Sunday, February 20, 2011

"too few people understand a really good sandwich"

Quote above is from James Beard, and he would be someone that would know, right? But really, I'm writing this post to let you know my admittingly new favorite website: Scanwiches. All the guy does is scan sandwiches, but seriously, they look SO good, especially compared to the plain ol' turkey and cheddar I usually have for lunch... blerghh. Has Scanwiches inspired me to switch up my sandwich game? Is this a sandwich revolution? Am I gonna get style inspiration from a PB&J? I don't think I want to know the last answer.

cali swag district

Just got our first snow day of the year here in snowy Minneapolis, class cancelled if it's before noon (last class is at 11:50, holler?). But that of course got me thinking of things like spring break and summer and beaches and surfing. Now, don't get me wrong, I have about as much knowledge on surfing and surf culture as any kid growing up on Rocket Power and Lilo and Stitch... so, none. This is me admitting that I'm a shoobie. While I do wish I knew how to surf, one thing that I can at least attempt to imitate is surfer style... they have a whole kind of careless vibe that every guy wants to look like. This means things like Vans or any low top sneaker, board shorts (cut above the knee, please, unless you are a guido), simple tees, etc. in cool colors and of course nothing too matchy-matchy. There's lots of great brands out there with accessible surfer swag. One of my favorites, that's much talked about on the blogosphere, is Saturdays. Based out of NYC, these are the kind of guys that everyone wants to be, and they have great products made by both themselves and outside suppliers that speak to that inner Kelly Slater in all of us.

Quick word on the tank tops- don't wear these if you're not jacked. I myself prefer t-shirts, and really hate seeing emo skinny boys wearing their little tank tops with arms smaller than their girlfriends. Another very cool (a little more pricey) store to get "beachwear" is Olasul. Their board shorts and tees come in very bright colors that just scream summer (which, if you couldn't tell, I NEED right now). They're a little on the pricey side, but as our mom always says, you have to remember that with price come quality- do you think you would keep this for a couple of years? I especially like the "Ceviche":

Another very cool (and super authentic) shop is Mollusk, which carries great board shorts, tees, hoodies, etc. that you know you can trust- real surfers uses these. I like the simple Birdwell shorts they have, as well as some of the cool posters from local artists in their area. I also like these simple Katin (another heritage surf brand, similar to Birdwell I think) and Apolis Activism from Context Clothing. Especially the chambray. Chambray FTW:

Be sure to check out Warriors of Radness too- nominated for GQ's Menswear Designer of America this year, they get that surfer cool vibe of the 80s and 90s just right and fun without being too kitschy. I got a swimsuit from them last year for spring break and really like it- warning though, it is pretty short so make sure you have confidence to show your man thighs. 

You can get cool surfer style with out going to the beach too which is something I want to "work on" this summer. Here are some random things you might want to deck yourself out in to look less shoobie-ish come summer. Casio G-Shock watch (no clue where to get this color way, if you happen to find out, let me know!), Vans Authentics (must-haves for anyone), colored laces (2 pairs for $4 at J. Crew), and Serengeti glasses that our dad used to have in the 80s, also available at Key Vintage

Monday, February 14, 2011

flower power?

 OK, maybe I'm trying too hard to be like one of our favorite bloggers (or should we say brogger?) at Most Exerent, but aren't these cool? Emerson Made is a cool little company started by a husband wife team that moved from NYC to a farm to start a business (all together now... CUTE). Their collection is basically women's only, but these flower pins they have for guys would be an awesome way to stand out at a wedding or something else where flowers are OK. Prom? 

OKAY, NO. Seriously... I have scary nightmares of horrible Savvi Formalwear tuxedos and the creepy women who worked there without a clue how to measure way too often. Also disclaimer: this is NOT me. Back to the flowers, these are dandy-ish and WASP-y in a way that isn't in your face... I mean none of us are Andre Benjamin, though I secretly wish I was. Just a little one pinned on a knit tie and you'll still look masculine but at the same time stylish, trust me. You can get yourself one here.
Image Credits: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

skeeter valentine

Living the single life this Valentine's Day... yes, the rec center was lovely with all the fatties who didn't get dates, thanks for asking. However, thought I'd give you all a little treat and post some beautiful women who I wish I could bring home to Mom, set to the tune of Sean Kingston- actually a favorite of ours (play Dutty Love at a party and you'll see what I mean). Enjoy the loveliness of all these ladies... What did you guys do for Valentine's Day?

Thursday, February 10, 2011


Yet another dumb title name, huh? But actually, today marks the best day of my tech geeky life- iPhone 4 is coming to Verizon! I love my Blackberry, but am so stoked to get my hands on an iPhone... it's a tough life not being able to play Angry Birds. I'm waiting to get one in a month when I'm due for an upgrade, but I've already started looking at cases. Although this Jack Spade case (told you, I'm a sucker for the Spade) is only for the iPhone 3G/S, I'm really hoping they come out with something for the iPhone 4. It's different and fun but not in your face, but most importantly looks like it will protect your precious phone for a pretty decent price at $35. Know of any cool cases or apps I will have to download immediately? Let us know in the comments or via Twitter.

green + brown

Just got some style inspiration from the Edward Hopper (one of my favorite artists, natch) Office at Night painting shown in the second collage and had to share with you guys. How sick is this color combo? Apologies for going all Martha Stewart on you, but this is a unique but definitely presentable color combo that you can wear winter, spring or summer. Why does it work? Probably because it comes straight out of nature- think Redwood trees and terracotta pots. I particularly like the reddish brown in some of these pictures with a bright green, but you can alter it any way you'd like. I have a nice "sienna" (Wikipedia has EVERYTHING) crew neck sweater that I really want to rock with some bright green shorts this spring... anyone know where I can find some? Sometimes I feel like I get myself in a color rut (navy and gray are my go-to choices), so it's good to try some new things. What are your favorite color combos? You know what color combo you shouldn't go for? Black and Yellow... not a Wiz fan. sorry.

Also, considering most of these pictures were copy and pasted into my "Cool Shit" folder on my computer, I don't have most of their sources. If you'd like me to remove them, just let me know. Just please don't sue me.