May 25, 2015

The WHD x Hanne Denys Presents: Shielded

A great jacket or raincoat can make you feel so safe and secure. No matter what spontaneous weather springtime tries to throw at you - wind, rain or shine - you're ready.

With mercury retrograde upon us, it's easy to anticipate a whole different type of storm. So many things are in flux, but like our jackets protecting us from the wind and rain, we have our confidence and positivity to shield us. Staying strong, we can use this time to reassess, repair and redesign, instead of collapsing under the pressure and discombobulation. When the rain begins to fall the only way to stay dry is wrap ourselves in a great jacket and keep moving forward. With every struggle we keep this in mind, and find security in our shield. If we exhibit confidence, drive and determination we can make it through anything.

Wearing: Jacket - Jungwon; Shirt - Linder; Pants - Linder
Boots – Dr. Scholls Shoes; Bag - Tumi

*This blog entry is the first part of a six-part digital series collaboration between the WearHouse District and photographer Hanne Denys, which combines Denys's favorite elements of photography - lines, shapes, and color - with editor Dalton Primeaux's favorite elements of menswear to tell a story about nature, self-expression, and human emotion.

Apr 23, 2015

French Quarter Festival Street Style

by Elle Murad

On April 9th through the12th, a festival took place. Not a very big festival like the one that took place in California; One that’s smaller and focuses on a vibrant historic quarter of a funky town. French Quarter Festival features great local musicians and delicious local cuisine sprawled throughout the historic French Quarter in New Orleans, add to that just a dash of local style and you’ve got yourself a fun weekend.

While this year the rainy weather stalled the show for a couple hours, it also made getting some great street style shots very difficult. What I did find about the fashions of French Quarter Festival is that they rely on function over fashion, especially when it’s scatter thunderstorms. Outfits were built around large raincoats and chunky rain boots while still trying to stay cool in the high humidity.

There were varying styles of outfits but most people were more focused on staying dry, just a few people decided it was worth the risk.

Apr 19, 2015

Hell's a mild climate. This is Hell's Kitchen.

Recently, I made a year living in Hell’s Kitchen. In just twelve short months I have completely fallen in love. It’s safe to say I wasn’t always sure it would be a fit for me. But, it turns out that Hell’s Kitchen is quite incredible. There are so many amazing people and places within these 25 blocks. The vibe is energetic and exciting, with all the usual perks of living in Manhattan, but still seems familiar. HK made me feel spoiled and realistic all at the same time.

Sadly, I will be leaving The Kitchen very soon. Sometimes we have to make hard decisions, and I chose a path that I think will better me in the long run (and where I’m not paying like 2K for a tiny studio). But, before I pack up and leave –  I decided to have one last walk down 45th, across the Empire Connection trench, to the Hudson – wearing an outfit inspired by HK herself: A light linen shirt, sporty athletic pants (with incredible zipper details), and a pair of kick-ass boots. Oh, and my now (in)famous black cap.

It’s funny, when I announced to my friends my plans to move, their reactions were all the same: You can’t leave HK – you’re like the neighborhood spokesperson. You are Hell’s Kitchen. And baby, I will always be.

Wearing: Shirt - Linder; Pants - Linder; Boots – Dr. Scholls Shoes; Hat  - Tagg

Apr 14, 2015

Meet Susana of A Key to the Armoire

This month on the WearHouse District we had the honor and the privilege to talk style, inspiration, spring trends and more with the vibrant, effervescent Susana of one of the most inspiring (and honest) style blogs on the web, A Key to the Armoire. Susana is smart, sophisticated and has a amazing sense of style that is both bold and clever. Whether you sport women's or menswear or anything in between - you can definitely be inspired by Susana's use of color, statement pieces, vintage quintessentials and overall individuality.

Rubba Dub Dub: Must-Haves for the Tub!

Some of our readers may remember a discussion we ran a couple years ago trying to weigh the pros and cons of a shower vs. a bath. In the end, we concluded that there are great qualities of both. But, even though showering may be a more time efficient and feel like a more cleansing experience, soaking in a bath is really great for your skin and can be very relaxing.

Now, I am returning to this soothing subject to bring you some (affordable) must-have items to make your bath time or shower time extra special. I searched high and low in every department store, drugstore, and specialty shop for the best bath time and skincare products under $40. After testing out each product, I finally have compiled my favorites - in the perfect five step tub time experience.

Acure Brightening Facial Scrub, $14.99; CVS Essence of Beauty Sugar Scrub, $9.99; Merle Norman Pink Grapefruit Sugar Scrub, $22.50
Every bath should start with a great body scrub. Exfoliating your skin is so important. It fights against flaky skin and blemishes, and evens out your skin tone. It's so smart to start working an exfoliation step into your bath time. The Essence of Beauty brand at CVS is the perfect affordable body scrub. The scent is great and it leave your skin feeling silky smooth for a fraction of other brands' prices.

I also recommend the Pink Grapefruit sugar scrub from Merle Norman, if you are willing to pay a few more bucks. I live for zesty citrus scents, especially in the spring and summer time! It smells incredible and it feels even better. I honestly believe after using this scrub my skin was not only smoother but brighter and more even-toned.

It's important to also recognize that most body scrubs are to rough for our face. Acure, my favorite organic and green skincare line, has one of the best facial scrubs on the market. It's packed with natural ingredients like lemon peel and sea kelp to release impurities and gently exfoliate your face.

Kneipp Enjoy Life Body Wash, $15.50; CVS Essence of Beauty Body Wash, $9.99; CVS Nivea Touch of Happiness Body Wash, $6.49

Obviously no bath is the same without a great body wash. If you're looking for a very moisturizing wash, reach for Nivea. The price is amazing for the actual results from this drugstore wonder. One week with this and your skin will already start to feel softer. The Touch of Happiness scent truly makes you feel joyous and bubbly. It's so cheerful and sweet, with a hint of citrus zest.

Essence of Beauty knocks it out of the park with their minty eucalyptus wash. The wash is filled to the brim with super fruit extracts like pomegranate and acai, and it's completely all natural. This wash lathers so well. It definitely leaves you feeling clean and refreshed, and the scent keeps you feeling invigorated throughout the day.

If you haven't noticed my obsession with citrus scents... Kneipp's Enjoy Life Body Wash in Lemon. Thank you bath time gods. Not only is it the absolute perfect scent for spring and summer time, but citrus scents are actually known for improving your mood. Which is perfect for morning showers before work. And, Kneipp is just an all around incredible brand. I highly recommend any of their body washes. They feel fantastic, are super gentle, and work with natural ingredients and aromatherapy to not just enhance your body but you mind as well. Love it!

 ULTA Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Shampoo, $33.00; Barneys Kiehl's Olive Fruit Shampoo, $19; Hello Hair Hydrating Mask, $15.00

Everyone says that we aren't supposed to wash our hair daily, but this is only true for some people. Often people with a more oily scalp or someone who sweats often throughout the day (athlete, etc.) actually benefit from daily shampooing. Really, it's a personal preference. But, you should always be conscious of which shampoo you are using - whether it be daily or every other day.

It's a little pricey, but Paul Mitchell's Tea Tree Shampoo bottle is so large, it seems to last for months. Which is a good thing, because you will never want it to run out. I actually kind of stole this bottle from my ex... Ugh, that's another story for another time... But, it's slowly become my favorite shampoo. It smells fresh and minty, and it just cleans and strengthen my hair like no other shampoo. I never feel like it dries out my hair... which a lot of drugstore shampoos do.

Kiehl's Olive Fruit Shampoo is incredible! It's super moisturizing. I would only recommend regular use of it to someone with very dry or severally damaged hair. But, working it into your weekly bath time regimen once or twice will definitely help to keep your hair lush and healthy.

Also, consider working in some time in the tub for a hair mask, instead of just a basic conditioner, to keep your hair healthy, moisturized, thick and shiny. Hello Hair is all the rage right now! The Aussie hair mask is packed with six different oils to keep your hair in its most beauty state.

Kneipp Enjoy Life Bath Oil, $20.00; CVS Essence of Beauty Bath Soak, $9.99; Sabon Bath Balls, $5.50

Here's the best part. Now, take some time to just relax. Just soak in the tub and feel the moisture seep into your skin. Whether it be an oil, a salt, or an effervescent ball, make the most out your bath with some products that will really enhance your soak.

Essence of beauty has another incredible product to add to your must-have list, their Foaming Bath Soak. Very affordable and very relaxing. It's quickly become one of my favorite bath time products. It's gently and soothing. Perfect after a long day.

After trying the Kneipp Body Wash, I was pumped to try the same scent in a bath oil. It's such a sunny, happy scent! I loved it. It left my mood upbeat and my skin soft. Unfortunately, I wasn't too into the color it left my bath water... Sitting in warm, yellow liquid. All joking aside though, the coloring would never scare me away from buying it. It's a fantastic product!

Sabon's bath balls are just so fun! I love watching them bubble up in my tub like a witch's (gorgeous, floral, sweetly scented) caldron.

Merle Norman Pink Grapefruit Body Butter, $22.50; Paula's Choice Skin-Smoothing Body Treatment, $22.95; Sabon Body Butter, $18.00
Lastly, lock in the moisture from the bath by massaging your skin with creamy body butter. After drying off from the tub, you want to reach for a moisturizing cream right away. My current favorite is Merle Norman's Pink Grapefruit Body Butter. I think the first time I applied it my jaw dropped. It went on so creamy and smooth, like... well, like butter. Oh, I think I just got it. Body Butter. And of course the scent is just phenomenal.

Sabon's Body Butter is just as creamy, but it's far too moisturizing for everyday use. It's a great product, but I would only use it on situational basis when you have very dry or flaky skin.

Not necessarily a body butter, Paula's Choice Retinol Skin-Smoothing Body Lotion, is a great way to end a luxurious bath. It will help lock in moisture, and also smoothes and firms your skin because it stimulates collagen production.

So there you have it, all you need to for the perfect tub time! Sure you have a busy schedule and jumping in the shower is so much quicker. But, a time to relax in the bath is so important for our minds and bodies.

Love and Fashion,