Author: Christian Bendek

Five For Fall

Is it too early to be thinking of Fall? Perhaps it is. and since it is 90 degrees outside and the sun is shining, we might have a few more weeks to think about swapping our wardrobes. BUT, since Fall is my favorite season, I am already looking for the perfect pieces to add to my wardrobe— key items that I will wear for strolls in the central park and to shoot in Soho’s famous cobblestone streets. So, to answer my first question, I have to say no, it is not too early. You definitely want to sport the newest collections first and get ahead of your game. As a fashion enthusiast, layering is my absolute favorite thing to do and fall is the best season for it. Here are some of my favorite fall pieces from Canali. If you haven’t heard of them yet— they’ve been around in the game for about 80 years, with their renowned suits, not only in Italy but around the world.   A Fresh black turtleneck A turtleneck is an essential piece …

I am currently Out Of Office

I know I am supposed to say that I’ll have limited access to the internet and won’t be able to respond until I return, but let’s be real I’ll be Instagramming and posting every moment I have a chance. I promised myself I will try to disconnect, get away and enjoy my vacation as much as I can, but naturally, I just had to post on Instagram and Stories to keep you guys in the know of what I’m doing, where I’m relaxing, and what I’m relaxing in. I packed a lot of swim briefs and swim shorts by Vilebrequin . Needless to say, I went for bold prints and colorful solids. Summer is all about that punch of pattern and more.   I have a very special piece to show you (which is possibly my favorite): the Charles, a retro-inspired swimsuit from the 20’s that you all have seen me sport on my Stories. This, by far is one of my favorite pieces this season—I know it is a little bit different from regular swimsuits, and …

FRESH AND CLEAN WITH OLAY

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Olay. The opinions and text are all mine. I have a complicated relationship with my skin –my face is moody, some days it is glowing and other days it is red, however it looks best when I’m tan, hence why I´m constantly on a beach. I have a skin condition called dermatitis so I really have to be on top of taking care of my skin. Like most men, I am a little messy, and I do not wash my face every day before going to bed, but I do have a morning routine. A moisturizer is very important but it won’t work correctly if I don’t clean my face properly. Cleaning my face before applying moisturizer is key to keeping my face looking good and my skin condition in check. I am always very open to trying new products because science is moving forward. And every day, there’s a new discovery and advancement in medication or a new technique, and that’s why I …

CATSKILL FOR THE WEEKEND

I spent an awesome weekend Upstate New York at Scribners Lodge filled with Veuve Clicquot champagne and great company. I had the opportunity to wear some of my favorite winter pieces while having a good time. Wearing ONS Coat and Tomas Maier sneakers. Wearing Baracuta jacket and UGG winter boots. Wearing Mackage parka and UGG winter boots. Wearing Dries Van Noten sweater and UGG Winter Boots.

CARNAVAL READY

Carnaval is right around the corner and you can feel it in the air, that positive and fun energy which is pretty contagious. I always watched the parades on the sidelines, and each year I kept telling myself that the following year I am going to participate. So far, after 10 years, I only did a Fakkel, halfway.. Yeah… I know, shame on me, but what seems to be just a big party is actually a lot of work and preparation for people that love Carnaval and participate, those that are carrying this tradition that has years and years bringing joy and pride to the island of Aruba. I went to the Penha store located at Plaza Daniel Leo and sat down with one of their makeup artist, George Bislip, to discuss and play around with products from Urban Decay. We had an orange and yellow headpiece from a previous season to get inspired. The process took about an hour and, the outcome was well worth it. I wanted something festive and vivid yet masculine. When I …

PUNTA MITA | ST. REGIS PUNTA MITA

I had the opportunity to join the VII Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic last month through the St Regis Punta Mita, in the Pacific coast of Mexico. I have a soft spot for Mexico, specifically their cuisine, which is possibly my favorite. So when I received the invitation to this event I wanted to cry of happiness. This year I have been channeling my inner Arnold Palmer, by golfing not once, not twice, but three times this year. Also in attendance Lorena Ochoa, a top-ranked female golfer in the world, who I had the privilege to meet during my trip! Punta Mita is an ultra-luxurious resort and residential area located on a private peninsula 45 min far from Puerto Vallarta, surrounded by white sand beaches of the Pacific Ocean. Punta Mita is a golfer’s paradise, you can enjoy of two Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses and several beach clubs and the gorgeous St. Regis Resort Punta Mita. This place has become Mexico’s most coveted hideaway. I was treated regally since day one with the best food from chefs around …

L’Envol, Eau Du Toilet

When I heard I had to travel for the Punta Mita’s 7th Golf Open, I knew I had to pack smart and bring with me a perfume that will be perfect for all the activities. From the galas to luncheons, dinners to the actual golf competition, so I decided to go pick up the new L’Envol, Eau Du Toilet, at JL Penha. This fragrance is an instant energy shot, woody, sweet like honey, magnetic and definitely an elegant scent.   L’Envol, Eau Du Toilet is available at Penha. Visit them to try it and shop it.