On my quest to find great articles and website for our men readers, I stumbled upon a site called AskMen.com. I love this article by Brandon Dyce on fashion tips for men over 40. Check it out.
Over-40 Fashion Tips
With age comes wisdom. The lessons learned over the course of a lifetime make us smarter and stronger. And by the time most of us hit our 40s, we feel like we’ve seen and done it all; we feel secure in ourselves, our careers and our style. Unfortunately, though, that last one sometimes stems from a false sense of security. Unlike other aspects of life, the style strategies we acquire over time end up working against us, especially after watching a few decades of ever-changing fashions fly by. At some point we must reevaluate, and the fifth decade of living is the perfect time to do just that. So, to impart some style wisdom for guys in their 40s, here is a list of fashion tips to consider.
Avoid Fashion Fads
Don’t fall for today’s fashion-marketing ploys. By now you should maintain a style that’s timeless, not timely; you should avoid the latest trends at all costs. And the key here is not only avoiding fads, but also recognizing them. Since fashion fads generally target a certain age demographic, you can easily identify them according to who’s wearing what. For instance, the boutique sneakers and ironic T-shirts worn mainly by guys in their late teens and twenties are suited perfectly for that age group. But a 40-year-old sporting a shirt that says, “I wish your girlfriend would stop staring at me” will only seem creepy, not cool. Simply put, fashion fads exist for guys still experimenting with their style. You’re past this stage of the game and are ready for a well-defined, classic wardrobe that mirrors the man you are inside.
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Wow, the time sure does fly by! I cannot believe that it has almost been 60 days since I started my “Summer of Water Challenge” but it has! I was not very sure when I started this challenge that I would actually be able to do it. But it is almost over and I will tell you that my water consumption will not end. But my journey of drinking water this summer has led to a new lifestyle in more ways than one.
When I first started my summer of water, I went out and bought a lot from the store. Deer Park was always my water of choice. Normally I would by the individual bottles because it was also what I was putting in my son’s lunch for a drink while he was attending summer camp. I went into this challenge thinking that I would spend less money on drinks by simply buying water and not all of the other drinks I would frequently buy. However, that really was not the case. By making the choice to buy only water, and some apple juice for my son, I noticed that I was actually spending more money. I found myself going to the store more often just to purchase water. Now, no one really wants to drink the city tap water but it really did not make much sense to me to continue to spend all of this money on water. Knowing how much money I was spending and taking an environmental science class during my summer of water, led me to make another decision with how I obtain my water.
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Today I ran across this article from trusted AARP about making new friends. If you are anything like me, trusting people is very difficult. I have chosen at this time in my life to keep the small amount of close friends that I have and do not often reach out to obtain new ones. I am not sure, however, if this is always the best option. Sometimes I feel a little silly trying to bond with someone now but according to this article, it is never too late!
Never Too Old to Find New Friends
15 ways to connect with others and form fulfilling relationships
by: Mary Mohler | from: AARP | April 1, 2011
When you were in school, you had no problem making friends. Ditto for those years when you were a parent of growing kids. But now that you’ve reached a new stage of life — and maybe have relocated or retired — making new acquaintances can be a little trickier.
Also see: Be a Better Friend
Not only do you have fewer opportunities to meet new people, but “there’s also a little more resistance to forming new relationships later in life, and your skills can get a bit rusty,” says Marla Paul, author of The Friendship Crisis: Finding, Making, and Keeping Friends When You’re Not a Kid Anymore. Besides, you may feel just plain awkward.
Still, it’s important to make the effort. Close relationships with others are vital to your health — physical, mental and emotional — your self-esteem and even your longevity, according to recent research. So if watching Grey’s Anatomy is the highlight of your week, or you find yourself enthusiastically chatting with telemarketers, you probably need to make some new connections. Here are 15 things that can help you. » Read more..
It is funny how you learn to appreciate things a little more when you get older. I grew up in a small town right off the coast of Maryland. When I was a child, I could not wait to get away from there. It did not help that both of my parents were school teachers and knew everyone in town! I think they still do. After I got out of college (the first time), I moved away from there so fast and never really looked back. For many years, I did not even go home to visit. My sister and I both live in the same city now so my parents used to always come and visit us. Now that my parents have gotten older, my family and I take more trips back home to the shore. The first time I went home after many years, I hardly recognized my little town. Empty fields were now shopping centers. There was actually traffic which I really do not remember! But as I continue to visit over the years, I have also learned to appreciate the little town that I could not wait to get away from as a child. » Read more..