Men's Health date night post

The Ballad of the Blazer

Whether your date scene is dinner and a movie or relaxing while sipping some wine and listening to records there is one axiom of men’s style that you cannot ignore: put on a blazer.  

Instant Style Upgrade

No matter where you are, wearing lapels instantly make you look better. The blazer works carelessly thrown over a sweater or can be the final piece to pull together your tie and shirt combo.  Guys do have it easier than girls when it comes to date night, so don’t mess it up by looking like an unpolished slob after she’s probably put a lot of time and effort into looking great on your arm.

Don’t Look Lumpy

You did it, you made it through dinner and nothing embarrassing has happened yet. The check comes in and you reach for your wallet and spend a good 30 seconds fidgeting and flopping in your chair like a fish trying to pull it out.  The blazer is the tool belt of a gentleman. You have more places to put things than your mother’s mini van. As a bonus, there is nothing more suave than reaching into your coat and pulling out exactly what you need like James Bond.

Be Who You Are

The most important thing to remember is to just be yourself, whether it is your first or fiftieth date. The blazer allows you to pull off whatever look you feel comfortable in.

The blazer will show that you care enough about tonight to look great… well because you will!

Arvo post

Arvo watch

A busy man’s desk typically looks a lot like his wallet: full of paper. But when it comes to keeping track of time, you need a watch that doesn’t have too many bells and whistles. The clean, minimalist face of Arvo’s good samaritime is exceptional in both aesthetic and function. It’s an accessory that doesn’t need to scream, it is just loud enough. Arvo will donate 10% to a charity you choose depending on your preferred color of the second hand. Also, this watch has a diving depth of 96 feet, if you ever find yourself scuba diving.

HP Pavilion #bendtherules post

My new HP Pavilion x360 is versatile enough to move with me whenever I am on the go. The flexible technology flips into tent, stand, tablet, or laptop mode to make it easier to talk, type, or browse content. It’s an accessory that compliments my style: fashionable and practical. With my x360 in my bag, I have everything I need to bend the rules.

HP is going on tour with Meghan Trainor to show the world how, with one multifaceted computer, fans can take the next step to become part of the show. Check out the project here!

Bucket List Destinations: Kona, Hawaii

One place every man needs to visit before he turns 40 or gets married is the state of Hawaii. Only about a 5-hour plane ride from Southern California, Hawaii offers a great place to vacation with much to offer.

Recently, I traveled to Kona, Hawaii. Kona is located on the Big Island, the largest of the 8 main islands. During my stay at Kona I stayed as a guest at Kukio. Neighboring the highly rated Four Seasons hotel (by Conde Nast Traveler), Kukio is located on a beautiful private beach, carved into the lava of the Kona coast. On Kukio Beach, there were people snorkeling, enjoying the waves, surfing and body boarding and even sharing the sand with Hawaiian Green sea turtles. The turtles were resting in the sun and digesting their food before slowly returning to the ocean. I collected some beach glass, but the shells were mostly broken. The powerful surf and volcanic rock shoreline doesn’t allow for many shells to reach the beach intact.

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This community offers their residents a great world-class spa with a fitness room, lap pool, a steam room, a sauna room, a hot tub and a cold plunge. Since I’m not much of a sunbather, this is where I spent most of my time. I kept hydrated during the day by drinking Itoen, a Japanese green tea and Stevia with lemons and water, which is pretty much a recipe for organic lemonade. Both these drinks are healthy and nutritious. Now back home in New York, I plan on keeping both these drinks consistent in my diet and was happy to source Itoen at a local chain grocery store.


After exercising in the gym or running on the beach, I quickly learned about the health benefits of wet heat. Using a steam shower improves circulation, aids in skincare, helps reduce tension and combats the fatigue of exercising. I immediately felt more relaxed and noticed the difference in my skin after my 15-minute daily sessions.

One of many great outdoor activities Hawaii has to offer is the Kohala Zip line located just a half hour drive from Kona. As this was my first experience on a zip line, I was a little apprehensive. But after being outfitted with a harness and safety helmet I could sit back and enjoy the ride. For my first run, I was paired with an instructor that taught me how to properly zip so I didn’t get stuck or hurt and then went on another 7 solo runs. From the zip line course, I could see Maui in the distance and it was thrilling zipping through a tropical forest while being surrounded by great views. I would love to try this great outdoor activity again sometime soon and I highly recommend it to anyone who hasn’t tried it before.

Hawaii is part of the Hawaiian Archipelago, a series of hundreds of volcanic islands spread out over 1500 miles that offers many unique adventures. My suggestion: Add the “Aloha” state to your bucket list and have a tropical experience like none other.

Mens Health Running Post

The benefits of exercise have been well documented as improving mind, body and soul. For the past two years I’ve been an active runner and when I work out, I run with my iPhone and Nike running chip. The chip is installed in my shoe and features an app that lets me know specific details about my workout. On the Nike + running app, there’s a ranking system, challenges, an option to add friends and a coaching option which can help train for an upcoming marathon. After each run is completed, I like to know how fast I’m running, how many calories I’ve burned, and even how many miles my friends are running. There’s a scoreboard that resets every month. I like keeping track of my progress and knowing I can make improvements every time I go on a run. I consider this app to be a social networking website without a messaging system and it keeps me motivated and competitive.

Sticking with a brand that I’m comfortable with, I also run with a Nike shirt, Nike shorts and Nike running shoes. The shirt is a cotton mesh, which blocks UV rays, preventing skin damage when I run during the day and the shorts have built in underwear that prevents chaffing.  The shoes have padded shock absorbers, which protect my feet, shins and knees. All of these items are light and comfortable and fit tight against my body without irritating my skin. Simple things like the app and correct clothing can make all the difference in continuing an active running life.

Recently on the Men’s Health Magazine Twitter page I watched a really great video about what a “runners high” means. Apparently, when exercising longer than 30 minutes and when your heart rate is beating at your age-adjusted 80%, two-mood modifiers are released throughout your brain. These two mood modifiers are feel-good chemicals called endorphins and anandamides. These chemicals spread throughout your central nervous system and make your body numb to how much your legs are burning or other discomforts when running long distances, creating a feeling of calmness and euphoria.  I’ve experienced this “high” when pushing myself at a moderate tempo, after about the 6-mile mark, and appreciate the mental reward!

Next up: a half-marathon.  Future goal: a full marathon