Back to School Essentials

Fall Back to School Essentials


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.

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Airport Uniform

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I used to be the kind of guy that would dress up to go to the airport. I finally realized there is no point in dressing up to go to the airport. The reason? You’re going to be wrinkling your entire outfit when you’re on the plane and number two you’re probably going to end up changing your outfit when you get to your final destination.

For me, comfy airport chic is totally in. Give me black sweats, black tee, a hat to hide greasy hair, comfy nikes and I’m ready to jet.

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What I’m Wearing:

Topman t-shirt // H&M sweatpants (similar) // Nike Footscape sneakers (similar)

Supreme camp hat // Lanvin for H&M sunglasses (similar)

Celine nano luggage tote (similar) // Rolex Submariner // Prada teddy bear charm

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To Cartier or Not to Cartier

Over the past few years everyone has been lusting for love. The Cartier Love collection be exact. According to Cartier, the LOVE collection is one of their most iconic collections to date (and their best selling too). It’s simple, understated, and expensive as hell. Who won’t want a piece of Love?

I’m extremely fortunate to have three lovely Love pieces in my collection, but of course being the person I am, I just need one more to complete the collection. The ultimate piece from the Love collection, the Love bracelet. There’s just something about the bracelet(s) that attracts celebrities, such as Kendall Jenner and the Instagramer behind UpCloseAndStylish, to stack them. Here are some mouth watering pictures that will make you wish you were them.


So now that I probably have your attention, the question is should I get a Love bracelet. If so, which gold should I get it in? I know that I’ve been lusting over the bracelet so much that I actually got an alternative to save the place of my hopefully future Love bracelet.

What do you guys think? Is the white gold really worth the additional $500 or should I just go big or go home? So many questions, but when it’s a big purchase like this – it’s a must.

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Bringing Out Old Goodies

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I just love going through my closet and seeing what cool (and weird) stuff I have bought over the years. It’s fun and also scary to see how your style has evolved for the better or the worst. I know a few years ago I was all about the color, color, color. I could not get enough of neon orange. Now I look at those items and ask myself, Why in the heck did I ever buy those pieces? I guess trends play a huge role into what you buy at the moment of time. Who knows, maybe I’ll be buying neon clothing in a few years. The reason why I brought this topic up is because a friend recently asked me why I’m selling a lot of my designer pieces on Vaunte. I instantly told him that there are a few reasons why…

  1. It’s good money.
  2. If you’re not using the stuff, why do you need to hoard it?
  3. My style has evolved.

It’s as simple as that. I’m definitely am not a hoarder. So if I haven’t worn the piece for over a year, then its going directly to Vaunte. If you don’t know what Vaunte is, I wrote an article about it a few months ago – so check it out.

The other reason why this topic was brought up was because I brought out my first designer bag I ever bought a few days ago. My beloved Alexander Wang Rocco bag in pony hair was my first baby. I remember how excited I was when it finally came in the mail. I had been lusting over the bag for several years and finally got my hands on one. It’s those special memories that make the bag feel brand new. Now I’m thinking about keeping the bag instead of selling it. Uhm, that Chanel Boy bag does look pretty though.

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What I’m Wearing:

Topman tee (similar) // Acne Ace Cash jeans // Jimmy Choo Baxter biker boots (similar)

Alexander Wang Rocco bag (similar) // Supreme Camp hat

Rolex Submariner // Lust Limted bracelet // Hermes Collier de Chien

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Current Obsession: Baggy Tee’s

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I should’ve probably changed the title of this post, since I’ve been obsessed with baggy tees for like a year now. Why? Well they’re comfy, simple, minimal, and chic (well for the most part).

Ever since street wear has been such a hot trend, it seems like every designer it making some kind of tee and sweatpants. Whether it’s lounge wear or actual sweats, I’m all about it. Though some of the prices can definitely be jaw dropping. $200+ for sweatpants? Look no further then here. You do have to take into consideration the quality and the fabrics that are used, but they’re still pricey.

This goes the same for t-shirts. You can purchase Hanes t-shirts for less than $10 or a Rick Owens t-shirt for $395. Although their both considered to be t-shirts, they are each very different. My favorite brands of baggy t-shirts are definitely A.P.C, Alexander Wang, Rick Owens, and Topman. So below are some of my favorite street style pictures of guys in baggy t-shirts. Take a look at them and gain a little inspiration of how you would wear a baggy tee.

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Images courtesy of ASOS // Pinterest // MyManyBags

 

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It All Comes to an End

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From working a bunch at Sable to going to school 5 days a week, this summer has been pretty crazy for me. It sucks that I only get to enjoy 2 weeks of summer break, but I’m definitely going to make the best of it.

The past week has been a roller coaster ride for me. I had two finals to take (which one I didn’t do so hot on, ouch) and Soho House had a soft opening party on Saturday. If you know me, I’ve been dying to check out the new house. When I lived in New York, my old boss always talked about Soho House and how great it was. You’re probably asking why I never went. Well, at the time I was only 19 years old. The fun at Soho House all begins when you’re 21. Now that I’m 21, I can utilize all of the perks and benefits the House has to offer.

On the educational side in my world, I basically died during finals. One piece of advice I wish I had before taking summer classes at a University versus a community college is make sure you’re able to devote as much time as you would in a full time job. No one ever said managing a full time job and taking two summer classes was going to be easy, because it surely wasn’t.

Thankfully I’m all done with summer classes, which I’ll never have to take again in my life. So goodbye to summer school and hello two weeks of summer…. Then fall semester comes.

What I'm Wearing: Marc Jacobs RTW Floral Shirt, Acne Ace Cash Jeans, Topman Design Colored Sneakers, Rolex Submariner. What I'm Wearing: Marc Jacobs RTW Floral Shirt, Acne Ace Cash Jeans, Topman Design Colored Sneakers, Rolex Submariner.What I'm Wearing: Marc Jacobs RTW Floral Shirt, Acne Ace Cash Jeans, Topman Design Colored Sneakers, Rolex Submariner.What I'm Wearing: Marc Jacobs RTW Floral Shirt, Acne Ace Cash Jeans, Topman Design Colored Sneakers, Rolex Submariner.

What I’m Wearing:

Marc Jacobs SS14 Floral shirt (similar on SALE!) // Acne Ace Cash jeans

Topman Design sneakers // Rolex Submariner

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It’s Coming… Soho House Chicago

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After months and months of rumors, it’s true – Soho House is coming to Chicago. The exclusive members-only club, noted for put creatives minds in the same room, will be opening on August 11th for members. Guests who are not members, are able to start booking rooms now for their stays on September 1st.

Right across from Nellcôte, the house will be located on Greene Street in the (super hot) West loop neighborhood. What’s really interesting about the building that the new house will reside in is that it used to be a belting factory. The actual house is five floors (of heaven), including two public restaurants, a spa, 40 hotel rooms, a screening room, and much much more.

For some odd reason when I think of Soho House, I think of the episode of Sex and the City when Samantha Jones finds a membership card and tries to sneak in. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, just see for yourself. It’s hilarious.

A few weeks ago when I grabbed some grub at Little Goat with my family, I took a little peak at the house. All I have to say is that it looks incredible. Chic, chic, and chic. Whose ready? I know I am.

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Images courtesy of Soho House

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Outfit Post - Denim On Denim

Denim on Denim

Outfit Post - Denim On Denim
Denim on denim. What do you think? Some people are obsessed with the trend and others are just scared of saying it. I was one of those guys.

I have seen so many terrible denim on denim outfits that I was extremely nervous to give it a try. It’s one of those things that sounds so easy to do, but it’s actually more difficult than you think. Just think about Britney and Justin Timberlake’s fail attempt at making denim on denim happen.

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The key thing of perfection a chic denim on denim outfit is using two different shades of denim. In my outfit, I decided to pair a baggy denim shirt with a pair of dark washed denim skinnies. Creating lines in a denim on denim outfit is an essential. My favorite brands for denim are A.P.C, Baldwin Denim, and Acne.

Although it has been a trend for a while now (and I’m super late on posting about this), I feel like this a trend that is not necessarily a trend but more so a staple in fashion.

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What I’m Wearing:

topshop denim shirt (similar) // marc by marc jacobs denim (similar)

comme des garcon converse // margiela g-shock watch (similar)

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(Dream) Lollapalooza Lineup

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I know everyone is dying right now, since Lollapalooza starts tomorrow. Lollapalooza is such a big deal for not only music lovers but for the city of Chicago as well. Some Chicagoans love it, while others hate that every street is closed due to the festival and traffic is insane.

Unfortunately while my sister has the time of her life at Lollapalooza, I’ll be working. This doesn’t mean that I can’t make my dream lineup for all three days. So this post is to everyone that will be at Lollapalooza and can think of me being there in spirit.

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Friday, August 1st

First day I’ll take it easy and check out Lorde from 6:45 till 7:45 PM at the Budlight stage, then I’ll run over to Samsung Galaxy stage to see Eminem perform from 8:30 till 10:00 PM.

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Saturday, August 2nd

The second day is probably my favorite of the three days. I’ll start my day off with Kate Nash at the Budlight state from 2:45 till 3:45 PM, then probably grab a bite to eat somewhere off the premise. I’ll head back to Grant Park to see my oh-so-favorite band Foster the People at the Samsung Galaxy stage from 6:15 – 7:15 PM, then end my day with Cut/Copy from 9:00 – 10:00 PM on The Grove stage.

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Sunday, August 3rd

The last day, after being extremely exhausted from the past two days, starts at 4 PM to see Cage The Elephant till 5:00 PM and then end my day with Kings of Leon from 8:15 till 10:00 PM.

photos courtesy of Lollapalooza

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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

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