Men Don’t Walk Around Puddles… We Walk Thru Them

Gents,

Last night, we witnessed just about every type of precipitation here in Santa Fe, NM. It started with a light sprinkle, followed by lightning and wind, which rapidly became a mixture of sleet and hail. When I awoke this morning, and stumbled out my door to go get coffee, I stepped promptly into a puddle outside my door. What better time than to write a post about rugged winter boots? There is no better time, that’s my answer. 

So, let us hark upon a journey to lessen the days of wet socks that threaten trench foot by channeling our free testosterone into our feet by donning our rugged boots. For, why circumvent the puddle when you can trudge through it?! And so trail- (ahem, puddle- ) blazers, here are our selections for boots this winter:

Rugged, Stylish, and yes, Waterproof: The Ecco ‘Bendix’ Boot 



These plain-toed beauties are the traditional rugged style boot. Waterproof and warm, these boots are almost a thing of perfection for winter. They fit well with almost any pant. They can be tied up around the ankle, or left untied depending on use and style preference. Disclaimer: I wear these boots.  $220 at Nordstrom


 Sleek, yet still Rugged, and, once again, Waterproof: The Ugg ‘Hannen’ Boot



Channel your inner Tom ‘Greatest Living American’ Brady with these boots. Australia is rugged, and these are made there, so you know they are gonna get the job done. These boots come with a soft shearling for warm toes. Once again, they offer flexibility of lacing depending on your style/use preferences. These boots are gonna stand out a little more than the Bendix will. $260 at Nordstrom


 Boots with Class, Comfort, and OK, less Waterproof than the Others: The Timberland ‘Abington-Quarryville Tall Boot’



These boots are made of fine leather and lack the waterproofing seal that the other two have. They make up for that in class. These boots are lace ‘em to the top and wear with any outfit from walking to the mailbox in your boxers to coat-and-tie. $200 at Nordstrom


That concludes our suggestions for rugged boots this Winter. Keep your feet dry out there, men. It’s supposed to be a wet Winter.  

Men Don’t Walk Around Puddles… We Walk Thru Them

Gents,

Last night, we witnessed just about every type of precipitation here in Santa Fe, NM. It started with a light sprinkle, followed by lightning and wind, which rapidly became a mixture of sleet and hail. When I awoke this morning, and stumbled out my door to go get coffee, I stepped promptly into a puddle outside my door. What better time than to write a post about rugged winter boots? There is no better time, that’s my answer. 

So, let us hark upon a journey to lessen the days of wet socks that threaten trench foot by channeling our free testosterone into our feet by donning our rugged boots. For, why circumvent the puddle when you can trudge through it?! And so trail- (ahem, puddle- ) blazers, here are our selections for boots this winter:

Rugged, Stylish, and yes, Waterproof: The Ecco ‘Bendix’ Boot 



These plain-toed beauties are the traditional rugged style boot. Waterproof and warm, these boots are almost a thing of perfection for winter. They fit well with almost any pant. They can be tied up around the ankle, or left untied depending on use and style preference. Disclaimer: I wear these boots.  $220 at Nordstrom


 Sleek, yet still Rugged, and, once again, Waterproof: The Ugg ‘Hannen’ Boot



Channel your inner Tom ‘Greatest Living American’ Brady with these boots. Australia is rugged, and these are made there, so you know they are gonna get the job done. These boots come with a soft shearling for warm toes. Once again, they offer flexibility of lacing depending on your style/use preferences. These boots are gonna stand out a little more than the Bendix will. $260 at Nordstrom


 Boots with Class, Comfort, and OK, less Waterproof than the Others: The Timberland ‘Abington-Quarryville Tall Boot’



These boots are made of fine leather and lack the waterproofing seal that the other two have. They make up for that in class. These boots are lace ‘em to the top and wear with any outfit from walking to the mailbox in your boxers to coat-and-tie. $200 at Nordstrom


That concludes our suggestions for rugged boots this Winter. Keep your feet dry out there, men. It’s supposed to be a wet Winter.  

The Leaves Are Changing, Are You Ready…?

Gentlemen, I hope you all had a fun, productive Halloween weekend. Now that it’s over though, it’s time to embrace the inevitable… Winter is coming. That period of gray skies, storm clouds, and muddy streets. Halloween marked, at least for most of us, the last time we’ll see a girl in her mini-skirt outside of bedroom fantasy. Well, it’s time for us to layer up as well. 

This post is going to cover our top choices for pea coats. As we all know, these are no longer just for lonely sailors but are now a staple of male fashion. And for good reason. The pea coat offers a plethora of dress-down, -up, or -sideways options. So let’s get into it. 

Number one, we’ll start with the traditional option. We like the Kenneth Cole New York Jacket:  



As you can see, it is a traditional three-button coat that comes in black or charcoal. We like the three-button because it can go formal or casual. It also looks better if you aren’t a trim fit. 

It’s wool so it’s going to keep you warm all winter, and you can dress it down with a v-neck or up with a nice shirt and tie. Try mixing in a scarf on a really brisk night.  

Not to mention, it’ll look good on your girl if you need to lend your coat.  

Coat is $250 at Nordstrom. We suggest charcoal for the range it provides.  


 Number Two, is a longer and more formal option. We like the Rodd & Gunn ‘Gummerburn’ Wool Jacket :



Note that this coat has a little more room over the belt. It’s going to hang a little more like a trench coat. We like the length and the simple style.  

This coat is designed to be dressed with more formal clothing: nice sweaters, button-downs, or scarves.  

However, the simplicity of the jacket offers a number of ways to get creative with your personal style.  

One thing to note, is that the collar is up. It’s meant to be worn this way, and thus may be a better option for those of you living in windy cities.  

 $495 at Nordstrom.


Finally, our last suggestion is for those of you that want to stand out against the cloudy skies above. We like the Insight ‘Yes Sir’ Coat: 



We like this jacket a lot. The tribal style and natural colors make it a great option for those of you who like to dress casually.  

Additionally, the stripes and 4 (almost 5) buttons are trimming, despite it being a regular fit coat. As you can see, it looks great with a henley and jeans. But we are sure that you can find more creative ways to wear it as well. 

Life is about having fun. Go have fun in this less-than-traditional option. It’s also our cheapest suggestion at 

$149 via Nordstrom .


That’s it for today. We hope you saw something you liked. Of course, being the staple that they are today, there are an incredible variety of options for a pea coat. Just make sure that you get good wool if you live in colder areas, or look for high waterproofing if you live in areas where it’s more likely to rain/sleet. 

Cheers boys. Enjoy the fall weather.  

Halloween Style…

Happy Hallow’s Eve Gents,

We were just pondering what Halloween means for men’s style? 

Many of you are probably attending some form of festivities this evening. Some of you might be masquerading, others might be trick-or-treating with the family, and others still may be attending a rave-like festival. So, we are wondering how do you represent your style in costume? Share with us on Twitter if you feel like it: @blvckbook 

Well we leave that up to you. For today’s post, we are gonna suggest some items that might be of use to you tomorrow morning. Since, unfortunately, most of us still have to work. Let’s jump in to some fantastic items to help your hangover, or at least make you appear slightly less like you are going to vomit into the waste bin below your desk. 

First up, Recipe For Men’s Under Eye Patches will help you take care of those bags and puffy eyes sustained from lack of sleep and dehydration. Disclaimer: they won’t help if you got a little too flirty with some other dude’s girl. The patches are a little expensive at $36 for a 3 pack, but worth every dime if you are prone to eye circles. Available on Amazon. 

Second on the list, electrolytes. Doesn’t matter where you get ‘em. Gatorade or Powerade are good options but we suggest you drink them with a glass of water to counter the sugar intake. Otherwise, stop by a local pharmacy and pick up a bag of electrolyte mix. The faster you hydrate, the faster the headache goes away. 

Lastly, we recommend 32 Brand Effervescent Breath Crystals. Take a couple pack to work, they will keep your breath from smelling like cheap vodka and stale beer. You aren’t getting any less hungover if you can still taste all the alcohol in your stomach… and your coworkers will be grateful too. Available here:http://32oc.com/en/3-products

Bonus: Studies have shown sex to relieve the effects of a hangover. So, if you got lucky last night, go ahead and give it another whirl. It can’t hurt…. that badly. 

Most of all, have fun, be safe, and good luck, gentlemen.