"I'm awesome because I am not afraid to fall,
nor ashamed to stumble.
Because I never wanted to be beautiful,
and I never pretended to be."

Thursday, February 11, 2016

shinola detroit opens up shop in san francisco with a shindig!

Shinola Detroit is on the fast track of becoming a bonafide mecca for all great things American! Quality Made in America watches, leather goods, and even a thing or two for your doggie amigo, Shinola is the place to go! So the fact that they opened up a new location in my beloved San Francisco has made me happier than Hillary Clinton at a Power Suit Emporium! Fortunately enough, I was able to attend their Grand Opening Party and seeing all their products handsomely set up all throughout their incredible store space was something else! Everywhere you looked there was something rugedly pristine to ogle over-no wonder Mr. Obama digs the place, too!

I'm obsessed over their time-pieces! There's no other way to put it. I came in full stalker mood and zoned in on them as soon as I entered their 722 Montgomery Place location! Knowing that they're meticulously designed & hand-assembled in their Detroit factory with the majority of their components, like the rubber & leather straps, sourced from U.S. companies has fueled my #mancessory craze. And they didn't fail me in person which is more than I can say for my tinder date!

What beauties, huh? My piggy-bank has gone into hiding since it knows I'm two seconds away from committing capital murder on it. #MUSTHAVEONEASAP! But alas, trying one on in-store will have to do for now. 

Aside from having awesome products to make you go into an Industrial Americana coma, Shinola treated us with lite bites, libations (they even had their own Shinola Cola!), but most importantly they had a dynamic team that were incredibly welcoming. Way to go, Shinola Detroit!

Here's the lowdown on the shindig: 

Thanks, Shinola Detroit for an awesome opening shindig & welcome to SF!

Visit Shinola Detroit in SF at 722 Montgomery Place or for more products and a location near you (they have 13 altogether) check them out ☞ here!

Peace, Mothalovahs!

- R.

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

brown leather boots; 'tis always the season!

Brown leather boots, plain and simple: they're a must for all gents! Trust level: 12. Whether they're in Brogues, Cap Toe, or in a Desert style, they're your best bet for sartorial awesomeness. I know the fellahs usually save them for the fall months but these badboys have so much style-versatility that you can stomp in them all year round. I personally James Bond mine up in a suit for work and then dress them down during my Sunday Funday MAN-mosa (1.5 oz Vodka, 16 oz. Hefeweizen, topped off with some O.J.) shenanigans in jeans/khakis. Plus, they ad an extra inch or two & what gentleman doesn't want that? I know there's a dirty joke in there somewhere.

Still confused on the various styles? Don't you fret, motherlovah. I've selected a few to get your juices flowing. 

Desert Boot:

The Bushacre 2 by Clarks, $84.99

Derby Boot:
The Laudias by Aldo, $87.50

Cap Toe:
The Smash Bash by Kenneth Cole via Nordstrom, $129.90

Brogue/Wingtip Boot:
Aberdeen by 1901 Nordstrom, $140.00

There really is no reason why you shouldn't invest in one or all of them of these badboys. Truth be told, you could probably get away with wearing one pair repeatedly & no one would know because they'd be more focused on how dapperly badass you always look. Get. Some!

Peace, Mothalovahs!
- R.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

the lowdown: london mens collection fall 2016

There's nothing like starting off 2016 in a menswear frenzy and that's exactly what 2016 is delivering! Fashion Week is in full swing and first up to the menswear bat was London Mens Collection. Per usual there were #manfits that I absolutely digged the living threads out of, some that tickled my fancy, and others that assaulted my eyes in ways that have left me questioning my fashion sanity. So here's the lowdown of the trends that I saw parade around Londontown that caught my attention. 

The Furbies:
Left - Right: Baartmans and Siegel, Coach, Burberry, J.W. Anderson
I'm not one to wear skinned animals myself but many designers have decided they want us gents to look like mini Park Avenue Bigfoots and you know what... I'm ok with that, well as long as its faux fur on me. Although I can appreciate fur trimming, I'd rather go full-on polar bear with my outerwear game in hopes to land in the trophy room of a rich conservative 1%-er. #Goals.

2 Pocketed Uni-Bomber:

L-R: Sean Suen, Lou Dalton, CMMN SWDN, Agi & Sam, Topman Design
I swear every collection at #LCM had some sort of 2 pocketed Safari Bomber. I personally have a deep obsession admiration for fanny packs, so for me these jackets are like a pseudo replacement and since I've been known to carry the most random things -chai tea packets, Burger King Coupons, & a random key that opens god knows what- I'm a happy camper!

Oversized Grandpa Knits:

L-R: Christopher Raeburn, Pringle of Scotland, Oliver Spencer, Sibling, J.W. Anderson
FINALLY! I don't have to wear my George W. Bush mask and sneak into my local retirement facility to rock these babies! I mean, who can say no to being comfortable in a cozy knit that also doubles up as a portable blanket? Not, I!

The Shearling Slayers:
L-R: Coach, Pringle of Scotland, James Long, Tiger of Sweden
Shearling was errrrwhere on the runway- on trimming, linings, pockets, collars... heck I'm sure some of the models were wearing shearling undies! I don't think I can fully commit to looking like an extra on The Muppet Show but those shearling trimmed Aviator Bombers are baah-bahh-bahhing at the sheep in my bank account! 

3 Quart Coat Mafia:

Pringle of Scotland, Agi & Sam, Cottweiler, Casely-Hayford, Topman Design
Time to hit leg day HARD since thigh-low coats are coming to a retailer near you and those stems have to look hashtag-fit! I'm not the tallest shot-glass of whiskey so I'm a little weary about rocking a 3 quarter length coat but it's ok because the worst thing that could happen is that I look like a more fabulous Morpheus from the Matrix. 

Star Warz:
L-R: CMMN SWDN, Berthold, Christopher Kane, Cottweiler
With The Force taking over our entire galaxy, it is only natural the fashionsphere is also enlisting its own army of Jedi masters for 2016. I think it's pretty stellar -pun intended- to look into intergalactic inspired military wear, especially since the worlds first spaceliner is in the works and I don't know about you but I don't want to embarrass myself in front of The Galactic Senate with boring Earthling threads when they beam me up.

Talk Nerdy To Me:
L-R: Sean Suen, Tiger of Sweden, CMMN SWDN, Margaret Howell
It's definitely The Season of the Nerd and rightfully so, it's the least the world could do for taking away their pride & joy, Star Wars, from them. It only takes about 5 minutes on Vine to realize braincells aren't what they used to be, so if we have to "fake it to make it" by tucking-in our retro inspired sweaters to unleash our inner quantum theorists than so be it! #SaveOurIQsFall2016! 

Ironic 90's Hipster:
L-R: Tourne de Transmission, Topman Design, Elliot Soulland, Casely-Hayford
You know that hipster friend who goes to overpriced thrift store boutiques and complains about the lack of parking spots for his 1960's Vespa scooter? Well he's not going anywhere in 2016 because he flung himself down many runways at #LCM. While I don't understand why someone intentionally spends $2,000 to look like they're worth a bag of gluten-free potato chips, I'd get a bleached weave and pretend to be Madonna's son any day!

The Pajama Don:
L-R: Oliver Spencer, Casely-Hayford, Moschino, Joseph
One of my life dreams is to retire at a young age after my High-End Cheese Identification app goes big, which then would allow me to treat everyday as if it were Sunday. I'd lounge all day and I wouldn't bother changing out of my PJ's resort-wear to go to the Opera because all I'd need is a fancy-shmancy blazer/coat because when you're Facebook rich you can do whatever your gazillionaire heart desires!

Peace, Mothalovahs!

- R.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

anthony vaccarello x versus versace fall/winter 2015!

After Donatella jizzed over Anthony Vaccarello's Spring 2015 capsule collection, the Medusa herself made him the permanent creative director for Versus Versace and bada-bing-bada-boom his first legit collection came out with a fancy unveiling party in London-which I know is confusing since it's not in Italia but you'll see why after you click play.

I'm guessing their inspiration story goes a little like this: see a sexy Versace siren (Karlie Kloss-she looks like she gets down on the down-low.) got ditched by Kate Moss & one of those Gatwick London grunge alley rocker's offered her an uber ride and then they had a crumpet infused one night stand and this is what their dirty parts created. And I’m not mad at it! Well, actually I'm a bit mad because we were promised 17 pieces and I was thinking maybe the bambinos would get 17 of our own but no dice: we got 4 total looks. The first two featured guy jackets are bit too Hellraiser for me but I can head back to them come Halloween time. Now, the ladies got some pretty cool plaid laden getups (not shown below but in the vid) that I thought would translate over into a rad menswear counterpart but whatever... at least we got kilts! I can fuck with kilts any day, so I call this a win for us. 

You can head on over to Versus Versace online to peep and buy if you have a sugar daddy/mommy the collection.

Peace, Mothalovahs!

- R.

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

the british are coming; topshop & topman invades sd!

First batch of costumers to ever enter the store!!!
Last Thursday marked the Grand Opening of British fashion retailer TOPSHOP & TOPMAN in sunny Fashion Valley Mall in San Diego! The opening was a haze of a fashion frenzy as San Diegans queued up in line for their chance to be rewarded some pretty awesome prizes - ranging from free live-screen printing t-shirts, mystery gift cards worth up to $100, tickets to their VIP Opening Party, and the chance to win a drawing of a $1,000 shopping spree - all while listening to some pretty rad tunes from a lineup of DJ's. 

I was super stoked to check out the massive 17,500 square feet of a fashion monster and I'm happier than Taylor Swift's next ex-boyfriend I did!!! THIS. PLACE. IS. NIRVANA! And not just for the lovely ladies but also for my fellow dapper gents! We all know that the fellahs usually get shanked when it comes to getting some proper retail loving' but not this time, Satan! The TOPMAN section was dynamite! Everywhere I looked... BOOM! I wanted it all, I needed it all, I'm going shatter my little brother's piggybank (seriously, that kids allowance is ridiculous!!) when I visit home to get it all! Yup, it's that killer! I'm beyond ball tickled to have TOPMAN here in San Diego and I can't wait to see how much debt what MANfits come my way! 

Here's pics of the opentivities!
Live Screen T-Shirt Printing!
DJ Aaron Castle checking his instagram?
Topman Display leading down to Nirvana
Ladies Shoe Section
The visual team did an insanely awesome job!
I just like the yellow!
Again, visual team killing it!
What my dreams are made out of!
And then the VIP Private Party went down at the Moniker Warehouse in the trendy East Village in downtown! A cool and fashionable crowd showed up to celebrate Topshop and Topman's San Diegan cherry popping and let me tell you, the Brits now how to throw an awesome shindig! Not only did the place look and feel like hipster London but rocking the night away with Dead Right! (Graham Knoxx is a foxx!!!) and the ridiculously rad Cold War Kids aint so bad at all! Actually, how do you say epic night in British? Oh yeah...

If you're ever in San Diego make sure to pop on over to Fashion Valley Mall to check out Topman and Topshop, along with other au currant fashion shops!

Peace, Mothalovahs!

- R.

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