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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 ūüôā 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!

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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


Gift Guide: For The Kiddos

My gift guide for the kiddos is here! – x Preston


Holiday Gift Guide: For Her

Cyber shopping is over and it’s time to get down to business with Holiday gifting! I’ll be bringing you guys gift edits all this week so watch this space for more. In the meantime, time for shop for the gals! x – Preston


Black Friday 2017: Some Things For Her

Black Friday ladies edition is here! Keep checking here as I’ll try to update as sales change, and then the big Cyber Monday posts coming in a few! x – Preston

Black Friday Deals 2017: Preston Approved Picks

It’s baaaaaack! My Black Friday gift guide is here…and better than ever! I’ve scoured the interwebs for the best deals on everything from sneakers to shavers and rounded up my best picks for you here. Stay tuned for the womens guide and Cyber Monday shops as well, HAPPY SHOPPING! X – Preston

Video Blog #2: Quick & Easy Hair Styling

A lot of you write me on social media with hair styling questions…so here we go! As a fashion stylist, I am constantly on set with some of the best hair stylists in the business when working on photoshoots. Over the years of watching these masters at work, and after countless hours chatting up my favorite barber (@jclarkwalker on instagram) I’ve honed in my personal hair styling skills and am happy to be able to share some hacks & tips with you guys…enjoy! (PS: I’ve also linked the products featured in the video below…be sure to stock up) x – Preston




3 Fall Trends You Can Wear Right Now

How To Shop For New Clothes in August (and what you should be buying)

For many of us, August means long Summer vacations, cool nights at the beach, and last minute vacation shares with your besties. In the fashion world, August means Fall is here and in full swing. While many retailers have adapted their product delivery schedules to make up for the fact that it’s still too damn hot for puffer coats, many continue to push the Autumn fashion deliveries to stores. What does this mean for us? I like to consider August as my Fall wish-list time frame…giving me a full month to digest what the big trends are, what the brands are pushing, and to start making note of the pieces I am going to invest in once the weather changes.

However with all of this yummy new product packing store shelves, I’m always dying to make a few purchases ahead immediately. If you are going to start shopping in stores during August, I’ve made a list below of a few things to be aware of:

  • Watch the Prices on Big Pieces: As excited as you are to get your hands on something new, keep in mind that the more expensive pieces you are seeing (leather jackets, puffer coats, chunky knits etc) will go on sale sooner rather than later as the Holiday deliveries usually deliver in mid October (which will typically bump down prices on Fall items).


  • Be Seasonally Smart: Make sure the pieces you are buying can actually be worn right away (aka stay away from heavy wools, down layers, chunky leathers, etc) Some of the biggest Fall trends are versatile enough to be worn right now, we’ll recap those in a minutes.


  • Don’t Jump Right Into Crazy Trends:¬†When shopping for early Fall pieces, don’t go too trendy too quickly. I always find that my style develops and changes once true Fall weather rolls around aka there may be a trend that I thought I would’t get into that I instantly become obsessed with, etc. Ease yourself into trends by playing with trendy accessories at first.

Now that we’ve gone over ¬†a few best practices, let’s get to the fun part. Below are some of the biggest trends for Fall and some pieces that you can wear right now to boost your August wardrobe and take you right into Autumn like a pro.