1. "We are not here to take part… "We are here to take over!" // This quote (and mantra) by MMA pro, Conor McGregor immediately stung my ears when it rolled off of his tongue in an interview. I'm not the biggest watcher of MMA, but the personalities are both hilarious and intriguing when they strike me as very authentic. Full disclosure; I feel exactly the same way, which is also a reason I loved the quotable!Read More
Tutorial: RDQLUS "Dashers" in the making.
In style and fashion corners, joggers have been a growing trend the past three years—very big in youth culture and more teen street-wear circles. But as a professional and a person with stylistic taste that bend and straddle the fence between youthful and more mature styles, I desired that slim, tapered silhouette but didn't want to sacrifice the materials and look of khakis, slacks and high-end denim. I also have a sneaker collection that I love to show off and not have covered by a bunch of material. So instead of joggers, I came up with the term "dashers"—it just sounded classier and meant more for men than boys. about three months before a Wall Street Journal fashion report I had been dabbling with how to make my own custom tailored styles from existing pants—even going as far as wearing a pair to 2014 Omaha Spring Fashion Week in September of this year. So, here's a quick RDQLUS "Pro'Sesh" on how I did it,
1. Legs & Elastic: Choose your slacks or pants carefully. Not all materials react the same so the way you cut the taper and sew them will be crucial. My daily style is heavy on selvedge denim and worn-in khakis, both from GAP. I then selected a thick no-roll elastic to create the ankle scrunch. Taper your pant legs according to your personal style and preference.
2. Compartment Hems: To hold the elastic, I didn't sew the elastic to the pants, that stiffens it and takes away the good scrunch at the bottom. Make the hems slightly larger than the width of the elastic. Sew the hems, leaving a gap in which the thread the elastic. Once done, sew the elastic shut.
3. Rock most freshly, as to be called "So RDQLUS!"
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1. OMAGOODNESS, it's MURSDAY! It's no secret that RDQLUS is a big fan of indie hip hop legend Murs. But what may be a secret is that Murs is a fan of RDQLUS! Whoa! I make it a point to get to every show when Murs is in my city, and I usually try to take him a little gift bag. So gracious and all about his fans, he went back and put it on and came out in the custom RDQLUS "Goldie" OMAGOODNESS tee and rocked his set. Yeah… Murs for President.
2. When you get a treat, do you usually have instructions come along? Damn. I do. Apparently I'm a terrible sharer of snacks because I got a note telling me so. That's awesome!
3. It was 65º five days ago. Now it's below freezing. Completely ridiculous in a not-so-good way. I need to winter somewhere else. C'mon!
4. Constantly dabbling in style and fashion, my RDQLUS "Dashers" custom slacks conversions have been raising a few eyebrows—including a former Project Runway alum, Valerie Mayen was even giving a little love. There's a tutorial showing how the "Dashers" are made.
5. I had a great time at a speaking gig for the Lincoln chapter of the American Advertising Federation's "Ad Camp" event, talking to students and soon-to-be-professional creatives in the RDQLUS staple "Asked & Answered" one-man panel. You never really know how it has gone until you hear from the organizers, but with social media you can often see reactions and responses almost immediately… like this cool note that got posted before I even made it back to Omaha. Not sure they were listening, but I love the drawing.