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5:44 pm

Tennis Match

12/03/2013, Current Affairs, Los Angeles, Phillip Lim, Sports

I hit the courts with Queenie and Rumi the other day. It was my first time playing tennis. I have to say that I did pretty well, considering I wore 3 inch Marc by Marc Jacobs wedge sneakers on the court. Mama Anna Wintour is probably beaming with pride and delight right now…

Unless you count swimming in hotel pools or online shopping marathons, I’m not big on sports. I really should be more active at my age. Handling racquets and chasing balls is my idea of a perfect Sunday activity. Why not?

Bryanboy in West Hollywood playing tennis wearing 3.1 Phillip Lim I Love Nueva York tank top

Shirt by 3.1 Phillip Lim (click HERE to buy), shorts by 3.1 Phillip Lim, shoes by Marc by Marc Jacobs, watch by Cartier

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9:02 pm

Suburban Sally

04/03/2013, California, Christopher Kane, Current Affairs, Paul Smith

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.

Christopher Kane t-shirt spring summer 2013
Bryanboy in Corona del Mar
Queenie in Corona del Mar

On me: t-shirt by Christopher Kane (click HERE to buy), trousers by Paul Smith, shoes by Stubbs & Wooton

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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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