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What I am living for #5 by Mike Tyle

Gucci. What more do I need to say?

Each season is getting better and this years Cruise campaign still has me hooked!

I need to BE an awkward skinny dancing queen in a villa.

In other news, as of last night, I now look like this:

My Spring/Summer theme this year will be 70's porn. So expect lot's of short shorts and mesh. 

Both of which I already own lots of.

Fashion Month begins by Mike Tyle

Fashion Week has begun! Naturally I LOVE it.

I had almost forgotten about Fashion Night Out which was here on Friday night in Düsseldorf. It is always fun to see everyone dressed up for the occasion and having a good time! A lot of stores along Königsallee (Germany's busiest, luxury shopping street) had special events and parties. I met up with a friend of mine and tried to hit up as many stores as possible and see what specials were going on. Most of our luck was spent trying new cocktails, whoops!

In other news I have been diligently working away on the city guides which I have written in earlier post about. I have also decided to add the current city I live in, Düsseldorf, as well as my home town area just for fun and to show that even in a place not as well recognized as Paris or Berlin there are still things to see and do. 

Sadly, 2 photo shoots I was set to be styling this weekend have been canceled because of bad weather. Damn you Germany and your rain! Hopefully the rescheduled day will cooperate.

To end the post here are a couple random outfits from the past week. I think the best thing about fashion is you can wake up and be yourself but show it in a different way everyday. There is something about having a distinct look where people know your style, which is great. I would say that while I usually gravitate toward similar items when shopping I also like to mix it up. Maybe one day dress in a more business look, then the next an easy comfy casual style or something darker. It all depends on my mood.

Blurred lines.

Sweater- Vintage bought in Antwerp (been wearing it non-stop!) , T-shirt- Zara, Jeans- Levi's, Shoes- Mr. B's, bag- Opening Ceremony

closer look at the shoes.

I love how a simple t-shirt can easily become more intricate just by adding symmetrical dividing seams.

A friend of mine, Maksim , has a great eye for light and always has his vintage camera (1958) on him randomly took this pic of me at work the other day.

Odd camera angle... but was heading off to work and the lighting was great!

Shirt- Rick Owens Drkshdw (sample say, hey!), Pants- Marc by Marc Jacobs (oldie but goodies)

restful weekend by Mike Tyle

Usually Monday begins with countdown to the weekend that is unless I have a deadline creeping up on a Friday. Luckily this past Friday was a great day to start off the weekend and the work that was due was a nice surprise to the usual.

The F/W14 kick-off process started with the dept. meeting off-site at a new fave restaurant: zimmer no. 01 (will def. be on the city map hint hint of things to come). It's always great to get out of the office, away from e-mails and get creative working as a group to define our "guy". The homework was to bring 3 items that can be used for the season.

I brought a couple of magazines I am always inspired from: the Heritage Post (great article on tattooing btw) and German GQ Style, featuring a rough looking yet sexy as always Jake Gyllenhaal on the cover. I added a vintage sweater I had just bought in Antwerp that had a nice washed down red color and features several knit structures I found interesting. For good measure I added a 4th Item; a t-shirt from the Rising Sun (a brand I can't help but Stan for) that I received a while ago and is my go to t-shirt. It has a great lived-in feel, a nice slub effect and a cool vintage-esque Cone Denim graphic.

Cardigan- vintage, T-shirt- the Rising Sun co.

Can we talk about how yummy the food at zimmer. no 01 was?

Breakfast. I ate it all.

Salad with red currant and goat cheese. I died.

Coconut curry w/ prawns. Messy but worth it.

After work hors d'oeuvres... don't mind if I do!

The rest of the weekend was just as nice full of food, friends and lounging about. I am lucky.

View from the Rheinufer bank in Düsseldorf

Antwerp and the days surrounding by Mike Tyle

As stated in my previous post things, as well as in the title, I went to Antwerp this past Friday for work, check my Antwerp gallery I just made to show off some of the things I saw.

I always love traveling any chance I can get and the luxury of life in Europe especially in the Rhine-Ruhr is that I am close to a lot of great places. A two hour car ride and voila you can be in Antwerp, Brussels or Amsterdam. A bit over two hours longer and in Paris!

Last shopping trip a couple months ago we went to Amsterdam so this time the team split up again and I headed to Antwerp with a couple other designers. We had a great time. The weather was nice and I'm pretty sure we shopped the entire city. Seriously, on foot from 10-9 with a 30 min break. We got some exciting finds in the vintage shops and great books that will come in handy as well. 

I'm working on a city guide which I hope to have finished and posted soon...

In the mean time here are some looks from the past week: 

Walking home from work... armless.

shirt- Gap kids, tie- vintage leather tie (one of my faves) I found while in Italy.

Jeans ripped in both legs the same day! These pants are at least 8 yrs old. I don't even know where I got them from...

Also I feel like this looks like those "hot dogs or legs?" pics, ha!

t-shirt- Character Hero jaquard weave.

My plants were dying in the house but are thriving on the balcony! AKA away from me.

shirt- COS, pants- H&M, shoes- COS, backpack- from middle school, ha!

Pouring rain I was stuck in the house on the weekend.

v-neck sweater- J.Crew, shorts- American Apparel, belt- Banana Republic

Obsessed with this Banana Republic belt.

Ikea and college by Mike Tyle

It happened. Ikea made me it's bitch yet again. 

But now I have nice things and my apartment is slowly coming together. I am going for a contemporary minimalistic sort of look. Hence paired down walls and clean lines mixed with pops of bright colors.

I am also hoping to painting a sort of Missoni chevron along one wall of my living room. I'll keep you updated if things go as planned. 

Also, I have been lucky enough to be asked by my alma mater to speak at Career Day. I am incredibly excited and humbled that the Apparel Merchandising & Design department at CMU feels I have already reached a point where I can give advice and guidance to the young professionals whom I will someday considered my peers. I remember always being excited for Career Day when I was an undergraduate. It's great to see people who have completed the program and are making a life for themselves after.

In other news work has been well. August is a good month in Europe. Most people are on vacation, which means September will be a bit stressful. Can't wait! In the mean time I have been able to do some mean BBQing and of course hitting up the end of les soldes.

New shoes- Esprit

I love a colored sole.

Cardigan- H&M, T-shirt- COS

new coffee table!

In the bedroom.

View out to the balcony.

Ready to eat!

Weekend by Mike Tyle

This weekend I'm spending some time getting things around the apartment accomplished... mainly cleaning. No sense to glamorize it. But it needs to be done! Especially since I have been going ever since I have been home. If you see this pic on my Instagram from Friday my pathetic refrigerator can give you a good clue of how often I have been around.

Last weekend however I had a really great time. My friend Helena came over to pick up her nice new Coach bag I was able to get for her while I was in the U.S. and I must say it is really nice! Simple high quality leather can make all the difference. Good choice Helena! Also, shout out to the Coach store at Somerset Collection! It was a pleasant shopping experience which luckily every time I have been there I have gotten great service.

The weather was really nice as well and I was luckily able to spend the majority of it outside made all the better by a new shirt from a very special someone! 

shoes: Kenneth Cole

shorts: Tourist by Burkman Bros. t-shirt: Acne, blazer: H&M, belt: Fossil

Helena; the Swedish queen of vintage finds in her 1953 vintage skirt.

The new favorite Penny shoulder purse from Coach.

In the Hofgarten.

shirt: Kenzo, shorts: Zara

Sunday by Mike Tyle

Woke up to a damp and grey day but didn't let it affect me! 

I spent the time relaxing and was actually quite productive in the photography dept. Who knew being cooped up in my apartment would lead to having so many creative ideas! I look forward to adding some new images to the galleries soon.

In the mean time I decided to bring the sun indoors!

knit cap- Pendleton, shirt- Standard Cloth