MANKIND UNPLUGGED | Guy Stuff. Girl's View. Men's Lifestyle. Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:49:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Smell Betterer and Manlier With The New Old Spice Fresher Collection Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:46:43 +0000 Old-Spice-Fresher-Collection-Citron

The good folks at Old Spice are at it again, and this time they want to help guys like you smell MANLIER, FRESHER and even BETTERER. To help you smell better than nature, Old Spice launched three new scents inspired by the freshest ingredients in nature – Timber, Amber and Citron. These new fresh scents complement the brand’s already wildly popular Fresh Collection, which includes Fiji and Delani. The three new masculine scents were born from groundbreaking research by leading neuroscience firm Innerscope Research. They proved what most of us women already know – the fresh scent of the great outdoors has the power to calm the mind and body.

VIDEO: Old Spice | Fresher Collection | Betterer than Nature

A hundred males, ages 18 to 34 years old, were given high-tech tests a lot like lie detectors and facial coding techniques used by intelligence agencies. Comparing the emotional response after smelling Fresher Collection scents with natural and neutral scents, scientific data shows that Old Spice Fresher Collection has the transformational powers to take a man’s brain to the great outdoors. The Old Spice Nature Study showed that smelling Old Spice Fresher Collection makes people smile significantly more than smelling neutral scents. It also relaxes them as much as breathing in some fresh air. For the ladies reading this, the findings also showed that the Fresher Collection’s new scents are significantly more likely than neutral scents to make him think of masculine activities, such as chopping wood or rock climbing. Women may not be scientists, but it’s safe to say we love a man with an irresistible aroma and an affinity for outdoors adventures.

Old Spic Fresher Collection Timber Product Line Up

Fresher Collection scents include:

Timber – Herbal base notes complemented by fresher scents of woody timber and leafy mint. For true lumberjacks, the scent of Timber is newer and fresher than forests and nobility.

Amber – Tap into your exotic side with Oriental and gourmand base notes with hints of seaberry, amber and molasses. For true explorers, the captivating scent of Amber is newer and fresher than tree sap and danger.

Citron – Get a whiff of green base notes with an invigorating mixture of citrus, lemongrass and sandalwood finishing scents. For true captains, the scent of Citron is fresher than limes and life successes.

Fiji – Escape with refreshing juniper and blood orange mixed with base notes of warm woods, amber, coconut and sweet musk. Fiji smells like palm trees, sunshine and freedom, marooning your body on a pristine tropical island and leaving you feeling fresher than coconuts and daydreams.

Denali – Freshen up with spices, rosemary and lavender mixed with base notes of creamy vanilla, rich amber and sandalwood. Denali smells like wilderness, open air and freedom, offering a snowy crisp scent worth the man and yak power required to climb the tallest of mountains.

All five Fresher Collection scents are available in anti-perspirant/deodorant, deodorant, body wash and body spray. Timber and Fiji also are available in shampoo and bar soap.

Old Spice Fresher Collection Kit

Because we want to help you smell as great as nature, we are giving away an Old Spice Fresher Collection Kit. If you are interesting in smelling Fresher and Betterer, all you have to do is follow us on Twitter @Man_Unplugged and send us the following tweet:

Hi @Man_Unplugged I want to smell fresher and betterer with @OldSpice new Fresher Collection

We will choose one lucky winner on Friday, March 13, 2015. Yes, your luck can change on Friday the 13th. Winners will be notified by email.

The Fresher Collection products hit retailer locations nationwide last month, so make sure to look for them. For more information on Old Spice Fresher Collection, visit and make sure to follow them on Twitter (@OldSpice), Facebook (, and Instagram (@oldspice). You can also follow the hashtag #oldspice. And don’t forget to subscribe to their YouTube channel ( for hilarious and highly informative videos on how you too can smell… well, FRESHER.

Disclaimer: This giveaway is sponsored by Old Spice

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Greenhook Ginsmiths Gin Mon, 02 Mar 2015 16:39:45 +0000 Greenhook Ginsmith Gin

We love discovering new things especially new wine and spirits brands. When we initially stumbled upon Greenhook Ginsmiths Gin we were intrigued by the packaging. As we learned more about the brand’s distillation process we could practically taste the Botanicals of this Gin on our palate.

An infusion of flavors, Greenhook Ginsmiths Gin is created using a unique technique known as “Vacuum Distillation, which allows them to distill their Gin at a low temperature preventing the delicate aromas of their Botanicals from becoming stewed with excessive heat during distillation. This unique process removes air pressure from the still during distillation and creates a beautifully fragrant Gin with lifted aromas and vibrant flavors.

The Vacuum-Distilled process was established in 2012 after several years of planning, experimenting, and building a distillery in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn, New York where Greenhook Ginsmiths released their Flagship, American Dry Gin that same year. One of America’s Premier Gin Artisans, Greenhook Ginsmiths Gin currently has three distinct flavors including American Dry Gin, Old Tom Gin, and Beach Plum Gin which is native to the state the Gin was founded.


Grennhook Ginsmith Beach Plum Gin

The World’s first ever commercially released Beach Plum Gin Liqueur, Beach Plum Gin is indigenous to the Beaches of New York. Beach Plums are a rare, finicky, Wild Plum with a prized, piquant flavor. Inspired by the Traditional, English Sloe Gin, Greenhook Ginsmiths Beach Plum Gin Liqueur is crafted by soaking whole, Long Island Beach Plums in their Signature American Dry Gin for 7 full months, with just a touch of Turbinado Sugar.

Drink To Try: FLY BY NIGHT

Fly By Night Greenhook Beach Plum Gin

1 oz Greenhook Beach Plum Gin
1 oz Cielo Rojo Bacanora
3/4 oz Agave Nectar & Lime juice
1/2 oz Poire Williams Pear Brandy
1 Egg white
4–5 Leaves Yerba Buena

Shake all ingredients, first without ice. Add ice, preferably either Kold Draft or large solid ice cubes and shake. Strain and serve in a short fizz glass, garnish with sprig of Yerba Buena. No Glassware: Collins Garnish: Yerba Buena


Grennhook Ginsmith American Dry Gin

Greenhook Ginsmiths American Dry Gin is made from organic, New York State grown wheat, Tuscan juniper, coriander, chamomile, elderflower, citrus, Thai blue ginger, Ceylon cinnamon, orris root, and elderberry. 47% ABV

“It’s one of the boldest, most interesting Gins out there.” — The Wall Street Journal


Calyer Royal Greenhook American Dry Gin

3/4 oz Greenhook American Dry Gin
1/4 oz Rich Vanilla Syrup
1/4 oz Laird’s Applejack, Bonded
3–4 Dashes Angostura Aromatic Bitters

Build all ingredients in a mixing glass, add regular or Kold-Draft ice, stir, strain into a double rocks glass, add ice. Garnish with lemon and orange twist. Rock Glassware: Double Rocks Garnish: Orange and Lemon Twist


Grennhook Ginsmith Old Tom Cat Gin

Often considered the missing link between Dutch Genevers and modern dry gins, Old Tom Gin was the prevalent style of Gin in 18th century England. In our Greenkook’s to recreate this historical, full-bodied expression, they crafted this special, overproof bottling from pot distilled corn, juniper, and botanicals inspired by the spice trade of the prevailing time period. Aged for one year in bourbon casks before being finished in Oloroso Sherry casks, Greenkook’s Old Tom Gin is perfect for your next Martinez or Old Fashioned.

Drink To Try: FOG CUTTER

Fog Cutter Greenhook Old Tom Gin

.5 oz Greenhook Ginsmiths Old Tom Gin
.5 oz Cognac
.5 oz White Rum
.5 oz Palo Cortado Sherry
.75 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
1 oz Fresh Orange Juice
.5 oz Orgeat Syrup

Shake everything — except sherry — with ice. Pour into tall ice filled tall pilsner or chimney Glass. Float the sherry over the top. Garnish: Orange Flag, Umbrella, Bouquet Mint. Ice: Rocks. Glassware: Tall Pilsner or Chimney. Garnish: Orange Flag, Umbrella, Bouquet of Mint

For more drink recipes and to discover where you can pick up a bottle make sure to visit You can also follow the brand on Twitter.

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Everything You Need To Know About Carrying A Concealed Weapon [Infographic] Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:50:55 +0000 Infographic Guns

There is an infographic for that! Yes, there is an infographic for just about everything including statistics on gun owners and their demographics. If you are a frequent visitor to Mankind you know that we love infographics. Although we do not condone violence, we did find the “Choosing the Right Concealed Carry Weapon” Infographic to be very informative.

According to a study conducted by the Crime Prevention Research Center in July 2014, 11.1 million Americans have permits to carry concealed weapons. Florida has the highest number of active carry concealed weapons permits with nearly 1 million people. In California people are allowed to carry concealed weapons without a license if they believe they are in grave danger, with a restraining order that’s been issued for their defense. The state doesn’t require a permit to own a gun; however it does require a carry concealed weapons permit. Alaska, Arizona, Vermont and Wyoming don’t require a permit to carry a loaded weapon in public.

Who carries a gun? The statistics may or may not surprise you. Research conducted in 2010 revealed 42% of individuals who carry a gun or high school graduates while 37% are college graduates. 45 percent of people who carry guns are between the ages of 50 to 64. 49 percent are Republicans and 50 percent of them are from the South. Surprisingly, 27 percent of the pistol toting community are females. What’s not so surprising is why people carry guns. According to a 2013 Gallup survey 60% state their reason for carrying a gun is for personal safety and protection.

For more mind blowing statics on carrying a concealed weapon check out the inforgraphic below.

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Choosing The Right Concealed Carry Weapon Infographic

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Sponsored Post: Skype Teamed Up With X Games Aspen To Share The Best Bits Wed, 25 Feb 2015 13:23:44 +0000 Skype X Games Aspen

People came, they saw, they were amazed, and had a blast in Aspen for the Winter X Games. If you missed the X Games Aspen, don’t worry. With the help of Skype, fans are able to get a little closer to all of the action from the comforts of their own home.

The games might be over, but you can take pleasure in knowing that Skype is still connecting fans to exclusive X Games Aspen footage from some of today’s biggest and brightest action sports stars. Skype is offering viewers a look at the best bits of the Winter X Games including reports from their Extreme VIPs as well as video calls with X Games legend, Sage Kotsenburg, Pro boarder Taylor Gold, and freestyle ski maestro Gus Kenworthy.

Skype’s X Games Extra Show presented by Microsoft’s OneDrive and hosted by the legendary Jack Mitranilet let’s you browse through highlights while getting up close and personal with some of the world’s most extreme athletes such as Chloe Kim and Danny Davis.

VIDEO: Under The Covers with Gus Kensworthy

We all know that Skype is a great way to stay in touch with friends and family, but we must admit using it to stream video recaps of sporting events is genius. Now that you have seen an action sports star under the covers ask yourself one simple question: Where will your Skype moment take you?

If you are intrigued (and we know you are) make sure to take the jump over to to catch up with all the action you missed from the X Games Aspen 2015. To help you learn all about the ways you can use Skype to do what you love most including sharing whatever has you hyped at any given time, Skype has created where you can create and share a moment of your own.

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Officine Creative Nomad Leather Low-Top Sneakers Tue, 17 Feb 2015 19:43:10 +0000 Officine Creative Nomad Leather Low Top Sneakers

There is something to be said about a man that can rock a cognac colored sneaker. The brown hue “Nomad” leather low-top sneaker meticulously crafted by Officine Creative offers a settle upscale twist from the average sneakers. It’s basic enough to showcase a bit of class, but the settle style nuances add just enough flavor. Designed with ecru rubber midsoles and with gripped crepe soles to ensure secure footing, the hand-finished construction includes woven pull tabs, tonal leather laces, and footbeds.

At first glance the chunky soles may make you look twice, but upon further inspection it’s the detailing and the fine craftmanship of this handmade in Italy low top sneaker that make them worthy of any man’s wardrobe. What we love about these sneakers are the leather shoe strings and the detail stitched tag on the heal of the sole. RETAIL $610

Officine Creative Nomad Leather Low Top Sneakers

Take the jump over to Officine Creative’s official website for more info on the luxury Artisanal footwear and clothing designer.

Officine Creative Nomad Leather Low Top Sneakers

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3 Men’s Grooming Brands To Try Now Fri, 13 Feb 2015 23:00:49 +0000 Mens Grooming Products

The winter months are tough for everyone– even the most macho of men. It’s a terrible time of year for skin and hair. From chapped lips to rough hands, the lack of moisture in the air and the frigid temperatures will do some damage despite bundling up to brace the cold. By February, not even the most well groomed guy can escape the mean effects of Mother Nature. Before you become a victim of winter blues – or worse – bad hair, check out these three men’s products to revamp your winter grooming routine.

Launched by celebrity hairstylist Jeff Chastain, PARLOR is a collection of multitasking styling products. Inspired by his signature practice of “product cocktailing” to develop a range of versatile formulas, every formula is “cocktailed” to provide multiple benefits in one easy-to-use product.

Parlor Moisturizing Sea Salt Spray

Product To Try:
PARLOR by Jeff Chastain Moisturizing Sea Salt Spray
Bottling the effects of that salty air, this moisturizing sea aalt spray offers instant volume and a tousled texture. Sweet almond extract infuses strands with softness, fullness, and brilliance, while vitamin-rich algae extract nourishes and protects the scalp. Adding to this spray’s addictive nature is the scent of ripe peach, fresh-cut grass, and white woods. PARLOR is currently available exclusively on RETAIL $24

Cliff Original

Cliff Original produces all natural men’s grooming products including beard balm, beard oil, hair wax, face scrub and more. Their mission is to provide the highest quality all-natural men’s grooming products possible. All of the ingredients in their products are locally sourced and hand selected to help you look good and feel good. The brand was created by a guy who wanted to honor his “Granda Cliff,” so make sure to take the jump to their website to learn more about the compelling story behind Cliff Original.

Cliff Brick Mint

Product To Try:
Face Wash Brick – Tea Tree
Face & Beard Wash Brick is a beard shampoo and beard conditioner in one. This special soap lathers up nicely and has a great airy scent of Tea Tree. The Beard Wash cleans and deeply conditions your beard using organic oils. Available via RETAIL $9.99

V76 by Vaughn

V76 by Vaughn created by Vaughn Acord celebrates the tradition of men’s grooming with an American sensibility. The sophisticated collection offers must-have classics updated for the modern man with an effortless, uncomplicated approach. Vaughn Acord, one of the most sought-after men’s grooming experts in the world, created this line of men’s products tailored to meet these needs. Vaughn’s client list includes some of the most well known names in the world, including Bruce Springsteen, Richard Gere, Daniel Day Lewis, Tom Brady, President Bill Clinton, Jeff Gordon, Ashton Kutcher, and Al Pacino. The V76 by Vaughn collection focuses on the whole man, including hair, shave, face and body. Made with American-sourced ingredients, all of the V76 by Vaughn products are available online at

V6 Vaughn Energy Wash

Product To Try:
Energy Wash Shower Gel
A hydrating blend of kukui and jojoba oils combines with the detoxifying benefits of chamomile and ginger extracts for a purifying body wash, which cleanses the skin while restoring natural moisture levels. Available via RETAIL $20

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Whiskey Her Away for Valentine’s Day Fri, 13 Feb 2015 22:37:31 +0000 Girls Like Whiskey Drinks

Let’s face it: What guys really want for Valentine’s Day is a shot of whiskey. You know it’s true. Let us explain. It may be a woman’s favorite day of the year, but for many men (not all), it’s a holiday they would be happy to forget. Whether it’s picking out the perfect generic greeting card, overspending on a gift you really didn’t want to buy or her unrealistic expectations on what you should buy her, it’s a lot. Do yourself a favor while you’re out and take a left turn. Make a pit stop at your local liquor store, and go straight for a bottle of whiskey. You’ll thank us later.

If you are dating and haven’t quite figured out if the lucky young lady is the one, before you spend an obscene amount of money on a ridiculously expensive gift, here’s a test that never fails. Give it a try preferably before you buy any bling, if possible. Cook an intimate, romantic dinner for two at home. (Ladies love a dude who isn’t afraid to step in front of the stove.) Then skip the wine and complement your lovely meal with a whiskey cocktail instead. If she’s a sipper, she’s a keeper. Tip: For the novice whiskey drinker, the honey bourbons are a smooth, sweet place to start.

Wine is romantic and all, but there’s something so tough and sexy about a man who takes a shot of bourbon. It screams I’m the man. You may think all girls prefer wine or drinks mixed with vodka, but you’d be surprised. Whiskey leads liquor sales, and even quasi-whiskey Fireball helped boost the spirit’s baller reputation. Vodka has the biggest market share of the three big hard liquors in the US, but the popularity of whiskey is soaring worldwide.

And there’s no wonder why. Whiskey is natural, with bold, distinctive flavors that make it a respectable choice on the rocks or stirred or shaken in your favorite recipes. With Valentine’s Day almost here, whiskey is here to save the day. Here are a few flavored whiskey recipes you (and she!) will surely fall in love with.

Piehole Whiskeys

Cracking open a bottle of PIEHOLE Whiskey is sure to score some points. PIEHOLE is a new whiskey that features a delicious blend of Canadian Whiskey and pie-flavored liqueur inspired by Grandma’s homemade pie recipes – perfect for entering the wholesome girl you are trying to impress. Packaging consists of eye-catching Americana imagery that sparks memories of Grandma’s homemade and delicious pies. Tempting flavors includes Apple Pie, Cherry Pie and Pecan Pie.

Recipe To Try:

She’s My

1.25 oz. Piehole™ Cherry Pie
0.25 oz. Captain Morgan® Original Spiced Rum
0.25 oz. pineapple juice

Directions: Add ingredients to an ice-filled shaker. Shake. Strain into a shot glass.

Berentzen Bushel Barrel

Berentzen Bushel & Barrel
The combination of two time-honored crafts, Berentzen Bushel & Barrel
is the result of blending Kentucky straight Bourbon whiskey distilled and aged to specification, and mingled with authentic Berentzen Apple liqueur to provide an artfully crafted and carefully matured spirit of two great traditional flavors. This flavored whiskies delivers the scent of crisp fresh-sliced apples followed by a long, warm finish of oak, caramel, and vanilla tones. The sweet apple and bold bourbon balance out to create a uniquely smooth spirit that is distinct.

Recipe To Try:

Signature Bushel & Barrel and Ginger

2 oz. Berentzen Bushel & Barrel
4 oz. Ginger Ale or Ginger Beer

Directions: Add ingredients in a rocks glass over ice. Serve and garnish with an optional apple slice.

Crown Royal Regal Apple

Crown Royal Regal Apple
Crown Royal Regal Apple is a blend of the smooth premium taste of Crown Royal whiskeys infused with natural apple flavors. Bright apples balanced with Crown Royal whisky and hints of spice are combined to offer a flavorful palate of slightly tart, crisp apple with notes of caramel and light spice. The apple-fused smell of sweetness is sure to impress the lady you are entertaining on Valentines.

Recipe To Try:

Candy Apple

1 oz Crown Royal Regal Apple
½ oz Crown Royal Maple Finished

Directions: Shake over ice and serve as a shot and garnish with apple wedge.

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A Surprising True Story Inspires Brand-New Truvée Wines Fri, 13 Feb 2015 17:11:53 +0000 McBride Sisters Wines

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, couples are planning to share some special time together. Aside from the usual tokens of love like stuffed animals, roses and chocolate-covered strawberries, the best boyfriends and husbands are masters at setting the romantic mood. This means whisking your special someone for a fancy date night with lots of wining and dining. It’s the perfect time to try the brand-new Truvée wines, which come from the heart of California Wine Country with an amazing story.

In an unexpected twist with long-lost family reunited in unusual circumstances, this wine is a wonderful reminder of what relationships are all about. Truvée is the brainchild of the McBride Sisters, half-siblings who share a father but grew up separately – in different countries. They did not meet each other until young adulthood (ages 16 and 25). While one was raised near the vintages of California, the other sister was surrounded in a world-class wine region in New Zealand. Though neither of them knew it, they were destined to meet and create their masterpiece together.

McBride Sisters Truvee Wine 2

If they learned a lot about wine apart, just imagine what happened when they teamed up and decided to concoct their very own. In addition to Truvée, The McBride Sisters have another wine line – These grapes are actually grown and harvested at vineyards halfway around the world in New Zealand vineyards. The Truvée, however, comes from the sustainable land on California’s Central Coast from Chalone and Edna Valley to Monterey County.

So what does the American label “Truvée” really mean? According to one of the McBride Sisters, “Truvée is derived from the French verb ‘to find.’ We found each other, now we want people to find a wine that matters to them,” Andréa shared. The sentiment makes sense. What else brings people together for quality time quite like an amazing bottle of wine? Whether you go out for a fun date night or stay home and share a quiet evening together, the corks come off and the wine and conversations start flowing.

McBride Sisters Truvee Wine Kenny Smith

It’s an unlikely story of sisters who grow up continents apart and reunite over their mutual love for wine. But there’s more than just the strange history of the McBride Sisters. These wines also boast delicious flavors. Sample the satisfying taste of Truvée’s white or red blend, both newly launched this year, and you’ll know what we’re talking about. We were fortunate to wet our palettes with Truvée and hear the sisters share their amazing story firsthand over an intimate and celebrity-filled dinner. We were truly inspired.

The red expertly blends Grenache, Syrah, Merlot and Zinfadel, infused with rich fruity flavors and finished with an unexpected hint of caramel and cocoa. Those with an expert palate are sure to detect an oaky influence in the smooth, silky texture. The white wine, a crisp, citrus Chardonnay, tantalizes the taste buds with a splash of stone fruits and a tropical twist.

McBride Sisters Wines

Individually and teamed up together, the McBride Sisters know exactly what they are doing. And you can taste that old-world experience and enthusiasm for their craft in every affordable bottle. Truvée is now available nationwide for $15.99 for a 750 mL bottle. In the spirit of the McBride Sisters, here’s your chance to connect with loved ones in your life while you sip, savor, share stories, and find the connections you’ve been looking for.

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Spice Up Your Celebrations with Hornitos® Tequila Fri, 13 Feb 2015 15:06:48 +0000 Hornitos Tequila

The holidays have passed and the big game is over, but most of this year’s exciting celebrations are still to come. That means you’ll have many reasons to raise your glass and say cheers with a delicious drink. With St. Patrick’s Day quickly approaching and spring break just around the corner, we have compiled a list of 7 recipes using Hornitos 100% Agave Tequila sure to bring out the bartender in you.

These customized cocktails are perfect for a party or as part of an intimate evening with your plus one. Whether you want to warm up those winter blues or unwind once your taxes are taken care of, here’s how you can create your own flavorful fiesta.

Why Hornitos Tequila you ask? Well, first, we love authentic Mexican Tequila and, second, it’s classy. Seriously, why not Hornitos? The history of Hornitos Tequila and its legendary founder Don Francisco Javier Sauza is long and storied. He didn’t just perfect tequila, he also helped create the rule that all tequila must be made from pure agave in certain Mexican states – or else it’s just not tequila. Did we mention he founded Hornitos® on Mexican Independence Day? So my friend, Hornitos 100% Tequila is not just any tequila, it’s completely authentic and may just set you free.

The Sweet Amigo (Twist on Sidecar)
· 1 ½ parts Hornitos® Reposado Tequila
· ½ part apricot liqueur
· ½ part honey
· ¾ part lemon
· ¾ part egg white

Preparation: Add all ingredients into a mixing glass. Shake without ice for approximately 10-12 seconds. Double strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with cinnamon.

Hornitos Tequila Berried Treasure Bar

Berried Treasure
• 2 parts Hornitos® Reposado Tequila
• ¾ part simple syrup*
• ¾ part lemon
• 6-8 blackberries
• 1-2 rosemary sprigs
• 2 dashes Angostura® Bitters

*To make simple syrup, mix together 1 part sugar and 1 part water and bring to a boil (approximately 1-2 minutes). Cool before serving.

Preparation: Add rosemary sprig and muddle, then add 6 blackberries into a mixing glass and muddle. Add the rest of the ingredients and shake well. Double strain into an old fashioned glass. Garnish with a rosemary sprig and two blackberries.

Black Barrel® Old Fashioned (Twist on an Old Fashioned)
• 1 part simple syrup
• 1 ½ parts Hornitos® Black Barrel® Tequila
• ½ part amaro
• 2 dashes bitters
• 2 dashes Orange bitters
• Orange peel

Preparation: Add simple syrup, Hornitos® Black Barrel® Tequila, amaro and bitters together and stir, adding in ice. Strain over fresh ice and garnish with an orange peel.

Hornitos Tequila Plata Paloma

Hornitos® Plata Paloma
• 2 parts Hornitos® Plata Tequila
• ½ part lime juice
• 2 parts white grapefruit juice
• 2 parts club soda

Preparation: Combine ingredients in a glass and serve. Garnish with a lime slice.

Ginger Blitz
• 2 parts Hornitos® Plata Tequila
• ¾ part honey
• ¼ part allspice
• 1 part lemon
• 1 ½ parts ginger beer

Preparation: Mix together allspice and honey. Add all ingredients into a mixing glass, excluding ginger beer. Shake well for approximately 3 seconds. Add ginger beer and strain into a Collins glass. Add ice and a mint sprig for garnish.

Hornitos Tequila Dulce Y Picante

Dulce y Picante
• 1 ½ parts Hornitos® Plata Tequila
• ½ part Green Chartreuse® Liqueur
• ¾ part pineapple juice
• 1 jalapeno slice
• ¾ part simple syrup*
• ¾ part lime
• Handful of cilantro

*To make simple syrup, mix together 1 part sugar and 1 part water and bring to a boil (approximately 1-2 minutes). Cool before serving.

Preparation: Muddle cilantro in a mixing glass, then gently muddle jalapeño on top of cilantro, then add remaining ingredients into a mixing glass. Shake well for approximately 8-10 seconds. Double strain into a double old fashioned glass rimmed with paprika sea salt. Garnish with a cilantro leaf and/or pineapple leaf.

Touchdown Spike
• ½ cup Hornitos® Plata Tequila
• 4 12-oz Bottles Lager
• ¼ cup Orange Juice
• ¼ cup DeKuyper® Triple Sec

Preparation: Fill pitcher with Orange Juice, DeKuyper® Triple Sec, and Hornitos® Plata. Slowly pour lager into a pitcher. Stir to mix. Fill pint glass halfway with ice and add the Touchdown Spike. Makes 4 – 6 servings.

Death And Taxes Hornitos Anejo Tequila

Death and Taxes
• 1 oz. Hornitos® Anejo Tequila
• 1 oz Lime Juice
• 1/2 oz. Simple Syrup
• 1/2 oz. Anaheim Chile Infused Triple Sec*
• 1/2 oz. Mezcal
• Spicy Bloody Mary mix (for drizzle)

Preparation: Add ingredients, except for the Spicy Bloody Mary mix, to a shaker filled with ice. Shake. Pour into rocks glass filled with ice. Drizzle with the Spicy Bloody Mary mix.

Make sure to take the jump over to for additional recipes and to learn more about how the magic is made with the award-winning Hornitos® Black Barrel®.

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5 Red Flags She’s Not A Keeper Thu, 01 Jan 2015 16:48:49 +0000 Relationship Advice Red Flags

Dating can be, well… challenging. It can also be downright confusing. While most guys find it easy, many find it problematic. Knowing what to say, when to say it, how to act, and how to spot the girl that may or may not be for you can prove to be bothersome. Even a guy that is cute and confident can find it difficult to pick up girls. We can’t help but wonder what happens when a guy actually baits a girl with one his best lines. Is it hook, line, and sinker from there?

Like fishing, occasionally you need to throw a fish (no pun intended) back for various reasons. Below, we complied a list of red flags you should look for when deciding if she’s a keeper after you have hooked her.

1. She Has Commitment Issues
Yes, girls have commitment issues. Commitment can be very scary for anyone, but if you come across a girl that seems to never want to make plans or settle down, she probably just isn’t in to you. When a girl continues to makes last-minute plans with you, there is a great possibility you are never her first option. This is not to say you aren’t a good guy, but when a girl finds the right guy she will change her ways no matter how quirky they are. You will become her first, only, and last choice. She will quickly commit to be in your presence without hesitation.

2. She’s Inflexible
Most women will easily give in to a guy that she wants a long-term relationship with. This isn’t to say she is weak, but women do compromise for the right guy. If you are dating a girl who believes things must always go her way and you are wrong while she is always right, run quick. We are who we are, but a sign of a great woman is one who is willing to change just a bit or mutually concede when she has found Mr. Right.

3. She’s Hung Up On Her Ex
We are all guilty of bringing up past relationships. It’s been said you should never talk about your Ex guy or girl on a date, but the reality is most men will always compare the new chick to the old chick. If you find that the girl you are dating is constantly talking about her ex, do yourself a favor and move on. She clearly wants that old thing back and no matter how great of a guy you are, she wants him not you.

4. She’s A Momma’s Girl
There is a lot of talk about men who are momma’s boys. Be aware! A momma’s girl is no different than a momma’s boy. A momma’s girl can’t do anything without their mother’s permission or approval. They also tell their momma’s EVERYTHING! Ask yourself, do you want the girl you are dating mother knowing every detail of your relationship? Probably not!

5. She’s Too Materialistic
If you are the average Joe, you probably like showing off your girlfriend. There is something to be said about a woman who is cute and is always appropriately dressed for the occasion. This is great, but when her existence is based on all ways looking good and having the finer things in life you may want to take a deeper look. While everyone should hope to have what their heart desires, if the girl you are dating seems to care more about luxury cars, designer labels, material possessions or things over people, you may want to rethink your situation.

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4 Tips for Finding a Great Used Vehicle For The New Year Mon, 29 Dec 2014 20:38:22 +0000 New 2014 Toyota Corolla
It’s a new year, so why not look for a new car. We aren’t necessarily talking about a brand spanking new car, but rather a new used car. Purchasing a used vehicle can be a great way to cut costs and are often available at less than half the price of brand new models. There are also many benefits to buying used vehicles, but there are also some risks and drawbacks. If you’re ready to start searching for a great used vehicle, use these tips to help you connect with just the right automobile.

1. Determine Your Needs
Before you head out to your favorite dealership or start shopping online, it’s helpful to take a few minutes to determine what you really need. Are you searching for a compact car or a SUV? What is the maximum mileage that you will consider? Are anti-lock brakes and an alarm system a necessity? When you answer these and other questions, you can develop a wish list that will help you during your car search.

In addition to determining your needs, you’ll also want to set a budget. Some customers shy away from this part because they believe that a budget is overly restrictive. Of course, it’s important to set a realistic figure for your budget, but a budget can be very freeing instead of restricting you.

READ: Top Toyota Enthusiasts Crave

2. Know Your Budget
Once you know exactly what you can afford, you can purchase a vehicle without any guilt once you find something that meets your requirements and your budget. Having a budget will also keep you from wasting your time looking at vehicles that are way out of your price range.

3. Shop Around
After you’ve listed your needs and set your budget, it’s time to start shopping! Some people love shopping for a vehicle while others simply do it because it has to be done. Whether you’re on one of these extremes or something in between, it’s important to do your research before you sign the dotted line.

READ: Fun, Sun, And An Elevated Experience Driving The 2014 Toyota Corolla

4. Do Research
When you take the time to research your vehicle options, you can be sure that you’re getting the most for your money. For instance, if longevity is important to you, you might choose to buy a Toyota. Making an informed decision is a great way to eliminate buyers’ remorse and truly enjoy your new ride.

Buying a used vehicle doesn’t have to be stressful when you follow these simple guidelines. If you don’t feel comfortable at any time during the process, don’t be afraid to take a break. You want to be completely sure that you’re making a great decision.

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Entertainment And Business Collide in Las Vegas at NASCAR’s Champion’s Week [Photos + Video] Thu, 25 Dec 2014 05:42:17 +0000 NASCAR Champions Week 66

It’s no secret that we are huge NASCAR fans who love everything about the scene. So naturally we jumped at the opportunity to attend NASCAR’s annual celebration, Champion’s Week. With one of the longest seasons of all sports, NASCAR’s biggest stars barely ever get to catch their breath, so when they do what better way to celebrate than in glitzy, illuminated Las Vegas.

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This year we kicked off Champion’s Week with the Sports Business Journal Motorsports Marketing Forum presented by NASCAR Illustrated. Cleverly designed, the forum offers an opportunity for those in the motorsports community to learn about the current trends as well as what’s in store for the upcoming season. This is the opportunity to skip the rumor mills and get the scoop straight from the source – industry colleagues, peers and professionals who know what’s what.

The agenda included topics like “Differentiating Your Brand from the Competition,” “A look at Toyota’s 10 Years in NASCAR,” and our favorite session, “Learn the Desires, Attitudes and Actions of Generation Y and Z presented by Jamie Gutfreund, Chief Marketing Officer at Noise. Jamie’s presentation was compelling, informative, and interesting. And, as one of the few female panelists, she commanded the room. Other highlights of the forum included a featured one-on-one interview with Kevin Harvick, the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion. We were also fortunate enough to hear 2013 champion Brad Keselowski share his advice on how to engage fans and create a long-lasting sports legacy for future generations.

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After getting down to business, it was time to have a little fun NASCAR-style! We made a beeline to where all the action was happening –the Wynn Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. While we were there, we rubbed elbows with some of our favorite drivers and NASCAR personalities. We even ran into NASCAR driver/Team Owner and Dancing with the Stars contestant Michael Waltrip. After a stimulating conversation with Michael about our cameo on TMZ earlier this season, we made our way to downtown Las Vegas for FanFest, which was presented by the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

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FanFest is truly one of the highlights of NASCAR Champion’s Week as fans have a special chance to get up-close-and-personal with all 16 of the Chase drivers. The sixteen put on quite the show, competing in a friendly and playful competition off the track. This year the drivers competed in teams of four as they squared off in a little game of Win, Lose, or Draw. The drivers laughed, joked, and embarrassed themselves by showcasing some not-very-artistic talent. (Sorry guys, we’ll say it was 5th grade drawing skills at best!) And the fans devoured every moment of the entertainment. You have to hand it to NASCAR because the sport allows tons of access for fans and media. You can’t just walk up to LeBron James on the basketball court, but you can spend time with NASCAR’s superstar racers.

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During the NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Awards Luncheon, Dale Earnhardht Jr. accepted the 2014 NMPA Myers Brothers Award for his outstanding achievements as a driver, team owner and philanthropist work. The most decorated winner at the lunch, Kevin Harvick, took home several awards, including the 3M Lap Leader Award, Goodyear Tires Award, Mobil 1 Driver of the Year Award, and Sunoco Diamond Performance Award. As we predicted, Kyle Larson snagged the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award. Following the Luncheon, we were able to snap some photos and conduct private interviews with all 16 Chase drives and Kyle Larson where we reminded him of our prediction.

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Afterwards, drivers descended on Las Vegas Blvd. for NASCAR’s exuberant Victory Lap. This is the time when cheering fans watch as a convoy of 16 drivers cruise down the boulevard and do cool tricks like burnouts. After the Lap, fans and drivers headed over to The Palms Hotel and Pearl Concert Theater for the ultimate driver-tell-all event hosted by ESPN’s Marty Smith.

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The drivers’ personalities were shining, as each shared candid stories and made the crowds laugh during the After the Lap event. Since we typically see these guys with their best game-faces on, it’s a fun change of pace to see them relaxed and laid back. Each of the 16 Chase drivers were in rare form, and attendees got a better glimpse at the guys behind the wheel. In a memorable moment, Jeff Gordon comically recounted how Dale Jr. helped him get out of a parking ticket. Apparently Jeff handed his phone to the officer, Jr. said “Hi,” and the officer said, “Have a nice day.” When you’re Dale Jr., it only takes one word.

Brad Keselowski surprised the crowd by informing everyone, “I’m on the phone with my girlfriend, who just sent me a picture of her in her bra.” As the audience erupted in laughter, he continued, “Sorry. Priorities.” Newcomer AJ Allmendinger told him to put his phone down, and the banter continued. AJ revealed himself to be an up-and-coming personality emerging in NASCAR. We were treated to a stellar performance from country artist Cassadee Pope. Another highlight was watching a hilarious parody music video with drivers lip-synching to Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy,” Katy Perry’s “Roar,” Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off,” and the smash-hit single “Let it Go” from Disney’s Frozen.

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While the first few days of Champion’s week is all about the fans, the final day is all about the stars of the sport. This is a time to celebrate the drivers as well as NASCAR’s top brass, including team owners, the France family, and the Hollywood celebrities who come to Las Vegas to support the sport. NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series Champion’s Week concludes with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards, where all 16 Sprint Cup drivers are honored and acknowledged. This year’s star-studded event included special appearances on the red carpet by television host/personalities Courtney Hansen and Guy Fieri; filmmaker Morgan Spruluck; Mötley Crüe musician Vince Neil; comedian and show host Jay Mohr; former NFL linebacker Dhani Jones; TV host and actress Melissa Rivers; R&B singer Ashanti; rapper Flo Rida; and award-winning musical group Lady Antebellum. Perhaps the most unexpected star of the show was first-time champion Kevin Harvick’s 2-year-old son Keelan, who was presented with his very own miniature NASCAR Championship trophy.

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As usual, host Jay Mohr didn’t disappoint. Although we don’t think he could ever outdo his opening monologue from 2013 (which included some spot-on jokes and commentary about NASCAR’s Danica Patrick), he did a great job. His 20-minute opening monologue included several shots at 43-year-old, four-time champion Jeff Gordon. Dubbing him the “old man of the bunch” was a real crowd-pleaser. As part of his routine, Mohr actually handed out stickers to the drivers during an especially hilarious segment. (See it for yourself below!)

The 2014 NASCAR season was truly memorable on and off the racetrack. Like every year, there were lots of highs as new champions were crowned and brand new talent crossed the finish lines. There were also some lows – including a whole lot of fighting during the especially dramatic moments. But all in all, especially thanks to the new Chase format, it was a stunning season. NASCAR’s Champion’s Week helped end the year on a high note, with a wowing entertainment factor and fan-pleasing fun that lit up the neon Las Vegas Strip with NASCAR style.

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NET10 Wireless Is Freed For Speed The NASCAR Way Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:33:29 +0000 Net10 Wireless Nascar Race

We all want to be freed for speed, right? While we can’t drive our everyday cars at 100 mph+, we can get our speed fix with high-speed talk, text, and data plans. That’s where Net10 Wireless comes in. They were kind enough to get us freed for speed on our devices and in the driver’s seat of a NASCAR race car.

Imagine how we felt when we received an invite to Charlotte, North Carolina to learn more about NET10 Wireless and their winning partnership with Red Horse Racing. Best of all, we were able to get behind the wheel of a NASCAR race car. In the great words of Ricky Bobby from the hit movie Talladega Nights, we responded to the invitation with, “I want to go fast.” And just like that, NET10 whisked us away on a plane from Los Angles to get inside a 600HP NASCAR race car at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in the heart of NASCAR country. What sums it up best is: anticipation, adrenaline, and our way? Yes, our way. (You’ll see what we mean in a minute.)

As soon as we arrived in Charlotte, we knew we were in for one of the best NASCAR experiences we have ever had. What we didn’t expect was to have the hook-up with cool gadgets thanks to NET10 Wireless. NET10 Wireless made it effortless for us to text, surf the net, and share our once-in-a-lifetime NASCAR experience. They provided us with not only a Samsung Galaxy but a Samsung Note – so we were fully connected and tapping away on two screens At the time, our own Tam-Star was still using a Blackberry, so this was a pleasant surprise. Let’s just say NET10 upgraded her (Thanks Net10!). The steps to activate the phone were easy. Suppressing the adrenaline as we arrived at the Charlotte Motor Speedway for our Richard Petty Driving School safety briefing, well, proved to be a much bigger challenge.

NASCAR Driver German Quiroga

A familiar face greeted us when we got there. Our old friend, NASCAR driver German Quiroga, gave us a few driving tips on the best way to go fast (faster!) before we put on our fire suits and headed to the track. Who better to offer us tips on maximizing our speed than the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver of the No. 77 NET10 Toyota for Red Horse Racing. German Quiroga became the first three-time NASCAR Corona Series champion in Mexico.

Armed with tips from the champ who’s used to going 200 mph just ’cause, we started our Ride-Along Experience by riding shotgun in a NASCAR race car with the good folks at Richard Petty Driving School. If you don’t know anything about NASCAR, know this: Champion and Hall of Fame NASCAR driver Richard Petty is known as “The King.” So learning a thing or two about what it takes to drive a race car from his team was crucial before we actually stepped into the driver’s seat for some adrenaline pumping laps.

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Getting behind the wheel to drive an actually NASCAR race car is indescribable. Let’s just say that it’s intense. As huge NASCAR fans, we have done more than most fans will ever do. We’ve interviewed established drivers like Dale Jr. and Joey Logano along with up-and-coming drivers like Kyle Larson and Bubba Wallace. We’ve had lunch with NASCAR Hall of Famer and current TV broadcaster Darrell Waltrip at his shop, hung out in the winners circle with Kyle Busch; and rubbed elbows with legendary three-time Super Bowl champ and NASCAR team owner Joe Gibbs. He let us hold his Super Bowl Ring while he told us how he got started in NASCAR.

We’ve done a lot, but to actually, physically get behind the wheel on the track where drivers like Dale Earnhardt burned rubber and put the pedal to the metal. WOW! Intense is an understatement. After our checklist of NASCAR encounters and experiences, this one would be toward the very top of our list.

We didn’t go as fast as we thought we could, but we went fast! 125 mph isn’t bad for our first time steering one of those bad boys. Believe it or not, we out-drove some of the men on the track. Guess those tips from NET10 driver German and all our NASCAR knowledge paid off. Once we settled down and the adrenaline flowed in a positive way, we handled all those left turns like a pro.

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After handling the wheel on the track, the good folks over at NET10 sent us to school. And we didn’t even want to pretend we were sick so we could ditch class! Even the best NASCAR drivers need an educated team and skillful communication to win the trophies. We learned this first hand at Pit School. Before we changed into our fire suits, we stopped at Red Horse Racing where we got a warm welcome from owner Tom DeLoach. He gave us a behind-the-scenes look at how they build German’s trucks and prepare him for his race each week. Equipped with even more intel, we headed over to PIT Crew U where we were both physically and mentally prepared for the challenge of doing a NASCAR Pit Stop. We aren’t too girly, but we admit we volunteered for the easiest job (see picture below).

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For our PIT Road experience, we competed in teams of four and, of course, named our crew after our favorite NASCAR driver, Tony “Smoke” Stewart. A full-blown pit stop consists of changing four tires, adding a full tank, wiping the grille clean and making minor adjustments to the car – all in 12 seconds. While we came up a bit short, the experience was an eye-opener. There’s something to be said about collaborative partnership put into action. What a rush!

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Our Way
We got some lessons and took what we learned right to the race track. And that’s what we mean when we say “our way.” After a day of driving around the Charlotte Motor Speedway in a NASCAR race car, we had a much better idea of what it takes to be a racing superstar (hint: a lot!). And drivers don’t cross that finish line alone; they need a reliable network to help them go farther and faster.

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Speaking of faster. We’re grateful that Net10 Wireless not only gave us a chance to show off being #FreedForSpeed, but introduced us to a lightning-fast network on one of America’s largest and most dependable networks. Since we have the need, the need for speed, we met our match with this mobile experience. Not to mention Net10 Wireless helps NASCAR fans like us keep up with the 5.1 million social media conversations happening daily about stock car racing. With no contracts or formal agreements, you’re free to experience #WirelessYourWay with Net10 Wireless.

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24 Times When it was Better to Fake It [Infographic] Mon, 15 Dec 2014 21:01:57 +0000 MTV Faking It

Is it ever a reason to fake it? In today’s society where a mere nobody can become famous for having a fake booty, dancing like a fool on Vine or for simple posting images on Instagram of places they never been, some find it better to fake a life that they aren’t really living. Faking it is so much the norm now that MTV even has a romantic comedy series called, what else, “Faking It.” The show, which is in its second season, features two best friends who decide to come out as lesbians after numerous attempts trying to be popular. The two friends (Karma and Amy) are seduced by their newfound fame as they are immediately launched into instant celebrity status. Sounds like a reality show, right? Guess what, even reality shows are as fake as the Louis Vuitton bag your bro’s girlfriend may be carrying.

Long gone are the days where the only thing you may suspect on a girl to be fake is her boobs. In the age of autotuned Brintney Spears, people wearing fake fur, and people getting Catfished by fake dating profiles, we have to ask, should you fake it? How about you fake it to you make it? We don’t believe in anyone doing things just because, but the below infographic shows a pretty compelling argument as to how you may benefit by being a fake. What do you think?

24 Times When it was Better to Fake It
Graphic via Treetopia.

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The Most Iconic Movie Cars [Infographic] Mon, 15 Dec 2014 13:45:20 +0000 Cinematic Cars Infographic

Cars have been a quintessential part of movies for decades. From road trips to chase scenes to pile-ups, cars have often become characters themselves, as integral to the story as the hero. Americans tend to define an individual by the type of car that he or she drives, and nothing defines a movie quite like the car of the main character. Cars have been appearing in movies since the earliest days of cinema, and in all that time there are certain vehicles that have become nothing less than iconic.

“It’s got a cop motor, a 440-cubic-inch plant, it’s got cop tires, cop suspension, cop shocks. It’s a model made before catalytic converters so it’ll run good on regular gas What do you say, is it the new Bluesmobile or what?”

– Elwood Blues (Dan Aykroyd)

These vehicles are instantly recognizable and easily associated with a particular film, such as the time-traveling 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 from Back to the Future, The Italian Job’s Mini Coopers, James Bond’s Aston Martin D85 in Goldfinger, the 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor in Ghostbusters, or the Batmobile. Some of them are purely for transport, and some of them are symbols of the hero’s personality, but all of them are memorable.Check out the infographic below, which gives some specs, trivia, and quotes about some of the greatest cars ever to be driven in the movies.

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Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens Trailer Fri, 28 Nov 2014 21:23:40 +0000 Star Wars The Force Awakens

The official trailer for the latest installment of Star Wars directed by J.J Abrams hit the world wide web on Black Friday and clearly there has been an awakening based on how the internet is buzzing. By the first look at the new 88-second teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, there’s a dark side, a light side, and with the awakening of the force we will see the debut of a new lightsaber which has been all the talk among diehard Star Wars fans. A continuation of the saga created by George Lucas set thirty years after 1983’s Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi, The Force Awakens will star some of the original cast members including Harrison Ford as Han Solo, Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker and Carrie Fisher will reprise her role as Princess.

The Force Awakens, opens in theaters December 18, 2015. Are you ready? We definitely are ready to check out the force when it hits theaters. Take the jump over to the official website for more information.

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Scion Audio Visual: Innovation Through Art [InfoGraphic] Fri, 28 Nov 2014 19:54:55 +0000 Scion Av Infographic Music 1

Did you know that Scion has worked with over two thousand musical artists. Scion has also filmed over 500 artists interviews and produced 100+ music videos. Scion has been a staunch supporter of musicians since it’s inception. Scion has worked with artists such as:

Steve Aoki
Over the past 20 years, Aoki has established himself as a pioneer of the EDM genre, working as a producer and DJ with worldwide recognition. He also happens to be one of our favorite DJs.

A band whose name evokes the very essence of thrash metal, Slayer has been on the bleeding edge of the worldwide metal scene for 30 + years.

Ghostface Killah + The RZA
A legend in the hip-hop community, he is regarded as a great MC while RZA is regarded as one of the greatest record producers. Rza has also made his mark in screenwriting and acting. Both are members of the legendary group Wu Tang Clan.

READ: The Scion Experience: All New 2014 tC & Limited Edition 10 Series

Since its founding, Scion has cultivated innovation by supporting alternative music and underground culture like nobody’s business. Scion has supported underground music and arts of all type including hip-hop, graffiti, break-dancing, electro, metal, dub step, garage, and indie. They’re aware that the latest rock and roll way to call attention to this stuff would be with numbers and graphs as illustrated below.

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Dear Girlfriend: How Can I Escape The Friend Zone? Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:12:25 +0000 Relationship Friend Zone Advice

Q: Help! She wants to be friends and I want more. How do I escape the Friend Zone?

A: Our Answer / Girl’s View: Do you REALLY want to escape the friend zone?

We believe that once you are in the Friend Zone there is a good change that there is no real way to escape the no-mans land. Whether you are desperately trying to drop hints or thinking of ways to move the relationship up a gear, when a women has her mind set on putting you in the friend zone that is not much you can do to change her mind.

If you find some courage to just go in for the kill anyway and hope for the best, we decided to help you out and solicit the advice of our good pals over at online dating site Lovestruck. They have been around the dating block a few times, plus they’ve just been awarded Best Dating Site 2014 by the UK Dating Awards…we thought this made them pretty qualified on the advice front.

According to

The main reason men find themselves in this situation is for one of two reasons: Either she doesn’t fancy you and really does just want to be your friend (in which case you just have to suck it up and move on) or she’s feeling your shirt but just doesn’t see you as boyfriend material. Here are our top tips on escaping the Friend Zone:

Don’t be so available
Do you find yourself dropping everything at midnight to pick her up from a party? Or do you have a permanent soggy shoulder from where she has cried buckets over the latest boyfriend who let her down? It might sound tough and yes, it’s reverse psychology, but it works. If you are not always there for her, trust us, she will appreciate you more when you are. Don’t be her “go-to” person who panders to her every whim, else she will take you for granted.

Focus on you
When you have strong feelings for a female friend, the relationship is already out of balance and you are probably investing more than she is. Take a large step or three backwards. Focus on how great you are and what you bring to the table.

Treat her like a woman
Instead of treating her like one of your mates, treat her like a woman. Be gentlemanly and open doors, pull out her chair and generally lose the relaxed vibe – you might be surprised at what her reaction is.

Ramp up the competition
Have you ever found that jealousy will turn someone’s head? Ok ok, we don’t normally advocate game playing, but if you want her to look at you differently, date other women. Start by broadening your social circle and making more friends of the opposite sex. If she thinks someone else might whip you away; she is more likely to want your attention…that’s just how it goes.

You may have thought you’ve done this already but try again. Subtly, hold her gaze for longer than you would normally (don’t be too creepy or sinister), mirror her body language or aim for some fun flirty banter and see if she reciprocates.

Be relaxed about it
Finally, the less you worry about it, the more confident and attractive you will appear. There are worse things in life than having a friend that you fancy, but that decision is all yours to make.

If you want more advice about dating, are single or are keen to find out what they can offer, head to

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6 of The Worlds Most Bizarre Bets Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:32:55 +0000 Roulette Wheel Gambling

Some people take gambling to the next level, risking huge stakes on outrageous bets. Making an impulsive bet can feel fantastic and terrifying at the same time. A quick decision like choosing to put all your money on red or black can have life-changing consequences. In celebration of these incredibly weird and impulsive bets, Ladbrokes Casino compiled a list of the some of the best stakes ever placed.

The Boob Job Bet
In 1996, Brian Zembic made a bet with his friend that he would get breast implants and keep them in for a year. He won the $100,000 bet by going under the knife and having 38C implants inserted. Not only did he keep them in for a year, but he still has them now! Apparently, he gets $10,000 every year that he keeps them in.

The End of the World
Martin Muller from London bet that the world would end on 21st December 2013 – the day prophesied by the ancient Mayan calender as the date the world as we know it would be destroyed. With odds of 5,000 to 1, Muller stood to win £50,000, which would be little comfort if there really had been an apocalypse!

All or Nothing
In 2004, 32-year-old Ashley Revell sold everything he owned, flew from the UK to Las Vegas and bet everything he had on one spin of the roulette wheel. He bet his £76,480 on the ball landing on red – and when it luckily landed on red, he won double his money.

Future of Pop Culture
In 1989, a man in Wales bet that by the year 2000, Cliff Richard would receive a knighthood, U2 would still be together and Neighbors, Home & Away and Eastenders would still be running on TV. His predication’s were spot on and he won £194,400.

Winning a Supercar
To celebrate the launch of their new site, Ladbrokes Casino gave one lucky gamer the chance to win the ultimate prize, a convertible F-Type Jaguar. To be entered in the draw, all customers had to do was deposit £50 into their account and they would have a ticket in the raffle. The eventual winner was “berndardberg”, winning a car worth 100 times more his original stake.

Scottish Referendum
A man bet that the outcome of the Scottish referendum would be ‘no’ and won £1,093,333.33. If that sounds impressive, he placed £900,000 on the bet – so really he only won £200,000. Still, that is a life-changing amount of money. Surprisingly, he said in an interview with the BBC that he wasn’t particularly nervous, because he was so confident he would win.

This list tells us that, although everyone knows that you should always bet responsibly, some people love the thrill of placing a crazy, impulsive bet. We can’t believe the craziness of some these gamblers – imagine how Ashley Revell would have felt if the roulette ball had landed on black!

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Kim Kardashian Balances A Champagne Glass On Her A** For Paper Magazine Wed, 12 Nov 2014 05:31:27 +0000 Kim Kardashian Paper Magazine Cover

Oh Kim! They say if you got it, flaunt it. In this case, Kim Kardashian clearly said why not! Kim decided to put her best asset on full frontal view for the masses and lets just say, there are a lot of happy men.

If Kim is trying to break the internet she is off to a good start with this photo. Would you agree? Here’s another question for you: real or fake? What do you think.

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Pause! Let’s take a moment to to reflect on this Rihanna photo.

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