April Showers (and How to Dress for Them)

Ah, Mondaze. April is officially here, and as we know, that means we have our fair share of chilly rainy days ahead. I spent the weekend exploring Old City with some friends, and on the way, wanted to wear a little something that could withstand the elements.

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This trench from Topman is ideal for this unpredictable spring weather - lightweight, but still protective from the rain and drizzle. 

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I styled it with a black tee and my trusty ripped jeans to keep it casual. The trench has a tendency to feel stuffy and formal when dressed up, so I felt this tee-and-jeans combo was just right for a little weekend stroll around the city.

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Dig the trench but wanna see it styled a differently? I've got you - check out my athleisure take on the trenchcoat here!

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Wishing you all a good start to your April as we move ahead into the week. Here's to warmer weather and clearer skies ahead! Cheers!

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Philly Fashion Week: The Menswear Shows

Happy Friday Friends - are we all recovering from our National Drink Wine Day hangovers from last evening? I can't say I drank much wine (shocking, I know) but I did however, have the pleasure of attending this:

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That's right. Philly Fashion Week is a thing. And it's sponsored by Geno's steaks. Yes, the cheesesteak place. Is there anything more Philly than that? Honestly, probably not. I was sitting front row (clock me in my glasses, clearly taking a selfie in the photo above) for the menswear shows - so I got an up close and personal look at all the designers (and models) had to offer.

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photo by Senia Lopez

photo by Senia Lopez

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The show started strong, with a showing by Aye Hommes menswear, accessorized with Philly's own D. Leak Bowties. What I particularly enjoyed about this collection was the consistency of the visuals from one model to the next. The black rabbit-ear domino masks were a nice wink and nod to something a bit naughty, which was well suited to their other accessories (D. Leak is famous for his all leather neckwear.)

I was also particularly fond of the second collection in the show, BWC Garments. Short for Built With Craft, BWC showcased a unique line of colorblocked sportswear in pieces that I could actually see myself wearing. I had my eye on one two-tone oxford shirt in particular. Duh.

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Having been my first experience with Philly Fashion Week, I have to say, I was impressed merely by sheer volume of participants alone. Throughout the evening, I saw 7 different collections from a variety of designers ranging from eveningwear to swimwear and everything in between.

Don't worry if you missed out - follow my story on Snapchat @mogblog to see the rest of last night's shows. See you there. x

Black Friday Looks

TGIF. Black Friday is here. And that means Many people are spending their day camping out, waiting in line, and fighting to the death for the deals and steals. I, on the other hand, will be enjoying pie for breakfast and sitting on the couch in my pajamas. Because I was raised in a good home and I'm not insane. But, for those of you who are braving the crowds, this look is for you.

I wanted to channel the oh-s0-popular athleisure trend that we loved all summer, and give it a fall edition update. After all, you're gonna need something sporty to run from store to store, or to hip check your neighbor outta the way for that new flatscreen. It's all about the layers today - a lightweight coat and breezy scarf worn atop a baseball-inspired jersey. Pair them with some distressed denim (to let people know how tough you are) and a pair of sneakers for a quick getaway. I, of course, wore my wayfarers to top it off. All the better to shade you with. AMIRITE, LADIES? By the way, this is so not exclusive to black friday - wear it anytime this fall. It'll work, I swear. 

CHECK OUT THE FULL CREDITS BELOW:

Hat by New Era, Coat by Topman, Baseball Jersey by American Apparel, Scarf and Jeans by GAP, Sneakers by Nike, Sunnies by RayBan, Cuff by Madewell.

DIY Lipstick Print Shirt

Hey Everyone! I hope by now, you've read my post about the Clarisonic launch I attended last week... it not, you can below. Go ahead and do that now. I'll wait. So, in light of that, I wanted to share a little DIY project on how to get my look from the event - a Mark McNairy inspired lipstick print shirt.

All you need for this project is an oxford shirt (I thrifted mine for 15 bucks - significantly cheaper than the 200 plus the designer version would cost you) a tube of acrylic paint, and a small paintbrush or two. Check out the step-by-step video below:

Seriously. This project couldn't be simpler. It couldn't be cheaper. And it couldn't be chicer. What are you waiting for? Get yourself to a thrift store and then give this a try. I can't wait to see how it works out for you!

MOGBLOG X AEO STYLE

Hey friends, and Happy Friday! So excited to share with you my recent team up with American Eagle Outfitters. I'm featured wearing their Cargo Jogger Pant on the AEO Style Blog today, which you can check out here. Now, I've written about my love for the jogger in the past, and I'm totally loving this rugged pair for fall.

These joggers have become an absolute staple in my wardrobe. Seriously. I've worn them more times than I can count in the last couple weeks. They're such an easy throw-on-and-go piece that are equal parts casual and cool. I like to wear them with an oversized tee, denim jacket, and a pair of leather sneakers, to keep with the sporty vibe. It's a great look to wear to a hangout with friends, or do some exploring solo. Check out my adventure below:

ZAK Brand Collab

Hey everyone! Happy Hump Day! To get me through my midweek blahs, I wanted to announce the beginning of my exciting collab with LA menswear brand ZAK. Designed, detailed and distributed here in LA, its definitely a down-home favorite.

Today's outfit features their Allen tank and Turner waxed denim. So easygoing, and so cool. It's the essence of SoCal style. Be sure to check out their online store for an exclusive discount (use code MOGBLOG4TH) and stay tuned for future posts of me decked out in ZAK Brand threads.

PS, if you haven't interrogated me yet, time's running out! Comment/tweet/message me your questions to be featured in this week's youtube video. xx

My Collab with Maioun Shoes

Happy Hump Day, y'all! Today is a good day. Not only because we've made it halfway through the week, but because I can finally share with you something that's been in the works for quite some time now. 

Maioun SHOES has been generous enough to sponsor this post by providing me with a pair of their rad Loafers. Not only do they look cool AF - they are so comfortable. AND - wait for it - each pair is like two shoes in one! How? because of their trademark interchangeable outsole. That's right, each pair of shoes comes outfitted with a standard sole that can be slid, snapped, and swapped with any other colored sole from their collection. Today I'm rocking classic black, and cerulean blue.

Interested? I bet. YOU CAN CHECK OUT THEIR WEBSITE HERE. FULL OUTFIT CREDITS INCLUDE: CAP, COAT AND CUFF BY TOPMAN, TEE AND JEANS BY ALEXANDER WANG.

MTV Movie Awards

Happy Monday, friends! So - i'll admit. It's been a minute since we caught up. How are you doing? Did you have a good weekend? Did you miss me? I've been keeping busy visiting with my parents who are in from the east coast.

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Well, keeping busy with that, and this.

I had the pleasure of styling my good friend (and fellow Carnegie Mellon Alum) John Garet Stoker for the MTV Movie Awards this weekend. JG stars on MTV's Eyecandy - and in this look, he sure lives up to the name. Am I right, ladies?

The good people at Darkoh made us this bespoke suit for the occasion, and we paired it with a Zara shirt and Topman shoes. Personally, I think my boy really holds his own with these other two jokers (castmates Ryan Cooper and Casey Deidrick). Congrats on the success and looking forward to the next time we get to work together! 

What do YOU think of JG's look - does he belong on a best-dressed list? let me know in the comments below! And, if you're reading this in an email, be sure to click through to the original post HERE.

New Week, New Look

So to start this week off, I thought I'd share my #OOTD.

Loosely inspired by our Menswear Test Shoot from this weekend, I went with something a bit sporty today. My take on a baseball uniform. And, honestly, the way I feel wearing this - its on the fast track to becoming my own daily uniform. A polished shirt, easy-to-wear leather leggings, and a great pair of sneakers - what's not to love?

Shout out to my mom for gifting me this shirt. (And adding J.Crew oxford number 432908432 to my closet...) Outfit credits and links to shop: Hat by TopmanShirt by J.CrewLeggings by H&MSneakers by Nike.

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Menswear Test Shoot

Earlier this week, Nicholas and I got together with Oscar - a friend of mine from my drama school days - for a menswear test shoot. When we were planning this shoot, we knew we wanted to do something bold and graphic, with strong shapes and angles, so we decided the Walt Disney Concert Hall was the perfect location. 

For those not familiar with the Walt Disney Concert Hall, it was designed by architect Frank Gehry to resemble a ship with its sails at full mast. Its stainless steel panels reflect the California sun, and are one of the most recognizable landmarks in the heart of downtown LA.

We really enjoyed shooting this one - and as luck would have it, supermodel Jourdan Dunn was doing a shoot there at the same time. Great minds, huh? Check out our photos below. (Fashion credits at the end of photoset.)

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Fashion Credits
Look One - Baseball hat by TOPMAN, Kimono by American Apparel, Leather Leggings by H&M
Look Two - Hat is Vintage, Kimono by American Apparel, Shirt by TOPMAN, Harem Pants by Forever21, Monkstrap Loafers by Cole Haan
Look Three - Blazer by John Varvatos, Oxford Shirt by Band of Outsiders, Flannel is Vintage (worn at waist), Kilt by Gap, Monkstrap Loafers by Cole Haan
Look Four - Polo Shirt by Uniqlo, Bracelet by Mateo New York

Photography by Nicholas Galli. Makeup and Styling by Erik Anderson.

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