Beach Necessities, Sanya, China

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My necessities: NUXE lip balm | Prada sunnies | OSiS+ hair paste | Gucci watch | mojito | comb

Mollie’s necessities part 1: Prada sunnies | Fiji Film camera

Mollie’s necessities part 2: NUXE dry oil | JUMA scarf | Ray-Ban sunnies

George’s necessities: Kiehl’s fragrance & lip balm | Gotti sunnies | Schon DSGN pen & notebook | Stereographic camera | comb

And we’re back to the beach! All of this cold weather is making me want to travel even more and to someplace warm! When George, Mollie and I were in Sanya we snapped some of our beach necessities. One of my favorite grooming products lately is the NUXE lip balm. So many other lip products seem to only last an hour or so, but with NUXE my lips feel soft, hydrated and not shiny (big plus) for hours.

Since we stayed at the Renaissance Sanya Resort & Spa, we had beach side service. Not shown here are George and Mollie’s drinks, however I did enjoy that delicious mojito! Mollie loved using the NUXE dry oil to stay hydrated on the sand while George used his stereographic camera to capture moments on the sealine and Schon DSGN pen to note them as well.

The evening before we shot these we went to a market street in the main downtown area in Sanya on Hainan island where we found awesome wood combs. I can’t wait to share more adventures from China soon! As always – thanks for reading!

Photography: George Evan

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Tea Ceremony at Dr. Tea

Ahhh after a stimulating time at the Great Wall, George, Mollie and I went to Dr. Tea in Chinatown, Beijing for a tea ceremony. China likes to promote tea culture to foreigners and pays for the tea house to operate, which meant free tea for us! Our awesome tea expert took us through some of the teas they sell at Dr. Tea. We tasted jasmine tea, which is great for mornings or early afternoons. Olong tea is the most common tea in China – I bought some to bring home to my mom – and it was delicious! It leaves a slight earthy aftertaste. Yum. We also enjoyed a sweet tea made entirely of dried fruits and a few others.

To ensure purified and steeped to perfection, little “pee pee boys” pee when water is hot enough to make tea safely. The little figurines are cute… I’ll let you google that one.

Suit: Krammer & Stoudt | Sweater: DKNY | Scarf: American Trench | Sunglasses: Prada

Watch: Seiko Astron GPS Solar

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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Kempt | Cologne

Every man (and woman) needs a great scent. The summer was filled with citrus smells via Lacoste Essential. In honor of National Fragrance Day, Philadelphia Style asked me what scent I’d be wearing for spring/summer. Lacosta Essential is great because it Time Release Technology to keep you smelling fresh even while being active (aka sweating). But since we’re approaching fall it’s time to switch up my scents. Prada’s Pour Homme is amazing. I used it for my fall scent before and cannot wait to start wearing it again. The sensual amber base is surrounded by woodsy and earthy tones. A light yet strong scent as we transition into fall.

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IANstagram Moments in June

Here are some of my favorite moments from the past month! From meeting fashion idols to launching my own t-shirt design, there was a lot going on in June. Looking forward to more projects in the coming month!

June 4th: Prepped for my t-shirt launch with a teaser image… the black bar gets removed at my launch party.

June 7th: Launched my t-shirt titled “too CHIC to ignore.”

June 11th: Took inspiration from the latest Isabel Marant collection in celebration of her new collection for H&M.

June 13th: Launched my new website design.

June 13th: Photos from the Wawa Welcome America festical campaign were released. See more of my shots HERE.

June 19th: Met Bobbie Thomas!

June 25th: Commented on the bold colors and prints trend that will be seen S/S ’14.
Hope your June was a success!
Until tomorrow, IMC