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The new Spring Summer Suitsupply collection gets a remarkable launch with the Toy Boys-campaign. Presenting a world ran by women (girls!) with us men as small well-dressed creatures. We love suits. Every man should have a nice one laying in his closet, ready to wear for that one special occasion. Suitsupply always knows to surprise with more modern styles in its very classy range. Also with their new Toy Boys campaign that presents the Spring Summer 2016 collection, they know how to surprise. Shot by Carli Hermes in South Africa, beautiful lightly dressed women that play with their handsome well-dressed toy boys (or should we say playboys?) manage to set the tone for a ready-to-be-talked-about new fashion season in menswear. Have a look at the full collection below. It reminds me a bit of an earlier David Lachapelle's style of photography. Florian already sees himself as the guy that's sitting on the right boob while I'd like to be the man with the flower between his legs. Just talking about the styles of course. What's your favorite? And yes, we're still talking about the Suitsupply suits. Suit-up! :-)
"One town isn't big enough for a tight pants love triangle." Christina Aguilera and Will Ferrell battle Jimmy Fallon for the tightest tight pants in the whole village. You've got to give it to him: Jimmy Fallon has some of the funniest short formats ever created in his television show. Think of the dozens celebrity lip sync battles for example. He started that whole hype. Since the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon isn't being aired in Germany, we like to often have a peek on some YouTube snippets of the show. And boy, have you got to see this one till the very end. Not only because it's starring the fabulous Christina Aguilera and Will Ferrell but also because it are three and a half damn funny minutes. Got my tight pants, got my tight pants on! Muahaha! :-)
During our stay in one of the most beautiful hotels in the world, we just had to use its infinity pool for a refreshing session of Les Mills Bodyjam! In May 2015 we've enjoyed an awesome holiday in Bali. As already mentioned in our These Hotels Are Sick-post, we're quite the fans of the Hanging Gardens Resort in Ubud, Bali. F booked a few nights in this little paradise as an anniversary present. Woohooh! You can imagine the thrilledness when figuring it out at arrival. And when you're staying in a dream destination - Bodyjam and dance addicts as we are -, you just NEED to show some hot dance moves. But don't worry, the refreshing water of the infinity pool kept us cool. We hit the pool for the work-out at the early morning around 6AM for Bodyjam 72 (The Lawnmower - Aryay). You would imagine you could do this unnoticed when getting up that early. Guess again... An applause of crew and guests followed. :-) So, what's the next dreamy Bodyjam destination where we can perform some of the by Gandalf Archer choreographed moves? Stay tuned!
With hot summer temperatures hitting us, it's awesome having a dip in a refreshing pool. The Royal Flush in Texas makes your refreshment quite spectacular. Meet the craziest water slide ever! The in April launched water slide in the BSR Cable Park in Texas can be a dream come true or for some a real nightmare. With its steep slide down, get ready to be completely catapulted in the sky and to hit the water after one, two, three, four,... flips. After surviving the Reebok Spartan Race we're most definately in for a ride. But are you up for it as well? Check it out! Swimsuit packed? Let's go!
Women are no longer the only ones enjoying colorfull hairtrends. Recently men have boldly taken over Instagram with brightly colored beards and hair. Meet: the Merman trend. We must say - though generally being up to speed and picking in on latest trends is a good thing - we're not so sure about this one. Sure, Ke$ha, Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj look great as little mermaids but when it comes to men... For ourselves we probably prefer the Photoshopped version as above instead of walking into the office with the real deal. But that's just us. How do you feel about the Merman trend? Cute or puke? ,-) Have a look at our all-colors-of-the-rainbow selection from Instagram. Ein von 🌼🌹🌸🌼PASTELA🌸🌹🌼🌸🌼 (@pastelahair) gepostetes Foto am 29. Jun 2015 um 11:07 Uhr Ein von Michael Freeby (@michaelfreeby) gepostetes Foto am 3. Jul 2015 um 13:38 Uhr Ein von Modern Salon Magazine (@modernsalon) gepostetes Foto am 26. Jun 2015 um 10:42 Uhr Ein von kimi (@kimikarma23) gepostetes Foto am 8. Jul 2015 um 18:03 Uhr Ein von 180GRADEN (@180gradenmagazine) gepostetes Foto am 6. Jul 2015 um 15:19 Uhr Already have a color shampoo ready to hit your hair or will you stay true to your true colors?
With the US legalization of gay marriage and the 45th annual pride parade in New York, Facebook turned all happy rainbow on everyone. Beyoncé came out of the closeth with something really cool to show her support to #lovewins. Never Too Late #LoveWins ❤️ Ein von Beyoncé (@beyonce) gepostetes Video am 1. Jul 2015 um 10:35 Uhr Thanks B. We love you too.
If you put us in front of a sporty challenge, chances are high we won't say no. So when a few friends invited us to join their sprint team for the Reebok Spartan Race, we were all aboard! March this year, I received a text message with "You guys should join our team for the Reebok Spartan Race. It will be cool. You have to sign-up today!". Little did we know what we were getting into but we quickly signed up, assuming it's some kind of marathon. Not. A few weeks later we discovered the true nature of the Reebok Spartan Race, an obstacle race. Let's show you... Yeah. We were a bit excited as well after seeing that a few days before taking part of the race. It's probably no surprise when we say we were slightly nervous at the starting point. But hey, together with our great team we took on all the obstacles, ran our ass off and all covered in mud did we get to that burning finish line. Our team Les Spartans even finished as the fastest - and let's just say BEST - sprint team of the day with a time of 01:16:29. Let's do that again!
German design studio Herr M has created Schiebepuzzle, a side table inspired by a children’s puzzle toy, that has a top that slides open to expose small storage areas. From the designers: "Inspired by a childrens toy we designed the side table “Schiebepuzzle”. The front doors can slide up and down and from side to side showing just a little bit of his content at a time, the rest is a seeking-game – for magazines and the minibar, for bottles, glasses, coasters or a deck of cards. Decent and lightly in impression this side table fits in lounges, lofts, living rooms and everywhere, where small things need a place." Available through Fräulein M. JafJaf!
Mango surprises with its so far best H.E. by Mango November Men's Lookbook Mango has already released a few cookbooks earlier this year including their A/W14 Menswear lookbook and their A/W14 urban suiting collection. Both have been played quite safe on terms of style and looks. This november lookbook however is defintely one of the most fashion forward collections Mango has released so far. We are beyond impressed. For us, Mango has always been very traditional, mainstream and quite Spanish inspired in their H.E. by Mango collection. Well, this lookbook is different. It's high fashion but still not over the top. All styles shown in the lookbook are individually styled and brought together in remarkable outfits. We are really surprised and welcome this new look of the H.E. collection. Everything is clean cut, futuristic and minimalistic. The mix of tailoring with sports influenced pieces follows the actual fashion trend and is executed nicely. For us a ready to wear and feel good collection. Difficult to choose a favourite. What's yours? JafJaf!
Ready for cruising through next Summer in style? Have a look at the electric MINI Superleggera Vision concept! As announced earlier in Spring this year, this exclusive interpretation of an electric open-top two-seater was created by MINI and Touring Superleggera, the stylish couch builder from Milan. The MINI Superleggera Vision is on the one hand a classic roadster, a compact and agile two-seater, expressing the most minimalist and emotional style of motoring; and on the other hand its electric drivetrain gives the car distinctly modern driving dynamics. The perfectly balanced proportions indicate at first glance what the electrically powered MINI has to offer in terms of a driving experience: the stretched bonnet, long wheelbase and cool, short overhangs convey pure driving fun. As in every MINI, the wheels are set widely on the body, promising a high degree of agility. The passenger cell is slightly set back, further underscoring the car's dynamic impression. The result is a car of classic beauty that is also state of the art. And we sure like it... a lot! This all is still in a concept phase, but as reactions are mainly very positive, BMW announced production could be something of the near future. Fingers crossed! Can you already imagine yourself taking this baby for a spin? JafJaf!
G-Star RAW and Pharrell Williams are getting 'Happy' for the sea Pharrell has collaborated with fashion brand G-Star RAW on a new collection using recycled marine plastic to help save the oceans. The Fall-Winter 2014 men's and womenswear collection titled 'G-Star RAW for the Oceans,' a collaboration between Bionic Yarn, the Vortex Project and Parley for the Oceans, was first announced in February this year, with Pharrell Williams curating the line. The key to the collection is the Bionic Yarn, a fiber created from recycled plastic harvested from the ocean. This is the first time the fabric has been incorporated into jeans. This first full collection has directly also used 10 tons of the recycled ocean plastic. Pieces include the aforementioned denim as well as bomber jackets, boilersuits, trench coats, shirts, t-shirts and caps, all featuring the Bionic Yarn. The dark blue and black clothing also features a new 'Otto, the Octopus'-motif which appears throughout the collection (even hidden in the reverse of some fabrics). The G-Star RAW for the Oceans collection is hitting G-Star stores and the online shop now. Blub! JafJaf!
Thinking about redecorating your wall? Well, here we have a great creative DIY that lets you create your individual wall art for little money and not more than 4 tiny wholes in your wall. All you need is an older wooden picture frame, chicken wire, white paint spray and colorful paper of your choice. Having all materials and tools ready it will take you not more than a couple of hours to create your personalized wall art. The first step is to staple the chicken wire onto the back of your frame with a staple gun. Take care to get rid of all the sharp edges with a wire cutter. Having finished the construction start spraying the frame with paint until it is evenly white and let it dry. Before attaching it to the wall measure and mark where the screw wholes should be and use a drill bit to get thorugh your painted frame. Then install it to the wall using a spacer to keep some distance. Finally cut the paper into colorful pieces, roll them up and stuff them into the chicken wire openings. Follow your own taste and creativity to create various waves of colors, use it to say 'Happy Birthday' or just 'Love you honey' on Valentine's Day. The result from far appears to be done with paint but taking a closer look it gets obvious that this work is just done with paper and wire. JafJaf!
September might be too early to decide what's the best song of the year. Nevertheless, Sia with 'Chandelier' does have a great shot at winning that title. Months after 'Chandelier' has been released we're still singing it out & proud while cruising on the German roads. And most of the time, we're even tempted to replay the song two to three times. Which you normally only do with songs from Britney S. and Christina A, right? It gets better... The singer from down-under recorded a new version of 'Chandelier' which will be released on iTunes next week. The new version strips down the whole track, leaving it up to her incredible voice and a piano. We're not sure which version we like the most if we're honest. When listening to the intimate piano version, we want to have the radio edit to listen to as the next track, with again the piano version as the one after. Which makes our singing routine of course quite confusing. Anyway, you can believe us that it's quite amazing. Or don't believe us and just listen. JafJaf!
When it comes to a modern classy style in men's fashion, Boss Orange is one of the labels that really meets most of our expectations. Next to Boss Black, Hugo by Hugo Boss and Boss Green, the 'Orange' Autumn/Winter 2014 styles breathe a certain 'whatever' while still looking like you're straight from the catwalk. A kind of out-of-bed-look that comes with a au-natural but looks hot as hell. The brand mixed and matched shiny and matte textiles to create a more mysterious look & feel and we sure like it. Hugo Boss presented its fall/winter 2014 campaign fronted by British model Harvey Newton. Giving the collection a rock ‘n roll flair, Harvey brings a new spirit to Boss’ leather outerwear, fitted knitwear and smart separates. Our favorite: the oh-so-beatiful leather jacket! JafJaf!
If you want to be really decadent, you should definitely give Monaco a try. Next year a super rich multi-millionaire will find its home in the most expensive penthouse of the world. The luxurious five-floor flat, on top of Tour Odéon - a 171m high new skyscraper in Monaco- will get sold for around a small € 302 million and will be the most expensive penthouse of the world. Included in the price tag is the magnificent view over the Mediterranean, an infinity pool with its own slide, a health centre and an in-house caterer. Tour Odéon itself, with its 70 super-sized flats, is the first new skyscraper to be build in Monaco since the '80s. It will be the Mediterranean coastline's second tallest building when completed next year, offering its not-so-shabby residents a 24/7 concierge service and a private chauffeur. The penthouse on top will just have that little extra, set to stand out even in the midst of such extreme luxury. Care to join us for a look inside? "C'est beau la petite bourgeoisie qui boit du champagne." JafJaf!
unu just launches the ideal urban vehicle with their new electric scooter. Since July 2014, the new electric scooters from Munich-based brand unu move on German roads, available in 65 different color combinations, finally making e-mobility affordable and personalized. This electric scooter, steerable with every car- and moped driving license, has a range of more than 50 km (with a battery) or 100 km (with two batteries). The brake energy recovery system (KERS) even provides you with additional kilometers. unu is powered by a lightweight lithium-ion battery, chargeable for up to six hours of cruising fun from every (home) charging powerpoint. Thanks to the newest generation of lithium-ion cells, the portable battery only weighs eight kg. An integrated charge status display practically shows how much power the battery has left. The Roller itself only weighs 58 kg, which is about half the weight of a comparable Vespa. The innovative electric motor is maintenance free and requires no gears, tank or oil. Easy, clean and emission-free, without finding a parking space in the city. We like! JafJaf!
Instant goosebumps when you hear the intimate Sam Sparro 'Love Never Felt So Good' live version, originally from the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. Yearly in September, Belgian radio channel Q-Music comes up with an exciting renewed on-air planning. New this year is that every Monday, a famous artist stops by at the morning show to bring an own song and a cover. First to kick-off: the great Sam Sparro with his version of the invincible Michael Jackson 'Love Never Felt So Good'. Music-lovers as we are, we thought this was more than worth a share. Curious for the upcoming Monday mornings at Q-Music! Enjoy! JafJaf!
We're gonna go back in time! Did you know that J has a history as a popstar? Back in 2010, when he was working as a TV-host for a music channel, the question popped-up to release an own single. J, who previously participated in the Belgian version of X-Factor didn't hesitate a minute and dove into a music studio in The Netherlands, where he worked with the incredibly talented Rocketeers. A first single for MINNO was born: Dreaming. Hey, don't blame the boy for kissing a girl. He kinda liked it, the taste of her cherry chopstick. And what happens in the UK (where the videoclip was shot), gets posted on the net. Half a year later, J started working with singer songwriter Gene Thomas to create a self written feel-good summer song. MINNO had a second swinging baby: Dance with Me. The videoclip that was recorded in Amsterdam. J might be swinging in the spotlight but you can barely miss out on hottie F, shaking his booty. After hearing a demo of the first MINNO song, Dreaming, Italian producer/DJ Pops & Booms offered his mixing talent to create great remixes of both songs. Check them out and get into the groove! MINNO - Dance With Me (Pops & Booms Remix) MINNO - Dreaming (Pops & Booms Remix) The story continues... Beginning of 2014, J headed to Italy to work on some new tracks. Further away from the typical pop as before and under another artist name. History as a popstar? Step into the future. Are you curious to have a listen? JafJaf!
There's a new trend in the office: desk safari! We hope your boss has a sense of humor or likes animals as much as his beloved co-workers. Why? The new hype hitting the office takes you on a trip to the jungle. Who's the fancy poodle of the team? Who's the lazy hippo? For once the characters of your colleagues can openly come out while you all have a laugh about it. Choose an animal, put a picture of it without the head fullscreen on your desktop and the party can begin. Let your office buddy pose behind your screen with only his/her head popping up. Or be a little bit nasty and take your snap sneaky without your colleague having a clue. ;-) Curious how good the creativity of your team is while jumping on the desk safari hype. At JAF we already gave a good example. You liiiiike? JafJaf!
The Yerka project brings bicycle theft to an end - hopefully. Normally a bike is an easy target for thieves. We all know that. Esspecially in bigger cities you better watch out where to leave your bike. It doesn't matter how thick your padlock is or how frequently visited the place is where you leave your bike behind. Thieves always seem to find a way to get away with it. Three chilean engineering students have been victims of exactly the same. They teamed up and created the Yerka Project. A bicycle that once it is properly locked up, can only be stolen by destroying it. The locking mechanism is integrated in the bike's frame. You will open the frame and use the bike's saddle to lock it which will take around 20 seconds of your time. Next to this great idea the creators maintained the urban city look of the bike. The developed prototype is a mixture of speed- and mountainbike with colourful details and generates a desire for more. JafJaf!
Usually going for a run with your music in-ear? Well, these biometric headphones bring your running to a whole new level: they are monitoring your heart rate. Discover the SMS Audio BioSport Headphones. SMS Audio has recently launched their sports collection. But now they are going to introduce the SMS Audio’s BioSport In-Ear Headphones. These headphones are a collaboration between Intel and SMS Audio, which was founded by the rapper 50 Cent aka Curtis Jackson. 50 Cent's aim was to create headphones with top-quality audio, style, fit and functionality. A Headphone is a headphone? Not these ones. The SMS Audio BioSport Headphones have sensors to measure the heart rate of the user. There is no need to wear a chest strap or a wearable and there are no batteries required. The headphones take their energy from a smartphone or MP3 player through an audio jack. Open the box, put them in your ears, plug them in your phone and it just works. “With the introduction of the SMS Audio BioSport In-Ear Headphones powered by Intel, we’re now the first to provide this level of integrated, seamless and helpful biometric information to inspire customers to advance their fitness experiences.” said Brian M. Nohe, president of SMS Audio, in a press release. To us this is a product we are now really waiting on to be released. It is easy to use and creates an extra value due to heart rate monitoring. Waiting to see what the pairing of SMS Audio and Intel will bring in the future. From what we know today, the headphones will work together with the popular fitness app RunKeeper for Android and iOS. It will be water resisdent, it will be available in the fourth quarter this year and the price should be around $150 according to the German newspaper Handelsblatt(approx. €112). JafJaf!
Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo strips down to underwear for the new campaign of his CR7 underwear label. Step 1: Men's Health UK Issue September 2014 On the cover Cristiano poses topless in a pair of blue jeans. The waistband shows his CR7 underwear label. Step 2: CR7 underwear campaign Fall/Winter 2014 For the release of his new campaign the footballer models himself for the entire campaign. He shows the world again how well trained he is. CR7 was established in 2013 in collaboration with the Danish underwear manufacturer JBS Textile Group. The designs are developed together with New York-based designer Richard Chai. According to Ronaldo Chai has played an important part in the creation of the collection. The whole range is divided into four lines: Luxury, Fashion, Basic and Boys. You can find the complete collection here. JafJaf!
ALCHEMY BLUES - Denim Collection Scotch & Soda launched their new lookbook for the fall/winter season 2014. The denim collection is full with brand new styles of the Amsterdam Fashion Brand with their typical handwriting. Denim on denim is one of the topics they focus on. Pairing of dark indigo shirts with bright blue drop crotch jeans or a bright blue denim shirt with light washed jeans or even dark jackets, easily going along with dark indigo jeans. Next to all the denims and indigos you can find casual relaxed looks with soft knits and sweats, great Japanese inspired details and well-known classic shirts. The collection is available online. JafJaf! Denim: Lot 22 Stump -Half Life Repair Denim: Skim – Ignition stretch Denim: Catch 22 – Clockwork Denim: Lot 22 Skim – Formula 22 stretch Denim: Lot 22 Skim -The Alchemist Denim: Skim – The Nero Denim: Skim – The Nero Denim: Phaidon- Green Track Denim: Phaidon – Absolute Blue Denim: Skim – Blue Ray Denim: Skim – Alpha Beat Denim: Skim – Burning Bush Denim: Ralston – Revolution
Here's J. A few weeks ago, Mission 20-FIT started with the goal to get in top shape for my 25th birthday. With the right music for running via Fitradio and motivation to hit the gym with Bodyjam, a lot of progress has already been made. Let's take it to the next level! Okay, the first three weeks were a good way to get warmed-up by saying no to sweets, crisps, alcohol and... bread. Gently onwards I started going back to the gym to do cardio and my running shoes also saw daylight again. It's great to have a goal (mine: to be in my best shape on September 21st) but you have to stay realistic and build-up wisely. Last week, I decided to take the next step, based on the cool Six-pack program of the German Men's Health magazine. Six of their employees took on the challenge to train eight weeks long to get their six-pack pumped. Really motivating to see how they managed. And so I started this week by also doing cardio every day, every damn day. But you know what? It's not that bad, on the contrary. For me the trick is to plan a routine in the mornings by preparing my sports outfit in the evening and putting my alarm half an hour earlier. It's just a matter of getting up, get dressed, drink a cup of coffee and wake-up while doing a half an hour morning run. Trust me: you feel way more active during the day. By doing so, I managed to get faster every day without it taking me to my ultimate limit. On July 28th, it took me for example 30:42 for 6,22km. That's an average of 4min 56sec per kilometer. Compare that to my run of August 15th where I had an average of 4min 16sec for basically the same distance. That's 40 seconds per kilometer faster in just three weeks time. What I'm going to add to my running, cardio at the gym and healthy eating/drinking is the one thing I don't like so much: strength training. Wish me good luck! JafJaf!
In 2013 designer Isabel Marant created a complete new fashion driven H&M fall/winter collection for men. The new H&M Fall/Winter 2014 Collection is following up this trend towards a "high fashion" appeal with their new Studio collection for men (and women). Today, in 2014, the new collection includes a motorcycle jacket and leather biker pants going along with very grungy silhouettes in combination with a toned down color palette of whites, grey and black. Next to all those punk and rock-inspired items, there is a substential number of more classic, formal garments like clean wool coats, tailored trousers and shirts. Matching sneakers, boots, shoes, scarves, caps and beanies complete this promising and versatile collection. Release date for the refined looks is September 4th in selected stores and online. Let's hope that the collections quality will pay tribute to these great styles. We are very optimistic. Discover the complete video lookbook of the H&M Fall/Winter 2014 collection and the slideshow below. JafJaf!
One of the many things Germans are good at: delicious selfmade cake and pastries. Esspecially in the northern part the so called 'Franzbrötchen', comparable with swedish cinnamon rolls, are a yummy specialty. Back from Berlin we needed to try our very own receipe. YumYum. This is what you need for about 12 pieces: For the baking sheet: baking paper Yeast dough: 250 ml milk 70 g butter 500 g of wheat flour 1 pack. Dry Yeast 70 g sugar 2 tsp vanilla sugar 1 egg (size M) a touch of salt Filling: 100 g soft butter 100 g sugar 3 tsp. cinnamon To glaze: about 2 tablespoons of milk And here is your manual: 1.Preparing: Heat the milk in a small saucepan and melt the butter in it. 2. Yeast dough: Fill the flour and yeast in a mixing bowl. Then add all other ingredients including the warm milk-butter mixture and mix everything with a mixer (dough hook). Start shortly to mix on the lowest level, then process at the highest level in about 5 min until the dough is smooth. Cover the dough and let it rise in a warm place until it has grown visibly. (around 30 min) 3. Preheat the oven. Top / bottom heat: about 180 ° C Hot air: about 160 ° C 4. Filling: Blend the butter, sugar and cinnamon with a mixer (stirring rods). Knead the dough on a lightly floured work surface and roll it out to a rectangle (about 70 x 25 cm). Afterwards spread out the cinanamon filling evenly and roll everything up from the longer side. Finally cut the role in about 12 equal trapeze-shaped cuts. Now place the cuts with the elongated side down on the baking sheet and press with a wooden spoon handle from the top to the narrow edge.. Let the rolls stay for another 10 min. 5. Sprinkle the buns with milk and then bake them. Oven inset: center Baking time: about 20 min. When finished, let the 'Franzbrötchen' cool down on a wire rack or serve them warm. Enjoy your freshly, selfmade 'Franzbrötchen'. JafJaf!
The sun is shining, the Summer mood is there and you want to get your body moving! In Berlin you have the famous FLY Watergate open air parties in Rummelsburg. After a day of cultural wandering in Berlin on Saturday, we had our party plan for the Sunday. And how great was it. With two stages, a more eclectic main stage for the energetic dancing and a more 'chill' beach stage, the FLY open air party on Sunday brought us in our best Summer festival mood. Isn't it great to dance with your naked feet, surrounded by nature and a great view on the water? We loved it. People who plan to still go to Berlin during Summer: check out the Watergate website because there are still some great parties coming up. People from Düsseldorf: check out Kiesgrube. ;-) JafJaf!
During Summer it's very, very, very important to keep hydrated. Yes, we try to get our recommended amount of water in, but now and then a nice cocktail is welcome to take care of the thirst. Our favorite: the mojito! There are actually so many different mojitos. We lined up our favorite fruity ones from Yummly for the weekend. Do we hear a party coming up? TGIF! JafJaf! Cranberry mojito Kiwi mojito Tripple berry mojito Rhubarb mojito Watermelon mojito Coconut mango mojito
J here. I've made a sporty decision that I might regret at first but most definitely will be very grateful for later... With my 25th birthday coming up in September, it's time to make some things happen. It's time to gain some volume around my arms, to shape-up and to get that six-pack that has nothing to do with German or Belgian beer. Not by starving myself out with diets, but by doing lots of (fun) sports and by keeping myself on a healthy food plan. Bye bye, lazy evenings, crisps, bread, alcohol,... Hello 20-fit? The next two months I will be reporting my progress and share my tips and tricks into making it happen. Lets hope I can make you guys proud of me. JafJaf!
We all love our selfies and the following likes on Instagram and Facebook. But how about getting your face on the breakfast table? Wouldn't you love to eat your delicious self, your selfie on toast? :-) Company Burnt Impressions, that before released toasters that create a Jesus face on your bread, now gives you the ability to order a personalized toaster, putting your face on every piece of toast. Our only question to you guys: do you taste best with cheese or with marmelade? JafJaf!
Rememer the first holographic messages in Star Wars coming from R2-D2? Or Tom Cruise in Minority Report? Those and others have shown the way into the future: quickly switch on a small machine, wild gesturing with the hands in the air and there it is: the operating scenario via holographic technic. This all seemed like science-fiction to most of us on planet earth but the Chinese company Shenzhen Estar Displaytech Co. claims to have the first holographic phone, ready to enter the market. Discover the Takee 1. Since end of June the company has their very first video online on YouTube, showing the Takee 1 in action and this Thursday the company will even present the Holo Phone. 4 different cameras on the front of the smartphone are helping to capture every detail in the right dimension, angle and timing. The manufacturer calls this technology 'Smart Holographics'. The video is pretty impressive and it already looks like Tom Cruise would use the phone in his next science fiction blockbuster. Wow. JafJaf!
This weekend we could most certainly hear the bells. We were invited for a wedding party and decided to give an extra personal touch to our present. F found a really cool wedding DIY on Pinterest on how to make a cute bride and broom out of a wooden clothespin. Ideal to attach to your wedding gift or to pin some money between for the freshly wedded couple. JafJaf! Pictures from bklynbrideonline.com
Dinner at a restaurant can taste twice as good when you have something nice to look at. Having said that, here you have six cool restaurants, spread over the globe, that will probably make you get quite hungry. The Grotto - Krabi, Thailand It couldn't get more romantic than this: this restaurant was build in an ancient cave, giving you a magnificent view over the Phranang Beach while you warm up for dinner with a lovely cocktail. Sirocco - Bangkok, Thailand Thailand doesn't seem too bad for dining. From the 63rd floor of the State Towers, the crazy metropole called Bangkok turns into a sea of lights. Sirocco is not only famous for being the world's highest open-air restaurant with a killer view, the Wagyu steak should also be divine. El Farallón - Cabo San Lucas, Mexico On your plate: fresh sea fruits, straight from the grill. In your face: the Pacific, reflecting all the colors of the beautiful sunset. Fangweng - Yichang, China Afraid of heights? If the answer is yes, than it's wise to skip Fangweng. If not, enjoy the view from this restaurant that actually hangs on a cave. Real daredevils even have the opportunity to do a bungee jump. Maybe best before eating... Grotta Palazzese - Polignano a Mare, Italy A real romance maker. You, your loved one, candlelight dinner, the Adriatic sea and a restaurant that's carved inside of a cave. Great to score some extra points. Clouds - Hamburg, Germany Who ever said you have to travel far to discover the world? Also near to home you can enjoy something incredible. At Clouds you can get a mighty good steak on the 23rd floor of the 'Tanzende Türme' and meanwhile enjoy the supplementary view over wonderful Hamburg. JafJaf!
Hey Summer lovers out there! If you're not yet in the mood for the hot temperatures from upcoming long weekend, the new Scotch & Soda Summer campaign, shot by Dutch photographer Philippe Vogelenzang, will definetly get you there. Our favourite piece: the striped raglan sweater with flower printed sleeves. Also nice to see in the shooting is Scandinavion top-50 male model Mikkel Jensen wearing the collection. Oh yes, Summer has arrived! JafJaf! ____________________ Hey ihr Sommerliebhaber dort draußen! Solltet ihr noch nicht in der Stimmung für heiße Temperaturen am kommenden Wochenende sein, keine Sorge, die neue Scotch & Soda Sommerkampagne wird euch definitv einstimmen. Unser Lieblingstück: der gesreifte Raglan Sweater mit Ärmeln im angesagten Blumendruck. Fotograf: Philippe Vogelenzang, Auch nett anzusehen ist das skandinavische Top 50 Männer Model Mikkel Jensen, der die Kollektion trägt. Oh yes, der Sommer ist da! JafJaf!
This summer adidas Originals relaunches 'miadidas' with a new possibility to personalize your sneakers. A new photo app from adidas will be the key behind this new form of personalization. With the app it will be possible to place your own Instagram pictures on the ZX Flux sneaker that directly get printed and send home. Still a bit of patience cause the app that will be available for iPhone and Android will only be launched in August this year. Selfie on the sneak? We say: Hell yeah! JafJaf! ____________________ Diesen Sommer relauncht adidas Originals 'miadidas' und implementiert einen neuen Ansatz Sneaker zu personalisieren. Ausgangspunkt des neuen Konzepts ist eine neue Foto-App von adidas. Mit der App wird es zum ersten Mal selbst möglich sein, eigene Fotos auf den ZX Flux Sneaker zu platzieren und anschließend die individuellen Foto Druck Schuhe nach Hause zu bestellen. Die App für iPhone und Android steht ab August 2014 zum Download bereit und greift dann auf eure Instagram Fotos zu. Selfie on the sneak? Wir sagen: Daumen Hoch. JafJaf!
J‘s little addiction to AllSaints went today in another round. He probably won‘t admit it, but on the other side wouldn‘t we all be happy to have some brands which just fit perfect and match your style? Let's check the Torkk Short Sleeved Crew Jumper from AllSaints. Soft and super lightweight cotton combined with an open textured stitch make this jumper your perfect partner for the spring time and summer evenings spend with friends in a chilled atmosphere. Best to combine with skinny or slim fit jeans and summer shorts. Facts: Colour: Black - Loose Fit - 100% Cotton - 98 € JafJaf! _____________________ J‘s kleine Schwäche für AllSaints ging heute in eine neue Runde. Er würde dies wahrscheinlich nicht zugeben, aber auf der anderen Seite, wären wir nicht alle froh darüber ein paar Marken zu haben bei denen die Passform perfekt ist und der Style einfach passt? Schau dir hier den 'Torkk Short Sleeved Crew Jumper' von AllSaints an. Feine, leichte Baumwolle, kombiniert mit einer offenen Struktur machen diesen kurzärmligen Sommerpullover zu dem perfekten Begleiter für den Frühling oder Sommerabende zusammen mit Freunden in entspannter Umgebung. Gut zu kombinieren mit Skinny Jeans und deinen slim fit Sommer Bermudas. Fakten: Farbe: Schwarz - Loose Fit - 100% Baumwolle - 98 € JafJaf!
Yes, it's the time of the year when you hear the birds chirp, the bees buzz and you think: let's do some gardening! In our apartment in Düsseldorf we can't really do gardening since we basically don't have a garden, but we're determined to have an awesome green spot on the balcony. Booyah! If you also have your green zone on the balcony, you probably agree with us that not only your plants and flowers should look nice, so should the pots you plant them in. That's why we have this little easy DIY which will make you enjoy summer just a tiny bit more. Get some cheap pots at a do-it-yourself nearby. We got ourself some made of stone at Obi (big one was € 2,49, the smaller one € 1,79). Next thing: spray paint in a color you like. Since we sprayed our chairs at the dining table in pastel tones, we decided to take the same direction here. Tip: go for matte. It just looks way better. Now you can get yourself installed for the action. Cover a table with newspaper, shake your bottle of paint for about two minutes and get spraying! Be sure to keep the bottle at a twenty cm distance from your pot while you spray and just give the whole surface a thin layer. In thirty minutes your pot should be dry and ready for use. We planted some strawberry plants in our personalized pastel flowerpots. Can't wait for them to grow and eventually find their way to our tummy. Next to the strawberries we also planted lavender and an eucalyptus tree in non-personalized-but-nevertheless-pretty black pots. You should smell our place. De-lish! Enjoy gardening. JafJaf! ____________________ Die Vögel zwitschern und die Bienen fliegen fröhlich herum. Ja wir bewegen uns Richtung Sommer. Höchste Zeit den Garten auf Vordermann zu bringen! In unserem Apartment in Düsseldorf können wir nicht wirklich gärtnern, da wir einfach keinen Garten haben, aber wir arbeiten daran eine kleine grüne Oase auf dem Balkon entstehen zu lassen. Booyah! Falls ihr auch so einen grünen Punkt auf eurem Balkon habt, stimmt ihr uns höchstwahrscheinlich zu, dass nicht nur eure Pflanzen und Blumen gut aussehen sollen, sondern auch eure Pötte und Blumenkübel. Genau deshalb haben wir diesen kleinen DIY Beitrag, der euch euren Sommer noch ein klein wenig mehr genießen lässt. Besorgt euch einfache Tontöpfe in der große eurer Wahl mit den passenden Untertellern bei einem Baumarkt oder Gartencenter eurer Wahl. Wir waren bei unserem Obi des Vertrauens und haben 1,79€ für den kleinen und 2,49€ für den größeren Topf bezahlt. Als nächstes fehlt euch noch der Sprühlack mit der Farbe eurer Wahl. Da wir unsere Essstühle vor kurzem in Pastelltönen gestrichen haben, entschieden wir uns auch diesmal für die gleiche farbliche Richtung. Kleine Randnotiz: nehmt am besten matte Töne. Sieht einfach besser aus. Das war es auch schon mit der Einkaufsliste. Jetzt kann die "Action" starten. Deckt den Bereich in dem ihr mit der Farbe sprüht mit Zeitungspapier gut ab, schüttelt die Sprühdose für ca. zwei Minuten und schon kann die Farbe abgefeuert werden. Haltet dabei einen Abstand von zwanzig Zentimetern damit sich die Farbe beim sprühen gut verteilt und nicht anfängt zu verlaufen. Nach ungefähr einer halben Stunde ist die Farbe staubtrocken und bereit für den Einsatz. Wir haben ein paar Erdbeersträucher in unsere selbst kreierten Pastel-Töpfe gepflanzt und freuen uns schon auf die ersten roten Früchte. Neben den Erdbeeren haben wir uns auch noch Lavendel und einen kleinen Eukalyptus Baum besorgt und in unsere bereits vorhandenen schwarzen Pötte gepflanzt. Ihr solltet diesen Duft auf unseren Balkon erleben. Herrlich! Viel Spaß beim gärtnern. JafJaf!
JAF goes Sushi - Our sushi test for Dusseldorf has now oficially started. Part 1: Okinii LunchIn for sushi? Yeah, same here. Last week we decided to hook up with some friends and to try the all-you-can-eat à la (ipad) carte lunch at Okinii. The concept of the sushi chain is actually really easy. Per person you can order every round up to five to eight dishes via your personal iPad. That means that when you're with four, you can order up to 32 different dishes in one round. Just so you know: you have an unlimited amount of rounds in your two and a half hours of sushi. But be aware: if you order something that you don't eat, you will have to pay extra for it. You can order quite a lot from the electronic menu. Sushi, soups, salads, fingerfood, grillspecialities, teppan yaki,... Yum! In the evening there's an even wider range to choose from than during lunchtime. Little tip: leave a bit of space in your tummy for desert. After the sushi you can still choose three scoops of ice of sesam, mango, green tea or lime. Must-try! The athmosphere is loungy and decorations are quite tastefull. Only point of criticism: when it's full (which it mostly is), it's not the most silent place. Our highlights on the menu:- The iPad menu itself. Cool concept.- Tuna Gunkan.- Giyoza, baked dumpling with chicken.- Chuka Ika Sansai, spicy seaweed salad.- Veggie Roll with avocado and sesam. Prices:Lunch: week: 13,90€ // weekend: 15,90€Dinner: 25,90€ Big recommendation for everyone who likes good quality food for a super sushi price. Do reserve a few days in advance. Otherwise you can forget about getting a table. Adress: Immermannstraße 35, Dusseldorf. JafJaf! ____________________ JAF goes Sushi - Unser Sushi Test für Düsseldorf startet jetzt. Teil 1: Okinii LunchMal wieder Lust auf Sushi? Das dachten wir uns letzte Woche auch und haben uns am Samstag zum All-You-Can-Eat Lunch à la (ipad) carte im Okinii auf der Immermannstraße mit Freunden getroffen. (more…)
Since a bit than over a year we've been following @z_captures on Instagram, liking almost every picture he posts since his photos are basically always awesome. At the end of last year he started with a new series, which is really a work of art. Zeren Badar is a Turkish self-taught photographer, currently based in New York. Influenced by Dadaism and Neo-Dadaism, he started his 'Accident'-series in which he combines cheap copies of famous paintings with food, objects and strong shadows. This creates a cool three dimensional form of art, brought together on a photograph and always tending to bring a big smile on your face. Zeren, also calling himself 'the penniless photographer', is actually still looking for a gallery to exhibit. So all you art lovers, help this talented guy out and share his story. We're fans and can't wait to once have our own pictures undergoing one of his accidents! JafJaf! ____________________ Seit mehr als einem Jahr folgen wir @z_captures auf Instagram. Da er wirklich supercoole Sachen macht, wird fast jedes Bild mit dem kleinen Herz in der unteren linken Ecke favorisiert. Ende letzten Jahres hat er mit einer neuen Serie angefangen und das ist wirklich ein 'work-of-art'. Zeren Badar ist ein türkischer 'Self-made' Fotograf der momentan in New York City lebt. Beeinflusst von dem Dadaismus und dem Neo-Dadaismus startete er seine 'Unfall'-Serie, in denen er einfache Kopien berühmter Gemälde mit verschiedenen Objekten, Essen oder starken Schatten kombiniert. Dies ruft eine neue, oft farbenfrohe und dreidimensionale Kunst ins Leben, die auf einem Foto festgehalten wird und oftmals ein Schmunzeln in dem Gesicht des Betrachters hervorruft. Zeren, sich selbst auch 'the penniless photographer' nennend, ist aktuell noch auf der Suche nach einer Galerie um seine Werke auszustellen. Also, all ihr Kunstliebhaber dort draußen, helft diesem talentierten jungem Künstler und teilt seine Geschichte. Egal was passiert, wir sind große Anhänger und warten noch darauf, dass eines Tages unser Bild eines seiner 'Unfälle' wird. JafJaf!
The 8th of May 2011? We remember that beautiful day as it was yesterday. It was the start of J and F, JAF. Three years later, we wanted to celebrate our anniversary with a nice dinner. Place to be was Nooij (to pronounce as the German worth 'neu'), from owner Nene Nooij. Nene calls himself a European with his Dutch, German and Spanish background. He opened his Scandinavian/sixties-designed restaurant in Düsseldorf, Flingern, where he brings a healthy international kitchen. Yummy! Since it's asparagus season and we absolutely love this delicious vegetable, we decided to go for an asparagus creme soup as a starter. De-li-ci-ous! Later onwards the food party continued with an asparagus/walnut pie for J and a strawberry/asparagus/tuna salad for F. You can be very sure: our plates were quickly empty. When browsing through the menu, we also took a quick look at the breakfast specials. Here you can clearly see the different international influences that Nooij has. When ordering a Dutch breakfast for example, you get vanilla custard, sprinkles, gouda and bread with peanut butter. When going for the Spanish treat, you can be sure of getting deliciously baked chorizo, manchego and fried eggs . If we can get up early enough, we'll definitely try this out on Sunday morning. Very recommendable restaurant! JafJaf!
Der Paketbote hat geklingelt... Meilenshopping! Da wir noch ein paar Flugmeilen von Emirates hatten die am 31. März verfallen sind, haben wir uns auf der Emirates High Street umgesehen um unsere Skywards noch für etwas einzutauschen. Man findet dort alles was man auch im Flugzeug bekommt und noch etwas mehr. Wir mögen gerne schöne Dinge... Der Sommer steht vor der Tür und somit auch der ein oder andere Abend auf dem Balkon, zusammen mit Freunden und einem schönen Glas Weißwein (wenn es nach uns geht immer gerne trockenen Riesling). Dementsprechend haben wir uns am Ende für eine Cool Breather Weißwein Karaffe von Menu entschieden sowie sechs hochwertige Savoy Weißwein Gläser mit Platin Rand von LSA. (more…)
This weekend, we were able to welcome our very first visitors in the brand new JAF Düsseldorf apartment. The J-family came over from Belgium to take a preview look at the new crib, which they of course more than approved. As a nice Sunday activity, we decided to explore Düsseldorf with the family, including happy four-footed Luna. On this little excursion we managed to see some nice highlights of the city on a short period of time. Perfect for an afternoon walk. Our escapade started at the central station (Hauptbahnhof), where we took tram 709 in direction of Theodor-Heuss-Platz, till we got off at Stadttor. For little Luna this was directly quite the experience since it was her first time on public transportation. Oh, that funny dog. :-) When arriving at Stadttor we went in direction of the trendy media harbor. This hip area at the Rhein has on the one side the famous Ghery houses, constructed by American-Canadian architect Frank Ghery, and on the other side the remarkable currywurst stand where you can get currywurst with real gold leafs. Try it. Since silver is more our kind of color, we decided to walk further and to later onwards opt for an ice-cream. While walking along the riverside, headed towards the old city center (and our beloved ice-cream), we passed the high in the sky tv-tower and the parliament of NRW. After a 30 minute walk, we arrived at the Burgplatz. These stairs, that are connecting the waterside with the old city center, are as specially popular during the summertime for having a drink in a mixed crowd. The atmosphere is very relaxed and it's actually also a great spot for a nice photo moment. Snap! A few streets further we enjoyed the most supercalifragilisticexpialidocious yummy famous Italian ice-cream ever at Eisbar Pia. A must-visit on warm days. But be prepared... to stand in the cue. FYI: 1 scoop = € 0,80. On the walk back to our starting point, we recommend a stop at the colorful Toykio. This cafe not only serves great coffee, it also fulfills the appetite of toy- and art lovers. Shopaholics can still do some window-shopping at the Schadowstraße and the Königsallee, since all shops are closed on Sundays. Thank god we were there on a Kaufsontag, which basically means the shops were open. Luna.was.thrilled. To make our long story short: we had a great afternoon and so had our guests. For those who're planning a trip to Düsseldorf, feel free to click on the map below where we've marked our highlights of the day. Or just leave us a message on email@example.com. JafJaf!