GQ Hipster

First post

First post

Sometimes in life, you need a fresh start.  Some people change cities, some change their social groups, and others decide to express it artistically by singing, painting, playing music, or writing.  And since I can’t do any of the former, “I’ve decided to take my talents to writing”.  This blog is going to encompass anything and everything, including (but not limited to): fashion, philosophy, food, music, traveling, entrepreneurship, religion, politics, and society.  It’s a completely uncensored version of who I am, and it’s a process that’s helping me find my purpose in this world.
The photograph featured is from Studio City, CA and features 2 of me (as if one wasn’t enough!).  There’s a story behind everything being represented in the picture.
The sunglasses are “Ray-Bans”, but it’s not one of those typical situations where I walked into a Sunglass Hut and decided that I needed a new pair of shades.  I was actually helping my parents look for something in their room a few years ago, and while rummaging through my dads’ drawer, I found these cool specs.  I asked if he wore them anymore, and he reluctantly responded “nope…you can have them if you want.”  Of course me being the shameless, selfish person that I am, I took them, and have been wearing them ever since. The shades are an extremely classy pair of Ban’s from the 60’s (dad really takes care of his stuff).  The pair has a leather finish around the frames and has been kept in amazing condition.  Lots of pressure on me now to maintain that quality…
The iPhone 6+ case is a wooden finish body wrap from “SlickWraps”.  I bought it on www.touchofmodern.com, thinking it was a real wooden case until of course it was delivered and the next thing you know, I’m blow drying the wrap onto my phone.  No regrets, though–I love the way it looks, even if it isn’t the safest option in the world.
The lapel pin (button) is from “HillSide” which is an awesome American based brand.  I found a collection of about 8 of the “buttons” at their downtown location after a Clippers’ game last year.  I’m obsessed with adding random accessories and layers whenever possible, so those pins are definitely some of my favorites.
The shirt is from “TopMan”.  Now for all the fashionista’s out there, we all know that TopShop and TopMan came from the UK (where fashion seems to always be one step ahead of the game).  TopMan is one of those stores where I’ve spent hours, without realizing where time goes.  Anyone with a love for fashion can walk into a TopShop or TopMan and find thousands of creative ways to style themselves.  It’s a no-brainer!
The jacket (one of my favorites EVER) is from “J Crew”.  Guilty truth–my jacket size is normally a 38R, however, when I went to the J Crew in the valley, they only had a 36S.  My love for tweed and wool goes beyond Fall and Winter.  So I bought the jacket and decided to hit the cardio a bit.  It’s probably a huge “fashionable offense” to wear a jacket that doesn’t coincide with your jacket size, but I couldn’t be bothered.  I love it and wear it quite often!  J Crew immediately became one of my favorite brands and they have different collections they feature.  Look up “Ludlow”–it’s definitely the way to go!
The jeans are”Zara”.  I don’t have too much to say about Zara.  It’s quite self-explanatory.  I’d guess that half of my closet consists of Zara, and most of my posts will mention Zara.  Very fashionable, fitted, and reasonable stuff.
The funky socks that you can barely see are from “Urban Outfitters”.  From what I can recall, I bought those socks the same day I bought the Hillside lapel pins from DTLA.  It was a random walk through the city after an afternoon basketball game.  Definitely a very fashion-inspired day.  It was at the point where I had just come back from China for the 3rd time and business was  consistently seeming to grow.  My “eye for fashion” had existed throughout, but I wasn’t always willing to take risks and take chances with the way I dressed.  Around the end of 2014 is when I began to open that door and let go.  It’s been fun…and now I get to write about it.  Feels like a win-win situation :)
The shoes!! The distressed gray beat up shoes are from “All Saints” (specifically speaking–the Vegas outlet at the Cosmo). The brand has changed drastically over the past few years.  The original founders sold their company  to a former Burberry executive, so the brand has a quite different vibe now.  I prefer the old All Saints.  The rebellion, the classy edge…it defined the GQ hipster.  I still love the brand, but it’s not what it once was.

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