Long Hair Don’t Care? 

So it’s the trend of the year it seems: the bearded man. Coincidentally it’s also the accessory of the season for ladies: a bearded man…

Grow them if you will but all I ask is that if you decide to grow a Gentleman’s beard (any kind of facial hair really) dare I ask that you maintain that bad boy with the right essentials.

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Sexy-SoCal

The Castaway look done right can be very Sexy-SoCal; Hoeever, done wrong will only leave you with your volleyball to keep you company!

Gentlemen: So how do you suggest we maintain the look so dudes envy it and girls dig it?

Simple. The Barbers Brew Grooming Company. 

The Barbers Brew

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Not only is everything made by hand with no preservatives in Toronto, Canada but my friends at ‘the brew are full of passion and excitement for what they create. I don’t know about you but given the choice imma go with the company run by passionate, serving-minded entrepreneurs because I know I’m guaranteed an authentic experience!

With 3 awesome fragrances made with essential oils (mmmm delicious) my hubby was the bearded guinea pig who gets to try this stuff out!

[I will preface by stating that his skin although beautiful (whatever, I’m biased!) like many men, can get quite problematic when shaving due to a very coarse and full hair growth.]

 

So if you are a Modern Man sans el beardo the cool thing about The Barbers Brew beard oil is that it’s a great way to keep it soft, shiney and most importantly smelling terrific!

On the converse, of you have love for the beard but are admiring from a distance, not sure if you can pull it off, the comfort factor or for uneven hair-growth reasons, you choose not too … GOOD NEWS: you can still enjoy the beard oils. It’s a preshave as well as a conditioning beard oil.

[see the post beard pic below]

Pre Shave OIl

Use as a pre-shave OR beard oil for max value

  • No red bumps
  • Prevents tugging while shaving
  • Leaves skin so soft
  • Smells manly and fresh

All is to say, check out my friends over at The Barbers Brew and treat yourself!

You can enjoy a sample bottle of The Barbers Brew inside The StylePak™ when you order a Premium or VIP ‘Pak

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BLACK SUITS TO BOWTIES – A Look at Aristocrats Bows n Ties

By: Shona Cruz

The Global Gent

The nature of menswear as an industry is hardly fickle. This is an industry catering to the gentleman shopper who not only understands style and image in a way that his counterparts of 15 years ago would never appreciate but this gent more importantly better understands HIMSELF than ever before.

I have written in the past about the Global Gent and the trend towards fashion and self-expression, but is it a fad? I don’t think so… I do believe that this is a full on culture shift and anyone not rising with this tide will not only find himself desperately frustrated, terribly irrelevant… or both.

The popularity of men’s accessories is growing and becoming part of the expectation in personal care and appearance. So naturally, there has to be an even faster growing supply for this steadily growing demand. Enter the handy dandy online men’s accessory boutique. Every gent, depending on his budget will inevitably invest in new suiting but the real fun is in the details!

Aristocrat Black Silk Bow Tie

Online boutiques like Aristocrats Bows n Ties, based in Toronto, Canada are not only extremely relevant but they are quickly becoming a mainstay of the menswear shopping experience; and here’s why:

A gentleman may only have his classic white shirts and 3 basic suits hanging in the closet (navy, grey and black) and yet by weaving in a few accessories like a splashes of colour through his silk tie or a bit of personality through a patterned pocket square (or round), he can create multiple different looks instantly that will give him fresh modern looks for an entire season.

Investing in a great selection of accessories not only looks great but is very cost effective. Aristocrats Bows n Ties sells all their men’s accessories for UNDER $25 CAD. At that price a gentleman shopper just extended his wardrobe by weeks just by adding a few accessory essentials and a couple hundred dollars!

Aristocrats Bows n Ties are one of my favourite places to pick up reasonably priced and uniquely styled pieces for my gentleman clients. They are dedicated to providing tasteful neckwear and pockets squares at an affordable price. They are passionate about providing customers with an opportunity to be themselves and invite them to find their own style.

It doesn’t end there, this company has taken the next step to smart business savvy and provided a Loyalty Program to give back to their customers for shopping with them. Customers earn points for every dollar spent then simply redeem the points for future purchases. Need any more incentive to hop online and dive in to the world of menswear… and you know it will always fit!

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3….2….1… BEARD OFF!

Beards that make women TICK!


Hairy men and anything even associated with overly excessive hair had been a taboo for way to long. Strong Hairy men in the seventies were celebrated and was the intended ideal man for most woman. It has been introduced with a warm welcome in the recent months with so much love. In our beautiful, cultural, and populated city of Toronto what have we noticed? BEARDS! LOTS AND LOTS OF BEAUTIFUL AND LUSCIOUS BEARDS. There are 5 hairy beauties that have been the rising stars of the beard industry. We all know every woman has a little something for that “bad boy” and what beard is our best fit for that image? The full beard.

THE FULL BEARD

It immediately grabs the attention of the ‘peasants’ that dare cross paths with you. Providing a beastly aura of strength, confidence, and mystery to your appearance. It can be increasing challenging for a stubborn woman (which are most of us) and will keep her on her toes. A masculine Viking bushy style is definitely  the perfect kick off for a mesmerizing and powerful bearded entrance to the new year.

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Chris John Millington

UNEVEN BEARD

Our rising shaggy star this season has been the UNEVEN BEARD, most often seen with the equally as popular UNDERCUT hairstyle. A beard flowing with your common daily hair looks is always a blessing. Give yourself a nice fade where your side burns join with your beard, allowing your beard to emerge at its most clean cut  and well groomed presentation. Added definition to your face resulting in the mysterious look most women have become slaves to.

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Billy Huxley

CAPTAIN BLACK BEARD

Our black beauties have a hairy advantage with beards as well. With the divine gift of small and tight curls giving that look of a complete and full beard and envious volume is easy to accomplish. The wide variety of options to choose from gives them plenty of room for creativity with hairstyles. BONUS!

BEARD- RICKROSS

Rick Ross

THE SHORT BEARD

The first class beard that makes every woman’s knees buckle at just the sight of it. It brings confidence, a regal atmosphere, and pure sex. THE SHORT BEARD, it’s short, it’s clean, easy to maintain, and of course mysterious. With this look you immediately label yourself as the ‘BIG KAHUNNA’ yet it is still perfect for any situation that requires you to play the role of a certified businessman.

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David Gandy

POP! GOES THE COLOUR

If you’re the type that likes to stand out and be noticed without a second glance, try adding colour to your eclectic bearded personality. Be mindful of not using permanent dye otherwise you might have to settle with a two toned look in your near and unfortunate hairy future. What is great about this unshaven flair is that it gives you free reign with colour that can work with your general style. Bring a new meaning to the ‘BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL’.

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The Gentlemen’s Checklist

The Gentleman’s Checklist is not only a guide to the essentials for the dapper lifestyle, but rules to live by because being a gentleman is a choice that never goes out of style.” 

 

  1. CONFIDENCE ….is key!

Without that, little of what you say or do will be as effective as you would like it to be. Know your worth and what you can offer and you’ll be amazed at what gets attracted to your new emanating energy! Dig deep and find the elements that make you authentically you and own it.

  1. SWAGGER & CHARM.

Gentlemen, a healthy dose of both these qualities will let people know you look good, feel good and will inevitable attract people to you. So before you second guess yourself, give yourself the pep talk you need to push those shoulders back and walk like you own the place. Remember, what you convey through body language is communicated 93% stronger than verbal communication so make sure you’re sending the right message.

3. MANNERS

This is not just a dying art form, it’s a must! Whether you’re walking that elderly lady across the street or holding the door open for a mom with a stroller, like it or not, your manners are saying more about you then you realize. The mark of a true gentleman can always be seen in the way he treats those around him.

4. CHIVALRY

Because good old romance ain’t dead yet. To those gents clever enough to truly understand the locks this magical key will open, kudos. For the rest of you … google it ASAP!

5. SIGNATURE SCENT

So she can sense your presence before she even lays eyes on you and stay on her mind long after that kiss good night. Did you know that fragrances smell different on every person? Everyone has a different body chemistry and because of that every scent will translate differently on your skin than the next guy. When purchasing a signature scent keep 2 things in mind: i) what you WANT to smell like and ii) what the fragrance smells like on you after a few hours. You will want to test out a few and DON’T buy the same day – make sure you still like it after the top notes have faded. A gentlemen’s signature scent will not only make an impression, it’s your lasting impression… so make sure it’s a good one.

  1. KNOW YOUR WINE

A gentleman is only as smooth as the wines that he enjoys. Know your basics, this doesn’t mean you need to be a connoisseur but know the difference between a Merlot and a Malbec. Taste a few and determine what your favorites are then find out what year they had the best grapes! You will be dripping of sophistication and elegance as you impress the socks (and maybe more) off your dinner date.

7. A GREAT SUIT … or THREE!

The Gentlemen’s Wardrobe Essential’s Checklist (a more in depth look, in an upcoming article) requires you to be presentable and appropriate for any and all occasions life brings your way. This means you will need in your wardrobe, at minimum, i) a perfectly fit black suit for the unexpected funeral or formal affair ii)  navy suit for daytime functions and less formal occasions iii)  grey suit, to alternate with the navy suit for daytime, less formal occasions as well as the spring/summer months. These three suits will provide you the foundation for a suiting selection for looking dapper and sophisticated no matter the occasion.

  1. A GREAT TAILOR.

Not an option if you do not get your suits custom made. Although I always recommend a made to measure or bespoke suit (which one is dependent on budget) given the option, if you must purchase off the rack, alterations are not something you want to take a chance with. You want people to notice YOU in the suit, not the suit you are in and a great tailor will ensure you get noticed for looking sharp.

9. MENS ACCESSORIES.

Because clothes don’t make the man, his accessories do. Ok so this is obviously arguable, however, a well accessorized gentleman is seen as paying attention to the fine details. So make a point of investing in that great watch, that sexy bracelet and classic sunglasses you’ve been debating; it all adds to the image and look of sophistication and class. It’s all in the details.

  1. VULNERABILITY

What are you passionate about? Job? Car? Sports? Fashion? Family? Don’t be afraid to show off those things that hold a key to your heart – that’s what makes you human and real and nothing is more appealing than a gent who’s not afraid of his emotional side. On the other hand, it also shows that you are multi-dimensional and have hobbies and interests. Whether you are looking to impress that special someone or putting your best self forward with the bosses, showing your human side makes you seem balanced in life and in control of what you want.

The Grungy Gentleman.

http://grungygentleman.com

The Grungy Gentleman. The name itself tells you this is not your typical clothing site. On the contrary, it turns convention on its head. The site itself is set up multimedia style, offering all things modern and unique from the categories you would expect from a lifestyle site. From articles on the latest designer runway show to a 101 on Scotch recipes to tickle any set of taste buds.

It’s hard enough trying to find and stay on top of trends and fashion let alone what’s happening with housing, gadgets, food, restaurants etc. and the list goes on. It’s simply exhausting! Here is a source that give a one-stop-shop feel with luxury. As I walk through the site I am taken on an exciting sensory ride – Grungy TV grabs my attention and I’m hooked! Looking through the video library I’m suddenly made aware that this is more than just your typical hip hop website with a few dashes of designer duds and lifestyle sprinkled throughout. Its chic, its hip hop, its style, its unconventional.

Grungy TV

What swayed my opinion the most was the riveting interview with Bill Russell, Boston Celtics legend. The interview was conducted by Bill Simmons and was not only informative and easy to follow for someone like myself, whose knowledge of all things basketball is relatively limited. I found it entertaining and informative learning about the biography. It gave me the feeling that this was not just a style site, it truly was a lifestyle site, offering something meaty that loyal followers of the brand could engage with.

Food+Travel

We’ve all wondered about the life of the rich and famous; what they eat and drink, wondering if we will ever reach a point like that in our lives where we would live so indulgently; but have you ever wondered what the trendy eat? Well look no further. The food and travel section of this site takes you on a gastro-fantasy ride of what’s hot in various cities across the country. I think my favourite had to me the lobster mac & cheese and it doesn’t end there.

So you’re a Grungy Gentleman, and you’re in the mood to switch up your game in the cocktail department but dread the thought of leaving it to the bartender at your local hot spot is worse. Well clearly the Grungy Gent looks no further than the handy Food+Travel section where he finds an write up or two on the latest vintage whatever for the modern man. Problem solved, bottoms up.

Blurbs on trendy hot spots from Miami to NYC are of course sprinkled throughout the section to inspire you to dream big and live the lavish lifestyle seen in these glossy images. There is no lack of content here, it’s loaded with article after article of choice words spoken true of the lifestyle of the maybe-not-so-rich and trendy.

 ~Authenticity is key to true style ~

Gadgets and Tech

I have to say the Grungy Gentleman site has enough and more content for the gent who is looking to stay in the loop with all things current and interesting. However, like the sports section of the site I automatically assume this section would hold nothing really of interest for me being that I’m a fashion girl! What would content on gadgets and technology have to keep me interested? I eat my words happily… first off I scan through the page looking for anything that may catch my eye, maybe a hot buzz word or even a colour scheme to make my darting eyes stop. Lo and behold my eyes didn’t go far before they landed on the modelling icon Naomi Campbell posing with the latest Beats by Dre earphones, YES! A great behind the scenes video of the making of the commercial and photo shoot was the cherry on that sundae article. #somethingforeveryone

Sports

So I feel like I probably should have mentioned the Bill Russell thing here, but trust me when I say that if I was a Grungy Gent sports fan looking for the latest in whatever sport, I would find no lack of information to satisfy my sport-centric needs.

Entertainment

Now here is a section I could sink my teeth in to. The diversity of write ups on this site was incredible. I got to read everything from art gallery events to the hottest concerts and festivals. Don’t be fooled, this section has its fair share of fashion and celebrity entertainment, but its just not the same jive you’ve read a hundred times on entertainment sites and TV shows already this week. These article ar as interesting as they are conversation starters that will keep you seeming in the loop and knowledgeable all at the same time.

Style

So when it comes to style and fashion, at first glance, the site looks as though it will be skewed in towards the hip hop side of things and unless your personal style calls for such, you won’t find much here. You would be remissed to not view the collection of content in this section of the site with all its exposure for the not so popular, casual and even something for the suits! Once again they hit the nail on the head with the plethora of style options for men of all styles.

Men looking to keep their finger on the pulse of luxury lifestyle by design, look no further. Whether you live this lifestyle already or it’s something you aspire to Grungy Gentleman is sure to impress and suck you in to their world.

… and we’re back… totally Naked & Famous!

NAKED AND FAMOUS DENIM COMPANY


I have been on hiatus, as I call it , but now I am back and more about my adventures in the NEXT blog post ~

for now, let’s get NAKED…


{DENIM

selling it … wearing it … managing it … buying it …feeling it … teaching it … understanding it … loving it …

… as a stylist, you name it and I did it with denim}

Its one of those wardrobe staples that never, ever go away…

“Jeans…have become not only the backbone but spinal cord, rib cage and for some, the whole skeleton of a woman’s wardrobe…”  –

~Victoria Beckham, denim designer 


SEE???


 

I want to highlight a brand which not only has a strong cult following but a very distinctive look and mantra Naked & Famous 

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This brand has not only succeeds in creating a product that is different and unique but its MADE IN CANADA!

 

The way I see it, there is so much made off shore these days and a major misconception which has forced us to believe that items (especially clothing) needs to be insanely over priced if its made domestically. Well, this brand definitely goes against that general assumption by producing a number of options under $200!

 

The conviction and passion of  founder Brandon Svarc, is totally infectious and intriguing… if you’re on the market for raw denim classic, check out this brand, you might just fall in love ❤   AND after watching this video I think any denim enthusiast would agree that it will inspire you to Get Your Denim On!!

 


Own it. Love it. Live it. Rock it.


 

Fashionably Yours,

Shona xx

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The little black dress

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The little black dress, also infamously known as the LBD. It is without a doubt a staple piece in your closet and most definitely one of the top 10 wardrobe essentials in any woman’s collection.

So why black you may ask?? It’s not for any other reason than that black is chic, timeless and sexy. Done in a high quality fabric, (or not). The reason I say that, and it’s not that any of us want to purchase a low quality item but sometimes you just can’t justify the price tag for the silk or cashmere.

SPENDING TIP:
“If your budget does not allow for all high quality pieces, scrimp on the darks. Workmanship is much more noticeable on light coloured fabrics; inexpensive light coloured pieces will always look cheaper than inexpensive dark ones” – INSTYLE, Secrets of Style  
The single most important feature when buying your LBD is the fit – do not compromise – if you have fallen head over heels for a LBD and it’s just not quite there – enlist the help of a good tailor.
A good tailor can:
Adjust hemlines,
Remove sleeves,
Adjust armholes,
Alter the neckline,
Remove pleats…
Obviously these alterations come at a cost so avoiding them is best but a nip or tuck for the perfect fit can be priceless!
Different ways to wear your LBD
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1. CLASSIC CHIC
– pearls, diamonds, gold, silver… whatever your choice of sparkle is, keep it minimal and sophistcated
– pumps
– your most classic favourite watch
 
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2. EDGY
– ankle booties
– oversized jewellery
– metalic deatails on your clutch
– leather jacket for a hint of rocker sexy
– armful of bangles
 
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3. WORK APPROPRIATE
– blazer
– stud earrings
– full length boots or pumps depending on the waether
– opaque hose
– depending on the neckline, if it is a sheath style dress, a crisp white collared shirt underneath is always very profesional and clean even sans blazer
 
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4. PARTY LBD
– add colour
– pashmina, silk scarf, fur wrap
– coloured platform pumps or strappy and sexy heels
– trendy fun bangles earrings OR statement necklace and a cocktail ring!

 Be creative, there’s no knowing where your LBD might take you. It is simple to take this outfit from day to night just by swapping out the jewellery and outerwear selection. Remember, the most important aspect of fashion is that there are no limits. You are the one that will define that LBD, so make yourself proud and rock it out!

For the LOVE of fashion, wardrobing and style

Calling all “IT” girls!

Every girl should aspire to be an “IT”girl, in my opinion. I mean, that basically declares to the world that you are in love with life and of course fashion and style.The classic “IT” girl possesses qualities such as confidence, fearlessness and class… she has a style that is uniquely her own! However, you must beware not to confuse style and fashion with one another. 
 
In the wise words of Tom Ford, “Style is very different from fashion. Once you find something that works, keep it”.
 
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This past season I’ve really been loving the greek based brand Folli Follie, whose latest theme catalogue celebrates The “IT” girl in all her accessorized glory. From those saturated colours, to the the jewel tones and luxe leather – it’s heaven!
 
Folli Follie’s guide to being an “IT” girl:
“A girl who possesses a certain ‘it’ quality, a certain je ne sais quoi, a spirit that dazzles as she expresses herself through style and personality. They are loved for their effortless sense of style, infectious joie de vivre and cosmopolitan chic way of life.”