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 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!
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