MRS Red Clay Soul Gift Guide: For the Woman You Are In Love With

We’ve gone through our guide for women that you love. Now on to the love of your life: you girlfriend, your partner, your wife. While she may seem to be difficult to buy for, all of us have a few pieces that we always covet: lush cashmere, fun new jewels, a thoughtful token of your affection. The guide below speaks to some of my favorite things, and some things I’m hoping ‘Santa’ picks up this year. I’m certain something (more likely, many things) will jump out to you as something that speaks to the woman you are in love with.

From top left:

1. The Bitter Southerner’s ‘South’ T-shirt: Celebrating the fact that our beloved south is truly where it is, in soft, cottony, casual goodness. This is a great graphic for her from the folks making Tuesdays much more better.
2. Tom Ford Nail Lacquer in ‘Smoke Red’: A preferred stocking stuffer.
3. Presumer Faith Clutch in Bone: A clutch for every season seems a bit much; this bare python beauty will transition just as easily from winter to spring as it does from day to night. She’ll be impressed.
4. “Barefoot Contessa – How Easy is That?” by Ina Garten: Whether she is an old pro in the kitchen or she sticks to take out, Ina’s wisdom be welcome! This treasure will get a lot of use, and is equally helpful in instilling the confidence she needs for a light supper for two or a dinner party for ten.
5. Bosphorus Diamond Throw Blanket from Loomed NOLA: This lovely throw is so cozy, and big enough for snuggling up together on these chilly southern nights. And who doesn’t like to snuggle?
6. Wide Jigsaw Buckle Stingray Bracelet by Leighelena in Mink: I can’t say enough about stingray guys! This snappy number is sure to be her favorite new circlet, and she’ll think of you each day she rocks it.
7. Ann Mashburn Cashmere Fingerless Gloves: Our hands are cold guys, and these slightly edgy cashmere gloves are just what we need! The cashmere is dreamy and the tip-less fingers make texting or driving a cinch.
8. Jo Malone’s French Lime Blossom Home Candle: This is my steady favorite scent for like a decade. It’s bright and calming and it’s gender neutral (no more sugar cookie melon sweet awfulness).
9. Rocket Woman Throw Pillow by Britt Bass: These printed linen pillows offer a touch of art where large paintings don’t fit. You may not understand our love of throw pillows, but please indulge. Perfect for snuggling with the Loomed throw above (5).
10. Labradorite Mondrian Stud Earrings by Julie Vos: Picking out jewelry for her can be tough, so stick to basic but interesting silhouettes. She can dress these pretties up or wear them everyday for a hint of glam. I love the labradorite, but she’ll love any gemstone you choose.
11. 360 Sweater Natalya Drape Front Cashmere Cardigan in Bluebell: This cardigan has a shoulder zip, so she can cape it up til her heart’s content. She can throw this over anything (read: she will throw this over everything) for a look that is effortlessly elegant.
12. White & Copper Tiny Bud Vases by HoneyComb Studio: Each of these little tinies are handmade to imperfect perfection and she will enjoy picking a few of her favorite buds to fill each. Hint: bring home flowers for these… and often!
13. Randolph Engineering Concord Rose Gold Shades: These are functional and amazing! They are pink, so you (probably) won’t steal them, and maybe she will stop ‘borrowing’ yours.
14. Royal Stewart Tartan Merino Scarf by Ann Mashburn: Embrace the Tartan!
15. Facets Citrine Ring by Claudia Lobao: A grown up piece of costume jewelry that’s fun and kinda timeless.
16. White Wishbone Journal: We love notes and lists and even if we just pretend to journal, we love our journals.

Be sure to reference the other gift guides for her here, and for him here, here, and here.

Friday Jam: The Quiet Hounds – “The Last Days of Snake Nation” Live at the Goat Farm

I was lucky enough to score a ticket for the Quiet Hounds show at the Goat Farm on November 22nd.  I first came to know the Quiet Hounds when they played an acoustic set at a small party at Billy Reid store on the Westside in Atlanta.  Incredible.  They are not only outstanding musicians, but showmen as well.  It’s a full audio and visual experience.  This was my second Quiet Hounds show at the Goat Farm.  I would rank this show as a top five musical experience of my lifetime.  Well done, guys:

Here are a few shots I got from the show:

Sea Island Forge, Atlanta!

I love coming across new, cool stuff like this.  Especially when it is from Georgia…

Sea Island Forge is an amazing company of artisans on St. Simons Island, Georgia who hand forge oyster knives and fire kettles. Starting December 3rd, they’ll be in Atlanta at ADAC’s Holiday Market (http://www.adacatlanta.com/events/378.)  Both of these items are built to last for generations…and passed down as heirlooms. And no other fire pits have that cool boot rail. Mighty fine…

The Fire Kettle:

The oyster knife:

Interested?  They are available on Wednesday and Thursday this week for appointments.  Reach out to Kyle (kyle at bittersoutherner dot com) to set something up.

Red Clay Soul Gift Guide #4: A Country Boy Can Survive

Moving right along…the Red Clay Soul gift guide for the Country guy.  These guys love the outdoors, guns, fishing, and dogs, but appreciate the finer side of ‘dirt under the fingernails’.  We all know these guys, so instead of getting them another box of shells, go outside the box for something they’ll enjoy longer than the end of duck season:

1. State Traditions Waxed Cotton Hat:  A cool look and functional as well.  It’ll keep your head dry in the rain or snow, while showing your state allegiance.
2. Bryn Parry Coffee Mugs:  A great gift for the guy that can’t get enough time in the duck blind.  These mugs will be a great reminder of that lovely space with his morning coffee.
3. Costa Del Mar Seapoint Sunglasses:  For the guys who have graduated from the green and blue Costa lenses to something a little more grown up.  As you all know, Costa’s can’t be beat when it comes to any sort of outdoor activities, and these Seapoints fit the bill.  Give ‘em a spin…
4. Bradley Gordon Painting:  Oxford, Mississippi’s own Bradley Gordon has a very unique and handsome way of capturing the outdoors.  Hang some artwork that highlights your passion.
5. Smathers & Branson Southern Sportsman Needlepoint Belt:  This is essentially a customized belt for anyone in the South.  Spring for the monogram and you are in Business with a capitol B.
6. Southern Proper X Wm. Lamb & Son Field Flannel Button Down:  The best flannels are the old vintage jobs that you find in the back of your dad’s closet.  For something off-the-rack, Southern Proper knocked it out of the park with these button downs.  Thick and soft, but cut just right.  This one will get wear for many seasons to come.
7. Stubbs & Wootton “Flight” Slippers:  Are ‘go to hell’ slippers such a thing?  Maybe not…as these are like a slice of heaven.  Perfect footwear for drinking something single barreled.
8. Orvis UV Buff:  The one thing you forget ALL THE TIME.  There’s nothing worse than a roasted neck after a day of fishing on the flats.  Since you always forget sunscreen as it is, stock up on these bad boys and keep one in your car, one in your bag, and an extra one for good measure.
9. Williams Knife Co. Coosawhatchie Hunting Knife:  You can’t have enough knives, but why collect a bunch of junk?  This Coosawatchie is straight outta Charleston, and fits the bill to a T.
10. Dubarry Kildare Boots:  Maybe it’s time to retire those Georgia Boots or Red Wing Pecos for something new.  These Kildare’s from Dubarry are outstanding: lightweight, Gore Tex, and extremely comfortable…they’re good to go all day long.  No, you don’t have to tuck your jeans…
11. Orvis Wool & Cashmere Millbrook Foul Weather Cardigan:  A utilitarian jacket that doubles as a sweater and triples as your significant other’s favorite thing in your closet.  You can bring this sweater everywhere, whether it’s on the shooting range, the woodpile, or out to dinner.  You’ll be the coolest, and the warmest, guy in the room.
12. Martin Dingman Rudyard Fly Wallet:  Flies are delicate creatures, so house them accordingly.  Martin Dingman makes a nice fly house.
13. Atlantic Drift On the Fly Visor:  I’m really digging the idea of a dark visor so it’ll show the faded out, sweat-stained, sun-faded scars by the end of next Summer.
14. Beretta Silver Pigeon:  Go big or go home, right?  This is the kind of gift that will be generational; passed down from Father to son, and then passed again, hopefully with quite a few shots in-between.

My UGA vs. Georgia Tech Sentiments

My sentiments exactly.

Black Friday Sales: All You Need To Know

Today represents two very important events.  First, it’s ‘National Unsubscribe From A Million Email Distribution Lists That I Have Somehow Been Added To’.  Second, it’s Black Friday, so there are incredible deals to be found online.  I can’t understand why people go shopping today anywhere outside of the comforts of their own home.  Not to mention that most places offer free shipping.  Anyway, I’m doing two things today: playing golf and finishing my Christmas shopping on my iPhone.  For those of you like me, here is the rundown of all the great sales going on.  Let me know if I missed anything and I’ll get it added.

Our good friends at Ledbury are offering 35% off ALL shirts.  Yes, ALL shirts.

J. Crew is offering 30% off all full priced items, plus an additional 40% off sale items today.  If there was ever a time to shop at J. Crew, this is it.

Levi’s is doing 40% off of (almost) everything site wide.  You know how I feel about Levi’s, so here is a great opportunity to stock up.  Me?  I’d grab a pair of the Timberwolf tan 501s.  Mainly because I’ve already worn one pair out.

JT Spencer is doing a great sale on their belts: 30% off all orders over $150.  Don’t forget the Grateful Dead belts

East Dane is having their biggest sale of the year: 15% off $250 or more, 20% off $500 or more, and 25% off $1000 or more.  Now is a great time to pull the trigger on some of the more high-fashion brands like A.P.C., Billy Reid, Persol, and Steven Alan, but also the everyday brands like Filson, Imogene + Willie, and Ray Ban.

Onward Reserve is offering 20% off SITEWIDE.  This is their biggest sale of the year, so go take advantage.

Nordstrom Rack has all of their sale items an extra 30% off.  Lots of good options, especially the dress wool coats like this one by VC.  A very cool dressed up military look.

Southern Proper is running sales through Uncle Buck (Cousin Eddie’s dad).  Today, he’s offering 20% the entire site

Indochino is doing up to 70% off EVERYTHING.  Pretty serious business…

Oak Street Bootmakers: Today is a big day for them…they are offering 15% off all black footwear, in honor of their new black vibram Camp Boot, as well as 10% off SITEWIDE.

Ralph Lauren is doing 40-60% off select styles for their Thanksgiving sale.  PLUS, they are offering discounts based on how much you spend ($25 off $150, $50 of $250, etc.).  I’m impressed with how much they are offering.  Polos for $29, loafers for $44, and scarves for $35.  No reason not to…

The guys at La Matera are offering 20% off your purchase to Red Clay Soul readers…use the code RCS.

Orvis is offering an extra 20% off their sale items, which is really nice because they just restocked.

Cole Haan is going berserk.  30% off the entire site, and 50% off a TON on women’s stuff.

Allen Edmonds just started their Black Friday sale, knocking 25-30% off a TON of stuff.  Me?  I’m a sucker for suede chukka boots, so these Gobi’s would come home with me.

Atlantic Drift is doing 35% off EVERYTHING plus free shipping.

Criquet Shirts are killing it today – get 15% off $100 or less, 20% off $200 or less, 25% off $300 or less, and 30% off $300 or more.  Time to stock up, folks!

Brooks Brothers just marked ALL of their sweaters and outerwear 30% off.  All of them.  Not to mention an extra 15% off your entire order!

Neiman Marcus Last Call has everything on sale at 40-60%.  I love it when they do this.  They have tons of good stuff, including these silk camo Magnanni slippers for $179.  Give your tuxedo a little life…

Five Mile is running a HUGE sale on their shoes – 50-70% off EVERYTHING.  Get some good staples here, especially their Horse Bit driving mocs for $85.

My friend Martin Dingman is doing 50% off ALL classic wallets.

Mr. Porter is offering 30% off quite a bit of their site.  There are some SERIOUS discounts to be found.  Half the fun over there is the hunt…

Moosejaw is running a 20% off sale on a ton of stuff – most of the store.  Included are a good bit of their Suunto watches.  Very cool watches for the outdoorsman, or the wanna-be outdoorsman.

Seriously – let me know if there is anything I missed…I’ll get it added. Have fun out there, folks.

Happy Thanksgiving from Red Clay Soul

Happy Thanksgiving from the Red Clay Soul family!

All is well in Red Clay Soul land…it has been a GREAT year.  We are thankful for a new marriage, our health, our families, our great friends, our great partners, both old and new, and most of all, we are thankful for our readers.  You folks are great, and keep this thing going.

Now go see your family and friends today, eat well, and enjoy the football!