Monday, 27th February, 2017

Music: February Playlist

The Michael 84 Playlist

A quiet January always leads to a much better February as far as music is concerned.

Did you see The BRITS? It was pretty good this year! There were performances by Bruno Mars, Katy Perry and Little Mix which were good, some collaborations from Ed Sheeran with Stormzy and Coldplay with The Chainsmokers, and probably the best of the night, Chris Martin singing a duet with George Michael on video which was really powerful.

For the playlist this month I have a couple of new entries, as well as some of the tracks which I have been listening to remaining in the list.

  • Rag & Bone Man – Human
  • Stormzy – Big For Your Boots
  • The Chainsmokers – Paris
  • Alma – Dye My Hair
  • Lana Del Rey – Love
  • Jax Jones – You Don’t Know Me
  • Lethal Bizzle F/ Giggs & Flowdan – Round Here
  • Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You
  • Sia – Move Your Body
  • Dua Lipa – Be The One
  • Machine Gun Kelly x Camila Cabello – Bad Things
  • Naughty Boy F/ Kyla & Popcaan) – Should’ve Been Me
  • Tinie Tempah F/ Tinashe – Text From Your Ex
  • The Weekend F/ Daft Punk – Starboy
  • Bruno Mars – 24k Magic

Check out all the old music tracks on the playlist page.

Sunday, 26th February, 2017

Sunday Style – The Striped Navy Knit

My Sunday Style - 26th February 2017

Happy Sunday!

I hope you are well and have had a good weekend so far. It’s the usual quiet Sunday for me, with the EFL Cup Final which I am watching, I will be doing not much else, other than a film later in what’s been a Sunday tradition for a long time.

This is my Sunday Style for this week, which is the last Sunday in the month! I can’t believe that we’re almost into March and Spring, my chunky knits and jumpers will be going, but I can keep this one out for a bit longer. I am wearing this navy blue striped knit which is from Jaeger. It’s a fine knit jumper so is light and quite thin, and in this cold weather I needed a T-shirt under it! I have styled it with my Selected Homme leather jacket which I really love, it’s definitely one of the better fashion purchases I’ve made in my life. To go with that I am wearing my Duck & Cover Selvedge Denim jeans, and for footwear I have chosen the smart casual brown brogues from Kurt Geiger.

Have a good Sunday! Back to work tomorrow, but at least we have pancake day on Tuesday and I’ll be posting about that like I always do 🙂

p.s. – What does my hair look like without any product on? THIS! :mrgreen:

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Saturday, 25th February, 2017

Timberland x Flyroam Footwear – Limited Edition Collection

Timberland Flyroam Limited Edition

When you think of Timberland you think of the iconic yellow coloured boots, but they have just released the brand new collection, the Flyroam trainers. This limited edition collection has been built with weight in mind, with an ultra lightweight build is combined with sleek styled silhouettes including a chukka boot, Chelsea boots and a four-eyelet Oxford. The chukka comes in an all black premium nubuck or beige full grain leather and fabric.

The design is inspired by a sports and contemporary look, and come with some innovative technology. The Aerocore energy system is brand new technology which puts a focus on weight reduction and flexibility. With performance in mind, they have comfortable high rebound cushioning with a durable midsole and rubber base.

You can get your hands on a pair of these right now for a limited time, with prices ranging from £105 – £125 at Timberland.

What do you think of these?

Friday, 24th February, 2017

Affordable Suits From Dobell

Affordable Suits From Dobell

There are certain items of clothing which should be present in every man’s wardrobe, a white shirt, a good pair of jeans, and of course, a suit. Even if you’re not what you’d call a suit kind of guy, it’s always good to have one, especially when you’re getting into your 20’s or 30’s, because there’s a good chance you’re going to need to wear one, for one reason or another.

It can be a little bit daunting if you’ve never bought a suit before. With thousands of different options and variations, which do you go for? Not only that, since suits are quite a formal type of clothing, you may think that you need to break the bank to get one, but that doesn’t have to be the case.

Dobell specialise in getting you smart in a suit, for an affordable price. They have a large range of suits for all occasions, from wedding in the Summer to a black tie formal, you can find exactly what you’re looking for.Whether you’re looking for a two piece suit, or want a three piece suit which includes a waistcoat, they have options for you. Something which I like is the number of options which they have; You can buy separate items such as jackets, trousers, waistcoats, shirts and accessories, or a full suit, or something which they call a package, which is a full suit with a shirt and tie; Perfect for those looking for an all-in-one deal.

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Wednesday, 22nd February, 2017

Fragrance Revisited: Gucci Bu Gucci Pour Homme Review

Gucci By Gucci Review

Gucci by Gucci was released back in 2008, I can’t remember when I got my bottle but I have liked it ever since, in fact it was one of my favourites. I liked it so much, that when I was re-buying my favourites (in fear of them being discontinued) I got myself a big bottle which remains in brand new and unused condition!

First off I have to talk about the bottle. The top is a really interesting design, it reminds me of an old fashioned door knocker, and is polished metal and silver in colour. The front of the bottle has the branding which is tastefully done, and the shape is a nice squared style of bottle, keeping it traditional and making it easy to store.

The scent itself is a very masculine fragrance. It’s woody and spicy, and reminds me of an older style aftershave, but a more refined and elegant style. There’s a lot of woody notes, as well as pepper, but the other notes leave it smelling warm and refined, rather than too overpowering. It combines that traditional musky aftershave style with a more modern tone. Great for date night, evenings with friends and Autumn and Winter nights.

Let me know what you think of this one! Check out more of my aftershave reviews before buying your next scent and get some tips and advice.

Best season to wear – Autumn/Winter
Scent type – Woody, Spicy, Tobacco
Age Recommendation – 21+
Best Worn – Evening, Casual, Formal

Top Notes – Bergamot, Cypress, Violet

Heart Notes – Jasmine, Tobacco

Base Notes – Patchouli, Olibanum, Amber, Leather, Elemi Resin

Tuesday, 21st February, 2017

Adidas NMD R1: All Black | All White | All Red Coming 24th February

Adidas NMD_R1 All Black, All White and All Red Restocked

The Adidas NMD juggernaut has been in full force, and it does not look like it’s slowing down anytime soon, with the re-release of the triple colour packs, or the all black, all white and all red Adidas NMD R1.

If you like the Boost technology which Adidas are now putting on a lot of their trainers, including the iconic Superstar’s with the Boost Superstar I covered two weeks ago, the NMD are one of the trainer styles which wear this well. As with the standard NMD design, they all come with the moulted EVA midsole plugs, and some stretch mesh upper and a rubber outsole. The three stripes and tongue tab are reflective which makes your kicks pop when it kicks in.

I really do like the all white and all black options in the NMD range, I do think they look good, if you missed the all black options which I featured on the blog back in September 2016 you will now have a second chance to bag yourself a pair. They will be retailing for £109.95.

They go on sale on Friday 24th February from 23:00 UK time from Adidas online, alternatively there’s some other shops which are getting them in, but as always, you’ll have to either be quick or enter one of their lotteries. Here’s the links for the different shoes from Adidas:

The all Black Adidas NMD_R1 – here

The all White Adidas NMD_R1 – here

The all Red Adidas NMD_R1 – here

Monday, 20th February, 2017

Our London / Our Vodka Review

Our Vodka Our London Review

I do like vodka, but the only drink which I really make with it is either with Red Bull or in a cocktail. I’ve tasted so many, the last one I got was Reyka Vodka which is from Iceland, but for Christmas just gone I received a new one, and one I’ve never previously come across, called Our London from a brand called Our Vodka.

I do like trying out different vodka brands, so it was good to try something which I’ve never previously seen before. I had a little read about the company since they are new to me, and as the name suggests, this vodka is London based and is produced, blended and bottled the vodka in a micro distillery at Arch 435-436 East London. You can read more about them here. The company is actually from Sweden, and partners with cities to create a global brand with local roots.

The bottle is really distinctive, and reminds me of an old school, classic milk bottle. The front label is circular and has all the information and branding to the front, in a clean black and white style. It comes with a crown cap bottle top which you need a bottle opener for, and to re-seal the bottle, a plastic top comes with the bottle too. The bottle is also smaller than a standard bottle you’d get, in fact half the size at 350ml.

The taste…It’s good! I think it’s a really nice, smooth vodka, and goes down well. It tastes as good as some of the other premium vodkas which I have, and being made in Hackney it is always good to buy something which is created locally.

It comes in at around £22, which is expensive for a vodka, but you are getting something which has been made in a micro distillery in London. If you are looking for something which is produced in small numbers in smaller “party sharing” bottles, you can give this a look.

Sunday, 19th February, 2017

Sunday Style: Sand Colour Knit

Sunday style - Sand colour jumper from Ruffle And Bow with PRPS Jeans

Hey guys!

I hope that you’re having a good weekend. Later tonight I will be watching the Celebrity Take Me Out which I am looking forward to seeing, I don’t know why they’ve put it on a Sunday for the first time, maybe because the Saturday night schedule is full up with The Voice (Which I don’t watch).

My Sunday Style is this sand colour jumper. I don’t actually know what you’d call the colour; Sand, sandy, beige, light brown…Whatever you call it, this is it 😀 I really like these tones for a knit, they work with pretty much anything and is something brighter than the standard greys, blues or black. This one is from Ruffle and Bow which I got a while back. They are a Gothenburg based brand, and more denim focused, but brought out this jumper a while back. It’s pretty decent, the fit is a little baggy which is good for a Sunday.

On the bottom half are one of my pairs of PRPS jeans. This pair is a lighter colour denim than I usually wear, and have distress marks, rips and whiskering to them, giving them a more casual look and feel. They are washed and quite soft, and pretty light denim so are comfortable to wear.

Check out more of the pics below 🙂

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Friday, 17th February, 2017

Is The Nokia 3310 Coming Back – Why I’m Not Excited

My Nokia 3330

This week there’s been some news that HMD, the Finnish company which has the licence to the Nokia brand, is going to re-release an updated version of what I would say is the best mobile phone series in history, the Nokia 3310 at MWC (Mobile World Conference)

I am looking forward to seeing what this Nokia looks like, but sadly, I am not too excited by this, and I doubt very much I will get one. Let me explain why.

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Thursday, 16th February, 2017

Take Me Out Valentines Celebrity Special 2017

Take Me Out Celebrity Special February 2017

Fresh off the back of the 2016 Christmas Take Me Out and just a few days after Valentines Day, Take Me Out is back on the telly for another celebrity special. The Christmas Special featured Thom Evans, Roman Kemp and Ritchie Neville, with this show featuring Arg from TOWIE, DJ Melvin Odoom and Olympic medallist Nile Wilson. Paddy will be joined once again be the flirty thirty, with girls from the past shows. I’m looking forward to see who’s making a return.

Set a reminder that Take Me Out is on this Sunday 19th February at 7PM, rather than the usual Saturday night.

Check out some sneak peek pictures below…

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