Month: July 2019

Shopping in Orlando

The Florida Mall: One of the largest malls in Orlando is The Florida Mall that has hundreds of retail stores that can be found by the Orange Blossom Trail. Some of the shops that can be found in this place are Macy’s, JC Penney, Abercrombie & Fitch, Aeropostale, Dillard’s, and Nordstrom making it such a popular place to find the best clothing and retail items.

The Mall at Millenia: For those who would want to shop at the famous department stores in the United States can simply head over to the two floor shopping mall in Orlando that has everything from Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, and Neiman Marcus to Gucci and Tiffany’s. The Mall at Millenia also has an area for those searching for high-tech gadgets and electronics from Apple and Sony Style.

Orlando Fashion Square: When heading to downtown Orlando, the Orlando Fashion Square is a destination for shoppers and cinema goers. There are four department stores that are featured in this indoor shopping mall that holds countless branded items and products.

Waterford Lakes Town Center: Just outside the city proper, shoppers can find the Waterford Lakes Town Center, which is an open air mall located on the S. Alafaaya Trail. This mall also contains several food chain stores, restaurants, medical clinics, and an IMAX cinema in addition to the shopping stores.

Festival Bay Mall: The countless premium stores can be visited by those who plan to take a trip to International Drive. Families can get to enjoy skating and watching movies together, as well.

Other than these premium shopping centers in Orlando, shoppers will also enjoy heading over to the flea markets surrounding the area to get the best savings. These flea markets are usually open seven days a week from ten in the morning until six in the evening.

Geelong Shopping

The Geelong Shopping Centre of Westfield, located at the centre of Geelong and open seven days a week (with the exception of major public holidays) is just streets away from Eastern Beach and the Waterfront. Therefore, whether you need emergency supplies, would like to pop into the supermarket, or just feel like window shopping, you do not even have to interrupt your sightseeing plans to do so!

Indeed, many Geelong attractions are quite centrally located: the Wool Museum, the Geelong Gaol, the Ford Discovery Centre, the Bollard Trail, and the renovated million dollar Carousel, so your shopping trip needs only mere minutes to travel whether from the sandy shores of Eastern Beach or the bustling centre of town.

However if you are more in the mood for handicrafts and boutique stalls then heading along to Queenscliff on the Bellarine Peninsula along the Great Ocean Road might be more your style. There, in addition to selling locally-made handicrafts – perfect for souvenirs – are several smaller shops selling homemade ice-cream in waffle cones, boiled sweets, and herbs and spices amongst other mouth-watering delights.

Also along the Great Ocean Road is the Surf Coast – home of trendy beachwear, and of course, surfboards and surf accessories. Particularly as summer draws near, surfing fans flock to factory outlets located in Torquay, home of internationally renowned brands, Rip Curl and Quiksilver.

Choosing Good Baby Bags

Storage Space

Your primary reason for buying a baby bag is to use it as a vessel for your child’s needs. It must be able to contain as many items as you need for the length of time your baby will be out of the house. These items include diapers, changing pads, wipes, baby clothes, bottles, toys and burp cloths.

If these are all you need to put into the bag, it wouldn’t be a problem because these are small items, and they don’t occupy much space. But in order to minimize baggage, you have to include your belongings into the baby bag. This will make it easier for you to carry the baby and the bag together once you disembark from the car. The items you may put inside the baby bag may include a wallet, cell phone, a water bottle, some snack items, keys, makeup, a comb, a handkerchief and extra underwear.

Ease of Use

You will surely have your hands full when you’re trying to change your baby’s clothes or diaper in a public place. Having a bag that facilitates ease of use is a big plus. A baby bag that allows you to neatly organize its contents helps to make a task like this easier and faster. You should be able to grab the items you need without prying inside; you need to focus your eyes on your baby to avoid accidents from happening.

But you should also take into consideration that ease of use doesn’t end in putting baby items in order. You should consider the bag’s ability to accommodate some of your personal items. It can help to make you a bit more comfortable and faster.

Quality and Cost

Quality of the bag encompasses durability, ease of use, workmanship, and the material used to produce the product. Quality plays a very important role in the use of the bag, especially that you’ll be bringing it frequently. It is really susceptible to wear and tear. You should take particular notice of the zipper and the handles; they are the most abused parts of your baby bag. They should be strong enough to withstand less-than-gentle handling.

But you should bear in mind that quality and cost cannot go together well most of the time. But since you cannot sacrifice one for the other, you need to choose a mid range baby bag that costs between $60 and $100. This can give you considerable quality at an affordable price.

Style

Choosing a style is really up to you. Baby bags come with different styles, but what is important is its usefulness to you. Style is more concerned about features and looks, but usefulness focuses more on the benefits it can give you as the user.

But if you can see a bag with beneficial features such as a bottle holder or a special compartment for mother’s accessories, it’s a good one.

Oakley Outlet

At an Oakley outlet, you will find a complete range of accessories designed for style and comfort including footwear for motor sports, snow and hiking, golf shoes etc with durability and supreme fit. Other stylish gear includes backpacks, bags, surfboards, eyewear cases and purses. If you are looking for high precision stylish watches, an Oakley outlet is the best place with their stainless steel of surgical grade and quartz and analog line blends.

With great garment design Oakley are known for their line of apparel too. Great fit and contours along with great technologies make the Oakley apparel special. The membrane technologies, waterproof and breathable lines, heat storage apparel, the same technology which is used for astronaut wear are all something that are specialized at Oakley. Music players, earphones, cell phone wireless connectivity and devices to enjoy stereo music at its best are all available at Oakley where music and electronics get a great boost too. All in all, it is one exhaustive collection that lets you wear comfortably and listen to music while you indulge in adventure activities like hiking, skiing, biking, snowboarding etc.

Maintaining Your Shoes

  • Leather – leather is made from the skin of various animals. The animals hide is tailored to form many different types of finishes.
  1. Vegetable dyed/tanned leather – This is the most popular type of finish for a shoe. It is tanned by using many different types of chemicals and colouring for a desired finish. The best type of cleaner is a cream cleaner which picks out dirt while restoring the oil natural sheen. Using foam cleaners or liquid cleaners will permanently stain the shoe.
  2. Single or multi gloss – The leather can be glossed once over or several times to give it more of a shinier stiffer feel. Best cleaner is to use a foam type cleaner and an instant gloss shine sponge. Refrain from using spray protectors on these types of shoes as they tend to dull the finish.
  3. Suede – This is the Outside of the hide. Best cleaner is a suede nubuck block, which works like an eraser. Use an all purpose protector or a suede spray to protect the finish from dirt and the elements.
  • Nubuck – This is a form of suede but more durable. It is inside of the hide, and has an oily texture and feel because of the hair proteins. The best cleaner is a suede nubuck block and mink oil to bring back the lustre. Don’t spray these shoes with a protector as it will cake on and dull the finish.
  • Synthetic – Or Faux leather. This type of shoe is composed of a plastic and or fabric material blend generally with a gloss finish. Even though the shoe seems simple enough to a quick wipe down, it is good to maintain these because the gloss can make the shoe crack across the toe area.  Use foam cleaner and over lay with a shine sponge.
  • Fabric – fabric shoes come in different variations, from a casual slip on to dress shoes. The best type of cleaner to use is a strictly fabric cleaner. General it’s a form of detergent or a clear liquid labelled ‘Fabric shoe cleaner’. You can spray these shoes with an all purpose protector to prevent dust particles and stains from settling in.

You can save a lot of money instead of buying a new shoe every time a pair falls apart on you by just investing that little extra into cleaners and protectors.  For those of you who may be more on a shoe string budget and rather not fork out that extra loot for the product you can try using normal household products to keep them looking good.  Petroleum jelly on leather can aid as not only an instant shine but as a basic waterproofing. Just simply rub on with a cloth or a used nylon to help buff out a shine.  If your sole ever comes apart you can use crazy glue or even supplement for any type of rubber compound epoxy rather than paying a shoe repair the extra dough for a little work.  These are all little tips and tricks that help you go a long way.

Balance Fashion and Masculinity

  • Determine Your Style– When you are trying to determine which style is right for you, it is best to consider your profession, your age, and where you want your life to go. If your profession lies in a creative field, you may want to consider more modern styles with trim fit, sleek lines, and a monochromatic colour palette. However, if your profession has you working with customers and clients on a daily basis, a more conservative approach is best. Determining the style that is right for you, whether it involves a blazer and chinos or a navy pinstripe suit, will help you avoid falling for trends and earn you the attention and respect you deserve.
  • Get a Woman’s Help– Shopping for the best fitting clothes can be difficult, and the honest eye of a woman can help. A female shopping partner will help you figure out what patterns, colours, and fabrics look perfect on you, and she will also help you choose the types of clothing that will accentuate your best features. With this type of assistance, you can be sure you will be admired by other women, which will increase your sense of masculinity.
  • Let Your Interest In Fashion Be Your Own– While exploring your own sense of fashion is wonderful, it is not something you want to discuss around the water cooler in the office. You may be able to tell another man in the office you like his shoes, but asking him where he purchased his chinos and how well they fit should be a topic reserved for your closest friends. Let your interest in fashion be your own, and try not to discuss it with other men.
  • Don’t Dress Down– Many men think that they are automatically giving up their masculinity if they dress well, so they choose more casual and relaxed clothing. This is a big mistake. Forgoing the stylish chinos or power suits can actually emasculate you and keep you from fully living your dreams and your life.

Balancing fashion and masculinity allows you to take control of not only your wardrobe, but your life. Whether you are interested in wearing tweed, blazers, chinos, or suits, choose the best fashion and styles for your age, profession, and lifestyle.

 

Dress Alteration

No tailor is going to admit that they do not know the art of alteration. So, the only way you’re going to find out is when the dress comes back looking terrible – not at all like how you imagined it! Often, the dress is beyond rescue and must simply be pushed to the inner recesses of the wardrobe.

A good dress alteration job essentially consists of three components:

  • The skill of the tailor doing the job
  • Whether the fabric may be subjected to alteration
  • A knowledge of how the alteration can impact its overall proportion

The first component – a skilled tailor – is the most important component and will automatically take care of the remaining two components. For, a skilled tailor can give the right advice when it comes to the nature of the fabric and the impact of alteration on its overall proportion. In fact, a good tailor can go one step further and suggest different ways of alteration that can make the dress look just right on the wearer’s figure.

When choosing someone to alter a garment, it is necessary to look for the following:

  • Experience: How many years of experience do they have in similar jobs? Altering a wedding gown is different from altering tees or jeans, and requires a different set of skills. Similarly, a tailor who works predominantly with men’s garments may not be the right person for altering women’s garments and vice versa. On the other hand, some tailors have a vast gamut of experience as they work with a large number of clients. Some are even affiliated with retail stores, which is proof enough of their versatility, experience and quality of service.
  • Samples: As they say, the proof is in the pudding. Ask for a sample of their work and examine the quality of their work. You can also ask friends and colleagues for references. A great tailor will have a vast number of highly satisfied clients who are eager to vouch for the tailor’s quality of work.
  • Cost: Simple alterations are typically inexpensive. These are alterations that you could perform yourself. On the other hand, alterations that require medium to high levels of skill require greater finesse and are therefore more expensive.

Completing Outfit With Eyeglasses

  • Work: Even as our times are changing, one old stereotype that just never disappeared is that eyeglasses help create a more intelligent and sophisticated appeal; therefore, I say work with it! At work, we tend to wear a lot of neutral colors. While there may be a pop of color influencing some of our outfits, primarily suits, pinstripes, and button-up shirts crowd our offices during business days. The most professional looking eyeglasses mimic this look by offering blacks, browns, and dark metals. When shooting for the no-nonsense professional look, you will want to choose either a metal or plastic frame in these neutral colors. Should you decide that the plastic frame is the way to go for your “work look”, be sure to choose something on the thinner side. And again, keep it neutral! In an office setting, it’s always best to stay on the conservative side – unless you work in a very creative environment; you don’t want to bring attention to yourself in a negative way!
  • Casual: When spending some time with our friends in a casual setting, we all want to feel relaxed. Wearing jeans and a t-shirt show the ultimate form of comfort. Furthermore, with this laid-back persona, we have the freedom of showing our true selves, and what better way than to do so with the best placed accessory: eyeglasses! Currently, retro frames are an extremely popular style. So, how about trying a pair of these fun-loving glasses during your next study session or coffee break? They come in several fun and flashy colors; or, you could go with the simple black or white look – which, of course, can always be relied on to match any t-shirt! When dressing up to hang out with friends, you want a pair of glasses that you can simply throw on like an old pair of jeans – but still highlight your best feature: your personality.
  • Going Out: When going out on the town, whether it be to a club or a special dinner date, you want to really mix the two personas above. The best choice for this category would be a pair of glasses that can both show your personality, as well as be passed off as an elegant accessory. For this outfit, look inside yourself to decide the best frame style for your needs: funky, sophisticated, fun-loving, or conservative. You could go with either the simple dark metal-type, or the recently featured retro style. I the retro style is a bit too aggressive for your taste, one great new look are frames that appear as simple metal in the front but have a fun and active design on the temples. Ultimately, when dressing up to go out on the town, you want to showcase your creativity in a fashion savvy way!

About Snug Fitting Base Layers

The inner layer is usually made of the close-fitting shirts, trousers and underwear, all of which go underneath the middle and shell layers. The pieces of clothing that make up the first layer are made from a wide variety of materials each one of which has its pros and cons. These will be discussed in this article.

The most popular materials used for first layer clothing are synthetic particularly polyester and polyester blends. This is because the fabric is well known for its soft, easy-to-care-for and, most importantly, reliable wicking properties. It is also one of the lightest fabrics known to man as well as wrinkle- and abrasion-resistant than most other fabrics.

Of course, there are demerits to polyester fabrics. These are usually vulnerable to staining and, thus, tend to have short life spans once stained. Add in its easy accumulation of odours when worn multiple times and manufacturers are still finding ways to make the fabric better. Other synthetic materials include nylon and spandex. Nylon increases abrasion resistance while spandex adds stretch – and perhaps, a touch of sexiness.

Yet another common but less used material than synthetic fabric is wool, which we all to be made from sheep. In base layers, wool almost always pertains to merino wool, which is premium wool known for its ultra-soft, ultra-fine fibres.

It is a luxurious material used for other items like rugs and blankets because of its lightweight and yet insulating properties. Merino wool is also machine-washable coupled with stain- and wrinkle-resistant properties, thus, its reputation as one of the best natural fibres.

Base layers are also made from silk but not just any silk – it’s treated silk. This means that the silk fabric was treated with chemical processes to improve on its wicking property. The result is a moisture-resistant fabric that as smooth as, well, silk on the skin and as lightweight on the body as possible.

Which of these materials is the best material for a base layer? Well, it depends on your personal preferences and your budget. For the most part, merino wool inner layer clothes are more expensive that polyester blend and treated silk clothes for obvious reasons.

Rules of Colour Coordination

  • White Shirts Never Fail– When you have nowhere else to turn, always go for the white shirt. White shirts will match almost anything you have in your closet, and work well with those uniquely coloured and patterned items that are difficult to match. This type of shirt, when well-fitting, is timeless and classic, allowing you to look sharp and wonderfully coordinated.
  • Grey Works Well With Colours– Let’s say your wife bought you a bright, bold pink dress shirt for Christmas. You know she is waiting anxiously to see when you decide to wear it and how you are going to wear it. The big problem in this scenario is you don’t know how to work with this type of bold colour. When in doubt, always reach for your grey suits for men. Grey allows you to wear these bright colours easily. It dulls down and manages these colours, allowing you to experiment with new and vibrant colours without sticking out like a sore thumb.
  • Forget The Coloured Trousers– When you are choosing suits for men, chinos, or any other kind of trousers, always resist the urge to choose colours that are out of the ordinary. Stick to the basics: black, navy blue, grey, and brown. While a variety of colours are out there, it takes a keen eye to be able to avoid making them appear obnoxious and overwhelming. Your pants should always look refined, polished, and understated; they should not take attention away from the rest of your ensemble.
  • Use The Same Colour Values– When you are choosing colours for your suits for men, a simple rule to follow is to use colours with the same values. This describes the same degree of darkness and lightness for each colour. The easiest way to determine if you are using the right colours is to pair pastels with pastels, bright colours with bright colours, and dark colours with dark colours.
  • Complementary Colours Work Well– Following the rules of a colour wheel can help you effortlessly put together an outfit, and it doesn’t have to be difficult. Choose colours that compliment one other by finding colours that are opposite each other on the colour wheel. These colours may be purple and yellow, red and green, or blue and orange. With just this one simple rule, you can look confident and knowledgeable in any suit you put on.

Many men have trouble coordinating their suit colours. Learning how to do this does not have to be a long and difficult process though. With these five basic rules, you can easily show off your colour-savvy style when wearing your suits for men.