Day one of my Slendertone Challenge!

When I was contacted by the people at Slendertone and asked whether I’d like to take part in their 30-Day Slendertone Challenge it never occurred to me that I’d probably have to post a pic of my burgeoning gut in order to show whether it actually works.

Frankly, it’s not what you’d call my most appealing feature. Post-Christmas, I have a belly button that’s not quite what you’d call taught. Actually, it’s so deep it’s more or less a bodily Bermuda Triangle which may, I suspect, hold the answer to where that Oyster card vanished to several weeks ago. I have included it here in glorious black and white, because everything looks better in black and white right?

But anyway,  I’m nothing if not a good sport and I accepted the challenge partly because I started 2012 with a desire to get in shape, lose a little weight (I have no intention of being a client of Rigby & Peller so the moobs have got to go too) and to be a little less sedentary. Using the Premium Slendertone Abs belt is just one part of the jigsaw puzzle, helping out when deadlines get in the way and I don’t get time to do the  exercise I’d like.

Over the next four weeks I’ll be updating you on how I get on with it (i know, lucky you). The new belt itself  has been designed to give the best possible workout and a twenty minute session is meant to be the equivalent of 120 sit-ups – probably as many as I’ve done, ever. As somebody who generally abhors gym culture but who still wants to be in decent shape this is quiet a  promise.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not not expecting Men’s Health cover-model abs but well, let’s see what happens. The instruction booklet has been read, the gel pads are attached, the battery is charged. May toning commence…

What next for celebrity fragrances?

With Tulisa from X-Factor launching her first fragrance The Female Boss tomorrow (expect a few bum notes there) it’s tempting to imagine what other celebrity scents might be lurking around the corner.

What next? Dappy’s Dong – a somewhat limp, overexposed fragrance nobody wants to go near? Lady Gaga’s Insufferable Pretentiousness*? Or Lindsay Lohan’s refreshingly cool scent  Midnight Morgue maybe? Or, hey, how about Gary Barlow’s long-awaited signature scent I Am Beige? Answers on a postcard please. Or in the comments section if you can be bothered.

* Created by the House of Marley

Why those finishing touches always matter when it comes to male grooming

A while ago I was asked to edit a little digital magazine on the importance of male grooming (and those finishing touches that make all the difference) on behalf of ClarinsMen, in association with Men’s Health where I’m Online Grooming Ed. In a world where we’re constantly being scrutinised – by potential employers or potential partners – attention to detail has never been more important.  So if you fancy having a read of the booklet yourself simply click on the image below.