Oh em gee. It’s been a long, LONG time you guys. How have you been?? I’ve missed you.
I didn’t make any big public proclamation about it but I decided a year ago to take a break. I walked away from Champagne & Chivalry and from social media altogether. Besides the odd post here and there, I really didn’t use Instagram or C&C at all.
I debated whether or not to give it up forever or to just get some distance to recalibrate.
I’ll spare you all the gory details – but at its simplest, C&C is a creative outlet that I cherish. It’s a platform on which I can curate very personal content. It’s an amazing way to connect with total strangers across the globe who share similar interests. It’s also been an incredible way to discover new menswear, grooming, alcohol and entertainment brands that I may have never otherwise given a second look.
The tough part is to balance all of these. Whenever I felt my own annoying voice, the opinions of others, or the influence of a brand-sponsored post outweigh and overpower the others… well, I started to feel icky; Not true to myself.
As you can see, it took me a full year and some soul searching but ultimately I decided to return :)
So I’m back – hopefully new and improved.
Hope you all have a lovely 4th of July weekend.
Lots of love,
Say what you will about his tirades and life choices, but there’s a reason why Kanye is such a tastemaker.
Dude’s got some style savvy.
His past two Yeezy collections have been brilliant and “season 3” is no different.
Did I just call Yeezy’s baggy sweatshirts and borderline hobo-chic aesthetic BRILLIANT??
And here’s why: It’s simple. He has a neutral color palette with lots of monochromatic combinations. Putting things together is a no brainer. There’s no fuss. It’s classic American sportswear with a high fashion undertone without coming off as pretentious or overly stylized.
You’re going to beg to differ with me about that pretentious point when you see the price tags for torn up ribbed sweaters and basic hoodies.
But what I mean is that you can essentially pull these looks off without actually shelling out the dough. Update your color palate, try some monochromatic looks, and you’ll look like you just walked off the runway… but without dealing with the insane rules Kanye imposes on his models.
Go for camel, army green, grey, beige.
Go for slouchy fit tops.
Go for monochromatic.
It’s been an incredible start to 2016. I do this blog as a fun, creative outlet so from time to time I need to step away to focus on other life stuff.
I manage advertising solutions at Hulu by day (hi, work friends!) and the past few weeks have been insane-o drano. Long days and longer nights – and weekend duty. But that’s how I can afford my shopping habit ;)
Fitness Game Strong
I’m back in the gym with the goal of gaining 20 lbs of muscle by my birthday in April – which means three nights a week I’m getting ripped a new one and then racing home to devour enough calories to make Michael Phelps squirm.
So that leaves me with about 5 minutes a week, laying in bed with my eyes half shut, to squeeze out a few coherent thoughts and edit some photos.
Life’s about balance and I know I need to find more time for my creative outlet.
For now, thanks for checking in on me. I promise I’m still on Instagram while riding the elevator, waiting in line for lunch, or sitting on a conference call.
And with that – I leave you with my tip o’ the day: SHEARLING (Asos) SHEARLING (Nordstrom) SHEARLING (Coach)
It’s been big this year and I think it’s going to be around for a little while. Get a sweet shearling coat to cozy up in – like this one I snagged from Asos.
New Year’s Eve is just around the corner so you know what that means. Yep. All the usual “new year, new you” nonsense and people packing the gym for the next few weeks.
I’m still enjoying the all-you-can-eat lifestyle I enjoy so much around the holidays so there simply isn’t time to think about fitness quite yet.
But I am thinking about what I’m going to wear on New Year’s Eve!
I’m going with a dark navy velvet dinner jacket with an open collar shirt and some rad new cuff links that my brother and his girlfriend got me for Christmas. We’re doing a semi-fancy dinner out and then some drinks and games back at home. I think this is just the right level of dressy for dinner and then taking off my jacket and rolling up my sleeves will bring me into 2016 in comfort.
Do you have your NYE plans sorted out yet? Not that I should add to the hysteria of finding NYE plans. Honestly there’s so much pressure to make it an amazing night – but really I think as long as you’re with people you love, you can’t go wrong.
Happy New Year!!
Leave your Christmas shopping until the last minute?
Great minds :)
But also – I’ve barely had time to brush my teeth these past few weeks. Who has the time to shop for thoughtful gifts to bestow on all your loved ones??
(Before we move on – don’t worry, I always find time to brush my teeth.)
An easy ‘go to’ gift for every guy is a new work bag.
Think about it – most guys use some kind of bag to go to and from work. But those gentlemen also probably don’t put much thought into their bag. Do most of the guys you know use some old messenger bag they’ve had since college? Or even worse – a backpack? Or even worse – a free backpack they got as a gift with purchase?
If so, get them something respectable and stylish! Think about their job and what they do after work. If they’re in a very polished, white collar job – go higher end. If they hit up the gym after work – get them something with some extra room for shoes, clothes, etc. You get it.
A new bag is something they probably wouldn’t get for themselves but it’s also something they’ll use every day.
messenger bag – Boconi
bracelets – Alex and Ani
chelsea boots – similar (Asos)