By now, you guys know that I have a thing for colors–all colors!–and there’s something special about these 3, in particular, that amazes me, especially when they’re side by side! Each hue has a vibrancy and a strength to it that gets me revved up; plus, they have such a masculine tone, which is always a bonus in my book when it comes to dressing.
Interesting Fact #347: While some guys get in touch with their masculine side by playing
sports or driving cars, I get in touch with mine through my wardrobe. I LOVE executing
looks that are packed with [a boyish edge] in just the right way. I guess it makes sense why
my favorite designers all have pretty similar aesthetics…
Remember?! I talked about them in [this post].
This past weekend, I had some fun with my closet and put together a few monochromatic looks using these [POWER COLORS]. Each one has it’s own personality and flavor, don’t you think? And while any [single] piece of clothing from this color TRIO is great, head-to-toe looks are purely amazing. Check it out.
As you can see, HUNTER GREEN is my current favorite, so I gave it an encore!
So I’ve been reading this book entitiled [The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter- and How To Make The Most Of Them Now] by Dr. Meg Jay which subsequently is the inspiration for this rant. If you missed my first rant I posted a few months ago then you may think this is a bit different from our typical kind of posts but hey, sometimes it calls for a few changes. This has been one of the best reads I have picked up in a while and it has allowed me to explore many of my daily thoughts in more depth. One of which being the classic experiment in psychology known as [the jam experiment] discussed in the reading. It’ll make more sense if you’re unfamiliar in about 9.5 seconds…
There have been several times when someone has asked me how I have time for all the things that I do and how do I seem to do them all so well. In reality, I have so much to improve on but its quite simple and I’ll even put it in the terms of the experiment itself, “I’d rather have six different flavored jars of jam than twenty-four.” Some may be confused by that statement but its not at all complex. In life we tend to have dreams and aspirations of doing everything; especially when we are young. There is nothing wrong at all with being ambitious and fearless but one must remember to be smart, strategic and willing to be honest about what you’re good at and what you’re great at– we all know just being “good” enough doesn’t cut it. Back to the jam reference– imagine being offered a table of twenty-four flavors of jam to taste compared to a table with only six. Most would believe that the table with twenty-four is more appealing however, the table with twenty-four flavors could lead to absolute confusion. Although the table offers more variety compared to that of the one with six flavors, after you try all twenty-four flavors your taste buds will probably have no idea what just happened, let alone be able to decipher which one you prefer most. The table with six choices provides fewer flavors yet enough variety for you to make a decision on which ones you like and which ones you don’t like. It may be cliche’- a bit corny even, but that same “experiment” and rationale should be applied to your life. I’ve had conversations with so many co-workers, friends and strangers, all of which want/do so much yet never seem to master the true skill of any of the numerous things they “do”. Keep reading I’m not done just yet..
To break it down a bit more, i’ll apply this to my life and give you a brief overview of my strategic “blueprint” if you will. Growing up I was always in touch with my creative side. It ranged from attending a School of Performing and Visual Arts to watching/assisting my grandmother make clothes to writing short stories in elementary school that my teacher would read to the class during “story time”. As I became older and realized that high school was almost over and it was time to enter college, I decided to major in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. There were so many people who asked and still ask why I did not go to a design school or even major in Art. After long conversations with my mentors, parents and most importantly myself, I understood and began to think of the direction I wanted my life to go. I did what made the most sense to [me] and [my] overall goal, which has unsurprisingly changed a few times after “tasting a few flavors” and deciding which ones I enjoyed and which ones were a bit bland for my liking.
Although I was a Marketing major in school I found various ways to do what I loved and get even better at them. Just to name a few, I was Creative Director of the Homecoming Fashion Shows as well as the Director of Styling years before which lead to working some of the most sought after shows during Fashion Week. I did freelance work for a few Atlanta based magazines and Styled a few artists/photo-shoots which lead to published work in major publications. In addition, I consulted Fashion Brands and Music Artists in between exams and final presentations which has lead to the interest of other brands for potential collaboration/partnerships. The summer after my Junior year I interned in NYC for a major Retail Corporation, networked within (and outside of the company) and was offered a full time position as a Fashion Buyer upon graduation which leads me to where I am now. You see how one thing leads to another and how another thing can create an opportunity within something else? Even down to [The No Names] itself- its all strategic. The brands/artists we highlight, events we attend and even the people we follow on twitter (and those who follow us). You see where I’m going with this? Call me lame, call me crazy BUT I view life similar to that of a Buffet with endless options. Although you can have whatever you like, you should be aware of the aftermath and think about “how you want to feel in the morning”. Don’t get sick from mixing so much that it leaves you with an upset stomach and doesn’t allow you to savor the flavor. I believe I’ve said enough for now- RANT OVER!
This weekend got off to an early start for me with the help of one of my favorite [lifestyle brands]. Thursday night, Heineken took a lucky group of us on a boat ride across the East River to a not-so far off location, where we celebrated the new Heineken Star Bottle with endless drinks, good people, and great energy.
Needless to say, green was the color of the night. After the boat docked in my favorite borough, we entered what felt like the Emerald City packed into a warehouse (kinda like this <<< [click here]). The live art exhibits taking place and the energetic performance from fun. only added to the good vibe, making it another night to remember in my favorite city. Heineken’s events always offer a great translation for what “cool” means to them and I love that they share that with their audience so often and so openly. Once again, it was a job well-done from the “guys in green.”
[one of the best parts of the night for me]: This “secret” location just so happened to be in my backyard (quite literally). No late night taxicab confessions for me. I walked outside of the venue in the Navy Yard and was home in less than two minutes. Now, that’s icing on the cake.
Earlier tonight, my co-worker and I headed over to the Lincoln Center to check out the new Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s documentary and it was spectacular! It was so inspiring to see the ins and outs of such a monumental piece of the industry (and American culture as a whole). The documentary featured commentary from a multitude of major players and influencers in the world of fashion, from Vera Wang and Michael Kors to Marc Jacobs and Linda Fargo (of course!); and they just kept on coming, one after another. The film was packed with monumental figures and gems of inspiration from start to finish. If you’re any type of fan of the industry, it’s a must-see piece of work.
If you haven’t heard of it, visit the official website or check out the trailer below. For those of you in the NYC area, check your local listings for showtimes.
Earlier today, as I was getting ready to leave work, my co-worker shocked me when she mentioned tonight’s Met Gala. It’s crazy how quickly a year can pass. It feels like I JUST finished covering the red carpet looks for last year’s event on Kontrol Mag’s blog! Well, it’s that time again and the theme tonight is PUNK: Chaos to Couture! Sounds fun, right? The red carpet was filled with a variety of looks and, as expected, the best and worst were out in full fashion. No need to discuss the worst, so just check out my A-Team below!
Anne Hathaway has officially been elected my QB for the night, supported by Gwen Stefani as the halfback and Marc Jacobs as the coach. Miley‘s playing as the center and, with how amazing she’s been on every field (red carpet) I’ve seen her on over the past few months, Rooney Mara can be my wide receiver.
At the start of 2013, I set a special goal for myself to listen to a new album every week. It didn’t have to be a brand new release, just something fresh and unfamiliar: a new artist, a new genre, anything as long as as it exposed me to something [new]. With 17 weeks of the year out of the way so far, I’ve come across 17 albums from some great artists. I put together a little playlist for you guys to check out with my favorite tracks from my [January-April] discoveries. You can find most of these on Spotify and the rest are available for free listens (and downloads) online. There’s a lot of good stuff included. Enjoy!
#.Track x Artist x Album
1. TipToe x Imagine Dragons x Night Visions
2. Trying to Be Cool x Phoenix x Bankrupt!
3. Elephant x Tame Impala x Lonerism
4. Apparition x Frank + Derol x Frank + Derol EP
5. When the Movie’s Over x Twin Shadow x Confess
6. Don’t Hold the Wall x Justin Timberlake x The 20/20 Experience
7. Take the Canyon x JoJo x Agapé*
8. So Many Details x Toro Y Moi x Anything in Return
9. If You’re Never Gonna Move x Jessie Ware x Devotion
10. Use Me x Miguel x Kaleidoscope Dream
11. Fashion Killa x A$AP Rocky x LONG.LIVE.A$AP
12. Hotel Miami x Phlo Finister x Poster Girl*
13. Crazy Driving (with JJ Johnson) x Kiya Lacey x Switchin’ Lanes EP*
14. Love Into the Light x Ke$ha x Warrior
15. Overgrown x James Blake x Overgrown
16. Closer Than This x St. Lucia x St. Lucia EP
17. Metropolis x Owl City x The Midsummer Station
*track is not available on Spotify
Ask any of my closest friends and they can rattle off my favorite fashion brands: Givenchy, Dior Homme, Balenciaga, Calvin Klein Collection. From the colorways and designs to the architecture in each piece, but mainly their distinct touches of masculine flavor and boyish charm, I connect with each of these fashion houses in my own special way.
Needless to say, each time I come across pieces or collections reminiscent of the [Fantastic 4] above, I get extremely excited. A few days ago, one of the assistant buyers on my team showed me the latest collection from designer Charles Harbison, one of her former co-workers at Michael Kors, and I instantly fell in love with his aesthetic. It’s like the perfect culmination of my favorite designers wrapped into one: color, design, architecture, and everything else I love executed just the way I like it. I’m sure as you look through some of the images below, you’ll see how easy it is to catch the similarities between his work and that of my favs. I can’t wait to see what he has coming for Spring ’14. In the meantime, check out what’s ahead for the Fall season. -JRPx
So long Winter Whites, its all about the whitest of whites these days. Yesterday on my way home from running some errands I stopped by H&M to see if there were any hidden gems I could discover and to my surprise my intuition was right on. That white denim jacket that has been on my Spring/Summer [must have] list has been checked off and happily fulfilled. The fit was great (no tailor needed) and the price? Well as most things in H&M, it was a steal. The [White Denim Jacket] is like a [Blank Canvas]. Dress it up, dress it down- do whatever you want with it. I have a few things in mind myself …
This past weekend Jovel and I headed over to one of our favorite places in the city [Meatpacking District] to check out the UNIQLO UT Truckstop Series featuring Curtis Kulig and DJ Pictureplane. The weather was amazing, the vibe was just right and the beautiful people were out and about enjoying the day just as much as we were…
One thing about NYC is that you are guaranteed to run into something on the street that is photo worthy and instagram [double tap] appropriate. After visiting the UT Pop Up Truck stop we came across this pretty cool red wall and took a few photos, well maybe a little more than just a “few” but you get the point. While roaming the cobble stone streets we discussed how happy we were that the weather is changing, spring projects in the works and of course we couldn’t leave without visiting a few of the stores in the area. Another beautiful weekend is amongst us and we have no plans of staying inside at home. With that being said who knows what is on our agenda this time around.
As I made my way down 7th Ave en route to get lunch with some of my favorite Fashion Buyers earlier this week we discussed a few things, other than Fashion. Its good to get out of the office and showrooms from time to time and just talk– about any and everything. Cat being the random and super hilarious person she is started rambling about couples being vacuumed sealed together. When she first mentioned this I had no idea what she was talking about and considering how passionate she was about these couples who seem to be getting closer than close I had to see it for myself. Within seconds, she pulled up the link and what I saw was one of the strangest yet coolest things I’ve probably ever witnessed– as weird as it may look.
Japanese photographer Haruhiko Kawaguchi takes couples that he meets in nightclubs to his kitchen floor in Tokyo and seals their conjoined bodies together as one in a plastic bag using a household vacuum. The project is entitled “Flesh Love” and so far Kawaguchi has photographed over 80 couples. It makes one wonder, how close is too close? If you think these images are interesting be sure to check out the video and see the process for yourself. Its nothing short of [art] frozen (or should I say “sealed”) in time just long enough to get the perfect shot. This lunch conversation was the inspiration behind a [TNN] worthy post; Thanks Cat!
The Process: [Flesh Love] x Haruhiko Kawaguchi
The grey skies seem to be a thing of the past (I hope so at least) and the insanely painful cold weather has taken a change for the better. With sunnier days and warmer temperatures, its time to transition wardrobes and get rid of a lot of the layers. My addiction to sunglasses has not weakened over the past couple of years and I still appreciate a nice pair of frames that not only block the sun but add to and complete the look. My most recent purchase happened to be these beauties from Marc by Marc Jacobs. They caught my eye as soon as I walked into the store and bring a bit of variety to my current collection. Normally I’m seen in a pair of black shades but as you all will see very soon if you haven’t already- I am switching a few things up. Tis the season, what frames will you be debuting this Spring/Summer?
I just checked out Will.I.Am’s new video for #thatPOWER with The Biebers and I actually approve; mainly for one reason though: [the color palette]. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been completely in love with the idea of a black, white, and grey color palette for my wardrobe in the fall. I think the Rad Hourani discussion I attended last year at FIT is what first sparked the idea, but it’s definitely a project in the works for me. Check it out.
[Sidebar: I love that little walk they do throughout the video.
I'm going to saunter through the city like that. Ha!]