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Senses Lifestyle Magazine: Winter 2013 Issue

3 Feb

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Greetings Everyone and Welcome Back! We hope that 2013 has presented you with a fresh start and a clear pathway to making this the best year possible for yourself. Senses Lifestyle Magazine offers you this season with our introductory Winter 2013 issue! This year we have dedicated our purpose to providing you our readers with an expansive outlook on how to further define quality in your lifestyle as well as an inside look on some of the best intellectual, creative, and talented entrepreneurs, music artists, and world changers out in the world today. We want you to help us make this vision of success tailor-made to meet your every need! We hope you enjoy this season’s issue.

“Senses Lifestyle…a lifestyle that will give you an excuse to be perfect.”

Joshua Thompson

Editor-in-Chief

Khorry Lewis

Director & Publicist

Table of Contents:

Taste: First Date Impressions, The Cocktail Tells All

Touch: Is Being Single The New Norm

Sight: The Fashionista: From Fashion To Functional

Hear: Vinyl Junkie: The Addiction of Vintage Sound

Smell: Top 5 Best Smelling Cigars

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Hear: Vinyl Junkie; The Addiction of Vintage Sound

3 Feb

Hear: Vinyl Junkie; The Addiction of Vintage Sound

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Music is one of the purest forms of therapy known to man; it releases energy inside of us that can be seen as positive expressions into a euphoric and nostalgic time zone. Not only does music take us back to any time period (past or present), but it also makes the good and talented artists we reverence stay relevant in our ears.

IMG_5959In my recent endeavors I began collecting vinyl records as a pastime now turned into an everyday hobby. The sound vinyl records bring to the soul is incomparable to those of any other sort. For music junkies who collect vinyl’s and dig through crates at record stores know the feeling they once had when pealing the package off of a CD and playing the album for the first time. That same feeling is slowly dying now that we are living in a digital age where our musical culture and practices are dictated through instant download. Vinyl’s are truly the last of a dying breed with only a few record shops in a handful of cities to sell records from independent distributors.  Many distributors set up monthly events catering to the sporadic vestige “Crate Diggers”, so they can buy and swap records amongst each other. The art of the trade of the vinyl discus is nothing short of incomparable.  The crate diggers scene is considered an underground world for those who truly appreciate the actually sound of music.

Walking into a record store and seeing the many options of old school to new school records is a euphoric feeling in itself, and knowing that copies have been used and heard for generations brings a vintage feeling to each purchase. Vinyl records are the only form of music reproduction that is still being used since the 1920’s. Although the vinyl record began to fade during the late 80’s to early 90’s, it regained it’s popularity in 2008 with nearly 2.9 million units shipped; the most in any year since 1998. As of 2013 the vinyl record is still being used, distributed and collected. The sound and essence of vinyl will never fade away like the artists of its time.

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MORE MUSIC LOVERS…less music artists!

This website will be your guide to every record shop in Southern California: http://recordcollectornews.com/

By: Khorry Lewis

Photos By: Lashaun Burnett

Senses Lifestyle Magazine: December 2012 Issue

4 Dec

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Greetings & Happy Holidays!

2012 is almost at a close, and it has been a joy providing you our readers and supporters with the best knowledge we here at Senses Lifestyle have to offer to make your quality of living that much more diverse and meaningful. This month we’ve included a variety of content including a couple of interesting perspectives on Taste and Touch this holiday season. While this time of year is a joyous period of celebration for some it can come with negative connotations and habits. Taelor Cage explores the question of whether our respective indulgences are furthered as alternative methods to avoid stress through Over Indulging or Just Improvising and shows you how to turn those same vices into positive actions. For those men who find themselves in an emotional thicket when it comes down to holiday shopping and keeping your lover, Danielle White delivers her ideas in Holiday Gift Ideas To Keep Her to buying the right gift and attaining an even greater return. Looking for the right sweater or jacket to give your family member who’s closet is full of prior season garments? Take a look at Staying Warm for the Holiday Season for stylish suggestions from Khorry Lewis and it doesn’t hurt to create the perfect 1, 2 gift combination with a new, urban look this Winter! And if you’re looking for a new artist to tune your ears to while you trim your tree, Khorry invites you to take a listen to Daley, The British Heart Throb.  We’ve also chosen emerging fashion brand 2wenty5eight clothing as our Fashion Spotlight this season that will have you wearing the dream that you believe in! Should you be looking for that new, inspirational piece of  literature to launch you into the new year, we recommend viewing our 6th Sense  of Quality interview as Senses Lifestyle sits down with 2012 NAACP Image Award recipient and poet, James B. Golden to talk about his brand new book The Inside Of An Orange.

We hope you have enjoyed this year and wish you all the best that life has to offer in the new year! Be sure to follow us on Twitter @S_LifestyleMag and Subscribe to our site for all new issues in 2013!

“Senses Lifestyle…a lifestyle that will give you an excuse to be perfect.”

Joshua Thompson

Editor-in-Chief

Khorry Lewis

Director & Publicist

CONTENTS

A Quality Moment With The Editor

TASTE: Over Indulging Or Just Improvising

TOUCH: Holiday Gift Ideas To Keep Her

SIGHT: Staying Warm for the Holiday Season

HEAR: Daley, The British Heart Throb

SMELL: Bleu De Chanel: The Provocative Stocking Stuffer

S_L Recipes: Get In The Game With BlkHrtAffair: Maple Thyme Whiskey Wings

6th Sense Of Quality: James B. Golden

Fashion Spotlight: 2wenty5eight

 

COVER – Photograph by R.SEE Photography

Edited by Johnathan Moreno

2wenty5eight Clothing

A Quality Moment With The Editor

4 Dec

A Quality Moment With The Editor

Persistence is key to realizing and fulfilling the dream…

Joshua Thompson, S_L Editor-in-ChiefThe year 2012 has been a year of struggle and triumph to say the very least. We have seen the socio-economic structure of our country fluctuate in a myriad of ways, and this has truly shaped the way in which we as Americans relate to one another and view our society as a whole. From indications of potential financial meltdowns, to a heated political race for the presidency, to a surge in mobile technology, it has all weighed in heavily on our perspective on how the modern world is changing. Now that we are on the cusp of transitioning into another unpredictable year the question that is presented is simply, Where do we go from here? It is my personal belief that to answer this inquiry we most reevaluate the vision we have within ourselves and the goals we desire to achieve. To attain positive progression we must adhere to our morals and values that we hold dear to bring change and hope to the generation to come.

Our vision as a people must not be of one of self reliance and gratification, but of collective perseverance and community. When we look at the historic re-election of our Commander in Chief whether you voted for or against him, there can be no denial that the central lesson that this year has brought us is the necessity for unity and persistence.  The “crabs in a barrel” syndrome can be extinguished if we distinguish our purpose to support one another and end it. We cannot give up though our desire for how our circumstances should be does not correlate with our per-conceived agenda. Persistence is key to realizing and fulfilling the dream. Remember to appreciate what you have daily will remind yo that we have been given a purpose to continue to gain our victory. Whatever endeavor it is that we want to achieve can reach its full potential if we continue to believe.

I encourage all to take advantage of the new year to come and to believe that your vision can prosper and not allow “di-vision” to separate you from your hearts desires. Whatever is mentally conceivable IS physically achievable.

Joshua Thompson

Editor-in-Chief

HEAR: Daley, The British Heart Throb

4 Dec

HEAR: Daley, The British Heart Throb

By: Khorry Lewis

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 Gareth Daley, but known simply as Daley to the music world, is a British singer and songwriter from Manchester, England. Daley is signed to Universal Republic Records and is considered one of the new up and coming soulful artists to watch for. Daley’s style is a conglomeration of acoustic soul & hip hop that can be felt through his melodic, and almost  pained voice that accentuates the  smooth artistry of his songs.  Coming off of a fan favorite mixtape, Those Who Wait’ Daley is back again with another soul pleaser, Alone Together’ which he released in November of 2012. This new 6 track EP will definitely leave your ears in a state of longing. With singles “Remember Me” featuring Jessie J and “Alone Together” featuring R&B artist Marsha Ambrosius, Daley is guaranteed to set the ideal mood.

Track List

1.     Alone Together

2.     Blame The World

3.     Game Over

4.     Remember Me

5.     Those Who Wait

6.     Love Is a Losing Game (Acoustic)

SENSES Lifestyle Magazine: November 2012 Issue

2 Nov

Ladies & Gentlemen! SENSES Lifestyle Magazine is proud to present for your viewing pleasure another tasteful and engaging edition for the month of November. As we transition into the festive holiday season for Thanksgiving you’ll find in this issue that the familiar sense of TASTE is most certainly the forerunner this month. Take a look at “Pleasant Face With An Amazing Taste, ” our writer Taelor Cage offers insightful and useful information for shoppers looking to accentuate their holiday feasts with wine that is not only appeasing, but economically friendly as well. Just read our spotlight article for the 6th Sense of Quality on BkHrt Affair Catering and their variety of innovative dishes for their ideal Thanksgiving, the pictures alone will make you wish you had a fork and knive next to you. You’ll find not only the theme of culinary delights present in this issue, but our writers have also provided stylish and intellectual food for thought. Danielle White communicates a pathway through “Cuffing Season 101” for the season that produces a myriad of intimate relationships. Khorry Lewis; Senses Lifestyle Director, offers his review on the highly-anticipated album good kid, m.A.A.d city from LA Hip-Hop artist, Kendrick Lamar, so if you’re a K-Dot fan you definitely want to take a look and offer your feedback on this great production. For those of you planning your end of the year vacation plans, our newest addition to the Writing Staff this month, Lanre Akinsiku offers his perspective of the mindset of the everyday traveler in “Passport: Memoirs Of A Traveling Man”. Be sure to view our bonus content featuring the powerhouse clothing line Royal Dynamite, our experience with author of WTF Moment, Bolaji Qudus, and the executive review of the official sponsor of the Gentlemen Republic 3rd Annual Masquerade Ball this October, Courvoisier Gold. This issue not only represents the culmination and relevance of quality taste in food and libations, but the reverence for this special time of year where the rewards of just living and enjoying it mean the most.

– Joshua Thompson, Editor-In-Chief

– Khorry Lewis, Director

“SENSES Lifestyle…a lifestyle that will give you an excuse to be perfect.”

CONTENTS:

A Quality Moment With The Editor

TASTE: Pleasant Face With An Amazing Taste

TOUCH: Cuffing Season 101

SIGHT: Top 10 Stylish Professional Athletes

HEAR: Kendrick Lamar Album Review: good kid, m.A.A.d city

SMELL: The Power Of The Scented Wax

Tips From A Gentleman: 1st Date Rules

PASSPORT: Memoirs Of A Traveling Man

6th Sense Of Quality: BlkHrt Affair Catering

BONUS MATERIAL:

The 3rd Annual Gentlemen Republic Masquerade Ball Highlights!

POWERHOUSE DESIGNERS: Meet Royal Dynamite

AN EVENING WITH BOLAJI QUDUS

HEAR: Kendrick Lamar Album Review – good kid, m.A.A.d city

2 Nov

KENDRICK LAMAR good kid m.A.A.d city Album Review

Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city

Some may say that the West Coast has been sorely lacking in the rap category, “The West” has not been the same as it once was during the early 90’s with greats such as Tupac, Snoop, & Ice Cube just to name a few. With the torch being handed down to young Kendrick Lamar he has delivered a constituency of hits that spark not only the reconstruction of the western region but also rap music as a whole. Kendrick solidifies his sophomore studio album good kid M.A.A.D city with a series of vivid tales to paint the perfect picture of his enigmatic psyche with tracks; “Sherane” where he takes you on a conquest through Compton for a late night run to see an around-the-way female. Also displaying several orthodox flow deliveries with tempo changing interludes in between tracks. The album is an absolute  game changer with combating themes such as religion vs. violence, lust vs. monogamy and friends vs. foes wrapped into an all-inclusive package of ingenious lyricism.

Official Track list:

1. Sherane a.k.a Master Splinter’s Daughter
2. Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe
3. Backseat Freestyle
4. The Art of Peer Pressure
5. Money Trees feat. Jay Rock
6. Poetic Justice feat. Drake
7. good kid
8. m.A.A.d city feat. MC Eiht
9. Swimming Pools (Drank) [Extended Version]
10. Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst
11. Real feat. Anna Wise
12. Compton feat. Dr. Dre

Deluxe Edition:

13. The Recipe feat. Dr. Dre
14. Black Boy Fly
15. Now or Never feat. Mary J. Blige
16. Collect Calls
17. Swimming Pools (Drank)

Written By: Khorry Lewis

SENSES Lifestyle Magazine: September/October 2012 Issue

3 Oct

Ladies & Gentlemen! SENSES Lifestyle Magazine is proud to bring you its Fall 2012 Issue! This season has become a period of intellectual, political, and musical change. With that said it’s only proper that we highlight our First Lady; Michelle Obama through TOUCH and the standard of womanhood and power that she has set as the cornerstone for President Barrack Obama during this election year. Has she truly set the tone and redefined what we men look for in a potential helpmate? And for the gentlemen, we have simplified the equation for the stylish sophisticate and taken it back by highlighting vintage clothing through The Fashionista as well as given you a useful guide on making your favorite choice of cologne more than just a designer product but a fragrance that defines you personally through the sense of SMELL.

And seeing as the heat this season will just not subside we’ve doubled-up and provided not only some culinary sexual stimulation through a compiled list of the TOP 10 Aphrodisiacs in TASTE, but Corporate Stimulation vicariously through two beautiful and professional young women; our Exclusive SENSE of the Month Duo featuring models Kamara Brown and Renee Williams.  If you liked last month’s album review, you’ll be eager to check out our Director, Khorry Lewis’ take on Miguel Jontel’s newest project Kaleidoscope Dream for the sense of HEARING. And just because we always like to add a little extra flavor, our newest addition to the writing staff here at Senses Lifestyle; Jason Robinson, provides his wisdom and unique perspective in his debut article Lasting Impressions.

And last but not least, after enjoying a relaxing read of our material be sure to reserve your ticket and join Gentlemen Republic and Senses Lifestyle for an endearing, sophisticated, and dazzling Halloween experience like no other on October 27th, 2012 for our 3rd Annual Masquerade Ball: Unveiling Hidden Truths. You Do Not Want To Miss This!

We Hope You Enjoy!

“Senses Lifestyle…A lifestyle that will give you an excuse to be perfect.”

Joshua Thompson

Editor-In-Chief

Khorry Lewis

Director

CONTENTS

TASTE: Top 10 Aphrodisiacs

TOUCH: Michelle Obama: A WOMAN Like Her

SIGHT: Instant Vintage; good style is timeless

HEAR: Miguel Jontel: Kaleidoscope Dream Album Review

SMELL: Gucci, Armani, Polo? What’s Your Personal Statement?

SENSE OF THE MONTH: Kamara Brown

SENSE OF THE MONTH: Renee Williams

S_L Spotlight: The Lovely Dona

S_L Lasting Impressions

HEAR: Miguel Jontel: Kaleidoscope Dream Album Review

3 Oct

HEAR: Miguel Jontel: Kaleidoscope Dream Album Review


  Kaleidoscope Dream is the follow-up album to Miguel’s 2010 All I Want Is You. Miguel is a true artist that displays his artistry through fashion, style, and of course his creative, soulful genius. Despite the negative reviews the previous album received, Kaleidoscope Dream shows Miguel’s growth in music from start to finish. With singles like Adorn and Do You he brings R&B flavor and guitar soul showing pure diversity in his vocal range, tone, and tempo.

Assisting with songs like Use Me gives the album a well-set tempo that can be considered electro-soul and rock, similar to a new aged Prince album if you will. The live instruments from the key board to the electric and bass guitar can be heard on the album making this quite an original LP. Listening to this album you can easily get the sense that Miguel was enjoying himself as if he were in a garage with band members zoning out to his own music. There is truly nothing like hearing music that even the artist is enjoying through each heart-felt track.

The album is set to come out October 3rd 2012.

Tracks to look out for on the album; The Thrill, Arch & Point, Pussy Is Mine.

Official album track list

1. Adorn
2. Don’t Look Back
3. Use Me
4. Do You…
5. Kaleidoscope Dream
6. The Thrill
7. How Many Drinks?
8. Where’s The Fun In Forever
9. Arch & Point
10. Pussy Is Mine
11. Candles In The Sun

 

Written By: Khorry Lewis

HEAR: Dwele- “Greater Than One” (Album Review)

31 Aug

Hear: Dwele- “Greater Than One” (Album Review)

Written by: Khorry Lewis- August 27th 2012

 The anticipated album “Greater Than One” by neo-soul artist Dwele has finally arrived.  If you have followed Dwele’s previous albums you know what to expect with the smooth harmonies, tight baselines and subtle jazz horns, simply labeled Detroit soul.

When it comes to feel good music Dwele definitely holds down his fans giving them that mixture between hip-hop, funk, jazz and soul mixed into 13 tracks of pleasure. The ability that Dwele has in writing songs for both the male and female perspectives while painting the vivid picture of experiences we have all been through is what makes him a one of a kind artist. By displaying his relatable lyrics on each track and applying live horns to smooth out the sonically pleasing flow gives for a round of applause.

The overall album was very well put together with tracks such as; Greater Than One Less Than Three, What You Gotta Do ft Raheem DeVaughn, and Obey. Those are just a few songs that give the album a groovy yet sexual energy.

Dwele definitely opened the dynamics of love, lust class, and maturity while staying true to the Dwele we first fell in love with when hearing “Subject” and “Some Kinda”. Take a listen on iTunes and close out your summer with the smooth flow of real R&B soul.

Official track list for the album

 

1. Greater Than One Less Than Three
2. Going Leaving
3. Takes22Tango
4. What You Gotta Do (feat. Raheem DeVaughn)
5. What Profit
6. Obey
7. This Love
8. Must Be (feat. J Tait , L’Renee & Black Milk)
9. Swank (feat. Monica Blaire)
10. PATrick RONald (feat. Monica Blaire)
11. Special
12. Love Triangle
13. Frankly My Dear ( I’m Bennett I Ain’t Innit )