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      Half-term getaways! Where can you go without breaking the bank?

      Half-term getaways! Where can you go without breaking the bank?

      Feeling those summer blues? You’re not the only one! That’s why we’ve found the cheapest city breaks for you this half-term. All that’s left to do is pack…

      Dublin - Amsterdam
      Cost: £31 Ryanair
      Wednesday 15th November – Wednesday 22nd November 2017

      Amsterdam is famous for many things: historic attractions, the Heineken Experience, the Amsterdam Ice Bar. Whatever you are interested in, you can guarantee you won’t spend a second of your trip bored. We recommend taking a cruise down the Canal – you can even dine here if your budget stretches that far.

      Tip: If you are a history fanatic like me, you will want to visit the Anne Frank Museum. But this isn’t one of those tourist attractions you can just turn up to, you need to book in advance!

      Bristol – Barcelona
      Cost: £47 Easyjet
      Monday 6th November – Thursday 16th November 2017

      Stuck between a city break and a beach holiday? Then combine the two and head straight for Barcelona! The city’s metro system is easy to use and can get you from the Sagrada Familia to Barceloneta beach in minutes. We recommend visiting Mount Tibidabo – don’t let your fear of heights stop you from seeing the breathtaking views this amusement park has to offer!

      Tip: Buy a T10 metro ticket and you can ride the metro 10 times for just 9.95. If you’re on a budget, avoid eating lunch/dinner in Las Ramblas.

      London Stansted – Basel
      Cost: £40 EasyJet
      Tuesday 31st October – Tuesday 7th November 2017

      If you are an Art fanatic, Basel is for you. And for those of you who aren’t, well what could be better than a trip to Switzerland in October? Basel is a culture-centric city bordering both France and Germany, and with its Munster Cathedral and Zoological Gardens, you won’t fall short of tourist attractions to visit.

      Tip: Book tours/museum tickets online for up to 50% discount. Spend £23 on a boat trip along the Rhine River, it’s worth it trust us!

      Manchester – Berlin
      Cost: £26 Ryanair
      Tuesday 7th November – Tuesday 14th November 2017

      If you haven’t already been to Berlin, then stop everything and book NOW! Berlin is one of the most stimulating, creative cities in Europe. It has something for everyone – history, nightlife and family friendly attractions. Do your research and plan out your activities, there are an abundance of sights to see and you may have to travel quite far for a few.  

      Tip: Make your way to Brandenburg Gate and take the ‘free’ walking tour – this is a great way to get your bearings whilst ticking off your site seeing list. P.S. We use the term ‘free’ loosely, you are required to donate a sum of money at the end of the tour. 

      Edinburgh – Prague
      Cost: £49 Ryanair
      Tuesday 31st October – Saturday 4th November 2017

      Have you ever wondered what it would be like starring in a Disney movie? Book a flight to Prague and find out. Whether you love architecture or take pride in your Instagram aesthetic, you will appreciate Prague’s beautiful baroque buildings and Gothic churches.

      Tip: See the sights in style – take the famous Prague Vintage Car Tour and ride to Prague Castle in an open top car. You can even squeeze time in to go paddle boating on the Vltava River.

      New Hobbies You Could Start This Autumn

      New Hobbies You Could Start This Autumn

      The dark nights are drawing in and staying in every night is getting more and more appealing. Whilst there is undoubtedly enough content on Netflix to see you through until Easter, you can’t (or at least shouldn’t) spend every spare hour in front of the screen. So how about taking up a new hobby? Change is good for everyone! These hobbies won’t cost the earth (if anything at all) and you can get started straight away.

      homebrewing

      Home brewing

      If you drink beer, brewing your own is easily the most rewarding hobby you can take up – it takes minimal effort, your mates will be dead impressed and you’ll save plenty of cash – less than £50 outlay on your first kit and basic equipment will yield 40 pints. Raid your recycling bin for beer bottles to reuse, just make sure you sanitize them first! Starsan Sanitizer looks pricey but is reusable. All in one kits these day are pretty fool proof and come in a wide variety of styles – as long as you follow the instructions you’ll have something drinkable in under two weeks. Once you’ve got your equipment you can easily be churning out beers at 50p a pint, so what are you waiting for? Wilko has everything you need to get started at very friendly prices.

      Cost: From £45 for the basics – and you’ll be saving money

      cooking

      Cooking

      Granted you probably haven’t go this far in life without being able to feed yourself, but if you’ve never really learned to cook it’s easy to end up throwing together the same bland meals week after week, only mixing it up with an expensive takeaway. Widening your repertoire has clear benefits – so grab yourself a couple of recipe books or find a youtube channel you like and get into it. Add the ingredients to your weekly shop and take some time at the weekend to follow a couple of recipes. Some things will always be too much faff for the home cook – it’s unlikely that you’re going to start making all your own bread or pasta from scratch, but keep trying different recipes and you’ll find some that stick, like making your own sauces instead of buying them pre-made. Videos are much easier than traditional recipes if you’re not confident – we like Foodwishes.

      Cost: As much or as little as you like

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      DJ’ing

      Fact: a good DJ gets a lot of party invites. If you love nothing better than putting together the ultimate party playlist, why not take it one step further and give DJ’ing a try? As long as you’ve got a computer all you need to get started is some free DJ software. There’s a limit to how much you can do without decks, but if you’re just testing the waters it’s the perfect way to start. If you want to take it to the next level, ebay is awash with second hand decks. Check out this guide for everything you need to get started.

      Cost: Free to start

      upcycling

      Upcycling

      Producing something with your hands is very satisfying, and it can be very easy if you don’t have to start from scratch. Anything you can think of in your home can probably be upcycled – from furniture to plant pots, even something like a computer keyboard can be sexed up no end (yes really – you can buy keys in different shapes and colours to make typing more exciting. Now that would be a talking point in the office). You never know, if you’re a dab hand it could even be the start of a business – people will pay crazy money for things they could probably make themselves. Projects can be as simple or as complicated as you like, check out this article for a few ideas to get you started.

      Cost: From free to big bucks

      How To Look After Your Hair This Autumn

      Autumn can be rough on your hair. Cold air outside and central heating inside aren't kind to the hair or scalp, wind messes with your careful styling and hat hair - need we say more? But don't worry, with a bit of care and attention you can fix it. Here are our top tips and favourite products to keep your hair healthy and looking good throughout the cold months:

      • Keep it clean

      The most essential hair product every man must have is a nourishing shampoo. Truefitt & Hill offer a great selection of men’s hair care products all made in Britain. Their Frequent Use Shampoo is ideal for everyday use as the moisturising ingredients add body and shine while helping to prevent styling damage. The product is scented with fresh rosemary and mint and is suitable for normal or oily hair.

      Truefitt & Hill Frequent Use Shampoo - £16.00

      • Prevent seasonal thinning

      In the autumn it's common to notice some hair loss as scientists reckon it grows thick over the summer to protect us from the sun’s rays. As a result when autumn comes around you simply shed these excess strands, since they're no longer needed. Scary thought eh? This is why we recommend the Jack Black Nourishing Hair and Scalp Conditioner. The combination natural oils, vitamins and botanical extracts will help give a thicker and fuller look during the colder months.

      Jack Black Nourishing Hair and Scalp Conditioner - $20.00

      • Styling

      We highly recommend the Mister Pompadour Moroccan Texture Paste. The product is formulated for a medium hold and a semi-matte finish. It's great for shorter hairstyles but will also work to give extra definition to longer hair. The paste contains coconut and Moroccan argon oil, which will help to repair and moisturise hair that might otherwise be dry and damaged.

      Mister Pompadour Moroccan Texture Paste - $19.50

      • Dry Shampoo

      Perhaps you haven’t had time to shower or you're just leaving the gym? Johnny’s Chop Shop Hobo Hair Dry Shampoo is the perfect solution for a quick revamp to your style. Johnny’s chop Shop is a retro style barbershop based in Topman in Soho and they have released their own line of personally crafted male grooming products. No water required for The Hobo Hair product (obviously!), just shake and spray for a matte look.

      Johnny's Chop Shop Hobo Hair Dry Shampoo - £5.00

      Instagram influencer Raffaele Coseglia wearing the Bewley & Pitch Patchy T-shirt using Mister Pompadour Moroccan Texture Paste. 

      Patchy T-shirt White - £20.00

      Why you should wear blazers more often

      Quint blazer

      One word – versatility.

      Most of us can stand to a look a bit smarter on a day to day basis. Ask a woman what style she looks for in a man and the answer is never baggy sweats and faded tees. Dressing smarter automatically gets you respect and opens doors – if you’ve ever failed to get into a nightclub it’s probably because you weren’t wearing a blazer. But blazers don’t have to super formal – remember there’s a big difference between looking stylish and looking formal. A casual blazer will make you look smart and stylish and pull your whole outfit together, without looking like you’re overdressed.

      In the market for a new blazer? Here are a few pointers for finding the right one.

      Style

      There are so many different styles of blazer out there, from double or single button, unstructured or structured shoulders and so on. We find that unstructured shoulders without shoulder padding make for a more casual fit and taper to the shape of the body. We prefer either single or double button blazers depending on the occasion. Generally speaking the fewer buttons, the more casual the blazer style.

      Fit

      Of course a great blazer must fit well. To get an awesome blazer that isn’t too loose or too tight, know your chest measurement and don’t breathe in when buttoning it up... that’s just kidding yourself! Always try a blazer on standing – you’ll normally undo the buttons when sat down.

      Colour

      After finding the right fit, consider what colours will go best with your wardrobe. Grey, navy and blue are the safest and most versatile options, but brown or tan are also great casual options. If you want something trendier, go for a more vibrant blue. Proceed at your own risk with any other bright colours!

      Pairings

      So what to wear with your oh so versatile blazer? Well the sky’s the limit, but an oxford shirt is classic. You can never go wrong with a crisp white shirt, or use the blazer to tame something crazier like Lyons.

      A slim pair of dark wash jeans will pair perfectly with any blazer and dress it down, but you don’t have to stop there. Slouchy or distressed jeans can add an interesting and unexpected twist to the look, or swap jeans for chinos for a more formal overall look.

      Check out Gianluca Ala below repping the Bewley and Ritch Bentley blue blazer with the Krised white shirt. Hopefully you’re inspired to start wearing your blazers a bit more, or investing in some new ones! Check out our full range of blazers here.

      Gianluca Ala

      Five Instagram Accounts really worth following

      A man needs more than just tips and advice to reach his style goals. We also need inspiration and here at Bewley we love nothing more than a glimpse into the lives of our favourite fashion folk, and that is exactly what Instagram affords us. Here are our favourites (in no particular order):

       Rale Popic

      1) Rale Popic 

      Slovenian lifestyle and fashion blogger Rale Popic has a huge passion for sophisticated fashion with outfits that reflect his creativity and personality. You will not catch this guy having a bad wardrobe day or for that matter a bad hair day. Rale travels throughout Europe refining his look and capturing elegant shots against iconic backdrops. Jealous? Us? Never.

      Follow him on instagram: @ralepopic

      Read his blog: www.ralepopic.com

      Antonio Pozo

      2) Antonio Pozo 

      If you’re into your fitness as well as fashion then you should definitely be following Antonio Pozo. He’s got a great eye for casual streetwear and stunning locations; one advantage of living in Spain is it’s always a good day for taking photos! You’ll also get to see his workout routines through his Instagram stories so there’ll be excuse not to get his physique...

      Follow him on Instagram @Antonio.pozo

      Gianluca Ala

      3) Gianluca Ala 

      Gianluca Ale is an Italian fashion and lifestyle influencer who fits in being law student around his busy schedule of, er, looking awesome. His style is very elegant and distinctive and his stunning photos boast some enviable locations. This guy provides a great guide to matching neutral fabrics – and he looks right at home on a yacht. 

      Follow him on @Gianluca_ala

      Sohi Malih

      4) Sohi Malih

      Munich based Solih Malih has a much edgier look than the others on our list, but his photos still have that clean, professional look that makes you want to keep scrolling. Every shot is thoughtfully put together so you notice the smaller details of each outfit – a great lesson in accessorising casual looks.

      Check out his instagram @sohi.malih

      Raffaelle Coseglia

      5) Raffaelle Coseglia

      Based in Naples, Rafaelle Coseglia exudes that typical Italian confidence and charisma that comes with being utterly confident of your own style. This instagram account will give you some great style inspiration and probably get you booking a trip to Italy as well!

      Check out his instagram @RaffaelleCoseglia