Rock Appeal.

Everybody needs a little bit of rock and roll in their summer line up.  While a leather jacket is the easiest and most accessible option, this editorial from Essential Homme will hopefully get your creative juices pumping.  Think changing up textures and adding some great accessories to polish up your look.

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Advertorial Credits:

Martin Waitt – Fashion Editor/Stylist

Dae Na – Model

Nikola Jovanovic – Model

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Life Coach.

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A couple of my friends got me this incredible bag as a gift this weekend! Now, if you know me, you know I’m a bag junky. Or in better terms-a bag connoisseur. This bag is definitely my current object of affection! Basically the same size as a large clutch but with a heavy duty shoulder strap, it’s the best of both worlds. And since I can’t be trusted with leather while canvas always gets dirty, Coach’s signature PVC is the perfect choice for those of us who put our bags through a rough and tumble life! It’s the kind of bag that you can toss your keys and wallet into and head off to dinner whether it’s super dressed up or completely casual.

It’s heavy duty. It’s the perfect size. It’s masculine. It’s stylish. It’s perfect.

Back to work.

I love fashion.  I love fashion.  I love fashion.

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It’s something that I truly do enjoy-I think it’s mostly just because I enjoy beautiful things. Beautiful sites.  Beautiful people.  Beautiful music.  I’m drawn to it.  Whether it’s because of my passion for theatrics or my obsession with all things shiny-one thing I know…I love fashion.  While so many people are out there trying to make a bunch of money from their blog (nothing wrong with profitability) or attempting to catch the eye of certain people-I want to write just because I need an outlet for my love.  And because I have friends who ask me to do it.  I’m not sure what it will look like, or how often I’ll post.  But I am going to try and resurrect this thing; as an opportunity to share my passion for style with people that I love (while getting a bit geeked out over fashion shows I’m gawking over).  

Here’s the thing though, this is not just a solo endeavor.  I love to interact.  I love to explore.  And I love to write things that actually help or inspire others.  So let me know if there’s something you’re curious about… I may not know the answer, but I’ll do what I can to help find it!

So cheers to bling, style, and getting to change more than once a day-just because we feel like it!

Josh

Neon-Negotiable. 5 Ways to Rock Neon!

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I would consider myself to neither be all for or all against trends.  If something new comes out that I would like to try, I do it.  If something “trendy” comes out that I hate, I just let it go and move on.  I’m not going to let some magazine tell me what to wear based on “trends” but still would definitely not consider myself to be a trend “hater”.  Part of the fun of fashion is that you can at will try something new or change your look up…trends have alot to do with this.

On to what I really wanted to write about-one of my favorite more “trendy” looks, is adding neon to your everyday clothing.  While I understand that this can be a bit overwhelming, here are five tips to try when it comes to working neon into your wardrobe!

1) The neon cuff.  This is a super simple way to add neon to virtually ANY look.  I wear mine with just about anything to give it that special “POP”.  And when you can buy them at most fashion stores for dirt cheap, the risk comes at a low cost price!  I got mine at H&M for $3.95.

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2) The neon sheer shirt.  A really easy way to mute the abrasiveness of the neon is to buy a top that has a sheer quality to it and layer it over a grayscale color.  I wear mine (from Zara) over a simple white A undershirt, and the perks of wearing something really cooling are innumerable when you come from a hot climate like Nebraska!

3)  The neon sneaker.  While granted, I normally disagree with too much color in footwear-some people pull it off radically.  For some of you, it’s a whole lot less intimidating to add the neon drama to your feet than to eye, chest, or waist level.  Nike makes some awesome neon yellow hightops!  I would highly recommend checking there first!

4) The neon stocking cap.  Shown in my outfit as well.  This cap can be found in a host of stores right now as well and is the perfect way to add an urban flair to even the most dressy looks.  Try adding it to a button up.  Seriously…try it.  But seriously.

5) The neon shorts.  While this is perhaps the most difficult of the five to pull off, it’s merely a case of comfortability.  There are not a lot of ways of minimizing the brightness of neon shorts (of course if you’re daring enough to wear them to begin with, you’re PROBABLY not thinking about minimizing brightness), so choose a top wisely.  Personally, I love a good white linen button up with neon shorts or even just a simple white v-neck.

Point being, have fun and don’t be afraid to try something new this summer!  Live a little!

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Daring with dependable. Editorial.

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I love a good editorial.  And this shoot from REFLEX magazine is one of my current favorites.  Whoever styled this is OBVIE a pro at taking things that might seem a bit extreme or strange and using layering to make them really wearable!  I especially love the blazers and bowties!  I’m constantly trying to learn from editorial styling as well…point being, that layering is in fact an awesome way to really rock that piece you’re afraid of wearing.

Unless you’re the kind of person who just loves to wear clothes purely for wearing clothes sake, balance is something you probably really care about.  I don’t blame you.  I don’t exactly  identify with you, but none the less, I figured it would go a long way to address it.  

At some point or another, every one of us has been in a store where you either loved the way something looked on a display or perhaps an expert salesman talked you into trying something new.  You went ahead and took the plunge and made the purchase, but the item has sat in your closet ever since.  I would highly suggest googling images of the look you purchased to help you visualize someone who has successfully pulled off your look and then try layering your piece with something a little bit more subtle.  Wear a neon bow-tie with a SIMPLE and muted button up.  Or rock that oversized gold bib with with a plain black t-shirt.  You’re way more prone to re-wearing something and definitely being more comfortable with your outfit if it’s not completely overwhelming.  So pair your daring with your dependable. Best of luck in your fashion endeavors and have fun!ImageImageImageImageImage