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Like Kanye Loves Kanye

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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??

I did.

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.

~j

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Where Have I Been?

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Good question!

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.

For instance…

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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 ;)

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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.

~j

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No More Mean Muggin’

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I swear I’m not a cynic. I like long walks on the beach and babies who giggle and happy endings in movies. But at this point in my life I think I’ve been around the block enough times to distinguish between optimism and fantasy.

For example, I totally applaud all of the fitness fanatics that are reborn every January. But the realist in me knows that their “new year, new you” intentions will soon fade.

Is that an asshole-y thing to think??

It’s not that I doubt their desire to improve. I applaud that! I just think it’s funny that the gym is PACKED in January but when the month closes out… I can finally find room at the squat rack.

So here’s hoping that 2016 is different and all those renewed fitness goals have some longevity.

But for those of you among us (like me) who also enjoy some attainable and easy new year makeover goals – how about givin’ that mug of yours some love!

I loooooove love love laugh lines and crows feet. I think they show the world that you live a life of laughter and contentment. But let’s not take it too far and end up looking like the Marlboro man!

I snagged these cool firming eye gels on Amazon and they’re fantastic to throw on after a long day at work. After about 10 minutes I definitely notice those little lines and dark bags under my eyes fading into a firmer, tighter situation.

This isn’t an endorsed post – just me sharing a little tip from me to you ;)

~j

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Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide: Everyday Essential

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Leave your Christmas shopping until the last minute?

Me too!

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.

Happy holidays!

~j

The Essentials:
messenger bag – Boconi
bracelets – Alex and Ani
chelsea boots – similar (Asos)

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My Issue With Statement Sweaters

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I’m still riding the high of a nice long vacation but now that I’m back stateside I’ve had a chance to appreciate the adventure with a little perspective.

We live in a crazy world and there’s plenty of heartbreak in the headlines on a daily, nay, hourly basis.

I don’t know what tomorrow might bring but today I’m doing what makes me happy – which includes some travel reflection and some quirky styling. And I hope looking at this irresistible quail sweater and that HUGE buddha will bring you some small shred of inspiration.

Don’t you just want to rub his big belly??

This guy lives in Kamakura, Japan at the Kōtoku-in temple. He was cast in 1252 and has survived several typhoons and tidal waves, many of which destroyed huge sections of the surrounding town in the 14th and 15th centuries.

But I digress.

The point of my post today is that I have an enduring love / hate relationship with statement sweaters. By ‘statement sweater’ I mean one which has such a unique quality about it that it makes a bold statement the first time you wear it; for instance, eliciting a response such as, “OH MY GOD LOOK AT THOSE CUTE BIRDS I LOVE THEM SO MUCH!”

That’s pretty memorable.

But there’s the double edged sword! It leaves such an impression that the second time you wear it you’re just the guy who’s wearing that cute bird sweater again… jeez doesn’t he have any other sweaters? Didn’t he just wear that?

So let this be a cautionary tale. Buy that statement sweater because you know it will make people smile and you’ll love it. But don’t spend a fortune because you also know that you’ll probably never wear it again.

~j

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