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So you’re a guy who likes a nice scented candle. The soft glow accentuates your eyes, and you adore the fragrance of jasmine and honeysuckle. So what? Does that make you any less of a man? A little bit soft? Tell you what, don’t answer that, and pick yourself up a Pistolight($4.00). Designed by SOODA e, this nifty little contraption transforms any disposable lighter into a tough, gangsta piece (literally). Just pop any standard disposable lighter into the shaft and BOOM! Ready, aim, and…fire. You also might consider picking up the Blind Barber Tompkins Candle. As far as manliness goes, we’d say the smell of leather out-testosterones lilac any day.
You know, you and director Elia Kazan are pretty similar. His movies have won tons of Oscars. You once won an Oscar Meyer Wiener eating contest. And while your incredible performance will forever be remembered by the plaque in your basement, Elia’s greatest work is gathered here, in The Elia Kazan Collection($139), selected by Martin Scorsese. These fifteen movies include unforgettable performances from Hollywood greats, like Marlon Brando, James Dean, Warren Beatty, Natalie Wood and Walter Matthau, in movies like On The Waterfront, A Streetcar Named Desire, and East of Eden, just to name a few. Scorsese kicks off Disc 1 with a documentary about Kazan’s life and career, including his role in the infamous McCarthy hearings. Fire up the grill and stock up on buns—it’s gonna be an Oscar fest tonight.
Your country cottage in Cornwall is positively perfect, from its stone fireplace to its impeccable live-in help. The one thing it’s missing, however, is something fun in the driveway. Lucky for you, the chaps at Caterham Cars have been at it again, with the Caterham Seven Superlight R500 Sprintster($70,000). Based on the Lotus Seven, this small, nimble two-seater earns its moniker “Sprintster” with a 263 horsepower Ford 2.0 liter Duratec engine that goes from 0 to 60 in 2.88 seconds. Its light aluminum, carbon fiber and Kevlar body make it “Superlight” for incredible performance and handling. Great details like ACES change-up lights, a Quick-release Momo Steering Wheel with integrated indicator switches, and a carbon interchangeable wind deflector add to the fun. Might as well tell Jeeves now not to wait up.
As your run-in with that troop of Black Howler Monkeys in eastern Bolivia taught you last summer, sometimes very loud noises can come from very small packages. Same goes for the Tivoli iPAL Radio($220). The iPAL (Portable Audio Laboratory) is a portable playback system that hooks up to your iPod, laptop or portable CD player, plus has a built-in AM/FM radio that delivers serious sound from a high-end 2.5-inch speaker. Its rechargeable battery pack is good for 16 hours of cordless playback, and its rubberized cover was designed to be weather resistant, and protect its ports from water and sand. Which makes the iPAL perfect for long walks on the beach, or treks through the Bolivian jungle.
Control is a good thing. Whether it’s over an audience, a company, or the remote (just let them TRY and keep you from watching “The Notebook” one more time). Now you can gain control of your unruly collars with these Stayclip Stainless Steel Collar Stays($25.00). Toss the flimsy plastic doodads and trade up to these durable, brushed solid stainless steel beauties. The Executive Set comes with 8 pairs of stays ranging from 2.2 to 3 inches, and a clever Stayclip organizer ring that can be mounted to the wall next to your shirts. You can even get your collar stays engraved with whatever you desire. Which should work out well with that control thing.
As Tiger has taught us only all too well, golf is really only about two things: swing and swagger. We can’t help you with your slice, but we can be of some assistance when it comes to the swagger part. Just roll up in one of these: The Garia Mansory Edition Carbon Fiber Luxury Golf Car($17,500), the brilliant brainchild of a creative collaboration between Garia, the Danish manufacturer of luxury golf cars, and Mansory, responsible for customizing supercars like Rolls Royce, Aston Martin and Bentley. Constructed from ultra-light yet durable carbon fibre body panels, with a luxe teak floor, specially designed headlights, air scoop and fender gills, this sleek, tiger-colored black and orange ride is sure to intimidate your opponent, even if your short game falls…well, short.
Think back, for a moment, to the world before cell phones. A world filled with answering machines and busy signals, and hanging up on your schoolboy crush’s father because hearing him pick up the phone made a little bit of pee come out. Thankfully, those days are behind us, but our nostalgia for them lives on, with the POP Phone($20.00). This fun creation by French designer David Turpin resembles an old-school handset, but its functions are completely contemporary. Just plug the 3.5 mm jack at the end of its curly cord into any mobile phone or computer to chat the day away. The headset comes in bright, poppy colors and is finished with a luxurious soft-touch texture so you can talk to your crush for hours. Or at least until her father comes home.
From wake boarding to kite surfing to your patented doggie paddle, let’s face it—when it comes to anything underwater, you’re like Triton himself. And that type of wet, graceful athleticism shouldn’t go undocumented. You should really have a Kodak Playsport Video Camera($290) handy at all times. This pocket (or bikini) camcorder shoots bitchin’ 1080 HD video up to 10 feet underwater, and its built-in image stabilization means your footage will always be steady and clear. The handy LCD Glare Shield feature helps you see your subject clearly on the display screen, so even in reflective settings, like the glittering face of the Mediterranean Sea, you’re sure to catch all the action you intend to. Bust out your speedos, my good man. It’s about to get wet in here.
What do Justin Bieber, Sauvignon Blanc, and cookie dough have in common? They've all touched the lips of Minx Rachel Barnes. The fitness model and San Diego native landed her big break by playing Justin Bieber's vixen in the ""Boyfriend"" music video. But when she was cast in the video, she had no idea she'd be playing Bieber's girlfriend.
So were there sparks on set? When asked if there was any chemistry during the shoot, Barnes said they kept it professional. After all, he was dating Selena Gomez at the time and Rachel herself is a married woman.
When she's not romancing the Biebs on the screen, you can catch Rachel modeling for companies like Nike, Reebok, and Under Armour, just to name a few. Barnes got her start by modeling swimsuits and has since scored loads of campaigns, plus spreads in “Women's Health” and “Triathlete” magazines. She also regularly shows off her bronzed skin and tight frame to her over 700,000 Instagram followers. Aside from modeling, Rachel is a self-proclaimed fitness addict who runs multiple 5K's and 10K’s and she’s also a fashion blogger, and avid beach-goer. In her downtime, Barnes like quiet nights at home sipping white wine and cooking dinner and sweets for her husband. Barnes says she’s, ""never met a cookie she didn't like.” We can't help but agree.
We all know that advertising is evil. (Except the Shake Weight commercials. Those are pure goodness.). But this former ad-guy, Paul Arden might just have a few pearls of wisdom in his best-selling book, “It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want To Be.” ($6.00) Arden, Executive Creative Director/Head Honcho at Saatchi & Saatchi, London for 15 years, really breaks it down in this book, offering up wisdom on problem-solving, communicating, playing your cards right, making mistakes and creativity. It’s been called, “a pocket bible for the talented and timid alike to help make the unthinkable thinkable and the impossible possible.” Maybe advertising isn’t so evil after all. I mean, it DID bring us the Snapple Lady. She was pretty nice, right?
Though you’re known up and down the eastern seaboard for your dominance on your company’s board, what only a handful of people (and a particular pod of dolphins off Catalina Island) know is that you’re also a god on another type of board (being of the surf-variety kind). Now the Almond X Linus Summer Bike($1,300) can help you pedal your surfboard straight to the nearest swell with ease. This ultra-cool, vintage looking bike comes complete with a board rack and a nifty wooden crate in the rear to hold anything else you might need for your day in the surf, from sunscreen to your Persol Roadster Shades to dolphin kibble. Cowabunga.
Ever since the days when you and Lance Bass trained as cosmonauts for that seat on the Soyuz space capsule, you’ve relished the feeling of zero gravity. Seeing as your own anti-gravity chamber is taking longer to construct than expected, we’d like to suggest the next best thing: The Gravity Balans Chair($1,995) by Varier. Fully reclined, this feat of furniture genius elevates the legs above the heart, and gently rocks to the rhythm of your breathing, creating a feeling of weightlessness. Time to work? Not a problem. Just lean forward to assume a kneeling posture, or sit normally somewhere in the middle. All Gravity Balans chairs are handcrafted in Norway by skilled artisans, and come in a variety of colors and fabrics. We think Lance would recommend the black leather.
After a night of ice luges overflowing with Deleon Tequila, Bison Grass Vodka, and Kraken Rum, it’s pretty clear that driving is not an option, and your Mercedes McLaren stays put ‘til you sleep it off. But what happens when you wake up still tipsy in the morning, and need to know when you’re finally fit for the road? Bust out your Mini Key Chain Personal Breathalyzer($4.00), put your lips together, and just blow. Three seconds of breath is all you need for your Blood Alcohol Content levels to pop up on the colored LED indicator system. Idiot-proof, right? Right. Not to mention kind of fun just as a party trick.
Lucky for you, “Ciao” means hello and goodbye in Italian, because once you get behind the wheel of the super ridiculously fast Pagani Huayra($1.4 million), your friends will barely have time to say hello before you’re clean out of sight. From specialist manufacturer in Italy (where else?), Pagani offers up its latest drool-worthy creation, the 700 horsepower, 12-cylinder, twin-turbocharged, high performance Huarya. Its motor was specially developed for Pagani by Mercedes-Benz AMG, and all of its power is sent to the rear wheels, via an X-trac seven-speed sequential transmission that’s also lower on emissions than Pagani’s previous model, the Zonda. This bella macchina has gull-wing doors, a high-end leather interior, and hits a max speed of 235mph, going 0-62 in just 3.2 seconds. Buon viaggio!
Some things are just classic. The tuxedo. A crisp white collar. Old episodes of “Mr. Belvedere.” Same goes for these sharp-looking Grenson Dylan Oxfords($305) decked out in a classic brogue pattern (aka all the pretty little holes). You’ll want to walk more than a mile in these puppies—beautifully made wing tip oxfords crafted from cognac tanned leather by one of the most renowned shoemakers in England, Grenson’s originator, William Green. With these wing tips on your toes, we’re sure even Mr. Belvedere would approve.
Perhaps all of canine-kind could never make up for that time Spot chewed up your loafers, but at least the Benny Brush($370) is a good start. This Schnauzer-shaped plastic pooch has a rotating tummybrush that polishes your shoes ‘til they shine. Just push the button on the back side of the base plate and marvel as the brush bristles of natural hair and polyamide whip your wingtips into shiny shape. The little guy even wags his tail as he works. Now, there’s a good boy who earns his Snausages.
If you missed the RM Auction in March, you’re no doubt smarting from losing out on the limited edition 340 Mexico Berlineta from 1952. The car gods are smiling upon you though, because the miracle workers at GWA Tuning have rebuilt the classic from the ground up. Based on a 456 platform, the Ferrari 340 Competizone features a 470-horsepower 5.4-liter V12 and a six-speed manual transmission with upgraded aerodynamics, suspension and brakes as well as fresh aluminum bodywork and a modernized interior. To date they’ve only produced one model, but we’re sure a quick email from you might render another copy.
When you’ve got the nicest digs on the block you can’t bring property values down in the neighborhood with a dingy doghouse. Besides, it’s always been nothing but the best for Thor. A Luxury Dog Mansion($8,000), custom built to your exact specifications is just the token of affection he deserves. Made from top grade building materials with windows, decorative framing, brass hardware, wainscoting, crown moldings and other intricate architectural details, this luxury doghouse will pamper your pooch as much as your ego. You can even have it designed to match your home if you want. Nothing says luxury like a miniature version of your house sitting on your front lawn.