Mondays: Mike

DSC_3084.JPG Within our very humanities focused group of friends, Mike and I are like two sore thumbs with our pursuit of business focused jobs. We bond over how stressful it is when recruiters don't respond to emails, how emotionally taxing it is to attend networking events, and overall how anxiety ridden it is to compete against super intense type A business students. While I sometimes fit that b-school student description quite well, I appreciate that Mike (along with the rest of my crew) doesn't judge me as a "sellout" for pursuing my marketing career at a large corporation.

Indeed, we go way back to our first Econ 101 class together at the University of Michigan. Mike, also a Columbus native like his good friend Brendan, is pursuing enlightenment in International Studies and Economics. Mike's aesthetic is guided by classic American menswear with a twist, as particularly evidenced through his Ray Ban aviators (which he has had for 10 years -- kudos for being able to keep something in your life for so long).

Mike is definitely in the core of my Friday night pregame crew and we always have really great candid conversations about life, politics, music, etc.  We never hesitate to call each other out, so it kept our time in Puerto Rico both feisty and interesting.

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Mondays: Brendan

DSC_3309 Brendan is my half Asian/half blend of white European something who helps me appreciate high quality food and drink. Every morning in Puerto Rico, he woke up and made breakfast potatoes, well done eggs, and tilapia. He was almost never caught without a cigarette and I've been fighting the urge to go buy a pack since returning home from vacation.

A Columbus native, Brendan studies Chinese and Computer Science at the University of Michigan. He masters lots of different looks, but keeps me guessing at what his closet essential or favorite accessory is. My fondest memory of our friendship is hiking 10+ miles through El Yunque National Forest whilst he smoked cigarettes the entire time. I'll still be fighting the urges today.

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Mondays: Cellik

DSC_7760 Mondays are tough. Luckily, there are plenty of beautiful men in my life that make it easier; at least on the eyes. To help kickstart your week, every Monday I'll be featuring one of the multiple bangin' dudes I have the pleasure of knowing. It'll be pretty straightforward and untamed.

Cellik is the freshest face of my new #ManCrushMonday series. He is an Ann Arbor native studying Cognitive Science. His aesthetic is casual and neutral toned, with a few statement accessories and pieces that he switches up like his favorite Celtic knot ring. When asked to describe his aesthetic in 3 words, he said "whatever fits me". So awesome, cause whatever he wears looks comfortable yet contemporary. I love Doc Martens myself so 10 points to Gryffindor for your choice of shoes.

We met through a mutual acquaintance (who you'll see featured on JM next week), of course over photography. I had just upgraded from a Nikon D5000 to  Nikon D7000, and he was the first subject I photographed (the camera was literally just taken out of the box maybe 10 minutes before I met him). He's incredibly nice to work with, and has a calm demeanor that makes it easy to shoot with him both behind and in front of the camera. Our fondest memory together is taking pictures in the law quad where we bumped into multiple wedding parties that were also shooting that day. Oops.

Please enjoy the pictures of Cellik and his billowy soft brown hair.

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Mind Your Ps & Qs

DSC_6257Going into a women's clothing store can be terrifying: there are often an overwhelming amount of choices and other shoppers at arm's length. The idea of walking into a store like Forever 21 alone gives me anxiety, and perhaps explains why I have started frequenting online stores more. Men's clothing shops like Ps & Qs and previously visited Today Clothing, however, are quite the opposite experience. Rather than dealing with an overbearing clothing to square-foot ratio, these unique top-shelf menswear shops often utilize a minimalistic space that is very open and uncluttered. The overarching feeling is one that is free of stress as you breeze down the sides of the store, browsing quality made in the USA shirts and quirky socks. In addition, the presence of Brooklyn (the dog) then made the store feel extremely warm and welcoming, which made my experience a far more comfortable one (as nicer menswear shops can sometimes feel intimidating and unnecessarily posh).

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Today Clothing

DSC_2244 The world of menswear is rapidly changing. While the gaping disparity in the availability of clothing between the two genders still exists, smaller contemporary clothing stores like Today Clothing are growing in popularity all across the nation. Here are some glimpses into the cool menswear they have presented in a beautifully minimalistic space.

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CollegeFashionista.com

IMG_1996 Due to midterms and the seemingly exponential growth of school work, I have unfortunately fallen behind on maintaining my blog posts. If you are looking for about an hour or two's worth of distractions, please check out my writing on CollegeFashionista.com. For the past two semesters, I have been blogging about men's street style for this site that captures college trends at over 300 universities worldwide. The men I encounter are trendy as they are interesting, and I often get to know my subjects pretty well before I write an article about what they are wearing. Click through the photo to read a little about my mission with fashion blogging, and also to see the other articles I have done.

LWD

LittleWhiteDressMy friends and family all know that I am super particular with fit, color, style, etc., and generally avoid buying clothes come time for birthdays. But occasionally, my mom will take the gamble and buy something that becomes an all-time favorite. This white dress is a refreshing addition to my mostly black closet, and commands so much attention in itself that I didn't see a need to heavily accessorize. It fits quite snugly yet has a very modest neckline, and unlike most white dresses, is not sheer and see-through. I wore this comfortably for the day with some light pink lipstick and gold peep-toe flats.