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The Epic Trunk Show Returns with Lifestyle, Fashion & Music

The Epic Trunk Show Returns with Lifestyle, Fashion & Music

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This past weekend Manhattan’s Shop Studios was the place to be for another edition of the formerly named Ultimate Trunk Show. Now known as the Epic & Co. Trunk Show the evenings event is a collection of indie fashion brands, lifestyle accessories and services that allow you a fresh look at some quality clothing for the summer season and pamper yourself a little as the Epic & Co provided complimentary massages, nail treatment and shoe cleaning throughout the day.  The Trunk Show definitely succeeds in presently an showroom experience to remember.

The free-flowing Hennessy never fails in setting a calm laid back atmosphere. Whether you were on the main floor sampling the fashions or the rooftop awaiting a massage you could enjoy one of the V.S drinks being offered that evening.

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Now  what would such an event be like without music though? We wouldn’t have to wonder as DJ 9AM held down the tunes with right mixture of classics with a healthy dose of newer material.

Over the course of the evening I saw some familiar favorites like the always fly Heirport Apparel line.

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Dirty Razkal  returned with some new items including some back packs that I really was feeling.

Personally I really like the items that Kingdom Native had on display. Bringing a positive faith-based theme to fashion I appreciated what they were doing simply from the standpoint of counteracting the react wave of satanic themed items that have been made popular by many of today’s Hip Hop mega stars like Lil Wayne.

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Most notably is the popularized upside down cross images that have ended up on so many fashion pieces. For this reason alone Kingdom Naive gets my support.

Along with them, Imperfect Apparel had some items that I can picture a few of my friends rocking this summer from the US to Japan. I would also point people in the direction of Born Republic Co. for a solid selection of accessories from necklaces to bracelets and more.

Now I do want to give you guys my personal pick of the day. It’s great to look good but often times keeping things fresh and clean is a head ache. Sneaker loves will appreciate this because I brought my Nike Pythons to the event hoping to restore their shine.

Fresh feet work via @ecosolelution. @epicandco Trunk Show.

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EcoSOLElution used nothing more than a brush, water and their natural solution to deliver a major cleaning on my sneakers. This is a true must have for your favorite sneaker head. Get some asap. You’ll be glad you did.

Covering this event I was working with the good folks at Mr Refined  so make sure you swing by their side of the Internet to get more insights and a lot more images from the show!!

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Under Armour Gives A Sneak Peak At Q3/Q4 Line Plus New Fitness Tech

Under Armour Gives A Sneak Peak At Q3/Q4 Line Plus New Fitness Tech

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As the people prepare for the pleasant days and cool nights of the Spring season, the wheels are turning at Under Armour to produce those Fall and Winter pieces that we’ll all be looking for once the warmer weather fades.  I was invited to view some items that will be released later this year by UA as well as the new UA HealthBox. Take a look at what is on deck for the 2nd half of 2016.

The ladies line is delivering new colors and supportive designs for the better fitting tops and new sweat absorbent bottoms for those early morning jobs and work out classes.

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MR REFINED LAUNCHES NEW PUBLICATION FOR THE TODAY’S URBAN PROFESSIONALS

MR REFINED LAUNCHES NEW PUBLICATION FOR THE TODAY’S URBAN PROFESSIONALS

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One of the most powerful forces in our society today is media. It is how people get most of their information and for better or worse it’s a huge factor in how people form their views and opinions. With this power comes a responsibility to be truly comprehensive, honest and engaging with the content you deliver. In addition to that, the people now hold more ability to control the stories and narratives that are presented. Enter Mr. Refined Magazine.

I take personal pride and consider it an honor to have my words among the premiere articles within the newly launched Mr. Refined magazine.

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The Mr. Refined brand has set itself as an expanding force in delivering mature lifestyle content for the new age young adult. From style to travel to business and more Mr. Refined magazine looks to deliver a quarterly dose of high-caliber reading material that you can truly relate and connect to.

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So, without further ado here is the info to get your own copy of Mr. Refined Magazine. You have your choice of digital or hard copies. You won’t be disappointed so order your copy and please share this among your peers.

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How Well Do You Manage Yourself?

How Well Do You Manage Yourself?

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The world continues to find ways to stimulate every single human impulse and desire. We can speak to the global masses without leaving our home. Entertainment, education and professional resources live in our pockets. It’s the wireless digital age but as Jadakiss said in his most recent album “Don’t confuse wireless for powerless….” We have power or, at least, the potential for power like we never have had before. Which is why how we manage ourselves has become more important than ever. Here are 2 reminders of self-maintenance actions we should commit daily.

Self Care

Statistically, we’re working more hours and sleeping less. Before we even notice it we’re wearing ourselves down physically and mentally at an ever-increasing rate. You often need to make the concerted effort to step outside of our routines for our own good. Schedule periods of rest and stillness. Allow time for limited, if not fully restricted digital access. We have always been creatures of habit but your body and mind will thank you for taking a few breaks. Find simple things that you enjoy and don’t allow life’s’ obligations to keep you from them. Spa treatments, fitness. meditation, yoga, afternoon walks, music, art. Whatever it is that energizes you, do it.

Self Check

This one is the often times the harder of the 2 self-management tasks. Many of us are still adapting to having the free range ability to express any and everything we feel with very few if any barriers. We often communicate to the world the way that we think things up in our minds. In our mind’s we are never wrong. We are masters of that domain and we transfer that to our external spaces. That may be physical or digital.  We are social beings so much of what you do will involve people.  We need to watch our communication and balance how much we speak about others or tell others what they should be doing in life vs examining ourselves and what we personally need to improve on. It’s easy to overlook as just observing the people around you but it can present itself as being judgmental and even self-righteous. Today’s memes and popular catch phrases all feed into the “I’m better than you”, compare to/put down others to feel good style of living. Just take that extra moment before you hit send or before you speak and just ask yourself “Who exactly am I sending this message to? Is it contributing anything positive?”

Nothing that is good for us just happens out the blue. We have to work on it and work for it. It’s easy to get into damaging cycles but with a little extra thought and attention paid to what we do positive habits can be put into effect. We’ll all thank ourselves in the long run.

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Whale Watching On The Sea Of Cortez Via Villa Del Palmar

Whale Watching On The Sea Of Cortez Via Villa Del Palmar

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Life in New York has a lot of things. On a regular basis I’m in and out of the epicenter of entertainment, culture and style. From Wall Street to Broadway, LES to Spanish Harlem is no shortage of experiences and sights when moving throughout the 5 boroughs. What you do lack is an exposure to nature in its undisturbed state. Fortunately my recent visit to Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto allowed me witness a number of animals in their nature habitats that I’d never see in the Empire State.

A short plane ride from Los Angeles gets you to Loreto,, Mexico where the amazing Villa Del Palmar is located. I spent a relaxing weekend taking in the resorts many services including their island tour & whale watching expeditions.

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Loreto is located along the Gulf of California which is also known as the Sea of Cortez. It’s an area known for fishing and abundance of sea life. While at the Villa resort give yourself a day to fully enjoy the whale watching experience. This wont be some short loop around the beach. Once you are aboard your craft and safely secure you will be taken roughly 90 mins out into the Sea of Cortez. As you ride the beautifully clear sea waters you’ll likely come across  a gathering of Seas Lions. These massive creatures may be laying out on the rocks taking in some sun or howling for the attention of a near by female.

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Before getting out to area where the whales reside you get a nice break to explore the Isle Del Carmen. This is one of the 5 main islands in the Loreto area. You’ll get the opportunity to lay out on the beach for lunch or snorkel for an up close look at the aquatic life. Carmen is also known for the Big Horn Ram hunting deeper on the island.

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Honestly my favorite moment of the day was when we came across a large group of dolphins. They wasted no time playing with us as they raced along side the boat and routinely jumping up at of the water. It was a quite a sight-seeing maybe a hundred dolphins swimming a mere few feet from you.

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Before heading to the marina to dock in Loreto we finally got a glimpse of our elusive targets. A Blue Whale and then a Hump Back surfaced not too long after we left the dolphins. They submerged before we could get a clear shot of them but it definitely rounded out the afternoon.

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From there, upon docking at the harbor you can take a nice walk through the town and stop for some authentic Mexican cuisine before returning to the resort.

I cant lie. It’ a little intimidating being out in the open sea literally catching after some of the largest creatures on earth. Cruising in a modest sized craft you’re kind of at the mercy of nature which really brings perspective to life.  It’s was a remarkable experience and I’m sure you’ll be glad to take time out for this.

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Samurai Sit Down With Sex Educator, Radio Host and Writer Tyomi Morgan

Samurai Sit Down With Sex Educator, Radio Host and Writer Tyomi Morgan

 

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It’s a new year and #SamuraiSitDown returns with more conversations with interesting people from across these Internets. Jumping off the first Interview of the year is Sex Educator, Radio Host and  Ebony Magazine writer Tyomi Morgan. They say sex sells but it’s one thing to talk about it and a completely different thing to understand the various nuances of sex and sexuality in our society. Appropriately enough it’s hump day to get comfortable we chop it up with the Glamazon.

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Many people claim to be experts on Sex. Please introduce yourself and tell us who your are, where you’re from and what you do?

My name is Tyomi Morgan, but many know me as GLAMAZON TYOMI.  I am a sex educator, writer and youtube contributor and radio host for Playboy Radio. I am from Chicago, Illinois but I currently reside in Southern California. I got my start as a model which built my popularity, and through self study I began my journey into becoming a sex expert.

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SAMURAI HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE FOR TODAY’S MAN

SAMURAI HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE FOR TODAY’S MAN

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It’s that time of year folks. Holiday season is upon us. Have you already finished all your gift buying? Of course not so while you prepare to knock that task out I’m here to help out in my own way. Do you have a guy but you’re not sure exactly what he’d like? Is he a busy multifaceted guy that’s’ always on the move?

Today’s man isn’t just the beer drinking handy man of old. He’s doing many times at any given time. With that in mind welcome to the Samurai Holiday Gift Guide.  Here you’ll find an array of gift ideas based around various lifestyle interests. I called in a couple friends too for additional input. I’m sure you’ll see a few things the man in your life will appreciate.

Hit the jump and dive into the 2015 Samurai Holiday Gift Guide! Oh and since today is cyber Monday you might see some great deals on this today too.

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SAMURAI SIT DOWN WITH MEDIA PERSONALITY CLEVERLY CHLOE

SAMURAI SIT DOWN WITH MEDIA PERSONALITY CLEVERLY CHLOE

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When many of us were younger we watched TV and listened to the radio wanting to grow and be heard by the masses. It sets in very early that media is a path to success and influence in our society. Today technology has eliminated many of the barriers that restricted people and the proverbial flood gates are open. Now that everyone with an wireless connection can broadcast messages to the people it takes that much more work and focus to stand out among the static. In this edition of Samurai Sit Down I chat with Media personality Cleverly Chloe about her budding career. From launching events to hosting shows shes laying the foundation as one of the up and coming voices of NY’s new media generation. Get comfy and check our conversation.

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For those that don’t know who you are please give us a little of your background. Where are you from? What do you do? Etc.

I’m from the Bronx, NY. I graduated from Johnson & Wales University in 2011, I studied marketing which is probably why I my connection to the public is so strong.

I’ve always had a love for people, and music, and the creative arts. It took me a year after college to come to the conclusion that no 1 job title really fit what it was I truly had a passion for, which was mass promotion through social interaction.

It’s always hard to give a summation of what I do, because I’ve delved into numerous arenas. I have my website, cleverlychloe.com which was created after the success of my tumblr. I host events, as well as shoot showcases. I’ve done all the typical blogger duties, mixtape reviews, showcase recaps, new video updates. I think what I best became known for were my original pieces about my disaster dates.

Now I currently am a co-host on Word Of Mouth Radio. (iTunes Podcasts). And I created a day party with my partner Shenae Curry called The iN House

Your extremely passionate in regards to covering and creating a platform for up and coming Hip Hop talent. “For The Culture” is the thing to say right now so What does Hip Hop as an overall culture mean to you?

Hip Hop is so coveted as “our culture” because it’s something we’ve literally developed and been a part of since its birth. It’s like our child. We’ve watched it grow and evolve.

Hip Hop Culture for me is our lifestyle, it’s the guise under how we live our day to day lives. From clothing, to the music we intake, to the vocabulary we use.  We intake music at such a rapid pace these days , hip hop rules the world.

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The Crazy World Of Sexual Expectations and Judgment

The Crazy World Of Sexual Expectations and Judgment

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Generally what we see in our society is a heavy-handed tendency to judge those that have sexual urges or activities that fall outside of the classic norms. No one understands this more than the modern woman. Don’t let folk know that you actually enjoy sex and you better run for the hills  if it becomes known that you’ll pursue sex on your own terms.

As people adjust to the new sexual free for all there is an interesting resulting effect. It’s almost a reverse shaming where the masses present this sexually free and wild position and those that subscribe to a more traditional approach are the prudes and lames. Personally I think that regardless of how you get down you need to find a person who is on the same sexual wavelength as you. This is similar to what I spoke on last week.

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The truth is that everyone isn’t a sexual dynamo or tireless nympho. Well, expect for you folk reading this. I’m sure you are all ultimate sex gods. Generally speaking everyone can’t be into everything. You may be the finest connoisseur of groceries in your city while your friend may never go near it. Neither is wrong and neither is right. Let each person’s sexual path be their to travel. Sex in it’s most honest form is a connection being made between the people involved. It was never intended for public debate and over analysis.

Who set the scale? Who determined what sex must be between people? We really are a weird community when it comes to this topic. Let people do what they do as long as it doesn’t ill effect you.

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Have you ever had someone judge or label you due to your personal sexual preferences? How did you deal with it?

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When She Wants It More Then You. Balancing the Sexual Scales

When She Wants It More Then You. Balancing the Sexual Scales

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This post is a reaction to the following piece.

What Happens When Your Boyfriend Wants Sex Less Than You Do

If a woman wants to f*ck all the time, shouldn’t she be getting f*cked all the time? After all, women are the ones staving off constant penetration, right?

If guys are supposedly so horny all the time, shouldn’t a highly sexual woman be a wonderful surprise?

The answer is often no. And that’s a problem that few people expect to have in a relationship.

So I read this for context and it comes across more as a clash of extremes then what most folk I know encounter. The piece reads like a level 10 nympho (no, all of you are NOT nymphos) dating a level 1 prude. In this situation the conflict of desire seems to be taking a mental and emotional on a woman who prides her self on your sexual ownership but falling flat as the object of her desires isn’t in sync with her.

I think at this point we need to throw a lot of the gender based sexual assumes and roles out the window or at least push them back from the forefront. The age-old law that men always want sex more than women or that women are cool with the bare minimum level of  activity is a lie of epic proportions. WOMEN WANT IT! They want it a lot and don’t let anyone tell you different.

This article really speaks less to sexual desire then it does to how much we allow society to shape who we see ourselves as. We could replace sex in this case with any other key relationship element. The desire for family, the desire to travel, the desire to thrive in business. If you’re not on equal levels or levels close enough to compromise you’re in trouble.

As a man there’s no rule that says she has to get sex every time she wants it. The power of “No” is serious when used properly. Sex should not be a form of currency or a chore done just to do it. A healthy relationship leaves room to simply not be in the mood today then be fully in the mood all day tomorrow.

When a level 10 gets with a 1 its a countdown to break up. The more realistic question would be how much will either side compromise when its a level 9 with maybe a 6 or 7. No where in life do you get everything you want, so what are you willing to do?

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