Here is another look I shot while in Las Vegas with the Zappos crew for the Life is Beautiful music festival. I had such a blast hanging out with my fellow bloggers (Anthony, Jessica, and Hallie) and getting to see some kick-ass artists perform just steps from my hotel. I think one of my favorite performances was (I know, I know) Kanye West. While he did launch an incredibly terrible tirade halfway through the show, his set was pure perfection. If you haven’t heard of the LIB festival, check it out and maybe next year, I’ll see you there!
Topman Shirt / DIESEL Jeans / ER Souliers de Skate shoes
As many of you are aware, I’m a bit of a watch fiend. I’ve amassed a fine collection of timepieces ranging from bit to small, sporty to classic. Each of my watches has a story and this Diesel Arges watch comes with a cool one.
Firstly, it is aptly named for one of the Cyclopes in Greek mythology. As a fan of mythology, this pulled me in but what really sold me was the fact that this piece is king of the night. With a reflective camouflage strap (unique among modern watches) and glow-in-the-dark dial pieces, the Arges takes the dark by storm. I love being able to rock this sporty piece during the day and know it’ll be just as badass when the sun goes down.
I was in Los Angeles when I shot this look, so I paired it with my favorite printed chino shorts and a casual shirt jacket. Reflective camo, stripes and moons? You know I’ve always been a pattern rule breaker… [insert cheeky grin]
< Be sure to check out the rest of the Not So Camo collection and check out the full range of DIESEL watches! >
DIESEL Watch / Saturdays NYC Shirt / Urban Outfitters Tee / Topman Shorts Read More
It’s common knowledge that in New York City, you rent a matchbox for the price of a mansion. And it’s no surprise that in a city as economically critical as New York, that – like water or a Metrocard – space is considered a commercial commodity. New Yorkers buy, sell, and trade space as if it were tangible currency… and in many ways, it is.
The longer I live in New York, the harder it gets to maintain and preserve my growing collection of stuff. Clothes, magazines, books, and trinkets are subject to dismissal. Every spring cleaning felt like Sophie’s Choice for my valuables. Earlier this fall, I discovered MakeSpace – a cloud storage company for your favorite things. And it figuratively saved my life.
MakeSpace does all the hard labor for you, so all you have to do is pack it full of the things you want to keep. You let them know how much stuff you’d like to save, they’ll deliver enough green bins to hold your goodies, and you set the time most convenient for them to pick up. Once they’ve retrieved your boxes, they’ll photo catalog them in your account – making them ready for retrieval whenever you’re ready!
If you’re living in a space-challenged environment, MakeSpace is your new best friend. And if you live in New York City, this service is an absolute no-brainer. I recently filled two of my MakeSpace bins with the magazines and books I was holding on to for inspiration… now I just need to figure out what I can do with all this free space.
I’ve always been fond of mixing and matching; I’m not so much a non-conformist as I am a love of creative challenges. I like testing the stylistic limits of pieces in my wardrobe: transitioning athletic wear into my work life or showing how suits can be pared down for the everyday.
This photographer pant from EXPRESS lends itself to so many different occasions. I’ve worn them with an oxford shirt and boots for a slick work look but my favorite way to wear them is with more casual pieces. I love how this goldenrod merino sweater gives a pop of color and give this look some holiday flavor. With so many festive parties coming up, I can’t wait to find new and exciting ways to play on the casual and dressy qualities of these stellar pants. What will you be wearing for parties this holiday?
EXPRESS Pant / EXPRESS T-Shirt / EXPRESS Sweater / Axel Arigato Shoes / AG Jacket
I was born to the music of Elvis Presley. From my earliest memories, my dad would educate my sister and I on his music. It didn’t hurt that we grew up around Memphis, Tennessee, one of the standout cities in music history. “Heartbreak Hotel,” “All Shook Up,” and “Blue Suede Shoes” were among the first few songs I would play endlessly while I played indoors. Over the years, I’ve altered so many aspects of my life, grown into adulthood, and moved to New York City… but I haven’t lost my love for Elvis and his impeccable style.
Last month, I was browsing through Nordstrom’s at The Grove in Los Angeles. I had just finished grabbing some new denim from their (fantastic) men’s denim shop. Just as I was about to leave, I spotted these epic shoes. The Nike ‘Stefan Janoski Max’ sneakers are like “blue suede shoes” for the modern guy; not only are they incredibly comfortable, but they’re also stylish enough to pair with just about any look. I’ve been wearing them almost non-stop since I got them! Now I just need to learn Elvis’ dance moves and I may have new career… [insert cheeky grin]
“Thank ya, Thank ya very much.” Read More
A few weeks back, I got the chance to travel with Anthony, Hallie, and Jessica on a special weekend getaway in Las Vegas with the team from Zappos. We wined, dined, and had an absolute blast! I had the best time letting loose with my blogger friends at the Life Is Beautiful festival, where many artists I love (and a few new discoveries) hit the stage for three days of incredible fun. Read More
Isn’t fall weather the best? I know it may not seem like much, but getting to layer makes me really damn happy. I’m so accustomed to my generic summer dress code: t-shirt, jeans, and sneakers. Sunny weather leaves little variety to mix-and-match, but cold weather… now that gives me some options! The fact that I’ve been able to wear a different jacket every days this week (and in turn, completely mix up my wardrobe) is putting the biggest smile on my face. One jacket I’ve been rocking lately is from the new Jack Spade x Barbour collaboration.
With fall dressing in mind, Jack Spade and Barbour teamed up to reissue the iconic silhouette of the Hopper Jacket in a distinctive black. You can’t go wrong with a black jacket and this version is constructed from waxed cotton so it has a considerably substantial feel to it. I like that the rustic fundamentals of the piece have been upgraded with a dose of urban sensibility. As a country boy in “the big City”, this jacket feels right at home.
Jack Spade Jacket / J. Crew Button Down / Topman Denim / Converse Sneakers
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