I’m waiting for you #rearwindow #imissedyou #youremydream
Today’s look #dreamingofitaly #nycnoteurope #iwanttogetaway
#dreamcar #nofilter #needit
I don’t try to understand
So this doesn’t really have to do with fashion but I wanted to talk about it. I MISS AUSTIN, TEXAS. Sad face. It’s been about 2 or 3 years since I’ve been and I used to go all the time and enjoy time there with friends. Riding in the hills around Lake Travis, shopping in the boutiques on SoCo (South Congress..think Brooklyn), grabbing a drink at a great bar with great live music, and enjoying the appreciation the city did for all things “weird" were only some of my favorite things to do while visiting ATX. I grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana so Austin was only 7 hours away. My friends and I would suit up, hop in a car, and own the road between BR and ATX. It was our escape. It was were many friends and cool people resided. There was Barton Springs, and Bouldin Creek Cafe. It was our escape…and where all the hot guys lived. Austin offered the forwardness of an East or West coast Metropolitan city but not with all the flaky people and expensive lifestyles. AUSTIN IS SIMPLY FUCKING COOL. I am writing because I miss it and I miss my adventures there. I miss my friends and they way we made this town ours. So, I conclude with a place I have never stayed but peeked into. The only place in the world I have been where the website makes you feel like you are ACTUALLY there, in Austin. I feel it is quintessential cool for Austin. It’s the San Jose Hotel. I only spent about 10 minutes total in this place about 5 years ago and I haven’t stopped thinking about the feeling it gave me. I was at ease, inspired, and intrigued all at the same time. I was captivated. This post is to help take you where I once was and let you experience the array of feelings I had while traveling in Austin and the San Jose Hotel. Check out the website and if you can get past the music and voices when you first open, check out the rooms and the way they are displayed. It’s perfect. Also, check out it’s sister Hotel Saint Cecilia. She’s just as special (*idea for later post). I’ll leave you with this. I want everyone to fall in love with ATX the way I do every single time I go. It holds such a special place in my heart forever and I want to share it with y’all! Keep Austin weird!
P.S.- You have to click the words “Nostalgic for ATX” to see the AMAZING website.
Last week I made one of the best purchases in my life! A FRINGE JACKET. I have been sleeping in this since I bought it. Why do I love fringe so much you ask?
When I think of fringe many things come to mind:
-The Great American West
All of this is really inspiring me the deeper I get into fall and winter. I posted earlier today about RRL and this jacket couldn’t be better to follow up that post with. Should everyone buy fringe. I think that’s up to the person. If you love it, buy it and wear the fuck out of it. I love the combination of black and brown. It’s not traditionally colors that “match” but they are great neutrals going back to the colors of the west. What do you think of fringe?
Until next time,
As most of my friends and family know, I worked for BCBG MaxAzria for 4 years until August. I took a turn and accepted a job with Ralph Lauren, iconic American style. I was hesitant because I didn’t know how I would relate to the brands. Fortunately, this wasn’t hard at all. I had heard about RRL but I never gave it a chance. When I did, I was stunned. Could there be a brand that made my heart beat? Why yes, and it was RRL. I could go on and on about why I love it but I will just tell you this brand, for me, is the America of a time gone. When you walk into the RRL store you hear something like Hank Williams, accompanied by sales professionals who look like they were just working on the ranch in Colorado (or just hipsters trying to be mountain men). The craftsmanship of these clothes are of the best quality and made for wear and tear. They also house vintage pieces (objects, jewelry, clothes, etc.) in all of these stores. Yet another reason to fall in love. Check out www.RRL.com to see the collections. For now, watch this video created by Dikayl Rimmasch (I LOVE THIS MAN’S WORK) for RRL’s Holiday 2012 collection. If you want to get a glimpse of what the brand is about and why I obsess over it, just watch this.
This morning it was 62 degrees. I was the happiest camper because it gave me an excuse to pull out a sweater. These photographs for me are my signature look for fall. These are essentials I have. You can’t really see the colors too well but the point is the shapes and vintage inspiration. This is not a look that works for everyone. This is my personal take on a signature “Blake” look. You MUST have a solid wide brim hat, a great pair of classic frames, denim jacket that isn’t too fitted, and an oversized camel coat. The under layers are a pair of thick cropped pants and a turtle neck sweater that goes just below your crotch. The sweater should be oversized as well. I think it’s coming full circle that my inspiration is pulled heavily from Edie Sedwick and Audrey Hepburn. Simple hues but playing with shapes and how you visually view your body and how you present it to others.
I am told all the time that I don’t wear things that fit my body type. I seldom wear things because they accent my figure. I love to play with volume and illusion as opposed to wearing a fitted shirt because I have a flat stomach. My goal with this blog is to inspire men and women to express themselves however they so choose to through clothing. It’s about expression not oppression. For me this means wearing a huge sweater, a huge oversized camel coat and frolicking through Central Park while Stan Getz is blaring on my Ipod with a coffee in hand.
Autumn and Winter are my favorite seasons. This is the time to really express who it is you are fashionably if this is your gig. As stated above, you know where I go with these seasons. I channel women of a time gone. Edie Sedgewick, Judy Garland, Jackie Kennedy (or Onassis if you’re nasty), and Brigitte Bardot are just a few of the women who inspire my look heavily in these seasons. I promise to be less spotty in my next posts…until then…it will be fucking spotty.