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Blogger Drama & The Importance of remaining True to Yourself by Didier Young

As I sat down to write this blog post, it dawned on me that my blog is almost at its two year anniversary. I still feel immensely blessed to be able to call this my full time job and it truly wouldn’t have been possible without all of you. What started off as a platform for me to review new food places and openings in Toronto slowly transitioned into a lifestyle blog and a place where I could share my thoughts and feelings. I remember the first time I decided to publish a personal blog post and I felt so anxious about how it would be received and you guys were so supportive through it all. However, when it came down to somewhat polarized subjects, I obviously garnered a few nods of disapproval.

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Clarity by Didier Young

I was sitting in front of my laptop yesterday trying to figure out the topic of this week’s blog post. It has been a busy couple of weeks and I haven't had much time to sit down and ponder upon the next article that I wished to write. Even though so much had happened, I simply felt mentally drained but I still felt the pressure to post something today. I felt the need to post weekly on the blog to remain relevant and to keep producing content which in turn started making me feel anxious. So yesterday afternoon I decided to take a step back.

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A Recap of 2017: Freelancing, Heartbreak, Betrayal and Love by Didier Young

It has been a week since the countdowns have restarted and that we are slowly easing into a brand new year. Heads are slowly blurring out from the food and alcohol induced comas and most of us have already set up the goals that we wish to achieve in 2018. However, one cannot move forward without putting the past to rest and as such, I would like to summarize 2017 briefly.

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Festive Outfit and Holiday Wishes by Didier Young

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope that everybody has been nice all year long and ended up getting the presents that they wanted. Now that this portion of the holiday season is over, we are finally in the finish line towards the new year. Just hold on everyone. You. Can. Do. It. While most of you are now on your Christmas break, as an freelancer my workload isn't quite fully done yet and my days are still somewhat busy. As such, I find myself requiring an outfit that will translate well from day to night and that is end-of-year party appropriate.

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How to Maintain your White Shirts in the Summer by Didier Young

After an interesting Spring season in Toronto that has earned the city the nickname ToRAINto (at least in my books), I will admit that I am looking forward to the hot days ahead. Summer obviously has a lot of pros: drinking sangrias on patios, laying down in the park with a brand new book, cold brew coffee and most of all ice-cream. However, when you’re a guy, summer also means dumbing down your daily outfits to a max of two clothing pieces. While girls have the option of beautiful floral dresses and cute rompers, the selection for men is a bit lacking especially if you’re used to only wearing solid colours. As such, I have found that season after season, I tend to go back to the same staple look during the hot months: a white t-shirt and shorts. 

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Comme Des Garçons by Didier Young

I remember there was a time when I would be awaiting fashion week eagerly, hoping to see a fresh new take on the classics from the designers worldwide. Unfortunately, it seems that season after season, the general level of creativity going into fashion design has diminished greatly and we are now left with a certain fashion ennui. Of course, I am not referring to the J.Crew and Club Monaco of this world but rather to bigger fashion houses that created revolutions of their own. 

 

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J.Crew X New Balance by Didier Young

Espresso. Americano. Cappuccino. Mocha. If you were to ask a stranger about any of those four words, they will usually know that you are referring to a form of coffee beverage. Things start to get a bit hazier when asked about affogato, bicerin or cortado. However, there has been a prominent rise in the popularity of cortado recently, due in big part of Patrick Janelle from @aguynamedpatrick and his famous #dailycortado, which triggered the inspiration for a J.Crew X New Balance shoe collaboration.

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A Change of Scent: Transitional perfumes from Parisian Brand Le Labo by Didier Young

I once had a friend who told me that when it comes to investing in key pieces in your wardrobe, you should always start with a wallet and shoes because those would be the first two things that people will judge you on. However there is one thing that is even more important to invest on: fragrance. While a lot of people downplay the power of fragrances, it is usually the first and last thing that they will notice about you when you are in their presence. No matter if you are carrying a Louis Vuitton wallet and wearing a pair of Ferragamo shoes, if you stink then the illusion is broken. 

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Blogger life by Didier Young

June 2016. I packed my bags and left for Scandinavia. After nine days in Stockholm and Copenhagen, I had an epiphany, a revelation of shorts. I realized that I was not happy doing what I was doing and that I needed a change. Thus began my career as a full time blogger. Was it everything I thought it would be? Above and beyond. Was it as much of a breeze as everyone thinks it is? Absolutely not.

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City of Stars by Didier Young

City of Stars, Are you shining just for me? Those few words, lyrics to La La Land’s City of Stars, have been stuck in my head ever since I saw the movie last week.  After winning a record breaking seven Golden Globes this year, the movie is a front running to amass even more gold at the 89th Academy Awards to be held on February 26th. The movie has been a critical and commercial success so far and has been applauded for its revival of the old Hollywood musical genre. It is a story of passion, love and the love for the things you are passionate about. La La Land is a movie about dreamers, made for dreamers, in a time of uncertainty in the world. It is a reflection of what we hold dearest to us and the sacrifices we incur when we strive to reach for our dreams. More than anything, It is a piece that seems airy on the outside but acts as a reflection piece on our own lives.

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Kimono by Didier Young

Since 1971, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has thrown an annual fundraising Gala to finance its Costume Institute for the year and to signify the launch of a new exhibit at the museum. Each new exhibit has traditionally opened on the first Monday in May since 2001 but the show did not receive much global recognition until 2011’s Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty which honoured the deceased designer and broke attendance records. Since then, the Met exhibits have been under the scrutiny of the World, with each new show highly influencing brands and designers globally. 2015’s China: Through the Looking Glass became a glass shattering success which in turn created a huge revival of asian influences in fashion.

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Overcoat by Didier Young

December is upon us and that marks one thing: winter is here. The frozen season can be a source of many joys including hot chocolates for children of every age, mulled wine for children above the legal drinking age, sleigh rides in the snow and lots of shopping for the ones we love. Winter is also the harbinger of something else. It is the vehicle for snow storms and sub zero temperatures in Canada. While it might be lovely to look outside your winter while you’re cozying up next to your fire place, stepping outside is a whole other story. Thankfully, the market abounds of nice coats to keep us warm.

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Aubergine by Didier Young

Roses are red, my favourite colour is blue. Purple is an intermediate between the two. The colour purple may refer to multiple things: It could be a reference to a movie featuring Whoopie Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey, a symbol of royalty or in today’s case, it could simply be the colour of my whole outfit. The specific shade we are looking at is aubergine, a fancy word of eggplant or simply how you say it in french. 

 

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Indochino by Didier Young

Few things fit perfectly when you purchase them off the rack. Tee shirts are often too baggy or too tight, jeans are too constrictive or completely annihilate the numerous (or very few) hours you spent squatting at the gym. From time to time, you will find a piece that fits you like a glove. In Poop Brown. While most of us manage to manoeuvre around the issue and somehow find ways to make it work, some pieces in a man’s closet simply cannot be worn ill fittingly, namely a proper suit. That’s where companies like Indochino come into play.

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Fall Beach Look by Didier Young

Ever since moving to Toronto in 2009, I have been subjected to some irregular weather patterns. While it usually gets scorching hot around August/ September and gets the coldest in February/ March, the months in between can be somewhat erratic. However, it is common consensus that in November, all the trees burn crimson and the temperature gets close to zero degrees celsius. Imagine my surprise when my weather app indicated 12 degrees this past weekend. Instead of complaining about it, I decided to make a small trip to the beach before the beginning of winter.

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Transitional weather by Didier Young

Transitional weather. Two words that I dread more than the singular word “winter”. Why? While it is easy enough for me to throw on a parka in winter and know that I am set for the day, the transitional seasons are finicky and absolutely unpredictable. While each of the four main seasons come with well-known climactic characteristics, the seasons in-between tend to be a blend of unpredictability.

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Pattern by Didier Young

One may say that I choose my outfits just like I choose my words: simple, straight to the point and without much flourish. As such, people have grown accustomed to seeing me dressed in head to toe monochrome but sometimes, I like to throw a curveball and include a splash of colour or pattern. In today’s case, it is a little bit of both.

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White Shirt by Didier Young

A man’s wardrobe traditionally contains a few staples: good denims, leather jackets, white tee shirts and converse shoes. One of the biggest sartorial pieces remains the white shirt. This versatile piece has the ability to adapt to every genre of style: in white linen with khaki pants, slim cut with tuxedo pants or in Egyptian cotton paired with jeans. The white shirt blends and acts as a canvas for the emotion you wish to portray and is often taken for granted given its ability to be the background to showcase other, more interesting statement pieces. 

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