Category Archives: WEAR + STYLE

Chic Cruelty Free, Vegan Laptop Bags

March 15, 2018

OH YES! I just dumped my crappy Amazon-ordered laptop case and replaced it with this gorgeous, vegan beauty by SIGHT. ($88)

Other amazing benefits:

Sight uses high quality PU vegan leather

Sight is a cruelty-free brand

Water-resistant

Light-weighted

Free Shipping + Easy Returns 

A little back-story:

CEO Ellie, the always-on-the-road business traveler, found herself on numerous similar occasions: whether in coffee shop trying to reach her wallet in her handbag to pay for her coffee while placing her laptop bag on the counter awkwardly, or at airport having her arm squeezing the laptop bag tightly against her body while try to find the boarding pass in front of a line of antsy crowds. She decided something needs to be changed. Having two bags is simply redundant.

When she was doing research for solutions, she found that most of the fashion designers focus on aesthetics, but are not really thinking about a modern woman’s lifestyle. It seems that no designers are truly interested in design for those who are on the go. Ellie wants to design truly functional handbags for women like her – who not only want to look good but are also professionals with jobs. 

All of sight’s laptop bags are a refined result of delicate detailing for months, careful creation and marvelous craftsmanship by skilled artisans. Every handbag is designed with style, functionality, and comfort in mind. With artisans’ expertise and hard work, the handbags achieve the perfect look and designer quality.

The Gentleman’s List: Daddy Daycare

February 21, 2018

To all the dapper daddies out there, this one’s for you! Groomed LA has chosen the best kept secrets to help make parenting easier with these two brands for every all American dream couple that loves to travel. Take a look and let us know what you think in the comment section. 

Petunia Pickle Bottom :

Petunia Pickle Bottom backpacks are great for every age! The chic line of backpacks merges luxury with comfort and is versatile for both mommy and daddy! From diaper bags to luxury-travel bags Petunia Pickle Bottom creates pieces that are timeless and perfect for every stage. 

Petunia ranges from $12 – $210

MOBY Wrap

The cool way to carry your child, up close and personal. With organic fabrics and styles for the Daddy or the Mommy to wear! MOBY focuses on creating products that encourage bonding over special moments all while having your child being Close Enough to Kiss™.

Moby retails for $59

IG: MOBY & Petunia Pickle Bottom

#petuniapicklebottom
#closeenoughtokiss

xx Jonathan Stinson

Transform Your Running Shoes Into All Weather Terrain Beasts

January 23, 2018

I meant to have this ready for Sundance!! Because this will save you a TON on expensive boots which you will need because it’s ICY AND COLD AND WET AND SLIPPERY!!! Oh well, we are already almost done with my fave film fest. 

Still…Hillsound Equipment’s FreeSteps6 is a cool, affordable and easy on -easy off lightweight traction device to keep your fitness routine rolling no matter what winter weather brings in.

The FreeSteps6 are great for travel, so if you’re going camping, they are totally compact,  and won’t take up hardly any room in your luggage. FreeSteps6 slipped onto your shoes,  keeps you  running or walking all year round in muddy, snowy, or icy conditions.

And now that I fancy myself an outdoorsy bad ass (goes camping once), these make me feel really cool, when it’s freaking cold.   

WHAT:

From icy city pavements to slick backcountry trails, the newly redesigned FreeSteps6 offers durable, ultra-light traction performance to those looking for a simple anti-slip aid during icy/snowy winter days or spring time hiking. Utilizing high-quality stainless steel chains and spikes, the FreeSteps6 gets you outside whether you are going for a run on icy streets, hitting the trails, or just walking the dog.

Price: $39.99

Features:

  • 21 stainless steel spikes grip ice and packed snow
  • Rubber harness fits most footwear
  • Easy to quickly slip on and off footwear
  • Lightweight and packable

Tech Specs:

  • Spike material: Stainless steel
  • Spike length: ¼”
  • Number of spikes: 21
  • Harness material: Elastomer
  • Weight (pair): 12.17 oz | 345g (M)

Recommended for:

  • Fly fishing
  • Trail running
  • Winter walking
  • Ice fishing

Jonathan Stinson’s Ultimate Men’s Holiday Gift Guide For 2017

December 18, 2017

   

‘Tis the season for gifting your loved ones yet also stressing over the infamous old discussion of what they need, want or might already have. Groomed LA has got you covered with some ideas that most men don’t even know they need but definitely do. Groomed LA strives to instill diversity and find a common ground between the traditionalists and the diligently dapper.

Take a scroll through our Men’s Holiday Gift Guide and hopefully you’ll discover something you’ve overlooked while frantically strolling the aisles of your favorite stores. Kidding. Do people actually shop in stores anymore? Either way, here is the easiest way to get last minute gifts for the man who has everything. 

KREWE New Orleans Eyewear

KREWE was founded on the philosophy of doing something unexpected from a place no one would expect. Using the spirit and soul of New Orleans as a source of inspiration, their frames are purposefully designed to embrace individuality, allowing you to “do you” with us. Their main priority is to make sure you have eyewear that can keep up with your everyday lifestyle. From their New Orleans-based customer service team (yes, real people!) to their lifetime warranty and free shipping/returns, they are in this for the long haul.

MARC JACOBS Gotham Leather Card Case

This gorgeous MJ leather card case is slim and sleek and a card case to fit everything from your ID to credit cards and a few bills. This is one of the chicest card holders I have seen in awhile. Groomed LA approved item. 

ORIBE Straight Away Smoothing Blowout Cream

Come on guys, we all know you use a blow dryer in the morning before work. However, if you really want the effortlessly chic blowout then you must try this cream by ORIBE. Also, Oribe is one of my favorite hair products for men. This powerful perfecting cream protects against heat and humidity for super sleek strands that still have body and movement. Blowouts become quicker, more manageable and alluringly enduring.

LUMEE Case in Black

Ok guys I know what you are thinking – Kardashian. However, I had the opportunity to try out this durable case on my iPhone 7 (still don’t have the X) and I use the light as a flashlight and also it works way better than a flash when taking photos or selfies while in a dark restaurant or club. With this modern day social media takeover, this product is a must before you ever decide to send a selfie to a significant other on snap chat or posting on instagram for thousands to see. 

YEEZY BOOST 350 V2 x Adidas 

Kanye West dropped another pair of Yeezys on December 16th and they sold out in less than a few hours. These hip shoes are definitely a must have but extremely difficult to get your hands on. However, if you find it worth it, there are a few online retailers that you can buy them but most are overpriced. 

AVIATE Hats

“Play Hard, Travel Often” is best said by Aviate Communications Director Randall Porter. For millions of travelers, the three-letter airport codes assigned to major cities instantly evoke the memories of journeys past, the anticipation of adventure ahead, or the satisfaction of heading home once business is done. Aviate is built on that idea of community. I recently ordered the MSY for New Orleans and LGA for New York City. Some days you are feeling the need to travel but for those that can’t, toss on your Aviate hat and use it as inspiration for your next trip around the globe. 

Saint Laurent Suede Chelsea Boot

The classic Saint Laurent Chelsea bootie is one of my favorite shoes on the planet. They go with anything and are the perfect gift for any world gentlemen. The boots have elastic panels and stacked heels to give a lift. The Wyatt 30 Chelsea Boot in light tobacco suede is pricey but worth every penny. 

UGG Men’s Slippers

In 1978, a young Australian surfer founded the UGG brand on the shores of Southern California. His Aussie roots forged a strong love for sheepskin and he was convinced the world would one day share this love. In 2000, Oprah emphatically declared UGG one of her “Favorite Things” and we gifted 350 pairs of boots to her studio audience. We all know, if Oprah says its cool, you buy it! Haha The men’s UGG slippers are something I never take off when in my house and I have had them for at least six months and they still feel like I bought them yesterday. I promise any man who loves to lounge on the weekends in a robe will definitely feel like a king in these slippers. 

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

We all have a little more down time over the holidays so I recommend this book to ease your time or maybe decrease your family stress. Donna Tartt, winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for her most recent novel, The Goldfinch, established herself as a major talent with The Secret History, which has become a contemporary classic. Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality their lives are changed profoundly and forever, and they discover how hard it can be to truly live and how easy it is to kill.

Ultrasonic Diffuser and Essential Oils by NOW Foods

With the daily stresses in our modern society, this product helps ease the mood and allows you to focus in a clean and comfortable space while you work or even meditate. You will feel like you are at the spa relaxing while you are at your desk in your office. However it won’t make you lazy, I have noticed (depending on the oil) I am more focused than before. NOW® Solutions Ultrasonic USB Oil Diffuser unites aromatherapy with modern scientific innovation to create a diffuser that plugs into your laptop with a USB cable. This mobile diffuser is BPA-free and diffuses essential oils for up to 4 hours. It utilizes high-frequency ultrasonic electrical vibrations to create an ultra-fine mist. This diffusion method doesn’t utilize heat, which maintains essential oil integrity and holistic properties every time you use it. 

XX Jonathan Stinson

ECHO PARK CRAFT FAIR HAS ALL YOUR GIFTING NEEDS COVERED

December 1, 2017

 

 

Echo Park Craft Fair

Mack Sennett Studios

1215 Bates Ave., Los Angeles, CA

Dec. 9th & 10th @ 10:00am – 6:00pm

EPCF VIP Preview – Friday, December 8th @ 6:00pm – 9:00pm

And, cocktails by GEM&BOLT * bites by Lori * music by DJ Pinchy Don!

Also raising money for INNER CITY ARTS this year!

 

The 2017 Echo Park Craft Fair holiday event expertly curates a new wave of local artisans alongside top international design brands.  

New Artists this season include: Baserange, Brother Vellies, Caroline Z Hurley, Jenni Kayne Home, Kissweh, Lucy Michel, Morrow Soft Goods, Rudy Jude

 The Echo Park Craft Fair, a bi-annual, two-day art and design event, makes its anticipated 2017 holiday appearance December 9 & 10 at Mack Sennett Studios (1215 Bates Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029). Founded by designer and stylists: Rachel Craven and Beatrice Valenzuela in 2009, the Echo Park Craft Fair has become a pioneering showcase for the thriving Makers Movement. Showcasing a meticulous curation of work that spans all categories, this incredible gathering features everything from ceramics to jewelry, handcrafted beauty products to clothing design, woodworking to textile art.

Founded at the cusp of what is now a global trend toward the support of the handmade and locally sourced, The Echo Park Craft Fair has evolved, over nearly a decade, from a backyard pop-up to a vast community event. Drawing influencers and tastemakers, as well as national and international retail buyers, magazine editors and stylists – the Fair has become a valued resource for showcasing products, igniting ideas and fueling creative inspiration.

Both Valenzuela and co-founder Rachel Craven are successful designers with established namesake lines. Together, they have spearheaded and nurtured what has become both an evolving e-commerce business and a one-of-a-kind communal gathering. “As the Fair grows it’s important to remember what it’s all about – we’re women and artists who are supporting each other, validating each other’s vision, laughing, creating and struggling together. No matter where it all goes, how much it grows – it has to remain about that sense of community and fostering a greater sense of beauty in the world.”

 

It is exactly this sense of inclusiveness, plus a relentless eye for quality and detail that sets the Echo Park Craft Fair apart from other markets of its kind. This is an event not merely showcasing and celebrating artists – it’s curated and founded by artists as well. Expanding far beyond from its beginnings as an intimate backyard gathering, The Echo Park Craft Fair now occupies the entirety of the legendary Mack Sennett Studios in Los Angeles, spreading across two massive soundstages and occupying an entire block just outside the historic venue. It features not only the best artists working in beauty, crafts and design, but also includes delicious, artisan food and drinks from diverse local vendors, including: Moon Juice, Canyon Coffee, Leaves and Flowers, Alejandra’s Quesadillas, SOO N Food, Gorumando, Lori, Morning Glory Confections, Solstice Canyon, Sun Potion, and Todo Verde, Yo Tambien, and  Zenbunni Chocolate. The holiday event will also feature a specialty cocktail bar hosted by Pharmacie.

Hosting thousands of guests over the course of the weekend, the Fair draws style-icons, celebrities and trendsetters – a creative-minded, discerning crowd who cull inspiration from both the vendors and vibrant communal atmosphere.

Website: www.echoparkcraftfair.com

Instagram: @echoparkcraftfair

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/echoparkcraftfair/

YouTube: https://youtu.be/6YXiHCJgIm8

Mack Sennett Studios

1215 Bates Ave

Los Angeles, California 90029

Saturday, 12/9 –  10am – 6pm

Sunday, 12/10 –  10am – 5pm

Entrance Fee $10.00

2 Day Ticket – $16.00
Tickets Available:  HERE