TECH TECH goose

No idea how that title popped into my brain. But I have to admit that when it comes to technology I am a bit of a goose. I am always the earlier adopter of almost everything and yet usually I fail to use most of those items. The Fluxmob BOLT might change all that. BOLT is the world’s smallest portable battery backup and wall charger combined. That’s right, it is designed to replace your standard wall charger and will automatically charge with your phone and be ready to go when you are. Never again will I forget to charge my portable charger.

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$60 through Indigo.ca

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If you have read my blog before you know that I love to stockpile fragrances, sometimes it becomes a problem when people ask me what I am wearing and I have no idea. Not sure, I just grabbed one of the bottles off my shelf. Or I mixed two different ones today. But I always know when I am wearing an Arquiste, it’s always unmistakable. Up to this point, find Arquiste hasn’t always been easy due to its artisanal approach to scents and its exclusive distribution. Enter J Crew.

The brand worked with fragrance developer Carlos Huber of Arquiste, and also Givaudan perfumers Rodrigo Flores-Roux and Yann Vasnier to create the two scents, No.31 and No.57. The two fragrances were inspired by Peggy Guggenheim‘s ground-breaking 1943 ‘Exhibition by 31 Women’, the first all-female modern art show in the US, which featured the works of Frida Khalo and Helen Frankenthaler among others. You are probably now asking yourself how someone creates a scent based on an event that they never attended? This must be your first dabble in artisanal fragrances where florals are rarely talked about. I will forgive you. Well, you look to the hedonistic cocktails that were consumed on the night, the patrons and the venue itself. You do a little historical digging.

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“Guggenheim had oak chairs so patrons could sit down and admire art. The walls, floor and ceiling were all done in wood,” Huber told WWD. “Of course she didn’t just serve wine and sparkling water. There were Manhattans, negronis, and gin-and-tonics – all these cocktails that were popular during that era,” said Huber.

No.31 is inspired by the perfumes worn by the guests. The scent contains bold notes of red vermouth, eau-de-vie accord, and Bulgarian rose with damson plum, patchouli and oakmoss. Carlos describes the second scent, no. 57, as more “avant-garde, genderless”. The scent is named after the East 57th Street address of the gallery. No.57 is perfect for men, it was inspired by the woody scent of the gallery’s curved oak walls and the aromatic cocktails that filled the room. The fragrance features top notes of oak and cedar, along with notes of whiskey, cinnamon, labdanum, and vanilla. labdanum and vanilla. Yes, this means you will smell like wood and booze. It’s perfection. You can thank Jenna and Carlos. Available now.

 

Images courtesy of J.Crew

#WANTWOOD

If you are like me, hunting for the perfect bedside table is a arduous task. If you are not like me, you probably bought your bedside table based on its price and at IKEA. Enter JM&SONS to solve my conundrum. The company was founded by two furniture makers, Andre Jr. Ayotte & Mackenzie Duncan, in Toronto CA. I love their modern approach to reclaimed lumber. And besides how can you not love a company that uses the hashtag #wantwood?

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These wall side shelves would be perfect solution to a minimalist bedroom. The unit features two shelves and slit for your mobile, providing the perfect bedside storage for your books, your phone, a great candle and a glass of water. They are even designed in a left and right side mount. The unit is made of handcrafted salvaged wood and comes in gunmetal black or egg-shell white finish. $155 each.

The company is even running a contest right now to win your own. Enter the #WANTWOOD #GIVEAWAY1 contest on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram (yes, that’s right – you can enter multiple times and on all 3 social networks). You could win one of the Wall Racks. It’s simple, share one of our posts or update your status, tag @jmandsons + incl. #WANTWOOD #GIVEAWAY1 in the post.

CHRISTOPHER BATES SS2015

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Christopher Bates SS2015 collection was presented at TOM* this past week. It was a collection full of slick, well tailored suiting and classic signature Bates style. But I have to admit that I fell hard for the well tailored short shorts. Time to start your squats for 2015.

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Photo Credits: Photo 1: Janneke Tenbroek. Photo 2,3,6 : Constantine Digovets Photo 4,5: Jonathan Lambda.

Steal em like a magpie

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Remember a few weeks back when I revealed to you one of Pharrell’s fashion tricks – shopping the women’s shoe department. Here’s your chance to cross the floor and shop. Nike will introduce a women’s high sneaker that no fashion magpie could resist –  a Blazer Mid in the multicolored, shiny design. Although this version was made for women, feel free to cop it before it sells out. Available from nike.com and select retailers when they launch August 16.

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Andrew Coimbra

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Andrew Coimbra has been slowly establishing a solid menswear brand, after his short stint interning with Proenza Schouler and working with our own Philip Sparks. If his previous collections hints at anything we are expecting to see for SS2015, then we should expect refined fabrics, attention to detail and modern cuts. Coimbra is not afraid of using colour and non traditional prints, which is refreshing in the Canadian menswear market. Andrew is never afraid and his collection often has an inherent cool factor. For his SS2015 collection, Andrew draws inspiration from contemporary art and youth culture; he even created custom print fabrics. Here is a sneak peak at what to expect when the collection is released tonight. I am particularly drawn to his play of proportions and shape – mixing streetwear with classic menswear.

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Photography: Mckenzie James | Models: David Kubas (Elmer Olsen) & Nathanael B. | Grooming : Lauren Fisher

 

Owl’s Brew Baby

A friend recently introduced me to Owl’s Brew: Tea Crafted for Cocktails.  If you can get past the overtly hipster packaging, you will discover an enjoyable tea based mixer for cocktails. I tried out the Classic and the Coco-Lada.  The recipes are dead easy, perfect for those guests that don’t warrant your full bartender skills. And for once, I gave you two drinks for the price of one. You can tip me later. And if the owls are listening, an Early Grey version for a Lady Grey Sour would be perfection.

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The Classic mix features a blend of English Breakfast and lemon peel, with hints of lemon juice and lime juice. I love the hints of tea and the tart citrus flavour. It is also amazing mixed with bourbon on the rocks.

Margarita Recipe

  • 2 parts The Classic
  • 1 part Tequila
  • Jalapenos

1. Muddle with 3-4 fresh jalapeno slices (Strain out jalapeno seeds).

2. Combine all ingredients in cocktail shaker with ice.

3. Shake & pour into a margarita glass

4. Rim glass with margarita salt

5. Drink

6. Repeat

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The Coco-Lada mix features a blend of black tea, chai spices, coconut pieces and pineapple juice. Surprisingly way better than I expected. Makes for a great cocktail on a cool autumn evening.

  • 2 parts Coco-Lada
  • 1 part Spiced Rum
  • Ginger to garnish

1. Combine all ingredients with ice in a shaker.

2. Shake & pour over fresh ice.

3. Garnish wtih fresh ginger.

4. Drink.

5. Repeat.

SOHO HOUSE CHICAGO

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Soho House has opened its latest venture in Chicago. It looks stunning. And proves once again how sub par Soho House Toronto is in comparison. It looks like the poor cousin the Soho House Empire. So use your membership wisely friends and visit the other international locations.

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This Chicago location features a screening room, a gym, a Pizza East and a Chicken Shop restaurant, along with a lounge and cafe on the ground floor called, “The Allis,” and of course a rooftop pool. Visit the Soho House Chicago website for more information and to book a room.