Rethink Your Polo Shirt

As the heat rises, men are left with fewer options in their wardrobe. As a default, many guys turn to polo shirts as their go-to for the summer.
The problem is, the polo shirt category is dominated by few brands who make a very similar product. Not every polo shirt needs three buttons and a chest symbol.
Try a polo design that is a little less predictable, and a little more stylish.
The V-Neck w/ Shirt Collar (pictured) is one alternative worth considering.
This super simple design is made of cotton in a red hairline stripe, with a slight spandex blend for a little stretch. The collar and neck trim are shirting cotton, so it feels like a real collar. A simple and effective design, for only $30 (by Uniglo).

Junya Watanae Spring/Summer '13

Innovative, cerebral and avant-garde are just a few of the words to describe Junya Watanabe's Spring/Summer 2013 collection.  Watanabe showed cotton suits with buttoned shirts, no socks with lace-ups sneakers.  The look felt new and cool and still classic.

More of the collection here.

5 Phone Interview Tips

With far too many Americans unemployed or underemployed we thought we offer these few tips to ace your phone interview. The first step in the job interviewing and hiring process (beyond getting the attention of the hiring manager or recruiter) is often the phone interview.  It's used as a screening tool to weed out candidates before the company goes to the expense of face-to-face interviews.  Because of this, they are critically important-don't make the mistakes of treating them casually because they aren't "real" interviews. You have to be as on top of your game as you would be  for your in-person meeting with the hiring manager.  Your goal is getting to the face-to-face interview.
With that in mind, here are 5 tips you should keep in mind for your next phone interview:
iPhone/Wallet Case

Put your money where your phone is.

Wallets and phones go hand in hand. You rarely leave home without the two of them. Now you can carry both in one BookBook made exclusively for iPhone 4. This little book has a convenient ID window and slots for your debit/credit cards, reward cards and cash. Instead of grabbing your wallet, phone and keys when you walk out the door, simply grab BookBook and your keys.

Your phone is safe in a BookBook.

Protect your iPhone 4 between two hard-back covers. Fold the covers back-to-back to talk. It feels great in your hand. BookBook allows edge-to-edge iPhone access. No frames in the way of your thumbs here. You can access all iPhone controls and ports with BookBook. Charge, sync and use the headphone jack while your iPhone is safe and sound in its phone book.
Great Get Away Spot: Chambers Hotel NYC

The Chambers Hotel in NYC is an amazing boutique hotel, just off Fifth Avenue on 56th Street in the heart of midtown Manhattan is the ultimate in modern luxury.  Steps away from the most prestigious shopping area in the world, museums and Central Park, the Chambers offers a seamless fusion of uptown luxury with a downtown vibe.  The relaxed, attentive culture of service makes Chambers one of New York's most alluring and chic hotels.  Within its 72 rooms and 5 suites is an oasis of calm amid the hustle and bustle of one of the most exciting cities in the world.
Raise the Bar

Something about summer makes you want to keep your showers cool and your grooming routine minimal. And there's nothing easier than lathering up with an old fashioned bar of soap. The problem with most mass market brands is that they go quick and tend to dry out your skin. And then there's the scents. Some smell like laundry detergent, others like candy, fruit or women.  Small-batch soaps do a body good and leave you smelling, well, like a man.

Musgo Real Soap
Developed in 1887, this triple-milled soap soothes and moisturizes skin with coconut oil and rinses clean, leaving only a refreshing barbershop scent (about $7).
6 Summer Fitness Tips to Beat the Heat

No doubt you've probably noticed --it's summertime! The extended daylight and warm weather of summer offers a variety of activities to compliment your active lifestyle. To make it through the heat waves and humid days that come with the summer season. Here are six tips to ensure you get the most out of fitness and fun this summer.
  1. Stay hydrated – Many of you will end up dehydrated this summer without even knowing it, since you can already be dehydrated before you feel thirsty. As your body perspires to keep cool, it requires that you replenish the H2O that your body desperately needs to survive. Remember that when you are enjoying your favorite water sports and activities your body continues to perspire even when you are surrounded by water. So don’t forget to bring plenty of water or your favorite sports drink (particularly low-calorie ones), and take short breaks to rehydrate.
  2. Use Sunscreen – Whether you are running or playing a sport outside or just working on your summertime tan, it is important that you protect yourself from the sun. Dr. Sean Daneshmand, M.D. recommends liberally applying a sunblock that is at least SPF 15 and protects against both UVA and UVB rays—reapply often.
2013 BMW 3-Series Sport Wagon

BMW is set to introduce an upgraded version of its BMW 3-Series Sport Wagon for the 2013 model year.  The wagon, we believe, actually does more justice to the completely re-styled 3-Series mug than the sedan.  The wagon is almost 4 inches of additional length than the four-door.

The wagon will have Auto Start/Stop, Brake Energy Regeneration and BMW's ECO PRO Intelligent energy management system.  You'll also find a convenient power tailgate, a separate rear power window for easy light loading, available full-color heads-up display, panoramic sunroof, Blind Spot Detection and Lane Departure Warning.

For the truly lazy, the BMW Parking Assistant will make up for your lack of parallel parking skills.    Expect prices to be about $2,000 more than the sedan.
Dell XPS One 27 All-in-One Desktop

The all-in-one desktop market has belonged to Apple since we booted up our first Mac to hunt rabbits and die of dysentery on the Oregon Trail. Despite advances from its Windows-based competitors, the iMac has kept users captivated, thanks in large part to its high-density pixel resolution and minimalist design. Taking aim squarely at Cupertino’s flagship model, Dell has just dropped the specs on its new XPS One 27 ($1400+). This 27-inch all-in-one Windows machine meets the iMac head on with a matching 2560×1440 display, wireless mouse and keyboard, and a sleek single-corded pedestal design.
The Dell begins to differ on the inside, however, with its use of third generation Ivy Bridge quad-core i5 and i7 processors and Blu-ray capabilities that allow you can enjoy that beautiful screen. Other internals that can be optioned up to stand apart in a crowd include up to 16GB of DDR3 memory, an SSD drive with Intel’s Smart Response technology, and a TV tuner with remote. As a bonus, the optional NVIDIA GeForce GT 640m adapter can work on-demand with the help of Optimus switching technology. With a simple click of the mouse, you can dial back the processing power and activate the integrated Intel HD4000 graphics packed into the PCU. Multiple USB 3.0 ports abound, along with optical audio out, HDMI in and out, an SD card slot and an Ethernet port to round out the places to stick things in Dell’s handsome shell, while Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11bgn beg you not to. They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery; we tend to think Apple may see it a little differently.

Floating Coffee Mug Needs No Coaster

A mug with a built-in coaster? Brilliant! Inspired by a banana holder, the Floating Mug ($40) is exactly that: a white porcelain mug — perfect for coffee or tea — that separates the liquid-holding portion from the ground by integrating a coaster into the handle, keeping the heat away from sensitive surfaces like wood, while giving the cup itself a cool floating look. Hence the name.
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