Kingdom of the Beard

Gentlemanly Grooming, Men's Style

Señores,

We, as gentlemen, have to be be mas creativo than the ladies because we don’t have as many opciones. Expressing yourself through style has become more acceptable in recent years and in cultura popular!. The rough and rugged manly-man look has changed. Being a bit more svelte and crisp is now the trend and the norm.

What’s become very popular worldwide has been the reemergence of facial hair,more specifically, beards! Beards have always been mysterious. The trend and acceptance was largely grouped by ethnicity and generation. Many European-Americans, especially the baby-boomers, were not fans of beards. In the African-American culture, beards have largely been aceptado provided that they were well-maintained. Whether a mustache or a goat’s tee…a chin-strap or a full beard, most blacks care not as long as it’s manicured. What’s interestante to note is that to assimilate into mainstream culture, many blacks would adopt the facial hair philosophy of their anglo contemporaries.

Classic Gents, The Rat Pack  www.gopixpic.com

Classic Gents, The Rat Pack
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If you fast-forward to current times, the acceptance of the beard (the full beard) has grown significantly. In-fact, it’s even gaining ground in el mundo professional. Now I’m not suggesting that you go to an interview as a full on mountain man, but once you’ve landed the job and know the culture, a beard is not automatically out of the question anymore. The key to this transición is maintenance.

So this begs the question, “How do you properly maintain a beard?” Maintenance begins with your comfort level and the desired outcome of the beard. If you are trying to hide or take the atenición away from un otro parte of your face, then certain lengths are great. If you are trying to create a rugged look that is acceptable in all environments, there are styles that can achieve this tambien!

THE SHADOW

The shadow or 5 o’clock shadow is a way to wear a beard that will be accepted in all environments. The key to this looks is to keep it light and low with a clean edge along the jawline, side-burns, and cheeks. Light neck hair is allowable but keep in in check as many professionals will frown upon it. Shadows are an irreverent way to remain masuclino and daring at the same time. Whether with a suit or at the game, a shadow fits todos looks.

GOATEE

The goatee is un favorito of mine. It’s best on the gents with strong/pronounced jaw lines. There are diferente variation of the goatee. Some are long and drop below the chin. Others are light and add just a bit of edge to a look. It usually very popular with the younger señores, pero the goatee adds an welcomed element of youthfulness to the more seasoned señores.

CHINSTRAP

The chin strap, sometimes called the chin curtain, is another common style. It’s a good style for los señores that are beginning their journey to the Kingdom of the Beard. It connects the side burn with the jawline and helps to outline the face. This can give the appearance of a pronounced jawline.

There are dozens of variations of the the beard. The key is to make sure you have the face to wear them. Grow what your father gave you and have fun trying them out. Make sure that your beard is suited for your environment. Unfortunately vivimos (we live) in a world that judges, so err on the side of caution and use wisdom. If you don’t have such profesional restrictions, then try them all. Below is a guide that will help you.

FULL BEARD

~SG

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Para los señores that are fearless I present to you the full beard!! Admittedly this is a risky beard, but kings…#BeardKings care not! Full beards are about power. They are about presence. They are about strength! Señores that wear these really just don’t give a…

Recuerdo señores, fashion and style is about comfort and self-image. Do what makes you feel good. After all, confidence is the most important part of your wardrobe!

Stay fly mis amigos!!!!!

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Couture Couples

Couples, En Vogue, Fly, Gentlemen, GQ, Lifestyle, Men's Fashion, Men's Style, Menswear, Relationships, Style Tips, Uncategorized, Vouge, well dressed

Señores,

Buenos Dias/Tardes/Noches!

Im my humlbe opinion, when in relationships, each person is una representación of each other. En las areas importante, each individual should “match” the other. Match in goals…match in family values…match in belief systems…and in my opinion match in style.

 

How many times have you seen a couple and thought to yourself “how’d he get her” or “she doesn’t even match him.” My wife and I are firm believers in “Don’t you embarrass me!” Not in actions, words, or appearance. As a result, we make a fuerte effort to represent each other aesthetically as best as we can. Now we don’t go overboard – I don’t wear a tux to Walmart and she doesn’t put on 4 inch stilettos to pump gasolina  – but we always try to look nice. You never know who’s watchin.

This piece is a celebration of those couples that have the same modus operandi.

 

 

We try to represent each other at all times! #couturecouple

We try to represent each other at all times! #couturecouple

Mr. and Mrs. Beats are beating the game with their streetwear

Mr. and Mrs. Beats are beating the game with their streetwear

Scott and Kourtney never...and I mean NEVER dissapoint

Scott and Kourtney never…and I mean NEVER dissapoint

I just love them!!!!

I just love them!!!!

The Odoms are underrated in their style!

The Odoms are underrated in their style!

Airport fly is the best. Justin and Jessica travel in style.

Airport fly is the best. Justin and Jessica travel in style.

Dwayne and Gabby representing MIA!

Dwayne and Gabby representing MIA!

Chris and Adrienne Bosh bring the Heat everytime.

Chris and Adrienne Bosh bring the Heat everytime.

I love these two...their passion for each other is real. #teamsocandyoli

I love these two…their passion for each other is real. #teamsocandyoli

Amare and Alexis

Amare and Alexis

POWER COUPLE!

POWER COUPLE!

Such a handsome couple!

Such a handsome couple!

The Carters...nothing else needs to be said!

The Carters…nothing else needs to be said!

At the end of the day, be unified…immovable and madly in love!!!!

~SG

When you say “I do” – go ahead and do it!

En Vogue, Fly, Gentlemen, GQ, Lifestyle, Men's Fashion, Men's Style, Vouge, Weddings, well dressed

Señores,

Weddings are great…I freaking LOVED mine! Traditionally, men don’t have (nor want for that matter) any say-so in the event. Venue is picked by ella…dress is picked by ella…even the tux is ultimatley picked by ella!
Ohhhh, but today is a new day! Señores, let’s take back the reigns of our manhood…lets put our foot down and take command of a day that is just as much about us as it is her. She can have the dress! She can have the venue, menu, cake, and los colores.
BUT…
She. Can’t. Have. The. Tux! It’s ours!!
Now fellas, be smart…since you’re saying “I Do”, you DO want to look nice. Now when searching for ideas, check some of these out!

Who says you need a jacket...

Who says you need a jacket…

They say real men wear pink...and your def. a real man if you step up to the plate of marriage!

They say real men wear pink…and your def. a real man if you step up to the plate of marriage!

Those pants though...

Those pants though…

All married men are superheros!

All married men are superheros!

Carlton would be proud!

Carlton would be proud!

This is THE one!

This is THE one!

LOOKBOOK (a few of my personal favs)

En Vogue, Fly, Gentlemen, GQ, Men's Fashion, Men's Style, Uncategorized, Vouge

Señores!

I don’t know about you, but I vehemently (you like that word, huh) dislike copy cats. You know those carbon copies…individuals that try to be someone else’s clone. That just freaking URKS me!

During this journey through fashion, I’ve seen muchas personas fall by the wayside, getting lost in the ruin of ineptitude and it pains my heart.

To make it in this art form (not that I have – but be on the lookout) innovation, creativity, and a flare for risk is una necesidad!

For a 6'4" athletic guy, this is a risk...

For a 6’4″ athletic guy, this is a risk…

Those pants tho...#theyareNOTleopard

Those pants tho…#theyareNOTleopard

Look closely...

Look closely…

It's always risky wearing a table cloth!! LOL

It’s always risky wearing a table cloth!! LOL

Are these the most daring outfits…by no means. BUT, consider my height, build, and the misconceptions of a “jock” (of which I am an extreme one) – it becomes very daring!!!

~SG