A few Sunday’s ago I came across an article about J.G. Francis and his partner Sean Johnstun in the NYT Style Magazine. These two gents founded Mercedes Motoring out their love for vintage Mercedes. Francis and Johnstun find these classics, give them the needed TLC and turn them back into the gems they were when they rolled off the production line in the late 60’s and 70’s. Francis states ‘in my opinion they are the best mass-production cars ever made’.

They do have some conditions on what auto’s they will/will not refurbish. It must have low mileage and be mostly original with respect to paint, interior, and drivetrain. There must be extensive documented history validating their low miles and it needs to have been well-maintained and garage-kept.

The team will find an auto for you if you don’t like their current inventory. They only ask for some info and a $1500 deposit to begin the search. Their site has a few currently up for sale, including photos of past works and testimony from current owners. Here is just a sampling of what Mercedes Motoring has to offer.

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For the past 3-4 years I have followed the practice of growing a beard, starting November 1st and then having it shaved off New Years Day.  If it were up to me, I would keep it year round, but the wife prefers me sans beard and to be honest, more than 2 months growth and I start to look like the guys from Duck Dynasty or the CEO of TODDLAND.

I have always run into the problem that after a few weeks growth, the beard became hard to manage and it, and the skin underneath need conditioned.  This past holiday I was introduced to Mr. Natty Frank’s Beard Elixir and BAM, my problems were solved.

Created across the pond by Mr. Matt Raine, this elixir contains a mixture of various oils like vetiver, patchouli, juniper berry, pine, bergamot, peach kernel and grape seed.  It’s application is simple, just apply a few drops to the palms of your hands and massage into your beard.  (A little goes a long way, so be careful when applying, unless you want to smell like the local head-shop.)

Mr. Natty Frank’s Beard Elixir can be found on Zuneta and Birchbox, or you can purchase directly from their site.



To start the new year off, the wife and I took on the challenge of a juice cleanse from Moon Juice, located in Venice, CA. They offer various organic juices and specialize 3, 5 or 7 day cleanses.  You all know Team Colley does not do things half-ass, so we both signed up for a 7 day rainbow cleanse, which entails 7 cold-pressed juices and 1 almond milk, that are to be consumed throughout the day and are to be the only thing you consume.

Yes, going without food for 7 days is crazy, but per the juices, we are getting all the vitamins and nutrients a body needs, on-top of our daily multi-vitamin we take, so please don’t worry.  I am currently on day 2 and feel fine.  I have a slight headache, which is because I am no longer drinking coffee 3-5 times day, but that should subside in a day or two.  I have listed out my 7 juices and their benefits below for your easy reading.

  • Cilantro Celery Punch – contains cilantro, celery, green apple, lemon, ginger.  Benefits:  Heavy Metal Detox, Nerve Calming, Infection Fighting
  • Californian Sun – contains mix citrus.  Benefits:  Cell Defending, Alkalizing, Bone Strengthening
  • Carrot, Lime & Coconut – contains carrot, coconut meat, lime, ginger.  Benefits:  Fat Flushing, Virus Fighting, Body Strengthening
  • Turmeric Gold – contains turmeric root, red apple.  Benefits:  Pain Killing, Metabolism Boosting, Anti-oxidizing
  • Golden Milk – contains unpasteurized almond milk, turmeric root juice, cinnamon, cardamon, raw wildflower honey.  Benefits:  Anti-inflammatory, Liver Cleansing, Muscle and Bone Building
  • Burdock Diakon Citrine – contains diakon, burdock, lemon, green apple.  Benefits:  Purifying, Probiotic, Skin Cleansing, Decongestant  
  • Gingered Lemon – contains ginger, lemon, green apple.  Benefits:  Detoxing, Tummy Soothing, Energizing, Immunizing
  • Almond Milk – contains 100% California almonds, mineral water, mountain salt, raw wildflower honey.