We're only halfway through 2019, but there's already enough TV to fill your time for the rest of the year. So far we've had dueling Fyre Festival documentaries ("Fyre" and "Fyre Fraud"), a live musical that wasn't so live ("Rent Live"), celebrities singing in poodle outfits ("The Masked Singer") and, of course, a farewell to a certain fantasy world ("Game of Thrones"). And that's all before "The Handmaid's Tale" and "Big Little Lies" returned this month. And with Emmy nominations swiftly approaching, members of the Television Academy are currently sorting through all the TV that debuted between June 1, 2018, and May 31, 2019, to decide who deserves to win at this year's ceremony (Fox, Sunday, Sept. 22). Before 2019 gets too far away from us, we're ranking the best TV of the year so far, including a mix of documentaries, comedies and more than one based-on-a-true-story tragedy. Sharon Salaam (Aunjanue Ellis, left), and son Yusef Salaam (Ethan Herisse), one of the five young men collectively known as the Central Park Five in Netflix's "When They See Us." (Photo: Atsushi Nishijima/Netflix) 10. 'When They See Us' (Netflix) Director Ava DuVernay turns her camera to the so-called Central Park Five in this miniseries, an unflinching look at the experience of the five black and Latino teens who were wrongfully convicted of the 1989 rape of a jogger in Central Park. DuVernay's blunt style, coupled with performances from the exceptional young actors playing Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Korey Wise, Yusef Salaam, and Raymond Santana, makes "Us" hard to watch but impossible to miss. Delroy Lindo as Adrian Boseman and Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart on "The Good Fight." (Photo: Patrick Harbron/CBS) 9. 'The Good Fight' (CBS All Access) Three seasons in, "The Good Wife" spinoff remains one of the only TV series that properly articulates our current era of anxiety, and not just because it continues to rip its stories directly from the headlines. The new season is an even wilder ride than the two that came before it, adding Michael Sheen as an unhinged Roy Cohn-type lawyer and sparing no one from its satire – not even former CBS head Les Moonves, who was ousted last fall after sexual harassment allegations. CBS is giving the first season of its criminally underrated streaming drama a broadcast run this summer to raise its profile, but honestly, it's worth subscribing to All Access if "Fight" is the only thing you watch. Annie (Aidy Bryant) on "Shrill." (Photo: Allyson Riggs/Hulu) 8. 'Shrill' (Hulu) The biggest problem with Aidy Bryant's sitcom is that there isn't enough of it. The first season of the series, based on the memoir by fat acceptance activist Lindy West, is a treasure, full of promise and potential wedged into the six episodes Bryant had time to film between "Saturday Night Live" seasons. The series, in addition to being a radically honest portrayal of what it's like to be a fat woman, is a charmingly funny relationship and workplace drama that turns Bryant into a star. Away from the wigs and Trump jokes of "SNL," the actress is able to shine as a leading woman and offer a side of her comedy that is far subtler and more emotional than we're used to seeing. America Ferrera as Amy, Ben Feldman as Jonah on "Superstore." (Photo: Trae Patton/NBC) 7. 'Superstore' (NBC) NBC's "Superstore" is the rare sitcom to get better with age, and its fourth season found a brilliant story to tell, with Amy (America Ferrara) promoted to manager just as her friends and former coworkers begin to discuss unionizing. With a deep bench of comedic talent, the series could go on for years to come. Sandra Oh as Eve Polastri and Jodie Comer as Villanelle on "Killing Eve." (Photo: Robert Viglasky/BBCAmerica) 6. 'Killing Eve' (BBC America) The first season of the BBC America drama was a surprise hit for the network, a critical darling and the beginning of a well-deserved career resurgence for Sandra Oh. The new season "Eve" proves it wasn't a fluke the first time around and finds a way to expand its story beyond a simple tale of MI-6 cat (Oh) and assassin mouse (Jodie Comer). Kayvan Novak as Nandor and Harvey Guillen as Guillermo on "What We Do in the Shadows." (Photo: John P Johnson/FX) 5. 'What We Do in the Shadows' (FX) The brilliance of "Shadows" isn't a surprise for fans of the cult 2014 mockumentary about feckless vampires in New Zealand upon which it's based. The story is seamlessly translated into half-hour episodes by original directors Jemaine Clement ("Flight of the Conchords) and Taika Waititi ("Thor: Ragnarok"), who invent new but equally bumbling vampires to cause chaos in Staten Island, New York. It's only June but 'Shadows' is likely to be the funniest show of the year. Valery Legasov (Jared Harris) gets to the core of the Chernobyl disaster. (Photo: Liam Daniel/HBO) 4. 'Chernobyl' (HBO) HBO's account of the 1980s nuclear disaster in the Soviet Union could have been a rote historical drama, a simple re-telling of a tragedy that has become a buzzword. But "Chernobyl" does so much more than give a dry history lesson. Horrifying and fascinating in equal parts, the series is a searing indictment of the lies, corruption and incompetence that led to the tragedy. Its direction and writing manage to make courtroom sessions and government meetings as gripping as time spent in radioactive zones. Jen (Christina Applegate, left) and Judy (Linda Cardellini) become unlikely pals after meeting at a grief support group in Netflix's "Dead to Me." (Photo: Eddy Chen / Netflix) 3. 'Dead to Me' (Netflix) With a duo of outstanding actresses (Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini), an electric script and twists that managed to shock in a jaded era, "Dead to Me" is one of the best new series of the year, and one of Netflix's best ever. Applegate, in particular, shines in the tragicomedy about two women who meet in a grief support group and become irrevocably tangled in each other's lives. "Dead" was recently renewed for a second season, and it certainly needs one after that cliffhanger Season 1 finale. Michael Jackson and Wade Robson in a photo featured in "Leaving Neverland." (Photo: HBO) 2. 'Leaving Neverland' (HBO) This year has been filled with documentaries that give voices to victims of alleged abuse, from "Lorena" to "Surviving R. Kelly." But even in this context "Neverland" stands out for its sensitive and harrowing portrayal of trauma in telling the story of two men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who have accused the late pop icon Michael Jackson of sexually abusing them when they were boys. Restrained but unflinching, it is the kind of documentary that lingers with you long after its credits roll. In "Fleabag," many characters don't get real names, and are identified by their role. Here Fleabag (Phoebe Waller-Bridge) talks to the Priest (Andrew Scott). (Photo: STEVE SCHOFIELD/AMAZON) 1. 'Fleabag' (Amazon) The second season of Phoebe Waller-Bridge's "Fleabag" is a monumental achievement, the closest thing to perfection television has gotten in years. In just six episodes, Waller-Bridge, who wrote and stars in the series, brings comedy, romance and blistering tragedy to life, somehow managing to best her brilliant 2016 first season. The new episodes find Waller-Bridge's nameless protagonist falling for a Catholic priest while questioning her own self-worth and ability to love in the process. The actress and writer has said that this is the end of "Fleabag," and although the final episode concludes the story gorgeously, it's hard to accept that there isn't any more of this wonderful series to anticipate. Source: usatoday.com
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For the most part, hair trends come and go like the changing of the tides. Every now and then, however, one washes right up onto the fashion shoreline and stays put, forming part of the tonsorial landscape for good. It’s rare, though. The arrival of a cut that’ll stand the test of time only tends to occur around once every decade. The 1950s gave us rock ‘n’ roll pompadours, the 1970s sewed the first seeds of androgyny with its long, shoulder-length locks, and the 2000s… well, they’re probably best forgotten about altogether. More recently, the current decade is now drawing to a close, and with the regrettable exception of the man bun, the disconnected undercut is most definitely the hairstyle it’ll be remembered for. The perfect blend of old and new, this contemporary cut mixes early 20th-century styling with ultra-modern barbering techniques. Curious? Allow us to bring you up to speed. What Is A Disconnected Undercut? As you may have already ascertained from its name, the disconnected undercut is actually comprised of two key modern barbering elements: an undercut and a disconnect. An undercut is essentially an extreme version of a short back and sides. The hair is taken down very short in these areas, while the top is left much longer. This enables the wearer to choose from a number of different styles using the hair that’s left. A disconnect, on the other hand, simply means that one part of a haircut is longer than another part, with no taper, fade or graduation to make them blend into one another. The result is a trim that tends to be made up of a grade 1 – 3 all over the back and sides, while the hair on top is worked into a style. More often than not, this takes the shape of a French crop, short pompadour or quiff, but there’s really no limit to how the hair can be worn – allowing it to be easily adapted to all ages, professions and face shapes. Where Did The Disconnected Undercut Come From? The disconnected undercut’s popularity has a lot to do with the reemergence of throwback styles from the turn of the 20th century. The hype around TV shows like Peaky Blinders is partly to blame too, but unlike flat caps, this is one trend from the Brummy drama it’s worth getting on board with. Key Disconnected Undercut Styles For Men If you’re thinking of going for this type of cut yourself but are in need of a little guidance, we can help. Below, Ape showcases a few of the most popular disconnected undercut styles for men, detailing who they work best for, and who should steer well clear. Disconnected Undercut + Textured Crop Tommy Shelby, the main protagonist of popular period drama Peaky Blinders, has become one of the most common pictures shown to barbers by young men looking for the perfect haircut. The style features a tightly clippered back and sides, with a disconnect between that and the hair on top. North of the temples, the hair is styled forward into a textured crop. This style is suitable for most face shapes. The short sides will help to slim down rounder faces, while the choppy length on top lies low enough as not to add any unwanted height for those with more rectangular bone structures. It’s even a good option for those with a receding hairline as the forward lying hair can help hide a multitude of sins. To style, take a small amount of matte hair product (think pastes, clays or putties), rub it between your palms and then use the fingers to roughly shape into place and give the mop some texture. Then, make sure to pay your barber a visit every two-to-three weeks to keep things looking sharp. Disconnected Undercut + Slick Back Walk into any east London coffee shop and you’re almost guaranteed to see at least one bespectacled, tattooed man, sipping a flat white and sporting some variation of this haircut. Yes, a slicked-back top paired with a disconnected undercut has become the trim of choice for the modern-day hipster, but that doesn’t mean you should rule it out. This is actually a great cut for individuals with oval or rectangular face shapes. It allows length to be kept on top, but because it’s kept slick to the head, it doesn’t add any unwanted height. It also has the added benefit of being extremely straightforward to style at home. Simply apply a small amount of either pomade or gel from root to tip, then run it through from front to back with a comb. Disconnected Undercut + Pompadour/Quiff The pompadour’s enduring popularity has seen it reimagined and restyled in myriad ways over the course of the last century. Probably most closely associated with the rock ‘n’ roll rebels of the 1950s, it features plenty of length at the front, styled up and combed back into a quiff. Where a traditional pomp features relatively long hair all over, all of it swept back into place, this modern version takes the back and sides close to the head with a disconnect further up. If you have a naturally long face, this is a style to be avoided. The height on top will not be flattering and will only serve to create the illusion of more length. If you have a round or square-shaped face, on the other hand, the extra height can help to balance your proportions, making it a solid option on your next visit to the barbers. To style, start with freshly washed, damp hair and add a root-boosting powder or mousse before blow-drying the hair up and backwards with the help of a round or vented brush, until you’ve created enough volume throughout. Once dry, apply a shine pomade or matte clay (depending on the finish you require) then comb meticulously into place. Finish with a dose of hairspray to help keep it there all day long. Disconnected Undercut + Length On Top If you wear your hair long you can still give the disconnected undercut a go. A favourite style of former Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, some messy length can look good when paired with a disconnected undercut below. If you’re starting with relatively short hair, you’re going to need some real patience when it comes to growing your hair out – it can take anything up to six months to get it to shoulder length. But if it’s a look you desire then be sure to persevere – the awkward in-between stage doesn’t last long and your barber can help by taking some of the weight out (not reducing the length) in order to make it more bearable. Once you’ve grown your hair all over to a length you are happy with, it’s simply a case of your barber shaving the back and sides, typically taking the undercut up to the invisible line that runs from one temple and round the back of the head to the other. Granted, it’s a bold look and not one for wallflowers or those who work in corporate environments. But if you consider yourself more of an edgy dresser then it could be just the thing to take your look to the next level. Source: apetogentleman.com
Discover why hard work beats talent and why it’s the sustaining factor that will push you to the top of the heap and keep you there! Talent is the natural ability or capacity to perform a function. When you possess talent in a given area, you are gifted with the “knack” or “instinct” needed to perform a skill or display a specific quality. But this only means you have the “raw mechanism.” So, you have the equipment or tools needed to perform the skills, but until you learn how to efficiently and effectively use, manage, and control these resources, you will not be able to perform or use your talents at the highest levels. This is where “hard work” steps in. “Hard work” applied to your natural talents and instincts will take you to levels others may never attain. But talent alone will not do it…you must perfect your “talents” through “hard work” - practice, training and exerting effort. If you do not take steps to gain experience, education, and training as it relates to your talent, your natural ability will not shine, and others will surpass your accomplishments. For while talent is special, unique and your hidden gem, hard work beats talent and is the sustaining factor that will push you to the top of the heap and keep you there! Why Hard Work Beats Talent Every Time A. Talent needs fuel/energy (hard work} to shine brightly and remain vibrant. A talent truly is a gift. It gives you a head start, but if you stop to smell the roses you will get beat to the finish line…you must keep churning. Simply look at successful people in the worlds of sports, art, or entertainment; they don’t sit on their laurels. Instead, they are constantly honing their talent/craft and working to stay relevant in their field. For all their accomplishments and accolades, I think Michael Jordan (NBA Hall-of fame basketballplayer) and Tom Brady (NFL top player) are good examples of the importance of continuing to work hard even if you are gifted with special talents and natural abilities. You can have all the talent in the world, but if you are not working hard to keep it active and demonstrate it to others, you will miss opportunities to achieve the level of success that you can reach. When you work hard, your talent becomes your wildcard – that hidden factor that you use to your advantage. If you are not working hard, that talent remains latent and simply burns out slowly becoming like a candle without a flame. While it might look great on the surface, it isn’t providing any necessary or critical function – it becomes useless. Much like a candle without a flame cannot light your way or keep you out of darkness, talent without hard work cannot consistently sustain a high level of success. There are beautiful candles with wonderful scents that simply sit on a shelf or a table but rarely get noticed and don’t provide any concrete function or serve a truly useful purpose because they have no flame – they are lacking energy. B. Hard work is the separating factor – the energy that fuels our skills, ambitions, desires, and talents to shine brighter than a diamond. Hard work is the catalyst to winning under almost any situation. Hard work is that primary and sustaining factor that gives you the edge to make your performances exemplary and propel you ahead of the competition. Hard work is the practice and preparation you use to hone and enhance your natural skills and abilities. So, hard work is the thing that gets to the finish line ahead of others. Here’s another example on why hard work beats talent. Think of the tortoise and the hare. The hare had all the talent – natural ability – to outrun the tortoise. But the hare lost sight, neglected hard work and did not pay attention to how the competition was preparing and carrying out the task at hand. The tortoise just kept his nose to the ground and kept pressing on, working hard and grasping the opportunity while the hare opened the door by losing sight of the finish line. In the end, the tortoise prevailed. The tortoise stayed focused; the hare lost focus. The tortoise kept exerting effort at a pace he could handle while the hare took a break when one wasn’t really needed. By keeping his mind and eyes on the goals and remaining engaged in the endeavor, the tortoise prevailed despite the natural ability and talent of the hare. Another reason why hard work beats talent. The best actors work day in and day out to hone their craft and perfect the character they are asked to play. Musicians constantly play, write, and sing to keep their gift functioning at the highest levels. Athletes practice and practice to keep their game at the highest level. Mathematicians and engineers are continually assessing or evaluating functions and formulas to create new methods or improving the methods we use. Doctors and lawyers are constantly familiarizing themselves with new concepts and rulings to use to stay ahead in their field. You would be hard pressed to identify an area where simply resting on your laurels and never working hard to keep your talent functioning or finding ways to improve keeps you ahead of the competition. Hard work is a requirement for succeeding and staying successful regardless of your talent level. Hard work beats talent every time! While talent is the hidden factor and something of a wildcard that can be used as an edge to succeed, it is nothing without hard work. Hard work is the strengthening factor that keeps you going and performing at high levels for prolonged periods. Talent gives us a spark but hard work allows us to create a flame that will burn for a long time. Talent can get attention and exposure. Your natural abilities can get you initial recognition and allow for possibilities and opportunities to come your way. However, hard work is the factor that gives you the tools to grasp those possibilities or opportunities and then shape or transform them into realities. Whether your talent is exceptional, or your natural ability is average, hard work keeps you viable and allows you to develop your potential so that your performance is above expectations.
Sometimes you just need a mantra. A saying that you repeat in your mind until it becomes fused to the walls of your cranium. We all tend to slap ourselves in front of the mirror from time to time and call ourselves champs. 'You can do it Bro!!' But there must be more positive sayings out there other than 'you got this' or 'man up p*ssy'. I've done some research, pulled together some notes, quotes and funnies that you can take on and make your own. Enjoy. 'Think big, be big my man'. Freddie Bauer, Splash 'I walk into the room expecting the best.' Pinterest 'Losers always whine about their best. Winners go home and f*ck the prom queen.' - Mason, The Rock. 'We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight! We're going to live on! We're going to survive!' - President, Independence Day. (Modified from Shakespeare Henry V). 'You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't about how hard ya hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done!' Rocky, Balboa 'Once you carry your own water, you'll learn the value of every drop.' Pinterest 'Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get.'– Ray Kroc 'Let's make this the best show we've ever done.' Jerry Springer, ahead of every meeting for every show he recorded. 'My style motto is pretty classic: you give off a positive energy when you wear what you're most comfortable in.' Petra Collins 'One of the most important keys to success is having the discipline to do what you know you should do, even when you don't feel like doing it.' – Unknown 'I will not apologise for who I am. I will not apologise for what I need. I will not apologise for what I WANT!' - Frank T.J Mackey - Magnolia 'Every passing minute is another opportunity to turn it all around'. - Sophia, Vanilla Sky 'Fake It Until You Make It! Act As If You Had All The Confidence You Require Until It Becomes Your Reality.' – Brian Tracy 'Act as if you are the president of this firm. Act as if you have a nine inch c*ck'. Jim Young, Boiler Room. 'Don't let the bast*rds get you down'. Kris Kristofferson 'Don't let the bad days make you think you have a bad life.' Pinterest. 'You got the prospects comin' in; you think they came in to get out of the rain? Guy doesn't walk on the lot unless he wants to buy. Sitting out there waiting to give you their money! Are you gonna take it? Are you man enough to take it?' - Blake, Glengarry Glen Ross. 'The day you plant the seed is not the day you eat the fruit.' Pinterest 'I am a very positive thinker, and I think that is what helps me the most in difficult moments.' Roger Federer 'Take a deep breath and remember who the f*ck you are.' Pinterest
Let’s be honest – we’ve all been there at some point: Walking out of the hairdresser’s with an (extremely) bad haircut.While we all know that a bad haircut isn’t going to kill you, it sure as h… isn’t going to make things any better either.So.. If you’ve decided to change your ’do for the upcoming fall and winter season, you’ll be happy to know that we’ve created the ultimate list to avoid getting a bad haircut. Here you can see our list of 9 steps to avoid a bad haircut 1. Come prepared You’re wearing your hair 24/7 – for this simple reason, it pays to look around and test out before committing to one single barber or hairdresser. Contrary to what you might think, the expense doesn’t always equal excellence – and, with this in mind, you need to choose your hair stylist or barber based on word of mouth rather than price. However, while the pricier isn’t always the better, we still don’t recommend that you go for the cheapest possible choice either.– Instead, spend serious time asking around for recommendations and browse the internet for honest reviews. 2. Do your homework While you might leave your hair in the hands of your hair stylist when you’re in the actual chair, there’s still a lot you can do to make sure you walk away with the best hair possible. – The type of haircut you book determines how you should arrive at the salon: 1. A dry haircut: Come with clean, newly-washed hair2. Shampoo + haircut: Arrive with your hair lightly styled allowing your hairdresser to see the natural fall of your hair and how you usually style it. … Got curly or wavy hair? Don’t shampoo your hair two days in advance. 3. Don’t waste time Arrive approximately 10 minutes before your appointment and receive the best possible service. OR show up late and risk losing valuable cutting and styling time. NO WAY, right? – Also, if you haven’t visited in six weeks or more, make sure to book some extra time to get what is termed a ‘restyle haircut’. 4. Talk the walk The moment you take the seat, communicate exactly what you want and allow for your hair stylist or barber to give you some honest feedback too.– A buzz cut or man bun isn’t necessarily for everyone! Your new haircut needs to suit both your face and head shape, hair type and your age – and allow for helpful suggestions on how your cut could be improved for the better. 5. Bring your best hair inspiration True Story: Avoiding any miscommunications and bad haircuts become much easier if you bring inspiration and pictures of top-notch hairstyles with you. Showing your hair stylist a picture of the haircut you want will provide your hairstylist with an idea of what you’re looking for – both in terms of cut and even color. Your stylist will also be able to tell you if that particular cut and style works for you – so be prepared to get feedback and maybe only partially the haircut you want. 6. Learn from the master While getting those finishing touches, you have the perfect opportunity to ask for some great at-home styling advice. Even the coolest haircut in the world won’t continue to be cool if you haven’t properly learned to style it – or been shown which products to use. If you’re unsure on how to nail your new pompadour or whether you need a clay or a glossy pomade, just ask!– A good stylist will be happy to show you which products to use or provide you with the best tips and tricks for making that do’ come alive. And remember: Be honest and realistic! If you’d rather snooze than blow-dry every morning, tell the truth and let the maintenance of your cut reflect your actual effort. 7. Make it a habit We cannot stress this enough: To avoid a bad haircut in general, check in for regular chops!– Your hair grows approximately 1 inch every 4th week and if you’re rocking a disconnect, it can easily be anything but that after 4 weeks without a trim. Schedule regular appointments at your hairdresser’s in order to keep your new hairstyle looking as sharp as ever.– Pssst, same goes if you’re trying to grow your hair for that popular man bun. 8. Don’t be afraid to try something new Okay… We know: Men in general are some loyal and maybe a bit stubborn beasts: They hesitate to change their hairstyle, hairdresser or even hair products. If it ain’t broken…. But still – try switching it up a bit now and then – try a new barber, go for a new, trending hairstyle and, in general, consider letting a fresh pair of scissors (so to speak) touch your hair.You might end up with a fresh AF haircut! 9. Speak up Finally, in case you’re in bad luck and truly hate your new cut, you need to SPEAK UP – so your hair stylist can fix it without charge. Be polite and be honest, tell which areas you’re unsatisfied with and let your hairdresser help fix the problems – either right away or after a few weeks – if too much was taken off the top.
New Nike PG 3 x NASA shoe in 'Apollo Missions' The link between nerd culture and streetwear is stronger than ever with releases from sneaker hubs like Nike, Adidas, and Puma paying homage to — and drawing inspiration from — pop culture favorites. We’re not even halfway through 2019, but it’s already been a great year for sneakers and collaborations. Here are the 10 best sneaker releases of 2019 (so far). Puma Palace Guard OG This one’s a killer pick for old-school sneakerheads. Puma brought back one of its old-school basketball sneakers for the first time in ages. It’s a killer retro look that looks just as good today as it did back in the day. Adidas 3MC Vulc Beavis and Butthead I love a good pop culture crossover in the sneaker world but even I was a little skeptical when adidas first announced their Beavis and Butthead collab. I’m a huge fan of both, but it didn’t seem like the most obvious of combinations. As it turns out, it’s one of the more memorable of the year. Adidas’s skate line teaming up with one of the most aggressively ‘90s cartoons of all time made for a killer set of sneakers and apparel — none more killer than this 3MC Vulc colorway. KD12 90s Kid Speaking of the ‘90s, I’ve already gushed about the recent KD12 ‘90s Kid. There’s been a slight delay in release but having already seen this pair in person, I’m totally confident in saying it’s a must-buy in 2019. Keep an eye on the Nike SNKRS app for further release information. You don’t want to miss these. Nike Air Max 720 Photo Credit: Nike Similarly, Geek featured the Air Max 720 a few weeks back. It’s easily the boldest silhouette of the year and Nike’s gamble on it has paid off — it’s a huge hit with its spacey, new wave design and massive Air Max bubble as a cushion. I’m still inclined to say the Throwback Future is the best colorway they’ve dropped so far. New Nike PG x NASA Photo Credit: Nike 2018 saw Nike athlete Paul George drop an entire range of clothing, sneakers included, in collaboration with NASA — yeah, that NASA. It was a huge success and in 2019 the collaboration is continuing with this killer new colorway for George’s signature PG3. It’s a departure from the last NASA colorway for sure but (dare I say it?) it might be better. This one in particular pays homage to the Apollo 11 mission, adding a cool layer of history to the sneaker’s storytelling. Vans x David Bowie Photo Credit: Vans For any and all space oddities, the Vans x David Bowie collection is gonna be right up your alley. Vans has supercharged a few of their classic silhouettes with vibrant new colorways that play on some of the legend’s different personas. From Aladdin Sane to Ziggy Stardust, the whole gang is here — though I’ve personally gotta give it up for the Aladdin Sane colorway. It’s easily the most electric of the whole lot. Adidas Nite Jogger Photo Credit: Adidas Adidas came out swinging in 2019 with this chunky, futuristic silhouette. It features a massive Boost sole and a dope reflective upper. The whole thing resembles something out of a Warren Ellis comic — weird, futuristic, and extremely fashion-forward. There’s a variety of colorways available but I’m personally partial to the original black and orange getup. Adidas Dame 5 Photo Credit: Adidas There’s nothing inherently geeky about the adidas Dame 5. It’s just a beauty and worth checking out if you’re into sneakers. Damian Lillard’s signature sneakers might not have the hype that LeBron or James Harden’s do but look at that silhouette! It’s so sleek and elegantly designed. Any self-respecting sneaker nerd should check it out. Atmos x Nike Air Max2 Light Photo Credit: Nike Legendary footwear boutique Atmos just dropped their latest Nike collab and it’s a real stunner. The colorway draws inspiration from ‘90s sportswear and advertising imagery. It’s a loud, vibrant silhouette for sure but those who aren’t afraid of a little bit of color are sure to look great in it. Nike Adapt BB Photo Credit: Nike The capstone to decades of technology and relentless research, this year Nike unveiled the Adapt BB, a fully automated self-lacing basketball shoe that runs through an app in your phone. What more is there to say? This shoe is the future and while the technology is sure to get integrated into future Nike silhouettes, getting the Adapt BBgives you the chance to say that you were there when it all went down. Source: geek.com
Though we wouldn’t quibble with Patrick Bateman in the arenas of business card design, his workout needs a tweak. That washboard stomach is in spite of, rather than thanks to, a 1000-crunch-a-day regime that’s more likely to leave him with lumbar problems than a six-pack. It’s faulty logic that sees a sit-up as the abs version of a bicep curl. It’s an understandable mistake; you curl a weight to pump your guns, so surely it’s the same if you want to get a six-pack? But that ignores two important truths: one, your core is designed to hold you upright, not flex back and forth; two, everyone has a six-pack – it’s just buried beneath your gut. And we’ll let you in on a little secret: a six-pack is, as the name suggests, not one muscle. So it needs more than one exercise to reap results. “Some of the best six packs I’ve seen in the gym are carried by those who have not done a single crunch in their life,” says Peter Gaffney, founder of PGPT, London’s leading mobile personal training service. Though we wouldn’t quibble with Patrick Bateman in the arenas of business card design, his workout needs a tweak. That washboard stomach is in spite of, rather than thanks to, a 1000-crunch-a-day regime that’s more likely to leave him with lumbar problems than a six-pack. It’s faulty logic that sees a sit-up as the abs version of a bicep curl. It’s an understandable mistake; you curl a weight to pump your guns, so surely it’s the same if you want to get a six-pack? But that ignores two important truths: one, your core is designed to hold you upright, not flex back and forth; two, everyone has a six-pack – it’s just buried beneath your gut. And we’ll let you in on a little secret: a six-pack is, as the name suggests, not one muscle. So it needs more than one exercise to reap results. “Some of the best six packs I’ve seen in the gym are carried by those who have not done a single crunch in their life,” says Peter Gaffney, founder of PGPT, London’s leading mobile personal training service. “The answer, in short, is doing sit-ups has a very low calorie burn. Focus on nutrition and get those big compound movements going to give you that Baywatch six-pack look.” Here’s how to switch up the traditional sit-up for the moves proven to deliver that six-pack – without trading in your PT for a chiropractor with this ultimate diet and exercise guide. The Six Pack Diet Sadly, no matter how much the dedicated attendees of ‘Abs Blast’ classes want to believe, you can’t melt fat away from specific areas. When you burn calories, your body finds fuel from everywhere. And – sorry gents – men’s bodies choose to stockpile that extra energy around the middle. Right where your six-pack should be. That’s why if you want to burn fat and show the world your abs, a good diet is as important as exercise, if not more so. “They do say that abs are made in the kitchen for a reason,” says Sandy Macaskill, Barry’s Bootcamp co-founder and master trainer. “You could have the best abs in the business but if they’re covered by a layer of fat, nobody’s going to know about it.” What’s in Macaskill’s fridge, then? “I don’t believe in ‘a diet’ because something you start is by definition something you stop. Much better to make healthy choices part of your ongoing lifestyle,” she recommends. “Cut down on alcohol. Drink more water. Eat smaller portions, more often. “A simple day could look like this: scrambled eggs first thing, midmorning protein shake, baked salmon and sweet potato salad for lunch, afternoon snack of trail mix, (and while it’s summer) barbecue some chicken and corn for supper and enjoy a glass of wine.” That doesn’t sound too punishing now does it? The Fat-Burning Six-Pack Workout The most effective regime is one that focuses on total-body workouts, which burn as many calories – and as much fat – in as little time as possible. It’s important that the exercises you choose work your core – the area from your above your hips to below your pecs – so when the fat starts clearing, solid abs start appearing. But equally that the exercises you choose tax bigger (and therefore more calorie-guzzling) muscles at the same time. Macaskill recommends some serious running training be incorporated into your program. “Interval sprints are a fantastic way of burning fat. Aim for short periods of rest and intense bursts of high intensity. Think how start-stop traffic burns the most fuel. Same deal here. “To carry it further – the bigger the engine, the bigger the burn. Strength training is therefore crucial. A well designed strength programme helps create a ‘furnace effect’ and keeps you burning calories for up to 24 hours. That’s where you want to be.” The Six-Pack Circuit For these strengthening core-focused full-body exercises you’ll need a pull-up bar, a kettlebell (a dumbbell, or any weight will do as replacement) and some floor space. Take 30 seconds rest between each move, and two minutes between circuits. Aim to do the circuit five times over, three times a week. Can’t do that? Then complete as much as possible and work up to it. Any sweat is better than none. Chin-Up Reps: 4-6With arms a little more than shoulder-width apart, hold the bar with an underhand grip. From a dead hang – that’s arms completely extended – pull yourself up until your chin is over the bar. Pause, then slowly lower yourself back down until you’re back in a dead hang. If your arms aren’t straight, you’re cheating. Why it works: Chin-ups target your big back and arm muscles, which ups your calorie burn. But by engaging your core to keep your body locked in position, you also work your abs. Pro tip: “By engaging the core your body stays nice and firm and avoids any of those unwanted swinging movements which unnecessarily tires you out,” says Gaffney. Finding it hard to complete the reps? Don’t quit. Jump up to the top position of the move and slowly lower yourself down as slowly as possible. Toes To Bar Reps: 4-6Hang from the bar with an overhand grip. Keep your arms straight and engage your abs to lift your legs up, until they touch the bar. Lower them back down as slowly as possible. Why it works: Your legs aren’t going anywhere without your core muscles supporting their weight. As that burning sensation in your lower abs confirms. The move also recruits your big, fat-burning back muscles, to help torch the spare tyre that’s covering them. Pro tip: It’s tempting to swing. Don’t. Bring yourself to a dead hang between each rep for the full, six-pack building benefit. “This is all about lever length. Get those legs straight to give your core a proper burn,” Gaffney adds. Goblet Squat Reps: 10-12Hold a kettlebell – use whatever weight you feel comfortable with and increase it next time if it felt easy – by the handle with your elbows out to the sides, so the weight rests on your chest. Squat down, keeping your chest puffed out and lowering down until your thighs are parallel with the floor. Drive back to standing. Why it works: Like a barbell squat, this full-body move works every muscle group, for maximum calorie and fat burn. Unlike a barbell squat, loading the weight in front of you puts more load through your core, which has to work to keep you upright. “This is my favourite go-to exercise in the gym, one I incorporate into most PT sessions. With the weight being at the front of the body it’s the core that keeps you upright without falling over,” Gaffney says. Pro tip: When returning to the standing position focus your weight on your heels, pushing down through them for more power and better balance. Hanging Windscreen Wiper Reps: 4-6Hang from the pull-up bar with an overhand grip and lift your legs until your feet are just higher than the bar. Keeping them together, lower your legs to one side by 90 degrees. Return to the top position and repeat on the other side. That’s two reps. Why it works: This brutal move keeps your core under tension throughout and works it in different directions, to recruit more six-pack-building muscle. “This gets the body moving in a transverse movement. It’s not a common movement so your core – unless it’s very strong – will really struggle with endurance on this,” Gaffney adds. Pro tip: Too hard? Hang from the bar and twist your hips to one side while keeping your upper-body facing forward. Bend your knees and raise them to your chest. When you can comfortably do 10 reps of these, you’re ready for the real deal. Dish Hold Reps: 6-8Lie flat on your back with your arms by your sides and legs extended. Keeping both straight, lift your heels and hands off the ground and hold for 15 seconds. Why it works: This is a seemingly innocuous move that actually works every core muscle. All gymnasts have superhuman six-packs. All gymnasts do dish holds. Enough said. “I like to throw this into most workouts. If you are hitting 60 seconds then your core is on fire. Again, the exercise can be progressed and regressed due to hand positions and legs. It is a ‘must’ for a solid burn at the end of a workout,” says Gaffney. Pro tip: Don’t raise your arms and legs too high. That position that makes your whole body vibrate with tension? That’s the (horrible) sweet spot you’re looking for. Source: fashionbeans.com
In this video men’s style, grooming, fitness and lifestyle expert, Aaron Marino of IAmAlphaM, AaronMarino, Pete & Pedro , and Ollie is talking about how to look more aesthetic — or, in other words, balanced & symmetrical. Here are easy ways to do this: EASY WAYS to Look Balanced and Symmetrical Balance your body with color — dark makes you look smaller, light makes you look larger. Mix and match the two options: Bottom heavy? Dark below, light up top. Broad up top? Light below, dark top. Use proper shirt length — your upper body should be proportionate to your bottom. If your shirt is too long, your legs will look short with long body. If your shirt is too short, your upper body will look short with long legs. Tee shirts should land at mid-crotch; button-up shirts should lay an inch longer. It boils down to the four zone rule. Tee shirt = zone 2; button-up = zone 3; tucked-in shirt = zone 4. Stop the muffin top — muffin tops make you look sloppy and heavier. KK & Jay is the ONLY WAY that Alpha has found to keep his shirt tucked all day. You need a pair of KK & Jays in your wardrobe. They’re a must have for all stylish men as you will automatically look better than everyone else while wearing these. Gentle tension keeps you tucked all day long, attached to your shirt tails and socks. This is why the military looks put together and taut — and now KK & Jay has perfected them! When you tuck, you better be using KK & Jay. The more you buy, the more you save. You can never have too many pairs. Utilize tee shirt collars correctly — narrow shoulders looks better in light colored v-neck; if you have broad shoulders, you can get away with a crew neck. Wear tailored and slim fit pants — you don’t want baggy and puddling at your ankles; you want to keep the visual illusion that is more aesthetic. Use patterns to your advantage — horizontal stripes are only okay with thin guys; vertical stripes are better for bigger guys (or go with a solid).