The Ugly Sneaker Trend

Wearing Ugly / Dad / 90’s / Chunky Sneakers Is A Thing

If you follow me on Instagram, it will be no surprise to you that I am not a fan of the ugly sneaker trend that is currently taking over social media and the fashion industry as a whole. Perhaps it’s because I’ve lived through this style moment during it’s incarnation in the 90’s (high school flashbacks anyone?) or maybe it’s because of the wild prices, but either way I can not justify playing with this whole ugly moment. As I’ve written to many of you, my whole theory on personal style is that it is just that, very personal. I hate seeing friends cave to trends and waste money in the process. Of course I support buying things that make you happy, but I’d much rather you guys invest in classics like a gorgeous chelsea boot, Gucci loafers (backless or classic), a killer Prada brogue, or handsome wingtips that you’ll have for a decade. That being said, I’ve been getting tons of messages on Instagram saying that you’d like to give this wacky-ass trend a shot and I figured if you are going to pull the trigger, I’d save your bank account a few bucks and save you a bit of embarrassment (cue looking back at your feed in 2020 wondering what the hell was I thinking?!) I’ve scoured the web and landed on 15 pairs of chunky sneakers that are under $200 and won’t have you looking like an extra in a bad Saved By The Bell episode. As always, feel free to drop me a comment or a DM on Instagram…happy shopping! x -Preston

 

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Now Trending: Mens Jewelry – The Best Under $50

Mens Jewelry – Yes, It’s Happening (And You Don’t Need To Blow The Bank)

If I had a dollar for each message I have received on Instagram about where to find gold necklaces like the ones I wear everyday, I would be a pretty happy guy. You guys know I love to spill the secrets about where I shop for my favorite accessories, but unfortunately I find myself sending the same message 10 times a day..’sorry they’re vintage!’. I believe the best and most meaningful jewelry is the stuff you collect along your travels. My collection comes from all over the place…gifts from friends, flea market finds, high street shops, vintage dealers, you get the drill. To make things a bit easier for you guys, I’ve scoured the web for some nearly identical pieces to the ones I wear and found the best pieces for UNDER $50 bucks. With Spring & Summer right around the corner, it’s time to loosen the collars and show off your man-bling…without breaking the bank. Before you jump into the man bling game, a few things to remember: 1) try not to mix too many metals 2) keep the chains THIN and the charms SMALL (anything too big is entering Sopranos territory) and 3) play with layering and lengths. Happy shopping, guys. x- Preston

 

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The Berkshires: A Weekend Stay At 33 Main

33 Main: A Picture Perfect Escape From Manhattan

Having never been to The Berkshires, the thought of a cozy weekend in Lenox, Massachusetts’ newest (and most perfectly designed) Inn 33Main was more than enough for Matt & I to hop in the car drive North. With navigation fired up, Venti coffees in the console, and our puppy Brody in our laps, we were pleasantly shocked to arrive in Lenox in under three hours from departing the concrete jungle (I never knew The Berkshires were so close to NYC!) A gentle snowfall welcomed us to Lenox, a picturesque New England town… frozen in time yet perfectly modernized. Sat squarely in the center of town (literally across the street from every boutique and restaurant your heart desires) was our home away from home, 33Main.

Upon checking in, we instantly fell in love. Don’t expect to roll your luggage up to a reception desk…instead you’ll be greeted by one of the friendly staff members who will give you the grand tour of the house, and treat you to some of the craziest warm chocolate chip cookies you’ll ever eat. What was formerly a grand private home in the 1800s has been painstakingly converted into a luxury inn…imagine the intimacy and charm of a bed & breakfast with all of the modern luxuries of a 5 star hotel.

**Design note: I’m a sucker for a good sisal rug / wallpaper combo and absolutely love how Annie Selke chose this chocolate sisal runner to climb the grand staircase as a compliment the Ralph Lauren wallpaper in the foyer. **

After our tour of the inn, we were whisked up the sisal lined staircase to our corner room. Flooded with light (all of the rooms are perfectly lit for instagram btw) where we were immediately struck by the interior design. Given that the entire place was appointed with the effortlessly luxe designs of Annie Selke, we were not surprised in the least. (Think airy grasscloth wallpaper, amazing textured linens, silky pillows, and chunky throw blankets, and the most insanely plush robe you can imagine…no joke on the robe situation).

(Scrambles to take notes in iphone on how to painstakingly recreate this luxe pillow combo back in NYC lol)

After taking a minute to throw down our bags (aka lay down in the plush bedding and watch half of a law & order SVU episode on the yummy flatscreen TV) and surprise Brody with the adorable organic dog treats left in the room, it was time for an outfit change to explore the rest of Main Street.

On the way out, the staff took a minute to go over the must-do restaurants and coffee shops in town and sent us on our way (our favorite restaurant in town was called NUDL, btw). After falling immediately in love with the interior design of 33Main, our first stop of the day was the Annie Selke store across the street to see if there were any must-have pieces for our own home.

If you’re a texture maniac like myself, be prepared to be a bit overloaded upon walking into the Annie Selke shop on Main street…so…much…good…stuff. Filled with everything from window treatments and runner rugs to pillows and hand soaps, this shop is a must see spot in Lenox. Matt & I cruised around the store, recognizing some of the standout pieces used in 33Main and ended up grabbing a killer moroccan style runner rug and the most incredible linen bathrobe (I told you the robe situation was out of control lol).

We took the rest of the day to explore Lenox and hit up some a few cute coffee shops and boutiques before heading back to the inn to get ready for dinner. Immediately after walking through the door we were surprised with a great cheese and wine spread in the lounge, complete with a roaring fireplace, compliments of the inn – can anyone say cozy overload?!

After some more robe time in the room, we headed out to dinner at NUDL (prounounced like noodle…there’s been a much welcomed mini hipsterization to the Berkshires in recent years…festive spelling for the win!) and slept like babies that night.

On Sunday we were graced with a bit more sun and slightly warmer temperatures so it was off to explore the neighboring village of Great Barrington. Just a short drive away, Great Barrington is like the big brother of Lenox. A few more restaurants and shops (slightly more crowded, too) line the Main street and it is the perfect spot for lunch and more shopping…we nibbled at a laid back pub called The Well.

Sadly all good things must come to and end and we were forced to head back to reality later that night. I can’t thank 33Main enough for such a wonderful first trip to the Berkshires – they made our stay not only comfortable and fun, but luxurious and relaxing at the same time…a hard feat to accomplish at almost any property. For those of you looking for the perfect anti-Hamptons getaway from New York City, you must swing up to the Berkshires and checkout 33Main, tell them Preston sent you 🙂 x

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How To Maintain Your Beard

Video Tutorial: How To Trim & Maintain A Great Beard

I’ve been getting tons of questions on Instagram about how I take care of my beard. There’s no better way to to hook you guys up with the routine than to show it to you! Checkout the steps I take to maintain and trim my beard, and shop the products I use below. Happy grooming!

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The Double Breasted Suit You Can Afford

Double Breasted Suit: How To Style It

The double breasted suit has made its’ way out of the 80’s and into the twenty-teens with slim fits and killer prices. This one from H&M is one of my recent fav purchases. I like to keep things simple and classic by styling it with a tassel loafer and slim sweater (in a festive pattern, of course). Try and keep things monochromatic by layering it with a tonal sweater and black loafers.

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The Oxford Shirt: The Key To Keeping It Classic

The Oxford Shirt: Stock Up

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I’ve been spending a lot of time in Los Angeles for work (and may secretly escaping the negative temps in NYC). Figuring out my West coast wardrobe was a bit tricky. As much as I want to wear rock and roll tee shirts and fringe jackets, I’ve decided it’s best to stick with what I know best, simple and cool. Warm days and cool nights call for smart layers and breathable fabrics and with LA being the capitol of denim culture, I mostly stick to a trusty pair of jeans and a classic oxford shirt. Paired back to an elevated loafer or slipper, I find this look to not only be perfect for the warm breezes but great for lunch meetings and networking sessions as well. Whether you live out West or are escaping the chill for a warm weather vaca, a simple yet playful look like this won’t let you down.

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Skincare: My Current Routine

A LOT of you (and I mean a lot!) have been writing me on Instagram with questions about my skincare routine. I try to share products on stories as I discover them but I’ve decided it’s time to put everything in one place for you guys. Consider this your one stop shop for all things skincare…from morning, to evening, to self-tanning & moisturizing. While I’m always on the hunt for new and exciting mens skincare products, these are the items I’m using right now to keep things moisturized, wrinkle-free, and smooth.

AT THE END OF EACH ROUTINE, CLICK ON THE PRODUCTS TO SHOP

STEP 1: WASH THAT FACE: Washing your face is as important as what products to use to moisturize and tone it. I save the heavy duty washing for the evenings and use a gentle and simple cleanser in the mornings. This gel from Mario Badescu is not only insanely affordable but super gentle for the morning to prep your skin for the next steps.

STEP #2: SERUM, SERUM, SERUM: One of the most overlooked steps in the mens skincare routine is using a serum. Using a serum under your moisturizer will not only lock in moisture but will prep your face for the brutal cold and or city toxins you’re about to head into. After washing your face, a few drop of this Kiehl’s Powerful Line Reducing Concentrate will give your skin a fresh, youthful glow while working on diminishing those fine lines & wrinkles.

STEP #3: MOISTURIZE & BLOCK THE SUN: A few pumps of this bad boy will keep your moisturized for the day without any greasiness or shine. What’s amazing about this product from Dermologica is that it contains one of the highest SPFs you can find (SPF 50!) without any nasty sunscreen smell or texture. This is super light and soaks right into your skin, I love the packaging for the gym, travel, etc.

SHOP MY MORNING ROUTINE:

STEP #1: WASH OFF THE DAY: I am obsessed with this cleanser. The foaming action is powerful and effective without being overly stripping or harsh. The scent is subtle and pleasant and really does the job prepping my skin for the rest of my evening routine. Make sure your evening cleanser is powerful on removing dirt and clearing pores yet gentle on skin (this does all of those things).

STEP #2: SERUM, SERUM, SERUM: This shit is magic in a bottle. A few drops of this pressed into freshly cleansed skin will make you look like you’ve slept for 20 hours, enough said. I also love using a few drop of this when flying to prevent my skin from looking tired & dehydrated.

STEP #3: MOISTURIZE: This moisturizer from Kiehl’s has really done wonders for my skin, especially in these cooler months. Not only does it do some heavy lifting overnight by locking in moisture but it’s specially formulated to work on preventing deep lines and wrinkles in mens skin types.

STEP #3: EYE TIME: Eye cream is often a forgotten step in mens evening skincare. I use my ring finger to apply a thin layer of this under and around my eyes at night to prevent deepening crows feet lines as well as puffy dark circles. I really love this product.

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TANNING MY FACE: If you follow me on instagram, you know I like to maintain a healthy glow. These drops from Tan Luxe allow me to customize a subtle self tan and prevent any orange streaks or blotches and are freaking genius. Add as many drops as you like (usually around 3-5 based on how dark you want to get) to your daily moisturizer to develop a healthy, real-looking tan.

TANNING MY BODY: These drops work the same way as the face drops. Put as many drops as you like (usually 4-6) into your daily body moisturizer to develop an amazing, real-looking self tan. I’m deep into this product right now.

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Preston’s Picks: December 2017

Things I’m Obsessed With Right Now: Video Edition

With the end of the year rapidly approaching, I wanted to share a few things that I can’t live without these days! Included in this roundup are the facial products I’ve been using (yes for all of you sending me DMs on Instagram!) Let me know what you guys think about this video series, planning on doing more of these. Watch away!

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New Years Eve Style

New Years Eve 2018: Let’s Do This (BYE 2017 lol)

Christmas & the Holidays have come and gone and it’s time to start thinking about your killer New Years Eve look. With 2017 coming through like a bull in a china shop (political arguments on Facebook, anyone?!) it’s time to ring in the New Year in style. To help you guys break down how to build your look, I’ve linked the different outfit components below…remember, when in doubt, keep things simple and chic with a clean tuxedo jacket and a crisp white shirt. For the more daring, I have some amazing printed / novelty pieces below that could be fantastic for a festive New Years soiree. I typically don’t like to spend a lot of dough on my New Years Eve look so the pieces below are steals. Let’s do this, 2018!

 

MUST HAVE PIECE #1: AN AMAZING BLAZER

MUST HAVE PIECE #2: A CRISP, CLEAN SHIRT OR SWEATER

MUST HAVE PIECE #3: A GREAT SLIM TROUSER OR JEAN

MUST HAVE PIECE #4: KILLER SHOES & ACCESSORIES

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Gift Guide: It’s Here! My Ultimate Guys Picks

The gift guide that you all have been waiting for is finally here! Check out my round-up of the best gifts for the guys below. This took me forever…I really wanted to make sure each and every piece was either something that I already own or would buy for myself. Like always, I’ve rounded up gifts across all price points & categories. Have FUN and Happy Holidays! x – Preston

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