We’re not ones for over elaborate self preservation here at The Holborn. We believe that the ravages of time can often add a touch of character to a man’s exterior, telling the story of his life through the subtle medium of a craggy smile or a knowing wink. Take the following champions of bold living as illustrations of this point:
However, we do of course concede that these men were handsome bastards in the first place and such luck is not always bestowed on the majority. As we have learned over whisky and time, the ability to appear fresh, ready and good for the great game after a day trawling the pubs of High Holborn or knocking back cocktails like water in West Village is one to be mastered, if one is to make a decent play of it in today’s up-and-ready world.
So it is that we have assembled a few tried and tested products from our own personal arsenals to help you, or reader weather the dual storms of age & experience and still find yourself walking into work on a Monday morning still the dapperest of the bunch.
The Hangover Kit:
I) Kiehls Facial Fuel 75ml, £21
This is something I have personally been using for about three years now, It’s a brilliant all rounder. It is a moisturizing treatment which has been enriched with caffeine various vitamin-type whatevers, so when applied on the go it feels very much like a pleasant slap in the face. The non-greasy texture also helps stop shiny foreheads and crusty eyes. It’s particularly good when applied in morning as a ‘pick me up’ after a night on someone else’s sofa /bed / bus shelter /roof.
II) Eye Mask (in this case Otis Batterbee Harris Tweed, £45)
The ability to get a decent nights sleep is one of the chief weapons against most of the worlds ills. In our case it also helps combat a fatigued appearance, a temperamental disposition and an all round lack of charm. As such the ability to get a sound forty winks wherever you may be sleeping is an important one. An eye mask, may seem a bit much, but it cancels out excess light and relaxes the eyes. In addition this example from Otis Battersbee is handmade in England with Harris Tweed, scented with lavender and backed with cotton velvet, tempting no?
III) Kents Small Folding Pocket Comb, £4
How many of you chaps (and chappettes) our there actually own a comb and give your hair a swipe in the mornings? Use a good wide tooth comb to remove the twigs from your locks and draw a decent parting to where the hair falls naturally. Kent’s still hand make their combs at the family factory in Apsley, Hertfordshire and continue to hold the Royal Warrant (say what you like about he Queen, but she does have a full head of hair).
IV) Breakfast (Various)
I am guilty of skipping breakfast most days of the week, I just don’t get along with it. Lunch and I are firm friends, hand in hand till late afternoon but breakfast, breakfast I shun. That is until I am hungover and then there he is, like a weary relative who never lost faith. Traditionalists will of course go with a Full English (Hawksmoor does the best in London, Bills the best on the South Coast and Koffee Pot stands out in Manchester) a worthy choice, though for a weekday just before work it can leave you feeling a little bit stuffed and lethargic. Eggs Benedict, the Full English’s well-to-do cousin is better for this, still high on the butter/salt ratio but small enough not to send your body into full ‘digest’ mode. The best Eggs Benedict I’ve had in London was at The Wolsey (‘la-di-dah’, I hear you cry) failing that try Joe’s Kitchen in Borough, just a fifteen minute walk from the City and close to Monmouth Coffee should you need a brilliant but over expensive cup of Joe.
V) Taylors of Bond Street, Sandlewood Deoderant Spray, 100ml, £7.95 (www.nivenandjoshua.com)
Taylors of Bond Street is an international institution, famous as much for it’s cut-throat shaves as it’s excellent line of products. Rather than mixing up over the scent of Rum and late night Kebabs with a punchy, expensive fragrance, go with something that will quickly counter it. This deodorant has the advantage of smelling better than most commercial fragrances, a fine blend of masculine Sandlewood and relaxing Chamomile (trust us, it is what you need) and works to counter perspiration, all for under a Tenner.
VI) Marvis Whitening Toothpaste, 25ml (Travel Size), £2.50, (www.nivenandjoshua.com)
To put this simply, it tastes better, comes in a nice packet and it’s made by a family firm in the north of Italy. Oh, and it also comes in Ginger and Jasmin flavours should you tire of mint. Use with a British Army folding .Toothbrush, handy on the go, after all what’s life without whimsy.
VII) Mr Natty Paste, 100ml, £15, (www.nivenandjoshua.com)
On a whole we would recommend not using hair products the morning after, there is a tendency to add to the previous day’s helping and make for a rather greasy finish. Mr Natty’s however is a nice exception which when used sparingly gives fair hold without the addition of clumping, and remember, use with the comb.
VIII) Milk Thistle Capsules, 30 capsules, £6.66
They just work for me. Take two of these mercifully taste-free capsules with a full glass of water before you go to bed and with the water you drink throughout the next day.
IX) Cafe Creme Express Original, £3.95 for 10.
Because if you smoke, do it properly.
X) Four Minutes with Johnny Cash *Click Title*
Because he knows how you feel. Good luck.
First published Jan 14 2013