Xio’s deep, dark secret. Oooooo…

Xio’s deep, dark secret. Oooooo…

Hello.

Get in my closet!

My name is Xio and…

I am obsessed with Alexander McQueen. No, not the man, his fashion house. (Though he was a pretty incredible person and left us far too soon.)

Each season, I scour the web for what’s new from AMQ and I am never, ever disappointed. There are some signature pieces that I have filed away as “if I ever win the lottery.” Not that I would ever wear any of AMQ’s gorgeous creations – I’m a t-shirt and jeans kinda girl and wasn’t gifted with a svelt physique – but some of them really are works of wearable art. Heck, I’d buy one just to hang on the wall.

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Sexiness & the Lumbersexual Man

Sexiness & the Lumbersexual Man

Over the years I’ve learned something about myself—I prefer a good-looking man who’s a little scruffy rather than one who’s groomed to within an inch of existence. The media has tooled a new name for these rough-and-tumble guys: Lumbersexual. Look around you–in nearly every major North American or European city, you’ll find him. The rough-around-the-edges who looks like he’d much rather be hanging out at a cabin in the woods than sitting in a microbrewery bar. He looks like your dream lumberjack–sexy without even trying, casual, comfortable like your favourite flannel shirt. And ou know he cleans up well if needs be.

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Credit: Details Magazine

The Heir Apparent

Apparently, the heir apparent of Lumbersexual Men in Jake Gyllenhaal. He has a penchant for flannel shirts, jeans and workboots. He also looks good in a beard. And the beard is quite important for the Lumbersexual man–it can’t be too messy. It shouldn’t look like you expect to find a family of hibernating animals stuck in it. And there shouldn’t be any day-old food caught in those whiskers. Whenever Jake sports his Lumbersexual look, he looks clean…like fresh mountain air, like a spring water trickling over rocks… If you were lucky enough to hug him, he’d smell like balsam…or something equally outdoorsy and manly. He would not smell like he hadn’t bathed in weeks.

Tom Hardy is also another contender for the Lumbersexual Crown Prince. When he sports his beard and his pea coat, he looks like he could wrestle a bear and still not be too late to meet you for drinks at the Zetland Arms. This is very important–the Lumbersexual Guy would never leave you stranded at the pub.

Lumbersexual Essentials

Source: redwingheritage.com

Source: redwingheritage.comLumbersexual Essentials

If he’s mastered his beard, then we can focus on  your Lumbersexual guy’s attire. A plaid flannel work shirt or a Nordic sweater is always a good start. Lumbersexuals don’t like being cold. They like their jackets fleece…or PrimaLoft or some other functional material that looks smart and is smart. The North Face, Lands End, Timberland…Eastern Mountain Sports? No need for haute couture when your Lumbersexual hunk probably has everything he needs in his closet.  For shoes, classic, comfortable yet still stylish is always a safe bet. A pair of Red Wing Classic Mocs should do the trick. Spotted on Lumbersexuals in Stockholm and Copenhagen, these sturdy, studly boots work with jeans, corduroys and wool trousers.

Screen Shot 2015-02-22 at 22.32.32A good backpack is also essential. Ryan Gosling, another Lumbersexual god, is never far from his favourite backpack. Don’t make the mistake of letting it look too new. It should look worn-in, scuffed, scruffy–just like your guy. What should he have in his backpack? Some Lumbersexuals tote around their MacBook Air or a dog-eared copy of their favourite novel. Swedish Lumbersexuals seem to always have computers with them. A few of the American Lumbersexuals I’ve met have a penchant for Moleskine notebooks and nice pens. Not bad. I like a thinking man. A man who’s a bookworm. A man who likes to write down his thoughts.  My ideal Lumbersexual would always have a bottle of Canadian maple syrup in his backpack. That brunch place he recommended may only serve pancake syrup with artificially flavoured maple syrup. You never known when you might need maple syrup. But of course the ideal Lumbersexual would never take you to a place that didn’t serve proper maple syrup.

Lucky Me

As I write this, I realise I am already married to a Lumbersexual. He doesn’t like wearing suits. His hair is cut short and always a bit messy (just like I like it). And nearly everything in his wardrobe comes from an outdoor lifestyle shop. He likes hiking in the Swedish fells and owns more fleece jackets than one needs in a lifetime. All of his shoes are made of Gore-Tex (with the exception of one pair of leather dress shoes I made him buy to wear to a friend’s wedding). The only thing missing is the beard. His beard grows in too patchy, so he settles for razor-stubble and it looks good on him.

I hope this Lumbersexual fad lasts for a while. As much as I like David Beckham or Cristiano Ronaldo, they’re both a tad bit too polished, too waxed.  Give me the rough-and-tumble guy any day. He’s not afraid to get dirty…and he’s sexy as all get-out.

So tell me…who’s your favourite lumbersexual?

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Fashion Guru says what?

Fashion Guru says what?

Confession: when my name was drawn for this topic, I might have panicked a little bit.

I am not a fashion guru. Never have been. I’m more of a, what jeans am I wearing today and what t-shirt goes with them? kinda girl. If I’m feeling particularly dressy, I’ll throw on a polo or something of the like.  And my nice tennis shoes.

That was a joke. I only have one pair of tennis shoes.  I wear flip flops when I want to dress up (and only if it’s warm enough out).

As you might have guessed by now, I had no idea what to say today, however, there is something I thought I could talk about that might be helpful to people who, like my family, are on a pretty tight budget.

Bargains.

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gif – keepcalmomatic.co.uk

Growing up, I didn’t have to think about what I was going to wear to school because my school had uniforms (no comments from the peanut gallery). Easy peasy.  Because I have two girls who don’t wear uniforms to school, are very much into creating their own style, and still growing on the daily, it’s difficult sometimes to keep them clothed. But over the years, we’ve found ways to make them happy and spend less.

Here’s a few of those ways:

Clearance on aisle I need a bargain – <insert your favorite retail store here> We all love the clothes that Kohl’s has in the Richardson household, but they are pretty expensive in comparison to a lot of places.  When we shop there, we head straight for the 80% off racks (and 70%, and 60%). Clothes that were brand new to the market 6 months before can be purchased for less than $10 a lot of the time.  My oldest even looks for the bargain racks when she goes shopping on her own, with friends.  I’m so proud. *sniff*

***We also take advantage of the Kohl’s Cash incentives and big sales – sign up for their emails and you get pretty awesome coupons on top of all that, too.

platos-label-logoThe Plato’s Closet universe– I’m not sure if they are in every state, but they are in a lot of states throughout the U.S.  And my God, I love them.  You can take your older clothes that don’t fit anymore but are still in good shape, and get money for them. *cha-ching!* Then go spend ½ the price on things you’d get for so much more in a department store.  I’m sure there are similar places all over – Plato’s happens to be our favorite.  Google “

ShopDonateJobsGood Will Hunting – Both my girls love to go to the local thrift stores every so often, and spend their allowances or holiday / b’day money on tops and sometimes even shoes & accessories. We’ve found some pretty nice choices here. Especially for younger kids.  You just have to spend a little time and search them out.

 

In a world where kids go through clothes faster than you can say “how much did I pay for that?” – it’s worth it to save a few bucks here and there – hope you found some of these options helpful.

Where do you find your bargains?

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