Casual Tieday…

Well, as I basked in the afterglow of my birthday, it dawned on me that today was Friday. Kind of a perfect post birthday day, if you ask me, especially when it comes after what was kind of a perfect birthday.

Social media is a great way to get a lot of well-wishers come to the birthday party, so to speak. I always find it very funny, on Facebook, to send along birthday greetings to someone I’ve known for 20+ years after never knowing their birthday prior to this year. “Hey [Insert Jr High Classmate here], even though I never ever knew your birthday while we were face-to-face friends, I’d love to pass along Bday greetings because we’re such great facebook-to-facebook friends!”

Back to Fridays. I started my job at the Evanston Chamber in early- to mid-June last year, and around about August, our executive director, Jonathan Perman (no tie in this profile pic), mentioned to me that we observe casual Fridays in the summer. Gee, thanks, Boss. Can I expense the bill for the suits that I sweat through on those hot July days?

I did go tie-less a couple of times, but realized that impromptu member/prospect meetings were too usual an occurrence to get too casual. Alas, no flip-flops and/or muscle Ts. On the positive side, there are pairings that are achievable that don’t necessarily go with a suit.

This tie with this plaid? Not bad!

Today’s tie, a nice sky blue solid with a little grain goin’ on, is rather simple, but with this plaid shirt it turns out to be summery enough (despite temps in the 40s today). It’s from Michael Kors, and the offset grain makes it look pinstripe-y and helps it pop out from the shirt a bit more. I even threw on a jeans jacket to get a little suburban cowboy-esque. Go, birthday boy, go.

Tie du Jour #19 marks the end of the 4th week of 100 Days, 100 Ties, and I’d like to thank folks for giving me a reason to keep writing this. It would be fun for me if there were no one reading, but your feedback, in person and online, has made it a blast.

My pit of vipers pile o’ ties has made it onto my newly-reinstalled tie rack, and it made me think of a couple of weekly themes that I could try: Ugly tie week, Blue tie week, Plain red tie week, etc. Suggestions welcome, even if you claim that a tie from the past 4 weeks should be included in the Ugly Tie Week…

Now I call upon you to post things that would make this blog more interesting: memories of a family member’s favorite (or ugly) tie, stores (thrift or regular) where great ties can be found or just pictures of ties in your repertoire.

Thanks for reading, and thanks again for the bday wishes…Brooke

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