Men’s Fall & Winter Accessories 2017

In this article and video, I wanted to show and discuss some of my favorite accessories for the Fall & Winter Seasons. Also, please be sure to not miss out on my whole series dedicated to the best men’s Fall & Winter Essentials.

 

Watch Straps

Fall and winter is a great time of year to change out the straps of your watches for more appropriate colors for the season. As for materials, I don’t have a preference, but leather, perlon and suede are some of my favorites. The best colors for this time are always going to be:

  • Browns
  • Oranges
  • Burgundy
  • Taupe/Gray/Green

The pictured straps, as well as many others types and styles are available at my favorite site for reasonably-priced straps: CheapestNatoStraps.com

I talked to the owner, Sofie, and she was kind enough to offer you an additional 10% off your purchase if you use offer code: AshleyWeston

Suede Belts

Since you’ll be wearing heavier fabrics during this time of year, it’s time to bring out the suede belts to add a more visual texture to your outfits to compliment them. I prefer a dark brown or gray color this time of year and the below options have these choices available.

$128 – Brooks Brother Suede Belt – the best color for the time of year.
$80 – Torino Suede Belts (Various colors – I like espresso & navy)
$25 – H&M Suede Belt

Wool Ties & Pocket Squares

Wool ties and wool knit ties and pocket squares compliment the textures you’ll be wearing this season. For how to wear them, watch the video at the top. Just know that you’ll never go wrong with the rule: Whatever item has a pattern (tie or pocket square), make sure the other item isn’t patterned. So if you’re wearing a patterned tie, wear a plain pocket square with a similar colored tipping.

The colors I love this time of year are:

  • Browns
  • Oranges
  • Burgundy
  • Grays
  • Greens

 

I’ve talked at length about my favorite pocket squares and how to wear them, so see my wool ties & pocket squares video/article for details.

Wool Knit Caps

They’re great this time of year to keep your head warm and they can look good  but remain functional when paired with some of your  casual jackets or even heavier Winter jackets.

Gray, Blue and Black caps are my favorite colors because they go with everything, but you can certainly mix it up with other colors, if you prefer. There’s one caveat when wearing them, though.

$90 – A.P.C. Wool Knit Cap – Multiple Colors
$10 – H&M Rib-Knit Cap

Leather Gloves

Leather looks great this time of year and help elevate your appearance by adding a sophisticated touch, while keeping your hands warm. Black or brown are easiest to wear, so I say just get one or both of those colors.

$30 to $40 – H&M Leather Gloves
$100 to $600 – Various Quality Brands @ Mr. Porter

Scarves

Keeping your neck warm should be a priority, but why not have your scarf also look good? As far as colors and patterns are concerned, I honestly view them like men’s socks, where you can definitely go crazy with them, so if you think a plain color is boring, go with some patterns. Generally, you want to go with the same general color palette of the season – so blue, gray, black, brown, orange, burgundy and green all look great this time of year.

As for materials, I don’t think it matters much, it just depends on what you prefer. I love a good wool or cashmere scarf, but a cotton one is also good, depending on how thick and warm you want yours to be. But, there may be a reason to avoid certain materials or colors.

I’ve discussed how to tie men’s scarves at length so check that out, too.

$10 to $100 – H&M Scarves – they make some of my favorite budget friendly scarves.
$15 to $50 – Uniqlo Scarves – also great budget-friendly options.
$50 to $500 – Mr. Porter has a great selection of many high quality scarves.

Morning or Daytime Skincare Routine For Men

In this article and video, I wanted to to show you the best morning skincare routine for men and the men’s skin products that work well for men with all skin types and for different ages, whether you’re in your 20’s, 30’s, 40’s. 50’s and beyond! Be sure to check out my night time skincare regime which goes hand-in-hand with this article.

Just know that no matter your skin type, the below steps won’t change, only the products will. This is sage advice passed down from my friends that I discussed in the intro video, who’s entire job it is to make my client’s skin look movie-star good. So don’t take my word for it, take theirs!

Have questions or comments?

Join us in the comments section of the video above.

Step 1: Rinse Face

Regardless of whether you take a shower in the AM or PM, (I suggest showering at night) there’s no need to wash your face with cleanser in the morning since you should have gone to bed with a clean, moisturized face. Unless you’re a heavy night sweater or your dermatologist recommends washing two times a day, just splash some cold or luke warm water on your face to remove anything that accumulated on your face overnight and pat dry with a towel. That will be plenty, I promise.

Step 2: Eye Cream

Like I mentioned in my men’s night time skin care routine article & video, if you’re in your late 20’s and beyond, then using eye cream is very important as a preventative measure if you’re younger, or a maintenance measure if you’re older.

Quality eye creams are expensive, but will easily last a year or two since you’re using so little (a pea-size amount, at most), so don’t worry about running out quickly.

Life Pro Tip: Keep it in the fridge when not in use so the chilled cream can help reduce puffiness around the eyes, especially in the morning. 

Take a little on your ring finger tip and dab it around the orbital bone area, including your upper eyelid, until it blends in. This is demonstrated in the video at the top.

The Best Eye Creams For Men

$37 – Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye Concentrate – Good, entry level anti-aging eye oil if you’re under 30 that works very well for the price.
$49 – Filorga Optim-Eyes – This one we tried on a whim after a French pharmacist highly recommended it and it was really good for the price.
$340 – La Prairie Luxe Eye Lift Cream – If you’re an older gentleman (age 30+) this stuff is a game changer and well worth the price. You’ll notice a huge reduction in the appearance of wrinkles, as this cream delivers intense hydration and firmness. After a year of daily use, you’ll still have 50% of it left – so it goes a LONG way.

Step 3: Spot Treatment

This step can be skipped, but it’s such a small, 5 second step that it’s really worth the minimal time investment. Spot treatments get rid of pimples quicker, as opposed to doing nothing or popping them.

Salicylic Acid and Benzoyl Peroxides are great spot treatments for getting rid of zits or blemishes before they’ve formed or been popped. In testing, subjects responded better to one or the other, so give each a try for about a week or two and from them on, only use the one that worked best.

If you’ve already popped the zit, don’t put either the Salicylic Acid or Benzoyl Peroxide spot treatments on them. Instead, use an antibiotic ointment like Neosporin because the skin has been broken and now you’ve got to treat the literal wound. If you put the acid or peroxide on it, or just leave it alone, the zit will be redder longer and possibly leave a scar, which you can avoid or diminish significantly with an antibiotic ointment.

Whether you’re using a spot treatment or antibiotic ointment, take a little and dab it onto the problem areas and move on to the next step after about a minute.

The Best Spot Treatments

$5 – Neutrogena On-the-Spot Acne Treatment – Benzoyl Peroxide
$18 – Kiehl’s Blue Herbal Spot Treatment – Salicylic Acid
$4 – Neosporin Antibiotic Ointment

Step 4: Daytime Moisturizer w/ SPF

The last step of your morning skincare routine is crucial. You should be wearing a daily SPF moisturizer on your face, ears, neck and arms – every.single.day and irregardless of whether you work indoors or outdoors. If you’ll be outside for extended periods of time or participating in outdoor activities, then you should be using a more heavy-duty sport sunblock on your exposed skin.

I go into extensive detail about why sunscreen is so important and the best ones to use here. If you want to use a separate moisturizer without SPF, then put a sunblock on your skin after the moisturizer has been absorbed.

Best Moisturizer w/ SPF

$28 – Jack Black Double-Duty Face Moisturizer SPF 20 – for dry to normal/combo skin
This is hands-down the best moisturizer and SPF combo for it’s price. It’s a broad spectrum, chemical blocker that blends into your skin nicely. If you buy the 8.5oz bottle, it should easily last a long time for daily use.

$25 – Kiehl’s Facial Fuel SPF 15 – normal to oily skin
This moisturizer is super lightweight and absorbs quickly. They offer two different versions – with or without SPF.

$27 – Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream SPF 30 – dry skin
It’s super hydrating, evens out your skin texture, and isn’t greasy feeling. I can’t recommend this one enough. There’s two different versions – with or without SPF.

$350 – La Prairie Line Interception Power Duo SPF 30 – for dry to normal/combo skin
This is the king of moisturizers with SPF.  If your budget allows or you’re an older guy, DO NOT hesitate to get it. It  goes on evenly, absorbs quickly, evens out your skin tone, reduces wrinkles, and protects really, really well, without making your skin shiny. Every one of my test subjects that tried it loved it.

The added bonus is that it also comes with a powerful anti-aging night cream, which I go over in my night time grooming routine article/video.

Moisturizer w/o SPF

Check out my night time skincare routine for recommendations on these.

 

I hope this helped! Join me in the comments of the video and tell me about your favorite skin care products.

Men’s Night Time Skin Care Grooming Routine

In this part of my Men’s Grooming Series, I want to go over the best men’s facial night time skin care routine if you want to have clear, good-looking skin, regardless of your skin type or age. Over the last year, I’ve been blind testing products on my male friends, family and clients and this video and article is the result of all that testing. I’m going to go over how to do each step of a solid night time routine as well as discuss the products that tested extremely well.

Just know that no matter your skin type, the below steps won’t change, only the products will. Some men don’t care or want to do all of these steps, so I’ll note that ones that can be skipped but unless you’re naturally blessed with great skin, you’re going to have to work at it to have the best skin possible. This is sage advice passed down from my friends that I discussed in the intro video, who’s entire job it is to make my client’s skin look movie-star good. So don’t take my word for it, take theirs!

Have questions or comments?

Join us in the comments section of the video above.

Step 1: Cleanser + Exfoliate

In my testing with cleansers, I was a little surprised to see that the ones everyone liked, regardless of their skin type, were the gels. They’re good because they foam up a little bit, they’re not harsh, and they don’t dry out or overly moisturize your skin. They’re perfect for basically all skin types.

The best facial cleansers for men

$7 – Neutrogena Naturals purifying facial cleanser – normal to oily skin
$22 – Kiehl’s Facial Fuel energizing face wash – all skin types
$64 – Sisley gentle cleansing gel – normal to combination/oily skin types

Take the cleanser and rub it onto your face.

Next, take your handy bamboo wash cloth, and using the slightly rougher side, give it a really gentle (GENTLE!) pass around your face, neck, ears, and back of neck.

Do that everyday, but gently and you’ll have the best skin of your life. We did a specific video about the bamboo washcloth because it’s simply amazing and there hasn’t been a single person who’s tried it that doesn’t also rave about it.

You don’t need exfoliating cleansers or those really horrible microdermabrasion tools because they’re awful for your skin, the environment and don’t work half as well as this wash cloth that’ll last you for a few years if you chuck it into the washer every few weeks. Seriously, the cloth is amazing. If you get anything from this article – get that. Beware that there’s a lot of different versions of this cloth, but the ones linked in the article is the only good one that also is in stock and ships quickly.

Step 2: Toner

After getting out of the shower, quickly pat dry your face and slap on a little bit of toner with your hands on your face, neck and back of neck.

Toner will remove any excess dirt or soap left on your face and neck and prepare your skin to absorb the other products you’ll be adding in the next steps.

Some people think it’s unnecessary, but if you’re wanting to have the best skin possible, you need to do it. It’s up to you, but I’d recommend it since it’s literally a 5 second step. One tip – avoid the one with alcohol, otherwise they’ll dry out your face like crazy!

The Best Toners For Men

$8 – Thayers Cucumber Witch Hazel – all skin types
$18 – Kiehl’s Energizing Tonic Facial Fuel – all skin types
$103 – Sisley Botanical Floral Toning Lotion – combination/dry/sensitive skin
$103 – Sisley Botanical Grapefruit Toning Lotion – combination/oily skin

Step 3: Serum

After the toner dries, it’s time to add a little serum – a nickle-sized amount should do it.

Serums, while not absolutely necessary, will help with specific issues your skin may be having. A vitamin C serum, like the Mario Badescu one below, will brighten and even your skintone and slowly (over the course of many months) fade age spots and scars so they’re not as noticeable. If you’ve got sun spots or acne scars, definitely start using a vitamin C serum. Other serums, like the Sisley or La Prairie ones below are for people want a little extra moisture – which is especially important if you’re over 30, since your skin will need extra moisture to look youthful and healthy.

You really don’t need much serum, not more than a nickel size, usually, so these will last a LONG time (the La Prairie one just finished after 18 months). Give it a little bit of time to absorb into your skin and move on to the next step.

The Best Serums For Men

$45 – Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum – Especially good for dry skin or during the colder Winter months. It brightens and evens your skin tone while giving a little more moisture.
$90 – Kate Somerville Mega-C Dual Radiance Serum – Especially good for mature skin. It’s another awesome vitamin-C serum that is cream based instead of Mario Badescu’s oil serum.
$93 – Sisley Purifying Re-Balancing Lotion – This is a great one if you don’t need any scars or spots faded but still need extra moisture and want to even your skin tone.
$250 – La Prairie Skin Caviar Essence-In-Lotion – “Wow” is the feedback from all the test subjects. If you’re an older guy (30+ years old), it’ll help lift and firm your skin, so I can’t recommend this one enough.

Step 4: Eye Cream

Just like I mentioned in my morning skincare routine article/video, if you’re in your mid-twenties and beyond, it’s time to start using an eye cream. This is a preventative measure if you’re younger and a maintenance step if you’re older. The quickest way to tell someone’s age is by the wrinkles around their eyes. I think a lot of men don’t think about this step as part of their skincare routine – and it shows.

You won’t see benefits right away – it’ll take a few weeks or months to be noticeable to others. Lots of test subjects said they started getting compliments of looking “refreshed”, which means it’s working! Do yourself a favor and take a picture when you start and take another one a month later and compare them to really see the benefits.

You should be using an eye cream morning and night. Quality eye creams are expensive, but will easily last a year or two since you’re using so little (a pea-size amount, at most), so don’t worry about running out quickly.

Life Pro Tip: Keep it in the fridge when not in use so the chilled cream can help reduce puffiness around the eyes, especially in the morning. 

Take a little on your ring finger tip and just dab it around the orbital bone area, including your upper eyelid. This is demonstrated in the video.

The Best Eye Creams For Men

$37 – Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye Concentrate – Good, entry level anti-aging eye oil if you’re under 30 that works very well for the price.
$49 – Filorga Optim-Eyes – This one we tried on a whim after a French pharmacist highly recommended it and it turned out to be very good and moisturizing for the price.
$340 – La Prairie Luxe Eye Lift Cream – If you’re an older gentleman (age 30+) this stuff is a game changer and well worth the price. After a year of daily use, it’s only halfway gone. You’ll notice a huge reduction in the appearance of wrinkles, as this cream delivers intense hydration and firmness.

Step 5: Spot treatment

Along with a serum, this step can be skipped, but again, it’s such a small, 5 second step that it’s really worth the minimal time investment. Spot treatments accelerate the pimple forming process and get rid of them quicker as opposed to doing nothing or popping them.

Salicylic Acid and Benzoyl Peroxides are great spot treatments for getting rid of zits or blemishes before they’ve formed or been popped. In testing, subjects responded better to one or the other, so give each a try for about a week or two and from them on, only use the one that worked best.

If you’ve already popped the zit, then don’t put either of the Salicylic Acid or Benzoyl Peroxide spot treatments on them. Instead, use an antibiotic ointment like Neosporin because the skin has been broken and now you’ve got to treat the literal wound. If you put the acid or peroxide on it, or just leave it alone, the zit will be redder longer and possibly leave a scar, which you can avoid or diminish significantly with an antibiotic ointment.

Whether you’re using a spot treatment or antibiotic ointment, take a little and dab it onto the problem areas and move on to the next step after about a minute.

The Best Spot Treatments

$5 – Neutrogena On-the-Spot Acne Treatment – Benzoyl Peroxide
$18 – Kiehl’s Blue Herbal Spot Treatment – Salicylic Acid
$4 – Neosporin Antibiotic Ointment

Step 6: Moisturizer

The last step of your night time skin care routine is also the most important. Without this, all the the other steps are wasted because at the end of the day, healthy skin is moisturized skin. So this step, aside from cleaning and gentle exfoliation, is the most critical. What you 100% have to do, two times a day, is to put moisturizer on your face, neck, ears and back of neck. The main issue I ran into during testing is that good, budget friendly options are few and far between. I included the ones that really stood out, regardless of price, but with moisturizers you almost always get what you pay for, aside from the two exceptions I found below.

If your morning moisturizer, which I talked about in my Morning Skincare Routine article/video, doesn’t have SPF in it, then you can also use it as a night time moisturizer. But if your morning moisturizer does have SPF in it, which I would highly recommend, then you’ll need a separate night time moisturizer since SPF will clog your pores if left on your face for extended periods of time.

The Best Moisturizers/Lotions For Men

$12 – Mizon Black Snail All In One Cream – For the price, there’s nothing better – plain and simple. It’s extremely moisturizing, goes on easily and absorbs quickly. Don’t be fooled by the small size, this will last you quite a while since a little goes a long way.
$25 – Kiehl’s Facial Fuel – If testers felt the snail cream was a little too “slimy”, they preferred this one since it absorbs really well and quickly.
$27 – Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream – If you’ve got dry skin, then this moisturizer is for you. It’s super hydrating, evens out your skin texture, and isn’t greasy feeling. I can’t recommend this more.
$275 – Sisleÿum for Men Anti-Age Global Revitalizer for Normal Skin
Sisleÿum for Men Anti-Age Global Revitalizer for Dry Skin – If your budget allows, this stuff is fantastic. My test subjects said it’s easily in the top 2 of best moisturizers they tested. It’ll leave your skin looking super healthy and nourished. If you’re prone to razor burn/bumps, then also use this as an aftershave – it works wonders.
$450 – La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Cream -This is the crème de la crème of anti-aging moisturizers and you will, frankly, pay for it. If you’re an older man and asked me for the best moisturizer, this is what I’d recommend 100% of the time. Good lord is this stuff amazing in regard to hydration, firming and helping to even out and smooth your skin.

 

I hope this helped! Join me in the comments of the video and tell me about your favorite skin care products.

 

Top 5 Men’s Fall Essentials 2017

Since Fall is upon us, I wanted to do an update and supplement to my Men’s Fall & Winter Essentials series. So don’t think of this as a replacement for the series, think of it as a next-tier type of video and article. Enjoy!
 

1 & 2. Denim Jacket + Chino Pants

My first pick for the season is a denim jacket. It’s perfect for this time of year and works equally well during Springtime, too. Not only does it look good on every body type, but you can layer the heck out of them depending on how cool or warm the weather is. I recommend my go-to styling formula for denim jackets: wear with a t-shirt or crewneck sweater and a pair of chinos and boots.

My second choice are olive, tan and burgandy chino pants. Some of my favorite colors for the season are olive green, brown, and burgundy, which you can easily wear with your other casual jackets and sportcoats.

Outfit Details & Notes

$230 – Allsaints denim jacket – One of my favorite denim jackets currently available. I love the lighter wash and distressed touches and the slim fit is incredibly flattering, which is really hard to find in denim jackets.
$20 – Topman striped t-shirt
$68 – J.Crew slim-fit stretch chino pant in green and brown (click here for their straight leg chinos) – I’m shocked at how spot on the fits and material are. The color choices and friendly price have me stocking up on a handful of these for Dorian this Fall (Seriously, I’ve already added the green and brown ones to his closet!).
$128 – Brooks Brothers suede belt in brown
$295 – Allen Edmonds plain-toe chukka boots
$318 – John Varvatos sunglasses
$5 – Perlon Watch Strap

Alternate Denim Jacket & Chinos

$70 – Levi’s trucker jacket – You can never go wrong with the brand’s iconic denim jacket.
$225 – Rag & Bone slim fit chinos – I’m a huge fan of their chinos because they use a stiffer fabric that’s lays really nicely along the ankles and is super flattering on all shapes and sizes, especially if you’re a hefty fella.

3 & 4. Patterned Sweater & Boots

My third Fall Essential is a patterned sweater. Hopefully, you’ve already got the basic, plain sweaters, so now it’s time to add one that has a subtle pattern because it’s an easy way to add a visually interesting element to your outfits. Also, a pattern helps draw attention away from the torso which is especially beneficial if you’re a slim or husky guy.

My fourth Fall Essential is a pair of boots. You can go with leather or suede, dress or casual boots, but for me, I’m all about the taupe suede boots featured below. These are my hands-down favorite for the season because the color is the perfect dark brownish-grey so they can be used in place of brown or black boots.

Outfit Details & Notes

$100 – Topman acid wash bomber jacket
$148 – Brooks Brothers cotton cashmere birds-eye sweater – The softness, color and subtle pattern instantly caught my eye. No matter your shape or size, this sweater is flattering on everyone. They run slightly larger, so you should size down for the best fit possible.
$10 – Topman slim fit t-shirt in white
$118 – Banana Republic slim fit jeans
$350 – Allen Edmonds suede boots in dark taupe
$98 – Brooks Brothers silver buckle leather belt in brown 
$125 – Ray-Ban black sunglasses
$25 – Brown Leather Watch Strap

Alternate Patterned Sweater & Boots

$89 – Banana Republic wool birdseye sweater – I’m so impressed with not only the fit, but by the superior wool you can get for under $100. The brand sourced the wool from Zegna’s factory, which is always high quality and can easily set you back $600+.
$178 – Banana Republic suede work boot

5. Chambray Shirt

My final pick for the season is a chambray shirt. It looks great on its own or layered underneath a cardigan or jacket. I recommend wearing yours with chinos or wool trousers.

Outfit Details & Notes

$55 – Topman chambray shirt – I’m a huge fan of the lighter wash, but it’s worth mentioning that this shirt runs pretty slim, so if you’re a bigger guy, see my alternate choice below.
$68 – J.Crew slim-fit stretch chino pants in green and brown (click here for straight leg chino)
$98 – Brooks Brothers silver buckle leather belt in brown
$179 – Johnston & Murphy chukka boots in mahogany 
$625 – This Is Ground briefcase
$318 – John Varvatos sunglasses
$25 – Brown Leather Watch Strap

Alternate Chambray Shirt

$55 – The Tie Bar chambray shirt – If you don’t want a super slim fit and/or you’re a larger man, then get this shirt instead.

 

Thanks for reading!

POTW: The Best Affordable Dress Shirts For Men

One of my favorite companies for ties, tie bars, and pocket squares – that I’ve been using way before I had this site – recently released a line of affordable dress shirts for men and I was… skeptical, to say the least. Well, I finally had the chance to test them out this past week and I’ve got to say – WOW! These really are the best affordable dress shirts for men that I’ve seen in a long, long time. Let me explain why in the video and below. Now I’m really excited for whenever they start expanding their offerings to include oxford button down dress shirts, too!

 

why I’m a fan

  • Two different fits are offered: Trim or Classic. Dorian tried the Trim fit (he has a lean build) which was the best fit I’ve ever seen in a budget-friendly brand. The sleeves and body of the shirt lightly hugged his body – it was as if the shirt was custom made for him. If you’re in larger man, whether from fat or muscle, then go with the Classic fit.
  • Two different collars: Semi-Spread and Point. I always recommend semi-spread for all body types.
  • The 100% cotton fabric is soft, but has just the right amount of thickness so it wasn’t see-through – which plagues a lot of cheap shirts (especially noticeable with white shirts!).
  • The price: $55. All I have to say is: This is a steal!
  • Sizing Tip: I did notice the sizing for the neck ran a little big, so go down 0.5″ of your regular neck size.

My favorites

$55 – The Tie Bar Pinpoint Solid Shirt in white
$55 – The Tie Bar Textured Solid Shirt in blue
$55 – The Tie Bar Chambray Shirt
$55 – The Tie Bar Multi Tone Gingham Shirt

5 Books Every Man Should Read

I asked Dorian, who is an avid and varied reader, to share some of the books he recommends to his mentoring groups. His 5 books every man should read as well as descriptions and reasons for recommending them are below.

The Magic of Thinking Big

I fought reading this book for a long time because my bullshit sensor is very sensitive and it just seemed like a bunch of weird self-helpy trash. I avoided it for many years until someone I really respected said it was worth reading. I gave it a shot and was surprised at how practical and informative it was. I can credit this book with helping me to see outside and go beyond my current circumstances and expand my horizons in business and life.

How To Win Friends & Influence People

Let’s be honest: nothing happens in a vacuum. Walls, empires and lives are built and destroyed based on interactions between people. So why not be as good as possible in this respect? The book’s title sounds like it’ll teach you how to manipulate people to do your bidding, but that’s not the angle it takes, so don’t let it dissuade you. I credit this book with helping me get over my social anxiety and shyness and, dare I say, has made me a better person overall.

Tao Te Ching

The pitch for this book is tough. It takes at least a few times of goading people to read it before they finally acquiesce and understand how good it is. It was basically written as a manual for emperors about how to be good rulers. But that description, while accurate, is doing this really short and succinct book a huge disservice by implying it’s only for people who oversee countries or large corporations. I read this book at least once a year to keep my life in perspective and use it as a sort-of pep talk during rough times. The book will use some terms that Westerners would interpret as religious in nature, but take those with a huge grain of salt and define them how you want. There is no such thing as an Eastern religion, they are only philosophies, similar to the Golden Rule, that are meant to only be supplements to your personal beliefs – not replace them.

Getting Things Done

When I started my first company, I didn’t know how to manage all the responsibilities and tasks being thrown my way. I would literally go through my to-do list and calendar in my head each night while laying in bed and as the company grew and my responsibilities increased, my sleep went away with it. I was recommended this book to use as a system for managing my life and it delivered on that promise ten-fold. I can credit this book with keeping me, as well as Ashley when she started her first company, sane and in a position to grow and expand our business’ and lives. This book will work for you, no matter where you are in life and make you more productive and happier than you thought possible.

World Religions

Religions are important to understand because they’ve influenced our lives in ways you may not realize. So in order to understand the basis for most laws, societies and people in general, it’s important to understand the foundational elements of everything – which are religions. The only problem with this book is that it’s written by a religious scholar who sees everything through a Christian viewpoint, so his interpretation of Eastern philosophies are not accurate because he looks at them as religions – when they’re not at all. I will include another book in the bonus section below that is much more accurate description of Eastern thought.

 

Bonus Books

1984

This book was written almost 75 years ago and it’s scary how accurately it portrays our modern times. This is a fictional-must read and a re-read if you haven’t read it in a while.

The Religion Of No Religion

This is a free youtube video of a lecture by Alan Watts, about the origins and details of Eastern philosophies that are a more accurate depiction than the other book about religions above.

The Naked Ape

If you want to have your head screwed on differently, read this book by a Zoolgist who breaks down the human species like any other animal in nature. It’s an entertaining and perspective-changing read.

Pale Blue Dot

This is a perspective-shifting book that will help you understand the place you inhabit in the literal universe.

 

How To Find Your Skin Type

In order to realize the most benefits from your skincare routine, you’ve got to determine what type of skin you have so you can get products specifically designed for a man’s skin type. Since it’s a very visual set of instructions, please see the video below and enjoy!