I am in love with this Italian wool sweater from Club Monaco – and I have multiple colours to prove it! I like layering a really soft piece like this warm, red sweater with a harder, more distressed piece. For the distressed element I wore a light wash denim shirt underneath that has just the right vintage look. Finishing everything up with dark denim and a great moccasin boot makes this look perfect for a day of classes. Best of all, wearing a layered look is the best way to stay warm when you’re inside and you’ve shed your heavier coats and sweaters. A great sweater, made of quality wool, also makes for an excellent investment piece. You’ll have it for years to come, and the look and feel of the material, as well as the fit, will always make you feel like a million dollars!
Sweater: Club Monaco // Denim Shirt & Boots: Zara // Jeans: H&M // Watch: Club Monaco
Styling/Editing: Andrew Eirich // Photographer: Adaire Beatty
There is nothing better than a warm, spicy fragrance to top off a man’s winter wardrobe. If you are forgetting a fragrance in the morning, you are missing out on a crucial part of grooming – something that can create a lasting impression with people. Fragrances are very personal, and set differently on everyones individual skin chemistry, so try on your fragrance of choice and walk around with it on your skin for a while to see if you like how the notes react after an hour or so of wear. If you can get a small tester bottle, even better! Most retailers have testers that are totally free, and let you test drive a new fragrance for a few days – all you have to do is ask! I have narrowed down my fragrance collection to my top three warm winter fragrances that I would recommend you try! Each fragrance is easily worn casually, or with a dressier outfit for an evening out with friends!
1. Tom Ford: Grey Vetiver
I just purchased Grey Vetiver this year, and I absolutely fell in love. It is definitely a more unique, complex fragrance but it sets in such a soft, subtle way that it has become an absolute everyday go-to for me. Tom Ford has always been good at creating very distinctly upscale, masculine fragrances and this one is definitely no exception. I would consider this fragrance to be a little bit more fashion forward, and thus it may not appeal to everyone. In order to decide whether or not you like how the fragrance settles you absolutely must try it on. I found that it smelled very different from bottle to skin, and I liked it even more once I had let it settle for about 10 minutes. I also find that it lasts a really long time, but in such a perfectly subtle way. The fragrance is not overpowering but simply leaves an impression of a warm, clean earthiness.
Notes: Vetiver, Orange flower, Grapefruit, Aromatic sage, Orris, Nutmeg, Pimento, Amber woods and Oak moss
Another Tom Ford classic, only this time a cut above. Azure Lime is part of the exclusive (and priced accordingly) Private Blend Collection. Rich extracts go into every Private Blend fragrance, and they make for something that is really unbeatable when you compare other fragrance brands. The best way that I can describe the wearability of Azure Lime is warm, sporty, and lightly fresh. This fragrance is great for everyday wear, but unlike a lot of sport fragrances, it has just the right amount of warmth to make it an appropriate choice for the colder months. It is the warmth that makes Azure Lime a really rich, well-rounded fragrance that doesn’t smell as cheap as a lot of sport fragrances. I always choose to wear this fragrance on more casual days, but what I really love is that it is a lighter option than the other two fragrances in the list – which provides me with a nice range of choice if I start getting tired of one fragrance or another. It simply goes the extra mile towards being something really special, and classic that everyone will notice on your skin!
Notes: Vibrant citrus, Sophisticated flowers, Warm wood and Sensual musk
L’Homme is the original in a growing set of spin-off fragrances, and is a true classic men’s fragrance. It is warm, clean and well balanced masculine fragrance. Of the three fragrances listed, this one is definitely the strongest, even when settled on the skin. I find that L’Homme stays very consistent throughout a days wear, and doesn’t fade dramatically. I always get compliments whenever I wear this fragrance, and it is definitely a well-loved choice that I would recommend anyone try! Although I would still consider L’Homme to be an everyday fragrance, with my collection I typically opt to wear it when I am more dressed-up – either going to work, or going out with friends. That being said, it is a true classic that you can’t really go wrong with – for you, or a gift for someone else. Just don’t spray too much, it is best when you wear no more than 4 sprays!
When you go out and buy one of these fragrances, or any other one that you feel suits your personality and skin chemistry make sure you get the best bang for your buck – If you really like a fragrance, and you plan on wearing it on a regular basis, always purchase the 100ml/3.4oz bottles! The price difference for 50% more product is often very slight, but it will always end up being worth it. I hope these tips and recommendations help you find a great new fragrance, so good luck and happy shopping!
Army green, rich navy, antique white, classic brown, and bronze metal accessories. I have been playing around with these colour tones a lot lately, and it totally gives a playful spin on the great vintage military look – without actually going camo. This look is all about texture and colour with smooth leather accents on the blazer collar, the boots, and the satchel paired with a roughed-up vintage bronze watch and wrap bracelet. Even though camouflage is a huge trend, it is often not done very well and can end up looking cheap. I haven’t found just the right camouflage pieces yet, so instead I opt to expand the palette you see mixed in camouflage across my entire outfit instead of on just one piece. This is an excellent winter look that will transition nicely into spring because the colours are neutral and earthy. Best of all, when the fashion world says camouflage is out you still have great basics to wear, leaving no need to clear out a closet full of military pieces. When you wear this new vintage look, there is no need to hide away in the bushes – show off your camo palette with pride and don’t be afraid to mix it up!
Blazer, Shirt & Wrap Bracelet: Club Monaco // Boots & Pants: Zara // Watch: Michael Kors // Bag: Cambridge Satchel
Preserve your youth. It is one of the most precious things you have to keep your mind open and your spirit free. As you mature, make sure you don’t grow old. Allow yourself to explore your raw emotions, and humanity. Growing as a person both physically and emotionally.
Having only been open for a few weeks, Simons is quickly becoming a high-profile fashion retailer in the Edmonton market. I was invited to attend their pre-opening media preview back in October, and what I saw truly blew me away. I have been back a few times since and have a way better idea of where things are in the store, and what types of things I know I can find in their different sections. It was like being a kid in a candy store touring their 115000 sq. ft. location prior to their opening, and it left me wanting more. I have fallen in love with their more fashion-forward men’s line along with many of their Simons Maison home furnishing accessories. Clothing selection aside, it is the design of the store itself that makes it a pleasure to shop in – and this careful attention to the overall shopping experience is something that has been severely lacking in our other local, large-scale department stores. I was happy to learn that the company is still family-run and you can see the care and attention that comes from that connection that the two founding brothers have with their company. I am so thrilled that Simons has finally opened it’s doors, and I highly recommend that everyone check it out if you have the chance – especially with christmas parties and gift-giving season fast approaching! Happy shopping!
Blazer/Boots: Zara Man // Shirt/Pants: Club Monaco // Scarf: H&M // Bag: Cambridge Satchel
It has officially started snowing here in Canada which means it is time to layer up for the cold. One of my favourite things in fashion is to mix and match texture and subtle pattern. Wearing a chunky knit sweater underneath a knit vest just makes me look and feel warm – which I crave as I leave the house on those cold, dark winter mornings. The textures may be different, but they are working together to create a look that has a lot of depth to it. I mean, why not layer multiple knit pieces? This is the only time of year that you can experiment with a look like this, and if done right old man winter can send you his worst and you’ll make it through to spring with no problems – and you’ll look great while you’re at it!
Knit Sweater: Vintage // Knit Vest: Club Monaco // Scarf: H&M // Denim: Nudie Jeans // Boots: Zara // Watch: Michael Kors
Photographer: Pam Runyon // Editing/Styling: Andrew Eirich
With only a few days left of summer, and a few weeks of school already having passed, I find myself getting more and more excited for the weather to cool down. There is nothing like walking around campus and seeing the leaves changing color while you rush to get the all important Americano (or two) of the day. There’s also nothing like getting back to basics – which I’ve been doing with some great pants, tops, and accessories this year. Layering and combining basics is the age old way of getting a really great outfit that looks effortless and polished – and it’s easy to put together even when you face the rush for an 8am class!
Watch & Bag: Michael Kors // Sweatshirt, Scarf & Pants: H&M // Boots: Zara // Glasses: Prada
Photographer: Jules James // Styling: Andrew Eirich
A coffee date downtown with the fabulous Vickie from Adventures in Fashion always means style! The city is slowly getting cooler, which means it’s time to layer up – and blazers are always a great choice. What else is a good cure for the chilly day blues? Tea, lots and lots of tea!
Blazer: Zara // T-Shirt: YSL // Pants: H&M // Clutch: Louis Vuitton // Watch: Michael Kors // Sunglasses: Prada // Shoes: H&M
Fall, along with school, is starting to creep back for another year. There is nothing better than being able to enjoy some transitional fashion with layers and light knits before the thick coat weather creeps in. Pair your layers down with a great pair of boots, a dark pair of denim, and a perfect fall watch and you are more than ready to return to campus life in style!
Cardigan: Club Monaco // Shirt: Zara // Jeans: H&M // Boots: Zara // Watch: Michael Kors
Photographer: Jules James // Editing/Styling: Andrew Eirich
Another season of Western Canada Fashion Week is heating up, along with the weather! Before all of the shows get underway I thought it would be a good time to post my review from the incredible group of designers that took to the runway on closing night of the WCFW Fall 2011 season. (more…)