During my recent trip to St. Croix, where I experienced all of its Caribbean wonders from land to sea, I stopped in the town of Christiansted to show how you can style a printed geometric patterned T-shirt while down in the U.S. Virgin Islands or during your summer months back home. In Christiansted you’ll find 18th-century Danish-style pastel stone buildings and lush gardens and greens which were a perfect background for the tee I had in mind to show.
This bold patterned tee from Lactose L!VE, which unfortunately is not available at the moment, shows how you can contrast the tropical greens around. I styled it up with accessories such as a toggle bracelet from Coach’s new collaboration, Coach + Philip Crangi, a pair of gold framed aviators and leather driving shoes, but kept the look summer casual with sun-washed khakis.
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
Kenneth Cole Leather Convertible Backpack ($325, Kenneth Cole)
Tumi Alpha Bravo Lejeune Backpack Tote ($445, Tumi)
While in Mexico for the Cancún-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival this year, I had some down time for some much need style posts. Shot on the beach of the Moon Palace, a tee and shorts outfit is something that can be enjoyed both at your resort or by the beach. To add a little stylish flair, lightly layer with a short sleeve linen shirt (this one from Perry Ellis). Then to make a personal statement, talk with your accessories.
The Coach Bleecker Day Tote In Bar Stripe Leather makes a refined, yet colorful statement with the sky blue stripes, and then can glow with gold aviators (this fashionable performance pair is Under Armour UA Alloy). For footwear, if you’re not doing sandals go for printed espadrilles like this navy, cloud-turtle design from Sperry Top-Sider as an alternative to florals and tropical plants.
Adding extra style and personality to a person’s outfit, headphones are a statement accessory and part of our daily lives. From my In The Bag series, I styled my Marley Liberate On-Ear Headphones (which I fell in love with for its mixed-media design of stainless steel, natural wood and the brand’s blend of reclaimed hemp and organic cotton) with a winter-ready outfit with on tones based off its color palette: blue, grey and brown.
Shot just before the winter storm hit, the UGG Ory boots would’ve had no problem handling Janus with its waterproof leathers and Thinsulate technology for warmth.
Now that Christmas is over and winter sales are in full effect, no better time to pick out a new winter coat or jacket to start the New Year. From the varsity jacket to the wool trench, see 10 styles to get now:
L.L. Bean Signature Lined Wool-Blend Shirt Jacket ($175, L.L. Bean Signature)
GANT Rugger Nylon Army Puffer ($213, GANT Rugger)
Gap Varsity Jacket ($199, Gap)
While in London earlier this month, I had the pleasure to stay in and explore the iconic London luxury hotel, The Savoy. Located on the Strand in the southern area of Covent Garden, The Savoy continues to add on new features from its £200 million refurbishment a couple years ago.
Along with its historical credentials of being the home away from home to icons such as Coco Chanel, Oscar Wilde, Winston Churchill, Audrey Hepburn, Judy Garland and Frank Sinatra, to just name a few, The Savoy also boasts spectacular views of the River Thames.
Waking up to a glorious view is every traveler’s ideal, and the perfect view here can undoubtedly be found in the Royal Suite (entrance to main quarters above). One of the finest and most elegant accommodations in London and in the world, it’s spread across the entire fifth floor (at 3,498 sq. ft.) and has an Edwardian style interior that’ll make you feel like a royal. When you gaze out its large windows, you can see from Canary Wharf to the House of Parliament and everything in-between.
I got to explore the suite in one of my final days in London, for which I styled myself in an imported tan Italian wool duffle coat from Gap, and paired with a brown and orange ombre pattern wool blend sweater from Perry Ellis. Added on micro Houndstooth patterned pants from Kenneth Cole in cave that I paired with Ben Sherman’s tan Cranston Leather boots with contrasting red and black laces.
Now that Christmas has come to end (and I hope you all had a wonderful one!), it’s time for every shopper’s favorite holiday, the After-Christmas sales! They’ve started early this year, and after doing some damage myself, here are 20 of the best sales for every style:
Boxing Day event with an extra 30% off entire store. Free shipping on orders $60 or more.
50% off entire site. Free shipping on orders $100 or more.
50% off sale items with code BREXTRA50, and take another 10% off with code BRCARDSALE if you are a card holder (Gap or Old Navy work too). Free shipping and return on orders $50 or more.
Savings on sale up to 50% off. Free returns on all orders.
Semi-annual sale deals with savings up to 50% off, plus extra 15% off (applied automatically).
Up to 50% off select sale items. Free shipping and returns on all orders.
40% off sale items with code WINTER40 and free shipping on orders $150 or more.
30% off sale items with code GAPBONUS, plus earn bonus GapCash to use in January. Free shipping on orders $50 or more.
30% off full-price and 40% off sale items with code GIFTNOW. Free shipping on orders $150 or more.
Up to 60% of select sale items. Free shipping on orders $125 or more. Bonus rewards for orders $150 or more.
Visiting London on a press trip this month, I took the opportunity to indulge in some shopping sightseeing. Exploring one of Covent Garden‘s best streets for men’s fashion and grooming, King Street (above) is filled with London brands such as Burberry Brit and Hackett London, and others you may not be too familar with such as Oliver Sweeney (luxury footwear, accessories and outerwear), Murdock London (a barbershop and grooming line, located in Hackett) and Jo Malone (fragrances and skincare).
International brands continue to set up shop here, and now include the first Opening Ceremony in Europe, 7 for All Mankind, Sandro (Parisian luxury), Lyle & Scott (Scottish knitwear) and Aesop (Melbourne grooming and skincare).
Styling myself for the fall to pre-winter weather, I went with a reversible varsity coat from Kenneth Cole that offers a wool side and a quilted one (see both below). For an extra pop of color to the look, I wore my Gap garment-dyed skinnies in forest green.
UGG‘s lightweight, black leather Westly style desert boots with blown-rubber outsoles, I was comfortable with all the exploring I did in Covent Garden and the rest of London, and I geared up with a camo Tumi Lejeune Backpack Tote to stow any goodies I found while wandering. Next shopping stop, Floral Street:
A street up from King, on Floral Street you’ll find a mix heritage and modern brands. On the west end of the street you’ll find the Paul Smith flagship, which is also Sir Paul Smith’s first one he opened and the first in fashion shop to open in Covent Garden. Also on the west, Ted Baker and Dune London (footwear and accessories). Heading east, you’ll find Spanish shoe brand Camper, British luxury accessory brand Mulberry, and Yohji Yamamoto and addias’ edgy Y-3, which just opened this year.
A handy map is available here for your next visit to Covent Garden, and more of my look below:
Exploring Ecuador just before Thanksgiving with the Ministry of Tourism, I had a chance to visit the capital, Quito, and the rural outskirts such as the Pululahua Crater (a volcano that has been dormant for 3,000 years and just under an hour away from central) and the nearby Ciudad Mitad del Mundo (a historical and cultural site that is set on the equator). Quito is a city where layering and versatility are key, and was the same for these northern areas.
My minimalistic style really takes over in the summer, more than usual, and especially when I know I’ll be hopping around the city (to keep cool I suppose). I took a break towards the end of my day here in Washington Square Park with my friend Hayden (who I earlier styled and photographed for an upcoming post).
I try to brighten up these simple looks by adding splashed of color. Here I used a navy and beige color scheme with Gap shorts and a pair of TOMS, and then I added an H&M stripped tee that included coral.
Since this still wasn’t colorful enough for me, I topped off the look with a pair a kelly green, crystal framed wayfarers from American Eagle. Eventually a Coach leather bracelet in cobalt blue was add that came from a preview event earlier that afternoon, and at the end of this post is a closer look of it.