"There's this idea of elevating the everyday that I've always been attracted to"

Alexander Wang

Black Excellence

November 18, 2014

My guide on how to be a ninja...a fashionable ninja? In my travels to LA earlier this year, there was no single style that I was more intrigued by than the street goth aesthetic. I first came across the style in downtown LA, a troop of well dressed men skirted around my best friend and I. At first I was taken aback, they looked like some kind of underground urban gang. However as the parade of black cape hoodies over and underlying snapbacks and bronson fedoras began to depart from us, I could not help but be drawn to their mystery and elegance.

I also realised that this way of dressing would be perfect when I returned back to the Sydney Autumn. I have always been obsessed with black so my intrigue was persistent. This way of dressing is as the name suggests utilities a lot of black and white, and thus means the interest of the outfit tends more toward layering, textures and prints. If you have been following hip hop culture recently, the likes of A$AP Rocky have adopted this way of dressing. And so began my mission during my holiday month to garner pieces warm pieces of monochrome clothing that I could layer and hood myself in. I initially thought I would have to seek a lot of the items in underground avant-garde boutiques but to my surprise, found a lot of usable items in regular labels. It's really your intent and how you coordinate multiple items together that changes your perspective on regular items. 
What I'm wearing
Credits: Lark Visuals

Monochrome Kicks | Style

November 14, 2014

They often come in different shapes and sizes to suit guys of all body types and preferences, and you slip them on...yes you thought right: Monochrome Kicks! I first came across the style while traveling to LA earlier this year, and now it's everywhere in the USA and down under. It pretty much follows the color blocking principle but is applied to footwear as opposed to clothing. For me, I see these style of shoes really working with an urban and sleek look. If you have any other suggestions of how to wear them fashionably, shoot them in the comments section below.

Read more for some of own and suggestions on how to wear them.

Your Procrastination Type

November 09, 2014

It's exam season for myself, my friends and my fellow cohort. This is an article I wrote for ASOS about this crucial time.

When monster tasks need completing, a mysterious change occurs. Our priorities shift, once menial tasks are now imperative, and you may feel unlike yourself? Perhaps you’ve taken on what we'd like to call a procrastination alter-ego.

Our top 3 and tell-tale signs productivity may be neglected:

It's impossible to work with clarity when a morsel of dust intrudes your desk.  Your room needs to look like a Martha Stewart commercial before productivity can commence. You had been meaning to colour code your wardrobe and now is the optimal time. If you live with others, you are now described as the "best housemate ever" for your unsolicited housekeeping duties. A social media snap of a sparkling work space tops off the job.

Dormant interests ignite. Do you find yourself breathing the dust off your guitar and tickling the keys of your old Steinway? Some like to draw. Some like to knit. There is a sudden surge of procrastibaking and subsequently spontaneous macaroon parties on Facebook feeds. You need to catch up on Game of Thrones. Napping can be considered a hobby too, right?

More time is spent planning your productivity than on actual productivity. Yes, it is a good idea to make a checklist of checklists and a colour-coded study timetable. Retail therapy is now a double-win because your outfit for the post-exam party needs to be organised ASAP! You would also have greater focus if your upcoming holiday was completely organised to the tee.

I should be studying as I am blogging this...

Liberty Island

September 19, 2014

It was about week 4 during the university semester and a group of my closest friends embarked on a journey around the USA. Unfortunately I could no go because I had work and university commitments. Crying a lot after my friends departed, I realised I had a gap in my assessment and work schedule for the first two weeks of September. This coincided with NYFW, my flight attendant bestie could get me a cheap ticket and it was also his birthday on September 1st... so essentially... I told myself I would regret it if I didn't take a leap of faith and just follow my heart to go to the city I had always dreamed of. I spent the next two weeks doing all my assessments early and getting work sorted. Traveling on a staff ticket was also stressful because I had to wait on standby and I actually got on the last empty seat on the plane!

I actually didn't do much on my first morning in NYC. The city's night life and a 24 hour flight had taken it's toll. After incubating in my hotel room for 24 hours, we headed to downtown New York to see Lady Liberty in action. 

The ferry to actually get onto Liberty Island had 3hr wait so we opted to take the ferry to Staten Island instead because there was no wait time and you cruise right in front of the green lady anyway.

View of NYC from the ferry. 
Everybody scrambling to get a good shot of the city from the south.


August 25, 2014

Rocking to HAIM with my best friend while driving down dust-orange LA highways to Disneyland, could anything be more perfect? This look is inspired by my experience at the happiest place on the earth. I nabbed this Mickey Mouse x Baseball jersey at the Disneyland Adventure Park in California. The look is simply a really stripped down, hopefully not lazy looking, tourist-y look which is why I chose to shoot this with my trust Canon I cannot go on holidays without.

When you're out and about, whether you are traveling or not, functionality and comfort really does come first. But if you still want to keep it interesting, rely on staple items that have an interesting print or novelty to them or simply be happy in really nice clean basics. I honestly could not carry many clothes around with me to LA and had minimal time to get ready in the morning so I relied on novelty tops and my favourite, crazy socks.

What I'm wearing
  • Mickey Mouse Baseball Jersey (Disney)
  • Washed Black Chino Shorts (Topman)
  • Dope Socks (Dope)
  • All Black Chucks (Converse)
  • Clubmasters (Rayban)

The sound of American highways

Santa Monica Dream

August 23, 2014

Long story short, I traveled to LA from Sydney not simply for the purpose of the vacation, but with the intention of meeting someone I believed was the love of my life at the time. But human promises are not eternal or golden, and after I came home to Sydney, the world had lost a bit of magic. When someone tells you they love you, and then proceed to threaten to harm you if you leave, you should know they are lying. 

Nonetheless, I think the early 20s are the best time for anyone to be in a long distance relationship. We are finding ourselves, we are naive and we are reckless. We find out that people may not be the what they appear to be. When things end badly, we find it harder to trust someone like that again, we grow a little cynical about the world but we learn to be prudent and protect ourselves before we grow into full adults. It's also a great time to go through these things because if things do work out for you two, you could realise that the oceans between you and your other half are nothing compared to what you have. Unfortunately this was not the case for me. Nonetheless I will always love this place.

The zeitgest of this place, and very much how I felt when visiting this place is encapsulated by the song below. The song is about dreaming about both the past and future, to have fond memories with someone that appear distant and imagining the life you would have had with them if you hadn't parted.

Goodbye My Santa Monica Dream.
There is something mystical about this place. It is the West Coast's version of Coney Island. It is thoroughly used in pop culture. It is scenic, it is busy, it is peaceful and timeless. After hours of shopping at Third Street Promenade, my best friend and I trekked toward the jetty on a warm Winter afternoon. 

The rest of the day inside...

Detroit Dope

So our shoot started off rather not so smoothly. I had forgotten to place my clothing in a wheel-able bag and had to knick a trolley from the mall to transport it in a bulky carry bag. I then had to ditch the trolley when entering the University, and lug a bulky 10kg+ bag across campus for 30 minutes (I hope the stress doesn't show in my face). We were about to shoot and then we were expelled from the premises by security because my photographer's lighting equipment looked "too professional" for a blog shoot. Tragic start aside, we had to make do with a new location. 
The look uses classic and standard textures, denim jacket and plain black chinos to put focus on print and accents. I'm always looking for ways to have elements of my look that makes it stand out. I love back print jackets and opted for this Detroit Print, sport themed (66) Jacket. The focus on print is then drawn down to my DOPE socks I am currently obsessed with and my (oh so) casually rolled up pants. Mesh material is also all the craze this season and I thought it had a nice contrast to my denim outerwear. 

  • Detroit Print Denim Jacket (ASOS)
  • Black Washed Chino Pants (Industrie)
  • DOPE print B/W Socks (Dope)
  • Floral Print Mesh Material Shirt (Topman)
  • Brass Eagle Model Necklace
  • All Black Chucks (Converse)
And here is a rather commercial portrait style shot my photographer insisted was magic!

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