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Saturday, 22nd November, 2014

Hamilton vs Rosberg 2014 – Abu Dhabi – Who Will Be Champion?

Hamilton vs Rosberg for the 2014 drivers championship

I am an F1 fan, admittedly not as much as I was when I was a kid (when I loved it), but I still watch every race I can and get into it. This season has been another good one, we’ve seen a lot of really good seasons in F1 in recent times, it did have a bit of a slump several years back, but for a good few years it’s been great :) Vettel won the last 4 championships, but this year it’s been all about the Mercedes, and a straight out fight with teammates Hamilton and Rosberg. It’s been a bit to-and-fro throughout the season, Rosberg had a lead,  but Hamilton went on to win 5 races back to back, with Rosberg winning last time out at Interlagos.

Hamilton leads the championship at this point, but in the final race tomorrow, Abu Dabi, there’s double points on offer for the first time ever! Qualifying has just ended today, and Rosberg took pole, with Hamilton 2nd. If it finishes like that Hamilton will be crowned World Champion for the 2nd time. It will be an interesting race as both Williams drivers look quick, and finished qualifying 3rd and 4th; Other than reliability issues Rosberg will be hoping a Williams can get between him and Hamilton.

It’s all set to be a great race tomorrow, and I hope it turns out to be a good fight and it doesn’t come down to technical problems. I think Lewis will take the championship tomorrow :)

Who’s your money on?

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Saturday, 22nd November, 2014

Canon 100D x Stella McCartney Limited Edition

Canon 100D x Stella McCartney

What do you get when you combine a digital camera with a designer fashion brand? This! Canon and Stella McCartney have came together and launched the limited edition 100D camera, with bag. The Linda bag, designed by Stella McCartney and named after her mother, photographer Linda, is a white and neutral boxed shape with metallic finishes. The bad news? It’s £1,200.

The camera itself is a limited edition white colour variant of the 100D, which can be bought for around £370. That means you’re really paying for the bag, and the exclusivity of course. Will this spark a flurry in the fashion industry to launch luxury camera bags for the fashion conscious?

It’s available from Selfridges here.

Stella McCartney Linda Bag Limited Edition Canon 100D Camera

Friday, 21st November, 2014

Estados Handmade Leather Goods

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Estados are a relatively new brand, but with deep roots and tradition. It’s the brain child of American brother and sister team Hugo Lesser and Marisa Orchard, who came up with the concept after their family travelled to Argentina regularly bringing back leather goods, with the quality of the leather being of a higher standard than anything they’d seen in Europe. The luxury leather goods are hand crafted in Argentina using the finest smooth leather in the foothills of the Andes, and designed in Britain. The name Estados is short for ‘Estados Animicos’, which means ‘states of mind’, ‘moods’ or ‘soul states’, in Spanish.

The current range includes belts for men and women, small leather goods such as card holders, purses and wallets and leather bags. I got one of their belts from the range, and it is really great.

I went for the croc leather belt in black with the stitching. I love the stitching detail, it sets off the belt nicely, and croc leather look and texture is really good. The belt width is 1.5″ which is slightly larger than most of my other belts, but easily fits through the belt loops. The silver metal belt buckle is chunky and feels well made. The belt, like all other products comes complete in a presentation box, perfect if you’re buying this as a gift. You can buy this croc belt in black here for £54.99.

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Thursday, 20th November, 2014

Men’s Fragrance Review – Givenchy Very Irresistible Fresh Attitude For Men

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This week’s men’s fragrance review is another trip down memory lane, it’s Givenchy Very Irresistible Fresh Attitude For Men. Very Irresistible by Givenchy actually has a few different flavours and variations, the one I have is the Fresh Attitude version. This is now sadly discontinued but can still be found in places, so if you like what you hear, you may want to get this sooner rather than later.

Let’s start with the bottle. It’s a nice shape, and will stand out well in your wall of fragrances. It’s a triangular shape, with a large plastic chrome top, with the lower glass being a blue and green gradient giving it a fresh summer look, an ode to the name of the scent.

I’ll be honest and say that this is not one of my favourite scents. It came at a time when I was buying a lot, and the smell is not a huge favourite of mine. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not horrible, I’d certainly wear it, but it doesn’t have that special something which would make it stand out as one of my all time favourites. As the name may suggest it’s a fresh, green and citrus style of fragrance, with slight spicy undertones. The grapefruit is quite prominent, and there is definitely a hint of mint within the smell.

Best season to wear – Spring/Summer
Scent type – Fresh, Green, Spicy
Age Recommendation – 21+
Best Worn – Day Wear, Casual

Top Notes – Mint, Coriander, Grapefruit, Bergamot

Middle Notes – Lavender, Basil

Base Notes – Coffee, Cedar

Wednesday, 19th November, 2014

IMD Takeover – Guys Night

IMD Takeover - Gaming night

It’s now guys night for the IMD takeover on Michael 84 :D What great timing that GTA V for my Xbox One came today…I got it for the previous generation of consoles as many of you will have (I got the Xbox 360 game) so I am looking forward to how it will compare to the original version. The manly of man films too, I’ll choose between Scarface and Goodfellas, leaning towards Goodfellas, I love that so much, and I’ll probably leave FM 2015 until the weekend…We all know you can’t just play Football Manager for an hour or so ;)

Wednesday, 19th November, 2014

IMD2014 Takeover – I Love My Scandi Girls

Happy International Men’s Day! :mrgreen:

It’s not really a big secret I love Scandinavian girls, and why wouldn’t I!? Sweden, Denmark, Norway, why don’t we throw in Finland and Iceland too! ;) By and large they are all such cool, laid back, easy going types, and smart too! Fashionable, amazing eyes, lips, smile, hot, personalities…I could talk all day about how much I love them, but why don’t I just put up images of some which is what you want anyway right? ;) OK, let’s go!

IMD2014 Takeover - Hot Girls - Victoria Silvstedt

Victoria Silvstedt

Old Skool Scandinavian hotness is the veteran Victoria Silvstedt. Former Playboy Playmate of the year, she still has it!

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Wednesday, 19th November, 2014

Happy International Men’s Day 2014

Pirelli 2015 Calendar

Happy International Men’s Day 2014! If you did not know (and you probably didn’t since it’s not really publicized) this year on this day, 19th November 2014 is International Men’s Day. Good day to all! For the next day the blog is having a LAD style take-over, and celebrating everything manly! This includes girls, ladies, women, mujeres, chicas, tjejers, damen and probably beer and things of that nature. The banner for the day and girl-spiration is none other than every bloke’s favourite, Kate Upton. How amazing is she?!

To kick things off I have to talk about the Pirelli 2015 calendar. It could not have arrived at a better time, and it’s simply amazing. These are my favourite two from the whole calendar which features Adriana Lima, Sasha Luss, Cameron Russell, Isabeli Fontana, Gigi Hadid, Joan Smalls, Raquel Zimmerman, Natalia Vodianova, Carolyn Murphy, Karen Elson and my two favourites which I’ve featured, Anna Ewers and Candice Huffine. Get the NSFW picture below…

The theme this year was latex, and was photographed by Steven Meisel and styled by Carine Roitfeld. Candice Huffine is the calendar’s first plus sized model (as they call it), the vixen-vamp look is hot and she owns it.

Pirelli Calendar 2015 Behind The Scenes

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Tuesday, 18th November, 2014

Fashion Tips: The Best Christmas Jumpers Guide For 2014

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Me In My Cheesy Christmas Jumper Lighting Up

O Come All Ye Faithful, Fashionable And Triumphant! It’s that time of year again, Christmas time! A time for presents, a time for mince pies, stuffing your face with Turkey, and all the trimmings that come with one amazing Christmas. One thing you can’t forget is your Christmas Jumper. In recent years the Christmas jumper has been reborn; Long gone are the days when they’re thought of as that ugly, itchy knitted jumper you’d get for Christmas…They are trendy and in style, and these days there are so many different fun and novelty styles to choose from, you can’t just get one, you need a couple!

I do love a good Christmas knit, it’s one of those things where you can really go to town and be over the top, much like the festive period itself. Whether you’re planning on wearing it once on Christmas Day while eating your lunch watching Top Of The Pops, or getting a couple for the Xmas nights out and office parties.

I have a couple, and my favourite is the one pictured above. It’s a Christmas tree, but it has it’s own party trick…Lights! :D It has LEDs which light up, so it looks amazing in the dark or a darkish room. It instantly grabs your attention, and is so cheesy, the ideal Christmas jumper. The LEDs work at the flick of a switch, which is concealed within the jumper, but easily accessible so you can change the batteries.

If you want to be in fashion for the festive period then now is the time to get yourself one of these for Christmas. It’s became so popular there is even an official day, this year it’s Friday 12th December 2014 is Christmas Jumper Day, where you’re encouraged to don your favourite knit in aid of Save The Children.

If you need a guide and tips on what’s out there at the moment, and want to sort your fair isle from your funny graphics, acrylics to your wools then here are a couple of my favourites I’ve found, as well as a couple which I own.

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