28.03.2011 – Mr Sailor Salonen

Today I go as Sailor Salonen. It’s summer time, we have lost an hour and that pisses me off on a global scale. However, to counter act the new time, I thought I would cheer myself (and everyone) around me today with a t-shirt of epic scale. It is time to go nautical! My stripes came from good old H&M,cheap as chips and so workable. Loving the crisp whiteness and the gorgeous royal blue. The stripes finish at the shoulders, making me look much wider than I actually am. BONUS! To embrace spring and work some sailor inspired items in you look, there is only really one rule to remember. Less is definitely more in city sailor-look. If you are lucky enough to visit South of France this summer, you can go all out with nauticalness, but in the city. Keep it to one key item (like my t-shirt). I could have worn white trousers to really work it out, but I shall leave those for Cannes. Buy a scarf, belt, bag, top or a hat. Make that one item count, make it bright and bold and work it out! Sailor Salonen.
(Excuse the photo, the Starbucks had not kicked in yet!)

Sailor Salonen

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23.03.2011 – The Bagis by Urbanears

Loves it.

SHUT THE FRONT DOOR! I have just discovered the future of inner ear headphones, Urbanears and their newest addition to the product line, The Bagis. I am over the moon and beyond. Got home last night and there was a slip from the post office, racked my brain to figure out what on earth had I ordered now and realized that only thing it could be was my new headphones. Sadly the post office had already closed for the day, ugh. However, bright and early this morning, I got up, did the usual morning routine and literally ran into the post office. Handed ticket and ID over and BAM. I took hold of my head phones. Whooooop!

First of all the packaging is so cool, I was almost too excited about it to even rip it open. One snaggle tooth later, I had the box open and was holding my new Navy Bagis in my hands. Secondly, I first got excited about Urbanears last year as I discovered that they do headphones in all the colors of the rainbow. There are now four different models, ranging from the new Bagis (inner ear) to Plattan (classic’s) and everything in between. The best news? It is possible to get them all in 29 colors!

Boys, girls and gays. It is time to start matching!
Anyway, back to my Bagis. They have been designed to be the compact version of the full Urbanears experience and I have been sold. The ear pieces are comfortable to wear, barely noticed them and for something that teeny, they are amazing in blocking sound. I took my normal ride on the Central line and I could not hear a thing other than my music.  Outside sounds are totally blocked and the sound you get is insanely good. I heard base in songs I have not heard yet, the sound is warm, clear and pumping. You seriously feel completely surrounded by your music and nothing can disturb that. The Bagis have a great little extra feature, they snap together, so you can carry them around your neck when not in use. Clever and a great option for people like me! I am in love with these. The only problem now is that I would really like them in every color to match the mood I am in. If you are looking for great price headphones that delivered TOP QUALITY sound, look no further than Urbanears. Unbelievable. Thank you for making me fall in love with my music collection all over again. Amazeballs.  (Ps. You buy a red pair now from here, half of the price goes to aiding people in Japan!!! Go buy now!)

Too cute!

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Testing Motorola DEFY, part 1. (DEFY vs. water)

"Can you wait for a moment?"

Right then, the Motorola DEFY (rugged Android Smartphone) has just landed on my lap, quite literally and I wanted to share the first piece of news with you all. They claim that this handset is “life proof”, but is it “Marko proof”? This remains to be seen! I heard about the phone few weeks back and was immediately interested for one reason only, I have gone through four Blackberries in the last year. All of which have been demolished. Me and phones just don’t mix. Which is a shame really as most of my life is spent on one. I am all about emails, tweets and so forth as you all already know. My entire life goes around in circles with my handset in the middle. It what I do, to my friends and family’s despair.

So, the new Motorola DEFY promises to be “life proof”, it will remain fully functional even after I have dragged it through the bush backwards. I am liking it already. I switched the phone on last night and was amazed by how clear the screen is. It has been on a full minute, I make one phone call to check it’s all ok and asked the friend to hang on for a bit. “Test 1”, open the tab and insert phone under running water while the call is ongoing. The phone survived (like off a ducks back)! The call was still there and the phone was clean.

DEFY 1 –  Marko 0
. PAH! Next time on “Testing DEFY”… The Throw Down.

21.03.2011 – Jo Malone “Earl Grey & Cucumber Cologne”

Surprisingly amaze!

The best thing about having a birthday? PRESENTS! I am now officially in my 32nd year and as scary as it is, I am taking it to my stride and keeping my chin up. I mean really, 32 is the new 28, therefore I have nothing to worry about so to speak. I am a 32-year-old gay man, deal with it. However, back to presents. In recent years, I have stopped being so OCD and have not been handing out a list, where potential present buyers can choose from. I now just let it all unravel itself. This year I was blessed with amazing presents once again. From friends all over the world and here in London and of course from the Husbear.

Which brings me to Jo Malone. I am obsessed yet again. “Earl Grey & Cucumber”. I mean REALLY. As I first heard of this new scent, I thought to myself that this time they have gone TOO FAR, I rather not smell like tea and cucumber. Or would I? Come to think of it, I certainly would and it is just what I am wearing today. I smell gorgeous. I know you are all thinking that I have finally lost it. We did do few highlights last night and the bleach most likely leaked into my head. However, this is not the reason why I adore the cologne. It smells divine and goes straight to the top of my favourite fragrances of all time, a list that keep growing longer and longer. YEAY!

17.03.2011 – i-Station26

Impressed

This morning (and really last night too), I needed some boost to get me moving. You know me, I am a mover and a shaker, but sometimes even I need a little “help”. I of course tried wine first (last night, not this morning), didn’t help. Then started thinking, what do I usually do when I need a little help. The answer is easy, MUSIC! Few weeks back I “accidentally” rewired my old docking station with telephone wire. Safe to say it was not a success and the entire thing obviously stopped working. Bummer. As I was in the market for a new docking station, I started searching. I already decided that even thought I would like to spend thousands on a fierce dock, I really shouldn’t. So budget was set to £100 or under and I was off to the wonderful world of Amazon. Few clicks in I discovered the iStation26 and I was immediately excited. Started reading about the features and I was getting more excited. I wanted something with FM radio, check. I wanted something that could wake me up with my own songs (Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5 being current favourite), check. I wanted something that looks great, black and shiny, check. I was sold, quick order and few days later it arrived.

As I am impatient only child, the box was ripped open with my snag tooth, wires attached and the docking station was plugged, iPod docked and I pressed play. Safe to say the first song I played was Rihanna’s S&M, my current favourite track as I think I could become a millionaire dancing to it. Anyway, the song starts and I am impressed. The docking station isn’t very big, it looks slick and stylish, so I was little concerned that the sound wouldn’t be all that great. Fear not. It was. Base was pumping nicely courtesy of the built-in sub-woofer. The stereo sound is clear, bright and feels very warm. Quick change and I was surrounded by Adele’s soulful voice and it made me shiver. For me the test is how well a docking station plays “proper” music, any player will do a good job on your chart hits, but can they handle the soul voices of Christina, Etta, Adele or Aretha? The iStation26 made me quiver. Winner.

With the sound quality being amaze, plus a BIG handful of other features, such as the cutest remote control ever (that you can use to explore the menu on your iPhone and iPod), iPhone 4 compatible, TDAM Suppression Technology (eliminates any interference from your phone) and the possibility to be used as a standalone speakers, no iPod required! Superior sound quality, good looks and amazingly fast trickle charger (my iPod Touch was charged full within 20min) and the quiver factor have left me seriously  impressed this little device. Lot of tech for very little cash and it really is a total sound solution for our East London flat.

07.03.2011 – Swatch

Right, so it seems that our watch collection was increased last week as I unwrapped an early birthday present. Yes, ladies and gents, end of the week I shall enter my 32nd year of being me. Quite excited really. Another birthday coming up. It came fast this time. How is it already mid March? Oh, yes. That’s not the point. The point is that I have a new watch. Whoop! This time from Swatch and I adore it. Grey and rubber, perfect. Plus it adds nicely to my collection of rubbery things on my wrist. Plus of course skulls, diamonds and bracelet made of telephone wire, (no wrist is life ready without a telephone wire bracelet, obviously). Swatch has been making wrists happy since 1983 and looking at the current collection they are a little more “grown up” now. Great little numbers to brighten up your days with a little investment so to speak. I loves my rubber watch from Swatch.

ps. I know the date is wrong, but I have no idea how to change it.

04.03.2011 – Making a SPLASH with Joop!

Woke up this morning more annoyed than ever, I am sick and tired of it being so bloody cold and grey. Tired of it. Would like some sunshine and warmth already. Please, universe send some over. Thanks. I rolled (literally) out of bed, wrapped on some lycra and headed to the gym for a quick morning workout. Arrived back home, breakfast, shower, you know the usual morning routine. As I was getting dressed I realized that I needed an extra BOOST today, to make sure I wont commit a mass murder in the tube on the way into town. As I glanced over the bed side table and the selection of scents, I remembered that I had just bought a new fragrance from The Perfume Shop, that had arrived few days back. Whoop! After unwrapping the bottle I realized why I had ordered it in the first place. The scent is woody and citrusy, very fresh. Just the thing I needed this morning. I smell like a sexy urban gay. Done. The scent includes wild cassowary fruit, coriander plus cardamom and calypsone to add a masculine touch. I smell divine. Just come and sniff me today, then log on to The Perfume Shop and order one, quick and free delivery and great price. Done and Done.
The universe is balanced.

 

28.02.2011 – Enlighten Serum

I think I have finally found that something to make my teeth sparkle at home! Whoooop! You all know that I am obsessed with my skin regime and this weekend it hit me. Why am I not as obsessed with my teeth being white? The second I start looking a little grey, I panic and pull out all scrubs, serums, toners and creams to “fix” the loss of radiation and few minutes later, BAM. I look fabulous again. This same attitude doesn’t apply when it comes to my teeth. Years of treating them badly has left them looking a little “dull”. I wouldn’t call my teeth yellow, but they are on the borderline of “off white” now. Hates it.

So, I decided to do something about this. I am too scared trying out skin whitening treatments at the dentist or any of the home kit’s. I don’t know why, guess because I think that if something goes wrong and my teeth fall out, then what? Irrational, perhaps! I have used many teeth whitening toothpaste’s in my life and never really noticed any difference, until NOW. I heard about Enlighten Serum, through a friend and honestly thought that yet another thing that doesn’t work. However, as I am willing to try anything (within reason) I decided to get my hands on the product and try it out, what made my mind up is that the serum is endorsed by The Cosmetic Dentistry Guide, I figured it was safe and must work if the Cosmetic Dentistry Guide is willing to stand behind the product.

It has now been few days and I wasn’t expecting much, but I must say that my teeth are looking a lot better. How did this happen? The Enlighten Serum contains all sorts of chemicals, which I am not going to go into, all I know is that it has already reduced sensitivity and starting to make my teeth look healthier! Who knew. I am impressed. I of course have a “before” photo and will keep using this until the tube is done and take another one, so you lot can see that I am not making things up. Loves it. My teeth are grateful and I am smiling a lot more. Bingo.

Enlighten Serum, amaze!

18.02.2011 – Aveda

 As I came home from the gym this morning and wiped away the sweat, my skin felt a little tight. There are few possible reason for this. The beastly gym sessions dried my skin out, I missed a step in my skin care routine last night or skin had a shock of how cold it was as I left the house at 6.25am.

Anyhow, as I searched the bathroom for a solution. I was in no mood for opening packaging, nor trying something new. I needed a quick trusted fix. Enter Aveda’s Intense Hydrating Mask. Done. It kinda feels like hair gel. Does anyone still use hair gel? Do you remember what it feels like? Anyhow, it feels a bit odd as you cover your face with it. You do look like an alien version of yourself while it’s on. However, it sinks in like no tomorrow. I slapped mine on and let it sink in while I had my porridge. Washed it off in the shower, followed by toner, eye & day cream. Voila. I have amazing skin again. Feels smoother than a baby’s bottom. Go on, feel it. I dare you!

I feel pretty

17.02.2011 – Purple Rain!

Boys and girls. This morning I was feeling a little color injection to my day. As I am now in my early 30’s, I refuse to wear bright colors, apart when it comes to under wear. Oh, and I do have few t-shirts that scream color. Anyway, the point is that I wanted some subtle color in my day, enter my purple cardigan from Uniqlo. There, that’s better. Uniqlo cardigans are fabulous. They are a good fit, awesome colors and they seem to be hard-wearing, they even have an extra lining under the buttons, keeps it looking sturdy. Clever!  What more could you want? Great basic for work. I seriously urge you all to go look!

Purple Rain in the form of a cardi