Bed Stu Orleans Saddle Shoe

Bed Stu definitely has some heat coming out for the summer.  These are perfect to wear with rolled up jeans or khakis and even shorts.  I like the worn out vintage look to it, and the colors are perfect for the warm weather.  Light colors for summer yet a flare of color to add some detail.  Bed Stu always is a great shoe, and overall pretty comfortable.  They don’t need to be broken in and are ready to be worn out of the box.

Dress these with some funky socks or go sock less with some khakis and you are ready to hit the warm summer nights.

Bed Stu Orleans Saddle Shoe @ http://www.nordstrom.com for $98.00

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The Billabong Legend Fedora Hat For Mens

When I saw this I was very impressed.  This is the new summer fedora from Billabong.  Very nicely constructed with a good weight.  Material is good quality, and strong to keep its shape.

What stands out to me is not only the chambray, but the short curled bill.  There are many fedoras out in the market that have a curl then a strait part of the bill, and that’s just not my style.  I like mine to be curled evenly around and most important a hat that keeps its form.

This hat will go good with any summer outfit, shorts, sandals, tanks, you name it.  I recommend wearing this during the mornings or afternoons.  If you consider wearing it for night time, I suggest getting the black one.

For $35.00 at billabong.com or your local beach surf shop.

Summer Shines With Studded Converse All Star Sneakers

My wife who is insane about DIY’s (do it yourselves) projects has gotten herself prepped for studding her brand new black Converse Hi Tops.  Her inspiration comes from the glam rock, punk rock days and also by browsing Etsy.com and noticing how crazy insane some of the prices are for someone to stud up your Chuck Taylors.

Here are some examples

If you are like us and enjoy crafts and projects and are willing to do it yourself, then do what we did.

1. We picked up a pair of Converse High Tops from Zappos.com for $45.00
– Reason is there is no tax
– Excellent customer service, the best out there next to Nordstroms
– VIP’s get free overnight shipping

2. We ordered a variety of studs off of ebay.com
– Here you can find a variety of studs in different sizes and shapes
– Most come from China so expect a 10-14 day wait time
– All are good quality, and also they usually give you more than you order
– Overall its cheap and shipping is free or very very minimal.

Overall Project cost was $60.00

My Gap Picks For My Daughter

When its just my daughter and I, we rarely go anywhere spectacular where she needs to be dressed up. I would say 95% of the time we are at the park, running errands, buying groceries, eating out, visiting other family, or just driving around and taking pictures of what we think are cool.

With that said, we both like to be comfy. Now as an adult, I don’t look too great in lounge pants, but toddlers on the other hand can pull it off pretty well. Especially when they come in cool colors like these.

My daughter also doesn’t like to wear jeans unlike me. She likes to throw on tights with skirts on over them or wear some shorts and a t-shirt. So I personally think these work well. She can throw on a T-Shirt with my favorite denim jacket and some slip on shoes and we are out the door.

These lounge / sweats are from The Gap. They are not thick like winter sweats, but pretty thin and super soft. They are 100% polyester and

At the moment they cost $16.95 each, but it seems like they are having some kind of promotion on a weekly basis so you might be able to pick them up for cheaper.

If I Could Have Any House

At the moment I do not own a house.  I rent a nice 2 story apartment in Southern California and enjoy it.  The only thing is that its not what I want for my life.  I don’t want to die before having the kind of place I dream and strive for.

At times my friends and I will talk about where the ideal place to live would be, or what your ideal house would look like.  Almost all of them want the conventional house, track home, townhouse or property by the beach.  I have no problem with any of them, but those styles just don’t interest me.

I have grown up in apartments all my life and have grown used to them.  When I was younger, blasting music, and having parties, I hated having neighbors right next to me, but now I don’t mind.

The ideal perfect situation would be that I live in a loft.  For over 10 years I’ve thought about lofts. I want EMPTY SPACE.  I don’t need dividers for kitchen, dining room, or living room. I just want open space.  I want to walk in and not feel cluttered.  My immediate family consists of my wife, my daughter, and me.  That’s all.  I don’t need all that privacy and walls that dictate what room is what.

Like I mentioned earlier, I grew up in apartment communities all my life.  The idea of a house and driveway is always a pleasant thought but to me it seems to conventional.  My wife also grew up in apartments, and to not have a garden to take care of or driveways to rinse down is totally fine with the both of us.

I know that it might seem a bit selfish since my daughter won’t be able to run and play in a yard, but she’ll be able to run around the house.  It will be open with very very minimal furniture.  All I would want is a couch, small dinner table, work station, and storage units to hold all our junk.

Ideally it would have 2 bedrooms.  One for my wife and I, and then my daughter.  I usually work in the living room anyways and love the thought of being able to always see my family from all angles of the house.

So if I ever make the money or win the lotto, this would be one of my first purchases.

 

Flip And Draw Ballerina Or Princess Books

As my daughter is turning 5, I noticed her creative skills really ramping up in high gear.  I love watching her draw, paint, color, and build things that are more and more complex.  I saw this on a blog earlier in the year and was really interested in it.

Its from Mudpuppy, and they manufactuer a bunch of creative fun games and activites for the ever curious and active mind.

The book is divided into three parts that come pre-cut and allow your child to draw / color and turn parts of the page to interchange the outfits.  I like how this shows children how to to use their imagination and to try different combinations of colors, and styles.

You can check out more from Mudpuppy company at
http://www.galison.com/

Undefeated Jack Purcell

Undefeated X Converse Jack Purcell

I love collaborations.  Bringing two emerging companies together to put out an even better product.  Jack Purcell X Undefeated stays true to the shoe with suttle changes to the Jack Purcell smile on the front of the cap toe with a nice red color.

 

 

I also like the Undefeated strikes logo on the back of the shoe that hangs out over the heel as a detail and change to the already timeless shoe.

 

For $65.00 I think these are definitely a great price for these two brands sharing one piece of canvas.

For more info check out the link below

http://www.undefeated.com/webstore/

Herschel Supply Co. All About Detail

I recently received a Herschel Supply Little America back pack for Father’s Day as a gift from a good friend.  I have always been a fan of their products and went to go check back on their website what else they got going on.

To my surprise, their line up has signifigantly increased from last Spring when I was first introduced to them.  Herschel is a company founded by two brothers who wanted to create a timeless yet detailed oriented product for everyday use.  I agree with their vision and applaude them for excuting it.

The great thing about Herschel is that it goes with everything.  They have a set of colors that are more standard with the grays, blacks, and blues, but also for the spring line they have brought out some very colorful bright selections as well.

Their line up now includes a variety of backpacks, sidebags, wallets, and laptop/ipad cases

What I love about them the most is the subtle look on the outside and the detail inside the bag.  My gray Little America has brown straps on the outside that are actually magnet straps that you can lift without unbuckling.  Easy and quick for   packing or unpacking.  The top compartment is very large with room for a 15″ laptop with soft padded material inside.  Room for a cell phone with some leather detail.


Overall its very roomy and very comfortable to carry due to the padded back and more modern straps.  I like the overall appeal that this bag has to offer since its can be worn both professionally and candidly.

Check them out at http://www.herschelsupply.com or any other department stores.

Give A Gift Of Sight With Toms Sunglasses This Summer

Wow, just checked out Toms.com and saw there new sunglasses for the summer.  Love the new colors they are pushing out and the new styles also.  For mens they offer you four styles.  Two of them are reminiscent of the Ray Ban Wayfarer one being a smaller style frame (show above), and the other two styles are aviator type sunglasses.

The men’s overlap into women’s options with an additional two more styles offered.

My favorite are the Wayfarers for men.  I love the detail on all the ear pieces where it has different color tips.  The colors are vibrant and fun and make these stand out.  The overall construction of these glasses are solid also, and not flimsy or cheap material used.

As with any Toms product, they always find a way to give back to people in need.  With there One for One campaigns they are helping with either medical treatment for eyes, prescription glasses, or eye surgery.

So if you are looking for sunglasses this summer, consider Toms.  The prices are reasonable and its always good to give back.