CHRISTMAS 2017

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No doubt by the time you get around to reading this Christmas will seem like a distant memory, but I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays nonetheless!?

Christmas was a bit different for me this year, I woke up in my own house! Not to do things by halves, we moved into our new house on 18th December so to try and get settled in before Christmas whilst working full time jobs was… fun! But worth it.

I usually spend Christmas at home so not to do the usual family traditions on Christmas morning was a bit of a change but I’m all for making new traditions and hopefully next year everything won’t be so rushed. We woke up really early on Christmas morning admitting defeat around 6.30 and finally getting out of bed. As usual I received some amazing gifts, I’m definitely feeling pretty lucky right now to have such a good group of people around me.

So what did I get? first up I got some Hunter wellies. I’ve been saying I wanted to get a pair for some time now – I ruin so many shoes walking the dogs, so these are going to come in handy! To go with the wellies I received matching Hunter socks and a The North Face puffer jacket to keep me extra toasty when its cold! Speaking of the dogs, they received the Aesop Animal Body Wash, perfect for after a muddy walk – It smells so good and I’m sure they will love it too.

Next up was a bunch of Nespresso goodies – a Citiz + Milk machine, a 200 capsule box set and a pair of cappuccino cups. I don’t know how I survived without a Nespresso machine before, I’m even more addicted to coffee now, there’s so many options to choose from! I’m looking forward to making a drink and getting stuck into Decembers box from The Chocolate Society. I’d never heard of the brand before but the chocolates look so good.

Staying on the coffee theme, I received some Lush products from my Secret Santa at work – I love the coffee mask, you can read about it here! I wonder how they knew?!

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Other grooming products came in the form of the GlamGlow Power Rangers Rita Repulsa Mask and some sleep sprays from This Works. I haven’t slept well lately so these couldn’t come at a better time and they work like a dream!

Other items included tickets to Fall Out Boy, a new Diptyque candle, Ciroc Vodka and the latest Cereal City Guide for Los Angeles to complete my collection.

I also treated myself to a pair of crisp black and white Nike Air Force 1s in the sales, I’ve never had a pair of them before and i’m not 100% convinced I can pull them off but i’m going to try!

After exchanging gifts we went to my parents for lunch and had a pretty chilled afternoon and evening as we were both working boxing day.  Overall it was a great first Christmas, hopefully next year we will be a lot more settled and able to host ourselves –  I’d love to cook the Christmas dinner for my parents one year so they don’t have too!

Working in the hospitality industry means Christmas is usually short and sweet but its what you make of it. I hope you all had a great festive period?

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Oh I also forgot to mention, a fifth member of the family was added on Christmas day. Everyone meet Luna – she’s settled in so well and definitely rules the house already!

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CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE 2018

Now it’s December the countdown to Christmas can officially begin! I’m usually one of those people who start there Christmas shopping in October so to be in the first week of December and haven’t bought a single gift yet is new to me. This year has just flown – I can’t actually keep up! Throw into the mix buying a house and preparing to move and you can imagine the last couple of months have been chaos… a good chaos though. I feel like I’m finally getting somewhere.

As you may have noticed during this period my blog has unfortunately been put on the  back burner a bit. I’ve posted here and there but not half as much as I would have liked too. However, I couldn’t not do my yearly gift guide. I love seeing everyone else’s (leave a link in the comments if you have one!) so hopefully someone will find mine useful too. So instead of breaking a tradition, here is my 2018 gift guide – you can find all the links below.

 

For the Sneakerhead:

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 Adidas Cleaning Drop Set | Vans Old Skool | Vans Sk8-Hi Shoes | Jason Markk Travel Shoe Cleaning Kit Men’s Society Sneaker Cleaning Set | Jason Markk Repel Spray


 

For the Trendsetter:

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Yeezy Season 5 Calabasas Sports Tee (Ash) |The North Face La Paz Down Hooded Jacket | Yeezy Season 5 Adidas Calabasas Crew Sweat (Libra) | All Saints Torny Short Sleeve Crew | mmml M1 Denim |  Off -White Long Sleeve Camouflage Tee 


For The Grooming Guru:

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ClarinsMen Grooming Essentials Gift Set | Diptyque Car Scent Diffuser | Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate Limited Edition Holiday 2017 | Kiehl’s The High Flying Gentleman Grooming Kit | L:A BRUKET No. 165 Travel Kit | Lush Cup O’ Coffee ScrubAesop Moroccan Neroli Shaving DuetThe Mankind Advent Calendar | Lab Series All in One Essentials KitMolton Brown Distinguished Treats Cracker


For the Foodie:

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Little Book of Craft Beer | The Chocolate & Gin Gift CollectionMoet & Chandon Christmas Cracker | Toast: The Cookbook | Hotel Chocolat Christmas SleeksterPrestat Espresso Martini White Chocolate Truffles


 

For the Homebody:

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 Marshall Action Speaker | Diptyque Baies Coloured Candle |  Beats Studio3 Wireless Over‑Ear Headphones |  Cereal These Islands | Black Splatter Cocktail Shaker SetH&M Santa Socks


 

…And after that, if you are still feeling uninspired, why not check out my ‘Grooming Gift Guide from last Christmas to give you some more gift ideas.

What’s on your Christmas list this year? Do you like any of my suggestions?

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THE YEEZY 350 BOOST ‘SEMI FROZEN YELLOW’

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November 18, 2017 saw the first of three new Yeezy Boost 350 V2 colour ways set to release before the end of the year. Dubbed the ‘Semi-Frozen Yellow’ the latest release from the Kanye West and Adidas collaboration sees the familiar Boost 350 V2 silhouette sporting a yellow colour way which can be seen on the prime knit upper, midsole and laces.

The upper section of the shoe features a ‘semi-frozen yellow’ prime knit nicely intertwined with a ‘steel grey’ prime knit forming a ‘Zebra’ style pattern which we are used to seeing on the 350 V2’s.

The prime knit upper sits on top of a boost midsole which is encased in a TPU shell and runs the length of the shoe. For the first time, the ‘semi frozen yellow’ features a unique gum tread which rolls up the back of the shoe which is a unusual contrast to the yellow and is the first Yeezy to have a two-toned sole.

To the mid foot of the shoe, the iconic SPLY-350 branding can be seen in red prime knit  and compliments the red stitching found on the pull tab to the heel.

On first thought I wouldn’t typically put yellow, grey and red together but in this instance it works.

Despite being dubbed the most rare to date, this is the first time I haven’t really tried to buy a pair, but ended up ‘winning’  a pair through the sneakersnstuff raffle. I’m so used to taking an L, I wasn’t convinced raffles worked but here we are!

To be honest out of the three pairs being released these would have been the pair I would have least likely to have chosen. However, on arrival I’m  really surprised at how much I do actually like them. The yellow is a lot less bright then I expected and isn’t actually as neon as it looks in some of the promotional photos. They might be the most colourful item of clothing I now own, but I’m happy with the overall look and finish of them.

So after all this time, are Yeezy’s actually worth the hype? In terms of sizing I stuck true to size and found this to fit perfectly. On foot they are reasonably snug and comfortable due to the prime knit upper and boost sole. The only real negative I have is that they are a fairy chunky shoe so if you have quite narrow feet like myself, I wonder if they are a slightly too chunky. At £170, they’re not cheap but with the chance to resell them for over three to four times there worth, you can see why everyone wants a pair of Yeezy’s.

What do you think of the latest Yeezy Boost 350 V2?

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AW17 Inspiration

If you’ve been following me for a while now you’ll know how much I hate the colder weather. The only good thing about this time of year is the fact you can wear multiple layers of your favourite clothes to keep you warm. As always I’m going to be keeping it causal this season, however I hope to add in some more interesting pieces with a pair of tailored joggers and a Levi’s sherpa jacket at the top of my wishlist. I also have so much time for the revival of classic Nike silhouettes such as the Air Max 95 and 97s!

What will you be wearing this season?
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AUGUST FAVOURITES & NEW SEASON PURCHASES!

With the end of August, we also say goodbye to summer and welcome in the autumn months – This year is really flying by! I know I’m being quite optimistic with my selection of favourites this month but I’m not ready to leave summer behind just yet. I’m hoping we can still wear shorts for another month yet! In this post I have rounded up my favourite purchases from the past month along with some new releases for the upcoming seasons. Let me know what you think!

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On the back of the success of the Calabasas drop from Yeezy Season 4, the launch of Yeezy Season 5 expands on Kanye Wests Calabases line and features a whole host of  socks, sweatpants and hooded sweatshirts paying homage to the designers Californian  residence. One piece that caught my eye was the Calabasas Sports Tee, which I managed to pick up from END clothing.

I went for a size M as I had previously bought the Calabasas crew neck last season in the same size, however this thing is very oversized and I probably could have gotten away with a smaller size. The garment itself is heavy, and definitely feels luxurious compared to a everyday t-shirt. On too the design and the shirt features a ‘Cali SPORT’ slogan to the chest on a relatively plain shirt. As mentioned the shape is very oversized and has drop shoulders to emphasise it.

Next on the list is another tee, but this time it’s from French brand Drôle de Monsieur. The relatively new brand has been a favourite of the blog for some time now, having previously featured it here and here. Despite admiring the brand from a far, I have never actually purchased any of their clothes as it was hard to source in the UK. Fortunately the brand is now stocked on END also, so I decided to buy my first piece. The Not From Paris Block Tee from the infamous gender free ‘Not From Paris Madame’ line features a slogan print to the chest and is constructed from a light twill fabric, making it really lightweight to wear but soft and silky to the touch. It fits true to size with a relaxed fit making it an ideal alternative to the everyday white tee.

Staying with clothes, I picked up these raw hem jogger shorts from H&M not long ago. They are so lightweight and comfortable and I have been wearing them so much these past weeks. At £9 you really cant go wrong.

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On to footwear and my first pair comes from Vans and the latest Anaheim Factory collection. The collection pays tribute to the original Vans factory in Anaheim, California,  by borrowing details from the original designs and bringing them up to date. The Anaheim Factory Authentic 44 DX features throwback details, using the original style number and colour palette, higher glossed foxing tape, cotton laces, original drill lining weight, and a heavy 10 oz. canvas to complete the look  The silhouette has been upgraded with UltraCush sockliners making them even more comfortable.  I have been waiting for these to rerelease for some time now so knew I had to grab a pair this time around!

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Another pair I couldn’t resist was the Nike Air Max 97 in the black and white colour way. After purchasing the OG ‘silver bullet’ pair a few months back to coincide with the shoes 20th anniversary I had a feeling a host of other colours would be releasing in the near future and was hoping for a black pair. So when I saw these were releasing, I knew I had to add them to my collection.

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The last item in my favourites this month is the latest Calvin Harris album ‘Funk Wave Bounces Vol 1″. although the record was released a couple of months ago, the vinyl I pre-ordered only arrived a couple of weeks ago so I have had it on repeat (again) since it came and I can’t see myself getting bored of it for a while yet! Favourite tracks are ‘Slide’, ‘Rollin’ and “Faking it’.

I hope you enjoyed my favourites! As always let me know what you think in the comments.

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