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PUBLISHER Paul Farkas

EDITORIAL Kimmie Smith

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FASHION CONTRIBUTIONS PHOTOGRAPHER | Paul Farkas | Lewd Foodie | Melissa Hom | STYLIST | Kimmie Smith |

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Our issues are always filled with our faves and range in various areas that we are intrigued and enlightened by. We've been fans of Jeannie Mai ever since she appeared on the Style Network's "How Do I Look"? Her approach to making all women feel beautiful and comfortable in their own skin is such a refreshing one in an industry that is not known for embracing these values. We had the chance to hangout with Jeannie and shoot her cover at NYC's 575 Park Avenue while finding out more about her style career, being a fashion correspondant as well as being one of the co-hosts of FOX's The Real. ATHLEISURE MAG: Tell us about your background as we remember you first from your days on Style Network 'How Do I Look' and your use of 'wearapy'. Share with our readers what wearapy is. JEANNIE MAI: My mom taught me that my style is my business card. After I graduated high school I was teaching women in my hometown of San Jose on how to dress for their body type and helping celebrities perfect their makeup for the stage. I knew my message to brand your beauty needed to be taught to millions, so I moved to LA to promote that message. I was honored to take on being the host of "How Do I Look" and began teaching my philosophy about "wearapy" - the idea that you can change your opportunities from the outside in. AM: We know that you started as a MUA. Share your path from transitioning from a Celebrity MUA, to a Stylist to an on air personality. JM: Makeup is the most inexpensive tool you can use to transform your image. Again, my mom was a key player in teaching me all the power that comes in owning what's most unique about me. I marketed myself well throughout the Bay Area as a makeup artist and styist and was blessed to be at the right place, at the right time...while I stayed prepar-

ed for my moment. I went from painting faces of stars like Christina Aguilera, Cyndi Lauper, and Alicia Keys to styling them whenever they needed because at the time there were no assigned stylists from record labels. While I enjoyed helping celebs, empowering every day women was my passion. So I moved to LA to begin sharing my message on television. AM: You have a number of shows you're a part of! Tell us about The Real - what was the process like to getting a spot as one of the co-hosts and what is it about this talk show format that is so exciting for you? JM: The Real is the sickest celebration of authenticity and girl power in a daily talk show. I am thrilled to work beside Tamera Mowry Housley, Loni Love, and Adrienne Houghton - we are a dream team. Don't get me wrong, it's hard work and we don't rest until we put our hearts out there at our Girl Chat table every single day. But what's most exciting is listening to our fans and hearing the incredible stories of lives being changed and affected through our stories of truth and progress to be our best. AM: The fashion industry is glamorous, but it's also one that many find is harsh in terms of over photoshopping, representing diversity, weight etc - we have always been struck by how you represent and carry the message of women being comfortable in the bodies that they are in - do you feel that you are a role model for this and what led you to representing this acceptance/platform? JM: I am the best role model for me. At 38 years young I embrace all it took for me to really enjoy the body I'm in and the woman I live to be. I wouldn’t be keeping it real if I didn't say I haven't touched a photoshopping app or struggled with my image, but being a woman means owning the right to do what makes you fabulous as long as it helps you serve your mission in life.


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AM: We love #MaiTips - share 3 of your tips with us on achieving great effortless summer style and what are 3 tips that we should consider when we go to summer weddings? JM: I have 3 tips that can work for both! 1. Invest in head wraps, scarves, and hair accessories. It’s the most effective piece to pull an outfit together, frames your face, and is always a classic stylish touch. 2. Before leaving the house work on the best poses and stride with your outfit and shoes. After all, it’s all about making an entrance and a lasting impression in pics! 3. Use deodorant not just under your arms, but behind your knees, inside your elbows, and down your cleavage as well. Nothing worse than feeling sweat after sitting in the sun, especially at a wedding, but a little help in those areas help you feeling dry and fresh day to night.

I wouldn't be keeping it real if I didn't say I haven't touched a photoshopping app or struggled with my image, but being a woman means owning the right to do what makes you fabulous as long as it helps you serve your mission in life.

AM: You're always on the go, what are your must haves to travel with in terms of makeup, snacks and style finds? JM: - Makeup: Minnavi skin care masks are a must for hydration and luminescence, they have a time release of nutrients that keep my skin in check through any type of weather. I use them religiously before any red carpet or date night with the hubs! - Snacks: Chia seeds are necessary for energy and digestive health & Dang coconut chips are delish as a healthy fat and sweet! - Style Finds: I am addicted to eyewear. I purchase glasses from every city I visit, and love how every style frame can add instant sophistication to my looks. AM: With the summer upon us, how can we get a great glow for our skin to have that sun goddess kissed look? JM: See my Minnavi skin care tip above. No really, these masks save lives. Prep it with Tulura skin oil (both the serum and the oil set) and I swear you will skip foundation. AM: Do you have any travel plans this summer? JM: I'm thrilled to be executive producing and shooting my series of "How Do I Look Asia" in Singapore that will be airing in 33 countries, and taking mom to Sri Lanka and Korea after. The girls and I from "The Real" will be going on vacay this summer, and my besties Jerrod Blandino and Jeremy Johnson from Too Faced Cosmetics and I will be headed to Italy immediately following that trip. Did I mention I’m obsessed with travel? AM: As a busy woman, how do you achieve a balance between work, life in general and assessing your own needs for personal time to recharge?


JM: First and foremost I start my day with a prayer of expectation of what's to come, and I end my day with gratitude for the unexpected. I feel that balances me for anything to come that day. Second, I prioritize spending time with what’s most important to me, like my husband, my family, the outdoors, great friends, and a really good Old Fashioned at the end of it all! AM: What projects are you working on at the moment that you can share with us and where will we see you next? JM: I have an exciting project I'm working on with my awesome Mama Mai, I'm writing a book, starting a YouTube series, and we have a whole new side to "The Real" coming out for you next season! AM: If there are additional items that you would like to share with us, please feel free to share! JM: I appreciate the heck out of Athleisure Mag for taking this time and can't wait to hear more from your readers. Please do connect with me on my socials so we can keep in touch! Mad love. We loved creating this shoot for so many reasons and another character that plays throughout the luxury apartment's unit 1507 at 575 Park Ave, which had great touches that brought an additional layer of character to our cover shoot! We interviewed Louise Phillips Forbes, Licensed Senior Associate Real Estate Broker at Halstead Property in Manhattan. LOUISE PHILLIPS FORBES: It’s simply stunning! I absolutely love the renovation that was done here. There is an abundance of designer details and high-end finishes that discerning buyers really appreciate. Plus it has open city views, including Park Avenue, and sundrenched rooms throughout so it’s a delight to be in day or night. It also has a well-proportioned floor plan with separate bedroom wings providing ultimate

privacy. Entertaining here is a pleasure with a loft-like great room that beautifully combines living and dining. The living room boasts a decorative fireplace and thoughtfully designed custom builtin bookshelves, while the dining area is complemented by a built-in banquette flanked by crafted custom display cases. The bold designer choices in the kitchen are very chic, featuring a stunning mosaic tile floor, dark custom cabinetry, black granite counter tops, and highend appliances. It looks like something right out of the pages of Architectural Digest. AM: Tell us about who represents this property. LPF: I am very honored to be the broker representing this exclusive listing. I have been working in residential real estate for more than 28 years and currently hang my hat at Halstead Property’s Park Avenue office, where I’m proud to lead the firm’s #1 team. My portfolio of clients includes buyers, sellers, and luxury developers all over NYC and my career sales are in excess of $3 billion. I consider myself more of an educator than a sales person and it’s a privilege to be a part of this process with people, after all, your home is the base upon which the rest of your life is built. AM: The interiors of this property really made us feel at home, who were the interior decorators of this space? LPF: I agree, it is a sophisticated aesthetic but still very warm and inviting, a home you feel comfortable in. That is credit to the current owners, an elegant husband and wife team who love to entertain and appreciate family time. They had a vision for the renovation and made it a reality. She is a graduate of Parsons School of Design so it’s her impeccable taste reflected in the interior design choices throughout, but he also has a discerning eye and would consider himself a collaborator in the final result. I’ve had the pleasure of working with


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them on several transactions in the city and I’ve thought each of their apartments was designed to perfection, but this one is very special. AM: What amenities are offered in this building for residents? LFP: Built in 1927, The Beekman is an elegant residence designed by George F. Pelham with an Italian Renaissance style that embodies a global lifestyle. Pied-aterres are permitted and the full-service, white-glove amenities include: 24-hour doorman, concierge, valet, maid service (five days a week and monthly thorough cleaning), fitness room, central laundry room, private storage, engineering staff, and an onsite building manager who is terrific. Situated on Park Avenue at 63rd Street, the building is also home to the alluring French restaurant, Vaucluse, Chef Michael White's masterpiece serving impeccable food with an interior fashioned by Meyer Davis, that beautifully integrates contemporary design elements with the natural grace emblematic of Provence. AM: Tell us about the neighborhood that is directly around the building. LFP: The coveted location is convenient to Central Park, fine dining and charming cafes, luxury boutique shopping, art galleries, museums, and gourmet grocers. Plus Equinox is just one block away and there is public transportation nearby if needed. AM: For those that are interested in purchasing this unit, how can they find out more information? LFP: It would be very easy to call this lovely apartment home given that it’s move-in ready. Simply bring your toothbrush ;) To schedule an appointment, people can contact me directly and I will be happy to show them the apartment and dis-

cuss the purchasing details. I can be reached via email at lphillips@ halstead.com or at 212-381-3329. AM: Where can readers find out about additional properties that you represent? LFP: Visit my website and click on the tab for “My Listings.” You can view pictures and videos along with detailed descriptions of each property I’m working with.


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Duff Goldman of Charm City Cakes is no stranger to Athleisure Mag as we chatted with him in this year's Anniversary issue about coming back for another race with Chefs Cycle (a fundraising endurance event May 16th - May 18th featuring award-winning chefs and members of the culinary community fighting hunger outside the kitchen where proceeds go to No Kid Hungry) and how he was preparing for this activity. We took some time to chat with Celebrity Chef and Food Network personality Duff about his role as a judge for a number of the network's shows, including Spring Baking Championship, Kids Baking Championship (to name a few), his partnership with Bounty, National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day and his inner workings as he continues to embrace the magic of baking. ATHLEISURE MAG: We loved talking with you earlier this year about your preparation to participate in this year's Chefs Cycle - are you excited? DUFF GOLDMAN: Yes it starts on May 16th! I'm so excited it's going to be great. AM: We can only imagine! Well, we've been fans of you since your first show with Food Network, Ace of Cakes. In our opinion, you're the first baker that we knew that represented an edgy out of the box style with all of the sweet treats that you created. DG: Oh thanks! AM: Oh yeah, watching you while we grew up, we were struck with how this guy - not to say that you're not delicate, but there is a certain idea you have (at least back at that time) of what a pastry chef would look like. DG: Absolutely! AM: To see a cool tattooed guy busting out with these really cool friends - it was cool. Even if you weren't a baker

yourself, it was cool to see that barrier being broken and changing the idea of what it means to work in a given profession. So how did you bring that into all of these other Food Network shows that you have been a part of especially with incorporating kids and making it look cool and fun while taking your ideas from concept to reality? DG: Well you know, I think that most of cooking is really fun and interesting. It's not that hard to make it seem that way. When the kids are excited about it, it's not hard for those who are watching to see that they are and to want to know more about it. They watch us do what we do and then they're fascinated. It's like when you pick up a new album from somebody - if someone else has really got down on that record and tells you - you really have to listen to this record, this beat or chord progression, then you really get into it because someone you know has brought you something that they think is cool. I think cooking is the same way, especially on TV - you've got to be excited about it. I am - to this day when I put something in the oven, and it starts to rise, to this day, it's still magical for me! I still get really excited. When it's working you're like, 'check it out' it's bubbling, moving, growing and cracking! It's doing what it's doing and it's still neat! AM: Which is cool and we can totally tell that about you because you look like you're loving life! You can tell that you really love the process, the creation of it and the looks on your face - it's priceless. DG: Yeah man! It never gets old! AM: We know that the 3rd season of Spring Baking Championship ends this month with the adults. You also judge a number of children's baking shows on the network. How is it working with


these young chefs and bakers? DG: Um a lot messier! Definitely a lot messier - you always want a lot of paper towel nearby because kids are messy. Other than that, the judging is really the same. I'm honest and fair and when they mess up, I point it out. I think that with kids, I spend a little more time on when there is a mistake on how to correct it. When adults make mistakes it's usually a bone head move and they know better. With kids, they haven't made something enough times. They're 10 years old - how much patachou have they made? So it's like hey you put too many eggs in there - don't put so much in so that you don't have a puddle. AM: Haha exactly! So how important do you think your role is as a role model to them in terms of giving them that encouragement and feedback? DG: I think it's really important - the kids see me as this big goofy guy, but then they also see me as this expert as it's what I do and what I'm good at. It's really important that I never want to discourage them and I want any challenge that the kids are having in the kitchen as an opportunity for them to learn. So they don't see a mistake as a mistake, they see it as an opportunity to learn something. That's what makes baking so fascinating. I'm still learning at the same pace as I was learning back then. Every day, I learn something and am doing something new. I refine my technique, I try something different and it's important as I have been baking for over 20 years! You have to stay awake and if you go on autopilot, you're putting a stake in your career. You have to be present in the moment and mindful when you're baking. You have to just be fascinated by it as that's what it is. AM: One of the things we really love is when you take your first bite. Your face

lights up, your eyes take it in and we can see there are a lot of wheels turning. What is going on in your head at that moment?

With kids, they haven't made something enough times. They're 10 years old - how much patachou have they made? DG: It's funny because I love to eat and I love food. I love taking bites and I love it! The thought process going on in my head is that I want to viscerally enjoy this bite! Then I have to remember that I am judging something so I have to dissect it - but I don't want to dissect it, I just want to eat it - leave me alone haha! There's always a conflict going on in my head like - pay attention - but then it's so good - but pay attention! I just want to chew. But it's usually that when you see that look because I'm confused between the two. AM: For sure when you have that first bite, we see all the synapses firing and you have the best responses coming off of the taste! It also seems tough because you only have a few seconds to take it in and grasp what it going on. Our team laughs everytime we see it! DG: I know I take these big stupid bites! It's funny because my girlfriend always yells at me saying I need to take smaller bites because I'm going to choke to death. I'm like, I've been taking these big bites for 4 years now, I'm going to be fine.


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INGREDIENTS 1 ½ cups butter 2 cups sugar 1 tsp. kosher salt 1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract 2 tsp. baking powder

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extra-large eggs plus egg yolk cups all-purpose flour cups cake flour cups chocolate chips different food colorings

DIRECTIONS 1. Preheat oven to 375° F. 2. Mix together flours, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. 3. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy in a stand mixer. Mix in eggs and vanilla. Add flour mixture and mix until well combined. 4. Divide dough into five equal portions. Dye each portion into colors of your choice with food coloring. 5. Roll each color into a snake-like long tube, then roll all five colors into large big snake. 6. Slightly knead the colors just to get them jumbled, but not mixed. 7. Measure out cookie-sized balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and flatten down with your palm. 8. Place 12-15 chips on each cookie, pushing them in a little (Duff Tip: You can use a chopstick to make indentations for the chips). 9. Bake for 8 to 12 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool. The recipe yields 3 dozen cookies.


The other thing that's funny is that I take these bites - because I'm watching the shows and live tweeting them and when I'm not on camera and I'm just out and when it's a nice restaurant where there is something new or they are trying a new technique - I do the exact same face. I look up at the ceiling and people have said - that's the same face from the Baking Championship! I'm like, "it's not an act!" AM: Tell us about your partnership with Bounty and how we can keep having fun while we're cleaning on the go or different tips that you have come up with. DG: Bounty and I partnered up to celebrate National Chocolate Chip Day (May 15th) and I came up with a recipe that would be really fun for kids to make - a Rainbow Chocolate Chip Cookie. I think it's important to get kids cooking and baking to see the work and ingredients that go into it to get them to start thinking critically at an early age about what they are eating. When you bake with kids, they are really messy but you want to make sure that they are still having fun. You want to make sure that you keep their attention. If you're stopping to clean every 5 mins - it's taking away from the experience. It's important to have a really good paper towel. You can clean as you go, because when it gets too messy, you can't do anything. You have to keep it clean, but you have to keep it moving. Bounty Paper Towels really are great, because they don't shred, tear or turn into liquid when they get wet. They're really useful beyond just cleaning up! If you're whisking something in a bowl and don't have another hand free, you can take a sheet of Bounty under the bowl and whisk it and the bowl won't move around. The same is true for the cutting board - it won't slide. AM: Wow that's really cool! DG: Yeah it's good! Also when you have AthleisureMag.com

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a hot pan like you're sauteeing a piece of chicken and you have taken the chicken out of a non-stick pan, what you can do is take a sheet of Bounty, ball it up, take the tongs and you rub it on the inside of the hot pan and it picks up all that grease and cleans the pan really well so that you're not scrubbing with something abbrasive. You can't do that with a cheap paper towel - it's impossible. The other brands start to char and catch fire! It's REALLY good for greasing cake pans. You spray the pans, but you don't want the puddles so you take a sheet of Bounty and run it inside your cake pan or tins and it makes it nice and even so it doesn't burn in the oven. AM: Okay those are some serious tips and I wouldn't have known some of those. DG: Yeah it's really cool! AM: We know you have your own line of cake mixes, baking tools and more - what are your favorites? DG: Oh man that's a good question. My favorite, I'd say the tie dye or the camouflage cake mix. AM: Wait - you have camo? DG: Yeah we have camouflage. They're so neat. Again, speaking to that magic - when you do these things with a kid you're dropping the different color batters into a pan, that's just fun. You're having a good time. But then when it comes out and you cut it and you see that it really looks like camouflage, kid's minds EXPLODE! They can't believe it and are like, "WHAT, how did this happen?" AM: That sounds pretty cool! Speaking of National Chocolate Chip Day, we saw the Rainbow Chip Cookies and it reminds us of the whole "unicorning" trend that is popping up throughout various lifestyle verticals - why are these cookies so perfect to enjoy on this holiday?

DG: I wanted a recipe that was going to be good with kids. Kids love touching things and it's a very tactile recipe. There are colors and then you're rolling them out like snakes and you twist that big snake out and then you have that big magical moment that when you cut it, you see all the colors that have mushed together and then what's really fun, you get to place each chocolate chip on each piece yourself. It's fun because kids can make smiley faces or do their initials with the chocolate chip cookies - really decorative things. It's a really fun recipe that is pretty involved and is not the easiest recipe in the world. I don't dumb it down. I don't dumb it down when I judge the kids and I don't dumb down the recipes or kids. I think about what kids are going to think is fun and sometimes it's hard, but they're still going to think it's fun! AM: That's really cool. Last question! So June 2nd is National Donut Day. Do you have a favorite donut that you like to make? DG: Mmmmm - I have a favorite one that I like to eat! AM: Ok make or eat! DG: Have you ever had the blueberry cake donuts from 7-Eleven? AM: No we haven't haha! DG: It might be my favorite donut in the world! AM: We will have to try that! DG: Yeah they are amazing HAHA - I love those things!!! Make sure you watch Duff and the rest of the judging team for the season finale of Spring Baking Championship on Food Network at the end of this month. Also follow him on Twitter and IG to see more about upcoming shows!


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SUNDAYS NAIL STUDIO Getting your nails done is like a sanctuary and a place where you can simpy zone out and get back to a balanced sense of self. Recently, we went to Sundays Nail Studio that took this mantra to the next level.

worth noting that their in house line (same name) is 10-Free, nontoxic natural nail care products. Their commitment to the health and safety of their employees and customers is an essential compoenent of what makes this salon so great.

Upon entering this Madison Square area studio, you realize that there are a number of neutral palettes which presents a sense of calm, there are books that allow you to have moments of introspection and the way that things are seamlessly moved is not distracting as you enjoy your treatment.

The entire studio is known as a place where after your treatment, you can continue to relax downstairs or upstairs to reflect or continue your meditation. Other interesting items worth noting is that you can enjoy a massage. The ethos of Sundays is based in wellness, confidence and simplicity. This extends to events that take place at the salon which includes a book club, trunk shows and more. It's a place that really fosters and empowers those that come from a body, mind and soul perspective. Make sure you keep an eye on their website for upcoming events as well as additional packages that are offered as we think it's a great

You can enjoy having a glass of wine, water, tea or a pressed juice whether you're having a manicure or a pedicure. We enjoyed being able to have headsets provided to us as we enjoyed moments of meditation via Inscape (they're in bite sized sessions which you can find whatever suits you) as well as having a selection of polishes to choose from their own line! It is

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place to enjoy with groups as well as to pop in during your lunch break or any "me moments" that you're looking to take for yourself.

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ATHLEISURE LIST: BROOKLYN

TORQUE CYCLE + STRENGTH Torque Cycle + Strength focuses on TRX, Cycling and Pilates. Based in Williamsburg, one of the key features of this workout studio is that they have indoor spaces as well as an outdoor deck to enjoy sessions. As it's getting closer to the summer, make sure you check out their schedule to see what classes are being offered - but we can atest to the fact that there is nothing like spinning outdoors!

the method is founded in. Mat work and resistance are essential to what attendees are looking to strengthen in their practice. Interestingly enough, within the TRX classes, this HIIT method also includes a version of this class that mixes cycling as well as TRX together for a completely well rounded workout. In addition to studios that are focused on form and function for guests, other amenities that are offered at this studio are worth noting. The lockerroom has ample lockers with locks, a shower and a number of changing rooms.

Worth noting is that the cycling that is conducted at this studio is typical of real world cycling. A number of the moves that you may do at traditional cycling studios are not done here. It's an interesting way to create cardio into your workout and is worth noting when taking this class.

Before and after class, there is a lounge area which is great to relax or to connect with your instructors or others who just took a session that you were in.

Pilates courses that are taught here focus on the classic movements that

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Available for sale are water bottles, t-shirts and other merchandise. As cash is not accepted at Torque Cycle + Strength, make sure to bring your credit card with you.

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WE LIKE IT RAW

You're about to hit the gym or coming back from the studio - what's your go to food to bring energy back into your body? We have to say that raw foods are a great way to kick start the system and it won't leave you stuffed - we suggest RAW MKT a Hawaiian focused eatery. May 2017

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When it comes to keeping your energy up, this Miso Beets sidedish is the perfect way to grab a quick meal and also get veggies into your body with sweet onion and diced scalllions. RAW MKT is known for their rice bowls which can include great vegan options as well as fish - poke bowls are always the perfect meal.

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If bowls are not your thing, hand rolls are the best way to enjoy a savory treat that you can just have in your hand, especially when you're on the run from one activity to the next one.


We're all about savory options and as the weather keeps rising, there's nothing better than being post workout and enjoying an Acai bowl where you can select the perfect amount of toppings.


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There are all kinds of vacations that one can take and without question, the all-inclusive is one where you can book your trip and go to your designated destination without worrying about paying for additional add-ons or wondering if you can access amenities that are offered. Recently, we headed to Club Med Sandpiper Bay, located in Port St. Lucie, Florida (the only Club Med in the US) about an hour outside of West Palm Beach International Airport. Club Med specializes in premium all-inclusive vacations. They are known for the active traveler who wants to be able to brush up on their skills, have access to a variety of sports and fitness methods and still have the option to do nothing at all if the mood strikes them. With 68 award-winning resorts in the world, guests have the ability to choose diverse locations that include tropical island oasis, ski retreats, exotic adventures and even luxurious cruising on a ship providing unique experiences and access to areas around them. We arrived during the resort's Body & Mind Weeks program which runs from April 29th – June 3rd at this property. During these weeks, the resort becomes the ultimate destination for rejuvenation from the inside out. While there, we experienced professional coaches that are able to instruct and enhance your performance in golf, tennis and beach volleyball, enjoyed fitness training, had access to speakers who can talk about positive mental health and nutrition and booked a phenomenal experience at the L’Occitane Spa at Club Med (the only L’Occitane Spa in the US) which has a relaxing outdoor garden to continue your transformation before and after your treatment. This program specifically (although this is also true outside of the weeks) focuses on Sports, Nutrition and Wellness. We opted for tennis as we were able to hone our skills by breaking down the sport from various serves, interval training and mastering coordination. AthleisureMag.com

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Any apprehension or questions that are felt prior to the session are replaced with an understanding of how to play the game better as well as to what can be worked on upon returning home. Those who are really keen on upping their game can book more time where they are videotaped and can see the instruction on how they advance and what they need to keep in mind as they work. This same focus was also rolled out for golf and beach volleyball. It’s also worth noting that in addition to Club Med being a vacation spot for those that spend downtime there, it’s also a place where kids who are focused on learning the sport professionally live on site year around and are trained by the very same professional that guests are trained by. These kids study on campus, compete and are able to obtain scholarships as they move up the ranks and continue on their road to being professional players. The commitment to sport and excellence is clearly seen in this area of the community and as a guest, it’s interesting to see and feel the living community that exists here as there are varying groups of people who stay here longer than a vacation period which gives it a feel of a community with constant energy. Beyond sports that are offered, guests have access to the gym as well as fitness instructors. During our visit, we had the opportunity to meet Leslee Bender (founder of the Bender Ball and the Bender Academy as well as the Co-Creator of Barre Above) and took one of her classes. The flying trapeze is an activity that a number of guests couldn't stop talking about. Participants are able to learn how to make catches, swing and more with instructors that have circus, gymnast, and for some, Cirque de Soleil backgrounds. Whether you're doing it or simply watching - each person is trained in the practice area on the ground and then they are able to apply what they


have learned in the air. Another fitness focused activity takes place on the soccer field where you can do interval training. These drills got the body moving, align the core and build strength when prepping to play a given sport. Club Med is known as a place for families with activities that children can enjoy while parents are relaxing or being instructed. For those without families, this property sits on 200+ acres which includes the golf course, areas for a number of activities, meeting spaces, a variety of pools (one for adults only with a bar). Relaxation can be found at the L’Occitane Spa where products can be purchased. For treatments, a form lets the masseuse know about targeted areas and places to avoid. We highly suggest enjoying the rose tea that they have as it was such a great way to get into the treatment. The spa's relaxation area before and after your treatment is an open air enclosed space that embodies the spirit of wellness. At Sandpiper Bay, The Marketplace is a buffet where you can eat all meals. Guests can eat inside (there is an adult only section) and outside. The buffet offers a number of options for those with various dietary needs, healthy or splurge options and there is always rosÊ, red and white wine, and beer available to go with your meals. You can also enjoy your standard restaurant as well at the Riverside BBQ & Grill. Grab cocktails at Slice Bar and enjoy them at the bar, patio or head back to the pool. Club Med provides a number of options that allow you to balance your day filled with activities or just completely chill near the closest palm tree. For more information on Club Med Sandpiper Bay or additional locations, visit www.ClubMed.us. PHOTOS | Courtesy of Club Med


FROM MDW TO LDW The unofficial summer season begins on Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend! That means long weekends, summer vacations and half day Fridays that make the work week that much shorter. We have some must have basics that should always be in your tote so that you can enjoy the summer by keeping it easy, nourished and hydrated from the inside out. | MARIA SHIREEN Hair Tie Bracelets | DRIPDROP Hydration Powder Packs | ERNO LASZLO Soothe and Calm Hydrogel for Sensitive Skin | May 2017


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Hola Mezquila


Sammy Hagar has a wide range of achievements from being a member of Van Halen (as well as a number of other bands), a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, an advisor on The Voice and having one of the most successful tequilas - Cabo Wabo. It was a dinner out in Cabo San Lucas with his fellow The Voice co-star and friend, Maroon 5's Adam Levine and Jack Daniels (no relation to the whiskey brand, but he is the Co-Founder of Wilson Daniels a wine and spirits marketing company that at one time distributed Cabo Wabo prior to its sale to Gruppo Campari). Upon enoying various tequilas, the restaurant owner suggested they try a mezcal (the younger Mexican cousin to tequila). The group found it to be too smoky; however, when they paired it with a tequila, a lightbulb moment took place which resulted in over 2 years of development and this produced the world's first Mezquila! Santo Mezquila is a premium blend of two distillates 100% Blue Agave (tequila) and Espadin Agave (which produces Mezcal) - an entirely new spirit category was born. "When Adam and I started tasting the different blends, I knew we had something special that people would love. It was only right to get the team back together and share Santo with the world," states Hagar. This "spirit band" that was united included those that were involved with the creation of Cabo Wabo. As we noted earlier this year, Mezcal has definitely been an upcoming trend within the wellness industry in 2017. Levine describes Santo as a spirit, "that has a smooth, full agave, rich tequila flavor with a touch of smoky-sweetness that you can only find with Mezcal." This balance makes it perfect for sipping.


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A conversation with Ed Caraeff

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When you think of some of rock and roll's iconic imagery from festivals, album covers and concerts, you may have seen some of the work of photographer Ed Caraeff who was there for some of music's major moments! With the realease of his work in Burning Desire: The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Iggy & The Stooges: One Night at the Whisky 1970, we took a moment to find out more about this photographer, how he got into the industry and where he is now. ATHLEISURE MAG: Tell us about your background and how you became a photographer. ED CARAEFF: I was fifteen years old, in high school and taking a photography course. My school was two miles from Los Angeles International Airport. During lunch hour, I went to the airport and took photos of a band called The Seeds returning from tour. A smartly dressed woman tapped me on the shoulder, handed me her business card and asked to see the photographs when developed. That was the beginning of a career I never knew existed! AM: We know that in addition to photography, you are noted for doing a number of album cover art for iconic artists. What albums that you created have been some of your favorites? EC: After years of being hired to photograph artists for album cover art, I started to first Art Direct the entire album packaging. Soon after, I learned how to do all the Graphic Design work as well size the photos with stats, spec the type, paste-ups, etc. Since I also did my own darkroom work, developing b & w and color film, making prints, I was one-stopshopping. Never had an agent, portfolio, business cad or a listed phone number. I did hundreds of covers, too many to mention. I like most all of them ... never hung any on my wall. AM: Tell us about Iggy Stooges: One Night at the Whisky 1970 - how did you get to be

involved in this and what made the Whisky such a key place? EC: I was hired by their NYC record company. Whisky was THE place, World Famous. AM: It seems like your career can be credited with being a great photographer as well as being at the right place at the right time! How did you get the iconic shot of Jimi Hendrix? EC: Exactly, thanks for mentioning that. I'm a very good photographer, same today with my iPhone. It comes very naturally, fast, smooth, kinda like Jimi playing his guitar, or anyone doing something effortlessly. The burning guitar shot was taken while standing on a chair I had snagged in photographer's pit and then jammed it up against the elevated stage. I had just turned 17 and had an authorized photography pass issued by the Monterey Pop Festival. AM: Why was the Monterey Festival such a pivotal moment in music history? EC: With the 50 Year Anniversary next month there's many expert opinions, I do believe. For me, it was the furthest I'd ever been from home without my parents. The Summer of Love in Southern California. Lots of great images to capture and I had use of my family's friends high end German camera. AM: Of the people who you have had the opportunity to shoot, which ones crossed over from a professional relationship to one of friendship? EC: Members of Three Dog Night, Cheech & Chong, Sergio Mendes, Elton John. AM: What can you tell us about Jimi Hendrix as we love that your imagery showcases him on stage as well as just hanging out - what is it about this artist that drew so many people to him?


The burning guitar shot was taken while standing on a chair I had snagged in photographer's pit and then jammed it up against the elevated stage. EC: Jimi had the style, the swag, the coolness, and backed it up with the genius talent. One of a kind.

AM: Besides shooting one of Jimi's most iconic moments, do you have a story/experience that you shared with him that you can share with us? EC: Picking him up at his two story motel on the Sunset Strip, smoking a joint and driving to John and Michelle Phillip's Bel Air mansion to party was a memorable evening. AM: Beyond working with some of rock's biggest artists, you also worked with artists such as Marvin Gaye - what was that like? EC: Marvin was one of a very few I photographed that I was in awe of meeting. I was a big fan. He was not in a good mood, going thru a divorce, obligated to release an album by his father in law's (Berry


Gordy) record company. Motown hired me to "replicate a place in Jamaica that Marvin had just returned from." The photographs were never published. The cover used on "Here, My Dear," is a funky b & w illustration.

My Cardiologist said of my bucket list trip, "If not now, when?"

AM: Do you still have artists that you have yet to work with, but they are on your bucket list?

Then it took me a year and half to make sure I really wanted to do it. Followed by another year and half to find loving homes for my pets, got rid of ALL my possessions, sell my home and even sell my photography archive. Because that too is "work," though I love my work.

EC: No. I left working with artists to working with food while a single parent with two sons living in NYC in 1985.

June 15 will be two years I've lived 24/7 in a vintage VW Westfalia Van named "Moonbeam."

I was photographer, art director, graphic designer for 14 years and then answered an ad in The Sunday New York Times to become a chef. I got the job on east 48th near 2nd Ave and started a career as hands on chef, restauranteur for 27 years.

AM: Can we expect additional books of your photography to be released, and if so, what artists will it be?

When I thought to do my bucket list, only one thing popped up and it was instantaneous. I started working so young, still in school, and worked continually. I missed out on spending time after graduating and wandering and sleeping in my vehicle. Low stress, Zen, lifestyle. AM: How do you view the photography industry now in terms of the use of digital and even being able to break into the industry to work with notable artists? EC: I love digital, apps, social media. I like not having to worry if I have enough or the right kinda film! You just remember to have battery life. For me, great way to express myself. In terms of breaking into that industry - I shudder to think. AM: We hear that you're on a bucket list journey. What made you want to do that? EC: I had a health wake-up call in 2012. Also, I attended funerals for two long time friends in the same week. Learned I would become a grandfather, twice, by both my children within a five month period.

EC: Yes. Next month, my Jimi Hendrix photographs, "Burning Desire" will be available. I'm grateful for the books I have and the future is uncertain. Stay in touch with Ed Caraeff's bucket list trip on Instagram via @thebucketlisttrip All photos are courtesy of Ed Caraeff


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Bingely Books intake is, the best way is to embrace a detox plan that will reset your clock. In Summer Rayne Oakes' Sugar Detox Me, she incudes well over 100 recipes as well as providing a 10-step detox plan that will get you on the right path to great health. We're huge fans of cookbooks that provide more than just great recipes with attractive food images - we want to be able to find out why we should do what we do and how we can go about doing so in an effective way. You'll have the scientific knowledge behind the harmful effects of sugars as well as having 10 Meal Maps! These maps serve as guides to create a number of meals, maximize equipments, reduce waste and to save money.

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THE HANDMAID'S TALE Penguin Random House Margaret Atwood

Before it was an SNL parody skit and a popular original series on Hulu - The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood was a novel. If you ever want to think about a society where women are not only regulated, but literally marganiled - this world is observed through the lend of the Republic of Gilead. From being made to be a birthing vessel only, using pictures to shop (as reading is not allowed) and more - there is such a juxtaposition of lifestyles as characters look at how life was prior to the new state of women. outs with Holly Rilinger who is a noted celebrity fitness trainer, one of the co-stars of BRAVO TV's Work Out New York, former professional basketball player, a Flywheel Master Instructor, Creative Director of Cyc Fitness and is one of fifty Nike Master Trainers in the world! Lifted focuses on 28 days to strengthen your body, focus your mind and to elevate your spirit. We have taken some of her lifted classes and can definitely agree that this is a method that leaves your mind, body and soul feeling - lifted! In four weeks, you will go through the steps that even includes creating a Dream Board in order to set goals and to ensure that your vision is made plain before you at the end of the journey, it's about overcoming your strength hurdles, enforcing and following new habits and simply making your life better. May 2017

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Bingely Streaming they are able to step in and out of one another's lives while being able to truly have an understanding of "walking a mile" in one another's shoes! We're looking forward to being transported along with each one of them in their world's, seeing where there interaction takes them and to learn more about how they are able to stay connected to navigate their elevated sense of being.

HOUSE OF CARDS May 30th; Season 5 Netflix Yet again, Netflix has another series that makes us check our calendars to see when a series comes back. House of Cards is always focused on the calculated chaos that the Underwoods work within as they continue to climb a never ending ladder.

SENSE8 May 5th; Season 2 Netflix It feels like it was such a long time ago since the end of season 1 of Sense8 and the release of the new season! The intersectionality of characters who are different in every way from race, age, geographic location and economically - they find that they are all bound by the way AthleisureMag.com

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As always, we suggest that you catch up with a proper binge to see how this wild and twisty road came to where season 5 begins. We know that it's a bit of a bleak and dark America since our favorite duo has taken the nation's helm. We do know that at the conclusion of last season, the Underwoods decided that ruling by fear as opposed to trying to get people to love them may be more effective for their longterm goals. .

TWIN PEAKS

Limited Series Event Showtime May 2017


Everything old is new again! Twin Peaks was a cult classic when it launched over 20 years ago and kept viewers gripped to a plot that had a lot going on. When it went off the air, fans continued to wonder about a number of plot lines and whether they would be able to see this issue come back! Thankfully, the show is back on Showtime! In addition, many were able to binge the previous episodes for the past few months and are finally being rewarded with this Limited Series Event which picks up with a number of your favorite characters. We can't wait to see what everyone thinks about this new series as we're sure that there is going to be plenty of feedback on this!

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We're fans of shows that transport us to new locations - whether we actually visit or not. A new twist on the classic travel show includes the stories and cultures that Travel Channel's host, Jack Maxwell encounters on Booze Traveler. On his way to Tahiti, Jack told us about the show, where he'd like to film and what he's learned doing the show.

at Lake Baikal in Siberia and also enjoyed the episode of the Smoothie in Belize - what was your favorite country to enjoy a drink and what was it? JM: I really loved having an authentic Mojito in Cuba. Drinking great Port while sailing the river through the Douro Valley in Portugal was another favorite. Having cocktails with the Conch Republic in Key West while fighting the Coast Guard, and zip lining through downtown Las Vegas with a Dean Martin impersonator were both fun, unforgettable experiences.

ATHLEISURE MAG: Tell us about your background - how did you become the Booze Traveler and had you ever bartended before or done anything in the alcohol industry? JACK MAXWELL: Growing up shining shoes in the bar rooms of South Boston, I fell in love with the magical combination of booze, travel, adventure and storytelling. My neighborhood was filled with divey pubs and all sorts of characters who loved a drink and a story.

AM: Where would you like to film next and what beverage story would you like to learn about there? JM: Having filmed Booze Traveler in roughly 50 countries - covering six continents - has been wonderful, a real eye-opener. I would love to find a native tribe somewhere yet to be discovered and have a drink with them. That would be fantastic.

AM: Although the show follows you drinking through various countries, it's not really about drinking per se, but more of an Anthony Bourdain style (which we're fans of too) of the culture behind why one drinks or the history behind certain beverages. Why do you think that this resonates with viewers and what have you learned after doing this for 3 seasons?

AM: The show is an hour, but we see you enjoying a number of beverages and finding a particular drink, what is it like when you are taping for one of these shows? JM: I probably don't put away as much booze as it seems. A lot of what you see on the show happens off camera, too. The camaraderie is real. The travel can be a grind, but the crew is great and we keep each other loose.

JM: Maybe “Booze Traveler� resonates because we meet such interesting people, with really great stories. Hopefully my gratitude for that, along with my natural curiosity and joy for life, comes across.

AM: With all of the traveling and beverages, do you detox or cleanse and what workouts do you do?

AM: How important is interacting with the culture and sharing it with viewers of The Travel Channel?

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days, which I'm exhausted by the end of. I should do a better job of getting to the gym.

ing like a pro this summer from packing, essentials for your carry on and when you get to your final destination?

AM: What is your personal style in terms of what you wear to go out with friends or to run errands?

JM: Travel light. You probably don't need as many clothes as you think. Bring comfortable shoes. Don't make too many plans. The trip will be a blur and you'll have covered some distance, but won't remember as much as you should. Go off the beaten path. Duck into a café and talk to strangers. You might be surprised.

JM: Relaxed. Casual. Comfortable. AM: You take a lot of flights, what is on your playlist and how do you make your travels more comfortable for long flights or for various legs on a trip? JM: I have a lot of nice relaxing music on my iPod. When I want to get in the mood I play some Stones or Frank Sinatra, as different as those two are. Make sure I have a sleep mask and wax (not foam) earplugs on the plane. The wax kills a lot of the ambient noise; the mask helps you sleep. A few hours here and there make a difference. AM: How do you manage jet lag - any tips that you can share? JM: I try to drink as much water as I can. Keeps me hydrated and makes me get up and go to the bathroom. Great for circulation. DVT can be an issue on long flights, although I've never had a problem with it. AM: When you're in between seasons, what would we find you doing? JM: Visiting family. Hanging with friends. Resting. Probably won't see me on an airplane. AM: Can you tell us if there is a season 4 and what locales are on your bucket list? JM: We are filming season four of Booze Traveler right now. Very excited about the Tahiti episode. So tropically beautiful and naturally exotic. Also, Italy, Costa Rica, Norway and Romania. AM: What tips do you have for travel-

AM: Feel free to tell us where we will see you next, whether it's an upcoming project or if you have philanthropies/ charities that you are involved in! JM: Very fortunate to be entrusted with a second show for Travel Channel called “Booze Traveler: Best Bars.” It's a pub crawl through all the best bars in the US. You will find me handing out toys at the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Dept. Holiday Toy Drive in Phoenix every Christmas. My lifelong friend, Roy Catalo, is the chairman. One of the great joys in life is seeing the face of an underprivileged kid light up like a Lite-Brite when they pick out a toy they never thought they'd get.


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There was a time when people met in bars (social occasions) or offices (business), but coffee shops and coffee bars are literally the new go-to spots for rendezvous, both personal and professional. Coffee bars, by which we mean the Starbucks, Peet’s, Coffee Bean, Tully’s, Tim Horton’s, and Aromas of the world, although the list goes on, have become so haute, you can now find almost any flavor of coffee or caffeine strength you desire, but just try to find good, old-fashioned whole milk at many of these establishments. Or at any of the many coworking spaces that seem to have proliferated around the world. When did a long-standing staple like whole milk hit the no-fly list and why? Especially when the health benefits of whole milk far outweigh those in any of the lower fat versions: skim, 1%, 2% or fat free. We live in a very health-conscious society, but the information available to us can be confusing – and often contradictory – so here’s a good rule of thumb, if you’re in doubt about which products are healthier, especially when it comes to milk: Good idea to stick with an end product that’s the least adulterated or altered from when it started. We all do at least try to avoid processed food and beverages, and I’ve yet to meet the bovine who produces skim or any of the versions of low-fat milk. If you look at the nutrition labels on the different forms of milk – whole milk, skim, fat free or 1% or 2% fat – the chief difference is that whole milk is highest in calories and fat. However, for the protein, calcium and vitamins found in any form of milk to be absorbed by the body, fat must be present. Glycosphingolipids are a milk fat that helps to keep the immune system healthy and aid in cell metabolism. The two main vitamins are A and D; both are fat-soluble, so if you drink fat-free or one of the low-fat

milks, the vitamin A and D won't do you any good, even if additional Vitamin D has been added. Your body just will not absorb them. People who drink whole milk and eat more full-fat dairy products are significantly less likely to develop diabetes than people who go for the low-fat products, according to a study published in Circulation, which also found that, over time, children who habitually drink low-fat milk gain more weight, and those who drink whole-fat milk gain less weight. The Skinny on Skim Milk Skim milk has a strange and fascinating history. It was originally considered ‘industrial waste’ and fed to pigs to fatten them up for market. In fact, farmers in Denmark, for example, still do this. So how did this lowly byproduct, which has long been used to fatten up farm animals, become a staple for dieters and the health conscious?

GOT MILK? by Bonnie Ha Enter the marketing department, who turned this one-time industrial waste into a literal cash cow. According to NaturalHealth365, “At the turn of the twentieth century, skim milk was converted into condensed milk. This was done by putting the liquid into a vacuum pan at 100-120 degrees – until sufficiently concentrated and then adding sugar. In the 1920’s, this is how skim milk was marketed to the public. Another use for the left-over skim milk was the production of casein, the main protein in milk. Casein is used in

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alper Oxidized cholesterol contributes to the buildup of plaque in the arteries,” says the NaturalHealth365 piece.

processed foods and adhesives, paints and other industrial products. Casein fibers extracted from skim milk soon replaced fur in hats and were used to upholster car seats.”

Yet manufacturers are not required to disclose it because it’s all just milk, right?

As for the perception that because of its reduced fat, skim and low fat milks are healthier, buyer beware! These milk products contain powdered milk, which dairy manufacturers are not required by the FDA to disclose on their labels, although it’s important to note that in the manufacturing process of powdered milk, “liquid milk is forced through tiny holes at very high pressure, which causes the cholesterol in the milk to oxidize. May 2017

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It also turns out that saturated fats in dairy can protect against certain diseases and are not associated with heart disease or cardiovascular disease, as previously thought. In fact, there is very little scientific evidence that suggests you should be avoiding saturated fat in your diet, according to Authority Nutrition. Then again, humans are the only mammals who drink dairy-based milk after the traditional nursing period - mostly because we can. And because we love our cheeses, yogurts, ice cream and yes, milk. People may be starting to realize this, which may account for the sudden rise in popularity of alternative milks, such as soy, rice, coconut, oat and almond milk.

I’m just not sure that I’m one of those people who's ready to make that big switch to rice cream. And I do happen to be one of those people who enjoys drinking whole milk in my coffee. So next time I’m in a specialty coffee shop and there’s not a drop of whole milk to be found, I really would prefer it if they’d simply start offering it to their customers rather than do what they usually do: suggest that I mix the low- or fat-free milk with the half and half or cream. You’ll get the same result, they’ll invariably say. Once mixed with the coffee, it might look the same and it may taste somewhat similar. But, like me, you might not want to stomach it, now that you know the whole story.


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All eyes are on the recent collaboration of 1800 Tequila X PUMA X Sam Rodriguez Sneaker that continues the heritage of the PUMA Clyde sneaker by the iconic sport brand. We chatted with artist, Sam Rodriguez about being approached for this project and how he blended his grafitti style along with Mayan and Aztec aesthetic to put his twist on this shoe. ATHLEISURE MAG: Tell us about your background as we know you're a selftaught graphic artist. SAMUEL RODRIGUEZ: My name is Samuel Rodriguez and I am an artist based out of San JosĂŠ, California. My work has shown in public spaces, museums, companies, galleries, internet, and editorial media. For a number of years I was selftaught through graffiti, until I later decided to expand my studies through the pursuit of a Bachelor in Fine Arts at Cali-

fornia College of the Arts. I have since blended what I absorbed in both experiences to create my style and figure out the next steps in my career. AM: How have Mayan and Aztec art influences been important to the designs that were incorporated into your sneaker? SR: The Mayan and Aztec language are indigenous to Mexico so I thought it would be a good starting place. However, I also did not want to simply repeat what they did as it would have been out of context to this time period and project. Using this influence as a starting point, I thought about how they were communicating messages back then and asked myself how that could look through my perspective today. That’s why you see modern typography, graffiti, and hip-hop style headwear weaving


throughout the illustration. What I like about this project is that it pairs together indigenous, home grown ingredients with contemporary ones. AM: Were you a fan of the Clyde sneaker prior to you working with PUMA? SR: Yes, very much so, this sneaker was everything to me during my formative years. I got my first pair at age 12, the same year when I started writing graffiti. A lot of people that I looked up to would sport these. I would see Lowriders, Breakdancers, Cholos, and other Graffiti guys wearing them. Although these sneakers first became popular because of NY hip-hop, here at home we mixed them with our local flavors. For example, I would sport them with creased jeans, Ben Davis zip ups, Derby Jacket and a flipped up Cap. There were all sorts of West Coast variations, I remember some people wearing them with Cascade shirts, hairnets and all kinds of local styles. It’s a shoe that reminds me of good times when I was introduced to the streets, but more importantly when I began my life long passion in art.

The Mayan and Aztec language are indigenous to Mexico so I thought it would be a good starting place. However, I also did not want to simply retreat what they did as it would have been out of context to this time

period and project. AM: How did the 1800 Tequila X PUMA X Sam Rodriguez collab/partnership come about? SR: I was initially approached by Hypebeast. I was surprised and excited when they shared the details of the project. Designing a Puma Clyde was definitely an item on the bucket list. AM: Sneakers are definitely important in our wardrobe, but what statement besides style do you feel that your work creates in terms of creating social/historical/cultural conversations? SR: Style is something that a person grows into. It is your personal voice, but then you ask yourself, so what? From this comes the content of the work. I use my style and life experience to speak on social/historical/cultural conversations. Art is more interesting when it is relevant and responds to the current time period. Furthermore, it serves as a mark in history.


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The seasons are changing and as we turn over our closets to warmer weather, that doesn't mean our bar carts have to change! Whisky, whiskey and scotch are beverages that we gravitate towards during colder temperatures, its the perfect spirit to enjoy in the summer as well! Just think about such classics as Mint Juleps for the Kentucky Derby! We hung out with Joey Vargas, Beverage Director at midtown's American Whiskey to get a one-on-one session to make some classic cocktails and then we sat down to find out the hard questions - what is the difference between these spirits, what his job entails and what drinks we need to include for our rooftop get togethers. ATHLEISURE MAG: We enjoyed your mixology class recently. Tell us about how you became a beverage director, and what your day to day looks like when you're at American Whiskey? JOEY VARGAS: Most of my days start pretty early. I arrive at American Whiskey at 10 a.m. to open the bar. I usually have 3 or 4 tastings scheduled with my distributors to taste new spirits and (more often than not) we discuss what's been popular in the bar, as well as figure out new expressions or upcoming whiskeys to add to our ever-growing list. I also still like to schedule myself, quite a bit, to work behind the bar. I don't like to feel rusty or that I can't keep up with our other bartenders. AM: What is the difference between whisky, whiskey, and scotch? JV: Traditionally, "whisky" referred to the forefathers of whisky produced in Scotland and Ireland. When the whiskey boom first hit the states in the 1700s, the Irish immigrants brought over whiskey and we adopted the "e" in whiskey. Usually, today if the "e" is in the word whiskey, it's used to discuss American whiskeys. There are a few examples of American brands honoring their European heritage and not


using the "e" in the label, such as Makers Mark. A Scotch is simply a whisky that has been made in Scotland. Scotch can only come from Scotland, as bourbon can only be made in the United States. AM: What are your top 3 favorite whiskey cocktails that are available at American Whiskey? JV: Our ever popular "Strike Me Dead" would certainly be one. It's an ever-changing sweet take on an old fashioned. Its current incarnation includes rye whiskey, house made pecan bitters and a house made vanilla peppercorn syrup. The "Game Over Man," is named after a line the late great Bill Paxton repeatedly said in the classic "Aliens." It’s is a fun warm-weather whiskey cocktail made with rye whiskey, freshly-juiced prickly pear, peach liqueur, pineapple and sugar. Every time one hits the floor, we get asked what its contents are due to its bright color. Lastly, "The Oak," named after beloved former NY Knick Charles Oakley, is quite popular. We use a very interesting scotch named Highland Park, which comes from way up north in Scotland, Drambuie, a house made lavender Demerara syrup, and lemon. It's not your usual scotch cocktail, as it's quite approachable and won't have you smelling like your grandfather. Ha. AM: What are your 3 favorite whiskeys, and when drinking them on the rocks, how should they be consumed? JV: Oh man, this a tough one. It's like asking me what three records I'd bring on a deserted island...I love so many. Ha. Ok, I'll choose one of three different styles of whiskey. For Bourbon, I'd say Elijah Craig. I think

it's just a great representation of Bourbon: full-bodied, rich, sweet, corn, and vanilla from aging in the barrel. It's a definite go-to for me. I recently helped select a single barrel of Elijah Craig that we exclusively serve at American Whiskey. I'm pretty obsessed with it. In terms of Rye Whiskey, I'm a big fan of WhistlePig. All of their expressions are delicious, and it's by a former Makers distiller Dave Pickerell with a huge history in the whiskey business. WhistlePig is just fantastic. Dry, spicy, hot; just what I want from a Rye. For Scotch, I've been pretty obsessed with the Lagavulin 8 year, a special release to celebrate the 200th year of Lagavulin. It's a bit under-aged, as the normal Lagavulin is 16 years old. So, it's really light in body, but with all that awesome peat smoke. It's really interesting and quite different.

My summer go-to is American Whiskey's "Take Me Swiftly" cocktail (It is named after Taylor Swift. I'm a big fan). AM: Whiskey really is a drink for all seasons. What is your go-to drink for the summer including this spirit, and can you share the recipe with us? JV: My summer go-to is American Whiskey's "Take Me Swiftly" cocktail (Yes, it's named after Taylor Swift. I'm a big fan). It's a nice, bright, warm-weather whiskey drink that I'm quite fond of.


TAKE ME SWIFTLY COCKTAIL 1.5 Rye Whiskey (lower proof preferred) .5 oz apricot liqueur .75 oz lime .75 oz honey syrup (I use a 2-1 ratio. 2 parts honey to 1 part hot water to make the syrup.)

THE EXPAT COCKTAIL 1 oz Lime .75 oz simple syrup 2 oz bourbon 2 dashes angostura bitters (I like the extra dash)

Shaken, strain into a glass over ice and top with sparkling wine

Shaken with fresh mint, strained into a coupe

AM: Can you share a drink that has whiskey in it, but one wouldn't usually think that this spirit is in it?

AM: What are some events coming up at American Whiskey that we should mark our calendars for during the summer season?

JV: “The Expat� cocktail is a new American classic, very bright and refreshing. It reminds me of the classic daiquiri or gimlet recipe with a little twist.

JV: Our calendar is always changing. The best way to keep up-to-date on everything going on here is to check our In


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When we think of summer fun, strawberries are on our list! It's refreshing, filled with nutrients, antioxidants and is high in Vitamin C to boot! All of this adds up to this fruit being a must to include in your beauty routine. This month we share some of our favorites! | COCOFLOSS Pure Strawberries | EMINENCE ORGANICS SKINCARE Strawberry Rhubarb Masque | FARMACY Strawberry Basil Lip Bloom |

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EFENSE SKILLS EN TRAVELING


Traveling can frazzle your brain. Between trying to remember if you locked up the house or put your ID back into your wallet, thinking about personal safety in airport parking lots is the last thing on most people’s minds. However, poorly lit parking garages, arms full of luggage, confusing parking signs, forgetting where you parked and keys buried in the bottom of an overflowing purse can make people easy targets for predators. To help people stay safe while traveling, Krav Maga Worldwide, the industry leader in self-defense and fitness, has put together a list of personal safety tips to keep in mind when at the airport, train station or in an unfamiliar city. Founded in 1997, Krav Maga Worldwide trains and certifies instructors and licenses over 150 authorized Krav Maga Worldwide training centers in the United States, Canada, Japan, Mexico, South America, and Europe, as well as over 800 law enforcement agencies and military units. They offer the highest caliber of instruction to thousands of people, supporting the company’s core commitment to improving and saving lives. The group continues to develop, promote and implement self-defense and fitness programs. Stay aware of your surroundings by scanning your environment. No matter how busy you are, do not allow your mind to wander. It might seem important in the moment to be making a to-do list in your head, but if you are worrying about what you need to do when you get home you might not notice someone following you to your vehicle, reading your email over your shoulder or sliding a hand into your purse. Park in well lit areas. If you are renting a car while traveling, when you park - avoid spots next to

vans, trucks with camper shells, or cars with tinted windows. You want to keep your car and yourself as visible to as many people as possible and as such you should also avoid parking next to tall shrubs or plants that could block views of your vehicle. Don't wear your purse or bag so that the strap crosses your body. Wearing a purse strap across your body makes you more connected to your bag. If someone tries to steal your purse, you will be pulled with the strap. You can become unbalanced and put into a vulnerable position or you could end up in a physical altercation with the assailant. If your purse is draped on one shoulder you can easily let go of it. Dress casually and comfortably. During transit is not the time to make a fashion statement. It is better to leave the high heels and flashy statement making pieces at home or in your luggage until you arrive at your destination. Jeans and sneakers will help you blend in and if needed enable you to make a quick getaway. Also, avoid wearing large and expensive looking jewelry that can draw additional attention to you. Always keep one arm and hand free of luggage and other gear. Many people travel with multiple bags, purses, lap top cases and other accessories and gear. But, if your arms and hands are tied up with bags you have no means of defending yourself from an attacker. Luggage that can stack together securely and be pulled by one handle is a safer choice than wearing and carrying numerous bags on your person. For more tips on staying safe while traveling, visit Krav Maga's site.


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We love having a smoothie to jump start our day as well as to keep us full in a healthy way. We also wanted to know more about what makes smoothies such a great item to include in our diets with Moll Breiner, Head of Marketing at ALOHA and Amy Geant, a nutrition expert. She shares how this wellness trend has a number of benefits, its ability to boost energy and more.

sium, phosphorus, and zinc, a unique combination that keeps you feeling full and energized for hours.

ATHLEISURE MAG: Why are smoothies having such a moment right now?

AM: What are 3 smoothie hacks to boost energy?

MOLL BREINER: We’ve seen the “wellness trend” really take off over the two years, and people are becoming more mindful of what they are putting into their bodies. That said, we live in a world where everyone is constantly on-the-go and convenience is crucial. Smoothies offer us a way to pack tons of nutrients and vitamins into one portable package, which is a rare feat these days. Plus, they’re easy on the eyes - the Instagram hashtag #smoothiebowl has nearly one million posts. People want to eat a healthy, satisfying meal, but we also eat with our eyes and it’s important for food to look as good as it tastes.

MB: The reason we love smoothies so much is because you can add almost anything to them without altering the flavor too drastically. A few of our favorite energy-boosting additions include matcha powder, a finely ground powder of specially grown and processed green tea that is packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and detoxifying properties - plus, ½ teaspoon packs as much caffeine as one cup of coffee, without the jitters and eventual energy crash.

AM: What nutrients do smoothies provide? MB: Smoothies are a great way to incorporate plant-based protein into your diet. Our finely-ground powder blends in seamlessly, and with flavors like vanilla, chocolate, banana and mixed berry, it adds flavor and richness. Our unique blend of pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds and pea protein is specifically designed to keep you feeling satisfied and energized.

And, unlike its whey counterpart, our plant-based protein is anti-inflammatory and free of the most common allergens (dairy, gluten, and soy), making it a perfect option for almost everyone.

Maca powder is another one of our hacks - it has countless health benefits - far too many to explain in one paragraph, but we use it in our smoothies because it’s known for increasing stamina and endurance. It is also an abundant source of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, 20 different kinds of amino acids - almost all of them, and anti oxidants. Not to mention, it stabilizes your mood, clears your skin, and prevents diseases.

Hemp seeds are one of the rare complete source of protein and are rich in Omega-3, 6 and 9, which are all necessary for optimal brain function.

Our favorite energy hack, however, is adding our Superfood Greens. Not only do they provide 200% of your daily Vitamin D requirement, they are packed with superfoods like spirulina, mushrooms, and wheatgrass juice, giving you a much needed nutrient boost.

Pumpkin seeds are an excellent source of protein, healthy fats, and fiber. These tiny seeds contain manganese, magne-

AM: What are 3 secret smoothie ingredients that boost nutrients in our smoothies?


THE SKINNY ON SMOOTHIES


MB: The nutrients completely depend on the ingredients you decide to incorporate into your concoction. We love to pack our veggies with as many smoothies as possible (much more fun than eating them, right?). Some of our favorites are kale (high in copper, iron, magnesium and calcium), cauliflower (great way to get that thick, smoothie bowl texture and packed with vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, pantothenic acid, and vitamin B6) and sweet potato (adds a subtle sweetness and is loaded with vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene, vitamin C, potassium, and dietary fiber). AM: How can a smoothie keep us full and what do you suggest should be in them? MB: We asked our go-to nutrition expert, Amy Geant, to weigh in on this question. We always consult registered dietitians before giving out any nutrition advice. AMY GEANT: Protein is one of the most important ingredients to help keep us feeling full. Carbohydrates like fruit are broken down by the body quickly, giving us a quick boost of energy, but not always a feeling of fullness for longer periods of time. Whereas protein takes two to three hours to be fully metabolized, meaning your blood sugar, energy, and feeling of satiety should be quite stable for at least a couple hours. I usually recommend people put 10-15 grams of protein in their smoothies for snacks and 20-30 grams of protein if the smoothie is being used as a meal replacement. Protein powders are a great way to add the adequate lean protein into a smoothie without taking in too many calories or carbohydrates. AM: What does protein do in our bodies? AG: Building on the previous answer, Amy notes, “As mentioned in #5, protein takes longer than carbohydrates

the body to fully break down into glucose (sugar), so you get a gradual stream of energy over two to three hours after eating protein rather than a quick spike and then a crash. Keeping blood sugar steady is essential in keeping one's energy and metabolic rate stable (and avoiding that afternoon energy slump which can lead to cravings for sugar and carbohydrates).” AM: What smoothie would you suggest to someone who is new to adding this into their routine? MB: Our favorite, easy, palatable combination is our very own Clean Green Smoothie. The best part is it’s low in sugar, high in protein and dietary fiber to keep you feeling full and energized for hours. We have included the recipe below. -½ frozen banana -½ cup of frozen cauliflower (trust us on this one) -One handful of fresh spinach -2 scoops of ALOHA Vanilla Protein Powder -Your choice of plant-based milk (¾ cup for a smoothie bowl, 1 cup for a drinkable smoothie)


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