New Blog, New Look!

July 26, 2012

My goodness. I feel so terrible for abandoning my blog. It’s been over a year but I’ve migrated to my new style blog that has been running since I retired this one. If anyone is out there, please check it out in addition to my lookbook page (400 looks in a span of a year). Add me if you can hope to chat with you soon!



Thank you again and have a wonderful day! 🙂


GQ’s Surreal Steal.

September 30, 2010

Wait! GQ Magazine is promoting $30-dollar dress shoes?! An unbelievable feat, I must admit, but they do it with such flair in the September 2010 issue from the quasi-bourgeoisie, yet common stores, Target. Labeled under “The Best Dress Shoes for (around) $100,” these shoes are accompanied by other affordable greats such as Aldo, Topman, Steve Madden, Kenneth Cole New York, and Geox. I couldn’t pass on the offer and drove to my closest Target and bought these darn shoes, as I need to replace my old black casual shoes. What’s the verdict? Pretty awesome and affordable as they’re comfortable and look pretty chic. Thank you GQ and Target for this surreal steal.

Fall’s Choice: The Henley Shirt.

September 28, 2010

I can’t help it. I’m a sucker for Henley shirts. And in the October issue of GQ Magazine, actor Matt Bomer from White Collar gives multiple reasons why it is stylish to buy them in variety of colors. Ruggedness is definitely a top priority.

A 2010 Review On Fall Issues.

September 26, 2010

One of the best features for the fall season is when the magazine industry publishes their double-sized September issues. Vogue is notorious for their September issue with even a documentary focusing on Editor-in-chief Anna Wintour’s creative input. As a fun exercise, I started examining and looking at the big three magazines of the gentleman’s lifestyle: GQ, Details, Esquire. Which one is more style driven? Who is the demographic? What’s their style motto? There’s much to like and some to cringe at.

Details Magazine

Unlike GQ and Esquire, Details Magazine has more of a contemporary and edgy vibe. The magazine spotlighted the color burgundy as THE color of the season, skinny collars, briefcases, and indoor/outerwear attire. My personal favorites were its love for vintage music culture, Marc Jacob’s advice on style, furniture designed with the alphabet, and a beautiful photo shoot focusing on the classic prep-film, Love Story. Most magazines would focus on stylish men of the past, but they presented stylish characters of today from Mad Men to The Vampire Dairies to White Collar. Although, Details Magazine has an updated ambiance, their written articles lacked details and reporting. Reading “Smart TV,” the “gymoexercisa” article, and the cover story on Zac Efron felt bland and unconvincing in their initial sell. Still, Details Magazine has a lot to cover with presentation and sells to the younger and edgier demographic.

Esquire Magazine

Esquire has the timeless classic style of yesteryear. They even present a comprehensive guide on the history of certain styles or fabrics. This issue gave the practical usages and the history of corduroy, tweed, and velvet, and flannel. And of course, the magazine is most notable for their detailed writing, focusing on details and reporting such as the award-winning “The Last Abortion Doctor.” Their sense of style, again, is old-fashion and it was a good choice to focus on certain fall picks appropriate for traveling and advice on suits from Dolce and Gabbana and Mark Ronson’s dark attire. Four Designers were also spotlighted focusing on either all American fall luxury, bold knitwear, paid shirts, or luxe simplicity while also narrowing the five choices for the contest of the “Well-dressed Real Man.”  Angel Ramos, real estate agent, won the title for 2010. Its design isn’t memorable but its advice is great and grounded with history. For example, its advice on “10 Ways to Have Better Sex” was very classy, and not raunchy such as the rules focused on sensuality. Might be for the older generation, but there’s a lot to learn from.

GQ Magazine

GQ is definitely the in-betweener of Esquire and Details Magazine. Their articles are well-reported brimmed with creative details and a sense of a classic, yet edgy style (such is the case with the Style Guy’s advice and the photoshoot with stylistic traveling following athlete Fernando Verdasco). My favorite articles were the opinion pieces on the date night with the wife and the over-luxury of the ipad while fall picks focused on duffel coats, striped sweaters, denim jackets, corduroys, and wool vests. Project Upgrade never fails as it shows the common man upgraded to better style while the drinks section and the Guide to Los Angeles were fun to gloss at. A bonus goes to seamlessly incorporating the ads with style tips like Tommy Hilfiger’s guide to slim-fitting style and the fun 3-D Armani Exchange ad. But the best advice I heard while promoting cologne’s was that catching the spray in mid-air is stupid, as it will hit the ground. Classic!

Falling Back Into The Basics.

September 23, 2010

Fall has finally arrived! Not only is it the holidays (a favorite for practically everyone) but because the weather permits bystanders to dress in sweaters, coats, and scarves. For men’s style, it’s fairly simplistic has we rely on the timeless classics. Here’s 5 staples that I find myself searching for or buying in different variations.

1. Cardigans

They call this is the grandpa sweater, but there’s a reason why our elders wore it with such pride. For a simple sweater that has multiple buttons, it’s snug, comfortable, and very practical. I love the feel that it drapes your body if you want it unbuttoned. I have previously own three, but buying another one in the fall color (forest green) wouldn’t hurt. Right?

2. Skinny Ties

For men’s fasion, every item of style seems to be tailored and slimmer has the year’s progress. For the slim and tall or even the fit and short, no man can go wrong with a slim tie. I opt for a skinny tie because I enamored myself in the swingin’ 60s mod style popularized by the Beatles. I lost my only skinny tie a few years ago because of traveling, but I recently bought the essential black tie so it’s time for a comeback.

3. Cologne

What do most people remember when you leave them? Your scent. So smelling good has become very vital for every distinguished gentleman. For the holidays last year, I bought Yves Saint Laurent’s Night cologne. It was great but my friend updated me with the “mantastic” scent of Bleu de Chanel. But use it accordingly in moderation, please.

4. Corduroys

Corduroys: The best pair of bottoms to wear in cold weather, as they are “the ultimate casual.” Nothing looks more comfortable and chic if you’re wearing a form-fitting polo, a cardigan, a v-neck, or a topcoat. I want a more “uniformly-pleasing” so I go for grey and khaki. I’m not sure if I want them, or if I need them but I bought black and brown also just for variety. Oops.

5. Top Coats

During the lazy days of summer, people have been quoting Mark Twain with “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.” With true, albeit clichĂ©, words, many San Franciscans have been sporting jackets and coats even if they’re not in the actual season. Well, now they’re back in demand and everyone is buying a new coat. I’m opting for the sleek topcoat I bought from Armani Exchange last year. It’s still in top condition and able to turn a few heads.

6. V-Necks

V-necks are all season long, but I find myself buying them in bulk because they’re so practical and popular. Very snug and formfitting that goes well underneath any ensemble. Good to wear just in case you need to show off those muscular assets.

GQ’s Preview Of Fall Style With Taylor Lautner.

June 30, 2010

My favorite magazine, if it wasn’t apparent, is GQ Magazine. It’s the essence of the gentlemen’s style for the dignified and cultured worldwide. Since the conception of my blog back in 2008, I’ve given a review for each issue commenting on its best features and some features that needs slight improvement. Unfortunately, the past months I haven’t provided a critique because I simply can’t keep up or that there’s nothing striking enough for me to post. I’m not a fan of summer style so I’ve purposely missed them. Until something noteworthy comes along, then I’ll post something. But with the July issue featuring Taylor Lautner, it’s truly a godsend as he presents a preview of Fall style!

What’s better than board shorts, sandals, white pants, and hideous Hollister polo shirts? Well suits, topcoats, striped crewnecks, vests, ties and ties beat anything in the summer. It’s the wave of the future…future as in Fall 2010. The article interviewing Taylor Lautner was short and so-so (Olive Garden? Eh.), but the pictures were fantastic. Taylor Lautner is sporting striped v-necks, cord suits, miliary watches, topcoats, striped crewnecks, tweed attire, vests, camel accents, a duffie coat, plaid shirts, and appropriate sweat pants.

GQ Starts The Spring Fashion.

March 26, 2010

The latest issue of GQ Magazine is chock full of goodies as the spring season arrives. Here’s the rundown:

  • Jim Nelson, Editor-in-Chief, gives a very interesting editor’s letter as he talks about the isolation of telecommunicating. Jim Nelson is right: “wake up and see the clowns around you.”
  • The Big interview with Rielle Hunter is front and center as its scandal broke up John Edwards’ marriage. Not really shocking, but her interview is interesting to read.
  • The grooming section gives a nice perspective that the metrosexual look is a decade dead and that the ungroomed bears are back. That’s great and all, but let’s not reduce ourselves to the Stone Age.
  • I have the urge to buy a cambray shirt for the spring/summer time. Effortlessly chic, I must say.
  • I usually see suits for the winter, but the spring survival guide gives an intriguing look for the dandy and the minimalist, each preferring night and day looks (dany has the colorful khakis flair while the minimalist has the simple black look).
  • The Satorialist covers the eccentricities of Asian couture as eyewear, coats, and accessories take full coverage.
  • One of my favorite pieces for this issue is the project upgrade for the college student. We don’t need sloppy looks in sweats and baseball caps, but a guy that dresses nice is great. The pixcture had the young man wearing nice boots, slim khakis, and a track jacket with good hair. Reminds me when I saw a college boy wearing basketball shorts with a knitted sweater on campus.
  • The GQ Fitness Challenge has the basic rule for men to workout to: always push your limits because our bodies are highly adaptable. Basic rule, really.
  • The Style Guy has one page with great advice on not to look American while traveling and the rise of flannel in a non-90s way.
  • Shia Labeouf has great pictures leading to his role in the Wall Street sequel, but I can’t shake his TMZ persona even after reading the article.
  • The penny-pincher’s guide is a godsend with tips ranging from tailoring, ebay and vintage steals, buying drugstore products, and making your own shorts. There’s a lot to absorb, but definitely one of the highlights foe this issue.
  • Maxwell has a great photoshoot harkening back to the 1970s. Didn’t think the 70s can look so good.
  • The irony of the Teabag force team is awesome. Although seeing our President and Nancy Pelosi as the enemies is retarded just like perceiving Sarah Palin as a hero.
  • The recession article is interesting because we have entered out of that era where the old rules don’t apply. GQ gives the new rules, which are pretty simple: make a will, destroy debt, invest, insurance, plan retirement.
  • Mila Kunis as been the hot stoner since That 70s Show and has become THE man’s girl. Pretty darn impressive.
  • GQ covers the phenomenon of Manny Pacquiao: mysterious, breaks all the boundaries, and people who don’t like boxing are watching because of him. And as true as that is, he barely speaks in the article. All hype to me.
  • And lastly, photographers Jim Marshall and Timothy White show off awesome candid pictures of Hollywood royalty in “Match Prints.”