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Style With Mantopia: African Print Wear, Reasons You Should Rock It Make It Your Identity

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PAPER, SCISSORS, ROCK…
Your African print.

It’s Friday! Breathe a sweet sigh of relief and project your unique Ghanaian identity through the extensive use of local fabric and designs as business wear. If you’re asking someone for money, wear a tie. If you’re giving out money be in a shirt made by Woodin, GTP, ATL or any local company that deals in African prints and textiles. Let it be the perfect soundtrack of your simple/complex life’s music show.

African prints are very comfortable clothing and the designs and patterns on them make statements that complement your figure, so make sure it fits perfectly – not too big, not too small. Indulge in a bit of colour to stand out wherever you go. According to menswear designer Oliver Spencer, “Most men are unjustly scared of it – they’re intimidated by anything that isn’t navy or grey.” But colour can be timeless too. But he adds that, when it comes to colour, less is still more: “You just need a bit of it, in one garment.” Pinks, greens, mustard and brighter shades of blue are especially versatile year-round shades that will lift your entire outfit. When it comes to accessories, be careful hoe you use them. It is best to harmonize them with what you’re wearing or in some cases, juxtapose them entirely. And don’t overdo the accessories either – if in doubt, think less is more and take one element away.

There are few things less stylish than a man dressed as he thinks he should dress rather than in what he genuinely feels suits who he is. There are caveats to that, of course: there are no prizes for dressing like a rodeo clown unless indeed you are one. But whatever you’re wearing, you have to own it. Genuine style icons are those who go their own way with a self-confidence that comes from their clothes being a second skin, not a costume. In the images below, I wore a pair of low-top sneakers for an ensemble that’s worthy of a modern-style conscious gentleman and effortlessly sleek.

Patronising African prints also boosts the economy of Ghana. So, you’re not only looking good but also contributing to the economy of the country, yes! So, rock your African print today and walk through the park, the streets, your workplace and life, with the confidence of a straight white man.

For God, yourself, and country.

 

Source: Nii Laate (Mantopia)

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Lifestyle: 10 benefits of having “Sex In The Morning”

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There’s no denying that one of the best parts of waking up is having a good sleep but you know what’s also a great way to start your day? Having morning sex.

That’s right — getting busy when you first wake up has all the benefits of drinking coffee and more. Morning sex helps ease you into your workday. It can boost your energy levels and relieve stress. Having an orgasm definitely improves your mood. And, best of all, you bond with your partner.

To be honest, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t incorporate morning sex into your daily schedule. Below are 10 benefits of having morning sex;

 

  1. Morning Sex Is An Instant Mood Booster

You know that rush that comes on when you’re doing something active? Getting up and moving feels taxing on the body for second, and then, all of sudden, you’re totally blissed out. You can thank endorphins, pain-killing hormones released during sex (and exercise), for that. After you climax, those endorphins create a feel-good mood that will stick with you long after your last morning moan. Take that, Monday.

 

2. Morning Sex Can Strengthen Your Relationship

The same way a morning romp in the sheets will have you feeling giddy all day long, it can also reinforce your relationship, says Morse. “During sex of any kind, you release oxytocin, the cuddle chemical,” says Morse. It’s a hormone that fosters a sense of love and attachment, “meaning when you have morning sex specifically, you’ll feel more connected to your partner all day afterward,” she adds.

As you daydream about what went down this morning, you might even get the urge to send your partner a text that says, “I can’t stop thinking about you and what you did with your tongue this morning.” And if you ride that good feeling long enough, those texts might just turn into foreplay for round two tonight.

 

3. Morning Sex Is More Intimate

Not only is morning sex the perfect opportunity to appreciate every detail of your partner’s body, but it’s also a chance for you to be more vulnerable than you might have been if you were having sex at night.

For instance, because if and when you wear it, you remove your makeup before bed (you better!), in the morning your partner is getting you au naturel—sans makeup and with eye boogers, bedhead, and all. This is the kind of walls-down openness that creates the perfect opportunity to “deepen your connection with your partner,” says Morse. It’ll help turn the mornings from unsexy rush hours to your favorite time of the day.

 

4. Helps You Get Orgasm

And this intimacy isn’t limited to appearances, either. Having sex before you’ve spoken a word to another person all day can make a morning romp feel like a secret between the two of you that no one else will ever be in on.

It’s no secret that you’ll feel good after an orgasm, but do you know why? If you don’t, no worries, here’s the breakdown: Sex at any time of the day strengthens your immune system, says Morse. It kicks up your levels of “antibodies that are found in various places including our saliva and vaginas. These antibodies actually protect the parts of our body that are exposed to outside foreign substances – so when you’re having sex – especially oral – you might just be fighting off some outside bacteria,” she explains.

 

5. You Get A Natural Skin Glow

Streamline your makeup routine to five minutes, or skip it altogether: Climaxing also releases chemicals that boost levels of estrogen, which can improve the tone and texture of your skin and hair. This is especially clutch in the morning, when you’re already pressed for time (no, just me?).

 

6. Morning sex boosts brain power.

Studies have shown sex can boost cognitive function and improve memory, says Morse, meaning you won’t only be laser-focused while you’re having sex but also later on in the day when you’re giving a 3 p.m. presentation. Who needs a second Starbucks run, anyway?

Sex helps you catch some Zs and not because it’ll tire you out (though an intense romp can), but because “when you have sex and orgasm, your brain releases oxytocin, our feel-good hormone, and also lowers cortisol, dubbed the stress hormone, as well as releases melatonin which helps us sleep,” says Morse. “This combination of chemicals creates the perfect recipe for a deeper sleep,” meaning you’ll have a good night’s sleep before you get it on again tomorrow morning.

 

7. Morning Sex Helps You To Gain Weight

While feeling foggy and half-asleep can give morning sex a dreamy sort of quality, it also ups the chances that you’ll be straight-up not in the mood. “What’s usually going on with ‘morning people’ is they’ve woken up naturally from a REM cycle and are feeling rested,” says Engle. “It means you likely have a restful sleep pattern and therefore are rested and ready to go in the morning.”

The usual healthy sleep hygiene practices will come in handy here, says Engle. This includes regular bedtimes and wake-up times and keeping your sleep schedule consistent. “It can also be affected by genes,” she says. “Some people are prone to be geared toward wakefulness in the mornings, but (as we all know) most of us aren’t.”

If you struggle to feel well-rested, like, ever, consider bribing yourself will a little coffee pre-romp. It can help non-morning people as well as make the whole experience more pleasurable. “Caffeine assists in getting the blood flow going (an important part of arousal) and making you more alert,” says Engle. Try setting the coffee maker to auto-brew for a quick jolt without the setup time. Or, instead, pop a caffeine-loaded mint for a double awakening/breath benefit, or even an arousal oil — packed with stimulating ingredients such as botanical aphrodisiacs and CBD — that’s certain to wake up your body even if your brain isn’t fully on-board.

 

8. Boost your fertility

This will sound like ­music to most men’s ears – studies have found that the more often you make love, the better quality your sperm will be. Semen health was found to be best when sex had last occurred less than two days before the sperm was tested and was greatly decreased after 10 days of abstinence.

If you’re trying for a baby, keep sperm fresh and in tip-top shape by having sex at least twice a week, and not only around the time of the woman’s ovulation. Frequent sex has also been found to help balance a woman’s hormones and regulate her periods, which can further boost chances of conceiving.

 

9. Prevents Heart Attack 

Lots of studies have found that regular sex can ward off heart attacks, not bring them on as it was once feared. One study at Queen’s University Belfast found that having sex three times a week could halve your risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

Another study in Israel found that women who had two orgasms a week were up to 30% less likely to have heart disease than those who did not enjoy sex or didn’t have an orgasm.

 

10. Increase your attractiveness to others

High sexual activity makes the body release more pheromones, chemicals that enhance your appeal to the opposite sex. This is why the more sex you have with your partner, the stronger your desire will be to have sex with them again.

The hormone oestrogen is pumped out during sex, which can in turn have a plumping effect on the skin, helping to smooth out those fine lines. This is especially useful following the menopause, when a woman’s skin can ­become drier and more wrinkled, as ­oestrogen levels naturally drop.

One American study found that menopausal women who had sex every week had ­oestrogen levels that were twice as high as their counterparts who abstained

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Naomi Osaka made global brand ambassador for Louis Vuitton

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Tennis superstar Naomi Osaka has a new title and it includes working with a luxury fashion house. Louis Vuitton announced that the Grand Slam champion will join the label as its latest Global Ambassador.

This comes after the fashion industry underwent a tumultuous year in 2020. As a result of the pandemic, many canceled collections, digital fashion weeks, and unpredictable trends left up to debate the future of luxury goods.

As the brand preps for 2021 and the collections to come, Osaka will be one more addition that brings great value to Louis Vuitton. ” Aside from tennis, my most treasured passion is fashion; and there is no brand more iconic than Louis Vuitton,” Osaka exclaimed in a statement to ESSENCE.

Osaka will make her debut as the latest ambassador in the Spring-Summer 2021 fashion campaign photographed by Louis Vuitton’s Artistic Director of Women’s Collections, Nicolas Ghesquière. “It is such an honor to work with Nicolas – he’s a designer I admire so much and we share a mutual love of Japanese culture and style. To become a global brand ambassador is truly a dream come true for me,” she said.

This is not the first time Naomi has collaborated with a fashion house; last September Osaka partnered with ADEAM to release a Japanese-Inspired Collection.

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