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New York

New York Photo Diary


@christianconfidentialIf you’ve been a long time reader of my blog, then you know to expect a photo diary (almost), every time that I travel. I love creating these type of posts because, it allows me to relive my travels whenever I want and also encourages me to seek beautiful moments wherever I am.

Sigh, where do I even begin.. I love New York and this trip really made me realize how much I’ve missed it! It’s honestly one of those cities that awakens me no matter what season, reason for visiting or the length of time I’m there. As I mentioned in my previous post, I was visiting New York for World Pride with Mastercard, which was such a cool experience on its own.  Even though this was a work trip, I did have some free time to explore the city, eat some good food and do a little bit of partying!

As always, I snapped a few photos along the way and have linked some of my favourite places I visited throughout this trip.

A lot of changes have been happening (AGAIN  haha) in my life and I’ll be back to share them with you shortly! Honestly, 2019 has been the year of change for me and although it hasn’t always been pretty, I finally feel like something amazing is on the horizon for me. If any of you guys are dealing with uncertainty or having a difficult time adjusting to change, just know that it’s only temporary and if you hold on a little longer you’ll get through it and be better for it!

Christian 

Places to eat: L’AVENUE at Saks | BALTHAZAR | SOHO HOUSE New York | NOMO SOHO

Places to party: 1 OAK | UP & DOWN | ACME | THE BLOND 

Place to stay: NOMO SOHO 

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Lifestyle

World Pride NYC with MasterCard!

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So, I’m back on the blog today coming off the high of being in New York for World Pride. Jay Strut and I had the pleasure of flying in for the weekend and participating in a few cool activations around the celebration, thanks to Mastercard!

Pride month has to be one of my favourite months of the year. It’s filled with so much positive energy, excitement and is an opportunity to learn more about the LGBTQ+ community’s history, current initiatives and future goals for equality and inclusivity.

On Saturday, Jay and I had the opportunity to attend Pride Island – which was like being at a music festival on a pier that began in the day and finished at night. The highlights for me from Pride Island were getting to see Teyana Taylor and the iconic Grace Jones perform. Another highlight was having full access to the Mastercard lounge where we were able to chill, charge our phones and recharge with a cocktail! As much as I loved watching the performances, crowds are definitely not my favourite thing so it was great to have an area that we could chill out at between performances and catch our breath.

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On Sunday, Jay and I attended Pride Fest, which was also a cool experience! It’s basically like a street party, with performances and brand activations happening throughout. We stopped by the Mastercard booth, which ended up being the highlight of the entire trip. I got to see one of my closest friends Jay get her FIRST EVER payment card with her chosen name on it! This might not be a big deal to everybody but for some members of the LGBTQ+ community this is major! To witness my friend beam with excitement and joy once her card was created was something else -I couldn’t have been happier!

Mastercard made this possible through its introduction of the True Name card, which calls on the industry to allow transgender and non-binary people in particular to have their chosen name on their personal debit, credit or prepaid card.

For me, I couldn’t think of a better way to end the month of Pride than with this experience. Even though this may not affect me personally, to see how big of an impact this moment had on one of my closest friends warms my heart. If there’s anything that I can always get behind, it’s the push for inclusivity!

Christian

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Street Style

Make It Summer But In Black

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Hey guys,  guess who’s back with another look! Honestly it feels good to be shooting content again, especially with this amazing weather we’ve been having this week in London! My friend Natasha and I went out for afternoon drinks on a cute terrace in South Kensington, called April’s Cafe, and this was the look I opted for. I wanted something that embraced summer but was still super chic. I went for an all-black look (screams summer, I know) but switched it up by wearing a shirt with a floral/plant print. To me, this was a great way to add a little more fun to my look, rather than playing it safe with a plain black tee or shirt.

I love the way this outfit came together, it’s easy, it’s classy and just totally my vibe at the moment. Check out  a few more pics below!

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Floral/Plant Shirt (old) – ALL SAINTS | Skinny Jeans - H&M | Wyatt Harness BootsYSL | Cat-Eye Sunglasses – GIVENCHY |

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Street Style

Just a Pop of Red

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Two posts in one week, what has gotten into me (haha)??!? Let’s just keep this momentum going as long as we can. It’s crazy what a change of scenery and good weather can do for your soul. I shot this look last week in an area in London called, Belgravia. It’s quiet, it’s beautiful and totally worked with the aesthetic of this outfit. I opted to do an all-black look with just a pop of colour with my Balenciaga trainers.

I’ve had this jacket from the Eytys x HM collaboration for a little while and wanted to wait for the perfect opportunity to style it. I love the shiny finishing of the jacket and how easily it holds its own in this look. You all know, I love me a good pair of wide leg trousers, and these ones from COS just do it ALL for me! This is a look that you could catch me wearing out and about to meetings in central,  press previews or going out for drinks with a group of friends. Scroll down to see a few more pics in this look.

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Flared Cotton-Wool Trousers – COS STORES | Faux Patent Leather Unisex Jacket -EYTYS x HM| Triple S Trainers – BALENCIAGA | Black Ribbed T-Shirt (0ld) – ZARA |

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Television

Fashion Friday for ET Canada

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So, I’m sharing this post a little but I guess late is better than never right?!? To be honest, I wanted to wait to share this post because I wanted to shoot the look or something similar to it to give you guys a better perspective of my outfit. At the end of march, I shot my latest television segment for ET Canada’s Fashion Friday and it was such a good one! Myself, Jodi Lopez and Carlos Bustamante dished about the latest and greatest in celebrity fashion and gave our honest opinions (some more than others, aka me haha) about a ton of stars.

It’s crazy because I’m really enjoying this television stuff. It feels much more natural to me and being able to be myself and share my true thoughts and opinions is the ultimate cherry on top! I knew that I wanted to venture into television for a while now, and  I’ve dabbled a little into acting a little but  I didn’t truly love it. I felt like with acting I had to stay true to the character I was playing but being a host or a personality to me it’s just like sitting around with your friends and spilling the tea – so much more my vibe.

Fast forward to the look I shot the other week in London which drew inspiration from my ‘television look’. I opted to keep it pretty similar except let go of the hat and elevated the bottom half with faux leather pants.

I love this look, to me it’s very Miguel meets Lenny Kravitz (which I adore them both). This is a look that I’d likely wear to a festival, a night out in the summer or a fashion event in the city. Whether it’s the pants or the printed shirt or the whole look all together it’s bound to be an outfit that people comment on – which to me is a win in fashion!

Check out both versions below.

Christian 

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Street Style

Winter Street Style

@christianconfidential It’s been a while since I’ve last given you guys a new street style post but today I am back  on the blog with one that’s practical, stylish, and gives back to a good cause all at the same time! If you’ve ever spent any time in Canada during winter, you know how cold our winters can get and honestly I don’t know how I would make it through them without my friends over at Canada Goose. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ve definitely seen the brand pop up in my content throughout the years. Whether the brand’s hosting a store opening party, a press preview or simply just interacting with their products on a continuous basis – I’m always blown away by the quality and effort that they put in to everything they do.

That being said, the newest CG addition to my collection might be a little more special (in my opinion) due to it’s involvement with a great cause. The PBI Expedition Parka (that I’m currently living in), is one of 14 items apart of a collaboration that Canada Goose and Polar Bears International (a non profit organization) have created to help support the conservation of Polar Bear habitats through research and education.

Now let’s get into this street style look – personally I’m in love with it! It’s simple, it’s chic and it’s super functional. I went up a size in the PBI Expedition Parka to give it more of an oversized look. I then paired it with a navy blue mock neck, some relaxed fit pants and my favourite pair of Wyatt Harness boots. This is an outfit that you could catch me in heading to meetings, media previews and definitely on February 27th, 2019 for Polar Bear Day!

For additional ways that you can get involved in Polar Bear Day please visit PBI’s official website here!

Christian 

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PBI Expedition Parka – CANADA GOOSE | Mock Neck – ZARA | Relaxed Fit Pants – H&M |  Cat-Eye Sunglasses – GIVENCHY | Wyatt Harness Boots – SAINT LAURENT |

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Street Style

Holiday Party Vibes


@christianconfidentialCan you believe that we’re so close to the end of the year? Honestly, I’m so ready for 2018 to be over, and to welcome a new year…sigh this year has been a lot! I’ll get into all of that in another post but for now let’s discuss this holiday party look, that I put together! The thing that I love about the holiday season and putting outfits together is that you can be as loud and as extra as you’d like. I don’t know if it’s because everyone is in a joyful mood but whatever the reason is – I’m all for it!

By now, I’m sure that you guys know that I love me a good floral print shirt, and I couldn’t resist this one. I decided to pair it with some of velvet pants that have a shiny tint to them and continued playing with textures by completing the look with suede Chelsea boots. I love this look, it’s festive, it’s sexy, it’s the perfect outfit for a chic holiday party without doing the most – in my opinion!

Christian 
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Slim Fit Floral Shirt – H&M | Skinny Fit Velvet Pants - H&M | Florias Black Boots – ALDO SHOES |

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London

Followed My Heart To London

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 So…where do I begin? Honestly, I’ve never had an interest in visiting London. Over the last 4 years, I’ve been to Paris at least twice a year and even stayed there for 3 months at one point and I never felt the urge to take the train over to visit London. Truthfully, I didn’t know much about the city but this year it seemed like the universe kept subtly pointing me towards London. Whether it was recommendations from friends, collaboration opportunities from UK based brands or other little signs, it’s like the city was calling my name.

So, like the Gemini that I am, I packed a suitcase and headed to London for a week. Not knowing what to expect or if I’d like it, I went there with no expectations and an open mind. I stayed in Shoreditch (east end, close to central) and made my way to the many boroughs in the city (Chelsea, Kensington, Notting Hill, Soho, Mayfair).

Honestly, I fell in love with the city and wished I could’ve extended my trip but I had a flight booked for a press trip in New York the day of my scheduled return. The best way that I can describe London is, it’s a mash up of New York meets Paris. It’s multicultural, it’s modern, it’s historic, it’s fast pace, it’s clean, it has everything you could ask for (except for shorter travel times haha).

I had a few work things that I had to get done while I was there but other than that, I spent my time exploring the city and getting a real vibe of the place. I have a few friends that live in the city and they made sure to point me in the right direction of places to go and even tagged along to some of them (Shoreditch House, The Curtain, Sketch, Harrods, Barry’s Bootcamp, White City House, LPM, Sexy Fish).

This trip was a little different for me, I really tried to stay in the moment as much as I could and therefore didn’t take too many photos or create much content. That being said, Scroll down below to take a look at some of the moments that I did capture and hopefully you can get a bit of a vibe of my stay.

I’ll be back a lot sooner than expected but I’ll save more of those details for a later post.

Christian 
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I got a chance to sit down with the MR. PORTER team while being in London. If you’re into fashion then you know how big of a deal MR. PORTER is sigh..! 
@christianconfidential@christianconfidential@christianconfidential@christianconfidential@christianconfidentialWe met almost 5 years ago in Paris and have stayed in each others lives since then. Henri now lives in London and took me around to some of this favourite spots in the city. Such a beautiful soul, I’m so thankful for him.

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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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