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The Hiatus is Over

What seemed like a complete drop off of the map was really just a time to rejuvenate, refocus and rededicate myself to look smart, eat smart and spend smart. It’s difficult to promote and motivate others when you don’t practice what you preach. During this hiatus new discoveries have been made to help others look smarteat smart and spend smart with an increased focus on sharing personal experiences regardless of my relationship with that particular company.

New partnerships have been developed, but most importantly the focus has been reaffirmed to help you save time and be the best person you can be. The pace will likely be less frantic, meaning daily posts are likely a thing of the past, but that should result in more in-depth and thought out topics rather than getting content out the door simply for the sake of writing. While the exercise of writing something everyday for two straight months was a great, and successful, challenge it really wasn’t the purpose of this site. I look forward to sharing several new companies, discoveries, experiences and sites with you and hopefully leverage to look smarteat smart and spend smart.

Here’s the optimizing your life one day at a time.

Prep for Sunglasses Season

While the first day of spring has come according to the calendar, it seems much of the country still seems to be experiencing winter like weather. As a way to help brighten up your day and dethaw your mood we’re going to look specifically at a product to help you look smart once the weather cooperates. While we want you to look smart and be prepared we also want to make sure you spend smart because frivolous spending on something we’d classify as ‘nice to have, but not a need’ is plain irresponsible. So in preparation for the summer season, and bright skies, we’re going to take a look at the different options you have for sunglasses.


Suits with Stretch & Recovery Technology: The Jetsetter

As someone who enjoys dressing up for work on a daily basis, it can be challenging to find a basic ‘starter set’ of clothing. Personally, as I described in the introduction post for this blog, I spent an incredible amount of time researching and planning exactly what I wanted and how to build my wardrobe. I understand, most people don’t want to take the necessary time to do all of the research, they just want clothes that fit right and make them look smart. While my experience with Bonobos is limited to their pants, they are a great company to utilize for building your basic start set of pieces for your wardrobe. Today, we’re going to examine what Bonobos is calling their ‘ideal first suit’ for those just getting their wardrobe and fashion started called The Jetsetter.

Up Your Sock Game with Happy Socks

Recently, we’ve been examining various companies that can help you increase your style through the use of accessories. So far we’ve examined the Tie Bar and Warby Parker as ways to add a little extra flair into your day. One very obvious accessory that we’ve yet to examine, that can make a big statement no matter who you are, are your socks. Before I ever ventured beyond Sears or Fred Meyer for socks, I always thought there were just white or black athletic, black or blue dress or, if you really wanted to get crazy, some kind of argyle styled socks. There’s several different companies on the market that cater specifically to socks, but one of the more creative company’s that I’ve come across has been focusing on socks for over seven years. Until you’ve visited Happy Socks, you’ll never realize what combinations of colors or patterns are actually possible. If you’re ready to go from basic to extreme then it’s time to take a crash course run with this sock company.


Custom Shoes in 2 Days with New Balance

The world of custom and handmade products has become more and more popular. We recently wrote about Etsy and their market for bringing new handmade and vintage products right to your fingertips. However, these sellers tend to be small shop or single person stores that either make their products as a hobby or simply don’t have the resources to do something more mainstream. I’m all for supporting entrepreneurs and the projects, but it’s interesting to see how large retailers react to these trends. Case and point is New Balance, my current favorite running shoe company, who has taken the leap into the custom shoe industry.