Saturday, January 22, 2011

2010 in review

I started this blog just over a year ago, and in the year of 2010 I made exactly 80 posts. I had barely any traffic for quite a few months, but in checking my stats lately, I've noticed that readership has slowly and steadily been ticking up.

For that reason, and because I thought it would be fun to read back through some of my old entries, I've put together this 2010 in review to highlight not only my favorite finds of the year, but some of my favorite (and a couple least favorite) posts.

Favorite find (jacket): In terms of fit and quality construction, it would be hard to beat the camelhair and slubbed silk jackets I found one Sunday late last winter. Bonus nod goes to this crazy Hickey Freeman jacket.

Favorite find (sweater): In terms of both warmth (wowza it is warm) and style, the vintage L.L. Bean sweater from a couple weeks back wins this one hands-down (pictured below with wool necktie, wool peacoat, wool scarf, and beard).

LL Bean sweater
Favorite find (shoe): It's hard for me to mentally separate all the shoes found at the Golden Girls on steroids estate sale, but out of them, I've worn the brown vintage Florsheim Imperial loafers the most.

Favorite find (hat): I'll call this one a tie, as both the vintage Pendleton driving hat and the amazing Harris Tweed rain hat are gems.

Favorite find (pants): I can't believe I never got an entry written about them, but I found an amazing pair of vintage light blue pants made out of heavy oxford cloth. Yes, they're very cool. I will get pictures when I break them out of storage this spring.

Favorite find (tie): If you've read this site for any amount of time at all, you probably realize that I have a bit of an obsession with ties. If I absolutely had to pick my favorite finds, though, it would come down to either the pile I found in this tie bonanza or these three lovely madras ties, which I wore a ton last summer.

pile o ties
Favorite find (other accessories): They're certainly nothing high-end or seriously sought-after, but I have to admit my delight in finding these great belts (and belt hanger).

Favorite find (furniture): Okay, so my wife found it, but this Heywood Wakefield nightstand was a gem just waiting to be uncovered with a little bit of elbow-grease.

Favorite find (book): I managed to find several books on men's style, but it was an early 20th century ship log that stood out (pictured below).

Log book first page
Favorite style-related post: This one was harder to choose, mainly because I don't feel like I really settled into a very good rhythm in terms of photos until late-summer or so. If I had to choose, it would be this one, which also happens to somewhat show the aforementioned Florsheims.

Favorite non-clothing-related post: Without a doubt, this post. Some runner-ups include this post on owls, this one on gardening, and this one featuring pictures from the 50s of my grandparents.

Favorite series of posts: Easy, Style Share. It's been a lot of fun so far, and I again thank everyone who has participated. A runner-up might be Yay or Nay which has gotten some great responses.

Most ill-advised style post: Just to show that I'm not above making fun of myself, I direct you to this fairly eye-gouging pairing. Not sure what I was thinking on that one. Oh, and another fairly slouchy post is this one, where I'm apparently trying to be the definition of frumpy.

Sure, it would be easy enough to delete those previous posts and try to forget that they ever happened, but they're part of the process. In terms of that process, 2010 was a great year, and 2011 seems like it's already off to a good start.


  1. Brilliant idea to look back on your posts. It was nice going through all your old favorites.

  2. I snagged a vintage LL Bean Norwegian sweater in cream/navy today for $4.99. Dang it's thick! Didn't cross my mind to wear it with a tie though :) Must try!!

  3. Congrats on your one year anniversary! I had no idea you had been blogging so long without anyone knowing. I went back and read through your whole archive, and I have to say that every post was excellent, nothing felt rushed or cobbled together for the sake of just making a post. I especially liked the ship's log book, probably one of the most awesome thrift store finds ever. The pictures of your grandparents are incredible as well, I'm hoping to scan some and do the same in the near future.

  4. Thanks a bunch for the comments. I've had a blast so far and have learned a lot from readers of the site. After writing about a completely different subject for the past ten years or so, it's been a real refreshing blast.

    David, it's funny you mention that, because one year later I've still only told one person I know about this blog. My wife knows about it, along with one friend. Other than that, it's on the down-low (as far as I know). :)