This season is all about mixing up , and there are very few brands that offer the quality luxury products that can be easily incorporated in anyone's garderobes as Andrew Marc does. The secret is to have classic cuts with updated color options and materials. Something we would like to call luxury basics, the items you can not go wrong with.
Our picks for this season : teal Natalie, and blush Venus jackets, and for the guys must have Andrew Marc watches as well as Nile in Cork.
Andrew Marc's vision is cosmopolitan in nature, grounded in New York City, but inspired by larger developing American fashion trends. Beginning with the fur-lined lambskin bomber jacket, which immediately became a cornerstone to the company's success, Andrew Marc has worked hard to establish a reputation as an iconic American brand. The collection has evolved substantially since its inception, and includes a secondary label, Marc New York by Andrew Marc.
The Mykonos Island Villa Escape - August 19-26, 2013
Mykonos is one of those places, where party times are perfectly mixed with peacefulness and relaxation when needed. As one of the Greece's most popular jet set locations, this year the Island is the perfect choice for your vacation. You know about Steph and mine obsession with Greek islands, and countless photo ops, but more than that the reason we are obsessed with Mykonos is that it is a paradise with a party soul.
In their fifth year of operation, Steele Luxury Travel once again brings back their most popular summer travel experience: The Mykonos Island Villa Escape. 24 Guys are carefully selected to join this exclusive experience.
Get your spot before it is too late!
Year after year, this extremely luxurious travel experience becomes sold out months before departure. The Mykonos Island Villa Escape is a truly unique adventure where you can not get anywhere else. A beautifully appointed 3-villa Mykonian compound is selected as home base for 7 nights and 8 days. The Steele Luxury Travel villa compound is comprised of three identical and villas set only meters away from the sea front and peaceful cove overlooking the gorgeous entrance of Ornos Bay offering extreme sunsets, a saltwater pool, and the most beautiful outdoor spaces available in Mykonos. The design of these three sexy villas will have any interior designer marvel with astonishment.
Steele’s Mykonos villa comes complete with daily chefs preparing a delicious brunch, a daily cleaning staff, and a houseboy to make sure everything is just perfect during your stay. Each available package, which start at just $2,450 per person, includes round trip airport transfers, 7 nights of accommodation at the villa, daily brunch, 2 unique dinners; one Greek themed dinner at the villa and one at the Belvedere Hotel in Mykonos Town. Each Steele Traveler will also receive a pass to the XLSIOR party series during your stay in Mykonos; which includes pool parties, large dance events, and beach parties!
A history, adventure and nightlife tour of Israel: May 31 – June 9, 2013
Steele Luxury Travel invites you to experience a destination of rich history, beautiful landscape, gorgeous men and extreme nightlife. "Milk & Honey 2013" is a one of a kind experience offering the history and adventure of one of the globe's most stimulating destinations.
In June of 2013, the fifth generation of Steele Travelers will set off on a 10-day journey through the state of Israel. The trip begins in Jerusalem; exploring its various religions and cultures of the monotheistic capital. Steele Travelers will experience all that Israel has to offer including the Dead Sea, Masada and a unique stay at a brand new luxury design hotel located right on one of the world’s largest craters, where guests will actually rappel into. Milk & Honey also boasts adventure activities such as cave exploring, ATV riding, a desert camel ride, and hiking to a lush desert oasis. While in Israel, the most delicious Middle Eastern and modern dining experiences are provided including an authentic Jewish Shabbat meal. Five-star accommodations and transfers are provided throughout the trip.
The last five days of Milk & Honey will take place in Tel Aviv, one of the world's most vibrant and gay friendly cities. Celebrate Israel's notorious gay pride with VIP access to the hottest events and parties throughout the city!
For more information, or to make a reservation, visit www.SteeleTravel.com/Israel or call 646-688-2274.
Live Your Indulgence, with Milk & Honey.
When you put on your jewelry in the morning, do you think about the upcoming seasons and what this season change will mean for the color schemes of your accessories? Fashion changes so rapidly that sometimes it seems that it is almost hard to keep up, but when it comes to accessories and gemstones, they’re affordable enough to stock up and rotate depending on the styles and colors of the moment! And what does this Spring and Summer hold for the color of your gemstone collection?
In the Spring when flowers are bloom, the outside world is flush with bright colors and this will be the case for your gemstones that you’ll see at local jewelry stores. For the neon gemstones that you’re going to see, expect a blend of several interesting neon colors that blend together to make the perfect statement piece for any outfit. Basically, find a way to integrate a beautiful stone into your outfit and think of seasons as your color guide. It will be different for each of them for obvious reasons - after all, some things work wonderfully with autumn colors (amber, and reds) while other things work with the pretty, joyful colors of spring.
Another huge trend in the gemstone and jewelry department are designed based on the interesting architecture of the Bay area. Apart from the fact that each of these items tend to be unique around the world, making them quite an interesting addition, they're also something truly special. The glitz and glam of these pieces is a showstopper and are meant to be worn at any cocktail party or party gathering. When you’re purchasing these Victorian inspired pieces, look for opal gemstones, and pearls, inset into different beautiful settings with mixed metals like gold and copper. These pieces often have multiple gemstones, instead of one center gemstone. Definitely not for those who think that simple is better! Try pairing a more daring one of these pieces with some simple black diamond rings.
And if you’re planning to entertain and host parties during the Spring or Summer season this year, then you might find the Southern Belle trend very appropriate for your jewelry selection, Modeled after the jewelry collections of Southern belles and the women of the South, these pieces are mainly comprised of long strands of beads with different gemstones. Look for pieces that showcase pale purple amethyst stones, mother of pearl shells, moonstone in soft pinks and peaches or even sunstone. The look will pair well with any neutral pieces that you have and take a simple outfit up a few notches.
And if you’re looking for the biggest gemstone trend of the Summer, than look to pieces with desert inspired tones that flatter almost any skin tone. For these summer pieces, opt for rough geodes, agate in dusty pinks and blues and warm up the pieces with tones of amber for a look that is both hip and Southwestern inspired. Not to mention that they work wonderful with a tanned complexion that's so specific to summer trends.
Spring is just round the corner, with the (hopefully) warmer weather necessitating a change in the foot department from the hardy, ankle-length leathers of winter to soft, cool materials for spring. But what are the shoes to be seen in this season? We take a look at some of the hottest footwear on offer this year.
Spring is renowned for its changeable weather - especially in the UK - so a shoe that is light enough for warmer days but still provides protection and warmth should the weather take an unexpected turn is highly recommended. For this purpose, the Clarks desert boot is still the king. The classic suede versions in camel, tan or amber gold suit both formal and casual occasions, and with their appeal lasting for over 70 years already, do not look like they are going out of fashion any time soon.
Again a good go-between shoe for this most variable of seasons, leather derbies will work as well in the office as they will on a weekend stroll. Go for a rich chestnut-brown hue and then build your outfit around it, swapping the wool jumpers of winter for a lighter cotton cardigan and slim-cut, dark-navy jeans. The simple lines of the derby also mean that why they won't quite go with everything - it is very hard to get good shoes to work with jogging bottoms - they are as close as you will get.
Tasselled loafers came back on the scene in a big way a few years ago - largely due to the 'ankling' craze so coined by Esquire - and are still very much on the scene in 2013. As the weather heats up, consider pairing with a pair of turned-up, skinny cream jeans or heritage-weave smart trousers - cut just above the ankle of course for the perfect smart yet laid back look.
For something more casual than the offering above, slip ons are the way to go. As far away from the multitude of laces, straps and buckles that are so synonymous with winter footwear as possible, slip-on shoes are the perfect casual shoe for the season. Go for a muted, natural tone to ensure they go with as many different outfits as possible.
However, the fact that more and more males are starting to channel their inner sartorialist means that it is becoming increasingly difficult to elevate yourself above everyone else in the tailoring style stakes.
Thankfully, we have put together a list of a few ways that you can distinguish yourself from the formal clothing also-rans, who are merely followers of trends and haven’t even begun to perfect the art of style.
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE FIT
One of the most basic ways to distinguish yourself from everybody else in the style stakes is by making sure your suits fit properly. Some people think that they will appear masculine and powerful (or possibly that they have been on an immense crash diet?) by wearing larger sized suits, but in reality it just looks extremely sloppy.
For example, an extremely expensive suit look can look like it’s been borrowed from your overweight uncle if it is even one-size too big. In contrast, a lesser priced suit can look immaculate if it is tailored properly.
Therefore, I would highly recommend avoiding going for the most expensive suit that you can afford, and choosing a slightly cheaper alternative instead. This way, you can spend the remaining money on taking your newly-purchased suit to a well-established tailor, who will then be able to alter your suit so that it fits like a glove; the same applies for shirts, jeans and coats.
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE FOOTWEAR
Remember when you were growing up and you always used to hear that ‘the first thing a woman does when she sees a man is look at his shoes’? Well it’s true.
Many an outfit can be ruined with a poor choice of footwear; whether it’s shape, colour, condition or style, when it comes to footwear, men should tread carefully (pun intended).
I would highly recommend that you consider the following three things when you are deciding on your next footwear purchase; firstly, make sure the shoes reflect your own style; secondly, make a decision on whether you are going to wear your shoes for smart or casual use; and finally, make sure they are going to last!
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE SCENT
As we all know, the days are long gone when we could pick up a can of Lynx Africa or Brut Aquatonic from the corner shop and call that a ‘signature scent’. Any sartorial male must find a scent that suits their own personality and can be worn year after year; my signature scent is Neroli Portofino by Tom Ford, and although it is a little pricey, I’m always getting asked about what scent I’m wearing, which is a sure sign that you’re on to a winner. If you are looking for some inspiration on what scent you should invest in next, check out our feature on Calvin Klein Dark Obsession, which could be a front runner for your next fragrance purchase.
As an added tip, the proper way to spray fragrance is with a small spritz behind your ears and on your wrists; this will last much longer than a quick blast in your face and isn’t going to offend any nearby nostrils.
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE ACCESSORIES
In my opinion, the best way to separate yourself from everyone else is to invest in some immaculate accessories. By accessories, I don’t mean the blingiest piece of jewellery you can find; a simple rule of thumb is your choice of accessories should make a statement, not put on a show!
Why not invest in the ultimate fashion accessory by picking up a lighter from Dunhill? A Dunhill lighter was James Bond’s lighter of choice, in the days when his penchant for smoking was almost as big as his penchant for martinis and women. Lighters are slowly becoming the must-have fashion accessory; this trend is set to continue, with the ubiquity of retro-inspired formal tailoring, most recently sported by Justin Timberlake in his comeback performance at the Grammys. My personal favourite is the Dunhill Mosaic Turbo Lighter, which pays homage to their iconic butane gas lighters.
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE CONFIDENCE
Finally, nothing else matters if you don’t have the confidence to feel good in what your wearing – in other words, have a little swagger in your step and the rest will follow.
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