I got dressed up this year… Actually I wore the same thing last year. A funny sarcastic T-Shirt, My “Value Fancy Dress Costume” If I were going to get dressed up it would be something which has nothing to do with Halloween, something like characters from Street Fighter or Mortal Kombat…Or what about going as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (quite relevant since the new film is out!) I guess for it to have the full effect you need all your friends to go along with it and look the part too.
What do you think is the most original costume for tonight, the night where you can dress up how you like?
This week’s fragrance review is John Varvatos For Men. Introduced in 2004 it’s quite an old fragrance to the U.S. or international market, but relatively new on the shores of the UK. The bottle is a classic and sophisticated style, a smart black bottle which is simplistic and masculine.
The scent is a warm, woody and spicy kind of smell. It’s slightly strong however it’s not too overpowering, and is a real masculine style of fragrance. I think this would be best worn in the autumn or winter on a cold evening, and can be use in both casual and formal situations. It’s strong enough to get you noticed, but not too pungent to be off-putting.
Best season to wear – Autumn/Winter
Scent type – Woody/Warm/Spicy
Age Recommendation – 23+
Best Worn – Evening, Casual, Formal
Top Notes – Medjool, Date Fruit, Mediterranean Herbs, West Indian Tamarind Tree Leaves
When I wear shirts there is one common problem I have quite a bit; The top button. Do I leave it open or do I button up? Different shirts have their collar buttons in slightly different places, and sometimes it can feel uncomfortable or wrong to button it up, but leaving it open is too exposed. There could be a solution to this problem.
Bassi could be the answer. Created by Daniel Froreich, it’s quite a simple idea to solving this little problem which can occur. Bassi is a two piece, magnetic button clip on attachment for your shirt. The clip on is small and discreet and contains a magnet, and there is the Bassi which also contains a magnet to ensure it grips firmly on the shirt without falling off. The button can be left exposed like a regular button on the outside of the shirt, or concealed away behind the shirt. To start with there will be two different designs of Bassi; The Born Bassi button which will be an urban style of design, with inspiration taken from the Born district Barcelona it features a skull or globe. The Style Bassi button is a more formal, classic button look, and will be available in a range of colours. They’re unisex too, so can be used on girls shirts as well as guys.
If this doesn’t explain things clearly, here’s a short video which shows the problem of shirt buttons, and what Bassi is, and does:
One of the great things about the Bassi is that it has been designed and will be produced in Barcelona. In the age where almost everything we own has a “Made In China” label on it, I really love that there are quality products being manufactured locally to the brand.
Bassi is a project currently on Indiegogo and has already secured almost €1000 of funding, almost 20%. You can back this project and get yourself a Bassi for only €16, or get yourself their 1st edition user pack for only €27 which includes 3 Bassi buttons.
For more information on Bassi, or to contribute and get yoruself one of the first Bassi buttons which gets produced, check them out here.
Brrr it’s getting cold in ‘ere! Winter is here, or coming, depending on where in the world you live and when you’re reading this post One way or another you’ll be experiencing the depths of winter sometime soon, so you’ll need a winter coat or jacket to get you through a few horrible months of the miserable British winter weather.
Buying a good winter coat is not only important for the first year you purchase it, but it can become a good investment piece, lasting a good few winters before you need to splash out and buy another. With that said, investing in a good jacket is not only worth it because you’ll be getting much better quality which will be noticeable when you wear it, as well as it lasting longer than a cheap and cheerful coat.
My winter coat and jacket collection has grown over the past few years, and I have quite a few of the bases covered with quite the selection, including my Pull and Bear Parka, Barbour Chelsea Quilted Jacket, Adrian Hammond padded jacket and of course the daddy of them all, my Canada Goose.
The Canada Goose Is Hands Down The Best – Buy One!
I would love to advise you to go out and spend near £600 on a Canada Goose jacket, but things are not that simple. In my opinion if you need a coat for a harsh winter there is simply no better than a Canada Goose. I got a Chilliwack Parka a few years ago, and it was a godsend for 2 bad winters we had. It does come with a few problems in the UK though. For example, last winter was so mild I never actually wore it! They are amazing for harsh weather, and if it’s freezing cold, if there’s wind chill, or if it’s snowing, then wearing one will keep you toasty. However if it’s a mild winter and not really sub-zero temperatures, you’ll literally be sweating in one; They are not really designed for mildly-cold winters. There’s the price too, at around £600 it is rather expensive.
So what are the other tips for a winter coat this year? Well there are a few options, and I will go into the different styles of jackets which are available at the moment.
So last night I watched the final part of the trilogy of the Jens Lapidus novel which was directed by Daniel Espinosa, Easy Money 3: Life Deluxe. It was a good end to the story, it was shot really well, and everything unravelled quite well. I don’t want to spoil it for people who have not seen it and want to watch it, but I will fill in some blanks. JW (Joel Kinnaman) is not in this film as much, and is in Los Angeles trying to find out what happened to his sister. Jorge is going to do one last big job which will be the largest in Swedish history but things get complicated when he meets a girl from his past, Nadja (who was in the previous film). An undercover policeman Martin is tasked with the job to bring down Radovan the Serbian crime boss, his daughter Natalie is brought into the fray with Martin and a power struggle within the Serbian Mafia.
It’s such a great film, if you have not seen the first two I recommend you watch them all
I have spoken a lot about how I used to love the Internet, and how I have seen it change over the past 15 years or so. Back when I was a teen I used to love things like ICQ and chatting online. Everything in the olden days of the Internet was anonymous, you could do and say what you want, and create your own identity; The Internet days were actually fun and not taken seriously; These days everyone is online under their own name, and in fact you only usually talk to people you actually know or have known from your past. These days your Facebook friends probably know more about you than some of your actual friends if they’re not included on your list.
I used to run a very large forum, and it was great. We talked about music and life and things in general, but everything was pretty much anonymous, we had usernames, and it was a time where pretty much nobody put their pictures online, so you were not judged on anything other than what you were posting.
Rooms is a new app currently only on iOS which is bringing back the old Internet, but in a new age of smart phones and apps. It’s pretty straight forward, you can create or join a room totally anonymously, and then write what you like. It’s just like the good old days of a forum. If you create a room you can send people invites by sending them a QR code, if you want to be part of a room you have to be invited. You can post anything to the room, just like starting a thread on a forum, you can use text, images, video or audio.
You can join a room by saving the picture of the QR Code graphic in your photos on your iPhone, and once you open the app it will search your photos for any codes you have, and add you to the rooms.
I am really excited and interested in this new app, I think it could be really good and bring back the original old school Internet to the new generation. If you want to join my Room which will be about this blog, just save the image above to your phone
If you’re a regular reader of my blog you’ll know I have film night, usually on a Sunday night, and have done for quite a while now. However, I stopped it in the summer, it was too light and warm, I had other things to do, and there were no good films around. Now I have got a couple which have recently come out, and I have a couple more to buy too, but I thought I would start with these three.
Dallas Buyers Club is supposed to be good so I am interested in watching it; Last Vegas is a comedy with a star cast; Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline. It looks like it will be a laugh. The one I am most interested in watching is Easy Money 3. It’s called Snabba Cash in Swedish, and is a thriller which mixes the upper class live with the drugs and crime underworld of Stockholm. It’s a trilogy, and so this is the third and final part. I have watched the other two which I love, so it’s going to be interesting to see how the story ends.
This week’s fragrance review is from Hermés and it’s their Terre D’Hermés eau de toilette. I got a sample of this to try and I have to say, it’s like nothing which I currently have in my fragrance collection.
Let’s start with the bottle, which is a simple and elegant classic style of bottle, a similar style you’d find from other brands. It’s plain and simple style is clear glass, with the Terre D’Hermés written on the front.
The scent itself is a citrus style of scent, but not the usual kind of citrus. In many of the fragrances which I have, the citrus is always quite lemon, they always have a yellow or green kind of smell if you want to associate a colour with them. This is orange, the colour and the fruit. It’s quite a strong smell of orange as well as hints of grapefruit, and has woody notes which give it just the right amount of a masculine kick. It’s quite hard to put a season and time on this like I do with all my aftershaves, but I would say it does suit autumn, as well as spring and summer. It’s slightly warm, but it’s not going to feel more warm than a spicy or primarily woody fragrance. It’s probably a
Best season to wear – Spring/Summer/Autumn
Scent type – Orange/Citrus, Slightly Woody
Age Recommendation – 23+
Best Worn – Evening, Casual, Formal
Michael, Newcastle, UK
Life lover and Fashion Blogger, Michael84 is my space on the Internet. With men's fashion advice and style guides, male fragrance reviews and the latest trends. My personal style includes everything from streetstyle to high street and high end fashion labels.
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