Trial & Error

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I’ve been working on a written project. It takes time. Lots of time. The process is different than blogging. Inventing a much longer form is all about trial and error. I’ve noticed my best writing comes from the same position I utilized in college, as a Political Science major, hatching lengthy research papers. That is, lying on my bed, propped up with a gaggle of pillows, papers strewn around me, door closed, no music, sunlight filtering in. It may sound bizarre, but I am certain stranger things have happened. What I do know is if you don’t get your hands dirty and give it a try, well, you’ll never get to the good stuff, where the sparkle shines. 

P.S. Do you write? Where is your best work created? Is it anything like this? Weird Writing Habits of Writers.

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The Secret Language of Birthdays

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Each of my three brothers celebrated a birthday last week. All the singing and champagne-ing made me wonder: do our birth dates describe anything about us?  And then I recalled meeting a gentle old soul of a woman in a Chicago nail salon last year…stay with me…as we sat beside one another, getting manicures, we discovered we shared the same birthday. She told me her daughter had bought her a book, The Secret Language of Birthdays, and that I should check it out to see if she and I were really alike. I never did buy the book, but the website is a fun way to learn more about what your special day says about you.

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Beverly Hills, Baby.

I lived in Beverly Hills for about four years in my mid-twenties. I never really said goodbye because I frequent the City of Angels for work and family visits. Those quintessential bungalows of The Beverly Hill Hotel will forever stay in style and I suppose it’s the iconic design’s ability to pique a present day eye combined with the long-term memory of Shelley Long and her troop. I like kitsch from time to time, so let’s give a nod to fun luxury and wrap up in some campy classics.

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Signature Beach Towel // Women’s Limited Edition Pajamas

Icelandic Design Shop

Word on the JBD street: if you are in Reykjavik you must go to the old harbor district, Hafnarbúdir. It’s the polestar of creativity when it comes to design. I sauntered into Myrin, a well-curated shop of Nordic and Scandinavian style. It even has an attached eaterie, MAR, which offers a menu inspired by South American and Southern European cuisine.

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 Image Credits: Jenny Graham

Kartöfluhúsið – millibör og Arfleifð {Icelandic Fashion}

A brand new week calls for some brand new style. In the coming days, each designer featured on JBD has created clothing, jewelry or furniture all inspired by Icelandic nature, customs and culture. Kartöfluhúsið is a shop I wandered into while staying in Höfn. From cuffs and capes to bags and scarves, everything is sourced and made locally…and can be bought by contacting the store directly. Enjoy!

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Image Credits: Jenny Graham

l’homme @ home {jason schneidman}

Inherently cool, effortlessly kind. That is what comes to mind when I think of Jason Schneidman. You may not know him personally, but there is a good chance you’ve seen his work. His coiffing and cutting are carried on by celebrity powerhouses like Hugh Jackman, Bruno Mars, Jonah Hill, Jimmy Fallon and Andrew Garfield. Mr. Schneidman is a Dove Men+Care hair expert and can be found at the Chris McMillan Salon in Beverly Hills when he isn’t globetrotting with high-profile pals. The Men’s Groomer kicks off 2014 on JBD, embodying a California je ne sais quoi. Read on for the final cut!

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NAME: Jason Schneidman

DAY JOB: Hairstylist / Barber/ Groomer

HOMETOWN: Los Angeles, CA

CURRENT ‘HOOD: Venice, CA

HIDDEN TALENT: Dude Life Coach

SONG ON REPEAT: Treasure by Bruno Mars

INSTAGRAM & TWITTER: @themensgroomer

DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN 3 WORDS: Obsessive, creative, grateful.

DAILY UNIFORM: Hair in a manbun wearing Levis and boots.

I COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT…family, sobriety and a good pair of scissors.

I LOVE A WOMAN WHO WEARS…a wife beater tee to bed…

WHAT WILL NEVER GO OUT OF STYLE? A great men’s haircut.

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YOU ARE THE MEN’S GROOMER. TELL US ABOUT YOUR COMPANY. Americana. I’m a stylist who helps dudes find there way on and off camera. It’s face and clothes, head to toe, inside and out. Growing up in Southern California, surrounded by toe head surfers, the cut was always long on top with ’80s wedge short sides and back. I was fearless from the start but needed blending skills!

AN UNEXPECTED MOMENT ON THE JOB THAT MADE YOU LAUGH, KEPT YOU ON YOUR TOES OR FREAKED YOU OUT? I was in London doing Chris Cornell‘s hair for a James Bond movie premiere and his wife asked me to do her hair, too. There was a flat iron voltage issue. Let’s just say her hair fried and turned white…smoke was involved and I was ready to jump out of the window!

YOU ARE OFTEN ON A RED CARPET WITH A CLIENT. WHAT IS YOUR GO-TO SUIT? A Marc Jacobs dark grey fitted three-piece suit.

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A MUST-HAVE TRAVEL PRODUCT? Dove Men+Care cool silver deodorant. It has an amazing scent and lasts all day.

WHAT IS THE ONE HAIR CARE PRODUCT EVERY PERSON SHOULD OWN AND WHY? Kiehls grooming creme. After you shampoo hair, apply a small amount to dirty up your clean hair so it does something.

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JBD FUN FACT: YOU’RE THE GROOMER WHO CREATED THE FRINGE I CURRENTLY ROCK. CAN EVERYONE PULL OFF BANGS? Anyone can pull off a version of a bang. Long, short, side blunt, wispy or choppy. The trick is to have the right artist make that decision!

DO YOU FIND YOURSELF MENTALLY EDITING THE HAIR OF STRANGERS? Absolutely. I feel I can spot what people need to shine immediately.

BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED? We don’t have problems, all we have are solutions. If you meet more than one jerk in a day, you’re probably the jerk.

YOU ARE ONE OF THE MOST INSPIRING HUMAN BEINGS I HAVE EVER MET. IS THERE A SECRET TO CULTIVATING SUCH POSITIVE ENERGY? Thank you for the compliment. Gratitude. Life is a blessing. I love every minute lived. Being nice to people allows me to sleep with a smile.

DREAM CLIENT OR COLLABORATION? Already working with my dream clients but always dreaming! James Dean and Steve McQueen.

A CLASSIC MEN’S STYLE? Americana dude-surf-motorcycle style.

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WHAT ARE YOUR MUST DO’S IN LOS ANGELES? 

Abbot Kinney in Venice Beach.

Salt’s Cure in West Hollywood because it has the best burger and pork chop you will ever taste in your life!

The Chris McMillan Salon.

Third Point at Malibu’s Surfrider Beach; perfect hundred yard shreddable wave!

Garage Company, a vintage motorcycle shop near LAX.

Hollywood Trading Company, a one stop shop for men who want effortless cool vintage fashion and boots. Americana at its finest.

HAIR TREND THAT IS HERE TO STAY? The messy school boy look. Short tapered sides with a of couple inches on top.

Images c/o Jason Schneidman and GQ.

Note: This interview has been edited and condensed.

The Moment.

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I hope your days ahead are full of joy. You know, like the kind you got from a carousel ride as a kid. This year, number 2013, really gave me a ride of a lifetime, in the best way possible. My gratefulness extends directly to you, the guys and gals who take time to pop over to JBD. You absolutely make it more fun to write this diary of all things full of delight. High fives to you! And, as we head into 2014, feel free to get in the moment with me on the ‘gram or via a tweet, tweet. Remember: you’ve always had the power, you’ve always had it my dear.

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Image Credits: Melissa Murphy and JBD’s Instagram @jennybydesign