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Dolce And Gabbana

Dolce And Gabbana is a leading Italian luxury fashion house, started by two designers, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana in Milan. It is more commonly known as "D&G" however this should not be confused with it's casual clothing line of the same name, which Dolce And Gabbana have now abolished. The brand sells a wide range of fashion goods, including clothing, footwear, handbags, sunglasses, watches and other accessories.


Wednesday, 15th April, 2015

Top Men’s Fragrances For Spring 2015

Spring is here although on some days you wouldn’t know it. It’s time to get your scent right, and you may want to change up your darker woody scent with something a little more fresh, light and fitting for the spring season.

I always like to split up fragrances into the seasons, and then splitting them up again into day and night scents. What style should you be looking for to complete your spring look? I would recommend fragrances which are fresh, citrus or floral, and those which are less woody and musky. There are plenty out there, and these are a few of my top fragrances for Spring 2015.

Acqua Di Gio By Giorgio Armani

Acqua Di Gio By Giorgio Armani

Let’s start off with a good all rounder. Acqua Di Gio is a classic, and even though this is in a Spring guide, it can fit into any occasion. It’s a favourite of many, and for good reason. It’s fresh and slightly citrus like scent keeps it’s masculinity, perfect for any occasion.

Boss Bottled

BOSS Bottled Collector's Edition EDT

Another all rounder and timeless classic is Boss Bottled. I got the collectors edition at the back end of last year and when this runs out I can guarantee you I’ll be getting another bottle. It has some woody notes but these are quite light, with a slightly spicy notes creeping through it will get you noticed.

Issey Miyake Pour Homme

Issey Miyake Pour Homme Review

It’s another older scent, but they do say the old ones are the best. Why mess around with something tried and tested when you can get this, Issey Miyake Pour Homme. It’s a light citrus and spicy style, but the notes are elegant and sophisticated. It comes highly recommended, especially for the older gent who wants that bit of elegance in his scent.

Creed Aventus

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If you want something a little stronger, more expensive and keep up the elegance, Creed Aventus is something worth considering. It’s said be to loved by men and adored by women, it’s a powerful fragrance and only a few sprays are needed to keep you going throughout your day or night.

Lacoste L12.12 White

EAU DE LACOSTE L.12.12 Limited Edition review

The Lacoste L12.12 editions have had a fair few different scents and styles, one of the most loved is the L12.12 white. It works well in the Spring, and is very floral with hints of citrus, it’s a real clean-cut type of fragrance.

Floris Santal

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My little secret! Gucci Envy for men was my all time favourite scent, it got discontinued, and after months of researching I found out about Floris Santal, and it’s every bit as amazing (without the sentimental value I’ve got from Gucci Envy). It’s a floral and fresh, a really inviting smell and I don’t think I could write any fragrance guide without mentioning this.

Boss Element

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This one may come as a surprise to many, and it won’t be on many people’s lists, but I really like Boss Element by Hugo Boss. It’s a fresh, clean watery style of fragrance, non-offensive and light. If you’re looking for something a little more subtle and different, this is worth a shout.

YSL Libre

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A fresh, soft spicy style of a scent with hints of citrus, that’s Yves Saint Laurent Libre. It’s a really nice smell, and perfect for the Spring.

Dolce And Gabbana Light Blue

Dolce And Gabbana Light Blue EDT

Light fruit and fresh is the best way to describe Dolce And Gabbana Light Blue. It does have hints of musk to keep your masculinity alive, and is a pleasant smell which is not over-powering at all.

Selection By Hugo Boss

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It’s an elegant, green/citrus type of fragrance, and if you could describe it in one word it could be gentleman. Hugo Boss Selection is a light with a little bit of a citrus kick, completely non-offensive and will be enjoyed by those around you.

Final Word

If you’re looking for the best men’s fragrance for Spring 2015 then these will give you something to consider. If you’re looking at getting more than one, I would suggest one leaning towards a citrus type, and another which is fresh or floral to give you the most versatile fragrance wardrobe for Spring 2015.


Thursday, 21st August, 2014

D&G Le Bateleur Number 1 By Dloce And Gabbana Review

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D&G 1 Men's Fragrance Review

Dolce and Gabbana released an anthology of unisex fragrances back in 2009, each one numbered 1, 3, 6, 10 and 18. The idea of the range was that each scent was in fact a unisex scent, but later this was marketed slightly different, and they changed up the way they were marketed, with clear distinctions between the male and female scents. This is D&G Le Bateleur 1,a masculine scent.

The bottle is a classy, tall, elegant type made from chunky glass, with a black traditional top covering the atomiser. It’s very simplistic, with only the D&G logo to the front and a simple white sticker denoting the number scent it is.

The fragrance itself is very pleasing. It’s not strong, and is aquatic while being quite aromatic and warm. It’s a subtle and non-offensive so perfect for day wear. If you’re looking to stand out or get noticed, wearing this aftershave will probably not accomplish this, but will keep you smelling great for a good few hours. I recommend it for wearing at school or uni, in the office or put this on if you just want a hint of smelling nice. It’s probably not going to woo the ladies, so not a great one for date night or out with the boys.

Top Notes – Cardamom, Juniper Berries, Birch

Middle Notes – Water Notes, Coriander

Base Notes – Vetivar, Olibanum, Cedar

Best season to wear – Spring/Summer
Scent type – Aquatic, Fresh, Aromatic
Age Recommendation – 18+
Best Worn – Day wear, office, casual, smart

 


Tuesday, 4th March, 2014

Dolce And Gabbana Light Blue Pour Homme Review

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Dolce And Gabbana Light Blue For Men Review

I got my Dolce And Gabbana Light Blue Pour Homme quite a few years ago, and it’s a pleasant scent. Released in 2007, it’s a fresh and fruity smell with a hint of masculine musk. It’s not an overpowering EDT, as the name suggests, it’s quite a light scent.

I have to say that over the years I’ve had this, I’ve enjoyed it more and more. It could be because my fragrance nose is better, it could be that my tastes have changed, but it’s probably because I’ve always underrated Light Blue.

My favourite scents have always been the dark, evening, powerful kinds of scents. D&G Light Blue is not that, and that’s a good thing. At times you need something lighter, airy, and something which just smells good.

This has that clean and crisp cutting smell, making it a inoffensive scent, perfect for the day time, in fact perfect for every day. One of the best things about this is that it’s universal, you can be confident that nobody is going to think that you smell bad. It’s not niche, it’s got that smell which everyone will just find really pleasant.

Although it’s light, it’s still there, and people will notice you’re wearing something nice, so you’re likely to get compliments. For the longevity, this can last 4-5 hours, but possibly less, as these styles of eau de toilette can fade more easily. The projection is not great, but that goes without saying for a light scent.

If you’re in the market for an every day scent, or want something lighter than your usual go to bottle, Dolce And Gabbana Light Blue Pour Homme is definitely worth a smell.

Best season to wear – Spring/Summer
Scent type – Fruity/Light
Age Recommendation – All Ages
Best Worn – Daywear, Office, College/school, Casual

Top Notes
Sicilian mandarin, Frozen grapefruit peel, Bergamot, Juniper

Middle Notes
Rosemary, Szechuan pepper, Rosewood

Base Notes
Musk wood, Incense, Oakmoss

Other Dolce And Gabbana Fragrances


Tuesday, 30th April, 2013

Sunglasses Guide: Spring 2013 Edit

The sun is finally starting to come out in 2013, summer is hopefully on it’s way, so now is the time to start thinking about getting some sunnies in your life.

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I have always maintained that you only need two pair of sunglasses in your life. If you are looking at an investment piece, something timeless and forever stylish then there are only two which you can consider, both from Ray Ban. The Wayfarers and the Aviators. Timeless classics, and favourites to almost everyone, they are fashion you can invest in and wear for many summers to come.

Aviators made famous of course by the U.S. navy, not to mention cult films such as Top Gun, and Wayfarers are the rock and roll of sunglasses, and seen in films such as The Blues Brothers.

The model number I have for the Wayfarers is the RB2132, and the model number for the Aviators is RB3025.

Since Ray Ban are a proper sunglasses brand rather than just a fashion brand with a sunglasses line, you can get either style in a vast array of different variations, with different size and colour lenses and frames. The moulded styles of the wayfarers come in a huge number of colours, including limited print colours and styles for that extra individuality.

If you fancy your own pair of Ray Ban sunglasses but these styles are not to your choosing, they do a few other different styles.

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Since I already have Aviators and Warfarers my favourite pair for this summer (and last) are the Caravans. They are a similar style to Aviators, however they are more angular and rectangular, but still slightly rounded. The model of these are RB3136. If you prefer a large lens moulded look and like a more rounded but not circular shape then they do these which are called CATS. The above model is RB4126.

Best Of The Rest

If Ray Bans are not your thing and you want to try a different brand, there are a large number which have some great designs out there.

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Carrera are another big sunglasses brand, and their flagship model of shades are the pilot shape as they call them, which are pictured above, the Carrera Champion. Dolce And Gabbana and Gucci both have some really nice aviator style shades available this season, in a range of different colours.

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Ray Ban (£130), Oakley (£65) & Prada (£230)

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Bulgari (£299), Persol (£290) & Polo by Ralph Lauren (£139)


Sunday, 20th January, 2013

My Fragrances Part I: My Least Favourite Top 10

If you are a regular reader of my blog you will know that I love scents, fragrances and all things EDT and in between. I buy quite a few a year, and have collected so many over the years, some which I love, and some I am not too fond of. I would not like to say I don’t like a scent, there are one or two which I just did not like, but most of the time they are simply my “least favourite”, i.e. I like many others more so use these less.

This is part I which has my least favourites, parts II and III you will see my all time faves and current faves which I have only recently got.

So, in reverse order…

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10. Gucci Guilty – I first got this and thought it was OK, it was not a bad smell and something different from a fresh or musk smell, so I got it. However I have not used it so much, and it’s nowhere near as nice as Gucci by Gucci or Gucci Envy.

9. Armani Diamond For Men – Quite a fresh and citrus smell, it’s actually decent, but it’s just not something which I wear much.

8. Prada Infusions – A very fresh type of smell, probably best worn in the day, it just didn’t have that stand out smell.

7. D&G Masculine – This has a very pungent tangy scent, very citrus like. I associate masculine with a woody type of smell, this is not that, as you’d expect from it’s yellow/greenish colour.

6. 212 MEN by Carolina Herrera – I got 212 Sexy MEN and I loved it, so I got this. It’s definitely different. Whereas Sexy 212 in the brown bottle i’d wear on a night, this is more of a fresh day time smell.

5. YSL Pour Homme – Again this is a very citrus like smell, and the smell of lemon hits you straight away. As you can see in the image above, I have used very little of this!

4. Juicy Couture Old English – You can see from the name and the colour that this is going to be a woody musky smell; And it is. It’s a little too woody for my liking, but if you like that kind of strong musk smell this would be great for you.

3. Paco Rabanne Ultraviolet MAN – It has the most odd smell, a sort of flower smell. The front is purple, and if purple had a smell, it would be this! 😛 I do love the bottle though.

2. Thierry Mugler A*MEN – I have to say I am disappointed with this. I got a tester and it seemed to be fine, but after using a real bottle I am not a fan. This is one of my newest scents I got for Christmas 2012, but I don’t like it. It has a very tangy smell when you first spray it, but it does tone down later. I think I have to give this more of a try, but I don’t think it will make my top fragrances any time soon.

1. Marc Jacobs – BANG! – We are at the #1 “least favourite” smell, and it’s this. I can describe this in one word: Pepper. It smells so much like pepper, and I have to say it’s probably the only scent I have which I would say I do not like. I bought this without sampling it, and I wish I did because I’d almost certainly not have got it. I got “Bang Bang” the follow-up scent (in the blue bottle) which I actually like, and is a much nicer scent.

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Friday, 4th January, 2013

Fragrances I Got This Past Christmas

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Christmas is now over, but one of the things I love about it is that I get a whole load of new EDT’s and fragrances. This year I got 5 new ones which I have not had before, plus a large 100ml bottle of The One by Dolce And Gabbana, a scent I have loved since it came out years ago.

The new ones are Hugo Element by Hugo Boss, Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb, Diesel Only The Brave Tatoo, Calvin Klein Encounter and Thierry Mugler A*Men.

The Hugo Element is definitely the most fresh smelling, and is probably better suited for day wear. The A*Men is my least favourite smell, it’s very citrus-like and smells like it has a tang to it. I really like the CK Encounter, it’s the most woody of these but not too over-powering, a really great smell for the evening. The Diesel is similar, but a bit lighter, and Spicebomb by Viktor and Rolph is also great for evening wear, and has a slight orange type of smell to it.

I love having such a wide range to choose from, but I also think buying big bottles of my favourites is a good way to go, I got a large Gucci by Gucci a few weeks back. After doing research I found many people saying that as long as they are kept well, EDT’s and aftershaves can last for a number of years, so it’s worth getting your favourites in large bottles. I would also hate it if/when they start to discontinue my old faves like they have done with Gucci Envy.


Thursday, 22nd December, 2011

iPad Fashion Cases, Sleeves And Covers 2011/12

Christmas is fast approaching, and many people will get an iPad, or already have an iPad and may want a case. I have had a search around and found some really cool cases. The iPad is a fashion accessory as much as anything else, so wrapping it up in a cool fashionable case is the only way to go. It is hard to find lots of designer cases all under one roof, so I have compiled a few cases which I like, with a variety of price tags.

One thing which I am unsure of is how much do you spend on a case? An iPad will set you back at least £400, so is spending £300 on a case a silly idea? You can decide, I will just show you what is currently on offer at the moment.

The first case I have to write about is in fact not a fashion case, but a very cool one non the less. It is called a G-Form Extreme case, and is made of special materials. It is soft, lightweight and flexable, but has proven to be one of the most durable and tough cases which you can buy.

It has been tested and showed off a lot with its amazing strength; The case is said to have properties which change, so it is soft and flexable but when impact is made it becomes rigid and tough and can withstand quite a lot, including a bowling ball dropped on it. Check out this test below!

[youtube width=”720″ height=”385″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjacWefOnbk[/youtube]

Quite impressive! 🙂 If you are scared about dropping your beloved iPad on the floor or down the stairs it looks like this is the case for you, it looks pretty cool too.

It is currently available on pre-order for £70 in most places, and can be pre-ordered on Amazon and Firebox. Amazon release date is 15th January 2012. It does come in a variety of colours like black which is above, and yellow.

Now for the fashion cases…

 

  1. Mulberry case – Brown leather case, cool stitching and suede interior. £375 from MR Porter
  2. Louis Vuitton – One of the most recognisable brands out there, the traditional LV patterned design will give your iPad some high-end fashion looks. £255 from Louis Vuitton
  3. Ralph Lauren black leather case. nice clean design with front emblunm £125 from John Lewis
  4. Marc Jacobs – One of my favourite designs, bright blue so it will stand out a mile away, and it looks cool too. Embossed lettering throughout the case design with Marc by Marc Jacobs logo. £45 from MR Porter.
  5. Ted Baker Case – with a zip fastening and a sleeve to store extra swag. £32 from Nordstrom
  6. Mulberry Sleeve – Black leather sleeve, very simple and sleek design. £150 from John Lewis
  7. Dolce And Gabbana – D&G designer iPad case, with zipped front and opening. £335 from Luisaviaroma.com
  8. Gucci Case – Available in brown or black leather, this case has the Gucci diamond leather pattern embossed throughout and comes with an interior compartment. £325 from MR Porter.

My favourite has to be the Marc Jacobs case for the cool design, or if I were going for a more traditional contemporary look the Gucci case.

 


Saturday, 12th March, 2011

Gonna Get Some New Sunglasses

I am going to get myself some new sunglasses. I love the ones I have at the moment, but I am going to follow the trend which has been going on a while and get myself some wayfarers. The brand? Ray Ban of course 😀 I dont have any Ray Bans, and they are the most popular and famous brand for sunglasses. I also dont have the wayfarer style, other than my clear “geek” style glasses.

At the moment I have my Prada and Dolce and Gabbana sunglasses which I wear quite a bit. I got them in London last year (I think it was last year, time goes by so fast haha! 😛 )

I like both of these, I love my aviators and the D&G ones are so clear and light, you can wear them even when its dark and still see perfectly. But at the moment I dont have wayfarers, and I would like some. They have became very trendy and popular in the past few years, and are having a bit of a revival from the 50s and 60s where they were the glasses to wear.

I will probably order some next week, so stay tuned to see them 😉


Tuesday, 1st March, 2011

Man Bags Going Mainstream In 2011

Messenger bags, shoulder bags, dispatch bags, satchels…When these are in a mans possession they are commonly called the Man Bag. In the past these have been seen as a very feminine item, only bought by a certain type of people, including male fashionistas. Now, however, times are changing. It is now acceptable to carry a man bag, many men are now buying them, and the high street and high-end fashion labels have recognised the trend, by offering a wider selection of bags for men.

Why are they now more acceptable? The answer is the modern man now likes to carry more things, aswell as being fashionable. We can now do that. What might the modern man carry?

One of the biggest reasons why men are now using fashionable bags is because of technology. Tablet devices such as the iPad are fashionable, you need something to carry it in. The rise of laptops and netbooks also has a part to play. The young professional male who takes his iPad to work doesnt want to carry it in a cheap plastic bag, he needs something more durable and stylish, and have enough room for other things. The man bag enables us to carry around things which we wouldnt normally because we couldnt, e.g. a Laptop or iPad.

Now we see why girls like bags so much. They arent just practical, in the hands of a man they are the Swiss Army Knift of accessories.

Here are some of what is on offer, these are my picks of what the fashionable male can carry around.

Here are my picks of man bags. A selection from Diesel, Paul Smith, Ted Baker, Dolce And Gabbana and if you want to spend a small fortune, Louis Vuitton.


Tuesday, 15th February, 2011

Dolce And Gabbana SS11 Now In Stores

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The 2011 Spring/Summer Dolce And Gabbana collection is now in stores. I have had a look at the collection, and picked out some things from a couple of lines.

T Shirts

Dolce And Gabbana have gone for large monochrome style prints in their t-shirts for SS11. Last season saw Disney characters with colour, this season they have gone for oversize prints, using the whole of the t-shirt as the canvas.

Knits

Very lightweight knits for the summer, I especially love the short sleeve one, with a button up cardigan style opening.

Jeans

Here are just three pair of jeans which D&G have this summer. I love the first pair, the crease lines are also replicated on the back of the jean legs.

Boxers

I like all three of these boxer shorts. From simple and clean, to a printed design.

The Dolce And Gabbana Spring/Summer 11 collection is in stores now 🙂