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!
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.
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.
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).
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!
Got your own grooming tips you live and die by? Leave a comment below.
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)
Bonobos (Approx. $525)
Tailor4Less (Starting at $269)
H&M (Approx. $200)
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!
Happy first day of spring everyone! I know most of the country is still pretty chilly and I think the east coast is even being hit with more snow? I don’t know but if you’re snowed in this weekend or just looking for something to occupy your time for a bit this weekend check out my favorite web stories of the week. Have a great weekend everyone!
I’ve always hated breakfast (unless we’re talking chicken fried steak, eggs, bacon, sausage, etc.). But breakfast during the week is just a hassle. Now there is reason to believe that maybe breakfast isn’t the most important meal of the day.
Planning on switching jobs in 2015? You might want to check out the new questions companies are asking potential job candidates.
Esquire compiled a nice list of style hacks. Removing red wine stains with white wine? Well that’s bound to come in handy.
Our new house has 4 orange trees on it but I cannot stand peeling oranges. Such a hassle, am I right? Well the lovely folks at Buzzfeed have provided an easier way to peel an orange and for that we should all be thankful.
I tend to stay up late at night which is when I find all these fun stories, but now there is scientific proof that people who stay up later are more inteligent. Woohoo! But wait, I’m also supposed to get up before 6AM? I’m confused…
Spring is here and that means stripes are going to start popping up everywhere. Looking for a new way to enjoy the spring staple? Check out how to make a bold statement and startcombining stripes ASAP.
My wife and I recently completed the renovation of our first home and are in the process of decorating and learning how having a house is completely different from renting. Aside for two poorly updated bathrooms, the entire house was original to the 1950s. The kitchen was a cramped, dark space that was cut off from the rest of the house and had a mudroom that took up way too much valuable square footage. Here’s what our kitchen looked like before:
My wife and I knew exactly what we had in mind for our dream kitchen… all those hours on Pinterest pays off kids! We wanted something light, bright, and something that would stand the test of time. We decided to go with white cabinets that had a little more detail than your average shaker style cabinet but not too much so that they would look outdated a year after we finished.
The rest of the house had original hardwood floor so we ripped out the brown linoleum that was there and carried the hardwoods into the kitchen. we took the wall out between the entry and the kitchen so that we could get this amazing breakfast bar and open up the space to the rest of the living area.
We went with a bay-style window behind the sink which paid off big time. Not only do we get a ton of light streaming through it, but we gained a few extra feet of counter space which allows for some close-at-hand herbs. Those few extra feet behind the sink make the entire room feel larger–it’s crazy the tricks your mind falls for.
We knew we wanted to go with white subway tiles–they are just so classic and bring a charming elegance to any space. Instead of doing a plain white grout or going dramatic with a black grout we opted for somewhere in the middle and it adds a little interest but doesn’t take away from the rest of the kitchen. It’s a decent size kitchen but we didn’t want any one element to overpower the others.
We love the look of spaces that incorporate carrara marble but we wanted something that didn’t require as much maintenance so we opted for this harder, less porous white damasco marble that helped us achieve a similar look and we love the way it turned out. It actually has a lot more depth and variation of colors in it which creates a more interesting space.
The thing that ties the entire kitchen together is the addition of these sleek black cabinet pulls. I love that we went with a more dramatic length and the black is a stark contrast to the rest of the kitchen and pulls out the darker veins in the countertops. Below is one of my favorite details in the kitchen–I love this pantry wall with its different size cabinets and small bank of drawers. And I think our decision to go with pulls on both cabinets and drawers paid off big time. I love the consistent look.
I recently wore this look to the launch of the Bonobos Guideshop here in Orange County and I loved how taking a basic outfit that I wore to work and adding the varsity jacket took the look to a different level. The jacket is the perfect layer to give a boring office outfit some much-needed personality.
Having an office job, it is sometimes difficult bringing your personal style into the workplace. If you’ve been struggling with how to mix it up when it comes to work looks try something similar. Take a varsity jacket or leather bomber and create your own take on an unconventional suit. Or, my personal favorite, add a shawl-collar cardigan to the rotation. Either way, make sure to keep some elevated elements like a tie and tie clip or a nice dress shoe. But when it comes to some of the other pieces, feel free to get a little creative. Mix some bold patterns, wear a bright color, or take some of these layering ideas and step up your office style.
Got your own wear-to-work tips? Share them below!
Shopping online has become almost second nature in this day and age; I don’t even have to get out of bed to spend hundreds of dollars anymore. It’s downright dangerous really… While online shopping is great and coming home after a long day at work to a package on your doorstep may be one of life’s greatest joys, you soon learn after the nineteenth time of ordering the wrong size in an item or realizing that what you thought was a soft blue shirt is actually neon blue and now you look like a bag of cotton candy that there are still benefits to being able to go into a store and check out an item prior to purchasing. And that gentlemen is where the Bonobos Guideshop comes in.
Bonobos, the largest clothing brand ever born on the web in the U.S., has strategically launched guideshops throughout the country to give guys the chance to get personally fit by one of their Bonobos Guides and give you the chance to touch and feel all of their items in an actual store. You go in, try some things on, nail down your fit and then you can order all the items your heart desires. Within 2-5 days you have a nice box sitting at your door with all of your brand new items and you get the best of both worlds: the joy of receiving a piece of mail that isn’t a bill or a real estate flyer with the relief of knowing that all of the items inside will fit and can go straight into your closet.
Last week I went to the launch of Bonobos’ latest guideshop in Newport Beach’s Fashion Island and it is definitely worth stopping in. Go check it out and meet some of their friendly style guides and check out some of their amazing stuff. I have always loved how Bonobos mixes classic almost preppy basics with vibrant pops of on-trend prints and styles. I left wanting to sell everything in my closet and fill it with brand new Bonobos pieces. It was quite upsetting. I would definitely recommend seeing if there is a local Bonobos guideshop in your area because their product is awesome and they way they do business is perfect for any guy who doesn’t want to spend hours shopping and just wants to find a reliable retailer to refresh their wardrobe every so often.
Find out if you have a Bonobos Guideshop in your area here.
Hundreds of readers & Instagram followers voted last week and this look was my winning #PoweredbyRockport look chosen by you guys. While I was pretty excited that the casual look won, I still wore the dressier outfit to my sister-in-law’s wedding this past weekend. I danced for hours in these Rockports and I think I was the only one not complaining about my feet at the end of the night. They performed just as well running around Old Town on Sunday doing some thrift and antique shopping. Best part about these shoes? They are so flexible that it feels like you’ve got clouds on your feet. No joke! I paired them with these awesome anchor socks and my favorite denim jacket, just the perfect amount of layering for spring. I love this look and am excited to continue to find new ways to rock my Rockports.
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If you’ve ever wanted to tell me what to wear, now is your chance! I’ve built two outfit options around these awesome Rockport plain toe oxfords and you have the chance to tell me which one I should wear. Check out the two looks below and how I’d plan on wearing them and then vote in the poll at the bottom. Most votes wins!
I’d wear this look running around town getting things done. My wife and I have been frequenting a lot of the local antique stores trying to furnish our home and this is definitely a look I’d be able to find our next great piece.
Dressed Up & Ready To Dance
My sister-in-law is getting married this weekend (congrats!) so these Rockports pair perfectly with this dressier look I was planning on wearing to the wedding. Love how the shoes coordinate with that Ties.com tie!
Back in July my wife and I purchased our first home and ever since we have been renovating. It started as a simple update to some outdated items. It was a house built in the fifties and nothing had been updated (except for some pretty sad updates in the bathrooms). Over time we ended up having to update almost every inch due to outdated electrical and plumbing and it just being an old home. Seven months later and we are finally move in and are thrilled with the way it turned out. It took longer than expected but we couldn’t be happier with the result. We’ll slowly be sharing all of the updates we made to our home in the hopes that we can help shine a little light on the process whether you’re contemplating a similar scenario or just looking for some stylish decorating tips.
First up is my wife’s bathroom… the house has two bathrooms so my wife and I each took on one to disperse the workload. Her’s turned out gorgeous! Favorite part? It’s a tie between the amazing hand-painted tile rug (surrounded by classic penny tiles) and the light-reflecting crystal knobs we received from Hickory Hardware. Read her entire post and check out more pics over on her blog, Top It Off. A preview is below: