Thursday, April 28, 2011

Satchel Salute

Messenger Hat - Eva B
Corduroy Shirt - Thrifted
Tie - Thrifted
Crew Neck - GAP
Tweed Trousers - UO
Wing Tip Shoes - Thrifted
Denim shirt - h&m
Pants - zara

Shoes - zara

Kim: A leather bag is an essential piece in everybody’s closet. Whether it’s a backpack, a briefcase, a duffle bag or all of the previously mentioned, leather bags always add a vintage/classic touch to every look.

Spencer : For anyone who really knows me they know my satchel is one my pieces I really can't go with out. What draws me to the satchel is that its large enough to really carry all of my essentials to get me through the day. And with that it never ends up getting bulky and it keeps it form. The adjustable cross-body straps are practical yet stylish. You’ll be living hands free and very happy about it.

Kim : A satchel bag is described as a bag with a strap worn so that it diagonally crosses the body, with the bag hanging on the opposite hip. Satchels differentiate themselves from briefcases by their soft-sided material and the strap. They’re very practical and compliment every outfit whether you decide to go for a classy look or a more casual one, satchels can be the “it” factor to your ensemble.

I got my satchel from a store that sells all kind of hand-made leather pieces such as diaries, sketchbooks, bags,... It was love at first sight because I had been looking for one for the longest time. Brown leather is my favorite so that was a huge plus. It’s very practical and comes pretty handy when I have a hectic day at school with all the books that go with it.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Book Review : Anything Other Than Naked

“Many men think it no longer matters how they dress, but it definitely does,” says Glen R. Sondag, a Chicago investment advisor. “Whether we like it or not, we are often judged by what we wear to work, at social events, and numerous outings. It never hurts to try and look your best."

Button Up - Vintage Hilfiger
Tie - Thrifted
Blazer - Young Janes ( Vintage Boutique )
Chinos - Zara
Loafers - Polo

As part of a Style Collaboration, yours truly was selected by miss SLY!™ | Fashion & Arts Blogzine, to review the style/guide book “Anything other than naked” by Glen R. Sondag who so happens to be an investment advisor. Sondag, known as a sharp dresser ever since his youth, realized that he could help out. So this book is just that, his way of giving back as well with his own views. "Anything Other Than Naked", a practical guide for men on how to dress properly for every occasion.
This guide pretty much touched based on everything from perfect width of your neck tie pending on body type to how to build a great wardrobe. There were many tips and tricks that I found interesting throughout this read. For example choosing the right collar style that will best suit your facial structure.


The point straight collar is the best worn by women with and oval or wide face and is th most common collar style. The ideal straight collar is between 2 ¼ and 3 inches in length.


The spread collar is somewhat more elegant and looks best on men with a narrow face. This collar really shows and elaborates the Windsor Knot the best and comes in a variety of lengths and degrees of spread.

BUTTON DOWN COLLAR ( Personal Favorite )

This collar certainly is more informal looking than a pinned collar, and should be worn with a blazer or sport coat or when a jacket is work without a tie. This is also the best collar to pair with V- neck sweaters, as the tips of the collar will stay under the sweater unlike a spread collar. Every man really needs a few of these in their wardrobe.

Personally when I pick up blazers I tend to have the arm length a tad bit shorter than the average. Reason being I love to accessorize as many of my followers have noticed over time, so the whole rule/tip on how much of your ¼ shirt cuff should be revealed. Is really out the window when it comes to my personal taste.It really would have been nice to read more in depth on what Glen would have to say about socks. I’m a big fan of working with socks and letting them pop, however he really didn't touch much base on them which was a bit of a bummer.

Overall it was a great read and there is a bit of everything for everyone. I highly recommend it to anyone who needs a little bit of push and guidance in dressing and building a wardrobe.

Quick Tips

 A dozen or more ties
  • At least one red/blue/white stripe
  • One red pin dot or polka dot
  • A few blue regimental ties
  • A gray / silver / black foulard or stripe
Four or more pairs of shoes
  • A black laced oxford or wing tip
  • A black slip on
  • A cordovan tassel
  • A brown lace oxford or wing tip

  • If you can't button your suit jacket DO NOT buy it
  • If you wear a vest leave the bottom button unbuttoned
  • Don't buy a cheap, thin 1-ply cashmere sweaters
  • Learn how to place a dimple in your necktie.
  • When purchasing shoes try on BOTH shoes.

Special thanks goes out to Miss Sly for this great collaboration review. You can also check out her blog and twitter at : Twitter : Miss Sly

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Electric Relaxation

Denim Vest -Thrifted
Shirt - Polo
Jeans - Cheap Mondays
Socks - AA
Leather Lace Ups - Thrifted

Relaxation is desperately needed on my end as of late. The exams, projects, and finals really had been taking its tole on me mentally.  I just needed a moment to really kick back and get away from it all and have a bit of me time. Dominic ( fellow school mate) and I headed over to this near by cafe for escape.

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When in my state of relaxation it really allows me to create and paint pictures mentally. Without any disturbances or interruptions I thought to myself how much I love and appreciate the element of creation, is there really anything else that you can get more pleasure out of than creating something? Whether it’s a song, painting, dance, etc. 
My creative process really consist of a billion images, quotes, songs, paints just racing through my mind in a second.Every once in a while, my brain hits on a winning combination. Instantly, this exciting new idea pops into my conscious awareness, and I begin to work on it. It’s truly the greatest place I could ever be at any given time, what I find strange about the process. Is that after everything is all said and done it may not make sense to others, but I prefer it that way. Imagine living in a world without logic, just creation.

"If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary-wise; what it is it wouldn't be, and what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?"

I ran into this quote the other day and it really stuck to me. It takes a lot of confidence to completely go through and trust you visions with everything you got. At times it can be scary even nerve racking to show other individuals your work. Some may be jealous, some just may completely ignore it, others may hate it, and others may love it. Its all about trial and error learn from what you have done to enhance it not necessarily "mistakes".Creativity feeds off of relaxation. Relaxing is the only way to give your unconscious mind a chance to combine everything you know and everything you are thinking with everything else you know and everything else you are thinking until it hits on something wonderful. You need to completely let go and let your intuition and feelings take over.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Giveaway Closing

Giveaway Is Now Closed

Thank you to all of those who have participated, the winner will be receiving a email in the upcoming week. 
Cheers .