Hey, gidday mates! What a week it’s been. I don’t normally talk politics here, but how can you not at a time like this? Coming from New Zealand, it’s hard to understand the American system with its lack of diversity, its lack of universal healthcare, its lobbyists, its insanely high rate of military funding, and its second amendment. And that’s not even mentioning the general consensus that, ‘It is what it is, and it’s not going to change.’ I strongly believe that one thing this campaign has shown us is that racism and prejudice are alive and well and living in America, and that misguided fear directed in a cunning way is an incredibly powerful weapon. Don’t understand these people? Hatred is the answer! The system is broken.Click to Continue!
Hey, gidday mates! Denny and I have a shared obsession with trawling through photos of our favorite style icons and attempting to recreate the outfits with clothing we already have in our wardrobes. For this one, we were inspired by the prince of teenage angst, Mr James Dean. If you’ve been following here for a while, you’ll know I did my own version of Rebel Without A Cause last year, so Denny recreated that one, and I went for the James-Dean-as-a-biker vibe. I’ve been wearing these shorter, baggier jeans a lot recently — it’s the 1950s by way of 2016.Click to Continue!
Anon asks: Hi Isaac. I started seeing a good friend after confessing we’d both adored each other for years. He said he wanted to be with me; before long though, he was living up to his reputation and treating me like just another random girl. He freaked, ghosted and broke my heart after five months. We cut contact, then a month later he showed up at a party with a new girlfriend and they put on such a show — I feel sick and our friends are shocked! Why would he commit to this girl but not to me?
Hey, gidday mate. It sucks, but you said it yourself: He lived up to his reputation.Click to Continue!
Hey, gidday mates! Another day, another trip to the Flatiron. This time, I was joined by my mate Denny Balmaceda, who suggested we dress in the Mod style. When I think of Mod, I imagine English gangs in suits with turtlenecks worn underneath trench coats or fishtail parkas, riding around on little Vespas. There were no Vespas to be found at such short notice, so we had to make do with what we had, which was suits, turtlenecks, coats and each other. Tally ho.Click to Continue!
Hey, gidday mates. No exaggeration, I’ve been spending at least two hours a day (and often four-six hours on an average weekend day) looking up furniture and interior design blogs and articles and inspiration photos over the last few months. I’m on a never-ending quest to improve my apartment, and it’s a slow, laborious, expensive and frustrating process. The above photo is my living room as it looks at time of writing. The photos that follow are NOT of my apartment. Sadly.Click to Continue!
Anon asks: Hey Isaac, can you help? For the past two months I’ve been seeing this guy a lot. We go to dinner, he stays at my place, and just this past weekend I stayed at his place where I met his brother and sister-in-law. He seems like a rare breed though, because he doesn’t ever mind talking about what is going on between us. Most guys run away fast the minute it is brought up!Click to Continue!
Hey, gidday mates! I know that mothers-in-law get all the attention*, but as anyone who’s ever attempted to win a young lady’s heart can attest, the relationship between a dude and his potential father in-law can be far more tenuous. I’d met Jenny’s dad all of two times before I asked for his consent, and I don’t know who the conversation was scarier for — me or him. Luckily we got through it with some nervous laughter and a lot of intense staring at meat on the barbecue, and now it’s plain sailing. So with that in mind, you’re going to read the next sentence as me trying to kiss up to Mr Tom Albright, but the first time I met him I thought to myself, “That man looks like the kind of guy who’d play an American president or a CIA general in an international espionage movie.”Click to Continue!
Hey, gidday mates! Last week I visited my old stomping ground, Bond Street, to shoot this Abercrombie & Fitch Fall Preview (check out my previous posts with A&F one and two here). Now that the temps are dropping, I’ve been living in hoodies, and this woolen version is my new favorite layering piece — it’s amazing when I’m watching Netflix on the couch, it’s even better on a chilly Fall evening, but I like it best under a black leather jacket with black jeans (which I posted earlier this week). Special mentions go to Abercrombie’s impressive array of plaid shirts — if you can imagine it, they’ve got it — and their new denim program, which gets better with every new drop. Now all I need is a slice of pumpkin pie and I’ll be good to go for the rest of the season.Click to Continue!
Hey, gidday mates! Exciting news on this chilly Autumnal Monday — my good friends Moti Ankari and Marcel Floruss (aka the bloggers behind The Metro Man and One Dapper Street), are launching their shoe line Ankari Floruss today. I was a little dubious when I first heard that they were working on a footwear collection, because from what I hear, shoes are the hardest piece of clothing to get right, but over the weekend I saw the fruits of their labor in the flesh, and I was genuinely impressed. There are seven pairs of shoes in the first collection, one for every day of the week, in two different color-ways each, spanning a tassel loafer, a derby, a wingtip, a boot, a Chelsea boot, a double monk and a sneaker. My favorite pair is the Chelsea boot in black, which I’m wearing here. It’s a steal at $295. Also, they’re throwing a party to launch the shoes tonight at Hotel Chantelle. 7pm. Jenny and I are DJing. I dare you to come crash.Click to Continue!
Anon asks: Last night my boyfriend of two years said it’s over. We’re both mid-late 20s and I thought he was the one, but he came clean and said he’d become less invested in the relationship than me. We both love each other dearly and spent last night crying and laughing about all the good times. More than anything we both want to be friends in the future — any tips on how to get through and remain pals?
Hey, gidday mate. I’ve been through a few of those, “But I thought this one was the one,” situations and the end is never easy. So first things first I’m sorry for what you’re dealing with. Now, let’s talk how to stay friends with an ex.Click to Continue!