Archive for October, 2008

Back to the Basics: Grooming 101

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Usher Raymond and his lovely wife ,
Tameka Raymond.

Usher is always very well-groomed and
put together- take notes gentleman.

I’ve been looking around, and it seems that some guys need a refresher on the basics.

Hair, Nail, Skin, and Teeth need to be right at all times– “gotta get it right, gotta get it tight”, lol. Anyway, click HERE.

Fantastic Grooming is a priority and it’s the first step to becoming the perfect Gentleman.

Kanye West: 808′s & Heartbreaks Style

Swanky.

I’ve been listening to Kanye’s Love Lockdown on repeat for the past 30 minutes. I’m trying to really get the feel of the song, and it’s deep. I actually love songs like this because we know exactly who you’re talking about… why Alexis Phifer of course. I guess he’s not loving her the way he wanted to and she’s got her love locked down, lol, jk. Anyway I love the look he chose for the album… I feel it’s appropriate for the overall feel I’m getting from the songs. The look is straight-forward, no smiles, pure classic london/american style with that urban gent twist (shoes, brooch, and shades).

His look is robotic… he’s like a modern robot.
Instead of a being made of shiny silverish metal
he’s wearing a gray suit. His posture, his look,
and the sound of the album (that whole T-pain
voice thing) is robotic.

Kanye West’s new album is entitled: 808’s & Heartbreak , and it hits stores November 25th.

You can listen to “Love Lockdown” on youtube.com while watching the video. I just listened to two more songs from albums and you can listen to them too:

“Coldest Winter”, click HERE.
“Robocop”, click HERE.

Coldest Winter… I like it enough, it’ll probably grow on me like Love Lockdown.
Robocop… WTF?

What do you all think about his style for the album and his songs?

Smartie Pants: The New Maxwell


When I think Maxwell, I think afro, soul music, slightly un-buttoned white long sleeve shirts w/ chest hair coming out, jeans (or leather pants), and boots. But the new Maxwell is all but afro or dreaded and stereotypically “neo soul”, now-a-days he rocks his hair short, wears glasses, cardigans, and plaid shirts… he looks like your resident nerd and sometimes he manages to favor the late great Malcolm X. He’s been rockin’ this style for the past year or two and I really dig it. And After a 6-year hiatus from releasing new music and years of promises of a trilogy album, Black Summers Night he is back and touring… check out his myspace page for me info: myspace.com/maxwell

The old Maxwell style.
Maxwell GAP Ad.

Portrait in New York, Sept. 18, 2008.
The Black on Black on Black is HAUTE.

If you want the Maxwell look:
1. Buy the “Malcolm X” glasses here.
2. Buy GAP jeans, cardigans, and button ups
3. Buy a few Ralph Lauren Polo button-ups
4. Get a bunch of skinny ties… try eBay.com

Fall Fragrances: Armani and Gucci

Today I traveled to Macys Herald Square with a friend. While at the uberLarge Macys I decided to check out some of the new fall fragrances. I smelled about 14 colognes (I didn’t have time for many more) and two of the colognes I found were pure perfection. These two colognes will make perfect gifts for yourself, upcoming birthdays, or for Christmas, check them out:

Pour Homme by Versace

Masculine smell with a hint of spice.

Gucci by Gucci

Masculine smell with a smidge of sweet.

Honorable Mention:
Eau Fraiche by Versace

This was also one of my favorites as well.
You can find these fragrances at macys.com or nordstrom.com, but I recommend getting them from an online discount fragrance place or eBay. If you buy these fragrances from the actual stores you’ll probably get some free gifts– samples of other colognes etc.

RUNWAY TO CHANGE: Barack Obama

I love this sign! All the smart Republicans
are voting for Obama.

OMG! I’m soooooooooooooooooo rediculously excited about Barack Obama. I mean, he’s going to win, he’s g-o-i-n-g to win and I’m so excited about this fact. I remember in the beginning there were so many haters and nay-sayers, and I remember asking them all “Why are you doubting, if you’re for him, like you say you are, then why all the haterization?”. But now with every single poll in the world showing that Obama is up by like 10-12 points- there is NO doubt in my mind. Okay, I know this isn’t a political blog, but after seeing all the custom made Barack Obama t-shirts just now, made by fashion designers, I just got really excited. It’s like who ISN’T for Barack Obama? The whole world is for this guy- it’s every continent in the world vs a little under half of the United States…. and that little under a half is truly comprised of a bunch of ignorant people, rich out-of-touch people, die-hard Republicans, etc etc.

Okay, if I don’t stop myself I can keep going on and on. Anyway, I just wanted to display some the custom made designs… because I didn’t realize that all these designers had made shirts:


Pharrell Williams for Barack Obama
” Obama Stands Out From the Crowd T-shirt”
$60, buy it here.

Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter for Barack Obama
“Change Black T-Shirt”
$60, buy it here.


Russell Simmons for Barack Obama
“America Deserves Better Mens White T-shirt”
$60, buy it here.
Those are all the shirts made by male designers (who make men’s clothes), but there are tons more by some of the best fashion designers: Tracy Reese, Alexander Wang, Zac Posen, Tory Burch, etc. Check them all out here. I’ve had the official Barack Obama campaign shirts and buttons since Barack came to Georgia Tech Spring 2007. Since then I hadn’t really gotten anymore BO gear, but I feel I need more to preserve history and to give some vintage Barack Obama shirts to my grandkids, lol. So for that reason I ordered some “Barack the Vote” tees last week (barackawear.com), I’m going to buy more official Barack Obama gear (buttons, shirts, etc) from his site (barackobama.com), I’ll head to karmaloop.com or urbanoutfitters.com and get me a more “hip-hop” obama shirt, and I’ll buy some Barack Obama stuff from the man with the Barack Obama stand in Union Sqaure (New York). I know I’m doing alot, but I just can’t contain myself!
So in closing, go vote! And like I always tell people “Don’t just vote, VOTE for Barack Obama”. I voted 3 weeks ago when I went back to Georgia. The line was crazy- I took pictures on my phone, but I haven’t been able to upload it yet. So all you Georgians need to go vote now because I can only imagine the turn out on Nov.4th… check online to see where you need to vote because each county is different. (If you’re registered in DeKalb County go vote at the DMV place off Memorial Drive) …. I think Georgia may become a blue state because the polling place was filled with sooooooo many people, many of whom had not ever voted before.

Alrighty, I’ll stop writing… have a great day guys! Urban Gentleman for Barack Obama! Lol.

Weekend Advice: Try A New Trend

I was just thinking about all of you gentleman and I wanted to suggest trying out a new trend or two this weekend. I know some of you are curious and anxious to try new styles and trends– and the weekends are the best time to experiment! I’m not saying debut the look at a VIP event, but maybe throw on some slightly fitted bright colored jeans when you make your run to Target. Try wearing some thick framed glasses when you go get your car washed or tuck one shirt tail in when you go see a matinée at the movie theaters.
The weekends are a great time to experiment with trends because:
1. You’re in a more chill mood
2. You’re running errands, doing random stuff
3. You have more time

All these things relax your mind which makes you more at ease when wearing clothes you may not feel comfortable in. So try something out this weekend and if you begin to feel unsure about what you’re rockin just think to yourself “these people don’t me” and start rapping T.I’s song in your head “You may see me on the streets, but shawty you don’t know me”, lol… it works, because they really don’t know you– so who cares what they say or think about your outfit.

Have a great weekend! Use condoms! Don’t drink and drive! Go to church on Sunday! lol…

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