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

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 CheapAir.com 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.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Proper Suit/Jacket Fit Tips

A friend recently asked my advice on how to tell if a suit jacket fit properly.  So I wrote out a very basic checklist -- something simple, practical, and easy-to-use -- for how to evaluate if a suit jacket or sport coat fits. 
The Basics
The guiding principle for how a suit jacket should fit is pretty simple. There should be clean lines all around, with no puckering or pulling anywhere, and the jacket should flatter the body (this doesn’t mean it should be super tight).

More specifically …

Shoulders: The shoulder line should be clean, not lumpy, and the ends of your jacket’s shoulders should generally

Saturday, January 11, 2014

3 Tips to Achieve Your Fitness Goals


We are now a couple of weeks into the new year, this is  about that time that many of us start to abandon those resolutions to get fit.  Just before you do,  here are three steps to help you achieve your fitness goals.

(1) Announce It
When you make a commitment to improve your fitness, get it out there! Tell your friends, family, and co-workers, and post it

Friday, December 20, 2013

Give Your Suit the Boot

When Mother Nature dispatches snow and slush to destroy your footwear, fight back with a sturdy, office friendly dress boot. This high-end leather and slim sole boot by Dolce & Gabbana works with any of your brawnier fall suits; the fact that they're more beat-up than spit-polished makes them good for bearing the brunt of winter weather.  

Distressed boots work best with heavyweight suits like this tweed. Why? They're equally sturdy and rugged. 

Friday, November 22, 2013

Top 5 Fashion Misconceptions Answered

Fashion is a much maligned, misunderstood beast. It’s a cultural zeitgeist, it’s wearable art, it’s so ahead of its time, and in perpetually reinventing itself, it can be a major drain on your wallet. Criticism is leveled so easily at fashion, and the misconceptions are so easily perpetuated into fact that we at AGB Style have decided to debunk some of the most common myths associated with fashion and style.
So with that in mind, sit back and take in AGB-Style’s 5 Fashion Misconceptions. You don’t have to agree with all of them, but to the average guy, we feel our assessments hold up pretty well.
It Costs A Lot of Money To Look Good
This is less true than ever now, with brands like Zara, H&M and Topman bringing high fashion trends down to prices well south of $100 on a bevy of items. This ‘democratized design’ movement means that you can get items that rival the looks of designers charging small fortunes for their wares.


Sunday, November 17, 2013

5-Tips to Setting & Achieving Your Goals


We've all been taught about "SMART "goals (specific, measureable, achievable, realistic, and time-limited), but there's something missing from this piece of wisdom. It's something really fundamental to actually achieving this goal.
Consider this: 70% of our goals are never met;  it's partly because people create "should" goals instead of "want" goals.
Here they are:

1. Find a Real Challenge
Make your goal compelling and achievable--yet challenging. Brilliant minds need a challenge; otherwise boredom will set in and your plan will fall to the wayside. State your goal in writing.
2. Stick to Positive Emotional Connectors
Make a list of the positive things that will result from achieving this goal. Stay away from subtly negative statements like "I

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Living Well: Colon Cancer Screenings Save Lives

With November being Mens Health month we thought we'd join the "Movember Movement".  

Many men fret about going to the doctor for a colonoscopy at age 50. The whining and complaining is almost humorous as more than a few guys squirm while sharing tales of making it through such a close encounter. In reality, however, a moment of discomfort is not that funny if it means saving a life. Colorectal or colon cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths among men in the United States. 

According to the American Cancer Society, more than half of the 102,480 new cases of colon cancer in 2013 will result in death before the end of the year.  

Some People Shouldn’t Wait Until They Are 50
Colon cancer develops when abnormal tissue called a polyp form a malignant tumor. The process can take between 10 and 15 years, which makes screening for the presence of polyps very important in the early detection of colon cancer for several reasons. In the early stages of colon cancer most people don’t have symptoms.  However, an early Colon

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Breathe Easier


A good rule of thumb when it comes to bad breath: just assume that you probably have it.  Do yourself (and everyone that you talk to) a favor and stock up on a reliable quick fix.  As the adage goes, a good defense is the best offense.

With that in mind, here's one defense you might want to employ:  Joe's Mint Balls.  With its unconventional name and unexpected carmel color, you might not ever guess that Uncle Joe's Mint Balls were one of the best mints on the market. Put down the tin of tongue-scorching Altoids for these simple yet effective spheres. They're great to have on your desk at work, for you and your coworkers.  (about $14 at Amazon)

Saturday, October 26, 2013

5 People You Need to Date (But Not Marry)


Let me just say up front, i'm no relationship expert, heck maybe that's why I'm still single.  I've kissed my share of frogs....   However, overtime, I've learned a few things and thought I'd share these lessons with you.   And, while this is a guy blog, I'm surprised at the increasingly number of women who have become regular readers, so this is for them to.


1. The One Who Never Wanted to Commit—Until You 

This sounds like the dream, right? The person who proclaimed to all that they'd never settle down with anyone ever, and then ate their words when you came along? But the problem is that no matter how wowed by you they are now, the moment things become less exciting, less overwhelmingly amazing between the two of you (and the moment will come), they are likely to have second thoughts. And that will make you feel awful. Maybe you'll sense it happening, in which case you'll probably try harder, to do whatever you can to make sure things don't get less exciting. But that's a basis for a performance, not a marriage. 

You need to meet this person, however, so that when you meet the person you should marry you can tell the difference. The one you ought to marry will be a person who wants to be in a committed relationship and who will work with you to

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

How To: Get your Barber to Give you a Great Haircut


I asked my barber his advice for anyone trying to change up their look or working with a new barber.  Here's what he said: I get many visits from guys who are looking for a make-over or simply a “new-look”. So when I get questions from about how to get their barbers to deliver the best haircut for them, I start with one simply word – Communication.
I know I may sound like a relationship counselor or your wife or girlfriend, but truthfully, the only way to get a great haircut is to explain what you want carefully.  I always appreciate when my clients

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Train your Willpower to Achieve Your Weight Loss Goals


Willpower. Won’t power is more like it. That’s because it usually comes into play when we’re trying to avoid something that we know isn’t good for us.  
Willpower may be the biggest impediment to living healthier. Most of us know how to eat better. We know we should be exercising. And we know we should not be eating that dessert, those salty fat-filled snacks or drinking that soda.
But we can’t help ourselves. And we just do it, even if it makes us hate ourselves after.
Well, there’s hope. Just as you can train your body to be stronger, more flexible or just generally healthier, you may be able to “train” your willpower and thus give yourself a better chance of achieving your goals.  
That was the conclusion drawn by researchers  at The Miriam Hospital’s Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center in Providence, RI, after participants in a study showed that

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Grooming: Fall Prep

As cooler weather approaches, you have to do more than just put on more clothes.  You also have to make a few changes to your grooming regimen to prep your skin to handle the colder temperatures (especially your scalp).

The best way to do this is to finish your shower with a cold water rinse.  The cold water brings your skin back into balance, allowing your scalp to produce the necessary oils (sebum) to naturally moisturize itself and prevent dry scalp.

You should also moisturize your "whole" body to prevent your skin from drying out.  Ever have chapped lips?  Well, the same can happen to your body!

Finally, each time you shave a layer of skin  remove a layer of skin is removed.  So, after you shave, make sure you have an aftershave lotion and moisturizer handy.  This combination is always important, and, even more so as winter approaches.




Saturday, August 17, 2013

4 Tips to Lose Belly Fat When Running

You've been eating right and exercising for a while, but that stubborn belly fat just won't budge! Here are four tips to burn that pooch away while you are out on a run. 

  1. Switch up your pace: Intervals are proven to reduce belly fat and rev up metabolism; instead of running at the same pace for the entire workout, try alternating between periods of pushing your body to the max and periods of recovery.
  2. Go a Little Longer: Unfortunately you can't spot treat when it comes to weight loss, which is one reason why solely doing crunches won't whittle your waistline. The key is to decrease overall body fat, and the one way to do that is to burn calories. Lengthening your workout will do just that. Every five minutes of running at a 10-minute-per-mile pace burns about 45 calories. Think about that on your next run, and it'll motivate you to keep going!

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