Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: 14 under $40

We asked our favorite ladies what they wanted for Valentine’s Day. 

We trust ‘em, they’ve got great taste and so kindly responded to our desperate tweets.
These ladies are intelligent, talented, quirky, strong-willed, go-getters and all-around-badass women.

The trick to good gift giving is all about picking up on cues. In fact, it’s not a bad idea to keep a running list of gift ideas when you hear her mention something that catches her eye. If your lady’s is like our ladies, these suggestions might help you save that day next week with a last-minute gift.

Ladies, thanks a million. Y’all are amazing.
Gentlemen, good luck.

clotheshunger - As a lady, I would definitely love all those things! I don’t need an outrageously expensive present or dinner, it’s the thought that counts. /cliche

Meghan
http://clotheshunger.blogspot.com

Emma Ann Robertson - Looks great guys!!!!!!!!

mallory wiegers - Allow me to add that this album is meant to be listened to in company with another: drinking tea, sketching, writing, holding, looking, dancing, joking, any things.

Favorite tracks in order of importance:

You Send Me (which is my beloved parents’ wedding song)
Desire Me
For Sentimental Reasons
Summertime
No One Can Take Your Place

Valentine’s Giveaway: Annaruna Bow Ties

Just in time for next week, we partnered up with the lovely Annaruna to do a giveaway

No, it’s not a date with Anna. You wish.
You missed your chance, because she’s taken by a mountaineering, slack-lining, has bigger-pecs-than-you, Kansas City boy. You’re a dog, Chris. A dawg, I tell ya.
Look at these handmade beauties. I can’t believe these three above don’t have homes.
If you want one so bad, just buy it before another sucker wins it for free on the giveaway.
Cool, we’ll announce it on one of our social media mediums on who gets the goods.

Comment, tweet or send a howler with your one-liners.

Rococo Cocoa is Joe - So, who won? LOL.

Adam Potrzebowski - “Honey, I’m going to do you on the desk like you’re a differential equations test.”

True story, have a math exam that Tuesday. But I’d still wear the bow tie.

Nicholas Pritchett - “I hope you like your gift, my mom helped me pick it out for you.”

Yale Hollander - Pull my finger.

whatsilenceknows - “You’re a great girl, but…”

michaelvuke - Do we comment or tweet out our one-liners?

Friday Mop Up: Missing Jeff

It’s that time. And because I’m so distraught that Jeff has left the country, I can hardly bring myself to create anything original. So we’ll use this time to survey the goings on of the ‘Net this week.

Oh, and we realized something today. We’ve been at this menswear thing for just over year. Our first post went up on Jan. 27, 2011. But that’s the way we prefer it: not too much fanfare, and we’ll just keep doing that thing we do. But thanks for sticking with us for the past 372 days. It’s been wild.

Here’s our fourth and final post for Details Magazine:

For Mom—or more aptly The Commodore, considering the tight ship she kept—handwritten notes were a sacred art. After each birthday or Christmas present, a forced marathon of grateful notecards was guaranteed.

It’s an art that’s nearly lost. These are the days of email. The days of emoticons, text-speak and unfinished drafts. The days of flitting between open computer windows because something might have happened on Twitter in the 45 seconds you were thinking of what to say next. 

Done well, a handwritten note trumps everything else. It’s a deep breath—a pause from the daily free-for-all—and it carries an inherent thoughtfulness and permanence text messages and emails will never have.

I caught up with Ted Harrington, of Terrapin Prints, to get his suggestions for picking out the right stationery. Check it all out at Details. 

Oh, and here’s a bonus: some recommended reading. Completely unrelated to style, but definitely related to humanity:

New York City’s cops and robbers as captured by…an NYC cop. Seriously. Check it out. (via the New York Times’ Lens blog)

That’s all. We endorse keeping it brief.

unapologeticallycute - It’s always fun to come check out what it is you’re ranting about. We just posted our first men’s style profile on our (more girl, less boy) blog, and I must say, we definitely took some ques from themidweststyle. So thanks. xoxo

midweSTYLE: Building A Still (To Slow Down The Time)

Last week we debuted the photography of our guy Grant Heinlein, who was in home-sweet-Kansas-City for the holidays. He led Cam and Jeff out into the woods and then shot them. But thankfully it was with a camera.
Since Jeff skipped the country on a whim last week—he’s somewhere between a pack of Parisian cigarettes and the Louvre right now—I (Seth) have had to hijack his byline. He’s obviously lying low until the heat dies down, and consequently didn’t have time to leave much in the way of an explanation for this series. So, we’ll let the photos do the talking.
Without further adieu: Cam, ladies and gentlemen. Ask him where he got that watch.

Photos by Grant Heinlein.

Noble Chastain - Also graciously requesting information on that watch. It’s absolutely beautiful…

Jin - Love the watch…And that sweater.

http://www.jinsphotoblog.com

Josh Kim - I want that watch.

Eric L'Esperance - Yeah I want to know about the watch? Who makes it? Is that a custom band?

Preeti Reddy - where did you get the watch!?!

Unknown - WHAT IS THE MA-1 HE IS WEARING? looks great.

Tailors

A word: simple stuff like buttons, do yourself. A working knowledge of hemming would be a good skill, too.


Chicago


Nuri’s

I work in Boystown in Chicago and there’s a dry cleaning place that also does tailoring at Broadway and Briar, the woman there hasn’t let me down yet.
Meghan

“Fit N Stiches” is an excellent tailor on North + Paulina. J. Crew on North Ave uses them.
@jmahadik


i trust tino’s tailor shop in pilsen. mixed reviews in yelp, but he has never disappointed me. i take him blazers all the time and he has worked his magic for an affordable price. cash only. helps if you speak spanish. 

juan http://www.blogger.com/profile/11605919011474749295



Kansas City

Tailor: Larissa’s Plaza Tailor Shop (KC) is great.
@twiztke

Via your post today and looking for a tailor in KC, look at Rydell’s in Brookside. (cc: @andrewLgoble)
@grantheinlein


Regarding the tailor, Riedel’s in Brookside (63rd and Brookside Blvd) has always been great for me and my family.  I was gifted my dad’s Burberry trench from the 80s, which they shortened and took in around the waist with total perfection.  They’re pricey, only take cash/check, and will often require a deposit for larger jobs, but definitely worth it.
— William Coughlin


Eric at Rydell’s is easily the best in town.
@danielcummings

This is right around the corner from my fiance’s studio. Is this underneath the 12th Street bridge? Anyways, I go to Rydell Tailor Shop in Brookside for all my fitting needs. He hooks it up! Plus with straight up hardwood fixtures and leather couches, he’s a class act all the way. 
Chris http://www.blogger.com/profile/17995548801071260519

I’ve been pretty satisfied with Slabotsky & Sons for tailoring in downtown KC on grand.
—coreyo



St. Louis


Madison

Campus Tailor in Madison is great – it is one woman and she is very helpful, prompt, and does excellent work. Pretty reasonable prices as well. - chloe http://www.blogger.com/profile/00342746418350346100

Indianapolis

Can’t recommend this place any higher — incredible work. She’s taken so many thrifted items and made them perfect for me. 
Nora Plaza Alterations
(317) 844-1534
1300 E 86th St Ste 5 
Indianapolis, IN 46240 
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