Rockport hits us with another solid Silhouette 

Who is a father? A father is someone who wants to catch you before you fall, but instead, picks you up and brushes you off, and lets you try again. A father is someone who wants to keep you from making mistakes but instead lets you find your own way, even though his heart breaks in silence each time you get hurt. A father is someone who holds you when you cry, scolds you when you break the rules, shines with pride when you succeed and has faith in you even when you fail. #sponsored 

Fresh off the press from Rockport with air in the sole dri-freeze cooling fabric and memory foam lining these shoes will keep your feet dry and give you all day comfort and style that is necessity. The Howe Street Lace Up comes in four different colors to fit all your needs. With a sleek profile it is perfect with slacks and jeans. The office or the hangout, with a shoe that looks this good it is perfect for a multitude of uses.

 

Tasty Father's Day Treats 

I have been using Edible arrangements for years to send tasty treats to my clients as well as my family members and friends for various occasions. Stumped at what to get for your Dad? Well look no further Edible arrangements has something that everyone can enjoy.

 

                                       

BabbleBoxx does it again: Father's Day Edition 

If you have been following me for a while you will notice that every few months I get this pink and blue box filled with everything good. They usually have a theme and usually they always come through with something useful, thoughtful and curated for the occasion at hand. This time Babble Box nailed it with a Father's Day themed box. Giving you some great gifting ideas for your dad before, day of and even after Father's Day. Gifts that any dad would appreciate and love. Hit the video after the Jump to see it all in action.

 

 

CASIO G-SHOCH GBD100

Expanding the ever so powerful G-Shock line up the GBD100 adds to the G-Shock Move family. If you're already a fan of G-Shock but want to add the smart component for all things fitness this is the watch for you. Boasting some great features from daily heart management and endurance coaching this watch is chalk full with bluetooth to sync to the smart phone of your choice to support time adjustments, notifications, step and distance measurement and GPS Connectivity. Utilizing a High-Def MIP LCD and super Illuminator it allows everything to be read no matter how much light is available clearly and easily. 

 

The Original Huy Fong Foods Sriracha Almonds

If you are like me snacking is an essential part of the day especially when hard at work and almonds are a perfect healthy snack to keep you fueled throughout out day. If you are also like me then throwing a little hint of heat behind some snacks and every meal with Sriracha sauce is also a must. Now these Sriracha almonds bring out the best of both worlds. The sweet heat of Sriracha sauce topping goodness on one of the best snacking items around - Almonds. Dusted with the bold and authentic taste of original Huy Fong Brand Sriracha sauce gives you that heat you crave in a stackable package. Giving you a healthy tasty snack with out having to sacrifice those precious calories. Click the link and I am sure this will be a flavor that you will go nuts for. 

 

The Bob Ross Cookbook: Happy Little Recipes for Family and Friends by Robb Pearlman, Illustrated by Bob Ross and Nicholas Hankins 

from Running Press

If you're old enough to know about the soothing voice of Bob Ross and his insanely easy to replicate masterpiece classes he gave on television back in the day then be prepared to be wowed with the same flare that Bob Ross provided when he was teaching his art classes. The gang at Running Press has packed the art and Wisdom of Bob Ross evoking the painter's signature wisdom, tone and tranquility. Loaded with Bob Ross' art, quotes and food illustrations from certified Bob Ross instructors this book is full of tasty and easy recipes to bring back that taste of nostalgia. With recipes such as Happy little roasted chicken, Curly-Topped veggie Mac and cheese , pot roast and many more this is perfect for The Cook-book collecting dad or the Bob Ross lover in all of us. 

 

 

Home Town Maps Rocks Glass from Well Told

Show a little hometown city pride with these beautiful art glasses. These 11 oz. rocks glasses can be custom-etched and personalized with a detailed map of any town or city that you might call home. Each glass is precision etched entirely with a detailed map of your favorite city, town, streets, neighborhoods and even coordinates. You can even go as far as adding personalized text to give it that extra touch. Perfect for any collector, or whiskey connoisseur.  Made in the US of A  cleanup is a Sinch because its Dishwasher safe.

 

 

FlagLite 3D from Maglite

The big dog we have come to know and love all these years. Hailing from the great golden lands of California in the USA Maglite is synonymous with durable flashlights. This Limited edition Maglite is a true piece of Americana wrapped in a fun art piece of the American flag. With a single LED not only is this flashlight bright it has about a 79hr runtime and a beam distance of 364 meters. So if you can't find what you're looking for with this flash light it is as good as lost. Designed engineered and manufactured in the US, you can ensure that this flashlight will most likely outlast you and you can pass it on to your kids for them to throw in their toolbox and or use it against any threat that may come their way. This unit Utilizes 3 D-Cell alkaline batteries to give you longevity and optimum performance.  Good from now until July 31st 2020 utilize code "BB15" and get 15% your order of your very own Flaglite 3D. 

**Some restrictions apply. Outlet, seasonal shop and discounted items excluded. Cannot be combined with another offer or discounted item. U. S. Shipping addresses only. Promotion available for limited time.)

 

Mini Maglite Pro from Maglite

With everything that is going on in our world today a flashlight is a must. I recommend having a go bag. Anytime you need to pack up and go you can just leave at a moment's notice with all the essentials. A MiniMaglite is a must to hold everything down when you need it. Small enough to put in any pocket as an every day carry of your bag but bright enough to illuminate the way. Utilizing 2 AA alkaline batteries this Mini Maglite can shoot up to almost 2 football fields. As always these are designed, manufactured and engineered in the USA giving you the durability you require and have learned to love from the best damn flashlight manufacturer in the world. 

**Use code BB15 (15% off online orders - Some restrictions apply. Outlet, seasonal shop and discounted items excluded. Cannot be combined with another offer or discounted item. U. S. Shipping addresses only. Promotion available for limited time.) Good through July 31st

 

Grill Pan from ANOLON

Anolon has become a household name for producing amazing cookware at the best possible price and they didn't stop here. Being the first to invent hard-anodized non-stick cookware almost 30+ years ago this line represents some of the best tech needed in your pans today. Ultra-durable sapphire reinforced and non-stick this makes the pans last longer, easier to cook and even easier to clean up. Cooks like a cast-iron but cleans like your normal non stick pan. This grill pan is perfect for searing and you can even throw it in the oven up to 400°F to get the perfect sear and or brown on your food. Now that you have the best cookware that is available how about that warranty - Anolon stands by their cookware for life so you can rest assured that you're making a longterm investment in the many memories that food and cooking have to offer. This pan is 11" deep comes in a variety of colors such as moonstone, onyx bronze and indigo and most importantly you can grill like you're outside without having to be outside. 

 

 

O2 CURVE MASK 1.2 BETTER THAN N95? 

Depending on where you are at in the country and or the world, we are in full blown quarantine and or lock down. In LA and many parts of SoCal, they are demanding that you wear face masks or a face covering any time you go out in public to help stop the spread and transmission of COVID-19. 

Insert The new Face mask by O2 Canada. it will block particulates and pollution better than any other respirator down to 0.1 microns. Their medical grade silicon seal that is more protective and easier to use than the N95 mask. Containing comfortable ear straps and magnetic neck strap it will ensure a comfortable and secure fit every time. With a removable and replaceable electro static filters you can continue use this for the for the foreseeable future.

 

 

THE MARAPATÁ 

Marapatá originating from the Amazons has a few meanings. One is a cake that is delectable and sweet. The other is a small island where it is said to be a place where one can leave their shame. 

I don’t fall in love with very many homes but this is the embodiment of a Marapatá: Sweet like a taste of home but a place to lay all your worries and burdens in a safe environment you can call home. This in my opinion is one of the best new builds in the Corona Del Mar area. With modern sleek lines, open concept it is set on a stage of beautiful cascading natural light movable glass windows blurring the lines between indoors and outdoors making it the epitome of modern living. Containing 4 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms and 5,340 sq ft it has high ceilings providing you a relaxed and open feel. Polished concrete floors, a gourmet kitchen, and a thoughtful design this house will be a masterpiece for years to come. A once in a decade home ready for you. 

Currently Listed for $7,975,000

Pics Courtesy of LeTourneau Architecture

Is the new McLaren the King of the GTs? 

 

 

First and foremost thank you to Mathew Chis and McLaren Newport Beach for the invite a few months back to be one of the first to get my butt in the hot seat of the new McLaren GT. 

Let’s be clear I initially hated the car. The front end is kind of bleh, and the color they had debuted the car with was kind of yugly. However, after spending some time behind the wheel my mind is changed. This is a spectacular car. It drives very comfortably and perfect for a daily driver, while having the grunt needed for the McLaren namesake and the occasional light to light thrill. 

As always as a dad, and realtor can I live with this car as a daily use and or continuous vehicle? In my mind yes. Sexy and sleek not too ostentatious, enough space to hold signs and snacks for those open houses whenever we can get back to our normal life. When the kiddo gets older I can pack her and all of her school gear with a little extra space for a pair of shoes or whatever else kids old enough to ride shotgun in an exotic carry with them. Perfect for date night with the wife when we need to get away from our little gang. The GT has enough space to house even her stuff for a weekend get away. Now with the large window and engine exhaust It might get quite hot back there so I’d ensure to put electronic in the frunk. However, McLaren says it won’t top 104° F. 

With plenty of noise it constantly reminds you that you’re in fact in a McLaren and not some dumbed down variant. The steering is one of the best I have driven liken to a Porsche GT car. The brakes is my only quibble for the sheer fact that I am not used to it on a street car. The braking is pressure sensitive which is great for spirited driving because you can feel what the car is doing in your hands and under your feet. The harder you push the brake the more they grip. It is very real and not manufactured like a lot of other cars. 

With a car starting at around $210k it has all the necessary specs for a competing car in that price range. Twin-turbocharged 4 liter V8 pumping out 612hp and 465 lbs of torque. All mated up to a 7 speed automatic pushing all of it’s glorious V8 power to the rear wheels sending you north to 60 in about 3.1 seconds. Which I have a feeling might be a tad conservative. With an estimated combined 18 MPG it gets the job done in style and fairly efficiently. 

While the car I was in was a pre-production demo-car, the infotainment was a little finicky which I was told would be settled for the production version. In my mind the biggest comparison is an Aston DB11 which is an overall more comfortable and potentially larger car. But, my money still goes to the McLaren. Because what they have done is pure bliss. 

Pics courtesy of McLaren Automotive

 

 

 

 

The Comeback 

 

I feel at one point Mitsubishi was once a rising star in the vast ocean of automotive excellence. With cars like the Eclipse, 3000 GT, all Lancer iterations , Lancer Evo and a few trucks sprinkled in there. Mitsubishi had the right cars at the right time for the enthusiast and the family goer alike. However somewhere along the line Mitsubishi lost their way and started creating economy cars with no life, no soul, and almost seemingly no purpose. Fast forward a few years later still no sign of another EVO insight, but we have a new generation of CUVs. Insert the 2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse cross. The name was at first deceiving and expectations were set low; for $32k as tested and spending the week in one. I think Mitsubishi is on to something and I see a glimmer of hope. For starters $32k probably sounds like a lot for a Mitsubishi, quite a few cars can be had at that price - that is until you see the specs that this Mitsu offers. Xenon headlights, Rockford Fosgate sound system, leather seating, Satellite and HD Radio, heated butt warmers and steering, a host of standard safety features, head up display, smart key fob, panorama sunroof. There really isn't much more you would need and or want. My only real quibble about the car is the motor. Now I know some of my car readers will say but that's everything. I feel the engine is a tad underpowered but after getting use to it and know where to keep the revs, it became much more tolerable once I learned where the car was most capable. 

The ride quality was much better than expected doing a proper job of soaking up a grand portion of pot holes, road noise, and uneven surfaces. This car must have come installed with the newest version of Apple Car play as this by far has been the best experience with CarPlay I have ever experienced. As well as being integrated into the car well where it appears that it was thought out and made for the car as opposed to CarPlay being a tacky add on that you find in other cars. 

Now most of you know when I do a car review I have a few bits of criteria to shove every car into this shoe box. 

1. How does it feel to drive

2. How does it operate as a car for Realtors

3. How does it work being a Dad

4. Would I actually drive it daily or is it a weekend warrior?

 

I am very impressed with the overall agility and functionality of the Eclipse Cross and once again for the money it is a pretty solid car when you factor all of the acoutrements you get. Now let's take it to work- I did hold a few open houses when I had this car and it held my signs just fine with a portion of the rear seat folded down and if I broke the signs down from the holders everything fit in the trunk just fine. Being a dad the car also served it's purpose very well and my kiddo enjoyed the car and was sad we had to return it to Mitsubishi. if you're packing for a long road trip the car might be a tad small as we maxed out the trunk space but with a little creativity and Tetris music playing you can definitely make it work. People who know me kinda know me for being a brand snob. However this is a car I would daily with no problem its plenty comfortable, plenty quiet, plenty functional. Just what is needed for a daily car.  

 

 

                                                                        

 

 

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Walmart does it again! 

Walmart sponsored this blog post by challenging me yet again to come up with a stylish outfit on a budget. Naturally I accepted the challenge and I would like to say I came out victorious. So we kept it casual this time around with a cool but warm light winter look for these cooler winter days and evenings. A thermal, with a down vest, some joggers, check sneaks, and a beanie to tie it all together. The best way to keep the body temperature in check while keeping it light. Shout out to Walmart yet again for making a seemingly impossible task easy as pie.  CLICK HERE FOR THE GOODNESS

 

 

 

 

From Top to bottom we started with an oversized beanie, light vest, thermal, joggers and some comfy sneaks to round it out. Keeping it cool and chic yet warm. Check out the photos after the jump and tell me what you think . 

 

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The Gift box of all Gifts 

This blog is in fact sponsored by Babblebox.com and I am so glad it is. I had no idea who Babblebox was a few weeks ago but as of writing this letter I do now. Babblebox curates gift boxes to showcase various themes of products to get it out to the masses. The theme for this box was Trendy bits for men. This box was loaded with most of the items I have never heard of but am a believer in their great products. From Watches to wine, to some comfy new shoes What I am about to show you below is some of the best products for your friend, loved one, relative in your life that needs a great gift that they can use for years to come. 

 

 

First up GiftTree: Gifttree curates gift baskets for every occasion and a plethora of styles. From Wine, to beer, to candy, to fruit, to champagne you name it they probably have it. My favorite part of what they sent is the ability to customize the products with in your gift basket. So I obtained a customized bamboo wine set with my initials on it as well as a customized bold red bottle of wine. This alone leaves a statement and have already started incorporating this gift into my parting gifts with my clientele. 

 

 

ZENNI Optical: Might be best known for their eyeglasses and their ability to take a picture of your face and try on a multitude of styles do see how they fit your face. Quite clever and genius if you ask me. What I unboxed was an absolute premium product for a ridiculously great price. My glasses were sent in a nice leather glasses case, with polarized lenses and nice springer hinges. Extremely impressed with how well these glasses are made and even more impressed with the price!

 

 

 

CASIO: G-SHOCK: The Casio G-Shock has been around since before my time. First hitting the streets in 1983, this watch has become an icon with an almost cult like following. An extremely tough and versatile watch there is a G-shock for you in a vast amount of styles and colors, for any trend or occasion your little heart desires. Ranging from about $100 and going way north of there no matter what your style or budget there is a G-Shock for you. The one I am wearing is a GA700AR-1A in a new red color way to mix things of for the holiday season .

 

Solemates: There are few things that are worse than blisters and smelly feet. Lucky for your that is now a thing of the past. With Solemates they have the best products for your feet shoes and other high use extremities. With their blister blocker it helps relieve the tension, rubbing and chafing from running shoes, work boots, heels etcetera. Leaving you in more comfort then you were the last time you wore the nice but pesky shoes. Also if you have sweaty feet or do not like wearing socks Solemates has the solution for you. Not only to keep your shoes in tip top shape but more importantly smelling great. 

 

 

Samuel Hubbard: Being a sneaker head, I like all these sneakers. Price, style, materials it does not matter to me. If they look great and fit great ; I have to have them. Needless to say Old Sam Hubbard, was a pleasant surprise. Utilizing some of the best leather and craftsman ship in the industry they have created a comfortable versatile shoe by pairing it with a Vibram sole. So much so that I have worn these everyday since I have gotten the box. they look much more expensive then they are and they function great what more can you ask for? 

 

 

Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers New York:  There is absolutely nothing worse than going to someones house that has uninteresting coffee table books. maybe something is wrong with me for actually picking up the books and thumbing through them. However I feel that a book should contain some good information if it is going to be left on the coffee table for all to observe. Well Black Dog has fixed that problem. One of my favorite type of books: The " How Things Work" by Theodore Gray takes you on a visual journey on how things work. From automatic watches, to gears, to electronic door handles. This is a fascinating take on trends, and pure function. My kid and I have geeked out the past week over the goodness of this book. This will satisfy even the slightest nerd in you. 

 

 


 

NOW HERE IS THE GOOD STUFF: 

 

‘Tis the season of giving and we’re giving back to all of our readers, friends and fans. Babbleboxx is sponsoring an AMAZING giveaway on our Trends Box. 

Make Sure to check out the Raffle Copter below . The first entry is a “freebie” and all you have to do is comment on this blog post by answering the provided question in the link below on the blog. Once you have completed that task you have the opportunity for extra actions for more chances to win. These extra actions are not mandatory but will provide additional methods of entry. Details 

PRIZES: 

One (1) Grand Prize Winner will receive - Zenni Eyewear, GiftTree Wine Bottle & Tool Set, Casio Watch, Solemates Blister Blocker Sport & Deodorizer 

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Walmart - The fashion destination you never knew you needed! 

Before we hop into things we have some house cleaning to address. This blog is in fact sponsored by Walmart - But good news is Walmart is Killin the game. Now let's get back to business. Walmart approached me and challenged me to find stylish clothing to show off all the amazing fashionable they have to offer for for various popular styles. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. They then asked me to do it again for a holiday look... Once again Walmart did not disappoint. They have something for every one, no matter the style or size or budget. If you need an outfit just because, or for a special occasion Walmart will definitely come through. 

 

So for this Holiday look, I went for a Winter Chic wonderland theme. Christmasy reds with flannel boots, beanie overcoat and voila, a winter ready look that's warm and all under $100. 

CLICK HERE TO BE TAKEN TO YOUR NEW FAVORITE FASHION SITE - WALMART

 

 

 

 

First we started with the hipster look with the oversized beanie. 

 

 

Then we took it to a red turtle neck to really keep warm from the elements. 

Some plaid pants with the side zip so that you can wear it with an array of shoe styles: Boots, sneakers, casual shoes etcetera. 

 

Boots to brave the elements 

 

Tied it off with an overcoat. 

 

Giving you a very casual yet sharp aesthetic to wear to a party, night out, or even the Christmas party.