Thursday, 30 October 2014

High Definition

This collection was amazing! When the beat hit and the lights brightened, I was instantly hooked. My camera was up and I couldn't help but enjoy this collection through my viewfinder. HD was impressive, showing us a more flirtatious side, reminding us why he is revered as one of Toronto's leading menswear designers.

For spring/summer 2015, HD Homme gave us a little chic, with some darker elements. Lots of colour, obscure patterns and silky texture. No more flip-flops on the runway, adding heavy leather totes, gym bags and amazingly well constructed jackets. HD Homme is a great collection if you like the "preppy-rebel" theme. Overall let's just say HD nailed it!

x- the *homme* Collector 

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Fashion week recovery!

Fashion Week Addition 

There is so much that happens in a week and when stress, make up, cameras and rain are involved, your skin takes a brutal beating. I decided to meander down to Jacob and Sebastian to get my fix on what's sexy and needed for this crazy Toronto weather. I'm tired of my make up running, I dislike when my skin isn't healthy looking and can someone please get me some tea?!

Indie Lee Coconut Citrus Body Scrub $45
So there I was, in the middle of this beautiful Queen Street boutique, surrounded by everything I needed for this weeks fashion week.

Step one, scrub thy face and body. After adding make up, rain and front row seat sweat, my skin could use a full rejuvenation.

Step two, moisturizer. During these stressful times the best thing to do is to keep your skin, face and neck as beautiful and blemish free as possible. Nothing worse than a street style snap with a zit.

All of us could use a little zen in our lives and if you don't have time to sit on your bum and hum why not apply a little calming to your skin. I mean, why spend $120 for a yoga session, mat and stretchy pants when you can get it out of a bottle, massage it on your palm and call it a day. Saves you on having to purchase a " I can't bend that way" ticket and more money for wine, am I right.

Captain Fawcett Moustache Wax $18
Gentlemen, I haven't forgotten about you. We can't leave you looking all slumping during one of Toronto's most prestigious events. So I strolled over to the dude section and demanded they show me everything manly.

 Facial hair is " in style " and there is no way I'm going to leave your beard unturned. This beard wax is sexy, easy to apply and smells delicious. A little amount onto the fingers will keep your facial hair on par.
Don't think I forgot about your moustaches, I haven't. Those are important too. A simple way to keep your facial follicles happy and frivolous is to maintain the health and growth and that's where an oil comes in. A little in the palm, emulsify with water and voila, beautiful luscious facial locks.

After you get home from wearing heels or tight bow-ties, unwind. Take a bath, put some calm in your tub and boil the kettle. No, I haven't forgotten your tea. Add a bag, grab your Vogue and take a break. Next season starts in 5 months, you have until then to recover.

Get Gorgeous Beauty Tea $14 
Tata Harper Aromatic Strett Treatment Roll-on $85

Province Apothecary Beard Oil $36

x -the * fashion week * Collector

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Simon Carter


I popped into Simon Carter the other day and I was pleasantly surprised by the lovely selection of fall fashion!

One thing I love about Simon Carter is that they bring in colour. Purple jackets, heavy trousers and vibrant accessories; don't get me started on the shoes!

All the items are easy to colour coordinate and can easily be taken from the office to dinner with your significant other. I sifted through the clothing and took some photo's of some items that would look great in your fall wardrobe.


Pony Hair gloves. Black and Red

Spot Print Shirt

Moleskin Trousers 

x - the Collector

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Shave Sexy

Shaving shouldn't be the worst part of your day, and it doesn't need to be. Welcome to the world of double edge safety razors.

Merkur MK-23001
The basic form of a razor was developed by William S. Henson in 1847, creating a covered " comb
tooth guard, or protector." First emulating a hoe, this idea was made smaller, simpler and perfect for shaving the face. By using one single blade across the skin thus reducing any irritation and discomfort.

By May 1880 Fredrick and Otto Kampfe of Brooklyn NY, had a patent on safety-razors. A similar application to that of William S. Henson's however this one had a guard to protect the skin. By 1901 a third party was introduced, by 1904 King Camp Gillette earned a spot by successfully providing troops of the first world war with double edge safety razors.

Do you suffer from razor burn, redness, ingrown hairs? Tired of that burning sensation post shave? This needs to end gentlemen. Especially if you are coloured and scar easily.

Before you begin shaving there are some things you should try. Shaving should be easy and more of a ritual than agony. Warm a towel either in the microwave, or just with hot water, apply it to your face and neck. Hold there for a few seconds. Remove and either add a pre-shave formula, or glycerin based soap. You don't need allot, just enough to cover the whiskers.
Next, apply the shave cream.

Pre shave Oils
- Crown Shaving Co.'s super slick shave formula ( made in Toronto )
- Al's shaving
- Imperial Barber pre shave oil ( smells like lavender )
- Anthony Logistics
Pre-shave Formula
- Pacific Pre-shave formula
- Truefitt & Hill Pre-shave
- Taylor of Old Bond St. Pre-shave gel
- Billy Jealousy Hot-Towel
Pre- Shave Soap
- Red Leaf
- Musgo Real

It isn't just the razor that is causing you irritation. Look at the ingredients of your shave cream.
Here is a list of amazing shave creams/soaps, designed by companies that specialize in shaving.

There are shaving creams and there are shaving soaps. Soaps are the more traditional form of shaving, and creams are the 21st. century invention to shaving. Please never use anything out of a can. The ingredients of those is catastrophic.

- Valobra
- D.R Harris
- Crown Shaving
- Baxter of California
- Proraso
- Portland General Store
- Taylor of Old Bond St.
- Taconic
- eShave
-  Truefitt and Hill
- Piccadilly Shaving Co.
- Razor MD

- Alum Block
- Anthony Logistics The Cool Fix
- Baume.Be
- California North
- Cellmen
- Layrite
Shave with a double edge safety razor. The blades are cheap, the shave is excellent, and your significant other with kiss you more often, guaranteed!

Shaving should be a ritual and something that you pass down to your children. Learning the correct technique can help with razor burn, discomfort, redness and give you an over all perfect shave. EVERY TIME!

x - the Collector

Monday, 13 October 2014

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Black Tie and Red Eyes

It is time for a rant. I've been so good lately and I finally feel like breaking that.


Watching all these Emmy's and MMVA's and all those shows is making me want to not be a stylist. Every man looks the same. I can't even handle it!

" Look at Hugh Jackmen, David Beckham, him and him,"

" The Best dressed men of the Emmy's "

Is it just me or are they all dressed the same. Granted, different designers, but the same exact idea. I am going mental. Can I just name 5 different designers that are creating EXTRAORDINARY suits and NO ONE is wearing them. Black tie is the most dull thing I have ever heard of and I am eagerly waiting for someone to allow their stylist to do what their there to do; dress them so that everyone at the ball will notice them.


This is ridiculous.

x - the * annoyed * Collector

ps - I was listening to Eminem while I was making this blog post ;)