Outfits: Spring Farmer’s Market

“Making the effort to really know where our food comes from gets us in touch with the farmer, the real force behind our food.”

~Theresa Marquez~

Lands’ End Forewind Twill Shirt ($20).  Polaroid Eyewear Polarized Navigator Sunglasses ($65). Timex Expedition Scout Watch($40). Joyo Money Clip ($24). Ayliss Woven Belt ($5).  Cash.  DSTLD Slim Jeans in Indigo Timber ($65).  Palladium Pallabrouse Boots ($63).  L.L. Bean Boat and Tote ($35).

 

 

Everyday Carry Dopp Kit

You’ve heard of Everyday Carry, right?  The site features what people carry with them everyday.  While that might sound odd to the newcomer, there is something compelling about seeing what other people consider their essential gear for a day.  These items have come to be known as our “everyday carry” or “EDC” for short.

A butch should have her own EDC which includes those essential items we want with us at all times.  I break down my EDC into items in my pockets and items in my EDC Dopp kit.  I keep some items like my pocket knife, pocket notebook, and handkerchief in my pockets at all times.  But I never want to be the guy with bulging pockets and there are many items that I need but only occasionally.  This is where the EDC Dopp kit comes in handy. Continue reading “Everyday Carry Dopp Kit”

Travel: explore your own region

Travel is one of those activities imbued with a dreamy sense of going far, far away and having a “once in a lifetime” experience.  You start to research travel and before you know it, you’ve decided what you really want is to live out of a backpack for a year while you travel across Europe and southeast Asia while living on $0.39 a day and escaping the droning hum of daily life.

And because this is obviously a huge undertaking, you do nothing.  Ok, maybe you change your desktop backdrop at work to something “inspiring” like a photo of Angkor Wat.  And maybe you grow a resentful little chip on your shoulder for a few weeks about working for the man and your “boring” life.  But you don’t take any action because you’ve convinced yourself that “travel” can only mean something unusual, spectacular, and complicated.  But that isn’t true.   Continue reading “Travel: explore your own region”

Butc(h)ome: Why You Should Have Houseplants

Houseplants.  Pa has them.  Gram has them.  Your office lobby has them.  The airport has them.  Your doctor’s office has them.  Even the mall has them.  They are seemingly everywhere, yet many of us can’t claim to have even one in our home.

Houseplants are beautiful.  Among many other benefits, they filter the air.  There are varieties for every single situation. They are cheap and easily accessible.  And they are a perfect way to add life to your house or apartment.  They make every room feel more complete and they make your house or apartment feel like a home.  So why don’t you have any?  It’s time to liven up your home with a houseplant or two or five.  This guide will help you decide which houseplant is right for you.

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Better Dressed Butch: Versatile Casual Winter/Spring Wardrobe – Part 2

Now that we have a foundation of simple and versatile pieces in our wardrobe, we can begin to add variety.  We can use color, patterns, texture, layers and accessories to give us even more options for pulling great looking outfits together.  This is where we can really begin to develop personal style.

As we discussed in Part 1, adding a single item to our foundational wardrobe now gives us many additional options.  Adding variety also keeps the wardrobe from feeling stale.  As the saying goes, “Variety is the spice of life.”  Everyone likes variety and being able to pull a patterned shirt out one day and a plain shirt the next day somehow feels nice.  So here are some examples of items we can use to spice up our foundational wardrobe.

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