunglasses (via Sunglasses Shop), Burton Khaki Single Breasted Summer Mac, White Short Sleeve Feather Ant Shirt and Navy Chinos. Snapped by Renata Richards. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

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Thanks to Sunglasses Shop and Burton for gifting these items. However, all views expressed here are my own!

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