Luxury Sneakers For Men To Master The Casual Look

Sneakers are the perfect shoes to complete your casual wear. They announce your sense of style and will determine your comfort while you walk or work. They will be the first attire a person notices when you meet.

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The casual look will fit your outdoor spirit. You will be at ease while hiking or going for picnics. Use My Paper Writer to get your homework sorted as you enjoy a more engaging casual lifestyle. The helpers ensure that your academic work is sorted even while you travel or enjoy night-outs.

Here are the top luxury sneakers for a casual look

Oliver Cabell Low 1 Frost

Oliver Cabell is stamping his authority in the sneaker market. He has a perfect shoe for men who want to feel easy without attracting a lot of attention. It is a shoe for the minimalist dresser.

The most popular item in this category is the plain white Frost variety. It is low cut and will not attract attention whenever you walk into a room. It has a thick sole that makes it comfortable to walk around. It is a stylish choice made from the best materials and through world-class ethical practices. It is affordable and durable, giving you the best value for money.

Nike Air Max 95

Nike is one of the most innovative brands of all time. It has sneakers for all social classes and style preferences. The Max 95 sneaker is one of the most popular shoes of 2021 and will continue to dominate in 2022.

Nike Air Max 95 features a firm sole, giving you the perfect grip while you walk. The interior is professionally designed to take care of your feet and also guarantee comfort. It is light and comfortable for casual as well as semi-casual wear. It announces your sense of class whenever you walk into a room. You have a range of colors to choose from. You will also enjoy the affordable price.

Koio Kapri Kastagna

Looking for a perfect casual shoe for your jeans? Koio Kapri Kastagna is the way to go. It has a white sole and a brown or black top. The top is made of pure leather, helping you to enjoy the taste of class and luxury. The shoe is designed in the USA and produced in Italy. The experience and expertise of the joint producers guarantee the best value for money for your sneakers.

Adidas Original Superstar

The shoe is for the classic sneaker lover. The design is also appealing to newcomers who want to stamp authority by acquiring a pioneer brand. It comes with a solid sole that allows you to walk everywhere. It is a timeless choice available in a variety of colors. It is also affordable and durable, cementing its reputation of offering great value for money.

The sneakers market has numerous shoe varieties to offer. While personal preference counts, you must consider the quality of the sole as well as the top to guarantee value for money. If you are looking for luxury, the history of a brand could be worth considering.

If you are beyond bamboozled by eco-friendly terminology, here’s your guide to carbon jargon and green claims

Words By Tiffany Kelly, Beyond Bamboo

Ever felt baffled and confused by the eco-friendly and environmental terminology you see in advertising and media? With the impacts of climate change having disastrous effects on human, animal and plant life around the world, more and more of us are becoming concerned about what we buy and interested in how we can make a positive difference. Brands across most industries are making all sorts of green claims but sometimes it can feel hard to make sense of the jargon and know for sure what it all really means.

Recently conducted research* found that almost two thirds of those questioned said they want to take climate action but feel overwhelmed by the numbers or jargon or are often put off by the lack of information available on the topic. The same study found that four in five would do more for the environment if they saw less ‘carbon jargon’ and instead received simpler information about what they could do to reduce their impact on the planet.

Here is Beyond Bamboo’s glossary of Green Terms to help you navigate these green claims and eco buzz words. This will help you make the best choices for you, the well-being of others and the health of our planet.

Net zero

Net zero refers to achieving an equal balance between the amount of greenhouse gas emissions produced and the amount removed from the atmosphere. This can be done by changing business processes to reduce emissions in the first place–for example by switching to renewable energy or minimising plastic in products or packaging –while also actively removing the remaining greenhouse gases from the atmosphere for example, by contributing to projects that conserve natural habitats or plant trees to absorb carbon. You can also subscribe to you have carbon dioxide removed from the atmosphere and stored safely underground where it turns to stone. It tends to refer to current emissions, not historic ones.

Carbon offsetting

Offsetting is a way of paying for others to reduce emissions or absorb CO2 to compensate for a company’s own emissions. For example, a business may pay towards tree planting or the delivery of energy-efficient cooking stoves to communities in developing countries. BUT brands should be doing that as well as cutting emissions directly, not just substituting them. Offsetting doesn’t actually cancel out – or ‘offset’ – the emissions to which they are linked. Also, contributing to a project that was going ahead anyway doesn’t help remove EXTRA carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. So offsetting is beset with problems which is why it is falling out of favour.

(https://www.greenpeace.org.uk/news/the-biggest-problem-with-carbon-offsetting-is-that-it-doesnt-really-work/)

Carbon Neutral

Carbon neutrality is a state of net-zero carbon dioxide emissions. This can be achieved by balancing emissions of carbon dioxide with its removal (often through carbon offsetting) or by eliminating emissions completely. Again, this is generally used to describe current carbon dioxide emissions, not historic ones (which also need to be removed).

Carbon Positive

This is a step beyond carbon neutral. Once net zero or carbon neutral status is achieved, a business can start to tackle removing its historic emissions or, for new businesses additional CO2 can be removed to create a wider environmental benefit.

Vegan and Vegan Friendly

If something is vegan it does not contain any animal ingredients or animal-derived ingredients. Often brands claim a food item is vegan-friendly if it contains no animal ingredients but was made in a factory where other non-vegan items are made. The terminology is used to indicate that they cannot guarantee there is absolutely no cross contamination (but, on balance, the product can be considered vegan). Vegan should also mean that no animals or animal products were used in any part of the product’s creation.

Animal exploitation for food and products is directly related to biodiversity and wildlife loss, either through the loss of habitat, the slaughter and starving of wild animals, overfishing and/or the pollution of ecosystems. Livestock farming is a major contributor of greenhouse gases and deforestation.

Cruelty Free

Cruelty-free is a label for products that do not harm or kill animals anywhere along its supply chain. Products tested on animals are not considered cruelty-free, since these tests are often painful and cause the suffering and death of animals. Look for the Leaping Bunny logo to be sure an item is genuinely cruelty-free.


Plant Based

The word ‘plant-based’ has been thrown around A LOT in recent times. This move away from meat is fantastic news for the environment, our health and for animals. Big companies are now seeing the marketing value of the word ‘plant-based’, realising that people are more educated than ever about the environmental impact of food and the health benefits of eating ‘plant-based’foods rather than ‘animal-based’ ones. Though some people, including food bloggers, may use the terms “plant-based” and “vegan” interchangeably, plant-based is an “umbrella term” and does not always equate to being vegan – so do check the labels and ask if the item really is vegan. Eating plant-based foods is the single biggest way we can reduce our impact on the environment as individuals.

Biodegradable/Compostable

Biodegradable materials or products are those that are able tobreak down to their basic components when given the right conditions and presence of microorganisms, fungi or bacteria. This is great as it keeps the item out of landfill and saves space. Some items are biodegradable/compostable in home composting bins, other require industrial composting silos where very high temperatures are reached. So, check if it is suitable for home composting as you can do this yourself, without the need for additional transport, and it also indicates that the item will break down relatively quickly. Once degraded/composted the item leaves nothing harmful behind. (https://www.thebalancesmb.com/what-does-biodegradable-mean-2538213)

Accreditation

Accreditation is an independent, third-party evaluation by an assessment body (such as certification body, inspection body or laboratory) against recognised standards. A brand having gained an industry accreditation ensures that due diligence has been done for that particular claim. Be aware that not all accreditation schemes are created equal so make sure the assessment body is widely recognised or else transparent in how it establishes the validity of claims.

Sustainable

This word is really thrown around a lot these days, but its real meaning is seldom well understood. Simply put, sustainable products and practices are those that do not jeopardise the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It has become too broad a term with such little accountability that it can hardly be taken at face value. Brands that are operating “more sustainably” should always explain specifically how they are doing so.

Zero Waste

Zero waste is a set of principles focused on waste prevention that encourages the redesign of resource life cycles so that all products are reused. The goal is for no trash to be sent to landfills, incinerators or the ocean.

It’s not just about Flip flops – Havaianas

Did you know that since its creation, over 4 billion pairs of Havaianas have been sold. If lined up all together, they would go around the Earth about 40 times

Back in 1962, while the rest of the world was busy with more ‘serious’ matters, the shoe which has become synonymous with holidaying was born in Brazil: Havaianas, the original, 100% rubber flip-flop. Modelled on the Japanese Zori slipper, Havaianas insoles still have a textured rice pattern to this day and was named Havaianas in honour of the Hawaiian pleasure-centred approach to life.

But, the humble, footwear of choice to the Brazilian working class has created somewhat of a viva revolution in its own rights. It has evolved and spread it’s unique colourful love into espadrilles, trainers and even added a bit of Brazilian colour to the Great British Welly !

Now in 2022 Havaianas launch their next products of interests and have dived into athleisure with the Men’s Rainbow Eco Sweat Hoodie and Rainbow Eco Sweat Pants.

Embodying the laid back Havaianas lifestyle, the first apparel collection from Havaianas, both the Rainbow Eco Sweat Hoodie and Rainbow Eco Sweat Pants feature the classic brand rainbow stripe embroidery, and have a regular, relaxed, casual fit.  

Perfect for hitting the gym, relaxed weekend wear or to travel in, both the hoodie and sweat pants are available in classic black and olive.

More than just a postcode – W7 Mister

The W7 Brand was created in 2002, the inspiration of two entrepreneurial young men from West London.

Their aim – that everyone should have access to an extensive range of high quality cosmetics at an affordable price – is now well on the way to becoming a reality. The brand’s tagline of “Who Will You Be Today?” opens up opportunity for the consumer to express themselves and use W7 products to be who they want to be. With a strong team behind the brand, W7 has grown year on year and now boasts a collection of over 500 products, none of which are tested on animals.

The hero products within the range include  the W7’s Mister Post Shave Lotion is a formula to soothe and refresh the skin after daily shave. The Mister Post Shave Lotion contains: Vitamin E – Offers significant antioxidant properties, including defence from pollution. Peony Root Extract An antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory that works hard to brighten the complexion.

The W7 Mister Hair & Body Wash is a quick and easy 2-in-1 for the hair and body. Formulated to lock-in moisture; hair and skin will feel and stay fresh and soft throughout the day.

Lastly, The Mister Antiperspirant Deodorant Stick is a creamy and long-lasting Antiperspirant formula that battles against odours whilst leaving a fresh scent.The Mister Beard Oil contains:

Vitamin E – Antioxidant. Jojoba Oil – Antibacterial, antioxidant and deeply moisturising and Zinc Phenolsulfonate – Antimicrobial.

Planning is the key to meeting healthy eating goals

Words by Dr Bunmi Aboaba, Food Addiction Coach

Puppies aren’t just for Christmas, and resolutions aren’t just for New Year. If you feel you need to make changes in your life, you don’t have to wait another eleven months to do something about it. But you do need to give yourself the best chance of success, and that means planning.

The top resolutions taken on each January (more exercise, weight loss, better diet) put food at the heart of most goals, and an important part of changing eating habits is identifying triggers. Do certain situations, feelings, moods or times of day prompt you to overeat? If so, it is likely you are being triggered. Triggers are habitual and operate unconsciously and will have you reaching for food, even when you’re not hungry, to satisfy an unmet need.

Ask yourself:

What are your trigger foods? 
What foods can you never resist? 

They’re likely to be highly refined carbohydrates as these are particularly addictive and satisfying due to having high concentrations of sugar, salt, and fat. These types of foods release feel-good hormones, which keep you wanting more!

Take some time to outline the specific foods you find hard to resist so that you can become more aware of your personal food triggers.

Additionally, try to understand what emotions and environments trigger you to self-sabotage.

Do you crave certain foods when stressed, sad, or happy?
Do you find it hard to resist foods when in certain situations or with particular people?

By acknowledging your triggers, you are taking the first step in gaining control of your eating habits.

After a challenging two years of lockdowns, illness, and uncertainty, I expect these results to be the same, if not more heightened, as we seek to improve our overall health and sense of wellbeing.

So, bearing in mind nearly 25% of us fail to keep our resolutions, what actions can we take to make them stick?

Set Your Intention

To progress and reach your goals, you must start with understanding where you’re at now. You can then set your intention of where you want to be.

Create a clear picture in your mind of where you are going and what you want to achieve. Intentions and beliefs are powerful – they will make all the difference to your journey.

It’s all to do with bringing your goals, hopes, and aspirations into conscious thought and connecting them to your whywhich will empower, motivate, and inspire you to keep going.

You must understand that you are not hopeless or the victim of uncontrollable urges and circumstances. Instead, remember that you hold the power to change direction and transform yourself into whatever you wish to be. This, however, requires time, honesty, and commitment. 

When setting your intentions, answer the following:

What are your goals? 
Where do you want to be at the end of your weight loss journey? 
What will you look like?
What will you feel like? 
What will you be able to achieve? 

Set SMART Goals

As a food addiction coach, I recommend that all my clients set themselves SMART goals. This acronym stands for specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-specific. An example of how this could be applied to a goal such as exercising more could look like this:

Specific – Setting a particular goal such as achieving couch to 5k.
Measurable – Logging progress each week.
Attainable – Understanding personal limitations which could prevent this goal from being reached.
Realistic – Altering the challenge accordingly and following through on a new basis rather than giving up.
Time-specific – Setting a date that this will be achieved, such as six months.

Those who do not set themselves SMART goals are the ones who are unlikely to achieve their preferred outcome. They are more likely to become disheartened, frustrated, and impatient. As a result, they lose sight of their goal and the intention behind it.

Practice Mindful Eating

How you eat and where you eat is also crucial to your fulfilment. Consider the atmosphere in which you consume your meals. To maintain healthy eating habits, you must actively consider your mind-body connection

How can you encourage a more mindful way of eating ?  

Remove as many distractions as possible – Turn off the TV and remove all smart/screen devices from your mealtimes. 
Eat in a positive space – Try to ensure it’s a clutter-free dining space, lay the table, use your favourite crockery, and perhaps light a candle. This will encourage you to be mindful and enjoy the moment.
Practice gratitude – Mindfully express thanks before and during your meal. This could be saying a blessing over your food or expressing thanks to yourself or the person who has prepared the meal. 
Share your meals – Where possible, do not eat alone. Instead, share food with loved ones. Try and choose people with a positive attitude who will encourage and support you with your eating goals.

These practices will strengthen positive messages to your body to nurture your mind-body connection and you will begin to find fulfilment and satisfaction from the act of being present and aware at mealtimes. 

Plan Your Meals

Meal planning involves thinking ahead and planning the foods you will consume. This helps ensure that you have healthy food choices to hand and are less likely to return to old habits and pick up unhealthy foods.

It is vital to focus on bringing joy and excitement into your meals rather than think about what you are missing out on. Changing what you eat requires dedication and forethought, so try and plan a week in advance.

Consider commitments, responsibilities, and who you will be eating with each day. Pay particular attention to those days when you might be tired or stressed and plan an easy option to avoid falling into detrimental stress eating habits.

Select foods that will nourish both mind and body. Think about colour, texture, flavour, and variety. This will help ensure that you do not get bored with your new eating routine.

Every meal you plan and eat should bring you health, emotional wellbeing, energy and pleasure.

Recognising your success and achievements is vital for your ongoing recovery and long-term health. Remember, achieving your new year goals is not a test of willpower. Instead, breaking habits is a journey. There will be times where you feel inclined to give up or where you make a detrimental choice. However, be kind to yourself, acknowledge how far you have come, and celebrate the path you are on!

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