Thinspiration: David Agbodji for Antidote Magazine.

20 Dec

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Feeling fat and under-dressed? Well you should! I don’t know how many times I can yell, tweet or type to you fatties that summer bodies are built in the winter.

I know, I know the food is just too good and plentiful this time of year and the bed is too warm to be heading to the gym before work however, you’re going to be one depressed butterball when spring rolls around and you’re still round.

Side note: Right now is the best time to get the best deal on gym memberships before they gouge the prices in a week for the weight loss New Year’s resolution crowd. Also, that means the weight and cardio rooms are empty!!! (I love when I have the gym all to myself and don’t have to fight the elderly over a treadmill or bike.)

If you need any reason to look great this holiday party season the world’s best thinspiration David Agbodji’s slender but strapping body, onyx like skin and pure sleek opulent wardrobe featured in this spread should be all the motivation you need.

I know I’m going from comfortable street chic this holiday season but for those of you men that want a little more UMPH for your holiday attire, supermodel and brilliant photographer David Agbodji teams up with fashion photographer Miguel Reveriego and fashion editor Yann Weber for the Fall Winter 2014 edition of Antidote Magazine. Set design is work of Jesse Kaufmann at Frankreps.

I know the styling isn’t much but you have to admit that these images are none other than cool and marvelous. I’m enthralled at even though the styling is mode they still come off as bad ass. I mean, who really can pull off a glitter chest at a Christmas or NYE party? None of us but that don’t mean we shouldn’t stop the bench presses.

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Sluggish But Still Stylish.

20 Dec

Christmas gifts purchased & wrapped. ✔
Halls Deck. ✔
Goal weight reached to gorge on Christmas diner. Eh.
Arrival date set and room booked. ✔
Packed…of course not!

As much as I’m in the holiday spirit I can honestly say the Grinch has stole my Christmas style spirit. I leave on Monday to go home for the holidays and I’ve yet to pull, purchase or pack one item to wear while I’m home. This year I’m not only a guest but I’m hosting Christmas Eve activities and helping coordinate Christmas Day dinner. In Christmas past all I had to do was show up well-groomed and styled, received my gifts and leave, however this year I will be back and forth to the grocery, up and down the highway, in the kitchen, wrangling guests and my nieces & nephew between homes so the last thing on my mind is what to wear.

I need something active, breathable, yet current, cool and fabulous. Lets be honest, people expect me to look amazing no matter what.

Now the last thing on my list of things to-do before the gym is come up with looks for the four days I’ll be home. As I was looking for thinspo I remembered reading GQ a month ago where they did a feature on new American Designers who did some pretty sharp collaboration collections with The Gap.

One of the designers/brands features was John Elliott + Co. Inspired at the age of 8 after sending his first designed to NIKE he later formed his Los Angles based company in the Spring of 2012 with friend/business partner, Aaron Lavee thus, delivering thier first collection in the Spring of 2013. John Elliott’s designs are all about being function yet modern. Basically what I’m looking for right now.

I love dressing up however, it’s not practical for the events ahead. After looking through John Elliot + Co’s FW/14 LookBook I’m uber inspired by this collection and what direction I want to pack for next week. This collection is relaxed but clean and very mode. The overall collection is easy and full of basic but thats the best feature of the clothing because every great look need a good foundation. The garnish is the premium textile used (French terry is custom knit in the United States, zippers are sourced from Riri in Switzerland and fabrics are source and develop from Japan.)

I am a huge fan (only time that word is applied to me) of activewear but I still want to be presentable. This collection is just that- the easy and comfortability of sweats, tees and denim still, being modern with today’s contemporary edge of layering, placid tailoring and calm color pallet. The collegiate comfort meet street chic is very much on trend. All I need to do is find a cool pair of sneakers, a awesome coat and I’ll be ready.

What do you think of this collection????

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À la carte

9 Dec

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What really make a person a loner? I mean… I have a younger brother but you’d never know it if I didn’t tell you. I have a set of friends that are dear to me and I’m very close to my family however, neither of those aspects are shown in my personality. I love attend parties, can work in groups, travel and enjoy hosting game night but that don’t mean I will come to yours.

Yes, I greet strangers whom I make eye contact with, and will help a person with a flat tire but for the most part I couldn’t care less what is going in other’s life outside of our interactions together.

Many people associate being a loner with not being a “people person,” angry or self-conscious. Quite the contrary, being a loner is a person that is perfectly fine with doing all those thing by themselves, prefer the simpleness of life and is constantly consciously working on the person they are becoming.

Most importantly a loner is someone that doesn’t wait on the approval or arrival of others to press on. Many people halt their life waiting for someone else albeit, friends, family or lover only to find themselves missing out on life or sometimes leading a life that isn’t theirs. There are a few of you that are bored and sitting around right now wishing you had someone to hangout with to do “stuff” with. That’s why I’m a loner because, I am perfectly ok with playing by myself. I don’t need a gym partner, playmate or someone to tag along with to keep me from boredom or making an adventure of the day.

Stop being lazy waiting on someone to excite your life. Be a loner; gas up your car, charge up your camera, and use those Groupons! Also, I’ve always believed in doing your dirt alone therefore no one can tell your story but you.

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Shawl-Collar Cardigan: Austin Reed Dillard’s $66
V-Neck Sweater: Calvin Klein 6pm.com $70.99
Denim: 511 levi’s $39.99 JCP
Saddle Oxfords: Perry Ellis Burlington Coat Factory $21.98
Accessories: (Rings; Aldo. Bracelets; MK, Giles & Brother, Ross and feastfashionfaves.com)

Guilt FREE Goodies!

1 Dec

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Noshavember is OVER an Cyber Monday is here! Bright side I can finally look like a human again and not like my dad. Dark side, I have to start back shaving again!

It was kind of a breeze getting dressed and skipping one of the thousand grooming processes I partake in before leaving the house also, my skin needed a break. Noshavember has allowed me to get in touch with my butch side, rid me of any hair bumps and blemishes from constantly scalping myself and forced me to actually get dressed. It’s a must to over dress to distract from the Chia Pet on my chin.

Many of you guys wasn’t able to last the entire month of no shaving or simply couldn’t wait to get up today and hack your face off. Not only did some of you did noshavember completely wrong many of you shave terribly as well!

That’s why I’m doing a giveaway of one of my most savored shaving products! Men’s grooming brand Billy Jealousy has a shaving pack Shave3Some that inculdes a pre-shave treatment, super-slik shaving cream and after-shave balm. The brilliant thing about this pack is all you need for a great shave is in one pack and they WORK! A lucky winner can receive this sinfully good shaving system of 3oz travel-size (airplane approved) shave trio normally priced for $40.

These products are pure awesome for getting a slick, razor burn free close shave. All you have to do is follow me on Twitter @BougieHippie and retweet your entry! Or just enter here: Billy Jealousy Shave3Some Giveaway.

For those of you who have grown to love your new bushy look or just not up for the challenge of shearing it then, head over to Billy Jealousy to try some of the beard coifing products. Through Tuesday they are having a 15% off Cyber Monday sale with promo code: CYBER.

Remember, to not have an itchy beard or gross looking beard wash, moisturize, trim and comb/brush your beard. Even though you’re not shaving you still have to take care of your entire face so beard care should be apart of your facial regime.

Giveaway winner will be announced Friday!

Smell awesome even at the gym.

25 Nov

Balla Body Spray
Axe your overpowering, obnoxious and offensive body spray you’ve got as a Christmas gift last year that you’ve yet to use up!

Let’s face it, male body sprays are nauseating and not in the good maxing out on the leg press during leg day nauseating. I understand why some guys prefer body spray; it’s less expensive than cologne, can be applied all over the body and more in quantity.

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That’s why I was excited when Balla for men sent me their latest scent to try. I am all about developing a signature scent. Having a signature scent will guarantee no one forgetting you. They say “outta sight out of mind” but we all know the number one memory provoking factor is smell. So if you have a signature scent it’s in their sheets, car and memory bank. Try forgetting me now!

I had already prejudge the Balla’s fragrance just based on the fact that I’m not a teenage boy. However, this scent is all man but don’t John Deer man. Balla body spray isn’t musky, full of some type of tree bark and definitely not soft like a lady.

I was wow’d at how refreshing the fragrance is without being the stereotypical man scent of pine, sandalwood or cedar and frankincense. It has a powder aspect to it that actually plays with your natural body chemistry.

I use it after a midday workout when I didn’t want to smell dull nor reapply my regular cologne, on my gym bag (for obvious funky reasons) and currently while traveling so that I can have a complete coverage that isn’t so strong during winter when everyone has their heater on cook everyone body temperatures.

If you’re more of an athletic guy or just afraid of the fragrance clerk at the mall then, get this- it perfect.

Head over to www.ballaformen.com to see all the local retailer you can pick yourself up a bottle.

“Junk Food Journals:” Entry 12

19 Nov

Cheers to all of you who haven’t started slacking in the gym just because it’s cold outside, you’re going to look great next summer! Don’t believe me, well here are three strong reasons to stay motivated in “Junk Food Journals:” Entry 12.

It’s so easy to put a workout off or skip a day however, when you step on that scale you’re going to regret it. This is the worst time of year for our guts so don’t wait till New Year’s to get it under control.

While you’re trying to kill time before Scandal airs or sitting around on the computer watching other people look great, get up off your flabby a** and tone it. You’re Welcome!

“Cut out a “time waster” and replace it with exercise.” -James Paylor

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I’m Evan Martin (IG: Datboie_79)  and I have always been athletic and played many sports in high school, including football and basketball. I’ve never had a weight issue. I just never liked being thin and skinny. In 1999 I started lifting weights in the gym to put on size. When I started to see great physical changes I then decided to make fitness a part of my everyday life. Health and fitness is my #1passion every day I strive to be a better version of myself both mentally and physically.

Workout Philosophy: My workout philosophy is to make training an everyday part of my life. It is just as important as making money, eating food, and taking showers. You cannot live without those three things and you cannot live without fitness. Fitness to me, is a lifestyle not a hobby.

Breakfast: Fruit, bananas/apples and some oatmeal. Also I would have a protein shake.

Lunch: Chicken breast sandwich with whole wheat bread and some protein bars.

Dinner: Tilapia, chicken, and brown rice and whole wheat bread with spinach.

Cheat Day: Chips, cookies,pizza.

Diet Trick: I believe you can eat whatever you want within portion reasonable sizes. Just burn it off by doing a workout after the bad food you ate.

Problem Area: It was my legs, now no real problem areas.

Key to Discipline: Stay consistent, stay focused and stay disciplined! Always make time for fitness by making a schedule for yourself to train/workout.

Workout Routine: The majority of my training is done at home. Everyday I strive to do different workouts. Some days will be calisthenics, some days it will be cardio, and some days it will be weights…always mixing things up, is the key to getting true results and fighting off plateaus/boredom.

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My name is James Paylor (IG: SHILOHHERITAGE). I enjoy shopping, spending time with my family, and working out. I try to keep a positive attitude and mindset.

Workout Philosophy:  Go hard and give your all but don’t over do it. Know your limit!

Breakfast: Because I’m thin, and I want to gain weight, I have grilled cheese with bacon and gator tots with water just about everyday.

Lunch: Anything with carbs.

Dinner: Repeat lunch.

Cheat day: Bluebell Oreo Cookies n Cream Ice cream.

Problem area: It’s very hard for me to gain weight in the top half of my torso just under my chest.

Key to Discipline: Don’t over think analyze or yell to the world about going to the gym because I find it puts too much pressure on me to keep it up … Cut out a “time waster” and replace it with exercise.

Workout Routine:
Mon: Legs , glutes, quads.
Tues: Shoulders and abs.
Wed: Cardio/abs.
Thurs: Back and biceps.
Fri: Chest and triceps.
Saturday & Sunday : Rest (maybe 30 mins of your choice of body part.)

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My name is Adriel (IG: AAADRIEL)and I am 28. I started taking my fitness seriously April 2013. I was 240 lbs, about a 43 inch waist and I just decided that’s not who I wanted to be or what I wanted to look like. It took me about 4 months of STRICT dieting and workouts to lose the weight and gain muscle over fat.  Currently I am trying different things out to gain some lean mass. I don’t know much about fitness lol. I just ask a lot of questions, follow a lot of people who inspire me and go hard in the gym and with the dieting when I can.

Workout Philosophy:  Workout until failure, work out the whole body (don’t skip legs it makes a difference in all your other workouts) ask lots of questions, and be consistent. Understand that everyone comes from different places and everyone won’t understand your struggle.  Some people are larger trying to get smaller and others are smaller trying to get larger. Talk to people that have been through your struggle.  If you decide to get a trainer find someone who is genuinely interested in fitness. Never pay someone for training  that hardly trains themselves. Never sign up for one of those services in which you get a different trainer every time you visit. Your trainer is your friend and your mentor. He/she knows when you bullshit and know when you are giving it your all.  They know your max and your minimum. They start to care about your results as much as you do. I recommend to workout with someone that is into men’s physique not just personal training. Trust me that makes 100% of the difference. All in all, you can try it without a trainer first! There are so many other resources.

Breakfast: Egg white & plain oatmeal.

Lunch: Chicken, vegetables and a yam or brown rice.

Dinner: Meat: Fish/chicken/99% lean ground turkey. Vegetables: Anything green. Carbs: Whole grain items or yam.

Cheat Day: Cheat day :-) We all deserve a little ice cream LOL. But we pay for it. When I dont cheat I see it. When I do I see that too.  Cheat meal is buffalo wings. When I am really on top of my diet the food doesn’t tempt me BUT I have a sweet tooth! THE SUGARS are the WORST! I try to not allow myself to get too hungry because that’s when the craving starts. Also, I never go to the grocery store hungry. Its a setup! Everything looks delicious.  When I do have a snack I make sure its not breakfast and not dinner. I also try to make sure its on a day in which I am drinking a lot of water and a higher intensity day like leg day or cardio and chest day. If I am going to a family event or BBQ, I try to eat something before I go. That way if I do eat, its not much and I’m not craving the peach cobbler or the apple pie lol.

Diet Trick: I think I struggled the most with diet when I didn’t know what I could and couldn’t eat. Walking in the grocery store and trying to figure out if some particular item was OK or if it wasn’t. I learned really fast to keep it simple. Don’t try to play the line of “ok” and “not ok”. It just confused me and stressed me out. KEEP IT SIMPLE, chicken, fish, 99% lean meat is good. Everything else is not.  If you’re trying to lose weight I personally recommend staying away from red meat.  I avoid processed meats (and foods), like chicken nuggets or Tyson chicken tenders, they are not ok. For carbs; only whole grain pastas, whole grain rice and baked yam. Use different seasoning for your meats to make it taste different.  Eat more meals but smaller portions. Healthy fats can be your friend. As you even out your portions and start to consistently eat 4 and 5 meals a day you will start to become hungry. That is a GOOD sign because that means your metabolism is increasing. Have a few almonds with your meal at the end. This keeps you from being hungry. There has been so many times that I waited to eat the almonds and I ate the whole bag LOL. That’s not good. If you eat them at the end of your meal they will help you before you get hungry. I try to keep my sugar and fat intakes lower. 100% juices and even fruits have lots of sugar and you do need sugars but just remain aware of how much your eating in the day. Drink lots of  water (lay off the sugar in coffee and drinks, read the back) . **Do not carb starve! it is bad for you, it decreases energy, it creates a starving feeling and your body starts to break down protein for energy instead of carbs, and that means the protein you are taking in is not being used to build muscle**

Problem Area: TIME. Time is an issue for me. Making time to eat the amount of meals and having time to make them. The best thing to do is cook for 2 and 3 days at a time. In the event you can’t, don’t go to your local fast food. Find grocery store get a rotisserie chicken and a bag of steam fresh veggies. If you need your carbs then you can get a yam or Uncle Ben’s whole grain 90 second rice.

Key to Discipline: Don’t depend on others to go with you. Take pictures so you can see where you’re coming from and where you’re headed. If you’re not headed in the right direction then you will be able to see that. If you’re progressing in one area over the other then, you will know. When you’re working out you wont notice your progress unless you have older pictures to reference. (Morning pictures are the best) Don’t be afraid to ask someone on Instagram or read on how someone  achieved their results and what else can you do to achieve the same. Follow fitness people. There are lots of tips and tricks and lots of inspiration online. Always remember the reason you started to workout!

Workout Routine: Right now I set days. Chest/triceps day, leg day, back/biceps day, and shoulder/calf day. I try to workout the complete muscle by choosing 5 or 6 exercises per muscle.  At about 4 sets and 10 reps of each exercise. For right now chest  day I do incline, decline and regular bench press. I also do dumbbell fly’s and usually pick something else. I have my routine and once it becomes too routine I do the same exercises in a different order. Same thing applies to all the other parts and days 5 different exercises 10 reps each.

Smooth as Chocolate.

18 Nov

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Who care’s about your waist when your face is even, smooth and radiant as the sun?! Everyone actually, but that besides the point.

I love skincare confection like a fat kid love a good box of assorted chocolates. However, during this time of year with the weather changing and noshavember upon us I have to really pay attention to my skin to keep my mug as tight and clean under the scruff and all the sweet breakout causing treats this holiday.

There once was a time when the only thing a man had in his skincare arsenal was a warm washcloth and a shaving kit he either stole from his dad or was bought by a woman in his life.

Men are as self conscious about their skin as women. We go through the same things as, dark circles, blemishes, scars, acne and breakouts, not mention are skin is oilier than women. On the bright side that why we age more gracefully… there, I said it!

Of all the route to presentable skin I’ve never tried makeup, for obvious reason but because I didn’t see how it would cure the problem rather than cover it up. However, makeup artist Chris McKinley express in his feature of “Taste Coach” this is a new trend with men and ‘complexion correction’ skincare.

This was a perfect opportunity to reach out to Michele Probst founder of Mënaji Skincare for The Confident Man to try out her line of dermatologist and chemists tested men’s skin treatment and corrective products.

Founded after her twenty years of experience in the fashion photography, television, film and video industries. Some of her clients include, Aaron Neville, Al Gore, Barack Obama, Bryan Batt, Katie Couric, Chris Matthews, Enrique Inglesias, Jay Leno, Kid Rock, Larry King, Neil Young, Stevie Nicks, Tim McGraw, Tom Brokaw and many more. Her specialty is making her celebrity male clients look youthful and natural without looking made-up.

After our awesome and informative phone conversation about our love of healthy skin she sent me a package of her most savored facial treats for me to devourer and share with my readers.

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First, what I love about the packaging when I received the product is that it comes in a repurposed cigar box to be a bit discrete and butch up the the fact I’ve just ordered makeup. After a week of wearing and testing each product I can break down and review each included in my package.

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Deep Cleansing Masque:($26 3.4oz/100ml) This was my favorite of them all. It reminded me a bit of Noxzema, it has a mentholated pore opening feeling that I could feel working while I applied and left it on for 15mins before my shower. It left my face very clean and very open. It get’s a deep cleanse without all the hard work. This can be used everyday for a mini facial.

Face & Body Scrub:($30 5.75oz/170ml) Now I’m very particular about trying new things to wash my body with being that I have already developed a body wash and moisterizer system that I’m not messing with. Therefore, I only use this as a facial scrub, it’s not abrasive, pleasantly scented and similar to my Nivea Men face scrub. It’s good for removing the deep cleanse masque for a broader wash.

911 Eye Gel & Lip Balm Agent: ($36 1.0oz/28g & $7.50 0.15oz/4.2g) The 911 Eye Gel is sent directly from sleep deprived Skinny-Jesus himself, I absolutley love it. Simply dab it under your eye, let it air dry and last night is just that! It contains a combination of chamomile, aloe and wheat protein. All hypoallergenic and oil-free!For quick and better results store it in your refrigerator for an ICY application. The lip balm isn’t anything special but a good reminder to protect your lips as you do your skin especially this winter.

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HDPV Anti-Shine Powder: ($35 10g powder) When I initally open the package I was a bit apprehensive at the tone choices being a Black male with a darker complextion. I was sent Tan, Bronze and Dark! My suspicion was right, none of the color worked for my complexion. You guys should have seen my face the first day I tried the product, I was casket ready. However, being the resourceful skinny savant I am I watched a few youtube tutorials and noticed that the colors that most women use aren’t their natural skin color either. What I did was use each tone in a different area of my face to even out, highlight and match my complexion.

I did the Dark on my jaws and temples, the Tan under my eyes and the Bronze in my T-zone and cheekbones then use the brush to blend. What I realized in my application is that press powder isn’t for fully covering your face but to clean it up, minimize shine and directly cover up blemishes and bruises. Also, it’s better used for pics and not everyday use because after a while I experienced a burning sensation as it sank into my pores (yet it wasn’t heavy apart from the burning I barely noticed it on) and it started to settle under my eye giving me the appearance of crow’s feet and I’m only 29!

Overall, I love the idea of Mënaji products, they a very cost effective, made is the U.S.A. and pro men. As well as, with everyone an Instagram model these days they are the perfect filter for the perfect selfie. The only problem I had was skin matching with the powder. Other than on a scale of 1-10 I give Mënaji products a 7 1/2 because they don’t treat acne or razor bumps but does a good job at maintaining a fresh look.

Oh yeah, another thing to try is the Aftershave Hydrator ($34 4 oz/118ml) it double as a full face moisterizer. It has the consistency of a light lotion but last like an oil.

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