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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

Home Court Advantage

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Lately, I’ve been really into matching sets, especially when it comes to hoodies and joggers. Some people might say that this is lazy dressing but I totally fucks with it! This is something that I would wear to run errands, head to and from the gym, and to the airport for a long flight. I got my hands on this Champion reverse weave set earlier in the summer and I’ve been repeating it ever since (see my birthday recap post)!  I’m in love with the colour way, the fit (oversized, of course!) and it’s versatility. Plus, with hibernating season right around the corner (aka winter), I’m sure i’ll be living in these for a couple more months!

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Champion Reverse Weave Fleece Crew Neck Sweatshirt – Urban Outfitters | Champion Reverse Weave Fleece Jogger Pants (similar) – Urban Outfitters | Air max 97 Premium – Nike Sportswear |

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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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Street Style

Ride The Wave

@christianconfidentialIt’s been a whirlwind of a time, both good and bad over the last few weeks for me. I, honestly haven’t had this bad of ‘growing pains’ in a very long time. Things that used to fulfill me don’t seem to cut it anymore and finding the answer as to what I need to do differently to correct those feelings haven’t been the easiest. Sometimes I wish that life could just be as easy as getting dressed comes to me but unfortunately it’s not. Long story short, my apologies again for not being as active as I usually am on the blog but thank you guys for riding with me.

Here’s a look that I styled over the weekend that I hope that you guys like. I’m mixing some old items with a few new ones with this look. A pair of loose denim, an old light weight bomber, a basic long sleeve tee and my new Alexander Wang for Adidas Originals sneakers.

Christian

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Street Style

#HumansofYV Campaign


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Hi guys – I hope that life has been treating you really well! Life for me (as always) has kind of been a whirlwind of ups and downs. Man, trying to figure out the next steps for your life can become so time consuming, it’s like can someone just give me the answers and I’ll make it all happen haha. In all honesty though, I’ve been working really hard on figuring out exactly what makes me happy and what are the next steps that I need to take to propel my personal life and career to the next level. I just want to live my best life in my zone of excellence moving forward.

That’s enough about my personal life right now, let’s talk about this look! Recently, I was asked to participate in a campaign for Yorkville Village (a small but cute community close to downtown Toronto).  Although I don’t ‘live’ in Yorkville, it’s basically become my second home. My gym is located there (Catalyst), some of my favourite restaurants are in the area and my friends own one of the coolest boutiques there aka CNTRBND. This look is casual, light and has a rebel flair to it. You could easily catch me wearing something like this on a regular day in the area. I hope you guys like it!

Christian 
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Street Style

Athleisure Moment

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First off, are you guys as into this parka as much as I am?!?! Right before heading to New York for Men’s Fashion Week, I stopped by the COS showroom for some inspiration and I noticed this jacket – I knew that I had to have it! I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it but I knew that it was such an iconic piece that I would make it work. I wanted to keep this look super casual and athletic, so I paired this oversized parka with a classic tank, some white joggers and my new Cortez sneakers (you’ll see me wearing these a lot).

This look won’t be for everyone but if you’re confident and have some height on ya (I’m 6’0 feet), I’d definitely recommend trying to rock something like this. It’s so bad ass and functional at the same time!

Christian
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Oversized Transparent Parka – COS | Classic TankFOREVER21 | Z.N.E Joggers (old)ADIDAS | Classic Cortez LeatherNIKE SPORTSWEAR |

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Fashion, New York

NYFW: Men’s Photo Diary

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It’s been a little over a week since I’ve been back from New York for Men’s Week and sigh…I wish I was still there. For the last two years, I’ve made attending Men’s Week in Paris a priority but due to a scheduling conflict this season I was unable to make it out there. That being said, I had it in my mind to make it out to New York to check out the action over there and let’s just say it was a trip worth taking!

I love New York in general, so add Men’s Fashion Week into the mix and I knew that it was going to be a great time! The energy, the people, the culture, ugh..it just feeds my soul.

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This time in  New York I got to stay in the financial district at The Four Seasons hotel (it’s stunning and the service was on point). I attended a couple shows + presentations, some after parties and events, did some shopping, some fine dining and tried out a few fitness classes.

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One of the major highlights for me this trip was attending the Bally x Swizz Beatz party at Public. It was literally a mash up of two of my favourite things, fashion and music! Everyone was dressed well, the vibe was on another level and ASAP ROCKY (pictured above) ended up taking the stage for a quick set!

That same night, my friend Jay and I ended up heading over to 1OAK  and 2 Chainz performed as well. Honestly the nightlife in New York is just crazy and you all know, I love me a good party, especially when I’m away haha!

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This trip to New York was a complete reassurance to me that I’m on the right path to figuring out my purpose. I may not know exactly what it is as of yet but I know that it’s going to involve fashion, fitness travel and connecting with people. It’s what makes me feel alive and where I feel the most inspired and connected. Thank you for everything New York, I’ll definitely be back soon!

As always, I took some photos along the way for you guys – I hope you enjoy them and thank YOU guys for continuing to explore this thing called life with me!

Christian 

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Ps. I visited Barry’s Bootcamp for the first time and let’s just say it was hands down one of the best work out classes that I’ve taken. If you’re looking for something that’ll challenge you, this is a must try! For those of you that live in Toronto, Barry’s is opening up there first location later this year – I can’t wait!
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Street Style

The Weekend

@christianconfidential Hi guys, I’m back on the blog today with a new style post just in time for the weekend.  This look is totally my vibe right now, it’s clean, it’s casual and has a little dapper twist to it. I’m usually not the person to mix collared shirts with athletic apparel but for this outfit, it just works for me. I paired my oversized collared shirt with a pair of aqua blue track pants and my new ultra boost sneakers to complete the look.  This is that fun outfit that you can wear confidently to brunch, to run errands or to just hang out on a patio with friends sipping rosé.

Ps. Rosé has definitely become my obsession this summer, that and the new album CTRL by SZA!!!

Christian

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Men’s Cuffed Track Pants (old) similar here – Adidas Originals | Oversized White Collared Shirt (old) similar hereCOS | Men’s Ultra Boost Parley Shoes – Adidas Running |

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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.

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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