Author: WJ London

To celebrate the launch of our new Under Dogs menu in 109 Bar + Kitchen on the Lower Ground Floor, we are giving away 500 complimentary hot dogs on Thursday 13th December from 12pm.

For the giveaway, customers can choose either The Under Dog – a beef sausage topped with shredded beef short rib, white cheese, romaine lettuce, tomato and smoked paprika aioli or the Veggie Dog with spinach, avocado, crispy onions and artichoke mayo.

The Under Dog menu will see a selection of hot dogs from Dogs In Blankets – a pork sausage wrapped in pancetta with caramelised onions, Jalapeño and barbecue sauce, to Killer Dog – a turkey sausage topped with roasted mix peppers, harissa, wild rocket and yogurt, and Smokey Dog – a beef sausage with smoked cheese, avocado and Harvey Nichols chilli sauce. The menu will also feature sides; Tater TotsPolenta CrispsSweet Potato Wedges and Coleslaw, as well an Ice Cream Sandwich with hot toffee sauce, praline and dark chocolate for dessert.

T&C’s: One free hot dog per person. Customers must show their Harvey Nichols Rewards app to staff working in 109 Bar + Kitchen to receive their complimentary hot dog. Customer can only choose between The Under Dog or the Veggie Dog.

With Christmas and party season almost underway, it’s about time your wardrobe reflected the busy social calendar you’ve likely got coming up. Whether you’re spending a lot of time with family, or you’re hitting the town with friends, this time of year becomes somewhat of a fashion show.

Men’s eveningwear is full of great styles including shirts and smart coats, but it can be difficult to find something unique amongst the various designs available. So, if you need a little guidance in creating your own unique evening style, here are some great ideas to get you started.

Patterned shirts

It’s easy to reach for that crisp, white shirt every time there is a special occasion coming up; but it’s likely you’ll end up twinning with every other guy in the room. Be a little braver and look for something that might be out of your usual style range. Keep your plain shirts for really formal evenings, and look for something that can show off your personality for casual drinks, family get-togethers or even Christmas Day.

A patterned shirt can still look incredibly smart, and adds a little fun to the occasion too. Some of the trendiest styles out there at the minute include polka dots, leaf print and even leopard print; yes, men can wear it too. Go as bold or as subtle as you like, but by wearing a print you can elevate your style above your usual go-to.

Think monochrome polka dots, or a subtle grey leopard print to maintain a smart appearance, and simply pair with trousers and shoes.

Textured trousers

Jeans and suit trousers are two of the most popular men’s styles when it comes to trousers, especially for evening occasions. They are classics, and you probably reach for jeans every time without even really thinking about it.

Add some texture to your outfit this party season by choosing trousers with a bit of a difference. A retro corduroy trouser is the perfect choice; subtle, smart but also interesting. Stick to season-friendly colours such as black and navy and you can’t go wrong. Textured trousers are a very versatile choice; dress them up with your favourite patterned shirt, or keep it casual with a graphic print tee. They’re a perfect alternative to your denim safety blanket.

Colour block jumpers

Cable knits are brilliant, and there’s a reason they continue to be a go-to style for winter knitwear. However, if you’re planning on wandering the Christmas markets, or perhaps bar-hopping with friends, and you need a unique jumper to show off on the way, don’t reach for the usual designs.

Look for a honeycomb stitch or another similar design that will continue to add subtle texture to your appearance. When it comes to colour, don’t be shy; colour block styles are the perfect solution.

Two-tone colour block jumpers are great for making a statement amongst all the grey, muted shades you’ll see this winter. Look for colours like navy and plum, or tonal shades of blue and red, and watch your evening wardrobe come together perfectly. Wear your knitwear over a shirt or by itself depending on the occasion.

Smart outerwear

Outerwear completes any smart outfit perfectly, especially in the winter months. Look for different materials like suede, corduroy and wool blends for the ideal addition to your smart outfit.

Bomber jackets are perfect for casual evenings, but if you’re attending a more formal occasion, look for the classic overcoat. Check or houndstooth prints are a great choice for an overcoat, adding some extra pattern to an outfit; just be sure you don’t overdo it!

Layer your overcoat with a shirt and jumper to create a carefully constructed outfit that’s great for all the evening engagements you have coming up.

Losing someone close to you and preparing for a funeral is a difficult situation to be in at the best of times. But then the stress of knowing what to wear to the funeral itself adds a whole new level of difficulty. It’s never easy knowing what’s the right or wrong thing to wear for such an occasion, as each funeral can be so different depending on the person. So, we thought we’d help you out by putting together a few dos and don’ts of what to wear next time you’re in this situation.

Do consider the circumstances and culture

If the funeral is a formal church service, then chances are you need to be dressing quite smart. However, if it’s a memorial service taking place elsewhere; at the person’s home or a public space for example, the dress code is likely to be a little more casual. Also, consider the kind of dress sense that the person who died had, as this can often reflect what the funeral-goers should wear. Don’t over-dress or under-dress for what you perceive to be the circumstances of the day.

Don’t feel like you have to wear black

Formal, black clothing is what we all consider to be traditional funeral attire, but this isn’t always the case anymore. If you don’t have black, then grey, navy, bottle green or any other darker shades are more than acceptable. Also, the person who’s passed away may have specified that they don’t want any dark colours at their funeral and, instead, it should be a brightly coloured celebration of life.

Do ask for advice

If you’re really unsure of what to wear, don’t be afraid to ask someone’s opinion on what would or wouldn’t be appropriate. Maybe there’s a close friend or family member you can speak to? If not, there’s no reason why you can’t call up the local funeral directors and ask them what the tone of the day is set to be.

Don’t draw attention to yourself

Funerals are about celebrating the life and mourning the loss of a loved one; they’re not about your statement coat, hat or shoes. Stick with the theme that everyone else is going with and save the inappropriate shoes or accessories for a night out on the town. Tasteful jewellery is more than fine to wear with your outfit, but nobody needs to see any bling at a funeral.

Do be respectful

Just remember that the point of a funeral is to show your respect to the deceased person, as well as their close family and friends. You, therefore, should make sure that whatever you choose to wear is respectful too. Ensure that everything you wear is clean, smart and neatly ironed. Avoid things such as trainers, t-shirts with slogans, football shirt, open shirts, short skirts, revealing tops and anything that looks untidy.

Ultimately, the key to dressing for a funeral is to not worry. Chances are you’re going to have something in your wardrobe that’s suitable. Just use your common sense and dress to blend in.

Failing to take care of yourself can lead to low self-esteem, a lack of productivity, and various health complaints throughout your life. As a new year is just around the corner, it’s essential to review your lifestyle, so you can make the best tweaks and changes for your needs.

To help you enjoy a positive start to a new year, read this helpful advice on how to take better care of yourself in 2019.

Enjoy the Outdoors at Least Once a Day

Hemming yourself inside can have a negative effect on your daily life, which is why you must make an effort to step into the great outdoors at least once per day. Research has found that spending time in nature can lead to an increase in energy levels, and it can also provide a person with a greater sense of wellbeing.

Show Yourself Some Compassion

Being hard on yourself will not only damage your self-esteem, but it can lead to negative behaviours, such as emotional eating or dependencies. It is time to stop beating yourself up for any past mistakes and start showing yourself the same compassion, kindness and respect you would give to a relative or friend.

Make Time for Fun

Many adults are juggling multiple responsibilities each day, such as caring for children, cleaning a household, and completing projects at work. That’s why it’s so important to make time for a little fun when an opportunity arises.

For example, once dinner has been cooked, and the children are in bed, enjoy an hour or two to yourself to watch a movie, read a book, or play one of many casino games Unibet can offer. It will distract your mind from your worries and can increase your happiness.

Pamper Yourself

When was the last time you truly pampered yourself? If you can’t remember, then it was more than likely too long ago. Transform your mood and energy by regularly booking a professional massage, manicure, pedicure, or rejuvenating facial. You can guarantee you’ll feel like a brand-new person once the experience is over.

Ask for Help

Make 2019 the year you stop trying to do everything alone and start asking other people for help. For example, if you are feeling tired and stressed, ask your parents to babysit your children for an evening, so you can unwind alone or with your partner.

If you’re feeling the pressure at work, schedule in some much-needed vacation days to take a well-deserved break from the office. You could even identify tasks that could be delegated to other family members or colleagues, so you can take some pressure off your shoulders.

Accept Compliments

Many people are guilty of deflecting compliments given to them by loved ones or acquaintances due to embarrassment. Unfortunately, rejecting the compliment will minimize the kind word given. So, the next time someone compliments you on how you look or your personality, simply look them in the eyes to say thank you, so it will sink in and boost your self-esteem.

Crafty Fox Market, London's well-loved creative marketplace, announces a season of special one-off Christmas markets. 
 
The Fox will be offering an appealing mix of talented UK-based designer/makers along with workshops, music, food and drink. Making the markets a go-to destination for Christmas shopping, avoiding the hassle of the high street and providing a place to buy brilliant original gifts. 
 
Please find attached a press release with further details on the markets, traders and workshops. Fuller listings to be updated closer to the market dates: