Tuesday, December 21, 2010

What I got myself for Christmas

  Every year my mother gives me money at Thanksgiving to buy myself Christmas gifts.  I then buy the gifts for myself and then have her open the gifts on Christmas Day so at least someone is surprised.  This is what happens when you're extremely particular about exactly what you want for Christmas.  You couldn't just get me any Lego set or Nintendo game.  It had to be the exact thing that I wanted.  As I got older and started buying clothes, I would have been cruel to have my parents got out hunting for a jacket in the right brand, size, and color if I knew all along where to get it and didn't mind going to get it myself.
  Well, here we are at Christmas 2010 and I've never been so sartorial in all my life.  It seems that all I want for Christmas are clothes and clothing accessories.  I've bought other stuff over the past year, like an iPhone and a new laptop so I'm all set with electronic toys for a while.
  Here are the things I bought myself for Christmas.

Florsheim Cedar Shoe Trees
Florsheim Woodard Shoe Tree
I've never owned shoe trees, but I recently bought a pair of Bostonian burgundy longwings at The Barn and they're nice enough to warrant some shoe trees.

Corduroy Mallard Pant from Rugby

I've been jonesin' for some corduroy critter pants for a couple years now, but they can be a bit pricey.  I've been kickin' myself since last winter for not getting the flannel lined lodge chino from Rugby.  But I think these are better and more of what I'm looking for anyhow.

Leather Man Ltd. custom D-ring ribbon belt

Leather Man Ltd Ribbon Belt
This isn't color I got, but you get the idea.  I went a little crazy and got the red roman stripe.

I've got a guy at J. Press in Cambridge, who will remain nameless, who hooks me up (or at least I like to think that he does).
I've been on a mission to find a new flay/ivy/scally cap.  I've searched online, but a hat is really something that you have to try on before you buy it.  It's all about how it feels and looks when you put it on your noggin.

I'd like to add that I got all of these things on sale and with free shipping.  Cyber Monday and promo codes are beautiful things of great beauty.
Merry Christmas.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Happy St. Nicholas Day

December 6th is St. Nicholas Day.  No St. Nicholas Day ritual is quite like the listening of David Sederis' "Six to Eight Black Men".


Thursday, December 2, 2010