Archive for April, 2021

The fine folks at Condé Nast Traveler have collected 29 Vintage Photos of Paris, “from the Moulin Rouge to the Louvre” allowing us to “travel back to smoky jazz clubs, Dior dress fittings, and tea parties at the Ritz” and it is a delight.

About Condé Nast Traveler’s 29 Vintage Photos of Paris:

“Paris is a place where romance and history play side by side. Cafés line cobblestone streets, beautiful people stroll along the Seine at all hours, and every neighborhood seems to have its own iconic landmark, be it the Notre Dame, Sacré-Coeur, or Eiffel Tower. The city’s roots date back to the third century, but Paris has undergone extreme transformations in the past 150 years or so alone—think groundbreaking fashion trends, artistic and literary movements, and the construction of some of the world’s most famous buildings. Take a look at these 29 vintage Paris photos that show just how much the city has changed over the past century, all while remaining one of the most beautiful places on the planet. Warning: You might find yourself wanting a time machine after scrolling through.”

Check out Condé Nast Traveler‘s 29 Vintage Photos of Paris.

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Tired of the same old doormat options? All your choices seem to be either way too boring or way over the top. Enter the fine folks at The Doormatory – who offer a fine selection of quality doormats with elegant customization options.

About The Doormatory:

“Founded in California, The Doormatory offers exceptional, decorative mats made with a dedication to craftsmanship, style, and value. Every mat produced by The Doormatory is hand-decorated and designed to bring style and sophistication to your door step. Our many customizable options allow the freedom to bring unique personality to your porch and transform the mood of your abode into a warm, inviting home.”

I like the simple elegance of The Doormatory’s Bonjour Doormat:

“This hand-decorated doormat is the perfect accent to any entryway. Made with resilient and renewable coconut fibers, our doormats effectively whisk away debris from shoes while also featuring a beautiful design to greet your guests. Bring a unique personality to your porch to create a warm and inviting home.”

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Another week and yet another book about Winston Churchill is published. Seriously, has there been more books about any other world figure? Maybe Jesus or Abraham Lincoln. Anyway, there is a reason why authors continue to turn to Churchill, he, his life, and legacy have made an impact that is still resonating today. Heck, just the recent conversation of whether or not he deserves the attention and reverence is spurring a whole new avenue which ensures many more volumes to come. Anyway, I for one am fascinated by Churchill, and I was very happy to eat up Churchill & Son by Josh Ireland, which focuses on the relationship the great leader had with his only son, Randolph.

About Churchill & Son by Josh Ireland:

“We think we know Winston Churchill: the bulldog grimace, the ever-present cigar, the wit and wisdom that led Great Britain through the Second World War. Yet away from the House of Commons and the Cabinet War Rooms, Churchill was a loving family man who doted on his children, none more so than Randolph, his only boy and Winston’s anointed heir to the Churchill legacy. Randolph may have been born in his father’s shadow, but his father, who had been neglected by his own parents, was determined to see him go far. For decades, throughout Winston’s climb to greatness, father and son were inseparable–dining with Britain’s elite, gossiping and swilling Champagne at high society parties, holidaying on the French Riviera, touring Prohibition-era America. Captivated by Winston’s power, bravery, and charisma, Randolph worshiped his father, and Winston obsessed over his son’s future. But their love was complex and combustible, complicated by money, class, and privilege, shaded with ambition, outsize expectations, resentments, and failures.”

The father and son relationship between the Churchill men is not uncharted ground, but in Churchill & Son, author Josh Ireland does managed to help us see the lens in which Randolph viewed his father and explore the complicated relationship and lasting effect it had on his life.

Churchill & Son by Josh Ireland is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers everywhere.

It’s been a while since I found a great place like Oxford Pennant. The fine folks at Buffalo-based Oxford Pennant make old school pennants – like the kind you see in any old movie or TV show in any kid’s bedroom – and I absolutely love them.

About Oxford Pennant:

“Oxford Pennant is a designer and manufacturer of wool felt pennants, flags and banners. Fueled by sad country music and good vibes, we make new versions of nostalgic products to help cool people, brand, bands and companies tell their stores through thoughtful and unique designs.”

Oxford Pennant makes many standard pennants but will make customs ones as well. I like their Going to the Mountains is Going Home Pennant (above right):

“This custom Going to the Mountains is Going Home pennant comes from a quote by environmentalist, John Muir. Perfect for explorers and lovers of the outdoors.”

Find the Going to the Mountains is Going Home Pennant from Oxford Pennant.

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If you have learned one thing from my posts over the years, you know that I love utilitarian items that are elegantly designed and aesthetically pleasing. Today I present the perfect illustration of this: the Seagrass Hand Broom Set I found from the fine folks at Poketo. These brooms, perfect for any clean up situation, are functional but would look great just hanging on the wall.

About the Seagrass Hand Broom Set from Poketo:

“A small and trusty hand broom that looks so good you won’t need to hide it away when not in use thanks to its yarn-wrapped handles. Use the bigger broom for a bigger job, and small brooms for small spaces.”

Find the Seagrass Hand Broom Set from Poketo.

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Just in time for the weekend…

It’s been a while since I posted about a new bourbon or whiskey I found. More than a year into the pandemic I realized I have been “enjoying” my spirits a little more than I probably should, so I intentionally scaled back. But I have been treating myself on weekends and special occasions (as opposed to daily self medication) which had led me to try new things. This is how I came across Roaming Man Tennessee Straight Rye Whiskey from the fine folks at Sugarlands Distilling Company – and it is fantastic.

About Roaming Man Tennessee Straight Rye Whiskey from Sugarlands Distilling Company:

“Roaming Man Tennessee Straight Rye Whiskey is a cask strength whiskey distilled by Sugarlands Distilling Company. Since the spring of 2017, Roaming Man has continued to receive gold medals in international spirits competitions, has been named Best in Class Whiskey, and sells out during each pre-sale. Be sure to sign up for the Whiskey Club for early access to news and releases.”

Sugarlands Distilling Company makes a great line of moonshine too!

Find Roaming Man Tennessee Straight Rye Whiskey from Sugarlands Distilling Company.

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I’m being told by my employer that in the “new normal” of the workplace I can pretty much work anywhere I want. Once I am comfortable traveling again, I am going to put that concept to the test… literally. With the Bank Workstation by Marc Sadler from  Fabbrica Pelletterie Milano – I can set up an office wherever and whenever I want.

About the Bank Workstation by Marc Sadler from Fabbrica Pelletterie Milano:

“Intersecting private life and work in the spirit of traveling, this aluminum suitcase opens up to reveal a stylish and equipped a working station. Combining aesthetic and practicality, its progressive design comprises of a leather-and-wood folding chair, wooden drawers with high-quality Italian leather handles, and a wooden fold-out desk.”

The Bank Workstation by Marc Sadler from Fabbrica Pelletterie Milano is available from the fine folks at Artermest.

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Tomorrow is Earth Day, which means it is the perfect day to break out Love the Earth Mad Libs by Corey Powell. OK, it may be too late to order Love the Earth Mad Libs in time to celebrate Earth Day, but it is the perfect day to order your copy so you and your friends can have fun any day of the year.

About Love the Earth Mad Libs by Corey Powell:

“Whether you want to celebrate Earth Day, plant a few trees, or get your class to recycle more, there’s no better way to show you care about the Earth than with Love the Earth Mad Libs! Featuring 21 fill-in-the-blank stories all about this big blue globe we call home, you’ll love this book as much as the planet.”

Love the Earth Mad Libs by Corey Powell is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers everywhere

It has been a while since I’ve posted about one of my favorite retail outlets – the fine folks at CB2. However, I recently checked them out online to see what they are up to and was please to fine their Outdoor Collection – just in time for spring.

There are many items to love in CB2’s outdoor collection – but I am coveting their Brava Dining-Lounge Wicker Chair:

“All-weather wicker hand woven into a modern diamond pattern in elegant black and white. Designed by Mermelada Estudio to give personality and energy to any space outdoors or in. Solid aluminum frame is hand-welded into a soft curve that’s both sculptural and comfortable.”

Explore CB2’s outdoor shop.

Find CB2’s Brava Dining-Lounge Wicker Chair.

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It’s the time of year I pull my bicycles out of storage and get them ready for the riding season. I have two bikes, and I love them both. However, every spring I am tempted to buy a new bike when I see all the cool new models. Soon I realize there is no reason to upgrade as the bikes I have are just fine. That said, I do like to spruce up my bikes with a spring tune up and the addition of a new add-on, like a new bell, or a new basket – like the awesome Bicycle Baskets I found from the fine folks at Goodee.

About the Bicycle Baskets from Goodee:

“In search of a robust front basket that adds flair to your bike rides? Beautifully handwoven in Ghana from locally-sourced straws, Baba Tree’s fair-trade bicycle basket is ideal for daily errands and picnics in the parks. Two adjustable leather straps with brass buckles tightly secure your basket to the handlebars for a smooth ride, with exceptional craftsmanship ensuring long-lasting quality. The baskets are hand-woven and hand-dyed so there may be slight variations in color.”

Find the Bicycle Baskets from Goodee.

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