Fall

Fall into It

It’s been a long time…shouldn’t have left you…without some dope material to dress to! Sorry for my absence, folks. Still trying to transition into native status in this foreign land of blogging. Nevertheless, I am here to inspire your closet and make sure that you, my good sir, are equipped with tips that will let distant admirers know this is not your first time at the fall rodeo.

Fall is personally my favorite season. Hot cups of apple cider, scarves, and layering just aren’t as enjoyable during the month of July here in the great state of Texas. It’s something amazing to watch the array of colors cascade over the landscape as the cooler weather sweeps through. So now that it is here, I shall maximize the time we have together before the warmer months creep on us, bleh.

For those who don’t know, I do visual marketing for a high-end retailer. Mannequin presentations, window displays, props and more. Nothing like going to work, creating amazing displays with a full arsenal of clothing and accessories at your fingertips, then to go home and realize what you really have to work with in your inventory.  However, I get great inspiration from my job that forces me to be fashionably artistic when attacking my own closet. Mixing and matching patterns that may not be your first choice to pair or colors combos that might have made your forehead wrinkle initially, might be the best selection to help you transition from the guy in the corner, to the man with the plan. Like Drake stated, girls love Beyonce, but they like a well-dressed man even better.

There are many fall 2013 trends that are getting much attention this year. Corduroy, tweed, novelty sport coats, denim shirts/jackets, camouflage, flannel shirts, plaid suits, and graphic sweaters are just a few of the seasonal favorites. I’ve learned that it’s not about just being dressed, but how you style it. It’s all in the details. The way you cuff those pants, roll the sleeves, and how you accessorize with arm candy, hats/beanies, etc. can turn a nice outfit into a social media hit.

So don’t be afraid to try something new this season. Don’t miss the magic carpet ride of  hat may appear to be a whole new world. My intentions are to inspire you to look your best and in turn you will feel your best. For you to understand that the clothes don’t make the man, but they can and will turn heads. The Fall Games are upon us, may fashion forever be in your favor.

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Banana Republic sweater and tapered slacks, with white shirt, red tie, Levi’s denim jacket, and Magnani monk strap shoes to finish off a crisp, clean look.

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One of my personal favorites, the varsity jacket. Along with H&M corduroys, Old Navy chambray shirt, bowtie for an added touch, and New Balance shoes for the adult “sneakerheads.”

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Here’s a simple outfit where the details speak volume. Docker’s camel blazer, Gap jeans, Whiskey boots, pocket square bye Rye 51, and arm candy from Aldo.

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Be afraid not of color! Yellow blazer from Zara paired with maroon t-shirt, denim jeans, Express socks, zebra print pocket square, and Cole Haan shoes.

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Check out other great fall looks!

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This is the first year I’m stepping outside of the realm of Old Navy t-shirts and cargo shorts during the Spring and Summer duration. Living in the Texas heat, there was absolutely no motivation to tap into the snazzy gentlemen that remained dormant until recent years. Now, the Christopher Columbus has awakened in me and is prepared to explore new trends of the fashion world.
The few…the proud…the brave…or at least those daring enough to attempt denim on denim. The key to making your denim on denim experience a success is to mix fabrics and colors. As pictured below, I wore a chambray shirt and dark denim fitted jeans to add some contrast. Things get even more exciting when you grab hold of colored denim. If you’re lucky enough to have a shirt with pockets, don’t forget your pocket square!
Who said scarves were only for winter? During spring, accessory scarves can add some pop to any ordinary outfit. Throw on some nice shades with your ensemble and you might forget what the balance in your bank account actually is.
Stay tuned for more of the J-Squared Summer Fashion Chronicles!
Photo credit: J. McKeel Photography Instagram: @jmckeelphoto
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Mother’s Day

As a child, you never think of the center of your world as nonexistent or suddenly vanishing. All you think about are celebrating the holidays, birthdays, and Mother’s Days with your #1 lady. When I was eight years old, my warrior lost her battle with the breast cancer disease.

At a young age you don’t understand why she loses so much weight rapidly. You laugh when you rub her bald head not comprehending that this disease is causing her hair to fall out but you are amazed at her plethora of hairstyles (wigs). You enjoy all the extra company coming to visit not realizing they are coming to see her because the odds of her making it aren’t looking too good.

15 years later, I honor my mother’s legacy with these photographs. I carry a piece of her with me as I am a piece of her. Many birthdays, holiday seasons, and Mother’s Days have passed without my angel on earth, but I cherish the time we had to together. I pray that the time is coming for an end to this disease. More birthdays, holidays, and Mother’s Days should be celebrated with the ones we love.

I encourage and lift up those who have lost loved ones to breast cancer. Everyday won’t be an easy one, but someone out there needs to hear your story, and know whose legacy you carry.

-Jerrod

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Bishop Arts District, May

The Beginning: Bishop Arts District

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Decisions…Decisions. The choices we make that sculpt our tomorrow and chisel our lives to form how things may be ten years from now. I’ve always been a dreamer; not one to dwell inside the box, but use the box as my platform to see further and reach higher.

However, I let the doubts of others and the negative ‘what ifs’ poison certain aspirations that once thrived. I probably should have been in California or New York at an acting school cultivating my acting talents to join the legacy created by the greats in the film industry. But life doesn’t always go according to plan, huh? Unfortunately, I was told to choose a career path more practical, whatever that means.

I went to school to pursue my interest, which was criminal justice. Those years of learning about life, people, and most importantly myself were the best four years of my life. After graduation the job hunt was at full throttle.

After a few months of expressing my frustration to a close friend about not finding that dream job after college that so very few achieve, she asked a question that changed my life. “What would you do for free? What’s your passion?” That question rang in my head for weeks. I’ve always believed the theory that when you look good you feel better… so the answer was a no-brainer, I would work in the fashion world.

I made the decision to stray away from the four years of teachings and internships to follow a dream, a new beginning to an unwritten chapter. The rest is history. Fast forwarding to the present, now, here lies before us my fashion blog. This is window for me to branch out and express my creativity through fashion, to inspire others, and release the power of the pocket square. Ladies and gentlemen, without further ado, I present to you J-Squared.

Photo credit: J. McKeel Photography Instagram: @jmckeelphoto

Special thanks to Oak Cliff Bicycle Company.

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