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REVIEW: ALLSAINTS SPRING ARRIVALS

AllSaints have released new Spring arrivals with a focus on conserved patterns and lots of grey.

The upper high street brand is renowned for their cutting edge men’s fashion and trend setting capabilities. The new arrivals have avoided garish designs and opted for a more conserved approach, yet still remaining chic. There is a promising variety of clothing, however prices are on the hefty side and aren’t ideal for those on a tight budget – nonetheless, you get what you pay for and AllSaints always produce quality.

Outerwear

Bomber and Biker jackets feature greatly throughout the collection, with mixes of asymmetric zips and camo patterns – crafted from traditional MA1 designs. The Cale Bomber is a highlight, which would layer perfectly over lightweight sweaters.

The outerwear focuses mainly on shorter lengths for the emergence of Spring and departure of the bleak cold of winter.

However, feature piece the knee length gunner coat will provide stylish coverage during Spring showers. It fuses the military bomber and the traditional mac to bring a fresh style showing why AllSaints are the high street trendsetters. It brings together a cotton body with nylon bomber sleeves detailed with a zip pocket detail.

Knitwear

AllSaints knitwear range is always remarkable; slim fitting jumpers with wider than normal crew necks, narrow vertical ribs and made from quality wool – you will struggle to find a better standard of wool jumper. There are no brash designs, or defaced with logos – a standout piece, brilliant for layering.

Shirts

Prominently checked, AllSaints have again released a range of modish shirts. Dark indigo denim creates a cool silhouette effect and layers well over lighter greys, or stylish on its own.

The vintage Pyle short sleeve khaki in beige is militarily styled with Hawaiian collar. The artful stitchery and detail, alongside double breasted pockets make this item a key feature amongst their range of shirts. Tie in with skinny black jeans to create an authentic style.

Favourite Pieces

Camo Cale Jacket £258
Camo Cale Jacket £258
gunner coat
Mac body/Bomber Sleeves Gunner Coat £258
pyle shirt
Short Sleeve Khaki Pyle Shirt £88

 

Style score: 4/5
Affordability score: 2/5

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SHEFFIELD HALLAM POWERLIFTER ED HOLT: “IF YOU MAKE A MISTAKE YOU CAN HURT YOURSELF BADLY”

Sheffield Hallam student Ed Holt, 20, from Northampton, started strength and conditioning training at college, however since starting university he has trained for mass and is now a power lifter.

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With his second powerlifting competition coming up at Iron Athlete Gym on April 25, Ed’s approach towards weight training has changed greatly from his previous two years of bodybuilding.

As most young adults begin weight training to get bigger, mainly to look better – Ed trains with a goal in mind, to become as strong as he possibly can.

“I moved towards powerlifting because there was a more achievable goal. The goals in powerlifting are more intrinsic. It is showing in a sense saying you can do this much. I think also because less people do it. Most people say the go to the gym and they get a big pump, but not many go do powerlifting and say I did X, Y and Z amount.”

Powerlifting competition

Entering his first ever powerlifting competition in November, Ed finished with a 175kg squat, 115kf bench press and a 210kg deadlift, while weighing in at 86kg.

Unfortunately, his training for this competition hasn’t gone as well as he’d like due to an injury setback in his back.

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“I’ve only been properly training back since January. I’ve not been able to train deadlift as I’d like, my bench has been alright, my squat has been iffy. I’d love to get a 125 bench, 210 squat and a 190 deadlift at the comp. The back injury means I can’t deadlift as much as I did in the last competition.”

The powerlifting community appears to a close-knit environment where everyone supports each other and they want their rivals to do well, break plateaus and succeed.

“The atmosphere was really positive at the comp, everyone helped everyone out, it was brilliant. People were lending each other wraps. For such a small space, there were about 50 people there, so it was packed.”

Bodybuilding

 Ed’s weight training story began at 16, where he began strength and conditioning training as part of his hockey course, to improve performance. Moving to university, he advanced onto bodybuilding; “It was the environment I was in. I wasn’t in strength and conditioning for the sake of doing strength and conditioning.

 Not playing an important factor in his life due to the excitement of university and going out drinking, he became much more motivated to train in his second year. Starting off three of four times a week, it slowly progressed until it got to Easter and there was no lessons – he was going to the gym six days a week and four of those days, even going twice a day.

“I went so often because I knew you had to go that many times, I knew it’s what you had to do to get bigger. I realise now it was stupid to go so often and I was over-training, I didn’t know as much as I do now about steroids. Those who were on (steroids) were able to go that many times a week and they were eating much more than what I was, they were to cope with that mass of training.”

What is the difference between training as a bodybuilder and as a power lifter?

“It’s a massive thing, because powerlifting is so objective and competitive bodybuilding is so subjective. Bodybuilding is a very loose term, whereas powerlifting is very specific. People call themselves a bodybuilder, because they want to get bigger to look good. The training intensity is a big thing; you can be really intense in bodybuilding. In, powerlifting you can’t make any mistakes. If you make a mistake in bodybuilding you just lose a rep, if you make a mistake in powerlifting you can hurt yourself badly.”

 What are your future goals?

“I don’t know about my goals, I’ve got camp America coming up and my gym focus is going to change after the comp. Because of work basically, because of the nature of my new work. There isn’t a powerlifting gym, and I’ll be too tired from trapeze. You don’t need one rep max for trapeze, you need flexibility and stamina, so I’m going to train for those instead.”

“It depends where I am, I don’t think there is a powerlifting gym in Northampton, I’ll want to get back into it. It’ll be frustrating going down to whatever after a year out, when I know I’ve been able to do the amount I am now.”

Vital Stats:

  • Name: Ed Holt
  • Location: Sheffield
  • Hometown: Northampton
  • Age: 20
  • Height: 6’0″
  • Weight: 90kg
  • Years Weight Training: 4
  • Bench Press: 120kg
  • Deadlift: 210kg
  • Squat: 200kg

15 ESSENTIAL CLOTHING ITEMS EVERY MAN SHOULD OWN

A list of essential items that the Style Council has adjourned that every stylish male should have in his wardrobe, without breaking the bank – or a student loan.

  1. White Button Down Shirt

    Nothing strikes sophistication like a good quality white button down shirt and there is very little that it doesn’t go with. Be the height of refinement with a well-fitted suit, or casual weekend look under a crew neck jumper – it will make an impression with your girlfriend’s mother

    White Oxford Shirt £20 Next
    White Oxford Shirt £20 Next

    Style Council tip: Don’t wear white shirt and tie without a jacket – you’ll look like you’re a waiter at TGI Friday’s.

  2. Pale Blue ShirtEnhance your work wear attire with a pale blue shirt, add navy with it to polish off a classy look.

    Pale Blue Oxford Shirt £25 River Island
    Pale Blue Oxford Shirt £25 River Island
  3. Navy Crew Neck Jumper

    Another versatile piece, a navy cotton mix crew neck should appear in any trendy guy’s closet. Acting as a layer in winter and is a fashionable feature in the summer.

    Navy Crew Neck Jumper £27.99 Asos
    Blend Navy Crew Neck Jumper £27.99 Asos
  4. Denim Jacket

    The denim jacket should not be so feared. Worn with a simple white tee, over an open hoody and jeans of a different tone, you can attain cool casual.

    Denim Jacket with Borg Collar £50 ASOS
    Denim Jacket with Borg Collar £50 ASOS

    Style Council tip: It’s worth scouring for vintage denim jackets to give an authentic chic 60s/70s look; Levi’s is the king of the realm here.

  5. Black L­eather Biker Jacket

    Slim-fitted biker jackets give that bad boy impression that girls dig. Wear over a white tee, jeans for effortless hit-the-bars cool. Combine with slicked back hair and black Chelsea boots for an iconic appearance.

    Black leather-look jacket £75 River Island
    Black leather-look jacket £75 River Island

    Style Council tip: Splurge out that bit more and go for real leather. It lasts longer and looks more authentic.

  6. Black Chelsea Boots

    There’s a divide over what kind of Chelsea boots you should buy. Yes, brown suedes are really cool, but as someone who succumbed to Beatlesmania from an early age, it has to be black. The lace-less, understated and timeless Chelsea boot is a timeless feature that every man should own, creating smarter, chic looks.

    Black Leather Look Chelsea Boots £30 Burton
    Black Leather Look Chelsea Boots £30 Burton
  7. Brown Monk Straps

    It was a toss-up between these and brogues. There is definitely a place in a man’s wardrobe for brogues, but Monk Straps are brogues that went to school and got a first class degree.

    Tan Bullet Monk Straps £64.99 Office
    Tan Bullet Monk Straps £64.99 Office
  8. SneakersA done-in pair of white sneakers are a simple item for casual weekends. Converse is the real winner here.

    White Converse All Star Trainers £45 Schuh
    White Converse All Star Trainers £45 Schuh
  9. Statement Belt

    Choosing a belt to tie-in with your outfit is similar to picking out a tie. A statement belt is a key feature rather than just an accessory, one which you have to go all out to stand out. Bold patterns or block colours can really help you peacock.

    Teal Woven Belt £12 River Island
    Teal Woven Belt £12 River Island
  10. Black Slim TrousersIf you don’t already own a pair of black trousers, then you need to be asking yourself this question –why the hell not? Now, drop everything you’re doing and go and get a pair. Dress trousers are not extravagant, but ooze class. Wear with a shirt, blazer or crew neck jumper and smart shoes.

    Slim fit black trousers £20 Next
    Slim fit black trousers £20 Next
  11. Black Dress ShoesA pair of black lace up shoes are made to be worn on formal suit occasions.
    Black Italia Apron Lace-Ups £75 Next
    Black Italia Apron Lace-Ups £75 Next

    Style Council tip: Buy an elegantly shaped pair and keep them tucked away for special occasions. They can easily be worn with a tux.

  12. Slim Indigo JeansI can’t emphasize how much of a must-have that a good pair of slim indigo jeans are, they go with pretty much everything casual. Should be slim, but not overly tight – no one wants more than what they need to of your crotch.

    Levi's Indigo 522 Slim Tapered Jeans £65 Topman
    Levi’s Indigo 522 Slim Tapered Jeans £65 Topman
  13. Light Blue JeansSimilarly like indigo jeans they are another casual essential.
    Light Wash Denim Skinny Jeans £28 River Island
    Light Wash Denim Skinny Jeans £28 River Island

    Style Council tip: Wear with tan monk straps/brogues to stand out. A white tee and a pair of shades for a summer look dripping with cool.

  14. A White T Shirt
    It just goes with everything. A good white cotton tee is seasonal and looks good on its own in the summer or any jacket – be it bombers, leathers or denim. It can also be used to tone down blazers.

    Plain white slim fit T-shirt £7 Topman
    Plain white slim fit T-shirt £7 Topman
  15. Trench Coat

    Classic beige or Dylan-esque black, trench coats are perfect for spring. Over a suit or t-shirt and jeans, this will protect you from rainy showers while looking très chic.

    Beige belted Trench Coat £70 ASOS
    Beige belted Trench Coat £70 ASOS

QUICK BUDGET MUSCLE-BUILDING TUNA-PASTA

It’s the period before student loans come in and we’re all stressed with deadlines and struggling to make pennies last. This tuna-pasta meal is a great way to pack in the nutrition, cheaply that is ready to serve in under 15 minutes. 

First thing’s first, this will not win you any gourmet chef awards, nor will it be the most extravagant and flavour-filled thing you’ve ever tasted. However, if you’re penny-pinching and still hoping to gain/maintain muscle then this pasta dish will help you along the way.

Ingredients (serves 3-4 meals):

  • 2 cans of Tuna Chunks
  • 1 Large onion (chopped)
  • 1 onion clove (finely chopped)
  • 2 cans of chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup of lentils
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 can of kidney beans
  • 2 cups of dried pasta
  • 1 tbsp of chili powder
  • 1 tsp Extra Virgin oil (optional)
  • 1tbsp Red Wine Vinegar (optional)
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Set the pasta to boil, this usually takes around 7-12 minutes depending on the pasta you’re using.

In another pan, begin sauteing the garlic and onions for a couple of minutes in heated sunflower oil. When the onion begins to clear, add in the canned tomatoes and reduce heat to simmer.

Add in the lentils and kidney beans and leave to simmer for several minutes, stirring gently. Stir in the tuna, virgin oil, red wine vinegar and add the chili powder.

Leave to simmer for approximately five minutes before seasoning with salt and pepper to taste.

Drain the pasta while retaining some of the water. Stir the pasta in with the sauce, then add 100ml of the pasta water and allow to simmer for a couple of minutes, before serving.

Nutrition breakdown 

Tuna is an extremely cheap way to get in your protein intake, usually around 25g of protein a serving and can be picked up at most supermarkets at around 75p per can. It also provides a modest source of omega-3 fatty acids, these are essential fats that your body uses maintain healthy skin, hair, cardiovascular system and brain.

Pasta is of course a great source of carbohydrates and aids in muscle recovery and slow, lasting release of energy.

Onions have many benefits; enhancing your immune system, therefore making you less likely to succumb to illness, can reduce inflammation and heal infections and assists in regulating blood sugar, to name a few.

Garlic is mainly associated with provide a distinct taste to food, however you may be surprised it has its own health benefits.Garlic can help combat the common cold, reduce blood pressure and may lower the risk of heart disease.

Lentils and beans are both high in protein and low in calories, totting up your protein intake – crucial in muscle repair and growth – and both are cheap ingredients. Kidney beans are high in fiber which helps regulate your digestive system and prevents constipation.

Style Icon: The Free Wheelin’ Bob Dylan

Folk-purists screamed “Judas” as a new-age Bob Dylan plugged in an electric guitar, to which he yelled back “you’re a liar”.

672225d Bob DylanDitching the folky work-wear look, deciding Cuban heeled boots, slim fitting trousers and buttoned up shirts were more his thing – oh, and of course those dark sunglasses, in 1965 Bob Dylan arguably became the coolest man in the world. Dylan reinvented himself every decade over his 50-year spanning career. As his music changed, so did his image; but it is the mid-60s Dylan that sparked most controversy, yet most iconic. His askew, beatnik style overruled the rugged look of workman boots and baggy jeans. Rock’n’roll sensibility had kicked in as his fame grew, opting for flamboyant silk shirts and pointy-toed Chelsea boots – as made famous by The Beatles. There was a long period where no person saw the blue of his eyes; night and day they were covered by trademark black wayfarers, an appearance almost as enigmatic as his profound lyrics.

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Unruly hair

During the blossoming of Dylan’s musical career, an unruly, snarled mop of hair burgeoned. During this time Bob seemed indifferent about his hairstyle, however this tangled-up afro completed his ico nic look. If you have curly hair, grow it out to a medium length. The ‘poofy’, tangled style will come with back-combing and scrunching, while using a paste or wax to make it tangled – you want it to look like an effortlessly, cool “I’ve just got out of bed” look.   dylan3 Jackets

The right jacket or coat can do wonders, simple yet distinguished.  A black/navy blazer or trench coat adds impeccable class to any outfit. Dylan wore blazers open, straying more towards rock rather than corporate – opt for collarless for the full Bob-effect. Trench coats should be worn with a few buttons open to reveal a shirt collar, come just above the knee and the belt tied at the front – preferably double breasted. Blazer Shirts

You can never go wrong with a smart white oxford shirt, a classic look under a blazer or trench coat. If you want to stand out, wear loud shirts. Dylan is the first person I’ve seen that can pull off a polka dot shirt, with a devil may care appearance – and he pulls it off incredibly. Pinstripe may scream Dad shirt, but under a waistcoat and worn with slim trousers you will encounter chic Dylan. ad_127762365 Blk-StripeF_1024x1024_1024x1024 The shades

Wayfarers must be dark, be as mystifying as Dylan’s lyrics. Try for vintage 60s/70s styles for full effect.

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