STREET STYLE // SANDRO X McQ

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I've got the East Village blues.

One of the best travel tips I ever received was, "Go out and get lost." At first I was a little skeptical, why would I want to do that? What if my phone dies? But, they were so right. It's always been something that stuck with me whenever I'm traveling to a new city or country, or basically any new environment I'm not familiar with. You turn down streets you never would have, find restaurants you never knew existed, and come across hidden gems all over the place. I've found so many cool vintage shops, and coffee bars all over my new neighborhood. I've lived in New York 5 years now and it's always cool to come across new places you haven't seen or been before. If you live in NYC you know that when we leave our door we usually are on a mission to get from point A to B, avoiding tourists, and traffic at all coasts. So it was fun when I did this shoot completely unknowing where we'd end up... It kept things fresh and exciting.

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We ended up choosing this cool artwork to add some color to my all denim look. (If you guys know the artist comment below). I'm wearing a FW 17 vintage wash denim jacket with contrasting sleeves from McQ by Alexander McQueen, Ine Cigarette jeans from AllSaints, white Nike Free sneakers, wool cap and AMOUR hoodie from Sandro.

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To be honest it wasn't warm enough for the weather that day, feels like Winter is right around the corner. Counting down the days until Art Basel in Miami! Anyone else going?

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Thanks to my girl Tyra ( @theedgyhippiechild ) for embracing the cold and helping me capture this look effortlessly!

Hope you guys have a good weekend.

G

STREET STYLE // I'M BACK!

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It's good to be back!

As some of you noticed, or none at all, I took a bit of a break from my blog in order to regroup and build a stable foundation for my pup and I. Since then, I FINALLY have my own apartment in the heart of East Village New York. It's a big step for me, committing to something for a year, or anything in general has always been hard for me. With that caused a never ending uncertainty and unhappiness. I was pretty much lost to be honest, and it wasn't fair to myself or my pup to live this life of sporadic unknowingness. I never really realized how important it is to have a foundation. It affects your relationships, your reliability, your family, your motivation, even your sanity. I've also hurt and lost a lot of friends because of it. As a matter of survival, it turned me into an extremely selfish person, I was confused with my way of thinking and not thinking. Instagram became kind of a smoke and mirror to hide my unknown depression, and I started losing touch with not only myself, but my goals. Not realizing that there is hope, and that you can overcome depression, can really make you feel lonely. I turned to drinking and partying as kind of a way to well not face the reality of who I was becoming. I always joke and say my dog Korra saved my life, but it's true. I don't know where I would be today, without her. She really forced me to grow up.

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I'm so grateful for all my friends and followers that stuck by me, despite any unfulfilled promises I may have made or any selfish lies I told without thinking how their affects may have had on my character. So honestly thank you, and I'm sorry.

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You live, you learn, but more importantly YOU GROW! And that's why I'm excited to share with you guys this new blog post, because I've never been more motivated and excited for what the future may hold. It's a feeling I haven't had in a long time, and to be constantly surrounded by friends that bring me higher and by people who challenge me with new perspectives, is truly amazing. There's no way to move forward, if you keep looking back. We all have a past, and either you can fall victim to it, or let it motivate you to learn from it. Guess which one I chose? They say the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem. Change is never easy but I can't wait for you guys to see what I have in store, and to be on this journey of growing up together.

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Okay now that's off my chest, lets talk fashion! I spent the day shooting with cutie, and newfound friend @theedgyhippie! We shot on my roof spontaneously and the skyline in the background mixed with the graffiti and rustic exterior piping, really allowed us to showcase the clothes perfectly. I'm wearing a S/S 17 Dries Van Noten shirt, All Saints Cigarette jeans, Saint Laurent Jodhpur boots, and gold framed Raybans. This shirt is definitely a statement piece, so it was fun to try to wear it with a more casual aesthetic. Or at least as casual as I could :P I can't wait for Summer, rooftop party anyone?

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Thanks for listening, & thanks to my good friend Zack for pushing me to be vulnerable for once.

xo

G

 

 

MY FIRST TIME GETTING LIP INJECTIONS // DR. LARA DEVGAN

It happened!

I've always wondered what the hype was about Lip Fillers... and I've also heard so many horror stories about getting them. I always had an insecurity about my lips, especially when I would smile. I was extremely nervous, but that quickly went away after doing a ton of research and finding the perfect doctor. I can't stress enough by saying if you ever consider getting any cosmetic surgery, DO YOUR RESEARCH. Make sure the doctor is certified, read reviews, and never be afraid to ask questions, or for them to show you their past work.

I was lucky to come across Dr. Lara Devgan on Instagram where she showcases her patients procedures and results. I instantly felt safe, and after meeting her I was sold. She focuses on enhancing a patients natural beauty, not changing it. 

You guys asked if it hurt, so let me fill you in on my experience. Firstly, they took professional photos for my file of my facial profile that would be used later on to showcase my Before & After. They numbed my lips, and set up their own Ring Light so I can record the process! Pretty cool how up to date her office is with Social Media. The injections themselves were very quick and you feel slim-to-none discomfort. Bleeding and bruises varies per patient, luckily I bruised very minimally (Photo below). They final results don't show until about 2 days after once the swelling goes down, so never panic if you think they look too big at first.

I guess you guys can judge for yourselves! See the final results below:

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STREET STYLE // UNTUCKit

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Bonjour bitches! It's been a while since I've updated my blog, but I'm back; With new ideas, collaborations, and even a new design coming soon

This week highlights a shirt from creators UNTUCKit. I'm not usually a button-down-shirt-kinda-guy, but this shirt in many ways was a perfect collaboration for me. It's a shirt that's meant to be untucked, hence the name right? It's the perfect length and material, so all you have to do is pop it off a hanger and throw it on.

This collaboration is special because for every shirt purchased they will donate $8 to a charity of my choice! I chose UN Women , because why? Feminism rocks, and Gender equality has been an ongoing issue - Also, my best friend Shosh gave me a perspective about it, that sadly most people don't have, YES, IT'S AN ACTUAL ISSUE.

Check out some other shots below and you can purchase your own by clicking HERE!

-G

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Shirt: UNTUCKit Shoes: Gucci Pants: DL1961 Denim Sunglasses: Rayban

Shirt: UNTUCKit Shoes: Gucci Pants: DL1961 Denim Sunglasses: Rayban

Photos Courtesy of Rj Sebastian

BEHIND THE BLINDS // MATT LAMBERT

"BEHIND THE BLINDS is a Brussels based team offering a peek into the fascinating world of all things visual, fueled by frequent encounters with an international collective of creative minds. Grown out of Michael Marson’s personal interest in fashion and the visual arts, invited collaborators now include both established and emerging designers, writers, and creatives alike."

My first interaction with the founder Michael was while I was in Amsterdam. Being a European magazine, he reached out regarding an interview piece on me called, "FASHION my X". To this day it's still one of my favorite interviews and photoshoots. I was shot by Dutch photographer and legend in my eyes, FERRY VAN DER NAT. (You can see our full shoot by clicking HERE).

Anyways, from that I've become a contributor to the magazine as a journalist, interviewing some pretty cool creative people. One being Matt Lambert, for issue 1 of BEHIND THE BLINDS. Keep in mind I've never actually written for a magazine, let alone, knew the amount of work it took to do so. I like challenges, so Michael didn't hesitate to give me one. 

Check out my interview with Matt Lambert (below) and make sure you keep a look out for issue 3 of BEHIND THE BLINDS for some more exciting collaborations ;).

©All photos by Matt Lambert courtesy of BEHIND THE BLINDS.

 

 

 

George Alvin Vlogs | Coming Soon!

It's happening!

I know I've been teasing the idea for a while now, and thanks to you guys motivating me, and Amsterdam being a place that always inspire me, I'm finally giving it a shot!

Let me just say that Youtubers have so much of my respect... it is not an easy thing to do. And it definitely is hard work. Basically for my teaser video (Watch Below), it took me about 8 hours to edit a 30 second clip! Keep in mind that I have never used Final Cut Pro, other than like once or twice in an A/V class in high school. I spent 3-4 days watching tutorials, reading forums, and researching the best software and plug-ins that Youtubers like to use. Then I just put my newfound knowledge to the test and dove right in. Only the best for you guys ;)!

Anyways, why do Vlogs? Well, why not? I like challenges and I think this will be one of my biggest challenges yet. My life is always so all over the place, and I need something that is structured - & I think posting consistently can help give me the stability I need. Or at least a good start in the right direction. Also, I've always had this weird thing awkwardness with directly talk into cameras, so hoping this could help me overcome that.

As for what I'll be posting? Well that's entirely up to you! So make sure you comment here or on my Youtube video and let me know what you wanna see! Also my first video is up next week and I'll be answering any questions you ASK. So ask away. 

Check out the teaser video for my channel below, and make sure you SUBSCRIBE and THUMBS UP if you like it!

x G

 

 

'A penthouse story' Shot by Cyle Suesz

Vintage Rolling Stones Tee, Underwear by Calvin Klein.

Vintage Rolling Stones Tee, Underwear by Calvin Klein.

Have you ever heard of the saying "When life hands you lemons, you make lemonade" ? Well, when New York City gives you access to a sick penthouse in Tribeca, you do a photoshoot in it... at least that's what I did. It involved halfway drowning in a bathtub that took an hour to fill up, being shirtless in -5 degrees Celsius weather, a wolf fur coat (Sorry PETA), a lot of Pinot Noir, and one of the first photographers to photograph me when I was like 19: Cyle Suesz

Every time we get together we just have a great time and some of my best pictures come out of it. You can check out a shoot from 2012 we've collaborated on HERE

Shirt by Dolce & Gabbana.

Shirt by Dolce & Gabbana.

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Hat by Calvin Klein, and Vintage Wolf Fur Coat.

Hat by Calvin Klein, and Vintage Wolf Fur Coat.

Underwear by Versace, Jewelry by Luca Plus Jewelry. 

Underwear by Versace, Jewelry by Luca Plus Jewelry. 

© George Alvin

LucasPlus Jewelry // Shot by Sean P. Watters

Wearing Pixel Eye Ring $150, 2x Pixel Band $110 each, Triple Plus Ring $90, Gold Plus Ring $110

Wearing Pixel Eye Ring $150, 2x Pixel Band $110 each, Triple Plus Ring $90, Gold Plus Ring $110

Who says men can't wear jewelry?

I've always been a big fan of wearing jewelry. More so now as I mature, then the past actually. It's a quick and easy way to sharpen up any look whether casual or chic. It's a category in which, surprisingly, most men aren't comfortable trusting their own ability to pull off successfully.

A lot of jewelry-wearing-men usually begin with a watch, but it doesn't have to end there. Although it's a good start, you can incorporate tons of different variations of jewelry. Personally I like to layer a lot of rings, and a necklace or two... You'd be surprised how much it can actually bring together even the simplest outfit. 

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Wearing Gold Plus Pendant $90

Wearing Gold Plus Pendant $90

I had the privilege of recently collaborating with Lucas Goossens, designer, and man behind my new favorite jewelry brand LucasPlus Jewelry. I love this jewelry because you wear it and you feel empowered, it's a constant reminder of not only being positive, but to also spread it. LucasPlus jewelry is "conceived with positive energy in mind." Not only is the jewelry expertly designed, but they are a refreshing and subtle reminder, that a negative mind and ego can be cured.

So I spent the night traveling up to Harlem 125th Street to visit my good friend and photographer Sean P. Watters, who captured the jewelry effortlessly. (See Below)

Wearing 3D Plus Necklace $90

Wearing 3D Plus Necklace $90

Visit http://www.lucasplus.com/ now to get your own and start spreading POSITIVITY!

STREET STYLE // AMSTERDAM VIBES

I just arrived back to Amsterdam from New York City, where it was record breaking temperatures. With highs of 21 degrees Celcius. Global warming? Sadly it wasn't a white Christmas. ANYWAYS, Amsterdam in the winter can be pretty grey. Everyone's usually in recovery mode from the Summer festivals, and canal boat parties, that once winter comes around, Amsterdam's too cold to function basically. BUT- That doesn't mean it's still not beautiful! The canals are filled with light shows, and the squares with ice skating rinks and winter festivals, making it perfect to bring out some of your favorite winter accessories.

In today's Street Style post I'm wearing a beanie from Topman, Coat from Nautica, oversized sweater from Weekday, Chelsea Boot from Aldo, and scarf from All Saints. I went with a neutral pallet of greens and grays making it easy to wear this outfit over and over by just switching out the sweaters and accessories. Easy for those winter mornings you don't want to get out of bed and need an easy and comfy alternative.

Hope you guys are having a great holiday vacation!

x

COLLAB // NIKE x TOPMAN

NIKE x TOPMAN. Before arriving back to NYC, I had the privilege  of working with good friend and long time collaborator Joshua Walter in Amsterdam. Today's shoot was based around my new Nike Roshe One iD's. These shoes are not only extremely comfortable, but super light-weight. 

I paired the shoes with my Armani slim-fit suit and a Topman slim turtleneck. Turtlenecks haven't really been my thing the past years, but I've recently started becoming more and more into them. Some brands I've found that have affordable as well as good quality turtlenecks are, TOPMAN, WEEKDAY, DAViD BECKHAM for HM, and Marc by Marc Jacobs

You can get your own NIKES at SNIPES. And check out more of my friend Joshua Walter by following him on Instagram @djjoshuawalter.