WIWYesterday - Skeet Shooting Edition

Fall is officially here in San Francisco (although someone would argue that it’s been here for quite some time).  My friend Matt runs Stag Dining, which is an underground dinner club that hosts clandestine dinners at unique venues with locally sourced food.  For this dinner, the Stags took us to the Pacific Rod and Gun Club for a round of skeet shooting followed by an amazing dinner with wine provided by Bodkin Wines.

Since the weather was up in the air, I decided to do some layering so I’d be comfortable at any temperature.  A tweed vest is one of my favorite layering pieces because it can go with so many different outfits.  Pair it with a waxed cotton jacket and some boots, and you’ve got the perfect outfit to shoot a round of skeet.

Jacket - Lands’ End Canvas | Vest - Rugby | Shirt - Brooks Brothers | Tie - Ovadia & Sons | Belt - Custom (gift) | Jeans - Lands End Canvas | Boots Red Wing | Sunglasses - Paul Smith

Photo by Chelsea


Last week I attended the Lands’ End Canvas preview event (with the lovely Miss Sara Zucker, holding down the ladies’ side of things). While I can’t say I went in wanting to peruse sweaters, coats, and cords - it is May after all, I just put all my cold weather clothes away! - I left looking forward to fall again.

What I liked was the effortless way they they mixed colors, patterns, and textures. Especially for guys, I feel like this kind of ‘throw everything on and see what happens’ way of dressing can be intimidating, but the brand does it in a way that looks normal, natural, and not at all scary.

Take a look and see if it gives you inspiration to try a new pairing the next time you’re getting dressed.

Do the Rockaway

Saturday, June 18. Matt and I decided to make the hour and a half trek to Rockaway for a little beach adventure. We first visited this NYC gem last summer for Matt to surf (yes, you can go surfing in New York City!) and once I tried Rockaway Taco I knew I would be back. Such a perfect little getaway!

Perfect day for the beach!

Best fish tacos I’ve ever eaten. Ever.

Beach reads, including a wonderful local foodie mag.

Burnout Hoodie - Target / Cutoffs - Citizens of Humanity, DIY job / French Bikini, Sunnies, Straw Tote- c/o Lands’ End Canvas / Head Scarf - ODLR, thrifted / Boat Shoes - Sperry 

Yall know that I’m a big fan of Lands’ End Canvas, particularly their swim suits, so when they asked me to partner up with them to get the word out about their current swim line, I happily obliged. I’ll admit, this style of bikini top doesn’t fit me as perfectly as the retro style {which I now own in 2 colors} but it still boasts a supportive underwire construction and straps that can be worn as a simple spaghetti strap or detached to tie a halter at the neck. Such great quality. And let me just wax poetic about this straw bag - it is humongous and fit two towels, two books, sunscreen and all the other accessories necessary for a day at the beach. The icing on the cake - their summer sale’s just begun, so their already good prices are now up to 40% off. Score!

More on Rockaway: Taking the A Train to Summer [NY Times], Rockway Taco, A Selby Film [YouTube]

Today’s fit.

Sweater: Lands’ End Canvas, $30 (ouch!)

Shirt: J Crew oxford w/ collar-back button, $14

Jeans: Nudie RRDS (my first pair of raw denim circa 2005), tapered to an 8" opening

Shoes: New Balance 574, ~$35

Glasses: Kala Eyewear “Buddy”, $75

Sunglasses: Lookmatic “Apprentice”, $44 w/ coupon

It’s On Sale: Lands’ End Down Vests $18 Shipped

As we already mentioned, everything at Lands’ End is 40% off at the moment. That includes their down vests, which had already been marked down to $33 (for the patterned version) and $28 (for the solid). That makes their final price, with the additional 40% markdown, just about $18, with free shipping. Use the code DONNER and the PIN 1585. I’d generally recommend sizing down one size on these - I’m a 42 and can can comfortably layer a medium over a sweater or sweatshirt.

(Some other deals: over-the-calf dress cotton sock three-packs for $9, and wool for the same price, cotton casual sock 3-packs for $6, flannel trousers for $60, Chelsea boots $95, fake Indy boot $48, slim-fit chinos $15.) 

Today’s fit.

Boot: Red Wing Chukka, bought NWOT at used clothing store $36

Jeans: Dope and Drakkar, bought at another branch of the above-mentioned store $25. This day was crazy. I found a bunch of Japanese denim in my size for $25 a pop. I find it hard to believe that someone who paid $200-300 for jeans that were still like new would sell them to a shop for about $15 a pop cash, a little more in trade. Oh well, I wasn’t complaining. Got some Full Count, RRL, Sugar Cane, Dope and Drakkar, and Warehouse jeans that day. Sold all the others, gave a pair to a friend, and kept these here. I kinda’ think some dude got robbed, and then someone sold his jeans.

Shirt: Lands’ End Canvas chambray ‘work’ shirt, thrifted $5

Tie: Lands’ End Canvas, on clearance for maybe ~$7

Sweater: J Crew, gift 

Maverick Chocolate Company

I spent this past Christmas in Cincinnati and and while I definitely enjoyed my fair share of chili and other delicious foods, I am happy to report that I’ve found one of my new favorite chocolate places.

Maverick Chocolate Co. is tucked away in Cincinnati’s Findlay Market (the equivalent of San Francisco’s Ferry Building). They are a family owned and operated “bean-to-bar” craft chocolate company that makes everything in-house.

Their selection of bars is amazing, but if I had to pick a favorite, it would be the Prohibition Milk Chocolate bar (I’m a sucker for anything with bourbon in it). Made with bourbon straight out of Kentucky (which is literally over the river) and sea salt, the chocolate has an incredibly rich and balanced flavor.

Fortunately, for those of you who don’t plan on visiting Ohio anytime soon, Maverick Chocolate also has an online store. These bars make excellent gifts for friends or if you’re a glutton like me, you can just say they are for your friends and eat them yourself.

Hat - Stoffa | Jacket - Lands’ End Canvas | Shirt - Gitman Vintage | Jeans - Levi’s | Boots - Crockett & Jones

Photo by Chelsea