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A store opening

So, I do attend a lot of store openings which is very cool. But now I’m involved in the organisation of a store opening. This means I’m on the other end of the deal. Why? Because this store offers a nice mix between brands for men and women and they sell Derek’s shirts.

How to get this done? First of all, we have to get the store ready for such an event. Redecorating the store in such a way that it’s ok to host a bunch of people without trashing the place. Next to that, we’ll have to arrange food, drinks, goodiebags, a red carpet, dj’s and all sorts of other stuff.

And most important of all; the invitations. Well, hereby I would like to invite you to the Grand Opening of LAAT store in Amsterdam. This party is on the 20th of April, starting from 16:00 till approximately 22:00 (officially).

The opening will be attended by lots of cool fashion people, celebrities and ofcourse many bloggers, press and other guests.

Feel free to join us…

Grand Opening LAAT Store in Amsterdam

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How to do things the stylish way

Being the cool and stylish gentleman you are, there are many things you do in a stylish manner.  Here are a couple of things I’ve written about in the past but are still very much up-to-date.

How to pack a suitcase

  1. The heavy things like books and shoes you pack first, at the bottom of your suitcase.
  2. After that you pack the hardware, toilet items and underwear.
  3. Pack your shoes in shoebags. Wear the most heavy ones during your trip (on an airplane), this saves you a lot of carrying and kilos in your suitcase.
  4. Fold your clothing neatly, to save space.
  5. Your shirts must be folded loosely and you need to put them very gently in your suitcase (on top of everything else, to prevent re-ironing).
  6. A suit or jacket is best to be put in a separate bag (for suits). If you choose to pack it in your suitcase, turn the jacket inside-out to make sure it doesn’t wrinkle.

How to blow your nose

  1. Blowing one’s nose is always done discretely and without making any noise.
  2. Never blow your nose at the (dinner)table, excuse yourself and retire to the bathroom. Or at least out of reach of your table mates.
  3. Use paper tissues and dispose of them after use. For hygienic purposes. Don’t ever use a handkerchief.
  4. Do not pick your nose in front of others and don’t look at the produce after you have blown your nose. Gross…
  5. First blow one nostril and then the other one, it’s more effective and healthier. Ask the doctor.

How to use public transport

  1. Find a good spot, don’t just sit next to someone when there’s plenty of space somewhere else. People need their space.
  2. Make sure you have a valid ticket. Using public transport without a ticket is really sad.
  3. Shut up. Don’t talk loudly, don’t make loud phonecalls or listen to loud music. Back in the days everyone on the train was quiet as well. If you need to talk to someone on the phone do it briefly, quietly and ask if it’s ok to call back later. People will appreciate this.
  4. Don’t put your feet on the bench or chair, save that for home. Don’t do that at home as well, by the way.
  5. Refrain from eating or drinking. No hamburgers, fries or other food that stinks like hell. If you have trash to dispose of, keep it until you see a wastebin.
  6. Make place for the elderly and disabled people and do not hang around the exit or entrance.
  7. People must exit the vehicle or train before you enter.

The rules on a terrace

I’ve written about this before but now Spring is here, I can’t help but state the obvious rules, again.

How to enter a terrace at a restaurant or bar in style and make sure to exit the terrace in style again?

It all starts with the outfit. Don’t wear flipflops, Crocs or Sandals. Probably you are wearing a summer jacket or a slightly formal jacket. If you are a frequent visitor at a local bar, you’ll probably know what to wear there. Well, in any case don’t show up with pale legs or topless. A good chino, a crisp shirt and a nice sweater will do the trick. Check out our previous posts about Spring and Summer attire.

How to find a good spot on a terrace?

Most people want to sit in the sun, for as long as possible. That means fighting for that one spot. Glance around and observe. Look at empty glasses in combination with a bill and possibly people leaving. Don’t hang around and stand next to people. If you move from one table to another, inform the staff about this.

Do you wear sunglasses on a terrace?

If you do, make sure that your company is ok with that and/or is wearing sunglasses as well. Wearing sunglasses during a conversation is considered to be extremely rude. Sunglasses do enable you to look at other people without them noticing too obviously.

What to drink?

That depends, whatever you feel like. Coffee, cold drinks, beer, wine. If you drink wine, drink it like a man. The wine to drink on a terrace is preferably a white wine, Sauvignon Blanc. Chardonnay is usually for the more colder months. Red wine might look a bit silly when consumed outside. If you drink wine, you drink water as well. You don’t get drunk on wine. By the way, beer is more refreshing. Don’t drink girly drinks.

How to eat?

Consuming food on a terrace is something you’ll have to do with elegance. Don’t gorge, gobble, mess or splash. Eat quietly and peacefully. Don’t have a feast, just order small dishes. Next to that, don’t complain too much if people are smoking in the near vicinity, it is still outside.

How to flirt?

The terrace of a bar or restaurant is the spot for flirting. Do this with style and do it subtle. Make sure there’s occasion, seduction and a solid base for the next steps. Being in possesion of a lighter helps.

The exit.

Make sure that few (or none) notice your exit if you are drunk (after paying the bill of course). Don’t sing, yell, bluster or trip. Did you only consume a cup of coffee? In that case a good exit shouldn’t be a problem. Think of the Italians who visit a bar or restaurant almost on a daily basis. It’s all about elegance.

If you visit a terrace it’s important to adapt to the environment. Blend in.

Enjoy and see you soon!

Help! It’s Valentine’s Day…

So, it’s Valentine’s Day and you haven’t prepared anything for your loved one. You didn’t send a postcard or flowers by mail so basically you have nothing… What to do?

Let’s start with plan B; you can always go to the store and get the red roses, the candy or chocolate and a nice card. But like I said, that’s plan B. It’s cheesy.

The best thing you can do is buy a nice gift that is personal and with which you can surprise your loved one. A well thought out gift, one she is already wanting for a while. And no, that’s not a vacuum cleaner, kitchen aid or new doormat. It’s also not a Playstation.

Another cool thing you can do is make her a good dinner. Yes, you are at work now and you don’t have time but you will still manage to make something after work. Think about it, this is how you can show that you are a good man! It doesn’t have to be entirely finished when she comes home, you can still work on the meal when she is around. By this you show that you really put effort in it. Also, dining a little bit later than usual makes it more mediterranean. Don’t forget the dim lighting, candles and a good bottle of wine.

But what if you don’t like cooking or you really can’t cook? Well, pick up the damn phone and get a spot at a nice restaurant! The thing is with Valentine’s Day, almost all the things you do is cliché. I’d say that you should keep it simple. It’s about the love you have for eachother. If you are fine with doing the regular stuff you do on Tuesday, that’s also fine.

Enjoy!

Grtz, Derek

Happy Valentine's Day!

Saint Valentine’s Day, often simply Valentine’s Day,[1][2][3] is a holiday observed on February 14 honoring one or more early Christian martyrs named Valentinus. It was first established by Pope Gelasius I in 496 AD, and was later deleted from the General Roman Calendar of saints in 1969 by Pope Paul VI. It is celebrated in hundreds of countries around the world, mostly in the West, although it remains a working day in all of them.

The day first became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. By the 15th century, it had evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines”).[1][3]

Modern Valentine’s Day symbols include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards.[4]

(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valentine%27s_Day)

Just wrote my first article for Playboy

Well, that’s cool! Not only do I write for www.fashionbloggers.nl and my own site but now also for Playboy. My first article is in Dutch and you can find it here: http://www.playboy.nl/articles/stoer-mannending-butcher-boys-bootcamp.html

This is pretty hot, I think…

Playboy

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