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Corgi Snow flop
——been too long since I’ve posted a corgi here. ‘Tis the season. 

Corgi Snow flop

——been too long since I’ve posted a corgi here. ‘Tis the season. 

(Source: bcfenix, via corgiaddict)

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Here’s a gif of Mitt Romney ironing clothing he’s already wearing. It’s from the trailer for his Netflix documentary.


I mean we have all done this. Or at least thought about it. Glad I have something in common with a billionaire other than just you know, having a heart beat.

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Here’s a gif of Mitt Romney ironing clothing he’s already wearing. It’s from the trailer for his Netflix documentary.

I mean we have all done this. Or at least thought about it. Glad I have something in common with a billionaire other than just you know, having a heart beat.

(via theclearlydope)

Holiday Gift Guide: For the special men in your life

Friends,

Here is the first installment of our joint holiday gift guide. This one is dedicated to the lovely men in your life and was written by my witty husband with superb taste. Please enjoy!

High end

(1)   A really, really nice pair of loafers

I have (had) a blog entitled loafersansocks.tumblr.com.  I like loafers.  I don’t wear shoes that have laces to work.  Or usually ever.  I always remember my dad wearing loafers as a kid.  They are versatile.  In my mind, there are two pairs at the top of the list.  First, are cordovan loafers made by Brooks Brothers.  Reckner got these for me as a wedding gift.  And they are perfect.  They look better every day – and will last for years to come.

http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Cordovan-Unlined-Penny-Loafers/034H,default,pd.html?dwvar_034H_Color=BURG&contentpos=13

The other option is the iconic Gucci bit loafer.  The junior varsity version of this shoe is the Cole Haan bit loafer, which every frat guy in the southeast has.  But these are an upgrade.  They will last longer, look better with age.  And folks will know you stepped up your swagger.

http://www.gucci.com/us/styles/015938102200028#

Medium end

(1)   Hermes necktie

A former boss of mine was married to someone who loved buying him really nice neckties.  At the time, I was recent college graduate – grew up in Fayetteville – I didn’t know that there were $195 neckties.  Until my boss’ wife bought me a few while I was working for him.  Since then, I’ve noticed these ties on more and more folks.  They are typically really well dressed, put together guys.  And I like that.  Ferragammo has a similar line, but I like Hermes’ designs better.  It’s a good investment.  And they are a whole lot cooler than Vineyard Vines.  Don’t get them confused.

http://usa.hermes.com/man/ties/timeless/silk-twill/bluered/configurable-product-605681t-39116.html?nuance=2

(2)   Navy V-neck cashmere sweater

Ask anyone who knows me, from mid-November to March, I practically always wear a navy sweater.  Despite what you might think, I’m a pretty vanilla dude.  I like wearing the same types of stuff.  It’s just easier that way.  This is a staple.  I like J. Crew’s, but you don’t have to go here.  As a matter of fact, go to Belks or J.C.Penny.  Department stores have absurd sales around the holidays and I’m telling you – folks won’t know the difference. 

http://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/sweaters/JCrewcashmere/PRDOVR~49922/49922.jsp

(3)   A Filson bag

 There are several Filson bags worth owning.  Over the last few years, I’ve received two as gifts. 

 This is a great starter briefcase.  It’s light and versatile – holds a laptop, books, and  magazines well.  I rarely leave home without it. 

http://www.filson.com/products/original-briefcase.70256.html?fromCat=true&fvalsProduct=luggage/carry-on&fmetaProduct=1019

 This is the second bag worth owning out of the gate.  It’s large enough to pack for a week, but small enough to always carry on. 

http://www.filson.com/products/duffle-bag-medium.70222.html?fromCat=true&fvalsProduct=luggage/carry-on&fmetaProduct=1019

Lower end

(1)   Musgo Real cologne

I’m not a big cologne guy.  I think I was in middle school.  Drakkar Noir, to be exact.  But since then, I’ve backed off.  I like this stuff.  It’s really subtle, which is good.  I specifically like No. 3 – called Spiced Citrus.

http://www.amazon.com/Musgo-Real-Aqua-Colonia-No/dp/B00158SLCA/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1383776895&sr=8-2&keywords=MUSGO+REAL+AGUA+DE+COLONIA+NO.+3

(2)   A pack of Field Notes

This is more of a stocking stuffer, but a damn fine gift.  I’m a firm believer in having a pen and something to write on with you at all times.  I practically always have a Field Notes memo book in my back left pocket.  I write down funny stuff.  For instance, while in Las Vegas recently a friend was explaining a traumatic experience he had late one night at a casino.  He concluded, “I will forget 9/11 before I forget that night.”  That’s a great quote.  And I wrote it down.  I also write down great quotes from articles or even words I’m not sure I know the meaning.  It’s a good thing to have.  Always.

http://www.amazon.com/Field-Notes-Kraft-Ruled-3-Pack/dp/B003QSS59Q/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1383778021&sr=8-2&keywords=field+notes

(3)   A subscription to the New Yorker

One of the top things folks will put on their 2014 resolution list is to read more.  This is the best way to get started.  It comes every week.  It covers incredible and fascinating topics.  It’s rich and storied history is unparalleled.  You can read this and nothing else each week.  Well, this and maybe scan your local newspaper.  But that’s it.

https://subscribe.newyorker.com/subscribe/newyorker/84083?source=global_navBar

(4)   “City of Thieves” by David Benoiff

Quite simply, it’s the best book I read this year.  It’s not a new release, but was new to me when I heard about it.

 

G.M. Names First Female Chief Executive

This makes me very happy. Best of luck, Mary Barra! 

Christmas Gift Guide Coming Soon!

Hey guys- Sorry for lack of posts. Loafers and I are planning our holiday gift guide and will post it tomorrow. Get ready for some epic ideas. Or, just pretty things that cost way too much. 

The great paint debate

We close on our house next week (pray for us) and before we move in, we’re getting the majority of the interior of the house painted. The current owners have little kids so the walls are either marred beyond comprehension or painted pepto pink/frog green or a mixture of both. 

I’ve spent the past several weeks legitimately freaking out over paint choices for the house. 

Who KNEW there were about 85 different types of white, blue, green, etc. etc. to choose from? I immediately went to Pinterest for inspiration, knowing that I would immediately gravitate towards the whites, whiter whites and soft whites for basically everything in our house. I have a fear of color that is well documented. 

The problem was, once I started finding what I liked and asking for feedback and actually GETTING SOME feedback, I could.not.handle.it.

I needed to chill out, start to back off (a little) and listen. And I’m not good at that. But I got some great advice and I think we’re going with some pretty colors. 

For the den/sunroom, hall, and master bedroom, we’re doing Swiss Coffee. Here’s my inspiration from Hanna Seabrook’s home on Glitter Guide:

Soft, warm white. Ahhh. We’re doing 50/50 swiss coffee and white on the ceilings to give it a gradual change while we wait to get moulding in the bedrooms. 

For the kitchen and for all of the house interior trim, we went with Decorator’s White. A sure winner used time and time again. 

So for our “man room” I thought we’d go dark dark blue or dark dark green. John was not having that so I went back to the drawing board and found BM “Salisbury Green” and fell in love. Here it is again in Charlotte Moss’ office:

I can’t wait to see how it comes out. 

Now for the guest room, I knew we would be doing a bright white Chinese Chippendale headboard, some palm frond pillows and some white nightstands so I wanted to go with a preppy faded pastel—like those cushions you see in the ladies lounge of a country club that have been in the window for a little too long and are starting to get  bleached out. I ultimately went with BM “Palest Pistachio” which I haven’t really been able to find a picture of other than a sample:

(Number 2 on the board above.) 

Nothing too dramatic here, but I prefer drama in small doses (pillows, blankets) rather than large statements. I’ll be sure to share pictures in the coming weeks! 

Who knew?

A) That I would care about crown moulding

B) That it would cost the equivalent of a new, EXPENSIVE couch (MULTIPLE ZEROES) to have a professional install for three rooms

With this in mind last night, I started to YouTube “DIY crown moulding” tutorials. 

I’m going to leave this one to the professionals at a later date. But damn. It hurts. 

Hey fellow Tumblr and blog readers of the Triangle- Make sure to mark your calendar for a very special trunk show tomorrow starting at 3 p.m. Not only will you get the chance to score some beautiful Hyla jewels (some of my favorites include this necklace and these earrings) but you can also take a look at dresses from Ramey Rhodes and fun home goods from Open Door. I hope to see you all there! 

Hey fellow Tumblr and blog readers of the Triangle- Make sure to mark your calendar for a very special trunk show tomorrow starting at 3 p.m. Not only will you get the chance to score some beautiful Hyla jewels (some of my favorites include this necklace and these earrings) but you can also take a look at dresses from Ramey Rhodes and fun home goods from Open Door. I hope to see you all there! 

If you want a good chortle pre-Thanksgiving, take a look at this collection of US maps that Brits attempted to label. This year, I’m thankful for Buzzfeed. #thatnickelbackarrowreallygotme 

If you want a good chortle pre-Thanksgiving, take a look at this collection of US maps that Brits attempted to label. This year, I’m thankful for Buzzfeed. #thatnickelbackarrowreallygotme 

Things I Never Thought I’d Care About: Flushmounts

Well this whole house buying process is revealing all sorts of weird obsessions and things I never thought I’d care about. Like flushmount lighting. We are moving into a 1960s ranch house with LOW ceilings. Which means a) it tends to be dark and b) big chandeliers aren’t an option. 

We have a long hallway to the bedrooms and bathrooms that currently has a pretty awful semi-flush light fixture that has GOT TO GO. Seriously, if the contractor can’t get in there early enough, I may risk electric shock just to rip it out of the ceiling. 

I’ve been on the hunt for good looking flushmounts and to my dismay, most of the ones I found that were halfway decent were $300++. Nope. Not happening. After some feverous Pinterest searching, leading me down one rabbit hole after another, I found a new-to-me site: Ellen Lighting & Hardware based in Texas. It’s a minority/woman-owned business (woop woop) and they have some dealz and stealz. 

Here are some pretty light fixtures I’m considering for our hall from Ellen Lighting:

Two light drum for $119

$125

My personal fave, a miniature three-light fixture that I think blends modern and traditional quite nicely. $160. 

I’ve signed up for their mailing list for a coupon code post-Thanksgiving and Christmas so I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a discount. Again, not sure why I care so much…just don’t judge me. Too much.