#madeforyourcity - Eastpak Competition

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Hey everyone, so Eastpak recently got in touch with me about their #madeforyourcity competition, where if you snap a picture of yourself with your Eastpak bag featuring your home town and use the handle above on Twitter or Instagram, then you'll be put in for the chance to win a trip for 2 to Berlin with £300 spending money. The competition closes 24th October, so there's still chance to enter!

I currently live in Darwen, which is close to both Liverpool and Manchester. It used to be a thriving town when the textile industry was at its strongest during the Industrial Revolution, but since around 1950 the textile industry in Britain sharply declined in favour of international alternatives. One of the most impressive landmarks of Darwen is the Jubilee Tower, or Darwen Tower, which was made in celebration of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee.

It made a lot of sense that the Tower should be the landmark for my #madeforyourcity photo. So R & I went for a short Sunday walk, which luckily offered the last remnants of the Summer sun.

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The shot below is the photo I chose for the Eastpak competition - I captioned the image 'At First Sight of Darwen Tower'.

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So there you have it! That's my #madeforyoucity entry. You can enter too and find further information on the competition here. It's really easy to enter and you could find yourself on a flight to Berlin! I've never been to Germany yet, so I would absolutely love to win - but looking at the other entries it looks like there's going to be serious competition! Good luck if you enter!


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Trousers & Monogrammed Shirt - Charles Tyrwhitt | Brogues - M&S | Rucksack - Eastpak

A Chivalrous Update

Hey everyone, I wanted to just fill you in in what's been going on and which might explain why I've been so busy recently! I've started a new job which is in PPC - which for those that don't know what that is, it's pay-per-click marketing - a subgroup of search engine marketing, which also includes SEO (search engine marketing) (the link to my learn-SEO-with-me site is somewhere on the side!)

So the business I work in is a really fun, up-and-coming young business that sells loads of really cool high quality products. Search engine advertising and introducing new products is what I focus on mostly among other things (like coffee). So having started that recently, it's taken a while for me to get settled with the whole 9-5 working lifestyle, having been a student for the past 5 years (!) but I have settled and could not be more happy with what I'm doing day-to-day.


But my main point - I'll be back on the blog more now. I've got a number of planned posts that I need to catch up on including some classic book reviews, an Eastpak backpack review, a look at Man Flu hot-or-shot and some new outfit posts. I've also started using a MacBook Pro, after years of being a die-hard PC/laptop enthusiast, so I fancy also doing a post about my experience with the change.

I think in many ways having had a small break from blogging has highlighted why I love it and that's why I'm here writing this.

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Blockhead: The New Energy Drink Substitute?

It's been a little while since I've posted, for a number of reasons really. One is that I've had my dissertation looming, the other is because I've started a new PPC job and the third is that I've been moving house. But now I'm back :)

So, today I thought I'd do something I little different and take a look at BLOCKHEAD. It's a new energy gum thats being hailed as the next evolution of energy drinks. I've started seeing these being sold in supermarkets as well, so I thought I'd give them a try as they're likely sparking some curiosity.






The gum contains caffeine, taurine and vitamin B and it is absorbed through your gums, which is apparently six-times faster than the absorption of energy drinks in the stomach. Caffeine gives you the boost, taurine gives you focus and the vitamin B helps you feel less tired. When I tried these out I did certainly get a boost which helped me finish my dissertation on time! They're also sugar free so you don't have to worry about your teeth.

Although they are great new product for an energy boost on the go, there's still something about energy drinks, and even effervescent drinks like Berroca, that I still really love and might choose in favour of this. However, if I am out and about, or at the library then a product like BLOCKHEAD would certainly have it's place in my bag for those energy-emergencies.

The BLOCKHEAD website is a lot of fun and gives you a lot of info on the science behind how the caffeine, taurine and vitamin B work, as well as the story behind its creation, so do check it out if you're interested :)



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