Got your favorite swimsuit picked out for Joining Hearts 27 this weekend? If you’re looking for some divine inspiration we’re taking a look at some of our favorite looks from the Mercedes-Benz Swim Fashion Week in Miami.
Posted on 18 July 2014.
Got your favorite swimsuit picked out for Joining Hearts 27 this weekend? If you’re looking for some divine inspiration we’re taking a look at some of our favorite looks from the Mercedes-Benz Swim Fashion Week in Miami.
Posted on 20 June 2014.
Summer is here and it’s your time to get out there and revel in the hot weather (and the hot men)! And of course FENUXE is here to help, because with these five summer must-haves you will cover just about all bases for being your most fabulous self this season.
1. Tank Top
In case you haven’t noticed, tank tops are all the rave right now. On any given night out in the bars the sleeveless top will be donned be closely half of the guys at the venue. One of our favorites is this ‘Swank Tank’ by Nasty Pig.
2. Summer Fragrance
Summertime is a great time to try out a new cologne as manufacturers launch a slew of new scents right about now. A good summer fragrance should be light and crisp and preferably with little or no alcohol to avoid burns on the skin in the sun. We suggest you try this one – Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Bergamotto di Calabria – because it is out of this world.
3. Colorful Sneakers
They’re comfortable and fashion-forward – and these particular ones even show your pride being in the #BeTrue pride collection by Nike! Colorful sneaks are a huge trend this summer and a great way to spruce up any outfit. Also check out the other stuff in the #BeTrue collection right here.
4. Good Shorts
Not too loose and above the knee are the keywords you should go for when picking out shorts for your summer attire. And if you choose right, your shorts can double as gym shorts and swimwear – it’s a win-win-win. We love these Supersets shorts from Chubbies (and we like that name too…).
We cannot stress enough how important sunscreen is. Not only because it will save you from burning here and now, but because it will prevent much more serious conditions like hyperpigmentation and skin cancer. This Kiehl’s Facial Fuel UV Guard is a favorite, because it absorbs very quickly and offers lasting protection.
And now get out there and enjoy your summer!
Posted on 12 May 2014.
Every year FENUXE invites the gay community to vote for the best businesses and organizations in Atlanta. The competition was tough in 2014, however, the votes are in and the results are here! Join us in celebrating the 2014 FENUXE 50 – the Best of Atlanta winners:
With 1.5 million square feet of retail space, Lenox Square Mall is Atlanta’s premier shopping destination. The mall originally opened its doors on August 3, 1959 and looks incredibly different than it does today. Back then it was an open-air shopping center and featured a bowling alley, indoor golf driving range and a grocery store called Colonial Stores. Now you can find world-class upscale retail and anchor department stores including Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s Zara, Diesel, Ralph Lauren and Neiman Marcus.
Best Hair Salon
Out with the old and in with a new do at Bubbles Salon in the Ansley II Shopping Center on Monroe Drive. It’s easy to see why Atlanta loves Bubbles with their super convenient online booking and a wide range of services. Your hair is definitely in the care of skilled hands at Bubbles. A men’s haircut is only $20 and getting the grey out only costs $25. Is your stache in need of a trim? You can get a beard and mustache trim for only eight bucks.
Best Dog Groomer
Happy yelps from playing pups at Piedmont Bark explains why it’s a perennial Atlanta favorite. Dogs dig this canine hotspot and the groomers do great work. Your pooch may not find getting groomed to be their favorite outing, but Piedmont Bark goes above and beyond to make sure each pet is cared for and has a good experience. If you’re looking for doggie daycare or boarding (for that Memorial Day weekend trip coming up) they’ve also got you covered.
Best Men’s Clothing Store
From the perfect bathing suit for the upcoming pool season to wicked cute graphic tees, you’ll find everything you need for the perfect outfit at Boy Next Door. Plus, they’ve got two convenient locations on Piedmont Avenue and at Ansley Mall. What’s best is that Boy Next Door has been supporting Atlanta’s gay community and keeping us fashionably clothed since 1980. Being named “Best of Atlanta” right before your 35th birthday – that’s one fashionable legacy.
Best Home Furnishings Store
With an unparalleled assortment of beautiful and affordable furniture, Intaglia Home Collection is Atlanta’s favorite spot to shop for new home furnishings. The store’s success stems from its design philosophy that aims to introduce customers to furniture they’ll love. It’s a simple philosophy, but it’s effective and has kept customers returning since it opened in 1999. If you need some advice on designing your dream home talk to their incredible designers JoJuana Davis and Bobby Krechnyak.
There’s no other event in Atlanta quite like Atlanta Pride. It’s a week-long celebration of our community and our great city that rivals the best Pride celebrations in the world. Every year the Atlanta Pride Committee continues to up the ante with a bigger and better event. Plus, our annual Pride Parade is one of the oldest in country. This year’s 44th annual Atlanta Pride Festival in Piedmont Park will take place on October 11 and 12.
Best TV Show Filmed In Georgia
We asked which TV show filmed in Georgia was your favorite and “The Walking Dead” won by a country mile. It wasn’t even a contest because Rick, Carl and the always lovable Walkers blew the other shows out of the water. With this many fans no wonder the show is the undead belle of the TV ratings ball. And what’s not to love? There’s more zombie-killing action than you can shake a stick at and it takes place here in our neck of the woods. We only have one bone to pick with the show. There’s no way we can wait until next season to learn what is going to happen at Terminus!
Best Local TV News Program
The news team at Channel 11 has been serving Atlanta since 1951, but they weren’t always WXIA 11 Alive. In fact, they were originally an ABC affiliate and the name 11 Alive didn’t come about until 1976. Today you’ll find Brenda Wood and DeMarco Morgan anchoring the news desk and keeping Atlantans well-informed. They’ve become increasingly more popular over the past few years while they “hold the powerful accountable.”
Best Gay Character On TV
When three families become one hilarity and heartbreak are sure to follow. “Modern Family” on ABC follows the Pritchett, Dunphy and Tucker families as they navigate life and extended family relations. However, it’s one character, Cameron Tucker, that has Atlantans falling in love and continually laughing week after week. Six different gay TV characters were nominated in this category, but Tucker garnered over 50 percent of the votes even with the crowded field. Keep it up, Cam!
Best Music Festival
Even with massive amounts of rain during last year’s Music Midtown, the festival proved that great music will keep Atlantans grooving in Piedmont Park no matter what. The two-day festival features a lineup that spans multiple stages and is always a well-organized and extremely fun event. Just don’t delay in getting your tickets because this major music event is always popular. The 2014 headliners haven’t been announced, however, FENUXE will feature all of the details when they’re released.
Best Movie Theatre
Grab a cocktail from the bar and enjoy a flick at this great theatre on Monroe Drive in Atlanta. Midtown Art Cinemas has been bringing the movies to Atlanta since 1987 and they’re still pleasing audiences. It may not be as big as the mega theatres OTP, but don’t let its size fool you. In addition to all of the latest Hollywood blockbusters you can also catch a wide range of indie films on their eight screens. They’ve even got DLP digital projection and sound so your movie experience is crystal clear and pitch perfect.
Best Live Performance
Featuring singers from all over the area, Sing For Your Life continues to wow Atlanta audiences with great music and an engaging live show. Contestants are grouped with show mentors Barry Brandon, JL Rodriguez and Michael Robinson to hone their craft and advance in the competition. Sing For Your Life Season 2 recently wrapped up and singer Christy Clark was named the winner. Look for her story in an upcoming issue of FENUXE Magazine.
Best Gay Chorus
The Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus is a beloved Atlanta institution and has been filling our lives with music for 33 seasons. If you’ve never experienced the joy of an AGMC show mark June 27 and 28 on your calendar. The guys are bringing us the best of Cher in their upcoming show “Cher Determination: You Better Sit Down, Kids!” and you don’t want to miss it. Keep singing, fellas!
If you love a good show odds are you’re a regular at the Fox Theatre. The former movie palace features a beautiful Moorish design and seats 4,678 Atlantans in its large auditorium. The building is definitely one of the most interesting in Atlanta and an attraction in itself, but its the great variety of shows at the Fox that keep patrons coming back. In one season you can see everything from Eddie Izzard live onstage to Disney’s “The Lion King.”
Best Weekly Event
After dominating Atlanta’s Dragnique competition two years ago, Edie Cheezbuger expanded her drag artistry with the creation of “The Other Show” at Jungle Atlanta. It’s an avant-garde, highly-conceptual show that has captivated Atlanta and attracted a fiercely loyal fan base. Ms. Cheezburger and the glamorous cast continue to push Atlanta drag higher, and we can’t wait to see what “The Other Show” will have in store for us next.
Best Concert Venue
The Tabby is a pretty wicked spot for concerts in Atlanta, but did you know it was originally a Baptist Tabernacle church? It didn’t turn into a performance venue until the Olympics came and developers turned it into a House of Blues. Dan Aykroyd, Jim Belushi and John Goodman, performing as The Blues Brothers, were first people to perform in the repurposed Atlanta landmark.
Best Comedy Venue
Some comedy lounges are more about alcohol sales and food than stand-up. If that’s your scene this isn’t your comedy club. Laughing Skull Lounge brings the best stand-up comedians (including Margaret Cho and lots of gay performers) to Midtown for side-splitting hilarious shows. If you can’t get your funny bone tickled here it may have died. Think you could be the next great gay comedian? Try one of their 4 week intense comedy courses that ends with you doing two open mic nights.
Best Neighborhood Bar
This category was a true horse race. Burkhart’s Pub, Blake’s on the Park and TEN Atlanta were neck and neck until the very end. However, it was Burkhart’s Pub who ultimately received the most votes. With friendly bartenders, great food, top-notch drag entertainment, stiff cocktails and a spacious patio, Burkhart’s has everything you could possibly want from your favorite neighborhood bar.
Best Place To Dance
After the votes were tallied it’s clear that Atlanta has several favorite hotspots for dancing the night away. However, it was TEN Atlanta who came out ahead by five percentage points. TEN regularly throws great parties that start up after the restuarants transforms into a nightclub at 10 p.m. Another great thing about TEN Atlanta is their new menu. If you haven’t tried their new dishes you should definitely get a table this weekend. Just dance!
Best Bar Entertainment
From the biggest names in drag entertainment to Atlanta’s newest artists, Burkhart’s Pub continues to offer the best bar entertainment in gay Atlanta. Last year we partied with Shangela and only a few weeks ago Raja was thrilling a packed house. That’s in addition to their incredible weekly shows which include the Armorettes, Ruby Redd, Phoenix, Destiny Brooks, Justice Taylor, Monica Van Pelt and Darlene Majewski.
Best Sports Bar
Whether you’re cheering on the Bulldogs or Braves, four out of every five FENUXE 50 voters said Woofs is the best place to catch the action. They have plenty of TVs so you can always keep up with the score and lots of great guys to enjoy the game with. You can even get your own match going with a round of billiards if there aren’t any games on.
Best Bar For Bears
For the past 27 years the Atlanta Eagle has been Georgia’s go to leather, Levi and bear bar. From the Southern Bears’ monthly night to the Atlanta Bear Fest and weekend cubcake nights, the Atlanta Eagle is the place for bears to see and be seen. Don’t miss Jockstrap Sister Twister night with the Atlanta Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.
Best Adult Entertainment
Banana hammocks, jockstraps and au naturale, oh my! Lose your inhibitions and marvel at the incredible beefcake on display because Swinging Richards is gay Atlanta’s favorite when it comes to adult entertainment. Get those bills ready cause there is always a gorgeous man on stage who will catch your eye.
Best Overall Value
Burkhart’s Pub literally ran away with the crown in this category. They received nearly double the amount of votes as the runner-up and it’s easy to see why. There is never a cover charge and they’ve got an entertaining event going on every night. Plus, you can enjoy an entire evening at Burkhart’s Pub with dinner from their tasty menu followed by drinks and a show.
If you think all gyms are the same you’ve never experienced Urban Body Fitness in Midtown. From an extensive selection of cardio and strength training equipment to group classes and top-notch personal trainers, Urban Body Fitness has what you need to meet your fitness goals. You can also receive chiropractic care on-site and take advantage of their tanning options.
Best Gay Organization
In this category there were several nominees vying for the top spot with close vote totals. However, it was GLAAD who narrowly edged out AID Atlanta and Lost-N-Found. GLAAD advocates for the LGBT community and works toward building support for equality. They’re also monitor news and entertainment media outlets and respond when they fail to fairly and accurately depict our community. Keep up the great work!
Best Charitable Organization
All of this year’s nominated charities received lots of votes, however, the race came down to Lost-N-Found Youth and AID Atlanta in the end. Both are wonderful organizations, but there can only be one winner. Many Atlantans learn about Lost-N-Found Youth from their incredibly fun and successful “Big Gay Game Show” fundraiser at Jungle Atlanta, however, the organization is beloved by our community for their work behind-the-scenes helping Atlanta’s homeless gay youth.
Best Gay Rights Advocate
With gay rights in Georgia taking center stage over the past few months (and hopefully more so in the future) Georgia Equality’s work has become more important than ever. In fact, Georgia Equality was instrumental in preventing recent anti-gay “Religious Freedom” bills from passing in the Georgia House and Senate. They’re our Georgia gay rights advocates and they’re doing a great job. Kudos y’all!
Best Gay & Gay-Friendly Sports League
The Atlanta Rainbow Trout gave Hotlanta Softball League a run for its money, however, Hotlanta got the win on the last day with a final spike in votes. The league was founded in 1981 as a nonprofit and for the past 33 summers they’ve welcomed gay and straight players alike to suit up. Besides, who can resist guys in gym shorts and baseball pants?
Best Sports Team
“The Bucks appreciate the support we receive from our community and are excited to be recognized as best sports team! We are currently gearing up for our biggest fundraiser of the year – The Purple Dress Run on May 10. Money raised will benefit Lost-N-Found Youth and help send the Bucks down under to Sydney, Australia to defend our title at the Biennial Bingham Cup Rugby Tournament,” team president Jason Parris tells FENUXE.
It came down to only a few votes and Midtown narrowly edged out East Atlanta for the win. Both neighborhoods are beautifully diverse and offer lots of options to work, live and play. However, no other Atlanta neighborhood is as gay as Midtown. It’s got the corner of gay and gayer (Piedmont and 10th Street) where you can get a great meal from one of the tasty dining spots nearby and party the night away. Did we mention Piedmont Park? Midtown has it all.
Best Local Art
The gay Southern artists behind Legendary Children Atlanta are on a mission to promote acceptance of the LGBT community through art. They document and celebrate Atlanta’s young drag entertainers in their artistic works that range from performance art to photography, film, music and writing. The show was originally featured as part of Atlanta Celebrates Photography and later ran for two months at Gallery 1526.
Best Medical Clinic
AbsoluteCARE makes keeping healthy a lot easier with their wide array of medical services. Under one conveniently located roof you’ll find bilingual primary care, a pharmacy, mental health services, its own CLIA certified laboratory, chiropractic care, after-hours urgent care and Board Certified Infectious Disease physicians. “We are a team that is committed to providing the highest level of care to patients and we look forward to working with you,” AbsoluteCARE tells its patients.
You’ve got to keep those pearly whites in good health and dentist Chip Hill is helping Atlanta do that at his Peachtree Street practice. From teeth cleanings to root canals, dentist Chip Hill has the expertise and state-of-the-art technology to keep you comfortable and smiling. If you want to see some examples of his work check out the smile gallery on his website.
Best Vision Care
Eyesight not what it used to be? It may be time to visit Dr. Reena Gupta and Dr. Blair Lamey at Ansley Eye Care in Midtown. They combine top-of-the-line eye care technology with all of the latest eyewear styles making this Atlanta’s best one stop shop for your eyes. If you’re located near Vinings check out their second location called Atlanta Eye Shop.
Best Pet Supply Store
If you live or work in Midtown odds are you’re familiar with Pet Supermarket even if you don’t have a pet. They’re the guys at Ansley Mall who regularly feature pets available for adoption in front of their store. It’s almost impossible to drive through Ansley without seeing their cute snouts. Whether you’re looking for dog food, cat nip, tropical fish or play toys, you’ll find what you need at Pet Supermarket.
Best Gay Dance Group
Put on your cowboy boots and get to steppin’ cause Hotlanta Squares is Atlanta’s best gay dance group. The group brings Modern Western Square Dance to the LGBT community with classes and fun events throughout the year. Their next event, Dancing at the Hanger, will be at Briscoe Field at the Gwinnett County Airport on April 26 starting at 6 p.m. with a pot luck supper.
Best Veterinary Clinic
When your furry best friend needs medical attention you want to go to the best vet. Hands down Briarcliff Animal Clinic ran away in this race and got the overwhelming majority of the votes. For over 50 years their passion for pets, quality of care and affordable prices have earned them a loyal pack of patients. You can visit one of their three locations in Atlanta, Sandy Springs and College Park.
Best Atlanta Attraction
Who has the largest aquarium in the world? Atlanta, that’s who! Explore Georgia Aquarium’s exhibits that feature over 100,000 animals in over 10 million gallons of water. If you haven’t experienced the majesty and grace of the peaceful tiger shark floating just feet away from you we suggest heading to the attraction now. Coming in only a few votes behind the Georgia Aquarium was the Atlanta Botanical Garden. We don’t think you can go wrong either way.
Best Day Trip From Atlanta
Pack the Griswold family into the station wagon and enjoy the best day trip from Atlanta to the charming Bavarian Alps replica town of Helen, Georgia. Stroll down its cobblestone alleys past old-world towers and architecture that will make Atlanta feel thousands of miles away. Don’t miss your chance to see the beautiful Anna Ruby Falls nearby as well. This is a perfect day trip, weekend getaway or fun date option.
Best Gay Outdoor Group
The Wilderness Network of Georgia is a group of great guys who enjoy taking outdoor trips all over America and sometimes even abroad. Members plan curated adventures based on their interests and other members can sign up for the trips they’d like to join. With over three hundred guys participating there are always lots of different trips going on that range from intense outdoor adventure to something more easy going like outdoor grilling.
Best Car Service
Uber is providing Atlantans a new way to hire a car, and it’s clear from the FENUXE 50 voting results that the service is well-liked. It received over 80 percent of the votes in its category. And why not? The Uber app is very easy to use and UberX costs less than the dirty old cabs that are sketchy and unreliable. However, unlike traditional taxis Uber charges its customers more during peak demand times.
Best Car Dealership
Whether you’re looking for a new or used luxury car, Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead can help you find your dream car while providing unparalleled customer service. Getting your car serviced? Treat yourself to a fresh sandwich or salad from their Café Benz. You’ve got to try their great coffee! When a dealership starts off by saying your happiness if their guarantee it’s easy to see why Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead was voted the best of Atlanta.
What’s a warm Atlanta day without a few glorious hours with friends on the best patio in Atlanta at Joe’s on Juniper. From Sunday Funday to summer beer busts, Joe’s patio is always packed with gay guys and girls sipping delicious cocktails and noshing on tasty tavern fare. The patio is also dog-friendly so you can bring your sweetie, bestie and fido.
Best Restaurant For A First Date
There’s something special about The Optimist. Yes, the food is absolutely incredible and the staff members are warm and welcoming. But it’s something else. It’s the entire experience. Few restaurants excel at providing a stellar experience from start to finish, but these guys make it look easy. Visit this Howell Mill dining oasis and treat yourself to the seafood that is making other Atlanta restaurants step up their game.
Best Foodie Spot
Since 1977 Your Dekalb Farmers Market has been providing high quality food at competitive prices. It’s current building offers 140,000 sq. ft. of items from all over the world including products made fresh on-site. If you haven’t tried their handmade pasta you’re in for a treat. It’s located in Decatur and is certainly worth the drive. If you want to take the bus it’s super easy. Just catch the number 36 and it will take you all of the way there.
If you’re looking for the best vodka list in Atlanta look no further. 10th & Piedmont has an impressive variety of vodkas and they work them into superb cocktails every day. If you’re looking for a refreshing cocktail to enjoy this spring on a warm day try the cherry blossom. It’s made with Breckenridge vodka, orchard cherry liqueur, angostura bitters and splashes of cranberry and orange juice.
Is it the yummy homemade ketchup or scrumptious sweet potato hash? Maybe it’s Radial’s commitment to farm-to-table dining and local ingredients. Whatever it is – it is delicious! Everything we’ve tried off the menu has been fantastic and their full bar makes brunch even better. Worried about a long wait on the weekends? You can call ahead and get on the list before you leave home.
Roll down your car window when you get close to Fox Bros. BBQ and follow the delicious smell of smoked and grilled meat. These brothers know how to work their meat, and their sauce is so good you can find it at stores all over Atlanta. From their super tasty smoked chicken salad sandwich to the tender pulled pork, you can’t go wrong with anything on the Fox Bros. menu.
Best Dog-Friendly Patio
Henry’s goes all out in making you and your dog feel welcome on their big patio. The restaurant is even named after the owner’s dog. Your furry friend will get their own water bowl and servers even walk around with treats saying hello. Add that to their delicious menu and refreshing cocktails and it’s easy to see why Henry’s Midtown Tavern is Atlanta’s favorite dog-friendly patio.
Posted on 15 April 2014.
The annual Atlanta Cotillion has, since its inception in 1997, raised an impressive $1.3 million for AID Atlanta. However, event organizers are steering the event in a new and exciting direction this year. The night’s fundraising goals will be no different, but the event itself is changing to represent a new wave of cotillion — which this year is themed Cirque de Nuit en Rouge.
Not only does Atlanta Cotillion raise vital funds that are needed for AID Atlanta’s work throughout the year, but it is one of the best parties in the Atlanta gay community. In fact, the Atlanta Cotillion is one of this city’s largest early summertime events (this year it will take place on June 21,the first day of summer).
Originally, the Cotillion was centered around a debutante ball featuring a pageant as a nod to Atlanta’s rich Southern traditions. Each contestant would raise funds individually and everyone would come together at the end for the ball. However, the last queen was crowned in 2012. Since then the cotillion has changed its focus to be more about the fashion-forward event itself. It’s a change growing to new dimensions with this year’s Cotillion that’s even evident in the name: Atlanta Cotillion Presents. This year they’re bringing us the theme Cirque de Nuit en Rouge – circus of the night in red.
“This will be a new wave of Cotillion,” David Janke, chairperson of the 2014 Atlanta Cotillion Presents, explains. Janke, who was also crowned queen at the 2012 Cotillion and therefore still reigns, is very excited about this year’s party. “By transforming the event into Cirque de Nuit en Rouge, we want to make the event more inclusive and at the same time bigger, bolder and better,” Janke says.
The wonderful evening will take place at the newly renovated Delta Flight Museum. Renovations are actually scheduled to conclude right before the cotillion party begins. Cirque de Nuit en Rouge will be the updated venue’s maiden event.
With all of the changes what should guests wear to this year’s event? “We wanted to get a wider range in the community and make this a fun, fashion-forward inspired event where there really are no limits to what you wear,” Janke tells FENUXE and continues, “That also translates into if you don’t want to wear a big costume, you can wear your tuxedo or show up in a fabulous cocktail dress. We want to reach not only the gay community but wider than that. We want to be all-inclusive and let everybody be part of this fresh, fun phase of the Cotillion – a fashion-forward avant-garde bang of an evening!” So dress up in your most outrageously creative costume or show up in your black-tie best – there really is no limit to what you can imagine, create and wear to the event.
Guests can also look forward to a night filled with amazing and talented performers. Both on-stage and happening right in the crowd there will be performances that are sure to wow and thrill guests. Additionally, Janke teases that a very well-known DJ will be setting the musical backdrop for the night. Mix in complimentary cocktails from Svedka Vodka and Trianon Tequila with a delicious selection of heavy hors d’oeuvres and this party is sounding tasty.
This fabulous ball will also feature a silent auction with fantastic and unique items that will appeal to bidders on all levels and exclusive areas for VIP and Host level ticket holders. This night will no doubt be one remembered for years to come so start planning your avant-garde outfit (and remember group themed costumes are encouraged), and don’t forget to visit atlantacotillon.com for your ticket to the Atlanta Cotillion – now bigger, better and bolder than ever!
Posted on 14 April 2014.
For our latest issue ‘Trending Summer’ we teamed up with Australian underwear brand Aussiebum to bring you some extremely hot guys frolicking on Sydney’s Bondi Beach.
If you haven’t had a chance – or if you just want to revisit the stunning images – here are the photos from the shoot. And you can click directly on each photo to purchase the swimwear at aussiebum.com. Enjoy!
Posted on 14 April 2014.
While my job as a triple “ZZZ” list drag queen celebrity may sound all glitzy and glamourous to some, it also requires hard work. I’ve just returned from Fashion week and an experience I’ll never forget. While I was under the impression I was headed to Atlanta Hartsfield LaToya Jackson International Space Port for a flight to the Mercedes Benz fashion show in NYC, I was disappointed to find I was headed to the exotic city of Jonesboro for their fashion “minute.”
With Real Housewives of Atlanta Celebrity Look-A-Likes judging, the fashion show had its moments but was definitely not up to my international standards. NeNe Leakes-A-Lot was serving attitude, Porsche looked like a Pinto and Kenya-No-Moore was Breaking-Wind Fabulous although she did fill the room with a certain air. Kandi was humming along the whole time–it was only later I was informed she wasn’t singing. Maybe she was filled with
the spirit something. Hmmmm.
Fashions from wannabe fashion star Bob Tackie were less than impressive. Duct tape and hot glue were prominently featured throughout while still leaving the viewer wanting more. Speaking of more, I wasn’t sure but I think I saw some balls under that duct tape. Work it giirls!! And color is the trend for summer! Golden Rod, Mustard, Yellow, Chartreuse, Rust and Burnt Umber are your featured color story. As I think about it, those colors are featured in my panties. What a coincidence!
Norcostco Atlanta Costume Tip of the Week: Cutie Pie Clint says “We have a new line of lashes! Ardell Professional Line Double Up Lashes have twice the amount lashes for a more dramatic look. It’s like TWO pair of lashes in one! Double layer style gives you a fuller, thicker look. Reusable and durable, so you get your money’s worth! Each lash strip is knotted and feathered by hand to achieve the highest quality. Achieve the ultimate glamour look with 6 new styles! Ardell Professional Natural Lashes are available in a 4-pack. An incredible value. We’ve also cut the prices on the rest of our lashes by up to 25% and have a larger selection of lash glue, including DUO Brush-On Adhesive, Ardell Lashtite and Lashgrip.”
Love and lashes,
Mary Edith Pitts
Posted on 28 March 2014.
FENUXE’s photo shoot “Graphic Content,” from our previous issue (Law & Politics), featured personal trainer Dylan Bolen. It was received really well – so well, that Boy Next Door, (who provided us with all the clothes for the shoot) decided to pay it a little tribute. All of the styles from the photo shoot are being restocked as we speak. So, if you want one of the cool t-shirts or a pair of really great underwear, Boy Next Door has got you, ahem, covered…
Here is a look at the great photo wall from Boy Next Door’s Piedmont location. Scroll down a little further to check out our sexy “Graphic Content” shoot showcasing one of this season’s big trends: t-shirts with graphic prints and patterns.
Posted on 18 March 2014.
Karl Lagerfeld is still on top of his game – and that’s at age 80 (!). The fashion designer, photographer and publisher just celebrated another massive success heading uber luxury brand Chanel by showcasing the latest collection in a real life Chanel supermarket made especially for the Paris fashion week show. And he is currently revamping his personal brand Karl Lagerfeld with a new logotype, new flagship stores and two new fragrances, Karl Lagerfeld For Him and For Her. Pretty nice going for an 80-year-old.
As a person he has always been surrounded by mystery, and he has himself understood to fuel the fire of perplexity by walking on the edge between eclectic and eccentric – or maybe even genius and sociopath?
A collection of famous quotes from the designer through the years published by thoughcatalog.com reveals the either/or being that is Karl Lagerfeld. Some quotes are rules to live by for anyone who wants to achieve something in the world or simply honest statements like:
“The brain is a muscle, and I’m a kind of body-builder”
“I’m a working-class person, working with class”
“My job is to bring out in people what they wouldn’t dare do themselves”
Quotes that are fitting of a creative genius driven by indisputable talent. And then there are statements like:
“My only ambition in life … is to wear size 28 jeans”
“Vanity is the healthiest thing in life”
“If I were a woman, I would love to have lots of kids. But for men, I don’t believe in it”
“I am not a second option person. It is that or nothing. If it is not the way I see it I prefer not to see it”
Quotes that speak of a visionary tyrant with sociopathic tendencies… Either way Karl Lagerfeld’s legacy and legend is already larger than life.
If you desire to speak ‘Karl’, well, there’s an app for that! Along with the launch of the two fragrances, Karl Lagerfeld has launched emotiKarl – a series of emojis for your smartphone. You can download the app right here and, of course, directly on your phone.
Also, check out the full list of famous quotes here and take a look at his new fragrance Karl Lagerfeld For Him (out now) along with a few emoji emotiKarls below.
Will you be speaking Karl?
Posted on 14 March 2014.
You know how you used to be able to say a lot about a guy from his underwear? You know the old ‘boxers or briefs’ question? Well, today that line is totally blurred because it’s not about either or anymore – there is plethora of styles out there from boxer to the tiniest briefs and everything in between. Add to the equation that boxer shorts have been denounced to being almost solely for sleeping in, because compared to underwear that actually cups, cuddles and even enhances your junk, the almost commando feel of boxers is one most guys can do without – plus boxers do such a lousy job at ‘concealing your weapon’ if you suddenly find yourself ‘at arms’ (insert not so subtle wink-wink here…).
Then again, there are advantages to boxer shorts because they do provide you with a freer feeling where everything isn’t strapped in by stretchy cotton or nylon… If only your package was better… erm, packaged.
To the rescue: 2EROS with their new boxer shorts with front cup lining! You get sexy, low-cut boxer shorts with a comfortable front lining, which will keep everything in place, so you get the comfort of the boxer with the cupping of a brief. And that, might we add, is both a flattering look and extremely comfortable at the same time!
You can head over to Boy Next Door, which carries 2EROS, or head over to 2eros.com to check out even more styles. And as an added bonus we’ve included a few extra sexy shots of models in 2EROS boxer shorts below. See how that front cup lining works wonders? Enjoy!
Posted on 10 March 2014.
Atlanta has been rooting for our hometown designer Nicholas Komor all season on Lifetime’s “Project Runway: Under the Gunn” hosted by Project Runway mentor Tim Gunn. Clearly, fashion runs through Nicholas’ veins. But this talented Atlanta designer and Georgia Tech graduate has many different creative endeavors under his belt. FENUXE caught up with Nicholas to talk about his journey to becoming a full-fledged designer.
It’s a chilly afternoon in Atlanta’s Virginia Highlands neighborhood when I meet with Nicholas Komor in Cacao, a small but fine chocolate specialty shop. It’s the very shop where he put his own mark on pretty much everything as their former creative director. “Kristen [Hard, the founder, ed.] is a friend and she needed a ton of help with packaging. Everything looked very different just a year ago,” Nicholas tells me over a cup of delicious mocha, “I single-handedly was doing everything to change it all.” Part of the successful transformation of Cacao was also Nicholas’ ability to bring big business thinking to a small business – something he has learned as a Design Manager at Coca-Cola. While working at Atlanta’s soda favorite created visual identity systems for popular brands like Coca-Cola and Sprite. However, despite his talent for creating corporate visual identities, Nicholas’ heart beats for fashion. “I was just really interested in getting back into fashion,” Nicholas says with “getting back” being the key phrase.
Nicholas started out here in Atlanta at Georgia Tech where he graduated with a degree in industrial design. While studying his interest in fabrics grew and he explored how they function differently. For instance, conductive thread that would allow your clothing to interact with your computer in a more intuitive way. With Georgia Tech stoking his passion for fabrics and fashion Nicholas moved to London where he enrolled in the London College of Fashion. “I studied fashion and then worked on Savile Row for a while. Not sewing but interfacing with the customers, and through that I was getting the idea and taste for luxury,” Nicholas explains, “And that’s the world I love: Luxury clothing, design, chocolate, bags – luxury things!”
After his time in London and subsequent return to Atlanta, Nicholas found his way back to fashion when he landed a spot on “Project Runway: Under the Gunn.” The show is hosted by Project Runway mentor Tim Gunn and it’s quite different from the original. The challenges are shorter and the contestants are indeed under the gun from the very start. After receiving brief instructions the contestants have to create an actual piece that is fitted and ready for the runway. “After going through a whole casting process, I basically shut down my life and went to L.A. to be on the show,” Nicholas says about his participation on the Lifetime show. “It’s very interesting working under these challenges, where you have to come up with something really fast. You have six hours and that is really all you get. Imagine conceiving something, trying to make out if you have something right and then cutting, sewing and making a final piece, which needs to be fitted to be on the runway in only six hours. It is really, really challenging and you’ll hear me on the show saying after every challenge: “I wish I had more time!”
Nicholas’ unique background also makes the competition a little more challenging. He describes his own process as European, which he attributes to his schooling in London. It’s more cerebral and focuses on taking the brief to heart and really making something out of it – something that is practically the opposite of what the TV show calls for. But, so far, Nicholas Komor has cleared all of the challenges on “Under the Gunn” so he must be doing something right. Maybe it’s his ability to start at the beginning, to have a blank slate before each process, which is a creative release the show celebrates.
“I’m curious now, when America starts watching, [to see] if the viewers want more women’s wear from Nicholas Komor when the show is over. I have no idea”, the designer ponders aloud about his future plans. His goal is to create an all encompassing brand focused on fashion. But for starters he is directing his attention toward creating a Nicholas Komor bag – a black luxury unisex tote bag in mixed materials. Creating a quality bag is a good place to start for Nicholas. Focusing at first on this piece will allow him to control the process and ensure the final product meets his standards. This will remain important as there are several people helping him with the details of taking it to market. For instance, he is collaborating with a colleague who graduated from college with him that specializes in leather accessories. “The bag starts with a Kickstarter to raise necessary funds to produce it and it will either be a success or a failure. The Kickstarter project will be up in the coming months”, Nicholas explains about the bag that will proudly bear his name one day. Eager to know what he is planning to do after the bag goes into production? He’s also working on a golden bee pin that is inspired by the vintage pin he wears everywhere he goes.
Either way, Nicholas is starting out sensibly on his journey toward making it big some day. He’s testing the waters without getting burnt financially along the way. “I’ve learned that you can’t just invest all your money and put out an entire collection with no marketing strategy. I don’t know how some of the other designers coming off the show are doing it,” Nicholas explains. “What I’ve learned – mainly from Coca-Cola but also from ‘Under the Gunn’ – is how to take all the design and theory and then apply a business strategy to it in order to make it work. So you know what your work is worth. That will also help you to be able to explain to people why what you do will change their life in some way. And why they should buy it,” Nicholas says as we finish our drinks Cacao.
UPDATE: Nicholas Komor was voted off Project Runway: Under The Gunn on February 27, but we will look for his Kickstarter project to launch soon – and of course tune in to “Project Runway: Under The Gun” Thursdays at 9 p.m on Lifetime to see who wins the show.