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style journal // summer style.

Posted on May 20th, 2015

Summer style is defined by three things: shorts, swimsuits and sunglasses. The workweek in warmer months is about surviving the hustle in the heat and humidity, and though not all are lucky enough to wear shorts on the job, at least we have the weekend to look forward to.

Versatility is defined by how easily a piece mixes and matches with the rest of your wardrobe, and I’d say all three summer s’s (shorts, swimsuits and sunglasses) are staples that guys can build on, summer after summer. There is no such thing as too many of each, especially as I am always on the go, from gym to work, then to dinner and away for the weekends. Options are essential as I grab and go.

I grew up with Armani Exchange [it was always club night at the mall], and so when I was asked to work with the brand in partnership with Men’s Health, the answer was an obvious yes. I was already in the market for a new pair of sunglasses and I found a great Navigator pair at A|X, classic in style yet updated with flash mirrored lenses and a smooth, matte finish. I wear black year round, and so the sunglasses are the perfect complement to my always revolving dark (and sometimes white!) palette. It also comes in standard black, brown and blue – which is your favorite pair?

 

 

style journal // ion hotel.

Posted on May 10th, 2015

The ION Hotel has topped every travel list I found while looking up where to stay in Iceland. Located about an hour east of Reykjavik in Selfoss, its a nice drive through the countryside and into the mountains and worth the trip (just avoid taking the summer road any time during the winter – my full experience here on TripAdvisor). It was originally an abandoned inn that architect Tryggvi Thorsteinsson from studio Minarc turned into what they call a ‘luxury adventure’  ‘eco-luxury’ hotel (which include environmentally safe building standards including use of green and sustainable materials, water saving shower systems, bed and chairs made from recycled materials, fairtrade organic linens, local ingredients at restaurant Silfra).

There is so much to do around ION, but I love to roam the grounds whenever I arrive at my destination. Of course there were lava fields for miles set against mountains and volcanoes.. If only it were still winter so that I could have caught the Aurora/Northern Lights. Next time!

[[ image from design hotels & ION ]]

 

 

 

 

 

style journal // icelandic landscape.

Posted on April 30th, 2015

I have never been to a place as naturally incredible as Iceland. At any given time, you could be stuck in a snowstorm in the mountains, freezing on the Vatnajökull glacier, basking in the sun in Reyjkavik or warm from the steam of geysirs that dot the landscape. One of the most unique characteristics of the country are lava fields that stretch in every direction, like the desert or plains of the States. Once literally where lava flowed from volcano to ocean, spongy moss and grass have taken root to create this other-worldly scene.

Snapshot from a quick hike to and from the ocean..

 

[[ 2xist athletic pants and t-sweater // Banana Republic turtleneck sweater, similar here // Ray Ban sunglasses // Joe Fresh sneakers, similar adidas here // Hermes cuff, similar Miansai from MR PORTER here // shot by OC Mamahalin ]]

 I’ve been wearing these 2xist athletic pants everywhere. They are the perfect on the go pants, from airport to hotel, car to destination and, of course, the gym. Comfortable but the herringbone-like design makes it anything but a basic sweatpant.

the modman runway // duckie brown fall 2015.

Posted on February 18th, 2015

New York Fashion Week hasn’t been too exciting so far, especially with the cookie cutter formula that designers have been using, intentional or not. In the same way my style continues to evolve, the things that now catch my eye are for the bold, individual and/or minimal, not the trends that come and go. It is exhausting to feel the need to refresh my wardrobe after each runway, too, and that is not how anyone buys clothing, even editors. Duckie Brown was not only refreshing in its color palette and and design, but also in its mood. Romanticism blended effortlessly with a darker undercurrent, and the result was a collection reflective of reality, of hope and some darkness.

the modman runway // david hart fall 2015.

Posted on February 11th, 2015

NYFW kicked off today with Men’s Day, featuring favorites like Cadet, Chapter, Carlos Campos, David Hart, GARCIAVELEZ and Timo Weiland. Easy check in and all-access to shows at 11am and 5pm. Easy breezy. David Hart’s nod to the Southwest is not outright my style [I mean, look at all the color!], but the modern interpretation of the 60s and glorification of the West in Hollywood struck a chord, and the collection is super strong. With all of the black, grey, white and navy in my closet, and the dreaded winter so far, I want so badly to bring out my spring and summer whites, and the limited color I wear. Next Fall, I’ll definitely plan to add one of the rich hues to my wardrobe,…