Whether you’re on a 16-hour flight to Australia or an hour-long flight to Maine, there are five airport must-haves you need to travel in style:
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That’s it for me today. Any Questions? You know where to reach me!
Congratulations! You've prepared your closet, set your budget, and chosen your stores, now you're ready to make some decisions on what items to buy. Here are my recommendations on what to purchase to make the right impression, no matter your budget.
Remember that these recommendations are just a jumping off point for you. There are thousands of other options out there that will give you a similar look. Don't be afraid to mix and match between stores and designers, as long as you're sticking to the decisions you made from reading the first two articles of my "From College to Career" series.
Be confident, enjoy your new pieces, and as always, if you have any questions, feel free to reach out, I'm only a quick email or phone call away!
Hey graduate! Now that we're ready to head to the store, let’s figure out where we’re going.
The first step to figuring out which shops you should frequent is determining your budget. Are you down to drop a few stacks or are you looking to make the most of the graduation money your grandmother gave you? To help, I’ve placed my go-to stores into three categories that will make the process a bit easier.
Where to shop if rent and student loans are making you nervous:
Where to shop if you need a few key pieces to take your wardrobe to the next level:
Where to shop if you’re ready to invest in luxury clothing:
While these are just a few of my favorite stores, there are thousands of others out there. The most important thing to remember when you go to one of these stores is to stay focused and remember the decisions you made from reading From College to Career: How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Make the Right Impression.
Stay tuned for my next article where I'll show you what to buy to live up to your interview promises!
Congrats grad, you did it! You’ve worked hard the past four years and more importantly, you’ve landed your first job! Your starting salary leaves something to be desired, but to make the right impression, you can’t be showing up to work in your infamous college t-shirt and ripped jeans combo you’ve been rocking the past eight semesters. Sorry babe, you’re batting in the big leagues now.
With deciding between health insurance plans and 401K options, the last thing you need to fret over is your wardrobe, which is why I’ve assembled an easy-to-follow, five-step guide that will help you live up to your interview promises.
Step 1: Know your office culture
Step 2: Take a look at your current wardrobe
Step 3: Pick your leather color scheme
Step 4: Choose complementary colors
Step 5: Set your budget and pick your stores
That should be enough to get you started but stay tuned for my next article where I’ll show you where to shop to make the most of your budget!
When I created this image, I didn’t realize just how sexual the photo was until it was brought to my attention by a female professor. She dissected the photo and quickly shot me a troubled look, which made me think: had I unknowingly crossed a line with this photo? As a gay man, I often don’t think about the over-sexualization of women in my work. I always make sure that the model feels comfortable, but I very rarely think about the implications of the sexual images I have grown accustom to creating. Sex is a big part of gay culture, and the idea of exposing the sexuality of women through nightlife, photography, and verbal and physical communication is something that the majority of gay men don’t think twice about. This brings us to the question: can sex be simple? For lots of gay men, myself included, the answer is yes, sex can be very simple. Whether you’re scrolling through Grindr or cruising in Hell’s Kitchen, sex can be as simple as breathing. Furthermore, with the widespread introduction of HIV-preventative drugs, the hookup tendency of the gay scene seems to be getting stronger every day. Because casual sex plays such a significant role in gay culture, have I not fully realized the implications of my sexual photography? Am I alone in this category, or are there thousands of gay artists out there who also create overly-sexual work without realizing it?
Although sex can be simple, we all know it isn’t. Because sex is such a loaded three-letter word, it’s no wonder that we don’t know how to handle art that explores the concept of sex. When you put women and sex in the same sentence, you open up another can of worms entirely. The flipside of this whole argument lies in the way we like to view women. Our society has been putting women into boxes for centuries and now that we are starting to realize that women can and should have a sexual side, we don’t know which box to put them into. As a result, when we look at a photo that explores a woman’s sexual side, are we simply uncomfortable? Do we assume that she was treated poorly and taken advantage of? Is it wrong to look at women in an objectifying way, or are we exposing the counterargument that some women thoroughly enjoy being viewed as sexual objects? To further explore these ideas, I sat down with model, Megan Thelen, to get her take on all of this. (see interview)
Did my rendition of 1990’s club kid drinking culture cross a line, or did I complete a homework assignment and unknowingly start a conversation all at the same time? Simply put: I wonder if I’m overthinking it, or if I’m just thinking about it clearly now.
I found myself sitting on a SoHo stoop earlier this weekend, and with a half-hour to kill before my favorite store opened, I figured I'd take a load off and enjoy the city's beating heart. When you live in New York, it's interesting how quickly you move. Whether you're running to catch the next Manhattan-bound L train or dodging delivery trucks in the garment district, you seem to always be in a rush. Stay here long enough and you'll start doing it too, if you haven't already fallen victim to the concrete jungle's unrelenting pace. Today, however, I decided to sit still, watch and listen. As Starbucks-holding, Nike-wearing Manhattanites fluttered past organic, grass-fed Brooklyners in the dance of the day, I quickly scribbled notes in the margin of my journal.
Some sport teal triangle shades while others rock vintage metal frames, all attempting to hide the judgmental gazes and captious stares they not-so-secrelty give to each other. They sip on black iced coffee or savor their $12 protein shakes, equally fueling their bodies and American consumerism. Avoiding the chaos of Broadway, these fashion-forward commuters compete for attention with their loud outfits as they strut down this SoHo bystreet. It's interesting to see the tension that is created by the collision of these edgy individuals, all of whom hope to receive a glance of admiration from one of their lesser-dressed counterparts.
Perhaps more is to be learned from these observations, but after all, how much can be gained in a wasted half-hour on the corner of Greene and Grand?
Hello everyone! Attached below are the photos I recently submitted for my ICP: Fashion Photography class. My final project explored the idea of a woman in the 1990’s who went out drinking and dancing the night prior to these photos being taken. She had a bit too much to drink and is now waking up, still intoxicated, but is not apologetic over her midnight decisions. The model I used for this project is my good friend, Megan Thelen.
When I began to build my Pinterest board and fine-tune my creative concept for the shoot, I found myself being drawn to the over-the-top nature of 1990’s women’s loungewear. From obnoxious pink clothing to tousled hair and retro heels, I was in love with the carefree attitude of the subjects in the inspiration I was gathering. This made me think back to my favorite childhood movie, “Clueless,” where Cher’s confidence and personality is larger-than-life. In conjunction with the glamourous Carrie Bradshaw in “Sex and the City,” I had two muses who allowed me to further explore the idea of women’s outward sexuality and independence expressed throughout the 1990’s.
We were asked to create a narrative in four to six photographs that also used fashion in some way. I decided to focus on the gold heels as the primary fashion element, supported by alternating pink sweaters and bodysuits to further tie into my inspiration. I decided to use flash to make the heels and the pink bedding pop, a skill learned in my ICP course this semester. By using flash, I was able to slightly overexpose the image and draw attention to the heels, which was a trend I saw throughout my inspiration, especially in the work of iconic photographer, Helmut Newton. Known for his provocative fashion shoots, which utilize dramatic lighting, Newton’s ability to expose the sexual and confident nature of his models is truly inspiring. With his work in the back of my mind, I also had Megan cross her legs to make the photo less pornographic, yet still sexual. It wasn’t until my final critique, however, that I realized just how sexual my photos actually came out. (read more)
Below is a quote from curator and writer, Charlotte Cotton, who was featured in Issue #216 of Aperture Magazine.
“Fashion photography is rightly characterized by constant change for being porous, reactive, even predictive in its visualizations and reflections of consumer society. While this has continued to be true… this century has so far failed to deliver a climate for image-makers to truly innovate…” (Charlotte Cotton)
In some ways, I couldn’t agree more with what Cotton is saying here, but in others, I totally disagree. While technology has made fashion photography more accessible and efficient, amongst an endless list of other adjectives, it has also changed the way in which we view art. I think it's a fallacy to assert that there are no influential creatives of this time period. What we must consider when evaluating the current state of fashion, is that different doesn’t always mean bad, especially when it comes to art. Photography is constantly changing and evolving, and while I believe there is a teeter-totter effect to be mindful of, reminiscing about a time period we cannot return to seems to be a waste of valuable time.
Unlike what Cotton is suggesting in this quote, I believe there is no limit to creativity, and if we ever hope to live in a world that is truly inclusive, accepting and real, we must stop bashing our fellow creatives to make a name for ourselves. Fashion is often characterized as a cruel and inhumane industry, but is this description simply an outdated theory that is begging to be disproven? I sure hope so.
Although I was born and raised in the sweltering heat of southern Arizona, I've had a challenging time mastering how to be fashionable in the heat. Without chunky sweaters, oversized tweeds and weathered leather boots to ground my outfits, I began to wonder what I was left with. Determined to figure out a way to beat the heat without sacrificing my sense of style this summer, I set out to create an outfit that solved my summertime styling stumbles.
My go-to summer outfit starts with a pair of 100% Italian Wool Smarty Pants from GANT Rugger. I'm in love with these pants for several reasons, but the prominent front crease, slim silhouette and slate grey color are all at the forefront of what make these pants great.
As I stressed in my previous article, "Turning Accessories Into Focal Points," every cohesive outfit should have a clear focal point. For this outfit, I want eyes to be drawn to my new favorite pants. That being said, I decided to pair these pants with the SUPIMA Cotton Crewneck Short-Sleeve T-Shirt by Uniqlo. This extra-long fibre cotton tee is one of the softest and most breathable shirts I own, which makes it the perfect addition to this heat-friendly ensemble.
I rounded out my outfit with a pair of Black Canyon Classic Sandals by Malibu x Missoni. These hand-woven nylon sandals are the most comfortable pair of shoes I own, not to mention my favorite purchase of the summer! Whether they're paired with weekend gym shorts or structured business slacks, these sandals have kept me cool and confident all summer long.
To compliment this combination, I finished the look with my black leather tote, my everyday black watch, and my go-to Warby Parker sunglasses. This nods to the Scandinavian simplicity that has become a mainstay in my outfit inspiration.
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Thanks for reading! Enjoy the weather out there.
Good afternoon everyone! I apologize for being M.I.A. recently, but I've been working on some very exciting stuff these past few months that I cannot wait to share with all of you shortly! In the meantime, I'd like to share a few comments on the fascinating Harper's Bazaar article, Photographer's Arresting Images Test Boundaries of Being Gender Fluid in America, by Chaédria LaBouvier. I recently came across this stellar article on my daily commute and instantly knew that I needed to explore these ideas further.
While I absolutely loved the article as a whole and commend all associated parties on their outstanding work, dedication and bravery, there were a few things that didn't sit exactly right with me, the first of which being the quote: "The photographer explains that women have been allowed to embrace masculine things, even masculinity, in a way that’s become normative: pants, short haircuts, having a career." (LaBouvier) I'm not sure if it's the coupling of the words "women" and "allowed to" in the same sentence, or the condescending and archaic stereotype of masculinity that rubs me the wrong way more, but I found myself wondering why wearing pants, having short hair or pursuing a career is still synonymous with masculinity. Have we not learned anything?
The reliance on this old-fashioned, outdated and offensive definition of what it means to be male and female, constantly widens the gender gap we're hoping to close. Furthermore, leaning on these stereotypes only breathes more life into the misogynistic mindset that needs to be dismantled if we hope to live in a world where all are considered equal.