Groom Prep

Who gets ready at the last minute? Last Friday, a client of mine asks me to help a friend of his out of a jam. An hour later, I find out his friend is getting married on Saturday and forgets his shirt and bowtie back home in Virginia. Needless to say, I found the right fitting shirt and bowtie and he’s a happy camper.

And you thought all the groom had to do was show up! This situation reminded me of how I prepped for my day. Unless I woke up thinking I was Denzel, I couldn’t just roll out of bed and go get married. When your big day rolls around, be smart, and use a checklist. My list was not too complicated.

1. Pack your clothes early

2. Pack grooming products in Dopp kit

3. Get shirt pressed day of event

4. Make sure you have the rings

5. Your “best man” is your backup reminder

Tuxedo: The Black Tux | Shirt: HUGO BOSS | Grooming: Scotch Porter|

Shoes: Ferragamo | Sneakers: Converse | Bowtie: HUGO BOSS | Timepiece: Burberry

Subscribe your Style

What’s right for you?  As a growing percentage of men invest in themselves, more companies are listening to what our needs are.  On one side of the street you have men who don’t know how to dress, much less tie a tie, and need some direction. On the other side you have men that have been dressing up since their bar mitzvah or Sunday school. In either case, men shop when they need something, or for a special occasion.

We subscribe to GQ Magazine, cable TV, and our favorite coffee at Starbucks, why not subscribe for men’s accessories and grooming products.
sprezzaboxSprezzaBox has four plan types that you can choose from, monthly for $28, 3-month for $80, 6-month for $155, and a 12-month subscription for $300.  You can also purchase individual pieces instead of a set.

Gentlemanbox

Gentlemanbox

Gentleman’s Box has two plans, monthly for $25 or annual for $275. With the holiday season approaching, Genleman’s Box has three gift box packages, 3-month for $75, 6-month for $150, or a 12-month gift for $275

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Dapper Black Box has one monthly plan for $28. Products are an assortment of African American owned brands.

birchbox

Birchbox has a monthly plan for $20 and a yearly plan for $195. Birchbox also has three gift box packages, 3-month for $60, 6-month for $110, or a 12-month gift for $195. If you are ever in NYC and want to build your own Birchbox, stop by the Soho location.

Although the listed companies have similar packages, they all have items unique to them.  The benefit is the number of samples or products that we can use everyday. Honestly, how excited would you be to receive the gift that keeps giving?

Save your face

So the week of the polar vortex has come and gone, and your skin took a beating.  The products I’ve used to protect my skin from the harsh elements has been the Facial Fuel line by Kiehl’s.  Now the trick to keeping your skin in the shape that you want it, is that you need to be consistent with using the product.

Kiehl's Men's Starter Kit

Kiehl’s Men’s Starter Kit

Most men know when their skin feels oily, or grimy.  In the past guys might have just washed their face with soap and water, and felt like their skin is now clean.  Welcome to 2014, and the product line from Clarisonic.  Most guys may think they are to macho to buy this, but trust me, it’s a great investment.  Clarisonic has different models and colors, but if you want a basic black color, the ARIA model is the one for you.

Aria model Clarisonic cleanser

Aria model Clarisonic cleanser

For information on these products visit

http://www.kiehls.com

http://www.clarisonic.com

December 1st ritual

With the month of Movember almost over, don’t be a Neanderthal and grab the first razor you see. If you aren’t going to use an electric razor, visit your local “Art of Shaving” store and pamper yourself before the holidays kick into full swing.

I make it a point to visit the Art of Shaving in Paramus, NJ. The staff knows the product, so on the days when I can’t make it to my barber, I’m following the proper steps to keep a clean face, and avoid those nics and cuts.

Style your scruff

MicroTouch Switchblade

MicroTouch Switchblade

 

As we enter the month where facial hair is widely accepted, gentleman need to keep presentable.  To help keep up appearances, I recently tried the MicroTouch Switchblade.

Whether, you are a college student with a lot of growth on your face, or an established adult in the work place, your beard and mustache don’t have to overshadow who you are.  When I can’t make it to the barbershop, the only thing keeping me from looking Iike Wolverine, is the Switchblade.  It allows me to keep my facial hair, and keep a groomed appearance.

Small in stature, the Switchblade comes with a 10-piece grooming kit that is perfect for travelling.  Using 2 triple-A batteries, this styler comes with several guides to make sure that you trim what you want and nothing more.  On one side of the trimmer a 2mm, 4mm, & 6mm attachment are great for your sideburns, eyebrows, and for detailing.  On the other end of the trimmer, the Switchblade comes with 2 bigger attachments that are perfect for keeping your head of hair GQ perfect and Instagram ready.

For more info visit http://www.getswitchblade.com