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Contract with Marks and Spencer
After ten years in modelling, and pushing how underrated and influential the British are in fashion and modelling, it was wonderful it all got recognised by Marks and Spencer. It was wonderful to work with such a British institution and I can't wait to continue this in 2012.
Becoming Battersea ambassador
Becoming the ambassador for Battersea Dogs and Cats home is wonderful. But really it's nothing to what all the volunteers and workers at Battersea do on a daily basis, so any way I can help, I will. Many of them have to work over Christmas keeping all those dogs and cats fed, clean and warm and of course given the attention they deserve. I can't wait to work with this amazing charity more next year.
Conversation with Richard James
Last week at the
Christmas Lunch I had the honour of speaking with Richard James. Richard is so wonderful and humble, considering what he has achieved, that I relish it when I get to speak to him. We (as always), got on to the subject of men's fashion and both agreed that men's dress sense is getting a lot better, that the dressing down idea is slowing moving out of the way and men are starting to look at tailoring and suits again. The astonishing part was that Richard said this had a lot to do with me and the example I lead and of course the Style App. This, coming from Richard James, may have been the best conversation of 2011.
What is it that you like to do on a lazy Sunday afternoon (if you have any)??!!
One person once said to me, "You're the only person I know who ever comes back from holiday looking leaner and fitter." That's because I can never sit still and when I do have a break this means I can run and go to the gym which is relaxing to me. So a lazy Sunday afternoon will contain some exercise, a definite read of the papers and usually my real treat is a drive. I still cannot sleep knowing I have a car to test for GQ at the weekends.
Are you running the 2012 London Marathon?
I'm giving my body a rest this year. But a trek through Africa or India is on the cards.
Have you read the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning? A movie is slated for 2013, if you would be interested.
Many people have talked to me about this in the comments section of VOGUE.COM and on Facebook. I'm not aware of the books, but it is certainly something I will look into, so thank you for making me aware.
Do you have to watch what you eat? How do you get over cravings?
First thing is, I do not let eating healthily rule my life. Not only would this make me unhappy but also the people around me. I do eat healthily yes, but have been for over 12 years now, so this is my life. It isn't a diet, it is a lifestyle. But I still drink alcohol; eat cakes and plenty of carbs, but of course all in moderation. My one tip is stay away from all processed food and fast food. As for cravings I always believe if you have unhealthy food in the fridge and cupboard you will eat it, so it's very simple - don't buy it. I always have something prepared for me to snack on, cooked or roasted chicken or turkey, or hummus and vegetables. If something is prepared and easy you will go for this over junk food.
What do you want for Christmas?
As I always seem to be away working and in restaurants or room service and when I get home I do all the cooking, all I would like is for someone to cook for me really. Fingers crossed Mother Gandy is reading this.
So that's it for 2011. Thank you for all your support and comments throughout the year. I will be back in 2012 to bore you all to tears as usual. So as a great man says, who pulls off a red outfit like no other man I know, "Merry Christmas to one and to all, a good night."
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