Grooming. How difficult can it be? Very much so, considering our fixation with the latest hairstyle trends and quick-tricks for better looking facial hair. And then, there’s manscaping– down below. Uh-oh.

Whatever the grooming crutch, simple is so much better than anything overdone. Why is which we’ve compiled a quick list of what’s considered humble habit for becoming a well-groomed man: flawless skin, nice hair and white teeth. Nobody’s born beautiful. Here are 6 simple habits of well groomed men that every man should use in his daily bathroom routine.

 

 

 

#1 They’ve Got A Signature Scent

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Your cologne or fragrance says a lot about personal taste, which is why well groomed men have this down pat. First, go to a reputable fragrance seller – one that retails both big name, best-sellers and boutique scents. Apply and sniff, and let the fragrance mellow on the card or skin. Get to know it, take it home with you, live with it for while – only then can you truly know if you like it or not.

If you’re not happy with an off-the-shelf brand (or content with smelling like everyone else), then concoct you very own scent. Like a bespoke suit, it will fit your personality and style like a glove. In summary, take the time to try-before-you-buy. There’s more to fragrance than forming an allegiance with Team Citrus, Team Sugar or Team Spice.

 

 

#2 They Floss (And Brush)

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“How hot is bad breath,” said no-one, ever. Which is why dental hygiene – down to the nitty-gritty, is imperative. Flossing does about 40% of the work required to remove sticky bacteria, or plaque from your teeth, especially in between teeth, where brushing doesn’t reach.

Plaque generates acid, which can cause cavities, irritate the gums, and lead to gum disease – one of the main causes of bad breath. You follow? Not even mouthwash or the occasional mint replaces the ferocity of a good floss. Afraid of the red stuff? Bleeding means the gums are inflamed because plaque has built up and needs to be cleaned away. Gross. But, don’t let that deter you. Floss- at least once a day, and the bleeding, plaque and bad breath shall cease.

 

 

#3 They Book In, In Advance

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From the barber who trims to the nail technician who pushes back cuticles, a well groomed man is in tune with his outsourced grooming routine. More importantly, he has his hair, beard, waxing and ‘whatever’ appointments booked in, in advance.

So, it’s never a cause of looking sloppy, simply because he couldn’t get a session with his go-to person. Visit these people every 4-6 weeks and, in case of emergencies, have these people on speed-dial.

 

 

#4 Know Their Skin Type

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Just like hair, the well-groomed man knows his specialized skin type. The main skin types for men are oily, dry, sensitive and normal. Whether you need put more moisturizer back into the skin or eradicate oils due to clogged up pores, the natural state of your skin (cause by genetics and diet, really) will affect what skin care products you’ll be needing, and how intense your regime.

Then, there’s the physical environment that you live/work in. Work in an office? Consider the affect of air-conditioning on drying out your skin. And, if you’re outside working the sun and wind both play a part in drying and even burning your skin. Basic skin care essentials include a non-greasy moisturizer (with added UV protection is a plus), a face cleanser and an exfoliator (to be used pre-shave).

 

 

#5 Know Their Hair Type

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It’s all well and good to want the coolest haircut of the season. But well-groomed men know their hair type first, and then decide on a workable hairstyle based on what genetics gave them. These are the main hair characteristics to consider:

  • Density: thick, medium or thin
  • Porosity: the hair’s ability to hold moisture (low, medium or high)
  • Elasticity: the hair’s ability to stretch and not break (low, medium or high)
  • Curl Pattern: straight, wavy, curly or coily

Decipher your hair type using the checklist above. But be sure to do so only when the hair is au natural: dry, clean and void of any hair product that inhibit a true assessment. Then, head to a barber (with a photo if you wish), to explain the look you’re after. Then, with the pro’s approval should you proceed with your dream hairdo.

 

 

#6 They Seek Help/Advice

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This leads into the most important simple habit of well groomed men – they seek help or advice from others. If you’re unsure on your skin type, consult a skin/beauty therapist or a GP, especially in relation to severe oily/dry skin (the problem could be much deeper than using a certain face cream).

Can’t decipher your hair type? Chat to the barber next time and ask what type you are. We guarantee they’ll be impressed you even bothered to ask. And then, as professionals, they can suggest appropriate hair products to lift your hair-game.

Finally, find a female in your life (the girlfriend, wife or sister) and chat grooming tricks for a bit. More so than men, women have been inundated with beauty regimes and grooming products (especially skin and hair) their entire lives, and have grooming gems stored away, just waiting to be uncovered.

While male and female bodies aren’t exactly alike, there’s certainly cross-over in how the two sexes (both being human) react to ‘life’ environments (the physical weather, diet/exercise and the stress of work/relationships). This all takes its toll on skin, hair and dental hygiene.

 

Thanks for reading,

Stylishly yours,

The Jackdaw


In recent years, wooden accessories have become trendy and refined, especially when adorned with accents and matched with other wooden accessories. Wooden accessories are appearing on everything from eyewear to belts, though the crowning achievement may be the wooden watches. Fashion influencers all over the globe have embraced the stylish medium that is becoming a leading medium in the fashion industry. Listed below are the top benefits of wearing a wooden watch.

 

 

 

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1. You’re doing your part to save Mother Earth.

They are made from one of the most renewable resources we have: Wood!

Wood is a magnificent resource, it is renewable, sustainable, and grows naturally all around the world, and there simply is no shortage of wood. Wood requires less energy to process when creating products from it. If you didn’t know it already: wood absorbs carbon dioxide from the air, therefore by wearing a wood watch, you are removing chemicals from the air. While wood watches are becoming a very popular accessory in the fashion world, they are also extremely eco-friendly. Since wood is a sustainable resource that grows naturally, the production of these watches creates a significantly lower carbon footprint. Wood also has the natural tendency to store excess carbon dioxide from the air, so by wearing a wood watch, you are helping to remove these chemicals from the environment.

 

 

2. Be the center of attention

This is fairly obvious, but it’s true. We guarantee that if you purchase a Wooden Watch, you will get many complementary questions, compared to wearing a standard metal watch.

 

 

3. Wooden watches are non-toxic/chemical-free

Having wood close to the skin on a regular basis means that your skin absorbs whatever it coats the wood’s surface. Artisans create the best wood watches out of chemical-free and non-toxic materials and finishes. Make sure that  your contact with a wooden watch does not result in your adding harmful side effects to your everyday life. A thing of beauty like a wooden watch should definitely add only good things to life, never bad. Thanks to improved crafting processess and better finish formulas, buying a wooden watch doesn’t have to involve health hazards.

 

 

4. Hypoallergenic

If you’re having issues with metal against your skin, wood watches are the perfect alternative

Many people have metal allergies that they are either acutely aware of or do not discover until they start wearing jewelry. Metal allergies can discolor the skin and cause severe irritation or rashes.

Often, it means that some people cannot wear the finest jewelry with the purest of metals simply because of histamine reactions in their skin cells.

With a wood watch though, metal allergies are never a concern.

Both men and women can enjoy attractive jewelry in the form of wooden timepieces with beautifully crafted wristbands and backing.

 

 

5. Wooden watches are nickel-free

The effects of nickel allergies are harsh for those wh enjoy wearing a fine timepiece on their wrist.

Nickel is the primary metal used in backplates of most digital or mechanical watches, making them a deal breaker fo anyone who has ever had an allergic reaction to nickel. They deal with breakout blisters that swell and burst, then the blisters become irritated by dirt and grime.

Enter the wood watch.

The backings of all wooden watches contain no metal, so anyone can easily wear a wooden watch even with a nickel allergy.

Suggest a JACKDAW wooden watch to someone you know suffering from a nickel allergy, or better yet purchase one as a gift to them and give them the joy of wearing a watch that is grand enough for even the most formal occasions.

 

 

 

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6. They’re one of a kind

No two wooden watches made are the same

One of the best features of a wood watch, is how they’re all different. Every wooden watch is unique not just because it is handmade, but it’s because working with wood, it is impossible to make two pieces look the same. When you purchase a wooden watch, although it may be from the same production, the watch you purchase will be crafted using different parts of the wood, creating a variance in the grain and hue.

 

 

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7. Rarity

How many people do you know own a wood watch?

The opportuniy to wear something unique, unusual, and common that adds a touch of class and sophistication to your wardrobe rarely presents itself in this day and age. When you drape your wrist with a JACKDAW, it instantly becomes the object of admiration and often disbelief. Get used to hearing the refrain “Cool watch, it looks like wood… Oh, it really is wood!”

In addition to being particularly unusual to see when people are out and about, wooden watches are also completely individual thanks to the natural variations in wooden grain. No one else will have a watch identical to your own.

No matter what major brand watch you buy, be it Swatch or Rolex, anybody can  buy one exactly like the one you have.

Only wooden watches are IMPOSSIBLE to duplicate.

 

 

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8. 100% Natural wood

This is the most obvious point we can make: Wood Watches are made from REAL wood!

Few possenssions we carry everyday contain the natural look and feel of wood. We are surrounded by plastic, treated leather, synthetic fabric, metal, and glass. So much of our everyday products are manufactured, processed, sterile, and emotionless.

When we add wood accents to our daily lives, be it in the form of a card holder, a pen,or most especially an item we look at frequently such as a watch, we maintain a connection to the natural world amid all the artificial things that surround us. While we may not always control the environment in which we must spend the majority of our time, we can still carry little pieces of a more natural place with us wherever we go.

Regardless, it definitely helpe to carry a wood watch to hang onto your connection to the Earth in the urban jungle.

 

 

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9. Like fine wine, they age well

Unlike the owners, they just get better with age

Wood is an amazing material, its colors and textures improve over time. As soon as you put on your watch, your skin’s natural oils gradually change the wood. If you have ever seen a 5-year old Wood watch, you will be amazed at how it looks. Unlike plastic and metal watches that wear down over time, wood watches age beautifully.

 

 

10. Craftsmanship with a story

Not just a watch

This amazing piece of art will elevate your overall look to higher heights! It is amazing that such a small item as a watch can make a significant difference to your overall appearance. JACKDAW is not only known for the craftsmanship that goes into each design, but the stories that can be told about the materials used.

 

 

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11. Pristine and minimalist design

We wisely chose to craft our watches by leaving the natural wood grain, streamlined shape, and uncomplicated face to be the main points of our Wood Watches.

 

 

 

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12. Wooden watches, a timeless accessory

Watches are one of those accessories that people will never stop wearing and with so many high-tech and inventive watch designs, watches made of wood were a needed and refreshing change to watch collectors. Celebrities like Mariel Hemingway, Paris Hilton, Grey’s Anatomy’s Jesse Williams, Rachel Wood, Victoria Beckham, Colin Firth, Cristina Milian, and Black Eyed Peas have been seen wearing wooden watches. While the watches come off as luxurious, the price tag surely isn’t. Wood watches are quite affordable which has helped its broad appeal for shoppers who are looking for unique accessories that are stylish, durable, and affordable.

 

 

 

13. Easy to maintain

Wood is a brilliant material that with the right care, can look beautiful with minimal effort. We recommend that keep your wooden watch looking gorgeous: Simply apply a dab of lemon or olive oil with a cotton cloth in brisk strokes. Then gently rub it in until there is no residue left. This should be done at least once every 2 months.

 

 

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14. The perfect heirlooms

Wristwatches such as the range of wood watches from JACKDAW are not just the perfect gift, but they are the ideal heirloom. When taken good care of, wood will last for a very long time and ages beautifully. Watches can mean a lot and stand the test of time. Being able to own a timepiece from a different time is a remembrance of the people who came before you. This does not mean that the watch is worth a small fortune, but what it resembles can mean so much more.

 

 

 

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15. They go with just about ANYTHING!

It doesn’t matter what you are wearing , what color scheme you’re going for, or where you are going, wood watches always look good. Unlike metal watches, which normally are worn to dress up, or plastic watches, which are worn for recreation. Wood Watches can be worn almost anywhere. Wood has an amazing color and texture, and since it’s natural, it looks great. It does not matter if you are out in a bar, on the beach, at work or in a suit. You can wear a JACKDAW with just about anything.

 

 

 

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16. FUN FACT: The traditional gift for a 5th Wedding Anniversary is Wood!

We have just solved problem of finding that perfect 5-year anniversary gift with a wood watch! There is no need to give a chopping board, wooden spoon or plaque. It’s time to give something a little different, stylish and unique.

 

 

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17. Durable and lightweight

Wood is one of the lightest and most durable materials on earth

As soon as you put on a JACKDAW, you will notice how comfortable it is compared to metal or plastic watches. It may not seem like a big issue, but metal watches are surprisingly heavy. If you’re always at work, you will notice that the weight can put unnecessary strain on your arm. Wooden watches generally weigh half of a standard metal watch. They are extremely lightweight and durable, making them a great choice for those with a busy and active lifestyle. As soon as you slap that JACKDWA on your wrist, you’ll be able to notice a significant difference in weight right away. Unlike traditional metal watches that are known to change temperature in various climates, a wood watch will never accidentally burn your wrist.

 

 

 

18. Wooden watches are not sensitive to heat

Wooden watches are not affected by the various temperature changes like metal watches are, and while we’re comparing the two materials, wooden watches happen to be much lighter too! There is something about wood watches that feels so good when you’re wearing it because it’s comfortable and because it is a true display of nature’s beauty. Keep in mind that not all watches are made entirely of wood, and many are combined with other material but the part of the watch that touches your skin is made of wood. Even those that have stainless steel backs are covered with wooden flaps along with a wooden strap.

 

 

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19.Wooden watches are bleeding-edge fashionable

There is fashionable, and then there is so fashionable it’s still partially underground.

Wearing a wood watch on your wrist gives you that something extra that so many crave and fail to achieve in terms of making a statement or standing out from the crowd.

Distinguish yourself with the accessory that never fails to attract comments and compliments.

Whether your preferred look is ultramodern formal or more casual and natural, a wooden watch in the right color tone with the right finish can perfect any outfit with just the right finishing touch.

Add something that sets a new standard for fashion among your friends and colleagues, adn get yourself a JACKDAW.

YOU DESERVE IT CHAMP.

 

 

 

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20. Wooden watches are truly a testament of those who wear them.

Wood is a very dynamic material, and those who wear wooden watches over time will notice that the color will begin to evolve. Unlike metal watches that wear down over time, wooden watches actually look even better the longer people wear them. The natural oils on their skin personalize the wooden watch to its owner. This is another great way to own a watch that is truly unique and different than all other watches.

A watch is not just a tool to tell time because it makes a statement about the person who wears it. People who wear wooden watches are typically in tune with nature and have a great sense of fashion. Anyone who is looking to purchase a new watch should definitely consider the many benefits of purchasing a wooden watch. Not only are they economical, environmentally sustainable, and useful, but they are also a remarkably unique work of art that is personalized to each person who wears it.

 

Thanks for reading.

 

Stylishly yours,

The Jackdaw


Aside from being heavy drinkers and womanizers, what do Barney Stinson, James Bond, Harvey Specter, and Don Draper have in common? They all look suave, thanks to their ability to wear a suit, which is the trademark of the professional man.

 
Now you may be thinking to yourself that you’ve never looked anywhere near as dashing as these men wearing a suit and you’re probably right but not for the reason you’re thinking. If you want to look sharp, smart, and put-together then you need to pay attention to the finer details of suiting up.

 
Too many men wear a suit improperly and therefore, don’t look nearly as good as they can. Common mistakes like wearing pants that are too long, jacket sleeves that are too short, improperly matching your tie to your shirt are just among a few of many mistakes you’re probably making.

 
But fear not! Read Jackdaw’s ultimate guide to suiting up below so that you can dress to impress and walk into a room allowing your presence to be felt.

 

 

  1. Never button the bottom button of a suit jacket.

NEVER do it. EVER. This is the most common mistake that guys make when wearing a suit, and it’s the worst one. Whether it’s got two buttons or three buttons, single or double-breasted, you just shouldn’t do it. The jacket is tailored to only have the middle button closed, so that’s the only button you should close. Don’t mind the bottom one, it’s just there for style. Oh, and when you’re sitting down, unbutton the jacket again. The jacket will look weird on you if you don’t and you could actually ruin the shape of it.

 

  1. The width of the tie should match the width of the lapel.

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  1. In general, thin lapels are more modern. Wide lapels are more old-school, Harvey Specter style.

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  1. Your shirt cuffs shouldn’t go over your hands.

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Your shirt cuffs should be narrow enough that they rest just on the top of your hands at the start of your thumb. A good rule to follow is that if you can fit your hand through the cuff when it’s buttoned or fastened with cuff links, then it’s too wide.

 

  1. Your jacket should fit.

This sounds like a no-brainer but again a lot of guys break this rule. The shoulders of your suit should hug your own shoulders, there should be no gap between the collar of your shirt and the collar of your jacket, and ideally, the jacket sleeves should be about a half-inch shorter than your shirt sleeves. Anything else and the jacket is too big for you. But be careful not to go too far the other way. Skinny fit suits are pretty popular at the moment and can look good, but you should always be able to button the jacket and still fit your hand comfortably between the breast and your shirt.

 

  1. Your trousers should fit.

Your trousers should just about sit on the tops of your shoes. If they’re too long they just looked bunched up and baggy, and if they’re too short, you can see your socks. Neither of which are a particularly flattering look.

 

  1. A pocket square adds an extra level of panache and pizzazz, but make sure it doesn’t match your tie in either pattern or fabric choice.

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  1. You should match your shoes to the color of your suit using this guide:

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  1. Your belt should match your shoes.

A lot of guys, myself included, like wearing a brown belt to be a little different, and make the suit look slightly lighter than if you were to wear a black belt. And this is perfectly fine, just as long as you wear brown shoes as well. The color of your shoes should always be the same as the colour of your belt, no exceptions. And if you’re wearing a watch with a leather strap, this should match also. You might think this is just being OCD, but it does work, and your suit will look a billion times better if they do match then if they don’t.

 

  1. Your socks should always cover your legs.

You go through all the effort and actually look pretty bad-ass in your suit, then suddenly you sit down and everyone can see the leg hair between your socks and your trousers. Make sure your socks are long enough. And if you want to make your legs look longer, wear socks that are the same color as your trousers. Or wear ninja turtle socks. It doesn’t really matter as long they’re long enough.

 

  1. Your tie should end at or just before your belt

This one might be a case of trial and error, even for myself, when you’re getting dressed because it can be pretty difficult to determine where exactly to tie the knot, but it’s worth it. At the very minimum, you shouldn’t be able to see any of your shirt buttons if you don’t have a tie on, while not going beyond your belt when you’re standing up.

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  1. You should be able to comfortably slip your hand between your chest and your buttoned jacket such that it feels snug, but with adequate room to move.

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  1. If you’re wearing a vest, always keep the bottom button unbuttoned.

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  1. If you’re wearing suspenders, don’t wear a belt.

Simple enough really, the idea behind suspenders is to keep your trousers up, like a belt, so if you wear both at the same time one of them is obviously redundant. It’s like standing under a bus shelter to keep out of the rain while still having your umbrella up. It just looks weird.

 

  1. Sleeve cuffs should be exposed about half an inch.

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  1. The suit jacket should be just long enough to cover your pants zipper and butt.

 

  1. Go for the dimple.

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  1. The color of your tie has to be in contrast with your suit.

If it’s a dark coloured suit, make sure to get a tie in a lighter shade. And vice versa.

 

   19.  The shoulders of the suit should hug your shoulders.

With a suit, it’s all about the fit. And the true test of your suit’s rests on your shoulders.

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  1. Finally, the tie-bar should not be wider than the tie.

It’s like wearing trousers too long for your legs. Agreed they solve the purpose but there’s something to be said about aesthetics and visuals too, right?

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Thanks for reading.

Stylishly yours,

The Jackdaw

 

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The Jackdaw only trusts one name when it comes to all his suits and tuxedos, that’s Salvo Tailors. Jackdaw and Salvo Tailors both share a common goal, to make the world a little more dapper . Picture a world where all the boys and girls are impeccably well dressed. A delivery guy in a jacket and tie, a puppy with a double breast, that 80’s dude with mutton chops, that little baby with  a lollipop, that waitress who’s kinda cute, nothing suits’em like a suit.

 

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