Blog, Travel

Holiday Air Travel Tips!

December 12, 2013
Holiday air travel tips

1.Get to the airport early.
I know this sounds like a no brainer but if you don’t get to the airport early enough you may miss out on your ticket. The winter months are the highest travel time out of the year in the U.S. so that means tons of lines, bodies and other red tape to go through to get to your travel destination.

2.Put your smart phone to work.
If you have an iPhone and don’t need to check luggage, try using the Passport App. With this app you can download your boarding pass and save time by avoiding the check-in line all together. Airport staff will then scan your phone at security check-ins and when boarding the plane. Plus, the added bonus of being environmentally friendly by saving paper.

3.Buy a gift just for yourself.
When possible, try for Economy Plus, Economy Comfort, or Premium Economy seats for your holiday travel. These sections of the airplane will give you at least four inches of extra space and early boarding privileges. Perks like these can be pricey but the gift of lowered stress and extra comfort can be well worth it on a crowded and lengthy flight.

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Ice Skating at Central Park

December 9, 2013

One of my favorite experiences while I was in NYC was skating at Wollman Rink. Wollman Rink (also called Trump Rink) in located in the middle of central Park. I haven’t ice skated for over 20yrs but what better time to try the sport again than in New York City during Christmas time. Below are some videos of my experiences on the ice.


Blog, Travel

1year Anniversary Antoniocdsmith.com

December 1, 2013

Happy 1year Anniversary to Antoniocdsmith.com! It’s been a one-year since I’ve started up the blog and I wanted to celebrate by going to the “Big Apple”. This will be the first time I’ve been to New York so I’m interested in what it has to offer.

Now at least to some of you are surprised I’ve never been to New York, one of the world’s most popular cities.  Honestly, I’m surprised too! From what I’ve heard New York City is perfect for me. My plan is to take plenty of video and pictures of my experiences to share on the blog.

Thanks to everyone who has read my blog for this first year. Also if you haven’t voted on my blog poll (http://antoniocdsmith.com/blog-poll/) please do so. I would like to know about what topics you enjoy so I can create better posts. ‎Wish me luck!

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Blog Poll

November 19, 2013

It’s almost been a year since I’ve started this blog and I would like to get a idea of what you like to see. Please complete this poll and let me now what topics you like the most. Vote as many times as you like! Thanks, Antonio. [polldaddy poll=”7575867″]

Blog, Fashion

Interview with Butch Stevenson – ian boutique stylist

November 11, 2013

I first met Butch Stevenson years ago when I was starting the Art Institute of Seattle. Back then I was impressed by the knowledge he possessed in styling and fashion. Butch has worked in different downtown Seattle clothing boutiques for over 10yrs and has acuminated a lot of knowledge about the Seattle fashion scene. I recently reconnected with him at ian (Seattle boutique located downtown Seattle) and decided to interview him and share some of his knowledge with all of my readers.

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Who are you and how long have you been with the shop?

My name is Butch Stevenson, manager at ian. I’ve been with the store for
 almost 9 years.

Why do you enjoy fashion?

I guess I’ve been interested in fashion since I was a kid, watching Style
with Elsa Klensch on CNN with my aunt Cauleen Williams. I would also design
clothes in my spiral binder at school.

I love fashion because it’s a way of self-expression. To see what a designer
is into that moment and see how they interpret it into a collection always
intrigues me. Some designers have a similar vision season-to-season but
reimagining it so it becomes interesting again. Ralph Lauren, Daiki Suzuki
of Engineered Garments, Junya Watanabe, and Brunello Cuccinelli are masters
of that and kill it every season. In the store I always look forward to what
Levi’s Made & Crafted does. This season was brilliant with the texture and
colorful prints.

I’m actually more interested in personal style and how people put things
together. It’s interesting when two individuals can have the same garment
and see it in a different way. I always love to see the end result.

I’m also really interested in ‘fashionless’ fashion. You know, the clothes
that people stray from because it’s not hip enough or too “out there”. You
know that red trench that was hanging in the sale rack that makes you wonder
who would buy it? Hi there! I love those pieces! I always find ways to make
it work; and if it doesn’t come to me right then, I keep it in the closet
until it comes to me.

How would you describe Seattle fashion scene?

Safe!!! I have to give props to some of those people, though for stepping up
their game and to those who always are never afraid to bring it (shout outs
to Liana Kegley and Joshua David Meacham at Barneys, Max Jarkow at Mario’s); 
but for the most part people here are afraid to go against the grain even a
little bit. But I do see it getting better…

Are there any trends shoppers should be looking out for?

Floral prints are going to be a thing this spring and I think you can do it
in smaller doses (ie. accessories) if you can’t picture yourself in a floral
anorak! My advice to people though is if you don’t want to be too trendy is
just make sure your clothes fit correctly. Fit is key. I see way too many
guys wear the wrong size (usually too big) thinking they’re hiding
something; but all it does is draw attention to what they’re hiding! Tighten
up!

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Men’s Fashion Trend Fall 2013: 90’s Grunge Look

October 24, 2013

The 90’s grunge look is one of my favorite Men’s fashion trend for Fall 2013. 90’s grunge includes clothes like, flannel shirts, acid wash jeans, denim jackets, wool sweaters, Converse shoes, toques, boots and black leather jackets. This low-maintenance look will give you a little edge without having to try too hard. The grunge look also gives you tons of layers to take on and off for cold fall situations. If you need more inspiration, think of Kurt Cobain or the 1992 comedy movie Singles. Ahh I love Seattle in the fall, it smells like teen spirit!

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How to purchase a Suica Card

October 9, 2013

A Suica card is a reload able smart card used as a fare card on rail lines in Japan. To purchase a new Suica, you will need ¥2000 (¥1,500 prepaid, ¥500 deposit). When you no longer need your Suica card, you can return at a JR East station or subway office.

The benefit to having this prepaid travel card is convenience. As a foreigner you may not want to carry around tons of loose change in your pocket or slow down the line counting yen at rail station restaurants. In the video above Yuta and Mihoko from Tokyo Daily Life will show you how to purchase a Suica card and some of its additional uses.

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Nordstrom Men’s Shop & GQ 2013 Fall Runway Show (Photos)

September 27, 2013

The Nordstrom Men’s Shop & GQ 2013 Fall Runway Show was presented at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue on Sept 26th. Before the fashion show VIP guest mingled with celebrities such as Dan Savage, Isaiah Thomas and Detlef Schrempf .

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Photo Brandon Foy & Antonio Smith

 

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Although the show was quite short GQ and Nordstrom style experts presented an assortment of different looks.

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I enjoyed the more classic look of velvet blazers, black driving gloves and leather boots.

Bellevue fashion week 2013 Mens fashion show

Fashion, Philanthropy

Nordstrom Men’s Shop & GQ 2013 Fall Runway Show

September 26, 2013

The Detlef Schrempf Foundation, Nordstrom Men’s Shop and GQ are collaborating together for a Fall 2013 men runway show this Thursday, September 26th. GQ and Nordstrom style experts will present a runway show that will spotlight the best of the Men’s Shop collections and will be featuring local celebrity guest models. All proceeds benefit the Detlef Schrempf Foundation and the evening’s charity partners – Bellevue Youth Theatre Foundation and Inspire Youth Project. If you’re not attending, I will be uploading photos for the blog.

Click here for tickets: http://bit.ly/18ZnExj