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Street Style

Outerwear Finds at Saks OFF 5TH

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As the temperature begins to drop in the city, I’m starting to have to find creative ways to not only look stylish but to stay warm at the same time. Luckily for me, I’m a huge fan of layering, warm  fall staples and winter accessories. Recently, I put together this street style inspired look with the help of my friends over at Saks OFF 5TH that I think that you guys are really going to love!

When it comes to putting an outfit together, 9 out of 10 times I look for a statement piece that I want to build my look around. After discovering this mixed material jacket by Dsquared2 (at Saks OFF 5TH), I knew right away that it was going to be my focal point for the look. Since the jacket played with different materials and colour combinations, I wanted to find classic pieces that would compliment and elevate the overall vibe that I was going for. I opted for black dressy joggers, paired with  some sleek hi-top sneakers and a cashmere turtleneck ( aka one of my favourite f/w essentials).

This look really ticks off all of the boxes for me when it comes to my current style aesthetic. It’s edgy, it’s sharp, it’s athletic and keeps me warm! If you’re in the market for new outerwear and winter accessories my friends over at Saks OFF 5TH are having an outwear sale from November 7th to the 19th in store, where you can get 30% OFF! Whether you’re looking for a classic overcoat, an everyday jacket or something a little more edgy, like the one I got – they’ve definitely got you covered!

Christian

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Street Style

H&M Studio FW18 Collection

@christianconfidential Hi babes – So the first full week of September is coming to an end and it’s still really hot in Toronto but I shot some new content for the #HMStudio FW18 collection, that I wanted to share with you guys on the blog! I got to select a few pieces from the collection last week and trust me when I say it was a hard to not request everything! For this coming fall, I feel like a lot of menswear brands are embracing a collegiate trend and H&M has definitely illustrated that through their campaign!

I wanted to stay as true to their vibe but add a little more edge to it with the use of my own accessories (boots and hat). I really like the way both of these looks came together and I hope that you guys do too! I’ve been thinking a lot about visiting London (random, I know), which is what I think  inspired me to shoot the second look.

I’ll be travelling a few times throughout this month so you can expect some travel diaries coming your way!

Talk soon,

Christian 

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New Orleans

Season Pushing in NOLA

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I don’t think I’ve ever embraced bright colours as much as I did on my recent trip to New Orleans. It’s crazy what visiting  a new city and having some good weather will do to your personal style. I’m really loving the risks that I took with this look. It’s different from my everyday outfits but it really works, at least for me. I decided to keep it light and bright in terms of colours and tones. This is a look that I’d wear for a day of exploring or to attend an outdoor gathering in the Spring. It’s light and loose fitting, allowing you to breath and feel comfortable in warm weather.

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Short Sleeve Resort Shirt – H&M STUDIO COLLECTION | Relaxed Wide-Leg Cotton Trousers - COS | High Neck Sleeveless – COS | Classic Cortez – NIKE SPORTSWEAR |

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Fashion

Your Personal Stylist: Ask Perry Ellis

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The holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year, for most people. Whether it’s filled with end of the year client meetings, holiday parties or family get togethers, there’s always an occasion that you have to attend. For myself, I can find these added social obligations to be a little stressful, especially when it comes to deciding on what to wear.

As most of you know, my everyday style tends to lean more on the edgy and athleisure side. So when it comes to dressing up for multiple holiday events, I’ll admit that I get a little self-conscious about putting a bunch of looks together.

That being said, my friends over at Perry Ellis in collaboration with Amazon have a new tool that’ll help you never skip out on an event because you  ” don’t have anything to wear”.

If you Ask Alexa to Ask Perry Ellis, what to wear to a specific event, Alexa now acts as your personal stylist. Ask Alexa will send outfit suggestions straight to your app and email with direct purchasing links. She takes into consideration weather, venue and dress code when it comes to attire recommendations. The best part about this whole experience is that you can do it all in the comfort of your own home or in my case, hotel suite!

I think that this skill is a great way to add valuable pieces over time that may be missing in your wardrobe and to ensure that you’re on the right track when you’re putting your outfit together. You always want to leave a lasting impression on your guests so why not get a head start by ensuring you look your best!

To find out more information on how to get the Ask Perry Ellis skill for Amazon Alexa visit here.

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Slim Fit Machine Washable Suit Jacket – Perry Ellis | Slim Fit Machine Washable Suit Pant – Perry Ellis | Slim Solid Dress Shirt – Perry Ellis |

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Street Style

Danger Zone

@christianconfidential The other day I went to grab lunch with my cousin at La Carnita and ended up throwing this look together. I had no intention of shooting it but the longer I wore it, the more I really liked it. It’s simple, athletic and super cozy but for me, I think that what I love  about this look is the way that the light colours and tones play together. The different shades of blue and the ruggedness of the denim jacket really adds dynamic to the outfit – I hope you guys are into it too!

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Street Style

Issa Bold Look

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So… I’m going back to the beginning of October to share with you guys, some of the looks that I shot in Paris during Women’s Week! I featured this look on @christianconfidential and a lot of you guys seemed to really like it! This look incorporates a few of my favourite trends at the moment; military prints, and bomber jackets. Usually, when I wear a piece with a print I tend to pair it with more subtle colours to tone the look down but this time I wanted to try something different. I paired these army print trousers with a burgundy hoodie and bomber jacket with hi-top sneakers. For me, this is a pretty bold look but it worked for the occasion and overall vibe that I was going for that week! I wore this outfit during the day to attend a few fashion week presentations followed by a lunch date with some friends in central Paris.  I would describe this look as stylish, comfortable, and edgy aka my vibe!

Christian
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The Weekend for HM Hooded Sweatshirt – H&M | Cargo Trousers – H&M | Men’s SST Quilted Jacket – Adidas Originals | Hi-Top Sneakers SS17 – Off-White |

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Santa Monica

Santa Monica: Photo Diary

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 Hi guys, so I’m currently in California for the first time (I can’t believe its taken me this long to come out here) and I’m in love! Yesterday, one of my favourite people Mindy and I headed to Santa Monica to do some exploring! We did a lot of walking (which a lot of people don’t like to do out here haha), ate some good food, sipped on nice wine and ended the day at the Santa Monica Pier. There’s something about the water that just always leaves me feeling recharged and capable of doing anything! I’m going to keep this post short just because I’m still here and I have to get ready for dinner but in the meantime, I snapped a few photos along the way for you guys. Believe it or not, this was all shot on my iPhone – ayyyy!

xx

Christian
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Street Style

The Weekend PT.2

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So, I don’t want to jinx it but I think that I’m finally getting back into my creative swing again! This last year, I’ve gone through so many ups and downs in various aspects of my life that in all honesty left me unmotivated to do almost anything. Hence, why I haven’t been as consistent in creating content as I have in the past. I’m learning more and more that the answer to getting out of my feelings for me is to not put too much pressure on myself and to just fight through it. A little advice that a friend gave me that I’d like to share with you guys is; to not let what’s happening in your life right now distract you from the bigger picture.. – If you keep that in mind, it’ll make the tough times a lot easier! I felt like I needed to share a little about this with you guys just because I would never want you guys to think that I don’t take this platform seriously. Some of  you guys have been on this journey with me from the jump and I appreciate it so much!

Anyways, that’s enough with all the feelings for today and now onto this look!  It’s cool, it’s cozy, it’s me… on the weekend. You can catch me in something like this on a Saturday, heading to a casual brunch, going shopping or hanging out with friends. I love the athletic and minimal aesthetic to it. It’s doing something for me but not too much! I’m into it, I hope y’all are too!

Christian

Ps. I’m going to give you a warning to expect these Alexander Wang x Adidas Originals collaboration sneakers to show up a lot, I’m still obsessed with them and they just continue to stay in heavy rotation! 


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Oversized Hooded Sweatshirt Black XO - THEWEEKENDxHM | Three Stripe Track Pants (old)Adidas OriginalsAW BBALL Hi-Top Sneakers - Adidas Originals by Alexander Wang | 

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Ottawa, Travel

Home Sweet Home with Marriott

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So, I’m not sure how many of you guys know this but I’m originally born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario. If you’re not familiar with the city, it’s the capital of Canada aka where John Trudeau lives! I don’t get to go back that often (usually just for Christmas + Thanksgiving) but every time I do, I always have a blast! Ottawa still has that small city charm to it where the hustle and bustle isn’t quite like Toronto but definitely has its share of great gems and a cozy vibe to it.

In celebration of Canada’s 150th, my friends over at Marriott Hotels asked me to share with them  (and you guys) my favourite things to do and visit while in my hometown.

If I’m not staying at my family home (which is in Orleans), the best place to be situated in the city, is downtown. Finding a hotel in the downtown core is definitely the best way to see and explore the best of what this city has to offer. My best friend and I stayed in a beautiful suite at The Westin hotel ( see previous post for a hotel tour). We had the easiest check-in possible, dropped our luggage off, let our family know that we landed safely and got straight to exploring!@christianconfidential

Being that we’re both from this city, we already had a pretty good idea of what we wanted to check out! First stop, lunch at Andaz (which has a beautiful rooftop patio and view of the city). It’s the perfect location to unwind and catch up with  good friends over food and cocktails.

Second stop, the  Byward Market. The Byward Market is a must visit if it’s your first time visiting Ottawa. It’s the home of cool one of a kind shops, trendy cafe’s and nightlife.

Back to the hotel to recharge before our dinner reservations and a night on the town, starting with one of my favourite spots, The Social.@christianconfidential@christianconfidential@christianconfidential

Day two – We woke up pretty early on our second day in Ottawa, ready to see and do more stuff. We had breakfast at our hotel, visited the spa and got ready to check out the National Art Gallery. I’m a lover of the arts and the gallery was definitely a highlight of our trip for me.@christianconfidential

We later on grabbed a nice lunch at a new spot called Riviera in the financial district. If you’re looking for a place that’s elegant and on trend I’d recommend  checking them out!

@christianconfidential@christianconfidential@christianconfidentialNow if you guys know me, you know that I can’t visit any city (even if it’s my hometown) and not do a little bit of shopping. If you come to Ottawa everyone will tell you to visit Rideau Centre or Bayshore which both houses great stores. But If you’re like me and looking for more street style, athletic apparel or luxury, I’d suggest checking out Nordstrom, Urban Outfitters, NRML and Common Concept.

After a long day, we headed back to our hotel to just hang out before dinner at Spin Kitchen + Bar and got some exciting news that we’d be attending The Weekend concert! I’ve seen him perform in Toronto, at a much smaller show and it was great, so I was definitely hyped to see him perform in my hometown at the Canadian Tire Centre.

Honestly, this trip back home was such a great time, filled with great moments. Canada as a whole is full of beautiful locations to visit but if you do get a chance to check out my hometown, you should jump on it! It’s that perfect getaway that’ll leave you with fun memories and give you the chance to just relax.@christianconfidential

Actually, remember the contest I told you guys about that Marriott is hosting in celebration of Canada 150? It’s still going on and you should enter for a chance to potentially visit Ottawa or other cool cities in Canada. All you have to do to enter is visit Marriott Canada or SPG Canada. There will be a total of 5 contest winners from Canada and the United States, 3 of which will win ‘epic’ adventures at Marriott Canada locations and 2 will win ‘epic’ adventures at Starwood Canada locations. What’s included in these ‘epic’ adventures?  Flight and accommodations for the contest winner and a guest, $1000.00 CAD spending money and a complimentary experience/activity.

Good luck guys!

Christian