Today was good. I watched you sleeping as I lay next to you—like every other weekend we’re together. All too soon you will be too big for me to sleep in between you, swing you from my limbs, and kiss you on the lips. I’m aware of the frailty lining these moments.
Harrison, my firstborn, my strength. Your eyes are a mirror into my childhood—the joys, the disappointments, the victories, the defeats. There is this joy in your chocolate eyes that lights up a room.
Jonah, my baby, my heart. Everything I loved about your mother I experience in you. We speak an unspoken language in the hugs, wrestling matches and piggyback rides we share. I vividly remember the day I found out I was having a second son...they told me I’d have a little girl. But you arrived, and have not ceased to amaze since.
Sons, nothing you do will ever change the way I feel about you. Follow these rules when we are apart. And when we are together, may we live in our moments.
• Take lots of pictures.
• The key to good photography is not timing. It’s editing.
• Live in New York City at some point.
• Make sure your clothes fit properly
• Spend time with your mother. She’s cooler than you think.
• Learn to tie a bow tie.
• Never side against your brother in a fight.
• Don’t be afraid to ask out the best-looking girl in the room.
• When shaking hands, grip firmly and look him in the eye.
• Always use your last name when introducing yourself.
• Surprise me at the office. Trust me, whatever I’m doing is not as important as you.
*Modified version previously featured on All Plaid Out.
Tumblr is finally relevant to me. It’s the new home to my inspiration board. Although I have an actual inspiration board with photographs, magazine tears, patches, and quotes housed within a gold vintage wood frame, its space is limited. Moving my board online allows me to draw from it anywhere I go, but what’s more, allows you to step further into my world.
Aptly named, Collection by F.E. Castleberry is just that—a collection of images, quotes, and original photographs fashioning a timeless, Ivy League inspired world with traditionally preppy roots. If you Tumble, "follow", "reblog", and "like" to your heart's content. For those that don’t, the best way to experience Collection is by simply viewing it in the collage style seen below and, well, being inspired.
Dressing for the beach can be just as challenging as preventing a blistering sunburn. Start with a great trunk in an interesting print or a pop of color. Grab staples such as a pique polo and a sweatshirt—for those chilly beach nights around the bonfire—in light colored solids, holding yourself to just one loud piece. Add a couple bracelets and a tote to carry the necessities. If there’s ever a time to stack bracelets, summer is that time. Vary the widths and textures (e.g. rope, nylon, alligator) to keep it interesting. Before you actually hit the sand, throw on a canvas sneaker. Even at the beach, I can't bring myself to slip on flip-flops.
1. Striped beach towel
2. Sea Bags tote*
These totes are in line to replace the celebrated L.L. Bean bag in the hearts of prep fashionistas. Each bag is sewn in Maine from recycled sail cloth with anchors, stripes, and numbers. The best part? Each bag is one of a kind—they all vary slightly in size because they’re handmade.
3. Lacoste pique polo
4. Strong Boalt swim trunks**
This Palm Beach-based luxury swim trunk ($145) designed by islander Amanda Boalt, is the perfect summer uniform for men who are sticklers for fit, quality construction, and flash occasional Lilly tendencies. It sits a hand width above the knee with a 5 3/4” inseam. Boalt traded in her Manhattan post as a buyer at Ralph Lauren last year to launch Strong Boalt from her hometown. With details like bar-tacking at seams for extra durability, signature metal grommets at waistband and back, side vents, and 100% quick dry polyester microfiber with peach finish, it has quickly become my go-to trunk this summer.
5. Rugby reversible sweatshirt
6. Ray-Ban tortoise shell Wayfarers
7. Tretorn canvas sneakers
8. Keil James Patrick Turk’s Head rope bracelet
9. J.Crew nylon bracelet
10. Timex Easy Reader with alligator leather strap
*courtesy of Seabags
**courtesy of Strongboalt
Photographed in Dallas, TX
Noteworthy: white jeans that hit at the ankle, classic Lacoste polo (few sportswear pieces look better on a woman than a fitted polo), tank watch silhouette.