Dan Mullen and his Yeezy Boost 350’s

For long time readers here, y’all know I love college football. I’m an Ole Miss fan through and through. Because of this, I hate Mississippi State with the fires of a thousand burning suns (because #rivalry). So seeing that Dan Mullen was rocking some of the most sought after sneakers this year at SEC Media Days and being a dork about it, I couldn’t help but roll my eyes. And what’s with the excessive use of the word “swag” and the numerous variations of that word? “I gotta keep it swagged out with my swagilicious Yeezy’s down in Swagsville swaggy swagged swag DERP.”

In all seriousness though, Coach Dan wearing those shoes makes him infinitely cooler in the eyes of his players and a lot of potential recruits. And in the eyes of Ole Miss fans, we still just can’t stand him.

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Hell on Wheels

Who doesn’t love devoting days of your life to binge watching a fantastic show on Netflix? I may or may not be ashamed to admit, I’ve done this many times over. I actually think I may prefer watching a few episodes in a row using a streaming service over the traditional “one episode a week” for live airings on TV. As is the case, I’m usually (not always the case) a season behind everyone watching shows on TV. Hell on Wheels is one of those shows.

Netflix just recently added the fourth season to stream, and I’m pumped. My wife and I watched just one episode last night, and I can tell it’s going to be great.

For those of you who haven’t seen it, Hell on Wheels is the story of Cullen Bohannan (played by Anson Mount), a former Confederate soldier on the hunt for the people responsible for the deaths of his wife and child during the Civil War. This search brings him out west to the construction of the transcontinental railroad. Every character’s story is so compelling, and the actors who portray them do a wonderful job.

Season Five is set to air on AMC on August 2nd, so get after some binge watching to catch up. And if you are caught up, no spoilers, please.

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Oxford Square

It’s always good to have a favorite. Whatever it is: a restaurant, a cocktail, a song… these favorites can help define one as a person and make us who we are. I recently ordered the “Oxford Square” t-shirt, and it’s quickly become my favorite.

Made from American Apparel’s tried and true Tri-Blend shirt, you know it’s soft and fits well. And with a fantastic design that those Old Try folks have become known for, I can’t help but wear the hell out of this thing. I’ll definitely have to check out their new venture also, Victory Brothers, which continues using fantastic design but to honor those who have proudly served our country. You should too…

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How’s Life Been Treatin’ Ya?

Hey guys. Long time. So for the folks who still make their way to this blog, I thought I’d give an update on my life and this site.

Since I started writing/blogging here at Dreams of Perfection five years ago, I’ve gone through a few milestones in life… I turned a quarter-century shortly after starting the site, and here I am now a month away from my 30th birthday. I changed careers, and I’ve lived everywhere from Nashville, to Morgantown, WV, to Scranton, PA to Chicago. Since starting this blog, I started dating a beautiful, smart, and driven girl, who then became my wife a few years later.  We’ve adopted two dogs. Life has been quite good to me.

So why has this blog sat stagnant for the better part of 2+ years now? Well there’s been a few reasons. The quick answer would be life has just kept me busy. But that’s also the lazy answer. Sure, we all get wrapped up in work sometimes. But I’ve used that as an excuse to not put as much effort into some of the creative outlets that previously brought me a lot of satisfaction.

Beyond that, another instance left a bad taste in my mouth in the blogging world. A few years ago, I purchased the dot com domain name for my site. I kept it for a little while, but as the blog took a backseat to other aspects of my life, I decided to just go ahead and let my ownership over the domain expire. Little did I know, it would be targeted by bots that took the name and made it another site using my site’s name. In addition, they even took some of my own original content, tweaked it and made it their own. Without going into further detail, there was nothing I could do. I’ve now gotten over that episode, as it was ultimately my fault for not protecting what was mine.

So as far as what this blog is now, I’d like to begin using it as what it originally was: a creative outlet highlighting all the things I like. Menswear will still have a heavy presence. My thoughts on sports will also be sprinkled in, as I still love keeping up with hockey, college football, golf and baseball. Beyond that, who knows… we’ll see.

Keep coming back, because content will ramp back up.  Maybe not daily, but any output is better than what this site has done in the past few years. Thanks, y’all.

Black Friday

You all have seen these lists everywhere, so why not see it here too?  While not everyone likes hitting the stores hours before the sun comes up to get a TV for $100, most people do appreciate a good deal.  Here are a few shops that I like that are providing those deals:

  • East Dane – Use the code GOBIG14 at checkout to get 15% off orders of $250+; 20% off orders of $500+; and 25% off orders of $1000+.  Could be a good opportunity to grab a new piece of outerwear or some sweet boots.  I’m planning on grouping a few things together like these quilted sweats by Native Youth with a new sweater or something.

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  •  J.Crew – Use the code HOLIDAY for 30% off full priced items & an extra 40% off sale items.  This could be nice for grabbing a few seasonal basics like merino wool cardigans or some warm socks.

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  • Jack Spade – Up to 75% off of sale items… Get after those bags and accessories!
  • Alton Lane – Numerous packages at discounted prices in any of the 7 showrooms across the country.  There will also be items on sale online.  Can’t beat getting some custom clothing at great prices.  I’d shoot for the Scabal Heroic package featuring two suits made with beautiful Scabal cloth and two Thomas Mason shirts.  Book an appointment online.

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