Category: Fashion

Secrid Miniwallet v. Jimi wallet: woyal wallet wumble

I hate fat wallets, and I cannot lie. And I don’t want to end up like this guy:

This is why, a few years ago, I started using a Jimi wallet. A slim, hard plastic card wallet billed as ‘The wallet for people who hate wallets’, the Jimi wallet won’t be to everyone’s taste. What you gain in svelteness of wallet, you lose in… well, it’s hard plastic. If you’re used to leather, the Jimi wallet could feel a bit tacky. You also lose the compartment where you store your money. That’s not a big deal to me as I tend to carry it loose, but I appreciate that for others this is the raison d’etre for having a wallet.

Anyway, my Jimi boy has been on its last legs for a few months now. The plastic fold that acts as a hinge has half-torn, and I managed to snap off half of a piece of its innards, which means I have a jagged piece of plastic about to slice my fingers every time I open it up.

I got some good usage out of my Jimi wallet, and I was quite prepared to buy another one (albeit perhaps in a snazzier colour than the original, which was black). However, it seems they’re a bit harder to get hold of in the UK these days, and I wasn’t inclined to pay for international shipping. So I started researching alternatives, which is how I encountered the Secrid range – and after one look at the Secrid Miniwallet’s whizzy card release mechanism, I was pretty much sold. At the time of writing I’ve owned it for about three weeks, and am thus far very happy with it.

Secrid is a Dutch brand whose wallets all contain an aluminium RFID card protector (one of the wallets even contains two of them). They call this feature, enigmatically, the Cardprotector. The Cardprotector is intended to prevent your RFID cards – that is, travel passes, chipped debit/credit cards, etc – from being read when they shouldn’t be. The card release mechanism means you can eject your cards and select the one you want to use at any particular time.

For anyone else wondering about the pros and cons of a Secrid Miniwallet versus a Jimi wallet, here are my findlings. I’ve compared them on price, size, style, bouncebackability, durability and capacity.

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Socks

socks poem

SOCKS
They shield your feet, make you feel real neat
SOCKS
They cushion your shoes, take away the blues
SOCKS
With some buttons and thread, you can give them both heads
SOCKS
Need a holder for your phone? It’s already sewn
SOCKS
If you need to drain rice, a sock will suffice
SOCKS
Having grapes for lunch? A sock can carry a bunch
SOCKS
Put one on each ear, winter holds no fear
SOCKS
Absorb your tears when you weep, as you go to sleep
SOCKS

 

Jupiter believe it! WeWood Jupiter watch review

WeWood JupiterMy review of the WeWood Date watch is the post that consistently drives the most traffic to this here domain. Didn’t plan it that way, but there we are. The WeWood folk got in touch recently to ask me to try out another model. This is a quick look at it; for a more in-depth look at WeWood, check out my earlier review.

This time I tried the WeWood Jupiter. It’s a dual dial affair with a more modern feel than the Date. It’s probably the WeWood that would appeal to the kind of folk who like things like Tokyoflash watches, although the Jupiter does have the slight advantage of actually allowing you to tell the time without making your brain jump through hoops.

The Jupiter flaunts the WeWood brand a little more than my other watch. It’s in a nice subtle way though, with the brand name below the face and a little ‘WW’ logo above it.

Over to my official photographer now, who I shall be firing imminently.

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DISHERMEN! Fishy fitties from Hastings have us angling for their winkles!

Thank rod for Dishermen!Brrr! It’s cold out there! If you’re anything like the team here at Stuart Waterman Towers, nothing warms your winter-ravaged heart like a collection of cuties oozing hot warm hunkiness into your eyes. In which case – stay reading, because have we got a treat for you!

You might think man-foxes only started to exist when R-Gos strutted out of his mum’s womb, but listen up, girls. It turns out swoonsome chaps have been out there tickling loins for at least seventy years!

Take this collection of black and white beef on show during our recent trip to Hastings Fisherman’s Museum. These dishermen were breaking shells – and hearts –  before you’d even sipped your first babyccino!

Ready to climb onboard our totty trawler?

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Marks and Spencers boxer shorts review

M&S boxer shorts

My review of some Marks and Spencers boxer shorts went down rather well on The Twitter, so I might as well preserve it here before M&S nobble my account or something. Click the image below to see the whole review embiggened.

Marks and Spencers boxer shorts 5-star review

Waterman’s WeWood watch weview

WeWoodWhen I was umming over whether to indulge in my purchase of a WeWood watch (which I spotted at jorgandolif.com, via Katie Lee’s Tumblr) I was frustrated that there weren’t many reviews online that went beyond press release levels of detail. So I thought I’d “fill” that “niche” in case anyone else goes a-searchin’.

I don’t like status symbolic, wrist-obscuring watches whose faces are bigger than my own actual face. The main reason for this is that I’m the owner of puny girl wrists, and I don’t really need them to look any punier or girlier.

However, I have been looking for a new watch that possesses a modicum* of funkiness for a while.

(*”Modicum” in this context: enough funk for it to look “a bit different”; not so much that you need to apply a new set of mental processes to read the time.)

When I encountered WeWood watches – elegant unisex timepieces crafted from actual wooden wood – I had to immediately weigh up the pros and cons of shelling out for a piece of bark to wear on my wrist.

Pros:

1. Lovely
2. Different
3. Face not bigger than my actual face
4. “Environmentally friendly”, in that they’re made from reclaimed floorboards and the company supposedly (I mean, definitely) plants a new tree for each watch sold

Cons:

1. Likelihood that there’s probably a rather good reason watches haven’t been manufactured from wood for the last forever
2. Actually, con no.1 is probably worth 2 points
3. Wackiness factor; if I met someone wearing a wood watch I would almost definitely sneer inwardly, if not outwardly. Unsure whether sneer would come from a place of jealousy or from the place that sees me grimace at females who struggle around with impractically large handbags
4. Increased risk of wrist fire

In the end, pros 1 & 2 predictably held out over flimmy flammy practical concerns.

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