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7 Common Fashion Items for Men in Spring 2017

7 Common Fashion Items for Men in Spring 2017

Spring is almost here; if you live somewhere cold, you’re probably pretty excited to start dressing for warm weather again. If you want to dress well, but you don’t have the money for these items recommended by the New York Times, here are 7 items that every guy should have in their closet heading into spring.

1. Polo Shirts

Situated the perfect distance between casual and professional, polo shirts are perfect for spring. Pick one that fits a little snugly–there shouldn’t be excess fabric around your biceps or stomach. CNN even named the polo an essential “minimalist” item.

2. Boat Shoes

Boat are a staple of Spring fashion, but you aren’t limited to “plain-Jane” brown shoes–Sperry and other companies now offer various colors and styles for the traditional boat shoe, including pastel options (which would go well with many other items on this list).

3. Pastel Dress Shorts

Do us a favor and save your denim cut-offs for around-the-house wear. A well-fitting pair of pastel dress shorts is an essential for spring. When standing, the hem of your shorts should hit between one and three inches above your knee.

4. Sunglasses

When the sun’s out, you have to protect your eyes. Traditionally, warmer weather is the time for aviators and other metal sunglasses, which get too cold for comfort in the winter.

5. Canvas Belts

Wearing brightly colored shorts with a standard leather belt can look a bit stodgy, or even a little clueless if the pairing is particularly bad. A bright, webbed canvas belt will give your Spring outfit a little extra “pop”.

6. Necklaces, Wristbands and other “Man Jewelry”

Jewelry is a hotly-debated subject in men’s fashion; many men simply won’t wear any. If that describes you, we humbly suggest that you break out of that rut. You don’t need to wear anything gaudy, but a subtle item like a dog-tag necklace, leather cuff, or interesting bracelet can tie together your look (and maybe even give you and an attractive lady something to talk about).

7. No-show socks

When the weather heats up, it’s tempting to go sockless, but if you have foot odor, this can mean the death of a good pair of sneakers (especially canvas, which absorbs odors really easily). If you want the sockless look, invest in a pack of no-show socks–you’ll thank us later.

Looking Good Year-Round

We hope that your Spring is fantastic, and that you look fantastic for it! With a combination of these items, you’ll be set for Easter, Memorial Day Weekend, and more.

5 Steps to Having Efficient Franchise Management

5 Steps to Having Efficient Franchise Management

Purchasing a franchise is one of the many ways to build wealth slowly. To turn your franchise purchase into a steady income stream, you need
1) a thorough knowledge of the rules of your franchise and a willingness to follow them.
2) a properly trained team of employees, and
3) qualified managers.

Case Study

For example, let’s say you’re interested in purchasing a sandwich shop franchise. Your manager will need to run the day to day financials, manage employees, and communicate with you on a regular basis.

The challenges your manager will face include
1) Turnover. If you invest in an industry such as food service that has a high turnover, your manager will spend a great deal of their time training new employees. You need a manager with great teaching and mentoring skills, and you’ll need to support them while they put their time into training and mentoring. Thus, it’s critical that you understand your business numbers intimately before asking your manager to take the reins.
2) Hours. To truly understand the work it takes to run a franchise, you may need to find a restaurant owner to shadow and learn from. If, at the end of this employment stretch, you’re still interested in the restaurant business, consider finding your own shadow as a manager to keep your shop profitable as you consider adding another.

Experience

Another option to building a quality management team is to build your managers from your employee pool. This requires you to be on-site and observing your employees carefully to confirm they have the characteristics it takes to be a good manager.

Again, let’s return to our sandwich shop. Your manager needs to be
1) Quick. Fast food isn’t a dining destination; it’s convenient. From the first step inside the door, your customers need to know their food is on its way to them.
2) Flexible. It’s said that managing well can mean serving well, and when dealing with fast food workers, many of whom are working their first job and may have limited schedules or transportation access, keeping shifts covered can be a challenge. Flexibility is a skill that can be under-appreciated by some owners. Don’t be that owner!
3) Thrifty. Profit margins are narrow in many franchises; hiring carefully and purchasing at proper scale will add to profits. A manager with a desire to own a franchise may be a great addition to your staffing pool, and they can develop an eye for careful spending from watching you work.
No matter which franchise you’re considering buying into, you’re going to need some help and you may need to build new skills. If you have the professional flexibility to put in some work shadowing another franchise owner, do so. Learn the business well enough to teach it to someone else, and share your skills as you build new ones.

9 Types of Clothing that will Travel Well

9 Types of Clothing that will Travel Well

Traveling can be a ton of fun, but there is one part that can be more stressful than entertaining: packing. Trying to decide what to take with you on a trip can be tough, but these are a few types of clothing that will travel well when you head off on your adventure.

1. Leggings

Some people love them and some people hate them, but no matter how you feel about them, you have to agree that black leggings are very popular. Truthfully, they are a good clothing item to take with you when you travel because they don’t take up as much space as jeans, since they can be rolled up easily. They’re also highly versatile for traveling; they can be worn with a long top when going out exploring or a dressy top and heels for going out on the town. You can sleep in them, hike in them or wear them to the fitness center at your hotel. Plus, some pairs can be washed in the hotel sink and hung up to dry, since they don’t usually take as long to dry as jeans and other types of pants do. Choose a black or brown pair that will be neutral and that will match with everything.

2. Jeans

Jeans are also a great choice when you’re traveling because they can be worn several times in-between washings and are very versatile, since they can be both dressed up and down. Consider a dark-colored, simple pair for traveling, since you can wear it with just about anything.

3. White T-Shirt

For guys and girls, a white T-shirt can be a great traveling staple. You can wear it alone casually, can dress it up with a nice jacket, or can wear it underneath other clothing items as an added layer. A white T-shirt can also be very comfy for sleeping in.

4. Button-Down Shirt

Both men’s and women’s button-down shirts can be a great addition to any travel wardrobe. They can be worn with nice pants for a dressier occasion or can be dressed down with simple jeans or leggings.

5. Long Johns

If you’re going to be traveling to a cold locale, you may want to pack long johns in your luggage. They should roll up easily so that they can be packed without taking up too much space, and you can wear them underneath your clothing to stay warm on cold days.

6. Multi-Way Bra

For ladies who are wondering which bra to bring along on a trip, consider a neutral-colored multi-way bra that can be worn the “normal” way, strapless or in another style. Then, you won’t have to worry about bringing different bras for different outfits.

7. Sweatshirt or Hoodie

A sweatshirt can be nice and cozy and can be worn casually when you’re sightseeing or hiking. It can also be comforting to wear when you’re flying and want to catch a nap or just relax.

8. Sneakers

Depending on where you are traveling to, you might spend a lot of time walking. Consider a nice-looking pair of sneakers that are already broken in and comfortable; they can work with many outfits and can help keep your feet comfortable when you’re on your feet.

9. Swimsuit

No matter where you’re traveling to or when, consider packing your swimsuit. After all, even if you’re traveling during the winter, you never know if a hotel might have an indoor pool!

If you’re packing for an upcoming trip and are unsure of what to bring along, consider this list. Then, you can ensure that you are bringing along useful items that will be easy to travel with.

4 Types of Businesses who Benefit from Metal Buildings

4 Types of Businesses who Benefit from Metal Buildings

Steel buildings are excellent choices for many modern businesses. Because steel is 100-percent recyclable, it’s an eco-friendly choice that is also energy efficient. Steel doesn’t buckle or warp easily, making it ideal for use in locations where atmospheric humidity makes many other building materials, particularly wood, a poor choice. The long life cycles of steel buildings provides business owners with an optimal return on investment. They’re also adaptable enough so they work in a variety of business situations. Following are just four of the many types of businesses that can benefit from installing steel buildings.

Agriculture

Steel buildings are an especially good choice for use on farms and other agricultural enterprises such as wholesale plant nurseries. One of the major reasons for this is that steel has a high fire-resistance factor, which is particularly important for businesses that are located in rural areas where vulnerability to damage by wildfires is a top concern.

Animal Oriented Businesses

Dog kennels require a great deal of open areas for the dogs to shelter from various weather conditions such as hot sun and cold rain. Commercial stables often use steel buildings to provide open-air riding arenas for when weather would otherwise make riding unpleasant, preventing loss of income due to having to cancel riding lessons because of rain, snow, or other adverse conditions. steel buildings are also ideal places to store hay and the animal food.

Auto Detailing or Mechanic Shops

Steel building featuring rollup doors are excellent choices for those starting auto related businesses. A metal lean-to can easily be added to the side of the building to function as a wash-bay. Steel buildings also make good auto repair shops because they provide an abundance of open air space. The large doors can be left open during hours of operations to provide optimal ventilation to help keep gas and fumes from becoming overwhelming.

Landscaping

Steel buildings offer those with landscaping businesses plenty of room to store equipment and vehicles. Rollup or large, pull down doors make it easy for trucks, trailers, and other large vehicles used by landscapers to easily access the building’s interior.

Other businesses options that could benefit from steel buildings are food and beverage operations, retail stores, and resale shops. In short, just about any type of business can be successfully housed in a steel building. Please feel free to contact us at your earliest convenience for more information on how having a steel building installed can benefit your business.

6 Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing a Plastic Surgeon

6 Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing a Plastic Surgeon

In the year 2015 alone, there were 1.7 million cosmetic operations carried out in the United States. In the year prior, the total spending on Botox in America exceeded $2 billion. There are plenty of key indicators to tell that a plastic surgeon is dependable, but it is even more essential to make sure that you don’t make the wrong choice. The following are some of the biggest mistakes to avoid when weighing your options for cosmetic surgery providers.

Choosing a plastic surgeon whose clinic is infamous for poor customer service

Though it may not be immediately apparent when examining the surgeon’s past work and credentials, the quality of customer service in their clinic is a crucial factor. Be sure to look up reviews of different patients’ experiences and pay special attention to any comments that mention the attentiveness and friendliness of the staff.

Failing to account for the safety of the facility

A dependable plastic surgeon is not only skilled, but makes sure that their facility is up to standard; this is more than just a matter of professionalism on their part, but also your safety. Make sure to determine just how highly the surgeon’s operating room has been accredited.

Failing to ask about the credentials of the anesthetist or anesthesiologist

There are patients who have had to face the consequences of an incompetent or inadequately-credentialed staff member handling their anesthesia administration during the procedure. No matter what, make sure to confirm that a Board Certified anesthetist or anesthesiologist will be involved in the operation.

Choosing a surgeon with whom you have no real rapport

Getting cosmetic surgery can easily be one of the biggest personal decisions and riskiest medical procedures of your life; naturally, you will want a plastic surgeon that you can openly trust and feel comfortable with on a personal level. In addition to their skill level, consider just how comfortable you feel in the surgeon’s company.

Choosing a surgeon with an opinion of attractiveness that differs from your own

Positive aesthetics are a subjective matter, and there is too much at stake in a cosmetic procedure to assume that a surgeon’s idea of beauty is identical to yours. Before settling on any facility, make a point to confirm that both your ideal outcome and the results that they have produced are in alignment.

Choosing a surgeon who has never performed the operation you want

No cosmetic surgeon can be too experienced the specific type of procedure that you desire. No matter what the quality of their unrelated operations might be, make sure the confirm that the surgeon can be counted on to provide results for your specific procedure.

Choosing the right plastic surgeon means paying close attention to everything that isn’t immediately visible. The above suggestions will not only help to ensure that you get the results that you want, but they could also potentially save your life.

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5 Things to Know Before Going on a Rafting Trip

5 Things to Know Before Going on a Rafting Trip

Preparing for a rafting adventure can take some work and planning, but it will pay off by helping you get ready to have the safest and best time. Here are five things you need to know before you go on a rafting trip.

Rafting is a Sport
When you watch rafters on video or television, it may not look like they are doing that much work. But in truth, rafting can burn 300 or more calories for each hour of rafting exertion.

So you will want to get as fit as you can before your rafting trip so you avoid the discomfort of extra soreness during the trip.

Rafting Safety Is a Must
When you are rafting, you are away from civilization, cell phone service and all the comforts of home. Of course, this is why most people go rafting! But if you do experience an injury or get ill, you will be far away from your usual sources of medical care.

So be sure you bring along a basic first aid kit and some basic instructions so you can treat any minor injury and go back to enjoying the trip.

Rafting Requires Proper Protective Attire
For most tours, wearing a life vest and a helmet of some sort are required. This is because, in the case you do fall out of the raft, you will be as protected as possible until you can be retrieved.

If you plan to raft without a guide, you should still wear a helmet and life vest as well as lightweight clothing that dries quickly.

Rafting Exposes You to the Elements
Even if your big day arrives and the weather seems cool or overcast, this doesn’t mean you won’t be exposed to the full spectrum of ultraviolet rays and sun. Also, the you are out on the water, the sun will reflect off the water and be more intense.

So slather on the sunscreen. For extra protection, wear a sun-repellant hat (with a chin strap). Also be sure to wear UV-blocking sunglasses (with a strap) for eye protection.

Pick the Right Difficulty Level for Your Skill
If you are just learning to raft, you don’t want to sign up for a Level VI course. This is the hardest level! Even if you think it will be too easy, you may want to start out with a Level I course so you can learn the basics in a stress-free environment.

By taking the time to learn what you need to know, do and plan for before your rafting trip, you can prepare physically, mentally and safety-wise to have the most memorable and fun trip possible.

3 Lessons to take away from 3D Technology

3 Lessons to take away from 3D Technology

3D technology includes laser scanners and printers. The technology makes it possible to fabricate exact three dimensional replicas of objects in a digital file. In printing, additive processes are used to create layers until the object that is in the digital file is replicated. Although the technology is still being developed and fine tuned, many sectors are benefiting from it including manufacturing, medicine and many others. As per an article in the New York Times, it might be possible to get your next pair of shoes produced by 3D technology in the very near future. Below are lessons that can be taken from the technology.

1. Nothing is impossible with technology

Traditional methods of fabricating everything included the use of crude processes such as plastic injection molding and related processes. These were difficult to deal with and they do not produce accurate results. Besides, one had to create a prototype, spend many weeks fine tuning the mold and then go into mass production. With the 3D printer, the only thing that you need to do is create the image of the prototype that you want produced and give the command to print. The process is accurate and consumes less time.

2. Technology makes education more exciting

A study was conducted among a group of students between the ages 10 and 12. The first group was shown how to create an illustration of a plant cell using the traditional 2D technology while the second group was taught how to apply the 3D model. The first observation that was made was that a typical lesson that needs 2 lessons to be understood using 2D technology was covered in just one class when using 3D. Also, during a test that followed the teaching of the plant cell structure, the group that used 3D scored a mean of 8.33 out of 10 while the others got an average of 7. This goes to how that technology does bring the need to know back to the mundane class lessons.

3. Students understand better when abstract concepts become reality

The other benefit that comes from 3D printing is that it bridges the gap between concepts that are not tangible and reality. For instance, most students have an idea about the structure of the solar system from drawings and illustrations on TV. However, when a geography teacher decides to recreate the planets and the sun using 3D imaging, the students take a keener interest in learning, improving their understanding and hence their scores.

The lessons that have come from 3D printing are countless. What is even more exciting is that what can be achieved with this technology is absolutely limitless. As the technology grows, one can only hope that it will be assimilated in all sectors because of the endless possibilities it presents.

3 Pieces of Jewelry Every Woman Needs in Her Collection

3 Pieces of Jewelry Every Woman Needs in Her Collection

No matter what the era, women have always worn and continue to wear jewelry. These are essential accessories that can absolutely complete the look of an outfit, whether you are going to work, attending a party or even if you are simply going out to run some everyday errands. Many women feel naked without wearing certain pieces of jewelry. Keeping these things in mind, here are three pieces of jewelry every woman needs in her collection.

Diamond Stud Earrings

A nice pair of diamond stud earrings is absolutely a must-have. Even without any other jewelry on, a great pair of diamond earrings can really make you feel amazing. This type of jewelry can be worn in just about any situation or place and can be worn with both a fancy outfit or your most casual wear. There are a wide variety of sizes, from a half-carat to two carats and even larger, and you can get diamond studs in a variety of colors. Standard white diamond stud earrings are beautiful and timeless, but there are other options such as blue and yellow. Women who have multiple ear piercings may even want to have more than one pair of diamond studs in varying sizes.

Metallic Chain Necklace

A nice metallic chain, from which you can affix a charm to wear around your neck, is always a nice piece of jewelry. Whether you prefer gold or silver, there is always room for a great chain necklace. You can find this timeless article of jewelry in rope, snake, lanyard, herring bone, chain and more styles in varying prices depending on the type of metal you choose. When it comes to gold, you can find cheaper options of 10 karat, the midrange 14 karat or the pricier 18 karat gold option. Gold chains are also available in yellow, white and rose gold.

String of Pearls

The final piece of jewelry that all women should have in their collections is a lovely string of pearls. A pearl necklace is absolutely timeless and can go beautifully with a wide variety of attire. Although you might want to save your pearls for special occasions, such as a wedding, you can wear them at less dressy events such as parties or to the office as well. Best of all, in spite of what most people think, you can find pearl necklaces in different colors and not just white. There are black, gray, silver and cream hues from which to choose as well.

6 Benefits to Gain from Joining A Fitness Class

6 Benefits to Gain from Joining A Fitness Class

If you are looking to lose weight, get toned or just get in better shape overall, there are a number of physical fitness activities that you will be able to participate in in order to achieve these goals. But which route should you take?

Many people tend to resonate more with specific types of physical fitness. For example, some people may like to play team sports like basketball, baseball or soccer while others feel more comfortable exercising alone and on their own. These latter individuals would then mostly likely be the ones to exercise with weights, on a treadmill or with an exercise video in the comfort of their own homes.

The physical fitness activities listed above can all be great forms of exercise. With that being said, there is also something to be said for taking a physical fitness class. If you like to meet new people, hold yourself accountable and make sure that you get physical fitness in absolutely every week, a fitness class may be just what you need. Let’s look at six of the benefits you can gain from taking this route toward a healthier you.

1. You’ll be held accountable.

You’ve paid for your classes. This holds you accountable every week.

2. You’ll get professional physical training.

Many people don’t realize this, but taking a physical fitness class is like going to a personal trainer. The only difference is that your personal trainer in this case is training many people at once. Fortunately, this isn’t a downfall. You will still be getting the same physical training that you would be getting if you were working one-on-one with a trainer.

3. Your routine will be changed up every week.

As you know, useful exercise requires changing routines frequently, and this is done for you when you take a class.

4. You’ll meet new people.

One of the many benefits of taking a physical fitness class is that you will meet new people. Taking a physical fitness class at your local gym or community center can be particularly beneficial if you are new to town. It will help you get acquainted with other people in your area.

5. You’ll be personally helped with your form.

Even if your class has 30 people in it, your teacher will help each individual in the class achieve top form.

6. Fitness classes are lots of fun.

Fitness classes can be a lot of fun. You be able to work out to upbeat, fun music with a group of motivated people who will cheer you on just as you cheer them on. The environment is made to be fun, and it truly can be as long as you are game for anything!

4 Things to Keep in Mind When Moving to a New Location

4 Things to Keep in Mind When Moving to a New Location

Moving can be an exciting experience, but it the unknowns surrounding the move can make it a bit scary as well. If you have lived in the city, it may take some time to get used to the relative quiet of the suburbs or frequent encounters with animals in a rural setting. What are some other things to keep in mind when moving?

Give Yourself Plenty of Time to Complete the Transition

It can take several hours to complete a move across town or within your local area. In the event that you are moving to a new state, that process could easily take multiple days. Remember, there is more to a move than just putting your stuff in a new place. You have to make sure that you have your cable and internet turned on and that you can turn the lights on that first night in your new home.

Don’t Forget to Stop By the DMV

You will need to update your drivers license to reflect your change in address. If you move to a new state, you will need to turn in your old license and get a new one issued by that state. In addition to getting a new license, it may be necessary to register your vehicle and pay state sales tax when moving to a new state. It may also be necessary to change your address, which you can do online.

Get the Kids and Pets Ready for the Change

Your kids may not want to leave the only home that they have ever lived in. A long distance move may mean having to change schools and make new friends. If you have a cat, it will not be happy that its environment has been changed. Therefore, you may want to have it stay with a friend or relative until the move is completed to reduce the stress it will experience during the process.

You Don’t Have to Sell Your Home

If you are moving out of a home that you own, you don’t need to sell it before you leave. In fact, it may be easier to rent it and make money in the process. There is nothing wrong with living in an apartment or with any friends you may have in town until you get settled. This may be best for those who have to move quickly or think that the move is temporary.

Moving is an experience that almost everyone will go through. However, with good planning and advance preparation, you can make your move go as smoothly as possible. Good planning will also help your kids, pets and anyone else in your family get past the negatives and embrace the change that is coming.