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He’s packed for vacation

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It’s that time of year when everyone’s vacations are beginning.  With my boyfriend headed back to California for a week, I was inspired to pull together a list of menswear must-bring items for all traveling.  Every stylish man’s vacation, from beach to the mountains, should include the perfect white tee.  It’s an effortless, essential item.  Keeping the basics on your mind, swim trunks should always be packed for a trip even in the winter.  Stripes and floral prints are trending in men’s swimwear this season, so let’s wear a pair that mixes the trends.  For luggage, I learn towards a printed or colored bag, so it’s easy to find in baggage claim.  Lastly, don’t forget your must-have accessories.  Sunglasses and a bow tie are calling your name.  I’m sure you understand the sunglasses concept, but a bow tie?  Yes.  Bow ties are playful, perfect for warmer weather and a quick way to dress up your look for dinners out.  So, grab your must-bring items and let’s go boys!

Where are you traveling this summer?

White Tee: Bread & Boxers
Board Shorts: Scotch & Soda 
Sunglasses: Salt Optics 
Roller Bag: Herschel Supply Co 
Bow Tie: Knot by Tiffa 

Lilly Pulitzer for Target

Everything- Lilly Pulitzer for Target

Guess who’s the next big collaboration?  Lilly Pulitzer for Target is coming April 19th, 2015, and I can barely wait.  The span of this collection includes women’s & plus size clothing, girls & toddlers clothing, home goods and beauty products.  Being a Cali girl in this DC world, I’m excited to see this resortwear-look-a-like collection come to town.  The colors are vibrant, channeling both floral and tropical prints.  Enough with the talking and on to the list of pieces I want to get my hands on…

Which Lilly Pulitzer for Target pieces are you excited for?

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2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards

Everything- iHeartRadio Music Awards 2015 Simple

Last night, wrapped up a season of songs with the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards, in Los Angeles.  As always, I’m here with a red carpet, trend wrap-up from the show.  My favorite’s list came from slim pickings, as there were a number of less impressive looks on the red carpet– which should have been full of trend-setting looks that pushed the envelope.  Taylor Swift and Ariel Winter take the win for best dressed, both in sleek, head-turning mini dresses.  Keeping with the black and white palette, another trend on the red carpet was leather.  Both Sophie Simmons and Alanna Masterson rocked their casual looks with a texturized leather style.  More black and white styles peeked through in sultry form for menswear.  I adored Jeremy Piven’s dapper all black look and Adam Lambert’s chic pop of print with a jailbird striped shirt.  Needless to say, simplistic black and white looks are starting spring off in a bold way.

Who was on your best dressed look at the iHeartRadio Music Awards?

Ariel Winter, Taylor Swift in Kaufmanfranco

Everything- iHeartRadio Music Awards 2015 Leather

Sophie Simmons, Alanna Masterson

Everything- iHeartRadio Music Awards 2015 Menswear

Jeremy Piven, Adam Lambert

(images via eonline.com)

Zophia Online

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Last week, I had the opportunity to sit down with the Zophia Online team for a Fashion Blogger Preview Event.  Betsy Garcete, owner & designer, has a commanding eye for design that you would assume came from a background in the fashion industry, but to my surprise, she came from a pre-med education.  Earning her mark in the fashion industry has come to Garcete through dedication and focus.  Her custom pencil skirt line started with a very niche market in mind.  She didn’t want to just dress women, but women who commanded a statement through their skills yet still wanted to look and feel fashionable at the same time.  This may sound cliche, because what woman doesn’t want to feel great in her outfit, but Garcete’s concept is different.  Customer’s come in to get a full one-on-one experience with the designer.  From a design consultation to fittings and a hand-delivered final product, each pencil skirt is designed to fit the woman’s individual shape, down to their exact measurements.  This is the essence of comfort, power and design.  Share in a little of my experience behind the scenes at the preview.  (designer pictured above)

Would you wear a custom pencil skirt?

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Pleats for days

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It’s the time of year where the bi-polar weather is really coming in full force.  Needless to say, layers are my best friend right now.  I love the playful-tease that the sheer, accordion pleat provides.  It’s edgy and romantic all in one look.  I chose to layer up the dressy look with a casual sweatshirt and leather jacket.  The layers are the perfect way to shed down for when the sun comes out and layer back on when the breezy weather kicks in.

What’s your spring-weather style?

Jacket: Volcom, Sweatshirt: Forever21
Handbag: Vintage, Sunglasses: Oakley
Lip Tar: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics
Necklace: Marc Jacobs, Nail Polish: Sally Hansen

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(Photography by Danny Hochman)

Robert Geller

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Today, we’re looking into the darker side of things for Spring 2015 with Robert Geller‘s menswear collection.  When you think of spring, color palettes tend to lighten and brighten.  Geller’s collection is just the opposite.  A richly saturated cranberry shade was the main pop color in this collection.  It paired perfectly next to black, white, grey and an assortment of earthy browns.  I love they play on the eyes with this darker pop color.  The silhouettes in Geller’s collection were also to be noted.  Perfectly tailored cigarette pants were cropped and some were even gathered at the shin with a thick-knit trim.  The tops were free-flowing and either cropped right at the waistline or loosely falling against the upper thighs.  This collection is speaking to the stylish man who wants pieces that fit effortlessly but have a hint of something more, something that catches the eyes.

Would you wear darker pop colors for spring?

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(images via NowFashion)