Men’s Style: Out & About In Winter White …

I think one of the reasons I have had such a hard time getting into the holiday spirit is because I have not been dressing the part.  It’s hard to be full of Christmas cheer when you are sweating in short sleeves and flip flops. The mild climate is one of the many wonderful things about living in Northern California but the East Coaster in me prefers my Christmas season to be cold, snowy and blanketed in white.  Evidently Mother Nature heard my silent pleas and sent a cold snap across the country.  While this cold front caused a major case of the “bah humbugs” among most people, for me it was a welcome icy kick in the bum to knock me off my grumpy perch.

Inspired, I quickly pulled together a new set of looks for my annual Men’s Style series that celebrated the emergence of wintery holiday season but with my unique (and at times warped) take on dressing.  Kicking things off, I am doing the unthinkable – championing Winter White.  For some reason this hue (or lack thereof) seems to scare almost everyone but one I find incredibly chic.  Winter white is the perfect base upon which to layer a fun coat and pile on the accessories.  Paired with a pair winter boots and you may have the perfect out to run errands or deliver your perfectly wrapped gifts to family and friends who are too afraid to venture into the frigid holiday wonderland…….

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[trenchcoat: black fleece for brooks brothers//turtleneck: ralph lauren purple//pants: kenneth cole//boots: coach]

Jonesing for your own winter white outfit?  See below for a modified twist on what I consider to be a holiday [outfit] classic…….

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Check back next week for a special edition of Men’s Style: Holiday Edition talking to the point of what to do when the invitation states “black tie”…..

[photo credit:  aubrie pick//styling: courtney lake]

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Loving Out Loud: Muji Cotton Canvas Back

I have hit the age where carrying heavy loads hurt my shoulders.  Between schlepping fabric swatches, design boards, my computer, tile samples and everything in between my neck and back ache for days.

Vainness prevents me from getting a rolly bag, so the only option left is a backpack.  Before you get visions of me in some poly, padded shoulder monster, think again.  This backpack is going to for my off days — where you have too much stuff just to shove in your coat pocket but not enough to warrant a full on “mote” (definition: a “mote” is the male equivalent of a tote bag).

So enter my solution…..

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The Muji Cotton Canvas backpack is a thing of beauty.  It’s simple design is reinforced with the company’s selection of the material.  It’s machine washable and only gets better with each washing.  It is the perfect size to throw my laptop, a magazine, iPhone and a few other essentials.  Even better that is doesn’t play havoc with my shoulders and neck – success!

At only $35, it is also an economical option for those of us who go through our “motes” faster than Kim Kardashian goes through black men (yup, I went there…).  But now I am curious, what fashion concessions have you made since getting older?

Okay, I am at the Hawthorne building all day today – I am overseeing the install of my 4th project in the building but I am also we are professionally photographing the first project I completed in the building.  I can’t wait to share it with you all….well that is unless some snazzy magazine wants to share it first!

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Motivational Monday: Remembrance…..

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Last week I had the opportunity to write a piece for the FOLK Magazine blog about men’s fashion.  It would have been easy to write a breezy piece about some emerging designer or gush over some trendy accessory but  I felt the need to talk about one of my own fashion idols, my Grandfather.  Always stylish, always put together and always a rule breaker, whether it be in fashion or life.  He was a constant source of inspiration on how a gentleman should carry himself in public and I found that his influence molded not only how I dress myself but how I interact with others.

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Style, like life, is all about figuring out the pieces of the  puzzle.  Like the picture above, we affix labels  on where things should go,  what goes with what and what is acceptable.  But that is it – aside from those constructs, we get to decide how to fill those blank spaces in.  That is the beauty of the process and the journey we each are on.  We each get to decide how to to fill those spaces with memorable moments – snapshots of a live well lived, well loved and well traveled.

So this week I ask you to remember those who inspired you; mentors, teachers or  in my case, family and think about why they motivated you.  Remember where they “broke the rules” because it was during those moments I am sure they showed you a different path and a way to move past the confines you thought existed.

Remembering the past can give you direction for your future……

Have a great week!

Photography by: Photo By Adza

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