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[ 20 Sep 2014 | No Comments ]
Why I’m Proud to Smoke Cigars

This weekend, I’m participating in a golf tournament commemorating the life of my father-in-law, who passed away way too young. It was five years ago, and as you might imagine this milestone has led me to reflect on ways that my life has changed over that period. In particular, I realized that I have learned to appreciate smoking the occasional cigar, and that I probably wouldn’t enjoy this ritual if not for the box of Monte Cristo No.4s that he brought back from a trip to Cuba in 2008, shortly …

[ 13 Nov 2012 | 2 Comments ]
A Year Without April

Our very own Marcus Green, who has graced this site with his words on style covering fall style, socks, shoes, ties, and much, much more, has completed his first novel entitled “A Year Without April.”  We caught up with him about his thoughts on writing the book.
The Aspiring Gentleman: With so many vivid and elucidating details throughout your writing, I can’t help but ask: How much of the book is autobiographical?
Marcus Green: As my grandfather would say, revealing that would take would squeeze the juice out of the whole thing, lol. …

[ 3 Jan 2012 | No Comments ]
Replacing Old Dorm Room Posters

Transitioning from college life, where “hanging art” meant tacking movie posters to your dorm room’s walls, to adulthood, where decorating with class requires careful thought and planning, is a difficult one.  Given infinite resources, the easiest path to entering the art world is to purvey your local art gallery, spending some time learning what you like, and purchasing some pieces to adorn your walls.  However, for those just transitioning out of college or bachelorhood, replacing that Baywatch poster with a several thousand dollar piece of art is a serious step. …

[ 11 Dec 2011 | One Comment ]
Kicking Back

Being able to kick back with a cigar and relax is nice.  Even better is when you find a buddy who enjoys close to everything you do and can share a smoke with.  Two gentlemen, sitting back, talking about similar interests, and enjoying a cigar and drink together. Generally, just having a friend around who enjoys the same hobbies and interests makes for a good time.  However, a good time can be made better with a few things.  A comfortable spot with a relaxing atmosphere, drinks, and entertainment will make quite …

[ 17 Aug 2011 | One Comment ]
Whistler

On vacation this summer, I took the opportunity to drive the beautiful Sea-to-Sky Highway between Vancouver and Whistler, in the Pacific Northwest of Canada. If there is ever a time to avoid the regret of not upgrading your rental car, this is it. The Highway combines the elements of stunning visuals, some thrilling twists and turns that will focus the most disciplined driver, and a few good stops for lunch or sightseeing. This is a flashback to a time when getting there was almost as good as the destination; a …

[ 11 Aug 2011 | No Comments ]
Music To Imbibe In: Jill Barber & Emilie-Claire Barlow

By definition a chanteuse is a female singer that sings in a nightclub or a cabaret.
For the most part these two venues are now a thing of the past, but luckily for us there are still some talented artists who embody this style when they perform.
Jill Barber and Emilie-Claire Barlow are two fetching singers from Canada, who can both lay equal claim to the Canadian chanteuse crown.
Both of these women have recently released albums that are infused with a nightclub-like spirit and feature a return to the lush sounds of …