On Martin Luther King Jr. Day

(Above photo Credit: Anthony Q.)

For whatever reason, any and all holidays are used by the U.S. retail industry as an excuse for markdowns. But that’s not the case in many other countries, and one could argue that it shouldn’t be the case here.

Today is about celebrating a man who drastically moved the human experience towards equality, justice, and compassionate intellect, all while peacefully facing down absurd ignorance and injustice. So it feels more than a little odd to use it to save cash on a shirt, a mattress, or a car.

Today, instead of seeking out another great deal on clothes, maybe consider spending some of your money or time aiding an organization that reflects the altruism of Dr. King.

Because while we as a species seem to have come a long way, we’ve still got quite a ways to go. And today is a perfect opportunity through introspection and service (we here at this tiny website are very much included) to try and get a little bit better.


Dappered Style Mail

FASHION DEAL UPDATE:

The 6 Destinations Where You’ll Find the Chicest It Girls This Winter

Will you be chained to your desk until spring? You’ve been warned: The following photos will spark more than a little bit of FOMO. While the rest of us are grinding away on the 9-to-5 schedule, It girls like Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert and Danielle Bernstein are enjoying trips to amazing destinations like Switzerland and the Bahamas.

Luckily, their stylish Instagram accounts are veritable travel guides, giving us plenty of vacation itinerary ideas. Thanks to these six ladies, we know the buzziest new museum in Morocco, the most picturesque pool in Utah, the ideal beach swing in Costa Rica, and more. Read on to see which spots made our bucket list.

Italian editor and stylist Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert knows the best place to stay in Switzerland: the Kulm Hotel in St. Moritz. Whether it was staying cozy inside the hotel or hitting the slopes, leave it to her to look insanely stylish in freezing temperatures.

Feeling envious yet? Danielle Bernstein of We Wore What found the ultimate place to escape winter: The Cove Eleuthera in the Bahamas. She shared beautiful photos of her impeccable private villa and perfect beachside outfits, but we’re especially jealous of this hammock situation. Can we join next time, Danielle?

Australian model Bree Warren showed off her chic bikini at the exclusive Amangiri resort in Utah, which you may have also spotted on Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s Instagram. The remote resort is designed to blend in with the surrounding desert landscape and offer first-class hospitality, so it’s definitely on our list of dream destinations.

Chiara Ferragni took her baby bump to the most Instagrammable hotel in all of Morocco: La Mamounia. (Emily Ratajkowski is also a fan.) Between brunching and taking a dip in the hotel’s stunning pool, Ferragni checked out Marrakech’s new Yves Saint Laurent museum. Is that the perfect vacation itinerary or what?

Aerie model Nià lived the #puravida life at the Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo back in November. How cute are her Urban Outfitters top and Zara skirt? We’re officially dying to book a trip to Costa Rica.

Model Jada Sezer spent New Year’s Eve at the posh Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hong Kong. Fashion girls, listen up: The hotel has teamed up with Vestiaire Collective on the Voyage in Style package—among other perks, the package offers access to a dozen rare fashion items during your stay, including a 1970s Christian Dior minaudière and a limited-edition Hermès Kelly bag. Who could pass that up?

Celebrity Style and Fashion Trend Coverage | http://www.whowhatwear.com

BEST DISCOUNT UPDATE:

Up to 50% Off Original Price @ BCBGeneration.com!

Monday Meals: Mediterranean Chickpea Quinoa Bowl

The Mediterranean diet is consistently judged to be the healthiest way to eat, for heart health, reducing inflammation and weight loss or maintenance. This way of eating includes plenty of vegetables and fruits, olive oil, fish, whole grains, beans and legumes, seeds and nuts, limited amounts of red meat and the occasional glass of wine. Rather than eliminating significant food groups or relying on a fad ingredient, the Mediterranean diet is a way of life and a well-rounded approach to feeding yourself.

Grain bowls are a great addition to your meal repertoire and a handy way to clean out your refrigerator. They consist of base of healthy whole grains like quinoa, farro, freekeh, brown rice, wheat berries, or grits topped with veggies, greens, a bit of protein (soft poached egg is a fine choice) and a sauce or dressing. Finish it off with some seed, nuts or crunchy pickled veggies, maybe a sprinkle of herbs or cheese.

This recipe for Mediterranean Chickpea Quinoa Bowl from Eating Well is a great place to start your grain bowl exploration. It is gluten free and vegetarian, while high in fiber and flavor. Kalamata olives, roasted red peppers, garlic and feta cheese provide savory balance for the base of mild, nutty quinoa.

The post Monday Meals: Mediterranean Chickpea Quinoa Bowl appeared first on Women's Health.

Women’s Health

BEST DEAL UPDATE:

Tadashi Shoji Is Hiring A Contemporary Sales Representative In New York, NY

Tadashi Shoji, an LA-based fashion house, is seeking a qualified, innovative, enthusiastic and passionate Contemporary Sales Representative to join our dedicated team. Job Summary: The Contemporary Sales Representative will sell the products manufactured by our Tadashi Shoji brand. The …

Continue reading

Fashionista

BEST DISCOUNT UPDATE:

Class Is in SessionWell it’s January which means that our winter…

Class Is in Session

Well it’s January which means that our winter breaks are at an end. The next semester is right around the corner and it’ll soon be time to hunker down with the books. The beginning of the winter/spring session never gets as much hooplah as the autumn one, so let’s take some time to highlight some of the school pride in the shop

We’ve got academic, varsity, or collegiate souvenirs, many of them from back when schools would actually make stuff out of silver instead of giving you some horrendous “Class of Whenever” tee shirt. For all you Trojans we have a belt and a button set perfect for your preferred blue blazer to show your USC pride. They’re all smart buys.   

Put This On

FASHION UPDATE:

Here’s Every Piece in Goop’s First Activewear Line

It was only a matter of time before Goop—the lifestyle site turned mega-brand that tackles everything from your daily vitamins to fashion-forward jumpsuits—took on activewear. Today, Gwyneth Paltrow’s brainchild released G. Sport, “a technical,-high-performance line that is simultaneously as simple and elegant as possible,” they write. The sleek designs, currently only available in a sophisticated navy colorway called “Marine,” is free of overt branding and excess adornment. As the brand set out to create, “it’s a quietly confident approach to activewear that’s amplified by the woman wearing it, not the other way around.”

Paltrow describes G. Sport’s pieces as “simultaneously technical, comfortable, and fashion-centric. Most of the pieces in the collection come in at under $ 100 and every top and bottom can be mixed and matched for high-intensity workouts or a laid-back yet polished athleisure look.  Below is the first of three G. Sport releases that will occur over the next few weeks.

Available in sizes XS to L.
Available in sizes XS to L.
Available in sizes XS to L.
Available in sizes XS to L. Opening Image: Goop

Celebrity Style and Fashion Trend Coverage | http://www.whowhatwear.com

BEST DISCOUNT UPDATE:

Up to 50% Off Original Price @ BCBGeneration.com!

Victoria Beckham slammed over ‘sickly skinny’ model in ad campaign

Former Spice Girl-turned-fashion designer Victoria Beckham is being blasted over her latest eye-wear campaign, which features a “sickly skinny” model that some moms say is promoting eating disorders. “This image is why my already tiny daughter thinks she needs to eat less,” one enraged mother wrote on Facebook after seeing the image of 29-year-old Lithuanian…
Fashion | New York Post

SHOE DEAL UPDATE:

Missoni Goes ’80s New York City for Fall/Winter 2018

For its Fall/Winter 2018 collection, Missoni draws on codes of romanticism, embodying a 1980’s New York. The offering mixes texture and dark shades with alternating volumes and proportions, creating softly-tailored silhouettes. The collection is also heavy on incorporating loom-knit fabrics, ranging from workwear to a belted parka and the lining on a nappa leather car coat.

Flip through the collection above and share your thoughts in the comments below.

Click here to view full gallery at HYPEBEAST




HYPEBEAST

BEST DEAL UPDATE:

These Cute Work Outfits Will Make Getting Dressed a Million Times Easier

Of all the things I have to do in the morning—among them: coffee #1, breakfast, shower, makeup, coffee #2, etc.—nothing ever seems to take up more time than picking an outfit for work. I don’t know why, but it feels like the fashion-focused part of my brain doesn’t start properly functioning until well after I’ve left the house in the morning. Of course, one thing has helped speed things up a bit: inspo. Whether it’s screenshots on my camera roll, saved images in my Instagram collections, a Pinterest board, or an article (like today’s) bookmarked on my phone, a little outfit inspiration goes a long way. See the cute work outfit ideas I’m loving for this season below to help you get out the door faster in the morning too!

Similar Style: Diane von Furstenberg Patent Trench Coat ($ 798)
Similar Style: M2Malletier M’O Exclusive Annabelle Hologram Bag ($ 575)
Similar Style: Last Ink Kick Flare Jeans With Raw Hems ($ 36)
Similar Style: Janessa Leoné Renee Knitted Wool Beret ($ 155)
Similar Style: Sori Muffy Sweater in Mustard ($ 97)
Similar Style: Adam Lippes High-Rise Denim Culottes ($ 177)
Similar Style: Who What Wear Velvet Midi Skirt ($ 28)
Similar Style: Annie Costello Brown Mini Pom Pom Gold-Tone Earrings ($ 205)
Similar Style: Free People Pull-On Corduroy Flare ($ 78)
Similar Style: Banana Republic Plaid Side-Button Pencil Skirt ($ 98)
Similar Style: Anine Bing Natalie Boot Silver ($ 499)
Similar Style: Reformation Wells Blazer ($ 248)
Similar Style: Barneys New York Leather Skinny Belt ($ 125)
Similar Style: Forever 21 Double-Breasted Blazer ($ 43)
Similar Style: Re/Done + Hanes 1960s Cotton-Jersey T-shirt ($ 75)
Similar Style: Who What Wear Relaxed Side Snap Cropped Trouser ($ 35)
Similar Style: Manolo Blahnik Maysalebi Suede Mules ($ 765)
Similar Style: Joseph Leather Mules ($ 184)
Similar Style: Tibi Velvet Dress in Rust ($ 595)
Similar Style: Zara Double-Breasted Checked Blazer ($ 40)

Celebrity Style and Fashion Trend Coverage | http://www.whowhatwear.com

BEST DISCOUNT UPDATE:

Up to 50% Off Original Price @ BCBGeneration.com!

Mario Testino and Bruce Weber Accused of Sexual Assault

On Saturday morning, The New York Times reported that numerous male models and assistants have come forth to accuse renowned fashion photographers Bruce Weber and Mario Testino of sexual misconduct. Weber’s predacious workplace practices were already under scrutiny when a male model sued …

Continue reading

Fashionista

BEST DISCOUNT UPDATE:

How To Pack A Suitcase For A Business Trip

Before we go into how to pack a suitcase for a business trip, you have to know what to pack. So what you should pack, honestly, I think you know that best yourself.

 

 

 

What To Pack For A Business Trip

Versatility Is Key

A light blue shirt for business casual with chinos and a blazer

A light blue shirt for business casual with chinos and a blazer

You want a wardrobe that is easy to dress up and down because you have very limited garments with you and you want to get the most out of them.

For a standard business trip, I suggest you pack at least one suit, maybe two, and a navy blazer. In terms of color, I think a grey suit is perfect because you can combine the pants with a blazer and have another business appropriate outfit.

Chinos are great for travel

Chinos are great for travel

If you want another pair of pants, I think chinos are great or if you need something dressier, of course, you can go with dress pants. Make sure there’s enough contrast and don’t go with something navy that is different than the blazer, or even exactly the same because, it just looks off.

Sven Raphael Schneider wearing a DB flannel suit

Sven Raphael Schneider wearing a DB flannel suit

A heavier fabric such as a flannel, wrinkles less than a lightweight high twist fabric. Yes, you can always have your suit pressed when you arrive or just hang up in the bathroom to release the wrinkles with steam, but ideally, you want a suit that wrinkles as little as possible because it makes it easier on you and provides peace of mind because you’ll always look presentable.

A checked dress shirt for casual night outs

A checked dress shirt for casual night outs

When it comes to shirts, I’d bring a white dress shirt with cufflinks, maybe a light blue one, and at least a checked one which is a little more casual that you can wear without a tie, let’s say if you go out at night.

Undershirts may help you to keep your dress shirt fresher all day. If you want other colors, I suggest stick with pastel colors for shirts because they’re easy to combine, very versatile. Don’t go with bolder colors and if you want to add a dash of something special to your outfit, go with colorful accessories such as your tie, your pocket square, or maybe your cufflinks.

How Many Pairs Of Shoes Should You Bring?

When it comes to shoes, it’s actually very different if you have quality men’s shoes because they’re usually a lot heavier than cheaper ones. Personally, I have traveled three or four weeks with just three pairs of shoes, one which I wore on the plane, and two that were packed, and I could do that because I know exactly the kind of events I would go to.

Black cap toe oxfords with Fort Belvedere shadow stripe socks

Black cap toe oxfords with Fort Belvedere shadow stripe socks

If you know you have lots of formal business events, I suggest to go with a black cap toe oxford, and maybe a pair of burgundy shoes because it always combines well, it always looks presentable, professional, but you can also combine it in a more casual way.

Wingtip monk strap shoes with Fort Belvedere socks

Wingtip monk strap shoes with Fort Belvedere socks

If you don’t have formal events, I would go with a dark brown pair, maybe  monk straps, or regular lace-ups, then a pair of burgundy shoes, because it’s so versatile, and another may be light brown or cognac tone, maybe a suede pair of shoes because that browns up your wardrobe, makes you look presentable and dapper no matter where you go.

Shoe Trees are a must have

Shoe Trees are a must have

Most people forget it, but it’s very important to bring at least one pair of shoe trees because it helps your shoes to stay in shape and lasts longer, while plastic ones are really lightweight, I don’t like them because they don’t provide the desired shape and hold I need.

No matter where I travel, I always bring a travel shoehorn because it protects my shoes, it helps me to get into my shoes at security and I never want to miss it because it’s such a small item that can save you a lot of dollars.

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

Stock Up On Versatile Accessories

In terms of accessories, I usually bring pocket squares, tie, sometimes bow ties, cufflinks, rings, maybe a collar pin, or a collar bar, and also boutonnieres. I actually use the Fort Belvedere gift box to travel with them because that’s perfect and they don’t get damaged that way, that being said, usually, I travel my cufflinks in my carry-on because I don’t want to lose my valuable gold jewelry.

Now Let’s Get Packing!

So how do you pack a suitcase? First of all, I suggest you go to the bedroom because if you have a large enough bed, you can put all of your things out there and you can have your suitcase up on the bed so it’s easier to pack.

The first thing I do is to stuff my socks and underwear into the shoes that don’t have shoe trays. I definitely recommend you use shoe bags or dust bags because they keep the rest of your clothes clean. The remaining t-shirts, polo shirts, or undershirts, and socks go into the bottom of the suitcase and especially on the side where you have the pull mechanism because it’s uneven and those socks help to even everything out.

I add belts or suspenders to it, then my Dopp kit, and ideally, you want something that’s lightweight and not too heavy, sometimes the nicer Dopp kits are really heavy and it just adds bulk so try to pay attention to that.

How To Fold A Dress Shirt

How To Fold A Dress Shirt

Folding could have a huge impact on how your clothing wrinkles, dress shirts are delicate and wrinkle very easily, therefore, you should fold them and not roll them. The best way to do that is to put the shirt flat down with buttons facing on the floor or the table. Fold the sides inwards with sleeves on both the sides, and fold over the hem, and fold in half or in thirds, depending on the size of your suitcase.

Do that with other shirts and then stack them with collars opposite from each other. You can use the same folding technique with sweaters, t-shirts, or polo shirts, however, sometimes it may make more sense to simply roll them because it’s quicker, it’s easier, and it saves you on space.

Plastic Hangers & Garment Bags Are Your Friends

Now in terms of a suit, the big advantage of a large spinner suitcase is that you don’t need to really fold your suit heavily. What I do is I use a lightweight plastic hanger with a wide shoulder pad, you want the shoulders to be about two inches wide and you want a trouser bar to not be rubberized because it usually doesn’t stick. You want a form of really grippy foam or anything else that really holds the trousers up. Simply hang your suit and put it in a garment bag.

Gagliardi Plastic Hanger

Gagliardi Plastic Hanger

Personally, I stay clear of the heavier cotton garment bags I use at home and I go with really lightweight cheap ones because they help to prevent wrinkles, at the same time, they don’t add bulk or weight to my suitcase. Never go with more than two garment bags. If you have more than two suits or two jackets, simply double them up in the same garment bag. If you have a vest, which is extremely helpful, because vests are easy to combine, you add it on top of the hanger underneath the jacket.

How to position your garment bags in your suitcase

How to position your garment bags in your suitcase

Once the garment bag is zipped up, you lay it flat in the suitcase then take the other garment bag laid flat as well. You fold them over one on top of each other. That way, the crease in the garment is not strong and it won’t wrinkle. I always try to fold it just at the bottom part of the lapel because that way, you don’t get any creases in it. Sometimes, if I have more pairs of pants, I put them either on the hanger but if it’s too heavy and it would break the plastic hanger, I just put them flat in the bottom of the suitcase first.

How To Keep Your Suits Wrinkle-Free

On top of the suits, I only put very lightweight items such as pocket squares, ties, for that specifically, I use a tie case that my wife made for me when we first dated so it’s very dear to my heart and I use it to this day. I found that rolling up ties usually makes them wrinkle much more easily and just laying them flat in your suitcase means they shift around and that way they wrinkle too so definitely get a tie case.

You don’t want to put any heavy objects on top of your suits because otherwise, it’s much more likely to wrinkle. It’s good for a suitcase to have that zipper on top so you can close up the suit compartment and focus your efforts on the other side. You also want a compartment on the other side because it’s much heavier and you don’t want to push on the suit side.

If you have issues with the size of your shoes, I suggest you wear the heaviest pair when you travel and put the lighter ones in your dust bags. I also suggest to put the sole to sole and pack them that way, because they’re more compact and you get more in your suitcase.

For my belts, I always try to roll them up and either I put them in my shoes or I just fit them on the side of the shirts, or the shoes, because there’s always extra room for little things like that. The same is true for items such as chargers, or maybe your electric shaver, to make sure you don’t overload your Dopp kit, get travel size products or little bottles otherwise, it’s way too heavy.

Finding The Right Suitcase

Over the years, I’ve tried lots of different things and I’ve found that two things are very important. One, you want spinner wheels that are really easy to roll because nothing is as bothersome as having to carry your suitcase for long distances which makes you sweat and uncomfortable at the airport. Also, when you’re outside and the pavement is not always the best, having bad wheels is really a pain in the behind.

Personally, while I love the look of suitcases like Globetrotter, they’re just very impractical and I’ve had good luck with these hardshell suitcases in polycarbonate; they’re lightweight and they have strong corners. I always go for the zippered version because it’s lighter than the metal frame version from brands like for example, the one I’m using here right now is from Samsonite, it’s not sponsored in any way it’s just what I happen to like.

I used to live in Germany and was dating my wife in the US so I was traveling a lot back and forth, and those lightweight suitcases are really the best, they will break eventually but it’s still better than carrying a heavier aluminum suitcase that won’t break as easily but it doesn’t allow you to carry on a lot.

My Samsonite polycarbonate luggages

My Samsonite polycarbonate luggage

Two, your spinner suitcase has to be wide enough. Ideally, your shoulders should fit in there no problem. Originally, I started with larger, more rectangular suitcases, but I’ve gone to a square shape which works really well for suits because you can fold it nicely, you get the width you want, and they’re very easy to handle. Honestly, if you invest in custom suits, I really urge you to use a larger suitcase because they’re easy on your suits and you will able to wear them for much longer.

What are your must-haves for longer trips? Drop a comment below!


Gentleman’s Gazette

MEN FASHION DEAL UPDATE:

Look like a Gentleman, Travel in Style and Enjoy the Best in Men’s Accessories at Hook & Albert. Get 20% Off Your First Order with Coupon Code TAKE20. Shop Now!

“Women are sometimes taught to not dream as big as men. I’m so…

“Women are
sometimes taught to not dream as big as men. I’m so glad I had a daughter. I
want to teach her that there are no limits.” February
cover star Serena Williams discusses motherhood, marriage, and just how many
more Grand Slams she intends to win before retirement.

Read more.

VOGUE

THE BEST DEAL:

The Webster FW 16

#PTOman HighlightsOur Instagram followers are some stylish…

#PTOman Highlights

Our Instagram followers are some stylish people, so once a week, we like to bring you some highlights from our feed. Meizar does the rare and fun move of matching tie to beanie, Zoltan brightens up a solid workwear look, Jeffrey keeps it both crisp and cozy, and Trung displays pattern balancing with his shirt and tie.

Have any good combos and contrasts in your outfits? Follow us on Instagram and tag your pictures with #PTOman. Bonus points for full body-outfit shots as opposed to just shoes or collars.  

Put This On

FASHION UPDATE:

The 16 Coolest iPhone X Cases

If you’re tech-savvy and always have to have the latest gadget, chances are that you’ve sprung for the iPhone X—or received one as a very generous gift over the holidays. Apple’s latest cell phone rollout is touted with a new and improved camera, a full-screen display without a home button, and even a Face ID, which eliminates the need for a password to unlock your cell. Either way, if you’re dropping $ 1K on a brand-new phone, you’ll definitely want to invest in a case to protect it.

The selection is still somewhat sparse, but brands have started rolling out a few more cases for the iPhone X. Whether you’re after something sleek and minimal, something playful and fun, or even one you can customize with your name, we’ve rounded up the coolest cases to protect your new phone. You can shop 16 cute phone cases for the iPhone X here.

Elegant and cool.
Customize this with your name.
Embellished with coiled snakes.
Finished with pretty florals.
Try out this violet case—the Pantone Color of the Year.
We love this gold grid pattern.
It’s all about pearls right now.
Get your hands on this chic case.
Tortoiseshell is always in style.
A luxe case in black and gold.
Who else loves rose gold?
You’ll love this if you’re into florals.
Graphic and cool.
With floating leopard faces.
Perfect if you just want to show off that new phone.
This one is built to last.

Celebrity Style and Fashion Trend Coverage | http://www.whowhatwear.com

BEST DISCOUNT UPDATE:

Up to 50% Off Original Price @ BCBGeneration.com!

5 Myths About Why You’re Not Losing Weight

According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than a third of adults in the United States — 35.1% — are obese. And if you aren’t obese, defined by the CDC in adults as having a BMI of 30 or higher, chances are you’re at least overweight, as 70% of Americans are in this category (BMI between 25 and 29.9). Now, those are pretty heavy statistics.

National campaigns have been created. Exercise regimes and specialty diets have proliferated. Bloomberg even tried taking away your Big Gulp! But nothing seems to work to help society to ‘skinny.’ Where should we lay the blame?

“Despite all the attention, an unhealthy amount of body fat remains an insidious problem,” says Dr. Eleazar Kadile, an M.D. who specializes in treating patients with obesity and associated chronic disease. “Most of us know we’re facing a national health crisis, yet diets for millions of Americans continue to be based in heavily processed foods. Obese people often live in perpetual shame, and many others believe they are right to blame the overweight and obese for their problem.”

Despite a national push to promote nutritional education, the problem persists. Kadile agrees there is work to be done…but he argues that turning America into the ‘Obese Police’ and shaming the heavy isn’t helping matters. He’s one Dr. that is on the side of the overweight — saying that maybe it’s actually not their fault that they are heavy.

As the Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine in Green Bay, Wisconsin and author of “Stop Dying Fat,” Kadile blames not gorging and gluttony, but rather poor attitudes and lack of understanding for their contributions to the national crisis. Here the Dr. attempts to debunk five myths about being overweight or obese:

Myth: “It’s your fault that you’re fat.” Obesity is caused by complex imbalances within a person’s body and his or her environment, explains Dr. Kadile. Sure, imbalances are certainly exacerbated by poor dietary choices, but also by personal history and psychological patterns. Kadile holds that together, all of these causes— the physiological, psychological, social and environmental — create a vicious cycle that obese people are drawn into and unable to get out of.

Myth: Obese people are among the “fat and happy.” Society isn’t usually kind to large people. Everyday indignities include transportation troubles, advertising campaigns and in-store shopping geared toward smaller sizes, and national health campaigns that focus naively on diet and exercise to help those struggling with weight issues. Dr. Kadile laments that obese patients spend an average of nearly $ 1,500 more each year on medical care than other Americans, and says that often they are actually masters at suppressing their suffering and shame.

Myth: Obese and overweight people just need the right diet. There’s no shortage of diets that promise amazing results, but changing one’s weight — and entire lifestyle — is not as simple as it seems. What and how one eats are just the preliminary parts of an excessive body mass index level, according to Kadile. Other important factors to achieving a healthy BMI include good information regarding one’s health, sustained motivation to change, continuous learning, vigilance and an ability to be extremely honest. Everyone — yes, everyone — has trouble with some of those areas.

Myth: Food is not an obese individual’s friend; exercise is. Eat less; exercise more; lose weight – those have been the commandments in the ‘religion’ of weight loss. But most obese people have tried this and it hasn’t worked. The key is to target an obese person’s specific set of problems. “Sometimes, you need to eat fat – the right kind – in order to burn fat,” suggests Dr. Kadile. “And, many exercises can actually harm an obese person. You can’t impose cookie-cutter solutions to this complex problem and expect them to work.”

Myth: Fat people need to “just do it” – lose weight. This attitude is not based in reality; it’s an over-simplistic response for a frustrating problem. “Morbidly obese patients need plenty of preparation. When a patient comes to me,” says Kadile, “I go through a rigorous list of questions regarding medical and family history. I ask about eating, sleeping and activity patterns, as well as medical conditions, emotional patterns, stress histories, good times and bad times, etc. I also have them go through an extensive battery of medical tests. That’s the effective and safe way of doing it.”

In other words, obesity is a complicated epidemic, and suggesting a remedy of “just do it”… isn’t going to do it.

The post 5 Myths About Why You’re Not Losing Weight appeared first on Women's Health.

Women’s Health

BEST DEAL UPDATE:

Carey Mulligan Is Pretty In Pink on Vogue Australia’s January Cover

After revealing a total overhaul of the entire magazine back in September, Vogue Australia has been powering through with newfound confidence. After a gorgeous Margot Robbie cover for December, Aussie Vogue‘s cover for January is just as beautiful. Fresh from the cover of UK Harper’s Bazaar, Carey Mulligan is the title’s first cover girl of 2018, taking to the rooftops of New York City for a rather cinematic cover shoot. The actress was photographed by Emma Summerton wearing a show-stopping Giambattista Valli gown, styled by Christine Centenera.

Vogue Australia January 2018 : Carey Mulligan by Emma Summerton

IMAGE: VOGUE.COM.AU

Members of our forums were instant fans. “LOOOOOOOVE this! THAT is what I want to see in Vogue around the world: the haute couture, the drama, the over-the-top clothes/hair and makeup and pure glamour,” declared Bertrando3.

“Ooooo lovely!” sighed Lucien122.

“Not sure why, but I like this a lot. The focus is just on her and the dress,” admired forum member Benn98.

Also quick to show the cover some love was Miss Dalloway: “She rarely does it for me in print, but this cover is wonderful.”

“I’ve never been an admirer of full-length cover images but this cover here is simply beautiful. Vogue Australia didn’t need a redesign but I do adore the look of this. The cover images feels so… fashion and celebratory that I cannot help but to love it. Nice one, Vogue Australia!” vogue28 applauded.

SallyAlbright felt the same way. “Love this, dramatic and cool cover. I actually think Carey is quite underrated because she keeps her personal life so quiet. She’s definitely one of the most talented actresses in her age group, and seems to be very normal and cool as well,” she voiced.

Vogue Australia January 2018 : Carey Mulligan by Emma Summerton

IMAGE: VOGUE.COM.AU

See more from Carey’s cover shoot, what else the issue has to offer and drop us a comment here.

The post Carey Mulligan Is Pretty In Pink on Vogue Australia’s January Cover appeared first on theFashionSpot.

theFashionSpot

BEST DEAL UPDATE:

The Affordable New Line That’s Already Celeb Approved

If you’re looking for playful pair of sunglasses to add to your accessory game, let us introduce the Australian-based brand Poppy Lissiman. While the line launched in 2015, it’s currently in the spotlight thanks to Gigi Hadid who was recently spotted wearing the below lucite sunglasses. The brand is full of bold and bright sunnies like the ones Hadid wore plus styles with girly embellishments like pearls and studs. The best part? The majority of the shades ring in under $ 100. Be sure to add Poppy Lissiman to the top of your list of affordable sunglasses and see how Hadid styled the accessory below.

On Gigi Hadid: Poppy Lissiman Le Skinny Sunglasses ($ 98); Kith x Iro Barki Shearling Parka ($ 2495); Stuart Weitzman The Clingy Booties ($ 575) 

Celebrity Style and Fashion Trend Coverage | http://www.whowhatwear.com

BEST DISCOUNT UPDATE:

Up to 50% Off Original Price @ BCBGeneration.com!

Best posts of 2017 – Jomers suits, Amazon OCBD’s, and one crazy polo

Last week we recognized the Best Affordable Style of 2017, focusing on the top products pumped out by the retail establishment. This week we’re taking a look back at the best (at least what WE consider the best) of what Dappered had to offer in 2017. Not trying to toot our own horn here. Consider this more of an exercise in recognizing what was popular with the Dappered readers, so we continue to create informative content in the New Year. And by the way, to those Dappered readers: thanks.

 

6 Best Affordable Navy Wool Blazers you can Buy Now

6 Best Affordable Navy Wool Blazers you can Buy Now | Dappered.com

Versatile and simple, the navy blazer has been revered on this site for a while now. Dress it up, dress it down, however you want to do it. We threw together an infographic with call-outs on what an updated navy blazer offers, then laid out 6 of our current (at least they were in September) favorite options.

 

6 Styles of Boots Worth Owning

6 Styles of Boots Worth Owning | Dappered.com

Keeping on the theme of six… dress, work, hiking, you name it. Here are the six styles of boots that are worthy of gracing the floor of your closet, or wherever you store your shoes.

 

In Review: Jomers Suits

In Review: Jomers Suits | Dappered.com

Jomers, the small New York based company that sells their wares just about as quickly as they can stock them, entered the suit market with a half-canvas Italian wool suit at an incredible price point. The only issue for our editor was the true-slim fit of the pants, doesn’t quite work for a guy with thick legs. Other than that, these suits are a solid deal.

 

Fashion vs. Style… visualized

Fashion vs. Style... visualized

A sobering comparison of what the world of fashion offers for over a grand (like one polo), and all the stylish yet affordable items you could purchase for the same amount. Like a suit, blazer, watch, sunglasses, socks, shoes, and a pocket square. Or again, just the polo. We are weird animals.

 

In Review: Amazon’s Goodthreads Button Down Oxford Cloth Shirts

In Review: Amazon’s Goodthreads Button Down Oxford Cloth Shirts | Dappered.com

In 2017 Amazon made a bigger push into the clothing market, although it seems they have yet to fully establish themselves as a destination for such. Early in the year Joe took their Goodthreads OCBD’s for a spin. For a $ 25 button down option, they weren’t bad. Nothing spectacular about them, but for a basic that graces many a guy’s closet, and these are a good bet for the money.


Dappered Style Mail

FASHION DEAL UPDATE:

KIINI Is Hiring An ECommerce Client Service and Office Manager In New York, NY

Responsibilities Respond to customer service inquiries in a courteous and professional manner consistent with our customer service philosophy.Manage logistic issues, communicate with our couriers and third party warehouseMonitor orders to minimize fraud and manage chargeback issues.Identify areas …

Continue reading

Fashionista

BEST DISCOUNT UPDATE:

Avoid This Sunglasses Mistake If You Have a Square Face

The key to finding a pair of always flattering pair of sunglasses is picking the right silhouette, and fortunately, there’s a general rule you can follow to make sure you’re wearing the right style: Choose a frame shape that is the opposite of your face shape. So, if you have a round face, you’ll look best in rectangular frames—but if you have a square-shaped face, you’ll probably want to avoid them. Instead, curved sunglasses will complement your angles.

Some of the coolest sunglasses styles for square faces to are round, oval, and cat-eye frames, and the good news is that those silhouettes are some of the biggest trends of the moment. Just look to celebs like Bella Hadid, who has been wearing small oval frames on repeat. Now, if you’re ready to forgo square glasses, we’ve rounded up the most stylish ones to wear instead.

Add a pop of red to your outfit.
Purple is the It color of 2018.
You can’t go wrong with this affordable pair.
Celebs are loving small frames.
We love this cool color.
Inspired by ’80s styles.
A cat eye is always in style.
A unique shape somewhere between round and cat-eye sunglasses.
With a matte finish.
Wear these with everything from long dresses to motorcycle jackets.
A favorite label of Bella Hadid.
These have a retro feel.
Also available in black.
A round frame to complement a square face.
Try something unique.
These come in three colors.
Wear these on your next vacation.
A flattering shape.
Go for a futuristic style.
Finished with Gucci’s signature red and green.

Celebrity Style and Fashion Trend Coverage | http://www.whowhatwear.com

BEST DISCOUNT UPDATE:

Up to 50% Off Original Price @ BCBGeneration.com!

Makeup artist uses real dead insects on her face

If you’re scared of creepy-crawlies, look away now. While most of us would run a mile from bugs, spiders and stag beetles, one makeup artist is making them into facial art. California-based artist Jasmine creates stunning designs with butterflies, crickets and bees as well as potentially dangerous species. She adds all manner of critters to…
Fashion | New York Post

SHOE DEAL UPDATE:

IWC, an American-Swiss brand

An American engineer with an Italian name creates a watch manufacturer in the German-Swiss canton of Schaffhausen with the very appropriate name of International Watch Company. Meet IWC, one of the great names of high-end watchmaking.

 The History of IWC

Schaffhausen in the Swiss map

Schaffhausen in the Swiss map

The northernmost canton of Switzerland has a centenary story: around 1049, Count von Nellenburg founded a Benedictine monastery and a community formed around it. The namesake town is first mentioned as Villa Scafhusun, and one of the theories about this name is that it comes from Schaf, a sheep common in that region that appears on the city’s coat of arms.

The First Local Industrialist: Johann Moser

Johann Heinrich Moser

Johann Heinrich Moser

In 1850, the city had a population of around 8,500 inhabitants and its development was somewhat slow. It was then that the watch manufacturer and industrialist Johann Heinrich Moser (of H. Moser & Cie, a brand still extant) built the first hydroelectric plant and pushed Schaffhausen into the industrial age.

IWC is Founded by Florentine Ariosto Jones

A possible photograph of Jones as a soldier

A possible photograph of Jones as a soldier

The biography of Florentine Ariosto Jones, who founded IWC in 1868, is shrouded in mystery. What is certain is that he was born in New Hampshire in 1841 and that he fought in the Civil War as an enlisted man in 13th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment. He gave his occupation as “watchmaker”, and there is a photograph in the Library of Congress that may be of the young Jones holding a pocket watch. There is a resemblance to a photograph we know to be of him as an older man.

Florentine Ariosto Jones official portrait

Florentine Ariosto Jones official portrait

An E. Howard & Co. pocket watch

An E. Howard & Co. pocket watch

Soon after the war was over, he worked for E. Howard & Co., one of the best watch companies in the USA, rising to the position of Superintendent. However, in 1867 he went to Europe looking for a place to begin his own company. His goal was to combine “all the excellence of the American system of mechanism with the more skillful hand labor of the Swiss” to produce watches for the American market.

The first IWC building

The first IWC building

IWC present HQ

IWC present HQ

Jones met Moser in Le Locle and the seed for the first watch company in the northeast of Switzerland was planted. In 1869, Jones rented a building that belonged to Moser in the Rheinstrasse, and in 1874 he was already expanding to a new plant. This was close to Moser’s hydroelectric plant and is the current headquarters of IWC.

Under New Management

Johannes Rauschenbach-Vogel

Johannes Rauschenbach-Vogel

Due to conflicts with the board of directors, Jones returned to the USA and died in 1916. So, in 1880, the Rauschenbachs, an industrialist family from Schaffhausen, took over the company with Johannes Rauschenbach-Vogel at the helm.

Johannes Rauschenbach-Schenk

Johannes Rauschenbach-Schenk

Johannes didn’t live long enough to see his company grow. He died in 1881 and his son, Johannes Rauschenbach-Schenk, took over the management.

New Century, New Ways

Emma Marie Rauschenbach and Dr. Carl Gustav Jung

Emma Marie Rauschenbach and Dr. Carl Gustav Jung

Johannes Rauschenbach-Schenk died in 1905 and his wife, two daughters and their husbands, took over IWC under the name Uhrenfabrik Von J. Rauschenbach’s Erben. (One of the daughters, Emma Marie Rauschenbach, had married Dr. Carl Gustav Jung in 1903, and so the famous Swiss psychologist was one of the directors of IWC.)

Ernst Jakob Homberger

Ernst Jakob Homberger

However, Ernst Jakob Homberger, Schenk’s other son-in-law, became the sole proprietor in 1929, after buying the holding of his brother-in-law, Carl Jung.

Albert Pellaton

Albert Pellaton

After the Second World War, Albert Pellaton became technical director of IWC. One of his inventions, the Caliber 89, protected the watch movement from magnetic fields. He was also responsible for the development of the Caliber 85, IWC’s first automatic winding mechanism.

Hans Ernst Homberger

Hans Ernst Homberger

The first IWC Ingenieur

The first IWC Ingenieur

The last individual proprietor of IWC, Hans Ernst Homberger, took over in 1955. This is also the year when the Ingenieur with automatic winding – a model still in production – was launched.

The Modern Era

The Da Vinci quartz watch

The Da Vinci quartz watch

In the 1960s, IWC was one of a group of companies – including Omega, Patek, Rolex and others – that worked in the Beta 21 project, developing the then revolutionary quartz movement: this meant that the precision of the watches would be significantly increased, and IWC released its Da Vinci quartz model in 1969.

However, it also meant that Japan would threaten the once solid Swiss watch market with quartz models much cheaper than the Swiss timepieces. The 1974 rise in the price of gold and the 40% devaluation of the Swiss Franc made the watch prices rise 250%. This scenario was game-changing and IWC reacted, deciding to invest more in mechanical watches with complications.

Ferdinand Porsche

Ferdinand Porsche

In 1978, IWC launched their first model designed by Ferdinand Porsche, a partnership that lasted 20 years. (The designer’s company also created models for Orfina and Eterna, but the most fruitful collaboration was with IWC.)

The Compass Watch

The Compass Watch

One of these models was the Porsche Design Compass Watch, that incorporated a liquid-filled compass under the watch case: it could be flipped to reveal the compass underneath. The case was aluminum for less metallic interference and to make it lightweight.

Günter Blümlein

Günter Blümlein

In 1991, the new IWC director, Günter Blümlein, founded the LMH group in Schaffhausen, which held 100% of IWC, 60% of Jaeger-LeCoultre and 90% of A. Lange & Söhne, employing over 1,400 people.

LMH was sold to the giant luxury group Richemont in 2000 for 2.8 billion Swiss Francs, preserving the independence and continuity of its brands, including IWC.

Notable Vintage IWC Watches

One of the First IWC Wristwatches

An 1899 ladies wristwatch

An 1899 ladies wristwatch

Gentlemen did not use wristwatches at the turn of the century: they were the domain of the ladies. Pocket watches for men lost the race to wristwatches only in the 1930s. This model from 1899 is a beautiful example of a feminine pocket watch adapted to a wristwatch band with lugs.

The Pallweber

The IWC Pallweber pocket watch

The IWC Pallweber pocket watch

This innovative dial design, with a jumping-hours digital indication of hours and minutes in small apertures, was conceived by Josef Pallweber, an Austrian engineer, in 1882 and produced by IWC in 1885: it is extremely rare today and much sought after by collectors.

Cortébert Pallweber wristwatch

Cortébert Pallweber wristwatch

In the 1920s, Cortébert, a Swiss manufacturer, obtained a license and started to produce that which some consider to be the world’s first digital wristwatch. They were included in a selection of the 50 watches that changed the world.

The Portugieser

The first Portugieser watch

The first Portugieser watch

In 1939, two Portuguese importers ordered large case models with the precision of marine chronometers: it was the beginning of the Portugieser collection, still being produced in new versions. From the beginning, the cases were big (43 mm was unheard of in those days), but the watch was elegant and is one of the brand’s best sellers.

W.W.W.

The W.W.W. watch

The W.W.W. watch

This year signals the important launch of the W.W.W., a wristwatch for military use by the British Army: these letters are engraved on the back and mean “Watch, Wrist, Waterproof”.

Porsche Design Titan Chronograph

The Titan Chronograph

The Titan Chronograph

Another fruit of the collaboration with Ferdinand Porsche was the world’s first wristwatch made of titanium: the Porsche Design Titan Chronograph of 1980 had almost invisible chrono pushers, making it a sleek, avant-garde watch.

The Ocean

The Ocean watch

The Ocean watch

1982 was the year when the Ocean dive watch was launched, with an exceptional water resistance up to 2,000 meters. It came with a metallic bracelet and also with a Velcro dive strap, allowing it to be worn over a wetsuit sleeve.

The Da Vinci Chronograph

The Da Vinci Chronograph with ceramic case

The Da Vinci Chronograph with ceramic case

An exceptionally complicated watch, the Da Vinci chronograph, was launched in 1985. It had a perpetual calendar, programmed for the following five centuries. One of its models had a case made of a zirconium oxide ceramic compound, something unusual for wristwatches back then.

The Grande Complication

The Grande Complication

The Grande Complication

Faithful to its name, the Grande Complication of 1990 is a reference in watchmaking, with minute repeater, perpetual calendar, Moon phases, and chronograph. Its development took seven years.

Destriero Scafusia

Destriero Scafusia

Destriero Scafusia

Scafusia is the Italian way to say Schaffhausen, and the Destriero Scafusia – launched in 1993 in a limited edition of 125 pieces, celebrating the 125 years of the brand – caused a stir among collectors. It had 22 functions and was at the time the most complicated wristwatch around.

GST Deep One

The Deep One

The Deep One

This ingenious model with a titanium case, shown in 1999, was IWC’s first watch with a mechanical depth gauge, thanks to a device called Bourdon Tube.

Current Watch Lines

Portofino

Portofino Automatic

Portofino Automatic

The company produces six collections or families of watches: the largest – with 42 models – is Portofino, evocating the famous Ligurian fishing village at the north of Italy and its celebrity and artistic visitors. Some of the models in this collection have a metallic bracelet in maglia Milanese, with fine links. The watches range from clean, pure classic models with hour and minute hands only, to a tourbillion retrograde date display.

Pilot’s Watches

Big Pilot's Heritage Watch

Big Pilot’s Heritage Watch

Then comes the Pilot’s Watches collection, with 36 models. They are all inspired by the first pilot’s models produced by IWC, and the most emblematic is arguably the Big Pilot’s Heritage Watch 48, with an imposing 48 mm titanium case, oversized winding crown and clear readability; the manual-wound movement has an 8-day power reserve. Needless to say, this model will not go well (and probably won’t fit) under a social shirt sleeve.

Portugieser

Portugieser Automatic

Portugieser Automatic

The Portugieser collection has 33 watches, keeping the same big case design of the first models, and featuring most complications produced by IWC. Its case dimensions allow it to house a movement with impressive 7-day power reserve. The Automatic, shown here, has some watchmaking elements of the 1930s, especially the numerals and hands; the dial has a power reserve indicator at 3h.

Aquatimer

The Aquatimer Chronograph

The Aquatimer Chronograph

Aquatimer, as its name suggests, is the diver watch in the IWC catalog, presently with 16 models. Since it was launched, in 1967, it aims at both professional and amateur divers. One interesting model is the Chronograph, self-winding, with rubber strap and a double window at 3 o’clock showing day and date besides the subdials for hours and minutes of the chronograph.

Da Vinci

Da Vinci Chronograph Edition Laureus Sport for Good Foundation

Da Vinci Chronograph Edition Laureus Sport for Good Foundation

The Da Vinci collection is a tribute to the great Renaissance man and includes some feminine models, with jeweled bezels and smaller case diameter. The Chronograph Edition “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation” has a 42 mm steel case with a nice blue dial and a flyback chronograph function, meaning that you may reset the chronograph without having to stop it between measurements.

Ingenieur

Ingenieur Automatic

Ingenieur Automatic

As we said, the Ingenieur was created in 1955, with a review of the design by Gerald Genta in 1976, with the Jumbo SL and screws on the bezel (a feature he also included in Royal Oak). Present models, such as this Automatic, are more retro-oriented and reflect the first designs of this flagship watch. It has a stainless steel 40 mm case and an automatic movement, with date display at 3 o’clock.

How to Buy an IWC Watch

Please check out our extensive guide on how to buy a watch for more information.

Recommended Models

IWC Portofino Dress Watch

IWC Portofino Dress Watch

 

For daily use with a suit or a nocturnal scenario, the Portofino is the ideal line, especially for the 40+ gentleman. Most have a 40 mm case, such as the Portofino Automatic (ref. IW356501), made in steel with a crocodile leather strap and date window at 3 o’clock; a fine timepiece for $ 4,500.

IWC Pilot Collection Watch

IWC Pilot Collection Watch

The younger generation will find the Pilot collection more to their taste, due to the bolder lines: the Pilot’s Mark XVIII (ref. IW327001) has a 40 mm case in steel, with a silver-gray dial and large numerals and hands. It retails for $ 3,950.

IWC Portugieser Chronograph

IWC Portugieser Chronograph

And regardless of age, the Portugieser line has a nice retro design that fits most situations and wearers. I like the Chronograph (ref. IW371445) for the 1950’s style numerals and hands, and the size is relatively modest for this collection: the case has 40.9 mm in steel, with automatic movement and black alligator strap. It costs US$ 6,900.

Conclusion

Some old IWC ads

Some old IWC ads

IWC is not a brand with “entry-level” price models. Moreover, some of its models have changed from their muscular, even chauvinistic appeal of the 1990s – as these ads above show – to a style a critic said that seems at times “more like a luxury hotel chain than a watch manufacturer”. And the gentlemen’s models seem to have grown a bit too much for comfort.

That being said, it is a company almost 150 years old, with good design, uncompromising quality, and a complete line of watches, from the simple, clean automatic to the grande complication models. And if getting off the safe, but beaten, path of Rolex, Patek and Omega is your aim, then IWC may be a good choice.


Gentleman’s Gazette

MEN FASHION DEAL UPDATE:

Look like a Gentleman, Travel in Style and Enjoy the Best in Men’s Accessories at Hook & Albert. Get 20% Off Your First Order with Coupon Code TAKE20. Shop Now!

Where Do Sneakers Go From Here?If your tastes steer toward the…

Where Do Sneakers Go From Here?

If your tastes steer toward the classics, it’s a been a great decade or more for sneakers. Nike’s constant churn of retros from every era, the renewed popularity of Stan Smiths, Converse’s 70s chucks, and so on. No longer must you pine for a pair of Adidas you once saw in a photo of the Beastie Boys in Washington Square. You can just buy them–or the modern approximation of them.

In the last couple of years, though, the sneaker weather seems to have shifted. One of the biggest success stories of the last decade was Common
Projects, which essentially took classic sneaker styles and pared them
down, rendered them in monochrome, and marketed them as luxury items. But there’s a new, weird wind. In the last year, shoes like the hulking Balenciaga “triple S,” Adidas’s Yeezy models, and Virgil Abloh’s meta take on Nikes dominated a lot of the conversation around sneakers. The trend isn’t isolated to sneakers–in both men’s and women’s fashion, intentionally ugly, often gaudy design has taken over and tasteful restraint is largely out.

image

Adidas Yeezy Desert Rat 500s.

So to what degree does this mean changes for the average dude, who’s been wearing Vans or Nike classics for 10 years? I talked with a few guys who know what’s up with fashion and sneakers–Jian Deleon, Editor at High Snobiety and host of Fit Battle, Brian Trunzo, Senior Trend Forecaster at WGSN, and Skylar Bergl, freelance writer and former editor at Four Pins and Complex. We talked about trends, what it all means, and what they’re wearing right now.

Wilder Designs Get the Attention, but the Classics Still Get the Wear

“I do think we’re reached this awkward postmodern phase,” said Trunzo, “where as long as something has the right context it can be cool or covetable.” He traced the broader trend of ugly sneakers to a specific moment: “Speaking microhistorically of ironic footwear,  when Ian Connor [in 2015, when the stylist was working with Kanye West, A$ AP Rocky, etc.] wore Skechers, that was the moment it all went to shit.” That ugly, uncool footwear, worn by a cool kid, “bleeds forward with Birks, Crocs.”

image

Yes, even actual Skechers.

“Even though I would never wear them, I welcome some of these outlandish, at times garish new sneakers we’re seeing,” Bergl told me. “I think one aspect that contributed to their rise was the prevalence and obsession with “minimal” sneakers we saw pop up between 2011 and, say, 2016. We seem to have rebounded past the middle and all the way to the other end of the spectrum.”

Deleon sees it as part of a broader shift in style. “It’s no longer about a singularly defining aesthetic, but singularly recognizable pieces. A pair of Off White Nikes or Yeezys is an instant signifier of taste level. It’s shorthand for someone who sees themselves as being cultured, a wearable ticket for saying ‘I want in.’

“Whether they ARE in is a different conversation. It’s like wearing the Met museum pin out after seeing a fashion exhibit,” to signal to everyone you knew about and saw the exhibit. Still, some of the crazier designs may be less about buying and wearing, then just knowing the reference. “People enjoy them vicariously, more than in real life. Being aware of and not wearing them is almost as cool as being aware and wearing them. Rich people with a lot of disposable income pay money to feel cool.”

The rise of meme culture and the meme-ification of fashion was a common theme in my conversations. As Balenciaga’s Demna Gvasalia recently stated, “The emphasis has gone from quality and craftsmanship into the uniqueness of the product. The younger generation are looking for something that stands out and makes them special rather than necessarily an amazing finish that you would find with some traditional brands.” (h/t Marc Bain)

Said Bergl, “These over-the-top, insanely chunky sneakers do feel like one big joke that I’ve been left out of, but if people are buying them, there are obviously people who want to be in on it.” Trunzo, though, said most guys probably stay the course with classics, even though that may not mean the same few pairs of ubiquitous, basic sneakers. “At the end of the day, if a guy has somewhere to go and people to impress, an important function, he’ll go back to tried and trues.”

Blurring Lines between Designer and Mainstream Sneakers

To an extent, comparing these new designer sneakers with the pairs you’ll find at your local Foot Locker isn’t an apples-to-apples comparison. For decades, as sneakers evolved, supposedly, to meet the changing needs of modern athletes with technology developed to make us run faster, jump higher, etc., we repurposed discarded designs as everyday footwear. It was arguably Gucci (one of the brands reaping the benefits of the current baroque fashion moment) that first capitalized on designer sneaker potential by putting its red and green stripes on a basic shoe in the early 1980s. Since then, designers (that is, fashion lines rather than mass-market brands line Nike or Adidas) have always had one foot in sneaker culture, from 1990s Prada to Maison Martin Margiela’s reproductions of sneakers made for the German Army.

But the line between designer sneaker and mass market sneaker has been blurring. Designers have long “collaborated” with mass market brands (like Mihara Yasuhiro or Alexander McQueen with Puma or Yohji Yamamoto with Adidas). Now as much as ever, especially in menswear, designers are celebrities, and celebrities have mountains of cultural capital. Kanye has sneakers with Adidas (some of which are basically Reeboks), Raf Simons likewise. The big shoe companies–Nike, Reebok, Adidas, etc. that for decades marketed themselves as chasing athletic performance now find themselves in an era when a huge part of their market consists of people who don’t even need to pretend their sneakers make them run faster.

Y-3 Adidas Sneaks from 2012.

The other big differences today are visibility and accessibility–social media and e-commerce give you much broader access to see what people are wearing, sometimes with links to wear you can buy it. In the 1980s and 1990s, kids wanted Jordans above all, and that drove the evolution of retro sneaker culture. As Deleon put it, grown up “kids were buying things never got on Christmas morning.” Now, though, there’s an entire generation of kids who grew up on different cultural references–watching LeBron, listening to Rocky, and who may be less likely to save for a pair of LeBrons than something that got a different cultural cosign. And those endorsements spread hype instantly across the country (and world–check out Jon Caramanica’s Kanye-branded triple S knockoffs).

Said DeLeon, “If anything, [sneakers and fashion] are now choose your own adventure. Meaning is derived from context, people who don’t add any context will called out for being a billboard.” 

Will the Elements of These Designs End Up on Your Feet?

A big question remains: will we see trickle down of the elements that connect a lot of the sneakers currently in vogue? More color, thicker soles, curved lines, more layers, more everything?

“In the extreme cases we’re seeing now on the runway? Definitely not. But I think the concepts that comprise these styles will—panels, overlays, more colors and different materials on one shoe,” said Bergl. Trunzo echoed, “Yes, I do believe we’ll see trickle down from intentionally ugly silhouettes–a lot of irony.”

So What to Wear Right Now?

Right now, DeLeon said he’s been wearing a pair of Converse designed by J.W. Anderson.  As for a pair he always goes back to, it’s Jordan Is in black/royal.

Trunzo has been wearing a pair of Raf Simons designed Adidas Ozweegos, which he describes as “quite geriatric.”

Raf Simons’ Adidas Ozwegos have the Brian Trunzo cosign.

As for Bergl, “My sneaker lineup of late has been extremely simple. Nothing too techy and almost always in white. Vans Slip-ons and Authentics, Converse Chuck Taylor ‘70s All Stars, Adidas Matchcourts and then boots.”

The sneakers I’ve been wearing the most recently? A pair I didn’t get for Christmas: neon Air Max 95s. Arguably quite ugly.

Put This On

FASHION UPDATE:

99%IS- Releases Branded Surgical Masks

Known for sporting the surgical mask as a fashion accessory, punk designer Bajowoo recently released 99%IS- branded iterations of the disposable face covers.

The protective masks feature a simple white design accented by an embossed 99%IS- logo on the top right corner and “NINETYNINEPERCENTIS-” found on the center portion of the accessory. As proven by Bajowoo, the face masks can be worn conventionally or torn for a sinister effect.

Priced between ‎₩9,900 and ₩59,000 KRW (approximately $ 8 and $ 55 USD), the 99%IS- branded surgical masks are available in nine and 99 piece quantities via 99percentis-shop.com.

For more contemporary fashion news, catch the controlled chaos backstage at A-COLD-WALL*’s Fall/Winter 2018 presentation.

HIDE. #99percentis #from1percent

A post shared by 99%IS- (BAJOWOO) (@99percentis) on

십팔년 내맘대로 살아가. #99percentis #from1percent

A post shared by 99%IS- (BAJOWOO) (@99percentis) on

Click here to view full gallery at HYPEBEAST




HYPEBEAST

BEST DEAL UPDATE:

Top 10 Healthy Tips for 2018 Include Not ‘Drinking’ Your Fruit, 10,000 Steps a Day and Maintaining a Gratitude Attitude

Source: University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

Roy Buchinsky, MD, director of wellness at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center and the Robert and Susan Hurwitz Master Clinician in Wellness, has these 10 tips to help maximize your chances of a long, strong and resilient life.

#1 “If the food is white, it’s probably not right.” Avoid processed white carbohydrates such as white bread, bagels, rice, pasta and pizza. Replace with whole-grain products such as whole-grain bread, brown rice – or try pasta made from quinoa or brown rice.

#2 “Don’t drink your fruit when you can eat your fruit.” Fruit in its natural form is healthiest. It is filled with fiber and antioxidants with their inherent benefits. When fruit is liquefied, you lose much of the fiber and increase the concentrated sugar load on your body. An apple a day will keep the doctor away, but a glass of apple juice might not.

#3 Sitting is the new smoking.” Increase your daily physical activity by moving more every day. Aim for 10,000 steps per day – no ifs, ands or buts.

#4 “Don’t skimp on sleep.” Aim for seven to eight hours per day. This will allow you to function at your best and ward off many illnesses that are associated with sleep deprivation.

#5 “Maintain a gratitude attitude every day.” Looking at life with a positive attitude can help you deal better with everyday hassles. Remind yourself that from challenges, come opportunities.

#6 “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” Don’t get upset over minutia in life and focus on the big-ticket items – health, family, work, religion.

#7 “Avoid toxins such as tobacco, excess alcohol and BPA.” Take care of the environment and the environment will take care of you.

#8 “Prevention is the best intervention.” Vaccinations might not be foolproof, but they are very powerful in preventing common illnesses such as influenza, pneumonia, HPV, hepatitis, shingles, diphtheria, etc. Remember these ‘bugs’ are devilishly clever.

#9 “Control the controllable.” So much energy is spent worrying about things that are out of our control. If you focus predominantly on items that are actually within your control, you will be able use your energy productively.

#10 “Take your work seriously, but don’t take yourself too seriously.” As the inimitable Charlie Chaplin said, “A day without laughter is a day wasted.”

The post Top 10 Healthy Tips for 2018 Include Not ‘Drinking’ Your Fruit, 10,000 Steps a Day and Maintaining a Gratitude Attitude appeared first on Women's Health.

Women’s Health

BEST DEAL UPDATE:

Is This The Next Going Out Top Trend?

The off-the-shoulder top has transcended from a seasonal item into a timeless must-have, but like any trend sometimes we’re in need of a revamp. Feast your eyes on the one-shoulder top—this season’s answer to the romantic staple. Keeping with the shoulder-baring theme, this style is just as flirtatious as its more seasoned precedent, yet creates all the more the visual interest.

One-shoulder tops have proven to be not only versatile but also unexpected, making the perfect transitional piece. Dress them down with a pair of classic skinny jeans, or even pair them with a matching skirt to create the illusion of an elegant dress. Either way, this style will become a regular in your wardrobe rotation this year. 

Ready to ditch the off-the-shoulder look? To get you started, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite takes on the updated piece. 

Go on to shop one-shoulder tops!

Available in sizes 12 to 24.  The skirted detail is so feminine.
Available in sizes 14 to 24. Perfect for any occasion.
Available in sizes IT38 to IT46.  Wait until you see the back.
Available in sizes 00 to 16. Layer this over a turtleneck for added interest.
Available in sizes FR34 to to FR42.  So chic.
Available in sizes 0 to 10. Who doesn’t love a spin on the button-down?
Available in sizes AUS8 to AUS12. This top is too pretty.
Available in sizes FR34 to FR40.  Channel your inner boho with this crochet bodysuit.
Available in sizes XS to L. Wear this everywhere.
Available in sizes 0 to 12. Pretty in pink.
Available in sizes IT36 to IT48. Take this top for a night out.
Available in sizes S to L. Classic.
Available in sizes 0 to 10.  The ruffle detail adds the right amount of volume.
Available in sizes XS to L. Traveling soon? This is perfect for a sunny getaway.
Available in sizes UK4 to UK14. Simple and chic couldn’t look better.
Available in sizes XXS to L. For when you don’t want to show too much shoulder.
Available in sizes 10 to 18. Flirty and feminine. Next, check out how celebs are doing boho style in 2018.

Celebrity Style and Fashion Trend Coverage | http://www.whowhatwear.com

BEST DISCOUNT UPDATE:

Up to 50% Off Original Price @ BCBGeneration.com!

How to Get the Right Hat For Your Face Shape & Body Type

As you can imagine, people have all kinds of different heads and head shapes with sizes and unique features. When we dress, we always try to highlight the attractive features and flatter or improve the look of the areas that are not so advantageous.

It’s the same thing with hats; not every hat is suited to every face shape and body type. Sadly, this kind of knowledge has vanished from societies and even at the hat store, often, they won’t be able to tell you about it.

How Do I Know About It? I have vintage hat books and magazines, and I went through them and saw great discussions of hat retailers, and so I’m going to share all that knowledge with you.

Hats For Larger Gentlemen

If you have a small hat like with a not so wide crown and a very short brim, it makes the person look automatically bigger; so that’s something you should always avoid. On the other hand, a larger hat makes everything more proportional, more suitable, and the wearer doesn’t look oversized.

The same is true for the hat band. Ideally, you go with something quite wide that has a very low contrast to the hat, in the same color. You want to choose a crown that is not too high but more of a medium height with a pinch not so much in the middle because you want to avoid a pointy look.

You much either want to go for a little pinch more towards the sides that is not too accentuated because then it’s a more harmonious look with your fuller body.

If you’re a bigger gentleman and you want to snap your brim down, that’s okay but rather than having just a slight snap, try to snap it all the way down and get a really deep snap, that way it suits your silhouette more. The brim should be rather wide, at least two and a half inches which is about six and a quarter centimeters.

Fedoras are a great hat for larger men, and so are Homburg hats with a certain size. As I said, choose the hat band ideally in a color very similar to your head, so there’s a low contrast.

Hats For Short & Slim Gentlemen

If you’re shorter, you’ll always benefit from wearing a hat because it elongates your body and makes you look taller. Rather than having a rather wide crown, it pays to have it pinched to a point because it just flatters your short silhouette more. Also, rather than going with a tone in tone hat band, it pays to switch it up for something that’s contrasting.

A pointed pinch is the way to go

A pointed pinch is the way to go

If you’re shorter, you always want to avoid to have your brim snapped and much rather have it face up; the simple reason for this is when a viewer looks at you, and your brim is curled up or sideways, it gives the perception of elevation and height which is exactly what you want. Also, rather than going with wide-brimmed hats, it pays to go with something shorter.

Again, pinch on top works and the higher the crown, the better. Ideally, you want a brim that is less than 2 inches or 5 cm, however, if it gets too short, and the crown gets too low, you may appear like a boy so always try to go for that high crown and slim curl up brim.

If you take a big hat with a wide brim and a taller crown, it makes the wearer even smaller which is something you always want to avoid.

Hats For Tall & Thin Gentlemen

Ideally, you don’t want to accentuate your height even more which means don’t go for a high crown. Instead, go for medium to low crowns. Also, you want to opt for a contrasting hat band because it visually separates the top part of the hat from the bottom part and so overall, it makes you look shorter than you are. Of course, you don’t look short, but it looks more harmonious on your hat.

The brim should be about 2 inches or 5 cm wide and you want to step it down. Also, rather than wearing your hat straight, it can pay to simply tilt it to one side for a more elegant look that is more harmonious and proportional.

In a nutshell, if you are tall and slim, you should avoid tall crowns and matching hat bands. Instead, go with something contrasting. Likewise, do not wear a short-brimmed hat that is curled up because it makes you look taller. Instead, go for a somewhat wider snap brim hat that is more appropriate and that little tilt just helps to tie it all together.

Facial Features To Consider When Choosing A Hat

A snapped down hat for men with bigger noses

A snapped down hat for men with more prominent noses

Prominent Nose

If you have a big nose, the most important thing is the width of the brim. You want something that is at least as wide as your nose so usually about 2 and a half inches or more. If you go with a custom hat, you may even decide to have a brim that is wider in the front than in the back. If you get something off the rack, that is not an option you have.

Rather than having it curled up, you want to snap it down. Rather than going for a very pointy pinch, go for something that’s a little wider. Slim brims that are snapped up or just slightly snapped down are your enemy because they will just accentuate the size of your nose.

If you have a receding chin, avoid a full crown

If you have a receding chin, avoid a full crown

Receding Chin

If you have a receding chin, go with hats that are not too extreme. A hat can’t help to make the chin disappear, but it can help to level everything and make it look harmonious.

So that means, opt for a hat with a medium crown and a slight pinch that is not too pointy but also not round. Go for a medium wide brim that is slightly snapped to the front.

Again, it’s very flattering to tilt the hat slightly to one side. Make sure to avoid a big hat and a full crown because that will just highlight your receding chin, likewise, don’t snap your hat too much because it’s not an advantageous look for you.

If you have chiseled features, skip the tilt

If you have chiseled features, skip the tilt

Chiseled Features

Now if you have chiseled features, you want a hat with a slight pinch on the crown that is not too small and you want a nice deep snap. It’s definitely best to not tilt your hat but keep it straight so everything looks more proportional.

In order not to highlight your chiseled features, I urge you to stay away from a very tall crown or a very slim brim.

Slim brims are unflattering for round faces

Slim brims are unflattering for round faces

Round Face

Similar to those who have a stronger built, it pays to go with something that is not too slim. Regarding crown height, go with something medium and a matching headband that is not too small.

A larger brim works better for you so don’t get anything under 2 inches or 5 centimeters, I’d even go to at least two and a half inches or six and a quarter cm.

If you like to snap your brim, the fedora hat is the right choice. Otherwise, you can also go with a Homburg hat. If you’re a man with a round face, avoid getting hats that are too small.

You don’t want something that has a pointy crown, and you also don’t want to have a very slim brim that is not snapped down all the way; just makes you look goofy and disproportionately large.

Small and lifted brims only highlight your protruding ears more

Small and lifted brims only highlight your protruding ears more

Protruding Ears

Now if you have protruding ears, it’s very important that you have a wider brim that is snapped down and not snapped up. The brim is important because it doesn’t highlight the size of your ears or the shape, but it rather helps to cover them up. Opt for a wider crown that is not too pointy, although a little point is alright.

Also, go with a wide hat band that’s ideally somewhat contrasting because of your ears, it pays to not just snap down the hat in the front but also in the back. If you have protruding ears, you want to avoid small hats with shorter brims and anything that is pointed up.

Because of that, a Homburg hat is not the right hat for you because it’s curved up and it just highlights your ears and it just stands out and it’s just not a flattering look. The most important thing is that you the wide brim is always snapped down.

What Hat Work with your face and body type - Infographic

What Hat Work with your face and body type – Infographic

 

If You Get Conflicting Information, Don’t Get Confused!

First of all, I suggest you go with the facial features first because the head is closest to the face. Next up, look at your body type; for example, if your face shape calls for a whole crown but you’re also a slim and tall man, maybe bring the crown height down, so it doesn’t accentuate your height even further.

Also, maybe go with a contrasting hat band, so it visually separates the top part from the hat in the bottom which makes it look shorter.

Hats For A Big Head

Ideally, you want something that is proportional to your size so don’t go with something too small, but rather with a nice sized hat and with a nice pinch on top. You also want to go with a headband that’s not too wide but also not too slim, you can have it slightly snapped down in the front and snapped up in the back. It’s always good to tilt the hat to the side slightly, just makes it look more elegant. Same is true for snapping up the front part of the brim, makes your head even look bigger.

So if you have a bigger head, avoid a wide crown, avoid a large contrasting headband, because they’re both things that make your head look even larger. Overall, it really pays to experiment with different hat shapes which are most easily done at a hat store because there; you get the full selection.  If you buy online, they may look great in the picture but it may not be great on your head.

Personally, I think it’s okay to have a range of different hats for different purposes, in slightly different shapes, because depending on the outfit you have, the hat can also have a different appearance and impression on others. The good thing is if you follow these rules, you will end up with a hat that flatters your face and your body and you can focus on things like the edge finishing, or the color, or maybe the material.

What’s your go-to hat? Now that you know the rules, have you considered switching to a different hat for a change?


Gentleman’s Gazette

MEN FASHION DEAL UPDATE:

Look like a Gentleman, Travel in Style and Enjoy the Best in Men’s Accessories at Hook & Albert. Get 20% Off Your First Order with Coupon Code TAKE20. Shop Now!

eBay RoundupThere’s a lot of great menswear on eBay, but to find…

eBay Roundup

There’s a lot of great menswear on eBay, but to find the good stuff, you have to search for hours. Which is why we do these roundups, so that our readers can find good deals easily and quickly. For those looking to get an extra round-up each week, subscribe to our Inside Track newsletter. We not only cover the best of eBay, we also list each week’s store sales.

To find more menswear on eBay, try using our customized search links. We’ve made them so you can quickly hone-in on quality suits, excellent dress shirts, fine footwear, good jeans, workwear, contemporary casualwear, nice ties, great bags, and well-made sweaters.

Suits, sport coats, and blazers

Outerwear

Sweaters and knits

Shirts and pants

Shoes

Ties

Bags, briefcases, and wallets

Misc.

If you want access to an extra roundup every week, exclusive to members, join Put This On’s Inside Track for just five bucks a month.

Put This On

FASHION UPDATE:

These Are the Brands That Will Make You the Most Resale Money in 2018

When it comes to making new purchases, there are always several factors to consider: how often you’ll wear it, whether it goes with the rest of your closet, and so on. But there’s one important element you might not be putting much thought into: how much it will be worth on the resale market. Given fashion’s fast-pasted, cyclical nature, not everything in your closet will stand the test of time, and you may want to get some money for it down the line—which is when fashion girls flock to Poshmark in droves.

According to data collected from over three million Poshmark sellers, these five brands are the most in-demand and have strong resale values: Everlane, Hunter, David Yurman, Rag & Bone, and Ray-Ban. So if you’re thinking of making a splurge on any of these brands, you probably can’t go wrong.

Poshmark data also revealed the most-listed items among West Coast users: Free People dresses, Lululemon tops, Levi’s jeans, and Gucci bags. For East Coasters, it’s Zara dresses, J Brand jeans, J.Crew tops, and Michael Kors bags. Are these findings different than you’d expect? Read on to shop our favorite picks from in-demand brand Everlane.

Available in sizes XXS to XXL.

Available in sizes XS to XXL.

Available in sizes 24 to 32.

Celebrity Style and Fashion Trend Coverage | http://www.whowhatwear.com

BEST DISCOUNT UPDATE:

Up to 50% Off Original Price @ BCBGeneration.com!

The Rose Gold Sneakers That Make Leggings Look Chic

Welcome to the latest edition of the series in which we’ll cover a variety of basics that we turn to time and time again. We hope that The Basics will help you build your closet with pieces that you will wear on repeat without doing harm to your bank account. We already covered the $ 69 treggings that “flatter every body type,” the $ 100 cashmere sweater that makes any wardrobe look expensive, the free leggings everyone was talking about, the perfect T-shirt we wear over and over, the world’s most slimming skinny jeans, the graphic tee every It girl is wearing, and the denim jacket that goes with dresses, leggings, and jeans. Next up are the sneakers you’ll reach for every time you wear leggings. 

In the fall and winter, sneakers and leggings admittedly become mainstays in my wardrobe. After warmth, comfort is key when it’s cold out, but that hardly means that style has to be sacrificed. A pair of standout sneakers can transform your legging look to something chic and polished. The sneakers that have been doing just that for me as of late are APL’s TechLoom Pro Rose Gold Mélange Sneakers. They instantly elevate a plain pair of leggings (my favorite of which are Alo’s High Waist Airbrush Leggings), while providing comfort and support in spades. Plus, resisting the allure of a pair of sparkly rose gold sneakers that are actually cool is not something that comes particularly easy to me. 

Below, read all about the pretty rose gold sneakers and flattering leggings I’ve been wearing on repeat.

Pictured Above: Levi’s Ex Bf Sherpa Trucker Jacket ($ 99); Alo High Waist Airbrush Leggings ($ 82); APL TechLoom Pro Rose Gold Mélange Sneakers ($ 160); Re/Done Hanes The 1950s Boxy Tee ($ 78)
Pictured Above: Madewell Baseball Trapper Hat ($ 30); Alo High Waist Airbrush Leggings ($ 82); APL TechLoom Pro Rose Gold Mélange Sneakers ($ 160); Ganni Lott Isoli Hooded Top ($ 160)
Pictured Above: Outdoor Voices Athena Crop ($ 50); Alo High Waist Airbrush Leggings ($ 82); APL TechLoom Pro Rose Gold Mélange Sneakers ($ 160); Aritzia Wilfred Free Rourke Sweater ($ 115)
Pictured Above: Madewell Shrunken Leather Motorcycle Jacket ($ 498); Alo High Waist Airbrush Leggings ($ 82); APL TechLoom Pro Rose Gold Mélange Sneakers ($ 160); Fiorucci Logo Print Cropped T-Shirt ($ 76)
Pictured Above: Everlane Lightweight Puffer Jacket ($ 88); White + Warren Cashmere Spacedye Fur Pom Pom Rib Beanie ($ 165); Alo High Waist Airbrush Leggings ($ 82); APL TechLoom Pro Rose Gold Mélange Sneakers ($ 160)

Next up, check out 5 other types of shoes to wear with leggings.

Celebrity Style and Fashion Trend Coverage | http://www.whowhatwear.com

BEST DISCOUNT UPDATE:

Up to 50% Off Original Price @ BCBGeneration.com!

H&M apologizes for ‘coolest monkey’ ad featuring black child

H&M was forced to offer an apology on Monday after posting an online advertisement featuring a black child modeling a sweatshirt reading “Coolest Monkey in the Jungle.” “We sincerely apologize for offending people with this image of a printed hooded top. The image has been removed from all online channels and the product will not…
Fashion | New York Post

SHOE DEAL UPDATE:

The Weeknd Parts Ways With H&M Over “Deeply Offensive” Advert

The Weeknd (real name Abel Tesfaye) has cut ties with Swedish clothing giant H&M in response to an advertisement which has left him “shocked” and “deeply offended”.

The Canadian singer-songwriter took to Twitter today to announce that he’d kicked the retailer to the curb in response to a photo from its website which featured a black child modelling a green hoodie emblazoned with the phrase “coolest monkey in the jungle”.

“Woke up this morning shocked and embarrassed by this photo,” The Grammy-winner told his 8 million Twitter followers. “I’m deeply offended and will not be working with @hm anymore…”

H&M has since apologised for the photo, saying in a statement, “We sincerely apologize for offending people with this image of a printed hooded top.

“The image has been removed from all online channels and the product will not be for sale in the United States. We believe in diversity and inclusion in all that we do and will be reviewing all our internal policies accordingly to avoid any future issues.”

The company is still selling the hoodie on its website, but the image of the black child wearing it has been removed.

The Weeknd had been collaborating with H&M on his own XO clothing label, and had previously performed at some of the brand’s fashion shows.

And he’s not the only musical icon to give H&M a serve over their culturally tone deaf advertisement. The Roots drummer Questlove also called out the retail giant for a lack of ethnic diversity at the corporate level, saying: “All this tells me about @HM is that the seats in the boardroom lack something…wanna take a guess?”

You don’t need to have a lick of fashion sense to know that racial insensitivity is never a good look, y’all.

The post The Weeknd Parts Ways With H&M Over “Deeply Offensive” Advert appeared first on theFashionSpot.

theFashionSpot

BEST DEAL UPDATE:

French Rebellion Is Hiring A Digital and Marketing Coordinator In New York, NY

French Rebellion showroom is a boutique fashion agency specializing in public relations and representing an eclectic mix of cutting-edge luxury and contemporary designers with ready-to-wear and accessory collections. JOB DESCRIPTION: Digital and Marketing coordinator Responsibilities include, but …

Continue reading

Fashionista

BEST DISCOUNT UPDATE:

The Suitsupply Online Outlet is Back!

FINALSALE = Access to Suitsupply’s Reopened Online Outlet

WARNING: All sales are final hereNo returns or exchanges (just in case the code didn’t clue you in). But… this is still kind of a big deal. For a few years the outlet was no more. Now? It opens once or twice a year (for a winter and summer clearance). And it just relaunched, offering last season suits, jackets, shoes, and more at a fraction of the regular asking price.

But again, all sales are final. And some of the patterns and colors can be a bit off the beaten path. Tread carefully guys. You’ll need the access code FINALSALE to get in. A few quick picks are below, but know that size selection may vary greatly depending on style. And remember, this stuff can move fast. Real fast.

Suitsupply


Dappered Style Mail

FASHION DEAL UPDATE:

Vacation Is Just What the Doctor Ordered

Maybe you think you’re doing your boss a favor by skipping that vacation… or just “forgetting” to use those comp days and sick days that seem to be always adding up.  Think again!  Research shows that taking vacations makes us happier, healthier, and more productive.  And now, as the new year begins, Dr. Leigh Vinocur, a board certified emergency physician and national spokesperson for the American College of Emergency Physicians — also currently acting as the Diamond Resorts International Vacation Doctor — shares why our top resolution to stay happy and healthy should include some much needed time off.

As Diamond Resorts International rolled out their Stay Vacationed awareness platform to educate consumers and employers about the documented benefits of regular vacations to health, productivity and relationships, Dr. Vinocur was excited to join them.

“I was drawn to Diamond Resorts because of the research they conducted with Nielsen Research that corroborates my already existing beliefs and observations,” she said.  “As an emergency room doctor, I see patients at a point where preventive treatment is no longer an option. Many of their health issues could be avoided by circumventing stress.  And one of the biggest stressors in America is overwork. We do not take time for ourselves. Time that allows us to unwind and de-stress.”

That Nielsen Research study she mentioned was commissioned by Diamond Resorts, and shows that — no surprise! — vacations are linked to our health, happiness and productivity.

Straw hat, bag, sun glasses and flip flops on a tropical beach

What’s frustrating, though, is that more than 40 percent of Americans on average are leaving seven or more days of paid vacation on the table every year.  Seriously.  As many as ONE BILLION vacation days go unused every year!  We are not taking time out for ourselves and there are real health consequences to being vacation-starved and over-stressed.  These lead to a workforce that is less productive, less satisfied in their jobs and relationships, and more prone to stress-related illnesses like high blood pressure, obesity and heart disease.

What might be a prescription to treat this long list of ailments? Dr. Vinocur says, “Take regular vacations.”

Here are some of the benefits to planning (and enjoying) more time off this year:

  1.     Regular Vacations can prevent a heart attack.

It is well known that stress contributes to heart disease. Over time, chronic stress from the competing demands of your work, finances and home life takes its toll.  Stress can contribute to heart disease and high blood pressure, which can cause a heart attack!  In addition, depression is also linked to heart disease and stress, and neuroscientists have found that the brain structure is actually altered by chronic exposure to the stress hormone cortisol, which can be a major contributing factor to anxiety and depression.  According to the December 2013 Nielsen Research Study, over three-quarters of respondents reported feeling happier when they vacationed regularly.

  1.     Regular Vacations can make you smarter.

If you feel distracted and can’t concentrate because of everyday stresses, you are not alone.  Studies find that chronic stress can actually modulate a part of your brain that inhibits goal-directed activity and can cause problems with memory.  This affects work performance, which in turn creates more stress.  It’s a vicious cycle!  No wonder 71% of respondents in the same Nielsen Study were more satisfied at work when they regularly took a vacation.

  1.     Regular Vacations can improve your sex life.

The term “vacation sex” is a real phenomenon.  Many lose interest in sex or have performance issues when worried about work and financial pressures.  Chronic stress and higher cortisol levels are associated with lower sex hormone levels, such as testosterone, that contribute to loss of libido.  But 80% of respondents in the Nielsen Study who were on vacation, or regularly took time to vacation, reported increased romance in their relationship… which translates into better sex!

  1.     Regular Vacations can make you thinner.

For stress eaters, everyday stresses can make you fat, a fact which science supports, according to Dr. Vinocur.  Regular vacations can help!  Over 75% of respondents in the Nielsen Study reported positive feelings and extreme happiness while on vacation.  For stress eaters, this may break the overeating cycle.

  1.     Regular Vacations are a necessity.

The Nielsen Study found that planning and taking regular vacations helps 96% of Americans who “Stay Vacationed.™” enjoy and cherish the time spent with family.

Vacations don’t have to span a number of weeks, though Dr. Vinocur suggests a week or more when you can get it.  Even a two or three day escape can be enough to recharge and return to work with better attention, energy and productivity.  As for the kind of vacation you take?  Everyone is different and finds a personal refresh in their own way.  Of course, she’ll tell you that any experience at a Diamond Resort is worth looking into, but, personally, she’s happy anywhere she can (safely) enjoy some sun and warm weather.

This New Year, change your family’s dynamics and make time for better heath.  Make sure regular vacations are a top New Year’s resolution!

The post Vacation Is Just What the Doctor Ordered appeared first on Women's Health.

Women’s Health

BEST DEAL UPDATE:

How To Pack A Carry-On Suitcase For A Short Business Trip

In this guide we discuss how to pack your carry-on luggage like a pro for a business trip including how to fold a suit and shirt; what you need & secrets to maximizing every inch of your carry-on.

For Air Travels

I suggest going with a spinner suitcase with nice wheels that roll very smoothly so you can maneuver it without hassle, but it should also be stable so you can put a little briefcase or another carry-on item on top of it while you walk with it. Note that packing a small carry-on suitcase is very different from packing a larger spinner suitcase.

An upright spinner with a front pocket designed for work essentials is the perfect option for business travel

An upright spinner with a front pocket designed for work essentials is the perfect option for travel

How To Pack A Small Carry-On Suitcase?

First of all, put out all the items you want to bring on your trip onto your bed or maybe on the floor if the bed is not large enough. Remove all excessive items and only bring the bare bones you actually need.

If it’s just a one-day business trip, you just need one pair of shoes, and I simply suggest you wear it. If it’s a two or three-day business trip, you want to bring another pair of shoes, but that’s it.

I always suggest to go with black cap toe Oxfords, maybe Balmoral ones that add a little decoration, if you have huge feet, perhaps a derby shoe is the way to go.

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

If your business trip is not super formal or if you want a second pair of shoes, I suggest going with a burgundy pair of shoes because it can quickly be dressed up and down. It’s always appropriate, and you can wear with anything else you bring in your carry-on suitcase.

To prevent your shoes from soiling up the other clothing items in your suitcase, I always suggest going with a shoe bag or a dust bag. If you can put each shoe in a dust bag, that gives you more flexibility in terms of packing.

At first, I fold my socks and roll them up and put them in my shoes, maybe if you have space, you can also put your underwear in there, or a rolled belt.

No matter where I travel, I always bring a travel shoe horn because it protects my shoes, it helps me to get into my shoes at security, and I never want to miss it because it’s such a small item that can save you a lot of dollars. I’ve struggled many times with a carry-on and a suit, and so I tried different techniques, and this is the best one I found.

Secrets To Maximizing The Space Of Your Carry-On

Reserve the one compartment strictly for your suits

Reserve one compartment strictly for your suits

Keeping Your Suits Crisp

  • First, let’s start with the pants. You want to fold them into thirds because that way, it fits into your suitcase. Lay that on the flat side of your carry-on suitcase. In this video, I’m using a small houndstooth suit only so you can see better how I fold it. If you got a business trip, probably a solid navy suit, or charcoal, or light gray, or gray suit, are the better way to go.
  • Second, if you have a three-piece suit with a vest, you just take the vest, fold it in half and make sure the top ends align, as well as the bottom tips of the waistcoat, then you just roll it up. Again, you have a sweet little fabric roll, now put the roll aside.
roll up your waistcoats

How to roll up your waistcoat

  • Now, it’s time for the jacket. Take the left sleeve and pull it inside out, make sure to pull it all the way through. Now on that same sleeve, go to the shoulder and push it, and fold it inside out, this creates the perfect shape, and it fits right into the opposite shoulder that wasn’t folded. We do this to protect the shoulder so it doesn’t get crushed and wrinkled. Now take the rolled-up waistcoat, and stuff it into the shoulder area, so it gives it additional support and prevents it from wrinkling.

Now you fold up the jacket, so it lays neatly in the case on top of the pants. Usually, there’s a little gap on top of the shoulder, I use that to roll up some ties and ideally, knit ties because they’re less prone to getting wrinkles.

If you have additional space, you can add some pocket squares there but stay clear of any heavy items such as a wash bag, or toiletry bag, or maybe your jewelry kit, or chargers, or anything else that would squish the suit.

It pays to have a separate compartment in your carry-on suitcase so it doesn’t get stuffed because if your suit gets crushed chances are, it will wrinkle.

How To Fold A Dress Shirt

How To Fold A Dress Shirt

 

The Ideal Way To Fold Dress Shirts

If you have some room, you may want to add a dress shirt. Folding could have a huge impact on how your clothing wrinkles. Dress shirts are delicate and wrinkle very easily. Therefore, you should fold them and not roll them.

The best way to do that is to put the shirt flat down with buttons facing on the floor or the table, fold the sides inwards with sleeves on both sides and fold over the hem and fold in half or in thirds depending on the size of your suitcase.

Do that with all your shirts and then stack them with the colors opposite from each other. Maybe add just one shirt or maximum of two shirts on top of the suit because if it’s too squished, you get wrinkles in your shirts and in the suit.

Miscellaneous Accessories

Now, it’s time to close that compartment and let’s look at the other side of the suitcase. The socks, underwear, and undershirt, which didn’t fit into my shoes now go in between the telescope mechanism, so we create a somewhat flat surface. I put in the shoes sideways, so they use up as little space as possible.

Maybe if you want to bring a sweater or a cardigan, now is the time to put it in here. If you want to bring a long sleeve polo shirt for a casual evening outing, I usually roll it rather than folding it because a. it’s quicker, b. it saves me space and c. it’s not prone to wrinkling as much as let’s say a dress shirt.

If you were to bring any other folded items such as a t-shirt, an undershirt, I would roll those as well.

Filling In The Gaps

Once you’ve put all the things in, it’s time to fill the gaps. Maybe you want to bring suspenders, they should be rolled up, and you can stuff them in a gap. Usually, somewhere around the shoes, with a belt, you can also roll it up but if you don’t have enough space anymore, you can unroll it and lay it around the edges, that way, you’ll maybe fit even more things into your suitcase.

If you want, you can also bring your watch, maybe you want to bring some cufflinks in a jewelry case, maybe some collar pins, or collar bars, maybe collar stays, maybe tie bars, all those things should be in a neat little container, so you don’t have to search for them and they don’t get lost.

Of course, it’s also handy to have a little travel manicure kit with you just so you look presentable at your business meeting. You want to add a long pair of casual pants to your wardrobe, I suggest you go with seersucker because it’s lightweight and it doesn’t wrinkle.

When it comes to suit material, a great fabric for travel is either a heavy flannel, but if that’s not appropriate for a warm summer, I suggest you go with a fresco wool.

How do you pack your carry-on? Feel free to share your tips & tricks to efficiently packing light for a short trip!


Gentleman’s Gazette

MEN FASHION DEAL UPDATE:

Look like a Gentleman, Travel in Style and Enjoy the Best in Men’s Accessories at Hook & Albert. Get 20% Off Your First Order with Coupon Code TAKE20. Shop Now!

Princess Charlotte’s First-Day-of-School Look Is Adorable

Time and time again, Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle have been lauded for their polished sartorial choices, but there’s now another family member whose style is worth watching. At just 2 years old, Princess Charlotte is already well on her way to becoming a mini style star. The Duchess of Cambridge snapped photos of her daughter’s first day of nursery school this morning, and second only to Charlotte’s adorable grin was her cute (and coordinated) ensemble.

Dressed in a red coat with matching shoes and bow as well as a contrasting pink scarf and backpack, Charlotte braved the winter cold in a burst of color. Kate Middleton has long favored colorful coats (as has Queen Elizabeth II), so it’s unsurprising that the young princess is following in their royal footsteps. See Charlotte’s adorable (and colorful) ensemble for her first day of nursery school below.

Do you love Charlotte’s style? Let us know in the comments!

Celebrity Style and Fashion Trend Coverage | http://www.whowhatwear.com

BEST DISCOUNT UPDATE:

Up to 50% Off Original Price @ BCBGeneration.com!

Inside Track: January 7th – January 13th EditionHere are our…

Inside Track: January 7th – January 13th Edition

Here are our hand-selected favorites from eBay for this week, plus heads-up on recommended sales. If you’re a member of the Inside Track, log in with your CrateJoy username and password.

If you’re not a member, you can join now for just $ 5 a month. You’ll get access to one of these members-only lists every week, and your membership supports Put This On!

Put This On

FASHION UPDATE:

Elon Musk To Launch Drive-In Restaurant in L.A.

Elon Musk is exploring the concept of a retro-drive in restaurant at his all-new Tesla Supercharger station in Los Angeles. In the following tweet below, the Tesla CEO shares his ambition:

While light-hearted and exciting, there is a strategy behind the foray. The all-new Supercharger stations will see a captive customer base anywhere from 15 minutes to a full hour. That said, Tesla owners will have to keep entertained to sustain customer satisfaction – an important success metric for company growth. Logically, food is a great way to keep people satisfied. Up until now, Tesla has been trying to build Supercharger stations around existing cafes and even teasing special areas for food trucks. But with larger charging stations and the space for expanding amenities, the automaker can leverage the opportunity to launch its own restaurant concept rolling it out to all future expansion.

The announcement follows hype of a Tesla Model X Save a Semi-Truck in the Snow. As the inventor continues to drive innovation and culture, it’ll be interesting to see not just how this drive-in idea evolves, but how quickly it’ll launch since with Musk it’s never really a matter of “if” but “when.”

 

Click here to view full gallery at HYPEBEAST




HYPEBEAST

BEST DEAL UPDATE:

The Special Guests You’ll See Alongside These Time’s Up Actresses

The red carpet at this year’s Golden Globe Awards looks much different than in previous years. Actresses across Hollywood are taking a stand against inequality and unfair treatment in the entertainment industry. By collectively wearing black dresses on the red carpet, these women are using their incredible visibility and the nationwide coverage that comes with this platform to speak up about what’s most important to them. Backed by A-list names, the Time’s Up movement is an initiative to incite real change in the entertainment industry—and, for that matter, every industry.

Further expressing these values, eight actresses affiliated with the Time’s Up movement will be bringing activists as their guests to the show. This move not only brings awareness to the powerful work they are doing, but it also shifts the conversation surrounding female actresses toward their work, beliefs, and values. Keep reading to see which activists will be joining actresses on the red carpet tonight.

Meryl Streep is bringing Ai-jen Poo.

Ai-jen Poo is the director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and a leader in organizing female immigrant workers.

Amy Poehler is bringing Saru Jayaraman.

The actress will be accompanied by Saru Jayaraman, founder of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, an organization founded after 9/11 to aid displaced World Trade Center workers. Today her organization works to eliminate lower wages for tipped workers in the service industries.

Michelle Williams is bringing Tarana Burke.

Tarana Burke is a civil rights activist who created the #MeToo movement in 2006 to bring awareness to sexual assault survivors. Burke is also a co-founder of the youth organization Just Be, Inc., which focuses on the holistic well-being of girls of color.

Susan Sarandon is bringing Rosa Clemente.

Rosa Clemente is a community organizer, political commentator, Hip Hop activist, and the 2008 Green Party Vice-Presidential candidate.

Laura Dern is bringing Mónica Ramirez.

Founder of the Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, Mónica Ramirez works to end workplace sexual violence.

Emma Stone is bringing Billie Jean King.

The former tennis star has worked to found the Women’s Tennis Association, the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative, and the Women’s Sports Foundation as well as co-founding World TeamTennis. King and Stone “have developed something of an offscreen friendship following Stone’s portrayal of the tennis legend in Battle of the Sexes” reports Glamour.

Emma Watson is bringing Marai Larasi.

Marai Larasi is the executive director of Imkaan, a black and minority ethnic (BME) women’s organization working to respond to and prevent violence against marginalized women and girls in Europe.

Shailene Woodley is bringing Calina Lawrence.

Calina Lawrence is an Indigenous activist who works to advocate for the Native Treaty Rights, the Mni Wiconi (Water is Life) movement led by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and the #NoLNG253 movement, led by the Puyallup Tribe.

See every look from the 2018 Golden Globe red carpet here.

Celebrity Style and Fashion Trend Coverage | http://www.whowhatwear.com

BEST DISCOUNT UPDATE:

Up to 50% Off Original Price @ BCBGeneration.com!

ICYMI: New Beauty Products, How to Organize Them & Braids and Cultural Appropriation

Sure, we’re all glued to our phones/tablets/laptops/watches that barely tell time, but even the best of us miss out on some important #content from time to time. That’s why, in case you missed it, we’ve rounded up our most popular stories of the week to help you stay in the loop. No need to thank …

Continue reading

Fashionista

BEST DISCOUNT UPDATE:

These Are the Winter Headbands Getting Us Through the Coldest Days This Season

We still have a couple months ahead of us before spring, meaning many more days of enduring ice-cold temperatures and frozen extremities. Anyone who’s survived a real winter knows that keeping your head—and ears—warm is the surest way to stay comfortable and cozy when you’re braving the cold. Hats, in their many iterations and fabrications, can be a fashion girl’s favorite winter staple, but not always your best bet if you’re maintaining a hairstyle or also wearing a hood. So steps in another cold-weather accessory to consider adding to your arsenal: Winter headbands. Available in a variety of styles that suit different sensibilities while keeping you warm in icy conditions, winter headbands are a fashionable alternative to hats while you’re getting through the coldest days.

Keep scrolling for winter headbands to keep cozy and chic this winter.

This cozy rib-knit headband in Gucci’s iconic stripes is an instant Fashion-girl favorite.
Some quirky cat ears make for a playful touch.
Switch things up with an unexpected fabrication like this corduroy headband.
Go luxe with black satin and vintage-inspired crystal detailing.
When it comes to winter headbands, it doesn’t get more classic than a cable-knit number.
Make a statement in fur—especially in an unexpected colorway.
Pearl detailing adds a beautiful touch.
A clean design with stripes looks sleek and sporty. Need inspiration for the rest of your look? Here are 50 winter outfit ideas you’ll love.

Opening Image: Collage Vintage

Celebrity Style and Fashion Trend Coverage | http://www.whowhatwear.com

BEST DISCOUNT UPDATE:

Up to 50% Off Original Price @ BCBGeneration.com!

Is It Worth It? Dom Pérignon Champagne

Many people believe Dom Pérignon – a French Benedictine monk that lived in the 17th century – invented Champagne. We have already discussed this famous character, so it will not be necessary to comment on him again. Nevertheless, the fame stuck on him and Moët & Chandon used his name as the first prestige Champagne, initially released for sale in 1936.

This wine became synonymous with status and top quality. According to Wikipedia, “In 1971, the Shah of Iran ordered several bottles of the first vintage of Dom Pérignon Rosé (the 1959) for the 2,500-year celebration of the Persian Empire. A bottle of that champagne, from that order, was sold at auction for €24,758 in 2008.” And it was also “chosen for the wedding of Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles. The magnums of Dom Pérignon Vintage 1961 served on that July 29 carried a special insignia created just for the ceremony.”

It must be stressed that Dom Pérignon is always millesimé, that is, produced from a single year and not in bad crops. But, is it worth it? Should you pay $ 150-200 for a bottle instead of the regular Moët & Chandon, at $ 39 each? Gentleman’s Gazette will discuss that.

Moët & Chandon

The Maison started as Moët & Cie. in 1743. Ninety years later, Pierre-Gabriel Chandon joined the company, becoming a partner of Jean-Rémy Moët. They merged with Hennessy, one of the four great cognac companies, in 1971; finally, in 1987, with Louis Vuitton, creating LVMH, the largest luxury group in the world.

LVMH

It is interesting to know that the LVMH group also owns Dom Pérignon, Krug, Mercier, Ruinart and Veuve Clicquot. Each year, Moët & Chandon produces 26 million bottles and Veuve Clicquot produces 10 million; together, they represent more than 12 percent of the Champagne production. If you consider 5 million as the production of Dom Pérignon, you have five bottles of Moët & Chandon for each bottle of the prestige cuvée.

The Difference Between a Regular and a Premium Champagne

This, we believe, is the main point one should ponder before spending almost four times more for a bottle. The production of Dom Pérignon is five times smaller than that of the NV (“non-vintage”) Champagne of the Maison.

Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial

Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial

Remember, a Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial (a label created in 1869) is a non-vintage Champagne, meaning that it is produced with more than 100 different wines from 200 crus (villages), traditionally with 30-40% Pinot Noir (for the body), 30-40% Pinot Meunier (for suppleness), 20-30% Chardonnay (for finesse) and 20-30% reserve wines.

The Maison tries to maintain the house style every year: that is the spirit of the NV Champagne. The aficionado will return to the label to find the same set of characteristics that he/she grew fond of. In the case of the Brut Impérial, you will find honey, green apples, citric notes, white flowers, brioche, and a touch of gooseberry. It is considered a light, delicate wine.

As to the relative value of the Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial, if the ratings may help us, Wine Enthusiast gave it 89 points, saying that it remains “Unchallenged as the world’s best-selling Champagne… It has become slightly drier over the years, currently emphasizing the fruit quality with apple and lime flavors. The acidity and crisp texture make it immediately attractive. Light and fruity at the end, it is a good apéritif wine.” Cellar Tracker, a popular wine discussion and tasting website, gives it 87.7 points, based on 750 user reviews.

All in all, I would say that it is a good rating – not remarkable, but good enough to make me seriously consider the Brut Impérial next time I’m out shopping for French bubblies.

Dom Pérignon and its intrinsic value

Take a look at this great ad from Dom Pérignon with Christoph Waltz and you will begin to understand its allure.

First, we must remember that Dom Pérignon is a millesimé Champagne – its blend and thus its tasting characteristics depend on the vintage conditions: rain, cold, hours of sun, the maturity of grapes, etc. There will be good vintages and there will be outstanding vintages, and the price of the bottles will vary accordingly.

Dom Pérignon 2002

Dom Pérignon 2002

That said, most critics agree that the best recent Dom Pérignon vintage was 2002 and so we will focus on it. Even though it is a relatively rare Champagne, you may still find it for sale on wine-searcher.com for an average of $ 200. James Suckling gave it 97 points; Decanter and Wine Spectator, 96.

Moët & Chandon owns virtually all the vineyards from which Dom Pérignon is sourced – as many as 300 different vineyards, from outside Reims to the Marne Valley. They have access to all the 17 Grands Crus vineyards in Champagne, specially Aÿ, Bouzy, Verzenay, Mailly, Chouilly, Cramant, Avize and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, as well as Hautvillers.

The selection of the grapes is rigorous, and the pickers wait for greater ripeness: thus, the Chef de Cave, Richard Geoffroy, may give more emphasis to pH (and acidity) than to sugars.

While a Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial ages on its lees for three years, a Dom Pérignon stays sur lie at least seven years, with a proportionally bigger depth of aromas.  The blend includes slightly more Chardonnay than Pinot Noir, and a Dom Pérignon demands long aging to show its best, sometimes unfolding in complexity over decades. (Robert Parker considers the 2002 able to keep standing up to 2032!)

Subjectivity

But one thing is to review the intrinsic qualities of a garment or of an object, as we already did with the Burberry trench coat and the Montblanc pens; another is to review the merits of wine, an evaluation that depends on the taster’s nose, palate and personal preferences, as well as experience. The more you drink, the more you develop a mental databank from which to extract notes such as previous tastings of that wine, who were you with, what did you eat with the wine, etc.

Dom Pérignon statue at Moët & Chandon

Dom Pérignon statue at Moët & Chandon

One thing we can tell you for sure is that a Dom Pérignon will not give you a tasting experience that will be five times better than the tasting of the Brut Impérial! It will surely be a different experience, and, to be honest, if you are not used to vintage Champagnes, in a blind tasting you may vote immediately for the non-vintage due to its vibrant, zesty nature. It is OK, for our preferences evolve as we gain mileage (or shall we say litrage) in the wine world.

We would recommend you to spend the extra bucks if (1) you are willing to enter the world of vintage Champagne, which many consider to include some of the best wines; (2) you want to celebrate a personal achievement or landmark with a great bubbly.

We would tell you not to spend on the Dom Pérignon if (1) it is only to impress someone (not a commendable attitude for a gentleman); (2) you have not tasted less expensive, but good, Champagnes before. If you don’t have the benchmark of these wines to compare a new wine with, you will not be able to develop your tasting abilities and enjoy the best wines. These come only with time and a hands-on (or better, a lips-on) attitude.

Conclusion

Whatever Champagne you ultimately choose, let’s make a toast to a great New Year to all!


Gentleman’s Gazette

MEN FASHION DEAL UPDATE:

Look like a Gentleman, Travel in Style and Enjoy the Best in Men’s Accessories at Hook & Albert. Get 20% Off Your First Order with Coupon Code TAKE20. Shop Now!

#PTOman Highlights: NYE Black Tie EditionOur Instagram followers…

#PTOman Highlights: NYE Black Tie Edition

Our Instagram followers are some stylish people, so once a week, we like to bring you some highlights from our feed. A happy new year means only one thing- black tie time! Here are Ian, Andy, Sebastian, TO, and Ethan all doing their formalwear in each their own way. Remember that even though black tie is formal that doesn’t mean you can’t make it your own.

How you looking in 2018? Follow us on Instagram and tag your pictures with #PTOman. Bonus points for full body-outfit shots as opposed to just shoes or collars.  

Put This On

FASHION UPDATE:

Why Hollywood chose the color black to represent the #MeToo movement

When stars announced their plan to wear black for the Golden Globes, fashion fans couldn’t help but wonder: Why the somber shade? According to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, which spearheaded the Globes blackout and aims to combat gender inequality in all industries, pretty much everyone owns something black. It’s not only serious, but…
Fashion | New York Post

SHOE DEAL UPDATE:

Women Who Find Their Purpose Unlock the Secrets to Long-Term Health

Originally published April 7, 2015

 

Do you know your purpose in life?

In other words, do you have a strong sense of why you’re here, and what you’re meant to be doing?

If not, you’re not alone. According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 4 out of 10 Americans couldn’t tell you what their life purpose is, and don’t feel they have any clear sense of direction. That’s nearly half. Another quarter don’t feel they have a handle on what gives their lives meaning.

Does it matter? Even if you don’t know exactly where your life is going, or where it should go, do you need to worry your head over it?

Maybe not, but here’s something to consider: Those who have a strong sense of purpose reap critical health benefits.

We’re talking less heart disease, fewer strokes, and a reduced risk of depression, to name just a few. In the end, having a strong sense of purpose might just help you live a longer, healthier life.

Good news, but if you don’t know what your purpose is, how are you supposed to find it?

We can help with that.

The Difference Between Living a Happy or Purposeful Life

Turns out that scientists have been researching this concept of “purpose” for years. We all know that eating a healthy diet, getting regular exercise, and managing stress can help us avoid the major chronic diseases of our time, including heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes. But we’re more than physical machines, and our brains have a big say in just how good we feel as we age.

You’ve probably heard that having a positive outlook can increase quality of life. A 2009 study, for instance, found that women who were more optimistic had lower rates of coronary heart disease and lived longer than more cynical hostile women. A 2011 study also concluded that regardless of income or overall health, a positive outlook affected longevity, and helped people to avoid disease.

But having a sense of purpose goes much deeper than a simple positive outlook. It’s not really about being happy, or upbeat. You can be these things and not have a sense of purpose. When you’re eating an ice cream cone, for example, you probably feel happy, but not necessarily like you’re life has meaning.

The thing about happiness alone is that it’s very fleeting, and can change at the drop of a hat. Researchers noted in a 2013 study, for example, that happiness is essentially a collection of how one feels at different moments, whereas life satisfaction, or purpose, goes beyond momentary feelings to address one’s life as a whole.

“Purpose,” say researchers in a 2009 study, “is a central, self-organizing life aim that organizes and stimulates goals, manages behaviors, and provides a sense of meaning.” They add that purpose provides direction “just as a compass,” offering a person a “self-sustaining source of meaning through goal pursuit and goal attainment.”

And it’s purpose, according to research, that helps us overcome the difficult moments to persevere in life—and that may also give us the good health we need to keep going.

The Health Benefits of Having a Sense of Purpose

That doesn’t mean that we can’t be happy while living our purpose. The two do often go together. But we can be unhappy, too, and still find meaning in what we’re doing. That may be the key to maintaining good health over the long term.

Here’s just a glimpse into some of what scientists have discovered about people who have a high sense of purpose in life:

  • They’re less likely to suffer heart disease: Researchers reviewed 10 studies with data from over 137,000 people, and found that those with a high sense of purpose (defined as a “sense of meaning and direction, and a feeling that life is worth living”), had a 23 percent reduced risk of death from all causes, and a 19 percent reduced risk of heart attack or stroke, compared to those with a low sense of purpose. “Developing and refining your sense of purpose could protect your heart health and potentially save your life,” said lead author Randy Cohen, M.D.
  • They live longer: In addition to the study above, others have shown that those with a sense of purpose are likely to live longer. In 2014, for example, researchers announced the results of a similar study of over 9,000 people with an average age of 65. Researchers had asked the participants questions about their wellbeing, including the feeling that what they did was worthwhile, their sense of purpose, and their sense of control over their lives. Those who had the greatest wellbeing scores were 30 percent less likely to die during the average eight-and-a-half-year follow-up period than those with the lowest wellbeing scores. Researchers concluded that the “meaningfulness and sense of purpose that older people have in their lives is also related to survival.” A second study published in 2014 found similar results—having a sense of purpose was associated with a longer life.
  • They have more enjoyable retirements: Back in 2009, researchers studied just over 1,200 elderly participants and found that a higher purpose of live was associated with a reduced risk of mortality. This time, those with a high sense of purpose were about half as likely to die during the five-year follow-up than those with a low sense of purpose. Researchers concluded that the tendency to derive meaning from life’s experiences and possessing a sense of intention about life—working toward a goal—contributed to successful aging.
  • They’re more resilient: Having a strong sense of purpose in life helps people overcome the inevitable difficulties along the way. If your sole goal is happiness, the loss of a job or loved one, an illness, or other major upset can send you into a downward spiral. If you have something that’s driving you forward, however, you’re more likely to rebound and continue on. “Purpose motivates people to persist rather than quit in the face of difficult situations,” researchers write [McKnight and Kashdan]. They add that it makes us more likely to bounce back, less likely to get ill, and more likely to experience shorter periods of stress. As psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl wrote, “Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose.”

Lead researcher at Rush University Medical Center Patricia Boyle says, “I think the take-home message is that people need to be thoughtful about their lives, because having that sense of meaning or purpose will make a huge difference.”

Women Who Find Their Purpose Unlock the Secrets to Long-Term Health2

How Do I Find My Purpose?

You’re convinced that a sense of purpose is good for you.

But what if you don’t have one?

Don’t worry—figuring out your purpose can be a fun exercise. Even if you already have a sense of purpose, realize that it may change over the years, and returning to the question is never a waste of time.

Before you dig into the actual research on the subject, remember these five points:

  1. It’s not always simple: There are a lot of online quizzes out there that promise to deliver your sense of purpose in five minutes or less. Realize that sometimes it takes more time to figure it out. Give yourself that time to sit with the questions and dig deeply into the answers.
  2. Everyone has a purpose: You may have felt discouraged in the past when you were unable to pinpoint it, and worried that you were the odd one out. After all, there are those people who have a sense of purpose when they are children, and it stays constant with them their entire lives. But not everyone is like that. For many of us, our sense of purpose is ever evolving. Concentrate on what gives your life meaning
  3. It’s not always what you imagine it should be: We may think that there are only a few main types of purpose out there. Raising children. Devoting one’s life to a religion. Becoming an artist. But the number of possible life aims is just as numerous as the number of people on the planet. Be willing to find the one that is uniquely
  4. It’s never too late. It doesn’t matter how old you are—you can always find your sense of purpose in life. Maybe you’ve spent your life working a job you don’t really like, or struggling against circumstances that didn’t allow you to express your purpose. That’s okay. Decide today that the rest of your life will be devoted to a new purpose that you design.
  5. Having a purpose doesn’t require you to be the best: You don’t have to be the best businessman, the best teacher, the best mom, or the best painter to be qualified to live your purpose. Just because someone else sells more paintings than you doesn’t mean that painting isn’t your life purpose. It’s all about what brings your life meaning.

With that said, let’s look at some questions that will get you thinking about your life purpose. When you have some time, sit down with a pen and paper (or laptop computer) and let your thoughts flow. Don’t get caught up in having to come up with a convenient one- or two-sentence purpose for your life. Just let your answers guide you to the new adventure on which you’re about to embark.

  1. What do you do in your life today that feels important to you? Think over all the activities you’ve engaged in over the past three months. Which ones felt meaningful, or important, to you? It may be the time you spent with your children or other loved ones, time spent on a creative project, or even the time you spent reaching out to a stray cat. Don’t censor yourself—just write down your answers.
  2. What do you wish you could spend more time doing? Where are your thoughts when you’re bored? What do you wish you could be doing with your time when you have to be doing something you don’t like? Tap your daydreams. They’re full of important clues to your purpose.
  3. What would you do even if it got unpleasant? Have you biked through storms? Continued to write even though you’ve received fifty rejections? Raised money for a project even though it robbed you of leisure time? Think about those things you do even though they get tough sometimes. These are things you really care about.
  4. What do you do that makes time stand still? Do you lose track of time when you’re gardening, working on an old car, or creating a new computer program? Think about those things you do that get you into the “zone,” or “flow.” These are things that come naturally to you, and likely indicate areas where you could find meaning. If you can’t think of anything you do today that makes you feel that way, think back to your childhood. What did you used to spend hours doing?
  5. What do you often think about doing, but are afraid to do? Often what we want and what we’re afraid of are very similar. Do you think about traveling the country and giving presentations on a topic you’re passionate about, but you’re afraid of public speaking? Do you think about singing the songs you’ve written to an audience, but you’re afraid to get up on stage? Do you think about caring for people, but are afraid to go back to college to get your nursing degree? Mine your fears for clues.
  6. How do you enrich the lives of others? Research shows that humans typically find meaning in giving to others. It’s not when we’re satisfying our own little wants and needs that we feel on purpose—it’s when what we’re doing has effects beyond ourselves. Where in your life do you enrich others? How do your efforts contribute to others’ lives? Don’t over-think this. Maybe you give others work and security through your business; provide a clean floor at the theater, school, or museum; arrange beautiful flowers for birthdays and weddings; or cook delicious food. Match those things that benefit others with the things you enjoy doing, and you’re getting closer to your purpose.
  7. What would you do if you couldn’t go home? The police come around and say sorry, you can come home only to sleep at night. The rest of the time you have to go busy yourself. Oh, and by the way, they’re going to take care of your finances, so you don’t have to go to work if you don’t want to. How would you spend your days? Your answer provides insights into what you’re naturally drawn to, and what brings you meaning.

When you’ve finished answering these questions, give yourself a few days, and then come back and revisit them. Hopefully you’ll get closer to finding your purpose in life, and enjoying the health benefits.

Even better if you become motivated to pursue that purpose, for that’s when the real magic happens.

Do you find that having a sense of purpose makes you stronger and healthier? Please share your thoughts.

 

Sources:

Rosemarie Kobau, et al., “Well-Being Assessment: An Evaluation of Well-being Scales for Public Health and Population Estimates of Well-Being among US Adults,” Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, November 2010; 2(3):272-297, http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1758-0854.2010.01035.x/abstract.

Emily Esfahani Smith, “There’s More to Life Than Being Happy,” The Atlantic, January 9, 2013, http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/01/theres-more-to-life-than-being-happy/266805/.

Tindle HA, et al., “Optimism, cynical hostility, and incident coronary heart disease and mortality in the Women’s Health Initiative,” Circulation, August 25, 2009; 120(8):656-62, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19667234.

Ed Diener, Micaela Y. Chan, “Happy People Live Longer: Subjective Well-Being Contributes to Health and Longevity,” Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, 2011; 3(1):1-43, http://internal.psychology.illinois.edu/~ediener/Documents/Diener-Chan_2011.pdf.

Lauren Woods, “Purpose in Life May Help You Live Longer, Mount Sinai St Luke’s and Mount Sinai Roosevelt Study,” Mount Sinai Health System, [Press Release], March 9, 2015, http://www.biospace.com/News/purpose-in-life-may-help-you-live-longer-mount/367858.

Andrew Steptoe, et al., “Subjective wellbeing, health, and ageing,” The Lancet, February 14, 2015; 385(9968):640-648, http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(13)61489-0/abstract.

Patricia A. Boyle, et al, “Purpose in Life is Associated with Mortality Among Community-Dwelling Older Persons,” Psychosom Med., June 2009; 71(5):547-579, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2740716/.

Patrick L. Hill, Nicholas A. Turiano, “Purpose in Life as a Predictor of Mortality Across Adulthood,” Psychological Science, May 8, 2014, doi: 10.1177/0956797614531799, http://pss.sagepub.com/content/early/2014/05/06/0956797614531799.abstract.

Patrick E. McKnight and Todd B. Kashdan, “Purpose in Life as a System That Creates and Sustains Health and Well-Being: An Integrative, Testable Theory,” Review of General Psychology, 2009; 13(3):242-251, http://toddkashdan.com/articles/Mcknight%20&%20Kashdan%20(2009)%20Purpose%20in%20life%20Rev%20Gen%20Psy.pdf.

The post Women Who Find Their Purpose Unlock the Secrets to Long-Term Health appeared first on Women's Health.

Women’s Health

BEST DEAL UPDATE:

The One Sweater Detail to Liven Up Your Winter Wardrobe

We may have a long winter ahead of us, especially now that the holidays have come and gone, and the cheeriest thing to look forward to might be spring. If you’ve had it with the snow-turned-slush and the dreary days, you can skip forward to a sunnier mindset with a simple spring-themed wardrobe update: floral sweaters. As you bundle up to brave the cold, why not flaunt a special top that brightens the mood and balances the bad weather? We’ve scanned some of our favorite designers and brands for the best floral sweaters to suit every possible style. Whether you’re seeking a bold pop of color or prefer something subtler, the following lineup is sure to have something you’ll want to add to your cold-weather shopping list. Keep scrolling for the best floral sweaters on the market this season.

Brighten things up with bold color in this eye-catching mohair-blend sweater with a striking floral design.
Or go subtler in a classic gray crewneck with floral black detailing on the sleeves.
Sometimes a busy pattern is exactly what your OOTD needs.
This literal take on the floral sweater is wonderfully playful and modern.
This clean design offers just a touch of floral.
Abstract florals make for a fashion-forward look.
This number boasts velvet, ruffles, floral, and an on-trend pink colorway, all in one.
This floral sweatshirt is cool girl–approved.
A retro floral print on pale pink is surprisingly fresh.
For those who only leave the house in head-to-toe black, this lace floral sweater is the answer.
This oversize piece delivers all the cozy and the right pop of color.