This one’s for the bloke in your life: ManLand September 2010

Kester HubbardManLand 3 Comments

Well… how are you all feeling after the last few weeks in sport? For a few minutes last Saturday afternoon I felt like a passenger from Oceanic Flight 815, who’d just touched down on a tropical island via a violent plane crash.   

Stuck there in Grand Final purgatory, I didn’t know whether to laugh, cry or throw something at the TV after the AFL show piece finished in a draw for the first time since 1977. And I’m not even a fan of the ‘Pies or the Saints. Even The Stylist got fired up, and she only does AFL when the Lions are really on a roll. It was an incredible moment in sporting history, and in years to come we will all proudly recount stories about where we were when the final siren sounded, but for now it still feels hollow, weird and not quite right … unless you’re AFL chief Andrew Demetriou and you’re counting the extra ticket takings from this weekend’s replay. 

Switching focus to Sunday night’s NRL GF, and I’m still not sure which team to support. Wayne Bennett and the Dragons, or Brian Smith and the Roosters? There’s plenty to love and loathe about both sides. 

And don’t get me started on the New Dehli Comm Games. 

It hasn’t been all sport in the Styling You household.  The Stylist has had me hard at work after hours trying and testing …
Libertine Parfumerie, New Farm, Brisbane
The Stylist and I celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary the other weekend with a great overnighter in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley. While shopping we came across one of the “it” stores of the moment, Libertine Parfumerie, nestled just off the trendy James Street. Twenty minutes later I walked out armed with a new fragrance (plus one for the wishlist) and a new level of education about the science and history of aromatics. You will not find a single bottle of Brut 33 or Blue Stratos at Libertine. But you will find some of the world’s finest and most luxurious perfumes, home and body care products, ranging from every day to top-end quality fragrances, with some recipes dating back to the times of that cranky little Frenchman Napoleon Bonaparte. With a second Brisbane outlet across town at West End, Libertine has a strong focus on destination shopping, and offers exceptional services including fragrance master classes, private shopping evenings and corporate events. 

Libertine Parfumerie New Farm

This is what I walked out with ... Atlas Cedar by Jean-Charles Brosseau EDT 50ml $116

And this is what I've told The Stylist is on my wishlist ... Le Vainqueur by Rance EDP 50ml $148

Threadless Tees
A good mate of mine recently flicked me the address for a really cool website, dedicated to one of our great loves in life – tee shirts. Being a rabid Collingwood fan, Moz hasn’t been coping that well since watching the ‘Pies butcher a season of dominance and a healthy half-time lead to all but lose last weekend’s AFL Grand Final. But he was a much happier camper when he sniffed out Threadless, an American community-based tee shirt company where you can shop online from a huge range of unique t-shirts, designed by people from all over the world. You can contribute your own designs, join discussion forums and catch up on a heap of other tee-related content. 

A tee from Threadless

Kenneth Cole Touch Screen Watch ($279 to $379)  

New York fashion label Kenneth Cole has released a touch screen watch series, designed to inspire the next generation of consumers already passionate about the raft of touch screen technology at their … finger … tips. The collection mixes traditional and fashion-tech features in a modern sleek design, paired with a comfortable silicon strap. Functionality includes 32-city world time, stopwatch and a groovy blue light up screen function. Seriously fell for this one as an alternative to the stainless steel watch I usually wear.  Have informed The Stylist that I like this watch. A. LOT.  She know what that means. Kenneth Cole New York touch screen watches can be found at selected Myer, David Jones and Angus and Coote Stores and leading jewellery stores. 

Kenneth Cole Touch Screen $279

Beauty Mate products
I use “mate” way too often. I hear myself dropping it in every other sentence and although I frequently ask myself to find another greeting, I just can’t seem to let the quintessentially Aussie greeting go. (The Stylist is a little bit over it though … says it’s not really romantic.) Now a male skincare company has joined the game with a blokey new skincare range that could only ever have been created by Australians.  I’ve been giving the Good on You pack a run this month.  It’s value for money and the products stack up well too, maaate.

The pack includes:
Moisturiser:  with spring well and truely sprung, the moisturiser with sunscreen is a sensible option and is suitable for both dry and greasy skin types, with a host of ace vitamins (A,C and E) and natural anti-oxidants without the oily additives. Available in 100ml, $19.95.
Beauty Mate Shampoo: the shampoo range contains natural, plant-derived foaming agents and cleansing peppermint, menthol and ginseng to give your hair and your head a refreshing boost.
Suitable for all hair types. Available in 200ml, $14.95.
Beauty Mate Form hair product: The hair product is citrusy and provides a flexible hold without leaving an oily build up by the end of the day. Available in 100g, $19.95. Available from Coles and Target.  

Beauty Mate's Good on You pack

Oakley Dispatch by Julian Wilson
I first met Julian Wilson when he was still just a young grommet from Coolum who enjoyed nothing more than teaming up with his older brothers to dominate regional longboard surfing competitions. Even then it was obvious this kid had something special. A host of the world’s most recognisable surf /sports brands had already recognised his potential and signed him to long-term deals that have helped Wilson become one of the most recognisable young surfers in the globe; and he hasn’t even spent a full season on the top-flight World Championship Tour. To celebrate his rise through the ranks, Oakley has created a signature series Dispatch sunglass, which features icons designed by his mother Nola and a signature print on the inside ear stem, including graphical film strips that honour Wilson’s recently released surfing movie Scratching the Surface. Not bad for a 20-year-old! 

Julian Wilson at the launch of his namesake Oakley sunnies

Songs of the month
2010 continues to dish up some great music. And for September I’ve had to present another double-header because I couldn’t two tracks that have been equally enjoyable, but are very different in style. First up is the first single off the new album from Sydney outfit Sparkadia. Offbeat, kooky and with an awesome hook, for me, Talking Like Falling Down Stairs is one of the best songs of the year. And my second selection for song of the month is the very catchy offering Teenage Crime, produced by rising Swedish DJ Adrian Lux.

Cheers and over to you.  What’s on your or your man’s radar this month? 

*Kester Hubbard, 32, lives at on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. He divides his time between representative duties as husband to Nikki, the resident styling queen, providing alternative life skill guidance to three children and working as a communications consultant in Brisbane.  He’s a former sports journo so any code never far from his mind.  But underneath the sports exterior lies a man who not so secretly loves to style it up. {actually The Stylist wrote that bit so he keeps writing this monthly blog}

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