golden bear sportswear for j. crew

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i like a varsity jacket.  i’ve wanted one for a while, but i’ll be honest i don’t think i can pull it off.  my shoulders are too big.  i know.  i know.  it sounds like i’m making excuses, but the last thing i need to do is to continue to benjamin button myself i.e. look younger than i already am (if that works here).  that shouldn’t deter you from wanting or copping your very own varsity jacket like this one from golden bear and j. crew.  golden bear has been making these since the 20′s.  it’s the real deal.  you’ll have no problem picking up chicks at sonic after the big game.

you need: a tie bar

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it was awards week here in nashville.  the performance rights organizations held their awards sunday through tuesday and the cma awards were on wednesday.  i was lucky enough to attend the bmi awards (thanks bradley) and the cma awards.  why am i telling you this?  one because i’m event dropping (kind of like name dropping) and two because i had to dress up twice this week.  the one thing i’ve been adding to my suit game more and more over the past few years is a tie bar.  if you are not the proud owner of 1 or 2 or 10 tie bars, then it’s time to change that.  start simple with a 1.5 inch silver tie bar like the one you see above from the tie bar (not just a clever name).  after that the world is your oyster. feel free to mix and match as you please.  the tie bar is a great place to start.

oak street bootmakers trail socks

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good socks are hard to find.  once you find a pair that you like on your feet, you need to go ahead and buy 2 or 3 more pairs of the same socks.  trust me you will use them.  earlier this week oakstreet bootmakers released their own version the trail sock and they are amazing.  here are the stats: 85% recycled cotton; 13% nylon; and 2% spandex.  they are also made in the usa.  and do you want to know the best part?  they are only $8 a pair.  you read that right.  you can load up here, but don’t waste any time as they are going fast.

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the ugliest shoes you’ll see all season

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this page in men’s health starts with “here’s one way to guarantee that every man will want to walk a mile in your shoes.”  excuse me.  what?  are we talking about the shoes listed under that copy.  if we are in fact talking about those shoes, then maybe it’s time to check yourself.  these are the ugliest shoes i’ve seen in a long time.  look it’s not my thing to get on here and crap all over someone’s design or product (i’m not qualified to do so), but these do not pass the eye test.  purple + back + gray camo = something bebop and rocksteady would wear on tmnt.  they’re also listed as “the mh must-have.”  really?  we, the readers of men’s health magazine, must have these shoes.  c’mon man.  you can do better than that, men’s health.  (please note the brand is not named to protect the guilty party.)

women we appreciate: the women of tumblr (part 2)

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i may or may not have a tumblr (hint: i have one).  if you’ve been a reader for a couple of years, then you might remember my previous women of tumbr post (it can be found here).  not gonna lie my tumblr is mainly pictures of babes.  if that’s not your thing, then don’t check it out.  i don’t know any of these women, but i would like to one day.  seriously, how are there so many beautiful women on tumblr?  i don’t get it.  oh well.  it’s our gain.  enjoy these pics and check out i took the train if you have a spare hour of so.

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black jeans

it’s been a while since i posted something.  i know you’ve been waiting with bated breath to see what’s coming next.  i promise i’m going to do all i can to make the posts more frequent and that starts…tonight.  yeah!  without further ado…

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black is a tricky color for menswear enthusiast.  if it’s done poorly, you come across as either a guy who’s trying too hard to look “fashionable” (see dudes at olive garden on valentines day) or a guy who’s trying too hard to be “music business” (see most of nashville).  those two reasons are why i had reservations about ever owning a pair of black jeans.  the truth is when done properly they can be an essential piece of your every day wardrobe.  i bought a pair before i went to paris this summer because i thought they seemed somewhat parisian.  i don’t think anyone misidentified me as a local (could have been the fanny pack or socks with sandals), but they were easy to travel with i.e. you can dress them up or down.  they’ve since been a weekly wear.  i tend to rock with a plaid or chambray shirt.  i also don’t give a rip if i’m wearing them with brown desert boots (now to tell you once again who’s bad).  if you’ve been thinking about pulling the trigger on a pair, but have been scared to for whatever reason, here are two options for a test run: a.p.c. washed denim (above left) and j. crew garment dyed jeans (above right).  the j. crew version are a much better price, but you know them ladies like the way i look in them a.p.c.s.  #nahmean

friends are waiting

you got me, budweiser.  this commercial is amazing.  i typically don’t post this type of fare on here,  but i couldn’t resist.  i have a lab and she’s one of the best things that’s ever happened to me.  drinking and driving is stupid.  let’s try not to do it.  #friendsarewaiting

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