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AXE Sensitivity Shower Gel created for Sensitive City Study…

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AXE is giving a big boost to guys that need to get in touch with their sensitive side. The iconic leader in men’s care released a Sensitive City Study, conducted in partnership with Bert Sperling’s “Best Places,” to launch the brand’s newest Skin Contact shower gel, AXE Sensitive. California rose to the top of the list with Los Angeles and San Francisco tied for 1st place as the best cities for guys to show off their sensitive side. The South surprisingly came in with the worst marks, naming Nashville as the worst place to try to win a girl over by turning on a softer side.
The study was designed to identify the U.S. cities that are most in tune with the sensitivity girls want — and men need — to help them in the mating game. To produce the study, Sperling’s “Best Places” examined a series of criteria and ranked the cities best equipped to help guys tap into their softer side when it matters most to girls. The criteria included types of magazine subscriptions, abundance of cultural centers such as museums and music venues, types of retail stores and restaurants, and the least amount of “dude-friendly” activities such as fishing and hunting. The findings separated the sensitive from the insensitive, with some interesting results:
Best Cities
for Showing Off Your Sensitive Side

  1. Los Angeles/San Francisco, CA (tied for first)
  2. New York, NY
  3. Boston, MA
  4. Washington, DC
  5. Newark, NJ
  6. Chicago, IL
  7. Santa Ana-Anaheim, CA
  8. Miami, FL
  9. Cambridge, MA

Worst Cities
for Showing Off Your Sensitive Side

  1. Nashville, TN
  2. San Antonio, TX
  3. Cincinnati, OH
  4. Charlotte, NC
  5. Kansas City, MO
  6. St. Louis, MO
  7. Pittsburgh, PA
  8. Fort Worth-Arlington, TX
  9. Jacksonville, FL
  10. Virginia Beach-Norfolk, VA

California Cities Rise to the Top
The AXE Sensitive City Study revealed that the West coast, with many options for a romantic night out, is the best coast for guys to show off their sensitive side. Los Angeles and San Francisco tied for the No. 1 spot, each boasting a large number of top-rated restaurants and cultural centers. In fact, the Golden State came out on top overall, with six of the top 15 spots going to California cities – not bad odds for Cali guys!

Step It Up Down South
While their charm may impress girls at first, guys in the South need to step up their sensitivity if they want their girls to stick around. Despite the famous concept of “southern hospitality,” six out of the ten least sensitive cities are in the south. Surprisingly, Nashville fared the worst with a high concentration of very typical guy-related activities like motorcycle and RV enthusiasts, and relatively few cultural centers or date-friendly restaurants. Not to worry though, for those sensitive guys in Nashville, there is still plenty to do. Consider a jaunt to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum or peruse the Frist Center for Visual Arts for your first date with a girl.
(top pic: Nick at AXE Lounge in the Hamptons; bottom pics: Nick knew how to use a bit of sensitivity to get pop diva, Mariah Carey)
Overcoming Obstacles
AXE partnered with Nick Cannon, host of “America’s Got Talent,” and dating expert Anna David to help guys find ways to turn on the sensitivity, regardless of where they reside.

“Guys, it doesn’t take much effort to show your girl how much she means to you,” Cannon advises. “Listening, understanding and sharing your ‘inner sensitive guy’ are keys to making your girl happy.”

Guys don’t have to be discouraged if their city didn’t top the list — AXE has them covered with some tips from dating and relationship expert Anna David. Now, no matter where you live you can turn on your sensitive side to keep your girl happy.

Approach
    • Trying to get the girl by following the old dating playbook is only a numbers game. Throwing out lines until you find someone who responds will only get you your last choice. If you want to get the right girl, you need to really focus on her.

    Attitude
    • If you take a girl to a party, don’t abandon her and expect her to fend for herself. Introduce her around proudly. Get her a drink. But don’t feel like you have to babysit her, either.

    Action
    • Make small gestures to show her that you care — whether it’s sending a sweet text or grabbing a bag of cherries from the corner store because you know how much your girl likes them.

    • If the girl in your life would rather cuddle up with a book than with you, odds are you need to take your grooming to the next level. Using products like AXE Sensitive Skin shower gel is a great way to keep your skin clean, smooth and irresistible… just how she likes it.
Put Yourself on the Sensitive Fast Track
If you’re not a softy your skin can still be, with new AXE Sensitive Shower Gel. The new mild formula is enriched with cucumber and milk protein, gently cleansing guys’ skin and leaving it soft. The dermatologist-tested shower gel is significantly milder and less drying than regular bar soap. The result is irresistibly soft skin with a calming fragrance that will make girls lean in close and keep coming back for more.

Sensitive is the latest addition to the Skin Contact line, which also includes Hydrating and Smoothing shower gels. Skin Contact Shower Gels feature subtle scents with ingredients such as aloe, cactus milk and cucumber protein and make guys’ skin feel irresistible to the touch.

Be sure to pick up a bottle from a store near you.

2009 MTV VMAs: Men of the Red Carpet, Fashion, Style, Best Dressed

This years VMAs were sort of… reckless. Kanye on stage with Taylor Swift, Lil Mama jumping on stage during Jay-Z’s and Alicia Keyes performance, Lady Gaga’s costumes were scary, it was a mess. But I guess that’s what makes it fun to watch- it’s just a random fun award show. And for that same reason celebrities don’t always take their attire seriously. From both the women and men their were more plain, okay, and bad clothing than good. On the women’s side, I think Solange Knowles had the best total look, and from the men… I’ll let you guys decide, who do you think?


Tristan Wilds
The new 90210 sports a very casual ensemble… looks like something a prep school kid wear when they have casual day at school. He has alot of potential though, I could see him dressing like Chris Paul once he matures.


Swiss Beatz
All black, simple, classic, casually clean. Everything fits well- the jeans, the tee, the jacket. His shades are really hot.


Jermaine Jackson and guest
A very nice, top-notch quality marching band jacket. Very appropriate for the tribute to MJ.


Dijmon Hounsou and Kimora Lee Simmons
cute couple, her baby weight is coming off nicely.


Adam Brody
Superb grooming. He has the whole “I just got off of work from my 6 figure job” look going. You know how it is when some of your banker friends get off work: they have a really nice suit on, tie a tad loosened, and their attire looks very relaxed- since they’ve been mostly at a desk all. That’s the look Adam has going on, I like it.


Akon
This is okay, I saw a close-up of the prints on the suit and it’s not my favorite thing in the world, but it fits his style and taste.


All American Rejects


Adam Samberg


Asher Roth
This is opposite of his usual look, but I think I like it with the mustache.
He looks like a dad from the late 50s.


Chace Crawford
He looks just about perfect, good job Chace.


Cobra Starship


DJ Cassidy
I get what he’s doing, but the look would have been much better with loafers, and if he stood up straight.


Fall Out Boys


Gerald Butler
I wanna say this looks sloppy, buy I think it’s mainly the camera angle. But actually, his pants are too long, jacket sleeves a little long, shirt is too short for his body type, and I wish someone would style his hair and beard better because they always look messy (not in a good way).
The Ugly Truth was really good though.


Justin Bleber
This is a very nice look for our young urban gents.


Kid Cudi


Mando Fresko
The quality of all his clothes are superb- jacket, jeans, and t-shirt


OK GO


Pitbull
Very clean


Russell Brand
(no comment)


Sean Kingston


Sean Paul
I like Sean Paul, but his style is just off… its sort of stuck or something, he hasn’t allowed his style to evolve. Idk, but he needs some help.


Taylor Lautner
Another almost perfect look

My favorites are probably Taylor Lautner and Swiss Beatz…

photos via MTV

Ungentlemanly Behavior: Kanye West

Sooo, where do I start?

Okay, I had a reader who sent me an email about 4 weeks ago, discussing Kanye West. Michael (the reader who wrote in), basically touched on that fact that his semi-style icon Sir Kanye had been disappointing him as of late… not really with his style so much, but with his “extracurriculars” with a certain girl. I asked Michael to do an article on the topic which I was going to post last week, but was saving for this week. Annnnd, after Kanye’s tom-foolery last night it seems like all the blogs will be writing posts about him and his behavior. Which is cool, but now I’m sort of wishing we had made our post last week so it could have been pre “it’s official kanye’s a douche” buuut, it is what it is so we’ll just combine it all.

Here’s the original piece, by Michael:

This is Louis Vuitton Don night So we gonna do everything that Kan like Heard they’d do anything for a Klondike Well I’d do anything for a blonde-dike And she’ll do anything for the limelight And we’ll do anything when the time’s right

These lyrics from Kanye West’s Stronger have been re-posted and re-posted on many blogs and websites since Mr. West went public with dating stripper and lesbian Amber Rose. (I literally cringe when saying her name.) I, like most other Kanye West fans and admirers, gave him a bypass when he began toting Amber around like a personal dress up doll– besides, her body is nice. I had the pleasure of chatting with Urban Gent’s editor to get her opinion on this topic:

“I really like Kanye, so I honestly wasn’t that surprised or upset when he first started dating Amber Rose” says Cindy “… he had just lost his mom, broken up with his longtime girlfriend and fiance Alexis. I know everyone grieves differently and this was his way, I mean, alot of guys have flings when losing the love of their life or someone special. Kanye seemed lost, and still does on some fronts and this is how he’s choosing to display his pain. I just thought that this ‘stripper situation’ would have been over by now.”

“Touche’ Miss”, is how I responded to her words. And after reading many small to large sized websites/blogsites it’s obvious many people feel the same way we do.

Kanye West with indecently dressed girlfriend Amber Rose at 2009 MTV VMAs
Kanye was said to be “drinking and kissing on girlfriend” all night.

Pretty Woman. It’s the movie with Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. The basic summary of the movie is: A rich man (Richard Gere) needs an escort for some social events and hires a prostitute he meets (Julia Roberts). He takes her in off the streets, buys her expensive clothes, and basically changes her life. And of course, he ends up falling for her (big surprise). Like many people in our wretched society, it seems like Mr. West is trying to re-create Pretty Woman: takes a prostitute/stripper off the streets and turns her into an entertainment household name, a fashion icon to young unknowing girls, and sex symbol to men. Some people may be okay with all this, but I never have had a taste for random slutty people becoming famous for nothing, then getting their own shows and magazine covers… Tila Tequila, Kim Kardashian… there’s so many of these people and Amber Rose is the latest induction to the crew. Sex tapes, stripping, and just being a downright freak does not give merit to being on covers or on the inside pages of legitimate magazines… GQ, Vogue, even Ebony. It takes down their credibility and we as a society have to stop giving them so much shine. But then again sex sells and magazines do what they need to do, websites do what they need to do to get hits, but there has to be a limit.

I had a conversation with a few of my buddies about this whole ‘stripper situation’ (as some call it) and everyone responded with the same head-shaking, shoulder shrugging “man, I don’t know what’s going on with Ye”. And quite frankly, I don’t know what’s going on with him either. I, as a man, take pride in my appearance and my actions, I try to make sure I’m as much as a gentleman I can be. Haircut every Thursday, clothes perfectly ironed, class and work before time, open doors and pull out chairs for all women, exercise daily, read the Times and Journal everyday, always have an interesting book I’m reading, spend QT with friends and family, savings and investments in order, weekly shoe shine (my nephew does it and I tip him very well- you have to teach young kids how to save), practice my second language weekly, volunteer atleast once a month, keep my car and house clean, wardrobe immaculate… and no turning hoes into housewives. My list of some of my personal gentleman behaviors may be too much for some guys and too little for others, but that’s besides the point. The point is that a gentleman, whatever kind you may be, takes pride in not only his appearance, but his actions and lifestyle as well. And that means that no gentleman, especially one who knows he’s a role model, has a lady who’s a prostitute/stripper. Sometimes, at his low moments, he may have a weekend rendezvous with one or maybe even a month fling, but to turn her into a girlfriend is inappropriate, and it’s clear Ungentleman-like behavior.

So, basically, I just want to say to Kanye if you’re reading this, “Kanye, I honestly do appreciate your music and your style, your cockiness is a little much at times, but I understand it’s apart of the persona you want to portray. I know you’ve been going through a rough time since your mom passed away and since Alexis left you, but bruh- it’s time to get it back together. Man up and gain some poise and self-respect. Your image is tarnishing, and I would hate to see your potential for more greatness go to waste.”

Mike.

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So that was Michael’s piece on Kanye’s ungentlemanly behavior, aaaand after last night- his ungentlemanly behavior has risen to douche-bag behavior. Coming on stage and interrupting Taylor Swift’s speech was just- ridiculous… it made him look horrible (and it indirectly made Beyonce look bad too, but she made up for it at the end of the night). If you don’t know what happened, you can get the scoop here . As Michael mentioned in his article above I really do like Kanye, but his behavior is getting out of control these days. It’s not just him though, even state representatives seem to be exuding rudeness (Joe Wilson, interrupting President Obama). (sigh) People have lost all decency these days. Anyway guys, just be sure to not only look like a gentleman, but to act like one too.

Kanye West’s apology to Taylor Swift

Oh, and check out this youtube video that combines both the President’s and Taylor Swifts interruption, it was made last night… people waste no time creating these funny videos now-a-days.
UPDATE: Many people are trying to make this into a race thing, but it’s not, its not even in the least bit. Kanye West just has serious issues and he was drunk the whole night. But this situation, this whole kanye/taylor thing is dead and I hope everyone moves on because after all- it really isn’t that big of a deal. What was a big deal was Joe Wilson interrupting President Obama- that was totally out of order and disrespectful and that actually is a race issue… it’s 2009 we have to do better. Anyway, join the “movement” to ensure Rep.Wilson get’s formally reprimanded/punished, sign one or all of the petitions: go here or the one’s below.

1. Joe Wilson should be censured petition
2. Joe Wilson should step down petition
3. Letter to House Leader Pelosi to censure Joe Wilson

(There’s alot of petitions out there- just find one and sign it or sign them all.)

Article I, Section 5 of the United States Constitution states that “Each House may … punish its Members for disorderly Behavior.”

George Bush was probably the worst President in United States history, but democrats never openly disrespected him in front of his fellow countrymen for the world to see. So this Joe guy has to be dealt with.

And here’s another funny youtube video I found on this whole kanye thing- this one really will make you laugh.

UPDATE II: So Kanye went on the Jay Leno Show and apologized (click here to watch, and fast forward to 29:13). And anyone who has any type of empathy can see that Kanye is hurting, and he really is sorry for what he did and I forgive him and I think everyone else should too. His last album, 808s and Heartbreak, was hot and very emotional because he was expressing his hurt from his breakup with Alexis. His next album? It should be a beast because Mr.West is hurt, he’s in pain, and you can tell… you really can. It’s like he’s living this flashy life to cover up the hurt… I know some of you are like “flashy? He was always flashy”… and yes that is true, but idk this year Kanye has been on some other stuff. He needs to mourn his mother’s death. Then come back with the best album ever (and a real girlfriend, lol).

Villains & Vagabonds

They say every girl wants a bad boy- at some point. Or atleast a guy that looks bad, even though he may be a good guy at heart. Well, there’s one brand that will give you just the edge you need, while indirectly upping your street cred in the midst- Villains & Vagabonds. Named accordingly, V&V will surely toughen up your wardrobe.
Launched by the guys who created the clothing line KONTORSION, Villains & Vagabonds works to give classic “bad boy” designs a modern twist. Many of V&Vs shirts feature sexy graphics, scantily clad women, and guns, lots and lots of guns (pistols, ak-47s, magnums, etc)- basically all the makings of a classic Quentin Tarantino flick. This up-and-coming line is Southern California based, and all their tees are crafted at the company’s in-house screen printing facility (gotta love a t-shirt that’s made in the USA).

90′s Cheetah tee, $39

Collateral tee (black), $34

Collateral tee (white), $34

Buffalo Plaid tee, $29


View the Villains and Vagabonds collection here.

Always on the search for (stylish) Local Gentlemen.

I know late August/early September is a very busy time for people, but it’s also a time in which many of you up your wardrobe by 5-20%. Meaning there’s usually a boost in confidence and style… we want to see! So if you have the style, the attitude, and great pictures to match be sure to submit yourself as the next Local Urban Gentleman.

Send 4 stylish pictures to urbangentblog @ gmail.com

And answer the questions below…

Name:
Age:
Location:
Occupation:
Style Icons:
Favorite Quote:
Favorite Brands:
Favorite Store:
Favorite Piece of clothing:
Bow tie or tie:

Flat front or pleated:
Shades, hat, or scarf:
Ultimate goal:
Favorite Books:
Hobbies:
Grooming product of choice:

1. How would you describe your style?

2. How did you become so stylish?

3. What advice would you give someone trying to find their personal style?

4. What’s the best clothing advice you ever received?

Elegant Street Style.

You guys know I like to do a complete Sartorialist post every now and again… so I visited his site and chose a few of his recent men’s street style.

true gentleman, Brooklyn

perfect cuff, Florence

slim jeans, dapper style, Florence

skippers, sweater, cotton in Florence

Cucinelli suit, Milano

Florence

perfectly wearing blue, Florence

how to match red in the Fall, New York City

accessories, Florence

blue, khaki, white- always matches, Paris

monochromatic in Milano

casual in Milano

When I look at the photos, I can’t help but think about how much I love seeing older well-dressed men, and women for that matter. It’s just something about it… as one of my close friends always says “it gives me this strange kind of pleasure”, lol. No but really, I think its like seeing real-life perfection. Everyone, no matter your income or social status, wants to be elegant in old age… and the Sartorialist does a great job of showing a variety of people who look how we all want to look when we’re in our 60s, 70s, and beyond.

And a style note for you guys, minus two pictures, notice how all the men have creases in their pants, even their jeans. Creases are a subtle but definite way to show that you care about the way you look. Do I think all pants need them? perhaps not. But the men that I admire, that indirectly and directly taught me about Men’s Style… almost always have them- even in their lounging attire…

Scott Schuman’s book is out now, it would be a great permanent coffee table book for anyone remotely stylish… buy the bespoke edition here (around $100) or the paperback here (around $16)
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