During London Fashion Week Mens (LFWM) I got the pleasure to once again stay at the Leman Locke which aparthotel accommodation starts to feel like my home away from home in London. I’m beginning to find my way around in the neighbourhood and have located some favorite spots. Also, if you ever consider to live in London for let us say a month, this is a carefree place to do that as it’s basically just as coming home, yet with all the amenities of a hotel. For most of my fashion shows and venues during fashion week this was ideally located only 15 minutes away from basically anything, even if you would be taking a walk to wherever you are going. If you want to read about my last visit to Leman Locke, you can do so here, as this time I won’t focus as much on the room as I will on how a day of my life during LFWM looks like.
All rooms come fully equipped with an open solution kitchen in which there is not only all the utensils you’d need to cook a meal, but also a dishwasher and, very important: a washing machine! This came in especially handy as the rainy London weather really got some of my stuff muddy during a couple of photo shoots I did.
As you probably know me by now, wherever I go, I tend to bring with me some items that make my visit feel more like home and not just “another place to stay at”. This time I brought with me this tazzel from Rituals which gives a lovely scent to the entire room as well as a candle from Voluspa to make the room cozy at nights.
As a new year has begun, so has my healthier life. I don’t make resolutions though, I make things happen instead. That’s why I start my morning with a healthy cup of matcha while overlooking the skyline of London and planning what’s to come.
After my matcha moment with some meditation I usually exercise. To my great excitement Leman Locke has recently opened a gym, which is not huge, but has all the equipment you need for a good workout. To work out is essential for me to relieve me of my stress and LFWM can be quite hectic at times. So why not fashion your pressure or pressure your fashion. Either way you want to.
After my workout I head down to the ground floor where the Hyde is situated. Like its name may insinuate, Hyde has two identities: healthy during the day – not so healthy at night. During the day, Hyde offers hand crafted sandwiches, organic salads, paleo granola, cold pressed juices, Chash teas and third wave (volcano) coffee (inc. bulletproof coffee). As I’m dead beat by night I skipped the not so healthy and only stuck to the healthy options while working on my social media and doing my favorite thing, people watching. A quick rest doing that and then my days consists of shows, brand presentations and events.
After a long day at fashion shows you still need to stock up on some snacks for the night. Nearby the Leman Locke you can find Planet Organic which is a supermarket with all organic products. Teapigs is my favorite tea brand and even if we have them in Sweden, I always buy some of my favorite flavor while in London (Peppermint & Licorice, you can’t find that in Sweden). And let’s face it, sometimes you need some sugar and in that case you can compromise with a healthier snack option from here, so that’s what’s in my bag. What exactly it is won’t be revealed though, haha.
After Planet Organic you head over to Abokado to get a great takeaway meal which despite being healthy (yeah, I still have some issues with that), actually offers really tasty food which is good for you. Grab a meal of your choice and head back to your apartment at Leman Locke while you eat your food, listen to BBC1 Friday Night special (my fave show since I’ve been a child, especially Pete Tong) and have a look over the City of London.
Before hitting the sack you’ve got your bedtime routine to take care of. To wake up fresh and clean I like to apply a mask of any sort the night before. This time a long day with running around places made me want to use a deep cleansing detox mask from Mádara. With some soothing music and a scented candle making you company, you’re up for a real treat. The key to cope with all that is going on around us is to destress as much and as often as we can.
As you can see, I don’t travel light even when it comes to beauty products. The new Keune Blend series saved me from many bad hair days, besides I love the packaging. Some Smashbox foundation for my photo shoots is also essential as is lip balm from Mádara. To tint your skin a bit I also apply some ACO sun kissed lotion before going to bed. It gradually gives you a tan and won’t make you orange, I promise. After that, the only thing that awaits you is your bed with that gorgeous view over London, which I cannot stress enough as it’s an essential part of the experiece.
Thanks for this time Leman Locke. I’ll be back again for LFWM in June and we will most probably meet again!