Summer Days with AEO and G-Star RAW

Summer Days with AEO and G-Star RAW - Front View

Tee: American Eagle Outfitters (Similar here), Jeans: G-Star RAW, Shoes: Boutique 9 (Similar here)

Summer Days with AEO and G-Star RAW

I’m pretty sure I’m not alone when I say I love the longer days that come along with the summertime…they give me plenty of time after work to get some shots taken for the two blogs I run! I had these shots taken a few weeks ago for a Denimology review but I was just too stoked on this new Soft & Sexy Cold Shoulder tee from American Eagle Outfitters and G-Star RAW 5620 Elwood Ultra High Waist Skinny in Medium Aged. I’ve been a fan of AEO for a long time now but recently I’ve fallen back in love with them thanks to their newest supersoft tees and Don’t Ask Why collection which was a smart move on their part…it helped spread their demographic across a wider age range.

I feel lucky to live in an area with several parks, even within drought-ridden California…fortunately some of the crazy heat we had a few weeks ago let up a bit! Perfect for me…since I’m definitely more of a jeans person than a shorts or dresses kind of person…but I certainly don’t mind a nice and hot day party (preferably behind the DJ decks) in my favorite denim shorts! Viva la Summer.

Summer Days with AEO and G-Star RAW - Side Angle View

Summer Days with AEO and G-Star RAW - Side View

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New Festival Inspired Pieces from One Teaspoon

New Festival Inspired Pieces from One Teaspoon

I am not usually into following the influx of “festival fashion” articles and newsletters that bombard my inbox and blogs everywhere during this time of year, mainly because I follow a more alternative style apart from the mainstream boho vibe. I often find there really isn’t a whole lot of difference between all of the reports of what should or should not be worn at music festivals (which pretty much defeats the purpose of individual style and freedom of expression at festivals to begin with) and I bore quickly with most of them. Although I guess, to be fair, my festival tastes are of the transformational sense (Lucidity, Lightning In a Bottle, etc) rather than the Coachella type. All in all though I love seeing people happy and finding a break from the mundane and all the crap in the news everyday by attending whatever festival they choose and wearing whatever they please, and so I don’t completely tune myself out of it!

One Teaspoon, if you haven’t yet noticed from reading my blog on the regular, is a latest obsession of mine. I’ve never seen any brand rule the destroyed and trashed jeans as much as they have, even though some of them still have some growing to do on me. This brand manages to throw vintage, upscale, sexy, swanky, boho, trashed, casual, and even date-nite vibes all in one, and I freaking love them for it. They recently put together their own little collection as a suggestion for festival attire, and I absolutely adore it. I figured I’d break my anti-festival-attire mood here and feature some of my favorite pieces from One Teaspoon that I’d definitely wear to a party or two! How adorable are those fringy One Teaspoon. Vintage Western Bandits shorts? I totally dig those Moleskin Camel Marines too.


Shop more from One Teaspoon’s festival collection here!

Mavi Gold Alexa Ankle Skinny in Green Indigo Gold Feather Review

Mavi Gold Alexa Ankle Skinny in Green Indigo Gold Feather Review - Front View

Top: Nomad’s Hempwear, Necklace: Third Eye Pinecones, Jeans: Mavi, Heels: Guess (similar here)

I’ve known about Mavi Jeans for quite awhile, ever since they used to grace a late boutique we had here in my town that I designed displays and window posters for back in 2008. However, I didn’t really get to try them out until 2014 for a Denimology review featuring the Emma Slim Boyfriend, and once again last year featuring the ultra soft Serena Jogger. This time though, I’m even more excited because I got to try the brand new Feather by Mavi Gold line, which I wrote about last month! These are really something special, and I’m excited to show off this pair which was my favorite from the line and stood out to me right away…the Alexa Ankle Skinny in Green Indigo Gold Feather!

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Denim Shoes for Everyone at TOMS

Denim Shoes for Everyone at TOMS

Image: TOMS

Denim Shoes for Everyone at TOMS

I’ve talked about TOMS so much throughout my blog here, for an obvious reason; the impressive charitable contributions for this brand are very well known. Just about every month I get an email from them highlighting something new, and sometimes I have to be careful to not turn my blog into a TOMS themed blog—everything they send is so cool and admirable. This one has another obvious purpose. Apart from the brand’s awesome One for One® initiative, where for every shoe purchased, a pair is sent to a child in need, they’ve recently released a denim and chambray shoe collection! Although the two fabrics are pretty similar (apart from a few differences in the weave pattern), I focused on just the denim side here since there were too many cool options for men, women and the little ones too. Most of these are also great options for stylish vegans as well! Here are some of my favorites below.

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Weekend Sale at Rag & Bone

Weekend Sale at Rag & Bone

First off, sorry for being MIA last week. With July 4th and a much needed two days off of work (making it a 5 day staycation), I decided to just enjoy some R&R. It can be tough always being on point with a blog 24/7, especially with my 9-5, and I always feel breaks are necessary to keep up the momentum for as long as I have!

Now for the subject on hand…It’s always hard to resist a good sale—at least to drool and oogle at it a bit. Rag & Bone is always a fun one, and when they have a good sale, it’s a GOOD one, especially in the denim department! I’m a big fan of finding a gem here and there from the brand, whether on their website or eBay. Their washes are just so blissfully gorgeous, especially the light bluish green ones like the one shown in the Capri in Hanover below. Even some of the darker washes are just so eye popping! This is one brand that I’ve enjoyed trying multiple fits with…the legging, high rise and mid rise jean, and I’m a fan of all. I haven’t yet tried any of their tops, bags or shoes, but yeah, I’m oogling away! The perforations, layers, cuts, colorblocking, appliques and all sorts of details are just so unique and pretty. One of these days, I’ll just have to snatch up something other than the denim kind from the brand.

Right now, Rag & Bone is offering an extra 40% off everything already on sale with code JULYSALE16, through 7/10 at 11:59pm PST. Shop my favorites from this sale below, and don’t forget to enter the special code at checkout!

Shop the ENTIRE Rag & Bone sale here (and once again, don’t forget to take an extra 40% off with code JULYSALE16 through 7/10 at 11:59pm PST).

Androgenous Denim by Dapper Boi Crowdsourcing

Androgenous Denim by Dapper Boi Crowdsourcing

Androgenous Denim by Dapper Boi Crowdsourcing

As we know, it’s already quite tough enough to find the jeans that best fit your body. Even though it has gotten better over the years thanks to better fabric technologies, brand research and customer feedback, but what about jeans that fit something more important: you know, like your lifestyle, and who you are? Last year I wrote about this awesome Kickstarter campaign that was a breath of fresh air in the denim industry, bringing up something I hadn’t even seen yet: androgenous denim for both men and women. We already are seeing a lot of crap in the political realm on gender-neutral rights, why should it also span across apparel—something we can fix right now? We already know we can’t always throw everyone into specific categories, especially when it comes to body shape, and that everyone comes in a wide range of different shapes, sizes and lifestyles. Dapper Boi came forth to help remedy that.

Androgenous Denim by Dapper Boi Crowdsourcing - Group Shot

In May 2015, Dapper Boi’s Kickstarter started with slim-straight jeans that had the details and the look of men’s jeans, while also featuring great fit and comfort for a woman’s body with the right amount of stretch. The jeans were meant to be a perfect fit for anyone and they even tested them out on some curvy men who ended up loving them too. With a goal of $18,000, the company was able to raise $26,000 to produce the first run of these jeans, which have already sold out with some happy fans buying their second or third pairs after trying their first! Dapper Boi has decided to change their business model to ensure their expansion without the use of outside crowdfunding sources.

Androgenous Denim by Dapper Boi Crowdsourcing - Male Model

Anyone can now purchase a pair of premium jeans for as low as $69 (wholesale!) for 3 weeks only by visiting DapperBoi.com and clicking on “Limited Wholesale Pricing“. If the minimum amount needed to start production is raised through this limited-time sale, customers will receive their jeans in 6 to 8 weeks. Every jean will be produced in a limited quantity, and once they are delivered to their customers, any additional inventory will be available for purchase at retail price within the “In Stock Now” section of their website. If the funding goal is not met in the three-week period, the jeans will not be manufactured and customers will receive a full refund. It basically puts the control in the customer’s hands! The goal is to run three 3-week sales every month.

Androgenous Denim by Dapper Boi Crowdsourcing - Model

The first collection launched on June 20th and features Slim-Straight, Premium Indigo Stretch Jeans. Darker than their initial OG jeans, this wash is versatile enough for any occasion and is made of lighter weight, 9.7oz denim with even more stretch at a 98% cotton and 2% spandex fabric makeup. This makes it a flexible, comfortable fit for just about any size and shape. This campaign will run through 11:59pm July 11, and once the jeans are back in stock they will return to their retail price of $138.

“We’re in the business of making people feel comfortable in their own skin and it’s only a matter of time before a mainstream department store takes on a gender-neutral department with its own fitting room. Until then, we want to be the pioneers to take us there.” -Founder and CEO Vicky Pasche

Androgenous Denim by Dapper Boi Crowdsourcing - Cellphone Pocket

But that’s not all. What would a great company like this be without a charitable cause? Dapper Boi aims to positively impact their LGBT and gender-neutral customers by donating $4.99 to the Orlando Pulse Shooting Fund, hosted by Equality Florida Action, Inc., with every pair of jeans sold from their latest campaign (assuming their funding goal is met). All of these funds will go to directly to the families of the 49 victims and the survivors from this tragedy. I am giving them a huge group hug through my screen right now.

Androgenous Denim by Dapper Boi Crowdsourcing - Inside Jeans

Shop the limited collection from Dapper Boi and read more about this awesome company here!

Read my previous post about them that I wrote last year here.

Citizens of Humanity Rocks Out with Metallica

Citizens of Humanity Rocks Out with Metallica

The marriage between denim and rock n’ roll continues…and I am loving it! Veteran denim brand Citizens of Humanity is leading the pack with this next move, collaborating on an exclusive line with German e-tailer MyTheresa. But that’s not the meat and potatoes of it…this collaboration is inspired and influenced by the heavy metal band Metallica, with each piece photographed on Jessica Miller, the gorgeous model wife of drummer Lars Ulrich. I grew up on a lot of metal and industrial music before I ever got into electronic and became a DJ (well, once a metalhead always a metalhead, don’t get me wrong) and along with my love of denim, this gets me fairly excited!

The Citizens of Humanity x MyTheresa collection is made up of jeans, denim outerwear and tops that come right out of the ’90s rock era (the best there was if you ask me). The Trucker Vest in After Hours at the bottom of this post definitely screams metal grunge! This subculture has always been intriguing to me, but growing up in high school, I only really saw a lot in terms of style when it came to what was worn onstage or in photo shoots of my favorite bands rather than what self-proclaimed “metalheads” wore while out and about (which I guess is fair enough that fashion and style isn’t exactly on the top of their minds). I always loved taking everything in the stylistic direction, so this collection speaks to me in that regard!

Citizens of Humanity founder Jerome Dahan states “Metallica’s style throughout the years has been the epitome of heavy metal fashion, as they are one of the bands that has made this music subculture so influential in the fashion world. The band has maintained an element of authenticity with their music and their fashion that I feel immensely contributes to their success over the past few decades. They will forever be known for their rebellious and edgy look and aesthetic wearing oversized denim jackets, ripped up jeans, and leather outerwear.”

All pieces from this collection were manufactured at the Citizens of Humanity headquarters in Los Angeles.

Citizens of Humanity Rocks Out with Metallica - Lookbook Image w/ Lars

Image: Citizens of Humanity. Lars Ulrich and Jessica Miller

“Metallica’s style throughout the years has been the epitome of heavy metal fashion, as they are one of the bands that has made this music subculture so influential in the fashion world. The band has maintained an element of authenticity with their music and their fashion that I feel immensely contributes to their success over the past few decades. They will forever be known for their rebellious and edgy look and aesthetic wearing oversized denim jackets, ripped up jeans, and leather outerwear.” – Jerome Dahan

Shop the Citizens of Humanity x MyTheresa collaboration here!

The Modest Denim Bermuda Short

The Modest Denim Bermuda Short

I’m not a huge shorts person, but if it’s hot enough, you’d better believe I’m grabbing my Siwy or True Religion shorties out of my closet without a second thought! I don’t really like skirts much due to chafing and when it’s hot enough, skin on skin is not all that comfortable (yeah it’s pretty much the only time when I’d find that darn thigh gap to be useful), although I’d always wear them to work when it was too hot for jeans. However, shorts don’t have to always be inappropriate for work or more modest settings, and I knew there had to be something cute to wear that didn’t look like I was about to embark on a safari. One one particularly sweltering workweek, a pair of knee length, fitted twill shorts from Abercrombie that I had stashed away made me go on a hunt for more like it, but of the denim kind!

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Elegant Dark Denim from The Black Sheep Story by MOTHER

Elegant Dark Denim from The Black Sheep Story by MOTHER

It’s funny to me how far we’ve come since the year (2008-ish?) that Sarah Jessica Parker stepped out in a pair of grey skinnies from Habitual and caused the trend to blow up in popularity overnight. Today, grey jeans come in all sorts of pretty washes and finishes. It’s awesome to me how much you can do with such a basic shade! Black jeans have always been seen as a closet staple, so that’s nothing new, but still after all these years it too is anything but ordinary. MOTHER has just combined all of their most beautiful black and grey jeans in a collection (or story, as they call it) titled The Black Sheep, but you’ll definitely feel anything but a mere outsider wearing these! Actually, take it as being an outsider in terms of being ahead of the crowd—strut your stuff in any piece from this “story” and you’ll definitely turn heads!

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Responsibly Produced Jeans by Noble Denim

Responsibly Produced Jeans by Noble Denim

I am so insanely happy to see so many new ethically-conscious denim brands popping up lately, along with existing ones that are introducing such initiatives into their manufacturing processes. The whole Made In The USA thing is a growing importance to consumers (including me), even though it’s gotten increasingly difficult to keep manufacturing here at a price everyone can afford. However, there is a price to pay for quality, and I feel it’s justified if it’s all done right. Noble Denim is an American denim brand cares about fair wages and treatment of workers as well as jobs on our soil, and have kept their promise since 2012 with an unwavering quality. We all know high morale leads to higher productivity, and Noble Denim values the relationships they have with those who make their brand possible. They also pay attention to the closest of details and use “uncommon materials that simply cost more.” With most premium denim, you do get what you pay for.

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