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Street Style: March 18th

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

Like every other season, it’s about the little details. Think of a wine tasting…one doesn’t go in and down each and every glass, right? Savor style too. There are more options for men then ever in the realm of fashion and shoes are not to be understated. To go with the rolled pant look, these featured kicks bring a plain tee and jeans to a whole different level. GQ Magazine recently featured these in their March issue and we’d like to bring them to you in case you missed it.
 Photographs by Tommy Ton

 Photographs by Tommy Ton

Photographs by Tommy Ton
Oh what to say about these! Traditional loafers with a kick (no pun intended…well maybe) transitioned into spring with no socks or at least a no-sock look. The bags in this wonderful photograph also point at the importance of the details in accessories–a woodland inspired plaid bag, a canvas messenger, and again, the rolled jeans. And what about toting your cufflinks? Our brand new Mini Travel box will do the job for under $50.
Photographs by Tommy TonPhotographs by Tommy Ton
And don’t forget/be afraid to sprinkle a little white in the mix!
Photographs by Tommy TonPhotographs by Tommy Ton
Wow, so this photo may not be the largest/best quality, but the brown shoes with the cropped blue pants are worth taking a look (not to mention his model “friend”). Because black and brown are not friends normally in the fashion world, or at least the high end runway world, this guy pulls off the blue to brown beautifully. Try it.
Photographs by Tommy Ton of GQ MagazinePhotographs by Tommy Ton of GQ Magazine
RED pops of colors! Need we say more? The two look ultra stylish at a cafe, reminiscent of 50s Chicago, mixed with avant-garde Paris, and a little Bronx action in the hat choices.

Photographs by Tommy Ton

A Little This, Little That: 6 Ways to Stay Looking Good

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

What are six ways to stay looking fresh and maximize your personal appearance? We’ve taken some tips from Askmen.com and put them all together in a grand stew, churned them out, and here we have some top tips for you to mull over:

Tan
And we’re not talking Jersey Shore here men. Just something light and simple, so your blue veins aren’t showing underneath your translucent skin. Try Jergen’s Tinted Moisturizing Lotion that will give you a natural looking tan in about three days. Apply it all over the body after the shower, just lie you would any other lotion, but make sure to thoroughly wash your hands afterwards…if you don’t, you’ll have little orange stains in the crevices of knuckles, in between fingers, etc.

Bermuda 10 Cent Lily Cufflinksif you can’t afford a trip to Bermuda right now, try a tanning bed and these Bermuda 10 Cent Lily Cufflinks

If you have a big nose, part your hair to one side. Of course this only works if you have long-ish hair or enough to at least part. But parting it to one side minimizes the ultra-symmetrical look that highlights your rather large nose and doesn’t put it in the spot light so readily.

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Grow a beard. It makes a small chin and facial structure look more masculine. (And use facial hair to define a round face)

Wear colors that complement your eyes (i.e. if you have blue eyes, go for light blue shirts. Green…green sweaters, accessories.)

Blue Textured Collared Shirt, Daniel DolceBlue Textured Collared Shirt, Daniel Dolce

Chew Whitening Gum after meals. Yes, you heard right. Chewing whitening gum can release/get rid of some of that plaque or grim around teeth after meals. Just make sure it’s sugar-free, because it kind of defeats the purpose if it’s not. And it will add some whitening shine to your 60 watt smile.

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Change your razor blades regularly. All that bacteria builds up between the blades and goes right back on your skin in the next use. Shaving also reduces a minimal top layer of skin, so by adding extra bacteria to that new skin, you’re just asking for trouble. Buy extra packs of blades and switch out every week (or four to eight shaves).

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The Work Bag: Fashion 2012

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

 

GQ.com recently featured a collection of must-have bags for fall 2012. But we’re thinking in terms of a more transitional fashion sense, like from winter to spring. Taking inspiration from GQ writer Matthew Sebra, we’re proud to feature the coolest, most functional bags this season (and next). The best part is, the all seem to be made impeccably, and many are classics, ensuring your purchase won’t be short lived.

Here are the Best Bags from New York Fashion Week:

Nothing is better than a beat-up, vintage inspired rucksack (nothing beside, let’s say, cufflinks of course…) This season we’ll be seeing a lot of canvas/wool blends mixed with leather accents. The great thing about this is it keeps the weight of the bag on the lower scale.

Richard Chai Fall Collection 2012

Richard Chai Fall Collection 2012

Simon Spurr Fall Collection 2012Simon Spurr Fall Collection 2012

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Fun, playful, and still latching onto Spring and Summer, these no-hassle, yet elegant, totes from John Bartlett are perfect for the seasonal transition. It came go to the office, as well as the beach, and we love the little details consisting of red and white stripes. Reminds us of our own fun accessory we like to call the Red Mint Cufflink

Red Starlight Mint Cufflinks

Red Starlight Mint Cufflinks

John Bartlett Fall 2012 Collection

John Bartlett Fall Collection 2012

As we reported in our earlier blog, entitled Three Designers We Adore,” Joseph’s Abboud’s fall collection is stunning. He may even take the prize for NYC Fashion Week’s Best Runway show (in our book anyways). And as always, pair Abboud’s collection with anything from Aymara this fall season. The juxtaposition of light airy Butterfly Cufflinks and sturdy canvas bags will fit the aesthetic season.

Joseph Abboud Fall Collection 2012Joseph Abboud Fall Collection 2012

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Michael Bastian Fall Collection 2012Michael Bastian Fall Collection 2012

Bastian’s collection also made our blog pages last fall, featuring orange James Dean inspired looks. Remember our “Fall Trend Report 2011: Numero Dos”? Now we couldn’t help feature his 70s meets French Decadence inspired bag for this year’s new Fall collection. And pair this decadent bag with these Chainsaw cufflinks:

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Three Designers We Adore: NYC Fashion Week 2012

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

 

 

Todd Snyder

At first glance, one notices similarities in this line and Gilded Age for fall. But rest assured, they are very different. One thing to notice is the rolled up pants in several designers’ shows (we’ve also seen it in the last post about Alexander McQueen, Burberry, and Armani). Todd Snyder’s line shows up yet another way to pair this “rolled up pant look” with an outdoorsy flair, albeit another layered one, with pops of unexpected color, like rustic orange, in between the browns, greys, and khaki colors.

Todd Snyder, Fall 2012Todd Snyder, Fall 2012

Vintage Orange Italian Silk Pocket SquareVintage Orange Italian Silk Pocket Square

What we love: the working man’s boots, layered cardigans, rolled up fitted pants, fur lined coats, fingerless gloves (especially in olive green) coupled with a simple beret. All amount to one sexy, effortless look for fall.

Todd Snyder, Fall Fashion Week 2012Todd Snyder, Fall Fashion Week 2012

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Joseph Abboud

GQ Reports: “In his first fall collection for Joseph Abboud, newly-enlisted designer Bernardo Rojo goes in for the kill. First up, details, lots of them: flecked wool and houndstooth trousers, slick Glen plaid and flannel suits with wide lapels, luxe trucker and cruiser jackets, chunky turtlenecks and cable knits, and one well-groomed mohair suit jacket. These unlikely combinations mingled with equally curious colors, from pinkish brown to you-stay-classy burgundy to winter white. Blended together, it all became a two-pronged look: one part super-fly businessman, one part tree-chopping outdoorsman.”

Joseph Abboud, The Details for fall 2012

Joseph Abboud, The Details for fall 2012

Joseph Abboud, Fall 2012 Fashion WeekJoseph Abboud, Fall 2012 Fashion Week

Gilded Age

This upcoming fall season, Gilded Age (GA), it seems to be all about layering (well of course) and the mixing of textures. In this ultra modern, yet throw back to the 90s with a nod to sophistication, GA sends a rough, refined message to viewers (and wearers). We Love: the well-worn leather jackets, chunky sweaters, layered fabrics and textures, soft leather boots without adornments, and pops of unexpected color on hemlines.

Gilded Age, Fall Runway Show 2012Gilded Age, Fall Runway Show 2012

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GQ Reports: “Racing stripes were subtly woven into scarves and sweaters and the subdued, dusty grays and blues used throughout ensured this season stay on the softer side of chopper culture.” So that’s the unexpected color pops we love?

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Gilded Age, Fall 2012

Strange State Laws in the USA

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

 

 

 

Think America is progressive in its judicial system? Well some of its State Laws are still stuck in the 1790s. Which state bans tattoos? Which state bans “bob” hair cuts for school teachers? In which state do one armed piano players have to play for free? Find out here for some good laughs:

Alabama

1. It is illegal to sell peanuts in Lee County after sundown on Wednesday.
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2. You may not have an ice cream cone in your back pocket at any time.

3. Men who deflower virgins, regardless of age or marital status, may face up to five years in jail.
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Iowa
Piano Keys, Onyx and Mother of Pearl CufflinksOne-armed piano players must play for free? Piano Keys, Onyx and Mother of Pearl Cufflinks

1. A man with a moustache may never kiss a woman in public.
2. One-armed piano players must perform for free.
3. City Domain law in Iowa: The “Ice Cream Man” and his truck are banned.

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Oklahoma

1. It is illegal for the owner of a bar to allow anyone inside to pretend to have sex with a buffalo.
2. People who make “ugly faces” at dogs may be fined and/or jailed.

Oklahoma City Thunder Cufflinks

Oklahoma City Thunder Cufflinks

3. Tattoos are banned. (Repealed, Effective 11/1/2006. Tattoos are now legal in Oklahoma!)
4. Tissues are not to be found in the back of one’s car.
5. It is illegal to wear your boots to bed.

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Topeka, Kansas

1. No one may sing the alphabet on the streets at night.

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New York
1. The penalty for jumping off a building is death.

West Virginia
1. For each act of public swearing a person shall be fined one dollar.
2. Roadkill may be taken home for supper.
3. Huntington, WV : It is legal to beat your wife so long as it is done in public on Sunday, on the courthouse steps.
4. Nicholas County, WV: No member of the clergy is allowed to tell jokes or humorous stories from the pulpit during a church service.

Arkansas

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1. A law provides that school teachers who bob their hair will not get a raise.
2. A man can legally beat his wife, but not more than once a month.
3. Fayetteville, AR: It is illegal to kill “any living creature”.
4. It is unlawful to walk one’s cow down Main Street after 1:00 PM on Sunday.