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Printed blazers are big this summer and all I can say is, It’s About Freaking Time. These amazing blazers have been big in Europe for years and they are finally taking off in the states. Just wish I lived somewhere where blazers are a viable options for summer.

While I love the classic timeless black, navy, and even brown suits lets not be afraid of color gentleman. These vibrant suits are everything and you can diversify your look by mixing and matching the tops and bottoms. Blue top with salmon slacks one day, salmon top with white bottoms the next. The possibilities are endless and it makes your wardrobe look way bigger than it really is.

Missoni Men Spring/Summer 2013 FULL SHOW | Milan Men’s Fashion Week | FashionTV FMEN (by fashiontvFMEN)

I adore this line it is my style, only thing I would do differently is throw in a little more color, I’m not a big fan of all the neutrals.  The inspiration for this line was a world traveler theme absorbing styles and influences from multiple cultures from around the globe.  You can read more about the influences and history of the company on the Missoni site.   

Butterbeer Gelatin Shots

Ingredients:

1 cup creme soda

2 envelopes unflavored gelatin

1/3 cup vanilla vodka

2/3 cup butterscotch schnapps

colored crystal sugar, if desired.

Directions. 

In a medium saucepan sprinkle gelatin over surface of soda and allow to set for 2 to 3 minutes.  Heat over low heat, stirring continuously until gelatin fully dissolves. Remove from heat.

Stir in vodka and schnapps. Pour into a loaf pan and refrigerate until gelatin fully sets, about 3 hours.  Cut gelatin into desired shapes. 

If using the sugar crystals dip gelatin into the sprinkles immediately before serving as they will quickly dissolve on the gelatin. 

The Proper Shave

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Image by Catherine Sherman See her article on shaving with a straight razor, cutting edge

There was a time not so long ago that one of the biggest rights of passage in modern society was when a young man was taught the art of shaving from his father. This time honored tradition has faded in the last few decades and unfortunately for many if their fathers did teach them to shave they did not learn to do so properly. I see so many men out and about today with horrific razor burn, cuts, and little patches of beard that where missed.  The time for the self mutilation of men’s faces has come to an end.  Shaving should not be painful nor should it be an ordeal faced with dread, though I must admit I do not shave every day mostly out of laziness but never out of dread of razor burn and cuts.

Those that know me well know that I have a very thick coarse fast growing beard and they are often astonished at how smooth my face is after shaving.  Though I do have the added complication of a beard that grows in five different directions, I never have any problems achieving a close shave it just takes a little while longer than most men.  If you follow my words of wisdom handed down by properly shaven gentleman over the centuries than you too can have a close clean shave and amazing skin.

Step 1: Proper tools

Use a good razor. You do not have to spend tons of money on some fancy gold plated razor from France, but I guarantee you will not get a good shave with a disposable razor that comes in a pack of 50 for $5. It is also important to have a good shaving cream I personally do not like the new shaving gels and prefer an old fashion cream in a pot that I apply with a shaving brush. If you have a thick or exceptionally coarse beard or just have very delicate skin than I highly recommend this method. The use of the brush helps to raise the beard so you can get a much closer shave with out cuts. Even if you chose to use a cream in an aerosol can you can still use a shaving brush, just apply the cream to the brush then put it on your face. 

All men should also be using a shaving oil. This is something that has greatly fallen out of use in recent times but there are still lots of makers of shaving oils. This should be applied in a thin coat to the entire surface to be shaved just before you apply your shaving cream. The oil will help the razor glide across the skin, if nothing else the addition of shaving oil alone will drastically reduce the occurrence of razor burn. 

Step 2: Preparation 

Your face needs to be clean with opened pores and softened skin and hair. This is best achieved by cleaning your face with a facial cleansing product in a hot shower. I almost always shave immediately after getting out of the shower. Sometimes we find ourselves in need of a shave but we do not need or have time for a shower but there is an easy fix for this as well. Wash your face over the sink with a facial cleanser, then run hot water over a wash cloth, gently ring out excess water and place the cloth over your face for a few minutes. This will help to soften the skin and beard as well has open up the pores. 

When applying the shaving cream using your brush do so in a circular motion  this will help build a better lather as well as brush away any particles that may have been left in your skin.

Step 3: The Shave

Now that you have a proper razor, your face is clean and you have applied your shaving oil and shaving cream, it is time to get to work and shave that beard. 

With your free hand hold the immediate area to be shaved so that the skin is pulled taut. Shave with the grain with very light pressure and rinse your razor often,I rinse my blade after every stroke. Take your time, your not in a shaving race, when men rush their shave thy cut themselves and miss patches of hair. If your going to shave than make sure you have the time to do it properly otherwise skip it and rock the lumberjack look.

If you need an even closer shave then rinse your face with warm water re oil, reapply shaving cream and very gently shave against the grain.

Step 4:

When you are done shaving rinse your face with cold water to close the pores then apply a good aftershave balm. I do not recommend aftershaves that contain alcohol as they can led to dry skin. It is okay to use them from time to time but never as your daily aftershave. This means those aftershaves that come in gift packs of cologne are usually garbage though some of the high end colognes do come with good alcohol free aftershave balms. 

You should always use aftershave, a proper aftershave will help hydrate the skin and allow it to heal faster from any nicks or cuts. It will also help keep your skin healthy making the next shave better and smoother. 

ethandesu:

Work with what you’ve got
In dressing well, we all have constraints and obstacles, particularities dependent on ourselves that dictate what works and what doesn’t. I am very fair in complexion, with a dark beard, which means very dark navy or grey tends to make me look like a corpse, but I am also heavy, which means very light colours are a challenge. Regardless of what I see in magazines or on others, I have constraints particular to myself.
Jake has a different set of issues, with a pale complexion and red hair. The colours he tends toward show a keen eye to that, and he wears shades of rich blue, bitter chocolate brown, olive and forest green beautifully.
Dress for yourself.

Since I missed yesterday I’m going to make up for it with a few extra posts. This is obviously from the same poster as the last reblog with yet another adorable outfit and some great words of wisdom. 
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ethandesu:

Work with what you’ve got

In dressing well, we all have constraints and obstacles, particularities dependent on ourselves that dictate what works and what doesn’t. I am very fair in complexion, with a dark beard, which means very dark navy or grey tends to make me look like a corpse, but I am also heavy, which means very light colours are a challenge. Regardless of what I see in magazines or on others, I have constraints particular to myself.

Jake has a different set of issues, with a pale complexion and red hair. The colours he tends toward show a keen eye to that, and he wears shades of rich blue, bitter chocolate brown, olive and forest green beautifully.

Dress for yourself.

Since I missed yesterday I’m going to make up for it with a few extra posts. This is obviously from the same poster as the last reblog with yet another adorable outfit and some great words of wisdom. 

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