In Book Review Mens Issues Mens lifestyle Unfu*k Yourself

Life, How Well's That Workin' For Ya?: Unfu*k Yourself By Gary John Bishop Book Review


What's life like?  Very different from how it was 40 to 50 years ago, right?  What's more, isn't it much different than it was say even 10 to 15 years ago?  Social media is now as commonplace as newspapers were then and newspaper reliance seems to be shrinking as much as CDs were as the 2000s progressed.  Our attention spans have grown shorter as many vanities have grown deeper and our demand for tomorrow is what we wanted yesterday.  There's so much to adjust to inside this rapidly-changing framework of society yet no matter how much what's around us is changing, we ourselves are pretty constant.  That could be a good and bad thing.  It's important to notice that with many things, we've allowed our surroundings to change us but what are and who we are at the core is still there lingering.

I thought of this as I read Unfuc*k Yourself : Get Out Of Your Head And Into Your Life by Gary John Bishop, a five-time author who is far better than a self-help guru.  Bishop is a personal development expert and his 'urban philosophy' approach to helping one become the best most enacted them prompts the individual to get out of their often crippling thoughts and into a life of embracing newness, potential, activity and happiness.  For that's what at stake isn't it?  Our lives, our  perceptions, our willingness, our stubbornness, our certainties and our expectations and how much of our reliances on them keep us from living, loving and reaching our full potentials.  In Unfu*ck Yourself Bishop offers up seven personal assertions for one to ponder that surpass the 'you're special' mantra and moving beyond mere thought to seizing the your special title by actively pursuing life and also recognizing the signifiers that you may not even be aware are keeping you immobile.  Bishop's comical tone is straightforward & non-coddling and doesn't shame or judge, but rather gets an individual to really look at their happiness to see how they are personally responsible for its lacking in an honest and appropriately thought-provoking manner.

After reading this book I realized how powerfully coercive my thoughts were in my going forward and how even more powerful my activities had to be in order to put the kibosh on years of the unrequited, the pitfalls, the excuses, the stale mindsets and the weaknesses that masqueraded themselves as strengths.  There's more to greatness than just positive thinking, there's the positivity of moving & shaking, starting & trying, failing & succeeding and loving & letting go.  


Unfu*k Yourself by Gary John Bishop (Harper One - Harper Collings Publishers) is available now on Amazon.com, Barnes & Nobles and other fine booksellers. 

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Shave Like A Briton, Live Like A New Yorker:MurdockLondon @ Nordstrom Mens Store NYC


I'd like to think that if you have the misfortune of finding yourself in a vehicle around the Holland Tunnel during rush hour then you'd better have an understandable unavoidable reason.  Similarly, I'd also like to think that if you stand on a sample sale line in New York City then you must be able to see a redemptive light at the end of the the discounted retail tunnel.  Then there's always the surest likelihood that you are very well aware that a dive bar in the LES can sometimes be far more welcoming than a wine bar on the UES or else why would you endure the grit in lieu of the glitz?  There's always good and oftentimes bad reasons for why we do what we do but in the end it's these experiences that give good stories to add color and depth to the whatever our lives are shaping out to be.  


So it's now that I challenge you to find yourself in Midtown Manhattan if not today then very soon.  Yes it's a traffic nightmare and the subways have been intolerably unreliable lately, but what if I told you that despite the honking, the scaffolding, the cranes and the crowds, there was a new oasis to sink your vanity into.  Well there is.  That new oasis is the brand new Nordstrom Mens Store at 235 West 57th Street.  However, while I would normally cajole you to rethink and rediscover how you wear what your wear, let me now ask you to find that cloth-free medium that begins and ends with bringing out the handsome devil in you.


Within the new erected pristine walls of the new Nordstrom-labeled haven for men is a British outpost that has brought its savvy and thorough approach to mens grooming across the pond for the dapper and disheveled men of New York.  Murdock London is a highbrow award-winning barber brand that carries a range of clean and natural grooming, skincare and aromatherapy products.  Ingredients that are as natural as the skin you're in presented in streamlined packaging & receptacles are what Murdock London offers men seeking to have an organic pre, during and post shaving experience.  That's why products like their incredibly softening Beard Moisturizer coats your pork chop and pampers your skin with a paraben and sulfate free formula that's bound to be a go-to for you.  Their Alum Bar is the original after-shave with a soothing potassium alum that heals nicks post shaving.  I am a fragrance fanatic and their quartet of organic fragrances conjure up the best smells and memories of the beauty of the planet in masculine, fresh and sumptuous blends like Black Tea and Vetiver.  


Murdock London has landed at the Nordstrom Mens Store in Manhattan New York City and at Nordstrom.com.  Would I send you to the new Mens Store if it wasn't worth it?  I got to experience  them firsthand Wednesday evening when the brand hosted an event at the W Times Square to introduce Murdock London to a group of savvy New York men by offering them haircuts and shaves from expert Murdock London barbers using their award-winning products. After a few Tanqueray  and tonics, inhaling the aroma of spice and cleanliness in the air and a cushy-feeling beard courtesy of the Beard Moisturizer, I was quite intrigued.  Check them out on MurdockLondon.com and Nordstrom.com and understand why the often harrowing yet sometimes surprising trip to Midtown would be a lesson in well-groomed fortune rather than futility.  

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In Alcohol Review Cocktails Drinks Entertaining Food and Drink Half-Seas Sparkling Cocktails Mens lifestyle

Sailing Nicely On the Half-Seas: Half-Seas Sparkling Cocktails


Not that you should, but, if only for a time, you may want to hang up the heavy cocktails that kept you warm and toasty during the winter in lieu of some refreshing Spring effervescence.  Something bubbly, crisp and refreshing sounds like the ticket on a mild Spring day.  Make it more personal by being portable and you've got a handy seasonal winner to pop into a tote for a little naughty and nice addition to your roundtown romp.

That addition comes in the form of 6.8 fluid ounce cans.  Half-Seas Sparkling Cocktails makes grown & sexy imbibing on-the-go more deliciously plausible and appropriately convenient.  Half-Seas achieves these little gems with the help of natural ingredients like pure cane sugar and natural citrus and berry flavors with a touch of carbonation.  There are three flavors to choose from that will result in a cocktail that speaks to whatever spirit you need satisfaction from.  The Daiquiri is a sweet kiss of white rum and lime, the Bramble is a mellow dance of dry London gin and natural berry flavor and the Paloma tempts you with tequila and grapefruit soda.  They are perfect for a nice little buzz coupled with fresh flavor to make your day that much nicer (and naughtier).

Who says you can't take the bar with you?  Half-Seas Sparkling Cocktails are available now at their website here.  

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In Alcohol Review Cocktails Drinks Entertaining Food and Drink Irish Whiskey Lambay Whiskey

An Island Retreat: Lambay Whiskey


There's so much to see all over the globe and sometimes we wish we could get see it all.  Do our schedules, finances and responsibilities even permit that?  For most of us the answer is no, but we try our darndest anyway.  For those of us who relish in the idea of sneaking away every week or perhaps even every evening after a hard day, how comforting that we can rely on food & drink, scents and imagery to transport us temporarily to where our passports are unable to at the moment.  With food and drink being the most powerful of the trio, it's always interesting to discover the flavors that are tied to and distinct to a land and its borders making it all the more intriguing.

Some of the best places on earth haven't been heavily disturbed by man and his footprint.  Lambay Island is one of those places.  Lying just a mere three miles off the coast of Dublin, Lambay Island  boasts a diverse ecosystem free from the trampling of an overabundance of people in lieu of the presence of unique wildlife, clean water and foliage kissed by the Irish sea air.  This environ set the perfect tone for the infamous French family, Maison Camus, to add a unique pair of Irish whiskies to their already renowned cognacs.  Alexander Baring, 7th Baron Revelstoke and 5th generation Camus member, Cyril Camus joined forces to take the beauty of Baring's ancestral home and merge it with the spirit-craftsmanship of the Maison Camus and have come up with Lambay Irish Whiskey.  

Just as quaint and seasoned as the cycle of life on Lambay are the curation of these whiskies.  There are two varieties, Lambay Whiskey Single Malt and Lambay Whiskey Small Batch Blend.  The Single Malt rests in oak cognac casks shipped from the Maison Camus and are exposed to the maritime winds and oceanic essences bathing Lambay.  The Small Batch Blend, matured in bourbon casks with a cognac cask finish, is truly small batch, not with a big production undertaking, ensuring a full balanced flavor profile for each bottle.  Lambay Island Trinity well water, the unique ocean spray with notes of seaweed, iodine and salt and fresh island botanicals all conspire to give the whiskies a uniquely smooth texture.  The fuller-colored, lower rye content Single Malt lingers with an green fruit herbal & floral sweetness while the triple-distilled Small Batch Blend offers up a lighter-colored nutty, spicy and floral balanced flavor profile. 

Now I'm not saying that people are bad news, but when I can find puffins, seals, a bevy of seabirds and even wallabies unaffected by the harrowing overabundance of man, I'd be very likely to trust their presence to keep the sanctity of an environ purer than any human.  That is what is characteristic to Lambay Island.  It's purity together with the tradition of humans that respect the land have given birth to a pair of noteworthy Irish whiskies.  It's a true tale of honoring the land so that it gives you its best.  


Lambay Whiskies are available now at your finer wine, alcohol and spirit retailers and as always, please remember to enjoy Lambay responsibly.

www.LambayWhiskey.com

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In Alcohol Review Cocktails Drinks Entertaining Food and Drink Stella Rosa Wines and Spirits

A Rosa Blooms (And Sparkles Too): Stella Rosa Pink Sparkling Red Wine


For those days when you need something stronger than juice but without the weight of, say, gin, there's Stella Rosa Pink Sparkling Wine.  For those days when you want to sneak a little appropriately naughty in with your questionable nice day, there Stella Rosa Pink Sparkling Wine.  For those days when you need the excitement of a bottle without the full size commitment of one, there's Stella Rosa Pink Sparkling Wine.  

Stella Rosa Pink Sparkling Wine is a semi-sweet sparkling red wine with a flavor profile of strawberries and rose petals.  It's delicate and refreshing and the sparkling element creates a nice effervescence that works as a nice pick me up on its own or as a nice topper to cocktails.  It's great as a sparkling alternative to cloying dessert wines and goes well with seafood-based dinners and after-dinner usuals like rich desserts and cheeses.  What's especially nice is that it comes in a delightfully sleek and compact 8.5 ounce aluminum bottle that has the outfitting of a grown and sexy soda with the flavor of a satisying and pleasant sparkling wine.  

Stella Rosa Pink Sparkling Wine is a fun, easy and very handy sparkling wine to complete your meal or complete your hard day.  After all, don't we often need a little something beautiful and pleasant to end off our often ugly days?  Stella Rosa Pink Sparkling Wine is available now at your finer wine and spirit retailers and to find specific locations near you, check out their website here.

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