Masterful Monday

Hope everyone had a great weekend, now it’s time for the Don’s 3rd post!

Getting it started is the look of the day:

This look here will go to show that you don’t have to spend a fortune to look good. The blue checkered shirt was picked up on special a few years ago, $10 to be exact (reg price $100) silk knit gold tie picked up for $7.99 on special at The Bay or Hudson’s Bay as its called these days, cardigan $50 at Banana Republic Factory Store (they got a lot of great stuff) check them out in Laval or Vaudreuil. (note the bottom and top buttons undone) Grey trousers picked up for $12.99, also at the Factory Store and my go to brown brogues from Zara, and I believed I paid them around $60. And last but not least a silver slide clasp tie bar to hold down the tie, $15 from TheTieBar, this company is my absolute favorite for ties and accessories, CHECK THEM OUT! ( Now one thing to point out, something I haven’t had a chance to do yet is to get the pants a little tailored, I like my pants to be tailored with little to no break at the bottom. Every man should know a great tailor, a few adjustments can make a $200 suit look like a million. Bottom line of all this, it doesn’t take a ton of money to look good, just know where to look and if you see something that you like on special, buy it! Stock up on different colors if you can as well!

Onto part 2 of this post I will reveal my Monday morning ritual (nothing dirty.. Unless of course I’ve packed down chili, nachos and beer right before bed the night before!) Of course I’m talking about a good ol’ manly shave!

Yes, I shave like a grandpa. But let me tell you it saves a hell of a lot of money in the long run and feels better than any other shave, except of course a good old barber shave. Allow me to elaborate. I first use a hot towel on my face to open the pores and get those whiskers loosened up then rub a little pre-shave oil from eShave, picked up for $20 at Stroked Ego, a great little men’s shop in Ottawa, I always stop by and pick something up when I’m there. The oil lubricates the beard a little bit. Then I run my badger hair shaving brush, also picked up at Stroked Ego for about $60 and run it inside my tub of Proraso shaving soap. After lathering my face, I go to town with my 1960s Gillette safety razor, ($10 on eBay) always with a Sharks razor blade, at that price for 100 blades, you have enough to last at least one year! After 2 passes of the razor, a rinse of cold water (to close the pores) and going over any nicks with a styptic pencil I go for my splash of old school Aqua Velva aftershave, costs $5 but gets the job done. When that’s all done I feel like a true man and I’m ready to get out there and start my day!

So that’s all for today Ladies and Gents, stay cool, stay dapper!

The Don


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