Wednesday, November 19, 2014

[Travel] Travelling with Ted Baker

The excitement of leaving home and discovering a new destination is beyond's a human's life expectation. It's like leaving a nest you've built for years and set free into the world. Whether it's a holiday, business, work or pleasure, one thing we all dread is what to pack. For the organised check list packers, pre-planning days in advance prior your trip, or the last minute maniacs that swiss roll their clothes in the luggage. Your bound to forget something. Do you over pack or under pack, or are you confused on where to begin? Travelling in style with Ted Baker, the herringbone blue hand and suitcase luggages has definitely made my transfer much easier. The modern day colour, easy wheel mechanisms and light weight storage compatibility allows me to pack as much clothing. If you have a scenario of a weekend trip with different occasions, I'd suggest choosing the basics, a suit, jeans, jacket, t-shirts, shirts. Work with the monochrome tones that are easy to mix and match, coordinate and accommodate for the casual and smart events. Shades of Black, greys and whites is great when layering for winter or just simply complimentary colour blocking. The Armani Exchange Black Edition is all about the modern man this season. Basics with a twist, such as the slim fit cargo trousers, deep V neck wool sweater & denim infused with wool in a two zipped jacket. 

Now, you've got the basics to packing, whether you continue to swiss roll or pan fry your clothes, maintaining an uncreased wardrobe does have its consequences, especially with no iron. From Vietnam, Spain to Italy, straight to America, back to London and off to Pakistan in a few days, if only it was as glamorous as it appears. Packing for different weather conditions and living out of a luggage, does have the fashion blogger limits of re-styling the same clothes. I'd probably spend most of my time attached to my laptop, working in cafe's with wifi and endless coffee machines, even if it means being in another country.  From location scouting to emails and shooting before sunset, winter is getting colder which means more hibernation sessions. Here I am finishing this Article, at 4:30am because of my jet lag. 
Location: Heathrow Airport Terminal 3
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Saturday, November 15, 2014

[Lookbook] Ways to wear: One Suit with Reiss in NYC

From the boy in London that frames a photo of the New York skyline and still blinking every second thinking that this is a dream. I am perhaps feeling like Jack in the box, living out of a 30kg suitcase for a month. I asked myself this question, how am I going to survive wearing the same clothes. The reality of fashion blogging meets travelling is having variations of styles, suited for different occasions. Reiss has many great Autumn and Winter essentials that is practical for every occasion. Besides Navy, I have specifically chosen this Vincent grey suit, the one tailored combination with diversity. Whether your feeling casual for a day out, fashion ready for meetings or sartorially stylish for a special occasion. Not only is it nicely coordinated with the gridline of New York Architecture, it's a Fashitect's favourite this season. 


For them early morning casual walks around town, comfortability and the casual aesthetic of the basics, is really practical for the daily routines. Soho New York is the transitional streets between Broadway and the hipster commercial avenues. Surrounded by many cafes and restaurants in a shopping district for the shopaholics, there are commercial to high end retailers of every brand in one place. It is fairly vibrant and filled with vibrant New York Apartments, cobbled stone roads and brick fired walls. The fire escape is just the icing on the cake when it comes to the appearance of your shop/apartment of the Architecture, but there is something new around every corner. 

 The discrete fabricated check pattern has blue lined stitching made of pure wool which nicely coordinates with the blue pigments of the t-shirt. This is toned down with striped socks & coordinated black trainers or sneakers if your American for the sporty attire. If your wondering what other T-shirt colour options to go for, white gives a clean look, black, and dark grey would even compliment this outfit. For more options on Reiss T-shirts:


Monochrome is the ultimate trend in everyones wardrobe. Embraced by the majority of New York, playing on silhouettes and comfortability. The sophisticated roll neck is back this fall, it's like your thermal warmer to your collar bones. By creating this elongated effect of the V shape by the blazer panels, it emphasises the matching button details. Neither casual or too smart, I would say it's the Beijing wall of china, just right in the middle (the best of both worlds) 

It's amazing to see the diversity of a suit that is not just for one occasion. For those that thought suits are for weddings or business interviews and financial occupations, I'd think again. The timeless elegance that tailoring can offer to a gentleman is the classic uniform that can be embraced with small accessory changes. Once you understand the basics of patterns, textures and colours, you've pretty much become your own stylist. Embrace the inner confidence and invest tailoring to the next level. For me, the sartorial attire is the most structural element to design that fits accordingly your human figure. I love that there is the alterations option instore, so it's bespoke to perfection. The suit's trousers feature a button adjustable waistband, four pockets and a button and zip fly fastening, without the need of a belt. Meanwhile, the suit's waistcoat features a six button front fastening and a contrast reverse.


For all the tourists like myselfs, there are some thing's that will have you twisting your brain cells. The binary opposites of left to right, crossing the 4 car lane pedestrian crossing, looking at the wrong side. Wait till you get introduced to Uptown and downtown. The Architectural plan of the city is practically naughts and crosses, the gridline of blocks. It's basically a 50% chance you will get it correct, until you U-turn and repeat your footsteps moonwalking backwards. ''Watch where your going'' accidentally bumping into people, looking 360 degrees at the skyscraper towers. Just a warning this may cause neck strain and the person version of bumper cars! I may feel like I am in a sim city three dimensional game or the reality of your American TV series like Spiderman, Gossip girl meets Made in Chelsea NYC. Every corner or cross road junction is a new discovery on every occasion. Just like the versatility of one suit, grey in this case is the best scenario. I'd suggest investing in the traditional suits that Reiss offers on Suits & Tailoring and adapt to going more fashion forward with checks, textures and the options of accessorising is endless. 

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