23 April 2009

Man Bags and Men's Pants

The Man Bag, we all know what they are, messenger style bags worn by men. Louis Vuitton messenger bags, which some sell for over $1500 USD, can be considered as a staple fashion accessory for businessmen or jet setters. These fine quality leather goods represent class and luxury. With those two images in mind it is easy to imagine the contents of the bag-contracts, laptop, and travel documents. Flash over to trend followers of today, big difference. The manner in which some men combine their choice of garment with these accessories, actually does a great disservice to the brand.

Without passing too much judgement when you see someone who does not fit the typical description of a businessman based on his appearance carrying one of these bags, brings to mind one question. What are they really carrying in those bags? I've seen men at the club, who are not promoting or DJing, carrying these bags. Are they carrying hand lotion and a hair brush? It seems as though they are just looking for way to display their, however limited, expertise on class and luxury. Another thing I noticed is that there is a definite division regarding choice of line whether it's Monogram Canvas (aka billboard print) or Epi Leather. Trendy bag wearers are likely to sport items from the Monogram Canvas line. I must also mention that probably 85% of these bags are actually fakes.

Men's Pants ...At what point do they become too tight?

If asked to identify a few men who are considered influential to current styles and fashion-Sean John, Justin Timberlake, TI, and Kayne West would be on the list. Apart from the financial means to dress like a man with stature and the grown up factor, the media is partly responsible for holding these men to a high standard of presentation. These men have made a full transition to become an icon through sophistication and class but still paying homage to their humble beginnings.

Here lies the problem. There seems to be some lapse in communication when this is the result.

(this picture was chosen at random and was not meant to spotlight or disrespect the identity of the individuals)

The increasing popularity of these over-tight pants make me wonder if these guys are a part of some elite society that I dont know about.

14 April 2009

Tax Day 09 is here

It's here and I am sure the same people who waiting till the 9th hour last year did the same again this year. If you are in the category of those who actually received a refund worth mentioning, plan, save, and spend wisely. Before spending ALL the money at the first five stores you see in Soho or SoBe consider some other options. If there was only one lesson that the generation of today should have learned courtesy of this economic disaster, it should be to save till it hurts. Depending on what age group you are in or what phase you are in life, whether a student or full-time employee, the value of money is clear. Some may be trying to save for a new car or a first home, but some are trying to dig their way out of debt. If you are unable to properly manage your finances, seek help. Suzy Orman, is a personal finance expert with tons of accessible information and advice for various situations.

What ever the case may be spend a little and treat yourself while saving towards desired quality of life.

I'm listening to: John Legend-Green Light 

01 April 2009

Tunes Tuesday

"Music is my religion", Jimi Hendrix .

I'm a lover of music and a fan of the variety it offers. Yes, cars too offer a variety, colors and sizes, but they all do one thing: drive. Music may be simply black and white, but it has the ability to apply color to all aspects of life.

Just a little sample of what I'm vibing to this 1 day of April.

Track #1-The Love I Lost

For those of you classic soul lovers, did you know that Teddy Pendergrass was the lead singer?

Which is harder starting over or Magnetohydrodynamics?

Why do people stay in relationships where they are obviously NOT happy, satisfied, or unsure of their future with the current partner? Could you be wasting your time with them when the "right one" could be out there somewhere?

This is tricky because it is not very easy to find the "right one" these days. Safety, insecurity, finance, and the change factor all play a big part in this search.

The worst and best part of a relationship is the part where you have to find out all about someone new all over again. I think this is the main reason why people choose to stick it out in relationships. Let's face it there are some frightening people out there.

Years ago all we really had to worry about is if they come from a good family, have morals and ambition. Now-a-days we have to #1, I mean first, first, first find out their HIV/AIDS status, sexual history, is there a spouse and kids at home, and if they ever killed people under another name (background checks are easy to do).

If you find out that your significant other cheated on you, it's not just the betrayal you have to deal with. Rebuilding trust is a lot harder than building it the first time around. People make mistakes and it is not a sin to forgive someone who has cheated but you have to remember there is a lot of sh*t out there that either has no cure or has no name.
Be smart.

We cannot pass all the blame on the other party. Insecurity is a major reason why people won't leave their current relationship in search of a "better one". Will someone else respect you, find you attractive, and treat you right? If you have a poor self-image you can't expect someone else to appreciate your qualities. You have to stand firm and be confident of yourself.
Financial stabilization is an important factor of life, true. He/she may be able to give you just about anything with a price tag but what about the things that are intangible. You must know if you can be bought and sold.

The change factor. How many people believe they have the ability to change the person they are with? Point blank you can't change anyone who does not want to change. In trying to change the other person you are probably slowly losing yourself. If you begin to overlook things that at one point you would not stand for, you are slipping away into the world of someone else's bullsh*t. For example, you think to yourself that he/she may stop or start doing something if you stop nagging. This can actually go either way, the person may wonder why you stopped nagging and become more aware there is an issue. Or the downside, they may think it is ok to continue since the nagging stopped.  

It is hard to keep up with our own personal likes and dislike as far fetched as some of them may be but then to alter your life to accommodate someone else's preferences is equally as hard.
Strange things occur everyday in our relationships to make us wonder why we are settling when we know there is so much more out there. But you have to wonder what constitutes to "more"? Is it being told I Love You hourly, going to the dinner and the movies twice a month, constant attention or is it a combination of all of these things? Relationships can be very trying when you want more out of a person who either won't give more, can't give more, doesn't have anything more to give or doesn't know how to give more. Is it fair to suffer with a person who you are giving your all to and getting far less because you love them?