• Fashion: beardy book

A rainy Tuesday evening last week and we found ourselves in the West End at Ted’s Grooming on Berwick Street (more on them below) for the book launch of “Moustaches, Whiskers & Beards” (oh my!), a book written by historian Lucinda Hawksley for  The National Portrait Gallery.

Lucinda immersed herself in to the world of facial hair, delving in to the National Portrait Galleries archives to create a book which documents the journey of facial hair throughout the years.

The book is wonderfully informative and includes some fantastic imagery – an ideal Movember read, we’re sure you’d agree!

You can get your copy online here or at The National Portrait Gallery shop.

  • Interiors: eclectic e-tailer

It’s always great to be introduced to new interiors e-tailers, or not as the case may be for our poor bank balances! The latest brand we’ve been introduced to is MiaFleur. A family run business, MiaFleur stock an array of beautiful and unique homeware and garden accessories. The eclectic mix is all sourced themselves within the UK and abroad and they even stock a range of handmade textiles – made and designed themselves in-house. They also have a fab personalisation service, great for a wedding, anniversary or Valentine’s gift.

We’re loving the below gold parrots but if they’re not quite for you then how about their amazing copper range – perhaps more your copper tea?

MiaFleur- Gold Parrot Bookends £42 pair (1)
Gold Parrot Bookends, £42
  • Food: Book & Kitchen

What better than a bookshop with food! Book & Kitchen is situated on All Saints Road in Notting Hill and is the go-to place for the best reads. David is often coming back from there with a book in hand. Downstairs however lies a lovely little restaurant where they sell amazing Mexican coffee, healthy salads and moreish cakes and cookies.

Perfect for hanging out to work, or bury yourself away somewhere quiet for the afternoon.

Currently writing reviews on all our coffee. Come in and try for yourself!

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  • Places to go: groomed gents

As mentioned above, the book launch of “Moustaches, Whiskers & Beards” was held aptly at Ted’s Grooming Room on Berwick Street. Neither of us had stepped in to a grooming salon before – we’re both far too lazy and either attempt a trim ourselves or get the local barber to give a tidy up.

Although we had both only just gone for haircuts the weekend before, we were gratefully offered a free treatment – excited (and slightly nervous of the unknown) we hopped in to the chair and let the whisker-wizards perform their magic.

It was great! We had everything from a traditional wet shave, hot towel, hair wash and arm massage and now we’re hooked! Mark has quite an impressive beard so had a good old tidy – David’s is a baby ‘goatee’ so had it shaped and styled.

We’d definitely go back, the rates are reasonable, the service impressive and the atmosphere fun and welcoming.

Mr man getting a shave at @teds_grooming

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Here's @davidwhite90 getting pampered at #TedsGroomingRoom

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  • Just because: from London with Love…

The latest Christmas themed Burberry advert starring Romeo Beckham has got us in the festive spirit!

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