Full-lengthIt’s not often I wear a suit for Fancy Friday. Heck, It’s not often that I wear a suit period.

So why today? Well, isn’t that just the best thing about not giving a f*ck? Some days you just wanna walk into a room and be the best dressed person there. The room doesn’t even matter! You just wanna associate looking good, with feeling good and today, i needed that. I had a big meeting with very little time to prepare so I decided I would draw my confidence from my suit and of course my new born moustache.

Did it work? Of course it did. There is much power in dressing with confidence!

portraitI had picked up the suit recently at H&M (they’ve just opened in Cape Town “Whoop Whoop”) and this was part of their David Beckham collection. You can never go wrong with a navy suit and the only one I owned is a little out of date so I decided on something a little more modern – with a slimmer cut and a little texture to make it interesting. This is the great thing about ‘fast fashion’ places like H&M is that you don’t need to invest in pieces with a whack of cash, but simply get something more affordable and on trend to last you a year or two.

So, the navy suit really is one of the best bases you can work off, you can dress it up, dress it down or anywhere in-between. I’ve always found that pairing the navy suit with black shoes and belt makes the look more formal, where as brown shoes keep it more casual. I was going for a more casual look to fit the rest of the details of the outfit. You can pretty much get away with any colour palette with a navy suit, but you need to take care to let your accessories all talk to one another in order to make it work.

In this case, I really wanted to wear that green lapel flower. No, no reason! So I searched for a tie that would pick up on the green and a pocket square that would talk to the tie and tie clip. The brown in the tie clip was meant to pick up on the shoes and hopefully pull everything together. I think it worked.

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If you like the look, this is where it’s all from:

Sunglasses by Ray Ban

Suit from H&M

Shirt from H&M

Tie From Weekend Casual

Tie clip from Weekend Casual

Lapel flower from Weekend Casual

Pocket square from Weekend Casual

Watch from James McCabe Watches

Shoes from Dune London

Oaky. Stay Fancy.

Mid-length-shotWhen it comes to mens jewellery, I like to tread incredibly lightly. Ive never really been one for rings chains or bracelets, leaving those shimmery delights for Greek and Portuguese cafè owners.

Now, when it comes to mens accessories, I clearly don’t have a problem. I’m more than happy to add detail after detail in order to complete or elevate an outfit. There is however a weird grey area between jewellery and accessories that I like to dabble in. Watches, leather bracelets and of course cufflinks. Now, despite owning my fair share of french cuff shirts, I really only own 2 pairs of cufflinks so these new one from Elite & Luck arrived just in time.

close-upface-and-cufflink-(1)Cufflinks carry with them a certain set of rules, so before you dash out and pick some up keep the following in mind.

The first and most important rule is that you only ever wear them with a french cuff shirt and a jacket. Ever! (More details on that here). The second thing to bear in mind, is your metal choice. Much like the colour of your shoes, should match your belt, the same goes for Metal. Quite simply put, match metal with metal. This is where having options comes in handy, and this is what Elite & Luck seem to have in droves! Choice!

Most of you probably wont wear cufflinks everyday, so when you do it’s more than likely an occasion right? A wedding, a big meeting, anniversary, birthday – You know what a special occasion is why am I giving you examples!? Anyway, so to help you adhere to the above rules, you want to think about what you have the most of in terms of other wearable metals. What is your favourite watch made of? Silver? Gold? You get the picture. Choose your cufflinks based on that and you will always be on point.

I’ve started building up quite a fair amount of rose gold in my accessories, everything from tie clips, to watches so I thought it was time to add some rose gold cufflinks to that mix.

Product---low-angleProduct---Top-ShotProduct---34Want more choice? The guys at Elite and Luck have taken choice to a whole new level! Using the power of gemstones (yep, that’s a real thing) they have created cufflinks set out to really get you dressing for success!

The cufflinks I chose above are made with Black Onyx that according to the website will do the following “…create an impression of authority and power, absorb negative energy and bring harmony to the wearer. The black color is the absorption of all colors and symbolizes power, control, discipline, and independence. Moreover, it is believed to bring good luck, business fortune, success, and happiness to the wearer” Will it work? Well, It’s definitely worth a try right? 

The Elite and Luck website really lets you decide what you want to achieve, and then points you in the right way for the best suited stone or style. If you’re looking for a gift for someone special or maybe deciding you could use a little gem power yourself, I strongly suggest giving these guys a try.

Okay. Stay Fancy

Final-review-bookThis review has been a long time coming. In fact the better part of 4 months. Whoops!

After spending 2 weeks traveling Asia, Elzaan and I stopped over in Dubai to visit some friends. One of the things on my “things to do in Dubai” list was brunch. I’m not sure why, but someone once told me that brunch in Dubai was a pretty big thing, where the only thing that rivalled the amazing food was the bottomless champagne!

I think the bottomless champagne sold me.

So, the only thing left to do, was to book a place for brunch right? Well, no. Dubai has no shortage of incredible world class restaurants, all of them doing Friday brunch (yeah, Friday is Dubai’s Sunday…or Saturday…I forget) so actually choosing a brunch place isn’t as easy as it seems.

In the end after trawling every list from “The best of Dubai brunches” to “Brunch on a budget” we all agreed on giving Asia Asia a bash, besides, we had an entertainer voucher.

budahsEntrancedetailsbathroomInterior demonYeah, I know right! Wow! It’s a pretty epic looking place.

The crazy mix of Asian details are inspired by the ancient spice route and takes you on a journey from Asia minor all the way through to the far east in a truly spectacular fashion. If you find yourself sitting in a dimly lit booth with a Japanese Noh mask staring straight at you while Chinese bird cages swing high above you, then you’re in the right place. Located on the 6th floor of Pier 7 in the Dubai Marina, the views outside of Asia Asia are as you would expect, amazing.

Taking a trip down the ancient spice route is all good and well for your eyes, but what happens when you take your tastebuds on the same journey? Deliciousness. Thats what happens!

So brunch works a little something like this: AED 449 including Prosecco, AED 395 including house beverages and AED 295 including soft drinks. Now for those of you who have visited Dubai before (or who currently live there now) you know that drinks in Dubai are on the top side of pricey! I mean, literally the most expensive drinks I’ve had in my life! So, if you enjoy a drink or two, you’re gonna wanna take the option with either Prosecco or House Drinks – House Drinks are basically spirits, wines and beers together with a selection of speciality cocktails. We took the house drinks option and while the girls hit the wine I dived straight in to the “Asian Negroni’s”. I’m not quite sure what made them asian other than the slice of cucumber garnish but they have been to this day the best negroni’s I have had in my life. I wont tell you how many I drank that day.

Let’s move on to the food shall we?

Brunch in Dubai is always served as a bottomless affair, but rather than set up a buffet where you walk up and help yourselves, Asia Asia brings the buffet to you. See you’re presented with a menu, but it’s not really for you to order off, it’s merely a reference for the barrage of food coming your way. They literally start at the top and work their way through the entire menu till they hit dessert, or you explode. Which ever comes first.

sushinegronifoodfood-2starters The flavours are very much Far East meets Middle Eats and you’ll quickly find yourself digging in to a plate of spinach,date and cashew nut dumplings right before tucking in to the Malaysian flavoured chicken tajine. And when I say tucking in, its not just a turn of phrase. I mean, the food is so delicious you literally cant get enough of it. At this point I almost feel as though I should call out a favourite “thing”, but the truth was, with everything being so good, nothing really stand out as amazing. Look, some things are better than others, or some flavours appeal more to different people, but as far as quality of ingredients go, everything was spectacular.

Now the bad.

By the time we hit our mains, we were done. We had all eaten so much that we literally couldn’t eat anymore and we had to start sending food back and turning food away. That’s not great. Your meal and experience goes from one of ecstasy to one of guilt and sloth very quickly. Now, to be fair, that’s not the restaurants fault, you can skip courses or order more of anything along the way, it’s entirely up to you. I guess we just went a little overboard and filled up on sushi and tapas, rookie mistake!

So? After all that, would I recommend brunch at Asia Asia? Given the hefty price tag and the fact that I didn’t manage to sample a large part of the menu? Yes, yes, yes! Despite having eaten ourselves into a comma everyone agreed that every bite and every drink was worth it.

If you’re in Dubai, and looking to brunch you can call Asia Asia on 04 276 5900 or mail them at info@asia-asia.com.

Okay. Stay Fancy.

PS: Special thanks to my talented photographer friend Natelee Cocks for helping me with some of the pictures above.

 

medium-(square-light)When will you be born?

This was the question posed to me by adidas fragrances.

Surely I was already born wasn’t I? I mean, I’m writing this post.

Turns out what they wanted to find out, is when do I feel as though I have been born again. When is my creative rebirth? What is it that leaves me feeling as though I am a new person? As though I have been born original. This was the inspiration behind the new adidas born original fragrance duo, an explosive mix of contrasting notes. For her it’s a cocktail of bright citrus and exotic notes while for him it’s a juxtapositioning of oriental and amber citrus with spicy black pepper and orange oil. It doesn’t stop at the fragrance either, even the bottle is a mix of fluid organic shapes and rough industrial elements.

So when was I born? At first I thought it’s when I dress up. You know, when everything feels as though it fits perfectly and all the patterns and details are in place? But then I realised I dress up so often, that it no longer really counts, does it? There is however, one time when I dress up (and it’s not often, in fact it’s months apart) but when the occasion calls for it and I get to where a tux. Thats right folks, black tie.

fragrance-duotying-shoe-lacesputting-on-shoesshoesgrabbing-watchcufflinksPutting on a tuxedo together with all of its details is quite a process. But it’s in the process that I begin that feeling of being born original. 

I shine my shoes – something I’m embarrassed to say I never do. I lay all my details out and methodically start the process of putting them all on. By the time I throw that jacket on I already feel like a different person. I’m not sure what it is about black tie, maybe it’s the fact that we’ve all watched way too many 007 movies and that we feel the James Bond in us coming out. But at that point I’m ready to take on anything. The last few details are merely a formality, and truth be told, not really a necessity when it comes to black tie.
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bow-tiepocket-squaredressed-chest-detailsgrabbing-fragrancesprayFull-length-(2)See in the true spirit of adidas born original, I like to bring a little creativity to my black tie and mix things up a little. Things like the coloured socks, the pocket square or the lapel flower are really not traditional black tie details, but I guess thats where Sergio Ines meets James Bond and I am truly born.
Okay. Stay fancy.

 

 

PortraitMeet The Landscape Hunter, or Thomas, as I know him.

Thomas is your ultimate man’s man. I mean, the guy can grow a beard from one day to the next, he carry’s a really sharp knife and generally only wears black. He also travels to the most remote parts of the world, sleeps in a tent and waits around in the middle of nowhere till the light is just right to take a photo. And it’s none of this digital photography crap you see here, it’s old school vibes, one man, one tripod, and a roll of film. Yeah. Like I said, man stuff.

Up until now, Thomas has been sharing his amazing photographic souvenirs exclusively on Instagram. But finally, after many years of traveling everywhere from Patagonia to Death Valley, he’s having an exhibition of some of his favourite landscapes at blok Living in Sea Point, Cape Town. I was lucky enough to attend the opening night and was really blown away with the body of work.

I decided I really wanted to share the work with you guys, but that maybe it was better that you see it for yourself, so instead, I’ve decided just to wet your appetite.

2-pics-portraitbooksme-backfloor-shotE-&-Wine“My wanderlust was fueled by the inspirational and fantastical landscape photography I’d seen in books and magazines growing up, and these images served as the driving force behind the creation of this collection. Through my travels I have been fortunate to experience many mysterious territories, with minimal planning, and with no companion other than my desire to explore. When cellphone towers disappear, and only the Sun as my guide, I am truly at peace.” – Thomas Ferreira

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As usual, seeing it online really doesn’t do it justice. The mere scale of these 3 metre pictures can really only be appreciated in the flesh!

So,wether art is your thing or not, I highly suggest getting down to Blok Living in Sea Point to check out this exhibition. The exhibition is on till the 19th of November where Thomas will be throwing a closing party and allowing a bunch of local artists (including my favourite tattoo artist Manuela Gray) to re interpret his landscapes. If you don’t make the exhibition, definitely get down to the closing party, the artists involved will be working live and everything will be auctioned off at the end of the night.

If you want to contact The Landscape Hunter for a private viewing or walk through you can do it at A187@mac.com.

the-landscape-hunterBlokYOU-ARE-HEREHanging-on-the-streetBlok Living can be found at 51 Regent Rd, Sea Point, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa. You’ll know you are there, cause the building will tell you.

Okay Stay fancy.

Full-lengthmedium-shotI realise today is not Friday, but it certainly doesn’t mean we cant be fancy right?

Consider this a little preparation or inspiration for this coming Friday okay?

With summer approaching I thought is was time to start brightening up my looks a little, perhaps a little change from the brown and blue curse of my last few fancy Friday’s. Okay look, its hardly a curse right! Brown and blue is a fail safe combination.

But what about some red? Yeah, red pants make a hell of a statement I know, which is why you need to let them be the star of the show and tone them down with some more neutral colours. In this case I went with the grey blazer and brown shoes, grey and brown are a lesser used combination, people generally tend to pair grey with black, but I think the brown helps make it a little less formal and a little more “London Gentleman” – whatever that means.

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In the end, it’s all about the details. Isn’t it always? As much as you want to let the pants be the hero, there’s a fine line between letting them stick out or helping them blend in. The trick is picking up ever so slightly on the colour so that it feels spread around the outfit, rather than a big POP. In this case, the lapel flower did most of the work. The red, white, grey and navy in the tie was then carried out in different patterns amd textures throughout the shirt and pocket square.

Like what you see? Well here’s where I got the stuff from.

Sunglasses from Ray Ban

Blazer from Gap

Shirt from TM Lewin

Tie by Weekend Casual

Lapel flower from Weekend Casual

Pocket Square from Weekend Casual

Tie clip from Weekend Casual

Belt from Ted Baker

Pants from Topman

Watch from MVMT Watches ( Use discount code ‘Whatmyboyfriendwore’ for $10 off your purchase)

Shoes by To Boot New York

Okay. Stay fancy.

 

 

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