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The old adage “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” is perfectly illustrated at a flea market. Oddities lay waiting to be discovered by the discerning eyes of bargain shoppers. Nineteenth-century dolls and mid-century magazine racks sit patiently hoping to be marked as ‘SOLD’, while their respective foster parents yearn to go home with pockets flush with cash.

I’ve always found flea markets and bazaars to be visceral experiences. There are some items that jump out at me – as if to establish a once-known connection that has since fizzled. I get the creepiest déjà vu rifling through the bins of old photographs and rusted toys, but it’s that feeling I most look forward to. Plus, when I get tuckered out, there are stands offering shoppers exotic food and specialty drinks!

For the better part of two years, the weekends were my time to explore. I’d map out the spots I wanted to go and not retire until each had been checked off my itinerary. With professional and personal conflicts piling up, my ‘time for exploration’ slowly dwindled to zero. Last week, I was challenged by ZICO Premium Coconut Water to create a Crack Life Open List – a catalog of items I could actually accomplish. I’m happy I’m able to check “#8: Explore More” off my list after a trip to the Brooklyn Flea Market this weekend… now just seven more items to go. Read More

Mountain Man

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I’m profiling the “dark lord of streetwear” En Noir. Designer Rob Garcia has put his unique spin on the streetwear market with re-imagined basics in blacks and dark leather. I took these photos on my quick trip to Colorado this week to speak at an event in Vail. It was one of the most beautiful sceneries I’ve been around in ages!

I’ve styled my En Noir shirt with some of my favorite Gap pieces, like these neutral jeans. Don’t forget – I’ll be debuting the actual designer capsule collection next month so stay tuned!

En Noir Shirt / Gap Denim / Vans Sneakers / Han Cholo Bracelet / Frank & Oak Backpack

Music Monday / 04

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It’s that time again for another Music Monday. From up-and-comers in electro-pop to a track you’ll be singing all season long, here are 16 17 tracks to get you through your week. Pour your favorite vice, sit back, and enjoy some smooth tunes.  Read More

Freakin’ Weekend / 06

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If you follow me on Instagram, you know I was in Sin City this week. Yes, that’s right – I spent the whole week in Vegas, or what I affectionally call “Disneyland for Drunk Chain-Smoking Adults”. No matter how many times I visit Las Vegas, I’m floored by the sheer excess of wasted extravagance. Thankfully I was there with my fellow PROJECT bloggers who made the experience a blast! Planning to check out the Brooklyn Flea this weekend, so stay tuned for a fun post next week cataloging the process.

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

I’m going to be wearing this $100 sweater all winter long.

You think you know art… but here are 6 paintings hiding something.

What would happen if you illustrated 100 watches in 100 days? This.

Here’s everything we know so far about the iPhone 6. GIMME, GIMME.

I can’t afford it but how epic would this look be for fall: this shirt under this jacket.

Here’s what the VMA’s looked like in 1984, 1994, and 2004. Oh, fashion…

I don’t have much closet space in my room. So I do this instead.

Baked peanut butter and Oreo donuts. I want.

So here’s the truth about T.J. Maxx.

Been playing this song on repeat all week. (Warning: you’ll love it.)

Here are the best brunch spots in NYC. Pancake breakfast, here I come!

Finally found and bought the perfect wallet. It’s everything I wanted!

Florals aren’t just for spring. Buying this right now.

A fantastic guide to minimalism and doing it right.

This men’s skin care series is a life-saver – been using it daily.

Super cool collection inspired by biking around the City.

BONUS: … my new favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe.

[Photo Credit: HippieLova]

Music Monday / 03

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It’s that time again for another Music Monday. Well, it’s actually Tuesday but I have a good excuse…which I will tell you at another time because I need to think of one. From indie classics to R&B legends, here are 16 tracks to get you through your week. Grab a red bull and slip into your favorite dancing pants… Read More

White Lite

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With summer coming to a close in the next few weeks, I’ve decided to take my bright wardrobe staples for a last lap around the track. I’m determined to find a way to have my white jeans last long into winter – so stay tuned for some wardrobe experimentation.

I had never really explored it – but there are some fantastic options out there for casual bright shirts! I’m wearing a cotton safari shirt from EXPRESS that has an almost linen lushness to it. And in this summer weather… that’s exactly what I need. I paired it with white denim and a pair of cool (but inexpensive!) boat shoes perfect for the City.

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Freakin’ Weekend / 05

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Freunde-von-Freunden-Charlotte-Rey-Duncan-Campbell-8477-930x619Talk is cheap and sleep is precious, which is why tonight I’ll be turning in quite early. Nothing could sound more appealing to me tonight than Netflix and too much Thai food. I’ll be giving myself a minor education this weekend with a few museum visits and a jaunt to the Brooklyn Flea, one of the City’s best spots to people watch and snag vintage finds. I’ll be headed to Las Vegas on Sunday for the second portion of PROJECT tradeshow – stay tuned for some trend-driven posts over the next few days!

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

These hazelnut cocoa granola bars are tasty as hell.

Buffalo plaid shirts, for the win.

Seriously my favorite Nike sneakers yet. Yessss!

Google Maps is now offering field trip suggestions.

Really diggin’ this graphic black backpack from Hurley,

To prepare for AHS’s Freak Show, here is some carnival lingo to add to your repertoire.

I want these sunglasses… real bad.

Here is how to choose the best glasses for your face shape.

8 steps to finding more peace in your life.

Holy pants, Batman. Need these now.

This human barbie is training herself to be ‘brainless’… um, okay.

The best way to keep coworkers (or bullies) from stealing your lunch? This.

I wish I could play this instrument. So beautiful.

Totally into these bold hand-printed tees.

Nautical wristwear is my favorite. The end.

This song is my current jam on replay.

BONUS: Exciting news… I’m nominated for Bloglovin’s “Best Men’s Fashion Blog” and would love if you would vote for me! I will be eternally grateful.

[Photo Credit: the talented Freunde Von Freunden]

Life, Well Done

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I like lists. I always have. There is something about putting a task in writing that makes it binding, memorable, and concrete. Grocery lists, Christmas wish lists, to-do lists and packing lists have all been ticked off and tossed. As functioning humans, we are encouraged to catalog those items that we will knowingly overlook or forget. New Year’s resolutions, bucket lists, and indexes of outrageous travel destinations never make the cut. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve vowed to do this or that each new year and failed miserably.  So what’s at the top of my bucket list?

#1: See Outer Space

Am I even serious? There are 7 billion people on the Earth and only about 8 people off of it. By creating starry-eyed bucket lists, I’m allowing myself to dream bigger than my britches (as my grandmother would so eloquently observe). You’ll be hard-pressed to find a soul more full of a ravenous hunger for the wonders of life, but sometimes I’ve got to keep my feet on the ground. That said, ZICO challenged me to create a ‘Crack Life Open’ list: a register of workable improvements, destinations and minor fantasies I can adhere to. I’m saying goodbye to bucket lists for now, life lists are my new catalog of choice.

01. Meditate and find my morning zen

My mornings aren’t relaxing. I’m normally up and dive straight into my mountain of an email inbox or I’m running out the door to an 8AM breakfast meeting. I need to schedule at least one half-hour of relaxing, meditative time for myself each morning. I know my days would benefit from it.

02. Hydrate more

With my days so active, I know how important it is to stay hydrated. Water can be boring so I’ve been opting for tastier (and sometimes more effective) options like ZICO Premium Coconut Water (the chocolate flavor is actually super delicious). Now it’s just time to step up my hydration game!

03. Write letters

I’ve completely lost touch with the art of the handwritten note. Opening my mailbox to see a note from a friend is a great feeling – I want to be able to pass on the love.

04. Finish learning Spanish

I started learning Spanish through Rosetta Stone a few months back. The lessons are quite simple; I just need to dedicate time to it each week.

05. Get more sleep

This seems like it would be an easy one to follow, right? I still struggle with getting enough sleep. I chalk it up to my being a “night owl” but I just don’t know when to turn off the world around me. First step: turn off all electronics one hour before midnight.

06. Take one day-trip per month

While I travel for work more frequently than a normal guy, when it comes to planning personal vacations – I shoot for the moon. I make grandiose plans to visit destinations I can either not afford or won’t feasibly arrive at. There are some spectacular locales within a day’s drive from New York City; it’s about time I started to explore them!

07. Purge my closet

Saying I have a lot of clothes would be a serious understatement. I recently started purging my closet but it’s time I went into hyper-mode and get myself completely organized and refreshed.

08. Enhance my knowledge

At one time, you couldn’t break me away from weekends chocked full of museum visits, art shows or flea markets. I’ve let that enthusiasm for intellectual or cultural growth expire. It’s time I brought that back, even if just once a month.

There it is: my pragmatic short-term goals standing in single file order. One of these items will be accomplished this weekend, so check back on Monday for the little reveal. As for the rest, I intend to get these done as surely as I plan to breathe – but don’t think I’ll ever quit dreaming big. You can’t fix what isn’t broken…

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