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Thursday, 17th August, 2017

CÎROC French Vanilla – Coming Soon!

Coming Soon - Ciroc Vanilla Vodka

So if you are a regular reader of my blog you’ll know that one of my favourite vodka flavours is vanilla, and I wrote a feature for the best vanilla vodkas you can buy, now it seems like there could be a new contender in the form of CÎROC French Vanilla.

It looks like CÎROC are doing it again, and bringing out another new flavour. Outside their plain vodka which is really good, they’ve released flavours including Mango, Apple, Pineapple, Red Berry, Amaretto, Coconut, Peach and the limited edition Summer Colada which I’ve got and featured on the blog a few months back. I have always wondered why they’ve missed out Vanilla for this length of time, I would have thought it would be a popular flavour, more so than some of their current line up.

CÎROC say that French Vanilla is a rich tasting spirit made with vodka distilled five times from fine French grapes. They say it’s uniquely rich and creamy, and you can enjoy it on the rocks, as a shot or with your favourite mixer (That’s Coke/Diet Coke for me)

I’ve bought and tried so many of the other brands, including Absolut Vanilla, Grey Goose, Stoli and Smirnoff. It’s going to be interesting to see what they come up with and if it’s better, the same or worse.

There’s no UK release date (yet) and no price. It has been confirmed in the USA for around $42 and is said to be limited, so it may not actually get an official release in the UK.

I will keep you updated on this when I have more information 🙂

Wednesday, 16th August, 2017

Amazon Prime Video: 1 Month Review

Amazon Prime Video Review

Hey guys!

So as I wrote about a while ago, I went ahead and got Amazon Prime which includes Amazon video over a month ago, and I’ve watched a couple of things on there, so I thought I would give it a little bit of a review.

If you don’t know what it is, Amazon Prime is a service from Amazon which you pay for which gets your free next day deliveries for a year; The service expanded and now includes free music and also free TV shows and films from their Amazon Video collection. It was on offer for £59/year, so I decided to get it since I shop a lot on Amazon. I also watch a few films, many I’ve reviewed here on the blog, so I thought it would be a good thing to have.

They say they have over 5,000 films, that sounds like a huge amount! I have been buying Blu Rays for years, many of them I only watch once, so I thought this may stop me buying Blu Rays and I’ll use Amazon Video all the time. However, it won’t, and here’s why…

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Monday, 14th August, 2017

Larsson And Jennings – My New Everyday Watch

Larsson And Jennings Watch Review

I love watches, and I’ve had so many over the years. I like to wear different watches for different occasions, whether it’s going out or just an everyday occasion, I always wear a watch. I’ve been looking for a new watch for every day, and I have finally got one, I went for the Lugano from Larsson And Jennings.

My usual everyday watch has been my D&G Time watch, I love it, I have had it for so long and had so many good times with it. I bought that a long time ago, and it has served me well. But I got that in my 20’s, and it’s a watch with metal links and Swarovski crystals, it’s really showy and is like a bling. Being Dolce and Gabbana it has some fashion prestige, but it is just a fashion watch like many other. Now I am older I wanted something more classic and understated, but something good quality at a good price point. With a lot of good watches on offer, I chose to get a Larsson and Jennings.

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Thursday, 10th August, 2017

iPhone8 Rumours – Will You Be Getting One?

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Is this the next iPhone? [image via Google Images for commentary purposes]

It’s August and with Apple having a history of releasing new iPhones in September in the past, rumours and discussions around the next iPhone are really starting to get some speed. But, will you get one, and should I?

The latest rumours doing the rounds is that there’ll be a few models released; an iPhone 7S, a 7S Plus and an all new design, an 8. This would be completely different to the cycle of what they’ve done in the past, which has been release a phone and then what most of us call a “half” model a year later; So that’s a 5 followed a year later by a 5S, followed a year later by a 6, and so on. But the 7 was only released last year, so going straight to an 8 which was originally speculated would break the pattern; Now the new rumours of both a 7S and 8 breaks it even further.

What Will Make Me Buy One?

I’ve had an iPhone since the 3G, and done the upgrade path of one every other year, so missed out all the S models and got the latest one, that was until the 7. I bought the 6 and it was great, it’s still great, and there was no reason to upgrade to the 7. Now I am here with the 6, 3 years later, so should I upgrade? What will make me get the updated version?

It’s really hard to say. The camera is already fairly decent, but of course it can be better. The speed and power is perfectly acceptable, but the newer phone will obviously be better. There’s also the annoyance of no headphone jacks on the newer models (presumably none on the next model either). I don’t really want a bigger phone, but it would be good to have a refresh. It’s actually hard to say what Apple’s USP is going to be on this one….Going from the 5 to 6 the screen was bigger and it was more of a jump, so it’s not a real comparison.

Price could also play a part. People are saying that because this is the 10th anniversary of the iPhone there’ll be a special model (which could be the 8, if that’s even the name) which could be really expensive; Some are talking about £1000!

What do you think of the upcoming iPhones, will you buy one and what may sway your decision?

Wednesday, 9th August, 2017

Film Night: London Has Fallen Blu Ray Review

London Has Fallen Review

Hey guys!

So the last film I reviewed on the blog was a blu ray and it was The Big Short which I thought was really good, and a film which I’ve had for so long but not watched is London Has Fallen which is the follow up to Olympus Has Fallen.

I wanted to watch something with some action and a typical Hollywood film which was easy watching, after I’ve been watching a lot of factual or documentary style films of late. This is obviously that, and if you’ve seen Olympus Has Fallen then it’s very much the same type of film, this time set in London. I do love when films I watch are set in places I have been too or live in, is that just me? 😛

So the film; Once again Gerard Butler is the American’s president’s head of security, and they both have to go to London on a state visit with the other leaders of the World, as the Prime Minister dies (all the world leaders names used are fictitious). Two years previously Western intelligence agencies collaborated and organised an air strike when a terrorist’s family is killed. This is the terrorists revenge, who admits to organising the attacks and says there will be more if the President doesn’t hand himself over, with the terrorists trying to hunt him down to broadcast his killing on the Internet. And the film goes from there with plenty of action.

It’s a good film, and if you love things blowing up and lots of action it’s worth watching if you haven’t already seen it. It’s only on for 99 minutes, so it’s not a long 2 hour+ film which is refreshing these days since so many are. If you liked the first one, you’ll probably like this.

Sunday, 6th August, 2017

Blog: Best Of July 2017

Michael 84 outfit Grids on Instagram

Hey guys!

So it’s the first week of August, but it already feels like the Summer is over 🙁 The weather has been poor, and I haven’t been abroad yet in 2017 which is disappointing (I can’t decide where to go which means I’ll probably go nowhere, if you have any tips let me know!). July was pretty good and I got up to a few things, went out a whole lot, done some parties and I feel like I drank way too much! 😉

Here’s a couple of photos from July.

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Saturday, 5th August, 2017

Common Goal For Footballers To Donate 1% Wages By Juan Mata

Common Goal From Juan Mata

Hi guys!

I hope you are having a great weekend so far! The Premier League starts next weekend, and I can hardly wait! Football is back, but with quite a few games over the Summer it doesn’t feel like it’s been much of a wait. I have to share this story which I heard yesterday which I think sounds pretty cool, from Juan Mata and Common Goal.

Common Goal is an organisation with a vision of the football family coming together and donating 1% of their wages to this collective fund. Juan Mata, who won the World Cup with Spain is the first player to join this vision, calling on others to team up. “It takes more than one to make a real impact“. The money will go to football charities around the world.

Imagine if there’s a starting XI of the world’s highest paid footballers who donate 1% of their salary. That would be quite a formidable team. Like-minded footballers have an opportunity to change the world making this commitment.

You can find out more about this on the Common Goal website here. and read more about it on Juan Mata’s website too.

Sunday, 30th July, 2017

I Just Watched: The Big Short – Film

Just Watched The Big Short

Hey guys,

I hope you are doing well. So the latest film I’ve watched is The Big Short. Last time I wrote about Bad Moms which I watched on Amazon Video. This is one of the blu rays which I got a while back, and was a bit of a “blind buy”. I had no idea about this film, but I really like films about money and financial stuff, such as Wall Street and Money Never Sleeps, as well as Too Big To Fail and others, films about the financial crisis of 2007-08. I find them really interesting, although I know they won’t be everyone’s cup of tea.

This film has a lot of A-listers in which gives it a bit more of a Hollywood feel to it, however the actors have done a great job, because they play the parts so well, you don’t think of them as the characters they’ve previously played or are synonymous for; e.g. It stars Christian Bale, Steve Carrell Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt, with Steve Carrell playing quite a serious character and role, something I’m not used to seeing him playing, everything I’ve seen him do has been comedy.

So the film is all about the financial crisis of 2007-08, so I think to enjoy it you have to be interested in knowing all about it, it has a few story lines from the characters who each have their own interests and perspectives, but they don’t overlap and are just connected with the events of the crisis. There’s some cut away parts to the film when there’s technical financial jargon talked about to explain things so people can understand which are quite funny; e.g. Margot Robbie in a bubble bath with a glass of champagne explaining Sub prime loans.

If you like films like Wall Street and more factual-based drama films then you may like this one, and if you don’t then you probably won’t enjoy this.

Sunday, 23rd July, 2017

Bad Moms & Amazon Video

Hey guys!

I hope you are having a good Sunday evening, I am so tired! I forgot to write that I took the plunge a few weeks ago and got Amazon Prime, which included Amazon Video, so I will be able to watch more videos and write about them. I actually still have a few blu rays which I haven’t bothered to watch yet, so I will have to make time for that.

The first film I’ve watched is Bad Moms, a film which I was going to buy and I’ve wanted to see for ages. I can say it’s really funny! It doesn’t play out like I imagined it would, but nevertheless it was still a good watch and I could easily watch it again (and I probably will).

The main character is Mila Kunis who plays a mother with two kids and a husband and feels like she has too much going on with life and work, and one of the main parts of the story line is that she’s on the PTA at her kids school, and finally tells them enough is enough and quits it, and finds two other mother’s and starts drinking with them and they become friends and support each other, and the film takes hold from there; I won’t write any spoilers! 😛

It’s a nice light film with comedy, and is only on for just over an hour and a half, so it’s easy to sit down and watch, and I can recommend it if you like Rom Com style films.

Tuesday, 18th July, 2017

Style Check: MANGO MAN Shirt From The Summer Sale

Check Shirt Style With T-Shirt From Mango Man

Hey guys!

I hope you’re having a good Tuesday. We’ve had some brilliant weather over the past few days, and that’s coming to an end (apparently) tomorrow so I made the most of the rain-less days and got out and took a couple of shots in my new check shirt I got from Mango Man in the sale.

When it comes to check shirts I really love them, but I only love a particular style. I like so many checks and patterns, but my favourite are buffalo prints, or checks which are medium-large in size, just like this shirt. The really large “plaid like” checks and squares can look a bit too big for my liking, and although I do like smaller “gingham like” checks, the type I am wearing here is by far my favourite. Whenever I see shirts in this pattern I am drawn to them, and always consider buying them, and in this case, I did.

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