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100 Days of Ties: Day 81 and time to break out the J. Crew Down Jacket.

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.

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Made in the USA: Quality family time in Breckenridge, CO and the MSR Evo Tour 22 Snowshoes

My MSR's: All the way to the left.

Any time I get to spend with my family is the best time. I make no secret how close I am with my mother and father and little sister (and yes my two brothers when they are around). So when I get the chance to be with them, I chomp at the bit. That said, this past week (December 30, to be exact), I found myself in Breckenridge, CO to not only hang out with the fam but to also try out the MSR Snowshoes my dad got me for my birthday. Whoa, buddy… Killer.

So for the 6 mile hike we take, I am floating on the snow, all the while telling dad how he needs a pair of these. “And, Dad? They’re made in the USA… Double bonus!” After only minutes in my birthday present, he’s going to buy his own pair. USA! USA! USA!

And for a gratuitous, “This is why I really love my family life,” photo, read on,,,

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…why you’d want to live here.


I think this pretty much sums up why Colorado is my home.

100 Days of Ties: Day 79 and the final warmth before the cool down in Denver.

Market Street Station with Sperry, the Hill Side and Lands' End Canvas

I love days like today. The air is warm and slightly heavy, the way it always is before a huge front comes our way drenching us in either snow or rain. Everything is calm, everything is quiet, and soon enough, everything in the Denver Metro area will be covered in a white blanket of the stuff the Eskimos have 26 words for. Myself? I will be heading out of town to take part in some snowshoeing with the family for a day. But then it’s back to it come Friday for New Years Eve.

See you all in 2011. Be safe. Be happy. Be always working hard.


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100 Days of Ties: Day 67: Holiday Party -or- tartan tie, new sweater, open bar.

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.

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100 Days of Ties: Day 63: Taking the late bus with the Hill Side, J. Crew, LL Bean, and Gant Rugger (again)

Alley: Between Larimer and Market on 16th / Gant Rugger jacket over a J. Crew shirt and belt and Hill Side tie. The L.L. Bean Signature mocs got me to the stop on time.,

It’s astounding how much even an extra half hour of sleep can be for one’s soul. I used to wake to the alarm around 5AM, drag my tired body from bed, throw on the garb for the day, pack a lunch, etc, and head out the door well before 5:50. What was I thinking? Scratched the old routine, one of many I need to change, and am getting a few extra Z’s. It’s like a whole new world, or one I haven’t seen in awhile, has been opened to me. Plus, the bus driver on the 7:23 to Boulder might just be the friendliest one yet…even if the usual guy I had earlier grew the gnarliest mustache and is damn proud of it.

RSVP today for the 100 Days of Ties Party in NYC and, if you feel so inclined, follow my Margaritour on EatingEverywhere.com.


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100 Days of Ties: Day 62: Denver is beautiful and coffee with Gant Rugger, Fred Perry, and Graham Withers.

Time: 6:54AM / Hat: Modern Amusement newsboy / Shoots: Red Wing for J. Crew / Tie: Graham Withers / Shirt: Fred Perry / Coat: Gant Rugger / Bag: Lands' End Canvas

I’m not even gonna really get into it today with some story or witty banter…. All I will say is I have developed a reignited passion for my fair mile high city of Denver, CO. It’s beautiful, my family and friends are all here (save for you out-of-staters), and I’m comfortable. Plus, we have excellent Mexican food. What else do you need?

On another note and speaking of other cities, the 100 Days of Tie party has a date. Read up on it on the 100 Days page, and RSVP at the eventbrite page. See you there.

One last thing right quick: I touched on maybe getting a little fund going to assist in my airfare to NYC for the party. Almost immediately, Paul from Graham Withers, featured today, chimed in with a cool $50 donation. If just another few people would be willing to do the same, I would really appreciate it. Lemme know if you are willing to donate by emailing me. Continue reading