22 February 2016

DeadMode - An Independent clothing label

When I started blogging a year ago I talked about my love for independent clothing labels quite a lot in my posts, and I put together a few features which introduced a few cool brands to my readers.

As the year went on and my blog began to get quite busy I unfortunately didn't get a chance to search out many more independent labels which I'm kind of gutted about because they are a big passion of mine, in fact it's my only regret blog wise.

Growing up I always wanted to be a little bit different from my friends and found the best way to do this was by wearing something which wasn't popular at the time.
All my mates were wearing Topman, River Island and all of the other high street brands which, don't get me wrong I used to like too, but sometimes breaking the trend just had to be done.
I often took my self down to my local TKMax to search through the sale section looking for the trend breaking bargains I could find and I always came away with an amazing t-shirt or jumper that would stand out a mile and I knew no one else would have.

So 2016 is a whole new year and it's my aim to bring to you some more very exciting clothing labels!

I think these labels are a big part of the fashion world and I think a lot more people should check them out.

First up I would like to introduce to you Deadmode.

Deadmode are not a massive label - yet - but nevertheless they have some great quirky and very stylish items for sale.

Deadmode are an Indie themed clothing label and reside in Sheffield in South Yorkshire.
They are a newbie clothing label and were only formed in 2015.

 I was lucky enough to have had two t-shirts sent over by them, both with quite simple designs, but which definitely stand out!

And being a Yorkshire lad myself Deadmode get a big thumbs up from me already!

What I like about the t-shirts is that they go with any outfit - you could wear them to the gym with shorts or joggers, yet they go perfect with a nice pairs of jeans if you are wanting to go for the casual look,

I have to admit though, I personally won't wear them to the gym though because I don't want to get them all sweaty, they are too good for that.

T-shirts have got to be a staple in most men's - and possibly women's too - wardrobes. 
And these t-shirts are good quality which I know because I've worn mine loads of times and they haven't lost any shape or even dis-coloured after being washed, which is great because I've had so many that can only be worn the once.

Such a waste!


The Deadmode tees have now become my go-to item of clothing.
I think my friends are sick of seeing me in them now, but to be honest, I don't care... Remember look good, feel good and all that.

So you can get to know a little more about the brand, I put together a little Q&A with the owners, because I'm nice like that.

Q1 . What does Deadmode mean?

 A. Deadmode is a state of mind, it can mean something different to different people.

Q2. I see a lot of independent clothing labels when looking around on Twitter and Instagram, how do you manage to stand out?

 A. Indie labels are massively popular at the moment, we think it’s great & the way it should be.
Some of the designs that you see floating about on Twitter/Instagram etc. are amazing, sometimes it can be annoying because we’re like “WHY DIDN’T WE THINK OF THAT!?” haha.
Having said that, it is hard, you have to be constantly on it.

 We try to be as friendly as possible with our customers & anyone that shows interest in DM, we’re both just normal lads from normal backgrounds & we don’t see the point in over complicating things, we’ve started this label because we really, really, wanted to.

 Q3. Why did you start up Deadmode?

A. Deadmode started as an idea that Scoff had & for years it never materialised, until last year.

Scoff had been playing around with designs & came up with the name DEADMODE, he ran the name as well as the designs by me for a friendly opinion & I loved it.
He approached me because he knew my appreciation of indie labels & asked me to be involved, I couldn’t say no.

We combined our experience to create DeadMode.
Me on the side of social media, website admin & other boring business stuff.
Scoff on the side of design & creation. Every so often we’ll meet specifically to throw ideas at each other then decide if we both agree with what we’ve got. I, for one, am really proud with what we have got so far.

Q4. What is the future for Deadmode

A. The future for DeadMode is to keep doing what we’re best at, really – We’ve sponsored Sheffield speedway racer Danny Wright of Team WD40, as well as kitting out the whole team with some clobber, local DJ Jake Vertigo, American bands Non Con & Dog Eat Dog & we’ve recently sent some stuff to former WBO cruiserweight and Commonwealth light heavyweight champion the Enzo Maccarinelli (which we’re really excited about)

You can find us in Mooch Vintage, 76 Division Street, S1 4GF. The guys in there have been great to us during our first year!

It all sounds very exciting if you ask me, and I can not wait to the future projects.

I would just like to apologise for all of the photos of me, like I said I wear the t-shirt everywhere, meals out, fun activities with my little family and mainly just slobbing out at home.






I could have posted loads of pictures of my wife wearing them too because she always seems to put on my best clothes to sleep in, which I constantly tell her off for doing but she doesn't listen... She just says there just too comfy, so it's tough luck!

If you're looking for some cool indie themed apparel then you should definitely check out Deadmode, they have everything from beanies, snap-backs, hoodies, t-shirts and jumpers so plenty for everyone. 


CARL
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Safe driving in freezing conditions


Winter please hurry up and go away!
The only thing good about winter is when it actually snows and I can go sledging.

I hate being cold, even though I spend most hours of my job outside working.
You would think my body would be used to it by now, by no, it isn't. 

I often have to wear a pair of long john's under my work pants, and you would think with my big beard I would be a little bit insulated, but no, none of this helps!

So when I'm not outside working I spend a lot of time in my work van driving up and down the country - I can spend 70% of a twelve hour working day driving, whether it be driving from job to job which are local to each other or it be driving a long distance, doing the job and then driving the same distance to get back home again.

But in the winter, driving is a lot harder than it is in the warmer seasons.
I've been driving for around 16 years now and driving in frozen conditions still scares the crap out of me, so with me being a quite experienced driver LV Insurance wanted to know what my driving tips for winter were.

I'm certainly that driver that everyone complains about when they are stuck behind me, I totally drive like a learner drive, but I don't care when they beep and when they get up my backside ranting and raving because I know I'm the one driving safely.

But being safe on the road isn't all about how you drive it's also about how you prepare for the journey and what precautions you take before setting off on your journey.

I normally set off at around 6am for work.
It's still dark out side and freezing cold, but before leaving the house I make sure I wake myself up and have a nice strong coffee or two.

My next job is to defrost my windscreen and I do this by letting my van warm up in it's own time, I'm not one for pouring warm water over it, I'm a scraper kind of a guy.

And I always make sure everything is fully defrosted before setting off including all the other windows and mirrors, we don't want to be driving down the road having to pop the head out of the side window like Ace Ventura...

It is illegal.


Also, before any journey it's a good idea to make sure the water jets are working properly and have plenty of anti freeze in and are full.

It doesn't take long before windscreens are filthy and with no working water jets it becomes a major hazard.

Also, always make sure there is a winter coat in the van just in case I break down and have to leave my vehicle.

So, like I said, I'm not the best at driving in the ice and snow, but it's part of my job so I have to do it.

I don't often panic about things but this really does bring me a lot of stress and I get even more stressed thinking about about my wife driving in horrible conditions and I make sure she always phones me to let me know that she's reached her destination OK.

Something else I've heard, from a lot of people actually, is that deflating your tyres a little helps as it makes the surface area a little wider offering more grip on the road...

I've never tried this though,  simply because knowing my luck I would take too much air out and would end up with a flat tyre so it's not something I'd recommend myself
(not tried or tested you see)

And so, my top tips for staying road safe are - 

1. Only take the journey if it is absolutely necessary.

2. Drive safely and don't be intimidated by the other drivers around you.

3. Make sure your car is winter ready and has had it's winter service.

4. Don't panic if you lose control of the car - easier said than done I know, but a very good time to point out that you can attend special skid pan driving courses which teach you the essentials of how to stay in control at all times. 

5. Make sure your tyres are road legal, if you're not sure, call in to a local garage and get them checked out, it's better to be safe than sorry. 

Make sure you drive safe everyone.

I hope you have enjoyed this post, I would love to hear your winter driving tips in the comment section below and hopefully they will help me out a little bit.

CARL

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9 February 2016

Feeling great in jacamo


A couple of weeks ago I posted on the blog a post asking if you feel more confident if you are dressed well, which also led me to express how it is that I like to dress smart when I attend places, especially blogging events.

Just before Christmas I was invited along, with my blogger wife Simone, to an event in Leeds which was organised by Rhianna - the XmasBloggerMeet
It was a fantastic event and was held at the Black Swan on Call Lane in Leeds.
I met loads of new blogger friends and also got to catch up with some of the lovely Leeds girls I have met before.
I know lot of bloggers get nervous when going to events like this and sometimes they won't attend at all for this reason.
I do suffer with the nerves myself, but like I stated in my earlier post, if I feel comfortable and feel I look the part then I feel a lot more confident and the nerves don't bother me so much.

Even though I don't think I look big, I'm 15 stone and for someone of my height and age this is actually classed as overweight.
When I wear the right clothes though, ones which fit the areas properly that are a little larger than others (like my backside, calfs, thighs and belly) I feel good.

A lot of the clothes I try on in the high street stores struggle to accommodate these areas but fit perfectly in others - and this is why I do a lot of online shopping, in particular, at Jacamo.

I remember when Jacamo used to be perceived as "providing clothes for fat men" which is hardly the case, they cater for all body shapes, tall, short, wide or stick thin and everything else in between.

In fact, you could have really short length legs but long arms with a size 14 wide-fit foot and you could still find a perfect outfit at Jacamo.

So, let me talk you through the outfit I wore to the blogger meet - it was stylish, comfortable and was very fashionable, and was all from Jacamo.


First up a nice pair of black skinny jeans, these are a staple in every guys wardrobe these days, well, I think they should be anyway.

This pair is perfect for my leg size because the material has a bit of stretch in it so they don't make me feel uncomfortable when moving.



Next up to accompany the jeans are these brown boots which not only look good but are super comfy too.

These mid-high, lace-up boots offer a great casual look but are very versatile and are perfect for these colder months.

I have quite wide feet too so these were perfect and even wearing an extra pair of socks to keep my feet nice and warm the fit was fine.

So that's pants and footwear done, now let me tell you about the top half, the focal point to my outfit.


This long-sleeved checked shirt goes perfect with the black jeans.

Check shirts became quite popular again in 2015 and is a trend I'm sure will continue to be popular way into 2016 too.

But if not, I'm not really a trend follower anyway, I like this shirt and I'll certainly keep on wearing it.

Now, onto the item of clothing I like the most, and the thing which gets the most compliments.



This quilted jacket.

It is a real classic and has a bit of a country feel to it.
It's not the thickest jacket in the world but this means it can been worn indoors and won't make you feel too warm.

The brown leather zip pull matches the brown in the boots too.

I've worn this jacket on a few occasions now and I always get asked where it's from and when I tell them its from Jacamo people seem really shocked.

Jacamo is definitely underrated but is one of my go to places to purchase new clothes.






I hope you enjoyed this post and liked my outfit choice.

Is it something you could see yourself (or a partner) wearing?

If so, let me know in the comments section below and don't forget to take a visit to Jacamo I guarantee you will be pleasantly surprised at what's available.

If it's a good enough brand for Mr Flintoff then it's definitely worth a look.

CARL

This post was in collaboration with jacamo, all items were gifted for review but all photos and opinions are my own.




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3 February 2016

My Favourite TV Programmes

So what were you favourite TV programmes of 2015?
Are there any you  are looking forward to getting into during 2016?

Watching TV is a fairly normal, everyday thing in my household.

After a long day at work, after we have put the kids to bed, me and the wife love nothing better than switching on the wide screen TV, sitting down and relaxing with a cuppa - one that is usually made by me!

We love to spend a bit of time catching up on our favourite programmes and having a few moments to do nothing but relax.

OK, its not the most romantic thing in the world but we enjoy it and it's nice to have a bit of us time, with a brew in hand and, depending if any of us are on a diet, munching through a couple of biscuits...

These are such simple things but they make us happy.

But we don't always have that much time to "indulge" - hardly surprising with two children - my Virgin box has a crammed 90% full memory there's so much waiting for us to catch up on.
There's also a load of rubbish sat in there too - I mean who wants to watch "Don't Tell The Bride"...

Oh and then we have Netflix too - something else packed out with amazing programmes. 

But that's OK, I mean we are parents and we don't often venture out much, so we didn't mind paying a bit extra for our TV - it gets a fair bit of use, so what the hell, might as well treat ourselves.

And we really did - we watched so many great programmes in 2015, some new, some old and some which are going to see us well into 2016.

So, what have I been watching I hear you ask?

Well, last year my favourite programme by far was "Fringe"


I know it's quite an old show now, I think the first series first hit our screens in 2008.

 It's amazing and is a it weird - I can't possibly begin to explain it all but to cut a long story short an FBI agent is forced to work with am institutionalised scientist and his son in order to rationalise a massive storm of crazy, unexplained phenomena.

You can find the full series ready to stream on IMDb and if you do ever watch it, or have already, I would love to know what you think.

Two of my other top programmes of 2015 had to be "Arrow" and "The Flash" - both amazing and both carrying on through 2016.

And here are a few things that will be new to our screens in 2016 which I am really looking forward to watching:

Victoria

If you are a fan (like I am) of Jenna Coleman who, until recently was taking trips out in the Tardis, then this program will be for you.

I can't wait to see her in a totally different role.


DC Legends Of Tomorrow

This is another spin off of Arrow and The Flash series which features some more superheroes and villains which you may recognise.

I'm also looking forward to taking a trip back to the future by watching the comeback episodes of the amazing "X Files" - it starts this week too and I think I'll be looking through the Amazon store to pick up a few of the old series to recap a little.


I hope you have enjoyed this post.

I would love to know what programmes you've been watching and what you are looking forward to watching.

Please feel free to let me know in the comments section below too.

CARL

This is a sponsored post but all view and opinions are my own.
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