A Perfect Pair

September 29, 2015
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In some ways my wife and I could be considered opposites. She’s an early to bed early to rise sort of gal. I’m a night owl who loves sleeping in (though I usually regret it when I haven’t done anything and it’s noon). But in some ways we are essentially the same exact person and we have so many interests that line up. The most obvious to anyone who knows us is that we are completely and utterly addicted to clothing. Our closets are overflowing and we could sit and debate about whose wardrobe is more out of control but let’s just say there are no winners (or are we both winners?). Regardless, there is no doubt that we have a shared interest in clothing. And I’m not quite sure how it happens but whenever we leave the house together we inevitably end up wearing outfits that are similar. Whether it’s a similar color palette or comparable pieces we somehow always end up accidentally mirroring each other. No joke, without knowing, the day that my wife decided to pull out a pair of white denim this summer was the day I decided to dust mine off and rock them as well. It’s actually quite convenient really. A little coordination never hurt anybody and together we can set the tone no matter where we go.

We are, and always will be stylishly in sync and the other day was no exception. We both chose to rock a neutral look to make our new shoes stand out. I mean when they’re decked out in colors like these you can’t help but want to show them off. Our neutral looks played well off of each other, her in a tan midi skirt and classic striped tee and me in a soft blue trouser with a cream sweater. My mustard-soled suede oxfords and her bright blue suede pumps while pretty opposite work oh so well together, much like us. Finding your perfect pair can be a challenge unless you’re looking for a new pair of shoes 😉

Interested in a female perspective? Check out my wife’s take on our looks over on her blog.

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Shoes: c/0 Rockport / Pants: similar / Sweater: J.Crew (similar) / Watch: Jack Spade / Bracelet: Giles & Brother / Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Between A Man and His Suit

September 28, 2015

Tommy John recently conducted a survey and confronted men about an aspect of the style world men rarely discuss: their underwear. For men, personal style is about a few key things: comfort and looking good. But for whatever reason men hardly take into account the importance of comfort in their most basic layers, like their underwear and undershirts. It’s the piece that is you wear closest to your body yet many guys don’t even think about how to ensure it’s doing the most it can do for you. Wearing underwear that is comfortable means you aren’t distracted by bunching and pinching. This all leads to a more stylish, confident you. Next time you open up your underwear drawer take a second and think about if your underwear is doing all it can do to set you up for success. Check out the infographic below:TJ_underwear_truth_Quotes

Visit Tommy John for a wide selection of comfortable basics that look and feel amazing.

On Fire For Fall

September 22, 2015
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Today is officially the first day of fall and there are signs of it all around. It’s already getting darker earlier for one. At night it is definitely cooling off which could be seen as a sign that fall is here. Perhaps the most obvious sign that autumn is upon us is the obsession with everything pumpkin coming back out of hibernation. However, regardless of what date or season the calendar says it is, it is still hitting the high eighties here and that calls for some serious transitional style choices. It’s too warm to dive head first into pants, sweaters, scarves, and jackets so in the meantime a classic jean and tee look is as good as it’s going to get.

These khaki colored jeans are the perfect piece for a transitional look. They capture that “the leaves are changing” color palette and spice (pumpkin spice?) things up now that I’m ready for a change. I chose to stick with a classic white tee because A) it’s classic (hello) and; B) it kept me cool out and about in the hellish sun (apparently no one told the sun to cool it yet). An easy way to transition to fall was to dig these leather chukkas out of the back of my closet (a scary place) and let them see the light of day. Side note: boots are one of my favorite things about fall and this year I have got some goodies to start sharing with you so stay tuned!

Fall is my all time favorite season so I just want to the sun to cool it (literally) so I can start dressing for it. Until then these small style choices will have to do. Mottandbow brown jeans 2 Mottandbow brown jeans 3 Mottandbow brown jeans 4Mottandbow brown jeans 1 Mottandbow brown jeans 5 Mottandbow brown jeans 6


Jeans: c/o Mott&Bow / Shirt: J.Crew / Boots: J.Crew / Bracelet: Giles & Brother / Watch: Timex / Sunglasses: Ray-Ban 

How To Rock Dad Style While It’s Still Summer

September 15, 2015
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I know I’ve talked about how I wish summer would just go away… like leave us alone and don’t come back. At least not until we change our mind. We are fickle here in Southern California. We enjoy the sun until we think it’s time to hate it. And then boy do we turn on it. Maybe I’m just grumpy because I’ve had the flu for four days. Even thought I really shouldn’t complain. It was the best possible combination of sickness. I had awful body aches, a fever, and a headache, but none of the awful symptoms that can sometimes accompany the flu. I took a day and a half days off work which I have to say was pleasant. I got caught up on rest and only checked my phone to like the occasional Instagram pic or two. It was nice and now I’m feeling better and ready to be back in the game.

Dad style, dad bod, etc. has become quite the topic of conversation as of late, particularly in the world of getting dressed. I have to say that I’m glad the dad bod trend didn’t stick around. But dad-inspired style is something I can definitely get behind. I mean it centers around comfort so of course I’m in. But just because it looks like the pieces could be from the back of your dad’s closet doesn’t mean that it can’t be stylish (Dad, if you’re reading this, you are plenty stylish so that comment doesn’t pertain to you). Taking pieces that could be considered traditionally dad-ish and styling them the right way takes it from fatherly to fashionable.

Try buttoning that pique polo up all the way to look a little trendier. Ensure you tuck the front of your shirt ever so slightly into your shorts to give the illusion of being slightly disheveled. A drawstring short, while comfortable and convenient, can be elevated with a cool print and a tailored fit. Lastly, choosing to accessorize with an awesome pair of sneakers and a classic watch (and maybe a bracelet) will keep you rocking the dad trend without feeling like you’ve got to get home to the children. Dad Style 6Dad Style 1 Dad Style 3 Dad Style 2Dad Style 4Dad Style 5 Dad Style 7


Shorts: Forever 21 (similar) / Polo: J.Crew (similar) / Shoes: c/o Brooks Heritage / Sunglasses: Ray-Ban / Watch: Timex / Bracelet: Giles & Brother

Goodbye to a Summer Favorite

September 9, 2015
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I’m not going to lie… there are a few outfits that when I put them on I can’t wait to wear them again. And yes, that means that I do in fact repeat outfits every once in a while. Those days when you just want to look good and you remember that awesome outfit you wasted on something where no one saw you to truly appreciate it. You know those days… This outfit is one that I’ve worn a couple times this summer (or maybe three) with different shoe and accessory variations, but same outfit nonetheless. I discovered how much I love mixing prints this summer and this look in particular is one of my favorite ways to do it. The shirt has a small, subtle abstract line design and the shorts have a bold, but almost neutral floral print. Together they look awesome.

As much as I love this outfit, I’m definitely ready to retire my shorts and short sleeved shirts to the back of the closet and pull out some sweaters and wool trousers. As I’m writing this I can hear the woosh of the AC blasting and hitting my face because it’s ninety degrees outside. Alas, no fall wardrobe switch yet but it’s coming. I can feel it. Small and Large Prints 5Small and Large Prints 3Small and Large Prints 1 Small and Large Prints 2 Small and Large Prints 4


Shorts: J.Crew / Shirt: c/o Tovar / Shoes: Birkenstock / Watch: Timex

Staying Cool (And Looking Cool Too)

August 31, 2015
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Summer is coming to a close but, at least where I’m at, the sun hasn’t been told. It’s been so hot that I have a feeling that I’ll be using the summer section of my wardrobe for weeks if not months to come. So in my defense, rocking a vintage Hawaiian print shirts seemed like the perfect way to keep cool and just embrace this seemingly endless summer. I picked up this shirt at a thrift store a few years back and I’m amazed at how much use I get out of it. I think it’s mainly because it’s so lightweight and airy that it is the perfect piece to stay cool in when the temps are in the triple digits.

This shirt works perfectly with almost everything, particularly these denim shorts. And, true to my style, I paired this already intensely printed Hawaiian print shirt with these cool tribal printed Sperry slip-ons. While it would seem that they would never go together I actually think they work quite nicely. Keeping prints broken up is always an easy way to pair bold prints together and keep your outfit from looking overwhelming. Which I obviously care about but truly when it’s as hot as it has been, all I really care about is staying cool which this outfit definitely assisted with. Vintage Hawaiian Print 2Vintage Hawaiian Print 3Vintage Hawaiian Print 6Vintage Hawaiian Print 1Vintage Hawaiian Print 5Vintage Hawaiian Print 4 Vintage Hawaiian Print 7


Shirt: vintage // Shorts: old (similar) // Shoes: Sperry // Sunglasses: RayBan // Watch: Timex

An Irrational Fear Turned Style Staple

August 27, 2015
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I’ve probably talked about my complicated relationship with black before, so I’m sorry if you’re over this… I’ve only started wearing black in the last few years. For some reason I was never comfortable wearing it. I almost always reserved it for more formal looks. Like, going out tonight? Wear black. Going to a funeral? Wear black. Putting on a magic show? Wear black. I also feel like maybe it had to do with the fact that it was such a stark contrast next to my pasty white skin? I don’t know.. needless to say I hardly ever wore it.

Regardless of where my fear of black clothing came from, in recent years I have slowly begun to add more of it into my wardrobe. And with seemingly little to no effort at all it has quickly turned into a style staple. I’ve even started wearing it casually. Look at me, all grown up. Even thought it’s a million degrees in the summer, a classic black polo is the perfect staple. It looks perfect with paired with these palm print shorts. I love that while this is a definite “summer” look it doesn’t have to be all sea mists and white, but can be darker and a little more dramatic. I think I made a good choice adding the black wingtips into the mix; they gave a pretty simple outfit a little bit of an elevated flair. And of course the amazing watch with Swarovski crystals and the railroad spike bracelet aren’t hurting anything either. 😉

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Shorts: Old Navy (similar) // Polo: J.Crew // Shoes: J.Crew (similar) // Watch: c/o Rakani // Bracelet: Giles & Brother // Sunglasses: Spitfire Sunglasses

Live Stylishly With a SWIG Flask

August 24, 2015
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When it comes to a complete list of men’s wardrobe essentials, a flask is definitely something that all men should have. But choosing the right flask is important. You need one that is both elegant and stylish, but also high quality so that it doesn’t taint the alcohol within. A novelty flask with a saying like “Bitches Be Crazy” printed on the side aren’t going to cut it. Usually they’ll leave a metallic taste and no one wants that.

Instead, upgrade to a grown up hip flask like this one from SWIG. They have a variety of styles, everything from simple and sleek to ones with Harris tweed pouches and leather sleeves (like mine below). Born in the UK, SWIG flasks are made from a single piece of polished, mirrored stainless steel so you won’t have to worry about leakage. And don’t worry, your whisky is safe because there’s no harsh aftertaste and it’s all lead-free. I chose one from their Executive collection which includes a leather sleeve (available in 4 different colors and a cool Union Jack print). The leather pouch is made from a high-end vegetable tanned leather and “wet molded”  by leather artisans based in the Spanish town of Ubrique. I’m telling you guys, this flask is so amazing you’ll have it forever and you’ll be able to pass it down for generations. Plus, they make the perfect gift for any guy… next time you need to a graduation gift, Christmas gift, a just-because gift… Side note, I wouldn’t mind getting more just-because gifts.

Regardless of the reason, a sleek and stylish flask is a definite must-have for any fashionable man. Pieces like an insanely cool flask take style to a whole new level; beyond just what’s hanging in your closet to an overall lifestyle choice. So don’t just dress stylishly, live stylishly!

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Purchase your very own Swig flask at www.swigflasks.com.

The Art Of Mixing Prints

August 19, 2015
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Something that definitely separates the men from the boys in the world of styling and personal fashion is the ability to step outside the box and come up with looks that the average guy (the “boy” in this example) wouldn’t normally throw together. Now, I’m not saying anything groundbreaking is happening here (I mean it’s shorts and a short-sleeved shirt), but putting some thought into what you’re wearing and how you put it together can take an outfit from ordinary to something pretty cool.

The art of mixing prints is not hard to master, but here are some helpful tips to get you on your way to becoming a style savant.

  1. Go Bold or Go Home: For the experts among us mixing bold prints with other bold prints can be done, but you are definitely going to get noticed. Pairing a paisley pant with a floral shirt can be done and is sure to make you look like a sartorial samurai. Just make sure that one doesn’t overpower the other. If it does it will make your look off-balance and not as well-perceived.
  2. Bold Yet Balanced: Big, bold prints can be intimidating but if you want to pair it with another printed piece opt for something simple. Balance the boldness with something subtle. A large floral print with a thin stripe. Or a large camo with a small polka dot. I’ll post a look about this soon…
  3. Subtle and Understated: My favorite way, and an easy way to master the art of print mixing, is to mix two smaller prints within the same color family. The look below works because both prints are small and uniform, but also because they both have a navy and white color palette.

A look like this is made of pieces that all guys should have in their closet. Everyone should have a printed short (I mean come on, 2015 is like the year of the floral) and a simple printed short sleeve shirt (i.e. gingham, stripes, dot, micro floral, etc.). You can recreate it easily! Don’t forget to style it by tucking and rolling your sleeves.

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Shorts: similar // Shirt: similar // Shoes: c/o Rockport // Watch: Jack Spade // Belt: J.Crew // Sunglasses: Ray-Ban


Sip On This Summer Scotch Lemonade

August 18, 2015
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When it’s as scorching as it has been here lately the only thing I want to do at 5 o’clock (or earlier) is enjoy a nice cocktail. I’m definitely a huge fan of red wine, and while swirling a scotch definitely has a time and a place, when you need to cool off all you want is a cold refreshing cocktail. This adults-only lemonade is the perfect combination of summer citrus and subtle sweetness of the honey blended with the slight vanilla notes of Cutty Sark make it a definite crowd pleaser. It will transport you to a cushioned lounge chair on a big wraparound porch somewhere in the south while the crooning of Ella Fitzgerald can be heard gently playing. You sip and savor. Maybe that’s just what the drink did for me, but try it for yourself and see where you taken to. The best part of this cocktail is that you can easily customize it to your personal taste and to whatever you happen to have on hand. Love ginger? Replace the honey with a ginger infused simple syrup. Or try muddling the berries to make a berry lemonade. Whatever you love, this simple scotch lemonade is the perfect base but can also be enjoyed as is. Take it for a test drive and let me know what you think!


2 oz. Cutty Sark or light-bodied blended scotch

1 oz. Fresh-squeezed lemon juice

1/2 oz. Honey

Ginger Beer (to taste)

Handful of berries

Fill a rocks glass with crushed ice. Add Cutty Sark, lemon juice, and honey and stir. Top with ginger beer and garnish with fresh berries. Enjoy, preferably while on a shaded front porch. :)

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