Lacoste Is Ready To Slay The Streets With Its Customizable Unisexy Sneaker

Cotton polo tees, alligator logos and perfume ads that bear bold capitalized letters are all it takes to recognize a Lacoste from a mile away. Known for its preppy meets sporty aesthetic, the French brand does the unthinkable: launch a sneaker.

Dubbed the “WildCard”, Lacoste’s fresh new kicks offer a street-friendly version of the old school tennis sneaker. Made with leather and mesh, the WildCard sneakers have a low platform that makes it easily wearable to walk whether you’re at the tennis court or the sidewalks at Orchard. Although it’s marketed towards men, it can be worn by us, too. Compared to its past sneaker designs, Lacoste gives us the option to customize it however we want!

In honor of its drop, Lacoste has thrown a party last Friday at Orchard Central. Featuring local acts such as Tabitha Nauser, a Singapore-based singer, and Dharni, a Poland-based beatboxer, this party was a night that I could never forget.

Catch a glimpse of the launch party here:

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Man Crush Monday: Nick Wehrli

A couple of summers ago in Los Angeles, I was just an unpaid intern at a small music startup. Comprised of like-minded music geeks, my boss, colleagues and I would often attend concerts, drink and dance our butts off. At almost every concert we attended, a beautiful bleached blonde surfer dude always popped up everywhere we went. Charmed by his beauty, it was hard for me to not resist looking at him. When he introduced himself as Nick Wehrli, little did I know that he was also a fellow intern.

Outside from our internship, I couldn’t shake off the memories of listening to old Blink-182 hits and NBF in his car alongside with other colleagues. If there was one thing that Nick couldn’t be separated with, it’s his trusty digital camera. Years after our internship ended, he moved to Bali, picked up a new language skill (seriously, who doesn’t love a man that can speak Bahasa?!) and as of now, he’s currently trotting around the globe as a photographer.

The luscious Libra and I catch up over e-mail to talk about his passion for photography, the biggest culture shock he’s ever experienced, what it means to live the Instagram dream, why he’s cool with being Instagram official (SPOILER ALERT: he ain’t single!) and the one country where he never wants to leave.

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Is This Influencer-Loved Activewear Set Worth The IG Hype?

Activewear brands come and go just like how we often tend to clear out our closets whenever we’re bored. Even as under the radar companies are constantly challenged to break the market, what’s more important is how they aim to boot up the game. Rather than me reviewing a new brand, it’s time for me to rekindle with a familiar face I reviewed a year and a quarter ago.

Rather than going by Touché LA, it’s rebranded itself LA Collective, an activewear umbrella that represents 3 brands: TLA by Morgan Stewart, Ren Active (whom they collaborated with model Alexis Ren) and Vita LA. Launched last year, Vita LA’s brought out an array of fun prints (e.g. tie dye), unconventional details (e.g. aged denim) and a range of colors that make you think of sorbets at the ice cream shop. Backed by 37K Instagram followers and a handful of sold out listings, it’s no wonder that this under the radar cult activewear brand is already on its way to knock the big dogs down.

Jaynee got in touch with me again to send me a new pastel rose denim-inspired set that consisted of leggings, tank top and sports bra. The moment I woke up, I was more than excited to review it! While it’s easy for me to be let down by the amount of hype than quality in today’s activewear, is this new set from VITA LA worth the Instagram hype?

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Man Crush Monday: Joseph Angelo

It was a balmy Saturday night in early February and as much as I want to dislike rainy season, the cool wind was ready to calm my nerves. Standing alone at a rooftop bar, I wasn’t so sure who to talk to as I don’t like to talk to strangers when I’m alone (even though I’m an extrovert). From the corner of my eye, I spied a tanned and tall hunk with shoulder-grazing ombré hair held a drink in hand. Dressed in a black dress shirt with matching jeans, he wore silver rings alongside a delicate thin chain around his neck. Breaking into a friendly smile, he introduced himself to me. The moment our eyes met, I felt the mojo of a rockstar, the charisma of a politician and the aura of actor. If you believe that he is Aquaman, don’t be distracted. In fact, this 25-year-old Jason Momoa doppelgänger is no other than Joseph Angelo, a Bangkok-based Phukhet-bred actor.

The virtuous Virgo and I chat about fitting into gender conventions, why it’s cool to be inspired by women and if horoscopes make up character traits.

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A Letter To Karl Lagerfeld

Dear Karl,

It’s been three days since you passed away and honestly, I am so speechless. Although I have never met you in person, I felt that you were meant to be in my life since I was a child.

Growing up, I saw my mother wear Chanel since I was a baby. Before my mother purchased the tweed two pieces, she started small with a gold charm bracelets and leather trimmed chain belts that bore the brand’s logo. Then, she slowly added more belts to her collection by stocking up on a rhinestone belt alongside a wide logo gold chain belt. Apart from belts, she started collecting bags of every color, texture and size. Whether it’s a matte lilac Classic, chocolate brown croc mini tote or a basic black velvet clutch with a tassel, each bag always added a touch of luxurious elegance to an outfit. After the bags and jewelry, my mom started collecting a smorgasbord of jackets, t-shirts, skirts and tops to the point where I couldn’t reach the back of her closet. Looking back at my mom, I realized that you transformed her from a meek housewife to a confident fashion queen.

Although I yearned to wear her Chanel collection, I was too young to wear it as my mom didn’t want teenage me to grow up too fast. In fact, she’d rather have me wear her unbranded hand me downs or my grandma’s homemade clothes than to touch her precious Chanel collection.

Finally, I got my chance to wear Chanel when my father bought me a quilted faux pearl strapped handbag and long pearl and resin necklace for my 20th birthday. For my 20-year-old self, I felt that I didn’t deserve to wear them. Without much understanding about the value of a Chanel accessory, I randomly looked up the infamous ankle bag on The Real Real four years ago. Then, I Googled the patent leather vanity bag. Much to my surprise, I was shocked to learn that these archive pieces ran up to a four figured price tag. I learned that regardless of design or year, every Chanel piece is a heirloom connected to a storied house with a history of making women feel confident, classy and fabulous.

Now that I’m building my design career with baby steps, it’s so hard for me to picture a world without you. (Side note: I’m crying as I type this!) While we know that no human is perfect, I am so thankful that you want to step things up by including sustainability in fashion. As someone who wants to reduce environmental waste in an era of fast fashion, you have inspired me to make fashion fun while being ethically mindful of how we make and consume things.

Last but not least, the world has lost an angel, but heaven’s gained a virtuoso.

Sincerely,

M

Feature image courtesy of Instagram @chanelofficial

Man Crush Monday: Cameron Tagge

On a blustery cold fall in 2014, a Casey Cott lookalike with a shaggy haircut exited the Lair, a cafeteria where LMU students feasted on greasy pastas, salads and burgers. Fresh off of my shift at the radio station and a hanger filled to the core, it swept aside the moment I locked eyes with him. With five minutes to spare, I realized that he was someone who looked so familiar to me as I often saw his face in The Loyolan. Not only did I remember him for his wicked penmanship in the newspaper, he was also a budding actor, too. If you dare to stalk him on his IG, his name is Cameron Tagge.

Five years later and living in two separate cities, I felt that it was time for me to reconnect with my old LMU classmate. Blessed with Marvel hero looks, the 20-something budding actor and screenwriter is currently milking up his double degree in theatre arts and screenwriting into a rising acting career. While his days as a student journalist are far behind him, Tagge is writing Internet-breaking skits for Flighthouse, a channel from TikTok that’s now featuring original videos on YouTube. However, the one thing that’s added to his ever-expanding resume is being a musician.

The L.A.-based Virgo virtuoso and I catch up over his lust for creativity, why humor is sexy, the most awkward date he’s ever had and the biggest secret to maintaining his 3 and a half year relationship.

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Break Up With Your Birkin, I’m Bored

No shade, Hermes. The Birkin bag needs to be put away inside the closet once and for all. Even though I wanted to wear one, I feel that it’s never felt right for me to wear it as I’m a little too young for the design. Also, Birkins are for aspiring Hilton-Kardashian acolytes who wish they can have the luxury to do sacrilegious things to the “Holy Grail” of handbags. Either they can go HAM by bedazzling it or worse, covering it with a heinous painting. I know it ain’t right to tell you to put your Birkin away, but it’s time to say, “thank you, next!”.

You could call me crazy, but the one long forgotten “It” bag you must rock this season is the Fendi Baguette. Compact, yet spacious, the Baguette’s rectangular silhouette made it a hit in 1997. Rather than having a plain surface, the Baguette came in every design imaginable: beaded, mirrored, fur trimmed, bedazzled, embroidered, etc.

Due to its party-friendly design, it’s got a long waiting list and a big celebrity clientele from Madonna, Jennifer Lopez and Paris Hilton. However, the one thing that made Fendi’s Baguette the “It” bag of the ’90s and early ’00s was the fact that it appeared on Sex and the City.

Spotted in a giraffe print dress with Manolo Blahnik strappy sandals and a purple sequined Fendi Baguette, Carrie Bradshaw (played by Sarah Jessica Parker) got lost on the way to go shoe shopping and asked a stranger for directions. However, her plans to get around NYC didn’t go as expected:

Also, Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall) wore a fake Baguette to shake hands with Hugh Hefner:

…and she fought with a Playboy Bunny over a FENDI BAG!

Even though I was too young to watch SATC at that time, I never forgot the fact that I saw my mom wear different iterations of the Baguette as she watched the show. Heck, she even tore out a Fendi ad featuring a model wearing a Baguette!

It’s now hanging on my wall!

Although my mom doesn’t wear her Baguettes anymore, she’s waited patiently for nearly 20 years for me to wear them again. Even long before the #BaguetteFriendsForever campaign was released this week, I’ve been sporting my mom’s vintage Baguette since last fall:

Now that it’s officially relaunched, I’m not here to tell you to get a Baguette because of a hashtagged post. Instead, I am here to tell you that Baguettes are worth a treasure to keep for a lifetime as its campy statement-making design will amplify any outfit no matter what the trend or aesthetic is at the moment. While another “It bag” has yet to be revived anytime soon, I am never breaking up with my Baguette even if I get bored.