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A Summertime Saratoga Escape

Summer at The Saratoga Races

With The New York Racing Association

 

Manhattanatites say that one of the best things about New York City is being able to leave it. The phrase most certainly rings true in the dog days of Summer when the city streets are steaming and the temps are rising. I try to plan some Summer escapes from the city here and there but to be honest, Summer is the busiest time of year for me when it comes to my business – and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

 

As fun as weeks in the Hamptons and hideaways on Fire Island sound, my Summer is all about keeping the city hustle alive while picking the absolute best destinations to visit on the weekends. This past month Matt and I were invited up to Saratoga by our friends at NYRA (New York Racing Association) for just that, a quick yet magical escape from Manhattan.

With our outfits packed and podcasts on cue, we jumped in the car on a steamy Friday afternoon to escape the city heat – Saratoga bound! Not only was the trip one of the most picturesque jaunts we’ve taken in a while, but one of the easiest! In a quick 3 hours we found ourselves transported back in time to the splendor of yesterday in charming Saratoga, New York.

 

Upon checking into the hotel we spent the evening enjoying some live music outdoors, some shopping along main street, and of course a fantastic meal downtown (the restaurant options are beyond amazing) all before catching some rest for a Saturday at the races!

When we arrived to the track, everything was just as I had imaged but only more instagram worthy! Lush greenery was sprinkled with touches of red & white (signature Saratoga colors) across the grounds and carefully preserved details surround the track while totally modern amenities & entertainment are endless. While we were just the two of us taking in the sights, I couldn’t stop thinking how Saratoga is perfect for just about anyone from families to fraternities to friends…just snag a picnic table, grab a drink and you’re on your way to the perfect weekend in the sun.

After soaking in a tour of the grounds we were whisked off to the all new 1863 Club – the most state of the art and luxurious trackside experience at Saratoga. This exclusive club was the epitome of luxury, with gorgeously appointed private boxes (think camel colored leather couches and stunning appointments) and provided the perfect view for us to take in the afternoon of racing. First thing’s first though…time for some food!

 

A perfectly curated lunch awaited us in the dining room of the 1863 Club (I have to say the desert selection was on point). After some grub and people watching, it was time to get ready for the main event, racing! The Club is situated perfectly for enjoying an exclusive view of the races, check out some of the pictures I snapped from the boxes & trackside:

The hats, the fashion, the horses, oh my.

We continued to enjoy the races, food & drink from our comfortable (and did I mentioned air-conditioned?!) spot in the 1863 Club before jaunting outside for a private tour of the paddock area, winners circle, and stables – talk about being treated like a king! We couldn’t thank the NYRA enough for having us up to Saratoga for such a wonderful escape from the city – we can’t wait to come back. For more information about Saratoga visit The New York Racing Association’s website here.

Valentine’s Day 2019: Gifts For Him

Valentine’s Day 2019: The Best Gifts For Him

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and thanks to the 2-day shipping gods, I’ve got you covered with some of the best picks for the guy in your life. I tried to keep just about everything on this list UNDER $150, and as always, there’s a mix of brands on here across clothing, lifestyle, grooming & tech. Happy shopping, lovers! x

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Gift Guide 2018: Gifts For Her

Gift Guide 2018

Top Picks For The Ladies On Your List

The gift guides are here! Take a peek at some of my favorite gifts for the ladies in your life. These are pieces that I would def use and love If I was a gal, or would want as a gift! Some great promotions happening as well. As always, gifts are across all price points, happy shopping! x -Preston

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Gift Guide 2018: For Him

Gift Guide 2018

Top Picks For The Guys On Your List

The gift guides are here! Take a peek at some of my favorite gifts for the guys in your life. These are pieces that I use and love, or want as a gift! Some great promotions happening as well. As always, gifts are across all price points, happy shopping! x -Preston

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Holiday Must Have: Philips Somneo Sleep & W...

Holiday Gifting Spotlight:

For the Tech (and sleep!) Lover

While my Holiday Gift Guides are right around the corner, I wanted to take a second to highlight one of my holiday must have gifts for the tech lover, the sleep lover, or the lover of waking up well-rested…meet my new best friend, the Philips Somneo. As you all know, I rarely have a day where my schedule is light. Whether in LA or in NYC, my hustle game is strong and great days depend on going to sleep soundly and waking up feeling refreshed. Somneo is the newest piece of health & wellness technology from Philips designed to help you fall asleep relaxed and wake up refreshed. Not only is this bad boy clinically proven to work, but 92% of users find it easier to get out of bed based on independent research.

After a long days work, I’ve been jumping into bed and enjoying the wind-down features of this bright little thing. Somneo is Philips’ first wakeup light with RelaxBreathe, a super smart light-guided feature and sound-guided wind-down function to help me drift to sleep faster. I’ve been playing with the different rythyms of light & sound with my  breathing for a calm and chill transition from my busy days to your sweet dreams.

You guys know I am obsessed with what decor elements I work into my interior scheme, and Somneo is a seamless addition to my home. The killer sleek design basically replaces my nightstand reading light with a gorgeous modern look.

So how exactly does this baby work? Somneo stimulates a gorgeous natural sunrise with the light gradually increasing before wake up time until my room is filled with bright light while the sunset simulation program prepares your bod to sleep by gradually decreasing light and sound to duration that you set. Very futuristic, I know!

If you’re looking for a unique yet powerful (and useful!) gift that’s bound to be a hit with just about anyone, look no further – honestly, I love it. I’ve linked it here for you all as well! x – Preston

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Cyber Monday 2018: Preston’s Picks

Cyber Monday 2018

Preston’s Steals & Deals

Well that was a fast Thanksgiving break! Just like that we’re back to the holiday grind (and back to work burning off those turkey day cals). To keep you busy at your desks now that you’re back at work, I’m back with my Cyber Monday gift guide! Per usual, I’ve scoured the interwebs for the best and most stylish gifts (at the best price) so you can kick back and get to shopping without all of the hastle and hunting. Enjoy! x – Preston

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BLACK FRIDAY 2018: GIFT GUIDE

Black Friday 2018:

Preston’s Ultimate Gift Guide

HAPPY THANKSGIVING, EVERYONE! I hope you are all enjoying time with friends and family today! With turkey day comes some of the biggest sales of the year for Black Friday, and I’ve put together my annual gift guide featuring my FAV picks from the sales. From tech to grooming, underwear to kitchen appliances, I have you covered! HAPPY SHOPPING!

x – Preston

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The New Apartment: Decor Inspo + Helpful Moving ...

2018 Interior Design Inspiration + Helpful NYC Moving Tips

New Yorkers are always on the move. Whether it’s to a big brunch, my next meeting, or in this case a new apartment – one thing New Yorkers like myself can’t stop doing is MOVING! I know a lot of you have fallen in love with our current apartment in Hell’s Kitchen (hello backyard space and outdoor dining!) but alas, we’ve been in this spot temporarily and it’s time to move! That being said, we are SO excited to be moving to a fabulous new building in Midtown with city & river views, plenty of office space and some killer finishes. I’m going to be sharing the ultimate reveal of the new apartment soon after moving in, but in the meantime I wanted to give you guys a sneak peak of some of the inspiration imagery I’ve been saving, as well as some helpful NYC moving tips if you find yourself in the same boat as us. 

My Fav Inspo Images Right Now:

After spending a lot of time in Los Angeles, I’ve become hooked on the laid back elegance of LA living. As we move here in New York, I’m hoping to reflect a more casual & neutral interior scheme with our new home. I love this living room setup from interior designer Brady Tolbert of Emily Henderson Designs – the classic Moroccan Rug is the perfect amount of texture to balance out the clean art and modern lighting.

Reading / Insta nook goals! Tearing another page out of Brady Tolbert’s inspo book, I love the way he put together this elegant yet masculine little reading nook. As you know, most of us New Yorkers are spatially challenged as far as ‘nooks’ are concerned, but this is a great compact way to add some extra coziness and functionality to any living space.

One thing that is always a challenge for fashion-fueled New Yorkers is CLOSET SPACE! While our new home has great closet space, sadly…I don’t think it will be enough for the both of us! I’ve been doing a lot of research into wardrobe systems / additional storage and I’m 99% positive I will be going with the IKEA PAX system! (If anyone has any great PAX hacks, please DM me some pics…I would love to see!) The Pinterest rabbit hole is JAM-PACKED with unbelievable PAX Hacks, from molding to painting, to elevated hardware, it looks as though the possibilities are endless. Stay tuned on this front!

Helpful Moving Tips:

With all of the interior design fluff out of the way, it’s time to talk about the big stuff…actually moving! In a city like New York (or anywhere for that matter), moving can be super stressful (and let’s be honest, no friends really want to help you move for a beer and a box of pizza…it’s 2018 lol) Not only are you moving your physical belongings, but you’re uprooting your entire life…memories, keepsakes, hand-me-downs, the works. To make things a bit smoother, I’ve put together some of my top tips to moving (and trust me, I’ve done the research!)

Do the research & commit to a moving company: To make things easier, we started off by doing tons of research, pricing & reading into the moving service area. We decided that we wanted to commit ourselves to a trusted, highly-rated, friendly moving service that we could use year after year. Enter my fam at Roadway Moving. No joke everyone – Roadway has made all of our moving worries melt away from the minute we had our first phone call with them back in 2016 and we legit can’t wait to work with them again. When I first saw that Roadway’s company logo involved an actual heart, I thought it was too good to be true. Boy was I wrong – these guys are the real deal. Not only did Roadway handle all of our conversations with the utmost class & respect, but they were the most communicative and responsible movers I have ever worked with (I’m talking follow-up emails, phone calls, on-the-dot scheduling, etc)

 Treat yourself to the packing service: Until Roadway, I had never selected the packing option when it came to moving. Call me a control freak (or a hoarder lol), but I always thought I enjoyed the process of packing all of my things…until I didn’t have to do it! Not only does this make your move SO much faster and less stressful, but when you arrive to your new home everything will be organized by room and safely packed, making transitioning into your new house that much easier. (btw – the picture above was legit how happy we were with our last move with Roadway, ha!)

Do A Pre-Move Edit: When you have quality movers like Roadway, you can rest assured that all of your delicate decor items will arrive in one piece. Although it sounds a bit like cleaning before a cleaning service comes to your home, I like to do one or two passes through the house and make an ‘edit’ of fragile pieces, items to donate, and things that require extra packing. Once I’ve made a pass through the house, I like to organize all of the items in their own section of the room (ie: all vintage books together, all objects together, etc).

Well there you have it, some of my top tips for moving your house AND some sneak peaks of my latest interior design inspiration! I will be sure to keep you all posted as the decor shopping progresses, and in the meantime be sure to checkout Roadway Moving if you are looking to upgrade your moving service and have some peace of mind when settling into your new home.

Now Trending: Mens Jewelry – The Best Unde...

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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