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If You Want More, Stop Accepting Less

Originally posted on James Michael Sama:

I understand it’s difficult to find nice, genuine people these days. People who we find to be kind and caring, but still have an attraction to. The type of teammate in life we have developed an image for after being with people who taught us what we don’t want.

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The more conversations I have with people, the more I really do see what is lacking in this generation. Simple etiquette, manners, appreciation, affection…simple, basic things that make someone a good partner in a relationship. We can chalk the shortcomings up to many sources. The devaluation of love in our society, perhaps a less-than-ideal upbringing, and/or who knows what else.

But there is also one thing for certain – the good ones are still out there. Many of you reading this are proof of that, because you are one of them. And if you are single, you are probably wondering why…

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Why Men Need To Keep Their Edge

Originally posted on James Michael Sama:

As someone who publishes articles on the topics of romance, chivalry, and gentlemen being the new bad boys, it may come as a surprise to some of you to see an article about men needing to maintain an “edge,” but let me explain.

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Much of what I talk about is men being men. Yes, we should see women as equals and never disrespect or mistreat them, but that is a separate issue in itself. We can still be respectful towards women and keep our identity as a man.

If we want to be attractive to the woman in our life, we cannot become pieces of mush that they walk all over. Being chivalrous and romantic is not about being entirely submissive. Cooperation and compromise are not the same as self sacrifice, which I think is a common misconception. Men take things too far, do everything the woman in their life…

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Candice Huffine the first ‘curvy’ supermodel on the Pirelli Calendar 2015

Originally posted on the CITIZENS of FASHION:

Candice Huffine is the first “curvy” model to appear on the new Pirelli 2015 calendar signed by Steven Meisel.

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The iconic Pirelli Calendar since its creation celebrates the female forms. And with its new edition of 2015 it is definitely a celebration of female body in all shapes. From the slim silhouettes of Raquel Zimmermann, Carolyn Murphy, Karen Elson ,stunning Brazilians Adriana Lima and Isabeli Fontana, Russian supermodel Natalia Vodianova, who posed for The Cal just a few days after giving birth to her fourth baby, to the curvy supermodel Candice Huffine now there is a strong celebration of women’s curves.

According to Vanity Fair Italy The Cal 2015 which was shot in New York in May has a keyword: fetishism. The look of the twelve models was based on latex corset and bustier, iconographic choices that lead to an erotic fantasy with mixed references to icons, from Brigitte Bardot…

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Rihanna covers W September 2014

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Rihanna, fashion’s wildest child, who proves time and again that rules are meant to be broken, graces the cover of W’s September 2014 issue. “Rihanna came [to the shoot] with her own mental mood board, channeling the power of Grace Jones and the sophistication of Josephine Baker,” writes editor-in-chief Stefano Tonchi. The singer, who no longer has an Instagram  account to serve as her inspirational outlet, was eager to let loose with fur, wild make up, and extravagant accessories for W..

W September 2014 issue :

Editorial : Rihanna: The World’s Wildest Style Icon

Photographer : Mert & Marcus

Style : Edward Enninful

Celeb : Rihanna

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5 Reasons Why Westin Playa Bonita is a Pool Lovers Paradise

Originally posted on Bucket List Publications:

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Athena and I have become swimming pool connoisseurs. We know what works for families and what doesn’t. The Westin Playa Bonita Panama boasts four breathtaking beachfront pools overlooking the Pacific Ocean and a private white sand beach. Here are five awesome reasons why Westin Playa Bonita is a pool lovers paradise:

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Why Not Everyone Deserves Your Love

Originally posted on James Michael Sama:

Take a moment to reflect on the society that we are living in. A society of participation trophies – awards for just showing up. A society of some high school football teams who have stopped keeping scores at games so nobody’s feelings get hurt.

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A society of endless internet memes that proclaim that everyone deserves love and is perfect just the way they are. But whose love is it that they are deserving of? It has to come from somewhere – and that somewhere is you and me.

Do you feel that everyone is deserving of the love you can give?

Now, this may not be the warm and fuzzy feel of an article you are used to from me, but sometimes warm, fuzzy, unconditional reinforcement isn’t good if you’re reinforcing the wrong thing.

The issue with a society that teaches everyone is perfect the way they are, is that…

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