Modern Bon Vivant

How to Host the Perfect Summer Barbecue

The summer barbecue party is an American national pass time. Here are a few tips to pull off a party that will be stress free for the host, and memorable for the guests.

  • Send out invitations. If you are over 25, or have class, a Facebook Event post is not the way to go. Send out invitations with an RSVP at least two weeks prior to the barbecue. This will give you a general idea of how much food and booze to have on hand. 
  • Be smart...


Is your beard oil damaging your beard?

The harmful effects of sun-exposure on the skin are widely known, but its effects on the beard are less easily considered. And with the summer months rapidly approaching, many of us will be hitting the trails, beaches, pools, and parks. While most will apply a sunscreen to protect the skin from the harmful effects of UV radiation, we tend to not think twice about just applying our beard oil to "protect" our beards.
The sun breaks down the protein structure of the hair [disulphide bonds], and...


No More New Years Resolutions!

Alright, gentlemen. Let's talk about all of these stupid "New Year, New Me" resolutions some of us still make every year. How long do we keep them up? 2 weeks? 2 days? 2 hours??

I quit making resolutions several years ago, and I will tell you that since then, I have changed my life for the better in several areas. Permanently. And with a fair amount of ease.

One of the things I did was to make a small mental shift. I set "goals" instead of resolutions. Instead...


The End of the Beard "Trend"?

Is the era of the "Epic Beard" coming to an end? 
Well, according to those sitting in the ivory tower Madison Avenue marketing and fashion houses the answer is a resounding "YES". And we all know how important their opinions are!

What was once seen as the ultimate symbol of cool and the quintessential sign of manliness is now antiquated and unfashionable. Where have we heard this before? Oh yeah, every trend since the wheel.

Just ask...


A Beard Product User's Guide

If you have been sporting your manly face mane for a while, and made the ever wise decision to maintain it, I am sure you can skip this quick tutorial. However, if you are either new to sporting a beard, or new to using quality products to maintain it, then this is for you.
True beard care can be broken down into three basic elements:
Cleansing
Conditioning
Combing
These are the big three that one must master when deciding to...