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Review of Dirty Velvet Sweater and Tee

In 2006, a design group was looking to produce a line of exceptional quality men’s clothing that used original graphics that would use “thought provoking imagery” in order to offer a creative alternative to the mainstream designs. That is how the brand “Dirty Velvet” evolved. Not only have the designers at Dirty Velvet made a product that is creative, but they have also developed a brand that is eco-friendly with fabrics that are made out of 100% organic cotton, which is grown without the use of pesticides or any other chemical growing substances.

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One of my favorite Dirty Velvet t-shirts is the one advertising an fabricated Ultra Liver for those that have worn out their livers from partying hardy. The plain white t-shirt is the perfect background for the comical graphic of a cartoon surgeon offering up your new organ, which comes with free installation and a lifetime guarantee.


It’s a solid print that won’t disappear with multiple washes, which makes it well worth the the price of 25.95 Euros. I can think of a few wine-attendant friends who would get a kick out of it as a gift!

top hat dark charcoalAnother great, irreverent top from Dirty Velvet is the Top Hat Dark Charcoal Sweatshirt. It is a comfortable cotton long sleeve that comes in a trendy charcoal grey color with a ribbed crew neck, cuffs, and waist. The graphic design on this shirt is all about the Dirty Velvet brotherhood that is a clothing line for rebel gentlemen, symbolized by the English top hat. The theme of this particular men’s sweatshirt will definitely spark some interest in this “cheeky” brand. The Top Hat sweater is a little more expensive at 46.95 Euros, but you are also getting more shirt for the money.


If you are curious about what Dirty Velvet has to offer for your wardrobe, check out Dirty Velvet’s store and see the witty and innovative t-shirts and pull-overs to add a little humor (and salt!) to your casual-wear!

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Don’t Be a Tool: Assemble and Use a Manly Toolkit

You don’t spend hours primping in the bathroom and come out smelling like some kind of weird tropical fruit because you’re a man, dagnabbit! While this sentiment is certainly understandable, there are still a few basic grooming tasks to which even you, rugged as you are, must submit. Acquire these basic but crucial items and you’ll be ready to emerge from your man cave and take on the world.


The first is a good set of nail clippers. There is nothing attractive about looking like you just clawed your way out of the ground, so keep your fingernails trimmed and clean. Unless you’re a mechanic, dirty fingernails are just utterly gross and completely avoidable.

A good razor and other facial hair removal tools are also important. A high-quality razor gives a much better shave, as does one that uses high quality blades. You only need 1-2 blades and a slight angle. Despite conventional wisdom, you should shave with the grain to avoid painful ingrown hairs. While you’re working on your facial hair, break out a nose hair trimmer as well. Trust me. No one wants to see that.

Hydrating body washes are another important tool in your grooming toolkit. Guys tend to shower often, which can strip the skin of natural oils. With the right body wash, you can walk around smelling irresistibly sexy and manly without constantly feeling itchy and scratching random body parts, which is anything but irresistibly sexy. It is kind of manly, though, in a primal, gross way. Speaking of which, always keep a bottle of powder on hand, especially during the hot summer months. Sprinkling a bit of this on your manliest parts prevents chafing and itching so you won’t feel compelled to scratch certain parts in public. You may think you’re being discrete, but we all know what you’re doing.


Protecting the skin on your face is as important as taking care of the skin on your body, so apply a lightweight sunscreen to your face before heading outdoors. Yes, your friends will likely laugh at you. A lot. But you’ll get the last laugh when they’ve aged prematurely or end up with skin cancer and you still look awesome.

The good news is, all of these products are easy to find. In fact, many of the most essential grooming tools you need are available in kits that include nail clippers and other must-haves all together for easy traveling and storage. You don’t have to spend your life in the bathroom or clutter the counter with products from one end to the other. Both of these jobs are better left to your wife or girlfriend anyway. You should, however, make sure you have the essentials and cover the basics, if only for the benefit of those who must live and work with you when you’re out in society.

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6 Ways to Make Yourself Look Younger

If you want to fight back against the signs of aging, there are a few ways you can give yourself a more youthful appearance. Looking younger doesn’t always require having to go through expensive and painful cosmetic surgical procedures, and there are a few simple changes you can make to achieve the look you want.

Don’t Dress Too Young

You might think that it’s a good idea to wear clothes that teenagers and young adults wear in order to look younger. Doing so, however, can actually make you look older and draw unwanted attention from others. You should wear clothes that are appropriate for your age and show off your figure in the most flattering way.


Go Easy On the Black

Dressing in black garments can create the illusion of having a slimmer figure, but wearing too much black can give you an older and more ridged appearance as you age. Plus, as you get older, your skin will likely appear paler and have more lines and wrinkles, and wearing too much black can accentuate these tell-tale signs of aging.

Choose a New Hairstyle

Updating your hairdo is one of the best ways to fight back against aging. A good stylist can cut and shape your hair in a way that draws more attention to your best facial features. You may even want to consider coloring your hair to hide any gray. Finding a salon that specializes in contemporary haircuts can be a challenge. Instead of just settling for a traditional haircut, take the time to look up salons that offer innovative cuts and styling techniques, such as Anne Welsh Salon and others that you can find with a little research.

Use Moisturizer Liberally

The best skin moisturizers on the market are formulated to prevent skin from becoming dry and further damaged by the elements. When you use moisturizer on a regular basis, you’ll also be able to combat certain problems that can age skin faster. Skin that’s well-moisturized can give you a younger, healthier glow in a way that looks natural.

Stay Active

Regular exercise will make it possible for you to maintain a healthy weight and good muscle mass, which can work wonders if you’re trying to appear younger. Exercising will also likely improve your figure and make it easier for you to fit into stylish clothing that can make you look and feel more vibrant.

Maintain Good Dental Health

In addition to preventing cavities and other dental problems, maintaining good dental health can brighten your smile. Your teeth will look whiter and healthier, which can help take years off your appearance. You may even want to consider going to a dentist for teeth whitening or other cosmetic dental procedures that can keep your smile looking great.

Looking younger doesn’t have to take a great deal of time and extra effort. Making just a few simple changes in your appearance can give you the end results you want.

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Hem Tags at Clothing Labels 4 – A Branding Alternative!

When it comes to clothing, tags are the perfect way to advertise your brand. A custom created logo will make it easy for customers to recognize your designs and for you to keep your clothing distinctively different from other designers’ items. Clothing tags, also found at Clothing Labels 4, are woven from many different materials that include damask, taffeta, and satin. The traditional places that you will find clothing tags are on the inside of the neckline of a shirt, along a side seam on the inside of the item, or on the inside of the waistband. However, there is another place that brands have used to put their tags to gain the most exposure:  the hem!

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Hem tags allow a designer name, everyone from Old Navy to Clothing Labels 4 to Dior, to display their logo in a more visibly prominent place. The areas that are most commonly used for hem tags are the arm and bottom hem. The hem tag actually becomes part of the finishing process in the design and adds more interest, as well as advertising your brand. Another advantage that the hem tags have over the traditional neck and seam tags is that they are in a spot that will cause less irritation to the skin that the neck or seam tags. Sometimes the materials that are chosen to create the tags are picked for their durability and price, so they may not be the softest against the skin. Some designers have even chosen to go tag-less, using a printed or heat-set method of putting the logo and information directly on the fabric instead.

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If you do decide that hem tags from Clothing Labels 4 are the way that you want to advertise your brand, then you want to make sure that it is the right tagging method for the type of material that it is. Hem tags wrap around the hem and follow the original hem stitches or are stitched directly onto the front of the hemline, so they would work best on a thicker material like cotton, wool, or a ponte knit that would be substantial enough to support the tag. Also, the hem tags would probably work better with fabric that does not have too much stretch-ability.

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No matter what type of tags that you choose to promote your clothing brand, you can count on to custom make a tag that is just right for you.

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Review of Jack Erwin Ellis Chelsea Boots

“Shoes speak louder than words” says Tribeca-based brand Jack Erwin. Wearing their Ellis Chelsea Boot from the Foster Collection, I’d have to agree. Available in calf-leather Arabica or Black, or the 100% suede Brown, I chose this final option. The suede exterior creates an understated masculine sensibility which transitions well between the office and the bar. I wore them with a granite colored suit, and they color blocked outstandingly. Similarly, I chose to pair them with a dark indigo wash skinny jean and they shined against the more casual attire.


In terms of comfort, the Ellis Chelsea Boot took under an hour to break in. At first I was worried about the inside architecture of the boot as it struck me as quite tough, yet as soon as it molded to my foot, these easily became the most comfortable footwear I own. All of Jack Erwin’s shoes are handcrafted in Spain, and this level of quality is apparent on both the interior and exterior. The rubber sole makes them resilient against the most treacherous of slushy, wintry conditions and the pull tab means you can easily remove them as soon as you return to the safety and warmth of the indoors.


All in all, the Ellis Chelsea boot more than fulfills the heritage of Chelsea-boot style footwear. It is versatile, uniquely inviting, and most importantly, a classically handsome item on trend, without being trendy. I also covet their Carter Wingtip Combat Boot, and after testing the Ellis, I will be ordering it ASAP.

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Why No Show Socks Are Perfect for Shorts

Whether you’re a bike courier or a beach bum, or you happen to be a stay-at-home dad or working from a home office, shorts and/or three-quarter length pants might be your go-to wardrobe option. And with great reason — shorts and short pants offer a kind of freedom some guys need to get things done around the house, on the go, in the yard, or while simply messing around out in the world.

And while shorts and three-quarter length pants offer the kind of versatility you may be looking for, there is a kind of cardinal rule about wearing them: you can’t rock socks. Ever. Shorts and socks together make it look like you don’t know what you’re doing, don’t care how you look, or just don’t know about a perfect little solution to your problem: no show socks.


When you couple a quality pair of no show socks with shorts or high-rise pants, you avoid having to make that awkward decision: “Do I just go full knee-high sock and own this look or ugly plain white ankle socks that make this whole outfit look a mess? Or worse — do I forego socks altogether and risk the discomfort, blisters, and odor?” Never again!

Instead of the above set of less than great choices, utilize no show socks in one of two varieties. Pick the shorts, three-quarter length, or high-hem utility pants for the day, choose the sneakers, boat shoes, or casual slip-ons you want to wear with them, and slide into a pair of no show socks.

For your everyday sneakers or regular ankle-height skate shoes, you’ll pick a pair of standard no show socks. If you plan on wearing slip-ons by Vans, Tom’s, or other similar brands, you’ll want to pick a pair of extra low no show socks so they stay completely out of sight.

With premium cotton, nylon, and spandex blended no show socks between you and your shoes, you’ll enjoy all the comfort any other standard length sock will bring you without broadcasting to the world that you’re wearing socks at all. So, the totally sockless look is completely attainable — without the discomfort of actually going sockless — which is a must when you’re wearing shorts or short pants. Enjoy cruising around in the style that suits you best; there’s no shame in wearing shorts, only in doing so with socks that disrupt your otherwise cool, laidback look.

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