5.30.2013

How to Wear: Summer White







All white is (in my opinion) one of the hardest looks to pull off just based on the fact that it’s difficult to find different shades of white.  When putting together my two previous posts, it was a pretty simple formula of mixing a light shade with a dark shade.  So when dealing with whites, you want to find pieces that are slightly off-white to mix in, but the main way to create contrast in the look is texture. I used my Dolce and Gabbana shirt as my main textured piece and put on a belt that showed through to help break the look up.  Adding details like a pocket square or a bracelet also make the look more interesting.
Now there is also something to be said about shoe selection.  Shoes are debatably the most important part of an outfit and can make or break a look.  The two options that I am wearing completely change the feel of the look.  My sneakers give me a nice “Night out on the town” look, where as my sandals would be more appropriate while vacationing in Greece or Italy.  I personally love both looks and would rock them I the occasions presented themselves, but what do you guys think? Which look is your favorite?

What I have on:
Blazer, Pocket Square and Jeans: H&M , Shirt: Dolce & Gabbana , Sneakers: Gucci , Sandals: J.Artola (Envi Shoes) , Shades: Tevin Vincent , Bracelet: Kenneth Cole

5.27.2013

Memorial Day Blues








Happy Memorial Day!  
In honor of today, I decided to shoot two more monochromatic looks to go along with the red one I did last week.  Today’s is blue and you can expect a white look later this week!
As for today, what better way to spend it than with family and friends enjoying the California sun and taking a dip in the pool?  Today is all about relaxing and soaking up the rays, and I’m so thankful for having another day off of work!
So what are you guys up to today?

What I have on:
Shirt: Club Monaco , Shorts: Hawkings McGill (Urban Outfitters, Shoes: H by Hudson , Bracelets: ASOS , Shades: Tevin Vincent 


5.24.2013

Follow Friday!


If you haven’t noticed yet, there is a new little surprise at the bottom of the blog now!  It is a blog roll.  In short, it’s a collection of some of my favorite blogs, for you guys (or girls)! 
Now before I just throw a bunch of random sites out there I wanted to do a break down of each one to say why it is awesome.  And believe me, each one of these blogs IS awesome!  So take a read and pick out your own favorites!

Without further ado, here they are:

The Gents:

            The Blog: I Am Galla
            The Blogger: Adam Gallagher
            What Makes It Awesome: Adam has done a great job of keeping style realistic for the everyday man.  Mixing casual looks with outfits that are a little dressier, all while keeping a signature California cool.

            The Blog: Stay Classic
            The Blogger: Tim Melideo
            What Makes It Awesome: Usually staying somewhere around business and business-casual attire, Tim has a classic American prep style.  And he is sticking to it (as the name implies)!

            The Blog: Closet Freaks
            The Blogger: Anthony Urbano
            What Makes It Awesome: I think every time I read a post by Anthony, I end up laughing at least once.  Great writing mixed with a great style and photos make this blog a winner.

            The Blog: Scout Sixteen
            The Blogger: Justin Livingston
            What Makes It Awesome:  Also a great writer, Justin always keeps it casual.  His outfits are both creative and functional and he effortlessly merges his Mississippi roots with a New Yorker twist.

            The Blog: One Dapper Street
            The Blogger: Marcel Floruss
            What Makes It Awesome:  Marcel has a modern approach of putting a dapper twist on street style that is refreshing.  It is also to be noted that if you like Marc Jacobs, you will probably like One Dapper Street.


The Ladies:

            The Blog: Sincerely Jules
            The Blogger: Julie Sarinana
            What Makes It Awesome: Julie is the epitome of California style.  Her looks always seem effortless and she has no problem embracing colors and prints.  She has the laid-back , catching rays , fun in the sun look down to a tee.

            The Blog: Wendy’s Lookbook
            The Blogger: Wendy Nguyen
            What Makes It Awesome: Feminine. Glamorous. Modern.  Wendy has an amazing eye for mixing prints and textures and some of her looks truly blow me away.

            The Blog: The Style Visitor
            The Blogger: Anne Britt
            What Makes It Awesome:  Anne has a style that produces just the right amount of rock and roll.  Not to hard and not to soft.  She also creates beautiful collages that contain trends, outfit ideas or just great pictures

            The Blog: Flashes of Style
            The Blogger: Bonnie Barton
            What Makes It Awesome:  I met Bonnie a few months back and she was lovely.  Her vintage style is unmistakable and makes her truly unique.  Plus her posts are short, sweet, and to the point.

            The Blog: Maria L
            The Blogger: Maria Lilius
            What Makes It Awesome: Finnish blogger Maria has a great modern style and she is not afraid of print or color.  She puts basic items together in an amazing way.  It also doesn’t hurt that she is stunning and has legs for days.

What do you think? Do you love them all? Have you found a new daily read? Drop a comment below and let me know!

P.S. – Have a great long weekend!

5.20.2013

Red: The New Blue






Summer is just around the corner, and with it comes the re-introduction of “Summer Blues.”  Shades of blue (especially navy) are usually a staple in any mans wardrobe simply because it is easy to wear.  When summer comes around though, blues become a go-to piece for many men and are even embraced in monochromatic outfits.  Now don’t get me wrong, I am definitely a strong supporter of summer blues (in fact, my closet is probably 2/3 blue), but is summer 2013 destined to be another summer of blue?

Well, maybe not.  If the title of this post is any indication of what this “new” color is, then is goes without saying that red has been on the rise this year.  I am actually surprised that is hasn’t become more popular sooner.  Red is, like blue, a primary color and it can go with many other colors.  Green, blue, gray and brown are just a few examples of the colors that work so well with red.  But don’t just take my advice for it, check out the runway shows of designers like Prada and Paul Smith.

Now in this look, I made a bold move and went monochromatic in red.  I kept the outfit very simple and let the colors talk.  But let me recommend that if you are just discovering red or are just a little more conservative, red makes for a great pop of color in accessories like pocket squares, watches or even socks.  And to break it down even further, it is hard to go wrong when mixing red and blue… just try to avoid looking like the American flag.

So is blue out this upcoming season? Absolutely not, but just keep an eye out on this newcomer and maybe give it a try.  Who knows, it could be your next go-to color.
What do you think?  Will you be wearing red this summer? Let me know in the comments below!

What I have on:
Sweater: J.Crew ,  Shorts: ASOS , Shoes: Generic Surplus , Bracelet: Armani Exchange


5.16.2013

Brand Lookout: Gustin


Photos courtesy of WearGustin.com


The past few months I have been trying to find myself the perfect pair of selvedge denim.  I have looked at many different brands and I think I may have finally found the magic pair.  After checking high-end retailers, they were all priced out of my current budget, even though some of them looked truly amazing.  So as I always do when I’m looking for something of great value for less, I turned towards Kickstarter (I may be slightly obsessed).   And low and behold, I found what I was looking for! 

The brand is Gustin and what makes them truly special, is there business model.  Their products are all crowd sourced.  What that means is that they design a collection of denim, shirts, belts, etc. and the buyers get to decide what is produced.  Each product has a campaign (similar to a kickstarter campaign) where there is a certain amount of days for it to be funded by a certain amount of people.  i.e. a pair of jeans has 15 days to get 50 people to fund it.  If it makes its goal, the product is put into production and shipped to those 50 people.  If the 15 days run out, no one is charged anything.  The one drawback, which also kind of makes it exciting, is that once the 50 people fund it, it closes and no one else can get the product, so you have to act fast if you want something.

Gustin also has six years of experience in the fashion industry and has been perfecting their craft.  They have also been able to build relationships and as proof, their selvedge denim comes from the finest mills all over the world.  But don’t think that means they are produced all over the world.  Gustin is produced locally in San Francisco (Woo America!).

And although all of the above stuff is great, the most impressive feat. to me is their customers reactions.  After reading countless reviews, it seems that Gustin has really been able to perfect the fit of the denim whilst still giving their customers great quality.  I’m glad I found them because now they only question is what color should I buy them in?  Check out the line here.
What do you guys think? Will you be ordering a pair?

5.13.2013

Color-Block Lovin'







The weather over here in Fresno has been wild, changing from 80 degrees to 100 degrees and everything in between!  That’s the difference of a nice spring day compared to a scorching summer day, and it’s times like this where my weather app comes in handy.

The day this was shot, it was in the mid to high eighties so I kept it classic with a par of chinos, a short sleeve button down and boat shoes.  If you are keeping an outfit simple (especially in summer when it gets too hot to layer), it is a good time to wear a bright or bold shirt or your favorite pair of statement pants.  I obviously went with a bold color-blocked shirt that helped make the outfit more interesting.
What do you guys think? Do you have a favorite statement piece this season?
  
What I have on:
Shirt: Topman , Pants: Hurley , Glasses: ASOS , Shoes: Bed|Stu , Bracelets: H&M


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5.11.2013

Wool & Prince


Image courtesy of woolandprince.com


If you haven’t heard yet, there is something incredible happening in the evolution of the button down shirt. 

It started with a problem: button down shirts don’t last very long because of constant washing to eliminate odor and wrinkles that accumulate after one or two wears.  Then came the model for success: jeans. Guys love jeans because you can wear them multiple times with out having to wash them.  So the question was how do you make a shirt counterpart?  The solution: wool, and not just grandpa sweater wool that itches and irritates, fine wool that feels like cotton.  Genius.

Wool was the perfect solution due to its natural anti-wrinkle and odor-fighting properties.  Wool also has the ability to last six times longer than cotton. And Wool&Prince were able to recognize this, and design the next step in button downs.

Fast-Forward over the 100-day field test (yes, he wore the same wool shirt for 100 days straight) and you’ll understand why they have blown up in such a short amount of time.  In Fact, they are actually sold out of their shirts at the moment! But no worries, you can join a waiting list if you are still interested in getting one of these super shirts.

Check out Wool&Prince here.

5.08.2013

Spring Plaid








Something about breezy spring days make me want to take long walks with no destination and nowhere to be.  Unfortunately that never happens, but I was still able to step outside for a bit and enjoy the beautiful weather.  This weather calls for jeans (leg roll optional) and a lightweight button down and you will be pretty much ready for any occasion.
The key to staying fashionable during the warmer spring and summer months is accessorizing and making sure your styling is on point.  Shoes are debatably the most important part of your outfit and can instantly change your entire look.  Once you have your shoes, feel free to add bracelets, rings, watches, necklaces and hats, just make sure they don’t blow away!
What do you think? What is your favorite thing about spring?

What I have on:
Shirt: J. Crew , Pants: H&M , Shoes: John Varvatos , Watch: Nooka , Hat: Target , Necklace: ASOS

5.03.2013

Casual Friday in Denim







Oh how I love Fridays! I get a chance to unbutton my shirt and throw on my favorite sneakers.  I have actually noticed that a large portion of my closet is occupied by button up shirts, which is awesome for workdays, but I have also noticed that my t-shirt selection is slim.  So I’m putting it on my to-do list to acquire a few more, well fitting, t-shirts.  One of the best things about t-shirts is that you can layer them under a shirt (best of both worlds) as I did.
To emphasize the casualness of the look I threw my favorite denim shirt over a tee and paired it with black jeans and some hi-tops.  FYI: if you haven’t invested in some sort of denim for your top half (jacket, vest, shirt), now is the time to do it.  Denim is a great fabric for summer and spring.  And if you’re able to find a good quality denim piece, you’ll be able to break it in and make it one of a kind.
Well that’s all I have for you guys today, hope you have a great Friday!
And happy shopping!

What I have on:
Shirt: Stapleford (Urban Outfitters), T-Shirt: Forever 21 , Jeans: Rock & Republic , Shoes: Puma , Watch: Titanium (Nordstrom)


5.02.2013

Smooth Seas

Quick little update: I have had a rather busy week.  Lots of moving and packing and unpacking and overall just a lot of stuff going on. And I just wanted to drop a little hint, a new look is coming tomorrow! So check back!  And don't forget…"A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor."