MEN SHOULD THINK PINK

There is a reason the word ‘gentleman’ is synonymous with words like chivalrous, courteous and honorable. Above all else, true gentlemen have the obligation to be leaders and trendsetters for the sake of humanity.

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October is breast cancer awareness month and we’re here to point out (if you hadn’t considered it yet) that this is NOT a female cause, but a cause for humanity. Yes gentlemen, this goes far beyond our lust for bust, but understanding our very existence on earth is contingent on women. Our respect for this is why we must treat them with a greater degree of regard, as a football team does its quarterback.

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Wearing pink is a way of showing support and solidarity in ending breast cancer. However, your effort must yield more than a symbolic gesture. The NFL has not only shown its support in dressing its sidelines and players in pink, but also by converting 100% of its proceeds in specialty pink merchandise to raise funds for breast cancer screenings and education.

This October, we at Gent Life will also be turning our feeds pink while making a $250 donation to Florida Breast Cancer Foundation. While we encourage you to ‘show’ your support for breast cancer awareness, it’s far more vital for you to take an active role in ending breast cancer for generations to come in donations or community engagement.

Donate to Florida Breast Cancer Foundation by clicking HERE

Our purpose at Gent Life is to unlock men’s greatest potential and we challenge you to begin this month in a cause that encompasses your very existence. Join us and millions of people by standing together in efforts to eliminate breast cancer as a life threatening illness.

Cheers, Gents!


Background Information on Florida Breast Cancer Foundation:
The Florida Breast Cancer Foundation (FBCF) was founded by 3 Miami women in 1993. Originally named the South Florida Breast Cancer Coalition, the organization began as a nonprofit, grassroots organization dedicated to ending breast cancer through advocacy, education, and research. With the introduction of the specialty End Breast Cancer license plate in 2002, a second organization was formed – the Florida Breast Cancer Coalition Research Foundation - created to receive the funds from the sale of the plate. A few years later the official name changed to the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation, but the mission and vision remain the same.

Purpose:
To raise awareness and mobilize Floridians to…

Ensure sufficient government and public funding for breast cancer research

• Ensure quality healthcare for all without fear of discrimination

• Ensure an environment free of carcinogens

Donate to Florida Breast Cancer Foundation by clicking HERE

INN & OUT: NEW YORK CITY

If you’ve been to NYC, you know covering everything there is to do and see in one blog post is impossible. In fact, it’s almost impossible to eat in every worthwhile restaurant or experience what the city has to offer even as a resident! We would know, we’ve lived, worked and traveled the town many times. However, here’s a first take at some of our favorite places and activities for the ever-moving gentleman in the city.

DINING
Carbone: Not easy to get a last second reservation (unless you don’t mind eating at 11PM) as its small and busy but well worth the wait. It bleeds classic NY Italian with so many unique additions. The spicy rigatoni and bruschetta are a must. The wait staff is the real deal! If you’re looking for a memorable dinner for business or a lovely date do it here.

 Try Carbone in New York City for Italian food.

Pizza: Look for the crappiest pizzeria you can find with some Italian – NY’ers running the place (they’re the ones that sound like an episode of the Sopranos) and you’ll be very happy. In all seriousness, NY pizza is great in almost every pizzeria. (The same goes for most Chinese takeout).

Beauty & Essex: GREAT date night location in the Lower East Side. Don’t be fooled by the pawnshop you are greeted as you walk in the door. As you continue your descent to the restaurant you will be greeted by opulence and elegance.

Park Avenue Autumn/Winter/Spring/Summer: All we have to say is this place changes it’s décor and menu with each season. So every time you visit it’s a completely new experience.

Tavern on The Green: Built in the 1880’s to house the sheep in Central Park this gem has history, charm and grace. Great spot to have brunch (on weekends) lunch or dinner when you are in Central Park. Great spot anytime of the year!

LIBATIONS
The Carnegie Cigar Club: If the black and white pics of iconic cigar smokers like JFK or Winston Churchill don’t give away the vibe perhaps stained wood interior will! It’s classic in every sense of the word! A great place to catch up with a friend or talk business with a client or associate.

 The Carnegie Cigar Club NYC

The Campbell: Paying tribute to John W. Campbell, a Jazz Age financier who converted the space in Grand Central Station to his private office in 1923. Its 19th century Florentine design is stunning, and the cocktails aren’t too shabby either. Great spot to meet someone for a drink before hopping on the train! There is a dress code, but if you’re reading this it shouldn’t matter. Also, if you are bringing a lady friend we’re told the highly cherished Gossip Girl series filmed here once (big hit with the females).

 The Campbell NYC

Fraunces Tavern: One of the few buildings that remains from revolutionary NYC. In this building, George Washington bid farewell to his officers following victory of the Crown, it’s not only a museum but an active pub! Stop in for ale!

HOTEL
The Roxy: You could spend a day just taking part in all of the hotel’s amenities like The Django Jazz Club, Paul’s Cocktail Lounge, coffee and cinema all on the property. The rooms are incredibly retro, yet modern. See for yourself, depending on your timing you can get some great rates! We LOVE this hotel.

 The Roxy Hotel NYC

Hudson Hotel: Located in Midtown (with Times Sq, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and more just right around the corner), this boutique hotel features the “Library Bar” which is everything it sounds with classic english leather sofas and antique area rugs, bring your date and cozy up at the fireplace! Additionally, the Sky Terrace has a lovely and unobstructed view of the Hudson River. Enjoy the Sangria!

The most important tip we have for you is to make sure you do not overwhelm your trip. Make sure to pick a few locations to try and you’ll just have to return to scratch the rest off from your list.

Cheers, gents!

Leather Weather

As the temperatures cool (maybe) and the leaves turn a different shade (depending on where you live), the time is upon us for layers of leather! Displaying perhaps our favorite accessorized materials we’ve put together some looks from select brands from across the globe which we admire to help jump start your inspiration. 

Shoes
A slick pair of leather shoes can keep your outfit going from eye level right to the ground. Caramel, chestnut and browns are just a few of many shades to choose from. A light colored shoe with a dark suit can absolutely bring your outfit to life and vice versa! 

 Leather Shoes by  John Varvatos

Leather Shoes by John Varvatos

Don’t forget design! Wingtips, brogues, oxfords, monk straps, boots… the choices are much like a locker combination when it comes to pairing design with color and variety of leather.  

 Vintage leather shoes from  Owls Attic. 

Vintage leather shoes from Owls Attic. 

When it comes to price, don’t be intimidated. There’s something for every wallet! While we can make the argument, a great pair of well-crafted expensive shoes can last you a lifetime, it’s not the only route to looking your best. A pair of vintage leather shoes (should you find them, be patient) can not only add the quality factor, but also a lovely back story! Remember to look deeper than the name brands… many entrepreneur craftsmen do quality work at a fraction of the price using alternative leather in more exotic places, like Beckett Simonen out of Columbia, South America.

 Vintage leather shoes from  Owls Attic. 

Vintage leather shoes from Owls Attic. 

Bags & Briefcases
Much like shoes, you can tell a man cares about his aesthetic by the bag across his shoulder. The quality is important since you don’t want to pick up all of your belongings in the airport security line when your bag breaks down! When searching for your bag pay close attention to the handles and strap loops for the strength of reinforcement. If you’re carrying things like laptops, eyeglasses and other pricey items you best be sure it feels strong!
Tip: Try to match your bag with your other accessories like watch band or shoes. 

 Mens Leather Briefcase by  Frye.

Mens Leather Briefcase by Frye.

 Leather Bag & Shoes by  John Varvatos

Leather Bag & Shoes by John Varvatos

Jackets
Was it Elvis or Fonzie who made the leather jacket a statement piece, we don’t know! What we do know is a leather jacket can lure eyes at a casual or snappy casual attire. It can be sleek and simple, or more robust and articulate in its design. One thing we recommend, is its fitting. You don’t want to look like a walking leather bag so be judicious and particualr with your choices! 

 Leather Jacket
 Leather Jackets for men by  Belstaff

Leather Jackets for men by Belstaff

A tad of leather is just enough to give your attire a flare! Don't go overboard either because head to toe leather will make you look like a 2000’s version of Crocodile Dundee. 

Cheers, Gents!

NOT FOR SELF, BUT COUNTRY: 3 WAYS JOHN MCCAIN PUT US AHEAD OF HIS OWN INTERESTS

It’s clear John McCain learned a lot from his time with the United States Navy. The late Senator of Arizona served a branch of armed forces, which inscribes its academy doors with “Non sibi sed patriae” latin for, “not for self, but country.” He campaigned for US President with the Republican nomination stating, “nothing is more liberating than to fight for a cause larger than yourself.” In his lifetime, one can find countless examples of Senator McCain’s selflessness to put a country and set of values before his own interests.

 John McCain
John McCain Pilot

1) Hanoi Hilton
In 1967, McCain’s A-4 Skyhawk bomber was shot down during a mission over Hanoi, North Vietnam. The force of the ejection broke both his arms and legs knocking him unconscious. He was dragged from a lake by North Vietnamese captors and inevitably taken to the infamous “Hanoi Hilton.” Realizing they had captured an US Navy Admirals son, the North Vietnamese sought out a propaganda opportunity offering early release to McCain to which he adamantly refused. He would not budge until every other US soldier captured before him was freed as well. He would endure 5 years in the hellish camp.

John McCain

2) President Vs. Principal
In a hotly contested 2008 presidential race, McCain once again put his beliefs in what was right in front of his aspirations for #POTUS correcting a supporter raising racist accusations against his opponent, Barack Obama. McCain took the microphone shaking his head vigorously, “No ma’am, he’s a decent family man, citizen, that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues, and that’s what this campaign is about.” His candor may very well have cost him the election.

John McCain

3) Friend, Foe or Fanatical Countryman
Most recently, the late Senator stood up to a new radical faction of the Republican base supportive of extreme policy on immigration. Denouncing his 2016 party nominee’s negative comments about a Pakastani-American Gold Star family with: “I’d like to say to Mr. and Mrs. Khan: Thank you for immigrating to America. We’re a better country because of you. And you are certainly right; your son was the best of America, and the memory of his sacrifice will make us a better nation — and he will never be forgotten.”

John McCain Senator

These are just a few examples of John McCain’s integrity. Our country needs more dissenters in government for the good of all of us, regardless of party, race or personal interest. As a gentleman, can you do the same?

Cheers, Gents!

STAYCATION, ALL I EVER WANTED!

The word ‘staycation’ is a portmanteau where one can take themselves (and family) for a short stay within driving distance free from tension and anxiety. For those living in Central Florida, the Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek achieves just that!

 Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort

We began our relaxation with a selection of cheese, crackers and a bottle of red wine with a balcony view of several of their pools and Disney properties a short distance away. With responsibility in the rearview mirror, we walked to the pool-deck bar for a collection of local Central Florida craft beers ranging from Tampa to Melbourne.

For golf lovers, this area has a plethora of courses minutes from the property. We began our Saturday with 9 holes at Celebration Golf Club, a unique course designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. & Jr. We toured around with General Manager John Bixler who chronicled the fact the Jones’ had not been on speaking terms until Disney approached them for the project. Just a few years after its completion, Robert Trent Jones Jr. lost his father, making the design of this course a significant connection in his life. The course is lush & beautiful! (Tip: Passionate golfers must pay a visit to the Florida Golf Academy right on campus where one can get fitted for clubs custom to their game and instruction with the best technical data we’ve seen in sports)

 Customize your golf clubs at Celebration Golf Club.

Customize your golf clubs at Celebration Golf Club.

After a morning of golf, we returned to Blu Harmony Spa right on the Wyndham campus for a couples aqua immersion therapy (side by side bubble baths, with champagne & strawberries, of course) and Swedish massage. Would you be surprised if we told you this was a highlight of our stay? With our robe and glass in hand it was difficult to imagine Monday’s even exist. We barely scratched the surface of the 5,700 square ft. facility… face it gents, we need to return to even keel to be our best. Invest in yourself… and her!

A staycation wouldn’t be complete without cocktails and a lovely dinner. Deep Blu Seafood Grille & Bar 1521 were our choice where we ranked the crab cakes in the top 5 we’ve ever had. (Tip: Order up a bacon dipped bourbon cocktail, we’ll leave it at that).

Gents, as part of being our best selves we must be radiant with pleasant communication in our environment, its obvious to us the Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek feels the same way as we didn’t encounter a single staff member who wasn’t as good-natured as one can be.

Cheers, Gents!