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1:37 am

Tales of My Dearest Natalie

18/12/2014, Current Affairs, Just Cavalli, Max Mara, Phillip Lim, Prada

Over the weekend, Max Mara ambassador Natalie Joos and I raided each other’s apartments –mine in the Financial District, hers in Williamsburg. I’m wildly obsessed with her cool, eclectic style. There are very few “street style” stars who wear clothes in a personal kind of way. She’s a true original.

Her wardrobe is a terrific mix of the latest and the greatest, upcoming designers and of course, a ton of vintage pieces. She’s a HUGE champion of vintage shopping — she also took me to one of her favorite vintage stores in Brooklyn. Her closet is a well-organized operation with military-grade precision. Every single item had their own space and place. She has an accessories closet that housed her bags, hats and shoes. She invested in a custom-built closet in her spare guest bedroom which stored even more shoes and a ton of dresses. Her coats, like me, go to different rolling racks. Her sweaters (and yes, even socks) are all folded nicely. Even her sunglasses are organized, by color and style, in a really cool rotating stand that you usually find in shops.

It’s very impressive how she mixed different things that I own in ways I never thought of before. She knows what looks good in photos without even trying things on. A strip sweater underneath a printed grid top? Major.

Personal style aside, what I love Natalie the most is her intimate stories about life, living in New York and of course, dating. I live vicariously through her dating stories!

Visit Natalie at Tales of Endearment.

Natalie Joos at Bryanboy's apartment in New York
Bryanboy holding a Philippines bag in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Bryanboy wearing a Whistles coat in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Natalie Joos wearing a 3.1 Phillip Lim coat
3.1 Phillip Lim shearling coat worn by Natalie Joos
Bryanboy in Williamsburg wearing a Tibi coat
Natalie Joos in Burberry Prorsum metallic lilac shirt
Bryanboy carrying a crocodile Max Mara bag
Bryanboy and Natalie Joos in Williamsburg
Bryanboy and Natalie Joos in Brooklyn
Bryanboy and Natalie Joos in Just Cavalli coats
Natalie Joos hair
Natalie Joos wearing 3.1 Phillip Lim pants
Natalie Joos wearing Prada loafers

Click HERE for Fashion Credits

Shot in Williamsburg and Financial District
Photos by: Bryanboy, Natalie Joos and Luke Meagher

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2:13 am

This Is Real Life

16/12/2014, Chanel, COS, Current Affairs, Marc by Marc Jacobs, New York City, Polo Ralph Lauren

Five minutes. That’s exactly how much time I had to come up with this lewk. If you are very well-versed in my personal style vocabulary, there’s no way anyone would even consider this is a typical Bryanboy “lewk”. Where’s the fur? Where’s the texture? Where’s the color?

I’m usually an early riser but after working late the other night, I ended up waking up around nine AM yesterday morning. I find it absolutely rude to be late at business meetings so I had to come up with something quick. I settled for a plain white t-shirt and a black trouser as the foundation and wore that underneath this cute Marc by Marc Jacobs jacket and the gray fleece hoodie I recently bought from Polo Ralph Lauren. I was gonna walk out of my door in white sneakers but my gut instinct told me to wear my favorite black penny loafers from Louis Leeman instead to elevate the look just a little bit. The end result? Street life realness.

After my meeting, I went to Soho randomly to take some pictures. Spent about fifteen minutes shooting within 3 blocks before I left for my next appointment.

I’m very impressed how the photos turned out. I didn’t plan my lewk or the location. Everything just fell into place naturally and a true reflection of the moment. When you think about it, there is NOTHING special at all about this look. Nothing at all. Take the labels out and all you have is just another gray hoodie underneath a varsity jacket with the hood sticking out, a canvas backpack, a white t-shirt and a black pant — a typical look worn by millions of people around the world. This is real life.

Now that’s what *I* find fascinating and special. The idea of real life.

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Marc by Marc Jacobs Plaid Jacket
Chanel Graffiti Backpack worn by Bryanboy
Bryanboy in Soho, New York City
Gray hoodie by Polo Ralph Lauren
Bryanboy wearing black penny loafers by Louis Leeman

Jacket by Marc by Marc Jacobs (click HERE)
Gray fleece hoodie by Polo Ralph Lauren
White t-shirt by COS
Trousers by COS
Backpack by Chanel
Penny loafers by Louis Leeman

Shot in Soho, New York City
Photos via Kostennn

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1:53 am

That Gucci Backpack

15/12/2014, Current Affairs, Gucci, Handbags, Sponsored Content, Valentino

Fashion news aside, Gucci’s been on my radar as of late. My newly-renewed obsession with Gucci started this summer when I visited their flagship store in Rome to buy a classic black bamboo tote bag. I also liked this season’s men’s collection when it hit the store floors. Imagine the delight when I received a huge package earlier this week — Santa made an early pit stop in my building to deliver gifts! One of them is this terrific, very well-made white leather Gucci backpack (click HERE) with the classic bamboo handle. Y’all know me, I love anything and everything white — it’s the color of purity! I took it out for a spin around my hood (over at South Street Seaport) and paired it with a white, cable-knit cashmere Gucci sweater I bought online recently. The world is circle indeed.

Why don’t you point your internet browsers to the Gucci website and browse their gift guide for several holiday gift ideas. Click HERE to visit the site. When you have the spare time, why not visit your nearest Gucci store? You’d be surprised with the amount of fabulous things they have. Gucci is THE fashion house to watch over the next few months.

Gucci white backpack with bamboo leather handle worn by Bryanboy
Bryanboy holding a white Gucci backpack
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White Gucci backpack worn by Bryanboy
White cashmere cable-knit sweater from Gucci worn by Bryanboy
Bryanboy wearing a Gucci leather backpack
Fashion blogger Bryanboy carrying a white leather Gucci backpack
White Gucci backpack worn by Bryaboy
Bryanboy in New York City wearing a white Gucci backpack

Sweater by Gucci
White bamboo backpack by Gucci
Belt by Ralph Lauren
Trousers by Calvin Klein Collection
Shoes by Valentino

Shot at South Street Seaport
Photos via Luke Meagher

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11:39 pm

Watch Live: Valentino New York Haute Couture Collection

09/12/2014, Fashion and Style, Haute Couture, Valentino

As many of you have already heard, the house of Valentino is showing a very special Haute Couture Collection here in New York City later tonight, December 10, at 8PM New York (EST) time. I’ve been told at my fitting the other day that it’s going to be a HUGE production. They’ve imported dozens of seamstresses from Europe to work on the collection here in New York.

I’m very excited to watch the show! Join the festivities and come back to my blog later tonight for the livestream.

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5:09 am

Hugo Boss Prize 2014

27/11/2014, Celebrity Gossip, Current Affairs, Events, Hugo Boss

Since 1996, HUGO BOSS has been awarding the Hugo Boss Prize at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum every two years to distinguished up-and-coming artists for their contribution to contemporary art. This year’s award went to Paul Chan. The Guggenheim Museum will showcase his work in a solo exhibition in Spring 2015.

Notable attendees include HUGO BOSS Artistic Director Jason Wu, Kate Bosworth and Michael Polish, Margot Robbie, Joshua Jackson, Scott Eastwood, Jamie Tisch, Natasha Poly, Mina Cvetkovic, Cory Bond and more.

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Joshua Jackson
Joshua Jackson attends the Hugo Boss Prize 2014 Event at the Guggenheim Museum New York
Kate Bosworth at the Hugo Boss Prize 2014 Event at the Guggenheim Museum New York
Natasha Poly attends the Hugo Boss Prize 2014 Event at the Guggenheim Museum New York
Margot Robbie and Jason Wu
Jason Wu and Margot Robbie attends the Hugo Boss Prize 2014 Event at the Guggenheim Museum New York
Jason Wu, Jamie Tisch and Bryanboy attends the Hugo Boss Prize 2014 Event at the Guggenheim Museum New York
Mina Cvetkovic attends the Hugo Boss Prize 2014 Event at the Guggenheim Museum New York
Cory Bond attends the Hugo Boss Prize 2014 Event at the Guggenheim Museum New York
Scott Eastwood attends the Hugo Boss Prize 2014 Event at the Guggenheim Museum New York
Paul Chan receives the 2014 Hugo Boss Prize

Shot at Guggenheim Museum, New York City
Photos via BFA NYC

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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.

Neil Barrett Lightning Bolt Sweater
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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