Here’s my dilemma: I hate cleaning my jeans. I’ll be honest and say I probably only wash my jeans once or twice a month (regardless of how often I wear them). Before you call the sanitation police, let me explain. As many of you know, I wear my jeans fairly slim. The issue is two-fold: (1) I hate how stiff my jeans get at the cleaners plus they have this weird detergent feel to them, but (2) I love restoring the fit of my jeans after the wash. They fit like they did when I first bought them.
The laundry gods must’ve heard my prayers because the greatest little gadget was delivered to my doorstep last week. Meet Swash.
It may look commonplace from the outside, but what it does is revolutionary. In just 10 minutes, the Swash can reduce wrinkles, refresh fabrics, restore fit, and preserve the lifespan of my clothing. And best of all… it’s saving me a ton on dry-cleaning bills. It also works on just about any fabric in your closet (except leather, velvet, suede, silk or fur).
Everything you need for the Swash system is contained in glorious little pods. There are a variety of scents to fit any mood or personality, but my personal favorite is ‘Awaken’. There is no water or plumbing involved, just a 120-volt wall outlet and magic (of course). If you’re looking for a quick, easy way to breathe new life into your wardrobe – this is for you! Ready to purchase? The Swash system is available for pre-order only on Bloomingdale’s (in both black and neutral) and will ship nationwide in September.
Cheers to cleaning the easy way…
(Update: For those who have asked, the ombré shirt is from Koto)
I’m profiling the new cool kid on the block John Elliott + Co. Designer John Elliott has put his unique spin on the casual ready-to-wear market with slim, slouchy tees and premium denim.
I’ve styled these John Elliott + Co jeans with some of my favorite Gap pieces, like this paisley jacquard shirt. Don’t forget – I’ll be debuting the actual designer capsule collection in September so stay tuned!
John Elliott + Co Denim / Gap Shirt / Coach Backpack (similar) / Sperry Topsider Shoes / Profound Aesthetic Bracelet
Last week, Bonnie (my roommate + resident best friend) and I got the chance to escape the unbearable summer heat by ducking into Randolph Beer for an afternoon of fried foods and delicious lagers. We always find the time to grab snacks on a busy day but often struggle over indecision in locale. As a general note, I’m the worst at picking restaurants. I happen to like all foods so I could honestly be as content with sidewalk hot dogs as I could a juicy steak from a five-star joint.
Thankfully, I’ve been using Dooble to give my decision-making skills a leg up. I can connect with Bonnie to pick a time to meet, select the ‘type’ of meet-up this will be and the app does the work for me. The app is pre-programmed with the coolest options so you know you’re getting a must-see recommendation. The price of each Dooble goes directly towards the activity you choose (a $33 dollar brunch Dooble already covers your meal and drinks for the duration). It’s honestly gives some of the best deals out there.
I strongly suggest taking a minute to download Dooble, it’s become vital to my weekly toolbox in making sure I hit up the spots that need to be seen (and devoured).
I’ll freely admit that I spend far too much time on my mobile phone. From the moment I wake up to that point at night when my eyes struggle to stay open, I’m checking my phone. I’m doing anything to keep an engagement with digital media: checking the weather, looking up old flames on Facebook, discovering new music on Spotify, or taking the latest quiz on Buzzfeed (usually involving some Disney or Marvel theme, of course).
In an age where digital presence is encouraged and social connection is rewarded, I long to be off the grid. The idea of disconnectedness thrills me, but it’s also completely impractical. Those who eschew digital media are seen as zealots looking for attention… as if I’m going to congratulate someone for “not having a Facebook”. But why shouldn’t I? Why shouldn’t I be amazed that someone braver than me has taken the necessary steps to save their sanity in the face of a complete binary invasion.
In an age where digital presence is encouraged and social connection is rewarded, I long to be off the grid.
I’m in the process of weaning myself from my dependence on social acceptance (chasing the “likes” and “followers”, if you will). It’s the baby steps that matter most: I’ve been wearing a watch everyday to refrain from checking the time on my phone and opening up an inevitable spiral into a 30-minute phone “checkup”. I want to be free to read a book for 40 minutes straight or enjoy a two-hour dinner with friends and not look have an insatiable hunger to peer at my phone.
Thankfully, Fossil has my back and had me create my own watch from their Defender line – a name coincidentally apt to my cause. It’s no surprise to my readers that I chose black-on-black, a color palette I often gravitate towards with my accessories. This watch was a perfect fit and offered a great way to keep my hands of my phone!
Have you found you’ve been too focused on your digital life? What are you doing to fight back?
GUESS Shirt / PRPS Pants / Fossil Watch / ONA Camera Bag
Here’s another post from my weekend in Nantucket. I had the most amazing time exploring some of Nantucket’s most iconic landmarks, like the Brant Point Lighthouse. It’s situated on an eastern tip of Nantucket Island and has been in use since 1746. After several renovations and nearly 300 years of history, the lighthouse still stands as a beacon for ships passing through.
If you’re familiar with Nantucket, you’ll know the island is synonymous with style both nautical and preppy. Ralph Lauren, Lily Pulitzer and other prep-school staples anchor the retail areas of downtown. I brought along some of my nautical favorites from Joules to seamlessly immerse myself in Nantucket bolds for the weekend. I love a sailor stripe and this shirt has become a staple for my weekend wardrobe. I paired it with my bright yellow rain slicker, which came in handy while the wind littered our ‘day at the beach’ with lots of salty air.
If you get the chance to travel to Nantucket, I highly encourage it. It’s such a beautiful locale and the seaside restaurants offers delicious food and unmatched views of the ocean! Be sure to hop on over to Joules to pick up slick styles to get you through the rest of summer!
Joules Shirt / Joules Shorts / Joules Jacket / Sperry Topsider Shoes / Daniel Wellington Watch
I’m excited to introduce a fun style challenge between Scout Sixteen and DIESEL to show off famed designer Nicola Formichetti’s first collection for the storied denim house. Nicola was inspired by DIESEL founder Renzo Rosso’s dedication to telling a story with each piece he created. Scouring the DIESEL archives for inspiration, Nicola has created an incredible collection infused with the essence of the modern day heroes (like David Bowie, Iggy Pop, and the Velvet Underground) born in London, New York City, and Tokyo during the ’70s and ’80s.
For this collaborative effort, I got the chance to style a spectacular denim jacket from his first collection. New York is in a constant state of growth. Scaffolding and piping climb up sides of buildings like ivy on a tudor home. I love living in a city that continues to improve itself. Like DIESEL, New York is dirty and extreme in the best way possible. I wanted to showcase my jacket with a part of the city I love most – its constructive nature.
DIESEL Jacket / Joe Fresh T-Shirt / Thrifted Jeans / Converse Shoes / Caravelle New York Watch
This past weekend, I got the chance to travel to the Nantucket Film Festival in Nantucket, MA as part of GQ’s Insider program. We were invited to represent GQ and Isopure‘s newest line of protein-packed coconut water at the festival and can’t say enough how exciting the weekend was! My best pal Anthony came along for the ride and we got to see some fantastic indie flicks, check out some rad parties and make our way around Nantucket by bike.
Also, complete side note but if you head to Nantucket anytime soon the lobster rolls from The Club Car. It is like pure heaven in your mouth… totally worth the extra hours at the gym!
L.L. Bean Signature Polo / L.L. Bean Signature Shorts / Rachel Comey Shoes / L.L. Bean Signature Tote / Ted Baker Cap / Daniel Wellington Watch
Let’s talk about how much I love casual clothes. I’m actually not sure “love” is strong enough a descriptor for the sordid yet intimate relationship I have with being comfortable. If I’m being honest, I would be very much okay with the idea of being a professional couch potato. A little Netflix and a lot of take-away Chinese food… sounds like pretty much heaven.
Unfortunately, my days are quite chaotic and don’t afford me much “couch potato time” but I still manage to keep it comfortable (and presentable). Would you wear this look?
Kiss Chacey Shirt / Kiss Chacey Joggers / Profound Aesthetic Baseball Cap / Frank & Oak Backpack / Nike Sneakers