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WHAT WE’RE WEARING TO FYF FEST

August 25, 2016

what to wear to FYF Fest in Los Angeles featuring Gitman Bros. Vintage and Double Rainbouu

a.k.a. another excuse for us to never wear pants. Pants are overrated. We’d rather be barely clothed. #barelyclothed4lyfe

Another week, another festival. AHHHH.

Here’s what we’re wearing to FYF Fest in Los Angeles this weekend, รก la tropical shirts from Gitman Vintage and Double Rainbouu.

On Chris: Shirt Double Rainbouu / Shorts (cut ourselves) Levi’s / Shoes Vans for Nordstrom

On Brock: Shirt Gitman Bros. Vintage / Shorts Topman / Socks Uniqlo / Shoes Vans for Nordstrom

ALSO, VERY IMPORTANT. Vans Old Skool sneakersย are having a huge moment right now. They’re all over Urban Outfitters and Nordstrom. Which brings to light the very fact that we’ve been wearing Old Skool sneakers obsessively for WEEKS now.

Here are some of our favorite Vans Old Skool sneakersย ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

Maybe we’ll see you at FYF Fest?!? PLEASE?! WE NEED FRIENDS.

<3 B+C

 

DISCOVERIES NEW YORK CITY PLACES

OUR LOWER EAST SIDE NEW YORK CITY GUIDE

August 24, 2016

Hotel Indigo Lower East Side

In partnership with Hotel Indigo.

ALSO SUBTITLED, HOW WE ATE OUR BODY WEIGHT IN BAGELS, PIZZA, AND MATCHA LEMONADES THROUGHOUT THE LOWER EAST SIDE.

In the span of 48 hours, we drank six Matcha Lemonades from Cha Cha Matcha, ate two pizzas at Pizza Beach, two burgers from The Fat Radish, four bagels from Russ & Daughters, and drank six cucumber and rose mezcal margaritas from Casa Mezcal.

WHICH, in the scheme of our everyday life, doesn’t seem like that much. We didn’t push ourselves hard enough. Slackers. SLACKERS. Continue Reading

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WHAT WE’RE WEARING TO OUTSIDE LANDS, HOW WE PAID, AND A GIVEAWAY

August 2, 2016

Outside Lands San Francisco

a.k.a. the world’s longest blog post title, YAY!

Alert the people of the world, EVERYONE, we’re heading to Outside Lands with PayPal (with a giveaway at the bottom of this post… AHHH).

It’s our first time attending Outside Lands this weekend. Commence disinterested “oh wow”s and “OMG, really?”s. It’s really not an interesting fact โ€” a ‘first time at any festival,’ even our grandmas go to festivals… โ€” just an easy way to proceed into talking about something WAY more exciting…

CLOTHES. CLOTHES. WHAT WE’RE WEARING. yes. CLOTHES.

For our looks, Brock went 70s and Chris went “I want to look like a surfer-bro-skater-bro-dude who’s lost in the 80s and loves his Woodstock Charlie Brown socks.” Exactly that.

The reason? To coordinate with PayPal‘s vintage arcade tent, aptly called The Arcade Powered by PayPal, and filled with classic and nostalgic arcade games like Pac-Man, Galaga, Pinball, Wack-A-Mole and even DDR.

(a.k.a. the perfect excuse for us to spend all of our moneys!). Make sure to stop by and use #paypalit on any social posts at the PayPal x Outside Lands experience, so we can check out your pics ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

BUT, back to the clothes.

Brock’s outfit reads: “Mismatching is cool, mismatching is fun, mismatching is EXHILARATING.” c/o PayPal, we shopped our favorite San Francisco men’s store online, Unionmade, and paired floral print pants (daisies!) with a peach and blue revere collar Beams plaid shirt. We finished the look with a pair of 70s reissued Converse (from MR PORTER) + signature round sunnies.

For Chris, we PayPal‘d it up all over the Interwebz, pairing a red bamboo print shirt from Stรผssy with a pair of 7″ inseam navy Baxter Shorts from Club Monaco and a pair of white Vans Old Skool Sneakers (from Urban Outfitters). OH, and those Woodstock Charlie Brown socks too ๐Ÿ˜›

 

We’re headed to Outside Lands and we hope we see you there ๐Ÿ™‚

<3 B+C

(PRO TIP: load your Outside Lands RFID bracelet from your PayPal account to go cashless and cardless throughout the festival. All food and drink vendors accept PayPal RFID payment, including Wine Lands and Cocktail Magic which are exclusively cashless)

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GIVEAWAY TIME: We’re giving away one (1) 3-day Outside Lands General Admissions pass to a lucky reader. AHHH.

The rules are as easy as pizza:

  1. Comment below by 9pm PST on Thursday, 8/4/2016, with your name, Instagram handle and your favorite type of pizza + arcade game.
  2. Comment on this Instagram photo of ours with three pink heart emojis ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’• to let us know you commented on this post.
  3. Eat four (4) hot dogs in 30 seconds.
  4. Kidding about #3!
  5. You’re done! If you left a comment that is. YAY!

How to win? We’ll choose one (1) winner by Friday, 8/5/2016, at 9am PST and will notify the winner via a comment back on this post and our Instagram. Hurray!

GIVEAWAY CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS, FELIX! (and yay for everyone loving pizza! The world is good).ย ย 

Disclaimer: Must be 18 or older to participate in giveaway. This is for one (1) 3-Day General Admission wristband to Outside Lands. Winner is responsible for own transportation and accommodations, so please participate only if you’re able to pick up your wristband in San Francisco on Friday, 8/5/2016. Winner will be selected randomly and notified by Friday, 8/5/2016.

In partnership with PayPal.

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DISCOVERIES LOOKS

BRAND TO KNOW: ALLBIRDS

August 1, 2016

Allbirds Shoes

Also subtitled COLLAB TO KNOW: AMPERSAND x ย ALLBIRDS, if we’re being specific, specifically, you know? So specific.

Considering that our closet is currently overflowing with shoes (read: we’re not complaining), shoes hold a special place in our hearts. Alas, hundreds of shoes OR NOT, you won’t find us wearing shoes we can’t rave about. WHY WEAR SHOES IF YOU ONLY JUST ‘LIKE’ THEM? Wasteful. WASTEFUL.

This is a brand to know:ย Allbirds.

Designed in San Francisco, created with one of the world’s great Italian textile mills, the brand has created an entirely new category of shoe (srsly, tho) made of merino wool (so comfy, SO comfy).

With a shape similar in vein to the more prolificย athleisure shoe brands of today, Allbirdsย excel in comfort and monochromatic design, far and above their competitors. Just take a look at their original designs (LOVE the Natural White Allbirds). We’re huge fans.

More than that, though, we’ve been gushing about their latest collab, including some of San Francisco’s iconic brands (Smitten, Craftsmen & Wolves, and Ampersand).

Our fave being: Ampersand x Allbirds.

One of our favorite flower shops in the city, teaming up with our latest shoe obsession, all to create a monochromatic grey sneaker (a.k.a. an homage to Karl the Fog) accented in teal (to match the iconic teal Ampersand door). YES. YESSSSS. As one of our best friends would say, 1,000% YESSSSSSS.

In the spirit of all previous Brand to Know posts, รก la the megaphone treatment, Allbirds is a brand we recommend keeping your eyes on ๐Ÿ˜‰

<3 B+C

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LOOKS SHOP SPONSORED

100% COTTON IS A LIFESTYLE CHOICE

July 29, 2016

Express Men

…in addition to other pivotal lifestyle choices such as pizza for breakfast and going on shopping sprees every day because “we deserve to.” All very important.

BUT, back to quality fabric โ€” albeit, NOT just 100% cotton.

When it comes to our style, we focus on fit and fabric. Our best friend Anna Wintour will cringe when she hears us say, we want our style to be defined as, “OMG, they look so comfy!” because, you know, we’re sure she believes pain is beauty… we’re best friends, so we’re pretty sure she’d think that.

NEVERTHELESS, we’ve spent the past two years alone, searching for quality, well-made basics (especially tees). TWO. YEARS.

Enter: Express’s One Eleven Men’s collection.

We’ve been avid Express customers through the years, specifically preferring their tees over other retailers, and so when Express reached out to us to partner up for the launch of their Summer 2016 One Eleven collection, we figured it was time to share our opinion:ย we prefer the quality of One Eleven basics (tees and henleys).

Here are our top favs from the collection:

 

The reason: the fabric.

Were we to provide equivalents in softness to Express’ย One Eleven tees + henleys, we’d come up with: kittens, puppies, the Snuggle bear, and freshly cleaned, 600-count Egyptian cotton sheets from the Ritz Carlton. SO SOFT. We rest our case.

For styling purposes with One Eleven tees โ€” like the double-knit raglan tee Brock’s wearing in this post โ€” we opt for a semi-tuck in either the front or the back, paired with light-wash jeans; makes a “basic” a little less basic… basically, you know?ย For One Eleven henleys โ€” like the color block henley Chris is wearing in this postโ€” no tuck needed ๐Ÿ˜›

OH, and one more thing: Express jeans ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

<3 B+C

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Chris: Henley Express / Jeans Express / Shoes Frank & Oak

Brock: Tee Express / Jeans Express / Shoes Vans

In partnership with Express.

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EATS SPONSORED

THE POSITIVE HEALTH BENEFITS OF CHEESECAKE

July 28, 2016

National Cheesecake Day

…or otherwise titled HOW TO JUSTIFY OUR ADDICTION TO THE CHEESECAKE FACTORY.

Commence justification.

Let it be known, a balanced diet consists of the 5 Essential Food Groups: pizza, chicken strips, ranch, french fries, and cheesecake. Throw in a menu item called Buffalo Blasts (chicken, cheese, and buffalo sauce all stuffed in a wonton wrapper and fried until crisp) and we’re officially living our best life.

But, back to our obsession.

We’ve been addicted to The Cheesecake Factory (separately, and then together when we met 5 years ago) for what seems like over a decade now.

The history of it all sounds like a modern romance:

Boys meet cheesecake. Boys eat cheesecake. Boys live happily ever after.

Consider us the next E.L. James, รก laย 50 Shades of Cheesecake, which actually sounds like a phenomenal cookbook, thank you very much. But, for the two of us, it’s even more personal given that we went on one of our first few dates together at The Cheesecake Factory in Union Square, San Francisco, in August 2011. Which brings us to this very EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT…

We’re taking over The Cheesecake Factory’s Instagram tomorrow, July 28th.

And just in time for NATIONAL CHEESECAKE DAY and the launch of their newest cheesecake,ย Chocolate Hazelnut Crunch Cheesecake Topped with Hazelnut Crunch and Nutellaยฎ (… the fact that there’s an entire day dedicated to cheesecake lovers of all kinds makes this an incredible world we live in).

If you follow us on Snapchat, you’ll have seen that we had the entire Cheesecake Factory all to ourselves on Monday โ€” a.k.a. heaven truly is a place on Earth. We ran around the restaurant, eating our body weights in pizza, orange chicken and cheesecake, all in preparation for tomorrow…

And so, if you love us,ย because we love you, follow our takeover tomorrow on The Cheesecake Factory’s Instagram ๐Ÿ™‚

Share your National Cheesecake Day experience 7/29-7/30 on Instagram using #CheesecakeContest and follow @cheesecakefactory to be entered to win something sweet!

<3 B+C

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This post was produced in partnership with The Cheesecake Factory.

Official rules for the #CheesecakeContest apply and can be found here. No purchase necessary. 50 USA/DC, 18+. Contest period: 12:01 a.m. PST 7/29/2016 to 11:59 p.m. PST 7/30/16.

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