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Thursday, 23rd November, 2017

Incase – Premium Bags & Accessories For All Occasions

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We all need a bag or some accessories to carry our things around today; Whether it’s for day to day activities for work, going away for the weekend or going on holiday, we need something to carry our goods and technology around. Incase has the answer, with a large selection of products to enable us to carry our essential things.

Incase designs are simplistic but stylish, and offer intuitive functionality to provide users with a fully integrated mobile experience, and promise a better experience though good design. The products which they have cover every aspect of modern life, with a range of bags including back packs, active bags and camera bags, to travel luggage and protective cases for Macbooks, iPhones and iPads.

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Tuesday, 21st November, 2017

Men’s Christmas Gift Guide 2017

Best Men's Christmas Gift Guide For 2017

It’s that time of the year again! Christmas is coming, which means it’s time you better start your shopping if you haven’t already! Whether you’re buying gifts for someone else or looking for ideas of what’s good to get this year, here is my gift guide for the festive season this year.

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Sunday, 19th November, 2017

Film Night: John Wick

John Wick for Film Night

So for my last film night I wanted to watch an action film, I noticed that John Wick was on Amazon Video so decided to go for that.

It’s not a film I’ve been dying to watch, and I spotted it on the list of films, so I didn’t really have any expectations for this film. It stars Keanu Reeves as John Wick, a retired hitman out for revenge after someone stole his car and killed his dog. The dog was given to him by his wife who passed away with a terminal illness, to help him cope with her death. The person who kills the dog and stole his car happens to be a Russian-American son (Iosef) of a dodgy Russian businessman (Viggo) who previously hired John. John wanted to get out of that life and finally thought he did until all of this happened, so then goes out to get revenge. Viggo knows all about John so knows he’ll be coming for his son, so tries to have him killed.  The film then goes from there, which is largely John killing his way to Iosef.

I thought that the film was pretty good, and since I already know there’s been a sequel (with a 3rd coming too) I’ll look forward to watching that.

Wednesday, 15th November, 2017

The Best Christmas Jumpers This Year

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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

UPDATED FOR 2017

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