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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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Street Style

The Rest of Summer in H&M

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They say that time flies when you’re having fun and this summer has definitely proven that. Whether it was spending time on the beach in Miami, spending a week in Paris, having brunch with friends in Toronto or jetting off to Osheaga in Montreal with H&M this past weekend -it’s been a summer for the books and it’s not even over yet!

I told myself this season I was going to experiment more with my style and embrace a few new trends. When it comes to dressing, I tend to lean more on the street/athleisure style for my day-to-day but I do love dressing up for events and special occasions.

In regards to trends this season, there were a few that really resonated with me; 1. dad sneakers ( I love a chunky sneaker so I wasn’t surprised that I fell for this one), 2. wide leg trousers (ever since my trip to New Orleans, I’ve had a special place in my heart for them so I was excited to see them in stores for SS18) and 3. prints and patterned shirts (this has got to be the trend that I’ve embraced the most).

I don’t know what it is about prints and patterns for me this summer, but they work with everything! You can dress them up, dress them down, tuck them in, wear them out, they can be fitted, they can be loose, you can litterally make them your own!

For some of you guys, you might think it’s too much or feel that it makes you stand out a lot so I wanted to take the time to show you different ways that you can style them and feel comfortable with your look.

I took three different styles of prints/patterned shirts from H&M and styled them three ways! Trust me when I tell you, I had a lot of fun putting these outfits together and have worn each of them out and the feedback was great!

I’ve broken down each look below and shared the occasions that I wore each outfit and I want to challenge you guys to do something! We’ve got one month and a bit left of summer – let’s make the most of it style wise. Try something different with your look, don’t be afraid of colours, or patterns and put yourself out there a little – because I know I will!

Christian  

@christianconfidentialThis outfit is a more elevated way to wear a printed shirt. Instead of a regular Oxford shirt I opted for one with stripes and tucked it in to a pair of white skinny denim. This is an outfit that I wore to a friends celebration brunch but I would also wear it out to watch a tennis match or even a business lunch. It’s clean, it’s stylish and it shows your guests that you know a thing or two about fashion.
@christianconfidentialOxford Shirt Regular Fit | Skinny Jeans | Cotton Fabric Shoes |
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This outfit is a more fun take on wearing prints/patterns. This is for those hot summer days or nights that you’re attending a festival, a concert or an outside gathering! It’s the perfect alternative to a tank or a sleeveless top. It’s a light material so it’s breathable, you can leave it buttoned up or unbuttoned and it looks like you’ve put more thought into your overall look!
@christianconfidentialPatterned Resort Shirt | Skinny Denim Shorts | Cotton Fabric Shoes | Imitation Suede Cap |
@christianconfidentialThis outfit is my look for a nice evening out in the summer! The floral prints make for a great conversation piece and tucking it in to a pair of fitted black denim, elevates the entire look. I would wear this look  to a nice dinner on a rooftop patio or to a nice bar for drinks with friends or even on a date. To me, this outfit is letting people know that you’re confident and that you’re in total control of your personal style.

Relaxed Fit Resort Shirt Skinny Jeans | Leather Belt |
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New Orleans

New Orleans: Photo Diary

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It’s been a while since I’ve been somewhere for the first time and until my most recent trip, I didn’t realize how much I miss that feeling. Earlier in the month, my cousins and I decided to take a trip to New Orleans.  I’m not even sure why we decided on New Orleans as our destination but I’m really glad that we did.

To be honest, I didn’t know much about the city other than, it was hit really badly by the hurricane a few years ago and that they’re known for having amazing food and great artist, oh and Mardi Gras!

I was open to just taking in as much of the culture and its unique beauty during the time that I was there.

I really don’t know how to explain New Orleans other than it’s like no other place that I’ve visited. At moments it made me feel like I was in Miami because of the palm trees, Paris because of the patio set ups outside of the restaurants,  Portland because of the architecture in the Warehouse district and the Caribbean islands because of the colour palettes – it’s truly magical!

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Mother’s Restaurant (the food was amazing here!)
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A huge thing that made my experience in NOLA so exceptional was, the people! I’m not going to lie, I feel like the people in New Orleans restored my faith in humanity (seriously). Everyone was so friendly and so accommodating, it was like nothing I’ve ever seen before. To know and hear about all of the things that some of these people have endured with hurricane Katrina and to see how positive they are, it was so beautiful and refreshing!

I feel like the universe wanted me to see this city for many reasons and I’m so glad that I was able to.  I’m not sure if I shared this on the blog before but I’m really into connecting with higher spirits and I’ve always had a fascination with psychics and their practices since I’ve been a kid (it’s not for everyone).  I ended up doing some research on a boutique before arriving in the city, that provides psychic readings, spiritual guidance and sells crystals, called Earth Odyssey.

One afternoon while exploring the city, I ended up right in front of the store and decided to check it out! Luckily for me, they had an opening for a reading with their psychic and without hesitation I did it! It was honestly one of the most amazing experiences I have had and the reading was very accurate. If you’re into that stuff and happen to be visiting NOLA, I’d recommend stopping by.

As always, I took my camera and iPhone X  around with me for you guys to get a glimpse into my trip! Feel free to scroll down and see some of my personal highlights.

Until my next adventure,

Christian 

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Wearing the latest (top + bottoms) from H&M Studio collection – shop here!
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Picked up a few crystals after my reading that promote; love, healing, positivity and financial abundance.
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New Orleans

Streetwear Basics

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So, I’ve been away from the blog for about two weeks now but for good reason! It was Toronto Men’s Fashion Week + Women’s Week which meant that my schedule was all over the place (more than usual). That being said, I’m finally catching up on my travel and style content from New Orleans!

I shared this look on Instagram  and you guys seemed to really like it so it only made sense to share the full look + details on the blog, as well.

I love this look, this might actually become my summer uniform for 2018! Although I was in New Orleans, this outfit gives me complete California vibes. It’s the whole ‘effortless’ yet ‘put together’ feel that really wins me over! I wore this look on one my first afternoons alone exploring the city. I wanted to feel comfortable and myself and this was what I came up with.

Christian 

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Cotton Twill Shirt Jacket – H&M | Cotton Jersey Tank TopH&M | Vintage Levi’s Denim ShortsFASINFRANK | Legacy Printed SocksTOPMAN | See You Later Sneakers (old)ADIDAS ORIGINALS |

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Soho

Casual Meets Luxe

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So, this will be my last street style post from my New York trip! I am all caught up and ready for my next adventure, which happens to be, this weekend! I’m heading to New Orleans for the first time and I’m hella excited. It’s crazy because I think the part that gets me the most excited is the fact that I have no clue what to expect! I haven’t traveled somewhere new since Los Angeles in October (so nuts). As always, I’ll be documenting my trip for you guys so you’ll hear all about it (good or bad) haha!

Anyways, back to this look. I really like the way this outfit came together. The sneakers make it casual, yet the jacket gives it a more luxe vibe all at the same time. If I were to go on a lunch date in Soho, I would say this would be my perfect outfit!

Christian 
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Men’s Shirt Jacket – H&M | Long Sleeve Sweater (old) – ARMANI EXCHANGE | White Denim – ARMANI EXCHANGE | Classic Cortez – NIKE SPORTSWEAR |

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Soho

Plaid in Soho

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I’ll never turn down a chance to visit New York and I’ll never visit New York without spending at least a day in Soho. There’s something about this area that really resonates with me and I wouldn’t have it any other way. The architecture, the colour palette, the boutiques, the cafés, the restaurants, I just can’t get enough!

I was in a mood this day and felt like dressing a little different than my usual ensembles. I got these plaid pants  from H&M before heading to New York  and thought that this would be the perfect opportunity to break them in. I love the way that the outfit came together and Soho made for the perfect back drop to capture these photos – I hope that you guys enjoy them!

Christian 
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Plaid Pants – H&M | Leather Moto Jacket - MANIERE DE VOIRArly Pull-On Boots - ALDO | Sunglasses – CUTLER AND GROSS| Grayson Gold-Tone Smartwatch – MICHAEL KORS |

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Miami

21 Days In Miami

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Can you believe that it’s the new year already? Like it’s nut! I feel like 2017 came and went by so quickly if it wasn’t for me capturing moments for my blog I don’t think I would’ve been able to remember everything that went down.

That being said, at the end of November my cousin shared a quote that stuck in my head for the rest of the year. “May this last month of 2017 be the plot twist you’ve been waiting for.” and let me tell you that it was!

At the beginning of December my friends and I decided to do a last minute jaunt to Miami for Art Basel. When I say last minute, I mean, L-A-S-T  M-I-N-U-T-E! We literally booked our flights and accommodations the night before, it was so crazy. If you know me, then you know I’m much more of a planner, so this trip was already starting out a lot different.

The plan was to arrive on thursday and leave on sunday. We were all having so much fun, checking out the art installations, having lunches at Soho Beach House, dinners at Komodo and Nusr-Et and partaking in the Miami nightlife (we left E11even on the friday night at 8:30 am to give you guys an idea of how fun it was haha).
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When the sunday came around, I was nowhere close to being ready to go back home. Toronto just got their first snow fall and the temperature was plummeting well below zero. My friend Jay and I decided to stay for a few weeks longer and complete the rest of our work for the year in Miami. Honestly, it was the best decision I’ve made in a long time! Everyday I woke up early, got a workout in (Equinox South Beach) then grabbed my laptop and got to work while laying out on the beach in 26+ degree weather!

This was the first time that I wasn’t surrounded by snow for Christmas and to be honest, I wasn’t mad about it! In Miami, they’re very festive with their decorations and you’re still able to feel the Christmas vibe.

I also took this time to really reflect on the direction that my life is going in and what I need to do in the New Year to reach higher heights.

All in all, this was a great experience that I’m really glad that I got the chance to experience and as usual I took a couple pics (maybe more than usual) for you guys to check out!

Believe it or not but I actually shot all of my content with my iPhone 7! I’ve had this phone for about a year now and I’m still blown away by the great quality that it captures. It gets me amped to test out the new iPhone 8plus and the X!  #ShotOnIphone

I hope that 2018 is off to a great start for all of you and that you push through with your resolutions as hard as some of them may be! Remember, you’ve only got one life to life, so whatever it is that you want out of it, go for it and never settle!

Christian 
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Lifestyle

The Perfect Stay: The Four Seasons

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Can you guys believe that it’s almost December 1st? Like where has the time gone! Over the last two months or so, I’d say that I’ve been busier than usual, which is definitely a good thing. With traveling, work and my personal life, I was definitely starting to feel a bit drained. Knowing that the upcoming month isn’t going to slow down I decided to have a short staycation  at one of my favourite hotels in the city, The Four Seasons.

I stayed in one of the hotels luxury suites and brought my younger cousin along to join in on the r&r. We went to the gym, ordered room service, visited a local lounge  and called it a night quite early (I had a shoot the next day with Perry Ellis).

This staycation was exactly what I needed. There’s nothing more relaxing than forgetting about your responsibilities for a day and just listening to what your body and mind needs every now and then.

As always, I took a few snaps for you guys to scroll through!

Christian

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Grooming essentials: Using the Panasonic ER-GD50k Trimmer + Skincare from LAB Series
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What I’m Wearing

Cashmere-blend Coat – H&M Basic Tank – H&M | Wide-Leg Pants with Belt – H&M | Classic High Top SneakersSAINT LAURENT |
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Padded Jacket – H&M | Oversized HoodieVintage | Men’s Adidas Originals by AW Track Pants – Adidas | High-Top Sneakers ℅ - OFF WHITE |

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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 |