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Senses Lifestyle Magazine: Winter 2013 Issue

3 Feb


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


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


Taste: First Date Impressions, The Cocktail Tells All

3 Feb

Taste: First Date Impressions, The Cocktail Tells All

A first date can tell a great deal about whom a person is. From the outfit they wear, to the conversation they prefer to share. A person’s first date is their prime opportunity to make a distinct and extraordinary first impression with someone they have never met before in a specific setting.  Naturally first timers on the dating scene have the jitter bugs, and no matter how many dates a person has delved in, even for the individual with the most so-called ‘swag’, the first one for the most part usually starts with a bit of apprehension and tense predispositions. However, it’s always good for men to know a little bit about the woman they’re interested in before deciding to engage in a. But what if you are completely clueless on what drink to order when the opportunity presents itself to put that knowledge to work? Many men don’t know what to order for women when going out on a date, simply because they haven’t become familiar with that individual’s taste palette.

Social research has shown that 85% of communication between individuals is actually non-verbal. That being said, there is an underlying communication through taste itself. If the tension is a tad thick, a lady may choose to loosen up and desire a drink to relax her. If she happens to fancy hard liquor outside of wine, it’s a plus to know what alcohol, flavors, and mixers she may want. Based off of my own experience while on a first date the top three drinks I recommend were Cosmopolitans, Martinis, and Mojitos. They come in a variety of different flavors and the taste never leaves your mouth with a bad savor.


One beneficial method a man can utilize on occasion is to guess what kind of drink a woman enjoys by simply asking what types of drink she hates. In particular on a first date, a woman will want something presentable that looks delectable to the eye and even more amazing in taste. Cosmos are a great first starter due to the myriad of Vodkas available and their perfect infusion with cranberry, lime, orange juice, and other mixers. With so many choices this drink of choice can sometimes be sweet and simultaneously spicy in cost, but they will often times never have you sloppy drunk as long as you know your limits of course.


It’s very rare a woman wants to a drink that’s tough to take. After all it’s not lady like to make sour faces to a person you barley even know. As for the Martini, it too comes in a variety of flavors, but can include a little strength and bitterness to the tongue depending on the requested presentation. Whether she likes the bold taste of gin and vermouth shaken or stirred, it’s a drink best sipped in moderation.


Lastly the exotic Mojito; a subtle calm drink with a delightful garnish of fresh mint also has its unique style. One very important tip to keep in mind when drinking a Mojito with mint leaves is to drink from the straw so that no leaves get stuck in between your teeth. Not the best thing to see when you happen to glance in the other person’s mouth. Again, the first impression on a date is usually a long lasting one, so why leave a notion with someone that’s not worth remembering. Paying attention to what a ladies preferences and deciphering her taste show a man’s vested interest in what she likes. It keeps the atmosphere live and curtails boredom with creativity that both can enjoy. Remember to always drink responsibly and if you hit it off the first night, but have too many, responsible daters don’t drink and drive.

By: Taelor Cage

Senses Lifestyle Magazine: December 2012 Issue

4 Dec


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


Khorry Lewis

Director & Publicist


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


TASTE: Over Indulging Or Just Improvising

4 Dec

TASTE: Over Indulging or Just Improvising? The Dark Side of Taste

For people who are addicted to certain vices such as drugs, sex or alcohol there are typically meetings in which people who have addictions can attend and seek the help they need. The 12 step programs, sharing circles and accountability buddies are all within the nomenclature for the individual with an excessive habit they need restrained. But what if your problem isn’t big enough to seek help for? Many people know when too much of something good is enough while others indulge a bit too much. So is it true that too much of a good thing can harm you?


An exacerbated indulgence of any of the aforementioned categories can leave a person with an unwavering co-dependence and even transpire into an ultimately death. The number one cause of people over indulging in something is caused by stress. We as humans tend to stress and spread ourselves thin and so we find ways to cope with the stress instead of ending whatever is that is causing us to stress out. A significant amount of people eat or have sex unconsciously when problems occur in their lives. To gather clarity on this phenomenon I asked a few people their opinions regarding food and sex and if they utilized either of the two as their outlet from their everyday obstacles.


The majority of women I asked said that food is something they do find comfort in as their method of alleviating anxiety and/or stress. One woman who spoke with me specifically explained that she finds herself overeating when she arrives at her ‘time of the month’. We as women know when Mother Nature arrives on scene, so do the inevitable symptoms including food cravings, anxiety, and irritability amidst many more. In addition to this, the bulk of men said they do find sex as their respective outlet however, they find it not as dangerous to find that same outlet in food.  A man whose identity prefers to be anonymous said that when he finds himself stressed his first choice of outlet is sex. Both of these do something that eases that small part of our soul, which at times almost feels impossible to complete.

However, it is important to keep in mind that if you see yourself personally struggling with either of these two that there are alternatives to curving those desires. It is essential to realize that our mind controls the body. When we see food, smell food or think about sex that our minds develop a focus on just that and tell us that we are in need of that thing. We have to be able to distinguish our needs from our wants and take a moment to exercise patience and evaluate just what the result of our actions will give us, an ephemeral benefit, or long lasting hardship.

Written By: Taelor Cage

Edited By: J. Thompson

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

4 Dec

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…so let’s eat like it! Whether it is so wonderful because of the holidays with gift giving and family time or the great cluster of sports that are in season this time of year the NFL Playoffs and the NBA season both provide the time and place for kicking back under the 62 inch plasma with your favorite eats. What guy couldn’t ask for more than that? No matter if you’re a fan of the turf or the hardwood, it is a great opportunity to get in the kitchen and try out some new dishes on your family and friends. In lieu of this grand time of year, we are presenting a great treat for any occasion that all are sure to enjoy. Maple Thyme Whiskey Wings are a great appetizer that can compliment most dishes as well as a great snack to eat during the game. These wings are robust with a flavorful taste that will pleasure every palette.

Maple Thyme Whiskey Wings

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Savory, sweet, and sticky these wings will be a sure fire starter at any holiday gathering.

Disclaimer: Don’t be scared of messing up! Everything you make should be a reflection of you, so do what feels right, I promise it will be great!

Part 1

1 bag of frozen party wings(fully defrosted!)

Creole Seasoning

Garlic Powder

Dried Thyme

2 Tablespoons salt

Half a Lemon

¼ Cup Olive Oil

¼ Cup Whiskey (My favorite is Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey)

-Place wings in bowl sprinkle generously with creole seasoning, thyme and garlic powder (when you think you have added enough add a pinch more), add salt, half a lemon, olive oil and whiskey.

-Let marinate as long as possible, if less then three hours leave out of fridge (more flavor seeps in this way). If more then three hours leave in fridge (if left over four hours chicken can become infected with bacteria)

Part 2

Heat Oven to 425 Degrees Farenheit

½ C Corn Starch

½ C Whiskey

¾ C Maple Syrup

½ C Butter

2 Tablespoons Ketchup

Fresh Thyme plucked off stem

-Coat wings with cornstarch. (they should not be dusty, the marinade and cornstarch should make like a paste) Place wings on am aluminium foil lined pan and throw in oven

-While wings are cooking combine whiskey, maple syrup, butter, and ketchup in a sauce pan. Heat until it becomes thick and syrupy.

-After twenty minutes take wings out and brush with sauce, put back in oven an additional 15-20 minutes until wings are cooked to sweet sticky perfection. Sprinkle with plucked thyme.

Recipe Contributed by Brian Bamuhaira from BlkHrt Affair Catering

Edited By: J. Thompson

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.”


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


The 3rd Annual Gentlemen Republic Masquerade Ball Highlights!



TASTE: A Pleasant Face With Amazing Taste

2 Nov

A Pleasant Face With Amazing Taste

Wine that’s affordable and delicious

Amazing people talk about their ideas, average people talk about things they’ve done in life, but people with great taste talk about wine. Parallel to other great things in life, wine ranges in value along with it’s sophisticated essence. Some individuals prefer hard liquor to wine simply because hard liquor can be cheaper and it get’s straight to the point if you will. On the other hand the majority of people who crave a glass of wine believe it is more expensive in comparison to your vodkas and spirits. In fact wine is one of the most affordable alcoholic beverages that can indeed satisfy your taste buds.

Selecting a nice yet affordable bottle wine can be a daunting to a person who has know clue to what they want. Lambrusco is a sweet carbonated wine, its best known for its comparable taste to a mixture of lemon-lime and fruit punch soda. This bottle of wine can be picked up for just seven dollars.  There is also Winking Owl Cabernet Sauvignon, this bottle of wine is sweet and slightly dry taste and can be purchased at $2.99 a bottle. St. Chateau Michelle (Gewurztraminer) wine is another fine choice to drink because of its fruity, yet floral quality of taste. This popular purchase starts off at only $10 a bottle.

   In addition to this, a bottle of Oak Creek Cabernet Sauvignon from Oak Creek Vineyards in California goes for the “low, low” price of only  $3.34 a bottle. And if you’re absolutely screaming for something fruity then this wine is just for you. It carries a powerful taste bursting of cranberry and hinting of clove flavors. The A to Z 2008 Pinot Gris bottle of wine is sold for just $13 and provides the flavors of green apple, pear, and quince spiked with lime zest and garnished with blossoms. I suggest checking with your local stores to purchase your very own bottle for your collection at home. Remember, looks can be deceiving when it comes to acquiring the best taste possible.  So before you spend $30 on a bottle of wine just to say you did it, first check out the economically-friendly bottle, who knows your taste buds might just fall in love.

Written By: Taelor Cage

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


Khorry Lewis



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: Renee Williams

S_L Spotlight: The Lovely Dona

S_L Lasting Impressions

TASTE: The Top 10 Aphrodisiatic Foods

3 Oct

Top 10 Aphrodisiacs

“These foods will get your blood flowing, sex steamy, and appetite filled”

   Many of us have heard love can make you do crazy things, but have you ever heard of food that makes you long for and crave uninhibited, hot, amazing sex?   DISCLAIMER the following content may increase sexual activity among you and your partner!!! Side Effects may include but are not limited to an increase in libido, heightened sense of sexual tension, and unexpected erotic, sensual, and naughty thoughts! (If you have to take 5 before indulging in this read do so now)

Food can stimulate our bodies in ways that are a bit..let’s say baffling.  Have you ever wondered why after taking a bite of something why you instantly feel infused with sensuality and passion? Well the answer to your question is simple; in every distinct food there are specific chemicals and nutrients that increase a person’s sexual appetite.  Several of these foods affect your energy levels, hormones, and even brain chemistry.

The term “Aphrodisiac” is best defined by Webster as “an agent (as a food or drug) that arouses or is held to arouse sexual desire”. Whether you realize it or not our bodies digest food that stimulates a natural, healthy, and safe sex drive. Our body urges for a distinct flavor and  taste that arouses our sexual desires that we have yet to discover.

After diligent research, here are the top ten foods that are best known for their sexual allure and nutritional benefits:

#1 Honey:  Honey contains a mineral that is best known for promoting a sex drive in both men and women. It’s sweet and sticky texture can go well drizzled over any dessert and is not limited to the body parts in which it can be applied. So if you happen to have that “friendly bear” in your cabinet feel free to transfer this delectable nectar from your kitchen to your nightstand for an innovative and invigorating experience.

#2 Oysters: For the sexually indulgent this shellfish is known all to well as a precursor to sex. The zinc content of oysters is quite high and works out in the favor of males as it helps produce sperm in and increases their sexual drive. Oysters are best served when accompanied with a glass of Champagne. Try this duo out to kickoff that special evening or a seclusive nightcap.

#3 Garlic: Although you may think it keeps the Vampires away this food actually increases the blood flow in men, and it just may have it flowing in the right “area”. Just make sure a mint is near by to get that breath right for when things start to get spicy.

#4 Chocolate: Chocolate is one of the purest forms of Aphrodisiacs It’s nicknamed the “love chemical” which exerts a drug called dopamine to the brain that peaks during an orgasm. Chocolate can be served as a desert melted, frozen, and is a great finisher for after dinner.

#5 Banana: Besides it’s apparent physical likeness and shape to the male member this fruit actually contains minerals that enhances the male libido. In some areas bananas are served fried for dinner with a choice of meat or a side. My suggestion is to double-up and seductively entice your partner by serving chocolate covered bananas as a dessert.


#6 Asparagus: I know what you’re thinking..what?? Asparagus happens to be one of the greatest sources of potassium and other vitamins. If you like having it as a side dish you’ll like knowing that it boosts the ability of either partner to reach an orgasm during sex. So if he’s not getting you there ladies, hit the crisper in the fridge and eat a few stalks.

#7 Almonds: The aroma of almonds arouses a passion in females, not to mention it also provides high doses of vitamin E, magnesium, and fiber.

#8 Cherries: Long before cherries were associated with a woman’s virginity they were always revered as a symbol of sexual desire. Naturally the color red is the color of power, vitality, the visual spark to that sexual charge.

#9  Basil: Basil contains an alluring aroma that promotes circulation in the body. It can be served in salad or as decoration to the main dish.








#10 Eggs: Psychologically, when we think of any type of egg it references the reproductive system. Eggs are high in B6 and B5 and increase the libido during sex and can also balance out hormone levels.

Ok boys and girls I hope you enjoy and have fun, remember every body is different and not every food will be to you or your partner’s liking, but experimentation with these foods and others can lead to great implementation in the privacy of your home and pleasurable unpredictability.

Written By: Taelor Cage

Edited By: J. Thompson