Archive for December 2012

Going to my Birthday Party

Dear Birthday presents,

I am excited to receive you.  I promise not to just toss you in my closet amongst all the cluttered junk I have collected over the years.  I will honor you as the symbol of generosity and friendly love you represent.  Even though I sometimes might not want you.


-This is a warm wool toggle duffel from Burberry
-Fair-isle moose sweater is from Ralph.  He made it back in the 80's and I'd imagine it will be quite difficult for you to find. 
-J. Crew this soft plaid shirt was made by.  Loving the yellow buttons on it. 
Bonobos by pants.  Wait...  no.......  Pants by Bonobos.
Always pair your topsiders with some thick thick socks.  I know I know...  Even in the Summer. 
Boat Shoes by Brooks Brothers.

All I got for Christmas was a Pirate Treasure and Riddle

After unwrapping 45 meters of wrapping paper to my surprise I had wrapped myself pirate treasure separated in two trunks.  The first trunk had a skeleton holding a map.  The second trunk had a mirror.  I hopped in the first trunk and ended up in Bermuda with the second trunk full to the brim with golden doubloons.

Its a riddle...  can you figure it out?  I'll bet you can't.  Whoever solves it first gets a linen bag chock full of Buffalo Nickels, making this THE FIRST FPF GIVEAWAY.  Take some guesses and win those Nickels.

The Herringbone Jacket:  Ralph.
The Striped Poplin:  Gant.
The Green Christmasy Cords:  Gant.
The Cashmere Sweater:  Ralph.
The Longwing Boots:  Alden.
The Necktie with stripes on it:  Brooks Brothers.

The Rare Northeastern Scottish Wingless Owl

The rare North Eastern Scottish Wingless owl began of course as a cat before crawling out of its furry cocoon and owling.  These strigiformes have claimed their name to fame being best friend of... you guessed it...  the fox! 

Unlike man whose bestfriend is canine the fox took a liken to nonthreatening cats and owls which led to the two typically quarrelsome animals to make amends in honor of befriending fox and incidentally began breeding during a trip to Scotland back in the 50's creating what today is known as the rare hybrid "Scottish Wingless Owl". 

Jacket:  Harris Tweed and Baracuta of England teamed up back in the 60's to make this reversible version of the classic Harrington Jacket.  They still sell something similar today.  

Sweater:  J. Press

Shirt: Brooks Brothers.
Necktie:  Ralph Lauren.
Wing Tips:  Broken in Brogue.  
Sock 1:  Brooks Brothers.  
Sock 2:  J. Crew.

Santas Little Helper

 Dear Santa,
Christmas Eve hasn't fogged all too much for over a decade now.  What I am proposing is to give Rudolph a resignation rest this season in otherwords permanently replace him with FPF.  I will serve you well and assure you I will swiften your benevolent journey.  All I ask in turn for my deed is a holiday wreath for my borrow and a warm Jug of mulled mead.

-This Jacket was made by: Barbour
-These Corduroys were created by Gant-
-This Fair Isle Knit was Knitted by Barbour-
-Do you see I'm Wearing an Oxford under my sweater?  It's a Brooks Brothers-
-I have a monogrammed buckle, whale belt on and I'm not telling you where I got it- 
-My Brooks Brothers calf skin monk straps are my winter emergency food rations in case these colder months do not serve... wait a minute...  Can I hibernate?... -

Long Line of Prized Buck Foxes

Mother was the horniest fox in our region and had the award winner rack to prove it.  Taking 1st in our annual, regional prize buck competition 10 years in a row (aside from 1939 when the competition had been slept through due to the turkey contest doltishly held the day before putting the entire region to sleep the succeeding day) it was to no surprise at all when her son ended her streak as the unbeaten blue ribbon buck the first season he antlered.  Her son was me... the bucks Angry... its not fair when foxes are buxes.

Blazer:  Andover Shop.
Cashmere Cable Knit Sweater:  Ralph Lauren.
Oxford:  Brooks Brothers.
Tie:  Ralph Lauren.

Oyster Friends for Walrus

"The time has come," the Walrus said, "To talk of many things: Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax-- Of cabbages--and kings-- And why the sea is boiling hot-- And whether pigs have wings."

Fisherman Sweater:  L.L. Bean Signature
Belt:  Izod Lacoste.
Ducks:  An old pair fetched from dad without his permission.  Similar L.L. Bean.  
Hunter Tartan Throw: Dann Online
Khakis:  Bonobos.

The Reindeer Aren't the Only Ones with Antlers

Christmas in New England is almost magical. The scent of wreathes and freshly trimmed Christmas trees fill the air. The sound of the crackling logs burning in the fireplace creates the coziness that only comes at this time of year. Outside, the snow fall makes the whole world look lustrous, twinkling and glistening in the moonlight. It is a time to celebrate and remember friends and loved ones.

The right holiday playlist evokes all kinds of emotions, excitement as the season begins, the innocent anticipation of children waiting for Santa Claus, to the festive brilliance of holiday parties. Some Christmas music brings feelings of romance for that special someone, or the bittersweet feeling of loved ones that can't be with you, but always have a warm place in your heart. Most of all Christmas music is about love, home, and family.

As I sit at my desk, warmed by the hearth, writing out my holiday greeting cards, I thought I would share with you some of the music that is my companion during this wonderful time of year.

Snow – Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, and Danny Kaye
I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm – The Mills Brothers
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! – Dean Martin
Baby, It's Cold Outside – Leon Redbone and Zooey Deschanel
It's Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas – Johnny Mathis
Jingle Bell Rock – Bobby Helms
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – Gene Autry
Donna and Blitzen – Badly Drawn Boy
A Holly Jolly Christmas – Burl Ives
Cool Yule – Louis Armstrong
The Christmas Song – Nat King Cole
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Judy Garland
Grown-Up Christmas List – Michael BublĂ©
I'll Be Home for Christmas – Dean Martin
Silver Bells – Bing Crosby and Carol Richards
Christmas Waltz – The Carpenters
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear – Ella Fitzgerald
Silent Night – Jim Reeves

Gone Birding

Birdwatching or birding is the observation of birds as a recreational activity.

Most birdwatchers pursue this activity mainly for recreational or social reasons.

As a fox I often find the hobby of birding to be a bothersome burden as my unamused boredom flip-flops baring teeth, mouthwatering by binocular spotted rare North Eastern Spotted feathery something, plucked up, served up medium rare.

Sweater:  J. Press Shaggy Dog.
Plaid Shirt:  Ralph Lauren.
Pant:  Bonobos.