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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.

J. Hilburn Fall Collection
Clothing

There’s definitely a right way and a wrong way to layer when the weather cools off. It doesn’t have to be something you lose sleep over, however. It really can be as simple as the right coat or sweater. It’s never a bad idea to explore how to layer menswear, especially if it’s something you struggle with. First off, let’s get a couple of things straight: Layering is simply combining clothing in a way that’s both functional and fashionable The sweater vest is unacceptable –

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Grooming the Perfect Beard
CharacterGrooming

Look, let’s take a minute and be honest: some good looking men grow ugly beards. I know, it’s a lot like telling beautiful couples that their kids are… well… ugly. How dare I say such a terrible thing, right? Hey, it happens. More to the point, ugly beards are avoidable. There are great products on the market to help tame those unruly whiskers, and help show you how to groom a beard.  And, there are a lot of different places you can turn for stellar

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Death of Manners
AdventureCharacter

I came across this amazing infographic regarding the death of manners, and how modern man is contributing to the slow, painful death of them. As an added bonus, the infographic includes zombies! Zombies, obviously, are the most mannerless creatures around, which made them perfect for giving you something to chew on… Courtesy of: http://www.schools.com I’m sure you know someone that could use this graphic, so please share! You never know, it might be the best thing to happen to the people around him/her.

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Best Budget Watches
Clothing

This may upset a few of the watch puritans out there because we’re actually going to talk about the best budget men’s watches for around $100. Some circles of timepiece aficionados believe a ‘budget’ watch is below $1000, but never less than $500. That’s a wonderful watch budget to have, but we’re going to dip a little lower on the expense report and check out some small to mid-budget watches that give you the look and feel you want, without the additional zero at the

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J. Hilburn Fall Collection
Clothing

Autumn, as discussed in a previous post, is one of the best times of the year for romance, and fashion. As the leaves change and weather cools, beautiful new patterns emerge in nature and in the best fall menswear styles. Sometimes there’s nothing better than a hot apple cider with friends on a chilly Autumn day – especially if you’re sharp and toasty in the effortlessly beautiful Loro Piana overcoat. Then again, you’ll enjoy just about everything Autumn has to offer when you’re properly dressed. J.

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Romantic Fall Date Ideas
AdventureCharacter

When the leaves turn and that familiar chill comes in the air, you know Autumn is here. It’s one of the most romantic times of the year, and offers plenty of opportunities to cozy up with that special someone to keep warm and enjoy pumpkin spice… everything. It provides the biggest bang for your buck when it comes to romance because Mother Nature cranks up the colors, turns down the heat, and provides beautiful opportunities to sport your favorite fall gear. Check out these perfect romantic

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Tips When Getting Dressed
Clothing

Sometimes we stumble across videos or pieces of advice that are so excellent, we are compelled to share it with the world. This is one such piece of advice and it comes in the form of a pretty clever video. BuzzFeedVideo released a video earlier this year, and it’s a perfect fit for the Sharp Gentleman in Training. It’s a great little “Do / Don’t Do” video when getting dressed. Essentially, how to dress like a man. I love a good video – especially one that’s

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Build character
AdventureCharacter

Boldness is one of the greatest qualities a man can possess in his arsenal. Boldness when it comes to standing firm when needed, and moving forward when it feels most difficult. Sometimes boldness is found when there’s nothing left to lose. It’s the age-old story: a man down on his luck, pushed against the ropes, comes out of nowhere, puts it all on the line, and swings for the fences… and wins. Think about your life for a moment. How many rules are you following

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Every Man Should Travel
AdventureCharacter

“The well-traveled man tells better stories, draws more connections, and even knows more interesting toasts than the man who stays at home.” The sense of adventure is alive and well in every single one of us, whether it’s the thrill of the hunt, the hike, or the holiday from work. Some men, however, allow this yearn for exploration run wild, and it changes them forever. Traveling the world is an unfulfilled dream for many men, and here’s why it should go unfulfilled no longer. The

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Quotes on Character
Character

There is so much pressure in life to be great, do great things, don’t screw up, make a difference, don’t be too different – so much that we often lose sight of some simple, yet powerful truths about life. Sometimes you can learn a lot from characters on TV. Gregory House is a great example of character who shines with brilliance in his arrogance and callousness, but also one that shows humor. It was also one of my favorite shows. Here are twenty powerful life

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