Camouflage Print Shoes Are Fast Becoming a Trend

Contrary to its name, camouflage is being spotted almost everywhere. Once reserved for battlefields is now hipster irony and making magazine headlines everywhere and being adorned on every occasion you can think of.

A COUNTERINTUITIVE FASHION TREND

If you are tired of following the same current fashion rules of denim with white tees and printed tees with sports jackets, exactly like everyone else, here is your chance to stand out of the crowd with camouflage print shoes.

CAMO PRINT DOESN’T SUIT YOU

While many don’t find the camo print favoring or being in sync with their personal style, yet they want to make a fashion statement without having to look like they are preparing for a paint ball match. For exactly that, the camouflage print shoes works best. You can put on any outfit, may it be worn out jeans or black tights –and slip on some camouflage printed shoes as a sure way to give you a classy look, one that will turn heads.

THE VARIATIONS

Military style patterns are taking the fashion world by storm in such a way that the major runway label designers like Christopher Kane and Michael Kors showcased prints that were military pattern inspired only with variations of neon colors and incorporated in jackets and tops, making the pattern look so lavishly brilliant apart from having fashion enthusiasts all over the world view it in a different light.
Ariele Ella, the co curator of ‘Trendology’ exhibit at FITM (Fashion Institute of Technology Museum), dubbed the style a “parental trend”. It is apparently high time that it got back.
Now according to WGSN, the trend casting firm, the use of camouflages has soared up to 73%. But just because all the cool people are doing it, does that mean that you should too?
Not exactly the same way you don’t. You want to look chic, and not be mistaken for a soldier, a hunter, or a fanatic. Your camos should come in cleverly down played as an accessory and not over stated like a real camouflage. In fact, the promise of this style is so potent that you can make your look work if you simply don a watch and shoes over whatever you are wearing right now.
The tough and rugged look that you get wearing camo shoes is all anyone needs to pull off any outfits. Today, we are all about tailored style and personal look, with only inspiration from the fashion staples. No wonder the fashion runways have variations. The same is the case with camo shoes. A pair of branded pants may be giving you that urban roguish outlook you are going for, but a pair of these shoes will give you that classy edge and take your overall look a step ahead.
Cool Down with a Cucumber-Basil Smash

Summer is in full swing and as the temperature heats up, this haute cocktail will help keep you cool.   The cucumber-basil smash is a perfect refreshing substitute for the tried and true mojito, margarita, and other drinks.

ingredients
   2 cucumber slices
   5 basil leaves
   Ice
   3 ounces vodka, gin, or tequila
   2 ounces limoncello

directions
Using handle of wooden spoon, mash cucumber and basil in tall glass. Fill with ice and top with vodka, gin or tequila, and limoncello. 


Stir, then garnish with cucumber and basil. Enjoy.
J. Crew is Developing New Budget-Friendly Label

After a challenging year of struggling sales, product quality concerns, criticism for its heavy-handed promotions, plus major leadership changes and staff cut-backs, J.Crew is hoping to turn things around. Looking to target a more cost-conscious customer, the retailer is developing a lower-priced line that can better compete with the fast-fashion players in the industry.
The new budget-friendly label, J.Crew Mercantile, features updated basics and modern classics for men and women, designed with J.Crew's signature elevated preppy aesthetic, but at prices akin to those you might find at Zara or COS. Think: Breton stripe knits, crisp shirts, and perfectly-worn denim. The selection is currently available exclusively through outlet stores and the Factory website, which is touted as "The Home of J.Crew Mercantile," but the line's first dedicated brick-and-mortar location is scheduled to open in Dallas, Texas in late July.
6 Lessons Drake Can Teach You About Success

“I wanna prove that I’m number one over all these n****, being number two is just being the first to lose.”
Drake raps boastfully over “6PM In New York” as a reminder to everyone of his current reign in the rap game, as he continues putting numbers on the board.
And while you may or may not agree with his braggadocio demeanor, it’s hard to deny that Drake is — and has been — making moves in the rap game ever since his arrival on the rap scene back in 2009 with the release of his mixtape, So Far Gone.
Since then, he has gone on to surpass even the king of current day rap, Jay Z, with the most number one records on the billboard R&B/Hip-hop chart.
But this post isn’t to remind you of how successful Drake is, nor is it to discuss his talents as a wordsmith.
Since his first appearance on the scene, Drake has done what a lot of other rappers have failed to do: stay relevant, stay cool and most importantly, show consistency in his craft.
Looking back on his career, there are a few key lessons we can learn and implement in our own lives, regardless of what our goals may be:

1. Be real.

Drake doesn’t hide the fact that he isn’t from “the streets,” but also reminds us that he is just as street smart as any when he raps, “Takes a certain type of man to teach, to be far from hood but understand the streets.”
Drake can certainly kill it with his more hard hitting, braggadocio-esque tracks that are the crux of the rap genre, but it’s when he raps about his life and the struggles he goes through with women and his family that he really shines.
His ability and willingness to story tell introspectively is what differentiates him from other rappers in the game.
And this is why Drake has appeal. In an industry where rappers are renowned for faking their identities to fit cultural norms, Drake done the complete opposite and stayed true to himself, who he was and what he knew.
He reminded us that rapping isn’t about how “hood” you are, but about poetical story telling. Drake says in an interview:
“I just sort of exist and people embrace it. I’m one of the few artists who gets to be himself every day.
“It doesn’t take me six hours to get ready and I don’t have to wake up in the morning and remember to act like this or talk like this. I just have to be me. That’s one of the favorite parts of my life; I’ve done this purely by being myself.”
In life, we will always be put in situations where we will want to conform to certain peer pressures or groups, even though we know it isn’t who we are.
Just remember that you can only keep up appearances for so long before others catch on.
Being you — the real you — is all you can be. You will not only gain the respect of your peers, but also attract the right kind of people into your life.

2. Ignore the haters.

If anyone knows how to deal with haters and controversy, it’s Drizzy. He is constantly teased by haters and critics for being “soft,” because of his introspective and emotion-laden tracks.
In “Marvin’s Room,” he raps (and sings) about the struggling relationship with his love interest.
In “You and The 6,” which is dedicated to his mum, he talks about the struggles of being a rap star and trying to maintain his relationship with his mother.
Drake pays no attention to the critics and continues doing what he does best: rhyming about his life and the struggles he goes through.
In an interview, he was asked what he has to say about being called “soft.”
“I’m just being me, and part of being me is being in touch with emotion. That’s all I write about. If I didn’t write about my emotions, I don’t know what else I would write about.
“I’d make songs about generic things that nobody could relate to and I probably wouldn’t be in this position that I’m in right now.”
Drake understands that when you are doing you, you are always going to have a small group of people who won’t like you, and will try and tear you down to make themselves feel better.  

3. You are who you think you are.

“I’ve had visions of this life since I was Jimmy and now all I gotta do is go get it… and now we blowing up.” — “Star 67″
It’s no secret that Drake wanted to be a rapper, even back when he played Jimmy in the popular Canadian show, “Degrassi.” He continued to focus on this dream and eventually achieved his goal.
This is how powerful having an idea of who you want to be, and what goals you want to accomplish, is.
A lot of people have no clue what they want, or they don’t want it badly enough. So when setbacks pop up, they quit.
Drake reminds us of the power that lies in persistence when trying to achieve a goal.

4. Continue to grow and evolve.

While many first heard of the Toronto-based rapper from So Far Gone, this wasn’t actually his first project. Drake released a ton of music before releasing (his third mixtape), So Far Gone.
Throughout all his albums, you see his growth as an artist and person. Comparing some of his early work to his most recent, you’d think you were listening to a completely different person.
You see this happen every year. A new artist will come onto the scene and fail to change and move with the times, soon being lost to the annals of the rap game.
Evolution and growth is the key to life. You either evolve with the times, or you die (both figuratively and literally).
Drake has managed to stay relevant by constantly working on his craft, as he reminds us in “10 Bands,” when he raps, “Drapes closed, I don’t know what time it is, I’m still awake, I gotta shine this year.”

5. Consistency is key.

Drake consistently puts out quality content every album. Even when he appears on another artist’s track as a feature, he makes sure to kill it.
This shows that consistency prevails. Anything you do in life should be done with 100 percent effort.
You shouldn’t give up after one success; that breeds complacency, and complacency is the death of any ambitious person.
“What’s happening now is meant to be. I don’t really celebrate the wins, I don’t bother with the negatives. I just keep it moving.”
You’re only as good as your last win. So, keep focussing on what you can do now, or tomorrow because that’s all that really matters.

6. Blaze your own path.

“That’s me singing by the way, incase you didn’t know, it’s some new sh*t, some new sh*t that I’m on,” Drake ad-libs over his singing voice on his “I’m Still Fly” track.
While Drake wasn’t the first person to rap and sing, he was definitely the first rap artist to pay just as much attention to his singing as his rapping. So much so, he hired a vocal coach to improve his singing game.
This demonstrates Drake’s ability to blaze his own path in his life and career.
While everyone else was rapping about how much they were “thuggin'” and “hustling on the street,” Drake came out rapping and singing about his life and what was dear to him.
He set the path for a host of new, younger rappers (even some older rappers) to follow suit.
Style Tips for Larger Guys

We know, at times, it can be hard to be a fashion forward guy who, for whatever reason, who comes man sized.  I'm not talking about the little guys, or the average sized guys who can find whatever they they want at whatever store like Abercrombie and H&M.  This article is for the plus size, or man sized guys, wether they be "big boned" or  carry a few extra pounds. 
With a few tips and tricks you can still look great, no matter your body type.  
Clothes the right size -  try not to use that shirt you love, but does not serve you anymore. The same goes for any piece too tight.  Stay away from huge baggy clothes, they only call greater attention to the obvious.  
Teens Invent A Condom That Changes Color When It Comes In Contact With STIs

Three teenage boys in the U.K. have invented a condom that changes color when it comes in contact with sexually transmitted infections (STIs), also known as sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
Daanyaal Ali, 14, Muaz Nawaz, 13, and Chirag Shah, 14, all students at Isaac Newton Academy in Ilford, just north of London, have won the health category at the TeenTech Awards in London for their invention. This is an annual competition created to inspire 11 – 16-year-olds to realize “their true potential and the real opportunities available in the contemporary STEM workplace.”
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