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Music Monday / 15

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Jet lag feels like the ultimate joke from Mother Nature. It’s like “Have a great time on your tropical vacation because I’m going to make it a bitch to get back on your normal schedule LOL” … [sigh]

I’m back on the grind after two weeks in Thailand and I haven’t quite recovered from a cumulative 48 hours of flights! And although I’m feeling like a complete space cadet, I’m excited about this week ahead of me: lots of fun meetings, projects, and events on my calendar. My trip to Thailand was the ultimate recharge for my internal battery but for now – I’m counting on this playlist to get me charged up for this week. With new hits from chart-toppers like Rihanna and Sia, plus repeat-worthy jams from Sylvan Esso, AUROROA, and Kat Dahlia, there’s a song for everyone on this list. Pop on your favorite headphones (I just bought this INSANELY KICKASS pair from Bang & Olufsen) and grab a sweet treat to accompany your spicy week.

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TRACK LISTING:

Sylvan Esso - “Coffee”

Galantis - “Peanut Butter Jelly”

Kat Dahlia - “I Think I’m In Love”

The Japanese House – “Teeth”

Rihanna - “American Oxygen”

Christina and the Queens - “Saint Claude”

Giorgio Moroder ft. Sia - “Déjà Vu”

Glass Animals - “Gooey”

Kyla La Grange ft. Kygo - “Cut Your Teeth”

Blur - “Ong Ong”

AURORA - “Running With The Wolves”

Priory - “Weekend”

MGMT - “Electric Feel”

Zella Day - “Sweet Ophelia”

CHVRCHES - “Tether (Eric Prydz Remix)”

Erik Hassle - “No Words”

Travis Garland - “Motel Pool”

Anushka - “Kisses”

HOLYCHILD - “Happy With Me”

Image via Eva Tsang aka the always-inspiring TrotterGirlc

Million Maker

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The idea of having one million of something has always boggled my mind. When I was younger, “one million” was my go-to number for birthday wishes. I’d close my eyes tight and ask the birthday gods to send me a million dollars so I could buy ridiculous amounts of unnecessary gifts for myself at the mall. In middle school, I’d read a dozen books each month hoping to break a million points in our school-wide Book-It reading contests. As an adult, I just want a million dollars – plain and simple. I can wrap my brain around the “hundreds,” the “thousands,” and even the “hundred thousands,” but “millions” never cease to amaze me; always there as something more aspirational than attainable.

While wrapping up my most recent trip to Los Angeles, I got a call from the lovely folks over at Marriott. They were celebrating their One Millionth Mobile Check-In and wanted to gift me a stay-cation at The Carlton, Autograph Collection, one of my local New York City Marriott locations. Naturally, I jumped on the opportunity to sneak away from home for a night!

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Bangkok Nights

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Over the last two weeks, I had the opportunity to join the Tourism Authority of Thailand on a whirlwind trip across the land of smiles. Along with a motley crew of bloggers and photographers (including Michelle, Saul, Ali, Romey, and Michelle), we explored some of Thailand’s most celebrated cultural markers. Our first few days on the trip were spent in Bangkok – Thailand’s current capital. From “larger than life” suites at the luxurious Lebua State Tower Hotel to 15km bike rides around the perimeters of the city, we got to experience the best of Bangkok. Here is the first of three videos I created to showcase some of the trip.

Swift Aero

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The summer sun’s return to New York City thrills me beyond reason. Firstly, it means my months of hibernation are finally over. Secondly, it means I can return to my go-to wardrobe: denim, chambray, tees, and joggers – thank the heavens above! I snagged this pair at Aero a few weeks back and have to admit I’m hooked; I ended up buying three more pairs in a few colors and a pretty wicked camouflage pattern.

Joggers have always been one of my favorite options for fanning out my wardrobe during the spring and summer months. They’re often an inexpensive way to up the ante and add a sporty casual edge to your look. I paired this Aeropostale pair with a three-quarters length raglan tee and my Michael Bastian denim jacket. Nothing extra spectacular about the styling of this look but it’s very “me” – clean, classic, and casual. (My three favorite “C” words aside from “chocolate croissant” of course.)

So what are your take on joggers… Are you for them? Are you against them? Either way, try them out because they’re definitely a game-changer for any style conscious guy!

Aeropostale Joggers / Aeropostale Shirt / Michael Bastian Jacket / Frank & Oak Sneakers

Whiskey Pockets

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I’ve been a ‘whiskey guy’ for as long as I can remember. If liquor preference is something you inherit, I certainly inherited it from my grandfather. Most nights he would sit on his front porch enjoying insightful sips of Jameson while (likely) passing judgement on the state of neighbor’s yards; his yard was stuff of legend. It’s no surprise that – like my favorite libation – I also love whiskey-colored accessories. I recently picked up this spectacular wallet from VIANEL. This old-fashioned pocket-filler is edged with a punch of neon blue, which sends it right up my alley. VIANEL graciously engraved mine with my initials (in gold foil, of course). What’s even better is my new wallet makes a perfect complement to my Mujjo iPhone case. All hail the return of whiskey-colored accessories… now I’m jonesing for a drink. [sigh]

VIANEL Wallet | Mujjo iPhone 6 Plus Case

Shades of Blue

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I live in shades of blue and I’m more than content with that. Navy, chambray, indigo, and cerulean, any shade’ll do. I discovered my love of blue a few years back when a stranger complimented the way the color complemented my skin tone. From the day forward, I was an official convert and my wardrobe soon reflected it. I’ve learned to balance that obsession with other colors from the primary spectrum but when I can wear blue, I will.

What’s your favorite color to wear? Are you a blue addict as well?

Zara Jacket (similar) | Simon Miller Shirt | AG Jeans | Converse Sneakers | Thrifted Beanie (similar)

Prints Charming

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As one whose wardrobe is the Switzerland equivalent of neutral, it may come as a surprise that I’m a sucker for mixing prints. The harmonious cacophony of pairing two loud prints in one look thrills me; I can’t explain this desire. What I can explain is that I’ve always loved tropical locations (I’m actually headed to Thailand in a couple of days!) so tropical-themed prints have always appealed to me. Now, I’m not talking about the gaudy prints your Uncle Carl used to wear to family reunions. A tropical print is a balanced art between the exotic flora and fauna that swirl in aesthetic discord around your garment and the playful ease with which you can pair said garment with other “normal” items in your wardrobe.

I know a good tropical print when I see one – and thankfully I was seeing double in these two pieces from Alfred dunhill. You may remember a few months back when I partnered with the storied British luxury brand for a swanky in-store event. I’ve had my eye closely on the brand ever since. dunhill’s Spring/Summer collection is impeccable – and I think it goes without saying that the tropical printed pieces immediately won over my heart.

What do you think of mixing prints? Would you wear this look? Either way, see more from dunhill’s collection online or head on over to their like-worthy Instagram.

dunhill Shirt | dunhill Swim Short | Frank & Oak Sneakers

Freakin Weekend / 13

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I’m basically living out of suitcase at the moment. I’ve been back in New York for two days (after an 8-day excursion along the West Coast) and I’m already up to my neck in overdue deadlines. Oops! It doesn’t help my productivity knowing that I’m leaving for a 12-day ‘bucket list trip’ across Thailand on Sunday. My procrastination levels are at an all-time high right now but I’m attempting to push through it… unsuccessfully. I hope your week has been exponentially more productive, but if you’re in my same boat then here are a few of my favorite links to stave off that workload a little longer. Enjoy!

Cream cheese, avocado, and a bagel – has there ever been a more delectable combination? Get in my mouth.

Perfect summery outfit: this shirt + these shorts + this floral sneaker. YES!

If you’re looking for a small camera bag, this one is pretty wicked. I have it in the smoke color.

I’m dying over these modernist side tables. Why can’t I be rich with a big, beautiful home?!

Been listening to my current playlist non-stop. And Hilary Duff makes a surprise cameo, because duh.

Want to know how I schedule my blog posts and social media? Here it is.

Love my friend Patrick’s new venture, The Liquor Cabinet.

Hand pies are a thing and I really want it to be a thing I’m into.

Remember when I wore this floral shirt and it went viral? I need to wear it more, apparently.

This green mud mask isn’t just for ladies – and I’m telling you it’s a miracle worker!

Just picked up this kickass weekender bag. It’s my new favorite.

Really loving all the inspiration in this post. Gimme.

Loved this cheeky article from the New York Times on how to scrub in the shower… like a man.

I’m learning how to cook pork chops in the oven perfectly – and you should, too!

These sneakers are pricey but the elevated sole is just perfection.

Here’s a checklist of ways to be more emotionally intelligent. Educating myself right now, to be honest.

photo by Pinterest