The Fast Shave

Even in a morning rush it’s important take a few seconds to freshen up before greeting the public. One of my morning musts is using an electric shaver to clean up facial hair before dabbing on moisturizer.

The Hyperflex Rotary Shaver by Remington is great for dry OR wet shaving, but since I’m in a morning pinch let’s stick to using it for a dry shave.

The Hyperlex technology allows the entire head to adjust to any angle on the face to help reduce irritation. Wooh – thank goodness! I’ve had problems before with razor burn and bumps when trying other dry shaving techniques and shavers.

After touching up my stubble, I add a little Kiehl’s Facial Fuel moisturizer. This moisturizer is an energizer; it literally tingles my face and makes me feel more awake!

VOILA! The Hyperflex Rotary Shaver by Remington is great for mornings when you’re running late. Use it outside the shower for a fast dry shave or use it in the shower with a gel or foam for ultimate comfort. What’s your morning must? Face moisturizer? Lip balm? Hopefully you have time to feel refreshed even in a pinch!

Photography: Briana Louise

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Mesh

Shirt: Andrew Christian | Blazer: Zara | Pants: Mossimo | Shoes: c/o/ Ahnu

Sunnies: c/o/ Made | Bag: Hayden Harnett

The other day I had a few minutes before I went to dinner at Parc. I popped into Zara on Walnut, searched around a bit, tried on some pants (that didn’t look that great on me) and was walking out of the door when…. dunnnn dun da da dAHHHH! This black mesh blazer caught my eyes. Tried it on and was sold. Then headed to my dinner meeting. Here I wear the jacket with one of my favorite t-shirts. It actually zippers, but I don’t zipper it because I’d be walking about hunched over from the pulled fabric. HAH. The blazer is sooooo light and perfect for warm summer days and nights.

Photography: Christopher Fascenelli

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Global Style

Shirt: Antony Morato

Jacket: (shop similar on Mr. Porter)

Pants: Gap

Belt: c/o/ Huckstraps

Gloves: (shop similar on Mr. Porter)

Sunnies: c/o/ SEE Eyewear

Socks: (shop similar on Mr. Porter)

Shoes: Kenneth Cole

Each person has his own sense of style and Mr. Porter is documenting the most sartorially inclined guys. As part of Mr.Porter.com‘s Global Style Campaign, I had Kris shoot this look to represent Philadelphia. Not a guy shy of color, I regularly incorporate color blocking into my personal style. This outfit is a bit conservative when compared to some of my other looks. Color blocking plays a part with the blue and pink backdrop and my accessories compliment those colors. Head over to Mr. Porter to see similar items. You can also enter to win a shopping contest.. check out the Global Style Campaign guidelines.

Photography: Kris McElligott

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A Royal Experience – Waldorf Astoria Style

 In high school my family decided to celebrate a series of awards I won by taking a trip to NYC. My grandma and uncle booked a room at The Waldorf Astoria and bought tickets to see Wicked. Upon arriving at the hotel to check-in, we were kindly informed that an upgrade was available. About five minutes went by before the concierge escorted us to the elevator. When we arrived on the forty-second floor we passed The Presidential Suite and made our way to another door down the hall. A gold plaque with lions and a crown was mounted outside of our upgraded room. The concierge opened the door into what appeared to be our suite. Amazing marble marked the floors. Gold accents everywhere. It seemed as if the room was intended for a king or queen. Well, it actually was! Turns out we were only looking at the foyer. We entered the door, to the left was a massive living room and to the right was a hallway that lead to the master bedroom. We entered The Royal Suite (old home of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor)! The concierge continued through the foyer into the living room, which connected to the dining room and a butler’s pantry. We made our way to the other side of the foyer; a half bath was located across from the master bedroom that had a walk-in closet, master bathroom and some interesting home accessories. There was another bedroom that was closed off. We were asked if we had any questions and then the concierge left. Calm and collected during the tour, my grandmother started bursting out laughing. What was happening to us? Were we on some new reality show that documents reactions of hotel guests? Did the hotel think we were celebrities? We did not (and still do not) know.

 

The day proceeded with a shopping trip (my grandma bought me a leather coat with fur accents), a dinner at the hotel restaurant and most notably some show-and-tell. A cousin who lives in New York City went to dinner with us and we had to tell him about our upgrade. He came to our place (well, our place for the night) to see the view and the amazing furniture. Some point after dinner and in between jumping on the bed it truly dawned on me what was happening. Upgraded to The Royal Suite? My phone rang. It was mom. She was returning my call from earlier in the day when I wanted to dish on the new weekend digs. In my excitement I demanded she drive to New York to see the suite while we still had access. “Mom the Duke and Duchess of Windsor used to stay here… you have to come check out the suite!” She decided NOT to drive to NYC, but told us to live in the moment. The following day the trip continued with our planned Wicked show along with a nice lunch. It was a causal experience with no upgrades. ;)

 

We left the city shocked, humbled and still inquisitive of our stay in The Royal Suite. During our stay we did see objects that sparked our thoughts and curiosity. An egg was displayed in the case in the foyer; my uncle joked it was Fabergé. A pillow with a dog embroidered on it sat in the master bedroom; my grandma joked it had to be the queen’s pooch. I thought, “what celebrities have stayed in what appears to be an insanely expensive suite?” Well once arriving home later that weekend my uncle did some research. Supposedly The Royal Suite is one of Britney Spears’ favorite places to stay. The egg, yeah, it was Fabergé. The pillow, yeah, that was supposedly the Duchess of Windsor’s pup.

Why think of this experience? It’s a reminder to appreciate what you have. I think back to this trip for motivation. As I check off career goals it’s easy to lose focus on what I have accomplished thus far. New opportunities leave old milestones in the dark sometimes, but the out of this world experience at The Waldorf Astoria reminds me to live every second.

Present-day photography: Kris McElligott

Blue & Pink

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Shirt: c/o/ Threads 4 Thought/ Shorts: Levis/ Belt: c/o/ Huckstraps/ Necklace: vintage/ Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

The other day I was walking with my friend; we were looking for a place to take pictures and came across this graffiti wall. I love the contrast between my blue shirt and pink belt against the bright yellow! There was also a yellow car parked beside the wall that you can see in the reflection of my sunglasses. Do you like color blocking outfits, too?

Photography: Chris Fascenelli

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