Criquet. Gingham. Yes.

 

Good news, team: the boys from Criquet just released some gingham shirts to add to the arsenal.  Made in Texas, these shirts are actually perfect for this time of year.  Wear them with shorts and the sleeves in convertible mode, and you are ready to rock.  The shirts are available in Navy and Red.  More details:

RCS Travels: El Mangroove in Costa Rica

It was mid-January, and if you remember, we had a pretty cold winter.  We were dead-smack in the middle of it.  We were pale, we had cabin fever, and we were sick and tired of the short, cold, and gloomy days.  We had been talking about finding a quick, 4-night tropical trip that wouldn’t require too many PTO days, but would be enough of a break from the monotony of a Georgia winter.

We settled on Costa Rica, mainly because we found a good deal on a points swap for plane tickets.  Mrs. RCS and I are just like everyone else: we get tons of ‘vacation deal’ emails, mailers, and credit card incentives.  Where we may be a little different is that we don’t immediately toss them.  We came across one for El Mangroove, a super-cool boutique hotel in Papagayo Bay.  It looked very intriguing…a good deal on the rooms, and a GREAT deal on the all-inclusive option.  I’m not a big fan of all-inclusive, because it usually only includes the nacho bar and Icehouse beer, but this one included EVERYTHING – all food, all beverages, unlimited bottled water, etc, except for certain bottles of champagne.  Further research led us to understand that El Mangroove is known for their cuisine…we looked at the menu (which included the prices), and immediately decided to pull the trigger.  We knew we would be able to get every bit of value out of the all-inclusive deal, which was roughly $150 per day – per room (not per person – which makes it even better).

Here’s what we liked:  the flight was easy.  Direct from ATL to LIB.  A 20 minute cab ride from the airport to the hotel was roughly $20.  The staff was extremely accommodating…they took care of everything we needed.  The facilities and the rooms were top notch.  Seriously – very clean, air conditioned (I’ll get into that in a minute), and modern.  It was like staying at a really zen-ed out dojo.  There are two restaurants on site; one is more of the beach food, casual lunch spot, and the main restaurant is much more high end.  Reservations are required at both, but they always have room.  Imperial beer is delicious.  The guacamole was the best we ever had…we ate our weight.  The short rib was out of this world.  I had a few of those.  Breakfast was actually a very nice surprise, with some international flare, as well as the always popular omelet bar.  Oh – and they have cable TV.

The pool is where we spent most of our time.  It is really posh, and the waiters take care of everything.  Bring a couple books and kick back.  We did enjoy the beach quite a bit, but mostly for long walks and a bunch of photography.

To be aware: Costa Rica is HOT.  When I say hot, I mean that it’s 90 degrees at 9:00AM, and 90 degrees at 7:00PM.  Ten hours of oven-like heat.  There is just enough of a breeze to make it bearable, but we drank enough water to fill the pool.  The sun is pretty serious down there…we didn’t use anything below a 45SFP…just to be safe.  I mentioned that the staff is very accommodating…well, they like to get tipped, so be sure to have cash handy.

Recommendation:  If you are looking for a quick, pool-floating, relaxing, long weekend getaway, then El Mangroove is a great choice.  I would look for specials that they are running, especially for all-inclusive packages, as that makes the value proposition much better.  While there may have been quite a few other vacationers there, Mrs. RCS and I felt like we were in our own little slice of paradise.

Here are some images:

 

Father’s Day Sale at Club Preppy

 

Team – Club Preppy  has a seriously good sale going on for Father’s Day…get over and check it out.  Good deals…enough for you AND your dad…

Holy Shirts and Pants Party This Thursday

Team,

The good folks at Criquet Shirts and Jack Donnelly are hosting a party this Thursday at the Doogallary in Atlanta.  It’s better than a party at the Moontower.  Music, booze, and bites to be provided.  Be there or be square…

Jack Donnelly: Back in Blue

Jack Donnelly jack-knifed off the high dive with these bad boys…  The new light-weight Carter pants in blue slim fit.  Perfect for this time of year.  Pair it with a white polo and you are in business.

Memorial Day Sales

Sitting by the pool?  Getting ready to head to the lake?  Well, while this weekend provides excellent weather and general debauchery, it also provides some outstanding online sales.  Take that Q1 bonus and put it to work, readers:

Onward Reserve is doing a HUGE Memorial Day sale – 20-50% off site-wide.  They rarely have sales this big, so give it a good once-over.

Brooks Brothers has about three sales going on during Memorial Day, but the two that should catch your attention are the 40% off Spring stuff and the new additions they’ve made to their clearance section (70% off).

Nordstrom (NOT Rack) is doing their annual 40% off sale.  This is all the good stuff, folks.  Tons of good stuff.  Graduates – check out the suit section.  Tons of power suits at excellent prices.

J.Crew is doing a nice little 30% off your entire order, which includes the sale section.  Good stuff for all your basics.  I have a spring wedding coming up, and I am looking forward to hammering the Ludlow section

Yoox is doing an extra 40% off all their summer styles.  Good stuff that is seasonal appropriate.

Neiman Marcus is doing a big 40% off sale as well.  Again, like most of the big box stores, they are going to have a ton of stuff.  Check out the cashmere section…maybe not to wear right now, but you’ll be glad you pulled the trigger this Fall.

Bloomingdales is doing their Brown Bag sale…20-70% off.  Seriously, this one is worth the look.  It’ll fill quite a few gaps in your wardrobe.

Billy Reid just loaded up their sale section.  Double monks.  Sweatshirts.  Dress shirts.  Very good prices…

Steven Alan is doing 30% off your entire purchase this weekend.  Big sales on some really nice stuff.  They have upped their collaboration brands over the last year, so now is the time to take advantage.

Jack Spade is doing a kicker sale (save 20% on $150+, 25% on $250+, and 30% on $350+).  Nice…they normally only put their sale section on ‘extra’ sale, but this applies to everything.

East Dane loaded up their sale section as well.  Good deals on Gitman Vintage, Incotex, Grenson, Tumi, Rag & Bone, and Gant Rugger.

Any that I’ve missed?  Leave me a comment below and I’ll update the list.

Image: Google Image Search

Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day weekend is upon us…since a large clip of commuters have taken PTO today, traffic should be light, or at least until it’s time to head out of town for the weekend.  Memorial Day in our house is going to involve a lot of pool time and grilling with friends, all with a nod to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice defending our great nation.  With that theme in mind, here’s how I plan on doing it:

From top left:

1. State Traditions Traditional America Visor:  Extensive hours in the sun will require some sort of face protection.  I have a friend who is a dermatologist, and she will insist.
2. An Incredible Koozie:  Serious business here.  Have a koozie handy that no one will mistake as theirs.
3. Bald Head Blues Jersey Polo:  Look good for dinner…a comfortable polo in appropriate colors.
4. Criquet White Pique Polo:  Good for lounging on Sunday and Monday…comfortable, classic, and cool.
5. The Ole Trusty T-shirt:  You’ll need this for emergency trips to the gas station for extra ice.  Nothing kills a cooler like low ice.
6. Old Glory Deluxe Armchair with Beverage Holders:  Don’t get caught playing musical chairs…bring your own.
7. Smathers & Branson Flags of Our Fathers Needlepoint Belt:  An awesome new addition to their Spring lineup…how cool is this?  What a great way to show respect to the symbol(s) of our great nation.
8. Southern Proper Seersucker Shorts:  Pair these with the Criquet polo…like daytime pajamas.
9. State Traditions America Swim Trunks:  These are about as cool as it gets…whether lounging at the pool or doing a cannonball off the diving board.
10. J. Crew Stanton 7″ Shorts:  Yes, J.Crew still makes 7″ shorts.  Which keeps them on my radar.
11. Yeti Hopper 30 Cooler:  I’m a big fan of Yeti, but have a hard time understanding how their hard shell coolers make sense for everyday pool/lake use…no wheels, somewhat uncomfortable to carry…clearly they heard me.  The soft cooler with a shoulder strap fits the bill.
12. Star Spangled Spatula:  Grilling.  Period.
13. Havianas Flip Flops:  Good for the pool/lake…at this price point, you won’t care if one flies out of the boat or the dog mistakes it for a chew toy.
14. Hari Mari Scout Flip Flops:  And something a little nicer.  Keep these away from your dog.
15. Filson Medium Dry Duffle:  For those traveling, you have to pack in something, and this duffle from Filson will keep your gear dry when your idiot friends throw you in the lake.