The Importance of Good Lips

A good lip should be just as important to a man as it is to a woman. Trust me, you will get compliments for soft lips. I do all the time. It’s a good thing. So throw out your bullshit Carmex or Chapstick – petroleum based lip balms do more harm than good.  Here is my run down of my favourite lip balms. Apply liberally and often.

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What I love about this lip balm is the tingly mint sensation. And the person you kiss will also love it – they always do. The mint-infused lip balm soothes and shields lips with shea butter, leaving behind a smooth, matte finish. That is important – you want to stick to matte finishes men. No SPF here so watch out.
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This is my classic go-to lip balm. All natural, loaded with coconut and sunflower oils, rich in vitamins and essential fatty acids, to nourish, condition and soften lips. The secret of the beeswax is that it seals in hydration. This lip balm also contains peppermint oil to give you that tingly sensation. Stick to the tube, the tin looks cool but requires your fingers to apply it = possible dirty fingers on your lips. Gross.
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Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25 with Grapefruit & Ginger, $7.50           Yes, I am finally suggesting a lip balm that doesn’t tingle when you apply or kiss. This lip balm is enriched with superior skin conditioners and antioxidants. This lip balm will soothes and relieves even the most dry and chapped but why did you let it get that bad? Unlike a lot waxy sticks, this one penetrates quickly to provide relief. SPF 25.

Selvedge goes camping

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This sleeping bag from Scout Seattle just might be the most pretentious sleeping bag ever made and I am more than okay with that. The field bed is made with made with slub selvedge denim – that’s right it is made from the same stuff as your jeans. The quilted layers of slubby selvage denim, chambray and Climashield®, are folded and finished with a 115″ M8 RiRi sleeping bag zipper. Rated to 0ºF. Roll up and tie down with leather strap for transport. This is how a fashionable man camps, hipsters can’t afford this luxe shit. $712 

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Skagway you Scallywag

Here’s a little secret I will let you in on, I fucking love denim. But let’s be clear – I only love dark indigo denim, you can take your faux worn finished jeans and keep walking the mall on Sunday mornings. What I love more than denim jeans, is when a brand makes something unexpected out of denim. WANT did an amazing denim briefcase a few years ago that I snatched up and Marc Jacobs did a denim duffle bag that I should have snapped up.

Enter the Vivism Skagway slip on. Featuring a contrasting upper, the heel is constructed of cowhide suede while the toe is comprised of denim; the mustard and denim are particularly sweet. $415

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HOODS

Fuck put a bird on it. Put a hood on it.

Brooklyn-based Outlier has quickly become known for their melding of fashion, function and performance with a minimalist aesthetic. Their latest offering represents a commitment to experimentation: three hoodies. The collection includes a sleeveless hoodie, a long sleeve pullover and a long sleeve cardigan. These are perfect for a run or for a night out on the town. From $188.

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All three loose-fitting unisex hoodies made of 17.5 micron merino wool.

Tricks from Pharrell

Pharrell Williams has emerged as more than simply a music producer extraordinaire – he is seen as a ‘tastemaker’ (I fucking hate that word). And he has many tricks us mere male mortals can learn. Trick no.1 explore the women’s shoe section. Trust the Pharrell. 

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Pharrell is known for his love of Céline and their skate shoes – as you can see, they can easily be rocked by most men. So next time you realize how boring the men’s shoe section can be, wander over to the women’s side and try on some of their slip-ons. They will often come in more exotic leathers and finishes – the perfect way to upgrade some classic dark denim jeans. Pick the yellow python. Trust me.

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Céline, Yellow Python Skate Slip-On

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Céline, White Grey Hair Calfskin Skate Slip-On

Pharrell photo courtesy of GQ.

Falling for Feit

Feit has built their brand on well constructed, minimalist luxury sneakers. These are handmade kicks made of premium leathers. For AW14 they have introduced their bi-colour collection. The series features a splash of black or white at the heel of a leather upper in the opposite color and finished off with a natural leather sole. That’s right, these premium kicks are all leather. Now I don’t even need to decide if i want those high tops in black or white.

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Fire Breathing Sweaters

There are few things I enjoy more than cheeky designers. Fashion should have sense of humor. What could be funnier than paying $880 for the sweater you used to own as a kid? Nothing. This updated childhood classic, by Michael Bastian, comes in luxurious cashmere and is perfect paid with jeans or under a blazer.

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And besides, it will be amusing to hear all the neophytes question your fashion choices. “What’s up with that Godzilla sweater dude?” Nothing. Why?

I will pander to Jil Sander

There I admitted it. I will do just about anything for Jil. Well, almost.

Jil Sander brings back my favourite shoes for Spring Summer 2015. I own them with the green soles, now I think I need to own them in yellow. This shoe was first introduced during Raf Simons’ last season at Jil Sander. But I warn you, these shoes are made with wood soles which can be tough to endure for long hours. But the pain is worth the Sander.

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