Eyes Up

*This post was sponsored by Zenni.

Two years ago, I started getting pounding headaches every week. I had no idea what was causing them until I went to the eye doctor for an exam. I found out that while my vision is healthy, my eyes often have trouble focusing which causes constant strain throughout the day. It was time to get my first prescription which, to be honest, wasn’t something I was super excited about. Then I started looking at all the different types of glasses, and my annoyance for needing them turned into excitement because I realized that this opens up a whole new world of stylish possibilities!

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I like to switch up the style of my glasses depending on what I am wearing, but I don’t like to spend a ton of money on them. I am known to misplace my glasses, sit on them, stretch them, or somehow break them, so it’s important for me to find companies that create stylish glasses at an affordable price. You know I don’t work with companies I don’t support. That’s why I’m psyched about Zenni. It provides high-quality prescription glasses (and sunglasses) for both men and women. They have one of the largest selections online of glasses that I have ever seen, with hundreds of styles to choose from. You can even upload your photo and virtually try on glasses to see how well they fit your face!

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I was shocked to see the price points. The glasses range anywhere between $10 to $45 with the option to add on special features. I chose a circular tortoise shell frame and added on the UV blue blockers which prevents eye strain when you’re looking at your computer and phone screens all day. I also added the anti-reflection coating, along with the oil and fingerprint resistant coatings. For free, the glasses came with an anti-scratch coating and UV protection. It’s so cool that when you check out online, you have several different options like these to add to your glasses. Even with all of these features, the glasses were still less than $50, and when I received them, I was so impressed with the quality. They’ve quickly become my go-to pair.

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My days are busy from the minute I wake up to the minute I fall asleep, so I truly value companies like Zenni that let you shop from the comfort of your couch. I’ve gotten so many compliments on these glasses, and I feel confident wearing them because the quality is great. I also love that because the price point is so affordable, I can stock up and have different pairs to go with different looks. Anything that justifies more shopping when it comes to creating more stylish looks, I am more than okay with. 😉

Four Summer Pieces

Summer doesn’t mean only wearing t-shirts, shorts and sandals. Step up your summer fashion game with these four pieces that will keep your style fresh all season long.

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1. Denim Jacket

This is one of my favorite pieces to wear on a cool summer day or night. Layering makes your overall look so much richer, so if there is an opportunity to throw on a light denim jacket, I take full advantage. These jackets look great with shorts and add a rugged touch to your outfit. They should be fitted and accentuate the lines of your silhouette. You want to wear this piece like you would wear a button-down shirt: tapered at the waist and fitted in the shoulders. Don’t be afraid to stray away from the classic all denim jacket. I love playing with different colors, fabrics and styles like this Varsity-inspired one!

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2. Flat-Front Shorts

Ditch the cargo shorts and stock up on flat fronts. You hid your legs all winter long so it’s time to let them breath! Flat fronts are great because they’re relaxed yet slim, so you feel like you can move around in them. While cargo shorts look like you’re swimming in excessive amounts of fabric, flat fronts give you a neater appearance. They can look dressy when paired with a polo, button-down or even sports jacket, or look relaxed when paired with a tee or tank. My general rule for length? Your shorts should always hit above the knee. While I like them a little shorter (around mid-thigh), a seven or eight inch inseam should leave your shorts hitting at that above-knee sweet spot.

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3. Khaki Trench

A khaki trench is one of the most classic pieces of outwear that every man should own. It’s light enough to keep you cool during warm weather while also keeping you dry from the unpredictable rain that summer brings. A longer trench pairs beautifully with a suit, while a shorter one (that hits about mid-thigh) is great for a more business casual outfit. A khaki trench will never go out of style and will add a level of sophistication to your wardrobe.

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4. High-Top Sneakers

I recently began getting into high-top sneakers because they add dimension to an otherwise basic look. Sometimes I just want to throw on jeans and a tee, but adding high-tops to the outfit is an effortlessly cool way to switch up your shoe game. Make sure you choose a slim jean when wearing these sneakers so that you can create a clean, tailored cuff, and roll them two to three times to hit the perfect length on your shoes.

Hints of Spring

When the weather is changing, figuring out what to wear can be a challenge. I always say that comfort is just as important as putting together a stylish look. Below are four pieces that will keep you looking and feeling good before the warmer weather rolls in. 

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1. Layered Lightweight Sweater

Sometimes it’s impossible to decide whether or not a coat is needed in between seasons. Have no fear, your favorite lightweight sweater is here to save the day. I like to layer a crisp, button-up shirt underneath a sweater for a preppy feel. The best part? If you get too warm, you can remove the sweater and still present an elevated look with your collared shirt. Make a statement by choosing a sweater that has a pattern. I went for a throwback vibe with this argyle print. Just make sure that you wear a complimenting solid-color button-down underneath your sweater to ensure your outfit doesn’t become too busy.

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2. Mock Turtleneck

I’ll admit, turtlenecks were never my favorite because I often found them itchy, frumpy and uncomfortable. Then I discovered the mock turtleneck, a piece that has a shorter neck (so you don’t feel suffocated) and tighter fit. There isn’t as much fabric with this style which makes it ideal for tucking in to create a sleek silhouette. It’s a great choice for cooler days and if you get too chilly, throw a blazer on over this for a bolder look. The mock turtleneck brings an element of high fashion into your wardrobe which will definitely turn a few heads.

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3. Henley

If there are days when you have no idea what to wear, throw on a cotton Henley, dark denim, boots and sunglasses, and you will instantly look effortlessly cool. Everyone should have a small collection of Henleys. I sometimes even wear them on cool nights by the beach because they’re so comfortable. Henleys are fitted around the shoulders and arms, accentuating the parts of your body that you want to show. They also have buttons going down the neck that when warmer, can and should be unbuttoned to give you a more rugged feel.

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4. Khaki Jacket

One of the most useful layering pieces in between seasons is a khaki jacket. If you’re wondering what to wear underneath this jacket, the answer is anything and everything in your closet. Whether it’s a tee-shirt, Henley, sweater, or even tank top, this jacket will work to create any vibe you’re going for. The shearling collar is a great way to add a touch of insulation to your jacket to ensure you’re not too cold, but don’t worry, the khaki color still screams spring so its seasonally relevant. Once it officially becomes warmer, remove the shearling collar. If yours doesn’t detach, swap the jacket out for one with a regular collar.

Jacket Versatility  

The temperatures have officially dropped which means it’s time to layer on jackets for the next four to five months. I get bored wearing the same jacket everyday, so over the years my collection has grown (perhaps a little too much for my NYC apartment). There are so many looks you can achieve with different styles of jackets. Even a slightly lighter coat in your collection can be used if you are appropriately layered, so don’t be too quick to write off a favorite jacket of yours this season. Below are a few of my favorite styles that I recommend to spice up your wardrobe.

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1. Down Jacket

For the coldest days, a down jacket can really help keep you warm. They don’t have to be big and puffy to be warm. Many companies are now making them fashion-forward. Canada Goose is my go-to jacket when it’s super cold. I know, they’re pretty expensive, but if you invest in one, you really could keep it forever. I used mine maybe 65% of time in the winter. I love that their coats have different warmth levels. For example, their “extreme” style combats 25-degree weather and below. Many of the jackets also have drawcords that make the waist adjustable to accentuate your silhouette and come in a variety of colors and styles. Of course, there are plenty of other great brands out there like The North Face and Uniqlo. Give those a try too!

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2. Navy or Black Pea Coat

I love the look of a sleek pea coat. The double breasted design and big lapels provide an element of drama and elegance to your outfit. I like to wear the lapels up to protect myself even more from windy, cold weather. Pea coats are generally a shorter style, giving you a sports jacket look. It also makes you appear longer because it’s a  clean, tailored separation between your torso and legs, which isn’t always the case when wearing super long jackets. This coat can be worn over dress pants or chinos, and looks equally as dapper with a pair of light or dark denim. You know I I love a versatile piece! Layer the coat with your favorite scarf and you will achieve a dapper look that will keep you cozy and warm all winter long.

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3. Charcoal Topcoat

Topcoats are slightly lighter and a touch shorter than an overcoat. While both are worn over suits, and an overcoat may keep you warmer, topcoats are some of my favorite pieces for a preppy, layered outfit. Bundling up in a thick sweater layered over a button-down is a great look. Throw a topcoat on over your layers and you instantly have a luxurious, classic look. Charcoal is a color that goes with everything and, in my opinion, is such a classy color. I highly recommend getting this formal-style jacket in a light or dark shade of charcoal.

Bundle up this season in ways that compliment the rest of your outfit and don’t forget to factor in your outerwear when building out your looks. Stay warm out there! ❄️

The Chelsea Boot

*This post was sponsored by Zappos

Never underestimate the power of footwear, especially great boots. I just can’t live without them. Here’s why: Strong statement shoes add the finishing touch to your outfit, and trust me, that doesn’t go unnoticed. Boots add an elevated and seasonal feel to your outfit that, when done right, can pull your entire look together. They’re so multi-functional that you can wear them with denim, chinos or even full suits. You can tuck the pants in for a more rugged look or keep the pants over the boots for a dressier feel. Depending on the vibe of the outfit, there are so many ways to play with styling boots during the fall and winter months. You can get so many looks out of them!

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I've been wearing Steve Madden boots for years. Their lace-up combat boots (in both black and brown) are staples in my wardrobe because they are comfortable and versatile enough to wear with everything. Now I have a new Steve Madden style to add to my collection: the Chelsea boot. I ordered the boots from Zappos, which is always such an easy experience. Shipping is free and fast. Plus, if you are as indecisive as me, they have a 365-day return policy, which takes the pressure off of having to make decisions too quickly. The Chelsea boot is one of my favorite styles because it’s both casual and formal. They don’t have laces, and the sides are elastic, creating a sleek and modern silhouette. That’s why they pair perfectly with a slim style of pants. Remember: the fit matters. They shouldn’t be loose.

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When it comes to shoe brands that deliver solid quality at an affordable price point, Steve Madden is one I often refer to my fellas. They have a variety of fashion-forward fall styles that you can filter through on Zappos, based on your own personal style. They come in a variety of different fabrics (leathers, suedes, etc.), textures, and colors. Most importantly, they feel so comfortable when I'm running through New York City every day. I rarely sacrifice comfort for style, so it’s refreshing to see that a brand I've been wearing for years doesn’t change the impressive quality of their footwear. Take advantage of the cozy seasons and get those boots ready for months of styling!

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