June 25, 2016

Weekend Runner

 

Sunset at Maidstone Beach
Sunset at Maidstone Beach

I passionately believe that the weekends are for the 3 S’s: Sleeping, Supping and Socializing. During the week, I go to the gym 3 days and workout with Joe, my trainer, for the simple reason that if I didn’t workout with him, I wouldn’t workout at all. I can honestly say that most days on the way to the gym I’ve gone through my head every possible excuse to “call in sick”. But sure enough, the moment I’ve finished that hour of regimented torture I’m thrilled that I submitted.READ MORE >

June 23, 2016

Write this down: Design.Y Notebooks

Design.Y notebooks
Design.Y notebooks

Some people like to put ideas down in their smartphones. Others use Post-Its and scraps of paper. Still others try to keep it all in their heads. I like notebooks, fancy notebooks to be more precise.goatskin

By accident I stumbled onto a tiny company in Japan, Design.Y that custom makes very beautiful notebooks by hand that are surprisingly affordable.READ MORE >

June 22, 2016

B/W Stripes

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Chiayun Hu

If there’s anything in my wardrobe I’m really passionate about it would be my collection of striped tee shirts and shirts. Its physically impossible for me to go by a pile of stripes in a store without adding to my stash, assuming they are graphically strong and the combination of colors are unusual.

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Steven Allen

Looking at old pictures from high school and my early years in NYC, stripes have been ubiquitous. Though it’s become instinctual for me to choose them with little thought, I realize stripes function as a dynamic foil to whatever I put on.READ MORE >

June 18, 2016

12 Rules on Being a Great House Guest

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  1. Come on time and leave on time
  2. Bring a great gift and leave your pet at home (no one will ever love your pet like you)
  3. Make yourself scarce part of the time (your host will love you for that)
  4. Never be the one to finish the food or the booze
  5. If you break the above rule, replace it and then some…
  6. If your hosts loan you their car: Fill the tank and NO accidents
  7. Take short-ish showers and keep the bathroom spotless. That includes the john…(no obvious signs of your presence)
  8. Make your bed, keep your room spotless and stow away your bag (leave the door open so your fastidiousness shows)
  9. If you must bring your pet, bring along pet-centric cleaning products. (arguing with your host over a yellow or brown stained white silk rug will not get you invited back).
  10. Avoid drunkenness, beligerance or contentious political debates (too much of any of these is an instant Buzz Kill)
  11. Offer to help at mealtimes and pick up the tab once if meals are taken at restaurants. (No one likes a cheap guest who insists on being served.)
  12. Be polite, upbeat and amusing. (in short, make an effort as we all have problems)

*image courtesy of Tommaso Santori

 

 

June 16, 2016

Invest in your Undies

Scheisser boxer briefs
Schiesser boxer briefs

Underwear is a category that I too often take for granted. I put it on and take it off rarely taking the time to consider its make and feel. But when I really think about it, I’m pretty particular about what I like.READ MORE >

June 15, 2016

Time for a Cool Change

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Armogan Spirit of St.Louis (forest strap) $232
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Armogan Spirit of St.Louis (midnight black) $232

If you’re like me, you’re a big procrastinator when it comes to getting gifts for your mates or parents birthdays, Mother’s or Father’s Day. Part of the problem is I prefer to give gifts that have a real function as opposed to something that may end up in a drawer and then re-gifted to someone else later on.READ MORE >