Chisel Shave Club

I recently received a delightful box of wet shaving supplies from Chisel Shave Club. I haven’t used them yet, but the presentation is outstanding and the contents seem quiet interesting.

 

A little about Chisel: Chisel Shave Club is a new subscription box that started in late 2015, dedicated to helping men discover the lost art of wet shaving. Chisel is designed to help men find the wet shaving products that are best for them. Each box includes shaving soap, razor blades, aftershave, lotion, pre-shave oils, and other men’s grooming products.

The box I received also included a traditional safety razor and a shaving brush. I already use a shaving brush because it provides a superior lather and makes for a closer shave. I ‘m excited to try the razor and the other products.

 

My initial impression is that the Chisel box is very nicely done and the products smell amazing. As I use what’s in the box, I’ll let you know how I like it.

For now, you can get started with Chisel Shave Club and enjoy a 10% discount on your first order when you enter discount code: STERLINGGENT10

Happy Shaving!

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How to Make Quiche Lorraine

What is Quiche? Is it breakfast? Is it dinner? Does it matter?

Quiche is a delicious French dish made with eggs and cream and in this case, bacon!

This post is about how to make Quiche Lorraine — a delicious breakfast or dinner or brunch meal in a single dish.

Sure, you might serve it with some fruit or a muffin, but it can be a meal unto itself. And it’s fairly simple and definitely delicious.

Here’s I how make Quiche Lorraine:

Ingredients

1 9 Inch unbaked pie crust (I usually buy mine, but you can certainly make your own crust)

8 slices of bacon, cut into small-ish pieces

1/2 cup (or more if you like) chopped onion

salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

1 pinch (or slightly more) cayenne pepper

3 eggs

2 egg yolks — yes, you’ll need an egg separator

1 1/2 cups heavy cream (you could make this lighter by using a half cup or slightly more of milk, but the cream really gives it a great consistency)

1 teaspoon thyme

5-6 ounces shredded swiss cheese (or Gruyere if you’re fancy) or both for fun!

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F

2. Place pie crust in 9 inch pie plate (I use a deep dish pie plate to hold all the quiche mix) Bake in preheated oven 5-7 minutes

3. Reduce oven to 325 degrees F

4. Cook bacon in a skillet over medium heat until browned and cooked through, 8-10 minutes — I typically add salt and pepper to the bacon as it cooks. Remove from pan and drain on paper towels. Add onions and cook until tender and browned, 4-6 minutes.

5. Whisk eggs, yolks, and cream together in a large bowl. Add thyme, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper. Stir.  Add bacon, cheeses, onions. Combine well.

6. Pour mixture into pie crust and bake until browned and set, around 40 minutes.

 

And that’s how to make Quiche Lorraine.

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Men’s Fall Fashion

Guest Blogger Krystyn offers her take on men’s fall fashion:

Fashion is very deeply influenced by the culture that surrounds it. Being a country of luxury and individualist tendency, American fashion ultimately follows suit. For men, the Fall 2015 runway pulled from all the hot topics that you’ve likely followed in the media, including (in my interpretive opinion): Fifty Shades of Grey, gender fluidity, a shift from form fit to loose and more inclusivity to different body styles, hip hop culture, and the persistent fixation on anything Retro. This lineup was interesting, to say the least, but not completely unwelcome.

Dark greens and any and all hues of grey are the colors of the season (money and sex – 50 shades allusions, anyone?), and for men, these are always classic! The colors themselves are reminiscent of the changing seasons, and always find their place among fall lineups, but to be seen in such heavy focus is refreshing and sexy (considering my interpretation of their inspirational origins), especially in men’s fashion, as both are almost universally flattering.  Despite my personal proclivity for money and sex, I do absolutely think that the focus on grey has everything to do with our nations’ obsession with the infamous book series that brought taboo sex to the suburbs! I, for one, could not be happier about this. We do not live in the fifties anymore; please do introduce some of that subculture into the mainstream so everything does not have to be SO shocking and offensive! While you’re wearing your grey trousers, don’t forget that silver tie…the ladies will automatically tune in to that channel mentally.

Oversized fit was quite common on this line, as well this year. Where we have usually opted for a closer fit in male clothing, high fashion has integrated “street” styles with baggy trousers, and oversized – even slouchy – overcoats. While designers were rumored to be channeling the days of Zoot suits (prohibition nostalgia, anyone?), the end result simply appeared sloppy. While I cannot speak for everyone, I do not prefer a man in baggy, slouchy, or otherwise oversized clothing. A man who looks as though he put minimal effort into his look, I assume will be equally lackadaisical in his relationships…and in even more personal areas.

That being said, I do give props to designers for what I believe to be their attempt at making fashion more body-inclusive, albeit a far-fetched and narrow attempt through oversized structure, but the attempt is there, and that is a start. Men, as women, come in a variety of body sizes and shapes, none superior to the other and all more than deserving of a unique and polished style. It is no longer an obsessive trait of the fashion industry to design for waif thin models or perfectly square male physiques. Runways are often over-exaggerated versions of reality, so the outlook is bright for greater acceptability of different body forms.

One cultural shift that I did not expect to have such an immediate influence was androgyny or gender fluidity. Of late, more and more individuals are ditching the ridged constraints of masculine or feminine and experimenting with elements of style from both camps! This is quite revolutionary in our modern culture, where sexism and conformity are ironically rampant, considering our vehemence on “freedom.” The fall lineup for men boasted one-piece suits (‘jumpers/rompers’ as we ladies know them), in a variety of colors and materials, and accessorized with ties, belts, and even button down shirts (worn underneath) to help personalize the look. The color-block fad that invaded women’s lines several seasons ago has also made a reemergence in male fashion this season; with large square patterns and mixed media embellishments. Interestingly, both of these gender neutral adaptations, as well as the Shearling obsession in this fall lineup (which I refuse to acknowledge, because it is overdone and horrid in my opinion) also have roots in the Boho trend that incorporates seventies/hippy-era elements into womenswear. Perhaps this is an indication of what’s to come next for the guys?

It should be nothing less than interesting to see what men on the street do with the trickle down from the runways. If we can make these staples sleek and classy, this fall will be on point! Nevertheless, we should all find solace in the fact that our culture is moving toward greater freedoms and focuses on equality, and communicating those themes to the masses not only in media, but in the ways we style and represent ourselves. You must BE the change you wish to see in the world, right?

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How to Make Cannoli Cake

This Easter, my assignment was to bring dessert.  I enjoy baking and finding new ways to delight friends and family with food.

So, I decided to make a Cannoli Cake.

I love cannoli — it’s delicious!

But, how to make cannoli cake?

Well, here’s the recipe I used. It was fairly simple (using a cake mix helped shorten the steps) and it was incredibly well-received.

Cannoli Cake

Ingredients

1 package French vanilla cake mix — I always use Duncan Hines — I think the mixes turn out great!

Filling

1 16oz carton of ricotta cheese

1/2 cup confectioners sugar

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon almond extract

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 ounces mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Frosting

2 8oz cartons of Marscapone cheese

3/4 cup confectioner’s sugar

1/4 cup whole milk

2 teaspoons almond extract

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup sliced almonds

2 tablespoons (or more) mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions

Prepare and bake cake mix according to package directions, using two greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans.

In a large bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, confectioners’ sugar, cinnamon, almond, and vanilla.  Stir in chocolate.

In another bowl, make the frosting. Beat the Marscapone cheese, confectioners’ sugar, milk, almond, and vanilla on medium speed just until creamy

Place one cake layer on a serving plate; spread with filling. Top with second cake layer. Spread remaining filling over top of cake to within 1 in. of edges. Frost sides and top of cake with frosting.

Press almonds into sides of cake. Sprinkle chocolate chips over time. Refrigerate until serving.

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Monday Cuff Links and Shirt

A truly well-dressed man wears a French cuff shirt and uses cuff links to add an element of style to his clothes.

Sure, you can wear a button cuff shirt — and it is fine, even in business. But a dress shirt is finished — is made elegant and sophisticated — with French cuffs and well-chosen cuff links.

To that end, I’ll be highlighting some of my cuff link and shirt pairings.

Today’s links are paired with a Brooks Brothers slim fit dress shirt.

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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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What’s the Difference Between a Sportcoat and a Blazer?

Well, what is the difference between a sportcoat and a blazer? Is there a difference?

The short answer is for modern purposes, there’s really not much difference.  I’ve seen the two words used interchangeably quite often.

But, there IS a difference.

A sportcoat is a fairly casual affair — as the name suggests, originally used for sporting occasions.  Think of a hunting tweed, for example.  Sportcoats used to (and still do, sometimes) have leather patches on the elbows and even on the shoulders.  Think of the stereotypical 60s college professor.  Worn with khaki chinos or even with corduroys, it’s a nice way to dress up an otherwise casual outfit.

 

A blazer is the more formal of the two.  Think of navy with brass buttons.  The kind of coat you might wear after work or on weekends with a pair of grey slacks.  It’s dressing down, but not too much.

So, there you have it. The subtle difference between a blazer and a sportcoat.  Go and choose wisely, gentlemen.

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