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Jonathan Stinson’s Ultimate Men’s Holiday Gift Guide For 2017

December 18, 2017

   

‘Tis the season for gifting your loved ones yet also stressing over the infamous old discussion of what they need, want or might already have. Groomed LA has got you covered with some ideas that most men don’t even know they need but definitely do. Groomed LA strives to instill diversity and find a common ground between the traditionalists and the diligently dapper.

Take a scroll through our Men’s Holiday Gift Guide and hopefully you’ll discover something you’ve overlooked while frantically strolling the aisles of your favorite stores. Kidding. Do people actually shop in stores anymore? Either way, here is the easiest way to get last minute gifts for the man who has everything. 

KREWE New Orleans Eyewear

KREWE was founded on the philosophy of doing something unexpected from a place no one would expect. Using the spirit and soul of New Orleans as a source of inspiration, their frames are purposefully designed to embrace individuality, allowing you to “do you” with us. Their main priority is to make sure you have eyewear that can keep up with your everyday lifestyle. From their New Orleans-based customer service team (yes, real people!) to their lifetime warranty and free shipping/returns, they are in this for the long haul.

MARC JACOBS Gotham Leather Card Case

This gorgeous MJ leather card case is slim and sleek and a card case to fit everything from your ID to credit cards and a few bills. This is one of the chicest card holders I have seen in awhile. Groomed LA approved item. 

ORIBE Straight Away Smoothing Blowout Cream

Come on guys, we all know you use a blow dryer in the morning before work. However, if you really want the effortlessly chic blowout then you must try this cream by ORIBE. Also, Oribe is one of my favorite hair products for men. This powerful perfecting cream protects against heat and humidity for super sleek strands that still have body and movement. Blowouts become quicker, more manageable and alluringly enduring.

LUMEE Case in Black

Ok guys I know what you are thinking – Kardashian. However, I had the opportunity to try out this durable case on my iPhone 7 (still don’t have the X) and I use the light as a flashlight and also it works way better than a flash when taking photos or selfies while in a dark restaurant or club. With this modern day social media takeover, this product is a must before you ever decide to send a selfie to a significant other on snap chat or posting on instagram for thousands to see. 

YEEZY BOOST 350 V2 x Adidas 

Kanye West dropped another pair of Yeezys on December 16th and they sold out in less than a few hours. These hip shoes are definitely a must have but extremely difficult to get your hands on. However, if you find it worth it, there are a few online retailers that you can buy them but most are overpriced. 

AVIATE Hats

“Play Hard, Travel Often” is best said by Aviate Communications Director Randall Porter. For millions of travelers, the three-letter airport codes assigned to major cities instantly evoke the memories of journeys past, the anticipation of adventure ahead, or the satisfaction of heading home once business is done. Aviate is built on that idea of community. I recently ordered the MSY for New Orleans and LGA for New York City. Some days you are feeling the need to travel but for those that can’t, toss on your Aviate hat and use it as inspiration for your next trip around the globe. 

Saint Laurent Suede Chelsea Boot

The classic Saint Laurent Chelsea bootie is one of my favorite shoes on the planet. They go with anything and are the perfect gift for any world gentlemen. The boots have elastic panels and stacked heels to give a lift. The Wyatt 30 Chelsea Boot in light tobacco suede is pricey but worth every penny. 

UGG Men’s Slippers

In 1978, a young Australian surfer founded the UGG brand on the shores of Southern California. His Aussie roots forged a strong love for sheepskin and he was convinced the world would one day share this love. In 2000, Oprah emphatically declared UGG one of her “Favorite Things” and we gifted 350 pairs of boots to her studio audience. We all know, if Oprah says its cool, you buy it! Haha The men’s UGG slippers are something I never take off when in my house and I have had them for at least six months and they still feel like I bought them yesterday. I promise any man who loves to lounge on the weekends in a robe will definitely feel like a king in these slippers. 

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

We all have a little more down time over the holidays so I recommend this book to ease your time or maybe decrease your family stress. Donna Tartt, winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for her most recent novel, The Goldfinch, established herself as a major talent with The Secret History, which has become a contemporary classic. Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality their lives are changed profoundly and forever, and they discover how hard it can be to truly live and how easy it is to kill.

Ultrasonic Diffuser and Essential Oils by NOW Foods

With the daily stresses in our modern society, this product helps ease the mood and allows you to focus in a clean and comfortable space while you work or even meditate. You will feel like you are at the spa relaxing while you are at your desk in your office. However it won’t make you lazy, I have noticed (depending on the oil) I am more focused than before. NOW® Solutions Ultrasonic USB Oil Diffuser unites aromatherapy with modern scientific innovation to create a diffuser that plugs into your laptop with a USB cable. This mobile diffuser is BPA-free and diffuses essential oils for up to 4 hours. It utilizes high-frequency ultrasonic electrical vibrations to create an ultra-fine mist. This diffusion method doesn’t utilize heat, which maintains essential oil integrity and holistic properties every time you use it. 

XX Jonathan Stinson

You Don’t Need To Spend A Fortune For Chic Lenses!

November 17, 2017

I need glasses!! And before I go spend a fortune on designer frames – I am going gaga over this!

DiscountGlasses.com

Loads of super affordable glasses! (And contacts if you need them)

I am loving so many, it’s hard to choose. And, they are so low price – I don’t have to!

I mean $27???!!! With lenses?

Brands like…

  • Picklez (for kids)
  • Lunettos
  • Covergirl
  • Ann Taylor
  • Hello Kitty

DiscountContactLenses.com has all of these:

  • All the major contact lens brands including Acuvue, Air Optix, Bausch + Lomb, Dailies, Proclear, and much more

Sexy Librarian!

1970’s Tennis Coach! (LOVE!)

Nerd city!

More reasons to check this site out:

USA based with our products shipping from Columbus, OH allowing for same day and overnight shipping capabilities.

House brands – Lunettos for adults and Picklez for kids – are rapidly growing brands at prices found below  most.

Prices start at $9.95 and with frequent sales and special offers.

High quality lenses – from free plastic lenses on up to Transitions are lower in price and pass all FDA/FTC guidelines.

Free shipping on any size order and 365 day free return shipping – don’t like it, no worries, they pay for shipping to you and back to us so there’s absolutely zero risk.

Sister site, DiscountContactLenses.com, has the lowest prices guaranteed on contact lenses including an unheard of 20% new customer offer and includes the same free 365 day return policy.

They have been selling optical products online since 1996 with millions of customers.

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Men’s Essentials: Start of Fall Guide  

October 1, 2017

 

Summer is officially over. No matter what climate you are rocking, I have compiled the hottest ‘must haves’ for the diligently dapper gentlemen that have confidence and class while living that endless summer vibe. Groomed LA always brings you the most accurate and honest opinions of what to buy and the brands below are no exception. These four brands are vastly different but share a common mission of bringing the highest quality products while enriching your personal style. To all the stylish men out there… this ones for you! 

Pangea Man is the sexiest men’s line we have seen in a long time. These intricate and detailed patterns are perfect for the worldly man. Even though these trunks are geared toward swimwear, I still love to wear them as shorts paired with a James Perse tee or Vince henley. These shorts were developed around the globe to bring culture to those who can’t seem to find the time to travel. “PANGEA embodies the notion that there is always more to discover, more to do, more to see. We believe that true adventure is the exploration of the unknown. And while the world may feel smaller, there is still so much to explore. Our designs are inspired by our own experiences traveling to some of the farthest places in the world. We went there, not so you don’t have to, but so you can, in style.” – Nicholas Bradley, Designer. 

Glossier is a an internationally famous brand and we had the chance to try out some of their best products and I must admit, this high-fashion brand is not bias when it comes to gender equality. The ‘boy brow’ is something I use every single day and have found that groomed brows for men is a necessary step in your daily routine. I never thought about grooming my browns until I got my hands on this product. All brow needs have been considered to create an unbeatable brow product: one to thicken, fill in, and groom brows into place. The creamy wax formula is inspired by traditional hair pomade for soft, flexible hold that doesn’t stiffen or flake. Each of the three shades add an oomph of color, while the clear option gives you the same soft, conditioning hold minus the pigment. Glossier is inspired by healthy, face-framing brows and consider brow grooming the last crucial step to heading out into the world: brush your teeth, brush your brows, and then maybe brush your hair.

Comfortably chic footwear is rarely discussed so I decided to research the top notch brands in men’s comfort wear and the UGG Men’s collection wins first place by a long shot. The scuff slippers  lined with high quality Australian sheep fur is an absolute must during the colder months. These slippers are perfect for leisurely wear around the house with ultimate warmth and comfort. These lightweight embossed suede outsole delivers long-lasting durability. I guarantee you will be hooked the second you try them on. 

Scotch Porter is a collection of grooming products for the modern day man who wants to look his best at all times. The brand prides itself on the motto: “when you look good, you feel good!” Scotch Porter has developed a line that takes your style to the next level with their hair and beard collections consisting of hydrating shampoo, conditioner and hair balm. This collection is enriched with Marshmallow Root, Agave Nectar and Broccoli Seed Oil to create shine, definition and texture. “We exist to provide healthy and effective products that help men to feel confident and look their best as they set out to explore the world and build their dreams”.

– Calvin Quallis, CEO Scotch Porter

xx Jonathan Stinson 

My Favorite Childhood Vanity Mirror Is Back!

September 1, 2017

Ok so growing up this mirror was life. I was looking for a fun mirror for me and my now tween and thank you Amazon. I LOVE THIS! Ok, full disclosure – my 11 year old nabbed and is doing fake Youtube slime tutorials while looking in it  – but it’s all good.

Super fun and affordable for the holidays as they are UPON US NO JOKE!!

Jerdon’s Tri-Fold Two-Sided Lighted Makeup Mirror .

Here’s why it’s one of the most-loved mirrors on the market:

Adjustable magnification, 1x and 5x

Adjustable light settings for daytime, evening, home and office to view yourself in the best light no matter your environment (this can be SCARY!!! office? NO PLEASE!)

Built-in electrical outlet to plug in a curling iron or cell phone charger

LOVE IT!  Has a totally retro 80’s vibe but I don’t even think they are thinking of that when selling it. I do, and it’s so fun.

Enjoy!

 

Modern Masculinity: Men’s Grooming Day 2017

August 18, 2017

For National Men’s Grooming Day, Groomed LA teamed up with Baxter of California to support their #LifeLivedTrue Campaign. Baxter of California, a brand born in LA from its founder’s independent spirit, sought to reimagine its position in men’s grooming through provoking, real stories and cultural observations that connect with evolving trends, preferences, and lifestyles.  The resulting brand campaign, “Life Lived True,” is an honest depiction that grounds the brand in a modern California culture through a lens that is inclusive of all expressions of masculinity—modern masculinity. “Life Lived True is about being honest with yourself, embracing your imperfections, and not being afraid to showcase who you are as you experience life. This campaign aims to show our consumers that we will never be a brand that wants to dictate who they should be or how they should live their lives. Baxter of California wants to be a partner on your journey, empowering you to make your unique mark on the world by living freely and authentically,” notes Baxter of California’s Global General Manager, Yann Joffredo.

The brand teamed up with agency of record Exposure America and photographer Ben Grieme to introduce “Life Lived True” in the city it has called home since 1965—Los Angeles. The series of portraits, accompanied by scenic imagery, shine a light on the diverse subjects, cast from the streets of LA—true to the spirit and culture of this city.  It was important for the brand that this honest, authentic spirit of California culture was captured not only by the subjects’ stories and their environments, but also through their unique styles and grooming habits. The brand enlisted the help of Baxter of California Lead Stylist, Whitney VerMeer, to get the job done.

“I work with a lot of career models, but my favorite projects are the ones where I cast people from Instagram or someone I pass on the street who has an interesting or intriguing look – most don’t have a modeling background in any capacity. There’s something really beautiful about watching a person transform behind camera and see their confidence blossom throughout the process. It was easy to appreciate the fresh approach and styling of this Baxter of California shoot since it’s very much in line with what I do,” Whitney VerMeer, Baxter of California Lead Stylist and NAHA 2017 Men’s Hairstylist of the Year.

xx Jonathan Stinson