I think I have an obsession with grey. Just putting it out there. I don’t know if it’s the grey weather, me getting older or what, but lately I’ve found that I’ve been particularly drawn to grey. According to color psychology (if such a thing can be true), grey is the color of compromise, it’s detached, neutral, impartial and indecisive – the fence-sitter. It’s interesting to reflect on the meaning of this color. The one word that does stick out in this color analysis is “neutral”, I often feel in life that I’m the “neutral” person, whether that directly reflects in what colors I wear, I doubt it but it’s an interesting exercise to figure out why I’ve been drawn to this color lately.
I’ve noticed over the past couple of months, I’ve been shying away from bright colors and prints for my every day clothes but have opted for that color scheme when working out. Maybe it’s a workout motivator to wear bright and fun colors and prints? Either way, I find it fascinating to see how my own personal style is evolving. Anything you’ve noticed in your way of dressing these past couple of months?
What do you do in your downtime? Are you someone who likes to read? I realized recently that I read less than 10 books this past year. How scary is that? I used to read all the time but with the advent of Netflix, getting and iPad, blogging, etc., most of the downtime I spend indoors is connected to some form of technology. I got a major reality check this month when Offner and I rented a house in Malibu in the middle of the canyon with no wifi, no tv and basically no technology whatsoever. What else is there to do at night when you take technology away? We’re so tied to it that it feels funny at first to not be able to “refresh” your twitter, instagram, etc. every 5 minutes.
We decided to embrace this lack of technology and found ourselves playing games (mimes anyone?), talking a lot more and reading a bunch before going to bed each night. It was actually quite calming. Though I’m not one to make yearly resolutions every January, one of the things I will make a conscious effort to do more this year is to read. It’s another form of relaxation that I often overlook and want to make sure I don’t as much in the future.
I’m always looking for reading suggestions so if you’ve got any good books you’d like to share, comment below! 😀
1) Blood Concept B perfume – I’m currently in France and one of the things that I had to get more of while I was here was this Blood Concept perfume. As you can see from the bottle, I’ve been carrying it around with me quite a bit. It’s my go-to perfume. The reason why I like it so much is that it’s clean, fresh and isn’t too overpowering. It’s also not too feminine. I have yet to find any here, so I make sure to grab some bottles when I stop by the Springsioux store in Paris!
2) Estelle & Thild’s Biodefense Multi-Action Youth Serum – They’re an organic skincare brand from Stockholm, Sweden. I first heard of them through Anine Bing‘s blog and wanted to try them out having read a lot of really great reviews on their products. The first thing I noticed is how amazing their products all smell. I’ve been adding this serum to my beauty routine twice a day before putting on anything else. It really makes my skin feel good without being too thick or leaving any residue.
3) F. Miller lip balm – I’ve talked about F. Miller’s 100% natural products before. Offner actually got this lip balm when he attended her skincare product launch in Toronto this fall (an event that I missed sadly). I’ve been using it every day since he got it. She recently announced that she’ll be expanding her product line and releasing these lip balms shortly. It’s the perfect thing to put in your bag or your pocket to keep your lips hydrated!
Can’t believe it’s December 1st! Just a few more days before we finally leave for our next travel adventure. This weekend was all about resting and having fun in the city (never too old to play in a park! ;)). We also treated ourselves to some yummy food at the much talked about new Italian restaurant OVEST on Queen West (ex-Terroni chef). Super tasty food but a little on the pricey side. We also had dinner at our favorite BBQ joint Electric Mud BBQ in Parkdale. They really have the BEST selection of BBQ & southern comfort food and the best homemade desserts. Nothing quite like sharing life’s little pleasures with someone you love!
Urban art is one of my favorite things and Toronto has some amazing art all around the city. This particular mural has been one of my favorites for a while, I absolutely love the color of this mural. To me, it’s one of Parkdale‘s signature murals and adds so much character to the area. I’m always excited to find new murals all around town and it’s also one of my favorite things to photograph when I travel. Do you have some favorite murals or urban art in your city?
Never thought I’d be a big fan of baggy faux leather pants but then I tried on this comfy as hell pants from M for Mendocino a few weeks back and decided to had to have them. Not only are they comfy but they’re also super warm. I think they’ll officially become my new travel pants. Plus you get dress them up with heels or with a nice pair of boots or even opt for a more casual look with sneakers or slip-on shoes. Would you wear the baggy leather pant?
Continuing my special menswear week with a more “hipster” / “prohibition” and “steampunk” inspired look. I found this great Klaxon Howl prospector vest in Toronto back in the fall. The shop on Queen West is the bomb! They always have the coolest new and vintage pieces for men. I love the black detailing around the edges. I paired the vest with some mocha colored slacks, a pinstriped tee and brown suede brogues. I decided to add suspenders to the outfit, just as an extra accessory. I haven’t always been a fan of suspenders… I think they reminded me too much of Steve Urkel when I was younger but I feel like they can definitely be sexy if worn right (I kind of like the nerdy chic look. Funny how taste changes ay?!). I got Offner to just leave his hanging at the back, which gives his look more of a laid back feel.
I decided to do a men’s outfit special on the blog this week! Putting my outfits together every day is always a whole lot of fun but I’ve always wanted to style men as well. I’ve had the chance to do some menswear styling on music videos but thought it’d be a fun exercise to do for a daily outfit. I’m lucky because I have access to the perfect model, Offner, who probably has just as much clothes as I do. So this week’s outfits will be dedicated to menswear!
I’ve always had a thing for the rocker look. So for the first look of the week, I went for a Jean Paul Gaultier inspired outfit. I love a well-fitted leather jacket on a man and this custom made jacket from The Cast NYC has the raddest details and cut. It goes with every kind of outfit! The striped shirt is also a classic and a pair of bright slacks adds a nice pop of color to the look. For accessories, I added this badass Verameat necklace that we got in LA last year. I love Verameat’s designs because they’re unisex and are so versatile.
Springsioux is a Paris-based brand and concept store. I first heard of them through Offner a few years ago. What started off as a small brand of t-shirts by founder Pierre-Antoine De Myttenaere, has evolved into so much more. Over the past couple of years, Pierre-Antoine developed the brand with his girlfriend and business partner AlisaGusakova. Today the Springsioux line includes silver jewelry, high end fur and leather pieces designed in collaboration with Parisian designer Quentin Veron, ponchos and t-shirts designed in collaboration with Parisian tattoo artist Eddie Czaicki, etc. Last summer, they inaugurated their concept store in Le Marais, the coolest neighborhood in Paris. Since then, they’ve had countless artists, models and celebrities come to their shop. Nikki Sixx, Bradley Soileau, Sarah Barthel from Phantogram and Miss Kittin, are just some of the people that have been spotted wearing Springsioux. They’ve also organized a ton of events at their shop for Paris Fashion Week, the launch of their special collections, etc. Pierre-Antoine and his team are currently working on a collaboration with a famous French DJ that will be out soon. They’ll also be launching a coffee corner inside their Le Marais shop, which might also include their very own blend of coffee inspired by South America. I’m excited to present to you all today, my 5 Questions With Pierre-Antoine De Myttenaere of Springsioux:
1) Can you talk to us about about the idea behind Springsioux? Your mission?
I created Springsioux at the time when I was in a new wave band in Paris. The goal was to link music and fashion together. Then, I went on tour in Russia and Alisa (tour manager/girlfriend) joined Springsioux to help develop a silver jewelry line based on the Native American culture. We want Springsioux to be more than a brand, it’s a spirit, it brings together people from different backgrounds to create something strong and different from mainstream trends. That is where our motto “alive in the darkness” comes from. We don’t present collections every season, we prefer to create something when the time is right, depending on our inspiration but mostly on the people we meet. That’s why we love to do collaborations with other designers or artists!
2) Where do you draw inspiration for your Springsioux designs?
It’s a mix between traditional cultures (Native American, Mexican…) because there is something mystical in them and we try our best to make their heritage last by creating the most authentic designs, and also rock n roll subcultures. For me, the best example of rock subcultures and fashion are Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood with the Sex Pistols because they found the right balance.
3) Who are your style icons?
The 80’s have a huge influence on us and I would definitely say… Nikki Sixx (Mötley Crüe), Grace Jones but I think the most important thing is attitude. Our “Springsioux man” can wear a skirt and still look masculine and mysterious and our “Springsioux woman” is strong and provocative.
4) What has been some of the most memorable moments thus far with Springsioux?
We went through several ups and down but some moments are forever engraved in our minds like when I received a phone call from a friend telling me that he saw Nikki Sixx wearing one of our rings during a festival… and also when we had pizzas and beers with all our friends on the floor of our empty store in Paris just after signing the lease!
5) For those who don’t know, you used to be in a band and you’re a big music fan. What are some of your current favorite artists?
Recently I discovered Black Atlass and I have to admit that the guy is just incredibly talented. I also love Phantogram and Coldcave, but when it comes to live music, I’m more into the louder stuff! One of my latest musical crushes is: The Balconies that I discovered on this blog. I think people just need to see them live, they will understand that I’m not exaggerating or falsely promoting them. These guys really give everything they’ve got on stage, from the first of seconds of their set, you feel like you’ve been slapped in the face!