Personal Image Blueprint – Log in Personal Image Blueprint and go through the lessons one by one (1-3 lessons/day as per Yuri’s instructions) and add what I’ve learned in the Andrea – Curation Sheet (Personal Image Blueprint tab).
|Lesson 17 – Casual Clothing Fit||Casual should never be sloppy clothes. You can still look sharp while dressed casually. In order to look good in casual clothing, make sure about the cothes are fitting you just right. Not too tight, not too baggy. A casual can consist of: a casual shirt, dark jeans, casual slacks, sports jacket.|
|Lesson 18 – How Clothing Affects Behavior||“Enclothed Cognition” – if you dress like a powerful or intelligent person, you’ll find yourself acting like one too. But it’s not always the same for all. Some view having to dress in a suit as a rule to be followed and when this happens, their will to dress up as a successful-looking person defeats the person. Thus, be sure that when you dress sharp or when you get in your work uniform (doctor, soldier, lawyer, etc.), you don’t just look the part, you act and feel the part.|
|Lesson 19 – Systems That Keep You Stylish||What makes a good style system:
1. It works – Nothing’s immediate, but over time, you should see result. You should start seeing improvement and the advantages of having a system in place.
Watch RMRS Youtube videos – Add in the curation sheet 5-10 videos (as per Yuri’s instruction) (starting with newest-oldest videos) that I watched today and write a brief summary what each is about.
|Video Title||Video URL||Brief Summary|
|Iron A Shirt Like A Superhero | Ironing Dress Shirts FAST||https://youtu.be/xTue0Y8C2qM||The video shows a step-by-step demo on how to iron a shirt especially as a beginner.|
|No Suit? No Problem | How To Look Sharp Without Suits||https://youtu.be/H2RgxIgUJh4||1. Nail the fit – Fit is king.
2. Practice putting outfits together – Practice makes you develop your go-to outfites over time.
3. Accessorize with authority – Have a signature piece.
4. Wear another type of jacket – Be open to other types of jacket. Have fun with your style.
5. Wear a vest
6. Master your grooming – Change up your hairstyle or skin products.
7. Nail the footwear
8. Bring color into your wardrobe
9. Step up your bag game – Find the right bag for and then invest in quality.
10. Build a wardrobe you love – Make sure everything in your wardrobe is really what you love to use and it makes you feel great every time you have it on.
|How To Meet Influencers In Your Industry | Right Way To Connect With Leaders And Rock Stars||https://youtu.be/6V4e0AcJh7A||This is a video collaboration with Paul over at Men’s Fashion Magazine. Paul and Antonio share talks about the advantages and importance of establishing connections and relationships with big players in your industry. It is especially better if you get to meet these connections in person and further the professional relationship.|
|Look AWESOME in a Dress Shirt | Buy Perfect Fitting Shirts EVERY Time||https://youtu.be/OKNkDxImK6M||This video guides you on how a dress shirt should fit:
The collar – a proper fit should allow 2 fingers comfortable in between your neck and collar.
The shoulders – This should lay comfortably on the shoulders and the shoulder points hit where the arm meets the shoulder, thus ensuring freedom of movement.
The mid-section fit – A perfect torso and chest fit will taper down the midsection following your natural silhouette. Work with a tailor to achieve this.
The sleeve width – The proper sleeve width will fit close enough to your arm to not restrict movement and have still about one to two inches of fabric.
The shirt cuff – The proper size shirt cuff will fit close while not allowing removing your hand without unbuttoning it. If you normally wear a watch, size the cuff in accordance with the watch.
The sleeve length – The proper dress shirt sleeve length will just cover the wrist bone.
The shirt tails – The proper dress shirt length will end a few inches below the belt line allowing the shirt to stay tucked in when you raise your arms.This video also stresses the importance of always picking shirts that fit you nicely. It doesn’t matter if it’s an expensive or lower-end shirt — if it’s ill-fitting, it can look sloppy and unflattering on you, regardless of how much you paid for it.
|10 Colognes Women LOVE On A Man | Best Fragrances For Men||https://youtu.be/1eHmMAunsrE||1. Creed Aventus
2. Giorgio Armani – Aqua Di Gio Profumo
3. Dior Sauvage
4. Versace – Versace Eros
5. Thierry Mugler – Pure Malt.
6. Chanel – Blue de Chanel.
7. Versace Pour Homme
8. Yves St Laurent – La Nuit De L’Homme
9. Salvatore Ferragamo – F by Ferragamo (Recommended website to try out each of these scents in smaller bottles is ScentBird)
10. Giorgio Armani – Armani Code, Carolina Herrera – CH Men Prive, Paco Rabanne – One Million, Jean Paul Gaultier – Le Male, I’ve got Dolce and Gabbana – The One.
|Quick Style Tips From 5 Stylish Men | Surprise Guest YouTuber Appearances||https://youtu.be/slBtAJHw4dM||1. Antonio’s Tip – Always give a damn about yourself.
2. Alpha M’s Tip – Wear a black jacket
3. Ryan Master’s Tip – Buy stuff that fits you.
4. Thomas Frank’s Tip – Know that there’s a difference between style essentials and styel conformity.
5. Ryan Magin’s Tip – Brown Winter Boots always gets the compliments.
|How To Fold a Pocket Square | The Presidential Fold | Folding A Pocketsquare Tutorial||https://youtu.be/bdtv2gk9xso||The video shows a step-by-step demo on how to do the Presidential Fold.
The main features of the Presidential Fold are:
1. It’s simple to fold.
|5 Valentine’s Day Gifts That Get You Lucky! | Gift Ideas She’ll LOVE||https://youtu.be/Yk3kGA4TWDs||1. Flowers – This is pretty common but how are you giving the flowers? What’s the thought that’s going into them? Did you actually research figure out which flowers are her favorite or did you just happen to grab something on the way home?
2. Upgrade a tool she is already using – Not something unromantic like a washing machine but look at something that she’s been using that if you gave her a luxury version of it and you present it in a way, she’d find it sweet and thoughtful.
3. Treat her to a spa or massage
4. A special dinner
5. Share a fun experience
|5 Style Secrets…I’ve NEVER Shared | Rare Fashion Tips I Haven’t Talked About||https://youtu.be/4LuaEQU6hxk||1. Go for the stretch – Look for 2 to 5% lycra, spandex, elastane, etc. when buying jeans and T-shirts. This helps them maintain the shape after a multiple washes and wears.
2. Shave your sweater – When your sweater starts to look worn, it starts to peel, you’ve got excess fabric coming off, to fix this, take a disposable razor over it. It should look new again.
3. Bonus tip: Wear a unique accessory – One that’s good for a conversation starter. Like a unique-looking watch over at Original Grain.
4. Use layering to hide imperfections
5. Wear your best fitting clothing when you go shopping – It makes trying on clothes in a fitting room easier and quicker for you. All you do is just wear it over what have you on.
6. Check the build quality of the garment
Bonus tip: Try an item you wouldn’t normally wear
|Christensen Knot? | Learn How To Tie This Elegant Knot EASILY | Tying A Tie Video Tutorial||https://youtu.be/6VCj9TXEHUo||The video shows a step-by-step demo on how to tie the Christensen Knot.
The main features of the Christensen Knot are:
1. It’s a medium to large-sized knot.
Read RMRS articles – Add in the curation sheet all the articles (starting with newest-oldest) that I read today and write a brief summary of what each is about.
|Can You Tuck In Your T-Shirt? | 5 Rules For Wearing A Tucked T Shirt||http://www.realmenrealstyle.com/rules-tuck-in-t-shirt/||1. Tucked T-Shirt Rule #1 – Make It A Good Fit (Not Super Tight)
2. Tucked T-Shirt Rule #2 – Keep The Shirt Simple – Keep the shirt design simple and unimposing. That means your shirt shouldn’t have any pattern, text or fancy design. It should have a single color that was strategically chosen.
3. Tucked T-Shirt Rule #3 – Layer It With A Jacket
4. Tucked T-Shirt Rule #4 – Pick A Belt & Trousers That Complement The Shirt – Your belt has to be the perfect partner color-wise. It helps to refer to the color wheel.
5. Tucked T-Shirt Rule #5 – Keep The Style Casual – Here’s one combination which you may want to try yourself:A white t-shirt
A dark brown belt
Indigo jeans (normal or slim-fit)
A dark brown leather jacket
Chelsea boots (black or dark brown)
Vintage sunglasses (like Aviators)
|How To Fold A Pocket Square – The Scallop | Infographic||http://www.realmenrealstyle.com/pocket-square-scallop-infographic/||Step-by-step infographic that illustrates how to fold a pocket square – The Scallop Fold|
|Top Five Style Mistakes To Avoid | Men’s Fashion Faux Pas||http://www.realmenrealstyle.com/menswear-faux-pas-mistakes/||1. Wearing suspenders and a belt – Suspenders hold your trousers up. So do belts. Therefore, you don’t need both.
2. Wearing wrong socks with wrong trousers – Choose the color of your socks according to the color of trousers.
3. Popping your collar – The points should point downward, and the whole thing should be folded over evenly. Also, if you wear a jacket — the points of the collar should never protrude beyond the edge of the jacket lapel.
4. Buttoning your suit incorrectly – Jackets are NEVER fully buttoned unless they are double-breasted jackets. Two-button jackets usually button at the top button, and three-button jackets button in the middle.
5. Mismatching belt and dress shoes – No brown shoes and black belts or vice versa.
|How To Fold A Pocket Square | The Scallop Fold||http://www.realmenrealstyle.com/pocket-square-scallop-fold/||The article is a step-by-step guide on how to do the Scallop Fold.|
|Stylish Survival Kit | 10 Clothing Hacks That Will Save Your LIFE||http://www.realmenrealstyle.com/stylish-survival-kit/||1. Survival Item #1 – A Long Sleeve Shirt – Use this as a filter for water, a bag where you can carry berries, torn-off strips can be used as a bandage.
2. Survival Item #2 – A Belt – Use this to climb a tree or as a whip to drive away animals that try to get your food.
3. Survival Item #3 – Trousers
4. Survival Item #4 – A Heavy-Duty Zipper – Use this as a saw.
5. Survival Item #5 – Thick Socks – Use this as a fishing line by tearing them apart down to their thread.
6. Survival Item #6 – Shoes & Shoelaces – Use the laces as a fishing line or to strap together wood or as a tourniquet. Use the rubber sole to grab attention from a passing plane by burning it and creating black smoke.
7. Survival Item #7 – A Pen – Use this to stab animals that attack you.
8. Survival Item #8 – Eyeglasses / Sunglasses – Use your prescription glasses to start a fire.
9. Survival Item #9 – A Thick Jacket – Use this to protect you from the cold.
10. Survival Item #10 – A Pocket Square – Use this as a signal flag or to protect your face from the elements.
|Style Podcast #55: Travel the World, Pack Light||http://www.realmenrealstyle.com/travel-the-world-pack-light/||10 Ways to Travel the World on One Outfit
1. Make sure everything you take is interchangeable.
2. Bring simple luggage.
3. Take a watch!
4. Take a go-to overcoat.
5. Take a light sweater.
6. Pack some great underwear and undershirts.
7. Pack light-weight jeans.
8. Slip-on boots are a must.
9. If you bring shorts, have them be swimsuit bottoms or gym shorts.
|5 Nasty Problems Men Have That Women HATE (And How To Fix Them) | What Grosses Her Out?||http://www.realmenrealstyle.com/problems-men-have-women-hate/||Problem #1 – Swamp Crotch / Chafing Thighs – 2.Sweaty, smelly, irritated, painful, chafed crotch. To resolve this, look into trying other types of underwear. Like if you’re regularly wearing boxers, try wearing briefs and vice-versa. Invest in underwear that can wick away moisture. If the problem still persists, try using powder like the brand, Chassis.
Problem #2 – Athlete’s Foot – Use anti-fungal cream to treat this. Prevent athlete’s foot by wearing shower shoes and having 2 pairs of athletic shoes you can rotate through.
Problem #3 – Gnarly Toenails – A type of toenail infection caused by fungi. This happens when your toenails oftentimes get smashed together while wearing the wrong type of footwear whilst doing athletic activities. This can be treated by OTC creams or you can get it checked by a doctor in order to prevent it from getting worse.
Problem #4 – Bromhidrosis – This happens when, after just a short amount of time, and just a little bit of sweat, you already smell really bad. Even if it’s only been 4 hours after you took a bath and got into clean clothes. This problem is usually caused by too much testosterone, fatty acids, and the natural bacteria in your body mixing together. You can treat this by paying a visit to a doctor.
Problem #5 – Smelly Clothing
|11 Style Items With A Military Heritage | How Battle Influenced Mens Fashion||http://www.realmenrealstyle.com/style-items-with-military-origin/||1.Military Influenced Style #1 – Wristwatch – Historians say that the idea of strapping little clocks to soldier’s wrists probably was conceived during the Boer War. But most commentators agree that World War I secured the wristwatch’s place both in military history and as a classic piece of men’s jewelry.
2.Military Influenced Style #2 – The Blucher Shoe – Around the time of Napoleon’s defeat at the Battle Of Waterloo, a Prussian officer named Gebhard Leberecht von Blucher Furst von Wahlstatt noticed that his men were struggling with their combat boots. He commissioned a redesign of the standard issue combat boot to a simpler shoe so his troops could get ready for action quicker. The resulting half boot had two leather flaps below the ankles that could be laced together. The troops led by the innovative Mr. Blucher played a significant role in the defeat of Napolean’s army at the Battle of Waterloo.
3.Military Influenced Style #3 – Chinos – British soldiers stationed in India wore khaki (Persian for ‘dust’) colored uniforms. The modern chino is a direct descendant of this uniform. The U.S. army first used khaki uniforms in the Philippines during the Spanish-American war of the 1890s.
4.Military Influenced Style # 4 – Desert/Chukka Boots – The desert boot design was loosely based on the Dutch Voortrekker, a style of boot that was worn in desert warfare by the South African division of the Eighth Army.
5.Military Influenced Style #5 – T-shirt – The t-shirt was worn as underwear in the 1800s. The union suit was cut in half to form a long top that could be tucked into a pair of jeans. It had buttons and was considered inappropriate to be worn uncovered in public. Things changed with the Cooper Underwear company market them as ‘buttonless bachelor undershirts.’ The U.S. Navy adopted the pullover cotton tee as part of its regulation uniform. The US Army adopted the undershirt trend during World War I as tens of thousands of army soldiers wore the cotton tee under their uniform. The troops took the fashion home with them at the end of the war and ensured that the trend evolved into a civilian style staple.
6.Military Influenced Style #6 – The Cummerbund – The cummerbund was originally worn as dining wear for British military personnel stationed in India. Due to the heat in India, the British were keen to find a cooler dining uniform and quickly adopted the sash for their dining wear waist covering instead of a vest. As the tuxedo gained in popularity in Tuxedo Park, New York, accessories specific to the formal outfit began to surface. The black bow tie and black waistcoat became the norm. The aristocracy soon borrowed the idea of black cummerbunds as an alternative to the waistcoat.
7.Military Influenced Style #7 – Aviator Sunglasses – In 1936, Bausch & Lomb developed sunglasses for pilots to protect their eyes while flying, thus the name aviator. These specially designed sunglasses were intended to give pilots full range of vision when battling the glaring sun and enemy fighters.
8.Military Influenced Style #8 – Bomber Jackets – Originally developed by the US Air Force in World War 1, the Bomber jacket was worn by pilots for protection against the elements. Often flying in open cockpits, these jackets allowed pilots to navigate high altitudes at breakneck speeds despite the cold weather.
9.Military Influenced Style #9 – The Scarf & Necktie – Scarves were considered staple winter garment for men during World War I. Both America and Great Britain encouraged the knitting of scarves as a patriotic chore. Early aviators found that these scarves provided excellent warmth at high altitudes and cushioning for when the pilots had to crane their necks while scanning for other aircraft.
10.Military Influenced Style #10 – The Suit – The modern suit can trace its lineage all the way back to uniforms of the French and Russian armies in the Napoleonic-era. These two uniforms formed the model for what would evolve into the 20th Century three-piece and double-breasted suit.
11.Military Influenced Style #11 – The Pea Coat – First used by European sailors in the 18th century, this classic coat was then adopted by the U.S. Navy before becoming a staple in the menswear industry.
|10 First Impression Mistakes (And How To Avoid Them) | Impress Everyone You Meet||http://www.realmenrealstyle.com/worst-first-impression-mistakes/||1. A Limp Fish Handshake
2. Not Making Eye Contact – This is common among college students coming to the US from other countries. This could be caused by how their culture deals with eye-to-eye contact. This could be due to their culture’s way of showing respect to one another. But generally, remember the 50-70 rule when it comes to eye contact. 50% of the time is for when you look at the person you’re speaking with in the eye and 70% of the time is when you’re having eye contact with him/her while you listen to him/her speak. This is to show that you’re paying attention.
3. Heavy Sweating – Though this is something you may have been born with, you can still have it under control by just simply having a rag or handkerchief available within arm’s reach.
4. Smelling Like Crap / Overusing Cologne – This is when you’re overusing perfume or body sprays. One spray is enough.
5. Weak Body Language – Always be confident. Never try to make yourself small. Never try to hide yourself.
6. Not Listening Well – This is when you don’t bother to pay attention to the conversation and all you want to do is get in your 2 cents. Be a good listener. Ask questions.
7. Saying Nothing – This is not having anything prepared to talk about.
8. Having No Sense Of Humor – Humor is a good thing – it shows intelligence especially when used in the form of ‘high humor’. High humor is when you use sarcasm or double-meaning jokes. Avoid slapstick or crude humor.
9. Showing Tics Or Nervousness – hey could be the simplest gestures that occur 20-30 times in one sitting:Frequent eye blinking, nose-twitching
Shaking or playing with one arm
Saying clutch words between phrases (avoid such words – they can downgrade the strength and quality of your speech, or make you appear less intelligent)10. Forgetting Someone’s Name – Or worse, calling them by a wrong name. This is such a deadly error because it affects that other person’s ego.
VSA Training – Discuss my progress and goals in terms of my training schedule and the tasks that come with each that need to be knocked down.
|Social Media Module||Managing a LinkedIn Inbox||N/A||Invitations to connect on LinkedIn appear like email notification and messages. You can accept those for your clients.
Bulk delete emails to save time.
Take action on emails that ask you to connect on other social networks.
|Social Media Module||Engagement in LinkedIn Groups||N/A||Share blog posts in appropriate LinkedIn groups.
Lookout for group discussions where you can participate and direct other members to your client’s posts.
|Social Media Module||Introduction to Pinterest||N/A||Get instant access to Pinterest by signing in using your Facebook or Twitter account.
To easily add pins, install the Pin It bookmarklet in your browser.
Create Pinboards to organize your pins according to subject matter.
Pinterest is a social network. Don’t forget to be “social.” Follow other pinners, repin their content, and comment on their pins.
When uploading a pin, be sure to edit the pin and add a link back to your site or blog post for SEO purposes.
|Social Media Module||Creating Pinnable images||N/A||Tools mentioned here: ShareAsImage –> https://getstencil.com/?sai, Quozio –> http://quozio.com/, Pinstamatic –> https://www.canva.com/,and Snapito –> https://snapito.com/.
Always edit the pins you created from these onlines tools to make sure that they link to the blog post you are promoting. Otherwise, you efforts are in vain.
Write a good description for your pin so people will be compelled to click on it.
|Social Media Module||Scheduling & Tracking Pins||N/A||You can Edit images using the built-in image editing tool of Pingraphy.
Save time by uploading pins in bulk, i.e. selecting several images for a single web site or blog post.
|Social Media Module||Using Hootsuite||N/A||Hootsuite is free for up to 5 social profiles. To add more profiles, upgrade to the premium version.
Always double check your social media updates for grammar and spelling errors.
You can add RSS feeds to Hootsuite and it will post to your networks everytime that feed gets updated.
|SEO Module||Introduction to SEO||N/A||SEO is the process of making your site appear on search engine results. If not on top of results, then on the first page.
Keyword research, blog commenting and content creation are just some of the SEO tasks that might be assigned to you as a virtual assistant.
|SEO Module||Keyword Research||N/A||In doing keyword research, here are some tools that can use: Google Adwords Keyword Tool –> https://adwords.google.com/KeywordPlanner, Wordpot –> http://www.wordpot.com/Default.aspx, Ubersuggest.org –> https://ubersuggest.io/, and Soovle –> http://soovle.com/.
Choose keywords that you think people will use when doing research online.
Keep track of your keywords using a spreadsheet.
|SEO Module||Removing Duplicate Entries in a Keyword List||N/A||This function or operation is similar to MS Excel’s Remove Duplicates.|
|SEO Module||On-page optimization||N/A||Keep your post titles under 70 characters so that Google will not truncate your post title.
Edit the permalink of your post to contain only exact match keywords. (OPTIONAL)
Use your main keyword in your opening and closing paragraphs. If you would like to mention it more, keep in mind that you should only mention it once every 100 words. This means that if you have a 400-word article, your keyword should only be mentioned 4 times.
Use keyword tools to optimize your blog post. For a list of keyword tools, revisit the VSA post on keyword research –> http://www.vsfacademy.com/modules/seo/keyword-research/.
If you’re using an SEO plugin, make sure that your post descriptions are under 150 characters.
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