Showing posts with label tips. Show all posts
Showing posts with label tips. Show all posts

Friday, November 28, 2014

Getting the Perfect Shirt Fit

If you’re a normal guy, chances are shirts made for “normal guys” don’t fit you as well as they should. (If you’re the type who has the exact proportions for off-the-rack shirts, though, we salute you, your genes, and whatever exercise program you’re following.) The trick of well-dressed men with perfect-fitting shirts has long been to take their button-ups to the tailor to get a few darts sewn into the back, at the very least. But anyone who’s spent much time at a tailor knows those tabs can add up fast. Unfortunately, custom-made shirts aren’t cheap, either.

But if you’re like most of us and off-the-rack shirts don’t give you the “fitted” look you’re after, here are a few suggestions to get the perfect fit.

1.    Use Your Head—Check Your Neck: 
Some guys just buy their shirts in small, medium, or large. No wonder they don't fit so well. You should know your measurements—neck size and arm length—and not just for the sake of it. These 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

The Science Of Simplicity: Why Successful People Wear The Same Thing Every Day

Have you ever thought about how much time you likely waste deciding what to wear in the morning? It’s probably made you late to school or work more times than you can count.

We waste so many precious moments concerning ourselves with frivolous details. An outfit will not change the world, it probably won’t even change your day.
This is not to say that fashion isn’t important, as it has an immense impact on culture and, in turn, the direction of society.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Getting the Most Out of Your Sweats

With the advent of the new slimmer more tapered style sweats, men are saying good bye bidding to the old boxy sweatpants that you once settled for in department stores.   Outside of the new styles and tapered cuts, customers are also seeing a change in construction and fabrics as well. The new sweats are coming equipped with heavier weighted materials and high quality stitching, giving customers not only a more stylish look, but a well rounded look as well.

How To Wear
You can now get the most out of your sweats in the following ways:
  • Sweatshirts and pants are always a go to. However, you don’t have to look like are going to the gym if you aren’t. A pair of cashmere sweats and a vintage style crew and sneakers is a great way to pull off the “I may look like I am going to the gym, but I am really just going to an early movie,” look.
  • Say your friends want to grab brunch and you really don’t feel like changing out of your denim shirt, sweats and sneakers. What do you do? Grab a blazer to go with the sweats you already have on. A well fitted blazer always dresses up any look, plus, your friends won’t think you just rolled out of bed.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

3 Essential Style Tips to Help You Look Your Best

1. Have a go-to tailor.No guy can have off-the-rack clothes fit perfectly. Find a tailor you like—who will listen to your requests—and keep going back to him. He can keep your sizes on hand for quick fixes and even give you impromptu fashion advice.
2. The right tie is essential.The color, fit, and shape should perfectly complement your look. Start with a tie that complements the dominant color of your suit or shirt. Also, the width of the tie should closely match the width of your lapel.
3. Always dress like someone’s watching.Whether you're headed to brunch with the kids or a night on the town, I feel it's always important to look your best. Sometimes it’s as simple as ironing or steaming your clothes. The attention to detail will show, and you'll feel more confident—even if it's just a T-shirt.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

10 Tips To Stay Cool This Summer

Keep Your Cool
I know summer is almost over and i'm way late with this post, but heck it's August and we are in the hottest stickiest time of this celebrated season. So whether you’re stuck in the city, surviving the summertime commute or basking on a sun lounger somewhere, here are a few ways to ensure you always keep cool... 

Dress to De-Stress

Choose your clothes carefully: seasonally-appropriate fabrics such as cotton, linen and seersucker are always more comfortable than man-made fibres because they allow the skin to breathe.

Likewise, sportswear containing technical fabrics like CoolMax and Dri-FIT is especially good for wicking moisture away from the skin, allowing it to evaporate quickly to keep you fresh.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

2 Beauty Products for Better Black Skin

With warmer summer weather on the horizon comes changes with your skin. Here are a few basic tips offered by Kathryn Khadija Leverette, clinical esthetician at Clinically Clear Skin Rehab Center in Oakland, CA, whose clients include Laurence Fishburne, Danny Glover and dozens of professional athletes.  Her tips provide a simple blueprint for men to follow to achieve great skin year round.

• Learn basic skin care and stop relying on whatever soap is in the shower. A gentle cleanser, the right shaving method, lightweight moisture, daily sun protection and UV protective eyewear do wonders for men as they age.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Weights First, Then Cardio for More Squats

Squats --one of the staples of a workout-- are ideal for building muscle, not only in the quads, hamstrings, calves, but  all over.  Squats also help muscles burn more fat.  But which order should you do squats? Before or after cardio?  

Well a new study helps to answer that question.  The study found that men who performed back squats after 30 minutes on an elliptical couldn’t perform as many reps as when they worked legs first. Doing a lower body endurance workout before a resistance leg workout had a negative effect ” due to muscle fatigue, the study determined. On the flip side, cardio didn’t affect bench press ability, so those can be done in any order. 

For maximum reps on the back squats, save the cardio for later or another day.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

7 Simple Habits to Save a Pretty Penny (or $100)

The concept of saving money is a very interesting one to many people. The reality is we all want to spend $3 instead of $5, right? Here are seven things you can do to right now to save money when it comes to excessive spending.

1. Give yourself a month
Have you ever heard of the 30-day rule? As a frugal guy, this is one of my favorite rules in spending. If you’re about to spend any more than $20 on something that is unnecessary, don’t. Instead, put the item down and wait 30 days to buy it. You’ll be amazed at how much money you save by not making unnecessary frivolous purchases.

2. Freeze your credit cards
I literally mean freeze your credit cards. It seems a bit extreme, but think of it this way. The average credit card comes with a 13 percent or higher interest rate. By simply not using credit cards as often, you’ll save a ton. So, get a plastic

Saturday, May 17, 2014

7 Tired and True Summer Hair Styles for Black Men

Like all men, Black men are trying to find sexy and hot looking new hairstyles that they can try this spring and summer that are both low maintenance and will highlight their killer looks. A good hairstyle will highlight aspects of your personality and impress potential mates.  

Here are a few you may want to consider.

Clean and Short
Clean and Short Black Men Haircuts

How To Style: 
  1. Apply a scalp and hair moisturizer.
  2. Brush hair with a boar bristle brush.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Essential Spring Grooming Tips

Spring is here and to go along with your “Spring cleaning” obligations, here are a few steps to make your warmer-weather-grooming-transition easier.
Face & Body
Two things that are a must as temperatures increase: An upgraded moisturizer w/SPF and an exfoliant. An exfoliant helps to keep the extra oil your body produces in warmer climates at bay, and the upgrade in SPF reduces your doctor’s visits!
  • Use a Face Balm w/ at least SPF 15  
  • Use a Facial Moisturizer w/ at least SPF 15  
  • Use a Daily Moisturizer w/ at least SPF 30 
  • Face Scrub  

Monday, May 5, 2014

A Guy's Guide to Swimwear

With Memorial Day coming up, it’s time to start getting ready for pool season. Shorter inseams are picking up in popularity this summer, as well as swimwear that can double up as casual weekend shorts.   

Find a color that’s not in your normal rotation of spring and summer shorts. If your rotation, for example, is dominated by khaki, gray or white, opt instead for a red, yellow or stone pair.
Another tip.
When shopping for swimsuit, finding the right fit is most important. After all, if it doesn’t fit right, it won’t feel right,” Brown says. “Make sure you can stay active, but the fit doesn’t need to be oversized.”
It doesn’t have to be wild or wildly different. But the variety in your wardrobe will keep you wanting to put them on and hit the water.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

3 Ways to Eat Healthy on a Budget

A typical excuse for eating healthier is that it costs more, thankfully, that is not true in most situations.  Subscribing to a healthier eating lifestyle can cost you the same amount, or less than what you previously paid for food.  There are several ways you can cut costs while eating healthy.  

Here are three affordable healthy eating tips:

1)      Meal Prep!  Planning is key when trying to achieve any goal in life; and it is especially important when trying to lose weight and save you a few bucks at the same time.  Planning your meals ahead of time saves you money since cooking at home often times is cheaper than purchasing a meal to go at a restaurant.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

6 Tips for a Perfect Fit

A good suit consists of 3 things:
  • Quality
  • Fit
  • Functionality
To successfully nail all three points, with an off the rack suit it maybe necessary to have a suit altered. If that's the case, here are six key points to consider: 

1. Choose a tailor
  • Start off researching tailors that usually work with men’s suits, they usually give great advice and know modern techniques to tailoring. Asks well dressed friends who's style you admire who they use for suggestions. 
  • It may be difficult to convey what you want the finished outcome to look like,  you just want it to fit comfortably.  If you are unsure how to explain to exactly what you need, the best thing to do is bring a

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Free MOOCs Can Teach Skills to Boost Your Career

Lifelong learning is a part of any successful career. But because employers are getting stingier with tuition-rembursement benefits and graduate programs can leave young workers saddled with additional debt, higher education may seem hard to come by.  Enter the growing crop of feee online classes to give you the knowledge boost you need to advance your career to that "next level".

Known as "massive open online courses" (or MOOCs, for short), these classes  are (mostly) free digital replicas of actual college offerings (sometimes you have to pay a fee if you want a certificate upon completion). While moving the

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Staying Fresh on a Budget

Most of want to look "fresh", no one deliberately tries to dress like a mess.
Very few of us have an unlimited budget for a wardrobe. For those that do, that's great, this article isn't for you.  This article is for those that need to look "fresh" on a budget.  
Looking fresh on a budget, requires patience.  You want to find the right pieces to add your wardrobe, without settling.
For the look to the right, we picked up the pants to this suit at full price ($30), then later found the jacket, after it was released, a few months later on the clearance rack for $20.  

Friday, March 14, 2014

5 Ways to Transition from Winter to Spring

After a brutal winter like the one we just had, many of us looking forward to the spring.  
Transitioning from spring to summer is as easy as fall to winter – just do more or less of what you’re already doing and you’re set. However, the changeover from the more heavier fabrics to lighter fabrics not only represents a functional switch, but an emotional one – and a man’s clothing should reflect that. Just like the previous transition, there are a few key ideas to making this easier.
Wear Brighter Colors
For most of us, it’s either subconscious or just a result of the clothing that companies design, but our winter gear tends to

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

3 Steps to Getting Over Hurt & Moving On

We're one week into the Lenten season, for many denominations of Christians and Catholics, a 40-day period of self-sacrifice that honors Christ's sacrifice of Himself on the cross for our sins, which ends in celebration on Resurrection Sunday.
If it only takes 21 days to break a bad habit, Lent is, perhaps, the perfect season to reset your spiritual, physical and mental life, for good. As a kid, I would use these 40 long days and nights to give up candy and soda, and then gorge myself on the goodies in my Easter basket when Lent was over.   This year, i've decided to give up "white liquor", but I also think it’s high time I give up something a little bit more substantial.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Best Time to Book Flights to Get the Lowest Fares

As any procrastinator can attest, you’ll usually pay a big premium by waiting until the last minute to book a flight. But you’ll also pay more if you purchase your tickets too far in advance. So when should you book a flight to get the lowest fare? 

To answer that question, airfare shopping engine monitored fares for more than 4 million flights in 2013 over a booking period ranging from 320 days in advance to one day in advance. Its researchers found that fares for domestic flights were lowest 54 days in advance. That’s an average, though. There’s actually a prime booking
window between 104 days

Sunday, February 23, 2014

It's All in the Details ...

Details are very important to personal style/fashion.  Besides having a great basic canvas to work with in a wonderful garment, the details can often add the necessary touches to make an outfit stand out. 

For example, this black suit when paired with a red tie, interesting socks, and pocket square change the entire dynamic of the outfit.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Winter Proofing Your Skin

Winter is in full effect. In addition to causing a mess with your commute to a and from work and on your heating bills, winter also takes a toll on your skin.  It starts with dryness on exposed areas like your hands and face and extends to the rest of your body as the weather gets even colder.

In addition to the harsh outdoor weather, the skin can be adversely affected by central air heating and hot showers that tend to dry out the skin.  This adds further to the damage caused by the elements.  Going from cold to hot dehydrates and tightens our skin making it prone to redness, flakiness and patches.  

Here are a few tips to winter proof your skin and keep it performing at optimal levels.

1. Switch To A Rich, Protecting Moisturizer
 Just as you would protect your skin while exposed to the sun, it’s vital to protect it during the winter months too.


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