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What Boyfriends Should(n’t) Wear

Monday, 26 November 2012 1 comments


Photo credit: JKModel from morguefile.com

Let's face it, sometimes men are pretty clueless when it comes to fashion. This article will help them navigate the fickle world of fashion. So next time he wants to wear his Aloha shirt to dinner, show him this post and he'll soon see the error of his ways.

Don't

Don't wear all your gold at once. 
We all like to wear a bit of bling and the right jewelry can put the finishing touches to an outfit, but don't go overboard. Where guys are concerned, less is almost always more.

Don't flash the chest fuzz.
Shirts that show a little too much chest hair are less than desirable, think the Hoff in his Knight Rider days. If you're wearing a button down shirt one or two buttons undone is enough.

Don't dress like you're in Jamaica when you're in Bognor Regis.
Leave the hula shirts on the beach. The same goes for your sombrero.

Don't dress like a bank robber. 
Balaclavas have a bad reputation. Sure, they're brilliant for those chilly winter mornings, but seeing a grown man wearing a Balaclava is enough to make anyone feel uneasy. Unless you want people to keep their distance, don't wear one.

Don't dress like a baby.
There's a worrying trend happening in the fashion world, known as the onesie. The onesie is basically a romper suits for adults. No one, and i repeat no one over the age of 3 should wear one. Just don't do it... promise?

Do


Do wear smart men's shoes.
Some women admit that the first thing they look at is a man's shoes, so toss away those Crocs and don't even think about pairing socks with sandals. A good tip is to separate your shoes into smart and casual. Nice simple trainers/Converse or loafers for casual days and smarter black/brown leather shoes for work and evenings out.

Do invest in a good suit.
At some point you will have to attend functions like weddings, christenings etc. Having a well-tailored suit is essential. If you're usually a casual dresser then one suit will be enough, just make sure to go for a classic style that won't go out of fashion. A simple black or dark grey one will do. Avoid two-tones and shiny materials, you don't want to look like a peacock in pigeons nest.

Do buy a simple dress shirt.
These shirts are brilliant for both smart and casual occasions. Worn with a tie and suit, you'll look like a dapper gent and worn buttoned down with some slacks, you'll be ready for that after work drinking session or dinner out with the family.

Do wear nice underwear.
One thing a lot of men neglect to update is their underwear. Nice underwear is not just for women. It's a good idea to buy new underwear every once in a while if yours are looking tired and faded.

Do don the denim.
Denim works hard for its money, often lasting years, so a good pair of jeans will see you through all kinds of manly activities. Jeans are the iconic casual trouser and no closet is complete without them.

Do look good casual.
Plain polo shirts are an everyday must have. They're comfy, casual and will go great with a pair of jeans or slacks. They were originally designed for sports, so they allow freedom of movement as well as being smarter than most sports attire.

Do own a belt.
There's nothing worse than builders bum. Nobody wants to see your rear every time you bend over so buy a good, sturdy belt. The only moon rising should be in the sky!

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James Bond: Ladies Man or Movie Slut?

Sunday, 25 November 2012 0 comments


James Bond is charming, handsome, good at his job, can kill with his bare hands and has all the latest gadgets, but this character has one consistent weakness. Women.

James Bond is the ultimate ladies man, but if you stripped away the dashing good looks, the suave suit and that smooth charm would he be just another womaniser?

He's the epitome of 'works hard, plays harder' but if he were real, James Bond would either have been assassinated, died of some horrendous sexually transmitted disease or at the very least, be a well-known face at the sexual health clinic. Nice. 

Let's look at the facts. This handy James Bond infographic by The Economist shows each Bond and their movie statistics:

Source
The numbers show that Pierce Brosnan was by far the most brutal Bond. Our current Mr Bond, Daniel Craig seems far more interested in getting drunk on martinis rather than scoring ladies. Although, he does have plenty of time with a meagre three movies under his belt: Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace and the latest Bond movie Skyfall.

Judging by the chart, the lighter drinkers had far more success between the sheets, (there's a good lesson in there somewhere). With George Lazenby being the biggest womaniser of the lot, quite a feat considering he only played the character once.

"Bond. James Bond." 

Those three words might be all he needs to seduce you, but as this infographic shows, Bond doesn't get by on looks and charm alone. It takes some serious capital to keep him in that lifestyle:

The History of James Bond (infographic)

So is James Bond just a classy man whore? Well Rotten Tomatoes seemed to think so when they scored Bond as their number one movie slut:

 

But I can't help thinking there's another reason for James Bonds' promiscuity. In 'On her Majesty's Secret Service', James Bond actually married Contessa Teresa "Tracy" di Vicenzo, but alas, it was never meant to be, as she was later murdered by one of the Bond baddies, leaving Bond alone once more. Could a tragedy like this be the real reason behind Bond's short-lived relationships? It makes sense that being a spy would be incompatible with sustaining a long-term relationship. It's dangerous work and Bond's true love would always be a keen target for enemy spy's and their brutal henchman.

So is James Bond a love rat or does he view lovers as potential victims? Or is he just too busy for love? Perhaps one night stands are more efficient for the busy spy lifestyle. I'm inclined to think it's a bit of both.

If you met James Bond, would you be as quick to jump into bed with him? After all, we all know where he's been!

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10 Eco Friendly Cars That Are Still Manly

Friday, 16 November 2012 0 comments


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Rare steaks, gleaming guns and reading Chuck Norris-isms are second nature to a manly man. Things that don't belong in a man's world are greeting cards, tofu and hybrid or eco-friendly cars. Real men don't drive a Toyota Yaris or Prius. And now they don't have to. Here are ten cars that look cool, are still manly and aren't a burden on the environment like their gas-chugging forefathers.

I. BMW 335d - Not only does the BMW 335d look like the coolest getaway car for a heist, it's the most fuel-efficient model by BMW sold in the States and it spews roughly thirty percent fewer carbon emissions than a regular car. The 335d's 265HP 6-cylinder motor packs a wallop and the car can hit 60MPH in under eight seconds. One last tidbit: BMW already announced a successor to the 335d, so now may be a good time to score one for a lower price. Starting price: $42,400

II. Fisker Karma - Okay, the Fisker Karma is one expensive hybrid sportscar, but it was designed by the man behind Aston Martin's V8 Vantage. That, and the Karma looks way too spiffy to be confused for a hybrid car; yet that's what it is. Its engine boasts a 403HP rating and get this: the technology behind the Karma involves the linking of its 4-cylinder fuel engine and four separate electric motors. Starting price: $95,900

III. Tesla Model S - The brand new Tesla Model S is best compared to a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model posted on a teenager's wall (he'll never have a girlfriend like her). The Model S is touted as the first premium electric sedan ever. Tesla Motors started taking reservations and buyers keep lining up. The car's design is contemporary, yet sleeker than most sportscars in its price range. Starting price: $57,000

IV. Ford Escape Hybrid - Ford's Escape Hybrid SUV is a winner. Its muscular appearance seems to have no tangible relation to terms like eco and green. The Escape simply looks like a great SUV. Not only is it a handsome beast, it flaunts a low price for a hybrid sports utility vehicle. It also crushes its competition in the category of fuel economy with a 32MPG rating. Starting price: $29,860

V. Range Rover Evoque - Another solid hybrid SUV for a guy is Range Rover's Evoque. With leg and headroom galore, and slick enough to have to warn a valet not to scratch it, the Evoque's 28MPG highway slam-dunk is Range Rover's newest crowning achievement. Starting price: $43,995

VI. Porsche Cayenne Hybrid - Porsche's Cayenne Hybrid is as dangerously close to a unisex car as this list will get. Before anyone complains remember, it's still a Porsche. And don't forget all the cool Porsche cars Charlie Sheen stole in that almost-forgotten '80s B-classic No Man's Land. Starting price: $63,700

VII. Lexus HS 250H - The Lexus HS 250H may seem like an odd choice at first for a bachelor prepping for a night of 'tomcattin'. The car's sunroof option, streamlined contours and ultra-comfortable interior should dispel any hesitation to give it a once-over. And the HS 250H is a green car that looks twice as expensive as it really is. Starting price: $34,200

VIII. Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid - A famous author wrote a book titled To Sleep, Perchance to Dream. Had he seen the Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid in his visions, he might have appended his title with ...and Wake Up in a Soak. The Spyder is exactly the stuff that guys' dreams are made of: its futuristic look, its obscene price tag and its unattainability. Real men don't mind obscenity, futuristic vehicles and drooling over what they can't have. Starting price: $845,100

IX. Suzuki SFV 650 - Yes, the Suzuki SFV 650 makes the list. No, it's not a hybrid. No, it doesn't plug in to an outlet. It gasses up like a regular car. What the SFV 650 does do is use considerably less gas than a four-wheeled sedan or truck. Less gas used means fewer emissions from its 650cc engine. A motorcycle also takes up a lot less space and has no styrofoam cup holder. That makes it manly, green, and manly again, in that order. Starting price: $6,899

X. Ford Fusion Hybrid - Why, pray tell, does the lowly Ford Fusion Hybrid close the list? It appears the Fusion is not all that lowly. It's ranked second among midsized affordable sedans. The Fusion is also great for singles or families with its impressive 41MPG city highway rating. It turns out the Ford Fusion Hybrid is a worthy entry in any grouping of eco-friendly autos. Starting price: $27,200


Kristine is a freelance writer who is passionate about her dogs, she exist to make a difference one step at a time.

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Your Cell Phone Is Probably Ruining Your Marriage & Couples Therapy Isn't The Solution

Thursday, 1 November 2012 4 comments



Put down the cell phone! Skip expensive couples therapy sessions and turn off your phones! The answer to your relationship worries may be right in front of you, literally. Electronic communication may be creating communication errors for you and your spouse. Learn how to spot it and stop it.

Troubled Water

Going through a common, temporary relationship rough patch? Or are there ongoing problems that don't seem to go away? Even after extensive communication and effort like couples therapy? If the two of you have grown apart, lost interest or have tarnished important relationship foundations like trust and respect, couples therapy may not be the answer.

One sign that your marriage may be crumbling is the lack of desire to spend the little free time you have with each other. The lack of or complete depletion of sexual intimacy without reason like illness or stress usually means there is trouble in paradise. If you're not genuinely happy, smiling and enjoying the company of one another its time asses what the problem could be. You may find that electronic communication could be lessening of the quality of your relationship.

Making an Impact
"Relationships are becoming increasingly technology-driven, which decreases the chances that individuals have to connect with one another on a personal level. A strong degree of intimacy is important for all relationships, particularly marriages. While the innovations of today's society have indeed improved the convenience, speed, and ease of communication, it is important that couples remember the value of intimacy and make time to support it," said pastor Ed Young in an article for Market Watch.

A topic of debate, communication technology forever changed relationships. Texting, email, and social media have made communication instant and have created a void in physical interpersonal communication. People do not see their online conversations for what they are, 'online conversations.' People place the expectations of in-person contact in their online relationships when the two are separate. Relationship issues and communication are frequent topics of discussion in Young's work.

Electronic communication is an easy way to avoid awkward conversations or potential fights. It may seem like a better route but prevents the development of important communication skills. Not discussing problems in person creates the possibility for misinterpretation of meanings and attitudes. Void is the idea of 'it's not what you say, it's how you say it'  and the usage of body language to better understand one another.

Kicking The Habit

If you think technology may be the source to your relationship issues set communication boundaries. Agree to only discuss certain topics in person, limit day long messaging through email and text and make the time to be physically present with one another. If you're texting all day at work, when you get home there isn't any "how was your day?" conversation. You already know about the long meeting, the new project and the annoying co-worker. Create some mystery and give each other the opportunity to discuss and hang-out face to face.


Heather Green Heather is a former teacher, but now operates as a stay-at-home mom and PTO president who writes for several parenting blogs and education websites. She has four children that attend the school where she used to teach.

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