Showing posts with label Style. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Style. Show all posts
Cool Down with a Cucumber-Basil Smash

Summer is in full swing and as the temperature heats up, this haute cocktail will help keep you cool.   The cucumber-basil smash is a perfect refreshing substitute for the tried and true mojito, margarita, and other drinks.

   2 cucumber slices
   5 basil leaves
   3 ounces vodka, gin, or tequila
   2 ounces limoncello

Using handle of wooden spoon, mash cucumber and basil in tall glass. Fill with ice and top with vodka, gin or tequila, and limoncello. 

Stir, then garnish with cucumber and basil. Enjoy.
J. Crew is Developing New Budget-Friendly Label

After a challenging year of struggling sales, product quality concerns, criticism for its heavy-handed promotions, plus major leadership changes and staff cut-backs, J.Crew is hoping to turn things around. Looking to target a more cost-conscious customer, the retailer is developing a lower-priced line that can better compete with the fast-fashion players in the industry.
The new budget-friendly label, J.Crew Mercantile, features updated basics and modern classics for men and women, designed with J.Crew's signature elevated preppy aesthetic, but at prices akin to those you might find at Zara or COS. Think: Breton stripe knits, crisp shirts, and perfectly-worn denim. The selection is currently available exclusively through outlet stores and the Factory website, which is touted as "The Home of J.Crew Mercantile," but the line's first dedicated brick-and-mortar location is scheduled to open in Dallas, Texas in late July.
Style Tips for Larger Guys

We know, at times, it can be hard to be a fashion forward guy who, for whatever reason, who comes man sized.  I'm not talking about the little guys, or the average sized guys who can find whatever they they want at whatever store like Abercrombie and H&M.  This article is for the plus size, or man sized guys, wether they be "big boned" or  carry a few extra pounds. 
With a few tips and tricks you can still look great, no matter your body type.  
Clothes the right size -  try not to use that shirt you love, but does not serve you anymore. The same goes for any piece too tight.  Stay away from huge baggy clothes, they only call greater attention to the obvious.  
Gym on Fleek: Virgin Active Classic

When choosing a gym, it’s important to stop and actually consider what you want from a gym. If you’re looking for a budget option there are gyms out there that will offer you a minimal experience for a minimal cost. If you want to be pumping iron in a hardcore, old-school type gym. However if you’re looking for the all-out Roll Like Boss type experience, nothing in the world beats Virgin Active ‘Classic’ .

Not to be confused with standard Virgin Active gyms, the ‘Classic’ clubs are Virgin Active’s premium gyms. They are kitted-out to a whole different level and are essentially the ‘Champion’s League’ equivalent of gyms. 

The Classic clubs, are extremely impressive, they offer a completely different experience to your average fitness club or LA Fitness gym. You workout using the latest state-of-the-art equipment, and freshen up in a luxurious changing environment, you’ll leave the gym feeling relaxed and recharged, which is more than can be said for some of the budget chains.

The weights areas are spacious and has a great selection of high-end free weights and machines. Several bench press stations and smith machines mean that you’re rarely waiting for important equipment, even on Mondays when it’s "chest day" for what seems like every guy in the city. For those looking to add variety to their workouts, there’s a large selection of kettlebells and a designated area for TRX suspension workouts.

The cardio area is vast and boasts a large number of state-of-the-art treadmills, cross trainers, bikes and rowing machines. Even during peak times, there is always equipment available. For those interested in a premium indoor cycling experience, they also have a training suite of eight ‘Wattbikes’ set up. The Wattbikes are synced up to a large monitor allowing you to race against others and monitor your performance in real time, ideal for cyclists or triathletes wanting to train at the optimal level. It’s these kind of first-rate features that set Virgin Classic gyms apart from their regular gyms.

Possibly the best feature of 200 Aldersgate club is the magnificent pool, spa and sauna area. Featuring a 20 meter hydrotherapy pool, large spa, sauna and steam room, this is the place to relax after a tough workout. Features like the old school ‘Cold Bucket’ shower, the ice fountain, and the two ‘Experience’ showers which have settings such as tropical rain, thunder rain and cold mist, really make this a unique experience. If you're not in the mood to relax, grab a SWIMTAG from reception and you can track your swim stroke and technique in the pool, evaluating your own performance and competing against others.  

The changing rooms at 200 Aldersgate are another differentiating factor. They are modern, spacious and luxurious and wouldn’t feel out of place in a 5 star hotel. Molten Brown toiletries are provided and white fluffy towels are complimentary. Then even have GHD hair straighteners – in the men’s changing room! You’ll walk out of the gym feeling on top of the world.

All the Virgin Active Classic gyms offer a diverse selection of free classes such as body combat, body attack, pilates and spinning. However, unlike your average gym, the 200 Aldersgate spin room features Myride technology - a gigantic screen on the front wall projecting the world's best rides during the class. 

Lastly, there is a plush cafĂ© and relaxation area with comfortable sofas and chairs, meeting rooms and iMacs. With free wifi, phone chargers, newspapers and complementary Costa coffee, you can really make yourself at home here.

This gym is the complete package and the guys at Virgin Active have really raised the bar.
Tom Ford Turned His Apple Watch into a Pocket Watch

Tom Ford, the fashion genius and ageless wonder, has reportedly turned his Apple Watch into a pocket watch. Depending on one's perspective, this innovation is either totally awesome or a great way to make a $350 tamagotchi. No word on what this does for the health tracking benefits, but we're guessing it doesn't measure Tom's heart rate all that accurately. And, cool or not, we must ask: If you have to keep your Apple Watch in your pocket, why not just simplify your life and use your phone? You know, the one that's already in your pocket to begin with.  

Is this a new trend in the making or nah?
Givenchy Polo

We saw this on the runway, and we couldn't wait to see it up close.   This unique take on the striped polo, with a chest stripe, make you look like you have a better physique—It’s very masculine, very varsity-athletic, and makes you look like you have a broader chest. This is a little more conversational than wearing a plain black polo shirt.  

The price though is an eye popping $665, available at Mr Porter
Shade: PINE Eyewear

PINE is the "it" eyewear company of the moment. The handmade Japanese brand is different from any other eyewear brand you may check out. It successfully fuses nature with urban influences, all the while embodying Japanese culture to create highly detailed masterpieces.
In addition to making cool eyewear, the PINE also has a clothing line that will rival the most fashionable menswear houses.  

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Photo: GLCO

There seems to be no end in sight with GLCO's and Mark McNairy's ongoing sunglass collaboration and if they continue to look this good you'll find no complaints from us. Their latest style, the Pinehurst, takes a classic round frame silhouette and wraps it in a cured acetate frame that's available in three colorways. 
Of course, much attention was paid to the little details such as a metal bridge that's decorated in an intricate filigree and the frames are built with five-barrel hinges with real rivets. The frame comes in a sunglass with anti-reflective coated CR-39 lenses or you can go the prescription route with their optical frame.  (available at )
2ft5: Redefining Urban Wear

2ft5 apparel is redefining urban wear by their own standards in an edgy unapologetic way with eye catching gear that is sometimes provocative and sometimes socially conscience.

"We want people to be themselves regardless of who they are and how they live. 2ft5 is all about expression," says Kyle Washington, Creative Director for the 3-year-old brand. 

"Our focus is to traffic pure high quality product that provokes conversation and expression to those who appreciate originality and authenticity," Washington added.
Made In Suede

The classic denim-jacket shape for men gets an upgrade this season in buttery, sumptuous leather and natural tones.  This season several designers --Maison Kitsune, Tom Ford, Michael Bastian, and Saint Laurent-- have updated the jacket in a variety of colors and slight designs.
First Look at Kanye West + Adidas Collaboration

Yesterday afternoon, Kanye West and adidas invited a select group of fashion insiders, media, and other notable industry figures to a clandestine showing of the first-ever collection between the brand and hip-hop artist/designer. The inaugural offering is officially called YEEZY Season 1, and while apparel is the focus of the collaboration, some footwear is to be seen as well. Mr. West seized the moment to formally introduce his adidas Yeezy 750 Boost (the high-top) sneaker, but revealed at this show are two different woven low-tops of the Yeezy Boost sneakers. Release dates for those models have not been set just yet, but the Yeezy 3 will officially release at select stores on Saturday, February 14th (adidas’ reservations are all booked).

Video unveil here.
Getting the Perfect Shirt Fit

If you’re a normal guy, chances are shirts made for “normal guys” don’t fit you as well as they should. (If you’re the type who has the exact proportions for off-the-rack shirts, though, we salute you, your genes, and whatever exercise program you’re following.) The trick of well-dressed men with perfect-fitting shirts has long been to take their button-ups to the tailor to get a few darts sewn into the back, at the very least. But anyone who’s spent much time at a tailor knows those tabs can add up fast. Unfortunately, custom-made shirts aren’t cheap, either.

But if you’re like most of us and off-the-rack shirts don’t give you the “fitted” look you’re after, here are a few suggestions to get the perfect fit.

1.    Use Your Head—Check Your Neck: 
Some guys just buy their shirts in small, medium, or large. No wonder they don't fit so well. You should know your measurements—neck size and arm length—and not just for the sake of it. These 
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