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My Issue With Statement Sweaters

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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.

~j

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Good Lookin’ Out: Götti Giveaway!

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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!

~j

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Mighty

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It’s officially the holiday season (yay!) so you know what that means – the inevitable holiday feasts and sweet treats and cocktails. And then BAM! you’ve gotten soft.

Don’t get me wrong, I love soft. Soft is snuggly and cute. But it’s a fine line between soft and “oh shit what happened I’m Jabba the Hutt.”

My friends at Mighty Pilates welcomed me to their new Santa Monica location last week and it was delightful. I forgot how much I like pilates! Actually, we did some work on the reformer but we also spent some time on the TRX bands.

It was the perfect workout to feel toned and refreshed but not completely ravaged.

If you’re in San Francisco or LA, check them out :) also – use the code BEMIGHTY when signing up and get a free class!

And tell them I say hi!

~j

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Black Friday

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Hey guys!
Hope you had an amazing thanksgiving :)

I wanted to share a quick link to an awesome Black Friday / Cyber Weekend special from my friends at Alex and Ani –

Get 15% off and free shipping! But jump on this one now – it ends 11/30!

Gifts Under $25 468x60

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Flippin’ Your Fins You Don’t Get Too Far

Legs are required for jumping, dancing
Strolling along down a … What’s that word again?
Streeeeeeet

AKA – use those legs and get out there :)

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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!

Adventure awaits!

~j

The Essentials:
[backdrop ~ Senso-Ji Temple]
jacket – Uniqlo
turtleneck – Uniqlo

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