By Mandi Pimental
During the scorching hot days of summer, our thoughts wander to the cool breeze and sparkling waters of the ocean. Millions will flock to beaches around the world, laying out their towels to sunbathe, participate in a weekend game of sand volleyball or take on the surf on boards and water toys. However, some will be partaking in all of these various activities… in the buff.
Whether you are comfortable baring all, or are just curious and want to cross something daring and new off your bucket list, the following list of nude beaches is the best of the best when it comes to privacy and breathtaking scenery.
Little Beach, Maui, Hawaii – Little Beach, located on the island of Maui, is deemed an “unofficial clothing-optional beach”. Although sunbathing nude is illegal in Hawaii, the law has not been enforced on this isolated strand in years. Surrounded by volcanic rock, high shrubbery and driftwood, it is secluded from the eyes of those in surrounding areas. A beautiful beach to visit, it is also a great place for whale watching and body surfing.
Red Beach, Crete, Greece – The name originates from the red rust color of this beaches sand, which makes this a truly beautiful picturesque locale with the stunning cobalt blue water contrasting. A naturist favorite, this beach, as well as the resort that sits upon it, allows nudity throughout (except for the dining room where clothing must be worn). The sand is coarse so sunbathers are cautioned to lie on towels when sunbathing (ouch!). The beach also features ancient caves to check out if you’re feeling adventurous and a coffee bar.
Samurai Beach, Australia – Samurai, a half-mile stretch of white sand beach, is home to the annual naked beach Olympics and nudist picnic. You can participate in egg and spoon races, sack races, and body painting competitions, among other events. The location itself is beautiful and private, but make sure you pack plenty of sunscreen. Above Australia, you will find the thinnest areas of the ozone layer.
Praia do Pinho, Brazil – Rio may have made the skimpy G-string bikini popular, but if you head south you will be expected to cover even less, and by less, we mean nothing at all. Known as the “clothing not optional’” locale, tourists from around the world flock to this private stretch of beach to bare all. Unaccompanied males are not allowed on the beach without a female friend or a membership to the International Naturist Federation. If you plan to make a weekend out of it, the beach has an inn and ocean view cabins nearby. Just think of how light you would have to pack.
Saline Beach, St. Barts – One of the hottest of the hot spots, this sizzling beach is home to A-List stars and the rich and famous. When stars want to bare all, secluded from the peering eyes of the paparazzi, they head to this long stretch of sand on the posh islands southern coast. A word of caution, the winds here can get quite rough which can cause rough swimming conditions.
While some may find the idea of hitting the beach au naturel embarrassing or too extreme, those that support the naturist movement express that they love to live life exactly how they were born. Next time you want to hit the beach, you have got a choice to make… bathing suit or birthday suit? A benefit to the latter, no tan lines. Just something to think about.
By Mandi Pimental
Canadian born beauty, Italia Ricci, is no stranger to the spotlight. Getting her big break as an actress in the film American Pie Beta House at just twenty-one, Ricci has proven, role after role, that she is here to stay. Having appeared in hit television series such as How I Met Your Mother, House, Greek and her recurring role in the Comedy Central series Secret Girlfriend, Ricci is about to embark on a new and exciting journey. Premiering in June, Ricci will star as ‘April’ in the ABC Family series, Chasing Life, setting off a new chapter in this rising stars career.
In ‘Chasing Life’ you play April, a young journalist who is trying to balance work, family and love, all while dealing with the tragic news that you have a terminal illness. How did you prepare for such a complex role?
At first, I wanted to do all of the research that I could and know everything there was to know about the type of Leukemia that April has. But after reading the script a few times over, it occurred to me that April doesn’t have any of that knowledge. I decided to learn about it as April did so that I wasn’t anticipating how April was going to feel or act before it was written. Also, I trust the writers completely. They have teams of doctors, researchers, and cancer fighters working with them to figure out how to have April handle each step of the journey. When it came time to deal with chemo, I met some amazing warriors who helped me understand what it was like for them, and that was so incredibly helpful for more than just my work.
What has been the biggest challenge of taking on the role of ‘April’ and what has been the biggest reward thus far?
The most rewarding moments are hearing how the show has reached out and given a voice to people who felt they needed one, and not just for people dealing with an illness. There’s so much more going on in the show that people will relate to, and when fans reach out and let you know that they feel represented, it gives me goose bumps every time. The biggest challenge is how I feel when I come home and remind myself that I’m not sick. It hurts that I get to turn it off when so many people can’t.
The show revolves around the serious topic of cancer, which affects so many people today. What do you hope that viewers will take away from April’s story?
I hope viewers apply what is going on in the show to life with a broad stroke. Never give up. No matter what someone is dealing with in their world, it only controls your life as much as you let it. You have all of the power; you still make the decisions. It’s okay to make the wrong ones sometimes because we’re human. Just surround yourself with good people and you can get through more than you think you can. We are all stronger than we ever imagine.
Many actors transition into directing or producing, is this a path you see yourself taking? Do you have any personal ambitions that are still unattained?
I can see myself producing one day. I don’t see myself directing—I have way too many control issues for that. I’d be a nightmare director. I’m pretty happy to have achieved what I have at this point, but of course there are other personal milestones I’m excited for down the road, like having a family.
What is your favorite summer vacation destination and what is your one must-have summer fashion item?
My backyard. We live in LA where it’s always summer. I love my pool, my fruit trees, my dogs, and my friends. And a white flowing maxi dress, hands down.
Speaking of fashion, we adore your style and your complexion is simply flawless. Can you share your beauty regiment?
I always wear sunscreen. When I’m outside in the sun, I’m wearing at least SPF 90.
What is your weekend style, and what do you like to wear on your down time? Any favorite designers?
It depends on my plans for the weekend. If I don’t have to leave my house, I’m in my robe all weekend long. If I have things to do, I’ll pull it together. I actually just started wearing pieces from LUBLU by Kira Plastinina. Her stuff fits me so well and is incredibly comfortable.
Who are your biggest influences when it comes to your acting career? Did you look up to or study anyone in particular growing up?
I didn’t study anyone in particular. I was pretty impressionable and would watch a movie and want to be that character. I would pretend to be like them for a day or two until I saw the next show or movie and then move on to that. I think I’m still like that a little bit. I’m influenced by a different performance every time I watch something new. One constant influence is Kate Hudson; she’s got a sparkle to her that you see in every character. She’s also got crazy range—rocker indie films, jazzy musical, rom-com, horror, you name it. Actually, I remember watching her movie A Little Bit of Heaven the day before my screen test for Chasing Life.
If you could work with anyone, actor or director, who would it be? What is it about his or her work that inspired you?
I’d love to work with a ton of people. I learn so much from everyone I’ve ever worked with. The set is such an inspiring environment, even with people I didn’t necessarily get along with. You learn to be patient and professional when you really just want to scream. As of right now, I’m so impressed by Dane DeHaan. I think he’s wildly talented and also has this magnetism in his performances that paralyzes you from looking away when he’s on screen.
Having broken into film at just twenty-one, what advice do you have for aspiring actors who have made the move to Hollywood?
Don’t give up. I was ready to go back to law school and say that I gave Hollywood my best shot, but my family in L.A. believed in me and supported me and kept faith in me when I was spent. I ended up staying because of them, and I am so grateful.
Do you have any future projects in the work that you can speak on at this time?
I shot a Sony Affirm film called The Remaining last year that is due to come out this fall. It’s a 100% religiously accurate thriller that recounts how the world would end, according to the bible. I play Allison, the maid of honor at her best friend’s wedding when the end comes. It’s a movie that tells the story of a group of best friends as they navigate the challenging journeys of faith, love, and salvation at the end of it all.
by Mandi Pimental
Bram Hoover is a multi-talented actor and screenwriter who, is his career thus far, has acted in both film and television and is the writer behind this seasons hot new football film, 23 Blast. 23 Blast follows the true life story and hardships of teen football star Travis Freeman, and Hoover lets us in on why he chose to bring this story to life. We also spoke to Hoover about fitness, fashion and what it is that makes a guy feel sexy.
You wrote, and are currently starring in the film 23 Blast. That is quite an achievement! Can you tell us a little bit about Jerry Baker, the character you play?
Jerry is a kid from a small town who knows how to have a good time, doesn’t take crap from anyone, and is always there for his friends. Especially his best friend Travis Freeman. In the film, Travis goes from a normal, healthy teenager, to losing his eyesight overnight. Jerry is suddenly lost without his right-hand man. As time passes, Jerry is one of the voices of reason that helps Travis find his way. And in doing so, finds himself.
What inspired you to take this incredible story of high school student Travis Freeman and adapt it to film?
I grew up in Corbin, Kentucky where the story takes place. And I played football with the real Travis Freeman. So, I got to experience Travis' incredible story first hand.
The film focuses on the challenges of Freeman going blind at a pivotal time in his life. In your personal life what is your most valued sense, and why?
It’s really tough to choose just one, but I would have to say my sense of taste. I love eating all kinds of foods, sweets too. I could not imagine not being able to taste all the wonderful foods on this earth.
The film revolves around football, are you into sports yourself?
Yes, I am into all sports, but football is my favorite by far. I played football since I was 8 years old, all the way through high school, and a little in college. I'm actually in my High School Hall of Fame (if that means anything). Nowadays, I just sit around on my couch and watch all I can on TV.
You have been working in film and television for quite a few years now. Have you always aspired to write your own projects? Or was it something you were inspired to do after you started your work in Hollywood?
I think I've always been a storyteller, even as a kid. That's what we do in film and television, or any art for that matter. But, after acting for a few years, I realized that there was more fulfillment, and sometimes more control being a writer/director. Solely as an actor, you're only able to control and contribute to the story through your character. But, as a writer, and/or director, you have your hands in the whole story. All of the characters, not just one. That was more enticing to me.
Prior to 23 Blast, what has been your most memorable acting role?
I would say my role on "Dirt" on FX a few years ago. I had a pretty memorable line that actually made it on "Talk Soup" that week. My friends and family back home still talk about it when I see them.
You are in extremely good shape. Can you share your fitness routine?
I have gotten really into yoga. I love how it makes me feel afterward. I feel energized and happy. I try to swim or bike a few times a week as well too. But my favorite form of exercise is playing basketball.
Your Twitter profile alludes to the fact you enjoy donuts. Who doesn’t love a donut? What is your food philosophy? Strict dieter, everything in moderation, or more of an “I do what I want” mentality?
My food philosophy is I pretty much eat whatever I want. For now anyway. Who knows how my metabolism will be down the road, but for now, it's still pretty good. And I have a huge sweet tooth, and yes, donuts and ice cream are two of my weaknesses.
Let’s talk fashion. We have seen you in an array of styles, from sporty and casual to suits on the red carpet. What is your typical everyday style?
My typical everyday style is to try to be as comfortable as possible, with a cool pair of sneakers on. If I could, I would wear sneakers, gym shorts, and a t-shirt every day. But, I also love to get dressed up in a suit every now and then. When you're casual a majority of the time, it's nice to get all suited and booted. Makes me feel sexy, confident.
Do you have a favorite go-to designer for special events and appearances?
My favorite go-to designer right now is anything Hugo Boss. I love their stuff and it really fits me well too.
The Ferretti show sparkled with feminine oceanic beauty. Delicate fabrics moved with grace against a backdrop of cerulean. Sequins on a few of the ensembles glittered in the light as a mermaids scales would glitter against the setting sun. Ferretti’s imaginative line shows true creativity. One of the more delicate pieces was an ethereal pearl white gown that displayed a sheer and intricate beaded bodice. One of the more daring ensembles on the catwalk featured black satin shorts and an organza top with black lace overlays covering the models chest.
The runway for the BluGirl Spring/Summer show appeared as a group of sophisticated, and slightly provocative, women on their way to a garden tea party. With floral crowns and straw hats a top their heads the models were adorned in a sweet mixture of femininity. Sweaters paired with floral knee-length skirts and sweet ruffle-accented dresses cinched at the waist with bows, one might believe them all to be sugary sweet. On the contrary, BluGirl always shows us that a woman can have edge and with the overt sheerness of the pieces, paired with exotic animal printed notations; we are shown that the naughty pairs well with the nice.
Female power dominated the DSquared catwalk. In a word the show could be summed up as simply as, attitude. Leather, chunky gold and silver jewelry and police style caps rounded out the show and tops were paired with skirts and shorts that sat high on the models thighs. Leather gloves and motorcycle jackets added a hint of raw masculinity in with the power of pure female sexuality. Following in the ever-popular animal print trend, black and white leopard dresses paired with leather hearts, were seen throughout the collection. Finally, the pièce de résistance was the all leather floor length dress with the buckled waistline, gold side zipper and dramatic gold neckpiece.
The strength of geometric shapes and patterns of the Fendi line felt ahead of its time. A form of cubism in its own right the pieces were color blocks of mixed fabrics including the designers take on “summer leather.” An impressive note is that the leather is seamless and makes for a light wear. The multiple lengths seen through the jackets and dresses are “designed to have your eyes drawn into the pieces,” as opposed to being drawn to them, the designer goes on to say. Save for a few hints of melon and teal in a high-waisted short ensemble the lines main color palettes falls in black, icy blues and warm caramels and yellows. The show ended with an explosive punch of color from the elaborate light reflecting stoned dress with capelet inspired shoulders.
Trending this season is a designers love to tie in oceanic inspiration to this seasons collections, and JustCavalli is no exception. Except this line isn’t about simplistic beauty in mermaids and crystal blue waters on the shore, with Cavalli’s line we get to dive a little deeper to see the exotic creatures of the sea that Cavalli counts as one of his inspirations for the pieces in his line. The beautiful bright hues of sapphire and lime can be seen in a sheer off the shoulder top and mini-dress. The models hairstyles reflect a refreshing, clean, beach wave feel and their natural make-up feels sun kissed with shimmer around their eyes. In addition to the tropical fish, Cavalli listed a trip to India as inspiration and wanted to capture the beauty in the exotic flora, which gives us the color rich drop-waist dresses, and multi-hued foot wear. Keeping to his love of the hip-hop style his lines are not constricting and play well with the models movement.
Miuccia Prada definitely brought something unexpected to the catwalk this season. The show started with boxy, almost space age, designs with largely oversized tops in black and deep green, paired with clam diggers, long shorts and metallic booties. As the show transpired it began to tell a story, showing vintage Japanese silhouettes, Geisha inspired looks, and a more traditional color palette as it progressed. Kimono’s and Japanese footwear appeared accentuated by florals and pops of deep red. The show ended with toned down neutral satin pieces in blush pink, tying the show’s theme together nicely and proving once again that Prada knows how to tell a story through fashion.
Donatella stepped away, if only for a moment, from gothic bondage and moved into simpler and softer pieces, mixed with a little Greek Mythology, for her latest line. “I wanted to challenge myself to do fluidity and lightness...” she stated in regards to the latest in her fashion empire, and with the miniscule size of a few of the ensembles, she has done just that. Dainty high-cut, lace-embellished shorts paired with cropped tops make a perfect addition to any jet-setting girls’ summer wardrobe, and her drop waisted brightly hued dresses are reminiscent of a fabulous beach soiree. That is, if you do not mind Medusa joining the party. While the show started with simple lines and circular lace cutouts, the rest of the line hinted at warrior chic, featuring Medusa’s head in print as well as on metal buttons. The gowns intricate details were worthy to be worn by Greek goddesses or warrior princesses. Leave it to Donatella to “lighten her style”, only to give us something even more beautiful and breathtaking.
Gucci’s line takes us back to classic Italy. It is purely Rome in the 60’s and 70’s where women do not shy away from head-to-toe hues in bright pinks and cobalt. The show started strong with a bright pink belted tunic and trouser ensemble, paired with slicked back hair and oversized classics reminiscent of the time. Graphic patterns in similar hues and lighter fabrics followed until the show transitioned into classic black and white. A beautiful, pure white, deep V-neck, floor length gown featured billowing ruffled sleeves and rounded out the show with beautiful dramatic femininity.
By Mandi Pimental
London Fashion Week presented us with a diverse, and absolutely lovely, mix of trends for Spring 2014 both on and off the runway. The street style was an eclectic blend of the trends we saw throughout the designers’ displays on the runway and it stood to prove that the London fashionistas were truly tuned in to what is going to be popular come winter thaw.
The first of five, of the most popular trends of the season, were separates that shine. Crystal-adorned dresses and bodysuits, a plethora of metallic materials and mirrored embellishments will be available to dress up many wardrobes. Tom Ford was a fan of using sequins, Topshop used broken-mirror inspired additions on sundresses and Christopher Kane opted for shimmering fabrics for his collection. Tadashi Shoji presented a dress comprised of pure white sequins, accented with feathers and Marissa Webb showed us a favorite in a champagne metallic high waist skirt. The designers this season backed up our belief that a little sparkle is always a good idea.
Feminine florals are always a classic spring trend and have made their return for 2014. Opting for a palette of lighter, pastel hues, fashion house Burberry Prorsum displayed beautiful florals on belts, trenches and delicate tops. Mulberry opted for a more retro palette with oversized florals in bright orange and navy. BCBG and Rebecca Taylor used a rainbow palette for their floral pieces. When paired with dainty flats and simplistic jewelry, you can incorporate floral pieces into your wardrobe through skirts, sundresses, capris or tops.
One way to wear a feminine floral skirt is to pair it with a boyfriend-styled, button up. Bringing us to our third spring trend, boy meets girl fashion. Mixing in masculine touches with feminine pieces, designers showed ability to fuse the two sides together seamlessly. Tailored, nipped-waist skirts pair well with boxy-shouldered tops, while delicate camisoles couple with slouchy boyfriend pants. The key is making sure to keep it balanced. Designer Matthew Williamson paired basic tees with flirty skirts, while Henry Holland put models in trucker hats and lace skirts to lend an edge. Alexander Wang had models strutting down the runway in what could have been mistaken for their boyfriend’s pajamas, though we rather loved it, because what isn’t sexier and more comfortable than your guy’s pjs?
The last trend to get you through from spring to fall is pure edge. Dark and avant-garde pieces, sharp edges, deep folds and deeper shades such as blacks and browns have made a place for themselves in spring fashion this season. Leather jackets can be worn with lighter undergarments to incorporate heavier fabrics without being overly layered. David Koma, with his line inspired by Japanese samurais, incorporated warrior-esque pieces to represent tough femininity. Tom Ford’s collection also represented a stronger woman with body conscious lace and leather pieces, and though the house of Erdem incorporated florals, they did so in a darker palette of blacks and deep blues. J Mendel created a daring black netted dress with strategically placed cuts, proving that lace and mesh make the perfect dress fabric choices for evening.
Do not be afraid to mix and match the trends. Pair floral leggings with an oversized rock tee for a bold combination, or try a metallic dress with a leather jacket for a vibe that hints at retro eighties, which designer Ryan Lo could appreciate this year with his 80’s inspired line-up. With a palette of such a wide array of colors and fabrics, the possibilities are endless. And remember, spring is a time of renewal and creation. Create a new look that is uniquely you, by gaining inspiration by the amazing fashion seen throughout London.
By: Mandi Pimental
Hair, for as long as we women have had it, has been our best accessory and, at times, our worst foe. It is constantly changing. I am not just talking about yours (and mine for that matter) on a daily basis. I am referring to the styles, the colors, and the popular lengths through time. Going back over fifty years, we can see how quickly trends change. Back in the fifties and sixties, we saw the dramatic beehive make a big statement, as well as feminine flips. Progressing into the seventies and eighties, we had Farrah debut her classic Charlie’s Angel blowout style that was ever popular for almost two decades. The motto also seemed to be “the bigger the better”, where stock in Aquanet and crimping irons surely soared. The nineties brought us edgier cuts and females were seen using more hair product to piece out shorter styles moving into more modern looks. Always looking ahead to the future, as we do in fashion, we work to try to improve upon all facets of what hair can be. Working with texture, thinking outside the proverbial color box, and bringing it all together to make it shine. Here you will find some tips to do just that as you get a glimpse into what spring 2013 will bring us in the way of hot styles according to Runway and some of the hottest names in fashion.
The Deep Side Part
Tools Needed: High heat flatiron, strong hold hairspray, fine toothcomb, small elastic or bobby pins.
This low-maintenance look is sleek and dramatic in its own right. Start with your hair blown out and straightened stick straight (another trend making its comeback this season). You will be able to locate your own deep side part by lining it up with the outside of your eyebrow. If it feels unnatural, you may alternatively need to line it up with your brows natural arch. Using your comb, part your hair, bring it over, exposing your new part and comb smooth. Use hairspray to keep hair in place. Do not over-spray; just tame the hair that is wanting to fall away. You could also opt to use gel to give it a sleek and glam look for night. Pull hair tightly toward the back and secure with a bobby pin. You may also curl some soft waves in the hair hanging loose or secure in the back into a low small bun (pictured).
The Low Down – Buns & Ponytails
Tools Needed: A hairbrush and one small elastic. Hair wrap, pretty hair accessory or headband is optional.
Low buns and low ponies are getting a lot of attention this season. Being featured on runways internationally, as well as taking the spotlight in the press and social media, this low-key look is easy for all hairstyles and is very versatile. As well as being easily dressed up with the ever-popular hair scarf, this look takes little to no product and is easy to touch up on the go. For the low pony: brush hair back and tie with elastic at the base of your neck. You can leave it messy if you prefer and add a little product to give it a beachy feel, or smooth it back for a sleeker look. For the low bun: Style hair into low ponytail and tease lightly so that it becomes voluminous. Next, use a small elastic to keep in place. Separate ponytail in two sections, top and bottom. Tease the upper half to give it more body. Create a small bun with the teased portion and secure by wrapping remaining un-teased hair around it. Secure with bobby pins.
The Look That’s Making Waves
Tools Needed: Hair dryer with diffuser, a surf spray, pick comb, hair wand, finishing crème
To obtain the perfect beach wave you can do one of two things. Ride the waves on a board, soaking up the sun and salty sea air (that would definitely achieve said look). Or, if you are like me and reside in the desert or other non-beachfront locale, you can follow these simple steps to look as though you had been hanging ten all afternoon. After your shower, use a pick comb to smooth out hair. (Do not dry with towel!) Pat it dry and let it naturally fall where it may, this will help it to not frizz. When it is slightly still damp, apply a surf spray (Bumble and Bumble has a nice one) and work it through your hair, scrunching it with your hands. Using your hairdryers diffuser, dry it almost completely and use a heated hair wand to wrap selected pieces around the wand lightly. While piecing it out, lightly curl sections until your desired look is achieved. Finish with a light finishing crème to give it a more finished look without weighing the hair down.
The Messy Braid
Tools Needed: An elastic hair band, a light hold spray
Start with a basic side braid; do not smooth the ends as you go, as you want to achieve the “messy look”, fly-aways are o.k. in this instance. Once the braid is completed, secure with elastic about an inch from the bottom and pull on the braids sides to create the “undone” look. Spray for added security and in those two simple steps you have a messy braid.
By Mandi Pimental
Luke Bryan –
Luke Bryan has become every girl’s favorite country boy. Extremely hot, and talented to boot, Bryan began his musical career as a songwriter. Catching the attention of Capitol Records in Nashville, he soon started gaining his own fan base when he signed and released his debut studio album, I’ll Stay Me. Fast-forwarding to 2014 this cute crooner is promoting his fourth album to date, Crash My Party, which includes his number one single, and tribute to his late siblings, “Drink a Beer”, proving Bryan is a smooth talker with a heart of gold.
Justin Timberlake –
Last year was a very successful one for pop music’s sexiest man. Releasing two albums in the same year, The 20/20 Experience and The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2, and gaining a production and writing credit on Beyoncé’s latest surprise album release, Timberlake showed he still has plenty of solid material to bring to the table. Having recently snagged three Grammy Awards for “Best R&B song”, “Best Music Video” and “Best Rap/Sung Collaboration”, it seems as though Mr. Timberlake is not slowing down anytime soon and, as long as he keeps wearing those suits, we are just fine with that.
Canadian rapper and recording artist, Drake, makes our top twelve for not only his catchy music and infectious smile, but for his drive. Having grown up in front of the world on the teen hit Degrassi: The Next Generation, Drake saw his opportunity in the spotlight and released several mix tapes that caught the attention of Lil Wayne, giving him his big break in music. Now, with 5 million albums sold worldwide, Drake continues to break down walls and look for new opportunities to display his songwriting, acting and musical talents. Having just come of his “Would You Like A Tour” national tour, he made his debut hosting appearance on Saturday Night Live in January to rave reviews. I guess when you coin the phrase, “YOLO” (you only live once), you take it seriously.
Adam Lambert –
Singer-songwriter and actor Adam Lambert is making serious waves in the industry. After his stint ended on American Idol, Lambert went on to sign with RCA Records and release his first studio album, For Your Entertainment, which debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200. Since 2009, his successes have ranged from critically acclaimed live performances on his Glam Nation tour, to a 2011 Grammy nomination for Best Male Pop Vocal. Not only does Lambert possess an impeccable style all his own, the technically skilled tenor has also proved his acting chops by recently guest starring on the hit musical show Glee in 2013. Lambert closed out the year strong, landing at number three on Forbes annual list of top earning American Idols. The coming year looks quite bright for this hot young star.
Enrique Iglesias –
The sexy Spanish-American singer-songwriter on our top twelve Hottest Men Who Rock list is none other than Enrique Iglesias. Having sold over 100 million units worldwide since his career took off with Universal Music at the turn of the millennium, Iglesias has been labeled one of the best-selling Spanish artists in history. An impressive feat in itself, he is also an accomplished producer and actor, securing his triple-threat status. Having recently released the title of his tenth studio album, Sex + Love, the 2014 album is set to follow the successful January 2014 release of his single “I’m A Freak” featuring Pitbull.
Brendon Urie –
Lead vocalist of rock band Panic! At The Disco, Brendon Urie, is not only sexy but also extremely multi-talented. Unknown to most fans, Urie is not just a talented vocalist and witty songwriter. He can play a multitude of instruments including; the trumpet, violin, cello, organ, accordion, bass, drums and guitar. Take that in, ladies. With their new album, Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!, climbing the charts, they have embarked on a tour in support of the new release alongside Fall Out Boy.
Max George (The Wanted) –
The stunningly sexy English-Irish singer of The Wanted recently announced he has made the decision to take his career solo. While the band takes a break over “creative differences”, George has been making strides to find success on his own, having recently made the move to Hollywood. Though The Wanted plans to finish their world tour together, we are thankful for his first solo endeavor as a new model for Buffalo Jeans underwear line. The campaign shows the rugged singer in various states of undress in the woods, which we won’t question, just enjoy. Aside from his new modeling gig, George has been in the studio recently with hip-hop phenom Flo Rider and One Republic’s Ryan Tedder.
Adam Levine –
Everyone’s favorite member of Maroon 5 continues to scorch the pages of every magazine worldwide. Having recently been crowned Sexiest Man Alive by People Magazine, we cannot say we would argue with their choice. Not only does Levine have a powerhouse voice that keeps his singles at the top of the charts, his drive for success is intoxicating. The three-time Grammy Award winner has helped two artists receive the winning title on The Voice, made his acting debut in the chilling horror series American Horror Story: Asylum, and most recently debuted his own self-titled fragrance line.
Keith Urban –
Australian-raised country singer Keith Urban could teach an American cowboy a thing or two about sex appeal. As a musician, songwriter and American Idol Judge, Urban has had his fair share of success as of late. Having recorded and released nine studio albums, Urban has charted on the U.S. country charts with over 25 of his singles, with 15 going to number one. Our final vote, Nicole Kidman is one lucky woman.
Blake Shelton –
Country music star, and The Voice coach, Blake Shelton is simply adorable. Sexy for his down-to-earth approachability and pure talent, Shelton is a guy you would just like to grab a beer with. That is, if he has a moment to relax. Having charted over 24 country singles, including 15 number ones, he does not seem to stop. Five-time Grammy nominee, Shelton is currently coaching on NBC’s The Voice where he has brought three of his singers to winning victory, more than any other coach on the series.
Nick Jonas –
Nick Jonas skyrocketed to fame as part of the successful pop-rock boy band trio, The Jonas’ brothers, alongside his brothers Joe and Kevin. Jonas, now 21, is making moves on his own in music and on the big screen. As a veteran star of Disney films such as Camp Rock and Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam, Jonas has ventured into bigger roles since going solo such as his recurring guest spots on Hawaii 5-0 as well as on the late NBC show Smash. Currently starring in “Married to Jonas” alongside his beautiful wife Danielle, Nick can be seen Sunday nights on E!
Strong and sexy Cuban American recording artist Armando Perez, better known as Pitbull, has had quite a year. The Latin Grammy winner has released seven albums to date, with his latest hit single “Timber” ft. Ke$ha currently gaining momentum and reaching #1 in twenty positions worldwide. As the recent host of the American Music Awards, not only did America get to see Pitbull’s electric stage presence, but his impeccable style. Next on the agenda, Pitbull will join Jennifer Lopez in performing at the opening ceremony of the 2014 World Cup. As Pitbull would say, dale!
by Mandi Pimental
Sometimes finding motivation for the gym can be hard, and we can sympathize. When you are seeking a boost of energy, its decadent things like a piping hot latte or an afternoon nap that sound more enticing than putting in a sweat session. The solution? Being able to rock extremely fashionable workout attire and gear that you’ll be excited to use. Let’s face it, kicking back on the couch watching the latest reality TV drama in our new bright sneakers would make us feel incredibly guilty.
We’ve compiled a list of who we think are the five hottest fitness designers, and our top choices from their lines, so that you not only look good while getting fit, but that you also gain benefits from your workout attire.
Juicy Couture is not just about matching velour and hot handbags anymore. They infuse youth and fun into their workout gear by pairing fun colors with youthful prints (hello hot pink and leopard!). With a wide selection ranging from yoga gear to hoodies, the clothes are designed to protect you from the elements. Juicy Couture offers something for everyone. The materials are also high quality, which means good support and fabrics, like their jersey knit compression sports bras, that will be comfortable during your stretching sessions. Visit www.juicycouture.com to see the full line.
Juicy Couture Racerback Sports Bra - $32.00
Reflective Leopard Short - $48.00
Slim Drawstring Leopard Pant - $98.00
Nike shoes may be cute and colorful, which is certainly an attribute that makes it fun when coordinating your workout ensemble, but Nike is a brand that truly knows how to make an amazing workout shoe. No matter your exercise preference, whether you are a runner, a climber, or tennis pro, Nike has a shoe for you. Comprised of breathable fabric, lasting materials and a shape that actually enhances your posture as well as your workouts, Nike is a definite pick on our top five list. With their wide array of shoes, clothing, athletic attire and workout accessories, this brand is a great place to start if you are going to make an investment in your workout gear. Without a good supportive shoe, running and certain exercises could potentially be harmful to your feet, knees, ankles, and hips. By investing in a good shoe now, you can save yourself money, and pain, later. Visit www.nike.com to shop or visit a Nike retailer near you.
Lululemon is a favorite line for female athletes worldwide. Not only are their workout clothes fashionable, they offer a full line of options for female runners and yogis alike, while designing attire that is made to last. Whatever your workout routine consists of, Lululemon has a style of clothing and fabric designed just for you. With five specifically designed categories and performance enhancing fabrics, they stand by their name of being a quality brand, utilizing quality fabrics that work and stretch with your body and its movements. Using a signature fabric called Luon, the pieces are designed to wick away sweat from even the hardest workout session. To check out all of the lines and styles that Lululemon has to offer, visit www.Lululemon.com to shop or find a store near you.
Tracker Stretch Short in white - $54.00
No Limits Tank in grey - $64.00
Luxtreme cropped running pant - $86.00
For the California girl at heart, Roxy is the top choice. For you fitness fashionistas that like to play in the surf, run along the shoreline and spend endless summer days playing sports on the sand, Roxy offers an extensive line of high quality workout attire. By incorporating fun prints and bright colors, like lime green, hot pink and melon, Roxy inspires energy before you ever put your foot to the pavement. Using an Italian-made, nylon-spandex fabric to create their pieces, the fabric stretches easily and won’t lose its shape. It is also quick drying and extremely breathable, making this line a perfect choice for sand volleyball under the sun or your hot yoga classes. Visit www.roxy.com/fitness for more styles and colors.
Pictured: Spike short in pink - $44.00
Roxy Neoprene Enhanced Capris -$34.00
Australian based fashion line, Mix, is now offering laid-back and affordable active wear and we couldn’t be happier. Known for simplistic design and quality clothes, their pieces are comfortable and cute. While not high-performance, their lounge style casual separates are perfect for light days in the gym, jogging and dance class. Offering sports bra and hoodies, cropped pants and a vast array of leggings in various styles and colors, the line offers a diverse selection for the girl seeking ultimate comfort. For more, visit www.mixapparel.com.
Pictured: Racerback runner tank $12.00
Drawstring lounge pant in pink - $20.00
By Mandi Pimental
Dating back to 1885, the time of its creation, the bicycle has been the main type of transportation in many regions of the world and still is today. Not only is a bicycle a greener mode of transportation it is also great exercise. Like any of life’s accessories, if you know how to shop, your bicycle can be your most fabulous accouterment and your greatest tool outside of your gym bag. With many varieties to explore, I will take you on a tour of some of the options when it comes to finding the right bicycle for not only your personal style type, but your regions terrain as well.
For The Commuter: The Road Bike
The most popular type of bike when shopping for the general casual biker, the perfect fit would be the road bike. The road bike, built for traveling at medium to high speeds on paved roads, are built less for fast bursts of speed and more for endurance and long distances when using them to commute or use for exercise. The road bike typically has more gear combinations, similar to a mountain bike and less high tech features making them user-friendly. Tires are usually narrower and high-pressure, rocky or uneven terrain is usually unadvised.
For The Adventurer: The Mountain Bike
Another popular type of bike is the mountain bike. While many consumers will purchase a mountain bike as their day-to-day transport bike, the mountain bike was designed for off-road cycling. Much like how the Jeep was made to standout against other SUV’s in the automobile world. Generally, mountain bikes can
be classified into four categories based on suspension: Rigid, hard tail, soft tail and full. This is important to inquire about when shopping because it will give the consumer insight on how the suspension handles, and how the wheels move. The mountain bike is made for the unpaved environment and therefor used mostly for sport and exercise over general transportation. Mountain bikes differ from road bikes in many ways. First being the larger tires made for gripping rocks and gravel. Second, their brakes are made to be more powerful than a general street bike, and possess lower gear ratios for steeper pathways that have poor traction.
For The Athlete: The Racing Bike
The racing bike is the standout star athlete in the group. Sleek, lightweight and lightning fast these beautiful bikes are built for speed. Competitive bike racing is a widely popular sport, athletes look for the best of the best when purchasing their bicycles. Unlike the bells and whistles of the mountain and road bikes, these bikes have minimal accessories, drop handlebars and narrow tires. The handlebar design allows for a riding position that is aerodynamic and the gear range is minimal. This allows the bike to operate at optimum efficiency. Carbon fiber is used in the higher end models of the racing category and makes for a very lightweight model.
For The Casual Rider: The Beach Cruiser
The beach cruiser is built for style, and my personal favorite. Unlike their lightweight counterparts, the beach cruiser is built with a heavy frame and designed for comfort over performance. Padded seats and curved back handlebars allow the rider to sit comfortably and ride with ease. The cruiser model was the bike standard throughout America in the 40’s and 50’s. Traditionally, beach cruisers operate on a single speed and have easy brakes. Today you are able to find models with up to seven speeds, and the introduction of the use of aluminum to design them have made them lighter weight than what they once were. Most popularly seen near the beaches, riding along the boardwalks, beach cruisers are available worldwide.
For The Happy Couple: The Tandem
The tandem bicycle, introduced in 1898, was developed to allow multiple riders to use one bicycle together as transportation. Now used in not only casual biking but racing as well, the tandem bicycle is still popular and relevant today. A popular vacation rental, you can sit two (or more) individuals, one in front of the other, and cruise. In comparison to a traditional one-seat bicycle, the tandem bike has double the pedaling power, as two individuals work together. It does however possess the same wind resistance and weighs less than twice as much as a single weighs. With those factors taken into consideration, a tandem cycle can reach higher speeds faster than a single rider bike making it a good choice for someone who wants to get around quicker, and who loves company.
by Mandi Pimental
Summer is peak time for outdoor fitness and activities. From the sky to the surf and all the land stretched out in between, your options for adventure are endless.
If you are looking to get your feet wet, and seek an adrenaline rush, parasailing is something to look into this season. Many resort destinations offer it at the local marina, starting around $65 for a standard 600 ft. flight. For those new to this exhilarating excursion, you will be taken to a dock to meet your boat and driver, and safely be secured into a harness before being lifted to get a birds-eye view of the land and sea. You can expect to see amazing views of the islands below, whether you opt to take off from the waters in the Bahamas, the Florida Keys or Catalina Island in California. You can opt for a dry flight, or you can request to have your feet dipped in the water for an extra thrill.
For a good leg and core workout, opt for stand up board. A little easier than jumping into a surf lesson, stand up board, or SUB, allows you to stand and paddle a board through ocean or lake waters. On a board slightly larger than a surfboard, you will use balance to stay upright and navigate yourself through the water with a single oar. The beauty of this sport is that you can adjust its difficulty to your level. Start on your knees, rowing slowly and work your way up to standing and cutting through the water at higher speeds. Certain cities, like Manhattan and Hoboken, offer stand up board water tours.
For fans of full water immersion, snorkeling and diving are the top choice. Enjoying the beauty and color of underwater life, your experience can vary greatly from coast to coast. Recommended are the waters of Hawaii, Australia and the Western Caribbean where you will find the clearest and warmest waters. You can opt to take a snorkeling tour on an organized excursion or you can pick up your own gear and head to a local lagoon or reef to explore on your own. Safety is important, so make sure you check out locations ahead of time to make sure that it is safe to swim, and that you don’t disturb reef or wildlife that isn’t meant to mingle with humankind. You can generally rent gear if you snorkel or dive through a company, however, if you are going to opt to venture out on your own, buying your gear in a bundle will save you money and time searching for each individual piece. Look for bundles that include a quality silicone mask, a comfortable mouthpiece, durable fins, and a carrying bag.
For land lovers, summer specific sports allow you to a break from the norm when it comes to fitness and how we spend our outdoor time with friends and family. Heading to the local beach or park for a game of sand volleyball gives us a great sweat session without feeling like work. You can also opt to get a team together to play throughout the summer. Make sure to wear supportive workout gear that will allow you to stretch and jump, and don’t forget a powerful SPF to protect yourself from the suns harsh rays.
Tennis is also a great option for heart-pumping cardio. It is also another sport that allows you to be social. You can join a long-term league, play at a local court with friends or sign up for lessons if you are new to the sport and are looking to try something that will challenge you. Wilson’s Pro Staff 95S and Head’s Graphene Prestige Pro tennis racquets were named two of the top racquets for 2014. Priced at $199 and $189 respectively, they are on the professional end. If you are looking for a good racquet to get you started, the Wilson OS500 is a good place to start, priced modestly at just $39.99.
Though not strictly a summer activity, hiking ranks high on the favorites list. Minimal gear is needed, and you can do it almost anywhere. Hiking allows you to feel a sense of adventure, whether you are exploring your own city or blazing mountain trails thousands of miles from home. Make sure you wear a good hiking shoe to protect your ankles and your feet from the elements, like the Adidas Terrex Swift hiking shoe, and bring plenty of water. It is a good rule of thumb to bring more water than you think you will need in case you are out longer than planned or if it’s warmer than anticipated. Also, pack a light snack and apply sunscreen and bug spray to exposed skin.
Remember that summer is a time for adventure, making memories and letting go of stress. Whatever sports or activities you choose to partake in this summer, make it something you enjoy. Try something new. Get outside, and more importantly, get outside your comfort zone.