Bedroom Redux with West Elm

July 25, 2014 • 6 Comments

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During the first half of this year, I had difficulty finding balance in my life. Each professional success seemed to be quickly followed by a personal defeat; I felt I was making sacrifices left and right to restore balance. It wasn’t until I pinpointed the issue (my space) that things began to rapidly improve.

I must first say that I’m not a hoarder despite what my friends may tell you; I’ve always been an avid collector. When I find something I like (the perfect black t-shirt or a pair of slim-cut denim), I buy it compulsively. I’ll get 2 or 3 of the same thing and add to the “collection” in my wardrobe. This was a problem – I was battling personal issues with an expensive alternative therapy. I was being swallowed by the things that also built me up.

May was the month – I vowed to cut the clutter from my life. I began purging in all aspects of my life and leaving little room for excess. One of the areas in desperate need of change was my bedroom (which also serves as my home office). With a small space to tackle, I enlisted the help of my friends at West Elm to infuse my space with mid-century zen while properly restoring my sanity.

I don’t wake up in a panic anymore. I traded in my king size bed and oversized furniture for pieces that feel purposeful and pleasant. My space finally evokes the balance I craved for so long and I couldn’t be more excited to realign my journey here.

Mid-Century Daybed / Nomad Coverlet (Bedding) / Marble Side Table / Salt Vase / Geometric Planter

To see more of my room transformation, head on over to West Elm’s blog!

Friday Links

Freakin’ Weekend

July 25, 2014 • 2 Comments

What are you up to this weekend? I’m headed to the beach tomorrow for some much-needed time in the sun. Honestly, my skin is starting to take on a ghostly pallor and this is just not good on many different levels. Aside from a seaside day-trip, I’m planning to see an afternoon movie on Sunday. I’m thinking Boyhood… thoughts?

Hope your weekend is spectacular; here are a few of my favorite links from this week to get you through the weekend…

Holy YES. A teaser poster has been released for 2015′s Jurassic World.

One of my tips to better summer skin? This product.

Weird food combinations you have to try.

And now pictures of Ben Affleck as the new Batman.

We need more things like this in our world.

Vans created cork shoes. And they are awesome.

Recreating iconic logos… with bike parts.

Iced Tea + Margaritas? My worlds have collided.

This is a circle. Wait, no it’s not!

Don’t read through this reddit thread before bed. Scary stuff.

Interchangeable eyewear? Bring it on!

This collection from Dolce & Gabbana has me wanting to travel.

I definitely need to stay here on my next trip to Paris.

This cover of Sia’s Chandelier by Sara Bareilles is unreal.

Snagged myself a couple of things from this MyHabit sale.

Looking to get away but not sure where? Try this out.

(Photo credit: The CWST)

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Summer Heat

July 24, 2014 • 4 Comments

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I won’t lie… I’m ready for summer to come to a close. Don’t get me wrong; I love summer as much as the next guy, but when I spend more time each day sweating than not sweating – it starts to wear me down. I’m itching to get myself to a new location where the heat is reasonable and the fun factor is high: a Mexican resort town, a beach in Southern California, or (heck) I’d even settle for a snow-capped mountain trip. I just need to get away for a bit.

Okay, enough weather ranting for a moment. On to the fun stuff…!

I recently partnered with Diesel Watches to showcase some of their really fun timepieces. While Diesel is best known for their denim, the brand has an aesthetic eye for accessories. I’ve checked out the full selection and there are watches to fit any personality or taste. The piece I’m wearing is my personal favorite because of the contrast between the casual leather band and edgy watch face; I love subtle details like that. What do you think?

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Weekday Way

July 21, 2014 • 6 Comments

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It’s that time again; it’s Monday. Monday and I have one very vitriolic relationship. I can’t quite surrender my good will and happy feelings to the day that continues to stick the middle finger to my weekend fun. I always know it’s coming but I’m never truly prepared for Monday misery.

Ill feelings aside, I’m ready to work this week; I’m ready to tackle one full schedule. The look I chose to start my week with includes another pair of Abercrombie denim – the classic straight jean. I liked the fact that the brand offers so many fit options (and variety of washes) so picking out a pair that fit my personality was easy. This pair was especially cool because it was inspired by vintage denim (a personal favorite) and included some cool antiqued metal hardware/buttons. I completed the look with my typically comfortable palette of navy and white because few other combinations thrill me more.

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Music Monday

July 21, 2014 • 1 Comments

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Starting today, I’ll be serving up a plated playlist every Monday of 16 must-listen songs to get you through your week. These playlists will be curated by Scout Sixteen or a variety of artists and musicians you may know (or definitely need to meet). To kick it off, I’ve compiled the songs that I’ve had on repeat this weekend… something my roommates can certainly attest to.

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Friday Links

Freakin’ Weekend

July 18, 2014 • 0 Comments

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What are you up to this weekend? I’ll be spending most of tomorrow in major cleaning mode. (I try to set aside at least half of one Saturday each month for a deep cleaning of my apartment.) On Sunday, I’ll be blogging from the menswear trade show Project (for the second season) followed by dancing my pants off at Sara Bareilles’ concert at Madison Square Garden!

Hope your weekend is spectacular; here are a few of my favorite links from this week to get you through the weekend…

Disneyland’s opening day was absolutely terrifying.

Gold tattoos? Yes, please.

This turtle eating watermelon made me smile.

If you’re going to take shots, do it the right way.

Just bought this bag and can’t stop wearing it.

If you love the outdoors and moody photos, follow this Instagram right now.

GQ partnered with Quarterly for one killer curated box. Get it.

Breeze through airport security with this new product.

I need these perforated Sperry slip-ons as soon as possible.

Game of Thrones jewelry; Hell yes.

These before-and-after photos from home renovations are insane!

Is this the newest fashion trend for bearded men?

How’d  you like a wig made from your own hair?

Let’s talk about colonics

Late to the game, but this video had me in tears of laughter.

In love with this money clip. Gimme.

*Photo credit: plant art from*

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Floral Pass

July 16, 2014 • 4 Comments

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A few weeks back while in Nantucket, I got the chance to do a little exploring of the Island. The area is filled with little nooks and passes tucked away beyond the bushes that line the small curling lanes. This particular day, I got the chance to test-drive a pair of Abercrombie & Fitch slim-straight jeans. I liked that the pair I chose had some spectacular fading/whiskering and hand-done details like rips and tears. It’s been a while since I’ve worn destroyed denim but my taste for the style is coming back. Abercrombie & Fitch was once a brand I’d have to save up for months to afford but they’ve started offering high quality denim in extremely competitive prices (these jeans I’m wearing are only $44!), plus they were perfect for the weather in Nantucket.

If you get the chance to go to Nantucket, you certainly should. It’s one of the most serene weekend getaways I’ve taken in years. And if you need some recommendations, you know who to call…

Abercrombie Denim / Zara T-Shirt / Cole Haan Shoes / Daniel Wellington Watch
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Fresh Start

July 15, 2014 • 10 Comments

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Here’s my dilemma: I hate cleaning my jeans. I’ll be honest and say I probably only wash my jeans once or twice a month (regardless of how often I wear them). Before you call the sanitation police, let me explain. As many of you know, I wear my jeans fairly slim. The issue is two-fold: (1) I hate how stiff my jeans get at the cleaners plus they have this weird detergent feel to them, but (2) I love restoring the fit of my jeans after the wash. They fit like they did when I first bought them.

The laundry gods must’ve heard my prayers because the greatest little gadget was delivered to my doorstep last week. Meet Swash.

It may look commonplace from the outside, but what it does is revolutionary. In just 10 minutes, the Swash can reduce wrinkles, refresh fabrics, restore fit, and preserve the lifespan of my clothing. And best of all… it’s saving me a ton on dry-cleaning bills. It also works on just about any fabric in your closet (except leather, velvet, suede, silk or fur).

Everything you need for the Swash system is contained in glorious little pods. There are a variety of scents to fit any mood or personality, but my personal favorite is ‘Awaken’. There is no water or plumbing involved, just a 120-volt wall outlet and magic (of course). If you’re looking for a quick, easy way to breathe new life into your wardrobe – this is for you! Ready to purchase? The Swash system is available for pre-order only on Bloomingdale’s (in both black and neutral) and will ship nationwide in September.

Cheers to cleaning the easy way…

(Update: For those who have asked, the ombré shirt is from Koto)