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Shedding Winter

It’s hard to believe that some parts of the country are still shedding the signs of winter, but there is one sure-fire way to feel better about any delays…go shopping for Spring!
Here are some ideas to get you started for May…
Overalls are back. You can accessorize these with a T-shirt and for those of you that are daring, nothing at all.
 (First Photo Source) (Second – @boisociety Model @Renegades
Photo by @salimimima)
Leather Casing Bracelet- Silver Plated (Shopping)
A good high-top would be great with either long-pant overalls or short-pant overalls. Here’s a nice basic black pair from Common Projects
(PB NOTE -We will begin with my Favorite!)


The origins of the word “cocktail” are lost to history, but the first definition we find in print comes from an 1806 newspaper from upstate New York. A cocktail is called “a stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water, and bitters…” Over the course of the 19th century, the cocktail picked up a number of additions and refinements: liqueurs, fortified wines, various bits of garnish, et cetera. Eventually, some drinkers came to prefer a simpler form of cocktail, the type their grandfathers might have enjoyed, and so they’d ask the bartender to make them an “old-fashioned” cocktail, of booze, sugar muddled into water to form a syrup, and bitters. (Source)

(PB NOTE: using flavored bitters can really spice up this traditional cocktail as well as trying different types of citrus)



It’s time to get rid of the wear and tear of winter with a good hand cream. (Men’s Society)


Bamboo Bike Wall Clock made of reclaimed bike parts

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(Buy at Uncommon Goods)

(PB NOTE: I reread this wonderful novel almost every year. Now go see the show!)
8pm at Circle in the Square Theatre, $75+
Three things: It’s our favorite Tony-winning, smash hit queer musical; it’s based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir; and it’s a must-see! Fun Home showcases music by Jeanine Tesori, book and lyrics by Lisa Kron, direction by Sam Gold, and stars Judy Kuhn, Michael Cerveris, Beth Malone, Lauren Patten and Gabriella Pizzolo, along with a wonderful supporting cast. Thru Oct 9. (Source


So I got this catalog in the mail yesterday and it really caught my eye.  Not because of the clothes, per se, there is nothing at first glance that is particularly revolutionary between its pages, in fact you can find just about every style they offer in many catalogs and stores where you go to buy well-made casual menswear. What I liked about it was how it made me feel. It’s been a long time since I’ve picked up a catalog that made me actually want to peruse it.


It is a subtle but definite step into the direction of making flannel, khaki’s, Chukka boots and leather jackets a little more modern, yet keeping it rugged.


There is a sense of whimsy about it and the clothes really fit the brand.  The whole of it evokes camping or being in the woods in the winter. Or even yet, being a well dressed-down hipster.

Brown Jacket


In looking on the website, because I honestly thought this was a spin-off company from a larger retailer trying to appeal to a hipper audience, I didn’t find much that made it personal to the founder Matt Cooper. But the designs are true to his design muse.



Like the name insinuates, he likes polished carbon and rough cobalt.  Matt’s intention is to “design unique details into the clothing that will enhance your individual style”.



The quality of their product looks good overall and they do a fine job of offering a nice variety of categories, though very curated.




All photos courtesy of Carbon2Cobalt website

Hudson Made New York

Goat Milk

Best known for their “Fancy’ Black Bar of soap (you know I love that name), Hudson Made New York is an online retailer that sells wonderfully curated artisanal products to the likes of you and me from the Hudson Valley, North Country and Brooklyn.


Their packaging makes me weak in the knees.  I do love detail and I especially love products that are presented with such love and care.

Products 2

But I would be remiss if all I talked about was their individually boxed and hand packed and wrapped soaps and products.

Beard and Shave Soap

Their philosophy is all about quality, craftsmanship and craft.  The products look good, feel good and work well.  They support their local communities by making an effort to resource within 100 miles of Hudson Valley and 100% American made.  They are what the heart Americana is all about.


Hudson Made NY

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!

From what I am beginning to understand Nordstrom Anniversary Sale are some of the three most popular words to be put together in a sentence in the history of the world.

Hunter Boots

I even hear there are websites and blogs dedicated to sharing inside and covert information about what is actually going to be at this sale.

Frye and Adam Derrick

Well guess no more! I had the priviledge of being invited to an early preview and get a sneak peek behind the curtain (literally) and there are goodies galore!  The pictures you are seeing here are just some of the few delights that will await you in all Nordstrom stores and online starting July 20 – August 5th. (GO SHOP!)

AG and Citizens of Humanity

For you newbies wondering what the big deal is I’m here to tell you, you can purchase your entire fall wardrobe during this sale plus stock up on your favorite grooming products and save $100’s upon $100’s of dollars.  Not to mention you get the opportunity to experience some of that great service Nordstrom is known for.

Hugo Boss

I went home with some fabulous grooming products, from my absolutely favorite new facial cleaner – ‘purity made simple’ – I feel like I want to leave it on all day (don’t).  It really is the best cleaner I have had for my face, ever!  Since I am more the andro Dandi I also love the Anastasia Beverly Hills ‘Brow Wiz’ which creates those precise lines and helps blend the brow.  Now that I think about it this can be used for masculine and feminine Dandi’s.

Diesel Jacket

And I love, love, love (did I mention that I love it!) the L’Occitane Almond Milk Concentrate.  Honestly I love all things L’Occitane so there is no contest here.

Okay, now back to clothes.

True Religion Cords

What you see here are my favorite picks.  However, there is so much more to choose from; Marc Jacobs, Rag & Bone, Kors, Klein, Cole Haan, La Mer…just to name a few.

7 Diamond

If you’ve never been this is something you cannot afford to miss.  If you haven’t been in awhile this year looks like it will make you a very happy and Dandi camper.  If you are a regular you don’t need me to convince you.

(My Favorites!)

A big thank you to Kelly Skahan for letting me and my sweetie preview this years Anniversary Sale.  We had a blast!

(Oh by the way, amazing news – Topshop and Topman coming to Nordstrom in September! (can you believe!?!)

The Haircut for Spring 2012

I am simply in love with Men’s Fashion Director for Neiman’s Nick Wooster!


This cut will give you a more edgy look.


I jumped on board. It will give my preppy tendencies a sharper edge.


Fem’s are rocking it too. Go Cassie and Milla!


Try it long in the front…


Or like Sasha Mallory, do something different and fierce with it daily!


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Kiwi Love

Some Dandis liked the smell of magic markers when they were growing up, me, I was a little obsessed with the smell of Kiwi Shoe Polish, still am a little bit, but less so if I’m not polishing my shoes (lol).  ‘Tis the season to start wearing your heavier boots and leather shoes Dandis, so it also the season to take good care of them.  Not to say your spring/summer shoes shouldn’t get the same attention and love, but more than likely most of them are canvas and need a different kind of care.

Which also goes for leathers that are made from more exotic skins.  I would suggest you get those done by a professional whether that be a shoe shop or skilled old-time shoe shiner that can be found in Barber Shops or airports.  But for shoe care at home I always use Kiwi…   My dad used it and I have followed suit.  He was a Marine so he could really get an amazing ‘spit-shine’ on his shoes.  I don’t care so much for a shine so glossy I can clean my teeth after dinner but I do know that there is nothing the girls like more than a Dandi who loves shoes and keeps them to perfection.

I tend to polish my shoes at least once a month, however if they have been in  dusty area, like an outdoor concert or a hike for a romantic picnic, I will polish them right before I wear them again.

Instructions for getting the best polish:
1) Clean you shoes first with a shoe brush or cloth.
2) To really do it right remove laces (I tend not to have the time).
3) With a slightly dampened tip of the cloth get an ample amount on your rag and spread it over the entire shoe.
4) Buff it into perfection using a natural brush …or
5) Using a different cloth and a sprinkle of water on the shoe buff it side to side across the toe, vamp and back until you generate desired shine, use brush for sides.

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When it comes to personal fragrance I don’t follow trends or change very much at all.  I have to admit that I have only worn maybe a handful of different ones in my lifetime.  I think my first one was Charlie, because that was a very popular brand for girls coming of age in my day.  But it wasn’t soon after that that I ran to the popular fragrance for boys and wore Polo until even I couldn’t stand to be in the same room with myself anymore.  I wore Halston for a very long time until finally CK One came into my life and I get so many compliments I just can’t bring myself to try something new.

I like light fragrances because I don’t want to overpower people that are in the same room with me.  There is nothing I hate more than hugging someone and then smelling like them for the rest of the day.  Some colognes are so strong you smell them and they leave an after taste in your mouth.

Before you buy test it.  Do not buy cologne you have never smelled on you like on the internet, even if it is the latest greatest scent.  We all have different body chemistry.  I have smelt something I loved on someone only to spray it on myself and dislike it.  Start by putting a little bit from a tester on the inside small of your wrist, let it sit for a second, then smell it.  If you like it great, if not use the other wrist then you’ll have to wash them off before trying again or you won’t get a true test.  I’d advise taking a friend and if you have one, definitely your partner.  They have to live with you and they should definitely get a vote.

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