It’s Cold Oustide: Moisturize

Today, New York City was a mess… hella cold, hella rainy, hella windy. And I talked to my friends in Georgia and they’re pretty cold down there as well… so it looks like its officially cold in most of the US. Which means it’s time to give your skin extra care, check out these products:

1. California North Action Moisturizer
Award winning and can be used for your face and body. Official world triathlon skin care product.
buy: californianorth.com

2. Double Duty Face Moisturizer
Designed to hydrate the skin without leaving the skin oily. Suncreen and moisturizer in one.
buy: sephora.com

3. Men-U Ultra Concentrate Facial Moisturizer Lift
Skin refresher that will give your face a noticeable lift (you’ll feel it).
buy: amazon.com

4. African Male Ikhala Moisturizer
Dual-purpose facial moisturizer and post-shave balm.
buy: treasuredlocks.com

For more Grooming Products, go here.

Let’s Peruse the Essentials of Cool

When Lupe said “Let’s peruse the essentials of cool” it was relevant, very relevant. Because there are certain items that every cool guy needs. This potential list could go on and on to the point that I could write a song about them like Lupe the Fiasco, but the essentials mean the bare minimums- so the list shouldn’t be too long. For each type of guy the essentials are different. For example, the urban prep guy’s necessities are going to be different from the punk rockers while one must atleast have a bow-tie the other must atleast have a studded belt… Going through everyone’s essential would take all day so I’m just gonna narrow them down…


First: The Basic List of Essentials…

1. Aviator shades.
They’re an instant swagger booster.

2. One pair of designer jeans.

I’m not one to encourage people to buy the most expensive clothes, but one pair of designer jeans is a must- they just fit and feel different-you feel completely different in them. I suggest a pair of Sevens or True Religion jeans- you can buy them for as little as $60 at Nordstrom Rack stores.

3. Blazer.
Navy, blue, or black and it should have a good fit.

4. A pair of Jordans or your favorite popular sneaker.
My motto is: everybody needs atleast one pair of J’s in their lifetime. But you can rock your favs as long as they’re sickening!

5. Fitted hat that reps your city.
I personally encourage an A’s fitted.

6.Fresh white sneakers.
You must have a fresh pair of white kicks, they instantly brighten up any outfit.

7. A trendy item.
At the moment that would be something like an arab scarf or a vest.

Now: The Specific List of
The Essentials of Cool


(Get all the Essentials here)

1. A Navy Blazer

Navy blazers are perfect, they’re preppy yet grown and sexy. Plus navy blazers often match with outfits the best because you can easily dress it up or down- preppy, urban, or professional.

2. Calvin Klein v-neck tshirt
They feel and fit great. It’s a great t-shirt that you could wear under neath a navy blazer or by itself. Great for a night in the club or afternoon in the park with your boo:-)

3. Red Converse

They’re classic- plain and simple. But they have an edge because they’re red. They’re like the equivalent to red pumps for women… you know how women will wear an all black outfit or all blue dress then just throw on some red pumps? its the same thing.White or black chucks are equally as classic, but they just don’t pop like the red.

4. Mirror Aviators

It’s just a standard, all the men with swagger rock em from Usher to Diddy to Nascar drivers and famous athletes- you just gotta have a pair.

5. Bold-colored Lacoste Polo
Lacoste is the original polo shirt, it Always looks good and fits great… that little green alligator just makes you look better. A bright color is modern, edgy, and shows confidence.

6. Generic Gold Watch or Plastic Casio Watch
They’re a must have accessory for every stylish guy.


7. Black Framed Glasses
You don’ have to need glasses to wear them . Black framed glasses are just really cool and they can make you look completely different in a good way.

8. Gray or Brown New Era Fitted Hat
Gray and brown are the “other neutrals” they match good with any color and they look edgier than white or black.

9. White High-Top Pumas
One thing my brothers taught me is that you can never go wrong with high-top white pumas, they just naturally look fly. To be honest, you can’t go wrong with any color high-top Puma.

10. Something signature Kanye, Lupe, or Pharrell
They’re at the top of the style charts, so it’s always cool to have something they rock on a regular like a coin wallet with a chain.

11. Baby Milo Shirt
I don’t think your whole wardrobe should be A Bathing Ape, but one Baby Milo shirt is needed for a little street cred.

12. Creative Recreation
They’re original, unique, and have the sickest color combination. Creative Reaction Shoes make you look instantaneously edgy.

13. Your Signature Cologne
Everyone has a scent and it’s important that yours smells good.

14. Most Importantly- Something That’s Signature You

It’s vital to have something that is your own style, something that you thought of, something in your wardrobe that’s 100% undoubtedly you. It could be a certain brand shoe that you always buy or it could be a certain belt that you always wear. Maybe it’s a green leather jacket that you rock atleast once a week, whatever it is it’s cool, cuz it’s you.

What are your essentials of cool?


Top 10 List: Best Men’s Jeans

I’ve been getting alot of questions recently about jeans. Many of you want to know what are the best brands to buy. There’s ALOT that goes into jeans- so many fits, styles, washes, brands, etc. . . It’s hard to narrow the best brands down. So I’ll do a couple of articles about jeans – this time I’ll focus on 10 top brands

~LIST IS IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER~

1. EXPRESS


Express jeans are so nicely tailored. And they’re the first jean types that I have friends try-on when they are changing their style from baggy to more tailored and fitted.

2. 7 for all Mankind
aka Seven Jeans

These were my first real “designer” jeans. Seven jeans
are super soft, top quality, and can last you a lifetime. These are everyday jeans for stars, especially when they’re in movies.

3. LRG Jeans

LRG Jeans are actually some of my favorite! They have so many styles and colors- they offer looks that no one else does.

4. True Religion

You’ll also catch the rich and famous rockin’ these on a daily basis- you can tell by the “upside down horseshoe” stitching on the back pockets. They’re comfortable and have an overall good fit.

5. Evisu

Japanese jeans are on top these days, and Evisu is one of the top brands stealing everyone’s thunder. They’re a happy medium between extra baggy and extra fitted.

6. Gap

Gap jeans are also an “every guy” type of jean, probably more so than Lucky. Gap offers a plethora of sizes and style for men of all shapes and sizes.

7. Levi’s

When in doubt- Buy Levis. Levi’s are the classic jeans, and they ALWAYS look good. The brand develops with time so they work hard to keep the latest styles in stock.
(Levi’s skinny jeans shown above- most guys shouldn’t wear these though)

8. Rock & Republic

Once again, these are jeans worn by the rich and famous. I really like the way these jeans fit on most guys. . . they make men look trim and not that it’s important to guys, but they also make your ass look great.

9. Tommy Bahama

Some of you may be thinking, WTF! Tommy Bahama?? Yeah, thats right Tommy Bahama. This pick is specifically for the older gentleman- I would say 35 and above (hopefully that doesn’t offend anyone). Tommy Bahama offers a great variety of styles and washes that are very comfortable, they’re especially good for older gent who are unsure of what type of jean to wear.

10. Lucky


Lucky jeans, I call these the “every guy jean” because almost every type of guy looks good in these jeans.

Other Top Brands:

Diesel Jeans

Mavi Jeans

Gucci
For some reason, not everyone knows they make jeans. But they do – and they’re flawless. Stars like to rock these on the red carpet.

You can buy jeans at most department stores and even at some boutiques. For the best prices on these jeans look for sales at store like Macys, Nordstrom, Saks, etc. and also check out online sites- bluefly.com and ebay.com are always great choices.There are still so many top-notch jeans that I didn’t mention- let me know what brand jeans are your favorite. . .


THE URBAN GENTLEMAN

The Polo List: The Best Polos for Men

A-town rapper Ludacris is a huge Ralph Lauren Polo fan
BET Awards, June 2008

 

 

Polos are one of the essentials of a gentleman's wardrobe. You can easily wear them in a dressy or casual manner. There are hundreds of different types of polos you can choose from, but I've narrowed the polo types and brands down to make the 1st official Polo List.

A mini-history lesson: The polo shirt was first known as a tennis shirt. It was designed by 7-time French Grand Slam tennis pro, Rene Lacoste. He designed it because he needed a more comfortable shirt to play tennis in. He first wore it in the 1926 US Open Championship and in 1927 he added the crocodile emblem. Polo players began to heavily wear the shirt in the 1930s (after Lacoste began to mass produce them)- hence the nickname "polo shirt". In 1972 Ralph Lauren included the "polo shirt" as a prominent part of his line called Polo- to further boost popularity. Many English speaking westerners started calling the tennis shirt a "polo shirt" on a widespread level because of Ralph Lauren immense popularity . . . see, you learn something new everyday :-) okay, back to the list. . .

The Official Urban Gentleman Polo List

 

Ralph Lauren – the Classic polo

This is the polo that everyone thinks of when they say the word polo. The fit of these are the best and now Ralph Lauren allows you to "create-your-own" polo.
www.ralphlauren.com
Retail price: $79.50 – $125.00
Average Sale prce: $45.00

 

 

Lacoste- the Original polo aka the Preppy polo

When you buy Lacoste, you buy the real deal- it's the first
polo ever made. This polo automatically preps up any look,
making it a must in your wardrobe.
www.lacoste.com
Retail price: 79.50
Average Sale price: $50.00

Express- the Modern polo

Express's polo is quickly becoming a favorite of stylish men,
especially since they added the big-face lion logo.
express.com
Retail price: $44.50
Average Sale price: $19.99

Chaps- the Bargain polo

This is somewhat of the "starter" polo, meaning that it's the average guys first polo if they didn't grow up wearing it. It's a good quality brand that can be found in most stores.
www.chaps.com
Retail price: $39.50
Average Sale Price: $19.99 or less

Sean John – the Comfort polo

What can I say, Diddy is a great designer- even if he's crazy,
lol. His polos fit perfectly and they make most guys look fly.
Plus, it's always good to support black designers.
www.seanjohn.com
icon
www.drjays.com
Retail price: $52.00+
Average Sale Price: $30.00

Rocawear – the Hip-Hop polo

Again another rap-star delivers (Jay-Z & Damon Dash). Rocawear has a great line of men's clothing. One of its best feature is the R logo- which always matches the shirts lining. Rocawear polos are really cool, they remind me of Miami for some reason.
www.rocawear.com
icon
www.drjays.com
Retail price: $58.00
Average Sale price: $35.00

Burberry- the Gentleman polo

With Burberry you can do no wrong. The polos are just about as classic as Ralph Lauren and Lacoste. The best thing about Burberry polos is the high-quality material and rich colors.
I've recognized that most rich and wealthy executives almost exclusively wear Burberry polos.
www.burberryusaonline.com
Retail price: $95- $160+
Average sale price: $75.00

Penguin- the Vintage polo


This is everyone's favorite extra polo. Penguin is a brand that not everyone knows about, but those who do swear by it. I've met guys who exclusively wear Penguin polos. They're meant for young stylish guys who enjoy vintage looking polos.
www.penguinclothing.com
Retail price: $59.00
Average sale price: $39.00


Coogi- the Artistic polo

Awwwhh, Coogi- so colorful and bright!
There's nothing like a coogi polo, they are so detailed and creatively designed.
www.shopcoogi.com
Retail price: $78-$88
Average sale price: $58.00

 

AE (American Eagle)- the Schoolyard polo

When I think about AE, I think about private school kids-
which is cool. American Eagle is a really good all-american
brand, with great polos for good prices. You can also
customize your polo, I made a pink one w/ a navy eagle
on it (showed above).
www.ae.com
Retail price: 24.50-34.50
Average sale price: $14.50

Guilty Brotherhood- the Lupe polo


This has to be the most googled polo in the world right now. Ever since Lupe spit his line about liking ". . .Guilty Brotherhood Polos" on Gold Watch everybody has been trying to get there hands on one of these. Unfortunately it's not that easy to cop via the internet.
http://guiltybrotherhood.com/
Retail: $105-$170
To order email, info@guiltybrotherhood.com 962-62364

Cindy at The Urban Gentleman

Mouth Etiquettes: Keep it Fresh

Urban Gent’s “This is what happens when you have bad breath” Collage

There’s nothing worse than a great guy with bad breath. It’s a complete turn-off to even the most non-picky women. The man can be attractive, smart, funny, and well-dressed, but if he has bad breath her No.1 pick will quickly become a non-option . . . besides you don’t want a chick doing the Heizman on you, do you? lol. . .
You should ALWAYS have a “breath-enhancer” of some sort on you or nearby. The main places to have “breath-enhancers” is your pocket and/or car. There’s a variety of options – gum, sprays, mouth-wash strips, hard mints. . . what you choose is up to you, but I’ll give you my top picks.

1. Tic Tacs FreshMints aka “the white tic tacs”

Tic Tacs are great because they are tiny mints that have an explosion of minty freshness in each mint. They damn near guarantee that they’ll “kick the stank” from anyone’s breath. For a guy tic tacs are more of a car mint because they are noisy and would be a distraction if in your pocket (but it would be fine for those of you who carry bags). Tic Tac Freshmint is the classic version, but for the modern gents try Tic Tac Bold Mint or Tic Tac Chill Paradise Mint.

2. Extra: Polar Ice

It’s the remarkably long lasting gum, you know the gum who had to shut the factory down because people kept chewing it for so long- yeah, that gum. This has been a favorite of mine for the past 4 years. The flavor is really strong and it lasts. This is a good pocket or car gum.

3. Listerine Strips: Fresh Burst

Remember when they first came out? Everybody had them, lol. . Many people have gone back to the traditional methods of freshening their breath, but these thin strips are undoubtedly a guaranteed way to have fresh breath. The package for the Listerine Strips is small, making it one of the top choices to carry in your pocket.

4. Lifesavers: Wint-o-green

These have also been at the top of my list for the past several years. Once you buy a bag of these you can put them everywhere- in your desk at work, in your car, and in your pocket. One of the biggest benefits that lifesaver mints have over other choices, is that it allows you to share without getting annoyed. . . because we all hate it when everyone starts asking for gum knowing that we only have 2 pieces left.

Other Popular choices:

Dentyne Ice
my thoughts- I’m not a fan of the packaging, you don’t get enough gum to me
and it isn’t that powerful.

best flavor
- Peppermint or Artic Chill

Orbit:
my thoughts- “Dirty Mouth? Clean it up”. . . cool commercials, but the actual gum
doesn’t live up to the hype to me.

best flavor- Wintermint

Altoids:
my thoughts- who doesn’t love the tin can, it’s like vintage candy; always a good choice.

best flavor- any of them really. . . Wintergreen

Old School Choice: Mouth-Spray

Throughout the 80s and 90s there were countless movies that showed the infamous two squirts of mouth spray before kissing the girl. Because of it’s size and inconvenience of not being located near the checkout counter, most people have moved on from the “squirt-squirt” of mouth spray. But it’s still actually a pretty good choice, especially for men who have really bad breath or for people who eat foods (like garlic, onions, dairy products) that tend to give them bad breath. After doing some mini research it seems like Oasis is a good choice. There are also some really funny mouth sprays you can get from places like shophappytrails.com. They have several mouth sprays including: Irish Accent Mouth Spray, Liar Minty Breath Spray, Gay Accent Mouth Spray, Instant Happy Childhood Memories Mouth Spray, etc. . .those could be funny and interesting gifts.

Where to buy:

I know it’s pretty obvious, but if you don’t feel like going to the store you can always purchase online, walgreens.com is a good choice.

Always remember that its ALWAYS best to get minty flavors, citrus and other type flavors are just like buying candy- you might as well buy jellybeans. Your goal is to have the freshest breath you can. . . so you can snag the chick you want:-)

(for those who didn’t get my Heizman reference earlier (it was a down south song), click here )

They Play Hard, They Dress Even Harder: Best Dressed Athletes

King James is a king of style

When I was out shopping for blazers and sport coats with one of my friends last week, he kept mentioning how he wanted to get that “Dwayne Wade Look”. I chuckled as he continued, “He had on this orange and brown outfit one day, and I want to get that same look, you know that Dwayne Waaaade look”. Well my friend based his opinion of Dwayne Wade’s style on one outfit he saw him wear in a magazine or on tv. . . little did he know that Dwayne Wade is more often than not, found looking quite stylish. But Dwayne Wade isn’t the only professional athlete who dresses so well he could double as a model, there’s a slew of well-dressed men in the athletic world.


My top picks (in no particular order):

1. Lebron James
He’s called King James for a reason and style is definitely one.

Lebron, dude. . .you look fly

Jay-Z and Lebron in Vegas

Lebron’s casual look is really cool as he’s posing w/ Jimmy Kimmel

2. David Beckham
He’s always at the top of my best-dressed list. What can I say those Brits just have great style. Not only is he the new face of Emporio Armani, he also has a wife that’s equally as chic- Victoria Beckham.

Classic perfection in this suit

The new face of Emporio Armani. . .underwear

He really has a thing for the “one shirt tail in, one shirt tail out” look

see. . .he ‘s doing it again

David & Victoria Beckham

3. Thierry Henry
Some of you Americans may not know who he is (lol), but my international readers and true sports fans know that he is a sharp dresser. His charm and style has landed him a contract as an international “brand ambassador” for Tommy Hilfiger.

I love the suit, great color & material
An international brand ambassador for Tommy Hilifiger

A natural Urban Gentleman

In Barcelona, 2008

4. Dwayne Wade
He always shows up to award shows and events wearing the latest trends and wearing them well. And besides. . . it seems like alot of gentleman are trying to get the “Dwayne Wade look”.

Dwayne rockin the “country/cowboy” look

At the Jay-Z/MJB Tour Kick-off in Miami, 2008

Dwayne loves those Tom Ford aviators

At his 26th birthday bash, 2008


Honorable Mentions:

Will Demps – he’s most women’s picture of perfection and his fashion sense has allowed him to snag Hollywood hotties like R&B singer Letoya Luckett.


Tom Brady – he dresses how I expect and want athletes to dress- stylish & clean. I’m sure his girlfriend, supermodel Gisele, gives him plenty of fashion tips.



Alex Rodriguez – he has a really classic style that has made him a GQ favorite.



Terrell Owens – some say cocky athletes always have great style. . .hmmm, I don’t know about that, but T.O definitely does.




Reggie Bush
– he’s actually one of the best dressed men in the NFL, he dresses up & down almost flawlessly. He has the complete Urban Gentleman look, he just doesn’t have the UG swagger or class quite yet. . .but I’m sure he’ll get there soon.




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