Holiday Essential gifts for your man for under $50

We know its that time of the year again and finding the right gifts for your special guy can get a bit tricky. He probably has everything that he wants and needs and you wouldn’t know what to get him. Well here’s a short list that I have made that would probably give you some options that he probably doesn’t have yet and would love to have.

1. Kent Street Apparel’s MERDE IL PLEUT (Shit it’s Raining) UNISEX UMBRELLA $44

I just featured this on my blog and I can’t help but rave about it. Especially if you’re living in Vancouver you know we are always blessed with this “awesome” rain on a regular basis. This works if you know he has that dry sense of humour also since it actually says “shit it’s raining” in french on the umbrella itself. It comes in other colours as well.

2. Zara Black Mini Messenger Bag $39

This one is for the guys who carry a lot of things with them on a regular basis or just have super thick wallets and you know it’s not good for their posture if they always put it on their back pocket and sit. This avoids that potential back problem and would help them in the long run. I personally own a few mini messenger bags and I find them very useful especially when I travel and I would put my wallet and passport and other important documents in them and small camera inside.

3. Express Dress Socks $11 for 1 or $25 for 4

This one is another no brainer. All grown men or even teens should own dress socks and not plain white socks. Its basically a “right of passage” if you ask me. A man can’t be taken seriously if he’s wearing a suit while wearing white socks. He’s better off not wearing any.

4. Victorinox HOK Exclusive Blackcomb Climber II Sapphire $49

Swiss Army Knife

Here’s another essential. I think every man should own a Swiss Army Knife. Having the basic tools is just key to “being a man”. It would also be a nice touch if you could get their name engraved on the plastic part if you ask me.

Now we’re coming to the tech side of things. If your man is into tech, i’m sure he either owns one like this or if he doesn’t, he would like to own one and love you for giving it to him.

6. Google Chromecast $39

Chromecast

I own this little guy and I LOVE IT TO BITS! This gadget basically attaches to the back of your TV and makes it a smart tv. You are able to connect your phone, tablet and even your computer wirelessly to this device and mirror it onto your tv. If this might seem too complicated for your i’ve provided a video made my google to give you a better idea.

6. Motorola P4000 Portable Power Pack $30

Motorola

Now this is just another essential. I’m sure all of us could relate to our smart phones running out of battery on the most important time. Well look no further, this guy is your life saver. This power pack actually comes with its own cable so it can charge basically any smart phone except for iPhones, but you will just have to use your own usb chord because it does chard any product with a usb plug built-in. It can fully charge any smart phone out then from 0-100% and still have some left to charge other devices.

So these are my list, I truly hope you find them helpful and share it with your friends. If you like this article please leave a comment or any suggestions. Happy Holidays!

Ramir

Shit its raining

Most of the people here in Vancouver can relate to this expression on a very regular basis. We don’t have the nickname “Raincouver” for it for a reason. Especially in this time of the year, we can experience a very generous amount of rain coming our way. This doesn’t mean that our sense of style and our rain gear should suffer. I notice that most people here in Vancouver stick to the very safe and simple black umbrella to protect themselves from the rain, but I have a solution for you.

“Merde Il Pleut” – Shit it’s raining (in French) umbrella

When life gives you lemons, you make lemon juice. So when it rains, why not make the best of the situation and throw in some sense of humour while you’re at it.

Why just stick to the norms of a black umbrella when you can make someone’s day with a funny yet still stylish and classy one.

The strong wood handle, wood shaft, ferrule, and wooden tips help prevent wind damage. I haven’t tested this guy against strong winds yet but with the feel of its construction I can say it stands a good chance of handling the occasional winds of Vancouver.

Let me just say, it does look good when matched with a pair of tan coloured shoes and brown belt because of the wooden accent on the umbrella. It just gives it a very vintage yet modern feel.

So the next time you buy an umbrella for yourself or even as a gift for someone you might want to consider this umbrella. I got this at Kent Street Apparel which is a Vancouver based online store.

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Ramir

The shirt that gives back and inspires.

As we all go through our busy lives, day-by-day we sometimes forget that how we dress up can also affect the people around us. If you dress yourself up with clothing that says profanity on it, you know you could offend some people. You have this strong influence in others to either offend or inspire, so what would you choose? There are clothes that are made from recycled materials and which help provide jobs for poor families in third world countries. These companies spread positivity and help the good cause. With this being said I’m very happy to say that i’ve been given a chance to collaborate with a company that does something similar.

LeMotto

Spreading good messages through inspiring quotes.

When I got my package here’s what I got:

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An actual personalized handwritten letter

It’s awesome that even on this digital age, you actually still get a handwritten letter from the owner of the company. It makes me feel all warm inside and actually getting a thank you for helping spread positivity!

IMG_0748 IMG_0753I choose this slogan because it hits me close to my heart. I like to think that I will always have this little kid in me and that will never go away no matter how old I get. I also like to think that we all are actually cool kids. No discrimination, just love for everyone.

So what brought about the brand?

Here’s an excerpt from the “about” section of their website and I truly think the message is awesomely positive!

Hi, my name is Vaiana. My story and my brand revolve around something seemingly benign but actually powerful: words.

My life started on the island of Tahiti. It was a beautiful place, but I had to endure harsh words in my own home that often led to violence and abuse. As a student, words were central to all my studies, as I eventually earned degrees in language, law and international relations. As a mother I became even more aware of how words on the playground, in the mall, on the bus, on TV and even in schools can bombard our kids with toxic ideas. I also learned how comforting kind words can be for a suffering child.

Vaiana - Le Motto - SheSheBonBonThe trigger for Le Motto happened when I noticed a girl at Disney World with a t-shirt that said, “I want to be like Barbie because this b*tch has everything”. Really?!

Hey, I’m not trying to tell you what words you have to wear, but I am definitely giving you a positive alternative: meaningful words that point us in the right direction.

I create clothing that “speaks” to people whenever and wherever they see it. I believe the words on your favorite “statement tee” should be able to make a stranger flip a negative attitude to a positive one and pay it forward. The best statement tee should make strangers come up to you and say, “I love your shirt! Thanks for wearing it. You just made my day!” It works – just try it! Who doesn’t want to be a billboard for good vibes in a world that can sometimes be ugly?

The Bully Project - Le Motto - SheSheBonBonWhich brings me back to my roots. Words hurt me in my childhood. Today, they galvanize my desire to inspire people. Words do have power, and Le Motto is a way to share good messages with the world.

Words must be followed by actions too. Change the world, one word at a time…and don’t stop there. When people purchase Le Motto apparel, we donate some of the profits to causes that help kids who are suffering from violent circumstances. Our current focus is helping fund programs that confront aggression in the form of bullying helping “The Bully Project” that educate over 1 million parents, teachers, kids and entire communities to deal with bullying.”

It doesn’t just inspire, but it helps a very good cause.

So finally here are some photos of me rocking the shirt!

So always remember, what you wear could make a difference. You can choose to influence people in a positive way just by even wearing a t-shirt!

If you would like to find out where I got this shirt from you can check out the LeMotto Site.

I would also like to thank my friend Cyrus Wu for taking photos of me wearing the shirt.

 

 

Power of Women (Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation with Sebastian Cruz Couture)

I’m very pleased to tell everyone that a company that i’m currently collaborating with is supporting my friend’s event.

Sebastian Cruz Couture Vegas is kind enough to sponsor “Power of Women” a Pink Ladies Event that’s going to be held in Vancouver this November 30, 2014.

Here’s the good news:

When you buy any Sebastian Cruz Couture product from November 1, 2014 until November 30, 2014 half of the profit goes to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. More details are available if you click on the images below.

link to the event (click the image above)
To check out the rest of the line of Sebastian Cruz Couture (click the image above)
Photo of myself, rocking one of their awesome pocket square and flower lapel (click the image above)

I’m very proud to say that i’m also sponsoring this great event and will be taking photos of the festivities. A full review of the Sebastian Cruz Couture pocket square and lapel flower is also almost done and i’m very excited to share it with you guys! Stay tuned and please support the good cause!

The vest in the west

So fall is now here and there’s no escaping it. Cold weather is upon us bit if you are not in the mood to wear a big overcoat just quite yet and want to stick to just wearing your suit jacket, adding a vest usually does the job. It helps with keeping you warm without adding much bulk to your outfit. It doesn’t hurt either that having a 3 piece suit outfit looks classy. When you’re outside you’ll be warm enough and if you’re indoors and find that it’s a bit hot, then you can just take out your jacket and still look styling with your vest. Never forget one of my favourite accessory to any outfit as well, the socks!

Tripods make good wingmen…

Bold statement, yes. Is it justifiable, yes, and here’s why.

All these photos were taken by me, with the help of my trusty tripod. No selfie sticks here. So if it weren’t for the tripod I wouldn’t have gotten the chance to be in the photo with my beautiful and talented friend fellow fashion blogger Samantha. So the background story here was, I was only supposed to take photos of her then I would feature her on here but the nice lady that she is, she wanted photos with me as well. Who am I to turn down this opportunity anyway? (Give you some time to think here)

EXACTLY…

So I went with my tripod and self-timer to the rescue and these were the results of it! Not too shabby if I say so myself (brushes shoulders off). It was quite the fun experience as Samantha and I would run back to the camera after each shot to see if we got the right shot or if we blinked or not. The occasional *high five* was present as well when we were both on point as we waited for the shutter to go *click*.

So would you have guess that these photos we’re just taken by me with a tripod or someone else was taking the photo?

Lastly, please check out my friend Samantha’s fashion blog.

Fedora for a bad hair day

This line is often uttered by women “bad hair day” but us guys have it as well. I encounter it more often than not especially when I haven’t gone to the barbers for a while and my curly hair gets way too unruly. Here’s the quickest and most often used trick to compensate for the dreaded bad hair day, wear a hat! If you want to do it in style though, you can’t just wear any snapback or hat, you want to add some flare to it so why not use a fedora?

This whole outfit was inspired by the first fedora I could get my hands on in my room (lazy, I know, but I like to live dangerously). I slowly worked my way down which led me to my trusty black v-neck shirt (you could never go wrong with a plain v-neck). Black leather belt with a nice simple metallic accent from Danier Leather and black pants from Zara. I shortly realized that I was just wearing all black and someone might think i’m going to someone’s funeral or I turned gothic all of a sudden (nothing wrong with goths and nothing wrong with all black, but It’s still sunny and I still want some color also so how do I make up for it? Socks!!! I gotta have some fun and add color to this ensemble so I went with a puzzle patterned sock and partnered it with some classic style Cole-Haans. To tie-up the whole outfit together, I added one of my favorite suit jacket from Sisley. I just love how it adds some “umph” to the simple yet strong ensemble I have put together.

As you can see from the last photo, my hair was a mess, haha, but it’s ok since I have my fedora 😉

Here’s the round up for the items used in this outfit

  • Fedora – no brand
  • V-Neck Shirt – Zara
  • Suit Jacket – Sisley
  • Belt – Danier Leather
  • Pants – Zara
  • Socks – can’t remember
  • Shoes – Cole Haan

So always remember, it’s not the end of the day if your hair isn’t cooperating or you’re too lazy to fix your hair, you can always style it up with a fedora.

Everyone’s A Model

Summer Photoshoot

During this past summer, I had the chance to collaborate with a friend to do a couple of shoots of each other to start a his and hers outfit of the day (ootd) and here are some of the results. 

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