Monday, November 30, 2009
-I was pretty much mentally prepared to drop some real money on a parka next quarter, but on a whim I searched eBay for some vintage pieces. I grabbed this 80s gem tonight for $15. This will be the first time I've owned a hooded coat since I've been living in one of the country's rainiest non-vampire inhabited areas. I'm happy. More real posting to come late tonight. more
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
-I saw this jacket awhile back and I'm surprised nobody else in the blogosphere picked it up. I wasn't aware of Still Life before I found this jacket, probably because their primary product is hats and I'm not much of a hat enthusiast. But their small accessory and apparel lines look really promising, especially this poncho-style jacket made from military grade canvas. I really like the slant breast pockets and the brown accents. The jacket is $370, but I'm inclined to trust the quality and accept that the price is reasonable. This is definitely on my buy-sometime-this-winter list.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
-Recently eyefive got a comment about my tastes being too expensive for the average college student. This struck me as funny because, a: I am the average college student and b: I've been of a very modest economic standing most of my life and, despite my affinity for clothes, have never been accused of being rich.
-So I started posting some high/low looks to show the most basic tenet of my attire, a mixture of cheap/thrift items and well-chosen higher end pieces. When done correctly, a high/low approach ends up costing the average college student about as much as less-informed student spends on mall clothes every year.
-The weather this week has been ridiculous:
-High: Olch x Inventory bow tie, $100
-Low: Cardigan form Express, 2005, $50? A lot of my things are from in high school when I had a consistent job and less expenses, I sell things I don't want anymore on eBay and I try to go through and rethink how I could re-use older items.
-High: Naked and Famous 'skinny guy' jeans $165, here the price might not be high for some readers, but for jeans for me that's a lot. The high/low philosophy is always relative to a person's individual spending values.
-Low: Vintage belt, Value Village, $2.50 in 2005
-Med: Lark & Wolff by Steven Alan short trench, Urban Outfitters, $140, nice medium priced piece to get me through until I can afford a more expensive trench.
-Low: Calfskin wingtips, DKNY, $80 after tax/shipping on Gilt. Discount sites are a blessing and a curse, but they've definitely helped me in my quest to adultify my wardrobe.
-Med: Purple gingham, J.Crew, $51 after J.Crew's ballin college student discount.
-Med: Laptop bag, Wilson Leather, $100 on sale from $200.
-So before you try to question my tastes, know that a lot of things influence my choices, primarily my love of the Northwest and my cognizance of my own limited economic means. I probably spend less than the Zumiez clad post-skater college guy and certainly less than the True Religion/Ed Hardy homies. more
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Clipse - Doorman Music Video - Til The Casket Drops Dec 8 from Malice of the Clipse on Vimeo.
-I love me some M.O.P., but Clipse is hands down the best rap duo ever. It seems like we've been waiting for the new album forever, but at least now the videos are starting to come out. more
Emery | MySpace Video
-There might not be a lot of readers who are down with Emery, the best transplant from North Carolina to Seattle band ever, but if you're a long-time reader you know that I'm an unabashed scenester. "Butcher's Mouth" is one of the best, and probably most mainstream friendly, tracks off of Emery's In Shallow Seas We Sail. The album returned to the band's more traditional sound after they departed a bit with I'm Only A Man, and it's definitely competing with The Question to be my favorite Emery disc. The video is pretty weak, but most videos from bands on small labels tend to be that same tour-footage montage because they have no budget, but the song is great. more
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
-More "You Won't Catch Me In" volumes to come as I'm seeing very little that I actually like this season so I might as well blog about what I don't like. more
Sunday, November 8, 2009
-This photo was taken right as I returned home from a quick 500 mile hitchhiking trip around my beautiful home state. Deciding what I'd wear to a: maybe be able to survive getting caught on a snowy pass, and b: not look so rugged that I'm unapproachable but not so well kept that people wonder why I'm on the road, was pretty simple.
-Low: The Greatest Coat Ever Made
-High: Rogues Gallery flannel
-Low: Gap henley
-High: Pashmina scarf
-Low: Gas station one-size glove
-High: Naked and Famous jeans
-High: Sperry x Band of Outsiders boots + NIKWAX waterproofing wax for leather
-It will be a little while till I know which photos from the trip are going to be published in print so I can't get any up on our Flickr yet, but as soon as I know I will through some up. more
Thursday, November 5, 2009
-Low: Shitty Urban sweater
-Low: Gap chambray
-High: Naked & Famous jeans
-Low: DKNY calfskin wingtips
-High/Low determination based on my relative poverty. For some reason blogger is rendering these photos in super shitty quality, so check our Flickr for better/more. more
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
-Denim/chambray work shirts have been huge in the past year and there are a ton of options at varying price points (I rock the $40 Gap version for the time being,) but the Billy Reid version is the best I've seen. The heavier gauge denim, the great slim cut and the super-dope antique brass buttons make this the best denim shirt I've come across so far, and I'm not too put off by the $165 price tag. Given the workmanship associated with BR the price is pretty reasonable, especially when compared to a lot of the overpriced similar pieces out there.
-Then there's this Black Tweed Popover. It gets instant points for uniqueness just based on the fact that it's a pullover style shirt in a semi-heavy tweed, I haven't seen anything like that before. My staple look is a heavy-gauge oxford with a button-down collar, top button undone, with a only-slightly loose small-knot tie. This shirt, especially with the hint of buffalo check exposed, would work great in that system.
-Click the photo for a more detailed look. more
-But then I realized the obvious. Usually basketball season comes and since I live 300 miles north of home, I can't get Blazer games on tv, so I only watch basketball two nights a week when games are on ESPN and TNT. But this year the roommates and I bought an upgraded package so that we can get all the Blazer games, and we also got NBATV. So there you have it. Even if a game isn't on, there's always a highlight show or a fantasy special or something to watch. And that, my friends, is where my blogging time has gone; sucked into the NBATV abyss.
-Nevertheless, I'm trying to build back up the habit of daily blogging, but just to make it clear, there is no material thing in the world more important to me that the Portland Trail Blazers. more
-I haven't worn, or thought about, Hurley since middle school when my stylistic inclination was entirely sated by trips to Zumiez. So I was kind of surprised to see this Hurley and Pendleton collaboration. The pieces, what little we can see of them, look pretty good though. The price points for the collection are in the $100-200 region, so it's definitely a step up for Hurley. I'm not sure, but I'd expect these pop up at Urban or somewhere similar in the near future. more