Saturday Sip: Solemn Oath Mr. Inappropriate

Solemn Oath Mr. Inappropriate Belgian Wit

In late August Mrs. GLP and I took a quick day trip to Oak Park to check out the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio. Since we were heading to the western suburbs of Chicago, a place we rarely make it out to, I wanted to include a stop at Solemn Oath in Naperville. The two-year-old brewery, located in a warehouse inside an industrial park, has made a name for itself by taking Belgian styles and adding distinctly American touches.  Continue reading

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General Knot & Co. Autumn Plaid & Midnight Indigo Reversible Classic Bow Tie

General Knot & Co. Autumn Plaid & Midnight Indigo Reversible Classic Bow Tie

It’s technically not fall until next weekend but it’s the ideal time to start getting ready for the change in seasons. The pastels will be taking on more vivid tones and textures begin to become richer and heftier. Bow ties should begin to resemble the changing leaves coating the ground in a crisp layer. General Knot & Co.’s Autumn Plaid & Midnight Indigo Reversible Classic Bow Tie perfectly encapsulates the look and feel of fall. Continue reading

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Sounder Goods x La Matera Alvear Sunglass Strap

Sounder Goods La Matera Alvear Sunglass Straps

Sounder Goods and La Matera makes some of the most distinctive sunglass straps and belts, respectively, on the market. Sounder Goods has classed up the strap game with leather straps that put neoprene to shame. La Matera brings the spirit of the Argentine gaucho to its belts. It was only a matter of time before the two teamed up to release a collaboration of their own.  Continue reading

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Style Icon: Bill Walsh

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In our ongoing look at the style icons that have walked the sidelines of the football field we today examine legendary 49ers coach Bill Walsh. Visit the archives for all the posts in this series. Continue reading

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Chubbies Blues Brothers

Chubbies Blues Brothers Seersucker Shorts

Seersucker after Labor Day? The purists are yelling blasphemy. Let them. As far as I’m concerned, if it’s warm enough to wear shorts, it’s warm enough to wear seersucker shorts, no matter what time of the year it is. Rules are made to be broken. The Blues Brothers from Chubbies are the perfect shorts to break them in. Continue reading

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Allen Edmonds Odenwald Plain-Toe Boots

Allen Edmonds Odenwald Plain-Toe Boots

This fall I’m looking to add a new pair of boots to my assortment of footwear. I love my chukkas but wear them to death and need something to help prolong their life. A great plain-toe boot adds a bit of ruggedness to any outfit and will even work in more casual office environments. The Odenwald Plain-Toe Boots, newly released by Allen Edmonds, are receiving serious consideration for that perfect pair. Continue reading

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Saturday Sip: Indeed Midnight Ryder

Indeed Brewing Midnight Ryder American Black Ale

In my role as official taste tester of beers for Saturday Sip I review a staggering amount of Midwestern beers for consideration on these pages. It’s hard work but someone has to do it. Every once in awhile a beer gets tasted, a description is written up but then it is shelved and nearly forgotten. Maybe it’s because I’m tasting an imperial stout in the middle of summer. Maybe it’s because I’ve covered the same brewery recently. Or maybe it’s because I wanted to create a GIF and took forever to put it together. That’s the case for Indeed’s Midnight Ryder, a beer I picked up last year while in Minnesota. Continue reading

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Bird Dog Bay Hoppy Hour Bow Tie

Bird Dog Bay Hoppy Hour Bow Tie

Bird Dog Bay is masterful with puns. It could be argued the bow tie names are as good as, if not better, the bow ties themselves. That’s a high standard to achieve. My current pun/bow tie combo has got to be the Hoppy Hour Bow Tie. Continue reading

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Mott & Bow Straight Bedford 2 Month Wash Jeans

Mott & Bow Beford Jean 2 Month Wash

For the past couple years I’ve really been into raw denim when it comes to jeans. I love taking a pair of jeans and creating a look and feel unique to me. There are a lot of drawbacks about raw denim. They’re stiff and tough for quite awhile and it takes some time for the patina to set in. That means I’m still on the lookout for washed jeans that I can rotate in when I need a break from breaking in a pair. Mott & Bow is an emerging denim brand that provides some excellent options and is high on my list for raw denim alternatives. Continue reading

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Style Icon: Tom Landry

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In our ongoing look at the style icons that have walked the sidelines of the football field we today examine legendary Cowboys coach Tom Landry. Visit the archives for all the posts in this series.

Tom Landry’s fedora is only rivaled by Bear Bryant’s houndstooth hat for the most recognizable piece of headwear in football coaching history. After getting his start as the defensive coordinator for the New York Giants, Landry then spent 29 seasons as the first head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. Landry’s various defensive innovations, such as the invention of the 4-3 defense, led the Cowboys to five Super Bowls, winning two, and cemented the organization as “America’s Team”. Continue reading

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