Archive for May, 2012
Summer Essentials that are…essential.
Self tanner. Only because you don’t want to be the only one half naked at the beach without a shimmering glaze. A slight tan makes you look thinner and hides imperfections–so use generously, but carefully. We recommend Neutrogena’s Mist Spray. It’s around $9-12 dollars and can easily be picked up at any drug store.
A classic beach bag, with a twist. Or a stripe. Or many stripes. Hey, it’s like the classic nautical way, right? This one from Target is around $30 (however there is no price listing online, so you have to get it in the actual store). Functional, unisex, and beach-approved.
A new tank. Optimized for the beach, of course. This one from PacSun is light weight, inexpensive, and will go with just about any color shorts. Wear it with white shorts/relaxed slacks, a red bathing suit bottom, or even khakis. Can also be unisex…because you and your girlfriend love to share clothes, right?
Get the basics
A new water bottle. Like a new-age, swanky cool one. Read this awesome description: “Platypus plusBottle Handheld Hydration Based on the supreme versatility of the original Platy bottle, Platypus has upgraded the Platy-plus bottle to make it the finest one-liter vessel on the planet. First, they created an all-new film that is softer and more flexible, yet even more durable for added value. Then added an all-natural, silver-ion based anti-microbial called SlimeGuard, to help keep the taste-free films gunk-free too. Together with a more ergonomic shape and a handy carry loop, you just won’t find a better bottle on earth.” And all for $12.
Platypus PlusBottle 1-liter Water Bottle with Push/Pull Cap
Oh yes, it’s that time of year again. Time to scroll through the blazing beauties of 2012, or at least those deemed the most beautiful by Maxim. We’ve hand selected a few just for our audience. Do you agree? Should another woman (or perhaps Stephen Colbert?) make OUR list instead?
Summer is just around the corner. Watch out.
Birthday: August 14, 1983
Hometown: Chernivtsi, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Where You’ve Seen Her: Mila Kunis, who, for years, has been on our TVs in hot form (That 70s Show) and cartoon form (Family Guy), has had a big year. The Forgetting Sarah Marshall star dumped Macaulay Culkin, hooked up with Natalie Portman in Black Swan, and accepted an invitation to the Marine Corps Ball in November. Check out the foxy and funny actress in the new film, Friends With Benefits, in theatres today.
Random Fact: Her trademark, according to IMDB, is her different-colored eyes, but we’d say it’s just being pretty damn hot!
One of the highest paying models in the industry, she’s literally MONEY baby. “Birthday: October 20, 1988 Hometown: Mooi River, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Where You’ve Seen Her: South African model Candice Swanepoel has been modeling for brands such as Nike, Guess?, Dolce and Gabbana, and Diane von Furstenberg since being discovered at a flea market as a teenager. Now, a full-fledged Victoria’s Secret Angel, Swanepoel can be seen in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and in this new commercial. Oh, God bless the women’s underwear industry.
Random Fact: She is fluent in Portuguese.”
The breakout beauty brings the heat—and the smoke—to Pineapple Express. Watch video of Amber’s Maxim shoot.
Maxim Website says, “Cobie Smulders is not just a pretty face. The How I Met Your Mother star has also got it where it counts—in the funny bone. As babelicious news anchor Robin, Cobie has been going toe-to-toe with comic masterminds like Jason Segel and Neil Patrick Harris for the past six seasons. She makes us laugh, she makes us drool—sometimes at the same time! Now that we’ve finally met Cobie Smulders in person, we won’t stop watching until our TV explodes…or she files a restraining order!
You grew up in Vancouver. Canadians are notoriously polite. Pretend that we’re Canadian. Insult us.
I don’t know if a Canadian would do that!
C’mon! If there were a gun to a Canadian’s head….
First of all, if it were a Canadian, it would be a shotgun, because we have very few handguns. Second of all, I think the word “hoser” would be used, but the Canadian would have to drink lots of beer to slip up like that.”
Birthdate: March 18, 1989
Hometown: Guildford, Surrey, England, UK
A quick word before we start this month’s obsession: We’re going to try and get through the following piece without using a single Phil Collins song title, because that’s exactly the kind of dumb, lazy writing we despise. Right—on with the show! So this lovely lady is Lily Collins, daughter of prog rocker turned pop legend Phil, and if you’re sensing electricity “In the Air Tonight” (sorry), you’re not alone: She’s so hot we’d definitely like to have “A Groovy Kind of Love” with her (argh!), either today or “Another Day in Paradise” (sorry, can’t stop!). OK, so the beautiful Lily plays Snow White in this month’s Mirror Mirror (in theatres today), which we can’t wait to be forced to watch with our girlfriends. But, alas, “You Can’t Hurry Love” (damn it!). In conclusion, Lily is awe- some and “Sussudio” (we don’t even know what we’re saying anymore).”
Cool Things to Do TODAY
Create a happy new playlist on itunes. A mixture of slow jams and dance music to take you on a nostalgic ride.
Download at least one song from your childhood. And make it a good one, like something from an 80s film. Or better yet, go out and buy the vinyl album to really take you back.
Clean your bathroom–sounds not so tempting, right? But afterwards, you’ll feel good about yourself and home, knowing that you have a clean place to get clean in.
Call an old friend whom you haven’t spoken with in over one year. That’s right, pick up the phone. Re-kindle…and that’s not a new amazon product.
Give yourself a manicure (even if you’re a gentlemen). This doesn’t mean break out the clear polish men, but sit on the sofa with a file and clippers, and clean up those hands. They are the “second” things people see when they first meet you, after your face of course. It’s good to have freshly groomed hands always, unless you’re a car mechanic who relishes in the grease all day.
Break out the dusty blender in the kitchen and make a fruit smoothie. Add a little extra to it, like cocoa powder for extra “comfort.” It’s healthy, energizing, and is a great substitute for a fast food meal.
Add a drop of whiskey to your coffee. Just because it’s Thursday.
Visit the humane society and play with the dogs. All dogs go to heaven they say and they remember you for coming to play with them. These little guys and gals rarely get extra love and attention, so why not take a trip to your local shelter and give a couple of canines rub downs.
Smile at a stranger. Just one…or ten. Enough so that people still know you’re normal and not some creepy stalker guy ogling all the innocent bystanders. Kind of like it pass it forward kind of smile…not bozo the clown kind of smile.
Do 25 crunches. Hey, we’re not saying to 100. 25 will get those muscles working just enough to set off some happy endorphines in your brain and maybe even motivate you to do more.
Things to try this season: Fashion Stripes with something not striped (i.e. a striped blue and white shirt with solid bright pants/capris, or with another type of print that stands out.) No socks and loafers.
Why not try a pair of green funky glasses for spring?
Funky sunglasses. Let’s face it, you can always take them off. That’s one of the best things about subglasses as a spring fashion accessory. It’s cool to look cool for a bit, and then switch to the “normal” you in a matter of seconds. Why not try a new color/shape/style? If aviators are your norm, try a pair of larger plastic frames, maybe in a light shade of green. Love Experiment, but not too much. Dating tip for men: dinner/coffee/cocktail/anything on the water is good for a date.
Money It’s okay to splurge a little on new clothes and accessories at the beginning of every season. Just make sure you keep it basic. You have the rest of the season to get the more expensive, ultra-trendy stuff—so for now just keep it simple: plain tees, light fabrics, basic colors, shorts, sandals/loafers/spring shoes. Sex Hands are important. They don’t get enough credit in the romance world. Touch is one of the five senses, so don’t forget to use it every way.
Are you a Prince or a Frog? Kiss him and find out.
If it’s not in the kiss, it won’t be anywhere else either. That’s all. To Do Go running on a spring day. If your not a big runner, just try it. You may get to really like it, especially if you have a river close by.
Get gelato. Like tomorrow for lunch, maybe. Pay for the person behind you in line. At a drive thru? Pay for the person behind you’s meal. Make it a pay it forward kind of day. Make a smoothie for breakfast. It’s yummy, you can carry it on the go, and it will make you happy. end of story.
The Game of Thrones has had a huge impact on modern programming over the past year. It seems like everyone is talking about the science fiction/fantasy/epic show on HBO and it just gets better every week. Right when you think you “know” a character, or fall in love just a little, they are stripped away from you, like in the case of Ned Stark. (Poor Ned). So as weekly, loyal fans, how can you show your support for Winterfell and King’s Landing? Maybe your loyalty lies with the Dothraki’s or perhaps Daenerys Targaryen herself (played by the stunning Emilia Clarke)…
And what about our beloved bastard, Jon Snow? Really, Dani and Jon should just get togetheracross the narrow sea and procreate already–they are positively too stunning to not. Alas, we’re following the season via HBO and haven’t read the novels, so please don’t spoil anything for us.
Do you support the Dragons? What will happen in the next episode? Will Dani marry that rich merchant or follow her adviser? What will become of the little Arya? Who will become king? The suspense is just too much. In the meantime, show your Game of Thrones pride by looking through our immense collection of cufflinks, featuring swords, dragons, magic, coins, and more…