wisdom

Look of this summer day in Montreal!

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Porkpie hat, light striped cotton shirt, blue chino shorts and my favourite Riveria leisure shoes!

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Color it up!

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New tie and pocket square from The Tie Bar! Love the nautical theme of the tie. Why blend in when you can stand out?

Don Dapper

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

 

 

Overview on the Interview

Maybe you just finished school and are headed in search of a job in the real world. Maybe you are unemployed and looking to re-enter the job market, or maybe you just need a change. In any case you need to look sharp for the job search and interview process. Here’s how to do it:

1- That same haircut you’ve had since high school, you know, the spikes, or the mohawk or the bedhead look, snap out of it! You don’t look”cool” and at this age, it’s not about looking cool, its about looking classy and respectable. Visit a barbershop, yes I said barber and not a salon, men know how to cut men’s hair properly and ask for a classic side part, something like this. It’s timeless, and demands respect.

2-Wear a suit! And make sure it fits! If you have only one suit and it doesn’t quite fit right, use that tailor! Get the hem done, take in the extra material on the legs, arms, and torso and have the sleeves shortened if needed. Consider this, two guys go in for an interview, you tell me who looks more prepared and confident…exactly. And another thing to keep in mind, leave the black suit at home. Save it for formal events, for jobs, you want to go with navy, grey, or charcoal.

3-Shirt and tie! This should seem obvious but what I’m getting at is the the color of the shirt and knot of the tie. Remember the yellow shirt and yellow tie you wore to your prom? Burn it! Not appropriate for the adult world. Keep the shirt crisp white, with a spread collar, and the tie? Go for a power color like red with a subtle pattern, and use a nice powerful knot like the windsor or half windsor shown here:

Shameless plug, this was my look of the day!

4-Shine your shoes! Nothing looks worse than scuffed shoes worn with a nice suit. Refer back to previous posts for more on that.

5-Groom yourself! Cut your nails, shave or trim that beard to a respectable level. You’re not trying to be a member of the 2013 Red Sox, you’re trying to land a job!

6-After all that, you should be looking good and feeling confident about yourself, now go out there and show em what you’re made of junior!

Now maybe you’re wondering why I chose this topic. I chose it because I had an interview of my own today and reflected back on previous interviews I’ve had and come to realize that a few of my recent jobs were landed because I was as confident as ever due to being well-dressed and proper. I live by the motto “You only get one chance to make a first impression”. After all don’t you think a man like Roger Sterling would look as convincing and confident in a T-shirt and jeans? Didn’t think so.

Thanks for reading, look good, feel good, be dapper!

The Don