Sunday, 25 January 2015

Borg, Boots & Buffalo Plaid

I'm sure you've all noticed the latest trend, of ripped jeans. Not trying to sound, totally hipster here, but I've sported this trend since I was about 6, as my jeans always got ripped, by playing 'bring-down bulldog', and '1-2-3 Home'. I've got some more, in-depth posts on ripped jeans coming out very soon, so stay tuned!

I wanted to keep this post quite short, as the purpose of this shoot, was for my blog headshots (by this I mean the pictures which are used for my about page). I'm wearing my ASOS leather, Chelsea boots, which I have definitely worn a bit too much. I've fallen in love, with a shoe. If you've been following my blog for a while, or my Instagram, then this shirt is no stranger to you. It's from Topman, and even more so than the boots, I've worn this so many times. I just find buffalo plaid, is so easy to style. And of course my borg lined jacket, which you will have seen, many a time on this blog!

If you like these, quicker outfit posts, let me know - and I'll be sure to do some more.
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Wednesday, 21 January 2015

The Marble Phone Case

Hello. I'm Nik. And I have a marble obsession. Yes, okay, I will be the first to admit that I am a little obsessed with marble (despite actually owning any form of marble in my own home). I feel it looks so clean, and is extremely photogenic. After seeing one of Yanin's friends with a marble phone case, I decided to invest in one myself. I checked out a few places, however they seemed to be pretty scarce. Amazon's selection was very limited, and a little disappointing. I checked out the trust Caseable, but again their marble phone case wasn't quite what I was looking for.

Eventually I stumbled across Case Scenario, and had finally found the right one. Unfortunately my experience with the company wasn't too great, as they had forgotten to ship my order. And if I hadn't got in contact with them to query where my case had ended up, it seemed I wouldn't have got one, but they would have still received my money. The shipping was meant to take 7 days, but took around 14 days. The contact with the company was also very slow, and occasional.

Despite this, the actual product is very pleasing, and I do love the design. I've gotten a lot of compliments on it, and I really cherish it myself. My only problem with the design, is that it feels a bit loose. But again, that isn't a big deal - as the design, for me, makes up for it.

Let me know if you've ever ordered anything from Case Scenario, and how your experience was!
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Sunday, 18 January 2015

The Cableknit Sweater

As of recently I have fallen back in love with cableknit sweaters. They are brilliant for this time of year. This oatmeal coloured one if from Urban Outfitters. I really like the Urban Outfitters knit section, as they are always really high quality. This one is quite thin, however I like this as it means you can layer much easier. If you are going out for a walk, then returning to someones house, and later to a party, these sweaters are essential transitional pieces, as you can very quickly shed a layer, then put it back on if necessary. 

I have paired the sweater with my trusty stretch-skinny jeans, and denim jacket, both from Topman. I have to say, I've become quite a fan of the whole double-denim thing. I feel the key is, to make sure that the denims are two different washes, that way you can avoid looking like Britney & Justin at the 2001 AMAs. I also picked up a pair of leather Chelsea boots from ASOS - but a more detailed post on these will be up soon! A little update also - fortunately I have returned back to school for the final couple of months, which means exams will be coming in thick and fast. I just wanted to mention that posts may become less frequent, as it's extremely hard to balance GCSE exams, and a blog. Nonetheless I will try my hardest to keep content frequent. Thank you for understanding!

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Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Open Store | The 101

As many of you will already know, my home town is Bristol. Which makes Cabot Circus, my choice of shopping destination. Recently a new store has opened up in Cabot Circus, called Open. It's generally a new chain of menswear stores that have opened up. It took me an awful long time to find their website as Googling 'open shop' comes up with a wide array of results (if you're looking to find the website, there is a link here). Currently there are only 11 stores in the UK, so if you ever see one, it's most definitely worth checking out.

My favourite thing about Open is that it's such amazing value. Without the sales that have been on recently, the prices are low. But the boxing day sales treated Open very nicely. The coats Open have to offer, are by far their strongest point. They sell high quality Parkas for only £40, compared to Topman, which typically average at around £90. The knit section of the store is also great value, and the knits look very nice. My personal favourite are the cableknit sweaters.

Open is a great store if you're looking for knits and outwear, and a reasonable price. It has definitly become one of my new favourite shops.

If you'd like to see more of these 101 style posts, then feel free to let me know, what you would like me to review next.
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Sunday, 11 January 2015

The Chelsea Boot

I'm sure this is definitely not the first time, you will have heard me mention these Chelsea boots, or Chelsea boots in general. Personally I've always been a fan of sporting comfortable trainers (and still am!), I don't see the point in making yourself feel uncomfortable, purely for aesthetic reasons. And that's when I stumbled across Chelsea boots.

This particular pair is from ASOS, and they are real leather. I purchased them in the December Sales for around £30, down from £40-ish. Not only was it a brilliant price, but I'm also very pleased with the look, and feel of the shoe. Contrary to popular belief, these shoes are really comfy, and provide great support - that being said, I would not recommend going on a hike with them, for obvious reasons!

I've wanted a brown pair of Chelsea boots for so long, as I've always stuck to black ones. In some ways, I think the brown leather can look a lot smarter. The black Chelsea boots are definitely much more dressier, but to me the brown leather ones create a very put together, smart-casual look. I wear these almost everyday, and still get complaints on them (mainly from my Mum, but I'm not complaining!).

If you're looking to buy a pair of Chelsea boots, for value I would look at H&M, they have some really smart designs for around £25! ASOS is brilliant for good looking leather, and are much smarter. Surprise, surprise, I wouldn't recommend Topman for Chelsea boots, as to me they look very cheap, and are typically the opposite. With that said, happy shopping!

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Wednesday, 7 January 2015

My Favourite Reads of 2014

I personally love reading these posts. I think it's a great way to find new blogs, and just spread some love to the blogosphere. So here's my favourite reads of 2014.

Amongst Thorns //
This lovely fashion/beauty blog is run by my good friend, Miss Emily. Her style is very smart, and her blog is great, especially when looking for some inspiration. I've visited her site, one too many times, not just for the great content, but for the layout as well. I'm a sucker for a black and white theme.

Lemontierres //
Sjoukje's blog has become one of my favourites. I've made a few friends since starting my blog, but Sjoukje was my first, and whenever I see her posts come up in my Bloglovin' feed, I always read them. It's become a bit of a ritual. My favourite thing about Lemontierres, is that it is so versatile. Posts range from DIY to photography tips to concert reviews! She has recently started a Youtube channel, which I am proud to say I've been a subscriber from day one.

Cool Gear Cavalier //
When I'm looking for some outfit inspiration myself, there are a handful of blogs I check out. But my first, is always Kosta's. After reading his posts I usually buy half of the things he has mentioned, so don't say I didn't warn you.

Lipstick With Some Sunshine //
I'm going to put it out there, I don't read beauty blogs all that often, as if you haven't guessed already, I don't wear makeup. However I cannot resist reading Tamira's posts, as her blog photography is beautiful. Her pictures are always so aesthetically pleasing, and great quality. Her style is also very unique, and is much more daring than my own, so it's very refreshing to see something that I haven't tried before, and try to incorporate it, into my wardrobe.

The Film Burrow //
This blog hasn't been up for too long, although I am extremely excited for it. Another site run by one of my closest friends, but I can honestly say, I am blown away by Abigails writing style. Her posts are so coherent, and are beautifully written. The blog mainly features film and book reviews, which therefore makes it one of my favourite blogs to read.

Feel free to leave a comment, including your favourite bloggers, as I am always looking for new blogs to loose myself in!

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Sunday, 4 January 2015

Rolex Maintenance Tips

Today's post is rather special, and is something that I haven't done before on this blog. It's a guest post, by the people from Swiss-Wrist. I'm excited to hear what you guys think, so make sure to leave a comment letting me know!

Renowned for their beauty, durability and dependability, understanding how to care for your new or preowned Rolex watch is essential if wanting to keep the timepiece in pristine condition. Let’s check out a few tips for maintaining your Rolex watch and ensuring it lasts for years:

Cleaning //
The spaces between bracelet links, area joining the bezel and case, and the 
Cyclops lens are all susceptible to oil and dirt buildup, so remember to clean your watch as 
needed. If your Rolex is a waterproof model, such as a Submariner, getting the watch wet 
during cleaning isn't an issue. If your model is not waterproof, it’s best to avoid water contact. 

Before you begin, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water to remove excess oil and dirt. Make certain the winding crown is tightly screwed into the watch case, as you don’t want water penetrating the interior. Use lukewarm water and ammonia-free soap to clean the watch--start by gently rinsing the timepiece, then filling a bowl with soapy water. Apply the soapy water to the entire watch and carefully scrub it to remove all particles and oil. For best results, use an old (clean) toothbrush, and periodically dip the watch in the soapy water. Rinse the watch in lukewarm water. Use a clean, soft cotton cloth to pat the watch dry. You may also use a blow-dryer on the lowest setting to dry the piece. 

Removing Links //
If needing to remove links from your Rolex watch for maintenance purposes or to adjust the band, start by determining how many links require removal. Find the links closest to the clasp, and look for smooth circles on sides of each link. These circles are the bottom of the pins. The other side of each link features slits for a screwdriver. Use an appropriately-sized screwdriver (preferably one from a jeweler’s kit), to remove the pins from the links. Place the screwdriver in the pinhole and loosen the pin. When the pin detaches from inside the link, take a pair of pliers to gently grab the pin and pull it out. If adjusting the band, slide separated links together so they align with the pinholes. Insert the pins and screw them into place. 

Rolex Service //
Professional service is often recommended when it comes to Rolex maintenance. We at Swiss Wrist offer expert polishing, cleaning, lubricating, and time/pressure testing services, and are happy to help you with whatever you need. Our master watchmakers have a combined 100 years’ experience servicing new and used Rolex watches, and only use the very best in Rolex tools and genuine parts.
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