When Josh isn’t traveling the world and exploring new places in killer threads, he’s enjoying the downhome comfort of delicious meals, aged bourbon and the many other charms of life in Louisville. This Kentucky Gent is not only an aficionado of life’s more charming delights like southern food and worldwide travel, he is also a Paul Mitchell The School graduate and men’s fashion blogger. Needless to say, he knows great style. Take it away, Josh.
Hey, y’all. Josh Johnson of The Kentucky Gent here, and in honor of MANuary I’m sharing some of my style and grooming secrets, as well as insider’s perspective to the town that I call home, Louisville.
First off a little background on The Kentucky Gent: I’m a southern boy at heart with a love for bourbon and beer, fashion and food, and sharing my stories and experiences with anyone willing to listen. This all came to be without me even realizing what I was getting myself into. I was doing a lot of traveling for my job at the time and often found myself being asked where I was from, and everyone seemed quite surprised that my answer was always Kentucky.
The Kentucky Gent started as a way for me to show that Southern boys have style too. Since the site’s inception it has expanded into a fully-fledged men’s life and style blog; consider it the worldwide web’s "Gateway to the South" where I share my passions for fashion, food, grooming, and travel.
Now onto the good stuff: On any given day you’ll see me wearing jeans, a basic t-shirt and sneakers. I firmly believe that those are three must-have items for any guy’s wardrobe. I also believe that good jeans are 100% worth the investment. If you’re not sure where to start rag & bone makes some seriously great fitting jeans.
Fun fact: I went to Paul Mitchell The School and I’ve got them to thank for my long locks. Still to this day I use Fast Form® and Super Skinny® Relaxing Balm on a daily basis. They’re lifesavers, seriously. As far as skincare goes, I swear by LUSH Cosmetics. I’ve got pretty sensitive skin and because of that an all-natural line like LUSH works wonders.
And now last, but certainly not least, time for some Louisville love. We’ve got some of the best spots for food and drink in the country, literally. We’ve been ranked one of the top foodies in the country for the last few years. Silver Dollar, Garage Bar, and Please & Thank You happen to be some of my favorite local haunts. Silver Dollar is my go-to spot for brunch, Garage Bar is the perfect place for Sunday Funday with friends (during the warmer months), and I’ve spent many a day working over coffee and chocolate chip cookies at Please & Thank You.
One of the perks of the job is getting to travel quite often and at first I actually kind of hated it. Why? Because I had no idea what I was doing. I’d over pack and then have no idea what I was wearing once I got to where I was going. If you’ve ever found yourself in a similar situation, here’s my advice: plan ahead (as in plan out each outfit for every day you’re gone, throw in an alternate or two to be safe), only pack what you need (see tip #1), and stick to the basics. I’ve traveled to some pretty cool spots over the last two years, but my favorite (so far) has got to be Mexico. What’s not to love about the beach?
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One grooming tip you weren’t willing to share on the Internet until now: A&D Ointment works wonders to clear up zits, once they’ve been extracted properly.
Favorite photo editing app: I use VSCOcam to edit every photo that I post onto Instagram, I also use VSCO Film Presets for Lightroom for all my blog photos. I think continuity for images is key!
The book you’d re-read over and over: Lord of the Rings. #NoShame
Dessert you’d use all of your day’s calories on: Cheesecake. I’d literally eat an entire cake if I was left in a room with it for long enough.
To unwind from the stress of life: I go for a run or do yoga.
Thoughts on graphic t-shirts: It depends. Less is more.
Best brand of denim: rag & bone. Promise they aren’t endorsing this; I just have a hard time finding jeans that actually fit seeing as how I’m a 6’4" athletic built guy. These do just that.
Angela Hauk is Paul Mitchell's Brand Advocate Manager. When she's not conversing with the Insiders or sending them swag, she enjoys painting, writing, and exploring new places. Someday she'll own a card shop where her obsession with quotes will be put to good use!