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Monday, 28th May, 2018

Music Playlist: May 2018

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The Summer is upon us! We’re just days away from June, and hopefully a few big Summer bangers in terms of big hit songs. There hasn’t been one which has stood out just yet, but it is the Summer of the World Cup, and that means a World Cup song.

This time round it’s done byΒ Nicky Jam feat. Will Smith & Era Istrefi and is called Live It Up. I have only heard it once or twice, and I think it’s a grower. We’ll probably hear it quite a bit during the World Cup, I need to give it a proper listen before I make up my mind whether I like it or not.

There hasn’t been much in terms of other new music which I’ve listened to, as I have been getting in the mood for the World Cup, listening to football songs – Maybe I will do a football playlist in the run up to the World Cup πŸ˜‰

Here’s my usual playlist, which isn’t the biggest, but it has a couple of big songs in there. My favourite at the moment is probably 2002 from Anne Marie, however the thing I don’t like about it is how inaccurate it is – She references lots of songs, none of which came out in 2002! πŸ˜‚ She references songs like “Oops I Did It Again” (2000), “Bye Bye Bye” (2000), “99 Problems” (2003), Ride Wit Me (2000), Baby One More Time (1998). Anne Marie, you need to change the title of the song!

Here’s my playlist for this month.

  • Rita Ora, Cardi B, Bebe Rexha & Charli XCX – Girls
  • Nicky Jam feat. Will Smith & Era Istrefi – Live It Up
  • Natalia – Con Ganas
  • Ariana Grande – No Tears Left To Cry
  • Anne Marie – 2002
  • Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – One Kiss
  • Sigala F/Paloma Faith – Lullaby
  • Plan B – Guess Again
  • Aitana, Ana Guerra – Lo Malo
  • Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line – Meant To Be
  • George Ezra – Paradise
Sunday, 27th May, 2018

Real Madrid 3 – 1 Liverpool – Champions League Final 2018

Real Madrid beat Liverpool in Champions League Final 2018

What a game it was last night! Real Madrid are the champions of Europe once again, winning the Champions League 3 times in a row and have an ever growing record of titles, now sitting at 13. It’s a game which will be remembered for a couple of things, depending on your personal affiliation, but for me and many, it was all about that Gareth Bale goal.

Here’s how I saw the game.

Liverpool were pretty decent for the first 20-30 minutes, then bad news for Liverpool, Salah got injured from a tussle with Sergio Ramos, and had to go off injured. A short time later Dani Carvajal also got injured for Real Madrid, stretching for the ball. Both players were in tears as they left the pitch.

Real Madrid started to play better, and in the 2nd half, Benzema opened the scoring with a bizarre goal. The Liverpool ‘keeper Karius went to throw the ball out to a defender, Benzema stuck out a leg, the ball hit it and trickled into the net. Benzema had earlier scored a goal in the 1st half, but it was correctly ruled out for offside.

Just 4 minutes later, Liverpool got an equaliser. Liverpool won a corner and the ball was played in, it was headed on and Saido Mane was quick and managed to get in and stabbed the ball into the net.

Then the moment of magic. Bale came on, and scored a wonder goal. Marcelo crossed the ball in, and Bale hit the sweetest overhead kick of all time, and scored an unbelievable goal from about 15 yards out. It was a goal which was worthy of winning any game.

With just under 10 minutes to play, Bale scored again. Bale had the space opened up for him, and from about 25-30 yards shot more of less straight at Karius, who couldn’t deal with the ball, and it went in.

Real Madrid went on to win 3-1, and fully deserved the victory.

A lot of the focus will be on Karius, who’s 2 huge mistakes cost Liverpool. But in the end, Real Madrid were the better team, and did deserve to win.

The two big talking points for anyone who was supporting Liverpool for the night were the huge errors of Karius, and Mo Salah going off injured, with most blaming Sergio Ramos for a cynical foul. The foul itself was not bad, it was 2 players fighting to get to the ball, with Salah grappling with Ramos, Ramos getting his arm and not letting go, the two fall to the ground, and sadly for Salah, for Liverpool and for the game, he got injured and had to go off.

Then there’s Karius. The two errors he made were so huge, they were errors they no goalkeeper should make at the top level, or some would say, at any professional level. It was the final of the Champions League, and those two errors will be remembered in Liverpool and England forever. It will be tough for him to come back from those mistakes, as they were so high profile. It was a major loss of focus in 2 incidents.

It’s interesting to see the perspective from the two countries; The media/fans from England focus on the Salah injury, Sergio Ramos and Karius, while the Spanish fans and media are talking about the wonder goal and the beautiful game, Real Madrid’s 13th win and 3 in a row, with many called it a Dynasty.

Real Madrid were simply the better team, with the better players doing more in the game. The difference was that Real Madrid had a Gareth Bale to come on and win the game, and without Salah, Liverpool looked out of ideas. None of their attacking players really made any kind of impact, with Trent Alexander-Arnold one of their better players.

After the game Gareth Bale was talking like he was almost resigned to leaving Real Madrid, talking about his future and how he needs to start more games, a strange conversation to have after scoring one of the best goals of all time in a final, and winning a Champions League.

He was not alone talking about the future, with Cristiano Ronaldo saying “It been very nice playing for Real Madrid”.

Real Madrid Champions 2018

Real Madrid 3 – 1 Liverpool

Benzema (51′), Bale (64′, 83′) | Mane (55′)

Thursday, 24th May, 2018

Versace Pour Homme Dylan Blue Fragrance Review

Versace Pour Homme Dylan Blue Review

There has been a men’s fragrance which has been around since late 2016, it’s one which a lot of people have been talking about and you have all asked me about this one a good few times, well it’s finally on the blog, Versace Pour Homme Dylan Blue! The question is, how good is the award winning fragrance, and is it worth the hype? My friends at Versace have sent over a bottle, and I can now reveal everything you need to know about the scent.

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Wednesday, 23rd May, 2018

The Bold Type Season 1 Review

The Bold Type Review In The UK On Amazon Prime

I found my new TV Show to watch! The Bold Type, which is on Amazon Prime, and it’s good!

It’s actually not new, it aired in the USA in 2017 on an American network, but we got it in the UK back in February…You may have seen the ads for it on TV. If you like programs like Entourage, Girls, Red Oaks etc. then you may like this. I love shows like this, because it’s all about the characters and their friendships, which is exactly what those other shows are about. The backdrops are different, but other than that, the shows are a similar style.

So The Bold Type is about 3 friends and a fashion/lifestyle magazine called Scarlet, where they all work. Jane is a new writer, who’s just been promoted and is looking to make an impact in her career. Sutton is an assistant who’s looking to break into the fashion side of the magazine, and Kat is in charge of the social media at the magazine.

The secondary characters are brilliant and play a key role too; There’s Jacqueline, the boss at Scarlet. Richard, a board member, lawyer and secret love interest of Sutton. Alex, a writer at the magazine. Ryan aka Pinstripe guy, writer for Pinstripe, a men’s magazine owned by the same group as Scarlet, and the love interest of Jane. Adena, a photographer and romantic interest of Kat.

I have now watched the whole season and really enjoyed it. It’s kind of coming of age, with all the characters growing and discovering throughout the season, all set in New York City which always makes a perfect big city scene.

The good news is that there’s a second season coming up in June! So if you want to jump on The Bold Type bandwaggon, now is the time, and you’ll be ready and set for the second season.

Monday, 21st May, 2018

Spain 2018 World Cup Squad Announced

Spain 2018 World Cup Squad Announcement

Today was the day, later than most of the other teams, Spain announced the squad which will be going to Russia in the World Cup this Summer. The squad is the following:

Goalkeepers: David de Gea (Manchester United), Pepe Reina (Napoli), Kepa Arrizabalaga (Athletic Bilbao).

Defenders: Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Nacho Monreal (Arsenal), Alvaro Odriozola (Real Sociedad), Nacho Fernandez (Real Madrid), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea).

Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Isco (Real Madrid), Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich), David Silva (Manchester City), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Saul Niguez (Atletico Madrid), Koke (Atletico Madrid).

Forwards: Marco Asensio (Real Madrid), Iago Aspas (Celta Vigo), Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid), Rodrigo Moreno (Valencia), Lucas Vazquez (Real Madrid).

Asensio and Vazquez are named as forwards by most, but are seen more as midfielders, which means there’s only 3 real strikers. Not a big surprise.

What do you think of the squad?

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Monday, 21st May, 2018

66 Degrees North World Cup 2018 Capsule Collection

66 Degrees North World Cup Capsule Collection

The World Cup is only week’s away, and it’s the first ever appearance for Iceland in the big competition. On the field they’ve got a tough group, having to contend with Argentina, Nigeria and Croatia, and off the field 66 Degrees North has released a capsule collection in time for the tournament.

The collection consists of hoodies, T-shirts, tracksuits, shorts and accessories including hat, bumbag, scarf and bag.

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Friday, 18th May, 2018

The Best Men’s Floral Shirts For Summer – Get The Trend

Men's Floral Shirt Trend - Best Of This Summer

The hot weather makes me think of a couple of things, and when it comes to fashion one of those is floral shirts. I love the classic, solid, staple colour shirts you wear for most of the year, but if you want to make a statement in the warmer months, jumping on the printed shirt trend is the way to do it.

If you’re looking for tips on how to style them, advice on where to shop for them or are just looking for some inspiration, you can sit back and read on πŸ™‚

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