This is the end!

•April 18, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Alright guys, I think I’m about done with this blog. I can’t quite keep up with the content addition and it just doesn’t seem to be taking off as well as I’d hoped. Oh well! I’ve kinda gotten into Tumblr to y’all can find me over there if you’d like, here. Thanks for everyone that reads this, I enjoyed it while it lasted!

Kyle

Mad Men Style – From Style Girlfriend

•March 29, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Seventeen months.

That’s how long we’ve gone without Mad Men. Thanks to contract conflicts and television gods who apparently want to punish us, the AMC show about advertising – and so, so much more – in the 1960s has been dark for far too long. Babies have been born. Marathons have been trained for and run. Lesser TV shows have run full seasons of laugh track-filled mediocrity (I’m looking at you, Two and a Half Men), all waiting for Don Draper and crew to return. That’s a long time. And I for one, can’t wait to greet the dysfunctional gang this Sunday night.

Neither, apparently, can Banana Republic. The brand collaborated once again with Janie Bryant, Mad Men’s costume designer, creating a spring capsule collectioninspired by the show. But even before you could buy Don Draper’s dapper, manly style in stores, the look had been gaining steam with guys for awhile. So how can you dress like a Mad Man? Read on:

Keep it trim.

A close fit is a flattering fit. Don Draper wouldn’t be caught dead in skinny jeans, or worse, baggy ones. Some call it “body-conscious” clothing; I just call it clothes that fit properly. Look for shirts and jackets that emphasize (or create the illusion of) broad shoulders and a nipped-in waist. Shirts that sit snugly across the shoulders and are long enough in the back to tuck in will help give you that “My exercise routine consists of mowing the lawn while smoking a pack of cigarettes” body that Don Draper rocks so well.

Suit up.

This one’s easy. A well-tailored suit is the go-to for Don, Roger, Pete, and the rest of the Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce crowd. Ace your next interview or client meeting in a suit that fits like a glove (a speech that sounds like this can’t hurt, either).

Don’t be afraid of color.

A pocket square that pops. A tie that does the talking so you can play the strong, silent (or like Don – repressed) type. The shirt above from the Banana Republic collection follows the aforementioned slim sensibility, and can serve as all the color you need for one outfit.

Keep it simple.

Clothes shouldn’t be complicated. The best-dressed guys are the ones, like Don Draper, who make it look effortless. Not that we make it easy on ourselves. In the1960s, men like Draper could look to style icons like JFK for sartorial inspiration – today, we’re stuck with The Situation. So I’ll forgive the style missteps here and there, but the point remains that getting dressed (and more importantly, getting dressed well) is easier when you have a closet full of clothes that fit you and that you feel great wearing.

This post is courtesy of Megan Collins at The Style Girlfriend. Check her out!

Pictures

•March 19, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Just a few pipe related pics I clicked a minute ago. These were gifts from a buddy of mine of Puff forums. Thanks again, Dan!

 

 

 

Stash Tea – Earl Grey

•March 19, 2012 • Leave a Comment

A wonderful yet non-typical Earl Grey. The bergamot oil is really the forefront of this tea’s aroma as well as flavor. A very mild, neat black tea, the bergamot adds a ton of tropical citrus flavor. This isn’t the usual mild orange oil you find in typical Earl Grey teas. It’s a tangerine and mild coconut bouquet of flavor.

While I usually recommend a mild pipe blend with latakia or orientals, this is not the Earl Grey you’re used to. Enjoy Stash Tea’s Earl Grey with a light virginia or virginia burley blend like Dunhill [Light] Flake or Luxury Twist Flake from Peter Stokkebye. The lemongrass notes of [Light] Flake will leave you with an enjoyable citrusy flavor while the buttery, vanilla-hazelnut notes of  Lux. Twist Flake will amplify the sweet coconut vanilla tastes.

Tea

Rattray’s Booklet on Tobacco Blending

•March 18, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Another PDF you guys might find interesting. Tell me what you think!

 

Tobacco Blending

A Pipeman’s Handbook

•March 18, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Here’s an interesting handbook on all things pipe. Hopefully the link works and you all can see it! I’m trying a new PDF host, if it isn’t working gimme a holler so I can fix it.

Pipeman’s Handbook

St Patrick’s Day

•March 17, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Well here it is. The one day a year I’d feel justified in smoking one of those kelly green Peterson pipes. Maybe I’m just a scrooge but I think they’re hideous. I’m no Pete fanboy though; it seems like many of their patrons love the things. Plus, I’m a sucker for classic pipes.

I’ve always thought if there was a pipe named Kyle, it would be a straight English-style billiard. What about you guys and gals? Are you bends or hawk-bills or plateau freehands? Or something completely unique? Post your “you” pipe in the comments.