Archive | September, 2012

Does anybody else want monk-straps?

30 Sep
Ok so does anybody else have a slight shoe obsession? Well I for one do however I seem to always lust after a pair that are just out of my price range. Anything over a weeks wages is just not agreeable with me to fork out for footwear, no matter how gorgeous they would go with all my wardrobe. But sometimes you come across a shoe that makes you feel like it’s an exception to the rule. This in my case happens to be the most elegant of all mens formal shoes, double monk-straps. These shoes have a strap that closes with a buckle and comes in a single or double strap variety. They’re more formal than a loafer but a little bit jazzier than an oxford lace-up.

Yes from the moment I came across these on Tumblr, I’ve imagined them with every outfit I put on. So I have kept an eye on for something that fits the bill at a decent price. But to no avail have I even stumbled upon anything that has style,finesse and quality for under €500. This has been driving me crazy because when it comes to clothes I can always find something that I desire and is bespoke and crafted with care within my means. So I was at my wit’s end when it came to acquiring a pair of double monk-straps at a reasonable price.

Then I found a website called, it has affordable Italian leather monk-straps. Yes Genuine leather in black,tarnished tan and cognac all for $159,shipped worldwide. So I’ve read a lot of the comments on the site and the majority of them were really positive about the fit,look and overall elegance of Mercanti Fiorentini’s double monk-straps. So I will definitely will be purchasing these shoes and if they look as good on my feet as they seem on the web,I’ll be chuffed with a great find. So I’ll post a picture whenever I get around to buying these beauties, but If anyone has bought these before or used I would love to hear from you.


Mercanti Fiorentini Double monk-straps.



Nick Jay Productions.

27 Sep

This is a show reel from one of my good mates Nicky Jay. Enjoy and check this space because he’s going to blow up at some stage. Click here for more of his videos.

Boys & their shoes!

27 Sep

Men's shoes instagram

Meades Wine Bar

27 Sep


Meades 126,
A gorgeous wine bar in the heart of Cork city. It is must see whether your passing through or a local. Stop in for a glass of montepulciano and some tapas, you won’t regret it.

Sunflower is out!

27 Sep



27 Sep

So over the past few seasons we have seen men’s fashion take a lot of inspiration from woman’s clothing. From knee high boots to jumpsuits,depending on where your from and how adventurous you are. Blurring the lines between gender in fashion doesn’t bemuse or offend me in anyway. Even if I don’t agree with all of it or want to run out and buy myself a pair of “mantyhoses”, I get most of it and see the merit in it. The crossing over between men’s and women’s fashion has happened for a long time particularly the other way around. Woody Allen’s Annie Hall in the 1970’s announced Dianne Keaton to the world as a style icon. She wore waistcoats,ties,bowler hats and slacks. This inspired women to take control of their individuality and femininity by challenging the norm and experimenting with loose fitting suits inspired by trend setters such as Audrey Hepburn.



This was highlighted in the mainstream fashion world with Yves Saint Lauren’s Le Smoking jacket bringing the pantsuit to modern society. This has filtered through to the high street with Gap’s boyfriend blazer and khakis and Abercromie & Finch clothing range aimed at men and women. This androgynous style looks great with women in three piece suits and their hair slicked back and even Kanye West has performed on stage recently wearing a woman’s blouse from the Celine range. So this look can transcend all barriers to many different people but I personally feel that this explosion of man cleavage is a step to far.



I usually don’t hate on anybody for their style choices because everybody has their individuality or reasons for being sartorial savvy or not. However and I know that plenty of guys put sweat and long hours in the gym for a great chest but their is no need to have it on display. A t-shirt that is cut down towards your belly button should be a no go area. X-Factor stylists seem to be keen on this fad and the general public have taken to it with aplomb especially with the likes of Jersey Shore lending even more inspiration. So whether you have a great chest or not why not accentuate it in a fitted shirt or a crew neck tee and throw a blazer on,trust me it’s tried and tested and that’s not always a bad thing.



Fishing lures?

24 Sep

So as the evenings are starting to shorten and the days become colder, we know Autumn has arrived. This is a lovely season as everything starts to wind down and get ready for the winter ahead. Gorgeous amber light basking us on long relaxing strolls through the countryside. This is also when we change our wardrobes from shorts and linen jackets to heavier chinos and tweeds. So whether your investing in a new tweed blazer or dusting down your trusty vintage, why not think about accessorising your tweed this season to give yourself a little bit of an edge this autumn and winter. So why not go beyond the original pocket square and pop a fishing fly on your lapel and watch it catch fashionistas and bewildered fishermen alike. You can get a variety of fishing lures from any tackle shop ranging from spinning lures to fishing flies. They come in multifarious colours and sizes and will make a loud statement on whichever jacket you decide to pop it on. Here’s some examples on autumn/winter accessorising.


Ted Baker A/W 2012

Farah Vintage Horatio Coat.

available at Salingers Cork.