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Spring image prep!

25 May stack of shirts

stack of shirtsWell, we’ve passed the Victoria Day long weekend here in Canada and that’s usually a sign of some things: new growth, the sweet smell of spring; time to open the cottage for the season, and time to get out your summer clothes.

When it’s time to change our seasonal closets over, we should think about the life of our warm weather clothes and what they’ve been through for the last 6 – 8 months. Essentially, they’ve been neglected, hanging in the dark, weighted down under folds and layers, stuffed into bags, boxes, or suitcases. They need to be refreshed. Here are some easy ways to prep your spring-summer wardrobe and get  you ready to rock spring-summer 2017:

cat in washer1. Organize your drawers. Get rid of the socks with holes, toss the Swiss cheese underwear hanging to the waistband by a thread, and ditch the old, worn, and possibly torn t-shirts. Don’t be afraid to try on last summer’s clothes and give away the stuff that’s not doing it for you anymore–excess only takes up space.

2.Wash your clothes. If possible, hang out in the air to dry. They’ll smell better.

3. Some of your clothes should be given a press. After cleaning, press a clean crease in your cotton or linen trousers; give your shirts some steam.

men's shoes

4. Have a look at your shoes from last summer –what shape are they in? Are they scuffed? Heels worn down? Time to visit the shoe repair shop! Next-to-new shoes will definitely put a spring in your step!

 

 

exfoliating gloves5. If you haven’t done so for a while (if ever), exfoliating is a lovely way to feel like you’ve woken up your skin. Exfoliation is a process of removing dead skin cells from the surface of skin, leaving a soft, fresh layer beneath.

For the gents, I suggest a pair of exfoliating gloves lathered with soap to smooth away rough skin. Get in the shower, put on the textured gloves, wet them, soap up, and wash entire body – toes, elbows, and buns included (go lightly on your gentlemen’s parts); rinse gloves, squeeze out excess water, then hang to dry. It feels great to slather on an oil or a moisturizer on freshly-exfoliated skin – you’ll feel invigorated and refreshed!

men's feet6. Check hands and feet. After a long winter, chances are, your digits are not in great shape. Go for a gent’s manicure and pedicure at a salon or simply get yourself a nail brush and give your feet and fingers a good going-over. Use a moisturizer afterward – you’ll notice a difference.

7. Spring is a great time for a new look and it doesn’t have to mean replacing your entire wardrobe. How about something simple like a new hair style? An updated pair of sunglasses is always a wise investment as well.aviator sunglasses

The excitement of spring-summer 2017 awaits – best to be wardrobe and grooming-ready!

What are your hands doing?

23 Dec

If you don’t know by now, I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Design with a specialization in costume. In Theatre school, we learned from all different areas so that we could understand and appreciate all of the jobs that make up a working theatre – stage management, lighting and sound, scenic painting, stage carpentry, and acting, for example.

While in my performance class, I developed an appreciation of acting and how difficult it is. One of the most challenging parts of acting for me at least, was to sync up the movements – genuine movements – to the genuinely delivered but memorized words – it’s all so fabricated that only great actors can do this well. (Next time you’re watching TV or a film, watch the hands of the actor – if he / she is focused, their hands will be one with their emotions and words.)

Throughout the class, we worked on monologues and performed our speeches to the whole department at the end of the semester. I chose a piece from a Eugene O’Neill play, A Touch of the Poet.

I was prepared, I researched the play and my character, I memorized and internalized the work, I knew all of my lines cold. The night came. It was my turn. I walked into the center of the floor in the studio theatre and began my monologue. I delivered my lines flawlessly. Then, while reaching out in gesture as I continued, I was so focused on getting the words right, that my hands froze in mid-air until my brain realized that there was absolutely no connection between my outstretched hands and the words I was speaking.

From this experience, I learned many things. I realized how important and how strong the connection between the mind and the body is, and I realized how out of touch we are with ourselves when we are not conscious of our physical body.

I know from acting studies that our hands give much away about our emotional state and when I’m working with my clients, I like to draw their attention to this idea. I like to take them through a mental journey of their own bodies when we do body work. This helps them to become aware of their bodies, how they hold themselves,  their posture, and their movements because not only does it feel good to be alive, our physical presence sends messages to the people around us to be interpreted accordingly.

Hand movements and gestures can speak at high volumes and can punctuate our words and give away our state of mind, even if we’re not conscious of it, so being able to identify what our bodies or hands are doing is a great way to learn to be in control of oneself.

If you read my Multi-tasking blog post from earlier this year, I discussed the difficulty men often have with doing more than one task at a time due to the amount of testosterone in their bodies which likes to focus on one thing at a time. The challenge for the fellas is becoming aware of the body and its parts at any given time while remaining present in the current situation. If you are up to it gents, try the following experiment.

Experiment

At different points during your day, try asking yourself, what are my hands doing? to become more conscious of your appendages while your brain concentrates on other things. You may be surprised to find that your hands are the physical manifestation of what you’re thinking about / feeling / in the midst of.

Try this experiment if you’re interested and ask yourself what your hands are doing when you are in different situations:

  • If you’re relaxed, your hands may be hanging relaxed at your sides
  • If you’re speaking to someone who is giving you information that you don’t like, ask what your hands are doing and you may find that your fists are clenched
  • If you’re bored or in a situation that makes you nervous, you may become aware that your hands are fidgeting in some way or have gone to your mouth

These are simple examples that most people can read. The trick is to make yourself conscious of them so that you can control yourself, if you so choose. I believe this knowledge will help you if you don’t want everyone to know how you are feeling at that particular moment.  So when you’re in a meeting and not agreeing with what is being discussed and you notice that you’re roughly rubbing your hands, take a breath, realize that other people can see and read you, then consciously relax your hands. Undoubtedly you’ll feel better and being controlled / conscious, you may be in a better position than if people read you as an aggressive member at the table.