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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!

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5 ways to protect your children while you’re away

As a parent, you probably spend a lot of time worrying about your children’s safety. That feeling is amplified when you’re away on business or working. It’s never easy leaving a child unsupervised. In fact, depending on their age it could also be illegal to leave them alone or unattended.

However, if your kids are old enough to spend a few hours alone at home but young enough to be at some risk, you need to take certain precautions before you leave them. Here are five ways you can protect your kids while you’re away:

  1. Install surveillance

Surveillance cameras could be your best bet to monitor the house and make sure your children are safe. Try to get an integrated system that hooks up to the internet and lets you livestream video while you’re away. Also, inform your alarm company about the hours you’ll be away so that they can be more alert. Leave signs and posters around the house to advertise your security. This is probably the best way to deter burglars and keep your kids safe.

  1. Create an illusion

Another great way to keep your kids safe is to create the illusion that you’re at home. Leave some of the lights on and keep a pile of unopened mail out the front door. You can even invest in timers that schedule turning lamps on and off. Attackers won’t target a house if they think the whole family is at home.

  1. Keep It Off Social Media

A surefire way to put your kids at risk is to broadcast your location on social media. If you’re travelling or working, keep it off social media so that no one knows your kids are unattended. Nearly eight out of ten burglars use social media to figure out your location before planning an attack.

  1. Trust a friend

If you’ve got a friend who lives close by, get them to check on your kids regularly. You can even ask a neighbour to drop in from time to time. Perhaps the best way to keep your kids safe is to hire a professional babysitter while you’re away.

  1. Train Your Kids

Teach your kids all the basics of being safe while you’re not around. Speak to them openly about the risks and make sure they know the dangers of talking to strangers or leaving the house without permission. Give them a spare pair of keys if you think they can handle it. Get them to check on the electricals and gas stoves. Make sure they have all the emergency contact numbers they might need.

It’s never easy leaving your kids unattended. Sometimes, it’s unavoidable. Make sure you’ve taken all the necessary precautions if you have to step out for a few hours or more.

How to Pick the Right Boarding School

Having a great education sets the foundation for success. Statistics show that those who receive a great education, on average do much better in just about all measures of life.

There are many approaches parents take to ensure their children receive a great education. Some choose home schooling which allows them to control every aspect of their child’s education from curriculum to the amount of hours spent every day on school work. Some parents choose to put their kids in a formalized learning environment controlled by educators who have a track record for getting great results.

Both of these approaches can work well depending upon the child. But what is certain, is that children do better academically when they have few distractions and are literally living in an environment built to support learning.

This is perhaps why boarding schools consistently graduate the world’s top students. They offer a completely planned out education strategy and a setting that is proven to create high performing students.

But like everything in life, not all boarding schools are created equal and parents interested in sending a child to a boarding school needs to study their options and have a checklist for deciding on the right school. Here are some of the items to include on your checklist:

Educational Credentials

At the heart of any great school is its academic track record, so you will want to examine the education credentials of each boarding school you are considering. It should reveal a school that has top tier teaching curriculum, highly credentialed teachers and a large percentage of the student body that is excelling in classes.

For those who are not excelling in their classes, there should a support system in place that gets to the bottom of why and corrects these deficiencies in a very systematic and deliberate manner.

Further you should find that students are being accepted in high numbers at the top universities and there should be a number of alumni that have gone on to have standout careers in their chosen fields. All of this information should be made available by the school either as an introduction to their approach and accomplishments in this area or upon your request.

Recognized Leaders in Their Specialty Areas

Many boarding schools specialize in a particular subject or subjects. There are schools that are renowned for graduating future politicians and others that excel at creating future business leaders. There are boarding schools with performing arts programs that are the industry standard, and others who graduate top scientists. Make sure if you are interviewing a school that has a particular specialty area, that they have a great reputation for graduating successful professionals in that industry.

A Large Number of Students are Boarders

Practically every boarding school also has students that are day students, meaning those that go home in the afternoons and are not on the school campus during the weekends. So you want to make sure that there is a large enough amount of students that actually stay at the school to ensure that your child will have company during the evenings and weekends. Being far away from home with no one around can be extremely taxing and disorienting on young people. Without lots of other kids boarding, there will be fewer activities available for them to partake in, and fewer friends for them to make. So ask the school about the number of students who are boarders.

Appropriate Values and Traditions

Many boarding schools have been around for decades and some for hundreds of years. During their time in existence they develop an ethos or set of characteristics that come to define the school. Some schools are regarded as very tough and stringent regarding academics, others have a strong record of compassion, while others have a reputation for developing creative skills in students. You should understand this ethos and decide if it fits with what you want for your child.

Focus on Extra-curricular Activities

When your child is not in class or studying there will be considerable free time. Boarding schools try and fill this time with productive activities. You need to be sure that there are enough of the type of activities that will appeal to your child, going on all year long at the school.

Most boarding schools have excellent facilities for music, sports and other types of activities on campus. The school should offer all sorts of group activities built around these facilities. This means singing and music groups, sports teams, drama productions, debate groups, and others, and students should be strongly encouraged to join.

There is also an opportunity to work within the community around the school as a volunteer. These types of activities give students the chance to meet new people and make new friends and develop character. They also build student’s character and school record, which will be looked on positively by universities.

Deciding where to send your child to school is a big challenge. When you add the need to ensure they are also cared for well while they learn, it complicates things even more. Do your homework and you will learn information that will help you make a good choice.