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Photographed by Jesica Chan
Jacket – Insight51
Shirt – Uniqlo Heattech
Denim – Zara (tapered by tailor)
Shoes – Rick Owens DRKSHDW Canvas Ramones
Toronto’s spring temperature can be quite a weird time when it comes to fashion and weather appropriate attire. It is often not quite warm enough to completely ditch our jackets, but at the same time, too cold to for shorts. In this post, I will be sharing an affordable spring-appropriate Rick Owens inspired outfit to hopefully encourage you guys to try something different.
Rick Owens, from my personal experience, is a very unique brand with very few others like it. To elaborate, it is a brand with heavy emphasis on detailing and cutting to present a very modern avant-garde silhouette. That being said however, his pieces are as beautiful as they are expensive – with t-shirts averaging the mid hundreds and shoes starting at around a grand a pair. I understand the price point may turn a lot of people off, but trust me when I say you don’t need to break the bank to recreate the aesthetics of most brands, all you need is are key pieces. In Rick Owens’ case, I believe the shoes are a vital piece to complete the look. For example:
For the foundation of my outfit, I chose the canvas Ramones from Rick Owens’ DRKSHDW line. These shoes are great for an entry level piece because it is an iconic silhouette that can be worn in a variety of styles (if you guys would like a post about it, let me know and I’d be very happy to whip something up). Regarding the DRKSHDW line, it is often associated with materials like denim, cotton, and leather trimmings; as opposed to the main line which is used with more premium materials like leather and silk. To go along with the Rick Owens aesthetics of dark and modern, I paired the shoes up with a Uniqlo Heat Tech, Insight51 mid-length jacket, and a pair of Zara black denim that I got tapered. I feel like this casual take on the brand’s style is a very great stepping stone into this side of the fashion world.
Currently my 2 favourite Instagram influencers that incorporate Rick Owens into their outfits are @dpleung and @ldn2hk. Often times I would pull up their feed while standing in front of my closet for references and ideas. As always, I really appreciate the support from you guys and feel free to let me know your thoughts.
Spring is finally upon us and hibernation season has come to an end. What that means for myself and Jes is we can finally get out of bed without staying under the covers for hours and actually make use of our morning – which usually involves weekend brunch. I actually only found out about Té a couple of weeks ago when I was looking through Instagram stories and stumbled upon a glorious picture of their Chai Milk Té. The alcoholic in me stared at the words bubble tea cocktail, and by the next heartbeat, we made a brunch reservation.
As soon as we sat down, I ordered what made me want to come here in the first place, their Chai Milk Té. According to their menu, the ingredients include vodka, amaretto, vanilla chai, cream, cinnamon stick, and mini tapioca pearls. Realistically, that combination of flavours should work well with each other to create a delicious bubble tea inspired cocktail. I think what made me disappointed wasn’t so much the (lack of) alcohol ratios, but more so lack of a chai flavour profile. For those who have not been exposed to chai, it is generally a black tea brewed with many fragrant herbs and spices – such as cardamom pods, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, etc. What I ended up drinking was a slightly alcoholic brown-coloured water with a floating cinnamon stick and a couple of tapioca pearls added in. Despite the rough start, it wouldn’t be brunch unless we actually fill up our stomaches with real food.
When it comes to brunch, I feel like I am in the minority when it comes to ordering food. Typically on Instagram and food blogs, brunch pictures involve eggs benedict or some really fancy looking pancakes. Us on the other hand, we order and share what sounds the most greasy and unhealthy on the menu, in this case, their Dark-Spiced Taiwanese Fried Chicken and Egg Waffle and Bulgogi Burger with French Fries. Long story short, chicken was moist and seasoned beautifully, egg waffles were crispy on the outside, warm and fluffy on the inside, and balanced very well with maple syrup. Personally, I think their Bulgogi Burger was definitely the highlight of this meal. There is just something so satisfying about burger-shaped food where we eat with our hands and make a mess. I mean at the end of the day, what is there to not like about bulgogi, a runny fried egg, wasabi mayo, and friend onions squished between sesame buns?
All in all, I would say Té executed their Asian-inspired brunch pretty well. The biggest disappointment was their cocktail, it has so much potential to be a top-seller if they improve on getting the correct flavour profile. Would I come back for brunch? Probably, but I would take my day-drinking elsewhere.
Photographed by Jesica Chan
Bag – Supreme FW 15 Contour Hip Bag
Bomber – Represent Oblivion Bomber Jacket
Hoodie – ASSC Mindgames Hoodie
Tee – H&M Striped Extended Tee
Shorts – Fear of God Cotton Drop-Rise Shorts
Leggings – Fear of God Waffle Knit Leggings
Shoes – Y-3 Yohji Run
First and foremost, my name is Charles @thatscharles and welcome to my first ever blog post. This marks the beginning of a new chapter in my life. I want to start this project as a way to get my name out and open more doors for my future. If you would like to follow me on this journey, grab some popcorn and get comfortable because this could end wonderfully or like the Titanic (the ocean liner, not the movie).
Often times, expectation and reality do not go hand in hand with each other. If you asked me where I saw myself after graduating from university, I would have probably said teaching or something with music. Here we are now, two years after graduation – I am working a regular 9 to 5, not on bottom of the office food chain, but definitely nowhere close to the top. Through the melancholic lifestyle we call “adulthood”, I found enjoyment out of sharing the attractive aspects of my life (dates, fashion, and travel to name a few) through photography.
The current plan for this blog will is an outlet for me to create content surround male lifestyle and fashion. I plan to split this blog into four categories – Lifestyle (food, dates, shopping, personal care), Fashion (self-explanitory), Travel (vacations and trips), and Advice (personal experiences).
Youtube has always been something I really want to try out as it is a very interesting way to showcase who I am to the world. I believe video is a format that can portray real personalities that photographs fall short of. The current plan to start a Youtube channel will hopefully begin by the end of May once I return from my trip to Hong Kong and Japan.