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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

Fashion Spotlight: 2wenty5eight

4 Dec


Whenever the holiday season comes full circle I always enjoy searching for a new, creative product to add to my closet. It brings even more satisfaction to me when I can acquire clothing where the innovative design is synonymous with my personality. 2wenty5eight clothing is no exception to the rule with its urban wear that brings an aesthetic of ambition, vision, and professionalism that stands as the sinew of the brand. It was a beautiful day  in the Los Angeles Arts District with my good friends Brian Bamuhaira and Kenny Oden who are the masterminds of the company. We shared laughs with the models, conversed about the Lakers, and did the best we could in the midst of transition to avoid the abnormal November heat while the sun set on First Street.

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2wenty5eight….a work ethic, a lifestyle, a culture that speaks for itself.

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What does 2wenty5eight stand for?

“2wenty5eight is a brand characterized by an affirmation of unwavering efficiency. We are about yielding positive results through effective time management while maximizing productivity and fostering creativity to catch our dreams. Our lifestyle is to simply FIND the extra hour & CREATE the extra day. It is not only a brand but a lifestyle that fosters the belief in working efficiently to find that extra hour’s worth of work that produces an additional day of time in your week. We are in a sense, perfectionists, time managers, economists, activists, organizers, leaders,and vanguards of success. We pay attention to the countless unseen details because we know that is what makes the difference between mediocrity and magnificent. Those who live by this lifestyle are the vanguards of success and self fulfillment, living their lives to their fullest potential.”
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Who is your audience?

“We represent a generation of dreamers. Gone are the dull and vapid days of 24/7. This new generation of dreams works far beyond the extent of the clock. The world never stops and neither do we. 2wenty5eight is a brand that encourages us to work towards catching our dreams and making them reality, yet we know how to balance our lives effectively, integrating our professional, social, and moral responsibilities into a grandeur lifestyle. “

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What products does your brand provide?

“The clothing in itself is a bold expression of the fashion lifestyle and culture. From soft cotton t-Shirts to racer back tank tops, from snap back hats to tri-blend crewneck sweaters and zip up hoodies. Both the crew neck sweaters and zip up hoodies each come with embroidered cross-stitching across the back with either words; Ambitious or Victorious. In the jungle of life we are bombarded with many obstacles in our pursuits of success, however, the individual must remain “ambitious” in order to be “victorious”. A simple equation to reach your dreams. As a result of the ambitious work ethic, victory is almost always inevitable. These are the themes of our dual sets of  products to show that 2wenty5eight has a piece for everyone to express themselves.”
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Do you have any new designs in the works?

“Coming soon are the “Mind in One Place, Heart in Another” design and the “Victory State” Collection with dual mascots. Be ready to choose your crew.”
“Wear it. Live it. Love. Find & Create….2wenty5eight.”
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The Creed of 2wenty5Eight

In a time of war plagued by complacency and mediocrity, it seems that father time reigns victorious.

Through the hindrance of his pursuit of dreams and aspirations, he extinguishes the flame that ignites the inner soul.

Countless casualties have fallen victim to this historical tyrant.

Yet, there remains tales of mere mortals tapping into vitalities so divine, they rise above the pandemonium forever stamping their mark on history.

The creed of 2wenty5Eight is audacious! Its essence flares during the brightest of days.

Its remnants so powerful, it stains the present, leaving a mark so profound it bleeds through the woven tapestry we call time.

Its bi-product raises the bar everywhere. The aftermath resonates long after the physical and those that triumph creates a space of limitlessness.

Here! Regularities are cheap trinkets of the past. The days are conquered the hours are powerless and the seconds scream for mercy!

Heroes create the extra hour, and the Extra Day!

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Follow 2wenty5eight On Twitter: @2wenty5eight

Photography: R. See Photography

R.C., also known as “R.See” is not your typical photographer. He has a unique one-of-a-kind approach that captures extraordinary moments that the average person would probably never notice. Although he specializes in shooting families and weddings, we felt that his style and story fits into the 2wenty5eight lifestyle. Be sure to checkout more of this work and others at RSeePhoto.com


Additional Photography: Nick Palmer (X Fortress Photography)


Overview: Provided by Brian D. of 2wenty5eight

Edited By: J. Thompson