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The Canadian Tuxedo (denim on denim), regardless of it’s name, has become a part of American fashion. We have seen celebrities do it right and oh so wrong, remember MTV Music Award JT & Britney. If you’re going to create the look with the same color be sure to infuse some flair. I went with a tuxedo style jean and shirt with a splatter on the end of it.
Last night was the pinnacle of award season, THE OSCARS, and it was on another level! So many well deserved actors and actresses received their due credit. If you happened to catch one of my many Insta-stories from inside True North viewing party than you know the evening was a whole entire moment!
Sweater season is in full swing and it’s time to embrace the trend. Go bold with the color, fun prints, or opt for super soft texture. If you are really looking to make a statement find one that encompasses all three. With many designers looking to make room for their spring collection winter luxury is heavily discounted. I was instantly drawn to this pieces because of it’s color and once I touched it I had to have it.
The most wonderful time of the year is upon us! Christmas season is my all time favorite because people seem to genuinely be in a better mood, the seasonal holiday dishes, and I get to layer up my fashion. Aaaaaand if I’m being completely honest I absolutely love a good “Ugly Sweater”.
Lately, I've been bouncing from meetings to errands aka "adulting" and instead of wardrobe changes on those days, I'll make it a comfy luxe day. Pairing high-end sneaker with sweatpants or relaxed denim and a silky button down. The look is perfect because it still shows style to potential clients and also practical for hopping in and out of Ubers.
It’s a new year and that means new and exciting pieces must be added to my wardrobe. Most recently, I’ve had the pleasure of working with the über stylish men’s boutique Bleu Gents located in Oceanside. I definitely understand why some guys may think bespoke is a bit overwhelming, which it can be without the right help
The denim jacket has been a wardrobe staple for many decades and will continue to be relevant for many years to come. It’s versatile, comfortable, and like any great piece gets better with age. There aren’t many things I love to be oversized however, this is definitely one them.
Only 5 more days until we welcome 2018! What better way to say hello to another year than by doing so while paying homage to an icon, right?! The Smoking Gun is having a Purple Rain Party where patrons will dance the rest of 2017 away in style.
Just another day in the hipster area of San Diego known as North Park. I had the pleasure of shooting again with the talented Ross Jordan. This gorgeous mural created by artist Mad Steez was the perfect complement to my tribal inspired shirt.
This past weekend was beyond epic at KAABOO! It was my first and most definitely not my last time. KAABOO took over the Del Mar fairgrounds for a weekend of iconic artist, top chefs, and premium vendors. I'm not one to name drop, but how can't I when I was able to rock out to Aerosmith, Lenny Kravitz, Fall Out Boy, Steve Aoki, and Ludacris to name a few.
Louisiana Purchase is the newest edition to both Grind and Prosper Hospitality and the North Park food scene. I love when restaurants opt for a location that is off the beaten path. There was so much buzz around the opening of this establishment that I couldn’t wait to try it! First up was the flavorful blend of land and sea, crab stuffed chicken skin.
Spring is officially here and the flowers aren’t the only things changing around town. Monday night I was invited to the intimate tasting of the new Spring menu for InsideOUT. First up was the the heirloom tomato & burrata which at first glance I thought would be sweet and refreshing. It was for sure that however, there was a surprise element of spice which really upped the ante.
The weather is changing for the better making the last hour of the work day the worst! Once I’ve completed a full days work it’s a made dash for Happy Hour. Being that most of my clients are downtown that’s where I do a lot of happy hours and I must say I’ve be underwhelmed. However, Osetra is officially my go to spot thanks to their great selection of delicious bites and beverages.
Happy hour, just like real estate, is all about location. It needs to have good vibes, a tasty menu, festive cocktails, and an epic staff. Cloak & Petal has nailed all the requirements with such ease. Dining at C&P feels like you’re in the center of a contemporary museum and I love it. The Louis Vuitton artwork, cherry blossom trees, and the visually stunning tribute to two of the best rappers show a level of unmatched design work in Little Italy.
Locals and visitors to the East Village neighborhood can now enjoy sharable plates, draft beer and a lineup of innovative cocktails, all in the cozy confines of WhipHand American Brasserie + Beer Bank. I had a chance to check it out and it’s exactly what was missing in East Village. WhipHand aims to let customers take the experience into their own hands through 24 self-serve draft beers taps, along with a full cocktail bar serving up some unique libations.
Let the countdown to 2019 begin! Brace yourself for the hundreds of obligatory “Do Better”, “New Goals”, and “New Me” post on social media. For the past two NYE I’ve found that it’s best to keep it intimate and I plan on keeping that tradition alive this year. Why stand in absurd lines, both to get inside the club and again at the bar once inside, when you can spend that time enjoying those closest to you.
I can’t believe we are just 4 days away from Christmas and 10 days away from the New Year. We are in the home stretch of the holiday season and if you’re anything like me, the idea of cooking a huge meal just seems like a daunting and unnecessary task. So this year I’ve decided to let the professionals do the cooking and the dishes
A couple summers ago I managed to spend a week in the beautiful city of New Orleans. It was my first time down there and I immediately fell in love with everything about it. Talk about a city busting at the seams with culture.
After months of anticipation I was finally able to enjoy an evening of dining at San Diego’s first Omakase-only sushi spot, Hidden Fish. The concept is that guest will be able to enjoy a 30 min 12 piece or 90 min 18 piece omakase (meaning I’ll leave it up to you) menu.
The weekend of the “Superbowl of Fashion” is always a very crazy one. This year was my second one working with the Buick PR team for Oscars and it was nothing short of epic as usual. I was given the opportunity to drive around in a beautiful white 2019 Buick Encore with a gorgeous light brown interior. It drove like a dream and made getting around to all my party prep appointments a breeze.
Every year I do a V-Day gift guide either for TV or my blog, which normally consist of cool electronics, decadent chocolates, and other love centric items. However, this year I decided to focus on what I feel is the perfect give from the heart, music. I had a blast shooting at M-Theory a few days ago in the beautiful neighborhood of Mission Hills.
Kaaboo has graced the beautiful city of Del Mar with its presence once again. The annual festival is filled with both musical and visual artists, comedians, and chefs. Now in it’s 4th year it was completely sold for the first time ever, which is a huge feat.
I've been spending more time in LA lately which actually hasn't been a bad thing. So when I got the invite for the opening of Wolf & Shepherd's first store I had to put it in my schedule. The brand did not disappoint with their brick and mortar. The location was perfect and the design was sleek and flawless.
YAAAAASSSSSSSS! San Diego Pride has come and gone and I survived it. This Pride was particularly special because I got to spend it with my BFF and also raise money for a great cause. Park & Rec let us take over their back bar in partnership with Ilegal Mezcal to raise money for AIDS Foundation. Arlene and I have both known people who have been affected by this epidemic so it made deciding on the charity easy.
Last night I had the pleasure of attending the Summer Kick Party at Del Mar Highlands hosted by Where Magazine. I figured it would be the standard cocktails, lite bites, and mixing of social influencers and media people. To my surprise the format was scavenger hunt style, hell yeah! The guest list was influencers and hotel/hospitality concierge. It was one of the best networking events I’ve been to in a while, because I got to meet so many people I didn’t know.
There are workout facilities and then there are wellness centers, AquaVie is undoubtedly the latter. In a city that’s been deemed “16th Most Fit” you can find a place to loose lbs every couple of blocks. However, at AquaVie they focus on the entire package, mind, body, and souls.
Dean Hall: What process do you use to develop your stand up material?
Josh Nelson: Most of my stand up comes from my everyday life. I take my experiences with my friends and family and I find the funny. Id say my comedy is observational and it is 95
Mother’s Day is just around the corner and I’m sharing a few gift ideas that will put a smile on her face. Whether she enjoys getting all dolled up or just lounging around the house there’s something she will love inside. Don’t delay anymore and order away!
Chicago has been on my list of places to travel since before I started styling. This trip was a bit pleasure and bit work which is always the perfect combo, right? In between meetings I was able to explore the city which is so rich in history and culture. The food scene is quite vast and nothing short of amazing, from Italian to French to Mexican and surprisingly even sushi!
Back in 2015 I took a little over a month off to travel Europe. During that time I hopped over to London for a day with my good pal Arlene (who shot these) . Most recently I was going through my laptop and found a few more that I never posted on the blog way back when. Since it’s Thursday i figured this would be the perfect day for a #throwbackthursay post. Enjoy!
Nothing recharges your battery like being whisked away for a wine weekend! Two weekends ago, I know I'm slightly behind, I was able to enjoy the Passport To Dry Creek in Sonoma. DISCLAIMER: I'm a Napa guy at heart, but I must say this was one of the best weekends I've had in a while.
Travel is hard enough so why not do it in style.
A relaxing vacation always sounds like a great idea, until you arrive only to create a self imposed itinerary. Well, not this trip it was all about being a free spirit and letting my heart guide the day. Thailand is known for being a very exotic yet affordable destination. My first stop in this beautiful country was Phuket, as I decided to stay more south this trip.
So it finally happened after years of talking about it! Santa Barbara has been on my radar for quite a while and not just because of Oprah, but for its secluded beauty. When my good friend Skyler invited me as a plus one to a wedding at the gorgeous Rancho Dos Pueblos, it was the perfect opportunity to explore the city.
Doing London in a day was definitely an overwhelming experience. The tube system reminded me of New York as it was very efficient and fairly easy to read the timetables. Once hopping off the train it was 3 hours of being a super tourist with stops to Big Ben, The London Eye, and Buckingham Palace.
Initially Germany was not on my radar, however about two weeks prior to leaving I kept getting this indescribable pull to go. Everyday I’d think about the various aspects of the country like the food, fashion , the history, and what it would be like to visit. My luvbug Shelly, said there’s a reason for this and don’t fight your intuition.
Of all the cities so far, it’s Barcelona that I could really see myself living in. Chill vibes by day, a booming night life, and tropical weather are the perfect reason for a relocation! Every city has their thing, San Diego being palm trees, New York has skyscrapers, and Barcelona has balconies. They beautifully decorated each apartment and in some cases are shared among neighbors.