A KILLER WESTERN STYLE SHIRT



Once again I'm featuring another killer Asos shirt on my blog. I spotted this sweet shirt last week and almost immediately added it into my shopping basket, I couldn't resist not buying it. I'm a massive fan of a western style shirt, and this one ticks all of the boxes! It's a super cool shirt, with a studded embellishment and revere collar, it's right up my street. I wore this shirt in Manchester last week and got a lot of compliments on it.




This shirt has some serious cowboy vibes which I love! The metal studs follow the pattern of the cut of the shirt, and also feature on the shirts reverse. The high-quality black press studs on the front, are a very nice touch. The shirt is made from 100% viscose meaning it's light and breathable to wear.





It has two open chest pockets with popper buttons, giving the impression of a closed pocket. I bought the shirt in a size small and it's the perfect fit. As you can see, I've styled this shirt up with some black skinny jeans and a pair of black Chelsea boots. Because, well, nothing's cooler than all in black right? 





This shirt has some really nice details and, in my opinion, looks way more expensive than it actually is. This shirt was only £30 when I bought it, and now it's even more of a steal at only £18! 

Shop the shirt here

Check out my YouTube video on my two new favourite sale shirts from Asos. Click below for a closer look and a more detailed description.






COFFEE, VINYL, PIE & MASH




Last week I visited Manchester for the day and here's where I hung out. Manchester a city where I really must spend more time. I say that to myself everytime I visit, but I really need to come back more often. After a two-hour train journey from Durham, I needed my coffee fix to set me up for the day. The previous night I'd done a little digging on Instagram for the places I wanted to go and made a rough plan. The first on my list was The Foundation Coffee House.



TFCH is a coffee shop/bar with the most stylish interior. Found bang in the middle of Manchester's Northern Quarter it's one of the coolest places to grab a tasty coffee. The Northern Quarter has the best of everything, vintage stores, record shops, independent restaurants and a selection of the killer bars on every street, all oozing that cool youthful look. Think of it like Manchester's equivalent to Brick Lane.




Independent coffee shops these days have some of the best-designed interiors around and this place is no different. It's monotone colour palette throughout gives this place a very cool vibe. The shop's single bulb lights, b&w tiling and polished concrete surfaces fit perfectly with the Northern Quarters aesthetic. At TFCS they pride themselves on their technical excellence and precision of handling the coffee from sourcing to your cup. They also offer a wide selection of healthy ethically sourced juice and food, the brownie I had with my espresso was top notch.

📍The Foundation Coffee House Sevendale House, Lever St, Manchester M1 1JB

As I mentioned your never too far away from a vinyl store in the Northern Quater and the two best Manchester has to offer are only a short walk apart from one another. The first being this little beauty, Vinyl Exchange. Opened in 1988 VE is now one of the biggest buyers and sellers of rare vinyl and records in the north-west. You can imagine the shop looking exactly the same back then as it is now, a dark basement full of the best vinyl around.





📍Vinyl Exchange 18 Oldham Street M1 1JN

Another must visit record shop has to be Piccadilly Records. Piccadilly Records opened in 1978 and over the years has won countless awards. Including The Best Independent Record Store & The World's Best Shop. You've got to admit if they're winning awards like that, it's definitely worth a peek. They stock everything from Indie Rock to Psych both on vinyl and CD, I imagine if you can't find what you're looking for in PR you won't be able to find it at all!





Piccadilly Records is also right opposite a sweet bar named Night And Day, well worth checking out, I mean what goes better than beer and record shopping?

📍53 Oldham St, Manchester M1 1JR

After all that vinyl shopping I met back up with my mate and we headed to get something for lunch. What more could two slightly drunken people want more than good ol northern pie and mash?



This pie shop wasn't your normal pie shop, It was way better than that! Pieminister was filled with the best pies imaginable. Everything from your classic beef and gravy to your more unusual fish pie with Hake Salmon and Prawns. The range of award winning pies was extensive, you could even choose sides! After a few pints, this place was literally heaven!





📍Pieminister 53 Church Street, Manchester M4 1PD

After our lunch, we hit a few more bars and looked around Manchester finally hitting Jimmy's bar. Jimmy's is an awesome bar full of that rock 'n' roll character. At this point in the day beer no longer sufficed, as the last drink we had in the previous bar was Absinthe! Walking into Jimmy's we were doused in red light as we entered the bar. The whole set up is very cool with the neon lights and artwork on the walls. The particular neon that caught my eye was the 'started a fire' sign which hangs behind the bar, it's a nod to the first album of the band One Night Only who's band members own Jimmy's. We took a seat downstairs on one of their large chesterfield sofa's as we kicked back and ordered two drinks, "anything with rum in".



Jimmy's bar is a pretty sweet place to kick back and enjoy some awesome drinks while listening to some killer tunes. Everyone inside was also super friendly, it's definitely a bar to be put at the top of your list if you ever find yourself in the Northern Quarter!




Jimmy's holds different nights every week everything from poetry reading to comedy and even the odd gig for good measure. I can't really remember leaving Jimmy's but I know I'd definitely be back. We then staggered toward the train station buying more 'refreshments' for our journey back home. I had an awesome day in Manchester and can't wait to go back soon. Hopefully, I won't leave it as long as the last time!

📍Jimmy's NQ 12 Newton St, Manchester M1 2AN




ANOTHER SAINT LAURENT DUPE


Saint Laurent star print shirt.

Yet another Saint Laurent dupe has caught my eye, and I'm NOT complaining! The shirt I'm about to share with you looks remarkably like the YSL shirt above. Another patterned shirt I have longed for, but have sadly never found, that is until now.





I found this dupe on Asos and you have to agree, it's very similar. Previous shirts I've noticed in the past, with this super cool star print pattern, have always had the stars either too big or too small, never the right size. Asos, however, have nailed it!

The Asos shirt is a cotton shirt with black buttons and an open collar. I bought this shirt a few weeks ago, luckily for you lot, it's recently gone into sale, it's now a complete steal at only £15! What a bargain! Especially when you compare it to the YSL shirt at £420. Yes, the Asos shirt may not have the breast pockets or snap-down buttons, but you really can achieve the same look for a lot less!





I've styled this outfit with a pair of skinny jeans, this time with no holes in, I really need more black denim without any rips! Teamed with my suede buckle Topman boots and signature hat, this shirt looks ace! With the recent warm weather, I've found it hard to wear a lot of jewellery, so I've just stuck with one simple necklace and one matching bracelet, not forgetting my usual handful of rings.






This look, after all, is about the shirt and I personally think it looks killer. Worn alone in the summer, or dressed underneath a leather in the winter months, this shirt will look cool all year around. To shop both the shirts follow the links below, I've put the Asos link first, wink, wink. 

Shop the ASOS shirt here.
Shop the SAINT LAURENT shirt here.




A SUMMER STAPLE, YOUR CLASSIC LINEN SHIRT




Nothing says summer more to me than an oversized linen shirt. This is now a staple piece for me on any holiday and even those rare occasions you can get away with wearing one here in the U.K. I bought my first linen shirt when I was away in Menorca last year. I initially bought it to just throw on while going from the beach to the bar, to keep me out of the sun while in turn keeping me cool. I didn't want the shirt to be fitted so I rooted for a large.




After buying one while on holiday, I became a massive fan of the classic linen shirt and started wearing it everywhere! As you can see this shirt looks very cool and can be worn in a relaxed way or dressed up to make the shirt look a little smarter. This is the perfect transitional piece you can wear pretty much any time of the day. The oversized shirt I found on holiday was only twenty euro but from an independent shop. Thankfully I've found one that's pretty much identical from Zara. This shirt comes in a selection of different colours, so hopefully, you can find a shade that suits you. (There's also a khaki and light blue version too). In my opinion, a linen shirt is the perfect go-to piece for the summer.







Linen is so light and a very breathable fabric so you'll never get sticky, no matter how hot it gets! A linen shirt worn open on the beach or buttoned up for the more sophisticated night time outfit will always look effortlessly cool and also very comfortable to wear. As you may know, I normally like my clothes fitted but with certain styles, I would always go for a bigger size. For instance, the cut of this particular shirt looks way better when worn a little oversized.







I bought all the shirts featured from Zara in medium, I decided on that size as that would give me the best option overall. Either to wear during the day or evening, at the same time to give me that little extra movement. In my opinion, if you jump up a size or two it gives off a more laid back, relaxed summer look. Sleeves rolled up, shades on, I promise you, you'll look bloody cool where ever you are.






I bought the shirts in three different colours to show you how versatile they actually are. My go to colour of white, a change to my normal colour palette of blue and a slightly risky option of coral. The shirts I chose all have the same polo collar which you can unbutton half way down. All shirts from Zara are a slim fit and all the same price at £25.99.

Shop the shirts here