5 Summer Shoes To Have + East Dane Giveaway!

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Since summer is far from over, I’ve selected five of my favorite summer shoe styles to have—from the beach essential espadrilles to a rubbery driving moccasins. All are available on East Dane, the ecommerce that offers everything #menswear from men’s sneakers to suits. Make sure to scroll down after the styles to enter my contest for your chance to win a gift card from East Dane!

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Outfit: Casual Island Exploring

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Travel Inspiration: The Dushi Willemstad, Curaçao

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If you find yourself in Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao there is one local saying you should know, ‘dushi’. Dushi means sweet or nice, even good, and can be applied to everything on the island, even the island itself

From the colorful architecture and delicious food in the capital Willemstad’s neighborhoods of Otrabanda and Punda, to the beaches, hotels and pools of  Piscadera Bay, below see photos from my visit to Curaçao this past spring to make you want to visit Willemstad and beyond:

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Must View: Beyoncé Exhibit At Rock Hall of Fame

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I usually don’t post on solo museum exhibits, but it’s Beyoncé! A fashion exhibit centered on Queen Bey will debut next week at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio in the museum’s main exhibit all in its Legends of Rock section. The exhibit joins iconic pieces from Michael Jackson, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie and Bruce Springsteen.

Yoncé’s exhibit will feature different styles that come from the 2013 Super Bowl performance, the 2012 Met Gala, and four music videos – “Run the World (Girls)”, “Sweet Dreams”, “Single Ladies” and the song that launched her solo career and a personal favorite of mine, “Crazy In Love”. Would’ve been great if some Destiny’s Child styles made it as well, for a full musical stoll down memory lane for any 20-something today.

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Outfit: Tropical, Chic Travel Style

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Daily Essentials: True Blue Summer

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In addition to my In The Bag series, I wanted to start a new one to have something more regular to showcase five different items that can be applied to everyday travels – shot in the ever popular #flatlay style. For my first post of Daily Essentials, items for summertime in the city in blue tones that were selected since it is a favorite of mine and has been noted as being very popular right now (though isn’t always?). To add a summer vibe, torte and hemp also play a role in this set.

The slim cross-body square tote is from Ben Minkoff ($350) and is named the Heath Zipper Tote. I fell in love with it right away for its simple, yet chic design and the sharp royal blue. It is crafted in genuine leather and has a later zip pocket and several open pockets inside. You’ll be seeing it again soon in an Outfit post!

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Must Have: Summer Canvas Boots From Generic Surplus

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A canvas bag isn’t the only summer essential, a great pair of canvas shoes are as well. For my trip to Puerto Vallarta I brought along new favorites of mine, Generic Surplus’ Apache Canvas Mid-Top Boots. Read the rest of this entry

Must Have: Your New Summer Tote, Wheelmen & Co.’s York Roll Top

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A great canvas bag is always essential for summer and beach destination travel. For my trip to Puerto Vallarta I brought along one of my new favorite summer totes, Wheelmen & Co.’s York “Roll Top”. Read the rest of this entry

Grooming Essentials For A Long Trip

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When packing for a long trip that will last six days or more, it’s important to bring along grooming products that would be most essential to save on luggage space. While you can of course buy anything else you’d need during your travels, the following should be enough for most essential (and basics) needs while leaving you ready for each day: Read the rest of this entry

Travel Inspiration: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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In this edition of Travel Inspiration, see highlights from my trip to Puerto Vallarta that’ll make you want to visit (especially with this hurricane making its way up the East Coast this weekend). Located along the Pacific Ocean’s Bahía de Banderas Bay, I got to experience this Mexican hotspot for a few days last month and explore areas such as Old Vallarta, the resort section, the ocean waters and a little bit of a hidden paradise:

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