Saturday, May 30, 2009
I always talk with friends about what I'm going to do when I start making money, but motivation without inspiration, and vice versa are simply empty thoughts if we never apply them. I had the pleasure of watching an ABC special Friday night called Get Unbroke hosted by the wonderful Melody Hobson (check her out) which offered some insightful money stacking tips in an entertaining way, check out the above example talking about the difference between stocks and bonds.
It's a funny thing we always think about how to get rich, but with time comes wisdom and eventually money. While there's nothing wrong with aspirations of being a professional athletes, or entertainers lets just make sure when we get there we manage our money right. blessings and enjoy.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Ironically I'm finding the simplest ideas have some of the greatest returns. Designer Burak Kaynak and Cem Has comes the sliced bread notebook concept, it features 12 numbered "slices" each corresponding with a month of the year, that helps you organizes your thoughts and ideas...Recipe for success? Take two slices of written organized ideas, slather on some smooth and creamy conversation on side, and faith and works that bears good fruity jelly, put em together and...enjoy the sweet taste of success. Aren't you hungry?
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Quoc Pham Cycling Shoes
I have to be honest I've never really been a fan of the whole sneakers with suit look. About a year ago I was on the sartorialist and saw a gentleman with some athletic inspired sneakers which adds a totally different effect. The quality leather, subtle detailing, and narrower design, have undertones that more relatable to moccasins, or dress shoes. This cycling shoes are a perfect example of that effect, instead of having to bring two pair of shoes to the job you can simply throw these on and be fashionably comfortable throughout the day. The patent leather joints particularly caught my eye...looking at them I just keep imagining a debonair gent paired in a midnight blue dinner jacket, so some silk and cashmere tuxedo trousers paired with the patent leather shoes, on a classic ten speed headed to a cocktail party on a terrace, motivated to ride cause the evening was far too beautiful to drive.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Aight so the story goes that one of the oldest fashion houses (Lanvin) has been collaborating with Acne jeans for some upcoming projects Acne invited the Lanvin creative team to the launch party for Acne Paper's summer issue, one thing led to another and before you knew it a great concept shoot was birthed, I guess there are really no accidents when it comes to inspiration.
While I consider myself a very social person it's funny that the last few months the whole night life scene has become very mundane and contrive to me, often people acting pretentious or overly eager to be scene and stand out rather than being themselves. Yet intimate scenes like this one with beautiful friends, complimentary taste, all enveloped in beautiful scenery make for memorable occasions that inspire magnificent memories we want to capture forever much like this one...I look forward to soon making this dream a reality...stay tuned.
Ask yourself can you really tell what time period these pictures were taken in? I couldn't...that's because True style never gets old and never goes out of style.
Don't follow trends create your own portrait of style.
Manhattan Out by Raymond Depardon
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Every gentleman and lady who entertains knows that anytime you entertain there is always the possibility that there will be those who will not drink. We should always be prepared to accommodate these guest. I suggest having sparkling grape juice on hand the taste is often just as exquisite without providing the alcoholic buzz and if kids are present they can feel like grown ups too. Here are a few suggestions that offer just as much elegance as a bottle of fine wine.
Just make sure you keep the juice away from the happy juice ;).
Art comes in many forms, and mediums I love this piece by Jason Last called blow. I love the effect of fashion and FX, fused with bump of the techno music, the holistic canvas takes you to a total different world of fantasy and possibility. Jouir.
Monday, May 25, 2009
I'm extravagant in ways that relate to my heritage ...the species of tailoring that's threatened by the outside world....
You have to love old dandies for the sophistication and stubborness when it comes to tact, refinement, and style. I came across this installment of Style Sages on men.style.com and thoroughly enjoyed it. I hope you do as well.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
It's funny how the lives of others often can affect us positively or negatively. I had the distinct pleasure of seeing the success formula work. My man graduated from Morehouse College this past Sunday which is an accomplishment within itself, but what's more he graduated Summa Cum Laude "with highest honor" (direct translation: "with highest praise") maintaining a 3.8 during his matriculation. This commitment awarded him National Merit Honors, and induction into Phi Betta Kappa National Honors Fraternity.
Morehouse Alum Spike Lee was in attendance.
The Beautiful Cicely Tyson spoke.
My man got his degree
I was extremely proud of him, but was moved by his words at that we had at our Sunday dinner later that evening. He said "You all are the reason for my success. While others were out partying, I made sure that I maintained my studies, and remained focused, because I was a representation of you and therefore had and obligation to myself and you to be the best student that I could be." Well done sir. Well done.
Success is 10% aspiration and 90% perspiration -Thomas Edison
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
The Mini Bar
Forget servers or having to wait to be seated, and simply slide your card to the maitre d get your key and pick your drink of choice from one of 45 minibars and seat yourself at one of the central bars or one of cozy spots on the long couch for lounging while lounging with friends. The bar is also working with network of international DJs such as Carl Craig or Pilooski to setup "bespoke" playlist for each patron to enjoy while entertaining old friends or while making new ones. With a concept this simple you would think you would have seen it before but Mini Bar is actually the first of its kind. So if you're ever in Amsterdam and you want to just lay back and relax in a chill environment this is the place to be.
more pics and info here.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
As if Tom Ford does not epitomize casual luxury already, he has doesn't it again. Tom Ford will be offering a bespoke shoe amenity in his Milan and New York store. Customers can select from any one of 18 styles - from lace-ups to loafers - and an almost bewildering number of materials (14 different kinds of calf leather, not to mention suede and crocodile skin). They also have the option to add a monogram or your personal moniker inscribed inside the shoe. Measuring complete, the order hotfoots its way to Naples to begin the three-month process. But hey custom quality is always worth the price and the wait...right?
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Fellas there's nothing wrong with taking care of yourself if you can't make it to the spa to get a facial put on a mask, exfoliate your pores, cleanse your skin, and put your best face forward. The Art of Shaving after shave mask is a great place to start eight mask for $50.
Percussa, a small electronics company in Brussels, has created artistic sound with their development of what they call "audio cubes" I could speak to you about it, but I'm sure the experts will do a much better job of explaining than I could. Enjoy.