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Accessorizing With Modani Furniture

December 19, 2014

Style shouldn’t stop at your closet, it should extend itself into every aspect of your life, and that includes your living room. To me a living room always revolves around a sofa–it’s the centerpiece that all the other accessories revolve around so I chose this Phantom leather sofa (check out all their modern sofas). With its modern lines and classic leather upholstery, it is the perfect foundation to this living room. From there I chose to add the contemporary but rustic bookshelf. I love being able to display books, small vases, or potted succulents and this compartmentalized bookshelf allows for each item to stand alone while also providing necessary storage.

When I’m putting together outfits I always try to keep my looks somewhat fun and relaxed; I don’t like style that takes itself too seriously or that’s too stuffy or pulled together. Personal style should be just that–personal! So why wouldn’t you reflect that style in your home as well? Pieces like the floor pouf, coat rack, and decorative pillows help to ensure that the room has a bit of personality while the stilt-leg lamp and the shiny silver mirror add a classic elegance and only add to the eclectic nature of this living room.

Modani and Brick&Vine

Check out these pieces and more at www.modani.com.

FOOD&DRINK

Holiday Cocktails & #LivingGrand With Grand Hyatt

December 18, 2014

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The holidays are upon us (only 8 days until Christmas and I have hardly even started my Christmas shopping–yikes!) and here is a worthy cocktail sure to please any crowd. Crafted by Edgar Katzer, Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at the Grand Hyatt in Berlin, this Hot Egg Bourbon exemplifies the Grand Hyatt mantra of living grandly. And believe me, Grand Hyatt knows cocktails… they serve over 100,000 glasses of wine and over 70,000 glasses of champagne for the over 1 million guests they host at the holidays. Pop, fizz, clink indeed! Check out this cocktail and let me know what you think!

Hot Egg Bourbon
1 1/3 oz. egg liqueur
2/3 oz. Rock Hills Farm bourbon whiskey
2/3 oz. Hennessy XO Cognac
3 1/3 oz. hot milk
3/8 oz. cream
1 yolk
1 ½ tsp. cane sugar

 

For more ways to enjoy the holidays with Grand Hyatt, check out the infographic below or explore how Grand Hyatt can help you start #livinggrand by visiting www.grandhyatt.com. They’ve got something for everyone!

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STYLE

ASPECD: Perfect Fit, Perfect Experience

December 11, 2014

How many times has this happened to you? You finally work up the nerve to order something online, you wait the agonizing 5-7 days for it to arrive, you open it and it doesn’t even fit. You end up with a shirt that’s great in length but baggy through the sleeve making you look like you belong on a pirate ship in the nineteenth century. Or a shirt that’s too fitted making you look like the hulk even though you’re a size small and have never stepped foot in a gym. That’s bad enough, but even worse is the idea that clothing just is what it is and you are stuck within the confines of the 5 size world.

All this to say that I oftentimes have trouble finding shirts that fit me the way that I want. For my height I should wear a medium, but usually I have to size down to get them to fit the way I want through the body. Usually then they end up being too short making it almost impossible to keep them tucked in if I wanted. And forget buttoning that top button, it ain’t gonna happen. That is why ASPECD is the most genius brand I’ve come across in a long time. Not only do they offer almost twice as many sizes as most retailers, they offer free alterations so you can customize it to your body. Taking it a step further, ASPECD even asks you where your favorite/best-fitting shirts are from and  recommends sizing based on those retailers. The system is genius! Throw in free shipping and free returns and you’ve got yourself your new favorite online retailer. Here is my black and white Japanese gingham shirt, size small, extra slim and made just for me. I am in love.

And right now you can get $20 towards your first purchase at ASPECD. Click here or go to https://aspecdapparel.com/brickandvine to redeem.

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THE LOOK:  Shirt (c/o ASPECD) / Jeans (Levis) / Sweater (J.Crew, similar) / Boots (Cole Haan)

Remember to take advantage of $20 in store credit by clicking here or going to https://aspecdapparel.com/brickandvine.

STYLE

Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway with Lookmazing

November 30, 2014

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THE LOOK: Topcoat (Forever21) / Cotton Henley (J.Crew) / Distressed Denim (old, J.Crew) / Camo Socks (Forever21) / Patent Penny Loafers (Sperry)

Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is just around the corner. And while out in California our November was a warm one, December has begun to make itself known and seems to be bringing some cooler weather with it. Good thing too because this new coat isn’t going to wear itself. Topcoats are a must this year and this one from Forever21 is the right style at the right price–only $70! Right on trend being a little oversized and double-breasted which gives it a bit more interest. This is my first topcoat and I am already loving how versatile it is. Here I’ve worn it open which I think gives it an effortlessly cool look, but I’m excited to wear it buttoned up and go for a more dapper look soon (stay tuned). All that to say that I am in love with this coat. And now you have a chance to win it yourself! Enter my Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway in partnership with LookMazing below!

To Enter The Giveaway:

1. Sign up for LookMazing and ‘Admire’ me: https://www.lookmazing.com/BrickAndVine
2. Add one of my holiday gift guide picks to your LookMazing wishlist:

3. Leave a comment below the product on LookMazing to let me know why you want it!

LookMazing will randomly select a winner on December 7, 2014 at noon PST. Good luck!
STYLE

I Stand Corrected (maybe)

November 26, 2014
Terry Sweats and CPO Jacket 3

Fact: I am rarely seen in public in sweatpants because I have this notion that while you should feel comfortable you shouldn’t look comfortable. Does that make sense? I am anti leaving the house in clothes that you could paint in (does that clarify?). However, this outfit has got me questioning my logic a bit… These pants are incredibly comfortable (oh my, so comfortable) and, when styled correctly, can be the perfect substitute for a pair of respectable pants any day. Staying in the realm of comfort I added these awesome New Balance sneakers which I am in love with. Maybe it’s the fact that they feel like I’m only wearing cushioned socks, or maybe it’s the added level of security they give me knowing that no matter how dark it is I will always be seen by oncoming traffic… No matter the reason, I love these shoes. I added the CPO jacket to make it a little less sporty and little more lumbersexual (yes, it’s a real term).

So perhaps I stand corrected on this idea of leaving the house in sweats, but next time you go to do so think about what I said earlier… could you paint in these? If your answer is yes, maybe opt for a more stylish sweat and style the hell out of them.

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BUY THE LOOK: Pants | Urban Outfitters  ||  Tee | J.Crew  ||  CPO | old (similar)  ||  Shoes | New Balance

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East Dane: Go Big or Go Home This Holiday

November 25, 2014

Holiday shopping has officially begun and to celebrate East Dane is throwing their largest sale of the year. No joke, they’ve got me filling my shopping cart up and sending links to everyone I know asking them to take advantage. Above is what I’ve got in my cart so far… do I need three new jackets? Yes! I probably need more shoes and pants though… Regardless, I will keep working on my cart, but here’s how you can start filling up yours: Starting today through Monday, December 1st at 9pm EST you can get 15% off $250, 20% off $500, and 25% off $1,000 or more. Just let that sink in a bit (feel free to reread in case you think you misread). So start adding things to your holiday wish list or, better yet, grab your friends and start loading up to make the most of this deal (and remember to use discount code GOBIG14 and if use your Amazon Prime account for Prime shipping!) Find out more here!

 

EAST DANE

In case anyone wants to buy any of these for me… see below ;)

STYLE

The Old Standby

November 13, 2014
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A last look from my weekend getaway… Anyone who has been following along knows that I love mixing black and brown. I love that at one point in time mixing colors like this was a fashion taboo (or at least my grandmother told me so). But these days there are no rules and look how awesome things can turn out. Switching gears, my favorite thing about cooler weather is this sweater. I got it last year and, even though I wore it near death, it has survived for another season. It has everything a perfect sweater should have: a shawl, a cardigan, a waffle/chunky knit, pockets, and it’s cotton (the shoppable link below is cashmere so that’s even nicer). It has become my go-to sweater and I’m so happy it’s alive and well and ready for a comeback.

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And those are my looks from our trip to Santa Barbara. If you are ever up in the area might I suggest staying at the amazingly charming Hotel Milo. It was perfect. Black Flannel and Denim 5

BUY THE LOOK: Jeans | J.Crew  ||  Shirt | Globe!  ||  Cardigan | J.Crew (similar)  ||  Boots | Cole Haan (similar)  ||  Watch | Citzen Eco Drive

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Blue & Tan

November 12, 2014
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Looks from my Santa Barbara getaway continue this week and these Rustic Dime joggers made a repeat appearance, this time in khaki. Not sure I mentioned in my last post, but Rustic Dime denim is made in Los Angeles which is pretty extraordinary considering they’re only $56 a pair. They truly are the perfect pant for all seasons–the fit, fabric, and colors are awesome! I love having options when I’m getting dressed and these joggers have made themselves quite at home in my wardrobe already. Paired with a denim workshirt and you’ve got the perfect casual outfit that is light on effort but heavy on style.

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BUY THIS LOOK: Pants | c/o: Rustic Dime  ||  Shirt | J.Crew (similar)  ||  Boots | Cole Haan (similar)  ||  Watch | Citizen Eco Drive

WEEKEND WEB BROWSING

Weekend Web Browsing /06

November 9, 2014
Wine Glass photo

 

Here are my favorite links from the past few weeks… Enjoy and happy Sunday! :)

This week was hard. One night I was wishing that Friday Night Lights had decided it was returning to television. The next day I stumbled upon this and it is (almost) like my prayers were answered.

I don’t want to like Nicki Minaj, but sometimes her songs can be pretty catchy. And while I actually don’t like her “Anaconda” this GQ article is definitely worth a read. She’s (apparently) not just an ass. ;)

Technology has helped us make some great strides, right? Wrong! When you read this it will remind you of how far we have to go.

I used to work for J.Crew as a personal shopper. It was a great job. In some senses it was more along the lines of what I would like to do than what I do now. And I met my wife there, so I can’t complain about my years at J.Crew one bit. This look into J.Crew’s CEO Mickey Drexler’s brain is definitely an interesting read. His perspective on the fashion retail landscape is always worth taking the time to read.

Do you ever get jealous of the homes on your favorite TV shows? Me too… Revenge comes to mind. Recreate the looks here.

Ever wanted to drink fall? Yes? Me too! Check out these apple cider cocktails.

And in other J.Crew news (and for a good laugh) check out Drunk J.Crew on Tumblr. It is absolutely hilarious.

 

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Winter Travel Essentials

November 6, 2014

Travel in the winter is far more difficult than in warmer months. In the summer you can throw a few swim trunks and tee shirts in a bag and be off but in the winter you’ve got to account for the weather and any given situation where it might interfere with your activities. Here are a few winter travel essentials that can help ease the pain of sloshing around during the cooler months:

Wheelmen & Co. Heritage Duffle

Whether you’re only traveling for the weekend or your headed off for a longer trip, every guy can find a use for a good duffle bag. The Wheelmen & Co. Heritage Duffle is made of rugged cotton duck canvas and features a water-resistant oiled leather bottom, military-grade rubber panelling, and waterproof zippers. Safe to say that no moisture is getting inside this bad boy. Plus, in addition to the large main compartment it has an external shoe pocket, to keep your shoes separate from your clothes. Genius!

The Wheelman & Co. Heritage Duffle is made of rugged #8 cotton duck canvas and features a water-resistant oiled leather bottom, military-grade rubber panelling, waterproof zippers, a large main compartment and an external shoe pocket, to keep your wingtips separate from your clothes.

Wool Cashmere Topcoat in Camel

Topcoats are the must-have outerwear piece of 2014 and you can find them at all price points. A nice black or charcoal is always classic but this is the year of camel so go beige and pick up this J.Crew version for less than $500.

Ulterior Motive Nylon Hexagon Card Case

When travelling you don’t want to end up hauling around a bunch of receipts or unnecessary items in your wallet–mine is always full of junk. Streamline your travel with a nice slim card case to carry your ID, credit cards and some cash–on the essentials. This Ulterior Motive case has five pockets for keeping all your important belongings close at hand and has just the right amount of detail to show off when you pull it out of your pocket.

Wide Brim Fedora

A nice hat is great when traveling as it can completely transform a look. Besides, wide brim hats are 100% on trend right now. In Southern California you don’t find a whole lot of need for a wide brim hat, but I wanted to pick one up because I love the look so much. I recently picked this one up at Target for $17 which is a great way to try out a trend before fully committing.

Leather Chelsea Boots

A great boot works so well when traveling in the fall/winter because they can be worn casually or dressed up depending on what the occasion calls for. A nice Chelsea boot can mix well with a multitude of outfits and can be packed easier than bringing both a casual boot and a dress boot.

Soxfords Mustopher Jones (Movember) Socks

I’m always afraid that I’m not going to bring enough socks so I always pack an extra pair or two. Stock up on these Soxfords socks because during the month of November, in honor in Movember, Soxfords will donate 20% of the sale of each of their popular Mustohpher Jones socks to men’s health causes.

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Wool Scarf 

I know this doesn’t need to be said but for those who don’t get out much in the winter a scarf is definitely an essential. They not only keep your neck warm but is perhaps the number one way to add a stylish pop to a winter outfit. I personally love this ikat print one:

 

Got a favorite winter travel essential? Let me know about it below! :)

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