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Sartorial Notes

Commes Des Garçon Tee • Marc by Marc Jacobs Trunks • Adidas x Raf Simons Sneakers •  Obey 5 Panel

 

An update is well overdue. My last post was all the way back in August, a short time after this photo was taken in Chicago. As always, my life has been seemingly in the fast lane. I’ve since moved in with my boyfriend of nearly two years.  We had the opportunity to spend our winter holiday traveling throughout Europe, celebrating Christmas on-board a flight to London and counting down 2016 in a warehouse rave on the outskirts of Amsterdam. EPIC.

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CHET FAKER X BANKS

Love. Love. LOVE. Chet Faker has this sound that I can’t help but be drawn to. There’s a beauty in sounding melancholic. And BANKS. Well, if you know me, you know I’m a huge fan. I’ve seen her perform live three times and I eat up everything she puts out. Their sounds blend so, so well in this mix. The track itself feels right for summer and I can’t help keep this on repeat. Enjoy!

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CALM

 Hawai’i, 2015.

Some new (old) stuff I’m revisiting in post. Shot on the Fujifilm X100. Tricky camera to use, but the way it renders color and even the quality of the noise is quite beautiful. This bokeh shot was inspired by a local artist in Hawai’i I came across while shopping. I wish I took more shots like this during my trip. There’s a soothing quality to this and I wish I could live in this moment time and time again.

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ILPSNY

Sartorial Notes

PSNY x J.Crew Mesh Tank Top • PSNY x J.Crew Muscle Tank • APC Jeans •  Nike Roshe Run Sneakers

H E L L O! It’s been quite awhile since I’ve updated. It’s not that I don’t have material that I’d love to share, it’s just my life has taken a turn into a (great) new direction since my last post! This blog was created to showcase my interests and push me and my career further. In the short time that I started new projects (BOYS CLUB) and built a new portfolio, I ended up with a NEW JOB!

I have since become the Senior Visual Designer for Banana Republic, overseeing the digital marketing for Men! I also help develop the entire website’s look and feel and conceptualize site marketing strategies with the creative director seasonally. It’s UNREAL! It’s taken a lot of my time to readjust to my new responsibilities, but having a job I wholeheartedly love is such a blessing. It’s a role that combines editorial design, UI/UX, fashion, photography—all things that I am so passionate about. It’s truly an amazing time in my life and I’ve taken a moment to really dive in!

In an effort to blog more, I’ve finally set time aside to connect wordpress onto my phone. Much like my Instagram, I’ll be able to quickly share more things real-time—CVRLO is not going anywhere! If anything, the changes happening in my life will be more material I can use for posts! Stay tuned. Updates will come when possible. Be sure to check out BananaRepublic.com to see what I’ve really been up to lately, though! Fall marketing has launched!

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BOYS CLUB

As a preface, I work as a graphic designer for The Gap, designing the Men’s and Women’s site and email marketing. I’m very passionate about fashion and visual communication—especially the marriage of the two. And, although I always dreaded papers while in school, I do have an appreciation for journalism and copywriting.

It’s why I really like what my job entails. The innate chemistry that sparks when image, copy, and design come together is magical. I always strive to produce work that triggers that same feeling in me. It’s the way I connect with what I do and how I’m able to express myself.[/vc_column_text]

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BOYS CLUB was concepted as an ongoing male portraiture series featuring local guys I’ve met—mostly friends and some acquaintances. Maybe it was also an excuse for my friend and I to just photograph handsome dudes, too. Haha. At the core of my passions, I just truly love and appreciate beautiful imagery. And I love exploring the ability of capturing such imagery myself. My main focus this year is to work on my photography and really explore doing more portraiture. I find it a [fun] challenge to connect with a subject and be able to capture that intangible feeling I talked about earlier. Shot with the Canon 5D Mark II + 35L, groomed/styled by my good friend Jefferson Mosquera, and wardrobe provided by me.

 

Here is the first of many: Julio for BOYS CLUB.

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STWO – HER

MAnother goldmine find on Soundcloud is the Parisian artist, stwo. After my boyfriend introduced me to Majid Jordan, I have not been able to stop repeating any and all of his EP tracks. “Her” has become my absolute favorite in terms of melody and musicality. Coming across this gem of a remix by stwo had me hit replay countless times, too. The edits he made to the track are refreshing and there’s something about all his edits that have a consistently cool vibe. I was lucky enough to catch him in person when he headlined a night at 1015 Folsom in San Francisco last weekend; he’s even better live. I appreciate his approach to musicality and if this is what modern trip hop sounds like, I’m all about it. I’ll be sure to post more favorites from him in the future.

 

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KIT AND ACE

P A few weeks ago I had the privilege of shooting the store opening of Kit and Ace, a new clothing company tapping into the luxury basics market. Co-founded by Shannon & JJ Wilson of Lululemon, their mission statement revolves around being uniquely local and cultivating the creative class. They frequently feature artists of varying mediums on their site, shedding light on individuals who may otherwise be unknown. After shooting their opening, I was invited back to attend their first Supper Club, a dinner party hosted by Kit and Ace, at their San Francisco store.

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EASY, BUT CLASSIC

S There’s no denying it—you can’t go wrong with wearing all black (Ok, unless you’re wearing all black with UGGs, then you can. Just…no). Yes, wearing all black can be easy, safe or maybe even a sign of being lazy. BUT, black is classic. In order to avoid looking plain, just think about how you could tweak your outfit to give it more interest. Play and pair different textures and fabrics. Here, I tried a cashmere sweater over a thin poplin with brushed cotton trousers. If you’re still feeling too drab, add a pop of white via shirt collar (I like to tuck it in). Too polished? Show some ankle with desert boots and your favorite jacket. I think its these personal subtleties that can make all the difference.

 

Sartorial Notes

Acne Jacket • UNIQLO Sweater • Marc by Marc Jacobs Shirt • 3.1 Phillip Lim Pants • A.P.C Desert Boots

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CITY BOY

Sartorial Notes

All Saints Jacket • T by Alexander Wang Hoodie • Nudie Jeans • Tom Ford Sunglasses • All Saints Boots

 

SSan Francisco, probably known for its amazing year-round weather (what is snow?), the open-minded “liberal” culture, and the hub of the startup/tech industry, is probably not the first city you think of to be fashionable. And that’s okay. But I think it’s safe to say that there are a few of us out here who do care. SF is all about no fuss, individual style. It isn’t pretentious or overly trendy. I think we’ve built this culture about being casual & comfortable. Normcore? Pretty sure Gap and Levi’s were some of the first to coin casual, minimal attire. With newcomers like Everlane setting up shop here, we’re adding more variety to the casual wardrobe. Another perk? Having a creative job in the city means no suit-and-tie required. Oversized hoodie on a Friday? No problem.

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FEEL GOOD

MI’m all about feel-good type music. There’s something about hearing an excellent curation of artists in succession while getting lost editing photos for hours that just feels…good. My buddy Druskee has great talent for making such mixes. I’m pretty bad at keeping up with music, so I’ve turned to Soundcloud to discover artists, dj’s, and remixes of songs I do know. I met Dru years ago through the hip hop dance community in NorCal. (Yes—I used to dance competitively for a team called The Company (the current dancers are amazing, btw). YouTube them if you’re looking for some dope entertainment.) Anyways, being a fan of his DJ work, I’ve continued to follow his work years after my dance career ended. He just dropped his latest mix called “coffee shop feel goods vol II” and I’ve repeated it several times already. Hit play, take a listen, and be sure to check out his Soundcloud for more goodies.

 

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