My music taste is very eclectic and is like a river of lava, slowly moving from one place to another taking on everything in its path. This is partly due to being a music reviewer for many years so it has bounced around quite a bit. I have moved from pop, rock, trance, hip hop, metal, back to rock, jazz and back again. I now have settled on liking what I like no matter the genre, but one genre I had never gone near was country, but in the last month or so Country currently dominates my Spotify.
Strange week really, bank holidays always throw me out of sink, and after three days in the office, I thought it was time for a reset and took Friday off to spend some time with Grace as she was working the rest of the weekend.
I have lived in Kent pretty much my entire life yet there is so much of it that I haven't seen so after @gracecmbs mentioning this place for the last three years I thought it was time we actually went there. So we packed up the hike gear into the car and headed out and in 25 minutes we had arrived.
Before anyone gets too excited, this is not anything to do with a sequel of the Paris Hilton porn scandal media hyped marketing campaign. This is actually me talking about Paris, where @gracecmbs and I went for 3 nights. It was a trip of food, wine, heat, sore feet and rather shiny carbon.
The great outdoors brings a sense of wonder, fresh air, nature, being one with your terrain, not a road or car in sight. Sadly one sight you always get is loads of rubbish, because like most of the world you were not the first person there, and the last left their mark.
Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest the list is endless, but these four were my three norms, for business and personal interactions. Sad really, but I have taken a step back. Get a coffee, sit back and let me explain how I got Social Fatigue.
Being a child of the 80’s it is part of me that I must be inclined to enjoy on some level 80’s rock music. The call of the wild for large hair and head-bands a plenty, the pop rifts that made a generation.
It is here, the behemoth of long arse days, drinking and socialising with your mates great aunt as she slowly gets more drunk to the point she will eventually start twerking right in front of you. Where you will ultimately slink away to find out what standard and overly pretentious food is at the buffet and what to have that you won’t get down your clothes. So my wedding list goes like this, disturbing in places? Check, will you get bored at some point? Check, sweating heavily in your suit? Check, forgotten the names of all the guests on your table? Check, the inevitability you will have a wedding to go to this year? As much as Thanos clicking his fingers (That is a massive YES for non-marvel fans).
Over the last few weeks I have had a great influx of sunglasses and glasses sent to me to try out and write about. Firstly thanks for the products. I was Gifted these for review, but have not been paid for a good opinion.
Orange, not a colour I normally associate with my clothes, I own a lot of black, white and navy across all forms of clothing. And even the variants are still with these shades, except one light brown jacket.
I was a constant user of a card holder, I really don't carry cash with me in this world of touch cards and paying on your phone. But I did go back to a classic leather wallet when my small leather card holder broke due to use. But I find it so bulky, huge compartments for all that cash I don't carry, what a pointless waste but I like the leather, so how to have a classic leather style with a modern card holding power. And I found it, on Amazon.
So many bags, you can end up with so many for work, for weekends, for on the go writing, for outdoor activities, for different work and casual outfits, the list goes on. So many different styles, from record bags to now the horrid shoulder bag which is just an old fanny pack or bum bag in the UK, but it comes to a point when you want to put everything in one place. Rocking the commute, in the office and up a large hill. You need litres of space to sort all these, to carry all your needs. And I have found the one that is perfect for me.
By T W Coombs esq. With spring here and summer creeping up on us, it is only fair to start looking at mixing up your look. And one things I have wanted for sometime is finally in my wardrobe, the Knitted Blazer.
I want to ask a question, do clothes require a purpose of practicality?
I am of course aware they cover us, they keep us warm etc, but I can have two outfits that do this, so why do I have a whole closet of clothes to choose from. Vibrant colours to muted shades, the various jackets/blazers I own, the different coloured brogues, the list goes on. Work wear has always been part of fashion, the denim jean, my go to trouser, came from hard working farm workers in America that needed a harder wearing cloth than the cotton they were used to using. The military jacket that is high up this current spring as its name suggests came from the Military, again we can thank America for that also.
By T W Coombs esq. I have been looking at getting a pair of white trainers for sometime now, for well over a year and beyond they have become a staple of the casual and smart casual look. Being worn with jeans to full suits, so it was truthfully about time I got involved. I tried a few years back to be fair but the choice of trainer and my early style just made me look, well, lets just say not good.
By T W Coombs esq. The first thing you will notice is that this is a watch, I know, an actual watch recently viewed at Basel World 2019. Now there was some amazing watches at this show, but as this delight will show, some god awful designs.
By T W Coombs esq. I used to review music and want to add some into my blog when something truly cool comes up so here is the first one. Enjoy.
This month saw the release of the third album by Liverpool band Circa Waves and also the month that the band came into by view and subsequently my ears. They can thank Spotify for this and I was surprised to find a full album that was just a delight to listen to.
By T W Coombs esq. I just want to start with that this blog is not about my favourite types of stitch in clothes, even though I am partial to a good Backstitch, kidding I had to Google that. What I do want to give my thoughts on is online retailer Thread.com.
I was looking at mixing up my skin care so checked over all the different moisturisers on offer that were not in the £40 plus area. There is leap from around the £10 mark where I want to be right up to the this fifty and sixty pound mid-range area.
I got a free sample of this cream or serum more like to try out and with thousands of different types of lotions that do so much, I thought I would give it go. Sadly this one is not for me. Let me explain.....
Welcome to first of, I hope, many instalments in the #WTFF series, a delve in the more odd things that the fashion industry throw at us. If you like fashion or even just slightly interested then you may occasionally stumble upon the craziness that is the fashion world. I mean who leaves their entire fortune to a cat outside of the world of TV, really, who?
It is not often that I change up my smells, I very much have found what I like and stick with them, a man stuck in his ways and frowns upon change. But every now and again something comes along that is just good enough to add to the shelf.
It seems the review has been left in the dark for a while so thought it was time I brought it back. The reason is to truly review, a place like a restaurant, book or film that I have enjoyed and feel you as readers and followers should no about. And The Wall is one of these.
Age, that horrid number that follows us around as children not allowing us to things, then follows us when we are older because we are now not allowed to do things. But really age is a perception created by our own selves and our peers. So have taken a few minutes to look into what in fashion terms how to dress your age.
There is something classic about a button down collar even though not actually that classic. I find them neat and tidy and look great poking out of a jumper. Thankfully the new Lad is in mostly very tight polo shirts so we are safe, plus when they are out in a white Oxford shirt make sure you dress to your style, not everyone else's.
I have written about watches previously over the years, they are a bit of a hobby and there is something about them. I worked with selling them for a few years and I think this is where this mild obsession came from. Yes they are practical, they give you the time and date and some the day, and many will go I have a super computer in my pocket which does the same thing. But that doesn’t look as nice and by the time you have taken it out your pocket or bag and pushed a button I have advised you of the time with a flick of the wrist. Like I said, practical.
Firstly I suppose I should start with the normal Happy New Year as it is the first I hope of many posts in 2019.
Now as it is January I can guarantee that the weather is about to get very cold in the next two months, as it snowed last February this is pretty much a given. Before the thick woolly hats come out you need a hat slightly less thick but that will keep some heat in. And the old style baker boy hat is in.