Sock It To Me

I’ve been posting for awhile but it just came to my attention that I’ve never written about my favorite article of clothing. Every man has his favorite garment that he likes to wear all the time, in every color, and every material. Either because it fits him well, its comfortable, its easy to wear, or because his wife; girlfriend; or the lady next door gives him “the look” whenever he wears it. This piece of clothing may become a part of the man himself. He may find himself hunting in the shops for it, or asking for it on holidays and birthdays. His family may find him eccentric, or just down right foolish for the way he lights up whenever he comes in contact with his favorite piece of clothing. That old sweatshirt, or the best fitting pair of jeans, the worn in work boots, or the cap toe oxfords. there is always that one piece.

My healthy obsession and guilty pleasure is socks. I can’t get enough of socks. I’ve always been one to cover my feet. I’ve never liked to wear sandals (heaven forbid I wear socks with sandals) and as you all know I do not advocate flip flops. Therefore I’m relegated to wearing shoes and most of them call for socks (unless its summer and I’m sporting my boat shoes) I have a healthy collection of socks in various fabrics from cotton to wool to cashmere and other blends. I have every color of the rainbow and in between. Socks are my thing and I’m proud of it. I hunt for quality socks and seek out different colors, patterns, designs and fabrics and I enjoy every bit of it.

Pantherella Cashmere Socks

Some of the best socks in the world are handmade from the Italian hosiery designer Marcoliani and the English hosiery house Pantherella. I own a pair of fire engine red Pantherella’s but have yet to splurge on a pair of Marcoliani’s. Marcoliani is exclusively manufactured in Milan, Italy and the socks possess every aspect of superior craftsmanship including quality yarns, a perfect fit, easy washing, as well as rare and fashionable colors, patterns, and designs. The collection is manufactured in a spring-summer, fall-winter package and features the best Cashmere, Silk, Pima Cotton, Merino Wool, and Lisle fabrics. These socks are certainly made for the discerning man.

Marcoliani Milano Socks

Pantherella is the Savile Row of socks makers. The company represents the ultimate in quality and design, and is recognized worldwide as the gentleman’s business sock. Each season a comprehensive collection of new designs are offered in Superfine Merino Wool or Cotton Lisle and new fashion shades are introduced in line with the seasonal trends. Pantherella prides itself on producing the finest men’s socks, which are exported around the world to many top stores. Their customers appreciate quality and understand that excellence cannot be compromised.

Wear good socks.

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The Power of CARE – Interview with Owens Burton Consulting

We recently had the chance to sit down and talk to the Owner & President of Owens Burton Consulting; Ms. Nadine Burton. Nadine is a dynamic entrepreneur and runs a stellar blog called the The Power of CARE. We took some time to talk about several ways men can improve their image no matter what their lifestyle and aspirations. Take a listen and be sure to follow Nadine on Facebook.

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Wearing Wool – The Ramblers Way

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Ramblers Way. All opinions are 100% mine.

When you think of wool sweaters you may be reminded of those thick, heavy, itchy turtlenecks your grandmother made you wear so you wouldn’t catch a cold. Well, since you’re grown up now you’ve learned (hopefully) that there are many variations of wool like Merino which can be fine, lightweight, and soft–or the exact opposite of what your grandma would go for.

With technology today there are many companies weaving softer wools. Rambler’s Way happens to be one of the best. Using wool only from the best sheep across the US Rambler’s does not pre-wash their wool garments in chlorine like many companies. Instead they incorporate an enzyme process that keeps the wool from shrinking and keeps the garment fully washable. This comes in handy for those guys who have accidentally shrunken their size extra large sweater to a size small by washing it improperly in the past.

Try the Next-to-Skin Cross Neck long sleeve shirt for a versatile garment that can be worn outdoors or in the office. Rambler’s Way creates a softer, lighter and finer wool that can be worn comfortably while continuing to do what it was originally intended–keeping you warm when it’s cold outside.

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Laidback Friday

How grown men relax…Enjoy your Friday.

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Taken to the Cleaners

The perils of dry cleaning have been discussed on several ocassions, but the majortiy of discussions focus on the negative results of dry cleaning versus what to do before dry cleaning and things that can be done to prevent going at all.  We thought we’d give you a few pointers on how to save your clothes from disaster before it strikes.  Implement some of these tactics into your cleaning routine and you’ll never succumb to the dry cleaner again.

- Apply cologne, lotions, oils, creams and gels before getting dressed.  All of these products can stain fabrics and will create more work and harsher washing for the dry cleaner.

- Eliminate oders at home by using heat-activated dryer sheets with oder neutralizers and/or fresheners.  Your sweaters will come out smelling like new.

- Spot cleaning small stains immediately with fabric safe products like OxiClean can save an emergency trip to the cleaner.

- Ask for discounts on large loads and look in your local newspaper or online for coupons.
- Visit the dry cleaner in moderation.  Over cleaning can decrease the longevity and quality of your clothing.  wool sweaters can be worn up to 6 times without cleaning and your suits should only be dry cleaned once a season.

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