14 Nov 2015

The Plain WHYTE T-Shirt



The age old conundrum that has baffled men for years may have been solved by the guys from whytes who have put in some extensive research on finding the perfect plain, white t shirt. 

Their findings came to show that there was no such thing as a slim fit, well sewn, white t shirt. So, what do you do when the thing you whole heartedly need doesn't exist? You make it yourself of course! Between Thomas & Nadia (who are the brains behind the brand), there's years of experience in the  fashion industry in the city of New York which obviously came in handy when it came to sourcing quality fabrics and cuts. 

After going through a mighty 22 different fabrics, the guys found their perfect match with a lightweight, premium blend of combed cotton and micromodal from Europe. Micromodal is a new fibre made from beech wood and spun into ultra-fine yarns to give the t shirts a perfect fineness and a super soft feeling. The material is so soft and light it acts almost like a second skin. This luxurious blend is a lot more absorbent than regular materials which ensures minimal shrinkage and decreases the chance of the t shirt stretching. 




The cut of the t shirts are definitely something that sets whytes apart from your regular high street retailer. Mid length, slim cut sleeves are a bonus along with the fact that there are 2 different lengths for each size. For example if you like your tee's to be a bit baggier than a traditional, regular fit then you are covered with the 'Long Version' which are all 3.5cm longer than their standard sized equal. The Long Version caters to somebody like myself, who usually finds it difficult to find perfect fitting clothes as my height and bulk are totally disproportionate. 

The beauty with white t shirts are of course their versatility. They can be worn as a stand alone shirt or under a regular flannel shirt or as I have chosen, with a bomber jacket. (Notice the Bart Simpson patch I ironed on myself, which I am over the moon with!) 




The cherry on top of my whole experience with whytes was definitely the intricacies and detailing of my care package that was so kindly sent to me. My t shirt came wonderfully wrapped in tissue and encased in a lovely little presentation box. With signature branding on the front and relevant quotations on the inside, my whole whytes experience has been a pleasure and I wish Thomas & Nadia all the best in their quest to change the mindset of males who are content with wearing unfitting, bulky and rotten t shirts. 

Pre order your tee here


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11 Nov 2015

OOTD 11/11/15


I haven't done a post like this since forever, so I thought I'd share a tiny insight into my ever growing wardrobe (which I'm still yet to be content with.) 

With the rain holding out for a few hours at least, I thought I'd take the chance on not wearing a jacket and luckily I didn't get soaked. Usually with an outfit like this I'd pop on my black Harrington just as an extra layer or even one of my many oversized Ralph Lauren shirts. 

You also can't go wrong with a Fred Perry tee especially in burgundy which I find as a colour is so easy to dress. Teamed with a pair of grey H&M suit trousers, this outfit is a lot to different to my usual style but I think it works, right?! I picked up my tote bag from the Van Gogh museum after my trip to Amsterdam a few months back  and my Cheap Monday glasses are still something that I'm still getting used to wearing. 

I have a week off from work this week so hopefully I pop up with a few more posts, and if I don't you're more than welcome to politely remind me to get my arse into gear! 


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3 Nov 2015

30 Sep 2015

Golf Wang x Vans Old Skool 2015



Saturday 26th September saw the UK release of the third offering from an ongoing relationship between Odd Future and Vans for the latest Golf Wang x Vans Old Skool collections. 
Unfortunately, I've completely missed the last two releases and I've hated myself for it! So for this release I stayed up until midnight (if you know me on a personal level you'll know this is an achievement), which ensured I did not miss out on these ones. 


The full collection features an expected array of colours including oranges, greens and pinks (the pair I picked up) which are all stowed upon the classic Old Skool silhouette. In comparison to the 2011 release, the colours are a lot more vibrant and even feature a checkerboard print throughout the midsoles. Each colourway also fits perfectly with some of the latest releases from Tyler’s own brand: Golf Wang. The tongue features Golf branding and all colourways come with white lacing.

With his album Cherry Bomb released earlier this year and a joint tour with A$AP Rocky, Danny Brown and Vince Staples all under his belt, Tyler is again having a phenomenal year and really is beginning to gain the respect and admiration of everybody who previously slated him (apart from the UK government who need to really sort out their priorities.)



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14 Sep 2015

Straight Outta......Cardiff?


With everyone being on an N.W.A flex at the moment, it only seemed right for me to chip in with a blog post of my own. I've listened to hip hop for as long as I can remember and I've always been more drawn to West Coast music as opposed to East Coast. Through my teenage years artists such as The Game and Xzibit really opened the door for my ears to explore hip hop as a whole and has since pushed me onto the new generation of West Coast rappers such as Tyler, The Creator, Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q. But as I delved further into the history of the genre it always took me back to the same starting point: N.W.A. Made up of Dr Dre, Ice Cube, Eazy E, MC Ren and DJ Yella, N.W.A were the first gangster rap group to really push boundaries and talk about what is was really like growing up in Compton, California.

Fast forward to nearly 30 years later, their legacy still lives on with the recent release of the Straight Outta Compton movie. I highly recommend anyone to go and see the film, even if you're not into hip hop music as it gives an insight into the life of pioneers of the rap game.

My cousin and I had a few hours spare so decided to mess around near an abandoned chemical factory and take a couple of photos (which came out really well if I do say so.) The t shirt I have on, with Eazy E on the front, was actually designed and released by my cousin himself in 2009, for a band that he once fronted. For it to last six years is incredibly lucky as it is one of my favourite pieces in my wardrobe! Teamed with a black Carhartt denim jacket, black LA fitted cap and a pair of hi top Chuck Taylor's, it's clear to see N.W.A have influenced this skinny white boy in more ways than one!


Photo credits: Marcus Cazenave

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13 Sep 2015

LATEST PICK UP: Pharrell Williams x Stan Smith


If you're a regular reader of my blog then you'll already know I've had my eye on these for a very long time. When I was in Amsterdam a few months back I saw these shoes everywhere but couldn't bear spending 150 euros on them. So when I saw these in my local adidas shop for £63 there was no way I could leave them. 

I've been a fan of Stan Smith's for as long as I can remember and when I first saw Pharrell was collaborating with adidas on these I was ecstatic. Although Pharrell has put his own touch on the classic silhouette with the polka dot patterns and Pharrell Williams three stripes branding across the heel, I like how he kept some of the classic Stan Smith attributes such as the perforated three stripes and premium leather upper. 

Before I shoot off, I have to explain why I've got no socks on in these photos. Just as I was about the put these on for the very first time,  I was taking off my old plain white Stan Smiths and it turned out I'd stood in the biggest pile of dog shit and it had somehow managed to penetrate my socks. How gross is that? It was so messed up I ended up throwing away my socks and shoes, so please spare a thought for my fallen homies aka my Stan Smith's originals. 




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19 Aug 2015

Yeezy Season 1


With a Glastonbury headline slot and a forthcoming sneaker release already under his belt, Kanye West looks to build on an already momentous year with his new Yeezy Season 1 collection. Through his continuing relationship with adidas, this latest collection sees Kanye building on his growing reputation as a respected fashion designer, having previously collaborated with Parisian fashion house APC. 

The collection features a plethora of hoodies and crewnecks that will cost from anywhere between $496 to $1560 and sweatpants that are priced at $545. With jackets costing over $3000, it’s not as affordable as Kanye would have liked, as he has previously said that his intention is to create clothing that is more accessible to the general public. 

The lookbook for the collection is fronted by Kanye’s good friend The Weeknd, who earlier this year brought Yeezy out on stage during his headline set at Coachella. The Weeknd himself is having a stellar year after providing music for the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack and his highly anticipated album Beauty Behind The Madness is due for release on August 28th. He has enlisted the likes of Lana Del Rey and Ed Sheeran to feature on the album, and it’s sure to enhance his credibility within the music industry.

With the Black Yeezy Boost 350 ready to drop and hopefully a new album by the end of the year, Yeezy season is in full swing!  
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11 Aug 2015

Boy's village

 

Monday evening saw me and my cousin head up to The Boys Village, which is an abandoned holiday camp that was built in 1925. As technology advanced people started to head abroad on their holidays and in 1990 the site was closed down and has been derelict ever since. The buildings are on their last legs but it's an awesome place to get some photos taken so we thought we'd have a little play around in the abandoned church, the rundown basketball court and the decrepit bathrooms.

To check out more from my stupidly talented cousin, check his Instagram here.

Please excuse how awkward I look in these photos.






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30 Jul 2015

SWIG Hip Flasks



I’ve been crying out for a handy little hip flask for a really long time. I’ve always thought it could come in handy for those rainy, Tuesday nights at the Cardiff City Stadium or for smuggling whisky into the main arena at Reading Festival. Now, thanks to SWIG Flasks I am able to sneakily drink my beloved whisky into places with horribly inflated prices! 

The first thing I noticed as my hip flask arrived was how beautifully presented and wrapped with ribbon the parcel was. The flask itself was propped up on a delicate, paisley cushion.  The design I chose was the Executive Moulded Black Flask. The flask is encased in a leather pouch that was designed by leather artisans in the Spanish town of Ubrique. The pouch is moulded perfectly to fit the flask which leaves a sleek, unique finish to the 170ml flask. 

At just two years old, SWIG is a relative newcomer when it come to business but their focus on quality and aesthetic makes them stand out from your regular hip flask manufacturers. Along with the flask, every customer is given a unique membership number to be a part of The SWIG Society. My number is 4802, and our very own Prime Minister is number 00097. If it's good enough for our PM then it's definitely good enough for a young man from Cardiff like me! 

These hip flasks make a perfect gift for everyone from your grandfather to your son, I highly recommend you all check out the website and you won't be short of ideas for birthday and Christmas gifts. Head on over to the website asap, to pick up a bargain! Thanks again to Daniel at SWIG for the amazing care package, I can't wait to get A LOT of use out of my flask! 




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27 Jul 2015

Amsterdam 2015



So for the second year in a row I decided to make Amsterdam my holiday destination and once again it did not disappoint! 

We arrived early Wednesday evening and had to make our way to the apartment so we thought taking a cab would be the easiest option. Whilst waiting in line for a taxi a Tesla pulled up. It turned out to be the freaking taxi. Now, I'm not a fan of cars at all and I don't know anything about them but it even impressed me. The driver was so welcoming and happy and that turned out to be a common trait in most Dutch people. As we were unloading our bags from the boot, the driver just popped his car on charge in the middle of the street and that legit blew my mind. As soon as we stepped into our apartment I knew we'd made the right choice. The interior was simple with a few canvas prints on the wall, an impressive book selection and even a CD from The Specials. The garden was all overgrown and green with two rundown sheds at the end which looked weirdly nice. To top it off we even had pet cats to look after to make it even more homely. After dumping our stuff off we decided to wander aimlessly hoping to find our way to Amsterdam Central. On the way we walked past Carhartt, Timberland and Baskets Amsterdam just to name a few shops. We stopped off at a lovely little restaurant called Capreces and I had a tomato and shrimp risotto to line my stomach for the onslaught of lager and coffee.


For our first full day we headed to The Heineken Experience, where they show you how the beer is brewed and also give you a few tasters straight from the brewery. To top it off there was a Champions League section where they had framed shirts from Paolo Maldini and Cristiano Ronaldo and signed boots from Lionel Messi and Robin Van Persie. We also checked out The Sex Museum which was a laugh. It's essentially like walking through a pornographic time machine whilst looking at medieval dildos and there was a stairway which was draped in ass. The whole thing is kind of weird and makes you realise things that you could never think of but all in all it was a bit of a laugh. After a few more beers we ate at a restaurant called De Haven Van Texel which was situated at the arse end of The Red Light District (pun intended) It overlooked the canal and it was such a lovely view. We were sat by an American bloke who seemed to say all of his thoughts out loud, here are a few: "I can tell she's not wearing any panties" and whilst shouting at random passers by "WHERE ARE YOU FROM?" He has gone down in my Hall of Fame along with Barry (who I met in Cyprus) and Barney from Reading Festival. I will probably explain more about those on another day though!


The next day started with a little wander down to the local coffee shop to get fuel for the long day ahead. After chugging down our coffees and chomping down our Nutella sandwiches we checked out the Van Gogh museum. I'm not very educated when it comes to art but I think I have enough brain capacity to appreciate something good when I see it and I absolutely loved it there. Van Gogh's story is quite a sad one as he ended up in a mental asylum towards the end of his life but it's quite refreshing to see his work is still appreciated today. We then ate at a place called Stedelijk Restaurant which was relatively nearby. We asked the waited to recommend us a nice, local beer and our faces dropped when he came back with an 8% beer which was so cloudy it looked like a thunderstorm in a cup, but he was spot on with his choice as it was absolutely divine. We walked back to the apartment through Vondelpark which was just full of lakes and trees and it was so beautiful. 

Later in the evening we headed off to Paradiso to see the legendary Grandmaster Flash which also coincided with me turning 24! It was surreal seeing Flash play live and there were moments when I just stood there, looking at him in amazement as he scratched and cut his way through 80's funk, 90's West Coast hip hop and current rap records. The night ended with me being absolutely smashed, with my feet hanging over the canal and it started to sink in that I was actually now 24 years old (cry.)

As with the day after every night out, I was hungover as shit. But we didn't want to waste the day so we headed off into Central to have a little wander and feel sorry for ourselves. What a mistake that was. The weather was horrendous, it did not stop raining all day. With us being from Wales we're used to rain and wind but something was different. All of the trams got cancelled and we were honestly didn't know how to get home. After wandering around aimlessly for a while we both looked at each other and said "Quite bad this init??" We ended up getting home after about two hours and later found out that it was the worst July storm Amsterdam has seen since records began for God's sake! We decided to call it a day with a few beers and pizza back at the apartment whilst watching Comedy Central.


Our last full day was another day of walking around aimlessly and just taking in the city. We stumbled into the Stedelijk museum to see the Henri Matisse exhibition and there was a few Andy Warhol pieces knocking about too. I think I preferred this museum to the Van Gogh one purely because of the variety. We ate at a burger joint just around the corner from The Red Light District called Burger Fabriek and Jesus Christ it was incredible. I definitely recommend it to anyone who goes to Amsterdam. It's not too far from the Patta store and I was blown away by the footwear selection they had there. I really wanted to buy a pair of Raf Simons x Stan Smith trainers but €250 was just a bit too steep for me, which is such a shame! I also picked up a black tee with a wolf on the front and a long sleeve Ralph Lauren shirt for €26 which is an absolute steal. I stumbled upon a store called Concrete which had a lot of high end pieces from Maharishi, Bathing Ape and they also sold Pharrell Stan Smith's. I've had my eye on them for a while but again, money was the only issue! 


The holiday finished with a few beers back at the apartment, watching The Simpsons and packing up my belongings, which is always the worst part of a holiday. 


Amsterdam, it's been a pleasure! See you soon hopefully.


Check my Instagram for more photos from my trip.



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9 Jun 2015

2015 - The Year of Hip Hop?


I remember seeing a tweet in November of last year which made a list of hip hop artists that would be releasing albums in 2015. Tyler, The Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, Kanye West, A$AP Rocky and Kendrick Lamar were just a few listed and now that we're half way through the year I thought I'd give a little run down on what hip hop has brought us so far this year. 

First of all Kanye slyly released the single Only One ft Paul McCartney at midnight on New Years Day and it set the bar stupidly high for everyone else to follow. Joey Bada$$ then dropped his debut album later that month and has been compared to Nas' Illmatic. With his effortless flow and lyrics about real life I can understand the comparisons, but Nas is Nas for a reason. He's untouchable.

As the year has gone on we've had albums from Odd Future's Tyler, The Creator and Earl Sweatshirt. Both have completely different sounds and it's clearly evident that the both of them have taken different directions since the apparent demise of OFWGKTA. The majority of the members have gone their separate ways with no features of any Odd Future members on Cherry Bomb or I Don't Like Shit I Don't Go Outside. The features on Cherry Bomb just go to show how highly regarded Tyler is in the music industry with Pharrell Williams, Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Roy Ayres just a few notable contributors to Tyler's third studio album.

Kendrick Lamar's "Good Kid M.A.A.D City" is arguably one of the best hip hop albums of my generation, and it's no surprise to see his latest offering To Pimp A Butterfly is just as good as GKMC. Whereas GKMC had more of a raw, west coast feel to it, TPAB has captured the essence of black culture. Kendrick talks about the apartheid in America, police brutality by referencing Trayvon Martin in The Blacker The Berry and being institutionalised by the ghettos of Compton. This album really is a work of art and has put Kendrick up there with the greatest of our generation and I truly believe he's just one more strong album away from being considered one of the greatest of all time.

Action Bronson also dropped his debut album this year. With previous works such as Blue Chips 2 and Saab Stories being so popular it really is a surprise that Mr Wonderful is his first actual studio album. Bronson brings a new element to rap with Mr Wonderful, with raps about food, expensive furniture and German guitar riffs. With features from Chance The Rapper and Meyhem Lauren along with production from big names such as Mark Ronson and Zane Lowe, the success that this album brings Bronson is truly deserved.

2015 did not begin well for A$AP Rocky with the death of his best friend and A$AP Mob founder A$AP Yams. Yams died from a drugs overdose in January whilst Rocky was working on his new album, and you can tell the effect Yams' death has had on Rocky just by listening to the new album At Long Last Asap. Rocky cited influences from people such as The Doors and Rod Stewart for this album and even has a feature from Stewart himself on the track Everyday. The album is a lot different to his previous work but nonetheless is a solid offering of gritty hip hop, mellow infusions of rock and roll and is a great tribute to A$AP Yams. Featured on the album are heavyweights such as Mos Def, Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Schoolboy Q.

If You're Reading This It's Too Late was also released by Drake as a surprise. In my eyes this is Drake's best work thus far. I know a lot of people see him as a bit of a sap but this album really shows off his credibility as a hip hop artist. Know Yourself is an absolute banger and he recently played it in his hometown for the first time, and the video for that gave me actual goosebumps. The album has features from Lil Wayne, Travi$ Scott and PARTYNEXTDOOR. If this was just a teaser for a real studio album then I'm excited for Drake's next offering.

So with all that being said - what's next for hip hop? Well we've got Kanye's album still to arrive. At first it was to be called So Help Me God but Ye has had a change of heart and it's new name will be Swish. After debuting All Day at The Brit Awards, Ye has also released Wolves ft Vic Mensa and there's been rumours of Mr West spending time in the studio with Will Smith. How awesome would that be? A Will Smith and Kanye West track? It's what dreams are made of!

We've also got The Documentary 2 still to drop from The Game. In true Game fashion, he has name dropped like hell and has said that Dr Dre, Kanye and Timbaland will all be a part of production on this album. If The Documentary 2 is anything like the first Documentary we're in for a real treat of raw, West Coast hip hop.

Whilst seeing Nas at Parklife he also mentioned that he's working on a new album. After Life Is Good was released in 2012, Nas has since gone quiet. If there's one thing for sure, Nas will deliver ungodly flows with intelligent lyrics with some of the hottest production. There's a reason why he's regarded as the greatest of all time.

It's only June and we've been treated to all of this already? Roll on the next six months I say!
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Parklife 2015


After seeing the lineup for this years Parklife, I owed it to myself to go. How many other chances would I get to see Wu Tang Clan AND Nas all within the space of two days? So last Friday I decided to take the pilgrimage to hip hop mecca - Manchester (for that weekend anyway!)

I don't want to bore you with stories about how I spent most of the weekend dancing in my hotel room or moaning about how windy it was on Saturday so I'll just tell you who I saw. First of all it was Wu Tang. Now, don't get me wrong Wu Tang are big in the game. Huge in fact. But I feel slightly mugged off when Wu Tang get booked for an appearance and Raekwon, Method Man or RZA don't turn up. I know they've done it in the past but I thought the fact that they released an album at the end of last year and that they've toured the rest of the UK this month would mean that they'd make the effort. Having said that, the performance was good. But I constantly found myself thinking that they just couldn't be arsed. But hey ho better was to come.



I also got to see Mr Wonderful himself: Action Bronson. This guy is an absolute hip hop heavyweight, physically and metaphorically. He played a mix of stuff from his new album as well as stuff from Blue Chips 2 and Saab Stories and the crowd went off. Meyhem Lauren joined BamBam on stage for a couple of songs which was awesome.



The cherry on top for the whole weekend though was seeing Nas. Hands down the best rap performance I've seen live. I've seen Snoop Dogg, Eminem, J Cole and a lot more, but to see Illmatic played in its entirety was an absolute privilege. He interacted well with the crowd and seemed soooooo humble. Bearing in mind that Nas is widely regarded as the best rapper of all time he introduced himself to the crowd by saying "For those of you who don't know who I am, I'm Nas." I'm pretty sure that was unnecessary but showed a rare, humble side you don't see in rappers these days. 



Next up Reading Festival in August!



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24 May 2015

Pharrell x adidas Stan Smith Jacquard Collection



Anyone who has ever read this blog before will know that Pharrell Williams is probably one of my all time heroes. From N.E.R.D to Billionaire's Boys Club to his solo music, everything Pharrell has ever done I've been a fan of. And in recent years his relationship with adidas seems to have gotten a lot stronger. We've been treated to the Polka Dot Pack and most recently the adidas Superstars which were available to buy in fifty colourways. 

Now though, we have the Pharrell x adidas Stan Smith Jacquard Collection to lust over! With two designs spread over a Stan Smith silhouette and track jacket, Pharrell has stepped away from the simplicity of previous collections by using bold, floral patterns that are sure to grab the eye of us consumers. 

The pack is limited to 200 pieces per style, so it's highly unlikely that me, you or anyone you know will be able to experience the full experience of this collection. But nonetheless we can still lust at photos and dream about 'what could have been!' 

Launches 30/5/15








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