With the exception of moving to New York City, few moments have changed the course of my life quite like starting my blog. I spent years jumping from one job to the next eagerly awaiting an environment that could foster the wild creativity growing inside of me. It wasn’t until my friend Christina suggested I start a blog that I noticed the pieces of my life puzzle start to come together.
My blog has always been a passion project – a platform where I could illustrate and annotate the chaos in my head. I spent the majority of my life searching for acceptance. As a Type A “People Pleaser”, I was constantly altering myself to fit the expectations of others. With Scout Sixteen, I was given a platform to be myself, and the funniest part was people liked that Justin so much better.
While I make a decent living off my blog, I’ve never done it for the money or “blog fame” (both of which are terrible reasons to start a blog, by the way); I’ve stayed focused on creating a community of like-minded creators/readers and nurturing those relationships. Over the last two and half years, I’ve had the opportunity to work with some of fashion and web’s brightest stars – spectacular people with out-of-this-world imaginations and hearts of gold; they’ve each found success in their fields by holding on to one singular credo: do everything for and with passion. I’ve tried to remember this on the days that test my patience or break my will… because if I’m not doing it with passion, why do it? Surrounding myself with people who truly adore their craft puts a smile on my face daily. We are and always will be a team – a team of internet nerds who found our voices online. And on any given day, my money is on #TeamInternet.
Don’t let anyone else determine the path for your life. Be the writer of your story, not the reader. Stop taming that creativity and rediscover the things that make you smile. And whatever you choose to do, do it with sheer, unparalleled passion. Because who are we without passion? Normal. And normal is for boring people…
//READ MY TIPS ON STARTING A BLOG HERE//
District Lines Raglan T-Shirt * / Express Joggers / Warby Parker Glasses
* Shirt via my pal Tyler Oakley, who continues to impress, amaze, and dazzle me daily. Get the shirt here!
I don’t know what so strongly draws me to stripes but I can never have too many striped pieces in my wardrobe. This look was shot by my friend Peter (check out his blog) while roaming around Los Angeles last month. There is nothing particularly exceptional about this outfit but I did like the length of the t-shirt, which is from the M.Nii capsule collection for Gap! I had these photo lying around and thought I’d share – what do you think of this look?
M.Nii x Gap T-Shirt / John Elliott + Co x Gap Denim / Birkenstock Sandals / Thxrd Eye Cap / Nixon Watch
Photos by Peter Adrian
Can you believe it’s already October? I was warned that as I got older, the years would seem shorter… I hate admitting the “collective they” were right. Since time is clearly wasting away, let’s all throw on our headphones for a personal silent disco – dance, jive, or groove your way through this week’s Music Monday. Enjoy!
It’s been a couple months since I’ve hosted a giveaway on Scout Sixteen but I couldn’t be more excited to revive the tradition with one of my current favorite e-shops, Kaufmann Mercantile. Kaufmann Mercantile curates the most spectacular array of products ranging from must-have home goods to handcrafted clothing you’ll want to wear all season.
A quick peek through the site will prove there are pieces to fit any personality; but for this special giveaway, I’ve decided to highlight two different personalities with their own prize packages: The Traveler and The Bon Vivant.
This package is for the guy (or gal) who makes looking stylish on-the-go a priority. He spends more time in planes, trains, or automobiles than he does in his own home. He finds no greater joy than in the process of discovery.
Includes: Navy Canvas & Leather Weekender, Copy of Man of The World, Pair of Fingerless Gloves, Pair of White-Striped Socks, Jar of North Carolina Peanuts
The Bon Vivant:
is for the intellectual with a passion for culture. This guy (or gal) acts like a sponge soaking up every exciting opportunity to educate and stimulate. He is a lover of life’s little pleasures and seeks to carve out his place in the world.
Includes: Denim Bow Tie, Navy Canvas Carry-All, Waxed Canvas Pouch, Postalco Notebook, Set of Blackwing Drawing Pencils, Brass Pencil Sharpener, Horn Pocket Comb, Hot Cocoa Mix, plus a $25 Gift Certificate
Entering is easy and can be completed below*. Be sure to comment on this post with the prize package you’d like to win – as there will be two winners (one for each prize package). The more points you get below, the greater your chances of winning… and some of the options can be done every day. Good luck!
Kaufmann Mercantile Giveaway
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It’s no surprise I’m always on the move. Any avid readers of Scout Sixteen know my schedule gets quite chaotic. Each week, I board planes, trains, and automobiles headed towards unique story opportunities. With each new destination, my skin takes a stressful beating through swaying temperate climates or an overall lack of hydration. My busy schedule has left my skin feeling tired, sagging, and dull.
To combat this, I’ve been using the newest additions to Kiehl’s Facial Fuel men’s line, the anti-aging powerhouse called “Heavy Lifting”. Every night before bed, I dab my eye area with the Facial Fuel Heavy Lifting Eye Repair and then use Facial Fuel Heavy Lifting Anti-Aging Moisturizer all over my face. I’ve noticed some of the fine lines in my face have definitely softened and my skin overall is already looking fresher and more hydrated than it has in years!
I want to look like I’m in my mid-twenties forever. Now, I’m one step closer. Read More
Mondays are always so damn hectic. With everyone back in their offices, the emails and deadlines come back in full swing. Tuesdays, on the other hand, are far more relaxed; I get to take a moment to collect my thoughts, enjoy a little free time, and solidify blog posts for the week. While I rarely have a day completely free, I do allot Tuesdays as my “day of rest” – I realize this is not normal, but I’ve always said normal is for boring people. Wouldn’t you agree?
I decided to sport a bit more polished look today and opted for almost head-to-toe Ted Baker. I’ve been a fan of the brand since we first started collaborating last year. If you’re not familiar with Ted Baker, it’s about time you educated yourself (and your style) with the brand’s classic blend of British smarts and American prep. Aside from the clothing, my favorite pieces from Ted Baker are the accessories… and these spectacular brogue boots are no exception. I mean – just look at these beauties! If you’re ready to start upgrading your wardrobe for fall, Ted Baker is offering customers 20% off everything in-store and online on Thursday, October 9th. Get on it, friends!
Ted Baker Sweater / EXPRESS Denim Jacket / Ted Baker Chino / Ted Baker Boot
It’s that time again for another Music Monday. Toss on your noise-canceling headphones and tune out those pesky coworkers with a playlist full of moody mixes and a few hot new artists. Read More