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Freakin’ Weekend / 10

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I’ve always thought idle time was essentially the express train to boredom; after the past few weeks, I’m changing my tune. I’m setting aside this weekend for a major recharge session. I’m going to check out New York Historical Society’s Ludwig Bemelman / Madeline exhibition, shop Union Square’s Greenmarket, and hopefully make my way up to Cold Spring Apothecary to restock some of my favorite wares.

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

Really loved this article on gender neutrality in design.

This is by far one of my new favorite sneakers brands… huzzah!

Taylor Swift and hundreds of kittens? I’m in.

Put your new iPhone 6 to sleep… or at least in a leather sleeping bag.

Do you wear glasses? This guide will show you which pairs are best for the shape of your face.

Snagged these insanely cool jogger pants this week. They’re so dope.

This is how much jobs in fashion actually pay.

If you’ve ever wanted to start a blog, here a 7 easy tips to getting started.

Pack for your next trip like a pro with these 8 cool tips.

I just bought these sneakers last week, but I’m thinking I also need these as well.

Amazing article on slowing down in a museum. I need to do this.

With Halloween around the corner, here are 10 of the scariest stories to spook you.

I want to wear this sweater all day, every day.

Every guy should own a topcoat like this for winter.

I love how fashion and interiors fuse in this killer men’s website.

Image via Listal.com

Dark Luxe

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Buying denim is often a study in practicality. You’ve probably seen your favorite men’s magazines and websites touting the rise of indigo and/or dark jeans, but let’s talk about indigo’s distant cousin: black denim. Black jeans should be a staple in every guy’s wardrobe for both their universal appeal and functionality for everyday wear. I don’t splurge often but I would advocate saving up and purchasing a quality pair that will last you years. It’s easy to consider black jeans a throwaway staple, but wouldn’t you rather spend $200 every 5 years instead of $60-$100 every year?

When I was in Los Angeles last month, I popped by Nordstrom and bought this pair of ‘luxe performance’ black denim from 7 For All Mankind. They’re under $189 and couldn’t be more comfortable; the inside of the jean feels like soft cashmere. As an aside, if you haven’t been in Nordstrom lately I’d strongly suggest stopping by and perusing their amazing stock of premium denim. (I also picked up a pair of Hudsons in a light wash!)

Black denim is and always will be a serious staple for my week; I can wear them with practically anything and they camouflage the small stains I acquire running all over the City. If you don’t own a pair of black jeans, you’re seriously missing out! Read More

Talkin’ Bout The Boys

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As I mentioned in my recent post, the last two years have been a whirlwind. One favorite aspect of my job has been getting to build genuine and lasting relationships with some my peers; in particular, the guys listed in this post… many of which are now close friends of mine.

I’m often asked who I look to for inspiration, and I’d have to say I’m most inspired by guys who are actively paving their own way. Each of these 17 guys have tackled a niche in the market and found spectacular success. A few of these guys are new to the game and others have been at it for years, but they all have one thing in common: a unique sense of self that radiates in their work (and wardrobes).

This sense of self is incredibly important to developing an individual style. Style is and should always be an extension of your personality. It cannot be purchased; it cannot be taught. It must blossom from within – emerging as a silent yet visually disruptive confidence.
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Fall Forward

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While I’m sad to see the warm weather slowly slip away, I’m excited to start layering some of my favorite pieces as the cold fronts move in. I’ve already begun snagging some cool coats and jackets for winter – like this peacoat from EXPRESS. I paired it with some EXPRESS joggers and my favorite Nike sneakers.

With winter around the corner, which jackets are you most excited about wearing this season?

EXPRESS Jacket / All Saints Sweater / EXPRESS Pants / Nike Sneakers

Team Internet

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With the exception of moving to New York City, few moments have changed the course of my life quite like starting my blog. I spent years jumping from one job to the next eagerly awaiting an environment that could foster the wild creativity growing inside of me. It wasn’t until my friend Christina suggested I start a blog that I noticed the pieces of my life puzzle start to come together.

My blog has always been a passion project – a platform where I could illustrate and annotate the chaos in my head. I spent the majority of my life searching for acceptance. As a Type A “People Pleaser”, I was constantly altering myself to fit the expectations of others. With Scout Sixteen, I was given a platform to be myself, and the funniest part was people liked that Justin so much better.

While I make a decent living off my blog, I’ve never done it for the money or “blog fame” (both of which are terrible reasons to start a blog, by the way); I’ve stayed focused on creating a community of like-minded creators/readers and nurturing those relationships. Over the last two and half years, I’ve had the opportunity to work with some of fashion and web’s brightest stars – spectacular people with out-of-this-world imaginations and hearts of gold; they’ve each found success in their fields by holding on to one singular credo: do everything for and with passion. I’ve tried to remember this on the days that test my patience or break my will… because if I’m not doing it with passion, why do it? Surrounding myself with people who truly adore their craft puts a smile on my face daily. We are and always will be a team – a team of internet nerds who found our voices online. And on any given day, my money is on #TeamInternet.

Don’t let anyone else determine the path for your life. Be the writer of your story, not the reader. Stop taming that creativity and rediscover the things that make you smile. And whatever you choose to do, do it with sheer, unparalleled passion. Because who are we without passion? Normal. And normal is for boring people…

//READ MY TIPS ON STARTING A BLOG HERE//

District Lines Raglan T-Shirt * / Express Joggers / Warby Parker Glasses

* Shirt via my pal Tyler Oakley, who continues to impress, amaze, and dazzle me daily. Get the shirt here!

Stripe Right

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I don’t know what so strongly draws me to stripes but I can never have too many striped pieces in my wardrobe. This look was shot by my friend Peter (check out his blog) while roaming around Los Angeles last month. There is nothing particularly exceptional about this outfit but I did like the length of the t-shirt, which is from the M.Nii capsule collection for Gap! I had these photo lying around and thought I’d share – what do you think of this look?

M.Nii x Gap T-Shirt / John Elliott + Co x Gap Denim / Birkenstock Sandals / Thxrd Eye Cap / Nixon Watch

Photos by Peter Adrian

Music Monday / 07

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Can you believe it’s already October? I was warned that as I got older, the years would seem shorter… I hate admitting the “collective they” were right. Since time is clearly wasting away, let’s all throw on our headphones for a personal silent disco – dance, jive, or groove your way through this week’s Music Monday. Enjoy!

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Kaufmann Mercantile Giveaway

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It’s been a couple months since I’ve hosted a giveaway on Scout Sixteen but I couldn’t be more excited to revive the tradition with one of my current favorite e-shops, Kaufmann Mercantile. Kaufmann Mercantile curates the most spectacular array of products ranging from must-have home goods to handcrafted clothing you’ll want to wear all season.

A quick peek through the site will prove there are pieces to fit any personality; but for this special giveaway, I’ve decided to highlight two different personalities with their own prize packages: The Traveler and The Bon Vivant.

The Traveler:

This package is for the guy (or gal) who makes looking stylish on-the-go a priority. He spends more time in planes, trains, or automobiles than he does in his own home. He finds no greater joy than in the process of discovery.

Includes: Navy Canvas & Leather Weekender, Copy of Man of The World, Pair of Fingerless Gloves, Pair of White-Striped Socks, Jar of North Carolina Peanuts

The Bon Vivant:

is for the intellectual with a passion for culture. This guy (or gal) acts like a sponge soaking up every exciting opportunity to educate and stimulate. He is a lover of life’s little pleasures and seeks to carve out his place in the world.

Includes: Denim Bow Tie, Navy Canvas Carry-All, Waxed Canvas Pouch, Postalco Notebook, Set of Blackwing Drawing Pencils, Brass Pencil Sharpener, Horn Pocket Comb, Hot Cocoa Mix, plus a $25 Gift Certificate

Entering is easy and can be completed below*. Be sure to comment on this post with the prize package you’d like to win – as there will be two winners (one for each prize package). The more points you get below, the greater your chances of winning… and some of the options can be done every day.  Good luck!

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