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Goodness, In The Bag: Sneakz™ Organic

There used to be a joke that if you rifled through a woman's bag you'd discover almost everything about her life.  It seems today the joke has fallen on us guys.  When I think about what goes into my bag on the daily one could probably tell that I have a special diet, am a tad vain, into fashion and somewhat of a a germaphobe.  Here's something to notice the next time you're in the gym locker room.  Spy the contents of a guy's gym bag which nowadays as lives become more multifaceted have become spaces for clothing quick changes, hygiene shelves on-the-go and pre/post dietary rituals.  While the lives of many men are less involved than many women, there are some common things you'll find in the bags many men tote.  Akin to makeup and a wallet in a purse, you'll most likely find sneakers and a protein drink in a man's gym bag.
We're told on the daily that we don't ingest enough of this or are lacking the nutrients of that.  Then we're told that we shouldn't have this type of food now to that type of food then and all in all it gets so mind-numbing.  Sometimes what we stuff into our bags need a little help, a bit of tweaking and some tailoring to our personal lives.  I used to be a big protein shake guy following my workouts but after I realized some drawbacks to excessive protein I scaled back on my intake.  Then after going vegan last year I realized that had to be mindful of what foods & labels I stuffed in my bag.  It's then that I realized that it wasn't about large amounts of supplemental products with a high number of bulking ingredients but rather about the balance of a key diet and a little boost to accompany my active uptown to downtown lifestyle.
So when I discovered Sneakz™ Organic earlier this year I liked the power of its simplicity.  Sneakz is an easy to digest dietary powdered supplement that can be used as a great beneficial post-gym protein powder but is also so much more. In addition to offering 14 grams of protein per serving, Sneakz also has probiotics and has a healthy blend of organic vegetables like beets, spinach, cauliflower, carrots, sweet potatoes and peas.  This makes it not only a great supplement for post workouts but also for other meals of your day like lunch smoothies or breakfast pancakes.  What's more is that not only does it taste good without that artificial faux sugary taste but it also mixes well with water if you're still at the gym and need the nutrients right away or with any kind of milk like soy, coconut, almond and (yes even cow's milk) when at home.  
I've been on a mission to simplify my life so products like Sneakz speaks to just that.  The strawberry is great to enhance my berry smoothies, the vanilla is a nice sweet neutral base for my acai bowls and the chocolate is my favorite for just mixing with water following a workout.  It's a two-fold nutritional product that could create order to just about anyone's bag.  

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Comfortable In Their Own Skin: Wonderful® Halos

Grab and go!  Such is the course of metropolitan life today.  "I don't have time", "Please, I'm in a rush" and "No thanks, gotta get to my spin class at six" are plausible utterances.   Ordering online or even working from home seem to speak to a culture that has no time or space to enjoy what it should  and it's contagious from work to the gym to dinner reservations to home.  Many of us have become creatures of convenience and purveyors of being punctual.  That frenetic energy and pace to keep up trickles down even further to the quick blurbs of the news we read, the duality of the clothes we wear and the compactness of the foods we eat.  

I literally plan my days so concisely at times that I have no time to eat.  Then when one takes into consideration the crazy commute, either by car or subway, tumblers, Tupperware, microwaveable and ready-to-go become catchwords that give feelings of satisfaction to our otherwise hectic days.  Being vegan, I have a bevy of containers for packing my fruit and veggies for my commuting moves.  However,  I always dig options that come with their own natural and protective packaging.  

Halos by Wonderful® are compact California mandarins that are sweet, seedless, delicious and handy sidekicks for your day.  Non-GMO verified, Halos are are easy to just pop in your jacket pocket, briefcase or gym bag for a nice dose of Vitamin C juiciness in the refreshing form of an easy to peel orange.  What's also great about them is that a bit of citrus helps in food digestion and completing your daily antioxidant needs. Homegrown and affordable, one 5 pound bag goes a long way which is perfect time-saving excuse to avoid constant trips to the market.  What's more is that at the end of a long day, when muddled into your shaker, they make a hell of a bump to a good cognac.  Halos are available now at your local produce markets.  

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In Mens Clothing Mens Fall/Winter 2018 Review Mens Fashion Mens lifestyle Menswear New York City New York Fashion Week New York Mens Day NYFW

New York, The Big Fruit Salad: Fall/Winter 2018 New York Mens Collections Review

It all begins with the bolt.  Those pristinely wrapped, tightly bound, perfectly edged bundles of vicuna, chambray or jersey and possibly bedecked with herringbone, pinstripes or heat transfer print are the stuff that makes designers become inspired and men fall in love.  Kismet is met when that inspiration cajoles that male adoration and then a bond is formed that's created many a fashion empire and much of what speaks to a gent's personal style.  

Just what that rapport between client and cut-master is could be deciphered by editor and merchandiser alike but, more often than not, is a communal understanding between designer and man.  As men have branched out mentally, socially and personally their fashionable tastes have posed designer queries that've moved past the usual "single or double breast", "hang left or hang right" towards declarations that aim to address wardrobe issues before they're even uttered.  Today's designers exist on the stage with tailors, even stylists, periodicals & spouses, that not only ask men what they want but also have to use their targeted core man's place in society together with their seasoned outlook for modern men in general to forecast what men will choose to achieve wardrobe satisfaction.

Just what that forecast is has always been a broad one, and understandably so.  Men today are quite diverse.  Empowered by opinion and freer than ever to either break or uphold the norm, today's man can systematically decide his own liberties at times with inky denim in the boardroom, sharkskin peak lapels at court side or jacquard slippers in the studio.  While the European show centers of London, Milan and Paris have always been bastions of style, New York has fought hard to remain a stateside power player in the realm of menswear's luxury, tailoring and the avant gard.  American menswear has always served up amazing mens sportswear.  However as the pace of fashion and the needs & mindsets of men change, more menswear connosuiers are seeking to mash together the avenues of luxury, sportswear, avant gard, tailoring and streetwear in more personal ways.  There was a reassuring evidence of this during the Mens Collections for Fall 2018 at New York Fashion Week last week.

The perspectives have broadened in menswear and those designers who showed in New York seemed aware of that.  There were your designers with a seasoned classic eye that gave nods to the classics with their collective spins on it.  Veterans Joseph Abboud and John Varvatos showed collections heavy on tailoring with a softness in cut and and fabrications that had harmonious color palettes akin to modern camouflage and a sumptuousness that made them seem livable and cozy.  Billy Reid presented a collection of great layers and outerwear in thick and hearty textiles proving once again why the brand's penchant for suave noble fabrics was always one to admire.  The ever-swanky Tom Ford  showed a vibrant collection that seemed to be an extension of himself in the jetset, luxury-laden modern dandy aesthetic while Tomas Maier presented a well crafted exuberant collection for Bottega Veneta that showcased his dandy as a more playful and slightly more youthful fellow who embraces color and eye-catching print.  

There were some designers whose take on sportswear was shown and styled with a refreshing modernity from the elegant & suave to the edgy & inspired.  Joshua Katcher at Brave Gentleman always makes sustainable clothing with a tailored crispness that makes relatable sense.  Boss showed a surprisingly fresh collection of clothing with a nice balance of wearable mature color on universal shapes with youthful cuts and John Elliot presented a collection a bit more mature in its execution by showing a fun lighthearted side of tailoring through color and relaxed fullness.  Pyer Moss excited his charged up collection channeling freedom with a fun popping take on tailoring and fuller swaddling shapes while Michael Bastien's Gustav Von Aschenbach presented tailored shapes with just enough exaggerated lengths and fullness to remain wearable with edge.  The idea of exploring shapes be they fuller, longer or non-western took hold in the collections of Visvim which explored a cheeky contemporary take on Eastern shapes and workwear and then more strong workwear vibes emerged through elongated shapes at Hoolywood.  Palmiers Du Mal approached intriguing 3-D textures in knitwear and a slight Middle Eastern aesthetic.  Abasi Rosborough offered up modernity with nods to  Asian and continental African shapes with a low-key almost otherworldly approach achieved by full-draped styling and provocative printing.  Conjuring up a larger than life silhouettes was Willy Chavarria whose collection called to mind heightened forms of style-conscious Cali 'cholo' mashed with an trendy 80s to 90s urban gangster. 

Textile treatments and hands during these collections made minimalist surfaces seem passé.  The American workwear meets tailored eclecticism verve from Engineered Garments on remixed quirky buffalo plaid inspired textiles made for a pretty interesting graphic walk.  The collections of Perry Ellis and Death To Tennis both offered up color-saturated fabrications that showcased lively textures through vibrant floral, optical or graphic prints on easy covetable sportswear shapes.  Ovadia & Sons put a characteristic spin on American sportswear nods like novelty knits, printed parkas and funky plaids while newcomer Kozaburo played with fluffy-handed textiles and sublimely-printed sportswear shapes that added an elegance to normal everyday outerwear.  The graphic handsome future-feeling knits from Dyne were great for the tech-riddled menswear movement while on the reverse, the down-home patched-up loveliness from Bode were nice eclectic balances of masculine/feminine forms and fabrications.  

A bit of the avant within the realms and reason of American sportswear were also to be found in the Fall 2018 New York Mens Collections.  Gypsy Sport was a tad wild, provocative and androgynous while offering up a cool take on menswear from the cut & paste punky and to 80's billowy.  Feng Chen Wang was hyper, avant and askew with the twisted and explosive forms of familiar menswear staples & fabrications and overall it just looked refreshingly exciting for the New York Menswear scene.  Raf Simons and his youthquake sensibilities created a collection that showed his understanding of nudging menswear forward with a strong envisioned cadence based on challenging the forms men know with the perspectives on dress and culture that makes him a visionary.  The draped rib knits slung over tailored toppers or bare skin like an experiment gone handsomely and oddly wrong were striking and peppered with youth & rebellion but also confidence & maturity.  His Calvin Klein menswear seemed to examine breaking the morays of traditional form, function and cut with exaggerated shapes worn in unconventional ways that seemed to address those men who wish to style themselves as they feel and not as expected by the nature of their individual wardrobe pieces.  Styling was again key here as together with the clothing it was in a sense a way of pushing the odd beauty of the askew silhouette through fit, color, texture and purpose.

The collections reminded me of a mash-up of New Yorks, pre-Giuliani's clean-up, with nods to the hyped streetwear 90s, commanding presence of the 80s, lax trimness of the 70s and the passionate informed on-again off-again defiance of the current New York.  There was also a welcomed disenfranchised element to the way the shows didn't all scream the same voice but still came together to celebrate the liberty of the attuned modern man.  Perhaps on this track life will imitate art.

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