A Guide to Interacting with Women (From Esquire’s “A Man’s Guide to Taking Care of Himself”)

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Stand up when greeting a woman on when you’re being introduced to one. Make eye contact, too — that they like.

SOMETIMES  

  Stand up when a woman arrives at a table. If there are only a few people at the table, stand; if there are six or more, stay seated.

 NEVER

Rush into a hug or kiss with a new woman or casual acquaintance. Same goes for touching.

ALWAYS

Help her put on her coat.

SOMETIMES

Hold the door. Whoever gets to the door first holds it for the others.

NEVER

Kiss her hand. It’s weird.

ALWAYS

When greeting a female friend or family member, go for her left cheek. Any hesitation in cheek direction and you might bump heads.

SOMETIMES

Get off an elevator first. If it’s just a few of you, let her go first, but if there are more than five people in there, everyone should exit in his or her turn.

NEVER

Honk your horn. Instead, park the car and go to the door. And don’t sigh if she asks for a few more minutes. She’s dressing up for you.

ALWAYS

Offer to carry something. if she’s overloaded with books or bags, she’ll appreciate your offer, even if she doesn’t take you up on it.

SOMETIMES

Pick up the tab for a meal. Offer to pay, but if she wants to split the bill or treat you, go with it.

NEVER

Leave her alone. If you arrive at a party together, stay with her for the duration of the evening. Be attentive–introduce her and include her in your conversations.

Why Platinum for Wedding Bands

There’s little question that platinum is stunning, and remains a popular choice for engagement and wedding rings sets. Not only it is one of the more beautiful and long-lasting metals, it is a symbol of prestige.  And like true love, it is one of the rarest elements in the Earth’s crust. It has been used by royalty and celebrities for years, as it is often referred to as a noble metal.

The Difference Between White Gold and Platinum

While white gold and platinum may look the same when you’re in the jewelry store, they’re actually quite different. The first thing that sets platinum apart from white gold is the fact that it is naturally a white metal, whereas white gold must be mixed with other alloys like nickel in order to become white. With time, platinum will maintain its natural white color, while white gold will yellow if not cared for properly. Platinum requires almost no maintenance and rarely tarnishes. Of course, it is a more expensive choice than white gold, but when all the benefits are weighed, it is well worth the investment.

Platinum is Hypoallergenic

Many metals, including all sorts of gold, can irritate sensitive skin. Platinum is one of the only fine metals known for its hypoallergenic properties. No one wearing a real platinum ring is going to have a rash or become irritated by it, making it a very nice choice for people who have experienced problems with other types of metals used for jewelry. In addition, platinum will not wear as easily as other metals, so there is less chance of it becoming scratched and aggravating the skin.

A true wedding ring connoisseur knows that being a platinum buyer is the best option in creating nice wedding sets. When you set out on your quest to find the best platinum wedding set, always be sure you know from whom you are buying your jewelry. This will help ensure the quality of the platinum you are receiving, and that you are getting 100% pure platinum and not some variation.

What to Know

As with all precious metals, platinum must be alloyed with other metals in order to achieve the hardness required for jewelry. A ring that is alloyed with 80% Platinum and 20% other metals is worth a lot less the a ring this is 95% platinum.

Federal regulations require all platinum bans to bear a stamp or “hallmark” on the inside of the band. If it says “IridPlat”, or “.90Plat/Ir” than the ring is only 90% pure platinum, and you should pay less for it than a ring that is 95% pure platinum. If the hallmark says “Plat” of “.95Plat”, then the ring is considered pure platinum and commands a premium price.

Ask your jeweler about the alloy used in your platinum ring. A pure platinum ring (95% platinum) should be alloyed with either Cobalt or Ruthenium.

If you’ve chosen a custom ring, ask your jeweler for a wax mold of the ring to ensure that the design meets your expectations before it is cast into platinum.

And always shop at a reputable jeweler. This could be a world-famous name like Black Starr Frost or Tiffany  & Co. or your town’s oldest jeweler. But know who you are buying from and what you are getting.

The wedding band or ring you exchange with your loved one is a token of commitment and love, and a symbol you will share for the rest of your lives together.

(Segments of this post first appeared as a sponsored post on The Plunge Project blog with additional info from wikihow).

Keifer Sutherland Makes Cupcakes

I still like Red Velvet, but more than that I love an actor willing to poke fun of his or herself and  their famous character, in this case Keifer as Jack Bauer.

Keifer Sutherland Makes Cupcakes

A Woman’s Products & Bathroom Space

It is no surprise that given a limited amount of space in a bathroom shared by two people, the more female of the two will just take up more space. Period. End of discussion.

And the less said about it to your partner in the bathroom, the better. In fact, if you’re smart you will never say anything at all about it other than something along the lines of, oh, “I love what that Chanel No. 5 does for me when you wear it.”

Trust me, you want to get over it and find a drawer or somewhere else for your stuff and live to fight a battle you might just be able to win.