Wednesday, December 12, 2018

#GROOMING: Speckled Freckles

Many people are under the impression that freckles are bad for you. Like any skin related ‘mutation’, anything could be good or bad for you depending on what it is and how it forms. Freckles, on the other hand, are generally cited as safe. As merely skin cells that have produced melanin in an ocean of skin cells lacking pigmentation. In order words, several dark spots forming on light complexion skin. Taking care of freckled skin is as simple as taking care of normal skin, however, using products that have added protection against UV rays helps.


Using a face scrub on the regular assists your skin to cleanse and protect freckled skin. The removal of dead skin cells helps the alive cells to generate healthier and safeguard against the loss of the skin’s elasticity. Scrubbing also assists with the removal of dead hair roots in skin pores, opening them up to receive their required dosage of oxygen – naturally – which, assists with collagen production and detoxifies the skin. Best case advice: Try to scrub at least twice a week for effective and visible results.


No, we’re not referencing the exercise version of the word, although that too is healthy for your skin, we’re talking toners. A chemical and natural extracts balanced product that works as a cleanser and moisturiser, in most cases, for your skin. Toners are a great way to assist the skin in restoring its pH balance. Adding a layer of protection, it also assists with the prevention of ingrown hairs – for those of you who shave. Used regularly enough, a toner can assist in ensuring skin becomes supple and radiant over time with very little effort from moisturisers. Our recommendation: Use a toner at least once a week.


Moisturising your face and body is a good thing to do. Daily. Great moisturisers combine a healthy dose of natural ingredients with a scientifically formulated aspect for chemically balancing aspects such as hydration, UV protection, and pH balancing. Moisturisers with SP factors 35 and higher should be on top of your list. These carry additional weight towards protecting your skin from harmful sun rays, flaking, and dullness. Learn to moisturise correctly, as well, as this will ensure the lotion is absorbed correctly for better results. Consensus suggests moisturising in upward circular motions. We suggest: Moisturising twice a day with a non-greasy, fast-absorbing moisturiser with a high SP factor.

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Monday, December 10, 2018

#STYLE: African Sunset – Playing with Aesthetics

Plenty of inspiration is drawn from the African continent. A lot of it resonates with either the land’s vibrant sunrises or seductive sunsets. This post’s menswear style look is inspired by one of those African sunsets as potentially experienced against a desert terrain such as the Sahara. Its base, a neutral layer of beige to golden brown, is highlighted with hints of burnt orange, blood red and dancing dandelion yellow.


Base your look on the brown family. Pick a neutral base that matches your skin and does not overpower and overshadow it. As you start to decide on the rest of the colour landscape, start considering which complementary colours you’re looking for and then investigate their hues and tones. These will help you find matching items whether in solid colours or prints that complement your look. Sometimes, it’s best to play it standard and do a neutral lower body with a multi-coloured upper layer. If you’re confident in your choices, do the reverse.


Africa’s tapestry is a myriad of tactile experiences. From soft and gentle textures to rough and sturdy textiles. The fabrications themselves tell their own story of make and maker. Africa’s climate is mostly humid with regions living through rain for most of the year. Some parts of the land experience a fair amount of all four seasonal changes. When selecting fabrications, look for character and craftsmanship. Seek out the textiles that speak to you personally and elevate your own defined personal style. Mixing gentle with tough, heavy with light, sets a tone for your body’s language and allows you to converse with a multitude of people with an array of languages.


For our specific African aesthetic, ‘African Sunset’, we’ve gone with an ensemble that incorporates pure cotton pants in a somewhat traditionist yet modern print. It’s paired with a delicate lace shirt and finished off with a pair of great men’s espadrilles and a straw hat. To ensure your look definitely doesn’t go unnoticed, get the right scent to match the mood, such as Tom Ford’s Oud Wood.

As always, my advice is to always explore the direction you’re going into. Research trends and how other gents online have adapted them and how they bring their own personalities through in the ensembles they put together. I encourage you to be bold and a little bit offbeat. It’s cute when you look like one of the boys but it’s incredibly inspiring when your own vision transpires.

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Monday, November 12, 2018

#STYLE: Baroque Obama – Ornate Sophistication for Midsummer Nights

The politics in fashion are enough to disrupt any government agency from its standard duties. Having said that, Baroque Obama is a recurring theme that is probably taking a new-found essence in the current flood of men’s fashion trends. An intersection between ornate, decorative expressions of gold and silver, sublime lines of sophistication, meticulous attention to details and structure and an influence of hip-hop culture, Baroque Obama, arrives as a style that pertinently allows young money to attempt an old wealth form of fashion appreciation. Think BeyoncĂ© and Jay Z at The Louvre but now walking the streets on midsummer nights.

Simply put: Find a cool, old-skool looking suit in a tailored structured form + Add a tinge of soft accessorising with a vintage bag with a metal chain sling + Slip on some formalwear shoes with hints of gold or silver and close off the moment with a slightly excessive take on gold jewellery. What do you have? Baroque Obama.

The look is ideal for ‘going out’ scenarios. So, don’t wear this to work. Even if you’re a Creative. Just don’t. Going to a friend’s dinner party? Perhaps you have Friday night drinks plans… It’s fashion week! Those are the kinds of times you wear this look. Granted, if you toned it down slightly you could get away with doing this as an everyday look, however, the idea here is to be noticed – for the right reasons – so where it during the right times.

Remember to play with either structure or colour/fabrication. If your suit is a standard cut, try and get it in a very tactile, woven tapestry – something embroidered would be perfect. If it has enough structure and cut-design, work with a simple 100% cotton or 100% wool in a classic yet updated colour. Don’t be shy with the accessories – the louder – the more accessible your look becomes to the public. Try on a variety of options and figure out which colours and cuts work best with your complexion and body shape.

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