Baggage Claim!

Herschel  recently released their own take on the carryall with the Novel Duffle bag. Featuring a compartment designed for your footwear, the bag comes in three colors with subtle detailings. The bag retails for  $75 USD.
Keeping Faith!

Despite recent troubles with the law Faith Evans is back on track with her sixth studio album --Something About Faith-- set to be released on October 5, 2010.  The first single "Gone Already" is getting considerable air play.

Her longevity and perseverance in the music industry is a true testament that anything is possible if you just keep the faith!

Getting the right fit in a shirt

Dress shirts tend to shrink after a few washings, so before buying and getting a shirt tailored, make sure the sleeve is slightly longer in order to counteract any eventual shrinkage.

The sleeve should cover your wrist and reach the beginning of your thumbs, while your cuffs should be tight enough to prevent them from slipping down your wrist.

If you choose to leave your button-down shirt untucked, it should hang just above your pants zipper (at back pocket level).

When wearing a jacket and extending your arms, the sleeves should land between a half-inch and one inch past the jacket. Anything longer is cause for tailoring or buying a smaller shirt.

And, by-all-means, if when you try on your shirt it bunches up between and across the button holes, it is too small! Choose another size.  If you're in between sizes always round up.

Suitable sneakers!

Just what is suitable sneakers you ask?  Well, they are sneakers you can pair with a suit and not look like a fool.  The Achilles by Common Projects, is just such a sneaker.  Common Projects, by-the-ways, pretty much invented the idea of (ahem) suitable sneakers.  Their sneaks sport a slim profile, supple leather,  and a clean design.  

The ultra chic Dior Blue Sapphire phone

If you're in the market for something exclusive, the latest Dior cell phone could be the ideal choice. But to join this exclusive club you’ll need to be the type of person that doesn’t get too concerned about the cost of things. At $7,314.49 (USD) with availability only through the finest watch and jewellery boutiques, this phone isn’t going to be appearing in the latest Carphone Warehouse buyer’s guide anytime soon. Nor are  any of the other variants, which include diamond encrusted versions that will push price up drastically. 
Handcrafted and designed in France, the phone features a slimline clamshell design with ‘jewel-like finishing and stylistic references’. The body of the phone is made of hand-chiselled pure sapphire crystal.
The phone features an electroluminescent keyboard and AM-LOED screen, plus crystal clear sound and quad band connectivity. 
Working out will improve your sex life!

1. Weight lifting increases your testosterone. Why is that so important? Testosterone is the main sex hormone, without it you would have no sex drive. It enhances your libido, gives you more energy, and maturity of your sex organs. Basically it makes a mans  man and the more you have the more and better sex you can have.  
2. Exercise increases your endurance, stamina, and energy levels. Which means you can go longer and more often. None of this 2x a night stuff, I’m talking 4-5x with exercise.
3. You’ll look great naked! This one is pretty obvious, if you look great naked, and your partner thinks you look great naked, then you’re in for a great time. But if your partner doesn’t think you look great naked, and visa versa, then there will be problems.
If having the greatest love life, where you do it more and better, doesn’t give you enough incentive to exercise regularly then you might as well become a hermit.  
How to shine your shoes 101

Keeping your shoes shined will not only add to your overall look, but will also add to the maintenance and care of your shoes.  This will help them to last longer.  While getting them shined professionally might feel good, its not always practical.  So, here are some basic steps  you can take to shine your own shoes:
1) Find some newspaper to cover the floor. Cover the area where you will be shining your shoes. You don’t want stains on carpet or even hardwood and so this first step is of utmost importance.
2) Take out shoe any shoe trees if present.
3) If your shoes have laces, take them out too – this will allow for the tongue of the shoe to be polished as well.
4) Now clean off your shoe with a damp cloth to get all dust and other particles that don’t belong off. After this cleansing process, allow for your shoes to dry before proceeding.
5) Now you can use a toothbrush or perhaps the “on-brush” to get the polish onto areas that are hard to reach. Once you’ve reached the hard to reach areas, you can apply the polish elsewhere.
5a) Quick note on types of polish – a wax-type will help waterproof your shoes whereas a cream-type will make your shoes shinier.
6) After applying the polish, let your shoes dry a bit. Once they are dry enough, you can then use the off-brush to start polishing your shoes.
7) After polishing with the brush, you can use your chammy to do some extra polishing.
Let your shoes dry and they should have a beautiful shine.
BMW ends production of the M6

BMW has decided to end the production of the M6 Coupe and Convertible. The second-generation M6 sold 14,152 units since it launched in 2005. With the departure of these two high-performance models, BMW has shifted its efforts towards the production of a unique V10 high-rev engine.
The cinnamon secret!

Did you know that cinnamon is a metabolism booster?

Yes, as you crunch your way to a 6-pack delicious cinnamon spice can help!

How it works
Cinnamon causes your stomach to empty food slower than normal so your blood sugar doesn’t spike. When blood sugar levels are stable, you’re less likely to binge or crave sugary and sweet foods. And there’s no limit to how much cinnamon you can use. Try sprinkling it on fruit, like apples, or add it to your green tea, fruit smoothies and even coffee.
Cavi  Fall 2010 collection

Cavi's Fall 2010 Collection creates a sleek and preppy look for urban  gentlemen.  The brand  freatures modern twist on checkers, stripes and bright colors, by maintaining the brightness.   Created  in 2004 by Phil Gapud, Danny Victor and Nathan Krivo the newcomers are of Philippin0, Haitian and Russiaian decent.
Choosing the proper hairbrush

Most folks  could care less about what type of hairbrush they use. However, choosing the right brush can promote healthier hair.  
Boar bristle brushes are more densely packed so that the bristles can grab hold of sebum (the oil your scalp naturally produces), and spread it down the length of the hair shaft. This process creates more evenly moisturized hair and scalp, and also add a greater natural shine. 
This type of stimulation and distribution of sebum has been  found to promote healthier hair growth!
Getting the most out of your tailor

Your relationship with your tailor is crucial: a good one knows your physique and appreciates your worldview. You’re trusting him with your appearance in the field of sartorial battle, so to speak, so choose wisely. And once you’ve got your man—and most often they are men—get the most out of your relationship by adhering to a few general principles

Know what you’re afterDo you like a break in your trousers? Do you like to show a little extra cuff? These may seem like obvious points, but you’d be surprised how many guys show up for a fitting unprepared to give direction. These are decisions you learn through experience, and you shouldn’t leave them to anybody else, even the most trusted master of the needle and the thread.
Dress accordingly.If you’re having a jacket altered, wear a dress shirt you like—and that fits the way you like a shirt to fit. If you’re having pants hemmed, wear shoes you normally wear: you don’t want to be appraising a pair of tuxedo trousers while wearing your favorite pair of Jordans (No, we’re not recommending you wear sneakers with a tux.)
Be reasonable.Re-cutting a coat to narrow the shoulders is a serious job—the tailoring equivalent of open-heart surgery. And you shouldn’t leave either to somebody without proper expertise. A good tailor knows what’s a difficult job, admits as much, and will charge accordingly.
Do some research.When choosing somebody for basic alterations, see what other kinds of work they do. Is he used to opening button holes? If he’s surprised by something you request then he’s not the man to be asking. If you need a trusted name, ask somebody from a store you frequent who they like to use.
Cultivate your relationship.A good tailor, like a good mechanic or bartender, is an indispensable part of your life. If you like his work, tell him, and refer friends—he’ll be more willing to indulge your more nuanced requests, and he’ll get your work done sooner.  
How to Avoid Pit Stains

We’ve all had it happen to us before – sweating more than we’d like to at the office… and you know what that means – pit stains! Needless to say, you want to avoid them at all costs.Pit stains generally make you look as if you’re nervous. Secondly, having pit stains will probably make you self-conscious which will in turn make you more nervous. When you do have pit stains, you’ll probably self-restrict your movements since you’ll probably try to avoid having anyone see that you’ve been sweating so much. The question is, what can you do to avoid pit stains? In this post, that’s exactly what we’ll discuss.

First and foremost, you should avoid a shirt that is too tight. The tighter your shirt, the more likely you are to sweat. Studies have also shown that uncomfortable clothing leads to lower mental performance – so the tight shirt is a doubly bad.

Secondly, if you tend to sweat a lot, you should probably stick to cotton. Cotton tends to absorb sweat and so this will generally help. Wearing an cotton undershirt will cut moisture. Polyester is a moisture wicking fabric – avoid it if you have trouble with pit stains. It’s not just the fabric type that you can focus on – you can also obviously wear darker fabrics so that when you do sweat, it’s not as obvious.

It goes without saying that you should wear antiperspirant and not just plain deodorant. The antiperspirant will help prevent sweating and you can even get one that deodorizes at the same time. Finally, trimming your arm-pits will help. We’re not saying shave them… but trimming them so they are shorter will definitely help your skin breath better.

Stay Cool! 
Street Fresh:  Air Jordan CMFT

The Air Jordan CMFT Viz Air 11 is yet another hybrid from Jordan Brand and believe it or not it has received quite the positive response from the sneaker world at large. It appears that the mashed up Air Max is now hitting select retailers in its Varsity Royal or Varsity Red colorway. White plays the complimenting color to either shoe and the results are far from disappointing but don’t take our word for it go see for yourself.
Steaming Your Suit vs Dry Cleaning it

How often should you steam your suit and how often should you dry clean it? Before answering this question, we should point out that there are a number of things that you should do to take care of your suit even before the dry cleaning and steaming part.
1) Keep the dust and particles off. Brush your suit as often as you can in order to keep particles that don’t belong off of your precious clothing.
2) Hang your suit and pants as soon as your done wearing them. Leave these items enough room in your closet so they aren’t squished. If you really care about your pants (we recommend this), you shouldn’t fold it over a hanger but rather hang it upside down from the cuffs with soft clamps.
3) Don’t forget the moth balls somewhere in a box in your closet.
4) If you’re storing your suit for a long time, make sure to store it within a garment bag.
Believe it or not, you should really only dry clean your suit at the dry cleaners once a year. No matter how great your dry cleaner may be, frequent dry cleaning will cause damage to your suit. If there is a stain on your suit, try spot cleaning it with cold water. If this doesn’t work, take it to the dry cleaner for spot cleaning. As for the steamer, invest in a good one so you can use it all the time without worry. Try steaming your suit and letting it hang dry before you wear it.
You already know this, but NEVER iron your suit. BAD idea. Avoid it.
Trend Alert:  Sun-Faded

The whole washed-out, sun-faded thing started popping up this summer at Vegas Trade Shows, but by next year it'll be everywhere. Or at least that's the impression I've been getting after looking at a lot of  the Spring 2011 shows. Above, you'll see the faded-out twin set (for lack of a better term) from US newcomer Tween (right) and the reverse printed tees from Zanerobe (left).  Seems like a big trend for 2011 will be looking like you've been wearing the clothes for at least ten summers, and we're into it.
A watch is more than a time keeper

The Watch:
You've got your fancy dress watch and your crappy digital watch, but for the hours in between, consider this low-key chronograph from Swiss powerhouse Wenger. All black with stainless-steel markers, its PVD case is sleek and durable, and at $550, you won't find a better value. GST Chrono chronograph by Wenger.

Deposit a check with your iPhone

Wow, I just discovered that it is possible to deposit a check without going to the bank. Not all banks offer this. I do my local banking with Chase, and had already downloaded the iPhone app, but I'd never noticed that at the bottom of the screen, there's an icon for "Deposit."

The first time you click it, you'll be asked to sign up for online depositing, which is free. The sign up took no time at all, just a few clicks. When you're ready to actually deposit a check, you have to select which account (i.e. savings or checking) you want the deposit to go to, and enter the amount. Then you have to photograph the front and back of the check. They say it's best to do it in good light, against a dark background.

I had had the check folded in my wallet, so I had to flatten it out. The camera frames the check and reminds you to hold still. You take a photo of the front and then the back-- you can zoom in to make sure your photo isn't blurry before you finalize the deposit. Some kind of processing then takes place, and you get a confirmation back, which includes the routing and account numbers from the check. If the camera hasn't read the info properly, you'd get some kind of rejection at this point, but they do caution you to hang onto the check until the deposit has cleared, just in case.

I just did this 5 minutes ago, and immediately got an email from Chase confirming the deposit (though it still notes that it's "pending" and not "cleared.") We'll see if it all goes through properly in a day or two, I guess, but it looks like it will save me a trip to the bank. I have to say, I'm kind of amazed that this is possible!
New standards for fall

The Blazers:
Those in search of the incomparable fit of unstructured blazers usually hit a wall — ka-ching! — as the best of them require tailoring skills that don't come cheap. But 99-year-old Italian label Lubiam 1911 has capitalized on a near-century of expertise to create a line of unstructured blazers that fit like a second skin and won't cost you a mortgage payment. From left: Cotton blazer ($550) and wool blazer ($795) by L.B.M. 1911; wool blazer ($795) by Luigi Bianchi Mantova.
Developing a winning smile

According to a recent University of North Carolina study… “Males with perfectly aligned pearly whites are associated with qualities such as dominance, strength, and social competance”.

So to help you develop a winning smile, here are a few safe and effective steps you can take:

Whitening Toothpastes
will lift superficial stains, scrubs off the daily residue left by coffee or red wine but won’t get rid of deeper discoloration 5 minutes a day $3.50 – $20 per tube

Halogen Lamp
most effective procedure to get noticeably whiter natural looking teeth can take up to an hour and a half (Repeat once a year)
Approx. – $600

Custom-fit Trays
will get your teeth about as white as the lamp will, but the peroxide will not penetrate as deep two visits to the dentist for molds and then two weeks of wearing the trays (Repeat every 6 mos.)
Approx. – $400
Hot looks for Fall 2010

Waterproof cotton-and-hand-stuffed-down parka with coyote-fur trim ($2,985), wool turtleneck ($315), and cotton-and-wool trousers with braces ($665) by Nigel Cabourn; leather boots ($435) by Alden.
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