Pictured: H&M faux-fur coat (sold out, similar here and here), MSGM crushed velvet trousers (similar here and here) and pink V-neck and turtleneck (similar here and here)

If there’s anything we can learn from this past FW’ season, it’s that faux-fur is more fabulous than real fur. From cruelty-free brands such as Stella McCartney and Shrimps to traditional fashion houses like Miu Miu and Gucci (which recently banned the use of real fur), designers show that there’s nothing modern about torturing animals raised specifically for their skin. This includes any item tagged with fur OR shearling. Technologies are advanced enough to make faux-fur coats just as warm and most importantly cuter than ever (think bright colors like the one pictured). Consumers who adore and advocate for fur do not see past their prestige-driven mentalities and realize that animals do not need to be killed to establish their “superiority”. So next time you’re looking for a fuzzy coat, opt for that faux-fur one, because your morals and the piece’s cuteness will only make you a better (looking) person.

-Matt Chu

visual: determined to make things happen in 2018

I love end of year, since I can really self-reflect and figure out what I want to improve on and accomplish in the new year. Although New Year Resolutions these days seem to be practically a joke with “new year, new me” tossed around ironically, I still believe it’s the prime time to make meaningful changes (or superficial, if you prefer). Making goals by nature is working for the better and that’s quite beautiful when you think of it happening on an individual basis at a global scale.

Of course, New Year Resolutions are notoriously hard to keep up with, since we tend to be overly optimistic and want the next year to be the best year. However, following through with our intentions is even more important than the goal making, since actions really speak louder than words when it comes to benefiting yourself. There’s nothing more detrimental to our well-being than setting life-changing goals, only to flake on them and ultimately disappoint ourselves. That causes a repetitive mental cycle that lowers confidence and discourages us to pursue our passions. With that said, I’ve put together a three-step guide on how to actualize your goals, so whatever you have in plan for 2018 will finally come through:

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Pictured: Superdry Red Puffer (available here), N°21 Jungle-Print Playsuit and Barneys Private Label slouch boots (available here and similar here)

I admit I wasn’t a fan of the puffer coat and always thought of them as the bane of winter fashion. It wasn’t until Raf Simons started making them oversized and in red that made me consider the highly practical item a stylish one too. Since then numerous brands have hopped onto the trend and produced the puffer in various saturated tones and “avant-garde” cuts. But of course, the styling remains pivotal to making the look work, since they easily look like any average *cold* person’s coat. So here’s a quick styling guide on how to make the puffer coat a fashion statement: View Post

Clutter free zone in a city full of appointments and deadlines

Welcome to the first part of my newest vertical: wellness. I’ve always thought of myself as a thoughtful person, yet I’ve never communicated those thoughts, so now is the time.  I was sitting on my bed the other day going through the things I wanted to do, and suddenly felt overwhelmed. Unless I hustle day and night, there is not enough time and resources for all my ambitions.  Therefore this series of posts is a purposeful break for myself to make time and think about what really matters- being well.

When I think of wellness, I first think about how we say “I’m well”, when someone says, “How are you”. In fact, most of us can argue how thats not true most of the time- we can be having an amazing or bad day, but we tend to say “fine” or “well” to shorten conversations and get our days going.

I also think about the physical dimension- eating clean, exercising often and perhaps meditating everyday. While I practice some of those things, I think that our show-and-tell society forgets mindfulness as another key piece of wellness. Wellness is not just about how fit you are or how clear your skin is. Those visible signs can certainly help someone feel better, but do not fully address the roots of long-term happiness. There are also so many bloggers who are amazing at teaching these physical things, so I really can’t contribute much there.

For me, wellness is finding that balance between the physical world and the inner self, creating a clutter-free zone that embodies peace. The physical (like being healthy) helps fight the external obstacles that’s thrown at our bodies, while the mental clears away other people’s judgments and our inner voice. With that in mind, I’ll explore a new word every post through a photo and couple sentences to see how it can improve our mental wellness. I look forward to sharing this with all of you.
-Matt Chu

 

Pictured: Robert Graham Shirt, Chloé Cady track pants, MR x Net-a-Porter Gold Boots

It’s easy to become increasingly immune to hatred with every new act of terrorism (we were reminded of it again this Halloween). And while it is important to be careful and stay safe, it is also worthy to remind ourselves to embrace and love one another just a little more. Hate doesn’t usually come out of nowhere and many times it manifests too violently when people are repetitively faced with emotional estrangement- whether that be personal, political or economical (the list is inexhaustible). Rather than pointing fingers and excluding others, practicing inclusion on a daily basis can slowly mold our environments to be safer. Of course, this is easier said than done, but even small signs of gratitude, like saying “thank you” to the cleaning lady, can perpetuate this. So here’s a little rainbow for everyone reading this and may your day be just that much more colorful.

-Matt Chu