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BRB, Joining A K-POP Band

All About This 1950s Korean Souvenir Jacket

So I’m basically Ryan Gosling in Drive right? Ever since I saw the movie I was kind of obsessed with that silk jacket with the embroidered scorpion print on it that he basically wears for 90% of the film. And although this jacket isn’t the same one, it’s still giving me all those sexy race car driver vibes which TBH, is a vibe I defintely wanna give off. After doing a litle research on this jacket (read: searches Google once) I found out that the jacket Ryan wears in the movie was actually inspried by vintage 1950s Korean Souvenir jackets. Fun fact about the jackets is that soldiers in Korea would send these jackets home to thier wives or girlfriends as souvenirs, hence the name. Typically the names of the soliders and the islands they were stationed at in Korea were stitched on the jacket along with a decorative motif. Although the actual jacket I’m wearing here is not from my soldier bae away at war, it’s a pretty damn good replica of one so it works! And besides, everyone’s spring outerwear game could use a little shimmer, am I right?

Wearing:

French Connection Bomber Jacket // Topman T-shirt // Chapter Pants // Kenneth Cole Sneakers

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Long Jacket, Longer Scarf

Sounds Legit…

Like a BRAVO reunion, I’m all about the DRAMA. And to me nothing brings the dramz quite like a long and luxurious coat. It commands attention and besides, sashaying around in a cape-length jacket is truly an amazing feeling. TRUST. This particular coat has a bit of a military feel with the epaulettes but it’s also kinda givin me X-Men Gambit vibes and you know I love me a scrong man. I accessorized my long coat with an even longer scarf because it only makes sense, right? I mean, anyone remember Tim Coppens FW 2014 and those gorjussss long scarves?? The answer should be YASSS. The shirt is a quilted overshirt, perfect for this weather, and I’m still wearing my most favoritest pair of black skinnies with the moto details that I got last year. And that’s what’s on the menu this Monday because I’m serving you a LEWK.

Wearing:

French Connection Jacket  //  Duck And Cover Shirt  //  Hudson Jeans Biker Jeans  //  Blundstone Shoes  //  Calvin Klein (Similar) Scarf  // Beanie (Similar)

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Don’t Sweat It

Making A Case For Sweat Pants

Hate it or love it, if there’s one thing we’ve seen about sweats this year in fashion, it’s that they’re here to stay. What once was an item of clothing reserved for pj’s or strictly loungewear around the house, is now a full fledged fashion trend, with designers and brand name stores rolling out their own version of luxury sweat pants, hoodies, sweatshirts, and joggers this year. The trend has even been given it’s own name - “Athleisure” is what editors are calling the high-end sportswear/streetwear movement - and with a winter as cold as this one, it’s becoming harder to find a reason against wearing your sweats out and about.

For this outfit I paired some tailored sweatpants trousers with a button down and crewneck sweater to dress up the laidback feel of the sweats. I opted for a varsity jacket as my outerwear to keep the outfit sporty and casual, and accessoriezed with a hat, some suede trainers, and new crystal frames for a relaxed everyday look. What’s your take on sweatpants moving into the fashion world? Do you have a favorite way to style your sweats?

Wearing:

Forever21 Jacket  //  French Connection Sweater  //  Forever21 Shirt  //    Michael Stars Sweat Pants  //  Tommy Hilfiger Shoes  //  Made Eyewear Eyeglasses  //  Stetson Hat 

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How To Wear Basics Without Looking Basic

You Could Start By Ripping Off The Runway…

For fashun people, being #firsworldproblems “poor” means not being able to afford the it piece from this season’s designer collections or sleeping on that sample sale because you were too busy shopping the Zara clearance. But just because you only have an H&M budget, doesn’t mean you have to be relegated to looking like a basic bitch. By drawing ~*~inspo~*~ from current runway trends that are more on the simplistic, minimal side, you can recreate a designer aesthetic with money you actually have. Take for example, the elevated athletic/streetwear trend that we’ve been seeing a lot of for Spring/Summer 14.

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Alexander Wang above and Damir Doma below both showcased black on black looks with the similar bomber jacket/shorts silhouette.

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For SS13 Y-3 rounded out the athletic vibe with the striped tube socks and sneakers and again more of the black/white color combo (shown below).

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And there’s of course the street wear brands like Hood By Air and Pyrex doing similar things with screen printed numbers and logos on jersey and mesh shorts and tees. I mean if you can afford to shell out a few stacks to cop these looks - good for you. For those of us who can’t, it’s pretty simple to work around it. A pair of black basketball or sweat shorts and a black or white tee mixed with some high/low accessorizing can get you pretty close to achieving that high-end summer streetwear aesthetic. Peep my links below to see how I used some summer basics to create this not-so-basic look. 

Wearing:

French Connection Bomber Jacket //  District Clothing T-Shirt  //  District Clothing (SimilarShorts  //  American Apparel (Similar) Socks  //  H&M Snapback  //  Giles & Brother Bracelet  //  Shashi Bracelet  // Eytys Sneakers

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The Perfect Cargo Jacket

The Classic Army Style Gets An Update

It’s no secret that I have a ton of coats in my arsenal but the one that’s always escaped me has been the cargo jacket…until now. I found this really great Italian cargo jacket on a recent shopping trip and it’s basically everything I’ve been looking for. Classic army green color, check. Big pockets and drawstring waist like the original, check. Embroidered collar and cuffs for a refreshing modern update, check! All the pockets give me room to hold all my “guy stuff” and because it’s the construction is lightweight I can see this as the perfect jacket to wear well into the spring. It’s definitely a versatile piece and a welcome addition to my collection.

Wearing:

French Connection Jacket  //  French Connection Sweater  //  Armani Exchange Pants  //  Sailormade Bracelet  // Liberty United Bracelet  //  Bobbies Shoes  //  Nakree Backpack

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The Sandal Scandal

He Did NOT Just Wear Socks With Those!

But I really did. While everyone else is freaking out about pumpkin everything, I’m here doing this… Because if you’re gonna wear your Tevas into the fall, you’re gonna wanna keep your feet farm. That’s why this genius collab between Woolrich and Teva is capitalizing on the now-cool socks and sandals trend. I mean warm wool socks with granola-vibe footwear - so on point though and it definitely makes a statement. It says “I’m so cool that I don’t care what I wear. I can even wear this ridiculous combo on my feet but that just makes me cooler because you don’t get it”. Aka fashunz. Anywayyy, as we move into the fall I’m gonna try to maintain some bright colors in my wardrobe instead of regressing to all black. I’m slowly working in warm colors like this mustard in my beanie and maybe even a few unexpected shades like the teal in my colored jeans. Here’s to a new season and some more new wardrobe choices.

Wearing:

Levi’s Jacket  //  French Connection Shirt  //  Armani Exchange Jeanss  //  Teva x Woolrich Socks and Sandals Pack  //  Coach Beanie

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Is It Summer Yet?

White-Out Vibes For SS15

With the weather reports calling for more sub-zero temps and another snowfall, I’m even more excited that I’m headed out to Vegas tonight for a chance to escape the cold! Once again, I’m taking part in the #BloggerPROJECT for PROJECT tradeshow with Marcus Troy and the new blogger fam. I’m excited to discover new brands and can’t wait to share some live coverage with you this week so be sure to follow along on my socials below. But first comes the packing…which for me is never an easy task. It’s even harder when you’re in the dead of winter and trying to think about dressing for summer temps. For this outfit I pulled out some old favorites, including my French Connection baseball jacket and Dr. Martens shoes (2 brands that will be showing at PROJECT), and went with a white-out warm weather vibe. Definitely still feeling the sportier looks, so that’s something I’m going to try to maintain as the weather warms up.

Wearing:

French Connection Jacket  //  Topman T-shirt  //  Calvin Klein Button Down  //  Boohoo Shorts  //  Dr. Martens Shoes  //  Topman Hat

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Keep It Won Hundred

Riding Out The Winter In Wool

Yesterday was the first day of March and here in New York we celebrated with a snow storm…obviously. This winter may have been brutal, but now that it’s seems to be coming to a close, I’m making the best of it by wearing out my favorite winter pieces one last time before they get stored away in the back of my closet. And since it seems like the last of winter won’t be a mild one, I’m keeping warm in stylish wools. The wool bomber was an end of the season steal and I’m loving the pattern and texture - definitely a keeper for next season too. The pants are from Chapter - a brand that you know I’ve been obsessed with - and I love the baggy fit to them and the streetwear vibe they give off. The sneakers are Public School and even though I love the brand - the shoes are probably about the only thing I can afford..but only when they’re on sale and that’s just keeping it 100 for you. What winter pieces are you looking to get one last wear out of before spring comes? Leave it in the comments below!

Wearing:

Won Hundred Jacket  //  French Connection Sweater  //  Chapter Pants  //  Public School Shoes  //  Vint & York Eyeglasses 

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Bombers & Baggy Jeans

Business As Usual In My Winter Uniform

If you’re a creature of habit like myself, then you stick to what you know. For me that means going to my sartorial comfort zone in baggy jeans and bombers. This combo is pretty much my go-to when I want a casual, comfortable, no-fuss look so it made the perfect outfit this past weekend when I traveled to Philly for a little weekend getaway. I paired my “uniform” with a lightweight sweater - I can do that now…since the 40 degree weekend is practically a heatwave compared to last week - and my black zip-up boots which have been saving my feet all winter long. Of course, no trip would be manageable without a good carry-all, so I brought along my new backpack to stand in for my regular city “murse” - guys have stuff to carry too!

Wearing:

7 Diamonds Jacket  //  French Connection Sweater  //  Ernest Sewn Jeans  //  Carlo Pazolini Boots //  Skagen Backpack 

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Is That A Banana In Your Pocket?

I Mean It Coud Be…  |  Why Cargo Pants Are Still Kewl

There was a time when cargo pants were reserved strictly for the military and then in the 90’s Old Navy happened and everyone had a pair of them baggy pants with those big ass pockets protruding from the side of your thighs. Although they’ve had their fair share of fashion shame and a reputation for not being the most flattering pair of pants, I happen to love the look and here’s why. First of all they’re actually useful. You may not be filing your cargo pockets with extra bullets like a solider (if you are, well, we just won’t touch that subject for right now), but you can now ditch the murse and put your gum, keys, or hey even a banana in your pockets. Second, they can be flattering as long as you buy the right kind. Slim down the legs and pockets, and your cargos will look just as clean as a pair of plain chinos except these will have more flair. I chose a bit of a baggier style for my cargos, but because i rolled them tight at the bottom, they still have that slim look. And lastly, they’re so versatile. Wear them casually with a tee or dress them up with a blazer. You can style them as you would your favorite pair of chinos if you’re looking to mix things up in your personal style.

And not to be neglected, I made sure my top had some pockets as well. But not just one, like a lot, in this super cute utilitarian-ish bomber I recently got. Links below for some shopping if you’re so inclined. Happy Friday!

Wearing:

French Connection Jacket //  French Connection Shirt  //  Armani Exchange Pants  //  Tsubo Shoes  //  David & Young Scarf

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Wear It White

How To Wear White This Spring

Now that the sun has finally made an appearance this season, it’s again okay to start bringing spring colors into your outfits. A look I’ve been really into lately is the idea of an all white everything look (well mostly all white) as an antithesis to all the dark colors I’ve been wearing all winter long. Wearing white gives off a very fresh, clean vibe and not to mention it can help you look really tan even if you haven’t been to the beach yet. While you might decide to try this trend out for yourself, getting decked out in all white from head to toe might not be the best way to incorporate this color into your looks. Instead, try white pants first and then a mostly white top with a print or pattern to break it up a little like I did in this outfit. How are you wearing white this spring? Leave a comment and show me some of your favorite looks or inspiration.

Wearing:

French Connection Jacket //  French Connection Shirt  //  Express Trousers  //  Express Hat  //  Vans Shoes

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