Add a tie mirror to make morning routine easier

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The perfect closet has many elements, and yes, one of those is an exceptional tie rack — but there are other pieces that can just as easily aid in your morning routine. If you are tying a necktie every morning, a great wall mounted mirror is a must as well. Small, lighted mirrors are great in the bathroom for ladies who wear makeup, but they’re great for guys too. 

This double-sided and lighted wall-mounted mirror is just the perfect size. The double jointed arm can fold flat against the wall, conserving space. You have your choice of brushed or polished nickel, bronze and chrome.

Lighted Mirror – Double-Sided Wall Mount Features

  • Four attractive finishes: Bronze, Chrome, Brushed Nickel and Polished Nickel.
  • Limited 3-year manufacturer’s warranty.
  • Cool bright light.
  • 3900 Kelvin rating.
  • Long-lasting LED light.
  • Hard wired.
  • Please note: photo does not show cord or plug.
  • Mounts to wall using included hardware.
  • Double-sided mirror has 1X and 5X magnification.
  • Tilts and pivots with the articulated arm.
  • Use for makeup application, tweezing and other grooming activities.
  • 9 W x 16 D inches when fully extended.
  • Extends to 16 inches.

Another option: creating a tie drawer

The search for the best tie storage continues.

This week, we’re looking into drawer organizers. While I typically warn against keeping expensive, quality ties in a drawer, using the correct type of organizer can be a perfect match. Large tie collections are best managed when you can see them all at once. Dedicating one or two dresser drawers to a proper organizer can make this possible. Create a tie drawer:Dresser Organizer - 9 Compartment Image

Cubbies

Inserts are really the best option. Using an organizing tray makes it super easy to create the exact system you need — no more, no less. This nine compartment design is great for the average Joe. The fabric lining protects silk ties from snags, tears or anything else.

A honeycomb divider is great for ties too. The small cubbies accommodate ties, belts or dress socks. You can properly roll up your ties and keep them one-to-a-cubby to best organize and protect them. The honeycomb shape is great for ties too.

Drawer dividers

You can utilize dividers to crate a more permanent organizer too. Drawer dividers are an easy way to create multiple storage areas in one drawer. Separate a drawer so you can keep all you ties, dress socks and other accessories in one, convenient place. These cool bamboo dividers are spring loaded and super simple to install. Padded ends protect your furniture from scratches and wear.

Tie Rack Buying Guide For the Fed-Up Spouse

Oh man, there are only 4 more shopping days before Christmas! That means if you have been slacking off on your man’s shopping list, then it is high time to kick right into action. I mean, what have you been doing all of December? Napping after eating too much turkey on Thanksgiving? Here is a Tie Rack Buying Guide to help you wade through the vicious world of shopping for a middle-aged man.

Sorry for the tough love up there – I actually do understand your predicament a bit. I mean, he doesn’t have a ton of hobbies outside of working and gardening, so that eliminates that well. He always has the most state of the art electronic device, so there is no way you can get him the latest-greatest electronic. He doesn’t give a lick about fashion, so you could go the boring route and just get him some shirts and underwear, but what kind of spouse does something like that?

Tie Rack Buying GuideSo you are pretty much out of options. Luckily, his job forces him to wear a nice pressed tie every day so maybe a new storage device for all his ties is in order? Let us take a look at this tie rack buying guide so you can find the perfect accessory for his closet.

My favorite tie racks are ones that rotate and provide ample storage for your ties. These racks are pretty cool because they are modern and state of the art, giving him another electronic device that he never even thought of!

Another great rack for men that need to wear business clothing to work is a belt rack such as this Cedar Belt Rack from Woodlore. The rack is sturdy and made with a cedar wood backing, which helps eliminate odors and keep clothing smelling fresh as a forest!

With these two items off of my tie rack buying guide, you will certainly impress the man in your life!

 

 

Proper Tie Storage for an Out of Town Guest

Today I have a friend of mine visiting. Well, he really isn’t coming down to visit me and my wife but he is coming down to Los Angeles for a job interview.  As you know, it is important to look your best when you are going to have a job interview. This is a very important interview for my friend, as he has been looking for work for the last few months to little success (I mean, who has had any success looking for a job these days?). Anyways, to his horror he realized he forgot his tie at home! Luckily I have a whole bunch of amazing ties that I have stowed away in proper tie storage.

So even though he had a bit of a heart attack this morning getting ready for his interview, everything turned out alright. He looked sharp and ready to seize the day, and I got a chance to show off some of the best practices for proper tie storage. It was really a learning experience for all of us. Actually, I take that back it was only a learning experience for him. It was a teaching experience for me.

A proper tie storage teaching experience! Something I do not take lightly, that is to be sure. Most of the time I am teaching amazing tie storage tips to a bunch of strangers, whom I never get to see the faces of. But today, I got to teach one of my very best friends about the importance of proper tie storage! What a day!

I told him about how important it is to have a tie rack that keeps your ties off the ground, and a tie rack that is able to grip your ties in a firm but not too-tight manner. That way your ties do not get dimples and creases in them.  Of course my tie rack of choice is the Friction Tie Rack Hanger.

Proper Tie Storage

Friction Tie Rack

Tie Exchange Programs: Fashionable and Budget-Savvy

You know, one thing that never really made much sense to me was the cost of a tie. For the honor of wearing a thin strip of fabric around your neck, you usually have to part with 30 or more dollars! It just does not make much sense to me, especially because those of us that are required to wear ties for work end up blowing a fortune on all of our ties. I mean a man has to stay fashionable, am I right? Luckily there are some unique tie exchange programs that allow you to always be fashion-forward without breaking the bank.

Basically, the way these tie exchange programs work is that for a monthly fee, you are allotted a certain amount of ties. This is a great way for you to always have a new tie that matches the season’s fashions, without having to spend a ton of money. You usually get about 5 or so ties, and you can rotate through these ties as you please. Once you have gotten all of the style out of them, simply return the ties and another set of 5 will be shipped to your door!

There are more types of tie exchange programs

Tie Exchange ProgramsThere are other tie exchange programs that allow you to get one tie at a time. It is sort of like the Netflix of tie exchange programs. You get a couple ties, and send them back as you lose interest in their style. When the headquarters of these tie exchange programs receive your tie in the mail, they send you another one!

Of course, when you are using ties that are basically “on loan”, you need to take extra precautions to keep the ties in good condition. You will quickly find yourself on the blacklist if you keep returning wrinkled, stained ties. Using the proper tie rack, like the tie and belt holder, is the perfect way to ensure that the tie exchange program is a success for you.

 

Travel Tie Accessories for Formal Events

Recently, my wife has been asked to travel all over the state of California for her job, attending meetings and social mixers. As a blogger, I am lucky enough to have the flexibility to travel with her to some very cool places. However, as an attorney most of the functions I attend with her are very formal and require a tie at the very least. So that leads me to this week’s topic – What are the best travel tie accessories?

In some ways my wife is lucky that as a woman, she does not have to worry about wearing ties to these functions. Of course, I only need 15 minutes to get ready while she requires an hour for her hair and makeup, so maybe she really is not that lucky. I’d rather have to deal with travel tie accessories than all of that primping.

For the first few trips, I just packed the ties in with the rest of our clothes and took them out as soon as we arrived at the hotel. The problem with this strategy is that even a few hours packed in tight with other clothes left my ties wrinkled and utterly unfit for wearing.

Another word for the wise: If you discover you have a wrinkled tie – DO NOT IRON IT! That goes double for hotel-room irons. Those things are ideal if you want to destroy your ties.

Just use travel tie accessories and avoid this situation

Otherwise, it is probably best to just go buy another tie. To avoid this sort of inconvenience while traveling, I would recommend taking a good hard look at the Deluxe Tie Case.

Travel Tie Accessories

This is the best of the travel tie accessories I have seen on the market. It provides a small area to keep your ties organized and free from wrinkles. And with a real leather exterior, this is the most upscale of the travel tie accessories!

St. Patrick’s Day Ties and More!

With St. Patrick’s Day just a few more days away, do not get caught unprepared for this amazing holiday! I love St. Paddy’s day for a number of reasons: Guinness, Murphy’s, Bailey’s, Smithwick’s are just a few of them. This year looks to be a great holiday as we are lucky enough to have it fall on a weekend, so there will be plenty of revelry.

One of the most tried-and-true traditions of St. Patrick’s Day is wearing green. Being part Irish, I always feel the need to make the most of this holiday commemorating Ireland’s patron saint. So for me, a simple green shirt or my green socks will just not do. Instead I look for the latest St. Patrick’s Day ties so I can really be in the spirit! Of course, I will also need to update my closet storage situation, so I’ll add another tie rack to my collection. With a durable cedar construction and pegs for 36 ties or other accessories, there is sure to be plenty of room for this new Paddy’s Day Tie.

Wooden Peg Tie Rack for St. Patrick's Day

The last few years I have been living in Boston during St. Patrick’s Day, and I can tell you there is no greater city to be in for this holiday. The parade in Southie is something that I think every American should experience at least one time in their lives (Chicago’s parade is a worthwhile substitute). To see all of those proud folk marching down the street to celebrate their heritage is a great thing.

Hopefully you can enjoy this great celebration of Irish heritage (as well as a great celebration of great libations) this upcoming Sunday without feeling too terrible come Monday morning. Also be sure to hang that Irish tie on your brand new tie rack so you can re-use it next year (nobody will notice, trust me).

Tie Rack Blog’s Tips for Maintaining Ties

As a young man first entering the professional workforce, one of the biggest shockers to me was just how expensive a tie can be. Who knew a little flat of cloth that you tie around your neck could cost upwards of 50 dollars??? Add in the fact that my first job required a tie every single day, and you can imagine my entry-level salary was being stretched pretty thing – by ties!

The best way to save money when you have a professional career that requires ties is take very good care of them. If you are flip about the way you treat your ties, you are going to find yourself buying a new bunch of ties every single year. That kind of cash adds up fast, especially with salaries remaining stagnant.

Here are a couple quick tips to help you take care of that tie:

1.)    Never leave your tie tied-up. That is a great way to get deep, hard-to-remove wrinkles in the fabric. When removing the tie, do not just “yank” it off, take care in removing it to preserve the shape.

2.)    When you do get a wrinkle or a stain on the tie, be sure to not iron it. That too ruins the shape of your tie. The dry-cleaner is the only way to go in this scenario.

3.)    Be sure to keep your ties up off the floor! I know they are difficult to store and always fall off of the traditional storage devices. Use something with a little bit better grip like the Wall Mounted 30 Tie Organizer.

With these tips at your disposal you should be able to avoid running up a huge tab at the local department store, wasting money on new ties every month.

Tie Rack of the Week: Wood Peg Rack

Sometimes we just want something low-key and maintenance-free to store all of our accessories in the closet. One of the most high-maintenance closet accessories to store and organize is the dreaded but necessary tie. For some reason, these slippery little silk slings have a habit of sliding right off of the center rod in the closet. I can’t tell you how many ties I have had to just throw out because they simply had the life stomped out of them while sitting in a jumble on the closet floor. Typically ties are used to class-up your wardrobe, but they do nothing but class you down when you are wearing a wrinkly, disheveled looking tie. And has anyone ever noticed that ties are ridiculously expensive? I seriously cannot afford to have my ties stored in an inefficient or lackluster fashion. So let me tell you about how this week’s tie rack of the week can fix your problems.

One great way to avoid having your ties bite the dust is to store them on a sturdy but easy-to-use tie rack such as the tie rack with wooden pegs. This rack has a wall-mounted design that makes it perfect for anywhere in the bedroom, plus ample storage for ties and other accessories like belts and scarves! Another great thing about this tie rack is that its backing is made from cedar, which is great for warding off fabric-eating insects such as moths. For all of these reasons and so much more, this simple but unique tie rack has the honor of being this week’s incredible Tie Rack of the Week!

Tie Rack

 

 

 

 

So avoid the annoyance of ruined ties when you are getting ready for a day at the office or an important interview, and use this easy-to-install tie rack every day!

A Great Tie Rack for Valentines Day

Taking out the garbage, repairing that broken fence in the backyard, coaching your son’s little league tee ball team, taking the car to Pep Boys for a tune up, cooking up a four-course dinner before you go on a romantic date together – for some lucky ladies, these tasks are just a day in the life when they are with the man of their dreams. Stereotypically, it is the man that is left feeling the pressure when Valentine’s Day comes around. But when you have such an amazing man in your life, you cannot help but want to make this a special holiday.

One of the most classic gifts for Valentine’s Day is a fancy silk tie – not only is it a functional gift but it can also show a little individuality as you can select the tie pattern. However, many of our husbands or boyfriends already have an abundance of ties in the closet. It makes little sense to get them yet another tie when they have a huge issue just keeping the neckpieces they currently own organized.

This year, instead of the trite necktie, try a new spin on the classic gift – instead of a tie, get them a state-of-the-art tie rack that makes organization and finding the right tie easy. There are a wide variety of tie racks available on the market, from the standard cedar wood, wall-mounted peg rack – to the more sophisticated such as a light-up, rotating tie rack that connects to the closet rod.

No matter what type of tie rack you choose, the man in your life is surely going to appreciate the ability to organize and find tie racks quickly and efficiently. Instead of being stressed every morning because his favorite tie is wrinkly from sitting on the floor, or being stressed out because they cannot find the right tie for their big job interview, he will locate that neckpiece with ease and be ready to go right away!