The weather in New York City this past weekend was a bit schizophrenic. Unpredictable weather makes figuring out what to wear each day stressful – leaving you scratching your head while staring blankly inside your closet. Feeling both hot and cold within the span of an hour is the new norm for people living in the city, so in order to be dressed appropriately for the unpredictable temperatures while still being able to maintain your own personal style, I suggest building your outfits around multiple layers.Friday I had a packed day of meetings, so I dressed corporate-appropriate with a GQ flare. I wore black slacks from H&M, a crisp white button-down (you can never have enough of these in your closet), the Urban Gentleman tie from my new collection, and a thin wool top coat. I carried the items needed for the day in a brown leather duffle (with a blue lined bottom) from Canvas by Lands End instead of a traditional work bag to make the look have a sporty touch.Friday night means hanging the tie up and gearing up for a new opportunity to make a bold statement with your weekend fashion. I threw on a burgundy half-zip retro polo from Ben Sherman and layered it with a leather biker jacket, perfect for a night out with friends at a trendy midtown lounge. Jackets like this from Boda Skins are a useful in-between piece that can make any polo, Henley or woven inside your closet look like an entirely new outfit.I love a good day to night look, one that works while running around the city to complete errands but then once finished, can go right to dinner with friends for the night. A fitted cardigan with a flannel shirt and chinos gives your look a complete, thought-out feel while staying in between the spectrum of being too casual or over-dressed. If you have a busy day ahead and only have time to wear one outfit, I suggest pairing these types of items together.Sunday is all about comfort, but who says you can’t look comfortable without showing off your personality? A baseball tee and relaxed denim matched with your favorite shoes is a playful way to look relaxed before a new week rolls in. Choose a shirt made of a super fine material to feel cozy on your day off and pair a statement shoe (comfortable boots, high top sneakers, etc) to give the look a little pop. Have a great week everyone!
Static fills the quiet classrooms as the old intercom system powers on. Scared, confused, worried, panicked. Uneasy classmates stare up at the speaker, praying their name won't be called. One by one the principal calls in students. But not for detention, but because their parents were in the towers falling to the ground. The smoke could be seen from the roof of my high school. It all felt so close to home, and it was. It's important to never forget those innocent people lost in the horrific attacks on 9/11, and the heroic stories of so many brave people who put fear aside to help those around them. It's important to never forget those who helped rebuild a city and bring a community together that so badly needed to feel comfort and love. Today, and always, I honor and stand with you. Never Forget.
It’s Pride Weekend in New York City. There are parties, parades and people coming together from all over the world to celebrate their personal pride. It’s a weekend about honoring and reflecting on where we were when the gay rights movement began, and how far we have come today. Pride to me is being confidant in every aspect of who you are. It wasn’t always easy for me to get here, but as a thirty-year old man, I can confidently say I am proud to be gay. But I am not just proud to be gay -- I am also proud to be a brother, a son, a husband, an entertainer, a businessman and an entrepreneur. I am proud to be a listener, a trustworthy friend -- an advocate for love and acceptance. Being gay is a piece of what makes up my identity, but there are many other things I also am, and to me, pride is being completely proud of the human being I have become. And while some may think of being gay as being something to not be proud of, I believe that it is a beautiful piece of a multi-layered puzzle that makes up Me.
When you hear someone say your name, hear it with pride. Be someone you are proud to be and don’t ever let anyone tell you that a piece of your personal puzzle isn’t the right fit – it may not be for them and they may not understand why it fits, but it sure as hell makes sense to you. May that pride always show.
The heat has officially arrived in New York City! Gone are the heavy layers consisting of sweaters, wovens, and henleys and in are the clothes that keep you cool: tees and shorts. Yes, colder months allow for more fashion options for men (because you can wear more pieces of clothing at once). But that doesn’t mean you can’t create memorable summer looks.
This summer I am all about the vintage tee and colored shorts. Vintage tees are a cool way to add a non-mainstream graphic onto your clothing thats both impactful and a great conversational piece. It suddenly gives life to an otherwise basic tee. You can play with the colors and patterns of these tees. Plus: the best ones are made of ultra soft fabric. Find these tees at any "fast fashion" store like Urban Outfitters, H&M, Forever 21, and even Bloomingdales.I complimented my tee with a pair of bright white shorts. Instead of just sticking to denim, black, and grey shorts this summer, try experimenting with bright colors. Use the shorts to compliment your tee -- it'll tie the whole look together. In my look today, I created a red, white and blue concept that looks cohesive and clean.
Have fun this summer experimenting with colors and patterns, and trust me when I say vintage style tees will greatly expand your wardrobe options.
Looking outside this morning, the dark city sky and misty rain made it unappealing to leave our cozy apartment. However, weekends don't roll around nearly enough so it was time to take advantage of the day. I decided to throw on this varsity jacket from Zara which happens to be one of my favorite pieces of outerwear because I love the vintage throwback feel to it. I paired the coat with a very simple, white, thinly striped tee from Alternative Apparel because the focal point of the look is the statement jacket. A colorful or boldly patterned tee would detract from the coat and look a bit too "busy." Brown chinos were the perfect pant to throw with the outfit to contrast with the denim jacket. I also have to admit, I am a sucker for a good beanie. The one I am wearing is completely old school, from my high school days when I worked at Abercrombie but has been very good to me over the years. ? I love throwing beanies on all throughout the fall and winter because they keep you warm and add a nice touch to your outfit. Plus, you can easily cover up your bed head and no one would know the difference. ? Happy Fall!