HOW TO WEAR A SUIT

A well-tailored suit maketh the gentleman.

Clothes do not make the man,manners do but     man will ever go wrong in a well-tailored suit.

After walking the streets of Nairobi and seeing everything from suits that are too tight to those that do not exactly fit,i decided to do a post on why men need to learn how to dress well….in a suit.

A suit is defined as a set of garments usually made from the same cloth and consisting of at least a jacket and trousers.

But we all know you need a shirt,shoes to get the look completely right.

Even if you do not consider yourself a gentleman and are more laissez fare in the way you dress,you never know when you may need to wear one.

Indulge me and read on…

Jacket

Gabriel Macht has a leading role in the hit TV series Suits
Gabriel Macht has a leading role in the hit TV series Suits

You jacket needs to be of a proper fit ,not to tight or too loose either.

The single breasted suit is the most common type of jacket in the wardrobe of most men.

Single breasted suits will either have 2 or 3 buttons though you may find some with up to 5 buttons,stay away from those.

Single breasted suits are more versatile when it comes to pairing them up with other items like jeans for a more casual look,double-breasted suits are not so forgiving.

Wearing a double-breasted suit is a style statement in it self,the cut of the suit,pattern and fit has to be just right for you to pull it off.

When it comes to wearing  the 3 button  single breasted suit  ,have your middle button always buttoned,you may sometimes unbutton your top   button  but never make the mistake of buttoning the bottom button.

For the 2 button suit,only ever fasten the top button when wearing it closed.


Shirt and Tie

Go for a fitted shirt,even if you are not exactly lean.

The most important measurements when buying a shirt are your neck size and arm length,know them every time you are going out to buy a shirt.

If you are wearing a tie,ensure the top of your tie meets your belt line for a dapper look.

When matching your shirt and tie go for contrasting colors and when wearing  complementary colors let them be of different shades but ensure your tie is a darker shade than your  shirt.


Trouser

Your trouser forms the base of your look when wearing a suit.

Make sure they sit at the top of your hip bone,just below your navel.

They aim is  to have the trouser  drape  without having it   looking too loose or tight.


Shoes and socks

A general rule of thumb to follow is to match your socks  to the color of your suit.

This will lengthen the appearance of your leg.

With shoes the safest colors to go with no matter the color of your suit are brown and black.

The Oxford shoe is the most popular of men dress shoes and goes with almost anything.


Accessories

Your belt watch band if you are wearing them need to be the same color as your shoes.

Though metallic wrist watches will go with almost any color.

Did we leave anything out?share your ideas in the comments section.We would love to hear from you.

WORKING FROM HOME

Working from home is not as easy as it is made out to be.

You get constant interruptions and with a wireless internet connection that keeps shifting to unimaginable corners of my house,it can get pretty interesting working from my home.

In the beginning i worked from all the corners of my house including my dining table.

But i  realized productivity would be increased if i got myself more organized.

Space

Creating a space and place for you to work from will get you accomplishing more.

Set aside a time and a place for you to switch on your work mode.

And you need to get dressed too just like you would if you were working in an office.

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Go outside

When you work from home it is very easy to feel shut in.

Get time to go out for short walks and take regular breaks.

The fresh air is great antidote to writers block.

Become smart with your money

When you work for yourself it is extremely important to become smart with your spending.

Invest in your financial management skills  or work with  a credible accountant or auditor to get your accounts in order .

Get social

Working from home  you become a lone ranger in an era where the majority of people have workmates to swap stories with  and company functions to look forward to.

Make it a point to schedule lunch or coffee dates and catch up with friends as well as out in the world.

Who knows your next big idea could come from there.

Do you work from home? leave a comment telling us how you make the most of your time and work space.

XO,

Ina

ORGANIZING YOUR PHOTOS AND VIDEOS

Being a mother of 3 i love taking photos of my children.

Anything that can capture the magical moments from when they wore their first shoes to their first tooth are captured on camera.

That sounds great  until you lose everything and all the memories are nothing but digital dust.

It happened to me,lost tens of photos of my daughters first  birthday and the video too!

Years worth of precious and irreplaceable memories  lost in an instant.

Managing  your digital memories is important if you don’t want to lose them.

Here is how to do this :

1.Begin by deleting unwanted photos and videos and duplicates too to save on space.

2.Organize your photos into folders and if the folders are too large,divide them into sub folders.

Name the folders depending on the themes,for example,baby’s dedication,wedding,engagement, etc.

3.Get an external hard drive to store your photos and videos if you have a very large collection. The general rule of thumb is to buy a hard disk that is two times the size of your PC.

Hard disk

It is possible to program your hard disk to do regular and automatic back ups of your photos and videos if you keep it plugged in.

4.Create a cloud account on any of the cloud storage service providers of your choice.Flickr has one of the biggest free services for up to 1TB which translates to about 500,000 photos.

5.Print out some of your photos  just in case.You will always have a hard copy in case you lose everything else.

photos

6.Finally back up as often as you can.

DO WE CARE ?

Planting treesHonestly any creative process is hard work.

It requires a belief in a purpose greater than yourself.

In the creative genius who is not you and in an  understanding that  you are just a channel through which a message is passing through.

You need to believe in the value you are bringing to the world and be so determined to see it through that you fears blush in shame.

My blog started as  a personal journal of my kitchen adventures to one whose aim is to inspire,empower and educate.

Quickly realized there were a lot of food blogs but even more gossip and entertainment blogs .

And the reason for this was because i was troubled by the numerous entertainment and gossip sites that were coming up each day.

Each with an even more lurid story of what some famous person had supposedly been up to.

And there i got my inspiration,to create content that was different.

I wanted to create  and share meaningful content.

The vision is for Maridadi is to build a network of people who by the actions create a better word for the next generation.

By writing and sharing content that informs and inspires,we can make a difference.

When adults take responsibility for  the next generation the world becomes a better place.

When we care enough about everything that happens to the  most vulnerable among us we build a better world.

When we care enough for what happens to our neighbors ,we all benefit.

Do you care?

Share how you are inspiring ,mentoring or changing the world in your own small way.

BLOGGERS COFFEE DATE

Photo source:Pixabay.com
Photo source:Pixabay.com

Are you creative?

See a gap in local content creation?

Want to do more to fill in local content gaps?

Let us meet for coffee.

And here is why.

When Mozilla came to Kenya last year to do a report on internet usage.They discovered a few things.

Kenyan content online was on two things,gossip and entertainment.

Content was mainly targeted to the 18-27 age group.

Kenyans limited their use of the internet to social media.

Local content was sorely lacking,thus locking out non English speakers.

Get more of the report here.

And if you are a blogger living in Nairobi who is interested in creating local content,let us get together for coffee and see how we can create local content.

Get in touch let us share ideas over a cup of coffee.

THE BEAUTY OF FAILING

Yes.

Courage does not favor the brave,it favors the defeated because they live to fight another day.

I never understood this until now.

Until i got children and until i got it clear in my mind the purpose i am alive today.

Too many times we think that the ones who win life’s battles are the ones who never know defeat or failure.

But the ones who win are the ones who know that every day comes with its own battles.

And we have to fight them.

And we win some and lose some.

But we never lose hope.

Tomorrow is another day.

And we live to fight another day…right?

The ones who win know the beauty of carrying around their battle scars.

…who know that being courageous is getting up when you have fallen down.

Courage never fails the defeated, it fails the ones who never took one more chance.

And another more chance and another more  chance.

Life is a lot more about chances than you would think.

Another chance to be alive,to love,to work to just be.

Yes life is for the ones who fail because they get up the next day .

“To fight another day.”