Friday, April 30, 2010

Old Man: Conclusions

Today was the final day of student teaching for me. We had a few parties, which were fun, but probably set my shaping up back a few days. Oh well.

It was a really good experience, and, as with any good experience, there were some difficult times. But I don't know if it was because it was my last day, but even those kids at whom I often wanted to whip some chalk (my dad tells me that was what his Cuban Catholic school teachers used to get kids to stop talking) were really great. It is probably because they knew they never had to see me again.

I had a number of comments over the semester on my clothes. But for some reason, the one thing that most kids (freshman mostly) noticed were that a lot of my pants were cuffed. So today in third period five or six guys turned their jean cuffs up the whole period (and one kid even cuffed his shorts). It was hilarious and also kind of touching I guess.

Next up is graduation, which is next Friday afternoon. Then a little trip to somewhere in North Carolina with my wife and parents. And then.....the long wait until I have a job. Not looking forward to that one so much.

Anyways, I'd like to say that this means I'll get a lot more blogging done here, but that's probably not true. Summer is a lot more boring to me than fall/winter when it comes to wearing clothes. I will promise that I'll try and I'll do my damnedest.

I do however, still get a good bit of blogging done elsewhere. Notice the side panel.

Strayaway Child
is my place for pictures that interest or inspire me, often clothing related.

And, as if I really need another blog, I recently created Spraypaint and Ink Pens, where I throw some of the mediocre poetry I write and other quotations about writing that I find inspiring.


Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Young Man: Music

It's been a while since I threw up a music post. I've still been getting new music, but mostly it's been new stuff by bands/artists that I've already heard of.

For example: Sam Amidon came out with an album in 2008 that I snagged a few weeks ago called "All is Well" and it totally blows his other album out of the water (even though "But This Chicken" was also amazing). His version of "O, Death" is beautiful and terrifying given the subject matter (and KKK association thanks to O Brother).

Deer Tick also came out with an LP ("More Fuel for the Fire") that has a serious country-rock (in a good way) vibe going. The iTunes review compared it to Gram Parsons and that is a great comparison. My dad is going to flip when he hears that slide guitar.

But the main reasons I'm making this post are two similarly named CD's.

The first one was provided by my sister: Dark Was the Night. It is a two-disc compilation (I only have the first one) of a bunch of awesome indie bands. Some YM/OM favorites include: Ben Gibbard, Bon Iver/Justin Vernon, Iron and Wine, Sufjan Stevens, Arcade Fire, Beirut, etc. Great stuff. The ten minute Sufjan cover of YM/OM absolute favorite Castanets' "You Are the Blood" is epic.

The other one is a small mystery to me. I found it on my computer, and I vaguely remember downloading it from NPR last year, when I got the new computer, but I can't remember what made me want to d/l it or anything. I asked my sister if she told me about it but she didn't really know what I was talking about. This album is "Dark Night of the Soul," a cd by Danger Mouse (of "Gray Album" and Gnarls Barkley fame) and Sparklehorse (yeah I had to look it up too). It isn't released because of some sort of legal dispute, but snag it here from NPR and be blown away. The first five songs on the album are strong as hell, with "Just War" and "Angel's Harp" topping it for me. My favorite moment on the album is the transition from the end of "Grim Augury" into the opening of "Dark Night of the Soul," and the latter just might be the best song on the album. Seriously, take a listen if you like my taste in music and you will love it.



EDIT: Apparently Sam Amidon just came out with a new album: I See the Sign

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Young Man: Catch-Up Post

Sorry it's been a while since my last post. I've been busy writing a research paper and other things. Here's some of what I've been up to sartorially.

On Friday a box showed up at our humble abode, containing four bracelets from Kiel James Patrick, two for me, two for my wife.

Great packaging:

Here are mine.


Argyle and Sutherlander:

Here, when worn with a U-stripe shirt.

On Thursday, a different package showed up here, this one from reader Young Fogey, containing a madras jacket and a nice linen square which he sent in exchange for a madras tie. I'm still debating on how it looks on me. Until then, enjoy this picture of the rich colors. The best picture I could come up with.

And here's some Sunday Style to round things off.

Hopefully some more essay posts will be on the way soon, since I got my essay finished up the other day.


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Young Man: Surcingle Belts

I’ve always loved surcingle belts in theory. I mean, what isn’t there to love? An extra bit of color pop in an outfit is a great thing. If you’ve followed the blog at all or even looked around, you’ll see that I value color a lot. Colorful shirts, ties, pocket squares, socks, shoes, even that damn green pen I always have around to grade with - ever wonder why it’s always visible?

But I’ve never gotten fully around to buying and wearing them. I only have one, in Clemson school colors (what else?). I bought it right before I put on the Peppino’s 20 (or 30 or....) and so was only able to wear it a few times before it became too small or I became too large. Well now with a little exercise and an obscene amount of water, I’ve apparently lost enough weight to fit into it again. So here it is, the first wearing after a year and a handful of months.

Notice the color coordination. White ps picks up the white in the shirt and tie. Blue resonates throughout the whole outfit: jacket, shirt, tie, shoes, belt. And that orange stripe around the waist just seals the deal for me. But I’m a Clemson fan so who knows.

Also note the dangerous - some would say foolish - combination of three different kinds of stripes. If only I had a block stripe pocket square.

I quite like it. However, I won’t be out buying up all the gross old surgingle belts I see at thrift stores, but I might wear this one more often.

Detail/shoe shot:


Sunday, April 11, 2010

Old Man: Madras, Day Six

This tie is a different make than all the other ties. The color is a little richer and less faded than the other ones. I like it quite a bit.

Suit is Corbin, shirt is BB, and shoes are navy Clark DB's.

And that's how you wear nothing but madras ties for a whole week.


Friday, April 9, 2010

Old Man: Madras, Day 5

With some much needed relaxation, a la Delaware Blue Blazer.

Sunday will finish Madras Week. We'll see which tie it brings.


Thursday, April 8, 2010

Old Man: Madras Week, Day 4

Dark and rainy day, bright and colorful tie.

I've really been getting into wearing my ties like this, with the back slightly overlapping, a la Sid Mashburn.


Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Old Man: Madras, Day Three

Three summer staples for day three.

Poplin, madras, and a smile (the last courtesy of my wife).


Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Old Man: Madras, Day Two

That's right folks, this week is the week of the madras ties. Including Sunday.

Yesterday The Enthusiast commented that the tie would look great with khakis and a blazer. Which is what I wore it with. Today as well.

Close-up of the tie. ADG's gold linen square tops it off.

Pulling is on account of the bag. Not worried about it.

Stay tuned for tomorrow's madras tie.


Monday, April 5, 2010

Old Man: Madras

Especially in ties

With rolled oxford sleeves.


(YF, your tie is on the way)

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Old Man: Family

Happy Easter all.

Go be with your families and stop worrying about silly stuff like clothes (but keep an eye out later for an Easter style post).


Thursday, April 1, 2010

Young Man: New Wallet

As promised yesterday, here is a post on my new wallet. I bought it from SF/Sufu user/legend Zissou. Not only does he have a great style (the one who inspired me to start wearing bandanas around the neck, btw), but he is also a pretty talented leather worker.

I saw his thread on StyleForum (he also has an Etsy page) a few weeks ago. He sells two styles of wallets/card cases, and a bunch of different keyhooks. I've been looking for a new wallet for a while and the first style seemed like the perfect solution. So I sent him a PM on SF, and within a day he had mine made and sent out. Not bad for 38 bucks, including shipping.

Here are some pictures.

(It says "Thanks Conor!")



(after a few days)

(after a few days)

I love this thing. It is a great size, and big enough to fit all my cards plus a little cash, but not bulky at all. The craftsmanship is great and it seems sturdy as hell.

If you're in the market for a new wallet or a new keyhook, give Zissou's stuff a shot. You can contact him from the SF thread (if you're a member), check out his Etsy page, or shoot him an email at mlcasanova (at) gmail (dot) com