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Monday, 15th January, 2018

Adicolor From Adidas Originals

Adidas Originals Releases Adicolor

Adidas Originals is all about the heritage of the sports and lifestyle brand, and they are coming back with some pretty iconic pieces in the coming weeks with it’s Adicolor collection.

The three statement colours for the menswear are red, blue and green, all synonymous with Adidas, with most of the styling being debuted in the 70’s. But there’s one item which has me quite excited; The return of those “popper” track bottoms! I know that Adidas Originals brought back these last year, and called them Adibreak, but the styling was slightly different to the original design we used to wear back in the 90’s. The teaser image Adidas is using (pictured above) has the same iconic tracksuit bottoms as back in the day, the navy blue bottoms with large white side and three navy stripes with an Adidas logo down next to the hem. These are currently not listed on Adidas’s website, but hopefully they will be added soon.

There’s a few pieces online from the Adicolor collection which will be available to buy from 11PM 17th January 2018, these include trefoil T-shirts, track jackets and bottoms along with pairs of Campus trainers which are already available. There’s a ladies line too, which also includes the colours sky blue and yellow, with a statement piece being a raglan dress in collegiate green and white.

You can expect to pay around £63 for a jacket, £55 for track pants, £55 for a hoodie and £23 for a tee. All will be available in Adidas stores and online at Adidas here from 11PM Wednesday 18th January 2018.

Adidas Originals Adicolor Key Pieces

Sunday, 14th January, 2018

Film Night: The Founder

The Founder McDonalds Film Review

It’s another film night! 😀

So this week I watched a film which I hadn’t even heard of called The Founder. I saw it on Amazon Prime and decided that I would watch the trailer to see what it was all about, and I loved it so much I had to watch the film.

It’s a film which is based on the story of McDonalds. Some people love films like fantasy films like Harry Potter, but for me I am really into these kinds of biographical and even documentary style films based on real life. I love films like The Wolf Of Wall Street and The Social Network, this is a similar style of film, but all about those golden arches.

So as mentioned it’s all about McDonalds, how it was started, and the whole story which stretches from 1954 right up until the 1970s. It documents how a man called Ray Kroc from Illinois was a travelling salesman selling milkshake mixers, and happens to get a large order from two brothers with a restaurant out in San Bernardino. Curious, rather than sending the mixers he goes out there himself, and is blown away by what the restaurant does.

Rather than the super slow service with people waiting in cars for their food which was the norm back then, people went up to the counter, ordered and got their food within 30 seconds, and used disposable napkins and bags, no cutlery or plates required. He thought this was genius, and took the brothers out for dinner so he could learn more. He had a driven personality and wanted more than what he had, and decided he wanted to get in on the action. He talked them into franchising, and then the film goes from there.

It’s about the characters as much as the story line. You’ve got Ray Kroc, the man driven for success and money, and his wife who’s happy with a comfortable life. The two McDonald’s brothers; Mac and Dick, who are smart but slightly naive and just want to be moderately successful with their restaurant, and not compromise quality. These are the three main characters in the film.

It’s kind of weird, because I am sure we’ve all ate McDonalds for years and years, but probably none of us know the story of where it all began. Now I’ve seen this film I guess I do, and it’s really good story and makes you think how far “fast food” has came.

Friday, 12th January, 2018

Y By Yves Saint Laurent – Men’s Fragrance Review

Y By Yves Saint Laurent Fragrance Review

A start to a new year means a new scent, and I’ve got one of the new kids on the block, Y by Yves Saint Laurent. It was only launched in 2017, so is still a fairly new scent. Like me, you may have got this for Christmas, and if you didn’t you may be wondering what it’s all about, so here’s my take on the latest men’s aftershave from YSL.

It’s called Y which is supposed to represent generation Y, more commonly called Millennials these days, so should in fact be my perfect scent, since this is what I am. According to some other marketing I read, it’s to represent the Y chromosome, which is only present in men. Either way, it should be a scent for me, but is it?

As always I will start off with the bottle, which I like. It’s a 60ml bottle rather than 50ml, so you’re already getting 10ml more of the fragrance than you usually would. The bottle top is chunky with the YSL trademark logo to the top which is debossed in brushed metal, with a wrap around style black material which is nice and grippy. It’s a rectangular transparent bottle, with the Yves Saint Laurent wording on a brushed silver metal strip, which goes around the glass to the side to form the letter Y, which I think looks nice.

As you can see from the colour of the juice, it’s clear, which usually indicates that it’s not going to be an old school musky type of scent, which are usually a burnt orange colour. This is a fresh scent, aquatic and spicy with very light woody notes. It makes it perfect for the Spring or Summer, or an all rounder if you’re looking for a scent for the day. Since it’s so light it is very versatile, you can wear this in virtually any setting, from going to school, college or university, to going to work a the office, or out to lunch.

It’s an all rounder which is a very pleasant, I would identify this as a green fresh scent with a bit of spice, a modern masculine scent. It’s not a lady killer in the same vein as a Creed Aventus, Tom Ford Noir or Dior Sauvage, but you can’t wear those style of scents for a laid back day time situation, which this aftershave is perfect for.

I can definitely recommend Y by Yves Saint Laurent if you’re on the look out for something for the day, an all rounder or to add a green fresh scent to your collection.

Best season to wear – Spring/Summer
Scent type – Fresh/Spicy/GreenWoody
Age Recommendation – 18+
Best Worn – Evening, Day Wear, Formal, Casual

Top Notes – White aldehydes, Bergamot, Ginger

Middle Notes – Sage, Geranium, Violet leaf

Base Notes – Ambergris, Incense, Fir balsam, Cedarwood, Musk

Do you own Y by YSL? If you do let me know what you think of it. If you’re looking for a new scent, remember to check out the rest of my fragrance reviews for thoughts on all scents.

Wednesday, 10th January, 2018

Dry January Is A Pointless Waste Of Time

Picture from when I was in York a while ago

We’ve now left the first weekend of January behind, did you drink alcohol, or are you participating in Dry January?

A new year means a couple of things; We’re recovering from over indulging in food and drink from Christmas and New Year, so are feeling guilty about it. It’s also a time where people use the expressions such as “New Year, New Me”, or “2018 is going to be my year”, which is usually followed up by a gym membership, diet and the fad which has been going for several years now, Dry January.

But I’ve always thought that it was pointless. Why do you need to stop drinking for a month? And even if you do, what happens next? Therefore I think Dry January is pointless, and here’s some more reasons to convince you why.

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Monday, 8th January, 2018

New In: Clinique For Men Products

Clinique For Men Product Set

More Men’s products! Yes more…

Clinique For Men are grooming products which are fairly premium and I’ve had before and enjoyed using, and I got this set of products which come in the form of a scrub, face wash, moisturising lotion and shave gel.

The face scrub comes in a small bottle and is a product which I will enjoy using. I don’t think you need to use a scrub every day, it’s one of those products you can use a few times a week to keep your skin looking fresh, removing dead skin and everything bad. I am not a huge fan of a face wash, I don’t really see the need for one in the usual man’s lifestyle or routine, but I will give this one a try to see what it’s like. I do like to use moisturiser, I think that most of them do a good job at keeping the skin looking nice and soft, and I am looking forward to trying out the shave gel too.

I have got so many new products to try it’s going to take a long time testing them all out, but I will probably report back and write about which ones I thought were the best.

Saturday, 6th January, 2018

Socks And Underwear For January 2018!

Socks and Underwear For 2018

So I’ve already shared the obligatory men’s products I got for Christmas, and along with those another typical manly thing to get for the festive period is stocks and underwear!

I have been partial to Happy Socks over the past year or two, so this year I got a couple of pairs from different brands, Jaeger which will be familiar to you if you’ve read my blog in the past since I have a lot of fashion from them, and Wolsey, a label I have to admit I know nothing about.

Apparently Wolsey is a name which has history since the 16th century, both those and the Jaeger socks are very soft and comfortable.

For the underwear, there’s the familiar sights of PINK, Calvin Klein and Emporio Armani, along with William Hunt. I have quite a few pair of Thomas Pink underwear, it’s very comfortable and I love the fit, and I don’t need to tell you about Calvin Klein, the boxer briefs are always good.

What better way to kick off 2018 than with some new underwear! 😀

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Friday, 5th January, 2018

AU Vodka Review Is It Golden?

Au Vodka Review

I love trying new vodkas, and I heard about AU Vodka a while ago, and since it’s Christmas, I got a bottle. Over the past year or so I’ve tried a lot of plain vodkas, and reviewed them on the blog. From Reyka vodka to Our Vodka London, and Legend of  Kremlin, they all have their own individualises and qualities.

The biggest draw to this one is the gold bottle, which really does look the part. AU is the symbol for gold, so it all ties in with the branding. It’s a standard 70ml bottle size, and is a higher than most 40% vol vodka, and 5 times distilled.

The vodka is a premium vodka and tastes as such. It is quite smooth, but not the smoothest vodka which I’ve ever tasted, but I have tried quite a few premium bottles in my time, it is quite pleasant to drink. It has a sharpness to it, you can really get a taste of the vodka with that warm, alcohol kind of kick to it.

Drinking this in a cocktail or just using one mixer it goes down very easily. I tested it out with Red Bull as I do with most plain vodkas and it tasted very nice, easily drinkable and enjoyable.

It comes in at around £32-£35 which is at the higher end, which is around the same as Crystal Head or Absolut Elyx vodka, but slightly more than something like Ciroc, Grey Goose or Belvedere.

If you’re looking for a nice vodka and a bottle to do the talking for you, this is definitely a contender.

Does AU Vodka have the gold standard

Thursday, 4th January, 2018

Take Me Out Series 10 Photos

Take Me Out Series 10 2018 - Girls Photos

It’s back in it’s usual place for January 2018, a New Year means a new Take Me Out, Paddy is up to series 10 now, so it’s time to…

Bring on the girls!

There will be two special episodes of Take Me Out this year. One will see the script flipped and the ladies will be picking the lads, so it will be a first ever, Bring on the boys. For the celebrity special this year it will be Chloe Sims from TOWIE and gold medal winning gymnast and Strictly Come Dancing semi finalist Claudia Fragapane choosing one of the boys. Another special will see the older generation have their chance, with lucky gents coming down the love lift.

Take Me out is back on Saturday 6th January 2018

But you want to see photos and know more about the 30 girls who’ll be gracing your TV screen every Saturday night? Here they come…

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