The September Issue: In Mid October

Summer is officially over. Fall has entered the room. Bringing with it everything from crisp morning air, foliage and most importantly fashion. Fall is actually a really fun season to dress up and play around with different trends.

gary erica chair watermark editedGREY: An alternative to black, this color never goes out of style. Grey really is unique in the sense that it can take you from day to evening without ever having to change. Grey is a dominant color this fall/winter season but KNOWING how to wear it will set you apart from everyone else.

A white shirt and black tie create a super clean and classic look. You can also opt for fun colors like lilac or powder blue to deflect hues.

It’s in the accessories. Whether it be a fun patterned tie or a pocket square you’ve found a way to bring your grey to life. Stay in the same shade family within a few shades but leave the shirt the lightest.

0C9A7683COATS: It’s a personal thing, knowing which coat works best for you. Stay classic and wear a Pea Coat or a Topcoat. Simple with style. Add a little spice to your sweatpants when running to the store or keep it formal with a suit.

Marc Woods 2CAMOUFLAGE: One would think that this pattern is especially hard to pair with clothing but in fact camouflage is a nice subtle addition to any closet. Stick to one type of camouflage. Whether its traditional army or a floral, keep it to one pattern. Accessories, wallets, etc., are great ways to add small doses of this print into to your wardrobe.

These are just a few ways to get yourself ready for fall. It’s not set in stone because good style is about what works for you!

Credits

Wardrobe: Frank & Oak, Lord & Taylor, Ministry of Supply & 9Tailors

Models: Erica Snow, Gary Croteau, Marc,

Hair: Kerri Marland

Styling: Catherine Lynch & Andrae Brashear

Photography: Catherine Lynch

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Confessions of a Shopaholic: ALANGOO.com

I feel this really calm feeling when I go to ALANGOO.com and I think you will like the pieces. If you're looking for unique, hand-made underground designers with Persian, Middle-Eastern and Central Asian backgrounds and show that in their work, you've come to the right place.

There’s everything from throw pillows for around the house to intricately detailed scarves. There’s clothing for men(I  already have my eye on a few pieces), women and children. Before, I go to anything further, I really can’t decide though:

The Vest?
The Vest by Souri Yazdan                                          or                   Hand Tailored Jacket by Souri Yazdan           

The jewelry is handmade too!

Power Outlet Bronze Ring by Farish
                                                              Power Outlet Bronze Ring by Farish                                                                                   

So before you start your day, I want you to take a look at ALANGOO.com and let me know what is it you like on there. I’m definitely a fan of the gorgeous AtoOs Collect brand on there. The shawls are absolutely stunning and I checked the designer’s profile out, she’s Houston based. I have support fellow people from Houston!

Enjoy your day!

TECHNOBOHEMIAN?

The definition of Technobohemian courtesy  of John Malkovich
 Technobohemian courtesy of John Malkovich

I’m not sure how I missed this one since I visit yoox.com almost every other day. One of my favorite sites for clothing, especially since they have some of the most amazing sales known  is to man. I went click on the “Socialize” section of yoox.com and came across John Malkovich’s clothing line “Technobohemian” as the first section.

I like to think of myself as somewhat relevant, how did I miss this? I never knew Malkovich even had a clothing line the first time back in the early 2000s. Let alone this. It’s actually really an interesting concept. Inspired by what he calls a “New-Millenium Bohemian” playing on the cosmopolitan yet very technological culture that we live in today.

Taking a keen interest on the entire process, Malkovich is involved from the sketching to fabric selections, where paying attention to quality and the “expression” conveyed.

I actually never knew Malkovich to be such a fashionisto. However, designing clothing is just another form of expression. It’s a really cool collection, that I’m enamored with.

Technobohemian

 

Shopaholics Anonymous

Do What You Have To Do To Stay Sane, Right?
Do What You Have To Do To Stay Sane, Right?

Honestly, shopping is an art form. There I said it! Shopping is fun. Tt’s reduces my stress levels and I literally could do it for hours on end. I mean hours. Which is why I belong to the Shopaholics Anonymous support group. That being said, I’ve been searching for menswear that doesn’t make me look stumpy. Being 5’8, ok the truth is I’m probably more like *cough 5’6” cough* I do not want to look stumpy. A lot of menswear does that because I have a big posterior. I’ve come to embrace it and that’s all that matters. However, back to the story…….

The greatest stories in the world start out with “One day on Facebook…” but no really, I was looking in the sidebar area and saw an ad for Cladwell. I don’t do it that much because I hate dress shirts but i love going online and creating a shirt with the color that I like, very Vivienne Westwood stand up collars. So I thought Cladwell would be something sort of similar.

Cladwell: They've Got The Clothes
Cladwell: They’ve Got The Clothes

3 simple steps to get started with Cladwell

  • Complete the survey, which basically is giving them a general idea of who you are. Things like the environment you live in, body type, lifestyle, etc.
  • Instead of having you waste money on items you don’t really need, they urge you to check to see what it is that you REALLY need.
  • Recommendations customized to your wants anytime that you want it. 3 options based off of the price you give them

My experience was really good. I was kind of bummed when I saw that they didn’t actually send you clothing but I think that I like the idea of being able to see automatically it is that they recommend.

I have to say that I was really impressed that the owner of the company saw that I hadn’t activated my account just yet, no particular reason just procrastination but he emailed me and started asking me my opinions. I thought that was really nice to be able to give some feedback. It definitely seemed like it was greatly appreciated. Only $6.99 a month, it’s actually a great deal. Highly recommended for men that know what they want but don’t really know how to put it together for themselves.

www.cladwell.com

Dre

Trunk Club Men’s Outfitters: My Experience

Trunk Club Package
Trunk Club Package

Most men are not great at shopping let’s be real. Brian Spaly, founder of Bonobos, started Trunk Club in 2008 as a way of helping men shop for things that they like without having to actually shop. Guys do like to look good without the fuss of having to shop unless you are like myself who actually enjoys shopping.

What Trunk Club Can Do:

  • You receive a personal stylist who actually works directly with you to select clothing for you
  • Try everything for free for 10 days. Keep what you want. Send the rest back. They will charge your card afterwards
  • High quality selections based on your choices
  • Free shipping both ways

What You Have To Do:

  • Complete a profile and choose from the selections
  • Click on the looks that you are most likely to wear
  • Let them know where you’re now shopping
  • Give them your measurements
  • Fill out the account information

After that happens, you sit back and wait for your personal stylist to give you a call to discuss some last minute things.

There are many stores that offer similar services such as this one, I tried this one because I saw it on a Facebook ad and decided to check it out. I always check out those ads. I liked the clothing. However, I wish that I had a better personal stylist.

Erin(the stylist) called and it caught me off guard because I had signed up a few weeks earlier. We went over things and I didn’t get a real sense that she wanted to help me because of my honest answers. I told her my style and what I liked and what I was looking for. I felt a sense of “standoffish behavior” and that she just was kind of mean. We all have bad days, so I didn’t take it for too much but by the end of the day I felt that we hadn’t connected. I felt like I wasn’t going to even receive my trunk.

A few days went by and I hadn’t received a confirmation email to let me know my trunk was on the way. I actually called and spoke with another stylist who super friendly. I ended up asking her if I could be assigned to her but found out that was something that I needed to discuss with Erin.

I received my trunk and too my surprise. It was ok. Nothing special like I thought. I appreciated the hand-written note. Unfortunately, I cannot find the pictures(Samsung Note 2, I miss you). Overall, I like the concept, the clothes, however the customer service is lacking. I would try it again but I would want a different stylist since we just weren’t able to connect. Try it for yourself……

Check It Out Here!

Dre

Ultimate Goal:A Closet Full of Wedge Sneakers

How I feel
How I feel

Cleaning out my closet and looking through my stuff to get ready to give to donation centers.I actually never give clothes away,I just throw them away.I thought this time, I’m going to donate clothes. Which is a great idea and theory but it never ends up happening to plan because as soon I put something in a bag, I take it out and think, well I want this. I realize how many pairs of shoes or how much I need to go shopping(at least in my head that’s what I think)

So looking through my shoes, I realized that I will forever and always own just way too many shoes. However, in my closet I still don’t have those Cinzia Araia Rabbit sneakers that I desperately wanted.All that was in my closet that was a reminder of what could have been the most beautiful shoe union between a man and shoes was Jeffrey Campbell wedge sneakers that have spikes…and I got my mom a matching pair.

Marc Jacobs Fall 2013
Marc Jacobs Fall 2013

Although, I did notice while looking online to see if I could find a men’s version of Cinzia Araia’s, that the new wedge sneaker game for the fall 2013 season is beyond SICK! I mean from Jeffrey Campbell, Ruthie Davis, Marc Jacobs and Giuseppe Zanotti,the game this season is slaaaaaaying.

Giuseppe Zanotti Fall 2013
Giuseppe Zanotti Fall 2013

Hmm? What should I invest in next. Take a look and let me know what you think?

Ruthie Davis Fall 2013
Ruthie Davis Fall 2013

I will always love you Cinzia Araia……it just was not to meant to be

I Don’t Do Fashion, I Am Fashion……

“What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially these days, when humans come into contacts so quick. Fashion is an instant language”-Miuccia Prada

To me one of the greatest aspects about fashion is footwear. I absolutely love shoes. I’ve had some really awesome shoes too! I actually enjoy sneakers more in all honesty, I find that with my height and personality I can dress a sneaker up or dress it down. They always give me a little flair and pizzaz to my otherwise monotone wardrobe. Lately, I’ve become obsessed with Cinzia Araia and even wrote about the brand for a marketing project for school…..however, there is very little information that can be  found!

Philipp Plein Sneaker
Philipp Plein Sneaker

It happened that I was  on the site www.luisaviaroma.com and decided to take a look at sneakers that is where I discovered Philipp Plein. German born, Swiss based Plein, has had this company that designs for both men and women for over 10 years.Surprising, exclusive, luxurious is the brand in which was created using high quality materials to create a feeling of Rock ‘n’ Roll and high-end luxury combined. A luxury splurge in fact it is with most sneakers starting at around $740 and up. These pieces are definitely going to bring the shock and awe factor when entering your credit card numbers.

Ed Westwick For Philipp Plein FW 13 Campaign
Ed Westwick For Philipp Plein

Also designing clothing, last year he made headlines when famed transsexual model Lea T. opened and closed his women’s fashion show. In the headlines again recently after his recent show in Milan, in which models were toting around military guns and he opened with Ed Westwick from The CW‘s Gossip Girl!

Gienchi: The Statement Because It Is
Gienchi: The Statement Because It Is

As much as it looks like you could Do-It-Yourself, you wouldn’t be able to recreate it. Making a flashy, yet very chic appearance into the fashion forum Gienchi shoes have already made their debut in high-end magazines such s Vogue and have become the accessory to have among fashionistas and celebrities. Looking at these shoes you have to wonder, the person that could put these on and feel empowered.Almost all the shoes incorporate the usage of studs and if they are lacking that, they have pizazz with a great color! The Gienchi wearer is one that is unapologetic, bold, edgy and doesn’t do well without being the center of attention. Gienchi for the individual that is dedicated to preserving their flashy attitude and being really fabulous! “Girl, You Better Slay!”

The High Shield by Camilla Skovgaard
The High Shield by Camilla Skovgaard

Which brings us to Camilla Skovgaard, who designs impeccable women’s footwear to begin with but these sneakers are absolutely amazing. Futuristic yet minimal at the same time, this hot little ticket right here would probably be fierce with skin-tight cigarette pants or shorts with an oversized boyfriend sweater for a cool summer day.

 

Originally $1259Now $259
Originally $1259
Now $259

I was actually browsing ln-cc.com and found this awesome pair of snake-skin Skovgaards for about $259 with the original price tag being $1259! What a great deal!

I think these would be great a shoe for next season as well. I love the shark-like effect  that Camilla created on the bottom of her pieces as well. It is probably extremely comfortable for walking as well. Girls, GET THIS SHOE!!! I just can’t stress it enough. Amazing!

I love all the concepts behind the shoes and the ones that I could see myself wearing would actually be the Skovgaard sneakers as well as the Gienchi. Those are up my alley and Gienchi just scream “LOOK AT ME!”

Dre

If you would like to buy or see other brands the links are below for you to click away:

www.yoox.com                                                                           http://camillaskovgaard.com

www.philipp-plein.com                                                                       www.luisaviaroma.com

www.gienchi.com                                                                                           www.ln-cc.com

It Was Meant To Be, You Were Meant For Me…..

So That Means We Gotta Make It Work

Wrapped High Top Sneaker aka Rabbit
Wrapped High Top Sneaker aka Rabbit from CA by Cinzia

Everybody that knows me knows that I am a freak for shoes. I love shoes because of the way that can transform the outfit that a person is wearing and allow that user to stand out or blend into the crowd. I believe in standing out with my footwear and basing my outfits off my footwear. It’s easier than having to plan the outfit and then having to worry about the shoes. Start from the bottom up, am I right?

Anyways, in a earlier blog I had written about this interesting luxurious but casual sneaker that I saw on Barneys.com . To recap what the details that were mentioned, the parent brand is Cinzia Araia and this was her offshoot brand CA by Cinzia Araia. Which is the more street wear inspired footwear line and at a bit lower of a prince point then the parent Cinzia Araia. This shoe is just amazing and in doing research for my marketing class about the brand, I learned a lot about the shoe and the concept and not just adding this too my closet.

Cinzia Araia started in 2010 and in 2011 introduced us to CA by Cinzia Araia. With this new label underneath her still new label, she developed the Wrapped High Top Sneaker.

Wrapped High Top Sneaker in Black
Wrapped High Top Sneaker in Black

The really amazing thing that keeps drawing me back to these shoes are how versatile they are. You can always be funky fresh dressed ready to party or you can wear it a little more rock star subtle. Perfect for the office fashionista who is afraid to really be edgy but still right for the mom picking up her kids from school. By the way, did I mention that they are actually unisex so for the metrosexual who is feeling comfortable in his sexuality he can purchase a pair and look ever so good! This particular style runs from about $315-$345 depending on what site you buy from.

So the reason the particular style of sneakers is also known as The Rabbit is because of the long laces that are inspired by the ears of a rabbit. The laces are long because it gives the wearer the ability to create a few different looks. Another amazing thing was that Cinzia had her shoes internationally patented so that particular model type can become synonymous with her brand as her signature piece. Smart thinking from a wise gal!

I mentioned a little earlier about the cost of the shoes, however, Yoox.com has other CA by Cinzia shoes on their website. Worth a shot to see if you like something else. They have a pair of The Rabbits from the fall in a size 10 for about $98!!! WHAT A STEAL!!!

I really cannot wait to search a little more and find a pair. I say search a little more because I’m terribly indecisive when it comes to things like that and have to analyze every little detail. Goodness Gracious Golly Me, What Am I Going To Do With Myself?”

 

Where To Purchase:

www.cinziaaraia.com

www.barneys.com

www.yoox.com

www.luisaviaroma.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paub1Jm35v0

 

Silver White Winters That Melt Into Spring……

Holiday Parties
All Eyez On Us We Took The Night

Tis the season to get out and enjoy that holiday party honey! I truly must say the holidays are a great time of year when you can get together and enjoy it with friends as well as family. Here’s a quote for you: “Ain’t No Party Like  A Holiday Party Cause A Holiday Party Don’t Stop!”  

Every year I dread the holiday parties, I dread the constant back and forth and let’s be cheerful and merry. I just don’t want to go, BLECH. I had fun at last years holiday party and maybe because I noticed a lot of growth in myself this year but this year was even more fun! The night before I went to a holiday party which was just as crazy, arguing with a drag queen, an Irish girl, and some other chick, turns out that was rather interesting. Naturally, I won the music choice.

So the holiday party was on the Odyssey Boat Cruises, which I’ve taken before in the past and it was fun. The music eh but it’s really hard to keep me actually happy to music because I find that a lot of DJs’s are inconsistent. Like my IPOD makes me happy because I choose the music but regardless this isn’t about the music.

Naturally, of course, we all wanted to go out dancing afterwards. Well, if you know me, you know that any chance I get I can I would love to make an outfit change of some sorts. Well not tonight, the only thing I wanted to change my shoes because everything else was perfect from the salon holiday party but for the nightclub, had to change shoes. Say Hello To My Friend:

Studdin' On 'Em
Studdin’ On ‘Em

I saw these shoes and said “Oh My God!” tried them on and they were a little tight but that’s ok….you can stretch a shoe, right? They are pretty fierce though I must say. It’s a high maintenance shoe but at the same time it’s simple.

If there is one trend that everyone should fall into in my honest opinion is the studded trend. So amazing all the things that you can do with them. There’s a brand that I follow based out of NYC called “Stud Muffin” it’s really amazing, how they take studs and make even sweatpants look good!!

Then again time to get back to the story at hand which is…that I love this time of year. It’s a time to be with those that you love, those that you hate and share and make memories. There is always too little time and too many parties to go to but that’s the fabulousness of it all. It’s like summer in New England, ya know.

Christmas is here sooner than we are going to realize. Hope you all have a safe and happy rest of your holiday season.

WHAT AM I WEARING?

www.stevemadden.com Sacrifice Studded Ankle Boots

www.bobblesandlace.com Flying Monkey Silver Print Pants (AMAZING by the way) and the clutch

www.rescueboston.com Vintage Red Christian Dior Blazer (very helpful staff as well)