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Bing it up This Christmas

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Hey there fellas, if you're looking for a last minute gift for your lady, here's a tip: bling always makes a very special stocking stuffer. Whether you only have enough to go faux or are flush enough to spoil her with the real thing, here are a few of my favorite pieces that will fulfill her dreams of a white diamond Christmas while earning you a big fat kiss come New Year's Eve.

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Swarovski Bella Clear Crystal Earrings, A Silver Breeze $75

Sapphire Rococo Pendant, Bauble Bar $34

Crystal Ophelia Necklace, Jeweliq $30

Tiffany & Co Sclumberg 4 Leaves Diamond Ring, Raymond Lee Jewelers $7995

For the record, I do not believe that Valentine's Day is a Hallmark holiday.

Call me materialistic, but I will never condemn any day where I am showered with champagne, flowers and little candy hearts that acknowledge that I am indeed HOT STUFF, no matter how much money Hallmark makes off of it. But...when it comes to Vday shopping, the last place you'll find me is in a Hallmark store.

I, my friends, prefer to travel the Vday gift road less traveled, procuring gifts that are somewhat off the beaten path. Sure, flowers and chocolates are swell and dandy, but this year, surprise her with something she'll never expect and I promise you fellas, you'll be handsomely rewarded.

Here are a few choice ideas to get your creative juices flowing.
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Heart shaped box of chocolates? Been there, gotten that.
A lovey dovey pair of candy elephants will show your lady that you're cute, you're quirky, and you'll never forget her.
Marzipan Elephants in Love, Dean & Deluca $24

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Buying a gal a new handbag can be daunting. A cute red or pink wallet will show her that she's priceless.
*Extra credit if there's a gift card tucked inside to her favorite store.
Colorblock Leather Zip Wallet, Coach $168

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Instead of treating her to Ryan Gosling's abs à la The Notebook on Blu-ray, treat her to an actual notebook, personalized with her name on it. Triple check that it's spelled right.
Love Stories Journal, Minted $16

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Again, I have nothing against Hallmark, but I'll always have a soft spot for handcrafted cards. If you're artistically insecure about the state of your stick figures, give her a card featuring artwork drawn by a pediatric cancer patient.
It will warm her heart and the proceeds will help give back to kids living with cancer. Two gifts in one.
Puppy Love Greeting Card drawn by Alyssa from Corpus Christi, Texas, MD Anderson Center Children's Art Project $3.

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Girls, wondering what to get your guy? Two words. Beer. Chocolate.
He'll love the perfect pairing of spicy chipotle chili peppered ale with a brick of bittersweet chocolate that will keep him feeling all manly. And, chocolate and hot peppers are both aphrodisiacs...just sayin'.
Rogue Ale's 22oz Chipotle Ale, Made in Oregon $6.75
Swiss Bittersweet Bar, Lindt Chocolate, $3.85

Tungsten Tied

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Yes, I have neglected you. Yes, I feel guilty. Yes, I am sorry.

Now that I've apologized and have fully digested my Thanksgiving meal, I fully intend to get back to writing mode, but here's the thing. Your blogging hostess is almost at the one month mark 'til her big day, and she's starting to panic people. The only thing that can calm her down is crossing things off of her Nuptial To Do list, that and writing in the third person.

I got a major to do knocked off my list in the past week, choosing and ordering our wedding bands. Not to worry, this isn't just another random wedding post. I am going to turn my to do triumph into a super cool Christmas gift idea to slip into the stocking of that very special dude in your life. Give him jewelry. Give him a ring.

Warning: Do not do this if you just met the guy on Match.com, eHarmony, Plenty of Fish, AshleyMadison, etc. Do not do this if you're casually dating and haven't had the let's be exclusive talk. He will hit the ground running and will never be heard from again.

This stocking stuffer is for the serious couple. Whether you're replacing your hubby's tired old band, giving your college sweetheart a promise ring or getting down on bended knee this Christmas because you're tired of waiting for him to do it, tungsten carbide is my metal of choice.

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The truth about tungsten:

- Derives from the Swedish words tung sten, which translates to heavy stone.
- It has a totally cool nickname: wolfram.
- It's hypo allergenic.
- It's like, super strong.
- It's like, super sexy.
- It's like super cheap.

I had my heart set on getting my fiancé an 18k white gold or platinum band, but after a surprisingly honest talk with a surprisingly honest jeweler, it was recommended that we go with a Tungsten Carbide band, made from an affordable alternative metal that is allergy-friendly and more scratch resistant than it's pricier competitors. I had my doubts, but research revealed that tungsten is a mega popular choice amongst today's modern brides and grooms, and once I saw it on my right hand man's left hand, we had to have it.

Ross-Simons has a ton of Tungsten rings to choose from with looks that range from polished, slick and chic to the bold and the beveled, all priced at under $300 clams. Enter code RSCATALOG at checkout to score an extra 25% off, and don't be surprised if he gifts you a glam rock of your own come Valentine's Day.

You're welcome.


Dear Sammy,

OMG! What does your ring look like!??!!

-Multiple Let'sTalkStyle Readers

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Dear Multiple Let'sTalkStyler's who have all been asking me the same question for the past two weeks,

I am back from my 4th of July vacation, and since my new engagement ring seems to be the trending topic in my Ask Sammy inbox, I have decided to address you all in one fell swoop. Here is my ring in all of her sparkling glory. Ain't she grand?

What makes it even better? My fiancé picked it out all.by.himself. In a day and age where more and more future brides-to-be are choosing and/or registering for their own rings, my man took a risk before he took the plunge... and I love him all the more for it. After weeks of studying the 4 c's (cut, color, clarity & carat weight) and trying to decide on the right ring for his Mrs. Right, he trusted his gut and how well he knew his girl, and here we are.

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*Allow me to address any dudes that may be reading this. Don't get me wrong guys, I totally get that when it comes to buying engagement rings you probably feel as lost and confused as we girls do when looking under the hoods of our cars or watching an ultimate fighting championship match (he's allowed to hit/choke/kick him there?!) So shopping for a ring together with your woman may seem like your best bet, but here are a few options that won't totally eliminate the element of surprise.

1. Pay attention to her. See what sparklers make her eyes sparkle, whether passing a jewelry shop window display, watching a commercial or reading a magazine. My man remembered the rings I loved/hated during an old season finale of The Bachelorette.

2. Maximize your untapped resources. Get a few hints from her BFF, sister or Mom. They know what she wants.

3. Can't find anything you like? Design your own. Many of the most respected jewelers in the biz make it easy for a dude to create a rockin' rock. Ross-Simons, for instance, can help you design the ring of her dreams in 3 simple steps. They also have plenty of pre-set engagement rings to choose from, including the doppelgänger of my engagement ring pictured above.*

4. If all else fails and you still have absolutely no idea where to start, buy a cheapie cubic zirconia model or even a ring from a cracker jack box, and assure her that after you propose (and she says yes) she can choose her real ring laters.

In summation, if you like it and you wanna put a ring on it, invest a little time and research before you leave it all up to her, because it's the one thing that she is going to wear for the rest of her life. And if it just isn't the ring for her, she might not be the one for you.

Love the Soon to Be Betrothed,

Sammy

Valentine's Day is a week away and if you're still searching for the perfect V-Day gift for your guy, don't be miffed. You aren't alone.

I know this isn't a favorite holiday for the dudes - Dumb Hallmark holiday, I just got you a bunch of cool crap for Christmas, Why can't I just get you flowers when I feel like it?, Blah, blah, blah. I recently discovered the existence of Sweetest Day, another V-Day like holiday in October, celebrated primarily in the Great Lakes Region, aka where my boyfriend is from. Apparently my sweetest knew of this holiday, but never brought it to my attention. Fancy that.

Back to V-Day guy gifting. My problem is that it has always proven très difficult to find the right gift for a man who is ultimately celebrating a holiday that he hates. Like forcing someone to drink a pint of green beer when they despise St. Paddy. It's kind of like, let's just go to dinner and get this over with. This is why I need gift guidance, like the Facebook Valentine's Day Look Book on Catalogs.com.

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This handy go-to-gift-guide is filled with tons of cool options for guys as well as gals, from novelty gifts like these not so subliminal Heart On Boxers and whimsical Vouchers For Lovers, to crazy cool headphones, romantic Romeo y Julieta Cigars, and old school standards like a heart-shaped box of Ghirardelli Chocolates. Just "like" the Catalogs.com Facebook page to get in on all the fun.

The bottom line is - You'll get inspired, you'll get gifts, you'll get lucky... and who knows? With gifts like these, he might just stop being a V-Day hater and magically transform into a V-Day playah.

Hi dudes,

Short and I hope sweet, Here are the top 10 things that I believe most women want to find in their Christmas stockings.

You're welcome.

10. Booze. Mini airplane bottles will do.

9. Sunglasses. Especially oversized ones that will mask our hungover eyes after we toss back our miniature bottles of booze.

8. Panties. A little something naughty that rewards us for being nice. Fyi, Hanky Panky panties come rolled up in the perfect stocking sized package.

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7. A Toy. Not that kind of toy. A little desktop figurine, novelty keychain or something cute that will remind us of Christmastime as a kid, when a set of jacks would totally rock our world.

6. Stockings. Here's a novel idea. Fill our stockings with stockings. It's clever, unexpected, and kind of old school. Extra credit: Make sure your sexy hosiery of choice matches and/or complements your #8 stuffers of choice.

5. Tickets. Here's the thing - to an event we dig, i.e. a concert, movie, Disney on Ice. Don't splurge on tickets to Superbowl XLVI if the girl doesn't like football. Put them in your own stocking.

4. Gift card(s) to our favorite store(s). Don't say "I don't know what store(s) she likes". You're her boyfriend/husband/unlabeled partner in life. You should know this stuff by now.

3. A Love Note. Don't ever underestimate the value of a good love letter. Feel free to get all romantical. Writing Merry Christmas, yo isn't good enough.

2. Perfume. Don't get a super heavy bottle. Her stocking might fall, shatter, and she'll have a lot of gifts that smell good but are soaked. Many popular fragrances today are available in skinny, lightweight rollerball form. Get that.

1. Jewelry. As long as it ain't from a gumball machine, she'll be happy.

The Boxer Rebellion

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It's been awhile since I posted a blog for the dudes, so I figured I'd tackle a subject that has been on my mind as of late. Your underwears. [Yes, I tacked an s at the tail end of underwear because although the word isn't grammatically correct, it sounds way funnier.]

Often overlooked, the upkeep of your underwears is very important. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

1. Throw your underwears out when they have holes in them. When your boxers, briefs, or a combination thereof have holes in the crotch, it is the equivalent of our worst granny panties. Not sexy.

2. Fruit of the Loom tightie whities remind us of the underwears you were forced to wear as little boys.

3. Men's thong underwears are cool, but only if you like other dudes. Straight dudes don't care about visible panty lines.

4. We appreciate it when you wear sexy underwears, just as much as you love it when we do.

With that said, may I present jac5, the newly launched luxury men's underwear brand that delivers comfort, style, a sense of humor, and sex appeal which all work together to create the perfect package.

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Inspired by his 5 fiesty Jack Russel terriers, jac5 founder Jim Christopher offers three distinct collections of underwears, guaranteed to suit the style of any feisty fella: The Loyal collection is casually cool enough for every day. Supersmart is designed for suiting up for success, and the Barking Mad collection is colorful, stylish and just a tad bit quirky. Trust me boys, if we see a hint of these jac5 underwears peeking out of the waistband of your jeans, we'll be more than impressed. You'll be an alpha dog in our eyes.

I'm a fan of boxer shorts myself, but am also doggone crazy about the basic crewneck tees and the Barry briefs that I wish came in chick sizes but without the crotch pouch. I don't need that.

It's a dog eat dog world out there, don't let bad underwears ruin it for you.

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Every now and then my Dad enjoys reading this "column" as he so fondly refers to my blog. Dad, if you're reading this, stop. I repeat, stop. Turn the WebTV off. The following post contains classified information regarding the Father's Day gifts I will be giving you on Sunday.

[Knowing my father, he is continuing to read on with even more devilish delight. Dad is not one to follow orders, especially when it comes to eating broccoli and monitoring his blood sugar.]

Needless to say, my Dad isn't easy to shop for. Every year he loves to predetermine what his beautifully gift-wrapped packages contain before he opens them with just one simple shake. Shake - it's a shirt. Shake - another book. Shake - shoes. It never fails. For the last decade, he has grown tired of the normal rotation of Father's Day gifts. He's read everything, owns enough shirts and refuses to wear shoes other than a pair of baby blue dress shoes he purchased from a thrift store four score and seven years ago.

One thing my father hasn't tired of? Smelling good. Leave it to Caswell-Massey to launch a new men's fragrance collection just in time for Father's Day.

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This year Dad is scoring a bottle of Greenbriar Cologne Spray, (1.7 oz for $30) featuring a blend of intoxicating and manly scents including artemisia, sage, thyme and a hint of lavender seasoned with sandalwood, vetiver and amber. You may not know what all of those notes are Dad, but it's a step above your token mixture of Old Spice and Axe Body Spray.

I'm also splurging on the deluxe Greenbriar Shave Soap that will leave your mug feeling brisk while enjoying a close, comfortable, barbershop worthy shave. It also comes in a classic, old fashioned wooden bowl for $18. Score your own aromatic Father's Day gifts from the Greenbriar Collection online at Caswell-Massey or at Studio Beauty Mix at Fred Segal, Santa Monica.

Sorry if I ruined the surprise Dad, but odds are you would have guessed what I was getting you anyway.


One of my male co-workers just shamefully admitted that he bought tee-shirts from Forever 21 with the same level of embarrassment that I would expect if he were to confess that he had voted for Kate Gosselin to remain on Dancing With the Stars.

Dude, chillax. It's totally cool to shop the 21Men collection from Forever 21. Featuring more than affordable denim styles and staples like these 100% cotton basic solid tees featured at $5.90, I don't see why you wouldn't want to shop there.

I mean, it's not like you're buying boy-brief panties from Victoria's Secret.

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twi⋅light
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–noun
1. the soft, diffused light from the sky when the sun is below the horizon, either from daybreak to sunrise or, more commonly, from sunset to nightfall.

2. a terminal period, esp. after full development, success, etc.: the twilight of his life.

3. a blockbuster film/phenomenon (based on the novel of the same name by Stephenie Meyer) starring hottie vampire, Edward Cullen.

Monday, February 15th. Perry Ellis. The Promenade. 2nd Row. 7pm, the twilight hour.

Pre-show I was treated to a couple of complimentary berry martinis and ran into Jennifer and Laura from the shorty cycle of America's Next Top Model. They both looked gorgeous, were very friendly, and I loved the fact that they are still close friends even more than the fact that they didn't tower over me the way most of the models here did. I snapped a pic with my phone, but Jen looked weird and Laura had her eyes closed, and I could never post an unflattering photo of my new besties.

As I took my seat and browsed through my program I got the chills, excited to finally see some menswear pieces that were to die for. I took in the hot pink backdrop with the black chandelier for a moment and as soon as the lights went dark, the coven of male models were ready to prowl.

Creative director John Crocco presented a collection of dark hues and luxurious fabrics that enveloped a mix of sophisticated sportswear and handsome evening wear to prep today's Perry Ellis man for any night out on the town. Elegant trenches, velvet evening jackets, tuxedo pants, waistcoats, exquisite three piece suits, color blocked wonders, sumptuous leather, cozy wool blends... hold the phones, is that a cravat I see? Where's Chuck Bass when you need him?

Nearly every piece in the program was attached to the words Midnight and/or Eclipse and the pale male models wore them well, looking chiseled, wan and in desperate need of a blood transfusion, although when the light hit one of them just right, I'd swear his skin was sparkling.

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In conclusion, John Crocco for Perry Ellis is far from the twilight of his career, delivering a dressed to kill collection that had major bite.

I recently came upon my old Strawberry Shortcake watch from my youth. It brought back fond memories of playing with Huckleberry Pie, Blueberry Muffin, Escargot and the entire fruity gang, but I faintly remember swapping my beloved Strawberry Shortcake timepiece every now and then for my brother's old oversized waterproof digital wristwatch that weighed my hand down like I was wearing an albatross around my wrist. I didn't care that it was a boy's watch. I liked it...and the boys liked it too.

Even though my personal style has always gravitated towards the feminine and flirty side of the fashion spectrum, i.e. - pretty sundresses, pink tanks, frilly skirts and delicate camis, I have always been a sucker for boy stuff.

There is no doubt about it, menswear pieces look hot on chicks. Just wear your guy's work dress shirt to bed and he'll let you know just how hot it is. From tuxedo jackets to boxy boyfriend blazers, sharp vests to old school fedoras and Hanes wifebeaters for boys, all it takes is one single piece to show men that we have an edge and can be soft and hard at the same time. Yes, we can wear the boyfriend cut pants in the family. Yes we can bring home the bacon, fry it up in a pan and polish off a triple-decker BLT just as well as they can.

We also look cuter in their stuff.

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If you're a girlie girl who is yearning to go where the boys are, ease into the menswear world with a small accessory, like this chunky metal Nixon Watch from Tilly's. It's made for a guy, but looks sexy as all get out on a dainty woman's wrist.

It's $399, but you can score 10% off all women's and men's fashion watches for a limited time when you use code catalogs10 at the Tilly's checkout. The code is only good until February 14th, so time isn't on your side.

Ditch the Strawberry Shortcake watch and try it on for size. Pair it with a sweet frock or frilly tank to keep your girlie identity and if it's too manly for you, you can always pass it on to your sweetie for Valentine's Day.

I'll never tell.


Killer Looks for Christian

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hey sammy how u doing? Im Christian from Lima Peru and here's my question. Please, need some help! Killers are coming november the 19th. Need a rockstar look so I can blow the mind of this girlfriend I adore. I was thinking about a slim fit hilfiger denim jean (indigo), a wide brown belt with a nice buckle and a plain v neck tee, short sleeve. I know its really simple but everlasting too. Sneakers? real slim and fit ones, no skater sh*t or something like that, maybe a pair of diesel sneakers or something like that. If it gets cold, im wearing a checked t shirt but OPEN, to show how cool it looks with a v neck tee.

Thanks!
Christian D.

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Well look at that, Ask Sammy has gone international!

Hola Christian!

Gracias por su pregunta. I already know we're going to be great amigos because I'm a die hard Killers fan myself, so the least I can do is set you up with a Killer ensemble that Brandon Flowers himself would approve of. From your description above, it doesn't sound like you need much help from me, but I'll give you a few pieces to work with, just so it looks like I'm doing my job.

Here are some tips for a killer combination.

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First thing's first, you've already got the slim fit jeans. Jeans are a concert staple, unless it's 100 degrees at an outdoor venue, then shorts would be your best call. Slim fitting jeans on a dude is very rockstar cool, just make sure they aren't too tight so your junk has enough room to shift and breathe.

The next concert staple is the perfect, super soft and comfy tee. American Apparel is always my first choice for basic tees like this Fine Jersey Short sleeve V Neck for only $19 bucks. Any color will do, but I'm partial to Asphalt, Navy and Slate.

When it comes to accessories, you don't want to show up at a Killers concert unarmed, so this Fallen Bullet Leather Belt from CCS Skateboards will do more than just hold up your super slim Hilfigers. As for cool kicks, these Diesel Pass on Sneakers from OnlineShoes.com are too good to pass on, and nothing like all that skater sh*it.

Hope this helps impress your girl! Have a killer time Christian, and if you want to buy me a T-shirt to thank me, I wear a Small.

xoxo,

sammy


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Could you give advice on wearing vests for men? Should thin guys wear vests? What type would suit jeans?

Thanks

-Nicholai

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Dear Nicolai,

Hi there and thanks for your question. I was psyched to find your query in my inbox, I was afraid that my new girlie pink banner might have the potential to scare the dudes away.

I think guys in vests are nifty. In fact, I bought my guy a Rivers Cuomo Weezer like sweater vest this past Christmas. In my opinion, a guy wearing a vest always seems like he's got his fashion act together, carrying off a look that says "Yeah, my arms don't get cold."

When it comes to male vests, there are a few no-nos. Resist anything fur-lined (unless your last name is Zhivago and you live in the Ukraine). You should also avoid pink or polka-dotted vests, and refrain from wearing vests with shorts, particularly sweater vests...unless you're invited to a stuffy country club, you'll look like a putz.

Thin guys can definitely carry off vests and accentuate their thin frames in the process. I usually prefer the unbuttoned casual look, but to each his own. Here are just a few male vest styles you should definitely invest in, depending on the season.

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1. Winter - What's black, white and red all over? ...This Zoo York Men's Vest from CCS Skateboards. This vest is so cool, it'll have you counting off the days until it snows. I take that back, guys don't count off the days until they can wear something...that's totally a chick thing. Nevertheless, you'll love wearing this Reversible quilted nylon vest with your favorite tee or button down, and it's on sale for $39.99. All the Skater Boys will want one.

2. Spring - Try on this Ryan Woven Vest from Heritage 1981 for a classic, masculine and trendy look that serves as a great alternative to a blazer during warmer months. It's $19.90, but looks expensive and so seductively suave. Wear it with a long-sleeved button down with the sleeves rolled up. Warning - Wearing it with a plain white tee might welcome comparisons to George Michael.

3. Summer - This Unisex Solid Rib Vest from American Apparel is a slim, form-fitting vest both you and your girlfriend can enjoy wearing all summer long. Available in black, navy, lapis (which is a fancy word for blue) and cranberry, this V-neck button down lightweight vest is a great layering piece that you won't have to put away when the weather chills up. Only $36.

4. Fall - Perfect for Fall and to carry you all through winter is this handsome Wool Crucis Vest from Todd Shelton. It's a little pricier for $169, but adds a richness to any pant and shirt combo that is oh so worth it. To look money, you have to spend money...right?

Hope this helps Nicolai.

xoxo,
sammy

p.s. They all go great with jeans.


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HI, Sammy,

I’m tired of wearing the same old shirts. It seems like I’m recycling the same 10 shirts for work and the same 5 for the weekend. Without having to replace my wardrobe, what can I do to keep my style from turning stale?

Thanks!

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Hi anonymous dude in need of fashion help!

Thanks for writing in, I always get warm tinglies when guys come to me for fashion advice. I used to dole out perceptive style suggestions to all my classmates during recess when I was in kindergarten and while the girls were always receptive to my thoughts on correct barrette placement, my style shake didn't bring all the boys to the yard. They'd get annoyed when I suggested they tuck in their IZod shirts into their mini Levis waistbands and I'd get sand kicked in my face in return.

I've come a long way since then, and those boys are all grown up and getting sand kicked in their faces because they dress like doofuses.

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First off nameless dude, as long as you're not wearing a puffy pirate shirt shown above, you've already won half of the shirt battle. I suspect that you're alternating the same shirts week in and week out because those are you favorites. We tend to gravitate towards the things we love in our closets, I'm guilty of it myself. I have two suggestions for you-

1. Buy some new favorite shirts.

2. Revamp the shirts you've got.

Men usually think they have it pretty easy when it comes to getting dressed due to their limited options. Shirt-pants or shirt-shorts...unless you're Scottish, then you have a bunch of tartan kilts thrown into the mix. Sometimes you can revamp the same old shirts you've got hanging in your closet by adding a few key pieces that you never thought of incorporating. Sometimes even a simple pair of bamboo socks can make an entire outfit feel like new.

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For work you can get away with wearing the same white or blue dress shirt during the week if you pair it with a classic tie one day and a light blazer another day. Wear that blazer over a polo and you've got a weekend shirt that's good enough to wear to work. Damn I'm good. Light V-neck sweaters like the one above from DKNY Men are another shirt transforming blessing.

For weekend wear, pair short sleeved button down shirts with a cool soft tee layered underneath like these sweet choices from Lucky Jeans or organic men's tees from 3Clothing. The shirts will look different and feel different while doubling and tripling your options.

As for choice 1, check out sales sections online at spots like Banana Republic for dress shirts and Old Navy for casual wear. Try to buy styles in a new color palette to add some variety. You're bound to find some new favorites to mix and match at marked down prices so you won't lose your shirt in the process.

Good luck nameless dude! I'd love to hear an update and if you have any fashionally challenged buddies, send 'em on over to me.

xoxo,

sammy


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Dear Sammy,

What is up with Joaquin Phoenix? He used to be so cute. I'm confused. Is this a new fashion trend for men?

Betsy

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Dear Betsy,

I too have been baffled ever since Joaquin's freaky David Letterman appearance where I questioned if it was all just a brilliant and elaborate publicity stunt or if Joaquin is seriously Walking the Line of mental insanity.

I really hope it's just a phase. I have loved Joaquin ever since his name was Leaf and he snuck into camp with Leah Thompson and the older kids in Space Camp. My devotion only intensified when he was nominated for an Academy Award for his insane (in a good way) portrayal of the legendary Johnny Cash. Since then, the 34-year-old actor has announced that he's giving up acting, pursuing a career in the music industry as a hip-hop artist and has apparently made a vow to end his commitment to personal hygiene.

Just to clarify Betsy, NO - this is not a fashion trend your dude should follow...unless he is in a ZZ Top cover band.

I'm guessing his ex Liv Tyler isn't crying over the one that got away.

Having a fashion dilemma or crisis?

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I want to congratulate my dear friend Pam who I've blogged about on earlier occassions, remember Pam's a Pepper?

Pam just had her second baby boy earlier this week and man, is he a handsome little feller. My other girlfriend from the Big Apple just had a bouncing baby boy as well, so I'm on a search to outfit these boys with apparel and accessories they'll be proud to represent the MIA and the NYC with while cruising around town in their pimped out baby buggies.

I've recently become obsessed with Psycho Baby. No, Psycho Baby isn't an up and coming metal rock band, it's a rocking hipster clothing shop dedicated to making all of the baby boys, girls and tykes of the world look rock star fabulous with old school concert tees and onesies featuring the Rolling Stones, the Ramones, Run-DMC, Johnny Cash, Bob Marley, AC/DC, the Beatles and even more rocking blasts from the past. Here are a few favorite items for the two new men in my life.

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1. If your husband, boyfriend or Baby Daddy has a good sense of humor, they'll get a kick out of this I Look Like the Milkman Infant Sack. Sleep sacks = comfortable babies, so sack it to your 0 to 3 month newborn for $28.

2. Let's face it...that new bundle of joy makes a big bundle of poop. Gift your little pooping machine with a Sir Poops A Lot scull cap, so all the gangstas in the hood know who the real Master P is.

3. This Mute Button Pacifier is only $7, but it magically stops your little rock star from crying. That's almost as cool as the That's Easy button from Staples.

4. We've covered the head, the bod and the mouth, now onto those sweet and tiny footsies. These Me In Mind Skull Canvas Slip On Kicks are so hip, all the teenagers in the neighborhood will ask your baby where he got them.

Try not to spit up on your new duds just yet boys, that isn't very rock star.

In an effort to help all of my stylish male readers pick up fashionable babes in the upcoming year, I've decided to compile a list of the worst pick up lines of 2008. Read them, remember them, refrain from using them.

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The Worst Pick up Lines of 2008

1. "Hi, you'll do."

2. "Your name must be Mickey, 'cause you so fine."

3. "Is that dress felt?...Would you like it to be?"

4. "You must be Jamaican, because Jamaican me crazy."

5. "Let's make like fabric softener and Snuggle."

6. "My mom won't be home for hours..."

7. "Is that a mirror in your pocket? 'Cause I can see myself in your pants."

8. (in bad Borat accent) "You, me, sexy time?"

9. "You're hotter than my daughter."

10. "I'm Batman."
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And the Most Stylin' Pick Up Line that'll work every time...

1. Hi, I work for {insert upscale fashion label here}, I get free samples.

prostidude (noun) [pros-ti-dood, pros-ti-dyood]: 1. A man excessively concerned with his clothes, grooming, and manners, but acts like he's not. 2. The term most commonly used to describe a man whore.

John Mayer is a prostidude.

Hold up John Mayer fans, don't hurl insults into my comment box just yet. I mean it as a compliment. We all know that John Mayer gets lots o' women...high profile women at that. His wonderland of bodies include Jennifer Love Hewitt, Minka Kelly, Cameron Diaz, Jessica Simpson and most recently, our favorite Friend Jennifer Aniston (by the way guys, congrats on the twins! a pair of onesies are already en route compliments of Let's Talk Style).

He gets a lot of A list action, and loves every minute of it. I'm here to let you dudes know, it doesn't take much to prostidude yourself like John.

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1. First, you've gotta tame the hair. Use an organic product like John's Olive Soy Hair Mask from Garden Botanika, and the girls will swoon thanks to your shiny mane and minimal breakage.

2. Prostitudes usually sport a clean, close shave. The better to kiss high maintenance actresses with. Use a high quality Shave Brush like this one from Caswell-Massey and slather on that shaving cream to reveal a baby face she can't resist.

3. We're dealing with the visuals here, but don't forget her other senses. My suspicions tell me that our boy John has a secret weapon in his beauty arsenal -Obsession Cologne. Hit up Fragrance.Net.com for the Calvin Klein classic that makes John smell irresistible while explaining his womens' obsessive behavior.

4. Good jeans will travel. It doesn't really matter what you've got going on on top, as long as you have some beaten up designer denims like these Ed Hardy 5 pocket Jeans from Dr. Jays.

If these items don't give you prized prostitdude status, my theory is wrong.

It could just be the pheromones.

Mad Menswear

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If you didn't know already, the critically acclaimed series Mad Men is back for it's second season on AMC with sixteen Emmy nominations under it's Brooks Brothers' belt.

Whether you're interviewing for a new job or running a Fortune 500 company, dashing men everywhere can spruce up their work wardrobes and dress just as sharp as those sixties bad boy ad execs at Sterling Cooper, with just a few key accessories...

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1. For starters, top off your Mad Menswear look with a sleek Foldaway Fedora from Menshats.com. It's old school chic, and if you're a Mad Man on-the-go, you can roll it up and carry it away in it's very own crested cardboard tube during the train ride home. One of the best inventions since sliced bread if you ask me.

2. You'll fit right in with Madison Avenue's finest with this schnazzy Wall Street Tie. Or if you're more of a bowtie man, this White Tiger Bowtie will surely make a statement when you follow your animal instincts at that next board meeting. Rawrr.

3. You lost a client and your mistress in the same day, that doesn't mean you can't have a little fun with your wardrobe. Exhibit a fine sense of humor while keeping those cuffs closed with a pair of novelty cufflinks from Belisi. Luck be a lady tonight with these Ace of Spade and Casino Cufflinks that scream out Vegas baby, Vegas.

4. For the finishing touch, add a touch of class with a set of 3 Irish Linen Handkerchiefs that will take your pinstriped suit from drab to debonair. Plus, you can whip it out the next time you make your poor secretary cry.

P.S. Don't forget to save the little woman at home from having to iron those crisp white dress shirts to perfection with some No Iron Dress Shirts.

It's a Mad Men's world out there, embrace the madness.

Men in Pink

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Hey Caprilee,

If I wear a shirt that's pink, am I going to look gay?

-Jacob

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Dear Jacob,

Ahh...the age old male fashion dilemma- To pink, or not to pink...that is the question. Some men are into low rise jeans that show off their boxers...some men feel naked without a tie around their neck...some men prefer pastel colored shirts. There's no need to be perplexed by pink because contrary to popular belief, I say 1. Real men do eat quiche, and 2. Real men do wear pink. So go nuts (with almonds)!

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Whether you're debating over a tailored Dress shirt, a Classic Pique Lacoste polo, or some classic Pink kicks, I'll give you the same advice I give the ladies. If pink compliments your coloring, wear it. If it washes you out and makes you look like you have mono, skip it. But don't shy away from pink because you feel it might make you less manly. If anything, a dude wearing pink exudes confidence.

And by the by, if wearing a pink shirt like the one shown above did in fact make you look gay, what's wrong with that? All of the gay men I know dress better than straight men anyway.

*Just avoid shopping Victoria's Secret Pink Collection. That would be beyond gay.

I'm with the boy band.

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Justin Timberlake has prided himself on bringing sexy back. My question is- where did sexy go? Did it ever leave us? Did it go backpacking in Europe for a few years, not bothering to write or call?

And if sexy did leave, how did Justin return it to us? Certainly not in this getup. I know he's the designer of William Rast jeans, is that where he attributes his bringing sexy back claim to fame?

I'm sure looking back at his gericurled hair and bedazzled jeans from those out of sync N'Sync days make him Cry a River of tears now, but I'm glad to report our boy Justin has grown into a more relaxed style finding that sexiness is all in the simplicity.

Here are a few Justin inspired items for you boys. Not that you need them, I'm sure you've been sexy all along.

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First- accessories. Hats are big this season. Add some class to your ensemble with a neutral fedora inspired headpiece. Wear it cocked and the ladies will flock. I've always been a fan of Men's Neck Ties, there's something so corporate chic about it. Wear it loose with a sleek button down, or get creative and use it as a belt...it'll also rock as a makeshift guitar strap for all you sexy guitar players out there.

There ain't nothing sexier on a man than a plain white tee paired with a nice fitting, worn in pair of Jeans. Get a three pack of Hanes crewneck T-shirts and you'll always have one handy, it's up to you whether you wear it soaked or dry.

Get your sexy on.

Boy trouble.

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Yo,

I know this is a chick blog, but do you take questions from dudes? I'm going on vacation with my girlfriend and I don't know what to bring besides jeans and my bathing suit. Help a brother out.

B

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Check it B.

Being a dude doesn't mean you can't be a stylish dude (and a straight stylish dude at that). You guys have it much easier than us girls. Listen to Caprilee, and dressing up will be as easy as 1-2-3.

1. For summer, take a risk and ditch those vanilla flavored polos for one that has all the fixings. There are plenty of summer themed polos out there that will make you stand out from the crowd, but not in a bad way. 2. Designer shades, always make a guy look hotter, and 3. Some sleek cargo shorts are thin enough to keep you cool and sport plenty of pockets to store those spare room keys.

Shirt. Shades. Shorts.

Dunzo.

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