Ti Punch – The Beach in a Glass

Ti Punch – The Beach in a Glass

Jun 8, 2011 | No Comments

The Tiki Cocktail revival has been well under way for a few years now, and rum is pretty clearly marked as the up and coming spirit trend.  My only problems is I just don’t like my drinks very sweet, and some of these can get really sweet.  The spirit itself is already made from sugar for crying out loud.  Finally though I found a perfectly simple rum concoction with a enough bite to keep me wanting more – the Ti Punch.

The Best Aftershave You’ve Never Heard Of

The Best Aftershave You’ve Never Heard Of

Jun 6, 2011 | 3 Comments


Anyone who’s ever spent time in a drug store or barbershop knows we’re not starved for choices when it comes to grooming products.  There are the seemingly endless shelves of shampoos for this or that type of hair and a plethora of shaving gels, soaps, cremes, and foams that try to tell us we can’t possibly be handsome without them.

Not-So-Haute Horlogerie

Not-So-Haute Horlogerie

Jun 3, 2011 | No Comments

While digging through piles of books and magazines on antiques at Lyrical Ballad the other day I stumbled upon a lone volume from the Encyclopédie that just so happened to be the volume on Horlogerie.

Welcome to the new Simply Refined
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Welcome to the new Simply Refined

Jun 1, 2011 | One Comment

Welcome everyone to the new Simply Refined.  It’s been a while in the making, but we needed a new site.  We’ve been outgrowing the original site for quite some time now, and to give you the best experience it was time for some change.  We are approaching two hundred articles, and would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped Simply Refined grow and flourish since it began in March 2010.

London’s Arcades

London’s Arcades

Jun 1, 2011 | 2 Comments

London’s Arcades date back to the early nineteenth century, and for generations were the most exclusive shops in town, but are now often forgone in favor of bigger, more populated shopping streets.  I’ll admit that most of the time I spend in the Arcades is either walking from Green Park tube station up towards Savile Row or from Mayfair down to St. James’s, but I love them nonetheless.  The sights, sounds, and in many cases smells, are worth the walks, and I dare you to walk by Cleverley or Budd without stopping to take a look.