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Some recommendations about the things we like to do in Paris

This Sunday in Paris will be full of life and colors.

The-color-runThe Color Run is in Paris.  We will be dressed in white at the starting line and don’t really know how we are going to end up – but we will be all covered by coloured powder.

It’s a crazy competition that will happen for the 1st time in Paris (after 40 other countries in the world…) this Sunday April 13th, 2014.


The Happiest 5k on the Planet.


The color run is a 5km challenge in which thousands of competitors run accross a coloring zone for 1km. They will be thrown colored powder 100%.

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When getting close to the finish line, the run becomes a “Finisher festival” in which contestants will receive even more powder from different colours.

ParcoursThe starting line is at Hôtel de Ville and the finish line is at Trocadero.

 It is going to be a very special and colorful day. If we do any good picture, we will post them here!

The Color Run French website:

Kylie Minogue ain’t gonna cancel…’s Jake Gyllenhaal’s 10 Hottest Moments Ever


Louis Virtel recently published a list of what are the 10 hottest Jake Gyllenhaal’s moments.  We love these kinds of listings and totally agreed!

10. The Prince of Persia‘s royally jeweled abdominals


The corundum abdominals and anime locks aren’t exactly classic Jake, but they make for one hot (if otherwise awful) movie. Those pants? Yes.

 9. Sleepin’ standin’ up in Brokeback Mountain

Photo-3Brokeback Mountain featured so many hot moments, I picked three for my list. First up: Heath Ledger cradles the sleeping Jake in one of the most romantic interactions of the film. Notice Jake’s comfortable vulnerability as the rowdy Jack Twist. Yee-hah forever.

 8. The sexy kiss from Source Code


Picture yourself as the Michelle Monaghan character in this spontaneous kiss sequence. When the gorgeous man with the topaz complexion tells you, “I know this is going to sound really weird, but I have a really bad feeling about this train, and I think that we should get off, OK?” you just abide. You leave your belongings on the train to travesty, and you abide.

7. “Dapper” Jake


Jake fills out a suit better than most of the mensches on Mad Men, which is a pretty Herculean feat. For efficiency’s sake, we’ve rolled his red carpet formality to one moment. Maybe let’s get back to nudity?

 6. Any occasion of a devilish grin paired with half-nudity


5. Love and Other Drugs‘ crotch-crouching nakedness

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Jake is nude so often in Love and Other Drugs, you can forget you’re watching an unutterably lame romcom. He’s funny! He’s naked! He’s stealing all the juicy camera time from Anne Hathaway! Love this very naked man.

 4. Terry Richardson’s dead serious, dead-sexy portrait


I try not to endorse Terry Richardson’s celeb-palling creepiness (or general creepiness), but let’s give credit where it’s due: This is one of the hottest single pictures I’ve ever seen. That naughty, deadpanning mug. The bristling body hair. The scandalous scroll-down effect. The heart-stopping underwear line. I think I refuse to breathe.

 3. The Santa-hatted nudity of Jarhead


Jarhead is a bracing, serious movie, but how can I overlook the abject hotness of Jake’s naked rage during the movie’s impromptu Christmas party? Sure, this scene precedes a dark moment, but God. Just look. Just.

 2. Brokeback Mountain‘s tent trysts


Though the sex scenes in Brokeback are rather abbreviated, we get to watch as Jack Twist nuzzles the ultra-tense Ennis in the movie’s amazingly rough, yet tender tent moments. Unforgettable.

 1. That. Reunion. In. Brokeback. Mountain.

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I’m sort of thrilled to report that my choice for Jake’s hottest all-time moment isn’t even a nude one; it’s the moment of reunion when Jake and Ennis hug, exchange breathless niceties, and then make out in a brusque, cathartic confrontation. To further break it down, I just lovewhen Jack embraces Ennis and mutters, like the happiest man alive, “Son of a b*tch.” I could watch it again and again. In fact, I will.

Any others to add to this esteemed list, guys and girls?” Louis Virtel on March 21, 2012

New Artist Spotlight

So Destiny’s Child’s “Bills, Bills, Bills” mixed together with an acoustic-driven “Le Temps de l’Amour” from French songstress Francoise Hardy… So 60s!

We discovered brit songstress Whinnie Williams this weekend and loved it so much that it is goping to be our soundtrack for the week. More to come…

Key 2014 Hairstyle For Men: The Modern Pompadour

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An Iconic Style

The pompadour is an all-time classic hairstyle that was actually named after the mistress of King Louis XV, Madame de Pompadour. After being adopted by fashionable women in the 18th century, it remained a female dominated style right the way up until World War I.

However, during the 1950s Elvis sported the pompadour as part of his signature look and the rest, as they say, is history. Still considered a classic rockabilly/rock ‘n’ roll-inspired hairstyle due to this connection, the traditional pompadour is styled by sweeping the hair upwards and away from the face, often worn slick with swept back sides.

That being said, the style has evolved quite dramatically since the King’s heyday, with modern takes on the pompadour experimenting with length through the top while keeping the back and sides sharp and short.

This haircut is a lot more flexible than you would first imagine and suits many face shapes and hair types. It’s also popular with men of all ages, although the variation and extremity of the cut needs to be taken into consideration – the end result should complement not only your personal style, but lifestyle and profession too.

The Inspiration: Justin Timberlake For T Magazine

Although it’s a cut that has been in vogue for a couple of years now, the pompadour really took off again at the end of last year, which was in no small part down to one of FashionBeans’ best dressed men of 2013, Justin Timberlake.

Seen sporting an expertly styled pompadour in his superb editorial for T Magazine, shot by none other than Saint Laurent’s Creative Director Hedi Slimane, the cut became an instant classic, with images of the shoot spreading like wildfire on social networks, menswear blogs and tumblrs across the world.

Men immediately clamoured to get the look, which was the epitome of classic with a contemporary twist. Keeping the sides short and tight while leaving length through the top, it’s still one of the best examples we’ve seen to date:

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The Classic Pompadour

If you want to keep your cut classic and refined, the back and sides still need to be clippered, but not so short that it exposes too much of the scalp.

Ideally, the edges should be tapered really tight while maintaining some length throughout the haircut. Tapering around the edges not only strengthens the overall shape of the pompadour, but also makes facial hair appear thicker and bushier – perfect for men who maintain a short/long beard and want to emphasise their rugged/masculine appeal.

Choosing to keep more length through the sides will suit most face shapes, especially those with longer faces who need to maintain a balance between the top and sides.

For a more timeless aesthetic and a slightly squarer result, avoid taking the clippers beyond the curve of the head. Alternatively, if you’re feeling brave, get your stylist to take the sides higher to slightly disconnect the top and sides:

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The Modern/Extreme Pompadour

For a more modern or individual take on the pompadour, get your stylist to clipper the sides on a grade one. You could also consider opting for a skin fade (no grade on the clippers) where the base of the haircut begins.

The hair should be clippered really high into the curve of the head, keeping more length through the top section. This can be worn connected into the crown or completely disconnected, allowing the hair to hang below the crown area (think undercut hairstyles).

Choosing the right balance for your face shape is important. If you have a round face then taking the sides tighter and allowing more volume on top will help elongate your features. If your face is narrow then I suggest keeping a little bit more length through the sides while trying to keep the top slicker and closer to your head.

As always, it’s best to ask your stylist for personal advice before getting your hair cut:

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Celebrity Examples

Some major celebrities have sported this hairstyle over the last few years, with everyone from Bruno Mars to David Beckham choosing to style it in extremely different ways, depending on their look, personality and hair type.

It just goes to prove how versatile a cut it really is:

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Final Word

So there you have it, a timeless and versatile hairstyle that is only set to become more popular throughout 2014.

However, the one downfall of the modern pompadour is that it can be an extremely high maintenance haircut, both in terms of styling time and upkeep. In order to keep it looking its very best, I would personally suggest going to get the back and sides tidied every couple of weeks.

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