Cold Temperatures and Velour Hoodies

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I get excited every year when the cold weather arrives, because it is hot 364 days of the year in south Texas, and I have to enjoy that one day of cold. Okay, I’m slightly exaggerating, but it’s cold for just a few days. As the cold front comes in, I start wear the hoodies, sweaters and jackets that have been put away. I always say I don’t need anymore cold weather clothes, but I always end up buying something new. This year has been no exception.

A week before the Black Friday rush, I found myself doing some window shopping, and came upon my favorite store, DKNY. It had been awhile since I had stepped into the store, and in that first step I saw something I just had to have: a black velour hoodie.

Now to be totally honest, I have been hating on velour anything, but for some reason I fell in love with this velour hoodie at first sight. When I tried it on, it made me want it even more. I guess when your favorite brand does something you hate, you end up loving it.

I got the chance to wear my new velour hoodie over the weekend, and it was the perfect streetwear piece to add to my closet. I paired it with some light grey torn skinny jeans from H&M and my new pair of black and white Old Skool Vans.

The hoodie is great with or without an undershirt. If you plan on wearing an undershirt, try wearing a white or grey longline tee. The color will allow you to balance out the tones, while the length lets your undershirt be seen.

So the morale of this blog post is to never knock a trend without trying it out first!

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Streetwear for the cool evening

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As I’ve transitioned into a new job position with a new employer, I’ve sadly been mia from my blog. However, I am back with some new content!

This past weekend a cold front came into town, and I immediately took that a sign to bring out the fall/winter clothes. I mean, I always stock up clothing for the cooler days, but living in south Texas, those days take some time to get here.

To enjoy the weather, my boyfriend and I headed to the park on Sunday evening. It felt so good to enjoy a stroll without sweating from the get go.

While I traditionally like to stick to the earthy colors of fall, I wanted to rock my cool Forever 21 mint-colored anorak. I was obsessed with it when I bought it in the summer. However, it just wasn’t realistic to wear it in the 100 degree weather.

I paired my anorak with my light wash torn skinny jeans from Zara. It only made sense to keep my look on the brighter side of things with lighter colors. That’s why I ended up pairing my anorak with light jeans and my white leather Converse.

Even though my look didn’t have any earthy tones to it, I loved it! It’s always good to break the fashion rules, plus it’s better when you stand out a little.

Well, until next time!✌🏻

Florals for Fall

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We are a couple days away from fall and you can slowly start to feel the weather getting cooler in south Texas. As the weather starts to change, so does the fashion. My typical fall fashion usually consist of neutral colors, plaid shirts and torn denim. However, there is one trend I’m jumping on and that is florals.

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Florals have become the norm when is comes to spring fashion, but are starting to find themselves in fall fashion, and I am here for it! Last week, I made my monthly stop at Zara for some shopping. I didn’t have anything specific that I was looking for, but then I came upon these torn skinny jeans with roses embroidered on them. At first sight, I fell in love and knew I had to try them on.

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They ended up fitting perfectly, so I bought them! I just loved how the embroidered roses and leaves were as detailed as can be, and how it really complimented the torn denim.

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I ended up finding myself wearing my new jeans throughout the entire weekend. These jeans really complimented my style. I enjoy wearing a basic tee, and the embroidered jeans allow my outfit to pop!

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For this look, I paired my jeans with a PacSun heathered gray boxed t-shirt and wrapped a Forever 21 plaid shirt around my waist, which gave my look a 90s vibe. For accessories, I added a necklace to help accent my basic tee, and my Ray-Ban Original Wayfarer sunnies to help keep the sun out of my eyes. I finished off the look with my hi-top white leather Converse.

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If you’re a guy who isn’t big on florals or embroidery, I suggest that you take a risk. Especially if you are into basic, the floral embroidery will make your outfit a pop, plus you’ll be on trend!

 

 

August Look Book

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Last week, I had the opportunity to feature an editorial collaboration with Canali on my blog. It was a great opportunity with one of the great luxury menswear brands. If you have read it, check it out!

Due to my collaboration, I had to stall my usual monthly look book to this week, so here it is. For the month of August, my looks were all about plaid. With fall just around the corner, my looks were a nod to the cooler weather to come.

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For my first look, I was off to an evening at the museum. I needed an outfit that was relaxed, so I went for a layered look. I paired my PacSun heathered beige long line tee with my Urban Outfitters plaid shirt. Since it was hot that day, it only made sense to have my plaid shirt act as a layer, instead of buttoning it up. Next, I added my stylish Zara distressed jeans and my New Balance shoes, which allowed me comfort for walking without sacrificing style, because New Balance are the epitome of style comfort.

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My second look of the month mixed streetwear with loafers. As high fashion slowly becomes intertwined with street fashion, we’ve seen items like dress shoes and distressed denim become paired. For my look, I paired my Forever 21 plaid shirt and Zara distressed denim with some Sam Edelman loafers. I really felt the loafers paired well with my streetwear infused style. I had made an effort to stay away from loafers, but the tan suede is what sold me!

We are a couple of days away from the official day of fall, but I’m slowly beginning to feel the weather changing. I’m excited for the cooler temperatures, and I can’t wait to share my September looks with you!

Get Style with Canali Shoes

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Ya’ll know that I live for a good pair of shoes! When it comes to putting an outfit together, I’m a firm believer in having the right shoes to make it pop. Whether you’re looking for elegant or contemporary styles, Canali, the Italian luxury menswear brand has shoes for any occasion.

Each Canali shoe is made from top-notch leather or suede. When you purchase a pair of Canali shoes, you are making the perfect investment to your wardrobe. Here are some of my formal and casual picks from Canali.

Formal Picks

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If you’re looking for a shoe that will help elevate your work attire, look no further than the Canali monk strap shoes. This calfskin cognac leather shoes are a must-have essential that can be paired with your navy or gray suit and have you ready for any business that comes your way!

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Needing the right shoes for those meeting free office days? The loafers provide you the elegance of a formal shoe, and the comfort of a casual shoe.  Check out these textured suede penny driving loafers. The woven textured suede will have your coworkers complimenting your style!

Casual Picks

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When it’s comes to meeting up with your friends for a drink or hitting the hottest club, you can count on Canali to have the right pair of sneakers for you. These black leather ones with Prince of Wales check inserts are a sophisticated choice that can be paired with your favorite dark colored jeans or chinos and have you street style ready.

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If you’re looking to give your casual look some elegance, opt for lace-up shoes. These Bordeaux shaded leather desert boots will get the job done. The versatility of the Bordeaux shade makes this pair of boots a must-have in any man’s wardrobe.

Choose Canali If you’re looking to make an investment in your style, because no look is complete without the perfect pair of shoes.

This post is part of an editorial collaboration with Canali.

 

Streetwear and Loafers

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If it hasn’t been obvious by now, streetwear is my favorite go-to style. I live for a good plaid shirt and torn denim combination. While the latter has recently been a stable of mine, it’s been pretty hot to wear a buttoned up plaid shirt. For the rare cool summers evenings, a plaid shirt is perfect for layering over a thin tee.

A cool Wednesday evening saw me being able to enjoy my favorite red and black plaid shirt from Forever 21. I love the color combination, because it reminds me of fall, a season that’s just a few weeks away. You can say my look is an early welcome to fall.

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I paired my plaid shirt with light wash skinny fit torn jeans from Zara. The light color denim and torn jeans complimented the darker tones in my shirt, while still giving my look some summer vibes.

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Now when it comes to a summer streetwear look, it’s become standard to pair it with sneakers or even boots. However, dress shoes and loafers have found themselves intertwined into streetwear. That’s why I decided to pair my new Sam Edelman tan suede loafers with my streetwear attire. Tan suede is all the rage when it comes to chelsea boots that I’ve seen paired with streetwear looks. Going the loafers route can be a nicer alternative for the hot days of summer, plus they can provide comfort without sacrificing style.

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If you haven’t added loafers or dress shoes to your streetwear look, I suggest giving it a try. The best thing about fashion is mix and matching streetwear and high-fashion, that’s why I love it!

 

My July Look Book

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This hot month was all about going against the norm. I was dressed in black and wore an anorak. Yeah, I’ve never been one for practical fashion. However, toward the end of the month the hot weather got the best of me, and I had to go for a look that wouldn’t have me dying from the heat.

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My first featured look was all about my DKNY white anorak. This buy from one of my favorite brands was perfect for summer! The perforated sleeves were an obvious stand out for me, giving it a much more fashion forward look compared to others I had seen.

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My second look featured my favorite color and a cool thrift find from Buffalo Exchange. Black isn’t a practical color to wear during the hot days, but it’s just perfect to wear. And pairing my look with a new suede button up made for an outfit that’s probably best left for summer nights.

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My final look for the month highlighted after work attire perfect for the summer heat. I paired my Topman tee and Urban Outfitters sunflower printed short sleeve button up with some joggers for a perfect outfit that’s ready for hanging out with friends after work. Oh, let’s not forget my cool but comfy New Balance shoes!

With July coming to a close, I’m hoping that August isn’t painfully hot. I can’t wait to start sharing my August looks with you!