Business Casual, But Better

True life: I am not good a being an adult. Despite my very best efforts, cooking for myself feels like waterboarding, I’m still in denial about bills and I don’t trust doctors. But the worst part about being an adult is getting dressed for work every day. As someone who’s more inclined to wear leopard as a neutral and owns a rainbow sprinkles watch, the idea of conforming to the Madison Avenue uniform of khakis and light blue oxford shirts is simply not feasible.

I’m currently supposed to be shopping for new work clothes, but instead of finding pieces that toe the line between “business casual” and “Tyler”, I decided to re-imagine the work aesthetic (on an unlimited budget, of course). What can I say? Sometimes imagination is a little more fun.

Business Casual

Balmain Jacket

Alexander McQueen Embroidered Shirt

River Island Pants

Giuseppe Zanotti Shoes

Smythson Panama Notebook

Karl Lagerfeld Watch

For real, though, what should I really wear to work?

Summer Beats

St Barths

Ask any New Yorker about his or her winter, and you’ll be rewarded with a 10+ minute tirade on the frozen Hellscape that was FW14. I know I’m not alone when I say: THANK GOD IT’S FINALLY WARM AGAIN. Aside from not freezing to death, I’m also really jazzed for all the new summer music. PLUS, I’m going to see Jon Bellion‘s show this week and Ryn Weaver in July!

For more schizophonic (praises to whomever gets that reference) mixes of music, be sure to check me out on Spotify … you can laugh at me as I listen to songs on repeat. Also, tell me what I should be listening to next!  

TRACKS

Ryn Weaver – “Pierre”

Jon Bellion – “Simple & Sweet”

Adam Lambert – “Another Lonely Night”

Carly Rae Jepsen – “I Really Like You”

Jack Ü feat. Justin Bieber – “Where Are Ü Now”

Selena Gomez – “I Want You To Know”

Zedd feat. Jon Bellion – “Beautiful Now”

Paris Hilton – “High Off My Love”

Galantis – “Gold Dust”

Martin Garrix feat. Usher – “Don’t Look Down”

Deorro feat. Chris Brown – “Five More Hours”

Mako feat. Madison Beer – “I Won’t Let You Walk Away”

Jason Derulo feat. Jennifer Lopez & Matoma – “Try Me”

Jon Bellion – “Woke The Fuck Up”

Hillary Duff – “My Kind”

Jess Glynne – “Hold My Hand”

Jon Bellion – “All Time Low”

Mariah Carey – “Infinity”

grooming giveaway

 

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Shirt: Zara | Hat: Custom Deryck Todd | Necklace: Asos
Working in the beauty industry, I inadvertently end up with a LOT of products. An oppressive amount of beauty products. I know, I know – poor me. Rather than complain about my overflowing closet, I’m just going to give a bunch of it away. Check out the bundle and how to enter below.

Grooming Giveaway

Blind Barber Facial Cleanser
Aveda Men Pomade
SkinCeuticals Daily Moisture
Acqua di Parma Revitalizing Eye Treatment
Elemis Tranquil Touch Body Polish
No7 Men Calming Post Shave Recovery Balm
Layrite Supershine Hair Cream
Murad Face Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 15
Dove Men Dry Spray Antiperspirant
Grooming Lounge Mug Cleaner Face Wash
Rituals Samurai Shave Repair Calming After Shave Lotion
Clinique For Men Anti-Age Moisturizer
Elemis Deep Cleanse Facial Wash
Bamboo Men Thickening Gel Lotion
Bamboo Men Nourishing Conditioner & Shaving Cream
Bamboo Men Texturizing Wax

(sorry, flawless skull candle not included).

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books for inspiration

The Compound Effect Darren Hardy Ignore Everybody Hugh MacLeod Evil Plans Hugh MacLeod
Shark Tales Barbara Corcoran start with why simon sinek Stella's Way

Motivation, inspiration and creativity have all been weighing on my mind lately, so I’m voraciously absorbing everything I can on the topics. Whenever I need a swift kick in the proverbial ass (and it seems like lately I do!), I turn to my vast arsenal of books on my Kindle. While I’m not one for traditional “self-help” or motivational books-I always found those inspiration posters in school to be really condescending-I have come across a few reads in my time that I thought would be worth sharing:

The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy – Before you pick this up, you should know that Darren is the publisher of Success Magazine, so he’s really into achieving. Really into achieving. While this book can be a bit overwhelming at times (he shares anecdotes of becoming a multi-millionaire before most of us get our shit together enough to regularly afford lunch), there are really interesting fundamentals that really will help you achieve your goals.

Ignore Everybody by Hugh MacLeod – Very simple and entertaining read for anyone who needs a straightforward reminder that being creative and unique is awesome.

Evil Plans by Hugh MacLeod – I really like Hugh MacLeod. From the introduction: “Everybody needs an EVIL PLAN. Everybody needs that crazy, out-there idea that allows them to ACTUALLY start doing something they love, doing something that matters. Everybody needs an EVIL PLAN that gets them the hell out of the Rat Race, away from lousy bosses, away from boring, dead-end jobs that they hate. Life is short.” If nothing else, it’s worth reminding yourself of that every once in a while.

Shark Tales by Barbara Corcoran – Barbara Corcoran is seriously HBIC and I think she’s such a badass. Feeling a bit lazy? Pick up this book immediately.

Start With Why by Simon Sinek - This one is supposed to be business inspiration, but the core principals apply to anything you’re doing: find the passion (i.e. “why”) behind what you do.

Stella’s Way by Stella Daisa Moga Kennedy – I’m a sucker for rags-to-riches tales (Cinderella complex?) and after meeting Stella years ago, I found her unwavering determination incredibly inspiring.

What books do you like to read to get inspired or motivated? I’m always reading, so tell me what to check out next!

motivated monday

monday morning motivation

for better or worse, i’ve always been a fairly ambitious person. i’ve always dreamed big – sometimes too big – but staying creative and motivated has helped me accomplish a lot (so i have to keep it up, right?).

on the other hand, having so many goals and ideas buzzing around in my head is overwhelming. no matter what I’m doing, i almost always feel like i should be working on another idea or project. while i’ve learned to accept there are only so many hours in a day, my mind is always still buzzing with possibility.

that is why i’ve committed, at least for the month of march, to write everyday. even if it’s not writing for public consumption, i’m hoping the practice will help keep me inspired and help me organize all of my ideas a little better. share with me: do you have any tips on how to stay inspired and motivated?