Archive for July, 2018

I haven’t been camping for a few years now – the tents and the ticks and the bears – but I like the idea of it. I would be more inclined to camp were I to invest in one of the very cool HCI Ultra-Light Utility Campers I found from the fine folks at Happier Camper.

About the HCI Ultra-Light Utility Camper from Happier Camper:

“Retro-modern at heart, delivering affordable adventure and ground-breaking flexibility in an ultra-light package, the HC1 is the result of a lifetime of enthusiasm and years of careful design. An Adaptiv™ modular interior comes standard along with features such as a huge rear hatch, wide entry door, classic fenders, honeycomb fiberglass floor and large panoramic windows.”

The HCI Ultra-Light Utility Camper is customizable and elegantly designed. Now that’s what I call glamping.

Learn more about the HCI Ultra-Light Utility Camper from Happier Camper here.

I love everything about the fine folks at Garden & Gun, but they have outdone themselves with this awesome Scenic Needlepoint Belt.

About the Scenic Needlepoint Belt from Garden & Gun:

“This needlepoint belt is made specially for the people who love Garden & Gun as much as we do. This belt is hand designed by G&G and every belt is needlepointed to create the beautiful scenery of Charleston, SC. The perfect accessory for any occasion calling for the classic and iconic hand-stitched traditional belt is 1.25″ in width and is finished with full grain, chestnut colored leather and a solid brass buckle. Smathers and Branson create a luxurious belt that can be the perfect gift or souvenir from Charleston.”

Find the Scenic Needlepoint Belt from Garden & Gun  here.

See all the awesomeness that is Garden & Gun here.

I have been in Kansas City for a few years now and was familiar with the iconic monument, The Scout, which is often used as a symbol if the city – however, until just the other night I had never visited it. The Scout sits in a bluff overlooking downtown KC and it is the perfect location for this perfect work of art. 

About the The Scout in Kansas City, MO:

Dedicated in 1922 as a memorial to local Indian tribes, The Scout depicts a Sioux scout on horseback. Originally cast for the Panama Pacific Exposition in San Francisco in 1915, it arrived in Kansas City for a temporary exhibit on the way back to the sculptor on the east coast. Cyrus E. Dallin, of Boston and Paris, sculpted The Scout for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco where it won a Gold Medal. Citizens were so delighted with the statue that they raised $15,000 to purchase it. Its prominent position on a hill in Penn Valley Park overlooks the city. This larger than life-size equestrian statue has become a symbol and a mascot of the city.

Here’s another great way to get the most of the fresh veggies that are bursting out from the summer bounty at your local farmer’s market: this recipe for Grilled Veggie Slab Quiche I found from the fine folks at Family Circle magazine.

About the recipe for Grilled Veggie Slab Quiche from Family Circle magazine:

“Remove crust from oven and lower temp to 375 degrees . Remove foil. Scatter veggies evenly over crust. Whisk eggs, milk, salt and pepper. Pour into crust and scatter cheese on top. Bake 35 minutes, until puffed and set.”

Find the recipe for Grilled Veggie Slab Quiche from Family Circle magazine here.

See all the other great recipes and tips for your home from Family Circle magazine here.

FF: The Looking Glass Perch from Blue Ridge Chair

I love the simple elegance and the supreme form and function of the Looking Glass Perch chair I found from the fine folks at Blue Ridge Chair.

About the Looking Glass Perch from Blue Ridge Chair:

“Open up new worlds with the Looking Glass Perch. A beautiful hybrid between an indoor and outdoor chair, use this adjustable stool – made from upcycled wood – in your kitchen space to brighten up any bar area, or move the portable wooden chair outside to comfortably observe everything from stars to starlings. Designed with durable white ash wood and created right here in the USA by star-gazing experts, the Looking Glass Perch fits in any space and packs down perfectly flat for easy transportation.”

Find the Looking Glass Perch from Blue Ridge Chair here.

See all the great chairs and related items from Blue Ridge Chair here.

FF: The Classic Sling Chair from Business & Pleasure Co.

Meanwhile, the fine folks over at ‘ have perfected the Classic Sling Chair and it is really something to behold.

About the Classic Sling Chair from Business & Pleasure Co.:

“The Classic Sling chair restyled in Business & Pleasure Co’s stunning fringe and scalloped valance. Ideally coupled with matching fringed umbrella this sling adds comfort and style to any porch or beach set up and still remains compact (when folded), easy to set up and pack down.”

Find the Classic Sling Chair from Business & Pleasure Co. here.

There is still plenty of summer left to enjoy the beach and pool, but summer is way too short not to indulge yourself with a Cabana Stripe Beach Towels from the fine folks at Kassatex to take along.

About the Cabana Stripe Beach Towels from Kassatex:

“Indulge in the softness of our generously sized Cabana Stripe beach towels. Crafted with luxurious 100% long staple Turkish Cotton, each towel is exceptionally plush and available in a variety of colors as bright as the sun!”

Find the Cabana Stripe Beach Towels from Kassatex here.

See all the fine products from Kassatex here.

Darn, I should have compiled a book about bar carts when I had a chance. But alas, the fine folks behind The Art of the Bar Cart – Styling & Recipes (Vanessa Dina, text by Ashely Rose Conway, photographs by Antonis Achilleos) have beat me too it – and I am cool with that as this book is great.

About The Art of the Bar Cart  – Styling & Recipes from Vanessa Dina:

“From high-end magazines and design-inspiration websites to stores big and small, bar carts are a must-have piece of furniture. This book provides all the answers to the question—how can I get that look at home? The Art of the Bar Cart features 20 different styled bar setups—from tricked-out vintage carts to a collection of bottles tucked into a cabinet—themed around favorite libations, personal style, or upcoming occasions. Readers can choose from the warm and inviting Whiskey Cart, the fun and fresh Punch Cart, or mix and match to suit any style. With easy tips to re-create each look as well as recipes for the perfect drinks to pair with each cart, this beautifully photographed guide is an inspiration to anyone looking to create a unique décor statement, and a drink to serve alongside.”

The best part of this book is seeing all the cool options for bar carts – maybe inspiring enough to make me get off the fence and commit to one finally. Stay tuned.

Art of the Bar Cart by Vanessa Dina is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers everywhere.

I am still looking for the perfect “investment” bag to replace the dozen or so inferior bags I have been using on rotation. I think we have a contender in the really cool leather Reporter bag I found from the fine folks at Moral Code.

About the Reporter Leather Bag from Moral Code:

“Every bit as casual as it is classy, our men’s leather reporter bag features antique brass hardware to give it that slight vintage flair. An outside back pocket offers easy access to things when you’re on the go, while interior pockets and panels keep everything else perfectly organized. The Reporter bag has a leather loop closure.”

Find the Reporter Leather Bag from Moral Code here.

Find all the classy products of Moral code here.

While biking along the great Cape Cod Canal bike path, I stopped to take this picture of, The Fisherman, a statue that honors the many fishermen who have come to the Canal to fish over the years. Seeing thing brought back some of my oldest childhood memories – coming to the Cape Cod Canal with my grandfather.

It has been a while since I posted about a bike – but it has been a long time since I saw one that I really want. That all changed when I found the Café from the fine folks at Vintage Electric Bikes.

About the Café Bike from Vintage Electric Bikes:

“The Vintage Electric Cafe is the commuter e bike rebooted. This wolf in sheep’s clothing is our equivalent of a 500HP V8… hidden under the hood of the family sedan. With 3X the power of its competitors (comparably priced commuter e bikes) the Cafe walks quietly, but carries a big stick. Wedged within the mild-mannered-styling of the commuter, is a ferocious power plant, producing a surreal level of speed and acceleration. All the benefits of bicycle commuting have been amplified by the electric drivetrain and vintage-inspired aesthetics, putting the Cafe in a lane of its own. Its 750w (industry standard is 250w) torque-sensing drivetrain with 5 adjustable levels of pedal assist ensure that you’ll get the dressed-down workout you want or the business casual cruise you need. The Cafe crushes all commutes be it a crosstown 20-mile hustle or a no-sweat jaunt around the block.”

Find the Café Bike from Vintage Electric Bikes here.

See all the models from Vintage Electric Bikes here.