2012 in Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,500 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 4 years to get that many views.

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Out With the Old

wire-hangersHello everyone!  I must begin by apologizing for being absent for so long.  It was a hectic holiday season but I am back on track.  Thank you all for being loyal readers during my blogging career thus far. Every one loves the idea of a fresh start and I have always believed that it is never too late to start over.  So today I would like to suggest to all the men out there some fashion related


Now is the time to let go and leave behind all of our reckless wardrobe blunders and look towards more stylish days ahead.  First and foremost, you must take some time to access every piece of your clothing and I mean everything.  Look through all garments from socks to formal wear.  Get out a box for donation and get rid of anything that:

·        Does not fit (ie. items you promised yourself last year would fit you after you lost all the holiday weight)

·        Is ripped, torn, stained, stretched out, too faded, etc. (even old ratty gym clothes need to be replaced every once in a while)

·        Was a mistake to purchase in the first place (we all have impulse purchases)

·        A gift someone gave you that you’ll never wear (Thanks Aunt Lulu for this cool authentic suede vest with fringe, I can’t wait to wear it….NOT!)

·        You have not worn in the last year and never will (be honest with yourself)

·        Reminds you of your ex like a crappy old T-shirt they gave you (*exception unless the item is super stylish, expensive, and/or irreplaceable like a nice winter coat, and classy pair of gloves, or a fancy leather wallet, some items are timeless and never worth giving up!)

·        You bought for a specific occasion that never happened. (I guess that Cowboys and Indians theme party is not going to be rescheduled?)

·        You thought would look fabulous and you wore it once and then it looked horrible on. (ie. Some items look magnificent on the hanger but we must try on at all times before purchase…golden rule, don’t fight it)

·        Hand-me-downs that never quite made it onto your body (I loved my late uncle Earl but I really just don’t see myself wearing his purple velvet leisure suit that he left me)

how-to-design-a-mans-closet-1You must make room now in your attire for the fresh and new.  Get rid of the crap and clear the space for the fabulous!  Make sure to gather all your gift cards from the holiday and those you may have received throughout the year but did not have a chance to use. (Some gifts cards have expiration dates so be sure to use them!) January is one of the best if not the best time to shop.  All of the stores have the biggest sales and you can make outstanding purchases at a great price.  Take inventory of all the gifts you got over the holidays that you want to exchange. Don’t worry about hurting Aunt Peggy’s feelings, she will probably never notice.  Exchange that ugly sweater for something you really want and will wear. If you keep the ugly sweater to be diplomatic and never wear it, that is a fashion crime.  And while you are tossing things out, get rid of all wire hangers.  They are also a crime.

“Looking good isn’t self importance; it’s self respect.” ~Charles Hix

Leave it on the Battlefield

One can’t help but be a little extra patriotic when Labor Day comes around. We are all thankful for a strong military that defends our country every day. I am even proud to say that I have a few members in my family that served in the military. What I am about to write I would say to my own family members…


This trend baffles me. Even if you are an active service member, there is no need or reason to wear the Camo when you are not working/required to do so. I know when we see little boys dressed up in a GI Joe–like fashion we find it tender, but as an adult man you need to just be a grown-up Joe. When I see furniture or clothing with too many flowers, I have been known for saying, “Leave the garden outside.” In this case, leave the camo on the battlefield. Wearing military camouflage is not cute or sexy. When you are walking by an article of clothing that is Camo and considering making a purchase, keep walking!  And if you currently own any camouflage clothing, take it to the Good Will immediately. Along the same line whether you are an active member of the military or just trying to be trendy, don’t wear dog tags, those big bulky boots, or wannabe sniper hats of any kind. Like I mentioned earlier it just isn’t cute no matter how you dress it up. Unless it’s Halloween or you are hiding from “Charlie” you need to just say no.

Quick Aside: Although men wearing camo for fun makes me sick, Pea Coats are completely acceptable.  In fact a good quality Pea Coat is one of the sexiest things a man can wear.  Check out Kaufman’s Army & Navy in midtown Manhattan for the best authentic Pea Coats.  The shop is kind of messy and the owner is beyond excentric but you’ll wear the coat for the rest of your life and never look back.