3 Tips To Find Your Passion in Life!

The Minimalistic Gent is committed to helping you find exactly what makes you happy in life.  Finding your passion can be a difficult and extremely time consuming endeavor, but it is key to your well being.  Finding the self-awareness within yourself to find your passion can be made easier through these three tips:

IMG_1660.jpg

1. Think About What You Already Like!

Are you afraid of truly pursuing what you enjoy? A deep fear of failure can deter individual from really accomplishing what they want to do.  Think about the consequences of not doing what you love though.  If failure is your biggest fear, remember that you can also fail at things that you don’t like (so you might as well go for the things that do bring you joy).

IMG_1659.jpg

2. Be Open Minded To Suggestions!

Sometimes our friends and family see something in ourselves that we can not.  If you find that your inner circle of friends constantly compliments you on a talent or your family encourages you to do something with a trait you have, it may lead you in the direction you need.   Although we believe that you need to find your passion on your own, suggestions may be helpful to take that leap you always wanted to take!

IMG_1663.jpg

3. Try New Things!

Many of us have a variety of habits and routines that are comfortable in our lives.  Sometimes stepping out of that comfort zone will lead you to find something you really enjoy.  One of the most random excursions to a rock climbing gym was extremely exhilarating and mind opening for myself.  Granted this is not my passion, I am glad I was able to do something different and find out myself.  The more activities you try, the more knowledge you will gain. Only then will you be able to make an internal decision on whether you love doing this or not.  Go out and try new things because you’ll never know if you’ll find your passion along the way!

Finding your passion is important to your happiness. Becoming self-aware of what you are amazing at will take some time, but you will be happy you made the effort to change your life.  We can’t wait to hear what passions you decide to pursue at Minimalistic Gent!

 

Minimalistic Gent’s Guide To Minimalism

The modern minimalist is a contemporary blend of millennial ideas with an unruly urge for more to life than just possessions. But should you want to take those premises and maximize your self-image, you’ll need the Minimalistic Gent’s guide to minimalism.

Do you know a stark individual that is exceptionally trepidatious about spending? We all know this angst-ridden individual that is extremely frugal and scrounges around leaving an air of unsophistication.  There is nothing wrong with making wise spending decisions, but being inordinately frugal will affect the individuals that surround you and leave you with an unfortunate presence of negative perceptions.

IMG_6912.jpg

Can a minimalist be extremely lavish and inspire a splendor of opulence in others?  We at the Minimalistic Gent are heavy advocates for planning the acquisition of high quality items riddled with enduring excellence! At first glance, it may seem counter-intuitive to buy expensive things when living a minimalist lifestyle, but in reality it resonates with the concept of not buying more things. By making infrequent purchases of high quality items, it removes the constant need to replace items of old.  Therefore, minimalism can be a luxurious lifestyle that is more about the lack of clutter than the frugalness of life.

IMG_6910.JPG

Magnificently well crafted pieces that embody quality are pivotal to adding the refreshing idiosyncratic mood of one’s style.  Artful pieces that resonate well with your being are well worth the extravagant costs if it provides a strong connection consistent with what you envision in a gentleman.  Without the restraints of frugalness, you will project a lavish lifestyle that others will adore and be influenced by.

IMG_6909.JPG

The obvious difference in less, high quality items is the power to be in control of your surroundings at home.  Having huge amounts of items can take a toll on your personal threshold for clutter.  There is an extreme power found in the total control of your possessions and being able to live clutter free.  The empowerment you will feel from looking at your living space and seeing the clean, masterfully done arrangements is both stress relieving and helpful as you start every single day.

IMG_6911.JPG

The valuation of time is extremely evident in minimalism, and others will be motivated by the plentiful accomplishments that will adorn your life.  Buying multiple items and constantly shopping around is extremely time deficient with hours spent shopping for replacement items.  This is a necessity as antediluvian, low quality dispirited items of old have a short shelf life. The time replacing old decrepit items could be much better utilized on enjoying life and carousing with other provincial characters that would enjoy your company.  Minimalism frees up our greatest commodity, time, and allows us to mediate a maximized lifestyle that all gentleman pursue.

IMG_6908.JPG

Minimalism allots for freedom from the inelastic standards of society that keep us from standing out as divergent gentleman with a refined style.  Allow yourself to be a minimalist without the negative frugality that comes with living with less items.  By becoming an organized and refined individual with a well versed sense of style, you will awe the masses and provide a feeling of polished elegance that will always be remembered.

 

 

 

3 Tips To Find A Place To Eat!

We’ve all been there! The dreaded question comes up; where are we going to eat? It’s one of the biggest time wasters in any conversation space and can be a hair pulling experience.  To help alleviate the stress and anxiety that arises with this question, we’ve categorized three tips to ensure you find somewhere to eat in a timely fashion:

IMG_0049.JPG

1. Know Dietary Concerns!

This will help eliminate a large amount of places if your guest has a dietary concern. Keep this in mind before even suggesting a venue because lack of knowledge in this avenue will surely work against you by showing your apathetic feelings towards a concerning aspect of their life.  Knowing what an individual can eat will also help zone in on places that are still acceptable for dining.  Make sure you keep a note of your friends’ allergies and preferences for food because it is pivotal to show that you care and value that person!

IMG_0037.JPG

2. Know Where You Ate Last

To keep things fresh and new, keep in mind the place that you ate at previously with that guest.  Finding different places to eat ensures that your guest will feel like the gathering is both exciting and fresh.  Be adventurous and spontaneous by suggesting new places, but also be understanding if they want to go to the same spot.  Your guests will be ecstatic whenever the opportunity arises to have a get together. You remember what places you’ve eaten at and know exactly where to go on the next adventure together.

IMG_0147.JPG

3. Do Your Research the Night Before

Being known as the individual who eats at all the great restaurants is a great reputation to have, and it will have friends constantly asking you for suggestions.  This enables you to be known as the interesting and daring fellow who is the go to gentleman for food suggestions.  I know this doesn’t sound glamorous, but five minutes before you go to bed spend the time finding out what other restaurants are out there.  If you are going on a date the following day, with no venue picked yet, the extra few minutes will make the world of difference to your interaction with your guest(s). The internet is a strong tool to find information expediently at the touch of a few buttons.  Therefore, there is no excuse not to know what places are trending and have good customer reviews.  That little bit of effort goes a long way in impressing your guests by finding an excellent place to dine in!

There are a variety of ways to minimize the daunting question of “where should we eat?” It is an extremely easy to answer question if you have a collection of places in mind by doing quick research and remembering other’s suggestions.  Knowing a plethora of restaurants with different dining styles is a status symbol in itself.  You will be the gentleman that is not afraid to try new and exciting restaurants and whom knows all the best spots in town. Knowledge is power and your knowledge on food will impress everyone you meet while saving you precious time that should instead be used on eating and enjoying everyone’s company!

Are Street Wear Brands Luxury Brands?

The rise of street wear has been swift from small subculture to being featured on celebrities and actors alike.  This once underground fashion style has resonated with huge audiences over recent years, and many are led with questions about street wear and their place in the market.  Due to the exclusivity, prices, and brand awareness, we at the Minimalistic Gent believe that they can be categorized as luxury brands in today’s society.

IMG_6524.JPG

Exclusivity

The main attraction that gets A-list celebrities wearing street wear is the exclusivity and lack of stock.  Brands like Bape and Supreme spread their releases across various dates while controlling the supply to produce an air of exclusivity also found in luxury products.  Street wear brands are extremely proficient at not meeting the demand for their products, much like luxury brands, so they control their respective markets exceptionally well.  Lineups are immense around these stores when they release their product; reaching record amounts of individuals that want their hands on these coveted items.  The fact that exclusivity is at such extreme heights means that street wear brands are wanted on a grand scale which makes them comparable to the exclusive luxury brands that limit their supply.

IMG_6442.JPG

Prices

Street wear can be comparable to luxury brands in price.  Although they may lack the quality that we at the Minimalistic Gent advocate for, we can’t deny the exuberant prices street wear comes in at.  An example of an item would be the iconic Bape shark hoodie (cotton hoodie) which starts at around $405 in stores.  The brand still does well and is able to instantly sell out of their stock every single release.  Prices are extremely high in street wear which is comparable to other introductory luxury brands and that’s without even going into the exuberant second hand market (where prices can even be double of what the retail is). The infamous box logo tee from Supreme is iconic enough to be extremely desired and can go on the secondary market for prices easily exceeding $1,000.  This is an insane markup from the t-shirt that was purchased for about $148 from the Supreme store.  The price range that street wear brands can reach is extensive, but it is comparable to the price ranges of various luxury brands.

IMG_6427.JPG

Brand Awareness

Street wear has evolved from the confides of a select few people wearing it to being common place in media.  Seeing an A-list celebrity wear a street wear brand increases awareness where others try to emulate the style.  The air of high-end haute culture is very similar in this aspect because you will instantly be recognized by your peers for the clothes you decide to wear.  Supreme’s flagrant box logo can be recognized from distances away and it is one of the most counterfeited items.  There is an insane counterfeit market for these brands which shows how the worldwide awareness of these items has reached cult following levels.  Due to the brand awareness, anyone will recognize items such as the Bape ape logo or the Supreme red box logo.  The brand awareness of these street wear brands has become so great that it is easily recognized as a high end commodity comparable to luxury brands.

Although some may say that street wear lacks the quality or the history of other luxury fashion houses, there is no denying their impact on contemporary culture. Even historically stringent brands have recently been more accepting of street wear culture (like the eye opening collaboration between Louis Vuitton and Supreme).  We at the Minimalistic Gent advocate for less items that are of quality and value, and street wear brands definitely carry a huge value when it comes to resale and brand recognition.  Street wear brands can be considered luxury brands because of their price, exclusivity, and brand awareness which has been an unexpected but interesting phenomenon in contemporary times.  Let us know your thoughts below on whether street wear can be considered luxury-esque, and stay tuned for more from the Minimalistic Gent!

Life of a Gent: The Determined Historian

LIFE OF A GENT

An original series exploring distinct gentleman in contemporary society.

IMG_6841.JPG

There are certain conversations in life that resonate so strongly with our sense of purpose that we can’t forget.  Spending a fractional moment in time with Mike Martin was both invigorating and enlightening; leaving me with a feeling of familiarity that I did not expect.  It embodied the meeting of someone who understands and exhibits the attributes you both envision and strive to become.  Extreme work ethic and undeniable devotion to his craft is evident by the enthusiastic way Mike both carries himself and discusses topics related to his passion.  An undeniable expert at discussing days of old, he understands the artistic zeitgeist of those before us and implements them in a way that only a true historian can masterfully do.

IMG_6871.JPG

Mike Martin, who goes by the moniker “PopRockz,” is a contemporary artist who specializes in the field of dance.  A purveyor of many styles, Mike found his roots in “locking” (a funk style of dance created in 1969) which helped to mold the unique way that he adds a noteworthy flare on his everyday style of dress.  Going past the coveted title of dancer, he is a modern archivist of the roots and beginnings of various dance styles.  An expert at his craft, he is an avid traveler around the world; learning the history and movements from the founders of iconic dance styles.  A teacher in his own right, when asked about his obsession with attaining the utmost knowledge about the history of a dance style, he casually remarks, “I want to teach the right way.”  Without an understanding of the chronicles of these other dancers, you can’t provide a thorough and impactful class.  The passion for knowledge that he exudes is infectious, and I found myself determined to be relentless in understanding this remarkable man.

IMG_6878.JPG

Growing up in Whitmore Village, Wahiawa, Mike speaks as a man who is extremely well versed in understanding the complications that life can throw at you.  A stroll through his hometown provided a microscopic view of the struggles he has conquered.  “They used to find bodies in those pineapple fields” Mike solemnly uttered while driving thru the rural areas of Whitmore Village.  The dilapidated houses were plentiful showing the deterioration and age of the slums from which Mike has had his humble beginnings.  In addition to his rough origins, being deployed while serving his country in the United States Air Force showed a side of humanity that he believes none should see.  These copious challenges would shock any, but Mike is never seen without a trademark smile on his face.  A pronounced virtuoso at vanquishing negativity, he has an exceptional knack for employing a positive warmth that changes the atmosphere of anywhere he travels.

IMG_6880.JPG

When asked for his definition of a gentleman, Mike elegantly answered in the suave manner that can only be seen in a true practitioner of the gentleman lifestyle.  “A gentleman is classy and respectful.  He just looks good man!” says Mike.  Further than this notion though, the concept of “commanding presence” is what Mike truly advocates as the crucial aspect that defines a true gent.  Both desirable and breathtaking, a gentleman can enter a room and become the center of attention; yet he doesn’t acknowledge or revel in it.  To explain Mike says, “A gentleman looks the part and is extremely chivalrous; but not just for romantic interests.  He has a deep respect for people, and shows it in a way that is subtle.  Matter of fact, a gentleman leaves an impression once he walks in and even allows strangers to have their own sense of empowerment in themselves. A gentleman is sexy!” Mastery of the hallmark signs of a gentleman is clearly evident in the way Mike confidently describes a gent.

IMG_6879.JPG

The Minimalistic Gent recognizes Mike “PopRockz” Martin is a remarkable individual that fully embodies the attributes of a modern gentleman.  Despite grappling with his rough circumstances and becoming the intellectual and hard working man that he is today, Mike is an inspiring testament to the willpower of determined individuals.  The ambiance that he sets within a room is extensive, and his work ethic is an undeniable insight on the staggering determination he has to accomplish goals.  Without a doubt, he is a leader that will remarkably inspire a whole generation of dancers, and his thirst for knowledge leaves him in an outstanding position to leave an unforgettable impact on any he meets!

3 Reasons to Purchase From A Luxury Brand!

The Minimalistic Gent advocates for quality over quantity on all purchases.  Careful and planned purchases usually lead to greater returns on the joy that you receive from an item.  To help inform you fellow gents on what to look for in these high end purchases, we compiled this list of things to look for. These are the three reasons you should buy items from a luxury brand:

1. Exceptional Quality

The best quality items are made from the best materials by skilled artisans.  Clearly stated, hand made items are something we suggest going for.  Luxury brands that stand behind their handmade products are usually an excellent place to start when searching for breathtaking items. We recommend these Salvatore Ferragamo loafers which are handmade in Italy.  The quality and comfort of these types of loafers are of a high caliber and the resiliency of the materials will leave you happy for a long time!

old-rip-van-winkle-25-year-old-kentucky-straight-bourbon-whiskey-usa-10886721.jpg

2. Limited Quantity

Exclusivity usually helps in the aspect of boosting your love of an item.  A limited run of production makes the demand for items sky rocket which will further your appreciation for the object.  Brand recognition can help in networking opportunities to help exude the feeling of class that you want to portray, and attentive gents will definitely notice.  A Bourbon connoisseur’s dream is the Old Rip Van Winkle 25 year-old bourbon.  With only 710 bottles made in existence, this extremely aged bourbon would make for the ultimate party drink with a guest.  Exclusivity at this level ensures that the experience of drinking this bourbon can never be replicated.  Therefore, a limited run on items can increase the worthiness of an item exponentially!

3. Outstanding Value

Even items that are not exclusive can bring someone immense value if you really enjoy the item or if it serves a unique purpose.  The value you find in the object needs to be titanic or it is not the item for you.  Since we are on a path of minimizing as much as possible, there is no room for items that serve no value.  The cost of the item should be greatly outweighed by the disproportionate value you receive from owning this item.  We love our luxury watches at the Minimalistic Gent, and we would recommend the Rolex Yacht-Master II in yellow gold as a watch that will not only make you feel world class but show it to the world as well!

Luxury brands can be quite expensive, but making wise choices is imperative to ensure your hard-earned money goes to outstanding products.  We here at the Minimalistic Gent are extremely big on spending extra for items that can last a lifetime or offer one of a kind experiences. Find what items can enrich and excite your life through their quality and exclusivity, and let us know down below what you find!

Life of a Gent: The Ambitious Visionary

LIFE OF A GENT

An original series exploring distinct gentleman in contemporary society.

IMG_6802.JPG

Exploring distinct ways to impact our future generation is an ambitious yet worthwhile endeavor. To edify the next of kin in an impactful way can be an arduous task that takes the utmost patience. Thomas de Castro who goes by the moniker “Tom Solo” is in the illustrious career of promoting and creating venues for dancers of a younger generation to pursue their passions.

IMG_6799.JPG

Growing up Thomas was a successful curator of the b-boy (breakdancing) style and was characterized by his stylistically complex movements that were flawlessly executed in a consistent manner. Starting his career off as a dancer though was faced with many challenges as “there just wasn’t the support that there is now for supporting an unconventional path.” This would lead the way to his current pursuit in the Breaks R4 Kids program aimed at providing parents a supportive all encapsulating class that is systematically catered to educate their children in a positive and supportive environment.  As a father of two, he is extremely adept at being compassionate and insightful on the needs of the children in his program while still providing progress reports and benchmarks that quantitatively show growth to parents.

IMG_6798.JPG

A gentleman is exactly the title that a man of his stature should receive.  When asked what it means to be a gentleman, he casually responded,”a gentleman is an individual that fully understands the premises of the grind.”  In his words, a gentleman is someone that understands the essence of hard work and is able to characterize his energy into an extremely positive force to attain his goals.  Although he loves to stay comfortable and dress casually, he is well aware of the need to dress well when the situation arises.  “I don’t even set my watch sometimes, and it’s more for the inferred characteristics of those that wear watches.  Being on time and looking the part is key to successful interactions with others,” says Thomas.

IMG_6801.JPG

Looking forward, Thomas is extremely eager on his expansion of reach thru opening the new Breaks R4 Kids venues.  Opening up locations in both Hawaii Kai and Kaneohe of Hawaii has allowed him to increase his reach tenfold to a larger community.  Leaving an impact on the future generation and providing an avenue for them to pursue their endeavors is both a rewarding and powerful career choice.  The Minimalistic Gent recognizes Thomas de Castro as a purveyor of what it means to be a true gentleman, and his Breaks R4 Kids program is a testament to what hard work and a robust idea can come together and create something phenomenal!

 

3 Ways To Get Ridiculous Amounts of Work Done!

We know you are all extremely busy individuals.  Today though we are giving you three essential tips to utterly annihilate all that you have to do! Time is of the essence so here are the three ways to get lots of work done:

IMG_6613.JPG

1. Destroy All Distractions

Distractions are everywhere and detract from your performance.  If possible, turn your phone off and rid yourself of everything that does not help in the work you are doing.  When answering other people’s needs and wants (like answering emails and phone calls), you put your time at their mercy and are not able to utilize your time as your own.  Get rid of all distractions that can keep you from doing your work and your efficiency will skyrocket!

IMG_0147.JPG

2. Have Goals in Mind

If you write your goals the chances of you accomplishing it grow to ridiculous levels.  Incremental goals that are specific yet quantifiable are the best kinds of goals that will ensure you maximize your potential.  Before going to bed each day, jot down all of your goals for the coming day and you will be sure to accomplish them.

IMG_0506.JPG

3. Take Breaks

We are not machines that can work incessantly.  Without breaks you will experience burnout that will decrease your efficiency and effectiveness.  We cannot recommend a perfect break system, but you need to find out what works for you.  Some of us need more frequent breaks to keep our attention level at peak levels, and some need less breaks.  Your break system will all depends on your focus level and how intense your work is (for some a five minute break on the hour is sufficient and for some a 30 minute break every couple of hours works).

Staying extremely efficient and getting the most out of your day is pivotal to being a Minimalistic Gent.  Minimizing your possessions is only one part of the equation, and the other aspect is maximizing your efficiency.  We can’t wait to see what you accomplish here at Minimalistic Gent!

 

 

5 Board Games For Dinner Parties!

Entertainment is an exciting aspect of gatherings that can be the ice breaker for meeting new party guests.  If there are new guests that you’ve never met before, what better way to introduce yourselves than a fun and exciting board game.  We at the Minimalistic Gent recommend games that are both classic and easy to learn.  Games that are too complex can lead to frustration and boredom among guests which can be an instant party ruiner.  Here are the five board games we recommend to boost the excitement and laughs at your next party:

1. Monopoly

Given an extended amount of time, Monopoly is a great way to enjoy the company of others.  Granted this is not the best choice if there is a time limit on the party, Monopoly has an air of sophistication that guests will appreciate.  Monopoly games can be extremely time consuming but very rewarding.  Stay competitive and well-mannered and you will be sure to impress your guests.  By choosing this game, it shows that you enjoy your guests company so much that you would love them to stay for an extended period of time!

2. Scrabble

What better way to demonstrate your vivid language than through the Scrabble board game.  Guests will be astounded at your prowess of the English language, and this game may lead to new knowledge on words you haven’t fathomed using before.  Scrabble is still a decently time consuming game, but it is a classic game that can show confidence in your own abilities to decipher and create magnificent words.

3. Yahtzee

Dice rolling has never been so fun.  Yahtzee allows for a quick game that is still substantial enough to get your guests attention.  The simple scoring system is riddled with complex strategies that can lead to an air of competitiveness with guests.  Explaining the rules to newcomers may take a little while, but expect a great time once everyone understands the game’s mechanics (don’t forget to yell Yahtzee when the time is right)!

4. Chinese Checkers

Both easy to setup and easy to play, this extremely casual game helps keep games less about the rules and more about the interactions.  Up to six players can play, and it will lead to a quick board game that any guest can enjoy.  This could be the best introduction to guests that are not used to playing board games because of the simplistic rules.  The tone of the party will be set as casually fun, and your guests will understand that a fun and entertaining night awaits them.

5. Jenga

The quickest game on this list; prepare for your guests to stand up.  Jenga is always known for its edge of the seat, nail biting pressure scenarios that are sure to get a laugh out of guests.  Our favorite part about Jenga is the setup.  The setup is extraordinarily easy and the space requirements are minimal.  Get ready for the party to liven up immediately with this game due to the toppling wooden tower.

Party board games are a great way to network with individuals you are meeting for the first time.  It helps new guests to feel much more comfortable in your house and leads to an amazing experience that everyone will remember.  Great food, great company, and great entertainment are the keys to a successful dinner party that you can throw in confidence.  Let us know your favorite board game down below, and we can’t wait to hear of your phenomenal parties!