“The Clavicle Bone Diet.” NYFW: Duckie Brown

18 Feb

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Fashion is suppose to motivate your gym exploits! I get that winter is cold and all we want to is not freeze to death before making it to ours jobs to be worked to death.

All I have to say is when I die bury me in the Duckie Brown section at Nordstrom.

I have become a fan of the duo at Duckie Brown play on women’s wear for men. With deep V-necks dainty fabrics and traditionally feminine hues this collection will not only make a guy feel pretty but move motivation to continue with the push-ups and arm curls. I enjoy how to waist of the pants gather at the natural waist but is roomy in its tailoring. This collection walks a fashionably thin line of slouchy and sexy.

While the silhouettes are feminine with Chinese influences of kimonos there still is masculinity present with its military influence in the tailoring. This is a very European collection from the American designers that I wouldn’t mind pulling off next year. This collection make me want to get my clavicle bone in prime over expose condition. I will be underfed and cold but after I pull off my coat when I make it to the office you all will be jealous!

“Dancing While Shopping is Cardio!” #NYFW: Rag & Bone

18 Feb

Rag Bone FW15

It’s too freaking cold to run and now I’m regretting not renewing my gym membership because I NEED a treadmill like 10 miles ago! However, one must always remember that shopping is cardio too, and a couple of twirls in the dressing room and jamming out to the store music will help you burn those excess calories or you could just bench press all the garments you’ve been stacking on your arm as you comb the store for more garments before hitting the fitting room.

Rag & Bone get it’s! There’s no way around it, layering and oversized proportions are back. Though, I adore me a fit streamlined look, the effortless sportswear rugged pieces in this collection has a caught my eye. First off, what I love about this fall/winter 2015 lookbook are how the garment shown off by famed dancer Mikhall Baryshnikov with fellow dancer Lil Buck and a couple of other models who give the seemingly heavy pieces life.

This collection at first sight has a hobo-vagabond appeal to it with its layering and textile mixing, but as I look over again I’m getting an nice ode to the 90’s grunge and hip-hop movements in fashion. This collection is very on trend with young men now. How they are taking different pieces from many aesthetics and putting them all in one look. As this collection is much in material I can’t deny how chic it is. There is a very carefully curated appeal in the fabric choice, how the colors are standard as well as, how the collection rely heavy on the styling.

There are brilliant stand alone pieces like the overcoats and pants with it’s fluidity, appendages and richness. Also, each look is so perfectly styled that you can wear this collection exactly how it’s presented to us. It’s hard not to look or feel stiffed in your winter attire and Rag & Bone understands that with this warm jumbo collection this doesn’t forego movement and style.

“Force Feeding Myself” NYFW: Billy Reid

18 Feb

Billy Reid FW15

There is something about this season’s New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015 that just don’t pack the punch as previous seasons. Maybe because it’s the coldest temperatures New York has seen in a while or the anticipation from the upcoming Men’s week debuting this summer but I’m not getting much from the men’s collection I’ve view but grays, blacks, jumbo portions and two-ply fabrics. Albeit, I still managed to get thinspired by a few collection from the week.

Billy Reid down home southern comfort transported to the city fashions are always perfect for this freezing season. Just like comfort food we all seek during the winter months this collection is cozy, plush and appealing. Also, weight gain forgiving!

I’m all for luxury knits and dynamic coats, the suits and coat in this collection are abstract in construction for the modern fashion male but heavy with premium textiles for the country bumpkin trying to look great while staying warm. This is a very rich collection, the strong color palette helps bring home the grand theme of the garments. Its a perfect blend of overindulgent of fabric, hue and structure that is edited down to its bare bones.

SKINspired!

9 Feb

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All it takes is one good skin day to keep me motivated to maintain and commit at keeping my skin clean, even and radiant FOREVER.

Fellas, skincare is an up hill battle with us rather it’s razor bumps, puberty or the stress in our lives, even our workout & diet regime can work against our skin. We most times let it keeps us in a rut or believe that if we ignore it it’ll go away. However, that’s the worst tactic we can take when looking for treatment.

That’s why I’m in such awe and inspired spirits right now at my skin today, due to the new product I was sent a few months back that I’m just recently getting around to using.

Bosica Cleansing Gel_001Bosica (“BO-sha”) means BOtanical SCIence with Advanced technology is the world 1st 100% preservatives-free skincare brand. Developed in Japan 36 years ago now in the states since 2002 this light, non abrasive or harsh product line has officially made me a glutton for all their products.

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I was sent the Purifying Cleansing Gel (5fl oz $26.00) and after about three days now on day seven my skin is smoother, tighter and all around glowing. What’s in it and what makes it so special…

Hydrangea Leaf

  • Gently purifies, refines, and minimizes the appearance of pores

Botanical Amino Acids

  • Gently eliminates skin dirt, oil, and impurities, leaving skin conditioned
  • Allows skin to be clean and free of debris that can clog pores and lead to breakouts without drying or stripping the skin’s natural moisture balance.

Green Tea

  • A key antioxidant that soothes as it protects the skin against the abuse of the elements, helping to prevent free-radical damage.
  • Gives natural antibacterial benefits as it helps to reduce inflammation.

Geranium

  • Provides a natural scent that helps relieve stress and encourage relaxation.

Boscia’s Proprietary Botanical Blend

Jojoba Leaf helps to prevent free radical damage while nourishing the skin
Willowherb helps to calm skin inflammation and reduce visible redness and irritation

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The energizing aspect of this product is that its perfectly smooth and “gel-like” (go figure) at first application but it’s not gooey or heavy as I have experienced gels to be. It’s doesn’t leave residue on my hands or skin nor is it hard to wash off my face yet still giving me a thorough cleanse. Currently with the weather and my workout schedule I was looking for a supple facial wash that wouldn’t strip away vitamins and essential oils from skin but to help balance my natural moisture while fighting pore clogging bacterial. This does that! I use it at night right before bed, reason being is that I do a full workout on my face in the mornings (exfoliate, mask, cleanse, tone and moisturizer) therefore, at night I go easy on my skin to keep it from being irritated and over worked as it repair itself while I sleep.

Although, I still want something strong enough to protect. Hence the sulfate-free element of this product is my most galvanized attribute of the wash. Yes, benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid are great acne fight agents although, if acne isn’t your problem or you simply have sensitive skin then this is for you. It’s easy to apply, doesn’t burn or dry out all the while being strong.

Listen, fellas if it strong enough to remove make-up then it’s strong enough for you. It’s important that we protect our natural barriers without relying heavily on chemicals.

I can keep this in my nightly regime forever.
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Thinspiration: “Daouda Sonko for Relive”

6 Feb

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Since launching this site I realize that in my never ending starving quest to reach the utopia of The Thin Lifestyle my many tips, advice and opinions of all things thin has reveled that skincare has become one of the most successful aspect of the site.

It’s very rare that I find a guy ‘beauty’ blogger that is interested or well versed in MEN skincare. I love fashion and being thin just as much as the next svelte dapper gentleman but I believe that taking care of my epidermis is just as important to my look as my shoes, outerwear or waist size.

Today’s thinpsiration is not only well needed motivation to get in the gym but to get in the bathroom, drug store or dermatologist to scrub, peel, and shrink my pores. With a little fashion of course.

So, while I was laying across my plush warm bed procrastinating today’s yoga class and 5 mile run I scrolled up these stunning images that will definitely thinspire the laziest man to wash his face extra hard tonight or NOW.

Photographer Giuseppe Vitariello captures Relive‘s Fall Winter 2014 advertising campaign starring the handsome Daouda Sonko. In charge of art direction was Francesco Fidati with hair by Alessandro D’Onofrio and makeup by Sara De Virgilio. Production is courtesy of Offskemes. Assistance by Donato Losurdo.

These images are so thinspiring mainly helping me understand how forgetful and sometimes monotonous maintaining your skin can be. Great skin isn’t just finding the right facial wash but also, considering and regulating your diet, exercise and chemical balance. Getting even balanced skin is just as hard as getting ripped abs and sometimes they can counter act against one another. That’s why these sleek, smooth and smoldering images have reboot my desire to be as dedicated about my complex as I am about my calorie intake.

For more skincare help check out my “Purge” section.

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“Junk Food Journals:” Entry 13

4 Feb

You can’t get the body of your dreams sleeping. Wake up and go to the gym! -My Alarm Clock

As cliches as it may be, mine and I’m sure many of you reasons for getting and STAYING fit is to look AMAZIN’ this upcoming summer. However, the only way to get there is to be sure you’re doing it for more reasons than how others will receive you. Getting your health/body in order is a “damned if you do damned if you don’t” up hill battle. Not everyone will be excited or support your journey, many will ignore your plight of discipline to stay on track, while others will ridicule or flat out be jealous of your astonishing results. That’s why it’s important to be doing whatever lifestyle change you seek for you and yourself only.

The firmed bodied men of Junk Food Journals Entry 13 all share a common fitness trait, they are their own motivation. They have reached a desired goal because it’s how they want to live their lives and other’s opinions are only warranted if they are seeking the same self-motivation. I’m always preaching about how much we should be our own first reference of thinpsiration. But if you need that extra motivation to actually use that gym membership you wishfully purchased last month then, read what a gilded body coach, model and teacher are putting themselves through this winter readying for summer.

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Troy “Juni” Barnes (FB:@troy.barnes.378) was an aspiring fashion stylist turned health coach. After relocating from New Orleans to Atlanta, I traveled to New York City to study Fashion Marketing at LIM College. While there as was an intern at Gucci on Fifth Avenue, at the end of my sophomore year I traveled back to Atlanta and started to create a name for myself in Atlanta by creating the lifestyle brand Rebel Society. In Atlanta I found myself gravitating towards fitness as a form of recreation. However, after seeing the results I wanted to take my fitness to the next level. I was introduced to the product Herbalife and decided to invest my body into a product that would not only perfect my physique, but also allow me to build confidence and character in others.

Workout Philosophy: I approach health the same way I approaches clothes. If you do not feel good about yourself, then you are not going to feel good in what you are wearing. Nutrition, like clothes, should empower and energize you! It will make you look beautiful and most of all it’ll make you feel great!

Breakfast: The most important meal of the day. It BREAKS the FAST between your last meal & sleep. Which jump starts your metabolism. My breakfast consist of my Herbalife Healthy Meal Shake, Oatmeal with Granola (Fruit & Nuts) & Herbalife Tea which gives me that boost of energy to beast my day.

Lunch: Homemade Pesto Pizza on a bed of Spinach Leaves with Shrimp or Chicken.

Dinner: Slow cooked Lamb Chops with Quinoa & Broccoli

Cheat Day: PAPA JOHN’S PIZZA & Dorito’s with Queso Dip?

Diet Trick: I don’t believe in Diets! People go on diets to hit a goal & once that goal is accomplished, 9 times out of 10 they fall back into old habits. I teach my clients to embrace the “Lifestyle Change” don’t give up all the things you enjoy. Just cut back some & do everything in moderation.

Problem Area: ABS! Why? Because they come and go. During bulking phases I intake more food, some less healthier than others & my abs always suffer. But it’s a bitter sweet thing because I get to put on mass.

Key to Discipline: The key to discipline is Personal Development. You have to exercise the mind just as much as you exercise the body. A STRONG MIND EQUALS A STRONG BODY! I listen to motivational messages everyday to keep a positive mindset. Because in life we’re going to be challenged, and if you’re weak minded you’re going to FAIL. But even when you fail, FAIL FORWARD.

Workout Routine: I workout 5-6 times a week. I break the days down by targeting different muscle groups. At the beginning of the week I target my weakest areas and towards the end of the week I hit the strong areas. Back & Shoulders on Mon, Legs on Tuesday, Arms on Wednesday, Legs & Abs on Thursday, Chest on Friday and Saturdays is a full body workout.

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I’m Antonial Barnes (IG: @ant_the_model) a 24 y.o. from San Marcos, Texas. I’m a musician, I can play Jazz Piano, Marimba, Vibraphone, Drum-set, Congas, and want to learn the violin. (Interesting personal fact) my favorite animal is a penguin. I got into fitness when I used to be 135 lbs and always wanted muscles. So me and a buddy made a promise to start working out and lifting heavy weights and stayed dedicated. My buddy left for the army after 3 months of working out together and ever since then I just been going on my own. Stayed dedicated- bam, lol!

Workout Philosophy: Don’t try to be number 1 in someone else’s eyes, but strive to be number one in your eyes.

Breakfast: Since I try to gain weight I eat a big breakfast. Bacon, eggs, toast, fruit smoothie, banana, and sometimes oatmeal.

Lunch: A turkey sandwich with a serving of chips,water, and a banana or lean pasta dinner (frozen food like bertolli.)

Dinner: Grilled, baked, or breaded chicken (not fried), with beans and rice.

Cheat Day: ANYTHING!!! lol

Diet Trick: Eat a big breakfast so you won’t be as hungry for lunch and dinner.

Problem Area: Sweets lol, I love cake and cookies and I try my best to stay away from them. Also, trying to gain muscle. Gaining muscle is very hard so don’t get discouraged when you don’t see it in time. You can only gain 13lbs of muscle naturally each year so it will take some time.

Key to Discipline: Keep at it. When you feel too tired to work out, take some pre-workout and head to the gym! I do not believe in sets because it makes me feel bad if I don’t complete it so just do an exercise until you cant do it no more…take a break….then do it again.

Workout Routine: I work out a certain body part a day like.
Mon: Leg day, Squats, Lunges, Calf Raises (with weights,) Jump Rope, Treadmill and Leg Press, Leg Extension.
Tues: Chest Day & Abs, chest, Bench Press, Incline Press, Decline Press, Butterflies, Push ups, Cable Crossovers, Abs, Ab wheel, Standing/Kneeling and Cable Crunches.
Wednes: Back Day, Lat Pulldowns, Bent over barbell rows, Bent over long bar rows, Renegade Rows, Pull Ups
Thurs: Arms & Shoulders, Arms, Barbell Curls, Hammer Curls, Cable Curls, Triceps/Bench Dips, Lying Triceps Press, Triceps Pulldown (rope), Shoulders, Arnold Dumbbell Press, Decline Shoulder Rise, Front Dumbbell Rise, Shoulder Shrugs.
Fri: All Around/Full Body. Do a Little bit of everything!
Sat: If able I redo my chest day workout (since I want a bigger chest.)

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My name is David “Sancocho” Quarles (IG:@sancochin89) I’m a Copy Editor by day, Zumba® Fitness instructor by night, and a Men’s Physique competitor by hobby. I come from a hodgepodge of cultures, so in regards to maintaining being fit, food is a BIG challenge! I’m four years in to my weightless journey of 296lbs to 174lbs, and I’m loving every moment of it.

Workout Philosophy: Workout like no one is watching. Pay attention to yourself, your form, your safety, your progress. Everyone else will either cheer you on, or despise your progress. Either way, your progress is just that…YOURS. You can use your story to inspire and motivate others. Yet never become overly concerned with their opinion…it might just stifle your progress.

Breakfast: 5 egg whites and 1 whole egg, 1/2 – full cup grains and first of many sips of my first gallon jug of the day.

Lunch: 8-10oz. of chicken breast, 1 cup of greens (any choice) and 1/2 – full cup grains (I usually have brown rice or quinoa.)

Dinner: 8-10oz. of chicken breast or fish , 2 cups greens, Hopefully I’m finishing up my water!

Cheat Day: The largest pizza I can find from any local Pizzeria.

Diet Trick:I love carb cycling. Never let your body get used to your activity or way of eating. I’ll low carb for 2 days and increase carbs on the 3rd day. This method will help raise your metabolism and allow your body to burn fat while giving your body some good fuel to power through your workouts!

Problem Area: My lower back a.k.a love handles. I accumulate most of my weight here as I’m on a weight gaining cycle and its usually the last place I lose the weight. Clean eating, higher water intake and frequent cardio usually helps me take care of that problem. But when I cheat, my love handles tell all!

Key to Discipline: I know my goals and where I want to be. The only person in control of whether or not I achieve my goals is me. Therefore, I can either be a help or hindrance to myself. I choice progress! Too, I know from where I’ve come, and I know I don’t want to go back there!

Workout Routine: I do fasted cardio in the morning before work; usually consisting of 30min. on the elliptical or treadmill. When it’s warm out, I like to take that workout to the track! I teach a Zumba® Fitness class almost everyday, so that takes care of my second round of cardio. Between cardio sessions, I weight train. I break down each day into different muscle groups: chest and triceps, back and abs or a whole workout centered around legs. It depends on the day and mood. I, too, have now incorporated swimming at least 4 times a week. Talk about a total body workout!

À la carte

2 Feb

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Are you the same YOU when no one is around verse when you’re in a room full of close friends, admirers and onlookers? Is everything you do for show while the more relaxed you rather not do anything at all?

I can honestly say that I’m myself no matter the atmosphere or audience, if any. So much so that I have had it held against me when I’m unmoved in my preferences or when people make assumptions that just because of I how grew up should dictate how I carry myself or interact with people.

I understand when leaving the comfort of your own home we are to put our best foot forward but how many people are lying to themselves in the efforts to achieve notoriety by being the complete opposite of who you would be more comfortable being. Granted as we get older and experience the never ending treadmill we call life we are to be developing new taste, mental stability and a new found confidence.

My personality is multifaceted that’s why it always a challenge for me to stay true to myself and not cheat myself by being someone I’m not. The only way of getting to the end of the road to start the new journey of a better YOU is to be transparent. I’m not implying to wear your heart on your sleeve, be rude or gullible but to be strong, honest and determine.

The other day I was talking with a friend about dieting and why people fail. I mention that they lie to themselves by setting unrealistic goals, lying about their weight & size and cheating. Rather than just asking for help or simply work towards being happy with who they are now they will continue to lie to keep from admitting that they aren’t doing the work. The only way to get over hurdles is to honest about your shortcoming so that you can figure out your strengthens. That will set you apart and make you more secure with who you are so that you wont be putting on a show for people.

Even in relationship it’s important to be the YOU that makes its easy for you to sleep at night. Some people may not get it but that just makes room in your life for people who will.

“The true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.”
― John Wooden

I am always learning something new about myself everyday but that comes with being truthful and open with myself first over expecting people to dictate who I should be. I try to live my life in a way that not matter what you say to my family or friends if it doesn’t coincide with who they know me to be the won’t believe otherwise. The only way to achieve that is to be ME 24/7 howbeit, a real audience or the imagine one I pretend my sofa pillows to be when I’m fake interviewing myself.

I’m not clueless to the fact that a lot of advancement and worldly achievement rely on reputation which is important too. However, it’s dire to your well-being to be concerned with your character because that’s who really are and when things start to crumble or unravel you don’t have the stress of trying to keep the facade. While your reputation is merely what others think you are.

I mean… you can think I’m a jerk all day but I’m still a size 32 going on 28 right after I post this and go for my second 10 mile run of the day.

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Hooded Cape: Zara $90.76
Ribbed Turtleneck: Zara $25.90
Denim: Levis 511 Macy’s $58
Hunt-In Man Boots: Kenneth Cole (owned since 2011)
Accessories: (bracelets; MK, Hollister, Giles & Brother and Sunstone)

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