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Wednesday, 22nd October, 2014

Wednesday 22nd October – Blue & Cream

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Hey! :D

This is such a late post! :mrgreen: Today I wore a bit of a different colour combination, I wanted to see how it looked, and I was quite happy with it. The pictures actually make these jeans look quite a bit more yellow, but they are in fact cream :P I wanted to wear something different with my jumper, so wearing something light coloured on my lower half to see how it looked. Autumn is here but it’s actually not so cold, but it’s cool enough to get your knits out, or buy a new one, check out my knitwear guide for 2014 to see what’s on offer at the moment ;) If you’ve read that you’ll know I love Gant, and this is one of my Gant V-neck jumpers. I wore it with my Jaeger shirt, and you can see my Armani Exchange watch. P.s. the jeans are Monkee Genes if you’re wondering.

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Mens Fashion Knitwear Guide 2014

Introduction

Autumn is here and Winter is on the way, so that can only mean layering and getting some knitwear and jumpers for the upcoming season. I love knitwear and jumpers, there is a huge variety of styles, colours, patterns and fabrics to buy, and you can create a great deal of different looks, depending on the style you would like to go for. I will showcase 10 of the biggest brands and fashion labels, from the more modest and budget friendly end of the high street, to some higher end brands and fabrics. You’ll find  some advice and tips on what to look out for when choosing your knits for this autumn and winter.

Fabrics – Wools, Blends And Cotton

When you think of knits and jumpers you probably think of wool. But not all are wool, at least not 100% wool. Some at the cheaper end are a blend of wool and other materials, including cotton, the mix of the fabrics can even be only 5% wool. Typically, it’s a better option to go for wool, they are usually better quality and usually cost a little more, depending on the brand you go for. But there are different types of wool too. The reason why there are different wools is because they are from different sheep (or other animals)

Lambswool – It’s the wool from a lamb, typically any lamb, and is commonly the first shearing of the lamb. It’s fine and soft.
Merino Wool – Is always from a Merino Sheep, and is usually thinner and cooler than other wools. It’s usually better quality than lambswool, but since it can be more fine if you wear a shirt under your Marino knit it may show through.
Cashmere – From the cashmere goat, it’s probably the best wool which you’ll come across when buying. It’s really soft and high quality, and is usually expensive, especially if you’re buying from a high end brand.
Cashmere Blends – A lot of fashion brands sell “cashmere blends” and other forms of blends. This means that it will contain some cashmere, but you should check the label with regards to how much cashmere. A lot of fashion brands do this because most people associate cashmere with quality, so even if there is only 2% cashmere they can say it’s a cashmere blend. Always go for the real deal if you actually want cashmere.

Types Of Knits

Fine Knit – These are very soft, plain styles of knits which many jumpers use
Cable Knit – Knitted using a Cable stitch, these types of sweaters have thick, cable knitted patterns
Ribbed – The jumper has a ribbed texture, which is usually vertical but can also be horizontal or patterned.

Necklines: V-Neck and Crew Neck

The two main necklines are V-neck and Crew neck, also called round neck collar. They are both self explanatory to what they actually are, but when would you wear each one, and what with?

V-Necks expose your under layer, so a shirt is required for this look. When choosing your V-Neck sweater, make sure you own a shirt, or buy a shirt which compliments the colour of the sweater you have. You’ll probably have three layers on your upper body (shirt, knit, jacket/coat) so make sure they compliment each other well to create a good look which works for the occasion. Wearing a V-Neck without anything under, especially in the colder months is not so stylish and should be avoided.

Round neck collar knits are slightly more versatile, since they cover your whole neck there is not a need to layer if you don’t feel the need. Having said that, there is still plenty room to layer, wearing a shirt under with the collar exposed will maintain the layered look, make sure you choose colours which compliment each other well.

Colours & Patterns

For this season there is no set rules for colour. You can create a more monotone and minimal style by choosing black, greys and dark blues, which will work well in both a casual and more formal situation. You can brighten up your look by adding colour; A brighter blue, red, green, brown and even purples can work perfectly well and will add a bit of colour to your look. Patterns and prints can also be quite smart, as long they are not loud, and are quite minimal in the colour palette.

Check out 30 of the best knitwear for this season from 10 of the best fashion brands, check out the colours, fabrics and styles on offer this season.

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Kenzo and New Era have come together once again for their cap collaboration. The Autumn/Winter 2014 collection from Kenzo is inspired by TV show Twin Peaks which is said to be revived in 2016. As you’d expect from the collab, the designs are bright, vibrant and use extravagant patterns and prints throughout the design.

Available now from Kenzo and other selected stores.

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Sunday, 19th October, 2014

Converse Putting Their Foot Down

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Converse are finally putting their foot down. They have said enough is enough, and have started to sue companies which they believe are copying their iconic Chuck Taylor shoe design. I love my Converse, and always buy the genuine article. I don’t understand why you’d buy a cheaper imitation, or why you’d buy something which looks like a Converse, when you can buy a Converse! :D They are not so expensive when  you compare them to a pair of Air Max for example, I have picked up a pair of Converse for under £30, which I think is quite reasonable.

I have however slightly fallen out of love with them over the past year or so. They are not a comfortable piece of footwear if you plan on doing a lot of walking, or even standing around, and I have to admit I do prefer my Air Max. Converse are good if you want to wear something for a casual or smart-casual occasion, and because of all the colours which are available you can really create your own style.

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New balls please…

Pharrell Williams and Adidas Originals have come together to create and release a collaboration. Inspirations drawn from tennis which combine some electric styles and the Adidas Originals signature line, Pharrell has remixed this iconic track jacket, infusing his own unique brand to it. electric vibrant colours which are lime green, orange and bright white come equipped with the traditional Adidas 3 stripes down the sleeves. The jacket is made from 100% Italian Nappa lambswool which is perforated.

The price? If you’re thinking it was going to be in the ball park of BBC or Ice Cream you’d be wrong, because it’s even more! These jackets are £800 each, and are available now.

Friday, 17th October, 2014

Stand Up To Cancer 2014

Michael 84 Is Standing Up For Cancer

Stand Up To Cancer is on TV tonight. It’s a fundraiser which was first on in the USA, and a couple of years ago the UK done their own version which is broadcast on Channel 4 and done for Cancer Research UK. It is on tonight from 7PM presented by Davina McCall, Alan Carr and Christian Jessen, and has lots of stars on the show and in dedicated clips and movies including Pharrell, Taylor Swift, Andy Murray, Britney Spears and a whole load more! :)

I got my T-Shirt two years ago, If you want your own T-Shirt or want to donate, you can do so here

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John Varvatos Artisan Acqua Review

This week’s fragrance review is Artisan Acqua by John Varvatos. Artisan Acqua is a new scent launched by John Varvatos in 2014, and I have had a smell of this, which I like. Like the other Artisan bottles, this one takes a similar design, with a hand-woven rope style.

It is quite a masculine style of scent, and is an aromatic, warm kind of style with a hint of spice and woody notes. It definitely feels like a grown up fragrance, so if you’re looking to wear something a bit more formal, or something non-offensive this is a contender. It seems to be pretty hard to come by, after having a bit of a search it seems that Debenhams is the only place out of the big perfume/aftershave retailers which are selling this.

An aromatic style of scent is something you should have in your fragrance wardrobe. If you haven’t already got one, this is worth considering. It’s something which will sit in between a light, citrus EDT and a musky, woody EDT.

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

Top Notes – Tangelo, Mandarin, Paradisamide, Galbanum, Lentisque, Angelica root

Middle Notes – Clary sage, Lavender, Coriander, Toscanol, Basil, Geranium, Palmarosa, Jasmine sambac

Base Notes – Moss, Patchouli, Fir balsam

Neewer NW 680 Speedlite Review

Photography is all about light, you really do need good light, especially for indoor shooting. I always think I take bad indoor photographs, and it’s definitely something which I need to improve, and want to improve. The in-built flash in cameras is not really great, not if you’re taking images of products and things of that nature; It’s not so bad when taking photos of people.

For the past several months I have been using a light, a special LED light which is actually designed for shooting video rather than still pictures. I wanted to try a light before a flash, just to see what it was like. It definitely has it’s plus points, and it actually works quite well for shooting some things up close, but I felt I needed a proper flash.

I did a bit of reading and if you’ve ever looked at the prices of flash guns and speedlites then you won’t need me to tell you that they are expensive! I have a Canon 600D so looked at a couple of Canon speedlites; They start at around £130 and go up to around £400! I cannot justify spending that kind of money on a flash at the moment, I am just learning how to properly use and control a flash, and having something advanced not to mention expensive would be wasted on me. I read a lot of reviews and found a couple of reasonably priced models which have really good reviews, and got this Neewer Speedlite.

First of all I got the Neewer TT560 Speedlite, however this was only a manual flash. I tried it, and it was good, and easy enough to use, but I do a lot of quick ‘one-off’ type of shots for the blog, and I don’t want to spend a long time setting up a flash for the sake of one simple little photo, so a TTL (through the lens) type of flash was what I was looking for. I sent back the TT560 and picked up the Neewer NW680, which has TTL for Canon which is what I have. I tried it and it works well, the automatic flash is pretty decent. The TT560 cost around £30 and this one around £50, so it was more expensive but I don’t want to be wishing I had of got a TTL one, so in the end I think the little extra which it costs is worth it.

Another advantage of the NW680 is that the flash can swivel as well as tilt up and down; This is good for taking pictures of fashion items which I lay on the ground, so I can still bounce the light off the ceiling by swivelling the head and tilting it (effectively having the flash back to front). This was not possible on the TT560.

It does not look the most pretty, and obviously does not have the features of a £400 Canon Speedlite, but this only cost £50, and is perfect for me to use for practice, and learn how to use a flash, bounce light off the ceiling etc.

It’s actually really powerful! I have nothing other than the pop up flash and my LED light to compare it to, but it really lights up a room!