Meet Matt....I met him when he interned for me way back when (hello, aging myself), and along the way we became great friends....besties. :)
He has impeccable style (both in clothing and in designing....did I mention he freelances as a graphic designer?!) and is hands down one of my favorite people in the world...and that is not a label I hand out freely.
Awhile back we spent the day together and I took some random shots at his place. We also did an interview, which I'll share with you after the pictures. Enjoy!
Getting to know Matt........
Current city: The glorious City of Chicago
Current profession: Marketing Manager for an engineering firm and its affiliated companies.
What do you dream about doing as your full-time job? Proposals, of course. As many as I can get my hands on. Actually, no. In a perfect world I'd own my own design firm - both graphic and interior.
What are your wardrobe staples? I like old man sweaters and good jeans. And I love a good pair of sharp shoes. And tailored clothing. I don't so much care for the sloppy look.
Where do you like to shop? Banana, JCrew and TopShop, almost exclusively. Throw in an occasional Bloomingdales and wherever I can find a good pair of shoes.
Who are your style influences? Ryan Gosling in Crazy Stupid Love. Out. Standing. As well as Neal Caffrey in White Collar - though I have no use for a 3 piece suit on a daily basis, but it's amazing. Throw in Justin Timberlake and David Beckham and I'm all set. I like sharp, clean, tailored, classic and a little bit nerdy.
What is your favorite thing about living in Chicago? It's not the suburbs. Least favorite? It's not the suburbs.
Favorite spot in the city? The lawn of the Pritzker Pavilion, or running over Michigan Avenue on the North Avenue pedestrian bridge. The lakefront at Belmont Harbor is pretty stellar too.
Top 3 places you've traveled to? London, New York and Venice. Though I'm happy to research this further.
You're at a party...what are you drinking? If we're talking a party party, then Grey Goose and 7. With a lime, please. Everywhere else, most likely a beer.
Top 5 books you've read.... + would recommed to others: The Art of Racing in the Rain and The Book Thief are tied for my favorite book. Rounding out my top five would be The Lone Survivor, The Kite Runner and the newly-added-to-my-list-that-everyone-should-read-despite-the-fact-that-it's-clearly-written-for-tweens, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. It's a fantastic story. I'll also read anything by Harlen Coben. A shout-out to CP for encouraging me to take on, and love, reading for sport. Something not everyone learns to appreciate and I'm incredibly grateful for. (thanks Matt!)
What would you NEVER be caught wearing? Dockers. I don't understand bad khakis. Honorable mention goes to animal snow hats, PJs in public and/or baseball hats.
What, in your opinion looks good on a woman? Nothing. Inappropriate? Whoops. ;) Pencil skirts and tall heels. I have a thing for the trendy-corporate Barbie look. But I'm also a sucker for a woman that can look equally sexy in a (well fitted) tshirt and jeans.
Thanks for playing Matt!