My Favorite Blogs, Bloggers, & Websites

By Bradford

For me, reading blogs is just as essential as my morning cup of coffee. I like to stay as up-to-date as possible on the latest fashion trends, news scandals, and health kicks and, to do that, I try to visit a selective list of websites daily. Here’s a compilation of my personal favorites and recommendations for those who are looking to become a little more well-read.

Fashion:

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Fashion Beans:

Stupid name, amazing website. This British-based blog adds content pretty regularly, posts about a variety of style and fashion-related topics, and is always spot on with tips and advice to upgrade your wardrobe game. An added bonus is that the website has a “Street Style” section with real people, wearing real streetwear, which is great anytime you’re looking for inspiration that’s not as crazy as the runway.

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Scout Sixteen:

Ran by media mogul and Instagram celebrity Justin Livingston, Scout Sixteen features short, sweet, and to-the-point posts. Also, Justin’s photo editing skills are astounding and leave me envious every single time. This is a great spot to find outfit ideas and discover trends hot and on the rise.

Lifestyle:

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This one is hands-down my favorite blog. I read the “Morning Report” nearly every morning and I use the “Personal Shopper” feature to find some of the hottest deals on the web. You could stay on this blog for hours without getting bored (and that’s no exaggeration). Posts range from style to food to travel to pop culture.
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Cool Material: 

This website features exactly what you think it would: cool material. Aimed more towards men, you’ll find great articles on restaurants, music, fashion, and things to buy. Speaking of things to buy, the Cool Material shop has several neat and low cost items worth purchasing.

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Greatist:

Great for mouth-watering recipes and helpful workout ideas, Greatist is well put-together and categorized into topics like food, fitness, body, and life. Great reads, recipes, and real life advice. What more could you ask for in a health blog?

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Health.com:

Sometimes, to find what you’re looking for, all you have to do is add .com. Health.com features posts not only about food and fitness but also about mental health and well-being. Often backed with recent studies or personal experiences, this website is always an educational read.

Professional/Self-Development:

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This one can be hit or miss. Sometimes, the articles are incredibly vague and irrelevant, sometimes they’re incredibly profound and thought-provoking. It really all depends. If you don’t mind to do some digging and to practice a little patience, this website might just help you find a new tip to simplify your life.
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Brain Pickings: 

Geared more toward the intellectual, Brain Pickings is for those of you who don’t mind doing a little extra reading.  I’ve found some great articles on here about what made geniuses so smart, what healthy habits create pathways to success, and how artists manage to remain inspired. Definitely worth the read if you’ve got the time!

Let us know in the comments if you have any other blogs or websites you think people should know about!

All About the Details

By Austin

Many people don’t put effort into a crucial part of a good outfit; accessories. Accessories can range from watches to jewelry to bandanas to sunglasses to hats and on and on. They come in any style imaginable, and if used correctly, they can significantly upgrade a simple outfit.

Accessories are very dependent on your personal style, so if you want to start focusing more on them, get inspiration from others and adjust them to your own specific style.

I’ve recently started putting more effort into my accessories, thanks to inspiration from multiple bloggers and men’s style YouTubers. One of my favorites, Drew Scott, recently uploaded a video that I think shows the impact that a solid accessory can have on an outfit. His style tends to be more edgy, but the tips he gives in the video can be applied to any kind of style.

One of my newer accessories is a brown leather watch that Timex sent me, and I’m obsessed. It’s a very simple watch, but adding it to a simple outfit adds an extra bit of sophistication that I love. Timex has a wide variety of styles and their watches are very reasonably priced, so I would definitely recommend checking them out! Not only are watches functional, but they are an accessory that many people notice.

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Bandanas were my go-to accessory last summer, and I am already looking forward to wearing them this season. You can wear them a million different ways, which makes them a versatile piece. The best part is that they are SUPER cheap. You can usually find them for a couple dollars, and they can make a simple outfit much more interesting.

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As far as jewelry goes, I don’t tend to wear much. However, there was a necklace that I wore constantly last year. It was a simple crystal pendant, and it went with basically everything I wore. Unfortunately, I’m the clumsiest person on the planet, and I broke it. So now I am on the lookout for a new staple necklace. There was a white marble pendant necklace that I saw at Topman and talked myself out of buying, but I may change my mind and get it, because if you know me, you know white marble is my everything.

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Leave a comment below telling me what your favorite accessory is!

Tuesday Tunes 3/21/17

By Austin

This week doesn’t really have a specific theme, but I have several songs that I recently discovered and have been listening to over and over and over, so I thought I would share those with you. It’s a mix of moods and genres, so I’m sure you’ll love at least one of them! Leave a comment letting me know which is your favorite!

#Lifehacks: Wardrobe Edition

By Bradford

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With warmer months and brighter days up ahead, it’s no doubt that many of your wardrobes will soon be going through a transformation. Putting away winter clothes, buying more tees, and dropping off some of those ugly sweaters to the local Goodwill are all likely in your futures. We all know this can get messy sometimes. In order to help you keep your closet clean and functional, I’m going to share a few tips and tricks I use to help organize my clothes.

  • Hang only the bare necessities. I only hang clothes that I wear frequently (at least once every month or two). If you have clothes that you haven’t touched in over four months, you either need to get rid of them or put them away.
  • Use mostly all white hangers. This is not only aesthetically appealing, but it also helps your closet look neater. Without the clutter of wooden, metal, and brightly colored plastic hangers thrown into the mix, it makes it easier to focus on the more important things in your closet: clothes.
  • Use colored hangers to represent something. I have a blue hanger to let me know if I’ve worn something once already, just to let me know that it definitely needs to be washed after the next time I put it on. I have a few copper hangers as well to help me find outfits I’ve planned for the week. If you don’t have any colored or varied hangers, you can simply turn the hangers to face the opposite direction.
  • Organize by the details. I go a bit overboard on this. My closet is organized by article type, color, sleeve length, functionality, and a variety of other factors. Obviously, you don’t have to be this extreme, but at the very least you should organize by color. I used to struggle to find certain shirts or jackets in my closet but after I color-sorted them I haven’t ran into this issue. I also organize by article type. My current structure is pants –> button downs –> polos –> short-sleeve tees –> long-sleeve tees –> hoodies –> jackets/coats. It may seem a little extra but, trust me, it makes a difference.

There are so many more tricks and tips out there to help keep your closet organized. Some people incorporate coke tabs, binder clips, and wall hooks to help keep their clothing on track. For most of us though, the four simple hacks above should work well enough. If nothing else, they’ll get you started on your road to recovery. This means no more mornings spent frantically searching through your closet for that sweater that’s gone MIA!

A Trip to the Windy City

By Austin

While most college students headed to the Florida for spring break, Bradford and I (plus three of our friends) crammed ourselves into my car and drove to one of my favorite cities, Chicago. We thought that we would share our favorites parts about the trip in case any of you were planning to go to Chicago at some point in the future!

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First off, we stayed in an adorable little Airbnb in West Chicago. The best part: they had a yoga room with a swing in it. A SWING. How cute is that? I would definitely recommend staying in an Airbnb if you are visiting a new city, as opposed to a hotel. It tends to be cheaper and gives you more of a local experience. Your hosts will most likely have recommendations for good restaurants, coffee shops, and things to do as well.

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A majority of our time was spent doing touristy things, like seeing the Bean in Millennium Park, going to Navy Pier, and eating Chicago-style pizza and hotdogs. Bradford and two of our friends hadn’t done these things before, and despite how cliche they are, you have to do the tourist activities at least once. Even though I lived in Chicago for a couple months during a summer internship, I can still appreciate the skyline view from Navy Pier (pictured below).

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Another huge part of going to any big city is finding the best coffee shops. Bradford and I are both avid coffee drinkers, so we were determined to find a great local place, and we did just that. Dollop Coffee Co. was a great coffee shop we found, and I couldn’t resist taking a picture of my latte with one of their many plant decorations. 10/10 would recommend this place.

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The rest of our time we spent shopping (duh). Bradford and I spend an embarrassing amount of time shopping and this trip was no exception. We went to one of my favorite shopping areas ever: the Magnificent Mile. This is the most well-known shopping area in Chicago, and they have literally every one of my favorite stores, from Zara to Topman to Lush. I may have spent a little too much money…it’s fine.

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Now to perhaps the most important aspect of any trip: FOOD. Anyone that knows me knows I love to eat, and we found some amazing restaurants in Chicago. Our unanimous favorite was a recommendation from one of my local friends (thanks Drew). Taco Joint is hands down the best Mexican restaurant I have ever been to. If you ever go, you MUST get the Al Pastor taco. Honestly, incredible. We also went to a great Chinese place in Chinatown called Lao Beijing. This place was super authentic and delicious.

Well I just realized that this post is getting pretty long, so I’ll cut it off here. If you have ever been to Chicago, leave a comment below telling us one of your favorite parts about the city!

Tuesday Tunes 3/7/2017

By Bradford

This Tuesday we’re giving you a list of some of the best covers to some of the best songs out there. Most of these songs are laid-back and heavily acoustic, as a large majority of covers tend to be. Some major cover artists like Boyce Avenue and the cast of Glee  made the list, but other original artists such as Misterwives and Sam Smith also found their way to the playlist.

Go ahead and give it a listen and be sure to let us know if you have any covers that have a special place in your heart!

 

 

Tuesday Tunes 2/28/17

By Austin

Let’s be honest, all of us have those songs that we love to sing at the top of our lungs when we’re alone in the car. This week’s playlist is a compilation of the songs that I turn up all the way and sing so loud you can hear me from outside the car. This playlist is a little different than our past Tuesday Tunes, because it is comprised of a variety of genres and moods. I hope you like it!

Let me know in the comments what songs you sing loud and proud in the car!

Tuesday Tunes 2/21/17

By Bradford

This week’s edition of Tuesday Tunes is guilty pleasures. We’ve all got them…those songs we would never admit we actually enjoy, yet, despite our strongest attempts to suppress it, we do. The songs on my list are either simply trash, completely outdated, or sung by someone who was never meant to be in the music industry, (*cough*  Hilary Duff *cough*) Either way, I still rock out to them way more often than I’d care to admit. So go ahead and hit that play button, folks. Listen, cringe, and judge your way right through my playlist of the best worst songs of all time.

Find yourself listening to certain songs on the lowest possible volume setting so no one catches you? Let us know in the comments what songs are your guilty pleasures!

 

Netflix: What to Watch

By Bradford

Netflix used to be simple. You’d get on to watch the basics: Grey’s Anatomy, Gossip Girl, Parks and Recreation, maybe even Orange is the New Black. Now, with Netflix stepping up its game and not only uploading but constantly creating more and more shows/movies for you to watch, it can be a train wreck trying to figure out which ones are worth watching. Fear no more though, because I’ve compiled a short of list of some binge-worthy shows and movies for you to check out.

1) Black Mirror

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What is it? Ever noticed how insanely materialistic, empty, and internet-obsessed modern society is? The people working on Black Mirror certainly have. This science fiction work functions as a social commentary on the world as we know it in the 21st century.

Why should you watch it? This series is both eye-opening and mind-blowing. I’ve never went through a TV series so fast. You don’t have to watch every episode though, as every episode has a different cast and story line.

2) Sense 8

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What is it? Eight strangers from all over the world find themselves experiencing weird sensations and visions. Eventually, they discover each other and realize that they all have a super deep connection that goes far beyond they first imagined.

Why should you watch it? The show is not only action-packed and super intense, but it’s also culturally engaging. Each episode seems to have the underlying message (among all the badass fight scenes) that we’re all more connected than we think.

3) Barry

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What is it? A documentary on the life of former president Barack Obama, focusing on his college years.

Why should you watch it? Because it’s about Barack Obama and he’s perhaps one of the greatest leaders of all time? This documentary manages to be insightful and inspiring without being overly-political.

4) 3%

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What is it? Yet another work about a dystopian society in the future. In this world, everyone goes through a process at a certain age in order to make it to the “better side” of the world where only an elite 3% of the population make it.

Why should you watch it? It’s a super interesting concept. Think Divergent meets Hunger Games. Watch out though…the entire series is in Portuguese so you’ll have to use subtitles.

5) Master of None

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What is it? A comedy series that focuses on the very personal, very messy life of a 30-year-old actor.

Why should you watch it? Aziz Ansari. Enough said.

6) Tallulah

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What is it? A drama that involves baby-stealing, dissatisfied rich people, and the homeless youth falling in and out of love.

Why should you watch it? It’s quirky and different. Plus, the ending is quite possibly one of the best (and simplest) endings for a movie I’ve ever seen.

7) Lovesick (Previously Scrotal Recall)

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What is it? A British sitcom that slowly unravels the history of one man’s past relationships as he reveals to them that he recently contracted chlamydia.

Why should you watch it? I’ve always found British films and shows to be slightly funnier than American shows. With an eccentric sense of humor, a plot you can really get behind, and main characters you can’t help but get invested in, this show is an all-around win.

8) The Fundamentals of Caring

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What is it? A retired writer signs up to become a caregiver for a young, paralyzed kid. They take a road trip where they learn both how to inspire each other and how to annoy the hell out of one another.

Why should you watch it? Aside from a good plot and dialogue, Selena Gomez features in the movie and she acts (and looks) amazing in every scene.

9) Crashing

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What is it? A group of young adults live as the property guardians of a unused hospital.

Why should you watch it? It’s a British comedy show as well, so the humor is spot on. Each character remains interesting, relatable, and entertaining.

10) Easy

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What is it? This Netflix original examines modern romance and culture in various scenarios ranging from a couple trying to spice up their sex life, middle-aged dating, and startup businesses.

Why should you watch it? It has an amazing cast including actors/actresses such as Dave Franco, Orlando Bloom, and Emily Ratajkowski. An added bonus is that, like Black Mirror, all of the episodes can be watched independently.

Be sure to let us know if you have another Netflix show/movie you think is worth watching!

My Favorite Instagram Accounts

By Austin

If you didn’t know, I am currently dealing with an addiction that I have been struggling with for years; my addiction to Instagram. By the way, you should follow me (@austinrutland ). Sorry for the shameless self promo. Instagram is by far my favorite app on my phone. I have always enjoyed photography, and while I’m obviously not a pro photographer by any means, I love having a platform to post my photos in a modern, organized way. One of my favorite aspects of Instagram is engaging with other accounts, and discovering some really talented and creative people. So this post will dedicated to a few of my favorite Instagram accounts that I follow avidly.

 

Everett Williams @everettwillams

Everett Williams is a lifestyle and men’s fashion blogger, and has a pretty sizable following on Instagram, rightfully so. His photos normally show his outfits, daily life, and travels. The best part of his account is the quality of his photos. He never posts a picture that is anything less than great quality. He also maintains regular engagement with his followers, which I always enjoy in a blogger.

 

Justin Livingston @justinliv

Justin Livingston’s account is probably my favorite Instagram account of all, which is a big deal for me to say. I wish I could hire whoever takes photos of him to follow me around on a daily basis and take photos of me. Accounts that are mostly dedicated to style are my favorite, and Justin’s definitely does that, with photos of coffee and the city sprinkled in. Plus he’s just adorable. What more could you ask for?

 

Lauren Elizabeth Luthringshausen @laurenelizabeth

A close second to my addiction to Instagram is my addiction to YouTube. I subscribe to so many people that I constantly have new videos to watch. Lauren Elizabeth is a youtuber that I have been following for a long time, and I am just as obsessed with her Instagram as I am with her YouTube channel. Not only is she gorgeous and one of the few women that would turn me straight, she also lives in LA, which is a city I love to see photos of and have dreamed of living in. My obsession with her account may be slightly biased by my love for her videos, but I’m sure you will appreciate her posts as well.

 

@yummertime

Yummertime is an account run by easily the most adorable gay couple on the entire planet, Brock and Chris. They are both quite attractive, and their pastel-themed feed just makes you smile. I’m a sucker for cute couples, and the Yummertime account is no exception. They also have their own website (yummertime.com), which I’m obsessed with. Hot men plus great style plus a pretty Instagram feed equals a happy Austin.

 

Drew Scott @imdrewscott

I think the main thing that attracts me to Drew Scott’s feed is his edgy wardrobe. He is definitely not afraid to be experimental with his fashion, which is something I admire. His feed also goes with a neutral color theme, which I love the look of. I’m sure you can tell by now that my favorite accounts are typically style accounts. But can you blame me? I can only aspire to be as stylishly independent as Drew.

 

I hope you guys check out these accounts, and please leave a comment if you know of any accounts I might enjoy! I always love finding new accounts to obsess over.