Late Bloomer

tees coming this spring... 

tees coming this spring... 

The next project is one I'm very excited about. The concept of ThingsWentAwRy is really making the best of situations when they don't go how you planned. Life happens, and how you adapt and react dictates your position. I, personally, was always a late bloomer. I feel like it took me a little while longer to understand things and to find myself. While I had that extra time, I was exposed to a lot beautiful things and grew to be appreciative of the lessons and influences that molded me. Now, at my peak and in bloom, I know others can relate to that same story of delayed gratification and not feeling comfortable or confident with oneself. So this is for the late bloomers, the ones who took a little longer to get it, and the ones didn't get right the first or second time. This one is for the dreamers that think it's too late to start living out those dreams. It's never too late. It's your time now, and they have no choice but to smell the roses...

happy valentines day

 

much love, 

-Ry

that was 30...

I was out with a really good friend a few days before my birthday and she asked a simple question, "how was 30?" It took a minute to find the words to even begin to explain. 30 was tough. Not a bad year, not by any means, but it wasn't easy. It was supposed to be tough though. I always like to reflect after a birthday and since I was kinda stumped I figured I'd post about it. It was a rocky start to 30. Terrible news of a good friends death to a senseless shooting and I was dealing with cracks in a relationship I was very desperate to keep alive. I realized I was falling in love and heartbroken all at once. My job was stressing me out and I was really creatively and mentally stumped and drained. It was a perfect storm of situations that had me in an ugly funk. It was all kind of a blur. The thing that I'm most surprised about was that I didn't really complain. I didn't really do anything. I just kind of kept on going. I thought it was the right thing to do. I thought it was the tough and courageous thing to do. There is this invisible badge of toughness and strength attached to you when you soldier on regardless of how unhappy you are. You start to believe it'll lead to a learning experience and things will eventually turn around. LET ME BE CLEAR; It's not brave to continue on when you're not happy, it's wasteful and frankly it's FUCKING STUPID. I was on autopilot but I wasn't going anywhere. What's cruise control if you're going in circles? (NASCAR?) I think the thought of "30" really had me down too. It's that age where you're finally a real adult, no more f*cking around. Like "Life comes at you fast, 30". And here I am, on the steps of real adulthood, creatively blocked, frustrated with my "career", and my personal life is a beautiful mess. This went on for months. Fast forward to the summertime. I decided to cut out somethings so that I wouldn't distract myself. Focus on some more positive things. I got off instagram for about 5 months(just deleted the app again a few days ago) to clear a lot of the unnecessary info that was getting through. I got to a point to where I almost unfollowed everyone, but I decided that I was the problem and should just take a break until my POV changed. I'd check it occasionally from my iPad, like biweekly if even that much just to feel a little socially engaged. I remember the moment I kinda got my feet back under me, if even for a moment. I remember jumping on Pinterest as my substitute for instagram. I needed substance that required very little emotional attachment and content I could more easily control(because people post such bullshit). I was looking up fashion week pics in New York and I thought that would be dope to be in New York for FW. Then I was like no, it would be even more amazing to do it in Paris. Paris, I NEED TO GO TO PARIS. If I don't do anything right this year, I'm going to Paris. I was stalking travel apps and flight deal websites for any advantage I could find to get to this remarkable place that held some of the most beautiful sights on earth. A place that was heralded as the world's creative and fashion capitol(NYC and Milan clearly get consideration, but honestly). If my passion wasn't gonna be renewed after a trip I've been lusting for, then I was just out of ideas. The trip blew me away. Even in the midst of losing my grandmother, the trip kept me sane and proved to be the silver lining. As you've seen if you follow my blog a little, the trip was incredible. I owe a big part of my new thinking and newfound search for peace to it. It took all year to find that spark. ALL YEAR. The trip was in October, and I had been on autopilot to some extent for 6 months. It felt like everything was working against me. The peace I had was gone, and I truly underestimated its importance to my well being. I had 5 goals at that mid year mark...from October to December I got 4 of the 5. That fifth was a long shot, but I've learned to never give up on what you want and what you know is meant to be(I added it to my 2017 goals). I designed a logo and created product. Functional, well designed, well constructed product. I gave it away to friends and I got good reviews but I'm not satisfied. Being dissatisfied actually made me feel good; it made me feel something. I got a new job at a company I actually like and that I am willing to grow with, and I got a super dope apartment. The fourth quarter was amazing; CLUTCH, if you will. Maybe I caught some breaks and things worked out the way I prayed they would. Maybe I worked hard all year and put myself in a position to make it all work. Maybe life was revealing my character at the moment of truth. Probably a bit of all three.

So here I am at 31. I have a really new outlook on people and life. So I want to impart a few words of wisdom to whomever made it this far. We're all the heroes of our own story. We judge ourselves by our intentions and others on their actions. It's not only important to do what's best for you and your narrative but also the ones around you. Not only is the action important, but also the context. Not everything is justified, but when you have the ability to help someone see your point of view, it creates understanding; and that's how we grow together. That's all I want is to create, spread understanding, love, and good vibes, and  take in the rich textures of this amazing world. To inspire and be inspired. 30 showed me a glimpse of what I am capable of. Honestly, it was a little overwhelming. I know that great things lie ahead. I am working on a big project in California, designing a few new things for the spring(something comprehensive and vivid, a little different from the minimalistic logo) and making my way to Italy soon. Chapter 31 will be the best yet. The search for everything begins and I thank those who subscribe and support.

 

 

"i'm gonna get by when the going gets tough, i'm gonna love life til i'm done growing up. and when i go down, imma go down swinging, my eyes still smiling and my heart still singing"

 

 

keep dreaming, keep lovin'...

 

 

 

Much Love,

Ry

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so many things going on...can't wait to share

MiansaiWentAwRy

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"Look I know girls love Miansai..." A'la Drizzy Drake...being a quasi-emo I could recite and spin many a drake lyric that would fit this situation but I'll spare you. I was out in the city kicking it at my new favorite place, Ladybird, along the belt line and to my surprise (and delight)there was a Miansai Airstream. How convenient and dope. A leather Miansai bracelet has been on my list for a solid year, but due to random obligations it was pushed further and further down on the priories list. So then fate struck! By way of a Big retro aluminum slice of Americana.

Miansai apparently goes on the road every summer to get to the people (much like me) who may not have seen it much besides online or maybe not at all. The brand has been lauded as one if the better and more unique accessory lines in the past few years. They offer a brand of leather and woven bracelets for men and women which are tied around the wrist and instead of clasped its hooked by an anchor or an actual hook. I went for the black on black leather and hook combo which I am beyond thrilled with. The leather is awesome quality and the braceler gives a rugged but natural feel to any look you're going for. The leather bracelets are priced fairly for the quality in my opinion at $68. They can go as high as $235 for your all gold bracelets.

 

Miansai's... 

Miansai's... 

If you're in the market or have been eyeing the brand like I have check to see if they'll be near you this summer.  

www.miansai.com/airstreamtour/

 

-Ry

FashionRulesWentAwRy



It's holiday season, you got Christmas parties, thanksgiving functions, STK Magnum Mondays, and other young professional events you have to prepare for. It's the season for plaid, patterns, layering, wool, trenches and everything else. Don't get overwhelmed and put things together incorrectly; it happens. There are rules to fashion I see broken everyday so I decided to help the gentlemen out by offering some of the commonly broken rules to help you stylishly make it through the fall and winter in a small compendium of information.

Hems- It's cold out, go with no break and show a little sock or a slight break for the conservative tip. Leave the ankle cleavage for spring and summer. Obvious, but it's broken on the regular.
No Tie rules- When do you break out the Air Tie? You can whenever you like under a couple of conditions. Unless it's a formal event, make sure you have a stiff collar. A stiff collar and a three piece suit is a def win this fall. You also should never wear a tie if you are wearing a black dress shirt. Your tie is an accessory meant to accent your shirt and it should always be darker than your shirt.  You can also get away without wearing a tie if you're wearing an all over print shirt (button it to the top) for your less formal functions.
Tie rules- Your tie should match the width of your lapel...in other words, if you got a skinny tie, your lapel should be skinny. 
Patterns on Patterns? - Even the most fashionable get this wrong. Here's the golden rule on pattern on pattern crime; it's fine to mix but the bigger pattern should be work outside i.e. your blazer with a larger check pattern, tie with a medium pattern or all over (paisley), and a shirt with a subtle pinstripe or smaller check pattern. Be bold and don't overthink it, but just don't have varying pattern sizes.
What's too skinny? - Functionality and fit are really what fashion is all about. The only thing you need to know is that your jacket nor your pants should bunch. Everything should flow and fall naturally, drape over you without compromising a svelte silhouette, and you should be comfortable and be able to move. If you're constantly adjusting something you're probably uncomfortable and I hope you're not in a corporate setting.

*Bonus
Pocket Power- Keep a pocket square at all times...

I hope these rules are a help for you looking your best this fall....

 

Ry

dots over a subtle stripe and a grainy picture...smh

dots over a subtle stripe and a grainy picture...smh