Blake Hammerton
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Blake Hammerton

Blake Hammerton is the founder and coach at The Sharp Gentleman, and helps men earn more respect while gaining confidence in who they are. He is a certified relationship coach and loves writing about men's fashion, style, character-building, relationships, travel, adventure, and more.

How to honor your family
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One of the hardest transitions in life happens after you become an adult. It isn’t a new job or new apartment of your own. It’s bigger than that. It’s moving from being someone’s son to someone’s husband, and for many men, becoming a father. You suddenly take on a new role and leave the old, kid-version of you behind. When you grow up and venture off to carve your own path, you leave behind those that spent your entire life to that point, carving a

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Become a man of your word | The Sharp Gentleman
CharacterPodcasts

One of the things that we all strive to be is dependable as men. We want to be strong providers and trusted unconditionally. We want to be honorable men, even if many of us aren’t exactly sure what that means. We like, and often romanticize the Gentleman’s Agreement. When we are told something is going to happen, we want to believe it. We like the idea that “he’s a man of his word,” and “he’s a good man, he’ll come through.” You want to be

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An honest Tommy John Underwear review
Clothing

Once and for all… is it really worth the upgrade? An honest Tommy John Underwear review **SIX MONTH UPDATE AT THE END! I remember a time in high school when my friends were wearing boxers from Abercrombie and Express and Tommy Hilfiger, and I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. I looked at the prices and knew I could spend my money on better things. Certainly things that delivered more value! I’ve been a boxer-brief guy for as long as I can remember. I

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pre-folded pocket square
Clothing

Even though there are dozens of resources out there to help you fold a perfect pocket square (including my own), there’s now a secret weapon you can carry in your arsenal: The Perfectly Pre-Folded Pocket Square from Well Suited NYC. Based in Manhattan, Well Suited NYC is the brainchild of two native New York City friends, Amanda Sanders and Christina Wilson. Amanda is a celebrity stylist (with a clientele that includes Chris Rock), and Christina developed a fashion handbag and accessories company, and the pair found

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have the best year ever
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In a year from now, you’ll wish you started today. When I want to have the best year ever, I look at this quote. This is one of my favorite quotes because it keeps me focused on what I’m committing to when I procrastinate. Every time I say no to getting up and getting out there, I’m saying yes to missed opportunities; yes to broken promises to myself; yes to feeling overwhelmed later when I feel like I haven’t gotten anything done; yes to excuses

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integrity through distractions
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Integrity Through Distractions Temptation is everywhere, gentlemen. You can be driving to the gym, ready to hit it hard, and find yourself in the Dunkin’ Donuts drive thru a moment later… if you give into the temptation. Integrity through distractions, right? Distractions are even more prevalent. Distractions are temptations disguised as noise. You may not feel that temptation is the right word, but when you see the Facebook notifications on your phone, it’s difficult to resist the temptation to pause what you’re doing and check

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why you need challengers
CharacterPodcasts

This time, Ego IS the answer. For many of us, happiness and contentment are synonymous. We reach a moderate level of success, while secretly wishing we could do (fill-in the blank). Most of the time, that one thing we wish were doing professionally –instead of what we’re currently doing– is in a completely unrelated field. It is our fear of switching gears and venturing out into the unknown that keeps us in our safe place –our regular job, regular pay, regular, predictable life. Until one

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Practice the Power of Pause | The Sharp Gentleman
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Haste makes waste, gentlemen. In today’s modern society of what I like to call Throwaway Ideals, it can be difficult to see yourself finishing anything all the way. Most of us are too easily conditioned to cut and run when the going gets tough because there’s opportunity and alternatives abound. We start a lot of projects, chase a lot of ideas, and break ground on new endeavors… but we rush through the motions so quickly that we often miss details, and cause things to derail.

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Gentleman's Guide to Sin City
Adventure

While in Vegas: A Gentleman’s Guide to Sin City “What’s a gentleman like you doing in a place like this?” Las Vegas is dubbed as “Sin City,” and with good reason, as it offers just about every kind of earthly delight under the sun. As such, it might seem a contradiction to recommend this place to bona fide gentlemen. Nonetheless, there are actually a lot of activities that gents can try out, without succumbing to a truly hedonistic lifestyle, and burning a hole through their

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breaking up is hard to do - The Sharp Gentleman
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Breaking up is hard to do. At the same time, staying in a relationship that doesn’t serve either party is also hard to do. Unfortunately, we are willing to do more of the latter that we are of the former, and that’s a disservice to ourselves and each other. Look, it sucks to break up, but it also sucks to be in an unhappy relationship. A fair amount of my clients (and emails I receive) ask what they should do to exit their unfulfilling relationships.

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