2013 Spring/Summer Menswear Shows Wrap Up

Several clear and common themes emerged from the recent Spring/Summer 2013 menswear shows.  Here are a few have observed. 

Primary Colors
While electric shades dominated the runways last spring, primary colors will be back in full force this spring.  They look especially in the lines of Lacoste, Nautica, and Michael Kors.

Military inspired looks will remain popular, but the key to rocking the look will be fit.  So leave the enormous fatigues from the Army/Navy store in the attic and aim for a more tailored look.

Bold Accessories
Designers really went after this trend with neon kicks, bright watches and colored shoe laces this year and the look will be around for another year. 
The Bad Habit That's Upping Your Stress Levels

How many times per day to you check your Blackberry or your iPhone? 10? 20? Well, now it's time to stop because it's stressing you out, say researchers from the UK—and not because your boss keeps emailing you, but because your friends do.

British scientists surveyed 100 working adults about their phone use habits and then conducted psychological tests on them to determine their stress levels. They found that the more often someone checked his or her phone, the higher that person's stress levels were likely to be.

But what was interesting about their study results was that the stress didn't appear to be work related. Although people often get smartphones for work purposes, they wind up using them to keep in touch with friends via texting, email, and social media sites. And, in the study, as personal use of smartphones increased, so did stress, with the most stressed subjects experiencing "phantom vibrations" of new email or text alerts. At that point, the phones turn into something of a double-edged sword: The more stressed a person becomes, the more likely he is to check his phone, which increases stress levels, and on and on.
Apple iOS 6 Review:  The Highs, The Lows, Everything

As you are probably aware, the latest update to Apple phones iOS 6 has been released. This is an update that should please most, if not all, with the possible exception of a single area where growing pains are still apparent.

The Best

There are some elements of iOS 6 that quickly become features you’re not sure how you lived without, and those aren’t necessarily the ones that Apple spent a lot of time highlighting during past announcements and on their website. Here’s what I’ve enjoyed most about my experience with iOS 6.
1. New call response options. These seem silly and sort of minor, but in reality, the call experience on the iPhone is the one that that’s gone unchanged for longest. Any update is noteworthy, and one this useful is actually something to get excited about. You can set either custom messages or choose from Apple’s own and respond to incoming calls with an outgoing text or iMessage note, send calls to voicemail or ask for a reminder. This is a perfect example of Apple thinking about how people actually use their phones, and it’s a huge time saver that’s also considerate to people you’re desperately trying to ignore. Win win.
2013 Hennessey VR1200 Twin Turbo

And you thought the Cadillac CTS-V was fast. The 2013 Hennessey VR1200 Twin Turbo($TBA) is based on Caddy's sporty coupe, but bests it in the performance department thanks to a twin-turbo 7.0L V8 pumping out 1,066 rear wheel hp — allowing it to rocket from 0-60 mph in just 2.9 seconds on its way to a top speed of 242 mph. Upgrades are also made to the camshaft, fuel system and injectors, brakes, wheels and tires, suspension, sway bars, and interior. Of course, no high-end sports car would be complete without some carbon fiber, which you'll now find on the front splitter, rear diffuser, front fenders, hood, and rear flares.

How to Suit Your Shape

Its a given, not everyone is tall and thin and runway skinny. Some folks are shorter and may carry a few extra pounds.  Whatever your story, that shouldn't stop you from looking good in your clothes.

An ill fitting suit, even a pricey one will through your desired look off.  Here are a few tips to help out our shorter, thicker brothers out.

Be honest with yourself. Admit you're short and buy short-length suits.

• Wear a pocket square. It brings the focus to your chest, not your belly.
• A lower button stance creates long lines, essentially stretching you out.
• Show some cuff to lengthen the look of your arms.
• A pant leg with very little break will help you look taller.
• Big man, solid shoe. Choose shoes that have a substantial sole. You need something to anchor your weight.

Head to Head: iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3

The iPhone 5 has just been revealed. As expected, it features a larger screen, a faster processor and a slightly-improved camera. But the real question is - which one should you buy, the iPhone 5 or the Samsung Galaxy S3?

We’ve taken a look at the features of both phones, put them in the ring and told them only one is coming out alive. Here's how they fared…

Release Date
iPhone 5 - 12 September unveiling, 21 September available date
Samsung Galaxy S3 - Available now, unveiled May 2012

The iPhone 5 has just been unveiled and, in traditional Apple style, we won't have to wait too long to actually get hold of the thing. You'll be able to pre-order the phone from Friday 14 September and it'll start shipping on 21 September.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 has already been released, of course, and has done extremely well in its short time on this Earth. Back in July we heard that the phone had already broken through the 10 million sales barrier, making it a faster seller than either of its predecessors, the original Galaxy S and the hugely popular Galaxy S2.

iPhone 5 - 7.6mm thick, metal casing, non-removable battery
Samsung Galaxy S3 - 8.6mm thick, plastic casing, removable battery.

Apple iPhone 5

The much anticipated iPhone 5 was officially unveiled earlier this week. The phone 4/4S is impressive with an all glass and aluminum body and structure, living up to much of the rumors.  
The phone features an increased screen size that bumps up your springboard space bringing about five rows of icons in addition to the shortcut bottom row. All of the Apple first party Apps have been updated to be optimized for the new screen including the iWork suite as well as iMovie and GarageBand.
Pindot Nectie from Saks Fifth Ave.

Polka dot neckties are trending heavily this autumn, so a few carefully curated pieces on reserve will surely keep your presentation remarkably current and unmistakably classic. And if sartorial ostentation, as in big voluptuous polka dots, is in direct conflict with your personality, try a quiet pin dot — it functions just as a solid necktie would.
Kindle Fire HD

The Kindle Fire HD ($200-$600) offers a range of sizes and features for Prime-oriented slate shoppers. At the low end, we have an upgraded version of last year's 7-incher, with a new non-Playbook-y design, 1280x800 display, Dolby audio with stereo speakers, dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi, a dual-core processor, 16GB of storage, and an upgraded software experience. Moving up the line, you'll find a new 8.9-inch version, packing the same features along with a 1920x1200 screen, and at the high end, you'll find that same, larger model with 64GB of storage and LTE networking. Something tells us there's going to be a lot of tablet unwrapping going on this holiday season. 
8 Tips for Balancing School Schedules and Fitness

To often we spend months anticipating the arrival of summer, but when it finally gets here it always seems to go by way too fast. Then the madness begins, and we are left scrambling to adjust our lives and our schedules to accommodate the time constraints that come with the school year.  It can be easy to leave your health and fitness behind as you try to make time for everything. 
So here are 8 TOP TIPS to prepare you for a seamless transition from the casual days of summer and back into the crazy days of the school year.
  1. Practice organizing your time now – Scheduling your daily activities may not have been necessary during the summer, but with all of the activities and extracurricular events that come with the school year it is helpful to know exactly when you can squeeze-in a quick workout, group class or cardio session.
  2. Keep a packed gym bag in your car – Did your child’s soccer practice get rained out or perhaps your CHEM 245 class gets cancelled? Did you have to work late and now there is no time to run home to get your workout clothes? Keeping a gym bag packed in your car with an extra set of clothes, shoes and accessories can get you to the club for a workout that you may have otherwise missed.
  3. Stash snacks – Keeping your energy level up is a must, and with all the things that you are doing each day there are seemingly limitless factors that can cause you to miss a meal. By keeping healthy snacks stashed at your office, in your car—and any other place that you can think of—you can avoid missing meals and becoming lethargic. It also helps to prevent you from over eating when you finally get to sit down for a meal or stopping for fast food due to hunger.
Wahl Bling/G-whiz Trimmers

Because my facial hair tends to grow fast it is necessary to  trim between trips to the barber shop to keep looking fresh. 

I recently tried out the Wahl Bling/G-whiz trimmer a great looking cordless compact trimmer that runs on a single AA battery.  While small, the Bling/G-whiz is quite powerful and the three guards (included) are steady and don't pop out.

It is great for trimming beards, mustaches, other facial hair and quick line ups. It's great for traveling with, just throw it in your bag and be on your way.

Initially, the trimmer performs very well for a few months without complaint.  Then it seems to work sporadically, even after changing batteries,  before totally burning out.  

But at $19- $24.00 USD, these little trimmers can be replaced every few months if that's what you want to do. 
Sony unveils 84 inch LCD TV

Who cares if you can't find any content to show on it? The new Sony XBR 4K TV ($TBA) will ensure that when the content's ready, you will be, too. Measuring an impressive 84" diagonally, this new flagship set offers a 3840 x 2160, LED-backlit LCD panel, the 4K X-Reality PRO picture engine to seamlessly upscale lower-resolution content, 3D capabilities, a 10 Unit Live Speaker system cranking out virtual 5.1 surround sound, and built-in Wi-Fi for accessing online content. No price yet, but you can rest assured that it 

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4

Think you can't drive a Porsche in bad weather? Think again. The 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 ($91,000-$118,000) sports the active all-wheel drive Porsche Traction Management system to ensure you can get where you need to go even when the conditions are less than perfect. Other features include a standard 7-speed manual gearbox, an optional 7-speed dual-clutch PDK automatic transmission, 350 hp for the standard model and 400 hp for the 4S, optional Adaptive Cruise Control, and either a Coupe or open-topped Cabriolet body.

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