Archive for July, 2013

10 trips to take in your 20’s

as i’ve mentioned before on to take the train, i realize no one stops here for life advice, but sometimes the best inspiration comes from unexpected sources.  a couple of weeks ago, buzzfeed posted the video you see above.  it was a nice, big kick in the rear end for me.  i’m 32 now and haven’t seen any other parts of the world.  i spent a lot of my 20’s trying to get ahead and forgot how to live (to some extent).  going through a divorce, a tragedy or a big life change will often remind you of what’s important in life as well those things you’ve been missing out on.  it’s time to get out of my comfort zone and see the rest of the world.

“the world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”
– augustine of hippo

mcqueen on set


this picture needs no explanation.  there was no one cooler than steve mcqueen.  few guys can pull off the white v-neck t-shirt quite like mcqueen did in between takes on the set of bullitt.  but, hey, if you want to try, here’s a good starting point:


navy chinos from club monaco

white v-neck shirt from alternative apparel

“playboy” chukkas from sid mashburn

sunglasses from persol

nashville love


i’m in love with my city.  no apologies.  i realize there’s a whole other world out there, but i can visit that world on weekends and vacations.  i’m glad to see nashville’s own imogene + willie loves this city as much as i do.  they’ve recently added a nashville ball cap – celebrating nashville’s baseball history – and a limited edition t-shirt featuring the words – you guessed it – “nashville” on it.  i promise not to wear both at the same time.


bad news: the t-shirt is sold out, but it’s still great to look at.  fingers crossed they’ll make some more.

legends of summer style


i went to the legends of summer show last night in chicago.  it was amazing.  seeing jay-z in concert was a bucket list item for me.    he’s a legend.  i’ll be the first to admit that it took several appearances on snl for me to warm up to justin timberlake.  his association with the early 2000’s boy band movement should have relegated him to music purgatory, but the dude climbed out of it just fine.  he killed it last night; he’s a true entertainer.  consider me a fan.

one thing i took away from the show was jt’s summer concert look.  i’m not saying you or i could pull off this look (because we’re not famous entertainers that sell out stadiums), but it’s definitely worth noting.  to open the show, timberlake wore a white short sleeve shirt buttoned all the way to the top and a fitted pair of black shorts that hit right above the knees.  he topped it off with a black tribly hat and a custom pair of air jordans (that he later gave away via instagram).  the shirt and shorts were tailored perfectly – which got me thinking: the more i try to understand what style is the more i realize it’s all about the fit.  and you don’t have to be jt or jay z to get that right.  guys, make sure your clothes fit.

it was truly a memorable evening.  i hope you get a chance to catch one of the remaining shows.  i’m already trying to figure out how i can score tickets to see jt when he comes to nashville in a couple of months.


neil barrett shirt (in case you were curious)

nike free flyknit+


i need another pair of nike shoes like i need a hole in the head, but nike continues to release the coolest shoes ever, so i guess i know where my next paycheck is going.  last week, nike announced the free flyknit which is basically my two favorite nike shoes in one glorious looking sock-like shoe.  how can i resist?  they retail for $160 and are available for pre-order here.  six colorways are available; these are my favorite three.





new balance windcheater jacket


let’s be honest: if you buy this jacket, you’re probably not wearing it running unless you’re running errands on a cool summer morning.  i could have used it last week while i was at the beach (it rained every damn day).  it’s nylon, hooded, and made in the good ole u.s. of a.  i’m really digging the yellow/navy combo.  you can buy your very own here.

ledbury swim trunks


don’t worry, it’s not too late in the summer for a new pair of trunks.  if you’re a fan or ledbury (and even if you’re not), you need to check out their new hilliard swim trunks.  there’s a nice little story about the idea behind the swim trunks that can be found here on their blog.  but if you’re not into reading, then know that they’re not too baggy and not too slim, they’re made of nylon, and they hit slightly above the knee.  what more do you need in a swim trunk?  you can cop a pair here.



warm weather music

it’s most likely hot outside wherever are, so you probably need some warm weather tunes to keep you cool (double entendre? yeah, i think so). when the weather heats up, i have four go-to albums. they’re perfect for a long drive, trip to the beach, bbq or whatever. the following albums need to be #onrepeat on your stereo during the summer:


bob marley: songs of freedom box set (disc 1 only): you’re probably thinking, “what a cop out. everyone puts on bob marley when the weather gets warm.” stop right there. this is not your run-of-mill carnival cruise line kind of bob marley. disc 1 is the early, early bob marley and the wailers. it’s the music rooted in american r&b and soul, and it’s fantastic. towards the end of the disc 1, you hear the makings of ska and reggae, but your safe from “three little birds” and “no woman no cry” until later in the box set.


dick dale and his del-tones: surfer’s choice: surf music starts with dick dale. he literally invented the sound with the help of his good buddy, leo fender of fender guitars. dale wanted his music to reflect the sounds he heard in his mind while surfing. i would say he succeeded and that’s evident on his 1962 debut album, surfer’s choice. if you’ve seen pulp fiction (shame on you if you haven’t), you’ll recognize “miserlou” from the opening credits. it’s the one with the slick, reverb-heavy guitar that slaps you right in your jaw. the rest of surfer’s choice is a lot like it i.e. perfect for a day at the beach or riding some waves.


stan getz and joao gilberto: getz / gilberto: this is the album that bought bossa nova to the masses in the 1960’s. i honestly couldn’t tell you what the hell bossa nova is, but that doesn’t matter. this album is like drinking the world’s best mojito on a hot day. it opens with a little number you might have heard of called “the girl from ipanema.” the 7 tracks that follow are just as good. put it on when you’re having a few friends over for a cookout or your trying to impress the girl in the apartment down the hall by appearing “well cultured.”


soul jazz records presents tropicali: this is where things get weird. tropicali is a genre of music that came out of the 60’s that blended rock, bossa nova (there it is again), soul, and a bunch of other sounds and rhythms to create a whole new movement. (quick heads up: it sounds like there might have been some drugs involved in the making of this music.) i don’t think the movement lasted very long, but this compilation captures some of the best tunes from this experimental period. be sure to check out gil gilberto’s “bat macumba”, os mutantes “a minha menina”, and caetano veloso’s “irene.” it’s trippy. don’t say i didn’t warn you.