Monthly Archives: December 2013

Hello Gorgeous

As I bid farewell to yet another year, I look forward to what the new one has in-store for me.  Every year I set goals for myself to achieve, and this year I’ve decided to push the bar even higher.  I can’t wait to let you in on all the new partnerships and collaborations that are happening in 2014.   I’m also excited to be expanding the blog with new features showcasing lots more photos and cool videos, via the styleTV channel.

With that said, as I look back upon the last 365 days, I’m grateful for all the love and support that has been shown to me throughout the year.  Your likes, tweets and comments have not gone unnoticed.  To those who continue to do so on a daily basis, I greatly appreciate your loyalty in support of my work.  Keep them coming!

Hat: Banana Republic, Coat: Hart Schaffner Marx (Vintage), T-shirt: Alternative apparel, Denim: J-Brand, Backpack: Appalatch, High-tops: Salvatore Ferragamo, Sunglasses: Ray-ban, Watch: Valentino

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#Mylatestobsession-Patsy’s Hand Poured Pomade

Whenever I’m upstate, I stop by Patsy’s Barber Shop to get my hair cut by Joey.  A couple months ago, he introduced me to a new product I’ve become obsessed with.  Guys, if you’ve been looking for the perfect pomade-i give you Patsy’s Hand Poured Pomade. It’s heavy duty hold (about a 75 weight), will keep your do looking fresh all day long.  If you don’t believe me, just take a look my own hair.

With that said, along with their pomade, they’ve recently launched an affordable line of hair & skincare products.  To learn more-click here!

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Style Diary: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

With the chaos of the holidays in full swing, it’s nice to finally take a little time to unwind.  Whether it’s sleeping in late, going back for seconds, or simply spending a little more one-on-one time with the boys (my nephews), the key word for the past couple days has been to overindulge.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t happen that often the other 11 months out of the year due to my professional life taking up much of my time.  However, it seems as if my hard work has paid off making it to Santa’s nice list.  We usually exchange Christmas Eve, rather than Christmas morning.  This year was was no different and I was lucky to find some pretty chic gifts under the tree with MY name on them.  I decided to document the evening with some cool shots taken by my new Canon Rebel T3 in the latest “Style Diary” feature.

Glasses: Warby Parker, Shirt: Van’s (OTW Collection), Pants: Docker’s, Brogues: Cole Haan, Sunglasses: Ray-Ban
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Happy holidays!

I wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a joyous holiday season. I’m fortunate to have been able meet and work with a lot of talented individuals throughout the year.  Thank you for all the love and support you continue to give CTMA, Stylesource and styleTV on a daily basis.  I’m looking forward to what the new year has in store.  Keeping checking back to learn about new trends, designers, tips, collaborations, partnerships, and anything fashion related.  Also, don’t forget to like us or follow us on Facebook & Twitter!

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Last-Minute #Fashion4good Gift Guide

If you’re like me and are guilty of waiting till Christmas Eve to cross off items from friends & family wish-lists, then consider yourself a last-minute shopper.  Dashing through the stores with a Starbuck’s in one hand, the final race to get things done is upon us, and most likely your not laughing but crying all the way. To help turn that frown upside down, I’ve decided to put together a last-minute guide showcasing some of my favorite items by designers and brands that are giving back in a big way.  From the glasses by Warby Parker, to the shoes by Parcel & Journey, every single piece within my look was designed to make a difference. Whether it’s perserving craftsmanship right here in the US, or promoting it within impoverished communities globally, it’s the perfect gift that continues to give long after the holiday season.

The glasses I’m sporting were designed by eyewear brand Warby Parker.  Founded only a couple years ago, they already are changing the way see things.  This summer, they hit a milestone of distributing 500,000 pairs of glasses to those in need.  Their “Buy a pair, give a pair” concept is quickly becoming one that many are looking to imitate.

The scarf and shoes were created by Parcel & Journey.  Recently launched, this new website has created an online shopping experience that reflects the rich colors, patterns, scents, and textures of tradition while introducing you to the hands and heritage behind the work.  A process that is honored by a “trade not aid” philosophy; giving skilled artisans a chance to earn a sustainable income and provide a better life for themselves and their families.  Creator, Joanna Steinberg, has made a decision to build something that would improve the lives of artisans around the world through micro-finance and craft revival, while at the same time sharing with you the history and tradition that these crafts represent.

The dress shirt underneath by sweater was designed by Mizzen + Main.  Along with keeping production here in the US, their program “A Shirt for A Start” was created to aid in giving selected servicemen and women the opportunity to work and learn new skills through internships and jobs within their organization.  They will pay them while they develop entrepreneurial experience, industry connections, and a better understanding.  As they grow as a company, they will offer these vets more than a start.  They will offer an opportunity to join them in design, logistics, communications, engineering, and other key departments – on a full-time basis.  They will also connect them into our networks for continued career development and networking opportunities.

The sweater and backpack were designed by outdoor apparel company Appalatch.  Priding themselves on being ethically-driven, they’ve created the first 3-D wool sweater, available to the masses, which allows for virtually zero waste and the perfect fit.  Also, entirely made here in the US, Appalatch’s mission is to design, manufacture, and sell clothing and accessories that honor the people they work with, the environment that produces their materials, and the customers who support the brand.

The denim I’m wearing, I recently discovered at Brooklyn Denim Company right here in Williamsburg.  The entire process is produced in the US using cone mill denim.

The timepiece on my wrist was designed by WEWOOD.  Being eco-smart, the wooden watches are made from mostly scrap-wood and uses state-of-the-art Miyota movements for the guts, a hybrid of technology and nature resulting in a unique watch that’s handsome and earth friendly.  In 2010, WEWOOD hit the scene as the avant-garde approach to sophisticated sustainability. Later that year, WEWOOD opened a branch in Los Angeles and teamed up with tree-planting-partners ‘American Forests’ and ‘Trees For The Future’.   With this cohesive collaboration, the goal is to help restore Mother Nature, one watch at a time, by planting a tree for every WeWOOD purchased. Since 2011, WEWOOD has planted 250,000 trees with its partners and sets challenging targets for 2014 and beyond.

I’ve been obsessed with camo lately, so I couldn’t resist rocking a pair of camouflage socks by Nice Laundry. They are determined to do their part in reducing the amount of waste we shed each year.  Believing in second chances, they’ve partnered with one of the nation’s oldest and largest textile recyclers to make sure your old socks are recycled responsibly and efficiently.  When you send your socks directly to one of their recycling partners, they undergo a grading process. The top-tier of socks will be cleaned up and sent to areas of need. The balance will either be repurposed as textile or shredded into fibers and turned into things like home insulation, depending on the condition.

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Brooklyn Bound

It’s official!  I recently made the move to Williamsburg and I couldn’t be happier with my decision. Birthplace to Jay-Z, the Twizzler, and the first roller coaster, I look forward to discovering what this city rich in history and cool culture as to offer a boy like me.  So far, I’ve walked over the famous Brooklyn Bridge from Brooklyn to Manhattan, purchased by first pair of denim from Brooklyn Denim Company, which I might add is completely made here in the US, and tried the best chili dog’s I’ve ever tasted at famous Crif’s on N 7 St.  Does that consider me a brooklynite?  Anywho, I look forward to learning about new designers, brands and boutiques and sharing it with you all.

Speaking of sharing, I do want to let you in on a cool new #fashion4good brand.  The t-shirt I’m wearing was created by TransElated which was given for me to wear for this particular feature.  TransElated is more than just a brand, they are a social movement towards global unity, tolerance and acceptance. Using fashion, art and philanthropy as platforms for their mission, they design pieces that celebrate the world and its people, societies and languages.  From their Washington DC base, they spread these messages of love and acceptance through their exclusive fashion line and philanthropic efforts.

Translated is giving back by making yearly donations to an array of causes that support the well being and education of children, our future leaders.  Additionally, they have teamed up with Kollegebound Learning to provide tutoring and mentoring to kids living in homeless shelters in the United States and developing countries.  To learn how you can purchase the t-shirt I’m wearing or support their cause, click here.

Last but not least, a couple weeks ago, I attended a cool menswear event at Salvatore Ferragamo’s flagship location on 5th Avenue.  It was in collaboration with Details magazine for a curated list of holiday gift ideas. More interested in checking out the clothing rather than socializing, I fell in love with a beautifully designed pull-over sweater and calf-skin high-tops.  Unfortunately, $2200 was a bit over my budget. I did however splurge and get the high-tops.  I haven’t been able to take them off since.  They are probably the most comfortable designer sneakers I currently own.  If you love them like I do, splurge-worthy here.

Hat: Hurley, Sunglasses: Eyebobs, Scarf: Parcel & Journey, Jacket: GANT Rugger, T-Shirt: Trans Elated, Sweater: Boston Traders, Pants: Banana Republic, High-tops: Salvatore Ferragamo

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Giveaway-Parcel & Journey Exclusive Love Clutch

Parcel & Journey is giving away one of their exclusive “Love” clutches this week over at Yourtango.com. The popular website dedicated to love and relationships, has partnered with P & J to offer their readers (and YOU) this beautiful oversized lipstick red clutch with the word love inscribed on it.  One lucky gal will fall in love and be the winner next Tuesday the 16th.  To learn how you could win, click here.  If you can’t wait to till next week and are completely obsessing, purchase it directly here.  It also makes for a great holiday gift or stocking stuffer!
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#Thisisglam-Banana Republic

I paid a visit to one of Banana Republic’s stores this past weekend for a little retail therapy.  Upon entering their men’s store, my eyes quickly focused in on a army green colored hat and subtle camo-print sweater. To my surprise, the promotional offer they were running allowed me 40% off each item.  Quickly jetting off to a fitting room, I was asked by one of the associates to snap a photo of myself via Instagram and hashtag it with #thisisglam to enter in a chance to win a $500 gift card.  A fan of the #selfie movement, I was happy to oblige.  I thought I would also share this cool contest BR is doing all month long with you all.  They are giving away five $500 shopping sprees to one of their stores or online.  To learn more, click here!

Hat & Sweater: Banana Republic, Pants: American Apparel, Scarf: Missoni, Boots: Adidas Y-3, Sunglasses: Ray-ban

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A Look into: Lunch date w/Parcel & Journey

This past Wednesday, I had a wonderful lunch date with the my good friend Liz and Joanna Steinberg, Creator of Parcel & Journey, at L’Express in midtown.  It was really great to finally see and feel all the wonderful accessories this new and exiting website has to offer.  More importantly, it was inspiring to listen to Joanna explain to Liz and I what Parcel & Journey is doing to help these talented artisans grow their own businesses.  “It’s all about distribution and without it, these individuals wouldn’t be able to pay their rent, debts off, etc.,” Joanna explains to us.  #Fashion4good at its finest!

I was fortunate enough to snap some photos of our outing with my new Canon Rebel.  Black Friday deal curtesy of Target!  If you’re just getting your holiday shopping started, this is definitely one website I endorse you to check out.   The quality is amazing and everything is priced appropriately.  Not to mention, you’re helping someone you don’t even know sustain their business.  What a great story to tell the person you’re giving the gift to!

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Camo Flock

Camo commanded its presence on the runways for fall.  Designers flocked to this particular print giving their take on the masking motif.  I particularly prefer something more authentic when it comes to this type of pattern, but couldn’t resist purchasing this button-down from J-Crew.  It looked so real and for the price I couldn’t pass it up.  Anywho, when it comes to wearing anything military-inspired, I’m not a fan of dressing  full on.  I suggest focusing on one piece like a jacket, shirt or trousers.  Then mix it up with other trends from the season.  Keeps it a bit unexpected if you ask me!

Blazer: Vintage, Shirt: J-Crew, Denim: J.Brand, Brogues: Cole Haan, Watch: Nixon, Bracelet: Tai, Sunglasses: Eyebobs

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