Joseph Wendt Jetsetter’s Guide

You love to travel. The airport is like a second home to you. Some of the flight attendants even know your name. You’re a jetsetter.

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Or maybe you’re a busy business traveler. Or you just enjoy a few vacations each year. No matter the occasion, travel is a big part of our lives, especially plane travel. It can be tough to enjoy travel when you’re crammed into an economy middle seat on a 12 hour haul across the Pacific.

Fear not weary traveler. We have put together this guide to help your next plane experience as comfortable as possible. Sit back, relax, put your tray table up, and get ready for the ride.

How to Find the Best Seats

You have your tickets, now it’s time to pick seats. The last thing you want to do is be stuck in a middle seat, and you don’t want an obstructed view, but how can you pick a seat without really seeing the plane? Sites like Seat Expert, Seatmaestro, and SeatGuru let you know the best and worst seats on your specific plane.

What to Bring on the Plane

On the plane, you’ll want your necessities like headphones and something to keep you occupied like a book or tablet. But you’ll also want a few other items handy:

  • Comfortable socks- Don’t keep your shoes on the whole time during a long flight. Change into new socks to let your feet breathe.
  • Water bottle- Have an empty water bottle as you go through security. Fill it up before you board your flight.
  • Gum- Prevent your ears from getting clogged by chewing gum.
  • Snacks – Longer flights will serve you, but many short flights don’t. Bring snacks like jerky, trail mix, or snack bars to fill you up.
  • Meal- If you know the flight is 3+ hours, grab a sandwich to bring on the plane.
  • Tylenol or Advil- Always safe to have it!
  • Ear Plugs- Don’t let a noisy neighbor prevent you from getting some shut eye

What to Wear

Yes, being a jetsetter means you want to be stylish, but don’t compromise feeling comfortable for looks. You will regret wearing a tie on a 7 hour flight, we guarantee it. Dress casually.

For guys, this may mean chinos and a dress shirt or a nice t shirt with a jacket. Ladies, avoid the heels. Nobody wants to walk through a concourse in shoes, especially if you’re late and have to run.

If you are on an overnight flight, bring a change of clothes like sweatpants and a t-shirt so you feel somewhat more comfortable.

Now you’re ready to head off on your next journey! If you’re a business traveler or just need a suit for your next adventure, let Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers tailor to perfect outfit for you.

 

 

 

Gifts Every Man Would Want For the Holidays

It’s that time of year when you have to get creative and find something other than cash and gift cards to give for the holidays. It’s tough! It probably seems like some of your friends and family have everything, what else could they want? For guys, it can be even harder because once you have a cocktail kit, cufflinks, and tie collection, you don’t know what else to get.

We’re here to help you this holiday season! We put together this guy guide to give you some inspiration. From subscription boxes to the kitchen to kits to clothing. There’s going to be something in here for the guys in your life. We did the research, now just scroll through and see what catches your eye.

Eating

Jerkygrams
The best package you’ll get in the mail all month! Jerkygrams are boxes of jerky shipped to your door. There are tons of options like booze-infused jerky and exotic meats.

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Hot Sauce Making Kit
If your friend is a hot sauce fanatic, let him try making his very own with this kit.

Bacon Lovers Feast Gift Basket
The best meats all in one basket, who wouldn’t want this?
$39.95

Drinking

Personalized Whiskey Barrel
Whiskey lovers rejoice! Any guy who likes his drink strong will love one of these barrels.
$85-$200

Micro Brewed Kit
Make your own micro brew at home! Perfect for the beer lover.
$74.99

Neighborwoods Map Coasters
These coasters are perfect for those that love drinking, great design, and travel.
$36

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Beer Cap States
No art on the walls? Well they will want to put up one of these states that allows you to display your beer cap collection, kind of like those quarter maps.
$35

Sports

College Barware Crate
Combine your guy’s love of college sports with drinking. There are also options for NHL, NBA, MLB, and NFL.
$79.99

The Golfer’s Crate
A literal crate full of a golfer’s favorite things like sunflower seeds, Caddyshack, golf head cover, and more.
$99.99

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Tackle Subscription Box
Fisherman love one thing other than catching fish…getting more tackle!
$15

Portable Table Tennis Set
Great for the competitive guy who’s always looking for the next challenge>
$39.95

Style

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Duck Feather Bowties
At our showroom on Fifth Avenue South in Naples, we have a wide variety of accessories including one of our favorites: Duck Feather Bowties!

Working Man’s Hygiene Kit
Guys who don’t want to be seen using hand lotion will enjoy this guy-focused personal care kit with soap, lotion, oil, lip balm, and more.
$50

The Elements of a Three Piece Suit

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What’s the difference between a typical two-piece and a three-piece suit? Really, it’s the waistcoat. A waistcoat is the vest worn above the shirt and below the jacket. It’s amazing how the addition of this vest can add a sense of class to a boring trouser and blazer combination.

Can I just add a vest to my suit?

Technically, then it’s not a real three piece suit. The elements of a three piece suit must be made from the same material and lining. This includes the waistcoat, pants, and jacket.

If you take any two piece suit and add a new vest, this vest is called an “odd vest”. Typically, the waistcoat matches the rest of the outfit. If this is your first time trying to add a vest or waistcoat to your outfit, don’t go for a pop of color, just stick to the color of the rest of the suit.

How do you wear it?

As with jackets, there are buttoning rules for waistcoats. It’s best to always leave the last button undone.

You also won’t be needing a belt with your suit, it just looks off.

Finally, your waistcoat should cover your belt line. But don’t let it fall above or below it, or the proportions will be off.

Why did the three piece suit go out of style?

It’s not necessarily that it went out of style. According to Alan Flusser, author of “Dressing the Man“, the three piece suit started to decline due to wartime rationing. Tailors could not make the waistcoats necessary for three piece suits anymore.

Since then, they haven’t risen to much prominence. You do see the occasional one at a wedding or other formal event, but most people don’t walk into the office in one.

When can you wear a three piece suit?

The obvious answer is weddings. Grooms and groomsmen sporting three piece suits are becoming a hot trend in the wedding space. As a guest you can definitely wear one as well.

If you ever plan to head to the racetrack, a three piece suit will not look out of place.

At the office, it’s best to stick with class colors like black, matching every piece of the outfit.

A beginners guide to wine

Here at Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers, we love two great things in this world: superb clothing and fine wines. We even sell hand blown wine glasses in our showroom! There’s nothing quite like getting a new bottle of wine, cracking it open, smelling the cork, and pouring that first glass.

Now, if you’re a beginner to wine, or just want to understand it a little better, you’re in luck! This guide is about helping you make sense of the types of wines, what to pair them with, and common terminology.

Types of Wines

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This graphic from Wine Folly illustrates the common types of white and red wines, as well as their shades. Chardonnay is much darker than Riesling, Syrah is a bit darker than Pinot Noir. These are just 8 of the over 1,300 types of wine grape varieties! Wine Folly has a chart that showcases the many types of wines (see below).

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Glassware

Not all wine glasses are created equal. It’s been found that the right glass will make wine taste better! Check out this article on the basics of serving wine.

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Wine Folly

This chart showcases the 6 common glasses: standard, flute, tulip, coupe, hook, and tumbler, and which one is best for certain varieties of wine.

Taste Test

Do you know how to describe the taste of wine, or do you tend to use all the same terms: earthy, dry, etc? This article shows you 4 steps for how to properly taste wine.

Pairing Wine & Food

One of the arts of wine is to properly pair it with your meal. Here are a few tips to use:

  • Don’t mix bitter wine with bitter food
  • The wine should be sweeter than the food
  • Pairing an earthy wine with something more earthy can make the wine taste fruity
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Use this helpful chart from Wine Folly to determine how to best pair your next meal with the right wine.

How to Order at a Restaurant

Do you know how to properly order and approve wine while at a restaurant?

  1. Ask to verify the bottle and ensure it’s the one you ordered
  2. Check the cork to see if the producer label is printed on it
  3. Make sure the wine is not flawed
    – If the wine smells like wet cardboard, it could be from mold on the cork
    – If wine is left in heat over 90 degrees it can smell like jam
    – Wine that isn’t properly sealed will turn to vinegar

6 Websites made just for guys

Guys, are you making use of the huge array of websites geared towards you? The ease of making a website nowadays means everyone is online, and many are sharing their ideas when it comes to fashion, sports, food, travel, and more.

So you don’t have to wade through the riff raff of a Google search, we pulled our 6 favorite men’s websites. These are top-notch sites that will help you learn to be a better man.

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Art of Manliness

Art of Manliness is probably the most popular men’s site online besides the major magazines. They do a great job combining modern tips and ideas with history. They teach everything from making a tourniquet to fashion. They have their own style when it comes to graphics, which you’ll be able to notice after reading just a few articles.

Check out
10 people every man should have in his rolodex

The Suit Ladder

Mantelligence

Kyle Boureston created Mantelligence because he was sick of the boring content online for men (we know what you mean Kyle). The content on Mantelligence follows 3 rules: easy to understand, actionable, in-depth.

Check out
Hack your memory with the Pythagoras Memory Technique

How to become a better man: 57 insanely manly life tips

Real Men Real Style

We reference Real Men Real Style a lot here on the blog. That’s because their site covers everything fashion and grooming related, as well as communication skills, and travel & living. They create popular infographics to help illustrate many concepts that get shared hundreds and thousands of times.

Check out
10 Beginner Style Mistakes

Man Made DIY

Learn how to make awesome stuff! The first thing we noticed was a wooden bottle opener tutorial.

Check out
How to: Simple, stylish wall-mounted lighting project

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Dudepins

Guys, if you like Pinterest but you’re a bit ashamed to admit it, then Dudepins is for you. This site is Pinterest but for guys. Food, fashion, DIY, fitness, cars, etc.

Primer

Primer is an online magazine/blog that styles itself as a guide to helping guys grow up after college. There are topis like love, train, invest, learn, spend, earn, and live. The site has great content and is very well put together.

Check out
Getting Over Phone Anxiety

Making the Leap: Leaving your first job for your second job

 

5 ways to improve yourself

Now, this isn’t a New Years blog post, or a self help post, this is about ways you can better yourself. You don’t need to have a midlife crisis, move to a new country, or quit your job to make changes in your life.

This article is about simple and not-so-simple ways to improve yourself. Some of these ideas can be done each day (read a book) others will happen over time (learn a language). But it’s important to pick a few you can realistically stick with. Sure, we all want to learn a language, read 3 books a month, train for a marathon, and start a new business but doing all of those at once is a recipe for disaster.

The best method is to start slow. Work on one thing at a time. One problem we run into, the New Years Resolution problem, is that we are hyped up to do this new change but the motivation only lasts a month or two, and we are back to our old ways.

You need to build that intrinsic motivation that can sustain these new changes. So why are we talking about this on a fashion blog? Because we don’t consider ourselves just about fashion. Sure, we create custom suits but we believe that suit has the ability to make you feel different and change how you feel about yourself. It’s like working in one place, but going outside or to a coffee shop to work and you feel a whole new sense of motivation. We’re all about helping you feel and be your best, that’s why we wrote this article.

  1. Read a book each day
    It doesn’t matter if you read it in the morning or at night, read fiction or non-fiction. You can do it at the gym, before work, before bed. When you feel the need to watch tv, pick up a book instead.
  2. Create an exercise routine
    Don’t wait until January 1 to start a workout routine. There’s never a best time to start something, just do it now. Create a realistic schedule that you can see yourself sticking to. Maybe going to the gym 3 times a day on your way from work. If you find that at night you like sitting down and relaxing, don’t leave working out for the night time. If you used to exercise and want to restart the habit read this article from Life Hack.
  3. Avoid negativity
    When you wake up in the morning, is it common to find yourself checking social media or watching the news? These two things can be filled with negativity that can already impact your mood. Start your day without checking your phone, and if you must, check something like Instagram. Also try to avoid negative people. If you have a coworker who constantly complains, try to eat lunch after them or sit away from them. “You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with,” says Jim Rohn.
  4. Reduce mindless activities
    We love the buzz and rush we feel when we post on social media and see notifications. Your phone vibrates and we have to know who is calling. We just finished work and want to lay on the couch and watch 4 hours of TV. I’m not going to tell you not to do these things, but I will say that reducing your time on these activities will free up time to do other things. We all say we’re busy, but how much of our day is spend doing mindless tasks? Try doing a social media detox for a week, then try again for a month. See if you miss it.
  5. Start a journal
    Journals aren’t just for teens writing about their bad day at school. Writing down your thoughts can help you understand them better. You’ll be able to gain insights and clarify your thinking when you write down what’s in your mind. You can use a blank journal or try a templated one like the 5 minute journal.

Naples Halloween Events

Halloween is just around the corner! We wanted to let you all know about the Halloween events coming up soon. Grab your costume and get ready for the spooky fun!

Haunted “Gross” House
October 14 & 15, 21 & 22, 28 & 29 7-11pm
Collier County Fairgrounds

Haunted hay rides, pony rides, games, and food vendors. October 29 has a costume contest and trunk or treat. Tickets are $15 per person for 1 walk through the Haunted “Gross” House.

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Boo at the Zoo
October 21-23 10am-4pm

Boo at the Zoo will be hosted for 3 days this year! Enjoy activities daily from 10am to 4 pm. Guests will enjoy a trick or treat trail, games and education activities, and watch our animals “carve” their pumpkins.
Children in costume will receive FREE admission.

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HalloWine Walk at Mercato
October 27 6-9pm

Event will include:
–Commemorative wine glass
—A drink and a bite at at over 10 establishments
–Red Carpet photos at the registration tent
–Costume Contest, 9pm
–Raffle Drawings & Passport Grand Prize

 Monster Mash at Venetian Village
October 29 1-4pm

Join us at The Village this Halloween for a frightfully good time! Face painting, balloon art pumpkin decorating, complimentary photos, arts and crafts, and trick or treating.

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6th Annual Halloween Spooktacular on 5th
October 31, 2016
4:30-9:30 PM

Join in the fun as 5th Avenue South goes all out for Halloween. This fabulous festival brings kids, teens and adults together for an afternoon and evening of fun, trick or treating, costume contests for all ages and dogs too, live music, a street dance, kids crafts, live animal exhibits, giant movie screen and fun spooky cartoons and movies, and so much more!

Mall-O-Ween at Miromar
October 31 6-8pm

MALL – O – WEEN Monday, October 31, 6 to 8 p.m. Music, karaoke, trick-or-treating and contests. TRUNK – OR – TREAT 6 to 8 p.m. Near the Restaurant Piazza, Lakeside Trick-or-treat from trunk to trunk of specialty cars. Presented by The Cool Cruisers of SWFL. TRICK-OR-TREATING 6 to 8 p.m. Children trick-or-treat at participating stores. While supplies last. CHILDREN’S COSTUME CONTEST (0-12 YEARS) 6:30 p.m. Near Bloomingdale’s The Outlet Store PET COSTUME CONTEST 7:30 p.m. Between Neiman Marcus Last Call and Bloomingdale’s The Outlet Store