Summer Essentials for Men

I know I've been lagging on blogging. I'm in that state where I'm having a lot of fun with documenting life through video right now though I want to continue to keep the blog up to date. I decided that I embed photos all the time, why can't I embed video and write and be more descriptive on the subject.

I've realized this Summer I've seriously been wearing the same things over and over. That's cause for men Summer is simple, we don't layer up and we don't have all the cuts and styles that women have. I decided to throw together a fun video of the essentials I find myself being necessary in my looks this Summer.

The Basic Tee - Zara

The basic tee really is a basic always but in Summer I constantly throw on these scoop neck tees from Zara. I love the cut, I'm a scoop neck kinda guy, its just a cut I find is flattering on myself versus a v-neck or a crew neck. These tees get worn multiple times a week and can easily be accessorized to look different.
 

The Blue Jean - Nudie Jeans Co.

I'm a black and grey jeans guy but in the Summer you have to try to brighten up and get out of those black jeans or you may be dying (Okay, you don't have too and most of the time I don't.) but blue jeans cool down and chill out the vibe. I worked these Nudie Jeans in since they were raw and so they have quite a lot of sentimental value.

Low Top - Converse 

There really isn't a lot to say about these. They should just be a staple in anyones shoe                                      collection. They are easy to throw and really just look better with age. This particular pair has been used and abused and still has tons of life in them.

Cut Off Shorts - Levis

Cut off Levis in black are my go to shorts when I want something simple and ease to outfit. I just cut these off some 510's last year and they are the perfect sit. I can roll em to put a polished look or I can leave them open and distressed.

Summer Boot - Topman (Similar)

White boots to fill my black boot collection. Found this obvious doc inspired boots at Topman and couldn't pass em up, even though I was informed too several times. I got them and no regrets.

Muscle Tank - Forever21

Okay, I seriously debated getting this shirt. I think the doucheness of wearing heartthrob is just ironic. And is not taken seriously, at all. I cut it up a little and that makes me wear it a ton more. It's probably been my go-to muscle tank when going to the beach this season.

Denim Jacket - Topman

It gets cold at night in the Summer especially if you are near the beach. This light wash to medium wash denim jacket is a perfect thing to throw over your muscle tee once it starts to get cold in the evening. I scored this at Nordstrom on sale when I was debating between this and a very similar wash from All Saints. Cannot beat the price for a perfect denim jacket. Wear it and abuse it, all seasons.

Graphic Tee - Ceasar Arellanes

This is seriously my perfect graphic tee. It has holes. Check. It's ripped up. Check. It's fall colors cause I wear fall colors year round. Check. I have been wearing this shirt to pieces (literally.) It's perfect and an awesome designer tee I found for a steal at Wasteland.

It's a Wrap: 7.28.14

Mouthwatering Monday:

Froyo at Tuti Fruti just hit the spot. NOM. I always lean on getting a bunch of fruit with raspberry or mango frozen yogurt. What do you get at froyo?

Froyo at Tuti Fruti just hit the spot. NOM. I always lean on getting a bunch of fruit with raspberry or mango frozen yogurt. What do you get at froyo?



Toss Over Tuesday:

The simplicity of this space just inspires me in so many ways. I've been decorating my room and getting awesome finds for my space but I must keep in mind that simplicity is beautiful and freeing. Keeping that in mind for every space keeps you from feeling suffocated. I love modern touches in industrial spaces.

The simplicity of this space just inspires me in so many ways. I've been decorating my room and getting awesome finds for my space but I must keep in mind that simplicity is beautiful and freeing. Keeping that in mind for every space keeps you from feeling suffocated.

I love modern touches in industrial spaces.




Wishing for Wednesday:

Starting YouTube has made me appreciate my new baby (Canon 60D) but has also made me realize recording video on a SLR though beautiful is not always practical especially when out and about. I'm looking for a perfect and affordable point and shoot to have to record some upcoming events. and this Canon Powershot 330HS looks just about perfect.

Starting YouTube has made me appreciate my new baby (Canon 60D) but has also made me realize recording video on a SLR though beautiful is not always practical especially when out and about. I'm looking for a perfect and affordable point and shoot to have to record some upcoming events. and this Canon Powershot 330HS looks just about perfect.


Thursday Tunes:


Fashion Friday:

Alexander Wang's Fall '14 Lookbook has me all the inspired. Love the many black and white drappy silhouettes, very "Alexander Wang" and love how the oversized tee's have started trending. Incredible line up.

Alexander Wang's Fall '14 Lookbook has me all the inspired. Love the many black and white drappy silhouettes, very "Alexander Wang" and love how the oversized tee's have started trending. Incredible line up.


Hello YouTube

I've been a bit MIA from the blog but not because of any lame excuses, I've actually been starting a YouTube channel and working on my first few videos. I love blogging and documenting my life here but have just decided to go ahead and extend it a bit more to YouTube. I love videography and learning new things and that is just what YouTube is.

I'm excited to see the blog following continue to support us on YouTube. Below I'm posting my first ever Lookbook (not cookbook damn autocorrect) which was a lot of work because I'm totally new to using Final Cut Pro X (Video editing software.)

Let me know if you enjoy. You can view my whole channel by clicking HERE.

Like this video if you want more!

Outfit #1: Zara, tee. Topman, boots and flannel. diy shorts. Nixon watch. ShopWasteland necklace.

Outfit #2: UNIF, tee. Forever21 shorts. Converse shoes. Buffalo Exchange necklace and sunglasses. 

We got more bounce in California

H&M vest. c/o CustomKetchup tee. Joe's Jeans cutoff shorts. TOMS cordones (similar) Nixon watch.

Even at 100 degrees outside I want to dress in denim, boots and a leather jacket. Summer clothes just do not do it for me, I think all mens shorts are pretty awkward and not very creative and boots just do not even compete with low tops. It's always easier to dress more summer appropriate when you have a statement piece like this distressed tee by CustomKetchup that was actually hand drawn by the artists 8 year old son! I love clothes with a story!

I paired the shirt with a formal vest that I picked up when I was in need of a quick fitted vest for prom and I must say the vest has done me well. I threw on some Joe's Jeans cut offs that made the 100 degree day just a bit more bearable and some comfy slip on TOMS, I think I'm ready to hit the beach.

What season do you prefer to dress for?

Refuge

I was such a good boy and went  to the salon and waited for Alex to get her hair done. And when I mean done I mean completely redone, 4 hours, redone. Refuge is a salon in Los Angeles that is as unique as they get. Seriously a space I'd love to just live in. Quirky industrial pretty much rounds up the style.

Next door is Taza and any place that can make a good dirty chai has me over. Watching Alex get her hair "did" was really interesting.  All the steps you take to transition your hair while keeping the integrity of it, is seriously crazy and Kelli did a great job.

Zara sale calls for a trip to The Grove and that calls for food at the farmers market. It really is a sure guarantee for a good meal and it eliminates any "I'm not in the mood for that." conversation because it has it all. She had a chicken sandwich and I had a caterpillar roll, now that is bliss.

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Headed over to Buffalo Exchange to sell a few things and snap a after picture of Alex's hair and an outfit photo. Day complete.

Cesar Arellanes distressed tee. Zara jeans. All Saints boots. Buffalo Exchange necklace. Topman chain bracelet. Brandy Melville spiked (sample sale) bracelet.

It's a Wrap: 7.17.14

Mouthwatering Monday:

Throwing it back a few weeks at Yunagis just because my craving for sushi right now is so real.

Throwing it back a few weeks at Yunagis just because my craving for sushi right now is so real.

Toss Over Tuesday:

I obsessing over how beautiful they have made organized chaos look. Starting my new job I've been really watching the visual merchandisers at work set up the store in a way that even a mess looks beautiful to the eye and it really got me thinking even in my space. I have so many things that are not conventional like pens, staplers, etc. They just are not beautiful but you can make everything beautiful in your life if you just have the right eye.

I obsessing over how beautiful they have made organized chaos look. Starting my new job I've been really watching the visual merchandisers at work set up the store in a way that even a mess looks beautiful to the eye and it really got me thinking even in my space.

I have so many things that are not conventional like pens, staplers, etc. They just are not beautiful but you can make everything beautiful in your life if you just have the right eye.


Wishing for Wednesday:

I don't even get to wish for anything this week (besides sushi) because I got my wish! Yesterday the door bell rang and my package I have been on my tippy toes waiting for was finally hear. Welcome my baby to the family the Canon 60D. I'm so excited to get to taking pictures and video with this lovely toy. Expect to see better quality photos on the blog and I'm officially starting my YouTube channel. Go subscribe! Videos coming soon.

I don't even get to wish for anything this week (besides sushi) because I got my wish! Yesterday the door bell rang and my package I have been on my tippy toes waiting for was finally hear. Welcome my baby to the family the Canon 60D. I'm so excited to get to taking pictures and video with this lovely toy.

Expect to see better quality photos on the blog and I'm officially starting my YouTube channel. Go subscribe! Videos coming soon.


Thursday Tunes:

All I can say is life really is too short to care at all. Go do you.


Fashion Friday:

Topmans lookbooks seriously never disappoint and they sure didn't for SS14. I love the European feel and how slim cut everything continues to be. Though a fast fashion store they make their silhouettes look damn good. Seeing all the dark colors and leather even in Spring/Summer makes me a happy camper.

Topmans lookbooks seriously never disappoint and they sure didn't for SS14. I love the European feel and how slim cut everything continues to be. Though a fast fashion store they make their silhouettes look damn good. Seeing all the dark colors and leather even in Spring/Summer makes me a happy camper.

Insta Recap: Suddenly Last Summer

Lots have happened since the beginning of Summer 2014. And lots more to come, check out my life through the eyes of my iPhone.

  1. Took a break from walking Melrose (not posed at all :p) featuring Court, myself and Alex.
  2. Got the sides of my mane buzzed off by Geovanny at Floyds in Hollywood.
  3. Tried the new TeaVana teas and edited way too long at Starbucks wearing my new Buffalo Exchange necklace.
  4. Finally got my feet in the sand and made it out to the beach to celebrate Alex's birthday.
  5. Selfiing. Enough said.
  6. Awesome street art I found in DTLA while making a coffee run to Urth Cafe while waiting with friend at the Brandy Melville Sample Sale (I'm a good friend.)
  7. Made my closet beautiful by replacing ugly plastic hangers with wood hangers from IKEA.
  8. Date at Aroma in Studio City featuring boysenberry pie (orgasmic) and an Arnold Palmer.
  9. Everyone has a guilty pleasure and mines NOT donuts. But it is taking pictures. It just looked so generic, but generically beautiful.
  10. OMG, good clam chowder at the SLO Farmers market from Splash Cafe which is crowded as hell. But worth going to the market just for this bread bowl of goodness.
  11. Went walking around Downtown Paso Robles and came by this amazing velvet coach as well as finding so many vintage finds for my room.
  12. A (day late throwback) sad shot from my cousins wedding, I dropped my cupcake. It was devastating.
  13. Went and caught up with my cousin Gabe and his girl in downtown San Luis Obsipo and came across Boo Boo Records in which inspired me to wish for a record player and took some of my money on vintage band tees!
  14. Snap shot with my cousin (the bride) at her beautiful wedding at J&J Cellars in San Miguel. Seriously recommend weddings in Central Coast vineyards, it was lovely.
  15. Caught up and my Aunts with family, wine and good food before the crazy wedding day. This is my dream snack, everyday, please.
  16. First day of Summer and last week of school had to escape to Santa Monica with friends.