Reboot 66 Days Later: Style Upgrades & Birchbox Man Unboxing

One more week – ONE MORE WEEK – until I’m finished with Couch to 5k. One week. One week. The decision has been made to run the Hot to Trot 5K in Turkey Creek on Thanksgiving day, held by local runner’s shop Fleet Feet Sports. I have three workouts – three 5:45am wake ups – 9.3 miles – and I will have finished training. At that point, it’s two months of conditioning and working on time and then the big day arrives. I’m excited, I’m anxious, I’m all to hell. What a weird thing, this 5k business.

In addition to trying to upgrade my health for when I hit the bit 3-0 in December, I’m also in the process of doing some serious upgrades to my style. You’ll probably see some more of this in the next few weeks in the blog or if you follow me on Instagram or Twitter. Fix the mind, fix the body inside and out, get ready for the next big decade of my life. It’s a great thing because looking great makes me feel great and I’m all about that “retail therapy” business!

Recent additions to the closet this week include these new kicks. Pretty weird because I’m not big on buying new shoes. I love the shoes I have at any given moment but I will usually wear them until they fall apart. This was apparent in the Adidas hemp Sambas with rasta color scheme I wore for years with 2-3 holes in each shoe. I once wore some Rocketdog sneakers so long holes wore out in the bottom and my mother-in-law offered to buy me new shoes. Talk about one of the most embarrassing moments of my life! Anyway, upping my shoe game with the following:

(Left to right) Onitsuka Tigers by Asics and Stafford Deacon wingtip boots from JC Penny.

Got my Onitsuka Tigers by @asics for my feet today. I am pleased.

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Stafford Deacon #wingtips #boots arrived today 😎😎#style

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So if you’re taking care of the inside of your body and you’re dressing it better than you used to, you also need to take care of the outside of your body. In an attempt to get a move on, I’ve subscribed to Birchbox Men: a monthly box subscription service that delivers great grooming supply samples for guys based on a short profile you set up. It’s quick, simple, cheap and, let’s be honest, fun!

I got my first Birchbox Saturday afternoon. The October box is themed after a show I’ve never heard of called The League, so I understand why, but I thought it was a little cheesy to get a box in the mail painted up like a football and addressed to “Hall of Famer Justin Simpson”. Either way I was still eager to get this weird football box open to see what had arrived.

From left to right:
Basics for Men: Ultimate Tough Skin Relief by Beckman
Scent Intense by CoSTUME NATIONAL
Rescue Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser by Suki
Facelifting Face Balm by Ursa Major
“Party Cup” Shot Glasses by Lil’ Reds
Mason Stones by W&P
Volumizing Shampoo & Conditioner by Number 4 Hair

Just like yesterday’s Mantry Unboxing Post, I intend to review these items regularly as I get to use them as well as the Birchbox subscription program in general. Thus far I’m pretty impressed with the contents based solely on number and variety!

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