Thursday, 11th May, 2017

Fragrances Revisited: Calvin Klein Escape For Men Aftershave

Calvin Klein Escape For Men - A Lookback At A Classic

Hey Guys!

So this week I have been checking out another one of my old scents for fragrances revisited, and I’ve gone all the way back to 1993 and to this, Calvin Klein Escape For Men.

Actually, I did not get this in 1993, since I was only 9 years old back then. In fact I probably first got this one in around 2005, but it does bring back some memories. It’s not as iconic as CK One, which has legendary status, but as soon as I sprayed this the smell of the 90’s came rushing back.

Just by smelling Escape it reminds me of the 90’s, and what people were wearing back then. As soon as it hits you it takes you back, back to going out and wearing your first scent, the music and the times of the 90’s, it really does make you reminisce. Although this was never one of my favourite fragrances, it was worn and loved by so many people, I used to smell this on people a lot so it does bring back some good memories.

The scent is quite a light and fresh one, with citrus notes and very lightly woody. It’s not dark, but can be worn on an evening, the woody type notes are subtle and the citrus, aqua and green notes are the ones which shine through, making it perfect for Spring or Summer, either during the day or on an evening. If you’ve never experienced Calvin Klein Escape, you should really try it out.

What do you think of this one? If it’s not to you liking, check out more aftershave reviews and find your perfect fragrance.

Best season to wear – Spring/Summer
Scent type – Citrus, Green, Fresh, Woody
Age Recommendation – 18+
Best Worn – Daytime, Evening, Casual, Formal

Top Notes – Birch Leaf, Grapefruit, Bergamot, Juniper, Eucalyptus

Middle Notes – Clary Sage, Cypress, Fir Balsam, Rosemary

Base Notes – Patchouli, Vetiver, Sandalwood, Oakmoss

Tuesday, 9th May, 2017

H&M Summer 2017 Menswear – Michael 84 Edit

H&M linen blazers for Summer

Summer is right around the corner, and the menswear brands have been getting ready for some time, with a lot of brands and labels having their clothing ready to go for Summer! I’ve noticed a few really nice pieces from H&M this year, so here’s my edit from their Summer 2017 Collection part 1; No doubt they’ll be adding more and more as the season progresses.

First of all H&M do a lot of fast fashion, that means pieces are continually being added all the time. It also means that most things are quite inexpensive, so if you’re looking to add one or two pieces to your wardrobe it’s perfect.

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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.

Friday, 5th May, 2017

This Week’s Style – My Levi’s Story

Outfit Of The Week - Levis Tee & Denim

In the past 10 years or so I’ve really got into denim, As I wrote about in my five ways to wear denim post a while back, I never used to wear jeans, I found them uncomfortable as a kid, I was never really aware of the soft washes back then, and did not appreciate raw denim. Anyway, since 10 years have passed I’ve bought a lot of denim from a lot of brands, but I’ve never bought Levi’s, until now.

Levi's Classic T Shirt With 511 Jeans

Levi’s have been around forever, I think if you ask anyone to name a jean brand, the vast majority of people would say Levi’s, and if they didn’t there’s no doubt at all that they’ve heard of them. Not only that, but they have a style which is the most well known, the 501. These were popularised from the 50’s up until the 80s and even 90s, and everyone and anyone wanted a pair of 501’s, they were quite the status piece of clothing to own; Each youth subculture universally liked the 501’s, I’ve heard plenty of stories of people shrinking their jeans, from wearing them in the bath and drying them to get the best personalised fit for them. However they’ve never seemed like a cool brand, they’ve always felt like “dad jeans”, probably because everyone of my age had parents who loved their 501’s. However times have changed, Levi’s are becoming on trend again, and they’ve got a few more modern and updated styles and items of clothing and jeans.

Levi's Logo T Shirt

I’ve been looking to get a couple of Levi’s things for a few weeks, I wanted to try on some things rather than buying them online but I’ve been too busy to go to the Levi’s shop in the town, but earlier this week I finally went and got a few things as you’ll have already saw on the blog.

First of all I wanted two T-Shirts. The classic logo tee in white, and the new logo shirt in grey, and that’s exactly what I got. The classic logo, or Housemark as Levi’s call it is a must have and I wanted it in white as it’s the most universal colour which I can wear with a lot of other clothing. This is the tee I’m wearing for the Outfit of the week, and no doubt I’ll be wearing the other one in another outfit post soon.

Levi's 511 Selvedge Jeans With Converse

Denim lovers will know all about Selvedge, and people who read the blog will know how much I love it. If you don’t know what it is, I wrote a helpful what is selvedge denim guide a while back, but it’s a type of denim which is much loved by many. I noticed that Levis do Selvedge, but I wasn’t sure on their fits, I prefer a slim or skinny fit in jeans now. They happened to do Selvedge in their 511 style which is a slim fit, but since I’ve never bought Levi’s jeans before I wanted to try these on. I loved them and bought them, and can see getting a lot of wear from these. They’re a dark wash which I prefer, so I can wear them for smart casual occasions and on a night out they’ll look great too.

I paired these up with another timeless and classic item; A pair of red Converse.

Let me know what you think of this look and Levi’s in general, and Happy Friday! 🙂

Wednesday, 3rd May, 2017

The Real Shaving Co. Shave Gel & Moistureiser

Real Shaving Co. Review

When it comes to shaving, I think it’s safe to say we all have our very own regimes and how we do things. I certainly do, and it usually involves a couple of steps, from start to finish. The Real Shaving Co. is a British gentlemen’s grooming brand who manufacturer their products in the heart of Somerset, and have been offering superior skincare since 1953. I’m taking a look at a couple of their products. They combine modern formulations with decades of experience in skincare expertise, focusing on both normal and sensitive skin. Their products are free from parabens, microbeads, SLS and SLES which is increasingly important these days.

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Tuesday, 2nd May, 2017

New In – Levi’s Tees And Jeans For Summer

Levis Jeans and T-Shirts

Hey guys!

So for the past several weeks I’ve been meaning to go out and buy something I’ve been looking at for ages…Some things from Levi’s! More specifically a couple of tees, the Levi’s traditional logo T-shirt, and the newer logo shirt which was launched earlier. I been really busy so I’ve not been able to go to the town to have a look, but I finally I did and picked up some things!

I am going to write more about these pieces in detail when I post my outfit of the week later, but I wanted to show exactly what I got right now, so here it is!

As mentioned the classic logo top. It comes in a variety of colours, but I decided to get it in the classic white with red logo. It’s nothing new, but sometimes the classics are the best. Speaking of new, I got a tee which sports a new logo design, which ironically is a take on luxe sportswear from the 80’s, specifically the 1984 Olympic Games. I got this one in grey, I’ve really began to love this classic colour, it’s really versatile. The tees were £25 each.

Lastly I saw some Selvedge denim jeans which I had to try. Levi’s are known for their 501’s, but I’m not a fan of their classic fit, although they do have some newer fits in this style, however they didn’t seem to do this style in Selvedge denim. One of their styles I like is the 511, which is a more modern slim fit, and they had some really nice Selvedge in this style, so I had to get some. After trying them on the fit is really nice, and they’re really good quality denim. They’re dark denim, which you’ll know from reading my five pairs of jeans you need post is a colour you absolutely need in your wardrobe. They were a great price for the quality and the fact they’re Selvedge, and came in at £115.

Later in the week I’ll be putting these into my outfit of the week, so you’ll be able to see them properly soon.

Two Levis T Shirts

Closeup of Levis Selvedge

Levis Selvedge back and front

Monday, 1st May, 2017

Music Playlist – April 2017

The Michael 84 Playlist

It’s May!

Sorry for the even later than usual playlist! 😀 I’ve been listening to pretty much the same music, but as the Summer approaches, I am looking forward to some big Summer bangers which will hopefully be coming soon. Added to the playlist are songs such as Heatstroke from Young Thug, Pharrell and Ariana Grande, Symphony from Clean Bandit and Zara Larsson, Humble from Kendrick Lamar and Cold from Stormzy. You can check out the full playlist below.

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Sunday, 30th April, 2017

David Brent – Life On The Road Blu Ray

David Brent Life on The Road Blu Ray Review

A while back I watched David Brent Life On The Road, and it was pretty good!

I was never a big fan of The Office, in fact I only just watched it at the back end of last year for the first time, I wanted to see what it was like. I never thought the series was brilliant, but it did have it’s moments, and the storyline was pretty decent, but it was not as funny as something like Phoenix Nights or Max & Paddy’s Road To Nowhere which I thought was a lot funnier. Anyway, the film was supposed to be good, so I decided to give it a try.

It of course centres around David Brent, who is still working the day job with aspirations of being a music star, and is filmed in the familiar mockumentary style which I do like. He decides to take his band on tour, and takes a month off from work with unpaid leave, and finances a tour with his band Foregone Conclusion, the sound engineer and Dom, who is his friend who is a rapper (played by Ben Bailey Smith aka Doc Brown).

It’s the same old tale of Brent thinking he’s cool and not really realising he isn’t, with the band not socialising with him and not being on his own tour bus and having to drive behind it in his car.

The film is a good watch, I enjoyed it more than The Office, and the rest of the cast are good, especially Doc Brown who I like. The song Equality Street makes it in the film, which was released a few years ago for Comic Relief which always makes me laugh. If you liked The Office you’ll probably like this, and even if you didn’t it’s still a good film and you don’t need to have seen The Office before to understand the plot or film.

Friday, 28th April, 2017

Air Max 2017 For Running

Air Max 2017 For Running

Happy Friday!

I hope everyone is looking forward to the weekend, it’s going to be another long one which I am really looking forward to! For this week’s Outfit Of The Week I have gone for a sporty style. Regular readers will know that I like running, I’ve talked about it a few times such as my How Fast Can You Run A Mile post. I’ve been running the odd day for several weeks now, but it’s the time of the year when I ramp it up a bit, and go out every day or evening,  which is the inspiration behind this style post.

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Wednesday, 26th April, 2017

Best Men’s Fragrance To Wear This Spring

The Best Men's Fragrances For Spring 2017

Spring is well under way, so it’s about time to get out your favourite fragrance suitable for Spring, or if you don’t have one or fancy a change, buy yourself a new scent. Smell is something you’ll instantly notice about someone, and nobody wants to smell bad. It’s a cardinal sin to smell unclean, it’s one of the worst impressions you can give a person. Over-doing it isn’t as bad, but you could end up being that guy who had that really strong cologne smell. What you actually want is something pleasant which someone will remember, and I’m going to showcase a few of my favourite scents for this season. Let’s get started!

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