Sunday, 5 April 2015

The Hawes & Curtis Shirt

A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by the lovely people at Hawes & Curtis to review one of their shirts. I'm at the age where I'm about to leave school, so black tie events have suddenly began to pop up in my calendar. I've always thought that having a good quality suit is essential for any mans wardrobe. And this is were Hawes & Curtis come in.

The shirt I received is the Poplin Extra Slim-fit, with a double cuff. The shirt is very high quality, and you can't help but feel you are going to the Oscars when you put it on. The double cuff makes it extremely formal, which means it is perfect for prom. I have a few outfit post to follow this one, which should be live in a couple of weeks.

I hope you enjoyed this little Hawes & Curtis teaser - the main outfit post will be with you very soon!
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Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Spring Sounds | Playlist

I think it's safe to say that spring is definitely here *puts another coat on*. Okay - it's sunny but freezing, and for us in England that is what spring is all about! I think there is no better way to enter a month than with a new playlist. There something refreshing about mixing up your choice of songs, and it can really get you in the mood.

In todays post I wanted to share with you my personal spring playlist, that I have had on repeat since it's creation (I'm trying to jam to it now without accidentally typing the lyrics...). This  playlist is one of my personal favourites, as it's got some of my all time favourites on. Fleetwood, Noel Gallagher - and some more recent discoveries like Ibeyi and Oh Wonder.

This playlist is very chill, so grab a cold beverage, pretend you're on a beach, and hit play.
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Sunday, 29 March 2015

Sport Luxe | NEO

Sport luxe has been popping up everywhere recently, and I am loving it. Just step into Urban Outfitters and all you see is sportswear. I personally think it's a great trend, as I love mixing smarter clothes with more casual ones. 

Adidas' NEO range is perfect for this too. The range is very vibrant and fun, so it's great for breaking up a more serious outfit. The face of the line is also Selena Gomez - so really there is nothing to complain about.

Recently I was sent a bunch of goodies from the NEO range and I have fallen in love with them. The shoes especially. They are so comfortable, and make it so much easier to run! Crazy, I know right? They really do go with everything and are brilliant for preventing an outfit of becoming too formal.

If you manage to get your hands on any of the NEO range, then make sure to take part in their #myNEOmoves campaign. Submit a video of your shoes around the theme 'Spin' by March 31st, and you are in with a chance to be featured in the next NEO video!

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I was sent pieces from the collection to review. All opinions and views expressed are my own.
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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

The Macbook Switch

I've been using windows PC since I was a little boy. I've never been blown away by the capabilities of windows, however it hasn't disappointed either. On the other hand I've always been in awe of apple, and more specifically their MacBooks. Finally, after literally 5 years of pining after one, I made the plunged and purchased a MacBook Pro.

I've only been using the machine for a couple of days,  but I think I can solidly say that I am never going back! The software makes the blogging process so much swifter and neater. I feel like it's much more realistic for me to be able to be putting out more content now. If you're in the market for a new laptop, I would highly recommend getting a mac especially if you're a blogger. The creative capabilities of MacBooks are hard to beat.

I'm no expert when it comes to the mechanisms of the computers, but for aperture use - I am very pleased.
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Sunday, 22 March 2015

Spring Transitions

SPRING! I think we can finally say it feels like spring has arrived. In England the weather is still as bipolar as ever, but with many more sunny days. I find when it gets warmer, it's harder to style outfits as I'm all about layering and jumpers, jackets, coats - it's a hard knock life. Despite the weather, I cannot just leave my coats behind and that's when I stumbled across this beauty.I've been looking at mac coats for such a long time, I've always loved the casual-smartness they have going on. Mac coats are so easy for tying outfits together, as you can dress them up or down. I picked this one up in Burton, which is a surprise for me as I've never liked their clothes. I've always found them to be over-pricecd and not very nice. But this mac was such a bargain. I love it as it is very high quality material, and has a very rigid structure which makes it look much more expensive then it was. I've even managed to gain some 'is that a Burberry' remarks, so Burton is doing something right!The weather on this day was very casual to England. Sunny, but overcast. Therefore, the temperature was changing constantly. The mac is a great transitional coat as it kept me warm throughout the day, but as it's so lightweight I wasn't getting stuffy and uncomfortable.I also just wanted to say sorry for the post going up a bit later - I've finally switched to a Macbook (all of the macs are being mentioned in this post!), don't worry a post will be coming Wednesday.
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Wednesday, 18 March 2015

New Music Discovery | Ibeyi

Just last weekend I was sitting at my desk 'attempting' revision (aka opening a book, looking at the pages, then closing the book - you know the drill). I was listening to music on spotify, and looked at the recommend artists. I never really acknowledged these, as they are usually not very good. However, one of the artists names intrigued me. Ibeyi. Possibly the best thing I've done online, has been discovering these beauties.

Iebyi are a French-Cuban musical duo, consisting of twin sisters, Lisa-Kainde Diaz and Naomi Diaz. Their music is a a pure delight to listen to. If you're familiar of the eclectic style of Alt-J, then you will love Iebyi (pronounced ee-bee-ee). I've completely fallen in love with them, as their music is so refreshing. It's unlike anything I have heard before.

They sing in English and Yoruba, which is such a beautiful language. Honestly their music is infectious, it feels so genuine and raw. My favourite thing is that it doesn't feel forced, it feels real and you can really begin to understand the depth and emotions theses two girls put into their music.

Their debut album Iebyi is out now, definitely make sure to listen to it on spotify. Here are my favourites:

Think Of You
Mama Says
Stanger / Lover

Please let me know what you think of these girls, I would love to start a discussion about them!
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Sunday, 15 March 2015

The Sweater Collection

As spring is rapidly approaching, and last weekend we saw our first glimmer of it, I thought I would dedicate a post to some spring staples. Because the weather gets warmer we start to layer up, as in England spring is like the season that is considered a hormonal teenager. One minute it's too hot (hot damn), the next minute it's freezing. And this is where the beloved sweaters come into play. When it's hot, take it off. When it's cold again, put it back on again.
The first sweater is from Urban Outfitters, but is from the brand Indigo & Maine. I've mentioned my love for Indigo & Maine previously on this blog before. It really embodies my style, it's edgy, monochrome, filled with ripped jeans and bomber jackets, so for me, there isn't anything to dislike. I love this sweater as it's a really great cut. It cut with a silhouette of the body, but has some room in it which is nice. It's also incredibly soft. Wearing black a lot can come across as boring or dull, but this sweater kind of revives that as it has this geometric quilted pattern across it. This really helps give an outfit some texture, and breaks it up a little.
The next sweater I have is more casual. It's a cable-knit pattern, which is classic, but surprisingly is perfect for this sort of weather. It's not very thick, and has a lot of extra material which means it doens't cling to the body. It's a very slouchy fit, but still remains looking smart. I picked this one up from Topman, however I've seen some really nice ones in H&M recently.
And finally the speckled one. A simple grey sweater, that is peppered with detail. My favourite thing about this sweater! The knit is very thick, so as the light but chilly spring air comes into play, this one is definitely going to become a staple. Another bonus is that it only cost £12. I picked up in Primark a couple of months ago, so I can't be sure that they still stock them. However, I've seen very similar ones in Topman.

Let me know if you liked this style of post. I've really enjoyed creating it, and I'd love to do it again; maybe with shoes or my coats.
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