electric

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So it's halfway into the year, and I'm just now adding new content to The Seen. Is fashionably late an acceptable excuse or... Anyhow, my return to the blog starts with one of my favorite go-to style moments, monochrome. It's a fun way to play with all of the different fabrics and colors in your wardrobe, conceiving a polished more cohesive look than a traditional outfit. I have always thought putting together a good outfit is like solving a puzzle. Creating a good monochrome outfit can be like solving a really hard puzzle. However, white is definitely one easy color to tackle, considering most people have a few white tees and sneakers hiding in the back of their closet. If you don't have any white bottoms, I suggest you invest in a pair fast. They're staples.

Here I brought back an old faveorite, these pleated white shorts, paring it with my Stan Smiths and this logo tee. Also just by the way, whoever said it's always warm in LA clearly lied. Over the past couple months, I've found myself draped in coats and sweatshirts a lot more than usual during this time of the year. Creating a little monochrome disruption, this neon yellow coach jacket has two purposes: adding a burst of color and keeping my little iron deficient arms warm.

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Side note. I noticed that I've been sitting a lot in my more recent shoots. I don't know if it actually looks good or I'm somehow subconsciously content with being lazy, but there will probably be more of these to come.
*cue the superhero stance*

Saint Laurent, sunglasses (similar) here

Zara, shorts (similar) here

Forever 21, jacket here

Adidas, sneakers here

A.P.C., tee here

boys life

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With 2017 coming to a close, I felt it was appropriate to end the year with one last blog post. I have actually worn this exact outfit on a few different occasions, but this is the first time I decided to shoot in it. The beautiful scenery of San Clemente and the shopping plaza near one of the best coffee shops in Laguna Beach complemented it perfectly.

It's no secret that logo tees have been a hot commodity this year. I've been in love with Rag & Bone for years, especially their tees because I can always count on them having a nice loose fit and comfy fabric. This tee certainly meets those expectations. Unlike some brands, the simplicity of their logo makes this tee able to work for just about any outfit.

Mini backpacks have been on my radar lately, with my heart set on finding either a yellow or green one. My bank account is going to have wait a little longer until I come across green (fortunately), but I found this yellow bag and was sold immediately. While it is technically a little more small than mini, it's still the perfect size to carry around anywhere without any hassle. It is accompanied by the most stylish bottoms known to man, snap/tearaway track pants. Their ultra-casual style are elevated by the monotone satin like finish of the fabric.

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This outfit is finished off with my favorite satin bomber and these round vintage-esque black frames. They help in creating a very dark cohesive look full of luxe athleisure notes. 

Adidas, sneakers here pants (similar) here

Alexander McQueen, bracelet here 

ASOS, sunglasses (similar) here

Rag & Bone, tee (similar) here

H&M, jacket (similar) here

Everlane, backpack here

black ice

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This past weekend I accompanied a friend to the incredibly beautiful Annenberg Space for Photography. We saw the exhibit Cuba Is, which explored the island of Cuba and the different aspects of its culture. In typical "us" fashion, we decided to have a quick photo session once we wrapped up our visit. After all, a center for photography is the perfect place to snap a few photos, right?

Sale season always brings along the pieces in my wardrobe that I'll pretty much obsess over for the next year. This time around, one of those items is this navy velour sweatshirt. I love pieces that can adapt to whatever you wear it with. Here, the silky smoothy velour texture lends the outfit a more luxe vibe. The piped lines on the side gives the outfit depth and geometric properties when placed next to my oval frames.

These shorts are another favorite of mine. They are like the upgrade of your everyday pair of jersey shorts. The shiny black material and subtle pleats makes them a lot more interesting and attractive to the eye. Together, the sweatshirt and the shorts really create a technical and sporty vibe, that is only further supported by these ice white Stan Smith sneakers.

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Technical. Sporty. Luxe. Geometric. This look is giving me a little bit of everything, and I love it.

Saint Laurent, sunglasses (similar) here

Topman, sweatshirt (similar) here

H&M, shorts (similar) here

Adidas, sneakers here

you are the right one

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Please forgive me, because I know a new blog post has been LONG overdue. I ended up taking a little break from blogging and spent a lot less time on social media over the summer. I did not exactly plan on doing this, it more or less just happened. Although I have to admit, I enjoyed the semi-hiatus a teeny tiny bit. Nonetheless, I am back to business, and the wait for a new blog post is finally over. 

These little round black frames are my new favorite thing. I am always on the look out for staple pieces for my wardrobe, and these are the perfect accessory to every outfit. The sunglasses have a very classic-cool vibe which pairs well with this button-up, another new favorite of mine. Probably 90% of all menswear bloggers own this shirt. I saw it up and down my Instagram feed for a solid month so I figured I would join the club. Apart from feeling comfortable and fitting amazing, the shirt has a beautiful floral pattern that is very on trend.

I have to be honest. These checkered sneakers have quite literally been around for my entire existence, and up until around a year ago I thought they were the ugliest pair of shoes ever. I remember going to the mall for new shoes during back-to-school shopping every year and always seeing these in Journey's thinking "who actually wears those?" Well 12 year-old Cornell, you actually wear them. After seeing how so many people styled these sneakers I got on board. They are surprisingly very versatile. They work well with a great deal of my jeans and pants, much like they do with these cropped white chinos here. Whether the look is simple and casual or something a little more complex, these are sure to complement it.

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In retrospect to writing this, is this blog post simply a confirmation that I'm just another trend follower? Is my sense of style as original as I once thought it was? Eh, who really knows?

Zara, shirt here pants (similar) here

Alexander McQueen, bracelet here

ASOS, sunglasses (similar) here

Vans, shoes here

feels

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Last week came the end of another school year, meaning a temporary end to my time in Los Angeles. Of course I couldn't leave the city without getting in another blog shoot. This shoot primarily takes place at The Beverly Hills Hotel, featuring a casual look perfect for spring and the impending summer.

I have been adding more graphic tees to my wardrobe in preparation for the summer. They're very carefree, fun, and laid-back, basically the essence of the summertime. This cheeky tee certainly fits that description. I paired it with these ripped skinny jeans, going along with the whole casual and laid-back vibe.

This outfit is accompanied by my favorite accessories, these Saint Laurent frames and this twin skull cuff. Both of these add character to the outfit and makes it more interesting. The sunglasses exude California coolness and the bracelet gives off an edgy vibe.

I wore these sneakers in my last post, but I didn't get the chance to ooze over them as much as I wanted to. I am totally late to the Stan Smith bandwagon, but I'm happy I finally joined. These work well with pretty much anything. They look great with simple casual outfits like this one, as well as with more sophisticated and intricate looks. I definitely wear these more than my other shoes now, giving my Dr. Martens and All Saints boots a much needed break.

Saint Laurent, sunglasses (similar) here

Alexander McQueen, bracelet here

Burger and Friends, tee here

Mango, jeans (similar) here

Adidas, sneakers here

frank + oak

I have been following the menswear/womenswear brand Frank + Oak for a few years now, and I am ecstatic to take part in announcing their all new Style Plan! Style Plan is a subscription service that lets you choose up to four items from a selection tailored to your personal style below retail price every month or two months. You get to choose what you want and when you want it! Right now, there is a special introductory offer of $30 off the first month! Who doesn't love a good deal?

One of the items I received in my first shipment was this sweater, which became a favorite of mine the instant I put it on. This sweater checks all the boxes. The fit is spot on, it is super comfortable, and the pattern makes for a fun unique design. I paired it with a simple pair of black shorts and white sneakers, creating a nice casual look for the spring.

Hurry and sign up for the Style Plan while the promo lasts!
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