Category Archives: What To Pack

Must Have: Grady’s Cold Brew Bean Bags

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Birchbox Man and Cool Hunting have teamed up and released a limited edition box of summer goodies. Among the items is Grady’s Cold Brew Bean Bags, which got me thinking of how I’m one of the few people I know who does need to drink coffee every morning, but when I do enjoy some it’s almost always iced. I’m glad to have received this box to try out a new favorite blend to up my coffee game.

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In The Bag: Chic, Casual Island Life

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Wrapping up my Curaçao style posts, in this edition of my In The Bag series here’s some travel essentials that are chic and casual to live up that island life. Shot at the Carribbean-meets-Miami-chic Floris Suite Hotel.

Backpack – Herschel Supply

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In case you didn’t know yet I’m kind of in love with Herschel Supply Little America backpack. Its spacious (20″ H, 12″ L and 7″ W), lightweight canvas body has two sets of stylish leather straps with magnetic closures, and padded shoulder straps and back. The top flap opens up to the drawcord shut main compartment, which has a padded laptop laptop sleeve inside.

Shoes – United Nude

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Make a footwear statement whenever possible. United Nude’s Cuba Elastic Slip On is a colorful and simple silhouette with the brand’s signature elastics, mesh lining and rubber outsole. Can be styled with cotton shorts, dark washed jeans and even swimwear.

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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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In The Bag: Sport Travel Gear For The Caribbean

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In this edition of Vee Travels’ In The Bag series, sporty accessories for traveling to the Caribbean to destinations like the U.S. Virgin Islands. Shot at the B in St. Croix, these accessories cover you from running or horseback riding to swimming and snorkeling to just hanging out by the beach or pool afterwards while keeping your belongings well stored.

Backpack – Jansport

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Super spacious, the Jansport Growler became a new favorite backpack of mine. Since I like to just do carry-on, was able to fit my 15″ macbook pro, cords, Canon Rebel DSLR, a couple tees and a lot more items in the backpack. There’s two main compartments (one for your laptop and the other for everything else), then there’s side pockets (one with an exterior mesh holder for your water or umbrella), a small front compartment for your wallet and other necessities, and a hidden bottom compartment if need to stick a wet bathing suit or something down there. A polyster body with nylon straps, the usualy Jansport logo has a stealthy leather makeover.

Swimwear – (2)xist

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The (2)xist Core Ibiza Swim Shorts takes a simple, classic style and modernizes it with a low rise waist and trimmed legged, so perfect if you want to show off some leg but not so much like a pair of trunks or a brief style would show. Available in eight colors.

Sneakers – Asics 

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The Asics Gel-Scram Trail Running Shoe is built with a lightweight cushiniong for comfort, so works on hard runs and when having to take long walks if flying with transfer (as I often do). Overall the sneakers are also very lightweight, with a body combination of rugged synthetics and mesh. Read the rest of this entry

5 Travel Friendly, Light Rain Jackets

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The weather can be unpredictable, no question, and especially in the northeast right now where spring has been taking its time. Rain is even more unpredictable, so be prepared during your travels with a handy light rain jacket or parka. Here are five that are travel ready and easy to pack, featuring the new Earth Day collaboration from Ecoalf and Cool Hunting and stylish options from ISAORA and Uniqlo:

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Uniqlo SPRZ NY Light Pocketable Parka MoMA Edition ($49, Uniqlo)

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Must Have: Burton’s Lightweight, Spacious Carry On Roller

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On a trip last week to the U.S. Virgin Islands’ picturesque St. Croix and The Buccaneer Hotel, I traveled with Burton Snowboard’s Drifter Roller Travel Bag. As I only do carry on when traveling under a week, especially if I have transfers, it proved to be a formidable travel companion. burton-carry-on-2

The dimensions (H: 22 in, W: 13 in, D: 10 in) were perfect for my three flights each way to get to and back from the island. Usually it is just two flights if leaving from the city, but I took flights from White Plains. Super lightweight, the roller without anything weighs 7.7 lb, which is due to the polyester body and use of IXION lightweight skate wheels. The wheels are also easily replaceable if you want to spice up your roller some more, but of course that isn’t needed with the trendy camo option of the Drifter Roller.

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In The Bag: Travel Essentials For Cancún, Mexico

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In this edition of Vee Travels’ In The Bag series, essential accessories for traveling Cancún, Mexico. Shot at the Moon Palace, these accessories mix a little luxury with simple travel and tropical necessities that’ll keep you stylish and happy.

Tote – Coach

The sophisticated Coach Bleecker Day Tote In Bar Stripe Leather makes a colorful statement with the sky blue stripes, but its gold hardware adds the refined look to the bag. Spacious with large pockets inside (one zip and another with snap closure, it can be carried by its leather handles or a detachable nylon shoulder/crossbody strap. Large and durable for 15″ laptop as well.

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Swimwear – Zara

You can’t go wrong by selecting a floral or tropical print swimwear for the Caribbean, my selection is a clean black and white design from Zara (not available anymore, but here’s another style). The key to swimwear is picking one for your body, but a good rule of thumb to keep in mind is to avoid purchasing ones that go past your knees. Swim shorts with an 6-8″ inch seam should be able to work and look good for men of most heights and body types.

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Style Guide For Music Festivals

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If you find yourself heading to Magic City this weekend for the Ultra Music Festival, I’ve put together a cool guy’s guide for AskMen.com to give you a rundown of who to check out, where to eat, drink and shop in Miami, who to take style inspiration from, and what to wear:

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Styling for any music festival, you can never go wrong with skinny jeans, but if the destination is very warm (like Miami), shorts are also a great option—just make sure to go for flat front over cargo styles (those are so over). For tops, go for graphic tees and tanks with funky designs, and make sure to skip out on the usual band, kitsch or ironic T-shirts. For accessories and footwear, old-school chic and plastic sunglasses are great to go from music festival to sunbathing, a colorful or print baseball cap is useful all spring and summer long, and sneakers and slip-ons are good go-tos as you’ll be standing and bouncing around for hours. Read the rest of this entry

12 Stylish Backpacks For Every Traveler

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Bags are obviously one of my favorite accessories, and the backpack is a style perfect for all types of travel. Whether you’re headed to a tropical destination, getting ready for an outdoors adventure or visiting a luxe hotel in London, there’s a backpack out there that’s perfect for you this spring:

Luxury & City Travel

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Kenneth Cole Leather Convertible Backpack ($325, Kenneth Cole)

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Tumi Alpha Bravo Lejeune Backpack Tote ($445, Tumi)

In The Bag: Accessories For London Travel

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In this edition of Vee Travels’ In The Bag series, essential accessories for travel in London. Shot in one of the luxury personality suites of The Savoy, these accessories are based on a blue color scheme, that also mix winter accessories with unique tech designs. Just in time if you’re headed to London early next week for the spring/summer 2014 menswear collections at London Collections: Men.

Backpack – Tumi

The Tumi Lejeune Backpack Tote ($445) is very versatile, and the camo pattern option got me several compliments during my time in London last month. Wear as a backpack or use as a tote with the backpack hide-a-way straps and its military-inspired, cord top handles Offering four pockets on the outside (three zips and two open), inside you’ll find several pockets (a large zip, large open and small open pockets) with an orange color scheme.

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