Men’s Clothing Subscription and Other Faves

There are many men’s clothing subscription boxes to choose from and countless general lifestyle ones too. So many choices means that narrowing down the best ones can be a challenge.  We’ve tried out a bunch and we’d like to share a few of our favorites and why.

Birchbox

Birchbox

Website: http://www.birchbox.com/men

What is it? Each box includes a mix of lifestyle items (wallets, socks, belts, etc), and grooming product samples.

Price: $20

Why we like it: Mostly because they send cool samples so that you can get to know the products that you would like to buy at full price.

Dollar Shave Club

Dollar-Shave

Website: http://www.dollarshaveclub.com/

What is it? Dollar Shave Club is the original razor subscription service. They offers 3 razor options: $1, $6 and $9 a month.

Price: $1 – $9

Why we like it: Gone are the days of overpaying for razors. These razors will give you a really close shave and for such a great price, why not try it?

Loot Crate

Lootcrate

Website: http://www.lootcrate.com

What is it? You will receive a box full of fun and unexpected geek plus gamer gear every month.

Price: $13.37

Why we like it: Your inner geek will really come out with this one. They will send you shirts, gadgets and collectibles of some of your favorite action hero characters.

The Handy Box

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Website: http://www.thehandybox.com

What is it? They will send useful tools and gadgets so you can get projects around the house done quickly and conveniently.

Price: Starting at $17.45 + shipping

Why we like it: This is such a guy’s guy subscription service. It’s the perfect gift for yourself or a loved one who enjoys doing projects around the house.

 

 

Phone Case of the Month

Phone-Case

Website: http://www.phonecaseofthemonth.com

What is it? An iPhone case subscription where only 200 limited edition cases are made for their subscribers each month.

Price: $10

Why we like it: Your phone goes everywhere you do, so why not dress it up for the occasion and make it look as handsome as you?

 

Iced Coffee Recipes

 

ICED COFFEE RECIPES TO COOL DOWN WITH

 

These iced coffee recipes are easy and will cool you down in no time. We love collaborating while sipping coffee and although Starbucks is always a fun excursion, we prefer to save our money for gadgets.

Having a Starbucks on practically every street corner makes it too easy to grab one. But all these stops for talls, grandes and ventis can really add up. Why not try making your own iced coffee? It’s easy, will save you money and it will cool you down. How refreshing is that?

 

FRAPPE: A GREEK STAPLE

 

Ingredients

  • 3 teaspoons instant coffee like Nescafé, preferably the Greek version
  • 2-3 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • Water
  • Ice
  • Milk

Directions:

  1. In a cup, jar or shaker with a tight lid, combine sugar, instant coffee, enough water to come about 1” up the side of your container and a couple of ice cubes. Tighten the lid and shake quickly for at 30 seconds or more to get the mixture frothy.
  2. Pour the frothy coffee, along with the ice cubes, into a tall glass filled about halfway up with more ice. Top with as much milk as you like and finish off with cold water. Serve with a spoon to mix in any undissolved sugar.

 

 

BLENDED VANILLA MOCHA

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup chilled strong coffee
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup ice cubes
  • 1 cup vanilla ice cream
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate syrup
  • Whipped cream

Directions:

  1. Combine coffee, ice cubes, milk, ice cream and chocolate syrup into a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into a large glass and garnish with whipped cream.

SWEET CINNAMON ICED COFFEE

 

Ingredients

 

  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup coarsely ground dark roast coffee
  • 2 3-inch cinnamon sticks
  • 2-3 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk, to taste

Directions

  1. Using your microwave or stove, heat water until it boils, then remove it from the heat and allow to cool for one minute.
  2. Meanwhile, place the coffee in the cylinder of a French press along with the cinnamon sticks [ place the cinnamon flat so that you can easily use the plunger later ]. Pour the hot water over the grounds and stir the mixture for a little bit. Place the lid on the French press, leaving the plunger in its upper position. Allow to steep for 4 minutes.
  3. Once brewing is complete, slowly move the plunger to its lower position and pour the coffee into a coffee cup or glass. Add in 2-3 tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk and stir until it is fully dissolved. Pour the mixture into cup or glass that has been filled with ice. Enjoy!

 

 

7 Apps for men

 

 

We’re breaking down the best apps for men! The following list showcases our favorite apps and ones that we think should be on your phones. These apps cover a range of categories, so there is something for everyone. Please let us know which ones are your favorites in the comments below. We are always on the search for new ones and old ones we may have missed!

 

Flipboard

Flipboard is a great news source for people on the go. It is visually appealing in that it let’s you flip through stories and dive further into the ones you like. It is impossible to get bored with this app. You will always be connected to the latest news.

 

Download: Flipboard

 

 

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Sleep Keeper

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Let’s face it; we all do weird things in our sleep. We spend half of our lives sleeping but have no idea what we look or sound like. Sleep Keeper takes photos and records sound bites of you as you sleep. These are compiled into a playable movie you can watch the next day. Now you will have proof that your wife is the one stealing the covers! And you will get to uncover the other half of your life.

Download: Sleep Keeper

 

 

Smash Hit

A stylized game that lets you throw metal balls at visually pleasing objects that break. At first it will seem simple, but when the speed increases the objects become harder to break. Try getting past level 5 and then let us know how easy it is!

 

Download: Smash Hit

 

 

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BucketListly

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We all have things we want to accomplish and adventures we plan on seeking, but do you really have a running list going? There’s a big world out there but it can be hard to come up with a bucket list. This app will give you many ideas and will easily allow you to build the bucket list you have always wanted based on what other people have already done.

Download: BucketListly

 

 

 

XBMC

Your device will have to be jailbroken for this one, but if yours is, then you’ll love this app. It’s a black-market app that acts as a media hub for all your shows and movies. Also if you so choose, you can download a few add ons that let you stream movies and TV shows for free. Take it from us, it’s a great workout buddy. Makes cardio days fly by!

 

Download: Google it :)

 

 

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GolfLogix

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It’s a free one so the apps design is not too pretty but it will certainly get the job done. It tells you the distance your golf ball travels, and will record and keep track of your scores. We used to play with Golfshot but the $29.99 price tag was steep.

Download: GolfLogix

 

 

 

Houzz

Take a look into amazingly designed homes and get inspired for future projects around your house. Thinking about remodeling the kitchen? Just bookmark things to look over later. There are also tags that link to products so that you can see where to buy them.

 

Download: Houzz

 

 

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Spring Fashion Trends for Men

Spring is in full bloom and so are the spring fashion trends. We would like to share a few of our favorite new spring trends, which will carry you through right into summer. Infuse your wardrobe with these looks and you will suddenly have a yearning for a weekend beach adventure.

Florals

Flower power isn’t just for the ladies this spring and summer. Can you push out of your comfort zone to wear this bold pattern? This classic spring print has taken over men’s fashion beckoning it to come out and play.

Florals

Accessories

Johnny Depp has been wearing men’s accessories for years now, but it seems as if fashion is just catching up. Gone are the days where men’s accessories were just a watch. So start layering up those wrists, gents! They have been waiting patiently for you.

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Rolled Pant Cuffs

Please keep in mind these tips if you decide to bear your ankles. 1.) Only roll your cuff a couple inches. No one wants to see half your calf. 2.) Go sockless! The reason why should be fairly obvious.

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Monochromatic

This look has a minimalistic, less is more approach. Style tip: blend fabrics and textures or shades of the color you are committing to. Rocking the monochromatic look is perfect for the person who looks into their closet and sees one color dominating over all others.

 

Monochromatic

 

Blocked Stripes

Stripes never truly go out of style, but it has been awhile since we’ve seen the large blocked stripe look come back around. We are not only seeing this look in shirts but also in socks, scarves and jackets. It’s a great way to infuse extra color to any outfit.

 

Blocked-Stripes

 

Valentine’s Day Gifts for Her

Valentine’s Day is a day for lovers to show each other mutual love and admiration. We here at The Mr. Collection feel that this type of behavior should be shown all year long. But since there is a day that is marked on our calendars as Cupid’s day, then by all means, we must partake willingly. Plus, our wives and girlfriends would be very upset with us if we ignored this special day completely.

Valentine’s Day may be a little over two weeks away but you know how fast things creep up. Plus, if you want to order something online for your lady, you better get to it. Remember what happened with UPS and FedEx this past holiday season? Your significant other will want to unwrap you on this day of love but she will also want to unwrap a gift, even if only a box of chocolates. So, use this list as your guide and get to shopping!

We asked the men around the office what they are getting for their girls this year and the following is what was on their lists:

‘Fall in Love’ Nail Art Collection: Nordstrom

Nail-Polish

This is a really inexpensive present that will bring her much joy. Women love to paint their nails so why not give your girl a box set with 18-candy coated colors? She will have so much to choose from she won’t know where to start.

Price: $20

Marc by Marc Jacobs Love Stud Earrings: Bloomingdales

Earrings

Elegant and simple. These heart earrings are sure to steal her heart this Valentine’s Day.

Price: $42

Massage: From Anywhere

Couples-Massage

Do a quick Yelp search for a massage place in your area and book a couples massage for you and yours. These intimate sessions bode well for intimacy and relaxation.

Chocolate: Shari’s Berries

Chocolates

Never underestimate the power of chocolate. Women are known for loving their chocolate. Shari’s Berries takes it a step further by updating the chocolate theme with a bit of creativity.

Price: Ranging from $19.99 to $149.99

Honey My Heart: Etsy

Ring

You can’t go wrong with any of the products found in this Etsy collection, but this ring is especially perfect for Valentine’s Day. It is handmade which will make each one unique. Truly a gem of a find. And you can pair it with the earrings from Bloomingdales for a complete set of your own.

Price: $55

Classic French Macaroons: Dean & Deluca

Macaroons

Macaroons are delightfully sinful and these macaroons from Dean & Deluca are no exception. Enjoy two of each of these flavors: Chocolate, Vanilla, Pistachio, Lemon, Coconut, Coffee, Violet Cassis, Almond Wedding, Lychee, Earl Grey Tea, Chocolate Passion Fruit and Raspberry Rose.

Price: $48.50
Original Price: $60

Michael Kors Watch: Macy*s

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This watch is the perfect accessory to add a pop of color to her outfit. Plus it will do double-duty in serving as not only a timepiece, but as a jewelry statement.

Price: $180

Mini Rose Garden: Harry & David

Mini Rose Garden

Bouquets of flowers are always appreciated by women, but they die after a few days. Instead take the money you would have spent on them and buy her this potted rose garden. It won’t die straight away and you can both appreciate it in your garden for years to come.

Price: $49.50

Personalized Porcelain Faux Bois Mug Set: Uncommon Goods

Mugs

A gift that you can enjoy together. It’s made-to-order, so it won’t be sent out until after Valentine’s Day, but it will be worth the wait. You can add a note in a box saying that something special is on its way. If you do this, don’t show up empty handed the night of. Make sure and at least buy her flowers and/or chocolates.

Price: $72

Infinite Love Gold-Dipped Infinity Necklace: Neiman Marcus

Necklace

We polled the guys at The Mr. Collection to find out what style jewelry they go for when their lady hasn’t specified what she wants. It was unanimous that the simpler the better. This charming necklace is very simple but can be versatile when layered with other fashionable pieces she already owns. And if that wasn’t enough to sell you on it, it’s handmade in the USA!

Price: $60

How to Host an Epic Super Bowl Party

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It’s almost that time of year again. Friends will gather around the television on February 2 to root for their favorite team. Every hour of time spent watching the season and playoffs will come down to this very moment. It’s Super Bowl weekend, baby! Even if you aren’t a football fan, it is hard not to enjoy a good Super Bowl party. Good food, good friends, good commercials that we actually want to watch and good beer. How can life get any better?

The below are tips on how to host a winning Super Bowl party.

Before the party announcements:

• Make life easier and have everyone bring a dish to share. It will also make clean up faster because everyone will take their dishes home. Because who really wants to do dishes after the big game?
• Ask your guests to wear clothing that signifies the team they are rooting for. Sweatshirts and jerseys are great or just the team color works too. This will make your party that much more festive.

Before the party shopping:

• Stock the bar up with your favorite drinks and lagers. Make sure and have some non-alcoholic drinks for the designated drivers and plenty of juices for mixers. You could also ask your guests to bring a six-pack along so no one has to miss one second of the game for a beer run.
• Snacks: Easy snack food to put out includes chips and dip, hummus and pita chips, and Chex mix. Trader Joe’s has finger licking good pigs in a blanket and spinach pies that you can also pop in the oven at the last minute.
• If you are not hosting a potluck then think chili, pizza and buffalo wings. Nothing on your menu should be fancy and it should all be unhealthy.
• Don’t bring out the fine china. Super Bowl is all about a relaxed environment. Buy plenty of paper plates, napkins, drink cups, etc. You will be so grateful you did at the end of the evening!

Games:

• Have your guests bet on random statistics and then give a portion of the pot to each winner.
• Before the game make a list 5 – 10 words you think will be said many times throughout the game. Then set how many times everyone drinks when they are said. Bring back the old fashioned drinking game you used to play in college!

Dessert:

• Everyone will probably be really full from all the beer and junk food but if you want to have something sweet to end the day setting up an ice cream dessert bar is always a fun option. Choose three different ice creams and don’t forget toppers like nuts, whipped cream, sprinkles and sauces like caramel and hot fudge. Trader Joe’s has waffle cookies that you could put out for your guests to make ice cream sandwiches.

The Mr. Collection team hopes you have a great and safe Super Bowl weekend with friends and family!

The Mr. Collection: Clothing Rental for Men

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How many times have you looked at your closet and said “I’m bored with my clothes?” followed by “and don’t feel like shopping.” The Mr. Collection is a clothing and accessories mens wear subscription rental service. We send you a ready-to-wear look you can rent based on the collection you have chosen to subscribe to. At the end of the month send back the look for another fashionable man.

We have different style collections of men’s clothing based on your needs.

Mr. Play ($39): It refers to men’s casual clothing. Looks are comfortable and stylish.

Mr. Business ($45): It’s focused around more of a mens business casual look. The person borrowing from this collection believes fashion and business go hand in hand.

Mr. Details ($25): This menswear collection is geared toward improving an overall look by adding accessories. After all, the devil is in the details.

In order to look your best, you have to wear the best. Therefore, we strive to provide our customers with brand names including Ralph Lauren, Hugo Boss, Lacoste, Calvin Klein, H&M, Express, J Crew and Gap, to name a few.

If you are interested in becoming a member simply visit Our Collections page and choose which collection you would like to subscribe to. Next, hit the borrow button and fill in your sizes, shipping and billing information. Once you pay the monthly subscription fee, you will become part of the club and our stylists will begin working on what to fill in your next pack.

Packs are sent on the 10th of each month. Customers can sign up until 10 p.m. Pacific Time on the 8th of each month. If you sign up after 10 p.m. on the 8th, you’ll receive your pack the following month. We do provide a tracking number so you can stay up to date with the status of the package.

We offer a small insurance fee that you can add to your cart to cover normal wear and tear (minor stains, rips and stuck zippers). However, if you’ve opted out we will charge you a repair fee. If we assess that the item is damaged beyond repair, we will charge the full retail value.

If you are still hesitant about the notion of borrowing clothing to wear, consider the following benefits of borrowing vs buying:

1- The initial excitement we receive when buying clothing wears off quickly.
2- We grow tired of the clothing we own and it gets shoved to the back of the closet.
3- Seasons change rapidly and we can never seem to keep up.
4- Borrowing mens clothing means that we can have a monthly rotating closet and never get bored of what is in our wardrobe.

Let our stylists begin preparing your first pack. Visit us at The Mr. Collection to become a member. Or if you have a question, please email us at: support@themrcollection.com.

Fashion Tips for Men: 10 Essentials Every Man Should Own

Our service is centered around renting clothing but we firmly believe that there are some clothing items that are essential to a mans wardrobe and therefore must be bought. As we grow older and our closet expands, the items that we chose to fill it with should reflect our personalities and our style of dress in a more distinct manner. It’s sometimes hard to know what goes with what (which is where we come in) but essential items will never let us down. They are always there to spruce up a once lonely outfit or adorn a plain look.

Here’s our list of 10 essentials every man (including you!) should own:

Brown and Black Dress Shoes

Spend money on a good pair of shoes. They will be more sturdy, therefore won’t wear as easily. Plus a nice pair of shoes can elevate any look. If you are questioning which color goes with what, defer to brown. It’s always the safer choice.

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A Leather Belt

There’s nothing like a well made belt to hold everything up and in. Plus, it’s the perfect accessory to tie a look together. Style tip: Always match your belt with your shoes.

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A Nice Wallet

Thinner is better. There is nothing worse than a misshapen butt because a wallet is too large and overly stuffed. A compact wallet will make you look and feel good too. Plus, you never need all that stuff all at the same time anyway.

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A Watch

It doesn’t have to be the most expensive watch on the planet, but please invest in a nice watch. It’s a classic timepiece that will never go out of style and will always make you look even more dapper.

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Timeless Sunglasses

It is important to try on many different sizes and shapes of sunglasses. This is not a case of one size fits all. Find your perfect shape and stick with it. If you don’t know what to get, take your girlfriend or wife with you. She knows best in this department.

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A White Button Down Shirt

A crisp, white button down shirt will go with everything. You can dress it up and you can dress it down. Cleaning tip: Keep it extra white by letting the sun air dry it for you. It has magical powers that your drying machine does not.

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Dark Jeans

Dark jeans worn with one of your brown or black dress shoes will create an outfit you can wear on a date or for casual Friday’s at work. Dark jeans worn with a pair of loafers is perfect for a date to the movies. The point is that dark jeans will never disappoint or go out of style.

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A Toiletry Bag

Stop wasting time looking through your bag to find your toothbrush or cologne. A toiletry bag is a stylish place where all your accouterments can be housed while you are on vacation.

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A Weekender Bag

This bag should be in every man’s arsenal. Why? Because it has enough room for toiletries and clothing for a long weekend trip. Plus, if you are traveling by air you won’t have to check it, which means ease of travel and more money in your pocket.

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Socks That Aren’t White

It is important to own solid colored dress socks and also socks that have personality. Keep those white socks for fitness use and buy yourself some socks that will add color and a bit of fun to your look.

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To learn more about our men’s clothing rental service, The Mr. Club, please visit: The Mr. Collection.

Holiday Gift Ideas for Women

Not sure what holiday gift to get for your significant other? Sometimes coming up with holiday gift ideas can be a challenge. The sound you never want to hear on Christmas morning is the sound of silence as your present is being opened. You may be the type of Mr. who prides himself as being the best gift giver out of all your friends. But if there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that even a self proclaimed best gift giver can use a little bit of help.

So we decided we would gather our female stylists and ask them what their favorite past holiday gifts have been and what’s on their holiday list for this year.

Read on to gather some holiday gift ideas for your special someone.

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Makeup Academy Blockbuster

Grown-up kid, meet candy store. A jaw-dropping 130 colors for complete, eye, lip and full-face looks.  $49.50 ($210 value)

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Sherpa Robe

Treat her to this soft and fluffy monogrammed robe. She’ll thank you for it later. $75 on sale

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Jewelry Holder

McKenna Leather Travel Jewelry Portfolio

Valuables will remain organized on short trips or long vacations. Plus it can double up as a clutch if she so chooses.  $79

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Drink

Ceylon

Why spend money on flavored waters when you can create your own all-natural version at home. You can add your own veggies, herbs or fruits into the pitcher’s infuser. $30

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Gloves

Charter Club Gloves

This will be something she keeps for years to come and with all these bold and beautiful colors to choose from you simply can’t go wrong. $72

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The Dreamer Flannel Pajama

These will go perfectly with the robe shown above. A button down top and drawstring pants will help her relax in style. $49.50

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Cahsmere

Solid Cashmere Throw

Your honey will want to cuddle up with you and this 100% cashmere throw on cold winter evenings. $199

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Cocktain-Ring

Concave Pave Ring

A gorgeous cocktail ring that she can wear to ring in the New Year with you. $125

MichaelKors.com

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The Mr. Collection: Clothing & Accessories Subscription Rental Service

And after all the shopping for the women in your life, why not reward yourself with the gift of style? Or just add it to your own holiday list for someone else to gift to you!

Check out The Mr. Collection for details.

Accessories for Men: The Knit Tie

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Accessories for men have the ability to elevate any outfit. It can add that pop of color your outfit is lacking and can accessorize a look instantly. Accessories for men can be eye-catching but one must always make sure it’s for the right reasons.

A knit tie is a very popular mens tie choice right now. We see many dapper Misters wearing them in all shades of color. Knit ties have made the cover of many popular men’s style magazines and we happen to love them around our offices. Mens ties, including knit ties do not have to just be a fall and winter accessory. They can also be worn during the spring and summer if paired with the correct clothing. One of the things that we find coolest about the knit tie is that it can be worn with a dressy and casual outfit. It’s all about versatility, mixing and matching and stretching an accessory to fit with more than one look.

Recognizing that accessories can be an outfit maker, we wanted to introduce to you our newest collection, Mr. Details. We have always offered accessories for men in the packs we send, but now we have a whole collection built around strictly sending you accessories. For a low monthly fee we will put together a pack of stylish accessories so that you can always have something cool to work into your next outfit. When you have worn them all and want news ones just send them all back and we will organize your next pack.

A mens tie is often one of the first things that people notice about you. What does your tie say about you?

Visit The Mr. Collection to learn more about our general services, or check out Mr. Details specifically.