Saturday, 11 August 2012

MENTOR@LXG: Back in the Dating Game

We here at the LXG are always happy to lend some constructive words of advice to any of our fellow gentlemen out there. Whatever the issue, dilemma or query - we are here to help.

So let's kick off with a situation that quite a few gentlemen are finding themselves in these days. This query will surely resonate with many:
Q: I'm going out on the town for the first time in years. My work life has taken over for so long that I've completely neglected the personal side of things. Anyway, what should a guy in his late-30's wear on a date with a very attractive and fashionable lady in her mid-20's? And of course, how do I avoid making a nervous and awkward fool of myself?
LXG: It's not usually about the person you're with, but rather where you are going. But we can understand your concerns... could you be in danger of looking like her uncle, or worse still - her father? Well, you can't go wrong with a slim dark suit and a fine white shirt. If you're worried about looking geriatric, hold the tie. And use a fine fragrance - but don't drench yourself in it. Just a few dabs. Subtlety is the key here. You may be shaking inside, but an outwardly relaxed air of confidence will also put her at ease...  

Nervous people often talk too much, so be wary of too much chatter. Be respectful of her and listen (even if you are not interested in what she says, be polite and courteous). And don’t talk about your EX... If she asks you questions about your ex then gracefully sidestep the question without too much criticism or complaints!

Turn your cell phone off and put it away. You simply have to put your work life away this evening. Make the effort to give your date your full attention. Checking your phone every few minutes for messages is the height of rudeness!

Don’t order more than a couple of drinks and don’t get drunk. It’s not impressive to your date. Drunk people often talk too much and too loud!

And yes, you are paying the bill. You're not going halves, you're not going Dutch. You are paying the bill. All of it...


If you need some words of advice, our experts at LXG will be sure to point you in the right direction.
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TECH@LXG: The Mixtape Reloaded!

In the days before CD, MP3 or iTunes, when Sony's Walkman was just about the only mobile music player worth having, hip young music lovers engaged in the painstakingly intricate process of recording a 45-minute-per-side compilation of favorite tunes onto an audio cassette tape. I'm not ashamed to admit I remember those days well...

A kind of forefather to today's MP3 playlist, the mix tape was about creating a unique musical identity, an expression of personality that could be shared with those near and dear. Technology marches relentlessly on and tapes are now all-but extinct, replaced by digital files on smartphones and media players.

The essence of the compact cassette mix tape has now been given a modern update by the folks from the MakerBot Industries Applications team in Brooklyn, New York, with the launch of the 3D-printed Mixtape do-it-yourself music player kit.
The first in a new series of DIY Projects, the Mixtape is available in two distinct flavors - the choice depending on whether you own something like a MakerBot Replicator or not. A DIY kit containing the electronics (including a Li-ion battery that's good for four hours of playback between charges), a USB cable and instructions is available for US$25.

The design files needed for 3D printing are available for download from Once the components have been created with a 3D printer, the Mixtape just snaps together with the electronic board housed inside. The 3.5mm headphone jack should be available at the bottom (where the pressure pad would be on a cassette) and three buttons positioned on the front of the Mixtape control play/pause, skip forward or backward, equalizer, volume and reset.
MP3 music files can be dragged and dropped onto the 2GB of built-in solid state storage from a Mac/PC via USB. For those not lucky enough to own a 3D printer, MakerBot has also made a ready-to-go Mixtape available for $39, which is printed, assembled and shipped from the Brooklyn workshop.

As you can see from the following promo video, creating and sharing a personalized collection of tunes with a loved one continues into the digital age with the MakerBot Mixtape.
Source: MakerBot

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

LADY@LXG: The Battle against Cellulite Never Stops...

Bath time for me is all about pampering and luxuriating in the scent and feel of my bath products, which is why, I am quite picky with the toiletries that I use.

I am personally a huge fan of Kneipp, so when they sent me this range of products, I was ecstatic. I heard that their Grape Seed range helps to strengthen the structure of the skin and this in turn helps to reduce the appearance of cellulite. Unfortunately, after years of consuming food without any consideration for what would happen when my metabolism slowed down, I have quite a bit of dimpling in areas that shouldn’t be dimpling, so the chance to lessen this was all the more appreciated. 
The fine massage particles in the Kneipp Grape Seed Oil Exfoliating Body Scrub with Jojoba wax helps stimulate circulation while removing dead skin cells. The scrub smells lovely and is a pleasure to slather on and rub. Exfoliating our skin, be it on the body or face helps to ensure that the products we apply are better absorbed, so the next time you don’t get the results you expected from your skin care, remember to exfoliate, as you probably have a build up of keratin.  The Body scrub is priced at $21.90 for a 200ML tube.
Kneipp Grape Seed Body Massage Oil contains 15% of pure Grape Seed oil and other precious nourishing oils with vitamins A & E. If you have a personal masseuse or have a package at a salon for body treatments, take this oil along with you. This way, you ensure that the products used on your body are good for you, while at the same time giving your cellulite a bit of a pummeling. When I am not carting this along to the beauty salon, I use it after a bath in the night as a body moisturizer. The scent of grape seed is lovely and the whole room smells gorgeous and I wake up the next morning with hydrated and firmer looking skin. The massage oils is priced at $28.90 for a 100ML bottle
The Kneipp Grape Seed Oil Intensive Cream has 21% pure grape seed oil, which is particularly rich in vitamins A and E, Shea Butter, Panthenol and other nourishing oils, which helps keep sin hydrated while improving skin tone and elasticity. The product smells so lovely in fact that I was actually complimented on the scent I was using, which was actually the grape seed cream. This product is priced at $39.90 for a 200ML tube.

Kneipp® Herbal Teas are naturally caffeine-free and contain no artificial colouring, aromas or flavouring, just pure, natural ingredients. Cranberry (Cleansing Herbal Tea) - with blackcurrant  - this delicious and fruity tea actually contains pieces of cranberry. The tea is has a mild sweetness and is pleasant enough to drink unsweetened, although if you do have a bit of a sweet-tooth a little honey would add to its flavour. Cranberries are well-known for their effectiveness in maintaining a healthy bladder and urinary tract and I personally love the taste of this tea. If you enjoy rose-hip or fruit teas or enjoy eating cranberries, you will definitely love this tea. This tea is priced at $9.90 for 15 tea bags. 


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