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7 Things You Should Never Say To A Woman Who Loves Football (Sat, 31 Jan 2015 09:13:48 -0500)

This post originally appeared on Bustle.

By Rosanne Salvatore

Hey world, are you sitting down? I need to talk to you about something, and some of you probably won't like it, but I'm just going to come out and say it. There are millions of real female football fans out there, and I am one of them. Holy shit, did some of you just faint? If you've regained consciousness, please quickly run through all your stages of shock (it usually goes something like denial, anger, acceptance) so we can get on with this conversation. As Super Bowl Sunday approaches (aka my favorite religious holiday of the year), I find it absolutely mind boggling how confused people are by female sports fans. I'm not sure when females liking football became some rare disease that afflicts only remote sections of our population, but I've actually lost count of how many men, and yes women, are mystified by me. And I'm not even talking about my hidden talent to spill my beer, pick it back up, and spill it again, repeatedly. I'm talking about my sincere love for the game of football.

Like all great love stories, me and football have had our ups and downs. I am well aware that the NFL is not having the ~best~ year. It's my hope that the more we talk about issues like domestic abuse in the NFL, the closer we are to tackling these issues in society too. I wish I could say that I get most pushback because of the stigma of violence in the NFL, but actually the most ignorant things that've been said to me as a fan are simply because I have a vagina (which means my brain is smaller, right? #eyeroll). So while we all gear up for Super Bowl Sunday, I'm going to run down a few things you should never, ever say to a female football fan. Or go ahead and say them if being a giant, ignorant asshole is your thing.

1. Name me five people on the team playing right now. Oh you can't? You're not a football fan.

I didn't realize we'd be having a pop quiz this weekend. Also, not sure how knowing random asinine trivia facts qualifies me as a fan. So yeah, I'm not going to whip out my junk to compare sizes. Sorry, not sorry.

2. Do you even understand what's happening right now?

Nope. No clue. I usually just stare at the TV for hours at a time without registering what's going on, because that's highly entertaining.

3. You like beer?

Do yourself a favor and just stop right now, because I can already anticipate the next five sexist things you're going to say about my drinking.

4. Which player do you think is the cutest?

I just cannot with this one.

5. I bet you can't wait for the Super Bowl Halftime Show, right?

Literally don't even know who's performing. Also, don't really care. Halftime = time to heat up more CHEESE dip.

6. What do you think about the Ray Rice scandal?

Well let's see. I am a human. I don't condone violence and strongly stand behind that life motto for all other humans. So, just like the rest of all football fans who may be male, female, green, gay, white, black, I think it's a bad look for everyone.

7. You're just like one of the guys!

I know, can you believe someone let me out of the kitchen so I could hang out with all you dudes? Me neither!

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The 11 Beginner Yoga Poses Everyone Pretends To Know (But May Be Doing Wrong) (Sat, 31 Jan 2015 07:35:25 -0500)

Remember when you resolved to do more yoga? And then you sat at the back of a yoga class as the teacher said ridiculous things like "juice your spine" and you wondered what the heck you were doing?

Yeah, we're here to help.

Yoga doesn't need to be shrouded in mystery. This week, we caught up with Lisa Sochocki, owner of Yoga Loft Hawaii on the island of Oahu, to talk plainly about how to achieve each basic yoga pose with perfection.

Sochocki has spent the last 16 years practicing yoga around the world and the last 10 teaching it. She has helped hundreds of aspiring yogis turn their awkwardly stiff downward dogs into seamless standing splits, and she knows every mistake a rookie yogi will make on the mat.

"A lot of people think that in order to start doing yoga, you have to be super flexible. But the reality is that everyone has to start somewhere," Sochocki told The Huffington Post. "And it all usually starts with the first breath. If you remember to breathe, then everything else will fall into place."

So take a breath, relax and let this blissful yogini walk you through all the beginner's yoga poses you need to know to master your practice. Your computer-hunched spine will thank you.

Hold each pose for three to five deep and slow breaths, in and out of your nostrils.

1. Mountain Pose (Tadasana)
Stand tall, spine straight with feet parallel and big toes touching. Look straight ahead.

Common mistakes: The ribs and butt should not stick out too far. Try to keep your spine, from the top of your head to your tailbone, in one straight line.

Sochocki says: "Unlike regular standing, here you stand with a purpose, feeling the four corners of your feet, lifting up the knee caps, engaging the legs, drawing the the tailbone down and lifting the belly button in and up. Soften the shoulders down the back and turn the palms to face forward, imagine you have heavy rocks in your hands. Look straight ahead and feel the power of the Mountain!"

2. Chair Pose (Utkatasana)
Knees bent over the ankles, thighs as parallel to the floor as possible. Torso should form a right angle over your thighs. Move the feet closer together for a more advanced pose. Inhale as you raise your hands up.

Common mistakes: Knees should not go past the toes.

Sochocki says: "Place more weight over the heels to pull the knees away from hovering over the toes."

3. Forward Fold (Uttanasana)
(Top photo is for beginners, bottom photo is for advanced students.)

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This pose opens up the back of the legs, allows the spine to decompress and lets fresh blood move from the heart and into the head.

Start in mountain pose. Hinge from the hips on an exhale and fold over forward, keeping the spine as straight as possible. Let the head hang heavy, and relax the jaw. Keep feet hip-width apart for beginners or touching for intermediate/advanced students.

Common mistakes: A straight spine is more important than having straight legs. Bend your knees as much as needed to keep a straight spine with your chest touching your thighs.

Sochocki says: "Consistency in yoga is important and over time, the back of the legs will open in forward fold. Keep the knees soft, and don't lock them."

4. Downward-facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
(Top photo is for beginners, bottom photo is for advanced students.)

This inversion opens the entire body. From plank position, with your feet hip-width apart and hands shoulder-width apart, lift your hips toward the ceiling on an exhale until your body makes an inverted "V." Eyes are looking between the legs or toward the belly. Pull the belly and ribs in.

Common mistakes: People with tight hamstrings and calves tend to form boxy poses. To correct this, bend the knees more, and draw the chest toward the tops of the thighs, pressing your hands firmly against the floor to pull the hips back.

Sochocki says: "It is more important to keep your back straight and less important to keep the legs straight." You shouldn't be afraid to bend the knees or lift the heels if needed. "Imagine that you are a fish and you've been hooked at the tailbone and are being pulled back to the boat. This will help lift the hips back and up."

5. Warrior One (Virabhadrasana 1)
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From downward-facing dog, step your right foot forward between your hands, turn your left heel in, and raise your torso and arms up on an inhale. The front foot's heel should line up with the back foot's arch, with the front of the knee directly over the ankle. Face both hips forward, draw the tailbone down, and pull the ribs in. Repeat pose on the opposite side of the body.

Common mistakes: The back hip should be facing forward and not outward, and the back foot should be closer to a 45-degree angle, not a 90-degree angle.

Sochocki says: "Imagine both your hips are headlights. You want both headlights facing forward."

6. Warrior Two (Virabhadrasana 2)

Similar to warrior one, but with arms stretched out in opposite directions, parallel to the floor and in line with the shoulders. Raise arms and torso on an inhale. Back foot should be at a 90-degree angle, and front thigh should be parallel to the floor, with the front of the knee directly over the ankle. Eyes should look out over middle finger. Repeat pose on the opposite side of the body.

Common mistakes: The butt or belly should not stick out, and there should be no arch in the lower back. Foot alignment is also often wrong. Make sure that your front foot's heel aligns with the back foot's arch.

Sochocki says: "Imagine you are spreading your mat apart. To align your hips, place your hands on your hips to make sure you're not leaning too much on one hip."

7. Triangle Pose (Trikonasana)
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tri back
Step feet wide apart, creating a triangle from your feet to your pelvic bone. Start with turning one foot out by 90 degrees and the other inward by 15 degrees. Stretch arms out in line with the shoulders, and, on an exhale, rotate torso toward the outward-turned foot. Fingers should touch the shin for beginners or slightly touch the floor for advanced. The other arm should be reaching up with eyes looking at the raised hand, neck kept long and away from the shoulders. Shoulders and arms should form one line.

Common mistakes: The front hip should not jut out, and the back hip should not drop down.

Sochocki says: "To ensure good alignment, go into the pose very slowly."

8. Child's Pose (Balasana)
(Top photo is for beginners, bottom photo is for advanced students.)

Child's pose is a pose of surrender. Starting from a kneeling position, with toes touching and knees as wide as the shoulders, draw your hips down to your heels as your arms extend forward on the floor and your forehead lowers to the ground. Close your eyes and let your forehead rest on the ground. Breathe in whichever manner is comfortable to you.

Sochocki says: "There is no wrong way to do Child's Pose. However, if you have tight hips, it can be helpful to place a blanket or pillow between your hips and heels and a block for your forehead."

9. Baby Cobra (Ardha Bhujangasana)
This pose is done on the belly, with the pubic bone and the tops of the feet pressing into the ground. Feet are as wide as the hips and straight back. Hands are resting beside the rib cage, and elbows are squeezed back, reaching toward one another. Using the strength in the lower lumbar spine, peel the chest and upper ribs off the floor. Lift up on an inhale, take a few breaths, and lower down on an exhale.

Common mistakes: Hands should not be in front of the shoulders, and the shoulders should not be by the ears. To correct this form, draw the shoulders down the back, and pull the shoulders away from the ears.

Sochocki says: Your elbows should be at a 45 degree angle and you should use your lower back -- with minimal push from your hands -- to pull your torso off the floor.

10. Seated Twist with Leg Extended (Marichyasana)
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twist back
The seated spinal twist neutralizes the spine. Start from a seated position, with butt on the ground and both legs parallel in front of you. Extend your left leg straight out, and flex the foot. Bend your right knee, and cross your right foot over the extended left leg. Left elbow pushes against the outside of the right knee, and right hand is placed on the floor on the right side of the body. Right hand should be planted behind the right side of the spine, supporting it. Look over the shoulder or as far as the neck allows. Repeat pose on the opposite side of the body.

Common mistakes: Do not round your back. Lengthen your spine by lifting your back up. Make sure your back hand is helping you life the spine up.

Sochocki says: "Exhale as you twist your spine. Inhale to create the space [in your torso] and the exhale will move you deeper into the space you've created."

11. Upward-facing Dog* (Urdhva Mukha Svanasana)
*Our yogi says it can be dangerous to assume that the upward-facing dog is a beginner's pose. It is, in fact, an intermediate to advanced pose because it is a deep back bend that requires a lot of power. Sochocki suggests that beginners start with baby cobra and build their way up to upward dog.
From the plank position, with feet hip-width apart and arms shoulder-width apart, exhale and use your arms to slowly lower your body down until your elbows form a 90-degree angle. Use your toes to tilt your body forward and roll over your toes so the tops of your feet are flat on the ground. On an inhale, straighten your elbows so your entire torso, knees and thighs are lifted from the ground. Your hands and feet should be the only parts of your body touching the ground. Look slightly upward, past the tip of the nose. Exit the pose on an exhale.

Common mistakes: "I most commonly see students go into this pose before their back is ready for it. You can tell when their shoulders are high and near the ears. I recommend that beginners start with a cobra pose, closer to the floor. Cobra has little to no weight in the hands and will slowly build up the strength in the back."

Sochocki says: "For those who are determined to master the up dog, make sure you press firmly down with the feet and keep drawing the chest through the arms. Lift from the center of the heart while pulling your shoulders down your back."

Selena Gomez's Forever 21 Top, Beyonce's Zara Pants And More Cheap Celeb Finds Of The Week (Sat, 31 Jan 2015 07:00:17 -0500)

There are so many great sales happening right now, it's hard not to blow your paycheck on awesome winter duds. And while we don't need too much help in the shopping department, we are always pleased to see our favorite stars step out in outfits that are both stylish and affordable.

This week Beyoncé sat courtside at two basketball games in inexpensive pants -- a pair of $85 jeans from Topshop and some cool faux leather ones from Zara. And if that isn't enough to make you excited, Selena Gomez looked every bit the minimalist in a light gray ribbed-knit sweater from Forever 21 (that you can easily scoop up for under $20).

Check out the best cheap celeb finds of the week and let us know which ones you're coveting.

We Promise This Wedding Photo Isn't As Inappropriate As It Looks (Fri, 30 Jan 2015 19:25:44 -0500)

The morning of the wedding can be an emotional roller coaster for the marrying couple -- that we know. But here's one groom who was simply unable contain his, er, excitement.

Credit: Chelsey LeBlanc Photography

KIDDING. That's not actually an erect penis. If you haven't already figured out what's going on here, allow the groom, Ian, to explain.

"Getting dressed before my wedding," he captioned the photo on Reddit on Thursday. "Only noticed the belt after the pictures had been distributed."

This very happy accident occurred at Ian's 2013 wedding in New Brunswick, Canada, but it wasn't until he posted the kinda-sorta d**k pic on Reddit this week that it aroused the attention of more than 2 million people. Photographer Chelsey LeBlanc called the sudden attention a "very unexpected surprise."

"It was noticed not too long after the photo was given to the client and was posted on Facebook," she told The Huffington Post. "We laughed about it at the time. In fact, Ian is the one who posted it on Reddit simply because he thought it was amusing."

If you ask us, you're never too old to find a penis-belt "amusing."

H/T Reddit

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Kim & Kanye Are Pretty Much Besties With President Obama (Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:59:15 -0500)

Back in October, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West met President Barack Obama.

Now we have photographic proof such an event took place. The president even signed the photo, which means they are pretty much besties.


A photo posted by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on

Best #FBF photo ever, right?

How We're Reacting To The End Of Lip Smackers (And Our Youth) (Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:49:12 -0500)

In life, trends come and go. Things that we seemingly were never able to live without (the Spice Girls or Jessica McClintock prom dresses, to name a few) go away, and remind us of just how much we loved and appreciated those things once upon a time. Bonne Bell, the company that owns Lip Smackers, is one of those things.

Whenever news surfaces that a childhood staple of ours is now a thing of the past, there's a small (OK, huge) pang of sadness that ensues. Even if you have not purchased or even thought about a Lip Smacker since the early 2000's, you can understand the heartbreak that came upon reading this WYKC report that Bonne Bell is shutting down operations in its hometown of Westlake, Ohio; Lip Smackers will only be available in Asia, Europe and Australia come March 29.

Here at HuffPost, we're devastated about the loss. Many of us grew up collecting every flavor, trading them with our friends and even sneaking in a lick (or three hundred.) So, in honor of yet another piece of our youth being nabbed away from us, we've rounded up the best reactions and memories from around our newsroom.

Take a look, and then head directly to your nearest Lip Smacker retailer. You're going to want to stock up on that Dr. Peppery goodness.

"I tried eating a Strawberry flavored one with a friend in first grade. It smells better than it tastes." Alanna Vagianos, Associate Editor, Women

"NO. NO. NO. STRAWBERRY FLAVOR FOREVER." Renee Jacques, Associate Viral Editor

Win one of these! Yes really!!! Go to our Facebook page to see how you can win one of your own bedazzled Lip Smacker Biggy embellished with Swarovski crystals. #bedazzledbiggy #lipsmacker

A photo posted by Official Lip Smacker (@lipsmackerbrand) on

"I hoarded those in 3rd grade... only to one day come home and find my then-1-year-old brother with all of them in front of him, empty. He ate my damn Lip Smackers." Brie Dyas, Senior Work Life Editor

"I used to put this milk chocolate lip thing on so much. I would put it on my lips on the bus ALL THE WAY from school to my house (a 10-minute drive) in first grade. I still have an old tin of them at my house!" Carly Ledbetter, Associate Editor, Lifestyle


Major life decisions to be made in the Lip Smackers aisle at K-Mart.

A photo posted by Kristen Aiken (@aikenforbacon) on

"My first kiss was cotton candy laced thanks to Lip Smackers!" Julee Wilson, Fashion & Beauty Editor

"UGH. My 13-year-old heart is broken. Vanilla Frosting-flavored Lip Smackers is 7th grade in a makeup tube. That scent will forever be permeated in my brain as a reminder of the days of fickle friendships, rocky romances, awkward school photos and the first time I was allowed to go to the movies without my parents." Lindsay Holmes, Associate Editor, GPS for the Soul

"I went to Catholic school and we weren't allowed to wear makeup, but I could get away with wearing Bonne Bell lipgloss. Kept me lookin' good through those grammar school years." Cavan Sieczkowski, Senior Trends Editor

What a collection! How do you store your favorite ones? #regram from @amazebalms #lipsmacker #lipbalm #lipsmackers

A photo posted by Official Lip Smacker (@lipsmackerbrand) on

"All the cool girls used to carry Lip Smackers on key chains at my school. I also used to spend hours in the drugstore picking out which flavor I wanted, and after I bought it, I would promptly lick it off my lips." Michelle Persad, Fashion Editor

"TRAGEDY." Emma Gray, Senior Editor, Women

"This is worse than when the Spice Girls lollipops were no more." Leigh Blickley, Celebrity Editor

"I vividly remember always going to the Lip Smackers section in Claire's and marveling at all of the flavors. While I was more of a "window shopper" than an actual consumer, I usually admired Smackers with my eyes. I will say that I loved the Dr. Pepper, Root Beer and Tootsie Roll smackers, despite not being huge fans of the in-real-life versions of them." Chanel Parks, Associate Editor, Style

And if these memorials aren't enough of a tribute for you, here's an entire eulogy:

"I have vague memories of eating half a stick of Strawberry after my mom sent me to my room without dessert ("This'll show her!") Years later, that visceral experience had apparently not reduced the romance associated with Lip Smackers. When I learned something about scent being associated with memory, I became convinced I had to train my very first "boyfriend" to love me by smell. The fact that he rarely wore deodorant (and that we mostly talked over AIM) was besides the point. When we had our fleeting interactions on the playground -- before running away from each other in opposite directions out of sheer embarrassment -- I would always smell like a hefty dose of strawberry-esque chemicals. RIP, Bonne Bell. My lips feel vaguely chapped already." Lauren Duca, Entertainment Reporter

Protect your lips from the sun with these delicious sporty SPF 24 lip balms. #lipsmacker #lipbalm #summer #fun

A photo posted by Official Lip Smacker (@lipsmackerbrand) on

(h/t Cosmopolitan)

Nash Grier, Ansel Elgort Show Off Their 'Bad Sides' With #UglySelfieChallenge (Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:19:44 -0500)

The newest Instagram trend is taking on a different side of the selfie.

The #UglySelfieChallenge started when Vine star Jerome Jarre posted an unflattering selfie on Instagram along with a caption explaining how “we all care way too much about our look.” His followers uploaded their own selfies, prompting Jerome to create the challenge and nominate Martin Garrix, Nash Grier and Ansel Elgort.


A photo posted by # JEROME JARRE (@jeromejarre) on

#UglySelfieChallenge I challenge @camerondallas , @shawnmendes & @kingbach ! You have 24 hours to post! Tag 3 people! Post your own & challenge others by using this hashtag- #UglySelfieChallenge

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Fanks @nashgrier #UglySelfieChallenge i nominate @geoff_warburton , @scottharris123 and @sammywilk

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#UglySelfieChallenge I challenge @destorm, @rudymancuso, & @christian. You have 24 hours to post! Tag 3 people! Post your own & challenge others by using the hashtag #UglySelfieChallenge

Una foto publicada por Andrew Bachelor (@kingbach) el

#UglySelfieChallenge I challenge @camerondallas @johnny @curtislepore ! You have 24 hours to post! Tag 3 people! Post your own and challenge others by using the hashtag #UglySelfieChallenge

A photo posted by Christian Delgrosso (@christian) on

Nominated by @shawnmendes... this was mid "we're talking Big Guns, baby!" #uglyselfiechallenge.. I nominate @jackjackjohnson @skatemaloley @jackgilinsky @kennyholland 24 hrs to do it

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Ansel accepted and posted a hilarious photo that was already in his camera roll. He supported Jerome’s focus on inner beauty adding that “society is becoming this place where people judge each other on followers and likes.”

@jeromejarre nominated me to take an #uglyselfie #UglySelfieChallenge I like the idea. Too many people worry about how they are perceived through an app. Looking like a cookie cuter pretty person. I understand why, because society is becoming this place where people judge each other on followers and likes. Stop worrying about being accepted,worry about being yourself :) I actually didn't just take this selfie. It was in my camera roll, hahaha maybe we should look in our camera roll for the most hilarious photo that we would never post and post it! I nominate @warrenelgort @piercefulton and @natandalex !

A photo posted by anselelgort (@anselelgort) on

While the posts are definitely giggle-worthy, the challenge reveals something deeper. The tag is worth browsing to see a different side of Instagram beyond its likes and filters.

But first, let me take an ugly selfie.

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Skincare Suggestions For The Manliest Of Gentlemen (Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:18:53 -0500)

inter doesn't have to be staid or sluggish because this is also the time to help Santa out just in case he forgot something on your wish list. Well, we're here to help. Now's the time gentlemen can become boys, stylishly.

Jack Black FaceHow's that mug in the mirror looking? OK, even though I'm a skincare snob, I always try to vary my skincare suggestions for the manliest of gentlemen. While I've embraced resistance from some, others can't get enough of results-oriented products. Here's the thing: Don't be intimidated by some men's grooming and skincare products' packaging, marketing and pricing. It may not look like something your beer-drinking buddies would approve of, but it works. So, in the nicest way possible, I implore you to get the hell over it. You'll thank me (as will your favorite snuggle partner).

So when I revisited Jack Black, I was excited to see how assertive their regimens had become, but also how much anti-aging science was being offered at such great value. And although Jack Black's "Best Beard" promotion with the New York Jets has passed, their sports-centric affiliation is just another reason to get on board the grooming train. Especially as they now offer ways to rewind some visible years.

Before bedtime I dove into my Jack Black, going straight for the big guns. Face Buff with Vitamin C and Menthol proved refreshing and gently gritty, enough to lift a beard and polish skin. Next, I went for the two or three times a week treatment, DIY Power Peel Multi-Acid Resurfacing Pads, which only take a minute while providing big rewards in the long run (age spots, pores, dullness and lines). Get it! Protein Booster Skin Serum with peptides and antioxidants was next. Light and rich. Headline: Facial serum is one of the secret weapons many men are missing out on. Because I aggressed with the peel pads I decided to add another layer of comfort, MP-10 Nourishing Oil. Not only is this winner quickly absorbable and non-clogging, it has multiple uses as a beard oil, pre-shave and hair groom. Acids? Scrubs? Yes, with no irritation. But decided to go all the way with Dry Erase Ultra-Calming Face Cream, which is a rich, non-greasy soother. I highly recommend their website or allowing their customer service to expand your anti-aging department. I actually woke up to a smoother, brighter me. Jack Black's targeted options will impress you. I know that because it impressed me, the toughest of critics.

pens-bothAs modern as we've become with a deluge of computers, gadgets and tablets, luckily, Mont Blanc realizes sometimes we just like to write the old-fashioned way. Penmanship has become stale and indecipherable for many as we rely on digital typing more each day. The StarWalker Extreme Steel Screenwriter performs double duty, transforming the writing pen into a pen-like touch-screen tip that allows you to draw, sketch or write on iPad tablets via their free Mont-Blanc-ScreenWriter-Appapp.

Logitech-G27-Racing-WheelLet's be honest. Video games are no longer for kids. And with digital screens getting wider than our cars and technology making the experience more 3-D and hyper real -- well...wanna race? While many of the game titles are too nimble-quick for my hands, many of the racing titles are quite forgiving and much more enjoyable and less frustrating. Built for Sony PlayStation (PS2 & PS3), Logitech's G27 Racing Wheel will not only take you back, it will thrust you forward with its solid-feeling components and reverberating technology as you downshift in sync with its weighty pedal and leather steering wheel. G27 is invigorating enough to take the couch potato out of your indoor activity. It's quite a ride.

So, guys, it's time we put our best face forward, smell amazing, maintain our digital penmanship and challenge a buddy to a virtual drag race. And that's how we step up our game. Who's ready?



Serge-Lutens-Vetiver-Oriental-Bell-Jar-Parfum_1 Fragrance for men can be touchy, but Vetiver scent, historically, holds a place in our refined man arsenal and is often packaged and customized to reflect a certain state of mind and elegance. I bought my first bottle of Guerlain Vetiver as a teenager, marking it as an event in adulthood--a turning point on how life should be. Elevated. Subdued. Lush. It somehow brought me closer to a life I would imagine was meant for the more fortunate. Extravagant? Yes; but fresh and manly. So when I set out to research newer Vetiver collections, I stumbled upon Serge Lutens at Barneys New York--Serge Lutens is a true fragrance house that was considered boutique chic long before the trend. I dabbed a singular dot of their Vetiver Oriental on each wrist and I was instantly transcended with its deep, fresh and sophisticated notes. Nothing stood out as too much, but the scent was alive. I felt very individual and invisibly opulent. I kept smelling myself--I had to have it! Their branded "exclusive bottles" form a bell jar and is a work of modern art in itself. Discover them and find another you.

Le Labo Santal

One of my favorite go-to fragrances is actually an oil; Le Labo's Santal 33 perfume oil is off topic, but I must explain. As I've grown out of my Hollywood hippie phase of dropping patchouli on my wrists (used as a base under my favorite fragrances to be different) I was in awe of their amazingly unique scent on its own. But it really amplifies anything you wear over it. Just. A. Drop. Their brand's numbered and hand-made-as-you-order philosophy has a lot of couture aspects, including personalization and scents only available in certain cities. But what I really love is their Vetiver 46. I just sprayed it to remind myself of its hippie-heir decadence. (A happy place, LOL). And it comes in oil, as a splash, spray, pocket-sized solid (a dapper pocket locket) or as refillable travel bottles. Le Labo is simple and exclusive, but definitely identity-forming as a memorable scent.


Chopard noble is a terrific online retailer known for their huge selection and pricing, including many out-of-date items major retailers expire after the seasons pass. I found many deluxe brand options I didn't even know existed, such as Chopard's exclusive Noble Vetiver (love). Having a free account adds to savings and incentives -- and makes gift giving that much easier.

Primarily comprised of woody freshness, Vetiver is generally lemongrass and citronella at its base, having served well as a great daytime scent. Lately, couturier brands have added their own feelings of expression to the zippy cleanliness of the fragrance with hues of patchouli, leather, tobacco, orange vert, spices and wood in varying amounts.

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How to 'Pump up the Volume' of Your Hair (Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:42:12 -0500)

I have a lot of clients who come to me complaining about their inability to achieve volume in their hair at home. When I hear this, I always provide them a mini tutorial and tips on how to achieve the sought after height and bounce on their own. Since you're not in my chair though, I thought I'd provide you some helpful advice if volume is what you seek!

There are primarily two avenues that you can take to give yourself a good foundation of volume, and those are via the round brush or via velcro rollers. If you choose velcro rollers, keep in mind that the fatter they are, the more lift you'll achieve.
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If you are looking to achieve volume through your blow dry, make sure to prep wet hair with a volumizing product. Personally, I love CHI's Magnified Volume Spray Foam, but there's a ton of other body-boosting blow dry prep products out there.


Whether you choose to use a round brush or velcro rollers, many basic concepts are the same.

1) You need to over-direct the hair when blow drying with your round brush or when inserting your velcro rollers.

Over-direction simply means to pull the hair in the opposite direction from which it falls. With that in mind, you will take sections of hair and pull up and over in order to give the roots lift. Hold the hair with tension. The most important areas of the head to use your round brush or rollers is in front of and at the crown of the head and along your part line on both sides.

(Please disregard my horrific outgrowth! I know, I know, I'm due for highlights.)


If you are blow drying the hair, it should be about 80 percent dry by the time you start using your round brush. If you are using velcro rollers, you have the option to use them on damp hair, apply some heat on them with the blow dryer, and let them set, or you can put them in your hair when it is completely dry. Personally, I prefer the second option. If you do choose to put the rollers in your hair when it's dry, spray with some flexible, but strong hold hair spray, shoot some hot air from the blow dryer on them in the direction they are rolled, and let them set and leave them in while you do your makeup. When you gently remove them, you will have great lift at the roots and a sexy sway and bounce to your hair. If you choose the round brush avenue, insert your brush at the root and continue to hold it in the over-directed position while applying heat in the direction of growth. Bring the round brush through to the mid-shaft and ends. A great trick is to shoot heat at your roots from underneath while holding the hair up. This ensures added volume.

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Have I mentioned yet the importance of a focusing nozzle on your blow dryer? Why, I don't think I have! You need one. A focuser helps you direct and concentrate your heat. You want to make sure that the heat you're blowing follows the direction the hair grows/falls. If the heat is shooting in the opposite direction, it will cause unwanted frizz. Get a focuser!


Now that you've established great bounce and volume, we want to make sure it stays. You have the option to hairspray your hair and go OR tease/backcomb your hair, smooth, hairspray, and go. Since I'm a big fan of big hair, I always opt for at least a little backcombing. Again, lifting at the apex or crown of your head and at each side of your part and over-directing are essential to this process.These are consistent musts for creating voluminous locks. You will want to take thinner sections and at least two to three of them at each area of the head to create a solid roundness and foundation of volume. Lift each section and using either a tail comb or teasing brush, backcomb the hair underneath the section by combing down to the root starting from the root and moving through the mid-shaft of the hair. Do NOT comb or brush back and forth; this will add frizz and a little damage in for extra measure. Only backcomb in ONE direction. The reason I recommend a tail comb or teasing brush, as seen below, is that the ends of both provide you the ability to section the hair easily.


Once you've backcombed, gently lay the hair back down and smooth over with either your comb or brush. Give yourself a nice bath of hairspray, and you're good to go. Go big or go home, baby! :)

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What Time Is The Super Bowl? (Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:56:54 -0500)

It's on Sunday, Feb. 1, at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, and it's on NBC. The New England Patriots are playing the Seattle Seahawks. That's all you need to know.


'Fifty Shades' Star Dakota Johnson On Why Anastasia Is Actually Feminist (Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:53:22 -0500)

"Fifty Shades of Grey" star Dakota Johnson won't take criticism of her character silently. In a new interview alongside co-star Jamie Dornan and director Sam Taylor-Johnson for Glamour's March issue, the star opened up about why she thinks Anastasia can be a great role model for women.

"I completely disagree with people who think Ana’s weak," she said. "I think she’s actually stronger than [Christian Grey, the title character played by Dornan] is. Everything she does is her choice. And if I can be an advocate for women to do what they want with their bodies and not be ashamed of what they want, then I’m all for that."

After months of anticipation, "Fifty Shades of Grey" will finally hit theaters on Feb. 13. Johnson and Dornan recently generated even more buzz for the debut by co-presenting the award for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie at the 2015 Golden Globes.

For more Johnson, Dornan and photos, head over to Glamour and pick up a copy of the March issue, on newsstands Feb. 10.

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What’s the one thing people like more than Super Bowl ads? Sex. Oh, and family. Oh, and ice cream. Oh, and commercials that have been banned from the Super Bowl!

So since that is the unquestionable case -- do not question it -- we have decided to round up some of the most famous banned Super Bowl commercial from years past:

38 Little Seahawks Fans Who Are Totally Ready For A Super Bowl Win (Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:24:53 -0500)

Super Bowl weekend is upon us, and Seahawks fans everywhere are gearing up to hopefully cheer their team to a second consecutive victory. But you don't have to be a grownup or even remotely capable of understanding the rules of football to be a fan. These adorable little Seahawks fans have no trouble showing their team loyalty.

Don't worry, New England fans, we also have 38 Little Patriots Fans Who Are Amped Super Bowl Victory.

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38 Little Patriots Fans Who Are Amped For Super Bowl Victory (Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:22:26 -0500)

With Super Bowl XLIX fast approaching, New England grown-ups aren't the only ones throwing on their Patriots gear and dreaming about a fourth championship win. These baby Pats fans are showing the world that you don't have to be even remotely able to play football to appreciate the excitement.

Don't worry, Seattle fans, we also have 38 Little Seahawks Fans Who Are Totally Ready For A Super Bowl Win.

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This Might Be The Best Vintage Shopping Site Ever (Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:09:57 -0500)

Online vintage shopping has long been a crap shoot: You’re usually faced with rows and rows of white, headless mannequins weighed down under Size 0 sequined jackets that are probably covered in giant yellow stains.

A new vintage site, La Double J, seeks to change all that.