April 21, 2014

BTS/ New Projects!

Hey everyone! A lot of things happened over this weekend and I'm excited to share them all with you! Both are kind of a secret right now but I'll be posting more as time progresses so be sure to keep an eye on SWAV and my facebook page.

Sunday was a fun filled day of photos and pizza while we worked on the lookbook and editorial for Ghazal Elhaei's Eco Fashion Week Collection. Ghazal was chosen to be one of the few stylists who was given $500 to one of Vancouver's most well known thrift stores, Value Village. From there, stylists have free reign to style a collection using only VV which will later be presented at Vancouver Eco Fashion Week... CONTINUED AFTER THE JUMP!

April 20, 2014


(click photo above to view on Lookbook.nu)

Saul got these shoes, fittingly called the SELFIE by YES, for me back in February for Valentines Day from no other place than Solestruck, and JEEZE are they beautiful. There was only one problem, he accidentally ordered a size too small. Okay okay, well he didn't actually - I usually order my shoes to fit 25cm long if it's a sneaker or a rounder toe and a 25.5-26cm shoe if it's a more pointed toe or a womens shoe due to the width (anyone buying me shoes take note). These shoes fit the length perfectly but after double checking the site, they did mention they tapered in at the toes. We had planned to return them but we couldn't find the receipt and days turned into months and we figured it was a lost cause.

Three whole months later I was sitting home alone and just for pure lols, decided to try them on with some wool socks. "Maybe I  could stretch them out," I thought, "It'll be fun," they said. When I put them on they were tight, like really tight,  and I mean in the 'really damn cool' tight, but mostly in the Chinese foot-binding tight. After an hour or so I took off the socks tried them on with some thinner socks.... AND THEY FIT. No pain no gain I guess..? 

Sunglasses - Zara | Blazer - Hugo Boss | Shirt - Comme Des Garcons Homme Plus
Cropped Pants - Thrifted/DIY | Shoes - YES (Solestruck)

Couple more shots after the jump :)

April 17, 2014

OBJECTS OF DESIRE/ Opening Ceremony x Teva

Opening Ceremony is joining forces with the be-all-end-all of practical footwear, Teva. Normcorists, don't get your hopes up though as all of these OC x Teva sandals have everything from metallic straps, to buckles, to locks, coloured soles. Nahhht so normal.

Available on OC online and in stores, the sandals are ranging from $70-$90 and are launching on May 23rd. They originally posted about the collab last week so with a month between, expect these sandals to fly out the doors faster than Jeremy Scotts winged beauties.

I love Humberto Leon's reason for collaborating with Teva, “We’ve been loyal fans and customers of Teva since we were kids, and we have always wanted to partner with this iconic footwear brand. We are excited to offer exclusively to our customers our favourite, classic Teva styles with a new point of view.”

Here's the one I've definitely got my eye on

aaaand check the rest after the jump!

April 14, 2014


I'm gonna try doing a new thing every Monday called Moody Mondays where I post a moodboard of what I'm feelin'. I always make moodboards of sorts (okay well recently I haven't been making them) but usually I make them before Saul and I do a shoot just to make sure everyone is approaching it with the same mind-set!

This week's mood board is actually for a special project that's happening this week so keep your eyes peeled! Something big is happening Saturday! <3

See the full board after the break!

April 13, 2014

BRUNCH CLUB/ Good-Bye Matt

We're so sad at TBC that Matt will be leaving us to go back to Toronto to study film and other things at Ryerson. After brunching at The Alibi Room again, (obvs I got the Tomato & Brie Eggs Benny again... well okay and I got a caesar hehe) we went for a little walk around Crab Park because the sun has FINALLY come out to show its damn face. 

See the full outfits and how pretty it was after the jump!

April 07, 2014

OUTFIT/ A Cut Above

(Click photo above to view and hype it on Lookbook!)

Bones - O.S. Accessories | Turtleneck, Sweatshirt - Topman | Windbreaker - Vintage Adidas 
Shorts - (Altered) Cheap Monday | Platform Sandals - Y.R.U. (Solestruck)

Sorry its been so long! I've got a couple new projects under way and they're definitely going to be worth the wait. To name a couple, in the past two weeks we've done projects with El Kartel, Charles & Grace Jewellery, as well as one more that's top secret. The first two will be launched before May but the top secret one we're looking to launch a after those depending on some things. We're in the early stages right now so look out for updates on that. There'll be a little sneak peek of sorts later this week!

In other news, I got my hair cut again and this time round there's barely any green left. I might go back to green later on in the season but for now I'll be au natural on the top. Some backstory, Saul originally got me a haircut at JDs Barbershop in Gastown for Valentines because my hair was getting quite unruly. I was quite hesitant at first and probably was a little bit of the worst boyfriend ever when he told me he was getting me a haircut for a Valentines gift.... but in the end I loved it and it actually motivated me to get regular haircuts - they say every 8 weeks is appropriate for a touch-up. I'm also at a point when I'm tired of wearing hats. Mostly due to the physicality of my work, they tend to get in the way and make me way warmer than I need to be. It's kind of been strange after wearing some form of headwear every day for a year, but in the mean time expect a lot more posts without hats.


More photos after the jump!

March 31, 2014

EDITORIAL/ Featured on Fucking Young! - Unreasonable Man

O H M Y G O D. FUCKING YOUNG! featured my editorial today and Saul, Kelsey, and I are more than excited about it! We submitted the editorial last week and after hearing an initial "Yes" from them we didn't get a final confirmation until it was posted today.

For those of you who don't know, Fucking Young! to me is one of the best online (and print) magazines for contemporary/alternative mens fashion. They always provide inspiring editorial-based work that hurdles itself past the conservative boundaries of GQ and into a wild vat of experimental street style, culture, runway from around the world, and the best selection of hot homme boys. You might not like everything but at least you won't be bored.

See the editorial on Fucking Young! or stay on SWAV and check it out after the jump!

Lukas Bezanson photographed by Marchel B. Eang and styled with pieces from Tee Library, Opening Ceremony, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Acne Studios, Alexander Wang, Saturdays NYC, Publish, Topman, Vans OTW, and Stussy, in exclusive for Fucking Young! Online. Styling: Marchel B. Eang Co-Styling: Saul Alviar Make-up and Grooming: Kelseyanna Fitzpatrick

See the full editorial after the jump!

March 30, 2014

BRUNCH CLUB - Alibi Room #5

The Alibi Room is kind of our new favourite place I guess. Quick service, AMAZING eggs bennies and never a line up, there's absolutely nothing to dislike and everything to love about it. This past Saturday was the busiest day we've gone and we still only had to wait 5 minutes - even still, it was a quick wait for the table of 4 to finish up and leave. 

See the full outfits after the jump!

March 23, 2014


The three of us ended up at The Flying Pig Gastown for brunch this weekend and a delicious time was had. Saul ordered Chef Erik's Croque Madame with a side of Hashbrowns, for Kelsey it was the Country Style Breakfast, and for myself it was the Smoked Salmon Eggs Benny. Yum! When the Benny came it looked a lot smaller than a traditional Benny - two poached eggs on a single slice of sourdough with dill cream cheese and the smoked salmon. However to my delight it was extremely filling and the salad served with it was so refreshing with light vinaigrette it was served with. Also definitely recommend the side of hash browns. Saul usually likes his hash un-shreded but found the Flying Pig's shredded hash irresistible. Topped with fried onions and for an extra 4 bucks you won't be disappointed!

It was raining and there was nobody to take our photo so we went home and took our brunch club outfit photos in my new studio :)

See the full outfits after the jump!

March 21, 2014

OUTFIT/ Whose Rules

(click photo above to view in Lookbook)

Hat, Tank - H&M | Coat - Topshop | Sweatpants - Alexander Wang (Holt Renfrew) 
Bag - Margiela x H&M | Sandals - Dr. Martens

Yesterday Saul and I attended Vancouver Fashion week to see our amazing friend, Evan Clayton, and the presentation of his AW14 collection Jenova. Those of you have been following SWAV for a couple weeks will have seen the Press Release images on the blog and the AW14 Look Book preview on FB. If you haven't you should check them out for sure. Hopefully the lookbook will be up soon.

I didn't take any photos of the collection live because we only wanted to see Evan's show and his collection being last, we didn't end up with seats that were good for photos. Also, I already have the lookbook photos so hah. 

Anyways, onto the photos!


March 17, 2014

FEATURE/ How to Wear Topman Design

Amidst all the sportswear, neoprene, and street-inspiration on runways right now, we've seen an underlying menswear trend turning towards the wild west and the 70s for their inspiration. From the more obvious western inspiration with Versace and Louis Vuitton to the more subtle 70s story within  Acne Studios (note the neckerchiefs and boxier suiting) and Prada (on the 70s side with the prints and colours), Topman Design was right on the mark with this collection. The obvious was to do a heavily street-inspired collection like their SS13 collection but their design team wanted to shake things up and take it in the different direction.

Topman Design is always one of my favourite collections to keep an eye on every season because of their willingness to experiment with trends and how they provide exciting fashion pieces for people on a budget (like me) hahaha. Unfortunately in Vancouver between the flashy pieces, higher price point, and this city's fashion-apathy, Topman Design's collections are generally seen as unwearable and too over the top. Saul and I are here to prove otherwise, and that even though the runway looks may be an eyeful for some, there are definitely easy ways to work them into a wardrobe.

"Describing the process of the Topman Design team, creative director Gordon Richardson said it was all about the 180: going in the opposite direction of last time. So, if there were skate-y shorts and surf-y prints for Spring 2013, there'd be none of that this time around: no shorts, no prints, no hybrid tailoring For 2014, Topman decided to focus on the shirt, using embroidery for decoration. And, there being no embroidered shirt more iconic than a cowboy's, a story naturally evolved. But given Topman's natural inclination toward the poppier end of the fashion spectrum, this cowboy was of the urban variety, more glam rockabilly than noble frontiersman." -Style.com

But anyways, enough talk, more pictures!


March 13, 2014

EDITORIAL/ Form vs Function

Hurray for new work! Hope you all enjoy!

Photography, Editing + Styling/ Marchel B. Eang
Co-Styling/ Saul Alviar
Hair + Grooming/ Kelseyanne Fitzpatrick and Jessica Langedyk
Model/ Calvin Jay at Wilhelmina Vancouver

Featuring pieces from 3.1 Phillip Lim, Acne Studios, Saturdays NYC, YES, Solestruck, Dr. Martens, Topshop, Topman, Aldo, Generic Surplus, and Sperry.

See the rest of the editorial after the jump!