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Tuesday, 24th April, 2018

Men’s Hair Products Guide: Gel, Clay, Wax, Putty & Pomade Explained

Men's Hair Product Style Tips And Advice

Should I buy clay or wax? What is hair pomade? What hair product do I need for a low shine look? If you’ve got questions like this, you’re not alone. Welcome to the world of men’s hair style products!

For the vast majority of my life I had my head shaved, and it was only when I was when I was around 25 I decided that I wanted to grow it just a little bit, so it was a style, but not too long, but simple and manageable. It would mean using hair products, but since I spent most of my life never using them, I was thinking what should I use; There were so many on offer, from gel to wax, putty to clay and a whole lot more.

But what type of hair product should you be using? With so many different types to achieve different styles and finishes, not to mention the many different brands, buzzwords and variations of each type.

Whether you’re confused or just looking for some tips or advice, here’s everything you need to know about grooming and men’s hair care products.

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Sunday, 22nd April, 2018

A Sunny April Weekend

A Sunny April Day - My Style

The Summer feels like it’s here!

I hope you have enjoyed the weekend, it’s been a good one, and we’ve had 4 or 5 days of really good weather – It’s gone from snow to sun in no time, sadly it won’t last, but it’s been fun while it has.

Yesterday it was fight night, the return of Amir Khan in the boxing ring, so I was looking forward to that. I bought a case of 20 Budweiser bottles for Saturday night for the fight. I was expecting it to last for a while and perhaps Amir Khan would lose or make it look like hard work. That didn’t happen, he won, and it only took 40 seconds. Thankfully the fight was on regular Sky Sports and not Pay Pay View. Imagine if you’d paid £20 to watch that!

Now the warmer weather is here, or at least shows signs of coming, I’ve got my Summer wardrobe out. I got these super skinny jeans from ASOS a good while ago not realising how much of a skinny fit they were, but there you are. I got them because I love the distressed patterns in the denim which is kind of like a patchworks style. They have stretch in them and are soft so really comfortable to wear, despite them being such a tight fit. I love the colour too, a cream/ecru colour, I have no other jeans or chinos in this colour yet, I may have to get a pair.

As you know I love stripes, navy and blue is such a good combination, I probably have too many stripes in blue and white in different variations, I definitely don’t need to invest in more of these. This one is also from ASOS.

The trainers I wore were my Stan Smith’s. White trainers with ecru jeans, does it work?

How about black socks? I read another style blog which criticised people who wear black or alternative colour socks and white/light denim or chinos, and vice-versa. I think as long as the colours go well together, it creates a nice contrast. What do you think? Should they match?

I will leave those questions with you. Enjoy your Sunday 🙂

Friday, 20th April, 2018

T Shirt Weather – It’s T-Shirt Time!

T Shirt Time! Wardrobe changeover for Summer 2018

Finally we’re getting some Spring/Summer kinds of weather! That means one thing for me, time to change up the wardrobe.

Since I have far too many clothes I have to swap my wardrobe around in the Winter and Summer; I have my jumpers, knits and other things I need for the Winter and cold weather in the main parts of my wardrobe, and the Summer stuff which mainly consists of my favourite T Shirts which I have to keep in drawers. But when the good weather comes around I have to change things around, since I have no need for chunky knits or jumpers in the Summer.

It’s always a good time of year, it means Summer is right around the corner which I love. It also usually means I end up spending money, buying new tees. But Since I’ve got myself a couple of new tees already, and I have plenty which I love already. I don’t really need to add much to my wardrobe this season.

There’s the favourite logo tees from Calvin Klein, Kenzo, Comme Des Garcons and Levi’s, a few logo tees as well as some smarter plain tops, and how can I forget stripes! 😉

It also means another thing…I have to iron all of these! I used to hate ironing, but it’s actually quite a tranquil thing to do, just put on the TV or music and get started, it’s actually not too bad; Even when there’s piles like these!

Have you been enjoying the weather, are you looking forward to more T-shirt weather?

I’ll have to go and iron all of these now.

Wednesday, 18th April, 2018

Huawei P20 Pro: A Good Looking Mobile Phone With Three Cameras

Huawei P20 Pro - Serious competition for the iPhone X and Samsung S9

There’s a new phone on the block which is putting iPhone, Samsung and the rest to shame when it comes to the cameras on their phones; The brand new P20 Pro from Huawei.

Huawei has been making inroads into the smart phone market over the past couple of years. The Chinese company has made a couple of pretty good phones in the past year on paper at least, but the latest offerings, the P20 and P20 Pro could be considered serious contenders for those looking to make a bold switch, especially if you like taking photos. It’s the party piece of the P20 Pro, it has not one, not two but three cameras on the back, as well as the front side camera too.

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Tuesday, 17th April, 2018

McDonalds x Uniqlo Collaboration For Big Mac’s 50th Birthday

Uniqlo x McDonalds Collaboration for 50th Big Mac Birthday

Happy Birthday Big Mac! The good news is that Uniqlo and McDonalds have created a capsule collaboration collection for this, the biggest of supersized birthdays; The bad news is that it’s a collab with Uniqlo Japan, and not worldwide.

This isn’t the first time fast food has met fast fashion this year, with plenty of logos from food and drink making it onto the tees and tops of high street fashion labels. This little collection comes with 6 printed T Shirts, available for 1,500 YEN, which is just under a tenner in real money.

The first tee consists of the Mcdonalds wording in an arch shape, with a graphic of a Big Mac burger on a grey tee. There’s another two designs which celebrate the big 50th with the list of what goes into making the burger, along with another burger graphic. This one comes in either red or black.

There’s another with a pocket graphic of the burger which comes on a white tee. The final two designs come in either a yellow or white T-shirt, and has everyone’s favourite Maccy D’s combination, a burger and fries.

If you are in Japan and are able to buy these, you even get a voucher to get yourself a bit of McDonalds with your new shirt. Just don’t get ketchup on it. You can check this release out over at Uniqlo Japan here.

What do you think of this collection? Something cool or not?

McDonalds and Uniqlo collaboration for 2018

Monday, 16th April, 2018

Men’s Denim Jacket Style Guide & Tips

Men's Denim Jacket Guide For Summer

My Denim Jackets: All Saints In Grey | !Solid In Rust | Cheap Monday In Black

One trend I really love for Summer, and for Spring and even Autumn for that matter is the denim jacket. When thinking about denim jackets, it’s definitely more of a warm weather item of clothing, which means it’s time to put away the overcoats and Winter Coats, and pair up some of your warm weather wardrobe with this jacket style when it gets a bit chilly, or when you just want to style up an outfit.

It can be a bit of a trend for some, especially something like double denim which is a look which has a love/hate tag to it, but there’s a few things you can do to avoid this kind of look, or embrace it if that’s your thing. I’m going to talk about everything to do with jean jackets, from how to style them to what to wear with them, including footwear and other clothing.

Are you ready? Let’s Go!

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Sunday, 15th April, 2018

Film Night – Moonlight

Moonlight Film Review

I saw that it was on Amazon Video so I decided that I’d watch it so I could tell people that I’d finally seen it. Yes, I am talking about the film Moonlight. I knew nothing about this film, other than everyone was talking about it, and all that controversy when it won the OCSAR for best picture when it beat La La Land.

So going into the film, I knew nothing about it at all, the plot, the characters or anything. In short, it’s a coming of age film split in 3 parts which is about a boy’s journey through his life, and his struggles. It’s about his sexuality, abuse he gets in his younger years, and dealing with his mother’s drug habit.

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