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Enter The Flight Runner: Jordan Brand Unveils Its First Running Shoe

Jordan_Flight_Runner_0681_HR_originalAthletes of all ages know there is no off-season and maintaining top physical condition is crucial. With the introduction of the Flight Runner, the Jordan Brand expands its arsenal of training products for elite athletes. Sharing heritage, DNA and Global Headquarters with the world’s foremost running company allows Jordan Brand to leverage decades of running technology, research and leadership to create a shoe designed to serve all members of the Jordan Brand family.

Jordan_Flight_Runner_0874_HR_originalThe Jordan Flight Runner combines ultra-supportive Dynamic Fit technology and iconic Nike Zoom cushioning. Providing the ultimate ride for training and conditioning, the Jordan Flight Runner helps prepare top-flight athletes of any sport.

Jordan_Flight_Runner_0605_HR_originalThis versatile running shoe features an advanced heat-and-pressure fusion process — creating a strong, exceptionally lightweight bond. Fused mesh in the forefoot provides ventilation, while the welded shroud creates a sleek, streamlined look. With an emphasis on heel support and responsive cushioning, the Jordan Flight Runner helps keep the foot in place upon landing and provides comfortable stability for bigger, stronger athletes.

Jordan_Flight_Runner_0656_HR_originalThe Jordan Flight Runner is already appearing in the sports world, debuting on the feet of Jordan Brand’s NCAA teams – University of North Carolina, Georgetown University, Marquette University, and University of California at Berkeley – before their conference tournaments this past weekend.

The Jordan Flight Runner will be available at select retail stores and Jordan.com on May 1 for a suggested retail price of $110.

Be Bold: Lexus Looking for Close Shave on St. Patrick's Day

Lexus & St. BaldrickHow bold will you go for a good cause? To celebrate St. Patrick's Day and the all-new Lexus IS, a performance sedan with an adventurous personality, Lexus is partnering with the St. Baldrick's Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, to create the Lexus Bold IS contest. This unique social media-driven challenge seeks out courageous people willing to shave their heads for a worthy cause—and the chance to win $2,500. The contest will help raise awareness about children's cancer, and Lexus will donate $25,000 to St. Baldrick's to help fund the best research to find cures for all childhood cancers.
Beginning today, the contest encourages brave participants to get bold and go bald at a local St. Baldrick's event, or on their own, and create a 15-second Instagram video stating what bold act they will perform if they win the $2,500 prize. Contestants will upload their video URLs to the www.LexusBoldIS.com registration page, where their videos will be available for viewing in a public gallery. By shaving their heads in support of the St. Baldrick's Foundation, participants stand in solidarity with children who typically lose their hair during treatment. In a buzzworthy move, Will Nicklas, Corporate Manager, Lexus Marketing, Planning and Communications, will also be shaving his locks to boldly support this cause.
"Lexus constantly strives to push boundaries and take risks, and we encourage our consumers to participate in this grassroots program to help conquer childhood cancers," said Brian Bolain, Lexus corporate manager of marketing communications. "Children's charities are very important to Lexus and partnering with the St. Baldrick's Foundation for this program is a meaningful way to help kids."
"We are thrilled about this partnership with Lexus and encourage our legion of supporters to dare themselves to be bold with this opportunity," said Kathleen Ruddy, CEO of the St. Baldrick's Foundation. "With each new bald head, bold idea and the support of Lexus, we hope to raise more awareness and funds for lifesaving childhood cancer research, so all kids can live long and healthy lives."
Videos will be judged on creativity, the most compelling story, and the most "likes" on the site. The deadline to submit a video is March 18, 2014 at 11:59 p.m., and winners will be announced at the end of March. Ten entrants will win $2,500 each. Like your hair too much to part ways? An additional $1,000 prize will be given to one person chosen at random who registers on the site and votes for their favorite video.
Select Lexus dealers will also partner with the St. Baldrick's Foundation for local community events. Visit www.LexusBoldIS.com to upload your video or vote for your favorite entry.
About LexusLexus launched in 1989 with two luxury sedans and a commitment to pursue perfection. Since that time, Lexus has expanded its line-up to meet the needs of global luxury customers. Lexus is now going beyond its reputation for high quality vehicles with the integration of innovative technology, emotional exterior and interior designs, and engaging driving dynamics and performance. With five models incorporating Lexus Hybrid Drive, Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader. Lexus also offers six F SPORT models and two F models, including the LFA supercar, for top-of-the-line performance. In the United States, Lexus vehicles are sold through 233 dealers who are committed to exemplary customer service.
About St. Baldrick's Foundation
The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives. St. Baldrick's coordinates its signature head-shaving events worldwide where participants collect pledges to shave their heads in solidarity with kids with cancer, raising money to fund research. Since 2005, St. Baldrick's has awarded more than $127 million to support lifesaving research, making the Foundation the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants. St. Baldrick's funds are granted to some of the most brilliant childhood cancer research experts in the world and to younger professionals who will be the experts of tomorrow. Funds awarded also enable hundreds of local institutions to participate in national pediatric cancer clinical trials, and the new International Scholar grants train researchers to work in developing countries. For more information about the St. Baldrick's Foundation please call 1.888.899.BALD or visit www.StBaldricks.org.

Keeping it Professional: Global Poll Finds 58% Think an Office Romance Would Harm Their Career

When it comes to love and work, many say “I don’t” if they want to advance in their career. According to a global poll conducted by Monster 39% of respondents are opposed to office romances, saying that dating a colleague would harm their career and they would never start a romantic relationship at work. 27% of international respondents do not think an office romance would harm their career and would consider dating a colleague. A cavalier 19% believe that while an office romance would hurt their career, they would pursue a colleague anyway if there were a mutual attraction.
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“The implications of dating a coworker are best examined on a case-by-case basis. Thoroughly understanding a company’s policies and culture is imperative,” said Mary Ellen Slayter, Career Advice Expert for Monster. “If you’re interested in pursuing a colleague, treading carefully is always the smart approach. An equally important factor: seniority. Dating between employees at the same company, when either one works for the other or is in a more senior position, can be very controversial and many companies prohibit it. No one should jeopardize a good job for a quick fling. But, if you develop a very special connection with a coworker, remember that exploring other career options is easy; true love is hard to find.”
Monster, the worldwide leader in successfully connecting people to job opportunities and flagship brand of Monster Worldwide, Inc. asked visitors to their site the question, “Do you think a dating a colleague would harm your career prospects and would you do it?” and received over 5,100 responses. International findings included:
  • 39% of respondents answered “Yes harmful and I would never date a colleague”
  • 19% of respondents answered “Yes harmful, but I would date a colleague anyway (especially if we were attracted to each other)”
  • 15% of respondents answered “Not harmful, but I would never date a colleague”
  • 27% of respondents answered “Not harmful and I would date a colleague”
Regional Statistics: Some Say “Ooh La La” Some Say “Let’s Just Be Friends”
Breaking down the numbers by region, respondents from the US were the most opposed to office romances. More than half (52%) believe office romances are harmful and would never consider dating a colleague. The US also has the lowest rate of “not harmful and I would date a colleague” answers, at only 18%. On the other end of the spectrum, French respondents upheld their country’s reputation for l’amour: 72% think an office romance would harm their career; but, if there was a mutual attraction, 49% would throw caution to the wind and pursue a colleague anyway (doubling the responses from Germany, a distant second place in reckless romanticism at 24%). Indian respondents are far more cautious- only 9% would pursue an office romance despite believing it would harm their career. Overall, respondents from EU countries are laidback about office romances- 35% believe they’re harmless and would date a colleague, and only 24% are wary of office romances and would not consider one.
The results of the current Monster Global Poll are based on votes cast by Monster visitors from: January 6-20, 2014. Only one vote per user is counted toward the final tabulation. The Monster Global poll, a product of Monster, the premier global online employment solution and flagship brand of Monster Worldwide, Inc., is a series of online polls that gauge users’ opinions on a variety of topics relating to careers, the economy and the workplace. These polls are not scientific and reflect the opinions of only those Internet users who have chosen to participate.
For tips on handling delicate workplace issues, please visit: MonsterWorking.com.





Super Bowl XLVII Shows Men It’s Cool To Be Warm

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It's that time of the year again with snowflakes falling, wind whistling…& It’s Super Bowl XLVII in the north east: NY & NJ are representing and the polar vortex is in full effect! Trying to get the rundown of all the big plans before the big game had us thinking about how to prep for exploring NYC in frigid temps. Well, the folks at SuperBowl are a step ahead, providing a short list of cold weather essentials to wear while taking in all the outdoor events and festivities!

Wanna look cool and stay warm. Try these laying options to stave off the wind chill freeze.

Sweaters

 

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Hat & Gloves

Waterproof Jackets

Socks & Long Johns

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What Makes a Man Look Good? 4 Physical Traits That Play A Role In Men’s Confidence

BotoxWhether it’s to delay retirement, retain a professional edge or stay competitive in the dating game, more men are turning to plastic surgery. According to a recent study by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), the number of men having BOTOX® shot up 27% from 2011…

Manhattan plastic surgeon Sam Rizk, MD (whose patient base is 25% male) shares “Unlike women who focus on eliminating wrinkles and lines, men value a strong jawline.” Neck lifts, nose surgery and removal of lower eyelid bags are the most popular procedures in his practice.

Dr. Rizk notes that the following all play a role in the confidence of his male patients:

Raise brows: Men have a tendency to have low set brows and they are misinterpreted as angry. A brow lift can help.

Chin position: Males with more dominant features are more likely to be promoted in the military and achieve higher rank. Dominant features include jutting chin and wide jaw bones. Fillers or chin implants can achieve this.

pilatesRhinoplasty: The first place one looks at a face is the eyes unless the nose is out of proportion. A symmetric face and nose has proven to be associated with making a better first impression.

Height: The majority of fortune 500 CEO males are greater than the average height. Although we cannot overcome genetics a straight posture can give the appearance of height. Consider pilates.

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BLACK by Vera Wang: Men’s Black-Tie Made Easy!

With weddings for the Fall and Winter 2013 season underway, invitees can start the search to find the newest trends for an extra "WOW" factor for their upcoming weddings and formal events. 

BLACK by Vera Wang TuxedoFeaturing ultra-lightweight wool construction and trimmer silhouette for a comfortable, yet luxe feel, BLACK by Vera Wang (exclusively available at Men's Wearhouse and www.MensWearhouse.com) offers two color tuxedo options perfect for the modern man. 

The gray option features a two-button jacket with a satin edge notch lapel while the black jacket option features a two-button jacket with a grosgrain notch lapel.  Perfectly sleek and on trend, the BLACK by Vera Wang collection includes impeccably polished, superior and fashion forward tuxedos.

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The Ultimate Massage for Athletes: Paul Labrecque’s Restorative Mineral Massage

Paul Labrecque’s Restorative Mineral Massage

Whether you’re training for the NYC Marathon or taking regular classes with Layla Luciano at Barry’s Boot Camp chances are you need a proper sports massage. Enter Paul Labrecque’s  Restorative Mineral Massage. The therapeutic, full-body massage features Magsoothium, a magnesium sulfate product frequently used by professional athletes that has incredible benefits for everyone.

I had the pleasure of visiting Paul’s new salon inside the Sports Center at Chelsea Piers for a little body work.

Paul Labrecque Chelsea PiersHere are the details on the Restorative Mineral Massage featuring Magsoothium: Magnesium Sulfate Therapeutic Recovery Products.

Magnesium is recognized as one of the most important minerals the body needs to combat inflammation and soreness. Using all natural magnesium formulated massage gel cream and spray, Karen and the other therapists at Paul Labrecque Salon & Spa will target specific muscle tensions and problem areas that cause pain and inhibit training at all levels. Unlike many over the counter products and prescription anti-inflammatory drugs, this all natural formula cream has been formulated to absorb through the skin into the blood stream, seek out inflammation and tackle the source of the problem to naturally heal your body.

For an at-home version, Magsoothium is available in a 4oz spray or cream and a 32oz crystal bath soak.

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This therapeutic, full-body massage is designed for pro athletes and weekend warriors alike, looking to improve performance and recovery.  I fall somewhere in that category, I have a knee issue that flairs up and interrupts my training.

The massage will focus on your problem body areas that have been overused and stressed from all kinds of athletic activity; from weightlifting to swimming, biking and yoga.

For my massage I worked with Karen Garzon, a sports massage therapist, who has worked with many pro athletes and extensively with FIFA. I knew I was in good hands. Karen suggested that I may want to steam and shower before the massage. I highly advise the steam (I did it for about 10 mintues), then shower. The nature of the massage lends itself nicely to a post workout session. Also the Magsoothium product used during the treatment is something you really want to let sink in your skin (its also fairly light and doesn’t leave an oily or sticky residue). 

Paul Labrecque’s professionally trained therapists will identify the exact location and intensity of your discomfort to release constricted areas and alleviate pain. My conversation with Karen was about my knee but I told her I was sure she find some knots and other spots to be worked on. She worked on my quietly, until I started chatting her up and asking her about the importance of sports massage. I really enjoyed my massage which culminated in exclamations of delight about the release of tension in my shoulders and neck…Actually

I shouldn’t have to list why you need a massage but in just in case, here are the highlights: 

  • Reduce inflammation and soreness for enhanced performance
  • Relax joints and muscles to increase flexibility and range of motion
  • Enhance pre-event preparation and reduce overall recovery time
  • Help prevent injury and improve endurance for optimal performance
  • Promote overall well-being and relieve stress

To book a Restorative Mineral Massage (60 minute/$145 or 90 minute/$175) visit: http://www.PaulLabrecque.com/

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Backstage Beauty: Michael Kors Spring Summer 2014 Collection

This season’s Michael Kors show was everything you would expect from MK, but even more refined and daring all at the same time.

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Bold white pieces strutted down the runway mixed in texture from lace to knits, furs, and denim. With such lively pieces of clothing it’s no wonder the makeup was kept so simple.

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The models faces were kept clean with foundation flushed with terracotta colored cheeks. Lips matched cheeks, it could have very well been the same product used on both places. Eyes were underplayed with skin tone colored eye shadow and light mascara. Strong, bold eye brows crowned the models faces.

Michael Kors Spring Summer 2014 CollectionThe hair stood out second to the clothes, female models wore loose messy knotted bun that was held by bobby pins.

Michael Kors Spring Summer 2014 Collection

Large chunks of hair were pulled out from the bun to give an even more undone, on the go kind of look to the hair.

 

Male models wore their hair with plenty of texture and swiftness to it.

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See the show here: http://live.michaelkors.com/

Here are some of my favorite pieces from the current collection:

 

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Y-3 SPRING 2014 Fashion Show @adidasy3

A model walks the runway at the Y-3 Spring/Summer 2014 show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on September 8, 2013 in New York City.This season, Y-3 gets graphic with renowned art director Peter Saville, whose hyper-colorful designs form the basis of a collection inspired by digital noise and named “Meaningless Excitement.” The title is both a critique and celebration of Internet culture—its heights and depths—as well as the relentless pursuit of the next big thing. On the runway, this was clearly seen in acid-bright prints and distorted slogans, which swirled across sleek, paired-down clothing for men and women.

Unveiled in midtown Manhattan on Sunday, September 8, 2013, as part of New York fashion week, the collection blended the strictness and elegance of Japanese tailoring with sartorial icons of Americana like the sweatshirt, the cargo pant, and the jumpsuit.

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Models walked the runway to a live drum performance while a front-row crowd including Justin Bieber, Joe Manganiello, adidas athletes John Wall, Iman Shumpert, Helen Schettini, adidas collaborator Jeremy Scott, Soo Joo Park, André Balazs, the Misshapes, and Ioecho's Ioanna Gika looked on.

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This Y-3 collection served as testament to the irreverent brilliance of Peter Saville, famous for the album artwork he created for legendary bands like Joy Division, New Order, and Suede. Saville found inspiration in the vastness of the Internet, culling images and words from online forums, social media, and personal blogging platforms. He then cropped, painted, and warped these materials into an authorless and strangely beautiful pulp, which Y-3 blasted across classically American styles deconstructed through Japanese tailoring.

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The collection pushed the limits of authentic American sportswear by elongating its shapes and subverting the codes of its style, like a baseball jacket fused with a kimono, for example. This was clearly seen in voluminous naval polo shirts, oversize sports fleece jackets, and easy jersey blazers—for men—and sleek trenches, cropped moto jackets, and floaty dresses for women. The pieces were united by a varsity color palette of burgundy and lavender and came covered in eye-popping (and often psychedelic) prints of bento boxes, teddy bears, kittens, and car parts. Saville’s digital explorations led him to the creation of a new take on snake print, formed by doubling and distorting photographs of water droplets on glass windows into a hyper-real, hyper-color canvas.

A model walks the runway at the Y-3 Spring/Summer 2014 show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on September 8, 2013 in New York City.A model walks the runway at the Y-3 Spring/Summer 2014 show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on September 8, 2013 in New York City.A model walks the runway at the Y-3 Spring/Summer 2014 show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on September 8, 2013 in New York City.

Another highlight of the collection—one of Y-3’s cleanest in seasons—was the pioneering of a breakthrough fabric concept: retro-reflective technical knitwear, in which seemingly simple sportswear staples in fact emit light. These pieces were embedded with hidden messages seen only under specific light conditions—like that of a camera’s flash—creating a playful, unexpected home for Saville’s rebellious graphics.

A model walks the runway at the Y-3 Spring/Summer 2014 show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on September 8, 2013 in New York City.A model walks the runway at the Y-3 Spring/Summer 2014 show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on September 8, 2013 in New York City.A model walks the runway at the Y-3 Spring/Summer 2014 show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on September 8, 2013 in New York City.

The show closed with a trio of breathtaking couture-style gowns in Yohji Yamamoto’s classic style, serving as a beautiful palate cleanser and reminder of beauty’s possibility.

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Footwear built on the ready-to-wear’s car-crash of styles and symbols, blending elements of futurism and handcraft. Platform wedges proved key for women and were executed in a way that seemed handcrafted or primitive, suggesting stonecutting rather than shoemaking, and were covered in glittery hues recalling the bright paint of a vintage car.

at the Y-3 Spring/Summer 2014 runway show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on September 8, 2013 in New York City.at the Y-3 Spring/Summer 2014 runway show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on September 8, 2013 in New York City.

The show was livestreamed on www.y-3.com/show from a multi-camera, multi-angle perspective with interactive replay, allowing the online audience to shoot and share looks straight from the runway.

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For more visit: www.Y-3.com