When it comes down to it we all need a Summer starter outfit (or two) don’t we? One of those outfits built from pieces that we can wear over and over again throughout the season, and know that we’ll look good in them no matter what the outfit ends up looking like or where we’re going. For me a Summer starter outfit would look something like this: a simple, but not so basic tee, denim shorts, slip on sneakers, and Ray-Bans.
I spent yesterday canoeing down Blue River back in my hometown with most of my family to celebrate Memorial Day, and I’m more than happy to officially welcome Summer back into the fold. I’ve got a lot of fun travel planned over the next couple of months, and this time of year is the best time of year to travel in my opinion.
What are y’all’s thoughts? On Summer starter outfits for one, and for two Summer being the best time of year to travel. Sound off in the comments and let me know! After you doing that though, get out there and enjoy your Memorial Day.
When I was perusing Nordstrom’s site the other day while I was rounding up my favorites for their Half Yearly Sale I rediscovered my love for Topman. While my love for the brand as changed over the years, it’s still one place I always check out when I’m in NYC, and always one of the spots I hit up when I’m shopping online.
The only really thing that’s changed over the years is my style, not my affinity for the brand. When I was younger I went to Topman for their statement pieces, think floral denim shirts, bright-colored denim, and the like, and now I frequent them for their selection of updated basics– which I’ve rounded up below. With their Half Yearly Saleit’s basically the perfect time to head on over to Nordstrom and stock up!
I’ve been waiting for an weather-appropriate day to wear this sweatshirt since I got it a few weeks back, but we all know how hot natured I am (seriously sweat walking from my apartment to my car) and the weather here has been a scorcher as of late. Well, up until this week that is. It was a balmy 68 degrees today, which for me equals perfect neoprene sweatshirt weather.
I’ll be the first to admit that when I first started seeing Perry Ellis come back up in the men’s fashion scene I was more than a bit hesitant, but I was lucky enough to be one of the first folks to see their latest creative director’s, Michael Maccari, debut show. He certainly did not disappoint, and to this day that show serves as one of my favorite shows during NYFW – to date. This exact sweatshirt happened to be one of my favorites from the collection, so imagine by surprise/excitement when I opened a box from their team with it inside. If you’ve not checked Perry out in a few years, I’d recommend do it. I promise you’ll want to join the Very Perry crew once you do. Keep scrolling to the bottom of this post to shop some of my favorite pieces from their latest collection.
The Fresh Exchange always, always serves as a source of inspiration for me. I mean with graphics like above how could they not, right? But this week they may/may not have inspired me to give this “Whole 30″ thing a chance. Because a chance to begin fresh sounds like something I could use right about now. That Summer body isn’t going to build itself after all.
One major advantage I see of doing this Whole 30 deal though is that my skin could seriously benefit from it. These 10 tips from Cara Delevingne’s Esthetician were a serious wake up call that I need to start taking better care of mine. Mostly the part about how if your colon isn’t functioning properly it comes out on your face. Thanks Man Repeller for letting me know that my poop comes out my face if I’m not able to go #2.
Another thing I realized with all this talk of food and taking care of myself is that I need to start eating breakfast more often, and by breakfast I mean a healthy breakfast that actually makes me get up and go in the mornings. This recipe from Gimme Some Oven for Easy Blueberry Crisp may be my lifesaver.
Justin’s latest post made me really, really nostalgic about my younger days spent at “shows” and more than ready for the Summer music festivals I’ll be attending.
Disclaimer: I’m with Thom on this, and while I certainly don’t have a problem with anyone based on their weight, I do think that saying it’s okay to be any way/shape/form that’s actually bad for your health isn’t something that we should be saying.
If you love cute dogs (two to be exact) and good causes then head over to Yellow Brick Home to see what they’re up to and donate to a worthwhile cause.
Here’s round two of love for The Fresh Exchange this week, and it couldn’t come at a more perfect time as I’m pulling the trigger and booking trips pretty much every week next month. So take their word for it, as well as mine, and just go.
David Bromstad, if you’re listening I’ll go wherever with you. We both love Lord of the Rings, the kitchen is our favorite room in the house, and we have a mutual love for Sia. I think this is fate’s way of saying we’re meant to be if you agree, e-mail me.
Looking for some inspiration for your Summer backyard parties or your coffee table? Let Will’slatest videos for west elm serve as your inspiration.
Speaking of interior designers (and my crushes on them) there’s an update on Orcondo over on Emily Henderson’s blog, and it’s one update you’re not gonna want to miss.
I’m looking forward to Beats & Eats at Decca tonight with beats by DJ Ryan Rugger and eats by Chef Annie Pettry. Be sure to come out and join me and Miranda, from The Chic Street, tonight from 10:30 – 2! If you can’t make it, follow along on Instagram and Snapchat @TheKentuckyGent.
Ever since I began balling on a budget (AKA became a freelancer) I’ve loved a good sale more than I ever did before. Especially when they’re as good as the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale. Save up to 40% on everything from gifts for the grads in your life, your dad, or yourself (don’t worry, I’m only scooping up stuff for myself so I won’t judge you).
I’ve rounded up some of my favorites, and yes I did include two pairs of Birkenstocks because they’re seriously the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever worn. I’ll sincerely be sad whenever it cools off, and I can’t wear them anymore. If you’ve not tried a pair on for yourself now is a perfect time to take my word for it. Start shopping via click any of the images below, or by hovering over what catches you’re eye up top and clicking the + that pops up.