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    The Quick Cocktail | Esquire

    Mixing good cocktails is essential for any party, but it can also be a huge hassle. Not to mention it takes you away from the real reason for the party…talking to your guests. If you want to mix up something quick that has a little more style than a rum and Coke, check out these two-ingredient cocktail recipes from Esquire.

     

    Die, Workwear

    Look, I got into the workwear trend just as much as the next guy. I own plenty of workshirts, flannels, and I’m one pair shy of a full weeks-worth of Red Wing boots. Heavy Field & Stream-like flannels and work boots will always be in style in the right setting, but the “trend” is dying off. If you’re a city dweller, you’re better off investing in some classic well-tailored clothing, like those documented on the blog, Die, Workwear.

    While the rugged look certainly has a place and time, the classic look is timeless and always appropriate.

     

    The Spread Collar

    Spread collar shirts have been gaining popularity recently, and for good reason…when done right, they look damn good.

    A spread collar is like a double-breasted suit, they’re not for every guy. But if you have a thin frame and a thin face, nothing looks better than a spread collar shirt. The horizontal line that the collar creates balances the natural vertical lines of a thin face and frame. Add some to your mix today, they’re available from high to low.

    Image from GQ

     

    Quarterly Co.

    Quarterly is a new way to connect with the people you follow and find interesting. We spend so much of our lives connecting with people online that we forget the value of tangible interactions that happen in the real world. Quarterly wants to bridge that gap by allowing anyone to subscribe to influential contributors and get physical items in the mail from them. It is like a magazine, but instead of receiving words on a page, our subscribers receive actual items that tell a compelling story crafted and narrated by the contributor.”

    “…maybe you’ll get the same kind of notebook that your favorite author used to plot their recent bestseller. Or maybe it’s the tea a musician was drinking while they penned a famous track.”

    This is a really cool new company founded by Good Magazine co-founder and former Editor-In-Chief, Zack Frechette. Current contributors include Josh Rubin and Evan Orenstan of Cool Hunting, Bobby Salomon of The Fox is Black, world traveler Josh Spear, and many more.

     

    Fair Game

    Tough to find a cooler version than this one from J.Crew.

    ‘Tis the season…to wear a Fair Isle sweater. Fair Isle sweaters are named after the knitting technique that originated on an island off the coast of northern Scotland called, well, Fair Isle. They’re always popular and appropriate during the holiday season, but beware of those with gimmikcy patterns like snowflakes, reindeer and moose. Some can work, but you run the risk of looking like an overgrown child. Better to save those for the annual ugly sweater party and get yourself an updated and more versatile version this season.

    If you’re looking for a bargain, this one from American Living is a good option.

     

    The Motley | Curated Shaving Kit

    The guys over at The Motley we’re cool enough to let me curate a ready-made kit for their online shop. It was tough to choose from all of their top-notch grooming products, so I decided to go with a theme…everything a guy needs for a close comfortable shave. With this kit you’ll get all of the essential items needed to prepare and protect your skin for battle.

    If you’re already well-stocked in the shaving department, there are other curated kits available that tackle different grooming gripes.

     

    Dapper Decorum | The Do’s & Dont’s of Style

    No. 41: Don’t get caught wearing neon.

    *A good way to go about this is to not wear neon.

     

    Time for Tweed | Molloy & Sons

    A good, quality tweed sportcoat is a wardrobe essential for any guy. When I mentioned the “High-low” in my previous post…this is what I meant by “High”. This is where you should be spending your money. Molloy & Sons has been weaving Donegal Tweed (named after County Donegal, Ireland where the family business is based) since the 19th century, and they are one of the few remaining companies who still produce authentic Donegal Tweed.

     

    The High and the Low

    One key aspect of having great style is knowing how to pull off the “High-low”, spending big bucks on the well-crafted items that will last a lifetime, and saving your money on others. One thing that I refuse to spend money on is an umbrella, because I will undoubtedly loose it. This guy is rocking a $5 street-bought umbrella…and making it look good.

     

    Buckler’s | Chapped Skin Remedy

    We’ve been experiencing unseasonably warn weather here in NYC, but my hands haven’t seemed to notice. For this reason, I keep a jar of Buckler’s Chapped Skin Remedy on my desk. Developed in house by the guys at The Motley, Buckler’s is an all natural, fragrance free formula packed with Chamomile, Shea Butter and Aloe that soothes and softens skin. My hands have never been in better shape for the winter season.