Cocktail-19

Cocktail-19 (Gin based).

In the interest of the public health, I have decided to work out a couple of immune system supporting cocktails to carry us through these socially isolated times.

More or less all cocktails are made up of a base liquor, a complimentary ingredient and a mixer, except for JW’s and The Architect’s martinis, which are made up of 1) Gin or Vodka, and 2) A garnish.

But we need something healthy to see us through. So let’s start with the base.

Gin, it turns out is made up of something like 87 antioxidants! (and is carb-free for those of you keto types out there.) Therefore the first of my virus battlin’ concoctions will be Gin based. (besides, I have a lot of it on hand with which to experiment.)

Now to ramp up the immune-support role, I’m suggesting a 1/2 tsp. of matcha green tea. Matcha has 137 more antioxidants more than green tea (17 more than blueberries) ramps up your metabolism, is a source of catechises (anti-cancer agent!), reduces inflammation and oxidation, lowers cholesterol, contains the amino acid L-theanine which reduces stress and has a high concentration of chlorophyll (which detoxs us!)

Add bit of raw honey (diluted with hot water to let it blend better) for taste and phytonutrients (powerful immune-boosting and anti-cancer antioxidants, probiotics, cough suppressant). Juice of 1/2 lemon (see benefits below.)

Shake over ice. Garnish with a squeeze of lemon oil  from the twist,  drop in the lemon peel (anti-microbial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory mood boosting!)  Serve as a shot or topped with orange flavoured seltzer over ice in a double old-fashioned glass.

It’s really not that tasty, but very healthy.

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Don’t Distance Yourself Sartorially

Working from home has it’s advantages. I rarely wear these in public.

Well we’re in it now. All the news outlets are reporting that everything is being shut down. Social Distancing is the rule, and that means a lot of you might be telecommuting full-time for the first time. As a matter of fact, Mrs. E. is right this instant in an online meeting training to use webinar software so that she can teach classes for the next two weeks at least.

Working from home is the norm for me and I’d like to pass along a few tips for keeping yourself on track, especially if you, like me, are just returning from spring vacation.

It’s easy to treat working at home as an extended vacation. It’s not. And as you can guess from the title of this post, my number one trick to keeping yourself productive is:

1. Dress accordingly.

We’ve all seen the posts about the gaffes made by people stepping out of a shower to answer a client call that is factetimed, the workers showing up to a broadcast meeting in their pyjamas, or with a drink. Remember, if it’s not ok at work, it’s not ok in your home office.

Don’t panic, I don’t advocate being suited and booted (unless that’s your thing. When I first began working from home, I wore a tie and dress shirt at least. It reminded me that I am a professional and that I charge accordingly. I’ve relaxed since then, but imitating G. Bruce Boyer’s at home wear, I also wear a dress shirt and khakis or clean jeans, sometimes a sweater. Wear your slippers or a beat up old pair of loafers if you like. Don’t sacrifice comfort. In fact, if you’re sitting at a desk a lot, working from home is a great time to break out your pleated, full-cut khakis! And, as a corollary, this is a great time to try out something new. Always wanted to wear a neckerchief? Try it for a day or two. Wacky socks? No socks? Absolutely.

Which brings us to:

2. Groom yourself as you would to venture out into the world.

Shower, shave if you shave, comb your hair. That teleconference could come at any time. The ritual, that you complete before a normal work day, will help get you into the right frame of mind.

3. Get up, stand up!

It’s really important to get away from your screen at several times during the day. Stand and stretch. Get outside and take a walk. Go to another room for lunch.

4. Wrap it up!

If you’re headed outside consider wearing a scarf or carrying a bandana, either can function as a makeshift mask leaving the respirators and disposable masks for the sick and first-responders.

Looking for some smart casual inspiration? The Middle Ground is now available on Amazon.com

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It’s ALIVE! The Middle Ground Is On Amazon.com.

It’s live! Both the ebook and the paperback versions of The Middle Ground are available through Amazon.com.

This isn’t necessarily a book for the accomplished sartorialist; it is meant for the reader who is still a bit perplexed by the “smart casual” dress code. The inspiration came from fielding the same three or four questions asked by my wardrobe clients. What would you choose? What would you keep? What do you recommend? What do you think about….? I hope I’ve answered well.

At any rate, I’m chuffed and hope you’ll enjoy the book. At the very least the illustrations by Brohammas are worth the price of admission.

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