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Lifestyle, Spotilight

My Solemate *mini | Spotlight

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This little gadget has been bringing an outsized bit of joy into my life lately.  I’ve only had it for about two weeks but I can honestly say I’ve used it every day since I opened the box – it works well for me because it’s super light and very user friendly.  I’m a bit of a wait-and-see guy when it comes to technology and my friends always bug me for being a slow-adaptor – when I say it’s easy to use, trust me.  The sound quality is top-of-the-line and with about eight hours of battery life it keeps me going from the gym to my desk to getting ready for a night out without running out of juice.  Even though it’s only the beginning of winter this thing has me excited about cottage nights, romantic picnics on the island, or laying by the pool … so many daydreams on these cold winter nights :P!  If you’re looking for a cool holiday gift I’d recommend trying this bad boy out! A few more pics down below!

 XO, 

Christian

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Casual Days | Street Style
Fashion, Lifestyle, Street Style

Casual Days | Street Style

Casual Days | Street StyleWe all have those busy, errand-filled days where our outfit choices become less of a priority.  With the Holiday Season upon us, those days have been happening a bit more often than I’d like, so much that I decided to dedicate a post to it!  I definitely have my go-to casual pieces for those days when my mind is all over the place, things that I can throw together and know I still look stylish enough to be seen out and about.

Casual Days | Street StyleThis time of year it’s all about the sweater – this piece from Charlie Bymz is always a favourite because of its classic athletic cut.  The white calls for a bit more attention – I’d be lying if I said I minded.

Casual Days | Street Style

Casual Days | Street Style What I’m Wearing

 Sweatshirt – CHARLIE BYMZ | Spray On Denim – TOPMAN|  Black Suede Boots – TOPMAN | Sunglasses – Dolce & Gabbana |  Gold Watch – CARAVELLE New York 

John Varvatos | Christian Confidential
Fashion, Interview, Lifestyle

5 Questions with John Varvatos | Interview

 

John Varvatos | Christian ConfidentialI recently had the opportunity to sit down with the ultra-talented John Varvatos at his label’s first flagship store in Canada.  It was such a thrill – he was extremely charming and incredibly down to earth, an uncommon balance in someone so tremendously accomplished.  He was in Canada celebrating two things, firstly the launch of his new store, and secondly, the release of his new book ‘Rock In Fashion’ which we spoke about here:

John Varvatos | Christian ConfidentialThis is both the first John Varvatos store in Canada and the release of your first book, how are you feeling right now?

I haven’t really thought about it too much – I’ve been running around so much – it’s just very exciting.  I grew up in Detroit and I’ve spent a lot of time in Canada.  I dated someone while in College in Toronto for four years, I’ve been here a lot.  I have an affinity to Toronto and I think that for North America this city, along with New York and LA, is very cosmopolitan.  Even more  than LA actually –  it’s more global, more international.

John Varvatos | Christian ConfidentialHonestly, when I found out that you were working on a book I didn’t understand your motivation.  What’s the message that you’re trying to leave with us by releasing ‘Rock In Fashion’?

 The end message really is that fashion and rock and roll are totally intertwined, they’re totally incestuous.  It started back in the 50s and it’s a relationship that’s just continued to evolve.  As you go through the book it shows you that what goes around comes around.  Young artists have taken cues from their influencers and made them their own, which is great, but the initial influence is still there – when you flip through the book you see some of the juxtaposition.  You really can see it!

John Varvatos | Christian Confidential What’s the one chapter in your book that best reflects the relationship you see between rock and your fashion?

The section on tailoring really gets to the root of what I do.  It’s everything –  I had to narrow it from 200 images to 25.  It was like tearing my heart out.

John Varvatos | Christian ConfidentialAt the start of ‘Rock in Fashion’ you have an image of one of your collaborations with Converse – the model is wearing a shirt that says ‘Who the hell is John Varvatos?” – If you could answer in five words, what would you say?

 Passionate, focussed, warm, friendly, and bald.  If I could add a word, it would be humorous!

John Varvatos | Christian ConfidentialLast but not least, if we were at the gym and our iPods were switched, what’s the one artist that I’d be surprised to find on it? 

 You might find one artist named Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King – that would be something people would not expect me to be listening to!

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The Winter Athlete | Street Style
Fashion, Fitness, Lifestyle, Street Style

The Winter Athlete | Street Style

The Winter Athlete | Street Style

The Winter Athlete | Street StyleAs much as I enjoy it, outdoor running is a season pursuit.  This time last year I had definitely fled the elements and let mother nature reclaim the streets.  That’s changed (for now, anyway) thanks to Nike’s Flash Pack collection.  With an emphasis on comfortable warmth and heightened visibility they have made early winter runs something that I can actually look forward to.  The Nike 5.0 + Shield kicks are more than just a beautiful pair of shoes – super light and form fitting I can’t imagine leaving these at home any time soon.

The Winter Athlete | Street Style

The Winter Athlete | Street StyleThe staple piece in this collection is definitely the Nike Shield jacket – something you truly have to wear to appreciate.  Ultra lightweight and perfectly temperate, I couldn’t be happier with how it kept me warm and dry throughout my run.  The vibrant colours are both eye-catching and are also your best friend when it comes to staying safe on a dark street!  Anyone who knows me personally will know that I’m not a fan of the cold – this piece has definitely changed my mind and expanded my winter workout regime.  If you’re in the market for some high-quality outdoor winter workout gear this winter, I highly recommend giving this collection a test run!

The Winter Athlete | Street Style What I’m Wearing

 Nike Shield Flash Jacket | Nike Free 5.0+ Shield Shoes|  Nike Pro Combat Running Tights | Nike Pro Combat Long Sleeve Top |

RIhanna | Icon Award
Fashion, Lifestyle

Rihanna | American Music Awards

 

Rihanna | Icon Award

Congratulations to Rihanna for being the first recipient of the American Music Awards Icon Award. That moment was definitely one of the highlights of the night as she was greeted on stage by her mother who shared a few uplifting words about her. Rihanna also looked stunning last night dawning a beautiful two piece ensemble designed by the legendary Jean Paul Gauthier.  Let’s just say that even if she didn’t win an award, she still would have made the headlines with that outfit ;)!

XO,

Christian

Bulleit Bourbon - The Orange Order
DIY, Lifestyle

The Orange Order | Cocktail


The Orange Order

Now that the craziness of Fashion Week is over I’m finding myself craving some at-home time with friends and loved ones.  There’s nothing better than a great drink to help set you apart as the host-with-the-most!  I tried this little concoction the other day & it will definitely be a fall staple this year.

Ingredients

Bulleit Bourbon | Grand Marnier | Bitters | Lemon | Ceres grapefruit juice | Orange

Bulleit Bourbon - The Orange Order

The Orange Order

Directions

 1. Fill your martini shaker with ice | 2.Pour 2 ounces of Bulleit Bourbon into the shaker | 3. Follow it up with 1 ounce of Grand Marnier | 4. Pour half an once of freshly squeezed lemon juice into the shaker | 5. Followed by half an ounce of Ceres grapefruit juice | 6. Add a couple of dashes of Bitters into the mix | 7. Shake it all up!

For this drink I used a coupe glass to take the look to the next level, but obviously any glass will do.  Strain the cocktail into the glass and top it off with an orange swirl garnish.

Grand Marnier -The Orange Order

The Orange Order

 

There you have it – simple and delicious! ;)

 xo,  Christian

Christian Confidential
Fashion, Fitness, Lifestyle, Street Style

The Downtown Runner | Street Style

 

Christian Confidential

Christian Confidential

There are only a few good weeks left for road running in Toronto and I’m doing everything I can to take advantage of them!  To me, there’s no better way to set your day in the right direction than a good outdoor run – the fall air is brisk & the colors are the perfect backdrop.

Unlike a climate controlled gym, your street running wardrobe definitely changes with the seasons!  Today’s look is warm, comfortable and (obviously) stylish.  My go-to New Balance windbreaker keeps the chill out of my bones and, like all workout gear, is a great way to mix in some ultra-energetic colour into your closet.  I’m in love with my Nike tights – not only are they super comfy & warm but they also show off some of my best assets #justbeinghonest ;).  A compressed t-shirt keeps your body breathing through the sweat – a definite essential for any athlete.  I’m a die-hard Nike fan, but these new Minimus runners (also from New Balance) have quickly caught my attention.

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Shoes are obviously the most important part of the puzzle, not only is the right fit key to top performance but also very important in limiting fatigue and preventing injury.  These NB’s have a lower base – perfect for circuit training – but which definitely took some getting used to.  Pick up a pair, break them in – you won’t be disappointed!

 Until next time.

 XO

Christian