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11:16 am

Pre-Fall Situation

05/08/2014, Current Affairs, Prada, Stockholm

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

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7:30 am

Shop Spring!

04/08/2014, Alexander Wang, Current Affairs, Givenchy, Jason Wu

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

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3:04 pm

My Favorite Beauty Essentials

02/08/2014, Beauty, Chanel, Christian Dior

I like to think of myself as pretty low-maintenance. Ok, perhaps not as low maintenance as other ‘wash and go’ people but cut me some slack. My lifestyle is quite stressful and absurd. I’m thirty two years old, I smoke like a chimney, I drink, I eat too much, I don’t get enough sleep and I travel a lot. I don’t even want to think about what I’d look like without the aid of, well, modern science. It’s very important to take care of ourselves. I know people who look extremely good without using a ton of products (you know, the ones who literally wake up instagram-ready) but I also know so many kids who look busted in the face and I’m like much older than them.

I haven’t done a beauty post in a while so let me share some of my beauty essentials. These are the core products that I personally cannot live without. One thing to keep in mind is that whatever works for me may not work for other people. We’re all different from each other. We all have different skin types, different sensitivity issues, etc.

Daytime Skincare Routine
I start my beauty routine with Murad’s Clarifying Cleanser with salicylic acid. I’ve been using this cleanser for the past year now with my oily/combination skin and it helps prevent break outs. I use the cleanser with my Clarisonic brush. The super chic Dr. Lisa Airan introduced me to it a few years ago. It’s the best way to clean the face! I must say that I don’t the Clarisonic brush every morning though because I don’t want to over exfoliate my face.

I know it’s bad but I usually skip the toning part and go straight to moisturize. I use La Prairie’s Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal cream. It’s my favorite day moisturizer. I love how it moisturizes my skin without making it greasy.

Bryanboy's daytime beauty routine featuring Clarisonic, Murad and La Prairie
Clarisonic Mia 2 Brush, $150 (buy), Murad Clarifying Cleanser, $35 (buy), La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Cream, $310 (buy)

Make Up
The thing about make-up is the whole catch-22 situation. Make-up is the best way to cover imperfections but too much make-up is also bad for your skin. I wouldn’t be using make-up if I had flawless skin. Personally-speaking, I use make-up for two reasons — color correction and to cover some of my pores. This is why I keep my make-up routine fairly simple. I have fairly oily skin so I start with Murad’s oil control mattifier and then I use my beloved Giorgio Armani luminous silk foundation. It’s the BEST foundation I’ve ever tried in my whole life. I like how it’s very light and it doesn’t make me break out. To control shine, I use Make Up Forever’s HD powder throughout the day. My favorite lip balm is Chanel. I like how it moisturizes my lips without making me look like I made out with a bottle of olive oil.

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Murad Oil Control Mattifier, $40 (buy), Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation #8, $63 (buy), Make Up For Ever HD High Definition Powder, $35 (buy), Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Lip Balm, $35 (buy)

Finishing
My favourite fragrance of all time is Sugar Lychee by Fresh. I’ve been using it for years. I buy it by the truckload, no joke. The scent is so clean and, well, fresh! I love lychees. I love a good lychee martini too. Look, I have a policy — you can always tell a person what they like to drink based on how they smell. Whenever I go to bars or clubs and when people ask me what perfume I’m wearing, I always tell them one thing — VODKA! Haha! ;-)

As you know, I’m not really a big fan of men’s perfumes because I find most of them so putrid and strong. I can’t stand musky smells. I’ve tried so many men’s perfumes that people give me I always end up regifting them during the holiday season.

I can’t remember which airport it was exactly but I was trolling around the duty free counters lo and behold I tried Miss Dior for the first time and dang, it smells soo good! It’s my perfume of the moment. It’s soo good that I ended up buying the deodorant as well. AND IT WORKS! After all these years I finally gave myself a deodorant upgrade! I’ve been ultra loyal to Secret because it’s the only deodorant that works with my body chemistry but Miss Dior took it up another notch. It feels so light, it’s not sticky and best of all, it doesn’t stain my clothes. Best deodorant EVER! It really pays to explore duty free counters (instead of getting drunk at the airport lounge) when you have spare time before your flight.

I get sweaty easily during the day so I try to avoid using lotions and moisturizers on my body. At night however, I go for Santa Maria Novella’s vanilla body cream. It’s my favorite Santa Maria Novella product. I always go to them whenever I go to Florence. It’s one of the world’s oldest pharmacies. They were founded in 1221!

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Officina Profumo Farmaceutica Santa Maria Novella Crema Corpo Vanilla Body Cream, $75 (buy), Fresh Sugar & Lychee Eau de Parfum, $88 (buy), Miss Dior Deodorant Parfume Perfumed Deodorant, $45 (buy), Miss Dior Eau de Parfum, $115 (buy)

Night Time Routine
Before going to sleep, I always clean my face using my Clarisonic Mia 2 brush with Murad’s Clarifying Cleanser. I follow it up with Santa Maria Novella’s rose water. A lot of people use all sorts of toners but I like the smell of rose water. Once my face is dry, I take a few drops of Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil. Then I use La Prairie’s Cellular Radiance Night Cream. This night cream, my dearest ladies, is a miracle worker. I started using this night cream last year and my face is hydrated and softer. For the eyes, I use the White Caviar Illuminating Eye Cream, also from La Prairie. Out of all the areas of my face, it’s the eyes (dark circles) that I find extremely challenging to deal with.

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Murad Clarifying Cleanser, $35 (buy), Officina Profumo Farmaceutica Santa Maria Novella Acqua Di Rose Rose Water, $60 (buy), La Prairie Cellular Radiance Night Cream, $630 (buy), La Prairie White Caviar Illuminating Eye Cream, $360 (buy), Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil, $52 (buy)

Travel Essentials
I use the charcoal mask from Origins once a week. As you all know, I travel so much and because of time constraints, it’s almost impossible to get a regular facial. Any product that helps clean out my pores is a good thing.

I keep my inflight beauty products to a bare minimum. I hate the idea of bringing so many beauty products with me on the plane because every product is interconnected with one another. For example, I don’t want to use creams while I’m sleeping on the plane because I’ll be shiny when I land. And the only way not to be shiny is to wash your face, so on and so forth. So what I do is, I go to the bathroom, wash my face with water and then use Skinceuticals B5 gel. To keep me hydrated, I’ll spritz my face with Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir throughout the plane ride.

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Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask, $37 (buy), Caudalie Eau de Beaute Beauty Elixir, $49 (buy), Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Gel, $85 (buy)

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6:00 am

Have A Safe Flight

20/07/2014, Calvin Klein, Current Affairs

Like the rest of the world, I, too, am shocked and devastated on the news of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17. My heart goes to the family members, loved ones and friends of the innocent victims of this horrific tragedy. I almost cried when I first read about it on my cellphone. The plane did not crash because of technical or pilot error. The plane was shot down high up in the sky by murderers! 298 innocent lives were killed.

I’m sure you all know that I spend an awful amount of time inside airplanes because of work. Air travel used to be a novel idea, an activity that most people do when they go on holidays or the odd business trip. But for some, like me, air travel is a routine akin to work commute. Many say that statistically, it’s safer to be in a plane than a car but for some strange reason, the more I fly, the more I develop a fear of flying. There’s always that weird, “what if I’m next”, thought at the back of my head that lingers after I board an aircraft.

One of my closest friends told me the other day over lunch that dying by way of an air disaster is his biggest fear. I agree with him completely. The idea of knowing you’re about to die within minutes or seconds is terrifying. For him it’s about being absolutely helpless and the fact that there’s nothing one can do to control situation. For me it’s about the lack of having closure, the lack of being able to say goodbye to my loved ones in a “proper” way. I really don’t want my final send off to be a photo of a designer bag on my plane seat or worse, a selfie on instagram with a plane emoji and a caption saying “I’m off to XXXX (my next destination)”.

I’m scheduled to take four flights next week. Granted, Im traveling to AND from relatively low-risk, safe destinations. I’m not gonna lie through my teeth and say I’m not scared. I am! Unfortunately, there’s not much we can all do but to wish for the best. Or, as my Swedish boo always tell me, have a safe flight.

Bryanboy at the Empire State Building, New York City
Bryanboy at the viewing deck of the Empire State Building, New York
Downtown Manhattan, New York Skyline from Empire State Building
Midtown Manhattan and Uptown, view of New York Skyline from Empire State Building

Sunglasses by Balenciaga, top by Calvin Klein Collection, backpack by Chanel

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8:28 am

Valentino Haute Couture Fall Winter 2014 Show

11/07/2014, Fall Winter 2014, Fashion and Style, Fashion Shows, Haute Couture, Valentino

Here’s the full-length video of the Valentino haute couture fall winter 2014 fashion show.

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7:05 pm

Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall Winter 2014 Show

10/07/2014, Christian Dior, Fall Winter 2014, Fashion and Style, Fashion Shows, Haute Couture

Bravo, Raf! Missed the fall winter Christian Dior haute couture fashion show? Here’s the full-length video as well as select highlights.

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4:05 pm

Chanel Haute Couture Fall Winter 2014 Fashion Show

10/07/2014, Chanel, Fall Winter 2014, Fashion Shows, Haute Couture

Here’s the full-length video of the Chanel haute couture fall winter fashion show recently presented in Paris.

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11:36 am

Two Weeks In Ibiza

08/07/2014, Cartier, Celine, Current Affairs, Ibiza, Reed Krakoff

Oh Ibiza. What have you done to me? After visiting Ibiza last year, I made a personal promise to come back again this year, so, here I am. I’ve been here on this lovely Spanish island for roughly about two weeks now. Mr Sweden and I stayed at a charming little hotel high up in the old town for a few days before sharing a villa with close friends for a week and now that they’ve all left, I extended my stay at the ultimate party hotel, Ushuaia. It’s the same place where I stayed at last year.

Bryanboy wearing a Celine top in Ibiza
Ibiza villa rental
Bryanboy at his Ibiza villa rental

The first hotel we stayed at had the slowest internet so I was not able to use my laptop. I was like “ok, I can survive without the internet for a few days, it’s fine.”

Five minutes after arriving to the villa we rented, I thought my friend Jason and his partner Gustavo were kidding when they told me we didn’t have internet access in the house. I felt I was gonna die right then and there but after not opening my computer for five days, it was a clear sign from the powers that be that I should be on vacation mode and that’s exactly what I did!

So up until now (there’s wifi at Ushuaia, by the way, hence the blog post), all we did was eat, sleep, rave, repeat. And a bit of tanning here and there. Ok, fine, I tanned EVERY day. I had no choice — all the white people in my group were obsessed in getting some color. I tried to fight the urge at first by covering myself in blankets and towels but in the end, my inner Donatella prevailed!

I have a love/hate relationship with tanning. Being ultra tanned is a good look with the beach as a backdrop and you’re wearing close to nothing but once you’re in the city with fierce clothes, ugh, gross. It’s not a good lewk on me.

One of my highlights from this trip is that I was able to see a number of my favorite DJs perform their sets. I’m a huge fan of electronic music, especially progressive house. I have so much energy I could dance for hours straight, sober. I get high (and goosebumps!!!) hearing familiar tracks that I know the lyrics to. I always go all out whenever I dance. I don’t care about anyone else. Put your hands up in the air, dance, sweat it all out, lose weight, feel great. #putyourhandsupintheair

Nicky Romero at Pacha, check!
Hardwell at Ushuaia, check!
Martin Garrix at Ushuaia, check!
David Guetta both at Ushuaia (for David Guetta College) and Pacha (Fuck Me I’m Famous), check!

Nicky Romero was my favorite out of everyone but Hardwell was also very, very good. I’m so glad he has his Ibiza residency. I hope Nicky would get his soon. I also saw Axwell and Ingrosso but to be honest, their performance was my least favorite.

Am I ready to go home? Not really. Thank god summer is far from being over… mine only just begun.

Top by Celine, leather shorts by Reed Krakoff, sandals by Celine, bracelet and watch by Cartier

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11:19 am

Lupita Nyong’o for US Vogue July 2014 Cover

19/06/2014, Celebrity Gossip, Fashion and Style, Magazine Covers, Prada

I think it’s refreshing to have someone who isn’t Mario Testino or Annie Liebovitz shoot the cover of Vogue. Photographer Mikael Jansson made his American Vogue cover debut with the absolutely stunning Lupita Nyong’o for the cover of US Vogue’s July 2014 issue. She wore a dress from Prada fall/winter 2014. They also traveled to Morocco for the inside spreads.

Lupita Nyong'o on the cover of Vogue Magazine July 2014

Lupita Nyong'o in Morocco for Vogue Magazine July 2014

Click HERE to read the interview and for more images.
Photos via American Vogue

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10:25 am

RAF-ing It Up

16/06/2014, Celine, Current Affairs, Morocco, Raf Simons

If you follow fashion and the people who buy certain brands closely, I’m sure you are aware that I’m on the opposite end of the Raf Simons target demographic spectrum. I’m not a tall and gangly, post-pubescent Aryan situation. However, I do love Raf and his modernist vision. I bought this great oversized top from his spring/summer 2014 runway collection a few weeks ago. The fit and the silhouette is very generous and it definitely hid a lot of my sins (aka ferociously hitting the breakfast buffets) in Morocco. I also love the pop-art references though to be honest, they somewhat reminded me of Soviet propaganda posters and Hungarian (Magyar Posta) olympic postage stamps back in the day. Yep, I collected stamps. Don’t ask.

Bryanboy wearing a Raf Simons tshirt from his Spring Summer 2014 collection
Royal Mansour Marrakech private Riad 17
Bryanboy opening the door to his private road in Royal Mansour Marrakech
Bryanboy in Raf Simos spring summer 2014
Raf Simons top from his spring summer 2014 collection
Bryanboy in a white Raf Simons spring summer 2014 tshirt

Top by Raf Simons (click HERE), shorts by Alexander Wang, sandals by Celine, watch by Cartier

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