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Daily Dose of Dapper (Skin) Care

Good evening Dapperites!

Today’s topic to be tackled will be skin care, focusing specifically on your face and how to take steps now to ensure in 5-10 years you won’t look any less handsome than you do now. Remember, being dapper is not only about the clothes you wear, it involves taking care of yourself in other ways as well because the little things count! I myself was never knowledgeable on the subject until very recently so now I impart this knowledge onto you.

First piece of advice, if you are over the age of 20, it’s time you stop using whatever face wash your mom gets you from the pharmacy, figure out what kind of skin you have (dry, sensitive, oily) and find a wash that helps with it! I recommend Jack Black products for this, their products are fairly affordable and work for me. Kiehl’s would be another option as they have certain collections to suit each type of skin such as their “Oil Eliminator” line although I have no personal experience with it. If curious to see more options, Sephora (no it’s not just for women!)  they carry a fine lineup of men’s products too.

After the face wash, the next piece of ammo should be a solid moisturizer, preferably one with sun protection. I never used to use or believe in using moisturizer until the Misses advised me on the benefits of it. And if you don’t want to advance the aging process on your face, you should definitely invest in it. I am currently using Cetaphil for oily skin, but will probably pick up some Jack Black once this one runs out. So don’t think it’s ‘girly’ to use moisturizer boys, protect that mug of yours!

Now if you have some other problems with your skin, (dark circles, puffy eyes, dry lips, acne, wrinkles etc) this is is where you have to be proactive and attack it! For example, I deal with dark circles under the eyes on a regular basis, no matter how much sleep I’ve had or whatnot they are just always there. Now I have tried using a cheap L’Oreal eye roller from the pharmacy which does not work, so I plan on getting a quality one from Jack Black or Kiehl’s (which I have sampled and feels superb).

Lastly, if you are creeping up towards the age of 30, I would say there is no shame in starting to use anti-aging products, not necessarily because you see signs of aging, but be proactive! Prevent the signs from even appearing! It may seem like a lot, but the women will notice how much better you look taking care of your skin and looking youthful. As a matter of fact, it has been shown that men who look younger earn more in their careers. And if you are not sure which products to start with, there is no shame walking into a store and asking a knowledgeable associate about where to start.

Bonus: Skincare is not just limited to your face, if you have itchy or dry skin on your body, use a body moisturizer or if there is a constant issue, see a dermatologist. Remember, being dapper also means taking care of your grooming and hygiene!

So follow these tips and you’ll feel a whole lot better, look a whole lot better and believe me people will take notice!

-The Don

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It’s here…..Get your Mo On!

Welcome to Movember ladies and gents!

Mo Bros, I hope you will commence the ceremonies today by taking a razor to your face and shaving it clean! As you can see I already have:

 

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Don’t forget to sign up, raise some money and donate to a great cause which you can do so here. Men’s health issues are an underrepresented cause and it is important during this month that we all work together on this. So come on and get your mo on!

As always, keep it dapper 😉

The Don

MOVEMBER…It’s Coming!

Good morning Dapperites,

I know it’s still October, too early to look to November, BUT Movember is coming soon. That’s right, it’s time for every man to start rocking the ‘stache and donate, get involved, make a difference. I invite you all to join my team, “The Dapper Mo Bros” and together we can help make a difference! Simply click on the link here and join up! Spread the word to your friends and family, remember any donation counts and you can get a tax receipt for for any donation of $20 or more! Let’s do this dapperites! For some tips on how to grow and maintain the perfect stache, go here.

Have a great day and as always, keep it dapper 😉

The Don

Smoking Dapper

Note: I am not encouraging people to take up smoking in this post, however if you do enjoy the occasional smoke or are a smoker, tune in because there’s a more classy way to do it 😉

 

Let me start by saying this, if you can’t get enough of your cigarettes that you’ve smoked for years and years, I say man up and throw em out! As we all know regular smoking is harmful to your health, but occasional smoking can be a relaxing and enjoyable experience and that’s why the dapper way to do it is to switch to cigars and/or pipes. Pipes? That’s right I said pipes and I’ll tell you why in a bit.

 

First off, a quality cigar is a work of art, hand-rolled and assembled there is nothing quite like it, anyone can get a cigarette rolling machine and make their own, but to assemble a cigar from tobacco leaves? Yup not happening for any common folk. The flavours that are in a premium cigar mesh so well with a nice glass of scotch, rum, or whatever your favourite cocktail or spirit may be. Hell, even with a fine espresso a cigar goes good with. Also the size of a cigar forces you to smoke it slowly and enjoy it, take your time there is no rush! Bask in the company of great friends on a nice summer evening on a patio and appreciate the product of craftsmanship that is a cigar. A couple of tips for smoking cigars, light them with wood matches or torch lighter, (though the hardcore way to light it is with a lit piece of cedar wood) and when you are done, don’t butt it out, just let it burn out on its own. To enjoy a cigar without buying a box, visit a cigar bar in your area. My personal favourite in Montreal is Whisky Cafe but for a less expensive choice you can’t go wrong with Stogies! If you do decide to buy a box, don’t store it in the freezer like many people do, it does nothing good! Buy the proper humidification tools and store them with care.

 

The Don's personal stash

The Don’s personal stash

 

Now onto the pipes. When you think of a pipe I am certain you picture an old man in a rocking chair near a fireplace puffing away, they seem relaxed right? Exactly! That’s the point. Pipe smoking is a relaxing activity that involves taking your time to enjoy the essence of it. Make yourself a cocktail and fill your pipe with fragrant tobacco (I like black cherry) and puff the time away. Now since pipe smoking requires a few things, if you want to try it out, order an inexpensive corn cob pipe from here or pick one up at your local flea market like I did for $25. As for your pipe tobacco, depending on where you live you can order online or check out a local specialty shop. In downtown Montreal there is a joint called Blatter and Blatter that have been around over 100 years in the pipe business, that’s where I picked up mine. There are a few techniques on how to pack your pipe with tobacco for it to burn evenly, I am not an expert in that (yet) so check out this video found on YouTube

 

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Pipe and bag of black cherry tobacco

 

So by now I hope you have all learned that there is a more refined way to smoke, to actually enjoy and appreciate the flavours of different types of tobacco and yes, you will look a hell of a lot more dapper smoking these over cigarettes!

 

Enjoy my friends….

 

The Don

 

 

Different Side of The Don

Now I know this is a menswear/lifestyle blog, but tonight will be a post of a different kind. An emotional one for myself personally as I will recap my weekend watching the return of Major League Baseball in Montreal with the 2 Blue Jays-Mets spring training games.

I have always been a big sports fan (baseball included) and spent many a day in my early teens at the Stade Olympique catching Expos games with my younger brother. My 16 year old heart was shattered 10 years ago when my team left and there is still a hole that remains to this day. When it was announced that the games were coming here back in November, I did not know how to feel exactly. I despise both teams (Montreal-Toronto rivalry duh!) and did not want to go at first. It was only after my brother pointed out to me that Expos Nation would be encouraging fans to show up in Expos colours cheering like it was our old team back on the diamond to show to MLB that this is still a baseball market that I decided I wanted to attend. Then when it was later announced by the Montreal Baseball Project that the 1994 Expos “best team in baseball” who’s incredible season, on pace for 110 wins and a shot at a World Series, was cut short to the players’ strike, would be honoured it sealed the deal for me.

 

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autographed Orlando Cabrera jersey out of a near decade long retirement!

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Note the shirt and tie under the jersey 😉 ok it wasn’t done on purpose I went straight from work!

So all the months of anticipation led to the first game on Friday night (gotta love free tickets!) Although I have since gained a disdain for public transit since the last time I rode the Metro down to the Big O for a ball game, it felt just like old times. The closer we got to our seats the greater the anticipation rose and finally seeing that field again, all the memories rushed back….watching Vladdy hitting 3 home runs in a game in 2000, seeing him shoot for 40/40 in 2002, the home opener in 2001 when Tim Raines returned as an Expo, Wil Cordero’s walk off blast against the Phillies in 2003, blowing out the Phils in August of ’03 in the midst of Believer Feverrallying from 5 runs down against the Blue Jays..I was 15 years old again! Prior to the game was another emotional moment as the late great Gary Carter was honoured in a pre-game ceremony with his wife and daughter present. The game itself I could have cared less for except for the “Let’s Go Expos!” chants that broke out, we left in the 7th inning to go grab some real food at a restaurant (did not feel like pigging out on the Big O grub).

 

 

Saturday morning we left the house bright and early at 10:30 to get some free parking around the stadium and to soak in the experience. The one thing I always hated about the Big O, is that it’s so far out of the way no matter where you park, what a hell of a walk to find the damn upper entrance! Once inside and settled in though, it was comforting to be back there in the upper reaches of the stadium with a great view of the field. At 12:40 the ceremonies got under way and all the 1994 team present were introduced, from Larry Walker, Marquis Grissom, Moises Alou, Darrin Fletcher, Ken Hill, John Wettland, Cliff Floyd, Rondell White, Lou Frazier and more. The biggest ovation however, came for the manager, Felipe Alouuuuuu! As they were standing on the field, we were treated to a presentation of Montreal’s own Annakin Slayd’s tribute song to the ’94 team, 94 FallIt was difficult to fight back the man-tears as it played and wondering what could have been, for that team would have been the saviours for baseball in my city. Once again the game itself was secondary to me although it was nice to watch a good old pitching duel of a game. It was all so surreal just watching baseball in the Big O again and the attendance, wow! over 46,000 on Friday and 50,229 on Saturday, the first time in my life I seen the upper bowl completely full for baseball. MLB I hope you’re taking note, give me my team back!

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just like old times, the bros at a ball game

just like old times, the bros at a ball game

 

One day, they shall return and I will introduce my future kids, to the same experiences I had in my youth….

 

The Don

 

The Modern Gentleman

What exactly makes a gentleman these days? Has the true definition of a gentleman been tossed out the window in this day and age, and if not how does one be a gentleman? Sit back, grab your favorite cocktail and cigar and enjoy this read because I’m going to tell you!

1.    Is properly dressed and groomed, shows respect for himself and for others around him.

2.    Treats everyone, especially women, with respect but is not afraid to stand up for himself

3.     Does not gossip, because there are more important things to do.

4.    Is chivalrous, who ever said that it was out of style?

5.   Has family values, never forget where you came from because it made you who you are and will shape the family you will one day have.

6.  Knows how to handle a conflict with class and dignity, will never escalate a situation but de-escalate it.

7.  Takes responsibility for his actions, can admit his shortcomings without blaming anyone else.

8.  Has a passion, whether it be history, art, sports, movies etc, lives his life with a fire in his belly!

9.   Stays true to himself, will never pretend to be someone he’s not just to appease someone’s view of him.

10.  Always strives to better himself, complacency=apathy=lazy. Whether it be going back to school, working towards a promotion, learning a new language or skill.

So you see, being a gentleman is not as hard as it may seem. It requires mostly logical thinking and behaving (something we see too few of nowadays) but it’s time to step up and bring it back, men, you can do this! Ladies, you’ll thank me for this post 😉

Always stay dapper and always…be a real man! be a gentleman!

The Don

Simple Tips to Look Your Best!

As we head into the weekend just felt like sharing some of my looks of the week and some simple tips to help you look your best, so rather than sound off with my strong opinions of the situation surrounding my beloved Dolphins, let’s get this going! 
Now take a look at this picture and tell me, what makes this look right? If you answered the bold tie and the subtle pocket square you’re right!…Almost…Look carefully at the colors in each, different shade of the same colors which complement each other but are not too “matchy-matchy”. That’s what you want to go for when trying to match a tie to a pocket square Whatever you do, don’t you dare go out and buy one of those cheap matching sets
Tie and pocket square available at TheTieBar.com, cost me $25 for both!! 

Tip number 2 of the day is…..don’t be afraid of color! Don’t be afraid to stand out and have people make a double take when passing you by in the street. Have a look at all the color going on in this outfit, from the stripes to the pink shirt to the royal blue pants, it seems like a lot doesn’t it? Well it isn’t because there is a balance to the tone of colors. The navy striped cotton knit tie brings balance to the look taking attention off the brightness of the shirt allowing the pants to be the part that’s noticed.

Pants copped at JCrew for less than $20, always look out for discounts! 

And for my last tip, I feel it’s one of the easiest ways to look sharp and dapper and that is to match a gingham shirt with a solid silk knit tie as seen here:

Tie provided by who else? TheTieBar.com!

Guaranteed you’ll look awesome wearing this combo, go for it!

And there you have it gents, 3 simple tips on the road to dapperness!

Stata buon,

The Don

P.S. Shameless plug here for my Movember page! check it out and donate to a hell of a cause, let’s kick men’s cancer to the curb!!!