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“Ugh..its Monday.”

The single most heard phrase throughout today. We all dread the ending of the weekend and the beginning of the week. Back when I was still in school, this meant that I was up late on Sunday night finishing off the work that I procrastinated on all weekend. Come Monday morning, I wanted to skip class or sleep in later. Before my feet hit the floor, a nap was already scheduled…you know we’ve all been there.

Lately, I’ve been on such a fast pace schedule that complaining and making excuses about things has not been an option. Last Monday, even though I tried to sleep in until 8:30 (yes, that’s my kind of sleeping in these days), my body decided to wake me up around 6:15. *cue the rolling of the eyes* So instead of tossing and turning or checking social media every 5 minutes to see if anyone posted something new, I got up and started my day. After showering and eating breakfast, I tackled the over 100 e-mails that I ignored during the weekend. Within a span of an hour and a half I was down to just under 20 e-mails.

As I went on about my Monday morning, I found myself focused and super productive. Later on in the day, I received responses to many of the e-mails that I had tackled earlier in the morning. To my surprise, I had replies to three e-mails regarding projects that I had spent hours developing the week before. Of course, I was in an even better mood after reading them.

Taking time for dinner, I sat down to see what I had to get finished afterwards. To my surprise, I had taken care of everything on the “dreadful Monday to do list.” I double and triple checked to see if I had missed something or if I had just marked something off, but not really finished it. I was finished with everything. It was early and I was able to enjoy dinner instead of worrying about how much work there was still left to do. After dinner, I was able to get ahead and even enjoy getting into bed early. Reflecting on my day, I could not believe how much of a difference my attitude and dedication to kicking off the week paid off.

Even looking back further now as I write this post, if I had not had the different outlook on that Monday, I would not have achieved the closing of deals and celebrating with a new watch this weekend! So, as much as teachers or parents will tell you and as cliché as it is, Monday does not have to be so dreadful if we just kick off the week with an earlier alarm, a good attitude, and lots of determination.

Oh yeah and why not kick off the week with some stylish Monday Blues! I know what you’re all thinking, “Louis, you own too much blue.” You all may be right, but as Dean from PKP says, “Navy is the new neutral”. I could not agree more!


Long-Sleeved Jersey V-Neck • Polo Ralph Lauren
Glendale Classic Quilted • Herschel
‘Desert’ Boot • Clarks
Fleece Baseball Jacket • Polo Ralph Lauren
Aviator Sunglasses • Carrera
Wool-Blend Melton Toggle Coat • Tommy Hilfiger
LED Display Watch • Titanium
Labrada Double-Breasted Wool-Blend Peacoat • Lauren Ralph Lauren
Tiller Hat • Brixton
Raburn Wool-Blend Over Coat Slim-Fit • Kenneth Cole Reaction
Hawkings McGill Suede Chelsea Boot •Urban Outfitters
Lunargrand Wing-Tip Oxford • Cole Haan
Tallia Slim-Fit Trench Coat • Macy’s
Paisley-Print Sport Shirt, Light Blue • Robert Graham
Straight Leg Washed Cotton Chinos • Bonobos
Little America • Herschel
Phaidon Jeans • Scotch & Soda
Potomac Lightweight Quilted Vest • Peter Millar


Textured-Stripe Fit & Flare Dress • Ivanka Trump
Glitter Stud Earrings • Kate Spade
Alexis Clutch • Kate Spade
‘Ellie’ Oval Stone Stud Earrings • Kendra Scott
Sleeveless V-Neck Pouf-Skirt Dress • Kate Spade
Silk Cardigan • Kate Spade
‘Tropica’ Pointy Toe Ghillie Flat • Ivanka Trump
Leather Tassel Bag Charm • Kate Spade
Rhinecliff Booties • Cole Haan
Vertical-striped shirt • J.Crew
Park & Lex Cuff Bracelet • Kate Spade
Fringed Gauze Scarf • Barneys New York
Diamond Jacquard Border Scarf • Hinge
Zip-Around Wallet-Blue • Barneys New York
‘Court’ Ankle Strap Sandal  • Vince Camuto
‘Jenine’ Chambray Shirtdress • Tart
Beverly Cotton-Blend Trench Coat • MICHAEL Michael Kors
Bouclé Cape • Echo
Hangisi Satin Pump • Manolo Blahnik

About author / The Bow Tie Gent

The gent behind the bow tie goes by Louis, a 27-year old recent Charleston transplant to Birmingham, AL. In a town with only a handful of male bloggers, Louis brings his refined style with a hint of big city living.  The Bow Tie Gentleman is a digital spot to interact, inspire, and influence.... Welcome to the Bow Tie Gentleman!