Last Minute Gift Guide 2018

You have one week and two more weekends before Christmas. And that means you better get started. Yes we’re talking to you – the last-minute procrastinators, the disorganized, the busy or the ones ‘waiting on the next paycheck before I can knock off this gift list’ types. We’re here to help – we’ve got the last-minute gift guide for everyone on your list.

No need to say thank you. – we understand. Keep in mind, online is the easiest way to order if you’ve waited this long, but check each website for their latest ordering date for delivery for Christmas. Also keep in mind these are the busiest times of the year for all retailers, so if you want to be absolutely sure the gifts arrive on time, pick them up in person, as there are no guarantees. Big-box retailers like Wal-Mart and Target will alllow you to shop online and pick up at the store.

FOR UNPLUGGED KIDS

Some of this year’s coolest gifts are not electronic, which should make some parents very happy as phone addiction is real. If there’s any gift that encourages some family time as well, then that’s a blessing since much of the time it seems like you’re talking to your kids while they’re barely looking up from their Instagram feed.

SCRUFF A LUVS PET TOYS

If your young child wants a pet but you know you’ll be the one taking care of it, get them a Scruff A Luv toy. It requires your child to wash and take care of their ‘pet’ in order to see it grow into the final product. While parents who reviewed it weren’t always happy with the scruffy toy that emerges, they did say that for the most part, their kids adored it. $ 11

DON’T STEP IN IT

If you know anything about kids, you know they love anything gross. So this game is made for them. The idea is that using a blindfold, and after scattering squishy pods of “poop” around a mat, you try to evade the piles. $ 25 and up

KID MADE MODERN

This kit made “Oprah’s Favorite Things” list. It encourages children to be creative with a full spectrum of arts and crafts supplies. Although they might still go to YouTube to figure out the how-to’s, at least they’ll be expanding their creativity with something tactile. There are also multiple options including a jewelry making kit, wooden toy making kit and a board book one. From $ 37.99

FOR THE COOL KIDS

Teens are notoriously hard to buy for, as everything you like is corny to them and everything they like is corny to you. But after you’ve bought every video game and electronic thing they want, what’s left? Here are few things they may like but don’t blame us if they don’t. You can always give them a gift card if you’re not sure.

SUPREME

 

If your son or daughter  is one of the kids who always has to have the latest, Supreme is a brand that would qualify. They have limited runs of each item so when it’s gone, it’s gone. Although the brand, which started out as a skateboard shop and line, has been around since 1994, its become increasingly popular in the last few years.

Each time the brand makes a “drop” or releases new product, there are lines around their Brooklyn, NYC, London, France and Japan stores. While a lot of their clothing becomes coveted and resold far beyond the original price, you can still pick up a shirt on their website for under $ 100. You can also check Ebay and shopping app Poshmark for cheaper options, just make sure you buy from trusted sellers with a history who have good feedback. $ 110 for this sweater, various

LUMEE DUO SELFIE PHONE CASE

 

If your teen girl (or boy)  is always looking for just the perfect filter and lighting, here’s the perfect gift – a phone case that comes with its own light. If you can’t get them off the phone, at least make sure their selfies come out well-lit. $ 63.10

FOR UNC OR AUNTIE

NFL Apparel 

If your uncle’s favorite phrase is ‘Who Dat” then we know who he’s rooting for. Or maybe’s its your auntie always wanting to call you after a Sunday game to talk about ‘Dem Boyz.” You know they’d appreciate some official gear to celebrate their team’s victories and to cry in after a loss. $ : Various

FOR YOUR BEARDED BAE

Shea Moisture Beard Kit 

 

You love the feeling of his beard when he’s nuzzling you, so you’ve got as much motivation as he does to keep it well-groomed. Shea Moisture’s well-reviewed beard 4-piece beard kit uses the all-natural ingredients that are a hallmark of the brand and includes beard wash, detangler, conditioning oil and balm. $ 34.49

FOR YOUR MELANIN QUEEN

D’IYANU

 

She may not have an actual crown, but she is a queen to you and your family. Nigerian-American designer Addie Olutola  started D’Iyanu in 2014 to provide fashion-forward clothing with an African twist. Since then, through the power of social media, the brand has become a popular choice for fashionistas looking to combine style with cultural expression. $ : Various Sizes up to 3X for women and men.

FOR MOM

Hurricane Snakeskin Boots 

The days that moms wanted a toaster or vacuum cleaner are over. Chances are, your mother has a thriving life and career and is competing with you for Instagram likes. She also likely has a mean shoe game. If that’s that case, here’s a good choice for her. Newly minted duchess Meghan Markle’s favorite boots, according to The Daily Mail, are $ 550 by the designer Dear Frances. But London-based brand TopShop makes a comparable pair for less than half the cost. Their snakeskin Hurricane boot comes in four colors and has a comfortable stacked heel. Here’s to you, Moms!

Good American Jeans 

If your mom’s not into shoes, chances are she’s into jeans. Out of all the celebrity designer brands, Good American is one of the best. The high-quality denim, various fit and size-inclusivity make them a winner. Yes, they are expensive, but that’s why they’re perfect for a once-a-year gift, especially if you have the type of mother who doesn’t believe in spending a lot on herself. Right now, a lot of styles are on sale on Nordstrom.com and you can also find good deals on the discount shopping app, `Poshmark.

FOR GRANDMOM

InstaShiatsu Foot Massager 

 

Oprah’s “My Favorite Things” makes another appearance on this list with this foot massager. If we know anything about our grandmothers, whether they are in their 40’s or their 70’s, they still work or have worked hard.

So their feet deserve a break. This foot massager is said to work miracles on tired feet, so we think Mom-Mom will appreciate it. Oprah said she heard a choir of angels sing when she used it, and who are we to question Oprah? $ 199

Eternal Fleur Flower Box 

Since Amazon doesn’t guarantee Christmas delivery on the massager, there’s another option for Grandmom. Eternal Fleur creates roses that come in beautiful boxes that last for a year. There is some secret sauce in how that’s done, but the roses are real and come in an array of colors. There are several box options from crocodile to Lucite, and you can order flowers in different quantities as well – from a single rose to a dozen. It’s like getting flowers that (almost) last forever.

FOR GRANDDAD

 

Tile Phone and Key Finder 

You love Pop but he’s always forgetting something, so waiting on him to get out the door to come pick up the grandkids is a pain. Hook him up with the Tile Finder which can help him locate his keys and his phone via Bluetooth technology. That should help him and you out. $ 59 and up

Jabra Wireless Headphones 

If he’s a music lover, then add some wireless headphones to his list as well. The best under $ 50 are the Jabra Move wireless which have a battery life of 8 hours and are surprisingly good for the price. Throw in Spotify or Tidal premium (Grandpa can share your account passwords) and you’ve got a winning Xmas gift combo. $ 49.98


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Best Deodorants & Antiperspirants for Men – A Comprehensive Guide

Dealing with perspiration is part of the human condition. When considering the underarms, deodorant and antiperspirant are the common solutions–but what goes into these products, how do they work, and what other considerations should you have?

Various types of deodorants and antiperspirants.

Various types of deodorants and antiperspirants.

A Brief History of Deodorants and Antiperspirants

Prior to the 19th century, before regular bathing became commonplace, people used heavy colognes to mask body odors. The earliest manufacturers of deodorants and antiperspirants experimented with pastes and creams, though these were often difficult to apply. Mass-produced aluminum-based products came about in the late 19th century; the first commercial deodorant, Mum (now better known as Ban) debuted in 1888, and the antiperspirant Everdry followed in 1903, with its modern formula engineered in 1941. The market for deodorants exploded in the 1940s and ‘50s; deodorants were originally marketed primarily to women, but according to contemporary reporting by the New York Times, roughly half of men in the U.S. were using deodorants by 1957.

The back of a vintage package of Mum deodorant, explaining its uses.

The back of a vintage package of Mum deodorant, explaining its uses.

In the early 1960s, the first aerosol antiperspirant in the marketplace was Gillette’s Right Guard, and the popularity of aerosol deodorants and antiperspirants continued to grow through the 1970s. However, aerosols would wane in popularity beginning in the late ‘70s, due to an FDA ban on the active ingredients used, aluminum zirconium chemicals, and a mandate by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) limiting the use of certain propellants; these actions were taken to address inhalation concerns and depletion of the ozone layer, respectively. As a result, solid stick deodorants would become the dominant choice in America in the 1980s, and remain so today, while other methods would remain popular elsewhere around the world.

Application Methods

Deodorants and antiperspirants come in a variety of forms and formulas:

  • Solid sticks, as previously stated, are the most popular form of deodorant/antiperspirants in the U.S. They typically don’t leave the skin wet after application, often contain ingredients to soothe the skin, and usually come in a solid white or clear formula. Some solid sticks tend to leave white residue behind on clothing; this can be prevented by putting your shirt on first, then applying the product by reaching inside the shirt, or by using a hairdryer to quickly dry the applied product even further. Also, if you do get deodorant on your shirt, rubbing the affected area with a dryer sheet can remove most of the product.
A typical example of solid-stick deodorant, from Old Spice.

A typical example of solid-stick deodorant, from Old Spice.

  • Gels are applied in a similar way to solid sticks, but they go on clear. The gel formula is generally pushed up through holes or slits in the applicator. Gels are wet when applied and require a few minutes to dry.
  • Roll-ons feature a ball at the top of the bottle that can be rolled to evenly distribute the product, which is usually light and gel-like, though it can be more liquid.
  • Crystals are solid pieces of antiperspirant material, most often potassium alum; you can find more information on this style in the “Natural Formulations” section below.

A gel-style combination deodorant/antiperspirant, from Gillette.
An example of roll-on antiperspirant, from Nivea.
An example of a crystal antiperspirant (labeled as a deodorant).

  • Creams and lotions can come in jars, tubes, or pump bottles, and are applied with the fingertips or with applicators. These usually require a few minutes of drying, as well.
  • Sprays come in aerosol cans and typically go on dry. The sprays available today have been reformulated, so as not to contain any of the harmful ingredients or propellants found in their 20th-century ancestors. While the American market is dominated by stick deodorant, sprays account for roughly half of all deodorant sales worldwide.
  • Finally, towelettes are an application method principally for antiperspirants. They are often individually packaged, with multiple packages contained in a box.

A jar of cream deodorant, made with activated charcoal and applied with the small wooden applicator.
An antiperspirant spray from Right Guard (one of the most popular brands in the category).
A box of antiperspirant towelettes, with one individually packaged towelette shown.

Perspiration & Body Odor: What, Why, and How

Perspiration (or more simply, sweating) allows the body to regulate its temperature; sweat glands–of which the average person has between two and four million–secrete sweat to the surface of the skin, which then evaporates, cooling the body. Sweat is not pure water; it always contains small amounts (0.2–1%) of minerals including sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium as well as natural fluids like lactic acid and urea.

There are two situations in which the nerves will stimulate the sweat glands: physical heat and emotional stress. In general, emotionally induced sweating is restricted to palms, soles, armpits, and sometimes the forehead (though other areas including the trunk may be affected), while physical heat-induced sweating occurs throughout the body. Furthermore, humans have two distinct types of sweat glands: eccrine glands, which represent the majority of sweat glands across the body, and apocrine glands, which are principally located in key areas (including the underarms, nipples, ears, eyes, nose, and genital regions).

A close-up of eccrine perspiration on a forearm, presumably from heat or activity.

A close-up of eccrine perspiration on a forearm, presumably from heat or activity.

The eccrine glands produce the watery perspiration described above, and function primarily due to heat or activity. Because all humans have various cultures of bacteria on the surface of the skin, and because these cultures are particularly fond of damp areas, any odor resulting from eccrine sweat is primarily due to bacteria congregating, metabolizing the sweat, and decomposing on the skin. Meanwhile, the apocrine glands play the principal role in emotional sweating (as they are triggered by adrenaline), and secrete an oily, odorous compound that acts as a pheromone, territorial marker, and warning signal.

A simplified anatomical diagram of the skin, showing the the location of the eccrine sweat glands, as well as the exterior pores.

A simplified anatomical diagram of the skin, showing the location of the eccrine sweat glands, as well as the exterior pores.

The quantity of sweat secreted depends on the individual, and is determined by many factors, including gender, genetics, environmental conditions, age, and fitness level (including body weight). There are some differences in men’s and women’s sweat glands; women have more individual glands, but each gland on men’s bodies produces more sweat. For people who suffer from excessive perspiration, such as those with the condition known as hyperhidrosis, the apocrine glands may be more active, and thus odor may be a greater concern. Additionally, there is a genetic component to whether your underarm bacteria will produce odor; the specific makeup of the ABCC11 gene determines the degree to which apocrine sweat will produce an odor. In particular, those of East Asian origin are much less likely to produce odorous sweat, whereas only 2 percent of Europeans can say the same.

Sufferers of hyperhidrosis must often deal with both excessive sweating and the awkward social ramifications that result.

Sufferers of hyperhidrosis must often deal with both excessive sweating and the awkward social ramifications that result.

These two issues, then–perspiration and body odor–are closely intertwined while remaining distinct. As such, there is a specific remedy for each, though these remedies are also often grouped together in the minds of consumers. In casual usage, many people collectively refer to underarm deodorants and antiperspirants by simply using the term “deodorant.” Technically, however, the primary purposes of these products are not entirely the same, as their names suggest. With that in mind, here are brief summaries of each of these types of products.

Antiperspirants

Antiperspirants use aluminum-based ingredients to create temporary blockages in the sweat glands, reducing underarm sweating. While they typically don’t mask or reduce odor directly, their impediment of both odorous apocrine sweat and bacterially susceptible eccrine sweat means that the user will likely experience less body odor as a result. Antiperspirants are often used by people who sweat profusely, such as the aforementioned sufferers of hyperhidrosis, as well as those who generally wish to avoid the embarrassment of visible perspiration. In simple terms, antiperspirants keep us dry.

The backside of the box of SweatBlock antiperspirant towelettes, listing their ingredients.

The backside of the box of SweatBlock antiperspirant towelettes, listing their ingredients.

What are these “aluminum-based ingredients?” Here’s a brief list. Note that any given antiperspirant may contain some of these ingredients, but not necessarily all; be sure to read the packaging on your chosen product for more complete information.

  • Aluminum zirconium trichlorohydrex/tetrachlorohydrex/octachlorohydrex glycine
  • Aluminum chloride
  • Aluminum chlorohydrate
  • Aluminum hydroxybromide
The backside of the gel-style deodorant/antiperspirant from Gillette, listing its ingredients.

The backside of the gel-style deodorant/antiperspirant from Gillette, listing its ingredients.

Due to the presence of these more volatile ingredients, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies antiperspirants as a drug, meaning that they are products designed to serve a medical purpose. Most over-the-counter antiperspirants contain between 10 and 20 percent of their active ingredient; FDA restrictions cap that level to between 15 and 25 percent, depending on the specific type of active ingredient. So-called “clinical strength” formulas stay within over-the-counter guidelines, but aim to provide comparable wetness protection to prescription products. One additional note: yellow underarm stains on undershirts are caused principally by the aluminum compounds in antiperspirants, rather than by the actual perspiration. Non-aluminum deodorants will result in less visible underarm stains over time.

Underarm stains are decidedly not a good look; they can be avoided by using less antiperspirant, which contains aluminum compounds.

Underarm stains are decidedly not a good look; they can be avoided by using less antiperspirant, which contains aluminum compounds.

Antiperspirant Classifications

In its regulatory guidelines for antiperspirants, the FDA requires that an antiperspirant must cut down on the total amount of sweat by 20% to be considered “all day,” and 30% to be considered “extra strength.” “Clinical strength” and “maximum strength” are unregulated terms, however, and while antiperspirants using these designations may promise to keep you drier than regular antiperspirants, their higher concentrations of active ingredients make them somewhat more likely to cause skin irritation; see “Health Concerns” below.

There are also deodorants that contain some antiperspirant ingredients, which are then also regulated according to FDA antiperspirant standards. Remember to closely observe the label of any product you choose to buy, to determine its primary function, and whether or not you believe it will meet your needs.

This brand of antiperspirant towelette (now shown open) markets itself as "clinical strength," an unregulated term.

This brand of antiperspirant towelette (now shown open) markets itself as “clinical strength,” an unregulated term.

Deodorants

The primary objective of a deodorant is to neutralize underarm odor. Deodorants are often alcohol-based, and additionally contain emollients (lotions) to soothe skin, as well as various fragrances. Alcohol initially stimulates sweating, but may also temporarily kill bacteria. Other active ingredients in deodorants include sodium compounds like sodium stearate and sodium chloride (salt), and occasionally other antimicrobial chemicals. In the past, deodorants included chemicals such as zinc oxide, ammonium chloride, sodium bicarbonate, and formaldehyde, but these ingredients have been phased out over time due to potential health risks, including cancer; again, see “Health Concerns” below.

The backside of the Old Spice deodorant, showing its ingredients (as well as a humorous "summary" of its effects).

The backside of the Old Spice deodorant, showing its ingredients (as well as a humorous “summary” of its effects).

The FDA classifies deodorant as a cosmetic, meaning that it is “intended to be applied to the human body for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance without affecting the body’s structure or functions.” In other words, deodorants are not meant to treat medical conditions, and in simplest terms, they control odor, not perspiration. Additionally, the active ingredients (as well as most other key structural elements) are mostly the same between men’s and women’s varieties, with only the fragrances being significantly different.

“Natural” Formulations

Given their increasing popularity in recent years, you may also see some deodorant products variously marketed as “natural,” “organic,” or “vegan.” (As of the time of this writing, “natural” antiperspirants are not commonly available, with the exception of crystals, which have some antiperspirant qualities). Products listed as “natural” must contain some ingredients derived from nature; that is, not created in a laboratory. “Organic” products contain only ingredients that have been grown without pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, or GMOs. However, these terms remain largely unregulated by the FDA or other agencies, and as such, a product can freely advertise as “natural” even if some of its ingredients are artificially created, and as “organic” as long as none of its ingredients have been treated with the aforementioned substances.

An example of a solid stick deodorant (with antiperspirant qualities) marketed as "natural."
The backside of the natural deodorant, listing its ingredients and processes.

Over-the-counter products labeled as “natural deodorants” or “deodorant crystal” can contain potassium alum, and another popular alternative to modern commercial deodorants is ammonium alum. Both of these products contain aluminum, which can be a skin irritant for some people. Finally, “vegan” products don’t contain any ingredients derived from an animal, such as flesh, bone, milk, scales, or beeswax. While this term (as well as the related designation “cruelty-free”) is monitored to a greater degree, said monitoring is done by independent organizations rather than government agencies.

An example of a solid stick deodorant, marketed as "vegan" and "organic."
The backside of the vegan-organic deodorant, listing its ingredients and processes.
The backside of the crystal deodorant, noting that its principal ingredient is potassium alum.

Regarding the effectiveness of “natural” deodorants, your mileage may vary. Experiment with these products if you wish to avoid lab-created materials, but be aware that the claims of their manufacturers are less well-regulated. One natural deodorant brand you may consider trying is Schmidt’s; their “Bergamot + Lime” variety is the regular deodorant of Sven Raphael Schneider.

Alternatively, if you’re so inclined, you can experiment with homemade alternatives. Various botanical oils and extracts, such as thyme, rosemary, and lavender, have been proven to have antimicrobial effects and can be combined with solids like beeswax, cocoa butter, or shea butter with oils including thyme, rosemary, or lavender. Baking soda is also a common ingredient in homemade deodorant. Keep in mind, however, that anything made in the home will be much less specifically formulated than a mass-market consumer product. 

Beeswax can be used as a primary ingredient in natural deodorants made at home.

Beeswax can be used as a primary ingredient in natural deodorants made at home.

Scented or Unscented?

It is important to note the distinction between “unscented” and “fragrance-free”; unscented products contain fragrance additives to mask the chemical smell of other ingredients, and will therefore carry the smell of these additives. Meanwhile, fragrance-free products do not contain additives and are mostly free of any primary odor. A potential downside to scented antiperspirants (as well as deodorants) is that their scents can easily clash with cologne or aftershave; as such, if you’re a man who prefers to make a statement with these products, be mindful of whether your deodorant or antiperspirant also carries a scent.

A combination deodorant/antiperspirant from Arm & Hammer, marketed as "unscented."

A combination deodorant/antiperspirant from Arm & Hammer, marketed as “unscented.”

Health Concerns

Over the years, there have been many rumors about health risks associated with antiperspirant and deodorant, including that they cause breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. Many of these concerns have been connected to the presence of aluminum in antiperspirant. Research has not determined any clear linkage, however. The myth that breast cancer (which also occurs in men, though more rarely than in women) is believed to be linked with deodorant use has been widely circulated, and appears to originate from a spam email sent in 1999; however, researchers at the National Cancer Institute and the FDA have determined that there is no evidence to conclude that these products cause breast cancer.

One ingredient type in some deodorant products which has given cause for concern is the group of preservatives known as parabens. According to the American Cancer Society, however, studies have not shown any direct link between parabens and any health problems, including breast cancer. Scientists have also not found compelling evidence to associate antiperspirant or deodorant with Alzheimer’s disease. However, research in these areas is ongoing, so some consumers may still wish to be cautious.

Headquarters of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or FDA.

Headquarters of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or FDA.

As mentioned above, the aluminum in antiperspirants and the alcohol and fragrances in deodorants can act as irritants to some people. Especially if you shave your underarms, this area of the skin can be particularly sensitive. If you suffer from especially dry or sensitive skin, read the list of ingredients in your chosen product carefully. If antiperspirants have given you a rash in the past, avoid applying them right after showering or shaving; that’s when they’re most likely to irritate skin. The primary active ingredient may also be the key; some people react badly to antiperspirants with aluminum chloride, others to aluminum zirconium trichlorohydrex glycine, and still others have had adverse reactions to “natural” products. The method of application can also contribute to irritation.

Crystalline alum, one of the key aluminum-based ingredients in antiperspirants.

Crystalline alum, one of the key aluminum-based ingredients in antiperspirants.

You may occasionally hear that the body builds up a resistance to antiperspirants over time, though scientific evidence for this is minimal and inconclusive. It is possible, however, that some bodies may develop compensatory hyperhidrosis due to blocked sweat glands; this has been observed in individuals who have undergone surgical procedures to stop sweating in the arms and hands, who would experience increased sweating at other locations, such as the feet, groin or trunk, following surgery.

When Should I Apply Deodorant?

Deodorants without antiperspirant capabilities can be applied at any time throughout the day; morning is the most common time for a great many people, though occasional reapplication following strenuous activity at other times can also occur. While no health risks have conclusively been linked to any of the active ingredients in standard deodorants, frequent application (more than two times in one day) may be excessive.

Antiperspirants work best when applied to clean skin that isn’t already sweating. As such, many men find the most success with antiperspirants if they are applied at bedtime, since the sweat glands are least active during sleep, and the product will be able to block the pores with maximum efficiency. Some men may reapply in the morning for additional coverage, while others will apply deodorant at that time. It’s recommended that over-the-counter antiperspirants marketed for underarms only be used on that area of the body, whereas medically prescribed antiperspirant solutions may be applied elsewhere, in accordance with the individual prescription.

As with any other medical concern you may have, the best course of action regarding questions about deodorants and antiperspirants is to consult your doctor.

As with any other medical concern you may have, the best course of action regarding questions about deodorants and antiperspirants is to consult your doctor.

If you have concerns regarding any of the information we’ve outlined here in relation to the deodorant or antiperspirant you use, please consult your doctor.

Conclusion

Deodorants and antiperspirants are two closely related products that have revolutionized the world’s approach to hygiene over the last two centuries. While the needs of each individual man may vary in terms of which product will be best for him, knowing the ins and outs of each will leave him better equipped to stay fresh, dry, and confident. Still, a little sweat never hurt anybody–as Thomas Edison once said, “Genius is one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.”


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Should You Wear Cuffed Pants? A Guide to Trouser Cuffs

In recent years, cuffs, also known as turn-ups, have somewhat fallen out of favor with mainstream men. At the same time, it’s a very classic look that has been around for a long time and will likely also be a part of classic men’s wardrobe for the foreseeable future.

Basically, it is a folded edge at the hem at the bottom and it looks like a turned-up edge that it’s added to the pant leg. Traditionally, a cuff is not cut but simply folded from excess fabric at the bottom hem. Because of that, if you will let out the cuffs, you could always create a longer pair of pants or trousers. When you do that, you usually don’t have enough fabric left to put a cuff back on. In that case, you simply add a faux cuff meaning it is cut separately and then sewn on to give you a little more extra room when you’re short on fabric.

Cuffed Angled Hem

Cuffed Angled Hem

For bespoke trousers or suits, you sometimes also see angled cuffs which is more difficult to do and they are always faux cuffs because you cannot have a continuous piece of fabric with a faux cuff. The benefit of the angled cuff is that you don’t have a break in the front, at the same time, the back part of the trouser leg reaches almost the heel which is very pleasing. You also reveal more of the shoe. On the formality scale, cuffed trousers are always less formal than pants without cuffs.

History Of Turn-Ups

Historically, the origins of cuffs stemmed from a time where you would turn up the bottom hem of your trouser in muddy weather. In 1890, the then Prince of Wales who later became King Edward the seventh introduced the permanent turn-up which was there just for fashion reasons and was not a necessity due to outside weather conditions.

Cuffed pants became the norm for businesswear between the 1890s and the 1940s. During World War II, there was a fabric shortage and so it was decided to forego the cuff or the turn-up so you could save on a fabric and create more garments instead.

King Edward the Seventh

King Edward the Seventh

Ever since the 1950s, cuffed trousers have gone in and out of fashion but over the years, they’ve always remained, they’ve always come back and likely they will always come back even though they might not be super fashionable at this point in time.

By the way, the British refer to cuffs as things you have on your sleeve versus on the pants or trousers, they’re called turn-ups. Sometimes Savile Row tailors also call them PTUs or permanent turn-ups. At the end of the day, they’re all the same.

Spezzato Suit Jacket and Matching Vest with Contrasting Yellow Pants and Brown Oxfords

Raphael Employing Spezzato with a Suit Jacket and Matching Vest with Contrasting Yellow Pants with cuffs and Brown Oxfords

When Do You Typically See Cuffs On Trouser Hems?

You definitely see them in suits and in Italy, I’d say the majority of suits will have the cuff. They’re also popular in white-collar professions with lawyers, bankers, and the like. Cuffs can help to make a suit silhouette look more grounded especially when you have vertical stripes such as a pinstripe or a rope stripe.

In terms of the seasons, you can find cuffs anywhere from flannel suits or tweed suits all the way up to summery seersucker suits. In the collegiate realm, cuffs are favored by people who are interested in trad style. On the other hand, if you’re more a follower of the preppy style, you’re more likely to just manually turn-up your uncuffed pants.

Very tall cuff and very short pants - if the pants would have touched the shoe it would have been perfect

Very tall cuff and very short pants – if the pants would have touched the shoe it would have been perfect

Cuffs are also often a feature on odd trousers or slacks that are worn to the office. Just think of the typical gray flannel pants with a navy blazer, for example, or other office outfits that are a bit more serious. When it comes to casual pants, you still may encounter turn-ups on chinos or khakis even though you can also find them without cuffs.

When it comes to traditional workwear such as denim or jeans, you will not find a cuff because that would simply be impractical. In this day and age, a cuff on a pair of jeans would simply look weird. That aside, you can also find cuffs on shorts, typically, they make it a little less formal so for most shorts, I don’t think they’re appropriate but it is an option that exists.

Tan Monk Strap Shoes with beige cuffed pants

Tan Monk Strap Shoes with beige cuffed pants

To Cuff Or Not To Cuff?

That is the question!

The bottom line is cuffs or turn-ups are optional and it’s a personal style choice. For example in my suit collection, I have a bunch of suits with cuffs that are a little more casual, at the same time, I have three-piece suits that don’t feature cuffs whereas others do feature cuffs.

The big advantage of cuffs is that it adds a bit more weight to the bottom part of your pants thus creating a nicer drape or hang of the trouser especially if you have pleated pants. Of course, they also can help to create a visual balance, for example, for double-breasted suits or vertically striped suits.

Cuffs definitely give you a slightly more traditional look and if you want a contemporary look with a slim fit, oftentimes, it’s better to forego the cuff for a cleaner silhouette. That being said, there’s one area where cuffs and turn-ups are always unacceptable from a historical point of view and that is formal wear. So you’ll never see cuffs on a proper tuxedo, a black tie ensemble, a white tie ensemble, or a morning coat. Likewise, you also won’t encounter it with a stroller suit.

So if you’re buying trousers that are not for a formal occasion, should you add cuffs or not? At the end of the day, if you’re undecided, I always argue in favor of cuffs because you can always have them very easily removed at the alterations tailor. Think of it as an additional fabric that allows you to be creative with the size of your cuff but if you don’t like it, you can always get rid of it.

On the flip side, if you decide against cuffs from the get-go and you later realize that the fabric is too flimsy and you would like to have a cuff in there, it’s very difficult to add one back on because most of the time, there’s not enough fabric left even for a faux cuff.

Extremely short pants with paisley crazy socks

Extremely short pants with paisley crazy socks

How  To Wear Cuffs Well

First of all, for a true cuff, you always need a plain hem and you want the front just to slightly touch the top of your shoe. In general, cuffs look best if they just slightly touch your shoe without creating a deep break or any puddling around your ankle. So when in doubt, a cuffed pair of pants is always slightly shorter than an uncuffed pair of pants. Having too much excess fabric at the ankle paired with a cuff can just look sloppy. Also, if your pants have cuffs as well as pleats, the break can interrupt the nice crease and the nice line of the pair of trousers.

When you wear dress boots, make sure that the pants have enough space so they go over the boot and don’t just get caught on it, otherwise, you always have some puddling going on that’s very unsightly.

Pants too long because they puddle

Pants too long because they puddle

In terms of cuff size, there is again no right or wrong. Historically, there has been anything from under one inch to all the way up to two and a half even three inches. As with most things in menswear, it pays to stay in the middle which is typically between one and a half inches or two inches. In the metric system, that’s about 3.5 or 3.75 centimeters and 5 centimeters. According to Alan Flusser, a traditional cuff size is 1 and 5/8 of an inch for men who are 5’10” or shorter. If you are taller than that, you should go with an inch and 3/4.

Personally, I like it slightly larger so sometimes I have a two-inch cuff or slightly smaller something that’s also slightly bigger but it definitely is a bit more noticeable and if you want to go for a classic look, this guideline hits the nail on the head.

Of course, you can also pay attention to other aspects in your suit. Let’s say you have very wide lapels, you should not have a very slim cuff because it simply looks not proportional. Also, you can look at the height of your collar in the back of your neck of your jacket and try to match that to the size of your trouser cuff.

Fringed spectator suede tassel loafer with dotted socks and slim large cuffs

Fringed spectator suede tassel loafer with dotted socks and slim large cuffs

Get Started With Cuffs

So what are some good ways to get started with cuffs?

I suggest you maybe start with a pair of chinos because you can wear them a little more casually and otherwise, you can also wear them with a suit including a solid navy suit which is quite formal for a suit but nevertheless, it can be worn with cuffs. If you don’t wear suits a lot, you could experiment with cuffs on slightly more casual pants such as flannel pants, tweed slacks, or linen pants.

So in conclusion, it pays to have cuffed trousers in your wardrobe, whether they are really casual slacks, chinos, or slacks that are a part of a suit. At the same time, you never want to add cuffs to very formal ensembles because they are simply not meant for that.

When you opt for cuffs, go with a slightly shorter trouser length so you have a nice hanging pair of pants and at the end of the day, the sky is the limit and your choice or preference decides on whether you have a lot of cuffs in your wardrobe or very few but it always pays to have at least a few pairs of pants with cuffs because it just gives you a complete wardrobe.

Do you prefer pants with or without cuffs? Please share with us in the comments below!


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Tartan Guide

Given its heritage, tartan is an ideal choice for autumn and winter wear, as well as for the business casual dress code. Read on to learn all you need to know about how you can wear tartan the smart and dapper way.

Tartan Defined

In the most general terms, tartan is a type of checked pattern. As a reminder, a check is a pattern of horizontal and vertical lines that create small squares and that can incorporate multiple colors though it doesn’t necessarily have to. It can also be further enhanced by an overcheck in a different color.

More specifically, tartan is a pattern of intersecting horizontal and vertical bands in differing widths and colors and in its most traditional weave, would be considered a serge twill. Tartans alternating weave forms visible diagonal lines where different colors cross and can also give the appearance of creating new colors where these lines intersect. Tartans originated almost exclusively in woven wool but today, you can find them in a variety of other materials. And while the definition of a tartan was originally one that was made only from a woven material, you can also find tartans today that are printed instead of woven.

In traditional Scottish Gaelic, tartan is known as breacan which means multiple colors. As late as the 1830s, a tartan didn’t actually have to be made up of any pattern at all, just multiple colors but since then, the meanings of tartan and breacan merged over time to become known as a certain pattern in a certain type of weave.

Tartan Tweed

Tartan Tweed

Where Does The Term “Plaid” Come Into Play?

Especially in the United States, tartans are generally referred to by the more generic term plaid. In Scotland, a plaid is a garment, not a pattern. Specifically, it refers to a long rectangular strip of cloth worn over the shoulder usually the left and that can be folded or unfolded to be used as a blanket. Also, these cloths can be hand pleated and worn with a belt in which case, they’d be referred to as belted plaids and are worn in place of a conventional kilt which has pleats sewn in. Since these types of garments almost always sport different tartan patterns, the confusion between the words tartan and plaid likely has its source here.

The Rob Roy

The Rob Roy

Also, plaid cloths in a particular tartan pattern known as the Rob Roy became commonly traded in the American West in the 1880s. This pattern which came to be commonly associated with cowboys, as well as Lumberjacks, came to be known as buffalo plaid in the United States further cementing the confusion between the two terms. Outside of Scotland, the term plaid can now also refer to any type of checked pattern in two or more colors.

Also, here’s an important definition that we will be employing later on, the specific pattern on any given tartan is referred to as a set. The shades of color in any given tartan set can also be varied to produce different variations on the same general tartan.

tartan origins

tartan origins

Tartan Origins

The earliest documented tartan found in Scotland referred to as the Falkirk tartan dates from the third century CE and features a very simple check pattern of alternating dark and light natural wool. Tartan, as we know it today, is not thought to have existed in Scotland prior to the 16th century. The dress act of 1746 attempted to bring the warring Scottish clans under British government control by banning tartan entirely as well as other elements of Gaelic culture. When this Act was repealed in 1782, tartan was no longer just an everyday fabric but was then decided that it should be made the national dress of Scotland.

In 1842, Queen Victoria and her husband Prince Albert traveled to Scotland themselves and purchased Balmoral Castle there. Prince Albert personally took care of the interior design of the castle himself and he incorporated lots of tartan into it. Queen Victoria designed the Victoria tartan and Prince Albert designed the Balmoral tartan and both of these still see wide use today by the Royals and by commoners. Because of its association with British royalty and aristocracy around this period, tartan, in general, started developing an air of dignity and exclusivity to it.

Tartan from 1866 - Harris Museum

Tartan from 1866 – Harris Museum

This trope has occasionally been subverted, however, for example, the punk rock scene of the 1970s in Britain saw widespread use of tartan as a kind of mocking anti-establishment symbol. Also, the grunge music scene of the 1990s, particularly in the United States, saw lots of tartan patterns used as well. All this being said, Scotland is where tartan really took root to the extent that different Scottish clans adopted clan tartans over time.

The naming and registration of specific clan tartans began in 1815 upon a resolution from the Highland Society of London. Today, however, almost all Scottish clans have several types of tartans associated with their name and several plans also have official tartans as documented by various official societies.

Tartan Shawl Collar Dinner Jacket

Tartan Shawl Collar Dinner Jacket

How To Wear & Pair Tartan

Given its heritage, tartan is an ideal choice for autumn and winter wear, as well as for the business casual dress code. Conversely, it’s a little too rustic to be worn in a traditional white-collar business environment and while it’s too loud to be worn with white tie ensembles, conservative tartans such as black watch have had a history in Black Tie dress codes since at least the middle of the 20th century.

flannel tartan shirt

flannel tartan shirt

Shirts

In the realm of casual wear, especially in the cooler months, it’s hard to beat a flannel button-up in tartan or in a more general plaid pattern. It can be worn with denim, corduroy, or khakis and even layered under a sport coat perhaps in a fabric like a muted wool tweed.

4x1 double breasted tartan evening suit of the Duke of Windsor

4×1 double breasted tartan evening suit of the Duke of Windsor

Suits

While full suits in loud red and green tartans are available, these types of ensembles are really more at home in the world of high fashion than in traditional menswear. Instead, we suggest opting for a more subtle and largely monochromatic tartan which is to say really more of a general plaid or something that’s dark yet colorful such as the black watch set. Layers underneath the suit’s jacket should ideally be subdued and monochromatic such as a white or light blue dress shirt or a dark turtleneck sweater. Similarly here, your accessories should also be tasteful and uncomplicated so as not to clash in focus with the tartan pattern.

Tartan Plaid Sportscoat

Tartan Plaid Sportscoat

Sport Coats

Tartan sport coats can be a little bit more bright and bold than full tartan suits can. As with suits and sweaters though, it’s best when wearing a tartan sport coat to make sure that the other elements of your outfit, including your trousers and shirt, are more subdued.

Tartan Vest

Tartan Vest

Odd Vests

Also, tartan wears well as the pattern on an odd waistcoat or vest. Though if you’re wearing one of these, it’s best to pair it with a plain or very subtly patterned jacket so that the two patterns don’t clash.

The Harrison Tartan Trousers by Ralph Lauren

The Harrison Tartan Trousers by Ralph Lauren

Trousers

Tartan trousers worn without a matching jacket should generally follow the same principles we’ve just outlined for solo tartan sport coats. A subdued set paired with a muted jacket, either plain or faintly patterned, will be your most versatile option. Whereas something bold and loud in tartan patterns on trousers would situate them firmly within the realm of go-to-hell pants.

Neckwear

A tartan necktie can be even more colorful than the jacket or trousers can be but the louder the tartan pattern on an accessory gets, the more muted your other garments should be to help balance things out. A plain dark suit or sport coat perhaps in navy or charcoal will work best with a bold pattern tartan tie. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, these garments can also incorporate subtle patterns of their own though remember that balance is key.

Still within the realm of neckwear, a great way to introduce tartan into your outfits is through an accessory that’s primarily designed to be functional. As such, a tartan scarf is perhaps the poster child for this principle. As before, it’s easiest to opt for subtler tartans with more neutral based tones.

tartan pocket square

tartan pocket square

Pocket Squares

For tartan pocket squares, the same rules generally apply as for neckwear. Tartan pocket squares either in wool or silk can add a pop of color to another more muted outfit and out of all the types of garments we’ve discussed today, you’ve got the greatest liberty to be really bold with a pocket square in tartan.

tartan flat cap

tartan flat cap

Hats

Regarding hats, flat caps are a traditional choice that remains stylish today. They’re great for fall style and they come in various materials primarily tweed and also different kinds of pattern and color combinations including tartans and generally plaids.

Blackwatch Tartan Button Boots

Blackwatch Tartan Button Boots

Footwear

Some more casual men’s shoe designs might also feature tartan patterns directly incorporated. Tartan shoes aside, here are a few tips for pairing more conventional shoe styles with tartan patterned garments:

As we’ve said in the past, brown is the most versatile shoe and boot color for outfits consisting of a combination of sport coats and odd trousers. You can get away with an informal shoe in black as well such as perhaps a horse bit loafer if the tartan patterned elements in your outfit are especially bold. If you’re wearing more muted tartan accessories with a charcoal suit, however, feel free to wear a conventional black oxford shoe.

Boutonnieres

Of course, with any type of outfit, boutonnieres are a great way to add that special touch of sprezzatura. Choose a flower that isn’t too large as tartan can already be a relatively bold pattern on its own and go for something in a color that echoes something in the tartan or elsewhere around your outfit.

CONCLUSION

There are over 5,000 different individual sets of tartan available so any man should be able to find a particular tartan pattern that suits his tastes as well as the occasion, provided he follows the advice we’ve outlined in this article.

What were you most surprised to learn about the history of tartans and plaids in menswear?


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Cards For All People

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Cards For All People is at trivia gaming company that celebrates diversity and inclusion. By infusing humor with trivia the company creates opportunities to highlight cultural micro-communities and the issues they care about while keeping it entertaining. Games include Black Card Revoked (which is now a TV show!) and Girls Night Out.












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Co-created by a young British-Nigerian engineer, MekaMons are four-legged robots that players can control via a smartphone using a companion app for augmented reality gameplay. Multiple players can battle their bots against each other. MekaMon is available in the Apple Store and the manufacturer’s website.

 






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This standard deck of playing cards depicts black excellence and beauty.

 


Blebrity 

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Actor and activist Jesse Williams launched the Blebrity app, the blackest trivia app game you’ve ever played.


Tip Off

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TipOff is a fun, app-based word guessing game not only promises good times and a way of connecting with family and friends—it also raises money for scholarships to historically black colleges.


TriviaMob

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TriviaMob, a live game show app, allows players to face off in two separate “mobs,” where they answer questions about art, science, entertainment, and more to win prizes. 


Fishing Caddy 

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The Fishing Caddy allows fishing enthusiasts to pack up their myriad of gear into one convenient portable caddy. It includes fishing rod holders, tacklebox, a compartment to keep fish live and fresh plus more great features.


Toys Like Me

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Toys Like Me creates African American backpack dolls, emoji dolls, and even black mermaid dolls.


Ikuzi Dolls

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Alpha Kappa Alpha sisters will love this subscription box tailored to the tastes of this sorority’s members. According to the company’s website, The Ivy box is “a curated package of licensed Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. products delivered to your doorstep. Every month, we pick high-quality apparel, accessories, and stationery products according to a Sorority theme.”


Kiva Card

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The Kiva Card is a quick, easy and meaningful gift option that gives your friends, colleagues, and family a way to support entrepreneurs around the globe. For as little as $ 25, Kiva Cards give those special people in your life the opportunity to change someone else’s — halfway around the world or even in their own backyard.


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Greentop Gifts offers unique black-themed products like this “Clarence Claus” Black Santa wrapping paper.


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Dream Vacations is a black-owned travel franchise that caters to and accommodates the needs of clients, recommending destinations and resorts that make guests feel welcome.


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Tracy Reese

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Propelled to the limelight after Michelle Obama wore several of he designs, Tracy Reese is one of the brightest light in the fashion world. In an interview with Black Enterprise, she said her designs, “reflects my own vision and continually yields looks that are timeless and wearable, yet fun and feminine.”

 














 

I AM HER Apparel

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I AM HER Apparel is a collection of unapologetic, trendy clothing that makes powerful statements.


Nubian Skin

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Nubian Skin launched with a carefully edited collection of lingerie and hosiery to provide the essential underwear needs to women of color. Headquartered in London, Nubian Skin delivers worldwide. (from the Sista Circle: Black Women in Tech, Holiday Gift Guide curated by Sista Circle founder, Lexi Butler, and stitched together by designer, Adanma Ojukwu.)

 














Mahnal

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Mahnal is a collection of delicate and contemporary jewelry that accents the natural elegance of a woman. Mahnal takes inspiration from the places we find most meditative, exploring themes like silhouettes in nature, the repetition of lines in architecture, or how light plays against texture. Hopefully, with each piece’s organic imperfections, we’re inspired to slow down and feel again. (from the Sista Circle: Black Women in Tech, Holiday Gift Guide curated by Sista Circle founder, Lexi Butler, and stitched together by designer, Adanma Ojukwu.)


Tradition

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Rep your HBCU with apparel from Tradition, a collegiate and lifestyle brand.


828 Clothing

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828 Clothing is a clothing line with a name inspired by the Romans 8:28 Bible verse. The line features versatile styles with the modern mother in mind.


Naja

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The Nude for all Collection by Naja is redefining the color nude for all races and ethnicities. The lingerie line features three styles of seamless underwear with a matching bra; underwear sizing from XS-XXL and bra sizing in 32-40 with cups A-DDD–all in seven shades of nude. Nude for All is also a movement that empowers women; the products are made by single mothers or women heads of households.


Off-White

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Designer Virgil Abloh’s “Off-White” label has been named as the “Hottest Brand on the Planet” by The Lyst Index, a quarterly ranking of popular fashion brands and products. Off-White is known for its extremely expensive T-shirts, hoodies, and sneakers. It’s also noted for placing signature quotes on its clothes. The brand is often flaunted by celebrities like Rihanna, A$ AP Rocky, and Julia Roberts. 


Treason Toting Co.

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This Baltimore-based company’s products has caught the attention of NBA star Stephen Curry, who was seen wearing the Charles backpack from the original spring/summer collection, not to mention J. Crew and Nordstrom both having previously featured Treason Toting Co. for pop-up shops.










LaQuan Smith

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At just 29 years old, designer LaQuan Smith is making waves in the fashion industry. The native New Yorker is responsible for the sleek, body-hugging dress that Beyoncé wore as she presented Colin Kaepernick with the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award at Sports Illustrated’s Person of the Year Awards in December. Smith’s signature sexy, show-stopping pieces have also been flaunted by fashion trailblazers such as Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and Kim Kardashian West.


Pyer Moss

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Kerby Jean-Raymond, the founder of the Pyer Moss label, is renowned for using fashion as a fierce weapon of force to address and combat social injustice








Lyfestyle 

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Born in Brooklyn, Lyfestyle captures the essence of New York City urban art, style, and flavor. The brand was birthed from the imaginations of four friends who loved the lavish fashion on Fifth Avenue but were limited to shopping on a SoHo budget


Abdju Wear

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Abdju Wear is a clothing line that sports high-end clothes and sneakers at affordable prices. The brand offers everything from polo-style shirts to high-top sneakers in traditional Pan-African flag colors.


Sassy Jones Boutique

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Custom Bags (Image: Sassy Jones Boutique)

Sassy Jones Boutique’s inventory consists of everything from earrings to bracelets, handbags, and much more, all customized, unique, and stylized. The boutique has also expanded its glamorous repertoire by introducing an ultra-luxurious mosaic handbag collection under $ 100. Exclusive to Sassy Jones Boutique, these bags are hand-crafted by women artisans in India.

 














Made Leather Co.

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In November 2016, Lenise Williams, an Atlanta-based mom, entrepreneur, and attorney traveled to Marrakech, Morocco, as a guest speaker for a United Nations conference. Little did she know, she would turn her newfound love of Moroccan leather goods into the Made Leather Co., a product-based business that would leave a legacy for her children and attract the attention of several NFL players.


Agbara Life

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Agbara Life

Agbara Life creates highly functional and fashionable powered backpacks that feature a sleek matte black look complemented with gold or silver hardware and triple USB output power to keep you connected while on the go. Their Type-C with Power Delivery option allows you to charge the latest phones and laptops including the MacBook Pro.


Mo’s Bows 

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Mo’s Bows is a line of handcrafted bow ties sewn from scratch created by teen-aged entrepreneur Moziah Bridges.




Curvy, Curly, Conscious 

These whimsical holiday sweaters feature a meditating “Santa Bae” and a meditating “Santa Zaddy.” Order them online.


The Hairbrella

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The Hairbrella is an innovative way to protect hair and makeup from getting ruined in inclement weather. Think of a rain hat for your hair, but the company stresses that “this is not your Grandma’s hair bonnet”






No Sweat Liner for Headwear 

The No Sweat Liners are disposable moisture wicking liners that stick inside any hat, visor, helmet or hard hat. The patented SweatLock technology offers sweat protection from sweat marks, yellow stains, and odors.

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The No Sweat Liners are disposable moisture wicking liners that stick inside any hat, visor, helmet or hard hat. The patented SweatLock technology offers sweat protection from sweat marks, yellow stains, and odors.


Blended Designs 

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Blended Designs offers backpacks and travel backs celebrating the culture.

 


Vertical Activewear

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Vertical Activewear is “a contemporary, multi-active lifestyle brand for both traditional AND alternative workouts, such as pole and dance fitness, barre, and various forms of yoga.”


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Keep your hair game tight with this assortment of stylish, yet protective, satin head wear.

 














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Here’s Your Guide to the Movie References in Ariana Grande’s ‘Thank U, Next’ Music Video

Leave it to Ariana Grande to capture the essence of the teen rom-com with her music video for “Thank U, Next.”

In the highly anticipated video released on Friday, Grande pays homage to films like Mean Girls, Legally Blonde, Bring It On and 13 Going on 30 by channeling their sweet storylines. Viewers will even spot some cameos from some of the films’ stars.

The song, which has maintained the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks as of Friday, is a widely discussed self-love anthem that arrived in the wake of much public conversation about Grande’s past romantic relationships. “Thank U, Next” was released just weeks after she and Saturday Night Live cast member Pete Davidson called off their engagement, and two months after Grande’s ex-boyfriend, the rapper and producer Mac Miller, died from an accidental overdose.

In the video, Grande cheekily pokes fun at the public’s curiosity about her personal life, recreating the gossip sequence about queen bee Regina George (Rachel McAdams) in Mean Girls. She also channels Elle Woods (played by Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde), Torrance Shipman (played by Kirsten Dunst in Bring It On) and other pop-culture heroines, employing the references in service to her message about the challenges of moving on after a breakup.

Here, we’ve compiled a handy guide to every movie reference that Ariana Grande squeezed in “Thank U, Next.” You can thank us later.

Mean Girls

Like any true queen bee, Mean Girls takes precedent as the alpha rom-com in “Thank U, Next.” Grande dresses up in full Regina George looks, down to the Louis Vuitton purses, silver initial necklace and long blonde hair. The video’s typography and the song’s original artwork mimic that of the film and, of course, its infamous “Burn Book.”

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Additionally, some of the most high-profile cameos in the music video appear during the Mean Girls segments, with Jonathan Bennett returning as high school heartthrob Aaron Samuels and Stefanie Drummond as a major Regina enthusiast. Grande collaborator Troye Sivan appears in the video in a letterman jacket, while YouTube stars Colleen Ballinger and Gabi DeMartino and Grande’s former Victorious co-star, Elizabeth Gillies, round out the crew as Cady Heron and the rest of the Plastics. Kris Jenner makes a delightful appearance as Regina’s “cool mom.”

Legally Blonde

Grande went full valley girl for the Legally Blonde-inspired segments of the music video, where she sported a pink maribou feather Adam Selman tube top that would have warmed the cockles of Elle Woods’ heart. From studying on an orange MacBook Pro while working out on the ellipticals like any hard-working Harvard student to hanging out with the legendary Jennifer Coolidge, who reprises her role as Paulette, Grande portrays a woman ready to keep up with whatever life throws her way.

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Luckily, the real Elle Woods has already given it her blessing.

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Grande made a convincing Jenna Rink crashing the wedding, complete with her Barbie Dream House.

Bring It On

Grande’s been a longtime champion of the high ponytail, so it seems only fitting that she would channel the cheerleaders of Bring It On in “Thank U, Next.” Dressed up in a red cheerleading costume that reads “TUN” for “Thank U, Next” but looks quite similar to the one worn by the Rancho Carne Toros, Grande’s cheer squad faces off the East Compton Lovers, a reference to the beloved Clovers.

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And while it seems that both the Lovers and the TNU Toros brought the heat, a number of Bring It On’s most formidable cheerleaders also threw in their bids to join Grande’s squads.


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Ultimate Buy Black Gift Guide: Home, Decoration, Baby, and Pets

ULTIMATE 2018 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE FROM BLACK-OWNED BUSINESSES: Home, Decoration, Baby and Pets



Beddley

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Beddley makes gorgeous, snuggly duvet covers designed to cover a duvet with zero hassle.


That Melanin Life

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That Melanin Life is a home decor and stationery shop that celebrates all melanin beauty (from the Sista Circle: Black Women in Tech, Holiday Gift Guide curated by Sista Circle founder, Lexi Bulter, and stitched together by designer, Adanma Ojukwu.)


Harlem Candle Company

 

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Decorative, frangranced candles inspired by the Harlem Renaissance.




















S&S Luxury 

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S&S Luxury is a luxury blanket and children’s accessories retailer in Atlanta’s Phipps Plaza mall. You can also order online.


Darlyng & Co.

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Darlyng & Co. is a lifestyle brand with safe products for parents and babies including the Yummy Mitt Teething Mitten.


 Enjoy-A-Bowl

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Created by a black veterinarian, Enjoy-a-Bowl is patent-pending pet bowl design. It’s a three-part feeding system that allows pet owners to entice their pet’s powerful and unique sense of smell to stimulate their appetite.


The Unique Seat

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This black mompreneur-created invention  is equipped with two versatile chairs that attach to bleachers, roll into pillows, and have pockets. The interconnected queen-sized blanket is weighted on all of the corners as well as a waterproof bottom to keep everyone comfortable. Perfect to carry to the beach, cook-out, or game day.


Father Figure 

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Father Figure is a lifestyle brand for new dads and includes products such as the Bandana Burp Rag Set (shown above).


The DreamPad

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The DreamPad is a pillow featuring patented sound technology to help you get a great night’s sleep.


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ULTIMATE 2018 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE FROM BLACK-OWNED BUSINESSES: Food and Drink

ULTIMATE 2018 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE FROM BLACK-OWNED BUSINESSES: Food and Drink



Chocberry Kreations

 

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Know someone who is always here for chocolate-covered strawberries? Chocberry Kreations allows them to become their own chocolatiers with this DIY chocolate dipping kit.


Capital City Mambo Sauce

 

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Capital City Co. is a  family-owned company based in the Maryland suburbs, owned by Charles and Arsha Jones. Mambo sauce originated in the D.C. area, according to the company’s website. Pick up the sauce is D.C. or have it shipped via ordering online.






Not Just Tea

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Not Just Tea offers “hand-blended teas and whimsical tea accessories.”


Longevity Wines

 

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This family-owned winery is located in California’s Livermore Valley wine region. From their website, “We handle everything from bin to bottle,” says winemaker Phil Long. Current production is around 2000 cases, with plans to increase production to max out at around 2500 cases. “At 2500 cases it’s still more fun than work”. All of the wines are produced in small batches to keep a hands-on approach to quality control.”


Finally Ginger

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Finally Ginger founder Carol Emeruwa started baking ginger cookies 30 years ago to please the finicky taste buds of her child when chocolate chip cookies weren’t cutting it. Now her artisanal cookies, baked with three kinds of ginger, are available in five flavors: original ginger, lemon ginger, orange ginger, chocolate chunk ginger, and oatmeal cranberry ginger. All of the flavors were hits at the Black Enterprise office; there was literally nothing but crumbs left in the reusable metal git tins. They’re sold in select stores in New York and Ohio and online as gift boxes (1 or 2 dozen cookies), snack packs (individually wrapped in sets of two), and subscriptions (for three or six months).


Just Add Honey Tea Co. 

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In business now for 12 years, the husband-and-wife founders of the Just Add Honey Tea Co. are serving up more than tea at their café in Atlanta, Georgia. They sell extensions of their brand online as well as tea gift sets and accessories.


My Chocolate Soul 

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Mathematician turned pastry chef Ramona Thomas created My Chocolate Soul to share chocolates made from simple all-natural ingredients with the world.


Live Alkaline Water 

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Live Alkaline Water is 100% natural alkaline spring water was founded by Dr. Shayla Creer and Robert McCray whose family owned the spring for more than 100 years in North Carolina. It is available in Walmart and online.


 Sweet Dames Artisan Confections

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Not only has Sweet Dames Artisan Confections landed in Bloomingdale’s stores, the mouthwatering gourmet macaroons were voted one of the Top Five Desserts in NYC PopMarkets by MetroNYC and are available online.


3 Some Chocolates

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Everyone loves chocolate, but what makes 3 Some Chocolates so different? They blend three chocolates everyone loves—milk, white, and dark—combine it into one bar, and name it a “3 Some.”


 Sanaia Applesauce

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 Sanaia Applesauce is for applesauce-loving adults.


Flaky Bakes

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Flaky Bakes ships “piekies” – miniature pies in delectable flavors including pecan, cinnamon apple, and sweet potato.


Tummy Yum-Yum

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Tummy Yum-Yum makes gourmet candy apples including Snickers, S;mores, and cheesecake candied apples.


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Christmas beauty gift sets: the ultimate christmas beauty gift guide

Something for everyone

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It’s seriously time to start thinking about Christmas presents. Isn’t it much better to be prepared and to spread the cost of everyone’s presents over a couple of pay days?! That’s what we thought. You know what else? Everyone LOVES Christmas beauty gift sets.

However, there are quite literally too many Christmas beauty gift sets on offer this year. So we’ve been jolly helpful and rounded up the best of the bunch.

You. Are. Welcome. Happy (early) Christmas.

Tom Ford Fabulous Gift Set, £262 Selfridges

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Yes it does say ‘Fucking’. Give this to your most fantastic, your utterly wonderful and ‘fucking fabulous’ friend.

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Tiba & Marl x Honest Skincare Beauty Gift Set, £60

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This set was designed with expectant and new mothers in mind, so find your favourite preggo (or new mother) friend. The soothing oil helps with stretch marks, the all-purpose balm really is all-purpose and can be used on dry patches and lips, and then candle is just for them to light at the end of the day when the baby’s in bed.

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M&S Autograph Nail Collection Trio, £7.50

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Do you have a favourite workmate? Give them this before the office party and you can nick it as you get ready together. A deep, dark red and glitter gold are really the only two colours you need this season.

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Percy & Reed Stars of Wonder, £30 Marks & Spencer

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Good hair? One of the best gifts you can give. This set of wonders (see what we did there?!) works on every hair type. So you could help condition someone’s curls, soothe someone’s dry ends or tame someone’s frizz. That’s a great gift.

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Votary Hello Darlings Gift box Set, £105

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This is one heck of a luxurious gift set, so give this to someone who has been very, very nice this year. The Christmas beauty gift set contains their fab cleansing oil, the fragrance free Super Seed Facial Oil, that nourishes skin to make it winter-proof, their overnight Intense Oil, which helps to firm and their newest oil – the teeny tiny rollerball eye oil. Plus a soft flannel (much kinder to skin than the rougher muslin) and ANOTHER handy bag!

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Lancome Hypnôse Drama Mascara Miniature Collection Gift Set

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Eyelashes with heaps of volume are a winter trend we’re 150% here for and Lancome’s signature Hypnose mascara will get you there with just a couple of swipes. This collection is perfect for the beauty geek who’s all about eyes as it brings together four of their mascaras: a full sized Hypnôse Classic and three travel mini sizes of the Hypnôse Classic, Hypnôse Doll Eyes, Hypnôse Volume-A-Porter.

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L’Occitane The Best of L’Occitane Collection, £69

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You should buy this Christmas beauty gift set for three reasons. 1 – someone will get to enjoy all of these wonderful L’Occitane goodies. 2 – This box will make for very useful and smart storage in the future. 3 – £10 from each sale will go directly to Unicef to provide life-saving eye care treatment to those in need.

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Alaïa Paris Nude Eau de Parfum Gift Set, £67 Harrods

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It is highly unlikely that the majority of us will ever be able to afford a piece of clothing from Alaïa, which is a crying shame. However, most of us would be chuffed as anything to receive the sensual Nude fragrance, shower gel, body lotion and this buttery vanity case this Christmas. A little bit of Alaïa is far better than no Alaïa.

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IT Cosmetics Your Luxurious Must-Haves Brush Set, £120 Selfridges 

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This is a brilliant gift. Not only are IT Cosmetics brushes some of the best on the market, but LOOK AT THIS CHICER THAN CHIC CLUTCH! A winning combination.

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Foreo Here and There Gift Set, £119 Look Fantastic

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Lovers of beauty gadgets will get a kick our of this gift set on the 25th December. There’s a normal-sized everyday cleansing brush, and a matching teeny tiny travel one. The vibrating tools help lift away dead skin and unclog pores to reveal glowy skin.

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Face Gym Double Detox Gift Set, £85

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If you’ve ever had a Face Gym facial then you know that it can leave your face more sculpted, drained of all toxins and generally just looking about 10-years younger. Now there are sets for you to use in between appointments. Give this to someone who loves an at-home Sunday night pamper session.

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Stila Enchanted Eyes Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow Set, £49 Fabled

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Stila’s glitter eyeshadows – if you know, you know. These beauties are the best (and easiest) way of applying a little bit of magic to your lids. The shimmery ones work well as a base, with sparkle on top. The ideal gift for those with Christmas parties galore.

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Surface Anti-Pollution Wash & Cream Set, £68 at Luisa Via Roma

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More and more brands are becoming aware of the need for anti-pollution skincare, especially when you live in a sit that’s prone to mucky air. This skincare set from Surface includes both a face cream and face wash to keep you looking so fresh and so clean.

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Oskia Secret Book Of Beauty, £48 Cult Beauty

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If your friend (or let’s be honest, you) don’t know Oskia very well then this it the perfect introductory set. Four of their bestsellers, in super handy travel sizes. Find your faves and fall in love with this really brilliant niche skincare line.

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Liz Earle Bontanical Body Care Duo Skincare Gift Set, £26 John Lewis

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Bodies deserve love and attention as well you know?! Yes their Cleanse & Polish is legendary, but their body care collection is often overlooked. The Orange Flower scent of this body wash is sublime.

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Harry Potter Swish & Flick Cosmetic Brushes, £20 Boots

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We all know a hardcore Harry Potter fan, who listens to the audiobooks on repeat, the film soundtrack when they clean and has been to the Watford theme park over four times. Imagine their face when they open up this on Christmas morning. Exactly.

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Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Good Enough to Steal Palette, £39

 

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Yes, we love Christmas, but sometimes, our inner Grinch takes over and sentiments like ‘Christmas Whatever’ and ‘Go Away’ make so much sense. Which is why we’re still not sure if we’re going to make like the Grinch and keep this 12-piece face palette and color-changing lip balm set for ourselves, or gift it to a loved one…

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Ameliorate 3 Steps To Smooth Skin Christmas Limited Edition, £19.50

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If you know somebody who really struggles with dry skin this time of year, Ameliorate’s gift set is a total lifesaver. It’s got everything you need for glowing skin including a Smoothing Body Exfoliant, Nourishing Body Wash, Transforming Body Lotion and Exfoliating Body Mitt. Packed with omega oils and designed to be deeply hydrating, you’ll want to buy two of these.

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GHD Dry & Style Gift Set, £199 Look Fantastic

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This. Is. A. Great. Gift. Brilliant hair dryer? Tick. Incredible hair straighteners? Tick. Expect joyous smiles.

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Crabtree & Evelyn Everyday Winter Hand Collection, £36

Crabtree & Evelyn are renowned for their luxury hand creams, which smell good enough to eat (though you probably shouldn’t). This set comes with six of their bestselling anti-ageing products including lavendar, rosewater, pomegranate and argan oil and more.

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Medik8 Midnight Miracle Gift Set, £65

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This is like giving someone the gift of youthfulness. Vitamin A, or retinol creams and serums, are meant to be the key to fighting the visible signs of ageing. Give this to someone and by next Christmas they’ll look 10-years younger.

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Goldfaden MD The Glow Kit, £85 Space NK

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Another cracker of a present for post-party skin. If you have a friend who knows how to party, they’ll be super grateful for this skin saving kit. Ideal for New Year’s Day.

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Pixi Skintreats Besties, £28 Marks & Spencer

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Give anyone a bottle of Pixi Glow Tonic and they’ll like you forever. Give that same person the Glow Mud Cleanser too, they’ll love you forever. Everybody is happy with the gift of glowing skin.

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Elizabeth Arden Sparkle On Holiday Collection, £98 Look Fantastic

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This set is so incredible. Look at what you get inside – two eyeshadow palettes, a blush and highlighter palette, two lip glosses, a mascara, an eyeliner, four lipsticks AND a super chic red holdall. You’ve basically got yourself a whole new make-up. All of this is worth £292. Billy bargain.

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The Organic Pharmacy Discovery Kit Face Care Set, £62 LuisaViaRoma

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Looking to make an eco-friendly shift in your beauty routine? This intro skincare kit from The Organic Pharmacy is a great shout as it comes with the brand’s bestsellers ranging from their carrot butter cleanser through to double rose ultra face cream

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Away The Beauty Set, £75 (Out 13th November)

Away suitcases are THE fashion-packs go-to luggage. Why? Probably because you can charge your phone on them. Neat, eh? This Christmas sees the launch of the brand’s new beauty travel cases. In true Away fashion, the cases are filled with some incredible beauty products. No one who would be unhappy opening this on the 25th.

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Bioderma Beauty Essentials, £22.50 Look Fantastic

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This is quite literally the gift of good skin. Bioderma is a classic French pharmacy brand that delivers good results for a low price point. The micellar water is a cult classic and that little pouch of cotton pads will bring even the biggest Grinch a huge sense of joy.

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Illamasqua Beyond Powder Vault, £125

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Ready to glow up? This dreamy set from Illamasqua comes with four of their most popular and super pigmented highlighters, ranging from pearlescent Frost to a bronze Epic.

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Neom Limited Edition Beauty Sleep In A Box, £25 John Lewis

Christmas Beauty Gift Sets

This is the perfect gift for someone going on a long flight soon. The combination of the eye mask, pillow mist and super nourishing face oil is sure to knock anyone out. Each one is scented with their own blend of English lavender, sweet basil, jasmine and chamomile – it’ll calm your mind and body. Even in Economy class.

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BeautyBlender Sweet Surprise Mystery Blind Bag, £19 Fabled

 

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Christmas is all about surprises and not even you will know what’s inside this pouch. What you do know is that each one contains a Beautyblender sponger and a matching cleanser, but you haven’t got a clue which colour. It’s the simple things…

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Jo Malone London Pine & Eucalyptus Scent Surround Room Spray & Scent Surround Diffuser Duo, £108

Christmas Beauty Gift Sets

It’s not Christmas without a bit of Jo Malone London under the tree. Every year their gift selection sets pulses racing – you could opt for the full on cologne set or the beauty advent calendar, but this Pine & Eucalyptus duo will have any home smelling like Santa’s grotto.

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Byredo Rose Hand Care Gift Set, £78 Liberty London

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You could buy your loved one a Byredo fragrance, but wouldn’t you rather put that money to buying yourself a Byredo fragrance?! That’s what we thought. However, give them this stunning hand wash and lotion set and you’ll still be the most popular person in the room. (Smelling so sweetly of Gypsy Water.)

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Rossanno Ferretti Parma Esperienza 2 Volume Regime Set LuisaViaRoma

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Need a little more joozh? This luxury hair care set comes with shampoo, conditioner, spray and a movement enhancer – all designed specifically for fine hair that needs a little more volume. The only problem is that the box is so cute, you’ll never want to crack it open.

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Malin & Goetz Weekender Kit, £39 Space NK

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The best Christmas beauty gift set for that annoying person who just can’t pack light. Do it for them, with this essential (under 100ml) set.

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Emma Hardie Cleansing Kit, £30 Marks & Spencer

Christmas Beauty Gift Sets

So many people don’t wash their faces properly. Emma Hardie’s Moringa Cleansing Balm removes every scrap of make-up and dirt and add some of the Rosehip Exfoliating Seeds to the balm and you’ve got yourself one heck of an exfoliator. Give this to someone, then give it a couple of weeks, their skin will vastly improve and they’ll have you to thank for it.

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Elemis Frangipani Stars, £40 Fabled

Christmas Beauty Gift Sets

Frangipani is Elemis’ most beautifully scented range. Whilst this set is essentially a shower gel and body oil, this is the most luxurious shower gel and body oil anyone will ever receive. Trust us.

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MZ Skin Christmas Eyessentials Kit, £165 (Out early December)

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If you really want to treat someone, then look no further. Dr Maryam Zamani is an Oculoplastic Surgeon and leading Facial Aesthetics Doctor with a long list of loyal clients, but with this gift box you have access to her expertise. This set includes her De-Puff & Define Contouring Eye Rescue, which will be super helpful after the party season, the Hydra-Bright Golden Eye Treatmant Mask and the brand new Tone & Lift Geranium Contouring Facial Roller that helps with skintone.

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Espa The Replenishing Collection, £65 Look Fantastic

Christmas Beauty Gift Sets

An ideal gift for natural skincare lovers. Not only will this help with skin that’s seen too many late nights, but it will also soothe sore skin that’s suffering with the colder weather.

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Benefit Homemade Hotness Complete Makeup Set, £29.50 Debenhams

Christmas Beauty GIft Set

We all know a Benefit-obsessive and it doesn’t get much better than this. This is a complete make-up look in one set and it’s stuffed full of all of their bestsellers – BADgal BANG! (their new and incredible mascara), Hoola bronzer (who doesn’t love this?!), Gimme Brow (how did we cope without it?), They’re Real! Duo ShadowBlender in Brazen Bronze and They’re Real! Double The Lip in Lusty Rose. Actually, forget giving this one away. Keep it yourself.

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Neal’s Yard Wild Rose Hand Care, £10 Fabled

Christmas Beauty Gift Sets

No matter what you do, somehow you always end up involved in a Secret Santa. Don’t be that person who buys a lame joke present that no will ever use, be kind and buy this SUPER DUPER useful gift. Everyone always needs a hand cream, everyone always needs a nail file. Women and men.

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Nars Riot Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set, £49

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Nars’ Velvet Matte Lip Pencils are some of the best lipsticks on the market. They glide on, they last for ages and the colour payoff should win an award. Plus, come on you know that people can’t get enough of handy little pouches.

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Aveda Limited Edition Rosemary Mint Gift Set, £30 Fabled

Christmas Beauty Gift Sets

This gift set is for that person (maybe a housemate, maybe a lazy boyfriend) who struggles to get out of bed in the morning. The Rosemary Mint collection is invigorating and zingy. 10 minutes in the shower with these babies and it’s like a quadruple shot of caffeine for that sleepy person.

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Sunday Riley Vault Kit, £296 Cult Beauty

Christmas Beauty Gift Set

OK, yes it’s pricey at £296. BUT the contents are actually worth £465. This way you can look OVER THE TOP generous, when actually you’ve only been VERY generous. Keep this gift set for someone you’re trying to impress.

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Patchology FlashPatch Wink & A Kiss Set, £10 Harvey Nichols

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Christmas and New Year is the season of snogging – under the mistletoe and drunkenly at 12am on the 1st January – so it’s vital that lips and peepers are in prime condition. Patchology knows how to make sheet masks; the Rejuvenating Gels hydrate tired, partied-out eyes and the Hydrating Gels plump up lips.

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Ouai Swing Both Ouais Kit, £40 Selfridges

Christmas Beauty Gift Sets

Ever since Jen Aitken launched her haircare range we all now have access to Kendal Jenner’s and Chrissy Teigan’s hair. And these two products are the heroes of the collections. Nothing will give A-List hair like these, so give them to your most bouji friend.

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Romilly Wilde x Jessica Russell Flint Silk Eye Mask & Gift Set, £110

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There are three wonderful things in this set – a 100% natural eye serum that moisturises the eye area to help with dark circles, a super chic eye mask to protect the delicate eye area and a matching silk bag that you can use as a knicker pouch when you travel.

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The Body Shop Olivia the Owl, £18

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You can always rely on The Body Shop to delivery the cutest Christmas beauty gift sets that put the joy into the festive season. This year’s offering is no different. Inspired by the magic of the forest, each gift celebrates nature and in classic Body Shop style is committed to sustainability and minimising package waste. Not only is Olivia stuffed full of products to tend to your body’s winter skin, but afterwards you can use her as moneybox.

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Hourglass Confession Refillable Lipstick Set, £50 Cult Beauty

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Yes, we know that smoking is bad for your health (blah, blah, blah), but how cool does this cigarette box-style set of lipsticks look? You get three stunning lip shades for winter – a dusty rose, a deep rose and a red currant – and two pink metallic applicators.  The applicators are chicer than chic and will look incredible when you stop to reapply.

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Kiehl’s Limited Edition Zesty Grapefruit Body Care Set, £25 Debenhams

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We don’t know one person who doesn’t like Kiehl’s. These four little pots of happiness will whip your winter-worn arse into shape. Smooth, moisturised limbs are there for the taking.

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Clarins Double Serum Collection, £63.75 John Lewis

Christmas Beauty Gift SetsHere are the four reasons whey should get this christmas beauty gift set for a dear friend (or you know, yourself). One – their Double Serum (full size) is their most powerful anti-ageing serum and has won countless awards. Two – if you’ve never tried their Beauty Flash Balm, you quite literally have not lived. This cult product should be used in place of your normal day cream when skin needs a wake up. It brightens, tightens and moisturises. Three – the Lip Comfort Oil plumps up lips better than any balm. And four – look at that jolly bag they all come in.

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Lixirskin x Lykke Wulf Gift Set, £140

Christmas beauty gift sets

Screw everyone else, buy this for yourself. Not only do you get some brilliant skincare, but look at this super smart bag that will have you sorted for the party season. Screw them all.

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There’s something for everyone in this list.

Or, you know, all for you… We’re not here to judge.

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The Caribbean’s third-largest island is rich in history and natural highs, from Noël Coward’s clifftop hideaway to ganja (now legal), coffee and vegan Rasta food

The Firefly Estate was the home, and is now the burial place, of Sir Noël Coward. The land was once owned by the infamous pirate Sir Henry Morgan, and it commands one of the most amazing coastal and mountain views in Jamaica, overlooking the town of Port Maria. It was a haunt of the early jet-set crowd – everyone from the Queen to Ian Fleming was entertained at Coward’s modest villa.

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Ultimate 2018 Holiday Gift Guide From Black-Owned Businesses: Books

Ultimate 2018 Holiday Gift Guide From Black-Owned Businesses: Books



For Kids:

I’M A BRILLIANT LITTLE BLACK BOY!

Ultimate 2018 Holiday Gift Guide From Black-Owned Businesses

I’m a Brilliant Little Black Boy is targeted to African American children ages 6-11 years old.

 




I Am Unique 

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I Am Unique is a book and global empowerment brand reaching children in the United States, Africa, United Kingdom, Philippines, and Australia.


Sasha Savvy Loves to Code

Ultimate 2018 Holiday Gift Guide From Black-Owned Businesses

This book written by a teen author is to further the culture of science, technology, engineering, and math, while teaching some programming basics as well.




Harlem’s Little Blackbird 

Ultimate 2018 Holiday Gift Guide From Black-Owned Businesses

This book tells the story of Florence Mills, a singer with a voice like a bird.


Fly High! The Story of Bessie Coleman

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Bessie Coleman was the first African American to have a pilot’s license – she traveled all the way to France to earn her license after every American school refused to teach her.




Little Melba and Her Big Trombone

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This book highlights Melba Liston; a child prodigy trombonist who played with everyone from Count Basie to Billie Holiday.




For Adults: 

Becoming Michelle Obama

Throughout the book, Obama shares insights of a life of pomp and circumstance as a first lady, yet one also filled with the everyday worries, anxieties, and self-doubts so many women who hold it down as mothers and working professionals face.




Standing Our Ground

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Part memoir, part history lesson, this is the story by newly-elected congresswoman Lucia McBath who became an activist after the murder of her son Jordan Davis.




An Extraordinary Life

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Author Wendy Jones can’t exactly prove that her mother, Josephine Jones, was the first black woman manager at a Fortune 500 company, but she certainly makes a strong case for it in her book.


Getting to the Other Side of Victory

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This autobiography is a story of hope and action to teach people how to hit the reset button, tap into their hidden strengths, and rebuild their lives after crisis and loss.




Rise and Grind 

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In this collaboration, Daymond John looks at everyday routines of individuals including, Gary Vaynerchuk, Wendy Williams, Carlos Santana, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, who people consider to be winning and at the top of their fields.


Black Fortunes 

Ultimate 2018 Holiday Gift Guide From Black-Owned Businesses

This book is an ode to the nation’s first-known, post-slavery titans, a few of whom reside in his own family tree, concentrates on six African Americans who escaped slavery and became millionaires.


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The Ms. Pink Friday Gift Guide: Five Feminist Gifts on Sale NOW in the Feminist Store!

It’s Pink Friday in the Feminist Store! (It’s like Black Friday, only you don’t have to leave your house, wait in line or support a massive corporation in order to finish all of your shopping.)

Click here to shop the Feminist Store NOW and save on revolutionary gifts for your fellow feminists. You can shop an extensive supply of feminist tees, tanks and totes—and save big on any Ms. memberships—all weekend long!

Not sure where to start? Here are five great buys for everyone on your list this season.

#1: Ms. Memberships

Ms. memberships are a total two-for-one: Your friend gets a feminist gift that never stops giving, and Ms. is all the stronger for it because of your support. Keep us reporting, rebelling and truth-telling—and keep your fellow activists informed, empowered and mobilized—with print, digital or combination Ms. memberships. Through the holiday season, gift memberships will even come with a FREE downloadable and custom-designed greeting card!

Get a year of Ms. for as little as $ 7.50 this weekend in the Feminist Store. If you already get the magazine, add a year to your cart as a gift to yourself, too—you’ll extend your membership for half of the standard rate!

#2: Feminist Holiday Cards

Send the spirit of resistance this season with our feminist greeting cards, featuring an iconic (and non-denominational) cover image from Ms. These will stand out on any mantle—and spark some good feminist conversation while the family is roasting chestnuts over an open fire. Wonder Woman stamps, unfortunately, are not included.

Get a pack of 10 feminist greeting cards for only $ 12.75 this weekend in the Feminist Store. 

#3: Feminist Tees, Tanks and Onesies

The next Women’s March is right around the corner—and our radical raspberry gear will help you stand out in the crowd. (And find your friends in it, too!) With dozens of styles and statements to choose from, you’re bound to find the perfect fit—and all merch is union-made in the USA.

Get feminist tees, tanks and even children’s wear for as little as $ 16 this weekend in the Feminist Store. 

#4: Feminist Finger Puppets

Whether the young feminists in your life are budding revolutionaries or baby poets, they’ll love getting to know the women who paved their way toward their dreams. Hand off the stories of their feminist foremothers this holiday season with a feminist finger puppet of Frida Kahlo, Zora Neale Hurston, Jane Austen, Harriet Tubman, Joan of Arc, Eleanor Roosevelt or other revolutionaries and boundary-breakers.

Get a feminist finger puppet for only $ 5.60 this weekend in the Feminist Store.

#5: The TIWAFLL Tote

This tote speaks for itself—and it’s big and durable enough to carry your favorite feminist books, the latest issue of Ms., and the last shards of that glass ceiling.

Get a This is What a Feminist Looks Like tote bag for only $ 12 this weekend in the Feminist Store.

Still looking for more? Shop the Feminist Store during the Pink Friday sale this weekend and save on jewelry, enamel pins and buttons, books and music and more! There’s never been a better time to give an empowering gift—and everything in the store is 20 percent off through Monday. (Ahem: Except Ms. memberships, which are half-off all weekend!)

Carmen Rios is the Digital Editor at Ms., co-host of TRIGGER HAPPY on Binge Networks and co-founder of Argot Magazine; her work has also been published by outlets like BuzzFeed, Bitch, Mic, MEL, Everyday Feminism and Autostraddle. Like everyone else in LA, Carmen once had a podcast; unlike everyone else, she stays pretty zen in traffic. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Best Gifts for PC Gamers

Having a PC fan in your life can be a bit much to handle during the holidays. Whether your gift recipient uses their rig for gaming, work, or a little of both. But it can be tough to shop for them, especially since they probably built their own computer and have everything in there they need.

But that’s not to say you can’t still get them something that will be useful or fun. Here are some gift ideas for that PC-loving friend or family member as we enter the holiday season.

Legion Y730 17” Gaming Laptop

Featured Sponsored Product. It’s pretty simple. A gamer needs a rig that can keep up with the action and keep them atop the leaderboard. That’s where Lenovo Legion’s monster 17-inch gaming laptop comes into play. The Legion Y730 features top-shelf Nvidia GeForce GTX graphics and screaming 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processors. On top of that, it’s a sleek, modern, and purpose-built machine without those silly dragons, lizards, or racing stripes. Oh, and that customizable RGB keyboard is pretty slick, too.

Lenovo Yoga Wireless Mouse


Lenovo Yoga Wireless Mouse

Featured Sponsored Product. The Yoga mouse sure is a looker, but while you’re admiring it, you may very well miss some cool hidden functionality. It’s actually a two-in-one device. You can use it as a regular mouse with the clicking and dragging. But if you want to watch a movie, you just flip it over. The bottom has media controls that will save your giftee from having to get a second remote, which they’d probably lose anyway because those things are often ridiculously tiny.

Anker 10-Port USB Hub


Anker 10-Port USB Hub

One can always use more USB ports. They’re good for external speakers, webcams, controllers, microphones, and they’ll even charge a phone. So it’s easy to run out of available space as one’s setup develops. Hubs like this Anker can convert a single port into 10 and save your friend the trouble of having to decide what gets to be plugged in. Because it can all be plugged in with this thing, and that’s just way easier.

Lenovo Explorer Headset

Featured Sponsored Product. The Explorer is a headset that works on the Windows Mixed Reality platform to put games, apps, and work right in the wearer’s face in three dimensions. It only takes a minute to set up; it’s just two cables and no cameras or sensor bars. Once it’s hooked up, your happy giftee can get to the important work of playing super immersive video games. And working, of course. Some of it will definitely be work.

Merax Office/Gaming Chair


Merax Gaming Chair

Unless they’ve sprung for a standing desk or have set something up on their own, your PC-user is going to need somewhere to sit while they’re doing all that computer-ing. This chair looks cool and has about a dozen places to adjust for ergonomics and comfort. It’s important to be cozy with all that screen time we log every day. And it’s crucial to have a chair that will change to fit you.

Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey


Spartan soldier Assassins Creed Odyssey gameplay

If your PC user is a gamer, they’ll need some software to fill in some of that time between serious, responsible projects. Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, the latest entry from developer Ubisoft’s time-spanning action series takes players to Ancient Greece to take the role of one of two powerful Spartan warriors. This is the earliest era in franchise history, but all the free-running, swordplay, and boat combat that have marked the past few installments are still in place. And yes, they can kick people off of cliffs like in 300. Ubisoft knows what it’s doing.

Klip Cable Protectors


Klip Cord Protector

Once your friend has all of their peripherals hooked up, it’s a good idea to give all those cables a bit of protection. Klips attach at the most vulnerable spots of any cord — right by the ports — to stave off fraying, bending, and loss of the protective, rubberized covering. And if that’s not useful enough, each of the five included pairs is a different color. That means your friend won’t have to guess which end goes with which.

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Shirt Stays & Collar Stays Guide

When it comes to men’s dress shirts, there are a variety of accessories that can accompany them. Some are primarily decorative and fashionable such as cufflinks and collar bars. There are two such accessories, however, that are designed primarily for their functionality.

They’re not outwardly seen when you’re wearing them but their cumulative effect is making sure that your dress shirt looks crisp and put together all day. These two accessories are collar stays and shirt stays.

What Are Collar Stays?

Collar stays are small and flat implements which are inserted into small corresponding pockets on the underside of a dress shirt’s collar. The purpose of collar stays is simple, to keep the collar firm and add attention around the neck all day so that it properly frames your face as well as the knot of your necktie.

So why is this desirable? Well simply put, because the purpose of a shirt’s collar is to frame both the face and the tie knot in a way that is geometrically pleasing especially in harmony with the whole outfit, having a shirt collar that droops, sags, curls, or sticks out has the effect of just looking sloppy and not properly put together.

While there are some styles of shirt collar that solved this problem in different ways such as the tab collar or button-down collar or alternatively, by wearing a collar bar or collar pin, you could solve that problem by keeping the collar close to your neck in a way that’s both fashionable and functional; most typical dress shirts are going to benefit best from the wearing of collar stays.

Preston Schlueter using collar stays

Preston Schlueter using collar stays

Most collar stays are removable but you may occasionally find shirts with stays that are permanently sewn into the collar. In these cases, the stays are almost always made from a thin plastic and while they’re not immediately visible, the more you launder the shirt or especially dry clean it or have it ironed, those plastic stays inside the collar will become more and more visible and they’ll eventually look unsightly over time.

There are a wide variety of collar stay styles on the market. Depending on what you’re looking for, you can find collar stays in various different lengths, widths, shapes, and materials of construction. As you might expect, choosing the correct collar stay in terms of dimensions simply means picking one out that corresponds to the dimensions of the small pocket on the underside of the shirt collar. If you own several dress shirts in a similar style, you can, therefore, continue to use the same pair of collar stays in all of those shirts thus maximizing your investment.

Collar Stay Materials

plastic collar stays

plastic collar stays

1. Plastic

Plastic is the most common material used to make collar stays simply because of its low manufacturing cost. At the same time, you do get what you pay for. While plastic collar stays may keep your collar looking crisp at first, plastic is easily bent or warped and especially if you let your plastic stays go through the wash, through the dryer, or under an iron, they’ll break down quickly and your collar will end up looking unsightly. For that reason, over plastic collar stays, we recommend a more sturdy material such as metal.

Stainless steel collar stays

Stainless steel collar stays

2. Stainless Steel

It’s the most common metal used in the construction of collar stays and it’s stiff and substantial so your collar will be looking crisp all day long. Cost varies depending on whether you just get simple plain stainless steel collar stays or whether you opt for more customizable features such as engraving. In which case, you would pay a little bit more. Still, stainless steel collar stays are a great investment as they’ll keep your collar looking good and they’ll last you a long time.

J. Hilburn Brass Shirt Collar Stays

J. Hilburn Brass Shirt Collar Stays

3. Brass

Functionally, brass collar stays are basically identical to stainless steel. The only difference is they can have a slightly more distinguished appearance especially if they happen to have a burnished finish. Still, because you’re the only person who’s usually going to be seeing your collar stays anyway, it’s generally not worth any additional cost to opt for brass collar stays over stainless steel ones.

Engraved Collar Stays

Engraved Collar Stays

4. Other Valuable Metals

As you might imagine, collar stays made from gold or other precious metals are really more of a statement piece than a practical consideration, especially considering how little anyone other than you is really going to see them. We would recommend that your money would be better spent on an accessory of a precious metal that people will actually see.

Magnetic collar stays that don't work

Magnetic collar stays that don’t work

5. Magnetic Collar Stays

Some manufacturers have begun constructing collar stays out of magnetic metals and selling them as part of a package with small magnets which are then affixed under the points of the shirt collar underneath the shirt to really keep the collar secured down. While such an apparatus may ultimately keep the points of your collar down a little bit more, it’s our opinion that these types of magnetic collar stays approach the realm of gadget wear. Since ultimately, having a good fitting pair of stainless steel collar stays will provide you enough of a crisp collar without having to worry about small magnets that might get misplaced or fall off.

horn collar stays

horn collar stays

6. Exotic Substances

For example, collar stays can also be made from horn or mother-of-pearl. For the man who’s thoroughly tired of his collection of metal stays, these materials can be purchased from specialty retailers.

Collar Stay Hacks:

You can make yourself some impromptu collar stays in a pinch if the need arises. One option, for example, would be to cut up an old credit card or plastic gift card into the shape of collar stay that’s accepted by the collar that you’re wearing.

A simpler and equally effective solution, however, is simply to take two moderately sized paper clips and then use them just as you would your regular collar stays for the duration of the day. Using paper clips as collar stays is just one helpful hack that we mentioned in a recent video.

What Are Shirt Stays?

As we’ve noted many times before on this channel, fit is of the utmost importance when it comes to menswear. You may have a closet that’s full of clothing of the most luxurious materials but if it doesn’t fit you properly, you’re still going to look sloppy and not put together whatever you happen to be wearing, this is especially true for dress shirts.

If you’re wearing a shirt that’s cut too large for your frame, the excess fabric will come up over waistband more and more throughout the day leaving you with an unsightly muffin top around your waist. More modern shirt styles are cut closer to the body and therefore, they have less excess fabric but they’re still going to come untucked if parts of the shirt aren’t fitting you properly. This constant process of having to re-tuck an improperly fitting shirt can really become a nuisance quickly.

Shirt Stay

Shirt Stay

Obviously, the ideal solution would be to have a closet full of shirts that are made or indeed custom tailored to suit your frame specifically, however, if you don’t have the budget for a closet full of custom shirts or just don’t want to get rid of a few shirts that you like but don’t necessarily fit perfectly, a good temporary solution would be to use shirt stays.

Simply put, it’s a device that uses elastic tension to keep your shirt tucked in and fitting closely to your body all day. The stay attaches to your shirt tails at the top and to either your socks or around your feet at the bottom. The constant tension between these points means that you’ll be able to keep your shirt tucked in no matter how much you move just using an occasional slight adjustment, not a full re-tuck.

You may remember that we previously discussed shirt stays on our video about menswear gimmicks that you don’t need. Our founder, Sven Raphael Schneider is decidedly not a fan of shirt stays as he believes them to be uncomfortable and unnecessary. We’re discussing shirt stays today because of their place, appreciated or not, in menswear. We’re going to be ranking the styles that we believe would be better investments than some others but overall, keep in mind that the best solution to keeping your shirts tucked in is to simply buy dress shirts that fit you best in the first place.

Shirt Stay Varieties

Each one basically does the same job but in a slightly different fashion.

Straight style Shirt Stays

Straight style Shirt Stays

1. Straight Style

These are the most common and cheapest construction of shirt stay styles available and you’ll usually see them in packs of four. The biggest disadvantage to straight style shirt stays is their numerous connection points. With up to eight clips on the body at any given time, there’s a great likelihood that one of these clips may fail or come undone especially if the shirt stays you’re wearing happen to be of low build quality. Not only is a detached or broken clip a nuisance but if the particular shirt stay was under enough tension, there’s also a good chance that that loose clip could spring up and snap you in let’s say a sensitive area. Overall, we recommend that you stay clear of Straight style shirt stays in favor of some of the other options on this list.

y style shirt stay

y style shirt stay

 

2. Y-Style

The Y style stay is constructed just how it sounds, with one clip for the socks and two clips for the shirt creating the distinctive Y shape that gives it its name. There are two big advantages of Y style stays over straight style.

The first is that there are fewer clips and ribbons to manage overall. The second advantage is that Y style stays pull the excess fabric in on top of itself at the sides of the shirt. When combined with the military tuck style of shirt tucking, this hides and smoothes excess fabric very efficiently. At the same time, there are still drawbacks to this style of shirt stays. As with the straight style, you do get what you pay for and if you’ve got stays of a low build quality, they will still degrade after a relatively short amount of time. With that said, if you are going to consider wearing shirt stays, the Y style is a particularly good choice.

Stirrup style shirt stay

Stirrup style shirt stay

3. Stirrup Style

As the name would imply, these shirt stays have a stirrup or loop at the bottom through which the foot is inserted. This means that they only have clips where they attach to the shirttails. While this minimization of clips does provide better security for the wearer overall, the biggest downside of stirrup style stays is that they’re much more visible to other people especially when you’re sitting down and they can also be more uncomfortable to you, the wearer, because you’ve got a band of fabric surrounding your foot all day long. For these reasons, they’re best left to uniformed professionals who can sacrifice comfort for utility.

Shirt Stay Belt

Shirt Stay Belt

4. Shirt Stay Belt

The shirt stay belt revolutionizes the concept in that it entirely replaces vertical tension with horizontal tension around the waist. After you put on your shirt, the belt which can be made from either elasticized fabric featuring clips or from a simple piece of rubber is worn around the waist and tightened. The shirt stay belt in using horizontal tension doesn’t directly combat the vertical movement of your shirt coming untucked. Also, it doesn’t take advantage of the natural force of gravity in order to keep things secure and they’re also more likely to become visible above your waistband. We don’t recommend on the whole that you use belt style shirt stays.

Magnetic shirt stays

Magnetic shirt stays

5. Magnetic Shirt Stays

In recent years, rubberized plastic hemispheres with magnetic backings have been sold as a revolutionary new style of shirt stay technology. While we, here the gentleman’s Gazette, don’t have any personal first-hand experience with this style of shirt stays, reviews from other people in the menswear community have been decidedly mixed as to their effectiveness.

Speaking generally, shirt stays are an inexpensive and relatively effective way to keep your dress shirts tucked in and snug against your body throughout the course of the day. They do have their drawbacks, however, as lower build quality shirt stays models are prone to failing after only a relatively short period of use and also they’re often made from bulkier and less comfortable materials than more premium styles of shirt stays which do exist as well and may ultimately be a better investment.

CONCLUSION

At the end of the day, our recommendation is this, shirt stays should just be seen as a temporary style solution and the best course of action for any man is to invest in a wardrobe full of well-tailored dress shirts that conform specifically to his frame. In our view, collar stays are a must-have but your mileage may vary with shirt stays.

Do you use either of these menswear accessories and if so, what are your thoughts on and experiences with them?


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Your Guide to Winning the Economy Debate at Thanksgiving Dinner

Family dinner debates are like candied yams: Nobody really enjoys them, but they’re inevitable at Thanksgiving.

So if this year’s holiday discussion turns to the U.S. economy, we’ve got you covered. Whether your relatives want to talk about the job market as casual observers or parse Federal Reserve actions like super-nerds, we’ve prepared rebuttals for some of 2018’s most common platitudes.

Home EconomicsYour relative says: I’ve read about the strong economy, but prices seem to climb relentlessly, while paychecks can’t keep up. You should’ve seen how much I paid for this turkey.

Your response: Let’s talk wages. They’re heading modestly higher at long last, and they’re moving up faster than inflation right now. In fact, price-adjusted median household incomes have finally surpassed 1999 levels over the past two years after taking a major recession-era hit, based on a Census measure. Such gains may have been a long time coming, but they’re reaching the collective pysche: Consumers report feeling confident about their household financial futures across income levels, New York Fed survey data shows.

While it’s true that prices are increasing at around 2 percent a year right now, economic policy makers aim for that kind of modest inflation. And as for tonight’s dinner, it’s gotten a little bit cheaper over the past year. Turkey deflation–it’s a thing.

One relative says: President Donald Trump has shifted America’s economy into high gear.

Another says: What are you talking about? His policies are irresponsible.

Your response: Simmer down, you two. Growth has indeed moved higher, helped by tax cuts and higher spending caps. There are nascent signs of more capital investment–one of the main goals of the Trump tax cuts. But business spending cooled recently, and the fiscal sugar high is expected to start wearing off in 2019. So it’s unclear whether Trump’s policies will have lasting benefits. One thing is clear as annual budget deficits approach $ 1 trillion: They’re already leaving the country more indebted.

Armchair ExpertYour relative says: The Federal Reserve is getting a little aggressive with these rate hikes.

Your response: Have you seen the unemployment rate lately? It’s at its lowest level since Woodstock, and such a minuscule jobless rate is encouraging employers to raise wages. That’s a good thing, but the Fed wants to make sure that the economy doesn’t overheat, stoking excesses and rapid price gains down the road. Fed rate increases start to bite after a year or more, so policy makers are taking their foot off the gas now, so that they won’t have to slam on the brakes if inflation takes off.

Your relative says: The Fed threw around a bunch of free money and should’ve lifted rates sooner.

Your response: Show me the inflation. It undershot the Fed’s 2 percent goal for years, and even now, it’s only coming in right around that level on a core basis. Inflation expectations also remain a little on the low side. If the Fed had lifted rates aggressively and early, it might’ve made it harder for it to nudge prices up. Higher prices may sound bad, but if gains are too slow, the country risks deflation and it’s harder for employers to raise wages.

Your relative says: The booming stock market proves the U.S. is on the right track.

Your response: Equities did see a nice Trump bump, but stocks aren’t necessarily a great indicator of long-term economic activity. The bond market might offer better evidence of sustainably faster growth. And it’s not too optimistic. The fixed-income market’s relatively flat yield curve suggests an expectation that today’s solid economy isn’t on the cusp of an extended boom.

Deep NerdYour relative says: The federal funds rate is going to rise above the upper limit on its target range, if the Fed’s Jay Powell isn’t careful.

Your response: He’s a man with a plan. Many economists expect the Fed to make another technical adjustment when officials meet in December to keep the funds rate trading within its target range. It does open a question, though: Is reserve scarcity driving the change, and if so, does that mean balance sheet runoff will have to stop earlier than planned? Fed officials don’t think so, but it’s a story to watch in 2019.

Your relative says: Quantitative easing didn’t work.

Your response: OK, gloves off. The central banking community remains divided on the efficacy of America’s three bond-buying programs after the financial crisis. While “QE did work, and here’s the proof” studies have become a genre of economic research unto itself, at the end of the day, it’s hard to prove a counterfactual. What we do know is that the economy recovered, that interest rates were weighted down and that the Fed plans to keep bond-buying in its toolkit for the next recession.

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The Movie Green Book Is Named for a Real Guide to Travel in a Segregated World. Its Real History Offers a Key Lesson for Today

The object that provides the title for the new movie Green Book is a Jim Crow-era travel guide with extensive listings of hotels, restaurants, gas stations, shops and tourist facilities that welcomed black patronage. The book doesn’t actually get much screen time, but one small moment in the film shines a light on an oft-forgotten truth about the history of segregation in the United States: this was not just a Southern problem.

The film tells a loose version of the true story of an unlikely friendship between Dr. Don Walbridge Shirley (played by Mahershala Ali) — an African-American polyglot, pianist and PhD — and Frank Anthony Vallelonga, known as Tony Lip (played by Viggo Mortensen), a nightclub bouncer. In 1962, Vallelonga was hired by Shirley’s record label, Cadence Records, to serve as the musician’s chauffeur and bodyguard during a tour, which included gigs in the Deep South. Despite the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision, which dismantled de jure segregation in public education, de jure and de facto segregation remained the order of the day in public accommodations throughout the nation. Consequently, while Vallelonga and the white members of the Don Shirley Trio, bassist Ken Fricker and cellist Juri Taht, had access to white mainstream public accommodations, Shirley remained confined by the limits of Jim Crow.

To assist him in navigating this racial landmine, Vallelonga was provided a copy of what was informally known as the Green Book. Vallelonga is primarily concerned with the logistics of travel in the segregated South, and that’s where the movie spends most of its time, but the Green Book was a valuable safety resource for black travelers in every region of the country. In fact, its initial focus was New York City, where Shirley and Vallelonga both resided. As Shirley’s tells his chauffeur, he doesn’t have to leave home in order to experience discrimination.

In 1930, New Yorker and social critic George Schuyler admonished those blacks “who could afford to do so” to “purchase an automobile as soon as possible in order to be free of discomfort, discrimination, segregation and insult,” which was part and parcel of public transportation. For certain, private motorists were shielded from public assault, police encounters notwithstanding — but blacks in cars still had to navigate the public landmines of restrooms, lodgings and eateries.

Hence, Victor H. Green, an African American New York City mail carrier, first published The Negro Motorist Green-Book in 1936 to assist black motorists in finding safe public accommodations during their travels. Green’s publication became the Bible of black travel guides and was published annually until 1966.

In the introduction to the 1949 edition, Green provided a historical overview of the first decade of the publication, noting that his ideas for his own publication had come from researching earlier African America travel guides that were out-of-print, as well as from the Jewish press, which “provided information about places that are restricted,” and from “numerous publications that give the genteel whites all kinds of information.” Green’s intended purpose for his guide was “to give the Negro traveler information that will keep him from running into difficulties [and] embarrassments.” Green admonished the black motorist to “Keep this guide in your car for ready reference.”

In a 2010 NPR interview, civil rights icon Julian Bond recalled the importance of the Green Book during trips with his family while growing up. “It didn’t matter where you went — Jim Crow was everywhere then,” he stated, “and black travelers needed this badly. My family had a ‘Green Book’ when I was young, and used it to travel in the South to find out where we could stop to eat, where we could spend the night in a hotel or somebody’s home.”

It would be easy to assume that the Green Book was just a Southern travel guide. But Green made no assumption that black people would only need his help while traveling in the South. Not only did the book include information about international travel, it also contained listings about areas in the country where segregation was less visible but no less felt. Indeed, the 1936 edition of the book was a 15-page pamphlet that focused on locales in the New York metropolitan area — where a substantial part of the book’s audience would have lived.

Despite its multicultural and liberal reputation, New York City has a sordid racial history, which dates back to the colonial era.

As Brian Purnell and Jeanne Theoharis have described for the Washington Post, racial animus in the Big Apple began with the colonization of Native Americans and importing of enslaved Africans in the 17th century. Despite gradual emancipation, which ended slavery in the state by the 1830s, and a strong abolitionist movement to eradicate slavery in the South, racial equality continued to be withheld from blacks New Yorkers. With the New York economy “wedded to slavery,” the years leading up to the Civil War were dominated by pro-slavery sentiment that lead to racial violence in the city in 1863 when Lincoln called for a mandatory draft.

After the Civil War, New York mirrored the South as “black people . . . suffered from written and unwritten rules against racial mixing in marriage, public accommodations and housing.” New York maintained its policy of segregation during the decades following WWII by constructing “housing, parks, playgrounds, highways and bridges,” Purnell and Theoharis write, which “adhered to ethnic composition rules for urban planning,” leaving segregated neighborhoods and subsequently schools intact. In 1964, the year President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act, which ended segregation in public accommodations and banned employment discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion or national origin, a New York Times poll showed that most white people in New York City believed that “the Civil Rights Movement had gone too far” in granting black demands for racial equality.

Green made clear in the 1949 edition that he was optimistic about the future of the United States, if not the future of his book. “There will be a day sometime in the near future when this guide will not have to be published,” he wrote. “That is when we as a race will have equal opportunities and privileges in the United States. It will be a great day for us to suspend this publication for then we can go wherever we please.”

The Green Book was discontinued shortly after its founder’s 1960 death, following a 1966-1967 Vacation Guide edition. That issue featured a statement assuring its patrons that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was fact and not fiction. The struggle was finally over.

But race still matters in the United States. As the incident at a Starbucks in Philadelphia — not in the South — demonstrated this year, the nation is still full of spaces like parks, swimming pools , golf courses, sidewalks, and parking lots that are not welcoming to black Americans. During that 2010 Julian Bond interview with NPR, a caller stated, “Well, I was thinking that this [The Green Book] might be a useful tool still today . . . because in some parts of the country, there are places where black people … dare not go.”

Indeed, sixty years after The Green Book was discontinued, the search for black safety continues.

Historians explain how the past informs the present

Arica L. Coleman is a scholar of U.S. history and the author of That the Blood Stay Pure: African Americans, Native Americans and the Predicament of Race and Identity in Virginia and a former chair of the Committee on the Status of African American, Latino/a, Asian American, and Native American (ALANA) Historians and ALANA Histories at the Organization of American Historians.


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The chronic condition can feel overwhelming, so we asked some experts for their help and insight

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Endometriosis affects one in 10 of us, and an estimated 1.5 million women in the UK alone. But despite it being so widespread, there’s little awareness of what the condition entails (it’s not just heavy, painful periods) and how it can be managed.

With this in mind, we grilled a couple of ‘endo experts’ to help you better understand the condition. So whether you think you may have endometriosis, have just been diagnosed or simply want to learn more, read on for an in-depth guide.

What is endometriosis?

‘Endometriosis is the growth of endometrial-like tissue (the lining of the womb/uterus) outside of the uterus,’ explains Dr Anita Mitra, aka the Gynae Geek. ‘This is commonly on the ovaries, bowel, bladder and – in rare cases – on the liver and lungs.

‘The tissue responds to female hormones throughout the menstrual cycle as it would if it were in the womb; it thickens and then begins to fall away as it would during a period. However, because it’s not inside the womb with an escape route, it causes irritation, inflammation and often excruciating pain.

‘Eventually, it can cause scar tissue to develop, which in turn causes the normally mobile internal organs of the pelvis to become stuck together, further adding to the pain. Endometriosis can be staged during surgery according to where it is, how much there is and how much scar tissue is present. Stage I – minimal, Stage II – mild, Stage III – moderate, and Stage IV severe.’

Endometriosis symptoms

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‘A lot of people think endometriosis is just heavy, painful periods; while that can be true, and it’s probably the most common symptom, it can be a whole lot more than that,’ explains Anita.

The most common symptoms include pain in your lower tummy or back, severe period pain that stops you doing normal activities and difficulty getting pregnant, according to the NHS.

‘Symptoms also depend on where exactly tissue is growing,’ Anita continues. ‘For example, excruciating pain on having your bowels open could be a sign that it’s growing on your bowel. Endometriosis also commonly causes bloating, diarrhoea and constipation, and the presence of scar tissue can make having sex painful.’

Diagnosis

Diagnosing endometriosis can feel like a long process. After seeing your GP, you’ll be referred to a gynaecologist and will also need an ultrasound. ‘Endometriosis doesn’t show up on scans or blood tests, but it’s important to do a scan for other causes of pain,’ Anita explains. The scan can pick up other signs of the condition, such as a certain type of cyst with a classic appearance.

‘A normal scan doesn’t rule out the diagnosis however – the only definitive way to diagnose is endometriosis through a laparoscopy, keyhole surgery that involves putting a camera through your belly button to look directly inside your tummy.’

How to treat endometriosis

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The good news is that the condition is completely treatable through medication and surgery. ‘Surgery will sometimes be performed at the time of diagnosis, and involves releasing adhesions [fibrous bands that form between organs and tissue] and removing or destroying deposits and cysts,’ Anita explains.

‘This should always be performed by a specialist in endometriosis surgery and, although many people will notice an improvement, there is a high rate of recurrence in symptoms post-surgery.

‘Many surgeons will advise some form of hormonal therapy, such as the contraceptive pill, Mirena coil, or injections of something called a GnRH analogue. This is also an option for people who don’t want or need surgery; the aim is to block the hormones that cause tissue to grow and shed every month, thus reducing the amount of pain and bleeding.’

Endometriosis pain management

Anita advises that painkillers can be used, but when endometriosis pain is at its worst they may not be that helpful. ‘But it’s definitely worth a try,’ she adds. ‘Hormonal medications are the next step because they stop the build up and shedding of endometriotic plaques, which is a cause of a lot of the pain.

‘One of the biggest problems I see is constipation, which is surprisingly common because a lot of us don’t drink enough water or eat enough fibre. Constipation can make endometriosis pain worse, as it can make your stomach quite bloated and pull on the scar tissue, but it also means you need to strain more to open your bowels – which for many women is already incredibly painful. So simple things like increasing fibre and fluid intake could see an improvement in symptoms.’

A very common worry is that there’s a link between endometriosis and cancer, or even that it is a type of cancer – possibly because pain is such a red flag for so many of us – but that’s not the case.

‘While there are a few small studies suggesting a possible link, there are no large, robust studies confirming a causal link between endometriosis and endometrial cancer,’ Anita says.

Endometriosis and diet

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First things first: there is no need to eliminate entire food groups from your diet. ‘There are a lot of people who have read about cutting out dairy and gluten, although there’s no solid evidence that these worsen endometriosis’ Anita says.

‘But I think everyone should be treated as an individual – what might work for one person may not work for another. If you want to try it, by all means go ahead and try to keep a symptoms diary. But if this doesn’t improve your symptoms, there’s no need to cut things out of your diet for fear it’s making your endometriosis worse.’

Nutritionist Henrietta Norton is not only an expert in nutritional female health, but also on what it’s like to live with endometriosis, having been diagnosed in her twenties. After her laparotomy and laser treatment, she sought the help of a nutritional therapist, which she says changed her life.

‘Research continues to prove that nutrition and diet can be fundamental to managing the condition,’ she says. ‘Studies show that taking the right nutrients through supplements can reduce symptoms significantly – 98% of the women in one study experienced improvements.’

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So, what is it worth trying to consume more of in your diet?  ‘Zinc and magnesium are used in abundance during states of both physical and mental stress; as endometriosis is a state of physical stress, the demand is even greater than normal,’ Henrietta continues. ‘Women can actually lose up to half their magnesium supply during menstruation.

‘Endometriosis sufferers often experience heavy bleeding during their period, significantly reducing stores of iron. This, along with the trace mineral molybdenum, is required for the elimination of oestrogen (it’s thought that endometriosis is characterised by a dominance of oestrogen), and without adequate iron stores the pain management process can also be affected.’

‘Women with endometriosis have also been reported to have a lower intake of carotenoids (found in vegetables like carrots, kale and spinach) and D-glucarate (found in cruciferous vegetables, which blocks beta-glucoronidase) than women without endometriosis.’

Wild Nutrition’s Endometriosis Complex was created with the latest research in mind to use as part of a multi-disciplinary approach to managing the condition, Henrietta says. ‘Using natural forms of nutrients that are efficiently absorbed and used by the body in combination with organic herbs [magnesium, methionine, probiotics and more], the curated formulation addresses the complex condition affecting the immune and digestive systems and hormonal stability.’

Can you get pregnant with endometriosis?

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A common worry is that an endometriosis diagnosis means pregnancy is unlikely or even impossible. But is this actually the case? ‘Not always,’ says Anita. ‘Generally it depends on the severity, but saying that, we do see a lot of women with severe endometriosis on the labour ward delivering their babies, so it’s not impossible.’

Case in point: Despite being told that she would never have children, Henrietta now has three sons, all of whom were natural conceptions and healthy pregnancies.

‘I also see a lot of patients being diagnosed with endometriosis during the investigative process for infertility,’ Anita continues. ‘On further questioning, the vast majority report a long-standing history of the common symptoms, which is saddening to hear as they often say they thought it was normal, or something they just had to tolerate as part of being a woman.

‘This is why we need to get more comfortable with talking to our friends and families about periods and women’s health – to know what is normal and what might require further investigation. And it’s also a reason we shouldn’t leave potential gynae issues right up until trying to get pregnant.’

As part of her mission to educate women everywhere about their reproductive health, Anita is about to publish her first book, which you can pre-order nowThe Gynae Geek: Your No-Nonsense Guide to ‘Down There’ Healthcare tackles all of your burning gynae-related questions, from periods to smear tests to PCOS – it’s the definition of essential reading.

Day-to-day life

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As with any condition, it’s important to listen to your body and know when it’s telling you to take it easy. ‘I have become acutely aware of how the foods I choose to eat and my lifestyle affect my symptoms,’ Henrietta says.

‘I understand the importance of slowing down, taking time to restore and just “be” in everyday life, which has a profound affect. I now use my symptoms as gentle reminders signalling me to slow down and to rest and digest.’

Things may feel very overwhelming – especially at first – but there are a number of support groups, helplines and online forums you can visit to get more advice and emotional support. Head to endometriosis-uk.org (Anita’s go-to patient resource) for more information.

Note that the purpose of this feature is to inform, not replace one-to-one medical consultations. For advice tailored specifically to you, always discuss your health with a doctor.

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Style Guide For The Slim Man

In today’s world, many people are trying to lose weight either for their health or just for their own image. Here at the Gentleman’s Gazette, we believe that as long as a man is following the general principles of style, in addition to feeling healthy and following his doctor’s advice, carrying around a few extra pounds is nothing to be ashamed of.

With that said, there’s also a group of men out there at the opposite end of the spectrum. Thin men who may be looking to find ways to increase their physical presence. Whether or not you’re actually looking to bulk up though, cutting a masculine figure does have benefits.

Our subconscious sees fitness as an indicator of health and we are always looking for signs of strength in potential romantic partners, co-workers, or even friends. With all that in mind, here are some tips from one slim man to another on how to dress well in order to look healthy and masculine.

Dressing Guidelines For The Slim Man

Make sure to avoid baggy clothing

Make sure to avoid baggy clothing

1. Avoid Wearing Clothing That Makes You Look Frail

Many thin men often try to disguise their frames by wearing clothing that’s too large for them thinking that the extra fabric is going to make them look bigger, however, in reality, the opposite is actually true. At the same time, however, thin men should also stay clear of super skinny or skin-tight styles because these two are just going to draw attention to your thin frame.

Skinny pants make your leg look like sticks

Skinny pants make your leg look like sticks

What’s the solution then? Simply put, you just have to find clothing that’s going to fit you just right. If they fit properly, your clothes should drape naturally over your body, fitting closely but at the same time not feeling tight or pulling anywhere and also not so loose that they’re baggy or billowing. As such, you’ll definitely benefit in the long run from forming a good relationship with a tailor as you’re probably going to need to take all kinds of different garments in for one type of alteration or another in order to achieve that ideal fit.

Proper shoulder width of a jacket

Proper shoulder width of a jacket

In particular, pay close attention to your shoulders and your sleeves. The shoulder seam of your shirt should sit right at your shoulder’s edge. If it’s up too high, the shirt’s going to look too small on you and if it’s down too low, your shoulders are going to look like they’re drooping. If the seam sits right at the shoulder edge, it’s going to properly frame your shoulders and your chest. Similarly, your sleeves should be just wide enough so that your arms can fit comfortably inside of them. If they’re too tight, you’re going to have unsightly wrinkling all around your arms and if they’re too loose, they’re just going to look like you’re wearing a pirate shirt.

The same general principle is also true for your legs. Wearing skinny jeans or pants with a tight tapered fit in things like khakis, chinos, and so forth will just make your legs look like spindly sticks and that won’t flatter you at all.

Striped green and white dress shirt with micropattern tie from Fort Belvedere

Striped green and white dress shirt with a micropattern tie from Fort Belvedere

2. Wear Colors & Patterns That Boost Your Visual Heft

As a general rule, lighter colors like white, beige, or pastels are going to make you appear a little bit larger, overall. Just as darker colors and the quintessential black are said to be slimming, the opposite effect is true for lighter clothing. Meanwhile, wearing patterns will create a sense of movement in your outfit and will also make you seem larger. When we observe a busy pattern, it does take a moment for our brain to be able to explain to our eyes what it is that we’re seeing. That split second of communication means that if you’re wearing a busy pattern, people will have to take a second and that will make you look larger.

Checked Tweed in Green with flap pockets

Checked Tweed in Green with Fort Belvedere accessories

With regard to specific patterns, horizontal stripes are of course, the classic choice for broadening the frame whereas vertical stripes will make you look taller and thinner, overall. This isn’t to say however that vertical stripes should be completely forbidden from the wardrobe of a slim man. You should just be mindful of the overall effect that you’re trying to achieve. Also, checks and other grid patterns are other good choices for broadening your frame.

Black, blue, and white checked dress shirt

Black, blue, and white checked dress shirt

In general though, the smaller the scale of the pattern, the more it’s going to increase your perceived heft. For example, wearing a fine graph check shirt would be a good choice if that’s what you’re going for.

This sweater vest is perfect for layering or wearing under a blazer

This sweater vest is perfect for layering or wearing under a blazer

3. Layering Is Key

With each additional layer you put on, you’re going to be adding a bit more bulk. One layer on its own might not necessarily make a difference but if you’re wearing multiple layers in conjunction, you’ll be able to build up your frame a little bit more. Rather than simply piling on a bunch of sweaters, however, you’ll want to approach your layering a little bit more strategically.

Start with the lightest weight fabrics closest to your body and as you move outward, each subsequent layer can be more sturdy. Also, textured weaves like tweed, flannel, denim, or corduroy give more perceived heft than do smoother weave fabrics.

Returning to the concept of patterns for a moment, this same concept of working inward to outward should apply to patterns as well. For example, the pattern on your shirt, if it has one, should be less abrasive than the pattern that’s featured on your jacket or tie.

Aleks Cvetkovics with denim shirt on top of a turtleneck sweater

Aleks Cvetkovic with denim shirt on top of a turtleneck sweater

4. Find Ways To Make Your Neck Look Larger

Turtleneck sweaters are the classic choice to create this effect but you also do have other options. For example, you could have a zip neck, a stand collar, or a shawl collar on a sweater in particular. Also, simply wearing a dress shirt with a sturdy collar assisted further by the aid of collar stays is a good way to minimize the appearance of your neck because the pattern of the shirt will be carried upward a little bit by the verticality of the collar.

Considerations For Specific Garments

A great fitting shirt will allow you to move around without getting untucked

A great fitting shirt will allow you to move around without getting untucked

1. Shirts

T-shirts, polos, dress shirts, or any other type of shirt just like any garment in general for the slim man, should fit the body closely without being too tight. As we already mentioned, fit in the shoulders and the sleeves are key. Dress shirts, in particular, should also be long enough that they stay comfortably tucked in throughout the day. If your shirt is creeping out over your waistband throughout the course of the day, that’s a sign that it’s too short.

Very little shoulder padding

Very little shoulder padding

2. Jackets

Suit jackets, sport coats, and blazers are all designed with the goal of accentuating the features of the male form making the man look more muscular. They achieve this in a variety of ways when it comes to the details of their styling. One way that a jacket does this is by broadening your shoulders.

Many jackets, though not all, depending on the style will have a bit of padding in the shoulder that makes it look more full and also more angular. Optimal shoulder padding for a jacket is subtle, however, adding only about a half inch of height at the very most. Anything more than that and your shoulders are going to look unnaturally angular almost like you put your jacket on with the hangers still in it.

flattering v shape front

flattering v shape front

In addition to making you look wider at the shoulders, a proper, meaning a close-fitting jacket will also taper as it moves down toward your waist creating a natural V shape. This V shape is a universal sign of male strength and it should also be echoed even further by related shapes that are created by your lapels, as well as your shirt collar.

Most jackets that you buy off the rack are probably going to require some sort of alterations tailoring. We suggest you start with the ever-versatile two-button single-breasted model, though if you want to experiment with a double-breasted jacket, you can still wear one of those and have it flatter your form too. We would suggest something perhaps with a six on two button configuration.

proper jacket length

proper jacket length

The length of your jacket should hit just at the bottom of your seat offering you the neatest appearance possible. If it’s any longer than that, it’s generally going to look like the jacket is too big for you. You can choose either notched or peak lapels based on your own personal preference but whatever you go with, we recommend that they be at a width of about three inches which is just a hair narrower than the standard lapel width of about 3 and 1/8 inches.

3. Trousers

You should try to find something in the middle usually that will be labeled, fittingly enough, as slim. You can wear your trousers either at your natural waist which we recommend or a little bit lower depending on your own personal preference as well as your actual height.

Navy pants with inward pleats worn with suspenders for a smooth look

Navy pants with inward pleats worn with suspenders for a smooth look

If you’re a shorter man, you can wear your trousers a bit higher to make you seem taller and if you are tall and slim, you can wear them just a little bit lower because you don’t really need any help looking tall. Style-wise, you can opt for side fasteners, belt loops, or suspenders, though if you do wear suspenders, also called braces, we would recommend that you do keep them under another layer and don’t wear them visibly. The strong verticality of these suspenders is just going to make you look thinner overall which isn’t necessarily something you’ll want.

Here’s a tip when it comes to buying, most retailers are only going to describe the measurements of a pair of trousers using just two numbers which refer to the waist size and the inseam length. These two numbers, however, don’t really give you any idea of how wide the pants are around each individual leg or what the drop height is from the top of the waistband to the bottom of the crotch. As such, the best way to figure out how well a pair of pants fits you is simply to try it on. If the trouser fabric is heavy enough to fall smoothly, a little bit of looseness in the lower legs doesn’t have to be shied away from but at the same time, you don’t want to go too far with this or you’ll risk looking like you’re wearing bell-bottoms or simply wearing pants that have way too much fabric at the bottom.

Good length for cuffed trousers

Good length for cuffed trousers

When it comes to trousers with pleats, commonly accepted wisdom is that thin men should avoid them altogether because of the extra verticality that’s provided by those lines, however, this doesn’t have to be an absolute rule. Trouser cuffs can also add some additional visual weight as well as providing a slight horizontal line around your ankles. If you are fortunate enough to have many of your garments custom-made for you, you can go ahead and make these cuffs on your trousers a little bit wider.

More casual pants can have their pockets slanted forward slightly to break up some of that verticality. Also on the topic of pockets, try to avoid filling them up with piles of stuff, this is a surefire way to make your thighs look unsightly bulky or even lumpy, that’s not an effect you’re going for.

4. Neckties & Other Accessories

Depending on your own personal preference, a necktie with the width of about two and three-quarters to three and 1/2 inches is going to look good on a slim frame. Just remember that the overall width of your necktie should be relatively in sync with the width of your jacket’s lapel so that everything is harmonious overall.

Alternatively, knit ties are often only about two inches wide but their added texture and bulk will add some heft to your frame as we discussed previously in our general overview. Anything narrower than two inches into the realm of super skinny ties won’t do you any favors. Instead, these really slim ties are just going to echo the slimness of your overall frame.

Finally, whether you’re wearing a long tie or a bow tie, consider something with an engaging and inviting visual pattern as this extra visual element will draw attention away from your frame.

Fortunately for the slim man, he’s got a good bit of latitude in what kinds of accessories he can wear that will add bulk to his frame without looking outlandish. Take, for example, a well-puffed pocket square in an inviting pattern. This will work similarly to the patterned tie that we just discussed and that it will draw eyes away from the slimness of your frame.

What you want to avoid in a belt

What you want to avoid in a belt

Proportion is just as important here as anywhere of course and there is a point where an accessory will become too large making you just look like a clown. For example, overly broad belts and large belt buckles aren’t going to do a slim man any favors. For a slim man, you’re simply going to be better suited wearing a moderately sized belt with a conservative belt buckle.

Penny Loafers

Penny Loafers

5. Shoes

Go for something understated and on the slim side rather than something more utilitarian and chunky. Loafers are going to be a good bet for you as is anything from an Italian manufacturer as their styles are typically slimmer than some parts elsewhere around the world.

CONCLUSION

You don’t have to be muscular or physically imposing to project a masculine image. Simply by knowing what types of garments fit your body and flatter you, you can look confident as well as stylish all the time.

So if you’re a slim man, what style tips do you have that we might not have mentioned? If you have any, feel free to share with us in the comments section below!


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In-Depth ‘RDR2’ Hunting Guide: Perfect Pelts and Legendary Animals

Hunting is one of the lesser explained elements in Red Dead Redemption 2, but by the bottom of this guide, you’ll know your longhorns from your pronghorns.

Getting good/poor pelts to sell is okay. But for crafting, only perfect pelts will do. Pearson and the Trapper aren’t interested in anything lesser.

First we’ll cover the actual hunt, then which weapons and ammo to use and how to craft them, and finally we’ll get into the legendary animals.

Hunting in Red Dead Redemption 2

The game does a decent job of showing you how to use Eagle Eye (press down both thumbsticks) to see trails of animals you can follow. So let’s assume you’ve looked at the map, gone towards the icon of your target animal, and found it.

We’ll cover studying the animal below. But when it comes time to shoot it, you need to use Dead Eye. It’s a game changer.

It doesn’t matter if you sneak up on the animal, snipe it, or chase it on horseback — we do all of the above. Press Left Trigger, then press down on the Right Thumbstick, and your Dead Eye will slow-mo everything. After Dead Eye is levelled up to rank four, it’ll start showing you the weak points of animals, which is essential for getting perfect pelts.

It’s possible to learn these weak points through other means. Early on, you’re told head/neck shots on deer will do the trick. But for other animals, the sweet spot is quite small and hard to hit — especially when the animal is sprinting. Look at the teeny tiny spot on this fox needed to get a perfect pelt:

There are three kinds of hit: fatal, critical, and normal. Normal hits ruin the pelt. Hitting the red zones during Dead Eye should score you a fatal or critical hit. If it’s fatal, the animal dies instantly. If it’s critical (or if you’re using poison arrows), you may have to follow your prey until it collapses.

Those are the right steps mid-hunt — but you won’t start seeing those perfect pelts, skins, and hides until you make the right preparations before you take the shot.


RDR2 hunting binoculars study animal
You can study, and even snipe, from afar.

Know Your Prey

There’s a foolproof way to know exactly how to hunt each animal: study them. You can sneak up on them and hold RB, or it’s not too hard to hold RB while chasing them on horseback. But there’s an easier way: use the binoculars. Zoom in on the animal and you’re able to study from afar.

Once done, it’ll tell you which weapon and ammo to use to get a perfect pelt, or hide, or skin. It’s the difference between preying and praying.

If you don’t want to bother with all that, we’ve simplified the official chart below that shows which weapons and ammo you can use to get those perfect pelts, skins, and hides.


Red Dead Redemption 2 hunting animal size weapon perfect pelts hides skins
Hard mode is setting out with only a bow and varmint rifle.

The observant will spot that the sniper rifle can give you perfect pelts on medium, large, and massive animals. For “moderate” animals, only the Varmint Rifle will work. For small animals like snakes, only a bow with a small game arrow will get you a perfect result.

From medium-sized animals and up, only a critical or fatal hit will get you the perfect pelt you need. With all of the above, don’t use explosive ammo or you’ll ruin the pelt. Never use a pistol, revolver, or shotgun to hunt. Shotguns only have one niche case with massive animals in which slug ammo can still get you a perfect hide.

If you really wanted to, you could set out with just a varmint rifle and a bow, since critical hits with poison arrows work on medium-sized animals and up. Just be aware that you can’t eat the meat after using a poison arrow.

The sniper rifle also works well on all medium-sized animals and up, and a bit of distance can make the job easy. The descriptions of some animals get even more specific sometimes, requesting long-scoped rifles instead of just a normal sniper.


Red Dead Redemption 2 long scoped sniper rifle
Some animals specifically need long scoped rifles for a clean kill.

What Size is My Animal?

Small animals such as snakes, squirrels, chipmunks, toads, bats, and bullfrogs will be killed by one hit from anything. But only a small game arrow will preserve their skins and pelts perfectly.

Moderate animals include rabbits, jackrabbits, raccoons, skunks, muskrats, iguanas, gila monsters, armadillos, and badgers. The only way to get a perfect skin or pelt from these is to use the varmint rifle. Any shot is fatal.

Medium-sized animals are where it starts to get tougher. These are your beavers, coyotes, pigs, and foxes. Arrows and throwing knives (normal or poison) are suitable, as well as repeaters, rifles, and sniper rifles.

Large animals are where repeaters stop working. These are small alligators, boars, bucks, cougars, deer, big horn rams, panthers, goats, wolves, sheep, turtles, pronghorns, and peccaries. Arrows (normal or poison), throwing knives (only poison), rifles, and sniper rifles will do the trick.

Massive animals include alligators, bears, bison, bulls, cows, moose, elk, and oxen. With this class of animal, the skin/pelt/hide alone will take up your rear horse storage. Improved or poison arrows, poison throwing knives, rifles, and sniper rifles will get you a clean kill. It’s also possible with massive animals to use slug ammo in a shotgun.


Crafting poison arrows in Red Dead Redemption 2
If you have the materials, you can craft several at once — even without setting up camp.

Crafting For the Hunt

Setting out to hunt, you should be stocked up on the following, or plan to grab them in the field:

  • Poison arrows
  • Small game arrows
  • Improved arrows

You’ll find the recipe for poison arrows at the Fence for $ 58. You’ll also find the crafting recipe for dynamite arrows there for $ 85, and, well… You’ll see below why you might want that.

We haven’t found it necessary to use scent cover, or predator/herbivore bait. But if you find it helpful, go for it. After acquiring the recipe from the Fence, you can craft predator bait with fish meat and berries.


Hunting birds to craft flight feathers arrows Red Dead Redemption 2
Flight feathers can be plucked from most birds, and Left Trigger autoaim makes hitting them in flight easy.

Crafting different kinds of arrows requires flight feathers. You can shoot most birds for this. Pop them right out of the sky if you need, then take a knee and craft as many small game/improved arrows as you can.


Oleander Sage plant Red Dead Redemption 2 poison arrow knife crafting hunting
How the tall, pink Oleander Sage appears in-game and on the map.

In addition to flight feathers, poison arrows require Oleander Sage. This plant has tall, five-petal pink flowers, and grows on the riverbanks around Bayou Nwa.

Doing a quick lap for some Oleander Sage is a quick ride from Saint Denis and has some decent hunting along the way. While you’re picking plants you’ll find plenty of alligators to hunt, as well as boar and other animals.


Bayou Nwa map Oleader Sage location Lemoyne Red Dead Redemption 2 hunting crafting poison arrows knives
Cover the banks of the Kamassa River in Bayou Nwa for Oleander Sage.

Hunting Legendary Animals

The Legendary Animals challenge tasks you with hunting five legendary animals, but there are a lot more. Almost every type of animal has a legendary version.

All except for the cows. We guess that would be too legen – wait for it – dairy.

The good news is these are actually easier to hunt, in terms of pelt quality. It doesn’t matter what you do, that pelt will always be a legendary pelt. Incendiary/explosive shotgun shells? Go for it. Dynamite arrows? Sure.


RDR2 Legendary Animals Bull Gator hunting skin
Not even multiple headshots will save you from the Bull Gator.

These play out like a world-based quest, similar to when Hosea took you looking for that legendary bear. You’ll get the following notification when you’re in the right area:

You have entered Legendary Animal Territory. Hunt this Legendary Animal by finding and inspecting clues.

Use your Eagle Eye to find clues and investigate. After your second or third clue, you should be able to find the legendary animal nearby. Depending on the animal, you’ll have to either stalk or fight.

Taking the materials gained to the Fence will allow you to buy the trinkets associated with that legendary animal. They all have their own effects. Taking the pelt to the Trapper will give you access to new clothes and gear upgrades.

Legendary Animal Troubleshooting

Occasionally you’ll enter the area and see the following message instead:

You have entered Legendary Animal Territory, but there is too much activity in the area to track the animal.

This means there’s a side activity blocking your hunt. It could be a stranger calling out for help, or it could be lawmen chasing someone nearby. Sometimes you can camp, sleep for a few hours, and resume. Other times you’ll have to swiftly conclude whatever tangential intrigue RDR2 is drawing your attention to.

If there’s a natural predator to your legendary animal in the vicinity, you’ll have to remove that killjoy before you can hunt. The legendary animal didn’t get legendary by sticking around when there are hungry predators loose.

In the case of the Legendary Giaguaro Panther, level nine in the hunting challenge is required before it’ll appear. Once these things are complete, you should be able to see the first clue with Eagle Eye.


Trapper Red Dead Redemption Saint Denis hunting crafting pelts hides skins outfits
The Trapper in Saint Denis is nice enough to pay you for perfect pelts before he makes you clothes out of them.

How to Sell and Craft With Legendary Animal Materials

If you’re like us, you carried around your first legendary animal carcass across the whole map until you died with it on your shoulder, looking for a place to get rid of it. Pearson won’t take it, the Fence won’t buy it, and the Trapper isn’t interested. For a legendary beast, it’s not too popular.

Fear not! RDR2 does have a “storage” system of sorts. Donating materials to Pearson, or selling them to the Trapper, actually just makes them hold onto it for a while until you’re ready to craft with them.

It’s counterintuitive — the idea of selling a legendary pelt or skin to the Trapper, only to buy it back in the form of clothing? It’s odd, but that’s what you do.

Selling the legendary animal materials gets you about $ 50, which is very nice. We’ve had some fun with exploding legendary animals with dynamite arrows, and it makes the fight as easy as aim & shoot. But dynamite unfortunately sometimes renders the legendary animal unskinnable, which means you miss out on that minor payday.

Thankfully, you can’t “lose” the pelts and materials. Just visit the Trapper/Fence and they’ll have what you need. There’s only one of each legendary animal, so Red Dead Redemption 2 has done us a solid and made sure you can’t die and miss out on one-of-a-kind gear.


RDR2 The Fence trinkets talismans crafting materials hunting
Ah, the Fence. Ask no questions, tell no lies.

Trinket and Talisman Effects

While the Trapper will deck you out with clothing made from the pelts, hides, and skins, the Fence will make trinkets and talismans out of the claws, teeth, and other trophies you pull. Sometimes these will also require rare collectibles in the world, as well as standard jewellery like a silver earring.

Trinkets only require the legendary trophy. Talismans will require other unique items from the world.

Here’s what the Fence can make for you:

  • Beaver Tooth Trinket: Permanently slows degradation of all weapons by 10%.
  • Buck Antler Trinket: Player receives higher quality skinned animal parts.
  • Cougar Fan Trinket: Permanently increases your stamina experience bonus by 10%.
  • Coyote Fan Trinket: Permanently increases your Dead Eye experience bonus by 10%.
  • Elk Antler Trinket: Permanently increases the value of your looted money by 10%.
  • Fox Claw Trinket: Permanently increases the time Eagle Eye can stay active by five seconds.
  • Lion’s Paw Trinket: Permanently increases your stamina experience bonus by 10%.
  • Moose Antler Trinket: Permanently increases your health experience bonus by 10%.
  • Panther’s Eye Trinket: Permanently decreases the speed at which the Dead Eye bar drains by 10% for three seconds.
  • Pronghorn Horn Trinket: Stops animals on horseback from spoiling.
  • Ram Horn Trinket: Picking Creeping Thyme, Oregano, and Wild Mint yields 2x more herbs.
  • Wolf Heart Trinket: Consume 2x more alcohol before feeling negative effects of being drunk.
  • Tatanka Bison Horn Trinket: Permanently decreases the amount of melee damage received by 10%.
  • Alligator Tooth Talisman: Requires the Legendary Alligator Tooth, a gold jointed bracelet, and a set of Vintage Civil War Handcuffs. Permanently decreases the speed at which your Dead Eye core drains by 10%.
  • Bear Claw Talisman: Requires the Legendary Bear Claw, a silver chain bracelet, and one Quartz Chunk. Permanently decreases the speed at which your health core drains by 10%.
  • Boar Tusk Talisman: Requires a Legendary Boar Tusk, a gold earring, and one Cobalt Petrified Wood. Permanently decreases the speed at which horse health and stamina cores drain by 10%.
  • Bison Horn Talisman: Requires a Legendary Bison Horn, one silver earring, and one Abalone Shell Fragment. Permanently decreases the speed that the stamina core drains by 10%.
  • Raven Claw Talisman: Requiring one Old Brass Compass, this permanently slows degradation of all weapons by 20%.

Happy hunting, friends. When in doubt, study the animal to see if there are any special requirements that’ll make your life easier. Select the right tools and then Eagle Eye to track, Dead Eye to shoot. You’ll be taking those perfect pelts home in no time.

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Houndstooth Guide

Get to know the versatility of the houndstooth pattern in menswear and learn how you can wear and pair them tastefully.

Houndstooth Explained

In the most general terms, houndstooth is a type of checked pattern. As a reminder, a check is a type of pattern that’s created from the intersection of horizontal and vertical lines on a garment which creates small squares. Sometimes, you can also see something called an overcheck which is basically a larger scale pattern that’s complementing the smaller check at the same time.

In more specific terms, houndstooth is a symmetrical multicolored broken check pattern that is formed by the overall weave structure of the garment. Houndstooth can be distinguished from other similar types of check patterns by its jagged edges which are formed by tangent twill lines that flare out from the sides of the squares. It is called houndstooth because some people see these jagged edges as resembling the back teeth of a dog. Houndstooth was historically woven only from wool but today, you will see it on cotton, corduroy, fleece, and even some synthetic fabrics. The traditional houndstooth check is small in scale and usually found in muted tones of either brown and black.

Houndstooth Tweed with overcheck

Houndstooth Tweed with overcheck

More modern houndstooth styles can include brighter or flashier colors and also larger scale patterns. Traditional uses for houndstooth, as well as several other checked patterns, include all different kinds of tailored garments such as jackets, vests, trousers, hats, ties, scarves, or even bags of luggage. More trendy uses that you might see today include houndstooth fabric on shoes, as well as t-shirts, other casual apparel, and even some home decor items like beddings.

Houndstooth Terminology

  • Houndstooths

Similar terms include dogtooth or dogstooth, primarily in British usage. In French, you will see the phrases Pied De Poule which means hen’s foot or Pied De Coq which means Rooster’s foot for slightly larger patterns. If we are talking about a particularly small houndstooth pattern, again in English usage, you may also see the term puppytooth.

Houndstooth is available in many different color combinations and it is a classic pattern but it might not necessarily be everybody’s cup of tea. It can be a bit of a busy pattern and for that reason, you do have to be somewhat careful when combining it with other garments especially in different colors, patterns, or textures

Old Tom Morris

Old Tom Morris

As houndstooth was traditionally a pattern for tweed fabrics, here’s a brief refresher on tweed. Tweed was originally a solely hand-woven fabric. The threads were rough and felted and the colors were muted and earthy, usually in browns or greens, for example. Tweed, in particular, was the gentleman’s sporting fabric of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Phrased another way, it was sort of the performance fabric of this time; almost akin to something like Under Armour now.

The English gentry of this time period quickly adopted tweed as the go-to outdoor fabric for their country estates. Also, because it was a fairly effective form of camouflage against the rolling hills of Scotland and England, it was used for all different kinds of outdoor activities including hunting and fishing. Also, early golfers, for example, people like Old Tom Morris, wore all kinds of houndstooth and other tweeds when they were on the course. Of course, tweed fabric is very rarely used for sporting events these days except for a few specific events like for example, the tweed run.

Shepherd's check pattern

Shepherd’s check pattern

  • Shepherd’s Check

When houndstooth is woven at particular sizes, usually something like 6 yarns by 6 yarns or larger and in colors like brown and white or black and white, it can, therefore, classify as a shepherd’s check. As you might imagine, shepherd’s check is a pattern named after the simple plaids that were worn by herders working in the hills between Scotland and England. This pattern was frequently on large warm cloaks that they wore and they would use these cloaks not only to keep warm from the wind and weather but they would also sometimes even carry newborn lambs in these cloaks.

Because the pattern was so closely identified with shepherds, we still know it today as the shepherd’s check. Just like houndstooth, shepherd’s check is another popular pattern for sturdy tweeds, although it’s comparatively a rustic pattern whereas houndstooth is a bit more versatile. Also like houndstooth, shepherd’s check can still come in a variety of sizes and color combinations. The shepherd’s check is also known as the pepita check if it is a bit smaller. This is exclusive in German-speaking countries.

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Gui Bo from Men Need More Style at Pitti Uomo wearing a green houndstooth coat

How To Wear & Pair Houndstooth

On the whole, houndstooth, as well as pretty much other kinds of traditional tweed pattern you’ll see, is fairly underrated. Tweed has a multitude of different color, texture, and weaving options and you can get much more variety by using it in your outfits than you could with just a standard plain wool.

Given its heritage, houndstooth is an ideal choice for autumn and winter and various activities you might participate in during those times. Say, for example, cold weather golfing, trout fishing, or bird hunting. On the opposite end of the spectrum, houndstooth, as well as other tweed patterns, are not ideally suited for traditional white collar business scenarios. These patterns are a little too rustic and are a little too informal.

Sport Coats

Our founder, Sven Raphael Schneider, has many different tweed coats, several of them in houndstooth. Because of their variations in color, pattern, and texture, they are very versatile, fun, and easy to wear. You can even own up to thirty of them and still probably have room for more in your closet. Also, vintage jackets featuring a houndstooth pattern are fairly easy to find. Because vintage jackets using this pattern were often woven from sturdy wool tweed, they were built to last so you can still find all kinds of them in various locations including thrift stores, second-hand stores, or perhaps even online.

We would go for a single-breasted jacket featuring 2 buttons or 3 roll 2 button stance. Also, we would recommend colors including brown, green, beige, or some red, or alternatively, you could also go for grayscale or even some muted blues. Though we usually discourage single vents on the back of jackets, it is a perfectly acceptable choice for houndstooth given the sporting heritage of the garment. Of course, you can also go with a double vent.

Also because of the informal nature of traditional houndstooth jackets, patch pockets are a particularly smart choice, you can also see flap pockets as well. Houndstooth pairs particularly well with textures in an outfit. Take, for example, a knit tie or even another type of tweed such as a waistcoat. On that note, you can also see a houndstooth pattern used on a patterned waistcoat. If you wear one of these, it is probably best not to wear it with a similar houndstooth jacket just because they clash and would not be harmonious.

Houndstooth suit

Houndstooth suit

Houndstooth Suits

Although houndstooth suits are not necessarily as common as some other pattern types of suits that you will see today, they do, of course, exist. In fact, you have seen Raphael wear a few different houndstooth suits on the channel before. Of course, what this means is that the jacket, vest, and trousers all feature exactly the same houndstooth pattern because they were cut from the same cloth. If you do choose to wear a houndstooth suit, a small subtle check would be the more versatile option. If you were to try to wear a full houndstooth suit featuring a larger style houndstooth check, it would verge on looking like a costume. Go for something smaller and you will look more distinguished.

White and lavender puppytooth dress shirt

White and lavender puppytooth dress shirt

Dress Shirts

Most typically for dress shirts, you will see a very small houndstooth pattern, this is where the term puppytooth again comes in. Often, this pattern is just in one color and white. Now, on more informal shirts, you will sometimes see a larger scale houndstooth check and it can also be in multiple colors. This would be for a more casual styled shirt, usually in something like a slightly thicker cotton flannel.

Neckwear

As far as houndstooth in neckwear is concerned, houndstooth ties are a traditional and still popular option. You will see houndstooth on neckties in printed silk which is usually smoother as well as a woven bourette fabric which has a little bit more texture to it. Burgundy is a classic color for a houndstooth necktie as is navy and for that reason, many men will choose one of these two colors first.  Also, if you happen to wear a lot of brown tweeds, a beige houndstooth tie could be a particularly smart choice. Houndstooth is also a popular pattern for bow ties.

Houndstooth Silk Bourette Bow Tie Burgundy Cream - Fort Belvedere

Houndstooth Silk Bourette Bow Tie Burgundy Cream – Fort Belvedere

Now, if you are wearing a houndstooth jacket, it is probably best not to also be wearing a houndstooth tie. If that is the case, you could wear a Prince of Wales pattern tie in a somewhat large pattern in a color such as gray or navy. Also, you could be wearing a tie with a Macclesfield neats pattern or a similar sort of micropattern. Of course, going with a solid colored necktie here, perhaps a knit tie that provides just a little bit of texture is always a safe and distinguished choice.

Houndstooth pocket square

Houndstooth pocket square

Pocket Squares

For pocket squares, the same rules generally apply as for neckwear. A houndstooth pocket square in silk can add a pop of color and interest to an otherwise more muted jacket. If you are wearing a houndstooth jacket, go for a more simple pocket square in silk or in a slightly more textured fabric.

Houndstooth flat cap

Houndstooth flat cap

Hats

As far as hats are concerned, flat caps are a traditional choice that still remains equally stylish today. You will see flat caps in all different kinds of tweed patterns including houndstooth.

Shoes

As we have said in the past, brown is the most versatile color for outfits consisting of a combination of sport coat and odd trousers. Oxfords, derbies, and loafers are all acceptable in various shades of brown for these kinds of outfits. For a slightly more modern shoe style, monk straps or suede shoes still usually in varying shades of brown can also look particularly smart.

Gucci Horsebit Loafer 1953

Gucci Horsebit Loafer 1953

Conversely, black shoes are much more risky to wear with these kinds of outfits. You can still get away with a more informal type of black shoe such as a horsebit loafer and these will look best if the houndstooth you are pairing is in a grayscale pattern. You can pull off houndstooth with black shoes but you have to exercise a little bit more caution. Now you may see particularly modern styles of shoes or boots that have fabric inserts, in these cases, you could actually see a houndstooth pattern on the footwear itself.

Boutonnieres

We are big fans of boutonnieres here at the Gentleman’s Gazette because they add that special touch of sprezzatura in a way that you don’t see many men doing these days. Generally, when wearing a boutonniere with a houndstooth jacket, you should go for something smaller and more subdued because you don’t want a large flower clashing with the already bold nature of the houndstooth pattern.

CONCLUSION

The houndstooth is a very versatile pattern. It is equally at home in the Scottish highlands or in a business casual office environment. If worn and paired tastefully with other items, it can look unique but not too flashy. Overall, it is really a pattern that you can sink your teeth into if you know how to wear it well.

How do you like to wear houndstooth? Share with us in the comments below.


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Let’s face it: the 2018 World Series, between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox, doesn’t exactly ooze charm. This matchup of coastal metropoles features the team with the highest team payroll in the league — Boston, at around $ 228 million — against a club clocking in at number three — the Dodgers, who shelled out nearly $ 200 million to win the National League pennant. Boston’s been awash in championships, and another one will spark millions of eye rolls outside of New England. Ever since the Curse of the Bambino ended when Boston won the World Series in 2004, the Sox have won two more titles, in 2007 and 2013. Over the past decade, each of Boston’s four major pro sports franchises has lifted at least one championship trophy.

Sure, the Dodgers haven’t won a World Series in 30 years. But Los Angeles is, well, Los Angeles. No one’s darling.

Still, this could be a terrific series. So stop obsessing over your fantasy football team or LeBron on the Lakers or the midterm elections or whatever you’re obsessing about, and enjoy the Fall Classic.

The World Series starts tonight. Here are few quick things to know:

Battle of the Beards. Each team has a talented player with bushy red stubble covering their faces. You can always pick a favorite and go from there. In Game 2 of the National League Championship Series, Los Angeles was six outs away from falling behind 0-2 to Milwaukee before Justin Turner hit a two-run home run that gave the Dodgers a 4-3 lead. Los Angeles won the game, and the series in seven. Turner’s do has inspired Halloween costumes, and this year he was nominated for MLB’s Roberto Clemente Award thanks to his off-the-field philanthropy. Boston’s bearded closer Craig Kimbrel hunches over and dangles his right arm like a bat’s wing before every pitch. He’s also struggled for much of this post-season, giving up runs in four straight playoff games before he quieted the Houston Astros in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series and closed out that series. According to former Red Sox reliever Eric Gagne, Kimbrel had been tipping his pitches: he texted this info to Boston manager Alex Cora, who passed it along to Kimbrel before his effective outing. As a player, Gagne enjoyed his best years in Los Angeles. After sharing info that could have given the Dodgers and advantage, no one’s buying Gagne any Dodger Dogs.

About That Drought. If any team’s due for a World Series title, it’s Los Angeles. Although the Dodgers haven’t won a championship in three decades, LA’s reached the playoffs a dozen times since ’88, and won the National League West six years running, falling just a game short against the Houston Astros in last year’s World Series. You’ll be sure to see many 30th anniversary replays of Kirk Gibson’s legendary home run in the bottom of the ninth of Game 1 of the 1988 World Series, when the injured slugger gave LA a walk-off win against the heavily favored Oakland A’s. (The Dodgers won the Series in five games). Poor Dennis Eckersley. The former Oakland reliever made the Hall of Fame, but at this point may be better known for giving up that homer to Gibson. Eckersley’s now a broadcaster… for the Red Sox.

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Manny Being Manny. The Dodgers won the trade deadline this summer, when LA acquired Baltimore shortstop Manny Machado — one of the transcendent talents in the game — for five prospects. Look for Boston’s fans, never a reticent lot, to boo him hard. You see, a season ago Machado drove his spikes into the knee of Boston’s Justin Pedroia on a slide. Boston retaliated by throwing at Machado, and Machado hurled about 100 F’bombs at the Red Sox. In the ALCS, Milwaukee’s Christian Yelich called Machado a “dirty player” due to some of his baserunning habits (like appearing to kick people). Machado will sign a monster contract somewhere after this season. But LA’s trade deadline bet has paid off: the Dodgers, with Machado in tow, are back in the Fall Classic.

Rivalry Reborn? Fans might not remember the prior Fall Classic between these two franchises, in 1916 : the Red Sox faced the Brooklyn Robins, who became the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1932, who became the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1958. The Sox beat the Robins in five. Boston and LA forged a legendary basketball rivalry, as the Celtics have met the Los Angeles Lakers 11 times in the NBA Finals, with the Celtics winning eight of those meetings (Boston also defeated the Minneapolis Lakers in the 1959 Finals). Boston’s fans hated LA so much, they implored the Philadelphia 76ers to “Beat LA! Beat LA!” as Philly knocked the Celtics out of the 1982 playoffs. (The Lakers beat the Sixers in the Finals that year). Like it or not, both baseball teams have the money and talent to make return trips to the World Series. If Boston-LA is a budding baseball rivalry, let’s just hope for a stellar first act.

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Pokemon Go Gen 4 guide

Niantic finally unleashed the next generation of Pokemon into Pokemon Go on Tuesday, and countless players are already scrambling to get their hands on all of the new creatures. As always, Niantic is rolling out the new Pokemon in waves, which means that only about 20 or so new Pokemon are appearing in-game so far. But they can’t all be found simply by spotting them in the wild, which is why we’ve put together a guide to help you out.

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