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Calvin Klein Watches & Jewelry • Part 1

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Calvin Klein Watches + Jewelry has long been the brand synonymous with elegance, style and sophistication. Often served with unexpected twists to ensure your unique style is perfectly complimented with the ultimate timepiece or accessory, the global fashion brand has just dropped their new Calvin Klein Watches + Jewelry 2017 collection and to put it bluntly; it’s baus AF.

Launched in celebrate their 20th anniversary of leading the style stakes for men and women alike, the new CK range will undoubtedly leave a lasting impact as some of their finest work to date. Featuring Swiss-made designs that exude both a minimal and dynamic aesthetic, the overall feel is modern luxury; desirable with a distinct difference.

After attending their 20th birthday celebrations in Sydney I’m honoured to taking Calvin Klein Watches + Jewelry to the streets of Florence for Pitti Uomo, the world’s ultimate men’s style event. Against a backdrop of cobblestoned streets and historic monuments we’re going to rediscover the true spirit of masculine style as it how CK have reimagined the classic concept of dapper in their quest for the perfect timepiece. 

That Perfect Calibre Cut // Part 1

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The arrival of autumn in Australia is marked with a subtle kind of seasonal magic; days become cooler with the Pacific Ocean breeze, evenings lengthen at a leisurely pace and layered looks return to the table as the summer haze lifts. The scorching heat drawing to a close means men can style-up with a blazer, jacket or tie without overheating to the temperature of the sun.

What a time to be alive.

The Lords of style at Calibre have dropped their new season line and to say it's some of their best work would be an understatement of epic proportions. The range features classic autumn tones of navy, muted charcoals, brown and black...

And then there's the statement pieces. Think textured blazers of maroon twill or dark aqua velvet with secret-society-esque emblems, short-suits in loud geometric patterns and unexpected bursts of bold colour.

Fresh, unique, the perfect collision of modern and dapper - I’ll take two of everything, thanks.

PSA: Gents, you must check out their range of killer lapel pins. The designs consist of carved leather, fabric, even bronze and aluminium; they're all limited release with a small number available, keeping your finishing touches as original and unique as the man wearing them.

Shot by Johnny Vision wearing the Slim Piping Shirt, Neutral Polo Blazer, Sharp Ankle Plant, Henderson Monk Slippers, Star Bullion Badge  & Pocket Square by Calibre.

Macquarie Centre | Gift Guide For Him

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Christmas shopping in Sydney can be a thrilling experience that fills you with overwhelming emotions of love and generosity as you select the perfect gifts for your nearest and dearest.

At the same time, it can be as harrowing as a dentist drilling a tooth.

While you ride a rollercoaster together.
In North Korea.

So what’s the secret to the perfect Christmas shopping experience? Quite simply where you choose to shop. You want to tick off your Santa list somewhere that offers a wealth of international brands in the one location and with a range of options to suit every budget.

Thankfully there’s a premium retail destination that offers all this and so much more.
Introducing Macquarie Centre!

I visited the sophisticated shopping space to curate my Gift Guide For Him and it was a luxe, seamless experience from beginning to end. Valet parking, a huge collection of retailers and impeccable service ensure the ultimate retail experience at Macquarie Centre and I’ve got the haul to prove it.

My Gift Guide For Him includes pieces from Uniqlo, Peter Jackson, H&M, Ron Bennett, Betts, Typo, MYER, Sunglass Hut and Vintage Cellars, perfect for any men in your life this Christmas.

Whether you're shopping for your partner, brother, dad or uncle; get inspired with my signature selections below and then visit Macquarie Centre to select a unique gift that reflects their personal taste or style to share a truly memorable Christmas moment this year.

1. Anchor Bracelet $12.95, H&M 2. Veuve Clicquot $66.66, Vintage Cellars 3. Lapel Pin $39.95, Peter Jackson 4. Dior Sauvage Fragrance $224, MYER 5. Travel Journal $29.99, Typo 6. Cufflinks $19.95, Ron Bennett 7. Raybans $390.00, Sunglass Hut, 8. Tan Dress Shoes $89.99, Betts 9. Linen Blazer $129.90, Uniqlo

1. Anchor Bracelet $12.95, H&M 2. Veuve Clicquot $66.66, Vintage Cellars 3. Lapel Pin $39.95, Peter Jackson 4. Dior Sauvage Fragrance $224, MYER 5. Travel Journal $29.99, Typo 6. Cufflinks $19.95, Ron Bennett 7. Raybans $390.00, Sunglass Hut, 8. Tan Dress Shoes $89.99, Betts 9. Linen Blazer $129.90, Uniqlo

Rhodes & Beckett Spring Racing Style Guide

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Arguably the biggest fashion event on the Australian calendar, Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival is so much more then a succession of race days. Celebrities, media identities, business moguls and an increasing number of super-styling influencers descend on The Birdcage in Melbourne's Flemington Racecourse to celebrate, indulge and make their mark in the style stakes.

There are a few rules to keep in mind when selecting your Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival looks and we want you to feel a million bucks across your Derby DayMelbourne Cup and Oakes Day celebrations; so we've teamed up with the suiting lords at Rhodes & Beckett to put together an exclusive Rhodes & Beckett Spring Racing Style Guide

Take inspiration from our editorial created with top-to-toe Rhodes & Beckett pieces, note some of the styling guidelines, put the champagne on ice and dapper down with tailored menswear looks this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, gents. Giddy up!

Derby Day //
The annual launch day for the Spring Racing Carnival, Derby Day is traditionally a black and white affair. A three piece will set you apart from fellow gentlemen, especially when paired with contrasting patterns and textures. Pinstripes, polkadots, block colours - mix it up for a truly unique look this Derby Day.

Melbourne Cup //
Melbourne Cup is the race that stops the nation and your outfit should include touches as bold and brazen as the ensuing celebrations. Colour truly takes first place for Melbourne Cup and this season it's all about blue, maroon, purple and navy. Make sure your pocket square, tie and lapel pin are complimentary but not matching - again, various patterns are key.

Crown Oaks Day //
Known as the race day for the ladies to shine, it's time for the boys to be chivalrous and let the girls have their well-heeled fun. While slightly more casual then Derby Day or Melbourne Cup, it's still vital to dress the part for Crown Oaks Day. Lighter suiting, pastel colours and toned down accessories will ensure a relaxed look while retaining your dapper style.

STYLE | Marks & Spencer

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Do you even suit bro?

Suiting has come a long way and it’s awesome to see classic styles evolve as modern men become more at ease with adding a unique twist to traditional looks.

We don't know about you but we don't have to rock a corporate look for the office every day...that being said, we love to dress for success and style accordingly.

As a compromise, we're pretty addicted to combining suits and tees for a unique look that’s part street, part sir. Literally the perfect outfit to take you seamlessly from day to night, we recommend pairing a tailored suit with a casual top and sneakers/high tops for the ultimate relaxed, suave vibe.

And where does one find the perfect fit to pull this off? Marks & Spencer, of course.

The London fashion house is rocking a seriously stylish range that we couldn't wait to get our hands on - so naturally, we selected a few favourite Marks & Spencer pieces for an editorial collaboration. Their range is versatile in both style and cost, meaning you’ll find the perfect fit no matter your personal taste and budget here.

The only thing left to decide is how you’ll twist your suit style to suit your swagger. 


Suit Pants: Marks & Spencer Super Slim Fit Flat Front Trousers
Suit Jacket:  Marks & Spencer Super Slim Fit Flat Front Trousers
Top: Marks & Spencer Pure Cotton Tee
Shoes: Le Coq Sportif

Style Edit | Michael Hill

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At some point in your journey from adolescence to adulthood, cheap thrills no longer become attractive when selecting the pieces that express your unique style to the world. Authenticity, fine craftsmanship, timeless design, sophistication…these are the design attributes that start to emerge as desirable. 

Perhaps it’s a deepening knowledge of yourself, a greater understanding of your personal tastes or simply wanting to prioritise quality over quantity. Whatever reason, we’ve reached a point where finer trumps fleeting.

And that’s the exact ethos behind the jeweller craftsmen of Michael Hill.

Boasting a broad selection of jewellery, watches and accessories for both men and women, Michael Hill
remain one of the few jewellery retailers that have an in-house team of master craftsmen – dedicated to creating your future heirlooms and keepsakes while continuously perfecting their craft.

For over 30 years they’ve shared a local and global style vision, catering quality design to consumers across New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the United States and their lengthly commitment to fine design is obvious in throughout their range.

Our personal favourites include the Men’s Watch With Diamonds In Gold Tone and the classic Sterling Silver Bands featured in our style edit below but what will yours be? Check out the timeless range to suit all tastes and budgets here.

STYLE EDIT | The Myer Man

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Traditionally men are often overlooked for our much lovelier female counterparts when it comes to fashion. Luckily we live in 2016, an age witnessing the resurgence of the gentleman and in turn, men’s style. Dudes, now is the time to get down and dapper.

Australia’s fashion powerhouse Myer are tipping their hats to the menswear movement with the recent launch of their new digital stream The Myer Man.

Essentially a visual diary and online destination featuring their growing range of men’s styles available in-store and online, think of The Myer Man as your new brotherhood, a community of dudes who like to look and feel good as they make their mark on the world.

I’ll drink to that *sips whiskey*

We recently shot our first style edit for The Myer Man, focusing on key streetwear looks from the likes of Scotch & Soda, Nana Judy, Superdry, Levis and more and we kid you not – we could have pulled 50 looks from the menswear selections available. From everyday basics to premium luxury labels, office style and street wear; Myer are working overtime to make sure the modern Australian man is rocking a sophisticated swag no matter what the occasion.

So check out our style edit below, get into Myer stat to see the ranges for yourselves and make sure you follow The Myer Man on Instagram
here to stay up to date with the boys.

The Dyson AM09 Hot & Cold Fan Heater

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The seasons are changing here in Australia – but much like our unique and extreme country the weather is anything but predictable with soaring temperatures meaning we’re still swimming in the ocean a mere 4 weeks from the first day of winter.

Luckily, Dyson have answered the call to comfort no matter what weather patterns are thrown our way. Introducing the Dyson AM09 Hot+ Cool. The latest in bladeless tech, the AM09 fan heater allows you to seamlessly switch between personal or full room heating in the winter or cooling in the summer.

Or cooling in the winter. Or heating in the summer. #australianclimate

Available in White & Nickel or Black and Nickel, the sleek design and whisper silent operation of the Dyson Hot+Cool makes it a seriously stylish addition to keeping your pad on point, whatever the weather. Shop the full range here!

The TY-LR Style Edit

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TY-LR isn’t your standard modern Australian designer label.

Catering for both men and women with new ready to wear collections every month, the brand was personally endorsed by Kendall Jenner in a Teen Vogue interview last month. Regardless of your personal thoughts on the Kardashian Klan (not a typo) this is a pretty big deal; boasting an audience of over 60 million and access to every high-end label on earth a published endorsement from Kendall is an achievement in itself.

But then there’s the actual range itself.

I recently had the opportunity to shoot some style edits in my top selections from the line and let me tell you…TY-LR is suave AF. The brand excels with an almost exclusive monochrome palette, unique fabrics, slouchy suiting and the lushest leather/suede jackets I’ve ever worn. 

And we all know there’s nothing sexier than a killer LJ.

Take a look at The TY-LR Style Edit Pt 1 below featuring The Kieren Suit + Pennington Tee and shop the rest of the range here.

The Sheaf Champagne Brunch

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It's a well known fact that Sydneysiders love brunch. Real talk - what's not to love? The indulgent dining, the style, the fact that it's socially acceptable (read: encouraged) to drink alcohol before noon...brunch is simply a beautiful combination of a few of our  favourite things.

And now you're invited to experience it for yourself.

The Sheaf is collaborating with Veuve Cliquot and Belvedere for an Autumn Sunday brunch set in the heart of Double Bay with guests enjoying a casual yet indulgent morning in the Garden Bar showcasing all that this premium Eastern Suburbs venue has to offer.

Newly appointed Head Chef Sam Brading who hails from the acclaimed (E’cco Bistro, Brisbane and Season Restaurant, Noosa) has curated the menu which will feature a charcuterie and cheese station, fruit platters and granola, large communal salads from the Autumn menu, fresh bagels, Tasmanian wood-smoked salmon and Alaskan crab sliders.

Guests will choose between a glass of Veuve Cliquot on arrival or a Belvedere Bloody Mary from the “build-your-own” bar which will display a selection of delicious and unconventional garnishes. 

So gather your #clique, grab your tickets here and join us next Sunday at The Sheaf to sip on bottles of champagne underneath the giant Moreton Bay Fig Tree.

Because brunch, babe.

Autumn Racing | Myer X Topman Style Edit

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This just in: autumn racing season is upon us. Yes, I know, it was the 3rd of January yesterday, we skipped February entirely and suddenly it’s mid-March.

Moving on.

Style wise, Autumn Carnival is a fairly unique experience on the social calendar. Summer is done and your outfits must be adjusted accordingly with dark navy and tan leather coming out in force…but it’s still relatively warm and scorching days are more frequent than stuttering Mike Baird interviews defending questionable donations from Sydney casinos.

Ohhh, #political.

I suggest layering up but keep the materials light and breezy; chinos and blazers in cotton and linen, playful ties and a mixture of light and dark colours for a well rounded autumn look.  MYER is now rocking a stunning mens range from Topman which is updated on the daily so you can rest assured you’ll look fresher than fresh come race day.

Simon wears Topman shirt, tie, blazer, chinos, belt, shoes & shades.

Valentines Day: The Dude Guide

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Let’s be honest – us dudes don’t always do Valentines Day well. The flowers, the restaurant, what to wear and how to show you care; we can get overwhelmed by the fear of under performing in the face of romance. Luckily we’ve got you sorted this year with our Valentines Day: The Dude Guide.

We’ve rounded up Sydney’s best options for flowers, restaurants and threads to make that lasting impression regardless of whether you're casual or ride-or-die lovers. 


The Flowers – Jodie McGregor Flowers

All flowers are created the same, right? Wrong.

With a range of beautiful blooms styled with creative flair that expresses romantic feelings better than us men ever could, Jodie McGregor Flowers is your go-to for a floral gift your lover will remember long after February 14th. Their truly magnificent range caters to all tastes and budgets and they're delivering all
 weekend long. Stop and smell the love.


Wine & Dine | The Phoenix Woollahra

With it’s chic, minimal interiors, focus on fresh produce and delectable modern Mediterranean menu you couldn’t be blamed for thinking a Valentines Day booking at The Phoenix Woollahra would cost you the world...but luckily you can score a delectable set menu and glass of bubbles for just $65 p/p this Sunday. Book via their website here.


Luxe Wine & Dine | Vine Double Bay

A staple among the Sydney IT crowd, Double Bay’s Vine is known for it’s refined dining and contemporary menu with a French heart. Expect world class service and inventive, seasonal dishes created by Executive Chef Drew Bolton.  Enjoy 6 courses to share, two complimentary glasses of champagne + a beauty gift bag for $95. Book via their website here.


The Threads | Topman Australia

Need to smarten up for your night of romance but still want to retain a little street swag? Topman Australia is your destination, dudes. With new looks that cater to a range of styles stocked every day your bound to find the perfect threads to make your lover swoon.


The Luxe Threads | Herringbone

Known for their exceptional tailoring and structured suiting, Herringbone is leading the industry for dapper modern men looking to lead in the fashion stakes. To sweep your better half of their feet we suggest suiting up in one of the latest looks from this men's fashion powerhouse. Oh you fancy huh?

 

Lifestyle | Luxury Superyacht Oscar II

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There’s no doubt Australians have a profound connection with the ocean but Sydneysiders take it to new heights when it comes to our iconic Sydney Harbour.

The Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, the dazzling white beaches dotted along the east coast fringed by million dollar mansions; it’s impossible to argue that there is a more beautiful city harbour anywhere on earth.

And the best way to experience the finer things in life on the water? From the luxurious comfort of a superyacht. Obviously.

Introducing OSCAR II, the fleet leader of luxury superyachts available for use on Sydney Harbour.


OSCAR II creates a seamless experience with style, service and on board dining, boasting an impressive list of international celebrity clientele (most recently none other that Beyonce and Katy Perry) and frequented by well-known local personalities. The vessel allows guests the opportunity to explore the waters in private, while enjoying the luxury, comfort and service this super yacht has to offer.

At 104ft, OSCAR II can accommodate up to 64 guests onboard and sleeps ten comfortably in bedrooms that are almost definitely fancier than most at home.

The vessel also features a spa, extensive outdoor decks, private dining, multi-zoned surround sound, air-conditioning, LCD TVs and a sun-bridge with lounge chairs.

The best part? You can hire out OSCAR II for your own day (or week) of decadence on the water complete with all-inclusive premium beverage packages and cuisine including seafood direct from Sydney Fish Markets.

Make your next birthday, corporate event or social celebration a fancy affair and get in touch with the OSCAR II events team today at info@smyc.com.au.

LOST PARADISE | A Sensory Experience Like No Other

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New Years Eve.

That magical night once a year when anything can happen…but you’ll probably just end up at the local pub at midnight next to a father of two after failing to secure an UBER to the house party where all the pretty people are getting turnt up.

UNLESS you make seriously awesome alternate plans ahead of time, that is.

Luckily we’ve sourced a New Years solution that will see you create memories that last far beyond the resolutions you definitely won’t keep; a sensory overload of creativity, spirituality, self expression and classic party elements we all crave on this night of nights.

Introducing Lost Paradise.


A bespoke 3 day festival experience of of live music, art installations, yoga, wining, dining and so much more…

Situated an hour and a half from Sydney in pristine Glenworth Valley, Lost Paradise features some of the world’s hottest bands and DJ’s. Yet, this isn’t just a music festival.

Lost Paradise is an interactive experience offering a plethora of diverse and entertaining activities, ranging from open-sourced art installations, a 3 course long-table feast, a pamper spa, champagne gardens, the most luxurious glamping to date, speakeasies tucked away in the woods, a cabinet of curiosities, and other such eclectic wonders to surprise throughout the Lost Paradise journey.

Lost Paradise is the festival experience that will see you bid farewell to 2015 with the dues it deserves and welcome 2016 with the fanfare of all the best things yet to come.

As for the line up? Angus & Julia Stone. Jon Hopkins. The Jungle Giants. Hayden James. Hot Dub Time Machine.  And that’s just to name a few.

Lost Paradise runs from 29 – 31st December 2015 and final release tickets are flying out the door so secure yours now at www.lostparadise.com.au.

Melbourne Cup | MYER Marquee

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When Australia’s leading fashion house invites you to Flemington to experience the magic of Melbourne Cup there’s only one response that will suffice; a resounding HELL YES.

We travelled to Melbourne with Lauren Silvers from Glamazon and Luc Wiesman from D’Marge to indulge in a day of serious style and sensational champagne in the Birdcage, home to the MYER Marquee and the spot to be during Cup Day. I was dressed in a light blue Topman suit, white shirt and navy accessories.

A light blue suit that I didn't spill anything on. Any. Thing. Wizard level = Dumbledore. 

Fellow guests included Jennifer Hawkins, Kris Smith, Kate Peck, Hamish & Andy, Rachael Finch, Sam Frost Sasha Mielczarek, Carissa Walford and many more.

We sipped champagne from crystal glassware, enjoyed steamed pork sliders, lost a few bets and busted out some next level dance moves as the energy heightened throughout the afternoon.

We also made our 8am flight back to Sydney the follow morning without any complications. That, my friends, is a win worth bragging about.

STYLE | Instichu x Mr Hancock II

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September has finally arrived and here in Sydney that means one thing – the glorious season of spring has begun. Days are getting longer, the dappled light warmer and we’ll reach for the dark monochrome shades of winter less and less in the coming weeks.

Spring also means suiting up in a distinctly different style. Enter the Mr Hancock II from Institchu.

I was thrilled to be invited to collaborate on a second design with the online fashion house and this one’s all blue hues and linen. Perfect for Spring Racing season, the jacket and chinos combination can be created according to your specific measurements and tastes through Institchu’s bespoke e-tailoring services.

Gents, get creative with your versions and stay ahead of the herd both on and off the tracks this spring with Institchu.

https://www.institchu.com/tailored/suits-online/product/mr_hancock_ii/

Wine & Dine | Avila Cocktail Bar & Creperie

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There’s a new French invasion taking place in Australia’s iconic suburb of Bondi and we’re not referring to the travellers that flock to the beachside destination for the spring/summer seasons each year

Introducing Avila Cocktail Bar & Creperie.

With candlelight interiors resulting in a speak-easy ambience, Avila is serving up some of the most delicious dishes we’ve had the pleasure of enjoying in quite a while.

With a range of sweet and savoury crepes, a wine list to die for and their cocktail game seriously on point, Avila has quickly secured themselves a coveted position on the loved by locals list. No small feat in the short time they’ve been trading in the very competitive dining scene in Bondi.

Oh, did we mention they do cheeseboards, antipasto platters and an outstanding weekend breakfast too?

We recommend the Monsieur Beasley cocktail with Martell cognac, Cointreau, homemade honey and cinnamon syrup pressed lemon and a winter twist. And to eat? The Belgian Chocolate Crepe with toasted almonds, ice cream & chantilly cream is next level.

Bonjour, Avila.
Je t'aime.

STYLE | Ted Baker 'Pinch Me' S/S 2015

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It’s a feeling that excites even the most subdued modern man. Buttoning up a luxury linen shirt, slipping into a finely tailored suit and stepping onto the street with a quiet confidence you can only experience when you’re dressed to impress. And now thanks to the new Ted Baker Spring/Summer 2015 ‘Pinch Me’ collection, it’s a feeling dapper dudes can now enjoy on the daily.

The new range features bold patterns and colours alongside fine detailing and structured accents. Shirts, chinos, three-piece suits and dinner jackets; whatever your flavour you’ll find the perfect fit at Ted Baker.

With a brand new Ted Baker Australia online store with delivery in 1-3 working days you can  shop today and style tomorrow…or the day after. Browse the  ‘Pinch Me’ collection here to create your own looks or shop my signature selects below.


Suit up, sirs.

Simon wears the Lubbock Textured  BlazerLubwai Textured WaistcoatLubtro Textured Trousers,  Exotiq Print Shirt. Shot by The Luft Creatives.


FIT FEATURE | Introducing Blake Worrall-Thompson

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Need to lose that winter weight ahead of the all-important spring and summer #beachbody seasons? We've got the answer. Meet  TV personality, personal trainer and author Blake Worrall-Thompson; one of the most sought after health and fitness experts in the country.

Blake has owned and operated a number of personal training and bootcamp businesses, has been involved with the management team of Australia’s largest gym chain and now divides his time between his latest #6w2s creations; Six Weeks To Shredded for the boys and Six Weeks To Sexy for the girls. All of this in addition to his blog ‘Wellbeing By Blake’ and inspiring others to live out best life through his speaking and writing engagements.

Busy boy.

Blake's innovative and results based training methods have seen him work with and transform the bodies of celebrities such as Lauren Brant, Lara Bingle, Sally Obermeder, Maude Garrett, Carissa Walford and Natalie Bassingthwaighte.

Q. Blake, you’re already on your way to building a fitness empire through your multiple training/diet programs and Well Being By Blake online fitness forums. When did your obsession with all things fit really kick in?
A. As early as I can remember. I was always into sport and being active (I think it was mums only way of curbing my ADD) and after I missed out on playing A.F.L, which was always my dream, I turned to personal training almost straight away.  

Q. 6 Weeks 2 Shredded is all about men achieving mental and physical goals they previously thought unreachable. Tell us what’s so special about this particular training program.
A. Mate I think there are a number of things.
- Firstly the bromance of it. For a lot of blokes they miss that camaraderie that comes with social sport.
- Also I think the time frame is realistic for a number of people – 6 weeks is enough to get serious results but not too long where you freak out about the commitment. You’ve also got a high standard of training. When I first started 6w2s the shredded program was a pretty lazy bunch in comparison to the girls – but we may a number of changes, got some fit guys in to lead by example and now it is a super impressive bunch of guys.

- Finally I think it also comes to results. If you’re not getting results you wont hang around. 

Q. 6 Weeks 2 Sexy focuses on building fitness and confidence levels of women, no matter their shape or size. What’s one piece of motivational training advice you can offer our female readers
A. Get started. Every day I have conversations with girls (and guys) about what they cant do and why they cant do it and they have actually bought into their own story and start believing it. Yes, it can be hard to get started – creating any new habit is, but stick with it – and maybe even drag a training partner into it to make life easier and more accountable for you.

Q. We’ve all heard the saying ‘Abs Are Made In The Kitchen’. Exactly how important is diet when combined with a rigorous training program?
A. The truth is ‘you cant outrun a bad diet’ – with that in mind, extremely important. Everyone has their own special formula but my belief is that the ultimate bod is made up of 3 components 1) Nutrition which accounts for 70%  2) exercise which accounts for somewhere between 20-25% and 3) lifestyle factors such as sleep, stress, hormones which account for 5-10% 

 Q. Summer bodies are made in winter. What’s one tip you can offer the guys out there to ensure they’re ready for speedo season?
A. Don’t wait. The average Australian will put on 3-5kgs over winter which can be very hard to budge come September/ October when the weather starts to improve. You’ve got 3 months between now and when you are likely to get the speedos out – that is exciting because it means you don’t have to do anything crazy – just a steady progression towards your target!  

 Q. Final question – we know you’re a man that champions physical and mental health and loves a good inspirational quote. What’s your go-to mantra?
A. ‘Actions speak louder than words’ – just get on with it ;) 

For for daily #fitspo, training tips and mental muscle motivation make sure you follow Blake on Instagram.

http://www.wellbeingbyblake.com/