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Any die-hard Texan will remind you that everything is bigger in Texas: big hearts, big eats, and, especially, big hair. I jumped ship last week to hitch a ride down to Austin for South by Southwest, where luminaries from music, film, and technology collide. I’m thrilled to announce I partnered with one of my all-time favorite Scotch whisky brands, The Macallan, for some exclusive behind-the-scenes content from SXSW’s epicenter – which many of you saw on both The Macallan and I’s channels.

Along with my friend (and fellow lifestyle blogger) Adam Gallagher, we created some stellar content around a few of the partnered events The Macallan hosted down in Austin, including impeccable breakfasts with Trends on Trends (at hot spots like Odd Duck and Gardner), the Bonobos ’Dram Sessions’ where guys could take a break from their hectic SX schedules and enjoy a dram of whisky while they shopped and WeWork gatherings in partnership with Digg, where we got a chance to meet so many of you!

I was thrilled to be a part of the kick-off for The Macallan’s US Instagram account (@USMacallan). If you haven’t already, be sure to follow them to see more pictures of our fun at South by Southwest and remember to post your #MacallanMoments. [high-five]

Bats & Bagels

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Last week, I got the chance to attend a wonderful brunch with W Hotels and the The Council of Fashion Designers of America in Austin while I was down for the South by Southwest festival. Recently, W Hotels partnered with the CFDA {FASHION INCUBATOR} program to provide support for emerging (and exceptionally creative) designers in the fashion industry. I was so excited to get the chance to meet and greet with designer Lucio Castro, who I’ve been a fan of for a few years now. His modern take on sophisticated staples immediately drew me in after seeing one of his first collections.

You guys know how quirky I like to get with my clothing; I’m a sucker for anything that puts a creative twist on simple basics. This terry t-shirt collaboration from Lucio Castro for W Hotels and CFDA is pure genius – fusing noteworthy locals from Austin (the bat) and New York City (the bagel). Cheeky, well fitted, and comfortable, this t-shirt is my new second skin. I won’t admit how many times I’ve worn it in a row… because you clearly get the point.

All this bagel talk has made me hungry…

LUCIO CASTRO x W Hotels T-Shirt / APC Denim / ASOS Porkpie Hat

First Bloom

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Spring is finally beginning to bloom in New York and it’s actually quite magical. But more importantly, winter is on its final step out of my life. [Raises fist in triumph]

As part of my monthly partnership with EXPRESS, I’m reintroducing color back into my wardrobe. I figured I’d start with a bang so I opted for this tangerine orange 1MX dress shirt and white jeans. I’m actually quite in love with the slim fit of the button-down, which EXPRESS always does so well. It has a very slight sheen to it, which makes it a perfect tool for dressing up with chinos or dressing down with your favorite pair of jeans. Mixed with my white denim, I’m clearly ready and waiting for that summer sun.

What colors or pieces will you be adding to your wardrobe this spring?

EXPRESS Shirt / EXPRESS Denim / Won Hundred Coat / Ted Baker Boots

Music Monday / 12

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We’re only one day into our week and lord knows I’m already exhausted. I’ve got a few fun appointments and events to attend this week. I spent most of the weekend catching up on episodes of the Amazon Original series Bosch. I’ve always been a fan of police dramas (like Law & Order: SVU) and Bosch has been particularly intriguing. Grab your favorite headphones and listen to this playlist of upbeat favorites!

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:

Phoebe Ryan - “Ignition/Do You…”

Cashmere Cat, Ariana Grande - “Adore”

Years & Years – “Desire”

Coleman Hell – “2 Heads”

Grimes, Bleachers - “Entropy”

Kendrick Lamar - “King Kunta”

Major Lazer, Mø - “Lean On”

Conrad Sewell - “Hold Me Up”

Jack Ü ft Justin Bieber – “Where Are Ü Now”

Smallpools - “Dreaming”

Ne-Yo - “Coming With You”

Kygo, Conrad Sewell - “Firestone”

LIGHTS - “Up We Go”

Drake - “Jungle”

Natalie La Rose - “Somebody”

Ryn Weaver – “Stay Low”

Børns - “Seeing Stars”

Image via PicDit

Freakin’ Weekend / 12

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Guess who’s back with the ever-popular Freakin’ Weekend posts. I took – oh – two months off for no damn reason but I loved doing these posts so I decided to get back in the swing of things! After a week at South by Southwest in Austin, TX (with Jaguar and The Macallan), I can say honestly that I am beyond exhausted. Thankfully, I have the next few days to binge on every show ever on Netflix and all flavors of Ben & Jerry’s that 7-11 can supply.

Have you seen Tina Fey’s new Netflix original series The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt? It’s brilliantly funny.

When I wear a blazer, it better be this green one. *cool*

I wish this amazingness was my home office.

This London e-retailer is by far one of my favorites on the web.

I played in the snow for five minutes this week. Naturally, I took a photo.

This lamp has moved to the top of my “make my apartment look like a coven” wish list.

Have you played Google Feud? It’s insanely addicting.

Basically, I love pie. So of course all of 15 of these are fantastic!

I think anyone would look awesome in these glorious swim trunks.

Definitely restocking up on my favorite sandal for summer. Huzzah!

Wait, 15 minutes of walking and I can stave off junk food cravings.

I’ve always felt having a gold laptop was “necessary” and now Apple has listened to my dreams.

Here are the 52 places to travel in 2015.

Did you see this adorable story about my apartment makeover?

I love this article on the idea of slowing down in life.

Essentially obsessed with everything this shop produces.

photo by Laurent Chehere

Rock On

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The potential for great style isn’t limited to your budget; I’ve always been a firm believer that style doesn’t have to be expensive. While I enjoy splurging on a small handful of pricier additions to my wardrobe each year, most of my favorite pieces are affordable on any budget. The equation is (1) define your personality for the day, and (2) dress for it. That confidence (that comes from dressing for yourself) is the garden where style blooms.

Retailers like Kmart have always been an important part of my style equation because I know I can snag a few trendier pieces at a fraction of the price of high-end boutiques. Growing up, I couldn’t afford any of the pricier popular mall brands like Abercrombie & Fitch or Hollister. My budget limited my spend but I didn’t let it limit my style. I shopped Kmart for fashionable items that I could mix-and-match in my wardrobe… and guess what happened? I was voted Best-Dressed at school [wipes shoulder off].

Recently, Marcel (from OneDapperStreet) and I got the chance to explore the newest season from the Adam Levine Collection, available at Kmart. Scout’s honor, the collection is a fantastic representation of Adam’s cool and collected rock star aesthetic. My favorite pieces from the collection were this slick leather jacket and a spectacular ombré shirt.

I loved that collection designer Kevin Christiana, whom some of you might know from Project Runway fame, was able to effortlessly translate the style of a global musician into incredibly affordable pieces that can make anyone from a small-town Mississippian to a jet-setting New Yorker feel like a rockstar.

If you haven’t checked out the full collection, you can see the full selection in store or online. Be sure to let me know what you think!

Adam Levine Collection Jacket / Adam Levine Collection Shirt / APC Denim / CAT Footwear

Now and Zen

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Scout Sixteen - West Elm Homepolish Makeover / Photo by Claire Esparros

Scout Sixteen - West Elm Homepolish Makeover / Photo by Claire Esparros

Scout Sixteen - West Elm Homepolish Makeover / Photo by Claire Esparros

Scout Sixteen - West Elm Homepolish Makeover / Photo by Claire Esparros

I’ve always felt like I had my act together; I work hard, I enjoy social activities, and I’m (almost always) able to maintain a perfect balance. You wouldn’t know it looking at my living room. When I first moved in to my East Village apartment in 2012, it was amidst a chaotic few months of my life riddled with too much travel and an over-exhaustive work schedule. My roommates and I haphazardly laid a floor plan of hodge-podge furniture and memorabilia… and that’s how it stayed for almost three years.

I work from home most of the week yet my space was so jarring that little work actually got done. I felt like I was constantly griping about how my apartment looked more like a college fraternity house than the apartment of an adult human with a creative job. I was in desperate need of a change. Needless to say, when West Elm offered to transform my space as part of their ongoing #WEsmallspace series, I jumped on the opportunity.

I enlisted the help of Homepolish and their resident West Coast Creative Director (and my good friend) Orlando Soria to weave a colorful story and create a space where I could work, entertain, and – most importantly – relax. I’m so thrilled to show off the exquisite work that West Elm, Homepolish and Orlando did to my living room. We snagged some fantastic modern pieces from West Elm – like this gorgeous sofa, wall sconces, duo of colorful retro chairs, and coffee table – to transform the space from floor to ceiling.

The woven rug adds so much color to the space and ended up being one of my favorite parts of the whole transformation. Homepolish tapped incredible artist Shane Neufeld to infuse my walls with a heavy dose of abstract color and I am beyond obsessed with his diptych. If you haven’t checked out his other work, it’s an absolute must!

I can’t thank West Elm, Homepolish, and Orlando enough for updating my life in such a major way. I know it sounds corny but I feel like I got a piece of my sanity back! My old living room was such an eyesore and I was desperate for a refresh. If you’re finding yourself in a similar situation, I really encourage you to check out Homepolish – they offer beautiful and affordable interior design by the hour. Whether you’re in need of a little editing or you’re dying for a full revamp (like me), Homepolish is your new favorite company.

So… what do you guys think? What’s your favorite part of the makeover?

Peggy Mid-Century Sofa | Mid-Century Hanging Wall Sconce | Retro Wing Chair | Box Frame Coffee Table | Ceramic Side Table | Multi Pixel Woven Rug | Graphic Pillows | Throw Blankets | Wall Art

Photos by the ever-talented (and gorgeous) Claire Esparros of Homepolish

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Scout Sixteen - West Elm Homepolish Makeover / Photo by Claire Esparros

Scout Sixteen - West Elm Homepolish Makeover / Photo by Claire Esparros

Scout Sixteen - West Elm Homepolish Makeover / Photo by Claire Esparros

Scout Sixteen - West Elm Homepolish Makeover / Photo by Claire Esparros

Scout Sixteen - West Elm Homepolish Makeover / Photo by Claire Esparros

Scout Sixteen - West Elm Homepolish Makeover / Photo by Claire Esparros

Scout Sixteen - West Elm Homepolish Makeover / Photo by Claire Esparros

Scout Sixteen - West Elm Homepolish Makeover / Photo by Claire Esparros

Scout Sixteen - West Elm Homepolish Makeover / Photo by Claire Esparros

Scout Sixteen - West Elm Homepolish Makeover / Photo by Claire Esparros

Pink Haze

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Pink has never been one of my favorite colors; it’s just a bit too cheery for my taste. Navy, black, ochre.. now those are colors I love. They’re moody, brooding, and matte. When I wear pink, I half expect to look in a mirror and see Paris Hilton or some other cultural Barbie doll staring back at me. Last week I was browsing the racks at Zara and saw a glimmer of pink peeking out from behind a cluster of printed shirts. Curiosity got the best of me and I found myself wanting to know more.

Turns out that little discovery session led me straight to this kickass mauve jacket. Like I said, I almost never wear pink but I’m slowly becoming a convert. It’s dark, dirty and weathered… and masculine enough. Since I can’t possibly break from my normal neutrals, I paired the jacket with a navy hoodie and black jeans to bring the pink back into my style stratosphere.

What do you think? Would you guys wear it?

Zara Jacket | Thrifted Hoodie | Adam Levine Henley | APC Jeans | Tretorn Shoes