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The Hottest Guy’s Summer Fashion Tips for 2017

Summer has very-much begun, and—depending on where you are in the world—there’s a good chance you’ve already started to soak up some rays in the sunshine; but, it’s always important to look good while you’re doing so. Whether you’re cruising along the beach in Miami, chilling in bars with hipsters in London, or hanging out next to the cutting-edge fashionistas of Tokyo, we’ve got tips to keep you guys looking extra sharp in the blazing sun.

Buy Clothes That Fit!

Yes, it may seem incredibly obvious, but this is especially crucial now that the age of baggy jeans is dying out. Guys, especially, need to wear clothes that fit them properly. Wearing anything that’s too relaxed (or, even worse, too tight) will look ridiculous.

For the summer, that means getting yourself some nice t-shirts (even the over-sized/long plain white ones, so long as you’re slim enough to look good in them) and tasteful past-the-knee shorts. Combine these with some easy-on-the-eye sneakers and short socks (not full-length!) and your coolness will start to rise exponentially.

Roll Up Your Shirt Sleeves

Another fashion which is, thankfully, on the way out are short-sleeved shirts. You know the ones: they look like they were meant to continue down past the elbow, but the factory where they were being produced suddenly ran out of fabric.

Start to look like a human being with a modicum of good fashion sense by investing in some nice, long-sleeved shirts which you can then roll up past your elbow. Slim guys, in particular, suit this look and, combined with the nice past-the-knee shorts mentioned above, you’ll start to attract the honeys like you never even imagined!

Blazers

Believe it or not, blazer-chique can help a guy kill the game right now. Shop around, and find a nice, low-key blazer (preferably without buttons, and definitely without any kind of design of them). Especially nice are dark-grey/black blazers worn over plain white tees, or even over button-down shirts.

Not only will this make you look like you have a great eye for fashion, but a plain blazer will be versatile enough that you can either wear it while hanging out with buddies in a bar, or while you’re heading off to your next meeting at work.

DO NOT WEAR GYM CLOTHES

We don’t care what you heard, and we don’t care who told you to do it. Do not wear gym clothes anywhere other than the gym (which is, perhaps, why they’re called “gym clothes”).

Not only is it especially unattractive, but most gym clothes won’t have the kind of fit you need to provide the impression that you know what constitutes a good dress sense. For the love of all that is holy, leave your sweatpants and polyester shorts in the gym bag where they belong, and get yourself some appropriate clothing.

Vertical Stripes And (Some) Patterns Are In

You heard it here, first, folks. Well, maybe you didn’t, but we’re confirming it: vertical stripes are sexy, and there’s a wide range of ways to incorporate them into the way you dress. Pick yourself up a nice t shirt with simple black and white stripes, or even a nice subtle pattern design, and you’ll be well on your way to looking great for the summer.

Hopefully these fashion tips have got you covered for the summer ahead. Remember, if you don’t dress like a five-year-old, you’ll start to give off the impression that you’ve got your life sorted out. Until next time, always check yourself in the mirror before leaving the house, and keep checking back for more great articles like this!

How to Use Poker as a Mindfulness Practice

Most common mindfulness practices are fundamentally simple. Things like deep breathing, counted breaths, and short breaks and walks can help to calm us, clear our minds, and generate simultaneous states of relaxation and awareness. As much purpose as these small, simple practices have though, there are also some more involved activities that can assist with the development of greater mindfulness. And it may surprise some to learn that the game of poker is among them.

Gaming and Meditation

It is first important to understand that a link has been established between gaming and meditation in general. For a long time there were a lot of misconceptions about gaming as an active, almost violent practice meant solely for young people. But perceptions have changed over time. We now understand that people in all age groups play games of all kinds, and we further accept that a lot of these games have meditative qualities. Gamer testaments and a few scientific studies alike have indicated that the right game can have a soothing effect on one’s mental state.

This is the case with poker as well. A passion for many around the world, it’s a unique game that doesn’t necessarily fall under the umbrella of traditional “gaming” as we tend to think of the term. It is nonetheless similar with regard to mindfulness, however. Approached with intention, it can be a calming, almost meditative hobby for players.

Mental and Emotional Calm

When considering the game of poker specifically, one tends to think first of strategy, luck, and mathematics. In some sense, these are the building blocks of any given game of poker, and it will of course be important for any aspiring player to learn how they all factor in. However, what really helps successful players to win at poker is a sound mindset. The manifestation of a sound overall poker game requires that players learn to accept defeat and to avoid getting too high from a win. It demands reasonable approaches to betting and competition, clear-eyed social interaction, and the ability to operate without ego.

Add those factors up, and what success in poker really demands is mental and emotional calm. Players need skill and strategy to be sure, but above all else they need to be able to clear their minds of various pressures and shut out hasty impulses. This in and of itself is nearly a form of meditation, and certainly serves as a sort of training for mindfulness practice.

Focused Meditation

Beyond helping players to establish a general sense of mental and emotional calm, poker also leads to an ability to focus that, in its own way, is meditative. Generally, a focused meditation is described as the practice of focusing on something intently as a way of staying in the present moment and slowing down inner dialogue. It more or less means zeroing in on one subject to the exclusion of all else for the purpose of clearing one’s head — which is pretty much exactly what one has to do in poker! Even the slightest distraction can be a problem, and while the game demands a lot of attention it still makes for such narrow focus that one can clear one’s mind in a useful and soothing way.

Even given all of these benefits, poker does not comprise an entire mindfulness or meditation routine. For those interested in working on these aspects of personal wellness though, it’s always good to have one more option! Some will find this simple, popular card game to be legitimately beneficial.

If you enjoyed this article, you might also like our piece on how to boost your energy, especially useful as we enter a new year and search for fresh motivations!

Earfree Nitebuds: For Better Sleep

Earfree Nitebuds, the two-in-one speaker and pillow that plays calming music, improving the quality of your sleep, is launching on Indiegogo.

The idea for the Nitebuds sleep pillow came from people who used to sleep with earphones in. Many of us who have trouble sleeping at night use earphones to listen to calming sleep music, but sleeping with earphones in is just too uncomfortable. Using earphones while you sleep can cause pain and inflammation in the ear; plus, earphones tend to fall out in the middle of the night. But the adverse effects of earphones on ear health is undoubtedly the most critical of these issues.

Nitebuds puts music IN the pillow to solve the problems caused by conventional earbuds. All you have to do is lay your head down on the pillow to be serenated with lovely music. There’s no earbuds involved – so you can roll around in bed all you like without having to worry about damage to your ears or earbuds falling out.

Nitebuds are simple to use. Just place the speakers in the special sleep-aid pillow, then use Bluetooth to pair your smartphone and begin your music therapy. Once your music is playing, Nitebuds’ crater-shaped design enhances the acoustics, making you feel like you’re listening in on a concert hall performance. This design also prevents the sound from leaking out, giving you the same quality of sound at a 30% lower volume, so as not to bother whoever’s sleeping next to you.

The Nitebuds app also provides free ASMR music and ambience, soothing the brain and easing any anxiety. This white noise works has great benefits on mental health and attentiveness, making the sleep music from the Nitebuds app particularly effective at inducing a natural sleep.

Nitebuds uses 3D mesh material for full, fluffy comfort. The mesh also helps the music play through the pillow without getting muffled, plus high-quality microfiber cotton is also used to give the perfect amount of depth and coziness. The microfiber cotton is also a renewable, biodegradable material, which means Nitebuds is eco-friendly, too.

Even though Nitebuds is electronic, the speaker and pillow are fully separable, meaning the pillow can be washed without issue. If you want, you can even use the pillow by itself without the speakers, or even place other items inside the pillow to help you sleep.

For instance, if you find yourself sweating a lot in those hot summer nights, you can place ice-packs in the pillow to help cool off. Or, when you’re stressed out and in the mood for aromatherapy, the CYPRESS insert can be used for some phytoncide healing.

Also, if you have a preference for a specific pillow height, just use the COTTON insert to adjust the pillow’s height to your preference.

You can back Earfree Nitebuds – the high-tech pillow that serenades you to sleep – by finding their campaign on Indiegogo.