There's nothing better than getting full stride into summer... iced coffee breaks, playing hooky from work, and getting into some casual, warmer day trends. You can never go wrong with some nautical stripes during the spring and summer so I've always made sure to stay stocked in the season's go-to trend. No matter what the occasion, it's basically impossible to avoid the trend especially during this holiday weekend. It's the best way to get into the patriotic moods.

I'll be sticking around the city this holiday weekend which I'm actually excited about because NYC is basically deserted for the 4th of July... except for the crowds that flock to see the fireworks. I'll be chillin park-side [most like with an iced coffee in hand] and getting some much needed rest before the craziness that is Men's Fashion Week starts. I'll be recapping all of my favorite shows, parties, and moments during the busy week so make sure to check back for that later. 

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Damn, I forgot how hot it was in Miami! I've been here this week visiting some properties and have been sweating like crazy, so I'm thankful for the ocean breeze and poolside, piña coladas! It's just about impossible to beat the heat while visiting any tropical location but not completely... I'm always an advocate for linen when traveling to beach destinations. The lightweight goods breathe so easily and are right on trend with any beachside parties. 

Casual doesn't have to be completely dressed down though. Piling on some quality accessories easily helps to transform a laid-back outfit into a night out on the town. My friends over at the W South Beach gifted me these insanely cool shades when I checked into the property. They are a collaboration that the Miami location did with Garrett Leight California Opticals and are easily my new favorite specs. The showstopper is this Omega Seamaster timepiece though. Without a doubt a huge investment but will easily transform your style into a more refined look.

I'm just about to head back to NYC, but I have a couple huge announcements coming up including one HUGE campaign I'm doing shortly after men's week in July... Stay tuned! 

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Summer style is all about dressing down, getting comfortable, and enjoying the warm weather that seemed like a lifetime to wait for. I'm finally fighting off the darker hues and going for a much lighter tone... Which came just in time for last week's beach escape.

If you're following on Insta [@trendstyled], then you definitely caught my latest trip out of the city to the newly renovated Gurney's property in Montauk. If you've been out to Montauk before, then you know just how much fun it is but going mid-week is more of my kinda attitude. It's a lot more laid back, less crowded, and less pressure to drink til you drop. The pressure of style is still a big focus though.

Like any other beach spot, the colors stay on the lighter hues of browns, whites, and grays while the pattern of the locale is a no brainer - nautical stripes! I love any moment I get a chance to wear white denim but these wheat selvedge jeans from J. Crew are some of my summer favorites. No matter the beach occasion, they're the perfect base to start any outfit. Not to mention the perfect, almost white, introduction to lighter shades of jeans most guys are scared to sport. I paired them up with some not so basic slip-ons from Vince Camuto... who doesn't love a good tassel?! 😁

While this trip was short-lived, it's only the first beach escape of many. I'll be heading South - South Beach to be exact - for a fun project with the W South Beach tomorrow so make sure you're following along over on Instagram and the Snap for all the latest! 

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So if you've ever experienced Governors Ball here in NYC, you know exactly how I'm feeling right now. Mondays are always hard to get back into the swing of things but after a couple days spent running between stages, eating one too many corndogs, maybe a couple too many cocktails, and all while screaming and laughing with friends, the struggle is real! If you were following all weekend on Instagram or Snapchat [both: @trendstyled] then you've probably already seen first hand at just how much fun I had partnering with Kettle Brand to attend the festival. 

Even though the third day was cancelled [apparently due to sunshine and some of the best weather we've had all spring], I still got to see some of my favorites like Haim, The Killers, The Knocks, and one of my all time favorites, Purity Ring... which without a doubt, was the best show of the weekend! If you spotted me during the festival then you probably caught me with at least one bag of Kettle Brand Chips in my hands, so I can't thank the team enough for keeping my hangry at bay... I can still smell the Hawaiian BBQ on my hands and I'm not mad one bit! 

Special shout out to French Connection for dressing me from head to toe for the entire weekend! Click through some of the links below to shop some of my festival looks plus some extras I'll be living in all summer long.

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With the official kick off to summer – Memorial Day – now behind us, it’s finally time to look forward to Summer Fridays, rooftop cocktails, and, of course, festival season! It’s always such a blast spending a few days outside listening to some of the years hottest artists so I was super pumped when Kettle Brand invited me out to this years Governors Ball. With some of my current music favorites like Galantis, Years & Years, Betty Who, and M83, just to name a few, I’m full on into preparation mode for the weekends lineup.

There’s only a few style necessities when preparing for a weekend of fun in the sun… 

FOR THE WRIST
A great wrist party is essential so stack on the coolest bracelets you can find!
Shown: Sauras Co. Vintage Beaded Bracelets + Gov Ball Admission Wristband

FOR THE EYES
Reflective shades are the trend, so go big, bright, and bold!

FOR THE EXTRAS ESSENTIALS
You always want to be prepared for the inevitable… your phone running low on battery, and getting a bit smelly in the sun, so don’t forget a good charger and a quick deodorant refresh.

FOR THE STOMACH
No one wants to get hangry so… snack, snack, snack!
Thanks to Kettle Brand I’ll be a happy camper all weekend long!



Pool season is finally here and the timing couldn't be better! We've all survived the colder months, endless amounts of spring showers, and now we get to start to soak up some much needed sun. We all look better with a nice tan but now, with the help from my friends at Retromarine, we can all look a little more stylish while taking that dip in the pool too. With endless amounts of 'Spanish' inspired and geometric patterns and solid colors, it's hard to choose just one pair. I went for these Sevilla trunks in the mid-thigh length. Each has the option for a shorter style like mine, or just above the knee for those taller guys. Pretty cool, huh?! Now excuse me while I spend the next three months in the pool!

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These spring showers are still coming strong and with most of my day being spent outside trekking between meetings, I've got to be prepared. A good raincoat is just about as important as brushing my teeth when starting the day. This Genéve Jacket from SWIMS is not only water and wind proof, it's also super stylish that'll have me covered for whatever the day brings. Paired down with some of the most comfortable loafers I've been in - also by SWIMS - that are made with technology that is used in running sneakers, and I was set for the days showers. Now if only I could find some waterproof denim!

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Your wardrobe isn't the only thing that needs a refresh every season. When it comes to your space, your home is easily a reflection of your style, mood, and esthetic. There's no need for a complete overhaul though. By just making small tweaks here and there, your home style game can easily be just as on point as your outfit of the day!

This season, I partnered with my friends at Minted to jump start the season's home refresh. If you haven't heard of the online retailer, it is a super affordable spot to discover new artists and purchase some killer art and home decor. Being in a bit of a Texas kind of mood as of late, I went for some modern interpretations of images that remind me of being back home. 

The longhorn image, named Staredown, was a no brainer since it's always the first thing people ask when I tell them I'm from Texas... No, there aren't longhorns and cows in my backyard! 😒 Cacti however, are everywhere in Texas and being a bit succulent obsessed [but can never manage to keep any plant alive], I loved the Blue Cactus print photographed in the desert. The frame is even made of old barn wood - Minted lets you choose your own frame design too! - which is a very Texas kind of accent. Seeing as I am living in NYC, I needed a cool print to round out the wall to make it look more like an art installation and not just scenes from Texas. The graphic blue print, called Cera No 1 by Megan Wells, is one of those prints that can be interpreted a million different ways. For me though, it reminded me of the ripples in the lakes that I grew up going to all summer with my family. Your prints and artwork on your walls don't just have to look cool... It's finding your inspiration [like your home-state] and interpreting it in a way that reminds you of that person, place, or thing. That's what gives your home style some purpose behind it. 

When it comes to my bedding, I'm usually an all white minimalist kind of guy. So for this refresh, my friends at Lacoste Home sent over a bit of color to help get me out of my basics mood. Cool geometric designs, clean lines, and some cool hues of gray and blue only help to compliment the art on the walls. Don't skimp with budget bedding... It's where you spend a large part of your day so treat yourself! A full list of what I'm currently sleeping in is listed below. 

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*This post done in collaboration with Minted and Lacoste Home | All words and opinions are my own*