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style journal // austin transformation.

Posted on April 5th, 2015

My wardrobe for 75 degrees isn’t the only thing that has gone through a drastic change while in Austin [bring on the t-shirts, spring jackets and bare ankles!]. Though not surrounded by the concrete jungle, I still felt right at home on South Congress and even in downtown, where ‘high rise’ buildings for offices, hotels and housing are constantly in development. In between panels and meetings, I got a chance to check out a few stores, cafes and restaurants outside of the Convention Center path.

[[ wearing Ray-Ban sunglasses // Maison Kitsuné satin bomber jacket, navy version available on MR PORTER // Burberry white denim, similar on ASOS // adidas Stan Smith sneakers ]]

Juiceland to start your day off right [just like I do in NYC] or with breakfast tacos from Veracruz All Natural or Tacodeli [since you are in Austin], ESK for street/Thai food, Barley Swine for bites and beer, Uchiko or Musashino Sushi [can’t wait for Otoko, Paul Qui].

Missing Austin already. Maybe I’ll head back for the SFC Chef Series: Spring Bounty, Austin Food and Wine Festival or Annual Crawfish Boil. More shopping and fun spots to come.

style journal // #sxstyle.

Posted on March 31st, 2015

SXSW has come and gone and it was a complete blur. There was so much packed into a handful of days, and just as it was productive and motivating, it was equally exhausting. From panel to meeting to brand activation to more of the same, it was the jump start I needed to get a head start on spring and the joys that the highly anticipated season brings. Austin and the 75 degree weather was a welcome feeling, and I would do it all again [maybe not right away].

My Acne shorts, which V likens to basketball shorts, were perfect for the weather and for SXSW, where guys kind of try, but not hard enough. I have to say, SXSW was overall more stylish than last year. Step up the game, SXSW 2016!

[[ wearing tomorrowland bomber jacket, similar from river island/asos // shorts by acne studios, similar from AQ/AQ // white t // coach lizard slip-ons, similar from vans ]]

style journal // owning it.

Posted on February 5th, 2015

There’s no other feeling like stomping down the streets of NYC to Beyoncé, wearing a [faux] fur coat and in Saint Laurent boots. Seriously. Own it.

When people think about men in fur, the first two  that come to mind are gangster/mafia/Liberace or hip hop rapper [Snoop, Diddy, 50 Cent, Rick Ross, etc.]. PharrellKanye West, and the slew of designers that made this F/W15 runways a fur-filled one [Cavalli, Fendi + the Fendi fur atelier], Saint Laurent, Hermes] are changing the perception of who can wear it and how. And by writing about this, I’m not supporting real fur, but highlighting a movement in the menswear space. Now how to bring those styles in faux.. I have a whole season to brainstorm!

I found this faux beauty while in London and at $40, how could I not stuff my luggage to the brim to bring it home? The length, the look and feel, the Bordeaux lining are all perfect, but the best is the vibe – part 70s/80s, part Saint Laurent, part Upper East Side. Eight UES women passed by wearing similar coats, except mine was a faux bargain.



[[ vintage faux fur: beyond retro // cashmere turtleneck: theory // jeans: blk dnm //  boots: saint laurent // sunglasses: saint laurent ]]

style journal // turtleneck.

Posted on January 6th, 2015

The turtleneck is a favorite cold weather piece as it comes in all different forms, from thin and slim merino to luxe cashmere to chunky, oversized armor-like knits [like this Michael Kors one] that protects from the elements. London weather was a bit erratic though overall pleasant compared to the usual gloomy, rainy reputation. I took three turtlenecks on the trip whiched helped me survive a bitter cold Airbnb, fairly ‘mild’ winter days and some on and off drizzle.

Are you a fan of turtlenecks?

[[ outside The Wolesley before high tea ]]

style journal // marfa art.

Posted on December 25th, 2014

Marfa is full of art, ranging from Donald Judd’s studio [which houses his Matisse collection] to Cobb House, Whyte Building, The Print Building, The Chinati Foundation to smaller galleries including Greasewood, Arber & Sons, Ayn Foundation, Ballroom Marfa, Marfa Contemporary and Mary Etherington Gallery. It would have taken at least another two to three days to explore all that Marfa has to offer.. all the more reason to visit again.

Rick Owens is a master at his craft, which explains his loyal following. This black coat is a cashmere dream and perfect for the 70 degree to 30 degree temperature drop, keeping me warm but not hot during the day.

[[ coat: Rick Owens, similar here // t-shirt: James Perse, similar Vince here //  pants: theory, similar here // sneakers: Coach, similar Vans here //  sunglasses: Saint Laurent aviators // photo by OC Mamahalin ]]