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*




Ah, nothing beats a beach getaway! With the weather in New York rollercoastering between cold and warm, sunny and rain, a trip down South was a necessity last weekend. Friend and fellow blogger, Everett Williams and I partnered with one of Thompson Hotels newest properties - Thompson Playa Del Carmen - just in time to escape another full weekend of thunderstorms and chill in NYC.

At no surprise, as soon as we stepped foot onto the property, there was an instant scramble to attempt to reschedule our flights for a later date and extend our stay! With amenities like a rooftop covered by an infinity pool, multiple bars, lounge beds, a DJ [which by the way had the BEST music blasting all day!], and some of the friendliest staff who welcomed us each day, we knew we were in for a great three days. No need for too many words here. Just a short guide below and plenty of images to convince you to start booking those flights to Playa Del Carmen, Mexico! 

If you like these types of travel posts, then make sure you're following along with all my travels over on my Instagram [@trendstyled] using the hashtag - #WheredSaulGo! Happy travels!

TO SLEEP

TO EAT/DRINK
Catch • With some of the freshest fish just feet away, it just made sense for the hotel to open the NYC based restaurant on its' rooftop overlooking the ocean and all of Playa Del Carmen. We were treated like kings and let our host choose most of what we ate. With small plate appetizers, we were able to sample some of the best dishes. Truffle sashimi, grilled octopus, wagyu short rib tacos [my favorite] is what we started with which was just the opening act. For our entree, we all shared a crispy whole "catch" of the day... an entire fish fried and presented before being filleted for us. We of course went  for the truffle fries as a side. Dinner isn't complete without dessert which at first we said, "We couldn't possibly!" Turns out... We could once they surprised us with the "Hit Me" chocolate cake. Basically a tower of chocolate cake, brownie, and liquid 'Klondike' bar that melts over the top as soon as you hit it with a spoon. I'm getting hungry again just typing this! 

Cinco • The other rooftop restaurant where we spent most of our breakfasts, lunches, and pre-dinner cocktail hours. Just check out the super fresh oysters in the image below for a glimpse of the beach appropriate menu.

Thompson Beach House • Located just about two blocks away on the beach, this small pool oasis has a relaxing vibe with large daybeds and a smaller, private pool. The DJ starts around noon so get a spot early and drink up. We had the Rosemary and Julio cocktail and the Jarrito Mezcal cocktail [both pictured below]... it may have only been ten in the morning but the sun was shining and our cocktail waitress reassured us that we deserved it! We also ordered the avocado toast [of course] which may have been the best I've ever [yes, EVER] had. 

TO SHOP
Just walk down to the ground level for a wide range of shops. Everything from a H&M to a Calvin Klein store is offered on the first level of the Thompson complex. If you're looking for some authentic gifts, souvenirs, and handmade crafts, just walk up and down the main strip which is located right in front of the hotel. 























Mornings aren't as terrible as most of us dread. As long as you start the day right, the rest of the day will go off without a hitch. I've been breakfast sandwich obsessed as of late and have made it my mission to hit up as many breakfast spots around NYC... Sometimes even for dinner. This morning I went to a fun Chelsea restaurant called bec - short for bacon, egg, cheese. Without a doubt one of my favorite morning charge up cafes that I'll be stopping by on the daily!

I'm keeping it pretty casual today in my new Rockport truStride Sneakers... the perfect kicks for my most active days. Constructed with lightweight materials, shock-absorbing cushioning, and the seasons must have suede details. The punch of ketchup red is just a little extra somethin to get you through your day but these guys come in a huge range of spring appropriate colors so check them all out.

A huge bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich - and a large iced coffee, of course! - and I'm charged for my day. I'll be playing hooky most of the day since the sun has peaked out of the clouds... A picnic by the water, a bike-ride along the hudson, and a patio dinner [finally!] is on the schedule. Hump day doesn't get better than that!


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*This post done in collaboration with and sponsored by Rockport | All words and opinions are my own*








Now that the temps are on the rise, the days just seem to get busier and busier. I always find myself packing my days trekking from lunch meetings to coffee breaks to events without having the chance to stop, so this week I'm putting a little more time into avoiding the subways and enjoying the city and this weather. While there's no avoiding the non-stop trek in a city of walkers, there are some simple steps I like to follow to make the days a little more enjoyable and comfortable. 

First, it's all about the footwear. They don't call New York City the 'Concrete Jungle' for no reason so on busy days finding balance in style and comfort is key. I've been a fan of Rockport since first discovering them last season, so I was super excited to partner with the brand again to share some of my go-to styles for spring. These Harbor Point Slip Ons were my shoe of choice today. Made with Adiprene technology which is shock absorbent and a conforming footbed that molds to your feet, these guys easily gets my through my long days comfortably. Just as important though, all without losing any style points. Suede kicks are a huge trend that you just can't miss out on this spring so, for me, these were a no-brainer!

I planned my day to get the maximum amount of outside time as possible. While coffee is always a must, one of my favorite spots in the city is Oste Cafe in the East Village. Without a doubt some of the coolest tiled floors in the city [as you can see above] which helps make for some fun Insta posts. I had to peel myself from the beautiful marbled tables and head out for a day of meetings - which is always hard. Since most of my day is spent on the West Side, I always utilize the High-line while walking. You easily forget that you're in the middle of the hustle and bustle that is NYC so it's nice to have a little calm between meetings. Plus, there's some of the coolest architecture that's always nice to dream about owning along the way. After a quick lunch meeting - my go to lunch is any salad with seared tuna... so damn yummy! - I made my way through the Meatpacking District for a few quick meetings through some of my favorite cobble stoned streets. 

Finding comfort is always key but the route you take helps to make it all that much more enjoyable. I couldn't imagine living in any other city at the moment. With so much to see and do, having it all so accessible by just walking really does help to appreciate a good pair of shoes. Make sure you check back tomorrow for part two of my day with Rockport shoes.


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*This post done in collaboration with and sponsored by Rockport || All words and opinions are my own*


Just about a borderline bag horder, I've been on the prowl for the perfect travel baggage for this summers adventures. With a style that's clean and minimalistic, I knew my go-to brand to check out would be Uri Minkoff. With leather accessories like backpack, duffles, and wallets, the brand is a no-brainer when trying to stay stylish while traveling and since I have an all black kinda travel style, this Pebbled Bondi Backpack instantly caught my eye. It's the perfect size for my laptop, a few magazines, snacks, and my less than attractive travel neck pillow. I'll be sporting this guy all season long but make sure you check out the entire Uri Minkoff collections to get into some of your own!






Spring is in full bloom here in New York City... Temperatures are rising, people are a little more chipper, the streets are filled with flower-lined trees, and there's no reason to wait until Wednesday's to wear pink! This crewneck piece from Tommy Hilfiger put some much needed pep in my step to start off a busy week. Adding a bit of color to a darker hued closet can be hard but by investing in great punches of pieces like this one helps guide your style to the lighter shade for the warmer seasons.  

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With summer just around the corner [hopefully!] there's no better time to get back into those fitness routines and into some new fitness gear. There's no better motivation than feeling good about looking good so when it comes down to investing in some athletic-wear, I don't mind spending a little extra dough on some more stylish workout clothes. I just discovered this new brand, Masterclass Apparel, that I've been sporting these last few weeks as I train to be beach body ready for an upcoming campaign booked down in Mexico - stay tuned for that! 

Made up of some insanely cool fitness pieces like shorts, tees, compression tights, Masterclass Apparel does it all with a little extra edge to keep your style game up as you sweat. I've been obsessed with these camo-printed tank and shorts that are technically enhanced with moisture-wicking and antibacterial materials to keep you fresh and dry. I'm not going to lie, I really put these pieces to the test while shooting these images... Not to mention discovered I wasn't as in shape as I thought I was on the cardio side. All in a days work though! Check out the full collection of pieces offered over at Masterclass Apparel and get back on those New Years resolution routines.