Archive for February, 2011

spring shirt options: j. crew

with spring right around the corner, i’m going to spend the next couple of weeks picking out some of my favorite shirts for the season.  i’m starting with j. crew because their stuff fits me perfectly and it’s great quality for the price.

out with the old

i realize i talk a lot of shoes on here.  no apologies.  they’re easy for me write about because they’re one of the things i update regularly.  with that said, i’ve been eyeing these ronnie fieg limited gray desert boots since december.  my old brown beeswax desert boots are a couple of months away from a hole in the sole, so it was time for an update.  the gray boots came on friday.  they’re incredible.  if you’ve got some extra funds and need a new pair of dbs, try the gray.  available exclusively at david z.

the oscars tuxedo


in honor of the academy awards tonight, i present to you the academy’s best dressed tuxedo wearers.  the oscars are the one night in hollywood where it’s a requirement for hollywood’s leading men to wear tuxes and the ones that look the best are the one’s that keep it simple and traditional.  but seriously, if you don’t look good in a tux then i can’t help you.   Continue reading

want: mark mcnairy saddle shoes

i’ve given in to the hype.  mcnairy makes incredible shoes.  these two-tone saddle shoes from his new amsterdam collection are flawless.  now i just need to figure out where i can order a pair from – preferably in the states.  #suckerforredbricksoles

new warby parker frames for 2011

fresh from my inbox: warby parker has released some new frames for 2011.  you can see the rest at their website.  if you don’t know the deal with warby parker, here’s the skinny: they make vintage inspired frames for $95 and for every pair they sell they give a pair to someone in need.  why wouldn’t you buy glasses from them?  i’ve made it all the way through the ordering process twice but don’t know my pupilary distance and have been too lazy to go get it measured.  i’m gonna do it this week.

behind the design: j. crew mens spring 2011

a short behind the scenes look at j. crew mens spring 2011 collection.  dig it.

setting the record straight: mcqueen’s footwear

i realize steve mcqueen’s boots have been covered ad nauseum in the blogosphere, but the photo above made me check my facts again.  you often hear people say that mcqueen wore clarks desert boots in the great escape.  not true.  he actually wore m-43 service boots like the ones pictured below (click read more).  Continue reading

happy presidents’ day

i had the day off today.  i played golf this morning, had lunch with friends, and then went to the movies by myself.  i’m sure our founding fathers would approve of how i spent my presidents day.  i hope you’re having as good of a day as i’ve had (even if you had to work).

i’m willing to bet 8 out of 10 men’s style bloggers are mentioning something about jfk today and how he’s the most stylish president we’ve ever had.  i’m not going to disagree.  obama is a nice dresser, but jfk is the man when it comes to presidential style – skinny ties, slim-cut charcoal suits for work and ray-bans, rolled-up khakis and oxford shirts for the weekend.  these iconic looks are still relevant in 2011.

on the next page are a few of my favorite shots of him and his impeccable style.  you’ve probably seen them 100 times by now, but i figured i might as well get into the presidents’ day spirit by posting them.  enjoy.   Continue reading

l.l. bean love

i had a pair of bean boots in high school but they were a size too big.  at that time i didn’t care.  i let them hang off my feet.  when i went to college, they disappeared in the transition.  i hadn’t thought much about bean boots until the signature line released their first bean boots last year around this time.  i pre-ordered and was pleased when they arrived.  i sold them on ebay several weeks later  cause i needed some extra cash.  i figured i could just order another pair.  not so fast.  when i got around to ordering the things, l.l. bean said i would have to wait 3 months to get my pair.  i couldn’t figure it out.  i decided not to place an order.

what i didn’t realize is that in the past 2 years bean boots had become a hot item.  they couldn’t make them as fast as they were being ordered.  supply and demand, my friend.  the blogosphere had crowned bean boots as the go-to winter snow and rain boot.  rightfully so because they’re amazing boots.

as fall of 2010 approached, i placed another order for boots.  this time, like an idiot, i ordered them too big.  i didn’t realize you truly needed to follow their sizing info on the website which basically says size down.  i returned those only to find out that they were sold out again and i’d have to wait three months.  so i waited and they came in january.  i took them to new york with me, wore them for a day, and determined these were also too big.  i started to panic because i didn’t want to be out another $90.  i called l.l. bean and told them the situation.  that’s when they explained their return policy: if you’re not happy with them return them for a full refund or exchange.  but i’ve already worn them.  not a problem.  incredible.  can you imagine if all companies worked this way?

my new boots came yesterday.  they told me there would be a 2 month wait to get these and there wasn’t.  it was a great surprise.  thanks l.l. bean.

the blues

muddy waters – start with the double disc anthology

i love the blues.  they’re the foundations of rock and roll.  i’m not talking about white boy blues aka the kind of sh*t you find at your city’s blues bar or in a high school band.  i’m talking about the blues that came out of chicago in the 1950s and 1960s.  i’m talking about muddy waters and little walter and willie dixon.  a lot of my friends claim they don’t like the blues, but that’s because they haven’t been exposed to the real thing.  i played bo diddley in my car a couple of weeks ago and one of my buddies said, “this sounds like rock and roll.”  exactly.

taking a break from the norm on here, i wanted to post a few pictures of some of my favorite blues artist.  if you’re looking for a good entry place to the genre, start with these guys.  you can’t lose.

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