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Music Monday / 24

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Music Monday / 24

This week, I’ve got a playlist full of some “holding-on-to-summer” favorites and a few brand spankin’ new tracks fresh off the press. After a month of heavy traveling (and a few weeks left on my itinerary), I’ve been relying on these tracks to cut through the noise and breathe some life back into my days. And it’s done just that – so I hope you find the solace in this playlist as I have.

Kick off your shoes and get those lazy pants on (you know the ones…) and ease right into some much-deserved R&R at home. Enjoy!

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Escape to October Mountain

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Summer in New York City is both a blessing and a curse. With warm weather comes outdoor seating at my favorite restaurants, riverside concerts with friends, dark tans, and short shorts. But there’s a stern side to summers in the City: it’s almost too hot to enjoy the good things. After a particularly hot Saturday last weekend, I threw my hands up and said, “Enough!”

On Sunday morning, I grabbed my phone and started crafting an escape plan. Typically, I shy away from spontaneous trips because the prices surge to unimaginable heights; however, a friend had let me in on the not-so-secret secret that is Booking.com’s app Booking NOW. Through the app, I was able to book an impromptu trip to the Eastover Estate in Lenox, Massachusetts for a little rest and relaxation in the Berkshires.

Using the Booking NOW app, I was able to review properties that fit my major requirements: the app allows you to filter in your must-have preferences like Wi-Fi, breakfast, non-smoking, free parking, etc. The Eastover Estate eventually championed over its local rivals because of its sheer beauty and proximity to popular hiking trails. The property also offers Zen-inspired activities like morning yoga, freehand Chinese calligraphy lessons, and a stunning reflection pond.

Less than twenty four hours later I ditched my ordinary everyday routine, grabbed my friend Michelle, and trekked off to an extraordinary two days in the mountains. No cell phone service, no work, no agenda — just forty-eight hours of uninhibited discovery. We hiked, biked, swam, and even faced off with a massive black bear along the way. (This was actually one of the most frightening, yet exciting things to ever happen to me.)

Exploring the property ended up being one of the most memorable parts of the trip. The Eastover Estate was built as the summer home for Harris Fahenstock, a founding member of the First National Bank of New York, and his family. Over the decades, it would change hands until eventually landing under the ownership of Yingxing Wang, who turned the property into a relaxation and rejuvenation retreat. It was, quite literally, one of the most revitalizing experiences I’ve had in my life.

And to think… this incredible experience was only a few taps away. I’ve armed you with the tools, now go discover something extraordinary!

This post is sponsored by Booking.com.  Wing everything. Except your accommodation.

Primania

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It was the end of July 2013, and I was spending an inordinate amount of time trolling videos from my favorite YouTubers. One video, in particular, called “Huge Summer Primark Haul” peaked my interest. I hadn’t yet heard of Primark but I would soon become obsessed – firstly, because it was obvious Primark carried some seriously stylish product, and secondly, because I always want what I don’t have immediate access to.

Fast forward two years and Primark is finally bringing its unique blend of on-trend and affordable fashion across the pond onto U.S. soil. After 46 years of success in Europe, UK, and Ireland, Primark will be opening two American stores: a 77,000 square foot flagship location in Boston’s historic Burnham Building, with another store opening soon after in the King of Prussia mall in Philedelphia.

This week, I got the chance to test-drive a few key pieces from Primark’s menswear offering. I paired this insanely comfortable sporty sweatshirt with a pair of distressed slim-cut denim, and mustard rain slicker. I must admit, I was immediately addicted. I’ve always had a hard time finding stylish pieces with true slim silhouettes, but I don’t have to look any further. Primark is where it’s at!

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be cataloging additional looks in anticipation for Primark’s exciting September 10th opening in Boston, where I’ll be to ring in the stylish fun on Instagram (@justinliv) and Snapchat (@justinliv1) – be sure to follow along!

Hart and Soul

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As you know, I’m working in tandem with GQ magazine and GAP to reveal the new crop of theBest New Menswear Designers of America. Each year, GQ choose four standout favorites to create collaborative capsule collections for GAP’s menswear offering. The full collection will be released in September, but until then, I’ll be sporting standout pieces from each brand.

This month, we’re talking about David Hart, an on-the-rise designer with an affinity for tailored clothing. Hart was inspired by the style of the 1950s and 1960s, which is immediately apparent in his must-have collections. Classically tailored with contemporary updates (think fits, fabric choices, and color palette), David Hart is a designer for the modern man.

Ever since he showed up to elementary school wearing a bow tie, designer David Hart has had an affinity for tailored clothes. Six years ago Hart launched a small tie line that spawned a full men’s collection. Inspired by the fashion of the 1950s and ’60s, he designs with one foot in the past and one in the future bringing classically tailored techniques into the 21st century with updated fits, modern combinations, and a sophisticated color palette. Wool and silk ties, colorful donegal tweed suiting, and trim banlon polo shirts have all become David Hart classics that bring a bit of crooner cool to the modern man.

Check out more from David Hart and shop GAP’s current menswear offering to get your wardrobe summer-ready. West Coast vacation, anyone?

The Way We Met

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On weekends when I’m home in the City, I try to do at least one thing that gets me out away from my local haunts. This weekend, my friend Serena and I decided to spend a few hours pumping ourselves full of some serious history at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (fondly known as The Met).

Maneuvering between ancient Egyptian artifacts, colonial art, and an incredible Chinese costume exhibit, we finished our museum outing with a little quiet reflection in Grecian and Roman art hall. Well… it was more of a “resting our bones” stop than introspective reflection, but either way we culled a lot of inspiration from some of history’s greatest creators. If you haven’t checked out some of the Met’s current exhibits, it’s an absolute must.

In typical fashion, we finished up our day with stuffed-to-perfection tacos and prickly pear margaritas at Javelina. Because, duh.

Armor Lux T-Shirt | Levi’s Denim | New Balance Sneakers | ASOS Sunglasses | OBEY Cap (similar)

Sunday Funday

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Weekends are my jam. Few things excite me more than getting two work-free days each week to relax, unwind, and spend quality time with friends. This year, I started a tradition of “Sunday Fundays,” where my friends and I explore the City for a few hours, instead of retreating into a deep, dark hole of Chinese take-out and Netflix addictions.

This past weekend, I partnered with my friends at Coca-Cola Freestyle to infuse my Sunday Funday with a little uptown spirit. I grabbed my roommates (Christina of Trop Rouge and Anthony of Closet Freaks) and we headed up to the Upper West Side to start exploring.

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Music Monday / 23

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Traveling is both one of my greatest pleasures and also one of the most stressful aspects of my career. With all the time I spend on airplanes each month, you’d think I’d feel more comfortable up in the air than most. Not true. To relieve my anxiety while flying, I’ll always make a feel-good playlist to help ease the nerves and put me in good spirits when I’m soaring through the air in a 400-ton metal death trap at 35,000 feet. See… I’m *very* relaxed right now.

This week’s playlist is full of new tunes and a few wicked collaborations from artists I love. Get your dancing shoes on because this list is one gem after the next. Let me know what you think!

Don’t forget to subscribe to my Spotify profile to stay up-to-date on all my playlists. Have a song I should hear? Email me with your suggestion!

TRACK LISTING:

Florence + The Machine – “What Kind Of Man”

Disclosure ft Sam Smith – “Omen”

Audien ft Lady Antebellum – “Something Better”

Phoebe Ryan – “Mine – Michael Keenan Remix”

Jessie J – “Sorry To Interrupt”

Ella Eyre – “Good Times”

Niykee Heaton – “Bad Intentions”

Tove Styrke – “…Baby One More Time”

Jahkoy – “Still In Love”

Charles Perry – “Stranger To Love – RAC Mix”

Karen Harding – “Say Something – Zac Samuel Remix”

Gorgon City – “Imagination”

James Hersey – “Coming Over – filous Remix”

Beck – “Dreams”

Meg Myers – “Lemon Eyes”

Jon Bellion – “All Time Low”

Frames – “In Vain”

Jones – “Indulge”

Royal – “Passenger”

Transviolet – “Girls Your Age”

Superwalkers – “Judge Me”

White Sea – “Stay Young, Get Stoned”


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Moto Crossed

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Planes, trains, and motorcycles… oh my! Between bold attempts to arrive punctual to a meeting and appeasing the travel bug by getting out of the City, I’ve ridden on just about every mode of transportation within the past month. I’d be okay to not see another train ticket or flight confirmation for a while. Well, that’s a fib. I actually love being on the go… but too much of a good thing, am I right?

It’s fitting that this month EXPRESS asked me to model out their Moto Jeans. For a guy who’s constantly on the go, I’m in desperate need of pieces that can adapt to my dynamic lifestyle; these EXPRESS coated moto jeans do just that! Extremely comfortable with a bit of stretch, I’ve been wearing them while I travel and I must say, they’ve taken quite a beating and still look as edgy as ever. I paired them with a simple long-sleeve tee and a pair of sleek black leather sneakers.

If you’re interested in snagging yourself a pair of moto jeans… or you’d like to come hang out with me at EXPRESS, now’s your chance! I’m hosting the EXPRESS Fit For You Jeans Event on Thursday, August 6th from 6PM-9PM at the EXPRESS Flatiron store on 18th Street and 5th Avenue. Join me (along with my bestie and co-host Christina Caradona of Trop Rouge) for an evening of shopping, hot tracks, and a drink or two! RSVP for you and a friend at rsvp@express.com with subject line FLATIRON.
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