Christmas 2011: How to survive the party season
The next few weeks promise to be as hectic as they usually are at this time of the year. Helping you get through Christmas with minimal fuss, here's T3's guide to surviving the party season seeing you through safely into 2012.
Christmas gift shopping and the general festive partying, juggling the end of year work commitments with Yuletide boozing never seems to get any easier. If you're already wondering how you are going to get through Christmas 2011, fret not, T3 has got your back.
Crafting your indispensable guide to the shindig season survival, with the tech and tips to ensure you're not a tool at yule, read on to cover off your grooming, booze, food health and work management for Christmas 2011.
T3's guide to surviving the party season: Looking the part
1. Finding the perfect suit to party in
John Buni, managing director of Tailor Made London, on how he’ll laser fit you for a whistle
Step 1: Measure
“It’s fast, taking 10 seconds from head to toe compared to 30 minutes it would take a skilled tailor. The scanner takes thousands of measurements and posture points to create a digital twin of your body, while a traditional tailor would take between 10 and 20”.
Step 2: Cloth
Choose from a seasonal selection of over 2,000 cloths from the finest British and Italian weavers.
Step 3: Choose your cut and customise
Create something classic or trend influenced and finish it off with an iPhone Pocket or something to store that oversized airline ticket. Don Draper or James Bond? It’s up to you.
Step 4: Order
Measurements are sent to our tailors in Germany where your bespoke pattern is used to cut the cloth by laser to your precise shape, reducing material waste. Delivery is in 2-4 weeks. A traditional tailor would take 2-3 months. Need more suits? Your exact size details are now stored.
From £550, www.tailormadelondon.com
2. How to remove nasty stains
Saville Row’s Davies & Son's top tips on removing spills and smears
Stain removal essentials:
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Washing Up Liquid
- White Vinegar
- 90° Alcohol
- White Cloth
How to remove:
Beer: For wool and silk, apply a mixture of warm water and 90° Alcohol, then rub with a clean cloth
Coffee: Apply pure glycerin, then rinse with warm water.
Ink: Soak the fabric in milk for several hours and rinse in cold water.
Blood: Rinse in cold water. Do not rub the blood, just dab gently. Blood cannot be removed once a garment has been washed in warm water.
3. Treat yourself to a posh shave
“We won’t necessarily get your shave any closer than you could at home, but we’ll give you the luxury of relaxing while it happens.
“We lay the gentleman back and then apply a pre-balm to soften and moisten the skin, then we apply a hot towel, then pre-balm again.
“We lather up with a badger brush. Badger is like human hair in that it absorbs heat and moisture. It’ll bring heat to the face which will open up the pores and soften the face.
“Then we remove the hair, shaving with the grain. Every client gets a brand new razor blade.
“To finish we apply more balm, a second hot towel, then an after balm and a cold towel to close and tighten up the skin. Then a few sprays of cologne to finish it off.”
4. Buying the perfect watch
From Hussein Parekh, Harrods General Merchandise Manager Fine Jewellery & Luxury Watches
1. Diamonds- for a dress watch only
2. Leather strap - an aesthetic, formal look
3. Gold or stainless steel - solid & durable
4. Titanium - lightweight. Stronger than stainless steel
5. Rubber - Lightweight, comfortable, flexible & water resistant
6. Carbon - Lightweight, scratch resistant & sports look