alfred sargent for j. crew

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i went and did it.  i said i wouldn’t and i did it anyway. there’s a good reason for it, ok?  i wear my sid mashburn double monks almost every day.  they’re half a size too big for me and starting to look a little ragged.  rather than ordering another pair from sid, i decided to check out the alfred sargent for j. crew double monks, and i’m glad i did.  don’t get me wrong i love my mashburn monks, but variety is always welcome.

there are few differences between the two double monks strap shoes (alfred argent also makes sid’s). color wise the new ones are a little lighter than sid’s (not sure if you can tell from my shotty iphone photos). the only other difference is the toe. the j. crew double monks are less pointy than sid’s and fit my feet better. if you’re planning on making a purchase, go a .5 size down from your measured or street shoe size. they run big like most english made shoes.

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newman’s own

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paul newman is the man.  the other day someone asked me who my favorite actor was and i said newman.  the sting and cool hand luke are two of my favorite movies of all time.  there’s no doubt he was a hollywood icon, a style icon, and for those of us that can’t rock a duck dynasty-esque beard, he was a beard icon (that is if one can be a beard icon – just go with it).  here are a few of my favorite shots of newman and his beard.  i’ve had newman’s own beard for almost a year now.  i hope it looks half as good as the real thing (my pics not included).

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dodocase x ball and buck

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i’ll be honest, i had another post queued up today, but then i checked my inbox and saw this beauty from dodocase x ball and buck.  i’ve owned 2 ipads and 1 ipad mini and all 3 of those puppies have been well secured in their very own dodocase.  i don’t trust any other company with my ipads (how television commercial does that sound).  the only difference between the dodocase currently holding my ipad mini and this one is the camo and the price.  these will run an extra $10, but what’s $10 when you have the dopest looking ipad case around.  get one here before they’re all gone.

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rock in fashion

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i love a good coffee table book.  i have a few that rotate year-round - the beatles anthology, the clash, u2 by u2, and a few others.  (notice a common theme there?)  i can’t say that i’ve read any of them, but that’s the beauty of coffee table books: you don’t have to read them.  i pick them up from time to time to check out the photos of some of my favorite bands through the years.  i hadn’t purchased anything from john varvatos (not really my scene) until i stumbled upon his recently released rock in fashion book.  it’s a homage to the music that changed his life and inspired his clothing line.  it’s a great collection of photos shot by some of the best rock and roll photographers of all time.  hail! hail! rock ‘n’ roll!  get yours here.

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red wing 875 in oro legacy

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if you’re a regular reader of to take the train, then you’re probably thinking, “why the hell am i looking at another pair of red wings?”  well, i don’t have a great answer to that question except to say these are new and i like them.

earlier this year, red wing announced they were reverting back to the original, untreated leather of their 875s and calling it the “oro legacy.”  the boot hasn’t changed at all.  it’s still a moc toe work boot made on the same last as the 875 that you’ve grown to love.  the only difference is the leather.  the orange color is a bit brighter and slicker which is going to give it more character as it breaks in.  i’ve been wearing them for a week now and they look pretty damn good.  the other great thing about these is that you can actually find them on zappos.  i had to track down the original 875s at the red wing store or some nuts-ass army surplus store in bumf**k.  life can be so hard sometimes.

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yeezus indian headress t-shirt

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i bought this t-shirt.  this is not a joke.  i think it’s f**king awesome.  it reminded me of the grateful dead x wes lang t-shirt that i neglected to buy last year.  leave it to kanye to create something so next level that it almost completely contradicts his personal brand (or does it? i can’t keep up).

i missed his show in nashville the other night.  it looked amazing from what i saw on instagram.  i hope i can catch it in another city, but if that doesn’t happen, at least i’ll have this badass indian headress t-shirt (that’s funny on so many levels).  you can get your very own here if you’re interested in that kind of thing.

black friday: j. crew

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this is the only other sale i’ll mention today (i hate shopping, remember?).  j. crew is offering 30% off in stores and online plus free shipping on orders of $150+.  i should be shopping for others, but i was in dire need of some new casual shirts.  here are a few items i’ve had my eye on this winter:

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“chili powder” flannel shirt

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cashmere watch cap (not as itchy as straight wool, son)

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slim fit sweatpants (trendy i know, but comfortable as hell)

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