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Bluegrass Barrels: Awesome Gift Idea

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So I am not sure how many women out there read this website, but I figured I would give you women a great valentines day gift idea. Granted, there is absolutely no chance of it shipping in time for Saturday – but really cool to give even if it’s a few weeks late.

A while back my fiancé got me a Barrel from Bluegrass Barrels. I actually mentioned/featured the barrel in my article on Hudson Baby Bourbon Whiskey, back a few months ago.  This is a great way to keep and age spirits, such as whiskey, bourbon, scotch, tequila…etc. The barrels are handmade in Kentucky, with American White Oak with a medium char on the inside. They have three sizes to choose from between 1 – 3 liters, with a choice between the metal used for the hops that hold the barrel together.

To personalize the barrel, you can put up to two lines of text with a maximum of 10 letters per line. Additionally, these barrels can feature your favorite NCAA logos.

Goto  their site, and order one.

What to Buy: GHOST Bikes

Let’s face it, you are too old for that Huffy your left in your parents garage. Also, everyone looks like an idiot on a CITI Bike. That’s why I bought a GHOST Panamao X3.

With the weather getting nicer, and needing to shred the beer-gut prior to the wedding, I figured doing a couple miles a day would be great exercise. I went to REI in Paramus, since the Soho location didn’t have the bike in stock, and I test-drove the bike for about 20 minutes. After feeling great while riding, and speaking to their knowledgeable staff – I made the decision and purchased the bike.

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Prior to doing some research on the company, I never heard of GHOST before. They are a German company, that has been making some pretty high-end bikes for the past twenty-years, and are sold exclusively in the US by REI.

I have been riding the bike for the past few weeks, and this thing is awesome. The model I purchased is considered a Hybrid, which is good for city riding but can also go off road with no problem. The suspension system is adjustable and can go from locked for pavement riding, to unlocked to handle any rough surfaces. This is a nice feature if you decide to leave the city and hit some trails.

I have also downloaded MapMyRide which tracks all of our riding. This app is pretty cool because it will show you details like distance, average speed, elevation, calories burned… Pretty cool.

With Manhattan having tons of bike paths, you should definitely pick up a bike. You can pretty much bike around the whole island of Manhattan with ease. We have been doing the paths on East Side, and going down and around to the West Side. Now if only my apartment was big enough to easily store this…

Work Clothes: Working at a Hedge Fund

Back when I was younger, people who worked in finance looked different. They all wore suits, tie, cufflinks with their facial hair clean shaven. Now a days it’s a little different. You don’t wear a suit unless you work at a bank, and if you are at a hedge fund – business casual can be pretty open to interpretation.

Here is exactly what you will need to survive your first spring/summer working on the buy-side:

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American Crew Fiber: Probably the best stuff you can put in your hair. They have a few different types but Fiber is definitely the best.

Charles Tyrwhitt Shirts: One of my favorite brands, and they have great quality items for really cheap prices. You can generally get 4 Shirts for $200, and they will last forever.

Hugo Boss Metost: My goto dress shoe. Not overly done, kind of simple, and looks good. Read my review here. $225.00

Bonobos Weekday Warriors: The best pair of pants you can buy. They are comfortable and come in three different fits (Tailored, Slim, Straight) and a bunch of different colors. Checkout their physical locations to get fitted (my review here) and start ordering. $98.00

Patagonia Vest: Also known as the douche-vest, or finance-vest. This thing pretty much just says “I work in finance, and am presumably smarter than you.”

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Apple Watch: Buying Guide

I personally do not know if I will be buying an Apple Watch. I just don’t know if it really is a necessity and something I would even enjoy wearing. Despite the Milanese Loop band (kind of like the Breitling Bands) I really think the product is only okay-looking. Additionally I don’t think I would enjoy the feeling of a pulsating tap every time I get a notification.

However, time will tell (no pun intended) and I have included an awesome Buyers Guide from my friends at Business Insider. This is an extremely helpful guide to understanding the different models, accessories, and price points. image

JCrew: Abingdon Weekender Bag

If you like me, you have reached the aged of no longer being able to pack clothes for the weekend in a gym bag. Apparently at some point we all need to grow up, and look like an adult, so that’s when I picked up a JCrew Abingdon Weekender Bag. I now use this thing constantly, and a lot of people throw some pretty nice compliments.
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The Abingdon Weekender Bag is a great size, which makes it perfect for packing clothes to get away for a few days. It has a an outside pocket, which I usually put all my shaving products, cologne, and stuff. The exterior of the bag is made out of a waxed cotton canvas, which is extremely tough. I literally bump this bag into subway turnstiles, fire hydrants, cars – and no visible damage at all. I chose the Deep Olive color, but the bag also comes in Khaki and Navy.
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If you getting ready for the Spring/Summer, aka getting ready for taking the LIRR out to the Hamptons, pick up one of these.
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Wine Wednesday: Louis Jadot

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Want to impress your girlfriend’s family with a good looking bottle of wine without spending your bonus check? Walk to your liquor store, and pick up pretty much any bottle of Louis Jadot. Not only does it look vintage, fancy, and more-expensive than it really is, the wine is really good. I personally have been drinking this vineries’ wines for years. When I am drinking red, which I usually am, I go for either the Beaujolais  (Around $13/per bottle) or the Pinot Noir (Around $20/per bottle). On the rare occasion I have white wine, Pouilly-Fuisse is a great bottle.

So next time you are forced into going to one of those dinner parties, or family parties, drop one of these bottles in the hands of the host – and look like a boss.

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Blunt Umbrellas: Best Umbrella Ever

All this snow and rain is starting to get extremely depressing…A few months ago I made one of the best purchases of the year, a well constructed umbrella. This is no regular umbrella, I constantly tell people it is the umbrella Bruce Wayne would have, if he were real.

The model I bought, Blunt_XS Metro, is compact and durable. Like all Blunt Umbrellas, it features their Radical Tensioning System (RTS). The RTS redirects, transfers and distributes the effort used in opening the umbrella throughout its entire canopy surface. Once opened, you can see how taut the fabric becomes around the ribbing, which helps combat the wind. These umbrellas are aerodynamic, and tested in Wind Tunnels to ensure they can withstand even the toughest of storms. Additionally, this umbrella is so easy to walk around Manhattan with. The XS Metro, is 37″ in diameter – and has rounded tips, which help avoid injuring people next to you.

You can buy this directly on their website, Blunt Umbrellas, or you can sometimes see them on Urban Daddy for cheaper. The XS Metro on the site is $49.00 while UD has it listed for $39.00 – so utilize the 20% Off.

Bonobos: First Time Going to Their Location, Great Experience


photo 3 This morning I had some free time so I booked an appointment at Bonobos down the block from my apartment. I have been procrastinating on buying more work pants for the past few weeks, which has become an necessity due to the increasing bulge of my gut. So I woke up, a little hung over and walked over to Crosby Street. I read some reviews on Yelp about this location, about the people being snooty and pretentious – and I was kind of expecting the same. I walked in browsed around a bit, and then was greeted by some of the staff – and contrary to the people of Yelp’s comments – everyone was really nice. Also, I picture the atmosphere being kind of one of those hard-sells where they pressure you into buying way more than you came in for, and it was not. It truly was a great experience overall.

I met with Makenzie, and after a few minutes we decided on the cut and size I should be wearing in their products. We determined their Slim Straight fit looked best, and their team began to put together some things to try on in this style. I wound up buying two pairs of their WEEKDAY WARRIORS in Friday Grey and Light Friday Grey. Since I was a new customer, they gave me the 20% of Discount – which ended up saving me $40.00 and spent a total of $155 – for two pairs, which is great. Before I left Makenzie sent me my measurements for their Weekday Warrior, Workday Wools, Dress Shirts, and Shorts – which I can then use in the future to order more products online.

When I got back to my apartment, I realized I had a 30% off discount code from a flyer they sent to me the other day. So, went online and was able to order two pairs of their HERITAGE WASHED CHINOS which were finale sale – which I didn’t mind since I had all the details of my fit from today’s appointment. The chinos were marked down from $128 to $68 a pair, and then with the Discount Code: WINTERSALE30 I got the 30% for a total of $95.00.

So in total, four pairs of great fitting well made pants for $250.00 – so it was definitely worth waking up this morning and walking over there. I definitely recommend checking out their website, but I also think it is a great idea to goto one of their locations to get the fit that suits you best. They have 11 Bononos Guideshops, two of which are located in NYC – one in Flatiron, the other in SOHO. Also, they have 1-2 day shipping, which is free, so you can’t beat that either.


 

TaylorMade RocketBallz Stage 2 Rescue Club

Let’s face it, we are a few months away from Golf Season – but it feels a lot longer. Soon we will be on the course, abusing your buddy’s country club memberships, escaping the kids, and drunk driving a fucking golf cart. But until then, you can at least buy some new gear online.

At the end of last season, I bought a TaylorMade RocketBallz Stage 2 Hybrid. Only got to use it a few times, but the results were awesome.

I picked up the 4 Hybrid, figured it would be the best fit for me. I hit my Cobra Amp Driver around 285 consistently and was looking for something to replace my 4 iron – but give me an added few yards. In the GolfSmith on 54th and Lex – while on my lunch break (doesn’t really exist but happened to be slow) – I went into the simulation bay and whacked the shit out of this club. Originally was going to get the 3H, but it was giving me a little to much distance. My main objective was 200-210, and this club was working great on the simulator. Now, walking around Manhattan and taking the 6 Train feeling like a real douche – in my apartment the club sat for a week or two until I played. Didn’t have time to hit the range before we teed off – and on the third whole, I decided to give this club a shot. Was about 250 out and I knew I couldn’t hit the green from there with this club so – in my head I told myself to take a nice easy swing and make good contact for a 210 yard shot. What really happened was a lot different, swung to hard – flubbed the shot. Later on, same thing. Around the 6th time, I slowed my swing down, and was hitting this club great. On the second to last hole which was a Par 5, hit a good driver shot – leaving me 200 out. Pulled out the 4H took a nice swing, landed on the back of the green. I proceeded to four-putt for a bogey…

This is a great club, feel like it could work for anyone – if they follow the main rule of golf – and do not try to crush it. The club will do the work, but you have to let it.

The club itself is fairly cheap, can find for around $100 now, and is definitely a great value. Look to add some extra yardage to your traditional 4 iron shots – and hopefully I will see you on the course.