Long before a business trip gets underway, you have a lot of important decisions to make. At the office you’ll be preparing presentations and proposals, but at home you’ve also got to consider how you’ll present yourself. What you pack in your suitcase needs to work for the boardroom as well as socializing after work hours. Because let’s be honest, that’s when a lot of deals are made. 

I love it when brands send me a new pair of shoes and this is especially true when the samples are well made, good looking and comfortable. All that's true with the Blue Suede Derby shoes that Gambino Alliance sent me to test out. 

Getting old sucks and it's made worse by the fact that no one really prepares you for it. When we went through puberty as kids, at least we had books, videos, parents, teachers and dirty magazines to help prepare us for the changes. Now that we're in our 30's our bodies are changing again but no-one prepared us for it. I thought "getting old" was going to happen to me in my 60's and 70's but now that I've hit 40 I'm wondering what the hell happened to me. 

It would have been easy to simply bang out a few hundred words about how nice these boots looked and felt five minutes after opening the box and trying them on for the first time. However, it was clear that what Ice Bug sent me wasn't those kind of shoes. They pretty much begged to get out and explore ... so I honored their request! Since September, these boots have climbed sandstone mesas in San Diego, hiked through Germany's Black Forest and explored the prairies of North Dakota as well as the mountains of Idaho and deserts of California. 

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of DICK'S Sporting Goods . All opinions are 100% mine.

Sports jersey's make a great gift for any guy in your life that loves sports. With football season in full effect, this is a gift that can be worn immediately and shown off in those every important holiday pictures to show everyone else how awesome your holiday haul was. Until now though, it was a pretty straight forward process that was completely transnational. DICK'S Sporting Goods though has switched things up and made jersey shopping more fun with the introduction of their Jersey Report site.