Men’s Style: Ode To Canada …

Growing up in the Midwest, I am accustomed to cold weather and snow for the holidays.   It wasn’t Christmas unless I had shoveled the driveway in below freezing weather all the while silently cursing my parents for being too cheap to buy a snow blower.  Bone-chilling cold, corrosive salt stains on my shoes and second-guessing if I had frostbite were the hallmarks of a Lake Family Christmas.  Needless to say when it came time to leave the nest, this birdie flew South ….well West to California.

However, while my feet are firmly planted in California, my head (and my heart) tend to find they drifting over the border to our snowy northern neighbors.  Over the last few years, I have found myself becoming more infatuated with Canada.  Maybe, because many of my design mentors are Canadian and thanks to this great thing called social media have cobbled together a merry band of amazing design oriented friends who support and inspire this little ole’ American.

Looking through my Canadian friends Instagram shots made me a touch nostalgic.  My Canadian friends embrace the cold weather, rather than run from it.  They pull out fashion-forward coats, cute hats and functional but stylish boots. They mix pattern and materials with abandon for a look that is undeniable chic.  For this next installment of Men’s Style: Holiday Edition, I channeled two of the most fashionable Canadians I know, Erica and Jonathan to create a look that I am calling …


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Men’s Style: On The Town…

I can only speak for myself, but my blue jeans have become a permanent fixture in my wardrobe.  I wear them to work, on the weekends and sadly there are moments I even wear them out for a night on the town.  I placate myself by saying that jeans at night are part of the “California laid-back” aesthetic.  But deep down, there is a small East Coaster yearning to be free…..that guy who secretly enjoys getting dressed up.  I don’t mean suits, but just taking things up a notch, so when I gave myself the challenge of style my Gap army jacket (similar) three different ways, I knew I had to find a way to work it into my “evening attire”…..


Short on time between engagements?  Forgo the tie!  I know yesterday I was all about skinny ties for work, but that’s just it.  I wear ties all the time to meet clients, so if I am going out, I want to ditch the tie for something else.  In this case a thin wool turtleneck (similar) from Club Monaco is the perfect layering piece for the jacket to take center stage.  It’s thin enough not to be bulky but still dressy enough that I feel completely comfortably going to dinner then the theater.

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I gave my beloved jeans a rest and pulled a favorite pair of wool glen plaid Polo trousers (similar) out of hibernation.  The play of a between the dressy trouser in a traditional pattern and the casual fabric of the jacket was the perfect amount of tension the outfit needed to make it look purposefully and not sloppy.  But then you really can’t look that sloppy too when you sport a pair of stitched leather saddle boots (similar).  I felt the outfit needed a pop of color and my orange leather driving gloves (similar) courtesy of Club Monaco was the perfect solution.  I feel debonair and ready for a night on the town in this outfit!  Honestly, I cannot stress enough how much I love play “dress up” in my closet, rediscovering all these forgotten treasures and interpreting them for my new life.

I will be back on Friday to show you the third and final look, as I get ready for the weekend!

Photography by: Desi Arnaz Hyter

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Weekend Recap ….

The temperamental weather gods of Northern California have bestowed on us wonderful weather for the month of May, so I spent the majority of the weekend soaking up every bit of it……

Threw on a simple out of my favorite Club Monaco raw denim jacket, white tee and J Crew pink chinos for a lunch with a fellow design friend……

Caesar salads, asparagus with beets, blue cheese and lemon sauce and lattes fueled us for an afternoon gabfest on our personal lives, work and planning for the future…….

I snuck in a bit of shopping at Urban Outfitters thanks to a store credit and was able to pick up this adorable Crosley radio to replace the one that is dying in our kitchen….

A quick change of clothes and I was in San Francisco to meet a new client where we toasted the start of his project…..

I finished Friday looking for the perfect spot to place the lamp that my friend, Ron, made for me.  It is a one of my new favorite pieces and I am excited to show it to clients as a potential lighting option.

Saturday found me visiting the local auction house where I was able to score a painting, a Turkish rug for the kitchen and great chair for a client…..

I think one of the reasons I like going to the auction is because it is a block way from one of my favorite lunch places, Bake Sale Betty’s – their fried chicken sandwich is what dreams (and clogged arteries) are made of…..

My dog I think was needy for attention or just finished reading Doggy Vogue because he was striking some serious glamour shot poses which I had to take pics of…….

The Partner and I finished the day over bowls of steaming ramen at a little shop around the corner from our house as the warm night breeze blew through……

Sunday I had a late brunch with my friend  Shannon and by brunch I mean a martini, extra dirty with three olives at the Lake Chalet in Oakland……

I puttered around the garden, weeding, planting bulbs and tending to the container gardens before the big event…..

The solar eclipse was amazing even though, we didn’t plan well for it.  But thanks to our crafty 4-year-old neighbor, we were able to join in the fun……

And with that final event, I crashed…hence the late post today!

So how was your weekend?

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