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48 Hours in Paris

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When OpenSkies calls, you answer. The exclusive transatlantic service from British Airways provides effortless transit between New York and Paris, with all the culture you’d expect from the UK’s number one airline.

OpenSkies invited me to Paris for a whirlwind two-day excursion experiencing the very best the City of Light has to offer. I had been itching to get back to Paris after my life-altering first trip in October 2013. From the moment I stepped on to my Euro-bound flight, I was met by the most attentive and gracious staff of any airline I’ve ever flown. While most of the flight staff knew I was on board as a partner of OpenSkies, I was treated to the most luxurious experiences for my overnight flight: restaurant-worthy meals with an open bar, an iPad stocked full of movies and games, and – best of all – a comfortable seat that fully reclined into a bed, furnished with a cushioned mattress and comforter… literal heaven.

After arriving in Paris, I headed straight to the Hotel Marignan Elysees. This five-star luxury hotel was such a stunning home base for my trip; my room was absolutely immaculate and I got in a quick one hour nap before hitting the ground running on my itinerary.

I hopped on the train and met my Parisian representative Charles for a walk through the immensely beautiful Jardin Des Tuileries (Tuileries Garden).  The gardens, which provide a scenic promenade around the Louvre, remain one of the oldest and largest municipal gardens in Paris. As hunger got the best of me, Charles and I stopped into Le Saut du Loup for a turkey burger and fries.

I spent the rest of my afternoon exploring the Marais neighborhood and escaping a light rainstorm inside the quaint Café Pinson. The café is situated on a shaded side street, away from the hustle and bustle of the 3rd Arrondissement. I sat on the cushioned ledge looking out from the bay windows watching the purposeful way Parisians move about their day. As a New Yorker, I couldn’t help but envy the way Parisians savor every moment. I’m so accustomed to a “grab-and-go” lifestyle that it was like hitting some lovely but forgotten time warp.

I ended my evening with dinner at Le Ciel de Paris. Words can’t properly describe how beautiful the view was – nothing compares to seeing Paris from 56 floors above the streets below. With a belly full on four courses, I made the short walk to the Eiffel Tower. Like our statuesque Lady Liberty, the Eiffel Tower stands tall as a beautiful and memorable emblem of Paris.

My second day was packed with the sights. I went to the Arc De Tripomphe, explored the immense majesty of the Louvre and the precious art held within, snacked on traditional macaroons at Angelina, shopped the cultural wares at Merci and dined at Ralph Lauren’s impeccable Parisian restaurant, Ralphs. Aside from getting to see the Mona Lisa, the highlight of my day was walking home from dinner. Getting to see a city like Paris come to life at night is pure magic.

I walked until my feet hurt with the blisters of a well-traveled man. I walked in circles and squares, with a big smile on my face. I needed this trip; I needed a recharge and so I plugged myself into Paris as forcefully as I could with 48 hours.

The following afternoon, as I boarded the flight back to New York, I couldn’t help but smile from the inside out. I had fallen in love with Paris, and I felt it fall in love with me.

FEATURED PRODUCTS: Graf & Lantz Backpack / Knoll Weekender / Frank & Oak Striped Cardigan

* I can’t thank OpenSkies enough for this incredible opportunity. It was just the best! *

Afternoons with Vince

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When it comes to the holiday season, there are times when you’ve got to pull out all the stops. You don a blazer, slim slacks, and polish it off with a pair of fancy footwear (because what else allows you to tear the dance floor up?); it’s like an unspoken rule to being the guest no host will forget. I recently stopped by the Vince Camuto showroom in New York to explore some of the standout pieces from their current collection – needless to say, this collection is full of pieces that’ll make you the cat’s meow at your next holiday gathering.

Aside from being an incredibly well constructed, this plaid air jacket is one of the comfortable I’ve worn in ages. Since it doesn’t have those pesky (and often hideous) inner linings, the jacket is able to move with me, which is extremely important when I’m on the go for most of my day.

Camuto employs that same “effortlessly worn” treatment in all his pieces. Both the stretch black pant and waffle henley feel butter soft on your skin; I never once found myself tugging or pulling at the fabric because it was too baggy or too constricting. Sometimes when you find what works, just stick with it… and it looks like I’ll be sticking with Vince Camuto to keep me casual yet polished.

Plaid Air Jacket / Crosshatch Stretch Black Pant / Waffle Henley / Black Chelsea Boots / Silver Watch

Bonobos Giveaway

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From Secret Santa parties to Christmas with my family, I’ve got a long list of people in my life that deserve a terrific gift this holiday. I’ve been wrecking my brain trying to find something perfect for each recipient but, as many of you gift-givers know, finding “perfect” is hard as hell.

The good news is I’ve already found a few little things for myself, thanks to my pals at Bonobos. (Because let’s be honest, who doesn’t shop for themselves first?!) I snagged this lightweight winter mack and brushed twill shirt from their Holiday Collection. Merry Christmas to me! With weather in New York waffling between a bitter chill and “too-warm-for-December” heat, I had been scouring for a jacket that could handle these wavering temperatures. Happy to say, this mack jacket is it!

Want to win my winter picks? Make sure you sign up here for your chance to win a $250 store credit! And even if you don’t win, you’ll be opted in to receive some sweet deals from Bonobos right to your inbox! Don’t forget to enter…

Bonobos Mack Coat / Bonobos Shirt / APC Denim / Tsubo Boots / Filson Tote

Travel Style

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Traveling can be cruel on your body and mind. Between cramped quarters, bland airplane food, and jet lag, it’s easy to lose comfort in transit. Over the past few months, I’ve spent more in airports than I have in my own apartment which has made dressing comfortably my number one priority. Here are some my essentials for an easy, stylish jet-setting look.

Our Legacy Shirt (similar) / Club Monaco Sweatpants (similar) / Shore Projects Watch / Scotch & Soda Scarf / Converse Sneakers / Maroc Weekender

Come, Sale Away

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Thanksgiving is about taking the time to thanks those people, places, and things that have made this past year worth living. We wait exactly one night before we throw this thankfulness to the wayside and run (not walk) to our favorite retailers hoping to score the ultimate deal. Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, you can find some absolutely mind-boggling deals.

One shop I wanted to highlight also happens to be one of my favorite new accessories brands, Proper Assembly. Aside from being beautifully constructed, Proper Assembly products are incredibly affordable, like the backpack I’m wearing above. Founders Nate Poekert and Becky Shim Paguia also offer a unique perspective on giving back with their recent partnership with The Adventure Project, which supports expansion of micro-economies in developing countries.

Proper Assembly is hosting a weekend full of sales. Today, they’ll be giving you $100 off purchases of $250 or more with code ‘BLACKFRIDAY’. This weekend, you’ll get their TWO FOR ONE deal which will get you a gift card of up to $100. Finally on Cyber Monday (arguably the biggest online sale day of the year), you’ll get 30% off sitewide with the code ‘CYBERMONDAY‘. And to make sure you don’t miss out on any of my other favorite sales, I’ve gather some deals from my favorite shops below…

ASOS // 30% off sitewide with code “TGIBF

 

Need Supply Co. // extra 30% off sale items with code “EXTRA30

 

PacSun // buy one, get one 50% off + free shipping sitewide

 

SSENSE // up to 50% off sitewide

 

Theory // 40% off sitewide

 

Urban Outfitters // 25% off sale items on Black Friday, extra discounts on regular merchandise on Cyber Monday

 

West Elm // up to 25% off with code “SUPERSALE

Sin City

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Here is another look I shot while in Las Vegas with the Zappos crew for the Life is Beautiful music festival. I had such a blast hanging out with my fellow bloggers (Anthony, Jessica, and Hallie) and getting to see some kick-ass artists perform just steps from my hotel. I think one of my favorite performances was (I know, I know) Kanye West. While he did launch an incredibly terrible tirade halfway through the show, his set was pure perfection. If you haven’t heard of the LIB festival, check it out and maybe next year, I’ll see you there!

Topman Shirt / DIESEL Jeans / ER Souliers de Skate shoes

About Time

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As many of you are aware, I’m a bit of a watch fiend. I’ve amassed a fine collection of timepieces ranging from bit to small, sporty to classic. Each of my watches has a story and this Diesel Arges watch comes with a cool one.

Firstly, it is aptly named for one of the Cyclopes in Greek mythology. As a fan of mythology, this pulled me in but what really sold me was the fact that this piece is king  of the night. With a reflective camouflage strap (unique among modern watches) and glow-in-the-dark dial pieces, the Arges takes the dark by storm. I love being able to rock this sporty piece during the day and know it’ll be just as badass when the sun goes down.

I was in Los Angeles when I shot this look, so I paired it with my favorite printed chino shorts and a casual shirt jacket. Reflective camo, stripes and moons? You know I’ve always been a pattern rule breaker… [insert cheeky grin]

< Be sure to check out the rest of the Not So Camo collection and check out the full range of DIESEL watches! >

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Making Space

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It’s common knowledge that in New York City, you rent a matchbox for the price of a mansion. And it’s no surprise that in a city as economically critical as New York, that – like water or a Metrocard – space is considered a commercial commodity. New Yorkers buy, sell, and trade space as if it were tangible currency… and in many ways, it is.

The longer I live in New York, the harder it gets to maintain and preserve my growing collection of stuff. Clothes, magazines, books, and trinkets are subject to dismissal. Every spring cleaning felt like Sophie’s Choice for my valuables. Earlier this fall, I discovered MakeSpace – a cloud storage company for your favorite things. And it figuratively saved my life.

MakeSpace does all the hard labor for you, so all you have to do is pack it full of the things you want to keep. You let them know how much stuff you’d like to save, they’ll deliver enough green bins to hold your goodies, and you set the time most convenient for them to pick up. Once they’ve retrieved your boxes, they’ll photo catalog them in your account – making them ready for retrieval whenever you’re ready!

If you’re living in a space-challenged environment, MakeSpace is your new best friend. And if you live in New York City, this service is an absolute no-brainer. I recently filled two of my MakeSpace bins with the magazines and books I was holding on to for inspiration… now I just need to figure out what I can do with all this free space.