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5 Fresh Styles for an Exciting New Year

5 Fresh Styles for an Exciting New Year

Fortune favors the bold, and the bold keep up with existing styles and trends. And guys, it isn’t metro to think about style. You’re competing with some sharp looking dudes on Tinder, Match and Plenty of Fish. It’s time to step up the game.

This is especially true for busy professionals and entrepreneurs. Your style is part of your brand. If you’re still wearing the same clothes you bought at Target three years ago, it’s time for an upgrade. Otherwise, you’re going to stick out like a sore thumb, in a bad way.

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1. Facial Hair is Still In

You can blame it on the Old Spice Deodorant ads, off-camera celebrities, or the glorification of Special Operators getting things done overseas. Beards are everywhere, and it’s been that way for much of the past decade. If you haven’t caught up to the trend, it’s time to start letting your facial hair express who you are with style.

Yes, you’ll have that awkward stubble for a week or two, but there are strategies that can help with growing facial hair more quickly. I was shocked at how the contour of my face was highlighted by a clean-cut beard. And, I started getting a lot more matches on Tinder!

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2. Bathrobes with a Hood?

Okay, I have to admit, when I first saw the hooded bathrobe hit the fashion circuit, I thought it was designed for a boxer about to jump in the ring. It turns out, this is something that is starting to sell for the holidays. And, sitting here at home during a cold winter’s night, I could see the potential value of a hood for my bathrobe. This could be one of those rare moments where fashion and practicality intersect!

3. Pink is the New Black

Vogue is reporting that fans of pink should look forward to the spring/summer catalog. Pink is back and it’s taking no prisoners. Bold, beautiful and perfect for accenting every curve, I look forward to more exciting colors making their way back onto the mean streets.

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4. Emoji’s Have Jumped off the Keyboard and Into the New York Fashion Week

If you’re a lover of fashion, you probably already know that the second week in September is dominated by talk of New York Fashion Week. This year, designers went out of their way to start recreating the emoji’s we’ve come to love. Yes, Emoji-chic is real, and this past year was full of real-life Flamenco Lady Emoji’s.

Ladies, want to make a splash at your New Year’s party? The time has come to embrace your favorite emoji and let your freak flag fly.

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5. Bioluminescence – The Inspiration for the Coolest Tech in Fashion

Okay, at this point Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are old news. The newest technology that’s exploding, both on and off the catwalk, is wearable tech. I use an Apple Watch every day to work out, and Shark Tank recently had a cool pitch from the creators of DrumPants. It turns out that wearable tech is making its way into eye-catching, glowing fashion trends.

2017 might finally be the year where you can make a stunning first impression with glowing smart-garments. Can you imagine the possibilities at your favorite night club? And, if you’re tired of wearing a smartwatch or Fitbit, your sports-bra could be your next heartbeat sensor!

This holiday season is a time for reflection and looking forward to the coming year with optimism and hope. Put your best foot forward by taking some time to assess your wardrobe and boldly hone your personal brand. From glowing garments to hooded bathrobes, next year is shaping up to be an exciting leap in fashion technology!

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Last Updated on November 11, 2019

How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

4. Feed Your Brain

Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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6. Write it Down

If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

7. Listen to Music

Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

8. Visual Concepts

In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

9. Teach Someone Else

Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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