Taronga Zoo | Sydney, Australia

I had to make a decision between Taronga Zoo or Bondi Beach and it's quite obvious what I picked. Some of the locals raved about the zoo, so I wanted to see for myself what the hype was about. Yang-Yi-Goh of Sharp Magazine accompanied me on this little zoo adventure. It was literally a journey because the only way to get to the zoo is by boat. Upon arrival, the first thing I noticed was the gondola. Normally, I associate a gondola with skiing so it was an unexpected surprise at the zoo. We spend half the day looking at animals then realized the zoo is actually a depressing place. Kinda like jail for animals, but the worst part is having people stare and photograph you all day. Poor animals! But other then that random thought, Taronga Zoo is a great spot to visit. I love Sydney.

Jazzed | New Orleans, Louisiana

This outfit is kinda bold for me but I figured why not, since I was at NoLa Jazz Fest. Took me a while to figure out where to wear this Borsalino hat because it's such a special number. Paired the fedora with a plaid blazers and silk scarves because those are my favorite things to wear. This particular jacket is by Tommy Hilfiger (cargo pants too), my tank is from a discount store and is probably like 99 cent, suspenders and scarf are from a vintage store (btw that's the best place to get accessories). The watch is Brera and shoes are Converse. 

TIPS:

  • When putting an outfit together, mix high and low brands because it gives the look character. 
  • Pair vintage and new pieces to give the look balance. 
  • Try not to wear one brand from head to toe because it usually reads as boring, lazy and is normally pretty obvious. 

Remember, fashion is about experimenting but also staying with your boundaries.

Shot by Karen Blanchard at Jazz Fest

Great Gatsby...Tiffany & Co 5th Avenue

Tonight is the eve of highly anticipated film The Great Gatsby. So I put together an outfit inspired by the movie trailers and styling I've seen in magazines. Gatsby takes place during the roaring twenties, a time of jazz music, flapper culture, bootlegging an other activities I won't mention. But the era is  especially known for it's elegance and style. So I asked photographer Benjamin Rosser to snap my style interpretation of Gatsby at the Tiffany & Co store on 5th Avenue.

In the photo set, I'm wearing a plaid jacket by Mr. Brown by Duckie Brown for Rothmans, a white waistcoat, slim trousers, a pair of Paul Smith shoes, a white french cuff made-to -measure shirt, a rose gold watch and a micro check tan tie.

Enjoy the film and your weekend. 

Louisiana Lou | Jazz Fest, New Orleans

This outfit came together by accident. I was on a mission for a boater hat and finally found one at the West Village Goorin Brothers shop. But of course they didn't have my size at that shop. Turned out the Park Slope location did, so I trooped there and snatched up the last size medium. Across the street, I noticed a little vintage store. Upon entering, I immediately saw the Pointer Brand overalls but the shop owner mention they might be too small for me. Out of curiosity, I gave the striped overalls a shot and glad I did because they fit like a glove. I lie, a little baggy in the leg but I gotta guy that can fix that problem. Paired them with double tank tops instead of a t-shirt because I knew it would get hot at Jazz Fest. I originally had on loafers but some of my followers on Instagram told me the Fest was still kinda muddy because of rain last weekend. So, that's how the Converse chucks came into play. I'd rather mess up those then my leather loafers. My Brera watch and Doori bracelet don't change often so you'll probably see them in a lot of my shots.

Any thoughts of this look? How would you styled this?

-Dapper

Images of me shot by Karen Blanchard