Went all J Crew today. Not on purpose. Just how it went.
It was cold as hell this morning. Hell, in this scenario, is not the flaming inferno but a frigid wasteland of icy sidewalks, rosy cheeks, and no escape from a blistering wind. Luckily, and I was actually looking forward to it based on the reco from Jennifer Broome, I got to don the Crew Puffer I acquired last year and haven’t worn. Compliments galore from lots of folks already on the bad boy. And while that’s all well and good, it’s warm as all get out. Quite nice.
But dammit, if I don’t need some new denim. Kick the tires and light the fires.
J. Crew everything save for the H&M peacoat, Brothers Bray bag, and Sperrys.
Lookit that sun gettin all up in my eyes and the wind throwing the locks to and fro. Though that part of today’s look is a bit worse for wear, I picked up the sweater last night amidst one of the most pleasant J. Crew shopping experiences I have had in quite some time. Just a friendly staff at the Flatirons locale…
That said – Tonight is my company’s holiday party which I deemed the J Crew tartan tie appropriate attire. Pair with a crisp white button down and the new sweater? Dig. Plus, I brought along the velvet blazer – Standard for any Yuletide company party. I’ll be by the bar…puttin out the vibe.
Tie: The Hill Side Raw Denim in Indigo / Shirt: J. Crew Chambray / Denim: Levi's / Jacket: Gant Rugger (obviously) / Coffee: Circle K Supercharged / Hair: Windblown
So it was a decent and almost pleasant walk through the morning air in Denver today en route to the bus. I thought, “Well, seeing as how last night I expected snow on the ground, today is going to be great.” Then, BAM! I get to boulder and the wind is whipping harder than Indiana Jones. It was one of those lean-forward-like-you’re-in-a-cartoon winds, too. Not fun. I then realized that, damn, if it weren’t for the scarf and jacket, I’d be a regular Denim Dan. I must’ve been tired this morning. But what’s done is done, and I’m now owning the J. Crew / Hill Side / LL Bean / Levi’s / Highland Home Industries get up. It’s all I can do. Just gotta go out there and give’r.
If you get that reference, we’re friends. Good friends.
UPDATE: I was just informed by my coworker that the outfit is more of a Canadian Casual Friday than a Canadian Tuxedo.
Coat: (fave) Gant Rugger Toggler / Shirt, Sweater: J. Crew / Tie: The Hill-Side / Coffee: Black, 6 sugars / Hands: Frozen
Despite the weekend not being as choice as I would have hoped, I was able to pop out of bed raring to go this Monday. And while I will not go into detail, I will say that with how well calculated my wardrobe is today, what with the Hill Side tie, J. Crew sweater and pinpoint oxford, (favorite) Gant Rugger Toggler, and LL Bean Ranger Mocs, I somehow managed to leave the house this morning with no gloves. Oops. Here it is, noon, and I’ve just regained feeling in my fingers. Sweet.
Shirt: Lands' End Canvas / Jacket: Gant Rugger Toggler / Tie: Graham Withers / Parking Lot: Table Mesa & Broadway / Colt: 95 Integra LS
Alright so it’s hard to tell if this shirt is bringing out my eyes in the above shot snapped this morning in a grocery store parking lot before I popped in and bought $10 in energy drinks. Though, the color of the Lands’ End Canvas offering is so vibrant, that even with my eyes being a shade of hazel, I’m sure they’re popping SOMEhow./ I will have to check a mirror out more closely soon. I will say, though, that I hardly ever wear a color as bold as this but have already gotten so many compliments, I may do more so. Now the open computer / Lands’ End Canvas online / a few glasses of wine night I had last evening doesn’t seem as regretful as it was upon popping out of bed this morning. There’s a load off.
Having just landed a new gig in Boulder, CO has come with more than a few changes in my life, all of which are welcomed with open arms. Life moves a little different up here (Boulder is 30 or so miles northeast of Denver); The air is cleaner, the bicycles ridden more, pedestrians have the right of way everywhere, and the city is among the new breed leading the nation in tech startups. Laid back is how I would describe not only life here, but my new work environment as well. Ditching the wingtips and slacks I once loved so much in favor of jeans and Vans Eras, I recently added my first pair of Toms to the new garb I don on the daily. I figured, Boulder’s a green city, I no longer drive (bus pass FTW), I’ve sold a bunch of my possessions and started riding my bike again, so why not do some more good for the world and snag a some ninja shoes.
After the first day of wearing them, and given my commute to and from my bus in the AM and PM is a good 5 miles each way, I must say that aside from the “do good” feeling I get from the shoes, they are actually quite comfortable. Odd thing is, I wear an 8.5 in every brand of shoe on the market, I wear a 9.5 in Toms. So, if you are thinking about snagging a pair for yourself, size up. And I would be remiss if I didn’t make my go-to Toms joke: So with every pair purchased, they give a pair to a child in need. Does that mean they take that pair away from said child if the initial purchase is returned? Heh…
And now, for no reason other than the fact it is gorgeous, here’s a shot of what I get to see from my seat on the bus before hitting Boulder proper in the morning: