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Men’s Fashion Review: AXE Body Gel

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An important part of being fashionable is staying clean – not just keeping your clothes clean, but your body as well. Soap cuts it for most shower ablation, but sometimes a body wash is best to cover all your bases. AXE got into the bodywash business a while ago and has some new product lines. Let’s see how their Thai Massage body gel fairs.

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Just like with most AXE products, the bottle’s design has a faux-futurism about it and the copy on the label assures one that women will find the gel’s user irresistible. Eh, the tongue in cheek verbiage never sold me. Thankfully though, the plastic spout for the container doesn’t let half of the goo out each time you squeeze. A definite perk.

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The gel itself is very gooey and GREEN GREEN GREEN. It took me a while to get over its resemblance to slime. Suspended in the gel are some yellow salts that I suppose are intended to exfoliate. These salts aren’t granular like the sand in my face scrub – they’re big enough to be called beads really – so I wonder how much effect they have on anything dead skin related. The gel does wash off nice and leaves my skin looking clean and a little smoother. I also can’t detect a residual scent after finishing in the shower, which contradicts what the packaging suggests.

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Overall, I think it’s a product fine for cleaning your armpits and whatnot, but Thai Massage never amounts to a beautifier, let alone an aphrodisiac.

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Men’s Fashion Review: Birkenstock Sandals

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Summer’s almost over, so best not to invest in sandals just right now. But for next year, consider purchasing a pair of Birkenstocks. Let’s see how this pair care of the Family Footwear Center fared in the final weeks of the sunny season.
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These Birkenstock Milano sandals, Cocoa Nubuck color, are pretty awesome. For one, I love the color and expect it will fade gracefully. Two straps is just number needed and it’s definitely an added bonus that they are made of soft leather. In fact, the plentiful use of leather is very much welcomed – when was the last time your sandals stretched and breathed? The branding’s also kept to the footbed, which is a tasteful move.
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Speaking of the footbed, my only gripe with these Birkenstocks is that the mold of the bed, its hills and valleys, hasn’t exactly jived with the structure of my feet so far. I hear the sandals “adapt” to the unique shape your feet, but not fast enough since sometimes wearing them can be uncomfortable. Fortunately, the sole is very well constructed and conforms pretty well to the terrain and so isn’t too sturdy. I purposefully stomped on some gravel and didn’t
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Overall, a very nice pair of sandals. And aside from carrying bomb sandals such as these, Family Footwear Center sells Carolina boots, Chippewa Boots, and work boots.

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Men’s Fashion Review: 191 Unlimited Shirt

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Autumn’s coming, so you better start packing those tees and unearthing those darkly shaded, long sleeved shirts. 191 Unlimited recently hooked me up with a piece painted as appropriate for Fall living. Let’s see how the provocatively named “Paparazzi” collared fairs.

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First thing I noticed outside of the box were how not-so-subtle the golden pin stripes turned out to be. Fortunately, they bothered me for all of a few minutes once I noticed how the linear mini-points of gold are matched by a few cool bands of dark yellow velvet in the interior. The grey contrasts inside the cuffs and the placket are also nicely tucked in details. I applaud all the complementing, small voiced color usage.

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This piece comes with epilates, a shirt addition that I have come to despise universally and simply on principle. If I wanted to roll up my sleeves and look like a toolish bartender, I would do so and wouldn’t need extra pieces of fabrics to “secure” my clumpy mistreatments. I just don’t get how I do like the buttons for the epilates, cuffs, etc., which are squares with rounded corners. The collar could use a mini-stay pocket because they turn curvy quickly.

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My biggest beef with this shirt is not with some “essential” quality of the shirt, but rather a disappointment that is very easily avoidable: rampant loose threads. I kid you not: I found danglers in button holes, on the placket, in the stitching on the pocket, etc. etc. What’s worse is that I’ve run into this very same problem with OTHER 191 shirts. Sheesh.

If they could only get their act together, maybe then they would get some more attention for their otherwise fun pieces.

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Men’s Fashion Review: Boqari undergarments

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Choice of undergarments is certainly a fashion statement – especially when it might matter most for “impressing”. Boqari prides itself on selling, well, pretty outrageous pieces for the areas both above and below the belt. Let’s see how their mesh underwear and tanks fared.

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I kinda love this tank, the “BQ Flow Tank”. It actually works great for the gym, what with the nylon blend and alternating mesh helping to regulate all the sweating and subsequently one’s body temperature. Additionally, its tight but slimming form could easily disguise some of those “work in progress” areas for those of us looking to get in shape.

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The stitching’s pretty good too, though I don’t really like those little clumps on the inside as you can see (not that they really rubs up against my chest or anything). And I’m normally really opposed to having prominent branding/ logos on a piece, but here the ‘Boqari’ blends in nicely. All that said, I couldn’t see myself wearing this tank out – unless I was back in WeHo.
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As for the “Jamaica Mesh” undies… wow. These certainly show off some skin and some, uh, packing. One might say even that you can see too much through the nylon – risque! Strangely enough, these hotties are marketed as unisex. I guess that asks for some playful exchange between hetero-partners? These are fun but inappropriate for most locker rooms.

Everyone adventurous should have one of both and no more.

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Men’s Fashion Review: Jack Georges Slim Flapover

I needed a new soft briefcase a week ago and I needed it stat. Luggage and the like takes some deliberation over what size, color, and material (though I don’t know how anyone could settle for anything less than leather), so I did my due diligence albeit in quickly. Since I was primarily interested in something compact (I already have a vintage American Tourist suitcase for heavy loads) I eventually decided on a piece from Jack Georges, a well-known bag manufacturer. I’m very impressed by the item for the following reasons.

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The piece is clearly constructed by precise hands, with the leather being in excellent shape. The stitching is without divergence and the flap goes up and down just as one would want it to. The handle is sturdy at the grip but also easily adjusted at the ends. The buckle for the flap clicks open without a hitch while also serving as a sturdy lock. The pocket making up the back could fit a number of papers pretty cozily.

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There are a few compartments inside ranging in size; I keep a small digital camera the biggest one, pens and the like in another and a phone charger in one too. The bag conforms nicely when several items, e.g. a notebook and folders in my case, are inside the pouch. There is also a long zipper pocket that is very useful for carrying business cards, a bottle of cream, lip balm, etc.

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The only (tiny) gripe I have with this briefcase is that the inside would serve be a little roomier. But, hey, I guess they call it slim for a reason.

Overall, a great buy and would recommend it to anyone. Unfortunately, this specific model has been discontinued, so your only bet is finding it online. Good luck! It’ll be worth the hustling.

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Fashion Review: Artfully Disheveled tie

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I take ties very seriously. Therefore, I rate them seriously. The designers at neophyte Artfully Disheveled (aside: not my favorite brand name) clearly pride themselves on deconstructing of the typical patterning of my favorite accessory – thankfully without resorting to ugly logos or graphics of Spiderman. Let’s see how one of their pieces fairs.

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The model I got, “The Shoreditch”, is an okay tie. Truly, I like a lot about it. It’s long, which makes gauging and fixing the length during the tying easier. The cross stitching (see below) is top notch and I rather enjoy the cheeky checkered pattern. It’s slightly hipster, but the quality weaving let’s people know I didn’t pick it up at a thrift shop.

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All that being said, the piece is too “heavy” for my taste, that is it consist of too much fabric. Naturally, I appreciate silk, but not too much of it rapped in one package. I guess I’m just a sucker for ties that catch onto the wind easily.

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There is also something lacking in the color scheme of this particular tie. Frankly, it just isn’t as fun as I came to expect from pictures I’ve seen online. In fact, I think it would serve much better for the purples, greens, etc. to be brighter. Strangely, this pattern but bolder strikes me as easier to match with an outfit only because then it would be demanding all the attention; right now it’s pretty subdued. I could see myself wearing it to a casual cocktail party.

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Musings on Men’s Fashion – Review of D&Y Beanie

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Sure, we’re getting 100-degree days now and some of us could use the rays to lighten a hair or two, but that doesn’t mean the nighttime doesn’t bring a climate a little too cold for comfort. Enter D&Y, who has redesigned the beanie and sell their innovations online. Let’s check out how their black hat fairs.

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The first thing I noticed about the beanie was how stretchy the fabric was; this is both good in a way and bad in another. I definitely like how I can make the cap cover part or whole of my scalp depending on the circumstance. But the fabric actually bounces back when released and once it unhooked from my ear and almost came off.

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An interesting divergence from the typical beanie comes as result of the emphasis on stretchiness is the lack of stitching at the top of the piece. I approve because the loops always look out of place on a beanie and often some of the sown fabric is tucked in, which I find annoying to feel against me noggin. Not having stitching also allows for it be reversible, which is badass.

Overall, this is pretty good stuff. I see myself using this on the occasional chilly night in mid-August.

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