Wednesday, April 23, 2014

MEN'S HEALTH: 5 Ways to Keep Your Skin Safe

ATTENTION ALL MEN! Skin care is something we all often overlook. The chances of getting melanoma or any other kind of skin disease thanks to too much sun exposure always seem too thin. But guess what? They're not. Ultraviolet radiation is the number one cause of skin cancer, and it's completely preventable!

So, if you're looking to keep old age at bay by avoiding wrinkles until you're 60, it's time to start loading up on the SPF. And wrinkles aren't the worst of it, we're talking benign tumors, pre-cancerous and cancerous skin lesions, and discoloration. I don't know about you, but I'll be covering up this summer.

Protect Your Skin


With SPF

"The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that everyone apply a sunscreen with an SPF30 every day, and an SPF50 before participating in outdoor activities."

If you're not already, you should be applying a face lotion with an SPF of 30 every day. It sounds like overkill, but when it comes to your health, precautions are necessary. And wouldn't you feel better knowing that when you're 40 you won't have the face of an 80 year-old?

I know I would!

Protective Gear


I know that the sun beating down on you during your summer runs is less than enjoyable, but don't shed your layers! You may be great eye candy for the ladies running around without your top on, but please, keep it on. We're only saying this because we care about you.

Besides, a little mystery is always fun when it comes to what you're hiding underneath ;)

Tips from the Pros


1. Seek the shade, especially between 10am and 4pm.
2. Do not burn!
3. Avoid tanning and UV tanning booths.
4. Use a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day.
5. Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours.
6. Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
7. Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreens should be used on babies over the age of six months.
8. Examine your skin head-to-toe every month.
9. See your physician every year for a professional skin exam.


Keep your skin safe, gentlemen!


Sources

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

ENTERTAINMENT: MTV Movie Awards Highlights!

The MTV Movie Awards have always been a favorite awards show of mine. The hottest celebs-- I mean, LOOK at Zac Efron, thank goodness for Rita Ora because she did just what all of us were thinking. Rip his shirt off. (*sigh*) 

Aside from Zac's effortless gorgeousness, the funniest clips, the best movies, and plenty of fun were all fit into a two-hour awards show. Sunday's show had Twitter all abuzz with who would win what, and we've got the night's biggest winners here for you! Plus a few amazing performances from the likes of our girl-crush Ellie Goulding (with Zedd), Rihanna and Eminem, and newbies Twenty One Pilots.


The Votes Are In...


Movie of the Year


The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Favorite Character


Tris, Divergent

Best Female Performance


Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Best Male Performance


Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Best Shirtless Moment


(For your viewing pleasure...) Zac Efron, That Awkward Moment

Best Comedic Performance


Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street

Best On-Screen Transformation


Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Anyone else find it sad that in real life he has better hair than most women?!

MTV Generation Award


Mark Wahlberg

MTV Trailblazer Award


Channing Tatum


Be sure to check out Ellie Goulding and Zedd's performance of "Beating Heart" here!

Monday, April 14, 2014

TRAVEL: The 6 Best Restaurants in Moscow


Moscow has been on our radar of places to visit for quite some time now. While it may be a little bit further down on the bucket list, there's no doubt it's one of the most buzzing places on the planet. And I mean, look at the architecture. Pretty cool, right?

When I'm traveling, one of the things I most look forward to (aside from taking in the breathtaking scenery and what not) is the food. Judge me. Trying new things is fun right, and food is so completely a part of the culture in so many different countries that it's practically a requirement you try a little bit of everything while you're there.

Good Eats


1. Varvary



4. Buono


6. CDL


So, you got a serious case of wanderlust yet?


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

WOMEN'S FITNESS: Get Bikini Ready with These Simple Moves!

Bikini season is upon us ladies! And if you're like me, finding the motivation to exercise is extremely hard when you're dealing with incessant bouts of rain and unusually windy weather. But, the weather can't be an excuse to not put your best foot forward right? We all want to look like the celebs (hot, hot, hot!) and that requires hard work and dedication.

Most of us can't afford professional trainers like Vanessa Hudgens and J.Law can, but nonetheless getting to the gym or out for a run (should the weather permit) are both steps you can take to keep yourself on track-- sans trainer. If you're feeling lost on where to start, or have been on a gym hiatus for the past few weeks, consider this your "GO" signal to get back on track!

Strong and Fit


5 Moves, 5 Minutes (Popsugar)



Your Best Butt (Popsugar)



Killer Abs (Tone It Up)



Amazing Arms (Blogilates)



Just a few favorites...


Blogilates and Tone It Up are both favorites of mine. Be sure to check out their sites for monthly calendars and fit tips! They also have YouTube channels with free workout routines, so see? Staying fit can be as simple as doing a YouTube workout in your room!




Go get fit! We're with you every step of the way.

Monday, April 7, 2014

OUR EYE ON: Bonobos

Happy Monday everybody! Hopefully April showers aren't getting you down today, but if they are, just remember they bring May flowers. And hopefully lots of sunshine! You know what goes well with sunshine and flowers? (Hint: it involves a handsome man in a fitted tux and a pretty lady in a white dress.)

Wedding season is upon us, and I gotta say, it's one of my favorite times of the year! Guys, there are very few things better to a woman than a man in a suit. Especially one that's tailored specifically to him. Trust me on this one. And if you're smart, you'll invest in a suit that will justify the price tag. Even better? You won't ever want to take it off.

But if you're feeling a little lost when it comes to what suit to purchase, or rather, where to buy a well-made suit, don't worry! We've got you covered, as always. Bonobos, a man's apparel brand focused on better-fitting clothes and a better shopping experience has been gearing up for spring with some new looks for the one of the busiest times of the year. 

Their new line, a collection of men's seersucker and cotton suits, has been designed to fit well and comfortably, as well as complement the warmer weather with lightweight material for an outdoor wedding or garden party! 

Love is Swinging in the Air Tonight






Let Me Show You a Few Things...


VP of Design, Dwight Fenton suggests that when it comes to finding the perfect suit, "Fit is the most important detail for a suit. Marry that with classic color options and quality fabric, and you have a great looking, versatile suit for every occasion."

Dwight's Tips: 

• Fit starts with the shoulders: The jacket should grab your shoulders snuggly but not be overly tight. If the shoulders fit, pretty much anything else can be adjusted.

• Length matters: To determine the appropriate length, you should be able to cup the bottom of the suit with your arms by your side.

• Show some shirt: A flexible but general rule of thumb is to have a quarter-inch of your shirt cuff showing. If you’re wearing a heavier cuff, like a French cuff, you may want to show a little more.





Not going to lie, I'd fall for any guy dressed to the nines. Bonobos aced it this new collection, so if you're fretting about what to wear to all those weddings you'll be attending this season, look to Bonobos. You have our word that they won't disappoint!

ATTENTION: Brides and grooms! Bonobos' guideshops take "Groomservice" appointments with the happy couple to help the groom and groomsmen find the perfect attire for their wedding. 

So what are you waiting for? Shop away!


Saturday, April 5, 2014

Travel: What Happens in Vegas...

(Hopefully) stays in Vegas! Whether or not you're a fan of country music, I think we can all agree that the genre has it's fair share of sexy men. Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw... I mean, wow. And for country music fans like myself, tomorrow night's a big night! The Academy of Country Music Awards (the ACMs in short) air Sunday on CBS, starting at 8/7c! If you're a fan be sure to follow the jump above and vote for Entertainer of the Year and New Artist of the Year.

The best thing about the ACMs? Compared to most country music award shows, which are hosted in Nashville, TN, the ACMs are hosted in... Can you believe it? Vegas! Broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena, the show is a ton of fun to watch. But, if you're lucky enough to be in Vegas this week, then maybe you'll be lucky enough to see one of the stars out and about. 

Check out the hottest spots in the city below!




1. XS Nightclub



2. Tryst



3. Marquee Nightclub at the Cosmpolitan



4. Hakkasan



5. TAO



6. Hyde Bellagio


Party on, baby!


Vegas is by far one of the hottest places to visit if you're looking for a good time. And the plus side to this weekend, is that in addition to the already amazing atmosphere, it's sure to be a star-studded weekend! I mean, what would you do if you met Luke Bryan in a club? So what if he's married...

Have a great weekend!


Monday, March 31, 2014

ATTENTION GUYS: The 5 Worst Pick-Up Lines

Listen up, boys. The only guy the line to the left would work for is Ryan Gosling. While us ladies can all dream of the man who'll sweep us off our feet, most of us have come to terms with the fact that it is not going to be Ryan Gosling. Or Ryan Reynolds. Or Theo James. We're only slightly bitter about it.

But I assure you, the single ladies out there, who drag themselves out in heels every Friday and Saturday night in hopes (whether she admits it or not) of meeting the "perfect" guy, might be lonely. They might want a boyfriend or a hook-up.

But what they don't want? The pretty girl at the bar does not want to be creepily hit on by some skeeze looking to get laid by using an awful pick-up line. She did not spend 45 minutes doing her hair and make-up, and deciding what to wear, to impress a jerk.

Don't Get Tongue-Tied Now... The 5 Pick-up Lines to Avoid

 

1. "Can I buy you a drink?"

 

If these are the first words out of your mouth, then I'm automatically going to just keep talking to you throughout the night to get free booze. And when it's time to hit the next bar, I'll gladly go with my friends and leave you behind. Talk to me for a little bit first, catch my interest, and if you're ready to move on to your next drink, then sure, offer to buy me one. If I'm interested, I'll say yes-- and it won't just be because it's a free drink.

2. The Cliches (i.e. "Do you come hear often?")

 

If you've seen it on TV, chances are you probably shouldn't say it. I guess if you can deliver it really well, go ahead and give it a try. You may luck out and happen to hit on the one girl in the bar who watches The Big Bang Theory as religiously as you do, but again, chances are slim. Also, you risk coming off as a complete cheeseball, and ladies are looking for real men. Not to say I don't have a soft spot for the nerdier men of the world (truth be told, I really do...), but not on a Friday night when I'm trying to have a good time and you're stumbling over your words trying to remember how Leonard landed Penny.

3. "Hey, Ladies!"

 

 Clump me into a group with all my friends, without so much as a hint that I stand out to you? Forget it. We're all going to use you for free drinks and you and your wallet will not leave that bar a happy camper.

4. Anything too lengthy

 

Quickest way to lose my interest? Talk my ear off before you've even asked my name. I don't care if your friends are acting obnoxious or (for the love of Pete...) if you're ex-girlfriend is here and you're trying desperately to avoid her. If you're not going to make me smile or laugh within the first thirty seconds of our meeting, I'm going to signal to my friends for help. And yes, you can bet we have prearranged "Get me out of here!" signals.

5. Nothing

 

Some girls are fine by it, but most girls I know aren't about to make the first move on the guy who just keeps making awkward eye contact with her from halfway across the room. And if I'm looking at you back, I'm interested. So get to me and introduce yourself. Even if it's just "hi", it's better than nothing.

Avoid them, and maybe, just maybe, you'll get the girl.


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

EYE CANDY: Divergent's Theo James

Whether or not you're a fan of the book series, Divergent, I strongly suggest you go see the film adaptation. Yes, it's amazing in almost every respect (this coming from someone who has read the books...), but if sci-fi/Hunger Games-y movies aren't your cup of tea, then at least go solely for the fact that the man to the left, Theo James, plays the main hunk.

There's Edward from Twilight, Peeta and Gale from The Hunger Games, and a whole slew of attractive men in franchise films, but if you asked me, none can compare to Theo's performance as Four in Divergent. And no, I'm not just saying that because the scene in which he wears no top may or may not have been my favorite part of the movie.

Don't believe me yet? See for yourself.






Don't worry, I saved the best for last. My favorite part of the film. You're welcome.



 One last thing.

He sings. And he has a British accent.

So yeah, I might be in love. But seriously, can you blame me?



Sunday, March 23, 2014

GET HEALTHY: The Best Health & Fitness Apps!

Summer is going to be here before we know it! Spring is coming/already in full swing depending on where you live, and that means the hottest time of the year is just around the bend. Thank goodness

For those of us who have been in hibernation all summer though, showing our pasty legs should be all we have to worry about come bikini season. And yet the majority of us find ourselves worrying about the five extra pounds we may have gained during the cold winter months. But there's good news! Summer doesn't officially start until June 20, so we've still got a few months to kick our butts into gear. And that's made all the more easier with some of the amazing fitness apps that are always a "Download" button away.

Your Best Bikini Body




Run Your Way Into Shape










Tone It Up










Relax & Rejuvenate











Summer 2014's got nothing on us!