Monday, 29th August, 2016

Michael 84 Music Playlist – August 2016

The Michael 84 Playlist

For once in a long time I am relatively early for my August playlist, in that, it’s still August! 😛

I am feeling a bit sad because it ends the summer, and I love a good Summer anthem. But we have had a couple, and I’ve really been loving the Redone track, but it’s starting to sound a bit old now, possibly because I’ve played it so much in the past few months.

New entries include the brand new track from Rebecca and Fiona, Drugstore Lovin’ which is another great tune, and surprisingly also making the list is a Olly Murs track, and one featuring Justin Bieber. When I heard the Olly Murs track I thought it was really good, and didn’t recognise that it was him. I’ve also found some room for Olé by John Newman, which was written by Calvin Harris. There’s been so much talk about this track, from John Newman and Calvin Harris themselves saying it was “different”, and I never really liked it several weeks ago when I heard it. But yeah, it’s really growing on me, and I am really starting to like it.

From not listening to too much new music, I’ve been listening to a couple of old tracks and some even older! I have added them to the “Extras” section of the playlist below. I have had a strange love for UB40, which is unexplainable, and rediscovered tracks from The Bloodhound Gang, Fountains Of Wayne and my favourite Norwegian duo, M2M! :mrgreen:

Check out the full playlist below.

  • Rebecca And Fiona – Drugstore Lovin’
  • DJ Snake F/ Justin Bieber – Let Me Love You
  • Olly Murs – You Don’t Know Love
  • The Chainsmokers F/ Halsey – Closer
  • John Newman – Olé
  • Fergie – MILF$ – Moms I’d Like To Follow
  • Tinie Tempah F/ WizKid – Mamacita
  • Mike Perry F/ Shy Martin – The Ocean
  • Carlos Vives & Shakira – La Bicicleta
  • RedOne – Don’t You Need Somebody
  • Enrique Iglesias F/ Wisin – Duele el Corazon
  • Era Istrefi – Bonbon
  • Martin Solveig F/ Tkay Maidza – Do It Right
  • Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners – This Girl
  • Drake – One Dance
  • MØ – Final Song
  • Rihanna – Kiss It Better
  • Sia F/ Sean Paul – Cheap Thrills

Extra Tracks

  • UB40 – Red Red Wine
  • UB40 – (I Can’t Help) Falling In Love With You
  • Fountains of Wayne – Stacy’s Mom
  • Bloodhound Gang – The Ballad Of Chasey Lain
  • M2M – Everything You Do
  • M2M – Girl In Your Dreams

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Sunday, 28th August, 2016

The Intern Film Review On Blu Ray

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So last weekend I watched The Intern on blu ray, and I thought it was brilliant!

I have such a long list of films which I want to watch, I’ve bought a few of them, and The Intern is the first one of my latest batch which I’ve been able to sit down and watch, and I am so glad I picked it out. I actually thought it wasn’t going to be the best of the ones I got, but now the other ones have something to live up to, because I really enjoyed this.

It stars Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway who play Ben and Jules, with Jules owning an online clothing brand called About The Fit (ATF) which is a startup which has grown from a small-time business to a large business with offices, warehouse and staff; Ben is looking to inject something into his life as a 70yr old retired executive. The clothing brand has an outreach program for senior citizens which Jules agreed to but forgot all about as she’s doing a million things for the company and is very hands on which is effecting her personal life and marriage. Ben gets hired and is assigned to her which she doesn’t like at first.

Then Ben becomes the most loved guy in the office, and slowly Jules starts to let him in and gives him tasks which he does well, and she starts to trust and confide in him, and the story goes from there… As always, I don’t want write spoilers! 😉

I have to say that I love this film!! All the cast are brilliant, the story is great and it’s just a really good feel good film, with a good story and plenty of laughs along the way. If you’ve not seen it yet and are looking for something nice and light to watch, this is it.

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Thursday, 25th August, 2016

Dell XPS 13 2016 Review

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I finally got a new laptop, and it’s the Dell XPS 13 2016 edition!

You’ll have seen the Dell XPS 13 laptop on my blog before, and if you follow me you’ll know how much I like this laptop, and how highly I rate it. I have actually had this for a couple of months now, but just got round to writing about it, I’ve been too busy using it!

8 or so years ago I got my first (and possibly last) Apple computer, the MacBook Pro. It was the first of the unibody MacBook’s, and it was great. I really wanted to dip my toe into the Apple world when it came to computers, I like my iPhone and wanted a laptop, so decided to get the MacBook Pro. My requirements were a lot of power, light, and a good design, which this had, and I could use OSX and install Windows too, having the best of both worlds. There wasn’t much in terms of competition, most of the Windows based machines were nothing to write home about, only the Sony Vaio was a decent enough competitor at the time, and as mentioned, I wanted something different.

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Monday, 22nd August, 2016

Exactly What Is Smart Casual Style?

What is smart casual style for guys?

It’s a term you’ll hear over and over again, you’ll probably get invited to events, or go places where the dress code is billed as smart casual, but what does it actually mean?

The wording does spell it out: Dress smart, but also casual. That means something in between a formal suit and something you’d wear when you’re out for a run or relaxing in front of a film. So that leaves quite a bit in the middle! Here’s some tips and some of my rules for when going smart casual.

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Friday, 19th August, 2016

Craft Beers Available At Morrisons

Craft Beer Range At Morrisons

Craft beers have become a big thing over the past several years, in fact I read that starting a microbrewery was one of the biggest start-ups for beer loving entrepreneurs a couple of years ago. However you don’t need to worry about the business behind the ale to enjoy it. Whether you’re new to Craft Beers or an enthusiast, Morrisons have a great range for you to try out. Morrisons kindly sent some over for me to try, including some of their Summer favourites.

We have a Brewdog bar in Newcastle, but Morrisons stock a collection of different Brewdog ales, so you can enjoy your favourites or try something new at home. Their Dog Pack contains 12 bottles, with 3 bottles of 4 different flavours. The variety includes Punk IPA, Dead Pony Club, 5AM Saint and Jack Hammer for a very reasonable £16 which you can buy here.

With over 40 lines from well-known and independent breweries across the UK, USA and Australia, check out the range available at Morrisons, which is continually being updated. Here’s a look at the couple of bottles which they sent over.

Brewdog Vagabond Gluten Free is a Pale Ale which melds citrus and tropical hop flavours with a light caramel malt base, backed up with a raucously resinous bitterness. They say it’s full tilt, full flavour and zero gluten.

5AM Saint is as malty as it is hoppy, with 5 malts and 6 hops, and is 5% abv in strength. The American Red Ale will give you notes of berry, marmalade, caramel and chocolate with the bitterness and sweetness all neatly messed up.

Elvis Juice is a winner just from the name, and is a grapefruit infused IPA which is 6.5% apv. It’s a fruity, zesty attack on the senses, with a collision of grapefruit, orange and peach being the cocktail of hoppy flavours.

Marshall Rock N Roll Craft beer has a look which will be familiar to anyone who loves live music, gigs and rock and roll. The infamous Marshall Amp design is featured on the front of the bottle, which is a 6.0% blonde craft beer. A rich full bodied taste with fruity and spicy notes, it has a clean crisp finish.

Intergalactic Space Hopper has a name which is out of this world, and they say the beer is too. It’s a very hoppy craft beer, 5.2% apv, with a real citrus kick.

Brewdog 5AM Saint tastes really nice!

Brewdog Elvis Juice Tasting Review

Brewdog Vgabond Gluten Free Review

So far I have tried the 5AM SaintElvis Juice and Vagabond and I really like them all. 5AM Saint is an interesting colour for beer, and you can really taste the berry as soon as you drink it, but the kick of the traditional beer taste is present. It’s really easy to drink, if you want to try a red ale I can definitely recommend this. Elvis Juice has a similar type of beer taste, but you get the scent and taste of grapefruit. It’s really refreshing and the fruity style is really palatable. Vagabond Gluten Free does not have as strong fruity notes as the previous two, but it’s more traditional with lighter notes and goes down really easily.

I can’t wait to try out the rest of the range, which are available at Morrisons here. All these craft beers are available for £1.65 each, or you can get 4 for £6.

Written in collaboration with Morrisons
Thursday, 18th August, 2016

The New Wilkinson Sword Hydro 5 Razor

Wilkinson Sword Hydro 5 Review

Since it’s the Summer I go for the clean cut look for my face. If you’ve been a long time reader of my blog then you’ll know that in the past few years I decided to go for a beard in the winter months, and then keep it clean in the Summertime. If you’ve ever done this, you’ll know that shaving can become such a chore when you’ve done the beard regime which is obviously less often. Having said that, I really like having ultra smooth skin, so try to shave as often as I need to, and not get too lazy when it comes to grooming.

I always wet shave, I can’t imagine doing anything else. I’ve always thought that you get a far better finish, and it’s always a much nicer experience when having a wet shave. Wilkinson Sword asked me to try out their brand new Hydro 5 razor and put it through it’s paces, so I did.

First of all as the name suggests it’s a razor which has 5 blades, which gives a really close shave. One of the most important factors for using these razors is how well it works on your skin. It glides over the skin with ease and feels really nice. This can be attributed to the technology behind the blade, which is a water activated gel reservoir, which they say delivers 40% less friction than a lubrication strip. The back of the reservoir also has a handy flip-trimmer, which is there for hard to reach places, or to get that extra precision on smaller areas.

After shaving there was no irritation, and my skin is smooth. I am really happy with the results of the shave from the Hydro 5, it is a really good razor which gives a really nice shave. You can check it out over on the Wilkinson Sword website here.

Written in collaboration with Wilkinson Sword
Tuesday, 16th August, 2016

Today’s Style – ASOS Ecru Jeans With Red Hugo Boss T-Shirt

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Hey guys!

So we’re apparently getting a bit of a heatwave again…Actually it’s only a couple of days of sun. I have been so busy with work that sadly I can’t do anything with these couple of days we have…Hopefully we’ll get some more before the Winter comes!

So today I wore my ASOS ecru jeans which have the distressed and ripped parts to them throughout. I’ve featured these on the blog a few times, they are really skinny, in fact “Super skinny” style which is not my favourite, but with the stretch in the fabric it makes these really easy to wear. I’m wearing them with my solid red Hugo Boss T Shirt which comes from the BOSS Green label, which is a contemporary sporty casual line from Hugo Boss. I styled them with some red Converse which I rarely wear these days.

More pics below… Enjoy the sun while you can 🙂

Michael

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