Just because I’m a big city boy at heart it doesn’t mean I’m no nature lover. Every once in a while, I like to escape the craycrayness that is New York effing City and go to places like Muir Woods at my best friend’s hometown in Marin County, California. Muir Woods National Monument Park is home to some of the rarest trees in the world — thousand year-old Redwood trees. I’ve never seen trees that tall before. It was insane. It’s a shame the weather (and the sky) wasn’t being cooperative. It was overcast and foggy the whole time we were there.
Theory sweater, shorts by Alexander Wang, sneakers by Bernard Willhelm for Camper (click HERE)
Oh the American Dream. What I like most about living in the USA is that anyone and everyone has the right and the opportunity to be whoever they want to be. Unlike in a lot of countries, even people born in privilege have to put in some work because it’s frowned upon by most to rely on handouts. This is a nation built on the premise that hard work and merit can get you somewhere in this world. It’s all about pursuing your dreams and making it happen. I have big dreams, of course, but sometimes, I like to chill the fuck out on the front porch with a bottle of ice-cold beer.
Well, what do you know… another year has gone by in a flash. I used to dread the stress and pressure surrounding my birthdays. Do I throw a big extravanganza of a bash or keep it an intimate affair with a select group of those closest to me? Over the years, I’ve learned how to keep things simple and streamlined. So this year, Rumi, Julie, Queenie and I kicked off my pre-birthday night with drinks at Nobu Malibu followed by an intimate dinner at Moonshadows. Sometimes it’s the quietest birthdays that are the most meaningful. There’s really nothing quite like spending your birthday surrounded by the people closest to your heart.
Tuxedo Jacket by DSquared2 (click HERE to buy)
On my latest excursion to Orange County, I wandered around the streets of Corona Del Mar, a quiet beachside neighborhood far removed from the traffic of Pacific Coast Highway. The streets were lined with expensive houses with immaculately manicured lawns, each looking like they belonged in some house and garden magazine.
While Los Angeles is a major city, the surrounding suburbs have really given me the opportunity to slow down a just little bit (especially after moving to New York City from the Philippines) and reconnect with my suburban roots.
On me: t-shirt by Christopher Kane (click HERE to buy), trousers by Paul Smith, shoes by Stubbs & Wooton
Life on Balboa Island (in Newport Beach) seems frozen in time-a place where old, rich, waspy Californians drive their golf carts to get their groceries or are shuttled to their private dock to take their boat for a spin around the Back Bay. I love it.
For whatever reason, I’m finding it increasingly difficult to wear denim the older I become. I’ve never had an occasion to wear white jeans in my life (oi vey!), but it somehow seemed more than appropriate in Balboa.
On me: Shirt by Penguin Paul, jeans by MiH Jeans, jacket by Izzue, shoes by Louis Leeman
Time has flown since I arrived in Southern California; it’s become quite evident that beaches are a huge part of the local culture. Queenie’s been wanting to show me around Orange County. So, after taping, we headed out to see some of the beaches. Each beach I’ve visited was more beautiful than the next. But like many things in life, beauty can often be deceptive. From the sand to the sunshine, everything was perfect—expect for the water, which turned out to be fucking freezing. I guess I’ll have to wait until the summer.
T-shirt by Balenciaga (click HERE to buy), watch by Cartier, shorts by Timo, shoes by Prada
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Try before you buy or tie before you dye? After taping, Queenie and I took a quick detour to Santa Monica beach yesterday afternoon. Watching the sun go down while sitting on the sand, I realized that some of the most beautiful things in life can be found right under your nose. You just have to stop long enough to notice them. Oh, and I finally get the whole laid-back California lifestyle. Compared to New York City, everything really moves at a glacial pace and I think I’m starting to get used to it. Only a jaded fool wouldn’t drop whatever it is that they’re doing to admire such a breathtaking view of the sunset.
Proenza Schouler tie-dye top (click HERE), MTWTFSS Weekday Collection leather shorts, jacket by Acne, sunglasses from Kitson Los Angeles
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After a week’s worth of desert, drought and desolate sceneries, we drove from Reno, Nevada to oh-so-gorgeous Lake Tahoe. It’s refreshing to see traces of greenery and civilization once again. Lake Tahoe is so beautiful.
Sunglasses by Celine, t-shirt by Burberry Prorsum, belt by J. Crew, shorts by Michael Angel, backpack by Prada
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Welcome back to California!
Subtle textures. I’m obsessed with subtle textures. And holes. And perforations. I wore this ultra bright white fall/winter 2012 3.1 Phillip Lim textured men’s jacket with a white mesh tee from Uniqlo and my now-classic leather and suede perforated shorts from Alexander Wang which I bought a few months back from Opening Ceremony. It’s funny because I initially had reservations shelling out a couple of hundred dollars for a pair of leather shorts but I’ve worn these to DEATH this season. There are very few things in life that are worth every penny earned. This is one of those things.