Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Summer Business Casual

After a long weekend, work is always on everyone's mind. I feel this is especially true for the Memorial Day weekend as it is the unofficial start to summer and makes us reminiscent of the summer's of our youth, carefree.

Dressing work can be a challenge in the summer with wool suits and heavy cotton oxfords so having the right gear is essential to staying cool during the summer heat and humidity. It is extremely humid in the northeast this week feeling more like late July than May, so the call to action was earlier than anticipated.

Find a great wool trouser that is lightweight and works well for the season. I love these slim-fit trousers from POLO Ralph Lauren which are done in an elegant, lightweight wool. The pant is thus dressy yet comfortable. The grey hue is perfect for the summer season as it pairs well with seasonal shirts such as light pink and lavender as well as with brown shoes and belts.

Pair your pants with a brighter top to align with the season and bring some color to your warm weather work outfits. Here, I paired a light pink check oxford to contrast the grey and completed the look with chestnut shoes and belt to finish the lighter color palette for summer versus traditional black wingtips.

 Shoes: Ralph Lauren

What is your key for staying cool at the office during the summer months?

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

What to Pack for a Trip to Cote d'Azur

I am exciting to be jetting off to the South of France to hopefully enjoy some sunny days on the riviera. The Cote d'Azur is one of my favorite places in the world as it just exudes natural beauty and truly is how Slim Aaron's depicted it in his series of photographs.

It will be an exciting to be on the riviera with the 68th Festival du Cannes commencing, however, it is also a tricky time in terms of packing. The spring season will call for more than just shorts, sunglasses, and t-shirts as the temperatures will remain mild during the day and cool in the evening.

I am one for which packing is always a dreaded task despite traveling frequently. I recently took a trip to Paris, however, the Cote d'Azur calls for a much more vibrant color palette, one to match the azur blue waters of the Mediterranean. Below are my suggestions for stylish trip to the South of France.

Sandals: Ralph Lauren // Sunglasses: Armani // Wallet: Goyard // Trunks: Lilly Pulitzer & Ralph Lauren (similar) // T-Shirt: Hanes

If you are like me, the main appeal of going to the coast will be spending days lounging on the beach, at a beach lounge, or soaking up the sun in your favorite spot. With that being said, I recommend packing daywear that centers around statement swimwear (read my recent love for statement swimwear). Great swim trunks will be perfect for the beach, but when paired with a simple white v-neck and sandals, these trunks are the basis of a great casual outfit perfect for going from beach to cafe in town. 

Shirt: Ralph Lauren // Sunglasses: Saint Laurent // Bracelet: Miansai // Cargos: Ralph Lauren (similar) // Sandals: Ralph Lauren

When transitioning for the beach & day to evening, I selected pieces that were colorful and light. Since temperatures are slightly cooler at night, I recommend light weight chinos and cargo pants for a more modern look. Pair bright hues with white for a simple, classic look. Accessorize with great sunglasses, eyewear, and a bracelet. Be sure to pack pants that match a myriad of your tops, allowing you to pack less and save room in your suitcase for anything you might pick up during your visit. 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Men's Summer Essential: Statement Swimwear

Summer is finally right over the horizon, and I could not be more excited for the warm weather and sun-filled weekends. An upcoming trip to the French Riviera has me thinking of sunny beaches and turquoise waters...but what to wear? 

The summer season for me means bright colors and vibrant and lively prints. I have always had an extensive collection of printed capri trunks when Lilly used to make men's stuff, however, for my upcoming trip or any day you may be spending in a seaside town, statement swimwear makes for an easy, appropriate outfit.

I recently purchased Ralph Lauren Purple Label Swim Trunks (similar) that function perfectly as a short for strolls through beach towns and will be perfect for Nice and the Cote d'Azur. The vibrant floral print of the trunks makes a strong statement, and when paired with a simple white v-neck and great sandals, you can create an ideal look for an outdoor lunch or day party at a beach club. 

I completed the look with fun, novelty sandals by Ralph Lauren and a favorite pair of aviators from Randolph Engineering. 

Do you utilize great swimwear to make day outfits during hot summer days? What are some of your favorite statement swimwear pieces this season?

Monday, April 27, 2015

DIY Lemon Sugar Scrub

I have recently been using a lot more natural products in my daily regime from food to skincare. Once you read realize just how many chemicals are in some of these things, it can be quite scary! I do not always have the latest and best skincare products stocked in my medicine cabinet, however, some times it is nice to exfoliate or have a great scrub.

My Lemon Sugar Scrub recipe is not only easy (it is ready within minutes and can be made on a dime) it is also completely natural and effective. I find that spring and summer is a great time to exfoliate as my skin my be peeling from the sun or covered in chlorine/sunscreen when at the pool or beach. The below recipe is quick, easy, and also inexpensive making it a great idea for gift giving or Mother's Day as well.

Lemon Sugar Scrub:

1 cup Sugar- I use organic, raw sugar which is more corse, providing a more intense scrub. Use the sugar of your choice

1/4 Cup Coconut Oil

5-8 drops Lemon Essential Oil

Optional: lemon zest

Start by melting the coconut oil in 10 second intervals until it has become liquid. Be sure not to overheat as this will melt the sugar when added. Add in sugar and essential oil. Note: if you want a more intense lemon scent add 10 drops essential oil. Stir together and add optional lemon zest...enjoy!

This scrub is very refreshing. I love to do it in the morning as the fresh lemon scent is invigorating first thing in the morning! Be sure to package your finished product in glass jars only as essential oils cannot be stored in plastic.

Note: I only recommend using Young Living Essential Oils. Learn how to purchase and how you can receive a 24% discount on all your orders!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Men's Spring Hairstyles from American Crew Expert

Everyone is refreshing everything with the spring season. From fresh wardrobes to new decor in the home, it is the new of year for new. I asked Patti Davenport, an American Crew All-Star Educator, what the top spring hairstyles are for men. In addition to her role as an educator for the go-to for men's grooming, Patti serves as the director of shaving and skincare at Groom for Men in Milwaukee, WI. Below are her picks for the top looks for short, medium, and long hair this season as well as tips on how to achieve them.

"Right now the classics are king, regardless of length. We are seeing men from all walks of life parting, combing and taking the utmost care in grooming today. The shapes and styles of our grandfathers’ era are definitely trending right now." 

For your shorter lengths think 'high and tight with a Don Draper twist,' meaning we are seeing fully exposed sides with either comparable length on top or extremely long pomps on top. Style with our medium to high shine puck products to achieve a variety of sheen options. My personal favorite on blondes and dark hair colors is American Crew Grooming Cream. This product will ensure the look lasts all day, reflects tons of light and holds regardless of humidity! For the guys with that longer disconnected pomp, a favorite is American Crew Alternator. It can be used as a finisher to hold it all together while keeping hair touchable.

Medium lengths are definitely still 'Don Draper-esqe.' This shape is the classic contour, a taper hugging the lower neckline and then “comb-able” lengths throughout. The key with this style is showing the comb lines, so keeping it very clean and academic and styled just right with the use of a pocket comb and NEW American Crew Liquid Wax. The best part about Liquid Wax is the ability to style with your comb right out of the shower, then let it air dry and it is complete! Holds all day, and if your client wants to take it from classic to more casual, he just needs to run his fingers through his hair to get a more lived-in texture.

For longer lengths.... shall I dare say man buns?! This is a definite phenomenon we are seeing especially when the 'undercuts' are growing into longer lengths on the top of the head. If this is your style, American Crew Alternator is king here! It holds all the hairs in place but also gives some texture to the surface of the hair so it is not so slippery when putting into a top knot. If your client is going for the Jared Leto look, spray in American Crew Alternator when damp, rake fingers through and let air dry.”

Friday, April 17, 2015

Travel In Style with Suitsupply Race Case

Luggage- it always haunts when it comes time to pack for a trip because it seems like we never have the appropriate piece for the occasion, yet it is something for which we are reluctant to shop. With an impending trip to the French Riviera, I have packing and luggage on my mind. One of my favorite menswear brands, Suitsupply, has recently released a highly functional and versatile luggage piece dubbed the "Race Case." 

The Race Case gives us a reason to rejoice when it comes to packing and stylish luggage with its fashion forward styling and aesthetic. I have found myself with a big, clunky suitcase one too many times in the terminal as well as toppling over on the streets of Manhattan. The Race Case's suspension makes it easy and flexible to move around any setting. Additionally, this suspension frame folds up easily, making it easy to carry on. In addition to the functional design, the trolley features luxurious touches such as leather trimmed handles and face as well as nickel finished zippers.

When it comes to functionality, Suitsupply has delivered with interior pockets to keep your things and gear (up to a 15" laptop) secure and organized. I love the overall modern design of this piece- who said luggage had to be ugly or boring? I think this might just have to make a voyage to the Cote d'Azur with me!

Note: Quantities will be limited and are available for pre-order. $499

Images: Suitsupply

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Tips for Naturally Relieving Seasonal Discomforts

After the long winter most all of us experienced no matter what part of the country you live in, I think it is safe to say that we are excited for the spring season. However, for many, the arrival of the spring seasonal also comes with seasonal discomforts that can last well into the early summer...I am talking the seasonal sniffles and stuffiness that comes with the season.

Traditionally, I have used various Western medicine routines to combat this annual event. This year, I am trying something new after having introduced essential oils into my life. Since incorporating them into my daily routine, I have been researching and study various uses, and found that a few key oils can help support the respiratory system.

The go-to combination for relieving seasonal discomforts is the lemon, lavender, peppermint trio or as many call it "LLP"

Tips for Using Lemon, Lavender, & Peppermint this Season:

I have been using Lavender for a variety of things as it truly is a "go-to" oil that is so versatile and can be used for a myriad of occasions. The scent of lemon is so fresh and inviting with the oil being useful for cleansing, circulatory support and energizing.* Finally, peppermint has become one of my favorite oils with its energizing, uplifting scent.


Place 4 drops each of lemon, lavender, and peppermint into a home diffuser. Let the aroma fill your room or home. This is especially useful if you are doing some cleaning or an activity that might stir up quite a bit of dust into the air. I also enjoy placing my diffuser right by my desk as I work to provide relief throughout the day.


Using an empty bottle, create your own LLP mix so it is ready to go. Fill a bottle with about 40 drops each of lemon, lavender, and peppermint. Apply this mixture to key points on the body such as the bottom of the feet and back of the neck.


Young Living Essential Oils can be ingested. An easy way to naturally provide relief to seasonal discomforts throughout the day is to make ready-to-take LLP capsules. Utilizing vegetable gel capsules, fill them with 2-3 drops lemon, lavender, and peppermint. Add a few drops of carrier oils such as grapeseed oil and take with a glass of water.

Notice: I only recommend using Young Living essential oils. Not all essential oils that you can find in the stores are suitable for ingestion.

Do you get seasonal discomforts in your area? With warmer weather finally, the buds on the trees are just starting to pop open so I am excited to use this natural remedy throughout the season!

If you are interested in learning more about Young Living Essential Oils, read about how to get started here. All the oils I mentioned are available in the Premium Starter Kit.

*Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please confirm any information obtained from or through this web site with other sources, and review all information regarding any medical condition or treatment with your physician. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on this website.
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