Day @ the Museum

When was the last time you paid a visit to a museum? Living in the tri-state area, national landmarks and museums see more tourists than locals. Instead of aimlessly wandering around Manhattan, my wife and I planned a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The MET happens to be the largest art museum in the United States. Once through the gatekeepers in the main lobby, you now have permission to get lost down the labyrinth of corridors and stairways.

My last time at the MET was probably during a class trip in school. Since its been that long, we decided that using a map to get around, was the smart thing to do. The adventure in losing yourself at the MET, allows you to experience diverse cultures and talent as you walk from room to room. On the streets of Fifth Ave, it’s 2018, but inside, you can explore upper and lower Egypt, the art or warfare of knights from London to the influence of fashion on the Catholic church.

If you have a Bank of America debit/ credit card, there is a program that allows the card holder free admission the 1st weekend of every month. “Click here” for details, for a list of participating museums in your area. Summer is here for a brief moment. What do you plan on discovering in your city, that can enrich your life?

photos: LaToya Lewis

Mi Cava, Su Cava

So who doesn’t like Greek food? If you don’t, then you are missing out. If you do, and you’re like me, then you always ask for a side of tzatziki sauce. While shopping in Paramus, NJ, I stumbled upon Cava. Now, being naive I truly thought this place only sold dips & spreads, since I’ve only encountered Cava whenever I shopped at Whole Foods.

With tons of fast food options to choose from when you visit a mall, Cava is to Greek food, like Chipotle is to Mexican food. Best thing about Cava, has to be the assembly line of flavors that I combined, for an amazing lunch. What I love about Cava is that each time you visit them, you can eat a different meal. I customized a rice bowl, but if you are in the mood for a pita or salad, dive right in as you choose from a variety of spreads and meats. Don’t take my word for it, but the lamb and “crazy feta” is a winning combo.

What’s your favorite fast food? Leave me a comment below.

Hat: Bailey | Shirt: Express | T-shirt: Nordstrom | Corduroy: AG | Sneakers: Converse | Watch: Apple Series 3 | Sunglasses: Persol

Cookies in Charleston

If you had to choose your favorite type of cookie to snack on, what would it be? When it comes to cookies, I’m not that picky. On a trip to Charleston, South Carolina, I knew at least two things. One, the food was going to be good, and two, I can’t resist a good batch of cookies. From a previous visit to Savannah, Georgia, I was introduced to Byrd’s Famous Cookies. Small in size, but big in stature, once you start eating, you wind up eating more and more. I loved the fact that Byrd’s had a sample bar, where you can munch on a multitude of flavors.

If you ever find yourself south of the Mason-Dixon line, make sure you visit Byrd’s. Now I have to see if my box of cookies will make it through TSA at the airport.

-So what’s your guilty pleasure cookie?

-Leave a comment below. For more info on Byrd’s, see link above.

Outfit: HUGO BOSS

Grooming: Scotch Porter

Groom Prep

Who gets ready at the last minute? Last Friday, a client of mine asks me to help a friend of his out of a jam. An hour later, I find out his friend is getting married on Saturday and forgets his shirt and bowtie back home in Virginia. Needless to say, I found the right fitting shirt and bowtie and he’s a happy camper.

And you thought all the groom had to do was show up! This situation reminded me of how I prepped for my day. Unless I woke up thinking I was Denzel, I couldn’t just roll out of bed and go get married. When your big day rolls around, be smart, and use a checklist. My list was not too complicated.

1. Pack your clothes early

2. Pack grooming products in Dopp kit

3. Get shirt pressed day of event

4. Make sure you have the rings

5. Your “best man” is your backup reminder

Tuxedo: The Black Tux | Shirt: HUGO BOSS | Grooming: Scotch Porter|

Shoes: Ferragamo | Sneakers: Converse | Bowtie: HUGO BOSS | Timepiece: Burberry

Say Yes to the Tux

What do you want to wear for your wedding? Looking back on my wedding day, all I could think about is how good a salesman I am. I convinced her to go out with me, she said “yes”, when I proposed, and now get hitched in front of God, family & friends.

If you haven’t seen the show “Say Yes to the Dress”, brides to be, try on an eternity of dresses and then scream out the shows tagline. I didn’t go that far. As we changed our venue from outdoors to indoors, I had an option of wearing a suit or tuxedo. With the amount of black tie events I would attend this year, I chose to rent rather than buy. I decided to visit The Black Tux in NYC to see what fabrics & options to choose from.

The Black Tux allows you to either enter your measurements on its website, or visit one of their fit specialists in showrooms. What I loved about this rental experience, was the a la carte way of ordering. My options ranged from the entire outfit, to the individual pieces, such as bow ties, shirts, stud sets. Since I only needed a tuxedo, I chose the navy peak lapel tuxedo, as I didn’t want to wear something traditional. When it’s time for your big day, whether you buy or rent, do your research, and enjoy the moment.

Tuxedo: The Black Tux

Shirt, bow tie, pocket square: HUGO BOSS

Timepiece: Burberry

Sneakers: Converse Jack Purcell

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Renew You

How often do you take time to slow down? Life comes at you pretty fast, whether it’s school, work, or relationships, your mind & body need a chance to recharge. Gentlemen, going to a spa, isn’t just for the ladies.

Eden Day Spa, located in Soho, NY is a full service spa, with a variety of treatments. From a deep tissue massage, to a body scrub, any of their packages will put you to sleep and have you feeling brand new. As a couple, my wife and I love spending time with each other, and finding that zen like atmosphere at Eden Day Spa, re-calibrates our senses.

Like most guys, I relax by hitting the gym. Mix in some cardio, stretch and lift weights. If you are like most guys, and follow a similar routine, I recommend you squeeze in a massage therapy session, when you can. No clue on where to go, use the resources around you, websites like Yelp or SpaFinder can give you options in your area.

Shirt, shoes, & timepiece: HUGO BOSS

Jeans: AG

Belt: Allen Edmonds

Sunglasses: Persol

Grooming: Scotch Porter

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Books aren’t Dead

When was the last time you read a good book? With the popularity of the Nook & Kindle, have people forgotten what it feels like to turn a page, or use a highlighter on their favorite sentence. Bookstores aren’t on every corner like Starbucks, but they do serve a purpose when utilized. 

I paid a visit to the new concept store that Barnes & Noble opened in Scarsdale, NY. A smartly curated floor plan, with every genre you would expect. As consumers are getting excited for albums, I was glad to see a dedicated section with albums and CD’s. 


 Scouring this labyrinth of a store will work up an appetite. With a restaurant that has a combination indoor / outdoor space, this is the perfect place to grab a cup of “Joe” or wine and get lost in a book or two.

Thanks for reading, now it’s time you picked up a book. 

Shirt by HUGO BOSS

Denim by AG

Sneakers by Adidas