Life Lessons for the American Gentleman

Lesson No. 11: Always open the door for her.

It will open her eyes to see you breathe life in to chivalry.

It’s not dead, you can bring it back.

Lesson No. 10: The buttons on a button down collar are always buttoned

Always.

“There isn’t any night club in the world you can sit in for a long time unless you can at least buy some liquor and get drunk. Or unless you’re with some girl that really knocks you out.”

—   

Holden Caulfield, Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Lesson No. 9: Don’t hold her hand. Give her your arm

Lesson No. 8: Make it simple, but significant

“Never confuse a single defeat with the final defeat”

—    F. Scott Fitzgerald 

Fall Essentials: The Tweed Blazer

Esquire declares this blazer to be the quintessential fall piece to add to your already classy wardrobe, and for good reason. This favorite fabric of the Duke of Windsor,  his grandfather King Edward VII and his father, King George V, will keep you looking like a Gentleman throughout the fall.

This classic look pairs with dark jeans, gingham and solid colored shirts, as well as most sweaters. Simply put there isn’t much you can throw at the tweed blazer that won’t stick. Initially developed by the Scots, (and I tout most of their developments. See: Golf, Scotch, Flasks, The Breech-Loading Rifle, etc.) this sport coat has a way of making you look both classic and modern. Comfortable in the countryside or in the city. 

Always a classic

I recommend, as always, J.Crew’s Charcoal Tweed Blazer, or a classic Blazer from Harris Tweed (pictured). And as with any Jacket, know your size and trust your tailor.

- AG

The Sunday Hangover Cure

Face it, you had a long week. Work, meetings, presentations, probably a couple happy hours. Then you had a big weekend, cut loose, threw back a few too many cold beers. Now it’s Sunday, your eyes are bloodshot, your body feels like you fell down a flight of stairs (theres a likelihood that you may have), you need a cure. We feel your pain (quite literally). So every Sunday AG will bring you a new hang-over cure for you to try. This week’s is…

The Perfect Bloody Mary:

2 oz Absolute Peppar (of if you’re really adventurous try Bakon Vodka http://bakonvodka.com/)
10 oz of Zing Zang Bloody Mary Mix
A dash of Tabasco and Worcestershire
Celery Salt
Fresh Ground Black Pepper 
Garnish with two olives, a lime and a celery stick

Shake and enjoy. 

How it works: 

While your body is dealing with the new (and delicious) alcohol, it is ignoring the copious amounts of liquor still in your system. Meanwhile the Zing Zang and garnish are full of vitamins to help replenish your body. So enjoy a little “hair of the dog that bit you.”

Lesson No. 7: Unless you’re in the military, cargo shorts are strictly forbidden

This isn’t high school. Do yourself a favor, and open a Brooks Brothers catalogue.

Lesson No. 6: Always carry cash, preferably in a money clip

Cash is King, and you should be too.