Very Ridiculously Dressed at 2015 AMAs: Justin Beiber in…whatever

Justin-Bieber-2015-Style-American-Music-Awards-PictureAllow me to be frank: I think Justin has pretty poor taste in clothes. Or should we say his stylists do, to be more accurate? To me, every single thing he has ever worn reads: don’t take me seriously.

It’s quite funny because for the last year or so he has constantly demanded that we treat him as a grown-up man. Which at the end of the day is a reasonable demand, since he was no longer 13 years old. But the way he’s dressed makes it very difficult for us to think of him as an adult, right?

THAT, coupled with his still erratic behaviors, has led me to the conclusion that all the public apologies are nothing but lip services.

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Most Ridiculously Dressed at 2015 AMAs: Harry Styles in Gucci

harry-styles-600x800You guys, where do we even start?!?

I strongly believe one of Harry’s goals in wearing this was to attract attention. And he sure as hell succeeded. Congratulations, Harry. My eyes are glued to you!

But I’m scratching my head at the same time too because I don’t know why he believed that he could only achieve that by looking completely upholstered? This Gucci suit is basically the newfound younger sibling of Kim Kardashian’s 2013 Givenchy MET ball gown and thus has all the hallmarks of a fashion disaster. I especially hate the fact that the pants are flared. I don’t care if this 70s-inspired menswear trend is coming back for real or just a passing fad; to me, it’s just downright unflattering and heinous.

Harry, I pray that this is the only time that you and your team do this kind of disservice to your image.

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Best Menswear Look at 2015 AMAs: Charlie Puth in Acne Studios

Charlie-Puth-2015-Style-American-Music-Awards-PictureA moment of truth: I had no idea who Charlie Puth is until 2 minutes ago. I had to do a quick google search and apparently, he’s an “American singer, song-writer, musician blah blah blah and known for the song See You Again.” Again, I had no idea what the chart-topping song See You Again is all about, so I had to do a quick YouTube search. It turned out to be the song I have heard repeatedly at the gym I go to. All of this just goes to show that I’m old and behind with American contemporary pop culture.

So…Charlie Puth is a new artist, but he certainly seems to know his way around red-carpet fashion. His Acne Studios tweed suit is really, really, really good; the color, the cut, and the fit are literally perfect. (Pink is not my personal kind of jam, but if I had to wear something pink some day, this is exactly what I would envision myself in.) And the simple white shirt and black shoes are very complementary, since the suit is already a big statement in and of itself. Overall, a spectacular look!

Charlie, while I haven’t warmed up to your music yet, I quite like your fashion-forward way of dressing.

(But let’s get real, your on-stage make-up session is weird and superfluous.)

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The Gift that Keeps on Giving: Eddie Redmayne in Gucci at The Danish Girl Premier

First of all, I enjoy the fierce model face Eddie is giving here. Eddie is not Sean O’Pry or Tyson Ballou kind of handsome, but there is something quite striking and memorable about his facial features, don’t you think?

Second, this plaid Gucci suit itself is GLORIOUS and Eddie looks spectacular in it. His hairstyle is fantastic as well.

I have said it before and will say it again today: I’m extremely interested in learning about the thought process or going behind the scenes of how Eddie and/or his glam squad prepares for his red carpet appearances. Like, of all the thousands of sartorial options at his disposal, how does he make his final pick? Who is/are responsible for his sartorial success? So many questions!

Anyway, I initially thought Eddie should have worn a different pair of shoes, as it seems a bit subdued. But when I scrolled up and looked at the color and texture of his tie, I couldn’t think of anything else other than what he’s already wearing.

So, it’s all good, Eddie. You get a big fat A+ for this!!!

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Wednesday Pictorial Nutrition: People’s Sexiest Man Alive 2015

Gosh, you guys! I haven’t been on here since forever, and I want you to know that I feel guilty every passing day because I consider this blog my baby and no responsible parent neglects his baby. But for the last two months I have been feeling extremely lazy and unmotivated and restless and stuck. I go exercise perhaps once each month. I go through the motions in my day job. I decline hangout invitations because I don’t feel like going. I hate these debilitating and disheartening feelings so much. I’m trying step-by-step, day-by-day to get rid of them, and thanks goodness for today’s strong kick-in-the-ass!

Normally, I don’t pay much attention to People’s Sexiest Man Alive list because it has nothing to do with my life and I find the title way too hyperbolic and most importantly I tend to disagree with its pick. Like, I still can’t wrap my mind around the fact that Adam Levine is a former Sexiest Man Alive. He sure has a lot going for him, but he sure wasn’t (and isn’t) sexiest man alive even when the award itself is just meant to be frivolous.

Not this year, though. When I read the announcement, I was just like, “Oh good, the people at People have come to their senses. They have finally given credit where credit is due”. Neither David nor I need this kind of confirmation, but when something accurate and long overdue finally happens it feels nice nevertheless.

Congrats to the dream husband of every woman, the dream partner of every gay, the dream father of every child, the dream son of every parent, the dream friend of everyone, and the dream business partner of every brand!

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Dog Day Afternoon

IMG_4728It’s been quite a while since my last outfit post. But this time I’m not going to apologize 😀

I have been thinking a lot about what I want to do with my website, and even though I haven’t been able to decide on a definite direction yet, I know I want to steer clear of the personal outfit route.

Here’s why: I don’t have a huge wardrobe and a personal photographer tailing me, so I can’t keep up with creating regular outfit content. The thing is I don’t even have a desire to keep up because I have better things to do with my hard-earned cash than to spend it hoarding more clothes. My closet is already brimming with unused stuff, and it’s time to stop this consumerist madness.

Also, when I put myself in YOUR shoes, I’m just like, “Why the fuck should I care about what he wears?”. If that is what you really think, rest assured that I’m not mad at you in the least. It’s totally legit. I’m no celebrity or menswear icon, so there’s no reason for you to be interested in what I wear. In fact, I’d think that something is inherently wrong with you if you were curious. Ha!

So, bottom line is outfit posts will be few and far between. I’ll post only when I have something to share!

Like yesterday, for instance :)

It was Sunday and the weather was kind and I thought why not turning our walk into a fun photo session. So I dressed up a little bit nicer (actually, much nicer) than I normally do on our daily walks and asked a friend to help out. Here go a few photos of Mr. Bun, Ms. Milan and me.

That’s simply it. No prep talk or bullshit about what you have to wear for fall or the essential fall items. Just a few photos of Mr. Bun, Ms. Milan and me.

Hope my babies’ cuteness and nature’s greenness help ease your Monday anxiety.

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An Ode to Reykjavik’s Astounding Beauty

_DSC1351Sensational view from the top floor of Hallgrímskirkja, a Lutheran church in downtown Reykjavik.

At first glance, Reykjavik reminded me of the small town in the US I went to for college. Both have compact city layouts, with most of the shops and restaurants coalescing around a Main Street. The architecture is similar in a way, with buildings being cozy and quaint rather than expansive and modern. And although Reykjavik is the capital of a country, its population is only about 4 times that of the Ohio town, hovering around 120,000 people. The paces of life in both places are slow and steady.

The biggest difference between them, however, is that Reykjavik is infinitely more awe-inspiring. It’s in fact so stunning that I could see myself residing there at some point in my life, despite it being a tad too isolated and not multicultural enough.

Really, I have come to a point in my life (okay, that feels like the most American thing in a very Kardashian, reality-show kind of way that has ever come out of my mouth, haha) where I’d pick a city in which spectacular seashore and snow-covered mountain ranges views like this are within walking distance over one teeming with shops and clubs. 

As mentioned in my previous posts, staying in Reykjavik during my time in Iceland was absolutely wonderful because I was able to squeeze in many hours between my day trips to explore the city. I personally am not crazy about museums and indoor attractions, so I spent most of my waking hours outside, wandering around aimlessly and pausing whenever something interested me. A huge shout-out to weather God for giving Reykjavik great weather (though a little too windy at times for my Asian body) during my entire stay!

What I have discovered from my exploratory wanders is that Reykjavik itself is such a lovely blend of nature and man-made beauty. I was especially surprised and impressed with its vibrant and charming architecture. I thought it would have a strong Scandinavian minimalist feel, since Iceland is one of the Nordic countries. The Scandinavian influence is definitely there, but upon further exploration I also felt the flair and vividness that are more characteristic of Mediterranean countries. The best of both worlds, really!

Now, let me show you how full of character Reykjavik is, architecturally :)

Hallgrímskirkja (church of Hallgrímur), named after Iceland’s most revered poet, Hallgrimur Petursson, is probably Reykjavik’s most famous landmark. The mastermind behind it was architect Guðjón Samúelsson (1887-1950), who supposedly modeled it after the lava flows of Iceland. Samúelsson didn’t live to see his design come to life, though, as the church was finished in 1986, 30 years after the building work started. I don’t know about you, but I have never seen a church looking this unorthodox and edgy and am not sure if there is something like this anywhere else. Such a breath of fresh air!

Its unadorned interior is really refreshing as well, compared to the usual opulence of churches throughout Europe. 

After you’re done with the chapel, you MUST go up to the viewing deck because the views there are world-class. Too breath-taking!!!

If panoramic views are your kind of jam, I also suggest that you pay Perlan, a domed building on top of the city’s hot water storage tanks, a visit. I went at the suggestion of a local teenager, who said it was such a  “cool” building.

Well, I found the building itself kind of cool, but not extraordinary. However, the views from the fourth floor are nothing short of EXCEPTIONAL.

_DSC1317especially if you visit during golden hours. Pinch-me beautiful, isn’t it? 

_DSC1323Unlike Hallgrímskirkja, Perlan doesn’t cost to go in. You will part way with your money only if you decide to eat at the upscale restaurant inside.

The biggest selling point of Perlan observation deck is that it gives you a pretty splendid view of Hallgrímskirkja. 

After Iceland, I flew to New York City and spent a week sorting out my bank accounts and reconnecting with my college friend. On the last day of my visit, I went up to Top of the Rock to look at the Manhattan skyline, which has changed a lot since my first visit in 2007. The views were sublime, but it was like a circus up there. The experience thus became less enjoyable. The Reykjavik skyline is different, if not inferior, from that of New York, but for me personally the quality of the experience was definitely more fulfilling. I need space and solitude to fully register a scene. 

Another futuristic work of architecture in Reykjavik that I was really smitten with is Harpa (concert hall), which is only about 15-20 minutes walk from Hallgrímskirkja. I don’t have any shot of Harpa’s exterior because it’s too expansive for my camera, but if you want to see its facade, a google click will yield plenty of images. Before we go inside, here is a brief summary of this structure:

“A striking new addition to the Icelandic and European cultural scene is Harpa, the Reykjavík Concert Hall and Conference Centre and recipient of the prestigious Mies Van der Rohe award for architecture.

Harpa is one of Reykjavik‘s greatest and distinguished landmarks. It is a cultural and social centre in the heart of the city and features stunning views of the surrounding mountains and the North Atlantic Ocean. Harpa is an enchanting destination for intrigued travellers and its grand-scale award-winning architecture has attracted 4 million guests since its opening, May 4, 2011.

Harpa Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre offers the best facilities for concerts and conferences in Northern Europe. Harpa has received numerous awards and prizes. Harpa was chosen one of the best concert halls of the new millennium by the prestigious music magazine Gramophone magazine and was chosen the best performance venue in 2011 by Travel & Leisure magazine. Autumn 2012 Harpa received the prestigious award as the Best MICE Centre in Northern Europe.”

I spent the better part of one morning inside Harpa, snapping photos from every angle. (Visit early in the morning and you will most likely have it all to yourself.) And I’m here to inform you that it’s such a dazzling work of art, the type that makes you squeal with delight and then confusion because you don’t know how they managed to build it from scratch and then inferiority because you know deep down that your mark on this earth will never be as remarkable. 

Harpa really hit my sweet spot because I’m a total sucker for colors, stained glasses and geometric patterns.

I’m especially slow on the uptake when it comes to 3-dimensional stuff, but I still extremely appreciate this.

Hello, that is ME lying on the bench to make this happen 😀

One of the multi-colored glass birds hanging from the ceiling. I’m sorry that this photo does its beauty no justice. 

Onto the quaint, charming side of town:

Can it get more lovely than this?

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Could Have Done Better: Eddie Redmayne at 2015 Toronto International Film Festival

Eddie-Redmayne-2015-Style-Toronto-International-Film-FestivalGuys, this might be the first time in history that I’m only feeling about 75% enthusiastic about Eddie’s outfit. I don’t remember having disliked anything he’s ever worn!

Eddie wore this Ralph Lauren Purple Label cream-colored double-breasted suit to Toronto International Film Festival this past weekend, and I’m not entirely sure if the suit’s color itself is right for him. As he’s naturally pale and freckled, I feel like this suit, coupled with the lighting, washed him out too much.

However, true to Eddie’s form, the fit is flawless and the tie and the shoes go swimmingly well with the suit’s color. So, I guess we all can live with it, right?

Just avoid colors that do nothing for your complexion next time, Eddie 😉

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The Curious Case of Johnny Depp’s Recent Red-Carpet Appearances

The last time I talked about Johnny Depp here, I said I was pretty enchanted by his boho, pirate-inspired style as it’s different and refreshing and surprisingly friendly with us normal people. It’s been a long time! Johnny is traipsing around the world to promote his upcoming Black Mass movie, and what he’s been wearing has made me re-evaluate my opinion.

I’m sure all of us notices the elephant in the room, so let’s get it off our chests. Johnny has gained weight, and he’s no longer as sizzling as he used to be. But it’s perfectly fine because people DO gain weight as they get older. As long as he’s healthy and high-spirited, I’m good. But what he wore to the Venice International Film Festival about two weeks back left me utterly confused. As he likes to hold onto his youth with Botox and fillers (sorry Johnny! I just really buy into these rumors), why did he choose to wear an outfit that couldn’t be more unflattering and made him look like a senior on a Caribbean cruise? Poor fit, wrinkles, terrible color combination…why, Johnny? WHY?

At Toronto International Film Festival over the weekend, however, we got the Jonny we know back. All the Johnny Deep elements were present, even though I just couldn’t shake off the impression that I had seen him wear all of this somewhere. Whatever, I treasure all of this. He remains the only one in Hollywood who can pull off wearing a three-piece suit with a bunch of pirate-inspired necklaces. 

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Your Wednesday Treat: David Gandy at 2015 GQ Men of the Year Awards

GQ-Men-of-the-Year-Awards-2015-Style-Picture-David-GandyWell, there’s absolutely nothing revolutionary about what David is wearing here. Even if there were, it still would not surpass his divine handsomeness. That facial expression is totally like, “I know I’m really, really ridiculously good-looking”. 

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