Part IV: The Holly and The Ivy.
Bass Weejuns Ventura Tassel Penny Loafer ($110); Inis Meáin Long Braided Scarf ($175); Oliver Peoples X Takahiro Miyashita aviators ($477); First Edition copy of The Preppy Handbook ($145); Linus Roadster ($639); McClure's Spicy Bloody Mary Mix ($12); Loren Stewart "Ruthie" ring; Wm. J. Mills & Co. tote ($110).
Part II: A Blue Christmas.
Scrooge pin ($3); Thierry Lasry Sexxxy Sunglasses ($425); The Real McCoy USN Watch Cap ($120); Old Raj Gin ($44); Piamita Pajama Bottoms ($260); Harland Miller print (similar editions, prices vary); Loren Stewart Rx Pills stud earrings ($205); Hamish Wrap Scarf ($78).
This week: five themed gift guides—starting with A Christmas Coral.
LAQA & Co. Tigerblood Nail Polish Pen ($16); Vintage Rolex with custom dial circa 1981 ($3,250); Nantucket Red apron ($35); Leather lighter cover ($20); Feal Mor rope bracelet ($35); Dolce Vita Nariko Slipper Flat ($143); 2010 Ponzi Rosato Pinot Noir Rosé ($15).
From the British Military, to the polo sidelines (a "chukka" is a seven minute interval of outdoor polo), to Steve McQueen, desert boots have remained a classic in the men's footwear department. Now we're seeing them on women with shorts, jeans and dresses. Some favorites:
Clockwise from top left: Mark McNairy Denim Chukka ($350); The Dustbowl Boot ($99); TOMS 'Desert Botas' Chukka Boot ($68); Opening Ceremony m1 Classic Boot ($355); Mark McNairy Kelly Green Suede Chukka ($375) shown on Levi's Made & Crafted Women's SS12 Collection model; Golden Goose lined boots ($520).
Screenshots from Then Again by Diane Keaton.
I'm getting on a plane in the morning and as part of my packing ritual, I just downloaded a new book. This time it's Diane Keaton's new memoir Then Again which hit shelves a few days ago. The autobiography is about herself as well as her mother Dorothy Hall who in her lifetime kept 85 journals—many of which were photographed for the book in a lovely archival style. Can't wait to board that plane! Have a great weekend.
Photo via ...etc.
I've been taking serious notice of girls opting for Bourbon over Bordeaux from concerts to dinner parties, so I called in a favor from a friend for a lesson on Whisky (and Whiskey). Heather John is a freelance writer, the former wine & spirits editor for Bon Appétit (where we met), author of the fantastic blog The Foodinista, and an all around bad ass. Here she shares the straight dope on how to drink and order your scotch, rye, or bourbon. Thanks, H!
A GIRL'S GUIDE TO WHISK(E)Y
By Heather John
My favorite cocktail is a no-frills gin and tonic, which I’ll unfashionably and unapologetically drink well after Labor Day. But at the first hint of frost, I find that deep down I’m a brown liquor girl.
For the past seven years as the former wine & spirits editor at Bon Appétit magazine, I picked up a trick or two when it comes to whisky—and yes, that’s whisky without an “e” as in Scotch, Canadian or Japanese. For those of you who favor the Irish and American (bourbon, rye, Tennessee) versions, go ahead and spell it “whiskey.” We won’t tell.
Probably the debate I hear the most is about neat versus rocks. Ideally, the answer is: neither. Ignore the guys bragging about drinking their whisky neat because trust me, the distillers in Scotland don’t, especially when a whisky is cask strength—unless the goal is to burn your throat and taste buds. While ice cubes will melt and potentially dilute the drink too much, a small splash of water actually enhances the spirit’s flavors and aroma. If you’re at a bar, ask for a glass of water on the side so you can add to your liking. Your bartender will respect you, even if the punter in the leather armchair won’t.
There is one other school of thought, and here I fall in line with the Japanese, who are whisky fanatics (at a dinner in LA once with Suntory distiller Mike Miyamoto, he brought his own water from Japan to make ice for his whisky). Tokyo bartenders have delivered the following gift to the whisky world: ice balls. A large cube or ball of ice melts at a much slower rate, thus giving your drink a slight chill without watering down too much. I use this nifty Muji silicon ice ball maker.
While there are few things as satisfying as sipping Suntory Hibiki, Ardberg Supernova or Talisker 30 year at the end of the evening, I also love whiskey—and here it’s with an “e”—in cocktails, particularly alongside a grilled ribeye steak. Here are five favorite whiskey drinks and how to order them.
Manhattan. If you are in Brooklyn, your mustachioed mixologist will shoot you on sight if you order anything other than rye in a Manhattan. Best to keep the peace and request Rittenhouse, stirred and never shaken.
Old-Fashioned. Try a small-batch bourbon like Booker’s or a blended whisky like Canadian Club. (Or if you’re in Brooklyn, see above.)
Americana. Did I mention how much I love Campari? Here two loves collide by adding Pappy Van Winkle 10 year 90 proof to the classic Americano cocktail of Campari, club soda and orange bitters.
Sazerac. My friend Dave Wondrich, Esquire’s drinks editor, calls the Sazerac a “wonderfully butch sort of tipple.” He likes using either Pappy Van Winkle Reserve Rye or Sazerac Rye.
Whiskey Smash. Go for a higher proof whiskey like Wild Turkey to balance the sweetness of the simple syrup and the tart lemon juice in one of America’s oldest—and most delicious—drinks.
Do you drink Whisk(e)y? What's your cocktail of choice?
Photos via Levi's Blog.
The Levi's Tailor Shop, a specialty one-of-a-kind customization area with special goods and services, has been open since July of last year and I've been trying to get in there ever since. I've taken a few quick trips up to S.F. this year, but keep getting distracted by the food! I've been checking-in on the Tailor Shop from afar and am drooling over some of the custom products featured on their blog like the totes, jackets and laptop bags. The shop is at the Levi's Flagship store in Union Square (300 Post Street), anyone been in?
Screen shots of Christine "Stine" Bauer and Eddie Bauer via EddieBauer.com.
In the fall of 1927, Eddie Bauer and a friend were hunting blue grouse on Bodie Mountain in northeastern Washington State. They camped next to another hunting party that included a young woman by the name of Christine, "Stine" Heltborg. She sang, played the ukulele, laughed easily and changed Eddie's life forever. On February 19, 1929, Eddie and Stine were married. An 8-time Washington Skeetshooting Champion and former beauty shop owner, Stine hunted and fished alongside him all over the Pacific Northwest. Later in life she took up painting. They remained together for 57 years. —excerpt from EddieBauer.com.
Photo of Daryl Hannah by Henry Diltz, 1980.
I first took notice of the return of the 1975 Nike All-Courts when A.P.C. did a collab with them in 2008 (and then again last year I believe), but I started thinking about them again when I saw a bunch of vintage pairs at L.A.'s Feal Mor yesterday. Solid tennis shoes.
Vintage All-Courts ($100, limited sizes); 2011 Holiday Nike All Court 2's ($TBD, available in three colors at select Nike stores).
Photos via Mohawk General Store.
Digging the tunic-length long BD oxford by FWK Engineered Garments ($184). FWK is the women's line of Engineered Garments, named after Katharine Hepburn's estate in Fenwick, Connecticut (which as of August was for sale for $28M; Mariah of Quite Continental verbally agreed to go in halvsies with me).
Photos of Dani Griffiths by Jody Rogac.
Over the weekend I sipped tea and talked tees with the brilliant and lovely Julia Leach of Chance. Our cold and rainy rendezvous reminded me how much I love the Chance portrait series Indian Summer Weekend, shot in upstate New York. So perfect.
Photo by Garance Doré.
Yesterday I scored a white smoking jacket by The Row at a sample sale in Culver City. It got me thinking about wearing white year-round. Growing up in Chicago and living on the East Coast, it seemed out of the question, but in L.A. people seem more hip to wearing white all year-round. I know Garancé Dore's with me, ditto on Kirsten Dunst and Julia Leach of Chance who wears white jeans all year; but what do you think? Is white an all-season color now?
Image via Vintage Workwear.
I had no idea that J. Crew's sister company Madewell had a storied past as an American workwear manufacturer. I was hiking with my friend Amy, a stylist, blogger, and native New Englander, when she started telling she used to wear Madewell back in the day. I scratched my head and said, "huh!?" In fact, the original company out of New Bedford, Massachusetts was indeed in business from 1937-1989. In 2006 J. Crew's CEO Mickey Drexler purchased the name and original typography and reinvented it from a men's brand that serviced tradesmen to a vintage-inspired women's retail destination. Amy was fittingly hired as a consultant to help design the Los Angeles outpost in 2006 and indulged me with a first-hand account of the original Madewell.
I grew up in Plymouth, Massachusetts and every year and the end of the summer, I'd take my lifeguarding money, jump on my 10 speed and pedal to a little mom-and-pop shop on Main Street called Cohen's. It was a tiny retailer that sold everything from men's work clothes to artisan pottery. All of us girls would go back-to-school shopping there because they carried high-waisted Madewell carpenter pants in white and denim and the iconic and super preppy Dean Fair Isle sweaters. I loved the little Madewell label above the back pocket and of course, the loop for holding your hammer, if need be. My secret trick was actually to try and buy a pair in the middle of the summer too and start wearing them in order to age them down just-so for day one back on campus. You can't imagine my surprise and the wave of nostalgia that came over me when I learned Micky Drexler was reinventing the brand. I was hired to source goods for the first Madewell store in Los Angeles and when Mickey Drexler came through to do a walk-through before the opening I told him of my long relationship with Madewell—he was thrilled! —Amy Keller
P.S. What's Amy's current Madewell pick? Rail Straight Cords in Urban Grey ($90).