5 Hats for August

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Heading into balmy August (it’s right around the corner!), here are five easy summer hat styles to keep the sun out of your eyes on warm afternoons in the park, on the beach, on vacation, or in your own backyard.
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These Ecuadorian hats are made with tremendous care, woven from the leaves of the toquilla palm at night-time only, to protect the material from the sweat of the workers making them. The hats have a long and colorful history that includes cameos from Teddy Roosevelt (who wore one while visiting the Panama Canal), and a slew of stars from both past and present, including Ernest Hemingway, Jon Hamm, and Diane Kruger.

  1. Madewell + Biltmore Panama hat, $58
  2. Metal-accented Panama hat, $42
  3. Clyde pinch Panama hat, $248

IMAGE:  Sincerely, Jules photographed by Temoc Gonzalez.
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Did you know that the bowler hat—and not what we recognize as the traditional cowboy hat—is what was known as the “hat the won the West”? It wasn’t until the 1860s, when John Batterson Stetson created the very first cowboy hat, that the modern iteration was born. (For inspiration on keeping cowboy hats current, visit Refinery29, here.)

  1. Straw cowboy hat, $19.95
  2. Palm Straw cowboy hat, $29.95
  3. Mixed braid cowboy hat, $28

IMAGE:  Arizona Muse photographed by Craig Arend.
 

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Elegant and ultra-feminine, the wide-brim floppy hat is perfect for days when there’s not a cloud in the sky. Wear one with a dress and sandals (or just a bathing suit or a beach cover-up) for instant polish.

  1. Terrain Newport hat, $68
  2. Serena Straw Floppy Hat, $38
  3. Floppy hat, $22.94

 IMAGE: Blair Eadie of Atlantic-Pacifc, photographed by Bess Friday for Who What Wear.

 
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Traditionally a men’s hat, the boater is made of stiff straw and comes encircled in ribbon. Best known in the past as a political accessory or as part of school uniforms, the boater has been making a unisex fashion comeback as of late—Forever21, Urban Outfitters, and ASOS have all thrown their respective hats (sorry, couldn’t help it) in the ring.

  1. Straw Boater Hat, $22.86
  2. Black straw boater, $30
  3. Straw Roll Brim Boater, $13.34

IMAGE: Amy Nelson on Chictopia.

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Baseball caps date back to the mid 1800s, and were designed to shield players’ eyes from harsh sunlight. They’re still worn on the field today, but non-athletes can get in on the fun, too, with patterns and prints and a variety of textures (chambray or straw in the summer, wool or felt in the winter).
  1. Chambray baseball cap, $34.50
  2. Polka-dot cap, $29
  3. Cotton baseball cap, $88

IMAGE: Sara Strand photographed by Janka Polliani.

[Top image: Photo by Kara Rosenlund via Design*Sponge]

P.S. This summer’s perfect Summer Sandals? (Though these are probably still my all-time favorites.)

Many thanks to Shoko for her help with this post, and to Lily for the graphics.

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Bright and Bold Necklaces for summer

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I love the look of a fun necklace with a simple summer tank or tee. It’s a way to layer without raising the temperature! And they pack more easily than a change of clothes.
Here are some to toss in your suitcase…

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The one that I’m wearing up top (number 6) is one of eight exclusive summer necklaces created by BRIKA makers that was sent to me to try. If you’d like one, too, good news: They’re offering the same one as a giveaway on Instagram—check the details @AshleyMuirBruhn.

You can see their whole summer collection, here.

P.S. BRIKA has been a favorite shop of mine since they opened. I wrote about them here, and routinely check the site for good gifts (and baby announcements).

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Father’s Day Gift Guide

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He’ll no doubt love anything his kids make for him, most of all. That mis-shapen clay cup with a precarious handle, that memorable hand-drawn card where everyone has necks like giraffes…

But here are some ideas for a little something extra for dad, if you’re on the hunt.

  1. Time for some flattering, on-trend swim trunks! Two great options with a 6-1/2-inch inseam, from Venroy and JCrew.
  2. Help him channel his inner boy scout (or, better yet, his inner Bear Grylls). Just don’t let him forget to check his Card Toolstyle family  Fathers Day Gift Guide before going through the TSA line.
  3. Tea. Only this tea is Crafted for Cocktails. Would be so delicious with whiskey.
  4. Truly quality men’s shoes can be so expensive. These aren’t cheap, but they’re a relative bargain.
  5. A good non-fiction read. Aron is intrigued by Trees in Paradise: A California Historystyle family  Fathers Day Gift Guide  after hearing about it on KQED. And when we were in New York, he couldn’t stop talking about The Big Oysterstyle family  Fathers Day Gift Guide .
  6. Not ready to spend $10K on a solid gold iPhone case? Me, neither. This aluminum one seems like a smart alternative: minimal, attractive, and hard as all-get-out.
  7. Some potty humor for adult hours: Cards Against Humanitystyle family  Fathers Day Gift Guide .
  8. The most handsome live-edge cutting board.
  9. So many dads have bad backs (Aron hurt his again!). Lumo Back—and the forthcoming Lumo Lift—look intriguing.
  10. I’m a big fan of toys as gifts for grown men. Most of the guys I know already buy themselves the things they need, so why not get something fun? I stand by the helicopter recommendation, but this might be the year for a remote-controlled boat. This racing boatstyle family  Fathers Day Gift Guide  is recommended as a good entry-level (read: budget) option for the open seas, but I’d consider this onestyle family  Fathers Day Gift Guide  (or this sailboatstyle family  Fathers Day Gift Guide ) for the home pool (or Central Park).

And photo gifts are always a good idea. I like this and this from Pinhole Press. They’re offering 15% off through Father’s Day, with the code Hither15.

Finally, don’t forget to plan something fun to do together!

P.S. Last year’s gift guide. And more past inspiration.

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Hair: Going short (and growing it out)

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When I was in college, I brought in a photo of Anne Heche (in her Ellen Degeneres coupling days), and asked for a pixie-cut. Twice I went through the awkward grow-out phase, only to cut it super-short again. Aron assures me I looked lovely with short or long hair, so I’m always slightly tempted when I see someone looking super chic with a short crop. Case in point: my gorgeous friend, Rebecca. She’s managed to look stunning in at every length. I’ve asked her if she’d share more about going short and—perhaps the scariest part—going back to long. Here’s what Rebecca had to say…

My husband and I moved to NYC nearly six years ago, and within months of my arrival, I thought it’d be a genius idea to chop my chin length bob into a Katie Holmes pixie. I think most life changes end in a new hairstyle of some sort, or at least that has always been the case for me. Despite looking back at a few photos that irk me (DANG, my hair was SHORT), it was ridiculously perfect at the time. I rarely ever touched my hair and the pixie always came through. It’s impossible to mess up.

Fast forward about six months later to when my pixie high ran out. The time I gained never fixing my hair was now transferred into my face being front and center. I realized less hair equals more face and I should actually put on some makeup in a proper fashion. Makeup is not a topic that necessarily interests me, but HELLO my face is out there for all to see.

Anyway, at some point or another the pixie started wearing ME. I felt the need to wear certain things to balance out the edginess of the pixie—if that makes sense? This is getting all too philosophical for a measly haircut, but long story short, I just didn’t feel like myself.

Which leads me to a few tips on the horror of growing out a pixie.

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Think Pink

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Aron recommended I listen to this piece on NPR about the history of the color pink, and our evolving perception of it as a feminine color. Apparently, pink was recommended in a trade catalogue for boys’ clothing “because it’s a stronger and more passionate color, and because it’s actually derived from red,” and the thinking would have been common up until around World War II.

It seems of particular interest because we both have been finding ourselves so much more open to the color pink since Skyler was born—in a way I would have never expected. But photographer JeongMee Yoon’s portrait of her daughter, surrounded by pink, reads like a cautionary tale.

Do you find yourself drawn to or adverse to traditionally gendered clothes and colors? I never liked pink when I was a little girl, but now I find it’s all in the hue.

The exhibition “Think Pink” is up at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston for one more week.

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In the bag: beach arsenal

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If you’re lucky enough to live by the beach or by a friend with a pool—or maybe you’re really lucky and you’re about to jet off someplace tropical for spring break—it never hurts to have a swim bag packed at the ready when opportunity strikes. I like to be optimistic.

Actually, last summer, I kept just such a bag in the trunk of my car (though admittedly it was more for weekly swim lessons and spontaneous afternoons at the community pool than for jaunts to the coast). So here’s some inspiration—for summertime optimists and lucky-duck spring breakers alike.

In my bag… 

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Perfect summer sandals?

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Every year, around this time, I can’t help but start looking ahead to sandal season, browsing online to see if anyone is selling the perfect summer sandal. Aron will insist that it’s a moving target… and he’s probably right. But I’ve at least developed a few favorites, and I know what I’m looking for: essentially, a slightly more refined version of my beloved salt-water sandal.

Could these from Madewell be it?! They look pretty darn perfect!

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[Images: Crisscross Sightseer Sandals in Tan and Black, by Madewell]

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Happy six years, Hither & Thither!

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travel style new york home food drink family design california  Happy six years, Hither & Thither!
travel style new york home food drink family design california  Happy six years, Hither & Thither!
travel style new york home food drink family design california  Happy six years, Hither & Thither!
travel style new york home food drink family design california  Happy six years, Hither & Thither!

It’s been a fantastic year. I can’t believe this past Sunday marked six years of blogging on Hither & Thither. It continues to inspire me—owing so much to the feedback and comraderie I get from readers, but also thanks to the joy of having an outlet to practice skills like writing and photography and to the joy of documenting and sharing personal milestones. I would have never expected this to become the rewarding work that it has, when Aron and I first started building the space together on that cold January day. (He wrote the first post! With no photos!)

I really enjoyed looking back over highlights last year, at five years, and hoped you might again, too. (Warning: it’s a long one!) …

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My workout essentials (pregnant or not)

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Last week, just before we left for Tahoe, I stopped into Old Navy to try out the latest from their Active line. I’d been invited to try it out and was a little hesitant about looking at new clothes this late in my pregnancy, but I honestly loved everything. And the kicker? I bypassed the maternity section entirely. They actually do have a great selection of maternity workout clothes, but these will work for everyone—pregnant or not. (And all Active wear is 40% off right now!)

Truth: I haven’t been that great about working out these past few months. I was super-active at the start, so hopefully my body will take pity on me and remember that! Either way, I’m happy to have found some workout clothes that look sleek enough to also lounge around in—now and after the baby arrives. If memory serves, stretchy yoga pants are key.

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Catbird Alphabet rings (and a Friday link list)

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Catbird, a jewelry shop in Williamsburg, has lovely little gift guides—including one for new moms. My favorite are the delicate little alphabet rings.  So many of my friends are (also) pregnant with baby #2; wouldn’t it be sweet to wear stacked rings, one with each child’s initial? Of course they’d make a great gift for anyone who want to keep a romantic someone’s initial close at hand, too.

More links for your weekend…

Are you done with your holiday shopping? I almost am. If you’re too late for on-time shipping, maybe consider donating to a charity—or to public radio or television in someone’s name (to say thank you for This American Life and Downton Abbey)! But if you’d like something you can wrap, here are my gift guides: For Her, For Him, For the Kiddo, and For Everyone Else.

Also, Our Common Mug, a sweet gift to share with a friend who is too far away. (Thanks for the tip, Allie!)

This send-up of Instagram clichés is hilarious. (Guilty of too many to count. Whoops!)

On a slightly related note: remember our dining room pics and my hunt for a new dining table? We got one just in time for Thanksgiving.

We just got a Christmas card from Aron’s aunt, who made a painting based on one of my photographs and used the image for her cards. So awesome to see! Here are the snowy images of Manhattan after a big storm, taken mostly in Central Park. (They’re still some of my favorite!)

A brilliant paper-snowflake-cutting tutorial, if you’re in the mood to get fancy.

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Holiday Party Basics (Maternity Edition)

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Besides Tums, sparkling mocktails, and a bright lip stain, my holiday arsenal this year has been centered on one very comfortable but slightly form-fitting knit dress. It’s simple, versatile, and I love it. (Especially since it cost me only $15.)

Getting dressed up for the holidays can be tricky. If you’re like me, and the chances to do so are rare, you want to have the fun of getting dressed up; but you probably don’t want to spend very much money on something you might not wear again—especially true when you’re pregnant. (Though I very well may keep wearing this stretchy dress well into the first post-partum month.) Here are a few well-priced basics—many from Old Navy—that I found for a classic holiday party. You could, of course, skip the plaid and glitter and add-in something like touches of neon for something less traditional if that’s your preference.

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Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For the kiddo

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  1. We love this Classic Balance Bikestyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For the kiddo  at our house.
  2. Personalized photo games by Pinhole Press: memory, puzzles, and more… (We made this one.)
  3. Max the Raccoon (or another handmade cutie) from BRIKA
  4. This all-wood Fold-and-Go farm reminds me of the one I had in the ’80s, by Fisher Price.
  5. A playful wink in their bedroom—the Howkapow dog lamp.
  6. A Larry Gets Loststyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For the kiddo  book about your hometown or someplace you’d like to visit—the pup gets lost everywhere from Los Angeles to Seattle, New York City to San Francisco…
  7. Stacking blocksstyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For the kiddo  that kids will love and that look good, too.
  8. Eco Doughstyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For the kiddo , the closest you’ll get to the homemade playdough alternative, rumored to be less likely to dry-out.
  9. The Brio Pull Along Dachshundstyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For the kiddo  does an incredible job of staying upright, no matter how much he’s jerked around. No other brand of pull-along toy has compared.
  10. This Skootcasestyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For the kiddo  looks to be a case of “everyone wins!” at the airport. (I’ve been intrigued for a while.)
  11. Janod Story Box Farmstyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For the kiddo . The French company makes various themes of these sweet boxes of wooden figures (which are perfect for travel). We picked up the Firefightersstyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For the kiddo Story Box in Paris, and Hudson loves it!
  12. Mahalo Ukulelestyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For the kiddo  makes a great gift for kids, precisely because it’s not designed to be a toy.
  13. Such a great price point for a classic moccasin: Minnetonka for JCrew Baby.  (The entire new collection for babies is adorable!)
  14. An attractive Playmatstyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For the kiddo —for under a baby’s play gym or a toddler’s train set.
  15. Who wouldn’t love The Original Slush Mugstyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For the kiddo ?
  16. Ubbas bath cups, to match their family’s form. (Here’s Hudson with ours.)
  17. Playskool Digital Camera and Projectorstyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For the kiddo . How fun to get a glimpse of the world through a little one’s eyes!
  18. And, not exactly for the child, but new parents would love this beautiful Baby Milestone heirloom set.

P.S. Last year’s Gift Guide for Kids. Those Connectable Drinking Strawsstyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For the kiddo were (and continue to be) a verified hit with our then 4- and 7-year-old nephews!

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Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For him

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Thanks to Aron, who wrote this gift guide for guys!

  1. Ashley and I love Apple TV,style  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For him  but Chromecaststyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For him  is a great, new, cheaper alternative—and it lets you cast anything you can watch on your computer in Google Chrome to your television… like Amazon’s huge collection of streaming video.
  2. A handsome BRIKA Handmade Leather Key Fob  to replace the carabiner.
  3. This bike kit, to keep his running perfectly, and to let him know you’d like to keep him safe.
  4. If you already bought the nice shoes, try getting him a Fine Footwear Kit.
  5. If only… 
  6. This camerastyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For him  takes the best photos I’ve seen from a compact point-and-shoot—AND it’s waterproof to 3o feet and drop-proof to 6 feet. I’m sure Hudson could destroy it, but he would have to really try. (We used it a lot on this trip.)
  7. Simple, but sweet. Something to remind him of his other best friend.
  8. Tools are commonplace on gift guides for guys, but there are only a few that I find that I really need. This drillstyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For him  is handy for so many different home projects.
  9. And, speaking of which, it’s a small gift, but if he doesn’t have one already, an all-in-one screwdriverstyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For him  is incredibly convenient.
  10. This timepiece is timeless.
  11. The original Astronaut Space Penstyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For him  writes upside down, in unearthly weather, and is guaranteed unconditionally for life.
  12. The Wes Anderson Collectionstyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For him , in-depth overview of one of his favorite filmmaker’s work.
  13. You can’t have the perfect drink without the perfect ice cubesstyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For him . Skip the stones.
  14. Attractive Coin storage .
  15. dopp kitstyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For him  used to be given to GIs during WW2—and still make a classic gift. Fill it up to personalize it.
  16. If your guy has a commute, think about getting him an Audible.comstyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For him  gift membership—you can pick any one book for free each month—it’s a great deal.
  17. If your camera will accept a remotestyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For him  (many do), they’re awesome to have for family or group photos (or selfies, if you prefer).
  18. I’ve been really enjoying The Rip Tidestyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For him  by Beirut recently.
P.S. A few more good ideas on this (now past) giveaway. And last year’s Gift Guide for Him. More gift guides coming up throughout the week.
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Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For her

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  1. Professional-quality, complete cake decorating tool kit to show her how much you love those desserts she makes. (Here’s a $10 credit for the site.)
  2. BRIKA Handmade Cord & Rings bracelet
  3. The cropped cape she didn’t even know she’d love.
  4. That decadently soft, cotton flannel robe from the Ace Hotel that she swooned over. (On a weekend away when you swooned over her.)
  5. That citrus tree she’s been coveting. This Kumquat can sit indoors or out, and its fragrant white flowers by tart and juicy fruit.
  6. Power Link Tassel USB Keychain, so that she’ll never have to hunt down a cord to download photos from her iPhone again.
  7. A monthly subscription to Kindred Photo Books (And, better yet, a few you’ve made for her—at only $5 each!)
  8. cast brass necklace that will go with anything.
  9. Warby Parker Gift Card for the home try-on box program. Because it’s too hard to pick out frames for her, but you know she wants new glasses.
  10. Any of these boots, but this Sam Edelman Ankle Bootstyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For her  is a beauty!
  11. Ultra-compact extra batterystyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For her  for her phone (so she’ll always be able to reach you).
  12. A buttery leather tote she’ll use all the time.
  13. An all-occasion card box to help her out (because, otherwise, she’s the only one who remembers to buy the cards).
  14. A chic basket for her bike.
  15. This cheeky takestyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For her  on the Hermès wraparound watch.
  16. A beautiful hooked pillow from Pendleton.
  17. Beautiful hardcover books she’ll be happy to read and leave out—like the newly released Remodelistastyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For her .
  18. Or… always a safe bets around here… gift certificates to JCrew, Madewell, or Anthropologie.

P.S. Last year’s Gift Guide for Her—which I just looked at again and which I still stand by 100% (and which still contains some things I’m wish-listing). And did you check out the iRobot from last week’s post? More gift guides to come throughout the week: for him, for kiddos, and for everyone else.

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Huge giveaway with Sons of Trade … and more!

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To celebrate the launch of Hither & Thither’s newly redesigned site and to get you jumpstarted on your holiday shopping (this would make an awesome gift for one lucky guy—or lots of cool gifts for many), Hither & Thither is teaming up with Sons of Trade, Kinfolk Magazine, Morris Kitchen, Faherty Brand, and Cliff Original to bring you a chance to win an awesome bundle of gifts.

Enter to win everything here, a total value of $344:

Sons of Trade Tactical tote in your color of choice
Aron and I both love this generous men’s satchel. It converts from a shoulder bag to backpack with adjustable straps and you can see how well it goes from Paris to Yosemite, as well as to the beach in Carmel this past weekend.

The Kinfolk Table: Recipes for Small Gatherings
A gorgeous collection of 85 delectable recipes spread over nearly 400 pages from creative types around the world, brought to you by Nathan Williams and the creators of Kinfolk Magazine(I’m a longtime fan and one-time magazine contributor.) This is the way dinner should be: comfortable, simple, slow and  meaningful.

Morris Kitchen Gift Box Trio of Syrups
Bottled in Brooklyn, New York, Morris Kitchen syrups—both classic and seasonal—are absolutely delicious in cocktails, homemade sodas, or over dessert. This boxed set includes Spiced Apple Syrup, Preserved Lemon Syrup and Ginger Syrup (my favorite), and each comes with favorite seasonal cocktail recipe card.

Faherty Brand Boardshorts
The passion-project of two brothers (one who used to design for Ralph Lauren), the new label Faherty Brand uses ethically sourced, environmentally sound materials and quality craftsmanship to make great clothes. And how nice to find men’s boardshorts with a flattering cut! It’s summer somewhere…

Cliff Original Face Wash Brick
Another family business, Cliff Original makes small-batch, great-smelling grooming products for men that are free of parabens, sulphates, and harsh chemicals (and with no animal testing). And they give 10% of all profits to local charities! (provided by Thread.)

A Few Details on the Giveaway:

  1. You can earn entries in a multitude of ways. Just check the contest widget below and follow instructions there.
  2. Contest only open to US residents.
  3. Only requirement for entry is to Like Sons of Trade on Facebook using the giveaway widget.
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Best clothes for the tall guys

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Have I mentioned that Aron is 6’8″ tall?

Every now and then I get questions from a reader with a similarly tall (and lean) husband or boyfriend about where on earth he finds clothes that fit. The answer? Online.

Actually, Aron is lucky to be able to buy most of his pants off the (in-store) rack, but virtually all of his shirts have to be sourced from shops with dedicated tall sections online. I have a few go-to’s that quickly come to mind (J. Crew button-downs and sweaters, and Gap’s tall t-shirts are in heavy rotation), but my friend Rebecca has put together a much more extensive list on The Daily Muse that anyone sharing this dilemma will appreciate.

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P.S. This is what he was stooping to look at in the photo up top. Just a few sea lions along the 17-mile-drive this past weekend in Carmel. This whole part of California’s coast… just wow.

[Aron's plaid shirt is from J.Crew's Tall shop]

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Maternity clothing basics

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It’s been my experience that while you don’t need to buy a lot of maternity clothes, you’ll be a lot happier (read: more comfortable) if you get a few key pieces that don’t make you feel like you’re waging a war to squeeze into your wardrobe every day.

Here’s what I think you really need (for cooler temps, with links to my go-to sources)…

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Alameda Flea and the 15 best flea markets in the country

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style  Alameda Flea and the 15 best flea markets in the country

style  Alameda Flea and the 15 best flea markets in the country

I don’t always make it, but I have a standing appointment in my date book for the first Sunday of every month at the Alameda Point Antiques Faire. If you’re in (or near) the Bay Area, it’s worth checking out. The food trucks and view of the San Francisco skyline would be enough to tempt me, but I usually have a few other goals in mind. One month, it was chairs. This month, it was art and textiles.

style  Alameda Flea and the 15 best flea markets in the country

Just be sure to dress in layers: I was excited to break out a new Old Navy Color-Blocked sweater for the cool morning. But once the fog lifts and the sun comes out, one remembers that fall is the Bay Area’s summer!

style  Alameda Flea and the 15 best flea markets in the country

style  Alameda Flea and the 15 best flea markets in the country

style  Alameda Flea and the 15 best flea markets in the country

style  Alameda Flea and the 15 best flea markets in the country
style  Alameda Flea and the 15 best flea markets in the country
style  Alameda Flea and the 15 best flea markets in the country

Hudson discovered the joy of a tape measure and wanted to stop at every rug which, fortunately, was pretty convenient. Otherwise, I must admit, it’s gotten harder to truly scower the market, with a curious toddler in tow. He usually makes out best of all. (Remember the fire truck? There’s a new-old bulldozer in our midst now.)

style  Alameda Flea and the 15 best flea markets in the country

style  Alameda Flea and the 15 best flea markets in the country

In the mood to go on a treasure hunt yourself?
Here are the 15 flea and antique markets that are routinely named best in the country:

California
Long Beach Outdoor Antique & Collectible Market
Rose Bowl Flea (Pasadena)
Alameda Point Antiques Faire (pictured)

Georgia
Scott Antique Markets (Atlanta)

Illinois
All Night Flea Market (Wheaton)
Chicago Antique Market

Indiana
Shipshewana Auction & Flea Market

Massachusetts
Brimfield Antique Show

New York
Brooklyn Flea (location varies by season)

North Carolina
Raleigh Flea Market

Ohio
Springfield Antique Show & Flea Market

Oregon
Portland Expo Antique and Collectible Show

Tennessee
Nashville Flea Market

Texas
Austin County Flea Market
Canton First Monday Trade Days

Several States
127 Corridor Sale (654 miles along the highway, from Jamestown, TN, to Gadsden, AL)

style  Alameda Flea and the 15 best flea markets in the country

How many of these have you been to? Any other favorites?

Aron and I furnished our first apartment almost exclusively with Rose Bowl Flea finds, and have loved visiting the Brooklyn Flea (indoors and out).

style  Alameda Flea and the 15 best flea markets in the country

On me: Old Navy Color-blocked Crew-neck Sweater, Gap infinity scarf, Ray Ban Wayfarers, Vintage men’s jeans, and Brogues by Skin & Threads.
On Hudson: Old Navy Uniform Zip-Front Sweater, American Apparel sailor shirt, Zara jeans, and Converse classic Chucks.
This post was sponsored by Old Navy. Check out Old Navy’s latest fashion lineup in store or online at oldnavy.com.

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