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2020 has been… a lot. 

For so many reasons lockdown had us feeling changed but we’re ready to rediscover ourselves. Whether that’s getting back to date night, the great outdoors or painting the town (before 10pm) once again, we’re 100% keen. Friends of RI, Luke, Mani, Ali and Youssef are getting back to business as (un)usual too and of course doing it with style. Find out what they’re looking forward to and how they’re embracing their new normal safely…

Back to date night.


Tell us a bit about you?

Hey guys! I’m Luke, a lifestyle and content creator living in London but originally from Durham. You will most likely find me opting for a cosy night in over a wild night out. I’m a two cups of coffee before 9am kind of guy and a horrific morning person (sorry not sorry).

How was your lockdown experience?

I am going to be completely honest here, it was harder than I initially thought. The difficult thing for me was not seeing my friends and family as much as I would have liked. 

What did you learn from it?

I learned that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. Resilience was absolutely key, when things felt so uncertain. I think I am a much stronger person now.

How are you getting back to date night with friends? 

As much as I love cooking at home, sometimes it is best left to the professionals. I’m allowing myself one treat a week, whether that be dinner out or a coffee brunch with some friends (safely of course).

What will you be wearing and why? 

I’ve gone for a nice transitional outfit. Smart casual is the best vibe for dinner and drinks, so I’ve picked some classic skinny black jeans with a cream roll neck. River Island denim is killer! 

What are your hopes for the future?

I really hope that we come out of Covid more appreciative of the little things. Personally, I’m on operation save for a house, with a goal to be on the property ladder in a year’s time.

Back to painting the town.


Tell us a bit about you

I’m Youssef Mohamed and I’m 26 years old. I was born and raised in Egypt however I moved to London earlier this year to be closer to my wife and my new born daughter.

How was your lockdown experience? 

Lockdown for me was relatively difficult as not only did I move from a different country I had never visited before, but it made it very hard for me to adapt. I am very adventurous and love to explore and meet new people, but lockdown made this impossible. 

What did you learn from it?  

That everything happens for a reason and that you can either choose to view it in a negative or positive way. At first I viewed lockdown negatively because there was so much I wanted to see but when I decided to see the positives such as spending more time with family I realised all was not lost.

What are you most looking forward to? 

I can’t wait to see my family and friends in Barbados! Oh, and the beach of course! I’m currently dreaming of having my toes in the sand, bikini on and drinking coconut water. 

What will you be wearing and why? 

For nights out in Barbados, I love wearing oversized blazers with crop tops! This beige one from River Island is so stunning and would be perfect for so many looks to wear back home. 

What are your hopes for the future?

My hope is that everyone takes the pandemic seriously. I know that we won’t be able to get back to 100% of what we had before but I’m hopeful that people will appreciate the smaller things at home and learn to take care of each other.


Back to outdoors.


Tell us a bit about you? 

I'm a content creator who makes premium and luxury lifestyle content. I love what I do and always count myself lucky to be in a creative field for a living. 

How was your lockdown experience? 

My lockdown experience was tough. I spent a lot of time worried about family and friends and I still do. I'm extremely fortunate as I live in a small village and we have lots of green space. To be outside of a city during lockdown was a blessing in my opinion and my experience was nothing compared to those who had to endure the worst. 

What did you learn from it? 

I learnt how much we need people to enjoy things in life. I learnt how much human interaction makes everything matter and mean something. Most importantly, I was reminded of what and who I care about most in the world.

How are you getting back to the outdoors? 

Lockdown was tough because it was hard to mentally relax in the same environment the whole time. I think going out for walks (whilst sounding simple) was one of those things I took for granted before Covid and I've found they are key for my mental health.

What will you be wearing and why?

I’ll be wearing more boots and gilets this Autumn with dark colours featuring more too in particular faded black denim jeans. 

What are your hopes for the future?  

My hopes are to get back to a world where we can hug friends and family without the fear and anxiety. I think most importantly though I hope that after this all ends we support those who really need it, those who have had the worst of this situation and those that have lost loved ones.

Back to painting the town.


Tell us a bit about you 

I’m Mani, short for Emmanuel and I’m a senior negotiation for an East London estate agent by day. Fun fact - I used to be a DJ on the London underground House scene!

How was your lockdown experience? 

Short lived to be honest, I was back at work in May. The time I had off really allowed me to reflect and view life from a new perspective! Oh, and I started to take styling and creating content more seriously.

 What did you learn from it? 

To live in the moment & cherish the good times and memories. I really missed having access to family & friends and realised I hardly have any photos/videos of me with everyone. That’s something I will definitely change moving forward.

What are you most looking forward to?

Actually, getting dressed to leave the house! Socialising with family and friends is quite a big thing for me, how I dress is also an avenue of expression I love to take. Whether it’s a gallery visit or Sunday dinner at mums I’ll be over dressing from now on.

 What will you be wearing and why?

Overcoats, hoodies, layered tees, smart joggers or tapered tailored trousers and fresh kicks – the combinations with these essentials are endless!

 What are your hopes for the future?

I genuinely hope we all become more conscious of the silent struggles we all face individually. Everyone has a story and we can’t discount someone else’s experience based on our own perceptions, we need to be more empathetic, considerate and more accepting of the differences we all have. 


Remember the rules are ever changing so whatever you’re getting back to, follow the guidelines to help keep everyone safe.

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