With the summer months still raging on and no signs of cooler temperatures in the horizon (at least here in LA - where we are currently undergoing a historical drought), I can't stress how important a pair of shades are for protecting your eyes from the harmful effects of UV rays and making the right style statement. Here are my top 3 summer sunglasses - for every budget - this season:

1. Converse by Jack Purcell may be a brand name that is synonymous with shoes, but their line of sunglasses is equally cool. The Tokyo Tortoise from the collection frames my face very well and has studded details to keep it interesting enough without trying too hard. For a pair of sunglasses slightly above $100, this is obviously a no-brainer.

2. Ever since discovering Saint Rita Parlor sunglasses at owner Neil Bardon's DTLA design studio, we've been enamored by the craftsmanship and story behind each piece. The beautiful, acetate frame will have you drooling. Every single pair is created as a part of a limited edition collection - meaning once they're sold out, that's it. It also comes with a custom leather embossed case with a suede interior and paisley eyewear cloth. The 602 (priced at $275) is just one of the many SRP obsessions - you'll see why here.

3. My relationship with Tom Ford sunglasses go way, way back, starting with my first big paycheck shortly after transitioning into a management gig. Since then, Tom Ford has become my go-to brand for all my sunglasses. This is the one investment item I don't think anyone should budge on. The Italian-made components are the sunglasses are gorgeously realized into a one-of-a-kind design that seems to work well on my face. All the time. These Henry Wayfarer Clubmasters are my most recent acquisitions, and I can't rave about them enough. At $395, these are worth every penny.




My first Fossil watch, circa 2008

The journey of my first, real big boy watch took place the year 2008. I was still in college at the time and felt the burning desire to find a watch that both represented my coming of age and budget at the time. For me, that watch came from Fossil. And I still have it, after all these years. I only stopped wearing it when the battery finally met its demise.

It's no surprise then that my love for Fossil watches is reignited by the debut of the new Defender, the quintessential men's watch that's a great complement to any occasion. Personally, I find myself between meetings, appointments and social gatherings a lot and the watch effortlessly goes with every outfit ensemble I've put together. The stainless steel construction of the wristband is both lightweight and minimalistic - just the way I prefer all my watches/accessories. If you're someone who is always on-the-go like me, stop reading and get yourself one. Right now.

Whether you're looking for a watch that signifies a rite of passage or simply a new watch to welcome the Fall months ahead, the Fossil watch is unlike no other. Start your #FossilStyle legacy today.


This post has been created in partnership with Fossil. I have been compensated in exchange for this post - but the story and thoughts are my own. Feel free to email me if you'd like to know more!



Discovered some really cool, high-end urban-wear brands (JAKIMAC, Matiere, Band of Players and LZZR Jewelry were all standouts) at the Agenda Show in Long Beach this past week. This sporty-meets-tailored outfit is, essentially, another way of saying that there shouldn't be any rules on how to wear or style particular items. Don't you hate it when people religiously pore over how-to columns or watch shows like What Not To Wear (thank god - they pulled the plug on that one)? In the perfect, sartorial world, one shouldn't have to follow any style advice. Break the cycle. Seek and find inspiration. And just do you.

Read: As always, not ranting - just observing and perpetuating the dialogue of personal style that comes from the heart.



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