Monologues: When It's Your Birthday Week + 2 x $100 Gift Card Giveaway


It's my birthday week (let's be fair I'll try and stretch this out for as long as possible) which means I've got permission to reward myself for the milestone by purchasing some wishlist wants…right? Well in my mind a birthday is an unquestionable excuse to spend some money that should probably (definitely) be going towards more practical things like saving for a new car or maybe that fence I've somehow got to build by Summer. The latter doesn't sound fun at all, so I think I'll stick to getting some goodies delivered with my name on them. Nothing beats that feeling of getting an email saying a package has arrived at reception! 

July 25th is the big day and it’s come around 32 times already. How did this happen so quick? I'm uncertain, but it felt like only last month that I had my 21st which ended with me having no pants on, not even blowing out the candles on my own cake, and being the first to leave the party. Long Island iced teas tend to see you off to bed by 10pm. So with another year down and hopefully, another one of The Caker cakes (seriously order one even if it's not your birthday) on order, what's left is to make sure I get the gift(s) I want. And to do this sometimes you've gotta play the role of Santa, minus the outfit and growing a beard and belly. Being Santa involves writing your own wishlist and deciding on what you deserve....and then clicking add to cart and well, you know the rest.  

Being a fashion blogger a great deal of my disposable income (and I use disposable very loosely here) ends up being spent on fashion related items - so basically I'm wearing my $$. Yes it's a bit ridiculous, but what's a guy to do when fashion is his thang, you know? One of the dedicated men's fashion outlets I frequent for my fashion inspiration and purchases is East Dane. If you haven't heard of it it's the brother site to the very familiar female fashion playground, Shopbop

East Dane is a men's fashion destination that appeals to guys who are more interested in developing their own style than following trends and are looking for quality construction over quantity. It's a place where you'll find over 250 designer labels, and to rattle off a few of my favourites, there’s A.P.C. , AMI, Adidas Originals, Frame, Illesteva, Penfield, Norse Projects, Rag & Bone, Saturdays NYC and the newcomers Public School - a New York duo featured on The Fashion Fund on Netflix which is a must watch doco if fashion interests you. 

So what’s currently on my wishlist you ask? Coming in at top of the list is watches. I’ve become a collector of timepieces and I’ve probably got about ten or so and they’re not expensive by any means (no Rolexs or Tags just yet). So naturally I’ve been snooping up on East Dane to see what watches make me tick (soz for the pun) and I’ve found a number that I’d be happy to drop into my cart and maybe you might find yourself doing the same? Check out my top 3 watch finds below. 

Then there’s bags. Oh yes what’s a man without a bag? I picked up an awesome Marc Jacobs man bag when I was shopping up a storm in New York a couple of years back so it’s high time I recruit another. There’s many a bag to choose from on East Dane and I’ve selected a few that I like across a few price points. For those of you who have a corporate job, or like weekends away so need to pack a duffle bag, there’s something for everyone and it was hard to narrow down to three! 

No doubt you’re wishing it’s your birthday right now? Well we could pretend it is too? East Dane offers fast, free shipping worldwide in 3 days (faster than our domestic mail service!) and there’s free returns if it doesn’t fit. Even better if you use the code EDNC18 at the checkout you'll score 15% off your first order. 


But that’s not all folks, I’M GIVING AWAY 2 X $100 EAST DANE GIFT CARDS to two of my lucky followers. All you need to do to enter is let me know in the comments below your favourite item from my list or anything you’d love to snap up from East Dane along with your name. Think of it as a little birthday shout from me to you.

T&Cs: Competition is valid world-wide, and will close 8pm NZST Sunday 5th August 2018. Winner will be drawn at random and notified by 9pm same day. 1 Entry per valid comment. Enter as many times as you’d like. 

Good luck everyone and can’t wait to see what you’d like to treat yo-self with from East Dane. 

Happy Birthday to me!



This post was made possible thanks to a partnership with Nakturnal and East Dane.