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Grow A Pair | A few of my favorite couples

Some things in life are better in two’s! Shoes, socks, pants and even eye wear.. they all come in doubles and they are all on trend for fall! Here’s a few of our favorites!

SHOES

Mr.BrownyellowvaYea, I know… You thought I was going to share some crazy army boots as per my usual favorites.. but I’m in a summer mood.. I just can’t let go! Vintage | Artisan has given us a damn good pair of 100% authentic woven leather shoes. I remember having a pair similar as a child that I was sad to outgrow but I haven’t seen a pair since then. Then I spotted these bad boys and I couldn’t take my eyes off! Cut just right so I can roll up my favorite pair of jeans and give my ankles some breathing room, and you’ll want to show them off! This sexy company boasts of the 3.5 hours it takes the maker to hand weave each pair.  They come in 5 great colors and offer a few other cool products as well! At $165 a pair, it’ll set your shoe budget on fire, but its handwoven leather.. what do you expect? I love you A Huarache, get on my feet!

SOCKS | the can’t see ’em kind |

taft1taft2When it comes to a pair of socks.. I hate them. No one would describe me as a sartorial suit guy. I’m a Floridian at heart.. The world is lucky I wear shoes at all! A pair of socks strangling my legs leaves me angry and sad. But a pair of no shows is basically part of the inner fiber that makes me who I am! I’ve been wearing them for years, before they were cool, and when everyone thought I was stealing my grandma’s socks! TAFT has created a line  of no show’s like no other! They’re comfy, stylish and simple! No, I don’t like to see the socks, I love shoes.. just pay attention to them.. but when the shoe comes off these socks will make you wanna dance around like Tom Cruise (underwear and all)! They come in great colors and patterns and promise not to slip off the heel, which in the no show world is incredibly important! The feeling of a sock balled up under your foot, inside your shoe during a meeting, well it’s bad. The Hampton Pack is my favorite.. I guess I’m just an east coast kind of guy! Take a look and pick up a pair! Or don’t, just don’t let me catch you in a pair of shoes and a naked foot.. gross!

PANTS

3124-jeans-levis-511-2I’m not ashamed and I don’t care what you think! I can appreciate a sexy pair of fancy jeans, have I told you of my Imogen + Willie obsession? But it’s a fact, Levi’s 511’s have always been and will always be my favorite pair of denim. It’s just something about them. They fit so great, I feel good in them, and that’s all that really matters folks’! Also, I don’t fall into a black hole of depression if I get them dirty! They’re Levi’s, I can afford a replacement pair! That’s all I have to say about my 511’s. I hope you can understand my loyalty! Get a pair.. they sell them most places.

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MORE PANTS | because why the hell not? |

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“Loogha” clothing brings me lot’s of Instagram style envy. From pants to tee’s and even some great patterned blazers, this company is one to watch! Though I can’t quite figure them out, they have no official website and thus no online store, it appears all communication and sales are being made through Instagram. I’m hoping it’s all legit because the over 24,000 followers are LOVING the various clothing items they are putting out. If so, you’ll see them on the runway soon! I’d like to pay special attention to Loogha’s insanely cool pants. Exciting fabric choices and unique details coupled with stellar tailoring, we all need a pair! (As mentioned above) my favorite fit is slim, low and just above the ankle. It appears Loogha and I have a lot in common! At just $79 a pair I’m gonna need an online store soon as to make my purchase(s)! Check them out on Instagram and see for yourself! And as for you Loogha, if you see this.. keep me updated, I’m a big fan!

EYES

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 Yes eyes! I thought I’d keep it simple and cost effective when it came to this accessory. Yes I’m mostly a RayBan groupie, but every now and then I like to switch it up, and you just can’t always afford to do that with RayBan! That’s where Knockaround comes in! I’m sure you’ve all at least heard of them, or maybe your’e a devout Knockaround lover.. either way this company perfectly understands it’s target and exactly what we like. Cool eyewear and accessories at a great price. I mean really where else can you find a pair of polarized sun glasses for 19 bux? YOU CAN’T. A look around the shop and you’ll find tons donning the perfectly tailored Knockaround logo that is totally worthy of it’s cult following. Bags, belts, whatever you want, it’s all cool, it’s all cheap! You can even become a campus rep and spread the love all around. Look around yourself, you won’t be dissapointed!

As for couples I’m sure I’ve left many out. For instance underwear.. that’s a pair, but I’d say that’s better left to GQ & Esquire. They love telling us all what kind, what color, and all about what they’re doing for our love life. I’ll stay out of all that.

Just grow a pair. 


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A few things |from Pinterest| that make me whole

Since the grand introduction of Pinterestfinding inspiration in the form of photos and links is easier than ever. I decided to share a few of my favorite recent pins with you all, my awesome readers. If you haven’t stumbled across my ramblings by accident, you have come here to find something interesting and maybe even my opinion. I encourage you to follow my boards on pinterest.

Disclaimer: I only pin awesome stuff.. it’s true.. you won’t find any of my boards obnoxious or annoying like some of those other pinners. So if you’re in to being awesome, and I think you are, you’ll check it out for yourself!

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POC

OK! So you’re not a yellow chino’s guy, no big deal. A POC will do the trick! Pop Of Color is a phrase coined by celebrity stylist and Bravo TV star Brad Goreski, for his keen sense on adding color to your already established closet. Though Brad himself is more of an all over color guy, he has found the trick to bring your wardrobe out of the dark ages! With a few simple, inexpensive purchases, you can add color to every outfit. SCARF: yea, you probably already have scarves, but bright, solid colors are on trend. Go for a color you can see enhancing your personal style. Red, green, orange, & blue are easy to add to most colors and still keep it masculine. Orange is my favorite! Add and orange scarf or sock to black, or blue and your look will be top notch every time. TIE OR BOWTIE: these are classic, yet trendy ways to add color. Inside tip, add a neon green skinny tie to your navy suit. Neon is the new black this season and you could be the first to rock it. SOCKS: The most subtle of all of the POC’s but it’s the easiest & my personal fave. Socks are inexpensive, easy to buy and so much fun. I recently searched online for colorful socks, and found pages and pages of them. Cheapest buy is of course H&M where I found some awesome colors and designs. SHOES: Yes, I was surprised too! Another developing trend is a color blocked or soled shoe. No, I don’t think these will work with every outfit, but find the right spot for them, and you have a masterpiece! ACCESSORIES: The easiest thing you can do is purchase some colorful sunglasses, pocket square, or even a belt. No excuses fellas, color should be a part of your world this year!


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Anti-Freeze

With all the New Year celebrations over, now is the time for a fresh start. Though the New Year brought excitement and new beginnings, it kicked winter into overdrive for most of the country. Fret not.. The Trendy Photographer has the perfect formula for winter style that will have you dancing all over those snow-covered streets!

First things first.. unless you are headed out for a warm winter in California or Florida, Long-johns are a must. You’ll figure out that if your base layer is thick, you will have more room to dress for style, instead of just warmth.

Now for the fun stuff.. You want to start off your winter look with a good base, a nice pair of fitted jeans and, a sweater will work perfect for when you need to peel off a layer or two indoors.

Now it’s time to pile on the layers. This is where it can get confusing. Remember not to leave style behind in search for warmth. Instead of throwing on that puffy, unflattering coat at this point, simply layer on a cardigan or sweater vest. These are very simple to shed if you get too warm and, are an easy way to add style to your winter wardrobe.

At this point you can feel free to have a little fun with it. A warm scarf or a hat are easy ways to infuse your personal style. Think outside of the box.. style is something that will set you apart. Here are some great examples..

Now, top your look off with a warm coat. Again, I can’t stress enough the fact that your coat should bring your look together. Don’t just throw on some old hoodie. This is where a pea coat, wool, or leather jacket come in. No matter what your personal style is, you can find a stylish coat.

Now for my favorite part.. Shoes. This is where you can use your style and experience to make your own decision. Are you more of a Sneaker guy or are boots your thing? You know what you look best in, and shoes are something that I think should reflect your style, and remain comfortable.

Along with most everything featured today, Jack Threads is where I have had the most success in finding a style for everyone, at a price that is well under MSRP. If you’re into surf brands, high end labels, or anything in between, this website is unbeatable. Best of all, it’s a site made for men. You can also find great accessories, and sometimes even ski gear. Head over to Jack Threads to check out all of todays sales.


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Guest Post: 2012 is Upon Us. A Guide to Being Fashionably Prepared.

Hi there! I’m Shannon from Very Pleasantly Jaded. Brian has asked me to do a guest post for him while he is traveling today. 🙂 Since the Trendy Photographer has been featuring posts about NYE attire, I think it a swell idea to focus on what the ladies are going to be out and about in this year!

As a general rule, I tend to embrace fairly monochromatic pallets in my own wardrobe. So, I love that New Year’s Eve is the perfect night to combine metallics and darker tones like black and navy to create a sultry albeit sophisticated look. I think this BB Dakota dress is beyond perfect. If you’ve got great gams, show them off and keep that neckline high.

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If you’re going for a lower neckline, make sure your skirt or dress is a-line or mid length. Keeping this balance makes you seem ultra sexy AND super classy. Mix a pop of a lighter gold or silver accessories with dark bangles and you’re ready. I have been really stoked on rose gold for a while now and to see it displayed in full force on so many accessories and here to stay is kind of thrilling.

 

Michael Kors Oversized “Rose Golden” Watch

Be sure not to miss the stroke of midnight with this on trend piece by the magical Michael Kors. Reliable and uber chic.

If you’re thinking of throwing staus quo to the wind for ringing in the New Year, do neons. I can not say enough about the trend. Neons, neons, neons for Spring. It’s going to splatter itself on the pages of every publication and on every runway in February. If you want to get an up and up on it, incorporate a super shocker pink or blue nail polish like these from Nicki Minag for OPI.


I would be remiss, not to mention in rare form, if I left this post without discussing how imperative shoe choice can be. I firmly believe that the shoe can make or break an outfit. If you’re planning on donning a sparkly number like the BB Dakota above, stick with a sensible black but stylish shoe in an ultra luxe material like suede or velvet. Otherwise, find the glitteriest number you can get your hands on! Like these Halston pumps from my own closet…:)

Happy New Year! Hoping your 2012 is plenty pleasant!


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TOP 5: STYLISH GIFTS YOU WON’T BE RETURNING

& 1 for good luck!

0. HELM Handmade boots – I have to say, winter would be so sad & dreary without some awesome boots to go with all those warm clothes. Handmade is something that much of the fashion industry has strayed from, but HELM has stuck to the roots of where shoe making began, and in doing so, created a masterpiece company. These boots are so detailed only a person of great creativity could be capable of meshing such style, craftsmanship, and durability. Just glancing at the collection incites a personal riot in choosing which to buy, or at least which to buy first. Designed in Austin, handmade in Istanbul, with leather from Holland and Australia, and soles from Italy and France. I don’t think it’s possible to achieve any greater style.

HELM is the classic male boot reinterpreted – the shoe for the new male footwear connoisseur who will not sacrifice comfort. HELM is the result of, founder, Joshua Bingaman’s lifelong passion for men’s shoes and boots, refined during his years owning and managing the Subterranean Shoe Room in San Francisco, a highly influential and progressive shoe store in the Mission district.

HELM products are the elegant result of design touches from around the globe – designed in Austin, handmade in Istanbul, with leather from Holland and Australia, and soles from Italy and France. Josh sez: “We love these boots. We want you to feel like you’re walking around in art.”