Baseball Caps by Only NY


My fascination with baseball caps began when I was very young. I naturally have very spikey/straight hair and back in the day, my uncle Doh (yes that is his name, Doh, who is also Alyssa's dad) would give my cousin Trevor and I buzz cuts with a Flobee®. Nonetheless, I looked like a buddah because I was a rotund (plump) child. So in an attempt to flatten my spikey hair, I put on a hat. From then on, I wore hats all the time until I was eight or so.

Fast forward to present day and my fascination for hats has returned. I have been gathering hats for a few months now and my collection has grown. However, the only company that has me coming back for more is Only NY. I believe I mentioned them before but I thought that they deserved their own post.

Only NY has been making hats since 1997. Based in a remote location called Manhattan, New York, their company has quickly become one of my favourite brands. I usually don't like brands advertising themselves on their own clothing but when Only NY does it, it looks good. I currently have three pieces from their collections. Two hats and a comfortable sweater which is very slim fitting (size up). The only draw back is that I have not found a store that carries this brand in Canada but that doesn't stop me from buying their products.

If you are thinking about adding a hat to your life or want a new company to spend all of your money on, check these guys out! Click on the picture below to head to their website. The song is just there for those of you who pretend to be gangstas like me. Pce out.

Now This Is The Story All About How My Life Got Flipped, Turned Upside Down


Three months is a long time to stop blogging. I even suggested to Alyssa about continuing without me. She said I would come back eventually and told me it was alright that I haven't posted for a while. So here I am, trying to think of a way to explain myself.

For the past year or so, Alyssa and I took at least two or three outfit photos per week. In the beginning, it was fantastic. I had so many ideas for my outfits. Pairing these pants with that shirt and layering it with a sweater. It was a lot of fun. However, overtime, I ran out of ideas. Instead of enjoying the process of putting an outfit together, it became more of a struggle to find THE perfect match. I was no longer motivated to post on the blog because I no longer had any quality outfits, brands, or artists/bands to share. Even when I found a brand or artist I liked, I was not ready to come back. On top of that, I was trying to keep up with Alyssa's posting speed. She pumps out posts like a beast and I will never be able to match her intensity. It was a downward spiral. 

I just read that paragraph above and I know it seems ridiculous but yes that is why I stopped posting. Now to bring you guys up to speed, over the summer I have been working at the Government of Alberta as a summer student, I got into the faculty of business at the University of Alberta, I watched a couple of T.V. series (Game of Thrones, Suits, Breaking Bad) and I did not travel.  I also recently got a credit card (I know it's pretty late in the game) which I have been using to constantly waste my money shopping online. I have also compiled a list of brands/clothing stores just for the ordinary men who have been deprived of male companionship on this blog. I can't promise you guys anything but I will try to keep a steady flow of posts coming over the next few months. That's it for now. See you guys next year...


Tumblr Wednesday


So, a soccer incident has left me walking like a zombie and complaining at every movement my body has to make. In other words, outfit posts will be on hold from now on until I can straighten my right leg and stroll around like its no big deal. If my knee could just settle down and not look like an oversized mushroom... 

Also, I leave for Seattle this Saturday. Isn't that great? Now I can limp about Seattle instead of walking. Challenge accepted. 


adobe photoshop photo processing tutorial v2


I'm not sure if some of you have noticed or not, but my photo-editing routine has changed quite drastically for what I think is much better than what it used to be. Again, this routine is based on curves (most curves are from Julia Trotti of "I have something to tell you"'s weekly free curve friday feature which you should really check out at her blog here). Please note that I am no photoshop expert, so feel free to send me suggestions if you think this is too tedious (it is a bit, but it gets me the effect I want, y'know?). 

Also, I used a photo from my shoot with The Mondrian Shift mostly because they're awesome and I had way more fun taking/editing the photos than I ever have with my own. And I guess I should let you know that I use Adobe Photoshop CS5.

PS: I'm pretty gimped right now thanks to soccer and have very, very limited mobility. This means no outfit posts for a while! Sorry! 

1. I like to Auto Tone and Auto Color most of my photos unless they make the photo look icky.

2. Up the brightness of the photo. For this one, I increased the brightness to '40'

3. Find Hue/Saturation and increase the "Lightness" to 5. 

4. Make sure your Adjustments window is open. Download the following curves:
Open the menu on the top right-hand side of the Adjustments window and find "Load Curves Preset..." and load all the downloaded curves. 

5. Open the curves and set them at the following opacities.
alyssa lau - lighten at 40% to 60%
blue yellow field by julia trotti at 20%
ragdoll by julia trotti at 5% to 10%
lust howl by julia trotti at 10%
If the contrast is too harsh, increase "lightness" again by 5.

6. Pick the brush tool and set it to a dark army green with 0% hardness. Change the mode to "Soft Light" and the opacity to 20% to 30%. Color over the greenery. You can change the mode to "Hard Light" if you prefer darker tones. 

7. Using the same brush tool, now pick "white" and change the mode to "Saturation." Using an opacity of 20%, desaturate the greenery and whatever other parts of the background you want.

8. Click the half-black/half-white circle at the bottom of the layers window and select "Hue/Saturation". Check off the box that says "Colorize" and change the Hue to 30 and Saturation to 25. Now set this "Hue/Saturation" layer to 10% or less.

And voila, you're done!

The Mondrian Shift


Hey y'all, so I'm proud to say that I have a neat-o post today for the blogosphere. Meet The Mondrian Shift. Not only are members Sameena (vocals/guitar), Stephanie (piano/harmonies), Maren (viola/harmonies), Connor (bass guitar), and Murray (drums) a couple o' avid Zelda fans (my favourite kind of people) and walking balls of fun, they're also the bilingual (french/english) singers/song-writers behind the pop/rock band that is The Mondrian Shift. Yeah, that were probably too many slashes to make that sentence anywhere close to acceptable, so forgive me. But anyway, click here to visit their Facebook page and feel free to like them in support of their talent and hard work. 

Now, you're probably wondering why I'm telling you all this. Well, I had the pleasure of watching them play at the Blue Chair CafĂ© a couple of weeks ago, and I can say with full confidence that I'm definitely a fan. I've also had the honor of shooting and styling these ridiculously photogenic folks yesterday, and was so excited that I felt the need to show these photos asap.  So, as a first experience, I couldn't thank them enough for the opportunity.

From left to right, Connor, Steph, Maren, Sameena, Murray 
On Connor: his own clothes, T's bow tie 
On Steph: floral tee from f21, chiffon skirt from club couture, vintage heels 
On Maren: her own necklace and shoes, dress from bliss boutique
On Sameena: her own sandals, necklace from local jeweller, dress from loft 82, diy floral crown 
On Murray: Maren's bow tie, his own shoes, T's shirt and pants

Also, here's a little sneak peak of the band. Warning, the audio isn't as great as I would like, but that's what you get when you film with a DSLR. 

The Mondrian Shift from Alyssa Lau on Vimeo.