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20160915

Thursday Tips: How To Clean Your White Kicks

White shoes go with anything. But one scuff mark and they look old. 
Luckily, just because your shoes got a little dirty doesn’t mean you have to light them on fire and toss them in the trash. Here are 8 ways to clean your all-white shoes.


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Use a Pencil Eraser

Just like when we make mistakes on paper, pencil erasers work great on shoes. The eraser will pull dirt and scuffs out of a rubber soul, and believe it or not, works wonders on suede. The gentle friction pulls the dirt out of the suede, as well as “fluffs” it to make it look like new again.



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Wash Them in a Washing Machine

This remedy is fairly well known by now, but until you try it, it sounds like a great way to ruin a home appliance. For those of you whose still haven’t put them in, believe us, it works really, really well. Take the laces and insoles out of your shoes, then toss the laces and the shoes inside a washing bag together. Set it to Hot/Cold, and wash using detergent or bleach (or a healthy mix of both). When they’re done washing, let them air dry, and then voila—good as new!



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Harness the Power of the Sun (And Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda)

This method takes a little elbow grease and involves some wait time, but it’s one of the more magical methods we know. Mix a tablespoon of baking soda, a half tablespoon of water, and a half tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide together in a bowl until it becomes somewhat pasty. With a soft-bristled toothbrush, thoroughly scrub the mix onto every inch of the affected shoes—really get in there good. After that, paste on a second solid layer, and then leave the shoes in direct sunlight for three to four hours. Come back, smack them together to beat the caked-on paste off of them, and you should be left with shoes that look brand-spankin’ new. Fuck yeah, science!



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Use WD-40 to Loosen Up Stuck-On Gunk

If you have stuck-on gunk on some spendy leather shoes, this method works wonders—if you’re careful. Essentially, the solvents and chemicals in WD-40 break down oil-based products, paints, and other potentially shoe-ruining things. Just a quick word to the wise: When removing things like tar or other stuck-on gunk, use WD-40 (or other solvent) sparingly. Last thing you want to do is turn it into a big diluted smudge mark. For instance, if you managed to get some fresh blacktop tar on your Jordans, this should be fine. If you got some tar on your Italian leather loafers, use JUST enough to break down the debris, and then gently wipe it away with a cloth. WD-40 is a mineral oil, so there is a risk of staining softer leathers. Be smart, here.



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Good Old-Fashioned Soap and Water

You’d be surprised what a little warm water, soap, and a stiff brush can accomplish with the right amount of elbow grease. Dish detergent is better than hand soap or bar soap because it has more surfactants (detergent molecules) in it. That means it’ll break down dirt, grease, and whatever else you managed to get on your shoe better than regular soap. You can scrub thoroughly with warm water, detergent soap, and a washcloth first, and then use a stiff brush to dig in and get the rest. (photo cred. Courtney’s Craftin&Cookin)



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Use Vaseline to Not Just Clean, But Condition Your Leather Shoes

This should be common sense to most people, but if there’s one thing we’ve learned in life, it’s that’s what is common sense to us might be a life-changing revelation to others. So, let us be loud and clear here—DO NOT USE VASELINE ON ANYTHING OTHER THAN LEATHER. Anyway, now that we got that out of the way, petroleum jelly (like Vaseline) is a classic way to clean dirt, debris, and scuffs out of leather, while also conditioning and preserving it. A small dab of Vaseline, gently rubbed into the surface of your leather shoes, will not only remove superficial scratches, scuff marks, and dirt, but will also soften and condition your leather and prevent it from cracking in the future! Leather is skin, after all. (photo cred. Courtney’s Craftin&Cookin)



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Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and a Little Dish Soap

When you think of Mr. Clean, you typically think of the weird-looking bald-headed fellow who runs around cleaning kitchens or stands around looking like a magic genie. Well, one of his products, the Magic Eraser, is an absolute must-have in shoe cleaning. The magic eraser is simple—wet it and start scrubbing. That’s it. The microscrubbers help lift the dirt out of all the small cracks and crevices, and if you need any extra help digging into leather or canvas, you can get the “Extra Durable” version, or the “Foaming Kitchen Scrubber” one. And if worse comes to worst, a little dish detergent will help drastically. We know it sounds a little far-fetched, but these things will get pizza sauce out of your white canvas shoes—100 percent.



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Send Stains to Minty-Fresh Hell with Toothpaste

No, we’re not bullshitting you. Toothpaste works surprisingly well as a shoe cleaner. The only thing to keep in mind her is that it can’t be a fancy new-age gel paste. Standard Colgate works well—even the green spearmint stuff. Dampen a wash cloth and wet the shoe surface. Try to get as much of the dirt and debris off as possible. Then, with an old—or new—toothbrush, take some toothpaste and scrub vigorously. Every now and again, wash the brush off and scrub things with just the wet brush. It’ll take some time, as the toothpaste will need to “get friendly” with the fabric/rubber/leather, but after a thorough scrub and rinse, your kicks should look damn near brand new again.

20160914

Renovation Wednesdays: Abandoned Coastal Home Gets High Tech Makeover - 9/14 Edition



This 5,000 sqft home located just outside Barcelona was recently an abandoned shell of its former self. Until an expansive renovation turned it into a spectacular modern home.



The living room area has large windows that allow the house can be completely opened to the outside, without barriers to the landscape. The kitchen, spacious and functional is equipped with the latest technologies and high quality cooking equipment.



The magnificent porch becomes a chill out area with LED lighting color therapy, changing according the moods of the owners. The amazing white infinity pool are linked with the house and is also able to change the color of its waters.



The renovation create a new wonderful terrace in each bedroom, replacing the old roof. The master suite has an own spacious dressing area and an elegant bathroom-spa with a stunning terrace overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.



The basement has two park lots, a gym, some storage rooms and a large spa area where you can forget the outside world. The inside pool arising from the floor combines the relaxing sound of the waterfall with chromotherapy lights.















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via Home Adore | Photos by David Jiménez

20160913

Wear It Like: Young Thug - Tuesday 9/13 Edition


1. Kenzo Five Pocket Jeans @ Matches
2. Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG @ FightClub
3. Julius Layered Blazer @ farfetch
4. Thom Brown Round Frame Acetate @ Mr Porter
5. Loro Piana Cashmere Baseball Cap @ Mr Porter
Sounds: Deep Down by Josh Gabriel @ Amazon

20160912

Wear It Like: Young Thug - Monday 9/12 Edition


1. John Elliott Cast 2 Distressed Denim @ Mr Porter
2. Comme des Garçonnes Mesh Floral Tee @ SSENSE
3. Rag & Bone Standard Issue Denim Jacket @ Mr Porter
4. Saint Laurent Distressed Court Classic Sneakers @ SSENSE
Sounds: You Don't Miss Your Water by Otis Redding @ Amazon

20160908

Wear It Like: The Weeknd - Thursday 9/8 Edition


1. A.P.C. Standard Slim Leg Jeans @ Matches
2. Rag & Bone Manston Satin Bomber Jacket @ Mr Porter
3. Maison Kitsune Printed Jersey Tee @ Mr Porter
4. ETQ Amsterdam Black Low 4 Sneakers @ SSENSE
Sounds: A Case For Shame by Moby @ Amazon

20160907

Wear It Like: The Weeknd - Wednesday 9/7 Edition


1. Knapp Black Peak Lapel Blazer @ Reiss
2. Knapp Black Tailored Trousers @ Reiss
3. Prada 4cm Herringbone Silk and Wool Blend Tie @ Mr Porter
4. Alberto Fasciani Derbies @ farfetch
5. Lennox White Dress Shirt @ Sir Jack's
6. Le Gramme Brushed Stirling Silver Ring @ Mr Porter
Sounds: Melt by Duke Dumont @ Amazon

20160906

Wear It Like: The Weeknd - Tuesday 9/6 Edition


1. Kenzo Five Pocket Jean @ Matches
2. Saint Laurent Floral Print Jersey Tee @ Mr Porter
3. Icon Brand Gold Geometric Necklace @ ASOS
4. Cana Goose Fox Shearling Bomber Jacket @ Mr Porter
5. Maison Margiela Gold Rust Band @ SSENSE
6. Saint laurent White Court Classic Mid-Top @ SSENSE
Sounds: Needed Me by Rihanna @ Amazon

20160901

Wear It Like: Rob Lowe - Thursday 9/1 Edition


1. Ermenegildo Zegna Wool Polo @ Matches
2. Nudie Lean Organic Jeans @ Mr Porter
3. Valextra Leather Grain Bracelet @ Mr Porter
4. Miansai Braided Leather Bracelet @ Mr Porter
5. Saint Laurent Black and Red Classic Court Sneakers @ SSENSE


20160831

Wear It Like: Rob Lowe - Wednesday 8/31 Edition


1. Hackett Mayfair Suit @ Mr Porter
2.  Emma Willis Lilac Shirt @ Mr Porter
3. Canali Striped Woven Tie @ Mr Porter
4. Oliver Spencer Lupin Cotton Square @ Mr Porter
5. Church's Outwood 450 Brogues @ farfetch

20160830

Wear It Like: Rob Lowe - Tuesday 8/30 Edition


1. Tagliatore Two Piece Suit @ farfetch
2. Loro Piana Roadster Polo Shirt @ Mr Porter
3. Oliver Spencer Cotton Pocket Square @ Mr Porter
4. Daniel Wellington Grace Warwick Watch @ InforMANt
5. Berluti Polished Leather Briefcase @ Mr Porter
6. Adidas White & Black Originals @ SSENSE


20160829

Wear It Like: Rob Lowe - Monday 8/29 Edition


1. George Slim Fit Airfare Blue Blazer @ Reiss
2.Jacob Cohen Tailored Jeans @ Matches
3. Anderson's Navy Suede Belt @ Mr Porter
4. Bottega Veneta Leather Bracelet @ Matches
5. Tom Ford White Slim Shirt @ Mr Porter


20160825

Thursday Design: 8/25 Edition - 7 Stylish Bachelor Pads To Inspire Your Masculine Style

The word bachelor pad tends to evoke leather sofas, lounge chairs, giant entertainment centers, and a fully stocked bar. But more and more single men are proving that living solo doesn’t mean forsaking a stylish home. AD has put together some bachelor pads from their archives to inspire a contemporary and cool twist on traditional masculine style.

  When a Manhattan bachelor purchased a piece of land on Martha’s Vineyard, he turned to architecture and design firm Ashe + Leandro to create the perfect getaway. The great room displays selections from his extensive art collection, including works by, from left, Howard Hodgkin, Sterling Ruby, Aaron Young, and Rashid Johnson; the bespoke ceiling lights were created in collaboration with the Urban Electric Co., the sofas and slipper chairs are by Christian Liaigre, and the striped pillows are by Ralph Lauren Home.

When a Manhattan bachelor purchased a piece of land on Martha’s Vineyard, he turned to architecture and design firm Ashe + Leandro to create the perfect getaway. The great room displays selections from his extensive art collection, including works by, from left, Howard Hodgkin, Sterling Ruby, Aaron Young, and Rashid Johnson; the bespoke ceiling lights were created in collaboration with the Urban Electric Co., the sofas and slipper chairs are by Christian Liaigre, and the striped pillows are by Ralph Lauren Home.

  Before settling down with model Behati Prinsloo, singer Adam Levine resided in a chic Hollywood Hills home decorated by Mark Haddawy and outfitted with classics by 20th-century-design icons. The living room is a well-edited haven of vintage pieces: a Dunbar sofa in Maharam mohair velvet, a Stilnovo floor lamp, a Jean Prouvé cocktail table, a Hans J. Wegner Ox chair, and a Ludwig Mies van der Rohe daybed. The pillows are covered in antique Caucasian textiles, and the carpet is 1920s Persian. Photo: Roger Davies

 Before settling down with model Behati Prinsloo, singer Adam Levine resided in a chic Hollywood Hills home decorated by Mark Haddawy and outfitted with classics by 20th-century-design icons. The living room is a well-edited haven of vintage pieces: a Dunbar sofa in Maharam mohair velvet, a Stilnovo floor lamp, a Jean Prouvé cocktail table, a Hans J. Wegner Ox chair, and a Ludwig Mies van der Rohe daybed. The pillows are covered in antique Caucasian textiles, and the carpet is 1920s Persian.

  Designer Peter Dunham worked with film producer Steve Tisch on the redecoration of his 1932 Paul Williams house in Beverly Hills. Basquiat's Trumpet is displayed above a custom-made sofa in the living room; the cocktail tables are vintage French, and the 1940s floor lamps are by Jacques Adnet. Photo: Roger Davies

 Designer Peter Dunham worked with film producer Steve Tisch on the redecoration of his 1932 Paul Williams house in Beverly Hills. Basquiat's Trumpet is displayed above a custom-made sofa in the living room; the cocktail tables are vintage French, and the 1940s floor lamps are by Jacques Adnet.

  Entrepreneur Derek Mattison called on design collective Commune to renovate his 1960s Los Angeles home. Reclaimed-oak paneling gives the double-height living room a rustic air; a dark custom-blended Benjamin Moore color on the beams and trim lends contrast. The floor lamp on the far left was custom made by Downtown, and the cocktail table is by Alma Allen for Commune. A Vladimir Kagan Contour chaise from Ralph Pucci International is upholstered in gray cashmere, and the overscale floor lamp is by Bottega Veneta; the cowhide rug is from Blackman Cruz Photo: Roger Davies

 Entrepreneur Derek Mattison called on design collective Commune to renovate his 1960s Los Angeles home. Reclaimed-oak paneling gives the double-height living room a rustic air; a dark custom-blended Benjamin Moore color on the beams and trim lends contrast. The floor lamp on the far left was custom made by Downtown, and the cocktail table is by Alma Allen for Commune. A Vladimir Kagan Contour chaise from Ralph Pucci International is upholstered in gray cashmere, and the overscale floor lamp is by Bottega Veneta; the cowhide rug is from Blackman Cruz

  Designer Tino Zervudachi of Mlinaric, Henry & Zervudachi worked with local sources to restore and furnish Nat Rothschild’s bachelor pad in Rio de Janeiro. The glass-top table in the living room is from Firma Casa; the wood Whale lounge chairs are by Julia Krantz. On the wall is a piece by Brazilian artist Regina Silveira. Photo: Michael Calderwood

Designer Tino Zervudachi of Mlinaric, Henry & Zervudachi worked with local sources to restore and furnish Nat Rothschild’s bachelor pad in Rio de Janeiro. The glass-top table in the living room is from Firma Casa; the wood Whale lounge chairs are by Julia Krantz. On the wall is a piece by Brazilian artist Regina Silver.

  In the master bedroom of investor Yoon Kim’s Manhattan bachelor pad, which was designed by David Mann and Brett McMullen of MR Architecture + Décor, the floating bed by Robert Bernstein is dressed in Calvin Klein linens, a mink coverlet by ER Fur Trading, and a throw from ABC Carpet & Home. The photograph displayed on the wall is by Dietmar Busse.
Photo: Joshua McHugh

In the master bedroom of investor Yoon Kim’s Manhattan bachelor pad, which was designed by David Mann and Brett McMullen of MR Architecture + Décor, the floating bed by Robert Bernstein is dressed in Calvin Klein linens, a mink coverlet by ER Fur Trading, and a throw from ABC Carpet & Home. The photograph displayed on the wall is by Dietmar Busse.

  Architect Frederic Schwartz and designers Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper collaborated with Donny Deutsch to renovate his 1889 Manhattan townhouse. In the living room, a George Condo painting is displayed above a custom-made sofa, one of a pair upholstered in a J. Robert Scott silk mohair. Next to the Venfield zebra chair is a gueridon by Hervé Van der Straeten; the curtains were made using the reverse side of a Kravet fabric, and the cowhide rugs are from Stark Carpet. Photo: Nikolas Koenig

Architect Frederic Schwartz and designers Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper collaborated with Donny Deutsch to renovate his 1889 Manhattan townhouse. In the living room, a George Condo painting is displayed above a custom-made sofa, one of a pair upholstered in a J. Robert Scott silk mohair. Next to the Venfield zebra chair is a gueridon by Hervé Van der Straeten; the curtains were made using the reverse side of a Kravet fabric, and the cowhide rugs are from Stark Carpet. via AD

20160824

Home Design - 8/24 Edition: Old World Estate Gets Modern Overhaul To The Delight Of Every Car Lover Out There



This beautifully landscaped 6 acre home in Buckinghamshire is the Old Jordans residence, a stunning 18th century period manor house with a contemporary touch.



Unlike the typical super estate, the 10-bedroom home features a modern open plan design with ample space to house even the biggest of car collections, most notably in a spotlight space located in between living and dining areas.



Secondary accommodation is also available across the Japanese-style gardens, while a beautiful swimming pool and additional leisure facilities offer plenty of options for winding down and relaxing.



The residence is currently listed at a whopping $19.5 million USD.















via Hypebeast

20160823

Home Design - 8/23 Edition: LA Barn House



Owned by Apollo 13 producer Brian Grazer, the Los Angeles Barn House gives a 1930s Cliff May ranch a sleek update.

Los Angeles Barn House

Clad in grey-washed cedar, the monochromatic facade conceals a mishmash of architectural styles, while brise soleil covers the enlarged windows for added privacy.

Los Angeles Barn House

Designed by Waldo Fernandez, the interior’s crisp white walls act as a gallery for works by Richard Prince, Gerhard Richter, and Andy Warhol.

Los Angeles Barn House

The property also features a basketball court, a yoga platform, and a rectangular pool and sits just a mile away from the Santa Monica coastline.

Los Angeles Barn House


The former garage was covered into a screening room, fit for viewing Oscar-winning films.
via Uncrate | Photos: Rios Clementi Hale Studios