The 1 Minute, Power-Packed, Anti-Fat, Anti-Aging, Wakey-Wakey Breakfast of Champions

That's right, its got it all. And it's cheap too. As a matter of fact it will probably save you money compared to whatever you're doing now.



What You'll Need

1. Protein shaker
2. Ice making ability


Ingredients

1. Chocolate Protein Powder
Nothing fancy, don't get too caught up in the myriad powders out there, just make sure it's low carb and low fat - i.e. it should have at least 3 times as much protein in it as carbs or fat.
1 serving

2. Nescafe Green Blend Instant Coffee
1-2 teaspoons

3. Water
about 300ml

4. Ice
a handful

5. A Banana


Instructions

Total prep time: 1 minute

1. Put ice in shaker
2. Put water in shaker
3. Put protein in shaker
4. Put coffee in shaker
5. Shake
6. Drink the shake and eat the banana

Why...

  • Power packed - Banana = Natures's energy bar.
  • Anti-fat - because it's a high-protein, low-carb, low-calorie start to the day which will kick in your metabolism and keep you relatively full at least until it's time for a healthy mid-morning snack.
  • Anti-aging - because the coffee is full of anti-oxidants that's why. They run around your system cleaning up all those free-radicals and toxins and keeping your cells in tip top working order for the long haul. 
  • Wakey-wakey - because of the caffeine obviously. Bonus benefit: you won't need to stop and buy that overpriced latte on your way to the office so you've saved net money AND time with this breakfast. And don't tell us "Yes, but I really enjoy my morning coffee on the way to work". Man up. And move on.
  • Breakfast of Champions - Why not?

Another Bonus Benefit

  • It tastes pretty good.

Alternatives

Use your imagination. If bananas are out of season, choose a different fruit. Or make it a different fruit each day.


Let us know what you think. Got your own champions breakfast? Send it in we'd love to hear about it.

And if you're carrying a few extra pounds, combine this with a decent diet for the rest of the day and regular exercise and you might just find slim fit shirts starting to appear in your personalised Sizemikk feed. Try it.





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Jacket Guide For The Small Gentleman

With the arrival of the cooler months, a variety of jackets are essential for any well-dressed man. Whether putting together a casual, business casual, or formal look, it is important that the jacket has a proper overall length and fit. This can be challenging for the smaller gent. Read on for tips for a variety of jackets for the man with the smaller frame.

The Tuxedo Jacket

An occasion calling for the wearing of a tuxedo jacket never fails to present itself to the modern gent. Whether dressing for a wedding, gala, or other formal event, it is important that the classic tuxedo jacket is accompanied with a proper fit.

To begin, shoulder pads are a great jacket element for a shorter man of average build. Shoulder pads help draw wanted attention and add bulk. However, be weary of too much padding as it can create a disproportionate, unnatural look. 

When it comes to jacket lapels, a short gent has a variety to choose from. A notch lapel, which includes a slight opening in the location where the collar meets the lapel, is flattering on a short man of average build. This slimmer lapel is in proportion with the body build. A peak lapel, or pointed lapel, adds an elongated look due to its angular shape. This lapel style creates a taller look on a shorter gentleman.

Length is an important element of a tuxedo jacket. Avoid jackets that are too long, as they will create a disproportionate and boyish look. The hem of the jacket should come around the palm of the hands and cover the entire back area. 

The Blazer

Due to its versatility, the blazer has been a long-time staple in any man’s wardrobe. Especially in a business casual environment, blazers are an almost daily occurrence. Thus, it is crucial that the blazer fits properly.
Blazers feature one or two vents. Although two vents allow more freedom of movement, a one-vent blazer is still a comfortable fit for a shorter gent.

The shorter man of average build can wear both a single or double-breasted blazer. A single-breasted blazer has only one row of buttons, which creates a slimming and elongated look, preferable for a smaller man. However, the added bulk of a double-breasted blazer, with its two rows of buttons, is also welcoming. When wearing a double-breasted blazer, ensure that the jacket is cinched at the waist, preventing an ill fit.

As previously mentioned, fit is crucial in a blazer due to its versatility. Ensure that the jacket has full movement in the shoulders but not a baggy look. In the chest and stomach area, the jacket should always have enough room to be fully buttoned. Similar to the tuxedo jacket, the hem of the blazer should hit right at the wrists and cover the entire backside.


The Sports Jacket

Although not as versatile as the blazer, the sports jacket is another important item in a man’s closet. The jacket is similar to the blazer but usually made of a different material such as tweed or patterned in herringbone. Due to its heavier construct, it is ideal for the cooler months. This jacket plays up any gent’s manliness and is a welcomed piece.

The sports jacket is distinct for its use of pockets with flaps. This feature is fortunately well suited for most body types and can even add a bit of added volume to a smaller build.

Shorter and smaller men can make use of a patterned sports jacket to add visual weight or volume to the upper half of the body.

Similar to the previous jackets, the sports jacket should allow enough but not too much room in the shoulder and chest area. Again, the hem should hit right at the wrists and cover the entire backside.


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A Gentleman's Guide to Business Casual - Spring/Summer

Although the warmer months bring a more relaxed feel, it is important to continue dressing stylishly in professional settings. The importance of business casual wear has brought about a number of clothing options suited for the warmer weather. Follow these tips for an all around guide to business casual wear in the spring and summer.

Shirts

The classic, collared, button down shirt is simply a must in all seasons. However, the materials, colours, and patterns change from season to season. To keep cool and dry in the summer, opt for light cotton or linen.

When it comes to colours, look for pastels in lilac, pink or green. Pair with a complimenting light blazer or a patterned tie in the same colour scheme.

Patterned collared shirts are a great way to express your personality and are currently available in many varieties. Chequered shirts have been popular for a few seasons and are a nice alternative to solid colours.  Chequered shirts are flattering on most body types and work particularly well on the taller and skinner gent.

Explore further with a paisley print in softer colours, such as a cream background and some paisley detail in blues or purples. Avoid overwhelming and tacky styled paisley designs, which are all too common.

Finally, a denim shirt in a variety of shades is perfect for a business casual look. The spring and summer months especially allow this shirt to be paired with a variety of trousers from navy to beige to the brighter colours.

Ensure that the fit around the shoulders and chest are well suited. Every gent should know the measurements for their shirt down to the arm length and width of the neck. Avoid a billowing look when tucking in the shirt, which is contrary to business casual attire. Ensure the shirt is just slightly tight.

Jackets

A business casual look does not demand for trousers and jackets to match. Feel free to mix and match within your wardrobe. Lightweight blazers are a perfect option in the summer months. Although the navy blazer is ideal in all seasons, alternate with creams, mid greys, and even seersucker. In recent seasons, bright coloured blazers such as a Kelly green have become popular and pair well with a white collared shirt and navy trousers.

On all gents, the blazer should fit lose enough to be fully buttoned but not hang too loosely off of the shoulders. The blazer should be long enough to cover the backside. In the arms, the blazer should hit right at the wrists and allow shirtsleeves to peak out slightly. Finally, for the skinnier gent, shoulder pads within the blazer are a great option.

Trousers

Cotton and linen trousers are ideal in the warmer months. Look for navy, grey, seersucker, or cream colours. Chinos in shades of beige are a great option. As already mentioned, the trousers can be mixed and matched with varies blazers.

As with blazers, brighter coloured trousers are becoming popular. Many classically styled gents have been sporting red, green, or sky blue trousers.



Finally, depending on the office or social atmosphere, the spring and summer business casual look allows for jeans to be warn with a collared shirt, tie, and blazer and still maintain a business casual style. If wearing jeans, always opt for a dark wash.

Shoes

Keep shoes to solid colours in navy or various shades of brown and camel, all of which pair amazingly well with a variety of trousers and blazers. Suede is a popular option during the spring and can even be carried over to the summer. Look for loafers and Derby shoes.

Bag

While leather was a smart choice in the cooler months, switch to a classic canvas bag. Many canvas styles that are not too casual are on the market today. Look for colour schemes incorporating camel, brown, and olive tones.










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