July 29, 2011

Pickup: Casual Shirts for Summer

Andrea and her family visited Las Vegas again in July, this time for her grandma's 80th birthday. I regrettably was not able to attend but they were nice enough (again) to grab me some stuff at the summer sales. Thanks again!
First up, a patterned cotton long sleeve PS Paul Smith shirt
Gant by Michael Bastian - Regent Print Contrast Button Down
Brooks Brothers Gold Fleece - Slim-Fit Polo
RRL - short sleeve selvedge cotton shirt
NSF - Striped oxford cloth long sleeve shirt

July 25, 2011

Pickup: Clark's Desert Boots

I've been meaning to get a pair of these for a while now but always keep passing them by. Andrea was recently in Vegas again and was kind enough to pick me up a pair. The story behind these shoes is well known so I won't go into it in detail. You can read about Nathan Clark, the creator of the Clark's Desert Boot, here.

July 15, 2011

Chambers Creek

A few good friends and I went for a couple of nights of camping last weekend in the Rocky Mountain House region.The skies were gray, there was a little rain, but the mosquitoes weren't too bad so overall the conditions were better than they were in Edmonton. Most of our time was spent hiking nearby Shunda Creek. Once we escaped the ATV area it was an afternoon of much needed isolation. 
Lunch spot

It's hard to beat the feeling of laying down in deep soft moss.
We found a 6 pack stuck in some mud alongside the creek so we washed them off and tossed them in our bags. After leaving them to cool off in the river we enjoyed them with lunch.

July 6, 2011

Canada Day Long Weekend

This past weekend in Canada was the Canada Day long weekend. I got Thursday off work as well so Andrea, my sister, and I packed up and headed to meet up with my family at my grandparent's farm south of Red Deer. After a couple of hours and a stop at the Donut Mill we arrived to the sound of air rifles blasting away as my cousin and his friends were running around shooting each other with pellets.
The next morning we headed to the village of Delburne, which has a population of around 800 and it's where my Mom went to high school. We lined up for the Canada Day pancake breakfast, with the local Elks club flipping the pancakes and cooking the eggs and sausages for everyone. 
After breakfast the town headed out to watch the parade. The kids would run out and collect all the candy that was tossed. Although that didn't stop the rest of us from joining in as well.
My other grandparents drove out to visit for an evening as well. Sitting beside the fire.
Country roads
Andrea and I stopped in Calgary on the way home to have lunch with her relatives. We visited the zoo afterwards to enjoy the sun. Much like these hippos. 

July 5, 2011

The Ordinary Peoples

My friend, and my girlfriend's brother, Kurtis, has started a blog along with his cousin Alyssa. Focussing primarily on their own outfits, fashion, music and design, they've both got solid design sensibilities and their blog adheres to that mentality. Check it out: The Ordinary Peoples