Monday, 13th March, 2017

What To Wear At The Races – Men’s Fashion Advice

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UPDATED FOR 2017

And they’re off!

Having a day at the races is not just about putting a few bets on the horses anymore, well, has it ever been? There’s always been a lot of emphasis on what the girls are wearing, and who’ll have the best or most outlandish hat, but men’s style is just as important, so what you wear at the races should be something on par with your female counterpart. Let the ladies bring the glamour, and the gents bring the style.

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Sunday, 12th March, 2017

Outfit Of The Weekend – Suede Jacket & Blue Jumper

Outfit Of The Weekend! 12th March 2017

Hey guys!

I hope you are well and are having a good weekend. Yesterday I took some photos for my outfit of the weekend, and the weather was so miserable! I should have waited for today where it’s actually pretty warm and bright. Unpredictable weather? It must be British Springtime! :mrgreen:

This is one of my suede jackets, actually the first suede jacket I got quite a while back. It’s from Mango Man, and is a brown camel colour. Suede is a material which you shouldn’t really wear in the rain, so whenever I think about wearing this or something else in suede I always tend to check my weather app (not that it’s very reliable!).

For my jumper I went for this blue knit from Gant. It’s one which I love and wear so often, the blue goes with so many different pieces of clothing so it’s really easy to wear. The lambswool is pretty tough, but this being a premium style of brand is quite soft and fairly light. I think that this colour works well with the camel colour of the jacket.

For the jeans I went for a pair of BOSS Orange denim. These have a tapered fit, and it’s not my favourite styles of denim anymore. I much prefer a slim or skinny fit, which is more on trend these days, and has been for a while. However for a weekend style, relaxed and chilled out, these are fine for this kind of outfit. As for the colour, you can never go wrong with dark indigo denim, my favourite colour, I own so many jeans in this colour!

For my footwear I pulled out an old favourite, a pair of Converse. I hardly ever wear Converse these days, I opt for the much more comfortable Air Max, and have a couple of pair of those to pick from. But if you’ve been a reader for a while then you’ll know I went through a stage of Converse, and I have 10 or 11 pairs, all in different colours. I went for the grey colour, which I really like, and have never worn too much. The usual colours for guys wearing Converse are the classic red or black, so it’s always good to be able to pull out a different colour which adds something to the overall look, the grey keeps things toned down.

That’s it for my outfit! Now it’s Sunday so it’s all about chilling out! Have a good one. Check out more pictures of this look below and let me know what you think

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Thursday, 9th March, 2017

Vince Camuto Eterno Fragrance For Men

Vince Camuto Eterno Fragrance For Men Review

Recently I got sent this scent called Vince Camuto Eterno. This is my first Vince Camuto scent, so I did not really know what to expect from this one.

As always I will start off with the bottle. This one is a large 100ml and is a nice squared-rectangular shape, and comes in a faux leather wrap around in white, with the branding in silver and the Vince Camuto logo to the front in silver. The reverse also has stitching up the back at the middle in blue, and the top of the bottle and atomiser is in a complimenting chrome silver colour.

It has a nice wide spray, and the scent is a light and pleasant one. This is definitely one for the Spring or Summer, and would work well during the day. From the first spray you get a really inviting smell which is green and citrus-like, it’s light and fresh but a fresh-citrus with a bit of a spicy kick, rather than fresh-aquatic. You can wear this throughout the day to work, college or Uni and it will be inoffensive, it’s noticeable but not too punchy or overpowering.

You can but this one at Debenhams for £36 for the 50ml bottle, or £45 for the 100ml bottle here. It’s a good choice if you’re looking for something new and different for Spring or Summer.

Have you tried this? Let me know what you think if you have. You can check out all my fragrance reviews if you’re looking for a new scent for this upcoming season.

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

Top Notes – Citrus, Mint

Middle Notes – Bourbon Pepper, Saffron

Base Notes – Cedar, Patchouli

Tuesday, 7th March, 2017

What To Wear To A Funeral: Men’s Advice

What To Wear For A Funeral - Men's Advice

Going to a funeral is the last thing anyone wants to do, but it’s a sad fact of life that we’ll probably end up having to go to a few. The last thing on your mind is probably thinking of what you have to wear, but if you’ve never been to one before you may be wondering how to dress for a funeral.

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Sunday, 5th March, 2017

Instagram Lately – February 2017 Roundup

Superbowl Sunday

Is it just me, or is this year going so quickly?!

Yes, it’s been March for a couple of days, so I thought that I’d post up what I’d been up to the previous month; Most of which I post here on the blog, but there’s some stuff which is only on my Instagram account, and some only on Instagram Stories. You can follow me on Instagram, my name is Michal84Blog (like everywhere else) or click here if you’re on a phone.

BTW… Instagram Stories. What do you think? I personally love it! I think that Instagram has gone a bit too professional, in fact it’s been that way for a couple of years. When it started it was fun and people uploading pretty candid snaps. In the past few years it’s gone really professional with people using their DSLR and only using the best possible pics, which is cool and everything but I think it loses some of what it was originally all about. Anyway, Instagram Stories is here to bring that back, and I love it 🙂

So, please follow me, and if you don’t, you can check out what I got up to in February below.

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Thursday, 2nd March, 2017

Today’s Style – Roll Neck Jumper For Spring

ASOS Roll Neck With Camel Overcoat

Turtle neck, polo neck, or roll neck. Whatever you’d like to call them, I’ve never really been much of a fan. That is, until now. It’s Spring so I decided to expand my wardrobe a little bit, and get myself my first roll neck jumper. Usually I think of knitwear as a smart V-neck or crew neck knit, perfect for an evening out or more smart affair; Or a big, thick chunky knit, great for a casual night, cosy evening and the likes. The roll neck has been a style which I have never found a place for, but I thought I would give it a go this season.

I’ve seen a lot of people wearing them, and the style has really grown on me, so I decided that I would jump on board and give it a try. What is this style good for? I think it’s good for a smart casual look, especially a plain or toned down roll neck, when you don’t want to layer with something visible, i.e. a shirt. This is the jumper I went for.

It’s a neutral colour, 100% merino wool roll neck from ASOS. I usually wear quite dark coats and jackets, so having a lighter knit will really brighten up my overall outfit look. However this Winter I also invested in a camel overcoat, I really do like the camel overcoat trend, so that jacket is going to be something I’ll hopefully wear for years to come. Layering light with light garments can sometimes not work, but I think the neutral colour of the jumper along with the camel colour of the coat work quite well. It certainly does not look out of place, the colours are toned down enough not to make the other one loud or bright.

I wanted to get a 100% merino wool jumper because I really like this style of wool. It’s really thin, but feels soft and more luxurious than other types such as lambswool, which can feel more coarse. I always prefer 100% wool over a mix or polyester whatever the type, as it’s a natural material and you do notice the difference over time and even when you wear it. It’s very fine, and I would say thinner and lighter than some of my other merino wool jumpers.

To complete the look I went for black jeans which really adds some contrast to the overall picture, and my brown Kurt Geiger brogues which I think go well with this outfit, and compliment the black jeans keeping the look just that little bit more casual, while keeping the overall look smart.

Remember if you’re still on the hunt for a jumper for the cold snap to check out my jumper guide which will give you inspiration and the lowdown on everything to do with knits and jumpers for this season.

Let me know what you think of the look and these pieces.

Asos coat, asos roll neck, armani jeans, kurt geiger shoes
ASOS Roll Neck Jumper | ASOS Camel Overcoat | Kurt Geiger Brogues | Armani Jeans

close-up of the roll neck and coat

ASOS Roll Neck In Neutral colour

close-up of the roll neck jumper
Close up of the merino wool neck jumper by ASOS

The jumper without coat

Wednesday, 1st March, 2017

King Of Soles On Kickstarter – Ireland’s First Sneaker Label

King Of Soles Trainers

With a huge number of footwear labels out there already, is there room for another? We’ve all heard of the classic, Adidas, Nike, New Balance and Converse to name only a few, and of course those individual brands have their own classic silhouettes and collections too. But have you ever heard of a pair of trainers coming out of Ireland?

King Of Soles is a start up trainer company hailing from Ireland, and could be the very first sneaker brand to come out of the emerald isle. The inspiration comes from the custom sneakers culture, where artists customised and paint existing shoes to create one-offs or extremely limited runs. These trainers can go for a few hundred pounds, which is quite a lot of money to spend on some custom trainers.

King Of Soles will have 2 designs available from the Kickstarter; The RastaRunners and PacAttack, with designs in ode to Bob Marley and Jamaica and Pacman respectively, and come in a high top form. They are made from Premium Action Leather Upper, with a Mesh Lining, Chambray Insole, TPR Outsole, and a set of Custom Screw On Lace Tips, with King Of Soles and the Crown, laser etched onto them. These have been created after a monster search of over 10,000 manufacturers from 17 countries, finally a manufacturer was found which focuses on shorter runs and quality.

You can pre-order your pay from the Kickstarter page here, they come in at €70. If you just want to support the brand, you can back them with a pledge too.

King Of Soles Sneaker Brand From Ireland

Tuesday, 28th February, 2017

Pancake Day 2017

Happy Pancake Day 2017

Happy Pancake Day!

It’s one of my favourite days of the year, I just love pancakes! I had some for lunch, and I will have some for my supper later, which has been a bit of a tradition since I was a kid. Earlier I made some from scratch, and they were so good! My pancakes are nice and simple, just three ingredients; Flour, egg and milk. I know some use a pinch of salt or sugar or other things, but I just like to keep them nice and simple, and I eat them savoury rather than sweet.

My Simple Pancakes

2 eggs
100g flour
300ml milk
extra virgin olive oil

Eggs, Milk and flour
Get all the ingredients together with a large bowl for mixing.

Wisk them together
Put the flour, eggs and milk into bowl and whisk until you get a batter.

Pour mix in pan
Heat up a frying pan with a little bit of olive oil, wait until it’s hot. Pour the batter mix into the pan, and cook for a few minutes on a high heat. Flip the pancake over, and cook for a few more minutes.

Pancakes with HP Brown Sauce
Then enjoy! 🙂

I use HP Brown Sauce as a topping, which some think is weird but I always have since I was a kid. What’s your topping of choice?

Have a great pancake day 🙂

Tuesday, 28th February, 2017

Introducing Lamuel Swimwear

Lamuel Swim Shorts Salt Collection

Summer is right around the corner, and that means you may be thinking about booking a holiday where you’ll be sitting around the pool or chilling at the beach. You’ll need some new swim shorts, and Lamuel have launched SALT, some stylish swimwear for the upcoming season. Manufactured in Dubai by hand by British born Louis Aldridge, the swimwear was created as a stylish alternative to ill-fitting board shorts or budgie smugglers.

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Monday, 27th February, 2017

The New Generation Nokia 3310 Has Been Announced

The brand new Nokia 3310 is coming in four colours!

I previously wrote about the Nokia 3310 rumours, and today Nokia have announced the return of the Nokia 3310, albeit an updated version for 2017.

The phone design is pretty cool, as you can see. It will come in four colours which are red, yellow, blue and silver, and it takes shape just like the original classic 3310, with a more modern design. That means that keys are back! Actual buttons to press which I have always loved. The screen is also a lot bigger, as screens are these days, it’s not a mega 6 inch screen, but a very reasonable 2.4 inch curved colour screen.

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