August 19, 2015

Express Yourself

Photography taken by Kara Nixon

    Beach days are extended because a heat wave hit us this past week. Being a proud beach bum, I've decided to style my #ExpressMen outfit with a Southern California touch. For this look, I kept the color palette washed out because of the pastel colors from my button up and the heavy fading on my Alec denim. The distressed detail and sand colored wash complimented my beach vibe, which allowed me to keep everything relaxed with the styling. I unbuttoned the top two buttons of my mixed stripe short sleeve and untucked one side of the shirt. My accessories included a pooka shell bracelet and a layering of two necklaces. To complete the outfit, I threw on a baseball cap and wore suede Guess shoes.

Attire:
Destroyed Skinny Alec Jean- Express Collaboration
Mixed Stripe Short Sleeve Shirt- Express Collaboration
Baseball Hat- Target
Braided Leather Belt- H&M
Guess Shoes- Thrifted

Retail:
Destroyed Skinny Alec Jean- Express $88
Mixed Stripe Short Sleeve Shirt- Express $30
Baseball Hat- Target $13
Braided Leather Belt- H&M $25
'Willet' Nubuck Plain Toe Derby- Nordstrom $268



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August 13, 2015

M'AIDEN LA

Photography taken by Kara Nixon

    Summer lasts a little longer in California, which I don't mind at all. For this summer limbo, I've decided to black out my outift to keep my color palette neutral from any season. I totally dig Steve Madden's AIDEN because of their comfortability and versatility. The buckles of these sandals are a stunning accent, and is the perfect pairing for silver accessories. Whether you are strolling by the infamous #MADEinLA wall in trendy Melrose, or wearing these sandals casually by the beach, the AIDEN's keep you cool while lookin' cool.

Attire:
Steve Madden AIDEN- Feature Collaboration
Calvin Klein Cutoff- Calvin Klein Sale
Louis Vuitton Pendant Necklace- owned
Black Felt Fedora- Target
Leather Joggers- Pacsun

Retail:
AIDEN- Steve Madden $40
Topman Muscle T-Shirt- Nordstrom $20
Empreint Pendant- Louis Vuitton $2,010
Felt Fedora- ASOS $33
Jogging Trousers- Zara $79
Dior Composit 1.0- Dior $386



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July 22, 2015

Saint-Paul de Vence


    Je keffe cette ville! Saint-Paul de Vence would have to be my most favorite place I had visited on this European exploration. This town is absolutely stunning, and I was amazed at all it's medieval glory. The muted neutral tones of the village inspired my color scheme, and while exploring I wanted to be comfortable yet proper for that night's dinner on the terrace. To keep it simple I wore a light distressed William Rast olive shirt over white levi skinny denim. I accessorized with a ring from a vintage spot in Barcelona and a woven bracelet from Dubai to elevate the simplicity of my attire.

Attire:
William Rast Distressed Tee- Buffalo Exchange
Levi's Jeans- Urban Outfitter's Sale Rack
Silver Nácar Ring- Vintage Market in Barcelona
Braided Leather Bracelet- Gift from Dubai
Guess Suede Shoes- Thrifted

Retail:
William Rast Tee- Lord & Taylor prices vary
510™ Skinny Fit Jeans- Levi's $68
Striped T-Shirt- H&M $15
'Willet' Nubuck Plain Toe Derby- Nordstrom $268


    Before dinner I built up an appetite by exploring the streets of Saint-Paul de Vence. It was amazing every inch of the village was a piece of history. I couldn't get over how handmade every building and stone walkways were. From the foliage to intricately stoned floors, there was just something so organic about my surroundings that left me in amazement at every turn of this town.

Saint-Paul de Vence on www.saint-pauldevence.com


    I swear every snap I took of this town was postcard worthy. If you walk inside the village you can find stores that vary from: clothing, art, chocolate, and jewelry. There are two benefits of exploring through the village until the end: 1. there is an epic viewpoint that is absolutely photo worthy. 2. You build an appetite to eat at Le Tilleul, which is where I recommend dining for the night. It is a good 30 minute walk to and from the ending viewpoint. Le Tilleul is located at the entrance of the beautiful Saint Paul de Vence. I had an evening meal sitting out on the open terrace just as the sun was beginning to set. The spacious outdoor terrace is under large trees that provide a perfect amount of shade for a cozy ambiance. Looking back on my whole trip, La Tilleul was some of the best food I had ever eaten. The atmosphere and service were second to none. The warm welcome from our server and delightful atmosphere set the tone for our meal. Their complimentary starter gave a divine precursor to what other exquisite food I was anxiously waiting to eat. I enjoyed the refreshing air, the intimate scenery, and their to die for dessert.
    For starters, I would recommend La Tilleul's home-made foie gras. It was the BEST foie gras that I had tried in Europe. This delicacy is served with a chutney of red onions and grapes, which elevate it's flavor to a whole other level, over a warm brioche. I also ordered the salmon in Gravlax way with crunchy vegetables for a counter balance of freshness. The thinly sliced salmon accompanied with the just as thin vegetables had the perfect amount of buttery goodness and crispness. My entree was fresh cod with little potatoes in a Gribiche sauce. It was the most light and delicately cooked fish! The moist fish combined with the citrus foam was a bite that was an out of this world experience.

Dinner:
Starter- foie gras de canard cuit au torchon, confiture d’oignons rouges & raisins
            saumon confit « façon » Gravlax, légumes croquants
Entree- pavé de cabillaud en croûte de citron & émulsion soja
Dessert- tarte aux fraises & tiramisù
www.restaurant-letilleul.com

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July 14, 2015

Splash This Summer


     Make a splash this summer with the AIDEN sandals from Steve Madden. These summer essentials are fit for the beach, and can even be dressed up because of it's black leather and silver buckle accent. I am stoked to be collaborating again with one of my favorite shoe brands. Which way will I style these AIDEN sandals? I could go for casual comfort or even a sophisticated approach...maybe both? Stay tuned for the look!

Retail:
AIDEN- Steve Madden $40

Website: www.stevemadden.com
Twitter: @stevemadden
Instagram: @stevemadden



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