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Archive for November, 2011

Welp, I didn’t quite get the curls I was going for, but it appears that The Connoisseur was the clear winner of the Buffalo Dandy Mustache Poll. Trimming this thing was a goddamn nightmare. The whole time I was afraid I was going to shave too close and a months worth of work would have been all for naught. Maybe one more final trim tonight to see if I can get any closer, but in the meantime, I would like to give my most sincerest thanks to everyone who donated. So far we’ve raised $125 for the Prostate Cancer Foundation and LIVESTRONG. There is still time though! Donations are being accepted up until December 5th, so if you haven’t yet, please head over to my donation page here.

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In preparation for the inevitable destruction of the Movember stache, Esquire has shared this hilarious video on the art of The Perfect Shave.

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There are certain accessories that every Dandy should have in his possession. I’m starting this series off with something that is quite crucial in the recent weather we’ve had in Buffalo. The Umbrella.

As with all accessories, the umbrella comes in various shapes, sizes, colors, etc. The one that I happen to own is this rather ingenious option from ThinkGeek, The Samurai Sword Umbrella ($30). Complete with an adjustable shoulder strap to make you feel like you’re really carrying around a samurai sword, the umbrella is incredibly well made and very sturdy. A smaller, compact version is also available if you don’t enjoy getting strange looks from people but still want to feel like a ninja in the rain.

Now, understandably this umbrella isn’t overly Dandy, in which case I would recommend getting your standard wooden handle variety, in either black or some type of plaid. These fit nicely on top of your briefcase or laptop bag and can also double as a walking cane. Or, if you happen upon an unruly vagabond in the street, it can also be used as a weapon in the gentlemanly art of self defense, Bartitsu.

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I grew up wearing Old Spice. My dad wears it to this day, and there has always been something nostalgic about their aftershave bottle. Old Spice has done a fantastic job re-branding themselves with their ingenious commercials, online ad campaigns and really selling the idea of rugged manliness with just the right amount of tongue and cheek. Their recent fragrances aren’t really for me, and if I hear someone say “swagger” one more time I just might loose it. But this… this is one of the greatest things I’ve ever seen.

I’ve never really liked how my deodorant looks just sitting on my dresser, and apparently Old Spice feels the same way. So why not disguise your deodorant (which surely has a few armpit hairs stuck to it and looks gross) with something more manly – LIKE A FREAKING BEAR!!!

Available in limited quantities on oldspice.com, this is the perfect item to kick off your Cyber Monday.

$20

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Dandy in Training

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It’s that time of the year again when family’s get together, give thanks and consume mass amounts of food. The Dandy Family is headed to Albany this year to visit my folks and I am beyond excited to see everyone. However, with a long weekend comes the peril of packing, and between the wife and I, the amount of luggage we bring rival that of Princess Vespa. I did manage to put together a nice little holiday outfit, complete with some things I have, some I wish I had. The key for dressing for Thanksgiving I think is dressing up ever so much, but with comfort being of the upmost importance. That’s why I went with the cords and an easily adjustable KJP belt. Just a little dressy, but comfortable enough in case you eat too much and need to loosen your belt. The most important items by far however are my L.L. Bean Flannel Lined Slippers. If the house were to burn down, these would be on the list of things to make sure I save along with the wife, the dog, the TV, and the cat. There is plenty of layering because you never really know what the weather will be like in November, but the more drink/eat, the warmer you get, so layers for me is a must. Finish the whole outfit off with this incredible blazer by Michael Bastian and you are set to be the Dandiest at the dinner table this year.

Have a great Thanksgiving, everyone.

GANT by Michael Bastian Prince of Wales Blazer | J. Crew Vintage Cord | Old Navy Cardigan | Polo Ralph Lauren Twill Plaid Shirt | Buffalo Dandy Wool Bow Tie | Bresciani Argyle Socks from O’Connell’s | KJP Croffix Sailing Belt | L.L.Bean Flannel Lined Slippers | Tag Heuer “Aquaracer”

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You want one more Dandy Cinemagraph? Well then, “I love poetry, and a glass of scotch, and, of course, my friend Baxter…

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A word to the wise regarding Turtlenecks and Mustaches. If you combine the two, you will look like Ron Burgundy…

Keep those Movember donations coming!

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And now for some fun local news. Campus Wheelworks on Elmwood Ave has a hilarious holiday tradition for it’s employees. Every day from Black Friday until December 25, Campus Owners and employees are required to wear different ugly sweaters to work. Amazing.

[via buffalorising.com]
“We have a lot of fun doing this,” Co-Owner Ethan Johnson told me. “At some point during the day we all pose for a ‘Holiday Card’, which we then post on Facebook. The only problem that we ever run across is the size of the sweaters… they’re always too small, but that kind of adds to the ugliness.”

The Wife and I are planning an ugly Christmas sweater party as well in a few weeks (you should come) and these guys serve as a great inspiration to go all out this year and have some fun. Stop by their store and give them a high five if you can.

Campus Wheelworks
744 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14216
(716) 881-3613

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