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cover Dennis Dean Galleries Moves to the Royal Palm Resort
Award-winning photographer Dennis Dean continues to make his mark in the international art world. He will be moving his renowned galleries from its current home on Wilton Drive to the stunning newly refurbished Royal Palms Resort on the beach in Fort Lauderdale as of October 1. “This offer gives me the opportunity to have a different audience for my work from all over the world on a rotating weekly basis because of the constant flow of visitors who come to stay at the resort. “My work will be shown in the rooms, spa, fitness center, and the bar and grill. It is fantastic that guests will be surrounded by my work, and I am proud to be working with Royal Palms’ Managing Partner Mario Careaga.” Dennis is acclaimed for his creative abilities, strong composition, and dramatic lighting. He specializes in state-of-the-art digital photography for fitness, fashion, and fine art. Dennis published his first art book, “Within Reach,” to rave reviews. That led to his work being showcased in a plethora of art publications, fitness magazines, calendars, greeting cards, as well as countless exhibitions, including two in London at the Adonis Art Gallery. Another advantage of the move to the new
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location is, as Dennis puts it, “I will be able to do shoots with guests on the property as well as offer locals the chance to be shot at a sleek and sexy location. We are working on Spa Packages that include a photo shoot as well as a day of pampering.” Dennis is the Creative Director and Photographer of Five Star Monkey’s Ruff Riders and Live Free Be Strong brands. He is also the Editorial Photographer for Mark and Passport Magazines, having shot countless covers and fashion layouts. Dennis says in conclusion, “The camera has been my best friend since the age of 14. We have created thousands and thousands of images throughout the years. I am a lover of art and beauty. When I photograph, I capture the moment that speaks to me and tells a story. Lighting and location are a key component in my work.” Stop by the resort to see Dennis’ work, or make an appointment through the spa at 954-564-6444, ext. 403. Dennis is available for a photo session by appointment only at 954-240-8307. Dennis Dean Galleries @ Royal Palms Resort & Spa 717 Breakers Avenue Fort Lauderdale Beach, FL Hours of Operations: Monday - Thursday, 10a.m. - 6p.m. Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, 10a.m. - 7p.m.
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SnowBizNow You Can’t Stop the Beat By Nicholas Snow
There’s a breakout song from the hit Broadway stage and movie musical Hairspray in which an unlikely heroine, Tracy Turnblad, proclaims, “…You can’t stop the motion of the ocean or the sun in the sky. You can wonder if you wanna but I never ask why. And if you try to hold me down, I’m gonna spit in your eye and say that you can’t stop the beat!” With so much going against us on so many levels worldwide (I’m not playing the victim, just stating the facts), most members of the LGBTQ community have been challenged from our earliest memories to even simply love and accept ourselves. Because of it, music in its many forms has helped us through our darkest hours. And those who have become our allies have been equally inspired by the soundtrack of our lives, their lives. I recently asked my LGBTQ friends and allies around the world about which songs and recording artists have defined their relationship to the LGBTQ experience. Fabrice from Trinidad and Tobago responded, “’I Am What I Am’ by Shirley Bassey,” because it reminds him, as he explained, “that I do not need to apologize or be ashamed for being me.” Richie from Florida added, “After I came out—a long time ago—‘La Cage Aux Folles’ was playing on Broadway. When ‘I Am What I Am’ came on, it resonated with the path I had taken to get to where I was. Of course I was more tastefully dressed then the cast but that is another story!” Timo from Finland voted for ABBA’s ‘Dancing Queen” for reasons that “should be quite obvious when you consider the lyrics,” not to mention the title! Laura from Palm Springs was particularly moved by the music video for Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful” explaining, “It wasn’t necessary for me to be more accepting, but I really enjoyed how ‘matter of fact’ it was about acceptance.” A publisher in Thailand responded, “It has to be Sir Elton. After he came out, his career suffered in the U.S. but he has gone on to be an everimproving musician, has raised millions for the Elton John AIDS Foundation, and has led the way with his marriage to David Furnish. His courage is an inspiration.” Steve from across the pond likes Blur’s “Boys and Girls” which he first heard in Penang in 1994, citing the lyrics, “Girls who are boys who like boys to be girls, who do boys like they’re girls, who do girls like they’re boys, always should be someone you really love.” “Somehow it stuck in my head
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and resurfaced years later when I started shagging Lady Boys, though apparently it has nothing to do with them,” said Steve. My college roommate (it was the summer of 1980 at Northern Arizona University) Edward, who now lives in L.A., cited Bronski Beat’s “Smalltown Boy,” explaining, “In a small, West Texas town, it was almost impossible to grow up being myself. To come out being gay would have been almost a death sentence. Well, not quite that drastic, but I definitely would have been bullied at school.” My gal pal Karen in Sante Fe—who I met in the 1980’s in L.A., named the most obvious choice in today’s musical and cultural landscape explaining, “Being LBTG-adjacent, I would have to say Lady Gaga is my icon of people’s freedom to be who they are, and to love who they love. I have never understood why sexual orientation was such a big deal. My Lord, who cares? Love is love is love and we all are what we are.” Mark in Malaysia selected “Greatest Love of All” as made famous by Whitney Houston, proclaiming, “In the search for love and acceptance in a world that still chooses to stigmatize and discriminate against LGBT, the greatest thing we can do is love ourselves and let that love continue to flow throughout our lives.” “I decided long ago, never to walk in anyone’s shadows. If I fail, if I succeed, at least I live as I believe. No matter what they take from me, they can’t take away my dignity, because the greatest love of all is happening to me…” Yes, “Learning to love yourself is the greatest love of all!” Follow Nicholas at www.Facebook.com/ SnowbizNow, www.Twitter.com/SnowbizNow, and at www.SnowbizNow.com. Follow “The Power To Be Strong” HIV Testing/Safer Sex Awareness Campaign at www.Facebook.com/PowerToBeStrong.
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bar guide Fort Lauderdale / Wilton Manors ALIBI 2266 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors oGayborhood tradition since 1997. Comfortable, inviting atmosphere with indoor video bars, outdoor drinking and dining. Drink specials all week, with mammoth 22-ounce Long Island Iced Teas for $3 on Thursdays. BILL’S FILLING STATION 2209 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors oVideos, pool tables, dart boards, dance ﬂoor, happy hour, live shows, Tuesday and Thursday karaoke – and great burgers to boot. Fun and friendly truck-stop-themed bar, great staff. BOARDWALK 1721 N Andrews Ave Fort Lauderdale oOver 100 of the sexiest men from all over the world. Go-go dancers, cages, billiards, 2-4-1 Happy Hours. Drag emcees and did we mention the boys? BOOM 2232 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors oThe bar with two names features a dance club and Gayborhood bar. Drag Bingo on Mondays, karaoke Mondays and Tuesdays, dance music Fridays and Saturdays, and (indoor) Sunday TDance. CORNER PUB 1915 N Andrews Ave Wilton Manors oFriendly atmosphere, unpretentious clientele and staff. Next to Island City Pizza (so you can get your drink AND your slice on). CUBBY HOLE 823 N Federal Hwy Fort Lauderdale oButch bar and grill with a rockin’ daytime crowd (and a fun nighttime one, too). Fifty-cent pool, 2-for-1 drinks all day every day, video games, hot movies on HDTV and DirecTV. Thursdays it’s Bare Bear Chest Night, and every Friday and Saturday, the fur ﬂies with Hot Bears on Poles (where the Grizzlies Grind)!
DEPOT CABANA BAR AND GRILL 2935 N Federal Hwy Fort Lauderdale oAdjacent to the America’s Best Inn and Suites. Pool open daily - No Cover or Day Pass. Great food, daily happy hour, Sunday afternoon T-Dance Poolside. Karaoke and live music. Open daily at 11:30 a.m.
DUDES 3270 NE 33rd St Fort Lauderdale oMen dancing for men. Hot go-go boys in an upscale atmosphere, piano lounge for more quiet interludes. Steamy shower shows. JOHNNY’S 1116 W Broward Blvd Fort Lauderdale oClub, bar, lounge. Male dancers and the men who love (to ogle) them. Sunday amateur strip contest (and karaoke!). LIPS 1421 E Oakland Park Blvd Oakland Park oThe Ultimate in Drag Dining. Dinner and shows six nights a week. Sunday Gospel Brunch with the Sisters of Sequins.
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LIVING ROOM 300 SW 1st Ave Fort Lauderdale oFort Lauderdale Arts & Entertainment District meets South Beach. Friday nights they’re here, they’re queer, and they drink free from 10:30(ish) to midnight. Only House Music club in town with its own classical (and classicallychiseled) violinist. THE MANOR 2345 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors oWeHo vibe (think: LA’s The Abbey) in the heart of the Gayborhood. Dine, drink, dance, play, mingle. Theme rooms (salsa and meringue every weekend in the Latin Quarter!). Live dancing and dining.
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bar guide Fort Lauderdale / Wilton Manors MATTY’S ON THE DRIVE 2426 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors oDrink specials, billiards, and a chill gayborhood vibe. 75 cent drinks on Wednesdays. No Drama, No Smoking. MONKEY BUSINESS 2740 N Andrews Ave Fort Lauderdale oCozy neighborhood bar. Karaoke, drags shows, Patio Bar – and open at 9 a.m. daily. MONA’S 502 E Sunrise Blvd Fort Lauderdale oCocktail Lounge in the heart of Searstown. Fun customers, fun bartenders and fun proprietor (the Legendary Jerry). Outside patio. Wednesday karaoke, Thursday Speedball Tournament. NAKED GRAPE 2163 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors oRelaxing, friendly, hip, unique-the alternative gathering place on Wilton Drive. Wine tastings and events. Tuesday and Wednesday Late Night In the Biz. PJ’S CORNER POCKET 924 N Flagler Drive Fort Lauderdale oInterracial Private Social Club. Bottle club memberships. Get your groove back on Wednesday nights with $2 drinks. RAMROD 1508 NE 4th Ave Fort Lauderdale oVoted World’s Favorite Leather Bar. Pig Dance first Saturday of the month – South Florida’s Busiest, Craziest Monthly Party (with caged hunks at midnight on Saturdays – Is there a downside to this?). ROSIE’S BAR & GRILL 2829 W Broward Blvd Fort Lauderdale oNexus of the A-Gay List. Be Seen in the Scene (without making one). Food, folks, libations, and a killer Sunday Funday.
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SCANDALS SALOON 3073 NE 6th Ave Wilton Manors oA line-dancin’, tight blue jeanswearin’ good time. Country and western music, two-steppin’, three-steppin’, pool tables, and themed events year ‘round. Cowboys and Indians was never this much fun, Pilgrim. SIDELINES 2031 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors oWhere sports come first. Nationally known destination sports bar with TVs streaming NFL, MLB, NBA and college games. Pool tables, dart boards and large indoor (and now smoke-free) facility. Outdoor patio features area for smokers. Mixed crowd of gay men and women (who would have thought?). Featured in Bloomberg Businessweek and recommended by LOGO. SLAMMER 321 W Sunrise Blvd Fort Lauderdale oPrivate Men’s Club. Pay cover, then uncover. Monday In the Biz, Thursday Leather Nights. They bring the party (and the mattresses), you bring the booze. SMARTY PANTS 2400 E Oakland Park Blvd Fort Lauderdale oCozy neighborhood bar with daily happy hour, and regular patrons. Show night Thursdays at 9 p.m. Karaoke Friday and Saturday nights, with matinee on Sunday afternoon. THE STABLE 205 E Oakland Park Blvd Fort Lauderdale oLevis-and-leather neighborhood bar, where the bears line dance and the cowboys are VERY friendly. TORPEDO 2829 W Broward Blvd Fort Lauderdale oDance, shoot pool, drink til 4 a.m., 7 nights a week. Doors open at midnight; dance til dawn.
bar guide Miami / Miami Beach BAR 721 721 N Lincoln Lane Miami Beach oPlush, lush and ﬂush, a luxe, sexy décor that includes soft carpeting, comfy couches and a Grown Up Playroom equipped with a ﬂat screen TV for video games, pool table, ceiling-mounted speakers. Enjoy 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. happy hours including $6 premium drinks. CLUB BOI 777 NE 79 St Miami oWith an urban vibe on the weekends, a diverse crowd and a diverse musical format, including Hip Hop, R&B, House, Reggae, Soca, Latin and Old School. Gogo bois and drink specials. CLUB SUGAR 2301 SW 32nd Ave Miami oGay Latin scene, with Salsa, Merengue, Reggaeton, Hip Hop and House music always playing. DISCOTEKKA 950 NE 2nd Ave Miami
oHot music, hot scene, hot bartenders, and hot patrons in the hot heart of Downtown Miami. JOHNNY’S MIAMI 63 NE 14th Street Downtown Miami oThe second location of the infamous Club, bar, lounge. Male dancers and the men who love (to ogle) them. Multiple weekly events including Latin Thursdays and Drag Queen Mondays and no cover. MOVA LOUNGE 1625 Michigan Ave Miami Beach oOn Miami Beach’s famed Lincoln Road, never a cover. Drink specials all week long, live DJs, high energy music and a fun crowd getting their dance on til late. PALACE BAR 1200 Ocean Drive Miami Beach oThis bar and restaurant in the heart of South Beach’s Art Deco District. Mouthwatering burgers, boys (and girls!). Weekend cabaret shows Thursday through Sunday.
THE DEPOT 1st ANNIVERSARY PARTY
The Depot will be holding their first anniversary celebration on Saturday, October 1 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 2935 N Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale. No cover charge. Music by DJ Bill Bennett, North America’s number one leather deejay as voted by Instinct and OUT Magazine. Entertainment by the worldfamous Sushi and the 801 Girls of Key West. Other special guests. LGBT HISPANIC HERITAGE CELEBRATION The LGBT Hispanic Heritage Celebration will be held on Miami Beach on Saturday, October 1 at Lummus Park on Miami Beach from noon to 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. The day is sponsored by the Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and other community partners. The day will feature music, dance, entertainment, a cultural showcase, special guests, vendor booths and more.
13th ANNUAL MIAMI GAY AND LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL
From October 1 to November 1 at various locations. To enrich, entertain and educate the public, encourage a sense of community through international and culturally diverse film,
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SCORE 727 Lincoln Rd Miami Beach oDance, drink, party all night on Miami Beach’s Lincoln Road. Tons of events throughout the year, including fundraisers for Winter Party, White Party, and Miami Beach Gay Pride. SPACE 34 NE 11th St Miami oMingle and mix with gays and str8s in the heart of Downtown Miami. Indoor dance ﬂoors and outdoor rooftop bar, spectacular light show. TWIST 1057 Washington Ave Miami Beach oGreat music, friendly staff, hot tourists and locals. Never a cover, always a groove. Bungalow Bar = Hot Men. In SoBe’s Art Deco District. VLADA LOUNGE 3215 NE 2nd Ave Miami oUrban, sophisticated and chic in Midtown Miami with a bar that ices over. New York pedigree meets Miami attitude. Nightly DJs, never a cover.
video and other media that offer historical and contemporary perspectives on the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience. For a complete schedule, visit www.mglff.com.
“SPIRIT OF HOPE” GALA
Broward House’s “Spirit of Hope” Gala – “A Night at the Cotton Club” – will be held on Friday, October 7 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Signature Grand Mansion in Davie, Florida. Broward House’s “Spirit of Hope” galas are one of the most anticipated events of the South Florida social season. This year’s gala is honoring Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Tuesday’s Angels and AIDS Healthcare Foundation. Come out and relive those days of the secretive Speakeasies, where fabulous flappers will be waiting to welcome you. You will be treated to a three-course meal and all the hootch your liver can handle. Throughout the evening, you will be dazzled by the Cotton Club cast. Enjoy casino games such as roulette, craps, poker and blackjack. Tickets are $100 per person or a table of ten for only $950. For tickets or more information, visit www.BrowardHouse.org/donate.html.
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fashion&style Style Concierge Highlights The Fashion Trends For Fall/Winter 2011 Menswear By Eric Christian
The fall and winter season is just around the corner. While many of us in Florida and warmer sections of the country are still enjoying swimsuits, the beach and the sun, those in cooler climes are contemplating and beginning to prepare their wardrobes for the seasons ahead. Sooner or later, the temperature will drop, and with it will come heavier clothing needs. Fortunately, fall and winter fashions are available for purchase in stores now. So what better time for the Style Concierge to tell you the fall/winter trends for men this season? VELVET HITS THE RUNWAYS Velvet has been around for quite some time now. It’s considered very classic and timeless if worn correctly. Velvet should never be worn over velvet but with denim, trousers, and khakis. It’s now come back as a “new” trend for the fall. It’s most commonly seen in burgundy, black, navy blue, and chocolate. It’s seen this season in runway shows from many designers including Lanvin, Gucci, Dsquared2, Dolce & Gabbana, and Etro. MILITARY INFLUENCE IS BACK AGAIN! For those of you who don’t like it, guess what? Seems as if it’s here to stay! Channel your inner sergeant when you stock
your fall and winter wardrobe this year--from army green, mocha, and brown to waist and doublebreasted trench coats that flatter the body and hide any embarrassing flaws during the cold winter months. Designers such as Alexander McQueen, Neil Barrett, Versace,and Burberry Prorsum continue to keep this trend alive this fall/winter 2011/2012 season.
Ralph Lauren Purple Label leather jacket with shearling collar $4,695 www.mrporter.com IT’S ALL ABOUT SHEARLING According to Women’s Wear Daily, the outerwear trend for fall/winter 2011 is shearling. This season, many designers such as Burberry Prorsum, Ralph Lauren Purple Label, Rick Owens, Balmain, and Boss Black created their key jackets, coats, and blazers using this material that has become popular again. I am certainly excited this fall/ winter season to see what everyone will be wearing. Any of these styles can be found in all major department stores. For those of you that are on a budget, select look-alike styles at stores like Zara, Gap, Banana Republic, Top Shop, and H&M stores. For fashion, personal shopping, styling, and shopping tours, contact Eric@styleconciergemiami.com or visit the website at www.styleconciergemiami.com. jumponmarkslist.com
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Celebrity Silhouette Sets Sail Part 1: Cruise Rapture
Last month I ventured to the Holy Land on the sophomore voyage of the new Celebrity Silhouette (celebritycruises. com) cruise ship. Over 3000 party-hungry men (and 17 brave women) had christened the ship two weeks prior on its maiden voyage from Italy to Israel and back, in association with Atlantis events. Though I chose to set sail on one of the regularly scheduled itineraries rather than indulging in the Atlantis hype, I found the Celebrity Silhouette exceptionally gay friendly, superbly service-oriented, and sensationally fun. I’m no stranger to cruising but this was my first Celebrity cruise (I am a Carnival and Princess regular). Immediately, I was blown away by the style and sophistication of the ship. Each of the common rooms impressed me more than the next. The ship has a youthful, whimsical and super stylish feel, with sexy interiors highly reminiscent of my favorite “W” hotels. The first days of the cruise were spent at sea. “Sea Days” tend to be my favorite days on any cruise, allowing me to relax completely without creating minute-to-
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minute itineraries for thoroughly exploring a new city or island in just a few hours. Sea days were a time to get to know the ship inside and out. My balcony stateroom was spacious and modern, including an extra large bathroom, and a priceless view as we sailed passed Sicily and the Greek Islands. A lover of cocktails, I found the Martini Bar & Crush my favorite space on the ship (and the Raspberry Lemonade Martini arguably my favorite drink in the world)! Feeding off a 28-degree concept of deep glacial whites and blues with its Philippe Stark-style mega chairs and sleek chaise lounges, the ovalshaped bar comfortably seats a few dozen, sporting a counter made of solid ice. The Hideaway, two floors above, functions as an eclectic coffee and chill-out lounge area, where relaxation and good conversation unfolds over avante-garde seating areas resembling bird cages and nests. The world-class Aqua spa is flanked by the most expansive, state-of-the art fullscale gymnasium I have ever seen on the high seas! Quasar, the ship’s main nightclub across from the shopping arcade (which includes Michael Kors and other retail shops)
is a pimped out palladium that puts South Beach’s most popular trendsetters to shame! Besides the constant eating orgies in the regular dining rooms and all-youcan eat buffets, the ship boasts ten--yes ten---specialty-dining restaurants on board, including the interactive Lawn Club Grill (think: upscale BBQ on the top deck where a Celebrity Chef helps grill your selections and you make your own flatbreads) and traditional fine dining at Celebrity’s most renowned restaurant, Murano. Indeed, my sea days on the Celebrity Silhouette were long and lazy. I’d sleep in, order breakfast on my balcony and then head to the quiet Solstice deck on level 15 from some intense summer sunbathing. I caught up on my favorite magazines in the Library lounge and participated in a workshop or two that peaked my interest– like the Riedel Wine Workshop, which demonstrates how the shape and quality of a wine glass affects taste and smell of various wines and the iMovie workshop, so I could finally learn to use this useful application on my Mac! Lots of eye candy at the gym meant long hours of cardio and pumping iron to work off the colossal portions I had been consuming. I met some great people – both gay and straightmy first nights at the casino and at the “Friends of Dorothy” meeting, a group that proved to be tons of fun throughout the sailing. Throw some casino time in, lots of drinking, even more eating, late night dancing and some special events with the Captain – I probably would have been more than content with 12 “sea days!” But alas, Greece, Italy and Israel were calling; and our ports of call (including Rome, Santorini, and Haifa), were not to be missed…… To be continued next week with, Celebrity Silhouette Sets Sail, Part II: Ports of Call View more travel tips: AmazingGayTravel.com jumponmarkslist.com
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If You Could Turn Back Time! Well, you can’t really, but you can take some measures to stall it a little. Face the facts. We are living in very stressful times. Worrying about your job and this crappy economy, not getting enough sleep, poor nutritional habits, etc. are just a few of the factors that speed up the aging process in one hell of a hurry. You can use botox, collagen and a top notch plastic surgeon to fight off the ravages of Father Time, but you may just go broke in the process. Result: more damn stress! Why not let Mark Magazine offer a few cost free suggestions this week on how to eliminate some of your stress and the wrinkles that come with it! Remember when your mother told you to stop scowling or your face would freeze that way? Well, your old lady had a point. Every time you cop a facial expression, tiny creases form underneath the surface of your skin; the more you do the expression, the deeper the creases. As you age and your skin loses moisture and elasticity, these lines turn into permanent deep grooves. Hint: so that you won’t end up looking like one of the apple trees in the “Wizard of Oz,” try to keep your eyes, eyebrows and forehead relaxed. Also, try sleeping on your back and avoid sleeping on your side with your face scrunched up in the pillow. Yes, more time on your back will keep you looking younger! And don’t forget the importance of moisturizing your skin at night and in the morning before you go to work. Yo-yo or crash diets are a “no-no”! While it’s tempting to starve yourself or try a new gimmick to shed fat fast, such strategies can wreak havoc with your heart, cause bagging, sagging skin, and make you fatter in the long run. Eat healthy and exercise regularly starting today! That waist and butt didn’t blimp out overnight, so it only makes sense that you can’t tone up and trim down and acquire a gorgeous body over night. Diet wisely by losing only 1-3 pounds per week and always combine a sound nutritional plan with a program of wise, consistent exercise. Stop smoking and eating so many sweets. Both of these vices can cause wrinkles by speeding up the degradation of elastin and collagen, both crucial skin proteins. In addition, cigarette smoking can dry out your skin and give you bad breath and yellow teeth. Lovely! Try eating more fruit instead of cupcakes and brownies. Try replacing cigarettes with more sex. Great cardio! Life is a bitch and then you die – and stress is here to stay. But when stress makes you feel out of control, certain catabolic hormones, like cortisol, adrenaline and neurodrenaline, rage wildly in your body speeding up the aging process. Try deep-
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breathing activities like yoga and meditation—both can be done anywhere. Try listening to classical music. A little Mozart can make you calmer and smarter, too. Masturbation is also a great stress releaser, but not recommended at your job. A great tan is sexy. But years of baking and broiling can also cause skin to become dry, splotchy and wrinkled. To prevent these casualties and worse, use a sunscreen, a minimum of SPF-15 daily and your skin will retain its moisture and absorb the sun’s cancer fighting and bone building Vitamin D. Here’s to youth, beauty, joy and happiness. Remember, life is too short to be stressed and miserable. Tom Bonanti is a certified personal trainer and owner of Punp’n Inc Gym at 1271 NE 9th Ave, Fort Lauderdale. For more fitness tips, contact TrainerTomB@aol.com!
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