Why a $30 Hair Dryer Doesn’t Really Save You Money

Karmin G3 Salon Pro Hair Dryer

Karmin G3 Salon Pro Hair Dryer

I’ll admit it. When it comes to grooming products, I am, cheap frugal. I will drop hundreds of dollars on designer clothing, shoes and electronic gadgets. But when it comes to something I use to maintain basic grooming, I head to the closest drug store and try to spend the least amount of money possible. So when my wife replaced our old (yet somewhat reliable) $30 hair dryer with the Karmin G3 Salon Pro Hair Dryer I was skeptical, yet intrigued. The packaging was pretty nice – I always appreciate a brand that takes some time to present their products in an attractive way. The hair dryer came boxed with a few additional attachments, which I am not sure what to do with, but I saw my wife’s eyes light up when she saw them so that’s a bonus!

The dryer has three heat settings and two speed settings. I am a medium heat, high speed kinda guy. This was a major plus given that my prior hair dryer had only one heat setting and two speed settings. I went about my usual routine and tried the dryer after a shower. One thing I really appreciated was the extra long cord. Our bathroom is not the biggest, and sharing it can get ‘cozy’. The longer cord allowed me to move around a bit. The dryer was great! I don’t have a ton of hair (compared to my wife) so I didn’t have the highest expectations, but the Karmin G3 Salon Pro Hair Dryer actually cut drying time down to 5 minutes. (The older/cheaper model took quite a bit longer, and I had to turn it off mid-way through to avoid over-heating).

All in all, I am stoked about this new hair dryer and now understand the value of spending a bit more for quality hair tools. I am confident this will last a lot longer than my bargain model.

To get your own or learn more, visit Karmin.ca. Be sure to like Karmin on Facebook to keep up with special offers and sales.

Check out my wife’s review of the Karmin Hair Dryer on Skinnypurse.com.

Say Hello to The Perfect Part

I was not aware that achieving a sharp, clean, straight hair part was so elusive to you men. How could I not realize that a simple comb was just not enough to get the job done??? All this time you have been suffering in silence. Please accept my apologies for being so blind to your grooming frustration.

Fortunately, now that the issue has been brought to my attention, I have the opportunity share a revolutionary new styling tool that will resolve your hair parting issues once and for all. Say hello to The Perfect Part.

This special, patent-pending comb styles your hair in three nano-second steps: (1) wet it, (2) part it, and (3) comb it. Check out the video to see The Perfect Part comb in action:

Stay tuned. The Perfect Part combs will be available soon.

The Perfect Part: It's More Than Just a Comb

The Perfect Part: It’s More Than Just a Comb

ethika boxers – fashion, fitness or both

Underwear of any kind is a personal thing for me.  I like what I like and most guys tend to be the same.  Tighty-whities I am not as I don’t find them comfortable.  My 3 year does but not me.  I am also not a silk boxers kind of guy.  To me silk boxers are one step up from commando.  I prefer support, not too much, but something has to be there and my go to underwear time and time again has been Polo cotton boxer briefs from Ralph Lauren.  I have been wearing them for years and I replace then when the cotton gets thin enough that it cannot hold it’s athletic shape.

Recently I  received a couple pairs of ethika boxers to try on.  What I instantly liked was the colors.  With my Polo’s I have the choice of white, gray, blue, or black but the ethika pairs I received were green and yellow.   Fun, vibrant colors that were both bold and pleasant at the same time.

ethika packaging

I pulled out my first pair and immediately noticed the length which was longer than what I’m personally used to.  The inseam was 9 inches where my Polo’s are 4 inches.  Visions of the perfect fitness boxer brief came to mind.  A cross between compression shorts and boxer briefs without the shiny spandex look.  My interest was somewhat piqued.  Below is how I broke them down:

ethika boxers

 

The Look:  Compression shorts meets soft cotton.  Nice logo on the elastic waistband.  Good size on the elastic waist band.  Good contrast on the elastic waistband to give them a hip feel.  Packaging was great as well.

The Feel: Soft cotton.  95% cotton, 5% spandex.  Not scratchy at all.  More on the thin side but this is due to the weave of the cotton.  The quality of the cotton is very nice.

The Fit:  Tight.  I tried on the medium and they fit like compression shorts.  I wear a 33 in everything and have rather skinny legs.  The medium fit great in the waist and had a snug fit on my legs.  Yes, they fit as compression shorts would.

Overall I loved the look and the feel.  They were a little tight for me but only because I don’t typically wear tight underwear.  One thing I did like was the thinness of the cotton.  My boxer briefs sometimes bunch up when pulling on tighter jeans or slimmer dress pants and you can see the rolls of bunched up cotton underneath.  You would not get this with these.  I think with thin dress pants these would be great.

 

ethika quality

 

I do have one gripe with these boxers and this is purely personal issue.  Instead of a tag, ethika painted on the care instructions.  The paint was a dark gray and the contrast to the green pair was tough to see/find.  I tend to use the tag as a sort of brail symbol to find the back so I put them on correctly in the morning.  Especially now that it is winter and dark when I get up.  It took a few seconds to find the front vs. back in the middle of the day so I’m guessing in the morning without my coffee, I might put them on backwards a couple times.

 

ethika tag

Needed a new pair a scoots

Today I retire my white and greens.  My Wimbledon shoes of summer.  Not by choice but rather misfortune. Yes, the soles were a little too caked with irremovable filth.  The leather was scuffed and marked beyond what some believed was appropriate but I still loved them.  They were butter.  Soft, supple and comfortable no matter how long I walked.  Sadly, last weekend the inevitable happened…total blowout of the side leather.   With great pain I say goodbye to my umpteenth pair of broken in Sambas.  I will miss you.

 

OK the mourning  is over.  I found my next pair.  The white and greens have been forgotten and my next pair will be the maroon and yellows below.  The replacements which UPS now has in it’s possession, hopefully to be delivered soon.  I guess if you’re a Philadelphia Eagles or Dallas Cowboys fan you might have issues with these beauties but I’m loving the colors for fall.  You can pick up a pair at Nordstrom for only $65.

 

samba

Ultra-Urban Silhouettes from ØDD.

From our Style Editor, Theresa Johnston

Refreshingly futuristic, the silhouettes of ØDD.’s Fall/Winter 2013 namesake collection are great for expressing your ultra-urban style. The collection features clean, hard-edged tailoring paired with sharp origami detailing and subtle draping. Designers Judson Harmon and Jordan Klein found inspiration for the collection from an urban take on the distant past, the present, and the distant future and the weapons found within the human personality. Check out some Styleguyde’s picks from the collection below.

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More from the collection can be found here. Shop ØDD. here.

Never Alter Your Clothes Again: Get Custom Fit With J.Hilburn

J.Hilburn Custom Men's Clothing
It’s no secret, an ill-fitting suit, pant or shirt can ruin your entire outfit, (and, dare I say, reputation). But having an entire wardrobe full of custom-tailored clothing is not financially realistic for most. Enter J.Hilburn. Bringing you custom luxury clothing at a fraction of what it would normally cost. With fabrics and cuts rivaling styles by Zenga and Armani, you can pick up an entire wardrobe of stylish pieces from J.Hilburn for less than a single designer suit.

J.Hilburn Custom Men's Clothing
Founded in 2007 by Wall Street execs Hil Davis and Veeral Rathod, J.Hilburn offers custom shirts, made to measure sportcoats, suits and trousers, golf polos, AG Denim, belts, cuff links, and more. The best part? You can shop all this in the comfort of your home or office. My uber-stylish friend Nicole is a J.Hilburn consultant (her direct links included in this post) and will walk you through the process of setting up an appointment to get measured and help select the right styles for you. Not in Seattle? Nicole can help find a consultant in your area.

J.Hilburn Custom Men's Clothing
For more information, to set up an appointement or shop the collection, visit Jhilburn.com.
Phone: 206-890-5755
Email: nicole.doyle@jhilburnpartner.com

Read more about J.Hilburn in this recent INC Magazine Article.

Mother’s Day Gift Round-Up: 4 Seattle-Savvy Ways to Make Mom Feel Special

From our Style Editor, Theresa Johnston

Don’t have a mother’s day gift yet? Don’t worry, Styleguyde has you covered. Check out our Seattle-styled gift ideas below.

Pike Place Market Flowers

Flowers
Flowers are a tried-and-true way to say happy mother’s day. Skip the usual online flower delivery service and treat your mom to a bouquet of gorgeous seasonal flowers from Pike Place Market’s 5th Annual Flower Festival.

Champagne

Bubbles
Show mom how much you appreciate her with a bottle of the ultimate celebratory beverage: Champagne. Visit one of Seattle’s many local wine shops, such as Madrona Wine Merchants or Esquin, and they’ll help you select the perfect bottle of bubbly for your mom.

Gene Juarez

Spa
Your mom deserves to be pampered. Local luxury spa Gene Juarez is offering special Mother’s Day packages that are a surefire way to help her relax and feel good about herself.

Great Wheel

Seattle Great Wheel
Take your mom for a ride on the Seattle Great Wheel for stunning views of Elliot Bay and the Seattle skyline. This unique, inspirational ride will be an experience she won’t forget.

Cover It Up: New Zit Camouflage for Guys

By Beauty Editor, Emma Hollomon

Cover It Up: New  Zit  Camouflage for Guys
Recently, a rep approached us with a concealer made specifically for men. What a genius idea right? Guys get zits too and its only fair they have a way to cover them up just like us girls do. They Hate Pimples was created for guys, by guys, and is the perfect solution for stubborn acne. The product comes in three shades named after beers-Pale Ale, Medium Lager, and Amber Ale with enough in the container to last quite a while!

Cover It Up: New  Zit  Camouflage for Guys
I loaned the product to my fiancé and he was pleasantly surprised after giving it a try. With its amazing opaque coverage, it’ll hide just about anything without looking cakey. It also contains tea tree oil, which is known to help clear up acne.

The only issue I found is the limited color choice. I happened to have all 3 colors and was able to blend the Medium Lager with the Amber Ale to create the perfect shade for my fiancés moderately tan, olive complexion. It would definitely be worth buying two shades if your guy’s skin tone is somewhere in between two shades. Overall we would definitely recommend this product and are so happy there is finally a concealer for men!

$14.95 each. For more info and to shop, visit TheyHatePimples.com

Represent With Prep Sportswear Custom High School and College Sports Gear

Prep Sportswear Custom High School and College Apparel
Hey sportfans, show your school spirit and represent. Whatever school you root for, Prep Sportswear has got you covered. The site offers an abundant selection of fan apparel that can be customized with your favorite high school, college, Greek, alumni, military, destination and more.

Find the perfect sports logo shirt, sweatshirt and even iPad & iPhone skins. Makes a great gift for the sportsfan in your life. Be sure to check out the Vintage Collection for old-school inspiration.

Prep Sportswear sent over a Gonzaga hoodie during March Madness. Made from heavyweight cozy cotton, the customized lettering is of high quality. Let’s just say, we are fans!

For more information or to cutomize your own, visit Prepsportswear.com.

Pack It: South-Of-The-Border Getaway

From our Style Editor, Theresa Johnston

Packing for a south-of-the-border mid-winter getaway? Keep it simple, practical, and chic.

South-Of-The-Border Getaway
Clockwise from left to right:

Packable Panama Hat
This packable version of the classic Panama hat will keep the sun out of your eyes and your head cool. Best of all, it easily folds or rolls up so it won’t get squashed in your suitcase on your way south. ($79.95)

Ray-Ban Square Wrap 63mm Aviator Sunglasses
Don’t forget your sunglasses! These square-lens aviators with a subtle wrap shape provide 100% UV protection. ($145)

The Lodown Watch
Nixon’s water-worthy polyurethane watch sports a digital interface that graphically displays legit ocean info. ($125)

Otium 21001 Canvas Cross Body Bag
This relaxed, eco-friendly canvas bag with leather detailing is the ultimate beach bag. Securely holds your cash, keys, and sunscreen with plenty of room left over for a beach towel, your Kindle, and a couple of cold beers. ($39.49)

Neutrogena Men Sensitive Skin Oil-Free Moisture SPF 30 with Helioplex
Slather on this gentle, fast-absorbing, oil-free sunscreen early and often to keep your skin protected and healthy. ($5.59)

J.Crew 7″ Cargo Board Shorts
These refined, quick-drying swim shorts will take you from the ocean to the cantina in style.($59.50)

Reef ‘J-Bay’ Flip Flop
A comfy footbed and beautiful glove-soft leather are ideal for strolling from your beach bungalow into town. ($79.95)

Linen-Blend Short-Sleeved Shirt
Go for a lightweight, short-sleeved button-down in a linen-cotton blend. It will keep you cooler than a t-shirt. ($24.94)