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!

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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 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

Really Rock Your Denim

Denim. 
It’s a wardrobe staple…a fashion essential.
It’s classic, stylish and comfortable (yes, comfortable). I know what you’re thinking, and the answer is ‘yes’, you can have it all in a single pair. The trick is knowing where to go, what to look for and who to ask for help.
Wrong size.
Saggy bottom syndrome.
Too tight in the thighs.
Bagging at the knees.
Loose in the waist.
Those are only some of the things that could go wrong with your denim – working in the industry, i’ve heard it all.
Take a look at a few non-negotiables one needs to remember when shopping for a new pair of denim:
Fit, Look, Budget
It’s simple, yes, so don’t compromise on these three OR on the order. I’m serious!
1. Do not compromise on the FIT!
If it is too long, it is very simple to alter, however it is tougher to achieve the right fit when it comes to your waist, hips and thighs. Always prioritize fit in these areas.
 
2. There are so many brands out there with  premium quality.
You don’t have to compromise on the look either, whether you want faded, dark, light, distressed, etc… Keep the look in mind and stay true to that! For example: If you want a vintage look there are many textures that can help you achieve it, it’s not just one colour or fabric that will work. If you find this part a challenge I would suggest recruiting the help of a style expert or a personal shopper. They can help you with achieving the look you want without all the hassle of searching for the pieces yourself!
3. Here is the scary part: How much will this cost me??
Ok this is obviously a personal decision, but, with the exception of designer jeans (where you paying for the label) you get what you pay for with premium denim. A good stylist, or personal shopper will help you find the best value for your money. It is the easiest way to help you find the right fit for your shape, the right look for your style and it can all be within your budget.
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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.”