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Love Is Blue.

While everyone was wearing pink and red tones to celebrate Valentine’s day, I chose to stick to monochromatic, denim-on-denim blue/black palette with accents of white and silver. It happened to be very cold in the city today, and I really just wanted to be warm. Also, my boots were a huge help in keeping me upright all day (instead of falling constantly). We’ve had a few days this week where the sun was out, and the snow was melting, but sadly it has all turned to ice as the temperature dropped back below zero.

Shirt: YSL // Pants: Cheap Monday // Vest: H&M // Boots, Shirt, Bag & Watch: Michael Kors

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

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Primary.

As you may know from some of my previous outfit posts, I have been working on incorporating my new spring pieces into my existing winter wardrobe and coming up with some really great looks! I just recently bought these amazing pale blue (almost turquoise) pants and they are absolutely going to be an amazing spring essential. For now, in lieu of spring, This outfit was all about exploring and reinventing primary colours. I wanted to create an outfit with a pop of springy blue, rich red, yellow, and brown for some real depth along an age old palette. It’s not quite warm enough to dig out my pale-coloured linen shirts for summer just yet, so instead I am going to make due with these rich tones and enjoy what’s left of my chances to dress for colder weather. That said, I absolutely cannot wait until spring has finally, well, sprung in Canada – I simply choose to make the most of what I have to work with in the meantime!

-Andrew

Button Shirt & Bracelet: Club Monaco // Sweatshirt: H&M // Pants & Boots: Zara // Watch, Bag & Tail: Michael Kors

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

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The Realist.

After two amazing years of highglosswhite, I grew to learn a lot about myself, my personal style, and what really interested me that I felt I could share with the world. I felt, from the beginning, that I wanted to make my voice known, and help make fashion more accessible in my city – a place where the fashion scene is still young, but in development.

I have always had a passion for photography, and more specifically fashion photography. This lead me into creating outfit posts that I style and produce to create an editorial look out of what I choose to wear everyday. From there, I have worked on creating full seasonal photo shoots with looks that were curated by myself, with the help of many talented friends of mine. I am so proud of all of the content that I have created in the last two years as highglosswhite, but I am looking forward to an even better future with a whole new name: THE REALIST.

I wanted to come up with a name that talked about real, honest fashion. In art history terms, realist works of art are described as pieces that are shown for what they are, and that are not overly decorative, or at least not without a specific purpose for being so. While I do enjoy decoration in the form of colour, pattern, and great accessories, I always strive to make my style edited and never overdone. Editing doesn’t mean you can’t have fun, it simply means you always have just the right amount of fun. I love to play with my personal style, because I think it is one of the most amazing ways in which we can express ourselves and our individuality in the world around us. At the end of the day, I have always followed Coco Chanel’s mantra of editing your look before stepping out the door: and it always works!

I appreciate all of the love and support from everyone who reads my blog, and enjoys seeing all of my photos – there are more posts on the way, I promise! Now, here’s to a new name, a new year, and a new chapter in my life as a young person, and a blogger. I am so grateful for everyone who has, and will in future, become a part of my style journey. This blog, as well as the content I create, is something I truly love!

-Andrew

 

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Concrete Jungle.

This look was all about neutral tones and natural textures. Combining the warm-brown, natural fur with rich, oiled leather boots, army green pants, and an ivory henley to create something really warm and downtown-rustic. I played around with mixing warm and cool tones, gold and silver hardware, and hard vs. soft texture to make this look something urban and utterly winter. It has been in and around the range of -40C for the last few days in Edmonton, so I made sure to dress for absolute warmth – while being careful to avoid overkilling the layers once I have shed my coat for a day of classes inside of the warm studios at my school! Overall, just right!

Fur Vest, Boots & Watch: Michael Kors // Pants: Zara // Henley: H&M

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

Winter Fragrance Post

Warm Winter.

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

Buy Online at Sephora | $120 3.4oz

2. Tom Ford: Azure Lime

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

Buy Online at Neiman Marcus | $205 1.7oz

3. Yves Saint Laurent: L’Homme

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!

Notes: Citrus peel, Ginger, Basil blossoms, Violet leaves, Vetiver and Tonka bean

Buy Online at Sephora | $60 2oz

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!

-Andrew

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New Vintage.

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

 

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Simons.

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

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 Back To Fall.

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