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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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How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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