the ugliest shoes you’ll see all season

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this page in men’s health starts with “here’s one way to guarantee that every man will want to walk a mile in your shoes.”  excuse me.  what?  are we talking about the shoes listed under that copy.  if we are in fact talking about those shoes, then maybe it’s time to check yourself.  these are the ugliest shoes i’ve seen in a long time.  look it’s not my thing to get on here and crap all over someone’s design or product (i’m not qualified to do so), but these do not pass the eye test.  purple + back + gray camo = something bebop and rocksteady would wear on tmnt.  they’re also listed as “the mh must-have.”  really?  we, the readers of men’s health magazine, must have these shoes.  c’mon man.  you can do better than that, men’s health.  (please note the brand is not named to protect the guilty party.)

women we appreciate: the women of tumblr (part 2)

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i may or may not have a tumblr (hint: i have one).  if you’ve been a reader for a couple of years, then you might remember my previous women of tumbr post (it can be found here).  not gonna lie my tumblr is mainly pictures of babes.  if that’s not your thing, then don’t check it out.  i don’t know any of these women, but i would like to one day.  seriously, how are there so many beautiful women on tumblr?  i don’t get it.  oh well.  it’s our gain.  enjoy these pics and check out i took the train if you have a spare hour of so.

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black jeans

it’s been a while since i posted something.  i know you’ve been waiting with bated breath to see what’s coming next.  i promise i’m going to do all i can to make the posts more frequent and that starts…tonight.  yeah!  without further ado…

blackjeans

black is a tricky color for menswear enthusiast.  if it’s done poorly, you come across as either a guy who’s trying too hard to look “fashionable” (see dudes at olive garden on valentines day) or a guy who’s trying too hard to be “music business” (see most of nashville).  those two reasons are why i had reservations about ever owning a pair of black jeans.  the truth is when done properly they can be an essential piece of your every day wardrobe.  i bought a pair before i went to paris this summer because i thought they seemed somewhat parisian.  i don’t think anyone misidentified me as a local (could have been the fanny pack or socks with sandals), but they were easy to travel with i.e. you can dress them up or down.  they’ve since been a weekly wear.  i tend to rock with a plaid or chambray shirt.  i also don’t give a rip if i’m wearing them with brown desert boots (now to tell you once again who’s bad).  if you’ve been thinking about pulling the trigger on a pair, but have been scared to for whatever reason, here are two options for a test run: a.p.c. washed denim (above left) and j. crew garment dyed jeans (above right).  the j. crew version are a much better price, but you know them ladies like the way i look in them a.p.c.s.  #nahmean

friends are waiting

you got me, budweiser.  this commercial is amazing.  i typically don’t post this type of fare on here,  but i couldn’t resist.  i have a lab and she’s one of the best things that’s ever happened to me.  drinking and driving is stupid.  let’s try not to do it.  #friendsarewaiting

hair care: pomade or creme

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this has potential to be the worst photo i ever post on this blog.  it’s awful.  i used an app that i thought would make it look cool.  instead, it looks like one of those effects they use at theme parks to make you look old-timey.  and to top it off it’s blurry.  oh well.  let’s move on.

i don’t spend too much time on here talking about hair products, because i haven’t really used them until a year ago when i abandoned my frat-cut for a somewhat hipper cut (thanks mic at parlour & juke).  now depending on what i want my hair to look like i use one of two products: suavecito pomade or kevin murphy’s easy rider hold creme.  both smell amazing and both do different things.  if you want a slick, shiny look, then opt for the pomade (think don draper mad men).  if you want something that will hold it in place, but won’t look like you have crap in your hair, then go for the hold creme.  i choose based on my mood that morning.  just remember that a dab will do with both of these – unless you want to look like a 1950’s greaser.  if that’s the case, then load up.

you may have missed: the exploding hearts

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i remember the phone call like it was yesterday.  a friend of mine called me back in 2003 and said, “dude, you’ve gotta check out this band the exploding hearts.  you’re going to love them.  they’re right up your alley.”  he described them as sounding like the clash.  i f**king love the clash, so i drove to tower records during my lunch break and bought guitar romantic.  he wasn’t wrong.  i love everything about this album: the cover art, the attitude, the melodies, the jangling guitars.  it was the record i’d been waiting for since i first discovered punk rock in 8th grade.  the best part was that at this point in time they were my little secret.  the internet was in its infancy stages as far as discovering new music was concerned i.e. i still relied on word of mouth for new bands in the early 2000s.  i was going to spend the next several weeks telling everybody about the exploding hearts, but 3 months later their budding career came to an end when their bus ran off the road, flipped over and killed 3 out of 4 members of the band.  that was the end of the exploding hearts.  i go back to guitar romantic every couple of months.  it’s a short record – 10 songs that average about 2.5 minutes each.  you can listen to it over and over and hear things you missed on the last listen.  it’s a classic and one you should have in your library.

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filson tin cloth cruiser jacket

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denim jackets are a fall staple, but if you don’t think you can pull one off, consider this short cruiser jacket from filson.  it’s the perfect alternative to a levi’s trucker jacket.  it’s made from filson’s tough tin cloth with an oil finish which means it’s going to be stiff for the first several wears, but don’t be discouraged.  it will break in nicely and become one of your favorites in no time.

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