Look sharp play guitars!
Because I'm such a fashion pig people often ask what's my favorite accessory. Or maybe that's never really happened and I just want to tell you because I'm high on coffee right now. If you know me or my ridiculous style you know I like scarves, rings, watches, fingerless gloves, hats and sunglasses. Let's face it I'm a fucking ponce, and I'm ok with that. But but my favorite all time accessory is a guitar. Continue reading “Look sharp play guitars!” »
The Discipline of Dress: Dressing For The Home
It's fair to say I take dressing very seriously. I genuinely leave the house every day with the intention of outdressing the enemy. But until recently I've been more than content to sit around the house in sweats or pjs all day. Until one day I noticed that Amiira never does that. And even when she does wear sweats or pjs they are cool looking and considered. Continue reading “The Discipline of Dress: Dressing For The Home” »
ODTE: I was framed!My sight has been going for years. It seems to have accelerated the last 5 or so but it's been going none the less. I have resisted surgery of any kind, mostly because it's still pioneer days with the Lasiks, but I also love wearing glasses. LOVE IT! Frames are the greatest accessory there is for a guy if you don't count guitar pedals Continue reading “ODTE: I was framed!” »
ODTE: There will be PantsYesterday I started the process of designing and sourcing material for pants, shirts and possibly sweaters to outfit Mike and I for some up coming gigs with the Reigning Monarchs. Angelo Warner the band's in house graphic mastermind and I took a trip to downtown Los Angeles and got in it. (Angelo writes about it HERE) I have always been a big fan of bands that are as exacting with their presentation as their sound, Bands like The Clash, The Specials, Bow Wow Wow,The Stray Cats, Social D, The White Stripes, No Doubt, The Strokes... I could go on but we'd all fall asleep, seriously . Continue reading “ODTE: There will be Pants” »
ODTE: My Inspiration and my wife!The best dressed person I know lives at my house. My fashion hero, my style consultant also happens to be the love of my life. I don't really understand how she does it. She is the most effortlessly stylish person I know. I live with her so I see what it takes to be her and what it takes to get out the door and unless we are going to an big event she moves through our *shared **closet effortlessly. Continue reading “ODTE: My Inspiration and my wife!” »
ODTE: Outdressing the Parking Garage.Took the kids to Vegas last week and checked out a few of the newer casinos, shops and all around fanciness. Turns out one of my fave graphic/street artists, the very talented Shepard Fairey took his handywork to the parking garage of Crystals/the Aria. He makes it hard to want to leave the garage! Continue reading “ODTE: Outdressing the Parking Garage.” »
ODTE: Kitten HeelsI have never in my life bought a pair of Kitten heels. Though there's something very Ann Margaret about them, I've always thought they were for tall girls trying to make themselves less so for the shorter men around them. Perhaps the sensible choice for people that lack commitment to the pain necessary for true shoe idiocy like myself, the queen of crippling shoes. Continue reading “ODTE: Kitten Heels” »
ODTE: The Jack White Lesson
Jack White is everything I wished I was that I never will be but hope to someday become even though I probably won't. But maybe. Three nights ago he preformed two new completely different songs, with two different full bands, from his new record on SNL. He fucked my shit up! Jack's whole "thing" from White Stripes to the Raconteurs, from the Dead Weather to his now looming solo record are works of artistic perfection even in their missteps and *wrong turns. And here's why I believe that. Because everything Jack White does takes place in a world created exclusively by Jack White for Jack White. Continue reading “ODTE: The Jack White Lesson” »
ODTE: Thats my hat.
I hate hats. I don't look good in hats. I don't want a hat. That is until I found my hat. You can't just write off a whole piece of clothing. Saying you don't like hats is like saying you don't like shoes. It's a ludicrous statement. I'm not saying you have to have a hat I'm saying you shouldn't write it off with out at least trying a few. A couple of years ago I went through a serious Sinatra stage. I couldn't listen to, or read enough about the man. I was particularly impressed with his attention to detail visa vie his appearance as I had begun to change mine. I started to wear suit pants with t shirts or brogues with my jeans. I started to mix the old with the new. Sinatra wore a cardi. I wore a cardi. But I couldn't bring myself to buy a hat. However my wife and girls noticed my obsession and bought me a snap brim fedora like his as a birthday gift. Again I would have never bought myself a hat because as I said I hate hats. But because my girls were so excited about it I tried it. And guess what? I found I liked having a hat. But it wasn't the right one, it felt too Charlie Sheen and not enough Sinatra, so I kept searching. A lot of the members punk and ska bands I love wear the Trilby hat with the short brim, it is sort of the official hat of the ska nation. I went on a hunt for one. But the super short brim proved too short. And my nose too big. Then one day I was looking for live performances from Tim (Rancid) Armstrong's solo record when I came across the the video below. There it was. My hat. Ok his hat first, but mine now. Classic fedora with brim up. Actually the fedora is the worlds most popular mens hat so it wasn't hard to find one. I googled and found Brixton who I've blogged about before. They make awesome reasonably priced hats. I have 6 of them. I wear them all the time. Not everything about your look will happen right away but if you don't don't try nothing will happen!P.S. Tim Armstong's style is and always has been punk rock impeccable and his solo record A POET'S LIFE is one of the best ska records recorded in the last 20 years!
ODTE: Walking in Gwen Stefani's Shoes
You know the old proverb, "You can never understand a (wo)man until you walk a mile in their shoes." Or "Don't criticize a man until you walk a mile in his shoes."or the ever popular "Well put yourself in their shoes..." (Sidebar - how do you punctuate a proverb or an expression? I'm sure I just did it wrong so forgive me.) Continue reading “ODTE: Walking in Gwen Stefani’s Shoes” »