ue mini boom bluetooth speaker


i feel like i’m always apologizing for not blogging in a while, so i’m not going to do that tonight.  it’s been a crazy spring and summer.  i’m hoping to get back on my grind for the rest of the year.  thumbs up.

tonight i’m going to recommend my new favorite purchase which has nothing to do with shoes or jackets or clothes or whatever.  i’ve been on the search for the perfect portable bluetooth speaker for the a couple of months now.  i patrolled amazon’s list of best sellers, bought a few, hated them and then took it back to the internet for more research.  the one i’ve landed on that destroys all other bluetooth speakers in its class is the ue mini boom that you see above.  it packs a punch.  i don’t know the technical aspects of this product and i honestly don’t really care.  just know that it plays music loud for its size.  it’s also around $100 which is how much you should be spending on an audio product of this size.  (you get what you pay for when go cheap.  trust me.)  you can get your very own right here.  you will love it.


nike internationalist and nike air odyssey

nikeairo nikeintl

i’ve been on a big nike kick lately.  it makes me feel like a kid again.  (side note: when i was a kid, i went through a couple of years when everything i owned had to be nike related including my school binder, backpack, etc.)  with summer now over and before i turn to boots full time, i’m going to grab a pair of nikes to rock this fall.  currently, i’m trying to decide between these two models: the internationalist and the air odyssey.  for under and around $100, you can’t go wrong here.

new blog: notes from the range


“golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated; it satisfies the soul and frustrates the intellect. it is at the same time rewarding and maddening – and it is without a doubt the greatest game mankind has ever invented.”

– arnold palmer

it’s been a minute since i’ve posted anything on here.  some of you might have been wondering where i’ve disappeared to or maybe you haven’t (it won’t hurt my feelings if it’s the latter).  this summer i’ve become a bit golf obsessed which i tell my girlfriend is a good thing because it keeps me off the streets and off of hard drugs (that’s a joke btw).  i have this crazy goal that i want to become scratch sometime in the next 2-3 years and play a qualifying round for the us open.  the big problem is that i’m currently 9.1 handicap index points away from said goal and my game is nowhere near as close as it needs to be.  the bottom line is that i have a lot of work left to do.  with that said, i’ve started a new blog to chronicle my golf exploits (and obsession).  it’s called notes from the range and you can access it here.  i’ll still be posting on to take the train from time to time, but if you really want to know what i’m up to, please check out notes from the range.

new this week

i’ve been home sick for the last 3 days.  feel free to feel sorry for me.  i’m kidding.  i’ll be ok (i hope).  i’ve tried diligently to keep up with work, but when emails and phone calls aren’t coming in fast and furious, i’ve had to find ways to entertain myself.  luckily, there’s relief in the form of entertainment.  here are this week’s best releases:


leon bridges – come home.  typically, i stay away from most things deemed retro, but it’s hard to deny leon’s sam cooke-esque vocals and easy flowing lyrics.  it has a place in my rotation for the rest of the summer.  not sure how long the shelf life will be, but it’s the kind of record you can put while you grill out with your girl or even your parents.  oh, and dude’s a solid dresser too.  look at them high-waisted slacks.

seinfeldseinfeld is now streaming on hulu.  the whole f’ing series is there.  as someone who has not seen every episode, i am elated.  my goal is to watch it from start to finish.  dream big, cooper.  dream big.

ex machina

ex machina is now available to buy on itunes.  i haven’t seen it, but i’m going to go ahead and tell you it’s good.  it’s 91% on rotten tomatoes and stars oscar isaac from inside llewyn davis (which i highly recommend if you haven’t seen).  it’s about the perils of artificial intelligence which is why we probably need to refrain from trying to build robots with souls.  am i right?

new balance crt300

nbcrt2015i don’t play tennis, but that doesn’t matter, because these kicks are fire.  i’m a big fan of new balance court classics and these are another stellar collaboration with j. crew (obviously).  i really don’t need any more summer kicks, but why the hell not?  it’s always good to have options.  get your own right here before they sell out.  they’re going quickly.

retrosuperfuture for a.p.c. sunglasses


summer hasn’t technically arrived (we’ll have to wait until June 21st to make it official), but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be working on your shades game.  my recommendation – in addition to the usual wayfarerers, clubmasters, etc. – is this pair of retrosuperfuture for a.p.c. sunglasses.  there really isn’t much to them except they’re handmade in italy for everyone’s favorite french denim brand.  who’s feeling like a trip to europe all of a sudden?  *raises hand*

golf kit 2015


i’ve caught the golf bug.  i always get it around this time of year.  it usually last for 3 or 4 months and then disappears when the weather gets cold.  i’m not a great golfer, but i aspire to be.  the first step to reaching that goal is to look like a golfer.  with that said, here’s what i’m wearing and swinging this summer:

travis mathews golf shirt – these shirts are amazing.  they are fitted and have a retro feel to them.  if they’re good enough for bubba, they’re good enough for me.

ecco golf shoes – i used to think these looked ridiculous.  not anymore.  i couldn’t play without them.  they are the most comfortable golf shoes on the market and i’ve pretty much tried them all.  not even joking.

yeti rambler – it will keep your drink cool for days.  days.  did you hear that?  days.

scotty cameron newport 2.5 putter – the very first “big” item i ever purchased with my own money was a scotty cameron putter.  i now own 4 of them.  i refuse to putt with anything else.

titleist pro v1 golf balls – the best golf balls on the market (in my opinion).

masters tour visor – i realize tour visors are super fratty, but i don’t care.  they are essential to my golf game.  no link provided, but you may be able to find one on ebay.

callaway big bertha alpha 815 driver – i must confess.  i don’t own this driver, but i will before the end of the summer.  i bought two callaway fairway woods last year and trust that this driver is the best on the market.  i’ll keep you posted.

arsenal ball marker poker chips – you need something to mark your ball with, so why not show your support for the best football club on the planet.

scotty cameron belt buckle – you will never catch me in a white belt, but that doesn’t mean i’m not going to rock a dope belt buckle while i’m taking your $3 (nassau, bitches).

j. crew 9″ stanton shorts – 9″ is the perfect shorts length for the golf course.  please no chubbies or stand up shorts.  leave your balls in your bag (see what i did there?  i am hilarious.)


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