Ryan Rosenkilde is the creator of Brick + Vine, a menswear and lifestyle blog based in Orange County, CA that covers everything from style and grooming to cocktails and home décor.
My philosophy for putting together a great outfit is pretty simple. I need to be comfortable. I need to look good. And it can’t take forever to figure it out. This outlook has come from years of rushing around in the mornings trying to make sure I get out the door on time while still looking pulled together. I’m always in a hurry and always struggling to get out the door for work. From my wardrobe to my grooming routine, whatever I’m doing has to be simple, straightforward and always stylish.
A classic combo I rely on is a great pair of jeans and a crewneck sweater. It’s something that always looks good and it’s easy to switch up with a different sweater or pair of jeans. The key, however, is finding a great pair of boots that help to elevate the simple look. Picking up a pair of boots that’s impressively stylish, but versatile enough to work with tons of variations, is important. The Wyat Wingtip Boot is one such boot. It’s cool enough to be worn casually but classic enough to dress up, making it great for all sorts of occasions. The icing on the cake: they’re also incredibly comfortable (another factor I always consider when getting dressed). They’re like walking on air.
My favorite thing about this boot is the side zipper. It’s genius because, like I said, I’m usually in a hurry or running late and this simple little zipper has made getting dressed a little more efficient. This gorgeous burgundy hue acts as a neutral like a nice brown but keeps things interesting. It pairs really well with almost any color. And for me, boots are a year round footwear item–these are great for wearing to work, out to dinner and anywhere in between. Next time you’re in a hurry to get dressed, try this simple outfit combination and I bet you’ll feel good. And you may even have a minute or two to spare.
Still searching for that perfect gift for your gal or galentine? From the glam girl to the athleisure lady, we’ve got you covered with our fave last-minute gifts for Valentine’s Day.
From date night to lunch with the ladies, the Total Motion Pointed Toe Pump is for the glam girl who’s always on-the-go. And this beautiful mauve suede hue will easily take her through spring.
Pictured: Total Motion Pointed Toe Pump in Mauve Suede ($120)
For the gal who loves to glitz things up, these Moonlight Drop Earrings by Baublebar will add some shimmer to her day.For a dainty dose of sparkle, give her this Heart of Diamond Ring, handcrafted from softly brushed 14-karat gold.Help her keep her jewels safe and in pristine condition with this quilted ‘Caroline’ Travel Jewelry Case from Wolf.Give her the gift of true beauty sleep with the Slipsilk™ Pure Silk Pillowcase. This silky number is anti-aging, anti-sleep crease, and anti-bed head.Set the mood for a romantic evening with this Embossed Glass Chawan Bowl Candle from Voluspa. This coconut-wax candle, in a beautifully embossed bowl, has notes of Japanese persimmon, lychee flower and red copal.For the rosé lover who likes to keep a sweet-scented home, this Prosecco Rose Home Ambience Diffuser is for her.The Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15 will keep her lips moisturized, protected and smooth, with just a hint of tint.Add a dose of love to her daily grind with this super-cute Yours Truly faux leather card case.Indulge her sweet-tooth (and penchant for all-things champagne) with the Champagne Bears® Large Candy Cube from Sugarfina.
Give your athleisure lady the gift of comfort, wrapped in a bow. Our Cobb Hill Willa Bow Slip-Ons feature rich leathers, ruched bows and uber-comfortable EVA footbeds for serious non-stop arch support.
Pictured: Cobb Hill Willa Bow Slip-On in Wine Leather ($130)
And for those truly last-minute shoppers, grab a Rockport gift card (or one from our sister-brand, Aravon). Because shoe love truly is true love.However you ring in Valentine’s Day, we hope it’s filled with lots of love, heart and sole. xo