Scent of a Man
By Manny Velasquez-Paredes
If you are anything like me, then you like to smell good and you like to smell different daily. I blame my grandmother, she loved perfumes and would wear different kinds everyday. I do the same thing, I even mix and match scents sometimes to create my own unique daily scent!
So when I heard about Scentbird Men, I was in heaven. Scentbird is offering a fragrance subscription service, which makes colognes available online that are sent directly to your front door.
Think about it, no stores, pushy sales people, just choose your favorite scents and get your choice of a deluxe mini cologne spray delivered to your door. You don’t have to spend tons of money to purchase a full bottle, you purchase a refillable mini spray, which you can throw in your pocket, suitcase, briefcase or gym bag, making the cologne both portable and unobtrusive. With the portability of Scentbird Men, you can apply your cologne throughout the day.
You have the option to experiment with new scents and to mix up your routine without having to spend hundreds of dollars or committing to one single bottle for years making it easier than ever to finally find that fragrance that feels just right for you. For just $14.95 a month, you can select from hundreds of designer colognes, including: Giorgio Armani, Burberry, Tom Ford, Ralph Lauren, and more delivered in a sleek spray right to your door.
And now our friends at Scentbird Men would like to provide one of our lucky readers with a free 3 month subscription! This is a total value of $44.85. A winner will be chosen at random from all entries received between October 15, 2015 and November 15, 2015 at 11:59 pm EST.
Blog Sponsored by HER
By: Lilly Chris, Staff Writer
Recently, I was part of the production team of a photo shoot on a luxury yacht for a future issue of Connextions Magazine. This time I was in charge of makeup and hair for the model, so I had some time in between shots, and what else is there to do besides sun bathing - look for girls of course!
We were shooting in the Hamptons, and his time of year, the Hamptons is super busy with people from everywhere. I remember that on a recent pitch-itch (it's what we call when we get together and talk about story ideas for future issues) we were talking about a dating app for lesbians called HER, so I decided to do some "research" and see who was around me - although I was in the middle of the ocean!
To my surprise, there were plenty of girls near me, some around my age (early 20's), some older than me, it was fun. I started exploring HER and loved the fact that I was able to read stories related to my people. Sometimes I feel like most LGBT media is male-dominated, but HER feels like they really took into consideration my needs. It was easy to setup, all I needed to do was to use my Facebook application to sign in - at first I was freaking out about this because I really didn't want to mix the two apps. But during my investigation, I found out the makers of HER do not want men or spammers to be able to create accounts, so they use the Facebook application to verify that (A) I am a female and that (B) I am not spam - so I was cool with that. I remember using other dating apps in college and had to deal with trolls, so this is a refreshing update!
In between photo shoots, I was able to read women-related articles, learn about the hottest lesbian events happening near me and had some great conversations with different women. During my research, I found out that HER promises to be "the best way to meet Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer women" in my community and around the world - and based on the number of people I was chatting with [we had a 5 hours photo shoot - don't judge me :) ] I think they really deliver on this promise!
Who knows, my next blog post may be about my first date with any of those girls!
To find out more about HER, simply get the free app, right now it's only available on IOS system, although HER makers are promising to have an Android app soon. It's currently available in the US and the UK. HER used to be called Dattched, which after customer feedback and suggestions received a makeover and HER was introduced to the world. Apparently the original name confused people, but there's no denying that HER speaks to all women - even those who may be questioning.
LGBT Lifestyle & Travel Magazine Celebrates 5 Years of Publishing with New Logo, New Website and New Issue
Connextions Magazine, the Travel and Lifestyle Magazine for LGBT Traveler is pleased to announce a whole new look, including logo, website and branding, to commemorate 5 years of being the trusted source for the LGBT traveler. The magazine, with over 300,000 readers in 76 countries including: USA, Canada, Brazil, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Taiwan & Austria , recently requested love stories from the readers to feature in the February issue, which is appropriately titled: Love Around the World.
Issue #17: Love Around the World, features the stories of 5 couples in 4 different countries. Their stories tell tales of love, dating, romance, proposals, marriage and honeymoon and how the different countries played an important role. In these stories, the locations act as witnesses of their love. For example, a couple in New York City shares their engagement story. When Tony asked Xio for his hand in marriage, he first sent him on an all day scavenger hunt around New York City “gathering memories” of their relationship. At the end, when Xio arrives at the final destination, Tony is there with a group of friends and strangers and after an impromptu performance of Elton John’s “This is Your Song,” he pops the question.
The LGBT travel and lifestyle publication, which caters to the entire gay and gay friendly community, is now available on their website (ConnextionsMagazine.com), and can also be read via the Connextions Magazine’s Apple and Droid apps, which can be downloaded for free. Editor-In-Chief, Manny Velasquez-Paredes (MVP), says about the magazine, “We cater to the entire scope of our community. We have articles that are specifically related to gay or lesbian travel, bisexual news, transgender resources, and we even feature LGBT Family Travel, which is a section that is very dear to me, because it is the one I am in charge of writing.” As a Gay Dad, MVP knows what is like to travel with kids and knows that some of the issues LGBT parents face are far different than their hetero counterparts.
This issue also features and exclusive interview with Photographer Braden Summers, who created a project titled “All Love Is Equal,” where same-sex couples are featured in iconic cities, such as Rio de Janeiro, Bali, Beirut, India, Paris, London and more. Braden says about All Love Is Equal, “it is a photographic series that challenges the social construct of ‘iconic romance.’ It is about looking at the iconic images of romance in advertising and movie stills and realizing that very few depict same-gender loving couples. ”
In the last five years, Connextions Magazine has celebrated dramatic success . With over 300,000 readers in 76 countries, it is ranked among the Top 5% of all social media users and has over 15,000 followers on different social media channels. With the release of their 17th issue , Love Around the World, Connextions has certainly proven that with passion and perseverance, and customer satisfaction, love always win.
Set in a friendly format and featuring images for readers of any age , Connextions Magazine celebrates the life and styles of the lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender (LGBT) community and can be read by anyone regardless of gender orientation . With travels throughout America and beyond, the publication, full of stunning photography, brings personal experiences from gay-friendly destinations and lifestyle interests to readers from around the globe.
Publication highlights include:
– Issues and concerns our LGBT community faces
– Local professionals making a difference
– Celebrations of culture and integrity
– Businesses that make a profound impact on our daily lives
– The best of restaurants, travel destinations, and nightlife for the LGBT community
– Gay-friendly family travel
– Upcoming events, fashion, music and product reviews
Connextions Magazine is available in digital format, targeting readership to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities and their allies. We offer a unique design, fabulous layouts, and show-stopping photography, along with editorial content to enlighten, inspire, educate and inform. This latest issue is free and can be read on ConnextionsMagazine.com.
Since 2010 Connextions Magazine has been and continues to be THE Travel & Lifestyle Magazine for the Gay Traveler, the Lesbian Traveler, the Bisexual Traveler, the Transgender Traveler and the entire community & allies. Connextions Magazine believes in equality and are happy to contribute to the publishing industry. As we enter our 5th year, we continue to celebrate the unique life of the LGBT community, in America and beyond.
Our mission is simply to celebrate the LGBT traveler. We believe that there is strength in numbers! We believe that we are the people! We are your neighbors, your friends, and your family! We are your LGBT Travel Agent, your LGBT news source, your LGBT Travel Gurus, your LGBT resources.
Making connextions to travel like a local, whether on a quick weekend getaway or a luxury vacation, Connextions transports our readers through our personal experiences in travel, dining, culture and fashion to destinations and memorable travel experiences across the globe.
We are proudly gay-owned & gay-operated! Find out all about the Connextions Team!
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Our anniversary issue - free - for your reading pleasure!
Like many others, Vanessa sold her soul to Corporate America, on a 7-10 year stretch, until realizing that true happiness doesn’t come from monetary rewards, it comes from soulful living. With the support of her husband, father, brother and five rescue dogs, Vanessa runs a business, right from the kitchen of her home, where she creates unique handmade artisan jewelry.
Casual & formal, geek and unique, jewelry designs that are handmade with gemstone, pearl and crystal, made magical by accents of sterling silver and quality natural brass. Vanessa, better known as pink80sgirl, crafts a symphony of Victorian and vintage inspired designs.
Putting one of her designs to the test, we purchased a necklace and then offered it to a friend who wore it to work. A fantastic 9 out of 10 people commented on the striking dragonfly necklace. The piece is a 25 x 18mm glass oval handmade cabochon, featuring a purple dragonfly. It sits inside a plain edged bezel setting, then mounted on a highly detailed Victorian filigree pendant. This lovely piece hangs from a pretty antiqued/oxidized brass chain measuring 18 inches including lobster clasp closure. This piece is nickel and lead free.
With 520 positive reviews and an impressive ZERO negative reviews on her shopping site, this pink80’sgirl is a sure thing!
As featured in Connextions Magazine, Issue 8.
Dan McLellan wanted to buy a romantic card for his spouse. He hunted in card shops and online, but nothing filled the bill. There were lots of sharp, funny, edgy, and sexy cards out there, but Dan McLellan wanted a romantic, tender card to express his deep feelings for his mate. There were none to be had. Dan and his spouse, Michael, are gay.
McLellan doesn’t claim to be a trendsetter, just a man who couldn't find a product he wanted. So like many an entrepreneur before him, Dan decided to create the product he couldn't find. Mixing a love for quotes and a love for black and white photography, Dan created a collection of romantic gay cards and launched a new website, Homoquotables.com.
The cards are made of high-quality paper and can be customized to suit the purchaser's needs, by displaying a variety of greetings.
Any card can serve as a gay birthday card, a gay wedding card, or a gay card for another occasion in the life of a homosexual friend, family member, or lover. Dan plans to introduce one new card per month, with the addition of cards specific for lesbians now available.
As featured in Connextions Magazine, Issue 8.
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Dante - our model
Pooch Park Wear customizes hoodies and t-shirts, the good, the naughty, the in-between, whether proud or quirky let them be seen! They also offer biker jackets, collars, collar charms, and their special Zinja beaded collars, made by a co-op of HIV-positive South African women, who weave the beads onto the collars.
Shelly, Owner of PoochParkWear, was driven to create her own canine clothing line with Dog Park names on them for her own lil’ diva to wear. Shelly says "I thought it would be fun for dogs to proudly wear the name of their favorite Dog Park on their back and so PoochParkWear custom dog clothing was born."
Get creative and write anything you wish on the canine clothes! I prefer anything that makes me laugh, so I ordered one of the pooch pride charms that says "can’t even think straight."
Dante is wearing the "Can't Even Think Straight" pride charm.
Pooch Park Wear was featured in Connextions Magazine, Issue 8.
She's Got the Look!
Trendy charms with a purpose
Women cherish important days of the year, and the remembrance of these special moments always bring smiles and happiness! We've found a unique way to honor your anniversary or her birthday with a calendar key necklace or bracelet from Not Just Any Old Day. A sterling silver necklace or bracelet with an inscribed calendar, marked with any special date, including a colored stone of your choice.
Unique gift choice!
For more info: www.notjustanyoldday.com
As seen in Connextions Magazine, Issue 6. Click here to view digital edition.
Custom Nail Solutions to fit EVERY style!
Thanks to the innovative, patented nail system by Custom Nail Solutions, you can avoid regular salon appointments, which can be inconvenient and costly. Now you can have your very own set of beautiful nails, custom made to fit your fingers. The nails are designed from a personal impression, using dental putty, taken from your individual nail beds, which are as unique as your fingerprint.
They are removable, reusable and last a lifetime.
For decades, women seeking longer beautiful nails had limited options: Genetically you are blessed with long natural nails or subject yourself to harsh grindings, filings and toxic chemicals with acrylics and gel nails that are time consuming to apply every couple of weeks.
Nail beauty breakthrough has emerged that is changing the way women achieve nail beauty all over the world! Custom Nail Solutions Nail System was invented by a cosmetic dentist and is a patented, revolutionary, custom fit finger nail
that is guaranteed to never break, chip, crack, change shape or stain and will last your lifetime!
Your nail beds are as unique to you as your finger prints so when a set of nails is created for you they will fit no one but you! Your custom fit nails are removable and reusable. Paint them any color or brand nail polish, sheer or tint, apply nail art, nail wraps, or a clear top coat, and when you’re done with that look just remove with nail polish remover.
As featured in Connextions Magazine, Issue 6.
Innovative Grooming Line for Gay Men Fills Void in Skin Care Industry
Out of the closet and into the shower, gay men clean up with the Dirty Boyz Play Clean line of body care products. Jaku Bodycare Inc, a boutique manufacturer of luxury artisan body care products, announced the launch of Dirty Boyz Play Clean, a unique grooming line exclusively for gay men.
Included in its extensive line of high performance grooming products, Dirty Boyz Play Clean features anti-aging products, skin moisturizers, body washes and natural soaps. Also offered are shampoo and conditioner bars handy for travel, candles, shaving products and gift baskets specific to the needs and tastes of gay men.
While working as a chemist for a major auto manufacturer, it became evident to Jaku Bodycare owner, Linda Jakubus, that there were no suitable products available in the marketplace to adequately protect the skin from the harsh environment of a manufacturing facility. Drawing on her experience as a chemist and her medical background, Jakubus decided to create her own line of high quality skin care and body products. After extensive market research, Jakubus discovered her products were perfectly suited for the gay male market.
Says Linda Jakubus, owner of Jaku Bodycare, “Gay men are stylish and appearance-focused and they demand high quality products. The gay community has been largely ignored by the personal care manufacturing giants, even though the market is there. The gay community is underserved and we intend to change that.”
Research and development for the Dirty Boyz Play Clean line included direct input from members of the gay male community. Particular focus was placed on pairing products with terminology that is familiar among gay men. “We had a great time developing and naming the products and our customers love what we came up with,” says Gregory Muncie, a gay male who consulted with Jakubus on the products.
Linda Jakubus, MS, PA-C., is the owner of Jaku Bodycare and founder of the Dirty Boyz Play Clean line. Jakubus holds a Bachelors degree in Biology and a Masters degree as a Physician’s Assistant (PA). More information can be found at http://www.dirtyboyzplayclean.com
As featured in Connextions Magazine, Issue 3.