En Route to London!

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Hey everyone, today marks the start of my adventures in London!! Can't wait to get into the city and start exploring.. Tonight while on the plane, I'm going to be brainstorming things to add to my "Bucket List," (things to do before i die).

Currently in Detroit and waiting for my overnight to Heathrow... The airport here is pretty big, kind of reminds me of a 2 story shopping mall but the 2nd floor is an indoor train shuttle to and from different concourses.

Anyways here's a pic i took today while walking around and exploring.
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Nightmare in the Bahamas

Posted by Andrew On 3:21 AM 1 comments
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Tomorrow is my last day in Naples! I'm all packed (hopefully) and ready to depart for London.

On another note, I have fallen in love with a new style of photo editing, as seen in this and the previous post. This is the start of a new portfolio (name to be determined), including photos with a dreamlike, or nightmarish quality.

The above photos were taken March in the Bahamas. Unlike the pictures, it was a very bright and beautiful. The overall feeling you get while vacationing there is very laid back, and time seems to move slower. Ok, maybe it's because of all the rum.

My favorite of this set is #3
One friend made the interpretation that it symbolized the labor behind fashion; "It"s all glamorous at the market, however the manual labor is depicted by the screws embedded in the ground."

What are some of your interpretations on the images above?
what about the ones from the previous post?

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Destruction

Posted by Andrew On 4:13 AM 5 comments
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Sometimes when I take photos, I forget about them or they are buried somewhere in my computer. Tonight i decided to go through and look for some photos to edit, and found an old folder of exposures from Gainesville. I was feeling very creative, and started layering images over each other.. out came these layered images which i really love.

Something kind of freaked me out with the first image.
When your looking at the face to the right of the image, some of the rubble on the top left takes the shape of a human figure (or maybe it's just my imagination after all these hours on Adobe inDesign).

Anyways off to bed, and in the AM i'm going to finish working on the men's style guide for the first issue of The Gainesville Style mag.
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Sun & Fun

Posted by Andrew On 12:05 PM 4 comments
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Today was a beautiful day at the beach, 80*F (28*C), sunny, and the water was calm and refreshing as always. Also being a Monday it was empty and i basically had the entire stretch of sand to myself!

In the distance you can see the Naples Pier, one of the landmarks here. My favorite place to go is south of the pier, near where old docks used to be. The remaining posts are now home to some of the Florida wildlife, as you can see the Anhingas sunning themselves.

I found some shell fragments that are pretty common here, but beautiful nonetheless; they have that "mother of pearl" iridescent look to them. Also pretty interesting are these sea oats, which are protected here for some strange reason (probably because they keep the coastline from receding). You get a $500 fine for messing with them or removing them!

Sorry this post is belated, It was supposed to be posted yesterday but i didn't feel like blogging. Also the images are from my phone camera so sorry if they're slightly blurry.

Anyways that was all from yesterday!
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Andrew

Farewell Summer Scents, Hello Fall

Posted by Andrew On 12:17 PM 0 comments
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CK MAN, D&G Masculine, Chanel Platinum Egoiste, Armani Diamonds, Ezra, Z Zegna

They say the sense of smell is the strongest memory trigger, i fully agree. Whenever i put on cologne, i immediately recall some of the people I've met, places I've seen, and the amazing memories i made while wearing it. Today i spent the morning packing my fragrances and decided that although it feels like summer here in Naples (82 degree weather & beach day everyday), it is time that i pack away my Summer scents until next year.

FAREWELL SUMMER
Summer scents bring back memories of laying out with drinks on the beach, long summer nights, and the feeling of living in the moment- even in the coldest of winters. Every year i buy a new summer fragrance: First was D&G Masculine, then the most recent i had purchased was CK MAN. I only have a few spritz of the D&G Left and i have to re-purchase it next year.

D&G MASCULINE- "playful, fresh and sensual citrus-rich fragrance for men. Central accords of bergamot and fig around lemon leaves, kumquat, peppermint, teak and vanilla make this blend both sensual and adventurous."

CK MAN- "iconic. masculine. sexy. a sophisticated blend of exotic spices and rich woods creates the essence for the minimalist modern man. The fragrance unfolds best its sexy notes in cooler weather, a combination of citrus with woods which instantly reads as masculine, inviting, modern and fresh but not too fresh, if you know what we mean…"

HELLO FALL
My Fall Fragrances evoke the sense of warmth, and remind me of being bundled up in layers sipping coffee, driving with the windows down, Meteor showers, and hot chocolate.
The Fall scents i have left are: the Chanel Platinum Egoiste after shave, Armani Diamonds, Ezra, and Zegna colognes. The Egoïste is very earthy/woodsy, the Armani Diamonds is very warm/earthy/sweet, the Ezra smells like a woodsy/musty alpine forest, and the Z Zegna is very fresh-out-of-the-shower masculine smelling.

Here are better descriptions of the fragrances:
Chanel-"Egoïste by Chanel cologne is a memorable and seductive scent composed of spice, wood, and vanilla notes. The top notes, intensive and fresh, include rosewood and coriander. The fragrance then becomes warmer and mysterious due to Bulgarian rose, carnation, and warm cinnamon in its heart. The scent reaches its full expression in the lingering base composed of sandalwood, intensive vanilla, and ambrette seeds.
Armani Diamonds-"a juicy and fresh gourmet woods cologne with an unusual top note reversal that makes the scent as rare and precious as diamonds themselves. A sweet introduction of bergamot with guaiac, vetiver, and cedar mixed with Szechuan pepper and cocoa delight the senses unexpectedly. Armani's Diamonds cologne is elegant, refined and fresh."
Ezra-"Exciting the senses with lavender, fresh bergamot, and sexy leather accords, Ezra Fitch deepens into a masculine musk and finishes with the strength of sandalwood."
Z Zegna-"A light, refreshing scent, bright as a summer morning, it’s perfect for casual occasions and young men. Its inclusion of the Casoar fruit, a kind of New Guinea blueberries which resemble red currants, alongside Mirabelle plums give a note of tart, lightly green- sweet nuance. The spicy accents (nutmeg and white pepper) add a piquant tone which will have you intrigued. Take Z with you in the mornings and revel in the freshness!"

some of the scents i have to purchase this fall are:

Yves Saint Laurent La Nuit De L'Homme and Dolce & Gabbana The One
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For the YSL, Sephora describes it as:
"Bright, masculine freshness combines with sophistication and nonchalance to create a fresh, yet deep and mysterious scent with notes of Cardamom, Cedar, and Coumarin—a structure of contrasting forces."

For the Dolce & Gabbana:
"Sensual, spicy, oriental fragrance developed on the harmony of tobacco with refined base notes of cardamom, ginger, cedarwood, and citrus spice accord. It is both classic and modern, vibrant and engaging."

With these two, I'll have the best of both worlds with the freshness and the warmth! Very excited for these new fragrances, and equally new experiences.
What Scents are you planning to buy this fall?

Crosses, Chains, Cuffs

Posted by Andrew On 12:09 AM 2 comments
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Packed some of my favorite things today. These are most of my necklaces, bracelets, pendants and rings. The anchor rope necklace i attached a Vuitton Lock to, while the LV tooth necklace a friend had made for me. The Watch link necklace i made from some old watch links i found laying around the house, i got the idea from Rumi Neely of Fashion Toast. The ring hanging from the ball chain my mother had given me 10 years ago from a trip to Hungary. Lastly the Hamsa pendant was given to me by one of my dearest friends Flavia from Tonnish Touch.

The coin and chain bracelets i had thrifted, the two smaller leather bracelets were gifts from a friend, the watch is Breitling, and the two other pyrmaid cuffs i had purchased at the mall.

The stud ring is from forever21, horseshoe nail ring is from an old fort i had went to as a child, the silver rope ring was from my sister, and the rosary ring from Hungary.

Well that was a little rundown of some of my favorites,
beach day again tomorrow =]

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California Dreamin'

Posted by Andrew On 1:03 PM 2 comments
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This was an amazing day in Venice CA.. Went through some old pictures and decided to share these ones. During my trip there, the weather was beautiful! I'm talking sunny all day yet not humid; definitely not like Florida. Miss it, hopefully i get to make it over there when i get back from London.

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Beach Hair

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T-shirt- American Apparel
Board Shorts- Burberry
Beach Bag- Forever21

Finally got to upload some shots of the new hair! Thanks Ashley at Mode Salon for another great cut =]

here's the Inspiration
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