Fashion Boarded: Blackout Christmas

all black christmas

No red, green or gold.  Axe the sequins and glitter for the parties.  Keeping it elegant and timeless in black for the holidays would be grown and sexy of you!

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Monday Men Style: 10 Gifts Less Than $100


Sticking to the budget, is what some of us will be saying as we shop for the people we love and care about on our Christmas lists. You don’t want to seem cheap, but having some money in your bank account after New Years would be nice. So I figured why not stay under the double zeros before that dot? Every gift, party dress, toys, jewelry, everything will be below $100.00
The lower, the price, the better. Let me tackle the guys first.


Wesc – Porter 13 inch Laptop Case $63
One of my favorite accessories brands, Wesc, has helped me add another piece to my growing collection. Sharing is caring boys. This case is perfect for your IPad and IPhone together, if you want to leave the laptop home.


Taschen’s Intersection Cars Now. $30
This book is not only visually pleasing, but it can also be considered a textbook we all should own and share with generations that come after us. The automobile industry is changing and the book, Cars Now, shows the alternatives we will have, from the supercars of Morocco and Sweden, to Honda’s hybrids, India’s affordable Nano or even Rolls-Royce beating Bentley with its new entry-level model?
“Whether you’re looking for an off-road workhorse or a limousine, an electric urban runabout or an exotic supercar, if it’s on the road and worth a spin it’s in this book.”


Audemars Piguet: Master Watchmaker Since 1875 $92.31

With a 130 years of history, Audemars Piguet is sharing their creativity, and state-of-the-art technology behind making their luxurious, modern, stylish watches within the pages of this book. There are photos, some of which include the famous Royal Oak (first high-end sports watch), watches in the art deco era and the modern Millenary MC12.


Etre FIVEPOINT Gloves $63
Now that touchscreens are part of our lives, getting gear to protect our fingers during the colder months should also in our possessions. In comes Etre Fivepoint gloves, with contrast-color tips which are woven so that they conduct electricity to your IPhones.


Transit Issue Luggage Tag 3 for $50
Found this great deal while searching for my very own luggage tags. Couldn’t wait to share. It’s a perfect gift to surprise a significant other before taking them away on vacation, or for a group of usual travel buddies!


80s Cell Phone Case $20.
80s bulky phone style is back, but we can hold onto our 21st century touching love by sliding any version of the IPhone into this case. Guys, this is your chance to have that Wall Street moment.


Barney’s New York Plaid Silk Bow Tie $85
My love of bow ties on a man, had not been lost or forgotten, so of course it has to be in on this list. No longer reserved for just black tie events, the bow numbers are worn, by men who are confident and enjoys be fashionable.


Diptyque Curiosites Scented Candle $80
To celebrate 50 years of creation, innovation and passion for perfume in all its forms, this Limited Edition candle scent was created to honor one of the three fouders of the brand, Desmond Knot-Lee. The scent is composed of Alaska cypress, tulipwood, angelica, cloves and amber.


Case Scenario Pantone iPhone 4 Cases in Red, Green, Blue, and Black $54
Getting guys into colored iPhone cases are hard, but if they have a creative, artistic backgrounds add some Pantone colors and you’re in there.

Cheap Monday Black Kax Bag $90
Cheap Monday textured black leather bag, is also a fold-over messenger bag. This two in one has double rolled leather carry handles and an adjustable shoulder strap.

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For The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year: InCase Stuff

It is something we carry with us everyday. We can’t eat, sleep and sometimes do the unmentionables without it in our presence.  Accessories these small devices, and  showing them off should be done right.  Our smart phones and computer tablets are devices that can easily fit into our handbags, but why do that when we can have another excuse to express ourselves.  This gift idea ranges from the personalized to the name brand.  For some who don’t want to spent a lot, to others who would spend money for what they love, and I’m quite sure most of us will be weighing our options within the Mac users category. 

 Since we Apple devotees have already shelled out hundreds to thousands of dollars for our Macbooks, IPads and IPhones, getting our mac kiddies all dressed up with customized  logos or art work would of cost pretty pennies most of us weren’t willing to spend.  We rather save it for the upgraded versions of our mac kids.

Well I’ve found two sites that can help us dress up the Macs in our lives and make them look like our very own tech offspring.

Grove Made is a company, based in Portland, Oregon, that customizing cases for  Iphone 4, 4s, IPad2 and has several MacBook Air and Pro backs, all handmade from Bamboo and hand rub with coats of their custom natural oil/wax blend,  if you want it.  in addition, for IPad2, they also have beautiful leather engraved cases.


Case Mate should be a mate to whoever has a smart-phone, or computer tablet.  This site has cool one of a kind cases with graphics, artwork and logos for Blackberry, Samsung, HTC, IPhone smart-phones and several tables like Amazon Kindle Fire and Blackberry Blackbook.  Another biggie, customizing is the way they roll for about $34.99!!  So this is great for anyone who want to use their smart devices as advertising space. Or maybe getting something from case-mate is the perfect way for the people close to you to help support your business with this loving gesture and Xmas gift in one.


Last but not least, two more online shops from my creative brethrens on  

Nimoo  made to order cases for your smart-phones and MP3 devices range from $12.50 – $27.50

CrankCases has the some of the coolest graphics for their cases. Prices range from $13 – $23.oo

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Stealing or Dealing: Falling For Fall.

Fall shopping frenzy has begun and I’ve been getting some requests to start my Stealing or Dealing again!  With the seasons that requires more clothes on our bodies upon us, the need to find deals on the must-have items for Fall/Winter is what most of us want so the extra cash can stay in the wallets for our next fashion find.

Most of us wish we can say “the best things in life are free,” then walk out of a Burberry Prosum boutique with a pair of those woven platform shoes and not pay for them!  Saying what we want 5 times into a mirror like  “Candyman” won’t work either.  I tried that one, still waiting for my Alexander McQueen’s Armadillo shoes.

Until our mirrors start  doing all of us a favor by giving us what we chanted for, or fashion designers decide that the best things in life should be for free and we all pay for the crappy stuff instead (never going to happen) I’ll share my Stealing or Dealing finds.

Vince Shearling Drape Vest $1,350, on Shopbop // Vasia by Ulla Johnson Camilla Vest $179 on Urban Outfitters

DKNY Twill Cape $895 on Shopbop // Just Female Bow Detail Cape Coat $271 on ASOS

Givenchy Patent-Leather Cage Ankle Boots $1,550 on Net-A-Porter // Steve Madden Cage Shoes $70 on ASOS

Burberry Prorsum Woven Leather Platforms Shoes $799 on Matches // Asos Treacle Creeper Detail Shoe Boot $91.48 on ASOS

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