Grease & Glorious

image

image

image

image

image

image

Vest - Men Trucker Levis // Crop Top - Zara // Bottom - Thrifted // Shoes - Aldo / Bracelet - Robyn Rhodes 

There’s something riveting about the dirtiest of places. The grease, if you will. Sit in it, play with it a bit, and get gritty. Because when you walk away from it, stripped from that clean shirt, I believe that you’ll be rising from the ashes. Some of my favorite human beings were the greasiest - Charles Bukowski, James Dean, and my girl, Amy Winehouse.

Who is your favorite gritty human being?

In this short and sweet post, I hope you find your inner gritty and compliment it with the glorious in you. Find your balance, like topping off blue trousers with a long denim vest, and then go just a little further. 

Photos by Pedro

xNB

twitter | instagram | facebook

Neckbreakin’ Fitness | ft. Les Lunes

image

image

image

image

Sheer Heaven Mesh Bra - Les Lunes // Shorts - Under Armour // Sneakers - Nike Roshe Run

Some things can be compromised.
Like when you’re man hates sweets but you’re a stress baker. The last thing you would want is to annihilate 3 dozen sugary glutenous taste bunnies away all on your own. It’s his duty to share those cookies with you and maintain a comforting smile. Or when you’re best friend’s mother swears you’re a misfit yet you grit your teeth while you get smacked with backhanded insults at every BBQ, birthday, and invited dinners. Let me know if I hit the nail right on the head for anyone.


Thankfully, there’s one thing that you shouldn’t have to compromise. It is style. The streets carry impeccable style. Popular belief leads us to assume that the least trendy space is your local gym. Oh, how the tides have turned! Thanks to many fitness bloggers with my favorite being Kristin Sundberg of bykiki.se. Women (and men) are more comfortable breaking necks at the gym, too. You’re whole existence is amazing. So why shouldn’t you glisten in style? The mesh Les Lunes bralette is genius. Wear it on the streets, at home, or at the gym and you just can’t lose. I’ve had the pleasure of playing with their other products and I’m more amazed on the feel and quality than anything else. They are all transitional pieces in the sense that they are transitional throughout the day. (Also, their Anti-Gym shorts will make your booty look phenomenal!) In Nike Roshe, Underarmour shorts, and Les Lunes bralette, I hope this inspires you to strut in the gym.

What do you choose to sweat in?

Got My Vans On

got my vans on - neckbreakinstyle.com

got my vans on - neckbreakinstyle.com

got my vans on - neckbreakinstyle.com

got my vans on - neckbreakinstyle.com

got my vans on - neckbreakinstyle.com

got my vans on - neckbreakinstyle.com

got my vans on - neckbreakinstyle.com

Top - Urban Outfitters // Bottom - One Teaspoon Vagabonds // Necklace - Eva Shaw Designs/ Urban Outfitters // Rings - Eva Shaw Designs // Tote - Cuyana // Sneakers - Vans Sk8 Hi

Casual wear has been taking over my life. Not necessarily a bad thing when I am literally running between work, meetings, and shoots. Quite frankly, I’m enjoying my small sneaker collection (currently four not including my running sneakers). I like placing them unexpectedly to an outfit and then taking on the world. My current obsession is the Vans Sk8 Hi in True White. Vans, well known as a skate board brand, caters to the skating culture. Love everything about it and this niche. However, take another look at me! Besides the occasional long boarding, I do not fit in to the prescribed or unprescribed skating culture. It was simple. I liked the white hi-tops because I felt like it had some history to them. I like how understated they are, especially in streetwear. I liked the way they look. So I picked them up. Not once did I question who I was. 

On a lovely stroll around Somerville, NJ., I was walking towards a small Costa Rican restaurant. The thought of their pulled chicken with potatoes stuffed inside the middle of a flaky all-around crusted empanada still has me drooling. Right before I got to the door of the restaurant, a middle age woman stopped me, no hello or anything. She got right to the point.  Woman - (Smiling) “Are those hi-tops coming back?”
Lynn - “Uh (looking longingly at the empanadas displayed on the window). I’m not sure”
Woman - “I loved those. I remember having a pair. I hope they’re coming back because I want to get those hi-tops for my daughter. I definitely can’t wear them anymore.”
Lynn - (Abandoned the idea of stuffing my face with empanadas and smiling at this random but sweet lady) “Of course you can wear them! It’ll be even cooler if you guys match. Well, sort of.”
I thanked her for the compliments and wished her a lovely day as she sat on the most adorable chair soaking the sun. 

I took two things from this small encounter. 
One) Hoard every piece of clothing for your children/grandchildren so that they have genuine “vintage pieces” when you hand them down. (Kidding. Kinda. )
Two) These hi-tops do indeed contain history. 

At the end of the day - When it feels right, it is right. So while people are rocking Jordans and converses with dresses (nothing against this), I’m rocking Vans with an all denim outfit. 

What sneakers do you wear with your trendy outfit?

Photos by Pedro

xNB

twitter | instagram | facebook

Saint & Sinners | ft. Eva Shaw

eva shaw designs / rose bergers lynn do neckbreakin style

eva shaw jeanne and lynn - neckbreakinstyle.com

eva shaw designs / rose bergers lynn do neckbreakinstyle.com

eva shaw designs / rose bergers lynn do neckbreakin style

eva shaw jeanne and lynn - neckbreakinstyle.com

eva shaw jeanne and lynn - neckbreakinstyle.com

eva shaw /rose bergers jeanne and lynn - neckbreakinstyle.com

eva shaw / rose bergers jeanne and lynn - neckbreakinstyle.com

Eva Shaw Designs - Quartz Necklace in Gold & Silver // Rose Berger - Chain Necklace & Chain Hand Piece (also found at Eva Shaw Soho)

What is a sinner without a saint. What is a saint without a sinner. 
And to say that we all have dirt and spots on even the whitest slate is more true than to say the world exists in black and white, losers and winners, and friends and enemies. 

And that’s what I love the most - the gentle and underrated area in-between the extrema. That space that everyone is familiar with but hardly identify with. We’re quick to place labels on one another and justify the contradictions, but the contradictions just means that, like everyone else, you’re human. This photoshoot was taken the same day that the news of Robin Williams really sunk into my brain and tangled my heart strings into a ball of mess. I guess all I can say is that - It’s the human and very natural emotions that guide your life transitional decisions. May it be good. May it be bad. As long as it’s true to you. This idea is evident in style, too. Have you ever noticed that the outfits you mindlessly put together receives the most compliments on. Yes? I think we all have. 

I couldn’t think of anyone better but my fellow baddass blogger, Jeanne of GreyLayers.com, complimented by Eva Shaw Designs to join me in this striking and almost literal interpretation of the extrema. I’ve had the lovely opportunity to meet Eva and Elizabeth of Eva Shaw at Creeds of Love's socially responsible event. They have an exclusive line of bracelets that support Global Funds for Widows, a very underrated tragedy. Their boutique in Soho is so comfortable with the Marty Party Pillows that I can probably stay there. Forever. Jeanne and I are adorned in her Golden and Silver Crystal Quartz as well as Rose Berger’s chain pieces that are sold exclusively at Eva Shaw Designs in Soho. They were so easy to style because the pieces are statements on their own whether you’re wearing an all black outfit, an all white outfit, or jeans and a white-tee. The strong and organic pieces worked almost instinctively to the story Jeanne and I wanted to tell. Funny thing is, I think the story unfolded and became clearer after we finished producing these images. 

So tell me, are you the sinner or the saint? Or both?