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Unexpected Gifts for Men this Holiday Season

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Shopping for the holidays can be a nightmare. The crowds of people, the inflated retail prices, the confusion of what to buy for the perfect gift. They all contribute to a general feeling of holiday anxiety during a time that should be filled with joy and good spirits. We’re here to reinstate some of that feeling and give you some quick ideas of fun gifts to get the men in your life who might be difficult to shop for. Separating our gift suggestions into category by age, we have a few ideas for every guy in the family, from Grandpa to the kids.


For the Grandpa: A Personalized Journal


For gentlemen in the seasoned years of their lives, there tends to be a focus on building legacy and looking back on the trials and successes of life. One of the best ways to record those ruminations in a lasting and impactful way is to create a meaningful physical journal that can collect all of those thoughts and memories. Over time, the journal becomes a keepsake and reservoir of memories for future generations to look back at the great man that came before them. The My Life Story – So Far journal from Uncommon Goods is a well-designed journal that would serve as the perfect gift for Grandpa this year.


For the Husband: Limited Edition Underwear


If you’re looking for something a little fun and a little different for your boyfriend or spouse this year, try getting him a few pairs of limited edition underwear. For husbands that have been rocking the same pairs of washed out boxers for years on end, it might be time to upgrade to some designer duds that look and feel great. Designers like VK Nagrani have underwear styles that fit the bill but don’t take themselves too seriously, so there not only an unexpected luxury gift, but a fun one as well. And for once, it’s a gift that both parties can enjoy.


If you’re looking for something a little more substantial to go with the underwear, try one of the brands popular shirts. Will Levy of Oak Hall says of them, “By far the most comfortable shirt I have ever worn.  It was unorthodox, but remained very sophisticated.”


For the College Guy: Cocktail Tools


Looking for a gift to get the college guy in your life? Finding the right present for the early 20’s age range can be tough, but a fun and unusual gift to get is a set of cocktail tools. Aside from the basic utility of giving him a present he’ll actually use, the cocktail tool set has a definitive degree of cool cachet. According to GQ’s list of essentials, you should look for a collection that includes the following; a shaker for shaking drinks like Margaritas and stirring Martinis, a strainer for straining out any ice or fruit pulp, a jigger for precise measurements, a stirrer for refined stirring, a citrus juicer for lemon and lime, a muddler to bring out those essential oils, some ice cube trays, and of course a channel knife for that citrus peel to garnish it off.


For the Kid: Remote Control Helicopter


When you’re shopping for kids, you tend to have a few more options because you can look for anything in the toy department. If you really want to get something that your son will remember, try getting a device like a remote control helicopter. These toys are frankly fun enough to entertain an adult, and trust us, we’ve tried them out. Your son is sure to love flying his very own helicopter through the neighborhood, but just make sure he doesn’t fly it into a vase in the living room.
So there you have it, all the perfect gift for the guys in your life that you never thought you’d find something for. From personal journals and limited edition underwear, to cocktail tools and robotic helicopters, you’re all set for a great holiday season with some very happy gift recipients.

Celebrity Misconceptions: Where They Were Before

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Utter the word 'celebrity' and an image of lavish lifestyles and million dollar award show dresses come to mind. We see celebrities with their over the top hillside mansions and swanky sports cars and assume they've had everything handed to them on gilded platters by a full waitstaff their entire lives. These idealized images are often far from the reality of their lives.

The majority of people believe that celebrities work short schedules. While they may be touring or filming for only five months a year, the rest of the year is very busy. Promotion schedules often require celebrities to fly back and forth across the country appearing on morning newscasts or evening talk shows. As lavish as it may seem, the reality is that they just want to spend time with family and friends just like everyone else.

Another common misconception revolves around the award show attire. Some people are under the perception that celebrities are buying clothing and jewelry worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. In reality, the garments are often on loan to the celebrity with the intention of drawing attention to the clothing or jewelry designer. Often these items are returned to the designer or may be auctioned for charity.

Actors and musicians are often under extreme scrutiny from paparazzi and celebrity reporters. A minor car accident that your average person endures would be front page tabloid news for a celebrity. Health issues like body image and drug usage are exacerbated under the limelight. The idea of a normal life with any concept of privacy is often out of the question for celebrities.

Some celebrities seemed to have been born with the proverbial silver spoon being handed to them. Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Ryan Gosling, and Keri Russell all started their careers very young and appeared together on the former Mickey Mouse Club show. Brother and sister actors Maggie & Jake Gylenhaal were practically destined to be actors with a director father and screenwriter mother. Miley Cyrus is the daughter of 90s country star Billy Ray Cyrus and Robin Thicke is the son of Alan Thicke who played the father on the TV series 'Growing Pains.'

While some celebrities seemed to stumble straight into their celebrity careers, many endured the same life-sucking, boring, everyman jobs that your Average Joe suffers through on a regular basis. For these celebrities it was a much more difficult journey.

Musicians have a strong tendency to meet while in college. Dave Matthews Band, Maroon 5 and even the Doors met while attending college. Natasha Bedingfield interrupted her college experience to pursue a music career, as did the members of Boyce Avenue, who describe their grassroots evolution on the TuneCore blog. Other performers like Billy Joe Armstrong of Green Day and Bruce Springsteen completely bypassed the college experience. 

Not all celebrities got their start on the glamorous end of performing. Hugh Jackman performed at children's parties as a clown but didn't know any magic tricks, but actor Adrien Brody could've come to his rescue since he was once a magician. Christopher Walken was once a lion tamer with a circus. Patrick Dempsey once won second place in a juggling competition.

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The Ultimate E Cigarette is Here

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You know we are always doing our bes to be fashionable, so imagine how surprised we were when we realised that there is an E Cigarette that is great but also stylish enough!

Our friend in NYC has jsut switched to E cigs and guess what we got her as a present? A starter kit from http://www.ciglites.com and she loved it.

Not only it was affordable but the pack had a classy "cigaret box" (charging case), and all the things you would need from a starter kit.

And let me tell you what is the best thing about CigLites, they have 6 amazing tastes: Menthol, Capuccino, Grown Tobacco, Cherry, Classic Tobacco, and Vanilla. and all the refills are available to order online as well as the Starter kit. The delivery was fast so did not have to wait much.

CogLites personal Charging Case looks great, you will be proud to put it on the table. Another great thing is that connecting is done with USB cable so you can plug it in iPhone Adaptor or any other that has USB conenction.

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Celebrity Wedding Dresses You Can Have Too!

If you are planning a wedding, or thinking of tying the knot, consider some of the best wedding gowns of 2013 and 2014 worn by celebrities. You can find yourself a close replica of your preferred style for a reasonable price, even if you can't afford Vera Wang.

Some of the most breathtaking dresses can be found easily with a little looking online. The right search engine can even lead you to a location near you. Finding a look that matches celebrities is easier than you think. Start by finding a style that you like. It should be flattering to your personal form, while at the same time stunning and unique. Some samples are listed below.

Celebrity weddings of 2013 included a variety of classic and contemporary styles. In some cases these were mixed together to create something completely new. 2013 Samples:

• Actress Christina Ricci married in October, wearing a classic meets contemporary sheath dress covered in lace and with a long tulle train. It was stunning and flattering.

• Princess Madeleine of Sweden married in June, wearing a classing a-line dress that flattered her figure and preserved a more traditional look.

• Actress Kate Bosworth married in August, donning a simple strapless ball gown with a dramatic 8-foot train.

• Actress Halle Berry married in July, wearing an empire waist gown adorned with Swarovski crystal. The dress was stunning and allowed room for her pregnant belly too.

• Olympic star Jessica Ennis married in May in a ruffled tulle fit-n-flare dress that was as elegant as the rest of the ceremony.

Celebrity wedding dresses in 2014 have not been as rich with variety, creating a couple of clear trends for this year.

2014 Weddings to Look for:

• Kim Kardashian married in late May in a custom made mermaid dress covered in lace.

• Britney Spears's little sister Jamie Lynn married in March, sporting a fit-n-flare dress that was both simple and elegant.

• Actress Kaley Cuoco married on New Years Eve, wearing a pink Vera Wang ball gown that had a skirt of tulle layers. It's a reminder that traditional white doesn't have to be worn by a bride.

• Backstreet Boy Nick Carter married Lauren Kitt in April. Lauren wore a mermaid dress with bead work on the skirt.

• Actress Alexa Vega married in January and donned a simple sheath dress with bead work on the back.

• Singer Kelly Rowland married in May, wearing a simple ball gown with layers of tulling in the skirt.

Though personal styles vary, it seems that either mermaid or ball gown is the way to go in 2014, according to celebrity trends. Find yourself a wedding dress that is just as stunning as those the celebrities wear by selecting a couple of different styles that fit your form, then visiting search sites like Wedding Wire that assist you in finding local vendors. You can choose the style you like and go from there to narrow the search. Once you have a few that you like, the search engine helps you find out where you can get the dress.

If you like something you see on a celebrity, you can always ask your favorite wedding dress provider and they can help you find the closest replica possible for a reasonable price. You may not have the budget a celebrity has, but you can still find a stunning wedding dress.

An Axiom April

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Axiom For Men has had a busy April so far, participating in several important events that not only helped raise money for deserving LGBTQ-related organizations, but also co-sponsored a ground-breaking study on the dating (and mating) differences between straight men and women and the LGBTQ community.

On Tuesday, April 8th, Axiom was honored to be included in the VIP gift bags at the Jeffrey Fashion Cares event in NYC. Established in 2002 by Jeffrey Kalinsky, fashion pioneer and community leader, Jeffrey Fashion Cares New York has raised $5 million for a selection of respected charity organizations supporting LGBTQ civil rights, HIV prevention, and education for LGBTQ youth. On average 85% of every dollar raised goes directly to the charities — a remarkable margin for a charity fundraiser! Visit http://jeffreyfashioncares.org for more information and to help Axiom For Men truly make a difference by helping support this wonderful event.

Also in April, Axiom For Men is co-sponsoring an important new study examining the difference in dating (and mating) habits between LGBTQ single folks and their hetero counterparts. The study is being conducted by Pace University and Pilot Proof, and we encourage every one to take part so that the study can have as many data points (participants) as possible. For those who complete the survey, all kinds of goodies, swag and discounts will be available from some fantastic sponsoring brands! The study is light-hearted and fun, yet is important as it will truly help the integration of the LGBTQ community into mainstream society but fostering a greater understanding of the similarities (and differences) between LGBTQ and mainstream focus groups. Visit https://v2.proofpilot.com/en/datingtoday/ to participate and checkout the write up in the Huffington Post at: huff.to/1i2fOvM!

In other news, Axiom team is hard at work on the last stages of our new retail display where you, our loyal customers will be able to sample, test and purchase all Axiom For Men products in specialty stores across the United States. You will be able to find these locations on our website in the near future, and we will keep you posted as stores roll out our products. In the meantime, you can continue to shop online for the best men’s grooming and skincare products on the market at www.axiomformen.com

Stay tuned for more news, promotions and special offers from Axiom For Men as we gear up for June Pride Month. This month, Ohlala readers can take advantage of our special promotion of 25 % off their entire purchase from our website. Simply enter promo code Ohlalamag upon checkout from our website. As always, Axiom is committed to helping deserving members of the LGBTQ community, and is proud to continue to align with Athlete Ally (http://www.athleteally.org), The American Military Partners Association (http://militarypartners.org), Family Equality Council (http://www.familyequality.org), The National Center for Transgender Equality (www.transequality.org) and the Trevor Project (http://www.thetrevorproject.org).

So on behalf of the entire Axiom For Men team, we thank you for all your feedback, support and guidance as you truly are helping us make a difference with your daily routine.

With Warmest Regards,

Mike Waxman
President, Axiom For Men

 

 

What is your Vaping Style ?

I can not tell you how happy I was when my best friend just told me that she has decided to smoke cigarets, and is going to use Vapourlites from now on. Oh no more that and smell, ... so refreshing.

And that is when she started to tell me all about Vaping styles. Right ? I did not know that even existed, but here is what I have learned about all those methods and techniques people employ to enjoy their electric cigarettes and other skiing pleasures.

She went into details through the list of all of them: Classic Cigarette, Gentry, Tweet, Comfort, Classic Cigar, Chap, Bounder, Ladies, and Stealth. But then we found this Guide online that tells you that your style of vaping might reveal that you’re a secret ninja, or that you’re only interested in one thing and it doesn’t involve keeping your clothes on?

So yes she actually uses mix of Gentry and Tweet, ... which actually shows her masculine side. Gentry technique affords one a particular intellectual opulence which other vaping styles cannot hope to match. And on the other side thoughtful yet deceivingly aggressive, the Twee method is all about control. It is a vaping style oft employed by those in deep thought, possibly in deep contemplation of how to completely dominate you and everything you are.

What is your Vaping Style ?

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