Month: May 2012

Near Wilshire and Grand – Downtown Los Angeles

We even catch the “what not to wears.”

LA Street Style is a collaboration between Left Coast Fashion and Fisher Fotografie. Check out his other work here.

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Perfectly Prep: The Kiel James Patrick Triton Bracelet

Going further down the rabbit hole of American prepdom I find myself in need of preppy accessories. Relatively new brand Kiel James Patrick caught my attention when a photo of this bracelet tumbl’d through my day:

Kiel James Patrick Triton Collection

The overall simplicity, and yet cool factor, instantly caught my attention and I had to have one. My mind wasn’t prepared for what I saw when I visited KielJamesPatrick.com, which basically amounts to an explosion of preppy attitude and swag on a level I can’t come close to competing with.

So I ordered mine right away. I picked the ACK Latitude.

I think it took all of three days to get this little package in the mail from the time I order…all the way from Rhode Island.

That…is good shipping!

I was impressed by the little things, like taking the time to write thank you on the purchase order. You don’t see that kind of attention from brands any more and its the little things like this that build brand loyalty:

Service with a smile!

If you live the preppy life, or even want to just dip your toes in the waters of duck print wall paper I suggest starting here. At $38, this handcrafted little wonder is a steal, and you’ll find it in all of my style photos from now on.

For more excessive prep inspiration go:

Oh yeah, and here is a pic of it…had to go boating of course!

On the Duffy!

Hill and 7th – Downtown Los Angeles

It was her choice of nail polish that sold me.

Street style around Los Angeles is a collaborative effort between Left Coast Fashion and FisherFotografie.

Wilshire and Grand – Downtown Los Angeles

Lots of layered items. Lots of points of interest. What do you think?

LA Street Style is a collaboration between Left Coast Fashion / Fisher Fotografie. Check out his other work here.

Is the Save Worth the Shave? Review of The Dollar Shave Club

The Dollar Shave Club kit

*** If after reading this you still want to join the Dollar Shave Club, CLICK HERE ***

UPDATE: True to my word I switched from the 4X to the Executive blade from Dollar Shave Club. Here’s the review of the difference…I think you’ll benefit from the switch!

If you’ve joined the DSC, leave a comment below! Others would love to hear your story as well!

Review quick summary: If you value the skin on your face or anywhere else, stay with the more expensive (Gillette or Shick) razors. If you value your time and wallet more than your face, join Dollar Shave club.

The Dollar Shave Club. As a man can you tell me you weren’t excited as hell as soon as you caught a wiff of this “genius” idea? The pitch, For just $1 a month you get razors delivered right to your door.* Too good to be true.

If you’re like me, man or woman, you hate…no you LOATHE the act of shaving. What’s worse for me is that I have to shave not only my mighty beard area, but also this beautiful head of mine to keep it looking slick and aggressive. I also forget to get new razors all of the time. Taking care of forgotten razors and the ridiculous expense of blades are the two crucial bets DSC makes on winning you over.

To me, and millions more I’m sure, this sounded like the holy grail of shaving.  When you sign up you get to pick between three razors; The Humble Twin, The 4X and The Executive. Cute names for sharp metal that’s about to slide across the haunted forest that is your face.

I wasn’t going to pick the The Humble Twin as we all know that those double-bladed Bic razors you can get 15 for $5 at Target are complete trash. The Executive looked like heaven, but I was also into this idea to see a substantial savings in my otherwise thin wallet, so I opted for the 4 bladed 4X that appeared to be the most like my Gillette Fusion.

Wrong. WRONG. WRONG.

First off, the whole shipping to my doorstep was a huge blunder. Naturally with such a cheap and awesome deal the demand outweighed the supply, significantly, and I was wait-listed until May. They said my order would process on May 15, but I didn’t get my razors until the 26th of May.  The wait was agony.

Second, the weight of the razor handle is significantly heavier than my old streamlined Gillette. I know industrial design wasn’t first on the list of priorities for the minds at DSC, but I wasn’t expecting such a dramatic difference. A small sacrifice I suppose for the cost/time savings I was hoping to incur.

The reality is you get what you pay for. At $6 for a whole month of shaving I get a heavy handled knick machine that argues with the intricate curves of my head. Shaving my entire head is not something this was built for. I have to literally shave back and forth twice over just to make sure I don’t miss any spots that its unresponsive nature doesn’t quite get. Even a two week old Gillette blade set would have gotten my head clean with little issue.

When Gillette shows that cool animation of the razor blades bending around curves, that must be for real, because the DSC definitely can’t handle the challenge of keeping my head smooth and sassy. This is  the first time my scalp has had major razor irritation.

The Conclusion: So what am I going to do? Well I have three more cartidges of death to get through until my month is up at DSC. I plan on upgrading my plan to “The Executive” which is $9 a month, and still about $6 cheaper than getting something from the store. If that doesn’t do the trick I will happily give up a few extra dollars a month to keep my beautiful mug and dome in check.

I hate to say it, but as I see it right now, Gillette is still truly the best a man can get.

I hope this full review helps all of you cheapos make a more informed decision and possible save your face some wear and tear.

*** If after reading this you still want to join the Dollar Shave Club, CLICK HERE ***

Keep it shaved.

– Cougar

The Beard is mighty with this one…

Dear Cougar: Where Have All The Bachelors Gone?

DEAR COUGAR: My friends and I are women in our late 40s and early 50s. Some of us are married, some are single. Individually or as a group we have taken classes, volunteered, gone on cruises, gone to clubs and bars — you name it.

We have noticed that nearly everyone at these activities is either female or with a female as part of a couple. There are loads of single middle-aged women out there joining things and having fun, but there seem to be almost no single middle-aged men. Friends in various parts of the country report the same thing.

Where do the single men go? They rarely go out alone or with a male buddy. Our running joke is they’re all home watching bad cable TV. Middle-aged guys must be there somewhere, but where? You’d think that if they wanted to meet women, they’d go where women are, but we rarely see them. Can you solve this mystery for us? — WHERE THE BOYS AREN’T, NORTHERN WYOMING

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DEAR…Cougars in Wyoming?

Dear Cougar, Cougars…get it? Haha. Anyway, Ms. Northern Wyoming, I know exactly where these missing men aren’t…Wyoming.

Guys in your age bracket, if they aren’t married, are probably off somewhere living out there bachelor dreams. You wonder why they’re not where “the women are,” its probably because they’re off where women can’t nag them. They’re at the bars (read bars, not clubs), they’re at ball games, they’re in man caves smoking cigars and playing cards with their married buddies that are only let out once a week. What does Wyoming lack…A PROFESSIONAL SPORTS TEAM! I would move away too.

The really adventurous older bachelor is in Vegas, tearing up the craps table and having his dice blow on by twins. He’s living out the dreams of his youth and without a wife and/or kids he has this magical thing call “disposable income” again. He’s doing boat races (a drinking game) and probably more push ups than he’s ever been able to do in his life because he has 22 year-olds to impress. Yes, he’s dating young and you should too.

Embrace your calling. My advice, move to Corona del Mar, California and hang out at The Quiet Woman or 3-Thirty-3 with all of the other Cougars. You’ll meet scores of eligible bachelors. They might all be 25 to 35 in age, but they’ll make you feel young, sexy and fun again.

Meow.

– Cougar

Please leave your questions for Dear Cougar in the comment section below, or feel free to email me at cougar@leftcoastfashion.com

Grand and 7th – Downtown Los Angeles

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LA Street Style is a collaboration between Left Coast Fashion / Fisher Fotografie. Check out his other work here.

500 Socks of Summer

I’m a man ahead of my time…at least when it comes to picking out socks. From this month’s GQ spread so cleverly titled “Footloose:”

Awww, who’s rockin’ the crow socks now?!?

BOOM! Yeah, that’s right…I’ve had those Sock it to Me Crow Socks (bought here) for like TWO YEARS already! I’m such a trend setter I swear.

I really am about getting funky with the foot coverings though, as I’m sure you’ve seen if you’ve ever checked out my daily style photos.

There’s just something incredibly satisfying, when I have to wear otherwise boring suit attire to work, about having that surprise crazy colored sock combo that doesn’t go with anything I’ve got on. They’re hiding under my pant leg…just praying someone will get a peek when I walk up the stairs or cross my leg one over the other. I often smirk and think to myself, I hope they wonder if I’m a little off today. Keeps everyone else on their toes.

Where I get my multi-colored socks: Amazon.com

Sugarland at the Santa Barbara Bowl

I am not a fan of Country music, or at least that’s what I’ve been telling people my entire life. This past weekend I happened to come into possession of tickets to see Sugarland at the Santa Barbara Bowl in you guessed it, Santa Barbara.

Sugar who?

First off, what to wear to your first country concert ever? I must admit, while there is an ounce of hillbilly in my blood, I’ve always dressed true to my city boy nature, so this is what I went with:

This is about as “Country” as I’ll go…

Dodgers hat from Lids (I got multiple compliments), a plaid western button down that I picked up from Crossroads and the most comfortable pair of denim I’ve ever owned thanks to Levi’s. Out of the picture are my Cole Haan “Gunnison” driving shoes. Yee haw.

Now the show…Sugarland was awesome. I can’t believe I just said that, or rather published that online. Please don’t tell anyone.

The energy was explosive. Great band, great songs. They played all of their fan favorites like Settlin’ and Stuck Like Glue, but for their first smash hit Baby Girl they brought up a 12 year old local girl to belt it out. I’ll give her credit, she was sweet and had fun with the lyrics.

Remember, this was all new to me. The guy half of the duo, Kristian Bush, had like like 25 different guitars. Jennifer Nettles, the lead vocalist, rapped Vanilla’s hit “Ice, Ice Baby.” She indeed  rocked the mic like a vandal, and made the stage light up and waxed them chumps like a candle.

My favorite part of the show though was their encore. As a planned surprise, and I’m going to age myself right here, Dave Stewart from Eurythmics came out and jammed as Jennifer channeled Annie Lennox for “Here Comes The Rain Again.” Dave’s sparkle-laden stage make-up was a little…interesting…but the his guitar licks were crackling with electricity.

The Bowl was small and intimate. It only packs about 4500 people looking off to the ocean. Way beautiful and acoustics that will satisfy audio snobs. The summer line-up isn’t really my normal scene, but I think the trip up the coast would be worth the drive.

Maybe I’m a Country fan now. Maybe…

Until next concert, rock on my friends!

– Cougar

Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day to all of our friends out there celebrating! Give thanks to those who have fallen to give us the strong country we live in today.

Stay safe out there!

– Cougs