DEGS AND SAL®

Let me share a story with you so you can see how things in life can come full circle. When, C, and I first started dating in October things obviously went pretty fast because of this indescribable connection that we have. By the end of October/beginning of November we were already trying to figure out what to buy one another for Christmas and it just so happened one morning I was putting my rings on and I told her how I’ve always wanted a cool necklace but could never find one with the right vibe. It was literally just a thought that I said out loud and never expected anything from it. Fast forward to Christmas and one of my gifts from her was a really awesome skull necklace by a company that I’ve never heard of, Degs and Sal®. Me being me, I really analyzed the piece of jewelry and after my meticulous evaluation I was completely sold. I honestly couldn’t get over how much I liked it and how I felt it was a cool departure from going the Chrome Hearts® route, which to be honest,  I was pretty tempted to do. Nothing against CH, I truly love their pieces but I feel like, well, let’s face it, if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen most of them. And two, there’s just too many knock off’s. This brings me to The Great Frog®, another absolutely amazing jewelry brand that makes exquisite pieces but the price range is way up there. For me, Degs and Sal® hits all of the marks for what I was looking for but could never seem to find. They make pieces that have a vintage biker vibe, the quality is amazing and there’s a lot of attention to detail and finally, the cost factor leaves you feeling like you get way more than what you paid for. I truly loved my Christmas present so much that a couple of weeks later I ordered another necklace from them so I could “stack my chains”. I was so hyped about them that I keep tagging them in my instagram stories without any sort of expectation of  them reaching out to me. I just believe in the brand and wanted to let people know about them who were perhaps in the same jewelry predicament that I was in. Which now brings me to the full circle moment. Someone from the Degs team did end up reaching out to me and offered to send me a care package with pieces from their new collection. I thought they were going to send me one or two pieces but they sent me a bunch of items, some that I absolutely love because it fits my aesthetic and some that I wouldn’t gravitate towards because it doesn’t suite my personal style but one thing is consistent, all of the pieces align with a quality that is purely superb. Thank you Degs and Sal® for the lovely gifts and I can’t wait to work some of them in to my day-to-day styling as well as my photoshoots. I may even be giving some away on my Instagram and Youtube channel so stay tuned.  


Oh, and another full circle moment, I gave the lady one of the chains that she loved, which is pretty funny because that’s how this whole thing even got started. Happy Friday and have a wonderful weekend, everyone.



-Danny


BRANDING MATERIALS

I feel like life is moving at a tremendous speed right now due to how much stuff I have going on. I’m literally being pulled in so many different direction at once and I can’t seem to finish small tasks because my attention instantly has to segway to another. I speak like I’m complaining about this but to be quite honest, creative chaos is where I thrive, especially when I have a moment to look up and see something that has been completed. It hypes me up to tackle more, create more, do more… be more. 


-Danny


LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION

I’ve been looking for a couple of lightweight, transportable lights that can be quickly setup for an upcoming project and I think I finally found the solution. I ordered a set of Came-TV LED lights from Adorama last week and was beyond thrilled when they got delivered. The first thing I noticed was just how incredibly lightweight and compact these little babies are and the second was just how massive the wall plugs were (after researching, this seems to be an issue for a lot of people who had the same reaction). It’s like cable after cable which sort of defeats the purpose of why I chose these in the first place so instead of using plugs I went ahead and ordered a set of Kastar NP-F980 rechargeable batteries. I believe paid $60 for the batteries which gives me about an hour of juice at 100% brightness. I know that’s not a long time and it’s kind of a bummer and I know there’s other battery options out there but they require more plugs and additional attachments on the light stands and I shoot pretty fast (pause) so it might work out just fine for me. I paid around $600 for the set with batteries and it seems to be a pretty good deal for a solid lighting source that I can beat up and not be too upset about if they get thrashed. If you’re looking for decent continuous lighting for shoots but aren’t ready to drop that Profoto type of money, I would say give these a shot.


-Danny


I HAVEN’T SHOT FILM IN AGES

I honestly haven’t shot film in ages, and by ages, I’m talking over a year. That’s a long period of time to not do something that you love doing and I wasn’t sure if I still had “it”. As you can imagine I was pretty nervous to take out the Contax 167MT and load a roll of Portra at my shoot with Logan but I’m glad I did. I can see where I’m rusty and what I need to work on but there’s no feeling like the feeling you get when you go through film scans and see a good frame that you captured. No editing, no adjusting, just a moment frozen exactly how you remember it at the time. That’s the magic of photography in its purest form.


Thank you to the Dark Room Film Lab for processing my film. 


-Danny


DAILY REMINDER

I surprised, C, with a little daily reminder of my gratitude for her and what she adds to my life. I’ve really been trying to teach myself how to be the best version of myself in our relationship. To listen to her, discover her likes, her interest and what makes her happy. I know just showing up for her emotionally is all she really wants from me but how do I stay consistent? How do I continue to be there for her through her highs and lows, to listen to her after a long day at the office or simply remind myself to put my arms around her to make her feel safe and protected? I know these are all small things but in the pursuit of success these gestures can tend to get lost. Just like in my business ventures, I have a tendency to try to deconstruct everything and put it back together in its most simplest form and in doing so in our relationship I discovered that if I simply continue to do what I did in the beginning, things will never get old. Little meaningful gifts, hand written notes, calls just to hear about her day and random texts just to let her know I’m thinking of her. These are all things I did that got us to where we are now and what I’ve taken from this formula is this; never stop watering the seeds of a meaningful relationship if you want things to continue to grow. It has honestly taken me to this point in my life to discover just how simple it can be to pursue happiness with the person you adore if you consistently exercise the muscle of reminding yourself of how you felt in the beginning. The excitement, the happiness, the laughter, the appreciation, the safety, the beauty, the sheer gratitude for what you have.. it never has to end. That’s pretty powerful. 


-Danny 


WEEKEND VIBES

It’s cool how the gal and I now share a common style. We like to mix high and low, expensive with cost effective and mesh the spectrums together in a shared palette. I would say I’ve introduced my own personal style elements to her, and she introduced hers to me and now we pretty much just share a wardrobe when it comes to most of our coats and sweatshirts. And then comes the matching element, we almost always match something on any given day so it was really cool when I finally found the matching Helmut Lang jacket to the rare coat I already owned, which she pretty much already took over. Relaxed, a subtle flex and comes as a duo, just like us.  


-Danny


FINAL HOURS

Our SS20 Flash Sale is coming to an end. Be sure to grab the last of our stock during the final hours. Thank you everyone for the tremendous amount of support. We’ve been up all night packing orders and trying our best to get your packages to you as quickly as possible. Have a wonderful weekend, we love you.


-Danny




V-DAY DATE

We celebrated Valentine’s Day with black bean burgers from Café Gratitude and a drive in movie at Cinespia which is now being shown at the Greek Theater. This was honestly one of the best days (dates) that we’ve ever had. From dancing together in the kitchen in the morning and taking polaroids, to eating burgers in the trunk, to the inflatable movie screen getting knocked over by the wind, the entire experience was one of those days that just brings you closer as a couple. We both agree that it was one of those magic moments that really reminds us that we’re exactly with who we were always meant to find. 


-Danny