Tea at Four Seasons Beijing

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Last month I had the pleasure of enjoying afternoon tea at the Four Seasons Beijing. In the center of the hotel there is a gorgeous Butterfly Wall and beneath it sits the Tea Garden. Guests can enjoy tea while waiting for spa treatments, dinner reservations or even browsing JUMA’s retail shop. JUMA is a brand that turns cultural drawings and photographs into playful and distorted prints. The brand has scarves, socks, painted leather bags, women’s clothing and, most recently, a menswear line. In honor of the new menswear line I’m wearing a blue suit paired with printed socks and a painted leather folio bag all by JUMA. The fabric is really soft! I’m excited to share another look from our collaboration in the coming weeks as well as a project with Lifestyle China. If you’re going to be in Beijing, stop in to see the JUMA store at the Four Seasons Beijing or browse/shop on the company’s eCommerce site.

Shirt: Marcella Custom | Sunglasses: Carrera | Belt: Muston & Co | Shoes: Paul Drish

Suit, socks and bag: JUMA

Photography: George Evan

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The Great Wall

What can I say… going to the Great Wall of China has been on my bucket list for quite some time. The morning of our trip a driver picked us up from Jinsong and we headed North to the Great Wall. After an hour or so we arrived to tour the wall! Normally a very crowded  section, David (the driver/tour guide) said it wouldn’t be crowded since it’s winter. YAY! BURRR! Riding to the wall was really cool because we got to see the outskirts of Beijing. There were intimate villages and this HUGE fruit statue. We drove past that statue fast – wish we stopped to snap some pics. Once at the Great Wall we took a ski lift to the top. Mollie and I were a little freaked out (not the best with open heights), but we managed! It was so beautiful looking at the mountains from such a historic structure. My feet are dangling in one of the photos above . Can you see them? :) We walked about and hiked up stairs for an hour or so and then it was time to toboggan! Yes, toboggan. To get down the mountain there is a metal toboggan slide path. I decided to go first and am glad I did because Mollie’s sweater got stuck… and then George had to help her get unstuck while going down the mountain! They were fine and we all made it down safely. We finished by enjoying a supreme pizza at one of the local food spots.

To stay warm and comfortable I wore Krammer& Stoudt’s Belmondo travel suit. It’s so soft and luxurious, I unashamedly wore it multiple times later in the trip… I accessorized with a beanie, scarf and socks from American Trench and packed some extra goodies (another small jacket, chapstick, a camera etc) in the Cote & Ciel backpack.

Since we had a pretty tight schedule (after this we went to a tea ceremony and then the Summer Palace only to wake up the next morning and fly to Sanya!), my Seiko Astron GPS Solar watch came in handy! It’s powered by all kinds of light so I didn’t have to worry about it running out of power. With the gorgeous blue skys there was tons of natural light to keep it going. Thank you Beijing for not being smoggy during our travels!

Suit: Krammer & Stoudt | Sweater: DKNY | Shoes: Tsubo | Jacket: Andrew Marc

Backpack: Cote & Ciel | Beanie, Scarf and Socks: American Trench | Sunglasses: Prada (both)

Next up: Dr. Tea tea ceremony!

Photography: George Evan

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Top Gift Picks

Whether you’re celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, another holiday or just feel like buying gifts for a friend, family member OR yourself, here’s a round-up of some of the things I’m loving this season. Enjoy my top gift picks! :)

BRANDS TO WATCH

Tavik: The company uses modern beach culture to define its brand. From very soft fitted cotton pants to the red villard jacket seen below, the pieces ooze casual cool. (styled with an ISAORA sweatshirt)

Shot by George Evan

Brooks Heritage X UBIQ:  The Philadelphia store partnered with performance brand Brooks Running Company for a limited edition shoe (seen below). It launches this Saturday (Dec. 13th) at UBIQ in Philly and on the store’s website — my guess is this will fly run off the stock shelves. I love the multicolored sole.

Courtesy of Brooks

LONG-LASTING UNDERGARMENTS

Mack Weldon Silver Underwear/Undershirts: Designed with NASA in mind, Mack Weldon’s new Silver collection holds up to the test. What test? Seeing if the silver prohibits smell and keeps you fresh for six days. Yes, I did wear the same pair of underwear six days in a row. No I didn’t do much physical activity while taking the Silver 6-Day Same Underwear Test. And yes, I’d do it again because they didn’t even stink after those 6 long days. Either this product works OR I smell like angels. Or both! Check it out for yourself here.

 

Courtesy of Mack Weldon

 

NEXT LEVEL DRESS SHIRTS

On That CUSTOM Level with Marcella: Marcella lets you design your own shirts then produces them within 2-3 weeks – it’s custom clothing on speed! The company  is partnering with the charity Career Gear to help promote donations and awareness for under privileged men looking for professional attire and career guidance. Anyone who brings in a gently used shirt (to the NYC location) receives $20 off their a custom shirt of their choice (until December 15th).

Shot by Kris Mae

No Sweat with Ministry of Supply: Are you into looking sharp and exploring the city/country/any where really all while staying fresh? Aka so signs of sweat and/or day worn shirting. Ministry of Suppl offers great RTW dress shirts built for the man on the move. Enjoy FREE international shipping on orders over $100 (until December 14th).

Shot by Kris Mae

THE ACCESSORIES

Fun cuff links: Whether a top hat pair from Robert Graham (seen below) or chess pieces (seen in my Ties.com feature) – cuff links don’t have to be simple. In fact – I think they should be little shirt accessories full of personality! I’ll be sharing many more cuff link styles in 2015, but remember that 18k gold pair from 1884 Collection? Swoon…

Shot by George Evan

Colored Sunglasses: Opt for a bold pair like the Gotti Switzerland frames below or go more subtle and try colored Ray-Ban club masters or traditional aviators in white or electric blue. Not into colored frames? Try tinted and mirrored lenses. All are sartorial options!

Shot by Chris Fascenelli

 TOP PICK: PF Flyers X Todd Snyder kicks

Who has dreamed of owning blue suede shoes? Yep, probably everyone. I know I have! Thanks to PF Flyers these sweet kicks are keeping my feet stylish and comfortable. Wear them with fitted sweats (seen below) for a casual look or dress them up with a fitted navy suit. Either way.. win, win, win! I’m just curious if there part II in store for next year… let’s all cross our fingers for PF Flyers x Todd Snyder Part II! (style available in brown and black leather on PFflyers.com)

Shot by George Evan

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