Archive for May, 2011

machine washed and sun dried

we had a nice, sunny weekend here in nashville, so i decided to wash my old pair of vans and let them dry in the sun.  when i wasn’t paying attention, my lab grabbed one of them and ran around the yard.  i gave chase, but she got tired and gave up.  she was quite proud of herself as you can see in the last photo.

going gracefully

last night as i was looking in the mirror, it occurred to me that my hair won’t be here forever.  every haircut that i get from here on out could be my last (not really but in the interest of being dramatic i’ll say that).  my hair has been with me for 30 years now.  it’s shown no signs of going anywhere until a couple of months ago.  i don’t know if i’m super paranoid because i’m 30 or if it’s really receding at the pace i think it is.  either way it’s on my mind.

i’ve had a receding hairline for as long as i can remember.  in grade school, a good friend of mine was kind of enough to tell me about it.  i went home and asked my mom what he meant.  ever since then i’ve been slightly self conscious about my hair but in all honesty it still seems thick enough to sustain a couple of more years.

so yesterday evening as i pulled my hair back and gave my hairline a good look, i started thinking about those celebrities we see on a regular basis that have had receding hairlines and have gone about it the right way.  it’s encouraging for me to look at a heath ledger or a jude law and know that women still think these dudes are good looking.  if their hair can go gracefully, then why can’t mine.

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supreme kicks

as i might have mentioned last week, i wasn’t super excited about these supreme x clarks desert chukka boots.  well, that was a mistake on my part.  these things are absolutely flawless.  they fit the same way as my beloved desert boots, but they have an extra lace loop to keep them in place.  the upper is nubuck suede with a nice leather heel detail and crepe soles.  below are a few pics of the shoes right out of the box.  please excuse the shoddy camera work.  i need to learn how to take better pictures.

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the rules of the flip flop

there’s an epidemic that sweeps the nation whenever the weather heats up: men leave their homes wearing flip flops with jeans and other long pants.  you might be thinking why wouldn’t they – they’re easy to put on and they’re comfortable.  i don’t get it.  unless you live close to the beach or are a lifeguard there’s no reason to wear flip flops anywhere.  no one wants to look at your feet.  please understand i’m not talking to women.  i realize this is a double standard, but women take care of their feet.  men do not.  i hate walking into a nice restaurant or bar and seeing dudes wearing jeans or khakis with flip flops.  it’s lazy and looks terrible.  there are plenty of options out there that are just as comfortable and look better i.e. loafers, driving mocs, espadrilles, vans, etc.  with this in mind, here are my rules for flip flops:

1) never ever wear with jeans or pants if you’re not within a 5 mile radius of the beach.  in all honesty, i wouldn’t do it at the beach, but i can live with it there.

2) if you must wear them with shorts in the summertime because they’re comfortable and your feet sweat, then only do so when the weather is 85+ degrees.  you don’t want to be mistaken for a year-round summer rube.

3) never ever wear “strappy” sandals or crocs.  nothing says tourist or disney world like “strappy” leather sandals especially when paired with a nice pair of white socks.

4) buy cheap flip flops .

5) never wear flip flops with skinny jeans (see below).  it makes the skinny jeans look even more lame.  further more, never buy super skinny jeans.  they look like tights and you look super stupid.

6) do not wear a suit coat/sport coat or tie with flip flops (see below).  no matter how hard you try you cannot dress up flip flops.

7) never wear flip flops to a business meeting.  i don’t care if you’re a computer programmer or in the music biz.  no one wants to do business with someone with exposed feet.

i’m sure many of you will disagree with me here and that’s ok.  i just wanted to throw these rules out there in case i can persuade 1 or 2 of you to stop wearing flip flops with jeans.  it’s such a terrible look.