When in Rome – a three day guide

This year I decided I wanted to try and see more of Europe, opting for long weekends away in lieu of long-haul holidays. I kicked off this new adventure with a weekend in Rome. As an ex classical civilizations student, it’s been a dream place to visit since I was a teen. It was my first weekend trip and we aimed to visit the city in three days.

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Introduce yourself to The Glenlivet Cipher, the world’s most mysterious whisky.

A jet-black bottle. No cask information. No tasting notes. The Glenlivet Cipher is a limited edition single malt released by Master Distiller Alan Winchester. Are up to the task of solving it’s riddle?

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On Friday 1 July 2016, in London, I witnessed and was part of one of the most incredible events I have ever seen.

The day marked 100 years since the start of the Battle of the Somme – the bloodiest battle in British military history with 19,240 men dying on the first day alone.

To mark the Somme centenary, 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, commissioned Turner-prize winning artist Jeremy Deller to create a modern memorial to commemorate the occasion. In collaboration with the National Theatre’s director, Rufus Norris, some 1400 volunteers (men aged 16-52) took part in the UK-wide ‘we’re here because we’re here’ event. They volunteers marched across the UK dressed as WWI soldiers in historically accurate uniforms. They represented the 15 regiments that saw loss of life that day.

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After the craziness of the last week, and the devistating events that have rocked the LGBT community, this video from Airbnb’s #HostWithPride initiative has broken me.

Taking Airbnb’s ethos ‘Belong Anywhere’ to an all-inclusive degree, it’s a beautiful video with a powerful message, made all the more powerful coming from such a behemoth of a company. It’s acts like this, and from other companies like we’ve seen in North Carolina and around the world where the lives and safety of the LGBT community are at risk that help bring about change that is so desperately needed.

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Easily Suede

God I love a pun, and I love suede.

Suede offers a smart-casual alternative to off-duty looks. I’ve always had one or two pairs of suede boots in my wardrobe. Whether Chelsea, zipped or desert, they’re great paired with your everyday denim, though is the first time I’ve ever owned a suede jacket though.

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GQ Grooming Box Competition

Father’s Day is just around the corner. So how does a GQ Grooming Box to give your dapper dad sound?

On Sunday 19th June, dads around the world will be doted upon by their adoring families (well, maybe not all, but you get the point), and for those struggling to decide on what gift to get, you need look no further.

I’m teaming up with online beauty gurus Latest in Beauty to give one of you lucky buggers a grooming box to give to your dad. So you can not-so-subtly remind him why you’re his favourite.

The GQ Power Pack Grooming Box, which retails at £34.99 is full of amazing brands (worth £130!), many of which I’ve featured in The Science of Appearance before.

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