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Wednesday, 15th November, 2017

The Best Christmas Jumpers This Year


It’s that time of the year again, it’s time for Christmas Jumpers!

Whether you love them or hate them, you’ll have an opinion on Christmas Jumpers. I’ve loved them over the past few years, and they’ve really taken off and increased in popularity among most people. You have to have at least one jumper, whether it’s just for a one off occasion, or you want to wear them throughout the festive period, it’s a really easy way to get into the Christmas spirit. It also doesn’t have to be expensive, with some options coming in at well under £20, with super expensive ones with cashmere over £100; Not that you’ll find those in this guide!

You can check out my older guides from Christmas past in the 2016, 2015 and 2014 guide, but this is all about 2017, and so here’s my guide and tips for this year!

What Day Is Christmas Jumper Day?

Christmas Jumper Day is Friday 15th December 2017, where you can not only wear a cheesy novelty jumper, but also you can donate to Save The Children if you want to show your support to the charity.

There’s plenty to choose from, here are my favourites from different brands and shops; From cheap budget to high street,  there’s one for everyone 🙂

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Sunday, 12th November, 2017

Film Night: Legend The Krays Story

Film Night - Legend

Hey guys!

So this time round for film night I watched Legend, which is the story about the notorious gangster brothers of London, Reggie and Ronnie Kray, both played by Tom Hardy. I am not a huge fan of gangster films, I do like a few, and the few I like are pretty much timeless classics, i.e. Goodfellas and Scarface. I pretty much knew nothing about the story of the Krays, other than the obvious, so was looking forward to watching this.

It’s been a film on my radar for quite a while, it’s hardly a new film, it’s been out on DVD/Blu Ray for a long time now, but for one reason or another I’ve never bothered to buy it. Since it’s on Amazon Video I decided that I’d finally sit down and watch it.

It’s a decent enough film, which is set in the 1960’s with Reggie being part of the London underground crime scene and his brother Ronnie locked up in a psychiatric hospital where he gets him out and then they set out to control London.

It’s an interesting film to watch if you’re into crime dramas and gangster films, and tells the story pretty well. It’s never going to live up to the films that I previously mentioned, but it’s not a bad film overall.

Friday, 10th November, 2017

Men’s Fashion Tips – Winter Coat & Jacket Buying Guide

Canada Goose Jackets For Winter


Brrr it’s getting cold in ‘ere! Winter is here, or coming, depending on where in the world you live and when you’re reading this post 😉 One way or another you’ll be experiencing the depths of winter sometime soon, so you’ll need a winter coat or jacket to get you through a few horrible months of the miserable British winter weather.

Buying a good winter coat is not only important for the first year you purchase it, but it can become a good investment piece, lasting a good few winters before you need to splash out and buy another. With that said, investing in a good jacket is not only worth it because you’ll be getting much better quality which will be noticeable when you wear it, as well as it lasting longer than a cheap and cheerful coat.

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Thursday, 9th November, 2017

Paco Rabanne Ultraviolet MAN Fragrance Review

Paco Rabanne Ultraviolet MAN Review

Once again I am taking another look back at one of my older fragrances. Last time round I was looking at Kokorico from Jean Paul Gaultier, and this time it’s another one which I’ve hardly used, it’s Ultraviolet MAN from Paco Rabanne.

This one was another blind buy for me. I’ve had Paco Rabanne scents before this, and other’s since, including the infamous One Million and Invictus which is one of the most popular scents for the past few years. Since it has so much pedigree in fragrances, I thought getting this without smelling it first would be fine, but it’s never been much of a favourite.

The bottle is pretty cool. It’s rectangular with plastic chrome, purple and a glass back. It works by squeezing the purple like a trigger, and the scent then sprays out. I love the bottle for it’s originality, there’s no other bottle like this which I own. But once you get away from the bottle you need to have a good scent to go with it, and it’s not my style.

It’s quite hard to describe this one. It’s really sweet, and it does smell ‘purple’, like the bottle. How can I explain that? It smells quite dry and powdery, and is a sweet style of scent. It’s not very musky, like a traditional masculine scent, nor is it fresh, or citrus-like. It’s not an unpleasant smell, but it doesn’t really stand out. Where I like to wear something which is light, fresh or citrus through the day, this is not that. A great evening scent for me is dark and inviting, and this is not that either.

So it’s not really a stand out scent, and doesn’t really fit into any kind of category for a fragrance, which could be a good thing if it were a brilliant smell, but sadly it just isn’t anything special.

Best season to wear – Autumn/Winter
Scent type – Earthy/Aromatic
Age Recommendation – 18+
Best Worn – Evening, Day Wear, Formal, Casual

Top Notes – Mint, Amber

Middle Notes – Vetiver, Pepper, Spicy Notes

Base Notes – Oakmoss, Vanilla

What do you think of Paco Rabanne Ultraviolet? Let me know, and if you’re looking for another scent, make sure you check out my men’s fragrance reviews, for all the latest and classic scents.

Wednesday, 8th November, 2017

MR. P By MR Porter Arrives With Debut Capsule Collection

MR P. Debut Collection From MR Porter

Several weeks back I heard about something new brewing at MR. Porter, it was a new collection not only being sold by the luxury online retailer, but also designed by them. This is MR P., and it officially launched online yesterday.

You probably don’t need me to tell you about MR. Porter; Which is one of the homes to rare, sought after, expensive or luxury clothing labels in menswear, where you can find everything from Balenciaga to Vetements to Acne Studios, as well as street wear premium labels such as Common Projects, Adidas Originals and Scandi style from brands like No Nationality. The campaign said that it would be a range of clothes that they have themselves always wanted, stylish and understated, affordable but made to the highest standard. Here’s my picks from the 50+ capsule collection.

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Tuesday, 7th November, 2017

Adidas Release Spain World Cup 2018 Kits

Spain home shirt for 2018 world cup

It’s almost World Cup time! 😀

Early yesterday morning Adidas released the new kits for next year’s World Cup including the official unveiling of the Spain shirt. Most of the other kits from Adidas were also announced, including Germany, Argentina, Sweden, Russia and more. The kits have gone all 90’s, with inspiration taken from various retro kits from the 90’s and incorporated into the new kits for the World Cup next year.

The Spain kit is a take on the 1994 World Cup which was in the USA. That has always been a shirt which I have liked, it was not a lucky shirt, as Spain lost in the quarter finals to Italy, who cheated when Mauro Tassotti elbowed him in the box which would have resulted in a penalty had it been seen, breaking Luis Enrique’s nose in the process.

The Spain top is the traditional red, with a take on the yellow and blue diamond pattern on the right hand side of the shirt. The badge is on the right, and is a tonal colour scheme as the several previous shirts have been, utilising the red and yellow colours.

Spain home goalkeeper shirt for Russia 2018

The home goalkeeper shirt has also been released, and my first impressions of this is that it’s horrible. It seems to be this green-blue colour with an ugly pattern to the front. It could be the worst Spain goalkeeper shirt which has been designed for a while. This is trimmed with black, with the badge using a tonal black colour too. I have seen the Germany goalkeeper shirt which has the same pattern but uses much nicer blues, this looks a lot better. The away goalkeeper shirt is still to come, so hopefully that will be better.

Spain away training shirts for 2018

Along with the home shirt and home goalkeeper shirt, some training shirts and kit has also been released, including a polo shirt, a few T-shirts, tracksuits and bottoms.

One set of training wear is dark grey in colour, and comes with a red trip with the Spain badge using a gold colour. The other comes in a two tone blue colour, again this looks nice and has the same red trim with gold Spain badge and star once again.

Spain 2018 training shirts

The away kits have not been released yet and should follow shortly keeping in line with the same previous release schedule. The RRP of the home shirt is £70 with the Authentic Jersey coming in at £99.95, both available at Adidas right now, with other sports shops set to get stock next week.

Monday, 6th November, 2017

Shirt Stays From 2Clicks – the Dapper Shirt Stay

Dapper Shirt Stays

We’ve all experienced this problem before: You’re feeling great in your favourite shirt, but as you’re wearing it and moving around, it becomes more and more loose, and finally that smart tucked in shirt has become un-tucked, and it’s not looking as smart as it once did. Having a perfect fitted tailored shirt can go a long way to addressing this problem, but that can be expensive, and what about the great shirts you already own? Shirt Stays from 2Clicks could be the answer you’re looking for.

How They Work

The shirt stay has been worn by military personnel, with a range of different styles and take on the concept being used from other brands. The Dapper Shirt Stay design is a Y-shaped style, with two stays connecting the bottom of the sides of the shirt being attached to your socks with clips. The straps are made from polyester and elastodinene and are fully adjustable, with all three points able to be adjusted. The clips are made from metal for durability, with quality sliders along with the joint being made of leather. The design keeps your socks up and your shirt down, neatly tucked into your trousers, just like it’s supposed to be. They work in a similar way to men’s braces, but rather than keeping your trousers up, these keep your shirt down.

Wearing The Shirt Stay

Wearing shirt stays will be strange at first, and you’ll need to get used to wearing them, but they’re something which you can wear on that occasion you really want to look your best without the expense of getting a tailored fitted shirt. Whether that’s at a wedding or the all important job interview where first impression count, they’re something you can consider to keep your shirt in perfect place.

About 2Clicks

2 Clicks are a small British run family business offering great customer service, with all products designed in the UK. The Dapper Shirt Stay come in a metal presentation tin, and you can get yours for £20 per pair on Amazon here.

Written in collaboration with 2Clicks
Sunday, 5th November, 2017

Film Night: Vacation

Vacation Reboot Film Review


So for film night this time round I watched Vacation. It’s a remake, or sequel, or successor, or whatever you want to call it, from the original, National Lampoons Vacation. I love the original, and plenty of films from the original series which starred Chevy Chase, the best ones being the original, Christmas and European vacation in the series, and the Vegas one wasn’t too bad either. As with everything that gets remade, they just don’t make them like they used to, so although I wanted to watch this, I wasn’t holding my breath for it being brilliant.

So fast forwards from the original film to today and Rusty Griswald (played by Ed Helms) is now a married grown up with two teenage kids, with the younger one bullying the older one who’s a bit of a misfit. The whole family isn’t very close, with his wife Debbie (played by Christina Applegate) thinking their marriage has lost it’s spark. They usually go to Cheboygan Michigan on their vacation which the whole family secretly hate, but instead go to Walley World, and drive across country like Rusty did all those years ago.

So the whole film is based on that as the original, with plenty of trips down memory lane with similar funny situations including random stop-offs  at different places.

I actually think this is a good film! You’ve got to sort of forget it’s a remake/reboot, and judge it kind of as a film on it’s own. If you love the original series of films, then it’s probably never going to compare, because you can’t get that kind of humour or film, or Chevy Chase anymore. Having said that, Chevy Chase makes a cameo in the film, as does Beverley D’Angelo, and is kind of funny. Ed Helms is really funny in the film, there are some real laugh out loud moments. The story line isn’t brilliant, but it’s watchable, even if you haven’t seen the original.

One of the on-going jokes in the film is the song Kiss From A Rose by Seal, which the film ends on, so be prepared to be singing that song for a while after the film. Ed Helms is a great singer! 😀

Friday, 3rd November, 2017

Style Of The Week: New Navy Jaeger Suit

Michael 84 New Jaeger Suit

Hey guys!

I have a few suits…In fact I probably have too many if I’m completely honest, considering I don’t wear a full suit all too often (I love just a blazer or jacket though), I’d say that I possibly have more than I need. I’ve got all the staple colours covered; That’s grey, black and blue. When it comes to blue, I think we can all say that it’s probably the best colour for a suit, and in particular I prefer the darkest of blues, navy, or if you can find something available, midnight blue. I already own a blue suit, It is navy but it’s kind of light, and I have a marled navy one which is pretty decent too. But the one I’ve been contemplating getting is a really dark navy suit. So finally, I’ve added that to my collection.

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Thursday, 2nd November, 2017

prince + pete: Sayonara Single Sock Syndrome

Pete + Prince Socks

As you’ll know from reading my blog over the past year or so, I’ve got a new found love for socks. Socks have always been an essential item, but recently they’ve taken on a whole new persona for themselves. No longer are they that boring item which you don’t really care about but buy out of necessity, but a stylish item of it’s own to team up with the rest of your outfit. I have got on board with the sock trend, and have quite a few pairs from different brands, but there’s a new brand which is doing something I’ve not seen before, that’s prince + pete.

Something we all have to deal with is that missing sock. Where do they go? I don’t really understand how I can lose a sock from the washing basket to the washing machine for it to never be seen again. I do have a couple of single socks which I do actually keep, in the hope that I’ll find the other which makes up the pair.

prince + pete have developed colour collections which have coordinating designs, and are sold in singles, yes, you can buy just one sock. The idea is that all the socks from each colour collection can be paired up, giving more fashionable choices and allowing collections to be built up, one sock at a time.

“Men are limited in the ways they can express a sense of style. So, I wanted to create a sock brand that makes it easy for the average guy to be fashionable, with great designs that are well-made and easily coordinated,” said Donna Pappalardo, Founder of prince + pete.

There’s two ways which you can purchase the socks; A monthly subscription service called S-Club which you can join and get three socks delivered to your door per month, a matching pair and a single complimentary sock. This costs $36/month with free delivery, with an option to cancel the service at any time. You can also get a starter pack of 9 socks, this includes 4 pairs and 1 complimentary sock to get you going, which comes in at $96.

Prince + Pete Sock Collection

The socks are made from a super soft bamboo, with an arch support, extra cushioned bottom, smooth seamless toe and are a perfect crew length. The collections which are currently available are Bleeker, Hudson, Ludlow, Melrose, Mercer and Worth.

I think that this is a really good unique idea, with some great sock colours and patterns available. You can see more from prince + pete at their site here, and check out the video below which gives you all the information you need in less than a minute.

Written in collaboration with prince + pete