• John Newman Tribute

    Music & Books  

    Occasionally there's an album that you discover and it hits all the right notes. It’s the right amount of soul. The right amount of angry. The right amount of conviction. The right amount of guts. The right amount of "damn you."

    John Newman's Tribute is that for me. From the get go, it knocks you on your ass and keeps you dancing off that break-up until the last note on “Day One” in which he screams “I have been broken since day one, you’re vicious like them all!” Not exactly get-pumped-for-that-first-date material. Better sung over a fresh wound. The kid makes no apologies—this is about singing his peace.

    Newman, a baby faced English crooner, redeems his throbbing heartbreak with conviction and a palate decidedly more seasoned than his 23 years. "Love Me Again" and "Cheating” are lip-biting-fist-pounding standouts. Although the latest in a long line of 60s revivers, Newman gives guys the break-up album we never got with Adele or Winehouse...and that’s something we can all ugly cry to.

    Jan 10, 2014 | Permalink (1) View/Leave Comments

    Geoff left a comment on 1/13/2014 at 12:27 PM:

    Fred, I care about what you’re doing here.


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  • Icons of Style: Audrey Hepburn

    Style  

    In her closet: Breton stripes, trench coats, cable-knit cardigans, printed button-down shirts, floral print shirts, madras, silk head scarves, penny loafers

    Iconic look: Striped t-shirts, cropped cut, a bold red lip

    Key accessories: A full brow

    Thing you can't imitate: Her grace

    Jan 8, 2014 | Permalink (8) View/Leave Comments

    Thomas left a comment on 1/21/2014 at 1:14 PM:

    Keep it up.


    Archie left a comment on 1/15/2014 at 3:01 PM:

    Fred, on the topic of well-dressed ladies… can you recommend any brands that make a lady’s blazer that won’t break the bank? J.Crew never fits!


    Robin left a comment on 1/13/2014 at 1:02 PM:

    I adore her style.


    David left a comment on 1/13/2014 at 12:59 PM:

    Style goddess!


    Beth left a comment on 1/11/2014 at 10:36 AM:

    And Jacques Levine espadrilles.


    Leith left a comment on 1/10/2014 at 1:06 PM:

    My absolute favorite.  God smiled down on the world the day she was born.


    Roger C. Russell II left a comment on 1/9/2014 at 8:56 AM:

    Audrey Hepburn, is truly a unique and beautiful person. I was surprised recently to see photographs of her helping to herd cattle on a ranch in California.
    The owner of the ranch was the artist Channing Peake. Hepburn was riding Western and wore ranch work clothes including a cowboy hat. She seemed perfectly at ease.


    Tom left a comment on 1/9/2014 at 8:46 AM:

    I liked Hepburn best in black and a smirk.


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  • The New York Times, 36 Hours, USA & Canada: Northeast.

    Music & Books  

    I have a friend with a Type A personality who says, “I adore spontaneity…providing it is carefully planned.” Oxymoron? Perhaps. But I get it. Weekend getaways need practical itineraries.

    I recently picked up The New York Times, 36 Hours, USA & Canada: Northeast for the nightstand in my guest bedroom. The unconventional guidebook takes readers on a carefully researched, uniquely designed two-night excursion to an embraceable place in the Northeast. It’s perfect for the uninitiated, the revolving door of guests I host…and my friend. What exactly can you do when you have three days in the Northeast? Everything from checking out the Brooklyn music scene at Union Pool to picking up used vinyl at Princeton’s Record Exchange to strolling Newport’s Cliff Walk (I can personally vouch for all three). Although absent from the book, drop by Noch’s (Pinocchio’s) for a slice if you’re in Cambridge. The Winklevoss twins introduced me to the hole-in-the-wall institution that’s been feeding Harvard students for over 30 years. It’s still one of the best sicilian slices I’ve ever had.

    Consider this a spontaneity manual. From Brooklyn to Bar Harbor, 36 Hours lays out 31 different well-plotted itineraries exploring the possibilities of the Northeastern weekend getaway. Pick a town you’ve always wanted to visit, randomly flip to one, or throw a dart at ‘em—but book a ticket and just leave.

    Jan 6, 2014 | Permalink (7) View/Leave Comments

    Raconteur left a comment on 1/10/2014 at 8:19 AM:

    ENDORSED.


    Emma left a comment on 1/10/2014 at 1:53 AM:

    First time commenter, biggest fan. I follow everything you do and frankly think you’re brilliant.


    Jude left a comment on 1/8/2014 at 12:23 PM:

    I love these books!


    Mac left a comment on 1/7/2014 at 6:54 PM:

    That’s like fabulous!


    Jess left a comment on 1/7/2014 at 6:38 PM:

    Great addition!


    James left a comment on 1/7/2014 at 6:27 PM:

    I love Union Pool.


    Lindgren left a comment on 1/7/2014 at 1:43 PM:

    Fred…...your taste level gives me chills. I love this idea.


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  • Kick Off Your Pants

    Style  

    Sit Still.
    But let your mind wander.
    Kick off your pants.
    But jog your memory.

    How’s that for a new year's resolution?

    Consider this a friendly 2014 public service reminder to daydream, pick up a crossword puzzle…solve a Rubik’s Cube! But let’s not get too ambitious. Do it in your pajamas. It’s a gesture in getting ready…to do nothing, really. You couples have it easy. Guys, you get the bottoms and she wears the tops (here, Sleepy Jones). It’s kinda simple and beautiful. So start the new year off right by brewing a coffee and tackling 1 Down: Victoria’s first prime minister. And if you’re a glutton for punishment—or just plain genius—grab a pen.

    Jan 3, 2014 | Permalink (1) View/Leave Comments

    Mackenzie {Design Darling} left a comment on 1/3/2014 at 2:44 PM:

    Love this.


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  • Hold on for Deer Life

    Dress Code  

    Photographed in New York, NY

    Noteworthy: Holiday reindeer sweater, parisian silk scarf (a gift from mom), ten year old tassel loafers, socks from Gammarelli (the official tailor of the Pope), Swatch wrist watch.

    Jan 1, 2014 | Permalink (2) View/Leave Comments

    RWK left a comment on 1/3/2014 at 4:06 PM:

    This is exactly the type of photograph that drives me to visit the site. More of these, please.


    Herrill left a comment on 1/3/2014 at 9:26 AM:

    Neo-prep at it’s finest! Keep up the amazing work.


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