1) New Year, Same Beginning – what is YOUR favorite item featured in this month’s Lexington box?
Disi Fei (Co-Founder): I’m really digging the Basic Outfitters socks in this month’s box. I love a good pair of ribbed socks, and the best part about these is that you can wear them as both dress socks or boot socks. The colors are also very in season and go with any outfit really!
Mike Luca (Customer Experience Manager and “The Guide” Editor-in-Chief): I’m actually very much into the houndstooth pattern of Salt + Dapper’s pocket square. It’ll spice up both my social look and my apron game 😉
Alan Luu (Brand Manager): The Twillory Necktie. It’s a subtle pin-dot that comes in two very easy to match colors.
Nick Urteaga (Lead Photographer): [He’s still thinking…we’re off to a great start!]
Joe Villarosa (Customer Experience Specialist, Groomsmen Specialist, Jack Of All Trades): My favorite item from the January box would have to be the Standard Shirt collar stays. I’m always losing track of the plastic ones that come with my dress shirts, so the metal ones in this month’s box will remind me to place them back in the handy case they came in! They’re also extremely useful and practical. This month’s box overall is very practical, might I add.
2) How is your “resolution” going, and if you didn’t make one then has a resolution happened to naturally come to fruition in your daily 2018 life thus far?
DF: I made a multitude of attainable resolutions this year, so I’m slowly getting through them! Just have to remember to be kind to myself 🙂
ML: Although my resolution was to confine myself within the label of a resolution, I did take on the Whole30 lifestyle for this month and possibly beyond. The sugar nostalgia crisis is real, but my mental capabilities are much better restored, I’m cooking like a boss and that tiger blood is genuinely beginning to flow.
AL: My resolution of taking care of my health in terms of working out consistently and eating healthier is going great!
NU: My New Year’s resolution, unfortunately, isn’t going according to plan. I made it a goal to take care of my health overall and unfortunately I haven’t made it as much of a priority as I should have and I’m suffering the consequences. I’m hoping February or March I can get back on track 😉
JV: One of my resolutions for this year has been to be in the moment and not let the little things I can’t control get to me. I’m meditating and keeping relaxed, even when things get rough. I know – it sounds very namaste, but that’s the intention, and so far I feel so much better. I’ve been sticking with this and have had a much more positive vision and mindset heading into this year, and have been successful in January so far.
3) Juxtaposing the starting anew mentality, which retro trend appears to be (and justifiably) making a comeback?
DF: I think 80’s swimwear for men AND women are making a big comeback. I expect to see bright neon colors, fun retro patterns (think “Saved by the Bell”), shorter swimming trunks and high-waisted bikini bottoms.
ML: Believe it or not, it’s corduroy. The red velvet aesthetic in general is seriously classing up my wintery strides, without appearing neither too corporate nor casual, and while keeping those prowling city bears in check.
AL: 70’s and 80’s fashion staples in general are making a huge comeback.
NU: I see a lot more wide taper pants coming back into fashion. I’ve welcomed it a bit into my own wardrobe and think it will continue to make a comeback after the upcoming fashion weeks.
JV: I find it interesting that 90s activewear is making such a big comeback. It seems like every time I check Instagram, I’m seeing retro 90s sweatshirts adorned with Fila logos. It brings me back to how my Dad would dress on weekends when I was a kid and I’m kind of digging it.
4) What is the best new recommendation you have for the dapper gentleman aspiring to add a little more HGTV into their lifestyle (home decor, kitchen gadgetry or tips, etc.)?
DF: Pick a style that you really love and choose pieces that go with that theme. Once you start randomly picking out items that you simply just like, your apartment/home style might start looking like a mishmosh of product.
ML: One of my best crutches throughout this new regimen adjustment has been the exposure to various kitchen tools and appliances: fresh new veggie peelers/spiralizers, food processors, waffle irons that ALSO serve as a mold for eggs and potatoes…just keep experimenting and man up on dishwashing.
AL: Don’t be afraid to try different fits, colors, etc. to broaden your personal style.
NU: Find what inspires you, whether it be something on social media, nature, art and so forth. Find the inspiration and stick to that. For me, I have a thing for rustic decor and nature. Therefore, all additions to my home involve dark wood, aged iron clocks, lights, etc.
JV: I’d recommend checking out places like Target and Ikea for simple, minimalist items to add to the house. The more understated, the better. Plus, items from both of those places won’t break the bank when trying to add some new life to your home. I’m really loving the Hearth & Hand line from Target right now, designed by Chip and Joanna from HGTV’s Fixer Upper itself.
5) If already in need of another reboot, what is your ideal (but still wintery) getaway this time of year?
DF: I just went to Mohonk Mountain House this past weekend and it was incredible. Cross-country skiing, ice skating, snow shoeing, yoga, meditation, heated pool…you name it. I recommend staying two nights and really taking advantage the resort amenities and accommodations!
ML: I’m desperately craving a snow-tubing hop across the Poconos. Camelback Mountain, White Lightning – take your pick and fight the urge to keep flying out to Blizzard Beach in Orlando twice a year.
AL: Just renting a cabin for a weekend for some skiing.
NU: This past weekend a lot of friends went out to the Sundance Film Festival in Utah. Aside from being able to see a lot of awesome flicks, the atmosphere of a wintery, snow-filled Utah is definitely something I want to be a part of. If I can’t make it out to Utah this winter for a fun ski-cation, I’ll definitely be doing it next year (fingers crossed).
JV: My ideal getaway this time of year would have to be a weekend at a ski lodge in the Catskills (NY), Vermont or Pennsylvania. I can’t ski to save my life, but the scenery is amazing and any time away from the city is much needed every now and then, even if I’m just catching up with my reading.
6) A Patriots-Eagles Super Bowl matchup is official…who wins? How much do you care? What is your signature contribution to a Super Bowl tailgate party in particular?
DF: Not much of a sports fan, but I’m always down to make a solid 7-layer Mexican dip and the classic pigs in a blanket. Oh, and let’s not forget Philly cheesesteak sliders!
ML: Stephen Gostkowski kicks the game-winning field goal for New England as time expires. Woop. As for catering I always strive for themed quesadillas (Beast Mode Skittles Quesadilla, Papa Peyton’s Nationwide Parm-adilla…winners and losers) but always pair it with a balsamic avocado dip proven to please each crowd.
AL: Patriots, but I don’t actually care who wins. It’s more the event a a whole that’s fun. As it so happen I don’t have a signature contribution =P
NU: The Eagles are an offensive juggernaut right now but I still have the Pats winning this one. I’m a huge football fan so I’m excited to see how this all goes down. The only way I see the Eagles taking this one is if it’s an offensive shootout and Philadelphia somehow manages to have the final possession of the game to win it. It will also be huge if the Eagles’ defense can get to Tom Brady, and if Rob Gronkowski remains in concussion protocol it could be a huge game changer.
I usually just order pizza to make it easy on everyone else – not much for spending time in the kitchen before the big game.
JV: Coming from a family of Giants fans (and witnessing the painfully sad season we had last year), Super Bowl LII is going to be pure torture, as we dislike the Eagles and Pats equally. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but let’s go Eagles.
Wow, I just said that…but Brady’s got enough rings. Regardless of who wins, I’ll be enjoying some buffalo chicken dip – easily my favorite dish of the day, aside from the actual wings, of course.
SprezzaBox Staff // The Guide