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Masculine Monday: ‘Grungy Gentleman’, ‘Tucked’ and ‘Bonobos’ Giving Men’s Fashion Reasons to Celebrate

On This Fine Day, We Give Thanks To Combat Boots, Trousers with a Cool Color Boost,

and Successful Subtle Sarcasm of Formal Wear achieved by the designs of Bonobos!

'Tucked' Q&A Series with 'Bonobos' Fashion Line

Grungy Gentleman Combat Boots of Perfection!

Tucked.. with a cool color boost to love!

To disassemble the who’s who between these male-geared virtual publications was a bit treacherous at first, I must admit.  It seems that ‘Tucked, LLC‘ has much admiration for ‘Bonobos’, both of which are warmly welcomed by the Grungy Gentleman Blog, a creation of the virtually mysterious Jace Lipstein.

Upon entrance of the Grungy Gentleman Blog, there is an open door to a Singer22.com, (aka ‘S22 Man‘), which just so happens to feature some awesome fashions for color lovin’ gals, like myself!  To see these, and I recommend highly you do so, or at least forward the following URL to your girlfriend/wife/insert affiliation here: http://www.singer22.com/blog/

To provide some clarity to the domain clutter, it ultimately isn’t clutter at all. It is a complex example of proper Blog Etiquette. Mutual  admiration in publications to peers and inspirations. It has now become clear that Jon Singer, Founder of Singer 22, which is taking off in the Men’s Fashion Industry, had been interviewed by Grungy Gentleman. The interview, of which, was featured on the Tucked Blog.

(For complete interview, please  visit URL: http://www.grungygentleman.com/2011/05/q-with-jon-singer-founder-of-singer22.html)

SINGER22 is emerging as a force in the industry. With additional retail locations on the horizon, the launch of menswear, and celebrity appearances, SINGER22 has created quite the buzz. Their growth and success starts and ends with the guy in charge, Jon Singer.

Grungy Gentleman sits down with Mr. SINGER 22, Jon Singer…

Now that we have that a bit cleared up… The point was ultimately to say a sincere Thank You to these Fashion-Gents.

The combat boots featured in Grungy Gentleman are totally awesome, not overpriced and not outlandish in appearance either. They walk the perfect line of ‘in-style’ and ‘not trying at all’. This is a hard look to pull of successfully, and these boots will answer the prayers of many, including myself if they’re available in a Men’s size 4, which I’ve already inquired upon 🙂

THE BOOTS 🙂

The Boots: Take 2

For More on These, Please Visit The Original Entry at: http://www.grungygentleman.com/2011/06/grungy-gentleman-x-j-shoes-campaign.html

Secondly, to Tucked LLC, you rock dude! This blog has numerous tips and awesome images to help convey completely what a man that looks well dressed without looking primped should appear like. In real life. With stylish approaches that inch toward, but never jump off the bridge, like ’30s inspired cuffed up pant legs, wool vests, green trousers and suspenders, that all work in the creation of Tucked, I am in an awe-inspired thanks. He describes his ensembles much better than I should attempt, and if you’re interested in looking this smooth, take a gander into the mind of Tucked…

Tucked

Tucked: Watch Me Dress

Original Post: ‘Authentic Yet Modern: Watch Me Dress’ A Composition of Justin Bridges of  Tucked LLC:

http://tuckedstyle.com/post/6354750578/authentic-yet-modern-watch-me-dress

And lastly, the sneaky sarcasm of the dress pants. I can’t help but find that humor in formal menswear deserves some sort of applause or a treat of some kind. Bonobos CEO Andy Dunn began his successful men’s fashion venture with hopes to catering to the comfortable fit of stylish menswear. Bravo, Mr. Dunn. And then some. A few key pieces from this line that are infectiously lovable include items such as the Graham Slackers and the Banshees, in addition to more obvious favorite picks like the Mint Juleps!

Graham Slackers

Mint Juleps by Bonobos

Bonobos Bashees

As explained by ‘Ninja Dan’:

To be refined takes a little more effort, but you don’t want to overdo it and become boring and stuffy. The Banshees create a look that is at once both simple and exuberant. On the outside, they are fine-cut black wool pants: spartan and appropriate. On the inside, they are vibrant, playful, and rebellious. So while you may be in middle management and have daily meetings about corporate synergy, you can always rock the Banshees and know you’re the cock of the walk. – Ninja Dan

What a marvelous Monday for Masculine Fashion Finds! These sure fire ensembles, tips and approaches to looking great without it seeming like you spent a great deal of time in preparation… is the answer to any man’s ‘looking great.’ I hope these resources help, here’s wishing all our cherished gentlemen a happy week and a marvelously Masculine Monday.

Thanks For Stopping By,

Alexandra

Raymond Lee Jewelers

2012 Fashion Trends: Oriental Prints, Fur Trims and Short Hems Coming Soon!

Fashion Trends of 2012:

Expect to see prints of the Orient, Lace and Fur Trimming similar to the style of the 1920’s, and Mod Infused Early ’60s Hemlines

Thanks to great resources like Fashionising.com, getting a heads up on the next years fashion trends is within reach. While it’s still a bit early to predict what significantly different changes will take off with a fluster and what trends will fall as complete blunders in 2012, enough information is available to (at the very least). help us prepare the best way possible.

I can only hope that the biker-chic style that was so eminent in the stylings of 2011 remains steadfast as the year turns, as I still have to purchase both my motorcycle boots and jacket.  Of these two things… I have been virtual window shopping for the entirety of 2011.

Chanel Motorcycle Boots - Introduced During 2010 Fashion Week in NY

Philipp Plein Jacket - A MUST HAVE !!!

Now, that said.. Some new trends, both in prints, fits and hems are rumored to be big hits in the upcoming year of 2012. Of these, expect to see an increase in the street style wearing of Komono‘s, oriental prints will be more common, though expected to be a bit more subtle and floral in use. Exotic silks and authentic vintage Kimono’s would be great pre-planning purchases to be a well-prepared fashionista for 2012!

The vintage fashions of this year certainly will not die off and disappear, but they will morph just a bit. From the sophisticated ’70s style we’ve seen so much of this year, with the soft flowing curls and slinky fabrics, expect a shift into the style of the early 1960’s. We’re talking true Mod Girl stuff here, Peter pan collars, short hems, mod hair styles and the Twiggy fashioned eyeliner may be sneaking it’s way back into the fashion forefront.

This year has already opened itself up to many 1930’s inspired fashions, a trend heightened with the release of the Motion Picture, ‘Water for Elephants.’ For both Men and Women, there has been a throw-back to old-fashioned baseball caps, and early styled lace accented dressings for ladies. With the ‘Great Gatsby’ Film expected to be released in 2012, the same will be seen in relation to 1920’s Flapper Fashion.

Avoid costume like ensembles, as these will be easy to spot and difficult to avoid with an expected over-indulged availability of short black wigs and overdone Flapper dresses. Keep this classic trend modern by introducing the ’20s presence in your style in a minimalistic way. Wide-leg trousers and subtle fur trims are great ways to achieve this style without going overboard.

Wide-Leg Trousers

The Chanel 'Le Boy' (A MUST HAVE for 2012!)

The Chanel ‘Le Boy’ is the ultimate glamour bag, with the classic golden braided strap, and intricate lettered perfection of ‘CHANEL’ stitched along the bag’s wide end, these little puppies will be booming in popularity… I want the red one, bad. Already. 🙂

Fashionising.com: Chanel 'Le Boy'

So, there you have it. A few fashion predictors to help you ease your way into a fashionable 2012 from start to finish. Now, we’ll get to what’s pressing currently, which is the preparation for bathing suit season, of course! Get ready for high waists, retro cuts and prints, the return of the one-piece (with a twist), and the early signs of the 1990’s fashion comebacks…

Model/Designer Tori Praver to Introduce Jewelry Line

Tori Praver: The Hawaiian Model and Bathing Suit Designer Invites Us Into Her Future Plans of Jewelry Design, and Beyond.

Tori Praver

The blond bombshell from Hawaii has appeared in Sports Illustrated three times, and is a former Guess? girl. But if you’re in the market for a new bathing suit you’ve probably come across Tori’s name, too. The Maui native launched her eponymous line of swimwear in 2009. Her suits have earned a following because they’re versatile–from sexy one-pieces with cutouts to high waisted cutesy floral bikinis–so you don’t have to look like Tori to look good in them. But it helps that she can model her own lookbook. Here’s what Tori had to say about modeling, designing, and bathing suit malfunctions (yes, they happen to her too)… Read Entire Article By Leah Chernikoff  at

http://fashionista.com/2011/06/modeldesigner-tori-praver-on-her-latest-swimsuit-collection-why-she-never-wanted-to-be-a-model-and-her-most-embarrassing-bathing-suit-moment/?utm_source=Fashionista&utm_campaign=1bb2f6eeca-Fashionista_Daily6_2_2011&utm_medium=email

Sweet Summer Dress by Victor Costa: Karla’s Closet

Victor Costa Summer Dress

via Karla’s Closet

As you know, one of our absolute favorite Vintage Fashion Blogs is Karla’s Closet.  The beautiful girl behind the blog has a strong magnetic pull to all things Vintage, and models her creations with detailed descriptions of the accessories, shoes and even backgrounds of her vintage adorned captures!

Karla's Closet


Today, I stumbled across a sweet summer dress, one of those fantastic light cotton swing dresses that could make you feel like it was a warm summer day even in a few feet of snow… A Victor Costa cotton poplin vintage dress.

With a Clara Kasavina Swarovski ring and Chloe bow sandals, the innocently white with blue trim summer dress is accented perfectly. Take a look…

Masculine Monday: J Crew Capsule Collection with Billy Reid

Good Monday Morning, Gents!

The Alabama-based Designer who is well known for his classic style with a fit-for-work-wear appearance, the anticipated collection from CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award winner Billy Reid for J Crew has arrived… in style. The Capsule Collection includes a variety of pieces, ranging from modestly priced to high-quality exquisite pieces that could be considered fashion investments, if you will.

Today, we’ll focus on a few key pieces from the Capsule Collection that will brighten up the look of any outfit this Spring Summer 2011 Fashion Season for Men. To start, a simple polo with a twist on the original design.

J.Crew Grand Isle Polo

The ideal vision behind this creation by Billy Reid was to maintain the integrity of all the formal elements of a proper Polo shirt, while bringing to the design all of the comfortable and breathable features of a casual fishing tee.

Billy Reid at J.Crew Blythewood Sport Jacket

In Japanese Cotton Chambray, this charcoal colored sport jacket is dressy enough to wear to a good friend’s wedding reception and still comfortably durable. The idea was a sports jacket that could dress up any tee-shirt and jeans to a night-worthy style, while maintaining the comforts of an easy breasy spring and summer-time jacket option.  This Summer Sports Jacket is sure to be a home-run for the fellas. Wrinkles? Not to worry. With this fabric and fit, wrinkles pretty much belong. The thin and breathable fabric lock up the success of the ideal summer sports jacket. Well done, Billy Reid!

Billy Reid at J.Crew Bridwell Henley

With darted seam details and utility pockets, the Capsule Collection henley cotton shirt brings some fundamental fashion updates to this classic and pliable look. A shirt that can be worn alone or with layers, this henley is a lightweight answer to all men’s summer attire. The patch pockets maintain the classic henley appearance, while the addition of a few key details make a refreshed design to a classic long-sleeved breathable tee.

Billy Reid at J.Crew Blythewood Trouser

The Capsule Collection Trouser’s by Billy Reid also feature the Japanese Cotton Chambray fabric as the super summer sports jacket pictured above. There is a huge comeback in the color grey in terms of men’s jeans, trousers, jackets and blazers, even charcoal colored watch faces are popping up as top men’s fashion picks. These dark to heathered hues of grey will likely be seen for a few Seasons to come as the forefront of certain Men’s Fashion.

“It works well with bucks, or rolled up with a pair of sandals.” Billy Reid designed these trousers with the Sports Jacket in mind.

With a special feature of suspender-ready buttons on the waist, Reid explains that he wanted these creatively fashioned trousers to have a definitive nod to old-school fashions.

Check out ‘Billy’s Picks’ including suede bucks, short-sleeved plaid casual tees and a versatile seasonal duffle bag at J Crew.com

Since I’ve also foreshadowed on the presence of grey jeans on their way to Men’s denim domination, have a look at these Diesel Black Gold Jeans.

GQ Reports ‘Clear Skies, Grey Jeans’

Gray jeans should be your go-to jean for the summer. In most cases, they’re washed, worn-in, and lighter-weight. Once you get used to them, you realize they go with almost everything too. For starters, try them with a super soft tee (or something a bit rumpled) and a pair of suede moccasins or designer sneakers.

So get in the grey, guys. The color will be a strong trend this Spring and Summer 2011 Season in jeans, trousers, blazers, watches and more. Be sure to take a look at the Billy Reid Capsule Collection for J Crew. The classic all-American styles with modern-day spins are great high-quality garments that can build the foundation of a winning Spring Summer wardrobe with a few key pieces to build the frame.
Once these workable classics are hanging up in your closet, spinning them into something creative and stylish will be easier than you thought possible. With the addition of a celebrity-inspired pair of shades, a charcoal-colored watch or vintage-themed accessory, you will have a winning ensemble pieced together in perfect masculine harmony!

Fashion Blogger Feature: Karla’s Closet

This not-so-little statement piece feature arrives via the visionary fashion and jewelry combinations of Karla’s Closet.

Karlas Closet . Chain Heavy.

The unique, flirty and ultimately classic ensemble you see here is just one of the ‘all vintage clothing‘ creations of the vintage-inspired business venture, Karla’s Closet.

A strictly vintage clothing store, Karla’s Closet items are all pre-worn.

Amazing fashion ensembles created from combinations of the Karla’s Closet eclectic inventory can be found with detailed descriptions right here… on the Karla’s Closet Blog.

In this photo, Karla models one of most fabulous outfits I’ve ever seen. Described by the Model/ Author/ Entrepreneur herself as:

“A vintage Ungaro skirt that I found on Ebay, an American Apparel striped sweater, 70s Erwin Pearl necklace,  Balenciaga sunglasses, my favorite Coach clutch, and Christian Louboutins.”

Clock Inspired 70s Erwin Pearl necklace

This timepiece-inspired statement necklace by jewelry designer Erwin Pearl, circa 1970’s is (in my humble and personal opinion), the glue that holds this bodacious outfit together. Sometimes an outfit even as adorable and stylish as this one, with a great pink pencil skirt and amazing matching clutch and heels still needs that one illuminating piece of jewelry that ties every piece together in perfect stylish harmony.

→→→→→→   So… without further adieu, allow me to present you with a glimpse of one of our most adored statement pieces :

18k Yellow Gold Heavy Chain Necklace w/Citrine & Diamond Enhancers

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18k Yellow Gold Heavy Chain with Citrine and Diamond Enhancers

This 18K Yellow Gold, Diamond and Citrine Necklace and Enhancer Set is a newly listed item at the Raymond Lee Jewelers eBay Store at an amazing price of $9,995.

Visit this Raymond Lee Jewelers eBay listing for additional images and information on this fantastic statement piece!

The Details:

Metal 18K Yellow Gold
Description 18K Yellow gold heavy chain, designer style toggle necklace pave set with diamonds.  Comes with Two enhancers one a heart shape pave set with diamonds and the other an emerald cut citrine
Weight 76.5 dwt
118.9 grams
Dimensions 16.5″, heart shape enhancer measures 1″ x .75″ and citrine enhancer measures approximately 1.24″ x .75″
Gemstones Diamonds at least 2.00ctw
Diamonds are VS in clarity and H/I in color
Citrine- 2 cabochons on clasp measuring 4mm and one emerald cut stone measuring 10mm x 8mm

Win a Vintage Lace Maxidress from Vintage Space

Thanks to Vintage Space we have this authentic 70s vintage lace dress to give away.

Vintage Lace Maxidress Giveaway by Vintage Space

Vintage Lace Maxidress Giveaway by Vintage Space

The beauty of a vintage piece is that it’s usually one of a kind. You have those glorious moments where someone says to you “amazing dress – where is it from?” and you get to disappoint them by saying “oh, it’s vintage” (i.e. you’ll never find one like it)!

The trouble with hunting down great vintage clothing in the age of the Internet though is that there’s actually too much. It’s hard to filter through the junk and find the gems – that’s when you need to seek out those high quality stores that only stock the best time and again, so you know where to head back to for your vintage fix.

Vintage Space is one of those stores.

With the clothing and accessories vivid with vintage nostalgia by Vintage Space, those of us who adore the look of a tiered, long skirt with layers of top lace falling whimsically down our back, chest and shoulders can keep our personal styles well-maintained. For that, Vintage Space, we thank you! 

This one-of-a-kind immaculately cut vintage lace dress will be part of a giveaway, made possible by Fashionising.com and Vintage Space.

Wear it with angelic innocence, or a big floppy hat for 70s hippy appeal.

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