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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy grandfather had a sizable collection of watches. It was rare to find him without one of his favorites strapped to his wrist. His love for timepieces inspired my own need to always have a watch on hand. For close to fifteen years, I’ve worn a watch every day to the point where I feel naked without one.

Last year, I discovered a line of watches called Shore Projects. Inspired by the nostalgia and beauty of the British seaside, Shore Projects has swiftly become one of my favorite brands of the moment. Their current collection is divided into three handsome and distinct ‘projects.’ Project 1 is colorful and fun, Project 2 offers a luxurious take on classic timepieces, and Project 3 radiates with sporty practicality.

One of my absolute favorite aspects of the Shore Projects watches is the ability to replace the straps. Sure… many companies offer this ability but none do it as well as Shore Projects does! I kid you not, it is one of the most seamless, easy processes.

If you haven’t checked out Shore Projects, drop everything and do it now. Now you’ll just have to let me know which one you like the most!

SHOP: Gold + Gold Watch | Silver + Brown Watch | Black + Black Watch

Thai Time

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Scout Sixteen - Thailand Trip 2015

It’s been almost two months since I had the chance of a lifetime to join the Thailand Tourism Authority on a whirlwind excursion of the Land of Smiles. It truly was one of the most epic trips I’ve ever been on and markedly fueled my enthusiasm to tour additional Asian countries.

I never got a chance to share my third (and final) video from my trip so I thought what better time to do so than now, right? As soon as we landed in Krabi, I knew it was going to be spectacular. The natural environment made one heck of a backdrop! Special thanks to the friendly staff at the Tubkaak Resort, where we stayed in impeccable Pinterest-worthy villas and partook in a traditional cooking class. We also went cave-exploring with John Gray from John Gray’s Sea Canoe Tours and (my favorite part) visited an elephant reserve in the hill country.

Just take a peek at this video, it’s beyond epic. BEYOND.

Run Free

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During cold-weather months, I run errands in a handsome array of separates – slim khakis, chic outerwear, and fresh kicks. In the summer months, it’s all about being comfortable and cool. I recently picked up a slew of Nike sneakers from Nordstrom and feel like I’ve conquered all of summer with an arsenal of wickedly cool sneakers.

The options over at Nordstrom were pretty fantastic – they’ve got the sporty set on lock with brands like Nike, Under Armour, and Adidas among their top sellers. I snagged these Nike ‘Stefan Janoski’ sneakers.

Weekend Daze

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As you know, I’m working in tandem with GQ magazine and GAP to reveal the new crop of the Best New Menswear Designers of America. Each year, GQ choose four standout favorites to create collaborative capsule collections for GAP’s menswear offering. The full collection will be released in September, but until then, I’ll be sporting standout pieces from each brand.

This month, we’re talking about NSF, an L.A.-based brand run by Nick Freidberg and Jamie Haller, prove everything looks better with a little distress. The pieces from their standout collections showcase hand-crafted destruction like heavily-torn elbows and perfectly-stained denim.

For their GAP collaboration, the duo says they’ll be replicating the rough lines of their flagship line for the mass market but they’re not looking for mass market appeal. Jamie say, “We’re not ever gonna water down our product so we can sell it to anyone and everyone. It’s always going to be cool and small and crafted. Not everybody wants a holey T-shirt. I get it.” I’m ecstatic to see what Nick and Jamie come up with for their capsule collection!

Check out more from NSF and shop GAP’s current menswear offering to get your wardrobe summer-ready. West Coast vacation, anyone?

About Face

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It took years for my facial hair to come in. Growing up, I considered shaving as the ultimate rite of passage for guys. Once you could shave, you were a man – and you got all of the rewards that came with manhood. Instead, I was a post-pubescent teenager with nothing to show except peach fuzz and a face full of pimples.

It wasn’t until my freshman year of college that shaving became part of my weekly routine and – boy – I was so darn excited! Since then, I’ve become a self-dubbed expert when it comes to razors, creams, after-shaves, and balms; I’ve literally tried them all … well, maybe not all, but plenty!

I started using products from The Art of Shaving a few years back after discovering their soft-as-cotton unscented shaving cream. As someone with incredibly sensitive skin, it’s easy for me to write off products that don’t cater to my needs but I’ve always found The Art of Shaving’s catalog to hit the checkmarks on my list.

Recently, The Art of Shaving released a much-anticipated collection of sport-inspired razors called The Morris Park Collection. I got a chance to attend the launch event and see the inspiration behind the collection: vintage sports cars, New York City, and a touch of old-school Mad Men style for the modern guy.

After test-driving the collection, I can say (with confidence) that this is a razor I’ll want to keep around. It doesn’t hurt that they’re fun to look at and use. I’ll never say no to a sporty addition to my everyday arsenal.

What do you guys think? Which color would be your go-to?

SHOP: The Morris Park Collection | Unscented Shaving Cream | Pre-Shave Oil | After-Shave Balm

Summer Cool

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Scout Sixteen - Summer Suiting

If you’ve been a follower of my blog or Instagram for some time, you’ll know that I’m not a wearer of conventional suiting. I love the idea and process behind mixing it up – why aim for cookie cutter, right? One of my favorite ways to dress down a traditional suit for my more casual weekday activities is to pair a favorite blazer with classic chinos in a muted color and a slick pair of white Converse sneakers. It’s meeting (and event) appropriate but can easily transition to happy hour with friends or dinner with clients.

I saw this Ted Baker blazer on Nordstrom’s website a few weeks ago and kept clicking back over to it. I figured I’d go ahead and plan a look around it. The light blue chinos (also Ted Baker) are cheeky and fun without being over the top. Like the outfit, the briefcase bag (from Filson) also works well in any situation.

I’ve been happy to see how robust Nordstrom’s casual suiting offering is. They carry brands like Hugo Boss, Topman, and Ted Baker, which offer affordable and stylish options for guys. I’m not much of a tie-guy but you’ve got to see how extensive their tie catalog is… upwards of 500 options!

Would you wear this look? How would you make it your own?

SHOP: Ted Baker Blazer | Ted Baker Chino | Ted Baker Shirt | Jack Purcell Sneakers | Polaroid Sunnies | Filson Bag | Monocle Magazine | Bang & Olufsen Headphones | Giles & Brother Bracelet

On Citron

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As far back as I can remember I’ve chased sensory experiences. A powerful flavor or bold scent will always entrance me.

Recently, I took Perry Ellis’s newest cologne Citron for the ultimate test drive. The cologne features vibrant top notes of bergamot and mandarin, which, at once, engages my senses with memories of summer weekends spent climbing the citrus trees lining my grandmother’s backyard. Splashes of star anise and granny smith apple round out the heart of the scent, which kicks it up a notch with spicy black pepper and soothing lavender.

My favorite part of Citron’s profile is the subtle (but noticeable) notes of teak and cedarwood that rise from the bottom-most reaches of the scent. The addition of these muskier blends infuses Citron with a strong and masculine character. Woodsy scents are among my all-time favorites and by offering this manly combination, Perry Ellis knocks it out of the park with Citron!

Perry Ellis is hosting a fantastic contest around the Citron cologne over on their social channels. By uploading a citron-colored photo to Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter and tagging @PerryEllis and hashtagging #PerryCitron, you’ll be entered to win the ultimate grand prize of an Apple Watch (with citron-colored sport band), Citron cologne gift set, and a gym bag! Six creative entries will be award runner-up prizes of a Citron gift set and a gym bag.

ENTER HERE: http://bit.ly/1SoKfgj

Be sure to get your entry in by June 30 to win the ultimate grand prize. See more details here on the Perry Ellis website. Or go ahead and snag yourself a bottle of this spectacular scent!

In The Zone

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The past few weeks have been incredibly hectic. Between (almost) constant travel, a schedule packed with meetings and appointments, plus a stomach flu, I feel like I haven’t had any time for myself. Today, I’m setting aside a chunk of my day for complete and utter relaxation.

Today is all about comfort and I’m happy to have my new insanely-comfortable Superga sneakers along for the ride. I recently partnered with Superga to show off their iconic collection of sneakers – so you’ll be seeing these navy all-stars pop up in a few posts over the next month.

If you’re not familiar with Superga, it’s a brand steeped in heritage and timeless design – qualities that make them a staple in literally anyone’s everyday wardrobe. I’ve worn them with suit separates and also with my typical t-shirt and jeans summer uniform. However you wear your Supergas, there are plenty of styles to match your ever-evolving tastes.

Now I’m going to finish this chili and take myself shopping, because obviously there’s not better therapy than retail therapy, right? [wink] Hope you’re all having a spectacular day!

SHOP: Superga Sneakers | Your Neighbors Shirt | Feathers Tank Top | APC Denim