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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 // sólheimasandur plane crash.

Posted on May 7th, 2015

In November of 1973, this US Navy Douglas Super DC-3 airline force landed on the infamous Sólheimasandur black sand beach due to extreme icing, or because it ran out of fuel. Debatable, and the story is different depending on who you ask. Thankfully all of the crew members survived and all that is left from the crash is the haunting skeleton of the former plane.

 

The drive was a few hours from Reykjavik, just past Skógafoss going East on Route 1. Pass the sign for Sólheimajökull Glacier on the left, drive for a little over a mile, and there will be a gate and dirt road with a 4×4 vehicle sign. But no worries, a sedan should be find driving on the black gravel and eventually sandy beach [when it’s not winter!]. I wish I could have seen it against the Northern Lights..

The sun just started to set as I approached the plane, and it was quite possibly one of the most eerie sights I’ve seen. Chills the entire time. Other-wordly. Though if it were any other crash, especially one without any survivors, I would never have sought it out.

 

[[ wearing Rick Owens coat // Vince leather joggers // Nike iD Dunks // Ray-ban sunglasses ]]

[[ set against the Sólheimajökull Glacier ]]

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.

style journal // touchdown in iceland.

Posted on April 16th, 2015

The only way I would put up with more winter weather is if I were somewhere beautiful and pristine, where snow wouldn’t melt and instantly turn into black slush, fueling dirty street rivers. Iceland is that picture perfect place, cold yet awe-inspiring, totally worth the cold winds and glacial temperatures.

A highlight was Sólfar, also called the Sun Voyager, created by artist Jón Gunnar Árnason. “It is a boat of dreams, an ode to the sun. Evokes an undiscovered territory, a dream of hope, progress and freedom.” It is a perfect reflection of where I currently am, on the edge of a new chapter.

 

[[ wearing LL Bean Fisherman sweater, similar in Sand Dune // Burberry denim, similar at ASOS // Joe Fresh sneakers, similar adidas here // Saint Laurent sunglasses ]]

Thankfully it was fairly mild the first day, which made my initial exploration bearable in just a sweater. Let’s hope it stays that way!

style journal // austin transformation.

Posted on April 5th, 2015

My wardrobe for 75 degrees isn’t the only thing that has gone through a drastic change while in Austin [bring on the t-shirts, spring jackets and bare ankles!]. Though not surrounded by the concrete jungle, I still felt right at home on South Congress and even in downtown, where ‘high rise’ buildings for offices, hotels and housing are constantly in development. In between panels and meetings, I got a chance to check out a few stores, cafes and restaurants outside of the Convention Center path.

[[ wearing Ray-Ban sunglasses // Maison Kitsuné satin bomber jacket, navy version available on MR PORTER // Burberry white denim, similar on ASOS // adidas Stan Smith sneakers ]]

Juiceland to start your day off right [just like I do in NYC] or with breakfast tacos from Veracruz All Natural or Tacodeli [since you are in Austin], ESK for street/Thai food, Barley Swine for bites and beer, Uchiko or Musashino Sushi [can’t wait for Otoko, Paul Qui].

Missing Austin already. Maybe I’ll head back for the SFC Chef Series: Spring Bounty, Austin Food and Wine Festival or Annual Crawfish Boil. More shopping and fun spots to come.