Monday, August 8, 2011

Playing outside this summer? Want to feel and look cool? Get these.

How long before those burgers are ready? Need some cool trainers to walk you to and from the liquor store? And don't forget to protect your eyes from those UV rays. While you're at it, look uber cool as well. Here are the must have for the dudes who love to play outside this season.

Vestal Watch - Destroyer Plastic 
This is the watch that says "cool and edgy". The modern and youthful touches, from the variety of colors it comes in to its sleek and tough looking exterior, makes this the perfect summer watch. And just case in you fall into the deep end of the beach, the watch will keep ticking for about 150 feet (30 Meters Water Resistant). And yes, I think its time for you to serve those burgers. MSRP $130.

Vestal - The Destroyer (Red)

Native Shoes - The Jefferson and The Miller
Where the Crocs have failed, Native has been successful. How? Simply put, Native has made EVA foam shoes COOL. It took cues from the Converse Chuck Taylor and Vans making them instantly recognizable. If you look at the Jefferson, you would think they were a pair of rubber Chucks, with lots of holes. The holes give these shoes ultimate breathability, which mean dry feet in the summer. EVA also has anti-microbial properties which keeps your feet stink-free. Lastly, because it looks cool and comes in an array of colors, they can work easily with a pair of chino shorts during the day or pants during the night. MSRP $55

Native Shoes. The Jefferson (Top) , The Miller (Bottom)

Vestal Eyewear - De Luna
The final piece to your cool ensemble, the De Luna. Honey Tortoise hand formed acetate frames, 100% UVA-UVB protection from the lenses. And the stainless steel touches complete the look for this 60's inspired eyewear creation from Vestal. These sunglasses can be worn when you drive to and from the liquor store, or when you're hanging out perfecting your tan. Great look and versatility all around! MSRP $120

Vestal Sunglasses: The De Luna
Have a great summer everyone. Continue to stay and look COOL.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

The Best Dressed Men at the Royal Wedding

We all know that Sarah Burton, the late Alexander McQueen's right hand person, was responsible for Kate Middleton's beautiful wedding gown. The simplicity, fit, and ornate detail of the dress made the now Duchess of Cambridge the most watched woman in the world last Friday. But what about the men? Not much has been said about Prince William's powerful red dress uniform from the Irish Guard regiment or David Beckham's finely tailored morning coat with a matching top hat. Let's give these fine men some recognition on this special post from ISTYLEU.

The Duke of Cambridge: Showing authority, power and great style, the Duke wore the Dress Uniform of the Irish Guards regiment for his wedding. As a high ranking officer in the British Armed Forces (He's a Colonel), the red uniform features the Harp of Ireland and also the prestigious eight-pointed Start of the Most Illustrious Order of St. Patrick. I salute you for your great style, Duke!

Photo from the Associated Press

James Middleton: Kate Middleton's brother, James, gets style points for mixing the best of pastels in his shirt, waist coat and tie, with his navy blue jacket. The powder blue shirt, alongside the contrasting white collar, canary yellow waistcoat and summer purple tie gives him a modern and classy look.

Photo from Fashion News

David Beckham: He's the ultimate male style icon. David rocked Wills and Kate nuptials with a gray cravat, matching navy morning and waist coats, and his charcoal gray trousers. Topping off the look was his top hat, which I don't think he ever wore. Who would want to mess with that slick back hair style anyway? Not David.

Elton John and David Furnish: One of England's and America's power couple, the two have very contrasting styles. Elton, is usually more colorful and overstated, whereas David who tends to be behind the scenes, is more classic and understated. Those differences can also be seen in their wedding ensemble. Elton mixes his navy morning coat with a pale yellow waist coat and a lavender tie, while David goes classic with a mix of navy and grays for his coats and tie. 

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Be on the lookout for Spring on ISTYLEU

Its coming...Its coming. In the next few weeks, we'll be talking Neon, Alternative Tuxedos, Paint Splatter, Whites and lots of Whites, Prints, Wide and Long trousers, Stripes, Going Camping, Cargo, and Jute shoes. You're probably wondering "Oh my god, Neon is back?!" or "What's an Alternative Tuxedo?" or "What's Jute?". Stay tuned as there will be more ISTYLEU coming your way as we get into the coolness of Spring 2011. 

Jill Sander 2011

Dries Van Noten Spring 2011

Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2011

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Happy Holidays to all ISTYLEU readers

Thank you for all the support and feedback in 2010. I wish you and your families love, peace and great style this holiday season. See you in 2011.

ISTYLEU's LAST MINUTE Favorite Things this Christmas

The clock is ticking and you don't know what to buy for your Boyfriend, Husband, Dad, Grandfather, or Buddy.   Some of you might cave into the pressure of still going that extra mile for a cool present, and some may just get what ever first catches you eye given the time you have left. Here are a few suggestions of what to get HIM before the clock strikes 12 on Christmas Eve.

1) The iPAD from Apple. This gadget is so readily available its like candy. Available in most of the large electronic retailers like Best Buy and Future Shop and also on the Apple store, this gift is one that is quick to find and get for your man. It comes in 16, 32 and 64gb  flash drives, wi-fi and 3G options. Starts at $499.

2) Techno Hoodie from Old Navy. This zip-up sweatshirt comes with machine washable ear buds (the earbuds are threaded through the drawstrings and the jack emerges from the right front pocket), attached to the hood so you can just plug in your music wherever you go. Great for lounging, running, walking or hanging out...while listening to your favorite beats. On sale now for $15 (Reg.$29.50) at Old Navy

3) A Subscription to style and fitness: GQ and Men's Health Magazine. These are my two favorite magazines in terms of content and quality of writing. Both provide helpful tips on style and good health. And what better way to start 2011 but give him new ideas on how to look and feel better. Men Health, $1.49/issue. GQ, $1.00/issue. While you're at it, throw int the GQ Style Manual, $10 as well. Its a great compilation of GQ fashion tips in 2010. 

4) Argyle Sweaters and Slim Jeans from JOE. For $39 each, you can't go wrong with these items from JOE Fresh. I have a pair of their Slim Dark Denim and I love them. It feels and fits like an expensive jean, but costs much less. And the argyle sweaters come in variety of colors that go well with dark denim. Visit your favorite JOE store today. 

5) Gift of Sight: Bruce Eyewear. This is my favorite specialty eyewear store in Vancouver. Its got an amazing selection from brands like Cutler and GrossAlain Mikli, Harry Lary, Mykita, Theo, Robert Marc, Dita, Retro Super Future and Kirk Originals. Get your man a gift certificate towards a new pair of prescription glasses or a pair of cool sunnies. For more information, check out Bruce Eyewear online or at their Gastown store in Vancouver.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

ISTYLEU's Favorite Thing #8: Everyone COMUNE this holiday

"COMUNE was formed from the idea that there will always be people out there who not only embrace the rawness and imperfections of everyday life but also use it to creatively push the boundaries of what’s possible in skateboarding, fashion, art, and music their own way, with complete disregard of the consequences. Their goal is to provide clothing that reflects this lifestyle of carefree idealism and to support the people that choose to live it."

One brand you should check out this holiday is COMUNE. Its got too many stuff to talk about here so I'll let your fingers do the checking online. Visit COMUNE here. 

There's a few things I love about this brand. They make cool t-shirts. The creative line drawings, letter logos, and use of black and white imagery make the shirts unique. They make an assortment of denim whose fit goes beyond that of the skater look. The euro-feel of some of the jean cuts, makes them great for stuffing them into your boot. Lastly, they make great accessories. From weekender bags to card wallets,the clean and cool aesthetic of this brand makes it one of my favorites.

Here are my favorite things from COMUNE this season.

ISTYLEU's Favorite Thing #7: Vestal Lynwright Sunglasses

Nothing says "True Hipster" than the Vestal Lynwright Sunglasses. This architecturally inspired piece makes every guy look cool. From the clean lines to the quality lenses, this is a must have for the guy who has everything else.

It's very rare to find a pair of sunglasses that both on trend and on price. The Lynwright bodes simplicity and exudes great style. Available in three frame/lens combinations, Black/Grey, Tortoise/Brown and Milky Grey/Grey. For more information, visit your nearest Vestal dealer and check out Vestal online.