The Perfect Men’s T-Shirt

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Let’s take a minute to talk about the men in our lives and what they wear. My boyfriend Dermot is a jeans and t-shirt guy, through and through. He has fifteen pairs of the exact same Levi’s (black 514’s), but he hasn’t been able to find the perfect men’s t-shirt for years. He is a graphic designer, so the last thing he wants to wear are graphic tees. A plain t-shirt completes his “uniform” so to speak. It sounds simple enough, but as a tall man (he towers a foot above me at 6′ 3″) with a slim body, the boxy silhouettes and short lengths will not do. His only criteria:

1. Long, slim silhouette with a crewneck

2. Under $15 (but ideally under $10).

3. No pockets or graphics

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Every time I came home with a new silhouette promising a slim silhouette and long length, it fell short, both literally and figuratively. We’ve played this game for years and it has finally come to an end. A few days ago, as we drove up the California coast, we stopped at San Clemente beach and wandered into the local skate shop, Republik of Kalifornia. This is where we discovered the perfect men’s t-shirt from Tavik. Not only did the Tavik t-shirts fit the criteria listed above, they were also sold in a 3-pack… it couldn’t be easier if I designed it myself. From us to you, thank you Tavik!

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The Getty

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Between the outstanding views, sculptures, gardens and architecture, there is something to inspire all of your senses at The Getty museum. I couldn’t wait to show you a few photos from our visit, it has been the most inspiring part of our California vacation so far. We are still in California for another week, so be sure to keep up on instagram for a daily dose of California life…

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Postcard From San Diego

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Easy Hydroponics How To

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As winter took its toll on New York City, I dreamt of green trees and afternoons in the park and decided we needed more greenery inside our apartment. Due to the recent death of our snake plant (over loved = over watered), I needed something simple to grow. I’ve always loved the beauty of plants in clear glass vases, but I didn’t realize this is a method of indoor growing called hydroponics. After reading this article from Domaine Home, I decided to try it out for myself. It’s been about a month, and so far, so good. Just follow this easy hydroponics how to…

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Downfall of my 5 Piece Wardrobe

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It’s only March and I’ve already bought 5 pieces for this season, maxing out my 5 Piece French Wardrobe. I know, I’ve been bad, there are still 3.5 months to go. In my defense, I didn’t buy any new clothes or shoes for the first two months of the year. That being said, our upcoming trip to California, The Real Real and an amazing sample sale are all to blame for my March binge shopping and the downfall of my 5 Piece Wardrobe.

Downfall #1 // I usually don’t get excited about shopping for spring until the weather is actually warm, which is probably why I was so good last year with my 5 Piece Wardrobe. Our upcoming trip to California had me dreaming of flat sandals and easy summer dresses much earlier than usual…

Downfall #2 // With my mind on warmer weather, I knew my sandal collection was a bit bare and my mind was consumed by sandals of the slide and lace-up varieties. That’s when I turned to The Real Real. If you don’t know about The Real Real refer to this post, ok, are you caught up now? I found two pairs of sandals to complete my summer sandal collection, for a fraction of the retail cost. A pair of brand new Newbark slides for $112 (retail $495, pictured above) and a pair of gently used Céline lace up sandals for $140 (retail $500+).

Downfall #3 // The bi-annual A Détacher sample sale (which I missed last season) was the ultimate demise of my 5 Piece Wardrobe because of the crazy good deals (everything was under $275) and everything was made in New York. I expanded my wardrobe into prints, color and texture with the three pieces I bought at the sale. Keep an eye on instagram, these pieces are sure to make an appearance while we are in California.

Let’s be clear, I don’t feel bad about any of my purchases, actually I am quite excited about the great finds. The real reason for a 5 Piece Wardrobe each season is to build a small, edited wardrobe of pieces that I love and actually wear. I feel like the pieces I bought this month will be in my forever wardrobe and that is the ultimate goal. I will try very hard to be good for the next 3.5 months, but only time will tell.

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