Men’s Guide to Packing

Men’s Guide to Packing

Thank goodness, it’s spring, can you believe it? So, apart from planning out our summer holidays, it’s time to stop for a moment and think about all the things that we might need for our spring break. Spring breaks are extremely popular and, even though they don’t last for many days, they’re a great way to celebrate spring and summer, well, basically the hot weather. But, what are the essentials that every man needs to have with him? Take a look at this list of the must-have items for any spring break and may it serve you as a checklist!

Skincare

Obviously, the most important thing that you need to have is a small bag of all the skincare necessities. Remember that you need to take extra care of your skin, mostly because of the season change, but also because the weather tends to be hotter. Apart from the regular moisturizer and cleanser that you need, make sure to bring your beard kit (if you like growing your facial hair).The weather is hotter, which can take its toll on the beard, so opting for a good beard oil and good shaving products is a must. Also, don’t forget the products that you might need for hair styling.

Clothes

Next up, the clothes. Since you’re going on a spring break, you will need all of your spring clothes, such as shorts, t-shirts and shirts. In order not to pack your suitcase with more clothes than you actually need, it would be an excellent idea if you made outfit plans, and simply bring them. Of course, don’t forget to include something that’s long-sleeved and a pair of jeans or two, as the night might get chilly because it’s spring. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, right?

Shoes

Many make the mistake and not think carefully about the shoe choice, thus forgetting to bring something that’s very much needed. The first thing that you need to have is a pair of comfortable shoes, as you will probably do a lot of walking around. However, since you never know if it’s going to be extremely hot or not (spring can surprise us in many ways!), it would be good to have a pair of shoes which is both comfortable and which you can wear if the weather is nice. Crocs are an excellent option, and the good thing is that you can always buy Crocs online so you don’t have to waste time going and getting them yourself. Make sure that you also have flip-flops, just in case, as you never know if you’re going to hit a swimming pool or take a dive in the sea (depending on the destination you’re going to).

Accessories

As far as the accessories are concerned, think in advance about all the things you might need. It’s very probable that you will forget something that you will need, so make sure that you start planning out your “accessories” list a couple of weeks prior your trip. This list will include books or anything that will make your trip a much more comfortable one, and gadgets that you might need at your destination, such as Bluetooth speakers, power banks and such. If you’re going with your friends and you want to have one quiet night in, you might want to bring a board game such as Monopoly – it’s very engaging, it lasts long and is super fun.

Packing for any holiday can sometimes be nerve-wrecking, but everything’s easier when you plan everything in advance or when you know what to focus on. So, try to make a check list two weeks before your trip, and slowly pack your things during those two weeks. Also, planning your outfits in advance will make sure that you don’t forget anything. Good luck!

 

April 14, 2019 by Peter Minkoff
Tags: men
valentine's day gifts for him

5 Best Valentine's Day Gifts for Him

Christmas and New Year’s Eve are just behind us, so if you have exhausted all your gift-giving ideas and have no idea what to get your SO for Valentine’s Day, don’t worry. Here are the top 5 fool-proof presents he will love and cherish.

Grooming and pampering

It only took us thousands of years to realize men can and should care about their looks. So, if your guy belongs to this new and improved type of men who love to look and feel good, get him something that will lift his beauty routine up a notch. You can assemble a handy beard care kit that will help him achieve that perfect beard look and maintain it even on the go (all the pieces are small enough to carry wherever he goes). If he prefers a clean-shaven look, but would kill for his hair, get him a few hair styling products that will make his amazing locks defy all weather conditions (and gravity).

New wardrobe addition

Honestly, everyone loves a fresh piece of clothing or a trendy accessory gift, so it’s pretty hard to go wrong with this one as long as you know his style. Since buying pants and button-ups for someone else is super hard unless you know them really, really well, you can stick to other items like Ts or hoodies. They are usually looser and stretchier, so making size and fit mistakes is a bit harder. However, accessories are your safest bet. A nice cashmere scarf or a pair of interesting dress socks will hit the spot if he loves to dress up and look dapper! If none of these work, a messenger bag for his laptop will definitely not go unused.

Something personalized

There’s no better way show someone you care than to give them a present that’s completely personalized. Luckily, the internet is full of great personalized Valentine's day gifts for him that will feel uniquely his. From personalized phone cases and cufflinks to customized beer glasses and key rings, you can find absolutely anything! This is also the perfect chance to go with a funny and cute gift that will not only entertain you during the Valentine’s Day but also remain as a cute keepsake forever!

Travel

If you know he wants to travel more in 2019, why not help him with his New Year’s travel resolutions and send him on a nice weekend getaway. You don’t actually have to spend a ton of money on a nice vacation. There are easy-booking services, coupons and free miles you can use to send your Valentine somewhere fun and exciting. You can even organize a couple’s trip and use the chance to make amazing new memories together. Traveling is also the best way to really get to know someone, so if you’re in the early stages of your relationship, why not give it a try. It’s bound to be fun, even if you can only afford a short road trip to your neighboring country!

A new gadget

If your man is a techie and gets fascinated by every new gadget that comes out, you’ll have no problem picking your Valentine’s Day gift. And don’t worry if you can’t afford the new AirPods. There are so many other amazing gadgets that will keep him busy and entertained without draining your budget. If he’s a gym freak, a new fitness tracker will instantly become his best friend. A music lover always needs more speakers (a practical Bluetooth speaker is not too costly) and any book worm will adore a new e-reader. Throw a few classic books on it and you’ll blow him away!

Don’t ruin Valentine’s Day by overthinking your gift. These presents are guaranteed to hit the spot, so you can really dedicate your time to the right cause—your date!

January 14, 2019 by Peter Minkoff
Tags: gifts
men's health resolutions

5 Men’s Health Resolutions for 2019

As we’re slowly closing down 2018, it’s time to start thinking about what the following year will provide us with. Even though the future is always uncertain, there are definitely matters that we can take into our hands and actually try to make the best out of the New Year. 2019 should be all about health, as this is the thing that is indeed the most important. Love, money, doing the job that you like – they should all come after general health. So, what are the things that we can do to make us healthier in the following year? These are the five most important health resolutions that not only are super important, but you will be able to stick to them easily as well.

Take care of the largest organ

We’re going to start with the thing that’s always visible and what people remember us for – our face. Even though skincare is most commonly associated with the beauty industry, taking care of your skin is definitely a way of staying healthy, especially as you will be taking proper care of the largest organ of your body. No matter what our skincare routine during the winter months is, this season will definitely affect the state of your skin which means that you have to go the extra mile to keep your face completely fresh for spring and summer, especially if you like to grow your facial hair. Apart from introducing the best skincare routine that you can, it’s also very important to invest in the best skincare products on the market.

Start your day right

Without stating the obvious, we can all agree that diet is extremely important for keeping ourselves healthy. However, the day starts the moment you wake up, so working on your morning routine is definitely the best way to go. First of all, make sure that you eat a balanced breakfast full of vitamins and proteins – this is the meal that will give you the energy that you need and if you play your cards right, you won’t have the need to eat anything nothing else until lunch time. In order to make the best out of the situation, it would be a great idea to have a cup of the strongest coffee in the USA with your breakfast, as this beverage has quite a few health benefits and can lift you up very quickly. Apart from that, make sure to drink a lot of water or a freshly-squeezed orange juice.

Promise to work that sweat

It always happens like that – we start the New Year very eager to work out, and this is an idea that lives on during the first half of the year. It seems that after our summer holidays are over, we tend to forget about this resolution of ours, so we spend our days promising ourselves that we’ll go back to the gym the next month. Come November, we tell ourselves to start with our new workout routine just after the New Year. So, this year your New Year’s resolution could be to actually stick to your workouts. Exercising regularly is one of the healthiest activities that you could be doing, so it’s crucial that you do your best to make that happen.

Lose the snooze

The last couple of years have been tough – Netflix, the sudden popularity of social media and numerous TV shows have definitely had an effect on our sleeping habits. In order to have a healthier new year, it’s very important that you turn the tide and actually get those eight hours of sleep on a daily basis. How to do that? There are plenty of ways and ideas to help you, and one of those is by introducing the “Amish Hour”.

Hey Mr. Doctor

So, the common resolution might be to be healthier, but the one that sounds the most probable is that to visit your doctor regularly. After all, he is the one who will tell you what you need to pay attention to, and it would be a great thing to always be one step ahead of your own body. Don’t forget the dentist as well, as your teeth also fall in this category!


Staying fit and healthy is not a difficult endeavor, however dull it is. The only thing that you need is to stay focused and wholeheartedly wish to successfully complete this resolution! Good luck!

December 10, 2018 by Peter Minkoff
cooler guy

How to be a Cooler Guy in 5 Easy Steps

Being cool means different things to different people, depending on their age, gender, social environment, personal successes, etc. However, if you are a guy, there are a few safe ways to become cooler than you already are to everybody around you. So, if you want to boost your cool factor, here are five things you should keep in mind.

Take care of your skin and hair

First things first, a cool guy cannot have a messy beard or greasy hair. Grooming should be a part of your daily routine, as sloppiness can only lead to many bad impressions. With that in mind, never neglect your facial hair – your beard can be as long as you want it to be, but you still need to maintain it and trim it regularly. As for your skin, consider getting a good face cream to make sure your skin is always smooth and free of any blemishes. Also, don’t buy the first product on the shelf that can serve as anything from shampoo to dish detergent. Choose quality grooming tools and products that match your needs, and take time to perfect your appearance.

Dress well

You’ve probably heard of the famous phrase “clothes make the man”, and in this case, it’s absolutely true. Dressing well is an important part of looking good, so make sure your wardrobe is always up to date. This doesn’t mean you have to buy a new suit every week, but the clothes you do have should be clean, modern, and suitable for every occasion. When you combine a well-groomed beard, nice haircut, and clean skin with a stylish outfit, you can rest assured that there won’t be many guys cooler than you around.

Socialise

Cool guys are not those who sit in the corner and watch the world pass them by. Socialising is a must if you want to be seen as cool, and knowing how to organise a good party can do wonders for your social status. For example, if you ever get the honour of organising a bachelor party in Australia, hiring a professional Sydney topless waitress could easily make you the coolest guy at the party.

Behave well

You probably already know that the way you behave can determine how others will see you. So, if you want to be considered cool, you should act the part. This means that you should know how to behave in different situations. For example, if you’re at the party, you should be relaxed and cheerful, but if you’re at work, you should know how to maintain a professional relationship with your co-workers even if you had a couple of drinks last weekend and unintentionally shared some personal details with each other. Showing people respect is the best way to make them respect you as well, which is an essential part of being cool.

Work on yourself

Smart is the new cool, so regardless of whether you’re still at college or already working, you should do everything you can to increase your chances of success. If you show others that you are smart, hard-working, reliable, and constantly looking for new ways to improve yourself, they will care about your opinion and seek your advice whenever they need it. It’s an adult way of becoming popular, and it’s one of the best ways to become the coolest guy around. Plus, being good at what you do can do wonders for your confidence, and the more confident you are, the cooler you will seem to the people around you.


Although being cool means a different thing for different people, the above-listed suggestions can be considered universal. If you have the right kind of attitude, take care of your physical appearance, socialise with people, and stay ahead of your studies or work, you are guaranteed to become much cooler than you could ever imagine.

October 12, 2018 by Peter Minkoff
Tags: men
men

5 Most Common Self-Esteem Issues Men Face

We live in a world where boosting self-confidence is a whole industry that earns billions a year. Of course, confidence is crucial for success in a lot of aspects of life, from business to dating and social life. At the same time it is not easy to be confident, we are all quite self-aware and our insecurities often get the best of us thus affecting our work and social life. Men are quite prone to having self-esteem issues, and for some, it is hard to recognise what these issues are. So read on and discover what are the possible reasons for low self-esteem and how they can be remedied.

Skin problems

From something as annoying as rasorburn to more serious issues like acne or rosacea having any type of highly visible skin problem can really cause a drop in our self-esteem. You feel very self-conscious about the changes on your skin, and it leads to a lower desire for going out, socializing, some men even hide out at the office and avoid going to the gym. The good news is most skin problems are treatable, all it takes is a consult with the dermatologist and some quality skin care and beard care products to get you to feel good as new. After the skin clear up, you are bound to get a significant confidence boost and get back that swager without worrying about how your face looks every day and what are the best ways of hiding it.

Body image issues

There are different parts of our body that we don’t feel comfortable with and we tend to hide. For most men it involves the mid section and usually, penis size. In most cultures, penis size has been linked to masculinity, and not much has changed, it is still relevant in regards to how we feel about ourselves whether we want to admit it or not. Luckily, even this issue has a relatively simple solution, there are effective penis augmentation procedures that can enlarge your penis. This in return can help with your self-esteem issues and it is one of the most sought after procedure by men all over the world. The second body image issue has to do with the lack of abdominal muscles, or the existence of the so called ‘beer belly’ which self aware men dread. This one takes a bit longer to change and requires a lot of hours at the gym, but it is still doable.

Hair loss

This is another self-esteem issue affecting a number of men, including the British royals. One option is of coure getting hair implants, it is a long process that is quite public and all that pleasant. The other option is simply owning your look. This is a much better option and luckily a lot of men are deciding on it. You can adjust your personal style to the newer, balder version of yourself. You will experience instant boost in confidence just by owning your new look.

Media stereotypes

Just like women, men are also affected by what is being popularized in the media as attractive. Not everyone can look as chiseled as on of the Marvel heroes. There are men with different body types, of different heights and physical appearance. And trying to achieve the imposed standard of perfection can lead to depression and a whole lot of additional insecurities. This is why it is important to accept your body as is, you can work on your muscles, improve your fitness levels but it is important to own who you are regardless of what the media says you are supposed to be.

Finances

Yet another social stereotyp coming to bite our self-esteem in the ass. ‘Men should be the providers, they should pay for everything, ensure financial security and so on and so forth’. Have you seen the job market or the great changes in the economy of the developed countries. Being able to support ourselves is becoming an issue, and naturally this take a toll on the way we feel about ourselves and on our masculinity. Well the remedy is easy, work hard, accept that you won't be able to make millions, and be truthful about it, both to yourself and your partner. The point is that you should be proud that you are working hard for your money, and not let the amount you earn affect how you feel about yourself.


So keep your chin up, paddle through any issue you might have and keep a positive attitude, after all you are your own man, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

June 25, 2018 by Peter Minkoff
Tags: men
men's guide to spring detox

Men's Guide to Spring Detox

Everybody has a few bad habits they need to change whether it is drinking one pint of beer more than they should or having that extra slice of pizza so it “wouldn’t go to waste”. However, the result of those habits is always the same –  feeling terrible for not being able to resist the urge. Also, frequent overindulging can put too much strain on your liver, which is constantly working on getting rid of all the toxins in your body. Fortunately, there are ways in which you can help your liver and detox your body much faster. If you’d like to learn how, here are a couple of things you should do.

Take care of your skin and facial hair

There are many skincare products that can help you rid your skin of any impurities that appeared as the result of your bad diet. Look for face masks that include absorbent clays, natural ingredients, or plant-based amino acids. And don’t forget to take care of your beard as well. Besides washing it regularly with specialised cleansers and gently patting it dry, you should also use quality beard oil. It will make your beard softer and shinier, and it comes in many nice scents for that extra charm ladies will love.

Work out

One of the most important parts of detox is exercising. All the unhealthy food and drinks have probably made you weaker and generally out of shape. Therefore, if you want to actually look healthier and not just feel that way, you need to get active. For example, you can join one of the group fitness classes and keep your body fit and healthy. Working out helps your body flush out all the toxins much faster, so regardless of the type of exercise you choose, try to create a routine, and stick to it.

Don't do it too fast

If you’ve been indulging in a lot of fast food or unhealthy drinks, don’t go cold turkey and kick everything out of your diet overnight. Start with the drinks first; stop drinking alcohol and unhealthy sodas, and then think about the food. There are also many websites on the Internet that can help you prepare a nice meal by using any combination of ingredients you want, so you can detox at your own pace. Plus, changing one small thing at a time will make it much easier to detox successfully than giving up everything at once.

Replace alcohol with water

The most common advice that everybody will give you – and that you should definitely listen to – is to drink more water. Water can help you eliminate toxins from your system, and it can speed up your metabolism so you can get in shape faster. So, the next time you feel like having a cup of coffee or a pint of beer, go for a bottle of water instead. You should drink at least two litres of water every day, but as with everything else, you don’t have to start with that amount right away; start as you feel like and build it up by adding a few extra glasses at regular intervals.


It’s completely understandable to let yourself go a bit during winter. After all, we do need some extra energy to survive the cold and the blues that come with it. But as the warmer weather is approaching, it’s time to replace your bad habits with good ones and get back in shape, especially if you’ve already started planning your summer vacation – if you want to look good at the beach, now is the time to start improving your health.

March 09, 2018 by Master Account
Tags: grooming men
self-confidence

How Can a Basic Dude Boost His Self-Confidence?

You’ve probably come across many people whose self-confidence is, for some reason, through the roof. On the other hand, there are those who desperately try to boost theirs. Low self-esteem is one of the main reasons people go to therapy, and can therefore result in social withdrawal, anxiety turmoil, eating disorders, self-neglect and other unpleasantries. However, there are a couple of tricks that will help you boost your self-confidence before it hits rock bottom. Improving your self-image, optimistic thinking and being original are just some of them, but how to achieve this? Stay with us and find out:


By positive thinking

One of the best ways to boost your self-esteem is by thinking positively. However, this really is easier said than done. Being positive and feeling satisfied with everything you’ve accomplished so far is the first must – it doesn’t do to dwell on all the failures, but rather focus on everything that’s good. If necessary, make a video in which you’ll tell your future self about all the things he should be satisfied with and proud of, and play it on the days you feel blue. Furthermore, you can always install a small pinboard which will be your own Wall of Successes. Also, take compliments, and pay them to others as well. Compliments can really boost a person’s self-esteem.


By creating a personal style

Your own personal style and authenticity are the things that will make you stand out from the crowd, and that is always very important. It’s a well-known fact that clothes can improve someone’s self-esteem, so go ahead and find the style that matches perfectly with your personality. Not being afraid to create your own style will help you create your own unique look that many will be envious of. Moreover, try to smile as much as you can as it can enhance your appearance tremendously. So, forget about the pieces of clothing that everyone’s wearing – go out and find yourself something unique that looks good on you, and rock it proudly.


By paying attention to his figure

Let’s be honest – most cases of low self-esteem are derived from the dissatisfaction of one’s physical appearance. Even though you cannot change your face, there are things you can do in order to look better, and more importantly, feel better about yourself. First of all, there are plenty of beauty treatments that will make your body look better. For example, treatments like body sculpting in Sydney and other Australian cities is gaining in popularity, so choosing this might be a good idea if you want to get rid of the unwanted fat. Moreover, going to see a dermatologist or booking beauty treatments is something that you shouldn’t run away from. Go and have those eyebrows plucked, get the best moisturizers and actually start paying extra attention to the condition of your face. Finally, hit the gym and go for cardio to better your figure.


By not comparing himself to others

It’s very important to note down that you are unique – no one is like you and you cannot be like anyone else. So basically, you have to work with what you have and having low self-esteem will not help you in that. After all, don’t you think it’s beautiful that we’re all different? Perhaps you’re not filthy rich, but focus on the things that you already have, the things you can afford and the people who love you. At the end of the day, that’s what matters the most. Try out this exercise – every morning when you wake up, look yourself in the mirror, see all the things you like about yourself and say out loud that you like yourself just the way you are. Self-love is definitely the most effective way to become self-confident.


By emphasizing a special feature

Another way to make yourself unique and original, that will definitely boost your self-confidence, is to choose one feature that’s special about you and emphasize it. For example, if you’re a bearded man, taking proper care of your beard is of the utmost importance. Why not try and fish all the compliments you can because of your beard? Moreover, you can do this with piercings or tattoos, if you’re a fan of the two, of course. Being different and choosing to ink yourself can help a lot, as tattoos are definitely something that gets people’s attention very quickly. Choose your secret weapon and use it wisely.


To sum up, yes, low self-esteem can be problematic, and it can be very difficult to improve it. However, it’s not impossible. Using these 5 tips can help you a lot with this, and if you think you need more, you can always turn to a professional. You have only one life, so make the best of it.

February 09, 2018 by Peter Minkoff
Tags: grooming men
christmas gifts

5 Christmas Gift Ideas for Fit and Groomed Men

Having magnificent facial hair and being in top shape are not passing fads, but distinguished traits of a true gentleman. They are people who want to make a style statement, but also express their masculinity. The good news is that there is an entire market dedicated to those in love with their beards and bodies.

Besides, Christmas is just around the corner and if you ask me, it is high time to look beyond those traditional gifts like ugly sweaters and holiday ties. For a fit and well-groomed man, these are not likely to cut it. So, here are some quintessential gifts that well-groomed men will find useful and thoroughly adore.

Beard oil and skincare

There is a multitude of beard care products worthy of your attention and money, but beard oil is an absolute must. A modern iteration of this staple grooming tool is almost a magic liquid, a miraculous substance that both nurtures and tames stray hairs and moisturizes the skin underneath. It can be used on a daily basis to create a fresh and clean look sure to blow onlookers away.

In addition, feel free to also throw in a natural skin care product such as herbal lotion. Unlike synthetic products, they don’t cause dryness and skin irritation. Men’s beards and/or mustaches will never look the same.

Workout equipment

Regular gym goers and fitness enthusiasts require a variety of items that facilitate workout. There is a slew of men’s gym clothing items on the market, so take your pick. Pieces like compression shorts, workout tops, lifting gloves and men’s running tights keep muscles and joints safe, helping one steer clear of any strain and injury.

Both veterans and novices could seriously use these to step up their game and stay on the safe side in the process. With these items, it is possible to elevate the whole routine, whether you want to burst into motion, break a sweat, or hit the pavement without fear or second thoughts.

A prime-quality razor

Sometimes a man craves a quick change and the beard has to go. A quality straight razor is best suited for the job of doing away with it. There is something incredibly cool about this old-fashioned tool that emits a nostalgic feel and leaves no hair behind.

Moreover, top-of-the-line razors are much more than just sharp pieces of metal, as they feature intricate details like gold etching and ebony black wood scales. The weight of the blade and handle are balanced, facilitating a seamless shaving process. And if you pick well, you will give someone a grooming centerpiece that will last him a lifetime.

A killer beard trimmer

Shaping the beard with a nice trimmer is a breeze. So, to figure out a perfect Christmas gift, check out the latest technological innovations and opt for a cutting-edge product. The Braun Series 3 Ruskin 3040s is certainly one of the worthy candidates for a gift, especially for those who seem to be pressed for time and always on the go.

Models like this feature integrated vacuum systems that capture cut hairs, enabling mess-free trimming. Likewise, all-in-one shavers are always a safe choice as they suit all the needs of a modern gent. With such as versatile tool at your disposal, a messy, unappealing beard is a thing of the past.

Leather wallet

Sporting stylish accessories is a perfect way to complement well-groomed facial hair and a toned body. I would say it is best to stick to leather goods as they are timeless and never really go out of style. A classy wallet is a fabulous Christmas gift and an item that will see many more holidays to come.

So, consider a quality, bi-fold Italian wallet made from calf leather. It can hold everything important, and it does so in style. You could say it is both a functional and a fashionable item, a reflection of social status and financial capacity. Therefore, go for a sublime, elegant look, but also ensure it has enough space for everything.

The gift of the gab

Festive feel is brimming in the air and moody Mother Nature is showing us its frostier side. The season of feasting and gifting is underway, but you should try to avoid boring and expected Christmas gifts. Go for something useful and fashionable.

We have presented some vital tools for the arsenal of a man who holds his physique and appearance in high regard. Do not miss a chance to delight him with a unique, special gift that will put a smile on his face and serve as a crown jewel of a masculine lifestyle.

It is time to rock a majestic beard and once the summer rolls in again, showcase that sculpted body.

December 14, 2017 by Peter Minkoff
Tags: gifts grooming
wine

A Basic Dude’s Guide to Ordering Wine

Drinking a glass of wine is an amazing way to feel better in a matter of seconds, especially if the waiter is able to recommend something that goes well with your dinner and enhances the flavour of the food. However, being in a position to do all of that on your own is even more amazing because you don’t have to depend on anyone nor wait for a sommelier to give you a proper recommendation that might ultimately turn out to be something out of your comfort zone. Learning a thing or two about wines will not only help you be a better man, but also make you look like more cultured in front of your partner, friends and family. So, what are some of the most crucial things you need to know about wines and how can you learn how to order the right one in every occasion?

Appreciating wine

Let’s face it – wine isn’t everyone’s drink of choices, especially when it comes to young men unaware of its awesomeness. They prefer sticking to simple choices like beers, whiskey and vodka, so ordering a glass of wine instead of three pints of Guinness isn’t something they would do on a night out. Yet, if your main goal isn’t to get completely wasted in a matter of minutes, a great wine is the best choice you can make. You need to appreciate its values first and understand that wine makes you seem classier, more successful and romantic, and that’s something every dude wants.

Distinguishing wines

Now that you’ve learned to value the elegance that comes with wine, you need to know one more thing before ordering it – not all wines are the same! You probably already know that there are red and white wines, but do you know anything other than that? If not, here’s a quick how-to that can save you from embarrassment next time you try to order a glass of this fine drink.


Since there are more different sorts than you can imagine, you only need to remember six, three whites and three reds. Chardonnay, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc are the most popular white wines – full, light and medium body, respectively – while Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Merlot are their friends produced from red grapes in full, light and medium body. And that’s all! Try all of these and pick your favourite, but be sure to remember the names of the others, just in case. In the end, having a surprise up your sleeve is a great idea that will have a positive effect on your company, and something like a delicious preservative free wine might just be the tasty and healthy idea you’re looking for.

Ordering wine

Once you know what you’re about to order, the only thing left to learn is how to do it properly. Ordering wine starts by contacting a sommelier whose job is to know what sorts the restaurant offers at the moment and to recommend what goes well with your meal. Ask them for the best-seller wines, but keep the price range in consideration as well, especially in pricey establishments.

Also, learn your way around the wine list and pay attention to some of the things written on it – the producer, the vintage, the country or region of origin, as well as the food a certain wine complements – because these are the information that will make you distinguish between different sorts and allow you to make the right choices. Keep in mind that learning the basic is important as it’s the only way to show that you’re a real gentleman who isn’t an expert, but still knows a thing or two about wines.

Serving and drinking wine

Once the bottle arrives at your table, don’t try to be smart and open it on your own – let the restaurant staff do their job. It’s a safer and much more reliable road to take unless you want to spill precious wine all over your table and clothes. Tasting the sample first is a good way to make sure you’re satisfied with your choice and approve the bottle. Now, all that’s left to do is drink the wine you’ve opted for and enjoy your evening!
August 31, 2017 by Peter Minkoff
how to be a better man

How to be a Better Man in 5 Mindful Steps

There’s no limit to being better. You can always strive for improvement, especially when the emotional and spiritual parts of you are in question. People learn as they live and in that respect, you can either choose to let your spirit grow or ignore it completely. The latter option may be comfortable and easy, but it can - and will - make you feel like there’s something lacking all the time. Such feelings can take over from time to time, which can affect your behavior towards others as well as yourself. If you’ve noticed that something is a bit unsettling with the way you feel inside and you can actually pinpoint the mistakes you make because of that feeling, it’s time to embrace the growth.

Acknowledge your actions

Sometimes it’s pretty difficult to stand behind the things we do in life. This is precisely one of the things that have to change if you want to become a better person. It will take time, like every growth does, but it’s essential that you stop referring to your actions insignificant. If you did something great and achieved success, feel free to accept it and be happy about it. On the other hand, if you did something bad or failed whatever you had to do, own up to it. Running away from your actions, regardless of whether they’re amazing or poor, is the same as running away from yourself.

Accept yourself and accept others

Once you clear the first step and become more aware of yourself, it’s time to do the same for others. This doesn’t mean that you have to like everyone you ever meet. However, it does mean that you should accept them the way they are. If you like them, that’s great. If you don’t, move along. It seems quite simple, doesn’t it? But truly accepting that something is what it is, and that someone is who they are without letting it affect and change you is one of the most important steps towards becoming not just a better man, but a real gentleman actually.

Be emotionally stronger

There’s no such thing as perfect emotional strength that you should look up to and strive to achieve. The thing is that you should strive to be emotionally stronger compared to how you were before. If you constantly give in to weakness and look for emotional support elsewhere over and over again, people around you are going to lose their respect for you. When it comes to men’s mental health, this can have serious influence since the whole situation will make you more insecure and weak, and the cycle will repeat itself. We all need someone by our side from time to time but remember – the only person who can carry your weight is you.

Learn, engage and have fun

If you’re constantly stuck in one place, one situation, one feeling, you won’t be able to gain enough experience that helps people grow. You have to break this bad habit. Listen, you don’t have to get up one day and decide to climb Mount Everest, but you should definitely step out of your safe space a little by little. Find something new that you would like to learn. Engage in interesting discussions and hobbies. Be a part of the Movember movement. Change your fashion style if you want to. Remember that the only person standing in your way is you. If you want a change to the better, you have to move.

Discover your own spirituality

The best way to actually tune in with the changes is to delve deep into your mind and soul. The answer to this is meditation. Not only will meditation help you learn more about who you are but it will also help you relax and de-stress. Try to create a calm and zen-like corner in your home, with plants, plenty of natural light and Tibetan prayer flags that will help you dive deep inside your own mind and get the answers you need in order to move closer to a better man than you were before.

To become a better person means to stop fearing life and yourself. If you know who the person walking in your shoes is, insecurities will become a thing of the past. Your actions will speak in your favor. And the more you work on yourself the wider and brighter the road to future will get.

July 07, 2017 by Peter Minkoff