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Hot Summer Date Outfits With Denim

8 Ways to Wow Them on Dates This Summer

Summer street style in jeans
 Summer date outfits with jeans. Christian Vierig/Getty Images

Summer is the time when you crave effortless outfits that will make you look stylish and polished, without too much fuss. When it comes to dressing to impress a date, you still want to get dressed effortlessly, but you’re even more focused on wowing that special someone with your look. That’s why we love the idea of wearing jeans for a date in the summertime. Your go-to jeans and other denim dressing pieces, including denim jackets, dresses and, shirts,  can be styled easily to look laid back for casual daytime meet-ups, or dressy and sexy for date nights out. We’ve pulled together some of our favorite denim pieces to create stylish outfits that you can wear on all your summer dates, from coffee dates and cocktails to dinner, meeting the parents, and everything in between.

Casual Date Outfit

 Wear skinny boyfriend jeans and a blazer for a summer date. 7 for All Mankind

This outfit of distressed, slim boyfriend jeans, a simple white tank top, and black blazer has just the right mix of polish and ease to make it perfect for a laid-back summer date. Wear it to look sexy leaning over the billiards table at the sports bar at night, or to your favorite local coffee house for an afternoon meet-up. ​Here are more stylish ways to wear boyfriend jeans

Artsy Evening Date Outfit

 Wear a denim dress with a leather jacket for date night. House of Holland

Start with the perfect, one-piece denim sheath that fits your figure to a tee. Then add high heeled gladiator sandals and a black biker jacket. Now you’re dressed for an evening of gallery hopping, hanging out at a friend’s condo party, or meeting him for a drink. ​​Here are 28 chic ways to wear a leather jacket with jeans.

Pretty Daytime Summer Date Outfit

 Layer a denim jacket over a feminine floral print dress. Levi Strauss & Co

A vintage-wash denim jacket adds just the right touch of laid-back style to an ultra-feminine, floral print summer dress. Worn with nude wedges to elongate the look of your legs, you’ll be a pleasurable distraction to your date on a daytime jaunt to the movies. You could also wear this outfit easily for brunch, coffee or a casual dinner. Get more ideas for wearing a jean jacket in your wardrobe.

Day-to-Night Summer Date Outfit

 Life’s a rose garden in printed jeans for a summer date. Cathy Jacobs

You’ll be ready for anything in this lovely summer date outfit, that can easily go from a day of antiquing to a romantic dinner for two. A rosy-pink, sleeveless blouse brings a bloom to any complexion and matches perfectly with slender floral jeans in a pretty peony print. Keep things from getting too sugary by adding unexpectedly tough textures in your accessories.

Special Evening Date Outfit

 Add sparkle to a black jeans outfit. 7 for All Mankind

Here’s a sleek date night outfit in denim that’s special enough to wear out to dinner or a party with his work colleagues. Wear-everywhere, fitted black jeans and a sequin-embellished tank work without the blazer, too, when you want to keep the night going at a club or impress the locals at your favorite dive bar. Get inspiration for dressing up your everyday jeans.

City-Chic Evening Date Outfit

 Edgy beautiful style to impress your date. Cathy Jacobs

A stylish evening date calls for a dramatic neckline and stand-out jewelry. Show off your style in a leg-elongating dark wash, skinny jeans and a strapless top. With a nude leather biker jacket as your top layer, this outfit is special enough to wear to dinner out, cultural functions or a swank cocktail lounge, while keeping your look edgy and fashionable. Get tips on wearing skinny jeans if you wear plus size.

Black and White Date Night Outfit

 Chic date outfit with white jeans. Frame Denim

Why wear a little black dress like everyone else and her sister? You’ll stand out from the crowd in this sleek, sexy black-and-white outfit that works for a party or meeting him for a drink. White skinny jeans and a black top with ruffle details on the sleeves help you create a high-contrast entrance, no matter where you’re going or who you’re with. Get extra points for your fashion cred by adding trendy accessories, such as a must-have, top-handle bag and flat gladiator sandals. Get more fashion inspiration for wearing white skinny jeans.

Modern Femme Summer Date Outfit

 Dress up a denim shirt for a date. Persun

Looking sweet and pretty for a date doesn’t mean you can’t look like your chill self. Work a modern spin on a classic feminine silhouette, and create hourglass curves, when you pair your go-to chambray shirt with a girlish skirt in a fit-and-flare silhouette. Ankle boots keep your look grounded and work for day and night. Rock this look for lunch, a drive in the country, or a visit to his parents.​

16 Free Women’s Clothing Catalogs

Receive Free Women’s Clothing Catalogs In the Mail

You can have women’s clothing catalogs filling up your mailbox at absolutely no cost to you. It’ll take just a little time out of your day to go through this huge list of women’s clothing catalogs and request them all.

Ordering from women’s clothing catalogs can be a great way to avoid crowded stores and save you time and money. You can also use the women’s clothing catalogs as inspiration to plan your next outfit with clothes you might already have on hand.

Look below for all your favorite women’s clothing catalogs including those from J. Crew, Chico’s, Coldwater Creek, J. Jill, Garnet Hill, L.L. Bean, and Lands’ End.

After you’ve had a chance to receive and look at some of these free women’s clothing catalogs, come back and tell me about which women’s clothing catalogs are your favorites.



Appleseed’s women’s clothing catalog has classic clothing with a modern twist in misses, petites, and women’s sizes.

Just open up the Appleseed’s women’s clothing catalog to find tops, pants, sweaters, jackets, outwear, and sleepwear.

Chadwicks of Boston

Chadwicks of Boston

The Chadwicks of Boston women’s clothing catalog will have you wearing classic styles without breaking the bank.

Look inside the Chadwicks women’s clothing catalog and you’ll be surprised at the large collection of tops, bottoms, dresses, shoes, and accessories they have to offer.

J. Jill

J. Jill

The J. Jill women’s clothing catalog sells comfortable classic clothing in misses, petite, women’s, and tall sizes.

Besides a wide range of apparel, the J. Jill women’s catalog also sells shoes and accessories.


 J. Crew

The J. Crew women’s clothing catalog is packed with the latest styles of casual clothing for women.

Inside the J. Crew women’s clothing catalog you’ll find apparel, shoes, handbags, and jewelry.

Jessica London

Jessica London

The Jessica London women’s clothing catalog offers high-quality fashions in sizes 12-32.

Besides the latest in fashion, you’ll also find shoes, jewelry, and accessories all inside the Jessica London women’s clothing catalog.

L.L. Bean

L.L. Bean

The L.L. Bean women’s clothing catalog is packed with comfortable clothes in classic styles.

Flip through the pages to find shirts, sweaters, pants, shorts, dress, skirts, outwear, blazers, footwear, sleepwear, swimwear, and accessories.

Lands’ End

Lands End

The Lands’ End women’s clothing catalog is a beautiful catalog with classic clothing that is sure to fit right into your wardrobe.

Let the Land’s End women’s clothing catalog help you find everything from the perfect tee to jeans that fit to a tee.



The Orvis women’s clothing catalog offers tops, pants, sleepwear, skirts, sweaters, footwear, outwear, dresses, accessories, and swimwear.

Orvis only sells the most comfortable of clothing inside their women’s clothing catalog.

Peruvian Connection

Peruvian Connection

The Peruvian Connection women’s clothing catalog is all about romantic clothing that will make you feel a deeper connection to different cultures of the world.

Inside the Peruvian Connection women’s clothing catalog, you’ll see sweaters, tees, skirts, pants, dresses, coats, jackets, sleepwear, and intimates.



The Roaman’s women’s clothing catalog is a plus size clothing catalog that sells comfortable, stylish, and affordable clothing in sizes 12W-44W.

Just open up the Roamna’s women’s clothing catalog to find tops, bottoms, dresses, suits, and lingerie in the styles you’re looking for.

Soft Surroundings

Soft Surroundings

The Soft Surroundings women’s clothing catalog features clothing that feels like a little piece of heaven next to your skin.

From cashmere socks to silk tops, you’ll find clothes to keep you cozy and tension free in the Soft Surroundings women’s clothing catalog.



The Sundance women’s clothing catalog sells clothing that celebrates your life and the nature around you.

This women’s clothing catalog is packed full of shirts, sweaters, skirts, dress, pants, outerwear, activewear, sleepwear, and accessories.

Title Nine

Title Nine

Title Nine women’s clothing catalog has everything you need to have an active lifestyle indoors or out.

Whether you participate in running, yoga, outdoor adventures, tennis, golf, cycling, or swimming, you’ll find everything you need here to keep you covered.



The TravelSmith women’s clothing catalog sells clothing, shoes, luggage, and travel accessories for women who love to travel.

Inside the TravelSmith women’s clothing catalog you’ll find shirts, sweaters, wraps, dresses, sets, jackets, blazers, outwear, pants, shorts, skirts, intimates, and swimwear.

Woman Within

Woman Within

The Woman Within women’s clothing catalog sells a great selection of affordable fashion for women who are sizes 12W-44W.

Browse through this women’s clothing catalog to find some great deals on tees, jeans, dresses, swimwear, and more.



This women’s clothing catalog is all about casual living at reasonable prices.

Just open the NorthStyle women’s clothing catalog and you’ll find a great selection of sweaters, coats, vests, skirts, dresses, pants, and sweatshirts.

10 Super Fun Things To Do In South Africa

Matthew Karsten

I’ve traveled to South Africa twice now. It’s one of my favorite countries and an adventure lover’s playground. Here are some great ideas for things to do there.

The Republic of South Africa is a huge & diverse country teeming with wildlife & culture. It has a little bit of everything — dry deserts, high mountains, subtropical woodlands, modern cities, friendly people and TONS of cool animals.

After spending close to 2 months exploring the country, I’ve put together a list of my favorite experiences to help you plan your own visit one day.

Things To Do In South Africa

Meeting Lions on Safari
Zebra Fight!

South African Safari

I’ll never forget when a huge lion passed just a few feet from our open Land Rover, suddenly stopping to look up. Everyone froze. Make a wrong move now, and we’d be his afternoon snack.

We were on safari at Phinda, a 56,000 acre protected wilderness area in the KwaZulu-Natal provence of South Africa. The lion was only one of the many incredible animal experiences we encountered, there were also families of elephants, cheetahs on the hunt, playful zebras, and so much more.

Big Rush Rope Swing
Bungee Jumping Bloukrans

Bungee Jumps & Rope Swings

Three, two, one, jump. I stepped off the catwalk and into the void, falling 288 feet with my stomach in my throat. The world’s tallest rope swing at a soccer stadium in Durban is definitely a big rush!

So is stoping along the Garden Route to leap from the 709 foot high Bloukrans Bridge and bouncing around dangling from your ankles by a glorified rubber band. If you’re looking to cure your fear of heights by going to extreme measures, South Africa is the place.

Cage Diving with Great Whites
Scuba Diving with Sharks

Swimming With Sharks

Arguably the most feared animal under the sea, sharks have a notorious reputation. Great whites grow up to 7 meters long and can weigh over 3,000 kg. But you can get an up-close and personal experience with them under water cage diving off the coast of Cape Town.

For the more adventurous, how about diving with sharks minus the cage? It’s totally possible (and pretty safe) to dive with tiger & bull sharks in South Africa this way. Such a cool experience!

Hanging Out in Soweto
Making New Friends

Meeting The People

One of the cool things about South Africa is its diversity. The massive city of Johannesburg is a great place to experience this and meet the different types of people that call this country home. I loved visiting the township of Soweto and learning about the vibrant & important history here.

Meeting local residents and admiring an area’s unique art and culture. Or gathering for a traditional Brai dinner in the rural coastal town of St. Lucia with new friends. Learning about a way of life that’s different from my own.

Hiking Above the Table Cloth
Cape Town Far Below

Climbing Table Mountain

Table Mountain is Cape Town’s most prominent landmark. A huge flat block of sandstone that rises 3500 feet into the air. Table mountain is a national park and a wonderful place to go hiking with over 350 paths to the summit.

Most people take the cable car up but hiking is far more rewarding. The weather changes constantly though, so hiking is difficult sometimes. You could luck out with clear skies and great views or maybe climb into the infamous “table cloth”, a blanket of clouds that often covers the mountain.

Best Feeling in the World
Surfing at Jeffreys Bay

Surfing The Coast

South Africa has some of the best surf conditions in the world. A popular adventure is renting a car and driving up the coast from Cape Town to Durban stopping at different surf spots along the way.

I spent a month honing my surfing skills in places like Muizenberg & Jeffreys Bay. The water can be cold, but the waves & lack of crowds are worth it. Yes, I realize I just told you how awesome the sharks are, but don’t worry, they prefer eating seals.

Kayaking with Crocodiles
Hippos are FAST!

Kayaking With Hippos & Crocs

The St. Lucia estuary is filled with some of Africa’s most dangerous animals. Paddling kayaks past them on a wetlands safari was super fun. The iSimangaliso Wetland Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, renowned for its diverse wildlife and swamp forests.

The area is home to giant crocodiles, hippos, and even bull sharks. Did you know that hippos are the most dangerous animal in Africa? You’d never suspect it at first glance. They seem fat & slow, but are surprisingly fast & aggressive.

Rafting the Orange River
Floating Through the Desert

Rafting In The Desert

Home to the indigenous Nama people, the rocky dry landscape surrounding the Orange River is a mix of red, brown, and orange hues — except for the banks, where patches of green vegetation are able to thrive.

The Northern Cape is a huge area with a lot to see and do — and it’s one of the least visited parts of South Africa. Rafting down this winding river in the middle of a desert and finishing the night with a Brai BBQ has been one of my highlights.

Traditional Sangoma Healer
Khula Township

Talking To Spirits

While visiting Khula township in South Africa, I was invited to chat with my dead ancestors with a local Sangoma medicine woman. She communicates with people’s ancestral spirits to share advice and cure ailments.

Sitting down in her sacred healing hut, she gave me details about my future based on what they told her. It’s an ancient profession that’s been practiced for hundreds of years here. The verdict? I’m a very lucky guy. Oh, and my ancestors want me to throw a BBQ for them!

Hot Air Balloon Safari
Fire in the Hole!

Hot Air Balloon Rides

The beautiful Magalies River Valley fully revealed itself as we rose into the sky with the sunrise in a hot air balloon. It’s only an hour North West of Johannesburg, South Africa’s largest city.

Once you realize you’re in the air, profound silence is the first thing you notice. Between occasional blasts of fire from the burner, there is no sound. No propeller, no engine, just the birds. Yet soon we are hovering half a mile above the ground, traveling slowly with the wind.

Getting Comfortable Managing Your Money

At twenty-two years old, Lauren Simmons became the youngest woman and second African American woman to trade on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. But Simmons isn’t motivated by making history. She wants to educate people on the importance of financial wellness. She wants the industry to be a more representative place. And: “I want to make finance sexy,” says the former equities trader turned entrepreneur. “If I can empower one person, I’ve done my job. But my goal is to empower more.”

For most of her life, Simmons, wasn’t interested in finance at all. She had grand plans to become an epigeneticist. But finance chose her, she says. When she arrived in New York City after college, she took meetings with “anyone and everyone.” Richard Rosenblatt of Rosenblatt Securities gave her a shot, and her world flipped upside down. “After I was hired, I remember hearing Richard say, ‘This woman had the audacity to come to Wall Street and apply for a job she knew nothing about!’” Simmons laughs. “But at the end of the day, I think he admired that.”

“Did they respect me? Yes. Did they take me seriously as an employee? Absolutely not. But I thrived on that doubt—and I stood my ground from day one.”

With a warm smile, a sharp wit, and a strong aversion to pantsuits, Simmons didn’t fit the mold—she broke it. And she knew she had to work harder than most to prove herself, while her male coworkers took bets on whether or not she’d pass the Series 19 (a requisite exam with an 80 percent fail rate). “It was about as boys’ club as it gets,” says Simmons. “Did they respect me? Yes. Did they take me seriously as an employee? Absolutely not. But I thrived on that doubt—and I stood my ground from day one.”

Simmons knows that more is required to change the culture of the industry. But she’s hopeful. She’s got a TV show, speaking engagements, and a movie deal underway. All projects that she hopes will inspire more young minds to get curious.

Thinking back to when she penned her name alongside the Rockefellers and Vanderbilts in the NYSE induction book, Simmons feels conflicted. “It was bittersweet,” she says. “It’s crazy how in two-thousand-anything, we are still making history with the first Black president and the first African American female VP—that we’re still marking these historical achievements.”

In our conversation, Simmons covered everything from effecting change to overcoming imposter syndrome to dealing with doubters to why we shouldn’t fear the market or the B word (ahem, budgeting).

A Q&A with Lauren Simmons

How do you envision an inclusive culture in the financial sector?

Twenty-seventeen, the year that my story went viral, was the year of the woman. We had the Women’s March after Trump’s inauguration and because of that, we now have the most women we’ve ever had sitting in Congress. Last year, we had the Black Lives Matter movement gaining momentum, and we’re about to have the most diverse Congress in history. So there are certain pockets in America that are actively changing. But there are other parts, like the finance sector, that are not. And I’m tired of having conversations about what the action steps are. For me, it’s not about what are we going to do; it’s about doing it. I’ve seen men come in on Wall Street with no experience who landed the job—and I was that girl, too, after all. But if it were a priority to get more diversity in—women, LGBTQ+, people of color—it would happen.

What are some ways you deal with imposter syndrome?

As women, we’re so quick to downplay our achievements. We have a hard time taking ownership of our successes. So number one, it’s about stopping the destructive self-talk. And number two, it’s about surrounding yourself with supportive people who will rally around you and point out your greatness. It’s okay to bask in your achievements—that doesn’t make you too proud or too big-headed. Men do it all the time.

You’ve talked about how finance and opportunity go hand in hand—did that spark your interest in the industry?

Being in control of your money is being in control of your foundation. Being in control of your foundation is being in control of your future. Even if you’re married, you shouldn’t have to rely solely on your partner to make fiscal decisions. You can be just as sophisticated as they are. And we need more role models to open up the dialogue and keep these conversations going—especially with younger generations, so that they, too, can feel included.

What’s the first thing you tell people before they even think about investing?

People often ask me, What should I invest in? And I tell them: If you don’t have a savings account, we shouldn’t be talking. Credit card debt is also a big no-no. You shouldn’t have other liabilities that you are stressing over before you invest. And you want to have an emergency fund set up, which feels more relevant now than ever. But I also want people to have fun. You don’t have to be the frugal coupon lady, but you don’t have to keep up with the Kardashians either—I don’t even know if they’re great with their money. It’s about striking a healthy balance.

Tell us about the 50/30/20 rule you stick to.

Fifty percent of your income should go to everyday expenses, 30 percent should go toward your savings, and 20 percent should go toward the future—at least. That’s the basic tenet of budgeting. I’m not frugal by any means, but I save 80 percent of my income. When I started out at the New York Stock Exchange, people thought I was killing it, but I was making only $23,000 a year, and that’s not enough to breathe in New York City. Once I left, I started making significantly more money, but even then, I was saving 80 percent. I know that’s crazy, and I was living with my grandparents at the time who didn’t ask me for rent, but I’ve always been very strategic about it. You can have fun and take trips and spoil yourself on your birthday. But it’s important to have a budget.

They say you can break a habit in twenty-one days. Even if it takes three months, that’s something that will stick with you long-term. Your lifestyle is dependent on your mindset. If your mindset isn’t there, then you’re always going to have trouble saving. And if you can start budgeting during a pandemic, then you can do it any time. Make it your new affirmation: I am a good budgeter!

Best advice for someone who wants to invest but doesn’t know where to start?

This is borrowed from Warren Buffett: Don’t fear the market. If you have a fear-based mindset, then you should not be investing. You should be putting your money in and walking away—not checking it on a daily basis. If you have only five dollars to your name, don’t invest all five dollars. Whatever you put in, check on it every couple of months. But don’t get too frazzled about what’s happening to it, because you will never win the game that way.

Also, be mindful of ESG (environmental social governance) investing. People are really starting to look at: How is this company running? Is it giving back to its community? Is it making a positive impact on the environment? Does it have a good brand ethos and culture when it comes to diversity and inclusion? Those are going to be key factors in determining what companies you should be paying attention to.

There are so many tools and platforms out there to choose from—do you think investing is becoming more accessible?

We’ve already seen changes in the past year around how people invest, and technology is putting people on the same playing field. There are platforms that will let you put down a zero dollar minimum with zero fees and zero interest. But I want people to educate themselves on the companies they’re considering investing through. Do your research. There are some great tools out there, and there are some not great tools out there. Look for reputable companies that will be able to secure your funds in case anything were to happen. Acorns is fabulous, NerdWallet is great for keeping track of your spending habits, and what Sallie Krawcheck is doing at Ellevest is amazing—they have a different business model that does require a minimum dollar down with fees. But there are also other great companies that have been around for a long time, like TD Ameritrade, that give incredible tutorials on investing along with research on stocks.

Any resources you’d recommend for someone who wants a better understanding of how the market works?

Anything you put your time and energy into, you’ll get something out of. During my first three months on the floor, I would listen to CNBC’s podcast and have Bloomberg on in the background for two hours a day. I would record them, listen to them, and go back and Google anything I didn’t understand. If you devote a few months to understanding how money moves, you will be well equipped to make good decisions when it comes to investing. No, you’re not going to be an expert, but at least you’ll be able to make educated choices.

Between the TV series and the big-screen debut of your story, you’ve got a lot on your plate—what keeps you motivated?

The representation that’s out there on Wall Street and on TV is predominately White men. I’m trying to create an inclusive place where everyone can understand it. I’m hosting the inaugural season of Going Public, a new show that allows everyday Americans to invest in IPOs while they watch, and I’m creating my own TV series in addition to a biopic film coming out with AGC Studios produced by Kiersey Clemons. But there is still a lot I want to accomplish. Every time an opportunity comes to me, I go with my intuition. If it feels right, I say yes. It’s been true throughout my entire career. I knew nothing about finance when I first started out, but I thought, Let’s try it. I enjoy being the dumbest person in the room because there is so much opportunity for growth there. And if it doesn’t work out, it doesn’t work out. But at least I can say that I tried.

Lauren Simmons is a former equities trader and history-maker turned TV host, producer, and entrepreneur who has made it her mission to help people take control of their financial health. At twenty-two years old, she became the youngest woman and the second African American woman to trade on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in its 200-plus-year history. Her achievements have landed her on Harper’s Bazaar’s Women Who Dare list, Ebony’s Power 100, and Politico’s Women of Impact.

How To Get Ahead: Habits All Successful People Have In Common

If you read a lot of self-help books, which we do, you tend to see patterns emerge – this goes for whether you’re devouring autobiographies of the rich and famous or punchy business strategy tomes written by people with degrees in behavioural economics and millions of TED talk subscribers. A lot of the time, there’s a few common traits that come up again and again. These habits won’t turn you into a billionaire over night, but implement them and you’re sure to notice a change in your mindset and, in turn, start hitting your personal goals quicker.


Firstly, if we’re searching for successful role models when it comes to the power of reading, look no further than Bill Gates, Elon Musk and Warren Buffet. The latter describes knowledge as stacking up like compound interest; the more you invest in reading the more you learn. It’s no coincidence that one of the world’s most famous book clubs is helmed by Oprah Winfrey.

Now, a lot of people are going to tell you to read purely non-fiction but we think that a mixture is good. There’s a whole host of health benefits associated with reading – from lowering the risk of dementia to reducing stress – and these benefits aren’t associated with solely one genre. Challenge, inform, entertain, inspire and stretch your imagination with a regular reading schedule and reap the rewards.


It’s not what you know it’s who you know. Successful people know about the importance of networking, know what they want to garner from a networking opportunity, come prepared and well-researched, and always follow up. And even in today’s world, where distancing has become the norm, there are a number of tools and websites – from Zoom to Slack to Linkedin – available for you to keep in contact and find new opportunities.

The vaster and more diverse your contacts book is the more opportunities there are to share and receive knowledge,  advice and ultimately working opportunities.


Highly successful people know exactly what they’re going to do and when they’re going to do it. As productivity and organisation expert David Allen points out in his seminal work-life management system Getting Things Done, “your mind is for having ideas, not holding them”. The foundation of good organisation is writing everything down, having clear goals and objectives and effectively managing your time around this.

Of course, there’s plenty of strategies for becoming more organised, from the simplicity of the Pomodoro Method to Allen’s GTD strategy and a host of other workflow and personal organisation apps. Experiment to find out what technique works best for you but then ensure you implement it strictly.

Early Mornings

A lot of fun was made of Mark Wahlberg’s schedule (a schedule which begins at 2:30am, followed by a 3:40am workout) but there’s something to be said for early mornings – albeit not as early as his. Apple CEO Tim Cook gets up at 4:30am, Xerox CEO Ursula Burns at 5am and Proctor & Gamble CEO A.G. Lafley at 5.30am. It’s a common theme.

Granted, sleep research tells us that some people are more naturally inclined towards earlier and later mornings but the simple act of trying to get up 15 minutes earlier for a week is a rewarding exercise. Studies point towards less procrastination for early risers but the most rewarding effects are a feeling of freshness and mental clarity.


It’s not for everyone but there’s a long list of notable names that swear by it. Really swear by it. Russel Simmons, founder of Def Jam records, has stated in the past that it has been one of the most influential parts of his career, while high-profile names such as presenter Joe Rogan, billionaire Marc Benioff and the founder of the world’s largest hedge fund, Ray Dalio, all nod to meditation as a pivotal part of their success.

A host of apps provide the perfect gateway into meditation, with Headspace and Calm being two of the most popular. You don’t necessarily have to go to the levels of Sapiens author Yuval Noah Harari – who meditates for an hour at the start and end of every day (his book Homo Deus was dedicated to his meditation teacher) – but 20 minutes each morning will have a notable effect on your mindset and clarity of thought.


What is your biggest challenge when it comes to practicing self-care?

For me, it’s always been embracing self-care practices for the mind.

Caring for your body is much easier than caring for your mind and spirit. We often avoid facing our feelings, fears, and emotions.


Well, because facing them can feel very uncomfortable, even intimidating. Other times, we simply don’t want to deal with some of the things we feel. I know that I don’t always love being alone with my thoughts and feelings and in the past, I’d get lost in distractions and noise, just to avoid facing them.

And, to be honest, it’s not all that difficult to do. Our days are filled with noise, deadlines, chores, always being in a hurry. We also often overcommit, sometimes we refuse to let things go.

Keeping all those thoughts and emotions bottled up is a defense mechanism, but sooner or later, they always end up pouring out. As I mentioned in this post, this is something that I want to let go of this year. One of my goals is to come back to the place of peace and mental clarity. To do that, I’m revisiting some of the self-care practices for the mind that helped me in the past and re-introducing them into my regular self-care routine.



Ever feel like you have too much on your mind and wish you had a way of cleaning up that mental clutter? I like to think of brain dumping as a real-life pensieve (definitely one of the magical objects from the Harry Potter universe I’d like to own the most). I use both journaling and brain dumping as a self-care practice for the mind; both help me identify my emotions, stressors and gain clarity. Brain dumping is basically a way to clear up some of that mental energy. There are a few steps to doing this. First, you write down everything that’s on your mind, literally anything that pops into your head. The second step is to organize everything into separate categories, like “work,” “personal,” “school,” “home,” and so on. The third step is to review and process your list and create a plan, schedule, and a to-do list. You can find more tips and details in my post about brain dumping right here.


Many things change as we get older- mental function is one of them. Research has shown that mental stimulation can help keep your brain “young” by stimulating new connections between nerve cells. Think of it as mental gymnastics. This includes anything that you’d call a “brainy” activity. Things like puzzles, crosswords, math games, can all help boost your memory, concentration, and focus skills.


Ever heard the phrase “a healthy mind in a healthy body?” We all know that exercise releases those feel-good endorphins that help promote better mood, sleep patterns, and reduce stress. Regular aerobic exercise has also been shown to improve memory and cognitive function. Cardio increases your heart rate, which increases the blood flow and delivers more oxygen to your brain, producing neurons in parts of the brain that control thinking and memory. Numerous studies also found that aerobic exercise can help to not only decrease the risk of cognitive decline, but it also lowers dementia risk. All it takes is 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise a day, 3-5 days a week. Your workouts don’t need to be too complicated or intimidating. Think walking, jogging, swimming or even dancing.


The idea of a mental cleanse or a “detox” is the same as with cleansing or detoxing your body: it’s getting rid of and eliminating certain “bad” things. Things like limiting beliefs, negative emotions, and habits that do not serve you. The thing is that when it comes to a mental cleanse, you have to put in some effort. Just like your lifestyle and the foods you eat can either fuel or limit your body, feeding your mind with positive thoughts and engaging in good habits and keeping it healthy is just as important. A mental cleanse can include:

  • a brain dumping session, which will help you get rid of that mental clutter
  • shifting your focus to things that you can control
  • setting up healthy boundaries to protect your energy
  • allowing yourself to feel the emotions you experience and embrace stillness

Cleansing your mind is not just about embracing the good, it’s also about allowing yourself to feel the “bad” and realizing that your negative thoughts have their purpose, too.


When you feel anxious about something, or when you have a lot on your mind, being still and silent can be very intimidating. We don’t always like being all alone with our thoughts and feelings. So, we look for distractions, we keep ourselves busy, pushing some of those thoughts and emotions away. Once you get over that fear and fully embrace the stillness though, it will help you find that peace and clarity. One of the best ways to embrace stillness and restore that mental balance is through meditation. It’s also one of my favorite self-care practices for the mind. There are so many different kinds of meditation, that you’re bound to find something you like. Personally, I love Kundalini meditation and yoga, which is great for developing more awareness and spiritual strength. I take at-home classes with Yoga Download. Guided meditations are another great option, especially for beginners. If you’re new to meditating or want to give it a try, I highly recommend reading this Beginner’s Guide to Meditation by Gabby Bernstein.


Finding ways to learn new things and challenging yourself is an important aspect of self-growth. I also see it as a self-care practice for the mind. Whether it’s doing something creative (even if you don’t think of yourself as a creative person), rediscovering an old talent or learning a new word every day- there are countless ways to set small challenges for yourself. Doing this can help you find more confidence, overcome fear, or maybe even discover a new talent or a hobby. To start, you can print out a list of 50 Small Ways to Challenge Yourself Every Day.


Mindfulness is all about being aware of the present moment. It’s a great self-care practice for the mind as it’s been linked to lower levels of stress, anxiety and overall fear. Your brain often tells you to focus on other things around you- it’s your job to gently bring it back to what’s important, to pay attention to what matters. Being mindful means to not judge negative thoughts that cross your mind. Instead, allow yourself to feel them and release them without judgment. Bringing more mindfulness to your life helps with practicing compassion, kindness, and acceptance. One of the best ways to practice mindfulness is when doing those very simple things and chores you already do every day-find out how right here. The more you practice it, the easier it becomes.


How often do you turn off your phone? How many tabs do you currently have opened in your browser? I think it’s safe to say that many of us have become very attached to our digital tools. While digital technology was meant to improve our productivity and save us time, it often does quite the opposite. It provides a lot of distraction and noise, making it very easy for us to waste time. You can’t be truly still, or present in the moment if you constantly reach for your phone to check your notifications. Spending an entire day without your phone, computer, tablet or TV might seem impossible, so start by doing just a one-hour digital detox. Think of some of the things you love doing, that don’t involve electronics.


Okay, so we can’t always afford to take an entire day off. But perhaps, you can take a few hours a week and spend that time practicing some self-care for your mind? Meditating, journaling, reading, or simply sitting in a park, staring at the sky, listening to the wind, feeling the sun on your skin. Whatever you choose to do, remember to turn off your phone, and disconnect from the world once in a while.

The best way to avoid burnout is to know when to take a little break. Better yet, don’t wait until you feel like you need to take a break and make these self-care practices for the mind a part of your routine. Remember that avoiding facing your feelings and emotions because facing them feels uncomfortable will not make them go away. Caring for your mind is just as important as caring for your body. 

The Most Impressive New Timepieces From LVMH Watch Week

Last week was LVMH watch week. Don’t worry if you’ve never heard of it; there’s really no reason you should have given it was just a slate of virtual – and oddly slick – press conferences. All you need to know is that it was a chance for the luxury group’s watchmakers to show off their latest horological creations at once and make a big song and dance of it in the process.

All that is, except for TAG Heuer, who instead basically sent an apology note that they’re too busy right now. Busy with what? That would be telling. (Plus we don’t know yet.)

For now though, we have more than enough to be digesting, be that slimline watchmaking from Italian jeweller-come-watchmaker Bulgari (or Bvlgari if you’re being pedantic), or the quite diverse offering from chronograph specialists Zenith and Hublot.

So without further ado, here are all the launches you should know about from LVMH Watch Week 2021. And yes, these are just the men’s pieces; we don’t want to be writing about bejewelled peacocks all day.


Bulgari went in hard with their high jewellery women’s pieces this year and for once, didn’t show off a record-breaking new entry into their Octo Finissimo range. We can’t say we’re disappointed; there’s only so many times Bulgari can break an ultra-thin record without it getting boring, and that was two watches ago. Instead, Bulgari added a few variations on previous Finissimo models and the result is some of their most wearable watches to date.

Bulgari Octo Finissimo S

Both the new Octo Finissimo S and the Finissimo S Chronograph GMT are slightly upsized, sportier versions of the record-breaking watches they’re based on. For the base automatic version (no longer a record-breaker thanks to Piaget, by the way), that means it comes with a full steel look as opposed to the original’s titanium and 100m water resistance thanks to a new screw-down crown and (very slightly) bulkier, 6.4mm-thick case.

Bulgari Octo Finissimo S Chronograph GMT

In the Chronograph GMT version, those sportier dimensions are complemented with a blue and white reverse panda dial, a layout that’s pretty much shorthand for racing-inspired in the watch world. Once again it’s larger than the original (still a svelte 43mm across and 8.75mm thick) and has a more solid crown for 100m water resistance. It’s finally a Finissimo that’s not just cool, but perfect for daily wear.

Bulgari Octo Roma Carillon Tourbillon

The headline-grabber from Bulgari, on the other hand, is anything but casual. The three-gong Octo Roma Carillon Tourbillon sounds out the chimes of Westminster, amplified by an openworked dial and case sides. The big, DLC-coated titanium case is finished with a white gold chime button and crown and houses a movement of 432 components. It’s incredible. It’s also $259,000. Ouch.


Zenith’s 2021 presentation was all about one watch: the Daytona. Ok, ok, so while the new Chronomaster Sport has already been decried as a Rolex homage, that’s just watch writers being edgy. Not every tri-compax (three-counter) racing chrono with a contrasting bezel is a Daytona homage and Zenith more than anyone has a history of incredible chronograph movements. The latest of which is the El Primero 3600, which times to 1/10th of a second.

Zenith Chronomaster Sport

This is the second time we’ve seen the El Primero 3600 calibre, but the first in a regular production watch. The previous being a 50th anniversary limited edition. The Chronomaster Sport is also a lot better looking, in our humble opinion.

It comes in two colours, though the one to focus on is obviously the white dial with black bezel. It’s seriously cool with a scattering of archival touches, feels great on the wrist and is backed by solid watchmaking. It’s Zenith’s 2021 highlight for good reason.

It’s not all they have of course. There was also the Revival A385, a recreation of the original El Primero with a lovely fume brown dial that was released as a taster before the event. There was the Urban Defy, a colour-swapped version of Zenith’s open-worked watch in forest green ceramic. Finally, there was also a new take on the brand’s iconic Pilot Type 20 with a silver dial inspired by an aircraft fuselage, rivets and all.

All three are solid additions to the collection, if nothing exactly ground-breaking. Still, you wouldn’t want to take any of the spotlight away from the Chronomaster Sport. Not that it’s having any issues there.


Sapphire is the second hardest material after diamond. That makes it incredibly hard to work with, especially in watches. That goes double if you want to try for coloured sapphire. So a full orange sapphire case the size of a Big Bang? That’s insane. It’s also Hublot’s big 2021 novelty. It joins the previous rainbow of sapphire colours and, perhaps more importantly, contains the brand’s shiny new automatic tourbillon calibre MHUB6035.

Hublot Big Bang Integral

That all said, for us the highlight of Hublot’s 2021 slate is their most under-the-radar piece – if a full ceramic, integrated sports watch can be considered under the radar. Only at Hublot. Last year the brand launched their first Big Bang with an integrated bracelet, the aptly-named Integral, as an answer to the sports luxe trend for pieces like the Lange Odysseus, Chopard Alpine Eagle et al. Here it is again but in a trio of coloured full-ceramic cases, of which the blue version is particularly handsome.

Hublot MP11 Magic Gold

The same can’t be said of the MP11 Magic Gold, a new version of Hublot’s 14-day power reserve-equipped movement in the brand’s own hardwearing gold alloy. The fortnight of power comes from the row of barrels you can see front and centre. There is also a blue sapphire version, but compared to the orange it’s not worth talking too much about.

Hublot Classic Fusion (Richard Orlinski)

Finally, there’s a trio of artistic collaborations. The first pair are a continuation of Hublot’s work with Richard Orlinski, with the artists’ signature faceted look applied to the black or blue ceramic cases of the Classic Fusion. Cool, but nothing to write home about.

Hublot Classic fusion (Takashi Murakami)

The last though is a shiny new partnership with Takashi Murakami, arguably the biggest Japanese artist around and makes full use of his trademark grinning flower in plenty of black diamonds. Just over 550, in fact. It’s priced at just over £21,000 which sounds pricey. Compared to Murakami’s paintings though, it’s a pittance.

Find Your Passion: 15 Hobbies For Modern Men Worth Taking Up

Every man needs a “thing”. Something that motivates him. Something aside from work that gives him a sense of purpose. And, if nothing else, something to put in his Tinder bio other than, “enjoys consuming nutrients and breathing oxygen”.

Now more than ever, hobbies play a vital role in our mental – and sometimes even physical – wellbeing. They help us to unwind, de-stress, meet new people and make new friends. However, if you’re on the hunt for one, it can be a little daunting. There’s just so much out there worth trying. So, in order to help you make an informed decision, we’ve whittled it down to 15 failsafe options that are perfect for the modern gent.

Mastering An Instrument

Your neighbours may not thank you at first (particularly if you opt for drums or the violin) but learning how to play a musical instrument is ultimately one of the most rewarding things a person can do. The best part is you never stop improving. There are always new challenges and there’s even a social side to explore when it comes to forming a band and jamming with fellow “artists”.

Getting Behind The Lens

There are few things more satisfying than perfectly capturing a moment in time. Photography is a fantastic skill to master, and now that everyone has a smartphone in their pocket, it’s never been easier to give it a go. Try practising your shooting style with your phone before you go investing in the latest camera tech though.

Working With Wood

There’s something deeply satisfying, perhaps on a primal level, about whittling away at a piece of wood to create something new. Woodwork is an age-old hobby that can bless you with not only hours of entertainment, but also a way to conjure up birthday and Christmas presents without ever having to spend a penny.

Getting Creative In The Kitchen

As long as you’re not trying to channel Heston Blumenthal when the closest you’ve ever been to a stove was leaning over it to put a ready meal in the microwave, experimenting in the kitchen is a therapeutic way to refine your culinary skills. Why not try learning a few new recipes and eventually you’ll be confident enough to venture off-piste. Still, leave the dry ice and flambéing to the pros, eh?

Snow Sports

Speaking of off-piste, taking up skiing or snowboarding is one of the most enjoyable ways you can possibly keep fit. Granted, not all of us are lucky enough to live near the slopes, nor is a trip looking particularly likely for the next 6 months or so, but there are plenty of dry and indoor options around so you can get some practise in before you tackle the real thing.

Putting Pen To Paper

You don’t have to be Oscar Wilde in order to try your hand at writing. Whether it’s penning short stories, a novel, or even just keeping a journal, putting your thoughts down on paper can be therapeutic and it’s a great way to expand your vocabulary while keeping your mind supple at the same time.


When asked why he wanted to climb Everest, legendary mountaineer George Mallory famously replied, “because it’s there”. That about sums mountaineering up, and you simply either have that urge or you don’t. If you do, you could be on the verge of discovering a new lifelong hobby that will take you to faraway places, introduce you to new friends and make you feel more alive than you ever thought possible. On the downside, you’ll also discover how expensive rope is.


Whether it’s bombing down forest tracks at breakneck speed or cladding yourself head to toe in Lycra and trying to smash your personal best on Strava, cycling is a great way to stay in shape and occupy your free time. Good for the heart, great for the head and once you’ve forked out for your equipment it’ll rarely cost you a penny.

Home Brewing

For the average guy, the thought of being able to conjure delicious beer out of thin air is akin to growing a money tree. While the latter is still sadly out of the question, with the right equipment and a bit of studying there’s no reason why you can’t become a competent home brewer. Drinks on you.

Giving Something Back

Not all hobbies are about personal gain. A lot of people like to spend their spare time helping others and giving back to the community. If you’re searching for a meaningful way to use your spare time, why not look into volunteering at a local charity or getting involved in some community service work at the weekends?

Learning To Defend Yourself

You’ll probably never need to use it, but even so, learning a martial art is a tried and tested way to build confidence, make new friends and stay in shape all at the same time.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a complete beginner – many gyms offer free introductory courses, so if you think you’ve got what it takes to be the next Bruce Lee then you can go along and try it out without spending a penny. Likewise, there are plenty of instructional videos available online to try while the dojo is shut.

Mastering A New Language

For those of us who only speak one language, going away to a foreign country where even the children are bi- or multilingual can be a little embarrassing. However, spend your spare time learning a second tongue and you need never experience that feeling again. Whether you go all out with night classes or just do a few minutes a day on an app like Duolingo, learning new languages is one of the most useful hobbies there is.

Yoga & Meditation

Barely a day goes by that you don’t feel like tearing your hair out with stress at one point or another, but such is modern life. Perhaps that’s why calming activities such as yoga and meditation have become such a popular means of keeping both mind and body fit and healthy. There are certainly less beneficial ways to spend your spare time.

Exploring The World

If we’ve learned anything over the past 12 months, it’s that being confined to your home only increases your desire to see the world. Discovering new places and meeting new people is what living life is all about – so if it’s a new hobby you’re looking for, why not start planning that dream trip you have been putting off and book the first ticket out of here as soon as life returns to normality?

Rock Climbing/Bouldering

Climbers are some of the most physically fit people you will ever meet, and it’s no wonder. Hauling your body up sheer cliff faces using only your fingers, arms and legs unsurprisingly burns some pretty serious calories. No suitable spots nearby? Don’t let that stop you; get online and find your nearest bouldering gym. Most are fairly cheap and given that walls don’t tend to reach much over 15ft, you’re a lot less likely to injure yourself.

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