Habanero Lime Grilled Chicken Salad

April 19, 2015
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My wife and I are always on the hunt for new recipes, especially those that involve chicken since we eat chicken more than any other meat. The great thing about chicken is that it is basically a blank slate and takes on any flavor you throw at it. It makes it the perfect base for Mexican food and especially this habanero lime chicken salad.Mexican Pineapple Chopped Salad 2

I found similar version of this recipe that involved siriracha but I took it a step further and used a habanero hot sauce as my spice base. Use whatever hot sauce you enjoy but I would urge going slightly spicier than your average since once the spiced chicken is mixed into the salad it loses some of its heat.

Habanero Lime Grilled Chicken Salad

Chicken Marinade

  • 2 organic chicken breasts, the thinner the better (or use chicken breast tenders in order to get thinner pieces)
  • 1 Lime, juiced
  • 1/8 Cup Olive Oil (I used jalapeno olive oil for added heat but it’s not necessary)
  •  2 tsp. habanero hot sauce (or substitute your favorite hot sauce)
  • 1/4 tsp. Himalayan sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. fresh ground black pepper

Salad Ingredients

  • 4 Cups chopped lettuce (I used romaine since it serves as a nice crisp base)
  • 1 Cup grape tomatoes
  • 1/4 Cup diced red onion
  • 1 cucumber sliced
  • 1 avocado cubed
  • 8 slices of pineapple

Lime Vinaigrette

  • 1/3 Cup olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. raw honey
  • 1/4 Cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 lime juiced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Mix marinade and marinate chicken for a good hour or so in the fridge.
  2. Heat grill. Once heated grill chicken until cooked throughout. Grill pineapple slices until tender (about 3 minutes per side).
  3. While grilling, chop lettuce, dice tomatoes and red onion and cube avocado. Combine together in bowl.
  4. Mix dressing together to taste. Some people like more lime than others. If you want more spice try adding a dash of your hot sauce. You could even dice up some fresh cilantro and mix that in if you like. It’s your dressing, do what you want!
  5. Once chicken and pineapple are done, slice chicken and dice up the pineapple making sure to remove the core.
  6. Combine the chicken and pineapple with other salad ingredients, drizzle the dressing over the top and you are good to enjoy (preferably on a nice sun-drenched patio or balcony).

This grilled chicken salad is so simple and easy to throw together even I could do it. Enjoy!

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New Do & Navy For Days

April 16, 2015
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My wife said she wasn’t a huge fan of this outfit because there was too much blue. She clearly missed my last outfit. Regardless, I think the amount of navy is in perfect harmony. I love this indigo cotton cardigan and how versatile it can be. I’ve worn it to the office and worn it casually and it is the perfect, lightweight layer for this time of year. And I can’t get enough of these navy oxfords–they are incredibly comfortable and are a nice break from the monotony of black, brown, tan, lighter tan, color choices that can sometimes plague oxfords. Originally I wasn’t sure how much use I would get out of a blue pair of shoes but Elvis was right, I would write a song about them if there wasn’t already one. They have quickly become one of my go-to pairs of shoes and they mix so easily with everything in my wardrobe that it’s almost silly that I was ever concerned.

I got a new haircut and I went a bit shorter because a) It’s getting warmer and it’s nice to have less hair on my head and; b) I wanted something with slightly more style. I’ve always been afraid to go shorter on the sides because I don’t always like seeing my scalp. Love it on others but not always a fan on myself but I think my fears have been abated. I’m already loving the look and how easy it is to style so bravo to that.

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 Levis Jeans // J.Crew Shirt // Gap Cardigan // Rockport Oxfords (c/o) // Citizen Watch

Sailor Stripes Are A Spring Staple

April 15, 2015
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Sailor stripes are a spring style staple and are the perfect way to always be on trend without trying too hard. You can pretty much always justify adding another striped anything to your closet because you’ll always be able to get some wear out of it. They are a simple way to add some visual interest without having to put too much effort in. Another can’t-go-wrong spring style choice is anything and everything blue. I went a little overboard on the blue front recently (check it here), but, again, blue is a style staple, especially in the spring. A really easy way for me to get dressed on days when I don’t want to think too hard about it is to keep it monochromatic and wear all shades/tones of the same color. That’s what I went for here, pairing my new striped navy sweater with these bright, cobalt chinos. I was going to go for a white sneaker but I opted for these Cat Footwear Quinton boots and I think they break up the otherwise pretty preppy outfit. After getting some decent wear out of this sweater already I’m thinking I might need to pick up the cream version as well… Always a good decision right?

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 Old Navy Sweater | J.Crew Chinos | Cat Footwear Boots (c/o) | Spitfire Sunglasses | Jack Spade Watch

The Birkenstocks Are Back Baby

April 8, 2015
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In case you missed the memo, Spring is here so floral print shirts are not only recommended, but expected. And I would highly recommend this daisy field print shirt from Bonobos. The hand drawn flowers are incredible up close and give an awesome effect from afar as well. If my hours spent perusing other blogs and online retailers has taught me anything, it is that print shirts are a trend that is only getting started so definitely consider picking up a few this Spring. They have quickly become a staple that every man should have in his closet.

Also, in case you missed this memo too (in which case get someone new to handle you memos), Birkenstocks are not only back in style, but are ready to be pulled out and worn around. Let your feet feel the sunshine! Mine have only recently come out of the hibernation of boots, wingtips, and double monks so pardon their paleness, but I can’t wait to get some serious wear out of my Birkenstocks this Spring/Summer.

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SHOP THE LOOK: Shirt | c/o Bonobos // Jeans | Levis // Sandals | Birkenstock // Sunglasses | Spitfire // Watch | Jack Spade


How To Make Refreshing Iced Coffee That’s Perfect For Spring

April 6, 2015
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I love iced coffee and the availability of awesome cold brew coffees has changed my life. You can even pick some up at Trader Joe’s and Target now. I’ve had the itch to try brewing my own using this great tutorial from Man Made DIY, but haven’t gotten around to it yet. The warmer weather and my love of coffee has got me experimenting a bit lately, and I have to share this super easy, refreshing take on a straightforward iced coffee.

This rendition only requires the below ingredients:

  • A few mint leaves (4-5, or more if you desire more of a minty flavor)
  • Pure vanilla extract (you could also make a delicious vanilla bean simple syrup too, but why go through all that work?)
  • Your favorite cold brew coffee concentrate
  • Water
  • Ice

Now watch how easy this is. Add your mint leaves to your glass. Muddle as you would with a mojito or if you want to avoid sipping mint particles up, just twist the leaves a bit to release some of the flavor. Add your vanilla extract or simply syrup. Add your ice, your cold brew concentrate, and your water. Adjust your water to coffee to water ratio based upon your personal taste. And that’s it. Now I love black iced coffee but if you want to add a creamer, go for it. Just don’t add almond milks or other nut milks because it separates and looks a little unappetizing. Tastes fine, but the look of curdled milk isn’t all that appealing to me personally.

And there you have it. The perfect recipe for a refreshing, caffeinated afternoon beverage. Got your favorite coffee trick? Love a local cold brew? Leave your comments below.

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Weekend Web Browsing /08

April 4, 2015

Welcome to the first Weekend Web Browsing of April! I found so many great stories this week so read on…

  • The space station caught (not like it’d be hard) footage of the Typhoon Maysak and it is incredible. Makes me feel small…
  • Every week there is a new article that comes out about which superfoods you should be eating. I think if you compile a full list from all the articles we need to eat 337 superfoods everyday so essentially we are all failing at health. But, the wonderful people at Real Simple have broken it down and this week came out with a list of just green superfoods so maybe we can break it down into each day eating just a color? I don’t know. Nonetheless, this article is worth checking out because it’s the first time I’ve seen Nopales on a superfood list. Nopales are part of a cactus and you know succulents are so big right now. So Nopales are probably life-saving.
  • A short film featuring R2-D2 from Star Wars was released and my Star Wars loving heart can’t bear it. Will he ever find love?
  • Amazon announced the release of their all new Dash button, a small button you can place around your home near products so that as you use them you simply push the button to automatically reorder more. This begs so many questions, but luckily Details asked them for us.
  • I want to be fit. But I’m busy (aka lazy). The struggle is real people. But I’ve been collecting workout tips and routines from around the interwebs lately. I’ve been keeping track of them all on Pinterest but here are a few of my favorite gym-free workouts this week. Here’s one. Here’s another. Both courtesy of our friends at Valet.
  • Last weekend my wife and I threw on of our nephews his first birthday party. I don’t want to spoil it but it involves succulents, baby pools, dinosaurs, and cupcakes so it’s pretty amazing. Check it out!
  • Not sure if you’ve checked out my Shop, but it’s a collection of all of my favorite things. I either own or am in the processing of selling my soul to own soon each and every item. I’m currently a little obsessed with accessories so check these out.

Also, two more things somewhat unrelated:

  1. I’ve updated my ABOUT section to give you a little bit more background on who I am and why I do what I do so check it out.
  2. In line with updating my ABOUT section, I’m looking to connect with more of you. Follow me on Instagram so I can get to know you better. Also, if you’re a brand, store, photographer, overall just cool person, give me a shout out. I’d love to meet up and get to know more locals in the OC area.

Never Fear, Bold Prints Are Here

April 2, 2015
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Bold, floral prints are everywhere for spring but it can sometimes be hard for the unseasoned sartorialist to work them into their wardrobe. This outfit is a super simple way to spice up your spring/summer wardrobe. This bold floral print chambray is a new addition to my closet and I have made it feel very welcome. It’s not only a chambray, which I obviously love, but it has this awesome floral print that sort of kind of looks like camo, which I also love, and it also has a paint-splattered, Pollock-esque feel which is just so cool. A really easy way to wear this printed shirt would have been to pair it with some jeans which would help mellow out the boldness. But I love how it looks paired with these black pants. Contrasted with the black the floral pattern really comes alive and I don’t mind that at all. The blue oxfords also make the print pop that much more.

I recently picked up these Spitfire sunglasses (for less than $40) and I am in love so get used to seeing these guys because they will be popping up all over this spring/summer.

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Successful Styling Is In The Details

March 31, 2015
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I’m a sucker for a chambray shirt. So when I stumble across one that’s combined with one of my other favorite things, a nice bold gingham check, I add it to my bag and wait patiently (yeah right!) for it to turn up on my doorstep. The pocket details and the placket stitching give the feel that it was quite expensive when really I got it for less than $40. I thought the indigo next to the black would look good but seeing it in pictures the colors are so striking and I love it. It’s nice how you can take two casual pieces, a gingham chambray and a black jogger and with some minor tweaks make it seem like it’s more than it really is. Button the collar all the way up, roll the sleeves ever so slightly, add a black leather wingtip and stand in front of a giant succulent–it’s as simple as that. But in all seriousness, finding a succulent isn’t imperative but it does make you look so much cooler. The minute I stepped away I looked like a fool. No for real, what I love is taking simple pieces and styling them in a way that creates a cohesive look without too much fuss. I spend a lot of time following other Instagram accounts and blogs to get inspired for my own looks and that’s what it always boils down–attention to the details. Get inspired by following along with DETAILS Magazine’s new social hub #myDETAILS. Click the hashtag and check it out!

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Grooming Tips: Hair 101

March 30, 2015
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I’ve often been asked how I get my hair to do what it does (I can get a good 6 inches of height on a good day). And while it’s not rocket science, it has definitely been years of trial and error to come up with what I think is a relatively painless hair grooming system.  Hair Tips 4

I’m always looking for a quicker, better, more efficient way to keep myself groomed and presentable. So a while back when I heard that it could actually be beneficial to wash your hair less often I had to give it a try. Now at first I was wary considering that my hair, like my skin, can get very oily. So I expected to have the greasiest hair and attract all sorts of attention the first day I opted out of shampoo. It took about a week or so for my hair to adjust to the new routine and for my scalp to stop producing excess sebum (the oil produced to keep your hair moisturized and waterproof), but after about a week my hair was used to not getting washed daily.

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I have found that cutting the shampoo out of my daily routine and simply lightly conditioning on a daily basis has allowed for more flexibility with my hair. I can get it to do whatever I want which leads to an easier routine and less fighting with it in the morning. It took some more experimenting but I finally landed on a flexible (because I sometimes forget) shampoo schedule of washing ever 3rd day. I’ve found the only way I’m able to get away with this lackadaisical grooming technique is to: 1) Use water-based styling products and; 2) I use conditioner on a daily basis to gently remove some of the build up and freshen my hair a bit. If you’re going to try cutting shampoo out of your daily routine start out slow and skip a day and work up to a schedule to results in hair that is pliable and willing to do what you want without feeling greasy and overly dirty (some dirt is good).

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Another key tip that I have found has led to better hair days is combining products to fit my hair. I have literally tried around 50 different hair styling products in my lifetime and the day that I combined two of my favorites to create my own personalized hair cocktail was one of the happiest days of my life (dramatic?). Regardless, I run some American Crew forming cream through when it’s still very wet and then take a hair dryer to it. I don’t know what it is about guys that makes them afraid to use hair dryers, but they are the only way you can achieve some styles that require height and volume so get used to them. Cavemen invented fire for a reason… To finish, I run some Baxter of California hard cream pomade through the top to keep it in place all day without leaving a shiny finish. And that’s that. It sounds complicated but it’s actually really simple and it’s made a huge impact on my style as a whole. Test it out and let me know your results! Hair Tips 2

Got your own grooming tips you live and die by? Leave a comment below.

Reader Inquiry: Stylish Suiting On A Budget

March 24, 2015
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I recently received an email with a question from a reader asking for a recommendation on purchasing a quality suit on a budget. It’s a dilemma that we have all faced. Whether you wear suits on a daily basis or just need to stock your closet with a few basics to pull out for weddings, job interviews, etc. I have found that there are plenty of options out there for affordable, yet stylish suiting. I don’t wear a suit on a daily basis but I do own a few and have purchased them with affordability and style in mind. I tend to break my suiting pieces up and wear them separately so that I can get the most wear out of the investment of a suit. If you are in the market for a suit that looks great but won’t leave you penniless check out these options below.

J.Crew (Approx. $700)

J.Crew makes amazing suits from high quality fabrics for a pretty decent price. You can walk out of there with an awesome suit for around $700. I have two suits from them. One I purchased for job interviews and the other I wore to my wedding so I have definitely trusted them for important moments in my life.  Plus they honor student discounts if you are a college student which is great if you are purchasing a suit for job interviews.

Bonobos (Approx. $525)

Bonobos recently launched their Jetsetter Suit which is a 4 season suit that is said to bounce back from almost any situation, perfect for guys on the go. Made to fit comfortably but staying on trend with a trim silhouette, the Jetsetter is available in a variety of colors and would make the perfect suit staple for any man’s closet.

Tailor4Less (Starting at $269)

Tailor4Less is a company I collaborated with in the past and they have an awesome concept. You enter your measurements and they essentially build you a custom suit (or shirt) to your specifications. They have over 150 fabrics/colors to choose from and the suits start at $269. Essentially, a custom-fit suit for under $300. I don’t have a suit from them but I do own one of their custom shirts and the fit is amazing so their system definitely works. I would definitely recommend checking them out.

H&M (Approx. $200)

Everyone knows H&M is a great place to shop for on-trend pieces at an affordable price. In recent years they have really dedicated some time and energy to their wear-to-work menswear and have come up with some great pieces. I have tons of work pants from them and they not only fit great but obviously hit at a more affordable price point. And surprisingly, they have lasted me forever. Their price point is definitely within reach of a college student on the cusp of graduating and on the hunt for their first suit for a job interview, but it also allows you to try out a trendier cut/style without investing a ton of money into it.


Thanks to Jackson for emailing me with his question! Hopefully I was able to shine a little light on a dilemma that every guy can relate to. Thanks for following along!

Got your own question? Struggling with something? Let me know and I’ll answer it best I can. Who knows? Maybe your question will end up here on Brick&Vine.

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