Posts Tagged ‘BCBG’

Two-hour tie…

March 29, 2010

It’s spring break, but not MTV-style. Actually, does that analogy still hold true? Does MTV still have live coverage of spring breakers in Padre, Daytona, Cabo, Vail, etc? I’m actually really glad I don’t know that…

Today I’m dragging my daughter Julia (who is turning 9 tomorrow) to the Evanston Chamber‘s Board Meeting at noon. I asked her to pick my tie for the meeting, and she displayed her taste by picking one of my favorites. It’s another one from the folks at BCBG, and I’ll miss it for the next few months.

Our special guest at the meeting will be Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz, who maintains the City’s blog. He was appointed last fall, and has done a fantastic job during a tough economic situation. Maybe I’ll take a pic of him and put it in Guys With Ties…

Wally, my favorite City Manager

Well, Wally is not only doing a great job, he is a good sport. He agreed to pose with his bright orange tie. He says he has a dearth of orange ties from his days involved with Syracuse University. Wally joins Lehman Walker as the City’s representatives in the ‘Guys With Ties’ section.

I was able to snap another GWT during my short stint at the Board Meeting. Jaime Varela, branch manager of the two Harris Bank branches in Evanston (Maple Avenue & Central Street). Jaime sported a classic dark blue patterned tie. Muy lindo, amigo.

Jaime, my favorite Colombian

My parents arrived this evening to help me with my move. In case you didn’t know, I am moving into an apartment this weekend. Diane and I are splitting up, after 13 years of marriage. She and Julia are heading to Costa Rica for a few days, and I’ll be moving in on Friday. I have full custody of all of my ties.

I don’t mean to use this blog to air out my personal situation (and I will most definitely not offer a play-by-play; Diane is too class an act for me to do that), but I figured I’d let you know, as I’m sure it will affect my mood from time to time over the next 90-ish business days.

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New to Me

March 18, 2010

I’m often asked if a tie–or a shirt, or a suit–is new. Usually it’s not new, right off the rack, since I buy a relatively large percentage of my garb at various resale shops. But I like the feeling of a debut, a grand opening if you will, that comes with wearing something for the first time. One single comment (and believe me, that St Patty’s tie y’day procured several) is much appreciated.

Bon chic, bon genre...bon prix!

This is from BCBG, and really has some great stripes that fall into a sort of large plaid. Three or four blues and a purple go nicely right along some grayish earth tones. It was completely unlike any of the other ties at Marshall’s ($9 or so), and it is now completely unlike any on my tie rack.

My patronage of Marshall’s, TJMaxx and other discount stores comes honestly, through good old-fashioned genes. My Mom & Dad have to be one of their biggest supporters, nationwide. Before they both got iPhones (about 2 years before I did…they’re very cutting-edge retirees) and could GPS their way anywhere, they would call me on driving trips and ask to google for the address of one of these places in the nearest city. “Brooke, could you find out if there’s a TJMaxx in Paducah–and tell us how to get there?” “Um, sure, Mom, please allow me to stop working so that you may better the economy of Western Kentucky…” Who’s the child of whom here?

Speaking of iPhones, I have to say my camera has come through the past couple of days…it probably knew it was on the verge of losing out to an older camera. These gadgets are all talking to each other, you know…

Thanks for reading…Brooke