CONTEST: Win one of TWO pairs of Terrain Boots from SoftScience!!

Hi ladies and gents, time for another contest! This time, we’re giving away not one but TWO pairs of Terrain Ultra Lyte Boots from SoftScience!! Check these unisex suckers out:

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These SoftScience lightweight lace-up work boots feature a removable, odor-resistant insole, a slip-resistant outsole, and will protect your feet from the elements while making sure your dogs don’t start barking. Designed for light hiking and as a comfort work boot, the Terrain Boots have also been really popular in cityscapes as a boot that looks different and feels good. Oh, and did we mention that the winners get to pick their color too (subject to availability).

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Now, there’s only one way to enter for one of the two boots: Authenticate via the Rafflecopter widget below and then visit the SoftScience Facebook page using the link – that’s it! Open to US residents only, 18+ years and older:

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Be sure to enter before September 26th at midnight! Very best of luck!

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10 Fashion Mistakes You Should Avoid To Get A Near Perfect Look

Does being fashionable mean wearing expensive attire? No, of course not! Fashion means matching clothes and accessories in an aesthetically pleasing or trendy way. Mostly it has been seen that guy look bad because of the silly fashion mistakes. Here are some of the common mistakes that one can make during selecting the right attire. Here are some of the mistakes that you can avoid and call out your fashionable self.

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  1. Oversized clothes: No, the baggy clothes doesn’t make you look good. They portray a sloppy image and that single-handedly can kill the overall look. Next time, go only for the well-fitted clothes. The same is the case when you are selecting a casual shoe for men.
  2. Tie and Short sleeve: This combination is a big no-no. They are perceived as attire that is attached to a certain lower social level. For a professional look, make sure to wear a tie with full-length sleeves. Make sure to select perfect casuals shoes or the formal one with a good tie and full sleeve combination.
  3. Dirty shoe: Your shoe is one of the most important parts of your entire attire. Make sure to keep it clean. It not only enhances your overall image but also increases the longevity of men’s casual shoes.
  4. Pant lengths: Folding your jeans or trousers is really not desirable if you want to get a polished look. Improper pant lengths are better being avoided. Always get them adjusted to your height so that they fit you perfectly.
  5. Wrong color: This goes for both socks and belts. You need to pick the right color as that will make sure you have a proper look. This is one of such dressing up a rule that you should never break at any cost. It is especially important when you are sporting a formal look, it gives an air of professionalism.
  6. The tie story: There are two aspects you need to remember when you are wearing a tie. One is to make sure that the tie is at the end of your belt buckle. Too long or short length will certainly make you look incomplete. The other thing is the dimple of the necktie. If you don’t know how to create it, you can take the help of the online tutorial videos and blogs.
  7. Sock and sandals: We can often see men sporting this look on the magazine. Do you really like it? Be truthful! Well, this is a fashion disaster that is somehow still practiced by few. Never try to mix these two items, the result is simply horrible.
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  8. Wrinkled clothes: Unless it is a purposeful fashion to wear wrinkled clothes, make sure to iron each pant and shirt you wear. The crumbled look never looks glamourous. On the contrary, it makes one look unprofessional and messy.
  9. Dirty nails: Keep them clean. Period.
  10. Wrong shoe: If you are getting fully formal attire, do not try to mix it up with the  casual shoes for men. Believe us that would
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Romantic Gifts for a Fashion Conscious Woman

Buying gifts for the woman in your life is never easy. Most women have very firm opinions about what they want and they are not afraid to let you know when you screw it up. Buying the wrong gift is a serious mistake, so here are some great gift ideas to help you navigate a potential minefield.

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Jewelry

You cannot go too far wrong with a gift of jewelry – unless of course you go down the cheap and cheerful route and buy the woman in your life some plastic beads. They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, so if you want to really push the boat out, buy a statement piece from Ascot Diamonds. If Kim Kardashian can demand a diamond choker from Kanye West as her ‘push present’, the woman in your life deserves something special too.

If diamonds are not within your budget but you still want to choose a piece of jewelry, a heart-shaped locket will make a wonderfully romantic gift. You do not need to spend a fortune on jewelry. There are many creative artisans out there producing amazing pieces. Look locally and see what is available from craft fairs and antique shops. A simple pendant or silver bangle will be much appreciated.

Designer Handbag

Designer handbags are always a good choice. Most women have several different handbags in their closet, one for every occasion. Chanel is a lot more romantic than Target, so it is worth saving up for a designer handbag if you want to push the boat out. Some brands are more expensive than others are, but do not be afraid to buy online if you want a bargain. However, do make sure the product you buy is the genuine article, as not all of them are.

Sexy Shoes

Women can never have enough shoes. Heels are sexy and very romantic, especially when they are worn for your eyes only. You can check her shoe size by looking at the other pairs of shoes in her closet. Once you know her size, start looking for the right pair of shoes.

Strappy heels are always a good choice, particularly if they come with a designer label. Look for shoes made from soft leather, as these are more comfortable to wear.

Lingerie

Lingerie is super romantic, but only if you buy it in the correct size. No woman will be impressed if you buy her sexy lingerie three sizes too big. If you make this fatal mistake, your gift is likely to be thrown back in your face, which rather undermines your good intentions.

Try to avoid buying tacky designs in gaudy colors, unless you are certain the recipient likes this style of lingerie. Instead, stick to silk and lace garments in pale, pastel colors, as these tend to be more romantic. Lastly, bear in mind that comfort is more important than sex appeal, as this gift is for her benefit not yours.

Remember, romantic gifts work best when they are given without the benefit of extensive hints from the recipient.

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CONTEST: Enter to win one of two pairs of Blundstone shoes!!

Hi all, time for another fabulous giveaway! And this month we’re partnering with Blundstone to give away 2 pairs of their great shoes!!
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The shoes, the first #268 Casual Series for Men and the second #1444 Women’s Original Series, exemplify the company’s devotion to high quality footwear that features  premium leather, top grade stitching, and guaranteed comfort.

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It’s easy to enter and win a pair – fill out the form below and let it rip! Also, for an additional chance at the prizes, follow Blundstone on Instagram and include your username along with the rest of your information in the same form. Contest is open to US and Canadian residents, 18+ years. One entry per person please. End date is May 13, 2015 at 11:59pm. Entries may be added to the Blundstone newsletter subscription list upon entry.

Good luck, everyone!

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Men’s Essential Footwear for Spring

Now that Spring is upon us, it is time to take a look in your closet and refresh your footwear for the coming seasons. If your Nike trainers are worn through the sole or now rock ventilation holes that didn’t actually come with the original design (whoops!). Then it is time to toss them and go shopping for a few new pairs that will be work horses in your wardrobe.
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One footwear selection that you will need for the spring season is a casual, athletic style shoe. These new arrival sneaker-type shoes for 2016 have a little bit of a retro feel with combination of blue and tan tones, accented by white triple stripe of leather on the sides of the shoes. This type of shoe gives you the casual comfort of an athletic shoe, but it doesn’t make you look like you are headed to or coming from the gym. Also, the combination of leather, suede, and mesh will add some fashion to a favorite footwear style.

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The next shoe that you want to have in your closet for spring and summer is a great driving moccasin. It is a slip-on shoe that has a sleek upper and a knobby rubber sole that extends from the tips of the toes all the way up the back of the heel, which is how it got its name because the heel of shoes used to get worn out more quickly when rubbing against the car floor when driving, but the extension of the rubber sole up the back of the heel  protects the leather and gives you more traction. Since denim is hotter than ever in accessories, Louis Vuitton has taken that trend and translated it into these medium wash and indigo denim driving mocs and in true designer style, has accented these fabulous shoes with British tan leather trim around the base of the shoe and also in the Louis Vuitton logo hardware.

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Our last essential footwear selection for men spring is a boot. With spring, comes unpredictable weather and you will need something like Clarks boots which will protect your feet on those cool, rainy days and look better than a pair of galoshes. For example, these short men’s lace-ups that are done in a burnished brown leather are versatile enough to be worn with a dressier pair of trousers or with your favorite casual jeans, but will still give you the protection that you need in wet weather. Just don’t forget to treat your leather and suede to keep your boots looking good.

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Review of Rockport Trend Worthy Captoe Chukka Boots

We had the pleasure of reviewing another great pair of shoes from Rockport, this time the Trend Worthy Captoe Chukka. Unlike your typical pair of ankle-high leather boots, these “Trend Worthy” ones come with padded collars and tongues that designed to stop blisters and lace bruising from ever being an issue. Additionally, the manufacturers claim the sturdy rubber outsole “provides a durable grip on a variety of surfaces”, which would be key for me given my propensity for running to the L-train stop and catching it in the nick of time. But despite all these special materials and engineering, are these Rockport boots comfortable?

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I’d say Rockport accomplished what they set out to do – create a classic and smart looking chukka that’s just as light and comfortable as a sneaker. I get the durability and aesthetic pleasure of boots without the clunkiness that would typically accompany them. Sharp enough to wear to the office, yet casual enough to kick it in jeans and a t-shirt. Furthermore, unlike a lot of other boots or chukkas, these Rockports are timeless and can definitely be carried over to all seasons.

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I’m typically a size 12 or 13 depending on the shoe/brand, and while the size 12 is a perfect fit in the toe, I found at first that the tongue was a bit tight on the dorsal of my foot. However, though I’ve only worn them a few times, they seem to have assimilated to the shape of my foot.

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Overall, these chukkas are super light and comfortable while looking great and definitely making me feel on-trend.

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