Review of Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille

Guest writer Lynn has a few words to say about Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille.

Any man aspiring to be a true gentleman must attend to details such as fragrance, and Tom Ford’s offering is certainly one to be considered.

Here’s Lynn’s take:

 

Remember the old-timey tobacco shops… shops with tables upon tables of loose pipe tobacco… rows upon rows of perfectly aligned cigars… the tobacco shop many  gentlemen would frequent after a hard week’s work?  This is what Tom Ford Tobacco and Vanille brings to mind immediately after spraying it on, and throughout the day.  The scent of vanilla is very, very subtle… almost undetectable other than enhancing the tobacco, hence the name, Tobacco Vanille, not Tobacco & Vanille.  A powerfully subdued scent of sweet tobacco that you would imagine wafting from Gregory Peck’s pipe.

It is sold as a men’s cologne; however, it is can easily be worn by a women without giving off a macho scent.  The finesse of the tobacco makes for an equality of femininity and masculinity.  It can be worn effortlessly by either sex and appreciated by both, so be prepared to have men and women alike to ask you what scent you are wearing!

SG Says: This fragrance is exquisite and can certainly be worn by a woman — but ONLY if you want to be tantalizing to those around you.

Find Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille and make it your own:

 

 

 

Quercus Bath and Shower Gel

I’ve written before about a man and his shower.

And, I’ve also written about a warm season fragrance I love, Quercus by Penhaligon’s.

And despite the late season snow yesterday, it is spring.

Now, about Quercus Bath & Shower Gel.

First, it is pitched as a unisex scent.  This is certainly true and I’ve had the pleasure of sensing it on a woman.  Luxurious, indeed.

Quercus is also strong, refreshing, and powerful. A man who has finished a long day at the office and wants a warm, welcoming shower will appreciate Quercus. As will the man who spent his day working under the car or tending to the landscaping.

When combined with heat and steam, Quercus is simply exquisite. It is a vacation unto itself.

As I’ve written before, Quercus cologne goes great with sweat and heat.  Its power is intensified when your body heats up.  Likewise, the shower gel gains strength and force when matched with a hot, steamy shower.

For a shower experience you’ll relish every single time, Quercus is for you.

 

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Dreadnought Shaving Cream

What is the best shave cream for men? Do premium shaving creams really offer a noticeable difference?

Here, I attempt to answer these questions.

I was first made aware of Dreadnought Shaving Cream by @HeyClurra.

While I’ve used some higher-end shaving creams before, I usually stick to the Aveeno Active Naturals stuff — it’s about $4, so a little on the higher end for the store.  There’s no added scent, and it smells a touch like an oatmeal cookie — a hint of vanilla and a fragrance that quickly dissipates post-shave.  It’s a good, solid shave and it’s not that expensive.

Dreadnought shaving cream comes in at $18.  Not the most premium price point, but not cheap, either.

Dreadnought shaving cream comes in a delightful canister.  It’s perfect for using a shaving brush, but I just added a dot to the palm of my hand and used some warm water to work up a lather.

I was impressed by how thick and rich the lather was.  The scent was definitely present.  It’s a light, soapy scent.  A traditional men’s shaving smell to be sure.  After working the stuff into my face, I shaved as I normally do.

My initial impression was positive. The glide was smooth and nice and the stubble cleared nicely. Plus, the scent made me feel fresh and clean.  I noticed less irritation than normal, so that’s a plus.

I applied my normal aftershave balm and went about my day.

I noticed my skin felt soft and smooth, seemingly more so than usual.

I used Dreadnought Shaving Cream for a full work week and found it pleasant.  Certainly, a good experience.

But, worth $18?

I decided to return to my old standby.  I used the old stuff for the weekend.  Still, a good, rich lather.  But the shave was slightly painful.  The irritation post-shave more apparent.  After two days, I went back to Dreadnought.

I love it! The shave is clean, the glide is great, the irritation is minimal, the scent is welcoming and I’m imagining will be even better on a warm summer morning.  I’d also imagine a woman leaning in for a kiss or to whisper something sweet might find the aroma inviting.

Is it worth 3 times what I used to pay for shave cream? I think so. It is supposed to last through 50 shaves, so about 2 months.  If it does, it’s definitely worth it.  For now, I’m using Dreadnought and loving it every single day.

 

 

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The Gentleman’s Bag

From Louis Vuitton. In Cobalt. Details. Truly, The Gentleman’s bag.

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The Fashion Police

Winter Cocktails

It’s cold. It’s a vortex of cold, even. And it’s not even February yet.  Places that have never, ever seen snow are getting hit hard with freezing rain and ice.

Nothing warms your better on a cold winter evening than a warm fire and a well-made cocktail.

Here, I outline four great winter cocktails all made with bourbon. Because, what else would you make them with?

The Old Fashioned
This is a classic, with a twist.  The original was crafted at The Brown Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. 80% of the world’s bourbon is produced in Kentucky, so it’s no surprise the Old Fashioned would find it’s home there.  While the traditional version doesn’t contain any muddled fruit, newer variants do. And, in my view, it’s the muddled fruit that makes this cocktail amazing.
Place one orange slice in the bottom of an old fashioned glass.  Top with a dash of sugar. Add a splash of Sprite. Use a spoon to muddle this until the sugar is well-blended with the juices.
Top with ice. Add 1.5 oz of bourbon. Stir. Top off with Sprite or water. (Sprite will make it sweeter, of course). Garnish with a lime wedge and a cherry.
Whiskey Sour
Old Fashioned Whiskey Sour
Another classic, this is very simple to make and simply delicious. Very nicely warming on a cool winter night.
2 oz. bourbon
1/2 oz. lemon juice
1/2 oz. lime juice
1 TSP brown sugar
place in a cocktail shaker. Add ice. Shake.
Pour over ice in an old fashioned glass.
Egg Nog
Four Roses® Egg Nog
  • Beat separately yolks and whites of 6 eggs.
  • Add 1/2 cup of sugar to yolks while beating.
  • Add 1/4 cup of sugar to whites after they have been beaten very stiff.
  • Mix egg whites with yolks.
  • Stir in 1 pint of cream and 1 pint of milk.
  • Add a pint of bourbon and 1 oz. Jamaica Rum. Stir thoroughly.
Makes 5 pints — perfect for your any winter gathering, not just for the Holidays.
Serve very cold and top with grated nutmeg.
The Toasty Tobaggan
The Toasty Toboggan bourbon cocktail
A winter favorite, for sure!
  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • Hot Water
  • Fresh Grated Nutmeg

In a saucepan, heat 4 ounces of water, maple syrup and bourbon. Remove from heat. Add butter and stir until butter is melted. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg and whipped cream.

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The Perfect Shirt

The beautiful Reid Gingham from Ledbury

Yes, it is the perfect shirt.

These guys make amazing shirts, and this one is exceptional.  The color scheme is brilliant, it’s perfect for winter under a sweater or those cool spring days coming soon (not soon enough, right)?

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New U2 Song to be Unveiled During Super Bowl

@U2.com has reports that a new U2 song will be unveiled during the Super Bowl on February 2nd.  The reports come as the band was in Santa Monica shooting a “concert-style” video featuring a new song (likely connected to the new album).

It seems the commercial will hype the song and offer details on the release date of the new album, which is expected to be available in late March or April with a tour following.

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Kentucky Derby Pie Cake

No, it’s not Kentucky Derby season yet.  But delicious desserts are delicious anytime, right? And delicious desserts baked with bourbon are even better.

Around the Holidays, I was thinking about a different dessert to bake for friends and family.  I’ve previously baked a Tiramisu cake — it’s fabulous and rich and goes great after a Holiday meal.  But, I wanted to try something new.

Being a Kentucky native, I’ve made Kentucky Derby Pie from time to time for my friends.

But, I wanted a cake. A wonderful, delicious, rich cake.

So, I searched for Kentucky Derby Pie Cake.

And found this amazing recipe over at BrownEyedBaker.

Sure, it’s for cupcakes. But you can always adapt a recipe.

And adapt it I did.

Her amazing recipe calls for making the whole thing from scratch.  But, I sometimes like to take shortcuts. So, I used a mix. YES! It’s true.

Here’s the Kentucky Derby Pie Cake I baked to rave reviews this Holiday season:

1 Duncan Hines Butter Recipe Golden Cake Mix

2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract

2 Tablespoons Bourbon

3 Eggs

1 1/2 cups butter

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup mini semi sweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup chopped pecans

1/2 cup heavy cream

That made a pretty thick, beautiful (and tasty) cake batter.

I divided it into two 8 inch round cake pans and baked at 350 for about 25 minutes.

I made the frosting and bourbon-butter glaze as directed:

For the Vanilla-Bourbon Frosting: 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

2½ cups powdered sugar

Pinch salt

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon bourbon

For the Butter-Bourbon Glaze: 2 tablespoons unsalted butter ¼ cup granulated sugar 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon bourbon

After the cake cooled, I frosted it, then topped it with mini chocolate chips, chopped pecans, and the glaze.

It was amazing! Very rich, very satisfying, lots of good bourbon flavor.

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The Best Shave Cream for Men

Is it DreadnoughtMale Standard seems to think so.

So, try for yourself and see if you believe it is the best shave cream for men. If you try it, please let us know!

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How to get her to say yes

A guest blogger offers her take on how a guy can get a girl to say yes to a first date.

How to get her to say yes
Every guy has trouble getting a date with that one girl they are crushing on, even if they don’t admit it! Well here are some helpful do’s and don’ts to help you get the courage to ask her out.

DO’S
1) Be sure to clean up! Don’t ask her coming straight from the gym or in sweats. Present yourself well and make a good first impression.

2) Compliment her before you ask her out. Show her that you are interested.

3) Don’t tell her what you have planned for the date. Just ask her if she will accompany you on a romantic date.

4) Be nice, show her you can be a gentleman!

5) Be interested in her. Listen to what she has to say. Prove to her you listen!

6) Look her in the eyes!

Don’ts
1) Don’t ask her out in a text! You are basically ruining any chance of her saying yes.

2) Don’t show that you are nervous. Chances are she will be too!

3) Don’t act like you have a bunch of girls hanging all over you. Girls absolutely hate that!

4) Don’t act cocky. Be confident!

5) DO NOT ASK FOR NUDES OR SEX BEFORE YOU ASK FOR A DATE!

6) Don’t stand there checking her out!
These are just some of the things that will help you in getting a date with that one special girl. Believe me us girls notice the little things about a guy. So smile and look her in the eyes. Be confident in yourself. Show her you have an interest in who she is and not in her body. This will get you on her good side and definitely get you chances for more dates!

What do you think? What’s worked for you in getting a girl to yes? Or, girls, how can a guy win you over when asking you out?