Sort your jeans with Eto Jeans

How many pairs of jeans would you say the average man owns? I’m guessing that the number would run into double figures for most men, although many polls say that you really only need to own four pairs in a couple of different styles and colours. I’m not sure about that, I think jeans are one of those clothing items that people tend to find a style and stick to it, but then buy it in triplicate, but these days there are so many great designs, in a range of colours that exceed blue, black and (shudders) white. You might just be limiting your wardrobe just a little too much if you stick to four pairs.

Denim style

Olivier Giroud

Olivier Giroud

David Beckham

David Beckham

Adam Levine

Adam Levine

Eto Jeans have every style and colour when it comes to great denim. They pride themselves on their affordability and so have pairs of jeans that start at just £19.99. There are all different washes, from stonewash, darkwash, black and grey styles, combat styles with pockets on the knees and sides, cuffed fits that look great in summer with Toms and Vans, and even, with one eye firmly towards Summer on what is a lovely warm day, denim shorts that are crying out for a plain white t-shirt and havaianas.

 Mens Navy Cuffed Jeans Product code:EM575 NAVY £44.99 Click to visit Eto Jeans


Mens Navy Cuffed Jeans NAVY £44.99 Click to visit Eto Jeans

 Mens Anti Fit Grey Jeans Product code:EM537 GREY £39.99 Click to visit Eto Jeans


Mens Anti Fit Grey Jeans GREY £39.99 Click to visit Eto Jeans

 

Denim is no longer just a casual, weekend option. With this in mind, there are also styles that will work well worn with shirts and blazers for a more stylish evening look. I love the slim fit black stretch jeans featured below, I think these would be brilliant for both day and night wear as they could look smart with a shirt or slimfit polo shirt, or more casual with a t-shirt.

 Mens Slim Fit Black Stretch Jeans Product code:EM561 BLK £34.99 Click to visit Eto Jeans


Mens Slim Fit Black Stretch Jeans
Product code:EM561 BLK
£34.99 Click to visit Eto Jeans

How many pairs of jeans do you own – what is your denim style?

Bank Holiday Ideas For Families

The first Bank Holiday of 2016 is almost upon us. Yes, Easter arrives this week, and families everywhere are looking for ideas and activities that will keep their little ones occupied, whatever the weather. As a mother of a very active, 7 year old boy, I know how tiring it can be keeping children who are used to being busy at school, occupied once they come home. But there are things you can do, and it doesn’t have to break the bank.

  1. Indoor picnic and movie day.

Yes the weather isn’t great, so grab a duvet, pick your favourite dvds – Disney, Pixar or Dreamworks are always great, and then all you need is the movie snacks to have the perfect afternoon. Tesco Direct have a range of offers just in time for the Bank Holiday so you should be able to make some savings on all your family favourites. You could also do an adult version of this which you can read about here.

2. Make use of your local park.

Whether you take a football, a bat and a ball or the dog, local parks are a great way to pass the time away. They cost nothing to use, you can take your own picnic and they can be used in a myriad of ways, from playing on the swings and slides, to taking part in a nature trail. If you have just the one child, parks are a lovely way of letting your child meet and play with new friends.

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3. Visit a castle.

All children love the romance and beauty of castles, they fuel the imagination in so many ways, transporting kids to a land of Kings and Queens, Knights and battles. Warwick Castle is an amazing example of a working, intact castle, but castle ruins can be just as much fun. We visited Criccieth Castle in Wales last year and had great fun running around the ramparts with a wooden sword. Entrance was less than £5 and the views were spectacular.

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4. Soccer Camps

If your child has a love of football, it may be a good idea to check out one of the many soccer camps that Professional football clubs run. My boy is a West Bromwich Albion fan, and spends at least part of his school holidays playing football in soccer courses that are organised and run by The Albion Foundation coaches. These are brilliant for keeping children active and engaged, and the presentation ceremony at the end of the week sees all children leaving with a well earned trophy.

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5. Swimming

It may not be beach weather, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make use of your local pool in order to enjoy some water based fun. Some pools will have additional activities and inflatables during the school holidays that make sessions twice the fun. (We enjoyed a total wipeout style assault course at our local pool which was hilariously funny – even if you were just spectating.)

What will you be doing this Bank Holiday?

 

Trilogy at John Lewis Birmingham

Last month I wrote about my evening spent with John Lewis Birmingham, finding out about the Loved and Found department that is such an amazing addition to the John Lewis brand. This post is almost a second part to Loved and Found, with the focus being on the Trilogy department that is concerned with denim, and the perfect companion pieces to wear with jeans. Trilogy promises to find you the perfect pair of jeans within three tries, hence the name, and I can honestly say  they found mine on the first attempt, along with some great pieces to ensure that opting for denim is no longer just a casual, dressed down option.

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Trilogy stock most high end denim labels, from Paige Denim, AG, J Brand to DL 1961. There also have a range of tops, jackets, lumberjack style shirts and even chic coats from the likes of Graham and Spencer, American Vintage, Helene Berman and Joie. The idea is that you can put together a denim wardrobe that is both smart and casual, and is ultimately very wearable. The Trilogy team put together some key looks and modeled them for us, it was safe to say that, even someone like me, who would prefer a dress or skirt to a pair of jeans, was totally won over by just how elegant and chic the looks were.

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Joie Yinca Silk Blouse, Porcelain/Grey £240 Click to visit John Lewis

 

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Hartford Hudson Shirt, Black now £75-£95 click to visit John Lewis

 

DSCN9783I loved the long, American Vintage coat that featured in the last look so much that I had to try it on over my dress – I think it shows just how versatile the piece is.

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American Vintage Mikazou Coat, Carbone £120 Click to visit John Lewis

American Vintage Mikazou Coat, Carbone £120 Click to visit John Lewis

Trilogy promised to find me my perfect pair of jeans in three attempts, but, as I already mentioned, they did this in one. I like straight to skinny jeans (although the team are telling me that skinny are definitely on the way out.), and prefer a dark indigo denim rather than black of any light wash. I find jeans that fit on the bottom tend to be too big on the hips and waist, but the Paige Denim jeans that were chosen for me were absolutely perfect and fitted like a dream. I teamed then with a Velvet by Graham and Spencer blouse that I had totally fell in love with from a first glance.

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Velvet Aleta Indian Microdot Blouse, Black £145 Click to visit John Lewis

Velvet Aleta Indian Microdot Blouse, Black £145 Click to visit John Lewis

DSCN9793I loved my experience with Trilogy, it really takes all the hard work out of trying to find the perfect jeans that you will wear forever. I also came away with better knowledge of how often I should be washing my jeans to preserve the colour (about every 14 wears girls and boys – use the freezer to kill bacteria).

With huge thanks to Trilogy at John Lewis, Grand Central for the invitation.

More Trilogy to Admire

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Rails Hunter Plaid Shirt, White/Grey £135 Click to visit John Lewis

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