Random Musings

I Judge People by Their Shoes

I don’t look for brand names, trends, or style, but I do look for some personality and effort. Just a little thought behind what goes on your feet goes a long way with me. A pair of plain, black converse can show a lot of personality by how they’re worn and what they’re worn with. Slipping into a pair of chunky heels when most would wear flats takes courage. Appearance is often disregarded beyond comfort. You should be comfortable, but it’s also a way we show the world who we are. Don’t forget that other people see you more than you see you.

This post was inspired by a courier’s bright red shoes.

I like him.

Image by Ryan Hyde

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APR 5th: Local Designers Float Their Talent above Scottsdale

(photo credit: Samantha Peck Photography)

Fashion, Music, & Art: The trifecta of creative expression with enough force to move people on an emotional level like no other driving element of our lives. While sometimes seen as vastly different subcultures, the individuals behind these productions have endless crossover between each medium, with limits only to their imagination.

Project Ethos and Scion provide the grandstand for this trifecta, bringing in artists, musicians, and designers, for all the world to see.

Set poolside on the roof of the W Hotel in Scottsdale, emerging local designers, Tiffe Fermaint and  Mabella Chic, swimwear designs by Get Cheeki, and headlining the evening is Project Runway Season 11 alum and New York based designer, Layana Aguilar.

The outdoor art gallery will be spread throughout the venue including live and visual artists. Multimedia artist Aztec Smurf, vibrant print artist bedelgeuse and stencil artist Dad Socks will be featured.  Phoenix based, 1Spot Gallery will be showcase contemporary Native American Art  featuring Kathy Whitman ElkwomanJaque FraguaMelissa MeleroPatrick Dean Hubbell and Damian Jim.

I’ve been attended every Project Ethos show for the last few years and it’s been a great time. I highly recommend it for all.

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Random Musings

Guiding Principles

I fully believe a man should have is morals and beliefs set fairly early in life.  As a boy, you never seem to understand who you are, yet as man, it’s a necessity so that you can stand strong in the world’s ever changing tide.  Never would I have thought that my life would have been so influenced by one single event.  My guiding principles laid out so early, that they would affect me from that point on.  Only as a man did I realize this had happened….

In grade school, while studying a section about poetry, our teacher invited some parents & family members to class to read their favorites poems. As a 10 year old boy, the idea of poetry was nauseating, limiting to my mental ambition of becoming a sports star.  I was happy to learn neither of my parents were available, luckily, my beloved grandmother was.  My grandparents are my favorite people in the world, and their presence has the force to even the most mundane tasks enjoyable.  My grandmother brought two poems to read.  Unlike the other parents, there were no pictures or limericks, just influence.  I don’t remember the first poem, but the second became the standard of which I try to live my life.


If you can keep your head when all about you
     Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
     But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
     Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
     And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
     If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
     And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
     Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
     And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
     And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
     And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
     To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
     Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
     Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
     If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
     With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
     And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

Fashionable Friends

Be Kind, Look Great, Work Hard, Get Ahead

I often have conversations with my friends about attitudes and egos in fashion.  Some people have the idea that if they act like a big deal, they will be a big deal, and that’s simply not true.  Throughout my meanderings in the world of fashion, I’ve noticed that the people who really matter, the movers and shakers of the fashion world, are genuinely friendly, inclusive people.  Case in point is Lauren Pfingstag, a girl with limitless ambition, talent, and kindness.  She’s a true influencer in the Phoenix fashion scene and even though I have seen her work herself ragged, she is still sympathetic to those around her.

Anyone who is getting into fashion or wants to move ahead in our fashion world needs to meet Lauren and take notes.

Read More About Lauren and her fashionable lifestyle on Phoenix New Times


The English

There are few images I can count as being more cool, more debonair than an englishman. James Bond, Michael Cane, David Beckham, the Beatles… The style, the poise and the women that swoon, leave an envy in most men. Here in Phoenix, Arizona, we are practically the opposite of England. Sunny and Warm contrast the overcast hues that float across the sky.

Despite the weather, today is one of the few days I feel I could exist as a proper englishman. As I lower my pint to the table, I move gently to unbutton my blazer; the delicate foam threatening to overtake the rim of the glass. I maneuver myself to a long picnic table on the patio of the Rose & Crown, my favorite pub in town, English of course. My beer of choice is St Mary’s, a branded version of the classic Four Peaks 8th Street, an English style pale ale.

It was a glorious day and I owe that glory to my outfit. Few things seem to transform man’s mood than a well-tailored ensemble. As often as I dress myself in similar wares, some days transcend the cloth that wraps my body. As I left the office, I declared that I looked too good to go home, and strided my way to find a happy hour beverage. I was alone and it was perfect. No one to distract me from basking in the warm rays draping the skyscrapers downtown.

Random Musings

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