Yearly Archives: 2016

My 2017: Refinement

2016 was a big year.  There wasn’t one specific thing that stands out, but a lot of little things.  We celebrated our first year in our new house and our second wedding anniversary, we both had good years at work, #FrankDawg continues to dominate, and the blog continues to see growth. As the year comes […]

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Charlie - December 31, 2016 - 11:24 AM

Send some stuff my way!

AHA - December 31, 2016 - 12:46 PM

I couldn’t agree more, especially when it comes to a need to pare down my wardrobe.

I recently got married and moved into my husband’s house with only my clothing “essentials”, leaving everything I don’t love at my old house. I decided to start eBay-ing all the things I don’t wear to save for the home improvement projects I want to complete in 2017.


Livingston Mimms - December 31, 2016 - 1:34 PM

Great stuff! Bring on 2017! Let’s kick ass!

Landy - January 1, 2017 - 11:39 AM

Didn’t spend nearly enough time on the water with a fly rod in 16′. Not using foul weather or a slow bite as excuses to stay home this year

Chris - January 1, 2017 - 1:50 PM

As a long time reader I’ve always thought it would be interesting to see a post on your closet. How you manage to store and choose on daily basis the clothes you wear. I will say it is hard these days to “refine” the wardrobe with brands always coming out with great products every week it seems. And the buy one/sell one theory does not work for me because sometimes I always seem to get that sellers remorse. Who knows I may need that lime green polka dot linen shirt one day.

Andy - January 2, 2017 - 2:44 PM

If you haven’t already, check out a recent documentary called Minimalism. It’s right on point with your plan and has motivated me to simplify my life too. Love people, use things…not the other way around. Good luck partner!

Brad - January 3, 2017 - 9:36 AM

I listened to an interview with Yvon Chouinard of Patagonia this morning about fly fishing at his place in Jackson Hole. He spoke of his desire to remove the “stuff” from his life. He fishes with ONE fly now and has caught more fish than ever. Too much “stuff” is a distraction.

RCS College Football Playoff Rundown

And then there were four (for now).  Since the playoff system in college football was implemented, it’s fair to say that it has worked.  It feels much more fair, and now there is a no-hold barred approach to winning from all four teams.  Does it dilute the other bowls?  Sure.  But that’s a product of […]

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MRS - December 30, 2016 - 8:09 AM

agree with the outcomes but I’d be surprised if Clemson v. OSU reaches 89 total points. I see that being more of a 38-24 game.

Steven Bremer - December 30, 2016 - 8:23 AM

I agree that the playoff needs to expand to 8 teams. It would be much more fun to have teams play in games that matter versus irrelevant bowl games.

I don’t mind that the games are on NYE. As a family man who has no plans of going out to bars, clubs, or other places where people are simply acting the fool I think having the games on during a party at home is acceptable.

Now what really bothers me is that the games are on cable. I refuse to pay $70+ a month for cable just to watch sports; and I am a huge fan. Put the games on network TV and watch the ratings explode.

chuck - December 30, 2016 - 7:01 PM

Dont underestimate Chris Peterson. Recall the 2007 Fiesta Bowl where the Sooners were put on their butts. He can turn slab bacon into chateaubriand.

Yep, I just said that. Happy New Year!

NYE: Formal, Sporty, or Lounge?

With New Year’s Eve just around the corner, it’s fair to say that most of us have something on the calendar.  For those that haven’t made plans, no need to panic, there are some pretty good college football games on TV.  I’m thinking that a nice (and unhungover) hike up the mountain on new year’s […]

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JPD - December 28, 2016 - 11:54 AM

Good stuff! Love the sporty look! I’ll be rocking something very similar.

Landy - December 28, 2016 - 12:23 PM

You’re spot on with managing expectations if you do go out. I’ve retired from bars/galas to house parties. Can’t say I miss the crowds or wait for drinks

Drew - December 28, 2016 - 6:37 PM

Spot-on. I will be wearing khakis and flip-flops in Bequia this year, but I’ve been eyeing a Black Watch jacket from Ben Silver for months now. Glad to see I’m not crazy for wanting one and being under age 70. May have to bite the bullet for next NYE if it goes on sale.

Steven Bremer - December 28, 2016 - 9:44 PM

I will be making dinner for my wife while the kids sleep. With a newborn at home we likely won’t see midnight. I will be dressed for lounging.

Erik - December 28, 2016 - 10:25 PM

I won’t touch yingling after their political endorsement.

Livingston Mimms - December 29, 2016 - 1:32 PM

Go sea island or don’t go!

Merry Christmas from Red Clay Soul

Merry Christmas, folks.  I hope Santa is good to everyone.

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What is Christmas in Dixie?

99% of Christmas advertisements don’t apply to this geographic region.  That’s fine. I don’t like calling anything ‘southern’ unless it’s describing a specific region on a map.  However, as with just about everything, the South likes to do things our way.  There are some things about Christmas in the South that we call our own. […]

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BH - December 21, 2016 - 4:54 PM

Out of curiosity, why don’t you call things Southern? Isn’t your whole blog pretty much about Southern/preppy fashion and lifestyle?

JRS - December 21, 2016 - 4:58 PM

@BH – in protest to the overuse of the word ‘Southern’.

BH - December 21, 2016 - 5:46 PM

Ah, fair enough. I was just wondering since it seems you like a lot of “sourhern” things. Hope y’all have a good Christmas.

MRS - December 21, 2016 - 5:01 PM

great list…this one rolls into new years: bonfires to burn those live Christmas trees

Docta_Matt - December 21, 2016 - 6:29 PM

Cookies and milk for Santa inside and a bale of hay for the reindeer outside.

MRS - December 22, 2016 - 11:24 AM

Different MRS – small world! – but great list…except…Ambrosia? But props for keeping it real.

My Christmas List

I was asked by a reader: ‘what’s on your Christmas list?’.  You know, that’s a good question.  We talk about all sorts of good stuff here on the blog, but most of it is fashion-based.  While this is fine, I’ve found that it’s rare I ask for clothes for Christmas (or my birthday).  There is […]

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Nem - December 19, 2016 - 9:17 AM

I covet those garment-dyed Olive 501’s from Mashburn as well. I have a few of their lighter shades but the Mr. Green Jeans pair is on my list.

James - December 19, 2016 - 9:42 AM

Quick question: What tailoring if any do you have done to your 501s? I usually have them tapered slightly.

JBH - December 19, 2016 - 10:04 AM

I’ve gotten a couple of pairs of 501s over the course of the last year and they are so great, really wanting to do the shrink to fit process at some point. Have a Merry Christmas JRS.

W - December 19, 2016 - 10:18 AM

Check out Harry’s razors

Tanner - December 19, 2016 - 11:45 AM

Great Christmas idea is upping your razor game to a safety razor. I got a nice Merkur double-edged safety razor a few years ago that I love. Couple that with a nice shaving brush (badger hair of course) and nice shaving cream (Truefitt & Hill or Taylor’s of Old Bond Street) and you are good to go. It’s the best shave you will ever get with significantly less irritation and will save you a lot of money compared to disposables.

MRS - December 20, 2016 - 4:56 PM

Aside from garment dying those 501s, does Sid make any other modifications? I noticed (based on the descriptions from Sid’s website) that they appear to have a slightly smaller leg hole than the other 501s that Sid sells.

Nem - December 21, 2016 - 9:55 AM

James and MRS, according to Mashburn, their 501’s are laundered (wash and dry) multiple times during the dying process. This account for some shrinking of the denim, mostly in length. There is a slight reduction in leg and thigh, but not a ton. I usually buy 36 x 34 and then have the legs tapered to 8 or 8.5″ across at the hem. The tailor does this from the pocket on down to avoid the pegged look. They’ve turned out great for me, but you should try them on, in the store, and have the tailor eyeball them. When you get them home, wash when necessary and hang to dry. Incidentally, I wanted the Stone 2.0 version two years ago and they were out of 36 x 34 so I got the 38 x 34 and washed and dried the hell out of them multiple time and they really never tightened up in the waist, so caveat emptor!

And regarding razors, avoid those plastic handled razors. The Mach 3 is superior to Harry’s flex-hinge blades, by a long shot. I’d recommend a nice handle from Art of Shaving or other to go with the Mach 3 blades.

If you really want to up your shave game, Tanner knows what’s up…Merkur double edge safety razors are like nothing else out there. Get a heavy handle and practice. Whatever blade system you go with, the badger brush and quality shave cream (in the bowl or tube) is the ticket.

Merry Christmas!

Today: Steve Penley at Onward Reserve

Atlanta folks: The one and only Steve Penley will be signing his book ‘Ronald Reagan and the American Ideal’ at Onward Reserve at Ponce City Market.  This is a great opportunity to procure a great gift for a hostess, a last minute gift for a loved one, or something to adorn your bookshelf.  He’ll be […]

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