Videos Like This, Slay Me


Have You Started Watching Homeland Yet? Or Scandal For that Matter?

Fall television is always a promising piece of entertainment on those chilly nights as you drink your hot ciders, your whiskeys, or your red wines.  I know I have preached and promoted Homeland before but if you do not take me serious on this you will be missing out.  

Often times today, you hear people say, “I’m too busy to watch TV these days.”  A. You’re Not.  B. If you are, you shouldn’t be.  DVR was invented for a reason.

Ways to find time to watch TV:

  1. Workout from home and watch a show while you sculpt the bod.
  2. Watch before you go to bed.

This should free up a 2 hour time frame out of the day for you.

ON TO HOMELAND…  Homeland is an exhilarating, somewhat suspenseful thriller about a rogue Marine turned terrorist, turned Congressman, turned terrorist again, and the drama of his counterparts in the CIA.  This Emmy/Golden Globe awarded show is the most entertaining show on television today.  Trust me, give it a go.  The acting is some of the best you will find.

Scandal…  Scandal is a well produced show about a team of “lawyers” that more or less have the job of fixing problems in the most secretive way.  The show features lead role, Kerry Washington, who plays a powerful woman in control of her 5 or so employees.  The cases they have taken on include work for the President of the USA, who Kerry’s character used to date and may or may not have an affair with.  For a network televised show, it’s not bad.

What’s To Come…

Today is a bit of a teaser for our store: J Norman & Co. Men’s Shop and Lounge.

image-1Rumors are escalating around and about our shop and we wanted to confirm some of them to the public.  Here is a list of things to expect from our men’s shop coming soon…

1. We are building a bar: We are building a top notch bar that will serve customers day in and out with some of our favorite selections of beer, wine, and liquor.  The bar will be in the back end of the store and will be 25 feet long and is there for men to come watch games, relax, dine from our limited food selection and more.

2. We are building a man cave: This man cave will not be your normal man cave.  It will consist of a top notch bar, the highest end televisions, exquisite furniture, dining and poker tables, a gym, and more!

3. We are starting our own line: J Norman is becoming it’s own private label line and will consist of the most stylish apparel in both casual and dress wear.  We have started with our belts and laces but there is MUCH more to come!Just JN

4. We will be hosting events and parties: With this new store and man cave, we will have space to hold events like beer tastings, wine tastings, liquor tastings, cigar rolling, sport game parties, cocktail parties, poker tournaments, shopping events, and more.

5. We are changing our image: We want men to know they can now come to us for their most sartorial of needs!  We also want them to know that they can still come to us for their most casual of dress-wear as well.  We are doing so by bring in our own custom suiting line, our own private label, and new, trendy and affordable lines this fall and spring!


Dress Your Suit Down

A suit doesn’t need to be a piece you wear once every so often for special occasions.  You don’t know when you’re going to die, or when something tragic may happen, so don’t save your best for only important days.  Wear it while you’ve got it.  With a suit, there are ways to make it a more casual piece like so:

1. Henley: Replace your button down with a henley shirt, long sleeve or short sleeve.  Leave the top two buttons undone.  To really casual it up, throw on a stylish chain.

2. Polo Shirt: Replace the button down with a polo.  Wear whatever style matches your suit best and make sure it fits you clean and slim.

3. Jersey Sweater: Throw on a jersey sweater underneath your jacket.  You can put a collared shirt on under the sweater or you can wear it with a T-shirt underneath.  Either way, rock a causal pocket square and you’re in.

4. Shoes- Switch your wingtips with boots or casual canvas sneakers.  It is an awesome look.

5. Logo T’s: Find a T with a clever logo on it.  Whether it be a retro sports shirt or if it’s a big teddy bear on the shirt.  Wear it under your suit coat on select occasions and you’ll be a hit.

Why A Comb Over Isn’t A Comb Over Anymore

For years men who rocked the comb over were seen as nerdy, unstylish, and flat out someone you may not want to have a beer with after work.  Usually these type of comb over victims were the ones wearing short sleeve button down shirts with ties as they headed off to work.  However, with the evolution of style, and the resurgence of retro style, the comb over has had a face lift and is now the style of choice for fashionable men these days.  Let’s have a look:

The Inspiration: TV and movies are the culprit for many of these trendy style statements.  Shows like Suits, Boardwalk Empire, Mad Men and movies like The Great Gatsby, Crazy Stupid Love, and Inception have really let men everywhere see that they should give a shit about how they look.  

The Look: I’m going to trademark this look with the title the “Slick n’ Suit”.  It’s that fresh and clean haircut, the perfect style, and the appropriate attire to match the do: A nice suit. 

The Cut: When I get my haircut, I show my barber a picture of exactly what I want it to look like.  Do yourself a favor and do the same thing.  The key to this cut is the fade.  You can go extreme with the fade and embrace your inner hipster or you can style it like our men featured above.  Tell your barber you’d like a high-3 fade with enough length on top to slick it back or comb it over.  If you want to look more like Harvey Specter, avoid the clippers and tell your stylist to fade it bottom to top with some flow on top. 

The Do:  I always vote for the slick/comb over to go to your favorable side.  There is something a bit too “Growing Up Gatti” about slicking it straight back.  Pushing it to one side just enough let’s you like stylish and professional.  

  • Wet your hair
  • Comb or brush your hair straight back
  • Part on the side that your hairline is stronger
  • Slick up and over
  • Put in some sort of creme or gel product and comb it through again
  • Let dry and harden

The Most Stylish Men at the Emmys

They Emmys weren’t bad last night.  That’s my review.  NPH wasn’t outstanding but wasn’t atrocious either.  I am such a TV nerd that an award show like this quickly catches my attention.  From shows like Homeland to Modern Family to Boardwalk Empire, every network receives attention and all your favorite characters are seen in their actual forms.  I think the world was shocked seeing Bryan Cranston with hair and no goatee (GQ readers would not have been so surprised).  So here are my picks:

1. Zachary Quinto- One of the star’s from the ever-so-creepy, American Horror Story, has a certain Jason Schwartzman look to him with the dark hair, dark brows, and dark five o’clock shadow even if he were to have shaved that morning.  He looked classy.

2. Bryan Cranston- The Breaking Bad star really has better looks than being the old man cooking meth in his underwear.  This proved it.  

3. Bobby Cannavale- When Boardwalk Empire decided to kill off one of it’s most important characters in the season 2 finale (Jimmy), they needed a new power character to fill the void that Jimmy once fulfilled.  Bobby Cannavale’s character, Gyp Rosetti did just that.

4. John Hamm- When your character is type-casted to look a specific way every single episode, it is a very pragmatic statement to show up to an award ceremony with a dramatic change of style.  John Hamm does such with rocking a stellar beard.

5. Jason Batemen- Simple, classy, elegant. 

6. Kit Harington- The shoes…  And he’s a bro in Game of Thrones.

7. Ty Burrell, 8. Will Arnett, 9. Ryan Seacrest- Ty Burrell plays one of my all-time favorite on-screen characters and he dressed like G last night.  Followed up closely by Will Arnett and Ryan Seacrest.Burberry tuxes Emmys 2013

10. NPH- A decent host and a decent attire.  As a host I feel you have to make some sort of statement through the night.  The mid-show musicals and the maroon velvety looking jacket were his trademarks.

The 21 Most Stylish Actors

Movies from now and then have been inspirations to men everywhere about stepping up their style game.  Let’s give a little credit where it’s due and applaud these men:

21. Daniel Day Lewis: Can anyone wear a better mustache than this man?

20. Paul Newman: All I remember him in is Slap Shot, but he gets credit for a lot of other work.

19. Alec Baldwin: It’s Complicated is still one of my all time favorites and his hatred for paparazzi just makes me like him more.

18. Bill Murray:  Not normally what you think of when style comes to mind, but he did make the cover of GQ, and has dressed well in and outside of movies.

17. Joseph Gordon-Levitt- Dude looks like a boss on every red carpet.

16. Jude Law (and Robert Downey JR.)- Been a style icon since Nam’.

15. Christian Bale- Bruce Wayne.  Enough said.

14. Michael Cane- Batman.  Enough said.

13. Jimmy Stewart- The guy was a G.  Looked sharp and clean all the time.

12. Brad Pitt- Lots of guys dislike him, but back in his prime, he could swing it. 

11. Gabriel Macht- Harvey Specter.

10. Robert Redford- Legend

9. Andrew Garfield- Kid looks sharp 97% of the time.

8. James Franco- Funny (in movies- who knows about real life) and stylish.  Today’s James Dean.

7. Daniel Craig- James Bond.

6. Steve McQueen- This picture alone proves it.

5. George Clooney- This generation’s Carey Grant.

4. James Dean- The guy died in his early 20s and still is talked about like Elvis.  

3. Humphrey Bogart- I remember watching old classic films of Humphrey Bogart and watching him suck down cigarettes and cigars like they were nothing.  He inhaled both.  Think he died of lung cancer…

2. Carey Grant- Stud.

1. Ryan Gosling- Am I really giving #1 to our generation’s man of style?  Yup.  Have you ever seen Crazy Stupid Love?

Back Hair Is Never Okay

Often times I hear women say that they stop shaving their legs regularly in the winter time.  They say that with the cold weather their legs are usually covered up and it just isn’t all that necessary… I’m not going to judge.  The same type of scenario can be said with men in regards to back hair.

It’s fall and you find yourself being covered up, for the most part.  Outside of being at your home, you tend to be shirted.  If you are a man that has the issue of back hair, I want you to hear me out when I say, don’t ever let it get out of control.  It’s obnoxious to have to attempt to shave your back on a daily basis, and probably more obnoxious to ask someone to do it for you on a regular basis.  There’s a difference between a week of no shaving and 2 weeks to no shaving.  

Just because it is the fall/winter does not mean you can let your fur grow like Bin Laden’s beard.  Keep it trimmed and shaved.  You never know when you will end up shirtless in front of a new lady…