Having your own workout space with home gym equipment has its advantages. It takes a lot of resolve to stick to a routine that might include dragging yourself out to the local rec center where you have to battle with senior citizens for a 15 minute slot on the rowing machine.

If you have the hardened determination to get your butt to the gym every other day without fail – or a swanky gym one floor down in your apartment, then this article isn’t for you. I don’t have either of those, and it’s for that reason that I’ve started a collection of gear for my own home gym. I find that I have less of an excuse for sitting on my butt when there’s a TV downstairs with the same channels on it.

Here are home gym equipment you may want to invest on. These equipment won’t cost you a huge sum of money. Plus, they are easy to use and won’t take up too much room in your home gym.

Chin up bar

Home gym equipment: Chin up bar

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This is probably one of the better purchases you can make. Don’t be discouraged if this home gym equipment is difficult to use at first, especially if you’re not too great at this kind of thing. Seriously. If you can do 3 sets of 12 on your first try, let me know and I’ll be very impressed.

Get one that’s a little more complex for additional exercise possibilities. Try to do 25 reps every morning and evening, and you’ll be suitably impressed with your investment.

Bosu Ball

Home gym equipment: Bosu Ball

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Flip it upside down and do push ups on it. Lay it flat for core exercises and squats. Or better yet, go for any of many, many different uses that I won’t get into right now.

The Bosu might be one of your later investments if you see yourself developing a need for it. Until then, maybe stick with the huge range of equipment-less core exercises that there are out there. Of course, you could always structure your entire workout around it.

Skipping Rope

Home gym equipment: Skipping Rope

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Skipping rope is one of the easiest ways to burn calories. In fact, you can burn at least 300 calories in half an hour of skipping. It helps if your roof isn’t too low. Otherwise, you may want to do it outside. It’s a great workout option during the winter months, when the weather is frightening and you can’t go out for a run or ride your bike. Plus, it’s a lot cheaper than a treadmill.

TV

Home gym equipment: TV

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I said it earlier… it’s a lot easier to get yourself moving when there’s no reason to stay on the couch. It’s always best to have a separate room for your TV/workout room combo. But if you can’t, then store all of your equipment in an easy to reach location in your regular TV room. Let it call you when you’re feeling lazy.

Push up grips

Home gym equipment: Push up grips 

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This was one of my first purchases on the home gym front. Although you don’t need them to do push ups, they really get your whole arm involved in the process. It feels like you’re doing more than when you do traditional push ups. Plus,they’re a lot easier on the wrists.

Adjustable dumbbells

Adjustable dumbbells

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Pretty much indispensable, you can use these for the traditional curls and raises, or maximize your value and combine this piece with your others. You can also use them in tandem with your pull up bar, the bosu ball or the bench. That will allow you to get a full body workout on the cheap.

iFitness pro app

iFitness pro app

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What are you going to do with all these home gym equipment? Want to expand repertoire of exercises? This handy little app contains a massive, cross-searchable catalog of exercises, the muscles they target, and the equipment needed to do them. Want to target the chest from your pull up bars? The shoulders with your dumbbells? Enter in the info and get exercises tailored to your desire. It’s a must-have app, especially if you’re a beginner.

Workout Bench

Home gym equipment: Workout Bench

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One of the less common home gym equipment, a workout bench allows you to lie down or sit while doing exercises. It offers you more options when it comes to working with your dumbbells or while doing body weight exercises. I got my hands on one specifically so I’d be able to really work out my chest with elevated pushups and dumbbell chest presses.

Mirror

Mirror 

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Congrats dude! you’re well on your way to getting in shape for the summer. Be sure to remind yourself of your progress by stroking the ego and flexing ’em every so often in the mirror. It might feel a little vain, but feeling and looking healthier is a noble goal. And seeing the results for yourself can be a huge motivator. Oh, and I didn’t offer up any tips for designing your workout , but I will say this: make sure you’re putting in a well-rounded full body workout from home, or you could end up looking like Johnny Bravo. And stay safe!

 

 

Fall and winter call for sterner footwear. As the temperature starts to drop, you need shoes that will help keep your feet warm on a cold weather walk. It’s time to trade in those oxfords with a pair of men’s winter boots. Those shoes are not going to cut it in this chilly weather.

Having the right boots can make all the difference in keeping your feet warm in freezing temperatures. We ransacked the internet to find the best men’s winter boots.

Whether you need sturdy footwear for your day-to-day errands or something that will look nice with your suit, these boots have got you covered. These boots are sure to keep your feet dry, warm, through the winter weather. Hopefully, you can find a good pair of winter boots to spend your hard earned money on.

UGG Hannen TI Men’s Winter Boots

The boots are stylish, comfortable, durable, and waterproof. The seam-sealed construction is an integral part of waterproofing of the boots. Wool lining keeps your feet warm when you’re out and about in the winter weather. The Treadlite Outsole provides optimal traction on all surfaces.

With this men’s winter boots, you can slog your way through slush and puddles of ice or blast your way through snow.




Cole Haan – Warren Waterproof Chelsea Boots

Great winter style boils down to a great pair of shoes. Just because it’s cold outside, it doesn’t mean you should wear clunky winter boots all the time. You need boots that don’t just hold up to the elements, but work seamlessly with a dressier wardrobe as well.


These Cole Haan boots are polished and put-together enough for any suited look. Feel free to wear them with jeans on the weekend.



Dr. Marten’s Vegan 2976 Chelsea Boots

Dr. Marten’s are one of the most classic boot brands out there. They’re durable, stylish, and comfortable. Often, people would conjure up images of big, lace up boots when we talk about Docs. But Dr. Martens have a dressier side.

2976 is a slick, fashion-forward boot that works with everything. Designed in the early ‘70s, this is a style that has stood the test of time. The patented AirWair rubber soles provide comfortable, non-slip traction. The elasticized ankle makes it easier to put on. They may not be cheap, but these boots are built to last.

Palladium Baggy Army Training Camp Boots

If you need a pair of boots that is hearty, yet provides a lot of mobility, look no further than the Baggy.

Perfectly rugged-looking, the boots have a distinctive military-inspired look, which adds a contemporary spin on this versatile style. They can be worn as boots or sneakers. Wear the flap all the way down, halfway or down as desired. Overall, the Baggy is a sturdy pair of laidback boots that is perfect for when you want to take it easy.

Tecovas The Johnny Cowboy Boots

Cowboy boots are attention-grabbing. They can add some flair to your wardrobe.

The Johnny is an elegant and timeless boot that features Tecova’s signature toe stitching, angled heel, and beautiful roughout leather. These suede boots are 100% handcrafted; they are bound to become your favorite.

Don’t worry about the weather. The boots are waterproof so you can take them anywhere.

Timberland 6-Inch Premium Waterproof Boots

Timberland is synonymous with durability and good build quality. These men’s winter boots mean serious business. They won’t crack, breakdown or stain under the season’s harsh conditions. Come to think of it. What would winter be without a fresh pair of Timbs?

Ever Boots Ultra Dry Insulated Waterproof Work Boots

Our toes are the hardest part of our body to keep warm. With temperatures well below zero, winter brings new challenges to those who work outdoors. Work boots like the Ever Boots ensure the winter weather won’t slow you down.

The boots are made with high-quality materials and are designed to keep your feet protected from the elements. Durable polyutherane midsoles keep your feet comfortable all day long. Water-proof leather will keep your feet dry and insulated, but not so heavily insulated to make your feet sweat. Plus, they are also one of the most durable and affordable work boots out there.

The cold weather is officially upon us. As temperatures start to go down, most people would bury themselves in bulky coats, gigantic ski-gloves, and frumpy scarves. They’ll do anything to keep themselves warm, style be damned. You need to remember that your clothes are a visual extension of your personality. To help you dress sharp for fall and winter, we riffled through the biggest men’s fashion trends for fall/winter 2018 you need to know about.

Here are some of the men’s fashion trends to take straight from the runway to your closet. Let’s bring these men’s fall fashion trends 2018 to life.

Layering

Men's fashion trends: Layering

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Winter weather can be unpredictable. One day it’s as cold as hell, the next balmy. Since it’s hard to tell what the weather will bring, you need to dress smart to stay warm throughout the season. Layering is key to protecting yourself from the outside elements. But there are some pretty adventurous layering ideas going on in the upper echelons of the fashion industry right now.

2018 menswear sent a clear message this year: more is more. In fact, the models were wearing so many garments, they appeared five times bigger than usual.

The trend may be difficult to emulate. But if you’d like to wear the layered trend, grab a trench coat in a neutral tone and mix it with other items already in your closet. This will give you quick and dirty layered look. Hugo Boss topped suits and tailored blazers with their traditional gray oversized trench.

80s men’s fashion trends are back in style

80s men’s fashion trends are back in style 

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Men’s fashion trends come and go. This season, the 1980s fashion is back in a big way. In fact, power suiting, wild animal prints, sequins galore, and even shoulder pads were all over the Fall 2018 runways.

Love it or hate it, there is no doubt that 80s fashion is coming on strong. Whether you opt for power suiting and oversized shoulders from Givenchy and Versace or oversized outerwear from Marc Jacobs,

big and bold is the name of the game this season.

Brown is the new black

Brown is the new black 

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Brown has been shunned by the masses for years. Most people think of it as drab and ugly. But things are taking an interesting turn as more and more people are starting to embrace this under-appreciated hue. In fact, brown is the new black for men’s autumn fashion 2018.

The beauty of the chocolate takeover is that brown brown looks good on everyone. From chocolate, to beige, taupe, walnut, and tan, there is something to suit all taste. The key is to find the right shade for you.

Get on board with this season’s hot chocolate trend. You’d be surprised what this low-key earth tone can do for your style.

Winter brights

Men's fashion trends: Winter brights 

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Neon is a trend no one can ignore this season. Designers like Armani, Louis Vuitton, Jeremy Scott, and Brandon Maxwell lit up the runways as they showcased a colorful selection of ultra bright pieces. Their collection made a very strong case for ditching neutral palette in favor of some vivid hues. Now, neon is one of the biggest men’s fashion trends for fall and winter.

Winter is often full of dreary shades of brown, black, and gray . Winter fashion will no longer be dull and boring this season with the introduction of bold and bright colors into everyday outfit. It is best worn as a standout pop of color against a beige, gray, navy or black outfit.

Add a pop of neon detailing to shift the entire feel of an outfit. Choose one clothing item and let it shout. Don’t overdo it. One is enough.

Leather is in

Men's fashion trends: Leather

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Patent leather is one of the biggest men’s fashion trends this fall 2018. In fact, it is the most dominant of all fabrics this season.

Leather comes in so many shapes, silhouettes, and looks. It can be boots, jacket, pants, vest, or any other accessory. Big designer brands such as Givenchy, Hermes, and Valentino featured the material in different colors and silhouettes.

Leather jackets are a great way to toughen up your look. Pair it with a black shirt. This works well for an evening or going out look. If you’re quite fancy and you want to smarten up your look, try mixing your leather jacket with tailored trousers.

Shearling

Shearling 

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Shearling jackets are crafted from the actual skin of a sheep or lamb. It is the perfect way to embrace the colder months in comfort. But if cost and ecology plays a part in your decision making, faux shearling is a great alternative. They look as good as the real thing, and save you money in the process.

Givenchy, Dries Van Noten, and Gucci all featured luxurious faux options. They pledged not to use real fur and lived up to their promise.

For a versatile, off-duty look, consider a shearling curduroy jacket. The darker color of the exterior comands less attention, but still retains that classic style. You may also wear it with a classic pair of denim jeans, alongside a crewneck shirt.

Logomania

Men's fashion trends: Logo Mania 

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We’ve received a memo that logomania has returned. This time, it’s bolder than ever. It’s the perfect way for referencing the season without the need to deveop new lines.

Following the success of Gucci side-striped tracksuits, big fashion houses are assuming the style heritage they rejected for so long. This time, the runways were packed with slogans and brands positioned vertically on jackets or running down the side of pants.

You may be familiar with Minecraft as the popular sandbox/survival video game played by both kids and adults, but did you know that it can also be used to create stunning and outlandish pieces of pixel art?

20 Craziest Minecraft Pixel Art Pieces


A quick Google search will pull of hundreds and hundreds of crazy Minecraft pixel art pieces, but for the sake of conciseness, we will just focus on 20 of the craziest and most impressive pieces out there.

1. BlizzCon 2010 Wallpaper Recreation


Back in 2015, the self-described “Pixel Art King” Thorlar Thorlarian broke a world record at the time when he used a whopping 1.1 million blocks to recreate a dazzling wallpaper design from BlizzCon, which is an annual convention held by video game company Blizzard.

It took him 23 weeks to complete the project, and even more impressively, he did the entire piece by hand. He livestreamed the unveiling of the piece to thousands and thousands of Twitch users and ended up raking in about $3,500 for charity.

How’s that for a crazy piece of Minecraft pixel art?

2. The Mona Lisa


If you want to check out the actual Mona Lisa painting, you need to make the trip over to France and then go to the Louvre, where you’ll probably have to wait in a long line. Honestly, who really wants to deal with all that hassle? Save money on plane tickets and enjoy the Mona Lisa from the comfort of your home with this Minecraft pixel art recreation.


Ok, maybe it’s not as good as the real thing, but it’s still pretty impressive, right?

3. The Instagram Logo


These days, the Instagram logo is probably one of the most recognizable logos out there. And while it may not look like it’s that difficult to recreate, this Minecraft pixel artist did a pretty stellar job adding shadow and detail to the logo to make it look larger than life. It looks more like a massive monument than just a mere logo, doesn’t it?

4. King’s Landing From “Game Of Thrones”


If you’ve ever seen Game of Thrones (and honestly, who hasn’t by this point?), then you know that King’s Landing is a vast and intricate kingdom that most Minecraft pixel artists would probably not even bother attempting to undertake. One artist not only attempted a pixelated rendering of King’s Landing, but pulled off a breathtaking creation that you wouldn’t believe.


On top of recreating King’s Landing, this artist has a host of Game of Thrones-inspired pixel art that you absolutely need to check out.

5. The Battlestar Galactica


What Game of Thrones is to fantasy fans, Battlestar Galactica is to science fiction fans, and one look at this recreation of the eponymous Battlestar Galactica spaceship will have even the most casual fan of the show completely awestruck.


This intricate art piece required more than five million blocks. This thing is pretty close to the real deal with working lifts, control rooms, a hanger deck, and other interior spaces. It’s really a Minecraft marvel.

6. The House from Pixar’s “Up”


If you’ve ever seen the Pixar movie Up (and if you’ve never seen it, we highly recommended it. Just be sure you’re stocked up on tissues.), then you’re familiar with the focal point of the film: the balloon house

One Minecraft artist’s tribute to the house is nothing short of extraordinary. Not only is the outside of the house a perfect recreation, but you can actually check out the interior of the house as well, where the attention to detail is equally as impressive. Pixar needs to hire this artist, pronto!

7. The Minecraft Box


Sure, this is pretty meta, but you know that someone was bound to do it.

8. Plane Crash


Reminiscent of a scene from the hit show Lost, this Minecraft pixel artist’s rendering of a plane crash may not present the most uplifting scene, but if we’re talking straight-up artistic value, it’s actually quite well done.

9. The Tower of Babel


If you’re acquainted at all with biblical history, you probably know that the story of the Tower of Babel tackles the origin myth of how humans came to speak different languages. Of course, at the center of that myth is the tower itself, and this artist’s rendering of the tower is pretty close to biblical proportions.


According to the blueprint provided by the artist, the rendering includes more than 7 million blocks, 100 floors, and 90,000 lights. Just a quick look through the interior will show the great attention to detail. This is one seriously impressive piece.

10. Marine Traffic World

While most Minecraft artistic renderings tend to be based on some other existing work, one Minecraft artist tried his hand at something completely original, which he referred to as Marine Traffic World.

According to the artist, it took months and months for him to develop his ocean world filled with a whole host of ships. If you take a quick scroll through this massive project page, you’ll see that the artist made two container ships, a survey ship, a lighthouse, a research vessel, a helicopter, an oil terminal, a fishing port, a yacht, and several ferries.

Marine Traffic World, indeed!

11. “Sonic the Hedgehog” Mini Game


Both a work of art and a playable game, this Sonic the Hedgehog-inspired game really is quite incredible. If you’ve ever played Sonic the Hedgehog, you know that this artist actually did a pretty stellar job capturing its essence, as the mini game contains power-ups, checkpoints, and spring-loaded pressure plates.

12. Pixel Eye


Who knew that something as simple as an eye could look so dazzling as a Minecraft pixel art piece? Sure, the artist didn’t create an entire world or a towering structure, but the precision and striking color balance of the image is extremely impressive nonetheless.

13. Pope Francis


We guess they call him the “cool pope” for a reason, because Pope Francis has his very own Minecraft pixel art portrait.

14. The Space Shuttle


Houston, we have an art piece. There’s absolutely no problem with this amazing recreation of the Space Shuttle, as this artist’s use of layers and impressive shadowing work really makes this pixelated piece pop.

This is just one of dozens and dozens of renderings of the Space Shuttle, each one offering a slightly different and unique take on space exploration. For a bonus art piece, take a look at this Minecraft artist’s crack at the Space Shuttle. Just check out that magnificent sunset that the artist included. Isn’t that something?

15. Working Computer With RAM


So, this may be hard to wrap your head around (it’s a little hard for us to grasp, if we’re being honest), but one Minecraft artist was somehow able to find a way to build an actual functioning computer in Minecraft.


Basically, the half artist, half computer scientist used something known as redstone circuitry to make a computer that performs division, displays hexadecimal notation, and loads 16 lines of code into RAM. Speaking of the Space Shuttle, someone needs to get this person a job at NASA!

16. War Machine And Megazord


If you know anything about comic books or Power Rangers, you’ll recognize War Machine as one of the buddies of Marvel’s Iron Man and Megazord as the battle robot that all five Power Rangers combine to form.


Well, one artist decided to do a crossover of sorts when he recreated both characters for this Minecraft art project. We never thought about it until now, but having these two team up wouldn’t make for a half-bad comic book. You’re welcome, Marvel.

17. Minas Tirith From “The Lord Of The Rings”


We’ve already included Games of Thrones and Battlestar Galactica, so why not throw in The Lord of the Rings for good measure? The location of the epic battle from Return of the King, Minas Tirith is recreated in all its splendor thanks to one artist’s painstaking attention to detail.

18. Minecraft Interstate


Now, this is a regular marvel of Minecraft engineering. It took the artist two months to render this interstate, which takes you on an eight-mile, 30-minute mine cart ride in-game. When it was first created back in 2010, it even managed to impress Minecraft creator Markus Persson. That’s how you know you’ve made it as a Minecraft artist.

19. “My Little Pony” Characters


Say what you will about My Little Pony, but one artist’s two-dimensional creations inspired by the kid’s cartoon are still exceedingly remarkable. It took between 10,000 and 50,000 blocks for the artist to create each character, resulting in a collection that is pretty impressive, to say the least.

20. Mousecraft


It’s a one-bedroom apartment from a mouse’s point of view. Need we say more?

Comparison Table

Minecraft Pixel Art

Details

BlizzCon

Used a whopping 1.1 million blocks to recreate a dazzling wallpaper design

The Mona Lisa

Mona Lisa Minecraft pixel art recreation

The Instagram Logo

Most recognizable logos out there

King’s Landing from “Game of Thrones”

Has a vast and intricate kingdom

The Battlestar Galactica

This intricate art piece required more than five million blocks

The House from Pixar’s “Up”

Attention to detail is equally as impressive

The Minecraft Box

Pretty meta, but you know that someone was bound to do it

Plane Crash

Straight-up artistic value

The Tower of Babel

Rendering includes more than 7 million blocks, 100 floors, and 90,000 lights

Marine Traffic World

Ocean world filled with a whole host of ships

“Sonic the Hedgehog” Mini Game

Contains power-ups, checkpoints, and spring-loaded pressure plates

Pixel Eye

Striking color balance of the image is extremely impressive nonetheless

Pope Francis

Has his very own Minecraft pixel art portrait

The Space Shuttle

Use of layers and impressive shadowing work

Working Computer with RAM

Displays hexadecimal notation, and loads 16 lines of code into RAM

War Machine and Megazord

Artist decided to do a crossover of sorts when he recreated both characters for this Minecraft art project

Minas Tirith from “The Lord of the Rings”

Location of the epic battle from Return of the King, Minas Tirith

Minecraft Interstate

Regular marvel of Minecraft engineering

“My Little Pony” Characters

Inspired by the kid’s cartoon are still exceedingly remarkable

Mousecraft

One-bedroom apartment from a mouse’s point of view

Appreciating Minecraft Pixel Art

Minecraft pixel art is not your most traditional art form, but as you can see, it does require some painstaking attention to detail, and the finished products tend to be nothing short of extraordinary. From massively expansive worlds to awe-inspiring structures to simple-yet-detailed portraits, the sky’s the limit when it comes to Minecraft’s pixelated potential.

If you ever feel inspired to take a crack at some Minecraft art yourself, then there are a number of different how-to guides online that can give you step-by-step instructions on how to make some eye-popping Minecraft images.

But, if you’re just interested in simply appreciating the art form, there are plenty and plenty of examples out there for your viewing pleasure. We highly recommended checking out as many pieces as you can because they’re absolutely wonderful to look at.

If you’re looking to change up your look a little bit, you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on a new wardrobe or fancy accessories. Sometimes, something as simple as a new facial hair style can take you leaps and bounds when it comes to looking and feeling your best.

But with so many different facial hair styles out there, which one should you go with?

10 Best Facial Hair Styles


While there are a number of different facial hair styles you can rock at any given time, here are 10 that may be the best for you.

1. The Few-Day Stubble Beard


This is one of the easiest styles to pull off in that it’s pretty simple to grow and maintain, and it’s perfect for all face shapes. To achieve this look from a clean-shaven face, all you have to do is go about a maximum of three days without shaving (depending on how quickly your beard grows), and then use a trimmer to maintain.

When rocking this look, you will want to make sure that your neck is cleaned up (trimming or taking a razor to any hair that grows below the Adam’s apple is a good rule of thumb) and that any hair that grows just above your cheekbone is shaved or trimmed.


Depending on how scruffy you want your stubble beard to look, you can either use a two-millimeter (short stubble), a four-millimeter (medium stubble), or six-millimeter attachment trimmer comb. If you want that shorter stubble look, you should trim about every two days, whereas a medium stubble look necessitates a trim about every week or so.

For that longer stubble look, you can go as long as two weeks before trimming, but make sure you’re getting rid of any longer hairs that pop up in the meantime.

2. The Balbo


Perfect for guys with more narrow chins, the Balbo is a beard without sideburns and that has a trimmed, floating mustache. Robert Downey Jr. has been known to rock this style from time to time, so it’s definitely fairly popular.


If you want to pull off this look, you will need to grow a full beard first. Wait at least about four weeks until you begin the beard sculpting process. Once you have enough beard to work with, you will need to utilize some quality razors, both of the electric and straight razor variety.

To get that perfect Balbo look, you need a steady and precise hand, so if this is something you’re willing to undertake yourself, be patient.

3. The Van Dyke


Perfect for guys with narrow chins, this facial hair style was popularized by 17th century Flemish painter Anthony Van Dyke and is a mixture of a goatee and a mustache. Achieving this beard type requires delicate care and precision.


First, wait until your beard gets a decent amount of stubble. Then, using a good razor, shave all of the hair off your cheeks, neck, and sideburns. Leaving the mustache completely unaffected, form you beard in the chin region by making what can best be described as an inverted T.

Next, allow the beard on your chin to grow until it reaches about two inches. Finally, be sure to trim every once and a while to get that ideal V shape.

4. The Imperial


Popularized during the 2nd Empire, the Imperial is a mustache style that is perfect for oblong or rectangular faces. While it is normally worn as a standalone mustache, it can also be incorporated with chin beards or sideburns. Just make sure that, if you do decide to have some accompanying facial hair, the mustache remains the focal point.

To achieve this look, go as long as you can without shaving, so that you have thick enough whiskers that can be properly shaped. Many growers of the Imperial wait as long as three months to get that perfect look.

You want to make sure that the hair near your mustache is shaved, but don’t trim the mustache itself. An untrimmed mustache is absolutely crucial to maintaining that natural look.

Finally, and this is the main feature of the Imperial, you will want to use either mustache wax or beard oil to curl the ends of the mustache. The end result will have you looking as fancy as ever.

5. The Circle Beard


Ideal for round and oval faces, the circle beard (also referred to as the “standard” beard), is a tidy and presentable mixture of a rounded goatee beard and a mustache.


For this look, you will want to go a fairly decent amount of time without shaving to ensure that your facial hair is properly thick. Once it’s time to sculpt that circle beard style, most guys will go to a salon to get it properly shaped, since it can be tricky to get that circle shape down pat.

But, with the right amount of precision and patience as well as the perfect combination of shaving and trimming, you can achieve the circle beard look on your own.

6. The Full Beard


Most guys who are looking to grow beards prefer the full beard. Unfortunately, not every guy can grow a full beard, since it’s pretty much dependent on genetics.

For those who can achieve it, it is best suited for triangle, inverted triangle, or diamond face shapes. To best attain the full beard look, allow your facial hair to grow until it’s at around a medium stubble length and then shape it with a razor. Wait until six weeks before shaving, and then trim to keep the beard at the appropriate length.

7. The Extended Goatee


Guys with either oval or square face shapes are best suited for the extended goatee, which is also known as the Hollywoodian or the tailback. A combination of a mustache and a goatee, this style is unlike the full beard in that it requires you to take the hair off of your sideburns.


Before shaping your beard into an extended goatee, be sure to grow your facial hair to medium stubble. Then, while making sure you keep your mustache completely intact, trim your facial hair to your preferred width.

8. The Mutton Chops


Also referred to as sideburns or side whiskers, mutton chops were popularized by famous Civil War general Ambrose Burnside (who gave us the term “sideburn” to begin with).


Best for square or circular face shapes, this facial hair style is achieved by allowing your mustache and sideburns to grow until they meet up. You will want to be sure that you shave all the hair on your chin until your lower lip region.

For added effect, let your sideburns grow out until they become extra fluffy.

9. The Garibaldi


Best for rectangular or oval faces, the Garibaldi has a wild and unkempt look to it, but it does work for some guys.


To accomplish this facial hair style, you’ll need to let your beard grow for a long time. We’re talking about four months, or until it gets to be around 20 centimeters. To give it that round look, make sure that you shape and trim the lower area.

Despite having so much beard to work with, it’s actually best if you don’t use any styling products, so that the beard keeps its natural look. You will want to make sure you keep your eye on your mustache length though, as a mustache that is too long will take the focus away from the beard itself.

10. Clean Shaven


Hey, technically being clean shaven is a facial hair style, despite there not being any hair on your face. Sometimes, it doesn’t hurt to rock a clean look every once and a while.

Comparison Table

Facial Hair

Details

The Few-Day Stubble Beard

Pretty simple to grow and maintain, and it’s perfect for all face shapes

The Balbo

A beard without sideburns and that has a trimmed, floating mustache

The Van Dyke

Allow the beard on your chin to grow until it reaches about two inches

The Imperial

Go as long as you can without shaving

The Circle Beard

A tidy and presentable mixture of a rounded goatee beard and a mustache

The Full Beard

Best suited for triangle, inverted triangle, or diamond face shapes

The Extended Goatee

Requires you to take the hair off of your sideburns

The Mutton Chops

Allowing your mustache and sideburns to grow until they meet up

The Garibaldi

You’ll need to let your beard grow for a long time or until it gets to be around 20 centimeters

Clean Shaven

Technically being clean shaven is a facial hair style

Choosing The Right Style Of Facial Hair For You


When deciding on the right facial hair style for you, there are several things you should think about. For one, you want to take the shape of your face into consideration. Depending on if you have a more square-shaped face or a rounder face or more rectangular face, some facial hair styles may work better than others.

You will also want to take your beard-growing capabilities into account. Not all beard-havers are created equal, and while some guys can grow hair on pretty much every inch of their face, others might have particular spots that just don’t grow in. Obviously, not being able to grow facial hair in certain areas will disqualify you from pulling off certain looks, so be sure to keep that in mind.

Additionally, you will want to consider your budget. Some facial hair styles will require you to get certain products, whether it be beard oil or a full-on trimming kit, to maintain the style. Simply put, the longer the beard, the more time and money you need to put into grooming it.

Finally, you will want to choose the style or styles that look best on you. Suggest to a significant other or to close friends or family members what look you’re considering going with. If they react strongly one way or another, you should have a pretty solid idea public opinion-wise.

Bottom line though, it has to be a style that you feel confident rocking. If you think you can pull it off, then by all means give it a try. If it’s not getting the reaction you were hoping for, then you can just shave it all off and start from scratch.

Most single guys and gals these days would probably prefer to be able to just head to the closest bar and get a date through some casual flirting over a couple beers. But, being that it’s 2018, the dating game doesn’t quite the work the same way that it used to.

Sure, you can still score a date when you’re out and about, but when you couple busy schedules with advancements in social media, folks are much more inclined to choose the convenient route when it comes to dating.

With the advent of dating apps such as Tinder, a quick swipe, a few good pictures, a well-written bio, and a clever pickup line or two can go a long way in scoring you that next date. “Easier said than done,” you’re probably thinking. Well, racking up those Tinder dates doesn’t have to be as challenging as it seems.

What Makes For A Good Tinder Pickup Line?


For a Tinder pickup line to be effective and at least pique someone’s interest, it should either be funny, clever, flirtatious, or a combination of all three. You don’t want to overthink a pickup line, but you shouldn’t just fire off the first thing that comes to your head either.

Just like with anything, first impressions are crucial, and if you don’t grab someone’s attention from that first message, then that person could go right back to swiping for other matches.

So, how do you find that sweet spot of sending that attention-grabbing pickup line without trying too hard? These best pickup lines should hopefully help to move you in the right direction.

The 6 Best Types Of Pickup Lines


There a number of quality pickup lines that you can use at any given time, but here, we will focus on just six types that may work the best for you.

1. The Cheesy Pickup Line

This is the type of line that usually elicits a few groans and eye rolls, but you’d be surprised at how far a cheesy pickup line can actually go in breaking the ice. What exactly constitutes a cheesy pickup line? You probably recognize a few of these:

Tinder pickup lines

“Are you from Tennessee? Because you’re the only 10 I see.”

“You better call life alert, because I’ve fallen for you and I can’t get up.”

“You look like you’re suffering from a lack of Vitamin me.”

“Are you Australian? Because you meet all of my koala fications.”

“Did we ever take a class together? I could have sworn we had chemistry.”

“On a scale from one to America, how free are you tonight?”

"Hey I’m a dime short, is it okay if I borrow you?"

“You must be a banana, because I find you a peeling.”

“Do you have a band-aid? I scraped my knee falling for you.”

“I lost my number. Can I have yours?”

Sure, these may not be the most original lines, but sometimes a cheesy pickup line can bring a smile to your Tinder match’s face and help get that person to open up, depending on how the line is delivered.

If you choose to go with the cheesy pickup line route, make sure you have a decent follow-up line. A corny line may be enough to barely get you in the door, but you may need another line or two to seal the deal and get the conversation really going.

2. The Name Pun Pickup Line

A close sibling to the cheesy pickup line, the name pun line may be based in corniness, but it can also be a great way to get your Tinder match to laugh. To pull off that perfect name pun line, you need to, obviously, incorporate your match’s name, usually in some sort of flirtatious double meaning.

Here are a few name pun examples:

“I feel like you are Taylor-made for me.”

“If you don’t respond to this message, Alexplode.”

“How about you Ann I go out for a drink sometime?”

“Hey Julia, did you know your name’s an anagram of jail? Wait, that’s not right. I have to take U out first”

“Are you makeup? Because I could use más Cara.”

“Oh Danny boy, the swipes, the swipes are calling.”

You get the point. Of course, this type of pickup line is completely dependent on your match’s name, and not every name is conducive to that perfect pun. If it’s not something that immediately comes to mind, consider going another route.

3. The Anti Pickup Line


The anti pickup line flips the whole cheesy pickup line trope on its head by starting out with a typical setup and ending with an unexpected, absurd, or straightforward punchline. This satirical approach is perfect if going the corny route isn’t really your style.

For example, you can use something like, “Are you from Tennessee? Because we should totally go out sometime,” or “Did it hurt when you fell from Heaven? Whoops, sorry, meant to send that to a client. I’m a personal injury lawyer on the weekends.”

The anti-pickup line is great to use on a Tinder match that has a particularly dry or off-the-wall sense of humor, or maybe on someone who doesn’t take the whole online dating thing all that seriously.

How will you know what sort of sense of humor a Tinder match has, or if they will respond well to an anti pickup line? Well, like with most Tinder pickup lines, you just need to use trial and error to see if something sticks.

4. The Observational Pick-up Line


The great thing about using Tinder (or most dating apps, for that matter) as opposed to simply meeting someone while out on the town or on a blind date is that you have a number of potential conversation topics at your disposal before you even begin a conversation. This is all thanks to the option to include a few pictures and a lengthy bio in a Tinder profile.

Tinder pickup lines

A quick scroll through the pictures and bio will show where users are from, what they do for a living, what they enjoy doing in their spare time, whether or not they have any pets, and so on and so forth.

For example, if you notice that your match is pictured with a dog in several of the profile pics, maybe ask some questions or bring up your own love of dogs. If your match expresses a fondness for traveling in their bio, try asking that person about a favorite traveling sport or an ideal vacation destination.

The observational pickup line doesn’t really have the feel of a pickup line per se, since it doesn’t exactly necessitate going out on a limb for that desired reaction. That being said, most matches will probably appreciate the directness of the observational pickup line, since it can get the ball rolling on the conversation and maybe even help to bring up a few possible date ideas.

5. The Hypothetical Date Pickup Line


With this type of pickup line, you need to set up a hypothetical date that you would take a Tinder match on. The goal of this type of pickup line is to, not so subtly, convince a match to go out with you. This is the lengthiest type of pickup line (potentially running several paragraphs) and probably requires the greatest deal of creativity.

It can start out something like, “I pick you up at 7:30, we go to your favorite restaurant, we watch the sun set...” and can continue from there. Depending on how you’re feeling, you can take the hypothetical in a number of directions, making it either more believable or crazy and outlandish (“And then we go sky diving with the entire cast from Cheers!”).

The hypothetical date pickup line can be a great way to showcase both your romantic and funny side.

6. The NSFW Pickup Line


Requiring you to lead off with some sort of sexual innuendo right off the bat, this is one of the most popular types of pickup lines, and it is also one of the riskiest. A dirty joke may earn you a laugh or two and maybe even a date, but some users may get turned off if you take things too far.

We can’t really show you most examples here, since they are NSFW and all, but know that if you’re going to go in this direction, you should be prepared to be shut down quite a fair amount.

Comparison Table

Pickup Line

Details

The Cheesy Pickup Line

Type of line that usually elicits a few groans and eye rolls

The Name Pun Pickup Line

A great way to get your Tinder match to laugh

The Anti Pickup Line

Starting out with a typical setup and ending with an unexpected, absurd, or straightforward punchline

The Observational Pick-up Line

You have a number of potential conversation topics at your disposal before you even begin a conversation

The Hypothetical Date Pickup Line

Not so subtly, convince a match to go out with you

The NSFW Pickup Line

Lead off with some sort of sexual innuendo right off the bat

Choosing The Right Pickup Line


Whichever route you choose to go with a pickup line, it should be one that feels right for you. Again, if it feels forced to you, then it will likely feel forced to your Tinder date. The “just be yourself” mantra may seem like a cliché, but it really is the best way to operate on Tinder.

If you have more of a goofy sense of humor, then consider leading with a corny joke. If you’re more of a romantic type, then try going the more straightforward route.

It may take you a few times for you to get into your rhythm with that right type of pickup line, but once you figure out what works best for you, you’ll be scoring Tinder dates in no time.


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The holiday season is something we look forward to every year. The season is filled with social gatherings, delicious foods, and festivities. During this time of the year, many of you probably receive a number of invitations. Sometimes, the invite doesn’t even mention any dress code, so you have no idea how to put together your holiday party outfit.

Need help getting your party attire ready for the holiday season? Then you came to the right place. Whether you’re attending an office soiree, a Christmas dinner with your family or a New Year’s bash, these holiday party outfit ideas that are sure to stun.  


Casual Get-Togethers

Holiday party outfit for casual get-togethers

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The holiday season gives us an opportunity to spend time with our family and friends. Since most of these events are just casual gatherings, you want a holiday party outfit that looks great and feels comfortable at the same time. In this case, you are free to bring out the denim jeans. Make sure, though, that they’re in dark wash.

Show off a bit with a cool, but casual look. A chambray shirt is also a great option for this occasion. It’s a classic, versatile shirt. Plus, it’s a more relaxed version of your standard blue dress shirt. You can easily dress it up depending on the jacket or blazer you wear over it.

With freezing temps and chilly wind, you’re going to need something to keep you warm. Stick with rugged essentials and opt for a canvas field jacket or a leather jacket. For a more sophisticated look, throw in a plaid blazer. You’ll get bonus points for one with seasonal green weaved into the pattern.


Holiday Party Outfit for Office Party

Holiday party outfit for office party

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Office parties provide an opportunity to mingle with your colleagues in a more casual setting. Keep in mind, though, that it’s still a corporate party, so it is best to keep it professional. Also, your outfit should include a balance of comfort, style, and versatility.

Your holiday party outfit largely depends on where you work. Start by taking cues from your co-workers and what they wear on a daily basis. If the occasions calls for dressy casual, opt for a marginally refined version of your day-to-day work outfit. In this case, an Oxford shirt and dress pants would be a great option. Leave the tie at home.

Amp up your holiday party attire by incorporating some accessories like a statement watch to your holiday attire. But if you work for a company that favors high class cocktails, then a more formal outfit is in order.


Outfit Idea for Cocktail Party

Outfit Idea for Cocktail Party

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Most men would wear a suit to a cocktail party, but there are other holiday party outfits to choose from.

Cocktail party attire is akin to semi-formal. If you choose to wear a suit, go for a suit in a darker color palette . If you want a more laid back look, you can wear a blazer with a dark-wash jeans or chinos in black, navy or gray. Or better yet, wear a dress shirt with a pair of dress pants. Depending on the event, you may be able to go open neck. Add a layer by throwing in a wool vest. Ground your look with Brogue Oxford dress shoes.

For your cocktail attire, the key is to opt for more a more relaxed tailoring. The cocktails are flowing, try to loosen up a bit.


Formal Events

Holiday party outfit for formal events

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Suits are always the best option when it comes to formal parties. Go with a white formal shirt, black or navy suit, black bow tie, and black dress shoes. A charcoal, gray or a navy suit are also excellent choices.

If you want to incorporate some festive spirit to your holiday party outfit, you can do so but in moderation. Go for a light blue shirt and a forest green knitted tie. It will add a pop of color to your outfit, without looking tacky.

Accessories are the perfect way to elevate your look. Wear classic, quality accessories such as a classic tie and a nice tie. Don’t forget to shine your shoes. There’s no negotiation here.

You should always look clean and fresh when wearing a suit. Our advice is to head over to your barber or hair stylist a few days before the event to make sure that you look your best.

Ugly Sweater Party

Outfit idea for ugly sweater party

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Holiday parties are your time to show off your holiday spirit. You may be tempted to wear a Rudolph sweatshirt with flashing bulbs, but please the urge to do so. You can still show some Christmas spirit to your holiday party outfit without looking flashy.

Channel the festive season by sticking with seasonal colors. Instead of choosing bright, saturated colors, play around with darker and lighter colors of red, green, white, and blue. Keep your denim dark.


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Men’s sweatshirt may not be the most fashion-forward item in your wardrobe, but it is a comfortable, versatile piece of clothing that you can wear all year round. You probably already have one stuffed down the back of your drawer. It’s time to get that hoodie out of the closet.

Not too long ago, hoodies have garnered a bit of a bad reputation. They were seen as a uniform of skate park devotees. But with more and more men adopting an elegant comfort approach to their off-duty attire, this humble cotton top has risen to an everyday wardrobe essential. In fact, it has become a fashion staple in recent seasons.

Rock your men’s sweatshirt in the right way, and you’re sure to gain appreciative glances. Use these tips for that ultimate laidback look.

Street style

Men's sweatshirt street style 

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There was a time when a hoodie was associated with angry adolescents. With designers putting their own twists on this comfy garment, you can just throw on a hoodie over a pair of jeans and still look good.

Hoodies are great for when you just need to throw something in a rush. Although it is perfectly fine to just wear a hoodie as the main piece of outerwear, why not go one step further and pair it with a bomber jacket or a light denim jacket. Keep the outfit together by wearing a beanie in the same color hue as your hoodie. The contrasting colors will make for an eye-catching look. Plus, it’s perfect for those chilly nights.

Dress it up

 Dress up men's sweatshirt

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A hoodie is an underrated piece of clothing that is not usually worn in a stylish way. People often think of it as too casual due to its athletic aesthetic. But a few minor tweaks can completely transform your look.

Sweatshirts can be dressed up or down depending on your mood. It is easy to use for both smart casual or street look. What you choose to team with your sweatshirt will shape the look you want to achieve.

Try wearing a gray hoodie with underneath a black biker jacket. Combine this outfit with dark-colored jeans and Chelsea boots. The hoodie can add some extra detail to your style. Plus, you’ll get more of a dressed up edgy look.

Sporty look

 men's sweatshirt sporty style

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A basic hoodie is ideal if you want a sporty look. It gained mass appeal when people started wearing them in Ivy League universities. Since then, it was adopted by sports apparel companies and even designers.  What better way to style a hoodie than with a sports luxe influence?

Over the years, menswear has treaded into more casual, sporty teritory. The good news is that you can incorporate men’s sweatshirt into your everyday looks without looking like you were too lazy to change out of your gym wear.

Go for a tonal look with head-to-toe gray and black hues. You can go for a white shirt underneath a gray zip up hoodie. Pair it with a pair of joggers and a classic pair of slip on Vans. If you want to accessorize, go for a simple black or white cap.

Men’s sweatshirt as part of a layered look

Men’s sweatshirt as part of a layered look

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As the weather gets colder and the days get shorter, it’s time to start thinking about this season’s wardrobe.

Layering is important, especially in winter since you’ll often be moving between hot and cold environments. The best thing about layering is to be able to remove an outer layer without compromising the style of your outfit.

When layering, make sure that each layer is something you can wear on its own. The hoodie is a versatile, functional piece of clothing. You can wear it on its own or use it as a layering component.

Layer the sweatshirt by wearing an overcoat, a nice fitting top coat or trench with it. Just make sure that you choose a thin sweatshirt to avoid looking stuffed or overweight. The cardigan-sweatshirt combo also works just as great in colder months. You can get creative while layering your outfit.

Go for a monochrome look

Go for a monochrome look

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The key to choosing hoodie colors is to keep it simple. Choose neutral colors like black, white, ivory, blue, and gray. What’s great about neutral colored men’s hoodie is that it balances out bold and bright colors. That means, you can match your men’s sweatshirt with both neutral colored and bright colored clothing. Or you can go for a monochrome look.

Black and white may not seem like the most interesting color, but going for a monochrome look is a surefire way to look put together and stylish. You can go for a black hoodie and black skinny jeans. Add a black bomber jacket and a cap to complete the look. Keep your footwear simple if you already have a lot going on. Remember to keep the visual interest going by varying the textures within your look.


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Proposing to the love of your life takes a lot of courage, creativity and ingenuity. It only happens once in a lifetime so you want to make sure yours is unique and special in your own way. You already bought the ring and are trying to keep it hidden as you scour the internet for marriage proposal ideas.

If you’re in a little bit of a rut for unique and creative ways to propose, we’re here to help you out. From simple and intimate proposals to the more complicated ones, we have them on the list. Put your own spin on one of these marriage proposal ideas and she’ll definitely remember it for the rest of her life.

Marriage proposal ideas

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Go on a vacation Marriage proposal during a vacation

It is not uncommon for men to propose to their girlfriends while on vacation. If you’re considering proposing during a trip, we recommend that you do a bit of research before you leave. There are tons of opportunities for you to pull off a romantic surprise for her. Find out what the venue has to offer. While you’re at it, you may also want to find the perfect spot for your proposal.

During the trip, you can go scuba diving, hiking, horse-back riding or any other activities you wish. What’s great about proposing during a vacation is that she won’t realize that you’re planning something. Rather, she’ll think they’re just a part of the vacation.

Seek help from family members

Marriage proposal idea: Seek help from family members

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If your partner is close to her family, odds are she wants to share this moment with them. Enlist the help of her family and try to get them involved in the proposal.

Tell her that one of her family members is throwing a party, so you’ll be going together. Since her family is on your side, it will be easier to make her believe that nothing is out of the ordinary. You can ask them to arrive at the venue earlier and hold a sign that says “will you marry me?” This will be the first thing she sees once you reach the venue.

You can also do the proposal in private, so she gets to enjoy the moment. Ask everyone to hide until the proposal is done. Once she says yes, you can give them the go signal to come out to surprise her and then you can all celebrate together.

Ask her favorite author to help with the proposal

 Marriage proposal through a book

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If your girlfriend is a book lover, nothing will make her happier than receiving a book as a gift. Buy her a book from one of her favorite authors. To make the proposal extra special, have it signed by the author and ask him/her to write “Will you marry (your name)?”

Take her out on a date and tell her you have a surprise for her. Once you’re seated, give her the book. Let her read the message to help build up all the emotions. Make sure that you’re down on one knee and holding the ring when she peaks up from the book. Any proposal that involves books and their favorite author is every book lover’s dream. Plus, they’ll have a keepsake to hold on to for the rest of their lives.

Propose on the beach

Propose on the beach

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There is something romantic and magical about a beach proposal. The waves give a serene sound. The views are amazing. The pristine stretch of soft white sand provides an excellent backdrop for giving her your heartfelt proposal.

After a leisurely meal, take your sweetheart for a stroll in the beach. As you walk hand-in-hand, take her to a spot, where you have written the message a few hours ago.  As you walk along, ask her to read what is written on the sand. Pretend you’ve never seen it before. Pull the ring box out of your pocket as she reads it so you have it ready for her when she turns around.

Scavenger hunt

 Scavenger hunt marriage proposal

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Scavenger hunts are fun and exciting. It provides an excellent marriage proposal idea for ladies who like an adventure.

To start with, think of 3 to 4 places that are meaningful to your relationship. These are the places where the clues will be. For this to work, you may seek help from her family and her friends. You can ask 2 of her friends to help her during the game; while other family members and friends will be waiting for her on the next stations and hand her the clues. You should keep yourself out of the hunt to ensure that you can flawlessly execute your plan.

As she reaches the final location, you’ll be there waiting for her. Now, it’s your turn to hand her the final clue. While she’s reading it, you pull the ring out of your pocket and ask her to spend the rest of her life with you. With such a creative and well-planned marriage proposal ideas, we can guarantee that your sweetheart is going to say yes.


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Four duck hunter holding guns for duck hunting

Hunting is one of the most fun hobbies that you can get yourself into. When it comes to the sport of hunting, duck or waterfowl hunting is widely considered to be one of the most difficult.

Hunting by itself can be a very intimidating hobby. No amount of reading or research will properly prepare you because the important knowledge can only be gained in the wild.

If you are new to duck hunting, you probably have many questions. Fortunately, you have found the right article. Today, we’ll be sharing some useful beginner tips for hunting ducks. This guide is written to answer most (but not all) of your questions about waterfowl hunting.

Duck Hunting Tips For Beginners

Below are the must-know tips that any beginner should know about hunting ducks in the wild.

Have The Right Gear

Most people will say that buying the gun is the first step to waterfowl hunting but we beg to disagree. The right camo suit or jacket is the first thing that you should invest in. During the beginner, you will need to observe the birds in the wild and this is best done by leaving your gun in the truck.

Getting the right camo will depend on your hunting location. For example, if you’re hunting in an area with lots of dead grass, a lighter grassy camouflage would be best.

After your camo suit, you’ll definitely want to get waders. Ducks love being on the water, so expect to get wet. A good rule of thumb is to find one with a more breathable design. Then, you can get your decoys, firearm and shells, and other optional supplies like duck calls, blind bags and more.

Scout The Ideal Spot

The best way to find the best duck hunting spots is through the internet. Search your local area and there should be plenty of locations to start your hunting adventure.

Once you have narrowed down your results, you can go visit each location for scouting. Through scouting, you can identify the resources available. Things to look out for are the nearby food and good cover. In most cases, ducks will eat aquatic plants, small fish, insects, and crustacean.

It’s always a good idea to find multiple hunting spots. Ducks tend to stay away from areas where their friends keep dying. Keep scouting until you get familiar with the area, and this might take a few trips.

Setting Up Decoys

The key to a successful hunt is through a properly set up decoys. This means that you should have a good spread of your decoys. Conduct a wind check to identify the best position for your decoys and blind.

Ideally, you want the wind to come from the back so the birds will come landing right at you. A good set of drakes and hens, grouped by similar species should be a good place to start. For a good spread, set up your decoys to form the letter “J” so it allows a clear landing zone in the middle.

Quacking And Calling

For a beginner, the simplest tip would be to act and sound like a duck which also means learning the basic “quack.” After you have a good grasp on how to do a basic quack, you can do some advanced calling techniques like mating or feeding calls.

Avoid doing so many calls since it can sound unnatural.

Basically, when a duck quacks, you should answer with a single quack as well. The only way to get better at duck calling is to practice over and over again.

Duck Hunting Strategies

Know The Duck Species

The last thing you’ll want to happen is to have a brush with the law while hunting.

Duck hunting is a severely regulated sport and each of the species has its own limits. So you will need to know your duck species to avoid getting into any sort of trouble. Not all species are considered fair game and it’s imperative that you know which species are allowed for hunting.

Limits and regulations can change from year to year, so it’s always best to know the current trend. If you are not sure if a duck is fair game, then don’t take the shot. Otherwise, you’ll end up paying some hefty fines or even have your firearm seized.

Ready To Hunt?

Duck hunting is definitely not for the faint of heart.

There are just too many challenges in the field and things tend to not go the hunter’s way. So this sport is only recommended for the most dedicated hunters.

However, don’t get us wrong.

There’s nothing more satisfying than taking a shot and taking down your first bird. Keep these tips in mind and you’ll be on your way to hunting success.

Grab a couple of friends and enjoy hunting in the wild.

Throwing Knives

A good set of knives is great for tasks like cutting through a steak or slashing through jungle vines. But can you guess that’s cooler than a sharp knife?

Whether you saw it in a movie or by watching an expert do it, someone throwing knives is always an incredibly cool thing to behold.

If you want to learn how to throw knives but never tried it yourself, know that it’s a skill that you can learn. For today’s article, we’re going to discuss everything you need to know about throwing knives.

Why Should You Learn To Throw Knives?

Knowing how to throw a knife is a great skill for a “last resort” self-defense tactic. With your bladed accuracy and quickness, your assailant will never see a knife coming as you throw it. But be warned, there’s some serious controversy regarding this method of self-defense. Many believe that fighting with the knife means never to throw your only weapon, especially if you can’t perform a perfect throw.

It’s also a skill that can come in handy if you want to hunt small game in a silent manner. Knife throwing is also an essential skill if you have dreams of joining a circus and dazzling the audience.

Perhaps the best reason to learn knife throwing is that it’s just too badass. Showing off your accuracy in throwing a knife is a surefire way to impress your buddies.

Where To Buy Throwing Knives

So you want to learn how to throw a knife, where do you start? Well, of course, you start by buying your first set of knives. And no, you can’t use the knives that are found in your kitchen.

Amazon

Of course, just about anything can be bought on Amazon these days.

Amazon has a wide range of throwing knives available like the BladesUSA Perfect Point RC-179 Series Throwing Knife Set which is available for the low price of $10 (current sale price) or the Whetstone Cutlery 12 Piece Set of S-Force Kunai Knives for around $20.

The latter is especially interesting because they’re kunais which are used as a weapon by ninjas. Just how cool is that?

Dick’s Sporting Goods

Your friendly neighborhood Dick’s Sporting Goods may also carry some knives for throwing. Although the selection is not that numerous, this shop has some fairly high-end knives if you’re into quality sets.

The SOG Fling 3-pack Throwing Knives Combo and Kershaw Ion Spear-Point Fixed Blade Throwing Knife Package are definitely worth checking out.

Selection is not that great and the prices are higher but these are knives that come from reputable brands.

Knife Depot

This is a great marketplace if you’re looking for quality knives. As you might expect, they carry throwing knives as well.

The Master Cutlery Perfect Point 6 Piece Multi-Color Throwing Knives is a worthy option if you’re looking for a multi-colored set. We also love the Hibben Legacy Four Piece Throwing Knife Set due to its stainless steel construction and superb quality.

Tips On How To Throw A Knife

Here are some top tips to help hone your knife throwing skill.

Throwing knives to a tree
  • Keep an eye on the handle: Always watch the knife’s handle, not the blade. If the knife hits the target with the handle up, move forward by a few inches. This is because the knife had too much time to spin and is referred to as over-rotating.

  • Don’t snap your wrist when throwing: Snapping your wrist while throwing might feel natural but it’s not advisable. It’s really difficult to snap it the same way every time you throw.

  • Consistency is key: Try to be consistent with just about every aspect of your throw including your grip, stance, wind-up, and release.

  • The balancing point: If you want a knife that will throw equally whether you use the handle or the blade, the balancing point must be very close to the knife’s center.

  • Handle-blade heavy: A knife that is heavy on the handle will be more accurate if grip from the blade. On the opposite side, a knife that is blade heavy should be gripped from the handle.

  • Using logs for target practice: The best target for knife throwing is definitely the log round. When using log rounds, get the ones that are 4-inch thick at the minimum. Obviously, thicker logs will last longer.

Happy Throwing

Overall, throwing knives is simply a great way to have a good time. If you’re really serious about it, there are numerous competitions that you can take part in.

Should you consider knife throwing, make sure that you do your due diligence by doing proper training and having the appropriate equipment. And of course, make sure that you observe the proper knife throwing safety procedures.

Have fun!