It’s been an incredible start to 2016. I do this blog as a fun, creative outlet so from time to time I need to step away to focus on other life stuff.
I manage advertising solutions at Hulu by day (hi, work friends!) and the past few weeks have been insane-o drano. Long days and longer nights – and weekend duty. But that’s how I can afford my shopping habit ;)
Fitness Game Strong
I’m back in the gym with the goal of gaining 20 lbs of muscle by my birthday in April – which means three nights a week I’m getting ripped a new one and then racing home to devour enough calories to make Michael Phelps squirm.
So that leaves me with about 5 minutes a week, laying in bed with my eyes half shut, to squeeze out a few coherent thoughts and edit some photos.
Life’s about balance and I know I need to find more time for my creative outlet.
For now, thanks for checking in on me. I promise I’m still on Instagram while riding the elevator, waiting in line for lunch, or sitting on a conference call.
And with that – I leave you with my tip o’ the day: SHEARLING (Asos) SHEARLING (Nordstrom) SHEARLING (Coach)
It’s been big this year and I think it’s going to be around for a little while. Get a sweet shearling coat to cozy up in – like this one I snagged from Asos.
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)
Our bloodshot eyes strain to make out English subtitles on Japanese signs directing commuters where to catch trains heading in every direction.
Our massive suitcases stand around us like 300 pound linemen trying to look over our shoulders at the map. Linemen that we have to wheel from train to train.
Our arrival in Japan feels surreal.
Is it 10pm in Tokyo or 3am in LA? I don’t really know.
It’s dark and tired businessmen are buzzing all around us to get home after a long day.
And what do we experience almost immediately after stopping to check our map?
The kindness of strangers.
Someone stops and asks us if they can help us find our way. And on the next train platform, another someone. And then another. With broken English and bright smiles, they point us to our next train.
People are kind and helpful in Tokyo.
What a wonderful way to start a vacation. Almost as wonderful as finding our way home and collapsing into bed.
PS – We snapped these pics on our first day in Shibuya (after the previous night’s adventures in train hopping from the airport to our Airbnb). I’m wearing my St. Christopher bangle from Alex and Ani; he’s the patron saint of travelers and a very appropriate good luck charm.
Can’t wait to share more with you soon!
bangles – Alex and Ani
sweater – similar (Asos)
slip-ons – similar (Sperry)
Today is Veterans Day here in the U.S. and I’d like to take a quick second to say thank you to all of the men and women who would give their lives to serve their country.
It’s an incredible sacrifice that is perhaps the most admirable thing you can do. Total strangers put their lives on the line in order to afford us the freedom to do silly things like argue about Starbucks cups and watch the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
Not to make light of the sacrifice, but let’s take today to give our thanks.
And speaking of thanks – a HUGE thank you to YOU for your love and support.
If you’re feeling extra generous today, I will give you an awesome high five if you gave me a vote in this friendly competition with some other menswear bloggers: Who Wore It Best?
Happy hump day!
Tie: Bows ’N Ties
Suit: similar (Asos)
Pin: similar (Asos)