5 Looks to Go From Work to the Weekend

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| WEARING | : PLAID SHIRT | NAVY CHINO PANTS | LEATHER BELT | LEATHER OXFORDS

A look that is polished yet casual is one of my favorites. The key to this outfit is pants that are perfectly tailored to create a sleek look. A slim cut chino is my go-to – specifically this pair since it’s 100% cotton and easy to care for.

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| WEARING | : RED PULLOVER SWEATER | OLIVE SHORTS | LEATHER OXFORDS

A good pair of shorts goes a long way. Shorts are a bit tricky for guys but you can never go wrong with a neutral slim-fit pair. This pair is really comfortable and works well with a breathable linen pullover and classic oxfords for an elevated take – or go casual with a pima tee and sneaker.

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| WEARING | : NAVY POLO | PLAID SHORTS | SLIP-ON SNEAKERS | NAVY COAT

For high summer, my go-to is a polo and shorts. The print on these shorts adds a bit of personality, while the lightweight linen polo has a bit of stretch to keep you cool and comfortable on warmer days.

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| WEARING | : NAVY SUIT COAT | BLUE PLAID BUTTON DOWN | WHITE CHINOS | LEATHER BELT | LEATHER OXFORDS

However you think you feel about white pants, they’re a must for summer. A white chino is something you can wear anywhere. From the office to date-night and beyond, a perfectly tailored suit jacket is essential. You can toss it on over any look to instantly add polish.

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| WEARING | : OATMEAL CARDIGAN | WHITE BUTTON DOWN | RED PLAID SHORTS | SUEDE OXFORDS

Kicking off the summer season, shorts are here to stay. To keep your style fresh, stock up on a variety of colors and prints. This pair goes well with textured solids. No matter the temperature, I always like to layer. It adds a lot of dimension to your look and is ideal for transitioning between seasons. A button down shirt and shorts is an easy look to throw a sweater or cardigan over and still look good.

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| CODY |

*In collaboration with Banana Republic.

The Secret to Making the Most of My Day

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It’s crazy how much we’ve come to rely on technology, from setting my alarm in the morning, to working from home, and to keep us entertained with movies or music at night. There are only so many hours in a day, so I try to knock out as much as I can before the kids wake up, whether it’s hitting the gym, playing my morning podcasts on my Google Home, or organizing my schedule for the day. My secret to making the most of the limited hours in the day is time-blocking. I’m always setting aside specific blocks of time during my schedule for specific projects. By giving yourself a certain time-frame to get things done, you don’t have time to procrastinate and nothing gets ignored or pushed back. Having a responsive schedule with the Google Home always keeps me on track by alerting me when it’s time to switch projects and reminding me what else I have going on throughout the day.

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Working from home has it’s perks, but it can also be hard to turn it off and disconnect to hang with family so you gotta know when to turn it off. With Google Wifi, you can control everything through an app – including pausing WiFi on specific devices. It’s extreme, but for those days when you have family activities planned and can’t seem to disconnect from work, it’s great to be able to pause wifi on your devices (or your kids) to make the most of the time together.

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| CODY |

*In collaboration with Google.

 

Why Travel?

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I’ve never been one for routine or any type of monotony. I’ve learned a lot over the last few years traveling – not just about the destinations I’m traveling to, but even more about myself. Here are 5 answers to the question, “Why travel?”.

  1. I never travel to escape life or what’s going on at home. Instead I look at it in three ways: t’s either an opportunity to grow, to refresh, or to break out of my bubble.
  2. Go with a plan but have an open mind. It will help you make the most of every moment but allow for the spontaneous moments that you never expected.
  3. You realize you’re a small fish in a big sea. This is the best. Anytime I leave home, I’m reminded of how many different walks of life there are and how unique everyone can be.
  4. Your problems seem small in the scheme of things. It’s good to get outside your bubble to see real issues others are facing out there.
  5. No distractions. Basketball, dance, the kids’ friends – you leave it all at home. Traveling is a time to get to know someone without all the hustle of daily life.

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| CODY |