Passion, Fashion, Writing: A Chat With Derek O’Neil

Sitting face to face with Derek O’Neil, it is not hard to picture him being a fashion contributor to the fast growing website Grooming Adepts. He has his hair styled precisely the way he intended, and a leather watch wrapped around his wrist. “I just love it; fashion is my life.” He tells me.

He hasn’t been with Grooming Adepts long, but he has definitely made an impact. When asked about why he does it, O’Neil said, ” I like to write, and I like giving fashion tips to men, so combining them just felt natural.” Writing about everything from styling gel to wallets, it’s easy to see he is qualified. He has been able to provide Grooming Adepts with insight that wasn’t there before him. “I think I bring a lot to the table in terms of fashion and styling tips.”

Grooming Adepts is a unique website, providing tips, tricks, and recommendations to men, especially when it comes to hair. They’re growing in popularity, and Derek is excited to be a part of that. “I have seen this website grow, and I feel like I have grown with it. I’m really excited to see what else we can do.” When asked what else there is, he said: “I don’t know, I just love being able to improve on myself and everything that I am doing.”

Throughout my time with Derek, it was clear his one of a kind personality set him apart from others I have interviewed. His positive attitude and charming demeanor make it easy to take advice from him. “If there is one thing I want to show men, it is how much of an impact fashion has on their lives.”

“How so?” I implored, curious myself.

“Well, if you walk into an interview in jeans and a t shirt, it probably won’t go too well. But if you go in wearing a professional outfit, you are much more likely to get the job.” He stopped for a second, deep in thought, carefully choosing his words. “That’s such an obvious example, but fashion extends to more parts of life as well. We’re all told not to judge a book by its cover, but we can’t help it sometimes. Your fashion sense and how you present yourself says a lot about you and the type of person you are. What you wear and how you groom yourself can play a big role in first impressions, and even second ones.” I had to agree; his argument was solid. “I just wish more people could see that, that is my goal with Grooming Adepts.”

As we shook hands and said goodbye, I could tell he had a vast amount of knowledge behind his eyes, so I asked: “What is one piece of advice you would give to men worldwide?”

His answer was one that sat with me, he said, “it sounds shallow, but care about how you look. Do not become obsessed with it, but give a damn.”

5 Video Gaming Headsets that Will Blow Your Mind

There are plenty of headsets floating around warehouses all over the world. So the question is not “what headset should I get”, but “what headset should I not get.” There is no perfect fit, as everyone’s ears are differently shaped. There’s no perfect price, as quality comes with price. There’s no perfect anything, really. So, I have attempted to read the reviews of multiple websites and narrow the field down to 5, which was no easy task. There are simply too many out there, and since I do not have the funds to personally try all of them myself, I can only go off of the reviews of others.

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However, in order to save you the time of researching for yourself, here are my picks for what are most likely the best headsets for the lowest price. Please do not send me nasty emails if you followed my advice and ended up disappointed; you will hurt my feelings. I am not the headset God, I am only a human being who can only read so many reviews before my brain hurts!

OK, now that my disclaimer is over, here are my choices, from all ends of the price range spectrum:

  1. Platronics Xbox 360 Headset: $9.99 on Newegg.com
    While this headset is only compatible, for Xbox 360, it is a suitable replacement for the standard Microsoft headset when it fails, costing less and, according to the reviews, being much more reliable. The only con that people seemed to mention repeatably was that the volume didn’t quite go up to what they wanted. However, if you care about your future hearing, this may not necessarily be bad.
  2. Koss SB49 Communication Stereophone: $44.99 on Amazon.com
    Relatively inexpensive, has a microphone, and has a pretty good amount of people saying it’s comfortable.
  3. Razer Carcharias PC Headset: A little bit more expensive, at $64 on Amazon.com.
    This one has been said to be VERY comfortable, with good sound quality. The Mic is not adjustable, however, which, if you have a mouth somewhere on your forehead, might be a problem.
  4. Tritton AX 720:$139.99 on Newegg.com
    Yes, more expensive, but this is compatible with pretty much everything but the Wii. It has surround sound, but require a Digital Optical connection. There is a Dolby converter box, I believe (judging by pictures), but this would not be very portable if you have a laptop. Then again, why are you gaming on a laptop…
  5. And if you want to spend the big bucks…
    Plantronics Discovery 925 Jewel: Bluetooth-headset for $80,000! Not exactly for gaming (it’s actually for cell phones) but I had to add it anyways.

Phew! OK, good luck!