Looking Good


Spring is upon us and that means it’s time to brush up on your fashion sense. Being stylish isn’t about following a bunch of rules, but it does require a bit of knowledge. Now that you’re a grown-up, here are 10 things you should know to dress better:

1. Know your neck size.

You should be able to fit one finger between your collar and your neck when your shirt is fully buttoned. Chart taken from here.

2. Tie Stripes


A tie’s stripes should always be bolder than a shirt’s. It looks so much better and makes your tie stand out even more.

3. Don’t Wear Socks in Summer


It’s ok to not wear socks in summer, but only if you give your sweaty shoes a break every other day.

4. Black Tie

An invitation saying ?black-tie optional? implies you can choose between black tie and a suit, but it really means black tie.

5. Don’t Roll Up Khaki Pants

Know the nuances of khaki pants ? don?t roll up the cuffs to your calves like clamdiggers unless you are actually digging for clams.

6. Pocket Bulge

Never put eyewear, your cell phone, an ink pen, or a bulging key chain in your pants pockets.

7. Carrying Cash


A wallet is for credit cards only. Cash goes in a money clip in your front pocket.

8. Sunglasses Tip

Your eyeglasses should contrast, not mimic, the shape of your face.

9. Hairstyle Tips

The five terms your barber will understand are thinned out, layered, choppy, razored, and texturized.

10. Re-wearing Jeans

It is acceptable to wear your jeans five to ten times between washings but fewer if they get visibly dirty or baggy at the knee.

Follow these simple tips and you’ll be looking better in no time.

Have you started the year as you finished it? Do you look like a haggard old mess with smelly breath and hair that the hobo down the street would be proud of?

If your answer is yes then you need a grooming schedule my friend.

While I regularly talk about improving your physique and becoming more manly, there are occasions when more modern, metro-sexual principles are appropriate. In this case – grooming. Now I’m not saying that you need to stock up on fake tan lotion and start painting your toe nails (both of those are entirely personal choice!) but what I am saying that timing is everything when it comes to your grooming habits.

So let’s look at the best time to groom yourself and why.

Scrub your face the night before shaving.

A lot of men use facial scrubs right before they shave, not knowing that shaving itself actually ex-foliates the skin. A better idea is to use a scrub the night before and avoid the extra aggravation to your skin.

Shave 10 minutes after waking up.

When you wake up, your face is puffy due to a build up of fluid overnight. Leave it 10 minutes to subside and you’ll have a smoother surface to work with. Also, the ten minutes will give you enough time to wake up properly so you don’t cut your own throat with the blade.

Apply your fragrance before you moisturise.

To ensure your fragrance lasts as longer as possible don’t simply spray it on with a crop duster – you’ll just make women gag! Instead, apply a normal amount to your skin first. Leave it a few minutes and apply your moisturiser. Well hydrated skin holds the fragrance for longer – which leaves you smelling fresh as a daisy all day long.

Style your hair before it’s dry.

The best time to apply your new extra-strong wax is when your hair is damp. Too wet and you’ll dilute the product, making it look crap. Too dry and you’ll look like you got out of bed on the wrong side! Towel dry your hair and wait 10 minutes before waxing it up.

Brush your teeth before breakfast.

Most people, myself included, have grown up brushing their teeth after breakfast. That was until I discovered that drinking fruit juice with an acidic pH value damages the tooth enamel. Now I brush before breakfast. Although I do have to leave it for ten minutes because orange juice tastes vile after you first brush your teeth

Moisturise last thing at night.

Water loss through the skin is greatest at night so you’d be better off applying your cream or lotion before going to bed. It’s also more beneficial when you’re crawling into bed because the cream will be better absorbed in a warm bed.

Treat a spot before bed.

Got a zit? Apply your cream or treatment before going to sleep. This gives it time to go to work without the skin having to deal with pollution and UV exposure.

Use an anti-aging cream at night.

Yeah, yeah I know it’s girly but the skin switches to repair mode at night, which makes it the best time to reverse skin damage. Plus, we’ll all be old one day, but we might as well make it look good!

If you’ve got any great skincare tips or secrets that keep you looking hunky and masculine then please drop us a message in the comments so that we can all benefit from your wisdom. After all, there’s nothing much more satisfying than being a wingman to a less fortunate guy.


Another great way to look better day to day… GET TO BED.  You can moisturize all day long, but its not going to help the bags under your eyes like a good 8 hours will!

One of the greatest things about being a guy is getting our mitts on ? Boys Toys? Everyone loves a good gadget, and if they’re actually useful as well then that’s just an added bonus!

I’ve compiled a list of my favorite 7 gadgets that I’ve seen while looking for Christmas presents in the last couple of weeks of December and I’m pretty sure James Bond would be as happy as a pup with two tails if he?d received any of these gifts from Saint Nick.

Most of these gadgets can be found over at Spy Catcher Online, and I Want One Of Those is worth a look too!

  1. MP4 Watch ? Picture this scenario. You?re at the airport, or you’re visiting your grandparents and you find yourself bored with nothing to do. How awesome would it be if you could just push a button on your watch and instantly have access to 2GB worth of MP3?s, movies and pictures? With a 1.5inch color screen and support for MP3, WMA, MP4 (NXV) and JPEG formats, the MP4 watch is a fantastic gadget that any red blooded male can enjoy. The price is affordable too, setting you back just £59.95 ($108 approx).
  2. Wireless Audio Transmitter ? This nifty little device allows you to transmit your music wirelessly to any device in your house which has a phono input! If your music collection is on your desktop PC upstairs, you may want to listen to that new album you just downloaded in the living room! MTV on the TV downstairs and you’re having a bath? Transmit the audio to the bathroom radio. Another brilliant device for the low price of £49.95 ($90 approx).
  3. Transmitting Camera Pen ‘Nothing says spy quite like a discrete pen with an inbuilt camera and transmission function! This working pen can take images and transmit them to a TV, video recorder or security monitor up to 100 meters away. It’s not cheap at ‘295 ($586 approx) but the thrill of undertaking spy work could be considered priceless!
  4. Wooden Picture Frame with GSM Transmitter ? This trendy wooden picture frame would look great in the home or the office. The beauty of this is that nobody can see the built-in GSM module which allows you to silently dial into the unit from anywhere in the world and hear exactly what is being said within 4-5 meters of the picture frame. It won?t work in the USA but this device is completely legal in the E.U. Want one? That’ll be £170.38 then please.
  5. UV Pen ? This pen is ideal for hiding information from rogue agents and enemy spies! The writing is invisible and is only revealed once highlighted by the ultra-violet rays. Perfect for those nuclear launch codes you?ve just obtained from the wooden picture frame you gave to the Prime Minister! At just ‘8 ($16 approx) this is a fun gadget that is ideal for kids and adults alike.
  6. Disintegrating Paper ‘The perfect writing material for you to display a message for your contact. If the mission is aborted or compromised, just put it in water and the paper becomes illegible mush! No water around? Saliva works just as well to help you destroy the evidence quickly and efficiently! A steal at just ‘8 ($16 approx).
  7. Handheld Mobile Phone Jammer ‘ This device is best suited to covert operations when you?ve got a tail and you need to prevent them from reporting your position! It?s not cheap at ?229 ($455 approx) and it?s not legal in the E.U. (unless you’ve had clearance from MI6) but it?s a brilliant bit of kit which will disable all mobile phones within a 15 meter radius.

One For The Geeks!

For all you budding Q?s reading this and thinking, ‘James Bond is an over-rated, sorry excuse for a spy! Actually making the gadgets is what all the cool kids are doing!? then I have the perfect thing for you.

Electronic Gadgets For The Evil Genius equips you with complete plans, instructions, parts lists and sources for the following amazing gadgets:

  • Infra-red viewer
  • Object levitation device
  • Laser listening system
  • Electromagnetic pulse (EMP) generator
  • Sonic phaser cannon
  • Electromagnetic launcher
  • Object projector
  • Traveling plasma wave generator
  • Multivortex plasma tornado
  • Laser beam cutter
  • Ion ray projector
  • Pyrotechnic blaster and shock wave pulser
  • Lightning bolt generator
  • Working light saber
  • Magnetic pulse can crusher
  • Ultrasonic shock projector

Suddenly that amazing hoverboard from Back To The Future doesn’t seem to be the impossible dream!

Note ? It goes without saying that should you decide to purchase any of these items, you must adhere to the laws and regulations of your country. These gadgets are not toys and should be operated both ethically and responsibly!

Of course, just having the type of gadgets that James Bond has is only half the equation. Subscribe to my RSS feed today and catch next weeks Dress Like James Bond Guide to make sure you look the part.

Flirting with an attractive woman is not only fun, it’s also good for your health. That’s the finding of a new study that measured the hormonal impact of flirting on men.

Researchers at the University of California studied 149 male students between 18 and 24 years old. A third of the group talked to a male researcher while the others interacted with coeds aged 18 to 22. The psychologists then took a saliva sample from the men to measure hormone levels.

The scientists discovered that a mere five minute talk with a hottie boosted testosterone levels by 14 percent and cortisol – an anti-stress hormone – by a whopping 48 percent. Both testosterone and cortisol are associated with alertness and well being.

In contrast, the guys who spent time with the male researcher showed drops in both hormones.

Researchers have long known about a similar effect in animals, called the “mating response”. The University of California scientists carried out their study to see if humans experienced the same hormonal boost.

Other studies have shown that married men or those in long-term relationships have lower testosterone levels than those still searching for a mate. Scientists believe that when men find women attractive, their brains send signals to the pituitary gland, boosting production of testosterone.

So you might just be better off chatting with your hot women friends than hanging out at the bar with your buddies. The next time your friends ask you to go the bar and hang out, think twice, maybe its worth just going to a completely different place and flirt with the hottest girls in the place. Start off with the bar tender but these get hot on several times a day so try and be a subtle as possible to stand out.

If something is good for your health we at Just A Guy Thing are all for trying it out, especially when it’s flirting. Remember even if you’re married it is ok to flirt, as long as your wife is not around, this can send you to the dog house.

What if you went on a dating website and every single person on there was a stunner? That’s the concept behind an exclusive dating site called Beautifulpeople.com.

To join the site, you must submit a photo of yourself and allow the existing members to rate you. The ratings range from “Yes, definitely”, to “Hmm, yes OK”, to “Hmm no, not really” to “No definitely not.

If the members think you’re hot enough, then you get entree. If not, tough luck.

We know that not everyone has god given looks to be attractive and that this is not the most important part. We offer style guides to help all the guys reading this.

Only one in five people who apply for the site gets accepted. The site was launched in Denmark several years ago, but has now expanded to the U.S., Britain and Japan. It has accumulated 180,000 members worldwide.

Apparently Brits have the hardest time getting accepted to the site. Only 12 percent of British men and 15 percent of British women who have applied to the site have been accepted as members. In contrast, two-thirds of Swedish men and a whopping three-quarters of Norwegian women are approved.

As if being able to date a bunch of hotties wasn’t enough of a come-on, Beautifulpeople.com promises that those few who get in will get access to “glamorous parties, a jet-set global network” and “potential contracts from top modeling agencies”.

If you don’t get accepted or just don’t feel like applying, Beautifulpeople.com has a preview feature that lets you browse around and see what you’re missing. After spending some time poking around we can confirm that, yes, people on the site are definitely above average. Are they all “10s”? No, but there seem to be more hotties per member than most other dating sites we’ve seen.

Remember guys if you want to know whether she’s not into you then read our signs she doesn’t like you guide.  We are Just A Guy thing are always looking for feedback on our articles so feel free to leave or comment, share or send us an email letting us know how great we are.


Here’s a wrap up of everything going on in men’s blogs:

Geraldine Neumann is the International Babe of the Day (see above) [Double Viking]

The Snuggie Sutra: How To Screw in a Snuggie [MadeMan]

Miss USA Loves NASCAR [All Left Turns]

The 10 Most Hated People at the Gym [Gunaxin]

The Top 20 Sexiest SI Cheerleaders of the Week [COED Magazine]

The 5 Biggest Winners in World Series of Poker History [Style Crave]

Man Cheats On Wife, Publicly Neutered [Tasty Booze]

Go Commando, Get Girls [TSB Magazine]

Cowboys Recipes That?ll Put Hair on Your Chest [Art of Manliness]

10 of the worst women drivers ever [Blog of Hilarity]

WiFi Prostitutes [College Humor]

Kyoku Mens Skin Care [Cool Material]

What are we missing at the Sex Olympics? [Asylum UK]

How to Talk about Music ? Without Sounding Like a Total Jerkass [Primer Magazine]

Want all the girls to want you? It’s time get medieval then! Being a gentleman will make her want you more than ever before!

The art of dating is complicated and often riddled with mystery and intrigue. Mixed signals and poor communication (verbal and non-verbal) can be enough to turn her off, and that fire you felt in the first few dates will quickly fizzle out!

For many modern men, it can be difficult to actually determine what women want. The reason is quite simple.Not all women want the same thing. Some women are looking for love, others are looking for a casual fling. However, the one constant factor that all women are receptive to is the way in which you treat them.

Chivalry Is Not Dead (Yet)

Originally, chivalry was a code observed by Knights, which determined how they behaved both in battle, and in their everyday life. As time has progressed, the term is now used to describe courteous behaviour, particularly from men to women. Being a perfect gentleman is using the modern version of the code as a guideline for how to treat women. Men often seem to confuse chivalry with being a nice guy (we all know that nice guys finish last), but really it?s about treating women with the respect they deserve.

So what is the modern code of chivalry for 2008?

Opening doors

Now maybe it?s just me, but this is a very simple act. Common sense and courtesy would say that you open doors for anyone ? male or female ? that is coming through it in front of you or behind you. Everyone gets annoying at the person who lets a swinging door close in their face! With respect to your date, I?d extend this to opening the car door for her as well. It?s just a nice thing to do and she?ll lap it up!

Pull out her chair

This is another traditional gesture which is just common courtesy. When you?re at dinner with her, pull out her chair and push it in for her as she sits down. This also extends to other simple acts such as offering to pay for the meal and surprising her with flowers. Just do it with class and sincerity, and not because you think it is expected.

Pay attention

How many times have you stared into space while your date puts on her coat? If you could snap out of your day dream for a second, you?d realise that you could offer to take her coat and put it on her yourself. The added bonus here is if she has long hair. You have to lift the hair up with your hand or forearm so that it doesn?t get caught under the collar. You may not get the impression that she noticed but, trust me, she did!

Ask her opinion

There was a time when it was considered chivalrous for the man to take complete charge. He chose the meals, the drinks, the venue. The modern code is changing, and for good reason. Women are our equals and should be treated as such. They are perfectly capable of choosing where to eat and what wine to drink! Make the decision together. She?ll love you for it!

Meaningless Gestures?

The fact of the matter is this ? there are no meaningless gestures with women. Your attention to detail can determine the difference between you, the gentleman, and the ?typical guy?. Basic common courtesy is something that a lot of men simply don?t have. Just by reading this article you?re already one step ahead of the competition!

Becoming a perfect gentleman will have her bragging to her mother, her friends, and the rest of her family about you and it will make her want you even more.

So the next time you?re out on a date ? hold open the doors, put her coat on her yourself and treat her with the respect and dignity of a chivalrous knight!


This is a guest post from Brent Postal

When your girl is happy, everything else seems to fall into place. Dinner is ready when you get home. The oil in her car is adequately filled. And the sex is perfect. But as a relationship lengthens, it can become increasingly difficult to keep the Ms.?s smiling. Here are some time-tested things you can do:

1. Give her a massage

Do this right and she?ll be smiling from ear to ear. First, set the mood with candles and light music, something soothing and calm. Jack Johnson cd?s were made for this purpose. OAR is a little more tolerable. Set up the candles so that the whole room illuminates to an orange glow. You may have to settle on your bed in place of a massage table, unless you have one, which would be weird. But the bed works just fine.
Second, get something to wet your hand, be it lotion, moisturizer, something. Simply having this will make it appear like you know what you?re doing. You?ll need this stuff because it not only lets your hands glide freely, it also warms her muscles. The result is complete relaxation.

Third, start with very slow, broad strokes that cover her entire back and legs (she should be naked with just a towel over her butt). One second, ohhhhhhhh. Okay I?m back. Don?t neglect her arms and legs. Some women go crazy when you massage their arms all the way to the hands. As you work up momentum, increase the pressure you apply. You really want to focus on working the entire muscle, using your entire hand.

Finally, as you end the massage, whisper something in her ear. And don?t expect sex. Just show her that you are happy to go to these lengths without anticipating something in return.

2. Cook her dinner

This one makes her happy because it shows you can do something other than shoot hoops. But don?t try some fancy dish you probably can?t pull off. If the food sucks, you?re basically back where you started. On the other hand, grilled cheese will make you look like a shmuck.

Try easy recipes like spaghetti or ravioli, and then throw in some spices to class it up. Just like a massage, you should set the mood before dinner. And just like a massage, break out the candles again. What is it about a tiny flame that women like so much?

If and when she asks to help, tell her to sit down and relax. Then go ahead and give her some bread or make her a nice salad to nosh before the main course is ready. Keep it a secret as best you can. For instance, don?t let her see the meal and don?t give her any tastes. Keep the conservation going and make her laugh.

When the food is up, serve her first and act like you genuinely care if she likes it. You?ll know if you did well within the first few bites. If she?s smiling and enjoying the food, you?re in. Start to feed her with your fork and rejoice in the fact that you just earned a minimum of 13 relationship points.

3. Give her a gift

I’ve yet to meet a girl who didn’t enjoy a gift. God knows my girl loves ’em. The size and tone of the gift are important. Sometimes, smaller and cheaper is better. Some roses and a well-placed note will melt her heart.

If you?re trying to hint at some sexual activities, consider getting her some expensive lingerie. These things are incredibly skimpy, so the gift will tell her you appreciate every part of her body and she has nothing to hide. This will make her happy. Shy away from Spencers and walk towards Victoria?s Secret. You?ll have to shell out more money but it?s worth it.

It might not be that same night, but at some point, you’ll get to see the massively overpriced gear in action. The best part about this gift is that it will make you both happy. You get to pick out the sexiest thing in the store and then get to see your girlfriend in it. This will lead to some good times if you know what I mean…and I mean sex. Long, rough, sex.

As men, our job is quite simple. Keep the girl happy and reap the benefits. Try these three classic methods and become boyfriend of the month.