Travel

What I am living for #7 by Mike Tyle

 

Wear

In NY the winters are similar in temp to Brussels (until it decided to snow 6 in. last week) however I was home over the holidays in Detroit where it's fucking freezing at -15 most nights. Needless to say, I was very happy to be reunited with my winter coats! Of which I have plenty... I am kind of a outerwear whore. My fave styles I brought back to the city with me are a vintage 60's field jacket and two Kooples styles: a duffle coat and a down jacket with raccoon fur lined hood.

 

Shop:

Being in NYC I am in the shopping Mecca, however I haven't been in the shopping mood... which is shocking coming from me. The guy who literally has a monthly budget for clothes. It could be because I am schlepping them all over the city every day for work. Hello, 12 mile Thursday Fitbit calculation!

However, I do love a deal and a sample sale. Luck would have it there is a company called 260 that really get some great brands daily through their doors. Be it Wang, J.Crew, Scotch & Soda, Sandro... It's impressive and always a nice surprise. Sign up for the listserv and get ready for the next amazing find.

Also check out my NYC map for lots of other great places to shop that I've found!

Hermes FW17

 

Design:

We are in the middle of Menswear FW17 at the moment so get ready for even more mens fashion posts to follow!

 

 

Get in my belly!

Eat:

I recently went to a brunch at a speakeasy in Chelsea called Bathtub Gin. It's hidden behind a small to-go coffee shop and honestly if I hadn't asked I wouldn't have known it was there! But once the trap door opens there is a huge yet intimate dimly-lit restaurant with an amazing bar and what was to be a great brunch menu. I had wonderful cornflake and coconut crusted French toasted brioche with fresh berries. Naturally, accompanied by a gin cocktail!

 

See:

This past month there have been so many amazing speeches made in defiance of suppression. After this weekends Women's March I was thrilled to hear all the inspiring words from Gloria Steinem, Angela Davis, Madonna, Scarlet Johansson... however those that stuck out to me most were Ashley Judd & America Ferrera: 

By now everyone has seen the great Meryl Streep Golden Globes acceptance speech and her point rings true. "Take your broke heart, make it into art."

Listen:

Trumpcast. Every week like clockwork. It's the best podcast to make sense of the ludicrousness that is Trump and sadly our Twilight Zone of a future.

Color:

Expat Christmas by Mike Tyle

Having just moved this past month I have mostly spent the time learning the ropes of my new job, furnishing my apartment (still not done) and getting accustomed to life in Brussels. While I wasn't able to make it home to family & friends this Christmas I was lucky enough to get some great cards in the mail as well as a Secret Santa gift!

A friend of mine, Diane, who runs the blog Oui in France, had an excellent idea of a gift exchange for expats. 

After Diane matched me up with Amanda, a woman from the US now living in Morocco. I was quick to send off a package of goodies detailing life in Belgium: waffles, speculoos spread, chocolate, Lotus cookies and a map of Brussels with guide Tin-Tin!

A couple weeks before the big day I received a package myself from Istanbul, Turkey! I have been waiting to open it and was pleasantly surprised with the many treats inside: Lokum (Turkish Delight), Turkish coffee/coffee maker/cup & saucer (sadly both broken), some cookies and spices which I am dying to try out!

Again a big thanks and shout out to Diane for making the whole experience possible! Can't wait until next year!

Update by Mike Tyle

Living out of this for a couple weeks hasn't been the most fun...

Where to begin.

Although it's only been a couple of week since my last entry a lot has happened!

I moved from Düsseldorf to Brussels and am enjoying my new life. I started a new job and have already found the perfect apartment! I move in this coming week and the fun part begins... decorating!

Needless to say there will be some post about that as I start the journey of finding all the right pieces.

In the mean time I can't wait to get all of my clothes out of storage!

Lichtgrenze by Mike Tyle

If you are lucky to be in Berlin this weekend then not only am I jealous of you, although I was there the beginning of the week... but also because you will be able to see the wonder that is Lichtgrenze.

25 years of the fall of the Berlin Wall. This is such a momentous occasion celebrating a very huge moment in history the end of Communism and the reunification of not only a city but a country.

Berlinwall

Slate has an excellent article which explains more about this great open-air light installation.

Made up of over 8,000 lit up eco-balloons starting tonight until this Sunday the 9th where the balloons will be released.

London by way of food by Mike Tyle

This post needs no introduction. Basically... Me. Best Friend. Food.

When Krysta and I are lucky enough to be in the same place at the same time our #1 quest is new and great restaurants to try out. During my trip to London we made sure to add some spots to the map! In this instance we were all over the place. Our favorites included Pollen Street Social: Everything you expect in a high end restaurant (including the bill) and little plates of architectural yumminess. As well as the ever lovable Goat: British take on NY cooking with a great lunch menu. However I was really feeling the latest and greatest Hoi Polloi.

A restaurant should be not only about the food but also the ambiance. Something Hoi Polloi knows how to do. I have never been in a more trendy place in my life. Seriously. I was getting major Bistrotheque vibes. Which makes sense since they are the masterminds behind the new venture.

Before entering you are greeted by a flower shop, very unexpected and also a bit confusing. After seeing several hip people walking into a Mary Poppin's bag of a flower shop we ventured in.

Once inside you are bitch slapped but an intense but fun crowd, which is to be expiated since it is also connected to the Shoreditch Ace Hotel (another entrance is through the hotel as well, yet also seemingly confusing...) The chic decor was all that I could ask; rich wood and gold in a 60's Mod cafeteria meets subtle East German Plattenbau styling. Most importantly where can I buy those lighting fixtures STAT! I am still having dreams about those wire ornaments.

Image from justopenedlondon.com

As for the food... It's not very often that, When given a menu (a complicated albeit graphically pleasing newspaper in this case), I have no clue what half of the things on it say but here that seems to be the point. After a round of cocktails, Bijou Basket & a Wet Luppers (Ok, so maybe the names need homework... I chalked it up to being British), we moved onto the appetizers. Looking like large square fried the chickpea fritters w/ tarragon yoghurt just what I needed. Not too heavy and full of flavor for food with little when it comes to ingredients. We didn't have mains but for a starter I chose the Jerusalem artichoke soup and crispy duck. While the soup was a bit heavy and bland in flavor the duck made up for it. Thin strips placed on the soup, crispy as the name stated, surprisingly juicy and flavorful. I paired it with the house merlot which in the end was the right choice. To round out the evening I had a Gin Tonic with Monkey 47 and we shared a chocolate stout cake, salted caramel with hokey pokey. Mostly just for the hokey pokey... because What. Is. it? Turns out to be honeycomb. 

On a side note I am seriously obsessed with the staff sweatshirt. I NEED it. Preferably in Dutsy Rose if anyone has any tips...

Happy and full customers

Shout out goes to the Drunken Duck if you ever make your way up to the Lake District. Stop by. Well worth the detour. You will not regret it!

The Lakes District by Mike Tyle

I had some vacation time from last year which I had to use up and decided a last minute, much needed, trip to visit my good friend Krysta in the U.K. was well over due.

We both had decided to make sure I got some city time but we also wanted to get away on an adventure. Krysta had suggested the Lake District and I found us a splendid AirBnB room in a farmhouse from the 1500's. Off we were!

It was a whirlwind of a trip going 5 hours north of London into in the hills an hour from Scotland and back but being from the U.S. we are used to long road trips and great company with lots to catch up on always makes it better!

The view from every corner was really beautiful. The colors where also very interesting lots of bright green grass alone with patches of rust colored ferns and dark colored stones full with acidic looking moss. We often found yellow daffodils all along the way of the road which made the area seem even more picturesque.

The view from our bedroom window alone was breathtaking. A valley overlooked by a tree that was several hundred years old. To cap off our trip we ended up at Castlerigg stone circle which while similar to Stonehenge was better as there was no barrier to the rock formation.

Krysta is roadtrip ready with her Mulberry in toe.

Something tells me we aren't in London anymore...

The magnificent view from our shire bedroom window!

The view from a trek up a hill, the "lake" in the distance is actually the Irish Sea!

Hello little friend!

In the rain but at the top!

An exceptional restaurant in the middle of nowhere.

Yes, please!

Krysta, Barboured and Huntered out, in the stone circle; Castlerigg.

Istanbul by Mike Tyle

Hey, hey! While a lot has been happening the past month or so. I thought I'd fill you in on the highlights. Not that a week long flu left me with a lot to wright about... but the past week had me back in action and work had me shipped off to Turkey for a couple of days.

It sounds more glamorous than it actually was as I spent most the time between sitting in traffic and sitting in a suppliers office MAKING FASHION HAPPEN! It's a hard business but someone has to do it. I am incredibly grateful to have had the chance to get out of the office and working with the supplier and their factories. It really makes you feel connected to the product and creative as opposed to typing info into PDM all day.

While I am sad I didn't get to see more of the city itself I am lucky to be going back in a couple months for a week long vacation which I am sure to see a whole other side of the city!

One of the joys, aside from the nicest people and great food, was the hotel. We stayed at the new chic Le Meridien, which was spectacular (and huge). My room overlooked the bridge between Europe and Asia... not much more is needed to be said. The shower alone was worth it making up for the long car rides, damn you traffic!

Morning view from my hotel room.

My coworker amongst the new seasons fabrics which took us hours to sort through.

Shirts ready to be sewn!

Ready for bed after a long day.

2013 by Mike Tyle

I had quite an eventful year and when looking back I can say I am grateful to be surrounded by so many great people and enjoying my life doing what I love. While no life is picture perfect all in all I can't complain and am blessed to have had the opportunities I have been allowed.

Thank you to everyone who has made 2013 so special!

As everyone knows traveling is one of my ultimate favorite things in life and this year has been a record!

Not only did I have a chance to visit my family and friends back in Michigan twice this year spending time in Detroit and camping along Lake Michigan. I was also able to spend a week up in the woods of Upstate NY with a few of my favorite people.

ping pong in the backyard

Typical Michigan summer!

upstate NY. Krysta & her mom.

Home has come to mean relaxation for me.

Visiting friends downtown at Campus Martius.

Many trips both for work and just for fun were spent traveling around Benelux. While I know Amsterdam, Antwerp, Brussels and now Luxembourg pretty well I am always excited and surprised by all the new things I see when I am visiting. For being so close they are all very unique.

How Dutch!

Windmills! The do exist!

Spain & Morocco. Need I say more? Such inspirational countries. Spain is one of my favorite places to visit. The food, the people, the architecture, the weather. Everything what I look for in a place can be found here.

Morocco was special as my first foray into Africa and while it's only the tip I am sure I will be back. An eye opening experience that left me wanting more.

Also, one word: Alhambra

Overlooking Granada.

Coast of Tangier

Prague. Again, hello? It's Prague. What is not to love. I had been to the city before but sadly it had been 10 years and coming back my love of the city was again awakened. Everywhere you look is picture perfect among the spire of all the buildings and the bridges that connect the city I was inspired. Wonderful people and culture.

Switzerland in general is beautiful. Not a big surprise. For some the ocean is everything but I am always astounded by the mountains. Every. Single. Time. It's perfection. Although Zurich only has the mountains in the background, as opposed to it's French counterpart Geneva, it was nice to have a glimpse.

Last Christmas I spent in Lausanne which was also my first time in Switzerland. Being surrounded by such nature really made me regard it with even more respect than ever before.

Outskirts of Lausanne from my train window.

Duomo

Last January I was in Florence for Pitti. It was my first time there and while I had heard much about it none of it made me ready for how beautiful of a city it really was! I have been in several other place in Italy but none of them could compare when it came to the picturesque Italia that Americans think of Europe. Especially living in Germany where so many building shave been built after the war it is quite a surprise to see such awe inspiring history.

Obviously traveling around the country I currently live in happened every weekend. Walking around Dusseldorf, Cologne, Hamburg, Berlin, Dresden... I am hoping in the next year to travel to the south in the coming year.

For Christmas my family came to visit and I was happy to show them my daily life as well as visit different cities (and Christmas markets) in the area. What makes traveling and living abroad all the better is having people to share it with. 

Family

I look forward to the coming year knowing that it will be full packed and I am ready for the ride.

Happy New Year 2014! 

Let's make it count!

Zurich by Mike Tyle

In preparation for my year round-up post post I'll just leave you with these views of Zurich from my recent travel at the beginning of the month. Enjoy!

Flying into Switzerland

Zürisee

Street View

wool moto-jacket: Zadig & Voltaire

cordoruy jeggings: H&M

Boots: Samsøe & Samsøe

Scarf: LV

Downtown

Chic child. I want to steal his entire ensemble!

Chic old man. I want to be him!

Travels and such by Mike Tyle

Basically what all of Dresden looks like.

I'm well over do for an update as to what I've been up to the past couple of months aside from catwalk reviews (pre-fall is under way)!

if I haven't been working overtime finishing the Fall collections before the holiday break and Chinese New Year begins then I have been traveling.

I try and make sure I still keep my sanity by getting away when I can. The past 2 months I have done some long weekend trips "close to home" visiting Dresden, Prague (so beautiful, it was like a dream!), Luxembourg, Brussels and most recently spending the weekend in Zurich (more about that in my next post!).

Prague from above.

Horses in Prague are styling!

Dusk over Prague

Luxembourg gardens

Entering Brussels

Brussels by night.

In other news... I've also becoming increasingly obsessed with interior design. As one can see on my Pinterest... While I haven't done much with my place since I moved in, I have gotten some great ideas in the works!

As always when one fashion week ends another is just around the corner and I am already on to Pre-Fall 14 reviews. I am trying to think of a new way to post them which is a bit more interactive and less... like the list that it looks like.

Oh, and my parents & sister are coming to visit on Saturday for 10 days!!

Me in a Fred Perry shirt.

P.S.- I got a mohawk.

part deux by Mike Tyle

The second half of my trip home was spent in upstate NY visiting my good friend and all around awesome lady Krysta. She was home for the summer from London and while we are only a hop, skip and a jump away from one another in Europe we seem to find ourselves in the U.S. at the best time to be in the U.S.- summer!

We spent most the time doing what we do best... visiting sites, eating food, enjoying a beach/pool/mini-cooper. Below are some examples doing just that.

 

At the Empire State Plaza in Albany, NY.

Had I known about the dinner plans this would have just been a day outfit...

Krysta told me we were going out but I didn't know we were GOING OUT...

Krysta- sunglasses: Prada, dress: Herve Leger, purse: Louis Vuitton

Me- shirt: J.Crew, bow tie: vintage Lanvin, shorts: COS, belt: Fossil, sandals: Mango, sunglasses: Burberry

At the lake house. It's not summer unless booty shorts and chips are involved!

tank: Topman, swimsuit: Diesel

sweatshirt: Acne, shorts: Topman

I had to.

One last dip before the plane ride back!

mesh sweatshirt: D&G, bathing suit: Diesel, sunglasses: Burberry

Time flies by Mike Tyle

Since being back I have been getting into the daily schedule at work, catching up with meetings, sifting though emails (only 750!) and being inspired by my surroundings. Which is a great thing; but getting a chance to relax is also great and spending time with family and friends is more than wonderful and not to be take for granted!

I will be adding a few new albums soon of my 3 weeks at home, which I am still trying to decide how to split it up between themes... but in the mean time a long awaited style post (Part 1)! See below for the results and I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer!

P.S.- there will be some repetition in pieces as I was limited by a suitcase, but I did my best to make it work depending on the event at hand! 

My friends Jen and Sarah and I in Detroit at Campus Martius, in the winter this "beach" is an ice skating rink!

shirt: AllSaints, jeans: Levi's, shoes: Banana Republic, bag: Carhartt

The Fist.

My sisters dog & I.

shirt: J.Crew, pants: Levi's, shoes: Banana Republic, watch: Gucci (vintage), belt: Club Monaco

Up north in Ludington, my family vacations here every year!

shirt: Gap Kids, undershirt: A&F, jeans: Acne, watch: Gucci

tank: Pull & Bear, pants: A.P.C., sunglasses: Burberry

I swear I had a better pic of my bathing suit somewhere... regardless detail shot it is!

suit: H&M Kids

Insta-satisfaction by Mike Tyle

As anyone who knows me can surely attest to my photo taking ways the past 3 weeks are no different. I have somehow amassed almost 2,000 pics!  

While I have begun to sort through all the memories of this wonderful vacation I was able to spend with family and friends I have started-up my Instagram to capture the random highlights of my daily life. Please feel free to follow me there for quick updates.

Here's a sneak peek from the holiday outfit highlight post I am working on.

sweatshirt- COS, pants- Levi's, sunglasses- Burberry