In the last month since Brexit, I’ve been through some of the stages of shock and trauma. Stage 1 – Anger/Disbelief When Brexit first happened, I was in a daze. I remember getting up at 5am that Friday and feeling sick to the pit of my stomach. Angelique told me that on hearing the news, I punched the bedroom door really hard. I don’t remember. On my commute, I was dazed and looking at everyone with almost hate. Like they voted to leave. Stage 2 – Denial “We can have a second referendum.” “We don’t need to follow through.” “Parliament can overrule the will of the people.” Stage 3 – Blame “We’ve been robbed by the old.” “The old stole our opportunities.” “Chavs have burned the whole house down.” Stage 4 – Looking at the causes and what can we learn? This is where I’m at right now. Why did people …[Read More]
One new pair of sneakers is never enough. In the hot summer months, you need to rotate them to avoid your sneakers becoming a sweaty mess. I was looking at ASOS for some inspiration and found these beauties! (Adidas Originals Court Vantage) What do I love about them? I love the detailing, with the perforated uppers. I like the blue contrasting laces. They’re not too outlandish. They’re classic, with something a little bit different. Check these out: Of course, wear them with invisible socks. Let me know in the comments what sneakers you’re wearing this summer!
I’ve just come back from a trip to Morocco, which was incredible. One of the things that struck me most was how damn good the Moroccans are at selling stuff. We bought so many things that we just didn’t need! If you’ve been to Morocco, particularly Marrakech, then you know what I mean. The souks of Marrakech are filled with master salesmen. I’ve thought about how they do it and what we can learn from them. Make a connection, no matter how small The first thing a shopkeeper in the souks will do is to engage you. He doesn’t care how he does it. He will say something to get you to look around. Even if you say ‘no thanks’, he will say, ‘where are you from?’ or ‘not selling, just come and take a look’. He lowers your guard against him. Once you hesitate walking away, he has you. …[Read More]
Forget Brexit for a bit and focus your mind on a slightly more fun dilemma. The horns of this dilemma are: Sneakers look better with NO socks. Period. But no socks with sneakers mean sweaty, then smelly feet. What is a man to do? You might think “Ed, what about those pop socks? Those white sports socks?” Good try but those still poke above the tops of your sneakers. And that little bit of sock fabric just take the edge off your outfit. However, instead of resigning myself to a smelly, summer sneaker sweat-fest, I chanced on a solution. In H&M (who are covering themselves in glory at the moment), I found these ‘invisible’ socks. What am I talking about I hear you ask? These socks are sooooo low that they need silicon in the back of the heel to keep them up! At only £1.99 for a pair, I …[Read More]
Last Thursday, I did my usual OCD lockdown routine when I left the office. I checked that the windows were closed, the taps were off, the lights were off, and when I locked the door, I pushed it 30 times to make sure it was closed. Jesus, that sounds crazy just writing that down. As I walked down the street, I wrestled with OCD insistently asking me whether I truly locked. I suddenly asked myself a question. ‘Do I trust myself?’ This literally stopped me where I stood. Of course, my lockdown routine and insistent voice in my head would suggest that I didn’t trust myself. But it’s almost impossible to say to yourself that you don’t trust yourself. It’s like it’s incongruent with your sense of self. I asked myself again: ‘Do I trust myself?’ Of course I trust myself! Do I trust that I can competently lock a …[Read More]