The Big Announcement – HODINKEE
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The Big Announcement – HODINKEE

Well, here is the big announcement: I have signed on as associate editor at HODINKEE. Click through to read more about HODINKEE’s relaunch, what you can expect to see from me over there, and what the future looks like for Simply Refined.

Getting Inked

Getting Inked

Posted by: on Mar 24, 2010 | 2 Comments

I must admit, I don’t get the chance to hand-write many things. It’s not that I have wonderful penmanship either, average at best, but there is something much more pleasurable and thoughtful about writing something by hand than typing it. Once written, you can’t take something back, and every stroke must be deliberate and premeditated.

The Scent of Spring

The Scent of Spring

Posted by: on Mar 22, 2010 | One Comment

So I spoke last week of spring colors and fabrics, but rising temperatures require more than just stashing away the flannel until fall. The amber, tobacco, and spice laden fragrances I generally favor just don’t do so well on my skin when the weather turns warm.

Cocktail Convalescence

Cocktail Convalescence

Posted by: on Mar 19, 2010 | 2 Comments

So, today’s the day. Oral half of my honors exams, t minus 4 hours and counting. I am already thinking about what reward I will be mixing up and enjoying before throwing on the bowtie and patent loafers and sauntering off to the celebratory banquet feeling 20 pounds lighter.

Spring Has Sprung

Spring Has Sprung

Posted by: on Mar 17, 2010 | One Comment

It was only two weeks ago that I extolled the virtues of winter ties and claimed that spring was not yet coming. Oh how very wrong I was. Temperatures are now regularly creeping close to 60 degrees Fahrenheit, and my coats have possibly seen their final days until fall. Along with putting the coat a bit further back in the closet, comes the yearly color and fabric changes of spring.

All That Glitters Is Not Gold

All That Glitters Is Not Gold

Posted by: on Mar 15, 2010 | 3 Comments

Metal buttons in a gentleman’s wardrobe are confined almost exclusively to the gold-tone buttons of the blazer. That said, I am not usually fond of wearing gold or brass jewelry and furnishings, and thus usually avoid brass buttoned blazers. It was only a few months ago that I saw in a West End shop window a beautiful double breasted number fitted with silver buttons; I had been living in Plato’s cave my whole life and finally caught a glimpse of the sun.