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My Sister Wrote A Book!

Afternoon gents! I’m sorry if this first post of my new schedule doesn’t follow my usual formula, but I have an exciting announcement! My sister, Claire Laminen has published her very first novel! Across the Formidable Sea tells the story of twenty-year-old Laura Elliot-Stratford who, after being whisked away from her home in Virginia to the English countryside in Stratford, struggles to find out what she’s going to become and trying to find home and happiness amid a life she never asked for. I myself haven’t read it yet since I’ve had other reading assignments for school, but I do plan to soon. Plus, I’ve heard some feedback about it from my other sister, mom, and grandma, and they all loved it! Claire put a lot of time into this project, and there is nothing she would appreciate more than to check it out and read it for yourself! It’s available for purchase on Amazon, as well as in e-book form! I’ll include a link to it right here https://www.amazon.com/Across-Formidable-Sea-Claire-Laminen/dp/1520679246/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1491262230&sr=8-1&keywords=claire+laminen

Again, I’m sorry if this post didn’t follow my typical formula, but I just wanted to help get the word out about my sister’s first book! Let me know in the comments what you think of the book, and be sure to follow the blog so you don’t miss anymore posts! So until next time, this is Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide!

 

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A Gentleman’s Guide to Prom Night

Afternoon gents! I know I said this in my last post, but I want to sincerely apologize for the lack of posts on the blog lately. I have been completely inundated with school work and music stuff (and possible Overwatch marathons) that I haven’t been able to do much of anything! However, I do intend to do a complete overhaul on the blog now, so starting next week, expect TWO (2) posts on the blog every week, one on Monday and one on Friday. If I have enough time in the coming weeks, I may add one more post on Wednesdays, add a new admin for the blog, and possibly bring periodic updates to the YouTube channel! And to all those who have been regularly viewing and reading my content, I would like to say a sincere “thank you.” So with that out of the way, let’s move on to the topic of today’s post before this turns into a novel!

So, for those of you who are unaware, the target audience for my blog and YouTube channel are young men either in or just coming out of high school. That’s around the time when I started reading content from Art of Manliness, and I feel that it’s a vulnerable time in any young man’s life where they could really benefit from the tips and pointers I offer. With that in mind, today I’m going to speak specifically to those young gents still in high school, giving you all the pointers you’ll need for a fun and successful prom night!

Remember that you don’t have to go

The first thing to remember is that you don’t even have to go to prom if you don’t want to! While your classmates may pressure you into thinking you have to go, it’s perfectly ok if you don’t want to go. And it can be for any reason. Whether you want to save money, you don’t have a date, or just simply don’t care, it is completely fine if you don’t want to go. Your classmates may pressure you a lot to go to prom, but at the end of the day, no one will care!

You don’t need a date

If you do decide to go prom, remember that you do not need a date. While it is highly encouraged, it is of course not necessary. During my junior and senior years of high school, my school even offered singles tickets for those students that either couldn’t find a date or didn’t want one. A lot of other schools are starting to do this too, but even if your school doesn’t, you could simply purchase a couple’s ticket for you and a buddy, if he also doesn’t have a date. So unless your school officials have been set back sixty years and think that a gay couple going to prom (which might not even be the case) is a problem, you should be set for prom even if you don’t have a date.

Coordinate your outfit with your date’s

If you don’t have a date, I suppose you can just stop here. But for those of you who have found a lovely lady (or gentleman if you’re gay, I don’t discriminate!) to spend your prom night with, pay attention! Now, it’s traditional that you and your date wear outfits with similar color schemes. For those of you who haven’t read my guide to the perfect suit or tuxedo, that could really come in handy for this, so I’ll include a link right here The Gentleman’s Guide to the Perfect Suit/Tuxedo

Now, with this in mind, just tell the tailor what colored accents you want to match your dates dress. Those accents will usually apply to your tie, vest, and pocket square. Sometimes, the color of the jacket and pants may also have to change from the traditional black. When I went to my senior ball, my date wore a navy blue dress, which both me and the tailor agreed didn’t blend well together with the traditional black, so we worked it out that the tux would be gray with navy blue accents to match her dress, and it looked great! It would be smart to show your tailor a picture of your date’s dress to give them an idea. So, be sure to coordinate with your date and your tailor to get yourself looking perfectly spiffy for your prom night!

Remember it’s a social event!

Now, all of my tips up to this point have applied before prom night even happens, but my last and possibly most important pointer applies to prom night itself. Now, yes, most of you will have a date and you’ll obviously want to spend a lot of your night with them. There’s no debate there, it’s just simple logic. But this doesn’t mean that 100% of your time at prom should be spent making lovey-dovey time with your date (especially if it’s a significant other). It’s meant to be a social event, spent between friends and classmates. The whole point of prom night is just to have fun, celebrate being young, and forget about the stresses of high school for a little bit. And while we’re on the subject, do not interpret an acceptance to prom as an acceptance to sex! I can’t believe I have to say this, but I’ve heard stories of students renting a room if prom was at a hotel, and girls being deflowered on prom night. That is not the point of prom at all. Just keep it in your pants, guys, as much as it pains me to have to say that.

 

So there we have it! Follow these tips and you’ll have a great prom night! If there happen to be any ladies reading this and would also like some help with prep for prom, my friend Sara has a tutorial on her YouTube channel, showing how you can get a great look with cheap drugstore makeup, which I put a link to right here https://youtu.be/CUy8aMXzL7w

If there are any other prom tips that I missed, please be sure to leave your comments down below, and also be sure to share the post and follow the blog! Be sure to suggest topics for future posts either in the comments, or send an email to the blog which can be found on the homepage! Have fun at prom gents, and until next time, this is Max from The Young Gentleman’s guide! 🙂

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How to Shuffle a Deck of Cards

Afternoon gents! I sincerely apologize for the lack of posts as of late. Things have been incredibly hectic with the start of a new semester. Hopefully, now that I’ve settled into a new semester, I should be having new posts up once a week. With that out of the way, let’s move on to the topic of today’s post.

Now, it’s probably happened to a lot of us. You’re having a poker (or any other card game) night with the guys, and it’s your turn to deal. And obviously, if you’re dealing the cards, you should know how to shuffle the deck. With this in mind, there is a simple step-by-step process in how to do it. Let’s get started!

The first thing you want to do is take half of the deck in each hand. Then, hold one end of the half-deck with each thumb, curve each index finger inward and press it into the center of each half-deck, holding the other side of the deck in the remaining three fingers. Refer to the image below if you need a visual.

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With your cards in hand, you’ll want to bend the cards by pulling up your thumbs. Before releasing the cards, bring your hands as close together as you can without having the cards touch. Keep pulling your thumbs up until the cards are let loose. You should let them loose slowly, one card at a time, so as not to bunch up the cards. When done properly, your cards should be properly randomized after a few shuffles. And with that, your cards would be ready to deal! This probably will not go perfectly the first time, and will require quite a bit of practice. But with enough practice, you’ll have it down in no time!

So there you have it! Follow these steps, and you’re on your way to being the best card dealer around! I hope all who are reading this have found it helpful, and if you did, please share it with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or wherever you see fit! If you’d like to submit suggestions for what The Young Gentleman’s Guide to post, be sure to send an e-mail to younggentlemansguide@gmail.com. Until next time, this is The Young Gentleman’s Guide, and we’ll see you next time!

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We’ve Got a Big Announcement!

The Young Gentleman’s Guide is looking for admins! As an admin, it’ll be your part to add posts to the blog, as well as post to our Facebook and Twitter pages. We’re looking for young men , recommended between the ages of 16-25. Anyone who’s interested either direct message the Young Gentleman’s Guide Facebook page, or email younggentlemansguide@gmail.com with the following information: your name, age, date of birth, reason for wanting to be an admin, and contact info so I can reach out to you. Hope to hear from you guys soon!
P.S. For your contact info, please include your phone number, email address, and, if you want to, any social media links.

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A Gentleman’s Guide to Proper Dining Etiquette

Evening gents, welcome back to The Young Gentleman’s Guide! Now, we’ve all gone to eat at  someone else’s house or at a restaurant before (like a real, sit-down restaurant, not a fast food  place). And I would hope that you try to keep proper table manners and common decency in mind, because they do in fact still apply past your days as a kid when your mom asked you to keep your elbows off the table. By doing that, you’ll create a much more positive self-image for your hosts, show respect to them, and it will overall make your dining experience all the more enjoyable (especially if you’re on a dinner date, fellas). So just in case you don’t keep table manners in mind for any reason, today, I’m going to give you five (5) easy steps to improving your dining etiquette.

1. When do you start eating?

This can be a difficult question to answer. Most people will say to start eating when other people do, but that can be a bit hard to gauge. I was always taught to wait until everyone has their food served to them. However, it may take a while to get for everyone to get their food, especially if you have a large group. So a good rule to follow is that if hot food is being served, if at least two (2) people are seated and served, then you can start eating, provided you yourself have been served. Of course, this is all assuming you’re eating in a group larger than four (4). If your group is four (4) or fewer, just wait for everyone to be served. In general, you do not want to be  the only person eating, but you also want to eat hot food while it’s still hot.

2. Mind your elbows

This is a simple rule. You should not put your elbows on the table while in the middle of the meal is NOT ALLOWED! It’s simply improper, plus you’ll run the risk  of getting a stain on your shirt (if  you’re wearing long sleeves, that is). However, it is perfectly ok to put your elbows on the table in between courses or during coffee is perfectly okay. It’s only when there’s food on the table that you should keep your elbows off the table. That actually brings me to my next rule.

3. Do not reach

Whether you’re eating at a restaurant or at someone’s house, there is likely to a large spread of food across the table. So there might be something you’d like to eat that’s halfway across the table. With that in mind, how should you go about obtaining that item? It’s fairly simple. If you have to reach across the table, meaning you have to get up out of your seat to get it, don’t even bother. Simply ask someone else at the table to pass it over to you. Simple as that

4. Bring the food to you; don’t bring yourself to the food

Let’s face it, we’re guys. Our natural instinct is to shovel food into our face like an animal. This is fine if you’re eating by yourself in the privacy of your own home, but if you’re out eating with someone, you’ll want to make a good impression on whoever you’re eating with. It could be family, a co-worker, or a lady friend. So if you want to leave said impression, it would be smart to not eat like an animal. A couple of good general rules is that you should not put as much food on your fork or spoon as you possibly can and to let the food to travel at least a good ten inches to your mouth.

5. Put the phone away!

It always surprises me how often I sit down at a dinner table and see so many people glued to their phones, as if they’ve forgotten what the purpose of going out to dinner is! The whole point of going out to dinner is to interact and socialize with whoever you’re eating with. And just like I said earlier, you’ll want to leave a positive impression the host, whether it be your boss, your family member you haven’t seen  in a long time, or your date. So in order to avoid making things awkward and leaving other diners feeling offended, just turn your phone off. You’ll be fine without having to check Facebook or Instagram for an hour or two.

So there we go! Follow these simple steps, and you’ll end up leaving a very nice and positive impression on your dinner hosts. As a result, they might invite you to even more dinner plans! Thank you all so much for checking in on The Young Gentleman’s Guide. Please comment down below if there are other ways to improve your dining etiquette that I missed, and be sure to follow The Young Gentleman’s Guide on Facebook and Twitter. We have a pretty big announcement coming in the next few days, so be sure to keep an eye out for that. But until next time, this is Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide signing out!