2011 was a tough year. Tough for the world, tough for the American people, tough on many of my friends and family. And tough for me, personally.
I see a lot of top 10 lists this time of year. Top ten albums, top 10 movies, top 10...anything really. So I wanted to do a little top 10 of my own. I wanted to do something honest, and real looking back at a difficult year.
Some of these are from my personal life. Some are cultural events or happenings. All offer a glimmer of hope that shone through from a arduous year, and taught me something.
#10 - Reflection is Important
The first time I heard this song I truly thought my heart was going to stop working. It didn't. Which I'm glad for.
#9 - Sometimes Nuance Can be Triumphant
I don't watch sports. I have never seen a women's soccer game in my life. I am American, Yuko is Japanese. We decided to watch the Women's World Cup finals between the USA and Japan one Sunday morning.
It was stunning. 11 five foot Japanese women played chess against a stick of dynamite for 2 hours. Clear through the penalty kicks that decided the victor, neither team was willing to abandon their lifetime of cultural training.
One Smith family holiday tradition I look forward to all year long is going out into the Northern California woods and cutting down a Christmas tree.
Every trip out into the forest offers something different. Some years are warm and sunny, others muddy and cold, we have had waist deep snow that makes every tree look 4 feet tall.
This year was prefect, a little snow, not too cold, sun breaking through the pines just enough to warm things up. We got an awesome tree that I'm sure led to an awesome Christmas. (plus my nieces found a spine, and bear poop)
The rumor is true, Smith Brand Bow Ties has decided to celebrate Christmas 2011 with a pair of holiday bow ties. One red, one blue, both totally awesome.
We are only making 12 of each tie (you know, those 12 days of Christmas). When they are gone, they are gone. Think about that would you, only 11 other people in the entire universe (theoretically) will own the same tie as you.
I'm pretty confident in saying that by purchasing this tie, you will never run into another person at a Christmas party wearing the same tie and think, "This is really awkward, we are wearing the exact same bow tie."
To make matters even sweeter, we are offering this tie at $40! Plus free shipping worldwide! Can you believe it? I can already feel the mob of bow tie shoppers about to bust down our door Wal Mart style. But you know what? This is the kind of thing we would like to do for our awesome community this time of year.
So let's recap:
1- Two awesome super short run bow ties
2- 50% off
3- Free shipping any where in the world
4- 100% chance of looking handsome
What more could you ask for? Get over there before they are all gone. Also, these ties will look dynamite all year-round, so don't think you are limiting yourself to a bow tie that can only be worn once a year.
If you have missed the previous subtle hints, CLICK HERE to go to the bow tie shop.
*if you are hoping to receive this tie before Christmas, consider ordering it before December 16th. I would.
Over the past few months we have had a lot of interest from ladies around the world regarding women's bow ties. Some are interested in softer more feminine ties, others inquire about ordering our men's products in a smaller size.
So today, we are pleased to announce the launch of Smith Brand for Her. A small collection of cozy wool bow ties made for women.
The bow tie, as an object, is very masculine, these ties take that edge off and a allow for a bit of stylistic crossover.
So any ladies out there that have been wanting to give this look a shot, now is your chance. And gentlemen, don't be shy, I would, and will wear every one of these ladies ties (especially that Mint Chip!).
*I hold no guarantees that by purchasing a ladies bow tie will you look as fabulous as the lady in the above photos, sorry.
I finally got around to watching Tom Ford's film, A Single Man. I watch a lot of film, and see a ton of fashion from day to day, and I really struggled to find the separation here.
The big issue I had was that of the "costumes". Good costume design in film needs to be more than beautiful clothing. It needs to support the characters, help tell their story and build their personal narrative. George Falconer's suits did not tell me anything about him. Did not say sad, lonely, depressed, and unfortunately it never crossed my mind that he was a professor.
I love Tom Ford's clothing, both men's and women's. I thought this movie was nice. I reccomend watching it. But it does come across as a 99 minute Tom Ford runway show more than it does a piece of cinema.
Check it out for yourself, let me know what you think...
The Solutions Foundation is a Las Vegas based non profit focused on drug and alcohol prevention and awareness for teens and young adults. Once a year they have a fundraiser to gather and thank their supports and build community awareness. This years event was an enormous success, I'm sure somewhat to do with the presence of a few Smith Brand Bow Ties.
All Joking aside, The Solutions Foundation is doing some really incredible work in the Las Vegas valley. To find out more or to get involved, check out www.solutions-foundation.org