The Steps to Tie a Tie

Sooner or later, every man in polite society must learn how to tie a tie. While there are various styles and methods, the most common, versatile and simplest is the four-in-hand knot. With a little practice, even the youngest gentleman can master this quintessentially manly skill.

Step 1
Put on and button up your dress shirt, including the top collar button.  Stand in front of a mirror.

Step 2
Put the tie around the collar. Position the tie so that the narrow end of the tie is on the left and about 12 inches higher than the wider end. The seam of the tie should face toward the chest.

Step 3
Cross the wide end of the tie over the narrow end, forming an X across the chest. Hold the tie at the intersection point with your right hand and wrap the wide end around and across the narrow end once more, with the wide end draping across your right hand. The tie should again be in the rough shape of an X across the chest with the seams down and the right hand still holding the X at the intersection.

Step 4
Take the bottom end of the wide end in your left hand and bring it up behind the intersection point of the X and pull it through the space at the top of the X, directly beneath the collar of the shirt. Do not move your right hand while doing this.

Step 5
Put the wide end through the loop that your right hand is holding open and gently pull down with your left hand. Remove your right hand and tighten the knot by holding the narrow end of the tie with your right hand and sliding the knot up with your left hand. Adjust and center the tie knot.

Tips
The two ends of the tie should be the same length when the knot is complete. If one end is significantly shorter, retie the knot, adjusting the length of the wide and narrow sections as the tie hangs around your neck.

How to Choose Travel Clothing

Choosing travel clothing involves more taking something to wear to the business meeting or beach. Selecting clothing for a trip involves where you are going, what you are going to do and how long you will be gone. Take fabric content into consideration for comfort and care and think ahead about local customs for foreign travel. Choosing the right clothing makes for an easier and more memorable trip.

Step 1 - Select clothing that is comfortable to wear. This includes shirts and tops that are long enough cover your skin without excessive adjustment and slacks or skirts with waistbands that do not bind.

Step 2 - Choose clothing made from wrinkle-free fabric, especially if you must go directly from the airport to a meeting. Whereas natural fibers might breathe more, they also wrinkle easily. Another plus is that wrinkle-free fabric is easy to launder, should a garment require it while you're away from home.

Step 3 - Buy separates that mix and match. Two pair of solid colored slacks and several matching tops offer a wide choice of outfits yet take up much less space in luggage.

Step 4 - Select colors and patterns that hide stains. Dark blue slacks and a paisley top will hide a spot or stain better than white slacks and tops.

Step 5 - Choose clothing that can be layered. A sweater or jacket worn with a shirt can be donned or removed to adjust for temperature.

Step 6 - Choose shoes that are comfortable for the plane. Low heeled shoes that can be easily slipped off and on makes going through security easier. They can also be removed once you're seated on the plane.

Step 7 - Choose clothes that can be dressed up or down with accessories. For instance, a pair of slacks and top can be dressed up with a lightweight shawl, a strand of pearls and a pair of heels.

Tips
Selecting clothing without metal decoration will speed your way up through security.

Warning
If you are traveling overseas, check with your travel agent for appropriate clothing for your country of destination. Some tourist sites have strict regulations about what can and cannot be worn.

How to Choose Eye Shadow Color

Eye shadow, like all makeup, should enhance a woman's natural beauty. When people see a woman walking down the street, they should say, "What a beautiful woman," not, "Look at her makeup." The artist color wheel determines what color enhances certain eye colors and skin tones. Once you know which colors enhance your eye color, then you can experiment with more intense shades for evenings and other special events.

Step 1 - Select eye shadow in darker brown and gray for women with blue eyes and light skin. Light colors for the lid include shades like almond, shell, or shell. The medium to dark colors for the crease include cappuccino, walnut and dark suede.

Step 2 - Pick eye shadow in lighter browns and taupe for women with blue eyes and dark skin. Lid colors include bone, champagne or light taupe while crease colors include walnut, slate brown or khaki.

Step 3 - Choose eye shadow in soft purple and peach for women with green eyes and light skin. Lid colors include ecru, soft peach and shell while crease colors include tan, wine and cappuccino.

Step 4 - Choose eye colors in darker shades of pink and wine for women with green eyes and dark skin. Light pink, merlot and shimmer opal enhance the lid. Crease colors include wine, dark suede and dark taupe.

Step 5 - Select greens, grey and soft peach for brown eyes and light skin. Lid colors include bone, soft peach and oyster and crease colors include to medium greens, taupe and soft to medium grey.

Step 6 - Pick eye shadow in darker grey and blue for women with brown eyes and dark skin. Lid colors include ecru, light taupe and almond and crease colors include slate brown, smoky grey and deep blue.

ingredients
Light eye shadow
Medium to darker eye shadow
Highlighter eye shadow
Soft brushes
Cotton swab (optional)

Tips
Select highlighter to enhance the area under the brow bone. These should be a lighter color of whatever was chosen for the lid, such as a pale bone or opal. Apply the lid color on the entire eye lid, from lash line to brow. Blend eye shadow, using a soft clean brush or a cotton swab. There should a gradual change between these colors.

Warnings
The term "crease" can be misleading when referring to eye makeup. Open your eyes when applying this color and place it right above the real crease. This will prevent the color from being lost when the eye is opened.

How to Use a Global Positioning System (GPS)

Remember how Columbus set out to find India but ended up in North America? Good job, big guy! You were a little off base on that one. Let us all learn from his navigational miscalculation and vow never to leave home without a GPS device again. Global positioning systems, or GPS, are becoming more affordable, more available and easier to use each day.

GPS Units for Automobiles

Step 1 - Affix the GPS to the dashboard or window so it is secure and not obstructing your view. If you plan to use the power adapter instead of the batteries, plug it in the car's AC outlet.

Step 2 - Turn on the GPS unit. It will automatically search for satellites to pinpoint your location. Make sure you aren't in a garage or other obstructed area or else the GPS won't be able to make a connection.

Step 3 - Enter the address of your destination. If you don't know the address, many GPS units will allow you to search nearby landmarks such as malls, museums, gas stations, etc.

Step 4 - Follow the voice prompts or observe the maps displayed on the unit until you reach your destination.

Hand-held GPS Units

Step 1 - Adjust the settings on your GPS to correspond with your maps, compass and other gear. For example, most GPS units used for hiking have an option to select either magnetic north or true north, yards or meters, etc.

Step 2 - Set waypoints to indicate landmarks on your GPS. Waypoints can be set by entering geographic coordinates, adding a waypoint from your current position, or uploading them from your PC.

Step 3 - Set alarms if you want an audio notification when you've arrived at a certain waypoint or destination.

Step 4 - Use your hand-held GPS device for activities other than bushwhacking. Use it to locate your car in a crowded parking lot, track your lost dog, or keep tabs on rascally teenagers.

ingredients
GPS device with charged batteries (or a power adapter for car models)

Tips
When driving or hiking, always carry a map. You never know when construction, flooding or other unexpected obstacles may foul up your plan.
Always pack extra batteries when hiking.

Types of Shirt Collars

Perhaps you didn't know that a boring old shirt collar has its own anatomy and terminology. Maybe you don't even know that different styles of collar exist. Expand your fashion knowledge when you learn about a spread that has nothing to do with butter or gambling, and figure out how to interpret the measurements of a standard shirt collar.

Spreads
Collars on dress shirts typically lay in one of five ways. These "spreads" determine how much space is between the point of the collar and the opening of the shirt. On a narrow spread collar, the points of the collar lay very close to the buttons. If the shirt is paired with a necktie, the points are snug against the tie. The next narrowest spread is medium spread, followed by modified spread, wide spread and extra wide spread.

Point Length
Point length is the measurement from the opening of the collar to the bottom of the collar's point. Points usually measure between 2 1/2 to 3 inches in length.

Back Height
Back height describes the measurement of the collar at the back of the neck. Most back heights measure 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 inches.

Wing Collars
Wing collars are often found on tuxedo shirts. The two small folds of a wing collar look similar to butterfly wings.

Button-Down and Tab Collars
Some collars come with extra features. Button-down collars are secured to the front of the shirt with small buttons that fasten at the points. Tab collars have a small piece of fabric that runs between the points, holding the two sides in place.

Standard Collar Measurements
The most common shirt collar features a medium spread, 3-inch points, and 1 3/4 inches back height.

Considerations
Different occasions call for different collar styles. Button-down collars are the most casual style. Tab collars and collars with wider spreads are considered more formal. Wing collars, since they are worn with a tuxedo, are most formal.

How to Use a Running Log

Whether you aspire to compete in the Olympic marathon or complete three short runs per week, keeping a running log can help you organize your workouts and focus on your goals. Writing down information about your runs will also track your improvement over time. A well-organized running log provides an overview of what works best and helps you plan future workouts and goals.

Step 1
Buy a sturdy, thick notebook or blank book to use as your running log. Consider using a calendar book if you are a daily runner. Get a durable book because you will be using it over a long period and will want to refer to it even after you are on to the next logbook.

Step 2
Enter the basic information about each run when you complete it. Write down how far you ran, the amount of time it took and the route. Note how you felt during the run. Write as much secondary information as you like, such as weather conditions, time of day, how you slept, speed or tempo of the run and level of effort required.

Step 3
Add narrative information. Competitive runners may want to note the purpose of the workout, pace per mile and how the run compared to similar workouts. Runners training with intervals will want to note the quantity of repeated runs and the time of the faster and slower paces. For example, for a workout of five repeats of a half-mile run, the runner records the time for each repeat as well as the time for rest intervals.

Step 4
Align your running log entries with a training plan. You can write out specific goals and use them as a guide. For example, a runner may train for a 10-kilometer race using a four-month plan. The runner may plan two months of long, slow runs, slowly increasing the length of the runs as fitness builds. He can follow this period with a month of mixing long runs with race-tempo runs. The last month of the plan may include two weeks of intensive race-tempo runs followed by two weeks of long runs and rest before the race. Review your running log after executing the training plan to evaluate its success.

Step 5
Detail your goals regarding races. Write down your goal regarding time or place, or simply finishing. Create a plan for the race, such as starting slowly, establishing a rhythm and finishing fast if possible. After the race, take note of the time, place, pace per mile and details of the event. Record how you felt during the race, whether you executed your race pace well and if you met your goal.

ingredients
Notebook
Stopwatch

tips
You can also use a running log to track injuries and recuperation.
You may want to note which running shoes you wore for specific runs.

How to Tie a Tie

Even if you are a jeans and T-shirt kind of guy, every once in a while you are going to have to get dressed up. You know, when you go to a funeral, or get married, or go to that job interview. In those situations a clip-on tie just doesn't cut it. You could have your friend (or your mother if you're lame) tie your tie for you. Or you could just learn how to tie your own tie. This one is called a single Windsor.

Step 1 - Button your shirt all the way up to your neck. Turn your collar up. Drape the tie around your neck with the seam on the inside and the skinny end on your right. Hold the skinny end with your right hand and the fat end with your left hand. Pull the fat end down until the skinny end stops just above your belly button.

Step 2 - Move the skinny end toward the left. Cross the fat end to the right over the top of the skinny end with the cross about three inches from your neck. Change hands and hold the skinny end with your left hand and the fat end with your right hand.

Step 3 - Fold the fat end around the skinny end back toward the left and up through the V created by the cross. Hold the skinny end with your left hand and let the fat end dangle down toward the right side. Hold the fat end with your right and and give a little tug. You should have a tight little developing knot where the two sides crossed.

Step 4 - Hold the skinny end with your left hand just below the knot. Fold the fat end behind the knot to the left. Hold the knot between the thumb and forefinger of your right hand. Release the skinny end with your left hand and take hold of the fat end with your left hand. Pull the fat end to your left and give it a little tug to keep the knot taught. Tuck the fat end down through the V and let it hang down. The seam on the fat end should be showing. The seam on the skinny end should not be showing. Release the knot with your right hand and grasp the skinny end just below the knot with your right hand.  Grasp the fat end with your left hand and give a little tug to keep the knot taught.

Step 5 - Release the skinny end with your right hand and grasp the knot with the thumb and forefinger of your right hand. Your right thumb should be keeping the fat end securely in place. Release the fat end with your left hand. Move your left hand under the fat end. Place the thumb of your left hand on the back of the knot. Place the first two fingers of your left hand on the top of the knot. Release the knot with your right hand. Reach across the knot and grasp the left side of the fat end with your right hand.  Pull the fat end toward the right, wrapping the fat end loosely over the fingers of your left hand creating a loop. Wrap the fat end behind the knot and straight up through the V. Tuck the fat end down through the loop that is on top of the fingers of your left hand.

Step 6 - Hold the skinny end with your left hand just below the knot. Hold the fat end with your right hand just below your left hand. Give the fat end a little tug to snug the knot. Grasp the fabric on either side of the knot with each hand and tug outward to arrange the knot. Grasp the skinny end with your left hand. With your right hand positioned at the bottom of the knot, push the knot upward until it rests comfortably at the top button of your shirt. Turn your collar down.

Tips
Leave yourself plenty of time to repeat this process as you'll probably need to do it more than once to get it right. If properly executed the fattest part of your tie should lie at the top of your belt.

Warning
Don't snug the tie too tight or you will be in for an uncomfortable night.

How to Pack for Travel

A journey over the river and through the woods doesn't mean you have to haul a caravan of luggage with you. Before you try to stuff your kitchen sink into your luggage, consider packing just a few versatile things. By dressing in layers and only packing a handful of travel-friendly items, your baggage will be less burdensome, and your weary back will thank you.

No-Iron Shirts
Never has there been a more travel-friendly invention than the no-iron shirt. These Oxford-style shirts are produced by dozens of manufacturers and designed from traditional to curvy with various sleeve lengths. Even if your no-iron shirt comes out of the suitcase with a wrinkle here or there, a couple of hours on a hanger will take the creases right out--no iron needed.

Zip-Off Pants
Sometimes called "convertible" or "two-in-one" pants, these casual trousers feature a zipper just above the knee. It wraps around the circumference of the leg so pants convert to shorts with a simple zip. Even though zip-off pants have always had a hiker look to them, new designs are more tailored with less conspicuous zippers.

Waterproof Jacket
Jackets made from lightweight waterproof fabric are invaluable. Look for something with a mesh lining. The mesh keeps you warm in chilly temperatures and allows air circulation when it's warmer. Zipper vents along the underarms or back are ideal, as well as inner and outer pockets and a hood that stows away in the collar.

Footwear
Packing shoes is tricky, especially if you have various events to attend that require different dress codes. At the very least, pack a pair of black loafers and a pair of trail sneakers. Black loafers come in versatile designs that can be both dressy and business casual at the same time. Trail sneakers are good for urban treks and bushwhacking alike with their durable soles, breathable fabrics and water-resistant uppers.

Storage
Bring one or two totes to carry your belongings in. While a backpack might be good for a day of sightseeing, it isn't appropriate for a night at the theater. Check your itinerary and your outfits to see what works best.