Dressing with Style When It’s Cold Outside

Fall. Fall is so easy for dressing with style. I pop on an extra layer, leave my jacket open, and let my layers trap just enough heat to keep me warm. But dressing with style when it’s cold outside? For me that’s a much more difficult challenge. When it’s freezing, I only want to throw on my Patagonia jacket, lace up my duck boots, and journey out into the frozen tundra like some sort of half-assed, rejected cast member of Ski School (one of Dean Cameron’s best movies, by the way). I find that I really have to push myself out of my comfort zone when the mercury starts dropping. The desire to stay warm outweighs the desire to look good. But I have to constantly remind myself that there are clothes that will actually let me do both. I thought I would pull together two options, one casual and one business, for a little outfit inspiration in the coming two months or so of chilly temps. Casual Dressing with Style When It’s Cold Outside Obviously, the first thing I reach for on cold mornings when getting dressed are…

Strike Gold Shave Nixon Shaving Soap Review

It happens at least once a day. My Instagram notifications pop up with a live video announcement from Strike Gold Shave. Frank Misa likes to pop into my day with a little behind the scenes and the occasional promo or contest for one of his soaps or razors. When he reached out to me to try one of his shaving soaps, I was definitely interested in seeing what he had to offer. Frank graciously sent me a sample of the Strike Gold Nixon shaving soap. Strike Gold Shave Fragrance This shaving soap offers a really pleasant fragrance that’s not too strong or too light. It may be on the lighter side of my preferences, but I like this strong ones. This fragrance is a real crowd pleaser for all scent strength preferences. I was picking up a citrus-floral scent, but I couldn’t quite place it, so I reached out to Frank and he described it as a sweet and sour blend of Sorrento lemons, sugar cane, and lemon zest. This is a wonderfully fresh scent perfect for any morning shave. Strike Gold Shave Lather I have one small complaint in regards to building lather with…

Outfit of the Day: December 18, 2017

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Atto Primo Shaving Brush Review

Atto Primo reached out to me in the early fall to try and review their two shaving brushes. I had never heard of this company before, and, as always, I was thrilled to get to try something new. I have to also thank Atto Primo for their patience. They were one of several brands to submit their products for review prior to November, and they were completely understanding and supportive of my participation in No Shave November. I appreciate their willingness to wait for me. So, let’s get into what makes up an Atto Primo shaving brush. Atto Primo actually sent me two shaving brushes; their black horse hair brush and their gold boar brush. So first, I’ll break down the similar features then get into what I though of each brush individually. Both brushes are big. The loft for each is 64mm, which is pretty impressive holding a fair amount of water and lather. I have only ever reviewed one other brush with a bigger knot. The aluminum handles really shine on both of these brushes too. They have wonderful weight and balance, but aren’t too heavy. I also found the grip to…

Brooks Brothers Striped Cotton Sweater

Does anyone else feel like things just shifted into high gear right after Thanksgiving? I swear, things dragged from Halloween until turkey day, but now we’re cruising. We’ve already bought and set up our tree. I’m hanging the lights this week. I even think we have most of our shopping done (for the kids at least). Regardless, we’re smack dab in the middle of sweater weather, and I’ve been running around a lot popping in and out fo the car on errands and outings. I usually wear wool sweaters when it gets cold, but this cotton sweater from Brooks Brothers has been a nice change of pace. Wool is fantastic for cold weather, but heavy cotton like this sweater, when layered, can be just as warm. I’ve been wearing this one with a dress shirt and an undershirt. Lately I’ve also been struggling with whether I’m an undershirt guy or not, but I’ll save that for another blog post. However, with this outfit, and while wearing most cotton sweaters during fall and winter, the extra warmth an undershirt provides outweighs both the…

Five Tips for a Better Shave

So here we are, December 1st. Movember / No Shave November has come to a close, and you’re ready to get back to your normal shaving life. I think we all think we look like Captain America in that new Avengers trailer (I know I wish I did), but we probably look a little closer to Ron Burgundy after losing his job. So it’s time to shave those beards and mustaches off. 

Prince Harry’s Blue Engagement Suit – The Look for Less

I’m not Royal Wedding crazy, but I am a bit of a admitted Anglophile. I’m a big fan of the things at which Brits are known to be great. Iconic television series, both comedic and dramatic, legendary English shoes, incredible grooming products, and a flawless sense of traditional tailoring. Prince Harry’s blue engagement suit Monday did more than enough to drive this final point home. Before I get into my recommendations on more affordable alternatives to the prince’s suit, I want to take a moment to walk through what I like so much about it. I love the color of this suit. Yes, I highly recommend that a navy suit should be your first suit purchase, but I’m pretty sure this isn’t Prince Harry’s first suit. Blue is also a little flashier for a special occasion, which this obviously is. So I suggest keeping the navy in your closet during a day like your engagement. The prince also lets his suit do most of the work by keeping the other elements simple. He subtly paired it with a crisp white shirt, a classic navy tie, and…