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Thursday, 2nd November, 2017

prince + pete: Sayonara Single Sock Syndrome

Pete + Prince Socks

As you’ll know from reading my blog over the past year or so, I’ve got a new found love for socks. Socks have always been an essential item, but recently they’ve taken on a whole new persona for themselves. No longer are they that boring item which you don’t really care about but buy out of necessity, but a stylish item of it’s own to team up with the rest of your outfit. I have got on board with the sock trend, and have quite a few pairs from different brands, but there’s a new brand which is doing something I’ve not seen before, that’s prince + pete.

Something we all have to deal with is that missing sock. Where do they go? I don’t really understand how I can lose a sock from the washing basket to the washing machine for it to never be seen again. I do have a couple of single socks which I do actually keep, in the hope that I’ll find the other which makes up the pair.

prince + pete have developed colour collections which have coordinating designs, and are sold in singles, yes, you can buy just one sock. The idea is that all the socks from each colour collection can be paired up, giving more fashionable choices and allowing collections to be built up, one sock at a time.

“Men are limited in the ways they can express a sense of style. So, I wanted to create a sock brand that makes it easy for the average guy to be fashionable, with great designs that are well-made and easily coordinated,” said Donna Pappalardo, Founder of prince + pete.

There’s two ways which you can purchase the socks; A monthly subscription service called S-Club which you can join and get three socks delivered to your door per month, a matching pair and a single complimentary sock. This costs $36/month with free delivery, with an option to cancel the service at any time. You can also get a starter pack of 9 socks, this includes 4 pairs and 1 complimentary sock to get you going, which comes in at $96.

Prince + Pete Sock Collection

The socks are made from a super soft bamboo, with an arch support, extra cushioned bottom, smooth seamless toe and are a perfect crew length. The collections which are currently available are Bleeker, Hudson, Ludlow, Melrose, Mercer and Worth.

I think that this is a really good unique idea, with some great sock colours and patterns available. You can see more from prince + pete at their site here, and check out the video below which gives you all the information you need in less than a minute.

Written in collaboration with prince + pete
Wednesday, 1st November, 2017

David Beckham Respect Fragrance

David Beckham Respect Fragrance Review

In the Spring there was Made Of Instinct, and now ready for Autumn and Winter there’s a brand new scent from David Beckham, called Respect. I love a scent for this time of year, so I was excited to give this one a try and see what it was all about.

First of all as always I have to talk about the bottle. The first thing which hits you straight away is the colour of the bottle, which is a polished silver mirrored design. Square in shape, the bottle has a waves or rippled effect coming in from the bottle corner, edging out into a smooth silver with the David Beckham Respect branding clean in the corner.

What does it smell like?

It’s a masculine but modern type of scent, which is very slightly woody, but mostly aromatic with a real sense of the green citrus types of notes coming through. It’s very light making it inoffensive, and you can really get a taste of the zesty notes which are present in this. As this is quite a light fragrance, this would be suitable for day wear as well as wearing it in the evening, in both a formal or casual setting. This is definitely a one for the younger guy, the scent has a real youthful feeling to it, but comes with a contemporary edge giving it a refined character.

Respect is a very pleasant fragrance, with no overpowering notes it has a nice overall smell. It comes in at a very reasonable £33.95 for a large 90ml bottle, or £24.95 for a 60ml bottle. Definitely worth a try if you’re looking to add to your fragrance collection or get something new.

Best season to wear – All Rounder

Scent type – Citrus/Fresh/Green

Age Recommendation – 16 – 30

Best Worn – Daytime, Evening, Casual, Formal

Top Notes: Grapefruit, Watermelon, Pink Pepper
Heart Notes: Cardamom, Lavendin, Basil
Base Notes: Vetiver, Patchouli, Moss

If you’ve got this please let me know what you think, and as always you can check out more of my fragrance reviews if you’re looking to add more scents to your collection.

Monday, 30th October, 2017

Apple Mac Or Windows PC? Which Is Best? [Bloggers Guide]

Which is better - Windows or Mac for Bloggers

It’s a question and debate which has raged on for years, and it will probably continue to do so until the end of time. Everyone has their opinion, most have a preference, so I will be talking about which is best? Apple Mac or PC. It’s a general computing question, but it’s also one bloggers often talk about, there’s always rumblings in the blogosphere about which is better, with everyone giving their less than experienced opinion.

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Sunday, 29th October, 2017

Risky Business – Film Night

Risky Business For Film Night

So for my last film night I watched a really old film which I hadn’t seen before, it’s older than I am! I’m talking about Risky Business which stars Tom Cruise, and this was one of his first films back in 1983.

He plays a character called Joel, and is from a fairly rich family in Chicago. He’s in high school and is high achieving and is ready to go to college, with one of his friends telling him that he needs to have some fun in his life. His father wants him to go to Princeton University, and has arranged for someone from Princeton to come to the house to interview him while his parents are out of town.

His friends encourage him to explore his new found freedom, and one calls up a prostitute on his behalf, who shows up to his house, but he soon discovers that it’s actually a transvestite who he has to pay to get rid of, who gives him a number of someone who’d he’d prefer more, a girl called Lana. He calls her up and she spends the night, asks Joel for $300 which he can’t afford so goes to the bank. When he gets back to the house she’s gone, and so is one of his mam’s ornaments, an expensive glass egg.

He tracks down Lana to a hotel who begs to get into the car Joel is driving, his dad’s Porsche, and her pimp Guido pulls a gun and they make a getaway. Lana then tells Joel she’s done with her pimp, they go back to his house and she spends the night, he’s got to leave for school so reluctantly leaves her there, and when he gets back finds she’s there with a friend who’s also a prostitute. Guido tracks Lana down to Joel’s house, who tells Joel that he better not piss him off. Lana gives Joel the idea of turning the house into a brothel, which Joel rejects, but when they all go out and Joel accidentally puts his dad’s Porsche into Lake Michigan, he changes his mind, and the story goes from there.

Overall I liked the film, it has that iconic scene of Tom Cruise dancing in his white shirt and boxer shorts in the living room while lip syncing to a song, which has remained one of the stand out moments of his career. The film is kind of like a very early American Pie type, coming of age boy with some friends and girls in on the action, and is rated 18 probably because of the full frontal nudity from girls in the film. I always think that these types of films can’t really compete with the American Pie generation, it was a different time, but still this is a watchable film and is pretty good.

p.s. the fashion and in particular Joel’s is pretty terrible, but very 80’s 😀

That Risky Business Dance Scene

Saturday, 28th October, 2017

Music Playlist: October 2017

The Michael 84 Playlist

Hey guys!

So I haven’t listened to much new music lately, I don’t think there’s been many big tracks at all. I haven’t really been looking for any music to be honest, but it seems that there’s a serious lack of anything which has made an impact. There’s no big anthem track, no catchy pop track or epic dance track which is fresh, and everything in hip hop recently seems to be really slow beats which isn’t too great.

So here’s my playlist with a few additions, including Bebe Rexha and the latest Calvin Harris track. I hope that we have some good music to listen to in the next month or so!

  • Bebe Rexha – feat. Florida Georgia Line – Meant To Be
  • Calvin Harris – feat. Kehlani, Lil Yachty – Faking It
  • Kay One F/ Pietro Lombardi – Señorita
  • Robin Schulz F/ Hugel – I Believe I’m Fine
  • Fergie – Save It Till Morning
  • J. Balvin, Willy William – Mi Gente
  • Avicii F/ Rita Ora – Lonely Together
  • Maluma – Felices Los 4
  • Becky G – Mayores
  • Shakira F/ Nicky Jam – Perro Fiel
  • Jay Z – 4:44
  • Katy Perry F/ Nicki Minaj – Swish Swish
  • Rita Ora – Your Song
  • Kendrick Lamar F/ Rihanna – Lolalty
  • Stefflon Don F/ French Montana – Hurtin Me
Wednesday, 25th October, 2017

The Best Autumn Fragrances For Men

The Best Men's Fragrances For Autumn

Autumn is such a good season for fashion and fragrances. It’s not too hot where you can’t wear a jacket, and it’s not too cold where you have to completely layer up. Picking a scent is within the same mould as fashion. It’s a great crossover where you can still wear a scent which is fresh or with a hint of citrus, but you can also warm up the evenings with a bit of musky or woody fragrances. What exactly do I look for when I choose a fragrance for the season of Autumn?

Tips for picking a fragrance for Autumn

From Summer comes Autumn, and with that darker nights and colder weather is setting in. I really like certain notes when it comes to an autumn scent, but it also depends on the setting, and time. This can be split up into casual or formal, and day wear or evening wear. So with that said, there’s four possible scenarios for picking a scent, but some scents will work well in more than one, and some will work in all situations. In the Autumn we have more night than day, and it’s generally colder than warm, so I pick out scents based on that. I love notes which are woody, musky, floral, spicy, oriental and mildly fresh, and stay away from strong citrus types of scents which are more suited to a crisp spring morning or summers day. The scents should give off a sensual, warm and inviting feeling, masculine but not be too overpowering.

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Sunday, 22nd October, 2017

Film Night: Footloose

Footloose For Film Night

This week for my film night I went a bit old school and watched Footloose!

I hadn’t seen it before, only about 15 minutes of the film previously for one reason or another. I didn’t really know what it was about, other than something to do with music. It is quite a good story, about a kid called Ren played by Kevin Bacon who comes from “the big city” Chicago and moves to a small rural town where he discovers that the new place he’s living isn’t so liberal and has conservative laws, including a ban on rock and roll music and dancing.

He makes friends with Willard at school who is played by Chris Penn and probably the best character in the film. He notices a girl he previously seen, Ariel, who is living like a rebellious teen and has a bully and abusive boyfriend, and is also the daughter of the strict reverend of the local church, who’s against the music and dancing. Ren gets a job, and then rallies the other students to get them to agree that they need a senior prom and get the no dancing and music ban lifted, with plenty more going on in the film.

Overall I think that it’s a good film. There isn’t much in the way of dancing, it’s not much of a musical in the same sense as Dirty Dancing or Grease which you may expect, it’s more of a story about the city kid going to a small town, another coming of age style film. There are a couple of unbelievable scenes, such as Ariel getting hit by her boyfriend and nobody doing anything about it, and the fight scene at the end where the boys get beat up a bit, but then seem unscathed, which isn’t very believable, but it’s only a film, and it is from the 80s! 😀 It is a good watch, it’s not going to be my favourite film, but still watchable.

Wednesday, 18th October, 2017

Kokorico By Jean Paul Gaultier Fragrance Review

Kokorico by Jean Paul Gaultier Review

So the last fragrance review I wrote about was the underwhelming BANG! from Marc Jacobs, and this time round I am talking about a scent which I do like and have owned since 2012, it’s Kokorico from Jean Paul Gaultier.

Jean Paul Gaultier is well known for one scent, Le Male. It’s the one in the green-blue bottle which is body shaped, and is well known for most guys. Le Male is one of those scents which is so well known, loved and used by so many guys, including myself. I love that scent, and for those who aren’t big fragrance fans, they’ll just associate Jean Paul Gaultier as that one scent, but of course there’s a few more from the brand. In 2011 Kokorico came around, and I decided to grab myself a bottle.

Speaking of the bottle, it’s once again a distinctive shape, and comes well packaged. The bottle comes in a circular tin, painted red with the branding on too. I really like good packaging, I think it’s something which can set a brand apart from a regular old standard brand, to one which really cares about their products. As for the bottle, it can be upstanding, and is the shape of a face in a profile form, with the Kokorico branding to the front.

As for the scent, it’s very nice and pleasant. On a night out a girl said, “I can smell man” which is a good summary of what this fragrance is. It’s a masucline scent, but not in the old fashioned, traditional sense. It’s from a more refined school, with just the right hints of woody notes, it’s subtle, but you know it’s there. It is a good one for an evening, for a night out, and I think works well in any season, but will shine in the colder months of Autumn and Winter.

This is a scent which I really liked for a time, but it didn’t have that special something. It’s a perfectly good fragrance, but I don’t think it will ever be one of my all time favourites, although I can recommend it if you’re looking for an evening scent which not too many people will be wearing.

Best season to wear – Autumn/Winter
Scent type – Woody/Spicy/Warm
Age Recommendation – 18+
Best Worn – Evening, Casual, Formal

Top Notes – Fig Leaf

Middle Notes – Patchouli, Cacao

Base Notes – Virginia Cedar, Vetiver

What do you think of Kokorico from Jean Paul Gaultier? Let me know if you love or hate this. As always you can get more advice and reviews in the fragrance blog, where I have a huge collection of scents featured.

Sunday, 15th October, 2017

Film Night: We Are Your Friends

We Are Your Friends Film Review

So this week for my film night I watched We Are Your Friends. I had not even heard of this film, I seen it on Amazon Video and then read what it was all about, watched a few clips and thought it would be something I might like, but I wasn’t convinced. I’ve had it on my watch list for a few weeks, and since I couldn’t find anything else to watch, I decided I would finally give this a watch.

It stars Zac Efron and Emily Ratajkowski, and is about an up and coming DJ who wants to be a superstar DJ, Cole Carter (Zac Efron) who’s living with one of his friends, Mason. Along with their group of friends, they all work the club scene, from promoting to DJ and selling drugs. Their one big night doesn’t work out, and eventually start working in a call centre doing dodgy real estate for one of their friends. But at the event Cole bumps into a big name DJ, James Reed, who invites him to a party which they both go to. Cole wakes up the next day in James’s house and discovers a girl he talked to from the club is in the house, Sophie (Emily Ratajkowski), who he also discovers is James’s PA and girlfriend. James takes Cole under his wing and mentors him.

It is actually a pretty good film! With the backdrop of EDM music and Djing and a coming of age style, the story is quite good with likeable characters. It’s worth a watch if you get the chance.

Tuesday, 10th October, 2017

Men’s Fashion Tips – Knitwear And Jumpers Guide For Autumn/Winter

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Introduction

Autumn is here and Winter is here, so that can only mean layering and getting some knitwear and jumpers for the upcoming season. I love knitwear and jumpers, there is a huge variety of styles, colours, patterns and fabrics to buy, and you can create a great deal of different looks, depending on the style you would like to go for. I will showcase 10 of the biggest brands and fashion labels, from the more modest and budget friendly end of the high street, to some higher end brands and fabrics. You’ll find  some advice and tips on what to look out for when choosing your knits for this autumn and winter.

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