Men's Fashion & Lifestyle Blog: Michael 84

Friday, 26th May, 2017

Style Of The Week – Cream Denim & Adidas Tee

Style Of The Week - Cream denim and black tee

Hey guys!

It’s Friday, and it’s also Bank Holiday Monday which means an extra long weekend! 🙂

The weather this week has been brilliant! Summer has came, at least for now, and today is supposed to be the hottest day so far. Unfortunately it looks like it’s already coming to an end (according to my phone).

For my style of the week I have gone for this pair of cream denim from ASOS, and a classic Adidas Originals Tee. These jeans are so comfortable! They’re really soft and have some stretch to them, they’re definitely not a classic vintage style of denim that connoisseurs would enjoy, but the fit is pretty good. I’ve featured this pair on the blog a couple of times, and when I bought them originally I didn’t realise how skinny they were until I put them on, and they’re fairly skinny!.

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Thursday, 25th May, 2017

1960’s Jeans From Levi’s For Summer 2017

Levi's 1960's inspired jeans for Summer

Hey guys!

So Summer is here right now, and if you are looking for something a bit different in your jeans which are perfect for the warmer weather, these are definitely worth a look. They’re a few new pairs of denim from Levi’s.

I saw these a few weeks ago and think they’re brilliant. Levi’s have created four pair of unisex jeans which they’re calling the Crazy Leg 1960’s jeans. They are limited edition and inspired by the 1967 Goldie Horn character on The Laugh In, a popular comedy sketch show in the 1960s.

The first pair features eyelash printed to the front with lips printing as well as classic 60s slogans to the back of the leg. The next features check list slogan prints to the front, with a mock eye test to the back of the jeans. The third pair has Love Trip printed down the front legs in a true 60’s style, with a zipper style print to the back.

If you’ve read my jeans guide you’ll know that for a staple pair of denim you should get something which will last for years to come, and choose something such as Indigo or black which are my favourite colours when it comes to denim. However in the Summer you want something lighter, white jeans are always an option, and a good one at that, but you might want to add some fun and individuality to your look when the sun comes out. If you are looking to inject some retro Summer vibes into your wardrobe, and you are looking for something really unique this season, this is the denim to do that. Each pair come in a cream/off white base colour, with vibrant colourful printing from front to back.

The jeans are £160 each and you can check them out at Levi’s here. Let me know what you think of these 🙂

Wednesday, 24th May, 2017

Waremakers – A Marketplace Curated For The Curious

Waremakers Products

As you know if you’re a regular reader of the blog, I love things which are high quality and carefully made. I love companies which produce products that have high craftsmanship, and you can really appreciate the work which has gone into making each individual item. While I think there’s always a place for inexpensive everyday items, sometimes you want to spend that little bit more on something which is going to last a long time.

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Tuesday, 23rd May, 2017

Manchester 💔


Thoughts are with all those caught up in the Manchester tragedy. No more words. 💔

Monday, 22nd May, 2017

Tommy Hilfiger – Tommy Jeans 90’s Style For Summer 2017

Tommy Jeans Summer 2017 Collection

As you know I love the 90’s trends which have been going for a few years, and one of the biggest clothing brands which has really embraced the retro vibes has been Tommy Hilfiger. They’ve brought back the Tommy Jeans menswear for a reboot last year, not just once, but two mini collections. The Summer is here, and they’ve come back with some colours perfect for the Summer, and keep the classic 90’s style with a summer edge to it.

The four hues which are available in a few styles are called Lemon Meringue, Quartz Pink, Corydalis Blue, and Dusty Aqua. These are backed up with the staple colours white, navy and grey.

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Sunday, 21st May, 2017

Dirty Grandpa For Film Night

Dirty Grandpa Review

Hey guys!

So I have STILL not got through all the blu rays I bought a couple of months back, I had a bit of a break from the new ones and watched a couple of classics. Anyway I’ve got back to watching the films I haven’t seen, and this time round I watched Dirty Grandpa which stars Robert De Niro and Zac Efron.

It’s a comedy film which sees Jason (Zac Efron) asked to drive his grandpa Dick (Robert De Niro) to Florida after his grandmother passed away. Jason is an uptight kind of guy, working as a lawyer, and is about to get married to a miserable women. He promises her that he’ll be back for the rehearsal dinner, but Dick has other ideas. He wants to relive his youth just one more time, and plans on getting Jason to drive them to Spring Break in Daytona, unbeknown to him. Jason then finds out about Dick’s plan, and they run into a couple of girls and their friend, Jason used to go to college with one of the girls. He agrees to go to Spring Break and then the film goes from there.

I had looked forward to watching this for a while, I’d seen some clips and it looked good, and it was. There were plenty of really hilarious moments, lots of funny things and genuine laugh out loud parts. After I watched the film I had a read around and found out that lots of people hated the film, and it was nominated for the dreaded Raspberry Awards, which are awarded to the worst films. I thought it was far from that, in fact I enjoyed it. Maybe the Americans just didn’t like or understand the humour, it was directed by Dan Mazar who’s British and was a writer for a few Sacha Baron Cohen films, maybe that’s why.

Anyway, I can recommend the film, it was really good, the worst thing about it was the “Pam” character who was annoying more than funny, but other than that the rest of the characters were good.

Friday, 19th May, 2017

That IKEA Trend – The Frakta Bag Turns Iconic!

Streetwear IKEA Frakta Bag Into T-Shirt Trend

Happy Friday!

If you haven’t been following the fashion world in the past few weeks you may be wondering why am I wearing an IKEA T-Shirt…Surely that can’t be trendy or fashionable right? Well if you do follow high end fashion or street wear then you may already know about this…Basically Balenciaga released a bag, an £1100 bag which is the same colour blue as the Frakta shopping bags you can get from IKEA, and a very similar looking style. Social media being what it is, everyone has had a good old laugh at this, and some brands and artists have been mocking up “IKEA inspired” street wear and versions of all their products.

I’ve seen some IKEA Yeezy trainers, hats, some watches and even a thong. Since I design I could not pass up this opportunity by, so for my outfit of the week I created this, the Michael 84 x IKEA Frakta T-shirt! 😀 It comes in blue (obviously) and has the repeat pattern as you’d find on the straps of the bags. It’s not as sturdy as an original Frakta bag, however it’s a slightly better fit. I think it’s going to be the biggest trend of the Summer! 😀

Even IKEA has gone in on the joke, posting this online…

The Genuine IKEA Frakta Bag

This obviously pokes fun at the designer bag which looks like it, and the endless counterfeits which live in the exclusive bag marketplace. If you get an IKEA bag, make sure it’s genuine! 😀

It’s all been quite fun in an industry which can sometimes take itself a bit too seriously. What do you think of this trend?

Wednesday, 17th May, 2017

Only The Brave Tattoo Eau De Toilette Review

Diesel Only The Brave Tattoo Fragrance Review

I never had the original Only The Brave from Diesel, so I can’t compare it to this incarnation, but here’s the one which I do have, it’s Only The Brave Tattoo.

As far as the bottle goes, it’s the same shape and style as the original. It’s quite innovative and original, a fist shape, but instead of a light colour, this is black-blue in colour with Only The Brave Tattoo written on it in a graffiti tattoo style and Diesel branding to the front. It can be stood up in two positions, which is quite unique for a fragrance bottle.

Contrary to the attitude and raw-ness of the bottle, the scent is something different. It’s fresh and fruity, you get a sense of greens which is strong, and a smaller hint of some spicy notes which don’t feel sharp and are quite subtle. On balance it’s a nice scent, it will work well during the day, and if you prefer a lighter scent with just a bit of punch for an evening, it will work in that setting too.

I have had this fragrance for a number of years, and while it’s never been a favourite, it’s definitely not a bad smell at all.

Best season to wear – All Rounder
Scent type – Fruity, Fresh, Slightly Spicy
Age Recommendation – 18+
Best Worn – Day, Evening, Casual, Formal

Top Notes – Red Apple

Middle Notes – Sage, Bourbon Pepper

Base Notes – Amber wood, Benzoin, Amber, Patchouli

Let me know what you think of this if you own it or have the original. You can find more aftershave reviews if you’re looking for a new scent and this one doesn’t sound like a favourite.

Monday, 15th May, 2017

CÎROC Summer Colada Review

Ciroc Summer Colada Review UK

I think I might have just found my drink for this Summer!

Several months ago I heard about CÎROC Summer Colada and I thought it sounded pretty good, but it was unavailable in the UK. Last week it got a UK release, and I picked up a bottle to see what it was all about. This past weekend I cracked it open and made some cocktails on Saturday night which were pretty good!

I’ve drank cocktails for years, but I’ve always stuck to the same old drinks, mostly vodka based. A few years ago I decided to try a Piña Colada to see if I liked it, and I did. So then I decided to see if I could make my own, and bought the ingredients to try out at home. It didn’t go very well. A Piña colada is not the most difficult cocktail to make. It consists of white rum, pineapple juice and coconut cream. But every time I was trying to make it, it just didn’t seem to taste right, not like what I would get from a cocktail bar. I think I may have used coconut milk, so I did not get that thick creamy texture and possibly used too much white rum which over-powered the taste. Anyway, there’s a new solution for this Summer, CÎROC Summer Colada!

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Sunday, 14th May, 2017

Eurovision 2017 Weekend

Fun at the Eurovision 2017 Weekend

Hey guys!

I hope you are well and have had a good weekend. So it was Eurovision last night and Portugal won. It’s become something of a tradition for the past 6 or 7 years that I watch the show, it’s one of those marmite kind of things, people either really love it or hate it. I think you’ve got to take it for what it is. I thought that this year’s show there was no stand out winner, There wasn’t that one powerful song that stood out which there seems to have been for the past few years.

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