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Don’t panic – summer should still have a few more beach-worthy days up its sleeve.  However, it’s always good to be prepared.

Today’s outfit inspiration is for those final few days of summer when it’s still warm all day, but there’s a bit of a chill in the air at night.  Light layers are key as fall approaches, and a vest can offer the perfect level of protection as the sun goes down a bit earlier than you’ve gotten accustomed to.

So enjoy these last few weeks of summer, but remember to start digging through the fall wardrobe you’ve tucked away to make sure your prepared for the cooler times to come.

WWW: The End of Summer


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There’s been a lot of coverage about the great impending whiskey shortage lately.  America experienced a banner year for whisky sales in 2013, achieving the fastest rate of growth since the 1960s.

The problem lies in the aging required for whiskeys.  With single malt scotches averaging a minimum of 12 years in the barrel before making their way to shelves, distilleries need to have a crystal ball handy to plan for demand in the following decade.  The old magic 8-ball must have read "reply hazy" in the 1990s because many distilleries didn’t see this surge in demand on the horizon.

Much of the press around the whiskey shortage stemmed from a press release that Buffalo Trace Distillery released in May where it warned customers that increased demand could result in its products being unavailable in the coming months.

The key fact that seems to have been overlooked by many is the part of the release that stresses that “any bourbon shortages from Buffalo Trace will be temporary”.  This will likely be the case with most distilleries who are continually bottling new product as it comes of age. 

So while you may be disheartened when your favorite brand isn’t on the shelf of your local store, there’s no cause for alarm.  The absence will likely last for no longer than a month in most cases.

We can’t blame you if you’re not completely comforted by this revelation.  We love our booze too, and if we remember one thing from boy scouts, it’s “be prepared”.

So for those of you planning for the worst, here are three strategies to help you weather the worst of the shortage.

1.  Horde!

If you’re a diehard fan of a particular brand, and the thought of an empty space on the liquor store shelf fills you with dread, you can always pick up a few extra bottles.  Like we said, most shortfalls should last only a month.  No need to clear out a storage shelf in the basement, but an extra bottle or two could go a long way to allaying your fears.

2. Diversify

You may find that your usual brand is missing from the shelf, but all isn’t lost.  There are a lot of great brands out there, so why not turn lemons into lemonade and take the opportunity to find a new favorite brand.  If you need a friendly recommendation, we’ve been enjoying Jameson Black Barrel and W.L. Weller Special Reserve (both great deals at around the $30 mark!)

3. Swap Scotch for Bourbon

Scotch sales grew about 12% last year vs. bourbon’s 7%.  Additionally, a good bourbon can be aged for four years compared to 12 for scotch.  When you combine those facts, it’s easy to see that any shortage will be affecting the availability (and inflating the price) of scotch for a good while longer that it will bourbon.


Posted in Better Man Monday By Walk On

 
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.

 

WWW: Cufflinks


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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. 


Posted in Better Man Monday By Walk On

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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