Men’s Summer Shorts are the Sartorial answer to women’s Yoga Pants.
A lot of times men ask me, what is the men’s sartorial answer to women’s yoga pants that have taken the world by storm?
To dive into that question, one must examine what is the charm of women’s yoga pants and why they went viral ?
Women’s yoga pants are equivalent to Spanx that you can wear outside.They compress and lift in the right places as well as provide versatility and freedom of movement.
You can easily go from working out at the gym to the restaurant with only slight modifications in wardrobe and still keep yoga pants on. (I think from my previous blog post some of you might know about my current “love affair” with yoga pants).
So what would be the men’s fashion answer? I believe they are not another men spandex pants but rather classic American SHORTS!
Shorts provide that casual coolness and comfort for men as yoga pants provide for women…some men even do yoga in shorts (although I am not sure if it is comfortable in that case). They don’t compress and lift the butt, but they are as versatile as yoga pants.
Men can wear shorts to the beach, to the office, to grab a quick bite and to play golf…it’s comfortable and looks chic!
One of my favorite brands is Old Bull Lee from Manhattan Beach California. www.oldbulllee.com
They make everything in California; shorts look stylish and with the highest possible attention to details, which sometimes only the wearer knows.
Since summer season is here and 4th of July is approaching, I thought I’ll mention them for my fashion conscious friends, just in case they want to try on a New Summer Look for their backyard barbeque!
They don’t advertise or promote themselves in any way; the only advertising is “the word of mouth”. James Skotchdopole, one of Quentin Tarantino’s producer’s says about Craig Thornton (the chef) that “ He is obsessed with obscurity, which is why I love him”.
After learning about Wolvesmouth from friends, my first reaction was that I could easily find them on Yelp ”What is the big deal?” I though.
Well on Yelp I could see that it had 5 stars and 43 reviews but there was no contact information. The only way to register it was to get on their waiting list on their website.
It took several weeks to get an invitation. After getting the invitation I had to fill out a little application and write why I was interested in dining at the Wolvesmouth (up to 5000 words). Luckily they have “excepted the application ” but the “secret location” was only revealed few hours before the actual event.
It almost felt like joining a secret society and I absolutely loved it!
The most important thing was that my great expectations were not wasted. It was worth every bit of the built up intrigue and enticement which was heightened by a well-writen article in The New Yorker about the Chef Craig and his innovative venture.
The “secret location” was in the developing artsy neighborhood in downtown LA, which felt more like New York with it’s brick buildings and converted lofts. The inside decor was stylish and shocking at the same time.
It was a converted loft and the beauty of the experience was that you could see chef and his crew at work right there, with the prep work done in front of your eyes.
Big dining table had only 20 sits, as Chef explained the whole idea is to bring people from different walks of life together, under one roof where they will be united with one purpose: to enjoy their food and share the joy of dining together.
They specifically pick an eclectic group to add to the dining experience where you can meet anyone, from high powered attorneys, fashion designers to producers and newly “retired” Facebook executives.
Chef Craig would come and introduce each dish in the most casual but charming manner. Each creation was utterly unique and original with the eclectic combinations of Russian “pelmenies” and purple algae mousse.
10 course dinner ended with fantastic dessert and no bills! The entire dining is only on “donation” bases, for which red Chinese envelops were provided.
The whole thing was so inspiring that I would definitely recommend to experience it for yourselves whenever you’re in LA.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Hope you had a great year and have many things to be grateful for. My yoga instructor says that feeling of gratitude acts like a “reboot” system in our bodies. When we sit down quietly and think about all those things that we are grateful for, out bodies tend to relax, stress tends to subside and we feel overall sense of well-being that is rejuvenating for our body and mind.
So wishing you to “reboot” your systems and have a great time!
And I am grateful for the wonderful WordPress community that we have here!
Everyone has their favorite place to write: it might be at that little table in Starbucks, in the bathtub, in the car; at the office…favorite places are as many as there are people.
I have read about Catherine de Great that she had a tiny room where she liked to write her letters and about Pushkin that he liked to write in his bed…it made me think where do you write your blogs? Do you have a special place where you feel you can think better than anywhere else?
Mine happens to be at my desk, but after hearing resent announcement by Amtrak that they will give long-distance travel accommodations to 24 writers as a part of their residency program, made me fantasize about writing on a train…I think I want to test that idea by taking a train from LA to Santa Barbara and just try to write my blog posts from there and see what happens.
I am really curious if any of you have tried it and what results you’ve got?
This is the most Romantic month, where people all over the world focus on Love with more intensity than any other time of the year. Maybe it is Spring Madness that inspires people to love, dream, make courageous acts or simply be romantic in this month.
Valentine is almost here, and I want to share with you today with 3 of my favorite quotes about Love.
“Love is the flower you’ve got to let grow” John Lennon
“You never loose by loving, you always loose by holding back.” Barbara de Angelis
and a really cute one:
“Where love is concerned, too much is not even enough.”Pierre Beaumarchais
Spring is always the most romantic season.In Los Angeles Spring happens to be in January: cherry blossoms are in full bloom, the air is perfumed with flowers, spring wind and ocean breeze…
I am truly enjoying it because March, April and May might be so cold that I would need to wear fur coats…but why waist time thinking about what is going to be, instead of living in the moment …I choose this moment 🙂
We all know that nothing impacts our memory deeper than a sense of smell. If a woman passes by wearing a perfume that your mom used to wear when you were a child, your childhood experience vividly comes alive in your memory.
Scents are very powerful since they affect us on our subconscious level and get stored in our psyche. Scents have a power to seduce as well as repel, so masterfully using the power of the fragrance was the focal point of this event.
Scent Concert started from Black blindfolds that we needed to put on. Then all of a sudden we start hearing all the airport noises, announcements, someone unzipping their bag nearby, a baby crying etc… and intoxicating smell of perfumes filled the air, like at the duty free store.
Next Scene was on the plane, flying business class and hearing how champagne is popping and stewardess is demonstrating safety procedures. It followed by a relaxing long flight enveloped in a luxurious perfume.
Third act was arriving at the Tokyo airport and getting on a Metro (the most efficient way to get from the Airport to the city), and sounds change:people were walking fast, eating, joking, hurrying, dropping change… and smells moved as rapidly as people.
Finally we have arrived at the Luxury hotel in Tokyo, and we didn’t even needed to hear anything because the smell announced luxury by itself. For a moment we were so cocooned in the entire experience that it almost felt real, for that time we were there in Tokyo, experiencing that 5 star hotel…
The only regret was when I woke up ,that it only lasted 16 minutes!
All pictures are curtesy of Sophie Lee, who invited me to this unforgettable event.
People don’t normally like the feeling of being lost, me included. It is the uncertainty, the loss of control, disorientation, frustration, anger, denial, and the list can go on.
But if we have time and we can move past the initial sense of anxiety, being lost can be an opportunity to see new places, to discover new things, to become an explorer…almost like Columbus.
I was not quite in the philosophical mood when I got lost on the way from Florence to Sienna. Rain and feeling hungry did not help the situation. But pretty soon a structure that resembled old city walls appeared, as well as promising signs of Trattorias and Pizzerias nearby. The medieval city structure was so impressive that for a little while I forgot I was hungry. Rain almost became a drizzle and my iPhone finally got an Internet signal showing that my location was at San Gimignano.
Since I had never heard of this city, I wanted to get inside and see what was happening inside the city walls.
Especially after seeing that TriplAdvisor.com recommended an amazing restaurant there, which had more then 1200 reviews on it, all being fantastic and fabulous!
Inside the city walls the cutest medieval city was hiding! Coming from LA it almost felt like a movie set. But of course it is as real as it gets!
With the 14 towers that were leftover from the previously built 72 (the highest one 54 meters!), it was an architectural gem that I was feeling so blessed to see.
I will tale more about this fascinating city but I wonder if you can guess why people will build these labor-intensive tall towers in the 14-century, 72 of them and one higher than the other?