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Apr 22, 2014

What's the Deal with the Colored Thread on the Bottom Button of Men's Shirts?

created at: 04/22/2014

If you've worn a button down shirt in, oh, the last 100 years or so, you may have noted an interesting feature: the last button hole and button thread are sewn with a different, contrasting color than the rest, particularly in solid color shirts. Or, you could be like me, and have worn button down shirts thousands of times over your existing decades, only to recently realize the thread color was different, and, once aware, started noticing it everywhere. Or perhaps you just looked down as you were reading this and learned that it is indeed true of the shirt you're wearing right now... Regardless, the question stands:

Why? Why are the bottom hole and button sewn with a different color… read more

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Apr 14, 2014

Dudes and Decor: An Interior Design Primer for Guys

We all know the stereotypes for the ways guys "decorate" their spaces: outdated recliners, a nest of media and electronics cables, and movie posters tacked to the… read more

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Apr 08, 2014

Filson Ages Gracefully

Last week, A Continuous Lean published this fascinating piece on Filson, the legendary Seattle-based outfitter. It begins, "The oldest person in the world is 115 years old. Filson is 116."… read more

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Apr 08, 2014

The Wonders Within Your Head

There's a lot going on in your head right now.  Your head, my head, all human… read more

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Mar 25, 2014

Stylish Illumination: 6 Masculine Lighting Choices To Brighten Your Space

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Time to come out of the dark ages of winter and shine some light in your home with some sleek, yet guy-friendly lighting… read more

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Mar 24, 2014

10 Ways to Improve Your Style Without Spending a Dime

There are times to add new pieces...to make investments, to research, to spend a couple hours in the dressing room. (Turn, turn, turn.) And then, there are times to get creative with what you already have, and improve your wardrobe and own personal style without spending a single cent.… read more

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Mar 18, 2014

An Excellent Bargain Bottle: Our Pick for the Best Budget Liquor

created at: 03/18/2014Like many things, the world of spirits and liquor is a spectrum. On one end, there's the only-there-for-ABV stuff that college kids drink, on the other, the collections and high-end bottles of fine connoisseurs, with plenty of options in between. And while there are the days when something special is the only way to go, there are also plenty of time when you want a budget bottle that works: something for mixing, something to bring to a party, or a good-enough bottle to share with guests.    

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Mar 18, 2014

Make Your Own DIY Leather Tablet Sleeve

created at: 03/18/2014

Protect your tablet from dust and scratches (or pet attacks) and make this super snuggly, stylish… read more

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Mar 17, 2014

8 Ways to Take Care of Your Sneakers and Make Them Last Longer

Spring is the time for taking a break from your boots and embracing something much lighter and easier to wear: sneakers. Or tennis shoes, or whatever you call them where you're… read more

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Mar 14, 2014

How to: Take Care of Your Tools

created at: 03/14/2014

The older I get, the more I'm convinced by the "but the right thing once, use it for the rest of your life" approach to supplies. Yes, it might mean waiting a little longer and saving up to get the best option, but it's a better investment of not only your money, but your storage space and your time. This rings especially true for tools: woodworking and DIY tools, kitchen tools, art supplies, etc. Getting the right one first guarantees you won't outgrow it later, unless your needs… read more

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Mar 13, 2014

How to: Make Your Own DIY Wooden Sunglasses

created at: 03/13/2014

There are a couple of great small companies making wooden sunglasses - most awesomely Shwood - but I love this DIY tutorial from Norwegian… read more

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Mar 10, 2014

Style Roundup: 5 Transitional Winter-to-Spring Basics

Spring-to-winter basics

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While this crazy weather makes up its mind, here's a few solid options to help you stay stylish during this transitional… read more

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Mar 06, 2014

The 100 Best Places to Eat in the USA...According to Yelp

Everyone likes finding an interesting new place to try, or a new dish to make their go-to. And it's fun and fine and interesting to read the major food magazine's restaurant issue, and keep track of all the exciting new places to check out next time you're in a certain… read more

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Mar 05, 2014

Get Fit: 5 Running Shoe Options under $100

5 running shoes under $100

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It's time to shake off the snow and head back outside. Whether you're a seasoned runner, or someone looking to start adding some jogging to your fitness routine, proper footwear is essential to preventing… read more

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Mar 04, 2014

How to: Make a DIY Shop Brush Desk Organizer

created at: 03/04/2014

A few days ago, I stabbed myself. By accident, I mean. A misplaced X-Acto knife rolled under some paper scraps, and I jammed my left index finger right into the tip of its… read more

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Mar 03, 2014

5 Ways to Transition Your Style from Winter to Spring

"Soon," says Tanner Guzy, "winter will be waning, and with it we’ll shed our cold weather uniform." The thaw is coming...some of us had a taste last week, until Titan came along and dumped plenty of fresh ice and snow. But, spring will happen, cause it happens every… read more

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Feb 25, 2014

Modern and Masculine Lighting by Tudo and Co.

Okay. Whoa. Just stumbled across a cool new store with awesome lighting products and plenty of… read more

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Feb 20, 2014

Things We Love: The National Park Blankets from Pendleton Woolen Mills

Pendleton Woolen Mills is family-owned operation that have been making high-quality virgin wool goods since 1909 in Oregon's Blue Mountains. Since their early days, the company has been producing a series of blankets to honor some of the National Parks in the Western United States.… read more

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Feb 18, 2014

How to: Update Your Old Speakers by Simply Replacing the Foam

created at: 02/18/2014

A fine pair of audio speakers is a common sight at a secondhand store, but, of course, there's a reason the original donor got rid of them. Perhaps it was a failure in the wiring (easily fixable), a distaste for the 80s faux wood laminate case work (um...paintable?), but most likely, it's a simple… read more

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Feb 17, 2014

How Many Ways are There to Tie a Tie? About a 177,000 More than You'd Think...

created at: 02/17/2014

I know how to tie a tie in three different ways...though I really only use the one (Half Windsor). I figured there were, oh, seven or eight other ways to do it, and perhaps I'd learn them at some point Turns out, I was way off on that number. By about, oh, a hundred and seventy seven thousand one hundred and thirty five. Ish.… read more

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