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Apr 24, 2014

Designing for Bikes Stored on Walls

As cycling and bike commuting continue to grow as a realistic transportation option, among the changes, these two are true: 1) there are lots more people with bikes to store indoors, and 2) bike frame and component design and styling have seriously improved, creating beautiful works of… read more

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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 16, 2014

A Fix in Your Pocket: The 5 Best Multi-Tools

Oh, the multi-tool. I keep one stashed in several key places: my everyday bag, my glove compartment, at my desk, and an extra one that floats from my camping gear to my toolbox to a backpack for day trips. They're not all high quality - most were stocking stuffers or holiday presents from well-meaning family who snagged that 3-sizes-in-one-box from the "gifts" section of the department store that pops up in the aisle every December.… read more

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Apr 10, 2014

The Hair Care Bunch: An Introduction to Men's Styling Products

I have no shame in admitting it: I'm a hair product guy. Not a lot, of course, and if I do it right, you can barely tell, but it's useful. See, I have a rather short forehead and thick, heavy, straight hair that simply just falls forward and flat. It can't even hold a part without some help. So, lest I look bummed out (literally, flat hair on my forehead makes me look sad) or live with what my white (affectionately?) calls my "sick hair" [cause that's how I look on a sick day], I use a little help to give my face some… 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 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

The Best Affordable Irish Whiskey: 5 Bottles to Try Under $30

created at: 03/13/2014

Do me a favor this weekend: skip the green beer. Please. But, while you're not drinking that silliness, do try some Irish Whiskey. Often overlook by bourbon and Scotch drinkers, the Irish whiskey tradition is as old as it is varied. In fact, they kinda invented it.… 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 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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Feb 26, 2014

Roundup: 10 Favorite iPhone Cases for the Stylish Guy

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In the era when everyone's phone looks basically the same, it's time to reskin your digital sidekick with a new… read more

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Feb 03, 2014

The Versatile Suit: How to Wear Each Piece Separately with Style

A suit, as we've come to know it for the last century or so, is simply a sum of its parts: a jacket, pants, sometimes a vest. And while traditional advice has said a sport coat is a better fit with jeans, or that trousers and suit pants convey a significant different level of dress, with the right suit, you can split it up and wear in all kinds of… read more

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Jan 20, 2014

New Year, New Beer: Favorite Brews You Gotta Try in 2014

created at: 01/20/2014

For Christmas a few weeks ago, I gave my wife a collection of home brew equipment. (That's right, she's awesome.) It was too big to slip under the tree, so I stuck it in the garage under an old drop cloth and then snuck it in while she was fiddling with the stockings. Over the weekend, we cooked our first batch (more on that soon),… read more

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Jan 20, 2014

The Swatchmate Cube For Color Lovers

created at: 12/21/2013

Design fans, your prayers have been… read more

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Dec 11, 2013

Free Downloads: Design-y Holiday Wallpapers and Desktops

This season, deck the halls your desktop with a little holiday… read more

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