Five Unique Ideas for Valentine’s Day

It’s almost Valentine’s day, and you’re scratching your head on what to do with your significant other. So you end up spending hours googling to find gift ideas and things to do that will be memorable for the both of you. Well lucky for you guys I have come up with five different things that you can do with your loved ones that will be unique and special.

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1. If you and your significant other are on a budget, but desires to give back to your local community, you can go spend your Valentine’s Day at a local nonprofit. It is unique and you’ll feel great knowing that you were able to help others on this special day. It’s a feeling of love and accomplishment that you won’t get anywhere else. To find a local nonprofit you can use GiveGab app (only available for those with ipads or iphones) or simply google to find local places to volunteer at.

2. For those who are celebrating Valentine’s day as Single’s Awareness Day, try spending time with your friends who are enjoying the single life. For instance, you and your buddies can go on a road trip to a place you’ve never been. Not single? Go on a trip with friends that are in a relationship, and make it a multi-date road trip.

3. Fishing/Ice fishing – Those who love outdoor activities and are bold to deal with the colder weather during the month of February should go fishing. Bonus: When night time comes you can cuddle with each other and gaze at the stars.

4. Explore the city- Instead of going to a fancy expensive restaurant and then going to the movies, try exploring a new place with a new area. For instance, if you live in Minneapolis like us, there are many smaller towns to visit with intriguing local restaurants. It’s guaranteed to create new memories that you will cherish with your significant other.

5. Lastly, for those who haven’t dated in a while, why not do something exciting and new? Take a dance class to spice things up or take a fun cooking class to experience the bonds of creating a delicious dish.

5 Great Ways for Men to Tie Their Scarves

Winter is here. And if you’re currently living in the United States, you’re probably feeling the arctic blast of low temperatures. You’re not worried though, as you have your trusty coat, fuzzy hat, thick gloves and a wool scarf to help keep you from freezing over. Because let’s face it, cold weather isn’t going to stop you from having a good time. Be sure to wear your scarf correctly though, because when it is worn right, it becomes more than just another piece of apparel that keeps you warm. A scarf will add a touch of finesse to your style. In this article, I will introduce some ways to tie a scarf which will make you look suave and truly a Spiffster.

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The Smooth Urban Style

If you want to look stylish, but don’t like to waste much time; this one’s for you. Overlap the scarf into equal parts, the long way, and wrap it around your neck; at that point, pull the loose ends through the ring that was made by the overlay.

The Casual Style

This style looks great on casual clothing. If you are out for a casual event or going to a nightclub; this will be a great to wear it. Wear the scarf around your neck, with the left side of the scarf coming down to your chest, while the other side runs down to your waist. Now take that long side of the scarf and pull it around your neck from the left side, so that both sides fall equal on your chest.

The Gentleman’s Cross

If you’re wearing a coat or a jacket, this might be the perfect way to wear it. Wear the scarf around your neck and tuck it inside the coat or a jacket. You can also wear it around the neck without tucking it in and it still would look great. Make sure both sides are level.

The Fashion Aficionado

If you are wearing a casual jacket, this style is a great option. Wear the scarf around your neck, and make it level on both sides. Pull the right side across and behind the left side to make a knot. When you pull the scarf down from the right side, the knot will tighten and the scarf will come in to a smooth shape. You can also tuck in the fall of the scarf inside the jacket.

Mr. International

If you are looking for a look which will make you appear fashionable anywhere in the world, this one’s for you. Again, wear the scarf around your neck, so that it is level on both sides. Now take the right side and pull it over the left shoulder.

Harcum College’s Dress For Success Program Helps Students Enter The Work Force Confidently

“We give our students the tools they need to be successful academically and now we’re giving them the means to dress for success, while also feeling confident, as they head into the work force,” remarked Associate Vice President of Student Life Urick Lewis. Harcum College in Bryn Mawr, PA launched a Career Closet in 2012 when they realized that many of their students didn’t have the proper business attire to wear to a job interview.

Students at Harcum come from all walks of life. They have a mix of different economic backgrounds. Diversity is one of Harcum’s core values and they found the Career Closet as a way of being inclusive. Anyone can utilize the Closet and whatever a student takes becomes their own. They don’t need to return it or pay anything for it.

The Closet was dormant for a few years and in Fall 2017 there was a grand re-opening with increased emphasis on helping students achieve their goals by boosting their self-esteem with a career-focused wardrobe. Danyele Dove, Director of Career & Transfer Services, manages the Career Closet with the help of her staff and several work-study students. The students are majoring in Fashion Design & Merchandising, so helping to design and maintain the Closet is adding job skills to their resumes.
“When you see clothes going to students who have a genuine need, it makes a big impact,” commented Dove. This semester seven students utilized the Career Closet to find the appropriate attire for job interviews. Three of those students secured the job they wanted and are thankful they had the Career Closet to help them.

Hearing of the Dress for Success mission, Spiffster donated a box of ties to the Career Closet. The Student Life department hosted a “How to Tie a Tie” tutorial. For many of the young men who benefited from this generous donation, this was their first time owning a tie.

Ricardo Jean-Pierre, a Sports Management major and international student from Haiti, was learning to tie his new tie by watching a video. In his first year of college, he may not have an immediate need for business attire, but now he knows he has what he’ll need when the time comes.

All clothing and accessories in the Closet are from donations made by Harcum employees, graduates, and friends. Harcum hopes that the donation from Spiffster will encourage other businesses to support the Career Closet.

What’s next for the Career Closet? Coordinator Danyele Dove said, “I’ve discovered that male students don’t know their shirt size. Being female, I don’t understand the sizing of men’s clothing. It’s something that I need to learn along with our students. So we’re hoping to find a men’s clothing store who can give us a lesson.”

You can learn more about Harcum College at www.harcum.edu. If you would like to contribute to the Career Closet, please contact Amy Shumoski at ashumoski@harcum.edu.

Photo 1: Harcum College students George Jackson, Human Services major; Ricardo Jean-Pierre, Sports Management major; and Alilune Sy, Social Media Marketing major.
Photo 2: Thanks to Spiffster, student Ricardo Jean-Pierre now has a tie for future job interviews. Now to master the art of the knot!
Photo 3: Harcum College thanks Spiffster for the generous donation to their Career Closet.

5 Unusual Tie Knots to Learn and Master

So if you’re a member of Spiffster, you probably already know some basic tie knots. Whether you regularly sport the Windsor knot or Four-in-Hand knot, it’s good to learn a few interesting knots for more casual occasions. You’ll turn some heads for sure. So without further ado, here are some interesting ways to tie a neck tie knot:

1. The Onassis Tie Knot

This is one of the oldest ways to tie a Knot, the Onassis knot was introduced in 1989 by the Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis. You might also strike up an interesting conversion. There are two ways to tie this knot; one is the full Windsor base which is said to be the best way, as it keeps the knot firm and it comes loose on its own. Furthermore, it is easier and keeps the Onassis Horizontal and another way is the four in hand base. They both look the same, but the Windsor base is more symmetrical.

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2. The Cape-Knot Tie Knot

Feeling like a superhero? The cape-knot tie knot might be one of the most attractive ways to tie a Necktie Knot and might make you feel faster than a speeding bullet. It can arguably be worn on any occasion, such as as a wedding or work. It is best suited with a stripe pattern or mono-colored ties. It makes the pattern look unique. It works well with thicker ties, as compared to any standard tie length.

3. The Linwood Taurus Tie Knot

One of the most difficult knots to tie, the Linwood Taurus knot looks like the horns of a bull and sometimes looks like the hands of the trophy. It is mostly worn at parties and informal events. It’s a wise decision to combine it with a vest. And because the knot is so wide, try to use this knot with shirts that have wide collars. Looks amazing with a plain color design.

4. The True Love Tie Knot

Want to show off your romantic side? The True Love knot is another tough way to tie a knot. It needs a lot of practice to get it right. It is divided into four portions, which gives it a heart shape. All the extra cloth tucks into the collar. This knot accents the style statement of a person and hence, is very popular an unusual knot. Save it for a Valentine’s day date.

5. Ediety Tie Knot

Also known as the Merovingian Knot as it was worn by Merovingian in The Matrix. A very unique looking tie knot; it looks best when worn with a two tone tie. It can either be of two different designs or two different colors. The Ediety knot looks decent and fancy with a sweater or a vest. This knot came in to prominence during the early 1920s. Many famous personalities in the past have worn it and made it famous.

The History and All We Know About the Paisley Pattern

The history of the paisley pattern dates back to centuries ago in ancient Babylon, or present Iraq, in 1700 BCE. Scholars have also argued the pattern originated from the city of Yazd in Iran, where a traditional fabric called a “Termeh” included patterns of what was then known as “Boteh.” The pattern resembles a host of things among them, a lotus, a mango, a leech, the yin yang symbol, even a dragon! In ancient Babylon, the paisley pattern was said to resemble an uncurled date palm, a flowering plant species in the palm family, Arecaceae, which was highly cultivated for its edible sweet fruit. The plant was a source of life’s basic necessities and produced food, wine, paper, and even shelter! Ancient Babylonians viewed the date palm as a symbol of prosperity, and thus the paisley pattern sprung into life as a result.

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Role of Kashmiri in paisley design

The Kashmiri, natives of the Kashmiri region in the Indian-Pakistani border also played a huge role in the popularization of paisley patterns. The Kashmiri practice of khil’at, “robes of honor” embraced the use of shawls which were decorated in all sorts of patterns predominantly of paisley design. The shawls were exchanged in political and religious ceremonies. A person in power would give the shawl to his or her inferiors as a show of luxurious compensation.

Current trend in paisley design

The use of paisley in fashion and design is still widely embraced to date. Current trends reveal an increased popularity and preference for the design in men’s fashion. Neckties, bow ties, shirts, t-shirts, pants, and coats are just but some of men’s clothing that are being designed with paisley patterns. The rich history of the patterns and their association with prosperity and plenty is said to be one of the reasons why men prefer to be in outfits with a touch of paisley. It’s classy and traditional. Perfect for any office environment.
Paisley is no doubt a major factor in fashion and design, and it could be argued that it is one of the greatest things that ever happened to the fashion industry.

Chris Pine Is Leading the Way in Fashion and Hollywood

In Hollywood where competition is cutthroat, American actor Chris Pine’s stock has been steadily rising and his star has been shining more and more brightly. As Pine has undeniably become one of Hollywood’s premiere leading men, it’s not only his many silver-screen portrayals that have been turning heads and receiving positive feedback.

Last October, GQ identified Pine as a true fashion icon naming him the International Man of The Year. As he is the brand ambassador of Armani, Pine has consistently put forward wardrobe ensembles that many men can take their style cues from.

One of the many trademark elegant looks of his includes rocking bowties. While you may be thinking that this kind of traditional necktie may only fit a certain individual, Spiffster offers a retort, emphasizing that wearing a bowtie can set you apart and instantly inject confidence into any formal look. For Pine’s appearance at the recent Golden Globe Awards, USA Today highlights and applauded his choice of a classic black bowtie for the esteemed event.

Pine certainly seems to have also significantly spearheaded the bowtie resurgence. Esquire explains that men should follow Pine’s lead as it seems wearing wide neckties are making a comeback. Not sure about the difference between a thick and thin necktie? Here’s a quick fashion tip: sticking to a width that’s between 2.75 and 3.15 inches is the wide-necktie standard you should go for.

The 37-year-old actor has definitely forged his own indelible imprint in the fashion scene—the same way he did for one of pop culture’s most iconic characters: Captain James Kirk. While the role will always be closely associated William Shatner’s original portrayal, Pine took the role and made it his own in the Star Trek reboot film series between 2009 to 2016. Many new fans of the show have grown up with his version of the character. Star Trek is one of the most enduring franchises and it took someone with the star power of Pine to lead the rebooted series. This year the sci-fi classic has once again been revisited on the small screen through Star Trek: Discovery.

Beyond the television and film landscape, the Star Trek influence has also boldly gone to the gaming industry. Star Trek Bridge Crew was released this year, which allowed players to sit in the captain’s chair and command their own ship using VR technology. It is the closest experience fans of Star Trek can get to being Captain Kirk. The Star Trek franchise has expanded to many digital avenues to cater to its global audience. Slots title Star Trek: Red Alert from games platform Slingo, uses iconic imagery from the original series that allows fans to interact with the Space-Western universe in a different form. Like the Chris Pine Star Trek films, the game takes elements from the original series and updates it for a modern audience.

Needless to say, Pine is the face of the modern Star Trek multimedia and his embodiment is something that fans will follow for many years to come. Moreover, Pine is redefining how a modern man should carry himself, even when it means going for a classic look. While many may claim the bowtie to be out-dated, remember that they said the same thing about Star Trek, and with Pine leading the way, the franchise came back bigger and more popular than ever.

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Bow ties for Men: Our arguments for why men should wear bow ties

“Whenever I wear one, women smile,” as stated by Cooper Ray, founder of Social Primer.

The bow tie has been a fashion statement for years, despite being unpopular among some people. They think it is a difficult cravat to pull off that is yet to be well accepted in the fashion industry. However, bow ties have descended from a neckwear style worn by Croatian mercenaries for various reasons: it was meant to keep the collars of men’s shirts fastened and closed together – it played a bigger role as a short scarf than an accessory. The bow tie commonly seen today was innovated by French fashionistas seeking a new, unique way to tie a short neck scarf. The invention was much embraced in the fashion industry and has trended since. Why then should men wear bow ties?

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The bow tie is trending

Bow ties are quickly creeping back to the top of men’s fashion segment. It is becoming a necessity in every man’s tie collection. If you do not believe it, check out the sudden uptick in sales of bow ties that came about after the release of the series “Doctor Who” and each James Bond film. Keep up with the trend that has led actors like Ryan Gosling to wear the bow tie to red carpet events.

Elegance and Confidence

The bow tie reflects back to a time when men were considered well-dressed. In the era when bow ties were popular, men were attentive towards the accepted norms for appropriate clothing and their importance to occasions. Today, these rules rarely apply or are adhered to. Stand out and pair your suit with a bow tie and bring back elegance. By the way, how often do you see men wearing a bow tie? Not too often. Therefore, it does take a lot of confidence for a man to wear a bow tie. You’ll be bolder than that Taco Bell Fire sauce.

Diversity

It is about time that you juggled up your wardrobe. Alternate between regular neck ties and bow ties from time to time. If you put on your bow tie with the right outfit, you will be outstanding and memorable from this sign of confidence and elegance.

Pull off patterns

Bow ties come in a variety of patterns that can barely be pulled off on neck ties. Therefore, if you are attending a cocktail party, you have different patterns to try out without looking tacky. As long as it’s not a shiny glitter tie, your design will probably be acceptable at a social event. Yellow dogs, dolphins, and smiley faces sometimes will work depending on how casual the event is. The bow tie is extremely flexible. So go get some, man.

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Enjoy the outdoors before it’s too late!

We know summer’s almost over, but we don’t want it to end! So we’re coming up with a few inexpensive ways to enjoy the outdoors with a date. Because when the weather is nice out, it’s not about spending lots of money or taking your date out shopping on Rodeo Drive or dining out at Chez de [insert something French here]. It’s about spending quality time in the beauty that is the outdoors. The window of opportunity is still open for you (depending on where you live) so plan a date outdoors today!

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Time out in the Park

The ideal thing to do is to look for parks that are a bit of a stretch from your home (perhaps up to a 45-minute drive). The drive time doubles the fun as long as you have light music playing in the car. With the parks, the possibilities of date ideas are immense. Enjoy the hiking trailers and scenic adventures, then take out your smartphone and boot up Yelp! to find a local hot restaurant nearby. It shouldn’t disappoint!

Drive-in Cinemas

Watching a movie with your partner can prove to be an entertaining experience but if you talk about romance, drive-in theaters provide a more, how do we say, seductive environment. You can sit in your car holding the hand of your partner and enjoy the movie along with the company of someone very special to you. Caution: if you are conscious of the public, this option may not be suitable for you. If you’re the type of couple that loathes PDA, then bring a grill and just chill out. That way you’ll get a delicious dinner as well.

Check out the county or state fair

Local fairs tend to sprout up during this time of the year. For example, the Minnesota State Fair is one of the biggest in the United States. Open till labor day, they have the most interesting foods on a stick ever. Well, they are known to concoct tens of new food dishes every year. But you can still enjoy a fun night even if it isn’t a humongous event. Enjoy the calories, walk around, take a few thrilling rides and win your date that stuff animal bear.

Adventure Spots

What can be more exciting than going on an adventure with your partner? You can go at some adventure spot like a national park where you can hike to a picturesque spot or historical point of interest. Or hit up the state’s biggest waterpark. Before making a plan, consult about the difficulty and get their consent so that the plan does not get spoiled. Use apps such as Yelp! and Trip Advisor so you’ll know where to go.

Visit Some Charitable Institution

Plan a visit to some charitable institution. You might think it as unproductive, but it will bring your partner closer to you. You will share happiness with others along with winning the love of them as well as your partner’s.

6 Latest Fashion Trends for Men during the Hot Summer

Every season comes with its own trends for how to dress. For example, during the winter season, you wear thicker fabrics and dark colors while during the summer and spring season, lighter fabrics and brighter colors are preferred. Since summer is in full swing, it is important to look hot rather feel the hotness of the sun. Here we will discuss 7 latest fashion trends for men during the summer days.

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1. Wear a Hat

Hats are still very much trendy when it comes to men’s accessories. Whether you are hanging out at the beach or going for a jog in the park, you should wear a hat. Not only will the hat look great on you but will save you from the wrath of the sun as well. Get either the Fedora, the Trilby, the Porkpie, the Panama, or the Newsboy and you’ll shine like a true gentleman.

2. Shades are the Way to Go

Sun can affect the eyes and you have to protect them somehow. You can wear a pair of sunglasses that will not only protect your eyes but make you look 75 percent cooler than before. Amazing isn’t it? While choosing shades, make sure that the design is in trend, after all, you will not want to flaunt the style of the bygone era. Look for pairs that block at least 99% of UVB rays and at least 95% of UVA rays.

To pick a style, understand your face shape.

Oval face: The oval type is the most preferred face shape, as the owner can wear any style of glasses. Avoid frames that are either too thick or too thin. Don’t choose frames wider than your face width.

Square face: Any face shape has very straight, pronounced jawline and edges. It’s better to pick round glasses to balance out these features. Choose wider sunglasses and avoid rectangular glasses with sharp corners.

Round face: A person with a rounder face tends to have fatter cheeks. Choose polygonal or square sunglasses that have an angle design to balance this out. Thicker frames will help.

Long face: Choose larger lenses and the polygonal frame in order to balance out a longer face. Popular retro glasses and sports glasses can be considered.

Flat face: Choose darker lenses and frames to highlight the contours of the face. Pick a brighter color frame.

3. Make a Windbreaker Your Pal

Are you living in a desert, where it still gets chilly at night? Choose a nice windbreaker. Jackets are not made for spring and summer seasons. They are only ideal for winter season. In summer season when the weather gets chilly occasionally, a windbreaker can be your move. It will make you enjoy the chilly weather while making you look fashionable.

4. Go Formal with Light Suits

Business and formal meetings see no season and you have to look as formal and professional as possible. In such scenarios when you have to look extra formal, wear suits that are made with lighter fabrics like cotton, summer-weight wool or linen. Such fabrics will make you feel more comfortable without causing any discomfort.

5. Beach Shorts

In the summer days, people especially men love going to the beach. You cannot wear formal dresses at the beach (although there are no such rules). However, you are there to enjoy your time and flaunt your style as well. Beach shorts can make you feel relaxed at the beach and the designs imprinted on them will make your trip more joyful. Don’t be afraid to add some festivity to your swimwear. It is something where you can be as bold as you can.

6. Ripped Jeans

Jeans is one of the most popular men’s clothing items. Those who want to carry a cool look with jeans should look for ripped or destroyed jeans. Ripped jeans although are an old trend, but they are still very much popular. Besides flaunting a cool look, you can make your legs breathe. Pair them with a simple t-shirt and sneakers. The jeans will be the focal point, so everything else should not be too over styled.

Simple Tips to Dress up the Best in Your Interview

As they say, “the first impression is the last impression”, this phrase holds absolutely true if you are heading out for a job interview. You should dress your best if you want to leave the best impression during your interview. The impression that you have created with your personality or dressing is further cemented with your communication skills.

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In this blog, we will cover some useful dressing tips that you can follow before an interview to leave the best impression and enhance your chances of landing that job you want.

Dress Code

The first thing you need to do is find out the dress code of the company. By following the dress code, the interviewer will get the impression that you are well-equipped about their company’s culture and values of the company. Do not rely on last moment preparations as it can be chaotic. Prepare your wardrobe for your interview well in advance to save yourself from last minute hassles.
In case, if the company does not follow a proper dress code, you should stick to the safest option i.e. appear for the interview in a suit and tie. Opt for a white color shirt if you are confused about what to wear. It should be neatly pressed with not a single wrinkle. Pair it up with the traditional black suit and tie to leave the best impression.

Shoes & Accessories

Neckties are one of the most importance and noticeable accessory that a man wears. In fact, it would not be wrong to state that it is the first thing that people notice about you in your outfit. So make sure you are getting it right with the necktie. Opt for a simple and decent necktie rather than going all out with bright colors and large patterns. Simple dots or classic stripes pattern is the most recommended option. Avoid bow ties, even if you want to make a different impression. The other accessory that you must wear is a wrist watch. However, opt for a sophisticated one rather than flaunting your Rolex or sports watch. Give your jewelry some rest for a day as it might not go with the professional look you are vying for.

Pay utmost attention to the shoes you are wearing. Avoid loafers at any cost and opt for properly polished black lace-up shoes for the best impression. They shouldn’t be too pointy.

Hair

Trim your hair a few days before your scheduled interview to get a neat look. Opt for a rather simpler look and save your trendy hairdos for some other event. If you have facial hair, make sure they are trimmed on the day of the interview or a day prior to it.

Apart from following the tips mention above, there are some other things you need to consider as well.

  • Properly cut your nail, if possible get a manicure.
  • Use neutral deodorant after taking a shower rather than cologne.
  • Don’t forget to keep a handkerchief (preferably plain in light color) in your pocket along with a pen.

After creating an impressive first impression by following the tips mentioned above, impress the interviewer with your communication skills and knowledge of the subject matter to get that job.

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