Sunday, April 12, 2015

Cape Clasp Bracelets: WHYDAH GALLY Affordable Pirate Wristwear

Cape Clasp Bracelets: WHYDAH GALLY
     Spring is here! Time to bring out the boat shoes and the sailorshirts. Spring/Summer is my favorite season because my  inner pirate comes out. A brand I came across in the winter was Cape Clasp bracelets. If you're looking for some nautical wristwear that is stylish and affordable this the brand. One of the bracelets that caught my attention is the WHYDAH GALLY. The anchor replica of the anchor from the infamous Whydah Gally - Wrecked off the coast of Cape Cod in 1717, it remains the only authenticated pirate shipwreck ever found in U.S. waters. Buying the bracelets will be doing good for your wrist and to mother nature, 15% of profits support beach conservation. Made in USA. Did I mentioned the bracelets are only 29.99!

Cape Clasp Bracelets: WHYDAH GALLY anchor bracelet

Cape Clasp Bracelets: WHYDAH GALLY anchor Bracelet

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Tweed Blackwatch Camelcoat Ralph Lauren Penny Loafers Check

Ralph Lauren Made in USA

     I really enjoyed my outfit post last week, which I had to share a couple more pictures that didn't make it on the Copper River Bag review post. The photographer Dave C Smith truly did a marvelous job. Last week it was still cold and I was able to get away with wearing my L.L Bean Tweed Blazer, camel color overcoat and along with my favorite Southern Proper Cap. Blackwatch tartan is my favorite print. Funny fact, I call it the holy print.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Copper River Bag Rockport Briefcase Perfect for a New York City Real Estate Agent

        A couple of months ago, I mentioned this fantastic briefcase from Copper River Bags on the blog. Well, now that I'm the owner of the bag I can totally assure you that this statement is true. Everywhere I go when I'm carrying this bag I get showered with compliments. This briefcase has become the spoil bag of the three bags that I own. It looks too damn good. In real estate school the girls are telling me "I love the shade of burgundy" the fellows are stopping me on the train to find out where is the bag from? In which I end up handwriting the name of the brand. Copper River Bag seriously did a great job because people just walk to me in random places telling me, "That looks like a well-built bag". I tell them, "it is you should get one also, 100 year warranty doesn't get better". If you're a shy person then you need to have this briefcase it's a conversation starter.
Beautiful bag!!!
      The weather in New York City has been very cold or in other words not spring like. I have been able to wear my L.L Bean Tweed Blazer, my blackwatch pants, my Beloved Southern Proper Blackwatch Cap, and Pendleton Blackwatch scarf a bit longer. It has been cold. My winter wardrobe is still around not packed away how it should be. I have to stay warm and stylish when I'm having appointments with my clients. The last week I was reading the March issue of the Real deal magazine at my favorite Greenpoint green-space McCarren Park.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Throwback Prep Thursday: Polo Dungarees By Ralph Lauren 1988

Polo Dungarees By Ralph Lauren 1988
   I will always say it in the blog. No other designer brings can bring out the American aesthetic like Ralph Lauren. In this advertisement from, The Polo Dungarees line which was launched in 1985. This advertisement dates back to 1988 and it's a wonderful mixture of the WASP and working class fashion. The gorgeous camel coat, white Oxford cotton button down and rep tie would be part of the Wasp or Trad American style while the denim jacket and pants would be part of the middle working class. Ralph Lauren is a huge denim aficionado, he has a huge love for western American fashion which has played an influence on his designs. He can be usually be seen at runway shows dressed pretty humble or casual in denim. Pretty ahead of its time, now creative directors are taking notes and putting a new take on heritage middle class brands like Carthartt or Dickies. What I love about this advertisement, is that it's pretty much relatable. The mixture of several types of clothing is quite common and obvious in the biggest runway, New York City. This is why he's a great designer, he designs runway clothes that people can actually wear through every aspect of their lives.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Please Help Save Long Island City Clock Tower!

Long Island City Clock Tower! Real estate

    One developing story that I have been closely following is the Long Island City Clock Tower aka the Bank of Manhattan building. I have been concerned with the fate of the Long Island City skyline icon hoping for the better good. Besides the Citigroup building this is probably one of my favorite skyscrapers in Long Island City. But then again Queens doesn't have that much skyscrapers to begin with. During my commute to college, I would always find myself admiring this building. Plenty of transactions are occurring in the area that seriously worries me the fate of the building. Last week the $142 million acquisition of the Center Building was closed, and this building is block away.

Long Island City Clock Tower! Real estate
        Property Markets Group, owns the adjacent lot across to the building. They submitted plans to build a tower on the adjacent lot at 29-37 41st Ave. The proposed building is a 70-story mixed-use high-rise with 930 apartments, retail space, gym and a parking garage. The proposed building is four times the size that current zoning allowed on the lot. This conundrum can be resolved by to combine two or more adjacent lots into one, and that adjacent lot is Clock tower and we don't want that. Last year, Property Market Group purchased the Clock Tower for more than $31 million. The building was pretty much vacant, but the remaining tenants received notices of lease terminations in November, effective May 31 which isn't away, informing them of the "landlord's intention to demolish all or part of the building." Quick facts about the skyscraper it was constructed in 1927 by designed by architect Morrell Smith during the big skyscraper fad. It's 772 feet height. Today, I  (Yes I'm a real estate agent but a friendly one)  had to show a wonderful client an apartment. On my way back home, I was trying to stay updated with the real estate news when I came across to some good news. This Tuesday the Landmarks Preservation Commission will decide whether or not to "calendar" the LIC Clock Tower to be considered for landmark status. If the building reaches landmark status the exterior can't be changed. This building should be a landmark, it's part of history, which is vanishing in Long Island City. Make sure you sign the petition and spread the word. Retweet, share do everything!!!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Socialite of the Month: Eleanor Lambert

Socialite of the Month: Eleanor Lambert

      Expanding the historical content of my blog to not only fashion, automobiles, and architecture. Every month I will drop a couple facts of a socialite of my choice. The first socialite to make the segment is Eleanor Lambert, which I couldn't think of a better person. If you're aren't familiar with Eleanor Lambert she opened plenty of paths for the American runway. Believe or not, America wasn't always a big giant. Sometimes I still don't think this country still gets this view. Why do I say that because there's plenty of wonderful brands made in America that deserved more fame. Also, there's plenty of people with their heads in under rocks still thinking the Made in U.S.A dream doesn't exist.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Johnston and Murphy Callihan Wingtip Oxford

     Sorry for the delayed my beloved viewers. I have been pretty busy with learning the real estate industry. By the way, if you need help finding an apartment in NYC feel free to contact me, click the link and check out my listings. In the past weeks I have been becoming more and more interested in wearing oxfords. If you follow me on instagram or know me personally you know that I'm not an Oxford kind of guy. I'm usually wearing penny loafers or horse bits. After a night of having a couple of drinks, I decided I need to get my act together and write a post. Before, that I was keeping up with my social media platforms instagram and twitter. Curiosity struck me and now I'm on the pursuit for the ideal Oxford for moi. First, is Johnston and Murphy. One of the Oxfords that caught my attention was the Callihan Wingtip Oxford. An archive design built using softer leather for a more casual, updated attitude. Hand burnishing gives each pair depth of color and individual character. For a decent quality oxford wingtip that should be able to last you a couple of seasons it's reasonably priced. It has a genuine Goodyear welted construction which can be refurbished and if taken good care would a long lasting shoe. The Oxford meets most of the requirements that I'm looking for in an Oxford from a being reasonably priced, Goodyear welted construction and a leather heel. I absolutely wouldn't wear a rubber sole Oxford.The wingtips are available in a Mahogany Calfskin and  go for $195.00.What do my menswear enthusiasts think?