A trip to the south with Farfetch x Capitol

I’ve always heard the South was more than just barbecues and fried chicken. I really never thought I’d get to have a glance at the chicest experience in North Carolina. I was invited by Farfetch to celebrate Capitol Boutique’s 20th Anniversary in Charlotte. Making my way to the hotel room I realized I had a total different perspective of what this trip would be.

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I found myself joining a group of bloggers to discover Capitol’s boutique, the women’s store division. Although there probably was nothing for me to wear, it was impossible for me to stop starring at how organized, detailed and beautiful their collections were. Every single designer, new season, you name it, it was there! The girls had a little fun playing dress-up but I didn’t worry cause I knew the next day it was my day, and I was the only guy in the trip – so that meant all for me!

We were gathered in a bus and driven to North Corner Haven for a one-of-a-kind farm party. I’ve been to many farms in my life, but nothing like this. We had skeet shooting in one side, goat playground, a moonshine teepee tent, oyster bars, real open bar situation in the middle, I mean there was everything you could possibly ask for. Women and men were dressed head-to-toe in designer, everyone in beautiful spring gowns and tailored blazers. All I could think of was, could this get any better?

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The second day we headed to the Men’s store – Tabor. I finally had the chance to play dress-up but in a total different scene. When we arrived at the store there was a southern BBQ party outside, people seated by the benches enjoying a sip of rosé or their favorite beer. I got the chance to meet the incredible staff and snap pictures in every corner. Right after we had to change into our outfits and get ready for the Oscar De La Renta Exhibit Unveiling at the Mint Museum.

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I wore an Engineered Garments suit & Common Projects sneakers for the party.

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Being able to presence this unveiling was magical. Coming from a Dominican background myself, knowing the full story behind this amazing man and his career, I felt honored to be invited to presence this. I could remember my mother wearing some of his pieces with admiration and pride. The party wasn’t any less, we danced all night to the DJ’s music until our feet hurt and we had to go back to the hotel. It was an indescribable weekend, from the warmth of the people to the amazing experiences – unforgettable.

C.P.

 

DINING WITH VOGUE PHOTOGRAPHERS

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This past Thursday I had the honor of attending a special dinner for AG Jeans’ new collection launch in collaboration with Esquire Magazine. In this dinner I saw some of my fellow blogger colleagues and met some pretty cool people as well. The whole purpose of the dinner was of course for us to have a glance at the upcoming collection and to celebrate the success of fashion & pop culture photographer Albert Watson.

It was amazing to see how Mr. Watson captured some of the most iconic shots of the past three decades, one of them including the most recognized portrait of Steve Jobs. Other shots included very emotional and political scenes, as well as portraits of supermodels Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss. I’ve always enjoyed fashion photography and by seeing the work of someone that has shot numerous Vogue Covers made me so aware about my own work and which direction I want my work to go.

My look for this dinner was denim on denim, a very thick and dark texture from AG Jeans’ new collection jacket and pants, an oversized sweater from the streetwear brand Misbhv, classic Vans and rings from Miansai.

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LOVE MORE, LIVE HAPPIER

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I’ve been asking myself lately, what is going on? I can’t comprehend how so much hate can exist. Sometimes I try to stay away from discussing my point of view about news that go on everyday and in those political scenes. I’ve been hurting for those that are affected day by day through uncontrolled events.

This year has been a harsh year with the death of so many throughout the different attacks that have been going on around the world and the horrible natural disasters happening. My love and prayers go out to all of those families affected by such events in different countries.

I wake up every other week and scroll down my feed finding these news. In a world full of people, people that are just differentiated by social status or privileges. Let’s remember we all have the same 1 life to make things happen. At the end of the day we are one human kind, we are one race. We come from so many different backgrounds and upbringings, but we all share the same opportunity which is life. Your life is what you make out of it. No limitations exist to a mindset of abundance and love.

Equality is such a strong and powerful word that goes in hand with tolerance. Tolerance is understanding that we are equal. With tolerance you are loving someone for who they are and accepting their differences from yours. Everyone is different, we all share different education, passions, beliefs, preferences, among other things.

Let’s remember we are all born the same way. Love is the first thing we learn by being granted the gift of life. The situations we go through are not necessarily what shapes us and make us a certain way, it’s what you do with those situations and how you decide to react towards it that makes you who you are. If I sit down and narrate all of the things that I know people close to me have gone through and even myself, you would think we all have a reason to hate. The answer is no, no one does. The only thing that comes from hate is self-destruction. Learning to understand differences and loving them is really being appreciative of the life that has been granted to you.

One day you will find someone you think is special, you’ll think that person is your world. You will want to give that person anything you can possibly obtain and you’ll want them to live the best life. For some people that person will be their mother, their father, a lover, their husband, their children, a friend. That day you will experience true love. When you do, ask yourself “what if I ever loved everyone around me the way I love this person”. If you love more, if you loved everyone around you including yourself, you’ll live happier.

Much love, C.P.

RED IN BROOKLYN

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One of the things that I like about living in New York is that everywhere you transport yourself to you can find totally different surroundings with people dressing on so many different styles. Brooklyn is known for being the hipster neighborhood where the “cool kids” live.

As I’ve mentioned before, high-end streetwear is growing on me. I’ve been learning more and more about streetwear designers, what are the hypebeast trends and how to style them in a chic way that fits my original style. Someone asked me the other day if my style was changing on purpose. I responded to that person that I not necessarily fit in one single style, but that I knew what trends didn’t go well on me. I feel identified with a sporty-streetwear look or a total chic look, while wearing high-end designer pieces combined with generic brands. One day find me walking down the streets in Soho wearing all black and a statement jacket, the other day you’ll see me wearing clear glasses, a chic turtleneck and cropped dressy pants.

I must admit that I was inspired on this look by a European blogger that I’ve been following for a while. I was amused on how he could still look chic wearing a sweatshirt wrapped around his waist and wearing a hoodie with combat/lace-up boots. Red was the option, I pulled a pair of hugo boss red socks I had bought over Christmas for a photoshoot with Mr Porter and to my surprise the pop-of color paid off, matching the sweatshirt. In the pictures you will be able to see how I styled this look initially and then a spin-off by taking the hoodie off and wearing the sweatshirt alone for a more safe option.

I’ll be leaving below some links to where you can find similar items for the pieces I’m wearing.

–  C.P.

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Wearing:

Hoodie (Kendrick Lamar – Damned Tour Merch) / Sweatshirt (Spin promo sweater) / Pants (H&M) – Red Socks (Hugo Boss) – Lace-up boot (Dr. Martens) / Sunglasses (Coastal)

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HOW TO STYLE: CROSSBODY BAGS

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I’m sure you guys have been seeing the new trend with bags, specially fanny packs worn as crossbody bags. These bags are the new it-accessory for both men and women.  I must confess that I’m obsessed with them, specially if they are some sort of vintage find.

I was searching the closets of my apartment the other day and I found this old a-f cross body bag. I immediately had an outfit idea, why not?

I thought this bag would look good styled in a very streetstyle-chic way. I had in mind that wearing jeans, a simple two-tone striped shirt and slippers would be the perfect outfit to not overshadow the bag, but complement it and make the whole look a bit more current.

My advice for wearing these bags, specially when they are vintage and you have no idea what brand or designer they are, is wearing a simple outfit that makes it stand out. Let the bag be the statement piece, unless you want it to be a complement to a colorful, Mix N’ Match look. Oversized and neutral tones are always a safe option. It’s all about your style and what functionality you want the bag to take.

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What am I wearing?

Shirt: R.M. Williams

Jewelry: Miansai

Sunglasses: Thom Browne

Jeans: Grana

Slippers: Gucci

Shopping options to fanny packs and crossbody bags

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