Friday Fashions: New Designs from Tank Theory

2 04 2010

For as long as I can remember I’ve always had an obsession with graphic tees. I have a huge collection, but my favorites include a powder blue shirt featuring a shot of Jesus with the tag, “Jesus Surfs Without A Board,” and my worn-in American Apparel shirt featuring a cartoon horse with the phrase, “Let’s Horse Around.”

Tees are not only comfortable, but they are a great ice breaker. After all, who’d you rather talk to at a party, the guy in the boring polo or the one boldly advertising for you to come over and “Horse Around?” Personally, I’d rather play cowboy!

To feed my obsession I’m always on the lookout for new brands and designers, and I just came across Tank Theory, one of the coolest brands I’ve seen in awhile.

Tank Theory has partnered explicitly with a multitude of independent artists to generate their designs for the Tank Theory Artist Series. The result is raw, eye catching and empowering!  There are dozens upon dozens of styles to choose from and the company even has a T-Shirt of the Month program.

Each month Tank Theory produces one new t-shirt design and prints it in limited quantities, making each new shirt a must-have for the serious graphic tee collector. Below are some of my favorite styles, along with two of the company’s new jackets, perfect for a chilly, spring night.

Are you a fan of graphic tees? What brands do you love?

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Spring Footwear from Cushe

10 03 2010

My friends and family might call me a city boy now, but before I moved to the Big Apple, I spent my time running barefoot through the back country of Mississippi.  And to this day, whenever I can, I still love walking barefoot.  Not only is it a great way to build the muscles in your feet, it feels so much better than having your feet squeezed inside shoes.   Still, I don’t usually have the luxury of walking around barefoot in the city, so when warm weather rolls around, I opt for shoes that can be easily slid on and off.

With spring quickly approaching, and summer not far behind, it’s time to start stocking up on some comfortable footwear.  One of my new favorite brands is Cushe, creators of high-end sneakers, sandals and slippers.  Their new Coastal Supremacy Collection, available now, is inspired from board sports, surf, skate and coastal living.  The premium materials and unique designs make this the perfect footwear for any “man-venture.”

Here are a few of my favorite styles from the collection.

Style: Manuka Webb, $50

Style: Manuka Fearless, $34

Style: Manuka Eden, $95

Style: Manuka Drift, $85

What do you think?  Will you be adding a pair of Cushe sandals or shoes to your summer wardrobe?  Tell us about your other favorite brands for spring/summer.

Disclaimer: No product was received in exchange for this review.





Save Money on Your Heating Bill: Tips for Choosing A Comforter

6 01 2010

Across the country Jack Frost is making his presence known as he ushers in arctic temperatures. But before you turn up your thermostat in an effort to stave off the blistering cold, there are a few things you can do to help ensure you have a restful, warm night.  It could be as simple as choosing the right comforter.

Like many people, you may become frustrated with all of the choices on the market today. What is the difference between goose down and down-free comforters, and which is right for you? To help arm you with creative ways to increase the warmth without increasing the heating bill, I spoke with The Company Store – leaders in top quality, down comforters and pillows, sheets, towels, and home accessories – to get their advice on how you ‘get down’ with down this winter:

The Company Store La Crosse® Down Comforter

  1. What is the temperature of the room you sleep in? If you keep the thermostat on high, 74°F or above, look for a lightweight comforter, which typically has less fill.  However, if you prefer to keep your room cold or just want to save money by turning the heat down or lowering the heat, look for a down comforter with extra fill.  This will keep you warm and toasty during cold winters or if the room temperature drops below 62°F.   The La Crosse® Down Comforter ($89-$189) from The Company Store features 500-550 fill power tcs® down for ultra warmth.  The fill is packed inside 12-inch sewn-through box construction that prevents the down from shifting while you sleep.
  2. Do you have allergies? Consider if you prefer a comforter that is filled with goose down or one that is filled with hypoallergenic material.  If you prefer goose down, you can easily select your comforter based on the warmth level or quality.  However, if you find that you’re sensitive to allergens, look for a down-alternative, which provides the same level of comfort and warmth, but without any materials that can wreak havoc with your sinuses.
  3. What quality of comforter is most appealing to you? A more basic comforter with a 230 thread count is fine if you plan to use a duvet cover.  If you want to avoid the extra laundry though, look for comforters with a minimum 300 thread count, as it will provide ample softness without the need of an outer cover.

Do you already have a down comforter, or are you familiar with The Company Store.  Send us your thoughts and other tips for staying warm this winter.





New Year’s Weight Loss Tips with Kai Hibbard

5 01 2010

2009 was a yo-yo year for celebrities and average Joe’s alike.  Everyone from Jessica Simpson to Valerie Bertinelli – even that Subway guy Jared – has battled the bulge and the glaring eyes of the public as they take control of their cravings and waist lines. But for us mere mortals, who lack the convenience (and money) of a celebrity chef, pre-packaged meal plan and high-priced personal trainer, we need a little extra support to help jump start our fitness and nutrition plans in the New Year.
I recently sat down with Kai Hibbard from season three of NBC’s The Biggest Loser®.  After losing an amazing 118 pounds on the show, Kai – now an AFAA certified aerobics instructor and spokesperson for Livea, a doctor-developed, non-prescription patent-pending appetite control supplement – found it hard to keep the weight off after the show ended. Since then, Kai has discovered a new approach to weight loss, one she considers more balanced and healthy than her pre-show routine.  Kai’s S.M.A.R.T. plan is as follows:


  • Snack: Have a snack before you head to a holiday party.  Try an apple with some cottage cheese or some whole wheat pita pieces and hummus. A snack that mixes healthy carbs and proteins (along with fiber!) will keep you feeling full, making you less likely to overindulge on sweets. Also, studies show that eating smaller meals, or healthy snacks, throughout the day helps speed up your metabolism.
  • Make Time: There is no excuse for not working out, even if it’s a quick walk around the block.  Many people think that if they can’t make it to the gym for an official workout that this means they can avoid physical activity all together.  If you find yourself rushing from one activity to the next, fit your workouts into that day’s routine.  Try squats while you brush your teach, leg raises while you type at your desk or bicep curls while you carry your groceries inside the house.  Being creative means you’ll always have time to squeeze in a quick exercise or two.
  • Avoid Overtraining: Whether you’re just starting out or you already know your way around the gym, overtraining is a serious issue, especially for the beginner.  Doing too much too soon is a sure fire recipe for fatigue, injury and feeling “burnt out.” This can leave many newbies with a sense of failure, which causes them to completely dismiss their New Year’s resolution to get into better shape.
  • Rest: As mentioned before, it is important to give your body enough time to recover between workouts, not just to avoid fatigue, but also to give your muscles a chance to repair and grow.  For every pound of muscle, the average man or woman will burn 40-50 calories daily, as muscle helps increase your metabolism. And when you sleep, your body can burn several hundred calories.  If you lift weights on day one, try taking a brisk walk for 30-minutes on day two.  This will allow you to get in a great cardio workout without straining the muscles you worked the day prior.
  • Think Ahead: One of the best ways to stay on track is by planning your workout and meals ahead of time.  If you know you’re going to be busy with a late meeting or chauffeuring around the kids, workout when you first wake up.  If you’re taking a road trip, pickup some healthier snack options at the grocery store the day before.  Nothing is worse than stopping for gas and filling up on sugar instead.  Mapping out your day will help maintain and reinforce all the healthy habits you’re working so hard to build.




Product Review: EQUMEN “Power” Underwear for Men

22 12 2009

As long as I can remember, my guy friends and I have debated over whether to wear boxers or briefs, strange when you consider that many of my guy friends are straight (though I am not) and this just doesn’t sound like something that is typically discussed over beer.  As I got into writing and covering editorial fashion, I’ve noticed that the debate keeps coming up, and I’ve finally figured out why – it’s all about the package.

When it comes to underwear, I think most guys make their decision based on four factors – 1)Fit, 2)Comfort, 3) Style and 4)How big the pouch is going to make their package look. Now EQUMEN, the Australian-based company that brought us the Core Precision Undershirt earlier this year, has launched their collection of Precision Underwear, which take all four factors into account.  In fact, the cutting edge underwear are designed to “incorporate the brand’s unique athletic-inspired engineering and physiotherapist insights to deliver comfort, support and body-optimizing benefits ‘down under.'”  I bet you’re wondering how they work, though, right?

Helix-Mapping™ Body Response Technology

The Precision Underwear – available in briefs, trunks and long turnks – use EQUMEN’s Helix-Mapping compression technology – the same used in their shirts – to place pressure on the gluteal fold, providing lightweight posture and gait support.  Don’t worry, it won’t compress the boys.

Beyond improved body mechanics, the precision-fit fabric conforms directly to the body to lift and smooth in all the right places.  Not only does it make your rear look great – something that many women report as being a major turn-on – but it also enhances the look of what you have going on up front.  And too keep the boys in peak performance, the underwear use moisture-wicking fabric and have a ventilated “power pouch” to control moisture and temperature.

While I normally wear 2xist briefs – they also offer great support and lift in the rear at a fraction of the cost – I’ve quickly become a big fan of EQUMEN’s long trunks.  The trunks feel like a second skin, and the moisture-wicking fabric makes it feel like I have a light breeze blowing on me throughout the day.  While the $56 price tag for these underwear is a little steep, I would definitely buy them for a special occasion like a big date, wedding or my upcoming 10-year high school reunion.  They provide that extra bit of confidence, even if others can’t see what you have on underneath your pants.

As the wise and funny man Jerry Seinfeld once put it, “Men want the same thing from their underwear that they want from women: a little bit of support, and a little bit of freedom.”

What do you think? Would you pay $56 for the Precision Underwear?

EQUMEN Precision Underwear

Disclaimer: The company mentioned above provided AreYouBeing.com with samples in exchange for editorial review.





Holiday Gift Guide for Guys

18 12 2009

The holidays are quickly approaching.  And if you’re still looking for the perfect gift, here’s a few guy-approved products that are guaranteed to please.

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TS1 Waterproof Camera: For the novice and professional photographers alike, this new camera from Panasonic has some of the best features available on a camera today.  It is the world’s first waterproof, shockproof and dustproof digital camera to also feature AVCHD Lite High Definition (HD) video recording capabilities. And because it is waterproof to a depth of 10 feet, shockproof from falls up to 5 feet, and dustproof, you can feel confident taking this on your next cruise or camping trip. The LUMIX DMC-TS1 is available in silver, green and orange.
Retail Price: $399.95, www.Amazon.com

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TS1 Digital Camera

Soho HD Camcorder, Luxe Collection: The Soho 720p HD Camcorder, part of the new Luxe Collection from DXG, combines high-definition technology and style in one camcorder that is hip, hot and haute. The Soho 720p HD Camcorder comes in a blue argyle design that is inspired by the latest trend in fashion.  The Soho 720p HD Camcorder records real 720p high-definition video, and captures still pictures up to 8MP image resolution.  So whether you’re on the runway, or sitting around the fireplace with family and friends, you’ll be able to capture all your holiday memories.
Retail Price: $149.99, www.dxgusa.com

Soho HD Camcorder

CLEAR HARMONY™ Noise Canceling Headphones from AblePlanet: If you or someone on your list love to jam out to music as if no one else is around to watch as you mouth the words to your favorite GLEE songs, these are the must-have headphones.  Featuring award-winning patented LINX AUDIO® technology for the best sound quality, you’ll hear every detail in your favorite songs and movies.  And when you want to block out even more noise – these are perfect for your flight home to see the folks – simply flip on the headphone switch to cancel out virtually all other noise around you.
Retail Price: $299, www.ableplanet.com

CLEAR HARMONY Noise Canceling Headphones

Jawbone Prime Earcandy Edition: If a new cell phone is on your wish list this year, so should this chic bluetooth headset.  Available in an array of candy colors, the Jawbone Prime Earcandy Edition features NoiseAssassin® to reduce background noise, as well as an industry-first digital wind filter, meaning you can say goodbye to conversations that make it sound like you’re in the middle of a blizzard; even if you are.  Bonus features allow the user to customize the fit and connect two phones simultaneously.
Retail Price: $129, www.jawbone.com

Jawbone Prime Earcandy Edition

191 Unlimited Apparel: Whether you dress them up with slacks or opt for jeans for a more casual look, the collection of solid, woven and flannel shirts from 191 Unlimited are perfect for any occasion from a casual dinner with friends to a big holiday bash at the office.  And for all orders placed between now and midnight on December 22nd, 191 Unlimited is offering a 40% discount and complimentary overnight shipping when you use the promo code “holiday”.    Retail Price: $89, www.191Unlimited.com

191 Unlimited Bottle Rocket Shirt

Every Man Jack Holiday Shave Kit: If the economy has you feeling less like Santa and more like Scrooge, turn that scowl into a smile with this budget- and eco-friendly gift set from Every Man Jack.  Featuring a massive collection of full-size products – Face Wash, Shave Gel, Face Lotion, Bonus SPF 15 Face Lotion and Lip Balm SPF 15 – the kit is value priced at just $10 to ensure that every guy on your shopping list is covered, especially when it comes to getting a great shave and smooth skin for all their holiday festivities.
Retail Price: $10, www.Walgreens.com

Every Man Jack Holiday Shave Kit

GAGE FOR MEN® Responsible Style™ Gift Box: This handsomely packaged gift box, brand new for the holidays, features GAGE FOR MEN® Hydrating Hair & Body wash, GAGE FOR MEN® Daily Conditioner, as well as the GAGE FOR MEN® Shampoo Brush, which offers a unique experience by deep cleansing and exfoliating the hair and scalp.
Special Holiday Price: $19.95, Call 1-866-B-BRIGHT to order, www.benniefactor.com

GAGE FOR MEN Responsible Style Gift Box

Diesel Only The Brave Limited-Edition Bunka Bottle: Diesel has teamed up with Bunka – the visionary artist behind some of the most coveted designer toys developed by Artoyz – to produce the limited-edition bottle for Diesel’s iconic Only The Brave fragrance.  The graffiti-inspired explosion of color is inked with words describing the power and courage of the fragrance, in a chaotic, vivid expression of what it means to be brave.
Retail Price: $65, www.Macys.com

Diesel Only The Brave Limited-Edition Bunka Bottle

Disclaimer: The brands listed above provided samples in exchange for editorial review.





Complex Magazine’s Top 10 Boat Shoes for Summer

8 07 2009

Heading to the Hamptons/shore this weekend?  Don’t leave home without an arsenol of footwear to keep your feet in comfort and style all weekend long.  And one of the most versatile pieces of summer foot apparel is the Boat Shoe.

Below are some of suggestions from Complex Magazine.  For their top 10 recommendations, click here.

Complex Magazine's Top 10 Boat Shoes

Complex Magazine's Top 10 Boat Shoes

Photo Source: www.complex.com/blogs