December 9, 2012

Setting and Acomplishing New Years Resolutions

The New Year is right around the corner. Every year, people make resolutions or promises to themselves. And every year these resolutions and promises are neglected and never become fulfilled. To set and successfully accomplish a goal, you need several things.
  1. For starter you need a reason, something that will motivate you to keep on going. 
  2. Next you will need a deadline. 
  3. Now that you have a start point and an end point, you will need to plot a map to get their. 
  4. Finally you need a challenge to test yourself and measure all of your hard work and dedication. 
So this is my resolution for 2013:

In 2013 I will be vacationing in France [2:Deadline] at the beginning of April. [1:Motivation] I don't want to be another American tourist, so I want to learn how to speak French and [4:Challenge] hold a fluid conversation with a native for a minimum of 30 Min. [3:Map] To do this I will practice a minimum of an hour of french each day, learn the top 100 most commonly used french phrases, and learn the top 100 most common french words.

I'll tell you guys how it all goes when I get back in May.

November 26, 2012

November 19, 2012

Guide To Powerful Eye Contact

The most important things in those first few seconds are, basically, a firm handshake and a smile, good eye contact and really paying attention.  – Pat Schaumann

Eye contact, like handshakes, is another one of those strange foreign concept to the Hmong culture. Depending on the person you are interacting with, it can be considered rude or disrespectful. So here is a quick guide to powerful eye contact.

Why is it Important?
  • A genuine smile with good eye contact tends to put people at ease.
  • Establishes a connection and builds relationships.
  • Tells a person you’re interested in what they are saying.
  • Sends the message of being self assured and confident.
  • Establishes an intimate connection.
  • Communicates that you’re listening.
Who to
  • Pay someone a compliment and be sure to look them in the eye.
  • 5 to 10 seconds of good eye contact (don’t stare) briefly look away and then back.
  • When looking away, don't look down. This will make you look unsure and not confident about yourself. For best results, use slow fluid movements.
  • You may be asking which eye do I look at? Well as a general rule of thumb, look into the other persons left eye (so your right).
What's Next
  • Feels Awkward!  Practice with a friend or family member.
  • Consistent eye contact can suggest confidence, authority and expertise.
  • If eye contact is not being returned it has nothing to do with you.

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 The Short Guide To Powerful Eye Contact | all-swagga

November 12, 2012

How to: Tie a Scarf

A scarf tied with aplomb adds style and warmth to your winter wardrobe. A scarf, in its basic sense, works because it surrounds and protects your neck and keeps cold drafts of air from spiraling down your collar, leaving you susceptible to catching a chill.

Once you know how to tie a scarf around your neck in different knots, you can leave that parka you shuffle around in at home and actually begin wearing the stylish winter clothes you've been reading about. So here’s our guide on how to pull it off, as well as our suggestions of the best jackets to rock each knot with.

Parisian Knot

Tod's Cambridge scarf - Credit:
The Parisian is the most popular knot. Here’s how to tie a scarf in a Parisian knot: Take the scarf in both hands and fold it over lengthwise; drape it around your neck; insert the loose ends through the loop hanging in front of you and pull them through. You can play with the tautness of the knot and the thickness of the scarf by doubling the scarf lengthwise, if you wish. This knot looks great on a short leather jacket with a notch collar left down. On a very cold day, you can tuck the scarf into the jacket and pull the zipper up.

Once-Around Knot

Burberry check scarf - Credit: The once-around knot is your entry-level knot for all those brisk days when you need a little extra comfort but don’t want to go with complete arctic readiness. Most men will use this knot for a quick commute to work or an evening out with a fitted blazer. The point of this knot is casual warmth. To learn how to tie a scarf in a once-around knot, drape the scarf around your neck allowing one end to be longer than the other. Take the long end and bring it around your neck and let it fall over your chest. If you have a long neck, overlap the scarf in back just a bit so that most of your neck between the jacket and the base of your skull is covered.

Loose Once-Around Knot

Dolce & Gabbana scarf - Credit: The loose once-around knot is more about fashion and having the scarf with you “just in case.” Pair the scarf with a duffle coat or any hooded snorkel jacket for a rakish look of adventurism. When it comes to knowing how to tie a scarf in a loose once-around knot, the same rules apply as the regular once-around knot: Drape it loosely as though you haven’t the time to finish the job right.

Twice-Around Knot

Burberry scarf - Credit:
The twice-around knot challenges the Parisian as your go-to knot on those cold days. In fact, if you like the Parisian knot, you might change up your look with the twice-around just for fun without sacrificing warmth. Unlike the Parisian, however, you’ll require less of a collar on your jacket because this knot takes up a lot of room. Here’s how to tie a scarf in a twice-around knot: Begin as you would with the once-around with both ends hanging in front of you, but make sure one is significantly longer than the other. Take the much longer end and circle it around your neck twice; do this without making the knot too tight. Getting the lengths of the ends to match up or come out relatively close will take a bit of practice, but a knot like this will make all the difference on a cold day. This one is perfect for crew necks and Mandarin-style collars on a short leather jacket (and is easily tucked into the jacket for extra warmth).

Bundle up

Every man has that moment in the morning when he must decide how he will face the elements. Do you wear what you really want and suffer or do you go with the urban version of a survival suit -- the ski parka? With a scarf, however, your winter wardrobe expands and becomes adaptable to the changing weather, all while helping you face the frigid elements in style.

How to Tie a Scarf | AskMen

November 5, 2012

Step to Manhood #6

 Avoid mediocrity and journey to your full potential 

 Manhood | all-swagga

October 29, 2012

10 Scarves For This Fall

Who really gives a crap about a scarf? But the truth of the matter is, there's effort to be made in every detail of a man's wardrobe, and scarves are no exception. These days, every brand stocks its shelves with some of the most eye-catching scarves out there. No need to O.D. and collect a stack of them, but one or two good ones will last you all season. Here are The 10 Coolest Scarves Available Now so all you have to do is pick the one that's best for you. 



Buy It Now at WeSC, $31



Buy It Now at Mr. Porter, $200


Club Monaco

Buy It Now at Club Monaco, $90



Buy It Now at Gant, $165


The Hill-Side

Buy It Now at Hickoree's, $97


Engineered Garments

Buy It Now at Context Clothing, $84



Buy It Now at Unionmade, $345


Thom Browne

Buy It Now at Union Los Angeles, $220


Old Navy

Buy It Now at Old Navy, $16



Buy It Now at Obey, $37

The 10 Coolest Scarves Available Now | Complex

February 20, 2012

Step to Manhood #5

 "The day you realize that it's not all about you." 

You are not the center of the universe.

> Manhood | all-swagga