I’m all about casual Fridays. Throw on a pair of comfy denim, a baggy t-shirt, sneakers, and a bomber jacket and your all set for the day. I love this particular look because you can easily transition from a day to night look. Sometimes I just don’t have time to change going from work to dinner or school to dinner, so mixing some casual pieces with dressy pieces is essential.
Also (a little off topic) I completely forgot to mention that Gilt City’s Warehouse Sale will be coming back to Chicago tonight (the 17th) and tomorrow (Saturday, October 18th). If you haven’t bought tickets, make sure you do because you sure won’t want to miss it. Last Warehouse Sale I ended up finding some gorgeous black Chloe Susanna boots that were marked down 60% off in mint condition. Too bad I’m not a girl or else they would’ve definitely been in my closet.
The schedule for the Gilt City’s Warehouse sale is:
- Friday, October 17, 9:30PM-11:30PM, $20
- Saturday, October 18, 9AM-11AM, $10
- Saturday, October 18, 11AM-1PM, $10
- Saturday, October 18, 1PM-3PM, $10
- Saturday, October 18, 3PM-5PM, $10
You can still buy tickets right here. I’ll be at the media shopping session tonight. If you decide to stop by, make sure and say hi! I can’t wait. Hope to see you guys tonight.
Usually when I receive emails about sales I put them directly into the trash. It seems like I just get endless amounts of emails from J.Crew about their “biggest sales yet” and a couple days after that email I get another sales reminder. I get it, I get it, and oh I get it.
A few days ago I received an email from one of my favorite retailers, East Dane, mentioning they were having a 25% off family and friends sale start Tuesday the 14th (yesterday). I jumped for joy and went straight to putting stuff into my shopping cart. You know how I’ve been eying those Rick Owens for Adidas runners? Well, they made it inside my cart with a few other goodies.
I ended up having to decide between getting a few pairs of A.P.C jeans, another Canada Goose jacket(since the weather will be changing soon) or the Rick Owens x Adidas sneakers. I took a look at my wardrobe and slowly began to eliminate things from my shopping cart. I was finally left with these babies.
PS: To get the 25% off, simply use the promo code FAMILY25 when checking out. You can use this code either at East Dane or ShopBop (for the ladies).
If your wondering where I have been, I’ve been on my death bed for the past two weeks. It started two Saturdays ago when I slept for 14 hours straight. I felt so sick when I woke up, but thought it due to oversleeping. I ended up having a 102 degree fever for four days. I decided to go to the ER because it was going to be 2 weeks until my actual doctor saw me and I could barely move. I received three antibiotics (which I can’t stand) and I was off to watching endless amount of television. Oh I also have been doing a bunch of online shopping for sweaters and new sneakers.
The ER doctor mentioned that I would have to do another checkup with my primary doctor 1-3 days after my ER visit. Since my primary doctor was once again booked, I decided to see another doctor. She took a few tests and explained to me that I had strep throat. Great. Not only was a feeling like poop, but now my throat was killing me and I could barely eat anything.
Two weeks later, I’m feeling a little bit better. Still not 100% but I’m getting there. Unfortunately due to my lack of training and being sick for two weeks, the Chicago Marathon is not happening this year. As much as I will be hurting to run it, I think its a smart idea not to do it.
Thankfully I’m back in action and I’m sorry about not posting. Yes, I’m still alive.
One of my favorite online store, East Dane, is celebrating their 1 year anniversary opening and want to give back to all of the people who made it all happen. They are giving you a chance to win one of 4 weekly prices and a $2,000 East Dane gift certificate by showcasing your biggest moment on Instagram. All you have to do is include #1BigYearSweeps and @EastDane on your Instagram post and your entered. Easy right? I know I’m definitely going to take advantage of the giveaway. Who doesn’t love free clothes? I know with the weather changing, I’m sure we can all use some nice sport coats.
If you haven’t taken a look at East Dane, make sure to check out their incredible selection of men’s sweaters, men’s jeans(3×1 being some of my favorites), men’s boots, and much more. Below are some of my current favorite items from East Dane.
I took a mini trip to NYC to see a bunch old friends. It was great but the sad thing was I didn’t take much pictures this trip. This trip was focused on trying to relax after a rough work and summer session. The weather was bearable, which was a plus, and I got to do most all of the things that were on my checklist.
Surprisingly I was a good boy and didn’t shop too much, but I did pick up this long Rick Owens shirt at Barney’s NY. On the first day I purchased a bunch of things from Oak NYC, but decided against the items and returned them.
Probably one of my highlights of the entire trip is seeing all of my friends and SoulCycle. Oh man, oh man am I obsessed now. Its completely different from FlyWheel as it really is a fully body workout. I seriously can’t wait till it comes to Chicago, because I will definitely be altering between FlyWheel and SoulCycle.
So the big question is when will I be back? Well I’ll thinking making a small trip in November but still a little unsure with school back in action. I’ll definitely keep you guys up to date and if you want to see more pictures from my mini trip, check out my Instagram @ChicOverload.
I die, I die, I die. GQ UK had the exclusive inside look at the new Alexander Wang for H&M collection and it’s so Alexander Wang. Everyone was worried that Alexander Wang would lose his aesthetic for the collection, but it’s definitely there. Dark, boxy, sporty, is what makes up the collection. The fabrics look aesthetically pleasing. The question is will the collection feel luxuriously like his main collection or like T by Alexander Wang? Only time will tell.
I noticed a lot of WANG over the collection. Not sure if I’m a huge fan of it or not. I know that I definitely need that grey WANG sweater and those white Air Force One-esque sneakers though. Their the perfect pieces for Fall and school.
PS: Try not to drool over these pictures too much.
I finally got around to posting these incredible pictures that Tek, photographer behind DrunkOnShoes, took of Sammy and I. He’s such an incredible photographer and makes me feel like a star when I’m in front of the camera.
This post is basically dedicated to the tank I’m wearing. It’s lightweight, soft, and I want it in every color. It’s from Rick Owens little sister brand DRKShdw, which somehow fits me a bit better than Rick’s regular line. Its the perfect transition and layering piece for all seasons. You guys know that I’m all about investing in basics and this is a piece that every guy can easily pull off.
I know that DRKShdw and Rick Owens can be a little steep for some guys, so here and here are great alternatives from Topman.
Hats, hats, hats. Whether it’s a Supreme camp hat, a baseball camp, or a fedora, who doesn’t love them? I decided to purchase my first “big boy” hat purchase yesterday at Goorin Bros hat store. I have been debating of either investing in a Maison Michel fedora hat(insane) or a fedora hat that was less than $200 (hello All Saints). After much debate, I decided to go with a cheaper option then later invest in a gorgeous Maison Michel hat. The #1 reason being that I’m not sure if I’ll wear the hat that often (cost per use formula).
Let’s just say that I’m loving it. It’s crazy how something as simple as a hat can change an outfit completely. I can say that I will definitely be investing in a Maison Michel hat next month. So how did this hat obsession start? Take a look below and tell me that you don’t want a black wide brim fedora now.
You’re probably curious as to why the title of this blog post is called The Dark Side. Well it all starts with Samm Mackin. Everyone always asks us how we first met. Anyways, we surprisingly met about three years ago at the Chicago Fashion Incubator. I actually took his picture at the event, because I loved his style. At the time, he was weirded out about why I was approaching him and had no clue who I was (most people didn’t). We ended up bumping into each other multiple times throughout the years and the rest is history.
Not only have I seen Samm grow as a successful person, but he has also seen me grow as a person. From being a student at Columbia to now being the assistant buyer at Gallery Aesthete (one of my new favorite stores), the guy has it going for him. One thing about Samm that hasn’t really changed so much over the years is his style. Dark, Rick, black, Rick, Borris, Damir, Comme Des Garcon, you get the point? His style is minimal and perfect.
Samm, being the friend he is, would always give me so much crap about how much color I wore. I would say that 98% of his closet is made up of black. Surprisingly in these pictures he’s wearing a “bit” of color. Finally I caved in and bought a pair of Rick Owens boots on sale. The boots sat in my closet for almost a year. Recently I took them out and I fell in love with them again. Rick Owens is my obsession. Effortless chic is what Rick Owens is to me. So Sammy was successful on bringing me over to the dark side (if you couldn’t tell throughout my recent outfit posts).
Thanks Sammy for making me obsessed with Rick and black.
I know, I know. No one ever wants to hear the words “back to school.” Not your professors, not your colleagues, but a student gotta do what a student gotta do. Ever since I came back from my trip to NYC, it seems like I’ve been adding tons of pieces to my “back to school closet.” A few pieces from Rick, Topman, and surprisingly Uniqlo. Though East Dane just released their back to school selection and I’m totally sold.
Some of the must- have brands for back to school season are 3×1(incredible denim), Public School, and A.P.C. Simple and comfortable is what my school uniform is made up (aka the brands that I listed). Below are a few of my favorites that are currently in my shopping cart right now.