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L'eau Bleue D'Issey By Issey Miyake Review

L’eau Bleue D’Issey is a fragrance by Issey Miyake which was released back in 2004. It comes in a large, carved out glass bottle with a plastic metallic top.

It’s quite a strange scent when you first smell it, a combination of fresh, green spicy notes are combined with a woody aroma, which makes it slightly manly but also citrus flavour. The citrus and fresh odour make it a good choice for day time in the spring or summer, I can see it being worn in a summer afternoon in a beer garden somewhere. It’s quite a strong, potent fragrance, and the spray is large and wide, so there is no need to over-use or over-spray this one. If you’re looking for a spicy but citrus scent for the summer, and want something not too many people will be wearing, this is worth considering.

Best season to wear – Spring/Summer
Scent type – Citrus/Light Spicy
Age Recommendation – 21+
Best Worn – Daytime, Casual

Top Notes – Rosemary, Lime, Orangewood

Middle Notes – Ginger, Lavender, Cypress

Base Notes – Sandalwood, Amber, Patchouli

£75 Bill At The Wellesley Hotel Bar

Did you see this in the news?

The Swanky Knightsbridge Hotel, The Wellesley, charged a businessman £75 for 3 bottles of water. Sure, you can expect to pay a premium if you go to an upmarket place in the centre of London, and at £16.50 for 3 bottles of water, you can sort of get away with that. If you have a minimum spend of £25 a head, that could be taking things a little too far. Apparently Edward Heaton had a business meeting with clients at the cigar terrace at The Wellesley, which has a £25 per head minimum spend after 4PM. He said he was not informed of a minimum spent, and only found out when he got the bill. The Wellesley claims guests are made aware of this upon arrival. Edward Heaton later said he would not of minded a minimum spend, but said there were no menus or any indication of a minimum spend. He wrote an email to them later, where they offered an apology.

You think that would be bad enough, but after the businessman wrote a tweet, their responses were anything but luxury, and sounded more condescending than anything…

the-wellesley-pathetic-tweetNo apology in their first tweet, with the condescending addition of making it “dazzlingly clear”. This must be their uncompromising service they boast about…

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They went on to claim they vale every guest, and added the line offer an exceptional service and “an unforgettable experience“. They have certainly done that. If they write that in a public place such as Twitter after this scandal, well, you don’t need me to tell you the kind of replies it got.

For a hotel which describes itself as “a grand hotel which combines sophisticated luxury with captivating grandeur and uncompromising service” they PR or marketing team don’t seem to share those values. Was it bring your rich bratty kid to work day?

This has trended on Twitter, and been picked up by the mainstream media too, but there seems to be a lack of a genuine remorse, or that the hotel offered a refund as a gesture of goodwill.

White Jeans & Navy Blue Shirt

I did not take a pic from Saturday night, so here is a re-done version :D I wanted to wear some white jeans, not a typical guy thing to wear, but it’s the summer and I really like light colours. In Newcastle it was ladies day, which is at Newcastle racecourse. When everyone is done with that they come out in Newcastle on the night and party the night away, dressed in their absolute best; Girls with fascinators in their hair, guys in suits, so the town looks quite dressed up on that day. I blended in with my white jeans, although I was the only person in the whole of Newcastle which I saw wearing them, despite also seeing a guy in a burgundy suit, as well as some other extravagant fashion choices! ;)

I wore these jeans from Tommy Hilfiger with my new Ted Baker shirt which is navy blue with tonal stripes, finished off with my belt from He By Mango and had to rock some black shoes from Kurt Geiger :D

Belt from He By Mango

 

Cool night at Bonbar Newcastle In July

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So last night I was out in Newcastle, and it was quite a fun night. I love going out in the summer, it’s so cool to just chill in the beer gardens or roof terraces at the bars in Newcastle. It was ladies day at the racing, so the town was absolutely packed, and so many people were dressed up, guys in suits and girls dressed with fascinators in their hair. I even went all summer, and wore some white jeans with a shirt, unfortunately I did not take a pic, but I will re-create it or something later :P

We went to places like Jalou and got a cookie monster which is just standard, and went to the new place which used to be called Offshore, as well as Tokyo, a couple of other bars, and ended up in Bonbar. I like the space at Bonbar, it has a cool outdoor area at the front, and the main room is huge, with standing/table areas around the outsides, and a huge bar in the middle. I LOVE that kind of layout, with the bar in the middle, I think it’s cooler than when the bar is just on a wall, it’s also usually easier to get served and there’s a lot more room. I took out my new camera, but as usual I did not take too many pics! :( The one above is Bonbar.

Saturday, 26th July, 2014

Yesterday In South Shields

South Shields Beach

It’s so sunny and warm, so yesterday I decided to take advantage of the weather and go to South Shields. I wanted to test out my new camera (review coming later), so decided to go to South Shields to take a couple of snaps, and also get some chips. The weather at South Shields was actually a bit disappointing. It was not as sunny as it was in Newcastle, and slightly cloudy, when you add in the sea breeze it was quite cool, but not cold. I took a couple of snaps down at the beach just to test out my camera, and went into the park too. If you’ve never been to the park it has a lake, and also a little train for kids which goes around the park, I remember going on that so many years ago! :P

South Shields Park

Colmans is a famous take-away and restaurant, and was featured in Esquire and rated number 1 in a list of the best traditional chippies in Britain. I’m lucky living in the North East of England, with a few other places famed for their amazing fish and chips, the others being Gormans and Pantrini’s. I’ve wanted to go to Colmans for a while to see what makes them so good.

They are amazing! You would not think something as simple as chips could be done so many ways, but I really loved the ones from Colmans. They’re quite big and chunky, but just crispy enough on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside. If you’re in South Shields I recommend that you go, they have the take-away and right next door a sit-down restaurant if you prefer that style, be warned there will probably be a queue, but it is worth the wait :)

Colmans Of South Shields Fish And Chips Takeaway Amazing Chips From Colmans Chippy! :)

Happy Friday!

So, a song, or more accurately a music video I have been watching on repeat lately is Aphex Twin – Window Licker. From the back end of the 90s, it’s a great track, but the video is epic! :D It’s over 10 minutes long, and is a parody of American gangsta rap music videos, with two guys, one back and one latino looking for girls. They find some, then their car is hit from behind by a ridiculously long limo with Richard D. James (AKA Aphex Twin) in the back, and the girls get in. If you have not seen the video, check it out below.

It’s chilled out ambient form of trance, it’s a cool track, but the video makes it for me.

WARNING! It’s probably not safe for work, and contains lots, and LOTS of swearing ;) And again, it’s more than 10 minutes long, but well worth watching if you’ve never seen it before.

I love this! :D

thierry mugler a star for men review

Thierry Mugler A* Star is otherwise known as Thierry Mugler Angel for men is going to be a scent you either really enjoy or you cannot stand. When I first spray it my very first impressions were feminine. The bottle is rubberised which makes the spray a little difficult to press, and the design comes with a blue glass star to the front.

Apart from this fragrance smelling feminine to men, you get notes of chocolate coffee and caramel, which are quite warm and aromatic. It’s a very sweet scent, I am actually a little surprised it’s for men because it’s so sweet and chocolaty. Nothing floral, musky, fresh or citrus about this one. If you like sweet feminine types of scents, or want something different, you could choose this, I would advise testing this and not blind buying it.

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

Top Notes – Bergamot, Helonial, Lavender, Peppermint

Middle Notes – Coffee Bean, Tar, Patchouli

Base Notes – Tonka Bean, Vanilla, Caramel, Chocolate, Musk


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