Father’s Day Gifts for the Over 40 Set

HE’S A BONA FIDE ADULT AT 40—AND HE DESERVE’S A STYLISH WARDROBE THAT SAYS SO.

L.L. Bean

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L.L. Bean

While you may instantly recognize L.L. Bean for their iconic boots (which tend to sell out every year by early winter, so move fast), know that the company has much, much more to offer. This handsome canvas briefcase, for example, effortlessly combines form and function with a padded laptop sleeve and easy-access outside pockets—and plenty of style, to boot. $149 AT L.L. BEAN

Brooks Brothers

They’ve dressed presidents. They’ve dressed movie stars. They’ve also dressed his colleagues on every rung of the career ladder. In short, if he’s not wearing Brooks Brothers dress shirts by now, he’s not doing it right. Pro tip: keep an eye out for holiday weekend sales, where you can generally pick up standard-issue button-downs for half off. $92 AT BROOKS BROTHERS BUY NOW

Rains

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Rains

There comes a point in every man’s life when he realizes that rainy days don’t have to mean donning a waterproof coat that tanks an entire look. Fortunately, Rains has developed a line of sleek, minimalistic rain jackets whose cuts and colors can complement practically any man’s style, won’t make him feel overheated, and—shocker—actually keep’s him dry! $125 AT RAINS BUY NOW

Filson

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Filson

Whether he’s hiking up a mountain or just walking across the street in winter, it’s important to have high-performance outdoor apparel in his wardrobe that actually looks great. That’s where Filson comes in: From flannels to footwear, their frontier-meets-Fifth-Avenue look is only made better by the fact that their gear is as functional and durable as advertised. If he need’s an easy place to start, grab one of their solid beanies before dipping into their wide range of gear, which includes everything from basic t-shirts and pants to fishing vests. And if his cold weather gear could use a refresh, check out The 20 Best Winter Coats for Men. $45AT FILSON BUY NOW

Scotch & Soda

While getting older does involve some closet culling, hitting your 40s doesn’t mean you should pare down to just solid color tees and dad jeans. Scotch & Soda offers the kind of cuts and patterns that maintain a youthfully stylish look while injecting a composed maturity. This striped shirt is just one example of their versatile options that will keep him out of the demure clothing doldrums. $98AT SCOTCH & SODA BUY NOW

Seiko

We get it: kickstarting a timepiece collection, especially if you’re buying online, is a daunting proposition. A few poor choices and you’re thousands of dollars in the hole. That’s where Seiko can save the day: Of all the many watch brands on the planet, none can match their sheer range and approachably priced options. So, if he want’s to test-drive a timepiece that’s a little bit edgier than your usual style—like, say, a chronograph with funky rose-gold hands, a topographical face, and oversized numerals—he can do so at a relatively low-risk cost. When he’s ready to upgrade to a Rolex-grade version, he can check out the company’s Grand Seiko look book, where you’ll find top-notch watches (and four- or five-figure price tags to match).$395 $130 AT JOMASHOP BUY NOW

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Here’s How Sleepy Teas Actually Work

Some nights, sleep can come to you so easily. But other times, you find yourself staring at the ceiling for hours on end, desperate to catch some shut-eye. Whether you’re wired from an evening run or just can’t unwind your busy mind, nights like these might have you searching for any kind of sleep aid to help you get some rest. a close up of a coffee cup on a plate: Here’s how Sleepytime tea actually works, according to experts. © Jennifer A Smith – Getty Images Here’s how Sleepytime tea actually works, according to experts.

A natural option to consider—one that many people swear by to help them fall asleep—is Sleepytime tea. But does drinking it, or other similar bedtime teas, really work to lull you to sleep, and what is it about the ingredients that make these teas a beneficial addition to your nighttime routine?

We asked three nutrition experts to give us the scoop.

What is Sleepytime tea?

“Teas, such as Sleepytime, are generally marketed as bedtime teas and are based around calming ingredients, like chamomile, which is known to calm the nervous system. They act by modifying certain neurotransmitters that are involved in sleep,” Sarah Schlichter, M.P.H., R.D.N., says. “Lavender, which has a soothing and calming scent, is also commonly included.”

Other ingredients found in sleepy teas include valerian root, passionflower, lemon balm, spearmint, and lemongrass.

Does Sleepytime tea actually make you sleepy?

Chamomile has also been studied for its sleep-inducing effect. “Its calming effects are attributed to the antioxidant in chamomile tea called apigenin,” Charlotte Martin, M.S., R.D.N., says.Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Herbal Tea © amazon.com Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Herbal Tea

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A short-term randomized control trial of 40 healthy adults found that those who drank a sleep tea daily (with standardized extracts of valerian root and passionflower) for one week reported better sleep quality than those who did not drink the tea. And while science may back up the ingredients, it may also just be the act of tea drinking itself that induces the sleep.

“For many people the ritual of drinking tea is relaxing, and it may cause sleepiness as a result,” Keri Gans, M.S., R.D.N., says.

It can also be a great way to decompress after a nighttime workout.

“An evening cardio session gets your heart rate up and releases endorphins, making it difficult to wind down at night, possibly derailing your sleep,” says Martin. “Drinking a sleep tea afterwards can help calm you down so that you’re better able to fall and stay asleep.”

Keep in mind that to get the most out of your tea, steep time is critical.

“The longer you allow [your tea] to steep, the stronger it is. I suggest steeping it for up to five minutes before drinking,” Martin says.

How long before bed should you drink tea?

You should try to drink it with enough time to hit the bathroom before bed to keep your sleep uninterrupted.

“I always advise my athletes to stop drinking liquids at least one to two hours before bed to prevent having to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night. I think it can be a great way to start your wind-down routine after dinner,” Schlichter says.

Are there other teas that will help you sleep?

A general chamomile or lavender tea that may not necessarily be advertised as bedtime tea can also work to bring on some zzz’s.

“Although the evidence is limited, the relaxing aroma coming from a hot cup of freshly brewed lavender tea might help you unwind before bed,” Martin says.

Just make sure your tea is caffeine-free.

“If athletes enjoy a warm, caffeine-free tea before bed, I often recommend chamomile-based teas, or soothing flavor combinations like honey lavender or peppermint,” says Schlichter. “Additionally, tart cherry juice is known to help with sleep, as it contains natural melatonin, a sleep hormone, and can also help with recovery.”

Are there any risks or side effects?

In general, sipping these teas regularly before bed is safe. While chamomile is listed on the FDA’s list of ingredients generally recognized as safe (GRAS), some people may experience some side effects. And, there are certain teas or ingredients you may want to avoid if you are taking certain medications, so it’s best to check with your doctor.

“There have been some reported allergies in some people to some ingredients in herbal teas, like chamomile,” Schlichter says. “Also, pregnant and nursing women and those suffering from low blood pressure may be more apt to risks and side effects and definitely want to check with a healthcare provider.”

One ingredient in particular—valerian—may also cause some unwanted side effects. A variety of sleepy tea called Extra has valerian in it, and some studies have found that this herb can cause headaches, dizziness, and an upset stomach, Gans says.

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The bottom line

If you struggle with sleep, it may be worth a shot to implement a cup into your nightly routine.

“There’s not any evidence on sleepy teas specific to runners, but they can be used as one of many tools to help support relaxation and healthy sleep hygiene in athletes,” Schlichter says.

For example, if you find yourself energized after an afternoon or evening run, steeping a cup of sleepy tea may help kickstart the relaxation process. And, you should be sure to give yourself time after your workout to prepare for sleep.

“Athletes should try not to do strenuous exercise in the hours before bedtime when possible and allow enough time for food and liquids to be digested before sleep,” says Schlichter.

If you’re having trouble sleeping, try implementing other sleep hygiene techniques. Make sure your bedroom is dark, the temperature is no higher than 68 degrees, and the room is quiet from outside noise, Gans recommends.

And, avoiding blue light; minimizing screen time; and incorporating relaxing activities, such as reading, journaling, light stretching, or meditation may also help, adds Schlichter.

For anyone of any age who has trouble sleeping, consider seeing a sleep specialist.

Article by Emily Shiffer for Runner’s World

https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/weightloss/heres-how-sleepy-teas-actually-work-according-to-experts/ar-BB14Mcol?ocid=spartanntp

A Step-by-Step Guide to Tie-Dying At Home (You Know You Want To)

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, tie-dye was having a high fashion moment; the psychedelic swirls were all over the S/S20 runways. Fast-forward a few months, and the trend has evolved from high fashion to “home fashion,” thanks to tie-dye sweatsuits becoming the unofficial quarantine uniform. There’s no need to splurge on “luxury loungewear” for this trend, because you can get the look at home. Honestly, you can tie-dye anything: Sweatshirts, sweatpants, socks, sheets, shirts, even shoes. So grab an old item of clothing, and let’s get going!

a person standing on a city street: A beginners' tutorial on how to tie-dye your favorite items of clothing with dye or bleach — and some patterns to experiment with. © Melodie Jeng – Getty Images A beginners’ tutorial on how to tie-dye your favorite items of clothing with dye or bleach.

Step 1: Gather Supplies

I suggest getting a tie-dye kit—this one includes everything you need and has 15 different colors. Your must-have items include:

  • Squeeze bottles for the dye
  • Gloves
  • Dye or bleach
  • Rubber bands

Step 2: Get Your Workstation Ready

Tie-dying is a messy activity. I suggest you work outside, or somewhere like a garage or an unfinished basement. If you’re doing this inside, make sure you lay down towels or plastic to protect your space.

If an outdoor space isn’t an option, try your bathtub or shower.

Step 3: Pick Your Design

There are so many different swirls and patterns when it comes to tie-dye. There are no wrong answers here—you can go bold and bright with several shades, or stick to one color. The beauty of tie-dye is that the basic steps are the same no matter which design you choose. Once you have the steps down, the ways you twist, fold and place rubber bands on your shirt will determine the design.

I’m going to break down the classic spiral on a T-shirt, because you can’t beat the classics, but feel free to follow these steps with your own original design or a different pattern.

The Classic Tie Dye Spiral

Prepare the item. Start out with a pre-washed T-shirt that is still dampdamp, but not dripping wet. Lay the shirt flat on a surface that can get messy.

Twist the fabric. Pick a spot in the center of your shirt. Pinch the fabric and twist it in a spiral motion. Continue twisting the shirt until it looks like a cinnamon roll.

Work your rubber bands. Grab your rubber bands and wrap them around the shirt, creating six or more wedge shapes. This will create our spiral design. The placement of your rubber bands and how your twist your shirt will determine the end design.

Dye it. Throw on some gloves, grab your squeeze bottles of dye, and apply a color to each wedge.

Let the item sit. The shirt needs to sit in order to absorb the dye. Place your shirt in a Ziploc bag for anywhere between eight and 24 hours (the longer the dye sits, the more intense your color will be.)

Rinse it.After you let your shirt soak, it’s time to rinse it under cold water. Rinse until the water turns clear. Remove the rubber bands and rinse again.

Wash it. There will still be some dye left in your shirt. Throw it in the wash, but separate from your other clothes so that the dye doesn’t bleed on anything else.

Allow it to dry. Finally let the shirt dry. You can either throw it in the dryer or hang to dry.

You’re done! VOILA! Enjoy your new tie-dyed item.

Written by Shelby Comroe for Marie Claire

https://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/fashion/a-step-by-step-guide-to-tie-dying-at-home-you-know-you-want-to/ar-BB14Mu6o?ocid=spartanntp

How to Tie a Head Scarf

Article by Scarves dotnet

Do you guys have scarves that are just sitting in your closet waiting to be worn again?! Have no fear but we are here to show you how to wear them in the summer time! One of our favorite ways is a head wrap! We have so many ideas on our Knot Library! Go check it out. 🙂

Scarves.net has lots of fun, lightweight, summer scarves this year that you won’t want to miss! Complete your summer style with a stylish scarf. Wear it as a head wrap, wear it as a wrap or cover up, you can even wear it around your floppy sun hat and tie it in a bow. We have SO MANY fun ideas!

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How to Tie a Scarf: Double Wrap French Knot

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The 16 Best Bike Shorts to Wear All Summer Long

Once upon a time (aka summer 2019), you’d wear them to the gym or brunch, but bike shorts have proven ideal for all sorts of at-home activities, from watching the entire season of Big Flower Fight in one sitting to creating your very own tie-dye masterpiece. No longer made of 100% uncomfortable spandex, they’re a closet workhorse that can look just as good with an oversized hoodie as a blazer and cute sandals.

As we begin to reenter society, the versatile basic is one of the few quarantine mainstays we plan to wear well into the future. So whether you want a pair to chill in at home, or have plans to go roller skating every Summer Friday, we combed the Internet to bring you all the best bike shorts you can buy right now. Check them out below.

Tried-and-true black

Black bike shorts will stand the test of time—and you can get a pair for cheap (hi, Amazon). If you want something you can dress up, à la Gigi Hadid, try experimenting with materials like a superfine ribbed knit or lustrous black.a woman wearing a pink shirt

 & Other Stories Cycling Short

$49.00, & Other StoriesBUY NOW

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Universa Standard Knockout Bike Shorts$65.00, Universal Standard
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The Range Rib Knit Bike Short

$118.00, Carbon38 BUY NOW

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 Koral Densonic High Rise Infinity Biker Short

$65.00, KoralBUY NOW

Bright colors

Arguably the most “throwback” style of the bunch, the season’s rainbow hues come in everything from soft sky blue to zesty yellow. Pair yours with a contrasting bikini top when it’s hot, then throw on an oversized crewneck when things get breezy.

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Alo Yoga High-Waist Biker Short

$56.00, Alo YogaBUY NOW

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Year of Ours Ribbed Biker Short

$70.00, VerishopBUY NOW

 

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 Staud x New Balance Bike Short

$60.00, New BalanceBUY NOW

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Billie the Label Peggy Biker Short

$88.00, VerishopBUY NOW

Sustainable materials

Whether it’s using recycled plastic bottles for fabrics or empowering the people producing the clothing, a ton of brands are working hard to improve fashion’s carbon footprint. Here are four bike shorts worth checking out if you’re shopping more  consciously.

 

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 Outdoor Voices Warmup Shorts

$45.00, Outdoor VoicesBUY NOW

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Girlfriend Collective High-Rise Bike Short

$48.00, Girlfriend CollectiveBUY NOW

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Athleta Ultimate 5″ Short

$49.00, AthletaBUY NOW

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Cotton Citizen x Revolve Milan Biker Short

$90.00, RevolveBUY NOW

Shorts to actually work out in

Your summer may consist of solo walks, responsibly distant picnics in the park, or getting back to your bike-ride commute. Whatever’s in store, grab a pair of bike shorts you can exercise or lie horizontal in. The four options below are made from breathable, sweat-wicking fabrics—so no need to worry about dark spots ruining your ’fit.

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Lululemon Fast and Free Short 10″

$68.00, LululemonBUY NOW

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Gymshark Flex Cycling Shorts

$40.00, GymsharkBUY NOW

 

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Adidas Originals Bike Shorts

$35.00, NordstromBUY NOW

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 Nike Air Women’s Bike Shorts (Plus Size)

$45.00, Nike

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Article by Talia Abbas

https://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/fashion/the-16-best-bike-shorts-to-wear-all-summer-long/ar-BB14FTWQ?ocid=spartanntp

Prince Harry Is Having ‘His Toughest Week’ Yet Since Leaving Britain

I posted a story somewhat relating to Prince Harry a week ago.

It seems now he’s again having some mental health issues as described in this article by Diane Clehane for BestLife.

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As U.S. citizens marked Memorial Day with commemorations of those who served in the military, “it was just another reminder of what Harry has lost,” the insider told me. “While he is enjoying his newfound freedom with Meghan in Los Angeles, he desperately misses his military affiliations and the camaraderie he felt being around fellow soldiers representing the Queen and the U.K. at various events.”

Harry has confided in friends that he “misses the camaraderie” of life in the Armed Forces, where he served for 10 years, including two tours of Afghanistan. Earlier this year, according to The Telegraph, the prince told friends he “cannot believe” what happened during the Megxit negotiations, which forced him to give up his military affiliations when the Sussexes decided to step back as senior royals and leave the U.K.

According to the terms of the agreement, Harry was made to relinquish his roles as Captain General of the Royal Marines, Honorary Air Force Commandant of the Royal Air Force Base Honington, and Honorary Commodore-in-Chief of the Royal Naval Commands’ Small Ships and Diving.

“In some ways, watching ceremonies commemorating Memorial Day from his new home in Los Angeles must have made Harry feel like a man without a country. He could not participate in ceremonies in America but he also knows, when this pandemic is over, he cannot put on a uniform and return to Britain to represent the Queen under the terms of his exit agreement,” said my source. “An important part of his identity has been muted and he is struggling with that.”

I can relate to Harry’s situation as I was not able to march in my city’s Memorial Day parade due to the virus in America. But I know in a few short months it will be the 4th of July and us vets will be out marching…but not Harry, ever again. It must be crushing him. I hope he can resolve his pain and once again proudly wear his uniform with his military buddies.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/royals/why-prince-harry-is-having-his-toughest-week-yet-since-leaving-britain/ar-BB14Czfy?ocid=spartanntp

Die Bitches. Just Die !

This is a message to all covid-19 coronavirus spores that are starting to melt under our late spring’s heat and humidity. For all of the millions of innocent people around the world who have suffered, died and experienced extreme misery due to you, I have just one thing to say as you scream out, “Help me, help me. I’M meltingggggg”. Just one thing to say to you :

Die Bitches, Just Die !