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Dalvey, the fairly new Scottish luxury brand, has impressed me before with their merchandise. I recently got my hands on another slim-fit shirt of theirs – let’s see how this pink collared faired.
This fun and simple pink checkered shirt, is by far one of the best shirts I’ve worn this year – and the reason isn’t because someone sent it to me. First, the seams are clearly single-needled and therefore are simple and inconspicuous, which is essential for a sophisticated collared in my opinion. Second, unlike so many other shirts that bare the description, this Dalvey is truly slim fit and form fitting. This is the second shirt I’ve reviewed from them and both times the shirt fit perfectly.
More often than you think, there are pieces of clothing that bring up the question: “What were they thinking?” That is exactly what ran through my mind when I saw the Mantauk Hooded Shirt. I have been used to seeing men’s button down shirts with point collars or mandarin collars, but never one with a built-in hood – weird idea, Prolific 54.
The Mantauk Hooded Shirt comes in a dull blue cotton, has two pleated chest pockets, with wooden buttons down the placket and the shirt cuffs. The shirt itself is not very appealing, but the hood that cocoons your head and face makes it a fashion suicide. It looks like it stepped right out of an episode of “The Deadliest Catch.”
There’s a lot of cool, DIY/indie/whatsayyou-ism going on fashion-wise at the worldwide handmade shop site, Etsy. One Star Leather Goods is one such craft store on there, specializing in leather wallets, notebooks, belts, etc. Let’s see how their One Star Billfold in Redrock wallet fares in a close review.
This is an excellent wallet. As promised, it is clearly handmade and hand-stitched. Like most fine leather products, this wallet will only look better with age. I can easily see the dark reddish brown giving way to streaks and stretches of cherry red while the stitching will remain strong and intact.
I’m always on the hunt for new, exciting shoes. Though I have a taste for dressier ones, my interest generally falls towards streetwear footwear. Recently, the good people at Goodoo sent me several pairs from their collection to review. Let’s see how their “yum” shoes fair first.
I really like the color of these shoes, a blend of white and tan. The outsoles of the shoes could use some better color attention though as they are of boring black rubber. Overall the stitching/ construction is solid and the laces strong. The leather is very well-treated though I wonder if it will fade over time.
As for function, the foam insoles are supportive yet comfy. After walking in them for a few miles, I didn’t experience any aching or irritation. The backs are sturdy and therefore don’t invite the bad habit of slipping in of feet.
All that being said, I have gripes with some design choices. For one, the Goodoo plate with raised letters strikes me as a little tacky. Even more questionable are the chains dangling on the outfacing sides as seen here. Fortunately, they are easily removed.
These are solid albeit somewhat curious shoes.
An important part of being fashionable is staying clean – not just keeping your clothes clean, but your body as well. Soap cuts it for most shower ablation, but sometimes a body wash is best to cover all your bases. AXE got into the bodywash business a while ago and has some new product lines. Let’s see how their Thai Massage body gel fairs.
Just like with most AXE products, the bottle’s design has a faux-futurism about it and the copy on the label assures one that women will find the gel’s user irresistible. Eh, the tongue in cheek verbiage never sold me. Thankfully though, the plastic spout for the container doesn’t let half of the goo out each time you squeeze. A definite perk.
The gel itself is very gooey and GREEN GREEN GREEN. It took me a while to get over its resemblance to slime. Suspended in the gel are some yellow salts that I suppose are intended to exfoliate. These salts aren’t granular like the sand in my face scrub – they’re big enough to be called beads really – so I wonder how much effect they have on anything dead skin related. The gel does wash off nice and leaves my skin looking clean and a little smoother. I also can’t detect a residual scent after finishing in the shower, which contradicts what the packaging suggests.
Overall, I think it’s a product fine for cleaning your armpits and whatnot, but Thai Massage never amounts to a beautifier, let alone an aphrodisiac.
Summer’s almost over, so best not to invest in sandals just right now. But for next year, consider purchasing a pair of Birkenstocks. Let’s see how this pair care of the Family Footwear Center fared in the final weeks of the sunny season.
These Birkenstock Milano sandals, Cocoa Nubuck color, are pretty awesome. For one, I love the color and expect it will fade gracefully. Two straps is just number needed and it’s definitely an added bonus that they are made of soft leather. In fact, the plentiful use of leather is very much welcomed – when was the last time your sandals stretched and breathed? The branding’s also kept to the footbed, which is a tasteful move.
Speaking of the footbed, my only gripe with these Birkenstocks is that the mold of the bed, its hills and valleys, hasn’t exactly jived with the structure of my feet so far. I hear the sandals “adapt” to the unique shape your feet, but not fast enough since sometimes wearing them can be uncomfortable. Fortunately, the sole is very well constructed and conforms pretty well to the terrain and so isn’t too sturdy. I purposefully stomped on some gravel and didn’t
Overall, a very nice pair of sandals. And aside from carrying bomb sandals such as these, Family Footwear Center sells Carolina boots, Chippewa Boots, and work boots.