Take a Break

You deserve to “take a break”. Taking a page from Rihanna, it looks like all we do is work, work, work, work, work. When was the last time you recharged your battery? Making time to get away from it all is important, otherwise you will never achieve that “work/ life” balance you’ve always heard about. 

Having a passport, was a great investment. It has allowed me to travel abroad, experience different cultures, dial down my senses, and walk slow in the morning. If you don’t take time for you, who else will? Maximize your days off, go to a park, museum, sporting event, even plan a vacation. You know how hard you work, and I know from experience, when you get back, the work will still be there. My only question to you is, “how do you want to take a break?”

Hat & Polo: Wayne Dante Collection

Denim: AG

Timepiece: Talley & Twine

Shorts: Target

Sneakers: Converse

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Business trip – Travel right

For most guys, attending a business conference in sunny Orlando can be as exhilarating as hitting the lotto, and to others, a bout of anxiety as they try to pack the right clothing for another trip. What if I told you that, planning a business casual wardrobe isn’t as scary as it sounds.

As I a typically travel with “carry on” luggage,  packing for style and convenience can be simple. Don’t just throw items from your closet into your suitcase, and think that you will have enough clothes to wear. If your meetings don’t count on you wearing a suit, make sure you bring a sportcoat that can be worn with several different slacks. If you can pack grey, navy, black, or khaki trousers, and they work alongside your sportcoat, you’ve picked a winner.

Make life simple when traveling for work, bring solid color shirts that pair back to your sportcoat. This allows you to transition from meetings during the day, to dinner / after hour events. When it comes to your shoes, brown or black are your safest choices, you decide which you want to pack, and which you want to wear on the plane. This ensures that during your trip, you have options. 

Don’t make what you wear on your business trip, overshadow why you are going. Have fun with your co-workers, learn how to be better at your business, and be confident in your wardrobe choices by keeping it simple. 

What are your go to items when traveling, leave a comment below.

Wardrobe: HUGO BOSS

Eyewear: SALT Optics

Grooming: Scotch Porter



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Travel light – part deux

Are you travel ready? Passport ✔︎, currency ✔︎, Trip Advisor itinerary ✔︎, then all you need to do is pack your bag. My last post focused on bringing just enough clothing and essentials to get you through your trip, and not have you check any luggage.



With a simplified assortment of clothes, my Hart Schaffner Marx sportcoat was the perfect compliment while wearing my jeans during the day, or trousers at night. Fall brings out the earth tones, and the best part of “made to measure”, is that I can choose my fabric, add an elbow patch, and have functional buttonholes on my sleeves.

Recently picked up these auburn colored jeans from AG, and I love that the fabric isn’t stiff, and that they make this model in other colors, means I’ll be adding a few more to my collection soon. I could have worn my sneakers, but ironically the stitching on my wingtips paired well with my jeans.

Sportcoat – HART SCHAFFNER MARX | Shirt – Express | Jeans – AG | Timepiece – TW Steel | Bracelet – H&M |Shoes – Cole Haan

  

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Travel light- Part 1


If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? What’s stopping you? What will you pack? When LaToya & I fly, we don’t check bags, we do carry-on. We pack light, and avoid lines. Recently we travelled across the border. No, not that border, Montreal, Canada. Knowing the size of most carry- on luggage pieces, how does one pack for such an adventure.



  

  In addition to my travel basics, and what I wore on the plane, here’s how I maximized my bag.

  • Pair of sneakers & shoes
  • Two pair of jeans, one dress trouser
  • Two sweaters
  • Two watches
  • One sportcoat
  • Four buttondown shirts
  • Two belts

Packing light is always easier traveling to a warmer climate, but when a colder destination is involved, you have to put some thought into what you bring. Layering looks together can be fun, if you are comfortable mixing and matching what you pack.

Look 1:  coat by HUGO BOSS, turtleneck by Banana Republic, denim by Buffalo Jeans, sneakers by Converse, hat by NewEra

Look 2: sweater and beanie by H&M, denim by AG, sneakers by Adidas

Look 3: shirt by HUGO BOSS, shawl collar cardigan by Uniqlo, timepiece by Talley&Twine, bracelets by H&M

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Vegas Pt. 2

So what do you bring to Vegas if you plan on laying poolside all day? With the weather hotter than NYC, I decided to bring lightweight clothes that I can change out of by the pool, but still feel relaxed in, while walking back and forth through the hotel. Although Vegas isn’t humid, you still want to dress loose and relaxed as every hotel has climate controlled temps inside.


 Staying at the Aria hotel, hanging out by the pool is an experience in itself. If you want to sun bathe all day, get there at 9am to get a good seat or cabana. With several pools to choose from, we decided to camp out at SKY POOL. It’s $50 a person to get into that pool area, but the chairs, cabanas, and service were that much better.


  

When not swimming like Nemo or Michael Phelps, you would find me eating, reading a book, or working on my tan. What I most enjoyed about the pool area was the in house music being played, great mix that didn’t just play EDM all day.

   

Should you visit, there is another pool area that has a club like atmosphere called Liquid. Picture any MTV party you’ve seen on TV, and that’s what you’ll see there.

More on this trip, visit TripAdvisor.com

Planning your next vacation? What are thinking of bringing?

Outfit / Shop the look:

Top: H&M

Bottom: American Eagle Outfitters

Shoes: Ferragamo

Timepiece: Fossil

Eyewear: Persol, Salt Eyewear

Vegas Pt. 1

            

Do you like to travel?  Las Vegas has to be one place on your bucket list to check off.  Just my second trip to this Southwest patch of America that attracts all types of visitors.  Everyone should celebrate at least one birthday in Las Vegas, why not a milestone.

With so many places to stay, the Aria hotel & casino became my home on “The Strip”.  With the weather fluctuating between day and night, I decided to pack clothes that would keep me cool when either by the pool, having dinner, or at a club.  If you ever plan on visiting, gambling can be found anywhere, so choose a hotel / casino that will deliver the best service experience.

Although we won a few hands and lost a few, a great trip it was, and we’ll be back. Do you like to travel?, where do you plan on going this year?

Outfit details:

Denim: AG Jeans

Shirt: Express

Timepiece: Emporio Armani