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Wednesday, 28th September, 2016

Fragrances Revisited – Dolce And Gabbana: The One

Dolce And Gabbana The One Review

I can’t believe how long I have had Dolce And Gabbana: The One scent, and I haven’t written a review for it. It’s one of the scent’s which I regard as a favourite, although that list is a fairly long one! 😉

I got this when it was released in 2008 although I can’t remember exactly when, I assume it would have been around Christmas time as a present. Since then I’ve gone on to use that bottle over the years, and then another, and after that decided a while back that I’d buy up some of my favourites in a larger bottle form, and got this 100ml bottle, which I’ve still not needed to open!

The fragrance itself is one of those real masculine styles of scents. It’s punchy, musky and woody, and is one for the evenings in the Autumn or Winter. You can tell just by looking at this colour of the fragrance the style of scent which this is going to be, the golden orange colours of a dark small, and it doesn’t disappoint. It is almost the complete opposite of The One Geltleman, a scent from D&G which came after the success of this one, and is another favourite.

Although it’s now getting on in life, it’s still a really good fragrance to own, and is quite a classic, old school musky scent, but manages to stay refined and elegant. Check out more of my men’s aftershave reviews over here, and let me know what you think of The One.

Best season to wear – Autumn/Winter
Scent type – Woody, Spicy
Age Recommendation – 21+
Best Worn – Evening, Casual, Formal

Top Notes – Grapefruit, Coriander, Basil

Middle Notes – Cardamon, Ginger, Orange Blossom

Base Notes – Cedar Wood, Ambergris, Tobacco

Monday, 26th September, 2016

Suede Jackets For Autumn – This Season’s Trend

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As you’ll have read in my Spring Suede Jackets guide, I love a good soft leather jacket. They’re not only perfect for Spring, but they’re a great style of jacket to wear in the Autumn too. As you’ll know, suede is a type of leather which has a napped finish, with lamb and goat most commonly used, with calf and even deer also being used. The jackets are usually pretty tough and thick, which means wearing one of these in the Autumn is a really good go to piece, with a lot of styles and colours now available. The enemy of suede is rain and water, although you can get suede protectors which will do a good job if you get caught out in the rain.

As with every piece of clothing, there’s plenty of choice at all different price-points. Typically with leather jackets, a genuine suede jacket will start at around £100, and from there goes upwards to whatever your wallet can afford! Grab a high street label such as Mango or Topman for under £150, premium high street brands such as Reiss or Ted Baker will come in at £200 – £400, and luxury and designer brands like Burberry and Tom Ford will run into the thousands.

A suede jacket can be looked at as a good investment, and should last you plenty of Autumn and mild Winters to come, providing you look after it well enough. They’re timeless, so you don’t have to worry about them going out of style, one to your wardrobe or expanding it with a different colour or style is something to consider.

Here’s over 30 of the best suede jackets for this season, from the high street and luxury brands, there’s something for everyone’s budget.

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Sunday, 25th September, 2016

Michael 84 Playlist – September 2016

The Michael 84 Playlist

Here’s just some of the music which I’ve been listening to in September, with a few brand new fresh tracks which I am really liking. Rebecca & Fiona came back with Drugstore Lovin’ in August and I am still listening to that a lot, but I have added a couple of new tracks, including the Sia track with Kendrick Lamar, and the new ones from Krept & Konan and Calvin Harris.

A brand new song which I only recently heard is Sthlm Nights by Peg Parnevik, and I really like it. I’ve only heard it once or twice, but it feels like I am going to like this one a lot. Another track I added was Daddy Yankee, Shaky Shaky. I don’t feel it’s one of his better tracks, but it’s had over 200m plays on YouTube in only 2 months! I’ll give it a few more listens, it could be a grower. I’ve kept a couple of songs which are now old but I still listen to, including Era Istrefi, RedOne and Enrique Iglesias from the Summer.

Here’s my September playlist:

  • Sia F/ Kendrick Lamar – The Greatest
  • Krept & Konan – Dunya
  • Imany feat. Filatov & Karas – Don’t Be So Shy
  • Peg Parnevik – Sthlm Nights
  • Calvin Harris – My Way
  • Ellie Goulding – Still Falling For You
  • Daddy Yankee – Shaky Shaky
  • Rebecca And Fiona – Drugstore Lovin’
  • DJ Snake F/ Justin Bieber – Let Me Love You
  • Martin Garrix & Bebe Rexha – In The Name Of Love
  • The Chainsmokers F/ Halsey – Closer
  • John Newman – Olé
  • Fergie – MILF$ – Moms I’d Like To Follow
  • RedOne – Don’t You Need Somebody
  • Enrique Iglesias F/ Wisin – Duele el Corazon
  • Era Istrefi – Bonbon
Friday, 23rd September, 2016

Mission Impeccable By Ted Baker For AW16

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For the Autumn/Winter 16 collection, Ted Baker has brought Mission Impeccable, a story based on T.E.D special agents who are brought together to prevent “The Needle” from selling the fabrics he’s stolen and turned into his own twisted creations to the highest bidder. The story is brought to life in a film which has been directed by Crown & Owels with executive director Guy Ritchie, which is a shoppable experience on the Tedbaker.com website.

Ted Baker has asked me to come up with the ideal outfit for this season, with the pieces from the brand new AW 16 collection from the Mission Impeccable film, which comprises of over 130 pieces ranging from footwear and accessories to smart tailoring and seasonal knits.

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Thursday, 22nd September, 2016

Duck And Cover AW16

Duck And Cover AW16

Duck And Cover have launched their Autumn/Winter 2016 for this season, which features all the pieces you’d need to keep you on trend and warm for the cooler weather. The collection includes shirts, jackets, jeans, sweatshirts and knits, as well as a couple of beanies to keep your head warm and dry when the chill hits in the coming months. They’ve sent over a couple of my favourite pieces which I have styled, which includes one of their T-shirts with a quilted jacket and a pair of selvedge jeans.

The T-shirt I selected is deep navy tee with small tonal graphics to the top front of the chest of the shirt. The graphics are minimal and small, as well as being tonal, so keeps the tee understated and not too graphic orientated which I prefer for this look. As you’ll know from reading my blog on various denim posts, I love selvedge denim, and for this season Duck & Cover have a few pairs of denim, including the use of the coveted selvedge. These come in a regular-tapered style so more loose and casual, with the dark wash always being stylish. My favourite piece from the collection is this quilted grey jacket. It’s soft and smooth and comes with a quilted pattern and feel to it, with the lighter colour brightening up the whole look and really complimenting the dark tee and jeans well. All these pieces are available at Duck & Cover here.

Check out more photos and my picks from the AW 16 collection below.

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Wednesday, 21st September, 2016

HP OMEN 15 Gaming Laptop Review

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In the past I’ve always associated PC gaming with a traditional PC, because back then, laptops were never really thought of as a gaming machine. However times have changed, and so many people have switched over to a laptop or ultrabook rather than a traditional PC. If you know about gaming then you’ll know that the one thing it needs is power, and I am excited to try out the brand new HP OMEN 15, HP’s PC gaming machine.

The Overview Of HP OMEN 15

So the machine itself is pretty nice. It has a 15.6″ screen which is inside a pretty nice faux-carbon fibre body which is called shadow mesh, and comes  with the red OMEN graphic on the lid. At 2.2kgs it’s actually not too heavy for a 15″ gaming laptop, which are known to be a little on the beefy side. However the relative light weight of the machine does not compromise the power which is under the hood. It packs a 6th generation i7 CPU along with a dedicated Geforce graphics card, SSD drive and 16GB RAM. I’ve got the full details on the spec of this beast below.

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Monday, 19th September, 2016

What Is Selvedge Denim? An Introduction & Brief Guide

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A term you may or may not have heard when buying jeans is selvedge and selvedge denim, but what does it mean? If you’ve read my blog, you’ll know I love this type of denim, own a few pair of jeans which are selvedge, and it’s been my preference for a number of years.

What Is Selvedge Denim?

Selvedge simply means Self Edge. It’s all to do with the way that denim is manufactured, and the type of looms which are used. Shuttle Looms are what are used when making selvedge denim. They produce tighter woven strips of fabric, which are self-finished which prevents fraying, curling or unravelling. Shuttle Looms are not as economical and slower than their counter part, so unflavoured for mass producing denim. Their counterpart is projectile looms, mass production is a lot faster and cheaper, it is unfinished and frayed until it’s stitched, usually using an overlock stitch.

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Is Selvedge Denim Better Than Regular Denim?

Usually, yes. Since the whole process is more time consuming and expensive, the quality of a pair of selvedge denim jeans is usually higher. However this is not always the case. Quality is quite subjective, there are other things to take into consideration, such as the fit, weight and quality of the overall finish of the final product. I picked up a pair of H&M Selvedge jeans which I thought were brilliant quality, not only for their cheap price, but were probably better than a more prestigious pair of non-selvedge jeans. When you pair up selvedge with a good brand like Nudie Jeans, great things happen. My Nudie Selvedge Jeans are one of my favourite pairs of denim, they’re premium and will last a hell of a long time.

I say usually, because there can be exceptions to that rule. It had a bit of a resurgence, a lot of high street and budget brands are showcasing their offerings. I tried out a pair from ASOS and was not impressed at all. At £40 they were on the low end of denim of any kind, but when you hear the word selvedge you think of luxury, and these were definitely not that. I have plenty of plain old regular denim which were better quality, fit, feel and finish than those.

Is Selvedge Denim The Same As Raw Denim?

No. Raw denim, which is sometimes called dry denim, is exactly what it sounds like. It’s when the denim has not gone through a wash or been treated, and when you buy it from the shop and get it home, it’s pure, raw, and will evolve over time. A lot of denim connoisseurs love dry denim because it’s like owning a living piece of fashion; It will change over time depending on your own personal usage, and you can wash it whenever you like, which should be something like 6-12 months after you’ve worn them in.

The opposite of this is washed denim. This process means that they’re already had some dye taken out through the wash, they’ll have shrunk a little bit, and by the time you get them home they’ll probably remain much the same in their lifetime; There may be changes, but these will be far smaller and less noticeable than raw denim.

Selvedge denim can be used in either raw or washed pairs of jeans. I personally own a pair of washed denim from PRPS, and I really like them as a smart pair of jeans. Dry denim is quite coveted, but is harsh, and takes a while to break in, and even then may never become as soft as washed denim, so personal preference can take precedence in this case.

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Not All Selvedge Is The Same

As mentioned above, not all selvedge denim is the same, just like everything else you can get good and bad from different brands and menswear fashion labels. There’s different denim from different places, with Japanese being touted as one of the more premium.

Don’t Forget The Weight And Fit

Selvedge denim is just the raw material used to create the jeans, you’ve also got to think about the fit and weight of the denim. Denim weight varies a lot, and can be considered one aspect of quality, but it comes down to preference too. The weight is usually measured in oz per square yard, so more is heavier. A pair of light jeans will be under 12oz, with 12-16oz mid-weight and everything above that, 16-32 very heavy weight. You’ll usually find a pair of jeans being 11 – 16oz, and most brands do not advertise the weight of their denim.

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How Do I Know If It’s Selvedge?

The most obvious way is to roll up the leg and see if you can see the strip. A common name for this is red line selvedge, because of the red thread which you can see in the strip, although the colour can be different, red line is widely used. If you own a pair it’s fashionable to turn up your jeans and show off your selvedge, with this known, a lot of jean makers create there selvedge jeans with longer legs, in anticipation that they’ll be rolled up.

Verdict

I love selvedge denim, and I think that everyone should experience a really good pair of jeans. It’s one item of clothing that you should wear quite a lot of, the same as a favourite jacket or pair of shoes, and can last a number of years. Good selvedge denim is usually expensive, but it should be seen as an investment because of it’s longevity and timelessness. Don’t forget to check out my five pair of denim you need guide, and feel free to check out more fashion tips to see what you need to go with your selvedge denim.

Favourite Brands & Shopping List

There’s a lot of brands which do selvedge denim, you can visit your favourite brick and motor shops or online sites for brands, or go to their official sites and check out their offerings for the season. Here are a couple of the big names:

Denim Brands

Nudie Jeans

PRPS

Edwin

Levis

A.P.C

Evisu

Online Stores

Selfridges

MR Porter