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“THE ONE”

April 19, 2017

The one, the only.

It’s supposed to be one of the most cherished sentiments of ancient times, a reflection of true perfection and the product of all the heart’s desires.

It’s also a sentiment that has become lost; lost in the extra culture of social media; lost in the consumerist driven market place; and lost from our hearts.

How often do we hear that someone fell in love at first sight anymore, and that the a significant other (whether a human or a shoe) is ‘the one’? It’s as though the modern world has made us afraid to settle on the one. Overwhelmed by choices and options (however meaningless) every way we turn, we live in fear that there might be something better, newer and shiner waiting to be discovered.

Instead of going in search of ‘the one’, we make do with alternatives, the easily replaceable place-holder, to tide us over, ever waiting for what we perceive to be ‘perfect’ to come along. Impatient for this perfection, we lower our standards further down a notch and satisfy our immediate retail hunger. This is risky business because, like taking the Big Mac in place of the filet mignon, for every place-holder we resort to, the further away we drift from ‘the one’. At what point did we sell our fashion-loving souls?

Case in point. When the Alexander Wang Survival Kit bag was fresh on the Vogue runway photos, I immediately regrammed the snap on Instagram. But it was not until one year later that I had saved the money to buy it. When I look at that bag, I realise how much love and energy I had put towards attaining it, it is not just a piece of leather or piece of utility anymore, it is part of me, my character, my story, my personality and it epitomises my personal style. When the hype had worn off, it was still ‘the one’.

People shop on Farfetch with the same passion for fashion. The whole fashion industry seems to have backflipped since Alessandro Michele took over Gucci four years ago, from minimalism to maxamilism. When everybody was wearing a Gucci loose-fit T-shirt, unflattering  Vetements stiff jeans, extremely tacky and uncool-but-cool Gucci monogram handbags, the industry was thinking “WTF”?  But in a moment, a trend was created, a trend we can’t resist. Michele created the one for so many fashion-loving souls.

Don’t let ‘the one’ pass you by. Take a chance, for he/she/it may very well be the one, the only one.

One of my ‘the one’s’ are these summery palm and floral print iconic Gucci Horsebit loafers are perfect to go with anything when comes to “dressing up”: from editorial wide leg trousers at a photo shoot, or out on the streets with sporty jogger pants to a formal suit at events, these Gucci Printed Horsebit loafer will cover it all. It even (weirdly) goes with fall/winter elements such as turtlenecks, leathers and rich colors like burgundy and dark green. Continue Reading…

COLLABORATION, FITNESS, LIFESTYLE

GRANA MOVE

March 27, 2017

It’s true the world can change in the blink of an eye, what we knew and were familiar with can disappear right before us and the new and unknown is ready and waiting to pounce, changing the world around us as we knew it. Sometimes that’s not necessarily a good thing but sometimes it is a change for the better, projecting us into the new and unknown, the shiny and bright, the contemporary and innovative. It’s up to us to embrace that change and make the most of the world’s makeover. There is nothing like change to invigorate the senses.

Take for example fabrics. Micro-fibre, anti-bacterial, stain and splash proof, water proof and quick drying – they are concepts the fashion and textile industry have been bestowed with only relatively recently and fabrics that have transformed the way clothes are made. Take for another example, Grana’s innovative active wear. The forces behind the brand believe quality fabrics are the heart of any garment and they literally travel the world to find it. From Tokyo to Peru and beyond, the fabrics “move” from their country of origin to the warehouse and to your doorstep in one swoop. The result is luxury-quality wardrobe essentials at everyday disruptive prices, and the best-dressed customers in the world.

Bloggers Boyfriend put that theory to test. Here’s our hypothesis.

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2017, COLLABORATION, MELBOURNE, Paul Smith, STREET STYLE

Melbourne Fashion Festival with Paul Smith (2017)

March 24, 2017

As Gucci has its distinctive G’s, Paul Smith has stripes, as Louis Vuitton has its iconic crossed LV, Paul Smith has colour and as Fendi had its two characteristic F’s, Paul Smith has tailoring.

Brands use distinctive visual tactics to tell them apart from their competitors and allies, a symbol or sign to let the industry know who and where they are. Paul Smith is no different, only the label’s iconic representor lies in the clothes themselves – cuts, shapes, colours and designs which set the Paul Smith label distinguishably apart from the rest.

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COLLABORATION, OUTFIT, PRINTS & PATTERNS, RED, TOMMY HILFIGER, WINTER

MIX MASTER WITH TOMMY HILFIGER ‘S FALL / WINTOR COLLECTION FOR MEN 2016

March 23, 2017

Different from Tommy Hilfiger’s past preppy collections, it is more about fine materials and surprising details this winter:  the unexpectedly stern leather used in a field jacket with geometric pockets, the shearling collar and doubled zip on a rather natty navy puffer. A great deal of attention was given to trims, stitch details, and tonal accents—all handled with a light touch, but noticeable enough to make the garments pop.

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2016, MBFWA16, MEN, STREET STYLE

MEN’S VINTAGE LOOK AT SYDNEY FASHION WEEK

March 11, 2017

That’s when we call it  classy and effortless, everything seems like from his grandpa’s wardrobe or vintage shopping, but everything actually fits him perfectly. The rich-hued and well-worn chestnut leather, the wool trousers in perfect cut and length, finished with some retro sunglasses and cap.

Person: @TemperCollective at MBFWA16

Photography: @Bloggers_boyfriend / @Streetstyle_Official

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COLLABORATION, LIFESTYLE

HOW TO WORK MORE EFFICIENTLY – PARTNER W/ 140 PERTH

February 22, 2017

It’s human nature and completely natural to look back on our past selves and mentally re-create our lives if we had done just one thing differently all those years ago.

I had always had to be the top student in high school and everything in my life was planned and everything went so well. It wasn’t because I was smarter or had great self-control, but because of my typical disciplined Asian parents. “Everything will go well if you listen to me, son,” they would say – and yes I did. It’s time to study English. It’s time to go workout. You have to eat vegetables – I remember it like it was yesterday.

Life is easier when there is a forced schedule and I never wandered about the existence of an optional path during these years. I thought the path I was taking was the only way to my destination – as my mom’s explanation defined, your destination will be a wonderful life and a great job, investment properties, a nice car and a healthy family.

Once we all grow older, and out of control, we realise how fascinating this world is, and we realise we can do whatever we can with a bit of independence driving us. So we let it be, we do whatever we want, we spend all the money on payday then starve ourselves for the rest of the month. They are lessons we learn and regrets we live by.  Of course I am not here promoting my parents’ parenting, neither saying learning self-control is necessary for everybody. But the un-arguable truth is, the result is so good when there is somebody or something there pushing you out of your comfort-zone and helping you during the making of something important in your life.

If you work at home, you would know how easy it is to let go of a day. A lazy breakfast and maybe a bit of interior re-arrangement can simply throw your working plan out the door.

Try this instead: grab your laptop, notebook and study material and head to a public space like the newly opened 140PERTH.  I hear your complaining, you don’t want to give up on your quiet and comfortable study room, your well-organised table, your brand new Sonos home hi-fi system or the air-conitioning.  But if you want to be more successful, you are going to need to be your own parents this time, go out of reach of your comfort zone and make today just a little bit uncomfortable for yourself. But seriously though, the newly opened 140PERTH popup space is not uncomfortable at all.

It’s not only just the study space, but also the perfect place for a quick catchup with friends at the healthy smoothie bar or Grill’d.

Here’s what you need to know to get the job done in style at 140WORK.

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2016, COLLABORATION, GREY, MINIMAL, OUTFIT

4 REASONS WHY YOUR BOYFRIENDS SHOULD HAVE HIS CASHMERE JOGGERS AND HOODIES

December 20, 2016

For boyfriends out there who have to wear an amour-alike suits 5 days a week and men slogging a day job who can’t wait to leave their desks behind on a Friday afternoon, their weekends (and weekend-outfits) are sacred. There are 4 reasons we think you have to gift them a luxe Mongolian cashmere loungewear set from Grana (use code KURTxGRANA for your discount and free worldwide DHL shipping).  Continue Reading…

2016, COLLABORATION, How to, INTERIOR, LIFESTYLE

HOW TO DECORATE A MINIMAL AND INDUSTRIAL SPACE FOR CHRISTMAS – IN COLLABORATION WITH WEST ELM AUSTRALIA

December 17, 2016

To prepare for an onslaught of festive guests, we needed to liven up this sleek-yet-sombre Bloggers Boyfriend HQ. Instead of trees and tinsel, we opted for a glamorous, masculine update.

Probably similar to many Manhattan residents, we Melbourne bachelors tend to gravitate towards minimalist, industrial-inspired decor in our inner-city apartments and work spaces. And while we love our grey concrete, chrome accents, desaturated hues and neutral accessories, the overall effect doesn’t always scream ‘warm, welcoming + festive’ to visiting family and friends.

I came up with a few simple ideas to instantly help my home become more holiday-friendly. Read below for the rest of the story.  Continue Reading…