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Norman Reedus Nylon Magazine

Norman Reedus Nylon Magazine

Norman Reedus Nylon Magazine is on newsstands and guess who was the lucky lady that groomed and styled his hair on the shoot?  You guessed it…..me!  That was an easy question for my regular readers who know I have worked with Norman for years.  (See: links below)  Each time I work with him I get another glimpse into just what makes Norman so cool.

   Norman Reedus

I find Norman progressively cooler because he is a talented actor,  a versatile artist, enthusiastically engaged with his fans, a doting father, infatuated with his cat, and gracious and respectful of everyone he comes in contact with. But most of all I am fascinated how Norman’s “cool factor” lights up my social media platforms whenever I share a morsel of information on his grooming and hair styling routine.

Norman Reedus Nylon Magazine

Now the unwritten rule among hairstylists is we NEVER cut and tell.  So you won’t catch me dishing gossip when it comes to any of my celebrity clients. But what I can and will do is share styling tips and addresses the many grooming questions that bombard my social media whenever I utter the word “Norman.”

This first post will be dedicated to all the Dude’s out there that would love to have a little of Norman’s swagger rub off on them.  So if it’s bad-ass you’re looking for then I just might have the missing pieces of your grooming puzzle. We’re going to take baby grooming steps, but it’s a start.

For those of you that are more advanced with your grooming routine; don’t worry, be patient. My list of male clients ranges from leading role models in film, sports, television and business and I will be sharing the tips, tricks and trade secrets used to perfect their personal brand and keep their appearance fresh. Stay tuned!

Norman Reedus Nylon Magazine

3 “Bad-Ass” Grooming Facts:

  1. Scruff:  Whether it’s full or sparse, ladies dig a man with scruff. You don’t think so…then simply check out Norman’s images above. We find it to be sexy, rugged and even sometimes a little naughty. But even with those enticing virtues,  a man still needs to keep the stubble neat, without defeating the purpose of scruff, which is not to appear neat. Did I lose you?  I just want you to tidy up areas of the scruff that will distract from your cool factor. A) Start with the clippers at a higher setting then adjust them as necessary to get the desired length. Remember, it’s a lot easier to take stubble off than to put it back on, B) Shave against the growth of the hair (unlike shaving), C) Overlap each stoke of the shaving path to be certain of an even length, D) Beginning at the center of the lip, trim any stragglers from your mustache along the outer edges of the lip line. Trust me, girls don’t want a random stray facial hair to come between you and her juicy lips.  Use Remington MB4040 Lithium Ion Powered Men’s Rechargeable Mustache and Beard Trimmer.

    Pro Tip:   Never hold hair taught to the skin when trimming you will run the risk of the hair being cut to short.  Comb the hair to it’s natural fall then trimNorman Reedus Nylon Magazine

  2. Face Cream:  Afraid of a “girly-boy” label if you use face cream…well grow up, because your skin is growing old. That’s right, while you worry about protecting your rugged image your skin is loosing a daily battle against aging. While men are blessed with thicker skin and will loose collagen slower than women, men’s skin has larger pores (dirt & oil receptacles) and at a higher risk of skin cancer. And don’t get me started on the irritation caused by shaving and alcohol-based products. A man’s facial skin needs a nutrient rich moisturizer that hydrates and nourishes the skin with essential oils and vitamins to improve the skin tone and also blocks  UVB rays that damage the outer layer and UVA rays that cause premature aging and cancer. It’s science man, don’t fight it!   Try Urth Face Balm SPF15.Screen Shot 2014-02-05 at 8.15.28 PM Pro Tip: Apply a lotion after using an smoothing lotion or after shave

  3. Styling Products Are Cool: But follow the golden rule of “less is more.” Confused, don’t be… it means less (or the recommended amount) has more impact.  Manufacturers provide application instructions for a purpose; in the case of styling products it is the correct amount product to achieve the products emulsification of the formula to achieve a desired effect. They don’t just make this s%#t up out of thin air. Of course you can tweak the measurement to get a varying effect, but that is a lesson learned through self-experimentation.   Try Blind Barber 90 Proof Strong Hold PomadeScreen Shot 2014-02-05 at 8.33.35 PM Pro Tip: Apply any hair products starting from the back of the head to the front.  This helps to eliminate excess products around the hairline.

 

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Want to see more photo shoots with Norman Reedus?

  • Click here to learn about what went on behind the scenes on Norman’s Men’s Fitness Cover Shoot
  • Click here to learn about the projects Norman is working on.
  • Click here to see Norman’s Bello Cover Shoot.
  •  Click here  for Norman’s work out tips in Men’s Fitness.
  • Click here for Norman’s New York Times interview.
  • Click here for a fun interview with Norman.

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“True beauty isn’t about perfection.  By liberating people to realize this simple fact, we help them see the real beauty within themselves” Kristan Serafino

 



Norman Reedus Men’s Fitness



Norman Reedus Men's Fitness

Norman Reedus Men’s Fitness

Let’s face it… the Norman Reedus Men’s Fitness cover is the definition of bad ass!  Its not just because; he happens to the be coolest crossbow wielding zombie killer on the most watched basic cable television series in history, or he’s an incredible actor, or his hair is the spectacular, or his body is chiseled, or his latest cover story is the highest selling magazine cover in the 25 year history of Men’s Fitness.  Yes, all of the contribute to him being “bad-ass,” but the real reason is because Norman Reedus is one of the most genuine, sincere and professional actors I have ever had the pleasure to work with.

I thought it would be fun to give you a quick glimpse into my world working with a leading celebrity.  Therefore I decided to provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse of grooming Norman Reedus for the Men’s Fitness shoot. (See below for other shoots with Norman)

  1. Norman’s publicist: Super publicist Jeffrey Chassen of B|W|R suggests to the magazine’s editor that they use Norman’s Groomer/Hairstylist.  (Note: A special “thanks” goes out to Jeffrey who launched my career in the world of styling Celebrities.  He was the first publicist to give me a break when my portfolio was very sparse, and it truly changed my career!  Thanks Jeff)
  2. The call sheet: This is a document sent by the magazine sharing the details of the shoot such as date, time and location.  This is emailed to the photographer, wardrobe stylist, groomer/hairstylist, assistants and any other party that will be involved with the days photo shoot.
  3. The Morning of the Photo Shoot: Typically, the photographer and photo assistants will arrive first to set up their equipment.  Usually, I am scheduled to arrive an hour to thirty minutes before Norman.
  4. The Intro’s:  I make it a practice of always introducing myself to everyone in the room.  I find that regardless of someones position or title we are coming together as a team to achieve the best results.  Not only does this break the ice on the set, but it helps define the expectations and the role everyone plays.
  5. The Set Up:  Photo studios have a makeup/hair station in each studio.  I like to arrive early so I have plenty of time to organize my equipment and products at my station.  This way when Norman walks in I am ready to go!  At this point in my career I’m pretty much on autopilot when it comes to organizing my equipment.  I always lay out my station the same so I can quickly and easily grab whatever I need.  I find this ritual necessary so I am never holding up the talent or photographer during the frequent changes on set.
  6. The Food:  If a photo shoot is scheduled for a full day there it is always catered for both breakfast and lunch.  Danger! Danger!  This is always a danger zone for me.  Most times the catering is really good, plentiful, and way to tempting to nibble throughout the day.  I catch myself saying to often,  “just one more bite”… UGH!
  7. The Talent:  Norman arrives on schedule and goes directly to wardrobe.  He reviews the clothes with the magazine’s team, his publicist Jeffrey, and the wardrobe stylist.  Once they have all agreed on the wardrobe & accessories then the fitting begins for all the different looks for the day’s shoot.  Often there will be a tailor on set to make adjustments to the clothes.  If there is not a tailor, then the wardrobe stylist will have a”bag of tricks” that will make certain the clothes look flawless on Norman.Screen Shot 2013-12-19 at 3.39.48 PM
  8. The Grooming/Hairstyling:  Once the clothes are fitted, Norman heads to my station.  Norman and I discuss how he wants to be groomed for the various shots.  Sometimes the magazine will give direction or inspiration on how they would like the story to look but ultimately it’s important to always make the actor feel most comfortable with their look.  They have a very valuable brand to protect.
  9. On Set:  The talent will head to set where the lighting, camera, computers and monitors are set. Today most all photographers shoot with a digital camera.  The photographer will have a dialogue with the talent giving them direction on where to stand or what marks to hit to maximize the sets lighting.  Its a thrill to watch a great photographer capture a perfect moment in one click.  My job on set is to make sure that the hair/skin are looking it’s best… all the time and under all conditions.
  10. Wardrobe Change:  Once the magazine is satisfied with the images from the first look, then the stylist will assist Norman in changing his wardrobe for the next look.  I will then step in as necessary to apply touch ups to the makeup or tweak his hair.
  11. Finished: Once all the looks have been captured on camera, the day will come to an end.  Ever since I have worked with Norman, he is the most gracious when it comes to thanking the entire team involved on the shoot.  He always makes it a point and go up to every person on the team and personally thank them.  Just another reason why his cool!
  12. The Waiting Game:  Since magazines shoot stories several months in advance of the issue hitting the newsstands, an eternity passes before I can see the fruit of my labor.  But the wait is worth it!  There are few things more satisfying than walking by a magazine stand and seeing your magazine cover for the first time.  I was walking through Grand Central Station on my way to a job when I first saw the Men’s Fitness cover.  It caught me by surprise as it was prominently displayed next to the register.  The black and white contrast against all the other magazines on the stand made it pop out amongst the sea of other magazines that filled the shelves.

Since the magazine has sold out, I think it’s fair to say the photo shoot was a huge success! :)

Want to achieve a look similar to Norman’s?  Try some of my favorite grooming and hair products.

Grooming:

Face Cleanser:  Removes dead surface skin cells and other impurities in the skin.  Keihls Facial Fuel Energizing Scrub is made with scrub particles that will help to alleviate roughness and help soften facial hair for a closer shave.  

Body Soap:  Talk about a little tingle in the shower.  Dr. Bronners Peppermint Liquid Soap is 100% organic essential oils include olive, hemp, coconut, and palm oil all help to  leave skin feeling silky smooth while giving the skin a little tingle.

Face Cream: Billy Jealousy Combination Code Face Moisturizer Facial Astringents is a lightweight moisturizer that will hydrate, smooth and soften the skin.  (It’s great for oily skin)

Shaving Gel: Zirh Shave Gel non foaming formula helps protect the skin from nicks, cuts and razor burn.

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PRO TIP:  Want to avoid in-grown facial hairs, then try some of these tips.

  1. Use an exfoliating scrub to help encourage ingrown hairs to come out.
  2. Splash your face with warm water before applying shaving creams, gels, oils.
  3. Shave in the same direction as the hair is growing.
  4. Try to avoid short strokes.  One long swipe is better than many.
  5. Rinse the blade in warm water after every swipe.
  6. Throw out dull razors. Sharp blades are always best!
  7. Use a cold compress to immediate after shave to close the pours.

Hair:

Shampoo & Conditioner:  Grooming Lounge Shampoo removes residue to help promote healthy hair and scalp.  Grooming Lounge Conditioner  leaves hair soft and manageable.  Both feature a great mint scent that leaves scalps tingling.

Paste: If you are looking for a no shine finish to create a bad ass Zombie Killer texture,  Imperial Fiber Paste  is the way to go. It’s has a light to medium hold that will provide control without weighing down the hair.  If you don’t have time from office to dinner just spritz a little water into the hair to reactivate the paste for easy styling.

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PRO TIP:  When applying products, always apply from back of head to front.  This will eliminate the over application or build-up of products around the hairline.

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Selfie of us on set taken by Norman.  I mean how cool is he? SOOOOOOO COOL!

“True beauty isn’t about perfection.  By liberating people to realize this simple fact, we help them see the real beauty within themselves” Kristan Serafino

 



The Green Goblin



The Green Goblin

The Green Goblin

I know of few actors that command an audiences’ attention more than Willem Dafoe. Willem has set a new standard for darkly eccentric characters.  His keen yet menacing acting style and distinctive voice are always present whether he’s playing Sergeant Ellias, the detached  solider in Platoon, or the diabolical Green Goblin determined to destroy Spiderman, or Gill, the boorish yet ambitious fish helping to plot Nemo’s escape from the dentist’s tank in Finding Nemo.  Willem Dafoe has over 80 films to his credit with 2 Oscars nominations and another 24 wins and 16 nominations and too boot he has done it all with incredible hair! (Clearly a hairstylists observation of Willem Dafoe’s Hair…..Hee-Hee!)

I had the pleasure of grooming and styling Willem’s hair  for the premier of his latest independent film “Jameson First Shot.”  This is not the first time I have worked with Willem and he’s one of the actors I always look forward to the next time.  Unlike his film persona, Willem is genuine, intelligent and modest.  As intense as Willem Dafoe may be onscreen, he is 10X’s more gentlemanly off screen.

Side note:  Everyone knows I’m a comic book junkie but I still can’t believe I work with the Green Goblin! :)

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USA Networks Graceland starring Daniel Sunjata



Graceland starring Daniel Sunjata

GraceLand Starring Daniel Sunjata

Clear your schedule or program the DVR’s to USA Network’s new drama “Graceland” debuting Thursday night at 10:00.  Personally, I’ll tune in to watch the star Daniel Sunjata!  I have admired Daniel’s work in television series including Law & Order: SVU, Rescue Me and Grey’s Anatomy, as well as the movies The Devil Wears Prada, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past and The Dark Knight Rises. 

I have had the pleasure of professionally grooming Daniel on a few occasions, but most recently for the press junket promoting the series launch of “Graceland.”  The series is based on a Southern California beach home that serves as a base of operations for a group of agents from FBI, DEA and Customs.  Daniel’s character is a legendary uncover agent that is head of the household.  “Graceland” promises to hold your attention with a blend of both short story lines woven between and around long story lines. 

Once again I have to say, “I love my job!”  Daniel Sunjata makes my grooming chores easy because he’s the complete package; handsome, funny and a true gentleman!

Graceland starring Daniel Sunjata

“True beauty isn’t about perfection.  By liberating people to realize this simple fact, we help them see the real beauty within themselves.”      Kristan Serafino

 



Best Skin Care for Men: Try the Boxing Glow Challenge



Best Skin Care for Men

Best Skin Care for Men:  Try the Boxing Glow Challenge

I want to tell you all about the best skin care for men but first I must tell you a little something about me!  I am a huge boxing fan. Every Saturday night my sweetheart and I are glued to the television for the latest championship bout.  My interest in boxing is inbred, which I can tract back to my Grandfather being a title contender in the 1920′s. He was a big kid from Albany New York that followed his dream all the way to fight in a championship bout in Madison Square Garden….the Mecca of boxing through most of the 1900’s.
My Grandfather fought as a heavy weight contender during the “golden era” of boxing. The heavyweight fighters at the time included Jack Dempsey, Gene Tunney, Primo Carnera, Georges Carpentier, Luis Firpo and Tom Gibbons.  These may not be household names but to boxing affectionatos this is the cream of the crop. I don’t recall which of the leading contenders my Grandfather fought, but I know he fought in the Garden and the championship belt was on the line. This was very cool for a local brawler from upstate New York.

He fought at the original Madison Square Garden located in a gritty section of Manhattan known as Hell’s Kitchen (near Times Square) on 8th Avenue between 49 & 50 Street.  A far stretch from today’s luxurious Garden located at 33rd Street and 8th Avenue.

The most exciting upcoming bout was recently announced between Floyd Mayweather (42-0-0) and  Canello Alvaraz (*42-0-1).  It’s the modern day “Fight of the Century” on a scale similar to Joe Frazier vs. Muhammad Ali.   Floyd the trash talking champion is still the best boxer pound-for-pound pitted against the sport’s rising star and proven champion “Cinnamon” Alvaraz.  I can’t wait until September 14th!

Now how all this relates to a beauty blog has got to have you scratching your head with bewilderment.  I have to admit it is a bit of a stretch, but it has to do with the condition of a boxer’s skin.  I am going to tell exactly you how to get the best skin care for men.  I am always amazed how most boxers’ enter the ring with surprisingly flawless skin.  When you think about the hours of brutal training in a humid gym environment while lathered with copious amounts of Vaseline slathered across their face (this helps defect an opponent’s glove from a solid hard blow) you would expect the skin to be in distress.  Contradictory to what you would expect, boxers have a “glow” in pre-fight interviews.  But why, and more important, how?

It has little to do with a conscience effort on the part of the boxer and everything to do with their training diet.  A boxer’s diet consists of good carbohydrates (whole grains, vegetables, fruits and beans), exercise, excessive water intake, no caffeine and no sugar intake.

I wish my sweetheart adhered to such a strict diet.  While he exercises regularly, it is highly unlikely he will give up coffee, candy, cookies and cake.  His idea of low carb is eating sweet potato fries instead of regular fries.  I will give him kudos for running or hitting the gym five days a week, but he just doesn’t result in that “Boxers Glow.”

I decided to challenge him to try my “Boxers Glow Challenge.”  It consists of me preparing a healthy diet, but also asks him to adhere to the proper skin care routine.

Here are the rules to the proper skin care routine for the best skin care for men:

Best Skin Care for Men

  1. Wash face with Menscience Daily Face Wash.
  2. Wear Menscience Men’s Oil Free Face Lotion moisturizer daily. (Just because shaving cream says its “moisturizing” does not make it a substitute for skin cream.)
  3. Always wear Kiehls Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+ sun block for any outside activity.
  4. Always apply John Masters lip balm to keep lips moisturized.
  5. Most important…absolutely no skipping days. You are in training!

Fathers Day is right around the corner. If your Dad is like most other men then he loves a challenge so why not challenge him to try the “Boxers Glow Challenge”?

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“True beauty isn’t about perfection. By liberating people to realize this simple fact, we help them see the real beauty within themselves.” Kristan Serafino



“Pierce Mattie Communications Interview – Men’s Grooming”



Pierce Mattie PR Firm - SerafinoSays.com I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Jenna Rose of Pierce Mattie Communications for their company blog that is highly renowned throughout their industry.  Who’s Pierce Mattie, you ask?  Its just one of the world’s most influential public relations agencies representing leading brands in the area of Beauty, Grooming, Fashion, Health, and Fitness.  “Hey Dude, Have You Seen My Men’s Grooming Kit,” was the title of the blog post that featured my experience and observations with Men’s Grooming.

Below is an excerpt from the article that discusses the grooming practices of celebrities, as well as how everyman should approach grooming.  Thank you so much Pierce Mattie!  Make sure toclick below to read the entire blog post and also see all the other great posts by this prestigious PR firm.

“QUESTION: How much of a collaborative effort is grooming male celebrities?

KRISTAN SERAFINO: A celebrity’s appearance is often a crucial component to their brand. This is true whether they are maintaining a look for a character or their personal appearance. My male celebrities have a keen sense of their brand, so they have considerable input. The celebrity – along with their agent, publicist and manager – utilize my experience to maintain that brand, but also have me advise them on the best ways to keep the appearance fresh and relevant.

QUESTION: Do your clients mind the public knowing they have professional help in the grooming department?

KRISTAN SERAFINO: Most of my male clients don’t mind the public knowing they work with a groomer since it is basically a part of their job. Regardless, I make it a personal policy to maintain strict confidentiality with my clients. Everything stays in the vault!

QUESTION: How important is it to train the guys on how to use the products on their own?

KRISTAN SERAFINO: So important, second only to product selection. Whether we’re talking about hair care or skin care, the way a product is used will ultimately determine its performance. Today’s grooming products have sophisticated formulations that react differently depending on the condition of the hair or skin. I teach my clients the basic principle behind each product, and then we tweak the usage according to their individual hair and skin type.”

Want to read the rest of the Q&A?  Make sure to click here

“True beauty isn’t about perfection. By liberating people to realize this simple fact, we help them see the real beauty within themselves.” Kristan Serafino


“10 Hair & Grooming Products A Man Must Own”



Written by: Kristan Serafino

If you haven’t noticed, men’s grooming products have gone mainstream.  Not in the way the men’s grooming market was fabricated in the late 1990’s, which was little more than a marketing fad under an unflattering label; metro-sexual.  Men from all walks of life and ethnicity are adapting a grooming regimen as part of their daily lifestyle.

The metro-sexual age had a narcissistic air about it.  Not this time around.  Today’s evolving men’s grooming market is driven by neither insecurity nor inadequacy.  It is about accessing the growing categories of technologically advanced health and personal hygiene products.

I am fortunate to share men’s grooming tips and techniques with some of the most rugged male role models such as celebrities I have work with like Matthew McConaughey, Jason Statham, Mikhail Baryshnikov and athletes Henrik Lundqvist,  John McEnroe and more.

PS.  The Covers in this post were styled by me…Boy do I love my job….Giggle-Giggle!

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“Top 5 Men’s Blogs”



Photographer: Mitchell McCormack/Hair Cut by:Kristan Serafino/ Model: Tyson Ballou

Written by: Kristan Serafino

“Clothes make the man”: Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 3.  While it isn’t everyday SerafinoSays quotes Shakespeare, today is one of those days.  In fact, I’ll elaborate on Billy’s phrase even further to include, what also makes the man are skin care, hairstyle and their toys.

A favorite pastime of  SerafinoSays is wandering aimlessly in the blogosphere researching the latest trends in men’s grooming and fashion.  I shouldn’t say “aimlessly” since I do have an objective; to keep current on men’s trends so I can best serve the grooming and fashion needs of my male clientele.  And where better to access what’s trending than blogs.

The beauty of blogs is they can be an inspirational source of… inspiration.  And what I find stimulating about blogs is that is doesn’t matter much the source of the information; one mouse click and you’re enthralled by a graphic artist student in Stockholm, another click and you’re captivated by an up-and-coming fashion designer in Tokyo, and another click and you’re impassioned by a graffiti artist in Cleveland.  All that matters is that the content is an expression of opinion, which is the birth of trends.  You are free to pick & choose which editor speaks best to you and your style.  Of course, we have a growing archive of our favorite blogs.

Just as the world (well, at least my little corner of it) turns to SerafinoSays as every mans trustworthy resource on grooming products both affordable and aspirational, I want to introduce you to a few of my favorite men’s blogs reporting trends in fashion, etiquette and toys.

Top 5 Men’s Blog: (No Particular Order)

TheArtOfManliness

TheSilentist

GeorgeHahn

UnfinishedMan

StreetEtiquette

“True beauty isn’t about perfection. By liberating people to realize this simple fact, we help them see the real beauty within themselves.” Kristan Serafino

 



“What I learned from the US Military”



Written by Kristan Serafino

SerafinoSays does not make a habit of re-posting old posts, but in honor of tomorrow’s Independence Day, we thought it would be OK to share “What I learned from the US Military” one more time…

Let me just come right out and say; Memorial Day Weekend in NYC is one of my favorite holidays. It is the one weekend a year that the United States Navy dock their ships along the Hudson River….And with the ships come all the sailors & marines…Woo-Hoo!

I spent a couple evenings this long weekend with my sweetheart at an outside cafe, where I could not help but notice how impeccable each and every military personnel was groomed as they confidently walked the sidewalks.  My sweetheart engaged a few in conversation about “military guy stuff,” while I happily sat and stared.  I know, I know, a little on the stalker side, but they are just all so gorgeous in those uniforms….Giggle!

I realize the military has a well enforced dress and grooming code, but it got me thinking.  What if we all took pride in how we looked every single day of our lives.  What if we spent the extra five minutes in the morning making certain our hair was styled to perfection?  What if we took the extra two minutes to apply an extra coat of mascara to enhance our eyelashes?  What if we left the house with chip-less nail polish and pushed back cuticles?  What if our clothes were always ironed and styled as if we stepped out of the pages of a magazine?  What if we polished our shoes so no scuffs were visible?  What if our handbag wasn’t so stuffed that it weighted us down, shrugging our shoulders?

I’m not really sure what the “What if’” would be like in my fantasy world, but I do know that each and every soldier we spoke with beamed with pride as they spoke about their dress preparation, as well as being in the military.  Not one seemed to have a complaint about their daily regimen and conformity to be one unit.  They walked with their heads held high, with an overwhelming sense of pride.

Aside from honoring our heroes that defend the United States of America with this brief post, maybe we can better appreciate the benefit of taking pride in oneself.  The benefit of confidence, pride, and honor…. Just sayin’

“True beauty isn’t about perfection. By liberating people to realize this simple fact, we help them see the real beauty within themselves.” Kristan Serafino

 

 

 



“5 Must Haves In A Man’s Gym Bag”



Ever have one of those days at the gym when you would rather be almost anywhere else… I’m imagining the Diner behind a stack of fluffy pancakes, warm maple syrup cascading over the edges, with just the right dash of powdered sugar for presentation… but I digress.

I wrapped up my workout a little early today and found myself waiting in the lobby for my sweetheart to finish his workout.  To pass the time I began a mental survey of how many men walked out of the locker room carrying a gym bag in addition to their briefcase or messenger bag.  I was surprised to calculate 11 out of 15 men left with a duffel bag along with a briefcase or messenger bag.  Some of these duffel bags seemed big enough to carry a SmartCar.

Somewhat perplexed, I asked my sweetheart what exactly men carry in such an enormous gym bag.  Although he is part of the minority that does not carry a gym bag I assumed he has observed the packing or unpacking while in the men’s locker room.  Was it a clothes iron, complete with ironing board, or did they carry dumbbells for extra reps during the workday?

Apparently, unlike a woman, men are oblivious to what brand of bag another dude is carrying, let alone what’s in the bag.  The best my sweetheart can guess is men carry five staples in their duffel bags; that day’s wardrobe, a backup tee-shirt & skivvies, extra dress shirt, shoes, deodorant, toothbrush disposable razor and possibly cologne.

Are you as shocked as I am?  Do men really travel with such inadequate products for their skin, hair and overall masculinity?  It is certainly not because they lack the extra room in their bag.

SerafinoSays decided it was our duty to help our men out with a little Go-To-Guide for what men should include in their gym bag.

SerafinoSays Men’s Gym Bag Go To Guide:

1.  Skin Care: Yes, men need to protect their skin from the harmful rays of the sun and take steps to prevent wrinkles. We love Kiehl’s 3 Step To Ultra Moisture

2. Hair: Once your hair is clean and conditioned, make sure to try a styling product like American Crew Forming Cream to add texture and shine to your finished style.

3. Body Lotion, Pitties and Cologne: Philosophy Be Somebody Unscented Body Lotion, Molton Brown Cool Buchu Deodorant Stick, John Varvatos Cologne

4.  Smooth Skin: Taylor of Old Bond Street Almond Shaving Cream & Gillette Razor

5. Flash Us Your Pearly Whites: Tooth Brush, Tooth Paste, Dental floss & Listerine PocketMist.

 

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“True beauty isn’t about perfection. By liberating people to realize this simple fact, we help them see the real beauty within themselves.” Kristan Serafino

 



Daily – “Holiday Blues”



Where has 2011 gone?  I say gone, since whatever is left on the calendar after Halloween is a blur of feasts, travel and shopping.  Along with the fatigue of increased holiday activity and heightened expectations can come a case of the Holiday Blues.

SerafinoSays wants to counteract this common anxiety with its own interpretation of the Blues.  Don’t let the pressures of shopping, coordinating social functions and negotiating family issues overwhelm you.  We say cope by recharging your batteries with this array of Blue-rrific treats.

 

Sephora Brush CollectionLacoste Men’s Cologne

Aquage Up All Night


Laura Mercier Kohl Eye Pencil 

IsClincical Active Serum

Chanel Le Vernis Coco Blue

Philosophy Peace On Earth Body Lotion

Crest 3D White Vivid Fluoride Anti-activity ToothPaste

Thierry Mugler Angel Eau de Toilette

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