the monkey suit

Luffy and Pirate Alliances

EXPECTATION:

REALITY:

and i get the feeling that Robin’s earlier warning to Luffy about how alliances and betrayal go hand in hand will act as a foreshadowing of this upcoming alliance, which tbh wouldn’t really come as a surprise, especially with the way this current arc has been so far…

The Modern Gentleman

The Rebirth Of The Cool

“Every once in a while you come across someone whose style is so clean and manners are so refined that you realise the power of the word Gentleman, in the most classic sense of the word.”

His style is the personification of cool and elegant sophistication; an unapologetic embrace of discreet polish and natural confidence. Shrouded in a tapestry of unpretentious swagger, the long awaited re-emergence of the distinguished modern gentleman is almost upon us.

We are living in a cold, digital and cynical world, where values, virtues, manners and behaviour don’t seem to matte anymore. The reality is that even human interaction is overwhelmingly supported by and through digital technology. Human kind seems so bent out of shape, where facts are no more relevant and are considered optional, where black is white and where up is down. People seem to know the price of everything and the value of nothing. -Oscar Wilde
Celebrities who stand for nothing and everything run and influence the world.
Society has become so fake that the truth actually bothers people. 

The interesting thing about human society is that whenever - lets call it a phase gets out of control a so called counter movement arises. In this case it is the rise of the gentleman and with it the resurrection of virtues, values, manners and behaviour. In a society without role models who reflect for what humanity stands for and by what it’s normally kept together, the call and the search for a deeper purpose in life gets louder and broader. 

The rebirth of the cool is also the birth of the modern gentleman who is not defined by birth or age but rather by choice. It’s a conscious and personal decision made by individuals to frame their way of life with gentlemanly values. In my opinion there is no higher accolade than to call a man a gentleman. 

It is also displaying diversity in terms of preexisting stereotypes and the perception of gentlemen in general. A gentleman is not perceived anymore as a monolithic block of people. Not every man in a suit and tie is a gentleman and not every gentleman wears suit and tie. The modern gentleman is no longer defined by the content of his wallet or the cut of his suit, he is defined by his manners and the content of his character. Never forget, a monkey in a suit is still a monkey.

In every aspect of life respect yourself enough to know that you deserve the very best. Never wake up to be mediocre. The mindset of a modern gentleman in terms of business, lifestyle and sports.

A gentleman takes pride in how he presents himself.

Whether it is how he dresses or how he speaks, a gentleman understands the importance of a first impression and how he is perceived. No, this does not mean he lives his life on other people’s terms or is always looking for validation from them. What it means is, he understands the importance of making a good impression and expanding his personal and professional network. A man who takes pride in who he is and how he presents himself will find more opportunities coming his way, as he is desirable to spend time and engage in conversation with.

A gentleman treats everyone with respect.

Regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, or any other involuntary characteristic a person can have, a gentleman does not categorize. He sees those around him as human and treats them with the respect that he would expect them to treat him with. Since a gentleman does not discriminate, there is no basis for unfair treatment towards others in his mind, everyone is equal.
He understands that his kindness towards others is not based on who they are, but on who he is. Because of this, it is unwavering.

A gentleman does not allow himself to be walked on.

There is a difference between showing kindness towards others and letting yourself become a doormat. Part of having respect for others is also having respect for yourself. A gentleman who has respect for himself will never let himself be taken advantage of. Give others the benefit of the doubt and the gift of your kindness, but if they do not do the same, a gentleman will understand they do not meet the standards of those who he accepts into his life, and he will move forward.

A gentleman will always be improving himself.

As an extension to the previous point, in order to get respect from others, you first must have it for yourself. This means taking care of both your physical and mental well-being. In a photoshop-ridden society, our generations certainly appear to value surface over substance, but a gentleman understands the importance of what goes beyond the outer shell. Whether it is reading books, listening to lectures, watching documentaries, or any other education medium he prefers, it is important to not lose sight of improving the mind while also working on improving the body.

A gentleman values his family and relationships.

More important than professional accomplishment and success, is cultivating the relationships with the people whom you will share it with. A gentleman will understand that no matter how far he makes it in life, it is better to be in a cottage with people he loves than it is to be in a mansion by himself.

A gentleman isn’t afraid to be wrong.

Many people in today’s day and age seem to have an incredible avoidance to being wrong. They will take a stand on a position and never allow new information or evidence to change their mind. This puts up a stone wall around your current base of knowledge and allows no room for expansion beyond it. The only way to learn or grow, is to be wrong. Only when you are wrong do you absorb new information, change your stance, and subsequently become “right.” Without the ability to admit a mistake, there will be no lessons to take from it.

A gentleman is cool, calm, and collected.

In a fast paced, constantly-changing world, it is an asset to be able to slow down the mind and keep things in perspective. A gentleman will have (or work to develop) the ability to not be perpetually stressed out. He will take life’s ups and downs in stride, and understand that night is always darkest before the dawn. Even when problems arise, he will work through them with determination. This will prevent him from becoming overwhelmed and making poor decisions or treating others badly.

A gentleman always keeps the woman in his life happy.

It is important for a gentleman to hold high standards for how he acts when he is in a relationship. This includes never mistreating her or taking her for granted. Always valuing her and showing her that he does (not just telling her). He will understand that the effort it took to get the type of woman he wants, is the same effort it will take to keep her, and that a lady would never accept being taken for granted any more than he would. He will never lose sight of doing the small things that make her happy.

Gentlemen are a rare breed and an endangered species in today’s society. It is important for men to strive for these ideals as well as for women to show the men their efforts are appreciated and recognized. While many men reach for these qualities without any need for outside influence, I can also assume that more would put in effort if they knew how much of a difference it would make in their life.

But if they don’t, gentleman cannot be afraid to separate themselves from the crowd. The effort they put into living the best life they can comes with a reward that many others will never receive: The accomplishment of that goal.

GROOMING 2017

These days, becoming a modern gentleman isn’t easy. It goes far beyond the simplicity of what clothes we wear. Something has to be said about men’s grooming and its importance in achieving the gentleman look we strive for.
Times have evolved and getting hold of that look has now become not just desirable, but believe it or not, there’s an art to it.
Brushing your teeth and splashing some water on your face just won’t suffice anymore, we got away with it long enough. It’s time to go the extra mile!

Healthy skin, maintaining the beard, manscaping and don’t be fooled manicures are manly.

The way men look after their appearance has undergone a revolution in the last twenty years. Where once a moisturiser might have been considered outré, it now seems to be the bedrock of every man’s grooming regime. It’s easy to fall prey to anxiety and insecurity on these fronts, especially in the face of advertisements and Photoshopped media icons.

So yes, it helps enormously to enjoy your grooming routine; but our long term aim is to use the confidence that comes with looking good to feel completely at home in our own skin.

BE WELL GROOMED, NOT OVER-PREENED

Good grooming is like a magic trick: people should be impressed by the results, but in the dark about how you achieved them. Overdo the fragrance, teeth whitening or eyebrow taming and you just show the world your sleight of hand.

CREATE YOUR OWN RITUAL

Many cultures (from the ancient Greeks and
Jews to the modern Japanese and Scandinavians) practise bathing as a ritual. Hot water is relaxing, yet invigorating like little else – that’s why some of our best thoughts can come to us in the shower. But take the time out from here on in to really ‘be’ in the shower, to quell the monkey mind and to really feel the water on your skin and the scent
of the products you use. It’s not just the female of the species that’s worth it.

Health And Wellbeing

Todays modern gentleman lives his life holistically. He understands that how he treats his body affects his mind, and vice versa, that there’s no real separation between the two. An improvement in one area is often what unlocks improvement in another. Some say that exercise is the new religion – that gyms are the new cathedrals. Perhaps this is a bit extreme. But it reveals a larger truth: physical fitness can be very important, partially because it’s always a subset of a much bigger theme: living a good life.

PRACTICE YOUR OWN SPORTS PSYCHOLOGY

Playing sport doesn’t just build muscle and lung capacity. It helps you to refine your ability to strategise and practise collaboration and fair play. By observing your knee-jerk emotions and choosing to respond rather than react, you can change your behaviour on and off the field, court or mat.

KEEP MOVING

It seems odd that we often stand on the escalator on the way to a gym class. Exercise begins the moment you get up in the morning. The ‘active living’ movement helps us to understand this. Man was never meant to be sedentary. Walking up the stairs, washing the car, and having sex can all increase our fitness without a sweaty gym bag in sight.

The 30 steps to being a modern gentleman

  1. Negotiates airports with ease.
  2. Never lets a door slam in someone’s face.
  3. Is aware that facial hair is temporary, but a tattoo is permanent.
  4. Knows when not to say anything.
  5. Wears his learning lightly.
  6. Owns one well-made dark suit, one tweed suit, and a dinner jacket.
  7. Avoids lilac socks and polishes his shoes.
  8. Turns his mobile phone to silent at dinner.
  9. Carries house guests’ luggage to their rooms.
  10. Rises and says his name when being introduced.
  11. Breaks a relationship face to face.
  12. Is unafraid to speak the truth.
  13. Knows when to clap.
  14. Arrives at a meeting five minutes before the agreed time.
  15. Is good with waiters.
  16. Has two tricks to entertain children.
  17. Can undo a bra with one hand.
  18. Can sail a boat and ride a horse.
  19. Never kisses and tells.
  20. Cooks an omelette to die for.
  21. Can prepare a one-match bonfire.
  22. Seeks out his hostess at a party.
  23. Believes in chivalry. 
  24. Has read “Pride and Prejudice”.
  25. Can tie his own bow tie.
  26. Sandals? No. Never.
  27. Wears a rose, not a carnation.
  28. Swats flies and rescues spiders..
  29. Demonstrates that making love is neither a race nor a competition.
  30. Knows that there is always an exception to a rule.

Chivalry alive
Is chivalry dead?

Chivalry isn’t dead, but it’s certainly in shorter supply these days. Likewise, gentlemen still exist, today, although they may appear slightly different. The  “old school” gentleman, who pulled out chairs and opened up car doors, has since been replaced with the “modern” gentleman, who can maintain a stimulating conversation outside the realms Facebook Messenger. Given the social norms of today’s society, being a gentleman will prove itself to be quite difficult – but not impossible. And while media outlets love to glorify the male icons who tend to mistreat women, and ignore the more chivalric ones who don’t generate headlines, this should have no bearing on how you choose to conduct your own lifestyle. Just because certain behaviors aren’t considered “cool” or “popular” by mainstream standards doesn’t mean they’re correct by societal standards. Being a gentleman is timeless, and mainstream trends will phase in and out. Notice this, and focus on the long-term.
While being in your 20s and carefree may discourage all intentions of acting “gentlemanlike” – recognize the longevity of certain good habits. These will never “go out of style,” and are telltale signs of maturity.

Everyone can be a gentleman. That title is earned, it’s not something you’re born into.

Skin

Lana had always been taught to cover up. To hide and be ashamed of her body.
She had been taught that it was her responsibility to keep men from staring at them and protect herself.
Of course until she was twelve she didn’t listen to the warnings.
She would wear shorts and vests out in public when it was hot.
But after pubity hit men started whistling at her and making lude comments she began to cover up more.
However it wasn’t until she was groped on a bus did she really get scared of showing any skin.
After that happened she started to wear her brothers cast offs, her frame swallowed in baggy layers to hide her curves.
She was thankful of the Garrison uniform being unisex which helped her cover.
Even in space her armour was very conservative, flattening her chest and making her appearance seem so male that most Aliens they met assumed so.
Lana would of been happy this continuing, however after Shiro returned Allura announced there would be a ball and they would all be expected to wear formal clothing.
“Allura are you sure I can’t just wear my armour?” Lana pleaded as the Princess routed through her closet for something the blue paladin could wear.
“Of course not Lana, this ball is to celebrate peace. It is traditional that the Paladins do not wear their uniforms for such an occasion.”
“But”
“But nothing, it will be fun. Here this will look lovely on you.” Allura cut her off tossing her a blue gown.
Just by looking at it Lana could tell one very important thing.
It was tight and was designed to show off flesh.
Lana opened her mouth to argue but Allura was already pushing her out of the room to get ready.
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Keith was not happy.
He was stuck talking to some diplomat in a dark red Altean tux and was honestly the most uncomfortable thing he had ever worn.
Allura glared at him as he pulled on his collar for the hundredth time trying to loosen his stupid bow tie.
Shiro was currently at the princess’s side trying to not look as uncomfortable as Keith, but it was clear he hated the monkey suit as much as Keith did.
Hunk seemed to live his dark yellow tux and was happily chatting away with Slav about god knows what.
Pidge had some how been coaxed into a light green dress that ended halfway down her shins and already was stained with what Keith hoped was motor oil from the robot she was gushing over.
The only one Keith hadn’t been able to spot was Lana.
He had assumed she would of jumped at the chance to be the centre of attention and bask in the praise that the Paladins were reviving.
However she was almost twenty minutes late and Keith was staring to worry.
He was about to go looking for her when the doors creaked open and Keith felt his heart skip a beat.
Lana was stood in the doorway her dark down hair was swept to the side over her shoulder, curled and filled with a silver mesh dotted with dark blue gems.
Her dress was the same beautiful blue as her eyes and clung The the curves Keith never realised she had.
It was high necked but sleeveless and backless with only a slim piece of silver fabric covering her tanned stomach.
There was a slit up the left side showing off her long elegant leg and heals.
Keith didn’t even realise he was staring until he made eye contact with her and she blushed before darting out of the room.
“Lana wait!” He yelled chasing after her.
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Keith ran all round the castle looking for the blue paladin.
He wasn’t sure what was wrong. But he was staring to get worried.
Right when he was about to give up and call in reinforcements he heard a soft shuffling noise from inside a closet.
Keith slowly opened the door seeing Lana curled up in the corner with tears staining her cheeks.
“Lana… what’s wrong?” Keith asked sitting next to her. “Please talk to me.”
“My papa would be so angry with me….” Lana whispered.
“How come?”
“He always said it was a woman’s responsibility to make sure no one looks, that showing skin means I’m asking for it to happen again.”
Keith felt a flash of red hot anger go through him.
He was mad at Lanas dad and however the hell touched her to make her think such a thing.
“Listen Lana… I was only looking because I was surprised, but it had nothing to do with the fact you have skin on display. You could of walked in there dressed like a nun and I still would of stared.
Lana tilted her head up to look at him "how come?”
“Because your the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen. And that has nothing to do with what you wear, it’s because of who you are that makes you so amazing.”
Lana sniffed wiping her eyes “thanks”
“Any time ” Keith smiled standing up and offering her his hand.
“Now how about we go show these aliens how to party.”
Lana took his hand letting him pull her up laughing “best idea I’ve heard all day.”
Keith couldn’t help but grin as he led Lana back to the ball room and the two spent the rest of the night dancing together and having the time of their lives.

Arctic Monkeys in the raw

Requested by @enthusiasm-paraphernalia | Suggest me an Arctic Monkey’s funny moment and I may or may not draw it.

FicRequst: Bucky’s Cake

Fic Requst: Bucky’s Cake
Bucky x Reader, soulmate AU
Word Count: 1678
Warning: Fluff
A/N: I’m not very happy with this one, but I need to stop messing with me. I hope you like it @elaacreditava


Originally posted by caps-bucky

After Steve brought Bucky back to the Avengers tower, he was focused on healing and getting used to his new arm, the idea that he might have a soulmate out there wasn’t even in his vocabulary. Even if he did have a soulmate, surely she died years ago. He had stopped looking at the words written on his wrist years ago. Why do you get the bed? They hadn’t faded, as is what typically happens when a soul mate dies, but who knows what the serum did to his body. Before he had left for the army, back when the biggest worry he had was Stevie, the thought of hearing those words made him smile. But none of that mattered anymore. He was alone and would remain so as long as he lived.

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anonymous asked:

I was hoping you could help me out- my daughter is getting married to a muggle next week and I have no clue what to wear. She says that the father of the bride usually wears something called a "monkey suit" ? Is that what I think it is? Thank you!!

First, all our congratulations to your daughter! Yes, it’s just what you’re imagining! Muggles are so funny with their traditions, but the father of the bride wears a garment as old as marriage itself- the monkey suit. A costume that, if done properly, the man wearing it should look exactly like a brown primate. Here is an example that will make you look just like a regular muggle, like us!

Fleeting Moments

Characters/Pairing: Dean x Female!Reader

Word Count: 900

Warnings: No warnings, just fluff!

Summary: Dean plans a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner for the reader.

Author’s Note: Okay, this one was supposed to be an Imagine but I got carried away (as usual) and now it’s just a cute one shot for Valentine’s Day! I hope you guys like it :) Feedback is appreciated!

If you would like to read any of my other fics please check out my Masterlist!

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     Dean’s rough hands brushed your cheeks as you stumbled forward on your seldom used heels, your boyfriend’s strong presence behind you the only assurance you needed that you would stay upright with your most relied upon sense snuffed out.

     “Okay, almost there,” Dean said beside your ear. “Keep your eyes shut.”

     His hands fell away from your face and found their way to your waist, lifting you off your feet and setting you down at – you could only assume – the bottom of the kitchen’s tiny set of stairs.

     “And …” Dean guided you forward and into the room. “Now.”

     Your mouth fell open and your heart skipped a beat. You couldn’t believe what you were looking at.

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“how are all these rookie groups skipping their what-were-their-stylists-even-thinking phases” buddy u know what it is. it’s them nct boys, absorbing every possible embarrassing look with every comeback and unit debut they have like sponges of suffering. all the grease-dreads and tin foil monkey suits the other rookies should’ve had to experience? nct really took that bullet for your faves. nct, kings of taking one for the team,, kings of making everyone else look good

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Klaus x Male!Reader

Requested by Anon


“I don’t do suits” You grumbled to the Hybrid who raised his eyebrows.

“You’ll look good in one.” He insisted, tipping back in his chair.

“There’s only one suit I look good in and you don’t wear it to fancy dinner parties.” You muttered, looking at your hands as you tried not to make eye contact with Klaus as he held back a laugh so you would explode into a laugh.

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