#MeToo, Time’s Up & Men
The end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018 will likely be remembered for the issues raised around sexual abuse in Hollywood. From the Harvey Weinstein scandal and #MeToo, through Kevin Spacey and his fall from the Hollywood elite to the explosion of the “Time’s Up” movement introduced by Oprah Winfrey in her Golden Globes speech, the public has seen the predatory actions and sexually oppressive behaviour of men come back to haunt them. It would be a mistake to think that we are even close to the end of all this. Instead it is the beginning of a long-overdue rebalancing, helping women gain their voice and position in modern society as well as hopefully closing the gender gap that is still present in 2018.
However, among the plethora of headlines, interviews and social media debates something has felt ever-present when reading between the lines. A truth about men that needs to be said every day to every man until we eradicate this kind of behaviour. We, as a gender, NEED to be better…
Note of Disclosure: This post was sponsored by House of Fraser
The Christmas period can often be quite stressful in the run-up to the big day, with crowded diaries, the stress of getting gifts and the office workload beginning to pile up. House of Fraser have kickstarted their new #BringMerryBack campaign, in an effort to keep spirits high during the darker evenings of winter shopping. Last week, they invited a group of bloggers, including myself, to attend a Christmas dinner in Searcy’s Champagne rooms at the top of The Gherkin. Having never been up The Gherkin before, I was more than happy to take them up on the offer and made my way, through bitterly cold wind, into the heart of The City to attend. View Post
Just to preface this post, I’d like to note that I do respect the elders that I know. I have a great deal of love and respect for my family, friends and co-workers who are of an older generation than me, due to the fact that I know what kind of people they are and where their values lie. My issue here is with the generic blanket statement “respect your elders” and how I’ve decided to reject this philosophy in recent years, simply because I don’t believe they respect/care for younger generations any more. View Post
About a month ago I was invited to a mystery event at a pop-up grooming store in Central London where I would be introduced to a new collection of products. Upon arrival, I was quickly told that this was actually a Lynx event which was part of their new brand direction to move away from its traditional audience of younger/teenage boys and attempt to land themselves on the bathroom shelves of gentlemen. The question I ask today is, has it worked? The answer is both yes and no, with the ambition often taking priority over the actual execution of the products themselves. View Post
I was caught off-guard a little last week when a package arrived for me on Friday from the lovely folks at Mankind. Upon opening it, I found that they had gifted me one of their new “GQ Edition” Mankind Grooming boxes from a recent collaboration of theirs. Having had it for less than a week I haven’t really had time to review the whole box, though it does contain some firm favourites of mine including the Clinique for Men Face Scrub, The Refinery Eye Gel and Omorovicza Moor Mud Cream Cleanser, all of which I’ve reviewed and loved on here at one point or another. View Post