Men's Essentials. 9.11.14
Some of my favorites, happen to be Tom Ford.
If you know me, you know that I have a philosophy on everything (Because Philosophy sounds so much better than opinion HA!). But to be completely earnest, a philosophy is a thought out understanding, or at least approaching the understanding of something. So these are my essentials. They all have meaning behind them.
Glares: First off... let me explain "glares". I was in India doing a radio interview with Jeeturaaj on Radio Mirchi a few years ago (long story) but he was really the chillest guy. After the interview, we were asked to take some photos. Jeeturaaj was totally into it, but he would never show his face or take off his sunglasses. I asked him about it and he told me that he was all about anonymity. He said he loved that his 'thing' was just always about his voice. Then he said "I never take off my glass". I said "Glares? that's probably the coolest name I have ever heard for sunglasses". Because of his accent, I misunderstood, but we all liked the word 'glares' and that is what I have called them ever since. I feel like the eyes are very intimate. I feel like when talking with people, the eye contact is a very delicate thing. That being said, I can't let just anyone look into my soul like that!!! So these are literally the blinds, or at least the tints for the windows to my soul. I have found what I like and what I think works for me. A masculine frame. Very strong top bar and refined details. Nothing trendy, these have to last for decades. If it is not an aviator (which NEVER) goes out of style, these are my pick for the long haul. Dress them up, wear them casually, they just work!
Noir De Noir: This fragrance is easily one of the sexiest things you'll ever smell (along with the majority of Tom Ford's Private Blend collection). Thats not the key though. You've got to invest in more than one scent and once you do, mix the scents. I personally LOVE Tuscan Leather, but it is very, almost too sexy. It is literally spicy and strong. I had to stop wearing it, until I mixed it with Oud Wood. Oud Wood is a sweeter scent and calmed Tuscan Leather down. It was at that point that I began to think that this is probably the most pleasure you could have with your nose. Seriously. These scents will have you literally smelling yourself all day! Be careful with the TF Private Blend collection. They are oil based and DO NOT come out of clothes or off of the skin easily. With that said, this is an excellent, manly scent that your girlfriend, wife, significant other, BFF etc. will love.
Oud Wood Body Moisturizer: The fragrance alone is enough for me to by this moisturizer, but what i like more about it is that is doesn't leave me feeling oily. I have very dry skin and very few things have this combination of things. This fragrance is a perfect blend with all of my other fragrances, keeps my hands from looking like I was punching bags of flour and doesn't feel like 'soul glo' on my hands.
TF Lip Balm: I picked it up on a humble. I was at a fashion show once and my sis walked over to me and shook my hand. She then places some blistex in my hand like we were conducting a drug deal. I appreciated it!! I was dehydrated and talking all day. Only God knows how long I looked like 'Ashy Larry' before she got to me. Let's be honest, at $25, This stuff is extra expensive, but whatever they use in here, lasts and feels good for hours. I'm sure blisex, chapstick or whatever else will work just fine, but I am a victim of good marketing. They explained to me the benefits of all the materials they included (and excluded) and so I tried it, and I love it. I swear it feels water proof.
So that's all for this little excerpt. I hope that someone at least tries some of this stuff. I personally feel like if you're going to do something, why not do it with style. After all, no matter what you're doing with your life, you are your brand. Invest. It is what people see and have to go on.
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