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How To Make The Best Possible First Impression

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If you want to get a second date with that special lady you’ve been coveting, you need to make sure that you make the best possible impression on that first date. Here’s how to do that.

1. Get Cleaned Up

Taking a shower before going out is the least you can do to get cleaned up for your date. It’s also a good idea to go out and get a haircut, trim your facial hair (or shave). Make sure that your nails look good, that your teeth aren’t covered in anything filmy (you don’t have to go to the dentist, just give those teeth a good and vigorous brushing), you get the idea. Even if she’s used to seeing you in ratty jeans and a t-shirt…no, especially if she’s used to seeing you in ratty clothing, sprucing yourself up is a good idea. It shows that you think she’s worth putting in some time and effort.

2. Dress Well

Dress up! Wear a properly fitting suit and tie on your date. If you haven’t purchased a new suit in a few years, it’s worth it to go shopping. Fashion has changed subtly but noticeably, and you want to look fashionable. You can find good Men’s Suits from Brooks Brothers (you can shop the clearance racks if you’re on a budget) and other men’s fashion houses. Don’t forget to buy new shoes to go with the suit (and get them shined)!

Pro Tip: Tell your date about your decision to dress up—especially if you’re planning on going somewhere fancy. Women appreciate knowing the dress code ahead of time.

3. Be Chivalrous

They say chivalry is dead. Even if you’ve heard your date talk about how she’s self sufficient and doesn’t need someone to open doors or pull chairs out for her, do it anyway. These gestures might seem small but they go a long way toward creating a good impression. Even if a woman says she doesn’t need that stuff, she still usually appreciates having it done for her.

4. Remember Your Manners

Manners are important. Don’t talk with your mouth full. Say “please” and “thank you” when doing so is appropriate. Keep your elbows off the table. Stand up when she gets up from or comes back to the table. Use your indoor voice. Enunciate properly, like pronouncing the “ing” on words instead of leaving it to be “in”. Keep the swearing to a minimum. Pick up the tab for the date (even if she offers to pay or pay at least her half).

5. Treat The People Who Are Serving You And Helping You Well

Waiters, bussers, hostesses, ticket takers, ushers, etc—treat all of them kindly and with respect. Those manners, mentioned before need to be used with these people as well. Your date is going to be paying attention to how well (or not well as the case may be) you treat the people who are helping to facilitate the various elements of your date. If you are rude to them, it will make you look really bad.

6. Customize The Date To Her Tastes

If you know that she loves reading, take her to a bookstore or arrange a visit to the rare books room at your local library or historical society. You’ll need to talk to her before going out to know about these things, of course, but customizing the date to her tastes is something she’ll appreciate.

Good luck on your date! Here’s to a fantastic first and hopefully many more after that!

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  1. Phil

    February 20, 2013 at 11:35 am

    A most excellent post! All very true, and something that more guys should be aware of and follow. Great blog guys!

    Phil
    http://www.blog.theregularguynyc.com

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Omega Seamaster 1948 Limited Editions Pay Tribute To The Original Classics

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If you are in the market for some wrist candy that is both classic and timeless, you have got to check out the Omega Seamaster 1948 Limited Editions. Released to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Seamaster, these watches pay tribute to Omega’s original post-war classics.

A little backstory: Between 1940 and 1945, Omega delivered more than 110,000 timepieces to the British Ministry of Defense, all highly valued by British airmen and sailors for their water-resistance and reliability in combat. After the war, there was demand for a civilian version of the watch. This led to the creation of Omega’s first family of watches in 1948, the Seamaster.

The Seamaster has since become one of the cornerstones of Omega, known for their precision, water-resistance and reliability.

Omega Seamaster 1948 Limited Edition Central Second

In celebration of the Seamaster’s 70th anniversary, the brand has released two new watches that are clearly inspired by the two 1948 inaugural Seamaster models, with a slight touch of modernity added. “We do not have the same movement from the original 1948 because it would be too complicated,” said Jean-Claude Monachon, vice president at Omega.

Two models are available, one with a central seconds hand, one with a small seconds counter at 6 o’clock and each limited to 1,948 pieces. Other updates from the original include a larger diameter (expanding it from 34mm to 38mm), and water resistance of up to 200 feet.

A stainless steel case, polished bezel, opaline white domed dial and polished crown, embossed with vintage Omega logo are common to both models. The watches are presented in their own special collector’s box made of soft brown leather and are delivered with a spare NATO strap, along with a strap changing tool.

Omega Seamaster 1948 Limited Edition Small Second

There’s no doubt about it, the Omega Seamaster 1948 Limited Editions deliver the quality and craftsmanship we’ve come to expect from the company, and you will be hard-pressed to find a more beautiful and historical watch anywhere.

It’s perfect for gift giving. To yourself of course.

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5 Tips On Matching Watches With Style

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Every man has his own style, and finding a men’s watch to fit your style can be tricky if you don’t know what to look for. Don’t get caught wearing something tacky! Instead, follow these expert tips, and you should be good to go.

Choose the Right Watch Size for Your Wrist

Not every man has the same size wrist, so every man will need a differently sized watch to accommodate them. The key to looking stylish with a new watch and not looking like a kid wearing a watch from the cereal box is to find one that perfectly fits you. Measure your wrist circumference and keep it in mind as you start to shop for men’s watches.

If you’re a little bit on the “large and in charge” side of the spectrum, take a look at these big face watches made from geardhardware.com and worn by bodybuilding legends.

Quartz Movement vs. Automatic: Which is Better?

Behind all of the shiny parts on the outside of the watch is the heart of the machine that keeps track of time. You want something that is as reliable as the morning sun without much fuss. There are two primary choices here: quartz or automatic.

Quartz movement watches are fairly reliable but require batteries and the second hand often goes in a tick-tock kind of motion. Automatic watches on the other hand, well, automatically keep track of time! No batteries, only powered by the motion of your wrist. Although if you store the watch for a couple of days, time will catch up and you’ll need to “wind” it up again.

Strap Up

The strap is what keeps time by your side at all times, and it is also one of the ways you can truly express your style. Metal link watches are more versatile for everyday use and hold up well, leather bands look great it a suit, and the NATO, canvas style is more casual and utilitarian. Determine the style you’re going for and strap up accordingly.

Consider Face and Case Size

Some watches have super big faces while others are nestled in a metal case. It all comes down to preference, but traditionally watches with a wider face are for formal events while watches with bulky metal cases are more for everyday wear. You can bend the rules, however—it is your style after all. Think about this when choosing a watch especially if you intend to wear it while you’re at the gym or working on cars and such. You’ll want something tough that can hold up to use and abuse.

Simple or Technical?

What do you want out of your watch? Some people prefer the cleaner aesthetic of a big face watch with only hands with no numbers or bulky crowns and dials. Some people on the other hand like their watches to tell them the time, the temperature, and jokes if it can. It’s all your preference and what you consider most important in a watch.

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Four Ways To Rock The Grunge Look

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It’s 2018, but the ’90s grunge fashion is showing no signs of ever becoming obsolete. The casual and playful combination of clothes and accessories is actually a product of generation Y’s desire to break free from the restrictive bonds of society and express individuality.

Today, grunge fashion is being reinvented to combine it with modern sensibilities. And if you want to keep the grunge fashion alive, you can sell your vintage clothes online or at secondhand stores. That adds authenticity to a real grunge lifestyle. Remember that grunge fashion is about nonconformity.

How does one pull off the grunge look? We’ve got you covered with these helpful tips:

Clothes

The economic upswing experienced in the 1980s ushered, in the ’90s, the rise of capitalism, a system where the means of production are owned by private entities. A lot of people then, the youth especially, resented the idea that human values were defined by materials and money.

As a reaction, some people decided to go against the ideal. They didn’t care about brand names. They cared about comfort and functionality. It’s no wonder then that the clothes were mixed and matched haphazardly. The silhouette was deemphasized, and the focus instead was on an androgynous look, which went beyond gender-biased fashion taste.

Music influenced fashion, as bands had their own merchandise and key musicians like Kurt Cobain created their own clothing aesthetics. Band shirts were paired with distressed jeans. Flannel shirts were worn over graphic tees or, when the weather was hot, tied around the waist. The older and more distressed your clothes were, the better.

The denim jacket was the go-to clothing item because of it’s versatility.

Footwear and Accessories

High-top sneakers and chunky combat boots were the usual footwear. Converse and Doc Martens were popular brands then.

Bracelets with metallic details like studs and spikes, round sunglasses, and slouchy beanies were the typical accessories. They were unusual choices but went well with a person’s overall look, exuding an effortlessly put-together outfit.

Hairstyle

What may be unkempt for some is actually trendy for others. Scruffy hair, dyed blond or in crazy colors like purple or orange, gave the appearance of someone who just got out of bed. This may have looked dirty to some, but it was not unclean.

Summing Up…

While grunge is considered a trend now, it actually started as a non-trend, a resistance to the conventions of previous generations. The seemingly careless and random choices of clothes and accessories ultimately expressed a generation’s need for self-identity, as well as their frustration and disenchantment over a society that placed a high premium on materials and excessive profit. Grunge transcends clothing choices; instead it reflects a lifestyle that rebels against loneliness and fights for social rights.

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