a few more behind-the-scene shots from our summer shoot!
MENTORS NOTE: A few more must-haves for the hot summer months. Toys. Let me clarify… beach toys. Why? Because laying out for hours can be boring and lame. So why not enjoy a game of volleyball, beach soccer or beach paddle ball. Tommy Hilfiger has some pretty cool paddles in their staple American colors along with a red (easy to see in the sand) ball. Not all summer days are unbearable. For those few that are cool, get a pair of fitted cargo pants. Field Scout has a killer pair that fit well, are well-made and are casual enough to… well, play beach paddle ball while shirtless, yet can be easily dressed up with a fitted button down shirt. You can’t do the sun without a bit of protection. You’ll thank us when you are 35 and they still card you at the bar! The Anthony Wake Up Call Hydrating Treatment Gel works wonders when your late night fun did not. Put on some Face Moisturizer with SPF 30, some Mint & White Tea Lip Balm with SPF 25 and their High Performance Continuous Moisture Eye Cream. Let it set for an hour before hitting the sun and you’re all set!
TMS SUMMER PICKS: PORT PRODUCTS available at THE MOTLEY
MENTORS NOTE: Men need to groom. And most men do not groom. By default, that means that more men need to shop at The Motley. It is an online men’s grooming shop that offers a vast array of products and brands for all types of men. It started as a project in a Los Angeles loft and the rest is history. From face moisturizers and hair products to shaving products and manly aromas, The Motley has it all. Better yet, the site is man-friendly. It is easy to navigate, easy to shop, it has a simple return policy and the customer service is spot on! They’ll actually reply to you if you have a question or comment. What a concept!
Our model above used the Detoxifying Daily Cleanser and Balancing Moisturizer from Port Products. The cleanser gentley purifies the pores while the moisturizer rehydrates and helps matte the skin. Both of them just help you look refreshed and alert with a healthy face. Grab them both in the full-size bottles and the nifty travel kit. A must have!
MENTORS NOTE: It’s hot outside (in most places)! Therefore, you need some tanks to cool off. Tanks are convenient, versatile and come in all shapes, colors and prints. Pacsun has an array of affordable and on trend tanks for these hot weather months. Grab a few in an array of styles and brands and wear accordingly. Pair them with your best fitting shorts or a pair of skinny chinos.
If you are going to wear a tank, be sure to moisturize and protect your skin. I know, the process seems arduous, but how hard is it, really? We recommend Kale Naturals. The Dallas-based grooming brand is sort of the new kid on the block and they are taking names and kicking butt! Their man-friendly grooming products are easy to use and provide results. We recommend the Bamboo Face Scrub and the Body Repair Cream (both used by our model above). The scrub exfoliates the skin and reduces fine lines. The vitamin E provides anti-aging benefits while the Jojoba and Aloe softens the skin. The Body Repair Cream is perfect for anyone who is an athlete, has workout fatique or just needs to waken up their skin. It contains Peppermint Oil to soothe and calm inflammation as well as botanicals of Aloe, Soy, Shea Butter, and Irish Moss to help help heal, soothe and replenish thirsty, dry skin.
TMS SUMMER PICKS: Be Packs
MENTORS NOTE: When you are running around town, the beach, the pool, traveling, etc. you need a place to carry your stuff. What type of “stuff” you may be asking? Phone charger, iPad, camera, water bottle, possibly a book or even a Nook, sunscreen, a towel, keys, wallet, and the list could go on and on. Where do you plan on carrying all of these items? Please do not say a fanny pack! This is why you need a bag from Be Packs. Their bags are cool, functional and the company gives back in huge way! For every 20 bags sold, Be Packs provides funding for one child in Africa to have schooling, a meal and a uniform for one whole year. Be sure to visit their website to learn more about this socially conscious brand. The support that they will provide to a child because of your purchase is life changing. And you’ll have a kick ass backpack to use. It sounds like a win-win to me! A variety of colors and prints are available on their site. Consider it a give back backpack.
model: Sam – Amores Management | stylist: Luis Carmona | photo by: Logan James
MENTORS NOTE: Some essentials for the summer time are a great fitting t-shirt and a cool baseball cap. We don’t mean one of those trucker caps! That was so circa Punk’d! Just a cool, non-sports team baseball cap that you can wear on bad hair day, on the plane when you travel or just when you are casually out. Gents Co. has some awesome options for you like the burgundy cap shown above. It’s a nice neutral color and one that can stay relatively clean. For t-shirts, check out Ambig. The Cali-based brand has some pretty sweet graphic tees that are cool enough to wear without feeling like you shopped at Hollister. (no offense to Hollister… ish). Grab a few tees, grab your Gents Co. cap, grab some shorts and you are beach ready.
model: Sam – Amores Management | stylist: Luis Carmona | photo by: Logan James
TMS SUMMER PICKS: Vincent Love
MENTORS NOTE: It is summer and every guy needs a printed button down. Floral print may not be your thing (although it needs to be), but there are plenty of other prints that will work for the warm weather months. Choose one that has a bright color to it (Hawaiian-themed shirts DO NOT count) and pair it with your best fitting pair of chinos, jeans or shorts. The Dallas-based Vincent Love has a sweet collection of extremely limited short sleeve print button down shirts. Each set of shirts is made from carefully selected fabric. They buy the whole bolt of that particular fabric so once those shirts sell out, they are gone! Exclusivity at its best! Be sure to check them out!
HeadBlade is like a Hot Wheels that you can shave with! I know… I’ll let that sink in and then I will explain. HeadBlade is both the name of the razor and the company itself. It has been around for over a decade and it is revolutionizing the way a man shaves. Enough with those tragic looking (and semi-functioning) disposable, plastic razors. Enter HeadBlade! This nifty blade on wheels allows you to use your fingers to maneuver the shave across your face, head or any other part of your body that needs shaving. The palm of your hand skims the surface of your skin while your fingers do the guiding. Sounds fancy, huh? It is! Be sure to check out their website to watch videos as reference.
MENTORS NOTE: Most guys shave their face or some other part of their body. There are a plethora of razor options available to men, some much more sophisticated and effective than others. However, you should give HeadBlade a try. Get yourself some of their HeadSlick Shaving Cream and the HeadBlade ATX (shown above) and go at it! Try it in a safe place first to get used to the feel of the blade. Perhaps your chest or, dare I say, shoulders. Once you get the hang of it, try it on your face. Or if you have a buzz cut, try it on your head. You’ll find that the shave is a lot smoother causing less nicks. Grab yourself an extra set of blades and you are all set!
In 2000, Mike Abelson, who was a bag designer in New York, noticed that his wife (a graphic designer) was having difficulty carting around A4 size papers. He designed an envelope-shaped pouch to remedity this issue. That was the beginning of Postalco and the rest is history. More than a decade later, Postalco offers the consumer an array of well designed, simple, yet ultra chic pieces ranging from rainwear, small table goods, leather carriers, bags and (our favorite) notebooks.
MENTORS NOTE: It is more than just a notebook. Way more. A handwritten note or thought is a lost art and what you write it on is just as important as the words themselves. Get yourself a few Postalco notebooks (and a few old fashioned #2 pencils) and get to writing. These notebooks are not just pretty to look at, but they are well designed too. The A5 notebook has starch-pressed cotton bonded to its cover. Its color will fade with natural use and the fibers of the fabric will become more apparent. The paper is even slightly textured to keep your pen (or pencil) from slipping, allowing your writing utensil maximum traction to the papers surface. Never thought writing was such an art, huh? Now you know.