Archive for March, 2012

the rat pack

i’m headed to vegas this weekend for work.  i have a hard time going to vegas without thinking about sinatra, martin, and davis.  i don’t know too much about joey bishop or peter lawford, but i’m sure they were cool cats to be included in the rat pack.  i can’t imagine what vegas was like when those 3 were alive.  almost every single one of their shows sold out.  they never said who was going to be on the bill.  one of them would announce a show and people would go hoping other members of the rat pack would show up.  only they didn’t call it the rat pack – the press and generally public did.  they called it the summit or the clan.  in all honesty, they probably didn’t care what it was called as long as they were having a good time.

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jessica pare “zou bisou bisou”

i’m sure most of you watched mad men last sunday night.  thank god it’s back on the air.  i missed it a ton.  one of the things i’m looking forward to this season is the evolution of jessica pare’s character, megan draper.  she was excellent in the first episode.  unlike don, i was impressed with her singing the 1960′s song “zou bisou bisou.”  gq.com has a nice write-up on the origin of the song if you want to check it out.  and as if mad men couldn’t get any cooler, they’ve released a 7 ” of her performance which you can find here (it’s also on itunes but that’s not as cool as an actual record).  welcome back, mad men.

k-way claude waterproof jacket

i don’t know what the weather is like this time of year where you live, but here in nashville springtime is the home of the random 30 minute rain shower.  it can strike at any moment, so it’s good to be prepared.  your first line of defense should be a light-weight waterproof jacket like this one from k-way.  when the shower is over, it folds nicely into the front zip pocket for easy storage.  you can buy them here, here or here.  they come in several colors but i’m partial to these two.

new balance 1400 in blue sky

i’m a big fan of anything new balance and the 1400s are some of my favorites.  when i saw the new colorways released by j. crew last month, i jumped on the blue sky ones immediately.  initially, they sent me the wrong order which is sort of becoming a thing with me.  the correct 1400s arrived on my doorstep yesterday afternoon and i couldn’t be more pleased.  they’re extremely comfortable, made in america, and look phenomenal (even my shotty camera work can’t hold them down).  you can buy your own pair here.

first impression: ledbury

i’ve been hearing about ledbury since they started making shirts.  a friend of mine went to washington & lee with paul and paul.  i remember when he called me to tell me their story.  if you haven’t read it, you can find it here.  it’s incredible.  he urged me to order a couple of shirts, because they were about to blow up.  he was right.  over the past few years, ledbury have been mentioned in every men’s magazine i read and almost every blog on my google reader.  last week, i found out why.  their shirts are perfect.  they’re made with less fabric in the waist and torso to create a slimming effect aka a perfect fit without being “slim-fit.”  when you’re used to billowy brooks brothers dress shirts, it’s a welcome change.  most of my future dress shirts will now come from ledbury.  keep up the good work, pauls.

fawc: friday afternoon whiskey club

at the end of last summer, i had lunch with a friend who told me he had started making drinks as a hobby.  he invited me over later that afternoon to try out a new drink he found in a magazine.  i can’t remember the name of said drink, but it was excellent.  we moved on to a traditional manhattan and then another one.  before i knew it, i was an hour late to dinner and had a pretty good buzz going.  when the next friday rolled around, we got together again and made a different drink.  it’s now a somewhat weekly thing (when our schedule’s are both free).  we’ve been trying out different whiskeys and different cocktails and inviting whoever wants to show up.  there’s no better way to wrap up a tough week at work than with the friday afternoon whiskey club.

jeff’s set-up: he has a whole bookcase full of liquor, but we’ve mostly stuck to whiskey.

i handled the drink duties last week and went with the valet mentioned whiskey smash.

the finished product.

what are you planning on drinking this afternoon?  suggestions welcome.

new tretorn nylite colorways at sid mashburn

while doing some online shopping at sid’s tonight, i noticed they added a few new tretorn nylite colorways to their arsenal.  the navy/red have my name all over them.  if you’ve been waiting to jump on the tretorn nylite bandwagon, it’s time to get on board.  these are perfect shoes for the spring and summer.  you can find all three colors at sidmashburn.com.

 

beach inspiration: jeff spicoli

it was 85 degrees today in nashville which got me thinking about the summer and more specifically my upcoming trip to the beach.  a lot of folks are on spring break right now, so this post may not be as premature as you might think.  when i’m at the beach, i like keep things very jeff spicoli: short sleeve polo shirt, volley swim trunks, slip on vans, and some form of beach bag.  if you haven’t seen fast times at ridgemont high, you need to plan on watching it as soon as you possibly can.  mr. serious sean penn as a high school stoner and phoebe cates in a bikini: what’s not to like?

baracuta g9 in british tan

a year ago, a good friend of mine gave me his old baracuta g9 in olive green.  it was a size too big for me, but i fell in love with it regardless.  i don’t think i took it off for several months.  this spring i ordered one in my size (the original fits true to your jacket size).  the good news is that it arrived this afternoon; the bad news is that the temperature in nashville was 80 degrees today .  i’m hoping the weather will cool down for a week or two, so i can get a couple of wears in before it’s too hot.

if you’re thinking about buying a baracuta g9, do it.  it’s such a classic jacket.   i get more compliments on my green one than any other jacket in my closet.  and if you’re going to buy one, do it from o’connell’s clothing in buffalo, ny. they have a great selection and take excellent care of their customers.  i can’t recommend them enough.

white sneaks for the spring

white sneakers are an essential part of any man’s wardrobe regardless of what your wife or girlfriend tells you.  spring time is the right time to pull these badboys out and start breaking them in.  rule #1: don’t be afraid to get a little dirt on them.  rule #2: you can’t go wrong with one of these classics (from top to bottom): vans authentic, adidas rod laver, jack purcell, and tretorn nylite canvas.

*quick note: as i went to auto-post this entry, i noticed valet had the same idea this morning with their selection for spring shoe week.  of course, their site looks a lot better than mine, but i’m just happy to be on the same page with them.

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