Every holiday should tell a story. This is especially true for Christmas; the traditions alone assemble one incredibly tall tale: Santa, the reindeer, the Grinch, and the birth of Jesus. Christmas has always been a time to both to reminisce on stories past and look forward for the stories to come.
This year, I’m excited to partner up and help tell Gucci’s holiday story. The story begins with the search for the perfect gift… and what happens when you actually find it. In Gucci’s adorable holiday video, they illustrate how you can find the perfect gift even in the most unexpected places.
I chose four of my favorite products from the Gucci holiday collection…. and let me tell you guys – these pieces are so incredible. While Gucci certainly has products in the splurge range, I opted for a few pieces that would make any recipient smile (and one splurge-worthy bag that you have to see to believe)!
Excited to share the second look I crafted with ALDO Shoes, aptly dubbed “Après-Ski.” I’m not much of a skier but I can certainly get down with a woodsy vacation. Some of the fondest memories from my childhood involve staying in cabins or retreat lodges nestled deep within the sylvan areas peppered throughout Tennessee.
This look is a comfortable combination between lumberjack/outdoorsman and rugged city dweller. These brown boots were honestly some of the most comfortable I’ve tried on and I’m so excited to test them out on long hikes when I’m back home this Christmas.
Last week, I ventured down to Chinatown to meet up with my friends at Frank & Oak to shoot some of my favorites from their Holiday Collection. Filled with sleek coats, slim denim, and envy-inducing accessories, the Frank & Oak Gift Guide is the perfect one-stop shop for those last minute gifts for your loved ones (and let’s be honest, yourself).
My personal favorites were this long-tail parka and knit scarf. I have an unhealthy addiction to black clothing but I hadn’t yet updated my winter outerwear wardrobe with some casual essentials. I opted to keep my under layers subdued with a green button down and grey skinny denim. To top off the look, I added in these black boots and my favorite Persol glasses.
A few years ago, a close friend returned from Miami raving about a “little” art crawl called Art Basel. Since I wasn’t in the fashion or arts industries, I hadn’t heard much about it. Now fast forward to this year and I was itching to get down to Miami for the fun. Thankfully, Persol came to my rescue!
I was excited to get the chance to experience Art Basel with a few close media friends, all the while being graciously treated like VIPs by the Persol team. Upon arrival, we received the most thoughtful Welcome Package – mine contained a bottle of my favorite bourbon (Bulleit) and a few handy beach essentials. Over the next 48 hours, I soaked up some sun while hopping around to a few different events culminating in an extravagant five-course meal to honor #PersolIcons – the iconic styles that Persol is known for.
I can’t thank Persol enough for giving me a beautiful 48-hour vacation to Miami. As you can see from my snaps, it was well worth the trip!
A few weeks ago, I bought myself the Jawbone UP24. If you not familiar with it, this stylish little bracelet tracks both your sleep and your walking. You might be thinking it’s nothing more than a glorified pedometer but I’ve been very impressed with not only its accuracy but also its impressive analysis of my sleeping patterns. Sleep is my one true love and I certainly don’t get enough of it. I figured this would be the perfect early Christmas gift for myself.
I actually picked this one up from Nordstrom. I hadn’t realized Nordstrom had such an extensive collection of tech gifts. I even found a few extra items that were perfect for a few people on my list who have (almost) everything. Nordstrom has unknowingly become my one-stop shop for last-minute Christmas gifts. I’ve included some of my favorites tech ideas below…
I only collect two things: shoes and good times. Living in cramped New York City quarters, you don’t have room for much else. I was so excited when ALDO asked me to be a part of their #PerfectPair campaign for the holidays, perfectly pairing me with my West Coast gal Kim Pesch.
ALDO has been a staple-maker for my wardrobe since middle school. I remember when they opened their first store at my local mall and it was like entering the best walk-in shoe closet ever. I may have cried… who knows. What I do know is that I was in love right then and there. ALDO has literally hundreds of trendy and classic styles to fit any personality or budget. As part of my #PerfectPair duties, I was asked to create three distinct looks around some of my favorite ALDO styles.
My first look is what we’ve dubbed “House Party.” This look is all about being ‘dressed down dressy’… it’s casual but still has an edge to it. These black boots are so comfortable, which means impromptu dance parties are pain-free. Honestly, every guy should own one really versatile pair of black boots… Haven’t found yours yet? Now you have.
Head on over to the #PerfectPair microsite to check out some more of my picks and sneak peek what ALDO has got coming to a store near you!
** These photos were shot by my amazing friend and one of my favorite photographers Emma Kepley **
Last week, I got the chance to spend an entire day exploring New York City with Canon as part of their #BRINGIT Tour. I’ve always been such a fan of Canon – the unique way each of their products capture perfect moments throughout the day with crisp, unadulterated precision; true story, I received my first camera at age eight. It was a hand-me-down manual Canon with an EF 50mm f/2.0 lens. I thought I had hit the camera lottery at the time, but after playing with some of Canon’s newest cameras at the event I know that was just the tip of the iceberg.
We started off our day with light bites and coffee at the studio of famed fashion line Marchesa. Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, the duo behind the collection, chatted with each of us about the dynamic stories that inspire each of their haute couture pieces. With actor (and host) Andrew Rannells in tow, we boarded the red Canon #BRINGIT buses to our next destination: Broadway. We got the opportunity to see behind-the-scenes of one of the hottest musicals out right now: “A Gentleman’s Guide To Love and Murder.” Cameras in hand, we posed and prodded the set like true urban explorers.
Our final destination was my personal favorite. The Palace Hotel is institution in New York history, particularly important for its preservation clauses. The original structure, known as the Villard Mansion, has remained (almost) unchanged in its 132-year timeline. After an educating tour of the Villard Mansion, we sat for a wonderful lunch.
I was able to capture so many beautiful moments throughout the day. I opted for a much lower exposure but higher aperture to really bring out the shadows that were dancing along much of our tour (thanks to a dreary day). What are your tips and tricks when photographing indoor environments? Share some of your images with me on Instagram by tagging #BRINGIT … can’t wait to check out your awesome shots!
This year, Zappos helped me get the perfect gifts for my best friend Anthony (from Closet Freaks). Anthony is one of the most stylish guys I know, but what do you get someone who has everything? Well, in my case, I decided to sneak peek his closet and see what he needed albeit a bit last minute. Thankfully, Zappos has incredibly fast shipping and wide selection of products so picking items he didn’t already own was a lot easier than I thought! Nothing better than gifting items that put a big smile on your best friend’s face!
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