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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.

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Light Spring Jackets – Under $75

Spring Jackets for the win!

The fashion set is rejoicing. The retailers are happy (as happy as they can be) and the bloggers are loving it. Spring is here and mother nature is actually giving us Spring weather! Typically we jump from 30 degree temps to 80 degree days within a matter of weeks here in New York. This year, we’re finally getting the chance to wear the killer, lightweight, Spring jackets we’ve been collecting. The perfect icing to your outfit cake… a great, thin piece of outwear can complete your outfit while keeping you on-trend and weather ready. We’ve rounded up our top picks for lightweight layers UNDER $75 below, enjoy! x – Preston

Click through the gallery below to browse the picks!

Happy New Year!

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I know most of you are getting ready to (finally) ring in 2017 and celebrate the end of 2016 with friends and loved ones, but I wanted to take a quick minute to personally thank ALL of you for your support this past year. 2016 had its ups and downs for all of us, but for me it was an incredible year of growth. 2016 was my first official year working for myself, running my own styling & creative consulting business outside of the corporate fashion world. To say it was easy would be a lie. The struggle was real and the hustle was strong, however the rewards were plentiful. I have so many exciting things in store for 2017 and can not wait to share it all with you! I honestly owe each and every one of you a big THANK YOU for your kind words, encouragement, social engagement and loyalty. I love hearing your style questions, receiving your messages and having you join me while working on-air.  Thank you. Now… go have one too many glasses of champagne!

Heres to a fantastic and stylish 2017 together. xo – Preston

(Just incase any of you have questions about my NYE look, I’ve linked it below!)

Happy Thanksgiving!

I have so much to be thankful for this year. While we’ve had quite a crazy 2016 (ghmmm… election anyone?), I’m happy to be able to spend a day filled with love and family and spend my days doing what I love. I specifically want to say how thankful I am to all of you who have been following me along my fashion / lifestyle journey. Each year you continue to inspire me and for that, I am even more gracious. Now go spend the day with your family eating everything your heart desires! xo – Preston

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Linen Textured Blazers

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shirt and tie combinations for summer

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We’re back with blazers. But before we jump into the look, it’s worth nothing that we recently stumbled on one of the most comfortable and flattering dress trousers out there. Disclaimer – no one is paying us to say this (not AT ALL) but we have to be honest and say that these Club Monaco Stretch Trousers are literally the only pants we’ve been wearing. They breathe, stretch, and fit perfectly. The texture is super modern and fresh and we love them paired back to old school, classic textured blazers (think linen, herringbone, double breasted, etc). The contrast between the modern trouser and the throwback blazer is the perfect (and most comfortable) combination for Summer dressing. Continue the textural play by opting for a patterned linen blend tie & playful pocket square. Grab a sick loafer and go sockless…oh, and you’re welcome.

SHOP THE LOOK, HERE:

BROOKS BROTHERS IRISH LINEN BLAZER / SUIT SUPPLY CUTAWAY COLLAR SHIRT / CLUB MONACO MODERN STRETCH TROUSER / RALPH LAUREN CROCODILE BELT / GINGAM TIE BY ‘THETIEBAR’ / VINTAGE POCKET SQUARE / MARK MCNAIRY LOAFER

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Gift Guide: Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day is less than 2 weeks away so we figured we would put together a curated & tasteful little gift guide for you guys to get ahead of your shopping! While we know you love spoiling mom, we also know that she doesn’t want you to break the bank so we’ve scoured the sites to round up the best gifts for under $150 (all of them super special and most of them much less than that…woot woot!). Whether she is a coffee gal, fitness fanatic, a home-body or a stylista…we’ve got you covered. Enjoy!

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It’s Time To Think About Tweed


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It’s time to grow some balls when it comes to your Fall suiting. This Fall, give your navy & charcoal buddies a break and venture into new territory by trying out tweeds, herringbones, and rich Autumnal shades (if it looks like a color that you’d find on the dinner table at Thanksgiving, we approve it). If you’re feeling especially daring and fall-like, go for a classic 3-piece number like Preston did here. Pair bak to preppy staples like repp ties, classic broadcloth shirting, tassel loafers, and a slim watch. ***UPDATE: This suit is now on KILLER sale, see pics/links below***

BAR III TWEED SUIT  /J.CREW STRIPED SHIRT / POLO RALPH LAUREN REPP TIE /VINTAGE COLLAR PIN /JOHNSTON & MURPHY TASSEL LOAFER / DANIEL WELLINGTON WATCH

SHOP THE LOOK, HERE:

 

Fitness Friday with Barrett Pall
Courtesy of Barrett Pall

Courtesy of Barrett Pall

We’ve been saying it for weeks — we are so excited that summer is finally here. However, we realized that with summer Fridays and babes in short shorts, we overlooked one tiny thing… IT’S BEACH SEASON! Assuming you were as dedicated at the gym as us (Ummmm watching a Jane Fonda workout tape while eating ice cream counts, right?), you probably have nothing to worry about.

 

But for those of you who feel like they can use a little more tone before you hit the sandy shores, we decided to consult our fitness guru, Barrett Pall. Pall, a personal trainer/model/blogger/Youtuber/world traveler/wearer of tank tops, has dedicated his life to personal fitness (and conveniently, works out at our gym a couple times a week.) So after much pleading, begging and unwanted flattery, he agreed to sit down with us to answer some of our burning questions about how to get in the right shape for summer.

 

Wingtip Jungle: How do you like to stay active during the summer?

 

Barrett Pall: I like to stay active by being outside first and foremost. If you can make fitness fun, then it doesn’t feel like fitness. So you can go for a beach jog with your friends or a bike ride at a park, you’re exercising.

 

WTJ: What advice would you give to someone who has never done much heavy lifting before?

 

Pall: I would say to watch tutorials online — that’s why people like me who make our videos to show you how to do something and the proper form. Form is key! If you’re doing something with the wrong form, you’re hurting yourself more than you’re helping yourself. If you can afford it, a personal trainer is a great resource that is taught to instruct people on bettering their bodies.

 

WTJ: What exercise(s) works the most part of your body?

 

Pall: Modified push-ups — that means adding a mountain climber in between or something like that. Planks are also amazing for your body. It’s definitely a core workout, but when you do a plank you’re using your shoulders, arms, back — your butt is squeezing and your legs are tight. If you can do those things for 10 minutes every morning, you will definitely see a change for sure.

Courtesy of Barrett Pall

Courtesy of Barrett Pall

 

WTJ: What would you recommend for someone who has limited time to workout?

 

Pall: Being a New Yorker, this is so important, but you always have to make that time. It doesn’t matter if it’s 10 minutes, you need to give time to yourself. So you could spend some time in the morning before you shower to do some situps and pushups. You will feel so much more energized and when you start your day with that boost, you will be more happier and focused throughout the day.

 

WTJ: Let’s talk abs. How do we get them out of winter hibernation?

 

Pall: First of all, I think winter hibernation is B.S. — but if you’re coming out of that place, which I know a lot of people are, you should really focus on what you’re eating because it’s very easy to switch that up. Also be gentle with yourself. Too many people go from zero to hero and they burn themselves out in a week. Create a schedule that works — three days on, one day off — your body needs to recover.

 

WTJ: Guys always say they want that ” v” shape — what’s the best way to get that?

 

Pall: That’s always an enviable body part because you can have it even without the full six-pack. The muscle deals with a lot of cross-over moves. It incorporates standing exercises and ab routines that have you in many different positions.

 

Courtesy of Barrett Pall

Courtesy of Barrett Pall

 

WTJ: What are some of your favorite “super foods?”

 

Pall: Anything that is bright in color is better to be eating than something that is dull — for example bread is bland, beige and not the best thing for you. Blueberries, sweet potatoes are great — believe it or not, cottage cheese is a great source of protein. And I know it sounds basic, but chicken. You can cook it so many different ways and it really is a great source of protein that is lean.

 

WTJ: What foods should you avoid at all costs?

 

Pall: I never say “avoid anything at all costs” because if there’s something that you love, you’re going to crave it and at some point you’re going to give in. The key is moderation — to give yourself just a little bit of it, so you’re not thinking about it forever. So don’t buy a full cake, just get a slice and eat that. But remember, it takes 30 days to make or break a habit, so if you can avoid eating and drinking things that are bad for you, it will be much easier.

 

WTJ: What about drinks?

 

Pall: Soda! Soda is terrible for you — especially diet. If you’re going to drink it at all, have a regular.

 

WTJ: Are cheat meals REALLY allowed?

 

Pall: Again, I have a problem with the word “cheat” because it’s all about your mindset. You need to give yourself moderation. If you want something, have it in a moment but don’t binge an entire day.

 

Instagram @barrettpall

Instagram @barrettpall

 

WTJ: What’s your take on protein powders and supplements?

 

Pall: 15 minutes after a workout, you’re suppose to have a replenishment of some sort. People use to eat gummy bears because if you look they’re a good source of that simple sugar, but not that terrible for you. But a protein shake is good because then you’re giving your muscles something to “eat” to help them rebuild.

Pre-workout supplements can be good too. I personally like it because it gives you an extra boost, but it’s something you have to moderate. The FDA doesn’t regulate them and they’re actually banned in some countries. So if you use one, have one month on and then a couple weeks off.

 

WTJ: Anything else you think people should know?

 

Pall: Stretching! People seem to forget about it and think it’s unimportant. However, you need to stretch 10 minutes before and 10 after a workout because you will protect yourself from injury and get yourself loose and warmed up. Without it, you expose yourself to pulling something or injuring yourself.

 

Instagram @barrettpall

Instagram @barrettpall

 

Check back next Friday for a special video from Barrett and don’t forget to follow him on Instagram and YouTube.


–John Soper