This is perfect.
I’m stuffed. Rather than fight the crowds, I’m going to stay home and cozy up on the couch with a good book and a warm blanket. Consider doing the same. Make your Black Friday a Black Watch Friday. [Read more...]
When the time came to name this All Plaidout, a blog with posts about things that are not trendy, about the stories of style over fashion, about the stories behind the clothes we wear, I turned to the rich history of a cloth pattern known as a tartan. I chose the tartan most emblematic of my style, my appreciation of history, and the one that most often showed up in my closet from as early on as I can remember, the Black Watch.
A dark, neutral tartan, it was first worn by the watchmen, highly trained members of the Scottish military who’d combined their clan’s patterns to stand as one. Owed primarily to its widely appealing aesthetic quality, it has become one of the most popular and sought after plaids.
When collaborating with John Mooty at Faribault Woolen Mill on a Black Watch plaid blanket, he offered a unique suggestion.
“Let’s ground it in the threads of the U.S. Military blankets for which we’re most well-known,” he said.
By combining the green from the U.S. Army, the blue from the U.S. Navy, and the black from the West Point Academy blankets, Faribault has created a subtly new, beautiful, and altogether American take on a pattern with a rich and wonderful history.
To capture the evocative nature of the fall blanket, I turned to Carolina Mariana Rodriguez, whose self-portraits fill a frame with emotion and texture, a feeling that extends far beyond a model draped in a blanket.
As for the blanket itself, far from those rough ones I remember wrapping myself in while sitting on the bleachers at high school football games, these thick, warm blankets are made of the same MIL-SPEC yarns as those that protect those whose job it is to protect and serve the rest of us.
Finished with the flourish of a red-yarned whipstitch – which too nods to the various derivations in the Black Watch plaid, a red line in the pattern signified at times difference in rank or platoon – every effort has been made to ensure each blanket provides the utmost in functionality and comfort.
Available from these fine online retailers.*
*Ask for the “Shadow Plaid Foot Soldier” blanket with the All Plaidout label anywhere Faribault Woolen Mill products are sold.
Sitting in traffic. In the rain. On Congress Avenue in Austin. After a day in Houston. The windshield wipers undulated as a Ryan Adams song screeched to an end on the rental’s car’s cheap stereo. The car smelled like french fries from a Whataburger or a taco from Buc-ee’s. I can’t remember.
All I could think about was what just happened. For roughly four hours, I’d sat through bumper-to-bumper traffic returning to Austin from Houston, where somewhere in the middle a small fender bender lead to a nine car pile-up spreading across four lanes of highway. I didn’t mind waiting out the inevitable delay. My day was made when I got to sit and listen to music — my music — much of it created in the land that stretched between the two Texas cities of my current — and very temporary — residence. I found myself allowing the shuffle function of my mobile device to take over, and in the process uncovering a slow devolution into something slightly resembling The Blues. It was a Blues worth wallowing in, for I knew on the other side of those blues was a crack of sunshine, and the day, well, she weren’t over yet.
1) Ryan Adams – When The Summer Ends
2) White Denim – Come Back
3) Stevie Wonder – I’m Wondering
4) Chuck Berry – Nadine
5) L.C. Cooke – The Lover
6) Tom T. Hall – Shoeshine Man
7) Tammy Wynette & George Jones – Something To Brag About
8) Steve Earle – Little Sister
9) Cat Stevens – Maybe You’re Right
10) Paul Simon – The Obvious Child
11) Robert Plant And the Strange Sensation – All The King’s Horses
12) Shuggie Otis – Sweet Thang
13) Connan Mackasin – I’m The Man That Will Find You
14) Warren Zevon – Accidentally Like A Martyr (Unreleased)
15) Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Into My Arms
16) Chuck Berry – Blues #1
17) Emmylou Harris & Willie Nelson – One Paper Kid
18) Steely Dan – Midnite Cruiser
19) Steve Winwood – Take It As It Comes
20) Randy Newman – Back On My Feet Again
21) Vince Gill – One More Last Chance
22) Dire Straits – The Bug
23) Marley’s Ghost with Old Crow Medicine Show & Cowboy Jack Clement – It’s All Over Now
24) Dire Straits – Water of Love
25) Joe Henry – Grave Angels
26) Luluc – Small Window
27) George Jones – The Selfishness in Man
28) Lyle Lovett – White Boy Lost In The Blues
29) Ryan Adams – Tired of Giving Up
30) Albert King – Call It Stormy Monday (Live at Montreux)
31) Mississippi John Hurt – Coffee Blues (Live)
The good folks at East Dane provided me with four $50 gift certificates to be used on their site. To win: share your favorite outfit from their offerings in my comments section. Don’t forget to link. I’ll select my four favorites over the weekend and announce the winners on Monday. Best of luck!
July swept into the room like she’d been there before. This time, though, she turned and looked at me. With a single glance, I found I’d floated within her general vicinity, with a quickening breath, with each beat of my warm heart, soon we were dancing. As the lights around us flashed, either from cameras or from the electric excitement, as our feet flit across the pine, it felt as though July and I flew from one coast to the other as quickly as we could snap our fingers to the sharp bass of the dance floor beat. Leaning in so close I could smell the coconut in her sunscreen, she sang to me. What she said… what she said… well, this is what she said:
She’s Like July (on Spotify)
1) The Pointer Sisters – Yes We Can (on KSAN’s Live Jive)
2) Kim Weston – Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little While)
3) Haim – Honey & I
4) Jessie Mueller & The Beautiful Ensemble – Beautiful
5) Toots & The Maytals w. Bonnie Raitt – True Love Is Hard To Find
6) First Aid Kit – My Silver Lining
7) Ruth Brown – Wild Wild Young Men
8) Marcia Griffiths – Band of Gold
9) Cesaria Evora & Bonga – Sodade
10) Bobbie Gentry – Touch ‘Em With Love
11) Darlene Love – My Heart Beat A Little Faster
12) Merry Clayton – Southern Man
13) Aretha Franklin – Make It With You (Live at the Fillmore West, 2/5/71)
14) Gladys Knight & The Pips – If I Were Your Woman (Live on Ed Sullivan, 2/7/71)
15) Alabama Shakes – I Found You
16) Tina Turner – What’s Love Got To Do With It
17) Laura Veirs – July Flame
18) Sean & Sara Watkins – Your Bright Baby Blues
19) Tanya Tucker – What’s Your Mama’s Name Child
20) Dolly Parton – My Blue Tears (Acoustic Demo)
21) Bonnie Raitt – Come To Me
22) Jenny Lewis – Just One Of The Guys
23) Wild Belle – Shine
24) The Jones Girls – You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else
25) Sylvan Esso – Coffee
26) St. Vincent – Digital Witness
27) Joni Mitchell – Carey (Live)
28) Carly Simon – It Keeps You Runnin’
29) Lavelle White – Into The Mystic
30) Linda Ronstadt – Rescue Me
31) Cat Power – I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)
32) St. Paul & The Broken Bones w. Lizzo – A Change Is Gonna Come (Live at SXSW, 2014)
Who is excited for Camp Wandawega now?
Summer. With its unofficial start fast approaching, I’m quick to remember the horrible winter we in the Midwest endured. With the “Polar Vortex,” “Chiberia,” “Chibernation,” and turning boiling water to snow in mind, let us turn our eyes to the sky once more and embrace the sun’s rays with a fervor heretofore unseen. Kick off Memorial Day Weekend with my latest Spotify mix, some old, some new, all built for working in the garden, tossing back a brewski — or in the case of Johnny Paycheck, fifteen — at that backyard barbecue or braving that first dip in the outdoor swimming pool. Enjoy it, folks.
1) Guy Clark – Homegrown Tomatoes (Live)
2) Darlene Love, Bob B. Soxx and The Blue Jeans – Why Do Lovers Break Each Others Hearts?
3) Etta James – Security
4) Koko Taylor – Wang Dang Doodle
5) Aretha Franklin – The Weight
6) Bobby “Blue” Bland – Turn On Your Love Light
7) Them – Gloria
8) The Kinks – Everybody’s Gonna Be Happy
9) Creedence Clearwater Revival – Keep On Chooglin’
10) Faces – You’re So Rude
11) Neil Young – Homegrown
12) Sam Bush – Sailin’ Shoes
13) J.J. Cale – Hey Baby
14) Bill Withers – Green Grass
15) Johnny Cash – Southern Accents
16) Tom Petty – Down South
17) Tom T. Hall – That’s How I Got To Memphis
18) Johnny Paycheck – Fifteen Beers
19) Eric B. & Rakim – Juice (Know The Ledge)
20) A Tribe Called Quest – Electric Relaxation
21) Haim – Hold Me
22) Junip – In Every Direction
23) Graeme Allwright – Je Perds Ou Bien Je Gagne
24) Lowell George – What Do You Want The Girl To Do
25) Delaney & Bonnie And Friends – Only You Know And I Know
26) The Seeds – Mr. Farmer
27) Chris Scruggs – Just A Little Lovin’ (Will Go A Long Way)
28) Carl Perkins – Boppin’ the Blues
29) Major Lance – It Ain’t No Use
30) Ry Cooder – Taxes on the Farmer Feeds Us All
31) Leon Russell – Roll Away the Stone
32) Violent Femmes – Prove My Love
33) The Templeton Twins – Everybody’s Talkin’
34) The Doobie Brothers – Nobody
35) The Doobie Brothers – Chicago
36) B.B. King & Van Morrison – If You Love Me
37) John Lee Hooker – T.B. Sheets
38) Elton John – Take Me To The Pilot
39) Jesse Edwin Davis – Big Dipper
40) Montrose – Rock Candy
41) Van Halen – Finish What Ya Started
42) Golden Smog – Love And Mercy
43) Randy Newman – Falling In Love
44) Joe Cocker – With A Little Help From My Friends
45) Gerry Rafferty – Right Down The Line
46) Bruce Springsteen – Hey Blue Eyes
47) Robert Ellis – Steady As The Rising Sun
48) James Carr – The Dark End Of The Street
49) Jason Isbell & Elizabeth Cook – Pancho & Lefty
50) Marvin Gaye – My Love Is Waiting