exploring what it means to be the modern man.

style journal // summer style with armani exchange.

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 // northern lights.

Posted on May 15th, 2015

April marks the end of winter in Iceland so the chances of seeing the Northern Lights were super slim, even at the ION Hotel where they have a bar/lounge area dedicated to watching the Aurora. I hope to catch them in the winter, if I make it up to Canada or Alaska. Have you seen them?

I spent the afternoon kicking back, taking in the beauty of the ION and its surroundings.. take me back!

 

 

[[ sweater: uniqlo // white jeans: burberry, similar here // sneakers: joe fresh, similar converse at zappos // belt: hermes // sunglasses: tom ford aviators, similar at sunglass hut ]]

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 // 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 ]]

on the go // inland iceland.

Posted on May 5th, 2015

More of the natural beauty of Iceland.. can’t be beat!

[[ Eurasian and North American tectonic plates that shift every year ]]

 

[[ Gullfoss waterfall ]]

 

[[ Playing tourist ]]

 

[[ Part of where they film Game of Thrones!! ]]