January 24, 2017


Ladies! We need love, too!
There's this old school stipulation that Valentine's Day is just for
the females, but it doesn't hurt to get your guy a little
something-something to let him know that you were thinking of
him, too! Men can be just as difficult to buy for as women, so I've put together a guide to make it less stressful for the ladies looking to purchase this V-Day. I'm hitting different price points in this, so there's something for everyone.

schmells + scents:
Many think that buying a fragrance for the special man in your life is the easy way out of searching for a gift. On the contrary! Buying a cologne, in my opinion is a very personal gift! It let's a man know how you see him past a physical stand point.
If you buy your man a scent that has strong notes of tobacco, leather, and cedarwood, you see him as dark, mysterious, and sexy. To put it in the eyes of a woman, Idris 
Elba would be wearing this type of fragrance.
Now if you buy him a scent that
has black pepper, bergamot, and amber, you see
your man as a gentle, caring type of man with an
aggressive side to him. This is your Drizzy Drake of fragrances
So these are some of my personal favorites from my collection.
01 Obsession Night by Calvin Klein
02 Hugo Boss Hugo Red
03 Nuit D'Issey by Issey Miyake (favorite)
04 Dior Sauvage

kicks + fits:
Ladies. There are very few moments to let your man know how you want him to dress. Seize this opportunity. Christina damn near threw me out of my slides and into a pair of loafers. I know it can be a bit scary to purchase clothes and shoes for him, but it let's us know that you really took the time to look through and select something for us. It's also a prerequisite for how you would like for us to dress in the future. White trainers have been on trend for the past two years and are a safe bet. Now don't push your budget if you don't have Timberland money. Dr. Martens are just as, if not more 
durable and goes with everything. Now if your man cannot let go of
his homeboy ways, just upgrade him with a collarless shirt.
01 Urban Outfitter Chino
02 Reebok Gum Classics
03 Dr Martens 1460
04 Grandad Collar Shirt (similar)

Probably the most sacred accessory that us men have. We can never have too many hats. I feel like we are out of the era of the snapback and balls deep into the dad hat craze. Hats are a relatively inexpensive gift, so I always consider hats an add-on gift to a bigger gift. Christina and I stumbled across a small shop called The Hat Club when we were exploring Soho, New York. They have every kind of hat imaginable for every kind of dude. From NFL teams to Instagram memes, there is definitely something there to get your guy.
01 Bompton Hat
02 Rolling Rolex Hat
03 Classic Oakland Raiders Hat
04 Oakland Bear Hat

Other cool add-ons you can gift your dude for V-Day is some pieces of simple, subtle jewelry, pins, and sunglasses. Jewelry has gotten a lot simple over the past year. A lot more streamline but better quality. Now if you do not know your man's ring size, please do not even attempt, but bracelets are a great backup. I've put pins as an add-on for the hats. Putting pins on clothing and hats has become a staple this year and it adds more personality to his wardrobe.
Pintrill has the best pins! You can purchase similar
pins in sets on their websites for a great price.
If you're worried about it getting to close to V-Day 
for shipping, Urban Outfitters and PacSun carries their pins!
01 Vitaly Stainless Steel Ring
02 Urban Outfitters Sunglasses
03 Vitaly Matte Black Bracelet
04 Pintrill PB & J Pins
05 Pintrill Feeling Ways Drake Pin


January 23, 2017


valentine's day is coming in hot so you know what time it is!
Time to give all you clueless men a gift guide for that special
lady in you life. Please do not resort to the classic cop-out gifts of chocolate and roses. Nothing says "I completely forgot" more than stale, Russel Stove's chocolate you picked up at Rite Aid. Whether it's your first valentine or you've been doing this song and dance for eons, make it count!

It's not going to be your Yankee
Candle, Bath and Body Works variety. We are adults here! Sophisticated,classy scents for your lady, not girl. Women can associate scents and smells with certain memories, whether they are good or bad, so make sure you grab up an amazing smell for the amazing night. These are some of my personal faves and cult classics at different price points.

If you're feeling ballsy and have a little bit more coin to burn, you can try your hand at some fragrances for the lady. Usually, women are very picky about their scents.  But there is something about a man buying us perfume that is a turn on. Whether it's a powdery, floral scent or a deep, dark eau de parfume with subtle notes of vanille, it tells us what you like your woman to smell like and gives us a sexy memory of that crazy Valentine's Day in that intimate, hotel room
*TIP: Look out for gift sets! Sometimes its cheaper to by sets, than the single fragrance. These are all available in sets.

Men. listen to me very closely. If you do not know your lady's bra size, do not even attempt to buy lingere. Nothing is more discouraging when we are in the mood and we receive lingere we can't even squeeze into. So instead of thinking about what she's going to wear the night of, think about what she can wear the morning after. Breakfast in the morning with some mimosas, just lounging around with bae in a big blanket and her matching PJ's. Even if pajamas aren't her thing, you can always buy her the cult classic combo of Calvin Klein boyshorts with the matching bra to go with it. Some of us real-world women have no desire to sleep in lingere with all the straps and the lace and the fastens (especially if we have nipple piercings like myself). It also gives us the wonderful illusion that you aren't thinking about sex right off the bat.
*If your lady cannot stand pink, 
They also come in black and grey (I gotchu)

personalized gifts:
Name plates are cute and everything but, again, we are adults here. What is Valentine's Day without a great bottle of bubbly and some engraved champagne flutes. We all have know that one store in the mall we've never set foot in. Well fellas, let's step into Things Remembered. They have got all kinds of goods you can get personalized. But if you're not the social butterfly, you can order it online!

flowers + roses:
Now I'm not saying not to get your lady roses. Just put some thought into WHERE you purchase your roses. Stop with the Publix flowers that die in three days. We want to hang onto the memories of Valentine's day for as long as possible, so we don't want those memories to start turning brown and crispy. The best places, in my opinion, to get roses is Whole Foods and Venus et Fleur. Whole Foods is your best value! The roses last forever and come in so many different shades and hues of color. Their two dozen for $20 for Valentine's Day is amazing and the amazing team members can wrap them with ribbon and layer them for free. Now on the pricier side of life, Venus et Fleur is the Bentley of roses. Their roses start from $39 dollars (for one rose) and move up through the thousands! But, their claim to fame is that their roses last for one whole year before dying. One. Whole. Year! 'Nuff said.

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