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Winter Camel.

First of all, I know that my blog has been largely unpopulated with content for many months, but I have sincerely missed posting and utilizing this blog as my creative outlet. It has been a very busy year with design school, one like I have never experienced before, but a lot of fun managed to be found amidst the stress! Now, against all odds – here I am once again!

Not to be confused with the actual animal, which is not at all suited for a winter climate – I am talking about the colour camel! Really one of the most diverse colours to have in your closet, simply because it looks great all year round and is such a classic.

I live in Canada, and I have not owned a winter coat for years. I know, I know – how do I survive? Well, in the past, I have layered up to try and stay warm mostly because I thought that many/all of the winter coats I was finding either were hideous, puffy Michelin Man puffer coats or simply a nice coat that just didn’t have a great fit.

Winter coats, no matter the breed or quality, are always pricey. I didn’t want something really cheap with a tacky faux fur hood, so I knew that I would be making an investment. Investments of all kinds take careful planning and consideration, and although I knew I wasn’t looking to buy a house, the challenge of finding the right winter coat seemed almost as daunting a task.

Finally, after years of searching I had found my coat. I ordered the coat through my local Club Monaco store, and absolutely love the fit, length, colour – everything! It really has become my staple this winter, and it is a quality coat that didn’t break the bank! It is great for layering which means that I can wear this coat on the coldest-of-cold days as well as those slightly less than brisk winter days when I need fewer layers.

It is really a classic wool coat, iconic of great menswear from the good old days. I think what I like most about the coat is really its simplicity and versatility. I feel like I can dress this coat up or pair it seamlessly with a casual pair of jeans and sweater. That’s really what having a great winter coat is all about – wearing it!

I hope that all is well and warm in your lives! Let’s continue to wish these cold days away and invite spring with open arms!

-Andrew

Coat & Sweater: Club Monaco // Scarf & Jeans: H&M // Shirt: Oak + Fort // Bag: Cambridge Satchel // Shoes: Aldo

Thanks to Adaire Beatty for the photography!

 

 

 

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In The Rain.

June has been off to a great start, despite lots of rain and cool weather in the city. To be honest, I can’t really say that I dislike the rain. I’ve always loved to embrace those days to be productive inside, or just catch up on some sleep. Either way, I think that rain is more refreshing than draining!

Even though the temperature has dropped, I still wanted to wear mostly summer pieces that I layered to stay warm. I have aways loved muted colours and tones, and pieces that have a little bit of a worn look to them – or at least when it comes to one of my casual, summery days! I pulled out my favourite pair of Nudie Jeans and paired them with a Zara t-shirt and mustard yellow shirt from H&M. Simple accessories, and a simple look that makes going out in the rain comfortable. Also, no need for sweatpants when you have a great pair of denim – so leave those at home everyone! ;)

I hope all of you have been enjoying your summer so far, and for those of you stuck in the rain: make the most of it! I am having such an amazing month and I cannot wait to see what the rest of the summer has in store!

-Andrew

Jeans: Nudie Jeans // Shirt & Espadrilles: H&M // T-Shirt: Zara // Watch: Michael Kors

Check out music from Samantha James:

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Before The Leaves.

These photos are from a few weeks back when I went to visit my grandparents at the start of the warm weather in Edmonton. I can’t say the car trip was terribly long, it’s only about 20 minutes away from where I live, but the transitioning weather and warm sunshine made the whole day something quite memorable.

Sometimes taking a drive with the sunroof open and your favourite music blasting is just what the doctor ordered. I assure you though, I was not taking these pictures while driving because I was in the passenger seat – safety first kids!

I kept my outfit really simple, by wearing faded colours and pieces that look like they’ve been worn in. I love a relaxed, casual summer look for everyday outings! I stuck to the tried and true navy and red with accents of silver, white and black.

I hope that everyone is having an amazing summer so far, and I apologize for the lack of posts this month. May is crazy for any University student, because recovering after finals is comparable to recovering from being hit by a bus.

Have a great day!

Andrew

Shirt & Watch: Michael Kors // Shorts: Simons // Wrap Bracelet: Club Monaco // Aviators & Espadrilles: H&M

Music I’m loving:

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Summer Wine.

Well, I can’t say that I know what happened with the weather here in Canada, but I do know one thing: I LOVE IT! The sun has finally taken over and fought off that awful cold weather that seemed to want to overstay it’s welcome.

Now that classes and exams are over, I took the week off to relax and get away from it all. This past weekend was a lot of fun, most of which spent in the sun. I also drove down to Calgary with my family on Saturday for some shopping and a change of scenery. I managed to find a few gifts for myself as rewards for finishing a tough year of classes. Surprisingly, the weather in Edmonton has been a lot nicer than Calgary even though they are farther south in the province. That made me eager to come back home after my shopping trip was through, mostly to soak up the last few hours of heat in Edmonton with a nice glass of red wine before going off into a post-shopping coma.

I wanted to keep my outfit really light and easy, because I would be in the car for most of the day (6 hours total round trip). I wore my yellow, oversized linen-blend shirt from Club Monaco with my distressed Zara jeans for a really comfortable and relaxed summer look. I also wore my favourite new scarf from Club Monaco with an awesome tribal print and neutral, earthy colours. I also really love mixing and matching different accessories in the summer to add to my look, so I chose my Michael Kors Tristan Aviators (I love them so much I have them in two colours), and some assorted bracelets paired with my Michael Kors Gold Runway Watch.

And with that, I am off to enjoy another relazing day in the sun – I hope everyone else is enjoying a beautiful start to the summer season!

-Andrew

Oversized Shirt, Scarf & Bracelet: Club Monaco // Jeans: Zara // Runway Watch & Aviators: Michael Kors


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Ready, Set, Spring.

I have been so busy with final exams and portfolios this month, and I have missed my blog so much! Although the city isn’t quite as warm as it could be for this time of year, we are all making due with any chance we may have to dress lighter. I have one more exam this week, and then it looks as though the weather may take a turn for the better by the time my summer vacation really begins.

For this outfit I just chose to wear my super relaxed, faded Nudie Jeans paired with an oversized H&M shirt. I kept the accessories bronzed and worn looking, and stuck to a gold aviator for something relaxed and simple. I think that this overall look will be my go-to for the upcoming summer season. It is so relaxed and easy, and there is nothing better than a light, oversized t-shirt when the weather hits the 30 degree range!

I hope everyone has had a great month of April, and good luck on all of your exams!

Andrew

Jeans: Nudie Jeans // Sunglasses, T-Shirt & Sunglasses: H&M // Accessories: Club Monaco, Michael Kors, OAK + FORT

Styling/Editing: Andrew Eirich // Photography: Scot Allan

Take a listen to some of my new favourite music for sunny days:

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Twenty-One.

Today, I am 21 years old. I’ve always loved having an April first birthday, and I am looking forward to celebrating with friends over the next few days (we’re all busy with finals right now). I can’t believe how the years have passed, and now I am legal around the world! Next time I go to New York I will finally get to experience some of the amazing nightlife and sip on some wine at any one of their amazing restaurants. I’m looking forward to an amazing year ahead!

I wore this outfit to the closing night of Western Canada Fashion Week, and what a finale it was. The headliners included Stanley Carroll, Angelique Chmielewski, and Kaadiki who was a newcomer to the Edmonton stage. I’ve already started picking pieces from the collections that I want for myself, including some amazing neon yellow colour block shorts from Kaadiki. Overall, the shows were all really well presented, and this night finally showcased some of our best talent in the city. I was really sad to have missed the LUXX ready to wear show and Nicole Campre from the day before, because those are two other must see shows at fashion week! I may or may not have been one of the most colourful people at the shows that night, but I really just couldn’t help and go all out Spring now that the city has finally been warming up.

I attended the shows with some old blog friends of mine, and met some new ones. Alyssa from The Ordinary Peoples, Janis from Dress Me Dearly, and first time wcfw’er Vincent from Binzento were all front row that night with me. It was a lot of fun to catch up with the bloggers again and interact in our natural habitat. Hopefully we will all get together soon!

Cardigan: H&M // Tank: Top Man // Pants & Mocassins: Zara // Sunglasses: Simons // Watch: Michael Kors

Styling/Editing: Andrew Eirich // Photography: Alyssa Lau

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 With only a few days left of cold weather in Edmonton before (hopefully) the big spring melt of 2013 will commence, I decided to post a look I put together a while back that I hadn’t posted. I went for a coffee date with the always lovely Marie Zydek (of Marie a la Mode) and we snapped these photos on a chilly, but sunny day a few days before we had our once-in-a-century blizzard.

My 21st Birthday is coming up next week (Monday, April 1st to be exact), and I am hoping that the weather network isn’t playing an April Fools joke on all of us with their forecast calling for temperatures in the positive double digits and up. I think we totally deserve the warmth and sunshine, and I think it would make for the perfect Birthday gift!

For this outfit, I wore a drape-front cardigan which is another new piece from OAK + FORT that I am absolutely in love with! It is really difficult to find a men’s drape-front cardigan that isn’t too long in the front and too short in the back, or that simply has too much bulk and fabric in general. This is the best one I’ve found yet, so I absolutely had to pick it up! I paired it with an awesome printed tank that I recently picked up at Simons and my trusty Cheap Monday jeans that have always been a go to pair for me.

Hopefully the weather will clear up soon, but nevertheless I have started building up some awesome summer playlists. I’ve recently found some amazing chill wave artists that will definitely be on repeat (videos below) in my car with the sunroof open and the sun pouring in. Now all I need is mother nature to help me out on a few of those elements and summer will be off to a great start!

Cardigan: OAK + FORT // Tank: Shades of Grey (Micah Cohen @ Simons) // Jeans: Cheap Monday // Boots: Zara // Sunglasses: Prada

Styling/Editing: Andrew Eirich // Photographer: Marie Zydek

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Spray Art.

I recently attended an amazing street-art opening hosted by a friend and coworker of mine and her boyfriend. They work collaboratively on a lot of the pieces displayed directly on the walls (like the one I am standing in front of), but the canvases shown were all created by my friend’s very talented boyfriend. The event had a great turnout and was hosted in the basement level of the Mercer building on 104st. The art took centre stage, and the brightly-colored, cartoon-inspired canvases have already been selling out to some really excited art fans. My friend Annaliza added some flair to the already cool evening by hosting a fashion show of some outrageous cartoon-inspired looks on female models. Bright hair, colourful makeup, lots of faux fur and retro 90′s clothes. Overall, the event was so much fun and really unlike anything we usually see in Edmonton – I hope we see more events like this from this amazing power couple very soon!

For the event I chose to wear something really fun and urban, or at least as urban as I go when I get dressed up! I wore a studded denim shirt underneath a really psychedelic giraffe/camo print sweater. I paired down the look by wearing dark green pants that complimented the spots on my sweater, and brown leather boots to give just enough fun print. I really loved this look, and I enjoyed blending in with the colourful walls that were filled with art!

Happy Friday everyone and if you are in Edmonton, like me, stay warm and drive carefully through this crazy snow!

-Andrew

Studded Shirt: TOP MAN // Sweater: H&M // Pants & Boots: Zara

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Waiting.

I have been so busy this week that I meant I had to miss a post earlier in the week, but I suppose I should be expecting that as university finals draw nearer. What a week it has been though, lots of really fun projects I am so thrilled to be working on, and as stressful as school may get, I really do love my design classes!

Everything was starting to get warmer in the city and really clear up for a nice Spring boost. Sadly, as quickly as the sun, warmth, and melting showed up… It left. We have had so much snow in the last 20 odd hours I am beginning to forget what the roads looked like, and it was so nice to see the pavement again after months of winter darkness. Also, as much as I love my car, it really is not well suited to these conditions, and as a result will remain parked for the rest of this bad weather. This means I can stay in and catch up on a lot of little things I have to do around the house, for school, and for the blog!

This outfit was just a casual look for school, and I was really loving the combination. I recently attended an event at Simons where they gave me this bag, and I chose the camouflage – which has become my go-to tote for school. It is so on trend, and I really don’t worry about using it like I do some of my pricier leather bags. So, for as long as I have my laptop, textbooks etc to carry with me to school, this bag will be by my side!

I hope everyone is having a great Friday, and as much as we may all be waiting for Spring to come don’t let it get you down – the sun will eventually win! :)

Plaid Shirt: Club Monaco // Henley & Jeans: H&M // Boots: Zara // Bag: Simons

Styling/Editing: Andrew Eirich // Photographer: Adaire Beatty

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Winter Chill.

March. I have always considered this month to be the start of my New Year as opposed to January because everything starts to come back to life, slowly. The days are longer, the sun is warmer, the snow is melting and yet it remains completely unpredictable. We had an amazing start to the month but this past week has been anything but spring-like.

If the cold is going to stick around, then I will do everything I can to make the most of it. I just bought this amazing jacket (the “Jerome”) from Oak + Fort last week, and I am totally in love with the rich green, structured simplicity, and high collar. Although it is a bit more of a spring coat, I simply layered up underneath with an outerwear vest and oversized scarf to keep me warm. I am so happy that this piece is so transitional because it means I’ll get to enjoy it long into the spring as well! Sadly, the jacket is not available for online purchase as Oak + Fort only sells their men’s apparel in stores at this time.

Jacket: Oak + Fort // Vest, Scarf & Jeans: H&M // Boots: Zara

Styling/Editing: Andrew Eirich // Photographer: Danielle Rousseau