Saturday, 20 December 2014

AW14 Look Book: Winter Footwear

Christmas is nearly upon us and I am a wreck. December has been one of the busiest periods in recent memory. Work, friends, family - it's been full on! (Not to mention an unexpected flood in our home that has left us all a little damp.) So, this post is just a little ditty to see you through until my inevitable haul posts from the sales!

These are a gorgeous pair from the AW14 range at Clarks. As is the case with many Clarks shoes, these bad boys are all about comfort and are seriously like walking on puppies (without the yelping). The sole is a massive rubbery material that bounces over cobbles and pavement cracks like nobody's business. The tan leather is also perfect to transition into SS15, when worn with rolled-up chinos and no socks or even with shorts on my holidays! The possibilities are endless.

Buckled Zip-Up Boots, Deichmann, £30.00

These babies have made a cheeky appearance on the blog before, but y'know what, they deserve another. Why? Because like my trusty Clarks shoes, the Deichmann beauts are comfort personified, There's something about a zip-up buckled boot in winter, or is it just me?

Pull-On Boots, Burton, £60.00

Love these. I call them my Russell Brand boots. Not because they're politically motivated, but because they're like the boots he used to wear on Big Brother's Big Mouth! Remember? Anyway, they're a versatile pair these two, great with a paired down look and also the mod-style twist a tapered suit might need to go from wedding singer to Peaky Blinder.


Monday, 8 December 2014

A Christmas Letter.... to me

Dearest reader,

You may remember my introducing you to a special little diva in my life. Her name is Gwynne and he (wow, pronouns) lives with my boyf and I. He is also a very special friend of mine and quite possibly the funniest little witch that has ever laughed at my jokes.

If you're a fan of a wedding speech, especially when you're the guest that doesn't know anyone personally, or perhaps sneaky peaks into other people's lives and their complicated in-jokes, then read this rather hilarious homage to yours truly for a microscopic insight into what it's like to be my friend (turns out, I'm the diva!)

Read it here.


Sunday, 30 November 2014

Movember 2014: Wrap up

Well, Movember has come to a spectacular end and I've done all my moustachioed best to raise funds, awareness and lols for the cause this last month. Turning good grooming into a conversation starter about men's health and mental well-being is what it's all about (as well as getting to try some nice products too!)

 Ladies and gentlemen, nay, Mo-bros and Mo-sistas, my mo!

To all those that read my mo-story this month, and donated to sponsor my efforts, thank you so much.

If you've yet to sponsor my mo - you still have time! Donate here.

Before I wave goodbye to Movember for good, here's a couple of last minute reviews to see you off. Aloe Clear is a roll-on after shave treatment to help combat razor rash. For those brothers that know, razor rash is that extremely sore, tender irritation that occurs when either you've shaved with a new blade or without properly preparing your skin. I can get a little irritation on my neck where my hair grows coarser and most men have sections of their facial hair that grow in different grains and this too can cause discomfort during and after shaves.

I used Aloe Clear a couple of times throughout this month to mitigate this malady and was impressed with the results, the soothing Aloe Vera quickly gets to work and for £2.95, you can't say fairer than that!

To accompany all this shaving malarkey, the kind people at Sting In The Tail sent me one of their vegetable oil soaps. This massive cube of soap is a little difficult to handle, but looks great in the bathroom. The soap is best used by rubbing the top of the cube with wet fingers to lather some soap up before applying to the rest of the hands. This would make a nice stocking filler methinks.

Don't forget, there's still time to donate to Movember and you can do so here.


Friday, 28 November 2014

Movember 2014: Below The Belt Review

Well, Movember is coming to an end and whilst my mo is still making marvellous mo-gress, how about we concentrate on something else. 

Movember is all about changing the face of men's health through the art of the moustache, starting conversations and raising money for men's mental health and men's cancer charities. Men's cancers come in many forms, but they also include testicular cancer. So, have you checked your pair lately?

To get my gentlemen readers the mood for a grope downstairs, let's talk men's grooming, below the belt! No, really, Below The Belt is a men's grooming product - for your balls.

Below The Belt

I know, I thought it was a little bizarre too, when I received the email from the PR. But, if I'm mooching around my junk, performing my cheeky monthly check-up (that's not a euphemism), I might as well splash a product or two around whilst I'm at it (also, not a euphemism).

Before you ask, no there won't be any snaps of these particular products in action - but here's how they fared. 

The Waterless Shower (£6.95) is just like those hand sanitisers you get in hospitals, the type that dries really quickly. It basically smells the same and it acts the same. Not exactly something I'd use day-to-day, preferring the cleansing properties of a genuine shower around my tackle, but perfect for camping (I don't camp) or festivals (I don't do festivals).

Fresh & Dry Balls (£6.95) is a product one uses like deodorant, but on one's business. It's a thick cream that keeps things tickety-boo and do you know what, I like this one quite a bit. It's absorbed quickly, leaving a dusting of talc for added, je ne sais quoi and who doesn't like the sound of fresh and dry balls? No one, that's who.

Lastly the Sports Lubricant, the title scares me a little, simply because it implies sports. However, I slapped a bit on before my Step class t'other day and it was quite the experience. Like sloshing around in a bubble bath with myself. I quite recommend it. Oh, and I didn't chafe either.

It's not too late to be a good egg and sponsor my Movember achievements here.


Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Inside a Diva's Wardrobe

The boy and I have recently got ourselves our very own live-in flat mate. They're most fun, I do recommend you getting one. They're 1/2 price at Tesco too.

Only, our flatmate is somewhat of a diva. D. I. V. A. Diva with a capital D. (Pain in the arse) and so ingrained are his diva-ish tendencies that he even wears other divas on his clothing, exclusively.

A diva's wardrobe

In fact, it would seem that inside a diva's wardrobe, one just finds more divas. Or, at least, their tour t-shirts. Allow me to present a whistle stop tour of the diva species and their contribution to "fashion" via my flatmate's divalicious t-shirt top-picks.

Céline Dion, Alicia Keys, Janet Jackson, Dolly Parton, Barbra Streisand, Kylie Minogue, Tina Turner, Jennifer Hudson and Mariah Carey.

A pot-pourri of pop-star memorabilia tees, as modelled by the #1 diva of them all, Gwynne ('s just Gwynne) Because, after all, you're nobody until Gwynne wears you.


Sunday, 23 November 2014

Movember 2014: Hair Today Review

So, my mo is on it's way - but I'm getting sick of waiting for it to bush-up a la Freddie Mercury. So, I'm cheating. Introducing Hair Today.

Hair Today is one of those fabulous (straight from Home Shopping Network) products for near-balding men looking to grasp hold of a long forgotten youth. It's literally hair in a can.

Hair Today, Amirose, £14.99, buy here

Shake the nearly-almost-sort-of-like-real hair flakes atop your head and wave goodbye to shiny embarrassment and hello to Hair Today. (I could write the commercial...)


Honestly it quite impressive, the flakes are like iron filings, so they kinda look like hair. I bet this is the secret to Conchita Wurst's lucious beard.

Anyway, I thought it'd be a giggle to sprinkle a little Hair Today into my fledgling moustache to beef it up a little, like sprinkling OXO into a watery stew.

Using a cotton bud I managed to get an even coating and hey presto, move over Freddie, there's a new 'stache in town!


You can donate to my Movember efforts here, your donation means a lot and (along with my mo) is helping to change the face of men's health.


Thursday, 20 November 2014

Online Christmas stocking fillers

A few bits I wouldn't mind waking up to on Christmas morning...

100 Vogue postcards, The Handpicked Collection, £14.95, buy here


Kissing stags mug, The Handpicked Collections £9.95, buy here

Eco Amp, Eco Made, Origin68, £7.00, buy here

Temporary finger tattoos, Rosie Wonders, £6.50, buy here

Personalised Christmas Sack, Just Letters, £19.95, buy here

Professional note book, Ogami, Origin68, £4.00, buy here

Rainbow Pack, Happy Socks, £29.99, buy here

Pixel Rainbow Necklace, FrozenCrafts, Etsy, £9.83, buy here

Handmade Paper Bird, Kaper, Etsy, £10.00 (SALE) buy here

Peach and Apricot Tea, Metropolitan Tea, $6.50, buy here