Butc(h)ome: Why You Should Have Houseplants

Houseplants.  Pa has them.  Gram has them.  Your office lobby has them.  The airport has them.  Your doctor’s office has them.  Even the mall has them.  They are seemingly everywhere, yet many of us can’t claim to have even one in our home.

Houseplants are beautiful.  Among many other benefits, they filter the air.  There are varieties for every single situation. They are cheap and easily accessible.  And they are a perfect way to add life to your house or apartment.  They make every room feel more complete and they make your house or apartment feel like a home.  So why don’t you have any?  It’s time to liven up your home with a houseplant or two or five.  This guide will help you decide which houseplant is right for you.

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Better Dressed Butch: Versatile Casual Winter/Spring Wardrobe – Part 2

Now that we have a foundation of simple and versatile pieces in our wardrobe, we can begin to add variety.  We can use color, patterns, texture, layers and accessories to give us even more options for pulling great looking outfits together.  This is where we can really begin to develop personal style.

As we discussed in Part 1, adding a single item to our foundational wardrobe now gives us many additional options.  Adding variety also keeps the wardrobe from feeling stale.  As the saying goes, “Variety is the spice of life.”  Everyone likes variety and being able to pull a patterned shirt out one day and a plain shirt the next day somehow feels nice.  So here are some examples of items we can use to spice up our foundational wardrobe.

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Better Dressed Butch: Versatile Casual Winter/Spring Wardrobe – Part 1

One of the hardest parts of starting to dress better is putting outfits together.  Most people think of clothes in terms of outfits, so when they go shopping for new clothes, they usually buy a couple of new outfits without thinking about their overall wardrobe.  This approach doesn’t work.  You’re left with the same old wardrobe, plus two new outfits.  So you now have two days that you feel awesome in your new outfits, and all of the other days you are stuck with your same old broken wardrobe.   This approach is not going to get you to the place where you are well-dressed every day.  Even if you bought enough new outfits for several days, you are going to end up bored with wearing the same several outfits over and over again.

There’s a better way to build your wardrobe.  If you approach your wardrobe as a whole, you can buy individual pieces that all work together.  And if you have assembled a wardrobe where the pieces can be worn in multiple outfits, you will be a better dressed butch much more quickly.  Let’s look at how to build an affordable, stylish and versatile wardrobe that will give you a ton of options with a minimal amount of items.   Continue reading “Better Dressed Butch: Versatile Casual Winter/Spring Wardrobe – Part 1”

Outfits: Visiting Her Family for Thanksgiving Day

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Timex Easy Reader.  Lands End Twill Shirt.  St. John’s Bay Cardigan.  Thunderstruck Coffee Porter. Combatant Gentlemen Khaki Slim Straight Chinos.  G.H. Bass Dan Brass Belt.  Dockers Tussock Boot. Solmate Stars & Stripes Socks.

Visiting Her Family for the Holidays: Part 2

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Family holidays are a long standing tradition.  We use specific times of the year as an excuse to all gather together.  Unfortunately, this extended period of togetherness can mean awkwardness or contention or exhaustion.  You might not know what to say when stuck in the family room all alone with her grandpa.  Or maybe you sit out of the way trying to not get underfoot and spend the whole weekend thinking her family hates you.  Maybe the kids ignore you.  Maybe the adults ignore you. Maybe you always say just the wrong thing.  This article will help you navigate some of those family hazards in new ways.  This year the family holiday can be a time of wonderful memories and deep connection.

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