thanksgiving was a few days ago in case any of y'all missed it. in light of possibly the best holiday of the year, we scratched up a brief list of things we're thankful for.
 ok, so it's late but we were so busy buying consumer electronics at 40% that we totally forgot to be thankful. here's our shot at redemption:


1. URBAN MEYER. a true family-man.

2. COLLEGE STUDENTS WHO POST PICTURES/STATUSES OF THEIR "OVERWHELMING" WORKLOAD. you know the ones i'm talking about-- the florescent glow of the lap top amidst papers punctuated with either a cup of coffee ("it's gonna be a loooooong night. lol!") or a TI-83 plus. wow, you have papers/presentations/finals too?? we thought we were the only ones!

3. BEVERLY HILLS 90210. we can't think of any soap more compelling to watch (sans audio) while at the gym. really, tori spelling gives a hell of a performance.

4. PEOPLE WHO SAVE THEIR DIRTY SHOWER WATER TO WATER THEIR PLANTS AND FLUSH THEIR TOILETS. yes, this happens. it's called graywater. look it up. then go back to 4th grade and look up "the water cycle" in your science book and get back to us.


6. 30% OFF MY NEXT OIL-CHANGE AT JIFFY-LUBE. thanks for the discount, the reminder and the gratuitous chuckle. jiffy-lube is the best name ever.

7. HOLIDAY JEWELRY COMMERCIALS. we can't decide which one makes us want to dry-heave the least. (it can only be jared.) and what the heck is dr. quinn doing designing jewelry??

{we really do have a lot to be thankful for-- none of which are included on this list. we're not that heartless.}




kind reader, did you participate in no-shave november? 
if you're a girl and answered "yes," pour yourself a tall glass of give-a-damn because it's november 28th and your legs are probably cringe-worthy. sorry we're not sorry. yeah, we're lazy sometimes too, but trust us on this one and spend that extra four minutes in the shower. unfortunately, we can't use the "we're raising awareness" excuse because refusing to shave our legs to "raise awareness" just wouldn't be as effective as pink ribbons, 5k's, save the tatas car washes, or yogurt tops. 

new generation, same double-standard. 
but we digress. 

on the other hand, if you're swelling with testosterone and perhaps a newfound sense of masculinity, how's your chin looking these days? we love a man with a good beard and that's why we're particularly excited about today's post. so, as november comes to an end and stubble is reevaluated, enjoy this influx of bearded men and maybe, just maybe, devote a thought or two to men's health

we're still not completely sold on the man nose-ring, but we are sold on this dude. and the beard conditioner

does this corduroy vest make me look suspicious?

beard+baby and we're scooping the remains of our melted heart off the floor.  

yes, we know what you're thinking. ryan gosling has tiny ears. 

a well-groomed man is always sexy. don't let your beard run amok. 

dan auerbach has a lot of worlds colliding here-- the matador get-up, the wayfarers, the irish beard, the danish beer, the british open-palmed salute... pick a team, dan. 

we don't know who he is, but we like him. we get the vibe that he probably leaves his girlfriend cute notes around the house. 

yes, you can even purchase this coffee table book to further glorify your manhood. 

somewhere between where the wolf ends and beard begins, lies a man unmatched in masculinity and body odor. 

if you're interested in the man, we can't help you. he could be anywhere. but the lube? yeah, we got that covered. 

this top-knot is top-notch. 
see what we did there?

men-- in real life, leave the silk scarves to your grandmothers or use them as flags on your sailboats.  

if you don't know, a beard that creeps down your neck is called a neard (creativity points to the dude who came up with that one.) off-putting? sometimes. it's a tough call. 

oh, liev. don't you ever liev.

old king cole called for his pipe, and i bet we could find three fiddlers around somewhere...

justin vernon looking only slightly disheveled. it's ok, we bet he embroidered those flowers on himself while at his cabin in wisconsin. 

this guy's got so much angst that he ran out of room in his cargo pockets and had to bring along a couple bags too. 

ok, so it's not quite a beard... but we like it anyway. 

this man has so much panache, he went the extra mile and turned his decorative throw into a scarf. 

eric bana and his two-week shadow. 

we hope you enjoyed that manly monday beard expedition.
 if you're a man, maybe you're freshly inspired. maybe you'll put down that razor for a couple months or, if you're already there, maybe you'll keep it up. 
in any case, we'd encourage you take time before november is over to rub the smooth leg of a woman in gratitude and appreciation. 
if you get slapped, we take no responsibility whatsoever. if you get a kiss, well, maybe you should start shaving off that scruff. beard-burn is no fun.  




if you haven't noticed, echoes of "feliz navidad" and that awful john lennon christmas song have already(!) been playing in your local grocery stores and shopping malls. not that we have anything against christmas music-- in fact, we're big fans-- but when played from october up until christmas day, it can be a little overwhelming. 

to combat this inundation of premature christmas carols, we decided to assemble songs that don't require so much mental joviality. songs that act as a balance to all the holly and the jolly and that even when repeated 10 times or more in one day, don't make us want to choke ourselves with cranberry garlands. 

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the high is 70 today. it's november 21st-- where is the frost on the pumpkin? the fodder in the shock? 

girls across the south are sweating in their gosh-darn tights and boots and those pumpkin-spice lattes don't taste so good now, do they? in spite of al gore's worst fear actualizing in our faces, we have a few delicious manly men in your forecast today. so even if you're sweating through your tights, chug that autumn-themed beverage and rearrange your perfectly positioned scarf knowing it only gets hotter from here. 

if the wool beanie is the only thing that interests you in this picture, you should put on your bold-frame glasses and take another look. his name is robert konjic and he wants to take you hiking. 

corduroy blazers and duck boots-- two wintry essentials we love on a man.  

think fair isle isn't manly? think again, friends. if GQ and harry shum jr. can make it look this sharp, we're all for it. (like the parka? you can find it here.)

looking good, ry ry. where are you going and can we come with?

ok, we didn't get enough bean boots the first time around. and the chunky cable? manly, but still soft enough to curl up next to.

joseph gordon-levitt, you're looking so fly in that black bomber jacket

if you're not warm yet, pour yourself a drink or four and make foolhardy online purchases-- one of which should definitely be this vest

what a distinguished elderly gentlemen. we think he's wearing cashmere-lined leather gloves and a warm wool scarf, but that's just a guess.

well, now we really hope the temperature drops.

happy manly monday, all you appreciators of masculinity.