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Tuesday, 17th January, 2017

Today’s Style – Camel Overcoat With Black Knit

Doing The Camel Overcoat Trend

Coat – ASOS | Jeans – Armani Black | Cashmere Black Knit | Kurt Geiger Brogues | Barbour Scarf

You should know about one of the biggest trends of the Winter if you’ve been reading my blog, it is of course the Camel Overcoat Trend, and I decided it’s one which I cannot let pass by, so I got myself a coat!

It’s actually a long story, I had my eye on a Jaeger coat for a while, it was finally in the sale just before Christmas, I ordered it and was excited for it to come…Then on the delivery day Jaeger decided to email me and let me know that actually they had no stock and could not deliver it. I was disappointed, and then it got worse; They mysteriously go the jacket back in stock in my size, however it was now at full price! Hmmm…

Anyway my search went on, and although these camel overcoats look quite similar, there are a few small differences in them, and as you’ll know it’s all in the details. First of all I wanted a placket which had the buttons on show, the Jaeger one actually had a hidden placket but I was going to go ahead with that one as it was good in other ways. Secondly I wanted it to be camel colour (obviously!) and also have pockets which were vertical and not slanted; I prefer these on trousers too so that nothing falls out. I wanted a bit of a lapel collar, and a chest pocket would be great too. I wanted mostly wool composition, which usually signifies better quality, single breasted and a vented back. I finally found one which I loved at ASOS, and so I got it!

I think the fit is good which is always important, and it’s definitely something which I’ll be wearing throughout the Winter as a Winter coat when I need a more smart option as opposed to my Canada Goose.

I styled the coat with an all black outfit which included a black cashmere knit and black Armani jeans, along with a pair of brown Kurt Geiger brogues and my scarf is Made In Scotland from Barbour.

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Monday, 16th January, 2017

Money Monster For Film Night

As you know for Christmas I got a load of Blu rays, lots of which I’ve wanted to watch for a while. The first one on the list to watch was Money Monster. I wanted to watch an edgy, thriller kind of film, and that’s exactly what this is!

I saw the trailers for this ages ago (when the film was released last year) and I thought that George Clooney played the bad guy, he actually doesn’t. Since it’s a thriller, I don’t want to give too much of the film away, but I will give a bit of an overview.

Lee Gates (George Clooney) is a financial expert who is an energetic and animated and presents his TV show which is based on financials including stock and trading tips. One of his shows is interrupted by Kyle Budwell (Jack O’Connell), who has a gun and vest packed with a bomb, storms in and takes over, getting Lee to put on the vest. It turns out he lost his life savings from an investment which went bad which Lee recommended as a safe investment. Lee tries to calm down Kyle with the help of his director Patty Fenn (Julia Roberts), and the film goes from there.

I think it’s a really good thriller, it met my expectations and was a really good watch, so I can say that if you’ve not seen this and you like the idea of the film, you should see it if you haven’t already. You also get to see George Clooney do some comedy dancing, which is hilarious! :mrgreen:

George Clooney dancing in Money Monster

Saturday, 14th January, 2017

Reyka Vodka From Iceland

Reyka Vodka Review

I finally got myself some Reyka vodka!

When I was in Iceland I only actually had 1 vodka, it was pretty expensive, especially when you’re mixing it with Redbull, it’s expensive here in Newcastle in bars, so you can imagine the prices in Reykjavik. I’ve seen it in the shops for a long time, and always not bothered getting it, but as it was Christmas I decided that I’d go ahead and get a bottle.

It’s not the cheapest vodka, with the bigger, more well known brands like Smirnoff and Absolut much more affordable, but I do like vodkas and have owned so many over the years, from Beluga to F:Fashion Vodka, Roberto Cavalli, Danzka, Wyborowa Exquisite and the others. In the vodka price range it sits around the premium price level, similar to Grey Goose, Ciroc and Belvedere, and cost me around £26.

They say it’s a small batch vodka hand crafted in Iceland, made from Arctic spring water with lava rock filtration. Iceland certainly has the natural resources available like no other, so how does it translate into a vodka?

It’s a really nice premium vodka, smooth and goes down well. It is very clean and crisp, which is something you’d expect when you talk about Iceland and their water. You can tell the difference from this premium vodka to a cheaper alternative, and know where the extra money goes. Where cheap vodka is sharp and uncomfortable to drink, Reyka is strong without being overbearing and easy to drink.

If you are looking for a premium vodka and want to try something a little different to the more commercialised options, I can recommend Rekya vodka.

Having A Reyka Vodka From Iceland With Redbull

Friday, 13th January, 2017

This Week’s Fashion News: 13th January 2017

Adidas NMD OG Re Released on 14th January 2017

Happy Friday 13th! What’s been happening in the week of fashion this past 7 days? Here’s a quick roundup which has caught my eye, and the latest from men’s fashion in the week ending 13th January

Adidas Re-release NMD R1 Primeknit OG Trainers

“You asked for them, you’ll get them” was the message from Adidas, as they re-release the popular OG-NMD on Saturday 14th January (tomorrow). They should be priced at around £130 and available at selected stores, although they will go fast.

Belstaff at London Fashion Week Men's

LFWM – London Fashion Week Men’s 17

It was the first London Fashion Week Men’s…Actually, it’s a rebrand of the London Collection: Men’s aka LCM:Men’s which was opened by TOPMAN Design who showcased their collection which looked very 90’s inspired with bright bold neon prints and models who looked like they were from the Brit Pop era. Tinie Tempah debuted his What We Wear collection, and established designers were out in force, including Vivienne Westwood, Lou Dalton, Belstaff, Agi & Sam x Woolmark collaboration, J.W. Anderson, Kent & Curwen, Oliver Spencer and a whole load more.

Tommy Hilfiger At Pitti Uomo 17

Pitti Uomo 17

It was also time for Pitti Uomo, where we saw Tommy Hilfiger for the first time at the Florence show. Plenty of great pieces were seen, including a very nice trademark woollen jumper.

That’s just a couple of the things which I’ve noticed in fashion this week. If you have any other news or would like to contribute something, please let me know in the comments 🙂

Thursday, 12th January, 2017

MR Burberry Review

MR Burberry Fragrance Review

One of the most acclaimed fragrances of 2016 is the first to be reviewed on Michael 84 in 2017. For Christmas I got the latest scent from the house of Burberry, simply called MR. Burberry, and it’s a good one.

Let’s start as always with the bottle, and it’s a plain and simple rectangular shaped bottle, made with clear glass, a plastic top and with the added touch of decoration in the way of a fabric fashioned bow. There’s the branding to the front of the bottle, the logo which consists of the wording in both a script and plain style.

The smell is a very pleasant one, and one which I like. I think it’s more of a fresh and citrus type of scent, with the grapefruit really coming through. It does have woody accords, however they’re not overpowering and it’s not musky, nor it is necessarily an evening-only dark fragrance. This makes it quite an all round scent, something which can be worn during the day as well as a night, in both formal and casual settings. It’s subtle and soft, and definitely not sharp however I’d still say this is a masculine fragrance, a modern one rather than the old school musky type.

I don’t recall having a scent like this one, I don’t really think it smells like anything else, which is a good quality to have. It does not blow me away like my loved scents, however it’s a really nice and attractive inoffensive smell.

Best Season To Wear – All Rounder

Scent Type – Fresh, Citrus, Woody

Age Recommendation – 18+

Best Worn – Evening, Day, Casual, Formal

 

Top Notes – Grapefruit, Tarragon, Cardamom

Middle Notes – Birch leaf, Nutmeg, Cedarwood

Base Notes – Sandalwood, Vetiver, Guaiac wood

Let me know what you think of MR Burberry! If it’s not for you have a browse through the other men’s aftershave reviews and find another fragrance.

Wednesday, 11th January, 2017

Did Someone Say Hygge?! Hungarian Goose Down Duvet

Hungarian Goose Down Duvet

Did Someone Say Hygge?! 😉

For so long now I have needed to buy a new duvet for my bed, and I wanted to buy a good one. For the past year or two I have talked myself out of getting a new one, my (now old) feather and down duvet was still pretty OK, but had lost it’s “fluffiness” and was quite flat. I had to decide not only which duvet I wanted to get, but also what tog rating I wanted. The TOG rating is pretty simple to understand, the bigger the number the more warm it’s supposed to be; So 4.5 for the summer, and 13+ for the Winter. The fill is also important, there’s natural fill like feathers and down, and synthetic too.

I wanted to get a natural filling one again, so that took one of the options out of the equation. But then it goes further; There’s different qualities of natural fillings too. These are such things like standard goose feather & down, Hungarian, Canadian, Siberian…All different qualities and all at different price points of course. Since this is somewhat of an investment (I don’t buy quits everyday!), I decided to go for something a bit expensive, and got myself a Hungarian Goose Down Duvet.

I could not remember what the tog rating was on my original duvet, I think 13.5, and I was torn between a 10.5 and 13.5 version, than I found a 4.5+9 tog duvet, which is actually two duvets you can clip together to make one. The good points is that it is supposed to keep you warm in the Winter, then in the summer you can put the heavier one away and use the lighter one; It’s like 3 in 1! But you do pay more money for this pleasure, this cost £190 which is pretty expensive, a similar standard goose feather & down only costs £68 for the same 4.5+9 tog set.

I have to say though…This duvet is so warm! It’s been really cold in the past couple of nights, and it’s kept me really toasty. It’s pretty lightweight, but the quality of the fill means it keeps you warm while being light.

The two quilts are easy to put together, and are fixed using 12 clips. Once the duvet is in a cover, it does not move around at all, which is something I was worried would happen.

Overall I am happy with this, and look forward to the hot summer and using the thinner one when we get our amazing hot Summer of course 😉

9+4.5 Tog Close Up Hungarian Goose Down

The two duvets clip together at the corners and all around the edges of the duvet like this.

Hungarian Goose Down Review

Monday, 9th January, 2017

Current Men’s Trends: The Camel Overcoat

Men's Fashion Trends - The Camel Overcoat

To be perfectly honest I was never a fan of the overcoat. There’s always been the need and love for a good Winter coat, denim jackets and bombers are always good for milder weather, and I finally joined the suede and leather crew a couple of years ago when I started buying those jackets and coats too. It didn’t feel like an overcoat had much of a place in my wardrobe, but as my style has evolved, and as I’ve learned more and more, and appreciated fashion more and more, I’ve finally started to get on board with the overcoat.

Camel Is The Colour

This season there’s been a huge influx of camel overcoats, it feels like more than usual, and so many people, including myself, is getting on board with this trend. Camel is of course, nothing new, and is a colour which is pretty much timeless, and can be found in all seasons of clothing; From camel linen suits and chinos in the Spring and Summer, to bombers in Autumn and of course the overcoat and peacoats in Winter.

The camel colour, unsparingly, comes from the colour of the hair of the humble camel. It’s a close colour to brown, and other similar shades are things such as sand, tan, beige, coffee, and khaki to name a few.

What Is An Overcoat?

I’ve touched on a couple of points below, but what is an overcoat anyway? Well it’s as it sounds, a coat that goes over your clothing. It really is that simple. Layering is something which guys can do with fashion in the Autumn and Winter, and an overcoat is the last layer which you can put on. If you want to layer up a knit or jumper, you can use the overcoat as your outerwear layer. If you’re looking to look smart in a suit but the weather is sub zero, an overcoat is perfect to layer over then take off once you’re inside.

Overcoats can be double breasted or single breast, but personally I prefer a single breast jacket. They come with a button closure, usually three or four, with straight or diagonal pockets which can be flap, a chest pocket, with buttons on the cuff and vent to the back. The length is no shorter than mid-length, and no longer than knee length.

Overcoat Or Peacoat?

Pea coats and overcoats are different, but sometimes can be categorised as the same, as they can share similar features, usually that they’re made from wool and are both pretty thick, heavy pieces usually with three or four buttons. The main differences are that a peacoat is double breasted, and is shorter, usually thigh length, whereas an overcoat is longer, usually mid length to knee length and can be single or double breasted.

What To Wear With A Camel Coat

Since camel is a neutral colour, lights and darks work well with a camel overcoat. That means whether you’re wearing black or white, navy or grey, the colours will work well with camel. When it comes to other colours, most will work fine, occasionally brighter, bolder colours may work, but are usually avoided as they’re not much of a Winter trend, and since the overcoat is a Wintery trend they’re not usually seen together.

You can wear this casually with a sweatshirt, layer over your favourite jumper and shirt combo, or wear over your suit if you’re going for the smart look. A favourite look for the season is a roll-neck knit, they work well in all colours, with hues of grey being a favourite, and black being sleek, with the lighter camel coat keeping the whole look light, warm and understated. An overcoat is designed to go over any clothing, whether it’s smart, smart casual or even something as casual as a hoodie, and it will smarten up the more casual pieces, or add to a smarter look.

Related: Knitwear Guide For Autumn/Winter

The Best Camel Coats For 2017

Here’s the best camel overcoats for 2017, from budget options to more expensive and designer brands, there’s an option for whatever your budget.

Budget Camel Coats

Overcoats From H&M

H&M

H&M Blended Wool Coat – £80 – here

H&M Cashmere-Wool Blend – £120 – here

H&M Wool Blend Dark Camel – £120 – here

Overcoats From Zara

Zara

Zara Camel Overcoat – £100 – here

Zara Camel Coat – £120 – here

Zara Overcoat in dark Camel – £120 – here

High Street Camel Overcoats

High Street

Peter Werth Overcoat – £174 – here

Farah Askern Wool Coat – £170 – here

Corsivo Quintino Overcoat – £180 – here

Crombie Overcoats

The Crombie

I have to mention one of the most quintessentially British brands so synonymous with the overcoat that many people call them all Crombies. There’s only one Crombie, and it’s a brand, rather than the style of coat and has been around since 1805 when John Crobie started producing luxury overcoats which are still available today. Here’s two in camel, and a bonus one in brown.

Wool And Cashmere Crombie – £995 – here

Pure Wool Camel Coat – £895 – here

Herringbone Retro Brown Crombie – £895 – here 

Verdict

The Camel overcoat is a timeless trend which is worth the investment. Having said that, it really is an Autumn/Winter trend, so you’ll only get limited uses and wears from the coat, and will probably mix it up with your proper winter coat. When you’re going for a smart look and it’s sub zero temperatures outside, it’s a great piece of clothing to pull out of you wardrobe, and with budget options available, there’s no reason not to get yourself one of these. Check out more men’s fashion trends over on the blog, and let me know what you think of this style.