Are You On The List?

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I’m thrilled to be working with Carolina Herrera for their latest digital campaign of their new fragrance, 212 VIP Rose. I, along with Natalia Kills, Vincent Gallo, Peter and Harry Brant have a few challenges for you. Are you on the list?

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Pill-Popping

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I had my upper wisdom teeth taken out last week. My dentist bugged me for the past year and a half to get them extracted but it was only until now that I found a chunk of time to get it done. I was petrified in the beginning but all my fears went away as soon as they injected my jaw with anesthesia. My dentist kept asking me if I’m ok every five minutes and I was like “yes, yes, yes, just remove the damn tooth already!”

Giannico shoes by Nicolo Beretta spring summer 2015

He had difficulties removing the upper right tooth and he was *this* close to halting the extraction. Boy am I glad he didn’t give up. I must say the most uncomfortable thing I felt during the operation was having my mouth open for a little over an hour. It was the worst lock jaw of my life. Everything went well in the end and I walked out of the clinic with prescriptions. I was a happy camper alright. I became friends with my little orange bottles of Amoxcillin, Ibuprofen and Vicodin.

I’ve never had Vicodin before so the curiosity was there. I grew up in the third world where pain is just part of daily life. When I had another tooth extracted many, many years ago, my dentist gave me a sheet of paracetamol tablets. Yep, paracetamol. They simply do not have this pill-popping culture they have in America where everyone gets pills for everything under the sun.

This is evident when it comes to television commercials. In the Philippines, it’s all about personal hygiene products. In Germany, they have travel-related ads. In America however, you turn the television on and it’s all about pills, pills, pills. And the occasional car insurance.

Everyone in my circle told me I’ll have so much fun on Vicodin but to be honest with you, it wasn’t remarkable in any way. Chipmunk face aside, the first two days after the surgery were obviously very challenging but I wouldn’t say it was unbearable. Scraping my knee on the pavement and waiting for it to heal ranks higher on my pain-o-meter scale. Do they prescribe vicodin for that? No.

Sure, there was this very mild “comforting” and “warm” effect, like all I want to do is to be under my duvet and cuddle with my pillow fortress (I have eight pillows on my bed) but other than that, there weren’t any MAJOR side effects. None of this constipation or narcotic high oho haa. I didn’t abuse my pills. I only took them in the morning when I wake up (that’s when the gaping hole in my mouth really hurts) and right before dinner.

I see how kids in America abuse these painkillers. I’ve read stories online how people crush them and snort them and I’m like no way Jose, no bueno.

Thou shall not forget: your health is your most valuable asset.

Shoe by Giannico Shoes designed by Nicolo Beretta (click HERE) as seen at the Spring/Summer 2015 Altaroma AI Artisanal Intelligence

Peace And Love For Humanity

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Many of you who follow me on my other social media outlets are aware that I’m showing concern for the civilians in Gaza. Over the past few weeks, 1,834 Palestinian people have died, hundreds of them are innocent children, from the conflict between Gaza and Israel. The United States State Department issued a statement saying the United States is “appalled by the disgraceful shelling outside an UNRWA school in Rafah”. United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon also issued a statement saying Israel’s attack of civilian shelters and killing of Palestinian civilians as a “gross violation of international humanitarian law”.

This video made me cry.

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Put yourself in their shoes. Imagine your home being destroyed. Where would you and your family go? Where? Schools and hospitals, are being bombed left and right. Israel’s justification to bomb these buildings (yes, schools AND hospitals) is that they are being used by Hamas to attack Israel back. As of now, hundreds and hundreds of thousands of people are displaced and homeless. Where do they go?

No one can flee Gaza. Absolutely no one. They have absolutely zero access to the outside world. Israel cut them off. They don’t want to let any Palestinian get out of Gaza because they fear they would attack Israel.
According to NBC News, Gaza’s one main power plant, which is the only power plant in Gaza, a city of 1.8 Million people, was destroyed.

What I don’t understand is, why is it so wrong, to the eyes of some, to show concern towards innocent civilians from BOTH sides? Many of my friends don’t even want to discuss this conflict on their social media outlets for fear of being attacked by those with extremely strong Pro-Israel or Pro-Palestine opinions. As an outsider, you can’t even ask questions because people misconstrue questioning as an act of support to either parties!

I chose to speak up about this matter on MY social media because, as a human being, I, truly, genuinely feel sorry for all the innocent victims in this conflict. Every morning when I wake up, I always read the news. I like to be aware of everything. I find it extremely difficult to ignore what is going on in the world and to continue with my day to day life when I see gruesome video and images from the conflict.

I have a number of friends who live in Tel Aviv who I keep in touch with on social media and whenever I read their updates of running to shelters or what have you, I send them messages saying to always be safe, and I care for them.

Regardless of your religious or political beliefs, you cannot ignore the fact that somewhere out there in Gaza, there is a mother or a father crying over the loss of their child. There are children out there whose lives are forever changed from losing their parents. There are families out there who lost their homes, have nowhere to go, have lost their possessions, have nothing to eat.

You don’t have to be Pro-Israel or Pro-Palestine to want peace in the region or to wish for minimum civilian casualties. You don’t have to be pro-whoever to feel sorry for other people. Compassion is a basic human emotion.

I’m glad there’s a cease-fire and I hope it stays that way. The killings and the attacks, on both sides if I may add, have to stop.

Pre-Fall Situation

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I know summer is in full swing but the stores are dropping their pre-fall collections left, right and center. I swung by the Prada store when I went to Rome a few weeks ago. It was difficult to leave empty-handed. I’m in love with Miuccia’s pre-fall collection! One of my favorite pieces is this deep v-neck ultra lightweight wool sweater. The silk tie attached to it is an added bonus. I love the chic effect. So effortless, so easy. All I need is cooler temps to rock this outfit out on the street.

Bryanboy in Prada Pre-Fall 2014
Bryanboy wearing Prada pre-fall 2014 in Stockholm

Sweater and trousers by Prada, sandals by Balenciaga

Shop Spring!

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Last Friday, I met up with some of the girls behind Spring, a new revolutionary mobile app that will change the way we shop designer goods. Spring will launch on August 14. For more information, visit Shopspring.com.

Bryanboy in Soho, New York City
Bryanboy in Soho, New York for Shop Spring

Photos via Spring.

Sweater by Spring x LPD, polo shirt by COS, pinstripe shorts by Alexander Wang (click HERE), backpack by Jason Wu, sandals by Givenchy