Wednesday, 23 July 2014

What I Want Wednesday

I'm currently on a self-imposed spending ban so I am living vicariously through wishlists. To satiate my hunger for new things, I'm starting a weekly series of the things I'm currently coveting.

With it being peak sale season, I thought a pocket-friendly introduction would be appropriate. Without further ado, here is my inaugural What I Want Wednesday!



  1. Topman Light Grey Lightweight Parka. I'm a sucker for a casual coat and this dove grey will look great with jeans. While we're enjoying our one-week-summer, I know a coat will come in handy when Belfast gets its back to torrential normality. 
  2. Boohoo Suede Brogues with Contrast Soles. If you haven't guessed by the title of my blog, I have a thing for brogues. At £22.00 these are hard to beat and will take you right into autumn.
  3. Timex Weekender Strap Set. Timex are the go-to for affordable casual watches and this set is too good to be missed. A classic chrome face and 5 nylon nato strap so you can mix and match.
  4. Toast Tokyo Flannel Waistcoat. I'm already planning for autumn with a folklore vibe in my head. This work-inspired waistcoat is casual enough to work with a long-sleeve granddad t-shirt or a simple white button down shirt. Hurry up autumn.

Come back every Wednesday and help me feed my cravings!
#wiww #whatiwantwednesday

Friday, 18 July 2014

LookBook Debut

I've just made my presence known on LookBook. It's a what-i-wore-today catalogue of stylish folk (Goodness knows how I got in) and my first post is a throw-back post to our first day in San Francisco (I'm sure you are getting tired reading about this but indulge me).

I joined last August but have taken almost a year to post a picture. Anyone else feel a little embarrassed posting pictures of themselves and "declaring" that they are stylish? Am I being modest?

Anyway, have a browse across some seriously cool individuals and hype the hell outta them!

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

A Tale of Three Cities: Street Style

While I took plenty of the usual tourist pictures during my vacation, I couldn't resist having a go at playing The Sartorialist and attempt to capture some of the naturally stylish citizens of San Francisco, Chicago and New York. Check out a selection of my snaps below.



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bow tie + red slippers
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neckerchief
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business casual
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those shoes though
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forever 21
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forever 21
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the man in black 
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floral shorts| statement shoes
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urban camo
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not so mellow yellow

The west coast men seemingly wear much more vibrant and bold colour than their east coast compatriots. There is a natural relaxed atmosphere in San Francisco (I think it has something to do with the abundance of "herbal relaxants") and this is shown in their nonchalant approach to style. 


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coloured casual
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short stop
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picking up a few bargains in DSW

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be brave | wear the bow tie
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wayfarer
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pink + blue
The men in Chicago appeared much more professional than either of their coastal brethren. This does not translate as businesswear, just a more formal approach to their natural style.


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suit | no socks
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totes
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subway suit + snapback
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the man knows what works
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think pink 
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mood fabrics discussion
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grand central station | summer shorts + loafers
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the high line
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the high line
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columbus circle
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silver boots
new york style menswear rogues brogues blog manhattan
and here I thought pyrex only made bowls?
new york style menswear rogues brogues blog manhattan
pantastic
new york style menswear rogues brogues blog manhattan
mood fabrics
new york style menswear rogues brogues blog manhattan
a meeting of styles
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prints charming
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the high line


New York is a city of opposites and this is reflected in the varying styles of its residents. The stereotypical Polo prep, the sportwear clad urbanite and the eclectic bohemian are all represented. If you're not confident, New York will swallow you up, so many choose to make a true statement.


The pictures were taken on a combination of my phone (HTC One M8), Caelan's phone (Sony Xperia Z1) and Caelan's Nikon digital camera. Some are a litter blurrier than I'd like but trying to surreptitiously grab a few candid snaps is harder than we'd anticipated - I don't know how Messers Schulman and Tommy Ton do it!

*all images are property of rogues+brogues



Tuesday, 8 July 2014

A Tale of Three Cities: New York

an empire state of mind
The final part of my vacation series takes me to New York.

After a week in San Francisco and a few days in Chicago, flying to New York was a little sad as we knew our holiday was drawing to a close. Of the 3 cities we stayed in, New York was the only one I had previously visited and I had a few things I knew I had to do this time around!

We flew into JFK and spent our first night in Brooklyn. Why, you might ask? We had a date with a very special lady - CHER! We were so excited to see the goddess of pop herself and her show was phenomenal. At 68 years of age, she put many young artists to shame! A set change for every song and one amazing costume after another ensured this was the perfect comeback/farewell tour.

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Cher's opening quip (when speaking about her age)
What are your grannies doing tonight?

She was supported by Cyndi Lauper, who at one point welcomed Rosie O'Donnell to the stage and was then followed by Liza Minelli to sing Girls Just Wanna Have Fun! I don't think it could have been any camper!

Hitting Manhattan the following day, we checked into our hotel on 81st street and took a long walk through Central Park in search of some lunch. It's so easier to forget that in the middle of all the concrete and skyscrapers, there is a MASSIVE park!

cameraman caelan venturing into central park
One of my must-see places was Mood Fabrics. I have been a fan of Project Runway since it began and as a closet fabric hoarder and faux sewer, I knew I had to visit. We finally found it (it's hidden within another building, I was expected a huge warehouse thing) and I was like a kid in a candy store. 3 floors of amazing fabrics, cloth and haberdashery - overwhelming!
I spent around an hour here choosing 2 pieces of wool to make new cushions for our sofa at home.
I actually went back on my last day for one final visit and chose cloth to have a go at making bow tie. (I'll get round to making these - I swear.) Watch out for a wobbly tutorial.

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In the words of Tim Gunn...
Thank You Mood!
During our time in New York we hit all the famous landmark stores, from Macy's to Bloomingdales, Barney's to Saks (We also wasted a day visiting an out-of-town outlet village. I've come to the conclusion I am not a big label kinda guy). We had postponed all our planned shopping until we reached New York but we found we were almost exhausted at the prospect. So we window shopped our asses off and I treated myself to another pair New Balance!

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I chose the navy pair top right
One of the most memorable and interesting sights we visited was the High Line. This park was created on a disused railway line, running over the roads and stretching from the trendy Meatpacking District to 11th Avenue. As I've previously said, I have a love of abandoned things and this is a thoughtful, creative and frankly gorgeous piece of sensitive repurposing. To find some nature in any city is magical and the High Line fuses both natural and mechanical and creates something beautiful from something forgotten. I urge you to take a walk along it if you ever visit Manhattan!
smiles

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rogues brogues new york blog

rogues brogues new york blog

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a little leopard print goes a long way
The three weeks flew in and our holiday of a lifetime seems so long ago now. Looking back over the pictures while typing up this post brings back some amazing memories and we have already spoken about our next trip to the States.

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times square dans la nuit, Forever 21 stays open until 2am!
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Like a big kid in Toys R Us
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fabulous
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grand central station
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lady liberty
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can i keep him? 
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I still love you New York