Sneaker Season

October 22, 2014

The sneaker trend is here to stay (at least for another season) and I have to say that it’s alright with me. Although this pair is a year or so old, their classic preppy look is timeless and can easily be worked into to any wardrobe, no matter the season. I know a short sleeve shirt isn’t traditional fall garb but when it’s still in the eighties you make do. Since it is still so warm here I tried playing with autumn tones and colors as opposed to autumn layers and I think it worked out just fine. Soon I’ll get to dive head first into my fall wardrobe, right? Oh crap, just looked at the weather and it in the eighties as far as the eye can see… :(

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Pants: J.Crew //  Shirt: Old Navy (similar) //  Shoes: Pro-Keds


Weekend web browsing /05

October 18, 2014


I’m heading out to Utah to visit my grandparents this weekend… Nothing like taking a break from the day to day with a little road trip! In case you need some nice reads for the weekend, check some of these out.

If you are at all interested in content marketing like I am this article is a must-read. Wonder how the ALS ice bucket challenge was so successful? Find out here! It could take you all weekend just to explore all of the sites it mentions checking out but it is some interesting reading.

Here is how not to look like an ass at work as it relates to your style choices. You’re welcome!

Looking to cut coffee out of your life? Yes? Please leave. But if you are looking for another way to get more energy check out these carb-filled energy providers.

No matter where you live there is no denying that we all enjoy a nice drink from time to time. But which state is hungover the most? Find out here. Psst it’s not California (we’re #36)


In case you don’t follow me on Instagram (you should by the way), you may have missed that East Dane is running a friends and family discount and Saturday is the last day. Go get to shopping and make sure to use code FAMILY25 to get the deal.



Tailor4Less: Affordable Bespoke Clothing

October 13, 2014
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When it comes to shopping I want my experience to be easy, especially when shopping online. I don’t want to have to hunt too long to find what I’m looking for. And, most importantly, I want to know that when I hit the submit button at the end of my online shopping journey I will be confident in the products being delivered to my home. With Tailor4Less that is exactly what you will get. I was approached to put their unique shopping experience to the test and I have to say that I am beyond pleased.

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Not only do they have a huge selection of customizable clothing (I’m talking shirts, suits, pants, etc.) but the degree to which you can customize is incredible. I mean there are 8 cuff options to choose from! I started with this great polka dot print because it was something that was lacking in my wardrobe. I customized my collar, cuff, breast pocket, placket, bottom, and back pleat. I even added my monogram at the cuff for a shirt that could not be more perfect for me if it tried. Did I mention you can customize the button hole thread? I went with black but would definitely try a different color next time. Then you enter in your measurements or you can use their quicker automatic sizing guide that I found highly accurate. I have to say that if you are searching for an affordable bespoke clothier, Tailor4Less provides a great quality garment at a great price with an entirely unique shopping experience. Definitely take them for a spin!

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Shirt | c/o Tailor4Less  ||  Pants | J.Crew  ||  Shoes | J.Crew  ||  Tie | J.Crew  ||  Watch | Citizen


Bring the Brights Back

October 1, 2014
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Just because fall fashion is in full swing doesn’t mean that you can’t rock some bright colors. Stand out and keep summer inspired brights in your wardrobe year round. It will not only give your style a much-needed injection of color but help you avoid the dull, depressed color palette that can come with the fall and winter seasons. Now I know that we are a ways away from that end of season depression setting in, but set the tone now and bring the brights back to the fall season. Good habits start today!

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Jeans | Levis  ||  Shirt | J.Crew Factory (similar)  ||  Boots | c/o Cat Footwear 


Fantasizing About Fall

September 16, 2014
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An end of summer wedding can be hard to dress for. It’s outside. It’s hot. It’s humid. And even though it’s fall in the fashion world, there is no way you are going to put on a heavy wool suit. Dressing for the heat for me is always about how to get the most of a look that involves the least amount of layers. These cotton dress pants paired with a classic white, spread-collar shirt are a great lightweight base. Adding the warm-toned paisley tie was about as fall as I could get given the 90 degree heat. Summer, I love you, but here’s hoping it starts to cool down in the near future so that I can unpack my sweaters and wool pants from storage.

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Pants | H&M  ||  Shirt | J.Crew  ||  Tie | J.Crew (similar)  ||  Shoes | Cole Haan (similar)  ||  Watch | Asos  ||  Tie Clip | J.Crew  ||  Belt | J.Crew (similar)


Weekend Web Browsing /04

September 13, 2014
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Southern California is experiencing a heat wave so while some of you in cooler states might be venturing outside, here we are staying where the air conditioning is blowing. Enjoy some of my favorite links from the past week (or two).

This house is absolutely amazing and I wouldn’t mind throwing a party or two on those balconies. When I showed it to my nephew he thought it was creepy. Creepy or cool? You be the judge:

Ever wondered if you aren’t getting enough vitamins? Are you sure you aren’t getting enough vitamins but don’t know how to fix it. Here are the answers. 

Summer is coming to a close and it’s always this time of year that I decide to try and get in shape. I don’t know why… And even though sweater season is on the horizon here is an ab workout that I’m trying to make a daily routine.

I don’t know about you, but I am personally over New York Fashion Week… I’m ready for my Instagram feed to return to the usual posts featuring personal style and #foodie pics. But I did love seeing what good old J.Crew has in store for us next Spring. And it’s a great time of year to get some style inspiration.

This week marked the 13th anniversary of the attacks on the U.S. on September 11th. The pictures from that day are no less shocking than the first time I saw them. #neverforget

By now you’ve probably seen the hilarious way IKEA decided to announce their 2015 catalog. If not, here you are:


Camo Casual

September 10, 2014
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I read somewhere that it’s starting to cool down in some areas of the country… well it’s definitely not cooling off in Southern California, and therefore short sleeves are a must. This was the perfect outfit for a day out running around town. Now I hardly ever wear sandals so it feels weird to have a post with me in flip-flops but I’m telling you, the heat has been so unbearable that I will do anything to stay cool. Another cool tip, rolling your pants not only keeps you on trend and looking great but it also helps keep your ankles cool and get some nice airflow to your legs. The more you know. :)

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Pants | Dockers (similar)  ||  Shirt | J.Crew  ||  Sandals | J.Crew (similar)  ||  Sunglasses | Ray-Ban


Weekend Web Browsing /03

August 30, 2014
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It is Labor Day weekend so while many will be busy out trying to make the most of this last weekend of summer, some of you will be taking advantage of it by lounging around browsing the web. Those are who these are for. Enjoy some of my favorite stories of the week!

Apparently for some fashion isn’t enough, so some fashion labels have opened their own restaurants. Not gonna lie, I would definitely eat at almost all of these.

Who says you need an entire gym full of equipment to get great arms? Now if only I had a dumbbell…

My wife and I are currently knee deep in a kitchen renovation on our new house. It’s nice to see the updates we are making are right on trend (and will be for quite some time). 

This week we all got one step closer to a full-fledged Friends reunion (sort of) and it was everything we wanted it to be.

I like my coffee like I like my wine… in liquid form and in a receptacle that can carry it to my mouth. So you won’t see me using any fancy tools or machines with my morning boost but here are 12 products that might help me step up my coffee game.

Have a great (safe) weekend everyone!

Gingham or Not to Gingham?

August 27, 2014
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The timing of this outfit is pretty perfect considering Details posted an article the other day  about the overwhelming prevalence of the navy gingham shirt, and more specifically, the J.Crew navy gingham shirt.  So prevalent that it warranted its own Instagram account. It was an interesting article only made more interesting by the fact that yours truly was the lead picture to illustrate the opinion (see below).

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It’s a pretty amusing article nonetheless but makes today’s post a little bit ironic since I am wearing a J.Crew navy gingham shirt once again. The thing about the navy gingham shirt is that it goes so well with everything. This time I wore it with black to an outdoor wedding but it can be worn a thousand other ways. Maybe that’s why everyone owns it and maybe that’s why it has its own Instagram account. How many other articles of clothing can you say that about?

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Pants | J.Crew  ||  Shirt | J.Crew  ||  Shoes | J.Crew  ||  Tie | J.Crew  ||  Tie Bar | J.Crew


Happy Day!

August 25, 2014
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I realized that the summer season was nearing a close and I hadn’t gotten much wear out of my white denim so I hurried up and wore this outfit out to dinner for my wife’s birthday a few weeks ago. While white denim (or wheat denim as these are labeled) can definitely transition into fall they provide the perfect light color palette that summer style is more accustomed to. A bonus to this outfit are these awesome double monk strap shoes. Funny story about the shoes… they are about 3 to 4 years old and I’ve never worn them. I bought them on a killer discount but they were always a bit too large for my feet. I have tried every way I can think of to make these guys work. I’ve added insoles, and heel grips, and I’ve even worn thick camp socks with them to fill them out. Nothing has ever worked. I gave up on them years ago. But for this night I decided for the heck of it to slip in a new insole and try them out and what do you know? They worked! It was truly a Cinderella moment when I was able to walk out the door comfortably in what has always been one of my favorite pairs of shoes. It was indeed a happy day!

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Jeans | JCrew  ||  Shirt | JCrew  ||  Shoes | old (similar)  ||  Watch | Asos

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