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Scout Sixteen - Moto Crossed

Scout Sixteen - Moto Crossed

Scout Sixteen - Moto Crossed

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Scout Sixteen - Moto Crossed

Planes, trains, and motorcycles… oh my! Between bold attempts to arrive punctual to a meeting and appeasing the travel bug by getting out of the City, I’ve ridden on just about every mode of transportation within the past month. I’d be okay to not see another train ticket or flight confirmation for a while. Well, that’s a fib. I actually love being on the go… but too much of a good thing, am I right?

It’s fitting that this month EXPRESS asked me to model out their Moto Jeans. For a guy who’s constantly on the go, I’m in desperate need of pieces that can adapt to my dynamic lifestyle; these EXPRESS coated moto jeans do just that! Extremely comfortable with a bit of stretch, I’ve been wearing them while I travel and I must say, they’ve taken quite a beating and still look as edgy as ever. I paired them with a simple long-sleeve tee and a pair of sleek black leather sneakers.

If you’re interested in snagging yourself a pair of moto jeans… or you’d like to come hang out with me at EXPRESS, now’s your chance! I’m hosting the EXPRESS Fit For You Jeans Event on Thursday, August 6th from 6PM-9PM at the EXPRESS Flatiron store on 18th Street and 5th Avenue. Join me (along with my bestie and co-host Christina Caradona of Trop Rouge) for an evening of shopping, hot tracks, and a drink or two! RSVP for you and a friend at Express.com/RSVP with subject line FLATIRON.
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A Rémy Good Summer

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Scout Sixteen - Rémy Martin Cognac Summer Cocktails
Scout Sixteen - Rémy Martin Cognac Summer Cocktails
Scout Sixteen - Rémy Martin Cognac Summer Cocktails

My grandfather loved many things: cigars, sports, and cognac, to name a few. I, on the other hand, couldn’t have been more different. I loved theater, make-believe, and (as an adult) whiskey.

Growing up, I did not understand  my grandfather’s tastes because I assumed they were “his thing.” Until recently, I can honestly say I never understood cognac and did not have a natural appreciation for it. However, a few weeks ago that changed completely, I was introduced to Rémy Martin’s 1738 Accord Royal and I saw the light… the delicious, amber-colored light!

Fast-forward to Tuesday when Moti Ankari (from The Metro Man) and I had the opportunity to host a handful of friends for some delicious summer cocktails, courtesy of Rémy Martin. Guests were able to enjoy some hand-crafted libations while taking in sweeping views of midtown Manhattan from the rooftop of The Nomad Hotel.
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Music Monday / 22

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Lately, I’ve been on the search for the chillest tracks to get my work week in ‘zen mode’ and – let me tell you – this week’s playlist is breathing some major life into my Monday. With some new faces and a few viral tracks from chart favorites, you’re going to enjoy yourself with this week’s list of tunes. Grab your favorite pair of headphones and melt into your Monday, courtesy of your pal Justin (and an arsenal of hitmakers). Enjoy!

Don’t forget to subscribe to my Spotify profile to stay up-to-date on all my playlists. Have a song I should hear? Email me with your suggestion!

TRACK LISTING:

CHVRCHES – “Leave A Trace”

Frances – “Fire May Save You (Dillistone Remix)”

BenZel ft. Stevie Neale – “Wasted Love”

Calvin Harris ft. Disciples – “How Deep Is  Your Love”

Sam Bruno – “Search Party”

OSESZA ft. Shy Girls – “All We Need”

Fareoh – “Fight For You”

Allie X – “Sanctuary”

Lawrence Taylor – “Bang Bang”

Lauryn Hill – “Ex-Factor”

The Knocks ft. Powers – “Classic”

Paris Jones ft. B.A Scott – “Summer”

The Japanese House – “Still”

TVA – “Sensual”

Shura – “2Shy”

Halsey – “New Americana”

MisterWives – “Our Own House”

Petite Meller – “Baby Love”

Brooklynn – “Friends”

Majid Jordan ft. Drake – “My Love”

Thomas Jack – “Rivers”

Sjowgren – “Seventeen”


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Olive Everything

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Olive is a color I’ll never tire of. Rotating between navy, black, white, and grey can get a bit… drab, for lack of a better term. Olive has become my go-to statement color – not only does it look great on any skin tone, but it also just looks damn good. I paired these canvas dungarees with some of my favorite accessories for New York Fashion Week: Men’s shows this afternoon.

One accessory, in particular, that I am currently obsessed with is my textured grey cap from Gents. I recently picked it up at Nordstrom in Los Angeles. I mentioned in my previous post that I’ve been hitting up Nordstrom to snag some fashion-forward accessories to amplify my summer wardrobe. They stock some seriously stylish brands like Gents, Giles & Brother, Ray-Ban, and TUMI. I also picked up this bracelet from Giles & Brothers while I was there.

If you’re looking to accessorize this summer, hit up Nordstrom… then we’ll both go to support group meetings for obsessive shoppers. *wink*

SHOP: Gents Cap | Timex Watch | Boohoo Canvas Dungarees | COS Sneakers (similar) | Swell T-Shirt

Brothers Keeper

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Brooks Brothers is the oldest men’s clothier in the United States. What began in 1818 has grown to be a globally loved brand, favored by American Presidents and celebrities alike.

I remember when the first Brooks Brothers store opened at my local mall. I was nine years old and only interested in toy stores and music shops, but my dad made a beeline to Brooks Brothers. I can still smell the freshly shined wood interior. In the years following, the brand became a major staple in my dad’s wardrobe. (He was a big fan of their classic polo shirts.)

I’ve kept a close eye on the brand as I’ve gotten older and I’ve loved seeing how they fused their signature dapper spirit with casual, classic silhouettes in their Red Fleece line. I recently got the chance to test-drive some of the fall pieces from Brooks Brothers Red Fleece and I have to admit, I’m a fan!

I love the rugged (but slim) fits of the shirts, especially the modern paisley print on this chambray button-down. These chinos have become one of my favorites – between the copper color and soft-as-a-cloud fabric, I’m sure you’ll be seeing these in my weekly wardrobe regimen! Each piece meshes so seamlessly into my everyday activities, especially when it comes to blog meetings and general errands.

If you’re looking for stylish pieces that feature a dapper edge, look no further than Brooks Brothers. From modern suit separates that’ll snag you that corner office to durable pieces built for the adventurous spirit, Brooks Brothers has a little something for everyone.

SHOP: Brooks Brother Red Fleece Paisley Denim Sport Shirt | Brooks Brothers Red Fleece Garment-Dyed Chinos | Vint & York Glasses | COS Shoes Read More

Guy’s Guide to Home Decor

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I’ve always believed in the old saying that a house should feel like a home. I’ve lived in a few different apartments here in New York City and, while the process of moving is torture, I’ve always loved getting to spruce up a new space with my quirky aesthetic and personalized touches. Like any artist, I look at every space as a delicate balance between design, attitude, and color.

For many guys, decorating an apartment can be a real chore. With the stress of personalizing a space, keeping those white walls and bare floors starts looking like an attractive option. And before you dub it “minimalism,” let me tell you that even minimalists put some effort into their decorating. *wink*

Over the past few months, I’ve highlighted some design tricks and favorite pieces that make spectacular statements in any residential space, many of which are under $100. Recently, I partnered with my friends at Shutterfly to bring some of my design ideas to life through personalized home décor options like individual prints and custom-created interior accessories.

I’ve always been an artist; it was rare to not find me buried in a sketchbook or playing around on Adobe Illustrator, even as a youngster. In college, I studied graphic design with a focus on textiles/patterns for accessories. Like any avid hobbyist, I have hundreds of patterns that never really went anywhere… until now!

I knew Shutterfly was a leader in photo printing, but had never considered they could help bring some of my graphic patterns to life in my home. I was able to print a few of my favorite custom-created patterns in pillows, blankets, and even a serving tray! How cool is that? Seeing my patterns come to life was a bit surreal.

To further personalize my room, I created a little “nook” where a handful of my souvenirs and travel tchotchkes could live. I’ve traveled quite extensively over the last year so I wanted to find an interesting way to commemorate those life-changing experiences with a few special items.

One standout piece (and my personal favorite) was this woven blanket printed with a photo I took while visited the Redwood Reserves near the Russian River in Northern California last October. I also picked up an awesome 5” x 5” glossy print depicting a favorite photo from my cave exploration in Thailand. Pieces like this work exceptionally well in a guy’s space because they infuse that organic, masculine side of nature.

To top off my revamp, I needed a little green. Plants, that is! I opted for a few dried branches and beautiful succulents. Warm-weather plants are always a good option for frequent travelers because they need very little maintenance – which is always a plus!

Shutterfly made revamping (and personalizing) my space an easy process. Aside from pillows, blankets, and prints, Shutterfly also offers other great interior accessories like canvas prints, wood wall art, and glass photo cubes. With endless options for personalization, you’re sure to find something that fits your aesthetic, your taste, and – most importantly – you!

SHOP: Photo Gallery Print with Frame | Woven Photo Blanket | Serving Tray | 16×16 Pillow | 4×4 Photo Cubes | Wooden Frame Desktop Plaque

Need some extra help? Here’s a few tips and tricks to get your revamp started on the right foot:

– Plan First –

Any good decorator will tell you that planning is an essential first step to any revamp or design project. What are your favorite colors? What inspires you? Spent a week or two searching the web, magazines, and catalogs for inspiration. Use your travels as a starting point for your design. Are there any places or memorable trips that you want to commemorate?

– Pin Point It –

Don’t be afraid to use Pinterest. Just because it’s your mom’s favorite website, doesn’t mean it’s off-limits to you! Pinterest is a great resource for constant inspiration. When I was designing my living room a few months ago I used Pinterest as my only mood board, which made it easy to share my ideas with my roommates.

– Breathe Life –

Utilize plants more. Plants add more than just color to your space, they serve as a natural humidifier and purifier for the air – ensuring your living room is a space where you can live better!

– Shaken, Not Stirred –

Whether you’re an avid cocktail connoisseur or just enjoy a glass of merlot socially, a stocked bar is essential for those moments when entertaining is a must. As an added bonus, a stocked bar not only looks cool but infuses some James Bond-level masculinity in any room.

– Go Bold –

Don’t be afraid to take some risks with your design choices. Guys tend to be incredibly practical when it comes their design choices, but opt for something bold that may not necessarily be needed.

– Couch Potato –

Your sofa should be the bed of your living room. Make it comfortable and keep it dressed. Add a vintage camp blanket or a few personalized pillows to inject your sofa with a punch of personality.

– Collect, Don’t Hoard –

Craft a beautiful collection of like-minded wares. If you love books, find your favorites and begin building a handsome library. Love photos? Order high-quality prints of your favorite photos in different sizes (framed, if possible) and create a wonderful gallery wall. Be purposeful with your collections and find ways to have that collection complement your overall design.

This post is sponsored by Shutterfly. Awaken your space with your vision. Shop Shutterfly Home Décor for personalized home accents that are uniquely you.

Summer Accessories

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With New York Fashion Week: Men’s in full swing, I’ve been splitting my time between fashion shows and “laptop time” at home. Now, I’ll freely admit that I am not always working when I’m on my computer; I’m also doing some online shopping… okay, maybe a lot.

Another confession? I’ve spent a little too much time snagging pieces from Nordstrom’s incredibly diverse catalog of accessories. Nordstrom carries all of my favorite accessories designers and brands, like Ray-Ban, Tumi, Herschel Supply Co., Gents, and Filson. One of my favorite parts of Nordstrom’s accessory offering is that they also sell some pretty epic tech products, too. I love having a one-stop shop where I can get a stylish shirt, gilded bracelet, and new pair of headphones… what more could I need, right?

I’ve included some of my favorite selects below…

SHOP: Topman Shirt | Levi’s Denim | Persol Sunglasses | Giles & Brother Bracelet

PORTER Haus

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Earlier this year when it was announced that New York Fashion Week would institute a week devoted specifically to menswear, I’ll admit I was a bit skeptical. Men’s designers haven’t always received the beneficial end of New York Fashion Week, instead being sequestered to small venues or as opening acts for their female counterparts. I’m ecstatic to see menswear designers getting their due!

As part of my preparation for NYFW:M this season, I’m excited to partner up with my friends over at MR PORTER to prep for the stylish week to come. MR PORTER recently extended their same-day delivery service in NYC to the Hamptons, allowing style-conscious weekenders to get their fashion fix, even a hundred miles from Manhattan. How cool is that?

Attempting to lighten my workload for the upcoming week, I’ve been on my game making sure I check all outstanding tasks and meetings off my to-do list. I spent most of today running around to showroom appointments and sales meetings with brands not showing during NYFW:M.

Not one to stray too casual for professional errands, I paired one of my favorite tailored trousers from ACNE and a sporty polo from Thom Browne with my all-purpose black Birkenstock sandals… it is summer, after all. To give the look a little stylish punch, I added a pair of Illesteva sunglasses, a handsome portfolio from Miansai, and a beautifully simple Mondaine timepiece.

So what’s black, and white, and red all over? Apparently, it’s me in my favorite pieces from MR PORTER. Go figure…

SHOP: Thom Browne Polo | ACNE STUDIOS Trousers | Birkenstock Sandals | Miansai Portfolio | Mondaine Watch | Illesteva Sunglasses

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