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December Vibes

Hey!

It's finally December (though it's 80 degrees in LA) and it's time to dress for winter. I'm bringing you a festive look for this holiday season. Hope you all enjoy!

Fair Isle Shawl Collar Cardigan

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There's nothing like a festive cardigan to bring some holiday season vibes to your look. This one from Express brings you a cozy knit fabric combined with a timeless look than can be paired with everything and anything. The shawl collar gives you a classic look to combine with a t-shirt/shirt or sweater. 

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Balenciaga: Black Campaign Logo T-Shirt

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I have always been in love with this tee since it debuted on the runway. I finally got my hands on it a few weeks ago and I've been wearing it non stop. It's simple, fits perfectly and the print is an homage to Bernie Sanders, one of my favorite people. Perfect.

Super Skinny Black Destroyed Stretch + Jeans

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This pair of jeans from Express delivers on all fronts. Extremely comfortable, fantastic fit and a great look for any occasion. The jeans sit low on the waist and have a great tapered ankle that sits just above the ankle making them perfect for both low rise sneakers and boots. 

Louis Leeman White Sneakers

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White sneakers have become synonymous with fashion and these are my go to pair. Made in Italy from the finest Italian leather, these shoes fit like a glove. Pair them with your best black jeans and a white tee and you're set. I'm in love with them.

Hope you all enjoyed the post!


Happy Holidays!

Blake

 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Express. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Holiday Season Looks

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Holiday Season Looks

Hey!

Back on the blog with another look that I hope you guys enjoy. I'm focusing on outerwear as it's starting to get a little colder outside and the top piece of your look is the most important. 

EXPRESS CAMEL TOP COAT

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I've wanted to own one of these pieces for awhile and finally I have one. A simple, laid back camel top coat is a winter essential. This one from Express fits the bill perfectly. From the four-button cuffs to the spread collar and button front, it is exactly what you need to complete any look this winter. Pair it with a tee, black jeans and sneakers and you have a cool sophisticated look for going out. 

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ALLSAINTS STRIPED LONG SLEEVE TEE

This top is one of my faves. I combine it with anything and everything. Leather jackets? Yep. Denim jackets? Yep. Bomber jackets? Yes. By itself? Yeah sure thing of course. It has an oversized fit that gives it more options when it comes to styling under clothing.

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JOE'S BLACK JEANS

Once again, here are my go-to black jeans. They have a tight fit and are super comfortable. They have a perfectly tapered ankle so they will not hang over your boots awkwardly as many jeans do. I have not tailored these at all, this is just how they fit.

RM WILLIAMS BLACK SUEDE CHELSEA BOOTS

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A new pick up that has become my favorite. Black suede, leather sole and a high top structure. I love them. I got mine with the wider sole to add an extra level of comfort and support. 

Thank for reading you guys, let me know what you think :)

Blake

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Express. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Pay It Forward with HP

Hey!

 

As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve partnered with HP over the holiday season to generate awareness for the “Pay It Forward” campaign they‘re running.

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I took part on World Kindness Day on November 13th where I mentioned a moment of wonder that helped me down the path I’m on today.

I want to go into that a little more right now.

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When i was living in London I’d spend weekends at soup kitchens serving food and drinks to those who need it the most. From children to grandparents, everyone needed a little help. This allowed me to see life through others eyes as well as help those in my community. It made me appreciative for what I had growing up and what I have moving forward.

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Helping others is easy. It’s simple. We, as a community and society don’t do it enough.

Now, as a 24 year old, I want to do the same thing in Los Angeles. Here’s what I’m going to do for my “Pay It Forward” project.

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I plan to organize a group in my community to volunteer at a soup kitchen leading up to the holidays. Thanks to HP, I've been able to use the Spectre to create a virtual poster to post on my social accounts to encourage you all to get out and help the homeless and those in need as well.

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Providing happiness, comfort and joy to someone in need should be something we all do.

Hope you all have an amazing holiday season,

Blake

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#ReinventGiving with HP

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#ReinventGiving with HP

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I’ve partnered with HP over the holiday season to generate awareness for the new Spectre x360.

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I’m going to be taking part in World Kindness Day on November 13th where I’ll reflect on a moment of wonder that helped me down the path I’m on today. After that I’m going to pay it forward, but those details will be revealed soon.

Firstly however I want to give you a personal insight into the Spectre x360. I’m going to be using this product later during this collaboration to design posters so I think it would be great to give you my thoughts on it first. 

I’m a stickler for good design & the Spectre x360 delivers on all fronts. This is a great, premium laptop which can be hard to find in today’s market. From its cohesive design to its lack of compromises, the Spectre x360 delivers on all fronts. 

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The x360 is a laptop that can easily switch to a fully fledged tablet with ease. It’s thin. It’s light. It’s powerful. The body is made entirely from aluminum which gives it a high quality feel. The speaker system is brought to you by Bang & Olufsen and it’s the best sounding laptop speaker system on the market. 

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On top of that, it has a great full size keyboard (I love the clicks), a no lag touchpad and a beautiful screen. Coming in at 1080p with especially wide viewing angles and vibrant colors, it’s perfect for watching movies and editing photos. One of my favorite features is the fingerprint sensor on the side that you can use to log in. It’s a feature that delivers wonder and more importantly, works every single time. 

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But perhaps my favorite feature is the pen and the endless possibilities you have when using it. The inking possibilities are a big draw to me. On my Spectre, I have various different apps installed that allow me to make the most of the pen. 

Firstly, I use the pen for photo editing. My job is photo based and I have to edit photos every single day. Having the pen allows me to be more detailed with my edits and have greater control over the final image. 

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Secondly, the pen allows me to be more creative. This ties in with the partnership I have with HP. I’m going to be creating posters on the Spectre x360 for their holiday campaign and that wouldn’t be possible without their pen technology. 

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Hope you are all having an amazing day!

Check back for more soon :)

Blake

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Layers On Layers

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Hey!

It's finally my favorite time of the year, fall. This time of the year has everything I want. From Halloween to amazing food to the cooler fall weather (even though it is 100 degrees in LA this week).

I put together this look for you guys and girls. It's very simple but involves one of my favorite things about this time of year, layering.


ON TOP

Genuine Suede Sherpa Moto Jacket

I love this piece from Express. Made from genuine suede with a removable Sherpa collar, this jacket is perfect for every imaginable situation in fall. From pairing like I have, with a tee and flannel, to perhaps a thick knit sweater, this jacket gives you the ability to change up your look around a signature piece. This jacket has fantastic details like the shoulder epaulettes that add to the sophistication. 

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Plaid Flannel Shirt

Another Express piece. A lot of people would go with a red or dark green flannel with this outfit but I have chosen to change that up with a dark blue number. This soft flannel combines nicely with the color off the moto jacket. It's also just incredibly comfortable. This shirt is super simple but has some great touches. The contested interior stands out and adds a nice texture to any look.

AllSaints Tee

Nothing too crazy here, just a simple black tee from AllSaints. Super comfortable, super simple and can be paired with anything. It's a t shirt haha.

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Miansai Dove Necklace

I can't stop wearing this necklace. It's my favorite. This dove pendant necklace hangs on a 24" sterling silver chain. It's perfect. So so perfect.


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AllSaints Cigarette Print Jeans

These are my current go-to jeans for fall. They fit incredibly well an have a nice tailored ankle which can be very difficult to find. They also have stretch which is perfect for the amount of food i am about to stuff in my body over the next few months. They are a distressed black/grey color and the wash is perfect.

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RM Williams Chelsea Boot

What else can I say about these boots? I am lucky enough to have a pair of these. They were just featured by GQ as a fall clothing essential. They stand out without being too much and they go with anything. If you know me, you know I love chelsea's. I have around 6 pairs now, all different colors and materials but these are my favorite. Just look at them. 

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Thanks for reading another blog post :) This is just one look but I'll be posting more this week. I hope you're all having a great day!

Cheers,

Blake

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7pm Vibes

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Hey everyone!

Back with another blog but this time it's a little different. I want to talk to you all about that 7pm feeling. You know when you're done with work but you aren't going home? You might head out with your friends to grab a few drinks, nosh on some food and party the night away. The options are endless. 

This blog will revolve around an outfit I wore on my most recent night out in LA. I'm going to run through it, from top to bottom. 

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ON TOP

Skinny Innovator Black Wool Blend Twill Tuxedo Jacket

I love everything about this tuxedo jacket. From the satin detailing to the high peak lapels, this jacket is as timeless as it is comfortable. Speaking of comfort, the fit is immaculate. It doesn't ride up to high, it doesn't crease in an odd place and the sleeve length is perfect (fyi I am wearing a 38R). Pick it up here if you want to give it a try. I can't recommend this Express piece enough. The reason I love it is that it allows you to combine and switch out your look. You can dress it with a shirt as I have done here or a basic white tee to even a thin sweater. It fits the 7pm vibe perfectly. Wherever you are headed to, it won't let you down.

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AllSaints Print Shirt

I love a print shirt. It's undeniable. From the beach to the bar, a print shirt is never out of place. This shirt is black with little love heart ying yang symbols all over. I always wear it with a few buttons down with a necklace to give it a casual but sophisticated look.

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Joe's Black Jeans

These are my go-to black jeans in my wardrobe. They are tight fit but they are super comfortable. They have a perfectly tapered ankle so they will not hang over your boots awkwardly as many jeans do. I have not tailored these at all, this is how they fit off the rack.

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Aldo Black Suede Chelsea Boots

Anyone who follows me knows how much I love Chelsea boots. From black to grey to tan to orange, I always find a way to fit them into whatever look I am going for. Here they pair nicely with the tapered ankle of my jeans and add another black dimension to an outfit that already has a print shirt and jacket in the same color. 

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Hope you all enjoyed this blog :) I'll be back with more soon! 

Blake

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Express. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Denim Days!

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Denim Days!

Hey Guys!

I know I haven’t blogged in a little while but I’m bringing you some new looks today all revolving around denim. Denim is so important for style. Whether it's the perfect pair of skinny jeans or a well worn out denim jacket, denim provides an essential item for anyone's wardrobe. Big love to Express who helped me put this together, thankful for being an #ExpressPartner for these looks.  Without further ado, enjoy!

Look #1

On top, I’ve chosen a super soft grey long sleeve henley tee from Express (https://www.express.com/clothing/men/supersoft-long-sleeve-henley/pro/05051977/cat3170003?CID=PR_tap_1&blakesteven=tap). I like these tees for a few reasons.

Firstly, it’s super soft. From wearing it at home to lounge around to combining it with your favorite pair of denim, it’s the perfect fit and look for any occasion. Secondly, it’s a bargain. You’ll be hard pressed to find anything this comfortable for a better price. Head over to http://express.com to check everything out!

I paired the tee with Express Super Skinny Dark Wash Jeans (https://www.express.com/clothing/men/super-skinny-dark-wash-stretch-jeans/pro/2775588/cat1830015?CID=PR_tap_1&blakesteven=tap). They are made to stretch which enables them to look skinny and fit perfectly no matter your size. 

For the shoes, I am wearing a pair of R.M Williams suede chelsea boots. I have worn this pair countless times over the last few months. I am in love with them. They offer sophistication to any look and our extremely comfortable for a pair of suede boots.

Look #2

On top I have chosen a tee that perfectly reflects my favorite basketball team, the Los Angeles Lakers (who are back okay, they are back). It fits snuggly on the shoulders but isn’t too tight as many tees can be (https://www.express.com/clothing/men/homage-los-angeles-script-crew-neck-tee/pro/02491020/cat3530001?CID=PR_tap_1&blakesteven=tap)

On the lower half I have paired my favorite low top white sneakers by Louis Leeman with a Super Skinny pair of Express jeans in a lighter blue shade (https://www.express.com/clothing/men/super-skinny-ecotofriendly-365-comfort-stretch-jeans/pro/03325972/cat2000016?CID=PR_tap_1&blakesteven=tap). They are, once again, super comfortable and fit perfectly with a tailored ankle approach.

Hope you guys enjoyed the latest post!

Have an amazing Monday!

Cheers,

Blake

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Redefining Happy Hour in LA with Perry Ellis

“Happy Hour” means a lot of things to a lot of different people. Instead of going out to drink beer and cocktails, I see Happy Hour in a slightly different way. In partnership with Perry Ellis, I’ve decided to show you guys the two things I do during that 5pm-8pm stretch that’s normally reserved for drinks in my city of LA.

GET COFFEE!!! 

LA is a coffee city. Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, West Hollywood. No matter the place, the fuel is caffeine. Espresso, latte, cappuccino, americano, iced americano and iced macchiato. Me? How about an iced sugar free vanilla (i’m a type 1 diabetic wanting that sweet taste okay?) latte with almond milk? Don’t judge me. Ok? Okay?

Los Angeles is home to some of the best coffee bars and spaces on the west coast. Whether you’re clocking in for a meeting at 5 or just on your computer getting work done at 6, they are the best places to work in a social setting. The coffee, combined with the warm weather, make the perfect happy hour combination.

The great thing about LA is the NUMBER of coffee shops. You can travel all over town to find the newest, best tasting spot. So that’s what I did. I ended up in West Hollywood.

I combined the Perry Ellis Navy Linen Suit Jacket (with hyperlink) with a basic white tee and the Twill Tech Shorts (with hyperlink). This allows a classic look with a modern, comfortable twist.

Furthermore, you can create a third look by simply removing the jacket when it gets a little too hot! From summer meeting vibes to beach vibes in 2 seconds.

EAT ALL THE FOOD!!!!

Whilst it’s true that LA runs on coffee, LA wouldn’t survive without it’s food. That’s why there is such a big selection. The ever changing population leads to a rich, complex food scene. With food in LA, you don’t need a drink to have a good time. 

Inside the wide city parameters you can try out hundreds of inexpensive but delicious cuisines. On one hand you could go downtown and try the best ribs you’ve tasted on the west coast or head to Beverly Hills to sit in luxury whilst you’re served up the best pasta this side of Italy. LA is a fusion of various food thoughts and ideas. Mexican, Chinese, Indian, El Salvadoran - LA’s ethnic foods stand above the rest. You don’t need to drink during happy hour but you certainly need to eat. 

I balanced the Short Sleeve Exclusive Acid Print Shirt (with hyperlink) with a pair of Slim Fit Solid Sateen 5 Pocket pants (with hyperlink). I love the cuban feel of the colors and textures. It made me feel like I was on vacation in my own city. Combined with the cuban salad I was having and it doesn’t get much better than that.

 

I have some great news. Perry Ellis is having a GIVEAWAY! Do you want to win a $1000 Perry Ellis gift card? Here's how!

In order to register you must:

- Register at this link: http://bit.ly/PerryEllisGetHappyGiveaway

- Follow @PerryEllis on IG

You must enter the giveaway by May 15th with the winner announced that day, only one entry is allowed per person and it's only open to those in the USA. Good luck!!

 

Hope you all enjoyed this little look into my life in LA! Big thanks to Perry Ellis!

Blake

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