Why wait until Black Friday to start loading up on holiday deals? East Dane‘s largest sale of the year starts today and nearly everything on their site is included in the deal. Load up on gifts for everyone on your list (did I mention ShopBop is running the same sale?) and save hundreds of dollars! You’ll save so much that you’ll be able to add a few things to your cart for yourself. And that makes it all worthwhile. Happy Holiday shopping everyone!
Fall is a fickle thing for us in Southern California. While the rest of the country embraced pumpkin spice lattes and leaf piles we were still over here sipping iced tea and hanging out under palm trees. It can make it difficult to get dressed because no matter how hard we try or how many layers we put on the California sunshine always has a mind of its own. Enter the short sleeve hoodie.
This time of year is when light layers really have their day in the sun. I wore this outfit a week or so ago when it was a bit warmer than this week (I mean it’s finally down to 72 degrees so I’m basically piled under sweaters at this point), but the combination is timeless. I love the mix of a pleated dress pant worn casually with a lightweight jersey hoodie and some sneakers. The mix of high and low pieces feel like a bold, stylish statement when in reality I was so incredibly comfortable that I’m dying to wear a variation of this outfit again. I mean believe you me, I would never think pleated pants and a short sleeve sweatshirt would be a winning combo but I think the photos speak for themselves.
Make sure you check out Cotton Hood for a great selection of quality basics.
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November is officially here and with it the job of raising awareness for men’s health issues. Campaigns like Movember and No Shave November have risen in popularity to spark conversations about men’s health issues like testicular and prostate cancers. I am in 100% support of these causes but if you’re interested in getting something back for your support (I mean everyone likes to get something from their good deeds right?), then head over to Neon Bandits. For the entire month of November Neon Bandits is donating 50% of their online sales to benefit prostate cancer research as part of their #Grabapair to #Saveapair campaign. So not only will you be helping benefit prostate cancer research but you’ll have some sick socks too!
Now more than ever is the perfect time to #Grabapair!
Check out my post on Neon Bandits here.
Is it wrong of me to miss the days when timepieces and watches were appreciated for their classic timelessness (pardon the pun) and not for their ability to alert us to a new email or text? In a time when tech has taken over every aspect of my life I still value the classic elegance that a good old fashioned watch provides. I don’t need a watch to alert me to the weather or ding when a friend is persistently trying to get a hold of me. No, I merely need it to tell me the time. Well that and look great. The new line of Itero pocket watches does just that.
Made from high quality stainless steel and sapphire crystal glass these stunning timepieces hark back to a simpler time when men were gentlemen and style wasn’t optional but necessary. A time when looking at your watch brought not just the impending dread that you are in fact running late (no, just me?) but also the joy of looking at something incredibly beautiful. The awesome color combinations are so versatile that any choice would fit perfectly in any stylish man’s accessory wardrobe. However, aside from the sheer beauty of these pocket watches, the practical addition of a solid wood (from Slovenia) pocket watch stand turns the timepiece into a work of art fit for any desk or nightstand, not to mention a stylish way to store the watch.
I think the most appealing part of the Itero watch collection is that they are just so unique. I could see pairing these with both a casual jeans and tee sort of look as well as more pulled together and polished look. The watches combine the beauty of a modern, sleek watch with the bold body style of a vintage timepiece that will not only look great with anything but also set you apart from every other watch wearing average Joe out there. And in the game of personal style sporting something special and unique will put you miles ahead of the others.
Two things I love about fall fashion: sweaters and boots. There’s just nothing like a good boot and warm sweater to get me into the season. Now while it did cool down for a day or two last weekend (it even rained) it’s back to being in the eighties and while it definitely doesn’t feel like fall around these parts, I couldn’t wait any longer to start layering up with sweaters and slipping on boots. In order to stay cool I opted for a lightweight slub cotton shawl-collar cardigan since it is still a little warm for full-blown wool sweaters. But at least this sweater gives the effect that a thicker, heavier outer layer provides to an outfit. Keeping with the cool trend, I chose these lightweight cotton joggers instead of a thicker denim pant option to keep me cool enough to layer up. Those are all fine and good, but my favorite thing about this outfit are these amazing Volcom boots. They are a great blend of style and practicality. The contrast between the rich amber leather and the soft white rubber sole looks great and they are insanely comfortable. The insoles are literally made of clouds (no one has confirmed this for me yet but I’m pretty sure I’m on the right track). And, an added perk that a lot of my workboots don’t have is the extra padding in the ankle area. Usually with rugged boots, while they look great, you don’t always get the comfort factor covered. That’s why it makes so much sense for a company like Volcom to turn out more fashionable footwear choices like rugged workboots; they know comfort. Their skate heritage prepared them perfectly for developing a great boot with tons of comfort. So it seems that both Volcom and I were born for boots. Hats off to you my friends!
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In some ways my wife and I could be considered opposites. She’s an early to bed early to rise sort of gal. I’m a night owl who loves sleeping in (though I usually regret it when I haven’t done anything and it’s noon). But in some ways we are essentially the same exact person and we have so many interests that line up. The most obvious to anyone who knows us is that we are completely and utterly addicted to clothing. Our closets are overflowing and we could sit and debate about whose wardrobe is more out of control but let’s just say there are no winners (or are we both winners?). Regardless, there is no doubt that we have a shared interest in clothing. And I’m not quite sure how it happens but whenever we leave the house together we inevitably end up wearing outfits that are similar. Whether it’s a similar color palette or comparable pieces we somehow always end up accidentally mirroring each other. No joke, without knowing, the day that my wife decided to pull out a pair of white denim this summer was the day I decided to dust mine off and rock them as well. It’s actually quite convenient really. A little coordination never hurt anybody and together we can set the tone no matter where we go.
We are, and always will be stylishly in sync and the other day was no exception. We both chose to rock a neutral look to make our new shoes stand out. I mean when they’re decked out in colors like these you can’t help but want to show them off. Our neutral looks played well off of each other, her in a tan midi skirt and classic striped tee and me in a soft blue trouser with a cream sweater. My mustard-soled suede oxfords and her bright blue suede pumps while pretty opposite work oh so well together, much like us. Finding your perfect pair can be a challenge unless you’re looking for a new pair of shoes 😉
Interested in a female perspective? Check out my wife’s take on our looks over on her blog.
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Tommy John recently conducted a survey and confronted men about an aspect of the style world men rarely discuss: their underwear. For men, personal style is about a few key things: comfort and looking good. But for whatever reason men hardly take into account the importance of comfort in their most basic layers, like their underwear and undershirts. It’s the piece that is you wear closest to your body yet many guys don’t even think about how to ensure it’s doing the most it can do for you. Wearing underwear that is comfortable means you aren’t distracted by bunching and pinching. This all leads to a more stylish, confident you. Next time you open up your underwear drawer take a second and think about if your underwear is doing all it can do to set you up for success. Check out the infographic below:
Visit Tommy John for a wide selection of comfortable basics that look and feel amazing.
Today is officially the first day of fall and there are signs of it all around. It’s already getting darker earlier for one. At night it is definitely cooling off which could be seen as a sign that fall is here. Perhaps the most obvious sign that autumn is upon us is the obsession with everything pumpkin coming back out of hibernation. However, regardless of what date or season the calendar says it is, it is still hitting the high eighties here and that calls for some serious transitional style choices. It’s too warm to dive head first into pants, sweaters, scarves, and jackets so in the meantime a classic jean and tee look is as good as it’s going to get.
These khaki colored jeans are the perfect piece for a transitional look. They capture that “the leaves are changing” color palette and spice (pumpkin spice?) things up now that I’m ready for a change. I chose to stick with a classic white tee because A) it’s classic (hello) and; B) it kept me cool out and about in the hellish sun (apparently no one told the sun to cool it yet). An easy way to transition to fall was to dig these leather chukkas out of the back of my closet (a scary place) and let them see the light of day. Side note: boots are one of my favorite things about fall and this year I have got some goodies to start sharing with you so stay tuned!
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I know I’ve talked about how I wish summer would just go away… like leave us alone and don’t come back. At least not until we change our mind. We are fickle here in Southern California. We enjoy the sun until we think it’s time to hate it. And then boy do we turn on it. Maybe I’m just grumpy because I’ve had the flu for four days. Even thought I really shouldn’t complain. It was the best possible combination of sickness. I had awful body aches, a fever, and a headache, but none of the awful symptoms that can sometimes accompany the flu. I took a day and a half days off work which I have to say was pleasant. I got caught up on rest and only checked my phone to like the occasional Instagram pic or two. It was nice and now I’m feeling better and ready to be back in the game.
Dad style, dad bod, etc. has become quite the topic of conversation as of late, particularly in the world of getting dressed. I have to say that I’m glad the dad bod trend didn’t stick around. But dad-inspired style is something I can definitely get behind. I mean it centers around comfort so of course I’m in. But just because it looks like the pieces could be from the back of your dad’s closet doesn’t mean that it can’t be stylish (Dad, if you’re reading this, you are plenty stylish so that comment doesn’t pertain to you). Taking pieces that could be considered traditionally dad-ish and styling them the right way takes it from fatherly to fashionable.
Try buttoning that pique polo up all the way to look a little trendier. Ensure you tuck the front of your shirt ever so slightly into your shorts to give the illusion of being slightly disheveled. A drawstring short, while comfortable and convenient, can be elevated with a cool print and a tailored fit. Lastly, choosing to accessorize with an awesome pair of sneakers and a classic watch (and maybe a bracelet) will keep you rocking the dad trend without feeling like you’ve got to get home to the children.
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I’m not going to lie… there are a few outfits that when I put them on I can’t wait to wear them again. And yes, that means that I do in fact repeat outfits every once in a while. Those days when you just want to look good and you remember that awesome outfit you wasted on something where no one saw you to truly appreciate it. You know those days… This outfit is one that I’ve worn a couple times this summer (or maybe three) with different shoe and accessory variations, but same outfit nonetheless. I discovered how much I love mixing prints this summer and this look in particular is one of my favorite ways to do it. The shirt has a small, subtle abstract line design and the shorts have a bold, but almost neutral floral print. Together they look awesome.
As much as I love this outfit, I’m definitely ready to retire my shorts and short sleeved shirts to the back of the closet and pull out some sweaters and wool trousers. As I’m writing this I can hear the woosh of the AC blasting and hitting my face because it’s ninety degrees outside. Alas, no fall wardrobe switch yet but it’s coming. I can feel it.
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