Holiday Giveaway: Randolph Engineering Aviator IIs

There is good, and there is great.  Randolph Engineering sunglasses are great.  I have been wearing them for years, and won’t settle for anything less.  Their styles are classic, simple, and stylish.  Not to mention that they are made in the USA.  All good.

The good folks at Randolph want to give one lucky Red Clay Soul reader a pair of their new Aviator IIs.  They feature 23K plated gold frames, mineral glass tan polarized lens with demi-amber sweat bar and temple tip accents, and their signature bayonet temples – originally designed for military pilots.  Sound good, huh?

Here are the details:  Leave a comment to this post with an email address to enter.

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  • +1 (6 Total) Tweet the following about the giveaway ‘Happy Holidays from @redclaysoul and @RESunglasses – Want a pair of their new Aviator II’s?  Go here to enter: http://www.redclaysoul.com/?p=5355’

Entries must be in by midnight on Sunday, November 24th.  I’ll announce the winner on Monday, November 25th around lunchtime.

Special thanks to Randolph Engineering for providing the goods for the giveaway…

The Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry

It’s that time of year…one of my favorite college football games.  Being a Georgia Bulldogs fan is a frustrating venture.  We always seem to play down to our opponants, and we’ve struggled to find that killer instinct of the GATA Dawgs of years’ past.  Still, we always field a competative team, and have some of the best rivalries out there.  Florida is always fun, but since Spurrier left, it has lost some of the flare.  Georgia Tech is our natural rivalry, but their struggles have taken a lot of the post-season implications out of the yearly contest.  One rivalry has stayed pretty consistent over the years…what is known as The Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry pits the yearly meeting between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Auburn Tigers.

I’ve been to six of these games.  Three in Auburn and three in Athens.  I’m not really an Auburn fan, but spent quite a bit of time there in college, and think it is one of the prettiest campuses in the country.  Top five.  Athens is up there, too.  Obviously.  Even though we are rivals, there isn’t a hatred there like the Iron Bowl, Clemson vs. USC, or the Red River Rivalry.  We get along.  I was at the game in at Jordan-Hare in 2004 when Junior Rosegreen knocked Reggie Brown out cold.  It was a scary moment, but as Reggie came to, the entire stadium – Georgia AND Auburn fans started chanting “Reggie, Reggie, Reggie”.  It was awesome.  And a classy move by the home team.

My favorite moment was in the 2002 game when David Greene hit Michael Johnson for what was one of the greatest catches I’ve ever seen.

It was the deciding play in an awesome game.  I wasn’t in Auburn for that one, but was watching it at home with friends.  After Johnson made the catch, I jumped out of my chair with hands in the air, and almost punched through the ceiling…and almost broke my fingers.  Pain was an illusion that night.  The Bulldogs went on to win the SEC Championship and the Sugar Bowl, finishing the season ranked #3.

Even thought they closed Milo’s (which should be considered a mortal sin), we are heading down to the Plains this weekend for the game, and the excitement is hitting it’s peak…

So Dawg fans, let’s hunker down and see if we can’t steal one on Saturday night.  It won’t be as easy as last year, but we have all the ability to put some points up and head back up I-85 with a W.

Head’s Up: Artist Evan Jones Showing at the Matre Gallery

Ashville, North Carolina artist Evan Jones is showing on Friday night at the Matre Gallery from 7-9PM.  This guy is amazing.  If you are in Atlanta, on Friday night, DO NOT MISS IT.

Some examples:

Trousers, of the Plaid Variety

Plaid pants.  I little known way to look cooler than anyone in the room.  What used to be restricted to Glen Plaid  on bad bankers has expanded to every color combination under the sun.  But – these are not for the faint of heart.  It is extremely easy to screw these up.  First – don’t wear any plaid pants from a skateboard store.  That should go without saying.  Second, there are certain rules for plaid pants:

– Flat front.  Otherwise the pleats make them look like parachute pants.
– Cuffed.  1.75″ minimum.  Add some serious business to the ends.
– Good Fit.  Nothing too baggy.  They shouldn’t be slim, but they should fit well.  Too slim and you’ll look like a punk rocker.
– The Right Shoes.  Dressy.  Leather bottoms.  Either cap toes or loafers.  A good pair of 986s or tassel loafers are an excellent choice.
– Solids everywhere else.  White or blue oxford.  Solid sweater.  Solid sport coat.  Let the pants stand out.

Otherwise, get something somewhat subtle.  Don’t go for the Arnold Palmer a-la 70’s dirty plaid.  Stick with the subtle patterns.  Like these:

From left to right:

Ralph Lauren Glen Plaid Trousers – Dark and subtle.  A good choice.
Michael Bastian Glen Plaid Trousers – The burgundy accents in the glen plaid update these a bit, but with a crisp white oxford and a navy blazer…knock it out of the park.
Zanella Devon Plaid Trousers – Zanella has some of the nicest fabric out there.
BR Monogram Wool Plaid Trousers - A little more fashion forward, but the fit on these is spot on.
Paul Stuart Wool Herringbone Trousers – These are major league – a plaid on top of herringbone.  

From left to right:

Brooks Brothers Black Fleece Plaid Trousers – Absolutley awesome.  Black Fleece doesn’t miss.
Orvis Glen Plaid Lambswool Pants – Orvis is the spot to find the traditional look.  These never go out of style.
Zanella Todd Plaid Trousers – A subtle tan plaid.  Try these with an oxford blue shirt and a burgundy sweater.
Brooks Brothers Black Fleece Navy Plaid Trousers – Again.  Awesome.
Epaulet New York Blackwatch Trousers -Blackwatch is a great cold weather pattern.  And Epaulet pants are tops.

Now, these aren’t to be confused with the Christmas tartan pants…we’ll talk about those later.

Holiday Giveaway from Smathers & Branson

So here we go again…

The good folks over at Smathers & Branson want to do their part to keep a lucky Red Clay Soul reader as warm as possible this holiday season.  Since they don’t make sweaters, they are going to give once lucky reader one of their needlepoint Christmas Sweater Flasks.  While the sweater print looks like it’ll keep you warm, the contents of the flask are sure to take the nip out of the air.

Here are the details:  Leave a comment to this post with an email address to enter.

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  • +1 (6 Total) Tweet the following about the giveaway ‘Happy Holidays from @redclaysoul and @SandBBelts – how about a Christmas Sweater Flask giveaway? Go here to enter: http://www.redclaysoul.com/?p=5304’

Entries must be in by midnight on Sunday, November 17th.  I’ll announce the winner on Monday, November 18th around lunchtime.

Special thanks to Smathers & Branson for providing the goods for the giveaway…

Online Shopping: Unionmade Goods

One of my favorite spots on the Internet is Unionmade Goods.  They have an excellently curated collection of menswear.  All highly desirable.  It’s the type of place where you don’t ask for a specific item, you ask for a gift certificate so you can pour over the website and tie yourself in a knot trying to figure out what to get…if not all of it.

After some pouring of my own, this is what I like:

J. Press York Street Vintage Reverse Sweatshirt

Gitman Vintage Archive Tartan in Red

Save Khaki Bedford Khaki Trousers in Caramel

J. Press York Street Holmes Quilted Sport Coat

Unionmade Lambswool Birdseye Slim Fit Crew Sweater

RRL Slim Fit Corduroy Pants in Burgundy

Todd Snyder Terry Shawl Collar Pullover

Quoddy True Penny Loafer in Cavalier Olive

I love how all the stuff at Unionmade seems to go together.  Almost all of their pieces can be interchanged for one another – maybe not in terms of color, but in terms of style.  Unionmade is one of those ‘can’t miss’ places.  Money well spent.

Holiday Giveaway With Southern Proper

‘Tis the season to be Merry. This holiday season we have teamed up with quite a few brands for giveaways that you can use as gifts for a loved one, or a gift for yourself.  It’s all good…

So let’s kick off the Holiday Season with a great giveaway from the ladies over at Southern Proper.  We have teamed up to give one lucky Red Clay Soul reader one of their new All Prep Fleece Pullover in Navy Blue.  You never know…they may throw in a few koozies as well…

Here are the details:  Leave a comment to this post with an email address to enter.

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  • +1 (4 Total) ‘Follow’ Southern Proper on Twitter
  • +1 (5 Total) ’Follow’ Red Clay Soul on Twitter
  • +1 (6 Total) ‘Follow’ Southern Proper on Instagram
  • +1 (7 Total) ‘Follow’ Red Clay Soul on Instagram
  • +1 (6 Total) Tweet the following about the giveaway ‘Happy Holidays from RCS and @southern_proper – how about a All Prep Fleece Pullover giveaway? Go here to enter: http://www.redclaysoul.com/?p=5275’

Entries must be in by midnight on Sunday, November 10th.  I’ll announce the winner on Monday, November 11th around lunchtime.

Special thanks to Southern Proper for providing the goods for the giveaway…