Month: June 2015

Eight Of The Best Backpacks For Men!

A Back Pack makes travelling around in the Summer so easy, when the weather is good you no longer have huge coat pockets in which to put all of your bits and bobs in so a handy bag is a must.  A backpack enables you to roam around hands free and well prepared.

If you are looking for your 2015 backpack for all of your outings this Summer, this fine selection will give you plenty of food for thought.  The backpacks featured are available from the following online stores; Queens Leather, Stand-Out.Net, John Lewis, Marks and Spencer, Crag HoppersASOS, Hot Topic and Sports Direct.

A New Dimesion in Gaming – Destiny – House of Wolves #2 The Silent Fang Mission @L_S_gaming

When it comes to trends and trending clothes don’t always come into it often the most exciting trends are of the digital kind.  There is nothing more unifying that a damn good game, it doesn’t really matter if you are an X-box, PlayStation or Wii  type of guy an session with your mates conquering the virtual world is an afternoon well spent.  The most creative among us are not just satisfied with playing the game straight – they like to add their own commentary and record  the game play so we can all enjoy the high jinx on YouTube.

When you discover your hidden talent of making game play exciting and fun you can set up your own YouTube channel like this one from Life Stream Soldiers.  Life Stream Soldiers consists of two guys who discuss issues about,  life the universe and everything, during game play.  Scotty and Rowley must be great at what they do because their Twitter feed nearly has 2,300 followers.

Here is an example of their fun (work would just not be the best way to describe it)

If you would like to experience more of the Life Stream Soldiers Experience, click here for their YouTube Channel and here for their Twitter Account.

How To Embrace 90’s Fashion Without Looking Like A Freak #SS15

For almost like for ever men’s fashion has been pretty dire and lacklustre. When men’s fashion does incorporate colour it tends to be bright, bold and excruciatingly wacky.  If you have fairly young parents you will have heard them talk about the nineties with the same nostalgia your grandparents relived the the sixties and seventies.  It goes without saying that 90’s music  was far superior then to the severely manufactured muppets of today, evidence of this is the fact that most television adverts have rave or indie music playing in the background.  It is especially amusing when music by Guns and Roses and Deaf Leopard are used in almost classical contexts.  The nineties was all about extremes and just letting yourself be who ever you wanted to be, clothes were practical and rebellious at the same time – I even have a battered pair of green Doc Martins from the good old days that still have plenty of bounce left in them.

The SS15 catwalks feature poor male models recreating the rave and indie look in ways that would leave the ordinary bloke racing for the nearest fire exit.  Let me tell you something – we never looked that ridiculous in the day – well I don’t think so anyway.  Do you like the picture of the bloke wearing his girlfriend’s bikini with shaving foam on his face – he is obviously trying to recreate the foam party look, as in our featured image!

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If you want to show that you respect the ethos of the rave culture but refuse to look like a clothes horse you may want to consider looking at Religion Clothing, which was born in 1989 and embraced the rave culture with gusto.  Now of course their original clientèle have all grown up and have children of their own but there is a phrase (made up by me), ‘Once A Raver Always A Raver’, and as ravers have matured so has the Religion Brand.  Children of ravers also tend to carry the hedonistic gene in their soul and being able to wear Religion clothing means that the Rave Culture can live free and for eternity.

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This Praying Skeleton t-shirt from Religion Clothing is available at Stand-Out.Net and encompasses the New Rave without you looking like a ninny.

A Guy’s Guide To Great Teeth.

Looking after our teeth is vitally important to our appearance and our general health, unsightly decayed teeth prevent us from smiling and can jeopardise many chances that we come across in life.  Imagine the concept of terrible teeth preventing you from; smiling at that girl, being enthusiastic at the interview, for your dream job, or causing your mouth to hurt so that you can no longer enjoy yourself.  Maintaining a healthy mouth is really quite simple and involves brushing your teeth for two minutes twice a day. You can buy your dental products online or visit your local chemist or supermarket to choose a good quality tooth brush and tooth paste.

Cleaning your teeth well is really a matter of making sure that you brush every surface of your teeth as thoroughly as you can.  This video clip will show you how to clean your teeth well.

Other ways that you can look after your teeth is by restricting eating sugary foods and snacks at meal times – grazing throughout the day causes acid to congregate in your mouth all of the time causing the enamel to dissolve.  Brush your teeth before breakfast to stop you rubbing in the acid after eating, avoid fizzy drinks and sugary food and visit the dentist regularly.

The Secrets Of Sleeping.

When we talk about being healthy we often forget that a good nights sleep is essential when it comes to our health and well being.  Being unable to sleep properly is generally an indication that all is not well in our lives and that we need to slow down and look at ways to improve our sleeping patterns.  The Sleep Council explains that, ‘Sleep is the mysterious shift in consciousness that our bodies require every day’. If we don’t manage to sleep, ‘it can lead to long-term health problems.’ Most of us need between six and nine hours sleep at night and this is best maintained by a regular bedtime routine.  What we do before we sleep is just as important as the bed we sleep in and the clothes we wear to bed.

It is very easy to slip into the habit of watching the television, sitting in front of a computer screen or surfing the net on smart phones before going to bed.  If you have difficulty sleeping, you should refrain from using these gadgets before bedtime because the light coming off them is confusing your brain.  It is very easy to get into a vicious cycle if you have a job that demands that you work in the evenings in front of a screen to switch off sufficiently to enable you to sleep well. A bad night’s sleep will cause the next day to be more stressful which in turn will make sleeping difficult and you will descend into a negative spiral of sleep deprivation and stress.

The NHS Choices website suggests that you make your bedroom an extremely pleasant environment that is only used for sleep and sex.  Apparently sex makes you sleepy, so there is no better excuse for engaging in carnal pleasures – just make sure that it is not after you have spent a night on the booze and it is three o’clock in the morning.  Studies have shown that children’s sleep is disturbed when there is a smart phone in their room so make sure that all smart phones are off and switch off the WiFi – it may help you to sleep well too.

Invest in a new mattress or bed – you will be amazed at the difference a new one makes, add sift furnishings, calm wall paper, relaxing pictures and dim the lights and start your bedtime routine.  Have a nice warm bath, put on a nice comfortable pair of pyjamas – these bottoms from Calvin Klein  and t-shirt from Calvin Klein are soft and comfortable and will help your body to remain at a nice comfortable ambient temperature.

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If you have a crazy cat either let them go out at night or lock them in another room out of the way because they have the tendency to pester and purr loudly when you are trying to get to sleep.

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This Extract from NHS Choices really sums up the best way to approach a sleeping problem –

Winding down is a critical stage in preparing for bed. There are many ways of relaxing:

  • A warm bath (not hot) will help your body reach a temperature that’s ideal for rest.
  • Writing “to do” lists for the next day can organise your thoughts and clear your mind of any distractions.
  • Relaxation exercises, such as light yoga stretches, help to relax the muscles. Don’t exercise vigorously, as it will have the opposite effect.
  • Relaxation CDs work by using a carefully narrated script, gentle hypnotic music and sound effects to relax the listener.
  • Reading a book or listening to the radio relaxes the mind by distracting it.

“Everyone will have their own way of relaxing,” says Alexander. “If you don’t know how to relax, you can get help and advice from your GP.”

The main message where sleeping is concerned is to make sure that you live your life in a healthy and careful way so that your body clock can readjust and sleep will come to you naturally.

How To Keep On Top Of Your Dirty Laundry Basket.

For most of us when first leave home keeping our clothes clean is normally one of those things that we tend to take ages to get to grips with.  Often our fussy mothers who can’t quite accept that we have flown the next encourage the delay in learning how to fend for ourselves by taking our laundry basket home with them every time they visit.  While this method of processing your laundry is pretty cool, this codependency with your mother is not going to make you particularly attractive to the opposite sex.  No self respecting hottie is going to want to become your surrogate mother and do all of your domestic chores – it could spell disaster for a potential relationship.  Women are most impressed by a man who can look after himself and use an iron like a pro – believe it or not men can become perfectionists at ironing and put killer creases in trousers and shirts.

Let’s get back to basics here and consider the best way to care about your threads.

Washing Your Jeans 

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First of all – you don’t need to wash jeans of any brand as often as you think.  As long as you don’t get your jeans too dirty you only need to wash them twice a year with zips fastened and button open.  Washing jeans too frequently can seriously damage the denim and alter the fade so they don’t look like the jeans you chose in the first place.  It has even been suggested by Levis that you put your jeans in the freezer to kill off bacteria with the cold temperatures.

Sort Clothes According To Weight And Colour

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It is generally pretty obvious that you separate light clothes from dark clothes because the colour may run and your red socks will make your white t-shirt pink.  But did you know that you should also wash delicate and heavy clothes separately too?  By taking a little bit of time to do this you will find that your clothes last longer and the colours remain the same as they were before you put them in the machine.

Make Sure Your Washing Powder Can Do Cooler Washes

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It is great being environmentally friendly and putting your washing machine on a low temperature to save energy. If your washing powder does not dissolve at low temperatures, chances are that you are going to end up dealing with slimy undissolved washing powder on your clothes.  Really the best advice we can give is for you to read the instructions on the box and pay particular to the bit that shows a number 30 or brags about being environmentally friendly.

Empty Your pockets

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Emptying your pockets before washing your clothes prevents damage to your favourite threads and to your washing machine.  Hard things can rip clothes and get into the machines mechanism rendering it to s standstill, while beer mats and tissues can cover your clothes with streaks of paper.

Read The Labels

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If you are unsure how to wash your clothes and don’t want to ruin them you would be prudent to read the labels to make sure that you don’t shrink, damage or fade your clothes.  To make life easier for you here is an explanation of the maning behind washing label symbols.

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If you follow these guidelines you will be able to keep your clothes until they become vintage.  Whatever you do please don’t overfill your washing machine because it will cause it to stop completely and breakdown.