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.
Leave your Christmas shopping until the last minute?
Great minds :)
But also – I’ve barely had time to brush my teeth these past few weeks. Who has the time to shop for thoughtful gifts to bestow on all your loved ones??
(Before we move on – don’t worry, I always find time to brush my teeth.)
An easy ‘go to’ gift for every guy is a new work bag.
Think about it – most guys use some kind of bag to go to and from work. But those gentlemen also probably don’t put much thought into their bag. Do most of the guys you know use some old messenger bag they’ve had since college? Or even worse – a backpack? Or even worse – a free backpack they got as a gift with purchase?
If so, get them something respectable and stylish! Think about their job and what they do after work. If they’re in a very polished, white collar job – go higher end. If they hit up the gym after work – get them something with some extra room for shoes, clothes, etc. You get it.
A new bag is something they probably wouldn’t get for themselves but it’s also something they’ll use every day.
messenger bag – Boconi
bracelets – Alex and Ani
chelsea boots – similar (Asos)
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