How To Wear A Denim Jacket

 

A denim jacket, otherwise known as a jean jacket to our American neighbours over the pond, is pretty much a staple of any man’s wardrobe and knowing how to wear a men’s denim jacket for all occasions is very important.

 

The Jacket

 

I suppose it’s best if we speak about the jackets themselves. When you’re picking out a denim jacket you must remember that the fit is key as with anything! Buy one too small and you’ll end up looking like an over-grown child – buy one too big and you might be in hipster territory.

 

Colour is another important factor, you can stick with a classic option, such as this blue jeans, or you can go a little bit different and pick out a white version, such as this one from yours truly. This just gives your outfit a different look without being too out there and in-your-face.

 

Denim on denim

 

Yes, there, we said it. When you saw Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake rock their light blue wash denim his-and-hers look at the 2001 American Music Awards, you didn’t think that was stylish, did you? 15 years down the line and we’re actually telling you to consider denim on denim. Bear with us and we’ll tell you exactly why.

 

Denim on denim works if you make sure the washes of each item are at least two shades different from each other. If you want to experiment with coloured denim, be our guest! For example, you could opt to wear slim grey jeans with a short sleeve light blue denim shirt. Trust us, you’ll look spot on.

 

All Black Everything

 

Jay Z knew the deal with he rapped about “all black everything”. Black really is the new black and by that we mean that nothing trumps a cool black tone. Absolutely nothing.

 

The slim tapered black jean is reliable, unique, and strong enough to stand the test of time. This could be coupled with a plain black crew neck cut t-shirt and a pair of black slip-on shoes. Not only will you look fresh, you’ll stamp your authority on any situation.

 

It should be noted that wearing dark colours in the summer months can cause you to sweat more than is humanly possible, so it’s advisable to opt for breathable fabrics such as cotton and linen or looser fitting t-shirts. After all, there’s nothing smooth or cool about a guy who smells like he’s just enjoyed a week-long session in the gym – even if you are Dwayne Johnson. No, scratch that. We’ll get back to you on that one.

 

The Best Running Shoes for Flat Feet

Just because you have flat feet doesn’t mean you can’t be a runner.  Running companies now make shoes that conform to everyone’s feet. You can even go to a specific running store that will measure and review your gait in order to get the best ones for you and your stride. Running is an everyone sport, all you need is a pair of sneakers, so if that’s the one thing that you are going to spend your money on, you should get the ones that will fit you best.  Flat footed runners have the potential to have issues with knee pain and ankle pain due to the fact that the arch is on the ground (hence the name) and your going to have additional issues if you don’t have the right shoes to wear. Here’s a look at some of the best shoes for flat feet runners.

 

New Balance Vazee Prism

If you are looking for a reputable brand and a good price, look no further than these New Balance which will run you about $40. These are considered neutral running shoes that don’t have stability or motion control. They offer strong construction of the sneaker but are made so that they aren’t constricting on your feet, giving you a run that doesn’t feel constrained.

 

Asics Gel-Kayano 23

These are a cushioned support stability running shoes that will run you about $140. They are structured to offer a lot of support for your feet however they are also the most cushioned sneaker for those who have no arches and feel like they were made just for you. It is however a stiff shoe, so that’s what lends the support, but if you are looking for something like that, then these have you covered.

 

Brooks Beast 14

Brooks sneakers and runners go hand in hand, hardcore runners love them, so if you are looking for a new pair these will run your about $120. These once however are made for those who have a bit more weight to them, be it how hard you pound the ground or how much you actually weight. They are recommended for those who have an extreme overpronation and can find nothing comfortable to support the motion, these will do it for you. These are specifically made for motion control.

 

Asics GEL-DS Trainer 21

For the ultimate lightweight shoe these are your best option coming in at around $75. These were created for those who really want something pretty light but solid and stable. These are great for training but are more on the race day scene (just don’t wear brand new sneakers on race day). bBut if you like the feel of a lighter shoe, these would be perfect for you.

 

Being flat footed is nothing to keep you from running, you just have to find the right sneakers to abate the pain. Best bet, go to a running store and have them measure your feet, or you can take a few of them here and try them out. Know what you are looking for first when it comes to the feel of the shoe and take it from there. Hopefully your feet (and legs and knees) will thank you later for getting the right shoes with a great run.   

What You Need to Consider Before You Invest in Technology

Do you know what the most precious resource in the world is? It’s time! You can’t make time, you can’t store it away, and you can’t stop time from rolling slowly and regularly onward till infinity. Time and technology are more related than you might think. In the world today, technology is advancing in leaps and bounds, but there is always room for improvement. The truth is, companies don’t realize the time-technology relationship, and it is costing everyone. 

A good example of this is a company that installs a brand-new reporting system for employee attendance and company expenses. The technology is advanced and ingenious. However, it takes far longer to log a report on this system than on the old system. The result of this is that employees will use more of their work time to log reports, which leads to less productivity, and, in the long run, lowered profits for the company!  

Every Minute Has Value to It  

It isn’t just about how much time is passing by, either. The main issue with time in a company is just how much value is placed on those minutes that are passing along. Value is placed on time based on what can be done with that time. For example, if you were to put in overtime at work on one night in order to attend your daughter’s school musical the next day, wouldn’t that time have been more than worth the effort you put in? In a similar way, a business needs to consider the value of the time they are saving or wasting and weigh it against the advantages of the technology they are investing in.  

People also attach value to time that they save as they go about their day. Take, for example, a project at work you have to do. You set aside a certain amount of time in your mind that you think you will take to do that work using the new technology the company has installed. However, you take less time than you expected to finish the task. Because of this, you have actually saved time from your estimated time to completion. This makes you and the company feel satisfied with the technology because of the time that it saved you. 

What to Consider When Investing in Technology 

Some of the benefits of saving time due to investments in technology that companies need to consider according to experts like Trustiko include:  

Progress forward – a company that is based on certain standard processes being run depends on its managers and supervisors. Any process that is being activated needs to be approved by a supervisor with authorization before it can be conducted. What happens if the supervisor is away for the day, or has been called into a meeting? The implementation of a technological improvement where approval for processes can be done via email would result in the supervisor being able to approve a process from a remote location.  

Security – One of the biggest causes of fear for a company is a breach in the security of the business. One of the most common responses to this paranoia is to install extremely complicated network security systems that make it a hassle for anyone to work from home or while on the go. The best way to circumvent this issue is to give employees an easy, secure way to log into the company’s internal network. Doing this means that employees are able to put in some work while they are away on vacation if an emergency should pop up.  

Speed – If there is work in the office that is being done by a machine, but it takes a weirdly long amount of time to do this work, there is a problem with the value of the time it takes. If you can invest in a machine that upgrades the old system in order to boost its work output rate, you’re actually increasing the value of the machine over time, and the profits of the company increase as a result.  

Technology is an investment you must be wary about. There are many pitfalls along the way that could seriously harm the business of a company. You need to consider how technology changes the value of time in a normal working day before making any investments.  

Finally after you have made the decision to invest in the technology which you hope will take your company forward it’s important that you examine what work and what didn’t so that you can learn from that. If you are fortunate, you will be able to avoid potential pitfalls in future. The speed of change  nowadays means no new  technology investment can be taken as a one-off: practically any investment made needs to be considered  as the beginning of a rolling program. And with such lofty stakes at danger, it’s fundamental you ask the precise questions to ensure  you spend in the right technology to bring success for your  company.

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