Happiness is to be found when in pursuit of it, in the soothed expectation, on the way, not only upon the arrival. Accepting detours, just going the way, which is anyhow not this obvious to anyone.
Thomas Bettinelli



Happiness is just a hairflip away.
Chris Crocker

A NEW CLIP EVERY WEEK HERE

"The way the system works now, you see the clothes, within an hour or so they're online, the world sees them. They don't get to a store for six months. The next week, young celebrity girls are wearing them on red carpets. They're in every magazine. The customer is bored with those clothes by the time they get to the store. They're overexposed, you're tired of them, they've lost their freshness".
Tom Ford
















7.27.2007

Oops

Sexy boy

¿ Beaching... ?

Play time

6-pack (part 2)

One of the biggest complaints you can hear from people failing to realize their fitness goals is that they don’t have time to work out. With our busy schedules, trying to get to the gym is often a workout in and of itself.
Another common complaint you’ll hear from these failed exercisers is that they lack exercise equipment. With all the infomercials hawking devices to trim and tone our waistlines, it’s easy to forget that a great workout has little to do with the machines, but everything to do with the man.
Exercising outdoors is a great way to combine cardio with body-weight resistance training while enjoying fresh air and sunshine. The motivation of a beautiful day and an energetic workout can get the ball rolling on etching that ripped midsection you have always dreamed about.
Sixty years ago, outdoor workouts were all the rage at California’s Muscle Beach. Gymnastics, hand balancing and calisthenics were as much a part of the routine as were free weights. Fancy equipment wasn’t available then, but the physiques of the time were strong and fit regardless. In many cases, because they didn’t rely on machines, oldetime athletes were stronger overall with less injuries. It was not uncommon to see a standing press of 300 lbs, something you can’t see in many gyms today. The amount of abdominal strength necessary to support that kind of weight as you press it overhead is formidable.
Most of exercisers immediately think about the rectus abdominis when it comes to abdominals. This muscle group is known as the 6-pack in gym jargon and is the most visible of the abdominal muscles. But to have a flat stomach, you must train the transversus abdominis , a sheath of sinew that provides stability to the pelvis. Because it “holds everything in”, as it were, it is most responsible for that small, tight waistline everybody wants. It is important you train it as much as the rest of the abdominals. When experts discuss core training, most agree this is the key muscle of that group.
Proper nutrition is the cornerstone of building a great physique. You will need quality calories to fuel your body and turn it into a fat-burning machine. Not eating enough is just as bad as eating too much, and what you eat needs to be low-fat, low-sugar healthy choices. Lean sources of protein, fruits, vegetables and whole grains should be the staples of a diet. Sweets, alcohol and high-fat food (i.e. junk food) must be minimized, lest you sabotage your progress.
If you find yourself lacking quality calories, a healthy protein bar or meal replacement might be the way to go. Try different brands to see which ones appeal to you and suit your needs. Although not essential, a good fat-burning supplement can also help trim the fat from your waist.
Just about every city has a local park where, after a brisk walk or run, you can get in a quick ab-sculpting workout. No need for equipment, because nature and your local recreation department have provided it free of charge.
Crunches :
Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the ground. Place your hands on either side of your head and lift your head and shoulders off the ground using the strength of your abdominals. Concentrate on squeezing your midsection and shortening the distance between your bottom rib and the top of your hip. Pause at the top and slowly lower your shoulders back to the ground. Do not pull on your head or neck to initiate the movement. Perform five sets of 50 repetitions.
Crossover crunches :
Lying on your back with your knees bent, place your hands on both sides of your head. Using the strength of your abdominals, lift your head and shoulders off the ground by squeezing your mid-section. Concentrating on shortening the distance between your bottom rib and the top of your hip, bring your right elbow to your left knee as you crunch. Lower slowly and repeat with the opposite elbow and knee. Alternate this way for the required number of repetitions. Perform three sets of 25 reps.
Hip raises :
Lie on your back with a 90° bend at your hip and your legs straight in the air. Keep your feet together and lift your hips as if pushing your feet higher in the air. Lower slowly and repeat as soon as your hips lightly touch down. Perform two sets of 30 reps.
Abdo-bracing :
This exercise is also know as a plank. Resting on your forearms and toes in a modified push-up position, stabilize your body using the strength of your 6-pack. Try to remain motionless and keep your body as parallel to the ground as possible. Work up to a one-minute hold. Perform three sets.
Flutter kicks :
Lie flat on your back with your hands tucked under your buttocks. Lift both feet about six inches or 15 cm off the ground and alternate lifting and lowering each foot about four inches or 10 cm high without letting the opposite foot touch the ground. Perform two sets of 30 reps.
Vacuums :
This exercise is easy. Knee down on all fours, relax your mid-section and let gravity pull your stomach toward the ground. Exhale deliberately and draw your abdominals inwards. Focus on trying to suck in your stomach as if pulling your navel toward your spine. Pause for five seconds and relax, then repeat. Perform two sets of 30 holds each.
Hanging leg raises :
Hang from an overhead support and lift your feet off the ground. While suspended in the air, pull your knees up to your chest, bending your knees as you lift them up. Try to rotate your hips under you and bring your knees up as high as possible in toward your chest. For added resistance, you can use ankle weights. Perform two sets of 20 reps.
Read part 1 from here.

Johnny by the sea

7.24.2007

Way kewl

So hot

Sup, dude ?

7.23.2007

Acqua di Gio

7.21.2007

Water game

Ready to go

7.19.2007

Upstreet

The 65th issue of French 1€ glossy magazine Upstreet is out !





7.18.2007

Ben Jelen

Ben Jelen made a name for himself as the next teenage hearthrob back in 2004 with the hit "Come on" that turned him into an instant star. Since then, Jelen's changed his tune a bit. After his initial success, he needed time and a break to rediscover himself.


The interview :


His sophomore album, "Ex-Sensitive" (click here to listen to samples) has just been released. Recording it has only increased his fascination with music’s potential to move and affect people – physically and emotionally. The possibilities, he believes, are endless.
"Vulnerable" is the second single from this album. Jelen voices his fear that the pressures mounting around him will find him "with a life overrun". It was co-written with ex-Calvin Klein exec Joseph Janus (who kinda scouted him).
As the video isn't ready as of yet, below's the first video taken from "Ex-Sensitive" :

7.17.2007

Black Orchid

A luxurious fragrance, Tom Ford’s Black Orchid features rich dark accords in an alluring potion of black orchids and spice. Created by Givaudan, this oriental chypre comes in a limited-edition pure black crystal bottle created exclusively by Lalique. Each bottle is a collector's piece, signed and numbered by Lalique, and includes a certificate of authenticity. The bottle arrives empty, accompanied by a 0.5 oz. glass vial filled with perfume and a gold funnel to pour the fragrance into the flacon. The vial is perfect for travel. A black velvet pouch completes the presentation.
• Sensuous top notes of black truffle and ylang-ylang mingled with fresh bergamot and delectable black currant.
• Dramatic middle notes of dark, tempting florals and rich fruit accords : the heart is deepened with the intoxicating lotus wood.
• Decadent base notes of patchouli, incense and vetiver… Vanilla tears add a fluid creaminess to warm balsam and smooth sandalwood.
Black Orchid starts right off with a toxic bang — it is a statement fragrance, make no mistake about it. There is lots of sugar, there are heavy heady floral notes, there is jammy fruit. Tempering all of that is a slap-in-your-face strong undertone of something earthy and goth (the black truffle accord, presumably) and vaguely off-kilter. As it dries down, the earthy-dark stuff fades, the extra-powerful vanilla steps up and the florals turn ultra-creamy. Later still, the creamy vanilla part calms a bit, the woods warm up and some of the earthiness shines through again. However that may be… if you were looking for Tom Ford to go way out on a limb, you may end up disappointed : this isn't YSL’s M7. Ish… One word : avoidable.

Jungle

7.16.2007

Beach blonde

7.15.2007

Sunday boy du jour : Danny

7.14.2007

Model : Danila Polyakov (part 2)

Green-eyed ginger tall supermodel Danila Polyakov (Данила Поляков) was born in Moscow twenty-four years ago. He worked in and out with designer Denis Simachëv (read this) as a stylist. He sometimes organizes huge parties in the hype +7055.Art (i.e. Moscow). Demeulmeesters, Number (N)ine, Branquinho, Watanabe, Gauthier, Yamamoto to name a few hired him for their fashion shows.
See him looking fairly different from part 1 (here). Notice he often sports some facial topiary as a boy, which makes him look rather sexy ! Morphosis will show you more of this definitely amazing stunner soon...













7.13.2007

MORPHOSIS

Abercrombie & Fitch

Regio apparatu

Being blonde

7.12.2007

Ostler

Emporio Armani

Ginch Gonch

La Perla

English summer rain

7.11.2007

Weekly celeb : John Robinson

Death and the mystery



Mikasa

Hiroshima-based Mikasa follows the longterm goal to maintain its position to be the most prestigeous ball manufacturer worldwide as well as to become a vertically integrated sports company in the near future.