Boys, Shopping Guide

V-Day the Boy’s Way

St. Valentine and his blessed holiday are here! With him he brings relationships, and once again, the challenge of picking out something that is exactly perfect for your valentine! Not to worry, though; I did a little digging, and found seven options that may make your last-minute cupid-quandry about five hours shorter, and three headaches easier.

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CB2 “Wes Anderson”
cb2.com – Any self-respecting quirky, artsy guy loves him some Wes Anderson. Give your man something that entertains and enlightens, and also has pictures of Owen Wilson with verrryy short hair.

J.Crew Medium-dot cotton socks
jcrew.com – A great gift for every girl’s FIRST valentine – DADDY! Novelty socks are the best gift to give – thoughtful, without being boring.

Beanie hat

americanapparel.net – No bones about it, this winter has been HARSH. I’ve never stocked up on outerwear more, why not gift him something festive with his best interest in mind? Plus, he’ll just look so stinking CUTE!

Knit Polkas
thetiebar.com – Polka dots for the win! This tie will look dapper against a white button down and grey or black suit, or how about underneath a camel colored cardigan? An updated twist on the classic-guy tie.

ASOS Plimsolls
asos.com – Wine is here to stay – and not just in your glass on Friday night! Burgundy isn’t going away, so why not pick up some trendy kicks for your Valentine?

Young the Giant
youngthegiant.com – Broody, manly, and lovely. This may be a gift that will benefit the both of you! Trust me, this album will be a V-day gift he won’t throw away next week.

J.Crew PLAY Comme des Garçons® V-neck sweater
jcrew.com – SPLURGE ALERT. These CDG pieces from the crew are not cheap, but goodness they are dripping with luxury and class. And now, he’ll finally wear his heart on his sleeve… er, chest.

Happy last-minute shopping, girls. This little list should do the trick, and if it doesn’t, just give him a kiss – he won’t need much to be pleased. Promise!

xoxo -Haley

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Boys, Night Out, NYFW, Spring/Summer

Simple, the Second Time Around

Last week was a frenzy, but this week is a bit more predictable, so I’m pleased to present my “simple” look with the rest of the class, properly. Fashion Week is upon us, and it was quite an honor to attend Fashion’s Night of Prayer, hosted by Models for Christ. Ryan and I stopped by before heading to dinner at the Time Warner afterwards. Any night not spent on the couch watching The West Wing on Netflix, is an excuse to dress-up for me! My simple look seems involved, but with a flowy top and flouncy skirt it was everything but that.

Simple outfits require very little layers, and become ultra-chic with just a statement or two, max. My tights broke-up all the black with a little pattern and play on opacity, and the swingy top became a canvas, upon which my statement necklace could reside. Nothing fussy, yet nothing short of fabulous.

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IMG_4761Oh, and of course, this Dapper Dan was with me as well.

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We are Wearing:

Haley – Top: Tildon (similar here). Skirt: T by Alexander Wang (similar here). Bag: Alexander Wang (I know, I know, AGAIN, but I can’t stop carrying him around!). Shoes: Brian Atwood (similar here). Tights: Nordstrom Rack (similar here). Necklace: Anthropologie (similar here).

Ryan – This is literally ALL J.Crew. SuitShirtTieTie BarPocket Square. #addict

We’re all prayed-up, and ready for fashion week! It’s as simple as that.

xoxo – Haley + Ryan

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Boys, Fall/Winter, NYFW

NYFW Fall/Winter 2014: Men’s Recap

As most of New York and all the world are prepping for Fashion Week as we know it, the men of the town have already walked down dimly lit runways with flashing lights behind them. From what I saw of Menswear for Fashion Week, it was as if Kanyeezy himself designed the sets  – what with flashing lights, and runways with codes scattered all over them via a projector. Also, from what I saw, I can tell you that the male persuasion will look good when the cold weather sets in, again (that is, of course, after it finally goes away!).

I covered just a few of the menswear shows – mostly my go-to boy brands, which is not to be confused with boy-bands (N*Sync, duh).

Rag and Bone

For two years in a row now, I’ve gifted my husband a Rag and Bone piece for Christmas. I cannot resist the line’s stand out textures and manly nonchalance.

ragbonemensHead’s up guys; from the looks of it, all of you will need a leather jacket this fall. Rag and Bone also sent ladies down the runway clad in menswear pieces, because those boy clothes are just too cool to pass up. Nubby cable-knits against short-sleeved bowling shirts make me think of times past and also wonder, “Can we just go ahead and make this collection available now?”

3.1 Phillip Lim

The theme of Lim’s line this season was, “Go West Young Man!” – as noted by wide collars, long shearlings, and less-subtle sweatshirts with horses screen printed on the torso.

Untitled-1My preference? The button-down shirt geometrically broken up with different patterns. Every guy is going to hate them, but mark my words, they’ll own a similar look in no less than two years. Fall looks bright for Lim, which is always a good sign, because guys are just getting comfortable with color – so let’s not scare them away. Next challenge: getting any conservative male into those patterned pants. Trust me; a pattern bottom you will also own within the next 24 months.

Ralph Lauren – Purple Label

After recently touring Ralph Lauren’s massive Madison Avenue store and learning more about the product, I have a whole new respect for this Americana line. There are very good reasons why RL has withstood the test of time.

rlpurplelabelFrom extreme debonair to preppy casual, this season put the man in menswear! I can’t decide which look I love most – that all black ensemble is incredibly downtown, while that three-piece patterned suit makes uptown look incredibly inviting.

Saint Laurent

By far my favorite show! Hedi Slimane is a bit of a savant, and this season I finally saw his genius. Two words: excellent topcoat.

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Photo credit for all photos in this post: style.com

Jackets for everyone – take your pick, even though the decision is terribly difficult. Suede or studded, again, you’re gonna go for the leather next fall guys. Rock and roll is dressing up, but is anything but stuffy. Even the hardest of headbangers can’t resist the swagger of these looks. PS. Ever wondered what Hedi Slimane looks like? Basically, all of the show’s models can answer that question; I think 23 dead-ringers walked the show.

I highly, highly recommend going to style.com to check out the Saint Laurent show, it was exciting, and enlightening to see all the different facets of a gentlemen. I even gave you the link – all you need to know about what next fall looks like is a simple click.

Daydreaming for autumn/any month that’s warmer,

Haley

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