Author: Christian Bendek

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.

WEAR IT THREE WAYS THIS SEASON

The holidays are coming, and there’s always some downtime when you go home for break. Whether that is some outdoor activities with your friends, celebrations out in town or a day off to stay low-key and stay home in a cozy sweater. Men’s Health challenged me to take this INC MEN sweater and style it three different ways for the holidays! The sweater itself gives you this celebratory vibe without being one ugly Christmas sweater. It’s definitely a winter-inspired piece and it can be paired with essentially everything. So, since this post is about wearing a piece in three ways, I will show you how I did it with this INC sweater. A day ice skating: I haven’t ice-skated in years, but I was willing to go and try not to fall. I put on some jeans, a turtleneck to keep me warm, a cute scarf and topped it with my INC sweater. Out and about: Black jeans, black crewneck, fall boots and the INC sweater on top as the hero piece. You can never go wrong with …

I own Cristiano Ronaldo’s jeans

What’s cooler than Cristiano Ronaldo? Nothing beats the Soccer star, and now fashion designer! However, his new denim brand, CR7 comes really close. CR7 by Cristiano Ronaldo launched earlier this year and is an extension of his CR7 underwear brand. I recently styled my new pair of CR7 denim. I opted for a slightly distressed pair that comes in a light blue wash called coastal blue. These guys are meant to fit snug at the hip and have a slim fit around your thighs all the way down to your ankle. Made out of a stretchy fabric which allows you to do everything with them, including playing a friendly soccer match if that’s where your day takes you. They’re casual and easy going, and most importantly they are comfortable! The denim looks cool and effortless with a simple sweater or a t-shirt, and a button-down can dress them up a bit for a night out.  Here’s how I styled it for a lazy Sunday afternoon around town shooting with my friend Moti. If you want to check …

MY SECRET TO STAY YOUNG

My age became sort of a sensitive topic for me once I had a conversation with my friend Gray over a few drinks by the Renaissance pool in Aruba back in 2013. I remember we were discussing my last birthday picture, which I was holding two balloons shaped in the digits of my then current age. He advised that if  I wanted to work in show business or in any related fields, like blogging and modeling, I should always keep my age sort of a mystery. That’s when I started to worry about aging and trying to think of ways and routines I can do that will keep myself looking young. I’ve always been a beach bum and while doing just that I never applied facial creams, sunscreen or anything of that nature. I always said that my skin was already cured after many years under the Caribbean sun. However, after having that conversation with Gray things changed, and fast. I started taking care of my skin, applying more sunscreen and finally used my first facial moisturizer. I starting …