Archive for April, 2010

Robert & Al.

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two of the greatest. 1977.

The Style of B.o.B and Bobby Ray.

I think this is going to be Bobby Ray Day over here at The Urban Gentleman– it’s the least I can do for a fellow Eastsider and friend. All the new album info is on the previous post, and as discussed we’re all copping it for $7.99 at Amazon. Now, we’re going to focus on the style of B.o.B aka Bobby Ray.
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Like most new artist Bobby’s style isn’t quite set in stone, I’m sure he’s still dealing with contractual duties and wearing the threads that the sponsors and record label’s stylist provides. But within all of that he still manages to add his personal touch to most of the ensembles he sports.

It’s safe to say that when it comes to Bobby, there’s two dimensions, two personas, two __(fill in blank with an appropriate word)__: B.o.B and Bobby Ray… and yes they are the same person, but as made apparent by his 2nd mixtape “B.o.B vs Bobby Ray” they’re almost completely opposite, not only in sound, but in looks and overall style.

“Jock it, Love it, Own it.
Check out BoB’s vs Bobby Ray’s style below…
The Style of B.o.B

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“B.o.B…. Uno is my numeral, they said that hip-hop was dead, hmph, I musta missed the funeral”. B.o.B doesn’t like to be categorized in a genre, but humbly accepts the fact that guys like him are bringing back hip-hop… making it respectable again, making it an art form, making it the feel good music it once was instead of the, well, ummm– crappiness it had become.

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And with his hip-hop flavor, BoB brings the one day classic 2010-ish hip-hop style. An eye-catching graphic tee, sneakers, a cool jacket (if the season calls for it), trendy shades, and maybe an optional well thought-out tattoo or two, is all it takes to get his look down.

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Get the Look:

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The Style of Bobby Ray

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“B dot O dot B was the name, I ain’t like Bobby Ray, cuz I was ashamed, but you can call me Bobby Ray from this day forth and I could give a damn about the fame and fortune…” Now Bobby Ray, the artist, from Atlanta, the eastside of Atlanta, yeah, well he can’t be put into a box. He’s some type of southern mosaic of indie alternative country rock&roll hip-hop pop… basically alot of stuff in one. And his style reflects just that.

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Fedoras, classic wayfarers, beaded alternative looking accessories (usually one necklace and one bracelet), button-ups, henleys, cardigans, basic tees worn under button-ups and cardigans, and whatever shoes fit the look– maybe classic allstars, maybe boots, maybe boat shoes, its whatever that particular moment in time calls for.

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Get the Look:

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I slightly prefer Bobby Ray’s style at this point, only because his fedora collection is sick! And he manages to wear them without looking cheesy. He just looks like a really cool southern guy (georgia born and bred)… I can think of several artist that should take note, I would call names, buuuuut I won’t.

Bobby Ray Accessories & Fedoras:

Fedoras:

More BoBby Ray
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Bobby Ray and Asher Roth
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B.o.B presents The Adventures of Bobby Ray.

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He’s given us 3 of the hottest mixtapes around for $0.00, with hot songs like Generation Lost, Mellow Fellow, Satellite, No Man’s Land, Put Me On, Champion, I Bet I Bust, Nothing on You, and my personal favorite Surprise Me (“Geee whitakers batman holy satellites”, lol)…. so with 3 (free) albums and sooooo many amazing songs, we Have to buy his new album “The Adventures of Bobby Ray“…. so go ahead and head over to iTunes and purchase it, or Amazon and purchase it, or to your local record store and purchase it. But I suggest just getting it right now for 8 bucks on Amazon. The album features one of my other BoB favorites Lovelier Than You. Oh, and if you’re a true-to-heart music head then you can buy the vinyl here.

Check out more Bobby Ray aka BoB HERE.

Model-Inspired: Ibrahim Baaith.

A friend sent us the photos of Ibrahim Baaith in his Zink Magazine photoshoot awhile ago, but we never got around to posting all of them, so check them out… Great Stuff.

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Urban Gentleman/Men’s Wearhouse Prom Giveaway

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It’s that time of year again, yep Prom season. So that means tuxedos, limos, dinner reservations, and so much more. We have the complete Prom Guide here, and in addition to that we have a $100 Men’s Wearhouse Giftcard to give to one lucky Urban Gentleman reader.

To enter to win:

Leave your name and email address.

If you want to increase your chances of winning you can also :
- Subscribe to The Urban Gent (look on the right column)
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The more ways you enter the more chances you have to win.

If you want to win more than just our Men’s Wearhouse giftcard, like a free tux or even a Camaro, then participate in the Men’s Wearhouse Prom Rep campaign. The program offers discounts and potential free tuxes to students who sign up to be a prom rep and recruit other students to rent their tuxes from Men’s Wearhouse. Head to http://www.menswearhouse.com/prom for all the details and to check out the selection of tuxes.


Ladies, feel free to enter the contest for your boyfriend or prom date.

The prize was provided by Men’s Wearhouse, but Men’s Wearhouse is not an administrator of this giveaway.

UPDATE: Congratulations to our winner Ken! Have fun at prom.

Urban Gentleman Basics: A Man’s Grooming Routine

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I visited a friend’s house a few weeks ago, and the image I saw while there, well, it’s still scarring my brain tissues.

So imagine this… I pull up to a nice semi-exclusive neighborhood, get out the car, glance over at my friend’s black on black Porsche Cayenne as I walked up the driveway (I’ve always loved that car). I get to the door and am met with happy salutations by this friend, and of course he looks nice as always. Fresh shape-up, sea-sick waves, he has on part of his ensemble… well, just the shirt… I believe it was some sort of unique Burberry or Ralph Lauren jean button-up with a club collar. He says to me, “I have to get finished getting dressed”, and just as he turns to go upstairs I glanced down at his feet, and was Highly disturbed at what I saw. Long chipped toenails and ashy semi-crusty feet. I thought to myself, it should be a crime to look good on the surface of things, but then have major grooming flaws underneath it all.

He later came downstairs smelling of YSL, looking dapper from head to toe… he had completed his ensemble with slim fit jeans, desert boots, a custom jacket, and vintage eyewear… but I still couldn’t erase the image of before.

Being stylish, fashionable, wearing well-tailored clothing and all things alike are indeed muy importante, but it almost means nothing when the underneath isn’t matching. Just like women have their beauty routine men must have their grooming routine. And no I’m not saying you should have five or six different specialty cremes and spend as much time grooming yourself as a woman, but you should have a few key basics things that you do on a daily or weekly basis that will keep you a well groomed urban gentleman.

When I first thought of creating the outline for the urban gentleman’s grooming routine I couldn’t help but get constant flashes of Christian Bale in American Psycho. I haven’t seen that movie in years and I only saw it once, but for some reason it stands out as one of the most specific and detailed grooming routines I’ve seen in a film. Though admirable, such a detailed routine may turn some men into narcissists– and no one likes a narcissist. So this routine will be well-balanced, not over the top or bare minimum.

Let’s get started….

The Grooming Basics will always be the same: hair, nails, skin, teeth. Every gentleman must deal with these four key areas.

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HAIR

The hair routine for each man will greatly differ, depending on the hair texture and chosen hair style.

Men with STRAIGHT HAIR, WAVY HAIR, or a LOOSER CURL PATTERN (European-American/Caucasian, Asian, Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino, Mixed-Race):

- Should wash their hair on a daily basis or every other day if the hair stays clean and there isn’t a large amount of oil build-up.

- It’s been a long-standing tradition for men with this hair texture to get their hair cut once a month, but it all boils down to the rate at which your hair grows back, the chosen hair style, and the budget you set aside for hair care. I find that many men with straight hair need a cut after about 3 weeks. *It’s very important that your barber knows how to cut your hair so it grows out evenly and looks great for the entire month between cuts.

Shampoos & conditioners:
Axe 2 in 1 Shampoo and conditioners, Patene Pro-V, MenScience Daily Shampoo, Billy Jealousy Fuzzy Logic Hair Strengthening Shampoo and Conditioner, American Crew shampoos, conditioners, and styling products. Redken for men, Baxter of California, there’s so many to choose from.

Men with CURLY HAIR/TIGHT CURL PATTERN (Men of Color/Black Men, Mixed-Race, Hispanic/Latino):

- Should generally wash their hair every couple of days or once a week. It is important for men of color to maintain the moisture in their hair so shampooing/conditioning once a week, then washing the hair with a conditioner twice a week is a good routine to acquire. For example: Shampoo/condition your hair Thursday morning while in the shower then get a haircut or shape-up later that evening. Wash your hair with a conditioner Sunday and once again on Tuesday. (If you’re maintaining a certain hairstyle, like if you’re trying to process your waves for the first time then you may want to wait a week and half between washes until your waves process).

- Hair should be lightly moisturized on a daily basis to keep hair from becoming dry and breaking off.

- Again, the frequency at which you cut your hair depends on the hairstyle, rate at which your hair grows back, and budget. I generally recommend a hair cut every two weeks and a shape-up the week between getting your hair cut. So basically, if it’s in your budget, you should be visiting the barber every week: hair cut, shape-up, hair cut, shape-up. Most guys I know have a specific day they go on each week (the more routine your visits are the better).

Shampoos & conditioners:
Patene Pro-V for Natural Hair shampoo and conditioners (in the bronze bottle), ORS (Organic Root Stimulator) Olive Oil Replenishing Conditioner, Creme of Nature shampoos and conditioners.

Hair moisturizers/conditioners/oils:
Xotics Sweet Jamila, Nairobi Essentials Botanical oils (purchase at a high-end black/of color american salon, online, or in some beauty supply stores), Softee Extra Virgin Olive Oil Hair & Scalp Conditioner, and ORS (Organic Root Stimulator) has a great line of carrot and olive oil hair moisturizers, and of course Bronner Brothers (BB) makes great products for extra curly hair (purchase the last three at most major stores or at a local beauty supply store). Basically look for natural hair conditioners and lotions that have natural ingredients.

Also, consider a sheen spray, especially if you have braids, dreads, or a thick head of hair. Mizani, Bronner Bros, Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil, and Palmer’s Olive Oil hair spray are great choices. Lightly spray your hair each morning.

For more tips on hair styles for different hair types go here.

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NAILS

There really isn’t too much to say here, but to just get in the routine of cutting your nails every week. It literally takes no more than 5 minutes to cut both your finger nails and toenails, so this can be easily fit into a Sunday morning, Monday evening, or even a Friday night before hitting the town.

I’ve been meeting a plethora of guys who have cut nails, but maintain the preferred nail length by biting them off instead of cutting them off. This is a habit that many men and women share alike, it’s more common than I realized and is quite unpleasant. The best way to stifle this habit is to simply keep your nails cut so that there isn’t any nail to bite.

If you have the budget, getting a professional manicure and pedicure may be an option. If you do have the budget this should be bi-monthly, weekly if you’re a nail biter.

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SKIN

Skin is such a broad topic to cover. There’s the face and the body and both areas need to be washed and moisturized. This means every man should have a cleanser and moisturizer for the face and soap/cleanser/wash and moisturizer for the body. The type of product you use depends on your skin type, and each person’s skin type varies of course.

A basic routine for normal skin could be: Noxzema or Cetaphil as the facial cleanser and moisturizer, Dove Men + Care or AXE bodywash, and Nivea for Men lotion or Palmer’s cocoa butter as body moisturizers.

Another routine for normal skin might be: L’Oreal for Mens Expert Power Clean face wash, Jack Black Double Duty facial moisturizer, Billy Jealousy Ocean Front body wash, and Kiehl’s Deluxe Hand & Body lotion.

(MenScience Daily face wash and Kiehl’s Facial Fuel moisture treatment are also popular choices.)

Raw african black soap is also a popular natural product to use on your skin (thanks YH for the info), especially those with extremely dry skin, eczema, or come in contact with harsh chemicals on a daily basis.

Choosing the correct product can be difficult because there’s not a shortage on choices. You can start with recommendations from friends or our website then pay close attention to how your skin feels and reacts immediately after using the product(s) and 7-10 after using the product(s). This is usually enough time to see whether a product is making your skin better, smoother, clearer, etc.

Body scrubs, exfoliating gels, facial masks, etc go beyond the basics, but there are many of those type products for those that are interested in a more detailed routine. You can usually find products that are a combination of many types of products ie. a moisturizing and exfoliating body wash. As a man the less product you have the better, so a combination grooming product is usually the best way to go.

It is recommended that you exfoliate your skin up to twice a week (so atleast once). A few scrubs many men love: LAB Invigorating Face Scrub, MenScience Face Scrub, Anthony Logistics Facial Scrub, Anthony Logistics Sea Salt Body Scrub.

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TEETH

There’s no big guidelines to keeping your grill fresh. Brush twice a day or after every meal, floss atleast once a day, and use mouthwash (listerine) everyday. If your teeth are dull, stained, or just out right yellow use a whitening kit. Check out one of our previous ‘whitening’ post.

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MANSCAPING

We’ve had plenty of articles on manscaping, and our main one breaks down each section: the Face (head, mustache, beard, nose hair) and Body (chest, armpits, groin, leg/arms, back, and rear) as well as options on whether to wax, trim, or shave.

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HANDS & FEET

We’ve technically covered hands and feet since they would be included in nails and body, but it doesn’t hurt to go a little more into detail.

Let me first get the point across that men shouldn’t have extra extra extra soft hands, your hands shouldn’t feel like a woman’s hand, but it should be smooth and well-moisturized.

Firstly, be sure to moisturize from top to bottom when you lotion-up each day, that means from your chest to the soles of your feet.

Hands:
If you have calluses on your hands, depending on the severity, a simple hand creme may work: Jack Black Industrial Strength Hand Healer, Nivea Hand Smooth Indulgence Hand Cream, Kiehl’s Body Care Ultimate Strength Hand Salve, Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream.

If your hand calluses are very hard and tough use a callus shaver or pumice stone. Just be sure to be careful when using a callus shaver on your hand– focus on removing the hard callus not the softer skin around it.

Feet:
If you have calluses on your feet use Ped Egg. (There’s also a Ped Egg for Men, which is a little bigger and more masculine looking).

Heal Tastic Intensive Heel Therapy will quickly smooth out rough cracked feet.

One of the quickest ways to soften/smooth out/heal dry cracked feet is to simply moisturize your feet each night before going to bed. Generously apply vaseline/petroleum jelly, cocoa butter, or natural shea butter (raw, pure, or organic) to both feet then promptly put on socks. When you take the socks off in the morning you’ll notice how much better your feet look. This is a very “old-school” method, but it really does work.

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Beyond the hair, face, and body products there’s: deodorants, lip balms, and colognes. I think most guys have those down pact, and if you don’t then just click on the links for more help.

So now that we’ve dished it all out, lets organize our thoughts. We know what is needed and included in The Grooming Routine, but what will the actual routine be. There’s millions of urban gentlemen out there, different schedules and lifestyles so it would indeed be hard to customize the routine for each and every person. We will however provide a rough draft that will aid and guide you as you customize your own.

An Urban Gentleman’s Grooming Routine:

Daily:
Brush teeth, floss, rinse with mouthwash
Wash & Moisturize Body
*Wash & Condition Hair
(if you have straight/wavy/loosely curly hair)
Wash & Moisturize Face
*Lightly moisturize hair
(men of color/black men)
Brush/Comb/Style Hair (including facial hair)
2-3 dabs of cologne

Nightly:
Moisturize feet
Brush any dirt from underneath nails

Thursday
(men of color/black men):
Shampoo/Condition Hair
Hair cut or shape-up

Sunday:
Cut nails
Manscape (trim excessive body hair if desired)
Exfoliate face and body

Notes: Men with straight/wavy/loose curly hair should wash hair daily or every other day. Hair cuts every 3-6 weeks.

The Grooming Routine is all about discipline and efficiency. Having a set routine saves you time, sharpens your organization skills, and most of all makes you more of an urban gentleman.

Lastly, grooming goes beyond the products but extends into having a healthy diet and exercise routine. Having an at minimum quickie calisthenics workout each morning and/or night will go a long way. To maintain healthy skin, hair, and nails eat foods or take vitamin supplements with Vitamin E. Most importantly drink lots and lots of water.

Feel free to share your grooming routine and favorite products below.

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