The Grungy Gentleman.

http://grungygentleman.com

The Grungy Gentleman. The name itself tells you this is not your typical clothing site. On the contrary, it turns convention on its head. The site itself is set up multimedia style, offering all things modern and unique from the categories you would expect from a lifestyle site. From articles on the latest designer runway show to a 101 on Scotch recipes to tickle any set of taste buds.

It’s hard enough trying to find and stay on top of trends and fashion let alone what’s happening with housing, gadgets, food, restaurants etc. and the list goes on. It’s simply exhausting! Here is a source that give a one-stop-shop feel with luxury. As I walk through the site I am taken on an exciting sensory ride – Grungy TV grabs my attention and I’m hooked! Looking through the video library I’m suddenly made aware that this is more than just your typical hip hop website with a few dashes of designer duds and lifestyle sprinkled throughout. Its chic, its hip hop, its style, its unconventional.

Grungy TV

What swayed my opinion the most was the riveting interview with Bill Russell, Boston Celtics legend. The interview was conducted by Bill Simmons and was not only informative and easy to follow for someone like myself, whose knowledge of all things basketball is relatively limited. I found it entertaining and informative learning about the biography. It gave me the feeling that this was not just a style site, it truly was a lifestyle site, offering something meaty that loyal followers of the brand could engage with.

Food+Travel

We’ve all wondered about the life of the rich and famous; what they eat and drink, wondering if we will ever reach a point like that in our lives where we would live so indulgently; but have you ever wondered what the trendy eat? Well look no further. The food and travel section of this site takes you on a gastro-fantasy ride of what’s hot in various cities across the country. I think my favourite had to me the lobster mac & cheese and it doesn’t end there.

So you’re a Grungy Gentleman, and you’re in the mood to switch up your game in the cocktail department but dread the thought of leaving it to the bartender at your local hot spot is worse. Well clearly the Grungy Gent looks no further than the handy Food+Travel section where he finds an write up or two on the latest vintage whatever for the modern man. Problem solved, bottoms up.

Blurbs on trendy hot spots from Miami to NYC are of course sprinkled throughout the section to inspire you to dream big and live the lavish lifestyle seen in these glossy images. There is no lack of content here, it’s loaded with article after article of choice words spoken true of the lifestyle of the maybe-not-so-rich and trendy.

 ~Authenticity is key to true style ~

Gadgets and Tech

I have to say the Grungy Gentleman site has enough and more content for the gent who is looking to stay in the loop with all things current and interesting. However, like the sports section of the site I automatically assume this section would hold nothing really of interest for me being that I’m a fashion girl! What would content on gadgets and technology have to keep me interested? I eat my words happily… first off I scan through the page looking for anything that may catch my eye, maybe a hot buzz word or even a colour scheme to make my darting eyes stop. Lo and behold my eyes didn’t go far before they landed on the modelling icon Naomi Campbell posing with the latest Beats by Dre earphones, YES! A great behind the scenes video of the making of the commercial and photo shoot was the cherry on that sundae article. #somethingforeveryone

Sports

So I feel like I probably should have mentioned the Bill Russell thing here, but trust me when I say that if I was a Grungy Gent sports fan looking for the latest in whatever sport, I would find no lack of information to satisfy my sport-centric needs.

Entertainment

Now here is a section I could sink my teeth in to. The diversity of write ups on this site was incredible. I got to read everything from art gallery events to the hottest concerts and festivals. Don’t be fooled, this section has its fair share of fashion and celebrity entertainment, but its just not the same jive you’ve read a hundred times on entertainment sites and TV shows already this week. These article ar as interesting as they are conversation starters that will keep you seeming in the loop and knowledgeable all at the same time.

Style

So when it comes to style and fashion, at first glance, the site looks as though it will be skewed in towards the hip hop side of things and unless your personal style calls for such, you won’t find much here. You would be remissed to not view the collection of content in this section of the site with all its exposure for the not so popular, casual and even something for the suits! Once again they hit the nail on the head with the plethora of style options for men of all styles.

Men looking to keep their finger on the pulse of luxury lifestyle by design, look no further. Whether you live this lifestyle already or it’s something you aspire to Grungy Gentleman is sure to impress and suck you in to their world.

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… and we’re back… totally Naked & Famous!

NAKED AND FAMOUS DENIM COMPANY


I have been on hiatus, as I call it , but now I am back and more about my adventures in the NEXT blog post ~

for now, let’s get NAKED…


{DENIM

selling it … wearing it … managing it … buying it …feeling it … teaching it … understanding it … loving it …

… as a stylist, you name it and I did it with denim}

Its one of those wardrobe staples that never, ever go away…

“Jeans…have become not only the backbone but spinal cord, rib cage and for some, the whole skeleton of a woman’s wardrobe…”  –

~Victoria Beckham, denim designer 


SEE???


 

I want to highlight a brand which not only has a strong cult following but a very distinctive look and mantra Naked & Famous 

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This brand has not only succeeds in creating a product that is different and unique but its MADE IN CANADA!

 

The way I see it, there is so much made off shore these days and a major misconception which has forced us to believe that items (especially clothing) needs to be insanely over priced if its made domestically. Well, this brand definitely goes against that general assumption by producing a number of options under $200!

 

The conviction and passion of  founder Brandon Svarc, is totally infectious and intriguing… if you’re on the market for raw denim classic, check out this brand, you might just fall in love ❤   AND after watching this video I think any denim enthusiast would agree that it will inspire you to Get Your Denim On!!

 


Own it. Love it. Live it. Rock it.


 

Fashionably Yours,

Shona xx

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The little black dress

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The little black dress, also infamously known as the LBD. It is without a doubt a staple piece in your closet and most definitely one of the top 10 wardrobe essentials in any woman’s collection.

So why black you may ask?? It’s not for any other reason than that black is chic, timeless and sexy. Done in a high quality fabric, (or not). The reason I say that, and it’s not that any of us want to purchase a low quality item but sometimes you just can’t justify the price tag for the silk or cashmere.

SPENDING TIP:
“If your budget does not allow for all high quality pieces, scrimp on the darks. Workmanship is much more noticeable on light coloured fabrics; inexpensive light coloured pieces will always look cheaper than inexpensive dark ones” – INSTYLE, Secrets of Style  
The single most important feature when buying your LBD is the fit – do not compromise – if you have fallen head over heels for a LBD and it’s just not quite there – enlist the help of a good tailor.
A good tailor can:
Adjust hemlines,
Remove sleeves,
Adjust armholes,
Alter the neckline,
Remove pleats…
Obviously these alterations come at a cost so avoiding them is best but a nip or tuck for the perfect fit can be priceless!
Different ways to wear your LBD
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1. CLASSIC CHIC
– pearls, diamonds, gold, silver… whatever your choice of sparkle is, keep it minimal and sophistcated
– pumps
– your most classic favourite watch
 
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2. EDGY
– ankle booties
– oversized jewellery
– metalic deatails on your clutch
– leather jacket for a hint of rocker sexy
– armful of bangles
 
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3. WORK APPROPRIATE
– blazer
– stud earrings
– full length boots or pumps depending on the waether
– opaque hose
– depending on the neckline, if it is a sheath style dress, a crisp white collared shirt underneath is always very profesional and clean even sans blazer
 
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4. PARTY LBD
– add colour
– pashmina, silk scarf, fur wrap
– coloured platform pumps or strappy and sexy heels
– trendy fun bangles earrings OR statement necklace and a cocktail ring!

 Be creative, there’s no knowing where your LBD might take you. It is simple to take this outfit from day to night just by swapping out the jewellery and outerwear selection. Remember, the most important aspect of fashion is that there are no limits. You are the one that will define that LBD, so make yourself proud and rock it out!

For the LOVE of fashion, wardrobing and style

Really Rock Your Denim

Denim. 
It’s a wardrobe staple…a fashion essential.
It’s classic, stylish and comfortable (yes, comfortable). I know what you’re thinking, and the answer is ‘yes’, you can have it all in a single pair. The trick is knowing where to go, what to look for and who to ask for help.
Wrong size.
Saggy bottom syndrome.
Too tight in the thighs.
Bagging at the knees.
Loose in the waist.
Those are only some of the things that could go wrong with your denim – working in the industry, i’ve heard it all.
Take a look at a few non-negotiables one needs to remember when shopping for a new pair of denim:
Fit, Look, Budget
It’s simple, yes, so don’t compromise on these three OR on the order. I’m serious!
1. Do not compromise on the FIT!
If it is too long, it is very simple to alter, however it is tougher to achieve the right fit when it comes to your waist, hips and thighs. Always prioritize fit in these areas.
 
2. There are so many brands out there with  premium quality.
You don’t have to compromise on the look either, whether you want faded, dark, light, distressed, etc… Keep the look in mind and stay true to that! For example: If you want a vintage look there are many textures that can help you achieve it, it’s not just one colour or fabric that will work. If you find this part a challenge I would suggest recruiting the help of a style expert or a personal shopper. They can help you with achieving the look you want without all the hassle of searching for the pieces yourself!
3. Here is the scary part: How much will this cost me??
Ok this is obviously a personal decision, but, with the exception of designer jeans (where you paying for the label) you get what you pay for with premium denim. A good stylist, or personal shopper will help you find the best value for your money. It is the easiest way to help you find the right fit for your shape, the right look for your style and it can all be within your budget.
For more tips and tricks on everyday fashion, follow me on Twitter! 
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For the LOVE of fashion, wardrobing and style

Calling all “IT” girls!

Every girl should aspire to be an “IT”girl, in my opinion. I mean, that basically declares to the world that you are in love with life and of course fashion and style.The classic “IT” girl possesses qualities such as confidence, fearlessness and class… she has a style that is uniquely her own! However, you must beware not to confuse style and fashion with one another. 
 
In the wise words of Tom Ford, “Style is very different from fashion. Once you find something that works, keep it”.
 
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This past season I’ve really been loving the greek based brand Folli Follie, whose latest theme catalogue celebrates The “IT” girl in all her accessorized glory. From those saturated colours, to the the jewel tones and luxe leather – it’s heaven!
 
Folli Follie’s guide to being an “IT” girl:
“A girl who possesses a certain ‘it’ quality, a certain je ne sais quoi, a spirit that dazzles as she expresses herself through style and personality. They are loved for their effortless sense of style, infectious joie de vivre and cosmopolitan chic way of life.”

Why a personal stylist may be in your best interest

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The concept of style and fashion can be intimidating to some. To have someone help you get started makes it so much more accessible. In today’s world, style and fashion are so intertwined with your image and perception in the … Continue reading