20 9 / 2014

Om is where the heart is 

At Casa Zen Guesthouse there are daily yoga classes. I find that this has been wonderful in helping me with my surfing, as it’s really allowing me to stretch out my many many muscles and tendons that are tight from only working out at a gym & not properly stretching. Yoga and surfing definitely go hand in hand. Now I know why everywhere you go in a beach town in Costa Rica you can find yoga. The most beneficial to me has been the candlelit yoga class that I immediately take after surfing. It’s all slow stretching so it’s perfect right after a strenuous surfing session.

16 9 / 2014

Wanderlust  

Up until now this blog has been mostly fashion-focused. I will be traveling indefinitely so instead of blogging about clothes I’ll be blogging about the sites I see and the stories I gather in my travels. I will still have fashion, but other people will be taking over those responsibilities shortly.

I’m currently in Costa Rica and will be here for one month. These particular photos are of me traveling by car from the airport in San Jose all the way across the country to Puntarenas to catch a ferry. My driver stopped at a gas station and suggested I get beers for the car. I know I know, but they do things differently here, amazingly enough. He also taught me how to open a bottle with a seat belt buckle, which made me immensely happy.  

If you’d like to keep up with my full travels you can follow along in my public diary over on Facebook where I’ll update my Costa Rican photo album daily. Buen dia!

03 9 / 2014

My Homie Hombre

I never thought I would wear an hombre shirt until Nautica created this blue and white one. The reason why I love it is because the cotton is super soft and thin, which lends itself to having a superior drape on your body. Basically you look like you’re draped in gold, but the white cotton tee version.

On top of how it feels is how it looks; the hombre is a slight gradation from color to color as to not look blocky. They leave the blockiness for the back where they printed geometric shapes underneath the shirt for a peekaboo effect. This added detail is a nice touch to surprise someone when they look back at you to watch you go. I like to personalize it by rolling the sleeves up two cuff lengths. The best thing about this is that the cuff actually stays because of how the shirt is constructed overall. And if you know me you know that this means everything.

03 9 / 2014

Win A Ticket To Fashion Rocks Live!

Want to win a ticket to Fashion Rocks Live? Head on over to this Instagram post and follow the instructions.  

Check out Fashion Rocks Live’s tumblr at http://fashionrockslive.tumblr.com. You can also buy tickets on Ticketmaster at http://bit.ly/1zNgkDo.

Win A Ticket To Fashion Rocks Live!

Want to win a ticket to Fashion Rocks Live? Head on over to this Instagram post and follow the instructions.

Check out Fashion Rocks Live’s tumblr at http://fashionrockslive.tumblr.com. You can also buy tickets on Ticketmaster at http://bit.ly/1zNgkDo.

29 8 / 2014

A Day At The Beach With 2xist

I love the summertime simply because of the beach. This past weekend we went to the Rockaways where we had the perfect day with just enough sun and the right amount of wind to keep us from sweating too much. We brought Kubb with us, which is an awesome game of skill to pass the time anywhere you’re enjoying leisure. Basically you throw 6 dowls to knock down 6 rectangular blocks and a giant rectangular block called the king.

While my friends packed the games I packed my white 2xist short trunks and not much else. The great thing about this swimsuit is that it’s short enough to let you get a tan that even the shortest of shorts will cover (hey Chubbies ;-D) but not too short or tight that you feel like you’re visiting the French Riviera. Pop on over to the 2xist website to check out all they have to offer.

28 8 / 2014

A Day Out With Fred Perry

Fred Perry is one of those iconic brands that when you hear it’s name you instantly associate it with an item or look. When I hear Fred Perry I think completely buttoned up polo with white line ripped collar and sleeves. But they’re much more than that. 

While Fred Perry does amazing cutting edge collaborations with designers such as Raf Simons, what they’re known worldwide is for amazing staples such as this polo, this jacket, and this bag. The polo is perfect for all seasons, the jacket is a great Spring to Fall two layer thin windbreaker, and the bag is a great barrel bag that can double as a gym bag and a carry-on. Fred Perry might be a British brand but their style definitely something that Americans can mistake for being homegrown.

A Day Out With Fred Perry

Fred Perry is one of those iconic brands that when you hear it’s name you instantly associate it with an item or look. When I hear Fred Perry I think completely buttoned up polo with white line ripped collar and sleeves. But they’re much more than that.

While Fred Perry does amazing cutting edge collaborations with designers such as Raf Simons, what they’re known worldwide is for amazing staples such as this polo, this jacket, and this bag. The polo is perfect for all seasons, the jacket is a great Spring to Fall two layer thin windbreaker, and the bag is a great barrel bag that can double as a gym bag and a carry-on. Fred Perry might be a British brand but their style definitely something that Americans can mistake for being homegrown.

30 5 / 2014

How To Do Nantucket Right

I was lucky enough to have been flown up to Nantucket on Memorial Day weekend for the annual Figawi sail boat race by SquadUP. Really it’s an elaborate excuse to be around tons of other preps and get really really drunk in a nice setting. And get drunk we did.

Outside of all the drinking the island was chock full of preppy clothes, from the Chubbies shorts on the guys and statement necklaces on the girls to the Sperry TopSiders, color pants, and button downs on both. There also were many preppy staple stores such as Lily Pulitzer and Jack Wills to One Orange, who hosted us on Sunday for an intimate cocktail party in the alleyway behind their store. They even had special Tucker Blair x Figawi needlepoint embroidered items like belts, coasters, and flasks.

Across the way Chubbies shorts opened up a popup shop just in case you needed a last minute short shorts fix. It was great that they did that but it seemed like tons of guys up there already had theirs, including myself. I made sure to especially bring my American flag Chubbies because what Memorial Day outfit wouldn’t be complete without a little patriotism.

If you’re looking to go to Nantucket in the future make sure you bring these things:

  • Sperry TopSiders
  • Colored pants
  • Button down dress shirts, preferably Oxford cloth
  • Chubbies shorts or shorts above your knees
  • Vineyard Vines tees (VV is a local fave)
  • Croakies for your sunglasses
  • Polos
  • Bathing suit, mid calf length (2xist makes some great swim trunks like this)
  • Baseball cap - TuckerNuck is a local fave
  • A weekender bag - Hudson Sutler makes some really great ones tailored to the prep set
  • Oh yeah, and a coozie

If you can’t find some of this stuff the island will be sure to have it, especially the Vineyard Vines store. Go there and pick up a pink whale coozie. Everyone loved mine when I broke it out to drink.

Here’s to the next vacation!

12 5 / 2014

The Real Winner Of The Kentucky Derby? Vineyard Vines

Yes The Kentucky Derby is about horse racing and yes there was a horse who won, but it’s as much about the parties and the fashion as it is about the actual race. The real winner here in that aspect is Vineyard Vines.

They created a special limited edition collection that incorporates their whale logo with Kentucky Derby Americana such as horseshoes, roses, mixed drinks, and even a blue watercolor scene of the derby. Items range from preppy staples like ball caps and scarves to polos and accessories such as belts and ties. Check out their site for more information on this collaboration and other events they’re sponsoring such as the Figawi Race in Nantucket.

26 3 / 2014

Garrett Leight for Mark McNairy and Snap-on Sunglasses for Springtime

You may have not heard of Garret Leight before but you soon will; his father heads up Oliver Peoples, another popular eyewear company. Not only does eyewear run in the family but so does creativity.

Garret Leight collaborated with Mark McNairy on a capsule line that showcases both designers personality. This can best be seen in the little details like the words ‘Veni Vidi Vici’ written on the inside of the arm of the glasses. Garrett Leight also offers a great line of snap-on sunglasses, for times when you want to add a new style to your sunglasses or some sun protection to your eyeglasses.

Check out some more styles over on their website, and if you you can get your hands on it pick up a copy of their California lifestyle inspired magalog Spectacle.

20 3 / 2014

Put Some Spring Into Your Step With Sperry

With the first day of Spring upon us, it’s time to do some Spring cleaning, put away the snow boots and break out the casual shoes. Sperry is perfect for this, even though we at Cool News tend to wear our Topsiders through the deepest of winter (as the most dedicated of preps tend to do natch). From their authentic original dark brown boat shoes to their more casual tan boat shoes with fleece lining, as well as a pair of traditional white skips, any pair is great with no socks shorts and a polo. Check out all of their men’s offerings over on their website and find something that fits your personality.

12 3 / 2014

Raf Simons Fred Perry Blurred Check Print

Raf Simons has updated the classic check print for his Fred Perry SS14 diffusion line by slightly blurring it, almost as if you took your eyeglasses off. The overall effect is one that is softer on the eyes and more subtle as a print. He made an amazing black raglan sleeve baseball jacket with a red check and a short sleeve buttondown in a blue check. For maximum effect wear both together. That way you’re not too matchy matchy but you’re still coordinated.

03 3 / 2014

Celebrity Icons Transformed By Adding Tattoos

Cheyenne Randall has taken photos of old and new celebrities and transformed them into modern hipsters. Our favorites are Debbie Harry and Pablo Picasso, who look natural with tatts all over their bodies.

Cheyenne had this to say about his art: “I’ve always been interested in tattooing. I started out by drawing tattoos on certain personalities in magazines and wanted to step it up. I taught myself Photoshop and thus began a slight obsession with seeing out of pure curiosity what some of my favorite iconic personalities would look like, perhaps if they were in a parallel universe or took another path in life. Really I just let my imagination run wild.”

We definitely wouldn’t mind an oversized tattooed print of the Fight Club guys. Go over to his site to see another really good celebrity update, this time of Dolly Parton. If this is any indicator of what’s to come then we can’t wait to see what he does next. 

03 3 / 2014

Fred Perry Raf Simons Removable Collar Color Tipped Polo Shirts

In Raf Simons latest collection for Fred Perry he adds a little transformability to a staple we’ve all come to know and love. The further iteration on his removable collar acts almost like a detachable fur piece on a jacket neck - a little bit of flair with a little bit of fun. The newest additions to the Detachable Collar Polo adds single tipping color blocking to the stable already out there. The two great things about this is that you get two outfits in one, and if you get the second color you can mix and match the removable collars. As a bonus there’s side dart styling that gives the old standard a new look. The Spring Summer 2014 collection is out now at Fred Perry stores worldwide.

27 2 / 2014

Skaters Cover The Smiths’ ‘This Charming Man’

At their album release show at Bowery Ballroom, Skaters broke out a cover or two. They decided to treat the audience with This Charming Man. While some people may be against covers unless they’re completely different, Skaters cove this flawlessly by keeping the spirit of the song alive while giving their own take on it.

20 2 / 2014

Timo Weiland Men’s FW14 Collection

Timo Weiland showed his men’s fall winter 2014 collection separately from his women’s collection at the Rectory in The Highline Hotel. The mix of colors was a decidedly deep jewel tone palette including emerald green, sapphire blue, and wine burgundy. This combined with the modern cut of the pieces updated the references to 80s and 90s culture.

Some pants had hints of a parachute past, as if a pair of hammer pants and a pair of skinny jeans had a baby. A green and blue checked flannel harkened back to Cross Colors where you would wear mixed up patterns together in an unironic way, except Timo’s creation was more refined, subtle, and could be a new staple in your wardrobe.

The one thing that stood out that really impressed us was the way the leather was worked. It reminded us that just because leather is applied with multiple techniques doesn’t mean it needs to look overworked.

You can find more of Timo Weiland’s men’s collection on their website. The new fall winter 2014 collection should be in stores soon.