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IZOD Sporty Casual Menswear For Fall 2014

IZOD is a familiar name in menswear. It is a company that produces upscale casual clothing, footwear, and accessories for both men and women. It is also part of the larger Phillip Van Heusen Company in NYC. The original company name came from the Jack IZOD Tailoring Boutique that created bespoke shirts for men in London England. The company was introduced to the USA in 1938. You might be familiar with their iconic Lacoste Pique Polo Shirt with the crocodile logo, for which IZOD became very well known.

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One men’s clothing item that IZOD consistently does well is the sweater. At Kohl’s, they carry two styles of IZOD sweaters that are very popular in menswear. First, is the IZOD ¼ Zip Pullover. It is a great alternative, comfort-wise, to a sweat shirt and a little more stylish. It is constructed of a cotton/polyester blend that is very easy care. In the cooler weather, the long sleeve pullover can be worn over a turtleneck, button-down shirt, or short sleeve polo. The stand-up collar can be left open or zipped all the way up for more of a “mock-neck” style. The IZOD pullover comes in black, navy, blue, red, and green, which at the price of $19.99 would make it a fantastic holiday gift for any-aged man in your life.

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Next, is the IZOD Solid Sweater. This particular one is a v-neck style, which tends to be not as popular with all men, as the crew neck style sweater. It may be a more modern cut that doesn’t appeal to traditionalists. However, the sweater is a simplistic layering piece that can be worked into what you already may have in your closet. The “IZOD Solid Sweater” is designed in a fine gage cotton knit that will be less bulky than some other sweater knits like cable and fisherman’s knits, fitting more easily under more fitted garments like sports blazers and leather jackets.

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This IZOD sweater at Kohl’s comes in twelve different colors, but if you are giving it as a gift, you would be better off to stick to more basic, neutral colors like black, navy, or charcoal grey. This v-neck style sweater is priced at $32.99, which is about average for this type of sweater, but it is designed for the type of guy who leans more toward the preppy style of dressing, so it may not be the perfect gift for everyone.

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Kate Stoltz Celebrated at The Demiurge Awards

They say, “If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.” New York is a tough place to find your artistic voice, but only because it’s brimming with creativity. From music and art to fashion and theater, the city is practically dripping in creative juices.

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The Demiurge Awards (pronounced dem-ee-urj) was developed to honor those who push boundaries across all platforms in part by the Skinny NYC. The word demiurge was originally taken from the latinized Greek word for artisan, demiourgos. The award was established to give recognition to those who create, produce and encourage business in New York City, through art and innovation.

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Kate Stoltz of TLC’s hit reality show Breaking Amish was the first recipient of the Demiurge award on October 28th at Lair in New York City. The award, which commends Stolz’s growing modeling career under the model management powerhouse, Major Models, as well as her work in the field of fashion design.

Stoltz relocated from a small Amish town in Pennsylvania to the big city and has traded in her traditional garb for something a little more glam. While living in the old-fashioned ways of the Amish, Stoltz shares that her and her friends used to wear jeans under their dresses, and would ditch the Amish attire once they got into town. Sewing practically all her own clothes since the young age of nine, Stoltz can still be seen sporting her own creations.demiurge4 300x259 womens fashion

With a love of textures and patterns, Stoltz collection is anything but drab. Straying away from her Amish roots, the collection features crop tops, fitted skirts and flared dresses. While her clothing may not be accepted in the Amish community, she does pay homage to her upbringing with a collection of genuine Amish quilts.

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Not only was Stoltz dressed to the nines in her black textured dress embellished with a gold zipper down the back that almost felt risqué but Stoltz enlisted the help of some models and notable attendees to help show off her latest creations.

Special guests included Lifetime Girlfiends Intervetion’s Tracy Balan, designer Henry Picado, and model Mercedes Edison who all graced the black carpet in support of Stoltz.

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The Skinny NYC presented the event in conjunction with tdr television, and the event, held at the chic spot Lair, was sponsored in part by whatthedoost.com, cooperatize.com and tazaq. In particular, the Skinny NYC holds events to continue their mission to pay tribute to New York- based forward thinkers in media, visual arts, performing arts, fashion, business, and philanthropy. The Skinny NYC began as a 5-minute entertainment interview segment broadcasted in Canada, Upstate New York, and northern Pennsylvania from 2008-2010. The now digital publication provides New Yorkers and the rest of the world with a taste of entertainment, fashion, music, lifestyle, tech, and beauty from the city that never sleeps. With over 318k hits and 3k unique visitors each day, The Skinny NYC is your one-stop for all things New York!

Feel free to check out The Skinny NYC at www.theskinnyc.com or follow them on Instagram and Twitter (@TheSkinnyNYC), and learn more about the Demiurge Awards at @DemiurgeAwards.

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Congrats, Kate!

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Review: The Night Vision Watch by Victorinox

Victorinox is a company that is well known for their multi-functional tools that were originally developed for the military. However, Swiss Army is also known for state of the art watch-making. Now, they have developed the Night Vision Watch that combines modern design, the superior watch-making ability of the Swiss, and the functionality of a professional tool.

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The features of the Night Vision Watch by Victorinox include the fashion forwardness of a stainless steel case with a black leather strap or the “black ice” version with the bracelet. It has a luminescent dial, a red-tipped second hand, and also expresses military time. The “magic” of the Night Vision watch is in its functionality. It has an LED module with six distinctive functions of dial illumination, extended light mode, low battery indicator, location mode, and even a SOS rescue mode.

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These illuminating features essentially mean that the wearer of the Victorinox Night Vision Watch can illuminate the dial for easy at night, turn on a beam of light to illuminate his path, or even produce an SOS rescue signal that can be seen up to one kilometer away. Also, the use of LED technology is very low in energy consumption, so that the unique lighting features will last.

So, not only is the Swiss Army Night Vision Watch by Victorinox a sleek, modern time piece and fashion statement, but it also has functions that are useful in everyday life or even in an emergent situation.

I partnered with the brand to write this article but every word is mine

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X-Mas Gifts A Brother ACTUALLY Wants

We have all been on the receiving end of the lynx box set, the comical and often novelty tie or the dreaded Christmas-themed sock/jumper. Well luckily I am here to make sure you resist those urges to reciprocate the “gesture” and to make sure you acknowledge that it really ISN’T the thought that counts.

Now I’m not claiming that this guide will solve all your present-giving conundrums but hopefully some of the suggestions will help guide you along the right path and move you sharply away from that budget, reality TV-star, aftershave you are sniffing so inquisitively.

First things first you need to remember that different people will appreciate different gifts. For example my hideously nerdy brother might not like receiving a free skydiving lesson like your adrenaline fuelled psycho sibling. So have a good think about the kind of person they are and try to forget what you like for a moment.

Now is the interesting part. A list of 7 (probably) great gift ideas for your brothers. I will let you know why it is a good gift, where you can get it from and what kind of ‘bro’ will appreciate/deserve it.

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1.    Brooklyn Brew Shop Beer Making Kits

The list isn’t in any particular order but this feels like the perfect place to start. The title pretty much lets you know everything you need to. Basically it is the gift that keeps on giving – Beer. Costing a mouth-watering £39.99 the Brooklyn brew shop beer making kit is a guaranteed favourite for those brothers you love, but wouldn’t mind having minor liver irritations throughout January.

In all seriousness this is a great gift idea that is guaranteed to take pride of place on the kitchen worktop come 15:13 on Christmas day. Brooklyn Brew Shop also offer a number of different flavours for the picky amongst us including: Bruxelles Blonde, Chestnut Brown Ale, Chocolate Maple Porter, Everyday IPA and much, much more. Each pack contains enough ingredients for roughly ten beers but also uses easily sourced produce to stop it from becoming the next soda stream, destined for a life of infamy hidden behind the Jacobs Cracker box (empty) in that awkward to reach cupboard.

2.    Rhino Shield for iPhone/iPad or any other Apple products

This is the ideal present for that little brother who never grew out of that crucial “falling” stage in a baby’s development. The Rhino Shield is made from custom-formulated polymer which makes it five times stronger than Gorilla Glass and enables it to absorb some pretty harsh blows.

Its only 0.029cm thick making it the ultimate screen protective solution. It may be considered slightly on the expensive side at £17.99 (£19.99 for your stupid larger iPhone 6s) but it still makes a brilliant present for the manual workers/idiots amongst us.

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3.    Philips Body groom Series 5000 Electric Shaver

Now this may seem a slightly invasive gift for a brother but bear with me (pun intended). An electric shaver falls into the “I would never have bought myself that” gift category. It is a practical gift that is affordable and often overlooked.

In particular I selected the Philips Body Groom Series because they are great little pieces of kit that won’t break the bank. At only £36.99 you really can’t go wrong with this present. Encourage your brosef to remove than unsightly goatee and tame his Tom Jones chest hair, which we all know makes him looks like a Mexican wolf-child. From the 80’s.

4.    Star Wars Light-up Chop Sabers.

No explanation necessary. Buy them.

5.    The Pebble Smartwatch

Dubbed as “App on the wrist” the Pebble Smartwatch is the most functional and customisable smartwatch currently in the market. It allows users check texts, tweets and other notifications without the hassle of reaching into those pesky pockets.

The watch comes with its own sophisticated app store as well as being waterproof and pairing with Apple and Android devices. The Pebble was funded through Kickstarter, as many trendy things are, and costs £99.99 RRP. This is definitely one for the wealthier and more loving brothers or perhaps if you have some kind of “keeping up with the Jones’” rivalry going on.

6.    Game Boy Cartridge Soap

I felt like after the Smartwatch the list needed something for all the brothers who don’t really get on. For the brothers who show their love through drunken fist fights, not gifts. So I present to you Game Boy Cartridge soaps. They are the cheapest idea on the list at only £8.99 but don’t let that put you off.

These make a great nostalgic cleaning product and are great an enforcing the knowledge that you are indeed the funny brother. Visit the geeky clean website to see how great they look.

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7.    Romo

Last but by no means least, is Romo. Every boy loves a good robot around Christmas time. Admittedly that’s normally a robot in the form of a remote or microwave but now there is Romo. A self-proclaimed ‘cheeky robot’ with a number of endless and customizable behaviours, Romo is widely tipped to be this Christmases’ must have.

It will set you back a healthy £129.99 but the list of features really are impressive. I won’t bore you by listing them but basically Romo allows your smartphone to come alive, to learn, to interact and even to teach.

Anyway that’s it. The list is complete and hopefully one of these gifts will be perfect for your brother and if not I hope you are left feel inspired.

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Win a $100 pair of sunglasses of your choice from Woodzee!

This week we’re giving away a pair of $100 or less sunglasses, care of Woodzee. Best part? You get to pick which pair you want! Here’s the full sunglasses collection.

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Woodzees, besides making quality accessories, also standout for their interest and investment in acting green. “Feel good about recycling and get 40% off your next Woodzee product. We accept broken items… if they’re in good shape, we’ll donate them to a person in need. If they are thrashed or have your widdled initials in the arm, we’ll recycle them or reuse the metal parts and grind the old wood for packing material.”

To enter our contest, just use the widget below to follow Woodzee on Twitter! Very easy. Restrictions are:

+ All the limited editions styles are not part of this promotion.

+ The $100 can’t be use as credit towards a more expensive pair.

+ Open to US residents only.

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Good luck to everyone!


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November Celebrity Fashion Flops

While celebrities spend most of their time trying to look good in front of the cameras, sometimes the choices that they make are nothing short of fashion flops.

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For example, the usually sharply dressed former American Idol judge Randy Jackson is looking like something out of a children’s book with his bright purple light jacket with orange, yellow, and blue dinosaurs all over. Randy’s style is usually unique, but this choice in outerwear is a first AND a last! Man, even the slim jeans are cuffed too high…

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Next is singer Nicki Minaj, who also jumped on the same crazy brightly colored bandwagon, but she look like someone used bedspreads and ruffles to create her multi-tiered nightmare. If she dropped the two bottom tiers and was left with the mini-dress version, Nicki might have gotten away with it, since she is known for her unusual style. However, the dress as a whole should go back to the bedrooms that it came from.

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Another questionable choice was made by Alan Cummings, who is well-known recently for his role in “The Good Wife” in which he spends most of his time in a conservative suit. Here, Alan did a 180 and went chaotic in a black-and-white shards print shirt and trousers. I could see rummaging deep into the slim dress shirts pile for a pronounced statement, but the pants just have to go, my man! I have the feeling if you look at him long enough, you will come away with a headache.

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Lastly is singer Robyn, who is on the red carpet of the Grammys in this white outfit that scarcely qualifies as a gown. The top looks like she borrowed her man’s underwear shirt. The skirt, which may be in a nice satin fabric, looks like it was cut out in art class and the “Frankenstein” work boots are just plain ugly.

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Swim accessory ideas for Fall 2014

Talking about the runway trends in New York, London, Milan and Paris, it seems like loud chunky metallic and stone jewelry is much in vogue.

Be it sexy beach bikini belly waist charms, lucky charm necklaces, gold body chains, gold rings or funky beaded bracelets, Bikini Luxe introduces its amazing fashion jewelry to walk in style for fall fashion.

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The collection features bold arm and hand fashion accessories that goes with the defining 2014 fall trends. Amazing and chunky gladiator inspired gold bracelet are a part of the upcoming Bikini Luxe fall 2014 trends.

Go for the chunky Sunset Beaded Bracelet with your favorite funky outfit or pair it off with the bright and funky beach prints. Make sure you talk it all bold with Bikini Luxe Jewelry this season!

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Other must-haves for the season are the well-defined chunky stoned rings. You can also check out the Bikini Luxe “Monroe” Ring, the statement jewelry to endorse that much out-there kind of a look.

Keep it bold, keep it funky and keep it well defined!

Let your jewelry do the talking this season by grabbing some of the exquisite, well-finished collection at Bikini Luxe.  The fine edges and the soft finish will surely give you a green signal as far as quality assurance is concerned.

Walk in trend and style by complementing your outfit with the most alluring pieces from the

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