I’m still riding the high of a nice long vacation but now that I’m back stateside I’ve had a chance to appreciate the adventure with a little perspective.
We live in a crazy world and there’s plenty of heartbreak in the headlines on a daily, nay, hourly basis.
I don’t know what tomorrow might bring but today I’m doing what makes me happy – which includes some travel reflection and some quirky styling. And I hope looking at this irresistible quail sweater and that HUGE buddha will bring you some small shred of inspiration.
Don’t you just want to rub his big belly??
This guy lives in Kamakura, Japan at the Kōtoku-in temple. He was cast in 1252 and has survived several typhoons and tidal waves, many of which destroyed huge sections of the surrounding town in the 14th and 15th centuries.
But I digress.
The point of my post today is that I have an enduring love / hate relationship with statement sweaters. By ‘statement sweater’ I mean one which has such a unique quality about it that it makes a bold statement the first time you wear it; for instance, eliciting a response such as, “OH MY GOD LOOK AT THOSE CUTE BIRDS I LOVE THEM SO MUCH!”
That’s pretty memorable.
But there’s the double edged sword! It leaves such an impression that the second time you wear it you’re just the guy who’s wearing that cute bird sweater again… jeez doesn’t he have any other sweaters? Didn’t he just wear that?
So let this be a cautionary tale. Buy that statement sweater because you know it will make people smile and you’ll love it. But don’t spend a fortune because you also know that you’ll probably never wear it again.
It’s the holidays and I am feeling EXTRA generous – so I’m doing a giveaway!
Actually – Götti Switzerland eyewear is feeling generous and I get to share the love :)
If you want a sweet pair of these sunglasses then check out my IG @ChampagneJason for some easy entry criteria.
The winner is selected Friday, 12/17 at midnight so throw your hat in the ring!
And feel free to follow Götti on Facebook and Instagram to check out additional ways to enter ;) hint: #xmasgotti_ig
Happy holidays from Götti and me!
Legs are required for jumping, dancing
Strolling along down a … What’s that word again?
AKA – use those legs and get out there :)
I wanted to expand on a thought I mentioned in an earlier post. And let me preface this with a total acknowledgment that nobody is made of money and we all have responsibilities at home / work that keep us tethered to a reality not replete with playboy jet-setting. BUT – hear me out…
We all need to escape from the stifling monotany of our comfort zone from time to time.
It’s your daily routine. For most of us that includes a commute to work, putting in time at the office, the same ol’ same ol’ lunch options, grabbing a cupcake for Sally’s birthday, meeting after meeting. We all know this routine.
I should also add that I love my job. I love the people I spend time with all day Monday through Friday.
But I do my job SO much better when I can take a breath and go somewhere that drastically alters my thought process.
Traveling breaks down the safe confines of the 9-5 routine and challenges you to think differently. It exposes you to variety and stimuli that you will simply never get at home.
When I get back from this trip I’ll literally have lit up different parts of my brain and engaged in problem solving never possible within my comfort zone.
That’s pretty incredible – and why you should tell your boss that your next vacation is so necessary to your optimal job performance. ;) I just winky-faced but I’m serious!
[backdrop ~ Senso-Ji Temple]
jacket – Uniqlo
turtleneck – Uniqlo
Why travel? What’s the point? It’s expensive and scary and you feel inept fumbling around an unfamiliar city.
Well, if that’s how you feel then you’re definitely missing the point. And here’s where I’ll flip those doubts and fears into exactly why you should travel – in just two easy steps!
Spend money on experiences not things.
This one might be my favorite – and perhaps advice that I feel most hypocritical about relaying given I’m the author of a men’s fashion blog. Sure I like nice things and probably spend more money than most rational men on new shoes, jackets and sunglasses. Online shopping addiction is real. But what I aspire to is a life less tied to stockpiling whozits and whatsits galore (you want thingamabobs? I’ve got twenty). Investing in travel opens you up to so many rich life experiences, colorful memories and diverse ways of thinking that a closet full of stuff just can’t deliver. And I never said picking up a few souvenirs to wear home was a bad thing ;)
Think differently about getting from point A to point B.
You escape from the stifling monotany of your comfort zone. It’s your daily routine. For most of us that includes familiar environments, people and activities like work, family and friends. These aren’t bad things. We all need somewhere and someplace to belong. But what might seem “scary” about traveling to a foreign country where you don’t know the language or customs is exactly why you should travel. Figuring these unknowns out challenges you to think creatively, problem solve and ultimately clear out some of the cobwebs in your tired old brain.
[backdrop ~ Tokyo Imperial Palace East Garden]
sweater – similar (Scotch & Soda)
jeans – similar (Asos Denim)
bangle – Alex and Ani
watch – Komono
shades – Ray-Ban
Okay I’m gonna get a little sappy and reflective for a second. Feel free to go “aaawwwww” at the end of my ramblings here. That’s allowed.
Perhaps one of the most important things I’ve learned from traveling, no matter the destination or duration, is what a difference a good travel buddy can make.
I’m so grateful for my friend Sarah, who has luckily become one of my favorite travel companions.
We just agreed yesterday that we’re such a good match because she’s incredible at finding destinations. She scours Yelp reviews and scrolls “must see” lists to identify sights, restaurants, landmarks, and bars. Then I jump in to navigate and find a flight plan to get us there.
I guess that’s basically what you want in any partnership in life – whether a friendship or a marriage; someone who compliments your skill set and ultimately wants to arrive at the same destination. And it doesn’t hurt if they can make you laugh along the way. :)
PS – These are a few snaps Sarah and I took during an afternoon walk through the Hamarikyu Gardens in Tokyo – such a beautiful, peaceful and historic sanctuary within the city’s hustle and bustle.
watch – Daniel Wellington
chinos – Uniqlo
shoes – similar (K-Swiss)
ring – Miansai
sweater – similar (Asos)