Shop The Best Trends For Men with Babbleboxx This Holiday Season — And Enter This Giveaway

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If you, like me, prefer to take your time and put in the research when it comes to finding gifts for the stylish guy in your life, perhaps you’ll appreciate the BabbleBoxx Trends For Men Giveaway we’ve got going today on the blog. I’m all about making things easy in terms of gift-giving (not to mention handing out gift suggestions for myself to others!), and in that spirit, I think you’re really going to enjoy today’s giveaway — it features  a bevy of standout products, all of which I’ve been happy to test out recently. The giveaway is below, but before that, we’ll tell you all about these standout goods for men. So, here’s what’s in my box.

G-SHOCK Adrenalin Red Series GA700AR-1A from Casio 

A rugged watch you can wear every day this winter (and beyond).

If you follow the blog, you know I love a rugged casual watch — kind of like this tough watch from the recently introduced Adrenalin Red Series. This durable watch just so happens to feature 200 meters of water resistance, plus touches like a countdown timer, multiple alarms and a stopwatch for a combination of toughness and style. This men’s watch is, in short, ready for anything you throw at it.

GiftTree Engraved Bamboo Wine Tool Set & Personalized Wine Bottle 

The perfect gift for the wine lover in your life (or yourself!).

I’ve lately started trying to get more into wine, and if you know a wine lover in your life, then this GiftTree wine set could just be the perfect gift this season (and beyond). In fact, this GIftTree wine set would also make a great present if you’re on the hunt for personalized business gifts, too. The wine tool set’s refined bamboo box is engraved with your chosen initials and includes a stainless steel corkscrew and stopper, while the wine itself is a rich, lush blend from California featuring refined flavor notes of vanilla and black cherry. Even better? You can engrave the bottle with your chosen message and theme.

Zenni Optical 

Zenni Optical makes finding stylish glasses easy.

As an everyday glasses wearer, finding stylish glasses can be somewhat tricky, especially at a solid price — that’s where Zenni comes into play. Stylish eyewear like the pair shown above (these are the Woodgrain Rectangle Glasses) comes with built-in features like spring hinges and adjustable nose pads, and each pair can be made with your own prescription — or better yet, with tinted lenses — to give you even more versatility.

Solemates Blister Blocker SPORT & Deodorizer (Get 20 percent off through Dec. 21st with code ‘Babble20’)

Two essentials to care for your feet and your shoes, easily.

Taking care of your feet and your shoes in equal measure is something you’ve simply got to prioritize — that’s where Solemates comes into play, and they make things easy with products like the Blister Blocker Sport and Deodorizer, two essentials you’ve simply got to pick up ASAP (using that discount, preferably!). The Solemates Deodorizer is a handy footwear must-have, designed to dry quickly and remove odors in shoes, while the Blister Blocker is equally essential. It’s key in aiding blister prevention, and the formula is non-greasy, long-lasting and all-natural. It’s also (and again, this is key) fragrance-free. Two footwear care must-haves for a great deal — not bad, right?

How Things Work: The Inner Life of Everyday Machines

For the maker or the engineer in your life, or for the guy who’s just curious about how things, well, work, it’s tough to surpass this beautifully composed book from Theodore Gray, complete with rich photography and a true all-ages feel for science fans at any level. You’ll be intrigued to learn how everyday machines work, and how we work with them, in turn — I guarantee it. It also happens to be the perfect gift book — hop to it!

Samuel Hubbard Great North Shoes

On the hunt for comfortable men’s shoes? Of course you are — that’s where these versatile, durable Samuel Hubbard shoes (featuring saddleback leather uppers & a comfortable XL EXTRALITE sole) enter the equation. Wear them with classic dark blue denim any day of the week.

OK, now to the giveaway …

From now until NOVEMBER 25, 2019, you can enter the below giveawy! One (1) Grand Prize Winner will receive the following: Zenni Eyewear, Gift Tree Wine Bottle & Tool Set, G-SHOCK Watch, Solemates Blister Blocker Sport & Deodorizer.

NOTE: BabbleBoxx will randomly select winners from all program entries and will be responsible for fulfillment of prizes to the winner.

ENTER THE GIVEAWAY HERE!

 

Reader Giveaway Opportunity: Johnston and Murphy Allister Lace-ups

Editor’s note: Congrats to Jeff, our giveaway winner! Thanks to everyone for reading and participating!

Alright, loyal Style Guide readers — how are we doing today? I’ll tell you this — your day (and week) could be on the verge of getting a lot better? Why’s that? Today’s reader giveaway opportunity is all about the best spring sneakers you need now — one pair, to be more specific. And if you’re a fan of crisp white sneakers for warm weather, consider today your lucky day. As it were, you might recognize the Johnston and Murphy Allister Lace-up from an earlier Style Guide post on how to dress for a spring road trip. They’re a crisp, clean, simple and subtly stylish pair of sneakers from a brand that excels at making all sorts of excellent gear — from rugged leather boots to a waxed field jacket that proved crucial for my upstate New York road trip last fall.  And if you’ve been in need of a spring footwear upgrade, consider that problem solved (if you’re fortunate enough to win, that is). Why exactly are these sneakers such a crucial pair to have in your rotation this season? From the slim profile to the textured upper and clean silhouette, it’s tough to top these guys — I’ve found them to be similarly versatile with other spring gear (including the neat Ministry of Supply Daystarter Band-Collar Shirt and the Going Places Short), and I think you’ll be just as pleased.

Sutro Footwear

Crucially, I’d suggest you style these with a slim polo and classic tan chinos every chance you get — and know that they’ll work with slim chino shorts and a patterned short-sleeve shirt on weekends just as well as the weekday. And if you feel like keeping it simple — say, a slim heather grey pocket tee and olive chinos — the Johnston and Murphy Allister Lace-up works for that situation, too. So, those tips are all well and good — but how to win, ehh? To win these sneakers, leave a comment below telling me how you’d style them — that’s it! One winner will be chosen at random on midnight on May 13th. Yes indeed, that’s longer than our normal Style Guide giveaways — I’m excited about it, and I hope you are, too. Good luck out there, stay stylish and thanks for reading!

Reader Giveaway Opportunity: Friday and River

Editor’s note: Read to the end of this post to learn how to win a new set of home goods from Friday and River!

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A new Friday and River candle could be a handsome addition to your home. Matches via Modern Anthology.

The concept of upgrading your entire lifestyle as you upgrade — and add — to your #menswear wardrobe is one that we take to heart here at The Style Guide. By we, I mean me — but you knew that already. And if you want to complement a stylish wardrobe with stellar home goods, there are certain brands worth knowing — particularly as a new year kicks off. Throughout the past few months, I’ve had the chance to discover and get to know Friday and River, whom you might recognize from a past Style Guide Q+A entry. I also covered the brand’s line of essential home goods for The Manual, and if you haven’t yet acquainted yourself with the ways in which the brand can upgrade your home, office or apartment … you best listen up. Named for the last names of co-founder Joe Freitag (Freitag is German for “Friday) and his wife, Yumi Kawamura (Kawamura means “river” in Japanese), it’s a brand that takes a nuanced approach to home goods for the discerning consumer. This practiced, minimal and versatile approach comes from the design experience of the duo with major brands like Levi’s, plus their time in Tokyo — which is quite the menswear mecca in and of itself. Starting with their natural leather-wrapped candles (as seen at the top of the page) and carrying through to a unique selection of well-crafted leather tote bags and minimal and smart leather card holders, the line encompasses all the small details and nice finishing touches you didn’t know you needed in your life.

For instance — thinking of adding a small plant to your office or apartment? Grab a handsome, minimal leather-wrapped planter; it’s a combination that’s masculine yet smart, perfect for complementing a study or a wooden desk. Are you with me on that? The more you look for style upgrades throughout your life, the easier they are to make — and that pursuit is getting even easier today. Yes, with the latest Style Guide giveaway, we’re giving one lucky winner the chance to win one leather-wrapped planter, one candle and one leather coaster set  of your choice — a pretty darn good value, and a heck of a deal if you ask me! How to win, you ask? Now through midnight Friday night (that’s January 13th), comment below and tell me how you’d use those home goods to upgrade your office, apartment … you name it! Seriously, that’s it. Sound good? Good.

Best of luck out there — thanks for reading!

-Beau

Frank & Oak

The Friday Read: Casio G-SHOCK, Kenneth Cole AWEARNESS and Menswear Giveaways

Editor’s note: Expect these posts once a week on Fridays — consider this a jumpstart on reading for your weekend downtime. Expect a mix of style and non-style content. For more entries, click here.

If you’re joining us here on The Style Guide today, that means you made it through Black Friday shopping — and Cyber Monday shopping — just fine. So, congrats!  It was an especially busy week in New York City coming off a Thanksgiving trip to Florida  and catching up on work. I also got out of the office on Thursday night for an especially neat opportunity — I had the pleasure of attending a great Men’s Health Style & Casio G-SHOCK collection preview at the very cool, very refined Tourneau TimeMachine in Manhattan. If you’re looking to buy a tough, durable watch that can take a serious beating, I’d strongly urge you to check out the Casio G-SHOCK Master of G collection, available exclusively at Tourneau. Oh, and on another style-related note — if you find yourself in need of a new suit, I think I’ve got what you’re looking for. I partnered with Men’s Wearhouse and the Men’s Health MVP Network to showcase the standout AWEARENESS Kenneth Cole line and a stylish slim-fit suit featuring the comfortable, flexible & breathable AWEAR-Tech technology. Coming from a guy who doesn’t often wear suits … you can’t go wrong with a suit that’s made with mobility and performance in mind. And lastly, need to know what to wear to your holiday party? Look no further than the latest Style Suggestion. While you peruse those picks, I’m very much looking forward to a day off work and some time hanging with my good friend and fellow Michigan State (and State News!) alumnus Jesse O’Brien — a talented writer from the Mitten — this weekend in NYC. Keep it stylish, keep it 100 and check out the week in #menswear below.

A trifecta of stylish menswear could be yours via the SeaVees x Grayers x STAG Provisions giveaway!

A trifecta of stylish menswear could be yours via the SeaVees x Grayers x STAG Provisions giveaway!

  • In the mood for a bunch of new men’s style gear? We’ll get right to it. The terrific trio of SeaVees, Grayers and STAG Provisions have teamed up to set you up with all the classic menswear you could ever want as part of the “Between Friends” giveaway. From this Friday to next Thursday, December 8th, you and a friend can enter to win a huge holiday shopping spree via the three brands. We’re talking a $200 SeaVees gift card, a $250 STAG Provisions gift card and $400-$500 worth of Grayers gear via a personalized styling courtesy of Grayers co-founder Peter Georiou and SeaVees CEO and Chief Designer Steven Tiller. Not bad, right? Seriously, enter the giveaway now, and look for a winner to be picked on December 9th.
  • If you have a cycling enthusiast in your family and are searching for a gift to get them, you might have just found it. Lauded British heritage brand Brooks England, known for its premium cycling accessories, is releasing a neat book entitled “The Brooks Compendium of Cycling Culture” to celebrate its 150th anniversary. This volume gathers insights and stories from a range of writers, artists, journalists and photographers to focus on the far-reaching impacts of the brand’s bicycles using neat short stories and beautiful design. And you get all that — plus a wooden box and a print signed by British photographer Martin Parr — for under $40. Talk about a great gift for the cycling lover, yeah?
  • Let’s finish the week on a classic menswear note, shall we? To get you thinking about cold-weather layering, Esquire covers the 5 military style staples every guy should own. Got any of those in your closet

Want to read just one more style story before you start the weekend?

  • It’s always a treat to see two American-made brands team up — when those brands happen to be the stylish accessories purveyors American Trench and lauded NYC shirt maker Corridor NYC, it’s worth paying attention. The American Trench x Corridor NYC collab has given us some great dyed shirting for the colder months, and it’s my latest feature at The Manual.

That’s all we’ve got going here on this fine Friday — but tomorrow, be sure to check out another fantastic offering in our Style Pick of the Week series.

Stay stylish!

-Beau

Reader Giveaway Opportunity: Dickies X-Series Denim

Editor’s note: Stick around The Style Guide for more seasonal menswear suggestions.  And read on for a special reader giveaway opportunity!

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Contemplating this great Dickies X-Series denim giveaway in Prospect Park. The X-Series 5-Pocket Pant is pictured here. Japanese flannel from the Dickies 1922 line. Waxed Cotton Field Jacket by Johnston & Murphy. Color No. 8 Diplomat Boots by Thursday Boots. Waterbury Chrono by Timex x Red Wing Heritage. Glasses by Frameri.

Maybe it’s because your Style Guide author lives and breathes menswear, but it can be pretty darn fun to discover new and unexpected things about brands you thought you knew. Take Dickies, for example. The classic workwear brand has nearly 100 years of history to its name, and a long lineage of outfitting workers for both everyday and more extreme situations. That includes military uniform production during World War II, and commercial production thereafter. Maybe you wore their overalls or hooded jackets — or still do — on the job. However, there’s more to the brand now than workwear — and that, of course, is why we’re here today. The brand has taken a nuanced, measured approach to lifestyle gear in the past few years, including its heritage-focused 1922 line. That approach extends through to its X-Series denim, a run of both slim and straight-cut jeans and five-pocket pants made with soft-yet-durable ringspun cotton and flexible fabric. The even better part? From the Slim Fit Tapered Leg variety to the Slim Fit Straight Leg option or the Skinny Fit iterations,  you’re looking at denim that’s priced at about $30 — seriously, $30.  Who would’ve thought? It was definitely refreshing to learn about the brand’s revamped approach at an NYC showcase event this past September, and after taking a pair of the Slim Fit Tapered Leg jeans with me on both a fall weekend trip to Providence and an October trip back to Michigan, I can vouch for the quality, comfort and fit, through and through. I also had the good fortune to check out a pair of the Slim Fit Tapered Leg 5-Pocket Pants, done up in a comfortable ringspun twill and pictured at the top of the page. They really are perfect for fall style, particularly when teamed with a soft Japanese Flannel Shirt from the brand’s 1922 line.

I’ve also found that the dark-wash pairs of X-series denim pair well with everything from my trusty Taylor Stitch Long Haul Jacket and a chambray shirt to a slim V-neck sweater and leather chukka boots — and I’m sure you will, too! Why’s that? Well, we’re giving one lucky winner — sorry, just one — the option to win their favorite pair of Dickies X-Series denim! Just follow the instructions via this link, and there you have it! Good luck, and thanks for reading!

To win one pair of Dickies X-Series denim of your choice, follow the instructions in this link.

Editor’s note: This contest ends at 12 a.m., Thursday, November 17th.

Reader Giveaway Opportunity: #Menswear Essentials

Editor’s note: The below giveaway is made possible through a partnership with Nakturnal and features prizes from East Dane. Read on to win!

East Dane stocks head-to-toe menswear essentials -- if you're lucky, this guy could be you. Photo courtesy of East Dane.

East Dane stocks head-to-toe menswear essentials — if you’re lucky, this guy could be you. Photo courtesy of East Dane.

Although The Style Guide just ran a reader giveaway earlier this month with the great team at Tread for Men, we’re running another one today, and it’s focused on #menswear essentials — not bad, right? After all, you can never have enough stylish pieces with which to put together outfits. We’re talking menswear essentials that you can, and should, pick up and wear on the daily — things like a slim chambray shirt, dark denim, or suede chukkas. But where to find such essentials? Well, there are certain E-commerce sites that offer up all those pieces at once, with an eye for style that’s continental and classic. East Dane is one such site — if you’ve read this blog, you know that your humble author is definitely a fan. And if you can see that photo above — all East Dane pieces — you best believe they know what they’re talking about.

That’s why I’m so pleased today to partner up with Nakturnal and offer up two (yes, TWO!) $100 gift cards to East Dane and the site’s well-curated assortment of men’s lifestyle goods. The site’s slate of brands runs the gamut from venerable institutions like Filson and Converse to up-and-comers like Public School  — truly, they’ve got something for everyone. Particularly if you’re looking for something like a great pair of men’s jeans, they’ve got you. And if you want to get 50% off men’s goods right now — everything from chukkas to shirts to blazers — well, they’ve also got you. Now, note that if you’re based outside the U.S., shipping is free for orders of $100 or more, but you’re on the hook for any potential customs tariffs — we’re all about saving you money here at The Style Guide, see?

But back to the menswear at East Dane: It’s a terrific mix of classic, straightforward-yet-continental pieces, and in all, you could feasibly spend hours zipping around the site — as I’ve done in the past. If you want to dive right in and earn that gift card mentioned above, follow the giveaway details below; best of luck to those entering, and join the menswear conversation at The Style Guide Facebook page in the meantime. And the great thing is, you’ve got a whole week to enter! Good luck!

To win one of two $100 East Dane gift cards, comment below or share a link in the comments detailing your favorite item on the East Dane site.

Editor’s note: This contest ends at 12 a.m. on Wednesday, August 23rd.

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Reader Giveaway Opportunity: Tread for Men Grooming

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One kit packed with a ton of functional grooming products. Photo courtesy of Tread for Men.

One kit packed with functional grooming products. Photo courtesy of Tread for Men.

We’re still in the heyday of summer, and that means that, well, it’s hot. That heat requires that you dress for warm weather, and it also requires you keep skin care top of mind — that’s particularly true when it comes to men’s grooming essentials. An effective grooming routine can be a solid way to start and end your day, especially if you’ve got reliable premium products to use. That’s why it’s been such a treat to check out Tread for Men across these past few weeks.  The Chicago-based grooming start-up reached out to yours truly at The Style Guide earlier this summer, and I’ve had the pleasure of testing out the brand’s Energizing Facial Cleanser, Hydration Toner and Firming Moisturizer. It’s all part of the brand’s Daily Skin Care Kit — also known as “The Daily” — which you can conveniently opt to have delivered every month. It’s a bonus that these highly functional products are presented in high-quality, no-frills bottles and containers, — they’d make a wise addition to any routine you already have in place, because it’s product that really works. The Facial Cleanser really does have a renewing, strengthening feel, and the Hydration Toner has noticeably toned my skin when used in conjunction with the cleanser. That goes double for the moisturizer, which works quite well to rejuvenate and rebuild skin.

Lest this sound like a lot of steps to you, rest assured that it takes just about as long as it would to pick out a well-composed outfit (and if you follow this site’s #OOTD series, hopefully that’s a snap!). Using these products consistently has made a noticeable difference in how my skin looks and feels, even after just a few weeks — believe me, the results are there. It’s become a welcome part of my routine, and I’d definitely urge you to check these guys out. But what does this really all mean for you, Style Guide reader? It means something very good, indeed.
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It just so happens that one lucky winner is getting their own Daily Skin Care Kit very soon. All you need to do is enter the giveaway below, stick around for the winner, and we’ll make it happen. Best of luck, and stay for a minute to check out other Style Guide content, including the dopp kits you need to buy now and a stylish dive watch to go with the rest of your outfit.

To enter to win the Tread for Men giveaway detailed above, click this link — good luck!

Editor’s note: This contest ends at 12 a.m., Thursday, August 4th.