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Guest Post: 9 Fashion Must-Haves for Men

Becoming a stylish gent doesn’t necessarily have to break the bank, and it’s also easier than you think. With just a few simple additions to your wardrobe (and ditching the cargo shorts) you too are capable of turning more than a few heads with your style nous.


1. White button-down shirt
The white shirt is the epitome of versatility. It can go with anything, and anything can go with it. Heading to an interview? White shirt under your suit. Out for a drink with the boys? White shirt and jeans. This is quite possibly the single most important garment in your wardrobe and often the one viewed with derision. It’s just a white shirt after all, right? Try living without one and get back to us.
2. White sneakers
Now when we say simple, we mean simple. A plain pair of white sneakers are incredibly stylish and don’t get the attention they deserve. Sometimes less is more, and this is particularly true when it comes to the soles of your feet. Save the ostentatious high tops for the basketball court where they belong.
3. Tan shoes
There’s a common misconception among us men that black shoes are the be all and end all of formal footwear. For the office, weddings, interviews, and even date nights in fancy restaurants we can’t shake the notion that our shoes must be black and they must be shiny. Get out of that mindset and start wearing tan brogues with your navy or grey suit or even with your jeans for a classier casual look.
4. White t-shirt
When dress down Friday swings by at the office the chances are that the majority of your male colleagues will arrive in branded t-shirts. There’s nothing wrong with that but these one-time original style statements have become far too common. Stick on a high-quality white t-shirt and a pair of jeans and you’ll be surprised how much you stand out from the crowd.
5. Beige trench coat
Think more along the lines of Humphrey Bogart than Inspector Clouseau, and you’ll see where we’re heading with this one. The beige trench coat is an excellent spring coat that keeps out the chills and rain on your daily commute to the office. But it’s often overlooked as a casual coat and to be quite honest we’re not sure why? It adds a touch of class to a casual jeans and t-shirt look and looks far better than your usual parka.
6. Navy blazer
The blazer or sports coat is your get out of jail card for any event where you’re not sure about the dress code. Not too casual to look out of place at a wedding and not too formal for friend’s birthday party, the navy blazer is always a safe bet. You can dress it up or down as much as you like but always add a pocket square.
7. Stylish sunglasses
You know those awesome Oakley shades you bought for biking and running? Well, that’s what they’re for, biking and running. Please don’t be one of those guys that shows up at the races or a wedding in his sports sunnies. If style is your main dress concern of the day, then your sunglasses should reflect this. Choose a pair of aviators or even retro square style shades and make sure you take them off when you go indoors or when the sun goes down.
8. Slim pair of chinos
Jeans are great, but everyone has at least five pairs in their wardrobe. So for a slightly different look and a tad more comfort, a pair of chinos is ideal. Nowadays you can get them in pretty much any colour you like, but we’re going to stick with navy blue because it pairs so well with everything.
9. Navy blue suit
And last but by no means least, the navy blue suit. Now we know that you probably have a black or charcoal suit in your wardrobe, and if you already have one in navy, then we applaud your sartorial savviness. However, if you don’t then put it at the top of your to-do list. This is one of the most versatile suits you will ever own. Worn with black shoes and a tie it can be quite formal, whereas worn with those tan brogues we told you to buy earlier, it’s downright dapper in the most casual of ways.
We’re not suggesting for a moment that you max out the credit card on all of the above items and, in fact, you probably have quite a few of them already. But if you don’t, then make a list and promise yourself to buy at least two or three each month and in no time you’ll be quite the office style icon.


About The Author
Jatin Vengurlekar is the CEO of Montagio Mens Suits Sydney and a leading men’s fashion consultant in Sydney, Australia. He has been featured on publications such as HuffingtonPost, GQ, Men’s Fitness and many other leading publications. In his spare time, he likes to write men’s fashion advice on his men’s style blog and take his dog for walks on the beach.
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Pentatonix & Us the Duo: live at Bon Secours!

I STILL can’t believe so many people showed up for an a cappella concert. Before we get to that, let’s talk about Us the Duo. Micheal & Carissa Alvarado. All they had was a piano & a mic but they were breathtaking. They truly tried to express themselves through their music. Carissa even sat on the corner of the stage and LITERALLY sang to the crowd. I can’t think of anyone better to open for Pentatonix.

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Before I knew it, Pentatonix were rising from the bottom of the stage. Screaming came from every which direction as they bounced onto the platform one after the other. Avi Kaplan, Scott Hoying, Kirstin Maldonado, Kevin Olusola, and Mitch Grassi. What left me awestruck was the fact that each voice seemed complimented all the others. According to some nearby fans, Mitch is the fashionista of the group so he’s definitely my next “style steal” victim 😉

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WHEN HALLELUJAH CAME ON THE VIBE OF THE ENTIRE VENUE SHIFTED. Phone flashlights lit the arena as Pentatonix honored Leonard Cohen in song.

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I’ll leave the setlist and a bunch of other cool pics below! Of course, I happen to leave my camera at home so everything are compliments of Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus.

Summer 16′ Jewelry Must-Haves: Guest Writer

Hey guys! I’m insanely excited to introduce the gorgeous, the talented, my latest guest writer: Beth Pembrook. She’s an incredible freelance writer and a student in London. (You can contact her at bethany.pembrook@gmail.com and/or @bethanypembrook.) Can’t wait for you guys to read her article and fall in love with her as much as I did.


When it comes to buying jewelry, I’m a bit of an addict. I make purchase after purchase – because I see so much out there that I absolutely love! The problem is, I usually end up spending so much money on individual statement pieces and then hardly ever wearing them! That’s why this summer I decided to carefully pick of a few stand out pieces that I could wear day in, day out. I wanted styles that wouldn’t get bored of, but also that I could wear day and night.
If you’re keen on doing the same, here are a few tips I have for selecting for Summer 2016 Must-Haves.
Don’t over-do it with the Ear Bling

I am self-confessed earring addict. I have more pairs than I like the think about to be honest. But really, with so many styles and varieties out there – it’s hard not to be! So my advice for this summer is to not go overboard when buying yourself some new earrings. Select a pair that you can wear straight from the office to a festival somewhere, like these super cute Theo Fennell Yellow Gold Bee Earrings (which I’m obsessed with).

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Or these Topshop Tortoiseshell Semi Circle Earrings which really make a statement without going over the top.

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Go for a Dainty Necklace


Don’t get me wrong, I love a statement necklace as much as the next girl, but Summer 16’ is all about the more delicate neckwear. A dainty necklace can be worn every day, but will also add an extra sparkle to an evening outfit. They really are designed to look as good with a plain t-shirt as they do with a LBD. Take a look at this pretty rose gold hexagon twist necklace from River Island – a must have necklace for this summer in my opinion.

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Alternatively, a new trend I’ve seen around is to actually buy loose pendants, stones or diamonds online, in order to create your own unique necklace! You can get a rope chain, like this Rope Necklace from ASOS, for day/festival wear, and a gold or silver chain for more formal occasions – 2 necklaces in 1!

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Sterling Silver Rings

I for one have spent hundreds and hundreds of pounds in the past on statement rings that I’ve only worn a handful of times before they’ve turned my finders green – (yuck!). So my advice to you this summer is to go for the (slightly) more expensive sterling silver variety. These are still on budget, but will last a lot longer then any other costume jewelry. I love, love, love these stacking rings from Accessorize. They’re so cute and will go with ANY summer outfit – guaranteed.

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I hope these tips help you select the best pieces for you this summer. The general idea for this season is to get over the larger-than-life statement bauble earrings, and huge gem-stone rings, by downsizing for some prettier alternatives.

Featured Shop: “Ball Cap Shack” ft. Ayron Webb

So there’s this online shop from Florida called “Ball Cap Shack. I’m so excited to show you guys because I’ve been getting a lot of compliments on them & I think they’re super trendy! The shop is super lowkey & their hats are really chill, so I chose a model (Ayron Webb) who fit the aspect. You can check out the shop here.

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They don’t just have baseball caps, they also have beanies. You can get different colors and patterns while doing minor customizations!


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I received two “Do Nothing Club” hats: one in white and one in black (featured in pictures). You get the option of picking out the lettering and the colors. I also received a “Plain Green Camo” hat which is featured as well. The camo cap comes in pink as well and you can request your own lettering! I dropped some more pictures below & I hope you guys check it out! Much love xo

Interview with UK/LA based Fashion Icon: Lucas

I’m super excited to introduce you guys to Lucas. I came across him on Instagram and we INSTANTLY clicked. Check out his blog ourvivids.com to see all the behind the scenes from his snapchat stories, photoshoots, and everything fashion! His style is absolutely dashing and every outfit seems to carry a touch of London. Not including the accent. Not only is Lucas an expert on style, he’s also an independent artist. You can check out his music here which, as you probably guessed, doesn’t end his list of talents. Not only is he in front of the camera, he’s also behind it. He has his “photographer” on his own resume and is taking social media by STORM. His Instagram is @enslucas but I’ll leave the link below!

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1. I saw where you used the Newport Street Gallery in London as a style inspiration. Can you tell me more about your view on life imitating art?

Newport Street Gallery has been an inspiration mostly with it’s Jeff Koons exhibition which really inspired me mostly from a colouristic point of view. In my vision actually art imitates life. We should all aspire to turn our lives into a work of art where the dark sides intertwine with the bright notes and which we always regard as an unfinished work, still in need to be perfected.
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2. What or who got you into modeling?
I started doing photography at 15 years old and practicing photography with one of my best friends @lastminutecouture I found myself being behind and also in front of the camera. Then art school has offered me a context where I could model and then London. But modelling is not something I do on a regular basis even though I do have an agency and I collab with quite a big number of brands.

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@lastminutecouture on right


3. Who’s your style inspiration?
My style inspiration would be Lucky Blue Smith who I really look up to . I am also very fond of the Old Hollywood style, I will always believe that in a previous life I lived in those times, having dinner at Cipriani’s in West Hollywood and driving a Chevy Malibu.
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4. Five of your favorite summer trends: go!
1. suede everything
2. white socks
3. highlights
4. turtlenecks on a rainy day
5. and obviously Stan Smiths

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5. What’s a typical day like for you?
A typical day can vary. I can sit all day and watch Orange is the New Black on television or I can have 300 things to do at once, from meetings with an agent, going to a casting, to meetings with a music producer I work close with or doing a photo shoot for a blogger .
I have branched out into several areas from fashion blogging, endorsing and photography to music and music production is a very important thing for me so obviously it gets a bit crowded sometimes.
I believe successful people wake up early and no matter when I go to bed I always wake up no later than 7 am usually 6:30.
A daily workout is always there and I never forget to play the guitar for at least 15 minutes.

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6. As an independent musician how would you describe your music to other people?
In one word : personal. Everything and anything you hear or will hear from me is created entirely by me from lyrics to melody.
I try to fight for my creative director role and it empowers me a lot to take an executive decision on my craft.

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7. What is it you want to say with your photographs & what advice do you have for someone that wants to go into photography?
With my photography I clearly search for my own edge. Unique or not it has to be your input and as long as you feel you’ve given your all in that creative process you’re already on the right track.
When it comes to photography after moving to London I realized how important team work is and how much I needed it.
One advice would be do it with passion, always pay attention to what others are telling you and try to always upstage yourself and not others. Basically be the best version of yourself.
YOU CAN FOLLOW LUCAS ON INSTAGRAM HERE AND KEEP UP WITH HIM ON SNAPCHAT: enslucas. Thanks for reading, much love xo

Simon’s VIP Shopper Night

 

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while. I’m not sure if it’s procrastination or I’m still in shock. I’m so honored to have been invited to do a style session for Simon’s VIP Shopper Night. It wasn’t my first appearance as a writer but, it was my first time talking about what I love in front of all my wonderful friends and family. I picked “UrbanWear” as my theme because living in a small town, it’s what I see less of. Individuality.

I chose 3 models: Adayzha James, Alex Webb, and Kaylee Jeffries (Miss Young Teen Greer). They were kind enough to let me dress them up, huge thank you Banana Republic for the clothes. (You can explore their website here.) As we arrived, the velvet ropes were going up and the vendors were setting up.

Adayzha: Her gorgeous shaded black hat matched perfectly with the floral romper. The green army jacket fitted effortlessly with the brown belt fastened. When you’re thinking urban, green is definitely a must. If anyone could’ve rocked this outfit it was HER.

Kaylee: The first outfit that I chose for her was stunning, but she has such a radiant personality that we got more creative. Black and white stripes will NEVER disappoint. In fact, I think it was her idea. We threw a blue jean jacket over it to create the most amazing combination. Green pants? I think yes.

Alex: Alex’s look wasn’t very difficult. As much as I hate to admit it, guys usually rock the urban look without even trying. The pattern on the button-up coordinated along with the blue shorts and tan jacket. When you’re thinking urban, think solid colors with patterns.

 

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I’d like to thank Brave Relations, Simon Properties, and Banana Republic. Can’t wait until next time!

“Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way to live.” —Gianni Versace

My Phone Was Stolen in Myrtle Beach!

 

It was spring break 2k16 at the Monatary Bay Suites. Palm trees gently brushed the crisp air. I traveled to Myrtle Beach with an iPhone 5 & came home empty handed.

On the last night my friends Janae, Qieana & I went walking down the boardwalk. There wasn’t a soul on the beach, everyone seemed to be caught up in all the hype. Horns were blaring as we squeezed through the crowds of spring breakers. To my left, four girls jumped out of their car at the red light and started dancing in the street at the beat of the crowd. We proceeded to make a turn into a cute little souvenir shop. Hoodies & t-shirts seemed to swallow us up.

As we trailed down the scattered aisles, we stopped at the messy counter. While my friends were talking to the store employee, I set my phone down & lost focus. As we head out the store, my mind was on the ice cream shop on the corner. Little did I know that as we were leaving, the thieves passed right by us. Five minutes later we raced back to the store to retrieve my phone. It was nowhere to be found. My friends frantically called an employee over. She frightenly said that the guys who came in at the same we left, took it while at the register. All frustration aside, we asked for a description. One had a red hoodie and the other had a black t-shirt. On spring break. In Myrtle Beach. Population: 27,109. After hours of searching, my friends were so supportive. They actually went up to these guys in a group who fit the description PERFECTLY and asked them to empty their pockets. Even though we couldn’t find anything, we only searched the two.

I suddenly remember that we arrived in an Uber! Janae quickly called our driver but sadly, it was nowhere to be found. To be honest, the worst part of the entire experience is having to loose all my memories. When we got back home, a few days later I got an iPhone 6 plus.

As I’m typing this, my phone is laying right beside my keyboard. I’ve still got all my contacts, my notes, and my Candy Crush progress. I lost all my photos/videos. The concerts, the shows, my friends. I felt like a huge part of my life was missing. Then I had a revelation. All my memories swirling around in my head, I usually type up. I don’t need videos. I don’t need a “timeline”. I have ME. I have my writing. I don’t need media to show you guys my experiences, when I can use my words to put you IN them. Yes, I may have lost one of the only good selfies I had. But in the end, I have all I need. Pizza Hut on speed dial. Til’ next time Myrtle Beach!

“Society taught us how to hate. Hate taught us violence. Violence taught us regret. Regret taught us pain. Pain taught us love. Love taught us how to laugh and laughter makes every moment far more beautiful then we could ever imagine.” -Robert M. Drake