Ted’s Twenty Five

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When it comes to my wardrobe, I’ve always been a fairly casual guy. On any given day you’ll find me in my weekday uniform: black jeans, a t-shirt, and white sneakers. That is, until autumn settles on the City and my sensibility takes a dapper turn. In fall, it is not uncommon to see me in my go-to combination of a printed button-down shirt, muted chinos, leather boots, and a slick topcoat.

I’m excited to kick off my fall style this season with Ted Baker. The iconic British brand, known for their luxury take on classic menswear silhouettes, has been a favorite of mine for a few years now. I’m particularly fond of their accessories – their boots and bags are some of the best chicest in the business.

If you’re looking to upgrade your wardrobe this fall, you’re in luck! Ted Baker is hosting an amazing deal TODAY: 25% off… no exclusions! That’s right – you’ll receive 25% off any of those must-own products as part of Ted’s Fall Customer Event.

Here are a few of my favorite products…

  1. This incredible checkered peacoat
  2. This wool and cashmere car coat
  3. This awesome red printed shirt
  4. A polo with mixed materials? Yes please.
  5. I love a slim white oxford shirt. Don’t you?
  6. These boots.
  7. Oh… and these boots.
  8. These, too. Because why not?
  9. I have this leather backpack and it absolutely rocks.
  10. I would take this green carryall weekender
  11. A classic satchel for a classic man.
  12. Finally, this ombré overcoat because it’s just so much yes.

SHOP MY LOOK: Ted Baker Pea Coat | Ted Baker Shirt | Ted Baker Chino | Ted Baker Boot

Travel More

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Growing up, I never thought I’d leave the south. I had a happy, healthy childhood with an amazing family and solid friends. On paper, life was perfect, but I was missing a vital part of the human experience: travel. My life was incredibly insular; I was affected only by what happened in my (very tiny) corner of the world.

Travel is important because it yanks us out of our comfort zone – where the mundane and ordinary thrive – and into an enlightening exploration of the beasts and beauties of an unfamiliar world. By design, we love to get a look (intrusive or not) into the lives of others. It forces answers to existential questions like, “what is the meaning of my life?” or “how does my life to compare to another?” – questions we have all inevitably asked ourselves.

Travel had always been important to me, but it wasn’t until 2012 that it became essential to my career. I’d been working in e-commerce feeling wholly uninspired and creatively void. At the encouragement of a friend, I started Scout Sixteen and my world – both literally and figuratively – turned upside down.

For the first time in my life, I was crafting my own path. Like so many of my modern peers (from a variety of industries), I basked in the warmth of professional independence; it was and continues to be absolutely marvelous. Every day is different – a careful mix of stress, joy, hunger, and satisfaction.

It’s been two years since I took the plunge into blogging full-time and I wouldn’t change a thing. I’ve been fortunate to visit almost every destination on my bucket list. With each new locale I blossom just a little bit more and come home feeling more recharged and enlightened than before. My blog gave me a purpose but it was travel that brought me back to life.

I’m thrilled to partner with my favorite luggage brand, Samsonite (the Lift2 21” Spinner is shown above), to reflect on my travels and reveal 3 reasons travel is crucial to a balanced life:

Traveling builds confidence.

Between meeting new people, bridging language gaps, and challenging preconceived ideas, traveling is a constant stream challenges. We’re opening up our minds and discovering aspects of our selves that we hadn’t yet developed. We’re stepping out of comfort zone and navigating into unexplored territory. Challenges arise, we tackle them head on, enjoy the spoils of war, and repeat the process. When we return home, we’ve eliminated the fear of the unknown (even if just for a bit) which allows us to confidently conquer our everyday.

Traveling creates lasting bonds and memories.

By far, my favorite aspect of traveling is the lasting bond I’ve created with travel companions, especially those I didn’t know before the trip. By facing the challenges of travel together, we’ve found common ground and can be infinitely more empathetic towards one another. We’ve created incredible memories that – with the modern technology – we’re able to relive again and again. And let’s not forget the love stories… who knows, you might just meet your soul mate in the place you least expected.

Traveling is restorative.

No matter your age, traveling is truly the best medicine. As we move through our daily routines it is easy to become jaded by the process. The events that once brought us joy now feel trite and ordinary. Traveling can recharge and rejuvenate our spirit, allowing us to fully immerse ourselves in experience whether it’s as daring as exploring a remote village or as calming as a day on the beach.

I implore each of you to make travel a priority. I can’t imagine how banal my life would be without the experiences and cultural risks I’ve taken abroad. Save up for a dream destination or gather a few friends for a weekend road trip. Make memories. Aim to live your best life. Wherever you choose to go, open your mind and soak in, as many opportunities as you can… adventures are the best way to learn!

This post was sponsored by Samsonite. Samsonite has been my preferred luggage source for as long as I can remember. I’ve currently been using the Silhouette Sphere 25” Spinner, Lift2 21” Hardside Spinner, and the Lift2 29” Hardside Spinner. Not only are these bags incredibly roomy but they also offer top-tier protection of my valuables from the elements and thieving hands. If you haven’t checked out their full catalog of luggage, duffels, backpacks, and travel accessories, do it today!

Take The Crown

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“Where in the world do you keep all of your clothes? I thought New York apartments were small.” This (or some variation of it) is the most common question I get regarding my job. While I do own an unnatural amount of denim, it is a common misconception that I shop constantly. In reality, I’m always on the hunt for pieces that can have longevity in my wardrobe. I like buying pieces that I can easily mix-and-match with what I’ve already got.

Recently, I picked up this incredible timepiece from Coach and – if I’m being honest – I haven’t taken it off since. I’m a sucker for sporty minimalism and an earthy color palette, so this watch was the perfect choice. Since I love to mix-and-match, I thought it would be fun to show how versatile this Coach watch is through four different looks, including the one I’m wearing above. Whether you’re off to work, exploring the farmer’s market on the weekend, or racing to meet a friend for happy hour drinks, this Coach watch sets the pace for a stylish day. Which of these #TimeForCoach looks below is your favorite?

SHOP: Coach Watch | Thrifted Denim Shirt | Feathers T-Shirt | Hawkins McGill Chino | COS Sneaker

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Time To Work

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For any young professional, time management is tough to tackle. With the innovations and advancements in tech media, our lives are constantly bombarded with digital stimuli; it doesn’t take much to detour your day. Distractions like Buzzfeed, Instagram, and others offer an express ride down the rabbit hole. While very few truly master time management, I thought I’d put together a short list of tips that have helped me stay on and begin the long journey towards time management, albeit very slowly.


  1. Don’t Be Afraid To Say “No”

One of the most challenging aspects of the workforce in your 20’s is feeling the demand to ‘prove yourself.’ You think by accepting more work than, say, your coworker, you are validating your work ethic. In reality, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Know your limits; don’t be afraid to say “No”. Overloading your professional plate will do more harm than good. It’s not how much you get done that shows ethic, it’s how well you’re doing the work.

  1. Playing Singles

You’ve likely heard this from every professor you’ve had: you accomplish more by dividing one large task into many smaller tasks. Seems crazy, right? Well, it’s true. Your brain manages a process best by allowing it “little wins”. Plan, then execute. Then plan some more, then execute further. Divide that intimidating project your manager gave you last week into 20 single tasks. Ask yourself what pieces are needed to complete the whole. Plan, then execute. Then plan some more, then execute further. Gain momentum. Believe me – you’ll be all smiles as you consistently check items off the task list!

  1. Keep Your Personal Life Out of It

This may seem like common sense, but leave the personal drama at home. The influential French author Gustav Flaubert once said, “Be regular and orderly in your life so you may be violent and original in your work.” When your personal life isn’t a complete mess, you won’t feel as distracted in the workplace. Tidy up any loose ends before heading into the office – I promise it will greatly improve your productivity!

  1. 20 Min or Bust

This tip is pretty simple. It takes more than 20 minutes to start a task, re-file it and begin another. Productivity relies heavily on your momentum, which is why having larger projects divided into smaller tasks works so well. The longer a project takes, the more it drains your morale. By collecting those “little wins” throughout the day, you’re far less likely to crave a distraction!

  1. Wear A Watch

It’s rare that I’m caught without a watch. It has become one of the most integral parts of my productivity. I assign my tasks fairly strict time limits so I focused throughout the day. You don’t need all the bells and whistles, just a timepiece that can serve your needs during the work-day. I recently picked up this handsome watch from COACH – minimal, stylish, and light as a feather. I love that it not only adds style to my workspace, but it also helps to accelerate my momentum. You should never have to guess what time it is – wear a watch, save yourself the minutes.

  1. Manage Your Energy

It’s important that you give yourself breaks throughout the day because – look – we’re only human. During my work week, I give myself two 30-minute breaks and 3 ten-minute breaks. In my half-hour breaks, I’ll run an errand, watch a TED talk, text a friend… whatever I need to do to relax my mind. In my 10-minute breaks, I’ll always step away from my desk, stretch my legs, and just breathe. Breaks are as important as the tasks at hand. You wouldn’t drive a car without gas, so don’t push your body and mind beyond their limits either.

I hope these top-level tips help to eliminate some of the stress and cacophony of your profession. Work-life balance is an important part of your overall happiness and satisfaction, so don’t forget to put the work away and enjoy your evenings.

SHOP: COACH Bleecker Watch | Urban Outfitters Button-Down | Hawthorne Chinos | NIKE Sneakers

This post was sponsored by COACH watches and the #TimeForCoach campaign. In this post, I’m wearing the Bleecker Slim Watch in gold featuring a black leather strap. You can shop the full collection of COACH timepieces here. Which one is your favorite?

Denim On Denim

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Well guys, the wait is almost over… the GQ collection for Gap, crafted by this year’s reigning class of the Best New Menswear Designers of America (BNMDA) will hit the web and stores across the country starting tomorrow, September 29th! I had such a blast collaborating with GQ and Gap again this year to highlight the amazing designers, which included: NSF, Stamp’d LA, The Hill-Side, and David Hart.

As you know, GQ chooses four standout favorites menswear designers to create a collaborative capsule collections for GAP’s men’s offering. I’m so excited for you guys to see the full collection – you can get a sneak peek in GQ’s photo gallery here.

Which pieces are your favorite?


Summer’s End

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Under normal circumstances, I would be mourning the end of summer. Saying goodbye to my favorite warm-weather activities usually ends in tears and a weekend of binge-eating snack cakes. Not this time around. After an unbearably scorching summer, my feet are dancing to a different beat.

I am ushering in these cold-weather months with open arms. Long woolen car coats, thick flannel button-downs, and shearling-lined shoes become welcome wardrobe warriors to combat these inevitably harsh New York winters. As we ease into September, I’ve started introducing some of these cold-weather favorites into my weekly routine. These Tucker moccasins from UGG have quickly become a star forward in my style game. Lined with soft-as-silk suede, as well as featuring leather-lined and interchangeable Twinsole™ UGGpure™ insoles, these moccasins will be your new favorite. It also doesn’t hurt that they’re of the slip-on variety… because guys deserve a Cinderella story, too. Does the shoe fit? With the Tucker, you bet it does!

Now I’ve just got to get my coat collection up to speed with my footwear. BRB, heading to the mall…

SHOP: UGG Tucker Moccasin | Ralph Lauren D&S Cardigan | J.Crew Chino | Apple Watch | Cynthia Rybakoff Rings

Music Monday / 27

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After taking a week off from Music Monday, I’m back with a vengeance (and a pretty kick ass playlist) – an old favorite, some new viral tracks, and an acoustic cover of Bieber’s “Where Are Ü Now” round out this week’s track list. If you feel any of these tracks in your bones, I implore you to dance it out; your body will thank you!

So here we go… slip into those in-ear headphones and cuddle up to this chill beat-heavy playlist. Which song is your favorite? Let me know if the comments below!

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!

City Trails

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Timberland is a brand I’ve worn for much of my life; as long as I can remember, I’ve always had at least a handful of pieces in my wardrobe. Growing up in Mississippi, Timberland became an integral part of my ethos – especially in a place where the terrain can transform from rustic to rugged in a matter of minutes. Wherever my adventurous spirit took me, Timberland was often right by my side (or, rather, protecting my feet).

Moving to New York City wasn’t an easy task. Aside from general culture shock, I was settling into a vastly different environment – trading farms and livestock for fifth-floor walk-ups and an ocean of taxis – but I quickly learned that to satisfy my fearless spirit, I would have to tackle a much more modern set of trails… think subways, sidewalks, and stairwells.

It’s been over eight years since I moved here, and I’m still charmed by this place. I no longer pull riskier moves like riding ATVs in the dark or attempting to tame wild snakes (true story!) but I’m still the same person. I never lost my bold zest for life and I never lost my love for Timberland.

Timberland has always been at the forefront of style. The ubiquitous boot (you know the one…) has been on the feet of almost every fashion-conscious person on Earth. But did you know Timberland is so much more than just than one boot? Aside from being one of the most respected brands in the outdoor space, they also carry a vast catalog of products fit for your everyday.

From slim-cut selvedge denim to weatherproof blazers, Timberland takes the mathematics out of staying stylish by offering pieces that transition as easily from work to weekend as you do! So go ahead, take to your modern trail with rugged, functional, and – most importantly – stylish pieces from Timberland. Believe me, your body will thank you.

SHOP: Timberland Blazer | Timberland Denim | Timberland Backpack | Timberland Boots