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In The Zone

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The past few weeks have been incredibly hectic. Between (almost) constant travel, a schedule packed with meetings and appointments, plus a stomach flu, I feel like I haven’t had any time for myself. Today, I’m setting aside a chunk of my day for complete and utter relaxation.

Today is all about comfort and I’m happy to have my new insanely-comfortable Superga sneakers along for the ride. I recently partnered with Superga to show off their iconic collection of sneakers – so you’ll be seeing these navy all-stars pop up in a few posts over the next month.

If you’re not familiar with Superga, it’s a brand steeped in heritage and timeless design – qualities that make them a staple in literally anyone’s everyday wardrobe. I’ve worn them with suit separates and also with my typical t-shirt and jeans summer uniform. However you wear your Supergas, there are plenty of styles to match your ever-evolving tastes.

Now I’m going to finish this chili and take myself shopping, because obviously there’s not better therapy than retail therapy, right? [wink] Hope you’re all having a spectacular day!

SHOP: Superga Sneakers | Your Neighbors Shirt | Feathers Tank Top | APC Denim

Taupe The Line

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On Mondays, we wear taupe. That would be my rule if I presided over the Mean Girls. It’s a color that doesn’t get its due credit. Like many guys, I was – for many years – vehemently against wearing clothing that sported any shade of pink. (Though some would argue ‘taupe’ doesn’t fall in the pink family.) Thankfully, I got over that unsolicited rule quickly!

This pair of H-1 sneakers is the perfect balance between an incredibly modern design and a spectacular choice of color. Like a dusty rebel in the sneaker world, this pair is made for the urban explorer in all of us. I paired the shoes with a classic chino and vintage-inspired Rolling Stones t-shirt.

Feeling like a rogue musician never felt so good. Happy Monday, folks!

SHOP: H-1 Sneakers | Urban Outfitters Shirt | H&M T-Shirt | Urban Outfitters Chino | State Backpack | Norse Projects Cap 

Music Monday / 19

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And just like that, it’s Monday again. I’m heading to Bermuda on Friday for a little mini-vacation at the Coco Reef. Until then, I’ve got to buckle down and get my life together, which means I need to employ some serious concentration skills to get everything done. Sheesh! Hope you guys have a wonderful week – I’m excited to share some of my favorite songs for the week, including a few old favorites sprinkled in for nostalgia. [high five]

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!

TRACK LISTING:

The Weeknd – “Can’t Feel My Face”

Jamie xx – “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)”

Natalie La Rose – “Around The World”

filous – “How Hard I Try”

XYLO – “Between The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea”

Class Actress – “More Than You”

Scavenger Hunt – “Wildfire”

Childish Gambino – “Sober”

Who Is Fancy – “Goodbye”

Rationale – “Fast Lane”

Frank Ocean – “Thinkin Bout You”

Gallant – “Learn To Fly”

James Young – “We Won’t”

Oh Wonder – “Technicolour Beat”

Tora ft Potato Potato – “Overcome”

OMI – “Cheerleader – Felix Jaehn Remix”

The Weeknd – “The Hills”

Tove Lo – “Habits (Stay High) Remix”

Twisted Measure – “Chandelier (Acapella)”

Galantis – “Runaway (U & I)”

Tove Styrke – “Even If I’m Loud Doesn’t Mean I’m Talking To You”


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Guide To Getting Your Best Apartment

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Finding an apartment is a difficult undertaking. From college students searching for the first place to call their own to design enthusiasts hoping to find a diamond in the rough, everyone can empathize – no matter the budget or location – with the struggle that surrounds securing an apartment. Over the seven years I’ve lived in New York City, I’ve moved into five different apartments; let me assure you, metropolitan rental markets are intense. Each time, a little piece of my sanity breaks away.

It’s a process marked with compromise… you’ll never find exactly what you want (“The bathroom is just way too small”, “The kitchen doesn’t have natural light.”, “Five floors is too many to climb every day!”). Finding your perfect spot can certainly be a maddening experience.

For the first few years, it always started the same; I would wait until I only had 30 days to search, sign, and move into a new space. Thankfully, over the years I’ve learned a few tips and tricks to make the process of finding an apartment a lot easier. And what kind of friend would I be if I didn’t share these with you…

MAKE PLANS.
Before you hit the ground running, craft your dream apartment. You’ll want to know what you’re looking for so the search will be easier on both yourself and/or your roommates. Are you looking for a pet-friendly two-bedroom spot north of town? Do you desperately need an additional home office space? By cataloging your wish list (The Good), the things you don’t want but would compromise on (The Bad), and the absolute no-no’s (The Dealbreakers), you’ll jumpstart your search on the right foot.

START SEARCHING.
Personally speaking, the search is the exciting part. I’m constantly browsing rental properties in cities like Portland or Nashville dreaming about the sliding door life I never lived – especially when I see the palatial spaces I could get elsewhere with my current New York rent. There are literally hundreds (maybe even thousands?) of rental search engines, but the only one I trust is Rent.com. It’s the only site where what you see is exactly what you get. Every listing on Rent.com has been verified as legit, so there won’t be any surprises. Plus, you’ll get to experience your favorite listings with 3D floor-plans and panoramic property tours, which will help ignite your natural knack for decorating.

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WHO PAYS WHAT.
You found your dream spot? Congratulations! Before you sign a lease, give it a very thorough read. If you’re like me, you’d rather take a razor to your eyes than read through a lease, but it’s a necessary step. You’ll want to make sure you ask the important questions like: What amenities are included in your rent? Who pays for hot water, gas, and electricity? Are pets allowed? Can you have extra copies of your keys? Can you lock in your rent price if you sign a two-year lease? Questions will be imperative to understanding what you are and aren’t responsible for during the term of your lease.

TAKE THE FINAL TOUR.
Most leases will mention you are getting the apartment “as is” (hilariously, this is the actual language used). This doesn’t mean you’ll arrive to an apartment falling apart or steeped in squalor, but it does mean you need to take a very thorough inspection of the apartment. Take photos and make a list of any cracks in wall, scuffs on the floor, or other faulty elements. This will be helpful when you move out and attempt to retrieve your security deposit. Thankfully, sites like Rent.com offer listings verified as legitimate so you can rest assured your dream apartment can become a spectacular reality.

DECORATING TABOO.
Every lease will detail what you can and cannot do when decorating your apartment. This isn’t black paint versus floral wallpaper – you’ll want to know what items are off-limits. Can you hang art on the walls? Are you allowed to DIY a light fixture? Personalizing your space can be the best part of moving, but ask the smart questions so you don’t face immediate eviction.

PERSONALIZE.
So you scored the apartment and you’re finally moving in – hallelujah! Like in your apartment search, making a list of the items you want or don’t want will help narrow down your creative vision. What’s your favorite color scheme? Which aesthetic will you employ – minimal, rustic, modern, or other? With the stress of your apartment search over, you deserve to have a little fun! … And if you’re looking for some inexpensive ideas when decorating, be sure to check out my previous post with some ‘Under $100’ home products I love.

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Uniform Perfected

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If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a hundred times… summer is by far my favorite season. Bouncing between tropical vacations, weekend excursions, and beers on my fire escape, I can’t get enough of the warm weather!

With the warm weather comes my summer uniform – naturally. I’ll always opt for denim on denim, polo shirts and shorts, or a mix of the two. For this look, I paired a crisp white fitted polo with jogger-style fleece drawstring shorts from EXPRESS and a denim vest to run around the city on a very busy Monday. Since I’m currently knee-deep in a bandana moment, I topped off the look with a vintage bandana I picked up at the Brooklyn Flea last year.

The old adage goes, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade”… and I think the same can be said of summer. When life gives me warm weather, I get incredibly comfortable. That said, I can imagine I’ll be wearing a lot of sweat shorts over the next few months – just wait and see!

Would you wear this look? What’s your summer uniform?

SHOP: EXPRESS Shorts | EXPRESS Polo | Vintage Bandana | Thrifted Denim Vest | Frank & Oak Shoes

Music Monday / 18

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After a weekend spent jamming out to some of my favorite artists at Governor’s Ball Music Festival, I’m so excited to share a new playlist of old favorites and new chart-climbers! This week ahead is going to be challenging but I’ve already go this list of tunes on replay. Let me know if you’ll enjoy it… plus, now you can use this as an excuse to drown out the sound of your much-too-talkative coworker, right?

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!

TRACK LISTING:

Melanie Martinez – “Pity Party”

Phoebe Ryan – “Dead”

Seinabo Sey – “Younger (Kygo Remix)”

Body Language – “Reset”

Matoma – “Old Thing Back”

Nicki Minaj – “The Night Is Still Young”

Rich Gang – “Lifestyle”

Becky G – “Lovin’ So Hard”

Major Lazer ft. Ellie Goulding – “Powerful”

Bebe Rexha – “I’m Gonna Show Them Crazy”

Röyksopp & Robyn – “Every Little Thing”

Florence + The Machine – “What Kind Of Man”

Iris – “I’ll Wait For You”

Röyksopp – “Do It Again”

Samsaya – “Beginning at the End”

Flume – “Sleepless”

MADE IN HEIGHTS – “Panther”

Vaults – “Lifespan”

Robyn – “Get Myself Together”

Elohim – “She Talks Too Much”


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Spring x Billy Reid

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What a marvelous, musical weekend! Almost six dozen artists from various genres of the music industry descended on Randall’s Island to play for crowds of almost 120,000 in what was one very memorable Governor’s Ball Music Festival. I got the chance to hang out with friends and some of my favorite musicians, which made the whole experience worthwhile!

I’m finally recovering from the awesomeness and wanted to share this incredibly rad t-shirt collaboration between Spring and Billy Reid. One of my favorite apps meets one of my all-time favorite designers…. match made in heaven? I’d like to think so! Along with Billy, Spring collaborated with two other all-star designers, Timo Weiland and Pamela Love. This star-studded group created some pretty wicked collaborative tees, which you can shop exclusively on the Spring app.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve certainly heard of Spring. It’s the app that’s taken the fashion world by storm; it allows users to one-click buy from their favorite designers with just a tap of the screen – no need to fill out pesky data, just easy breezy shopping – how cool is that? Plus, Spring offers free shipping on absolutely everything!

Download it today and get your therapy started… your retail therapy, that is! [wink]

Décor Deconstructed

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At any age, moving into a new apartment can be a wallet-busting experience. Between broker fees, miscellaneous charges, and the cost of transporting your valuables, you can pay upwards of a few thousand dollars.

I remember moving into my first apartment in New York City and watching my bank account dwindle rapidly. I had little to no money expendable income to personalize my new pad and make it feel like a “home.” Thankfully, I learned some tricks along the way about how you can furnish an apartment on a budget. From inexpensive décor accents to shopping local flea markets for spot-on finds, I was able to craft an apartment that felt very “me.”

Whether you’re moving in to your first post-college pad or you’re looking to revamp your current digs, I’ve put together a collage of twelve items – all under $100 – that can turn an ordinary apartment into an extraordinary space with little effort! Which piece is your favorite?

  1. Wall Art ($89) – this is a great site for searching thousands of original artwork and illustrations, which you can buy pre-framed and ready to hang!
  2. Hanging Bulletin Board ($45) – I loved the idea of installing this near your front door or your desk to hold mail, photos, or ideas you need to remember.
  3. Leaning Ladder ($99) – This leaning ladder is a great place to hang colorful throws or your favorite magazines. Plus, it’ll look great in any living room.
  4. Table Lamp ($99) – Minimal and handsome, this table lamp is sure to make a statement on a side table or your desk.
  5. Throw Pillow ($89) – Who doesn’t love putting on your favorite Netflix show and kicking back on a fuzzy pillow?!
  6. Woodsy Candle ($40) – This candle from Tatine is one of my absolute favorite scents. Masculine and powerful, the ‘Forest Floor’ scent is perfect as an indoor alternative for nature-lovers.
  7. Car Pillow ($15) – Cheeky and inexpensive, my favorite combination!
  8. Round Mirror ($25) – A round mirror opens up any space with modern design and minimalist flair.
  9. Wall Clock ($80) – You’ll never run behind with a colorful wall clock featuring a large-number display.
  10. Wooden Pyramid Sculptures ($20 and $30) – One of the ‘Seven Wonders of the World’ gets a natural makeover with these coffee table-appropriate accents.
  11. The Monocle Guide to Better Living ($37) – Bright and bold, this book holds some fantastic tips and looks great in the living room.
  12. The Stuff of Life ($26) – Grab some inspiration from this home décor book while offering a colorful alternative to coffee table literature.

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