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Happy Friday :)

If you’re a regular reader of my blog you’ll know I have film night, usually on a Sunday night, and have done for quite a while now. However, I stopped it in the summer, it was too light and warm, I had other things to do, and there were no good films around. Now I have got a couple which have recently come out, and I have a couple more to buy too, but I thought I would start with these three.

Dallas Buyers Club is supposed to be good so I am interested in watching it; Last Vegas is a comedy with a star cast; Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline. It looks like it will be a laugh. The one I am most interested in watching is Easy Money 3. It’s called Snabba Cash in Swedish, and is a thriller which mixes the upper class live with the drugs and crime underworld of Stockholm. It’s a trilogy, and so this is the third and final part. I have watched the other two which I love, so it’s going to be interesting to see how the story ends.

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This week’s fragrance review is from Hermés and it’s their Terre D’Hermés eau de toilette. I got a sample of this to try and I have to say, it’s like nothing which I currently have in my fragrance collection.

Let’s start with the bottle, which is a simple and elegant classic style of bottle, a similar style you’d find from other brands. It’s plain and simple style is clear glass, with the Terre D’Hermés written on the front.

The scent itself is a citrus style of scent, but not the usual kind of citrus. In many of the fragrances which I have, the citrus is always quite lemon, they always have a yellow or green kind of smell if you want to associate a colour with them. This is orange, the colour and the fruit. It’s quite a strong smell of orange as well as hints of grapefruit, and has woody notes which give it just the right amount of a masculine kick. It’s quite hard to put a season and time on this like I do with all my aftershaves, but I would say it does suit autumn, as well as spring and summer. It’s slightly warm, but it’s not going to feel more warm than a spicy or primarily woody fragrance. It’s probably a

Best season to wear – Spring/Summer/Autumn
Scent type – Orange/Citrus, Slightly Woody
Age Recommendation – 23+
Best Worn – Evening, Casual, Formal

Top Notes – Grapefruit, Orange, Shiso

Middle Notes – Flint accord

Base Notes – Woody notes

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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