Dick's Sporting Goods x Vans

When Dick's Sporting Goods reached out to me to help showcase their recent pick up of the iconic Vans classics collection of course I jumped at the chance. If you have been following me on instagram for a bit then you will see that Vans are integral part of my wardrobe.

Vans shoes deliver up instant style for wherever the day takes you. From street to surf, you can count on this iconic footwear. Go for iconic skate with classic Vans® sneakers, or pull together your look with high-top shoes, slip-ons and more. Vans® footwear is the perfect way to make a statement—stand out in bold all-over prints, bright colors and classic textures.
And with Vans, you never have to sacrifice comfort for style. This footwear features die-cut EVA midsoles for impact protection and comfort. Padded tongues and collars minimize irritation on the foot. A waffle-grip outsole maintains traction and grip, especially for skaters looking to maintain their edge. Vans shoes are available in men’s and women’s styles.
Check out the entire collection today or shop the entire selection of athletic footwear at DICK’S Sporting Goods for more.

Golden Coast Authentic

On March 16, 1966, at 704 East Broadway in Anaheim, California, brothers Paul Van Doren and James Van Doren, Gordon C Lee, and Serge D'Elia opened the first Vans store under the name The Van Doren Rubber Company. The business manufactured shoes and sold them directly to the public. On that first morning, twelve customers purchased Vans deck shoes, which are now known as "Authentic". The company displayed three styles of shoes, which were priced between US $2.49 and US$4.99, but on the opening day, the company had only manufactured display models without any inventory ready to sell—the store rack boxes were actually empty.
The Golden Coast Authentic, the original and now iconic Vans style, features a simple low top, lace-up profile with sturdy canvas uppers, metal eyelets, and signature rubber waffle outsoles.

The Vans company is in its 51st year and has overcome many trials, from filing for bankruptcy protection in 1984 to becoming the first in history as the largest single action sports brand in the world and the first company rooted in skateboarding to achieve this level of success with over $1 billion dollars in annual global sales. From skateboards to surfboards to snowboards to slip-ons to mountain boots Vans has staked their claim in more than just fashion and skateboarding. They are part of numerous art campaigns globally to help raise money to keep funding programs for the youth of today to always keep creating. I would say that in more ways than we can count the Vans philosophy of "Off The Wall" can play out well to all those in favor.

Shop the looks:

Golden Coast Authentics - Vans

Longline Flannel - Topman

Paint Splattered Denim - Mr. Completely

Adidas Originals Long Sleeve Shirt - PacSun

Adidas Socks - PacSun

Snapback Hat - Vans

The Tie Bar

Smart, stylish ties don't have to cost a fortune.
The Tie Bar knows—they've made them for years.

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From my past working in such retailers as Nordstrom and JCREW quality was something I couldn't ignore, however, the one thing I could was some of the price tags. Now don't get me wrong, quality definitely has its price but it shouldn't break your bank every time you want to accessorize your neck or suits.
Since their virtual doors opened in 2004, their neckties have been featured by folks who take ties very seriously: GQ® Magazine , NBC, USA Today and The Wall Street Journal. They've also had the opportunity to partner with some pretty awesome guys: actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson and his organization "Tie The Knot" - supporting the fight for LGBTQ equality and NBA superstar Dwyane Wade on a special collection of bow ties, neckties and accessories, among others.

Their line has grown to include pocket squares, tie bars, socks, belts and other accessories—all designed by them. They pride themselves on their team's extensive research into global style and fabric trends, guaranteeing the tie you choose will be appropriate for any occasion you find yourself in.

They credit every bit of their success to a simple belief: a well-made tie shouldn't cost a fortune. They offer their premium accessories at wallet-friendly prices. Always.

Shop the looks:

Shirts, Ties & Tie bars: The Tie Bar

Suits: Ole Mason Jar x Mason Custom

Nope Heart Pin: These Are Things

Playboy Bunny Pin: Goodworth & Co.

Pineapple Skull Pin: Mean Folk

Always Tired Pin: Weird Empire

Nike Air Max '97 Silver Bullet

Remember the revolution. 1987 saw the birth of the Nike Air Max lineage, showcasing visible Air for the first time. What began as an experiment in cushioning soon evolved into an icon on the track – and the streets. Over the years, it’s been reimagined and retooled, but the heritage always remains. This late-1990s style defines the era of big design with a futuristic approach. With its reflective fluid lines and silvery tone inspired by Japan's bullet trains, and its early venture into full-length Max Air cushioning, this shoe continues to turn heads.

Celebrate 20 years of the Air Max 97 with the much-anticipated return of the Nike Air Max 97 OG Casual Shoes. This honorary model returns with its original metallic silver, white and red colorway. The signature reflective upper makes use of 3M Scotchlite detailing for an eye-catching look, while the full-length Air midsole provides responsive cushioning. Rock these old school favorites anytime you want neck-breaking style and maximum comfort!

H&M Conscious

Making more sustainable fashion choices available, affordable and attractive to as many people as possible. That's what H&M Conscious is all about. H&M strives to be able to offer the latest trends and the possibility of exploring your own personal style - in a conscious way.

The trend of sustainable, environmentally friendly and ethical products is constantly growing. Not the least in the fashion industry. This opens opportunities to further strengthen their customer offering by adding sustainability value to our products. H&M wants to make sure their customers are proud of what they wear and their colleagues around the world to feel proud of where they work. Our planet is facing scarcity issues on many fronts and far too many people live in poverty. Clean water, climate change, textile waste and wages and overtime in supplier factories are some of the key challenges in the fashion industry.

This is why H&M Conscious was created. With seven commitments at heart, Conscious is the name for everything they do for a more sustainable fashion future. Hundreds of Conscious Actions – big and small, short- and long-term – are dedicated each year to make sure these commitments are put into practice. The Conscious fashion collection is just one of the many examples of what we do for a more sustainable fashion future.

The seven commitments:

Provide fashion for conscious customers

Choose and reward responsible partners

Be ethical

Be climate smart

Reduce, reuse, recycle

Use natural resources responsibly

Strengthen communities

Shop this look:

Hat - Yellow 108 Luke Fedora

Necklace - IGWT NYC

Shirt - Lyocell Short-sleeved Shirt

Pants - Ole Mason Jar / Mason Custom

Watch - Nixon Sentry Chrono

Ring - Madewell

Boots - Restoration 

Sunglasses - Fossil