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9:29 pm

Hardwell At Madison Square Garden

17/11/2014, Current Affairs, Events, Hardwell, Music, New York City

When I first heard that Hardwell is coming to New York City, I blocked that date (November 15) on my calendar and promised myself that there was absolutely no fucking way I’d miss his performance. Many, if not most, of my friends who live in NYC aren’t fans of electronic music so if I had to go to the concert alone by myself, I will, by hook or by crook. Luckily, I made several new friends this summer and we went to the concert this Saturday.

Bryanboy attends the I Am Hardwell concert at Madison Square Garden

It’s no secret that I’m a HUGE fan of Hardwell. He’s one of my favorite DJs ever. EVER! EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER! The last time I saw him perform was this summer in Ibiza. I saw him twice at Ushuaia and it was worth seeing him. I *live* for his music. I always start my day listening to his recorded sets while in the shower. And then I play his mixes and tracks throughout the day, while I’m running errands, werqing the streets, when I’m on the subway or at the airport. I love feeling that extra kick, that extra rush from playing his tracks.

If I have the opportunity to see my favorite DJs constantly, trust me, I will. I hate having to wait for a major music festival or when they travel here in New York to hear them play. Seeing them perform in huge venue in real life is much, much different than watching them on YouTube or listening to their tracks on my phone. I get chills from hearing music in FULL blast, seeing the light and laser shows, feeling the confetti on my skin and my face after falling from the sky. I love surrendering my body and soul to the music and feeling the same exact feeling as thousands of strangers who are with me at the venue. Good vibes all around. It’s a full-on, feel-good sensory experience that simply doesn’t exist elsewhere.

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After the concert, I went backstage at his green room for the post-show celebration.

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Hardwell performing at the Madison Square Garden (for the first time) is a HUGE feat, not just for him but also for electronic music. The venue is usually for blockbuster mainstream artists and huge sporting events. To see Hardwell bring a packed house was a major accomplishment. To perform to a full audience dancing and having the time of their lives, at the Madison Square Garden arena, is every artist’s dream. I’m so happy Hardwell fulfilled that.

I loved his three-hour set. It was a fun mix of his classics thrown in with a few new tracks and a handful of different popular electronic anthems. It’s much different than his Ibiza or music festival sets. It felt like a “Best of” performance, after all, his tour is (appropriately) named “I am Hardwell”. He long made his mark in the music scene but this time around, he finally made his mark in a legendary New York City institution. Congratulations!

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2:24 pm

That Emerald Green Velvet Suit

17/11/2014, Current Affairs, Joseph, Mexico City, Stubbs & Wootton, Valentino

I honestly have no idea what possessed me to buy this emerald green Velvet suit when I went to the Joseph flagship store in London last month. I’m the last person in the world to wear velvet suits. There’s something very Austin Powersy about them hence the velvet phobia. It all changed during a shopping trip one rainy afternoon — I first picked up the jacket and thought to myself, “oh wow, it’s so soft.” Then I asked the sales associate to hand me trousers and I was like “oh wow this is kind of fierce” so I got them both. It makes total sense because I need, ahem, age-appropriate clothes. Home gurl in her (very early) thirties ain’t no spring chicken no more.

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Emerald Green Velvet Suit by Joseph
“MaskAviator” Sunglasses by Valentino (click HERE)
Shoes by Stubbs & Wootton (click HERE)

Shot at Condesa DF Hotel, Mexico City

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1:56 pm

Neil Barrett Lightning Bolt

13/11/2014, Current Affairs, Givenchy, Neil Barrett, Stockholm

Neil Barrett’s fall/winter 2014 menswear collection is definitely one of my favorites this season. I truly love what he does. His well-made clothes are so easy to wear. They’re perfect for days when you want a cool, edgy look that doesn’t require more than two brain cells to put together. I bought his lightning bolt sweater when I went to Milan this September and have worn it many times since.

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Neil Barrett Thunder Bolt Sweater
Neil Barrett Fall Winter 2014 Sweater
Bryanboy wearing a Neil Barrett black lightning bolt sweater

Thunderbolt Sweater by Neil Barrett (available at The Corner)
Trousers by Neil Barrett
Sandals by Givenchy
Crocodile bag by 3.1 Phillip Lim for Lane Crawford
Shot at Hammarby Sjostad, Stockholm

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7:27 pm

Begin Desire With Martini

11/11/2014, Musings, Sponsored Content

Have you seen Martini’s new ad campaign entitled “Begin Desire”? As many of you guys know, I skipped a day out of my London Fashion Week schedule to go to Rome to see filmmaker Jake Scott direct this very inspirational short film. The story is about an Italian waitress who found a note left by a customer, encouraging her to make changes in her life because she began to desire.

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I found this film particularly moving. I may not be a waitress but there was a time in my life that I found myself in a situation similar to hers. Perhaps not just one time but many, many times. One fine example is when I used to live in the Philippines. I cannot say I totally hated it but it felt like I was trapped in a place where I couldn’t evolve. I didn’t want to be this person who spent a huge chunk of his twenties in front of the computer sixteen hours a day with no life outside the website.

And when my previous jobs came by the busload, I found myself criss-crossing continents several times a month (if not several times a week). While I love traveling, I spent more time in the sky than being on land. For years, I was happy on the surface because things went well with my career but I was miserable inside because I couldn’t see my loved ones as often as I should. One has to make sacrifices though. No one in this world deserves to be held back by other people to live a life they want for themselves.

Anyway, that was the past. I like to say that yesterday is a closed book. I obviously have no regrets because that was the way things were. Everything happens for a reason. I wouldn’t be here where I am today.. I felt that I had to change my life completely. It obviously began from desiring something that was completely different to what I had. And that’s what I did. I packed my bags, moved to New York and haven’t looked back.

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9:51 pm

Errand Runner

06/11/2014, Barbara Bui, Current Affairs, Videos

I love Barbara Bui. I always stock up on her clothes whenever I go to Paris. Her terrific contemporary clothes have the right amount of edge perfect for living in an urban city like NYC. I spent a whole day playing with her Resort 2015 collection running errands around NYC and made this tongue-in-cheek “Errand Runner” video. We even went to Costco!

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Visit http://www.barbarabui.com!

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8:17 pm

Bryanboy Goes To College Episode 4

06/11/2014, BryanCollege, Current Affairs, Teen Vogue, Videos

On this week’s episode of Teen Vogue x Bryanboy Goes To College, I interviewed Olivia who’s originally from Los Angeles. She goes to NYU and I *love* her personal style. I also had so much fun going through her closet. Check it out!

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For more episodes, visit my blog next week, check out The Scene or Teen Vogue for regular episode updates! Don’t forget to subscribe to Teen Vogue’s YouTube channel.

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8:56 am

Bryanboy Goes To College Episode 3

31/10/2014, BryanCollege, Current Affairs, Teen Vogue, Videos

On Episode 3 of Bryanboy Goes to College, Baruch student Rukiya talks about fashion fashion…and made me dribble a basketball!

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For more episodes, visit my blog next week, check out The Scene or Teen Vogue for regular episode updates! Don’t forget to subscribe to Teen Vogue’s YouTube channel.

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11:18 pm

New Season, New Tracks

25/10/2014, Givenchy, Isabel Marant, London, Louis Vuitton, Music, Phillip Lim

Remember that time back in the dark ages when iPods were all the rage and good ol’ Uncle Karl Lagerfeld went on a publicity spree showing off his collection of over 100 iPods? One could only imagine having a personal iPod nanny at their disposal. I’m honestly have no clue whether or not iPods are still around (hint: too lazy to google) but the idea of having my own slave updating my iPhone and my laptop with all the latest tracks is kind of amazing, no?

Here are some of my favorite new tracks perfect for the new season. Autumn is upon us bitches! If you see me werq, I mean walk, the streets with my headphones on, the likelihood of me listening to one of these tracks is quite high. Enjoy!

Bryanboy wearing an Isabel Marant top in London

Aviator sunglasses by Saint Laurent
Isabel Marant Watson Camouflage Lurex Top (click HERE)
3.1 Phillip Lim neoprene pleated shorts (click HERE)
Belt by Louis Vuitton
Damier Petit Malle clutch by Louis Vuitton
Sandals by Givenchy

Galantis – Runaway (U & I) – Kaskade Remix
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Sick Individuals – Made For This
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Dubvision – Turn It Around
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Hardwell x Chris Jones – Young Again
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Calvin Harris x John Newman – Blame
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Dannic x TV Noise – Solid
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Alesso – Heroes (Acapella) Vs. G. Emery – U (W&W Remix)
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8:25 pm

Purity Mode By Way Of Balenciaga

25/10/2014, Balenciaga, Current Affairs, Monte Carlo

White, in my humble opinion, is probably the chicest non-color color (if that makes sense) out there. It takes a certain kind of person to be able to pull off the color white. It requires an awful lot of discipline and self-control not to mix a white lewk with anything else. I always get jealous of people who pull off white garments in such an effortless manner. White exudes confidence. I always joke with my friends that once I’ve made it in life, I’ll wear nothing but white. I bought this cute top at Balenciaga while trolling the store on Saint Honore in Paris in between shows.

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Bryanboy in Balenciaga at the balcony of Hotel Hermitage in Monaco
White Balenciaga top worn by Bryanboy in Monaco

Top by Balenciaga

Shot at Hotel Hermitage, Monte Carlo

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9:14 am

The Big Breakfast

22/10/2014, Alexander Wang, Current Affairs, Louis Leeman, Louis Vuitton, Monte Carlo, Prada

I think it’s interesting how I’ve turned into a breakfast person over the years. I’ve spent most of my youth going to bed when the sun rose up. The word “breakfast” was certainly not part of my vocabulary back then. I remember hating on “breakfast” for many, many years. I thought it was pointless and excessive. Why eat when you’re gonna have lunch in a few hours later anyway? I’m ok with my morning coffee and orange juice, thanks very much.

These days, a I can’t live without a full breakfast. It’s my favorite meal of the day. A man cannot liven Starbucks Venti Americano and Marlboro Lights alone. Bring me that plate of meat, y’all! Mama needs her morning dose of protein!

I have no idea what triggered my love for breakfast. Hmmm. I have a theory that it has something to do with the fact that I spend more time in hotels than in my apartment. Free food everyone, free food! Breakfast buffets are also very colorful and pretty.

Another theory is that as I’e been waking up anywhere between 5 and 6 in the morning each day. Cue #oldpeopleproblems. I *love* waking up early. I always feel superior whenever I wake up before everyone else. I feel like a proper person, a real responsible adult. I’m also very productive in the mornings. When I wake up at such ungodly hour, it’s inevitable for hunger to strike, therefore it’s my cue to hit the buffet table.

Are you a breakfast person?

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Cashmere sweater by Uniqlo
Silk tie scarf by Prada
Shorts by Alexander Wang
Petit Malle bag by Louis Vuitton
Shoes by Louis Leeman

Shot at Hotel Hermitage, Monte Carlo

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