"If one has no vanity in this life of ours, there is no sufficent reason
for living." Leo Tolstoy

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

A Sure Bet for Dinner

For men, it's best to walk the line between casual and professionally dressed. The perfect strategy would be to pair a blazer with a shirt that has style, flavor and class. Pair that with either jeans or khakis and the shoes are up to you.

For women, it is important to be sexy for your man. Mix it up, leggins are always great but try a form fitting dress and I bet you can order whatever you want for the evening. You may even get a ring before the night is over....maybe!

Accessories: Socks

Socks are the icing on the cake when it comes to completing your outfit so take pride in picking the perfect pair.

Personal Shopper

Personal shopping is an occupation where people help others shop by giving advice and making suggestions to customers. They are often employed by department stores and boutiques (although some are freelance or work exclusively online). Their focus is usually on clothes, although the number of non-clothing stores - such as furniture retailers - that offer personal shopping services is on the rise, and many freelance personal shoppers will help customers shop in whatever item they happen to be after.

A personal shopper will give the customer focused and individual attention, and will advise the customer of what is in fashion, help the customer to decide what looks good on them, or assist in picking out an outfit for a particular occasion- or even an entire wardrobe for a particular season. They will often also conduct other services such as a colour analysis, enabling the customer to better understand which colours suit them best, or which colours should be worn for which seasons.

A personal shopper is typically employed by the store itself, which means that payment for the service is not required - only the items bought. Other stores will charge a small fee to use their personal shoppers. There are also a number of independent personal shopping companies. Unlike store personal shoppers their advice is unbiased as they have no benefit to gain from selling items. Most major cities will have personal shopping companies.

Try Double Dating!!!

There is always things that couples can do to spice things up. One method is double dating, this approach mixes up the mundane dinner and a movie/night out. If you double date with a couple that is on your level it can be a very fun and exhilarating experience.

Top 3 traders under 30!

Before the financial crisis, young Wall Street hot shots used to clamor to get named in Trader Monthly’s “Top Traders Under 30.” Trader Monthly has been relegated to the dustbin of failed financial publications, but Wall Street Cheat Sheet decided to spend the last 8 months finding the top 3 traders under 30 and anoint them the new BSDs of finance. Their raw talent is compared to that of pro ball players Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard and LeBron James(dealbreaker.com).

Here they are:

#3 Jan Sramek, Goldman Sachs. Age: 23 Sramek makes his fortune as a trader on the Emerging market s desk at Goldman’s London Office. At the tender age of 23, he’s already published the book Racing Towards Excellence, founded and sold a social media website and has the ear of most of London’s major hedge fund managers.

#2 Gilbert Mendez, SMB Capital. Age: 28 After studying mechanical engineering at Columbia University, Gilbert built a black-box trading model for the global Forex currency market. He then sold it before becoming the “head trader” at SMB and now its youngest partner. He presently focuses on trading equities.

#1 Adam Guren, First New York Securities. Age: 28 This Duke graduate and former professional soccer player gets little sleep trading markets all over the world, at all hours of the day. He cut his teeth trading Chinese equities but now looks to profit on any market volatility around the globe. He starts his process by logging on premarket. Then he spends approximately an hour, sometimes thirty minutes, seeing if there’s news out in the basket of stocks he follows. This is how he figures out if there’s any opportunities because he looks for newsworthy events that are going to move his stocks, according to the Wall Street Cheat Sheet(dealbreaker.com).

"The Pen"

Garrett Hamler, (born March 30, 1979) better known by his stage name Sean Garrett is an American rapper, songwriter and record producer. He has produced fifteen number one singles in only seven years of producing music. That number puts him in fifth place on the Billboard list of producers with the most number one hits. Garrett is the only producer to achieve this measure of success in under a decade, and is also the only active hip hop producer that is mentioned on the Billboard list of producers with the most number one hits. Garrett is responsible for a series of chart-topping compositions, most notably Usher's "Yeah!", Ciara's breakout track "Goodies" Teairra Mari's debut single "Make Her Feel Good" Mario's single "Break Up", Nicki Minaj's first single "Massive Attack" and Chris Brown's debut single "Run It!". He is in a production duo with Swizz Beatz, and together they produced several Beyoncé Knowles singles: "Ring the Alarm", "Get Me Bodied", "Upgrade U" and "Check on It". He also writes often over productions by Polow da Don. Garrett is currently working on a new album by Whitney Houston. Garrett also embarked on a career as a performer,. His debut album, Turbo 919, was released June 24, 2008 on his Bet I Penned It Music imprint, through Interscope Records. (Garrett's catch-phrase, which is featured in multiple songs he has produced, is "Smash on the radio, bet I penned it".)Ludacris appeared on Garrett's debut single, "Grippin'". In return,[citation needed] Garrett was featured on Ludacris's "What Them Girls Like", alongside Chris Brown. He also wrote and produced a song called "I Did It for Love" for Korean popstar BoA for her first eponymous English album. Garret is featured and appears in the music video(wikipedia.com).

"Worldwide Wes"

William "Wes" Wesley (b. August 14, 1964 in Camden, New Jersey) is a noted figure around the National Basketball Association. He is associated with many of the league's most prominent players, including Allen Iverson, Richard Hamilton, Michael Jordan and LeBron James. Wesley, who is also known as "Worldwide Wes" or simply "Wes", is a longtime client of Iverson and James's agent, the Philadelphia attorney Leon Rose(wikipedia.com). Wes could be the one responsible for possibly bring LeBron James to Chicago!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Spring Boots

The style of boots for women can vary, here is a vast assortment of spring collaborations.

Maserati GranTurismo

The Maserati GranTurismo is a two-door 2+2 coupé produced by Maserati.The GranTurismo shares the platform of the Maserati Quattroporte

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Aquired Past Time!

Smoking is a very delicate subject, we are not encouraging smoking but rather looking at how a fine cigar can be soothing. Preferably unlit, as Will Smith once said,"Cuban Cigar I just bite it, it's for the look I don't light it".

Mr. Wright

In tribute to Common's leading role and the official theater release of "Just Wright", one of his best visual vids, "GO" feat. Kanye West

Thomas Pink

Desk of a Wall Street Player

People only think of the end result (money) when thinking of investment banking. But before all of the fame and glory there is a lot of work that goes into affording a superior lifestyle. This work comes easy to some but for the masses it can be difficult and confusing. To those that make this a career the rewards are endless after the skills have been mastered.

The "Dos Equis Guy"

We all hope to be this cool and appealing in our 50's and 60's...lol

Top Facts about this "Guy":
His pheromones are considered more addicting than oxicodone.
Once he suggested a hiding spot for some kid named Waldo...
People find the aroma of his farts appealing.
The movie "The Three Hundred" was stolen from an idea for a movie about him called "The One".
For marksmanship practice he shoot apples, off his own head.
His father calls him daddy.
He doesn't go swimming but he does get his dick wet.
Peanut butter never sticks to the roof of his mouth.
The President calls him in emergencies.

Ozwald Boateng: Why Style Matters

Ozwald Boateng OBE was the first tailor to stage a catwalk show in Paris, and is credited with revolutionising Savile Row. Boateng coined the term bespoke couturier. He also redefined the cut of the traditional suit and fused it with colour , and his more contemporary approach to menswear design drew in a younger demographic to Savile Row.London-born Boateng began tailoring at the age of 16. He set up a design studio on London's Portobello Road aged around 23 and his reputation in Great Britain as a tailor grew. He was inspired and guided by Savile Row tailor Tommy Nutter, and In 1994, Boateng realised his dream of opening a business in Savile Row with his store on Vigo Street, at the end of the Row(wikipedia.com).

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Men's Duffel Bag

The men's duffel is an important luxury piece. The choices of brands are vast but the quality of LV is the most popular. Indulge in a duffel for yourself if you don't already own one.

Lambo CEO: Stephan Winkelmann

The company was founded in 1963 by manufacturing magnate Ferruccio Lamborghini. It has changed ownership numerous times since, most recently becoming a subsidiary of German car manufacturer AUDI AG (itself a subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group) in 1999.Lamborghini has achieved widespread recognition for its sleek, exotic designs, and its cars have become symbols of performance and wealth.A new world financial crisis has seen sales decrease once again, from a high of 2,580 units in 2007 to an expected 1,580 units in 2009. Lamborghini CEO Stephen Winkelmann has predicted continued poor sales for supercars through 2011(wikipedia.com).

Monday, May 10, 2010

Banker Behavior

London Bankers Celebrate Election Bet With Cristal!
By Bess Levin(dealbreaker.com)

Friday night, a bunch of chippies patted themselves on the back for successfully predicting the outcome of the British elections (and winning an undisclosed sum) by spending £60,117.40 on drinks at London nightclub Merah. They started with the most expensive bottle of champagne (a “Methuselah of vintage Cristal at £36,000″), which, not surprisingly, garnered them some fans.

A source at the nightclub said: “They had made a small fortune on the outcome of the election, correctly guessing the results in constituencies over quite a large spread.”

“The guys were in their mid-forties and had come straight from work as they still had their suits on. When the Methuselah was delivered to their table, the music was stopped and the group were chanting, ‘Down with Brown, down with Brown’.” They followed it up with a Jeroboam of Cristal at £5,000 and a Methuselah of Dom Perignon, which was £9,000. “When their champagne arrived the whole club stood still – each bottle was delivered to the table with sparklers sticking out of the top. They were surrounded by about 20 women all night. They were very popular boys by the time they called it a night at 3am. Needless to say, their spending attracted quite a few girls who helped them through all the drinks. Below is the actual bill from the evening.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Politics of Going to a NBA Game!

Everyone loves to go a NBA game. There is nothing better than seeing the action live. Those of us that are fortunate enough to go appreciate the experience and the ambiance. The funny thing is that everyone that goes acts like they are only there to enjoy the game. That is such a lie, women go to be noticed and men go to look at women who are trying to be noticed. The fact is, going to an NBA game actually has nothing to do with what's going on on the court. It has everything to do with what's going on around you. From who is sitting court side to how good the cheerleaders are looking to who at the game is sleeping with what player. Going to the game is no different than the rest of life, it's all about POLITICS. So don't be ashamed David, so what you got caught looking at least you were obvious with your intentions. The ones that are not so obvious are the ones that tend to be the slickest and most conniving.

Weekend Dinning: Nacional 27

Open Salsa Dancing every Saturday Night starting at 11pm. Reservations is a must for dinning(opentable.com or 312.644.2727).
Nacional 27
325 W. Huron, Chicago | 312.644.2727

The Women of ESPN/SportsCenter

Reischea Candidate

Erin Andrews

Sage Steele

Linda Cohn

Hannah Storm

Lupe Fiasco: I'm Beamin'


Thursday, May 6, 2010

The One Button Suit

The one button suit used to only be suitable for formal events. However, that status quo has changed according to fine men's retail clothing stores. Rules are made to be broken, I think...lol

Newest NYC HouseWife, Sonja Morgan

Who is Sonja Morgan? Born November 25, 1963, is the ex-wife of John Morgan, one of five sons of Henry Sturgis Morgan, a great-grandson of J. Pierpont Morgan, the greatest American financier of the Gilded Age, and Catherine Adams, a great-great-granddaughter of John Adams, the second President of the United States. David Patrick Columbia, of New York Social Diary, writes of Sonja Morgan, "I first met Sonya Morgan about twelve years ago when, as the still single Sonya Tremont, she was the hostess at (the Italian restaurant across from Bice) on Madison Avenue and 54th Street. Sonya was very well known among the New York money men and power brokers for being good looking, savvy and with a go-get-em charm. She was so good at her job (bringing in big name businessmen clientele that I wrote a profile on her for Quest). It was a story about a girl who came to the big town from Albany and made her way into the international set who made the circuit from Europe to New York, the Bahamas, Aspen and Malibu, and used her connections to make her way in business. Several years ago, she ran into John Morgan whom she knew through the restaurant at a cocktail party. " When asked by Entertainment Weekly why she's appearing on The Real Housewives of New York City, the socialite replied: "I’m on the show to have a good time and commercialize myself...I’ve been writing my screenplay since the minute my divorce started. It’s very sexy, sort of like a Candace Bushnell society novel.(page 6)"

Picasso for $106.5M

Christie's Auction House sells a Picasso Oil Painting for $106.5 Million!


Do women spend more money than men? Women do love to shop, consequently do they spend so much that they never have enough to save. Is this a stereotype or fact?

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Luxury Goods

LVMH Moët Hennessy • Louis Vuitton S.A. (Euronext: MC), usually shortened to LVMH, is a French holding company and one of the world's largest luxury goods conglomerate. It is the parent of around 60 sub-companies that each manage a small number of prestigious brands. These daughter companies are, to a large extent, run autonomously. The group was formed after mergers brought together champagne producer Moët et Chandon and Hennessy, a leading manufacturer of cognac. In 1987, they merged with fashion house Louis Vuitton to form the current group(lvmh.com). 2009 revenues were around 20 Billion.
LVMH's chairman Bernard Arnault, the richest man in France and majority owner of LVMH

Brands under the umbrella:
Moët et Chandon Wines and Spirits
Dom Pérignon Wines and Spirits
Krug Wines and Spirits
Château d'Yquem Wines and Spirits
Hennessy Wines and Spirits
Glenmorangie Wines and Spirits
Belvedere Vodka Wines and Spirits
Chopin vodka Wines and Spirits
Domaine Chandon California Wines and Spirits
Fendi Fashion and Leather Goods
Donna Karan Fashion and Leather Goods
Givenchy Fashion and Leather Goods
Kenzo Fashion and Leather Goods
Berluti Fashion and Leather Goods
Louis Vuitton Fashion and Leather Goods
Marc Jacobs Fashion and Leather Goods
Loewe Fashion and Leather Goods
Celine Fashion and Leather Goods
Thomas Pink Fashion and Leather Goods
Parfums Christian Dior Perfumes and Cosmetics
Guerlain Perfumes and Cosmetics
TAG Heuer Watches and Jewelry
Zenith Watches and Jewelry
Hublot Watches and Jewelry
Chaumet Watches and Jewelry
Sephora Selective Retailing
DFS Selective Retailing
Le Bon Marche Selective Retailing

Women Are Attracted to Other Women!

Of course men are attracted to women, but don't let women fool you. They are attracted to other women as well. Maybe not as much as men (unless...) but everyone and everything find beauty in beautiful women. They are the greatest thing on the earth there is no comparison.

Grant Hill: Still Playing

Grant Hill has been in the NBA for quite sometime, he has battled injury plagued seasons but he is presently holding his own. In his 15Th season he is a key player for the Phoenix Suns.

The Rhodes Scholarship

Rhodes House

The Rhodes Scholars began at University of Oxford,and was the first large-scale programme of international scholarships. Rhodes Scholars may study any full-time postgraduate course offered by the University, whether a taught Master’s programme, a research degree, or a second undergraduate degree (senior status). In the first instance, the scholarship is awarded for two years. However, it may also be held for one year or three years. Applications for a third year are considered during the course of the second year. University and College fees are paid by the Rhodes Trust. In addition, Scholars receive a monthly maintenance stipend to cover accommodation and living expenses. Although all scholars become affiliated with a residential college while at Oxford, they also enjoy access to Rhodes House, an early 20th century mansion with numerous public rooms, gardens, a library, study areas, and other facilities. "For more than a century, Rhodes scholars have left Oxford with virtually any job available to them. For much of this time, they have overwhelmingly chosen paths in scholarship, teaching, writing, medicine, scientific research, law, the military and public service. They have reached the highest levels in virtually all fields(wikipedia.com)."

Myron Rolle, 2008 Rhodes Scholar (medicine) and 2010 NFL Draft Pick (Tennesee Titans)

Monday, May 3, 2010

2009-10 NBA MVP Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!

LeBron James does it again, Most Valuable Player for the 2nd time in a row! Nice Suit, Nice Family.....