How To Dress For Summer (And Still Look Good)

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With summer supposedly on the horizon, although as I write this I can see rain drops that may be causing serious body damage to the cars parked in my street, but I am eternally optimistic that the clouds will part and those beautiful rays will once again grace our skin. So how does one dress when the mercury begins to rise past 20ºC (68ºF) and the sweat begins to stain and embed itself in our wool rich fabrics that make up the most part of the British Gentleman’s attire?

There are a couple of things that you can do to make those ray filled days a little more bearable. And it comes down to:

Hats and Sunglasses- It may sound like a simple thing but a decent broad brimmed hat and a pair of shades can do wonders to keep you out of the sun. A nice pair of aviators and a panama hat combine two styles that really say gentleman in the sun.

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Accessories- I wear a tie every day (even on weekends) but in the heat, having a tie done all the way up with the top button fastened is a little too much to ask outside of the office  if you’ve spent the day sweating through your day job. But for less formal things why not try an open collar with a cravat?

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The Fit- Wearing tight fitting things is a sure fire (no pun intended) way to overheat, why do you think winter is filled with tight fitting jumpers and clingy thermal layers? A loose fitting shirt and jacket can be much cooler (both stylistically as well as temperature wise) than a tight fitting tee shirt or even a ghastly tank top.

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The Colour- I must admit that I tend to favour dark colours, on more than one occasion lately, I’ve been know to don black on black on black, with a suit, shirt and tie all exuding darkness. But in the summer sun, that is no longer an option. To survive without becoming a puddle, you need to embrace the light side of the colour spectrum. Think light greys, beige, khaki and if your feeling brave, you may even wish to go for white, when it comes to jackets and trousers. And moving on to shirts you shouldn’t be afraid to go to the classic white or light blue, but don’t discount cream or even a nice pastel pink colour, there is nothing unmanly about pink, for gods sake, you want something that will reflect the heat, not absorb it.

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The Fabric– OK, colour and fit will only get you so far, if you wear a baggy wool suit or a pastel pink tweed, you’re probably still going to overheat just a bit, this is why you need to focus on materials such as cotton and linen for jackets and trousers, and stick to a good cotton for the shirt, whilst avoiding heavier fabrics like wool, cashmere and velvet.

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hopefully this little guide will help you maintain a sartorial sensibility through the sweltering heat that June and July have come to signify, or will give you some ideas when it comes to picking what to throw into the suitcase.

Promotion To Civic Office

I got what amounts to a promotion Today.  After Two years of being Jessica’s consort when she was deputy and then Mayor, I’ve decided to give it a go myself as Vice Chair (Deputy Mayor) of Cwmbran Council. After the Councils Annual General Meeting I was unanimously vote into office.  I also found out that I’m the youngest person to ever hold the role, and the first person under the age of 30 to be in the position.

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Myself and the newly elected Chair, Cllr Peter Cathcart

The position comes with a snazzy new chain of office courtesy of Thomas Fattorini (Manufacturer of insignia, honours and awards, By Appointment of Her Majesty The Queen), which is actually the second honour I’ve received from Fattorini’s in less than a fortnight.

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The pendant of the Vice Chair of Cwmbran Council

I look forward to undertaking my civic duty for the year and as a personal aside I must take this opportunity to say how proud I am to serve my community, and how grateful I am for this chance.

 

Bemo Beard Oil Review

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I’ve never tried beard oil, though I’ve had a beard for over half a decade and I’ve been a pretentious git for almost three. So, when my darling fiancee presented me with a bottle of BEMO Premium Beard Oil to review, my interest was definitely piqued.

After trimming my facial follicles to a manageable length – I was beginning to look like a taller version of Gimli – I put the oil to the test. At first I wasn’t too sold on the scent, a combination of grape seed oil, crambe seed oil, almond oil, castor oil and aloe vera extract. But, after a week’s worth of use, it has grown on me.

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It puts me in mind of the Carlton Club in London; that ingrained smell of rich oils and foreign fragrances that somehow gives way to visions of oxblood armchairs wreathed in cigar smoke. A far cry from the image I had previously associated with oiled face fuzz: the Dick Dastardly-esque moustache-twirling villain!

The oil itself was very easy to apply, thanks to the bottle’s practical and elegant pump design. My only quibble is that the oil, as the name suggests, is rather oily. After use I did find myself having to wash my hands three or four times before the greasiness was completely gone. But, that said, my beard is definitely feeling softer and looking more luxurious.

But, then, I suppose I’m worth it.

Suit Review: Dobell Donegal Tweed Suit

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Because I have an absolutely amazing wife, she got me a new donegal tweed suit to celebrate a recent promotion. I have to admit its a winner. For this time of year, I was worried that it was going to be too warm, but given that its a British summertime, and the lightweight manufacture of the piece as well as being half lined and double vented, I was able to walk to a meeting yesterday without so much as breaking a sweat.

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The colour is a nice sort of rust brown, and whilst it is a dark coloured suit, it doesn’t really give a dark feeling when wearing it, and actually manages to look pretty good in most lights, whether in doors or out, which is something that I really look for in a suit.

The features of the suit include a single breasted jacket, with a 4 button cuff and a notch lapel, and the trousers are complete with button/ clip fastening and can be worn with a belt, which is often an issue I have with off the peg suits, the trousers will more often than not need to be a size too big to fit over my giant backside, and then they just hang off at the waist, however in this instance, a 40 inch waist actually managed to cover my obtuse derriere comfortably.

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The only downside to the suit that I found was that whilst it fit perfectly across the chest, it was a tiny bit tight across the stomach, if you have something stashed in the breast pockets, and since I usually have a wallet, business cards, pens, handkerchiefs, lighters and various other bits and pieces tucked about my jacket, it was a little tight if I want to keep it buttoned up, or I could just distribute things about my person a little better.

But overall I would have to say that Dobell have managed to create a fine looking piece of sartorial attire, and its going to prove a mainstay in my wardrobe over the coming months, especially in my new role.

 

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Yesterday’s foray into housework has left me with a severe backache that is making my eyes feel as though they’re going to pop out of my head, so I think I may give blogging a miss today, especially as it would mean sitting upright, and I have to conserve my energy to go to school governor training tomorrow.

An Introduction to The Well-Being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015

What Is the Well-Being Of Future Generations Act?

The original purpose of the Well Being of Future Generations Act was about improving the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of Wales.

The Act set out to make the public bodies listed in the Act more conscious about the long term and aimed to make them work with greater collaboration with people , with communities and with each other, The Act also looked to prevent future problems and take a more joined-up approach of collective social responsibility.

This new law meant that, for the first time, public bodies listed in the Act should fulfil their purposes in a more sustainable way.

The act posits that public bodies need to make sure that when making their decisions they take into account the impact they could have on people living their lives in Wales in the future.

What the act expected public bodies to do is:

Work more collaboratively
Actively engage with the public taking care to reflect the diversity of our communities in wales
Consider the long term effects of policy decisions as well as the more immediate well being concerns
Become proactive in stopping problems getting worse – or even stop them happening in the first place.

The Act also established a statutory Future Generations Commissioner for Wales whose role is to act as a guardian for the interests of future generations in Wales, and to support the public bodies listed in the Act to work towards achieving the well-being goals.

The bodies and persons which are effected by the act are:

Welsh Ministers.
Unitary Authorities (County, Borough and City Councils)
Town and Community Councils (former parish councils)
Local Health Boards.
Public Health Wales NHS Trust.
Velindre NHS Trust.
National Park Authorities.
Fire and Rescue Authorities.
Natural Resources Wales.
The Higher Education Funding Council for Wales.
The Arts Council of Wales.
The Sports Council of Wales.
The National Library of Wales.
The National Museum of Wales.

One of the other main provisions of the act was the establishment of Public Services Boards (PSBs) for each local authority area in Wales. Each PSB was tasked with the improvement the economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being of the area it represents by working to achieve the set well-being goals.

The act aimed to “ help us to create a Wales that we all want to live in, now and in the future.
To make sure we are all working towards the same vision”. To this end the Act put in place seven
well-being goals.

1.A prosperous Wales
2.A resilient Wales
3.A healthier Wales
4.A more equal Wales
5.A Wales of Cohesive Communities
6.A Wales of Vibrant Culture and Thriving Welsh Language
7.A Globally Responsible Wales

The seven well being goals were given to the named public bodies to be adopted, and the policies of these bodies were now meant to fall within this well being frame work.