BOW TIES 101: AN INTRODUCTION TO BOW TIES

Move aside, necktie. There’s a new sheriff in town! You may have picked out the perfect suit, but no ensemble is complete without the right accessories. Why not switch it up and try on a bow tie? A man who wears a bow tie exudes class and sophistication. He is a man who is not afraid to occasionally step outside his comfort zone and be daring. The right bow tie can transform your outfit from unimaginative to quirky and confident. Use the following bow tie primer and unleash your inner James Bond.

Where Did the Bow Tie Originate?

Let’s take a ride in our flux capacitor equipped Delorean for a little history lesson, shall we? The bow tie has Croatian roots, dating back to the 17th century. Croatian mercenaries used neckwear, similar to scarves, called the cravat to hold the collars of their shirts together. These were rapidly adopted by the French upper class, who were known as leaders in fashion at the time. Over time, the cravat evolved into the men’s neckwear we know today: neckties and bow ties. At the turn of the century, bow ties were an essential part of formal “full-dress” attire. By the 1900s, the bow tie became a staple in men’s fashion, often worn by surgeons and academia. While bow ties fell out of everyday fashion after the second World War, it has remained a customary part of formal attire to this day.

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Flash back to the future and you’ll see that the bow tie has stepped out of its stuffy stereotype. In recent years, the bow tie has regained some of its former popularity among fashionable men. Even women are getting in on the trend and are sometimes seen sporting men’s attire, complete with suit and bow tie. Today, you’ll find men incorporating a bow tie into outfits for a variety of events: work, cocktail parties, and casual everyday wear

What’s the Difference Between Self-Tie, Pre-Tied & Clip-On Bow Ties?

The Self-Tie Bow Tie

The classic type of bow tie is the self-tie, also known as the “freestyle” bow tie. “Self-tie” means that it comes untied and you tie it yourself. Once tied, the natural form and slight asymmetry of the self tie shows charm and quirkiness that a pre-tied bow tie can never match. Although it will never have the precise look of a pre-tied model, it helps you stand out from the sea of cookie-cutter bows. An added plus is the George Clooney-esque look of an untied bow tie hanging loosely around your neck at the end the night. Who doesn’t want to look that effortlessly debonair?

The Pre-Tied Bow Tie

Next up is the pre-tied bow tie. Attached to an adjustable neck strap, it has, you guessed it, a pre-tied bow. This style is easy to size and can be worn in a matter of seconds. A disadvantage of a pre-tied bow tie is that it can look stiff and almost too-perfect. Any bow tie aficionado knows that a pre-tied bow will never have the same dimension or character as a self tie. While we recommend the everyone wear a self tie bow tie, a pre-tied can be a great starting point for a newbie or adolescent.

The Clip-On Bow Tie

Last and generally least, we have the clip-on bow tie. It has a pre-tied bow with a metal clasp on the back that hooks directly onto the collar of a shirt. We recommend these for young children or infants, as these look too juvenile on adults.

Sizing Your Bow Tie

A bow tie is a one-size-fits-all affair. With a little trial and error, any adjustable bow tie should fit the average (or not so average) man’s neck. The neck strap on a bow tie should either have an adjustable slider or a hook and holes with pre-marked measurements. To measure your neck length, start by laying a dress shirt with the collar flat on an even surface. With a tape measure, measure in inches all the way around the collar band, starting and ending at the center collar button. This is your neck size. The average neck sizing of a bow tie is 14.5 inches to 17.5 inches. Adjust your bow tie to your neck size and tie it up to see how it feels. It should be snug but not uncomfortably tight (don’t asphyxiate yourself). It may take a couple tries to achieve the perfect the fit, but once you figure it out, you’ll never have to guess again.

How to Tie a Bow Tie

Learning how to tie a bow tie is a rite of passage on the journey to becoming a true gentleman. Tying a bow can be difficult the first few times and takes practice to master. Ties.com has made the job a little easier with this easy to follow bow tie infographic.

Five Bow Tie Shapes You Should Know

The Butterfly

The first shape is the modern butterfly, also known as the thistle shape. This is the standard style that most people are familiar with. On average, it is around 2.3 inches in height and fits most face shapes. This particular style is very versatile and works for virtually every occasion. It is a great starting point for those who are just venturing into the world of bow ties and should be a staple in every man’s wardrobe.

The Big Butterfly

Next, we have the big butterfly, which has a larger and more relaxed silhouette.  It is sometimes worn for very formal events with a tuxedo. Think Hugh Jackman presenting an award at the Golden Globes. These are typically three inches or greater in height and recommended for those don’t mind looking a bit cheeky.

The Batwing

The batwing shape, also known as a straight or slim bow tie, is the smallest in height. No, this won’t turn you into Batman. But this will make you look a little more like Don Corleone from The Godfather. When untied, this style looks like a long rectangle strip with flat ends. Batwing bow ties are typically less than two inches in height and provide a clean and modern look. It is slightly less formal than the butterfly, but is still acceptable for black tie events.

The Diamond Point

A shape gaining popularity is the diamond point bow tie. Instead of having a flat end, the edges are pointed to give it diamond shape. When tied, this style has an asymmetric look and adds even more personality to the self-tie bow tie. Although very stylish, these are not often seen.

The Rounded Club

The most rare of the bunch is the rounded club bow tie. Like the name suggests, the ends are rounded instead of flat. This style is not for the shy as it is very unique.

Now you may ask: which one should I wear? Choosing a bow tie style is more about personal taste than steadfast rules. While some styles may work better with your proportions or face shape, we recommend that you try a few and just pick the style that makes you feel the best.

When is a Bow Tie the Right Tie?

Now that you’ve chosen your perfect bow tie, you might have a million questions floating around in your brain. “When can I wear it?” “What can I wear it with?” “Should I wear it in black or red?!” No need to panic, we’re here to show you the ropes.

Formal Attire

One of the most common places you’ll see a bow tie worn is at a formal event. The most well-known formal dress code is Black Tie. When attending an affair with this dress code, the standard black tuxedo must be worn with a black bow tie, preferably in satin, silk or grosgrain material. A self-tie is especially important with this outfit as a pre-tied bow tie will immediately cheapen the look of your ensemble. Now simply add a matching cummerbund or waistcoat and you’ll be ready to have dinner at the White House! Another place you’ll see a bow tie is at a White Tie event. Also known as “full dress,” white tie is the most formal of all dress codes. As the name suggests, a white bow tie (always self tie) is absolutely necessary. This is not the time to experiment with colors, or else you’ll stick out like a sore thumb. Although not very common, it’s good to know what a white tie event entails for your outfit. Be sure to take a peek at our article with a complete breakdown of all the formal dress codes.

Semi-Formal Attire

When attending a semi-formal affair, try experimenting with different patterns and textures in your bow tie. Play with polka dots or striped patterns in various colors. Bow ties made with velvet or tweed material add a fun, modern feel to your ensemble. Keep in mind the dress code though, as some hosts may not approve of patterns that are too crazy. You could pair your neckwear with a classic dress shirt under a nice suit with a coordinating pocket square. Prepare to be the center of attention because you’ll steal the spotlight with your awesome bow tie.

Casual Attire

For casual events, we believe in wearing whatever your heart desires, even if it means breaking the “fashion rules”. Want to wear a plaid bow tie with a bright dress shirt and cardigan? Go for it! Show off your own personal style with funky patterns or bow ties made with light materials such as seersucker or linen. You could even frame your bow tie with great supporting accessories like suspenders, printed socks, and bright shoelaces. If you go overboard you may end up looking like Pee-Wee Herman but at least Pee-Wee Herman had style.

Choosing your ensemble is only half the battle. The best thing you can wear with your bow tie is confidence. Too often, bow ties will wear the man, instead of the other way around. Now that you’re educated, put your new-found knowledge to the test and wear a bow tie the next chance you get. Wear it loud and wear it proud—you’re sure to be the best dressed man in the room.

Some of this content provided by: The GentleManuel http://www.ties.com

How to Make Sure Your Dress Clothes Fit

Sometimes you slip on that new shirt and it just doesn't feel right. But what is it? Is it the sleeve length? The collar? The way it looks with a blazer? Well, the confusion ends today.

We have found the following rules and tips for how basic clothing items should fit your body. And while what you wear and how you wear it changes over time, these tips are timeless. After all, getting clothes to feel right goes hand in hand with getting clothes to look right.

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Sleeves & cuffs

Dress shirts tend to shrink after a few washings, so before buying and getting a shirt tailored, make sure the sleeve is slightly longer in order to counteract any eventual shrinkage.

  • So what's the right length when it comes to shirt sleeves? They should cover your wrist and reach the beginning of your thumbs.
  • As well, your cuffs should be tight enough to prevent them from slipping down your wrist.
  •  If you opt to leave your button-down shirt untucked, it should hang just above your pants zipper (at back pocket level).
  • When wearing a jacket and extending your arms, the sleeves should land between a half-inch and one inch past the jacket. Anything longer is cause for tailoring or buying a smaller shirt.

Collars & shirts


If the shirt's seams meet at the shoulder, you know it fits quite well.

  • Your forefinger should be able to fit in between your collar and your neck when the shirt is buttoned to the top.
  • The collar's tips and outer edge should be covered by your blazer or suit jacket's lapels. To ensure that this happens, always fit your dress shirts and button-downs before fitting your jackets and blazers.

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The blazer or jacket's sleeve should rest at your thumb knuckle when your arm is extended, and the blazer or jacket should cover your backside.

  • The blazer/jacket's collar should leave about a half- inch of your dress shirt's collar visible.
  • If you plan on wearing your sports jacket frequently over sweaters, bring a thin or regular knit sweater with you when trying on or tailoring the blazer or suit jacket.

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Trousers

Determining whether you have the right fit when it comes to slacks is fairly simple. Try them on without shoes; they should just touch the floor. With shoes on, the back part of your pants should barely touch the ground (one rule of thumb is that pants should break at about 1/3 of the way down the shoe). And if you need one more sign that your slacks might not fit well, remember that your socks should not show when you walk.

  • When belting slacks, don't pull too tight, or you risk bunching up the fabric around your midsection. This will make your gut appear larger than it is.
  •  If you're hemming your pants at the waist, place them below your belly button.
  • And of course, remember that slacks — like shirts — usually shrink when you wash them. Buy (or have a tailor create) pants just a shade longer than what you actually need.

Make sure your jeans, ties, overcoats, and belts look just right... 

Jeans

Jeans, like any casual clothes, shouldn't require any sort of tricky tailoring or complex tips to look right. You should, however, be familiar with the basic jean varieties out there, so that you can make a purchase with your body's best fit in mind.

There are three basic jean styles: regular, relaxed and loose.

  • Regular fit is as the name implies; traditional and somewhat slim-fitting.
  • Relaxed fit features an extra half-inch in the butt.
  • Loose fit includes anywhere between one and four inches of additional fabric in the butt and thigh.

Jean leg styles include straight, flare and boot. Flare-cut jeans are wider around the calf, while boot-cut jeans are flared around the ankle.

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The simplest way to ensure a well-fitted necktie is to have a well-fitted shirt to wear it with.

Here are some guidelines to remember:

  • Your tie should always hang barely above your belt buckle.
  • The size of the tie knot should not lift the tips of your shirt collar.
  • The inverted triangle of the tie knot should fit snugly into the triangle created by your buttoned-up shirt collar.

topcoats & overcoats

  • Some resources suggest buying a coat that's one size larger than your suit size, to ensure that it'll fit over your sweaters and suits.
  • Topcoats come in two basic designs: knee-length and midcalf.
  • The coat's sleeve should rest at your thumb knuckle when your arm is extended.
  • The coat's back should be straight and flat, like a suit jacket. Horizontal wrinkles will indicate that the coat is too small. Vertical wrinkles will indicate that the coat is too large, and requires tailoring.

belts

  • When it comes to belts, you should buy one size bigger than your pants. A 34" waist means a 36" belt.
  • The buckle's notch should fit into the center hole of the belt (usually hole number three; most belts have five holes).
  • The tail of the belt should end just past the first loop on your pants.
  • The edge of the belt buckle, the row of buttons on your shirt and your fly should all line up vertically.

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If you know the signs of a good fit when it comes time to buy or tailor clothes, you can be guaranteed that those garments will both last longer and look better.

Could Jack Dawson And Jay Gatsby Be The Same Perso

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Jack Dawson...Penniless artist who wins a ticket onto the Titanic in 1912, attends a first class dinner, develops a taste for the finer things in life, pockets the Heart of the Ocean, survives the sinking, pawns the diamond, spends the following ten years building his wealth and in 1922 moves to West Egg as Jay Gatsby... Millionaire with a shady past and fear of swimming pools.

Ready to have your movie-going-mind blown? What if Jack Dawson and Jay Gatsby were the same person? Sure, both characters are played by the same actor, Leonardo DiCaprio, but is the “Titanic” character and “The Great Gatsby” character in fact one in the same?

Could Dawson just be a younger Gatsby?

On that note we found a great Leonardo character matrix breakdown at Huffington Post.

True Gentleman in Hollywood: Who’s the Finest Practitioner of Chivalry in Hollywood?

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In Hollywood, there are numerous artists that practice chivalry. Unfortunately, during this modern age, being chivalrous is a choice. However, in the world of Hollywood, there is a known actor that is considered as the finest practitioner of chivalry. This actor is Howard Hawks.

Howard Hawks has several films where he exposed his gentleman and chivalrous trait. Some of these films are Bringing Up Baby, His Girl Friday, and the Big Sheep. These films are among those films that are considered as the most enjoyable in Hollywood.


Howard Hawks takes pride in showing professionalism in his career. But, work of art and artist are alien terms for him. The reason behind it is that he always makes films by following the code of chivalry. He makes sure that he is no just creating films, but also he ensures that his leading lady is always treated right. Due to this, most of his films became popular most particularly to many women who loved and enjoyed the way he act for his role.

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Howard Hawks is also known for his other films where he showed his beautiful traits like being chivalrous. If you want to know more about his moves to get a girl by being a true gentleman, then you might be interested watching his films. You can choose any films you want. As long as it will give you hints about chivalry and how to be a true gentleman, then you can watch a movie that will match on your choice or needs.

You can also be like Howard Hawks. Whether you are a teenager or a professional who wants to practice chivalry during this modern age, you can be one of the famous, chivalrous gentlemen in your area. 

There are other things that you can also consider to be chivalrous in Hollywood or in any place. If you want to be a practitioner of chivalry, then you might want to try the True Gentleman’s Jerky. It is all-natural beef jerky, which is becoming popular nowadays. It comes with a variety of flavors in which you or your favorite circle of friends can enjoy especially if you are practicing the code of chivalry to get the woman of your dreams.

True Gentleman’s Jerky is different from other products as this only uses a quality meat that will surely give you an ultimate gentleman experience. With its fresh and all-natural ingredients used, you can be assured that will enjoy this magnificent food without having any regrets. So, what are you waiting for? If you are a gentlemen or want to practice chivalry, it’s time to make a change in this modern age and find out the difference of taking True Gentleman’s Jerky!

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How to Shave Properly

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In a world full of high-tech electric shavers with free-floating pulsonic blades and whisper-silent pop-up trimmers, does anyone really need to know how to shave with a plain old razor blade? The answer will seem obvious when you arrive in Houston for the big account meting-- but your luggage is rerouted to Cleveland.  All you need to save the day is a can of shaving cream and one very sharp piece of metal.  

  1. Wash your face with soap and water.  To soften your skin, wet a washcloth with warm water and hold it to your face for 30 seconds.  This will ensure a much smoother shave.
  2. Using a shaving brush or your hand, apply the shaving cream over the area you wish to shave.  If you don't have shaving cream, hair conditioner makes a good emergency substitute.
  3. Be sure to use a new (or relatively new) razor blade.  Dragging dull piece of metal across your face is a surefire way to sabotage your appearance.
  4. Starting on one side of your face, shave from the top of the beard line down to your jawline in one even stroke.  Move with the grain of the hair.  Be sure to hold the razor at a 45-degree angle or less to reduce nicks and cuts.  Rinse the razor between strokes and continue with the rest of your face in the same manner. 
  5. Starting on one side of your neck, shave from the hairline on your neck up to your jawline in one even stroke.  Continue with the rest of you chin/neck in the same manner.  You may want to pull your skin taut with your free hand to ensure a closer shave.
  6. Rinse the shaving cream from your face and look for spots you have missed.  Pay careful attention to the areas around your mouth, nostrils, and sideburns. 
  7. Sooth nicks and cuts by splashing your face with cold water; it often ceases the flow of blood. If you are prone to shaving injuries, invest in a styptic pencil, which constricts the blood vessels around an open cut. 
  8. Upon completion, pat your face with a clean towel and apply a moisturizer to prevent your skin from drying out. 

TIP: A straight razor offers the closet shave possible, but using one is extremely dangerous.  Shaving with a straight razor requires tremendous patience and practice - which  may be in short supply at six thirty in the morning, when you're racing to catch your train. if you'd like to experience this classic shave, as a trained professional --your barber--to do it. 

Team TGJ does have some personal favorite grooming brands.  Keep your eyes peeled for the follow on article with links to some of our "go to" shaving products!

Posted on February 24, 2014 and filed under gentlemen.

The Benefits of Yoga for Athletes

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Centuries ago people in the eastern world adopted and regularly practiced the unifying discipline of yoga. As the goal of yoga is to quiet the mind, experience a state of permanent peace, and to bring the physical, mental, and spiritual body into unison, its popularity has continued to grow. As the introduction of yoga to the western world occurred, many found the practice to be one that helped improve their lives, helped them succeed in their careers, and introduced them to a higher level of awareness. 

These days, you’d be hard pressed to drive through any city in America without passing a yoga studio or reading a sign advertising a yoga class in an open space. From companies who invite yoga instructors in to lead their employees to Olympians, and professional athletes, the benefits of yoga have caused many to turn the once viewed as a trend, into a lifestyle. Far gone are the days when yoga was seen as a hippie or religious practice and even more distant is the perception that yoga was for petite women. 

 

From improved flexibility and strength to a decrease in blood pressure and worry, the benefits of yoga are extensive. So much so that professional athletes from all four major sports have been quoted and often seen regularly practicing the discipline and reaping extensive benefits. Off the court, Kevin Garnett, LeBron James, Emeka Okafor, Shaquille O’Neal, Kevin Love, and coach Mike Krzyzewski have all credited yoga for improving their flexibility, helping them clear their minds, helping heal injuries, improve their stamina, and center their energy. NFL athletes Victor Cruz, Steven Jackson, and Ray Lewis say yoga has helped them take care of their bodies, which in turn allowed them to prolong the length of their professional careers. Former linebacker Keith Mitchell discovered and became a huge advocate of yoga meditation after a career-altering injury. Mitchell used the practice as part of physical therapy and learned that not only did his body restore itself, but also, his vision of life and the world around him has shifted for the better. 

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Boson Bruins hockey goalie Tim Thomas says that practicing yoga has helped him improve on his position as goalie and helps him take care of his body, off the ice. Professional baseball players Evan Longria and Andre Ethier say yoga has helped them improve their stability and strength, which is important when both batting and playing in the field. Ethier says the increased flexibility and strength also helps him avoid injuries when his body is unexpectedly contorted or quickly jolted. Ethier has even gone so far as to hold a fundraiser at Dodger stadium, where about 100 people paid $100 for a yoga session on the field, led by his yoga instructor.

The benefits of yoga include increased focus, memory, and reaction time, looser limbs and muscles, a more positive mindset, weight loss, and it has even been proven to reduce the effects of depression. If you have 30-60 minutes to spend on improving yourself, which will in turn improves your entire life, give yoga a try. A few simple poses, a quiet room, and a comfortable mat are all you need to begin to naturally change your life. 

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Posted on January 31, 2014 and filed under Fitness.

Is Chivalry Dead?

Well let’s begin with the meaning of chivalry. Chivalry was born from a time when men aspired to be knights. The medieval period of history saw young men enter into the ‘code of chivalry’. They were expected to be honourable and loyal, respectful of women and their masters. A knight would never refuse a challenge from another and would always take responsibility for the safety and welfare of those less fortunate and weaker than him-self.

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Kings and princes were expected to follow this code of chivalry. King Henry VIII was one of the most famous kings to become a true knight! He believed in courtly love and being chivalrous (although perhaps he lost his way somewhat!).

Through out the ages Chivalry has remained in some form or another. It is the mark of a true gentleman. Nowadays men are expected to be chivalrous in many ways, there are a few rules you can follow to get this right;

So is it true to say that the code of chivalry is dead? Well I believe that it is still alive and in fact thriving. There are men all over the world who still today believe in making that extra effort towards others around them. Take a moment to look around your office or local bar, he’s there.

From the way he dresses (and you can be sure he will look dapper) to the sent of his cologne or the drinks he’s sipping. A true gentleman will drink the finest drinks and eat the finest food.

One of the best and finest foods is True Gentleman’s Jerky, a beef jerky made from the finest ingredients and hand crafted to original home grown recipes. You won’t find another jerky to match the superior and authentic taste. Only a true gentleman would buy this jerky. It not only smells and tastes great but it looks the part too.

If you are an aspiring gentleman, a fully fledged one or you have a loved one who fits the gentleman’s’ criteria, then True Gentleman’s Jerky is the perfect snack for you!

Do you Know the Difference?

The world of libations is trending back towards some old classics.  Impress your friends by calling out drinks by name during the next season of Mad Men... study up.

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1. The Gibson

Mix up this classic Martini variation.

INGREDIENTS IN THE GIBSON COCKTAIL

  • 2.5 oz Gin (or vodka)
  • .5 oz Dry vermouth

Garnish:Cocktail onion

Glass:Cocktail

HOW TO MAKE THE GIBSON COCKTAIL

Add both ingredients to a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a whole cocktail onion.

 

2.  Rob Roy

Celebrate the Scottish folk hero with the classic whisky-based Rob Roy cocktail.

INGREDIENTS IN THE ROB ROY COCKTAIL

  • 2 oz Scotch whisky
  • .75 oz Sweet vermouth
  • 3 dashes Angostura Bitters

Garnish:Cherry

Glass:Cocktail

HOW TO MAKE THE ROB ROY COCKTAIL

Add all the ingredients to a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry.

 

3. Manhattan

The Manhattan cocktail—now this is what the Manhattan Project should’ve been about.

INGREDIENTS IN THE MANHATTANCOCKTAIL

Garnish:Cherry

Glass:Cocktail

HOW TO MAKE THE MANHATTAN COCKTAIL

Add all the ingredients to a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry.

Posted on January 7, 2014 and filed under Cocktails.

Paul Walker Personifies a True Gentlemen

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Celebrities seemingly abound, but those who personify the quality of being a true gentleman are scarce. It is often in death that the true character of a person is revealed, and when it comes to people in show business, it is not common that the life and death of a man is truly viewed as honorable. For Paul Walker, however, it is fair to say that he embodied and is the epitome of a great friend, father, and true gentleman.

It has been almost a month since Walker passed, that fated Saturday afternoon and in his death, words about his character, lifestyle, and work ethic have been expressed, whether from his ex-girlfriend, daughter, coworkers, friends, and others in his industry. Not one person has had a bad word to speak of the man whose life was tragically cut short while doing something he loved.

It is easy to understand how some celebrities can use their position, influence, and money to manipulate or to treat people poorly. A true gentleman however, does not allow his status or income level to dictate the manner in which he treats others. As a group of friends, we at TG Jerky chose to begin a company, and as true gentlemen, we keep each other accountable and remind ourselves daily, that we have the power to choose what we do and how we treat others and ourselves. We have never met Mr. Walker, but we are fans of his films, but even more than that, we are fans of Paul Walker, the person.

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As a philanthropist who worked hard and was very proud of the work his foundation did to donate to others, Paul Walker showed us all what a 21st century true gentleman is. It is Walker, and those like him that remind us that times change, trends fade, but the characteristics of courtesy, loyalty, politeness, kindness, and hard work are timeless.

Posted on January 3, 2014 and filed under Celebrities.

Cool Pool Party

Top Vegas Day Clubs 2013

As a few of the TG Jerky men get ready to embark on a journey to Sin City, it is wise to do one’s homework on the day party scene. Las Vegas pools are more than just a place to layout and catch some rays; they’re a whole club scene unto themselves. While seemingly every hotel has a pool for their guests, some hotels up the ante with dayclubs. Here is a rundown of the best dayclubs Vegas has to offer, and which were the best for the 2013 pool season.  And you better hurry, because the pool season ends after September.

Daylight Dayclub

 

The revolutionary Daylight has set a new standard for daytime party goers. It’s sexy, stylish pool décor makes it a hotbed for Vegas’ most beautiful visitors. With inspiration coming from the legendary party island of Ibiza in Spain, Daylight brings with it sophistication, high-energy, and world renowned DJ’s. Mandalay Bay.

Marquee Dayclub

 

This daytime extension of the famous Marquee nightclub features bright and vibrant décor accents. Spring for a Grand Cabana—each comes with an individual infinity dipping pool and flat screen TV, and the splurge will be well worth it. Year two of this club will feature some of the hottest house DJs in town, guaranteeing some unforgettable dance parties. The Cosmopolitan.

Wet Republic

 

If you want to party like a rock star, visit the place that has three pools, a huge menu of specialty cocktails, and a line that snakes out to its own private valet. Chill out with a signature Pomegranate Cooler or dive into the crystal-clear, 53,000-square-foot ultrapool. For celebrity-gazing and VIP service, book one of the lavish, stocked bungalows in a privately guarded area to lounge in and soak up the sun and sounds of some of the biggest DJ’s in the industry. MGM Grand.

Tao Beach

 

The Asian-inspired vibe at Tao Beach continues to reign supreme as a day-to-night hot spot. Buddha décor surrounds the beautiful crowd, and tall bamboo trees keep outsiders from peeking in. Delight in frozen Tao-tinis and scrumptious appetizers by day, and return at night to savor the same atmosphere under the stars. Amenities include sunglass cleaning and personal body misters. The Venetian

 

Posted on September 13, 2013 .

Great Feature on the TGjerky from our friends at HonestBlue.com

HonestBlue covers, analyzes, comments on, and defines the news, culture, entertainment, lifestyle, fashion, and personalities that drive green, hipster lifestyles.  Each week HonestBlue.com picks a new Kickstarter campaign that they find appealing and feature it in their column entitled "This Week In Kickstarter". 

We have heard first hand from many local San Diego customers about how much they love our jerky, but is always refreshing to hear what others think. 

Click the below pic to read our story!

 

Posted on September 5, 2013 .

Make Your Gym Time Count with Pre-Exhaust Training

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Everybody's body is unique and built differently and that is why knowing your own physique is so important when hitting the gym. Only you can really know your body's weak areas and strong points. After identifying certain weak muscle groups and areas, the real work can then be done. There is a simple and effective method called "pre-exhaustion" which can help target muscles and lift them over plateaus.

To pre-exhaust a muscle is exactly what it seems: to heavily work out one specific muscle group with 5 sets of single isolation movements first in your routine. Then after the muscle group is fatigued, you can perform multi-joint, compound exercises for that same body component.  One example would be to do preacher curls for 5 sets and then end with full body weight dips. These exercises will incorporate your fresh secondary muscle groups that will help recruit every last muscle fiber in that primary body part. In effect the body will be pushed past its limits and therefore be forced to grow and expand.

 

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Posted on August 9, 2013 and filed under Fitness, FashionTips.

Lose Weight Faster with Interval Training

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Much like your muscles, the body's cardiovascular system also needs to be pushed past it's limits in order to grow.  Once a persons body stops getting pushed past it's limits, certain plateaus can build up and hinder any further changes.  This fact is what makes interval training so effective and important. The logic behind interval training is that by mixing up the level of intensity on cardio workouts your body is able to overwork both aerobic and anaerobic systems simultaneously.  This process is usually extremely effective for raising the rate of fat loss in short periods of time.  This can help you not only loose more body fat, but more importantly, you also stimulate your metabolism to a far greater degree (when compared with lower intensity training).  

"An increase in the speed of a persons metabolism is more important than individual calories burned."

Individual calories being burned is very good, but it is nothing in comparison to what the body can do throughout a day when it has a fast metabolism.

To start this program you want to begin with a 5 minute warm up to get the blood flowing.  Throughout interval training it is important to keep track of your heart rate so you can really target the intervals.  To take your pulse, count your heart rate for 15 seconds then multiple it by 4.  Once your warm up is complete speed up to a pace that you wouldn’t be able to maintain for long distances (sprint).  Then when your muscles start to tighten, or after about 45 seconds, lower the pace to a manageable speed.  Make sure you don’t lower the speed to where your pulse dips too low, or you will be at risk of losing aerobic effect completely.  This phase is called “active recovery period”, and nutrients are delivered more efficiently to your muscles because your bodies ability to exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide increases.  After about 1 minute, this recovery phase is over and you have completed one cycle of interval training.  Intervals can range from 30 seconds of work to 1 minute of rest, on to 10 seconds of work to 30 seconds of rest.  The intervals are your choice, you may wish to stick to the same intervals or switch them up. Try both ways and see what work best.

You want to continue this cycle for about 30 minutes.  The recovery periods should be longer then the high intensity phases at first.  Yet, with any exercise, the same guidelines apply as you become more trained it is important to push yourself at a higher intensity during both phases (intervals).  The advantages to this process are overwhelming.  Not only can you lose more fat in a much shorter time period, it also can be a fun activity to challenge your body.  This process can help you push past plateaus reached during past lower intensity training regiments.  Enjoying cardiovascular exercises is a very important aspect to exercise adherence.  I will dive into much more about exercise adherence in a later entry.

 

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Posted on August 8, 2013 and filed under Fitness.

How to Open a jammed jam jar like a Greek God

Hercules fought off the hounds of hell. Atlas held the heavens on his shoulders. Zeus...well, Zeus just sat around looking tough.  But when the Greek gods gathered at the bottom of Mount Olympus, munching crumpets and drinking tea, there was one feat of strength that outdid all three: the mighty feat of opening the jammed jam jar.  

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Here's how to succeed where gods have failed, and enjoy your toast and jam: 

1. Tap a spoon around the lid top or tap the lid against the table edge.  This should release some air pressure and allow you to pop it open first try.  If still resistant, use a teaspoon or flat-head screwdriver to lift the lid up slightly at several points around the lid to break the vacuum.

2.  If you’re still struggling, wrap a damp towel (dish rag) around the lid and have another go.  If that still fails, wrap a thick rubber band round the lid edge to give you increased leverage.

3.  Toast going cold? Still no jam? Run the lid under hot water for at least a minute.  This should expand the metal so it will slide off with a twist. 

If all else fails stab a sharp knife through the lid.  This will break the vacuum, disperse the pressure, and allow you to have peanut butter and jelly sandwich at long last.   

Posted on July 28, 2013 .