February 2, 2011

The view from my desk in Chicago. It’s a good day for writing.

Back in the farm country of rural southwest Missouri, one of my old man’s favorite pastimes during our occasional white Christmases is to read “Snow-Bound,” an 1866 narrative poem by John Greenleaf Whittier. It reminisces about the getting stuck in the family homestead and hunkering down to tell stories to each other in front of the fire.

Here’s a taste of the longer version:
A chill no coat, however stout,
Of homespun stuff could quite shut out,
A hard, dull bitterness of cold,
That checked, mid-vein, the circling race
Of life-blood in the sharpened face,
The coming of the snow-storm told.
Meanwhile we did our nightly chores,
Brought in the wood from out the doors,
Littered the stalls, and from the mows
Raked down the herd’s-grass for the cows;
Heard the horse whinnying for his corn;
And, sharply clashing horn on horn,
Impatient down the stanchion rows
The cattle shake their walnut bows.

Snow style

February 2, 2011
Yeah, yeah. It’s snowing outside. There are 20 inches outside my apartment, and more on the way to the beat of two inches per hour. Bring it on.

Might be a little late now, but for the next snowpocalypse, you might want to consider these:

Icetrekker chains. $19.95 on Amazon.
Your ass will thank you for not falling on it.

Alps 21″ snow shoes. $39.99 on Amazon.

Sure, there may be cooler-looking options out there. But what’s more stylish than being warm and mobile while pocketing the extra cash you saved? Go spend that on some hot chocolate and good winter literature. Then snowshoe on home and get snowbound.

Tuesday Inspiration: 3.1 Phillip Lim Fall 2011

February 2, 2011
I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t sure why I picked up this green & black pair of striped socks from the sale rack at J.Crew for $2.99 + an additional 40% = less than a cup of coffee. I figured, “Hey, I could make these hideous, and quite frankly, haunting pair of green & black prison bar-like socks work.” Paired with an equally ugly pair of brown-I-think-they-might-be-a-little-black cap toe dress shoes from the thrift ($5.99) and my Slim Jim Dry Coated Black Wash ($75 Nudie winter sale).
I just needed to find some inspiration. 
3.1 phillip lim fall 2011 (photo credit

3.1 Phillip Lim Fall 2011 gave me some ideas. Just pair it with a patent black leather boot and perhaps some dark army & forest green hues. A little dark for my taste, but we’ll see.
Yeah, I know this post is late & it’s Wednesday. Welcome.

patagonia winter 2011 sale 30% off

February 1, 2011

If you waited all winter for the Patagonia Web Specials to go live like me, your time has finally arrived. It’s not much off, maybe some tax, but hey, grab it now while you still can. I’ve snagged some baggies after their summer sale and now I’m waiting for my paycheck to go in to grab a down sweater. Here are my top picks that you need for the winter, if you don’t already have them:

Fleece, Shell and a Down Jacket:
Fleece will keep you warm, but won’t necessarily block the wind.
Shell will block the wind, but won’t keep you as warm.
Down jacket will keep you warm and block the wind.
men’s marsupial synchilla for $62.30, was $89

men’s insulator for $104, was $150

men’s down sweater $140, was $200.

 Or just take care of it all & grab this:

men’s retro-x jacket for $140, was $200
The Retro-X doesn’t look windproof, but, it is and breathable and warm and everything Chewbacca would want. The fleece and shell will last you into spring and even summer for a chilly night. 
Overall, the bargains are great but are going to continue to drop as they flush through more inventory. So if there is something you really want, grab it now but wait a little bit if you want to risk it for 40% off.

gitman brothers vintage spring 2011

February 1, 2011

I’m always open for something classic with a different take. And by that I mean, something that Gitman Brothers Vintage has done.

organic stripe button down from needsupply (photocredit)

Cam & I both own a Gitman Brother’s Shirt. And cannot wait to pick up another for Spring. Dope design, cut & style. Not exactly in the budget, but definitely worth every penny if you count it for cost per wear. You can snag them on sale, if you’re lucky. Or off eBay like we both did.

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