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    Zayn Malik has gone from soulful singer to shoe designer at the drop of a hat.

    The star took to social media this morning to reveal that he has collaborated with fashion designer Giuseppe Zanotti on a mini collection of shoes that will hit shelves early next year. The lineup will include a pair of suede desert boots, which the former One Direction member posted a photo of on Twitter and Instagram (below) with the caption: “#GiuseppexZayn Coming 2017.” The series will also include three additional styles.

    #GiuseppexZayn Coming 2017

    A photo posted by Zayn Malik (@zayn) on Aug 11, 2016 at 4:05am PDT

    And as for why he chose to work with Zanotti, Malik was clear. “Style is not being afraid to be bold about some things, or to say what it is you have to say,” Zayn tells GQ of the collaboration. “I feel like Giuseppe does that with his collection—and I try to do that with my music. So it kind of works.”

    And it looks like the “Cruel” singer isn’t the only one excited about his new project. Malik’s supermodel girlfriend Gigi Hadid was quick to show her support for his new project—she shared a snap of her beau wearing Zanotti kicks on Instagram with the caption “dreamy.”


    A photo posted by Gigi Hadid (@gigihadid) on Aug 11, 2016 at 6:47am PDT

    RELATED: Zayn Malik and Snakehips Drop Sultry New “Cruel” Music Video

    Look for the Giuseppe x Zayn collection when it launches in Jan. 2017.

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      Pretty much all summer long, we have been dabbling with the concept (and now full on shoe trend) of “ugly-pretty.” The term was coined from the past history of these clunky sandals as being very far removed from the world of fashion, but now, they could not be closer. To see them bubbling up again on the feet of several of our favorite fashionistas means it’s time to take a closer look. At the beginning of summer, Ashley Olsen wore full-on closed-toe Birkenstocks, and Leandra Medine has been rocking her all-white Dr. Scholl’s all season like it ain’t no thang.  From there, celebrities left and right have been supporting this shoe trend, and designers have been creating versions of their own, but this quick dominance in the industry doesn’t necessarily mean we understand it—or to be more specific—understand how to style it. 

      The term “ugly-pretty” in general is hard enough to come to terms with, so figuring out how to formulate an outfit that will naturally clique with this trend is mind-boggling without a doubt. To take away any confusion you might be feeling, we have given you some of our favorite street style examples of how to style this shoe trend. As you can see from the roundup, we went for a more eclectic aesthetic because if you’re going to wear a shoe that someone might call “ugly,” your outfit better be on point, no? 

      Keep reading to see how to style this “ugly-pretty” shoe trend that fashion girls cannot get enough of and to shop each of the looks! 

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        Sure, we love following Marc Jacobs, Riccardo Tisci, Stella McCartney, and other mega brands and designers with huge fan bases, but we also like to shake up our Instagram feeds with under-the-radar accounts too. Our latest find? Sun Buddies, a sunglasses brand based in Sweden that just might be the country’s best-kept secret. With less than 6,000 followers and a distinct aesthetic, we think Sun Buddies’ feed is an underrated gem. 

        Aside from Sun Buddies’ must-follow Instagram, the brand’s sunglasses are definitely worth checking out. Currently, there are 12 different styles offered online, with scores of different colors to choose from for each. Tortoiseshell round sunnies? Check. Cool blue lenses? Check. There are so many options to choose from, you might just be overwhelmed. But not to worry! You simply can’t go wrong with any of the brand’s shades. 

        Scroll down to see Sun Buddies’ cool Instagram account!

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          Boghossian, a newcomer to the room, has made a name for itself with its inlaid stones, and a pair of mismatched white and yellow diamond earrings utilising the technique can’t be seen anywhere else. For someone like Glenn Spiro, who only really creates one-of-a-kind jewels, the corner counter is a prime location to showcase his exuberant pieces – anyone entering the room from the Hans Street end will walk smack into it, and if they didn’t know of his work beforehand, they certainly couldn’t fail to be aware of it afterwards. There was a pair of mesh-like amethyst earrings on display that begged to be handled – but I suspect an invitation to that screened-off space within would be necessary first.


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            Although these pictures from his little point and shoot now serve as a rare authentic archive of street style at the time, back then he was just taking pictures of his friends with no idea that hip hop would become a significant cultural movement outside of his neighbourhood. “I went to school with some of the pioneers of hip hop, like Easy A.D. and Tony Tone of the Cold Crush brothers, and they invited me to take pictures at their first jams,” explains Conzo. “I became the Cold Crush brother’s official photographer and through them I met Afrika Bambaataa, Kool Herc, Treacherous 3 and all the pioneers of hip hop.”

            ‘I wasn’t sent down from Uptown to the Bronx to photograph the little blacks spinning on their heads or writing on the wall’

            “I wasn’t sent down from Uptown to the Bronx to photograph the little blacks spinning on their heads or writing on the wall,” he says. “What separates me from the other photographers, is that I was part of the culture too and was one of the kids I was photographing. I was capturing my friends in the neighbourhood I grew up in, not knowing I’d be capturing a time capsule and documenting a period piece with no foresight that the images would be important 40 years later. I was just photographing my friends because it made me popular.”

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              OLYMPICS TIME! (Hasn’t it been all week?) Are you balancing as unabashedly on top of the Simone Biles bandwagon as I am? Have you already started a cupping program like Michael Phelps? Have you begun practicing your Laurie Hernandez wink in the mirror even though you know that this is exactly the kind of thing you should have been practicing from birth?


              Same. There is no greater time to be alive. And because women’s Water Polo will be airing Saturday, August 13th at 12 p.m., there is no greater time to introduce you to 23-year-old Olympic water polo player Maggie Steffens!

              1. Was your goal always to become an Olympic athlete?

              I have always dreamed of being an Olympian. Even when I was younger, I thought about becoming the next Mia Hamm — wrong sport, but same dream! In 2008, I got to watch my oldest sister, Jessica, play in Beijing and was as exhausted after every game as if I had just played. I knew I wanted to be an Olympian, but watching those games was when I knew I could do it.

              Unfortunately, U.S.A. water polo (and therefore, my sister) lost to Holland in the Gold Medal game. My dad and I were heartbroken for them but also amazed at the fact that they were Silver medalists. I remember being in the stands and my Dad and I made eye contact. He told me, “Now it’s your turn.”

              2. What is a typical day of training like?

              We train pretty much every day, so the below is my main physical routine. But I try to do something active on all of our off days, even if that means a simple walk. If I’m on vacation, I am all about hikes and anything on the ocean — paddle boarding, kayaking, swimming, snorkeling.

              6:00 a.m. – Wake up, drink coffee and eat breakfast (avocado toast with tomato and hard boiled eggs)
              7:00-10:30 a.m. – Practice 1 (lifting and conditioning)
              10:30-1:30 p.m – Lunch, nap and errands
              1:30-4:30 p.m. – Practice 2
              4:30 p.m. and on – Cook dinner, maybe walk to see some friends, watch Netflix or read a book, and I’m usually in bed pretty early to start it all again!

              3. What motivates you beyond the thought of winning the gold? Who motivates you? What about when you want to give up?

              Maureen O’Toole Purcell was the first Olympian I ever met. She not only became a coach, but a second mom to me, so she was constantly an inspiration. Nowadays, I get inspired by every sports game I watch or video a friend/sibling/coach sends to me. Documentaries are always inspiring, like the one about Michael Jordan’s flu game or the Miracle on Ice. Honestly, I gain a lot of inspiration from Navy SEAL and Marine books I read. There is truly inspiration everywhere. That’s why I love sports… you can always learn something new.

              4. Who or what keeps you grounded and focused through this process?

              My family.

              5. How do you define success?

              Giving it all that we got, leaving it all in the pool and hopefully wearing some gold hardware on the top of the podium with an amazing unit/team of devoted women.

              6. What’s the one thing about the Olympics that no one asks you, that you wish they’d ask? And what’s the answer?

              About the challenges of the sport. Water polo is a game of two different sports: above water and under water. It’s all about who can play them both the best.

              7. Competing in the Olympics is the ultimate dream — and whether you win or lose you’ve achieved a very grand dream. What advice do you have for anyone out there who has lofty goals or dreams that seem unachievable?

              1) If you stumble, make it a part of the dance and 2) always strive to be amongst the best. Both are courtesy of my dad.

              8. How do you shut off and relax during all of this?

              I tend to remember EVERY PLAY and re-play it in my head, so I usually like to write in my journal, get out all of my thoughts or talk about it with a teammate. A good Netflix show or movie or a couple chapters in the book I’m reading help calm me down from the game as well. It’s always nice when family is around because they’re always able to refresh you.

              9. Besides your own sport, what’s your favorite sport to watch/cheer for and why? Who’s your celebrity athlete that you’re excited to possibly see?

              Pretty much every Olympian is my Olympic crush. Everyone’s story is so amazing that it’s hard not to like everyone.

              10. If I wasn’t training for the Olympics, I would be ____________.

              Probably be living with my siblings in San Francisco and trying to start a company. That’s the Stanford in me. Also, ideally, I would be able to travel around the world with friends, family and no sports agenda!

              Photographs via USOC/NBC Olympics.


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                The official badge for Pursuitist PlatinumPursuitist revisits our review of The American Club. Experience Kohler, escape to Wisconsin this summer and fall for a remarkable vacation.

                True confession, I reside with my family in the wonderful state of Wisconsin. With terrific schools, communities, food and an exceptional quality of life, the Madison area is the perfect place to call home.

                Being close to Chicago, and O’Hare, allows me to jet set to any amazing destination around the world. The Windy City is a quick drive away, and I can fly to New York in just a few short hours. Easy access to the good things in life.

                As I travel the world for a living, it felt odd that I hadn’t reviewed more destinations in my own backyard. As the Badger state offers exceptional parks, restaurants and resorts, I decided to place an emphasis on local experiences. First on the agenda was Old World Wisconsin. A family-favorite, but certainly not a luxury destination.

                The second “must-do” travel destination, which truly offers luxe experiences, is the American Club Resort in Kohler. As Wisconsin’s only Forbes Five-Star and AAA 5-diamond hotel, this luxury spa and resort exceeds expectations with its modern conveniences, superb services and premium amenities.

                A tiny hamlet located minutes from the city of Sheboygan and the Lake Michigan coast, the Village of Kohler and their hospitality destinations are best described by two words: remarkable and memorable.

                For a remarkable escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, step back in time to a different era. Kohler and the American Club offers historic appeal, uncompromising service and gracious hospitality which guests will never forget. With its Tudor architecture, soaring roof peaks and slate tile, the resort exudes Old World charm. Acclaimed interior designer Frank Nicholson designed the interior, and all 240 rooms have Kohler fixtures in the bathroom. The hotel is also filled with traditional American heritage Baker and McGuire furnishings.

                The memorable experiences are plentiful, from the in-house Wisconsin Room restaurant known for its tasty brunch to the Kohler Waters Spa for its wide array of treatments and services. If you prefer to be active, there’s also a sports facility that features pools, tennis courts, golf courses and more.

                Getting around Kohler is a snap. Shuttles are available on demand to transport guests to the sports clubs, restaurants, shops or spa.

                Surprisingly, this timeless getaway is relatively new to the hospitality industry. The American Club property was once a dormitory, complete with a pub, bowling alley and barbershop, for immigrant employees working at the Kohler factory.

                Kohler CEO Herbert Kohler Jr. had a vision to transform the namesake village into one of the Midwest’s most luxurious vacation destinations. In 1981, after a detailed restoration and renovation, the American Club remerged as a full-service resort and spa.

                Soon after followed the renowned golf courses of Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run, eleven dining outlets, The Shops at Woodlake, River Wildlife, Sports Core and other resort properties.

                Regarding Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run, golfers praise the championship courses, saying their beauty rivals the rugged courses of Scotland.

                Escape to Wisconsin for sublime dining, shopping, golf and relaxation. The American Club Resort, a Pursuitist Platinum property, is a remarkable and memorable destination for a quick getaway from the ordinary.

                We arrived at the Village of Kohler. First on the agenda, lunch at Blackwolf Run…

                Blackwolf Run offers an award-winning 36 holes of championship golf on two courses.

                Lunch was enjoyed in a cozy and rustic room complete with a toasty fireplace.

                Wonderful Wisconsin views are endless at Blackwolf Run.

                Just a quick drive away is the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

                Even their restrooms are creative and stocked with Kohler plumbing fixtures. Here’s the Men’s room…

                The Center is devoted to innovative explorations in contemporary American art.

                Finally, we arrived at the American Club Resort with its Old World charm and exceptional service.

                Checking in…

                A quick tour of our comfortable room…

                Elegantly designed and spacious…

                Complete with Kohler products…

                On to dinner at the remarkable River Wildlife Lodge.

                Literally, River Wildlife Lodge is a secluded cabin in the middle of the woods.


                A quick glance at the menu…

                Friday. Fish. Wisconsin. Delicious.

                Rustic charm and comfort.

                We surprised our daughters with a horse-driven carriage ride back to the American Club.

                Afterwards, a quick cocktail at the bar off of the lobby.


                The next morning, breakfast at the Wisconsin Room. Terrific brunch.

                And then a walk around the charming grounds.

                Waiting for a shuttle as we’re on our way to the Sports Core.

                It was the last fall weekend…

                And we took a paddleboat out for a quick ride around the lake.

                Then on to swimming. After swimming, custom-built smoothies were needed!

                And more delicious treats at the Craverie Chocolatier Cafe.

                Who wouldn’t want to spend hours here?

                Enjoying delicious treats.

                On to the Spa. A truly beautiful and relaxing destination.

                Another photo of the horse-driven carriage as we’re waiting for a shuttle.

                As we arrive to the Whistling Straights Golf Course and Restaurant.

                Which offered exceptional wine and food…

                In a beautiful setting overlooking Lake Michigan.

                The next morning, brunch in the Wisconsin Room. “Life without Labor is Guilt; Labor without Art is Brutality.” – John Ruskin.

                One last trip to the dessert table.

                A visit to the Kohler Design Center.

                And then a quick farewell to the lovely American Club.

                Departing in the Lexus GX 460.

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                  California’s real estate history really begins in 1850 with land grants that endowed families with large swaths of land. The history of California’s Rancho San Leandro in what is now Montecito, began when the land was originally developed by the Dominguez family in the mid-1850’s as part of one of California’s largest land grants.


                  The property sits on a knoll of nearly six acres overlooking the Pacific and gently shadowed by the Santa Ynez Mountains. The surrounding area evolved from polo fields where celebrities such as Clark Gable frolicked  to become the exclusive gated community of Ennisbrook. The Rancho San Leandro compound includes the original adobe home built in the 1850s, as well as Monterey House, a grand home built in the early 2000s but mirroring the grace of an earlier era, and an equestrian center.


                  The main drive is flanked by 50 ancient olive trees and leads to the large, stone covered motor court and entry fountain.


                  The adobe home has stood the test of time with thick plaster walls, aged redwood beams, and original Saltillo tiles that reflect the patina of an earlier era. Sprawling covered verandas offer welcome shade. A large living and dining room overlooks the south-facing lawn off toward the ocean. Monumental fireplaces ground the space while deeply recessed windows and beamed ceilings provide cool expansiveness.  A spacious master suite, with massive hand-hewed beamed ceilings and a cozy fireplace, overlooks the sea and offers access to the lush gardens and olive groves.


                  The Monterey House is a newer sister structure that adds approximately 3,600 square feet of living space. Built in the same style as the adobe it could serve as a main residence, guest house, or office space.  With robust beams, tiled floors, Santa Barbara stone fireplaces and plastered walls, the two-bedroom home is an updated take on traditional Spanish style romance.


                  The home offers two bedrooms, one with mountain views and the other with an ocean view balcony, a charming living room, a formal dining room, private gardens and terraces, the ultimate home office and a gym.


                  The grounds of Rancho San Leandro included gardens, drought tolerant succulents, courtyards and meandering pathways. A horse paddock offers  four covered stalls. A large,  tack room with a half-bath, kitchenette and storage area complete the stable area. A fenced arena is an idyllic setting for horse training.

                  Rancho San Leandro is listed for $8.225 million with Village Properties and is showcased on LuxuryPortfolio.com. 



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