I’ve always felt like I had my act together; I work hard, I enjoy social activities, and I’m (almost always) able to maintain a perfect balance. You wouldn’t know it looking at my living room. When I first moved in to my East Village apartment in 2012, it was amidst a chaotic few months of my life riddled with too much travel and an over-exhaustive work schedule. My roommates and I haphazardly laid a floor plan of hodge-podge furniture and memorabilia… and that’s how it stayed for almost three years.
I work from home most of the week yet my space was so jarring that little work actually got done. I felt like I was constantly griping about how my apartment looked more like a college fraternity house than the apartment of an adult human with a creative job. I was in desperate need of a change. Needless to say, when West Elm offered to transform my space as part of their ongoing #WEsmallspace series, I jumped on the opportunity.
I enlisted the help of Homepolish and their resident West Coast Creative Director (and my good friend) Orlando Soria to weave a colorful story and create a space where I could work, entertain, and – most importantly – relax. I’m so thrilled to show off the exquisite work that West Elm, Homepolish and Orlando did to my living room. We snagged some fantastic modern pieces from West Elm – like this gorgeous sofa, wall sconces, duo of colorful retro chairs, and coffee table – to transform the space from floor to ceiling.
The woven rug adds so much color to the space and ended up being one of my favorite parts of the whole transformation. Homepolish tapped incredible artist Shane Neufeld to infuse my walls with a heavy dose of abstract color and I am beyond obsessed with his diptych. If you haven’t checked out his other work, it’s an absolute must!
I can’t thank West Elm, Homepolish, and Orlando enough for updating my life in such a major way. I know it sounds corny but I feel like I got a piece of my sanity back! My old living room was such an eyesore and I was desperate for a refresh. If you’re finding yourself in a similar situation, I really encourage you to check out Homepolish – they offer beautiful and affordable interior design by the hour. Whether you’re in need of a little editing or you’re dying for a full revamp (like me), Homepolish is your new favorite company.
So… what do you guys think? What’s your favorite part of the makeover?
Pink has never been one of my favorite colors; it’s just a bit too cheery for my taste. Navy, black, ochre.. now those are colors I love. They’re moody, brooding, and matte. When I wear pink, I half expect to look in a mirror and see Paris Hilton or some other cultural Barbie doll staring back at me. Last week I was browsing the racks at Zara and saw a glimmer of pink peeking out from behind a cluster of printed shirts. Curiosity got the best of me and I found myself wanting to know more.
Turns out that little discovery session led me straight to this kickass mauve jacket. Like I said, I almost never wear pink but I’m slowly becoming a convert. It’s dark, dirty and weathered… and masculine enough. Since I can’t possibly break from my normal neutrals, I paired the jacket with a navy hoodie and black jeans to bring the pink back into my style stratosphere.
Yesterday, I got the chance to stop by the Joe Fresh store in Flatiron to scope the new spring collection. I walked into Joe Fresh for the first time almost 3 years ago. I hadn’t known much about the brand but I knew I was about to discover something really special for my wardrobe. Three years later and I find myself continuously stocking up on the knockout price-conscious basics that Joe Fresh produces each season.
With what seemed like an unending winter, we finally got a break from bitter weather here today in New York. I walked outside and just wanted to scream “HALLELUJAH!” – it was *that* warm. I shot this look yesterday with my favorite gal pal Serena (who has a wicked lifestyle blog) when weather was a bit more wintry. I have been wearing this Canada Goose x Wings + Horns collaborative jacket almost nonstop. Between the incredibly insulating body and the fur hood, I’ve been walking around warmer than ever.
I paired it with one of my favorite color-blocked shirts at the moment and fancy khaki pants. The shoes are from Hydrogen-1, a footwear brand I’ve worn before on Scout Sixteen. I’ve always loved founder Hero’s impeccable design philosophy and the way he is able to bridge the gap between classic menswear staples and comfortable functionality for guys who needs beautiful shoes that can weather the storm, literally. If you haven’t checked out the selection, do it now; you’ll certainly find something you love!
When I step leg-by-leg into a pair of ripped denim, I’m immersed at once in a strange sense of sheer joy. Sounds psychotic, right? Hear me out.
Dig deep through the layers and piles in your closet for your oldest pair of denim. Put them on and it’s like sinking into the most wonderful of chambray clouds. Ripped denim gives me that feeling. The worn-in and worn-well quality of a pair of jeans is an immediate sell for me. I’ll gladly pay good money for jeans but the priciest jeans on the market aren’t always your best choice.
I snagged this pair at Forever21 – that’s right – the fast-fashion chain known for its impressive teen following. Well, guys, they’ve created one amazing pair of jeans… this pair in particular. I won’t say much else but try it for yourself. Most of their options are under $40, so you won’t be breaking the bank!
“Cinematic” has always been one of my favorite adjectives; it is one of the few words shrouded in both mystery and certainty. Critics and layman alike employ the word to elevate the essence of a moment from “on the street” to “on the screen.” With that one word, you can turn an everyday gal into a screen goddess and run-of-the-mill guy into a legend.
Films have played one of the most important roles in the history of creative arts. The ability to turn passing thoughts or wild fantasies into full-fledged motion pictures is astonishing. I’ve had a fascination with film for as long as I can remember – and it’s often the trailers that bait me in. The way a filmmaker and editor can imbue a few minutes of my time with an insatiable emotion still mesmerize me. If anything, the trailer is one of the most important parts of the film – the trailer is the ultimate deal breaker for an audience with shortening attention spans.
I was so pleased to partner with Canon last year on their Bring It Tour. This year, Canon is out to prove that anything in life can become a movie… and your everyday moments can even inspire one! Canon’s newly launched Trailer Editor tool allows users of all skill levels, even those who have never picked up a camera before, to easily turn everyday photo and video footage into a movie trailer, with titles, Hollywood style voice-overs and epic soundtracks. Using the tool, you can either auto-generate a trailer, or use the advanced features for editing. Or if you already have a cut trailer, you can upload yours directly to the site.
This season marks legendary actor and director Ron Howard’s third iteration ofpartnering with Canon for Project Imagination and the first time for actor Josh Hutcherson of The Hunger Games franchise. Together, Ron and Josh will select one winning trailer, which will inspire a Hollywood short film, in which Josh will star and produce.
So to all the budding filmmakers out there or those of you who just want to be heard, this is an incredible opportunity to turn your fantasy into cinematic reality. Submissions start today and continue to 4/29. For a bit of inspiration, check out the movie trailer below, “Random Dance” from Daniel Gustafsson– can’t wait to see what you guys come up with!
Few things make me feel more naked and exposed than when I’m not wearing a watch. My bare wrist sits there wishing I hadn’t been so neglectful – making existential inquiries now that I’ve stripped it of time-keeping duties.
“Am I no longer an active cog in this mortal machine?”
Thankfully, this doesn’t happen too often. I rarely (read as: almost never) leave the house without going through a mental checklist: wallet, keys, phone, watch. The four tools for my day to be both productive and fairly stress-free. My watch collection is pretty extensive; however, like in many areas of my style – I tend to gravitate toward the same two or three pieces. Until recently, my seven-year-old Timex Weekender watch was a daily staple. Last week, I snagged my second Daniel Wellington watch (… my first was stolen at the gym last year).
I opted for the Classic Bristol because of its beautifully timeless design and transitional style qualities. The dark mahogany tones of the leather strap hint at an ageless opulence while the minimalist design of the case and dial prove timeless can certainly be modern.
If you want one of your own, use the code “JUSTINLIV” for 15% off your order. Let’s be style twins, shop the collection here.
I’m on the cusp of Day #2 here in Los Angeles and I couldn’t be happier with my mini-vacation out here. I spent the day exploring West Hollywood and Beverly Hills with some friends – and stopped by this amazing city park located on (get this…) the roof of Restoration Hardware on Melrose Avenue.
Ditching my coats and layers for shorts and tees, I paired my casual staples with one of my favorite sporty sneakers of the season! These Nike Janoski sneakers I snagged at Nordstrom are nothing short of perfect… they’re stylish, functional, and affordable. Nordstrom carries a wide variety of Nike gear but my favorite options tend to be the compression pieces and stellar sneaker assortment!
I’ve included some of my favorite options below in case you want to check it out:
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