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Toronto Home Tour Pt. 1


Christian Confidential Well guys… I think I’m officially becoming an adult. It’s taken a long time to get here but I think I’m slowly morphing into one. I came to this conclusion after moving back to Toronto and noticing how  picky I was when it came to deciding on how I’d like to decorate my new space. Honestly, beforehand I never really gave interior decorating much attention, as long as my home was modern, clean and minimal, I was cool with it.

This time around, I really wanted my space to reflect my personality, my interests and my distinguished style. It took me a while to really figure out what I wanted but two months later, I’m finally content with the overall vibe and aesthetic of the living room.

The words that I would use to describe the space are; minimal, clean, light, cozy, feminine, masculine, hints of luxury, fashion forward, and thought out.

I really wanted to create a space that I would be comfortable in, that would really showcase who I am and was welcoming. The first thing that I purchased was a floor length mirror. I knew that I didn’t want  to have a tv in the living room and would much rather prefer a statement wall that would include a full length mirror (which helps in making the space seem larger) and accent table (Terrace Side Table from West Elm)  that would house some of my favourite items.

Christian ConfidentialChristian ConfidentialYves Saint Laurent Christian ConfidentialThe second thing I purchased, which took the longest to both decide on and have delivered, was my couch. I wrestled between getting a light or dark coloured couch FOREVER! Ideally, if I wasn’t accident prone I would’ve opted for a lighter colour but knowing how I am, I thought getting a darker colour, would be more practical. I ended up getting this  couch from Structube and ultimately, I’m happy with my decision.

Once I finalized the couch and creating the statement wall featuring the mirror, everything else came together rather easily. I’m not afraid of mixing  gold with silver so choosing the gold accent table that I opted for and putting it beside the mirror (which, I purchased from Ikea)made sense to me, aesthetically.

I decided to get a clear/glass coffee table to provide the illusion of more space, which I also think compliments the floor length mirror’s silver finishing. Christian ConfidentialWhat’s left? The carpet, accessories and art work. In regards to the carpet, I wanted something light in colour and felt good under the feet. Truthfully, I like this carpet but I’m also open to a carpet with more of a  silky/shine finish and may end up changing it later on.

In terms of accessories, which was probably my favourite stuff to pick out, I got a lot of them from H&M Home.  Naturally, being a fan of the brand for their diverse men’s offering, I was excited to see what they had in store for their home collection. From the cushions on the couch, to the decorations on the coffee table and candles and vases on the accent table – I was able to select them all from H&M!

Last but not least, the artwork on the wall. Sigh, they’re both from an artist that goes by the name Peytil who’s located in Sweden. I originally got these two prints for my flat in London and I just couldn’t leave them behind. I am beyond in love with them and in so many ways, I feel like they totally reflect my personality and complete the space. If you’re looking for something some art work to spice up your space, I’d recommend checking out his site as he has so many great options. The two that I got are titled; Matador and Jules – I also have my eyes on The Gemini print as well and he ships worldwide.

I hope that you guys like this post as much as I enjoyed putting my living room together! I’ll be back once, I’ve completed the whole space with a home tour – probably via Youtube though! Stay tuned for some fall fashion content coming soon and scroll down for more pics!

Christian 

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Street Style

A Powder Blue Moment

@christianconfidential Hey guys, I hope that you’re all doing well – I still cannot believe that it’s September already! It feels like just yesterday I decided to move back to Toronto from London – sigh, time is moving so quickly! Anyways enough of wondering where the time is going, let’s get right  into this look.

 I’ve actually had this powder blue double breasted blazer from ASOS  in my closet since the beginning of the summer, and I was waiting for the right moment to wear/shoot it. I don’t know what made it the right moment this week, but it was, and I’m in LOVE with the outcome! I wanted this piece to be the statement of the entire outfit so I kept everything else very sleek and minimal. Since it’s oversized, I could’ve went with a skinny pant but I decided to add volume to the look by pairing it with some wide leg trousers. Which in my opinion,  really accentuates the overall  silhouette of the look.

This is one of those outfits that’s very versatile and can be worn to a  business meeting, a fancy lunch at L’Avenue (I have Paris on my mind,sigh) or to an early evening event  (I wore this to the first day of Toronto Fashion Week). I hope that you guys are into  it!

Christian 
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Double Breasted Blazer – ASOS | Flared Cotton-Wool Trousers – COS STORES | Wyatt Harness Boots In Suede – SAINT LAURENT |

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Street Style

Lace-Effect

@christianconfidential So, I really made the most of my time while in New York and even got a chance to shoot some street style content for the blog. This is a look that I put together, incorporating a trend that came up a lot during Men’s Week (New York, London, Milan & Paris) – lace shirts and blazers. The moment that I saw ASAP Rocky sporting this trend, I was on the hunt for the perfect rendition to style my own way. I decided to dress up the trend this time with some wide-leg trousers, statement sunglasses and my signature harness boots.

I’m really happy with the way this look turned out, it’s definitely not going to be for everyone but for the fashion forward thinking guy, I’d suggest giving it a shot!

Christian 
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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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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!

Christian
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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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London

New Chapter < New Book

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Sigh…where do I even begin? The last few months have been a whirlwind of a time for me, to say the least. Filled with highs and lows, ups and downs and every single emotion in between. At the end of March 2019, I took my life into my own hands and made a move across the pond.

I recently shared a little bit about my personal struggle with depression over the last few years on my IGTV and without going to into too much details, I was very unhappy, uninspired and overall unfulfilled. These feelings really played a toll on my spirit and caused me to disconnect from people, things that I love and made me question everything. I knew that this was not something that I wanted to feel forever and I knew that it was my responsibility to get myself out of this rut.

Maybe it’s a career change? Maybe it’s a change of scenery? Maybe it’s more self discovery? Maybe it’s a lack of a love life? Maybe it’s all of the above?

I took a lot of time to really examine my thoughts, to find different ways to release negative energy (journaling, meditation, singing, exercising) and to just pay more attention to the signs that the universe was sending me.

I had created a plan to move to Paris last September and before making the final steps to put that plan into motions, it just didn’t feel right. I can’t really explain it but I had this gut feeling that just kept telling me that it wasn’t the right move.

After a spontaneous trip to London in November, something clicked. I kept asking the universe to send me a sign if this wasn’t the place that I should be and the complete opposite occurred. I got the same feeling that I had received before moving to Toronto (I’m originally from Ottawa, Canada).

I came back home and started to put a loose plan together and a few months later, I took the leap. I’m not committing to a specific amount of time to stay here, I’m just committing to doing what feels right for me. Life is crazy and so unpredictable and I just want to live more in the present and work on being the best person, that I can be. @christianconfidentialToronto, will always be home and I’ll be going back and forth for the next little while to work on a few projects that I have lined up. So no worries, you’ll still me around doing what I do best – having fun!

In regards to my blog and social content, I’m still here! Honestly, I feel like this change will be good for me, to help inspire me and push myself more creatively. I thought long and hard about it and there’s no way I could leave this industry. I’ve been in fashion, music and or entertainment in some capacity since I was 6 years old – it’s all I know! I love it and I truly do feel like it’s the avenue to help push my life’s purpose.

That being said, I do feel like it’s time to step it up and make a few changes to my content and where I’d like to take my brand. I really want to push more video content whether it be style guides/tips as well as touch on more personal topics. I’ve been doing a lot more work as a men’s fashion expert for television segments and I think that I’m leaning towards pursuing more opportunities of that nature.

Anyways, this is probably one of the longest post I’ve written in a very long time so we’ll just end it here.

This was the first look that I shot since I’ve been in London and I absolutely love it! It’s edgy, it’s street and it’s my total vibe at the moment.   I’ve been living in these Saint Laurent Paris Wyatt boots now that there’s no snow where I am. I think they just elevate any look with their sleek silhouette, so I’m sure you’ll be seeing more of them in my upcoming posts. The leather biker pants are from the HM x Moschino collaboration and they’re so fire! It’s my first time really wearing them out and I got so many compliments on them, it was crazy! Scroll down to see more images from this look and thank you guys for continuing to support me and my endeavours – it means so much more than you know!

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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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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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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 |