Magnises! The new exclusive members-only perks card you’ve been waiting for!

Magnises, the next best thing for exclusive members-only perks! It’s another new black card that is supposedly being used to gain great and exclusive rewards that Magnises itself offers to its clients. It’s a metallic card so it feels more expensive and exclusive than the basic plastic card you probably currently carry.

The way the card works is that you fill out an online membership application, and if accepted into the club, you will get your own personalized metal Magnises card. Then your next step is to stop by their townhouse located at Abington Square to activate the card by connecting/linking it with your current card. The way that happens is by extending the magnetic signature of your personal card to your new Magnises card. Once that happens, you are ready to use their new metal card, the same way you use your regular everyday card. By linking the cards together you do not lose or change anything that currently exists on your accounts. The bill stays the same, your current rewards stay the same, but now you will receive the added exclusive perks that you otherwise wouldn’t have.

According to the Magnises website, these ultra-exclusive perks include “securing reservations and receiving top-tier treatment at restaurants throughout the city. Shop and experience special unveilings and service at some of NYC’s best luxury boutiques. Get automatic upgrades and premium service at top hotels around town. Ride in style with our hand-picked drivers. Receive access and recommendations to many of the most fun venues across the city, and attend cocktail parties, dinners, concerts, art openings, and other unique events hosted by Magnises.”

All these perks do not come free, there is a $250 annual fee if given membership. Much like great rewards and exclusivity cards that include AMEX, and the Visa Black Card, in the end, much like everything else in life “you get what you pay for.” The important question and decision is whether the perks justify the price?

Netflix talks price increase

Netflix just announced that it will be soon raising the price of its online streaming service an extra $1-$2 per month from the current $7.99 monthly rate. The exact rate increase is still being discussed and decided on by the Netflix corporate executives. This is only for their DVD-less streaming Netflix service. Netflix states that the way the program works is that “For only $7.99 a month, you get unlimited movies & TV episodes instantly over the Internet to your TV or computer. There are no commercials, and you can pause, rewind, fast forward or rewatch as often as you like. It’s really that easy!” We have thousands of movies & TV episodes available to watch instantly right on your TV via a PS3, Wii, Xbox 360 or any other device that streams from Netflix, or to watch instantly on your computer.”

This price increase was previously tested in Ireland when Netflix earlier this year raised prices in Ireland by one Euro, current members though were locked into the €6.99 rate for two years. Netflix has learned a lesson or two about how to communicate pricing changes to customers. In 2011, when the company last announced a price hike, subscribers fled, the stock price sank and Reed Hastings, the company’s CEO, had to apologize to members. So now they are approaching this extremely sensitive topic in another way. According to their statement to shareholders “Our current view is to do a one or two dollar increase, depending on the country, later this quarter for new members only. Existing members would stay at current pricing (e.g. $7.99 in the U.S.) for a generous time period. These changes will enable us to acquire more content and deliver an even better streaming experience.” “We are approaching 50 million global members, but that is far short of HBO’s 130 million. We are eager to close the gap.”

This new rate hike would still keep the price of Netflix under the magic $10 mark, which is sort of the cutoff point for monthly subscriptions. I guess we will just have to see the exact increase when it happens soon. But for now, if you’ve been on the subscription fence about Netflix, maybe it’s time to sign up quickly to see if you can lock in the lower $7.99 monthly rate before the price hike happens.

Samsung Galaxy S5 – The new even better thing is here!

Samsung’s newest smartphone the Galaxy S5 has hit the store shelves at a price of around $650 with no contract, or on most major carriers for $199 with a 2 year service agreement. The new phone is an upgrade from the previous versions of the Galaxy S3, and the S4 models. It is on par and a direct competitor to Apple’s iPhone 5s, and the HTC One M8.

The new S5 features a multitude of new additions and improved hardware and software options. It now boasts a whopping 5.1” FHD Super AMOLED display, also with an upgraded camera which now has 16MP and a new HDR Rich Tone feature that lets you brighten and clear shaded pictures as you take them, while the selective focus feature allows you to focus on an object and blur the rest of the picture, giving a clear and crisp view of the exact item you are snapping.

The new phone runs on Androids new 4.4.2 Kitkat OS, with either a 16GB or 32GB memory option. What is truly unique about this new phone are the extras, first time features. It has an Ultra Power Saving Mode where according to Samsung “this innovative feature changes your screen to black and white and shuts down all unnecessary features to dramatically minimize battery consumption.” Also that it is dust and water resistant and has an IP67 certification. “With an IP67 certification, Galaxy S5 is resistant to sweat, rain, liquids, sand and dust, so your phone is protected for any activity and situation.” But you shouldn’t be going swimming with it any time soon just to be safe. The new Fingerprint scanner can help you unlock your phone instead of the old pattern and pin options, so it’s another cool gadget feature that you might use. However the coolest thing about the phone and an industry first is the Heart Rate Sensor. “Galaxy S5 is the first smart phone with a built-in Heart Rate Sensor which enables you to measure your heart rate directly on your phone.” You just place your finger on the back of the Galaxy S5 and measure your heart rate.

The Galaxy S5 not only uses the newest technology available at its disposal, but also created a new category and trend of smartphones, or in this case ultra-phones. This could be your new one piece of mobile gear that has everything you’d want and need. Not only in a phone but with any piece of technology. Sooner or later the phone will most likely be able to operate and replace most of our readily used items. Most likely sooner though.

Clippers Owner Donald Sterling Banned from NBA for Life!

Adam Silver, the new and recently named Commissioner of the NBA had a tough decision on one of his first days on the job. After a recording of Donald Sterling the owner of the NBA Los Angeles Clippers making extremely racist remarks like this one “”You can sleep with [black people]. You can bring them in, you can do whatever you want. The little I ask you is not to promote it on that … and not to bring them to my games” to his girlfriend V. Stiviano recently surfaced on TMZ and backlash immediately ensued.

Everyone from media outlets to activists to the individual NBA players had a response to the audio tape and the remarks. Now that a decision has been made by Adam Silver and a monumental one it was. Donald Sterling received a lifetime ban from the NBA and was fined $2.5M dollars, the maximum amount allowed under the NBA’s constitution. Adam silver in his press conference stated that “Mr. Sterling may not attend any games or practices, hey may not be present at any Clippers facility, and he may not participate in any business or player personnel decisions involving the team. He will also be barred from attending NBA Board of Governors meetings or participating in any other league activity.” “I will urge the Board of Governors to exercise its authority to force a sale of the team”

Support for the decision of a lifetime ban for Donald Sterling was immediately supported by everyone around the NBA. The LA Clippers posted “WE ARE ONE” on their webpage, and Chris Paul who is the Clippers All-Star point guard and president of the players’ union stated “In response to today’s ruling by the NBA and Commissioner Adam Silver, my teammates and I are in agreement with his decision. We appreciate the strong leadership from Commissioner Silver and he has our full support.”

Other people involved in the NBA like Earvin Magic Johnson and the Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban have taken to Twitter to voice their opinions, and it seems like everyone is in full support of the decision. So the question now is not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when Donald Sterling will be giving up ownership and selling the team.

 

 

GM Bailout results in $11.2B loss!

When the government decided to bailout the US Auto industry it had a vision to save it, not to make a profit. As a result the US government lost $11.2 billion dollars in the bailout of General Motors. The US treasury originally invested $49.5 billion in GM. According to the SIGTARP quarterly report to Congress, $6.7 billion in debt in GM (which was subsequently repaid), in addition to $2.1 billion in preferred stock and a 61% common equity stake. “Treasury sold its last shares in General Motors Company (“GM”) on December 9, 2013.” Separately, on March 20, 2014, Treasury wrote off an $826 million administrative claim in the company’s 2009 bankruptcy, ending all taxpayer involvement with GM.”

We are focusing on the financial losses like it was a business decision by the government to bailout GM when it was the exact opposite. Treasury Department spokesman Adam Hodge said the agency was not looking to make money. “The goal of Treasury’s investment in GM was never to make a profit, but to help save the American auto industry, and by any measure that effort was successful,” he said.

But now the government is again involved with GM, and it’s not in a saving/bailout mood. GM is currently under investigation from the Justice Department and by the SEC for a faulty ignition switch. Which has finally been recalled after it reportedly led to 13 deaths over the years. GM could be on the hook for billions of dollars in damages and the government won’t be jumping in to save them this time. The bailout was to save an industry and its economy, not to reward moral irresponsibility and greed.

Lexus RC-F Sport – the next chapter in luxury coupes!

Lexus just unveiled its new sport coupe. The new RC 350 F Sport. It features a 5 liter V8 engine boasting a whopping 450 horsepower under the hood. Kind of a not so hidden secret. Mostly it just looks mean and aggressive. Right up front is its unique mesh grill looking like an angry and pissed off automobile that just wants to tear the roads apart. It can surely do that with its 19 inch mesh alloy wheels. The interior instrument panel is the Lexus modern centerpiece. Featuring a moving center ring to give a race car feel to the drive, and with 450HP, racing is what you will be tempted to do.

The interior of the car is inspired by their LF-A  supercar, which in it’s own right has a 4.8L V10 engine giving off 562 horsepower and a futuristic racecar feel and design. This is their ultra-exclusive street legal super coupe that is a direct competitor to the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche.

The RCF model will be competing for market share with other high end sports coupes, only this ride should be much more fun and comfortable. Lexus is known for having smooth rides, and why not? Having 450hp beneath your feet should be not only exhilarating and enjoyable, it should be comfortable enough to drive cross country and not regret the trip.

Macy’s Trending for Spring/Summer 2014

The newest fashion trends for the spring and summer are bright colors, and relaxing styles. Colored loafers are back in season, so are casual oxfords and boat shoes. These new styles show an image of cool and casual because now the code of “dressed to impress” consists of shorts and a seersucker blazer. Also new light materials are being shown off to give breathability to your everyday clothing by featuring very light and airy fabrics with colors and patterns you would see on a holiday trip to the Hamptons, Miami, or Italy. There is absolutely nothing missing from these styles to back up your globe-trotting and high end lifestyle, except for maybe a beautiful female by your side. But that might be an option that will come later, after the clothes are worn and observed.

Trending now are the brighter pastel colored shorts, polo’s and blazers with a weekend casual vibe. The top designers who are already showing off their casual spring and summer collections are Hugo Boss, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Lacoste, Tallia, and Nautica. Each has its own style, however the most uniquely designed piece is the Hugo Boss blazer with zipper shoulder sleeves which can be taken off and made into a vest. So with Hugo Boss, whether it’s chilly or hot the same blazer can be used and worn in a multitude of ways. Casual formal with the full blazer, rocker-hip with the sleeves unzipped to form a vest, or just with a t-shirt in both scenarios. Spring is in the air and summer is coming. Bright cool colors and fabrics are going to be all over the streets soon, so why not get your jump on the seasons fashion now? Don’t be a follower, be the trendsetter this season!

A change at Rolex, but not with the watch!

Well it’s time for a change at Rolex. Not with the aesthetic of the actual watches, but with the top of the executive committee. Newly appointed CEO Jean-Frederic Dufour will become head of Rolex, and replace Gian Riccardo Marini. The date is still to be determined, but the fact is that it’s happening. Stealing Dufour away from LVMH – Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy watch brand Zenith in an attempt to capture more global market share.

The company currently faces increased pressure from the Swatch group and Cie. Financière Richemont, who together with Rolex make up about 46 percent of the world timepiece’s sold by value. However it does lack behind Swatch in various markets that include China, so there might be the reason for this new executive.

What makes this so interesting is that Rolex is already one of the top luxury watch sellers in the world, generating estimated sales of about $5 billion dollars. Since the company is privately held they do not disclose their financial information. Chances are that their classic and world renowned Rolex designs won’t change, they just might update their younger more affordable “Tudor” brand. Tudor is now only gaining more market share compared to other median priced competitors’ products like Longines, which is made by Swatch.

In the end, Rolex itself doesn’t need to change much, they just have to adapt a little to the new trends and markets. That should do the trick, and a new CEO can give them that fresh perspective on the minute details which can be so complex (like with a Rolex).

Pepsi – from soda to fashion and beyond!

When we think of Pepsi, what comes to mind? Probably cola, soda, maybe the Superbowl, even sporting events and sponsorship’s. But is fashion and clothing anywhere in that ballpark? Well it should be, because Pepsi on its website does sell its own vintage clothing for both men, women, and also novelty items such as cups and shot glasses. Also home décor items such as lamp shades, tin and wooden signs. So you can decorate your space with the soda you love. As long as they aren’t selling or auctioning off tattoo’s or child naming rights it’s all fine.

But now Pepsi ventured forth into the fashion industry with their Pepsi capsule collection. The capsule collection will feature 60 pieces, such as men’s T-shirts, zip-up jackets, swim trunks, headphones, baseball caps, sweatshirts, leather sneakers, slippers and skateboards.

Collaborating with fashion and technology brands that include: Bang & Olufsen, Original Penguin, Shut, Gents, Goodlife and Del Toro to launch a “Live for Now” capsule collection on May 21 at 15 select Bloomingdale’s stores and e-commerce sites. The only guideline Pepsi really had for the designers, according to WWD, was that all pieces of the collection had to display Pepsi’s red, white and blue color palette.

So it will be interesting to see how each company interprets the Pepsi brand and image when the only direction they have to go by is using the red, white and blue colors in their designs. This is surely the epitome of originality. “You have free range, just use our brand’s colors.” Sure sounds like a great and creative project to have waiting for you on your desk Monday morning.

Barneys Launches New iPad App – for all you shopaholics!

Barneys just launched their new online shopping platform for the iPad, a new shopping app. Its online shopping, but on the go, part of the progressive mobile technology. You don’t have to sit by a computer anymore to search the items you like. Barneys now comes with you wherever you may be heading.

You can do almost anything you would do at the brick and mortar luxury retailer. You want to search for shoes, you can get shoes, dresses, you can get dresses, and you could also search the most bought items to see what fashions are trending. It can also show you related items, things which would fit with what you already want to buy (placed in your cart). So no more asking the salesperson “what top do you think would go good with these shoes? The app can show you that with one click.

But for shoppers that prefer the personalized treatment that a Barneys Personal Shopper offers, the recommendations and the one-on-one individualized attention to your own sense of style. The Barneys iPad App lets you book an appointment with a personal shopper, tell them what you are looking for and when you are coming in. It takes the hassle out of looking for a salesperson at the store, or trying to reach someone to get that desperately needed appointment. Just choose the person, the date and the time and it’s all set. No labor intensive work needed. It’s shopping and retail for the modern age. Online, and on the go, but with a personal touch too.

Maserati strikes U.S. luxury car market!

Jumping into the mass luxury automobile market is Maserati. Considered one of the fine Italian supercars and imports, it has begun to take a chunk out of the high end sedan and sports coupe markets in the U.S. Still predominantly controlled by Mercedes-Benz and BMW, Maserati with its Quattroporte, a full sized sedan and the Ghibli, a midsized sedan now gives an extra ultra-luxury option to whomever feels the need to own an Italian automobile that has its own status symbol.

Its new marketing campaign is named “Absolute Opposite of Ordinary” and celebrates the launch of the new Ghibli model with a special Quattroporte Zegna Limited Edition, it’s the perfect way to unveil the luxury effect of its product line.

Their 2014 SuperBowl XLVIII commercial started the TV campaign titling it “Now we Strike.” Their current model line features four models that include The Quattroporte, the Ghibli, The Gran Tourismo – their sports coupe model and the Gran Tourismo Convertible. The MSRP prices are in the ranges of $67,000 – $147,500 depending on the model chosen.

This is comparable to the majority of the high end luxury car brands, with the only difference being that this one is Italian and is more of an exclusive brand that will surely grab everyone’s attention. Tons of people already own the Mercedes-Benz S Class sedan, the SL sports coupe or the BMW 7-Series sedan or the 6-series coupe which now also features a sedan version. But saying and driving a Maserati is a little different. It’s the difference between playing on a sports team, and being the captain of one.

What to Wear to a Funeral

It happens, and most times suddenly. Oh well, its part of life and we all in some way have to deal with it and also support others with their bereavements.  In this newest installment of the What to Wear series, we confront arguably the simplest sartorial quandary a man can face: what to wear on the tragic occasion when he must attend a funeral.  We call this simple because the answer to the problem is, at first glance, fairly straightforward.

A funeral is perhaps the only occasion in which a FashionMR can get away with wearing a black suit during the daytime.  Black is the color of mourning, and is the ideal outer garb for attending the solemn marking of another person’s passing.  Moreover, a funeral is a formal affair.  We must remain solemn and respectful in recognition of the seriousness of death.  Combine these two factors and you begin to realize why the black suit is the ideal funeral piece.  Moreover, the pairing of a white shirt and a black tie with the suit make further sense.  The combination of black and white is stark, bold, crisp, bringing the seriousness of the occasion into sharp relief.

However, not every FashionMR has a black suit in their closet.  Beyond funerals, black is not a versatile suit color, and outside of funerals, it is a bad color to wear during the day.  Therefore, in lieu of a black suit, we recommend that you dress as formally as you can manage, in colors as dark as you can find.  If you have a navy blue suit, that will serve; a charcoal gray shirt is fine as well.  Above all else, keep your wardrobe simple and sober.  Funerals are not the time for bold patterns or bright colors.  You must recognize the quietude and the softness that comes of a person passing from this world.

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JOSEPH_ABBOUD BLACK MULTI STRIPE

You can purchase this for $495 from Men’s Wearhouse 

Michael Kors and Luxottica ink 10 year licensing deal!

Michael Kors, a world-renowned, award-winning designer of luxury accessories and ready-to-wear. Luxottica, a global leader in premium, luxury and sports eyewear, have just announced a 10 year licensing agreement. This partnership will enable Luxottica to produce the fashion eyewear for the Michael Kors collection, and MICHAEL, the Michael Kors line of eyewear. Beginning with the Spring 2015 collections to be produced January 2015, the new licensed eyewear will be carried around the globe in Michael Kors stores, department stores and major retailers and boutiques.

Luxottica already produces their own sunglasses lines that include Ray-Ban, Oakley, and Oliver Peoples. While their licensed brands are the cream of the crop with names like  Giorgio Armani, Bulgari, Burberry, Chanel, Coach, Dolce & Gabbana, Donna Karan, Polo Ralph Lauren, Prada, and Versace.

Each side is looking forward to the arrangement and being fortunate to be able to expand their own brand presence. According to the news release on the Michael Kors website, “We have achieved great success in the eyewear business and believe that our new partnership will further enhance our luxury image in the optical and sunglass marketplace,” said John D. Idol, CEO of Michael Kors. “Luxottica is the industry leader in eyewear through their commitment to design and quality which makes them the perfect partner for our luxury brand.” Luxottica stated that “We are very excited and proud to be entering this new partnership with Michael Kors, one of the most powerful American luxury lifestyle brands in the world,” said Andrea Guerra, Chief Executive Officer of Luxottica Group. “Michael Kors has a major influence in fashion, with products that are exciting to luxury audiences globally. We are confident that this partnership will have great success.”

It’s a ten year agreement, so it’s not a short term test or a single date between two industries, it’s a long term relationship that can and should have substantial financial and brand benefits to both. We will just have to see how this relationship turns out.

Style Dilemma: Tie Width

FashionMisters growing in their sartorial expertise can find it difficult to navigate through the trends of the fashion world.  As has been said, fashion and style are different things, the former more fleeting, the latter more permanent, the former more corporatized, the latter more personal.  It should be a gentleman’s goal to develop his own sense of style, informed but not dictated by the whims of fashion.  You must develop a personal style you can carry with you all your life.  To that end, we want to address the issue of necktie width, which has been in flux for some time now.

Since its invention more than 200 years ago, the necktie has waxed and waned according to tastes.  In the latter half of the 19th Century, it was exceptionally narrow so that it might be more easily tied by the masses who adopted it in place of the cravat.  Through the early decades of the 20th Century, ties widened considerably as they became home to elaborate designs and wild decoration.  In the 1950’s, ties narrowed in response to the slim suiting of the period, and they continued to narrow until the late 60’s, where they then widened, and stayed wide through the 70’s.  In the 1980’s, ties widened again, though a brief period of extremely skinny ties came and went.  Wide ties persisted through the 1990’s and the first decade of the 21st Century, until around 2008 when the world of fashion went through another phase of slim tailoring such as we saw in the 50’s; neckties narrowed once more.

The exhaustive history of necktie width should be a sufficient primer on how fickle the world of fashion can be.  It is difficult for a FashionMR to establish a permanent position on tie width based solely on trends.  What we recommend is to choose your tie width based on proportion.  It should be your own body, and the other clothes you wear, that determine how wide your ties are, not whatever appears in the latest runway show.  If you are a tall and slender gentleman, you’ll want to wear your ties slim.  If you are shorter and huskier, a wider tie will better suit your build.  The neutral tie width is between 3 and 3 1/2 inches, so those with average or athletic builds will want to reside there.  It is also a good rule of thumb to match the width of your ties to the width of your jacket lapels.  That is a matter of proportion, just like your body shape.  Find clothes that suit you- not a model, not a mannequin.

The the Louis Vuitton passport case

Now that we are officially in the spring season the weather is starting to get warmer, the sun is shining brighter and staying out longer so we are bound to travel a lot more. Where to go is a decision left for another day. While there are thousands of places to visit, it just has to be imagined and planned and realized. But when we travel, how do we travel? Light, heavy, stylish? Do we dress for the environment when we leave or do we just put on our most comfortable pair of pants, shorts and a t-shirt? That usually depends on why we travel and where we are heading. The one item that almost always goes with us is our passport. Sometimes packed inside some thrifty convenient carry case or bag if that even happens. Usually it’s stuffed in our pants or shorts pockets being mauled every time a step is taken or we decide to sit. It might as well be put through a grinder by the time we leave the airport.

Well for the start of travel season we found a perfect and stylish solution to your ID carrying needs. It’s the Louis Vuitton Passport Cover. It’s the go-to piece for anything you need to travel with. Having dimensions of roughly five and a half inches by four inches it has the size you want to carry what you need. With enough space for your passport and three credit card slots you virtually do not need anything else. Available with around ten different options including their Damier Infini leather with a cowhide leather interior to grained calf leather linings and various color combinations that include their cream and gray checkered design as well as their brown and gold checkered patterns and their infamous LV logo. They are able to be customized with Initials and patterns to give that personal touch of comfort and enjoyment of knowing it is yours. When you are paying anywhere between $320 and $550 to carry your passport, credit cards and plane tickets that cover can end up costing more than the actual plane ticket itself. A truly unique item for the modern and trendy on the move, it will show a sense of style when you gladly show it to the flight attendant as you board and take your first class seat. The main difference is your airline ticket will only get you there and back once while your passport case will always take you around the world in style.

The most accurate wrist watch ever assembled!

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Cesium133-prototype

 

If you thought that Swiss watchmakers featured the most precise watch movements, think again. It’s Hawaii! Hawaii’s own Bathys Hawaii Watch Company is in the process of designing, prototyping, and launching a very unique set of “Cesium 133” Atomic wrist watches. The project is currently being funded with a crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter. The project which was asking for $42,000 in funding already has received over $72,000 from 79 backers and there are still about two weeks to go. According to their Kickstarter campaign “The Cesium 133 – the world’s first wristwatch powered by a cesium-based oscillator. This revolutionary technology uses a chip-scale atomic clock (CSAC) to precisely divide a second into exactly 9,192,631,770 vibrations of the cesium 133 atom – in fact this is the scientific definition of a second by the International System of Units (SI).” This would technically be the most precise wristwatch ever, using actual atomic vibrations as a means of time keeping.

The watch’s dial has a pretty simplistic analog design and is a bit over sized as well at around 55mm. However the true technology of the movement is on the inside. Which in watch circles is the most important aspect. The watch aesthetic is only for show. Having a carbon fiber bezel is a little more pleasing to the eye, but saying that you have the most accurate wristwatch ever made is a whole different story.

Of course you can spend thousands, and maybe even hundreds of thousands of dollars on the perfect wristwatch made by famed Swiss watchmakers that include in them a tourbillon, currently considered the most accurate and most expensive movement addition to wristwatches. After Cesium 133, it won’t be the most accurate anymore.

Ask yourself, would you rather have the shiniest watch out there or the most accurate watch ever made? But hurry because the plan for now is to only produce 6-10 of these timepieces as a way of bringing this new technology to market.

Bathys Hawaii - Cesium 133 Atomic Wrist watch (courtesy of John Patterson PhD)
Bathys Hawaii – Cesium 133 Atomic Wrist watch
(courtesy of John Patterson PhD)

 

2014 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show going to LONDON!

Victoria’s Secret, the most popular and most entertaining fashion show heads to London, England for the first time. The show which features “Angels” and A-List celebrity performers is a spectacle of fashion, imagination, and most of all entertainment. The show always includes the who’s who of Hollywood, and understandable considering the beauty that is witnessed.

Victoria’s Secret and the Angels themselves are both extremely excited to be going to London to present their annual the show. This time it is being produced by done and dusted inc. Victoria’s Secret tweeted the news along with CBS who will air the show. While one of the Angels, Adriana Lima wrote “The #VSFashionShow 2014 is coming to London! Get ready!!!”

We are getting ready, in fact we can’t wait for the most popular and entertaining fashion show on the planet. The only million dollar question is how expensive will this year’s bra be and who will wear it?

 

 

High Intensity Interval Training – The craze and the science!

High intensity interval training also known as HIIT is the latest and most popular workout craze to emerge into the spotlight. Every gym has their variety and every personal trainer made their own exercise videos based on its science. The main variations are the workout themes and names of the exercises.

The method – The high intensity workout consists of doing routines at a scale that will ultimately leave your breathless, with a small break in between that is just enough for you to get your wind back. Then doing it all over again. The process is usually a 3 minute routine with a 30 second to a minute break. Just enough time to get that quick rest and jump right back into the workout. The top HIIT workouts are from BeachBody and include staples like P90X, Insanity, and Turbo Fire. The exercises make use of your own body weight as resistance and include moves like squats, pushups, planks, and burpees with jogging recovery in between.

The science – A Hiit workout is different than a regular workout because instead of a steady pace of work, it is now a super-quick interval led pace, followed by a resting time. Then it’s all done again about 5 – 10 times. This workout brings your heart rate up, and keeps it up, making you burn more fat in less time. “A high-intensity workout increases the body’s need for oxygen during the effort and creates an oxygen shortage, causing your body to ask for more oxygen during recovery,” says Eric Salvador, NASM, NSCA, head instructor at The Fhitting Room in New York City. “This after burn effect is referred to as Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption (EPOC) and is the reason why intense exercise will help burn more fat and calories than regular aerobic and steady-state workouts.”

Getting in shape for the summer is every man’s goal every year and is one of the top New Year’s resolutions. The workout do require a commitment like none other. It takes strength, agility, and most of all heart to push yourself to your exercise limits, catch your breath and do it all over again and again and again. But it is all worth it in the end. Nothing great ever comes easy and this is not easy at all so it must be great.    

2014 NYC Auto Show – The New and Hot Cars!

At the 2014 NY INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW we get to experience the thrills of the road and the cars that will occupy them. All models are on display, for every budget. And future cars that will roam the roads soon to come. While every company showed off their top of the line models that most people could not afford, all the major brands had their entire model lines on display. Infiniti showed off their new Q70L, a new upgraded model of their flagship Q line of cars that competes with the other luxury high end auto makers. BMW features its new X5 e-Drive concept SUV. Now giving the ability to plug it in to charge instead of paying for gas. Also showing off their brand new X4 crossover, which is a smaller version of their X6 model. Mercedes-Benz of course blows away the competition with the premier of their S63 AMG Coupe. Because why limit luxury to always having four doors, when you can have everything with just two? Another first is Mercedes-Benz’s Apple “CarPlay” debuting with their upcoming 2015 C-Class models. According to the press release by Mercedes, “Now the company has announced the official completion and release of the iPhone-based solution under the name “CarPlay” which gives iPhone users an incredibly intuitive way to make calls, use maps, listen to music and access messages with just a word or a touch. Fret not, not only Mercedes Benz has advance to this level of technology and collaboration with Apple, Volvo Cars among few others too are advancing their future concept series with this must experience smart technology.

You can walk around, sit inside and get to experience first-hand what it would feel like to own, even if it is for a couple of moments. Just don’t take them for a test drive, or you will get a one way ride to a NYC jail cell. While seeing the latest models is always interesting to say the least, the most unique experience is seeing the exotic cars and the future concept that will be available soon. There are plenty of those from companies like Dodge with their new SRT Viper to the Bentley’s , Bugatti’s, koenigsegg’s, and the Rolls Royce’s.  It’s like being around automotive royalty. You can be so close with proximity and yet be so far financially at the same time. But the best part about the 2014 NY Auto Show is that there is always something for everyone. For the new car shopper that is looking to see next years and future models for when their current lease is up. For the mogul who is looking for the new hottest and best car on the market, and for the kid who just wants to see awesome cars that they see on TV and at the movies. It’s an experience for all, the buyer, the child and your chance to bond with both family and machine.  While we were privileged to have previewed  as VIPs, you too can catch a glimpse of the New York International Auto Show showing from April 18th-27th, 2014.  Certainly, you will be inspired and perhaps be perplexed and anxious [ all at the same time] as to which would be your next ride.

Match a Watch to Your Lifestyle and Personality

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You see a nice watch, it has all these random buttons or rampant designs, and you have no idea what they’re meant for or how to use them. Well have no fear my fashionmister. I am going to tell you which watches match your personality in a three part series, starting with the athletes.

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Divers, Pilot, or Chronograph

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The Divers watch, also known as the Marine watch. Made to withstand the pressure of deep sea diving. I don’t recommend jumping in the ocean and swimming down 2000 meters to see if it actually works.

Most Divers watches come with the basics:

•Water resistant, in case you get caught in the rain while on your jog, or in case you leave it on as you get thrown in a pool.
•A unidirectional rotating bezel, (which deals with timing of oxygen tanks, only certified divers need apply)
•Nearly all feature a glow-in-the-dark face, yes glow-in-the-dark.

Get yourself one if you’re more concerned about function than style (not that some aren’t stylish), or more specifically, if you’re the type of person that spends weekends running triathlons.

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The Pilot watch, also known as the Aviator watch, which is a more attractive and sophisticated name for it. Ideally designed to meet your navigational needs of aviation. The Aviator is capable of performing all calculations of a flight plan. A ridiculous feature for a watch because I’m sure all planes have this covered. I guess you could entertain yourself while sitting on your team flight to your next game.

The aviator features:

•Many have large, easy to read display
•Some provide the time for up to one or two time zones.
•Longer wristbands, if you decide to wear it over your jacket like a World War II pilot

What makes the Aviator watch stand out is its flat black background, making it easy to read for those of you who spend countless seconds trying to tell time.

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The Chronograph watch, built for Olympic stars or gym teacher across America. The Chronograph is simply a stopwatch with an elegant band, in order to keep it on your wrist, you know. The extra sub-dials, or for you laymen out there the buttons along the side of the watch are used to start, stop, and reset like a stopwatch, otherwise it runs like a normal watch.

Some of the features of the Chronograph include:

•Stopwatch capabilities
•Days of the of the week
•Telemeter, which can track distance. Very complicated stuff

If you’re constantly timing everything or want to see how fast you can run a mile, don’t waste any time (see what I did there?), and go get yourself the Chronograph.

Match a Watch to Your Lifestyle and Personality, part two

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Business, Semi-formal/Formal, or Luxury watches

The Business watch, let’s hope the Fashion gods have graced you with a job that grants you the opportunity of wearing a suit to work, and if so, you’ll want to wear a business watch. You can identify this type watch by it’s silver or leather strap, and simplistic or better yet minimalistic appearance. Trust me, in business it’s better to be simple than flashy, your watch should match your understated suit so as to not take away from you bright ideas. If you’re the type of person that wears Brooks Brothers’ suits, schmoozes clients, and flirts with secretaries then get yourself business watch. Preferably a self-winding or automatic watch, you won’t need to wind the mechanism, that way you’re free to obsess about market fluctuations.

The Semi-Formal/Formal Watch is the watch you’ll need if you’re fancy and you know, and you really want to show it. I see you with your tux on. Do you have a wedding to go to, or you just got tickets to the theatre? Well the best way to top off that penguin suit is a formal watch. What does semi-formal even mean, yet alone a semi-formal watch? Let me tell you that it implies that you have some formal elements mixed in with some casual elements, in this specific case the type of watch you’ll be wearing. That watch should be on the high-end of the market. A diamond watch, in particular, is a functional piece of jewelry that will dress up any outfit. A diamond watch, is one of those watches with the diamond where twelve is supposed to be, and just as the diamond stands out, so will you.

The Luxury Watch—if money is no object, and you’re simply a person that must have the best of the best, then a Luxury watch is the only clear choice for you, my good sir. At times ascribed as Haute Horlogerie, luxury watches are usually reserved for collectors and watch connoisseurs, but I personally don’t ascribe to those beliefs. If you appreciate expert watch mechanisms and exquisite handcrafted complications that are enclosed in first-class materials and precious gems, then I’m pretty sure you already have a Luxury watch. But if you’re like me and could care less about the inner-workings of a watch. You just like it cause it’s nice. Get yourself one, you deserve it. You may know a few names like: Rolex, Movado, but some unfamiliar names, and yet more extravagant and expensive are Jean Dunand or Breguet watches. Check them out when you get a chance.

2014 Summer Must Haves!

Now that summer is just around the corner, we have come up with the 5 summer must haves that every guy should have this year. The list is not only about clothes, it’s about the main things that will make this summer season one to remember. Of course clothing is a big part of summer but so are the experiences.

So here are your summer must haves in order to make the best of what the season has to offer.

The Clothes – You have to get some new summer shorts and also a few t-shirts to brighten up during the day. Along with of course a pair of swim trunks. How can summer be enjoyed and not at the beach?

The Accessories – Every season new sunglasses come out and so should yours. It’s the perfect season for shades. The sun is shining in your eyes, and you don’t want to wear a hat. Also you can people watch without them knowing and it adds that cool trendy factor.

The Protection – Oh this is a need for all people. You probably will get burned if you go outside. So have some sunscreen with you. Not that historic cream, but a spray on sunscreen that no one knows you’re wearing. You don’t have to sacrifice skin care for style.

The Body – Getting into shape should be a priority. Everyone wants to have that beach body. Having nice biceps, a chiseled chest and what everyone dreams of, washboard abs. It will make you look better, be more attractive and build confidence. Mainly it will be a major advantage with the last must have on our list.

The Fling – The best thing about summer are the females. All slim and tanned, wearing low cut skirts, see through shirts and looking for fun just like you. So this summer a must have is the relationship. Even if it will undoubtedly end in a few months you should still enjoy them. And no better way to enjoy summer than with beautiful lady by your side.

Instead of people watching in the summer to see what is out there, be the guy that other want to see. Make everyone else people watch you! Let someone come up to you and ask if you believe in love at first sight? The reply by asking if you should walk by again.

 

Are we ready for Y4K? The TV trend!

Are we ready for Y4K? Not on the calendar, the TV revolution. Just when you were so excited about your new LCD and Plasma HD screen, brought it home, set it up, turned on your favorite channel and saw a commercial for an LED TV. Slimmer with a better motion refresh rate. So now things were faster, less blurry and clearer. “Damn” were probably the nice words that came out of your mouth followed by a look at the return policy to see if you can get your money back and buy the newest TV out right now. Well that’s how fast technology moves these days, you buy the hottest item in the store, bring it home and something newer just came out or is being tested.

With TV’s it’s no different, Samsung, along with Sony, Sharp and LG, some of the leading TV brands are constantly innovating the modern HD TV’s, making them better, faster and more fun. What started with Plasma screens, became slimmer LCD screens, then evolved into lighter, slimmer, with better quality LED screens. Going from the high tech 720P resolution, to a 1080i, then to 1080P what we now know as full HD. How fast a picture changes on the device also became faster and clearer. Started with a 60hz rate, then doubled to 120hz on most LCD TV’s and now the norm is a 240hz rate which shows almost no blurs or distortions with fast moving scenes. The latest craze now are the 3D TV’s. Every major company has them even though most broadcasts aren’t in 3D yet. Movies are, but not the basic channels that we watch. So what is the hype? It’s the fact that it’s the newest model, something everyone wants, to be at the forefront of any new trend.

Are we ready for 4K TV’s yet? Netflix is getting there with House of Cards Season 2 set to stream in 4K, and YouTube is making it possible for 4K videos to be streamed as well. What about everyone else? The TV’s are still highly priced being at $2,999.99 for the Sony 55 inch XBR model and go as high as $39,999.99 for the Samsung 85 inch frameless behemoth. Being ready is one thing, are we prepared for what can eventually come next? An 8K TV that Japan is developing and is pushing to broadcast during the 2020 Olympics is the next step TV evolution and it seems to be hatching as we speak.

The seasons hair styles and trends

Every season, different haircuts become the new it cut. This year it’s the Pompadour style that is back with celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio, and Ryan Gosling all showing off the sleek backed style. Now that spring is here and summer is right around the corner, new haircuts will be plentiful for the next couple of months. Everyone will want to look as groomed as possible and be as hot as the upcoming season. So here is a rundown of the most common haircut trends these seasons.

Modern Pompadour – This is the new trend this year. Sleeked back haircut with volume making the person look more professional, serious and mature. A lot of stars are currently styling their hair this way and all thanks to JT (Justin Timberlake) for not only bringing sexy back but bringing the modern pompadour back as well.

Crew Cut – A short hairstyle with just a little length on top so you can style it in any direction. You won’t be spiking the hair up because it is short after all. But with the little length on top and some product in the hair, it can be a clean professional look for the office and the summer heat.

The Right Haircut – This is a pretty simple and classic look, you simply apply product to your hair and comb it up and back from the hair line over to one side. It’s not a comb over because you aren’t trying to hide any baldness, it’s a very simple classic look that works for almost anyone if the hair is not a buzz cut and has some length.

Spiked – This style had been around for decades, long before Hollywood got a taste of it. Rockers styles their hair this way before and now it evolved into basically hundreds of versions. There is the short spiked, long, spiked, bed head spiked, even so kids and dogs are being named spike. This is still a favorite style of teens and younger generation because it gives them some attitude. A shorter spiked hair is more versatile than a longer style because it can fir both work and play. Different variations of the spiked haircut do include faux-hawks which were made popular by David Beckham. Had extremely short hair on the sides and some length on top. While the modern renditions feature extra hair on the sides and a little less attitude with styling.

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Weekend Style: Simplicity

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Not every day has to feature a carefully planned wardrobe.  The modern gentleman should take pleasure in dressing up, but he should recognize that he does not always need a jacket and tie on to look good.  Sometimes, when the weather is good and there are no events on the calendar, it is enough to dress basically, eschewing fancy attire in favor of a more casual look.  Obviously, the weekend is the most common time these circumstances will occur.  Think of this as your guide to dressing for a lazy Saturday.  Imagine that you have no work that needs doing, no major errands to run, no one to meet with at least until the evening.

When you are going to dress casually, don’t use it as an excuse to be sloppy.  Your business and social attire prioritizes fit and material; your casual attire should do no less.  We recommend you invest in a good polo shirt, the perfect piece for a weekend off.  Its collar keeps you just presentable enough that you can accept a surprise invitation to lunch, while it remains an easygoing item that you can wear as you read a book or watch television.  Try to obtain a close fit, something that hugs your torso and grips your biceps without squeezing them too tightly.  Another option, if you wish to go even more casual, is simply to wear a well-made, well-fitting t-shirt.  A white crewneck is the classic choice here, worn by such style icons as Paul Newman and James Dean to great effect.

Your casual bottoms can consist of jeans, which seem like the obvious choice.  However, we would suggest wearing chinos at least some of the time.  Chinos, like the polo shirt, are great for last-minute occasions, as they transition from casual to semi-business with ease.  However, if you have a well-fitting pair of blue jeans, they can often serve the same purpose.  Again, the keys are fit and construction.  Even if your casual wear is less flashy, less ‘nice’ than your business and event dress, it should be no less thoughtfully chosen.

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The Canadian Tuxedo

Can the Canadian Tuxedo make a comeback? Ever since you first saw your wood shop teacher with his jean on jean uniform it has done little to die down the stigma that developed for the all denim ensemble. For a while the double denim look was all the rage in the 90s. We regrettably remember that time Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears showed up to the red carpet in matching jean outfits, killing the movement single handedly. The now retired host of Late Night, Jay Leno was notorious for consistently wearing his jean shirt and blue jeans on his off days, photographed atop of his many automobiles. Clint Eastwood decked out in denim graced the cover of GQ unapologetically in 2011. But is it possible to reinvigorate this unspoken taboo of style this spring?

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Believe it or not designers from the likes of Balmain to Louis Vuitton are attempting to reanimate this dead movement, this was obvious in their 2014 spring collection. Even many retailers like top shop and Zara are rolling out their denim separates. What do you think they’re expecting us to do with them? Wear them together of course!

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My advice, if you do dare to dabble in the double denim deed, is to stick to just two piece of denim, two is the limit! And just because it’s called the Canadian tuxedo doesn’t mean you should wear it to a May wedding. This look has a very laid back appeal, hence why you shouldn’t try too hard when attempting it. Rolling up the sleeves of shirts and the cuffs of the pants should limit the overwhelming blast of material to our eyes. Fit is everything, so try to find pieces that fit you well and abide to current trends. Stay away from denim accessories, even masters of style crash and burn when they attempt wearing a jean tie or worse, a jean hat. But speaking accessories, try to draw a contrast with a brown belt or some canvas sneakers. Last and most important is be prepare to be questioned, some people will applaud you, and then some would look at you like you just committed fashion murder, so proceed at your own risk.

 

 

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11 Unbelievable Sex Myths… Who even thought of number 8???

We have all heard them, read them or been told and at one point or another we believed it. We have lived our lives based on these myths that someone made up one day, and suddenly it caught on like a wild fire. Well here is a list of sex myths that are completely untrue. Now lets see how fast this truth spreads. Ummm, I  certainly doubt if it could any faster than a turtle.   Let’s delve right into them:

  1. Men enjoy sex more than women
    Women want and enjoy sex just as much as men do! Men are not the only ones benefitting from the sexual experience.

  1. You can judge the size of a man’s package by the size of his feet
    I’m sure we’ve all heard this one. Unfortunately ladies and gentlemen this is not an accurate form of measurement, so stop checking out his feet!

  1. Masturbation causes blindness
    I’m sure a lot of guys and girl would be happy to hear this! Keep it up;  your eyes will be fine!

  1. You can get pregnant from kissing
    Uh, No you can’t. No other explanation required!

  1. You can catch an STD from the toilet
    Public toilets are gross, but STD’s are not what you should be concerned about!

  1. Aphrodisiacs Boost Your Sex Drive
    It’s all in the mind. Not a single food or drug has ever been shown to have any sort of positive effect on a person’s sex drive according to the FDA.

  1. It is possible to break a penis
    Those things are pretty resilient, so don’t worry yourself! Work it, ride it, with no mercy.

  1. Green M&M’s make you horny
    I’m loving the chocolate. I’ll have to try few more. Who comes up with this stuff and why green?

  1. Hot tubs can prevent pregnancy
    Nope, hot tubs are not birth control or spermicidal. Sorry!

  1. Drinking Mountain Dew decreases your sperm count
    I’m sure many guys have heard this, and many women have spread this rumor. Not only Mountain Dew I’ve heard, but also the colorful soda from the bodega. It’s all false!

  1. Blue balls can be fatal
    Guys you hear that? It’s not fatal, you’ll be perfectly fine!

So keep having safe, monogamous sex. And spread facts, not myths to help people make wiser decisions in a world filled with enough lies! But wait, which of these myths make your favorite? You may have other myths to share, comment and we may sum them all up for our next round of Unbelievable SEX myths.

The Velvet Choice: Your next suit

Velvet has been woven since medieval times.  The fabric originated in Kashmir, where it was then transferred through the Arab world to the merchants of Venice, and thenceforth made its way through the nations of Europe.  Originally, its special weaving process made it expensive to manufacture, ensuring it an association with wealth and nobility.  Even if velvet had been easy to obtain, its luxurious feel and sheen would grant it a special place among fabrics.  Its fibers are tightly woven to create a dense bunch of raised texture, known as pile.  This gives velvet its smooth softness to the touch, while the fabric catches the light in such a way that it shimmers, like the feathers of a hummingbird.

Because velvet is so luxurious, it is best employed in small doses, and then for special occasions.  We would recommend you begin with a sport coat, the most natural use of velvet in contemporary dressing.  Black is the traditional color, though you will also find jackets in blue, red, green, and sometimes even white.  Regardless of the color, the sport coat should be paired with some simple neutral bottoms; gray wool pants or even gray jeans both work well.  The shirt, by contrast, should be daring.  You are already standing out in the crowd by wearing velvet- no sense in hiding.  We suggest a bright color and a bold pattern for your shirt, perhaps something in red or pink, or orange if you can find it.  A tie is optional, but if you choose to wear one, we recommend a bow tie.  It will suggest a tuxedo, combining with the velvet to raise the formality of your entire ensemble.  Of course, if you choose to wear an actual velvet tuxedo, be prepared for even more attention.

The Waterproof Loafer!

Time to take out our loafers and finally relax and enjoy the warm seasons. Getting ready for the walks on the beach, the boardwalks or anywhere else with a breeze and water surrounding us. Being comfortable is at the top of the list for any fashionmister. So the loafer is the go to show for the season. But not just any loafer. There are the high end leather, suede’s, and driving shoes that will give anyone a run for their money. But here is a loafer that you can go anywhere with, and literally anywhere. It’s stylish, breathable, and waterproof. Yes, we said waterproof. Now you don’t have to sidestep any sprinklers, waves or puddles for that matter. Or be worried that your fancy shoes will get ruined during an unexpected sun shower.

These loafers from SWIMS are the perfect mix of substance and style. Coming in various colors and designs, while also featuring both versions of slip-ons and laces, there is a design and color combination for everyone.

What makes them so different and practical is that the shoes are made from a durable and flexible TPU outer shell, basically a flexible plastic with rubber-like qualities and feel. These loafers also have ventilation gills to ensure breathability and are made from rubber and nylon. So that if and when water hits or gets in the shoe, it will spill out without causing any damage. For your boat, the beach or a hotel pool is the perfect option. You can stroll freely without having to worry about damaging and throwing away these unique shoes.

What to Wear to: A Concert

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We are debuting a new feature here today, and dubbing it What to Wear.  Appropriately enough, it will examine the preferable dress code for any number of social and formal circumstances.  Our first entry looks at how to dress when attending arguably the most sophisticated of social functions, a musical performance.  This can be as simple as a guitar concert and as ornate as a full opera.  The variety of circumstances surrounding the concert means you will want to alter your wardrobe to fit the precise situation.

As a general rule, however, attending a musical performance carries a level of formality beyond most public events.  Unless you’re attending a rock concert outside, you shouldn’t show up in jeans and a t-shirt.  A more casual concert, such as a guitar concert or a string quartet, requires basic smart dressing.  Wear a navy blazer, some charcoal gray slacks, and a white shirt.  If you wish, you may put on a necktie as well, but at this level it’s not necessary.  If you have patterned trousers or an interesting sport coat, you can wear one of those, but not with the other- and avoid anything too bright or bold, since you will be in a dim concert hall.  You’ll likely want to wear black dress shoes, though if you are wearing navy or light gray for your trousers you may be able to get away with brown.

For a symphony performance, another level of formality is required.  This is the occasion for a suit, if you have it.  Even a basic gray or navy business suit is appropriate, though if you have a black suit this is one of the few times it is appropriate.  A necktie is absolutely crucial for a full symphony performance, especially on opening night.  If you have any particularly fancy items you enjoy wearing- a boldly patterned French cuff dress shirt, a three-piece suit, a grenadine necktie- this is the time to break them out.  The situation calls for a high level of business dress.

When attending the opera, your dress code grows even more formal.  Particularly on a production’s opening night, this is the time for black tie and all its regalia.  If you don’t have a tuxedo, avoid renting one and simply wear your nicest suit, preferably your darkest suit as well.  The opera is the pinnacle of gentlemanly leisure, and a FashionMR should dress appropriately.

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Travel with your suit in hand: With the carry-on garment bag!

Travelling is a big part of our lives. For business, for pleasure, or just for the thrill of it we go places. Wherever we go, we almost always have to bring at least one suit. If it’s a day business trip, then one suit will most likely do the job. It’s the suit you have on in the morning. Board your plane, go to the meeting and come back. No major hurdles there. If it’s a multi-day business trip then one suit just won’t cut it. It will be noticed how you have on the same clothes for three days straight. Vacations are also a tricky situation. Sometimes you don’t really need a suit at all. Just some basic slacks and shirts, however if you are going to a formal event, a weekend or a weeklong trip, then suits are a must.

So how do you pack the suit and shirts without losing them with your luggage and be comfortable both in looking and carrying them? It’s pretty simple, you have your everyday luggage which you can fold your clothes into, and have your small carry on travel accessories bag on the side. But your clothes can easily be wrinkled or stained by all the other things stuffed and hidden away in that same suitcase. So for that there is the Tumi Alpha tri-old carry-on garment bag. It’s the perfect combination of a foldable luggage accessory which can be carried by handles or over the shoulder. The clothes can be neatly packet then folded over one another so that they don’t wrinkle and can be carried on board. No need to check that item at the gate. With separate inside pockets and sections for the different clothes, you might even fit your laptop/tablet inside too, then just close and fold it. Place it over your shoulder like any other messenger or tote bag and stroll right along past the security checkpoints. All in comfort, convenience and style.

The guide to buying your perfect suit!

One of the hardest things to buy for a man is his suit. There are so many options, and yet you really don’t know where to begin. You just know you need a suit. So here are some guidelines to go by when looking for your perfect suit.

The Occasion – What is it for, and when are you going to wear it? Is it an everyday item for work, or is it a special occasion suit, and if so what season will it be worn during? That all matters because based on how you answer, you then choose the appropriate fabric.

The Style – Again this depends on what you like, a single breasted, double breasted? How many buttons do you want? Two or three, and what kinds of vents if any do you prefer? Do you want any special styles like herringbone, pinstripe, chalk stripe or will you just go for the basic black or navy suit that never goes out of style.

The Fit – This is a simple question to answer in a way. You can go loose and have a relaxed fit, or go slim for the tailored look. How long do you want it to be as well? There is a general rule that the jacket should be equal length from the neckline to the bottom of the jacket, as the bottom of the jacket is to the floor. However, newer styles and trends are becoming shorter and shorter. More shirt cuff is being shown and the jackets are sitting shorter and tighter. That choice is up to you, your taste.

The Price – This is the important question to ask yourself. Suits range in price anywhere from $100 for a discounted bargain brand to $10,000 dollars for the designer styles. It all depends on the material, the design, the quality and most importantly the brand name. You might fall in love with the perfect suit, try it on, love the look, the feel, and everything about it. Then you ask the store rep how much it costs, and get sticker shock when you hear the word thousand in their reply.

The Emotion – This is only answered after some heart to heart thoughts with yourself. What is it worth to you? How much are you willing to spend to feel good about what you have? It is based on a price, but sometimes emotions get the best of us and we decide based on feelings. A $600 budget can get you a very nice suit, but falling in love with something worth $750 might be worth the extra change to not regret the decision. All great choices are made logically and rationally, however the choices that make us happiest come from the heart. In the end, trust the store tailor if they are knowledgeable and aren’t just pushing their product of the week, and listen to your heart. You’re the one that will have to wear that decision for the foreseeable future.

 

Upgrade your wardrobe for Spring and Summer

Spring has sprung and we are ready to put away our ultra-warm winter coats, our thermals, and anything else that resembles an Eskimo. Ready to upgrade our spring and summer wardrobes. Shopping sales are happening everywhere, new collections are hitting the stores and we are getting ready to buy. So how do you  go about upgrading your style for the spring and summer? Think simple. Getting dressed is not rocket science, it’s more of a creative art. Just like every single one of your junior, and high school teachers once said, “K.I.S.S.”

Think of winter as a supreme pizza. All the toppings for a nice hearty meal, and spring should be a fresh gourmet salad. Enough to satisfy, but not enough to last throughout winter. Summer should then be a cup of frozen yogurt. Not a complete meal, but it’s the perfect refreshment.

Start by deciding what and how you want to wear it. For example take a pair of pants, a sweater and Chelsea boots that you wore all winter. The easiest way to upgrade what you have is to downsize what you wear. No more heavy dark colors, but start to brighten up your look just a little. Take off a top layer or two.

Spring – Now for the spring, replace the pants with Chino’s, the sweater with a thin cardigan and the boots with some oxfords or loafers. Have a few brighter looking shirts to wear on a daily basis because spring is in the air, relax a little, loosen up and for the summer think of just a slice or two.

Summer –Here is where if you’re not heading to work you can wear almost anything. With the sun blazing down on your face and neck, comfort is the number one priority. Tight fitting clothes will be the end of you, and using that term loosely. You must have some loose and airy linen clothing with light shoes. Slippers, boat shoes, whatever fits and feels comfortable. If you choose to wear a long sleeve shirt, roll up the sleeves. But have shorts, lot’s of shorts and even more t-shirts for the hot days ahead.

 

 

The three things you need to do to not go broke tonight!

Just like anything in life like retirement and vacations, we need to save money to enjoy the things we love. And as we get our usual two weeks paid vacation every year which we use to go away somewhere, anywhere, just getting out of here is what matters. We have our usual weekend routines too, go out on Friday/Saturday nights and sleeping in Sundays or watching football when it’s on. But like any great experience we should be setting a budget for our weekend exploits. “Going VIP” should not happen always and making it rain should be normally reserved for the TV weatherman.

That’s how we can go easily bankrupt  too. Not filing for Chapter 11 and ruining our credit for around seven years type of bankrupt, but spending more than we should and not realizing until it’s too late. When you realize that you spent way too much tonight, it’s too late. So here are a few simple rules to have the most fun and not have to mortgage the house to do so.

Pre-game: Drink and eat before getting to your eventual destination. So that when you are there, you will be already in a good party mood and won’t be hungry either. You’ll save a ton on bar food and drinks, and when you find that girl to impress, you can still order a dessert to share. Women love desserts, and it’s a romantic gesture.

Designated Driver: If you don’t live in an area with round the clock public transportation then have a sober friend drive. It will save  your life and save you tons of money, oh, and you won’t have to worry about mistakenly tipping the cab a Benjamin on a $25 dollar ride, should you be inebriated past that point.

Have a pre-set spending limit: Just like anything, know what you can and can’t spend tonight. Having emergency cash is great and needed, but don’t spend your emergency cash on a non-emergency. Use it to get home in a worst case scenario, don’t use it on that sip of Louis XIII. The only time that emergency cash should be spent is during an emergency. Hence the name emergency cash!

Going out and having fun on the weekends is a tradition, and it should stay that way, but like with everything else in life especially in bars and lounges, you have to know your limits. Don’t limit your enjoyment just enjoy yourself more efficiently.

Pattern Watch: Herringbone

Patterns can present a challenge to the modern gentleman.  It can be difficult enough to blend color and texture in an outfit; patterns present their own difficulties.  We would therefore recommend that a gentleman just beginning to discover fine menswear keep his patterns simple at the beginning.  You should stick with one piece that has one pattern, and keep the rest of your outfit texturally plain.  One great beginning pattern is herringbone, but it is more than a beginner- it is a solid, perhaps an essential addition to any man’s wardrobe.

Herringbone’s name is a case of literalism: it derives from the fact that the alternating lines of woven fabric zig-zagging across the garment look like nothing so much as the bones of a fish.  Herringbone is commonly found as a pattern in sport coats, particularly wool tweed in the Fall and Winter, where, in brown or black and white, it adds a distinguished complexity to the jacket in question.  It is also found sometimes in the weave of dress shirts, though it is less visible there as the cotton is typically of a single color.  Sometimes entire suits will be woven in a herringbone style.  All of these can further be found in lighter weights for Spring and Summer, both in fresco weaves of wool and in linen or cotton.

With a herringbone sport coat as your foray into patterns, feel free to keep the rest of your outfit simple, as we advised before.  Pair a gray sport coat with dark jeans, a white shirt, and a plaid tie for a weekend in the city.  A brown sport coat can take navy pants, a pink shirt, and a golden bow tie to a dinner with a special someone.  Congratulations: you’ve passed Patterns 101.  Class dismissed.

Breton Stripes: Classic French Style

The swing of the fashion world away from Americana and toward Italian sensibilities has led to an explosion of bold styling, an experimentation with color and pattern born thoroughly of Continental taste.  Yet the Italians shouldn’t get all the love.  Overlooked as they sometimes are, the French have been formidable contributors to men’s fashion over the years- it’s no accident that Paris puts on runway shows for men as well as women.  France, as a whole, loves striking, memorable design, something that stands out, something that reveals the good taste of the wearer.  The pattern we call Breton stripes is drawn from this love of the bold, and to this day it is a worthy choice for any FashionMR in search of a casual statement piece.

The Breton stripe, as its name suggests, originated in Brittany, though not in the way one might think.  Though it became a province of France in 1532, Brittany has long maintained an independent streak, perhaps due to its history of changing hands between France and England.  This nationalism is exemplified by the Brittany flag: instead of a colorful design, it is starkly black and white, black stripes on a white background, with a canton like ermine fur in the upper-left corner.

Though originating in Brittany, the Breton stripe became completely French in 1858, when an Act of France designated that white shirts with black stripes would be the official upper garment of sailors in the French Navy.  As so often happens with military wear, what started on seamen soon grew ubiquitous among all sailors and mariners, and then became just as commonplace on land.  In the 1950’s it crossed the Atlantic through the efforts of great artists such as Andy Warhol and Pablo Picasso, and though it has not always enjoyed roaring popularity, it remains to this day a solidly famous garment.

The Breton stripe can be worn as a sweater or a shirt.  In both forms, it is always a crewneck, and almost always long-sleeved, in keeping with its maritime traditions.  Though typically white with black stripes, navy stripes have become popular, and even red stripes occasionally appear.  Some makers even invert the colors, creating black shirts with white stripes.  Whatever permutation you select, you cannot go wrong with the Breton stripe shirt or sweater as a casual garment.  Wear it indoors in the Winter, and as Spring arrives take it outside with a pair of chinos or some shorts.  It is simple, bold, and has heritage- everything a FashionMR could ask for.

Stone Coat Spring

Spring is in, and it’s time to pick out a jacket that’s going to make you look trendy but also keep you dry and comfortable. Any jacket that’s waterproof I guess would do, but if you want to have a rugged yet sophisticated look I suggest you go with one of the following stone jackets for this upcoming spring. The stone coloring of these three jackets will assure you standout on those grey afternoons.

Two Tone Mac
Club Monaco
$289.00

The stone Macintosh jacket, named after the Scott that invented it, Charles Macintosh. This waterproof raincoat is perfect for spring. April showers bring rain clouds that devour, our nice clothes. Well here’s a coat that can handle a little rain while still remaining elegant. The grommets located at the underarms for ventilation, and a fully lined in contrast raindrop print fabric, makes it fashion functional. It’s rounded pockets, printed lining, and point collar will definitely make you stand out in the rain.

BARBOUR® SEADALE JACKET
JCrew
$349.00

Made in Simonside, that’s in the northwest coast of England, the stone Seadale jacket is the perfect look for all those dreary days in April. The corduroy collar is a classic touch to toughen up the look. The bellows hip pockets are what make this jacket fashion functional. The patch pockets are a rugged touch. The lightweight material is superior to any other jacket of it’s make.

STONE DOUBLE BREASTED CROPPED TRENCH COAT
Topman
Price: $140.00

This water-proof raincoat made from 100% cotton, double breasted, cropped trench coat is shorter than regular versions sitting just below the waist instead of your great grandpop’s standard mid-calve length. The jacket is lightweight, of course, a smart option in outerwear while you’re in the trenches of Spring’s sporadic weather changes. This is actually the jacket that inspired this article because it’s so stone cold fresh.

The razor progression: Your guide to the right shave!

What has many blades, one face and is always irritated? It’s our post shave look and feel. Back in the days of our grandfathers there were no electric razors or a Gillette Fusion five blade system with an aloe strip. For some there wasn’t even electricity. People used a singular straight razor blade and some shaving cream. That was it. Nowadays shaving technology is at war with our faces and the razors are winning. There are so many razors to choose from that there is a better chance of finding the proverbial needle in a haystack than choosing a razor in a store. You have to practically do more research trying to find the best shaver than you ever did for your college marketing class. To make it easy we listed some of the common razors and shavers so you don’t have to jump into haystacks and potential get poked by needles. You just have to pick the shaver that is best for you and try not to cut your face into modern art designs.

What our grandfathers and barbershops still use today for the classic shave is the single straight razor. They are comprised of a single piece of ultra-sharp steel blades. When shaving with these blades you get that classic feel of a pure man’s shave and your face feeling like a newborn butt after you’re done. It’s the closest you can get to naturally hairless skin. It is also the riskiest of shaves. You have to know what you’re doing when using a straight razor. One wrong move and you get the theme of the Saw movie series, “there will be blood.” Once you decide to use this blade, it will grow some hair on your chest, but that would require a different type of razor and more like a trimmer or an appointment at a hair salon for a wax.

Typical manual shavers now consist of hundreds of variations and products. This is like upgrading software for the face. Every so often a new updated version comes out that is supposed to be better, and quicker, and softer and less irritable. Some have even become battery powered like other products that are unmentionable. These razors have disposable blade cartridges that you throw out after a specified usage period. In the case of a Gillette Fusion it’s when the cartridges top green aloe strip wears out. That’s your sign to throw that blade away and replace it. The manual disposable razors started out with a single disposable razor blade. With evolving science and grooming preferences the double blade razor came to be and soon after popularity struck with the triple razor design promising an even closer shave with less irritation than before because of the close proximity of the three separate razors on the blade of the Mach3 Turbo by Gillette and the Schick Hydro3. Apparently three blades to the face was not enough so the marketing and technology guru’s at Gillette’s parent company Proctor & Gamble eventually came up with the Fusion Proglide Power, a battery powered manual razor. Now having five even closer placed blades with a rubberized comb for the stubble and an aloe strip along with a vibrating feature it now gives the most closeness, the least irritation and the feel of an electric razor in one. According to the Gillette website “The Gillette® Fusion® ProGlide™ Power Razor is Gillette’s most advanced blade ever. Thinner, finer blades* with a low-resistance coating glide effortlessly through hair for less tug and pull**, providing incredible comfort, even if you shave every day.” The amount of blades have gotten so extreme that Mad TV back in 2010 made a sketch comedy skit about the increasing blade amounts with their version, the Mach20.
Is there an end to how many blades we should be shaving with if we use manual razors or will the 20 blade shaver become a reality? Let’s hope that it ends with five. That feels like a perfect number both in the mind and on the face.

The newest in shaving technology are the electric razors. These are options for the man who wants to shave quicker and on the go. Having the ability to not cut yourself because of the safety features of the actual blades and cutters being hidden underneath guards to protect the face. There are two main types of electric shavers, rotary and foil versions. Rotary electric shavers typically have three rotating circular cutters that work to conform to the shape of your face. Because of the design, they are best used with slow, circular motions over the face and neck to ensure that the rotary cutter beneath the guard slices the hair as close to the face as possible. Rotary shavers generally suit people with regular to tough skin types. Foil shavers unlike rotary shavers, are best when moved in a straight, long motion over the face and neck as they have blades underneath a rectangular metallic foil. The foil remains still while the cutter block moves from side to side and cuts the hair as it enters the holes in the foil. This type of electric shaver will generally be preferred by those with more sensitive skin.

Shaving at the end of the day is an art form. While the corporate world’s policies are to be clean shaven all the time there are no limitations and exceptions on how it should be done. A more causal work environment allows a clean trimmed look of a beard or a goatee and if you are the CEO you make up your own rules about facial hair and can come to work any way you like because you’re the boss. But why not always have a clean look nonetheless? You are presenting yourself to the world and the world does judge based on appearance because that is usually the first impression they get. The face is what is seen first and being clean shaven and groomed should be a top priority. How you decide to do that is up to you, we just want to give you the choices to make it happen.

The Ultimate Thrill – Experience life to the fullest!

We always hear the words “you have to live life to the fullest,” and the key is that you have to have life experiences and stories to tell your friends, your co-workers and ultimately your kids. But what if you didn’t do anything thrilling yet? Well there is still time, as long as you won’t chicken out of the experience.

Roller Coasters: The easiest thrills of the four to experience is the roller coaster. Now, it’s not any old wooden or child coaster that just barely goes up and down, which you can run faster than. It’s the type that will leave you screaming, and your hair all out of sorts because of the speed or because of being scared to death. Something like Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure or even better is Insanity at the Stratosphere hotel in Las Vegas.

Driving: If you ever looked at the supercars on the street and thought to yourself, “I wish I can one day drive one,” this experience is for you. Imagine Lifestyles luxury rentals has the cars you want, and they rent them by the day, week and includes daily mileages. These are available throughout the country and over ten different makes and models that include Bentleys, Ferrari’s Lambo’s, and Phantoms.

Animals: If your adventure is with animals and live experiences you can go running with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. But if you don’t want to travel across the Atlantic for a chance to get stampeded you can go diving with sharks. Shark diving is a thrill because we all seen the movie Jaws and we know what that shark did. These trips are available in the Florida, San Diego and Long Island Aquariums. Plus you can choose your own private adventure when you are on vacation. Just make sure you don’t have any cuts or anything like that, sharks do sense blood from over a mile away.

Flight: The most exclusive and the best thrill experience is that of flight. We have all flown to different cities, but we are not talking about that kind of flight. We mean Mach 2-3, zero gravity type flying where you don’t know if you are upside down or right side up. Russia has this with a company called Space Affairs and their edge of space experience. Where for a little over a mere $26,000 you can travel to Russian, board a MIG-29 fighter jet, and travel to the edge of space and back. Or you can stay in the U.S. and for only $4,950 take a Zero-G thrill ride and feel weightless like an astronaut about twelve to fifteen times.

The experience is up to you, but in order to live life you have to experience what life has to offer. So whatever your personal thrill is? Go ahead and take the plunge, dive, or step on the gas. But no matter what you do, experience it firsthand. Don’t listen to somebody else’s stories, tell your own!

 

Making technology smarter through wireless & Bluetooth

Why are wires and basic necessary items so hated? Everything from telephones to headphones are now wireless and employ the latest in Bluetooth and Smart technology. Yes, Beats by Dre are wireless too now. Even though those bright red cables are the attraction sometimes it’s easier without them. Most of your home is wireless, and if it isn’t it soon will be. Watching TV from your computer required an HDMI cable connected to both. Now for only $35 Chromecast by Google lets you watch what you have on your phone, tablet, or laptop wirelessly on your TV. No need to find the right wires and ports anymore. Just plug once and play always.

Everything is now connected through Bluetooth or a mobile app to make life a lot simpler and easier. Connect it once and set it up. Then it will automatically connect when in range. That goes for your house, car, and personal technology. People nowadays can operate most of their house with a smartphone and a perfect example of that is the Kevo by Kwikset. A deadbolt door lock that works with your smartphone without having to use an actual key when entering and leaving the house. We also now have smart appliances like the ones LG produces for the home that include washers, dryers, ovens, and a fridge. Our lives are built around the phrase “Smart”. Smart phones, smart keys, smart gear, smart cars. But is relying on all this technology in the end so smart? It is the trend that is leading the world and its industries. Who knows how smart this technology and trend can actually get, or will it one day make up our daily routines for us?

 

 

New Samsung Galaxy NotePro – 12.2 inches!

First there were laptops that were portable, then came the Kindle and e-readers. Soon after the IPad emerged, and to compete, Samsung developed the Galaxy tablet. The battle raged on for years between the tablets market always one upping each other. Becoming bigger, brighter, and faster than before. Now Samsung has pulled ahead again with its new Galaxy Note Pro. The newest version in Samsung’s arsenal will feature a 12.2 inch screen with a 4 million pixel display and an enhanced multi-window viewing ability. Now you can view four screens at once without having to toggle between apps. So you can watch your favorite show while live tweeting about it. You can book your vacation while looking at the reviews and watching videos while planning your trip itinerary all at once. And you though multi-tasking wouldn’t be fun.

Just because bigger and brighter isn’t the only thing we like, the NotePro also comes with Samsung’s S Pen, the tablets own stylus. Powered by the new Android 4.4 KitKat OS is what makes the NotePro go, for work and play. It’s built for speed, for business, for fun and for anything in between so whether you or your kids are using it, everyone will have a heck of a time.

The 12.2 inch screen is the size of some ultra-books, all while being lighter and more portable. With its on screen keyboard and S Pen, there is no need for anything else. Type, write, scribble, or just draw, it can all be done on your lap.

How big, bright and powerful can these tablets get, before they aren’t tablets anymore? How much more can they evolve to make the user experience more productive and enjoyable at the same time? We will just have to see what comes out next.

7 Guilt-Free Cocktails for the Summer – Number 4 is a MUST TASTE!

Carving out your beach body with tougher workouts and new diets? Don’t forget
to factor in the calories that you’re drinking as well! Here’s 7 alcoholic beverages with
lower calories, so that you can still enjoy night life this Summer.

1. Champagne. A typical 4 oz glass of champagne has only 85 calories! That’s
nearly 100 calories less than a beer!

2. Skinny Mojito. Making sure no syrups are used, and that diet Sprite or club soda
is mixed instead of regular Sprite can give you a Mojito as low as 75 calories.

3. Vodka and diet soda. Remember that a serving of regular soda is 170 calories
without alcohol. Instead, mix a diet Coke with a flavored vodka – Cherry or Vanilla taste
the best. Choosing diet soda can not only give you a mixed drink under 100 calories but
also give a greater buzz.

4. Skinny Cosmopolitan. A regular Cosmo is 212 calories for only 4 ounces!
Instead, have Raspberry vodka with club soda and a splash of cranberry juice – it tastes
the same but only has 115 calories!

5. Gin and Diet Tonic. Most people don’t realize that tonic water has 124 calories
in a serving. Adding in the 85 to 100 calories in a shot of gin (or any hard alcohol) gives
you a drink over 200 empty calories. Diet tonic or even seltzer water gives the fizz
without the carbs and added sweeteners in regular tonic water.

6. Bloody Mary. While more of an acquired taste, most of this drink contains
tomato juice, giving you Fiber, Protein, and Calcium! At 125 calories, this drink is a great
choice for dieters because it provides nutritional benefits!

7. Skinny Appletini. Typically 250 calories, this cocktail can be as little as 100
calories if mixed with a diet mixer.

Hat’s off to you: The 3 essential spring styles

Since spring officially started it’s time to put away those winter hats and take out our spring caps. Now is the perfect time to start dressing down your suit on the weekends and weeknights, all at the drop of a hat. Celebrities and stars have been wearing their hats throughout the year with the winter beanie to keep warm, and the fedora’s to add a little flash and a dress down look for their suits. Pharrell brought the hat trend back with his Mountain hat and it seems like it will live on this spring. As popular as a fedora is both in everyday life and accessory heaven, there are plenty of styles that will look and feel just as stylish.

The fedora is the main hat trend that everyone seems to enjoy. Usually made from soft felt with a lengthwise crease at the crown with “pinches” at the fronts and also includes a band. The width of the brim usually varies by the style of the hat itself. The trilby is a style that closely resembles the fedora but usually has a narrower brim. It does the same job and looks almost the same as the previous it just depends on the brim size you are comfortable with. These hats do come in various materials that include wool, felt, straw and with bands that are made from satin, leather with some including bow ties, and feather accessories. A fedora or a trilby hat can be worn both with a suit to dress it down, or with a t-shirt and jeans combo to give a little flare to the basic look. Choose the color and material to either downplay the formal look or add some spark and color to your everyday style.

Another fashion staple that’s been brought back recently and is a more casual spring hat style is the flat cap. Often associated with a newsboy cap and driving cap. This is an artistic style hat that is usually made from tweed, wool and various other cotton materials often with subtle colors and patterns. A lot of celebrities like Ne-Yo are major hat wearers and the hat like any accessory adds a touch of street wear style and a dress down vibe. These hats are used more with the casual looks than with anything else, to accessorize a trouser and shirt pairing or jeans with cardigans.

Nothing says relaxed more than a baseball cap though. The ultimate in the relaxed look and feel department. It will immediately downplay any look you have and automatically gives the impression of a chilled dude just hanging out enjoying the game or the day. It is the most versatile hat because it can be worn with anything but a suit. Unless an ultimate statement is what you want to make then try and wear it with a suit and see what happens. But don’t say you weren’t warned ahead of time.

A hat is that extra item that will always make you stand apart from the crowd. It’s your personal style accessory that can be worn anytime and with anything. There are no rules for when you should wear it, just rules for when you shouldn’t. Think of the hat as head’s identity. It’s who you are and want to be, so why not uncover your style by covering your head?

CoSTUME NATIONAL – Milan Men’s Fall/Winter 2014-15

Relaxed professional is the theme that came to mind while looking at this collection. Consisting of loose fitting and elongated suits, trousers and coats all in different colors, fabrics and patterns. The relaxed professional look usually involves wearing a blazer and trousers with a dress shirt or a turtleneck sweater with dress shoes or boots. This is exactly how the models were dressed. Long relaxed trousers with blazers and either button up shirts with no ties or turtleneck sweaters.

The sweater patterns and designs is what truly gave the relaxed look. Having a short mohair/angora crew neck sweater in an ombre style pattern that starts with a purple cable knit chest and neck then blends into a navy blue waist and finally becomes indigo at the bottom. A sweater made for any occasion that can fit with most color combinations. Various other relaxed business suits were shown like a black double breasted two piece suit with blue and eggplant colored wide stripes which was worn under an oversized blazer of the same style giving the impression of it being a coat. On one hand there is no way to go wrong with mixing white and black and there is definitely a way to go right. The two most different and contrasting colors possible. White is an absence of color, and black is formed when all the colors are mixed together. Showing a white shearling motorcycle jacket with a left button flap patch pocket, a right zippered pocket and vertical epaulets at the hem of the jacket. Giving a relaxed look to an otherwise professional style. When not taking life too seriously we opt for non-traditional fabrics, patterns and colors. This was showcased by three items that stole the show for me. The first was a black two piece shawl collar suit with flap pockets and wrist accents all made from leather. The second was a red blazer paired with red pants, a sateen orange shirt with black shoes, and the final item that spoke to me and said non-conforming to the everyday suit was a black loose fit blazer and pants combination with a white pattern that resembles the feeling when you look into the crystal ocean from above and see the sun reflecting the water in a honeycomb type pattern. Relaxed professional is a style that should be worn more often. We have to live life, being bland and ordinary just makes us fit into the crowd when we should be standing out from it with our personal style.

 

 

 

Style Debate: Suspenders

‘Classic’ style never gets old, or so they say.  What worked then will work now.  However, there are certain aspects of old men’s fashion that should be avoided regardless of how dapper they appear in old photographs or magazine illustrations.  Detachable shirt collars, for example, are style statements the modern FashionMR can do without.  For a greater dilemma, however, we must dwell on whether it is still appropriate for men to wear suspenders to hold up their pants.  Suspenders never really went away, and of late they’ve enjoyed something of a resurgence, but are they a fashion statement the new FashionMR needs to make?

First, let us clarify that there is one situation where suspenders, or braces, will always be required: black tie.  The tuxedo has barely changed since its invention in the Victorian Age, and its classic trappings have always included black silk suspenders to hold up the trousers.  We don’t believe in being stodgy, so we support innovation and experimentation in almost every category of men’s dress.  The tuxedo, however, is special.  It is a classic precisely because it makes every man look good, and because it continues to do so, it above all other forms of dress should remain constant.  Therefore, we always recommend suspenders with black tie.

What about less formal occasions, such as the office?  Everyone who has seen Wall Street recalls Gordon Gekko standing behind his desk, brightly colored suspenders stretched over his shoulders as he manipulates the market with his cell phone.  Suspenders were a prominent feature of the power suit in the 1980’s, but they fell by the wayside in the 90’s as business dress grew more casual.  Today, suspenders have regained some popularity as a business choice, but they have also reclaimed some very old territory as a casual accessory.  Like the men of the 19th Century, certain gentlemen today will wear their pants with suspenders instead of a belt.  This can look awkward on pants with a modern cut, because modern pants sit at a gentleman’s hips.  Old trousers were cut higher, sitting at a man’s natural waist, which made fastening them with a belt impractical.

Thus, suspenders were of old a necessity, not a choice.  We say you should take that hint when deciding whether to wear them yourself.  If you have modern pants that sit at your hips, we strongly suggest wearing them with a belt as you have probably always done.  Your modern cut trousers probably don’t have the buttons to fasten suspenders anyway, and clip-on suspenders have a haphazard quality to them that is unbecoming.  If you happen to own one or more pairs of high-cut pants, however, you are more than welcome to wear them with suspenders; in fact, it’s probably better off that you do.

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Style Debate: Suspenders
Suspenders

Shell Cordovan: Strength and Elegance

There is a special kind of elegance in utility.  For all the effort and craftsmanship devoted to making things look good, sometimes the most stylish items are those which are supremely useful.  This is true in clothes no less than other areas: consider the rise of denim as a fashion item, or the enduring popularity of brogues.  Turning to dress shoes, a choice of material that exceeds expectations concerning both style and utility is shell cordovan, a leather without peer.

Cordovan leather comes from horsehide; specifically, cordovan is taken from the hindquarters of the horse, the sheathe of flat muscle just beneath the skin.  Perhaps due to the intense labor the shell receives beneath the horse’s powerful rear muscles, it is nearly nonporous, letting in none of the moisture that can plague cowhide leather.  A single horse produces two shells, one for each of a pair of shoes; the shells are cut apart and stripped of their hairy grain by a splitting machine, then, traditionally,  are subjected to tanning with tannins from the bark and leaves of trees (a process known as vegetable tanning).  The hides are then processed and carefully shaped to become, among other things, some of the finest shoes in the world.

Shell cordovan is an incredibly tough and durable leather.  Its lack of pores makes it virtually waterproof, while it also strongly resists scratches.  It is flexible, as well, making it an ideal material for shoemaking.  It does not wear out, and it retains a luster far longer than shoes made from cowhide.  These qualities make cordovan an ideal leather for dress boots- boots ankle-high or higher with the lower stylings of dress shoes.  Cordovan dress boots are the perfect answer to rainy workdays, as they work well with a suit and can endure any challenge the elements throw at them.  Cordovan is a beautiful material for regular dress shoes also, and it will last you for decades to come.  The one drawback to cordovan shoes is that, given the comparative scarcity of the leather and the extra work required for tanning, they are typically much more expensive than regular leather dress shoes.  Consider that an opportunity to make an investment, if you are so inclined.  Buy a pair of cordovan shoes in a simple black captoe, or a brown wingtip.  They will serve you well, repaying their cost many times over.

The Shaggy Dog Sweater: Ivy League Classic

American Ivy League style is built around staples- pieces that are worn without fail starting with a young man’s first year at Harvard or Yale and continuing to his old age.  These pieces- the three-button navy blazer, the nantucket red pants, the brown loafers- combine into a kind of Enigma machine, a codebreaking device that unlocks the doors of privilege and prestige among the old money of the East.  Some of the aforementioned pieces are entry-level Ivy League, the stuff that has been popularized and mass-marketed by Ralph Lauren so that everyone and his son knows about them.  Then there are the more obscure items in the Ivy League wardrobe, things that men only know about because their fathers told them, things that the blogosphere has been late to recognize for its significance.  Among these latter elements, the Shaggy Dog sweater is particularly distinct.

The Shaggy Dog label is officially trademarked by J. Press, the granddaddy of Ivy League and collegiate style.  J. Press invented the concept and has set the standard for it: their Shaggy Dog is a crewneck sweater made of Shetland wool that is combed to make it fluffy and soft.  It is a distinctive appearance, an unabashed appeal to the relaxed, easygoing lifestyle that comes of inheriting wealth.  It is simultaneously luxurious and casual, making it ideal wear for a weekend in the city or on a third date.  Aiding its versatility is the fact that it comes in a huge variety of colors, from pale yellow to bright green to robin’s egg blue.  Shop smart and pick up two or more, if you can, and do your best Thurston Howell impression.