Archive for June, 2008

Grooming Picks: Best Men’s Cologne

Your smell or scent is important. It’s extremely vital and it’s one of the grooming basics along with hair, nails, and teeth (check out the article from earlier this month about grooming basics). You should always smell good, unless you just finished practicing a sport, building something, or working out- even then you should quickly shower and dabb on a nice scent.

The best way to choose a cologne is to go into a mall and try on different scents. This is the best way because colognes smell differently on different people- and it’s important to know if the cologne mixes well with your body scent. If you don’t have time to go into the store and pick out one or if you’re buying cologne as a gift, I’m going to make it easier for you. . .

List of the Best Men’s Colognes:

Unforgivable by. Sean John
*This is surprisingly my top pick. For some reason it’s a cologne that I automatically wanted to not like. But every other time that I compliment a man on his cologne he says it’s “Unforgivable”. . . that risqué ad that Diddy has seems to hold truth.

Dolce & Gabbanna
[Classic D&G, The One, Light Blue]

Burberry:
Burberry Brit for a bold smell
Burberry Summer for a lighter smell.

Must de Cartier Pour Homme

Men with a “taste for expensive things” seem to fancy this cologne.


Issey Miyake
*This another one that I seem to compliment, but this only smells good on certain men. It’s very important to only lightly use this cologne b/c it can easily become overwhelming.


Creed
Some men swear by this cologne, they say it really attracts women.

Common, Popular, & Classic Colognes
These colognes always seem to make the list of best colognes. I don’t personally like them all (some are too bold), but as a whole they are good choices.
1. Aqua de Gio Armani
2. Aqva Bvlgari
3. Cool Waters by Davidoff
4. Hugo by Hugo Boss
5. PI by Givenchy
6. Calvin Klein: Euphoria & Eternity Summer

BEST place to smell/test cologne: Nordstrom – they have the best collection of high-end colognes and they have the most helpful attendants.

BEST place to buy cologne: Macys – they always have sales, and they almost always give away extra gifts with their cologne purchases

BEST online store to buy cologne: eBay – they have almost every fragrance for the lowest price on the internet.

*Tip: In between smelling colognes make sure you smell coffee beans. Why? Because coffee refreshes your sense of smell. Most high-end stores, like Nordstrom, will have small glasses full of coffee beans next to the colognes.

The Man + Purse: Murses & Manbags

Pharrell Williams has a $67,000 purple/pink crocodile
Hermes bag


When men first began carrying bags that were traditionally worn by women people laughed- they laughed loud and they laughed hard. But with some of manliest men and top style gurus strutting . . . I mean walking around with these bags you have to ask yourself- is it really THAT bad? Some people think that the "man-bag" portrays 1 of 2 things: you're self-absorbed or you like men. I'm thinking that stigma is changing. The list of of men who rock "murses" grows everyday: Pharrell, David Beckham, Lupe Fiasco, Tom Brady, Seal, Kanye West, Ryan Reynolds, and Terrence Howard just to name a few.

David Beckham w/ a leather brown Prada bag
 

Terrence Howard w/ his black patent & leather crocodile

Lupe Fiasco and his red Goyard bag

 

Seal w/ a black leather murse

 

Tom Brady w/ an army fatigue murse

 

In his interview with Paper Magazine Pharrell talks about his murse/travel bag:

“Don’t call it a murse,” says PHARRELL, pulling out his second look from the gargantuan purple croc HERMES tote, which he has accessorized with another JACOB key chain, this one covered in yellow diamonds to match the bag’s gold hard-ware.

“It’s not a man purse. It’s my travel bag.”

PHARRELL says style is… "about who you are, where you’re going, what’s comfortable…It’s your attitude that makes it hot.”

“It’s not that I’m necessarily proud of being a nerd,” says PHARRELL. “It’s who I am.”
 

Pharrell is truly stuntin' with his 2 Hermes murses,
he's so proud!
I think he's an advocate for the murses, he'll probably start a non-profit in support of men carrying bags that look like purses. . . (I'm just playin')

Personally, I think it's okay for a man to have a bag especially if it's a satchel or messenger- I think they look great. It just becomes a little questionable when he carries it like a purse, you know under his arm like Tom Brady or the way Terrence Howard does. Pharrell's purple color choice is a bit feminine. . . it's kind of cool, but then it's not at the same time. These huge bags are very appropriate for travel, but not so much for just walking around the streets on a daily basis like below. . . (cough cough) Pharrell:

So how do you feel about murses & man-bags?


Cindy at The Urban Gentleman

Gucci: More Than You Think

Soulja Boy in Gucci at the 2008 BET Awards

When some people think about Gucci. . .they think about what the rappers wear. You know brown or black monogrammed Gucci belts, hats, and sometimes shoes. Well there’s more to Gucci than they portray.

Nelly in a “Gucci” tee at the Lakers game

Check out some of the Gucci’s Spring 08, Fall 08, & Spring 09 Looks below. For those of you who aren’t use to viewing runway fashion- just know that it’s very over the top. You aren’t supposed to mimic the outfits exactly- dissect the look and take out pieces that you like and or find unique.

Gucci Spring 2008

That’s a jacket Chris Brown would wear

This jacket is definitely Lupe worthy

I’m thinking Kanye on this joint

hmmm, Will.I. Am all the way

Gucci Fall 2008




Gucci Spring 2009

I like the tie and the shoes


Looks like a number Johnny Depp would rock

This is Brad Pitt all day

Again, I think this is a Lupe worthy jacket

So What do you all think about these Gucci Designs?
Would you rock them or stick to the Gucci monogram belts, scarfs, and hats?

The Fashions: 2008 BET Awards

Chris Brown looked dapper while accepting his award

Years ago, I made a vow to myself that I would never watch BET- I find the station mostly degrading. But every once and awhile I find myself watching it, and tonight, for the sake of my readers, I tuned in. . . just for a little bit :-)

As I watched the show, eager to report the best outfits, I became disappointed. I felt like the male stars dressed to go to the mall rather than an award show- everyone was so extra-ordinarily regular! Though the immense-style that I had hoped to see was absent, there were still a decent amount of men who managed to “clean-up nicely.”

John Legend, David Banner, Eric Benet, and Kirk Franklin were among the best dress:

Chris Brown

Nelly

David Banner

Eric Benet & date

Kirk Franklin & wife

John Legend

Fashion trends of the 2008 BET Awards Show:
-suits with no tie
-brown/khaki colored suits
-Gucci belts
-white-framed aviators
-black high-top sneakers
-white pocket squares
-brown Gucci shades
-vests

Even my main man Kanye left us hanging, he was the most regular that I’ve seen from him in awhile. But atleast he looked 1000 times better than his performance partner T-Pain.

MORE 2008 BET Awards Men’s Fashion:

LL Cool J rocks the graphic tee

Boris Kodjoe

Kevin Liles looks Morehouse Fresh

Kevin Hart

Derek Luke & date

Mario gives a good Urban Gentleman look

Musiq keeps is simple

I hate to say it, but I don’t like Neyo‘s look. . .
hmmm, maybe it’s just the way he’s posing

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