I’m all about a statement pair of sunglasses or a crazy pair of shoes but a well curated closet is made of well made and quality basics. I’ve time and time again bought an overpriced trendy pair of pants with a leather details and distressing and at the end of the season they went away along with all the other seasonal pieces. As my style has elevated and grown I’ve realized how much more important it is to invest in well made basics.
People often times don’t understand the power of the white tee or the black pair of trousers. These are the items that you wear everyday and these are the items you should invest in but thats why I was so thrilled when I came upon Grana which is now easily one of my favorite brands when it comes to basics. Grana not only makes beautiful basics with a strong attention to detail but they are truly made with care. It’s truly the worst when you have to buy a basic tee every other week because you wear it so much that you have already worn it down so when you find a brand where thats just not the case you stick with them!
Wearing a well made pair of trousers with that cool vintage jacket or a total out-there sweater is totally my style but I’l also not opposed to paring a basics together like I did with this Grana sweater which I popped color with these black Grana trousers. When well made basics are put together it makes for the perfect effortless look and an easily transitional look for night by throwing a leather jacket over it.
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Photos by Justin Quebral
In Collaboration with Grana
I thought I didn’t believe in Love until I met London town. Seriously everything about London was right up my alley from the rainy days, British accents and middle of the day tea time – I’m all about that life.
Randomly deciding to go to Europe at 3AM and spending a few days in Oslo before deciding to end my trip in London was the best decision I ever made. The Mondrian was happy to host me and boy did they. I was so torn between leaving my marbled shower and room service or to go explore the city so I totally just divided my time equally (logical, right?) Luckily the hotel is located on the banks of the River Thames in the famed Sea Containers building which is only minutes to popular attractions.
As I only had a few days in London I tried to catch up with all my friends that live in London. On the first day I met up with Joel and Yanin and they took me out to Korean food at Onthebab which had to be the least British thing to do but oh my I’m so happy they did. I’m already pretty obsessed with Korean food but this took me to another level.
In the evening I got a chance to catch up with Emma and we went out to the Snapchat awards which had to be the most interesting award show I’ve ever seen. If we thought us grammers heavily document our lives wait until you see the audience at the Snapchat awards. Oh yeah, I didn’t win.
As much as I hate to be a tourist and like to hang with the locals and get the authentic experience I couldn’t help myself but go visit Big Ben. You know somethings are clichés for a reason and thats one of them.
I’ve been a backpack wearing since I can remember. I can recall getting so excited each year for school (and this was about the only I’d get excited about regarding school) was to get my new backpack for the school year. I carefully scanned the malls in search of the perfect backpack you can bet that I always had to be the kid with the best backpack! Surprise, surprise.
Even now that I’m out of school the love for a fresh new backpack is still too real. I fell hard for Herschel’s Barlow Bag when I saw its clean white exterior and fell even harder when I found out I could fit my 15″ laptop in as well. I have to say its rare that function and style actually work together cohesively and this bag is a perfect example of that.
I decided to pair the bag with an all black look for a lazy coffee shop run. If you know me, I’m all about the all black look and the bag made for a perfect contrast in the look. I then threw on a pair of grey sneaks just to put a cherry on top to my whole “what is color?” attitude.
Photos by Justin Quebral
In Collaboration with Herschel Supply Co.
Westward Leaning Sunglasses // Coach Jacket // Topman Pants // Vince Sneakers (similar)
Forget a fitted suit, forget a pair of oxfords and even forget a white tee all I need is my leather jacket. Okay, okay maybe I need a few other things but if I had to pick one thing in my closet to take with me to fashion blogger hell I’d definitely take my leather jackets and yeah maybe my yellow sterling sweater but thats just me being unpractical me. But there are SO many reasons we all need a leather jacket in our closet.
That Extra Touch
Often times I put on my clothes and I think to myself this outfit is alright, I dig it, I do. All it needs is something! And more often times than not is a leather jacket. I just don’t say that about black pants or blazers as much as they do add to your look leather gives that extra edge we seek in a look, its that instant I’m pretty cool after all factor that we like to feel.
I’m all about an item that is practical and I feel like with leather jackets you can wear them anywhere at anytime (In high school I did wear a leather jacket to prom after all.) They aren’t strictly a seasonal piece either, yeah I wouldn’t wear one on a Palm Springs afternoon in mid summer but at night I just might. They aren’t super warm to wear unless you decide to layer and yet they aren’t useless in winter either.
It fits everyone
There is a leather jacket for everyone. I know someone is looking at me like “I can’t pull off that edgy moto jacket” and you probably can’t (I’m kidding, you TOTALLY can.) but a moto jacket may not be your style but there are different cuts to leather jackets and I’m confident enough to say that there is a leather jacket for you, you and even you.
They Last Forever
I mean forever, forever. I mean your Grandpa probably has his leather jacket from when he took the girl before your grandma to the drive-in theater to watch a movie in black and white. I know my first big investment in my closet was my first leather jacket and to this day its still a regular addition to most of my looks which makes for a great investment.
Photos by Mire Yang
As the cooler days approach the more and more I get excited for rainy days and trench coat nights. Okay, I totally can’t handle Norway winters or even New York winters but I’m all about a California winter. You know? Light jackets, leather jackets over a t-shirt thats what I call a winter ensemble.
This light weight jacket is the perfect in-between season piece and with me being from LA and all its always in-between because I guess to all my New York friends we don’t have a winter. (jealous much?)
I paired this piece with a striped tee and a pair of cropped pants cause I’m all about making a 50 shades of grey look. The cropped pants gave me some air and the jacket kept me just warm enough making for a perfect summer to fall look. With this I’ll just go make a pumpkin spice latte (kidding who do I look like?)
In Collaboration with Perry Ellis
Photos by Miré Yang