So let’s just get it out there that I am useless at keeping this blog up to date. Generally what happens is, I come across something I would want to write a post about and instead of writing something then, I save a draft of the idea to develop when I have ‘time’. Of course, having such free time is a rarity and so, nothing gets written. However I thought it would be a shame to let the opportunity pass to share some of the things I had gotten excited about and had since neglected sharing it on here, so I have put together a small selection of favourites from the year. Hopefully 2013 will see more regular posting… maybe.
So here it goes, my standouts from 2012, roughly in chronological order.
Skolday satchel – Ted Baker
This was certainly the first SS12 I had seen and got excited about, first spotted in the Ted Baker store in Covent Garden back in January, however it wasn’t until June that I actually acquired it for my birthday. What with the surging popularity of the Cambridge Satchel Co’s brightly coloured leather satchels, I thought this gem was the perfect midway between practical and trendy and it’s classic vintage style ensures there will be no loss of appeal as it ages. I have used this very diversely both for work and play and one thing is for certain, it always turns heads. Ted reintroduced this line of satchels for AW in darker hues, some which may still be available at tedbaker.com if you fancy a look.
Moustache necklace – Topman
Print T-Shirt – Taxonomy
I’m not a lover of SS fashion at all at all and usually find myself dressing plain plain plain. This was the general gist of my summer wardrobe. I quite possibly wore the moustache more than any other piece of ‘jewellery’ I have owned, particularly during a 4 week long ramble around Europe which has added a sentimental value so I thought it should be included here.
Malachite cleansing gel – Molton Brown
I’m not sure how many men admit to being pedantic about skincare products but I for one, am rather choosy. Long story short I had been using other Aveda products which while being desirable from a quality point of view, didn’t quite control oil buildup as much as I would have hoped. I felt the urge (quite randomly) to try this gel cleanser from Molton Brown and I have to say, it would be hard to beat this. It smells fresh, feels divine and controls natural oil without leaving your face looking like you’ve had a chemical peal. HIGHLY recommend.
Waxed overcoat – Barbour
What with the weather in Ireland this summer being nothing short of dismal, I discovered a need for a weather-proof reliable jacket and this waxed Barbour is just that. I find the ruggedness of the lobster-clip fastenings and the smartness of the corduroy collar so ideal. It’s also very comfortable to wear with fleece-lined pockets just at the right position for stowing glove-less hands while on a walkabout town, any time of year.
Vintage tassel loafer – Dr. Marten
These were another staple winter purchase, bought with functional intent along with personal lust! The durability and comfort of Dr. Marten air weir soles is a great attribute to any shoe but with size 11 feet the usual boots are just not for me. These however, are a smarter alternative and in my opinion, are equally as versatile. I found myself reaching for these almost every day during the winter season whether for work, college or weekend adventures. You can’t be lazy with choice of socks, though.
Coated black jeans – the Kooples
I have had my eye on these for quite some time and decided at last, to invest for the Christmas party season. They’re leather-look, slim fit, stretchy, comfortable and the epitome of smart-casual jeans. I have worn them with a shirt and black blazer as well as dressed-down with dark knitwear and fit they are always a safe bet for a smart, polished look.
Suede leather biker jacket – the Kooples
If you’ve read my other posts, you may have noticed I was swooning over this back in August. I was on the hunt for a biker jacket and rather than forking out the dollah for this bad boy, I decided I would exercise self-control and try find an alternative in London when I was due to visit my sister in September. Surprisingly, I in fact did find an alternative, in the form of a gloriously Acne-esque black biker in a dinjy dodgey Brick Lane leather goods store at the bargain price of £70. This temporarily satisfied by biker lust, but I never forgot about this and payed it regular visits at the Kooples store. What a great end to 2012 it was then when I found this under the Christmas tree from my mother. How do they do it eh? Santa always knows.
I could probably keep extending this list to include the odd bits and bobs of clothing I wore a lot this year but I thought I would stick to things I will continue to love and wear in 2013 also.
Also, I should really turn my attention back to exam revision, as I can be sure this will not be the topic of any medical exam :(
Thanks for reading,