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We’re on a bit of an accessories kick after last week’s post on tie bars.  This week, we’re moving onto the wide world of cufflinks.

From the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s, you could hardly find a gentleman on the street without a pair.  As the decades advanced, manufacturing was on the rise and men could don different styles of cufflinks to reflect their personal style in otherwise monotonous outfits.

Alas, after the Great Depression and World War II, these little gems were replaced by the more cost-effective sewn on buttons that remain dominant to this day.  Cufflinks were never completely relegated to the annals of history, however, and formal attire has come back in vogue as of late.

We encourage you to take the opportunity to wear your heart on your sleeve, so to speak, and pick up a pair of cufflinks that express your personal style.  Take a look at these Walk On Socks approved picks to get you started.

 

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There are an endless number of reasons to dine out – the convenience, the delicious food, your home cooked not-so-delicious food…the list goes on.  But while frequenting restaurants can be one of the great pleasures of life, the resulting bill tends to be far from it.

The price of dining out has been steadily increasing over the past two years, with the average American spending nearly $250 per month.  That’s why we’ve put together 7 simple cost cutting strategies to help you enjoy your favorite restaurants without the extra helping of guilt.

 

1. Dine mid-week.
Avoid dining on weekends if possible. Many restaurants try to entice customers to dine on slower days with mid-week specials that can save you up to 50% off your entrée.

2. Dine out for lunch.
If you’re able to take a leisurely lunch you could rack up some great savings.  Lunch menus are often similar to their dinner counterparts, but are 25% cheaper on average.

3. Go for quality
Dining at one good restaurant will generally end up cheaper than going to two mediocre ones.  Splurging for a night out at the best place in town can actually save you money and keep eating out feeling special.

4. Share a large entrée.
Many restaurants are stricken with the fear of leaving a customer hungry. Take advantage of the resulting huge portions, and split your entrée with a dining companion.

5. Ditch the entrées altogether.
Chefs expend a good portion of their creativity on the appetizer selections.  Being freed from the protein-starch-veg-sauce equation expected of entrées allows them the leeway to create some amazing dishes.  Take advantage by ordering a couple of small plates and enjoying the savings.

6. Beware of expensive cocktails.
Restaurants commonly mark-up wine by 300% and liquor by 500% over what you’d spend at the store.  These prices can easily cancel out any other savings you’ve been frugal enough to achieve.  Consider heading to a BYO restaurant or sticking to water to keep your wallet fat.

7. Search for discounts.
Websites like livingsocial.com, groupon.com and restaurants.com routinely offer restaurant gift certificates for 50% off.  With a little bit of forward planning you can drastically reduce your bill. 


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For many men, accessorizing an outfit is something best left to their better halves.  There is, however, one vintage staple that most guys can (and should) get on board with – the tie bar. 

This small classic detail can have a big impact on your outfit, and better yet, it’s functional.  The tie bar serves to keep your tie steadfastly attached to your shirt, as opposed to in your soup at dinner or in your face on a windy day.

When wearing a tie bar, placement is key.  You want to position it perpendicular to the tie in between the third and fourth buttons of your shirt.  Higher than that will prevent it from serving its purpose of holding your tie in place, and lower will result in your stylish accessory hiding beneath your jacket.

One final consideration when choosing your tie bar is size.  You never want one that’s wider than your tie, and ideally want it to fall about ¾ of the way across.

Now that you know the basics, check out these Walk On Socks approved picks for inspiration.

 

What to Wear Wednesday: Tie Bars

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Nothing tops off a summer meal quite like some warm peach cobbler.  Crisp on the outside and cakey on the inside; combine it with a scoop of ice cream for a heavenly treat.

In between whipping up some great new sock designs, we’ve perfected our own quick and easy cobbler in the Walk On Socks test kitchen ( hey, a guy’s gotta eat! ). 

Wow your next dinner guests with this recipe worthy of a southern gentleman.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1.5 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 5 fresh peaches, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon


Preparation

  1. Melt butter and pour into a 13- x 9-inch baking dish.
  2. Combine flour, 1 cup sugar, baking powder, and salt; add milk, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Pour batter over butter (do not stir).
  3. Bring remaining 1/2 cup sugar, peach slices, and lemon juice to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly until sugar is dissolved.  Remove from heat.
  4. Pour peach mixture over batter (do not stir). Sprinkle with cinnamon.
  5. Bake at 375° for 40 minutes or until golden brown. Serve cobbler warm or cool.

 


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Since the invention of the automobile, the open road has sung its siren song luring millions of people to destinations both near and far.  If you’re getting the itch for a weekend getaway, we’ve got an outfit that will get you there in style.

Comfort is key for a long drive.  Anyone who’s hopped into a car that’s been baking in the sun all day knows that a hundred degree cabin can almost instantly blight you with an uncomfortable sweaty back for the duration of your drive. 

To help you avoid this road trip hazard, the shirt and shorts in today’s outfit are equipped with dry technology fabrics.   We’ve also thrown in a stylish weekend bag, driving shoes and other great accessories to complete the look.

Happy driving, and remember, getting there is half the fun!

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