New tie and pocket square from The Tie Bar! Love the nautical theme of the tie. Why blend in when you can stand out?
|Chocolate Chocolate Chip pancakes, a must try!|
After fuelling up it was time to browse University Mall for a while. The only good store for clothes in there is Express. As much as I love this store and was tempted by the suits and shirts, I held off as I wanted to see what they had at the stores we would check out later in the day. Another note about this mall is that they had this really cool collectibles shop selling everything from samurai swords, comics, sports cards and vintage action figures.
|NIce fireplace in the lobby|
|I love this girl!!|
|Original door of the old bank that used to inhabit the building, I’m a sucker for things like this!|
Sunday morning I set my alarm to 7:30 a.m so we could get an early jump on the day and to catch a bit of the gold medal hockey game between Canada and Sweden. After a nice hot buffet breakfast it was time to check out and hit the road for more shopping!
First stop were the outlets in Essex, about 15 mins away from Burlington. I was looking forward to hitting up the Brooks Brothers outlet, and my other half wanted to check out dresses at BCBG. Well to her dismay, we found out that the store had closed, so we went to check out Brooks Brothers for me. Deliberation was the key word of that store because I could not decide on anything to buy, I had hoped to find a nice slim fit dress shirt on sale but there were none in my size, but I had to buy something there so I settled on a preppy looking ribbon belt which will be great for summer.
Next stop was the Marshall’s in Williston and that’s where I knew the girlfriend would have a field day! Low and behold as I was browsing the aisles a few minutes later I see her with a full carriage of shoes and purses asking me for my help and opinion. (She left with a good pair of shoes she can wear to the many upcoming wedding related occasions she has in the coming months). As for me, the selection for men was slim but I left with (drumroll)….another book! This one called Icons of Men’s Style which no doubt piqued my interest when I saw it.
Add a bag of cedar blocks to hang in my closet (Hint: cedar works great for absorbing moisture and odour for clothes and shoes) and that was that.
A quick jaunt to Pet Smart for some doggie treats for her cutie of a dog and to Wal Mart for some great priced groceries and it was back to University Mall to grab a fresh Auntie Annes pretzel and it was time to (sadly) hit the road back home.
As small of a city as Burlington is, we definitely enjoyed it, there are many things to do and see I would recommend it to anyone who’s looking for a quick weekend getaway south of the border.
As always stay dapper!
Bonus: On the road back home I had to pull over and take a picture of this old abandoned general store. It’s like stepping into a time machine when you see it.
Gentlemen, by now you should have a good idea of how to dress, but you will still look ridiculous if you go out dressed dapper, sit at a bar and keep drinking like a frat boy (beer, jack and coke, gin and 7up, basically anything involving hard liquor and a soft drink).
|Manhattan made at home by your’s truly|
3. Old Fashioned
|Scotch, served in a proper Scotch glass on the left, and to the right, a glass of fine Cognac|
Good day to all, today I will be doing something a little different, giving a quick review of a couple of my favorite products. The products of the day is Murray’s Pomade/Murray’s Hair Glo.
The texture and composition of these products will not leave the hair feeling hardened or stiff, but soft and pliable. These products were originally made with the idea that they will stay in for days, and this is especially true for the original pomade product. You can wash your hair out and still be able to style it the next day without re-applying. Another reason why I really love these products is because it leaves that nice slick wet-look. What I like to do it mix in both, using the pomade for hold and the hair-glo for that wet shiny look of the 50s.
|The results of using both the Hair-Glo and Pomade mixed|
Hello and a belated Happy Halloween to all! Been out of commission for a few days but I’m back now so let’s rock out with our socks out!
Today I’ll be touching upon a little accessory to an outfit that I feel is under-utilized and/or scrutinized by “rules”. Well saddle up because you’re in for a little awakening!
Too often I come across men wearing rather bland socks: black, black with argyle, black with dots, etc.
And often I hear about how socks should match something in your outfit, color of your tie, pocket square, shirt, and so on. Well I’m here to say that those rules should be thrown out the window
Observe part of my personal collection:
As you can see I have some socks that are more traditional and conservative to slightly different to what I like to call my f-you socks at the far right, because some rules are meant to be broken!!!!
So go nuts! Inject some life into an otherwise bland part of your outfit. Stand out, dare to be different….dare to be dapper 😉
@$#%$%#^^$@#!!!! My feelings on the Dolphins game for earlier today.
Not as “dapper” as Friday’s look but hey the wardrobe can’t always be full of suits! Finally got to rock my new Aldo boots from the Mr. B’s line, they are great quality http://www.aldoshoes.com/ca-eng/men/mr-bs-collection) they got some great shoes and accessories at decent prices, check them out! the rest of the outfit consisted of dark blue skinny jeans from H&M (if you’re still wearing the distressed washed denim look, please stop! and dress your age) black and white checkered casual shirt picked up at Old Navy and my military-style Jack & Jones jacket. Note the cuffed look on the jeans which is always good to rock when wearing boots, gives it a touch of flair!
After this photo was taken my Saturday night adventure began, to make a long story short there was not a seat nor parking for us at 4 restaurants we tried to go to and by the time we settled at one and ate it was past 10 p.m! At least I got to try a new whisky! Wiser’s Small Batch, a Canadian whisky with quite a smooth silky taste.(http://www.saq.com/page/en/saqcom/whisky-canadien/wisers-small-batch/11343324) Quite a night to say the least.
Now for a guy called Don Dapper, this Sunday look may shock you all:
Yup, nothing dapper about this look, but let me be clear, the only time to rock sweatpants and a football jersey is if you’re home watching the game, or at the game itself! There’s nothing cool about rocking baggy sweatpants hanging off your ass and an oversized jersey in public unless you’re in a street gang. My regular Sunday uniform consists of this as I am usually at home watching my beloved (and frustrating) Dolphins and getting things done around the house.
That’s it for tonight folks! Stay cool, stay dapper!