Archive for August, 2016

Fall Home Updates: Because It’s Too Hot Fo...

Fall Home Updates: How To Transition Your Crib From Summer To Fall

(because it’s too damn hot to start wearing Fall clothes)

by Preston Konrad

Fall 2016 Home Design Updates

Courtesy of CB2

It happens every year. August rolls around and our favorite stores are pushing Fall harder than I remember. At first, I’m pumped. My favorite shops are stocked to the brim with fresh patterns and textures. The ravaged Summer clearance sections have been shoved to the back right corner of the store and all that remains on them is a few sad, tropical button down shirts that look so sad you can’t imagine how you bought them in the first place.

The thought of some new, darker hued threads gets me all worked up (as does the thought of any new wardrobe purchases). Having worked in the fashion business for over 12 years, I’m aware of the tricks retailers use to get consumers to buy new clothes in August and to clear out the Spring/Summer goods. I should be immune to the ploys but somehow, I’m powerless. In under 5 minutes I have an armful of sweaters, jeans and new woven shirts and I find myself in the cue for the changing rooms. I begin peeling off my shorts & tee shirt (which let’s be honest…at this point, are drenched with city sweat from the walk to the store) and am determined to make my first fall purchase.  I finally get into the changing room and everything goes to shit. The fancy new jeans won’t even slide over my swollen and sweaty gams. The fresh, Fall plaid shirt is sticking to my belly. A bead of sweat drips down my face and onto the crewneck sweater I coveted not 5 minutes ago. What the hell am I doing in here?! It’s 101 degrees outside and it’s not cooling down anytime soon. I’m over it. I have to leave immediately. I kindly give everything back to the changing room attendant and I’m out the door. Having realized that it’s just too damn hot to be wearing Fall clothes, I’ve decided to shift my attention to my apartment. If anything is going to get an early dose of Fall, it sure as hell won’t be me (I mean I JUST got my Summer body like a week ago). If you find yourself in the same boat as me, rest assured… giving your apartment a mid-August upgrade will be easy on the wallet and will give you the perfect dose of Fall while keeping you cool, calm & collected. Check out my top 5 trends interior design for Pre-Fall 2016 and give your place a little TLC.


  • Marble Accents: The marble trend kicked off in 2015 and is not going anywhere anytime soon. Adding a touch of this luxe material to your crib is super easy…from marble coffee tables to desk objects. I’ve found a few pieces that actually have some killer shades of rose gold incorporated into the design..shop them, here:

  •  Statement Bathroom Mirrors: Often the bathroom gets overlooked when giving you place a mini makeover. Give your bathroom an easy fall upgrade by mixing up your mirror game. Look for new shapes like circular, uneven edges, rustic wood or color. If you are replacing a vanity that has storage, look for cool woven baskets to store all of your stuff.

  • Mixed Materials for Your Kitchen: I’ve always been a big fan of mixing materials in kitchen spaces and am so happy this trend is sticking in 2016. The clean, all white kitchen trend is slowly becoming more eclectic and personal. Think about layering in small Persian rugs, rustic wooden bowls, found objects & cool art.

  • Tech-Free Living Rooms: Our lives are being run by technology. There’s no turning back. In 2016 we’ve seen a trend towards hiding or eliminating tech from your living room space in an an overall push for serenity and quality family time. Try to eliminate as much tech from your living room as possible and if you just can’t give everything up, we’ve rounded up some of the best discrete technology and that will blend into your space seamlessly as well as some classic living room favorites.

CHEMEX: How To Brew The Best Tasting (& Mos...

CHEMEX: How To Brew The Best Tasting (& Most Insta-Worthy Coffee)

by Stephen Lloyd / @Stephen_Lloyd

Chemex Set-Up

I’m sure we all can agree that coffee is an necessity for every morning. As much as I love the convenience of going to a coffee shop in the morning… It’s essential to have a coffee maker at home for the long mornings when I don’t feel like getting out and about (and especially when I feel like taking a day to binge watch Netflix…Please no Stranger Things spoilers please!). My at home solution is Chemex, a rad home brewing method with its classic vintage style, thick filters, and potential for brewing large batches of good coffee. Did I mention it’s photogenic too? It’s a no brainer why I choose to use the Chemex when I’m at home. Sure, it might take a bit longer than a traditional coffee brewer but trust me, the manual brewing makes it worth while.  I’ve come up with a few simple steps for you guys to brew up your own batch of coffee at home with Chemex:

What You’ll Need:

  •  Chemex
  •  Pouring Kettle
  •  Gram scale
  •  Filters
  •  Coffee beans
  •  Coffee grinder (preferably burr grinder)
  • GET YOUR GEAR, BELOW:


What You’ll Be Making:

  • Strong – 50–60g of coffee // 600-700g of water // 4:00min brew
  • Light – 33g of coffee // 525g of water // 5:00min brew
  • 41g of coffee // 621g of water // 4:09min brew

Okay, Let’s Do This: 

1)    Unfold the Chemex filter, making it into a cone, and place it on of the Chemex, making sure that the 3-ply side is facing the spout—this will allow air to escape during brewing process.

2)    Rinse and preheat the filter & Chemex with hot water. This will remove any papery flavors imparted by the filter. Once the filter is completely saturated with hot water, carefully dispose of the rinse water.

3)    Place the Chemex and well rinsed filter onto a scale. Tare the scale to zero.

4)    Weigh out the correct amount of coffee and grind it slightly coarser than average pour over (think the consistency of sand).

Ground Coffee In Chemex Filter

5)    Place ground coffee in the pre-rinsed filter. Gently tap the side of the Chemex to level the brew bed. Place the Chemex onto the scale and tare the scale to zero.

6)    Use the water to completely saturate the grounds and allow the coffee to bloom for about 0:30-0:45seconds. (if you put 41g of coffee grounds put approx. 41g of water for the bloom).

Pour-over coffee with Chemex

7)    After 0:30-0:45 seconds, continue adding water until the scale reads the correct weight for the batch size. Pour in a slow steady stream in counter clockwise circles, avoiding the sides of the Chemex and pouring in the middle. You may need to stop pouring momentarily to allow some of the water to drain through the filter before adding more water. This step should take between 1–2:30 minutes or until the timer reads 2:00–3:30.

Morning Coffee Photo

8)    Let drip, remove filter & sip

 * The total brew time should last between 4–5minutes. *

Instagram Coffee Photo With Chemex

Coffee Cup Instagram Picture         Photos by @Stephen_Lloyd

Palm Tree Prints: Use Them Or Lose Them

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mens summer haircuts on preston konradThe arrival of steamy August days always gets us a bit jammed up. The temps are hotter than they have been all Summer, yet in the fashion world (and in most of the stores), Fall is already here. We’re not jumping the gun and opting for anything too heavy, but it is time to slowly start thinking about retiring certain pieces of the wardrobe until next Summer. The palm print shirt is one of those pieces. We would say you have a good two weeks left to crank out the playful palm print looks and then it’s time to swap them out for micro prints and cooler tones (while staying weather appropriate). If you’re going to give your palms and florals a few more runs, opt for a distressed jean and classic skate slip-on to keep the look more West coast and less Robin Williams circa ‘The Birdcage’.

(As it’s really time to start winding down the wacky prints, this shirt has gone on sale and is no longer available…similar and final remaining affordable ones below!)

SHOP THE LOOK, HERE:

Summer Weekday Style

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Killer Summer weekday style means getting the most mileage out of your wardrobe staples. Since we’re not layering with sweaters, shirting, blazers, festive socks, boots, etc…it’s important to make the pieces you ARE wearing, count. Make sure your white shirts are crisp, your ties are colorful, your pants are slim (yet slightly stretchy), and your shoes are conversation worthy. A simple croc or faux-croc belt will make elevate your look and be sure to wear your most classic watch on the regular.

SHOP THE LOOK, HERE: