Thursday, May 31, 2012

Beau Regards quote of the day:






Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Beau Regards:


















The new "Going Green" bow tie project!


Taking a cue from another fellow bow tie enthusiast, we are currently in the fledgling process of putting together a cool way to recycle, reuse, upcycle, and be pretty darn hip to boot!


I am a huge thrift store shopper- LOVE to dig in the racks and find sweet deals for my eBay store and myself- and always note the large collection of men's ties that accumulate at most locations.  Many are just horrible, but with my well trained eye (after many years of working at Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, and my current position as a merchandiser up and down Michigan Avenue) I had a light bulb moment:  grab some of these and.....UPCYCLE !   It is a fairly new term, which means to take an item and not just reuse, but recycle into a new form or function.




Well, did you know that there is enough fabric in a standard tie to have them remade into a BOW TIE?  Betcha didn't!   And that is exactly what we are going to do!  


Expect to see a few of the "Beau Regards" brand bow ties to be posted soon....







Tuesday, May 29, 2012

FREE tie giveaway:







Enter to win this gorgeous Michelsons of London 7 fold silk tie!  

Winning is easy:

Leave a comment below
Join my site
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simple, right?
The winner will be chosen at random on Friday, June 1st. 

GOOD LUCK!

Monday, May 28, 2012

WIW 5/27/12










Ralph Lauren windowpane linen pants, Edie Bauer


braces, Johnston Murphy woven loafers,


Michelsons London tie, Metropoliton View shirt
Beau Regards:



Sunday, May 27, 2012

Please welcome my NEW mascot:


Beau Regards


Isn't he just the cutiest thing EVER?

Beau will be heading up my fashion reviews and making sartorial comments from time to time.

He will also be the face of my new line of men's hand knit boutenniers that is in production.  Make sure you check back and see what...... Beau Regards!



*thanks to my good friend Dale Forbes for helping me name my little guy.  I appreciate the help!
Beau Regards:




LOOK at all the lovely colors!













BRAND new Summer collection from Michelsons of London tie company.  Full 7 fold silk ties in a wonderful array of wovens and stripes.  See anything you like?  Contact me!   Available ONLY at Macy's on State Street in Chicago and Macy's Old Orchard in Skokie, Il. 


* I will be giving away one of these bad boys next week, so make sure and follow my Twitter, Facebook, and Pintrest pages for updates!
WIW 5/27/12







Ralph Lauren 3 button linen blazer, vintage floral tie, Banana Republic pink pinstripe dress shirt with white cuff and collar, olive Lands End dress pants, Cole Haan braided leather suspenders, pink felt flower, white linen pocket square, pink RL socks, navy BASS bucks

Thursday, May 24, 2012

ENTER TO WIN a free bow tie from High Cotton Ties!



I am a personal fan of the Blue Palmer Plaid... but you choose which one you prefer... just follow the link below and read the instructions on how to enter to win....


Good luck, and please SHARE my blog with all your friends!  

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Check out the fabulous article featuring one of the eye wear lines I represent from MARR International: 


                                            LANVIN













Social Life Chicago is an amazing blog that explores many facets of the Windy City lifestyle:  Fashion, functions, who and what's hot, and more!  Add her to your Facebook page and follow on Twitter to stay updated on all things grand in Chitown!




If you are a customer and would like to view Lanvin and the other brands I sell (Givenchy, Escada, The Row, Zegna)  then contact me direct.




 click here for the spread:


        Social Life Chicago






*big thanks to my gal pal Belagi for taking the time out of her buzy day to put this together.  MUAH!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The BEST "How to tie a bow tie" video....EVER!


















A piece of paper will NEVER be able to truly show you how to master the art of tying a bow.  


Watch for the moment where this distinguished gentleman from South Carolina "snaps it shut and pull to the side" to expose the "hole"..... THAT was THE light bulb moment for me, and how I have successfully taught dozens of guys to quickly master the craft.  


I hope this little clip helps you achieve the same results!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Another giveaway.... enter to win a Bespoke Shave box....



Just click here:    Dappered Contest

Good luck guys... and keep your eyes out for another Michelsons tie I will be giving away next week!
WIW 5/20/12










Ralph Lauren linen blazer, RL stripe t-shirt, Brooks


 Brothers yellow pant, 


vintage pocket square, red felt flower, RL red ribbon


 belt, Johnston & Murphy 


navy loafers, white ceramic watch

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Friday, May 18, 2012

WIW 5/16/12


Day on Michigan Avenue














Vintage Club navy blazer, Ralph Lauren distressed vest, Lands End paisley tie, Brooks Brothers pink button down shirt, vintage collar bar, pink silk knot, white with blue border pocket square-silk, RL chinos, blue suede BASS bucks, pink RL socks, Gruen nato watch

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

SAY YES to fun bright colored socks and shoe laces for summer!


It is such a simple way to be "on trend" without going overboard!  Here is the subtle way I will be injecting color splashes to my feet....






This affordable 3 pack of Ralph Lauren Polo socks I picked up at Macy's, $28.00.  


Macy's


It's best not to try to be too "matchy matchy", i.e. bright yellow shirt PLUS bright yellow socks.... but if your tie has a hint of one of these colors, or say your plaid shirt also includes a splash, then DO IT !












Another unexpected place you can add a pop of color is with simple shoe laces!  I purchased EVERY shade they had at the Allen Edmonds store on Michigan Avenue.  I think the sales associate thought I was crazy, as I sat down and changed my laces right then and there!   


So, take those old beige bucks, white wingtips, or tan boat shoes and put a set of these guys in...  at only $6 each for high quality waxed 30' laces, you can't go wrong!


Allen Edmonds Laces




*if you like my suggestions, please take a moment and share to your FB, Twitter, or other media source.  I would greatly appreciate it.  MUAH!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

WIW 5/12/12






Vintage Country Club 2 button navy blazer, vintage yellow cardigan, Mark Pendleton polka dot tie, J. Crew mini check BD shirt, blue silk knot, white linen pocket square, vintage collar bar, Croft and Barrow chinos, BASS canvas oxfords w/ blue laces, Fossil watch



Dempsey Fedora









* I love inquiries about fashion, men's and women's, so feel free to ask any questions, and I will post my response here. 

Friday, May 11, 2012

Wrist SWAG from Kenneth Cole.....


CLICK HERE:

                      Sweepstakes


Cast your vote for your favorite spring watch. One lucky winner will not only win his/her favorite watch, but also the most voted watch along with a $1,500 Kenneth Cole gift card. What are you waiting for? Now's your time to add sophistication and a modern twist to your style.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Suspenders or Braces... which do you prefer?




I tried to find a definitive online, but unfortunately it is a matter of taste and geography.



  1. Suspenders

    • In America, suspenders usually refer to the fabric or leather straps with a drop clip end that attaches to a pair of pants. Sometimes in British English, however, suspenders refer to what Americans call garter belts, which are used to hold up stockings.

    Braces

    • According to some American companies, braces usually refer to the leather or cloth strips with button ends that attach to pants. For the British, however, braces refer to all suspenders.

    Considerations

    • Usually there is no distinction between braces and suspenders except for a few select retailers. Most companies just recognize them as ways that two different countries refer to cloth or leather strips that are worn over your shoulders and hold up your pants.




Personally, I prefer "braces"... it has a more sophisticated ring to it- and since I love all things British I guess that just makes sense.


A few words of advice: NEVER----EVER wear "suspenders" that clip on!  Equally tacky- all elastic fabrications.  Neither are ever elegant....unless the look you are going for is the chic "redneck farmer couture", LOL.  The button loops should always be a high quality leather too.. NO plastic!










Also note that if the braces you chose have grosgrain or thread loops, those are intended to be worn with formal attire and should not be donned for daily dressing- as almost all tuxedo pants do not have belt loops.  This is the only reason to have a pair like this in your wardrobe.






When in doubt as far as which pattern to wear with a tie, etc.  I suggest choosing a nice braided leather.  Chestnut or black is a safe bet.  If opting for fabric, again make sure it is of the highest quality- silk or nylon ribbon will stand the test of time.  


A few labels that I have in my wardrobe have lasted forever.                


Trust in:  Trafalgar  Brooks Brothers  J. Crew  Cole Haan  Ralph Lauren,  even Dockers makes a fairly good set of braces

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

My Ebay store :






Just listed some GREAT new items today.  Above is one of the super finds I have come up with.  This was a custom made blazer dated 6-8-70 for Suitery, LTD. of Chicago.  CRAZY paisley lining. Double vent back. In amazing shape for vintage!  Check the other pieces listed too!  


Richards Fabulous Finds




WIW 5/8/12








Ralph Lauren safari jacket, RL blue oxford point collar shirt, RL tie, vintage collar bar, navy windowpane trousers, Regal Cardinal tasseled loafer, Michelle specs, blue silk knot.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Another great contest for FREE stuff:::





Head on over to the Bird Dog Bay Facebook fan page and follow the directions...EASY PEASY, LEMON SQUEEZY....

Just click here:


Best of luck!

Monday, May 7, 2012

SWEET!  Enter to win a FREE pair of Johnston & Murphy "McPherson" men's shoes!




just click here:  


McPherson a Day Giveaway


Johnston & Murphy are by far my favorite shoes on the market.  I can honestly say, after working on my feet for 8= hours, their shoes are still comfortable... and they LAST!  


Here is your chance to win a pair..... BEST OF LUCK!
Crochet lapel flowers...  HOT or not???






Upon recalling my quote from an earlier post:


"If your blazer has a pocket and a hole on it... put something IN it!"


I have decided to embrace this update on the fresh flower on the lapel look.  I love the modern take on it, and nothing pulls together an ensemble like one of these little guys.  


Currently, I am working with a designer to produce my own line of lapel flowers, so check back soon to see what fabulous creations we come up with.






STAY TUNED !

Sunday, May 6, 2012

WIW 5/4/12 and 5/5/12

Derby Day Inspirations:::



Ralph Lauren Madras plaid blazer, RL yellow bd shirt, Farrel Reed bow tie, John Nordstrom chinos, J. Crew tan bucks with Allen Edmonds green laces, blue American Essentials socks, off white felt flower, Michelle specs.  





Ralph Lauren seersucker suit in blue, white RL spread collar shirt, RL pink and green stripe bowtie, pink felt flower, white linen pocket square, Johnston & Murphy white wingtips, diamond pattern Happy Socks, white paper fedora.

Just love Kentucky Derby fashions- for men AND women.  It is the one time that fashion takes center stage and it is about looking timeless and with taste.  As I have always said...

"It takes two seconds to look cheap and tacky... it takes effort to look classy!"