My Barber’s Hypebeast Feature.

The good folks over at Hypebeast produced a DOPE feature on my barber JayR.  In the 7 minute clip JayR narrates his come up from cutting friend’s hair out of his parent’s garage to cutting some of today’s greatest NBA stars.  Be sure to check the video below but first let me tell you how I got connected with this guy.

Mid-February 2013 I was a resident of Los Angeles for exactly two weeks.  I’m driving up Fairfax to make some returns to The Beverly Center when I notice “Legends Barber Shop” to my left.  It was at that moment that I knew I f*cked up because I was in dire need of a haircut, and I had no clue as to who was going to give me said haircut.  Side note fellas, when planning across country move, be sure to add “Find a Barber” to your To-Do List.  Just trust me on this.

When I made it back to my apartment I googled Legend’s and they had stellar reviews.  Customers raved about their favorite barbers but I figured I’d give Goose a try since he’s the owner.  You have to be a solid barber if you own the joint right?  I called to set up an appointment but the guy that picked up says “Goose is out for the day but I can cut you if you come by in the next 30 minutes, just ask for JayR.”  I hesitated for a second but I saw a couple positive reviews mentioned JayR, so I said screw it, let’s go.

I walk in, ask for  JayR, I’m pointed to his chair and I notice my boy isn’t black.  I know that sounds racially insensitive but the only reason I thought that is because black people’s hair texture is “different” from others.  Add to the fact that up to this point I’d only received haircuts from black barbers.  That all was about to change though because JayR is Filipino and I needed a haircut asap!  I thoroughly explained what I wanted because I learned a hard lesson when I moved to New Orleans in 2012.  “Different regions have different barber terminology”.  I’ll leave it at that.

Of course the cut was fire because JayR remains my barber to this day, and has become one of my closest friends in the city.  Even with the demands of a celebrity list of clients, he still finds time to take care of the everyman.

Enough of me rambling, check out the video below and don’t forget to subscribe to Hypebeast’s youtube channel.  And if you’re ever in LA and in need of grooming, head over to The Fairfax District and holla at my bro JayR.  Ya’ll keep living!  – Bob

Camo Vest.

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Camo OOTD 3I’ve been obsessed with camo since I was a kid.  When I’d go to Lufkin to visit my Dad I’d sneak off on my bike to the Army/Navy Surplus and not come back for hours. (If you’re from East Texas you know the one on Timberland, don’t front haha)

I stopped by the store on a visit about 3 years ago and found this sleeveless Woodland BDU shirt.  I had no clue what to do with it but for $5 I figured I’d “need” it some day.  Well that day has arrived, I decided to throw it over a tee shirt, nothing fancy.

So wherever you’re at, don’t sleep on your local Army/Navy Surplus store.  If you’re into camo, you’d be surprised at what you can find.  And I sincerely apologize to any Military personnel that takes offense to me wearing military gear for fashion purposes.  I mean no harm.

Everyone have a great weekend and keep living!!!   – Bob

Details

Fedora | Target

Camo Vest | Army Surplus Store

Tee | American Apparel

Chinos | H&M

Loafers | Kenneth Cole

Sunglasses | American Optical

Rust Blazer.

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OOTD1I can’t even begin to believe that it’s August already.  I said August guys.  As in June, July, AUGUST!!!  The good thing is that we’re inching closer to Fall which is my preferred season because you have cooler temps which allows layering for us style junkies.  And of equal importance Fall means it’s FOOTBALL SEASON!!!

It’s been awhile since I wore a tie and blazer  in an OOTD post so I needed to end that streak.  I’ve blogged about this blazer before and it’s still nothing short of amazing.  Lightweight, unlined and if you ask me, the more wrinkles the better with this one.

The jeans are from Forever 21 and have instantly became my go to.  They’re the Faded Skinny Jeans but are made with a stretch denim so they have a lot of give.  Honestly, I’m not a fan of skinny jeans so I went up a couple sizes and had my tailor take in the waist.  They also come with a frayed hem which is a nice detail, but it doesn’tt matter in my case because I always roll my pants into cuffs.

I’ve been wearing sneakers all Summer so I decided to throw own a pair of dress shoes.  I got these a few years back in Dallas at some crazy Aldo sale.  I was unsure about buying them because they’re gray, but I’m glad I did because now I love gray.  Funny how life works huh?

Ok I need to get back to work, I procrastinate enough as it is.  Ya’ll keep living!  – Bob

Details

Blazer | Life After Denim

Shirt, Tie, Pocket Square | J. Crew

Jeans | Forever 21

Sunglasses | American Optical

Shoes | Aldo

Belt | H&M

Road Trip To The Grand Canyon.

Candice mentioned riding up to the Grand Canyon months ago, but I honestly didn’t think we’d get around to it this Summer. A few weeks ago she brought it up on a Thursday morning so we ended up renting a car and hotel room and headed out Friday morning. It’s only 7 hours from Los Angeles so it was a nice weekend getaway.  What you guys are doing for fun this summer?!  And as always, keep living!  – Bob

Music Credits
1. “Can We” by Lorine Chia
2. “I’m There” by Fly Union
3. “Get Free, Revolt!” by Tiron & Ayomari

Chambray And Linen

Weekends Are Made For Chambray and Linen.

 

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I went to the Grand Canyon(vlog and pics coming soon) over the weekend so I took off Monday to rest up.  I ended up riding to Glendale to do some pick ups and drop offs at my tailor’s shop.  I also did a little shopping and enjoyed a JNJ Burger when I got back to LA.  I wanted to try “Mo Better Burgers’ right around the corner from me in Mid City BUT they were closed Sunday and Monday. Not cool, but it’s whatever, I’ll try them on my next cheat meal day.(Keeps me motivated) 🙂

It was hella hot so it was a linen shirt and chambray shorts for me, both purchased last year.  Originally the shorts were longer but I had my tailor add a cuff.  What are you guys wearing to beat the heat this summer?  And I have to tip my hat to all the bloggers that are still wearing suits in this heat…. I ain’t ’bout that life! 🙂

Have a great day and ya’ll keep living! – Bob

Details

Hat | Target

Shirt | H&M

Shorts | J.Crew

Shoes | Converse

Summer OOTD

Every Day People Brunch.

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Friends

My favorite season is Fall but LA Summers are a close second. I hate to be hot but California doesn’t have the humidity that plagues my native Texas.

This past weekend I met up with friends to kick it at Chef Roble’s Everyday People Brunch. I most definitely prefer LA’s Day Parties as opposed to the Hollywood Nightlife bullshit.

It was a bit overcast so I went with chinos and a simple striped shirt and of course the ONLY cap that I’m wearing right now.  I looked at my past couple of posts and I noticed I always wear this one, and I have no plans of stoppping any time soon.  I hope everyone has a chill summer, be safe and ya’ll keep living!  – Bob

Details

Cap | Obey

Sunglasses | American Optical

Shirt | Target

Chinos | H&M

Shoes | Nike

Khaki OOTD

Khaki Joggers.

 

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It’s been a crazy past couple of weeks at work for me so I took it slow this past weekend.  I’m off to New Orleans for 5 days for my cousin’s wedding this week and don’t you know that I already have my cheat meals planned for arrival?  Shit’s gonna get REAL disrespectful. 🙂

Anywho, you can never go wrong with joggers, they’re hella comfortable and versatile. I got this khaki shirt from Club Monaco 2 years ago, I kinda hated it but now it’s cool. I’m trying to force myself to wear all the clothes I have that I never wear before I buy new ones. (except for shoes and watches because I gotta step those shits up ASAP!)

I hope ya’ll have a dope Tuesday, keep living!  – Bob

Details:

Shirt | Club Monaco

Tee | H&M

Joggers | American Eagle

Shoes | New Balance

Mess Hall Mess Burger

Next Stop On The Burger Tour…Mess Hall!

If you haven’t noticed, food makes me happy.  I’m the guy that shows up at your cookout and has no shame in making my plate and going back for seconds.  I’m also usually the first guy to make my to-go plate(s), before all the good stuff is gone.  🙂

About a year ago Thrill List put out a  list of “Under the Radar” burgers that everyone must try in LA.  I’m not one to turn down a challenge, so I “had” to give them all a try.  Also Candice was in town so I knew her greedy self would keep me company. 😉

Last weekend  we ended up trying Mess Hall, located in Los Feliz.(I actually wanted to move to this area but I wasn’t about that $1300 and up rent life)

Mess Hall

There was a show at the Greek Theatre nearby so they had a limited menu, but lucky for us the the Mess Burger made the cut!  Only problem was the dinner menu wasn’t available until 5pm and we got there at 4:30, so we tried the Cajun Boiled Shrimp from their Happy Hour menu to “pass time” as we waited.  I know that sounds like a weird appetizer before a burger but we were starving!

The shrimp were HUGE and came with a smoked cocktail and remoulade sauce.  Honestly I would have been fine sharing a couple more orders of the shrimp, they were THAT good.

Cajun Boiled Shrimp

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to venture out when it comes to drinks because I’m the type that orders Hennessy wherever I go.  Our waitress suggested the Old Fashioned but we both ended up going lighter with what they call “Sloth: The Silent Killer”.  It was a great choice, consisting of rum, lime, ginger, creame de peche and bubbles.  Sweet and citrusy but it kinda sneaks up on you.  So we ended up downing a couple of those.

Sloth The Silent Killer

Five minutes later the burgers came. I had mine cooked  medium-well because some restaurants cook medium a little too pink for me.  It comes with slow cooked carmelized onions, Vermont cheddar cheese, bread & butter pickles and their house smokey sauce.  The flavors blend together nicely to the point that I didn’t even miss the lettuce and tomatoes that it did not include.  Their house fries are salted and fried crispy but not too crunchy.

Mess Hall Mess Burger

I know I sound greedy right now, but words can NOT explain the flavors.  I wish I had the camera rolling because when Candice took her first bite, she closed her eyes and involuntarily made this orgasmic sound.  It was HELLA funny.

If you’re every in the Los Feliz area and in the mood for a burger, go to Mess Hall!  I hear they have a killer Happy Hour as well so I’m sure I’ll be headed back this summer to try more of their drinks.

I’ll let you guys know when I find the next stop on the Burger Tour.  Until then, keep living.

– Bob

Gray Suit Separate.

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A couple of weeks ago I’m going through my closet, looking for things to donate and I come across a suit that I can’t believe I still own.  After college I subscribed to GQ and realized you could buy “cheaper” suits, have them tailored and you would end up with “that look” the every man wants but can’t afford.  I found this gray suit for under $200 and after taking it to the tailor, you couldn’t tell me SHIT! 🙂

I titled this post “Nostalgia” because that’s what I feel thinking back to the times when I was beginning to “try” to dress dapper.  I was so conservative, my idea of tailoring consisted of having my slack’s waist and hem taken in. Boring right? 🙁

For historical reasons (wink) instead of donating this suit, I decided to keep it and take it back to the tailor to have it reworked.  The matching slacks are still being altered, so I coupled the jacket with another pair of slacks that I bought around the same time.  *Note to self: Steam this blazer asap!*

Moral of the story, just as we grow as people over time, so will our taste in style.  Change is natural, embrace it.   – Bob

Details:

Suit Jacket | Zara

Shirt | H&M

Pocket Square | Pocket Square Clothing

Slacks | Express

Shoes | Nike

Dots and Checks.

A few weeks back I was at The Grove and the Nike Killshots were on display at the J.Crew store.  It was………. love at first sight…. I “had” to have them.  We only live once….. Right?

I’ll be wearing these all Spring/Summer and the next few blog posts will be dedicated to the different ways I prefer to style sneakers.

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I found the blazer and slacks for 50 and 30 dollars respectively. (SCORE!)  Honestly I was on the fence with the chinos because of the higher waist rise, I prefer low rise pants.  I couldn’t resist the checked pattern and the price though so I caved.

Since the dots and checks are clashing, I opted for a white shirt and pocket square to tone things down. (Fresh, crisp, white dress shirts are my favorite.)  This chambray tie has caused me countless headaches and made me late on several occasions, I can never manage to tie it to where it falls to the perfect length.  The Fashion Gods were with me today because I finally got it right and I’ll never untie this one again.  EVER.(I’m so petty, I swear! lol)

And of course I kept if casual with the beforementioned Killshots!

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Feel free to comment whether you hate it, like it, or what you would have done differently.   -Bob

Details:

Blazer | Forever XXI

Shirt | JCP

Tie and Pocket Square | The Tie Bar

Chinos | H&M

Shoes | Nike