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.
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.
So far I have tried the 5AM Saint, Elvis 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.
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.
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 jeanswhich 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 Conversewhich I rarely wear these days.
The Summer is here which means that it’s barbecue season! If you go out on a Summer’s day, then you’ve probably experienced the smell in the air, it’s something I love and you can always identify it with the Summer. Even though we don’t get much Sun here in England, and especially in Newcastle, there’s still plenty of times to either invite your mates round and host a BBQ, or you’ll be invited to go to one. Just like any function or party, you really want to look the part, so here’s some tips on what you can wear so you look as good as the food (hopefully) tastes.
I got Diary Of A Teenage Girl on DVD ages ago, and I have finally had time to sit down and watch it. I love coming of age films, I write about them all the time here on the blog, and love films like American Pie, Dazed And Confused, Porky’s, Boyhood…The list is quite a long one 😀 I heard about this film and it sounded decent, so decided to get it.
The film is set in 1976, and is basically about a girl (Minnie) who starts a relationship with her mother’s boyfriend, and has loses her virginity to him at 15 years old. She likes to draw and is an aspiring cartoonist, and is exploring her sexuality and generally exploring life, taking drugs and growing up as a teen in the 70’s. I don’t want to write too much and include any spoilers 😛
Overall I liked the film, it’s a good watch and I could definitely watch it again, but I don’t think I’ll love it as much as the other coming of age films which I’ve mentioned which I think are incredible and timeless. Maybe I will watch it a few more times and grow to love it.
It has sex scenes and drug use which got the film an 18 certificate, something most films don’t get these days.
From tracksuit managers to the suited and booted, there’s a lot of style and fashion in the dugout and on the touchline these days. The Premier League 2016-17 season is here, and there’s been some stylish management movements, with José Mourinho going to Man United, Pep Guardiola going to Man City and Antonio Conte heading up things at Chelsea, it seems like almost every stylish manager is in the Premier League (with a few exceptions).
So in no particular order, here’s the best dressed managers in the Premier League, and what I love about their style.
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