Tie: Gitmn Bros. for Bonobos / Sweater: Lands' End Canvas / Shirt, Socks: J. Crew / Pants: Dockers Khaki Waders / Shoes: LL Bean Ranger Mocs / Witty Comment: Missing
I think it’s been since maybe grade school or a time I had to borrow a pair of pants from my father for church that I donned a pair of Dockers. But when I read about their khaki waders on Jeremiah’s blog I decided to give the brand that I until now attributed to that of which my mom would buy for me another go. The fit, the break, the color are all good. But what really got me, I s’pose was the fact that even if I wasn’t too keen on the pants when they came, the pricepoint of less than $50 (pre-tax, etc) made the purchase feel less like a commitment and more like a “Why the hell not?”
And you pair them waders with a Lands’ End / J. Crew / Modern Amusement / LL Bean kit? Tuesday, so far, is looking good, both physically and professionally. Boosh.
Tie: Billy Reid / Sweater, Shirt: J. Crew / Foosball: I even lose to myself.
I hate foosball. Well, fair, I don’t HATE foosball, as I don’t really hate anything (aside from black jellybeans and traffic), but if I am out at a bar and they have a table and was asked to play, I would most likely decline. I just suck at it. I will make no secret of this. I figure though that at this point in my life, if this “sport” is one of the things I am not necessarily sweet at, I’m okay with that given my other talents.
To get back on topic though: as much as I have been down on J. Crew as of late, I need to draw attention to my sweater today. It’s been my favorite for years now with no good reason other than it was a gift from my mom and the fit is prime. It’s got its imperfections now sure and I was bummed when the elasticity wore out in the waist, but I gave it a wash, reshaped it, and it’s now good as the first time I wore it…aside from the holes.
Tie, slacks, socks: J. Crew / Sweater, shirt: Lands' End Canvas / Kicks: Sebago / Mask: RAWR!!!!
Wow. 50 days ago I began this quest (more, really, but I’m counting work days here), and thus far, it has been a great ride. What makes it all the better is the submissions, some 250+ so far. In the time that this project has been running, I have met a lot of great people, made some new friends, been contacted by choice companies, and, although we never DID pick a charity or gear this towards humanity, I feel some good has been accomplished. So, thank you everyone. And given it’s casual Friday, kind of, I deemed it necessary to wear an animal mask for some reason. It was $.12. How could I not purchase it?
L-R: Ferrari, my shadow.
I didn’t know what to expect, like I said. It has been ages since I’ve hiked a fourteener, and I have never been to the Pikes Peak Intentional Hill Climb. Needless to say, I had no idea how to pack. So, as you would have guessed, I packed poorly- not takin ginto account that, sure, while it was a scorching 98 degrees in Denver, the top of Pikes Peak saw much cooler, 39 degree temps. Yep, and there was rain and sleet and wind and all sorts of increment weather that at any other time of year I would have been well prepared for. However, on this certain day, I was throw for a loop in my recently purchased J. Crew polo, light H&M sweatshirt, windbreaker, and Levi’s.
Speaking of the Crew, I realized that, via a comment from a new friend of mine on an older post of mine, I hadn’t check out the retailer in quite some time. Not that I’m in the business of saving money (which is probably a good idea, though), I haven’t actually driven my car in three weeks. When i started the new job, they gave me a bus pass. Read: I haven’t made it to the mall between night out in downtown, where the bus drops me, and taking full advantage of mass trans. That aside, I popped in, said hey to Ryan, snagged a new polo (which I wore all weekend, weather and change of clothes be damned), two pairs of pants, and almost the new J. Crew toggle sweater (pictured). Seeing it up close, I was taken with it, but having recently purchased a fisherman’s cable knit, I made the executive decision to not go forth. I wouldn’t have worn it to the Hill Climb, anyway. For that, next year, I’m thinking heavy parka, Under Armor tops and bottoms, wool socks, gloves, and a beanie. Polo? Hell yes.
Bag em up.
Ever have one of those days when everything seems to be going wrong? Maybe your car won’t start. You missed your train. The weather sucks. You ripped your favorite pants. Spilled coffee on your shirt. You dog dies. You know, it’s one of those days. Well, friend-o, I was having a hell of one this week and decided the only remedy was free samples at Whole Foods followed by retail therapy, where, at J. Crew, I became the proud owner of two new ties. If those alone weren’t enough to get me feeling better, the reduced price was. Score.Ten deep breaths later, I was a new man…full of free food and only a few bucks poorer. Investments, man. Investments.
I can’t help but think of Jesse when I feel the need to go do a little damage to my bank account on account that I am not feeling all the well mentally ultimately assisting in me finding a clear head once again. “There’s something about engines that calms ME down, ya know?” While I get that and while the feeling of copping a killer button down for a cool $20 and a pair of Madras shorts for a few bucks more definitely has me sharing the sentiment, I still wanted to tell Jesse to shut up. I suppose, though, Johnny Tran and the gang took care of that for me. Hey, you race for pinks and you know the consequences…
Well, we made it through another year, didn’t we? We had some ups and downs, ins and outs, these and thats, but for the most part, it was pretty spectacular. Personally, 2009 was a revamp year. I got into a pretty decent groove pertaining to my wardrobe. I ditched the many of the ways of old in favor of classing it up a bit. I still need to get a whole helluva lot of shoes off my hands (if you’re interested, let me know), but for the most part, I purged closets, storage units, and dressers to make room for a slew of new polos and wovens as well as many a decent Sperry finds at Nordstrom Rack. I’ve decided that one can never have too many pairs of Topsiders. That said, a trip to the Rack is long overdue.
So, as fruitful as 2009 proved for seeing me look better on the daily, 2010 is the year for finally pulling the trigger on the to-do list I created over the course of the past 12 months and beyond. It has been years, now, that I have talked about and wanted to visit Nashville. So, finally, after much delay, I am going. It helps that I now know someone there versus before only banking on meeting and befriending Jack White so he’d let me sleep on his couch. I still hope that happens, but if not, i now have lodging provided. While I am going to hold off on a new travel bag for right now (I want to see how much cash I blow through this weekend), much travel is planned this year and some new gear to accompany me on these trips will be needed. One step at a time, though. Nashville first. Then, who knows?