Resist But Resist No More With Greats!

More sneaker porn!  I have to admit my husband has a good eye for finding men’s basics.  A few years ago he in his mind had found the ultimate score with Greats!  Greats is a men’s and women’s sneaker company from Brookyn, New York by the two genius founders, Ryan Babenzien and Jon Buscemi.  They hatched their original plan in 2007 but didn’t launch their brand until 2012.  They wanted to offer very high quality sneakers at a reasonable price through a vertical system that would allow them to design, produce, and sell direct to consumers. No retailer mark up.  Sounds too good to be true, right?!  But they are doing it and crushing it!

Asif is a huge fan.  He thinks that Greats is the sneaker must have for all guys.  The style of Greats is simple, subtle, stylish, and clean.  They are understated, cool, and not in your face.  Think Vans meets Common Projects and meeting in the middle on price.  My sneaker loving husband loves The Wooster and The Royal Classic.  In fact my father-in-law, brother-in-law, and brother have all been gifted Greats.  Ladies next, please!

So with all this Greats obsession, Asif is convinced that the women’s styles would be right up my ally.  But it hasn’t been till now that I think I’m ready for some Greats!  Maybe it is due to my sneaker love affair and my new foot issue.  Sneakers are so easy to wear in the city and it is my preferred choice of footwear these days.  Damn, I hate when he is spot on!

Get ready for some men’s greatness:

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Wear The Pronto Vintage With Anything
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The Rosen For The Weekend
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The Royale High Is All You Need
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Step Up Your Game With The Royale
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The Wooster, Loved By All

 

Get ready for some women’s greatness:

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Spring Forward With The Royale Perforated
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The Clean And Simple Alta
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Run Out The Door With The Wooster
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The Royal Platinum, To Be Worn Now!
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Just In! The Royal in Light Blue.

Don’t need new kicks?  How about the newly released slides?!

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Love Me Some New Slides
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Nice Twist!

Fact: They sell out like hot cakes so be sure to have a couple of runner ups!

all pics from Greats.

Crocs And Chocolate Oh My

Say what (I need another coffee for this one)!  Balenciaga and Crocs?!  My dad has been rocking the Crocs for years.  So I am trying to get my head around the fashion hype over the $850 Balenciaga Platform Crocs (apparently already sold out).  Only available in two colors, pink or sand.  BTW this is not a first for Crocs to have their dubbed up footwear strutted on the runway.  The last two years Christopher Kane led the way with them.  Is this cool or absolutely ridiculous?  Maybe a fashion hack is an option if you can’t get your hot little fingers (not possible) on them at Barneys, Saks, and other high-end retailers.  Best of luck!

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Balenciaga X Crocs (pic from Vogue)

Read the Vogue article here or read on about my new tasty indulgence, Royce Chocolates.

I do not have much of sweet tooth.  I prefer savory.  But my husband was away and sweetly came home with a gift for me from Japan.  The package had me interested.  He handed me a neatly folded, cool, subtle silver package with a tiny Royce’ sticker that closed the package.  Inside were two beautiful boxes filled with tiny squares of chocolates.  I eventually took a nibble and thought at first I would share them with my chocolate loving husband (I was also thinking this was a gift to himself).  Lets just say I WILL NOT BE SHARING.  The tiny golden square dusted with chocolate melted in my mouth.  Boxes are hidden and I am keeping an inventory.

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OH MY!

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This high quality, indulgent chocolate was founded in Sapporo in 1983.  The art of Japanese chocolate must be experienced and now Royce’ chocolates can be ordered online in the U.S.  I just learned that I can visit their Boston store for a quick shopping pick me up!  But for now I will savor every nugget of heaven.  Here is another Valentine’s Day gift idea:)

 

DOEN

It’s time to escape with DOEN’s  new spring arrivals.  DOEN is a LA based collaborative company made up of eight talented women delivering wearable West Coast style.  DOEN will whisk you away in the most wonderful sense.  Each piece is playful, soft, airy, light, flowing, and feminine.  Bring on spring or plan a trip!

Decide for yourself!

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DOEN has a journal section featuring real women wearing their clothes.  I am sipping some coffee and reading about Ricki Lake.  If you want more than read on and explore for yourself. xo

https://shopdoen.com/blogs/journal/ricki-lake

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Morning with Ricki Lake

All pictures are from DOEN.

 

 

Time To March

The Women’s March is coming up on January 20th in Washington DC.  Rachel Comey has partnered up with friends across the country to update her classic camo jacket, the Short Zia Trench, for this year’s march.  The jacket is stylish with pops of blue that soften the camo print yet it maintains its strong presence.  What makes this year’s jacket unique is the printed Latin phrase “Si Vales, Valeo” meaning “If you are strong, I am strong”.  This special edition jacket represents what Rachel Comey believes in and more importantly delivers a powerful message of solidarity.  Ten percent of the sale of these jackets will be donated to Downtown for Democracy .

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Damn!

Photos from Rachel Comey.

Can’t end this post without saying this model is just slaying it!  Her hair is stunning, the pants are rock ‘n’ roll, the cami is sexy and the earrings, come on!

Surfing

Sometimes it is just fun to surf the web and curate while sipping some coffee on a Saturday morning.  I find myself bouncing from one site to another.  Exploring anything from fashion, lifestyle, health, or pop culture.  Today I have found a few fashion pieces that have my eye.  It all started with the black suede Neous boots.  They are sculptural, elegant, and funky in my opinion.  The boots speak for themselves.  Seriously this heel is amazing!  Easily paired with any denim.  Absolutely digging these mid rise, straight leg in light denim from the Brock Collection.  The Acne Studios bomber style jacket found on Vestiaire Collective is just cozy like a teddy bear but hip because it is from always edgy Acne!  The icing on the cake are these Rebecca De Ravenel’s two drop earrings.  Soft pink, I like it!  xo

Brackish for The Dapper

Brackish!  I walked by a glass case in the Town Pool holiday pop up shop.  My eyes were immediately attracted to the striking colors that seemed to glisten in their case from the natural light beaming into the store.  Inside the case were beautiful feathered bow ties.  Each one unique and one of a kind.  I snapped a few pics and when I returned home, I needed to learn more.  The company is called Brackish.  They are located in Charleston, South Carolina.  What I discovered that made these beautiful bow ties even more attractive was the history behind the company.  The company was founded by two best friends, Ben Ross and Jeff Plotner, who collaborated together on an idea.  Jeff wanted the perfect groomsmen gifts which lead to the bow ties.  What they deliver is artistry and redefining a tradition.  The bow ties are created by hand from carefully selected feathers allowing each bow tie to be one of a kind. Every wrap is hand stitched and sewn taking four to five hours to deliver a perfect bow tie. The result looks more like art work than a clothing accessory.  Each one is thoughtfully presented in its own small wooden box branded with the Brackish label.  Truly a special gift for a special man in your life!  A gift that comes with a story, isostilo style!

For that special someone!

Fun find : They also offer ladies loafers!

Piece of mind fact: Brackish collects most of their feathers during the birds’ molting process and promises NO HARM EVER to a bird.

adidas x Concepts

While walking about Boston’s popular shopping destination, Newbury Street, my eyes spotted the adidas x Concepts store. The collaboration between these two brands excited me.  It is nothing short of cool.  The space is defined by a minimal aesthetic that highlights the sneakers and apparel. The use of exposed brick, black steel, unique lighting, interactive graphics and music enhances the products and your shopping experience.  It’s so great to see the streetwear culture in Boston continuing to evolve.   The space is so refreshing and unique to Boston.  Being able to really interact with the merchandise is so important.  The sales staff is approachable and laid back with individual styles that compliment the whole aesthetic that adidas x concepts has created.  Everything is so well displayed and the environment welcomes you to get playful.  I found my inner gangsta while

trying on sneakers, track pants, and hoodies.  I walked around thinking this is a store that takes no convincing to pop into with my husband.  I’m thinking this could be the end of my allowance!  Walked out with the ankle warming adidas by Stella McCartney Ultraboost X MID.