Men’s Style: The Tux …

Contrary to popular belief, my dance card is not that full.  Sure I get my fair share of invites but I am by any standard a social butterfly.  So it strikes me as odd that I have three different tuxedos in my closet.  I will let that sink in for a moment…


Who in their right mind owns three tuxedos?  The answer is no one.  Fortunately, I am not of normal mind, so three works for me.  Truth be told, I don’t get to wear any of them that often, so I was tickled to have the opportunity to bust out my favorites as part of a joint feature I did with RUE Daily.  I am discussing the Dos and Do Nots of wearing a tux.  It’s a great piece on what to look for in buying a tux and how to kit it out once you find the perfect one for you.  However, to be upfront, I put down rule down which I steadfastly break on a regular basis.  Tradition dictates that men wear a cummerbund and suspenders with their formal wear.  I find both items to be exceedingly uncomfortable and pretty much ignore that rule.  Call me a sham or a purveyor of bad taste if you will but honestly, I don’t care because I am …….


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[tuxedo: calvin klein signature // shirt: jil sanders // bow tie: brooks brothers // shoes: alexander mcqueen]

Be sure to visit RUE Daily for how you can steal this look and my suggestions on how to look your most dashing at your next black tie event!

Want another does of men’ style?  Check out the other posts in the Men’s Style: Holiday Edition here and here …..

[photo credit:  aubrie pick//styling: courtney lake]

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What Santa Got Me…..My Christmas Loot

Thanks to a vengeful Mother Nature and a lackadaisical Delta Airlines, by the time you read this, I will be probably standing in a security line a mile long digging deep within myself not to smack the parent of the snot-nosed brat in front of me who is screaming at the top of his/her lungs.  I am sure that all the fantastic presents I received this Christmas will help soothe my frayed nerves…..

Art: Santa heard my whispers on the blog and got me two fantastic pieces of art for the condo:

Reproduction of painting by Lin Yu

Awesome "sewn" painting by Clare Elsaesser

Clothing: I scored like a bandit in this category……

Dwindle Sweater from All Saints

Uniqlo Straight Cut Dark Demin Jeans

Tom Ford Velvet Bow Tie

And now for the biggie………

Calvin Klein Collection Tux

Yuppers – I am the proud owner of the above tux (but not the model good looks!).  It was a gift from The Partner’s family – so amazing and so kind.  I will do a little fashion show when I get home of the real deal.

But don’t think that the awesomeness stopped there…no no no, the gifts kept coming……..

Kitchen: I received some fantastic salts including a black truffle salt I am excited to try out.  In addition, the Partner’s cousin’s wife made this kick a$$ apron for me, which I have renamed the “mapron” aka the man apron.  She made it by hand…it’s too cool for words…well except for COOL!

"Mapron" by Rachel Tu

Electronics: And the last gift that I received for Christmas was from my beloved who simply is the world’s best.  It  is actually a gift that I wanted and will benefit all you blogging beauties….

Are you ready for CourtneyOutLoud in 3D?

I got a 4GB Flip video camcorder so I can start vlogging!  I am so excited for this but a little afraid since I now have to practice my “announcer” voice.

Even with all the above stuff, I still have way more presents to share with you all including the two awesome place settings The Partner’s parents gave me including one from Wedgewood (I sorta died on the spot)!  I am a very lucky (some would say spoiled boy) and I am grateful for it all….

So what did Santa give you?