Monday, August 22, 2011

And the first of the fleece from thy sheep.



It is no secret that I love Brooks Brothers, nor is it secret my love for the work of Thom Browne. As such one can easily image my feeling for Brooks Brothers Black Fleece Collection.

The new Fall collection is so perfect I could not help but share a few choice looks.  Camel hair, flannel, wool and cable knit...these are a few of my favourite things
It is honestly almost unholy how much I love these outfits, everything about them is perfect. Of these three looks the shawl collar cardigan with toggle closures is easily at the top of my want list.
The rain coat at left and navy blazer in the middle are just below the cardigan on aforementioned list. The outfit at right so reminds me of old pictures of my grandfather, it is straight out of the 50's...done to perfection.
These women's looks are absolutely stunning. All three outfits are sexy yet professional. I would love to see my wife in any...alright, in all of these looks.
And how great are these looks? I love the navy dress with gold buttons at right. Again, my wife + these looks = amazing.

Best,
Brion

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Sunday morning classics.


Another lovely late summer Sunday morning is upon us and it is time again for a Sunday morning classic. After last weeks selection (have a look, er..listen here) and theme based on classical music in cartoons I wanted to continue the idea.

As the last post focused on shows from my youth, I wanted to edge forward in time a bit this morning...somewhat. The piece for this morning is from M.A.S.H., which incidentaly debuted the year I was born (I implore you not to look it up...or do the math), one of my favourite shows of all time. I still watch it whenever its in the tv schedule. This beautiful bit of music was used quite a bit through the shows finale, the absolute best last episode of a series ever. Anyone familiar with the show will already know that Winchester was involved, anyone familiar with the final episode will already know which classical piece it is.

So, without any further ado I give you Mozart's Clarinet Quintet in A Major, Allegro.


Best,
Brion

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

I still won't run for the cause.


Last year I was asked by my wife's law firm to design the team shirts for a run they were participating in. Afterword I wrote a post about it, I won't run for the cause but I will design for it.

After the success of last years shirt they asked me to design a new one for a race they did this year and I was of course flattered to be asked again. The race this year was the Race Judicata, a race done primarily by those in the legal field. One small caveat, when working with a law firm there tends to be a fair amount of mediation during and about the design process.

My lovely wife Kristina was once again kind enough to model my design and once again we did the shoot at the marina...what? It's my favourite place in Chicago to take pictures.


The day of the race it was really quite hot so they had to downgrade it to a walk. My vantage point for the race..walk..whatever, was not great but at least I was in a shaded area (trust me, it was very hot, very humid and very sunny).

Here is a large part of the firm, see how nicely the yellow stands out...thank you very much.
Here is the boss and his wife and daughter.
And Kristina at the finish line, way to go sweetheart.


Best,
Brion

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Long live the King.


Good afternoon (again),

34 years ago today Elvis Aaron Presley passed away (8 Jan. 1935 - 16 Aug. 1977), after being reminded of this I would be remiss not to honour his memory. Born into  a poor white family in Tupelo, Mississippi Elvis broke just about every mold he was expected to follow to eventually become the King of Rock and Roll.

So, in honour of the man I decided to share my two favourite recordings of his. First off my alltime favourite Elvis song, That's Alright Momma, the song that really began his ascent to stardom.


Next up is the song that always makes me think about my wife, Stuck On You.



"Brion has left the building."

From the desk of JFK.


Good Afternoon,

Perhaps I should rather say "the" desk of JFK. I have always been an admirer of JFK, the man, the president, the husband and the father. One of the best ways, in my humble opinion, to get to know a person is to take a look at the items they keep close.

While doing a little research the other day on the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum site I came across a wonderful section, a look at JFK's presidential desk (click HERE). The section is interactive so you can click on a few of the items and get some back story on them, in some cases personal videos, audio bites, etc. My personal favourite is the scrimshaw piece.

I also wanted to mention how much I loved Kennedy's oval office. The personal touches are wonderful, especially the model boats he displayed and the two Harvard chairs that flanked the desk. One is the chair he had while attending Harvard and the other was a gift from the school. This definitely looks better than President Obama's office (as seen in a post I did last year "The new (taupe) face of a grand old office"). Enjoy.

Best,
Brion

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Sunday Morning Classics.


Good Morning,

Welcome to another morning with classical music. It dawned on me the other day while watching T.V. that we are exposed to some of the most beautiful pieces of music everyday in the things we watch (well, not everything, one can only imagine the swill they play on Jersey Shore).

I started wondering how early we are exposed in this way, so I began looking back into my childhood and found something quite surprising. The classical music first showed up in cartoons, in The Smurfs as a matter of fact. More surprisingly was just how of the music was in the cartoon. Click here to see all the pieces used (scroll down to section 4).

So without further ado, allow me to present Gargamel's theme song, Franz Schubert's Symphony No.8 in B minor (Unfinished), First movement, Allegro Moderato.

 


Best,
Brion

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Wisdom from the 100 Acre Wood.


Good Morning,

I can't explain why exactly but I have always felt a very deep connection to the stories of Winnie The Pooh, especially to the wisdom therein. As a matter of fact one of the nicknames I have for my cat Loki is "Pooh Bear".

The lessons and teachings in the stories are simple and pure, they show people how to be good to one another, how to help when you can, how to take a minute and think about what you do and ultimately how to be a decent person.

One could do much worse than to learn a few thing from a silly old bear and his friends.

Best,
Brion

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

This Pinteresting Gentleman.


If you are unfamiliar with Pinterest please take this as your chance to get acquainted. Pinterest lets you "Pin" all the images that inspire you (or items you want to remember) into a virtual compendium if you will. You arrange everything into whatever categories you want in whatever fashion you like, and you can even share your interests with others.

For designers this is a great tool for keeping track of things we want to remember, images for mood boards and the like.

So, if you are looking to cut down on all the random saved websites in your favourites folder and want to be inspired by others and share what inspires you go have a look. You can have a look at my page here. Happy pinning.

Best,
Brion
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