Tired of that itchy beard?

spice_citrus_1aI love a man with a beard. Well a 5 o’clock shadow.  But time and time again I hear how itchy it is when it’s growing in or it’s just annoying due to dryness and itchiness. Now obviously I don’t have a beard nor can I produce one. This is why I love having gorgeous male friends who love to complain which then turns into them involuntarily becoming my experimental victims (that’ll teach’em not to complain around me).

A dear friend of mine keeps a 5 o’clock shadow reluctantly because of it being so itchy all year round and during the winter months very dry.  So tired of listening to him complain (and the mission of the Gents Style Files; helping/hooking up the fly guy), I went on a hunt for the perfect product or close to perfect.  And effortlessly, I found Spiced Citrus Beard oil from Beardbrand.

It only took him a week to give me the thumbs up on this product.  Here’s what he had to say…

I highly recommend this for my bearded gents out here rocking the shadow or a full beard.  The Spiced Citrus flavor smells really good. It has a tropical smell to it, makes you feel like you’re chilling on the beach.

Since I’ve been using the product my face isn’t dry or itchy.  I’ve tried other products which some worked for the dryness but didn’t help the itchiness and vice versa.  I’m looking for a product that’s consistent, smells good, all natural ingredients and not greasy.

Thanks to homegirl Kimberly who had me test the Spiced Citrus Beard oil (again thanks), Beardbrand has a gained a new loyal customer.  This product has solved both my problems, it has all natural ingredients and it’s not oily. In Kimberly’s voice “Word!”

So there you have it Gentlemen, GROW that 5 o’clock shadow or full beard.  In my opinion, there’s nothing sexier than a Gent rocking a 5 o’clock shadow, sporting killer gear and smelling like a million bucks.

Until next time, Stay Sharp and Suave.


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Jack Daniels Cake…Yummy!

Cooking with Jack and Me…

Hello, everybody, anybody who knows me, knows I love Jack Daniels, Ginger ale with a twist of lemon. Well I found this recipe on The runaway spoon a Jack & Coke Cake.  A must try according to my taste buds (Yummy).

One day if you’re bored try it out…here’s the recipe.

Jack Cake


Jack and Coke Cake (Chocolate Coca-Cola Cake with Jack Daniels Butter-cream)
For the Cake:
Ingredients: (Serves 10)

1 cup Coca-Cola
½ cup vegetable oil
½ cup (1 stick) butter
3 Tablespoons cocoa powder
2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
½ teaspoon salt
2 eggs
½ cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
For the Frosting:
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 (2-pound) package of confectioners’ sugar
1/3 cup Jack Daniels
3 – 5 Tablespoons Coca-Cola

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°.
  2. Butter and flour 2 8-inch round cake pans (or use a baking spray like Baker’s Joy).
  3. Mix the flour, sugar and salt together in the bowl of a stand mixer.
  4. Combine the Coke, oil, butter and cocoa powder in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir to melt the butter. When the butter is melted, bring the mixture to a boil. With the mixer running on low, pour the boiling mixture into the flour and beat until well combined, stopping to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl and increasing the speed to medium as the flour is combined. Leave the mixture to cool for about 5 minutes.
  5. With the mixer running on medium add the buttermilk and vanilla, beating until combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating each one in thoroughly. Add the baking soda and beat until it is completely mixed in.
  6. Divide the batter evenly between the two prepared pans. I like to pour the batter into a four cup measuring jug, and evenly measure out the amount of batter in each pan (this makes close to 6 cups batter, so I do it in two batches).
  7. Bake the cakes for 25- 30 minutes, until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Leave to cool in the pans for 5 minutes, then carefully turn out onto racks to cool completely before frosting.

For the Frosting:

  1. Beat the butter in the bowl of a stand mixer until soft and fluffy. Add the confectioners’ sugar while the mixer is on a lower speed, scrapping the sides of the bowl as needed. When most of the sugar has been added, begin drizzling in the whiskey, scraping the sides of the bowl. When all the sugar and whiskey is blended end, add the Coke a Tablespoon at a time until you have a nice spreadable consistency.
  2. Spread the frosting between the two cake layers and on the top and sides.
From the runaway spoon

From the runaway spoon

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Let’s Talk, “Over Cocktails” about…

…Start up Confusion!
10154030_540192732765218_619703534_aYou want to start a business but you either have so many ideas you don’t know which one to choose or you don’t know what to do. Here is a simple solution along with following your heart.

 Stick to your choice and follow your heart!

A couple more suggestions that may help you sift through the start up haze…

  1. Pick something you won’t mind doing day in and day out
  2. Don’t pick something where you think it may make you a lot of money
  3. Just my opinion, stay away from the MLM’s, Biz Opportunities & Get quick rich schemes…but if you decide to go that route do your research before investing your life savings.
  4. Stick to your choice, so make sure you choose wisely or within a couple of months when you start to get bored, or the novelty of getting things done wears off, you either give up or move onto something else.

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