City: Denver / Time: 6:54AM / Boots: Red Wing Gentleman Travelers / Peacoat: H&M / Bag: Lands' End Canvas (tip of the hat) / Shirt: Wharf / Tie: Pierrepont Hicks / Cardigan: J.Crew / Denim: Levi's
Oh hell yes. Look at that kid right there! The tie says, “business,” the peacoat says, “style” and those boots say, “outta my effing way, dudeson. I ain’t got time for no crybaby antics, son. I don’t care if you are the frigid morning air or icy sidewalks or the fact that I am still ridiculously tired because I stayed up late watching Apprentice reruns when I should have been sleeping. Balderdash!” But in all honesty, I do not rock my Red Wings as much as I should. Today, though? Today just felt right to do so. Ands I’m glad I did. Super comfortable, wickedly durable, and the color is just bar none. Nothing like a shade of light chestnut among shades of blues and grays to make the outfit pop. I’d be lying if I said I haven’t already gotten a plethora of compliments on these ass-kickers… Same people who said something about the panda sweater. I’m just throwing the world for a loop. Now almost a year old, these Gentleman Travelers were WELL worth the price point. I recommend them highly. Also, every item on me I suggest checking out. Wharf and Pierrepont Hicks especially. You already know J. Crew and Levi’s and H&M.
Plus, we’re gonna revisit these boots just in time for the holidays….
On top of the already good week I am having and following last week, which was among perhaps the best so far in 2009, yesterday proved quite the fruitful chain of events. As I set out for a lunch meeting in north Cherry Creek, relatively close to my office, i decided I would stroll through the mall beforehand. It has become almost second-nature to pop into J. Crew while strolling the corridors. And, as always, Ryan, whom I have referred to many times, was working. I don’t mind that he knows my name and knows I come in quite frequently as he’s a friendly guy, and I am trying to figure out if there’s a way to see if he wants to grab a beer sometime without coming off as, well, hitting on him or anything. Any insight on how to successfully accomplish this would be greatly appreciated. Anyhow, I asked for a tartan tie for my stocking this year, and I was a little bummed to see that they were sold out on JCrew.com. This prompted the trip into Crew to see if they still had them stocked. They did. And one is on hold.
While a good $60 or so of my funds have been set aside for the Giles bow from Pierrepont Hicks, I was looking closer at their ties, realizing that, “Oh well if the Crew sells the last of their tartans before I can get one around my neck. There are more out there…” After I put the tie on hold, I decided I better get to said lunch “date.” Of course, she was a half hour late. And of course West Elm was across the street. And of course I went in and may or may not have scored a bridge table and bookshelf for the combined price of $98, where buying them at full price would have been $480. Deal? Deal. And on top of that, my lunch meeting paid the tab for my salad and her chicken fingers. Which was proper etiquette seeing as how lunch was her idea and I had to listen to a sales pitch.
It’s always nice to hear positive praise from readers, obviously. Who doesn’t like their ego stroked from time to time? It’s a good feeling knowing something you are putting a great deal of work into is making someone else the slightest bit entertained and happy. Before I officially called it a day yesterday, I was pleased to have received a nice message of this ilk from finer wear purveyors, Pierrepont Hicks pointing me to their illustrious 09/10 F/W lookbook. It is nice to know I was thought of by someone else besides me, as I am constantly thinking of myself. It’s just some positive reassurance that everything is going well in life. “Will, things are cool. Not even a deal.”
Case in point: Next week is my company’s holiday party organized and put on solely by me. Aside from the inane questions I have had to answer regarding attire, location, time and date, and “Wait, we’re having a party…?” It has been a true test of patience on my part. I shouldn’t let it get to me as much as I am, but I have found myself laying awake at night reassuring myself that the place I picked, the food that will be provided, the date chosen, etc. are all of the highest quality and best of my doing. On top of all this, and as an added incentive to partake in the festivities, I have promised to wear a new bow tie bought special for this. How apropos that Pierrepont has one that would perhaps be perfect for the occasion via the Giles, seeing as how I haven’t yet got one. I suppose though, if I wanted to hold off on getting this right now, I could wear one no one at the office has seen yet and pass it off as new. But I’d know. And I would need a good talkin’ to after that.