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Thursday, 17th August, 2017

CÎROC French Vanilla – Coming Soon!

Coming Soon - Ciroc Vanilla Vodka

So if you are a regular reader of my blog you’ll know that one of my favourite vodka flavours is vanilla, and I wrote a feature for the best vanilla vodkas you can buy, now it seems like there could be a new contender in the form of CÎROC French Vanilla.

It looks like CÎROC are doing it again, and bringing out another new flavour. Outside their plain vodka which is really good, they’ve released flavours including Mango, Apple, Pineapple, Red Berry, Amaretto, Coconut, Peach and the limited edition Summer Colada which I’ve got and featured on the blog a few months back. I have always wondered why they’ve missed out Vanilla for this length of time, I would have thought it would be a popular flavour, more so than some of their current line up.

CÎROC say that French Vanilla is a rich tasting spirit made with vodka distilled five times from fine French grapes. They say it’s uniquely rich and creamy, and you can enjoy it on the rocks, as a shot or with your favourite mixer (That’s Coke/Diet Coke for me)

I’ve bought and tried so many of the other brands, including Absolut Vanilla, Grey Goose, Stoli and Smirnoff. It’s going to be interesting to see what they come up with and if it’s better, the same or worse.

There’s no UK release date (yet) and no price. It has been confirmed in the USA for around $42 and is said to be limited, so it may not actually get an official release in the UK.

I will keep you updated on this when I have more information 🙂

Wednesday, 16th August, 2017

Amazon Prime Video: 1 Month Review

Amazon Prime Video Review

Hey guys!

So as I wrote about a while ago, I went ahead and got Amazon Prime which includes Amazon video over a month ago, and I’ve watched a couple of things on there, so I thought I would give it a little bit of a review.

If you don’t know what it is, Amazon Prime is a service from Amazon which you pay for which gets your free next day deliveries for a year; The service expanded and now includes free music and also free TV shows and films from their Amazon Video collection. It was on offer for £59/year, so I decided to get it since I shop a lot on Amazon. I also watch a few films, many I’ve reviewed here on the blog, so I thought it would be a good thing to have.

They say they have over 5,000 films, that sounds like a huge amount! I have been buying Blu Rays for years, many of them I only watch once, so I thought this may stop me buying Blu Rays and I’ll use Amazon Video all the time. However, it won’t, and here’s why…

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Monday, 14th August, 2017

Larsson And Jennings – My New Everyday Watch

Larsson And Jennings Watch Review

I love watches, and I’ve had so many over the years. I like to wear different watches for different occasions, whether it’s going out or just an everyday occasion, I always wear a watch. I’ve been looking for a new watch for every day, and I have finally got one, I went for the Lugano from Larsson And Jennings.

My usual everyday watch has been my D&G Time watch, I love it, I have had it for so long and had so many good times with it. I bought that a long time ago, and it has served me well. But I got that in my 20’s, and it’s a watch with metal links and Swarovski crystals, it’s really showy and is like a bling. Being Dolce and Gabbana it has some fashion prestige, but it is just a fashion watch like many other. Now I am older I wanted something more classic and understated, but something good quality at a good price point. With a lot of good watches on offer, I chose to get a Larsson and Jennings.

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Friday, 11th August, 2017

Most Stylish Football Managers In The Premier League 2017

The best dressed English Premier League Managers

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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Thursday, 10th August, 2017

iPhone8 Rumours – Will You Be Getting One?

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Is this the next iPhone? [image via Google Images for commentary purposes]

It’s August and with Apple having a history of releasing new iPhones in September in the past, rumours and discussions around the next iPhone are really starting to get some speed. But, will you get one, and should I?

The latest rumours doing the rounds is that there’ll be a few models released; an iPhone 7S, a 7S Plus and an all new design, an 8. This would be completely different to the cycle of what they’ve done in the past, which has been release a phone and then what most of us call a “half” model a year later; So that’s a 5 followed a year later by a 5S, followed a year later by a 6, and so on. But the 7 was only released last year, so going straight to an 8 which was originally speculated would break the pattern; Now the new rumours of both a 7S and 8 breaks it even further.

What Will Make Me Buy One?

I’ve had an iPhone since the 3G, and done the upgrade path of one every other year, so missed out all the S models and got the latest one, that was until the 7. I bought the 6 and it was great, it’s still great, and there was no reason to upgrade to the 7. Now I am here with the 6, 3 years later, so should I upgrade? What will make me get the updated version?

It’s really hard to say. The camera is already fairly decent, but of course it can be better. The speed and power is perfectly acceptable, but the newer phone will obviously be better. There’s also the annoyance of no headphone jacks on the newer models (presumably none on the next model either). I don’t really want a bigger phone, but it would be good to have a refresh. It’s actually hard to say what Apple’s USP is going to be on this one….Going from the 5 to 6 the screen was bigger and it was more of a jump, so it’s not a real comparison.

Price could also play a part. People are saying that because this is the 10th anniversary of the iPhone there’ll be a special model (which could be the 8, if that’s even the name) which could be really expensive; Some are talking about £1000!

What do you think of the upcoming iPhones, will you buy one and what may sway your decision?

Wednesday, 9th August, 2017

Film Night: London Has Fallen Blu Ray Review

London Has Fallen Review

Hey guys!

So the last film I reviewed on the blog was a blu ray and it was The Big Short which I thought was really good, and a film which I’ve had for so long but not watched is London Has Fallen which is the follow up to Olympus Has Fallen.

I wanted to watch something with some action and a typical Hollywood film which was easy watching, after I’ve been watching a lot of factual or documentary style films of late. This is obviously that, and if you’ve seen Olympus Has Fallen then it’s very much the same type of film, this time set in London. I do love when films I watch are set in places I have been too or live in, is that just me? 😛

So the film; Once again Gerard Butler is the American’s president’s head of security, and they both have to go to London on a state visit with the other leaders of the World, as the Prime Minister dies (all the world leaders names used are fictitious). Two years previously Western intelligence agencies collaborated and organised an air strike when a terrorist’s family is killed. This is the terrorists revenge, who admits to organising the attacks and says there will be more if the President doesn’t hand himself over, with the terrorists trying to hunt him down to broadcast his killing on the Internet. And the film goes from there with plenty of action.

It’s a good film, and if you love things blowing up and lots of action it’s worth watching if you haven’t already seen it. It’s only on for 99 minutes, so it’s not a long 2 hour+ film which is refreshing these days since so many are. If you liked the first one, you’ll probably like this.

Monday, 7th August, 2017

Mens Fashion Trends: Hawaiian Shirts For The Summer

hawaiian shirts fatboy slim style


What are your thought on Hawaiian shirts? Just a gimmick, or are these loud shirts actually stylish? I have to say that I am starting to like them, they are another item to have in your wardrobe that you can pull out every now and then to give yourself some individuality in a world where a lot of guys are wearing the same things this summer. If you’re looking for a men’s fashion trend which may not be your usual style, the Hawaiian shirt could be something to consider to make yourself stand out from the crowd.

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Sunday, 6th August, 2017

Blog: Best Of July 2017

Michael 84 outfit Grids on Instagram

Hey guys!

So it’s the first week of August, but it already feels like the Summer is over 🙁 The weather has been poor, and I haven’t been abroad yet in 2017 which is disappointing (I can’t decide where to go which means I’ll probably go nowhere, if you have any tips let me know!). July was pretty good and I got up to a few things, went out a whole lot, done some parties and I feel like I drank way too much! 😉

Here’s a couple of photos from July.

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Saturday, 5th August, 2017

Common Goal For Footballers To Donate 1% Wages By Juan Mata

Common Goal From Juan Mata

Hi guys!

I hope you are having a great weekend so far! The Premier League starts next weekend, and I can hardly wait! Football is back, but with quite a few games over the Summer it doesn’t feel like it’s been much of a wait. I have to share this story which I heard yesterday which I think sounds pretty cool, from Juan Mata and Common Goal.

Common Goal is an organisation with a vision of the football family coming together and donating 1% of their wages to this collective fund. Juan Mata, who won the World Cup with Spain is the first player to join this vision, calling on others to team up. “It takes more than one to make a real impact“. The money will go to football charities around the world.

Imagine if there’s a starting XI of the world’s highest paid footballers who donate 1% of their salary. That would be quite a formidable team. Like-minded footballers have an opportunity to change the world making this commitment.

You can find out more about this on the Common Goal website here. and read more about it on Juan Mata’s website too.

Friday, 4th August, 2017

Calvin Klein Encounter Eau De Toilette For Men

Calvin Klein Encounter Fragrance Review

Here’s another one of my old scents which I have been going through recently, and it’s a really nice one, Calvin Klein Encounter.

I think that Calvin Klein Encounter is a very underrated scent, and probably shown the least love out of all the fragrances from CK. It was released in the Autumn of 2012 and I think I got this back in the Winter of 2012, and I really liked it. I’ve never seen too many people talk about it, it doesn’t seem to get much love from scent lovers or the general public, and I don’t really understand why. Maybe because the marketing wasn’t good? I don’t recall there being much buzz about this one.

First of all as always I will talk about the bottle. It’s a dark blue translucent cuboid shape with the front slightly debossed out, almost like a smashed window, and has the branding small and neat to the front. It’s finished off with silver trimming to the top of the bottle, and a silver atomiser which has a wide spray. The bottle is not a vintage classic style nor is it a huge innovation, however it’s nice and presentable enough, it won’t look out of place on a countertop or shelf.

OK so the scent itself…I would call this a smooth masculine scent which is perfect for an evening, and is a great Autumn fragrance. It’s warm and spicy, and has boozy notes which is an ode to any night out. It is inviting and has the style of the old school musky types of smell, but in a more refined, modern manner.

The good thing about this one is that since it’s not hugely popular you can get it for a very reasonable price, a 50ml or even 100ml bottle for under £20 which is a fantastic price, even if it’s a blind buy. Another reason to get it is that since this one has passed most people by, you’ll not have to worry too much about smelling like everyone else. As always, you can check out my aftershave tips for men and see all the other fragrances I’ve reviewed.

Best season to wear – Autumn/Winter
Scent type – Warm, Spicy, Woody,
Age Recommendation – 18+
Best Worn – Evening, Casual

Top Notes – Mandarin, Cardamom, Rum

Middle Notes – Jasmine, Cognac, Pepper

Base Notes – Oud, Musk, Cedar