Author: tommy

The Final Chapter in NOLA

Waking up on my final day in New Orleans was bittersweet. I was so thankful for the experiences I had throughout the weekend, but I was also wishing I had a few more days to pack in more hidden treasures of this city. I thought a great way to experience a lot of the city at once was by riding the famous street cars. There are three different street car lines in New Orleans. The city takes credit as being the first city west of the Allegheny Mountains in the Appalachian Mountain Range to implement passenger rail service. I explored the area through the Canal Street line which runs from the booming business district through the heart of New Orleans. Along the way you see charming villages, historic cemeteries and buildings, endless monuments and the vivacious life of the city through restaurants, bars, shops, and parades. The Saint Charles Line (which was operating with buses in place of street cars when I was in the area so sadly I didn’t get to experience this), is …

New Orleans: Day 2

After a non-stop first day in New Orleans, it was time for a relaxing morning at the hotel. The Windsor Court Hotel is a beautiful French-inspired property just minutes away from the historic French Quarter. Decor dating from the 17th to the late 20th centuries filled the space, creating a world that felt authentic to those times. With a spa, fitness facility, rooftop pool and award-winning restaurants (I even broke my no-dairy rule for their Cajun shrimp and smoked tomato pizza), taking in everything the hotel had to offer was a must on the to-do list. I started the day with a dip by their heated pool, and breakfast overlooking the city in their 22nd floor lounge. After easing into the morning, it was time for a new day of adventure.The National World War II Museum is considered one of the best museums in the world and it did not disappoint. The museum looks like a Hollywood set, with each room and time period of the war replicated to look like you are transported there. …

Adventures in New Orleans

New Orleans is a city that has so much more to offer than partying through the early hours of the morning. It is a place rich in culture, filled with some of the kindest people I’ve ever met and, surprisingly, home to a natural oasis. I teamed up with the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau to explore a side to this city many people may not know about.I started off the weekend with a kayaking excursion in the Maurepas Swamp, just 25 miles outside of the city. This swamp is the second largest in the country and is home to alligators, bald eagles, white-tailed deer, turtles, several species of birds, and more. Bald cypress trees line the water and can be more than 3,500 years old. The trail is picturesque with a baby blue skyline full of lush greenery. About 15 minutes in, the most incredible thing happened. An alligator jumped up out of the water and barrel-rolled in the air next to my kayak before crashing back down, soaking me with water. Our …

Easing Into Fall

The weather is playing tricks on us, again! One day you’re mad that you aren’t wearing enough layers, while the next day you’re trying to peel the skin off your body because it’s randomly and overwhelmingly hot. Until we are a few weeks into autumn, figuring out what to wear each day is a mission. Here are my four tips to starting off the fall season with style and comfort in mind, so that you’re ready to tackle whatever Mother Nature throws your way. 1. Fabric Matters You can never go wrong wearing a sport jacket. If you’re not required to wear a suit for work, make sure to stock up on a few sport jackets that are made of a lighter fabric. Keep the wool away until the temperatures really drop. I like to use a sport coat also as a jacket when there are warm days and cool nights because it is one less piece of clothing to worry about during temperamental weather. It’s as I like to call it, a two-for-one piece. …

Outdoor Training 

*This post was sponsored by my friends over at Zappos Hot summer days are slowly coming to an end as slight hints of fall are in the air. With the transition of seasons comes the most comfortable weather to train outdoors. I crave fresh air, so what better way to enjoy the outdoors than by breaking a sweat? Living a healthy and balanced lifestyle is important to me so I try to make time to workout five to six times per week, even if its a busy day and has to be short and sweet. If you don’t have time to get to a gym, city streets or nature can be the perfect replacements. With a little creativity, you can use things in the environment surrounding you to get in a fantastic work out. Running on a treadmill is one of the most painful things for me. I get easily bored, distracted, and find myself looking at the time, second by second as I wait for it to hit zero. When I want to get in …

Summers Down The Shore

I’m about to let you in on a little secret that might surprise you: the television show, The Jersey Shore is not an accurate representation of what life is like in the beach towns of New Jersey. Sure, the particular area that the show was filmed in does lives up to some of the things that were portrayed there, but outside of the tiny town that people identify the show with is a hidden oasis of picturesque beach communities.Lavallette is a tiny, quaint beach town I grew up spending my summers in. On one side of the island is the ocean and on the opposite side is the bay. Beach shops and boutiques line the streets and home made ice cream is available on every other block. There are staple restaurants like the Crabs Claw that you can roll into after a day on the beach wearing a tank top and swim trunks, snack on coconut shrimp, and dance to live cover bands belting out hits from Bon Jovi and Journey all night long. The …

Polished Skincare 

In a market saturated with skincare products for women, I’m always on the hunt for quality products catered towards men’s needs. So when the team at the new brand Polished told me about the products by Dr. Lancer and Ryan Seacrest, I was definitely intrigued. Dr. Lancer is a Beverly Hills dermatologist with celebrity clients like Kim Kardashian, Oprah, and of course, Ryan. The two men teamed up to create a product they say is driven by science.One of the best things men can do for their skin is moisturize, but you want to use a daily moisturizer with SPF. The moisturizer from Polished has SPF 30 protection, which is what most dermatologists recommend. It feels non-greasy and light, in part because it’s oil-free. It’s not always easy to find moisturizers that don’t make your face shiny, so I was thrilled to see that there was no shine after application. It absorbs quickly into your skin and Dr. Lancer says it works to minimize surface oil from forming throughout the day. The ingredients include ginger …

Convertible Cruising

The weather in New York City has been beautiful lately, so it only felt right to put the top down and drive the all new 2017 Buick Cascada to the Jersey Shore. Who doesn’t want to feel like the party has begun the second you get into a car for a weekend getaway? Thanks to this convertible, that mission was accomplished. It’s been a fun summer of testing out different Buicks, and once again this brand did not disappoint.The design of the Cascada is stunning. With the click of one button, the soft top compactly folds into the trunk of the car in less than 17 seconds. The 20-inch aluminum wheels sparkle as they reflect the sunlight, adding to the sporty silhouette of the convertible. Perforated dark leather seats compliment the vibrant red color (other color options are, of course, available), and the interior lights up with red mood lighting. There are chrome details throughout the car, giving it a sleek and luxurious feel. To say this convertible is sexy is an understatement.I was impressed …

Maui Jim: A Taste of Hawaii

It’s no secret that I have a deep connection to Hawaii; so much so that I travel to Maui and Kauai every winter. If I can’t be in Hawaii everyday (one can dream), then I at least want to feel as close to the islands as possible. That’s one of the many reasons why I love the sunglass brand, Maui Jim. The company started in Maui’s Lahaina area with the mission to create lenses that prevent harmful UV rays from hitting your eyes while also capturing the vibrant colors of Hawaii. They believe that it’s not about where you are; its about the magic that happens when you slip on a pair of Maui Jim’s and experience that the view is truly better behind their lenses – and they live up to their mission. With more than 125 styles of polarized glasses that protect against UVB and UVA rays, there is something for everyone to choose from with this fashion-forward brand.I was immediately drawn to the colorful Wakea model. The frame is frosted crystal, a …

Short Sleeve Button-Downs

Should you or shouldn’t you? That is a question many people contemplate when looking at a short sleeved button-down before purchasing. But I am here to break the stigma and offer some helpful advice: short sleeve button downs are a fantastic summer staple that should be in your wardrobe. They keep you cool in the heat of summer and are usually appropriate enough for you to wear to your offices. But be cautious – there is a catch. If not worn properly, the clean, put-together look you are trying to achieve can in actuality leave you looking disheveled. Below are some helpful tips to set you up for success when shopping for this summer piece.For some reason, these types of shirts often run big. The sleeves and mid-section are too wide and the length is too long. You will need to try out a few different brands to see which ones gives you a more fitted style  – especially if you plan on wearing them to work because you should tuck the shirt in for …