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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Tying the knot

  
  
   

What do you get when you blend friends & family with tacos & tequila? Answer…..a great engagement party. I made a few calls and asked for a non humid sunny Saturday, and no one was disappointed. As you know, planning a wedding is a piece of cake.  Having a long loving marriage, that’s when you have to roll up your sleeves and put in the work.

Suit: Hickey Freeman

Shirt: HUGO BOSS

Bowtie: Robert Talbott

Shoes: To Boot New York

Timepiece: HUGO BOSS

Beard oil: Solo Noir

With my fiancé going with an all white ensemble and gold crown, I went with a made to measure suit from Hickey Freeman. Loved the plaid print when I saw the swatch, and decided that a three-piece suit would be great to have. The fabric was an earth tone color with a hint of grey and blue, and wore a solid white spread collar shirt. When wearing a suit with a pattern, you want to wear a solid color shirt, otherwise the two patterns fight each other, and look too busy.

When choosing my shoes and accessories, I went with the chestnut color brogue lace up shoe with matching belt and leather pilot watch. Since my mentor was the “bowtie King”, I went with one that was bold enough to stand out and complimented the suit.

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NYC- Botanical Gardens

When most people think of NYC, usually the images of the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, and Central Park come to mind.  With Spring finally arriving, and a quick ride on the Bronx River Pkwy, we decided to explore the Botanical Gardens.  If you are a native New Yorker, and have only been to the Bronx to see the Yankees, you are missing out.


  

Outfit: Sunglasses – Persol, Shirt -Express, Jeans – Buffalo, Timepiece – Hugo Boss, Sneakers – Converse

 
I may not be a horticulturist, but I can appreciate lush landscapes, trees as tall as buildings and older than 100 years old.  If you decide to visit, the Mertz Library is a great place to explore, and will bring out the botanist in you.  The 250 acres of trees and flowers can be used to educate kids, and celebrate unions as they have locations on the grounds for weddings or parties.  During our visit, we stumbled upon a wine tasting.   It’s not a wine tasting in NYC, if there isn’t a long line. Luckily there were multiple vendors to keep the public happy, and a band to entertain.

Although NYC is home to many attractions, we should not forget about the local flavor that makes NYC what it is.  No matter where you live, there has to be a museum or a park that can distract you from your technology.  What plans do you have for your weekend?

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