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I’ve always been fond of mixing and matching; I’m not so much a non-conformist as I am a love of creative challenges. I like testing the stylistic limits of pieces in my wardrobe: transitioning athletic wear into my work life or showing how suits can be pared down for the everyday.

This photographer pant from EXPRESS lends itself to so many different occasions. I’ve worn them with an oxford shirt and boots for a slick work look but my favorite way to wear them is with more casual pieces. I love how this goldenrod merino sweater gives a pop of color and give this look some holiday flavor. With so many festive parties coming up, I can’t wait to find new and exciting ways to play on the casual and dressy qualities of these stellar pants. What will you be wearing for parties this holiday?

EXPRESS Pant / EXPRESS T-Shirt / EXPRESS Sweater / Axel Arigato Shoes / AG Jacket

Blue Suede Shoes

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I was born to the music of Elvis Presley. From my earliest memories, my dad would educate my sister and I on his music. It didn’t hurt that we grew up around Memphis, Tennessee, one of the standout cities in music history. “Heartbreak Hotel,” “All Shook Up,” and “Blue Suede Shoes” were among the first few songs I would play endlessly while I played indoors. Over the years, I’ve altered so many aspects of my life, grown into adulthood, and moved to New York City… but I haven’t lost my love for Elvis and his impeccable style.

Last month, I was browsing through Nordstrom’s at The Grove in Los Angeles. I had just finished grabbing some new denim from their (fantastic) men’s denim shop. Just as I was about to leave, I spotted these epic shoes. The Nike ‘Stefan Janoski Max’ sneakers are like “blue suede shoes” for the modern guy; not only are they incredibly comfortable, but they’re also stylish enough to pair with just about any look. I’ve been wearing them almost non-stop since I got them! Now I just need to learn Elvis’ dance moves and I may have new career… [insert cheeky grin]

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An AG Afternoon

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This holiday season, I’m determined to be a sophisticated member of society. While I’ve always considered myself a bit of a renaissance man, I think it’s high time I started adding some new tricks to my arsenal. Last week, I got the chance to check off two items from my “learning to be a sophisticate” bucket list: crafting a premium cocktail and learning to shuck oysters like a pro. AG Jeans took my buddy Marcel and I out for a day on the town. Read More

Vegas Vacation

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A few weeks back, I got the chance to travel with Anthony, Hallie, and Jessica on a special weekend getaway in Las Vegas with the team from Zappos. We wined, dined, and had an absolute blast! I had the best time letting loose with my blogger friends at the Life Is Beautiful festival, where many artists I love (and a few new discoveries) hit the stage for three days of incredible fun. Read More

In Spade(s)

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Isn’t fall weather the best? I know it may not seem like much, but getting to layer makes me really damn happy. I’m so accustomed to my generic summer dress code: t-shirt, jeans, and sneakers. Sunny weather leaves little variety to mix-and-match, but cold weather… now that gives me some options! The fact that I’ve been able to wear a different jacket every days this week (and in turn, completely mix up my wardrobe) is putting the biggest smile on my face. One jacket I’ve been rocking lately is from the new Jack Spade x Barbour collaboration.

With fall dressing in mind, Jack Spade and Barbour teamed up to reissue the iconic silhouette of the Hopper Jacket in a distinctive black. You can’t go wrong with a black jacket and this version is constructed from waxed cotton so it has a considerably substantial feel to it. I like that the rustic fundamentals of the piece have been upgraded with a dose of urban sensibility. As a country boy in “the big City”, this jacket feels right at home.

Jack Spade Jacket / J. Crew Button Down / Topman Denim / Converse Sneakers

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Freakin’ Weekend / 11

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After an incredibly busy week, I’m ready to carve a spot out on my sofa and spent tomorrow watching a marathon or two on Netflix. Add in a family-size bowl of cheesy pasta or a pint of Cherry Garcia ice cream and you’ve got my perfect weekend ahead. I’ll likely take to the streets on Sunday to do some exploring – thinking of stopping by the Brooklyn Flea to pick up a few new pieces for the apartment. Then again, that may be just a bit ambitious; my couch is incredibly comfortable.

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

Hands down, this is my favorite t-shirt of all time. I literally own 17 of them.

A moving reminder why I love Paris and New York so damn much.

Here is the only keychain you’ll ever need.

I want these sneakers like yesterday.

Pixar movies that are hiding easter eggs to other Pixar movies; META!

Who’s ready to start drinking this delicious cocktail with me?

Dispelling 12 urban myths about New York City; this is good stuff!

I was interviewed by my pal Chris – and I didn’t curse like a sailor this time!

Have you seen my friend Adam’s amazing Instagram-based storytelling series?

Really digging this bold felt weekender bag; needing this now.

GAP’s new Sofia Coppola-directed holiday ad is awkwardly hilarious.

I’m loving this super sleek waterproof travel bag.

I would sell my soul to have this Skee-Ball machine in my home.

The debate over streaming music continues… which side do you fall on?

Pendleton is taking over your winter wardrobe one piece at a time.

Loved this article on the “disease of being busy” and learning to slow down.

Center Focus

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With great power comes great responsibility, and with great responsibility comes considerable stress. I always assumed that tranquility followed success, but sadly that isn’t the case; the greater your success, the more demanding your schedule becomes. I think I can speak for all of us in saying this year has been incredibly taxing. I’ve watched so many of my friends/colleagues discover new levels of success and professional progress, but at what cost? We’re paying for it with our time. We’re being wound like mechanical clocks awaiting the inevitable day when we malfunction.

Have you seen the movie In Time? It’s not particularly impressive but the gist of the film really hit home for me. The film’s protagonists, Will and Sylvia, live in a world where time is the only currency. Your morning coffee may cost you 4 minutes; a trip across borders will cost you 3 days. Time has become such a commodity and I plan on taking back some of mine with meditation. Have you ever tried meditation? Do you have any tips or tricks?

(I’ll do a post in the next week or two to track my progress and give you guys some helpful tips)

As you can tell, I have a soft spot for black denim. I know I’m a big advocate of paring back clothing, but my unnatural addiction for black jeans runs deep. I recently picked up this pair of AG denim from Nordstrom and I can’t stop wearing them. (I’ve mentioned this before but Nordstrom is like denim heaven. They carry just about every brand you can imagine, so making a decision is tough. My favorites of the bunch are definitely AG and Hudson!) I paired the jeans with a striped button-down and one of my new favorite topcoats from Topman. I love a good monochromatic color scheme and this black-and-blue look is one I think can work just as well in the office as it can for weekend adventures. What do you think of the look?

AG Black Jeans / Topman Shirt / Topman Jacket / Royal Elastic Shoes

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Fall With Fossil

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Fall has always been my favorite season. The leaves are changing, pumpkin spice permeates every edible, and I get to bust out my extensive scarf collection. It’s not so much a collection as it is an inordinate hoard of winter accessories, but you get the point. While my sinuses don’t ever quite get the hang of fall weather and my skin slowly turns the color of white bread, my body is happy to bask in newly-crisped air. And the food? Don’t get me started on the best eats for fall. With summer out of the way, I feast without mercy. If it’s loaded with carbs or covered in cheese, I want three helpings of it… I’ll just toss on a shapeless sweater to hide the damage.

Earlier this season, I was tapped by Fossil to put together a look that was quintessentially fall. I’m excited to share some pieces from Fossil’s fall collection that I took a liking to. The chambray shirt and puffer vest keep me warm now that the temperatures are dropping, while the leather messenger and colorful watch keep me organized and on-time while I tackle my day. If you haven’t checked it out, head on over to Fossil’s site for an exclusive interview with yours truly and a peek into more of my favorite fall pieces.

Fossil Watch / Fossil Vest / Fossil Shirt / Fossil Briefcase / Express Denim / Dr. Marten Boots