Trend Alert: Lightweight Turtleneck sweaters

The Lightweight Turtleneck

"This can replace a scarf in the fall, and gives you a nice, clean, minimal look. Try one at the office with a suit or sports jacket. Just make sure the turtleneck is fine-gauge, and that it rolls over and stays high against the neck—we're not talking about a 'mock turtleneck' here. There are great lamb's-wool versions this season, as well as beautiful cable knit  ones like this one from Andrew Nowell.

Affordable Get-a-Ways:  Post Card Inn, St. Pete, FL

Details Magazine called it one of the nine best new design hotels in the world, while Travel & Leisure called it "hip, affordable, and resolutely casual".  This former Travelodge Inn, was recently made over by Philadelphia's SLDesign, which mixed vintage and modern--Eames chairs, Modernica stools to create a neo-bohemian vibe driven home by the 1,200 feet of rope macraméd into a light fixture in the lobby.  

Located on prime beachfront property just minutes away from downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, and short drive away from Tampa, each room has a different feel.

Rates start at $125.

Men’s Accessories: Wrist Takers

These bracelets are popping up on top execs in boardrooms both here and across the pond. The key is to keep it subtle.

Clockwise from top:
H&M faux-leather weave bracelets ($10 for two);
Miracle Icons wooden bead bracelet ($60);
Louis Vuitton Damier Azur canvas bracelet with magnetic clasp ($170);
Louis Vuitton Damier Ebene canvas bracelet with magnetic clasp ($170);
Louis Vuitton black calf leather bracelet with palladium buckle ($370);
Louis Vuitton brown calf leather bracelet with gold buckle ($370);
David Yurman gray rubber weave bracelet ($295).
Designer Turkey?

Thanksgiving is about giving thanks for your many blessings and spending time with friends and family and enjoying each others company.    But of late, it's also been about good food and, of course, shopping. 

Nothing has screamed thanksgiving as much as the turkey, and American food marketers have found a way to take a random $16 bird and turn it into a $200 delicacy.

In New York City,  "designer turkeys" are flying off store shelves - even at prices as high as $14 a pound.
That's a $168 dent in your Thanksgiving budget if you're hunting a tasty 12-pounder.
A pair of Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch Heritage free-range turkeys, went for $200 last week, priced at $11 a pound.  Good Shepherd turkeys have been dubbed the "Mercedes-Benz" of birds.
Still the Good Shepherd turkeys priced $3 less than the D'Artagnan wild turkey, selling for $14 a pound, that looked like a runway model version of the holiday staple - pale, thin, and overpriced. D'Artagnan's website boasts that their turkeys are "farm-raised from the original wild breed."
Still, there are plenty of options for cost-conscious turkey lovers. Chains like Pathmark and Key Food were hawking their plump poultry yesterday for as low as 39 cents a pound.
Shoppers at Pathmark on Atlantic Ave. in Brooklyn said they couldn't care less if their dead bird had a happy life - it just needs to taste good. 

New Weekend Sweater from the GAP

The GAP's new winter-ready "Hooded Sweater" is rugged in a durable knit and old-school toggle closures. We love it with classic corduroys.

The sweater maintains a rugged look with the heavy duty knit, you'll artfully toe the line between fashion-forward and functional.  Besides that, at $80 (US), this sweater is easy on the pockets.

Your ultimate workout partner

Everyone knows when you do anything with a friend, it makes the time that you do a particular task much more enjoyable. Working out is no different. Many bodybuilders have reached their potential by having partners there to motivate them. But sometimes having partners while you are working out can hinder your workout goals. I

Pros: There are many pros to working with a partner when it comes to lifting weight. The first benefit is the motivation factor. A partner is a great motivational tool. People that usually workout with partners tend to go beyond the limits that they set for themselves. The partner usually pushes them to go further. Another pro of working out with a partner is that you will always have a spotter. It is hard trying to find people to give you a spot when you are working out on your heavy days. With a training partner, you will not have this problem. Your partner usually knows what you can and what you can not lift, so he knows when to come in at the right time. Another plus about having a partner is that they can tell you when you are doing something wrong. A partner can guide you in the right direction when your form is particularly straight.

Cons: Even though working with a partner can be great, it also has its down sides. One negative to working out with a partner is what I call the social factor. Many people have their friend or a group of friends workout with them, with the expectation of the partners being there to motivate them. These usually turn into social gatherings, where everything is done but working out. They talk about sports, girls, and anything else that has nothing to do with training.

Here is the rule of thumb when working out with a partner. You are there to train, not to find out what is the latest on your favorite sports team. Work out first and then talk to your friends. Another con to working with a partner is that sometimes the partners do not show up on time. If you want a consistent workout, you need to have a partner that will arrive at the scheduled time that you all have agreed upon. This make the workouts go smoother.

Russell Simmons Launches New Brand

Argyleculture, by Russell Simmons, is a new menswear collection commemorating the class, stature, and respect achieved by the "urban graduate" who has "arrived" in the world.  The line features a timeless tailored aesthetic.

Argyleculture infuses original detailing with the buttoned-up styling of men's professional attire, including suits, argyle vests, zip-up sweaters, plaid oxfords, polos, and denims of different washes.   Available at Macy's.
Sweet Potato Salad with Orange-Maple Dressing

Serves: 6

3 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch cubes
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
1/4 cup orange juice
2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 Tablespoons minced peeled fresh ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 cup coarsely chopped toasted pecans
1/4 cup golden raisins or brown raisins

Steam the sweet potatoes in batches until just tender, about 15 minutes per batch. Transfer sweet potatoes to large bowl and cool to room temperature.

Whisk the olive oil, maple syrup, orange juice, balsamic vinegar, ginger and nutmeg together in a small bowl. Sprinkle the pecans and raisins over the cooled sweet potatoes. Pour the Orange-Maple Dressing over the potato mixture, and toss gently to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper. This salad can be made several hours ahead of time; cover and refrigerate until serving.
Travel Essentials for The Business Traveler

Business trips are another occasion to dress well.

Suit -vs- Blazer
Pack a suit if you are going to have a formal meeting, a blazer if you'll be attending an informal event.  A blue or black blazer is the most versatile and will work well for most occasions.

Depending on the length of your trip, you may want to pack on or two dress shirts.  A white shirt will go with just about anything and can be dressed up or down.  A second shirt might be useful to give you a different look.  You may want this one to be blue, and of course multiple ties are in order.

Black shoes can go along way.  They can be worn with either a suit and depending on the style a pair of jeans.

Jeans, Pants or Trousers
An extra pair of jeans, pants or trousers is usually a good thing.  A pair of dark jeans, with no holes or fancy pockets will usually get you through.  A white shirt with jeans, with or without blazer, will always look sharp at an informal occasion.

An extra pair of pants is always a good idea to mix and match with your suit jacket or blazer.

Naturally, don't forget the belt, watch, cuff links, if wearing cuff shirts, and sunglasses.  Then there is the normal stuff like tooth brush, tooth paste, deodorant, extra undies, and the like.

Eight fitness rules to internalize

1) Eat every few hours. Aim for six small meals per day—three meals and three protein shakes.  
2) Drink tons of water.
3) Choose lean proteins, fruits, and veggies whenever you can.
4) Get six to eight hours of sleep. "Sleep is when your body grows and repairs itself," he says.
5) Avoid simple carbs and junk calories, including condiments like mayo and jelly.
6) Approach fitness as a longterm lifestyle, not an instant transformation. Be dedicated, patient, and work hard for it.
7) Make working out your No. 1 commitment, because it builds the confidence and discipline you need to succeed in every domain of your life.
8) Give yourself one "cheat day" per week when you can eat whatever you want and recover from your training.
Burberry Military Inspired Pea Coat

Burberry double breasted military inspired pea coat for F/W 2011. Featuring a leather aviator inspired chin strap. Two front slanted pockets, buttoned tabs at the cuffs. Buttoned back half belt gives structure to the back panel and central back vent.  The jacket is very chic, wearable and practicle for most climates.
Top Menswear Trends for F/W 2010

1) Battle Gear. Military inspirations are seen across all dimensions of wardrobe. From combat boots, to military detailing on jackets and coats, to army green totes (aka "man bags"), this is the theme for the season.

Knit Picking. Cardigans, vests, knit outerwear, urban joggers and toques are just some of the must have knitted pieces for Fall/Winter 2010. Cashmere is still the best when it comes to comfort, warmth and ts soft feel to the skin. Merino Wool is great alternative.

Jacket Required. Whether it be tweed or velvet, pinstripe or solid, every man needs a jacket in their wardrobe. Its that one piece when added to a plain white tshirt and jean ensemble makes it a sophisticated and modern trio.Coordinate your jackets with a cool, silk pocket square or fashion forward skinny tie.

Jean-ology. Its not a faux pas to wear denim with denim. This season, there'll be a lot of varieties on how denim is treated and worn. You'll see the brave souls mixing denim washes for their tops and bottoms. and some will simply be happy with a flattering pair of distressed denim jeans. This fall/winter dress up or dress down your denim with some of the other trends this season.
How to Moisturize Like a Man

Equip your lips

The sheer volume of chap sticks and moisturizers available for your lips these days can be overwhelming. Cut through the chaff of medicated options and avoid anything loaded with beeswax.  Beeswax is great for candles but doesn’t benefit your lips. “Beeswax just clogs your pores and doesn’t hydrate your skin,” says NYC dermatologist Debra Jaliman. “Petrolatum is the only clinically-proven moisturizer for your lips—and it’s cheap. This is one area where I wouldn’t spend a lot of money.”
Upgrade your arsenal.
That thinner lotion that got you through the clement times might not be up to the challenge of fall, so reach for the heavy-duty stuff before the blustering winds can really chap your hide. Dr. Jaliman cautions against “playing catch-up once your skin dries out,” and recommends using a moisturizer containing hyaluronic acid, which removes toxins from cells to let the good stuff in and helps lock in the moisture your skin needs.
We said it: exfoliate!
Not only will the sloughing-off of dead skin make your body more touchable to those closest to you, but it’ll help you get the most out of those high-end products. “If you apply a moisturizer on top of dry, dead skin,” our expert says, “it will just sit there and not be absorbed by the skin that needs it most.” But don’t overdo it with harsh bacteria-fighting formulas. “People really wreck their skin with antibacterial body washes,” she says. “They come to me with all kinds of rashes and irritation. It’s overkill. Use a gentle, moisturizing formula with ceramides or glycerin instead.”
Take warm (not hot) showers.
While it might be tempting to chase away the cold with a piping hot shower, think twice before dialing up the heat. “Hot water will suck the moisture right out of your skin,” says Jaliman.
Use a pre-shave oil.
In order to avoid razor burn
 caused by dry winter skin, oil your beard up before you shave it off.
Lotion up those hands.
Your hands rarely get a break from the weather—they are constantly exposed to the sun, wind and cold. And while rough paws might be the sign of a hardworking man, they can ruin a first impression in the boardroom and bedroom.
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