New York, here I come again.

Thrifted Polka Dot Shirt, Acne Jeans, Nike Roshe Sneakers, Jack Spade Backpack, Lanvin for H&M sunglasses, Rolex Submariner, and Lust Bracelet

Polka Dots are one of those things that it can either look incredible or a disaster. I actually purchased this shirt at the Crossroads in Williamsburg when I lived in New York. It was probably one of the best $15 I’ve ever spent on a piece of clothing. Although it’s a little short (thanks to my long torso), it fits me perfectly.

On the topic of New York… Guess who will be in New York from the 20th through the 24th of August? This guy. I’m so excited to be back in the crazy city that I called home for 3 months. It’s been a while since I’ve visited and it is much needed. I can’t wait to stay with my girlfriend Brianne (we interned together at Topmanand have the time of our life.

I already told myself that when I’m in New York that I’m not allowed to shop too much. The past few weeks I’ve been a bad boy when it comes to shopping. Of course I say that now, but who knows what will happen.

So anyone residing in New York want to meet up for a bite to eat, window shop shopping, or just site see, make sure to shoot me an email under my Contact Me page. I’m counting down the days!

Thrifted Polka Dot Shirt, Acne Jeans, Nike Roshe Sneakers, Jack Spade Backpack, Lanvin for H&M sunglasses, Rolex Submariner, and Lust Bracelet
Thrifted Polka Dot Shirt, Acne Jeans, Nike Roshe Sneakers, Jack Spade Backpack, Lanvin for H&M sunglasses, Rolex Submariner, and Lust Bracelet
Thrifted Polka Dot Shirt, Acne Jeans, Nike Roshe Sneakers, Jack Spade Backpack, Lanvin for H&M sunglasses, Rolex Submariner, and Lust Bracelet
Thrifted Polka Dot Shirt, Acne Jeans, Nike Roshe Sneakers, Jack Spade Backpack, Lanvin for H&M sunglasses, Rolex Submariner, and Lust Bracelet
Thrifted Polka Dot Shirt, Acne Jeans, Nike Roshe Sneakers, Jack Spade Backpack, Lanvin for H&M sunglasses, Rolex Submariner, and Lust Bracelet
What I’m Wearing:

Thrifted Polka Dot Shirt (similar) // Acne Jeans // Nike Roshe Sneakers

Jack Spade Backpack (similar) // Lanvin for H&M sunglasses (similar)

Rolex Submariner // Lust Bracelet

Rick Owens Geobasket Sneakers - Street Style

Current Obsession: Rick Owens Geobasket Sneakers

Rick Owens Geobasket Sneakers - Street Style

Rick, Rick, Rick, why do you have to be so expensive? The past two years I’ve been lusting over a pair of Rick Owens sneakers. There’s just something distinctive about them that makes so Rick. Maybe it’s the huge tongue or the thick Vibram sole, all I know is that I need to get my hands on a pair.

The question is which color should I get?

The Rick Owens Geobasket sneakers come in a different color every season. I can either go with their classic black and white combination with either the large wide tongue or the large thin tongue or do the all black pair. Decisions decisions.

I love how you can dress them up or down (well they should be able to at $1250+ a pop).

Below are a few inspiration pictures that make me want the sneakers even more. Beware, they might persuade you to purchase a pair as well.

Rick Owens Geobasket Sneakers Street Style

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Image courtesy of Totokaelo // Curtis McNally // An Unknown Quantity // Instagram

Outfit Post: Back to Basics

The “Crappy” Outfit

Outfit Post: Back to Basics

There’s nothing better than pairing a basic black baggy tee with a pair of skinny jeans and some mega oversized sunglasses. That basically describes this look.

Right before taking these pictures, I asked my friend (who takes all my pictures and is incredible) to take my pictures. He asked me that he would take my pictures when I finished changing. I told him that I wore this outfit to this school and that I wanted to be photographed in something that I was wearing that day. He said that my outfit looked like crap and continued on.

Ultimately I got my pictures taken, but there is a lesson learned here. People who read my blog understand that this blog isn’t just about photographing incredible outfits. It is about being a real human being and letting my readers know about my life.

Topman Baggy Tee, Marc by Marc Jacobs Skinny Jeans, Men's Arizona Birkenstock sandals, Karen Walker Butler Sunglasses, Alexander Wang Rocco Bag, Hermes Collier De Chien bracelet, Rolex Submariner watch.
Topman Baggy Tee, Marc by Marc Jacobs Skinny Jeans, Men's Arizona Birkenstock sandals, Karen Walker Butler Sunglasses, Alexander Wang Rocco Bag, Hermes Collier De Chien bracelet, Rolex Submariner watch.
Topman Baggy Tee, Marc by Marc Jacobs Skinny Jeans, Men's Arizona Birkenstock sandals, Karen Walker Butler Sunglasses, Alexander Wang Rocco Bag, Hermes Collier De Chien bracelet, Rolex Submariner watch.
Topman Baggy Tee, Marc by Marc Jacobs Skinny Jeans, Men's Arizona Birkenstock sandals, Karen Walker Butler Sunglasses, Alexander Wang Rocco Bag, Hermes Collier De Chien bracelet, Rolex Submariner watch.
Topman Baggy Tee, Marc by Marc Jacobs Skinny Jeans, Men's Arizona Birkenstock sandals, Karen Walker Butler Sunglasses, Alexander Wang Rocco Bag, Hermes Collier De Chien bracelet, Rolex Submariner watch.
What I’m Wearing:

topman baggy tee // marc by marc jacobs jeans // arizona birkenstocks

karen walker butler sunglasses // hermes collier de chien

alexander wang rocco bag (similar)// rolex submariner // cartier love rings

East Dane Givaway - 4 Free $50 Gift Cards

East Dane #Giveaway – Two $100 Winners

East Dane Givaway - 4 Free $50 Gift Cards

I’ve always been a fan of ShopBop. Think fast (inexpensive or usually free) shipping, incredible customer service, and an insane selection of clothes. If you’ve never heard of ShopBop, please go there now and thank me later. It’s so dangerous. The only thing that ShopBop was missing was a men’s section. Of course it’s nice to look at all the amazing goodies that the ladies have, but how about the men? Thankfully ShopBop listened and established their men’s e-commerce, East Dane.

East Dane was launched in 2013, so think of it as ShopBop’s little brother. Of course East Dane is going to offer the gentleman free 3 day shipping (woohoo to last minute purchases), extensive list of designer brands (think A.P.C, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Alexander Wang, J.Brand), and of course the best customer service that one can get.

East Dane Style Guide - Giveaway

I really think I’m addicted to the site, as I usually try to check out their new goodies everyday. They are constantly adding new clothes and designer. I found out a few weeks ago that they started their 50% off Men’s sale. I instantly thought to myself, why the crap do I do this to myself?

One of my favorite categories that East Dane offers is their shoe selection though. Can anyone say men’s shoes heaven? I know that I’ m in heaven.

East Dane Style Guide - Giveaway

Oh and I can’t forget about their style guide that they have. For the lads that don’t really have a clue how to dress or for little bit of inspiration, go check out their style guide(s) now.

Since East Dane has been so kind. They decided to giveaway 2 $100 East Dane gift cards to two of my readers.   There are several ways to enter right below. The contest will end on July 27th at 9:30 PM central time.

So make sure to enter right away and the more points, the better chance you have at winning a few new items in your wardrobe.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

To finish off a great giveaway, here are some of my favorite items on their website that are in my shopping cart as we speak.

Alexander Wang Printed Sport Shirt
Alexander Wang Printed Sport Shirt

3.1 Phillip Lim Cropped Zip Up Jacket
3.1 Phillip Lim Cropped Zip Up Jacket

3.1 Phillip Lim Trousers - East Dane

3.1 Phillip Lim Clean Break Trousers with Drawstring Waist

Alexander Wang Low Top Sneakers
Alexander Wang Low Top Sneakers

Alexander Wang Explorer Backpack
Alexander Wang Explorer Backpack

Mansur Gavriel Bucket Bag Model in Black

Trend Alert: The Bucket Bag

Remember how I’ve mentioned in previous posts that fashion is like a cycle? If something goes out of style, there is a large chance that it will make a come back. Think of neon, grudge, leather, ect.. The list goes on. Even if it’s a fashion trend that people can’t stand (hello Birkenstocks), editors still make it happen.

I remember when Celine released their mink “birkenstockeque” sandals and people threw tons of shade on them. A year later, every brand decided to release something that was similar – with fur or without.

Bucket Bag - Street Style

My point is that bucket bags are slowly making a come back. I’ve seen everyone from Saint Laurent, Proenza Schouler, and even a new comer – Mansur Gavriel have some sort of bucket bag in their look book. I’m still trying to get my hands on a Mansur Gavriel mini bucket bag but their impossible to get. They usually sell out within minutes. Hopefully I’ll find one soon.

By the way don’t tell me that I didn’t warn before you see everyone carrying one (and their sold out). Here are some of my favorite bucket bags.

Photos Courtesy of  Mansur Gavriel //Brandie Raasch Photography

Summer Outfit - Valentino Plaid Shirt, American Eagle Jeans, Lanvin for H&M Sunglasses, Christian Louboutin John John shoes

Summer Uniform – Plaid x Baggy

The entire summer I’ve basically been living in cut-out baggy jeans and plaid shirts. To me, summer is all about relaxing and taking it easy. Although my summer schedule doesn’t really allow me to take it easy, I have to find activities that will make me feel relax (hello yoga & flywheel). Especially what happened during the last week.

I had a major breakdown last week due to everything just building up in my life. While everyone was enjoying their 4th of July, I was at home just thinking about my great grandfather and family. Unfortunately my great grandfather passed away on July 2nd due to having Alzheimer. The condition that he was in wasn’t the best. He barely remembered my name, could barely walk, and was just barely getting through his days. It’s sad to see someone fade away like that, especially when its family. Thankfully my family held together strong. I was there for them and it was a nice time to get closer to everyone.

I think about how blessed I am to have the family I have. If you need something, whether its assistance with school or just moral suppose, their there. Isn’t that what family is for?

As I lay here in bed writing this bed, I look back to all of the incredible times I had with my great grandpa. When we went to Wisconsin every year or the multiple times I would see him during the holiday. I miss you so much, but I know you are in a better place right now. A much better place.

Sorry for making this post a little depressing. I feel like I had to just get this off my chest, as that is why I created this blog. Not everything is perfect, rainbows, and happiness. Sometimes you have to be real and this is the time for it.

Summer Outfit - Valentino Plaid Shirt, American Eagle Jeans, Lanvin for H&M Sunglasses, Christian Louboutin John John shoes
Summer Outfit - Valentino Plaid Shirt, American Eagle Jeans, Lanvin for H&M Sunglasses, Christian Louboutin John John shoes
Summer Outfit - Valentino Plaid Shirt, American Eagle Jeans, Lanvin for H&M Sunglasses, Christian Louboutin John John shoes
Summer Outfit - Valentino Plaid Shirt, American Eagle Jeans, Lanvin for H&M Sunglasses, Christian Louboutin John John shoes
Summer Outfit - Valentino Plaid Shirt, American Eagle Jeans, Lanvin for H&M Sunglasses, Christian Louboutin John John shoes
Summer Outfit - Valentino Plaid Shirt, American Eagle Jeans, Lanvin for H&M Sunglasses, Christian Louboutin John John shoes
Summer Outfit - Valentino Plaid Shirt, American Eagle Jeans, Lanvin for H&M Sunglasses, Christian Louboutin John John shoes

What I’m Wearing:

valentino plaid shirt // american eagle jeans (similar)

grey ant status sunglasses (similar) // christan louboutin john john shoes

Christian Louboutin Men's Pedro Boot

The Perfect Boot(s)

You’re probably thinking I’m nuts that I’m talking about boots in the middle of summer. Well I’m a little crazy… about boots of course. I’ve always been a huge fan of boots. There’s something about a great pointed chelsea boot that completes an outfit for me.

The other day I was checking my Instagram feed during class (oops) and I noticed the Christian Louboutin boutique posted an image of their a new boot that had just released, the Pedro boot. I instantly began to slobber all over myself (classy right) and called the Christian Louboutin store in Chicago. They told me that they are not going to carry the style, but I am more than welcome to order it online or through the phone. I was pretty much devastated. Though I told myself by the end of July those shoes will be in my closet.

You can purchase these lovely boots right on the Louboutin site for $1,375.00 or you can either go to their men’s New York boutique or LA boutique and purchase them there. I know that these boots are sure to sell out, so make sure to snatch them while their available.

Christian Louboutin Men's Black Leather Pedro 60 mm Boot
Christian Louboutin Men's Black Leather Pedro 60 mm Boot

Since I have to wait till end of July to purchase the boots (Hello, I have bills to pay for), I decided to browse around to see what other similar brands were offering. I can’t up with this list.

Summer Outfit Post - Marc Jacobs Spring & Summer 2014 Floral Shirt, Christan Louboutin John John Shoes, Marc Jacobs Denim, Rodarte x OC Sunglasses

Adventure in Marc Jacobs

That past few days I think I’ve had a shopping bug. It all started when I was checking out all of my normal online shopping sites (like here, here, and here) and saw that Marc Jacobs was having a 70% off sale. Since I’ve been a fan of Marc Jacobs ready to wear for a while, I know that they usually have 2-3 sales a year where everything from the past season goes to 70% off. As I browsing the site, this gorgeous plaid shirt instantly caught my eye.

Right away I called the Marc Jacobs store on Walton to see if they had the shirt in my size in stock. Andrew, the Marc Jacobs sales associate, said that unfortunately the shirt that I wanted was sold out completely throughout the company. I asked him if they had any shirts with the similar fabric combination (the shirt was made out of silk and cotton = perfect for the summer). He mentioned that they had a floralesque shirt from the SS14 collection and a white shirt in my size. I told him that after my yoga class that I will be there to try them on.

After my yoga class I decided to take a Lyft because I was too lazy to ride the train. Tyler, my Lyft driver, was extremely patient and sweet when picking me up. As we headed to the boutique, we talked about school and our lives to ignore the tons of traffic that we were stuck in. After being in the car for almost 30 minutes, I finally arrived at the Marc Jacobs boutique.

I’ve been in the boutique a few times but have never actually purchased anything. It’s pretty awesome how different the Marc by Marc Jacobs and Marc Jacobs stores are. Simple, chic, classic is what came to mind when I entered into the store. I was greeted by Andrew, who was decked out in head-to-toe Marc Jacobs. He prompted me to the dressing room and the rest is seriously history.

I ended up purchasing three shirts in total. Two of the floral hawaiian shirts (one has to be shipped from the New York store) and one white dress shirt with an unfinished hemmed locked. I can tell you that I’m now officially in love with Marc Jacob’s main brand. Maybe it’s because I’m getting older and wiser, but there’s just something about the quality of the garments that amazed me.

Good job Marc Jacobs. You have won me over.

Summer Outfit Post - Marc Jacobs Spring & Summer 2014 Floral Shirt, Christan Louboutin John John Shoes, Marc Jacobs Denim, Rodarte x OC Sunglasses
Summer Outfit Post - Marc Jacobs Spring & Summer 2014 Floral Shirt, Christan Louboutin John John Shoes, Marc Jacobs Denim, Rodarte x OC Sunglasses
Summer Outfit Post - Marc Jacobs Spring & Summer 2014 Floral Shirt, Christan Louboutin John John Shoes, Marc Jacobs Denim, Rodarte x OC Sunglasses
Summer Outfit Post - Marc Jacobs Spring & Summer 2014 Floral Shirt, Christan Louboutin John John Shoes, Marc Jacobs Denim, Rodarte x OC Sunglasses
Summer Outfit Post - Marc Jacobs Spring & Summer 2014 Floral Shirt, Christan Louboutin John John Shoes, Marc Jacobs Denim, Rodarte x OC Sunglasses
Summer Outfit Post - Marc Jacobs Spring & Summer 2014 Floral Shirt, Christan Louboutin John John Shoes, Marc Jacobs Denim, Rodarte x OC Sunglasses
Summer Outfit Post - Marc Jacobs Spring & Summer 2014 Floral Shirt, Christan Louboutin John John Shoes, Marc Jacobs Denim, Rodarte x OC Sunglasses
Summer Outfit Post - Marc Jacobs Spring & Summer 2014 Floral Shirt, Christan Louboutin John John Shoes, Marc Jacobs Denim, Rodarte x OC Sunglasses
Summer Outfit Post - Marc Jacobs Spring & Summer 2014 Floral Shirt, Christan Louboutin John John Shoes, Marc Jacobs Denim, Rodarte x OC Sunglasses
What I’m Wearing:

Marc Jacobs SS14 floral shirt (similar) // Marc by Marc Jacobs jeans (similar)

 Christian Louboutin John John shoes // Nixon Time Teller watch

Lust Limited bracelet // Rodarte x Opening Ceremony Sunglasses (similar)

Summer Outfit - Plaid

Summer Plaid

I wasn’t sure if I should name this post summer or spring plaids. Although we are technically in summer, the past few days have been extremely rainy.

I’m the kind’ve person that easily gets affected by the weather. If it’s extremely sunny outside then 9 times out of 10 I’m in a good mood. If it’s stormy and dark outside then I’m usually in a weird/foggy mood. It also doesn’t help that school has been such a pain in the booty. Enough venting.

Recently I’ve been pretty obsessed with J.Crew. For some reason I just want everything J.Crew. Not sure if it’s because of the weather or what but I’m totally feeling the preppy vibe. So don’t be surprised if you see lots of J.Crew in the next few upcoming posts.

Summer Outfit - Plaid
Summer Outfit - Plaid
Summer Outfit - Plaid
Summer Outfit - Plaid
Summer Outfit - Plaid

 

What I’m Wearing:

jcrew plaid shirt // marc by marc jacobs skinny jeans

comme des garcon converse // nixon time teller watch // lust bracelet

Summer School Outfit

Outfit Post: Summer School

Oh how I was dreading this day would never come. Monday was the first day of hell summer school. I was basically forced to take summer school due to deciding to pursue a minor in Spanish so late in the game. I know, I know you’re probably thinking, is it worth taking summer school plus deciding to graduate in Fall 2015? Well I think so. After endless of emails and meetings with my counselor, we decided that having an undergrad degree in Marketing with a minor in Spanish is essential in the business world. Why?

Well being able to speak another language and having a piece of paper that proves your ability to speak another language, broadens your horizons. Since I’m not born into wealth or go to ivy league school, I have to find a way to make myself stand out against the thousands that are competing for the same position. Spanish is the way to do so, as well as many other things of course.

Thank god the session that I’m taking is only 8 weeks of my life. Meaning I’m not going to have a life for the next 8 weeks. So if I haven’t posted in forever, please please email me and tell me to get my crap together.

Summer School Outfit 2

Summer School Outfit 3

Summer School Outfit 4

Summer School Outfit 5

What I’m Wearing

guess plaid shirt (similar) // american eagle denim (similar)

 birkenstock arizona sandals // jack spade backpack // rolex submariner

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