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After an incredibly busy week, I’m ready to carve a spot out on my sofa and spent tomorrow watching a marathon or two on Netflix. Add in a family-size bowl of cheesy pasta or a pint of Cherry Garcia ice cream and you’ve got my perfect weekend ahead. I’ll likely take to the streets on Sunday to do some exploring – thinking of stopping by the Brooklyn Flea to pick up a few new pieces for the apartment. Then again, that may be just a bit ambitious; my couch is incredibly comfortable.

Hope your weekend nails it; here are a few of my favorite links from this week to get you through it…

Hands down, this is my favorite t-shirt of all time. I literally own 17 of them.

A moving reminder why I love Paris and New York so damn much.

Here is the only keychain you’ll ever need.

I want these sneakers like yesterday.

Pixar movies that are hiding easter eggs to other Pixar movies; META!

Who’s ready to start drinking this delicious cocktail with me?

Dispelling 12 urban myths about New York City; this is good stuff!

I was interviewed by my pal Chris – and I didn’t curse like a sailor this time!

Have you seen my friend Adam’s amazing Instagram-based storytelling series?

Really digging this bold felt weekender bag; needing this now.

GAP’s new Sofia Coppola-directed holiday ad is awkwardly hilarious.

I’m loving this super sleek waterproof travel bag.

I would sell my soul to have this Skee-Ball machine in my home.

The debate over streaming music continues… which side do you fall on?

Pendleton is taking over your winter wardrobe one piece at a time.

Loved this article on the “disease of being busy” and learning to slow down.

Center Focus

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With great power comes great responsibility, and with great responsibility comes considerable stress. I always assumed that tranquility followed success, but sadly that isn’t the case; the greater your success, the more demanding your schedule becomes. I think I can speak for all of us in saying this year has been incredibly taxing. I’ve watched so many of my friends/colleagues discover new levels of success and professional progress, but at what cost? We’re paying for it with our time. We’re being wound like mechanical clocks awaiting the inevitable day when we malfunction.

Have you seen the movie In Time? It’s not particularly impressive but the gist of the film really hit home for me. The film’s protagonists, Will and Sylvia, live in a world where time is the only currency. Your morning coffee may cost you 4 minutes; a trip across borders will cost you 3 days. Time has become such a commodity and I plan on taking back some of mine with meditation. Have you ever tried meditation? Do you have any tips or tricks?

(I’ll do a post in the next week or two to track my progress and give you guys some helpful tips)

As you can tell, I have a soft spot for black denim. I know I’m a big advocate of paring back clothing, but my unnatural addiction for black jeans runs deep. I recently picked up this pair of AG denim from Nordstrom and I can’t stop wearing them. (I’ve mentioned this before but Nordstrom is like denim heaven. They carry just about every brand you can imagine, so making a decision is tough. My favorites of the bunch are definitely AG and Hudson!) I paired the jeans with a striped button-down and one of my new favorite topcoats from Topman. I love a good monochromatic color scheme and this black-and-blue look is one I think can work just as well in the office as it can for weekend adventures. What do you think of the look?

AG Black Jeans / Topman Shirt / Topman Jacket / Royal Elastic Shoes

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Fall With Fossil

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Fall has always been my favorite season. The leaves are changing, pumpkin spice permeates every edible, and I get to bust out my extensive scarf collection. It’s not so much a collection as it is an inordinate hoard of winter accessories, but you get the point. While my sinuses don’t ever quite get the hang of fall weather and my skin slowly turns the color of white bread, my body is happy to bask in newly-crisped air. And the food? Don’t get me started on the best eats for fall. With summer out of the way, I feast without mercy. If it’s loaded with carbs or covered in cheese, I want three helpings of it… I’ll just toss on a shapeless sweater to hide the damage.

Earlier this season, I was tapped by Fossil to put together a look that was quintessentially fall. I’m excited to share some pieces from Fossil’s fall collection that I took a liking to. The chambray shirt and puffer vest keep me warm now that the temperatures are dropping, while the leather messenger and colorful watch keep me organized and on-time while I tackle my day. If you haven’t checked it out, head on over to Fossil’s site for an exclusive interview with yours truly and a peek into more of my favorite fall pieces.

Fossil Watch / Fossil Vest / Fossil Shirt / Fossil Briefcase / Express Denim / Dr. Marten Boots

Wang Gang

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Since it was announced a few months back, the Alexander Wang designer capsule collection for H&M has had fashion enthusiasts in a tizzy. I recently got to sneak peek the collection at H&M’s showroom in New York and pick out a few pieces. The collection, which arrives to stores worldwide on November 6th, is sure to sell out. Heavy on black and mixed materials, the collection is very Alexander Wang; his design fingerprints are apparent in each piece. My favorites from the collection were the accessories – the sneakers, beanies, and small goods (including a wicked pair of boxing gloves) played off the edgy, sporty vibe of Wang’s inspiration for the collection.

I opted for the neoprene sneakers, which feel like they’re part of a larger scuba set, and the mesh tank. The pieces fit well and are incredibly well-priced. If you’re interested in snagging a piece or ten from the collection, you better act fast! November 6th in stores… get it before it’s gone!

Alexander Wang x H&M Shirt / J. Lindeberg Jeans / Won Hundred Topcoat / Alexander Wang x H&M Shoes

Investing in Shoes

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There are some items in my wardrobe I won’t splurge on: t-shirts, underwear, or oxford button-downs. These pieces come and go in my wardrobe – sometimes they’re lost in the laundry, other times they’ve just worn out their welcome.  Because of this, I can’t justify spending good money on basics in my wardrobe.

Shoes, on the other hand, are a very different story. Shoes aren’t something you want to skimp on and here is why. While there are an overwhelming number of options out there, guys can get away with investing in a few classics that’ll last for years! Even better is that many of the best classic shoes get better with age.

While inexpensive, knock-off options are tempting, remember that many of these shoes are made from sub-par materials; you get what you pay for in the end and your feet will thank you. Quality shoes not only provide better support for your joints while you move around your busy day but they’ll also hold up for infinitely longer than their cheaper cousins. Would you want to spend $65 every year for a pair of shoes or $250 every ten years? These dual-color Trask Penny Loafers are priced at $225 but you’re getting hand-sewn quality and construction. The key is to invest!

If you’re looking for a specific style, do your research. Visit your favorite shops or browse options online before making the purchase. Ask guys whose style you admire and find out what footwear brands they turn to most.

And once you make your splurge, don’t forget to take care of your investment. While it’s true that quality shoes get more comfortable with extended wear, it’s important to keep them looking as epic as when you brought them home (though a bit of wear adds personality). Grab cedar shoe trees to preserve the shape of your shoe and give them a spray with a water-repellent to ward off water damage.

Shown: Trask Penny Loafers

Plaid, Plaid World

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I never need an excuse to wear buffalo plaid; it permeates my wardrobe from every angle – a pair of fantastic wool pants, a flannel button-down, and even a pair a combination leather boots. Surprisingly, what I didn’t have in my collection was a buffalo plaid jacket… until now. This shirt jacket from Coach has been the perfect complement to my everyday. It’s light yet incredibly warm, eccentric yet subtly subdued, and is trimmed with just the right amount of chocolate leather.

My passion for “all plaid, all the time” has been vigorously reignited so don’t be shocked if you see a hell of a lot more of this Americanized tartan on Scout Sixteen. (And stay tuned – on Monday’s post, I’ll be giving a little history lesson on buffalo plaid!)

Coach Jacket / Freenote T-Shirt / EXPRESS Joggers / UGG Shoes

Four Eyes

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Growing up, I desperately wanted glasses. In my opinion, eyeglasses instantly upped your desirability much in the way cigarettes infused 50s rebels with inherent cool. I’d borrow friend’s glasses in hopes of impairing my perfect 20/20 vision. My efforts (or puberty) eventually caught up to me and at twelve, I was diagnosed with myopia, or near-sightedness. Armed with my new visual gadgetry, I was ready to let popularity wash over me. Unfortunately, nerds aren’t aren’t considered popular, a fact I soon realized.

Fast forward 15 years and I’m still the same geek struggling to find his footing. To my optician’s chagrin, I rarely wear my glasses. But when I do I like testing out new varieties. The ones I’m wearing here are from this fantastic brand called Frameri. Here is the No. 1 reason you should know Frameri – they craft glasses for people who actually wear glasses. Their interchangeable lens system means you no longer have to buy a new pair when your prescription changes; you simple place a new order for the lens and – voila! – when it arrives you pop it into your trusty, favorite frames. Pretty cool, right?

If you get a chance, check out Frameri. You won’t regret it… and your future self will be thanking you.

Frameri Glasses / iPhone 6 Plus Case

SWASH x Levi’s

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Walking in to any Levi’s store is like entering denim heaven. Shelves extending from floor to ceiling are packed with classic styles like 501’s or 511 Commuter Jean, the newest addition to the family. Like just about any denim aficionado, I’ve been a fan of Levi’s since birth. I have vivid, childhood memories of wearing the same pair of Levi’s every day for months.

As I got older, I added chinos, corduroys, and joggers to my arsenal but I never shied away from breaking out my favorite Levi’s for the weekend; I’d often save my favorite jeans for the weekend to keep them from dulling in the wash. When I got my SWASH System a few months back, my world was turned upside down. In just 10 minutes, the SWASH refreshes and restores my jeans to that ‘new denim’ feeling without diffusing the jean’s color or wash.

Last week, two of my favorite brands teamed up for a very special #LiveInLevis event with celebrated fashion stylist Kate Young. Held at the Levi’s store in Soho, Kate – who is a special brand ambassador for SWASH – gave special demonstrations on the SWASH system and educated customers on how the SWASH system can literally save your denim. (If you may remember, it’s saved just about every other item in my closet!)

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