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Travel Essentials For Your Summer Getaway  

Last weekend I had the pleasure of checking out the Baxter of California pop-up shop at the beautiful Surf Lodge in Montauk, NY.  It was an awesome weekend of delicious dinners, days at the pool and beach, and of course some lessons in men’s grooming including a personal hair consultation by the Baxter team. Thankfully, I had packed everything I needed for the busy weekend because nothing’s worse than feeling unprepared. So with more warm weekends still ahead of us, I thought I’d share with you just a few of my favorite travel essentials so you can start thinking about that next getaway. 

  • Wheeled Carry-on Luggage - Save the shoulder and back pain for sunburn. Luggage with wheels is worth waiting for the elevator especially if you pack like me.
  • Canvas Tote - Perfect for carrying everything you need when you’re running around or going to the beach/pool
  • Laptop Case - If you’re bringing your laptop, you’re gonna want to protect it. Zero Gravity makes some really cute cases so you can have fun with your tech accessories.
  • Dopp Kitt - The prepacked dopp kit by Baxter has basically everything you need to stay well-groomed on your trip. Order one online before your next vacay and save yourself the last minute trip to Duane Reade
  • Clothes - Duh. My rule is always more is more but just make sure you can carry it all (see first travel essential above).

Wearing:

Fred Perry x Drakes London T-Shirt  //  Hudson Jeans  //  PF Flyers Sneakers  //  Jack Spade Tote  // Ultraolive Suitcase  //  Zero Gravity Laptop Case  //  Coach Leather Journal  //  Baxter Of California Dopp Kit  // Styling/Grooming by Baxter of California

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Disclosure: This post was written as part of my collaboration with Baxter of California. All photos were taken my Mac and edited by me.

Hit The Mall Before You Hit The Books

#AEOSTYLE Challenge Denim Edition: Relaxed Straight Jeans 

I may be too old to go back to school, but I’m definitely not too old to indulge in a little back to school shopping. This year I teamed up with American Eagle to style one of my favorite current denim styles, the relaxed straight fit jean, so read on to learn about my styling inspiration.

Lately I’ve been a fan of baggier jeans for the extra comfort they provide due to extra room in the legs. They kinda have a sporty-street wear feel to them, so I decided to play up the athletic theme with a varsity jacket, a 3/4 sleeve baseball t-shirt, and some running sneakers. I chose the bright orange varsity jacket as my statement piece and kept the shirt and shoes subdued in darker hues for balance. With the jeans, I chose to pinch-roll them at the bottom for a nice tight fit at the ankle. This is a fun styling trick I picked up when wearing looser fitting jeans so you can achieve that slouchy look without getting those frayed hems that come from stepping on your pants. Overall, I’d say this outfit makes a great weekend look for fall or even for the first week of school.

Wearing:

Relaxed Boot Jean  //  Pocket Baseball T-Shirt  //  Tipped Varsity Jacket  //  New Balance Ballistic 501 Sneaker

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Disclosure: This post was written as part of my collaboration with American Eagle Outfitters. All photos were taken my Mac and edited by me. See more of my #AEOSTYLE challenge at the AE Blog HERE.

What’s The Deal With Jogger Pants?

A Guide To Dressing Off The Cuff  

Another season, another trend, and this time we’re talking about joggers. Or jogger pants more precisely. So what’s the deal with these cuffed distant cousins of sweatpants anyway? Well, the secret to their appeal all lies in that cinched hem! Forget about cuffing your trousers to get that perfect peek of sock or ankle, or struggling with that pinch roll to taper your baggy jeans. Joggers solve that problem and yes this is a real #firstworld problem because I’m lazy. They literally go with anything. You can wear them sporty or even a little more tailored depending on what kind you get. My favorite way to wear them? With your best pair of sneakers! It’s an easy way to make your shoes pop because your pants won’t be puddling at your ankles. Check out some joggers that I’m currently feeling in the carousel below.

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Wearing:

7 Diamonds Shirt  //  Zanerobe Joggers  //  Nike Air Max 90 Jacquard Sneakers  //  Ambig Hat

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Island Tourist Is The Look

Because It’s Time To Upgrade Your Summer Beach Gear

Whether you’re cruising down the boardwalk or sittin pretty on the sand, start with these summer essentials to give your beach look a fresh update.

  • Bucket Hat - Giligian might’ve been onto something because the wide brim on this hat will keep both your face and neck from peeling after a long day in the sun.
  • Lightweight T-shirt - Invest in a t-shirt with a loose weave that makes it softer and more breathable. I chose one with a bright stripe for a bit of summery flair.
  • Colored Cotton Shorts - Not into the “jorts” (jean shorts) trend? Don’t worry, khaki shorts come in a variety of bright colors to suit anyone’s sartorial tastes.
  • Leather Sandals - Forget the cheap flip flops this summer and invest in a “man’s” sandal. They’ll last you a lot longer and can be worn off the beach as well.
  • Lightweight Jacket - Nights at the shore can get chilly with the ocean breeze so keep a light jacket handy.

Wearing:

Express Bucket Hat  //  Uniqlo Jacket  //  Vans T-shirt  //  American Eagle (Similar) Shorts  //  Birkenstock Sandals

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Disclosure: This post was written as part of my collaboration with Zappos. Original photos were taken by Mac and edited by me.

In Living Color

Pop, Lock, & Colorblock It  

It’s summer and sometimes you just need to dress like a gay pimp on the way to to the country clurb. I mean I’m usually all about a slick all-black-everything look but on the other hand, color can be way too much fun so let’s switch it up for today’s look. For this outfit I color blocked in shades of blue and green. The trousers are from a suit that I wore here but look great paired separately with this “new” vintage button down I just picked up. The sandals are by Camper that I’m still obsessed with which you can see styled differently here, and here. And I went with a little sweater over the shoulder action to bring more green hues into the outfit. Thoughts on this bold and bright look?

Wearing:

Vintage Shirt  //  Uniqlo Sweater  //  ASOS Trousers  //  Camper Shoes  //  Gant Rugger Sunglasses 

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