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Holiday Hairstyles from the Stylist

Tis’ the season! It’s holiday party time. And our favorite questions are here too, like, what to wear, how to style your hair and which French wine you should bring? Well, today I will be sharing with you two hairstyles that are appropriate for the season, and few tips from someone who knows a thing or two more than I do about hair.

Rogaine invited me to meet with Celebrity Stylist, Benjamin Thigpen, whose work has graced the glossy pages of GQ, Departures and more, in addition to doing hair for the Patriot’s wide receiver, Julian Edelman, and Stranger Things’ Joe Keery. I was lucky enough to take the hot seat to find out how I should style my hair this holiday season!

We stopped by the Blind Barber where Benjamin gave me a little trim and shared his tips and tricks for my next holiday soirée. I’m sharing below two styles, one on the more polished and sophisticated side while the other is more on the wild and messy side.

Clean and Polished

My first look is the more modest and reserved look for the fellas that are planning on wearing something more than casual, like a nice velvet tuxedo jacket layered over a turtleneck sweater. You can never go wrong with the “I’m a good Jewish boy” look.

A Tip from Ben: If you’re going to go for a more clean and polished look then definitely grow out your beard and have a little scruff so the contrast will stand out.

Messy & Rugged

The other look, which is the one I personally prefer out of the two is the messy and rugged style. If you choose to dress up or dress down, this hairstyle essentially can be paired with anything you choose to wear.

A Tip from Ben: If you want to go rugged, but not too rugged, keep your hair messy, but make sure to keep your facial hair trimmed or even shaven off.

4 Easy tips for better hair this Holiday:

  1. Use heat (or blow dry your hair) with very little product (like pomade) for a natural bedhead look.
  2. Ben suggests to use a volumizing mousse to help make your thinning hair look fuller. Its a good trick to hide some of the empty areas, hence why Ben used the volumizing mousse to really get the hair strands to expand when the heat was applied.
  3. Don’t be afraid of change, but also don’t go overboard right before the holiday season. Stick to something that you like, however, if you want to try something different and bold I would suggest testing it out weeks before the holidays just in case you don’t like it and won’t be stuck with it. You’ll have the chance to grow it out before the holiday celebrations.
  4. Rogaine can be used with any styling products so it doesn’t interfere with your look or styling routines. For those who have thinning hair, or think their hair is thinning, give Men’s Rogaine Foam a try.

Thanks again to Rogaine for hooking up this styling session! For those of you who have thinning hair, or think you might be thinning, give Rogaine Foam a try. It can be used with any styling products so you can pull off any look you want. Find it on Amazon!

*This post was created in Partnership with Rogaine. 

12 Ugly Xmas Sweaters That Are Actually Perfect For The Holiday

It’s that time of year again! Now that we’ve given thanks and stuffed our faces with the endless amount of turkey and pecan pie, it’s time we get serious about something way more important—our Xmas ensemble. The invites to your office, best friend and family holiday parties are pouring in, and the big question is “What Should I Wear?”

It’s that one time a year, similar to Halloween, where you can get away with wearing something that is 100% not suitable for any other occasion.  For those on the lighthearted side and seeking an Ugly, and by ugly I mean the most adorable and funny, Christmas Sweater I got you covered, literally.

I’ve scanned the Amazon site for some of my favorites and came across so many gems. The best part is, if you feel you’re late or didn’t have a chance to buy one you can order one off the Amazon site and receive it with Amazon Prime (AKA Two Day Shipping!) This year my friends and I are having a holiday party over, and are having an Ugly Xmas Sweater contest. Luckily for me I have more than 1 option that will secure the top spot.

I rounded 12 of my favorite Ugly Christmas Sweaters that you should wear to your family/friends/colleagues holiday parties. You can shop each one with a link below the photo! Happy Holidays!

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SHOP: 3 Santas Men’s Let’s Get Baked Sweater

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SHOP (similar): Blizzard Bay Men’s Krazy Kitty Ugly Christmas Sweater

SHOP (similar): Despicable Me Men’s Holiday Jam Sweater

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SHOP: Blizzard Bay Men’s Festive Orca Crew Neck Ugly Xmas

SHOP: Faux Real Men’s Mazel Tov Ugly Hanukkah Sweater Long Sleeve T-Shirt

This post was created in partnership with Amazon* 

The Business of Blogging #SmallButMighty

In the Lieu of Small Business Saturday, which is taking place on November 25, I’m partnering with Dell to share my personal experience and how you can win three of their new Dell Latitude 7389 laptop (details below)

There’s not a day that goes by without someone, whether it’s on social media, family or a high school friend that I haven’t spoken to since, asking me the question”do you make a living with what you do?” Also, “what is it that you do exactly?” And my favorite, “Are you a model or something?”

My parents still don’t know exactly what I do. So, I’m here to tell you.

Seven year’s ago I started my blog as an escape from reality as I was studying accounting in a business school. I would write short articles about fashion, things that I like and the occasional outfit post to show people my personal style. I had zero intentions of making it a business since I thought I was becoming an accountant and going to count numbers for the rest of my life. At that point I was posting once a week on my blog and then maybe 3 or 4 times a week on Instagram. It was only until after the first publicist sent me a message on Facebook saying he wanted to gift me a pair of jeans I realized, maybe I should take this seriously and make this my full-time job. After transferring to FIT, and then interning at Marie Claire I began to post more regularly, like every single day. Also, I was going to every single event I was invited to so I can support the brand, network and hopefully be remembered.

Let me make it clear that I didn’t earn a dollar as a blogger until maybe the end of the second or early third year of blogging. However, blogging introduced me to my best friends, allowed me to travel the world, which I’m super grateful for and do the things I love. It also allowed me to purchase my first piece of real estate, and launch my second business, Ankari Floruss.

Ankari Floruss came together two years ago when I approached my best friend, and business partner, Marcel Floruss, the idea of designing a simplified and curated collection for us, for the people that support us and for men all over the world. Especially today with technology  and social media we can reach anyone that share the similar interests as us. There were a lot of obstacles a long the way especially since both of our schedules are quite hectic.

My business was built on technology and I rely on it so heavily. From emails to editing images to writing this very blog post, the tools and tech I use helps power my small business. It’s also important to have a reliable security system to protect your connected items from online threats.

Now, the real question. How do I Make a Living off Blogging?

Think of it as a magazine and a spokesperson/ambassador combined.

  • There is the common sponsored post which basically entails promoting the brand’s current collection or specific product. #ad
  • Attending events and covering them (both on your blog and social media channels)
  • Being the face of the brand (aka replacing a model or a celebrity in ad campaigns), which I think is by the far most impressive and difficult thing to attain.
  • Creating smaller brands and investing in small brands (i.e. designing a shoe collection)

Side note: as a small business you’re giving others’ a job as well (i.e. the agency you are rep’d by, your manager, photographer, assistant, etc.)

Most people think a blogger’s life is easy. They travel the world, get free clothing and post pretty photos to get a few thousand likes on them. WRONG. Sadly, no one can pay their rent with a pair of brand new designer jeans.

The hardships/Tips of blogging:

  • Posting consistently, and posting really great content. Try to post a blog post at least twice or three times a week, and post on social every single day! That’s a lot of work! The amount of work that goes into a photo (Styling, taking the photo, editing, and coming up with a witty caption is so important).
  • Blogging can actually mess up with your confidence and self-esteem a whole lot. You might see your friends succeeding and doing cool things and you might think to yourself you’re not good enough.
  • Being relevant. You constantly need to make sure your going to the cool events, wearing the best and posting about them otherwise you will be forgotten.

You need the right tools to blog, a Camera and laptop to start with! If you’re a new business (or a blogger in the game), consider entering Dell and McAfee’s #SmallButMighty Social contest for a chance to win Three Dell Latitude 7389 Laptops for your small business (and there will be a total of 5 winners!)

The Dell Latitude 7389 laptop

  • The Dell Latitude is the ultimate tool for work with an unparalleled viewing experience
  • A touch screen
  • An active pen for note taking
  • 17 hours of battery life for those that are always on the go
  • And best of all it’s only 3lbs. It fits in any bag that matches your lifestyle!
  • It’s also pre-loaded with comprehensive security by McAfee to ensure your devise is protected.

How to enter?

Enter HERE for a chance to win Three Dell Latitude 7389 laptops. There will be a total of 5 winners!

In the end of the day you, me, we ourselves are a brand and a business and it’s up to you to utilize the tools and resources you have to monetize your business.

This post was created in partnership with Dell 

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