• A Judgement Free Planet

    When I’m not getting treated to personal training sessions or experimenting with new ways to torture myself with infrared hotboxes, my home gym is one of Hattiesburg’s newest facilities, one that just happens to have won Best Place to Work Out in this year’s Best of the Pine Belt awards – Planet Fitness. 

  • The Art of Ink

    Art is subjective. It comes in many different styles and forms – watercolor, acrylics, pottery, beads and yarn, abstract, realism. And it means something different to each individual who views it. Some may have a Picasso or that of a local artisan hanging in a place of prominence in their home. Others may have a Ferrari or a Nissan parked in their garage. A lady might wear an exquisite piece of jewelry fashioned out of platinum and precious stones or a colorful creation of wire and beads made by a child.

  • James Polk: Living the Tiny House Life

    John Cougar Mellencamp sang about Little Pink Houses for you and me. 

    While the houses being built in an old warehouse in Prentiss are little, they aren’t pink. But they can be customized. Just ask James Polk of Tiny House Life Space. 

    With his factory an hour out of the Hub City, Polk, a Hattiesburg native and resident, first dreamed of tiny houses back  in the 1990s. The architect drew out plans and went out to manufactured home builders touting them as the way of the future and trying to get them to jump on his tiny house bandwagon. 

  • Pure Performance: Finding inspiration amongst the weight racks

    A simple piece of paper taped above the community scale at Pure Performance Gym & Fitness Center bears the above message. As someone who spends a considerable amount of her free time in fitness pursuits (some might even call it a ‘hobby’), getting caught up in the numbers game happens from time to time. So, I considered that unassuming sign, quietly affirming that my self-worth is not dictated by three little numbers, an added perk of this month’s featured gym.

  • What's in His Bag?

    If you haven’t guessed by now, this month’s issue is dedicated to men (cue “Let’s Hear It for the Boy”). I asked Dapper Dozen alum Tyner Sullivan for his go-to essentials. I knew he had good taste, and I wasn’t wrong: He sent a list full of brands I personally love, and I think you guys would, too. Let’s take a look…

    1. Watch
    When a man gets dressed, he puts on a watch. I personally love the Unisex Timex Weekender Fairfield watch. $75

     

  • Stuff Dream Were Made Of

    I remember it like it was yesterday. My grandmother (Gram) asked me to go out to the barn for something. My grandparents' barn was now half greenhouse and half darkened storage facility. A big boat used to fit in there. On this warm, summer day, it was nothing but sand and tools hung on a wall. There at the farthest corner of the barn was a small room. Once a closet, I suppose. Still lit by the light of a single bulb. Still ignited by a long chain hanging down. I heard this sound. Tapping. No it's clacking.

  • Explorations in Photography

     Authentic storytelling doesn’t always need direction. For this year’s Photography feature, we let the professionals take the reins. We supplied a starting point with a list of themes and then allowed the artists to construct their own narratives. What we were given is a series of short vignettes that tell us not only about the theme chosen, but also the photographers themselves. 

     

  • what’s in my carry on?

    Summer is upon us. If you’re anything like me, you have been bitten by the travel bug something serious. I get stir crazy in the summer and chances are I am trying to get as far away from the South as possible. So, aside from the obvious TSA requirements, what are some of my other summer travel essentials? Let’s take a look.

     

  • getting personal: Everything you always wanted to know about personal training but were afraid to ask

    While I wouldn’t say I’ve been procrastinating working on my beach body (see previous months’ forays into cycling, yoga and even dancing), the collective total of weddings, bachelorette parties and vacations I’ve been lucky enough to participate in during the past year reaches nearly to 20.  With my annual beach vacation waiting for me at the end of this month, I decided it is time to seek the help of a professional.