|Neroli Portofino by Tom Ford, $225-$595|
It is now the time when we curate a list of all of those luxurious items we’ve been longing to own. We drop hints on our parents, friends and lovers. The hope is that they’ll read the signs correctly and fulfil our requests. Of course as grown people we don’t go off asking people to gift us a bottle of Neroli Portofino by Tom Ford.
Instead, you strike up a conversation about the latest fragrances and speak glowing about a specific one. Make sure to mention your desire to have it. Rinse and repeat with all who love you. Let me know if it works.
1. MacBook Air
So my laptop is down and now I’m in search of a new one. My friend suggests I get a Mac. Immediately I started to lament the cost. But then he reasoned that this is the best investment I could make. You’re paying for what you get. Just what do you get?
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2. White Dress Shirt (Cutaway Collar)
With the best of care your white dress shirts will lose lustre becoming dull after a numerous of wash, iron and wear cycles. As soon as this happens they need to be replaced. Ideally, one should have at least three which you will rotate. They may vary in terms of type of fabric, absence of patterns or type of collar.
Simple. Classy. Elegant. Extremely versatile. Whatever the color blazer or suit they will fit. You can dress them up or down.
3. A Chronograph
The true gentleman is never without his timepiece. It just seems odd to be walking around with your hand bare. The watch is not just about elegance but it’s also functional. One should strive to eliminate tardiness. Alas! if wishes were horses then all men would ride.
4. A proper pair of trainers
I’ve been into fitness and especially jogging, since I was 11. On those dark mornings, chilled by the cold winds circulating through the hills, my friend Peter would come calling. In the wee hours of the morning, before the fowls left their roost, we set off running for miles. This habit has stuck with me ever since. It’s therapeutic to get up at dawn, put on my trainers, plug in my ear phones and hit the street. With that being said, it’s about time to get another pair of trainers.
5. Indoor Football cleats
Seeing I lead a rather active lifestyle and football is a weekly activity I engage in, a football cleat is an essential. At this stage and age I really don’t need boots. My knees can no longer manage the pressure. Additionally, the football pitches I play on are not fit for boots. Indoor cleats are my go to footwear for football.
For a number of years I’ve been loyal to Puma and it’s about time to try something else. This particular model is light weight and built to improve touch and ball control.
6. Leather Messenger Bag
My leather tote bag has just about done its time. So, I need a bag for work. Looking for something slick, stylish, functional and durable. Definitely going with leather. The feel is smooth and soft. Durability is also a highly desired feature.
Found this really lovely messenger bag on men’s wear site Mr. Porter. This one just about meets all the requirements.
7. Paisley Ties
Combing through this tie collection of mine and paisley ties are absent. They’re non-existent! Paisley is vintage. Mostly worn by older gentlemen. This is a clear indication of fine taste. Therefore, these make it to the wishlist this year.
8. Lapel pins
Nothing shows your sense of style and flare more than how you accessorize. It’s how the colors complement each other, how the layers coordinate with each other, the contrast in patterns and the finishing touches are from the accessories. A scarf, the pocket square, a hat, tie pins and lapel pins.
9. Family Time
In the hustle and bustle of the daily grind, we rarely get time to sit and talk with family. A few lines of text in a Whatsapp message or a few pics on Instagram is how we connect. Is this the way life is supposed to be lived? I should think not. Oh how I long for those lazy Sunday afternoons, when the family would gather for dinner around the table. The delectable meal, satisfying conversation, genuine smiles, are all things I seldom get to enjoy these days. For this Christmas, I’d like to sit in my mother’s kitchen and have tea, fried dumplings and stewed fish while we share a joke or two. Then we prepare dinner! Light, cool, crisp Christmas breeze, unsweetened sorrel, pudding and the day is made….
Whether we get what we want or not, there’s enough in life to be grateful for. Be happy for what you have and know you that there’s more to achieve. Don’t go pining after what was lost and who left. Look towards the future with great anticipation. Your best days are ahead.