Reviews

Joining The Boost Gang

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I am huge trainer/sneaker fan, I love Stan Smith’s, NMD’s, Comme Des Garçons, Ultra Boost, Yeezy’s, the list goes on… I’ve wanted to grab myself a pair of Adidas with ‘Boost’ for a good while, but, I’ve always waited out, hoping I’d manage to snatch a pair of the latest Yeezy 350’s. Unfortunately, like most, I’ve taken an L every damn time (If anyone wants to hook me up, I’m a UK 8).

So, when I was doing a bit of shopping in St. Ives last month I could not resist when I spotted a pair of Uncaged Ultra Boost, in my size, in the window of one of my favourites stores – Number 8. 

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I picked up the boost in the “collegiate” colourway, at retail price (£130) and was super keen to see whether the boost sole lived up to its hype. I love the silhouette and design of the shoe, particularly the prime-knit upper, which hugs my ankles. I’ve been wearing them loads. And, yes, they are insanely comfy.

Ignoring the hype that surrounds the boost sole I would honestly say they’re the comfiest shoes I’ve worn. As well a the awesome aesthetic, they’re super light and you almost don’t feel like you’ve got shoes on! I hugely recommend the boost sole and can safely say it won’t be my last pair.

A few things you should pick up right now

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Spliced Graphic Tee

Metal and Rock T-Shirts, particularly these spliced style tops have been popping up all over the place recently, from Jaden Smith’s Instagram feed to fashion week runways and I love them.

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The T-Shirts are are great way to mix up graphic prints and add a little extra detail into your look, rather than a typical (but still very cool) band tee. I got mine from Topman and have been loving wearing it with some ripped up denim and chelsea boots for a Saint Laurent x Vetements inspired look.

I think they’re a great Winter – Spring transition piece, as they’re perfect to wear solo, on warmer days or layered up with a shirt, hoodie, jacket etc. on the cooler days.

Plaid Shirt

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They’re a streetwear staple and so versatile, they are another piece you can see in high-street stores but also in high-end stores like Saint Laurent – one of my favourites is their distressed plaid shirt, with bleach splatters all over it’s super unique and an awesome piece.

I picked up mine from River Island, and it’s on in the sale for just £8 – so if you’re after one go grab it – here! I was surprised at how good the quality was – it has a really thick, soft material and a great shape. I’ve been wearing it loads, but in a tonne of different styles.

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They are super easy to layer and I’ve been wearing it over hoodies, between pieces like a t-shirt and denim jacket, where it hangs below the waistline, creating a really nice layered look, and also with it tied around my waist.

Orange

Orange IS the new black & is taking over my Instagram feed with a haul of streetwear enthusiasts infusing some orange pieces into their looks. I’m a huge fan.

I think orange pieces work amazingly with an otherwise monochrome look & they are a great way to add some colour and make your look stand out. Perfect for the Spring/Summer season we’re heading into.

I really like this oversized orange hoodie and it’s a super affordable price, especially compared with a Balmain version which would set you back £400+.

November Favourites

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It’s the beginning of a new month and so I thought I’d share with you a small selection of the items I was loving last month.

INSIDE VOGUE

First off, we have “Inside Vogue” a diary book written by Alexandra Shulman, Editor in Chief at British Vogue. I picked up this book after watching BBC’s “Absolutely Fashion: Inside British Vogue” documentary, which documented the goings on of Vogue, particularly Alexandra Shulman, during Vogue’s centenary year. I love the fashion industry and have aspirations of becoming a fashion photographer so seeing the ins and outs of the industry was really interesting for me and I needed to know more – Shulman’s book is a great insight and throughly interesting, I have loved reading it and if you’re interested in Vogue, or the fashion scene I would definitely recommend picking it up.

 

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By far one of the most used apps on my iPhone… UNUM is perfect for those of you who are as obsessed and meticulous as I am with you’re Instagram feed. The app is just what I have been after for YEARS and now I finally have my hands on it!

It allows you to pre-plan your Instagram images and shuffle them around to see what it will look like without having to physically upload them for your followers to see, then when you’re ready to publish them you can export straight from the app. If you’re a perfectionist and an Instagram addict… download it!

 

 

ADIDAS STAN SMITH

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Last but not least, my third favourite of last month, my Adidas Stan Smith trainers! I have been desperate for these shoes for ages and I finally picked them up on Black Friday and although I’ve only had them for a week, I love them and I can tell they will definitely become one of my favourite shoes. I will be doing a full review/style post featuring the shoes in the coming weeks so if you want to know more stay tuned and make sure to follow me on social media for updates.

Hastings Heritage Edition Watch

Not too long ago I reviewed the Hastings ‘Classic Edition’ watch that they were kind enough to send to me. I am still loving my watch and if you follow me on Instagram (@even_the_stars_fall) or Snapchat (adam_kay1999) you’ll have probably noticed that I wear it ALOT!

In this blog post, I wanted to share a brand new Hastings watch… the ‘Heritage Edition’. The Heritage Edition watch is another watch that was made on Hastings fundamental concept, affordable luxury. Since they brought out the Classic Edition they have sold it in over 40 countries, with everyone loving it. But, some customers requested that Hastings produced a mechanical watch, so, this is it.

The Heritage Edition watch is a little more chunky than the Classic Edition, with a polished stainless steel case, measuring 40mm in diameter and 11mm in thickness. The watch has a genuine leather strap, available in 2 colours and 2 leather types and also a stunning butterfly deployment clasp; one of my favourite features of this watch.

As always, Hastings have paid very close attention to detail which has led to a beautifully crafted, luxury yet affordable watch. The watch will have a retail of $299 but is currently available on Kickstarter for $180, in my opinion an amazing price for such a luxury, well made timepiece.

_MG_7537If I hadn’t already sold this watch to you then this might just be your turning point. Hastings have spared no expense or detail in creating this watch, and that goes for the packaging too. The Heritage Edition watch will come in a stunning Piano black wooden presentation box, with a leather interior. It is stunning.

If you’ve fallen in love with this watch as much as I have then you can go check out the Kickstarter page, featuring more specification details and a stunning video of the watch – http://kck.st/1Ru8riU  and if you want to see the other watches Hastings offer check out my previous review and get yourself 15% off with the code ‘adamkay15’.

This was a sponsored post. However ALL opinions mentioned were ENTIRELY my own. Thanks to Hastings & Co  for sending me their watch to review. If you have any PR enquiries please send them via my Contact page.

 

Whytes – Perfect White T-Shirt

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A white t-shirt should be a staple in anyone’s wardrobe, but, often they’re probably overlooked as a ‘fashionable’ piece of clothing. However, I have to disagree. A simple white t-shirt can be worn on its own or worn with other things to create a simple, effortless yet stylish look.

Like anything else in your wardrobe I’m sure you don’t want it to be uncomfortable or bad quality, which is why Whytes Co have created the ‘Perfect White T-Shirt’. They realised that there was no premium quality, slim fitting white t-shirts on the market for men that wouldn’t break the bank and since then have strived to create the perfect white t-shirt. Testing over 20 different fabrics and multiple different shapes until they found the perfect one.

If you’re thinking that this so-called ‘Perfect’ t-shirt can’t be perfect for everyone, then think again. Unlike other stores which offer around 5 basic sizes ( XS, S, M, L, XL) Whytes offer 10! They sell their t-shirts in sizes XS-XL but also in Long and Short versions, so if you’re a little bit taller or a little bit shorter these t-shirts will still give you a perfect fit.  On top of the huge range of sizes they also have V-Neck and Crew Neck styles to fit your needs even more.

I am thoroughly impressed with my Whytes T-shirt, it truly is super comfy, its soft fabric hugs your skin perfectly but not so much that it’s uncomfortable. As well as being impressed with the t-shirt itself, Whytes packaging is outstanding. Your t-shirt comes wrapped in tissue paper in a sturdy Whytes box. You really do get a luxury product when it comes to Whytes, but for a fraction of the price.

In this outfit, I paired my t-shirt with some River Island Black Jeans, Grey Nike Roshe Runs, a Grey Ralph Lauren hoodie and an Asos Leather Bomber jacket. I love this look, it’s super casual and a great everyday look.

If you enjoyed this post and are keen to know more about the perfect white t-shirt then go and check Whytes website: http://www.whytes.co/ and follow them on social media – @WhytesCo

This was a sponsored post. However ALL opinions mentioned were ENTIRELY my own. Thanks to Whytes Co  for sending me their t-shirt to review. If you have any PR enquiries please send them via my Contact page.

Hastings Watches

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I love wrist wear, there’s no doubt about it, and I think a great watch can completely transform a look from good to great. That’s why I’ve teamed up with Hastings & Co to show you their amazing and timeless (excuse the pun) watches and, if you read until the end, there might be a discount code *hint*.

The watch I chose from Hastings was their rose gold classic edition watch, with brown crocodile leather strap; I went with this one because I have been after a nice leather strap watch for a while but have never found one I truly loved, until I saw this one.  It’s a stunning timepiece that can work well with anything, be it smarter and more formal looks or a casual look that you want to mix up a little, this watch is perfect.

The idea behind Hastings is that everyone should be able to afford luxury timepieces and I can safely say that not only is this watch affordable it is definitely luxury. The genuine crocodile leather looks and feels incredible and the small attention to details like the tiny engravings on the watches buckle and battery prove that time and effort has gone into making this watch.

As well as loving wrist wear, I also love good packaging and Hastings have got theirs spot on. The watch comes in a gorgeous leather box that presents the timepiece beautifully and is great for storing the watch in when you’ve not got it on your wrist.

If leather isn’t your thing, or you’re looking for something more casual, then don’t be disheartened, Hastings & Co have a range of watches in different styles for both men and women, so I’m sure you’ll be able to find your ideal timepiece. And if you change your mind in the future, the great thing about Hastings watches is that the straps are flawlessly interchangeable, so if you fancy a change later down the line it’s no problem.

If you love the Hastings watches as much as I do then feel free to grab yourself 15% off by entering the promo code ‘adamkay15’ at checkout!

This was a sponsored post. However ALL opinions mentioned were ENTIRELY my own. Thanks to Hastings & Co  for sending me their watch to review. If you have any PR enquiries please send them via my Contact page.

A Few Product Empties

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If you’re somebody who reads a lot of blogs you may have seen this kind of post done before but if you’re not then I will explain… A product empties post is simply a blog post that features a number of products, be it skincare, aftershave etc, that have all ran out, but you know for sure you’d rush back to and pick them up again.

I love these kind of posts as you can get an idea of how good or bad a product is after someone has used it for a while, rather than when they’ve first bought it. So, I thought I would share with you a few of mine…

Aftershave –

I decided to feature 2 aftershaves that I have recently ran out of, the first is ‘Tommy’ by Tommy Hilfiger, this is a product I have mentioned before on my blog, and I decided to included it again because, well, I bought it again! I love the fresh scent that you get when wearing ‘Tommy’ and I feel it is a perfect everyday aftershave.

Secondly, is Abercrombie & Fitch’s ‘Fierce’ cologne, which I purchased whilst in America. This aftershave has a heavier scent than Tommy which is why I chose to mainly wear this when going out, as opposed to everyday use. It has a fairly intense masculine scent that really does last all day! I could not fault this aftershave for how long the scent lasts and it’s definitely one I’d get again!

Skincare –

First up, Kiehl’s Facial Fuel, Skin Buffer for men. This is a product that I have been using daily to wash my face for about 6 months now and when it ran out I went out and bought a new one straight away! This is honestly one of the best face washes I have used. It exfoliates well, cleans well and leaves you feeling really fresh faced, which is all you can ever want really. If you’re struggling to find an all round good face wash I’d definitely suggest Kiehl’s, they’re on the more expensive side but 100% worth it.

Next, Ursa Major’s ‘Fortifying Face Balm’.  For those who have been reading my blog a while then you may remember that I featured Ursa Major in a blog post a few months ago. They have a great range of all natural skincare, aimed at adventurers and travellers! Their moisturiser is awesome, I tend to find that a lot of moisturisers leave me feeling shiny and oily and this really puts me off using them, even though I really should. Which is why I love the Ursa Major face balm, it smells great and leaves my skin with a matte finish, which is great. Mine has just ran out and I will be ordering a new one soon, for sure!

The final product in the skincare sections is Clinique’s ‘Anti-Blemish Solution’. No matter what skincare routine I have I always seem to get the odd spot every now and then which is when I use this awesome product. Simply, it’s a spot zapper. But it is the best I’ve used. I can hands downs say that this product has removed some of my spots in a night, it works quickly and effectively and I don’t think I will ever not be re-buying this product.

Haircare – 

In this section is Bumble & Bumble’s ‘Surf Spray’. My bottle of this spray has been empty, sadly, for about a month now because I haven’t had chance to grab a new bottle. But, I NEED TO. I have naturally curly hair anyway but I love to emphasise the curls and make them more structured using a salt spray and the bumble and bumble spray is by far the best I’ve ever used. It comes at a higher price than most but you’re paying for quality and you certainly get it with this product!