House of Hatters

       Growing up I always saw my dad wearing hats, he was my very own Indiana Jones. Being the biggest Indy fan I am, I always stole his hats when playing dress up. Twenty years later playing dress up is still my favorite thing, and well when playing dress up I get to wear Indy’s hats- that’s just a plus. Ever since I saw pictures of the eclectic art installations up at Salvation Mountain I had dreamt of taking fun pictures there. This past weekend my sister and I decided we needed a road trip- a little R&R, TLC- we just needed a destination and soon enough Salvation Mountain was on the GPS and Queen Bee was blaring on the car speakers. Just thinking about my outfits was enough to give me a natural high, but my most treasured acquisitions were my new House of Hatters hats. Nicolas, my precious new black hat baby, what on earth can I say that you can’t already see? I wanted a fresh perspective on men’s athleisure, ergo my black tracksuit brought to a new level with Nicolas’ classic yet modern style.  

Then I present to the world Hugo, oh Hugo what funky combination you are for a hat. Notice the turquoise stone paired with the brown leather and feather. I never thought I would be wearing a stone on my head- on my neck yes, on my hands hell yes, but I have to give it up to House of Hatters for making the impossible possible. Yes, Hugo effortless style in a beige color will quickly become your go to as you leave the house.

Oh Leo, come back- we both fit in this door. Leonardo, just like Leo DiCaprio, a classic yet yummy surprise. This navy and seemingly conservative hat is anything but that. Take note of the darling “muñequita” (mexican doll, for all those out there who are not familiar with the term), I named her Rose, or Rosa in keeping with the hat’s theme. I like to think that these two love birds will never sink out of style.

Talking about Rosa, the spanish word for pink, it brings me to my personal new love Isabella. Isabella is feminine yet outrageously out there with its natural white striped pheasant feather. Yes, I have no shame in admitting that I do look Pretty in Pink. It’s odd to acknowledge a time in my life when I thought being boy prohibited me from wearing pink, but did you know that when I was a toddler and had to pick out construction paper I would always choose pink- you could say, it was written since the beginning and my love affair with Isabella has been years in the making. Yes, Isabella my love, I wear pink now every chance I get. I didn’t choose the pink life, it chose me.

After all that exploring at Salvation Mountain and fighting off other bloggers for the perfect shot. We stopped at my favorite all time destination, In-N-Out. I mean can you even have a road trip in California without In-N-Out? I don’t know and I hope I never do. Ian’s forest green simplicity yet delightful green bow make me crave style perfection every time I see it. Which is why House of Hatter’s is now my number one go-to for stylish yet affordable hats. They strive to make your hat buying experience as easy and fun as possible, which is why there hats are one size fits all. But you may be wondering how is that, after all heads come in all shapes and sizes. Well, their hats feature a unique design hidden within their interior, to make your hat size 100% customizable without sacrificing the hat’s form. They are all handcrafted goods with natural unique imperfections. House of Hatter’s promises- no two hats are the same.

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     Al crecer, siempre vi a mi padre con sombreros, él era mi propio Indiana Jones. Siendo el mayor fanático de Indy que soy, siempre me robé sus sombreros cuando jugaba a disfrazarme. Veinte años después, jugar a los disfraces sigue siendo mi pasatiempo favorito. Desde que vi fotos de las increíbles instalaciones de arte en Salvation Mountain, había soñado con tomar fotos divertidas allí. Este pasado fin de semana, mi hermana y yo decidimos que necesitábamos un viaje por carretera, un poco de R & R, TLC, solo necesitábamos un destino y pronto Salvation Mountain estaba en el GPS y Queen Bee estaba sonando en la radio.  De solo pensar en mis atuendos fue suficiente para emocionarme, pero mis adquisiciones más preciadas fueron mis nuevos sombreros de House of Hatters. Nicolas, mi precioso y nuevo bebé, ¿qué demonios puedo decir que ya no puedes ver? Quería una nueva perspectiva sobre el atletismo de los hombres,  llevado mi look a un nuevo nivel de estilo clásico y moderno gracias a Nicolas.

Luego les presento a Hugo, oh Hugo, qué funky combinación eres para un sombrero. Observe la piedra turquesa emparejada con el cuero marrón y la pluma. Nunca pensé que estaría usando una piedra en mi cabeza, en mi cuello sí, en mis manos, mil veces sí, pero tengo que cederles a House of Hatters por hacer posible lo imposible. Sí, el estilo sencillo de Hugo en un color beige se convertirá rápidamente en tu sombrero a escoger antes de salir de casa.

Oh Leo, vuelve, ambos cabemos en este puerta. Leonardo, como Leo DiCaprio, una sorpresa clásica pero deliciosa. Esta armada y  aparentemente muy conservador. Tome nota de la querida “muñequita”, la llamé Rosa de acuerdo con el tema del sombrero. Me gusta pensar que estos dos enamorados nunca pasarán de moda.

Hablando de Rosa, me lleva a mi nuevo amor, Isabella. Isabella es femenina pero escandalosamente anda por ahí con su pluma de faisán de rayas blancas naturales. Sí, no tengo vergüenza al admitir que me veo bonito en rosa. Es extraño reconocer una época de mi vida en la que pensé que ser un niño me prohibía vestir de rosa, pero ¿sabías que cuando era un niño pequeño y tenía que elegir un papel de construcción siempre elegía el rosa, se podía decir que estaba escrito desde el principio y mi relación amorosa con Isabella ha tardado años en gestarse. Sí, Isabel, mi amor, ahora uso rosa cada vez que tengo oportunidad. No elegí la vida rosa, me eligió a mí.

Después de explorar Salvation Mountain y peleando contra otros bloggers por la foto perfecta. Nos detuvimos en mi destino favorito de todos los tiempos, In-N-Out. Quiero decir, ¿puedes incluso tener un viaje por carretera en California sin In-N-Out? No lo sé y espero que nunca lo haga. La simplicidad verde bosque de Ian pero el encantador lazo verde me hacen desear la perfección del estilo cada vez que lo veo. Por eso, House of Hatter es ahora mi número uno para sombreros elegantes pero asequibles. Se esfuerzan para que su experiencia de compra de sombreros sea lo más fácil y divertida posible, razón por la cual los sombreros son de talla única. Pero tal vez se pregunte cómo es eso, después de todas las cabezas vienen en todas las formas y tamaños. Bueno, sus sombreros cuentan con un diseño único escondido dentro de su interior, para hacer que su tamaño de sombrero sea 100% personalizable sin sacrificar la forma del sombrero. Todos son productos artesanales con imperfecciones naturales únicas. Las promesas de House of Hatter: no hay dos sombreros iguales.

Pics by: Aranza Soberanes

 

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#VenetoinChella

The past week I had the amazing opportunity to attend Coachella weekend 2 but not only did I enjoyed myself at the pool parties and danced like crazy all night. I had the honor to interview the mayor of Coachella and he had some interesting facts about the beloved Coachella Music Festival.

Meet Steven Hernandez the mayor of the wonderful city of Coachella.

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Favorite restaruant in Coachella? Taqueria Jaliscos

Vacation spot? Cartajena, Colombia

Guilty pleasure? Raspado

3 things you always have with you? My phone, hand sanitizer, and lip balm

You cannot live without? A good book

Book or movie? Book

Day or night? Morning

White or black? White

Tea or coffee? Just started drinking coffee but I prefer water.

Pop or rock? Pop

Paper or digital? Paper

Sparkling or tap water? We will do sparkling

Black or milk chocolate? Black

Dogs or cats? Dogs

Indoors or outdoors? Out

Sunrise or sunset? Sunrise

Wine or beer? Beer

Sweet or salty? Sweet

Burger or salad? Burger

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How did your career begin?

It all Started when I was 20 years old, I was interning for The Riverside County Board of Supervisors at that time.  I was going to UC Riverside and finishing up my degree in English and Political Science and my typical conversations would end up being about politics and changes that needed to happen in Coachella. I graduated and ran for office, I was 23 years old when I got elected here in the city of Coachella. I became one of the youngest in the state of California at that time and then 10 years later I had the privilege to become Mayor of the city.

Any stories from your childhood that you feel that changed you?

Oh yeah, absolutely! I had a very complexed childhood, I was raised by my farmworker grandparents. My mom is schizophrenic bipolar and so having to deal with mental health my father abandoned my brothers and I when we were 4 years old.  When you grow up with that environment you have all this types of experiences and I think it was all those experiences what made me who I am today.

Any fashion icons that inspire you?

Fashion icons? Hmmm, you know guys got to look good and I am a politician so I have to wear a suit. I sometime look at Calvin Klein but actually I am a Brooks Brother kind of guy, because it’s traditional but very trending.

Favorite designer?

Brook Brothers!

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What social network do you most use?

We are doing Facebook, but I like Twitter because you can get information across instantly.

Favorite fashion city?

Fashion city? I honestly thing Vegas right? I will have to say that Coachella has become a big fashion statement city so I am going with Coachella.

If you could go back to a specific time in your life what would it be?

I think the university life is always a fun environment because they aren’t a lot of constrains. You have the ability to challenge your thinking and learning abilities, expanding and being uncomfortable in your thoughts while in the college environment does a lot for your personal growth.  A learning environment where your mind is constantly in stimulation.

Would you encourage your children to take on your footsteps into politics?

I encourage not only my own but everyone’s particularly Latinos to get involve in understanding what’s occurring in their communities. At the local level what happens daily is what eventually forms a nation and once you understand it you are able to help with in.

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How do you see youth being involved with politics?

Youth and politics comes generationally. If you take a look at the youth movement in the 1960s and 1970s they were so engaged to social change from the women’s movement to the Latinos being able to vote. We are at a point where youth is finding their voice through social media and we are pushing issues that are important to everyone such as the coast of education, incarceration, employment and those are issues that are extremely important to the youth.

How do you see the revenue the youth is contributing to Coachella festival?

When you look at the city of Coachella the city benefits very little from it because the festival is not even in the city but on the border and the festival is in Indio. Palm Springs receives the most benefits because it has the hotels, restaurants, and bars people want to go to, what’s unique about Coachella right now is the brand, the name, the lifestyle. We got some projects that we are working on and because of the festival putting us on the map we are going to be able to benefit much more from it in the future.

Where do you see the festival going in the next 5 years?

The festival is right now around 100,000 people and it will grow into 125,000 people in the next five to six years. We are going to continue being the trend setters in the festival world. Coachella has always been the trend setter and I think we will continue to be.

What do you actually think about how people dress for the carnival?

I think it’s great any time you can play dress up, when you look at fashion every generation has a fashion story to tell. It’s kind of neat seeing the fashion statement our generation is making and obviously Coachella is part of it.

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What would be the sound track of your life right now?

I am going to need some help with this one, I have to say that anything that talks about redemption. We all have a story and in my case a redemption song by Bob Marley.

How do you see the influence music has in fashion?

I think they are one in the same, we see artists trying to be fashion designers and designers trying to be musicians. I think what’s really interesting about music and fashion is that it actually represents what that precise generation is saying it really evokes what they’re feeling and expressing throughout lyrics, music and clothes.

Any message you would like to deliver to the younger crowed?

I’ve always found that when we are uncomfortable we grow more. Sometimes we’ve been thought to play it safe, not to challenge ourselves or sometimes we are just scared of being uncomfortable and that can be at work, in education or even in a relationship but is the vulnerabilities that makes us grow and learn. So to all my 20 something, all the hommies out here, the millennials which I am one of them:

Find strength and find comfort in being uncomfortable.

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Here you have it guys a very wise advice from Steven Hernandez the mayor of the great city of Coachella home to our favorite music festival.

Wearing:

Look 1 – Moschino tshirt, Forever21 denim shorts, Chanel backpack, Rayban sunnies, Birkenstock sandals

Look 2- Lacoste tshirt, Hermes scarf, Forever21 denim shorts, Gucci side bag, Chloe sunnies, Roberto Cavalli booties

Look 3- H&M tanktop, Vintage floral shirt, Forever21 denim shorts, Chanel boy bag, Chloe sunnies, Roberto Cavalli booties, Zadig & Voltaire hat

Pics by: Monica Morones

MUST HAVE

From the runway to the streets, The #BomberJacket has made its come back and I have the pictures to proof it.

Celebrities, models and everyone who thinks they are fashionistas should have one.

Here is how I worked with mine from Topman 

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Pics by: Rebecca Batista