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Viva Las Vegas

Las Vegas, NV, USA


When one of your favorite cousins is getting married and he happens to live in Las Vegas, you go. I'm not from one of those really big, Norman Rockwell sort of families.  Mine is small and unique. My parents come from families with not a lot of kids, who did not have a lot of kids and I was only close these particular cousins growing up, but then they moved.

Brooklyn Mermaid

Growing up on the East End of Long Island, I need to be near the water.  I'm used to the salt air and open space, though that is sort of what I gave up to live in Brooklyn.  I got something totally different and full of its own beauty. I always find a way to swim through. 

Derby Chic



Part of being a well-dressed gentleman is knowing the situation and the proper attire. You wouldn't show up to a wedding wearing what you wear to work at your 'business casual' office and vice versa. The same could be said for instances like finding yourself at a derby. Being from Long Island, NY, we just recently hosted the Belmont Stakes and this outfit is inspired by that environment. 




The Belmont Stakes is a place where you find yourself almost back in time; you can sit in the stands and it almost feels like you could be back in the times of Gatsby. Everyone is dressed to impress (well, they should be, anyway); men in their seersucker suits and derby hats and ladies dressed in summer dresses and their Sunday best hat. I chose to mix a seersucker tie with a linen blazer and cotton pants, mixing hues of blues, whites and beiges. 


This look is both appropriate for the environment, the weather and can also serve double duty as a summer wedding look. This is the key to your style: get pieces that you can reuse and if you find a look you really like and can use it for more than one occasion - do it! Not all of us can constantly find and buy new pieces and have an endless closet of choices. Buy what you love and make it work for more than one thing!



What I'm Wearing:

THEORY  |  blazer

EXPRESS  |  tie

THEORY  |  shirt

EXPRESS  |  shoes

THEORY  |  pants

RAY-BAN  |  sunglasses


I hope you all enjoyed this look; I know I enjoyed shooting it! Get together your best derby look and maybe I'll see you next year at the Stakes!

Until next time,

Mind Your Manners.

RP

'Murica


Sometimes I forget that I was actually born in another country.  It doesn't really change anything except geography. At the end of the day I am just American.  I've always been not only an American, but a proud New Yorker.  

Hampton's Vice


Summer is here! Beaches, the sun, hot temperatures and summer fashion are afoot and living in the locale that I do, the regular 't-shirt and shorts' routine just won't cut it some days. Don't get me wrong - I frequently rock shorts and a tee, but that doesn't really mean you're dressed for every occasion. This look is for those days when you need to look a bit more put together, but still weather appropriate; maybe happy hour on the dock overlooking the water with that special someone - or soon-to-be special someone?



Summer calls for linen and other lightweight fabrics, bright colors and lighter colors. This particular look covers all of those bases - it's lightweight, has bright and light colors and even has a touch of the good ol' boat shoe; a staple of island living. Linen is a great summer fabric because not only is it lightweight and (mostly) breathable, but when it wrinkles, you're still in the clear!


I opted for a light beige linen blazer over a linen blend v-neck tee. The bright blue hue of the shirt is a great color for this time of year and plays off the light color of the blazer and pants very well. The pants I'm wearing aren't quite white; they're more of a 'stone white' and work well with the blazer as well. Tying the look together are the blue boat shoes I'm wearing - very appropriate for daytime shenanigans near the water. Finally, what would a summer day be without a great pair of shades? I opted for my tortoise shell Ray-Bans because the browns in the glasses play off the light beige blazer and brown stripe on the shoe. 

What I'm Wearing:

THEORY  |  linen blazer

RAY-BAN  |  sunglasses

THEORY  |  pants

ALDO  |  shoes

THEORY  |  linen tee



I hope you all have enjoyed checking out this cool, elevated casual summer look. I definitely enjoyed putting it together for all of you and who wouldn't enjoy shooting on the lovely beaches of Long Island? Enjoy your linens while you can; summer doesn't last forever! 

Until next time,

Mind Your Manners.

RP
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