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Friday, 23rd June, 2017

Nike Air Max 1 Ultra 2.0 All White Trainers


Air Max 1 Ultra 2.0 all white

I finally got some white trainers for Summer!

Yes, I went ahead and got a pair of white trainers! With so many options available I picked out the limited edition Air Max Jewel, bought them, and then cancelled them! 😀 Then I found a pair of Air Max 1 Ultra 2.0 which were in the sales, and thought I better get these quick! Then Nike reduced them further so I ended up paying more than I should have! 😂

My story of white trainers for Summer… I haven’t really had any. I did buy some Adidas Superstar trainers several years ago, and I never really wore them. I still have them, and they look to have become faulty, with the toecap going a creamy-yellow colour, so I don’t really wear them. I’m going to create a white trainer guide for the blog as I do like white trainers, I was going to buy a pair last Summer but couldn’t decide which pair to get, and ended up getting none. Now I have taken the plunge and opted for a pair of Air Max, the Air Max 1 Ultra which I really like.

First of all I have to talk about the trainers I didn’t buy. The Air Max 1 Jewel Black Diamond…I think these look so good and I did actually go through and buy them, and after thinking about it, decided to cancel the order. Why? Well because they’re made of hard leather. I’ve never tried them, but I think that the hard leather may not be too comfortable, especially in the heat of the Summer, and are undoubtedly heavier than the Ultras. The second pair of trainers I considered, and may also end up getting as a secondary pair, are a pair of Adidas Stan Smith’s. Yes, I know they’re a similar hard leather, but if I get a pair I’ll only be wearing them now and again, so for that comfort can take a back seat.

So let’s me tell you about the pair I did end up getting, the Air Max 1 Ultra 2.0. They’re light and breathable, bright white and all white, including the Iconic swoosh, which is something I was looking for. I got a pair of the Ultra Moire trainers a couple of years back and love how light and comfortable they are, so picking out this pair as a white pair was a really easy decision. The mesh is really lightweight and works well with a textile upper, the fit is quite snug around the sides and the width of the trainers, but I’m used to that from the Ultra Moire.

So I’ve finally joined the white trainer club 😀 I may also get a pair of Adidas Original Stan Smith in the near future too, or another ‘smarter’ pair of white trainers. But for now, I will enjoy these 🙂

Let me know what you think of these, or if you have any other recommendations for all white trainers for this season let me know.

close up of the nike all white air max 1 ultras

Wednesday, 21st June, 2017

33rd Birthday

Happy birthday to me! 😀

Today I turned 33, it sounds so old! 😀 When I started this blog I thought that using 84 would be cool so everyone would know I was in my 20s…Of course I forgot I would get older, and I entered my 30’s what feels like a while ago now! 😂

I got some pretty cool things, including a new pair of Air Max I got myself yesterday which you may have seen if you follow me on Instagram and look at my stories (you can follow me at Michael84Blog) I will be doing reviews of most things separately over the coming days.

I feel so tired right now, so I will say good night 🙂

Friday, 2nd June, 2017

Casual Levi’s Style – Outfit Of The Week

Style Of The Week - Levi's Tee And Denim

Hey guys!

I hope you are well and have had a great week. It started off well with a Bank Holiday, but for some reason this week hasn’t felt any shorter and I am so glad that it’s Friday and the weekend is here. I can’t believe June is already here, when it starts you know that it’s truly the start of Summer, and I do love the Summer 😀

For my outfit of the week I have gone for something simple, all from one brand, Levi’s. You remember that a few weeks ago I picked up some thing from Levi’s, I really like some of the stuff they’ve been putting out, and it’s definitely a brand which is back on trend.

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Friday, 26th May, 2017

Style Of The Week – Cream Denim & Adidas Tee

Style Of The Week - Cream denim and black tee

Hey guys!

It’s Friday, and it’s also Bank Holiday Monday which means an extra long weekend! 🙂

The weather this week has been brilliant! Summer has came, at least for now, and today is supposed to be the hottest day so far. Unfortunately it looks like it’s already coming to an end (according to my phone).

For my style of the week I have gone for this pair of cream denim from ASOS, and a classic Adidas Originals Tee. These jeans are so comfortable! They’re really soft and have some stretch to them, they’re definitely not a classic vintage style of denim that connoisseurs would enjoy, but the fit is pretty good. I’ve featured this pair on the blog a couple of times, and when I bought them originally I didn’t realise how skinny they were until I put them on, and they’re fairly skinny!.

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Sunday, 21st May, 2017

Dirty Grandpa For Film Night

Dirty Grandpa Review

Hey guys!

So I have STILL not got through all the blu rays I bought a couple of months back, I had a bit of a break from the new ones and watched a couple of classics. Anyway I’ve got back to watching the films I haven’t seen, and this time round I watched Dirty Grandpa which stars Robert De Niro and Zac Efron.

It’s a comedy film which sees Jason (Zac Efron) asked to drive his grandpa Dick (Robert De Niro) to Florida after his grandmother passed away. Jason is an uptight kind of guy, working as a lawyer, and is about to get married to a miserable women. He promises her that he’ll be back for the rehearsal dinner, but Dick has other ideas. He wants to relive his youth just one more time, and plans on getting Jason to drive them to Spring Break in Daytona, unbeknown to him. Jason then finds out about Dick’s plan, and they run into a couple of girls and their friend, Jason used to go to college with one of the girls. He agrees to go to Spring Break and then the film goes from there.

I had looked forward to watching this for a while, I’d seen some clips and it looked good, and it was. There were plenty of really hilarious moments, lots of funny things and genuine laugh out loud parts. After I watched the film I had a read around and found out that lots of people hated the film, and it was nominated for the dreaded Raspberry Awards, which are awarded to the worst films. I thought it was far from that, in fact I enjoyed it. Maybe the Americans just didn’t like or understand the humour, it was directed by Dan Mazar who’s British and was a writer for a few Sacha Baron Cohen films, maybe that’s why.

Anyway, I can recommend the film, it was really good, the worst thing about it was the “Pam” character who was annoying more than funny, but other than that the rest of the characters were good.

Friday, 19th May, 2017

That IKEA Trend – The Frakta Bag Turns Iconic!

Streetwear IKEA Frakta Bag Into T-Shirt Trend

Happy Friday!

If you haven’t been following the fashion world in the past few weeks you may be wondering why am I wearing an IKEA T-Shirt…Surely that can’t be trendy or fashionable right? Well if you do follow high end fashion or street wear then you may already know about this…Basically Balenciaga released a bag, an £1100 bag which is the same colour blue as the Frakta shopping bags you can get from IKEA, and a very similar looking style. Social media being what it is, everyone has had a good old laugh at this, and some brands and artists have been mocking up “IKEA inspired” street wear and versions of all their products.

I’ve seen some IKEA Yeezy trainers, hats, some watches and even a thong. Since I design I could not pass up this opportunity by, so for my outfit of the week I created this, the Michael 84 x IKEA Frakta T-shirt! 😀 It comes in blue (obviously) and has the repeat pattern as you’d find on the straps of the bags. It’s not as sturdy as an original Frakta bag, however it’s a slightly better fit. I think it’s going to be the biggest trend of the Summer! 😀

Even IKEA has gone in on the joke, posting this online…

The Genuine IKEA Frakta Bag

This obviously pokes fun at the designer bag which looks like it, and the endless counterfeits which live in the exclusive bag marketplace. If you get an IKEA bag, make sure it’s genuine! 😀

It’s all been quite fun in an industry which can sometimes take itself a bit too seriously. What do you think of this trend?

Monday, 15th May, 2017

CÎROC Summer Colada Review

Ciroc Summer Colada Review UK

I think I might have just found my drink for this Summer!

Several months ago I heard about CÎROC Summer Colada and I thought it sounded pretty good, but it was unavailable in the UK. Last week it got a UK release, and I picked up a bottle to see what it was all about. This past weekend I cracked it open and made some cocktails on Saturday night which were pretty good!

I’ve drank cocktails for years, but I’ve always stuck to the same old drinks, mostly vodka based. A few years ago I decided to try a Piña Colada to see if I liked it, and I did. So then I decided to see if I could make my own, and bought the ingredients to try out at home. It didn’t go very well. A Piña colada is not the most difficult cocktail to make. It consists of white rum, pineapple juice and coconut cream. But every time I was trying to make it, it just didn’t seem to taste right, not like what I would get from a cocktail bar. I think I may have used coconut milk, so I did not get that thick creamy texture and possibly used too much white rum which over-powered the taste. Anyway, there’s a new solution for this Summer, CÎROC Summer Colada!

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Sunday, 14th May, 2017

Eurovision 2017 Weekend

Fun at the Eurovision 2017 Weekend

Hey guys!

I hope you are well and have had a good weekend. So it was Eurovision last night and Portugal won. It’s become something of a tradition for the past 6 or 7 years that I watch the show, it’s one of those marmite kind of things, people either really love it or hate it. I think you’ve got to take it for what it is. I thought that this year’s show there was no stand out winner, There wasn’t that one powerful song that stood out which there seems to have been for the past few years.

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Friday, 12th May, 2017

Outfit Of The Week: Smart Style With A Sweatshirt

Outfit Of The Week - Michael 84 Style Blog

Can you dress up a sweatshirt? If you asked me this several years ago I would have said of course not, but a plain and simple sweatshirt can work with a jacket, so I wanted to try it out in my style post for the outfit of the week.

For the past several months I’ve been going out at the weekend in either a shirt or knit, since it’s chilly in the evening it’s usually what I’d choose to wear on a night out in the Winter or start of Spring. Now the better weather is coming, I wanted to try out my pink sweatshirt, and styled it with a smart jacket and pair of black jeans, as well as some shoes.

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Sunday, 7th May, 2017

Film Night – Call Girl On DVD

Call Girl Film Review

For film night over the weekend I watched Call Girl, a film which I’ve wanted to watch for a while and actually bought ages ago, but it’s on for over 2 hours and so needed to make the time to watch it properly. It’s another one of those films which I caught on TV, I only seen it for about 20 minutes but it seemed really intriguing so I decided to buy the DVD so I could see it from start to finish.

It’s quite a complicated film to describe. First of all it’s an independent dramatic film which was released in 2012 and is Swedish, set in Sweden in the 1970’s around the time there was an election. It is based on a true story, and the political scandals in Sweden in the 70s, a time where women’s liberation and sexual revolution takes place. The film’s main characters are Iris (Sofia Karemyr) and Sonja (Josefin Asplund), who are teenagers who are sent to live in a juvenile home and become friends. They run off to the city on a night for adventures, and get introduced to Dagmar Glans (Pernilla August), who’s a madam and well known to authorities. She provides prostitutes to rich and powerful clients, including political Swedish figures which becomes subject to a police investigation ran by a young Vice detective, John Sandberg (Simon J. Berger).

It’s such an interesting film, quite dark and gritty, and I won’t spoil the rest of how it goes or the ending if you’ve not seen it (if you really wanna know you can read it on IMDB).

You should definitely give this a try if Scandi indie films or those films set in the 70’s are something which interests you. If you’ve already seen it let me know what you thought of it.