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! 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.
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
Have you been watching the new TV show, Silicone Valley? It started last week, and it’s basically about a group of geeky guys who create a start up company in Silicone Valley. One guy, the geekiest and shy is the one who creates a music app called Pied Piper which has a revolutionary algorithm for data compression. He shows some people at the Internet company he works for, called “Hooli” the program who mock him not realising what he’s created. The CEO of the company then realise that the app he’s created is ground breaking, and try to buy his app, first offering a low amount, then offering £10 Million dollars to own it outright, battling with another investor who offers $200,000 but for a 5% stake.
I won’t spoil the rest if you have not watched the first two episodes yet
You can catch up on demand on Sky Atlantic, and the show is on Wednesdays at 9pM until 9:35PM.
I really like this show, it shows a glimpse of the life at a start up in Silicone Valley, I love programmes like this, a little similar to shows like Entourage and How To Make It In America.
So last week I was blogging about some of the best sales out there, and I had to pick up some things for myself. There was so many good offers and amazing fashion items to buy, but I limited myself to a shirt, T-Shirt and a pair of jeans.
I got this DesigualT-shirt which I love. It’s a great colour for the summer, and Desigual is a brand which I have liked for a long time, but never got round to getting anything from them. I was in one of their stores when I was in Barcelona last summer and you get an idea of how vibrant they are. The brand is fun, sexy and above all else colourful, which this design is too. A red/pink colour, with scribble print along with applique lettering spelling out the brand and a Y neck granddad style collar.
This Ted Bakershirt is one which I love. It’s a long sleeve dark blue shirt with tonal pin stripes which sets off the colour of the shirt well, and has patterned collar and cuffs which really go well with the shirt. It’s a really cool shirt, very smart and only cost £40 down from £85.
I love a good pair of denim, and these jeans from Hugo Boss Green are amazing. They are a good wash, great quality but the biggest draw was the price. They were £129, but in the sale, all the way down to £50. When I saw them I had to snap them up, quick! When I got them I was not surprised with the quality, I have a few pair of Hugo Boss and have had more over the years, and I really like the fit and feel of them.
How has your weekend been? Mine has been filled with work, which is why I have not posted so much the recent days, I am really busy with so many things. Working on the weekend is no fun, but it was required, I have been so busy lately I think it’s better to just do as much as possible as fast as possible to make sure everything is done. Something which I have added to the blog which I added a while ago has been the UK domain….
UK domains have came in over the past few months, and by that I mean there’s now a top level domain, so as with .com or .net you can now purchase a .uk domain. There’s no longer a requirement for .co.uk, although I will be using it primarily for my blog. that means you can read my blog at michael84.uk so if you type it out it will save you 3 characters It’s a cool thing, but I think .co.uk has been around for so long that it will be hard to replace such a thing; It’s like .com domains, which so many people associate with American sites, but .com actually was derived from the word COMmercial and they’re used worldwide.
As you may have noticed from all the latest blog posts, the sales are on. There’s so many on at the moment, and all with amazing offers within the menswear departments. John Lewis had a lot of things in their sale, but they also do Special Buy items, which are different from the sale, and are exclusive offers only available from their store. I picked out a couple of shirts to buy, and I think they are pretty good.
I got a lilac shirt with white pin striping, which I really like a lot. I have bought a few purple shirts, my last one was a Jaeger which I also love, but is a sold colour. The other is a plain and simple white shirt. Of course, I have a few of these, but you can never have too many white shirts, they always come in for something, and are always smart, with the ability to wear with almost anything.
The shirts were a bargain at only £20 each, so I had to pick up a couple, shirts like this usually cost over £60 so they’re a good deal, and feel like really good quality.
The signature male scent from Yves Saint Laurent, Pour Homme has been alive longer than me, being launched in 1971. The bottle is a tall glass bottle, with quite a large red plastic upper part with the spray, which makes it feel pretty cheap.
This is a classic from the 70s and won an award back in 74. When you think of old traditional aftershaves you probably think woody, musky, but this is far from that. Spray it and you’ll instantly smell the rich lemon scent, which is very strong. I am not a huge fan of citrus scents, and if you don’t like them either, you may not like this. If you like a strong citrus smell, or want to give one a chance, this could be it. Once the lemon has hit, the drydown leaves a slight elegant scent.
I would recommend this for an older guy rather than a teen, as well as being for spring/summer and daytime wear, or would be great at the beach or on holiday.
YSL Pour Homme notes and information
Best season to wear – Spring/Summer
Scent type – Citrus
Age Recommendation – 25+
Best Worn – Daywear, Office, Summer Holiday, Casual
Top Notes – Lemon Middle Notes – Thyme Base Notes – Vetiver
Michael, Newcastle, UK
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