I love these Reebok sneakers because I haven’t seen anything like them on the market. Reebok integrated a modern silhouette combined with a 90’s inspired design. Reebok wanted to pay homage to the the 90’s running shoes.
These sneakers provide all day comfort and they are so light. I swear when you have them in your hand it feels so light like paper. They aren’t just for style, they can most definitely be used for working out as well.
Best believe when you have these on people will be asking where you got them because they have a bold look. You may like your coffee half and half but I love my kicks half and half .
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Came thru drippin with the classic Reebok ATI’s. Ive always taken the less traditional route but having classics in the rotation is key.
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It’s really time to embrace my love for cars. Ever since I could Remember I have always been fascinated with cars. I have been able to name every make and model.When I was 7 my mom bought me a racing simulator. Which is basically the wheel and gas petals that connected to the nascar video game I had. So on the weekends (since I wasn’t allowed to play video games on the week days haha) I would be playing all night.
I’m not sure how many laps I did but I did ALOT ha. Fast forward to April 2018 I had a chance to race BMW’s best cars and I had the best track time for the day. They asked me if I do this often and I said I never did. Did I miss my window to be a racer? Maybe but that’s ok because I’m following my other passions.
I love racing and I love cars because its a sign of freedom. A sign of freedom because with a car you can drive anywhere you want. I also look at cars as art, the design, the way you can customize it. A car, like fashion can be an extension of your wardrobe and how you see the world.
A car can also be an extension of how you see the world and stage of life you're in. Whether your'e in saving mode or if you like to live in luxury, your car can be an obvious sign.
Point is here to embrace your inner child. Do what you always wanted to do as a kid because believe it or not you can get paid for it in 2018 because not a lot of people are courageous enough to embrace their inner child. It's never too late.
I gifted the Rare Cask Macallan to Michael (CEO of Elegran Real Estate and Development) because I believed it was a superior way to show appreciation for someone who has helped guide me through my carer and life. These relationships are rare so the rare cask Macallan was the perfect choice.
Interning for Michael back in college taught me a great deal. I wasn’t guaranteed a spot in his company after graduation but I worked very hard to get it. Michael taught me how to be the hardest worker in the room and also how to have a CEO’s mindset. He invested time with me because he saw something inside of me and knew I could become someone great. Having a mentor is key to being successful no matter what field you’re in.
During the last year of college it was very challenging for me since I was taking 18 Credits and working 30 hours on top of that. I was very motivated. At the time, I wanted to enter the luxury real estate market in Manhattan as a real estate agent and at the time I had no idea how but I was confident that I would find a way. I didn’t have any high net worth connections just yet. While taking my 75 hour real estate course, the school always had different real estate companies come in the class and try to recruit new agents, they would give out business cards, flyers and everything you can think of. I was never interested in these companies. But one day Michael Rossi came in the class and something was different about him. First off, he didn’t give out busines cards and he didn’t have flyers. At the time he was only looking for one or two people to join his company.
After his speech, I walked out with the rest of the class. I pressed the elevator button, the elevator door opened, then for some reason my gut told me to go back to the classroom and talk to Michael. When I walked back into the classroom Michael and I locked eyes. He said “you, you’re the best dressed here. I want to speak with you” and the rest is history.
He granted me an internship at his company but being a full time real estate agent was not guaranteed. But I worked very hard and eventually earned a spot in his company after graduation. Michael saw something special inside of me and he knew I could grow into something big if I put my all into it. This was in 2014 and Michael at the time was one of the youngest successful entrepreneurs in Manhattan real estate. At the age of 36 his company was one of the top 5 boutique real estate companies in Manhattan. This was very inspiring to me and I aspired to be someone like him.
He taught me a lot. He exposed me to the high end market and how the handle the high net worth individuals in a business deal. He taught me how to position myself and maintain leverage throughout my career as a real estate agent. He taught me how to stick to my priorities and how to keep myself disciplined through adversity. Even though there were many times he challenged me it was all worth it in the end. He even gave me the old fashion “wax on, wax off” lesson when he invited me to his home in westchetser to paint the outside of his house, and it was... well, a lot of work. But it was just a test.
Through all of these experiences I was always open to learning new things and being the hardest worker in the room no matter the task. At the end of it all, I wouldn’t know what path my life would have taken if I didn’t meet Michael. I believe every student should have a mentor that will help and steer them in the right direction. I believe having a mentor is a key factor in building the foundation to your career. You are only good as the people you surround yourself with.
Thank you for reading! and thank you to Macallan
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First I want to say thank you to BMW and Quintessentially for providing me with the BMW 7 Series for two days. It was an absolute experience. It rides like a beauty and made me fall in love with what BMW is capable of. This car is the most expensive most luxurious BMW on the market aside from the BMW
Ok lets get into it. Over the last 8 years after reading many books on business, self improvement and productivity these are some of the ways I have found the most successful world leaders and productive people get sh*t done
1. The Right Mindset
The most successful leaders in the world come from a simple but powerful mindset. The mindset is" If I can imagine it, I can achieve it, and If I'm committed there is always a way". The most productive ask themselves quality questions first thing in the morning in example. How can I grow today? How can I be more today? Where can I provide value? Know that you have one life, what is the most important tasks that will get you to the next level today? Right now? Not tomorrow.
2. Do the hardest thing first
Richard Branson the Founder of Virgin Group says he always does the hardest things first, Whether its working out, writing a big proposal for that project coming up. When you get the biggest thing out the way in the morning it sets the momentum for the day. Everything else feels easier. You always won't feel like it whether you are too tired or too scared. But the trick is to feel the fear and do it anyway, that is how you grow my friend.
3. Schedule your work time in increments
Every minute counts and some of the most productive people segment their work in 45 minutes increments. During this time you should only be focusing on one task with no distractions, no email, no texts. If you get interrupted by a text or email studies say it usually takes you 10-20 minutes to get back intro the groove. Think about work like a conversation, when you get disrupted by someone you totally loose your train of thought and and it takes you a while to get back on track. Even if you're not a CEO, you are the CEO of your life.
4. Schedule your time off
I have noticed if I don’t schedule when I will take my off time such as watch a movie or hang out with friends I always end up burning myself out( I always want to work, its my nature). It's always good to set time off because we need something to look forward to on our calendar besides work. I lived the whole "working 24 hours a day sleeping only 4 hours a day" schedule and it got me really sick and it is not sustainable. You need your sleep and your rest to be the most optimal self.
5. Plan out your week
You should always have your week planned out so you can have expectations. What are the actions you need to take to get you closer to your goals? What are you goals for the day and the week? The goals for the day end up determining your results for the week. Your results for the week determine your results for the month, I could go on and on but you get the point. Every day matters, do leave one day to chance, make sure its planned. With your week planned it will make sure you have no time for unimportant things on your calendar and you can say no to a lot of things.
6. Reward yourself for every accomplish whether small or biG
Sometimes we tend to work work work without treating ourselves or giving us a pat on our own back. Or sometimes when we do treat ourselves its already after we have deprived ourselves for too long. In order to be consistent and productive we should always have something to look forward to after an accomplishment. Studies show that doing so trains your brain into being more efficient. It improves your positive feedback loop.
7. Don't respond to text messages or emails once you receive them
This might seem counter intuitive but set times throughout your day to respond to your text messages. Once you stop focusing on your task and enter a text conversation, studies say it takes about 15 - 20 minutes to put your focus back on the task. That means because you're answering the text or email you could end up loosing hours of your day. The text messages can wait unless they are urgent for business. Fortune magazine stated "the average office employee spends 2 hour per day using their cell phone which is about 10 hours per week of their work week lost.
8. Multitasking is a myth
To really be world class at something we must focus one thing at a time. Entrepreneur magazine stated it takes 40% more of our time to switch from activity to activity. After I implemented this into my life, I found this to be true and my results have skyrocketed.
Whether it’s going to the gym, yoga or playing your favorite sport evidence proves when you exercise you released endorphins that help you make decisions, feel better and deal with stress easier throughout your day.
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Thank you again to BMW and Quintessentially
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I love this look. The Grey shearling coat is such a good look. It is edgy but classy at the same time. I decided to pair it with a hoody to keep it street style but also with my new favorite white jeans. These jeans are super comfortable but also make an statement because of the fit and the rips on the knees.
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This Black Velour Sweatshirt is probably one of my favorite sweaters in my closet because it is super adaptable. You can dress it up or you can dress it down. It has become one of my staples. The white lines on the shoulder also make the sweater super impressive.
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Today, I want to acknowledge Black History Month, even though I am not Black--I am Puerto Rican. I’m about 30% black but this is not the focus here. I want to acknowledge all the African Americans who have influenced me ever since I was a child. From Martin Luther King Jr. all the way to Michael Jordan and Will Smith. I wouldn't be the person I am without black influence. I mean I was even thinking to myself last night: my clothing, the music I listen too, my swag, my favorite athletes, most of my friends, my favorite artists, my language, my lifestyle and the hairstyle I wear, are either black or influenced by the black culture.
Hip Hop is the #1 genre in music and it's influencing every aspect of our lives, business and culture and I love it. Rap was born in the Bronx and so was I and to see an art that was created by the black culture thrive for so long really inspires me. The movie Black Panther is breaking box office records. We are only really scratching the surface.
Right now I think we are living in the greatest time because whether you agree with me or not, we all have a voice. Like Diddy said, “You don't have to be black to be part of the movement.” Social media has given us a platform to connect easier and spread positivity. But I challenge you to really step up in your community as well.
It's really up to you on how you use your platform in this day and age. Even though some may disagree, I believe the direction of our culture is on the right path. For all the bad things that are seen on the news there are 10 times more good things that happen and are never seen or heard, the outlets don't show you because good things don't sell ads and commercials. I am proud to be part of this generation and living during these times because without challenge there is no triumph. What a time to be alive.
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Today, let's talk about integrity… It's something money can't buy and must come from within. Living with integrity is a lifestyle; it means speaking your truth and being a leader even when taking control might be the path with most resistance. It means behaving in ways that are in harmony with your personal values and beliefs no matter the circumstances.
Integrity goes hand in hand with being unconditional; going above and beyond with no expectations of others. Integrity means sacrificing short term pleasure for long term gains. This means doing the right thing when no one is looking. Integrity is learning from mistakes and teaching others how to avoid them. Integrity is being self aware and knowing what you stand for.
I truly believe integrity is your ability to affect those around you positively. Living with integrity is being living proof of what's possible in life. Living with integrity is a life that feels good on the inside and not just one that looks good on the outside.
I felt a need to write about this ever important quality to honor Martin Luther King Jr. and of course we are only human, and sometimes make decisions that don't align with our core values… Face it, we have all been there. On our way to the top it's very tempting to go off track by judging others, not keep the promises we make to ourselves and make a wrong decision for a quick win or payday but we must take a step back and reflect and ask ourselves. Who am I? What am I doing this all for? What is my why? We are far from perfect but I try to live with Integrity everyday and I challenge you to do the same.
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Why was I named the king of extra?
The King of Extra is coming to take the throne Why do I call myself the King of Extra? Extra is a way of living. It's putting extra effort in anything I do and not just what I wear. It's putting extra effort in every detail of my life. Whether it's making the extra rep in the gym, putting extra hours in the office, making the extra effort in my relationships. I always ask myself how can I make what I am pursuing and what I'm wearing as extra as possible? I ask myself is every detail in alignment with who I am or who I am becoming? This goes for my body, my finances even the socks I decide to wear in the morning. It's all about having the confidence to pull things off that others may not have the confidence to. I believe Extra is pushing the limit to reach your potential. At the end of the day the average won't go the extra mile and I think the road to being extraordinary is going that extra mile.
It's one thing being called the name and then there's another actually living up to it. I challenge you to be Extra AF today. Wear your crown and own it
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A morning routine is so important to set up your day for success. The top athletes, CEO and world leaders all having morning routines. My morning routine is the anchor to my day. I try to get up at 5am every day. When I get up in the morning the first thing I do is think about everything I am grateful for and visualize how I want my day to go. Its scientifically proven, the first thing you do in the morning sets the tone for the whole day.
Second, I put on inspirational videos on YouTube while I brush my teeth. My favorite person to listen to now is Mel Robbins (She is the author of the new book "The 5 Second Rule"), I highly recommend it. I also am a big fan of NPR Radios Podcast "How I Built This" this podcast dives into the stories of the most successful entrepreneurs. It's important you fill your mind with positive stories early in the AM and not all the negativity that is happening in the world. I always like to start my day thinking about all the positive possibilities that can happen. Anything is truly possible but sometimes we forget. Doing this gets you energized and not drained. Just like showering our body we also have to shower our minds.
After I brush my teeth, I get on my yoga mat and start writing in my journal. I read a couple of inspirational quotes from Joel Osteen then I write all my goals, everything I'm grateful for and everything I set to accomplish for the day in the best self co. journal. I write my wins, my losses and what I can improve on that day. Studies have shown that those who right down their goals have a 75% ore chance in accomplishing them verses those who do not, which is so evident in my experiences. After journaling, I then put on the Calm App where I mediate for 10 mins.
Meditation has changed my life. It's really true what they say about the benefits of meditation. I definitely am less stressed, have more self awareness, more concentration and I feel more centered. If someone is being annoying or something goes wrong during my day it doesn't affect me as much anymore, I just breathe and find the solution.
After meditation, I put on my gym clothes and hit Equinox for a HIIT workout or a yoga class. Getting a workout first thing in the morning is probably the best thing you can do for your day, you feel so accomplished when you leave the gym. No one ever regrets a morning workout, believe me.
After the gym I like to make the most important business calls and emails first thing in the morning. In business and life, it's all about momentum, always get the hardest thing done first.
Every time I stick to my routine, I feel amazing and I feel like I can take on any challenge. I go into my day feeling superhuman. I see such a huge change in my life as opposed to when I would wake up, get dressed and go. I am not perfect everyday but I always try to be consistent. The days I don't follow my routine I feel off. After doing research, the highly successful leaders and CEO's in the world all stick to a morning routine and wake up early. I highly recommend everyone find their morning anchor. What is your anchor?
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As the last summer months are approaching, wearing a regular dark grey and navy suit is so 1980's. Colors are meant to be used and that is why I am going to show you 3 Ways To Wear A Mint Suit.
Dressed Up with a tie and ready for a meeting with potential investors.
Edgy and ready for a party. Wearing a jogger adds a fun element to the dressed up shirt and blazer.
Casual and beach wedding ready, wearing the full suit but with a floral t-shirt and sneakers.
Fellas, you always need the right watch to add extra detail to our outfit. I highly recommend this stunning piece by Hypergrand Watches.
The mint suit makes enough of a statement so I decided to wear all white sneakers and a floral shirt, The floral shirt and sneakers are very simple but go well with the suit. In style, it's the littlest things that add the biggest reward.
With the edgy look I obviously feel like a boss. Wearing these Zara joggers with the blazer and button up floral shirt gives off a fun vibe. Everyone will know you are ready to party.
I love wearing sneakers with suits. It's always good to break the rules, especially running with a suit.
These sneakers are one of my favorite plimsolls I own. Since they are white and have some texture, you can literally wear them with everything, literally everything. Try it.
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This is how you feel when you wear a well fitting suit ( you feel amazing), there is no better feeling. Well maybe.
Check out my brown Ralph Lauren shoes that pair up well with the Brown Coach Metropolitan Briefcase. I highly recommend matching the color of your shoes with your accessories and bag. You only get a pass to mix match if you're traveling.
When you wear a suit that makes a statement because of the color alone, you have to be ready for the attention you will attract. I decided to go simple with a navy blue tie and white shirt. The dark navy blue tie makes the green suit pop.
The white Hypergrand watch makes a statement against the green color of the suit and really with any outfit.
When you wear a bold color I always recommend wearing bold sunglasses and also having a new and fresh haircut. When people see the effort you put in your appearance they know you mean business.
As I always say, when you look good, you feel good. When you wear a bold color, you have to be confident in it. Wear the color and don't let it wear you.
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Things my Father taught me
featuring my Dad: Andy Benejam
He taught me how to be the best dressed in the room. I remember attending a party with him when I was about 8 years old. I asked him "Dad, why are you so dressed up?" He said, "You can never be overdressed". Ever since then I was always "overdressed".
He taught me how to face my fears. I remember my Dad telling me how shy he was growing up but forced himself out of it. I never believed my Dad as being shy because he was always the life of the party. Growing up I was very shy as well, but since he grew out of it, I knew I could too.
He taught me being Latino in America is an advantage and not a disadvantage. He taught me how to think global and be open to other cultures. My Dad always pushed me to explore non traditional ways, whether having me try sushi at a young age rather than a Puerto Rican traditional meal or listening to Jazz rather than Salsa.
He taught me to work hard. My Dad came to New York at 18 with barely any money and didn't know English. He now has two master degrees, is at the top in his field and lives in Westchester. When I go through tough times, I just remember how my Dad got through his.
He taught me how to man up. There were many times when I didn't want to do something and my dad forced me to do it, I hated it back then but I thank him for it now.
He taught me how to enjoy the finer things in life. Growing up he would take me to restaurants that provided fine dining. He taught me the proper way to do things and how to act like a gentleman. He taught me the value of quality vs quantity.
He taught me how to be humble and to never forget my roots. My Dad has surpassed his peers and he treats everyone with respect and dignity. You will be treated the same if you are a CEO or a janitor.
He taught me how to have swag and confidence. Many times it was not by telling me, many times it was just by seeing him interact with people in a crowd at a party. As a child I remember people laughing at a gathering and it was because of my Dad. He taught me how to be a boss and when I am successful at something, to own it.
He taught me how to do it even if I was scared. whether its pushing me in the deep end of the pool when I was terrified or cheering me on to go talk to the girl I thought was cute.
He taught me how to prepare and if I want to be successful, to take it seriously. He told me how much he sacrificed to get where he is now, so growing up I know I needed to do the same.
He taught me how to be suave with the ladies. It definitely worked because I won " The Biggest Flirt" award in the 8th grade and still working lol :)
He taught me how to be never give into negativity and always avoid confrontation; nothing good comes out of it. He taught me how to be objective, and if I have an urgent problem don't react without thinking. Think before you act and speak. Until this day I have used that method and avoided many arguments and what could have been ruined relationships.
I want to thank my Dad for always being there for me no matter what. He always pushed me for the better. He is the best Dad anyone could ever have. He inspires me to be an amazing father when I have children one day. Thank you Dad, you mean the world to me, I love You.
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When you wear a light color like I'm wearing here, make sure to accessorize with bold colors, it makes your clothing pop.
I decided to go with brown instead of black shoes and travel bag because the tone of the suit transitions easier with brown.
Btw fellas, I highly recommend a light colored suit for the summer, let's keep the dark navy suit for the winter and board meetings.
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A Gift for your dad
I am glad to announce my partnership with Jord Watches. I love their watches because Jord creates timepieces that are modeled after a modern lifestyle. The uncomplicated face allows focus, the streamlined shaping offers style. Any Dad and male would live this piece because its timeless, sophisticated and modern. The watch is the Frankie Ebony & Gold and you can buy or find out more details here.
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Right now your can enter to win a $100 gift code on the JORD site. One person will win, but anyone who enters will receive a consolation code worth $25.00 at the end of the contest. CLICK HERE to enter or click on the link below. The contest closes on Sunday, June 4th 2017 at 11:59 pm so make sure to enter ASAP for your chance to get a unique gift for yourself or for a loved one!
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In my life, style has always been a way of self-expression. A way to communicate how we think of ourselves without opening our mouths.
My blogger friend Kosta and I decided to partner up and show you how to put together causal spring looks with a New York City Background. In today’s blog post I partnered with Levi's, and YSL to show you what such an outfit might look like.
One thing that has always been very important to me, is that my style is variable. My day is usually long, hectic and very diverse in terms of locations and environments I find myself in. So I always try to put together something stylish, versatile and comfortable at the same time.
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ONE LIFE MENTALITY
Have the ONE LIFE mentality. We only "Regret" the things we don't do. When I used to volunteer in nursing homes all I heard were stories about "Regret". Many of these seniors wish they did something different or take risks while they were younger but now they don't have the chance to. So just go for it, we won't get out this life alive.
You will never feel ready so stop waiting until you are. The most powerful people do it afraid and do it when they don't feel like it. There is no such thing as a perfect time.
ITS ALL A TEST
Obstacles are meant to be in your life for you to grow as a person. If you back down from a challenge then you don't deserve to receive what is on the other side. Think of any great movie or sport, what makes them so great are obstacles to overcome.
Be the hardest worker in the room. You have to want it. Talent only goes so far. The people at the top of their field put in the work. Don't just go through the motions, actually push yourself to become better every single day.
You can make amazing content, create amazing art or have an amazing workout but if you are not consistent then you will never have amazing results.
HAVE A MENTOR AND BE CURIOUS
Look at the world through the eyes of a child. Be humble enough to know you don't know it all. Ask advice from people who have the results you want, they can teach you a lot more than any book
No one is you, and that is your power. Your instincts, gut feeling, experiences and inner wisdom are unique and is a gift to the world. Every time you tune it out because of the habit of hesitating, the habit of self doubt, the habit of worrying and the habit of overthinking, you are robbing the world of that unique gift you have to give
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wear the stripes, don't let the stripes wear you
Walk like a boss, think like a boss, talk like a boss. Be unapolegetic about what you wear.
Don't ever be afraid to look people in the eye ... ever. Own It
I blend elegant and classic fashion with street and other types of fashion, its key. I don't like to only wear one type of fashion. I dont put myself in a box or label. I love Ralph Lauren, Saint Laurent and sandro. If they had babies, my style would be it.
This outfit is an eye catcher because the blazer and white pants contrast so well. to be honest, white pants go amazing with almost anything. try it.
There's nothing I love more than vintage Ralph Lauren Tassel Loafers. Quality and elegance at its finest. Studies show what you wear on your feet guides your thinking.choose wisely.
This isn't your daddy's plaid blazer, nope. Make sure your blazer and pants fit perfectly with your body. no BAGGINESS allowed. most men wear their blazer a size too big. The fit is what makes any ensemble.
biker details on the knees of the pant add edge and detail to the whole outfit.
This was my favorite coat throghout the winter. The fur adds a flare and elegance. My motto is: how can we make this attire EXTRA? How can we make this outfit a 20 out of 10. Let's push the limits. Lets break the scale.
Im not Classic fashion, im not street fashion, Im not chic fashion, Im not preppy fashion, Im not bohemian fashion. Im not exotic fashion. I am K.B
"STAY ready so you don't have to get ready"
This is one of my favorite quotes. Success is when opportunity meets preparation. Everyday you will be presented with opportunities. It's up to you if you are READY to capitalize.
This is why it's ALWAYS important to dress your best, work and learn as much as you can, prepare, strategize, stay healthy and feel good so when you bump into the person you always wanted to meet that can help you advance in your career, you can impress them with your knowledge, preparation, energy and how you are dressed. First impressions are EVERYTHING
ust like the old saying goes "You never know who you are going to meet". People will ask you how you did it, but what they don't know is you prepare for moments like these everyday single day.
This is what makes you more "lucky" . Wake up every single morning with positive expectations. STAY READY