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The Gift box of all Gifts 

This blog is in fact sponsored by Babblebox.com and I am so glad it is. I had no idea who Babblebox was a few weeks ago but as of writing this letter I do now. Babblebox curates gift boxes to showcase various themes of products to get it out to the masses. The theme for this box was Trendy bits for men. This box was loaded with most of the items I have never heard of but am a believer in their great products. From Watches to wine, to some comfy new shoes What I am about to show you below is some of the best products for your friend, loved one, relative in your life that needs a great gift that they can use for years to come. 

 

 

First up GiftTree: Gifttree curates gift baskets for every occasion and a plethora of styles. From Wine, to beer, to candy, to fruit, to champagne you name it they probably have it. My favorite part of what they sent is the ability to customize the products with in your gift basket. So I obtained a customized bamboo wine set with my initials on it as well as a customized bold red bottle of wine. This alone leaves a statement and have already started incorporating this gift into my parting gifts with my clientele. 

 

 

ZENNI Optical: Might be best known for their eyeglasses and their ability to take a picture of your face and try on a multitude of styles do see how they fit your face. Quite clever and genius if you ask me. What I unboxed was an absolute premium product for a ridiculously great price. My glasses were sent in a nice leather glasses case, with polarized lenses and nice springer hinges. Extremely impressed with how well these glasses are made and even more impressed with the price!

 

 

 

CASIO: G-SHOCK: The Casio G-Shock has been around since before my time. First hitting the streets in 1983, this watch has become an icon with an almost cult like following. An extremely tough and versatile watch there is a G-shock for you in a vast amount of styles and colors, for any trend or occasion your little heart desires. Ranging from about $100 and going way north of there no matter what your style or budget there is a G-Shock for you. The one I am wearing is a GA700AR-1A in a new red color way to mix things of for the holiday season .

 

Solemates: There are few things that are worse than blisters and smelly feet. Lucky for your that is now a thing of the past. With Solemates they have the best products for your feet shoes and other high use extremities. With their blister blocker it helps relieve the tension, rubbing and chafing from running shoes, work boots, heels etcetera. Leaving you in more comfort then you were the last time you wore the nice but pesky shoes. Also if you have sweaty feet or do not like wearing socks Solemates has the solution for you. Not only to keep your shoes in tip top shape but more importantly smelling great. 

 

 

Samuel Hubbard: Being a sneaker head, I like all these sneakers. Price, style, materials it does not matter to me. If they look great and fit great ; I have to have them. Needless to say Old Sam Hubbard, was a pleasant surprise. Utilizing some of the best leather and craftsman ship in the industry they have created a comfortable versatile shoe by pairing it with a Vibram sole. So much so that I have worn these everyday since I have gotten the box. they look much more expensive then they are and they function great what more can you ask for? 

 

 

Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers New York:  There is absolutely nothing worse than going to someones house that has uninteresting coffee table books. maybe something is wrong with me for actually picking up the books and thumbing through them. However I feel that a book should contain some good information if it is going to be left on the coffee table for all to observe. Well Black Dog has fixed that problem. One of my favorite type of books: The " How Things Work" by Theodore Gray takes you on a visual journey on how things work. From automatic watches, to gears, to electronic door handles. This is a fascinating take on trends, and pure function. My kid and I have geeked out the past week over the goodness of this book. This will satisfy even the slightest nerd in you. 

 

 


 

NOW HERE IS THE GOOD STUFF: 

 

‘Tis the season of giving and we’re giving back to all of our readers, friends and fans. Babbleboxx is sponsoring an AMAZING giveaway on our Trends Box. 

Make Sure to check out the Raffle Copter below . The first entry is a “freebie” and all you have to do is comment on this blog post by answering the provided question in the link below on the blog. Once you have completed that task you have the opportunity for extra actions for more chances to win. These extra actions are not mandatory but will provide additional methods of entry. Details 

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One (1) Grand Prize Winner will receive - Zenni Eyewear, GiftTree Wine Bottle & Tool Set, Casio Watch, Solemates Blister Blocker Sport & Deodorizer 

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“BabbleBoxx will randomly select winners from all program entries and will be responsible for fulfillment of prizes to the winner.”

Walmart - The fashion destination you never knew you needed! 

Before we hop into things we have some house cleaning to address. This blog is in fact sponsored by Walmart - But good news is Walmart is Killin the game. Now let's get back to business. Walmart approached me and challenged me to find stylish clothing to show off all the amazing fashionable they have to offer for for various popular styles. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. They then asked me to do it again for a holiday look... Once again Walmart did not disappoint. They have something for every one, no matter the style or size or budget. If you need an outfit just because, or for a special occasion Walmart will definitely come through. 

 

So for this Holiday look, I went for a Winter Chic wonderland theme. Christmasy reds with flannel boots, beanie overcoat and voila, a winter ready look that's warm and all under $100. 

CLICK HERE TO BE TAKEN TO YOUR NEW FAVORITE FASHION SITE - WALMART

 

 

 

 

First we started with the hipster look with the oversized beanie. 

 

 

Then we took it to a red turtle neck to really keep warm from the elements. 

Some plaid pants with the side zip so that you can wear it with an array of shoe styles: Boots, sneakers, casual shoes etcetera. 

 

Boots to brave the elements 

 

Tied it off with an overcoat. 

 

Giving you a very casual yet sharp aesthetic to wear to a party, night out, or even the Christmas party. 

Sh*t with a purpose  

 When it comes to Toilet Paper, there are a plethora of options. Soft, multi-ply, no ply, hard, cushion, super absorbent, the options are endless. While the soft ones with the cute bear feel nice and soft  it more or less leaves you feeling incomplete. Ingenuity is always best when solving a problem. Insert Reel , a sustainable toilet paper made from bamboo, that gets you clean, and feels just right. 

Why reel? Well first and foremost it's sustainable, meaning it is good for the environment where we live especially when we need to think about conserving and utilizing our precious resources in a more responsible way. The problem is with traditional toilet paper roughly 27k trees are cut down every day to produce toilet paper. The problem is there is no way to recycle this paper and of course companies that are producing it are not planting more trees which opens a whole new can of worms for our ecosystem. 

Bamboo on the other hand grows rapidly fast like a weed, does not need to be regrown, has a plethora of uses and you do not need to worry about replanting it because it just a few days and hours it will start to grow all over again. Bamboo uses 30% less water than hardwood trees and even gives out 35% more oxygen than trees, meaning an acre of bamboo can fix approximately 25 metric tons of atmospheric CO2 per year. Do you see where we're going here? Bamboo fibers make a much softer paper product than many made from recycled paper and wood fiber.  Also, because of its very unique composition, bamboo is naturally designed for strength. In fact, it has a higher tensile strength than many alloys of steel! So you're doing the environment some good as well as making sure you do not have any surprises like when using other brands. 

 

Nothing more than I like than a product with a mission. Reel is really solving a multitude of problems and doing good at the same time. No longer do I need to go to the grocery store to buy toilet paper, no longer do I need to contribute to the toxic waste of cutting down trees and having un-recyclable waste and material rot in a landfill and destroy our earth. Further more remote locations that do not have access to running water, proper sewage can benefit from all of the pluses that using bamboo toilet paper can offer. 

 

“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.” Next time you sit on the crapper, know that you are doing some good while taking care of your bum, wallet and the environment. 

 

SH*T with a Purpose

 

 

 

Fashionably Walmart?!? 

This Blog was #Sponsored by Walmart! - They Challenged me to show you how fashionable they now are and so I accepted the challenge. Walmart you did not disappoint.... Now lets get back to business...You read that correctly... Walmart is your new fashion destination- WHO KNEW?! Apparently not I. Walmart has become synonymous with a lot of various things. From groceries, to Pharma, to automotive servicing and now fashion- Walmart fashion is now fashionable. You can get all of the latest styles at a fraction of the cost. Now I am not saying latest styles and it is cheesy stuff. The offerings Walmart possesses is vast; from suiting to street wear. Pajamas to special holiday wear for that Christmas party coming up. They also have all the shoes and accessories your little heart desires. This time around I went with the urban street look, that is layered to brave the elements but cool and comfortable enough to trek it through the urban jungle. 

For more for the amazing offerings Walmart currently offers click the link below. 

WE DRESS AMERICA

 

 

 

 

 

We started with some leggings as a thin base layer in my opinion is a must. plus gives you the proper layering you desire. 

 

RUSSELL MENS L2 ACTIVE PERFORMANCE BASE LAYER THERMAL PANT

 

 

We layered the Leggings with slightly baggier cotton shorts 

 

RUSSELL ATHLETIC MENS COTTON POCKET SHORTS

 

Up top we utilized the No Boundaries Short Sleeve Elongated Hoodie coupled with Weatherproof Men's 32 Degrees Packable Down Vest. 

NO BOUNDARIES MEN'S SHORT SLEEVE ELONGATED HOODIE

WEATHERPROOF MEN'S 32 DEGREES PACKABLE DOWN VEST, Style 16700

 

Pair it with a classic sneaker and you are ready to take on the Urban jungle

FILA ORIGINAL FITNESS 11F16LT Sneaker

 

Polish off your fit with some accessories. I included links to a watch, bracelet, and necklace to tie it all together. 

MOVADO BOLD GOLD

Men's Genuine Tiger's Eye Stainless Steel Bead Bracelet with Black CZ

Bali Style Asian Dragon Heads Eye Hook Clasp Bracelet For Women For Men Antiqued 925 Sterling Silver

Men's Stainless Steel Dog Tag Pendant with Cubic Zirconia and Rose, Gold and Black Oxide, 22"

 

 

 

 

Bonobos: Cool Calm and Collected 

It has been said there is not such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing. After taking to the range I can attest that is in fact a true adage. I took to the range to see if I still had some range, in my golf swing as it has been quite a while. Well yes and no, My slice is back but I still have a little distance to feel good about. A nice warm spring day khakis or denim would have rendered a dreadful day. But shout out to Bonobos for making golf gear that is quite stylish and extremely comfortable. Light enough to be cool during the day but warm enough to keep you comfortable when the sun goes down, and in funky colors that works with my style. I call that a win. I wish I had these in my high school and college days. Whether you 're an avid golfer or a wannabe PGA'er. Golf, business, business casual,  casual wear at Bonobos is the diverse brand every man needs in their arsenal. 

One of the bigger problems with golfing in my opinion is being in the sun All day in conjunction with the heat. The sun burn issue isn't as much a problem for me as for some of my fairer skin colleagues, but it is still of concern none the less. The pants (Highland Tour Golf Pants) along with the M-Flex Golf polos pictured below, offer up to 50 UPF sun protection ratings, water resistant and quite breathable moisture wicking material. Providing a dry and comfortable round of golf day in and day out. Keeping you both cool in high heat yet comfortable on colder days. But of course the best is you're going to be looking grand. Whether conservative or more flashy, Bonobos has something from every person. Worst case scenario you will look like a pro even if you cannot hit like one.

 

 

Stepping with purpose 

What is better than a quality made product? A quality handmade product with a purpose. Oliberté is a unique handmade product that not only empowers it's wearer with a great handmade unique product; but furthermore teaching a man how to fish by providing skilled workers with jobs to take care of their families and encouraging free enterprise. Sourcing everything out of Africa, a land that is rich with natural resources and making it sustainable, by investing back into the culture, back into the land, and back into the people. 

 

Having never heard of Oliberté, I wasn't sure what to expect but their eclectic designs and good story drew me to them. I got my hands on the MOJOO x McNairy collab black horsehair boot. When I opened the box, the sweet smell of natural rubber and beautiful leather filled the room and what came out was in fact a beautiful well constructed shoe. 

I have been wearing the shoes for about two weeks, and I am far from disappointed. The craftsmanship will rival some of the worlds best and the comfortability cannot be matched. 

If you are looking for something sustainable, stylish, impeccable, and has a clear purpose look no further than Oliberté

 

 

A Bag to Carry your Dreams 

 

Personally I think any and everyone loves a good story. It always answers the most important of WHY. Gives that thing purpose, a vision, makes you apart of that story. So I always want to support and work with companies that give me that sense of why and inclusion. Will leathers is one of those companies. 

 

It all starts with a kid names Adler- Will Adler to be exact. What started as a necessity turned into a destiny Will Leather Goods has filled a void in the art of leather making using sustainability and giving back to the less fortunate. Bringing to the forefront amazingly and beautifully crafted products with a purpose a story and an art. No matter what you get from a zippo lighter cover to one of their amazing duffle bags when you open the box and see the products you are amazed from what you pull out and touch. 

 

Most of my friends and followers know I am a sucker for a good back pack. Being a professional musician turned Real Estate agent by day and daddy 24 hours a day; simply put I carry a lot of stuff depending on the day. Satchels are annoying, purses out of the question, briefcases also vexing and old - Backpacks to me just right. The perfect balance of form, function and usability. 

 

Being a back pack connoisseur [ if you will] I opted for for their Silas Backpack. To be honest, maybe I am jaded I never expect too much from any one company. But when that box hit my doorstep and I opened it to the delicious smell of fresh tanned leather and saw the beautiful cognac leather I almost shed a tear. Now in an attempt to not sound cheesy, Will Leather Goods understands a thing or two about making a great product, a great package and making the end user feel special when it comes out of the box. 

 

Minimalist in design and not over done it's the perfect bag for daily carry, travel adventures and definitely has become one of my top 3 bags that I carry regularly. With a sizable front pocket, generous main compartment and a padded laptop container that holds most laptops of today this is a perfect bag for school, work, play or jet setting adventures. The only negative is the laptop compartment does not hold my larger 15" laptop that I utilize for music. Other than that my air and iPad fit fine. I can continue to go on and on and on and tell you how great the company is but seeing is believing. Head over to Will Leather now and join the Adler Family. 

And if you hurry at the time of this writing you can get your very own bag for 50% off. 

 

 

 

 

Copy and Paste 

One of the joys of having a little one is the joy of being able to match and "twin". As fun as it is to match with the little it's difficult to find enough companies that support the desire to do just that and do it with quality. What happens when you are in the same predicament and you want it to change- you create it yourself. Enters Marlee Watch Co making high quality watches for the little ones and their parents also. With classic timeless designs perfect for a night out at Disney or just kicking around the park, these are perfect additions to daily wears for you and the kids. 

 

Marlee Watch Company

 

 

Key[e]s for Change 

Robert F. Kennedy said, “The purpose of life is to contribute in some way to making things better.”  I was always taught that one man can make a difference. One drop in the pond makes a ripple and one ripple can make a huge difference and when everyone does something you can create enough ripples to overlap and create change. As I have grown more as a person, I try to live with purpose to do little things to make a change in everyone's life and I love supporting companies that do the same. JoJo Rings has taken something seemingly insignificant and gave it purpose. JoJo Rings takes old discarded keys and transforms them into works of wearable items that give back to the community to make a change. From vintage car keys to old home keys; JoJo transforms these discarded items into beautiful unique pieces. Not only do they look good and are conversation starters, but they are doing a bit of good one key at a time. With philanthropy at the forefront, JoJo Rings chooses a new charity every month to partner with. With every ring sold they donate five dollars to the charity to make a change. The charity for the month of November is as follows:

Our November Partner is Teen Cancer America. Founded by legendary rockers Roger Daltrey & Pete Townshend, Teen Cancer America (TCA) raises the awareness and financial resources needed to help hospitals across America create specialized services and build state-of-the-art, 'teen focused' units that concentrate on the clinical and psychosocial needs of teens and young adults with cancer. 

At a critical developmental stage in their life, TCA Cancer units deliver a venue where teen cancer patients can be medically treated with their peers. These units also include a TCA lounge where teens can escape from the harsh realities of cancer and interact with outside friends and family.

 

Learn more at https://www.teencanceramerica.org/

 

It has been said it is better to give then to receive... but it never hurts to do both. Check out JoJo Rings and get one for yourself. 

https://www.jojorings.com

 


Is the Briefcase Dead? 

With the advance in technology and people moving away from old way traditions it seems as though some things from the good old days are fading away. It is as if three-piece suits, cuff links, tie bars, a rolodex (remember those?), and most of all briefcases are part of the old world and seemingly fading from the face of the earth. But with all of our beloved devices how do we keep up with them in an organized fashion? Briefcases? too old world said the millennials. Backpacks? That's for the kids. How about your hands? With a cell phone, iPad, wallet and what other various things we carry that makes no sense. When there are so many world problems who is there to solve them? Well my good friend Joseph decided to take the old and make it new with The Breton Company. What happens when you take the functionality of a briefcase mix it with the functionality of a back pack and create it in a form all it's own? You get the the modern day briefcase. Now for those of you reading this that know me, know I am as bad as any woman when it comes to bags. I've gone through almost every brand on this planet scouring the earth for the best bag for every day carry as well as the perfect bag for travel. I have found 3 that I rotate between for different scenarios and the Breton bag is my every day business bag. Large enough to hold my 15" laptop, charger, 2 cell phones, black book, a few pens, phone chargers, a sweater, keys, iPad, and I think that's it. Comfortable on the back, even better in the hand. The construction is soft enough to stretch, rigid enough to hold it all together, and enough compartments to stay organized and make finding things expeditious.  In understated color ways that go with a dressed up or dressed down approach this bag is definitely one to add to your collection and make it apart of your every day life. The ultimate in form and function. See pics after the jump.

The Breton Company