Archive for November, 2010

Urban Gent LOOK BOOK: A Mild Winter Day

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We had these pants for american workwear , but never had a chance to use them. So, I put this together… its moreso for a mild winter day (and falls more inline with the basic: plaid, slim-fit pants, canvas trends).

GET THE LOOK:

ShopStyle

Kanayo King Kenneth Cole Wish List

Check out my wish list at Kenneth Cole

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Porsche Panamera

Raise $10,00 for HELP Jamaica

Dinner with the First Family

Kenneth Cole Coat

Vizio with Internet Apps

Strivers Row & Co. Clothing Collection and Flagship Store

Very early this fall Strivers Row designer/owner Jason Geter sent us a few photos of his new clothing collection and invited us to check out the store…. and I must say we were thoroughly impressed.

First, The Brand:

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Strivers Row is one of those brands with a strong sense of history and meaning. It's a men's lifestyle brand that breathes life into fashion by studying the past.

The collection is a personal expression of a lifestyle that respects the juxtaposition of form and function, past and present, and in an environment that is both relaxed yet refined. The collaborators behind the Strivers Row brand, Emmett Harrell (the creative mastermind behind Akademiks and PRPS) and Jason Geter believe that in fashion, more than any other form of expression, the work must commend itself for some other reason than its cleverness or originality, or it will clearly wear out its welcome.

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The Flagship Store

Walking in we were warmly greeted by the manager, Will. This guy is very congenial, he told us that he tries to make sure that Strivers Row isn't just some "stuffy" boutique in a rich area where the employees are arrogant for no reason. So whether you step into Strivers Row in jeans and t-shirt or a Canali suit and 7-fold tie you'll get good customer service. Why can't all stores be like that!?

Will showed us around and filled us with plenty of information from the brands they carry to selvedge denim and much more…

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Strivers Row & Co. carries a number of brands: Strivers Row, PRPS, Stone Island, Canterbury of New Zealand, Jean Shop, Warehouse Co. Duck Digger, BkC, Mister Freedom, Dita, and more. We had a long discussion with Will about selvedge denim: the 'highest-selling' brands: (Nudie, G-star, True Religion, Evisu, APC, and Diesel, just to name a few)… he put  us on to one of the very few American custom jean shops: Imogene and Willy... and of course we took a closer looks at Strivers Row denim.

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Strivers Row is one of the few denim brands, if not the only,  that has their name custom embroidered on the selvedge. Other companies may have their names pre-stamped on the selvedge, but Striver's is actually embroidered (post jean being made)… so there's a very high attention to detail when it comes to Strivers Row, which makes sense since Jason Geter spent months researching denim in Japan before creating their own.

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Luxury Grooming: Twinluxe

 |  Grooming, Skin  |  3 Comments

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Twinluxe is a line of fine grooming products for the modern man. TwinLuxe's 'Shaving Skincare' line consists of multi-functional formulations with a 'TwinLuxe Blend' core of soothing Asian botanicals, such as Hydrolyzed Rice Protein and Centella Asiatica Extract, scientifically-proven to help strengthen skin tone, improve skin smoothness, and promote anti-aging properties.

Reviews below:

Renewing Face Wash & Scrub: The unique formula combines two professional treatments in one "every day product". Gentle microbeads in the softening formula exfoliate the skin, smoothing away roughness and prevent ingrown hair. Unclogged, exfoliated skin is the key to a close shave. The integrated nourishing cleanser unclogs pores, removes dirt and excess oil to promote glowing, fresh skin. The Renewing Face Wash & Scrub is a 2 in 1 essential for everyday use and for pre-shave preparation. For all skin types.

Urban Gent Review:  It has a soothing eucalyptus mint smell and exfoliating beads.The Renewing Face Wash & Scrub is able to take off dead layer of my skin without irritation. I've used several exfoliaters in the past and many irritate my skin, this one does not.

 

Booster Serum: Customize shaving results – this intensive power serum revolutionizes any shaving experience. Pre-shave, apply to create an additional protective barrier between your skin and your blade. Post-shave, soothe any problem spots on your skin to help boost skin's ability to renew and fight irritation. Anytime, apply to problem spots on skin to help revive your complexion.
For all skin types.

Urban Gent Review: Using it pre and/or post shave, the Booster Serum has helped reduce my razor bumps.

 

Soothing Face Balm: This intensive, non-oily balm infuses just-shaved skin with a soothing botanical blend to hydrate and nourish without clogging pores. This long-lasting and gentle moisturizer is a refreshing boost to battle the look of fine lines and inflammation, while restoring healthy, glowing skin. After spritzing Instant Energy Mist onto skin, apply a pea-sized amount for entire face and neck. Repeat if needed. For all skin types – even the most sensitive.

Urban Gent Review: I mainly like the Soothing Face Balm because it's not greasy or oily, and it goes right into the skin. This is hands down one of the best moisturizers I've used because you can use a little and it goes a long way. My only complaint is the mild plastic smell, it's unappealing, but it doesn't linger so I suppose it's okay. But besides that the product works great.

 

Daily Detox Face Wash & Mask: This miracle 2 in 1 daily deep pore cleansing treatment can be used as a bacteria-fighting facial wash, or as a detoxifying, pore cleansing mask to balance skin before shaving. To use as a mask, use a generous amount and leave on face for a few minutes before washing off. This one step multi-tasking formula provides the benefits of a professional deep cleansing treatment, while nourishing and soothing the skin as an essential daily face wash or prior day night time pre-shave preparation.
For all skin types.

Urban Gent Review: The Daily Detox Face Wash & Mask is light (not thick) and has a nice eucalyptus mint smell. It does a good job cleaning my skin without overdrying it. After I finish using it my face definitely feels rejuvenated.

Others to try: Instant Energy Mist, Smooth Shave Creme, Instant Rescue Gel

Learn more about the complete line of TwinLuxe, here.

Purchase Twinluxe products, here.

Advice for Your Skin Type: Oily, Dry, or Combination

Oily skin is the type of skin which produces too much sebum(oil). The face has a greasy appearance , especially after waking up. Your face will become shiny after a few hours after you washed it. It is characterized by large visible pores as well. This type of complexion is prone to acne and skin problems due to the activity of the sebaceous glands.

Skin challenges includes :

  • breakouts
  • uneven skin tone (sun damaged skin)
  • large pores
  • razor bump prone

Combination skin is a mixture between oily skin and dry skin. The skin produces excess sebum(oil) on some parts of the face and doesn't produce enough on others. Usually the oily part is the T-zone, meaning the forehead and the nose area, leaving the cheeks and chin dry. The pores are more visible in the T-zone and less visible on the dry parts of the skin

Skin challenges includes :

  • breakouts
  • dry flakey skin (fine line, wrinkles)
  • uneven skin tone
  • razor bump prone

Dry skin is the type of skin which doesn't produce enough sebum (oil), leaving the skin matte. You will experience tightness especially after washing your face with water. Dry skin is caused by the skin protective barrier’s inability to retain enough natural skin lipids or oils to keep skin moist. A weakened barrier is often hereditary but occurs naturally as we age and can be accelerated with lifestyle

Skin challenges includes :

  • dry flakey skin
  • advanced aging of the skin
  • easily irritated skin
  • uneven skin tones

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For My Aussies… Get Summer Inspired.

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For my Australian readers (and all others in the southern hemisphere: Argentina, Chile, etc.), I know Summer is quickly approaching as we've been getting emails from dedicated Australian readers wondering what to wear. Well, here's a few links to help with your summer gear:

2010 Spring Summer Style Guide.

Summer/Spring Street Style

It's in the Details (elegant ways to accessorize).

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