When deciding on a shirt to wear, a few considerations might cross a man’s mind: will it match with my jeans? Does the material feel of high quality? Is it appropriate for the dress code? One question that men should also be asking is — what does this colour say about me? Researchers have conducted studies which have explored the effects of colour on how the wearer is perceived. For example, if you’re looking to come across as powerful; choose red. If you want to show confidence, always opt for black. We have teamed up with Charles Tyrwhitt, experts in gentlemen’s fashion and retailers of men’s formal shirts, to investigate further and find out which colours women prefer on men. Deciding the colour If you’re looking to dress to impress, consider purchasing one of the following coloured shirts on your next shopping trip… Black Black is a go-to colour when… View Post

Barcelona like many European cities is a vibrant and energetic city which you can either take at a fast pace or slower. I of course chose the latter as the last 5 weeks have been rather hectic and I needed a reprieve. Which I am glad to say Barcelona definitely gave in plentiful tides  and much more. During the summer I had a lovely guest post by Sally, 5 things to see in Barcelona. Obviously she knew I had the city on my bucketlist and she shared her tips which helped shape my itinerary. Normally when I travel, I create at least five items that are popular tourist attractions and the rest I fumble along. I like to leave at least one day or afternoon just for wandering around, exploring the new place. For Barcelona I needed it to be slow, nothing rushed and no tight timelines. It was all… View Post

American candy is something I have grown up with since I was a kid in Zambia. There was a local shop that sold all manner of candy, sweets and snacks but my favourite was everything American. I was addicted {still am} to the sweetest candies I could find, my dentist can attest to this. My addiction to candies and snacks is so bad, I visit my dentist regularly and I walk around with a tooth-brush. A couple of weeks ago an opportunity presented itself to try Taffy Mail, all I saw was American candy. I did not need any further convincing I was game to give this box of goodies a try. I have such a crazy sweet tooth it is enough to give  chocolatiers a run for their money. This opportunity was something I had to partake in and today I am sharing my thoughts. Disclosure: I was sent… View Post

One of the most important things that you can do for yourself is to sleep well. Often overlooked, sleep is something that is essential for our health and well-being. Establishing a healthy sleep pattern is pretty much way down on most people’s priority list. Most of us fall asleep when we are absolutely worn out. But establishing a regular bedtime routine is something that research strongly recognise as an essential part of staying healthy. If you suffer from insomnia, then look at natural nutrition to help you establish healthy sleep patterns. Check out product review sites to see what is working for other people. Research Verified reviews provides some great guidance when it comes to natural sleep aids. Vital Role of Sleep Sleep plays a pivotal role in our health and well-being,throughout our entire life. Ensuring that you get adequate, good quality sleep at the appropriate times is essential. Sleep… View Post

Greys Court is an old family home in Oxfordshire now maintained by the National Trust. Being a local tourist in my own city has been made possible due to my membership to the National Trust. Though their are many things one can do in their own city that is free, visiting historical sites like Greys Court isn’t one of them. As a member of the National Trust I do not only get free access to most properties but free parking as well. Every weekend if I am not traveling I enjoy perusing the NT website for places I can explore. Regular readers of A July Dreamer know of my intention to explore all the NT properties in Oxfordshire and Berkshire. If new to the blog, catch up on my latest local adventures including my visit to Blenheim Palace.   Greys Court #localtourist Greys Court was a family home owned by… View Post

Topman like Topshop is one of those store that you love to hate with a passion, circle of life. When you find something you like it’s either not available in your size or colour you want. But over the years things have improved in that, store assistants can immediately tell you stock availability and location. Both my siblings love to shop in Topshop and Topman so I thought I share the Topman wishlist for dearest brother. The Topman Wishlist With winter on its way it is important to start thinking of buying warmer clothing but we also love stylish pieces. As I have mentioned on several occasions on the blog, not all men love to shop. But with a little help even older folks like my dad start to enjoy shopping for clothes. The items listed in the Topman Wishlist are some that my dearest brother is eyeing at the… View Post