Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Dennis Rodman has his number retired

Dennis Rodman is our kind of guy.  I say that tongue in cheek as the gals in the office are not so sure.  Rodman was a Detroit Piston before he became a Chicago Bull and I believe he is one of the most underrated players in NBA history.  Now that the Bulls are tearing up the finals paying tribute to Dennis Rodman seemed appropriate and timely.

Sure, he's a weird guy and definitely walks to the beat of a different drum but you cannot deny his skill under the boards.  He was a rebounding machine and if you follow Pat Riley's three "R's"advice on how to win championships "rebound, rebound, rebound" Rodman was the guy to have on your team.

Just recently a Detroit Gentleman's Club retired his number and will hang it on the wall inside the club.  I  don't know how much money you have to spend at a club to have your number retired but if you know anything about  Rodman, I'm sure it was plenty.  Way to go Dennis!


Friday, April 15, 2011

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Monday, April 4, 2011

The grey jean option. . . !

Recently, we've been posting some important tips on choosing the best style of jean for the spring and summer. However, we tend to look at jeans as an item you can wear all year long and have a hard time believing that you need a huge wardrobe of jeans.

Granted there is a summer jean and a winter jean but that doesn't mean you're limited to one or the other based on the season. Summer jeans are definitely thinner by a couple of points so wearing them in the hot weather makes sense. But I wear winter jeans in warm weather, especially at night.

Gray jeans can easily be your go-to jean this summer as the trend for this color has become popular all over Europe and in London. In most cases they're more than a little worn and washed and you can get them in different weights so you can bring them out in the fall and winter. The beauty here is that gray goes with everything!

We have a complete jean report and you and it shows that you can easily wear almost any kind of footwear with gray jeans. I like a trendy sneaker or a carmel slip on with gray as its trendier than most things you would think to wear with jeans. You can also role up the cuffs and go on a day trip or off to the country.


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Tommy Ton in Paris

This year at Paris Fashion week, Tommy Ton has been on the loose capturing street scenes from the city of Lights. Ton is even more famous since I reported on him last year and he now shoots and assists style editors for fashion magazines, designers and big name stores and boutiques. Stylists pay him big bucks to capture real images from real people and then they design their clothing labels around fact and not a guess.

Every big fashion show has a special seat for Ton and he has improved his equipment to a $30,000 Hasselblad camera. Nice! Most photographers have to rent them but not Ton. He can afford the really good stuff.

Above you'll see some of what Paris Fashion Week looked like and what kind of street scenes Ton will photograph. Just about everything he shoots has people in the shot and all of us at Arrowsmith Shoes have been following Tom Ton for quite some time. We use his images to help in our buying so you get the 'what's-happening-now-look' and your wardrobe is up to date and stylish.

Stay tuned for more on Paris Fashion Week.


Monday, March 28, 2011

The Denim Guide. . .

Denim for men has gone the way of the 'skinny.' Well, sort of. I'm not a fan of skinny jeans for men but I have to say that some of these jeans are pretty nice and I can get used to the look depending on how you style them. These jeans really accentuate the footwear. This pair by J. Crew is one of the most reasonably priced, best-fitting selvage options on the market. Seriously, any guy looks studly in these and they can be dressed up or down just as easily. This is not a true skinny but a straight leg jean, which I like. $225 at J. Crew.

Winner for Best Name for a Fit Ever goes to denim obsessive Brandon Svarc of Naked & Famous. this jean is called the "WeirdGuy" which I don't really understand but what do I know. It's got a tapered leg with a little more give up top. Perfect if you like a skinny jean but still want to have kids one day. Not perfect if you're looking for something on the lighter side. These are jeans with some serious, 'bulletproofish' heft and they're priced at only $135. Here's a great style that looks fantastic with this jean.

The essential Montauk-y vacation jean without the baggy fit you generally associate with sandy locales. With just the right mix of holes and abrasions, this vintage wash is specifically perfect for the warmer months. And, yes, it's another you should flash a little ankle with I love this jean and it's only $69.00. I love this jean and it looks great with all kinds of casual footwear.

I hope you like some of these styles as I think you can easily fit them into your lifestyle.


Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Otis Redding - One very cool guy

Black History Month paid tribute to many past performing artists and their incredible contributions to the world. And, for anyone who's curious, cool and stylish was probably invented by the likes of Miles Davis, Sammy Davis Junior and just about anyone who went to the Cotton Club. Black History Month was started 80 years ago so Arrowsmith Shoes thought it would be cool to mention it here in the popular blog.

Style is a inner thing and cool is an observation by others. Some people think they're cool but those people are so obviously not cool that it just doesn't work at all. Some people are naturally cool and you can instantly tell by the large crowd of people that usually hang around them. The first thing you notice when you see someone is how they're dressed and the first impression you have of them is probably correct. You think cool or not cool. At least that's what I do.

Who was cooler than Otis Redding (above). He played music and had that voice and probably never worked a day job in his life. He looked cool and he dressed cool because he knew he was cool and it worked for him. He wasn't faking it. Tragically, on December 10, 1967 on a cold and foggy day, he was killed when a small airplane he was riding in crashed into Lake Mendota in Madison, Wisconsin killing him, his manager, the pilot and four members of his band. There was one survivor, Ben Cauley who was also a band member. Otis was 26 years old at the time. The plane crashed about 100 yards off shore and urban folklore that still lives today was that a brief case full of cash was never discovered. Even in death, Otis Redding was cool. Sitting on the dock of the bay was recorded three days before Redding died.

So in honor of Black History Month, all of us would like to give a nod and a toast to one of the coolest and most stylish person ever, Otis Redding.

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Monday, March 7, 2011

Spring styles for 2011

It's that time of year again and I have spring fever so bad I can hardly stand it and, as usual, I hate everything in my closet. This happens to me every year when the weather starts to get warmer and the days get longer.

Right about now I feel like changing my hair style or think about getting a tattoo and this is what happens to people when they live in a cold climate like Chicago. As much as I love the four seasons the winter doldrums hit me the hardest.

I do like my selection of ties this year as the trend didn't change too much from last year. Bright colorful ties were all over London Fashion Week and when I saw the Tommy Ton pics I was pleasantly surprised.. I have a lot of what is shown on the streets of London and I'm a huge fan of Tommy Ton. Plaid ties are cool and they're fun. You're not straying too far from the terminally dull styles of everyday men and you're not trying to shock even the trendy by wearing them You can wear a plaid tie almost anywhere and feel right at home.

What I saw this year is about a new generation of plaid ties that will add a refreshing hit of vibrant color to the suits you wear to the office week in and week out. The secret? Deeper, richer, darker colors. That's easy! Even if you don't have deeper richer colors softer tones will work perfect.

What I like about plaid ties is that you can wear a stylish colored shirt with pockets and casual trousers or you can wear them with jeans. If you dare, depending on the material of the tie, you can wear it under a vest with a three piece suit.

When you think of plaid try to make sure that plaid is plaid and let everyone know that its plaid. Let's see it. Ralph Lauren made a gazillion dollars with plaid and he ought to know style if anyone does, so wear plaid in all kinds of combinations.


Monday, February 14, 2011

The Value of Time

Arrowsmith Shoes and all of us in the CD (Creative Department) are followers of Positively Positive on Facebook. They always post fascintating articles and videos on everything positive along with interesting interviews with people who have overcome incredible odds and adversity. In these trying times, being positive is a great and important thing.

Here's a video that I think you will love and it keeps things in perspective, expecially if you're having a bad day.

Happy Valentines Day.


When a man loves a woman. . .

Hi everyone! When writing about Valentines Day I wanted to add my two cents in on the best and most romantic love story that was made into a movie. It should also be noted that when it comes to love stories Meg Ryan seems to be the woman everyone wants for the female lead. She's as cute as can be and just has that 'love story' quality that I enjoy in movies. If you think not too hard by the way you can rattle off some of the more romantic comedies she's been in. French Kiss, When Harry Met Sally, You've got mail and the list goes on and on.

I love this story and every woman who watches will love it to so guys, if you want a romantic movie to watch on Valentines day, rent this one.

The story revolves around Andy Garcia who's an airline pilot and his wife are forced to face the consequences of her alcoholism when her addictions threaten her life and their daughter's safety. While the Meg Ryan enters detox, her husband must face the truth of his enabling behavior. He loves her so much even with all her problems. I could cry just writing this blog.

If you want to surprise the woman you love with a dinner and a movie kind of night rent this movie and watch what happens.


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Love songs and . . . ,

This Monday is Valentines Day and for me personally, it's one for the record books. For some reason I've had three men in less than a week ask me out on dates and for me, that never happens. As a "non girly girl," I don't get asked out as much as I like because I always seem to attract men who are only interested in girly girls. By 'girly girl' I mean the lipstick, perfume wearing girls who get all dressed up to go to the health club. That isn't me. Not by a long shot!

I love to be romanced, however and my last boyfriend was very romantic and would sing songs and send me cards and flowers. We no longer date because he was transferred to Florida for his job after graduating and the long distance thing just didn't work very well. Actually, it didn't work at all.

One of the fun things I remember was that we used to play old love songs and create play list of love songs that we would put on a CD and listen to them in the car when taking love trips. We would sing them like we wrote them and the Paul McCartney song above was one of them. Listening to it now makes me sad and I hope the date I have likes musice. Nothing brings out love like a love song.


Friday, January 28, 2011

Save me a spot!

As taken from the repoters article in the Milwaukee Journal.

This job affords me some incredible opportunities. Being a member of the FOX 6 Sports team means I've been able to witness and report on events and people that many can only admire from a distance. I never take these situations for granted and sincerely appreciate being involved in whatever capacity each permits.

Monday marked just the most recent case as I had the unparalleled privilege to be a part of Aaron Rodgers charity event to benefit the MACC Fund, a charity towards eradicating childhood cancer and blood disorders.

Scattered throughout the crowd of rabid Packers aficionados, were the people who I consider the event's real MVPs. They are the families who've been forced to deal with one of life's toughest sentences - the loss of a child.

Those who sprung for the tickets were not disappointed. In a world where many athletes regurgitate canned and rehearsed responses, the Packers quarterback was refreshingly candid. Aaron addressed a number of topics with in-depth, honest reaction - even some that if reprinted and mass distributed might raise some eyebrows.
Aaron stressed the importance of availability and accountability. In his opinion, it is a player's responsibility to attend all of the team activities as they are all intended to better the team as a whole. And then, similarly, he addressed the importance of taking the heat/criticism when one falls short of expectations and duties.

He is never nervous to take the field. Aaron is supremely confident in the preparation he's put in during the week leading up to Sunday's match up. The way the 2009 season ended was disappointing, but his self-confidence was not affected by the outcome. One of the toughest realizations was that that combination of players would never take the field together again. He likened the team to a family and admitted that conflict can and does occasionally exist, but they try to handle such situations with maturity and civility.

He talked music and his love for tunes at a young age revealing that his mom used to sing and play lullabies and country music when he was a child. Aaron's record label Suspended Sunrise is a product of this passion, but also a contingency plan for life after football. His favorite song is Ben Harper's 'Forever' and he's envious of John Mayer's guitar skills though not his tabloid reputation. He appreciated my affinity for Keith Urban, but gave the audience a thumbs-down when I mentioned fellow country crooner Kenny Chesney.

His favorite book is The Bible and he tries to read it every day, not just when life's challenges and struggles surface.

His favorite movie is The Princess Bride which he admits he's caught flack for but says he and his childhood friends can recite every line from the film and it is simply a great story.

Rodgers' answers to questions on this night were certainly admirable. And I honestly didn't think I could respect Aaron more. But I was wrong.

My friend, the father of that young girl who passed, was there that night. He was one of several attendees brought up on stage where he caught a football thrown by the quarterback of the Green Bay Packers.

He asked Aaron to sign the football he'd caught. He wondered if he'd make it out to his daughter. It isn't shocking that Rodgers obliged. What caught me off guard was the dedication he made. It wasn't until after Aaron left that I first saw the autograph.. and the simple yet sweet message that brought tears to this father's eyes:

"To Cheri the angel. Save me a spot. - Aaron Rodgers"

I hope that Packers fans realize how lucky they are to have such an upstanding young man leading their team on the field every weekend. I hope they appreciate the challenges that were thrust upon him and acknowledge the maturity with which he handled them. I hope they stand behind the kid and respect him not only for his incredible talent, but for his intelligence and honesty, poise and compassion.

My job has afforded me the chance to watch Aaron Rodgers play football for the last few seasons. But I am truly thankful for the opportunity to see the other side of this impressive young man. And pass on some of what I witnessed to you.
Go pack!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Black Cordovan's on sale!

These Black Cordovan shoes by Mezlan have been marked down as low as they can go. Mezlan is one of our top selling brands and to have a show like this go on sale is a buying opportunity you shouldn't pass up.

An excellent dress shoe, Mezlan is known for quality and style and Arrowsmith Shoes has sold this brand name for years for those two basic reason.

You don't have to be an executive to wear this shoe just someone who is used to the finner things in life or at least wants and looks for the very best.



Next up will be an article on the survey that we held and what top brands and looks you should have for spring.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Don't punt to Devin Hester. . . !

The Green Bay Packers have devised and tested the ideal solution to stopping dangerous punt returners such as the Chicago Bears’ Devin Hester.

Just don’t punt, at all!

It worked perfectly in their playoff rout of Atlanta but I don't think the weather conditions is going to allow that happen. Hester will be able to ramble and run free with the multiple punt return chances he's going to have because the Bears defense is very good and it's freek'n cold out there today. The weather will affect him less than anyone else, although, this is strictly my opinion. But it's game day and I'm pumped. . . ! I have friends coming over and this is going to be fun.

Speedy agile guys always have the advantage when it comes to poor field conditions and Hester is one dangerous weapon the Bears have. We were talking about this the other day in the creative department of Arrowsmith Shoes and trying to count how many times a special teams player made a difference in the outcome of a big game or any game for that matter. I personally could not remember any player or game where this happened but I could recall many games where a field goal kicker won the game with no time left on the clock. But a field goal kicker is not a special teams player.

Hester is wicked good and that means the Packers’ special teams will once again have their hands full with him Hester is the NFL’s career leader in combined punt and kick returns for touchdowns with 14.

In a recent interview from one punt returner to another, Green Bay’s Tramon Williams is impressed.

“Natural ability,” he said. “From watching film, everything Hester does is great. He has the vision and the ability, everything. … Coach said he’s the best ever, so I feel the same way.”

Indeed, Packers coach Mike McCarthy called Hester the “best player on their football team” before playing the Bears in the regular season finale — a significant statement, given the fact that defensive end Julius Peppers and linebackers Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs anchor the Bears’ defense.

I think that in order for the Packers to hold true their plan of not punting at all during the game they had better leave their punter in Green Bay so as to not be tempted. If you don't bring him the option is no longer there.

Go Bears!


Friday, January 21, 2011

Milan's Fall Fashion Week 2011

Milan Fall 2011 Fashion week went off without a hitch and if you saw the images I wold have to say that the looks for men can only be described as "awesome". In this industry, everything is always six months out but you get the previews now.

In their first full season since joining the venerable shoe brand, Brits Graeme Fidler and Michael Herz dug deep into the 150-year-old shoe brand's archives to translate it for the modern world. The resulting collection worked well, mainly because of the way its incredible accessories — the new versions of the top-of-the-range Scribe shoe; large, the yet functional luggage — worked with Bally's clothing, which was sophisticated but did not try to steal the show. Reversible wool pea coats, robust knitwear and luxury suede parkas put the emphasis firmly on function, while the red of the Swiss flag punctured the palette of grays and browns.

Fidler and Herz subtly re-establishing Bally as a Swiss brand by adding the word Switzerland in tiny gilt lettering under its logo on leather bags. These little touches are bold and confident step in pace with the new era of the brand Read more.

This looks for fall also seemed somewhat random as a little bit of this and a little bit of that all came together in one look. I like that in some ways but in others it appears as though I'm trying to hard to be fashionable. I'm a little more conservative when I get dressed ans some of the wacky fashions from Versace are way to out there for me. Armani was incredible, as usual. You get to be a billionaire fashion designer because nobody likes your stuff.

Shoes and boots looked amazing and so useful. I saw multiple styles that would look fantastic with jeans or dressed up for work. When you look at fashion designers today, they believe that men are looking for something interesting to wear, or a new twist on the old styles. I can't argue that point of view as I get tired of my closet and wish for a new more interesting look.

Fall is the best time for fashion in my opinion. It's easier to wear nice items and it's not so hot and sticky. I look forward to picking up a few new pieces of fall 2011 when the time arrives.

Go Bears!


Thursday, January 20, 2011

Javier Bardeem

It's award season! Do you know how I know this? Every week there's a new awards show honoring anyone and everyone who's ever acted in television, movies, commercials, music videos, Broadway, a school play, YouTube videos, and anything where someone watched someone else do something and that's just the USA. Trip across the pond and there's ten more awards show you've never even heard of, except for Cannes. If you were an average actor you would be busy the entire year just going to awards ceremonies where people love to honor you for.

Yes, I'm all wound up about this because it drives me crazy. Don't even get me started on reality TV. The housewives of anywhere send me right over the edge. To me these shows pass over the really talented people who actually deserve to be recognized like - Javier Bardem.

This is one crazy good actor and if you saw the movie "No Country for Old Men", you know exactly what I mean. He's been up for best everything anytime he makes a movie and is in big demand when serious roles are called for. I've never seen him do a comedy so I can't speak for him on that.

I like Bardem because he's cool, a little controversial, and married to Penelope Cruz. He's always well dressed and stylish and although he doesn't consider himself an actor: he considers himself a worker. Hmmm! Ok! what do I know. Bardem didn't really make it big in Hollywood until 2000 and spent all of his acting career in Europe winning dozens of awards. It wasn't until John Malkovich approached Bardem in 1997 to do a movie that anyone even heard of Bardem in the U.S. Bardem tunred down the role because he couldn't speak English. He was then approached for several more leads in Hollywood and Bardem decide to learn to speak English as well as dropping thirty pounds.

In 2008 "No Country for Old Men" won Bardem an Oscar for best supporting actor and the rest is history. Those freaky eyes from that movie made me buy the poster and frame for my movie room. I had to have it.


Thursday, January 13, 2011

Philipe Petit

1974 wasn't that long ago but this amazing photograph of Philipe Petit tight rope walking across the World Trade Center towers looks like it was taken back in the 1800's.

I only bring this up because several nights ago I was working late at my home office and I was looking for a little diversion. I channel surfed the OnDemand section and stumbled upon a movie/documentary called Man on Wire. I read the intro and it looked interesting and when I turned it on my work ended and I was glued to the TV. All I have to say is "big cahones" because after watching this show there isn't a chance in hell I would have ever done what this crazy guy did. Wow! But as it turned out he's really not that crazy. He's just wicked good at tight rope walking.

His name is Philipe Petit and I won't soon forget it. Petit was born in France in 1949 and was obsessed with tight rope walking even as a child. He perfected the art early on and when he heard that the World Trade Center Towers were going to be built in New York he started to plan the walk between them before they even broke ground. Petit had walked the towers of Notre Dame and some towers in Sydney, Australia while the Trade Center towers were being built. Now that's determination and it was later called "the artistic crime of the century."

It took him six years to secretly plan this "coup" as he likes to call it and after watching the show you will discover why it took him that long. This was not an easy thing to do and not get caught. Some of the actual footage that was shot made you dizzy and all of the people he had to have help him each had a job to do in this event. All of them knew they were going to be arrested at the end but this was Petit's vision and he didn't care.

They had to use a bow and arrow to shoot fishing line from one tower to the other and gradually increased the thickness of the rope to eventually pull across 450 pounds of steal cable and securely fasten it from one brace on the tower to the other. they had to create a fake business with fake invoices to get past security and on August 7, 1974 he walked his way to fame. The cross balancing bar weighed in at 50 pounds and on the walk Petit did some tricks on the wire to the amazement of hundreds of spectators in the street. One woman's job was to get spectators to look up from the street. (Why do the act if nobody sees it, right?)

As it turned out Petit was arrested but all charges were dropped if he performed a circus type show for kids in New York, which he graciously did. He later became famous for his walk and actually made the towers famous and is credited for getting office space rented as before the walk they were having problems filling the space. He was then given a life time pass to the towers observatory platform and actually signed a beam near the location where he crossed.

Great story and I highly recommend it.


Monday, January 10, 2011

Dress well. . . Live better!

It isn't hard to dress well if you change how you think and really care about how you look. Dressing well isn't about spending a ton of money on the very best designer clothing but is that who you really are? Nobody in the real world gives a hoot about that. I know some people who do that but even they don't need to.

Dressing well and looking good has many variables to it. Billionaire investor Warren Buffet says the he can make a great suit look cheap and I know he has a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor but the statement can ring true none the less. His buying off the rack is more about his charming personality than anything else and he's capitalizing on that. Good for him!

Keeping physically fit and eating right has a lot to do with how you look even if you have inexpensive clothing. There isn't a slight of hand magic trick to eating right and getting some exercise. There has to be ten thousand books written on this subject. Get off the couch, put on your athletic shoes and go for a walk. If it's cold outside, no big deal, dress a little warmer.

When Arnold Schwarzenegger was competing in body building he had one simple rule of thumb for losing weight. Eat 500 calories less per day and burn 500 calories per day from exercise and you will lose weight. His favorite exercise for losing weight was "push aways" Push-away from the table that is! It's a very simple formula and he ought to know.

Buying the right clothing to fit your body is a great way to wear clothing better. Do not buy clothing to fit the way you "want to look" after your weight loss. Unfortunately, that never works out very well and unless your seriously committed to getting healthy you just wasted your money. Weight loss takes time and no matter how many adds you see on this topic Arnold has it right: push aways work the best and the average person with exercise is only going to lose about five to six pounds a month at the most. Practice looking good while you drop the weight.

At Arrowsmith Shoes we help our clients all the time with some of these issues but being a better shopper isn't hard to do at all. Shop often and buy smarter is what we tell our clients. think of ways to incorporate many looks from a few quality items. A great jacket and nice shoes are a great place to start.


Monday, January 3, 2011

What article of clothing is the most important for you

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Joeseph Altuzarra: Designer

Every so often a designer comes along with enough skill to charm editors, enough charm to seduce socialites, and enough good sense—for both hemlines and bottom lines—to make you believe he just might stay a while. Introducing: Joseph Altuzarra

In the five seasons since he launched his namesake collection, Joseph Altuzarra’s carefully constructed, unabashedly body-conscious clothes have been embraced by such disparate icons as socialite Lauren Santo Domingo and pop star Rihanna. Though the Paris-born, New York–based designer interned at Marc Jacobs and landed his first real design job under Riccardo Tisci at Givenchy, his most obvious influence is Tom Ford during the glam Gucci years. The result of his careful study? The sex goddess is returning to a runway near you.

As is typical with the night owl generation, Altuzarra works odd hours and has his most creative ideas between 2 and 4 am. Ouch!

Here's a portion of an interview he recently gave to Robert Haskel of W Magazine.

It’s 7 p.m. and you’re having a coffee. I’m drawing tonight, and I have a weird schedule when I draw. I end around 5 a.m. I really can’t work during the day.

But it’s a Friday night, and you’re a 27-year-old fashion designer. Shouldn’t you be out doing cocaine or something scandalous?I’m afraid of drugs. I honestly think that with our generation—Alex Wang, Prabal Gurung, Jason Wu, Christian Cota, Robert Geller—there’s a different expectation of what our behavior should be. People expect designers to be good businesspeople and PR people, and I don’t think partying is a part of that persona the way it used to be.

A stylist friend of mine described your clothes as “whorish.” That’s funny. It’s important not to take all this fashion stuff too seriously, and I kind of love the idea of cheesiness. But, yes, the clothes are definitely for a woman, not a girl. They’re in the vein of Azzedine Ala├»a.
You didn’t go to design school, but you’re clearly educated. Does that give you an inferiority complex or a superiority complex? When I started in fashion after studying art history at Swarthmore, I definitely had an inferiority complex, because I didn’t learn about any of the technical stuff. The best and the worst thing about fashion is that anyone can do it. But because fashion can be the most unintellectual thing, you have to turn it into an intellectual exercise just for your own sanity. You have to start with a conceit.

Do you feel that the socialites who like your dresses have put you on the map?Whether it’s Lauren Santo Domingo or Mary J Blige or Carine Roitfeld, it would be dumb of me to say that famous people wearing my clothes doesn’t do anything for the brand. Let me say this, though: I’m aware that many people are not wearing them because they like them but because they think it’s what’s hot right now. I’m comfortable with the idea that I’m the flavor of the moment and that in a couple of years people might not think I’m cool anymore.


Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Look cool on a budget

Online and store customers ask us this question all the time. “How do is make myself look better on a budget?” We get it and understand the concern. Here are some tips that every man should know for looking great on a budget.

1. Wear more color I’ve mentioned this in other articles--a great way to liven up your look is to incorporate more color into your wardrobe. Perhaps this is just a matter of wearing a brightly colored shirt under a v-neck sweater, or sporting a new shirt or sweater. Adding color will liven up otherwise dull neutral tones. But the most important thing is to wear color near your face since that is where it will have the most impact and keep you from looking washed out.

2. Seek Out a New Pair of Glasses/Sunglasses Glasses are a great way to express yourself and adding a nice but inexpensive pair adds a great deal to your look, even on a budget. The interesting thing about glasses is that you could simply be wearing jeans and a t-shirt, but with the right glasses you suddenly look fashion savvy.

3. Treat Yourself to One or Two Super Pieces Throw out the old and bring in a few new pieces that look great and go with a wide assortment of items. If you can possibly afford it, I believe in buying one or two great pieces that will really keep you looking stylish. This may be a cool sport coat, a leather jacket or an awesome pair of jeans that really show off your assets.

4. Sport a Snappy Belt Accessorize! Accessorize! Accessorize! Take a page from women here guys and add a belt or a new tie, anything that adds a nice touch but doesn’t break the bank.

5. Avoid Tattered Looking Shoes. Never, ever, ever wear torn or tattered shoes. Period! I’m not just saying that because we work at Arrowsmith Shoes. This is a fashion fact. Buy a nice pair of shoes or two and watch your attitude change. They don't need to be $500+ just a few great pairs that you love.

6. Get a Groovy watch I have a friend who has a thing for watches. He likes to match them with what he is wearing, and he doesn’t spend a lot of money on them either. Since men don’t have many options when it comes to jewelry, this is a great way to express yourself as well as liven up your look. You can buy fun watches for under $100. Sure, it’s not a Rolex but you probably have an iPhone so what do you need a $15,000 for?

I hope this helps.


Friday, December 3, 2010

Goodbye Ron Santo!

I was saddened today to wake up today and hear the news that Ron Santo had passed away. I'm a Cubs fan like the rest of the world and this is news that cuts to the heart.

The Cubs and Chicago will deeply miss him as he is as much a part of Chicago Cubs baseball as anyone in recent history. What also saddens me is that he is equally known as a tragic figure from suffering terribly with diabetes as well as being denied a worthy entry into the hall of fame. I don't kn0w how the Hall of Fame committee votes on those matters but to be passed over time and time again means that he was at least considered but I know that he was depressed he was never selected.

I think tonight I'll toast him on his journey and count my blessings.


Thursday, December 2, 2010

Can't resist: LeBron James

LeBron James shows his face in Cleveland tonight on his new team the Miami Heat and from everything flying around the Internet and the sports blogs, James is going to be in for a rough landing, at least at the introductions. After that, I'm sure the fans will settle down and the game will go on uneventful. Remember, the hype of an event is always worse than the actual event.

I for one will watch the game even though I lost all interest in the NBA years ago and I'm sure after the first quarter, I will turn it off or switch to something else. Like a test pattern or something.

However, I must join in on the fray of dissenters with regards to LeBron James and cast my opinion like a sloppy mud ball in his direction as well as all his handlers. Spppplattttt!

His incredible rise to the top using his sold-his-soul-to-the-devil talent is only equalled by his incredible tumble to the bottom. Here's a guy who was loved and respected by the world and in one incredibly stupid and selfish move, (which he and his buddies orchestrated) ruined all the hard work and previous achievements. I was stunned and I'm still stunned. I was rooting for him and now I have a sour tasting mud ball in my mouth. Yuck! "Iwant to take my talents to South Beach" in the hopes of winning a championship. People tend to forget that James has been to the NBA finals twice with Cleveland. It seems to me that Cleveland had the talent to win a Championship. But what do I know.

Not only that, he's become, of all things, a whiner and has started pointing the finger at others including his coach and has even lowered himself to answering Twitter posts from people who don't like him. Seriously! C'mon man! He needs a world class publicist who could teach him a few things. The hate mail is piling up in bags at the post office and the inbox for the Heat website is at the gigabite limit.

The Cav's are going to gear up for this game and beat the Heat at home and the fans will go wild. The sad part is, James won't care because he will have gotten his points and to him that's all that matters because this way he can blame someone else.


Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Mad Men cool!

I rarely watch television! I actually dislike immensely and I feel a lot smarter because I don't watch television. Some people would say that I'm happy in my ignorance but I beg to differ. I would rather read than watch. Plus, I don't like commercials.

I do however watch Mad Men when I have the chance as I can download it late at night and skip the commercials. I really like the characters in this show. Hard drinking, chain smoking womanizers who appear to be lonely even standing in a crowd. These guys are cool and rarely laugh or even crack a smile. Cool guys don't need to laugh or smile, they're to busy brooding and being cool, even the logo is cool. Actually, the logo is brilliant. The lead Character's name is Don Draper! Seriously, how cool is that! The women on the show are cool and whoever crafted all these characters did a hell of a job capturing the era of Madison Avenue Ad execs and the women who work with them: Mad Men! I even love the the name and how they came about it.

These are creative guys in the highly competitive market of advertising in New York and they drink and smoke all day long. Every office has a bar and they make use of it. Creative people struggling for accounts in an era where television, magazines and radio ruled the advertising world. We're creative people here in the Creative Department of Arrowsmith Shoes and we struggle all the time. It's the nature of the beast. However, we don't drink Scotch all day and none of us smoke. And, nobody is sleeping with anyone who works here either, at least I don't think anyway.

When watching the show you get the impression that the entire business is about reputation and appearances. They dress impeccably and when you see the actors when they put their feet up on the desk they all wear this type of shoe. Always in suits, they work their skills in the office or at the bar where picking up the tab goes with the territory. Getting the client drunk is a forgone conclusion and holding your liquor is a badge of honor.

Some of my favorite quotes from Mad Men:

"Fear stimulates my imagination"

"Get out of here and keep moving forward as this never happened. It will shock you how much this never happened."

"Adding money and education doesn't take the rude edge out of people."

The women are secretaries working in a mans world and the actresses play the roles perfectly. They struggle for love, acceptance and happiness at a lower level where the glass ceilings of today didn't exist.

If you like creative television then I highly recommend Mad Men.


Muhammed Ali: The greatest of all time!

As a self promoter, nobody and I mean nobody, does it better than Muhammad Ali. He's one of my all time favorite sports figures and general personalities. He cracks me up too and when I saw him light the torch at the Olympics Opening Ceremony I was saddened by his illness but not his spirit.

As far as his successes go, he's way up there at the top of any ones list for accomplishments and if you read his biography you would certainly agree. Like athletes and celebrities of any kind, Elvis, Michael Jackson, Michael Jordan, even Tiger Woods to name a few, every once in a while someone comes along that pushes the envelope of stardom, skill and achievement where the bar is raised so high it appears that no one will knock them off. At least not in our lifetime. Muhammad is one of those people and he's still draws a huge crowd wherever he goes.

Quietly generous and can barely utter a sound now he is one of the most recognizable people in the world and it suits him perfectly. Muhammad Ali understands his place in the world and in history and although he had is personal ups and downs he always stayed calm and handled it. Things are different than they are now and he was the reason I watched heavy weight boxing. do they even have heavy weight boxing anymore? I have no idea who the champ is. Now they have that crazy Ultimate Fighter and that just doesn't interest me at all.

We've been having discussions about sports stars since Derek Jeter and LeBron James keep making headlines and it made us wonder what happened to all the fun guys like Ali, McEnroe, Pete Rose and Mike Tyson. Like I always say about Tyson, you have to admire a guy who can squander a half billion dollars.


Monday, November 29, 2010

Derek Jeter: Free Agent

As much as I don't want to I'm compelled to throw my paltry two pennies into the fray regarding Derek Jeter and his demand for $23 million per season to come back to the NY Yankee's in 2011. He's a free agent now and the negotiations have started but as of this writing no other team has shown any interest in him. I know it's early and several teams would love to have a guy like that but he doesn't want to go anywhere else. His legacy (unlike Brett Favre who apparently doesn't understand the meaning of the word) is with the Yankee's. The Yankee's want to pay him $13 million per season and the two are pretty far apart in the early stages and tempers are flaring.

Hmmmm! Now don't get me wrong, I like Derek Jeter. As far as an athlete goes he is a class act and a first round Hall of Fame player for sure, but, he's a 37 year old base hitter and had a terrible year last year and he's not the first name you think of when you think about the Yankee's. Of course, Jeter doesn’t see it that way, which is why the gulf between him and the Yankees remains so wide. He considers himself a generational superstar, the Michael Jordan of baseball, an integral part of five championship seasons and he as clean as a sports superstar can get. However, lets not forget that the Yankee's have paid Jeter $205 million in the past ten years so they know he's worth the money.

Jeter has two or three years left, tops to play at his own set of high standards for calibre of play but age and history are ganging up on him fast. He's in decline and the Yankee's know it. When you hit 40 everything goes to hell in a hurry.

Jeter is great and everyone knows it but $15 million is all he's going to get. I'm not sure he can live on that. It's $92, 500+ per game! Poor bastard!