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8:58 pm

Balboa Island

03/03/2013, California, Current Affairs, Denim

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.

Bryanboy in MiH jeans
Bryanboy visiting Balboa Island
Bryanboy on Balboa Island
Queenie in a striped sweater on Balboa Island
Balboa Island, California

On me: Shirt by Penguin Paul, jeans by MiH Jeans, jacket by Izzue, shoes by Louis Leeman

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2:42 pm

Crystal Cove Beach

01/03/2013, Balenciaga, California, Cartier, Current Affairs

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.

Bryanboy wearing a floral Balenciaga t-shirt

T-shirt by Balenciaga (click HERE to buy), watch by Cartier, shorts by Timo, shoes by Prada

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1:15 pm

Tie Before You Dye

28/02/2013, Acne, California, Current Affairs, Los Angeles, Proenza Schouler

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.

Bryanboy running at Santa Monica beach
Bryanboy running along Santa Monica beach

Proenza Schouler tie-dye top (click HERE), MTWTFSS Weekday Collection leather shorts, jacket by Acne, sunglasses from Kitson Los Angeles

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12:51 am

Bryanboy x Karl Lagerfeld Watches

28/02/2013, Accessories, Current Affairs, Fashion and Style, Karl Lagerfeld, Watches

Obsessed!

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12:57 pm

Something Borrowed

26/02/2013, Belstaff, Current Affairs, San Diego

After stuffing our faces with breakfast at Kono’s (nothing beats an oceanfront view over breakfast), Queenie and I went for a quick stroll on the beach before heading back up the 5 freeway to Los Angeles.

I don’t think I’ll ever get used to California winters. They can be a bit misleading. When I see sunshine, I’m pre-programmed to break out the shorts, which is fine while in the sun, but as soon as a breeze picks up or I find myself in the shade, I’m afraid I might freeze to death. So of course, Queenie pulled the gentleman card and lent me his All Saints jacket which made an interesting prop while we shot.

I often find using borrowed things a bittersweet experience. The idea of wearing something that doesn’t belong to you is always thrilling, however, the pleasure is fleeting because you always, always, have to give it back.

Bryanboy wearing an All Saints jacket
Pacific Beach, San Diego California

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3:35 pm

Friendship Tokens

25/02/2013, Cartier, Current Affairs, Jewelry, Los Angeles

Like the old Nike saying goes, Just do it! Rumi and I popped by Cartier in Beverly Hills yesterday afternoon to look at some jewels. We walked out empty-handed after thirty minutes of browsing and continued our journey, hopping from one store to the next on Rodeo Drive all the way down to Barney’s. I’m not gonna lie, thinking about the obscene amount of money we spend on clothes, shoes and accessories on a regular basis (as an important part of our job), only to end up in the back of our closets, made me sick to my stomach. Do we really need another pair of shoes? Do we really need another bag? Do we really need that gorgeous Celine white leather biker jacket? The honest answer — no, not really. The REAL honest answer, ok, let’s not kid ourselves, YES! The point I’m trying to make here is, I do feel somewhat guilty spending so much money on clothes that ultimately loose their value after a season or two. After four hours of wandering around stores (and leaving with Proenza Schouler and Balenciaga tops… don’t judge!!!), we found ourselves back at Cartier and ended up walking out with something of REAL value that would, hopefully, withstand the test of time. Don’t worry, it’s nothing ultra extravagant; just an every day piece that we’ll have to wear for years and years to bring down the cost-per-wear ratio down… all the way to the ground. LOL!!!

Rumi Neely and Bryanboy outside Cartier, Beverly Hills
Cartier Packaging

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12:05 pm

Golden Hour in La Jolla

23/02/2013, Current Affairs, Kenneth Cole, La Jolla

Golden hour is EVERYTHING. I’m all about taking photos at any given time of the day, but my favourite time is that precious hour just before sundown. Queenie and I made a quick pit stop at Glider’s Port in La Jolla on our roadtrip to San Diego from Los Angeles, and it was well worth it. I honestly cannot remember the last time I saw such a gorgeous sunset with a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean to match.

Bryanboy in La Jolla, California

Sunglasses by Michael Kors, shirt by Fox Pixel by Paul B (Thai brand), leather shorts by MTWTFSS Weekday Collection, calf hair jacket by Kenneth Cole Collection

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10:22 pm

The World of Furla

21/02/2013, Accessories, Current Affairs

As some of you already know, I recently went to Italy a day before New York Fashion Week started to visit the headquarters of Italian accessories brand Furla. Housed in a historic, grand 18th-century Villa in Bologna, Furla President Giovanna Furlanetto personally gave me a tour of her world.


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1:52 pm

Double Trouble at DKNY

15/02/2013, Current Affairs, DKNY, Fashion Bloggers

I found a xerox copy of myself at the DKNY show earlier in the week. Fun times!

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Love DKNY, Fashionista and David!

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8:35 pm

Celebrating Jason Wu at Beatrice Inn

03/02/2013, Current Affairs, Events, Fashion and Style, Fashion Designers, Glamour USA, Jason Wu, Models

Cindi Leive, Glamour magazine’s Editor-in-Chief, hosted a very intimate dinner at the Beatrice Inn to celebrate my beloved Jason Wu. As you already know, the First Lady of the United States of America, Michelle Obama (aka FLOTUS), wore Jason’s dress once again at President Barack Obama’s Inauguration Ball.

I don’t know about you but I always, always get teary-eyed whenever I hear other people toast other people for their achievements. Cindi gave a heart-warming speech about Jason. She also wore the floral dress version of the top I’ve been eying online.

It was a good crowd. The ultra gorgeous and iconic Stephanie Seymour, the star of Jason Wu’s new ad campaign sat across me, Vogue’s Valerie Boster was the perfect seatmate, Chanel Iman showed me photos of her new car (I died) in California and encouraged me to finally get my driver’s license, my gurl Hilary Rhoda who I haven’t seen since we filmed the Rebecca Minkoff Christmas video was there and of course, I love Martha Hunt! She’s a knockout stunner.

Cindi Leive and Jason Wu at Beatrice Inn
Bryanboy clapping for Jason Wu at Beatrice Inn

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