Monthly Archives: August 2009

Write Down your Dreams

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Gentlemen

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Hyden Yoo Vilas gingham shirt

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“This is another peek at the new collections that are popping up this upcoming spring. This is a gingham shirt by Hyden Yoo Vilas. If I was an up and coming young banker or advertising exec who wants to seem professional but still hip, this is what I would wear. I feel that Hyden Yoo Vilas has a really great relaxed personal style that is always being communicated throughout all his pieces, be they a tweed suit or a t-shirt.
I think this shirt is snazzy as hell. I can just imagine the hot girl at the office mouthing those words as I pass by in this little number. I really enjoy the dark checkered patter and how it is very nicely accentuated by that large black stripe that goes down the center.

$156, Oak, 208 N. Eighth St., Brooklyn, NY, (718) 782-0521, oaknyc.com

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It’s the end of the world and I feel great.

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La Fin Du Monde is another great beer made in the trappist style. Its a Belgian-style triple fermentation golden ale. It is produced in Quebec, Canada by the Unibroue brewery. It’s a multiple winner of several different medals of excellence, which barely gives credit to the immense satisfaction one can derive from consuming such divine nectar.

It’s name is French for “The end of the world” and is a play on the belief ancient explorers had that upon reaching North America they had, in fact, reached the end of the world. Reflecting on this, and more importanly, on the fact that this is ale has 9% ABV, I find the name fitting as hell. Twelve of these bad boys would end your world with a quickness and intensity worthy of the apocalypse.

One great point is that unlike more standard triple ales, La Fin Du Monde is less bitter and more spicy, with notes of coriander and orange peel, giving this beer a great taste with a strong personality. It goes great with food one would normally consume alongside red or white wines. I also like to pair it with some fine cheeses or a fruit-based dessert. Most specialty beer purveyors and beer gardens carry it and it isn’t relatively hard to find. I would totally make the effort and poke around for it.

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$49 Million 8 Bedroom Coral Gables Mansion

So you won the mega lottery. Your rich uncle left you his oil well. You caught Bin-Laden. We don’t how you got all that money, we just want to show you how to spend it.

Obviously you’ve given your fair share to charity. You’ve bought all your family members cars and cribs. You donated heavily to The Haute Spot for giving you hours of entertainment. In other words, you’ve taken care of your priorities. So now it’s time to treat yourself. Now it’s time to take care of numero uno.

Sure you can go out and buy a Ferrari. Sure you can go out and get yourself a new watch. Sure you can finally take that trip to Italy you’ve always wanted. But nothing says “I F**Kin Made It” quite like a Miami mansion that even Tony Montana himself would be jealous of.

We just went from 6 to 12

We just went from 6 to 12

Nestled in the heart of Coral Gables (Miami’s Jungle of Luxury) lies an estate begging for scantily clad models partying in the pool, expensive german, italian, and swedish engineering parked out front, and a boat (see: yacht) parked in the back that would make T-Payne drop his auto-tuner.

Ivy League

Ivy League

Gentlemen we would like to introduce to you- The Nebuchadnezzar (That’s not what’s it called, but that’s what we would call it). But with 8 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, two floors, a bar, 20,000 of sq feet, a basketball court, game room, 6 car garage, unrestricted ocean access, and 3 of the best acres of land money can buy- you can call it Eden for all we care.

Who needs a vacation, when this is your backyard

Who needs a vacation, when this is your backyard

Yeah, just because.

Yeah, just because.

The gym you'll never use. If you don't change the T.V. We'll judge you.

The gym you'll never use. If you don't change the T.V. We'll judge you.

For all your Ruth's Cris Take Out

For all your Ruth's Cris Take Out

A kitchen this grand, deserves hiring a chef

A kitchen this grand, deserves hiring a chef

A fireplace? In Miami? Sure, why not.

A fireplace? In Miami? Sure, why not.

Never mind the ocean views

Never mind the ocean views

I've seen a room like this before. Yeah. It was in Versailles. It was Napoleon's. You might have heard of him

I've seen a room like this before. Yeah. It was in Versailles. It was Napoleon's. You might have heard of him

Really? Was that really necessary?

Really? Is that all really necessary?

Hotel Lobby? No just my hallway.

Hotel Lobby? No just my hallway.

Your sports cove isn't complete with African War Memorabilia

Your sports cove/pool room isn't complete without some African War Memorabilia.

Ok so our friends at Hummingbird Financial ran some numbers and assuming that even if you put the standard 20% down ($10 Million!), and had a perfect credit score (you better), you still would need to pay a heart-wrenching $221,630 a month! For 30 years!

Here’s to dreaming:

You better invite us over for tea

You better invite us over for tea

BUY IT 11 Casuarina Concourse, Coral Gables, FL $49,000,000

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A gator-covered incinerator.

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Check out this new addition to the highly popular line of turbo lighters from Dunhill.  The Turbo Matt Black Alligator Lighter. Any guy who smokes, be it cigarettes or cigars, knows that a great lighter can really make a great impression on someone else.

When a lady friend asks you to light her cigarette, usually they are very impressed when you light it with a regular Zippo instead of a run of the mill Bic lighter.Now imagine what would happen if you lit her smoke with one of these bad boys from Dunhill?

That’s right, a hand job on the spot.

The palladium construction on this thing is top notch but it is that black alligator jacket that really makes this a beautiful piece and sure to be an heirloom in your family for years to come. That is until your slacker son starts using to smoke that reefer. Hippie.

BUY IT Dunhill Turbo Matt Gator Skin Lighter $710

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An essential cologne

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Lacoste Essential is a great fragrance, really fresh and crisp. It is a very light and casual fragrance, very inoffensive and green. It creates an aura around you without overpowering your presence.

The top notes are tangerine, bergamot, tomato leaves, and cassis. The middle notes are black pepper and rose. The base notes are patchouli, sandalwood, and wood accord. It’s very clean smelling and a perfect scent for the daytime, especially during the summer and spring months. Essentials lasts for about 6 to 8 hours, give or take an hour or so.

An interesting fact about Essentials is that it retains the fragrance of the top notes throughout its duration, which is neat since in most colognes the top notes evaporate within the first hour or so. That means instead of your cologne smelling a certain way for an hour and then changing into a slightly different scent for the rest of day, you’ll have that consistent scent throughout.

According to Lacoste, this is due to their patented Time Release Technology which basically traps the top note oils in the perfume and releases them steadily over time. Another little neat perk of the this technology is that when your body heat goes up, it releases a burst of scent. This is probably bad for running away from wolves, but great for day out in the sun or playing light sports.

BUY IT Lacoste Essential 4.2 oz bottle $65

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Power tie for the classy man.

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Ties are a great way to set off a dress shirt, add a little more spice or presence to your person. They can also make you look like a douchy clown who got pelted with melted crayons. Sometimes, I feel, some guys just have no idea that the tie they are wearing is taking away attention from the rest of their attire. You don’t want to wear colors that seem to be visual equivalent to a scream. There has to be some correlation between this and the fact that men are more susceptible to color-blindness. Of course, we might never know if men are buying bad ties because they can’t see the colors or are the colors burning out the retinas of men? Who knows, chicken and the egg.

This Jacquard silk tie by Gucci is exactly the type of tie men should be buying. The colors are soft and perfect for adding some subtle presence, coming in both the above-pictured silver one and a much darker blue one. The design is great too, with the renowned double G symbol that often adorns Gucci products and some tiny dots. This type of tie is great for almost all occasions. It is equally at home in the office, at weddings, brunch, lunch, or at a formal evening party.

BUY IT Gucci Jacquard Tie $180

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